By David Rainer
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
While Governor Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris, Chair of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force, work hard alongside other state, national, and private enterprise leaders to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and bring its spread to a conclusion, it is important that people maintain the social distancing and other health recommendation standards.
By Melica Allen
LYNN - Thirteen teams participated in the Lynn High School Invitational Softball Tournament Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29. Teams participating included Tharptown, Addison, Dora and Oakman in Pool A; Meek, Vina, Sulligent JV and Winston County, Pool B; Lynn, Hackleburg, Fayette, Sulligent and Fultondale in Pool C.
By Melica Allen
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Lynn Bears heated up their bats Thursday, Feb. 27, defeating the Winston County Yellow Jackets in Double Springs. The Bears won by a score of 19-6.
The Bears took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with Brandon Hill, Cade Tittle and Chance Majors scoring.
In the top of the second inning, Hill doubled to score John Bryan, making it 4-0.
Years as starter: 4
Season points: 256
Avg. pts. per game: 11
Free Throw %: 54
Season rebounds: 108
Avg. Rebs. per game: 5
Coach’s comments: She scored more than 1,000 points in her career. Macey is a great young lady who contributed to our team in so many ways.
Coach Franklin Graham
HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Lions stayed in it until the end, but Deshler pulled away late in a 4-3 victory on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game was tied at three, with Deshler batting in the top of the eighth when Brayden Buckner hit a solo homer.
Haleyville lost despite out-hitting Deshler seven to four.
Deshler opened up scoring in the second inning, when Logan James reached on a dropped third strike.
The Lions evened things up at three in the bottom of the seventh inning on an error that scored one run for Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions could not get their bats going in the second game on Saturday, Feb. 22. They lost to Jasper 13-1. The Lions lost 4-3 in extra innings to Deshler earlier that morning.
Jasper scored six runs in the sixth inning. Jasper's big inning was driven by a walk by Kaden Shelton, a fielder's choice by Braxton Turnbow, an error on a ball put in play by Jon Burton, and a double by Shelton.
HALEYVILLE - Kaleb Garrett didn't allow a single run as Haleyville Lions junior varsity defeated Deshler 6-0 on Saturday, Feb. 22, at HHS. Garrett allowed just one hit.
Haleyville pulled off the big victory without ever scoring many runs in an inning. The most they scored was two in the fourth.
The junior varsity got things started in the first inning when Brody Gravitt singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Garrett was credited with the victory for Haleyville. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over five innings, striking out nine.
By Jesse Lamar
Journal Record General Manager
HANCEVILLE - The defending 1A state champion Phillips She Bears saw their season come to an abrupt end on Monday, Feb. 17, after suffering a 56-33 loss to the Mars Hill Lady Panthers in the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest Regional basketball tournament that was held at Wallace State Community College.
The She Bears advanced to the regional championship game after defeating the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagles 50-46 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 13.
HANCEVILLE - The Rogers High School Lady Pirates showed why they are the returning 3A state champions, with a tenacious double-triple defense and an outside shooting game that can take most down. RHS came in with a 25-4 record.
The Lady Pirates defeated the Haleyville High School Lady Lions Monday, Feb. 17, in the northwest regional semi-finals held at Wallace State Community College by a score of 61-17.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions defeated Danville Tuesday, Feb. 11, 52-37 to advance to regional competition.
Clay Blanton was the leading scorer for HHS with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Grayson Long had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist;
Gavin West, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists;
Jon Tyler Gilbert, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block;
Rome Yarbrough, 5 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist;
Grant Dye, 3 points, 4 rebounds.
Haleyville played West Limestone Monday, Feb. 17, at Wallace State in Hanceville in regional play.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions clawed their way through to a win Monday, Feb. 10, against the St. John Paul II Catholic Falcons in sub-region play. The Lady Lions won the right to host the game by winning their area.
HHS won by a score of 37-32, led by high scorer Catie Aldridge with 9 points. She had 3 rebounds and 2 assists on the night.
Reagan Kutis was close behind with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Tesley Callahan put in 6 points and 1 rebound.
Mae Boyles scored 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.
HANCEVILLE - The Haleyville Lions just had a five point deficit at halftime at West Limestone in the 4A northwest regional semi-finals Monday, Feb. 17, held at Wallace State Community College. The Wildcats, however, came out on top 54-38 in the end.
Jon Tyler Gilbert had 13 points for HHS, 7 rebounds and 1 assist;
Clay Blanton put in 12 points, with 2 rebounds and 1 steal;
Grayson Long added 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 steals;
Rome Yarbrough hit for 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist;
HANCEVILLE - The returning state 1A girls champions had to make a comeback Thursday, Feb. 13, over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy in the northwest region semifinals held at Wallace State Community College, in Hanceville. The Phillips She Bears won 50-46.
The She Bears trailed until the third quarter, where they took a 10-point lead at one point. The DHCA Lady Eagles made their own comeback in the fourth quarter, falling short by four points.
The win put PHS in the finals Monday, Feb. 17, where they will play Mars Hill.
The Haleyville Lions (14-17) defeated Danville (17-10) Tuesday, Feb. 11, by a score of 52-37, to advance to regional competition at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The Lions will face West Limestone (14-12) at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17.
The Meek Tigers were eliminated in subregion play Tuesday, Feb. 11, by Pickens County by a score of 103-47.
The Haleyville Lady Lions defeated St. John Paul II Catholic, out of Huntsville, 37-32 Monday, Feb. 10, to advance to the basketball regional tournament play on Monday, Feb. 17, at Wallace State in Hanceville. The ladies will play Rogers at 9 a.m.
