BEAR CREEK - Phillips High School's homecoming was not only dampened by the light rain in the area, but also the Hackleburg Panthers, who pulled away in the second half to beat the Bears 38-22.
The mood between the two teams was friendlier and emotional prior to the start of the game when Hackleburg offensive lineman Kade Holcomb and wide receivers Gavin Pyburn and Ethan Heggy presented flowers to homecoming court contestant Emma Taylor in memory of her brother, Kiah, who lost his life in a two-vehicle accident in July.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The reigning 2018 2A volleyball state champions are now the 2019 Winston County champs. Addison won the title Saturday, Oct. 12, at Winston County High School.
Addison defeated Lynn in the first varsity match of the morning, 25-5, 25-11, 25-5.
The WCHS Lady Jackets defeated Meek in the second match of the morning by a score of 25-18, 27-25 and 25-16.
The championship match featured AHS and Winston County High School, with Addison winning 25-11, 25-17, 20-25, 25-13.
Stats for the Addison Lady Bulldogs for the tournament include:
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association has recognized a local volleyball standout as a top performer. Alli Temple, Phillips High School, Bear Creek: had 22 assists and 17 kills as the Bears (21-14) downed Belgreen in a key Class 1A match in northwest Alabama.
Among other top performances reported for week seven were: Drew Bailey, McIntyre, Chelsea;
Bliss Brown, Southside-Gadsden;
Reese Colburn, Mortimer Jordan;
Stephanie Sharp, Buckhorn;
Olivia Brown, Homewood;
Madalyn Holladay, Danville;
MONTGOMERY - The Addison Bulldogs has regained its place in the Top 10 rankings for 2A, coming in at #10 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll.
Others ranked included: CLASS 2A
1. Fyffe (23); 6-0; 285
2. Luverne; 6-0; 214
3. Ohatchee (1); 6-0; 182
4. Reeltown; 7-0; 162
5. Leroy; 5-1; 138
6. Aliceville; 5-1; 101
7. Collinsville; 5-1; 82
8. Red Bay; 6-0; 74
9. G.W. Long; 6-0; 37
10. Addison; 5-2; 21
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions (3-4, 2-2), suffering from multiple injuries this season, battled Friday night, Oct. 11, but fell short 17-11 in region action to the Good Hope Raiders (7-1, 4-1).
The Lions, who had 266 yards total offense on the night, were forced to punt on the opening series. This set up the Raiders first scoring drive on a punt at the GHHS 24.
ARLEY - It rained during the first half of play, but the Meek Tigers were under a storm warning, as the Pickens County Tornadoes blew into town leaving scattered Tigers in their wake 44-13 Friday night, Oct. 11.
The Meek Tigers faced a whirlwind of a defense Friday night, at the mercy of the Tornadoes, that dominated the ball game with a wall of size and quickness in the regional matchup.
TANNER - The Addison Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1) traveling to Tanner High School (1-6, 10-3) meaning business Friday night, wracking up 37 points in the first quarter alone on their way to a 44-25 victory.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Two springs, Cold and Double Springs, clashed on the dreary Friday night, Oct. 11, just as the light rain stopped. The Cold Springs Eagles, from Bremen, soared through the air with 135 passing yards to defeat the Winston County Yellow Jackets, 20-14.
As the game began, Winston County won the coin toss, but decided to defer to the second half and let the Eagles receive the kickoff. ,
HALEYVILLE - It was an emotional night for the Haleyville Lady Lions, recognizing their three seniors prior to the Curry volleyball match on Monday, Oct. 7.
Madison Caine, daughter of Starr Pendley and Dave Caine, to date as of Oct. 4, had 41 aces, 401 kills, 317 digs, 20 assists, 34 solo blocks and 64 block assists;
Laura Lunsford, daughter of Jim Lunsford and Kristi George, had 68 aces, 53 kills, 368 digs, 3 blocks and 637 assists;
Samara Pratt, daughter of Philip Pratt and Kim Pratt, had 22 aces, 87 kills, 199 digs, 38 blocks and 48 assists.
BEAR CREEK - The Phillips High School She Bears’ current record as of Tuesday, Oct. 8 was 23-16. The She Bears added Haleyville and Hamilton to the list of victories, defeating their opponents in straight sets.
Haleyville and PHS played in the first match with the She Bears winning 25-13 and 25-22.
Phillips then put down Hamilton 25-18 and 25-13.
Reported stats for Phillips in the Haleyville match included: Alli Temple, 10 assists, 3 digs, 4 kills;
Gracie Hallman, 9 assists, 3 digs, 4 kills.
Stats for the match with Hamilton are:
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School Lions (3-3, 2-1) captured their second region win Friday night, Oct. 4. The Lions won 15-6 over the Curry Yellow Jackets (0-6, 0-3).
HHS had 253 total offensive yards, with quarterback Eli Musso 3/9 and 33 yards in the passing department. He garnered 21 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Leading rusher was Ty Black with 18 carries and 105 yards. Total team carries were 41, gaining 220 yards.
ADDISON - The Addison Bulldogs may have been playing the Colbert County Indians, but the Bulldogs were on the warpath, dominating the scoreboard, with a majority of points scored in the third quarter to clinch their region win 44-12 Friday night, Oct. 4.
The Bulldogs, however, going into the game had been named literally the Underdogs in this tough regional matchup, but the Bulldogs ended up scoring more points defensively than offensively, seizing the opportunity on a myriad of Indian turnovers to take the lead and dominate the game.
LYNN - When wildcats and bears attack each other, it’s going to be the bear everyone thinks will win. However, the Berry Wildcats put up a winning fight on the Lynn Bears’ home turf Friday night, Oct. 4, and came out a winner by 21 points in their 37-16 win.
Lynn received the kickoff and worked their way down field 54 yards to the 9-yard mark before fourth down. Going for the field goal, a tried and true kick lit the scoreboard for the first time on the night making it 3-0.
HALEYVILLE - Area play for the Haleyville Lady Lions and the Fayette County Lady Tigers went five sets Tuesday, Oct. 1. Fayette won the first set 25-13, with Haleyville winning the second 25-23, Fayette the third, 25-13 and Haleyville the fourth 25-23 to send it to number five. Haleyville had the initial lead in the fifth set, but the Lady Tigers were victorious 15-12. The match was hosted by the Lady Lions.
Stats for the Lady Lions included:
Audrey Sibley: 3 aces, 9 digs, 13 kills, 3 assists;
Ashton McCullar: 1 ace, 16 digs, 15 kills;
ALICEVILLE - The Winston County Yellow Jackets (2-4, 0-3) met up with another set of Jackets at Aliceville (5-1, 4-0) Friday night and got stung 39-0.
Aliceville got on the board late in the first quarter on a 12-yard pass to Matthew Clark. Zavieon Hinton’s PAT was good, and Aliceville was up 7-0.
The home team would score twice more in the first half, on an 11-yard pass to Brandon Thomas and a 12-yard run by Thomas. Winston County went into halftime down 19-0.
FLORENCE - The Phillips Bears used a big game from senior running back Hunter Lanford to propel their way to a 27-14 win over the Flame of Shoals Christian.
The victory over the Flame marked the Bears’ first win of the 2019 campaign.
Lanford finished the game with three scores, one through the air and two on the ground, to lead the Bears’ offensive efforts. He also had a fumble recovery and eight solo tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
BRILLIANT - Rushing for over 200 yards, the Brilliant Tigers racked up over 400 yards of total offense as they powered their way past Meek High School 30-6 for their first region win of the season.
The hosting Brilliant Tigers built a 22-6 lead in the first half and cruised to the win over the final two quarters using their traditional ground-and-pound style offensive tactic.
ADDISON - The outside temperature said 100 degrees and the action was hot inside the Addison High School gym Thursday, Oct. 3, when the Lady Bulldogs and the Winston County Lady Jackets faced off.
AHS defeated WCHS in three straight matches, 25-20, 25-23, 25-14.
Stats for AHS included:
Savannah Manley, 5 kills, 2 aces, 8 blocks, 4 digs;
Callie Crider, 14 kills, 3 blocks, 6 digs;
Addisyn Smothers, 8 kills, 8 digs;
Sunny Snoddy, 4 kills, 1 block;
Macey Butler, 2 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 12 digs;
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Parks and Recreation Department is holding youth basketall registration for boys and girls ages 5-12 Oct. 14-25. Cost is $35 for the first child, with a multi-child discount offered. Debit/credit cards are accepted.
You may register your child at the Neighborhood Facilities Building, located on Highway 13 South Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
If your child is five or 12 as of Sept. 1, 2019, they’re eligible to play.
