By: Tim Lambert
The new year began with more scholarship signings for local athletes. James Clemens’ Amy Haddock will be continuing her playing career as part of the UAH lacrosse team. Athens High’s Kobe Melton signed a swimming scholarship with Arkansas, while another Golden Eagle–Alexis Woods–will go on to play basketball at UAH. East Limestone’s Kaleigh Tribble inked a softball pact with Columbia State.

Calhoun Community College announced the signing of eight high school seniors to join the Lady Warhawks’ softball team during the 2018 fall semester. The list included James Clemens middle infielder Aubrey Little. She was joined by Mattie Kerr (outfield, Hamilton High School), Hailey Olsen (third base/pitcher, American Christian Academy), Rayna Melton (catcher, Wilson High School), Alex Green (outfield, Northside High School-Northport, AL), Savanna Uhlman (pitcher, Muscle Shoals High School), Jenesis Morgan (first base, Fultondale High School) and Anna Kate Jones (outfield, Florence High School).

Local athletes made it on to All-State football teams. In Class 7A, James Clemens’ Daevion Davis was named to first team defense while teammate Zach Hopkins made honorable mention. Perry Kirby of Athens was 6A second team defense while honorable mention went to teammate Kannon Biggs. Davis was also named as a finalist for Class 7A Lineman of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Player of the Year Luncheon in Montgomery on January 30.

The latest boys’ basketball rankings had West Limestone eighth in Class 4A and Lindsay Lane in fifth in 1A; on the girls’ side, James Clemens was at the fifth spot in Class 7A and Tanner sat at number nine in 2A. Local highlights (by school) since our last column:

Ardmore—the Tigers overwhelmed West Morgan while the girls got a win over rival Elkmont.

Athens Bible School—the Trojans defeated then sixth-ranked Whitesburg Christian along with their second meeting with Elkmont.

Athens High–the Golden Eagles beat Tanner. The Athens girls smothered Haleyville and got by Florence. Both teams notched wins against West Limestone.

Clements—Colt teams swept East Lawrence, the boys got past Tanner; the girls turned back Russellville and Lawrence County.

East Limestone—the Lady Indians posted big wins over Brooks and Central-Florence along with victories over West Morgan, Winfield and West Limestone.

James Clemens—the Jets recorded victories over Westminster and an upset over top-ranked Huffman. The Lady Jets blistered Columbia; both teams won their cross-town rivalry games with Bob Jones.

Lindsay Lane—the Lions knocked off Addison and both teams squeaked out wins against Waterloo.

Tanner—the Rattlers downed Lexington and Sheffield, while the girls came out on top against Clements.

West Limestone—boys’ and girls’ teams both topped Tanner and Elkmont; the Wildcats held off East Limestone.

The Limestone County basketball tournament will be hosted by Elkmont High School this year. Middle school action will begin the proceedings on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m. with the Ardmore and Clements girls, followed by the Tigers and Colts at 12:15 p.m.; after that, the Tanner and East Limestone girls face off at 1:30 p.m., the Elkmont and West Limestone boys at 2:45 p.m. and the East Limestone and Clements JV boys at 4 p.m. Varsity games will tip off on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. as the West Limestone girls take on Ardmore and the Elkmont and Tanner boys play at 8 p.m. Listen online at or on the PlayAction Sports app for the varsity finals Saturday, January 27 at 5 p.m.

Odds and ends: The Athens Recreation Center is having youth spring baseball registration going on through February 10, and spring softball registration through February 15, for ages 5 through 12. Fee is $70. For more information, call 256-233-8740. Ongoing offerings by the center include karate classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and Super Circuit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
By: Tim Lambert
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By: Tim Lambert
The Alabama High School Athletic Association released their classifications and sports alignments for the next two school years. The only change to our Limestone County schools in classification was to Elkmont, who will be moving up to Class 4A. Region and area changes were more widespread, however. A new wrinkle was also introduced – the Competitive Balance factor affecting private schools. A listing of these changes can be found on the AHSAA website at

