The Pickens County High School boys basketball team will encounter a peculiar predicament at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays at R.C. Hatch in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A Central Sub-Regional Tournament. It will be the first time in 15 years that the Pickens County Tornadoes will have to travel for a sub-regional tournament game.
CALEDONIA — Tyler Aldridge is honest when he looks back at his athletic career. He always had confidence in whatever sport he played — football, soccer, or baseball — but he feels something was missing. “When I was a freshman and a sophomore, I broke down mentally,” Aldridge said. “The physical part was always there, but I wasn’t thinking.
Robert Byrd hopes a week off is the recipe for success this week for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. A little home cooking won’t hurt the Trojans, either.
A more patient Rachel Hollivay is a scary proposition for opponents who dare to venture into the lane. The Caledonia High School girls basketball team discovered just how dominating the 6-foot-4 freshman center can be last week when she scored 22 points and blocked 17 shots in a 49-32 victory.
Heritage Academy has promoted Brad Butler to be its new football coach. The 31-year-old Butler accepted the promotion Monday after being Heritage Academy’s offensive line coach this past season.
CALEDONIA –– It’s never too early to execute the fundamentals. The little things like baserunning, communicating on catching high pop ups, throwing strikes, and knowing what you’re supposed to do when fielding a bunt were magnified Saturday in the Caledonia Jamboree at Tommy Smith Field.
STEENS — The Hebron Christian basketball teams will have to make room for new hardware in the trophy case on Monday. The Hebron Christian girls used a balanced scoring attack to beat Calhoun Academy 46-38 in the Class 1A-District 3 championship game at Immanuel Christian on Saturday. The Hebron boys then had to work overtime Saturday night to earn a 53-47 victory against Immanuel.
After having open heart surgery two months ago, Hamilton High School baseball coach Lewis Earnest will get a chance Saturday to see if he’s ready to return to coaching this season. Earnest’s Hamilton Lions are scheduled to play in a jamboree at Caledonia High School’s Tommy Smith Field. The games will prepare the Lions for their season opener Feb. 13 against Hatley in the Monroe County Tournament.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. — When Donald Prince suffered a season-ending injury, he didn’t know what the future would hold for him on a football field. The running back from Aliceville High School in Aliceville, Ala., wondered if he would get a scholarship after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the first quarter of the fourth game of the season.
CRAWFORD — East Oktibbeha High School’s Jimmie Williams Jr. didn’t worry when he received a phone call from East Mississippi Community College informing him the school wasn’t protecting him. Even though it was only a month or so before National Signing Day, Williams Jr. had enough confidence in what he has accomplished on the football to know he would get an opportunity to continue his football career in college.
MACON — The Noxubee County football team has enjoyed many accolades after winning the Class 4A state title. Standout senior wide receiver Patrick Patterson participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and The Army All-American Game.
WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team was well represented Wednesday on National Signing Day. Four Green Wave players signed letters of intent to take their skills and talents to the next level.
Starkville High School defensive end Johnathan Archie is ready for a fresh start. Archie is prepared to take full advantage of the chance after he signed Wednesday to play football for the Jackson State Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Antonio Griggs prefers to take a positive approach. But even someone who has a reputation for being a hard worker and for setting a good example had to be a little concerned that there weren’t a lot of schools recruiting him to play football.
One opportunity was enough for Johnny Cockrell. Picking one destination proved to be a little tougher than Billy Autrey imagined.
Each story on National Signing Day is unique. And even though Jonathan Guerry, Josh Ferguson, and Tamicdrius Davis took different paths to realize their dreams Wednesday, each started out with at least a little doubt that they would be able to continue their football careers in college.
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