MONTGOMERY - Phillips High School volleyball standout Ally McCollum and Winston County High School all star Mackenzie Blackwood have been recognized as a top performer by the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Volleyball Sportlight.
McCollum had 61 kills and seven blocks to spark the Bears (19-14) to the championship of the Marion County Tournament.
By Kathy Barber
Special to Alabamian
FLORENCE - It was another hot Saturday in Florence, at the Warriors Invitational on Sept. 28. Haleyville Lions Cross Country teams excelled despite the heat. Both the girls and boys teams finished 2nd in 4A-7A division.
They both earned second place team trophies and 5 runners earned “Elite Runner” tee shirts and one earned a top place metal.
HARTSELLE - Week three of the Haleyville High School Running Lions season took them to the Hartselle Tiger Invitational. Gracen Smith was the HHS top finisher for the boys and the team finished 4th overall.
Kaytee Beth Boyles was the top HHS finisher for the girls and the team finished 5th. They worked hard all week in practices and put in lots of miles. The cross country teams will compete Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Jesse Owens Classic at Oakville.
Boys top 5
13th Gracen Smith 18:58
16th Lewis Barber 19.49
RUSSELLVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions split matches with Lawrence County and Russellville Monday, Sept. 23, played at Russellville Middle School gym.
Lawrence County beat Haleyville in two straight sets 25-13 and 25-19.
Lady Lions stats for the LCHS match included:
Kaitlyn Burleson, 3 digs;
Kaylee Riddle, 2 digs;
Ashton McCullar, 5 digs, 2 kills;
Laura Lunsford, 4 digs, 6 assists;
Madison Caine, 1 kill, 12 digs;
Samara Pratt, 2 kills, 2 digs;
Adyson, 1 ace, 1 dig;
Audrey Sibley, 2 kills, 8 digs, 2 assists.
VINEMONT - The Addison Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1) came out of region play to travel to Vinemont (2-3, 1-1) Friday, Sept. 27. The pairing of the Eagles and Dawgs usually makes for some good football, and this year's clash was no different. The Dawgs went into halftime with a razor-thin lead only to come alive in the second half, heading back across the Cullman-Winston County line with a 21-6 victory.
RUSSELLVILLE - It was a tough night for the 4A Haleyville Lions (2-3, 1-1) Friday, Sept. 27. The Lions were shut out 35-0 by the 5A undefeated Russellville Tigers, who hosted the game.
The first score for the Tigers came with 6:47 left in the first quarter. HHS was forced to punt on downs, giving RHS the ball at their own 37. It took six plays to score, with quarterback Jacob Bishop finding Joshua Price open for the touchdown. Miguel Flores-Zavaleta’s PAT was good.
BEAR CREEK - The Phillips She Bears were on task Thursday, Sept. 26, winning matches over Meek and Hackleburg in straight sets at home.
PHS and Hackleburg played first, with the She Bears winning 25-8, 25-13 and 25-15.
Meek and Hackleburg were next on the court, with the MHS Lady Tigers winning in two straight, 25-16, 25-15.
Phillips and Meek ended the night, with PHS leading the score board 25-16, 25-14.
Stats for the She Bears in the Meek game were:
Gracie Hallman, 5 kills, 7 assists, 7 digs, 1 block;
Mary Ashton Hyde, 4 kills, 2 assists, 4 digs;
SUMITON - With his hands in the air, eyes skyward, Meek’s Coach David Norwood shouted, “It’s a miracle,” while Meek played Sumiton Christian Friday, Sept. 27. He was referring to a play Meek got through without getting the penalty flag thrown at them, a rarity Friday night. The Tigers ultimately lost 28-6.
LYNN - Mackenzie Blackwood lead the day, with 16 kills in Winston County High School’s victory over the Lynn Lady Bears Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Lady Jackets took the match in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-15.
Stats for WCHS were:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 16 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces;
Ella Moore, 5 blocks, 2 kills, 2 aces;
Elle Donaldson, 7 digs, 4 kills;
Makayla Lindsey, 8 kills, 2 aces;
Brenna Wakefield, 2 blocks, 4 aces.
Stats for the hosting Lynn Lady Bears included:
Lilli Davis, 3 aces, 4 digs, 1 kill;
WATERLOO - A nailbiter turned into a heartbreaker for the Lynn Bears Friday night, Sept. 27, when they lost by only two points to the Waterloo Cougars 30-28 in a griddy matchup showcasing strengths from both sides.
