By: Tim Lambert
Limestone County athletes wrapped up their winter seasons recently. Some even made it to state competition with mixed results. We've got highlights from the closing weeks of each of our local schools:
The JV Tigers won the Limestone County tournament with a victory over East Limestone. The Ardmore girls were put out of the area tournament with a loss to Mae Jemison.
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The Trojans topped St. Bernard on the basketball court. They also dominated Paint Rock and a last-second shot put them over Heritage Christian. The ABS girls had their season ended by Paint Rock in the area tournament.
The Golden Eagles' basketball team downed Hartselle and came out on top with a buzzer-beater against Cullman, while the girls also got a win. Athens varsity teams also swept Tanner. An overtime loss to Muscle Shoals in the area tournament ended the boys' year. The girls were eliminated by McAdory in the sub-regionals. Deacon Cowart and Thomas Carter each finished second in their weight classes at the 6A state wrestling tournament. Trent Young and Ryan Tibaldo placed third.
On the basketball court, the Colts beat Danville, the girls turned back Brooks in the regular season. The Lady Colts sent Elkmont packing in the area tournament's first round and, following a loss to West Morgan, moved on to the sub-regional tournament where they fell to Carbon Hill.
The varsity Lady Indians edged Tanner 47-44 in overtime to claim the Limestone County basketball title. The middle school boys also beat Tanner in their championship game. The Lady Indians posted a 42-31 win over Brooks. Varsity teams also swept Elkmont in regular season action. The East girls took Brooks out of the area tournament and won the area title with a victory over Lawrence County. Pleasant Grove upended the Lady Indians in sub-regional play. At the state 1A-5A wrestling tournament, Sam Allred was third in his weight class.
The Elkmont boys defeated Carbon Hill in the sub-regional basketball tournament, but fell short against Lauderdale in the regional semi-finals. Chase Prater was third in the 1A-3A 1600 meters at the state indoor track meet.
The Lady Jets downed Columbia and both teams slipped by Grissom in regular season games. The James Clemens boys topped Buckhorn in the area tournament first round, and then lost to Sparkman in the finals. A loss to Hoover in the regional tournament ended the Jets' season. At the state indoor track meet, Vada Samuels won the 400 meter dash, Nolan Smith was second in the 400, the Lady Jets 4x200 meter relay team finished second, Shataeya Ligon placed third in the triple jump and 60 meter hurdles, and the 4x400 team came in third.
The Lions held off Addison in the regular basketball season. In the area tournament, they eliminated ABS in the first round and advanced to sub-regional play despite a loss to Decatur Heritage. The Lions were sent home after a loss to Sacred Heart.
The varsity Rattlers outlasted West Limestone 43-32 to win the Limestone County basketball tournament, while the JV girls defeated East Limestone. Varsity teams went on to down Ardmore when the regular season resumed. In the first round of the area tournament, the Lady Rattlers clobbered Hatton. In the sub-regional tournament, the Tanner girls lost to Cold Springs, while the Rattlers smacked Falkville. The boys made it to the state semi-finals after beating Sulligent and Mars Hill, but a comeback fell short against St. Luke's Episcopal.
The middle school Lady Wildcats topped Clements in the title game of the county tournament. In later season action, the West boys topped Elkmont 37-31. The Lady Wildcats' season ended in the area tournament against Danville. The boys' team came up short to Fayette County in the sub-regional tournament.
By: Tim Lambert
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