McKinney named to North Squad

LukeWINFIELD - Winfield senior Luke McKinney was added to the 61st Annual Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Football Team on Thursday, April 2.
The 6’2, 275-pound defensive tackle will represent Winfield on the  North squad. The game is scheduled to be played on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

She Bears championship repeat hopes dashed after falling to Mars Hill Panthers

HANCEVILLE - The defending 1A state champion Phillips She Bears saw their season come to an abrupt end on Monday, Feb. 17, after suffering a 56-33 loss to the Mars Hill Lady Panthers in the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest Regional basketball tournament that was held at Wallace State Community College.
The She Bears advanced to the regional championship game after defeating the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagles 50-46 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Pirates end seasons in regional semifinals

HANCEVILLE - Both Pirate basketball squads saw their respective seasons come to an end on Saturday, Feb. 15, after falling in the semifinal rounds of the Class 3A Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Northwest Regional basketball tournament.
Both Winfield City High School teams were defeated by basketball squads from Lauderdale County High School.
The Lady Pirates lost their matchup 47-32 while the Pirates suffered a 58-42 loss, ending their respective seasons.

Local teams end seasons in sub-regionals

MARION COUNTY - The Hamilton Lady Aggies, Marion County Lady Red Raiders and the Brilliant Tigers saw their seasons come to an end in their respective sub-regional games last week.
The Lady Aggies, who finished as  runner-up in the Class 5A, Area 14 basketball tournament, suffered a loss to Madison Academy in their sub-regional contest.
The Lady Red Raiders lost their sub-regional contest against the Decatur Heritage Christian Academy after finishing as runner-up in the Class 1A, Area 10 tournament.

Former MCHS lead man joining Ole Miss football coaching staff

GUIN - Former Marion County High School head football coach Doug Goodwin is joining Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.
Goodwin, who was the Red Raiders’ lead man from 1987-1992, is headed to Ole Miss to be a special teams analyst.
For the past six years, Goodwin has served on Gus Malzahn’s coaching staff at Auburn University, serving as an NFL liaison as well as handling the walk-on program and dealing with high school coaches.

Red Raiders fall short against Lions

Marion County’s Deuce Belk breaks through a tackle as he heads toward the end zone during the Red Raiders’ game against the Hubbertville Lions. Also shown is Red Raider Grant Beckon (65).

GUIN - The Marion County Red Raiders lost a heartbreaker against the Lions of Hubbertville High School 34-32 on Friday, Oct. 4.
 The Red Raiders took the lead late in the second quarter, but 14 unanswered points from the Lions allowed them to regain control of the game and build a lead late in the fourth quarter.

Jackson-to-Loving late pass gives Aggies comeback win

Hamilton’s Robert Johnson races down the sideline against Cordova as teammate Bryant Loving (7) blocks for him.

HAMILTON - After leading for most of the game, the scoreboard changed in visiting Cordova’s favor, 14-13, at the 4:48 mark of the fourth quarter.
The game had been a defensive struggle throughout, but homestanding Hamilton still had time and all the Aggies had to do was, find their way into the end zone--86 yards away.
Senior Aggie quarterback Jathan Jackson and his teammates went to work, sealing the victory with 55 seconds remaining in the game when Jackson connected with Bryant Loving from 10 yards out for the touchdown.

Pirates fall to Tigers 21-7

Winfield’s Logan Pollard (42) stretches to pick up more yardage as teammate Jake Farris (13) blocks for him against Fayette County.

WINFIELD - Winfield took an early lead, but could not hold, as Fayette County reeled off three unanswered touchdowns to defeat the Pirates 21-7 on Friday, Aug. 30, in Winfield.
The Pirates scored with 3:39 left in first quarter to take the 7-0 lead, but a steady running game and some timely passes pushed the Tigers over the top.
Winfield head coach David McKinney, disappointed with the loss and missed opportunities, spoke about them in an interview following the game.

Lynn opens season with win over Phillips

Phillips’ Hunter Lanford (21) races around the Lynn defender to get to the sideline in the Bears’ 12-point loss.

LYNN - The Lynn Bears used a stout defensive effort to secure a season-opening 26-14 win over Phillips High School.
Lynn put up the first score of the night and wouldn't trail for the remainder of the contest. Lynn found paydirt on its second drive of the night. After fielding a punt on their own 25, the Lynn Bears went to work on a 12-play drive that was capped by an 8-yard scamper by Brandon Hill around the right side. The two-point try was no good, leaving the score at 6-0 with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter.

Pirates defense holds off Lions late rally

Winfield quarterback Joseph Estes (19) leaps over a Haleyville defender to pick up extra yards in the Pirates’ 19-13 victory over the Lions.

HALEYVILLE - Winfield’s defense withstood a fourth-quarter rally and picked up a late touchdown run by Joseph Cox to seal a 19-13 season-opening win over the Haleyville Lions on Friday, Aug. 23, in Haleyville.
Leading 13-0 going into the fourth quarter, the Winfield Pirates’ defense found themselves on their heels as Haleyville scored on a four-yard run, and after a failed two-point conversion, Haleyville would tally on a 55-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 13-13 with 8:04 left in the game.

Red Raiders dominate for first win

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (2) stiff-arms a Vina defender. Belk amassed 200-plus rushing yards in the season-opening win.

GUIN - Marion County toppled Vina 41-12 behind a 288 rushing yards on Friday, Aug. 23.
"I thought we played hard," Red Raider head coach Kyle Williams said following the game. “We made several mistakes, but now we know what we need to work on.
"We had several guys make plays in different situations, so we are excited to se what the year has in store for us as a team."
Vina received the opening kickoff and the Red Raider defense forced a punt.

Panthers drop season-opener

Hackleburg’s Caden Jones (2) throws a pass to an open Daniel Cooper (1) on a screen pass.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg suffered a 44-16 loss to Class 2A Winston County on Friday, Aug. 23, at Ray Stadium in Hackleburg.
The Panthers trailed 14-8 at halftime before the Yellow Jackets outscored Hackleburg 30-8 in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets struck first with William Owens scoring from four yards out. A failed 2-point try gave Winston County a 6-0 advantage with 4:57 left in the first quarter.

Phillips loses home-opener to Decatur Heritage

Phillips’ Xavier Hanner (20) and Ezra Glauses (4) hold a jersey for the late Kiah Taylor during the coin toss. Taylor was a 16-year-old junior at Phillips High School. He died in a two-vehicle accident on Thursday, July 25.

BEAR CREEK - Phillips suffered a 48-7 loss to Decatur Heritage in the Bears' season-opener on Friday, Aug. 23.
"We were completely out-manned up front on both sides of the ball," head coach Adam Lawler said of his team's first game. "We need to be bigger and strong and that doesn't happen overnight.
"We are going to keep coaching and keep working because what we did Friday night is not acceptable."


Aggies fall short to Wildcats

Hamilton sophomore Tyree Wilson (20) slips through the Oakman defense as he picks up an Aggie first down. Wilson is the younger brother of Hamilton standout Rakeem Wilson, who is on the track and field team for Mississipi College in Clinton, Miss.

The Hamilton Aggies began their 2019 football season with a fall jamboree game against the Oakman Wildcats on Thursday, Aug. 22.
After winning the coin toss, the Aggies chose to receive the kick and began an unsuccessful drive which ended in a punt by Hamilton’s Jathan Jackson.
In the Wildcats’ first offensive possession, Lucas Bridges’ pass was intercepted by Hamilton’s Robert Johnson who returned the ball from the 45-yard-line to the 5 with 9:57 remaining in the first quarter.


Brilliant loses to Lynn 28-6 in varsity action

Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels argues a call with official Dewayne Barrentine after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant lost to Lynn 50-6 in the Tigers' fall jamboree on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Tigers lost 28-6 in the first half with the two varsity teams playing and 22-0 in the second half with the junior varsity players taking the field.
"I was pleased with the efforts," Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels said. "We kept it very vanilla on offense. I was pleased. We saw both good and bad spots."


Relay race, prayer meeting set for Gunner Pendley

HAMILTON - Gunner Strong, a mass prayer meeting and relay race for Gunner Pendley, is set for Saturday, Aug. 31, at Sargent Stadium.
The prayer meeting begins at 8 a.m. and the relay race follows at 8:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $10 and any donations are accepted. Everyone is invited to the prayer meeting prior to the race.
The event is on the same day as Hamilton Toy Bowl hosts a pre-season football tournament. Anyone running, praying or volunteering is not allowed to park in the new gym parking lot or on Aggie Avenue.


Winfield cheerleaders

Winfield cheerleaders

The 2019 Winfield cheerleaders are (front row, from left) Ana Beth Hawkins, MaKenna Tucker, Memory Clark, Melody Harrison, Ella Chaffin, Jaken Terrell, (middle row, same order) Brooklyn Bozeman, Addie Birmingham, Bailey Dodd, Tatum Franks, Macy Cummings, Abi Webb, Halie Lowry, Isabella Newman, Anna-Grace Sims, Chloe Graham, (back row, same order) Katilyn Gilbert, Jacie Cook, Lexi Welch, Karley Sullins, Madison Wennberg, Olivia Webster, Preslee Loring, Isabella Taylor, Reid Hollingsworth and Makenzie Nix. In the Wednesday, Aug.

Honoring a job well done

Having been blessed to serve as House District 17 state representative for the last nine months, I have spent much time in Montgomery ever since.
But few moments have been as rewarding as the three hours I spent there among friends earlier this month.
Sitting with my wife at a banquet at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel, I watched six from our district earn recognition for outstanding achievement. Here I was having done nothing of my own, but yet I was blessed to witness several friends have their moment in the sun.

Hall of Fame set to welcome 26th class

(Sports editor’s note: This is the listing of the honors and achievements of the members of the 2019 Marion County Sports Hall of Fame class. New inductees have been listed alphabetically by last name.
Each list of awards and achievements is compiled from information submitted by the inductees. If a photo is not shown, one was not provided. MJP)

35th Annual Youth Fishing Contest

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Bassmasters invite all children ages 5-13 to join them for their 35th Annual Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, June 8, at the Marion County Lake, located between Hamilton and Guin.
The contest will be held from 8 - 11 a.m. and there is no entry fee.
Following the event, the Bassmasters will be serving hot dogs, soft drinks and chips to all the contestants and their families.
Always a special treat are the drawings for door prizes and each contestant will receive a grab-bag filled with fishing accessories and equipment.

Winfield boys capture 3A crown

CULLMAN - Winfield captured the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A State Track and Field boys championship on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4.
The Pirates claimed the 3A title with 124.5 points after winning the Class 4A crown in 2018. The runner-up, Bayside Academy, finished with 87 points.
Winfield won the Classes 1A-3A indoor crown for 2019 to mark the third time the Pirates have won both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same year with 2015 and 2016 marking the first and second times the school accomplished the feat.


Hamilton earns opening-round win

Hamilton’s Ansley Kerr collects a hit through the middle of the infield to lead off the Lady Aggies’ 4-2 win over West Point in the first round of the Class 5A North Regional tournament on Friday, May 10.

FLORENCE - Hamilton suffered a 2-0 loss to Sardis in the Class 5A North Regional at Coffee O’Neal Park in Florence on Friday, May 10.
The Lady Lions tallied a run in the first inning and added their second in the third in the 2-0 victory.
The Lady Aggies’ Hannah Hogue suffered the loss in six innings. She allowed two hits, six walks, one earned run and struck out two.
Anna Grace Frost pitched the seventh inning and allowed two walks while striking gout one.


Pirates advance to Elite 8

SYLVANIA - Winfield completed a two-game sweep of Sylvania with a 9-4 victory in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A State Baseball Playoffs second round on Friday, April 26.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 3A’s second-ranked Pirates improved to 33-7 on the season to set the school record for wins, which was previously 31 victories set by the 2016 team (31-14).

Lady Pirates sweep WAC

FAYETTE - Winfield downed Lamar County 11-0 in the West Alabama Conference Softball Tournament finals on Saturday, April 20.
The Lady Pirates’ Alana Ballard earned the complete-game victory. She allowed two hits, one walk and struck out two.
Andrea Harbin hit a solo home run while Kady Eads had a home run, four RBIs and scored two times.
Tralee Couch added a single and scored a run. Ballard had a triple and a single, along with a RBI.


Lady Aggies down Winfield

WINFIELD - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 5-2 on Monday, April 22.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning before pitching dominated the second, third, fourth and fifth frames.
The Lady Aggies scored three times in the top of the sixth before Winfield scored a run in the bottom  of the frame.


Harbin hits for cycle, leads Winfield to county crown

The Winfield Lady Pirates won the Marion County Softball Tournament with back-to-back wins over Marion County by scores of 11-0 and 15-0. Shown for Winfield are (front row, from left) Sara Beth Cotton, Alana Ballard, Andrea Harbin, C’era Beck, (back row, same order) Aaron Rao, assistant coaches Alexa Box and Mandi Ballard, Brantley Cagle, Anna Lynn, Katherine Box, Tralee Couch, Kady-Grace Eads, Anna Kate Crumpton, Caroline Bostick, Hallie Glasgow, Macy Cummings, head coach Zac Wakefield and assistant coach Derek Trimm.