The Phillips She Bears also advanced to regional play at Wallace State by defeating Covenant Christian 67-40 on Monday, Feb. 10. The She Bears will play Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in Hanceville.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County High School boys and girls teams defeated Sumiton Christian Friday, Jan. 31. The ladies won easily by a score of 58-18, with the boys winning a narrow victory 47-45. Pictured above, starting from left are Brooks Bonds fighting for a rebound. The middle photo shows Makayla Lindsey going to the net and the right photo is Austin Owens about the pass the ball off.
ADDISON - The Winston County High School Lady Jackets played a tough game against Red Bay in 2A Area 13 area tournament action Monday, Feb. 3. The tournament was played at Addison High School.
The Lady Tigers defeated WCHS by only seven points, 42-35. Winston County was without Mackenzie Blackwood, who suffered a broken nose in the Friday, Jan. 31, game against Sumiton Christian. Jazzy Ergle also did not play.
Stats for the Lady Jackets included:
Olivia Wright, 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals;
Ella Moore, 1 rebound;
Madison Comeens, 2 rebounds;
ADDISON - The Addison Lady Bulldogs won in overtime against Sulligent Monday, Feb. 3, in 2A Area 13 tournament play by a score of 63-58.
The Lady Blue Devils maintained the lead throughout the game, with Addison tying the game with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter at 46-46. The buzzer sounded tied at 56 all to end regulation play. It was nip-and-tuck during the four minute overtime period, with AHS coming out on top by five points.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School boys and girls teams secured area titles last week. The Lions took down Cordova and Curry, with the Lady Lions winning against Curry and Fayette. The girls hosted the subregion Monday, Feb. 10, against St. John Paul II Catholic and the boys hosted Danville on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Scores were not available by presstime.
In the Curry game, Catie Aldridge led the scoring for the ladies with 13 points, Tesley Callahan had 12, with Reagan Kutis, 10. Mae Boyles put in 5, followed by Molly Gilbert and Madison Caine with 2 apiece.
By Chad Fell
HALEYVILLE State Representative Tracy Estes had a special resolution to present at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting of the Haleyville City Council, honoring Doug Kennedy for his upcoming induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Kennedy, who has become known as a distinguished paralympian, holds many world records and awards, including the Sington Award as the Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year for the State of Alabama.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions had a five-point lead going in the fourth quarter Thursday, Jan. 30, against Russellville.
The Lady Tigers were able to regain the lead and take a 41-37 win in the final regular season home game for HHS. Senior basketball players and cheerleaders were also recognized that night.
By Shelly Hess
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Basketball fans from across Winston County descended upon Winston County High School Thursday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 25, for the annual Winston County Varsity Basketball Tournament. The varsity boys and girls championships were both battles between long-time foes Addison and WCHS, with the two schools splitting the victories.
By Melica Allen
ADDISON - Savannah Manley is definitely a champion. She has played on three state championship volleyball teams - 2016-2018 and state runner-up this past 2019 season at Addison High School.
The 6’1” senior will now play at the next level this fall, signing a volleyball scholarship with Gadsden State, who finished 26-12 this past season with a trip to the nationals.
Her scholarship signing ceremony was held Friday, Jan. 10, in the AHS library.
ARLEY - The Meek girls and Lynn boys basketball teams were victors in action Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Meek High School.
MHS girls won by a score of 45-21, with the LHS boys winning, 52-36.
Stats reported for the Lynn girls were:
Ashley Aldridge, 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal;
Ella Brown, 5 points, 3 rebounds;
Jerica Anderson, 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal;
Cassidy Dodd, 3 points, 2 assists;
Phebe Burkett, 1 point, 1 assist, 3 steals;
Breanna Barton, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal;
Briana Benson, 4 rebounds, 1 steal;
CARBON HILL - The Haleyville Lions and Lady Lions brought home wins Friday, Jan. 3, at Carbon Hill.
Grant Dye led the scoring with 15 points for the boys. He also had 8 rebounds and 1 block on the night in the 48-33 win.
Other stat makers for the Lions were: Grayson Long, 6 points, 3 assists and 3 steals;
Braxtan Tollison, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal;
Austin Barry, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists;
Gavin West, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists;
Clay Blanton, 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals;
Due to the threat of inclement weather Saturday, Jan. 11, the Winston County Cheerleading Competition date has been rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Winston County High School gymnasium in Double Springs.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - As the horn sounded to end the 2019 Winston County Christmas Tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, in Double Springs, the Curry Lady Jackets strung the basket to break the 50-50 tie with the Haleyville Lady Lions in the championship game.
The three-day tourney saw the Lady Lions going into the championship tournament undefeated.
They had beat Belgreen in the first round and Clements in the second to play Curry, who also came into the game not beaten in the tournament.
Scoring for the Lady Lions for the Clements games included:
Congratulations to the following student-athletes named to the Fall 2019 Commissioner's Honor Roll by achieving a 3.00 GPA or higher.
Markie Buetner, Baseball
Blake Burton Softball
Ricki-Jill Burrough Volleyball
Fernandus Brown Basketball
Coach David Smothers, of Addison, was named the Alabamian's Football Coach of the Year, taking his team to the first round of the state playoffs. The Bulldogs had a season record of 8-3, losing to North Sand Mountain in the playoffs.
The following are members of the All Star team:
762 yards, 8TDs
58 rush attempts
370 yards , 2 TDs