Playing their second straight road game in just two days, Kirby DeBoard and Savannah Blackwell tried to put the Sand Rock Lady Wildcats on their shoulders and carry them to their first Northeast Regional berth in three years.
ANNISTON - Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin knew his team faced a tall order in the Class 1A Area championship game Saturday night. Eventually there came a time when the best thing to do was start working on the next game.
SKYLINE - Cedar Bluff girls basketball coach Joe Carpenter was aware there was a full moon on Friday night. He also knew his Lady Tigers had worked hard on their game plan for seventh-ranked Skyline in the Class 1A, Area 14 tournament championship, and that they were hungry to make a little history.
COLLINSVILLE - With a week to prepare and two earlier meetings to draw from, the Sand Rock Wildcats devised what they thought would be a successful game plan against second-ranked Westbrook Christian in the Class 2A, Area 12 basketball tournament at Collinsville on Thursday.
SKYLINE - Alexis Smith scored 12 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in leading the Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers to a 39-29 victory over Valley Head in the Class 1A, Area 14 girls basketball tournament at Skyline on Tuesday.
CENTRE - Cherokee County High School senior shortstop Jaren Lockridge admitted the past few months have been hard on him. He's had to recover from two separate labrum injuries that have caused him to miss playing time in his two other sports, football and basketball.
CENTRE - Cherokee County High School boys basketball coach Neal Wester has been back with the Warriors for four years now, and he's spent a lot of time on the court with seniors Jacob Graves, Zae Wright, Chris Roden, Josh Dobbs, Cade Gossett, Quartez Henderson, Colin Edwards and Jaron Lockridge.
GAYLESVILLE - The Gaylesville Trojans swept a pair of home varsity basketball games against Georgia School for the Deaf on Thursday. The Lady Trojans earned a 69-40 victory, while the Trojan boys claimed a 72-46 win in the nightcap.
CENTRE - Emily Williams connected on what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer with less than 1:30 remaining, lifting Class 4A, No. 6 Cherokee County past Glencoe 49-47 in girls basketball action on Tuesday in Centre.
COLLINSVILLE - A year ago, junior forward Keaton Kilgro took the basketball court as a Collinsville Panther. On Monday night, he returned to L.D. Dobbins Gym as a Cedar Bluff Tiger and made an impact for his new team.
CENTRE - For the better part of three quarters Friday, the Cherokee County Warriors did a good job of containing White Plains senior forward Michael McGuirk on the basketball court. He had only four points at halftime and seven by the end of the third quarter.
CENTRE - Cherokee County High School girls tennis coach Zack Highfield knew seniors Jessie Griffith and Katie Hill were serious about continuing their tennis careers, so he began asking several college coaches if they would be interested in giving them a tryout.
GAYLESVILLE - The Gaylesville Trojans swept a varsity basketball doubleheader against visiting Alabama School for the Deaf on Tuesday. The Lady Trojans earned a 34-24 victory, while the Trojan boys claimed a 60-50 decision.
SPRING GARDEN - The past three weeks have been a bit tumultuous for the Class 1A, No. 3 Spring Garden Lady Panthers. They've dealt with issues ranging from a player suspension to a concussion to starting forward Payton McGinnis.
MONTGOMERY - There was a time when Piedmont senior quarterback Taylor Hayes didn't believe in himself. But with the encouragement of the Bulldog coaches and his teammates since the eighth grade, Hayes developed the confidence it takes to play one of the sport's most important positions, and it's served him very well.
RAINBOW CITY - Savannah Blackwell netted 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, had three steals and an assist to lead the No. 10 Sand Rock Lady Wildcats to a 50-17 Class 2A, Area 12 basketball victory at Westbrook Christian on Tuesday.
CENTRE - Before she became a basketball coach, Leah Monteith Nelson was a part of several Cherokee County Tournament championship teams in the early 1990s as a standout player. She desperately wanted her current Lady Warrior squad to experience that championship feeling for themselves.
CENTRE - The Cherokee County Lady Warriors built a somewhat comfortable early lead, but had to withstand a furious Spring Garden comeback to hold on for a 49-46 victory in the Cherokee County Girls Basketball Tournament at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena on Friday.
CENTRE - Cade Clark came away with 19 points, six rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist to lead the Sand Rock Wildcats to a 52-40 victory over the Gaylesville Trojans in the opening round of the Cherokee County Tournament on Thursday at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena.