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Meek Lady Tigers are 1A Area 12 volleyball champions


The Meek Lady Tigers of Arley captured the 1A Area 12 volleyball championship at Marion County High School recently. Members of the team include, front row, from left: Sunnie Manning, Jessie Woodard, Savannah Smith, BreAnna Eddy, Abby Phillips. Back row: Head Coach Callie Brewer, Laney Phillips, Peyton Johnson, Hannah Taylor, Madison Smith, Veronica Ortega, Tyleigh Thompson, Christina Tyree and assistant Payten Hayes.

Fayette eliminates Haleyville from area vb tourney


Lily Tinch at the net for the Lady Lions.

CURRY - The Haleyville Lady Lions were eliminated from the area tournament Monday, Oct. 21, in Curry. HHS lost in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-8, 28-26.
Stats for Haleyville include:
Kaitlyn Burleson, 6 digs;
Kaylee Riddle, 6 digs;
Ashton McCullar, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 13 digs;
Laura Lunsford, 4 aces, 7 digs, 7 assists;
Audrey Sibley, 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist;
Anna Allen, 4 aces, 1 kill, 6 digs, 42 assists;
Madison Caine, 4 kills, 3 digs, 2 assists;
Samara Pratt, 1 kill, 4 assists;
Lily Tinch, 3 kills, 1 dig;

Phillips pounds Sumiton Christian 61-22


Alex Copeland on the tackle for Phillips.

CHEROKEE - A hot start from the Phillips Bears propelled them to their second win of the season as they routed the Indians of Cherokee High School 61-22 on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Hunter Lanford was the leader for the Bears in the win. The senior running back rushed for four touchdowns and also reeled in a pass for a score in the win.
"I am really proud of the way our team executed," first-year Bear head coach Adam Lawler said following the game. "We came out and were able to dominate in the run game. I think our offensive and defensive linemen played really well," he added.

Addison shuts out Hatton 43-0

HATTON - The Addison Bulldogs concluded the 2019 regular football season in fine style Thursday, Oct. 23, routing the Hatton Hornets 43-0.
The Dawgs got on the board quickly to start the game on an 80-yard kickoff return, courtesy of Grant Rice.  Rice was good for a 58-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter, then Rice completed a pass to Luke Chambers from 24-yards out for the Dawgs’ third score of the first quarter.  All two-point tries failed  throughout the game, but the Dawgs were up 18-0 to end the first quarter.

WCHS hands Sumiton Christian 46-7 loss

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Yellow Jackets slammed Sumiton Christian Thursday night, Oct. 24, by a score of 46-7.
The Yellow Jackets had a total of 401 yards on the ground and had 35 yards in penalties.
WCHS held the visitors to only 96 to yards on the night, with Sumiton Christian hit with 20 yards in penalties.
Winston County will host Lynn Friday, Nov. 1.

AHS homecoming court


Pictured is the 2019 Addison High School homecoming queen Macey Butler, along with her court. From l-r: Callie Crider, Ivey Howse, Savannah Manley, Butler, Chloe Brockwell, Rheagan Holland and Savannah Lynn

PHS ends senior night with victories


Cassidy Dodd slams a kills down for the Lynn Lady Bears. On the block for PHS are Allie Veal (30) and Gracie Hallman (12).

BEAR CREEK - It was a night of memories and victories, as the Phillips She Bears honored their seniors and took wins over Lynn and Tharptown Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The PHS She Bears won in straight sets over both teams defeating the LHS Lady Bears 25-12 and 25-13. The She Bears won 25-21 and 25-17 over The Lady Wildcats.
Stats for the She Bears in the Lynn match include:
Alli Temple, 9 assists, 3 kills;
Gracie Hallman, 3 assists, 2 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace;
Ally McCollum, 1 dig, 7 kills, 3 blocks.
She Bear stats for the Tharptown match are:

WCHS wins in close match over HHS


WCHS seniors from left: Mackenzie Blackwood, Elle Donaldson, Jassmine Ergle and Rachel Thompson.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - It was senior night for the Winston County Yellow Lady Jackets Thursday, Oct. 17. The Lady Jackets went three straight over Haleyville in close sets, winning 25-18, 25-23 and 28-26.
Senior Mackenzie Blackwood was also recognized for reaching 1,000 kills at the recent Winston County Volleyball Tournament.
Stats for the Lady Jackets include:
Elle Donaldson, 18 digs, 4 aces;
Mackenzie Blackwood, 14 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace;
Makayla Lindsey, 10 kills, 7 digs, 1 block, 1 ace;
Ella Moore, 2 blocks, 4 digs, 1 kill;

Mustangs wrangle 25-16 win over Winston County


Ryker Morgan is on a carry for the Yellow Jackets, with Isic Clark (11) shown blocking.

REMLAP  - One thing can be said about the Winston County Yellow Jackets: they played their hearts out against the Southeastern Mustangs even againt opposition.
The Southeastern Mustangs had the final say with a 25-16  victory in the griddy regional matchup Friday night, Oct. 18.
The Yellow Jackets played hard but were hit with penalties at the most inopportune moments of the ball game, stated Head Coach Mark Mitchell.

Meek falls to Marion County 35-20


Matthew Clark rushes downfield for Meek. Also shown is Meek Tiger Angel Chino.

By Jesse Lamar
Courtesy of The Journal Record
GUIN - The Marion County Red Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday, Oct. 18, with a hard-fought 35-20 win over the Tigers of Meek High School.
The Red Raiders, who are now 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in region play, got off to a hot start in the Class 1A, Region 6 matchup, opening the contest with a commanding 20-0 run.
The Tigers had two scores in the second half, but the rally wasn't enough as they eventually fell to the hosting Raiders.

HHS moves final regular season game to Halloween

HALEYVILLE - Nothing goes together like great football and candy.
To that end, Haleyville High School has moved its final regular game of the season to Thursday, Oct. 31.  As the Haleyville Lions take on their arch nemesis, the Hamilton Aggies, kids can enjoy the candy throwouts, a costume contest (friendly costumes only), face painting and much more!
All HHS students are encouraged to come out for Halloween at the Bubba.

Addison Dizzy Dean 11U team honored


Each year, the senior class at Addison HIgh School chooses a theme for their homecoming festivities. This year’s theme was “Home is Where the Bulldogs Are”. Members of the senior class chose to honor Addison’s past, present and future. For the future, the honorees were the Addison Dizzy Dean 11U baseball team, which brought home the state championship this past summer. Members of the team, along with their coaches were brought to the 50-yard line, where they were met with a roar of applause from the crowd. Members of the team were Kiah Lake, Tucker Thompson, Jed Wilkins, Jackson Williams, Stone Talley, Trennon Burns, Shelton Alexander, Braiden Moser, Dathan Cleghorn, Cole Thompson and Landen Livingston. Coaches were Keith Thompson, head coach; Dallas Thompson, Chad Williams and Damon Cleghorn. Pictured above are some of the members of the team, along with their coaches.span>

Townsend carries Hammer for Lions


Reece Townsend brought the Hammer on to the field for the Haleyville High School Lions during the Good Hope football game. He is pictured with band members who presented the honor at the afternoon pep rally. From left, Townsend, Olivia Harris, Melena Ward, Tia Lauderdale, Sara Long and Hagen Weaver. The award is presented by the HHS band and boosters organization.

Hammer Award given to Lambert


Brantson Lambert was given the honor of carrying the hammer on to the field for the Russellville football game for Haleyville. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization and awarded at the afternoon pep rally. Shown with Lambert are band members Destiny Yeakey, left and Erin Morris, right, along with Mayor Ken Sunseri.

Whitman receives Hammer Award


Nick Whitman was presented the Hammer Award at the Haleyville High School afternoon pep rally prior to the Northside football game. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization. Whitman is pictured with HHS Principal Davey Reed, dressed in the theme of the week for red, white and blue.

Nick Whitman was presented the Hammer Award at the Haleyville High School afternoon pep rally prior to the Northside football game. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization. Whitman is pictured with HHS Principal Davey Reed, dressed in the theme of the week for red, white and blue.

Weaver selected for Hammer Award


Josh Weaver was selected at the Haleyville High School pep rally for the Curry game to bring in the hammer for the Lions football team prior to the start of the game. The award is selected by the band and band boosters organization. Color guard members shown from left are: Olivia Harris, Sara Long, Hagen Weaver, Weaver, Melena Ward and Tia Lauderdale.

Running Lions finish well in Jesse Owens classic


Haleyville’s top three boys. Pictured from left are: Logan Smith, Lewis Barber, Gracen Smith

By Kathy Barber
Special to the Alabamian
DANVILLE - The Haleyville High School  Running Lions competed in The Jesse Owens XC Classic Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Danville. This is one of the largest races in the state with teams from four states competing. Runners numbering 3,767 completed the course.
Traffic was so congested that some spectators, as well as teams themselves, had to park a mile away on the side of the road and walk the course to make it in time for the races. Luckily our teams made it to the competition early.  

PHS loses to Hackleburg in homecoming


Phillips’ Hayden Kelley is on the run after an interception.

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.  

Addison claims Winston County VB champs title


In the championship match, Winston County’s Mackenzie Blackwood goes for the kill, as Addison’s two sisters Savannah (13) and Gracie (16) Manley go for the block. Also shown in the background is Makayla Lindsey (21).

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:

Temple named AHSAA top performer


Alli Temple Phillips

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;

Addison regains ASWA Top 10 ranking

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

Good Hope slides by Haleyville 17-11


Camden Smith on one of his 15 carries on the night. Smith garnered a total of 105 yards rushing. He runs behind the blocking of offensive lineman Trevor Jordan (75).

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.

Pickens County blows past Meek 44-13


Stuart Waldrep comes around the corner on a carry for Meek.

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.

Cold Springs downs Winston 20-14


Yellow Jacket Robert Edgil heads toward Cold Springs defenders.

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. ,

Lady Lions lose to Curry in close match


HHS head coach Sadie Hall with her seniors from left, Madison Caine, Laura Lunsford and Samara Pratt.

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.
Seniors honored
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.

Addison wins Winston County tournament title


The Addison Lady Bulldogs captured the 2019 Winston County volleyball tournament title Saturday, Oct. 12, at Winston County High School. Pictured on the front row are: from left, Addisyn Smothers, Lexie Cunningham, Bracie Rodgers and Anna Luker. Back row: Callie Crider, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Gracie Manley and Macey Butler. Not shown is team head coach Kayla Woodard.

WCHS finishes runner-up in county tournament


The Winston County High School Lady Yellow Jackets placed second in the Winston County Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 12, at WCHS. Pictured on the front row, from left, are: Rachel Thompson, Emily Holt, Elle Donaldson and Jenna Downey. Back row: Makayla Lindsey, Jassmine Ergle, Ella Moore, Mackenzie Blackwood, Emily Hill, Brenna Wakefield, Ally Blackston and head coach Tiffany Cole.

PHS wins in straight sets over Haleyville and Hamilton


Allie Veal puts down a kill for PHS.

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:

HHS homecoming court


Pictured above are members of the Haleyville High School homecoming court. From left: Allie Bishop, freshman representative; senior representatives Mallory Rushing, Reagan Kutis, Molly Gilbert, Hallé Tolbert and Faith Anne Smith; Meredith Robertson, junior representative; Kaitlyn Burleson, sophomore representative.

Lions win over Curry


Ty Black cuts to the right on a carry for the HHS Lions. Black scored one of the two touchdowns on the night and had 18 carries for 105 yards.


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 routs Colbert County in region win


A host of Addison Bulldogs put a sack on a Colbert County Indian.

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.

Wildcats scratch Bears in 37-16 win


Lynn’s Logan Kent and Marcus Meeks bring down Tyler Lollar for the Berry Wildcats.

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.

Lady Lions take it to fifth set in area loss to Fayette


Kaitlyn Burleson takes the serve in action against Fayette. Also shown are Ashton McCullar (3) and Laura Lunsford (11).

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 shuts out Winston County 39-0


Austin Owens (21) tries for a diving tackle on Matthew Clark. Also shown is John Goggans (64) for WCHS.

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.

Phillips gets first win over Shoals Christian


Hayden Kelley makes the reception for PHS.

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 powers their way past Meek 30-6


Pictured above Tommy Daniel (10) goes up to bat down a pass by BHS quarterback Timmy Bryant.

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 goes three straight in win over WCHS


Addisyn Smothers is at the net for the Lady Bulldogs, with Ally Blackston and Jassmine Ergle on the block for WCHS.

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;

Youth basketball registration set Oct. 14-25 at NFB

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.

McCollum, Blackwood recognized by AHSAA as top performers

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.