Several local athletes have signed scholarships or letters of intent: James Clemens has had nine to make their decisions known: Samantha Burns (Montevallo, cross country/track), Zack Toth (Montevallo, baseball), Katie Sharp (UAH, volleyball), Eve Mallard (UAH, softball), Adrian Grant (UAH, basketball), Jordan McMeans (Wallace State, softball), Tommy Crider (Belmont, baseball), Laken Lansdell (UNA, baseball) and Genesis Taylor (Wallace State, volleyball). Athens High’s Alexis Woods signed to play basketball with UAH and Athens Bible School’s Kenneth Adams will go to Wallace State to play baseball.

Former Limestone County athletes have also been honored recently–Paxton Schrimsher, an Athens High alumnus (now a sophomore at Southern Miss) and Reed Blankenship, a 2017 graduate of West Limestone (now at Middle Tennessee State), were both honorable-mention defense on the 2017 Conference USA football team. Blankenship was also named to the all-freshman team. Tanner grad Oman Smothers, now at Lakeland University, was tapped as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Athens High and James Clemens sent swimmers and divers to the Class 6A-7A state meet at Auburn. Top finishers included Athens’ Kobie Melton, who won the girls’ 200-yard freestyle and set a state record in the 100-yard backstroke. Connor Hill had a fourth-place finish in the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke. James Clemens’ Alec Benzek was fourth in the boys’ 1-meter diving, Eric Messer finished fourth in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly, Caleb Williams came in fifth in the boys’ 200-yard intermediate medley, the Lady Jets’ 200-yard medley relay team placed fourth while the boys were fifth. The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team also posted a fourth place. The James Clemens girls came in fifth as a team, while the boys finished up in eighth place. The Athens girls and boys were 13th and 17th respectively.

Basketball results by school (as of this writing):

The Ardmore boys’ only victories so far have come over Clements and Cornersville. The Lady Tigers have also split with Clements and St. John Paul II and posted wins against West Limestone, Lindsay Lane, Decatur Heritage and Huntland.

Athens Bible School’s varsity boys have two wins to their credit (St. Bernard and Shoals Christian); the young Lady Trojans are still in search of their first win.

Athens High School has posted winning varsity records so far — the Golden Eagles have defeated Decatur, Cullman, East Limestone and Austin. The Athens girls have split with Hartselle and posted additional victories over Midfield, Colbert County, Cullman, East Limestone and Decatur. The Lady Golden Eagles were also ranked #8 in Class 6A in the latest poll.

The Clements boys have notched wins against Danville, Fayetteville, West Morgan, Ardmore and Wilson; the Lady Colts thus far have gone 1-1 with Ardmore and defeated West Limestone and Brooks.

East Limestone’s boys are even on the season with five wins (Elkmont, Ardmore, West Limestone, Tanner and Clements) while the Lady Indians have seven (Elkmont, Bob Jones, Randolph, Ardmore, West Limestone, Tanner and Clements).

The Elkmont boys defeated Lexington, ABS and East Lawrence; the Lady Red Devils have come out on top against Lindsay Lane (twice) and ABS.

Both James Clemens teams were in the top 10 in the latest Class 7A rankings: the boys were ninth and the girls were at the fifth spot. The Lady Jets started the season at #6, the first time they had ever made an appearance in the poll. So far, the boys have claimed victories over Fairview, Arab, Laverne (TN), Decatur and Grissom. The girls have topped Fairview, Muscle Shoals, Columbia, Madison County and Bob Jones.

Lindsay Lane’s boys were ranked third in the Class 1A poll behind an undefeated record. The Lady Lions have victories over Paint Rock and ABS.

The Tanner boys have defeated Ardmore, Hatton and Elkmont while the third-ranked (2A) Lady Rattlers have beaten Red Bay, Ardmore, West Limestone, Hatton and Elkmont.

