Sports

Three Winston seniors named to Al.com seniors to watch for volleyball

Mackenzie Blackwood and Elle Donaldson from Winston County High School and Savannah Manley from Addison High School have been named to Al.com's seniors watch list this season in volleyball. The AHS Lady Bulldogs will be vying for yet another state championship, while Winston County will be looking to take the top spot after ending the season as runners-up in the state title game last year.

HHS introduces athletes at Meet The Lions


The annual Meet The Lions event was held Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Haleyville High School gymnasium. Athletes and coaches from band, basketball, cheerleaders, cross country, fishing, football and volleyball were introduced to a standing room only crowd. HHS Principal Davey Reed welcomed everyone. Members of the varsity football are shown entering the gym. See more pictures in Wednesday's Alabamian.

Alabamian baseball All-Star team


Todd McNutt, Coach of the Year, Haleyville

Haleyville head baseball coach Todd McNutt was named Coach of the Year, with the following athletes were named to the Alabamian's 2019 All-Star baseball team:

Addison - Jesse Brock, sophomore, 2B/P; Gage Gilliland, senior, SS; Hayden Lee, senior, P/1st; Brett Smith, junior, 3B/P; Luke Waldrep, junior, P;

Haleyville - Blake Bennett, senior, P/OF; Brantson Lambert, junior, P; John Miller Lawson, sophomore, DH/UT; Ben Lowman, senior, P/3B; Scott McAlpine, senior, SS/P; John Whiteside, junior, P;

HES receives $1,000 contribution from Mark Forester Foundation


From left, Ray Forester, father of fallen Airman Mark Forester, who died while serving his country in Afghanistan, presents the $1,000 check to Elementary Principal Christy Bice. At far right is Forester’s daughter Terri Cox, also of the Mark Forester Foundation.

HALEYVILLE  - The Mark Forester Foundation presented $1,000 to Haleyville Elementary School, for having the most participants in  9th annual  Mark Forester Race, which was held in May on the campus of Haleyville City Schools.

Not only did staff from the elementary school participate in the race but they also manned a cooling station across from Barry’s Carpet, where they gave out water, Gatorade and snacks to race participants.

Lambert awarded AHSADCA’s scholarship


Mason Lambert, 2019 graduate of Haleyville High School, received a AHSADCA’s Coaches’ Children Scholarship at the 23rd annual AHSAA Championship Coaches’Awards Banquet for District 7. He is pictured with his parents Andy and Amber Lambert.

MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were recognized at the AHSAA’s 23rd  annual AHSAA Championship Coaches’ Awards Banquet as recipients of the prestigious “Making A Difference” Award as the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference concluded at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

AHSAA Central Board of Control approves $2 million revenue share payout to member schools for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $2 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan and also voted to waive school membership dues once again – an immediate savings of approximately $84,000 for member schools.

Alabamian softball All-Star team


Jessy Woods, Coach of the Year, Lynn

Lynn High School softball head coach Jessy Woods has been named the Alabamian's Coach of the Year. All-Star members include:

Addison - Macey Butler, Anna Grace Luker and Destiny Walker

Haleyville - Ana Aaron, Hailie Moody and Lauran Wilcoxson

Lynn - Ashley Aldridge, Hannah Alsup, Breanna Barton and Sadie Tittle

Meek - Bailee Fincher, Emma Fincher and Autumn Peek

Phillips - Lexie Dishner and Amber Markham

Winston County - Katelyn Bullock, Elle Donaldson, Jassmine Ergle and Makayla Lindsey.

Musso shares skill tips with Haleyville Youth Football


Haleyville High School head football coach Chris Musso shares his time and knowledge with the Haleyville Youth Football camp in July. Musso is demonstrating the correct techniques on the line. The Haleyville Youth Football organization held a football camp in July. The teams will start the season on Aug. 17 with a jamboree in Cordova. Their schedules will be posted on website at: www.haleyvilleyouth football.com.

Coleman places second in New Balance Nationals


Matt Coleman at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina, where he placed second in the junior high division.

HALEYVILLE - 14-year-old Matthew Coleman has had a very busy and successful spring and summer. The rising freshman at Haleyville High School placed second in the javelin  in the junior division in the New Balance Nationals held in May in North Carolina.
He placed first at sectionals in Winfield this spring, with the HHS track team in the javelin competition.
That qualified him for the state meet in Gulf Shores, where he placed 14th in the high school division. This allowed  him to compete in the New Balance Nationals.

Ward named Troy’s new pitching coach


Holly Ward

TROY - Holly Ward, a Haleyville native and HHS graduate, has been hired as Troy University’s new softball pitching coach.She was an assistant at Mississippi State, her alma mater, last season.  Ward holds multiple MSU records and ranks in the top 10 in numerous other single-season and career categories.  She is the school record holder for shutouts and perfect games. Ward started 23 games as a senior for the Bulldogs and posted a 1.43 ERA. She was also the pitcher for the Haleyville Lady Lions, bringing home two back-to-back state championship in 2012-13.

Haleyville 10U state champions


The Haleyville 10 and under all star softball team brought home the hardware this summer, culminating with the state championship! Their all-star record is 6-1 and they are the first-ever state champions for Haleyville in 10U. They won the North Central Pre-Area tournament hosted at the Haleyville Sports Complex on June 1, 2019, followed by the North Central Area Tournament In Fultondale on June 15. On June 22, the state tournament was played in Calera. They beat Walker County All-Stars 6-5 in the championship game. This team battled hard through six straight games to become USSSA State Champions. Team members include from left, Creleigh Gargis, Hope Swims, Emme Romine, Bryleigh Butler, Kate Wilson, Brooklyn Butler, Marli Stewart, Ella Kennedy, Emma Gravely and Kaylee Webb.The coaching staff includes: assistant Chad Swims, head coach Justin Wilson, assistant Jeremy Butler and assistant Chad Kennedy.

Alabamian boys basketball All-Star team


Dylan Burleson, Coach of the Year, Haleyville. See more photos in the Wednesday, July 31, edition of the Alabamian.

Dylan Burleson has been named the Alabamian's boys basketball Coach of the Year. The All-Star team is comprised of:

Addison-Eli Howse, freshman point guard; Christian Roberts, freshman shooting guard; Logan Wilkins, sophomore forward;

Haleyville-Clay Blanton, junior shooting guard; Rusty Frost, senior center; Grayson Long, junior point guard; Ben Lowman, senior small and power forwards;

Lynn-Micah Cagle, junior point guard; Brandon Hill, sophomore guard; Noah Jackson, senior forward; Griffin Lynn, sophomore forward;

Barber qualifies for Junior National Olympics


Rising Haleyville High School sophomore Lewis Barber is pictured competing in the 110m hurdles at the Regional Junior Olympics in Meridian, Mississippi.

HALEYVILLE - What started off as a whim back in May has led Lewis Barber, an rising sophomore at Haleyville High School,  to qualify to compete as a junior Olympian at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California,  July 22-27.
Last May his Haleyville High School track coach Elyse Aldridge advised him to compete in a USAT&F decathlon hosted by Hoover High School. He did well and ended the 2019 season finishing first in the state in the decathlon for his age group as a freshman.

WCSHoF banquet honors inductees


WCSHoF board member Aubrey Haynes presents Gage Gilliland and Destiny Walker, of Addison, with the 2019 Academic/Athlete of the Year-Ed Deason Awards.

HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet recognized deserving honorees Saturday, May 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium.
Bob Masdon, executive director of the WCSHoF, welcome everyone and introduced Tony Giles.
Giles, University of Alabama sports announcer, was master of ceremonies for the event. He has served in this capacity for 19 of the 22 years the banquet has been held. He then introduced the keynote speaker.

Cornhole Tournament winners at 9-1-1 Festival


The Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival hosted a Cornhole Tournament. There were pro division and backyard division contests. Jade Bice was the local coordinator for the events. Shown above are the champions for the pro division, who are a father and son team from Cullman, from left, Randall Garrison, Bice, and Jaxson Garrison. See more photos in Wednesday's edition of the Alabamian.

Alabamian all-star basketball team named


Coach of the Year, Scott Veal, Phillips

Phillips High School head girls basketball coach Scott Veal has been selected as the Northwest Alabamian Coach of the Year, bringing home a 1A state championship.

All-star team members are: Addison-Macey Butler, Savannah Manley and Destiny Walker; Haleyville-Catie Aldridge, Molly Gilbert, Reagan Kutis and Alli Temple; Lynn-Hannah Alsup and Dixie Wells; Meek-Emma Fincher, Abby Phillips and Savannah Smith; Phillips-Baily Bishop, Lexie Dishner, Gracie Hallman, Amber Markham and Ally McCollum; Winston County-Saige Blanton and Kady Bonds.

