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Saturday 12/20/2014
CHEROKEE COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL: Spring Garden, Piedmont advance to tournament title game
Posted: December 20, 2014

CENTRE – Spring Garden sophomore guard Savannah Dempsey sank four 3-pointers – all in the second half – and finished with 12 points, helping the Class 1A, No. 4 Lady Panthers earn a 55-39 victory over Class 3A, No. 5 Sand Rock in the Cherokee County Invitational Tournament on Friday.

Friday 12/19/2014
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:54 am

CENTRE – The Piedmont Bulldogs held off a late Sand Rock rally to earn a 41-38 victory in the Cherokee County Basketball Invitational on Thursday.

CHEROKEE COUNTY GIRLS INVITATIONAL ROUNDUP: Piedmont battles back to defeat Pell City
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:55 am

CENTRE – Bre Green netted 21 points to lead the Piedmont Lady Bulldogs to a 41-36 comeback victory over Pell City on Thursday in the Cherokee County Basketball Invitational on Thursday.

Thursday 12/18/2014
JSU ATHLETICS: Greg Seitz named Interim Athletic Director
Posted: December 18, 2014

JACKSONVILLE - Greg Seitz has been named as interim athletic director at Jacksonville State University, President Dr. William A. Meehan announced on Thursday.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Warrior boys remain top team in Class 4A
Posted: December 18, 2014

For the second consecutive week, the Cherokee County Warriors (9-0) remain the top team in the Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 4A boys basketball rankings. The latest rankings were released late Wednesday evening.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
CHEROKEE COUNTY BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL: Garden girls grit out win over Chattooga
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 2:20 pm

CENTRE - The Spring Garden Lady Panthers welcomed back one of their top shooters Wednesday in senior guard Darian Gaines. She had missed the last three games due to a left shoulder injury suffered against Plainview on Dec. 8.

JSU FOOTBALL: Sigler, Holcombe named AP All-America
Posted: December 17, 2014

NEW YORK - Jacksonville State's Devaunte Sigler and Max Holcombe were both named to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America team released today.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Collinsville boys down Cedar Bluff in battle of ranked teams
Posted: December 17, 2014

CEDAR BLUFF – Collinsville basketball coach Jon Tidmore knows when his Panthers play against Cedar Bluff, they have to find ways to handle the Tigers’ pressure defense.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Warriors remain unbeaten with victory over Fort Payne
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 10:36 am

CENTRE – Justin McKnight netted 15 points and Tyren Dupree contributed 13 to lead Class 4A, No. 1 Cherokee County to a 67-53 over Class 6A Fort Payne in boys’ basketball action Tuesday.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks' Holcombe named First-Team All-American
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 6:09 pm

NEW HAVEN, CT - Jacksonville State's Max Holcome was named to the Walter Camp's 2014 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team on Tuesday.

Monday 12/15/2014
Man charged in Auburn killing was on probation
Posted: December 15, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama man was already on probation for separate crimes when he was charged with killing an Auburn University football player in a shooting eerily similar to a triple killing two years ago.

Markale Hart, 22, of Camp Hill was arrested on burglary and theft charges in 2010 and pleaded guilty to a reduced burglary charge in 2012, records show. He also pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge that year.

Hart, jailed on a murder charge in the killing of 18-year-old Jakell Lenard Mitchell, remains on probation for the burglary, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail, Tallapoosa County District Attorney Paul Jones said Monday.

"We have filed a motion to revoke his probation based on the new charges," Jones said Monday.

Hart was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing Monday afternoon in Lee County, court officials said.

He was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of Mitchell, a redshirt freshman football player from neighboring Opelika. Mitchell's girlfriend said the player and another man began arguing during a party when a third person opened fire, killing Mitchell.

The shooting was similar in many ways to the shooting that killed two one-time Auburn players and a third man in 2012.