The #10 (4A) West Limestone boys have wins over Ardmore, Clements, Hatton, West Point, Tanner, Priceville and Lauderdale County; the Lady Wildcats are another team looking for their first victory.
By: Tim Lambert
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By: Tim Lambert
The fall season has all but ended for our local sports. Football, volleyball, and cross country are over and swimming is entering its last laps. But, as the saying goes, where a door closes, a window opens and such is the case with the transition from fall to winter sports. Before that door closes entirely, though, here’s a recap of what you might have missed:

In their last games of the season, Ardmore fell 55-14 to Mae Jemison and 44-6 to Russellville. The Tigers wrapped up their season on a high note, stunning West Limestone 34-14. Athens started their last three regular season games with a 29-12 home victory against Hazel Green, then followed that up with a 69-28 defeat at the hands of Austin and a 23-15 loss to Huntsville. Clay-Chalkville put a stop to the Golden Eagles’ year in round one of the 6A playoffs, 28-0. Clements had two shutouts against East Lawrence (17-0) and Elkmont (7-0, in the Red Devils’ last game) before being edged by St. John Paul II in their season finale, 16-13. Elkmont was also defeated by West Morgan 46-9. James Clemens wrapped up their season with a 33-7 victory over Buckhorn and two losses to Hewitt-Trussville (44-13) and Austin (28-14). Tanner closed out their regular slate defeating Cold Springs (28-14) and falling to Falkville (20-16) and East Limestone (49-6), but sneaked into the 2A playoffs thanks to early wins against West Limestone and West End. The Rattlers went to Lanett for playoff round one and returned home with a 41-6 loss. East Limestone’s close losses to Russellville (17-13) and Brooks (21-14) denied the Indians a playoff spot. West Limestone was another 1-2 team down the stretch, with a 26-6 win over Central-Florence, a 20-14 loss at Deshler and the defeat at Ardmore. The Wildcats set a school record for consecutive playoff appearances (three), but couldn’t make it past the first round after stumbling at Fayette County, 21-12.

Athens Bible School, Elkmont, Ardmore, East Limestone, and James Clemens all made it through their area tournaments and advanced to super regional action. There, the Lady Trojans turned away Coosa Christian and punched their ticket to the state tournament with a win over Faith Christian. A loss to Meek put them in the third-place game where they eliminated Decatur Heritage. Tanner was shut out by Cold Springs, Elkmont was topped by Holly Pond, and Ardmore had a season-ending meeting with Mortimer Jordan. East Limestone got past Hayden before losing to Arab, and James Clemens was knocked off by Hoover. Athens Bible School made it as far as the state semi-finals, defeating Isabella in the quarterfinals and falling to eventual state champ Addison.

Cross Country
In sectional cross-country meets, the ABS girls were first in 1A-2A; the Trojans came in second. Tanner’s boys were fifth. East Limestone and Ardmore came in sixth and eighth in 5A boys with the Lady Tigers posting a sixth place. The Elkmont and Clements boys finished second and seventh at their 3A meet; the Lady Red Devils and Lady Colts were fifth and sixth respectively. West Limestone’s girls led the pack in 4A while the Wildcats placed fifth. The Athens High girls were third in 6A; the Athens boys finished fourth. In 7A, the James Clemens girls came in third while the Jets were fifth. Elkmont’s Chase Prater finished third in 3A boys at the state meet, West Limestone’s Cassidy Winter placed fourth in 4A girls; the Lady Wildcats came in fifth as a team. The James Clemens girls were tenth in 7A.

James Clemens’ girls won the Bob Jones Invitational while the boys’ team came in second. Both teams also took first places at the Cullman Bearcat Invitational, at two of their own invitationals and at the SportsMed North Alabama Championships. Athens girls and boys placed fifth and ninth at Bob Jones, third and sixth at Cullman, and both were seventh at the second Jets Invitational.