WCSHoF banquet is Saturday: WCHS inductees recognized

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets are $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Winston County High School  High School:

Post 33 plays in state tourney

BIRMINGHAM - American Legion Huntsville Post 237 18U 2019 tied the game on a single in the fifth inning as Haleyville Post 33 tied American Legion Huntsville Post 237 18U 2019 3-3 on Friday, July 12, in state tournament play, in Birmingham.
Huntsville captured the lead in the first inning when Cameron Wine-barger singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Morgan Long, Eli Wakefield and Kaleb Garrett each collected one hit to lead Haleyville Post 33.
Winebarger led Post 237 with two hits in four at bats.

McCollum and Hallman participate in Elite 100

 Two local basketball players, Allie McCollum and Gracie Hallman, of Phillips High School, were issued invitations to the  100 girls basketball player to participate in the Elite Basketball Showcase, according to Jamie Lee, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
The Boys’ Showcase was held at Hoover High School and the Girls’ Showcase at Spain Park High School, on June 22.

AHSAA announces fines, ejections for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced fines and ejections for the 2018-19 school year in their annual report for coach/student ejections during a contest. Schools listed are those in the northern part of the state.
Jan. 16, 2019
Madison County, ejection, D  8, 5A, BK, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Student $100;
March 4, 2019
Meek , Ejection, D  7
1A, BB, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Student
$100;
Oct. 1 ,2018
Midfield, Ejection, D  5, 3A, FB, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Coach $300;
Sept. 10, 2018

HHS graduate selected as member of Alabama cheer squad


Mary Kathryn Evans

By Melica Allen
Sports
nwamallen@
centurytel.net
HALEYVILLE  - Mary Kathryn Evans has loved gymnastics and cheerleading most of her life. She will be taking that love to a new milestone this fall as an Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleader. She tried out this spring.
The 2019 Haleyville High School graduate has worked hard in achieving her goals.   She began taking gymnastics at the age of two, starting out with Celeste Whiteside, in Haleyville.

WCSHoF Meek school inductees

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets will be $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Meek High School:

Haleyville Post 33 takes on Hartselle and Madison


Grant Wakefield puts the bat on the ball for Post 33.

 HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Post 33 fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 13-3 loss to Hartselle  on Tuesday, June 25. Hartselle scored on a single by Hudson Olive, a single by Jonah Cheek, a single by Braden Bevis and a single by Cameron Bracken in the first inning.
The Haleyville Post 33 struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Hartselle, giving up 13 runs.
Cheek got the start for Hartselle. He lasted five innings, allowing two hits and two runs, while striking out two.

AHSAA announces fines, ejections for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced fines and ejections for the 2018-19 school year in their annual report for coach/student ejections during a contest. Schools listed are those in the northern part of the state.
East Lawrence, ejection
D7, 3A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Nov. 9, 2018
East Limestone, ejection, D8, 5A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Feb. 4, 2019
East Limestone, ejection, D8, 5A, BK, unsportsmanlike conduct, student  $100;
Feb. 4, 2019

Like mother, like daughter: 83-year-old mother, 62- year-old daughter do 5Ks


Ruth Ingle, 83, and her daughter Judy Ledbetter, 62, participated in the 5K at the Mark Forester Price of Freedom event held in May at Haleyville High School.

By Melica Allen
Sports
nwamallen@
centurytel.net
HALEYVILLE - Ruth Ingle is not your typical 83-year-old grandmother. The Guin resident and her daughter, Judy Ledbetter, 62, of New Market, recently participated in the 5K race for the Mark Forester Price of Freedom event held at the Haleyville High School campus in May. Ingle did the race in 48:33 with her pink button up blouse, blue jeans and tennis shoes, with Ledbetter coming across the finish line in 31:04. “I didn’t break my personal record,” Ingle noted. “It was too many hills.”

WCSHoF Lynn school inductees

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets will be $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Lynn High School:

Alabamian football all-star team named


Coach of the Year - David Smothers of Addison

The following have been named to the Northwest Alabamian All-Star Football Team:

Addison: Zayne Guthrie, Luke Chambers, Weston Smith, Jeb Robinson, Matthew Harris, Hayden Ray;

Haleyville: Scott McAlpine, Mason Lambert, Ty Black, Trevor Jordan, Matthew Stephens, Joe Morgan, Jackson Kennedy;

Lynn: Noah Jackson, Jordan Davis, Chase Hokett, Justin Cook, Shaw Sanford, Griffin Lynn, Brandon Hill;

Meek: Payton Key, Gabe Jones, Bryar Gibson, Bradley Vickery, James Brown, Stuart Waldrep;

AHSAA announces fines, ejections for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced fines and ejections for the 2018-19 school year in their annual report for coach/student ejections during a contest. Schools listed are those in the northern part of the state.
Oct. 1, 2018
Addison, ejection, D 7, 2A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Nov. 13, 2018
Addison, ejection, D7, 2A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Jan. 28, 2019
Addison, ejection, D7, 2A, BK, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
March 15, 2019

Beam brings volleyball legacy to HHS


Sadie Beam

By Melica Allen
Sports
nwamallen@centurytel.net
HALEYVILLE - Sadie Beam has been hired as the new Haleyville High School volleyball coach. She brings with her a legacy of championship volleyball, playing on Addison High School state championship teams in 2009-10 and on the state runner-up team in 2008.  She replaced Brent McCoy at HHS, who moved to Orange Beach.  