The Lynn Bears raked in a total offense of 297 yards, including 175 rushing and 122 passing.
Griffin Lynn led the Bears with eight tackles, Carson Legg six tackles, two for a loss. Evan Lamb had six tackles for two losses on the night.
Quarterback Brandon Hill was 4-9 in the passing department for 122 yards and one touchdown.
ARLEY - The Meek Tigers had been preparing all week to face the Berry Wildcats Friday, Sept. 20, for homecoming. Even though it was a close game, Berry handed Meek the defeat 36-30.
Homecoming was held before the game started. Madison Smith, Class of 2023 and daughter of Shawn Smith and Amy Perdock, was crowned junior princess and was escorted by her father. Her flower girl was Maddie Robison, daughter of Blake and Hollie Robison. Smith was crowned by last year’s recipient, Belle Cleghorn.
LYNN - The Brilliant Tigers came to Lynn Friday night and turned the Bears' homecoming into a nailbiter, keeping all the fans on the edge of their seats right up until the end of the game, when Lynn pulled it off 19-12.
Lynn opted to receive the opening kick-off, setting up shop on their own 40. After a gain of 5 by J.T. Linley, Griffin Lynn converted on third down with a 13-yard run, moving the chains to the Brilliant 43-yard line. Carson Legg kept the drive going, getting a first down at the 32-yard line three plays later.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets and Addison’s Lady Bulldogs went head-to-head in a hard played match Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The hosting Lady Jackets took an eight to nothing lead in the first set, but the AHS Lady Bulldogs clawed their way back and won the set 25-22. The Lady Bulldogs did not look back in the next two sets, winning 25-11 and 25-15.
Leading stats for the Lady Jackets include:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 12 kills, 8 digs;
Elle Donaldson, 12 digs;
Ella Moore, 4 kills, 4 blocks.
Stats for Addison include:
ADDISON - The Addison Bulldogs used a strong second half to capture their first region win of the season with a 26-6 victory over Sheffield High School on Friday night. The win for the hosting Bulldogs was crucial after dropping their first regional contest of the year 16-10 to Red Bay a week earlier.
The game opened with a scoreless first quarter, but a solo score from Addison half way through the second frame gave them a 6-0 lead they would carry into the half. The Dawgs' score came at the 6:13 mark of the quarter when Weston Smith crossed the line from four-yards out.
SULLIGENT - Missed opportunities and turnovers told the big story Friday night, Sept. 20, as to why the Sulligent Blue Devils put the stinger to the Winston County Yellow Jackets 18-6.
The Jackets were entering the matchup 2-2 on the season, knowing they were going to face a good football team, on their opponent’s home turf.
Mistakes, including turnovers, however, spelled trouble for the Jackets, after the Blue Devils charged out of the gate and took the opening kickoff.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start, losing their first set to Carbon Hill 25-16, Monday, Sept. 16.
WCHS fired up their engines in the next two sets to win the match 25-18 and 16-14.
The Lady Jackets hosted a tri-match with Carbon Hill and Curry, losing to the Curry Yellow Jackets.
In the Carbon Hill match, leading stats for the Lady Jackets were:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 10 kills and 6 digs;
Makayla Lindsey, 5 kills, 2 blocks;
Jassmine Ergle, 6 blocks, 2 kills;
Ella Moore, 5 blocks, 2 kills;
ADDISON - The Addison Lady Bulldogs put the hammer down, destroying Meek and Sulligent in three straight sets for each match. Scores for the Meek match were: 25-6, 25-10 and 25-16.
The Lady Dawgs defeated Sulligent 25-9, 25-10 and 25-11 on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Bulldog stats for Meek and Sulligent combined were: Savannah Manley, 19 kills, 2 digs, 5 blocks, 4 aces;
Callie Crider, 12 kills, 11 digs, 2 blocks, 3 aces;
Addisyn Smothers, 15 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks, 3 aces;
Sunny Snoddy, 9 kills, 3 digs, 1 block, 2 aces;
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School fishing team placed well in the Wilson Lake tournament held Saturday, Sept. 7.
Matthew Baugus and Nash Collum finished seventh and the brother and sister team of Will and Maegan McCullar came in 16th out of 80 plus boats.
HHS finished as a whole fourth out of 21 schools. Team adviser John McCullar commented, “Our team performed pretty well for the tournament.”
The next tournament will be Nov. 16, at Wheeler Lake.