Odds and Ends
The North Alabama Flames basketball team is trying to raise money to help with their expenses as they compete in the National Powerade Platform Circuit. The goal is to raise $10,000 by March 2018. Donations may be made by going to

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By: Tim Lambert
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By: Tim Lambert
The local sports scene is close to wrapping up for our local teams. Some still have high hopes for successful seasons while others will have to “go back to the drawing board.” Here’s an overview of the second half of the fall season so far:

The Tigers have gone 1-4 on the football field with their lone win coming against St. John Paul II; losses came at the hands of East Limestone, Randolph, Lee and Lawrence County. The Ardmore girls and boys placed fifth and seventh at the Trojan Trail Run at Hazel Green. The girls came in ninth at the Kudzu Hills Invitational and tenth in 4A-7A at the Warriors Invitational.

Athens High School
The Golden Eagles have had one football loss to Muscle Shoals followed by wins over Florence, East Limestone, Decatur and Columbia. The volleyball team defeated Mae Jemison. Athens girls were tenth in 5A-7A at the Twilight Panther Prowl cross-country meet. The boys and girls teams both placed fifth in 4A-7A at the Kudzu Hills Invitational.

Athens Bible School
The varsity volleyball team got wins over Lindsay Lane, Whitesburg Christian, Decatur Heritage, Woodville, Fairview, Austin, Clements, Lauderdale County, Elkmont, Ardmore, Russellville and East Limestone. The boys’ cross-country team placed ninth at the Scottsboro Invitational in the 1A-4A category. The varsity boys finished second in 1A-3A at the Warriors Invitational and fifth at the Dew It on the Trails.

Colts football has also gone 1-4 since last month: losses to Lexington, Lauderdale County, Colbert County and West Morgan and a win against Hanceville. The Lady Colts defeated Tanner, Lauderdale County, Colbert County, ABS and East Lawrence in volleyball action.

East Limestone
The football team posted wins over Ardmore, Lawrence County and St. John Paul II. Losses came to Lee and Athens. Volleyball victories came against Russellville, Loretto, Wilson, Brooks and Ardmore. The boys’ cross-country team was seventh in boys’ B 5A-7A at the Twilight Panther Prowl. At the Warriors Invitational, the varsity boys were fourth in Class 4A-7A.

The Red Devils team is also at 1-4 since last month: a victory over East Lawrence along with defeats at the hands of Colbert County, West Limestone, Colbert Heights and Lauderdale County. The Elkmont boys and girls were second and fourth respectively at the Trojan Trail Run at Hazel Green. At the Twilight Panther Prowl, the varsity girls placed fourth in 1A-4A. The varsity boys came in tenth in 1A-3A at the Kudzu Hills Invitational. At the Warriors Invitational, the varsity boys and girls finished third and sixth in Class 1A-3A. The volleyball team notched wins against Ardmore and Tanner.

James Clemens
On the football field, the Jets are struggling, with losses to Gadsden City, Sparkman, Clay-Chalkville and Huntsville and one win against Grissom. The varsity girls’ cross-country team came in third at the Scottsboro Invitational in Class 5A-7A while the boys finished seventh. At the Twilight Panther Prowl, the girls posted a fifth place in the Championship Division and the boys were sixth in boys’ B 5A-7A. The varsity girls finished sixth in the Silver Division race at the Jesse Owens Classic. On the volleyball court, the Lady Jets topped Madison Academy, Madison County, Buckhorn and Grissom. Swimmer Christina Tarsitano also committed to Denison University in Ohio.

Lindsay Lane
Volleyball wins came over Oakwood Academy, Whitesburg Christian, Decatur Heritage, Woodville and Elkmont. At the Fairview Invitational, the Lindsay Lane boys’ cross country team was sixth in the B team division.

The football team has had losses to Winston County, Madison Academy, Cleveland and Tarrant. The Lady Rattlers have posted volleyball wins over St. Bernard, Falkville, East Lawrence and West Limestone. At the Warriors Invitational cross-country meet, the varsity boys finished seventh in 1A-3A.

West Limestone
The Wildcats are at an even 2-2 on the football field since last month. Two losses came to Rogers and Wilson, followed by a couple of victories over Elkmont and Danville. The varsity girls’ cross-country team came in third at the Scottsboro Invitational in 1A-4A. At the Warriors Invitational, the varsity boys were seventh in 4A-7A with the varsity girls coming in fourth. The varsity girls came in ninth in the Bronze Division at the Jesse Owens Classic and won their 1A-4A division at the Dew It on the Trails meet the following week at Point Mallard; the boys finished eighth. Wins on the volleyball court have come against Elkmont, Decatur, Lee and East Lawrence.
By: Tim Lambert
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By: Tim Lambert
Local athletes have begun their seasons since our last report, including football, volleyball and cross country. Youth fall soccer got off to a great start at the Sportsplex as well, with over 500 kids taking part, the largest turnout ever for Opening Day. The Athens Boys and Girls Football Association also had a successful jamboree to kick off their season with former Alabama players Kenneth Darby and Ahmad Childress in attendance to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

Congratulations also go out to Emma Tarokh, who was recently selected as Youth Female Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Festival Foundation. The award is based on sportsmanship, effort, attitude, overall athletic achievements, motivation and special attributes. The Athens Intermediate 5th grader and her teammates on the U12 Huntsville Futbol Club had participated in the Alabama State Games in June.

School sports summary:

Tiger pitcher Bill Williams announced his commitment to play for Mississippi State. The junior picked the Bulldogs over Alabama, Murray State, and MTSU. On the football field, Ardmore won their annual rivalry game with Elkmont 15-7, but lost their first regional game against Brooks 48-0.

Athens Bible School
The Lady Trojans began ranked at #4 in Class 1A in preseason polls and made a trip to Orlando for the KSA Fall Classic tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports to play teams from New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Florida, and New York. Since their return, the Lady Trojans have notched victories against Athens, Clements and West Limestone
Athens’ football team had a promising 35-7 preseason win over longtime foe Russellville. The Golden Eagles’ regular season, however, took a downward turn with respective 48-11 and 35-7 losses to Sparkman and Hartselle. The volleyball team posted wins over West Limestone, Lindsay Lane, and Clements.

The Colts opened their football season with a 14-7 win over Danville–the first opening game victory since 2008. Regional play opened with a heartbreaking 17-14 loss to Colbert Heights. The Lady Colts recorded volleyball wins over Russellville and West Limestone.

East Limestone

The Indians took on Fairview in a preseason football contest and emerged with a 24-14 win. A cross-county game with West Limestone resulted in a close 21-19 victory. Mae Jemison dealt East their first loss, 35-0 in region play. The Lady Indians volleyball started out ranked fifth on the Class 5A preseason rankings and have defeated Elkmont and Brooks so far.

The Red Devils are struggling in their first season under Duane Wales; losses came at the hands of Addison (40-20), Ardmore (15-7) and Lexington (47-15). Early volleyball results include a win against Lauderdale County.

James Clemens
The Jets started out their year with a 27-7 preseason win over Decatur, followed by a weather-postponed 26-14 victory against Gardendale. The “Battle of Madison” with Bob Jones ended in a 40-14 loss, dropping their record to 0-6 versus the Patriots. The girls’ cross-country team won their 4A-7A division at the Brooks Invitational while the boys finished third and the JV boys were second. Volleyball wins thus far have come against Madison County, Arnold, Houston, Grissom, Spain Park, Sparkman, Hazel Green, Geraldine, Danville, South Warren, and Mountain Brook.

Lindsay Lane

The JV Lions cross-country team ran to a third place in the 1A-3A division at the Brooks Invitational. Wins on the volleyball court have come over Athens Bible, Clements and West Limestone.

The Rattlers are 2-1 so far under new head football coach Maurice Belser, defeating West Limestone 32-20, in their opener, losing to Mae Jemison 45-0 and bouncing back in their regional opener with West End 28-10.

West Limestone
The football team started their season falling to Tanner (32-20) and East Limestone (21-19). Region play began with a 27-3 victory at Priceville. The Lady Wildcats cross country team won the small schools division at the Pepsi Challenge and followed that up with another victory at the Chickasaw Trails meet in Oakville.