WCSHoF Haleyville inductees

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets are $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Haleyville High School:
Jonathan Lowe: 1983-86 varsity track and field;

Haleyville softball wins games


The Haleyville Lady Lions hosted a round robin softball tournament with Danville, Hatton and Muscle Shoals on Wednesday, June 19. The Lady Lions won games against Hatton and Muscle Shoals. Above HHS head coach Whitney Webb and her crew are in the dugout with a batter up to the plate. See more photos in Alabamian's Wednesday, June 26, edition.

Haleyville Post 33 doing well during season


Haleyville Post 33 catcher Jordan Lasker gets ready as the ball comes in low against Shelby County. To the right, pitcher Kaleb Garrett winds up for the throw.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Post 33 opened up scoring in the first inning of the opening game of a double header on Monday, June 17, when Caleb Williams drew a walk, scoring one run.
Shelby County Post 555 JV pulled away for good with seven runs in the second inning, winning 9-5.  Haleyville Post 33 put up three runs in the third inning. Haleyville’s offense in the inning was led by Josh Weaver and Jordan Lasker, all knocking in runs in the inning.
Bethers was on the mound for Shelby County. He surrendered five runs on three hits over three innings, striking out one.

Inductees named for 2019 WCHoF


Tyler Watts

HALEYVILLE - It is time once again to honor the inductees  for the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame. The dinner will be Saturday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Haleyville Elementary School.
Tickets are $20 per person for the steak dinner and available at branch offices of Traders and Farmers Bank. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Temple named to AHSAA Student Leadership program


Alli Temple

HALEYVILLE - As a junior at Haleyville High School, Alli Temple was named to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Student Leadership program. Sixteen juniors were selected state-wide for this honor. The program gathers input from the student-athletes. The student leaders from each of the eight districts meet for a two-day conference.

Post 33 sweeps Saturday play


 Gavin West slides in at homeplate for a run for Haleyville Post 33 in a game against Hamilton.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville American Legion Post 33 baseball hosted Hamilton Post 165 Saturday morning, June 15, taking a 7-2 victory and Lakeview Black Post 2011, winning 9-1 in the afternoon.
Haleyville Post 33 fired up the offense in the first inning, when an error scored one run for Haleyville Post 33.
Haleyville tallied three runs in the second inning. Haleyville’s offense in the inning was led by Hayden Armstrong, Gavin West and Morgan Long, who all drove in runs.

9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge winners cross the finish line


The 9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge race was held Saturday, June 1, in connection with the 9-1-1 Festival, in Haleyville. Race start was at 7 a.m. on 10th Avenue. Pictured above are race winners from left: 8-13 age division Cody Cagle-00:25:40.310; 14-30 age division Tristan Carter-00:20:25.790; Lewis Barber-00:20:27.013; Cody Gray-00:25:23.783; Carlie Pendley-00:26:06.440; Hannah Coons-00:27:05.536; Summer Timmerman-00:29:41.843; 31-100 age division Jeff Fleming-00:26:15.916; Allan Pennington-00:29:23.513; Doug Roberts-00:31:05.323; Ranee Robinson-00:39:55.993; Sally Moore-00:46:30.760; Melinda Crumpton-00:46:33.296; Overall Winner Male Hamza Abusammour-00:17:17.720 (14-30 age); Overall Winner Female Alissa Hood-00:23:11.553 (31-100 age).

HALEYVILLE - The 9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge kicked off festivities on Saturday, June 1, with the finish line on 10th Avenue.
Age divisions included 8-13; 14-30 and 31-100. The race was sponsored this year by Encore/SportsFit and Lakeland Community Hospital.
Race results includes:
1. Hamza Abusammour-00:17:17.720 (14-30);
2. Tristan Carter-00:20:25.790 (14-30);
3. Lewis Barber-00:20:27.013 (14-30);
4. Alissa Hood-00:23:11.553 (31-100);
5. Cody Gray-00:25:23.783 (14-30);
6. Cody Cagle-00:25:40.310 (8-13);