Mitchell was fatally shot during a late-night party at Tiger Lodge apartments, a large complex a few miles from campus that caters to students with amenities including a large pool, a clubhouse with games and study areas.

The complex — since renamed and with what promotional materials describe as added security features — is the same place where one-time football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and a third man, DeMario Pitts, were shot to death during an argument at a late-night gathering in June 2012.

Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery was convicted of murder and is scheduled to be sentenced next month in the triple slaying. Evidence showed Leonard had driven from Montgomery to Auburn with friends to attend a party but got into a dispute with an Auburn football player that ended in gunfire.

In the shooting last weekend, authorities said Hart is from neighboring Tallapoosa County, where he was arrested, and apparently had gone to the apartment complex for a party.

Witnesses in both cases described hearing a hail of gunshots, followed by a scramble for cover. Mitchell was taken to the same hospital as victims of the 2012 shooting.

In a message to residents posted on Tiger Lodge's Facebook page, management said those involved in the shooting weren't residents. The note said new owners took over in 2013 and have made improvements including video cameras, improved gates to control access and "courtesy patrols."

"Nonetheless, tragic events such as this can still occur anywhere and at any time," said the statement.

1,000 and counting: Hooper still going strong coaching basketball at Centre Middle School
Posted: December 15, 2014

There have been a lot of coaching greats throughout Cherokee County’s basketball history, but even some of them haven’t had the longevity that Centre Middle School’s Claude Hooper has.

Sunday 12/14/2014
CHEROKEE COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Centre Middle School claims 8th grade boys championship
Posted: December 14, 2014

SAND ROCK - Luke Goss netted 14 points and Will Hawkins added 13 to lead the Centre Middle School boys to a 44-31 victory over Cedar Bluff to claim the Cherokee County Boys' 8th Grade Basketball Tournament Championship on Saturday at Sand Rock.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hoover's Johnson snatches victory in final seconds for Alabama All-Stars
Posted: December 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY - Alabama wide receiver Justin Johnson of Hoover came down with perhaps the most dramatic catch in the 28-year Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game series Saturday on the last play of the game to score the game-winning touchdown in the 36-30 win.

Saturday 12/13/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Sand Rock girls defeat New Hope
Posted: December 13, 2014

SAND ROCK - Courtney Rowe tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead Class 3A, No. 5 Sand Rock to a 62-39 victory in Area 13 girls basketball action on Friday.

Friday 12/12/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Cedar Bluff sweeps at Gaylesville
Posted: December 12, 2014

GAYLESVILLE – Both Cedar Bluff varsity basketball teams appear to be hitting their stride.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Garner’s hot shooting leads Collinsville girls past Spring Garden
Posted: December 12, 2014

COLLINSVILLE – Collinsville basketball coach Jon Tidmore had been waiting on freshman guard Trinity Garner to light up the scoreboard.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fifth-ranked Sand Rock improves to 8-0
Posted: December 12, 2014

SYLVANIA – Emily Langley netted 14 points and had five steals while Courtney Rowe collected 13 points, eight steals and six rebounds to lead Class 3A, No. 5 Sand Rock to a 65-56 basketball victory at Sylvania on Thursday.

Thursday 12/11/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Warriors No. 1 in first ASWA poll of the season
Posted: December 11, 2014

CENTRE – Cherokee County High School boys’ basketball coach Neal Wester said he’s been a little surprised with how quickly things have come together in the early stages this season for the Warriors.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Panthers' Cam Newton discharged from hospital
Posted: December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton says Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash that left the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with two fractures in his lower back.

Dayton said Wednesday that Newton was thankful for the care he received and is stiff and sore, but otherwise in good spirits. Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating. He will not be at the team's facility Wednesday.

It remains unclear when Newton will return to action.

The Panthers began practicing Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's divisional game against Tampa Bay.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued no citations for the accident. A police report said another driver pulled out into traffic and collided with Newton's truck, causing his vehicle to flip.

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