James Clemens youth cheer camp will be September 16 from 8 a.m. till noon in the gym. Cost is $35. Participants will cheer at a James Clemens football game. For more information, go to the James Clemens sports page at

The Huntsville Lacrosse Association has youth programs starting up on September 17. For more information on upcoming events, go online to
Fall archery registration is going on at the Athens Rec Center until September 30. Call 233-8740.
By : Tim Lambert
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By: Tim Lambert
Since our last report, a couple of local teams produced favorable results, the last local head football coaching job was also filled just in time for fall practice, plus another local high school athlete committed to continuing his career at the next level.

The 13-year-old Limestone Hammers completed an unbeaten streak that went through the Dizzy Dean State Tournament and World Series. The Hammers began play in the World Series in Southaven, Mississippi and smothered the Germantown Allstars 17-1. They went on to blister Hazel Green 15-1 and shut out Grenada 11-0. The team advanced to the finals and a rematch with Grenada claiming the title with a 14-2 victory. The 10-year-old Limestone Wild Devils also made the World Series, but lost to Albany 14-5, followed by a close 4-3 decision to Hayesville before being eliminated by Calhoun County 6-0.

The North Alabama Flames Elite basketball team won the Super 100 national tournament last month in Atlanta. The team includes Tony Shoulders, Takorian Porter and Myles Fewell from Athens High; J.T. Farrar and Austin Harvell from Clements; Juvonne Shanes and Connor Smith from Lauderdale County; Tommy Murr from Lindsey Lane; and J.J. Jones from Tanner.

The Athens Gators finished their season at the state meet in Opelika last month. While the Gators didn’t win, several swimmers received medals for their efforts.

Ardmore head football coach Clint Legg resigned his position at last month’s Limestone County Board of Education meeting and was hired as assistant principal at East Limestone. Andrew Smith, an assistant who is also the Tigers’ baseball coach, was named interim football coach. Lindsay Lane also announced that Charles Morrison would become their new baseball coach. Although Morrison played at Wallace State, this is his first time to coach the sport at the high school level.

Athens High pitcher and second baseman Jacob McNairy committed to play at Alabama. McNairy went 8-3 last season with a 1.93 ERA, 68 strikeouts and eight walks in 61 2/3 innings. His fastball has been clocked at 90 miles per hour. He also hit .407 with 18 doubles and 39 RBIs.

Team Alabama took the Southern Junior Cup, going undefeated in singles matches on Day 2 to win the golf competition with 19.5 points. Mississippi and Arkansas tied for second place at 10.5. Athens High junior Ally Williams was part of the team, paired with Spanish Fort’s Padric Sim.

In preseason football rankings, James Clemens is opening their year at the fifth spot in Class 7A. Tanner is sixth on the Class 2A poll.

High school football season is coming up and PlayAction Sports will be bringing Limestone County and James Clemens action to you via internet stream at Replays of select games can be heard on Sundays at noon on 1080 AM WKAC. You can also download or listen to games on demand anytime by going to the website. Here is our schedule of games you’ll be able to hear (subject to change):

August 25–Tanner vs. West Limestone
August 31–James Clemens vs. Gardendale
September 1–Elkmont vs. Ardmore
September 7–East Limestone at Mae Jemison
September 8–James Clemens at Bob Jones
September 15–Clements at Lexington
September 22–James Clemens vs. Sparkman
September 29–West Limestone vs. Elkmont
October 6–James Clemens at Grissom
October 13–James Clemens at Huntsville
October 20–James Clemens at Buckhorn
October 27–James Clemens vs. Hewitt-Trussville
November 2–East Limestone vs. Tanner
November 3–Clements at St. John Paul II

Coverage for each game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring your radios to the game and hear our coverage on 105.3 FM while you watch.

Upcoming events and registrations:
There will be a free Learn to Play Lacrosse clinic hosted by Huntsville Lacrosse at Bob Jones High School Turf Field on August 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. No experience or equipment necessary or pre registration required.
Ardmore will have a softball camp August 22 from 5-7 p.m. for grades 1 through 5. Cost is $20. For more information, contact There will also be a volleyball camp August 26 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call Kristin Bates at 423-5950.

Athens adult softball registration is going on until August 31. You must be 18 years of age. For more information, call 233-8740.
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By: Tim Lambert
Some of you reading this may remember when summer vacation was about a three-month-long affair. Not these days—especially if you’re an athlete. For some families, their “vacations” consist of following their kids’ teams as they compete almost until the time school starts back up. To each his own, I guess. At least a couple of local teams are making the most of it. The 11-year-old Limestone Legends finished 2nd at the Dizzy Dean state baseball tournament back in June, winning their Red division with wins over Arab and Pell City before falling to Blue division winner Corner in the title game. The 13-year-old team from Limestone County swept through their bracket, defeating Huffman, Gardendale and Spain Park to take the crown. Both teams went on to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Mississippi.

The Athens Gators have posted several wins at various meets since their swimming season started in early June. Boys and girls teams both won at Marshall County, TN by a combined score of 374-231. They followed that up with a home matchup with Florence where the girls came out with a 187 win while the boys were defeated 208-164. The Gators claimed a combined 43 gold medals against Lawrenceburg. A home meet against Fayetteville ended in a split with the Athens girls winning 147-137 and the Gator boys coming up short 148-120. The teams swept Sheffield by a combined score of 389-265 before dropping a meet against Shelbyville 328-288. The Gators came back to win the ARPA district 1 championship with a combined score of 2899 to Florence’s 1793 and Sheffield’s 1732. A meet at Sewanee resulted in a fifth-place finish for the team.

Michaela Williams of Athens finished third at the recent Alabama Women’s State Amateur Golf Championship in Montgomery. Michaela, a 2016 graduate of Athens High School is now a member of the team at the University of Tennessee. Younger sister Ally also posted a previous win in the 16-18 division of the AGA Junior Golf Championship with a three-day total of 219.

Athens High’s Jacob McNairy and James Clemens’ Jordan Anderson and Garrett Brown were named as part of the All-Huntsville Region baseball team. McNairy also participated in the Southeastern Underclassmen Shootout at Troy which featured six teams from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The rising senior pitched for Alabama Team 1, going three innings in an 8-5 win over Team Tennessee. The games were sponsored by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association. Anderson was picked in the 40th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers. He had previously signed to play with Mississippi State and will stick with the Bulldogs for the time being. He is the first James Clemens Jet to be selected in the draft. Athens native Gregory Lambert was drafted by the San Diego Padres. The left-fielder, who graduated from Madison Academy, has been playing for Southern Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference for the past three years where he led the team with a .329 batting average, 74 hits, 7 home runs, 52 RBIs and a .551 slugging percentage. He also holds the school record with 25 doubles.

Two Athens High grads signed scholarships in recent weeks. Tionna Moore will continue her basketball career at Gadsden State while Luke Simpson will play baseball at Alabama A & M.

Local athletes took part in various games during this past All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery. James Clemens’ Kaley Arnett along with Athens High’s Mary Arlin Bunnell and Sean O’Connor played in soccer games on Tuesday. The Lady Golden Eagles’ Alexis Woods and Lauderdale County’s Allie Craig Cruce competed in girls’ basketball on Wednesday. West Limestone’s Baily Browning was on the softball field on Tuesday. Tanner’s Dexter Fuqua was in Thursday’s football game. ABS and Lindsay Lane were two of 108 schools who finished this past school year with no fines or ejections. The schools were honored at the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon as part of All-Star Week.

Upcoming events and registrations:
Registration for Athens Boys and Girls Football Association is $75 in July. Call 777-0326.
Youth fall baseball registration ends July 30 for ages 5-12. Youth fall softball registration ends July 31 for ages 5-12. Fee is $50. Call 233-8740.
The Rogersville Chamber of Commerce and Town of Rogersville will co-host A Night with Coach Gene Stallings at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum August 3 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call Kate Brown at 247-9449.
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By: Tim Lambert

Welcome to the initial installment of PlayAction Sports. We’ll try to keep you up to date on school, youth and amateur sports every month from the Limestone County area (including Lauderdale County High School and James Clemens High School). We also invite you to visit our website online at and listen to our updates every weekday on the air at 1080 AM WKAC.

Local teams made deep runs into the postseason in the spring. Ardmore’s softball team got all the way to the state tournament before having their year ended at the hands of Moody. It was Stephen Baugh’s first year ever to coach the sport. The Tigers’ baseball team also had a good run, reaching the state semifinals where they lost to Russellville. Athens Bible School’s baseball team also made the semifinals before they were swept by Decatur Heritage. Elkmont’s baseball team got farther into the postseason than any other team in school history, falling in round three to Colbert Heights.

Congratulations go out to local athletes who earned postseason honors since the school year ended. The boys’ All-State soccer team included Tanner’s Jose Moreno on the first team. Fellow Rattler David Pizano and James Clemens’ Duncan Blair made second team. Athens Bible School’s Vance Dutton was honorable mention along with Tanner’s Tyler Keenum, James Clemens’ Zachary Johnson and West Limestone’s Tanner and Reed Walker. On the girls’ side, James Clemens’ Kiersten Thorum and Aubrie McFall made first team of the 7A team. The Lady Jets’ Rachel Bradberry was second team and Nic Guay made honorable mention. East Limestone’s Stefani Fleagle was added to the 4A-5A second team while fellow Lady Indians’ Emily Edelman and Ameleigh Bippen were honorable mention. In 1A-3A, Tanner’s Gabby Torres made second team along with Athens Bible School’s Carson Fielder. Honorable mention included Tanner’s Areli Mendoza and Corina Martinez and Emily Watson of ABS.

James Clemens’ Garrett Brown and Jordan Anderson were tapped for second team on the 7A All-State baseball team; Tommy Crider made honorable mention. Athens High’s Jacob McNairy was on the 6A first team, Bryson Kirk was second team. Ardmore’s Patrick Music was named to the 5A second team while Tanner Eaves received honorable mention. Lauderdale County’s Sloan Wilson and Jake Maner were on the 3A honorable-mention list along with Elkmont’s Jackson Cook. Kenneth Adams and Mitchell Etheridge of ABS made the Class 1A first team, Hayden Nix was honorable mention while Coach of the Year went to Athens Bible School’s Bill Murrell.

All-State softball teams were also announced. James Clemens’ Shelby Booker was on the 7A first team. Athens High’s Mary Greg Anderson made the 6A second team while teammate Gracie Green was honorable mention. Ardmore’s Karla Hice was on the 5A first team and L.B. Smith earned honorable mention. West Limestone’s Breanna Tarpley was named to the 4A first team and Baily Browning was honorable mention. The 3A second team included Lauderdale County’s Morgan White, while Cassidy Hudson made honorable mention along with Clements’ Abby Craig and Lele Anderson.

Elkmont and Tanner both have new football coaches going into next season. The Red Devils promoted Duane Wales, who was defensive coordinator at Clements for 10 years beginning in 1992 before serving at Ardmore from 2003-2008. He has been on the varsity staff at Elkmont since 2009 and was middle school coach the last two seasons. After the departure of Tanner head football coach Laron White to Sparkman, the school hired Maurice Belser to take over. Coach Belser and Coach White had been teammates on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.

A few Limestone County coaches will be stepping down from their positions. Resignations include Chad Drake as head boys’ basketball coach at East Limestone and Ethan Whiteside as head softball coach at West Limestone. Ardmore also loses John South as girls’ golf coach, Sherri Graviet as assistant softball coach and Stephen Baugh as middle school girls’ basketball coach. West Limestone’s Jordan Paul transferred to Tanner. Former Clemson player Spencer Region will also be joining Ardmore as a volunteer assistant football coach.
By: Tim Lambert

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