GUIN - The Winfield Lady Pirates won the Marion County Softball Tournament after defeating Marion County 15-0 behind Andrea Harbin’s four-hit performance in the if-necessary game on Monday, April 15.
The tournament resumed play after being postponed due to an extended lightning delay on Saturday, April 6.
Winfield scored five runs in the first inning before adding three in the second frame.
The Lady Pirates captured the 15-run victory after scoring seven runs in the fourth to earn the county crown.


Pyron named overall Bryant-Jordan winner

Marion County High School senior Braden Pyron speaks at the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship banquet on Monday, April 8.

BIRMINGHAM - Marion County High School senior Braden Pyron was named the overall winner of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship on Monday, April 8.
The scholarship has two categories with one being achievement and the other recognizing student-athletes.
Pyron was recognized as the winner of the student-athlete category for Class 1A and overall throughout all seven classifications.
“It’s an honor to be recognized, especially coming from a small school,” Pyron said of winning the award.


No. 2 Pirates coast to second round

Winfield’s Jackson Elkins (25) celebrates after scoring on his hit to the outfield in the first game of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A State Baseball Playoffs. Elkins collected three RBIs on the hit.

WINFIELD - Winfield downed Weaver 19-6 in the Pirates’ second game of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A state playoffs on Saturday, April 20.
The Pirates are ranked No. 2 in the final Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A poll.
Winfield’s Ben Parrish earned the win in 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and five earned runs with four strikeouts.
Jackson Elkins pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit with no earned runs. He struck out two.


Fifth-ranked Lady Pirates down 7A’s No. 2 Spain Park

WINFIELD - Winfield downed Lamar County 6-3 in Class 3A, Area 10 action on Tuesday, April 16.
The Lady Pirates are the fifth-ranked team in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A poll.
Alana Ballard pitched a complete game and allowed 11 hits, two walks and three earned runs while striking out one.
Andrea Harbin collected two doubles, one single, one RBI, one walk and three runs scored.
Tralee Couch added two singles, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Red Raiders clinched fourth straight area crown

The Marion County Red Raiders won the team’s fourth consecutive area championship after clinching the Class 1A, Area 12 title with a 4-3 victory over Meek. Shown for Marion County are (front row, from left) Ryan Jaggers, Grant Beckon, Seth Knight, Jackson Trimm, Brooks Junkin, Alex Warren, (back row, same order) head coach William Box, statistician Blaine Pyron, Josh Rhudy, Brayden Smith, Logan Maddox, Braden Pyron, Hunter Smith and assistant coaches Kyle Smith and Zane Miles.

ARLEY - Marion County captured the Class 1A, Area 12 title with a 4-3 victory over Meek on Wednesday, April 10.
The victory gave the Red Raiders the team’s fourth consecutive area title after finishing 5-1 in Area 12 action.
Marion County’s Braden Pyron earned the complete-game victory. He allowed five hits, two walks and three earned runs while striking out eight.
Pyron finished with two singles, a double and one RBI. Seth Knight collected three singles.


Marion County wins five in a row

Hackleburg’s Alexis Browning (18) catches a throw from the catcher and turns to apply a tag on Marion County’s Crimson Stanger (18). Marion County defeated Hackleburg 15-3

GUIN - Marion County defeated Lynn 12-2 in Class 1A, Area 9 action.
The Lady Raiders’ Kiki Lipsey picked up the complete-game victory. She allowed just two hits, five walks and two earned runs while striking out five.
Caitlyn Jones collected a single, a double and a home run. She drove in four runs, walked once and scored two times.
Crimson Stanger had two hits, one RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Madison Norris walked twice, collected a RBI and scored a run.


Aggies sweep county golf meet

The Hamilton Aggies’ boys and girlsgolf teams won the Marion County Golf Tournament at Pikeville Country Club on Tuesday, April 9. Shown for the Aggies are (from left) overall boys winner Blayne Armstrong, Kalei Mason, Kaiden Williford, overal girls winner Briley Ballard, Noah Boyette, Mia Hollingsworth and Samuel Sutton.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton boys and girls golf teams won the Marion County Golf Tournament at Pikeville Country Club on Tuesday, April 9.
The boys squad saw Blayne Armstrong finish in the top spot with a low score of 75.
Other members of the boys squad are Samuel Sutton, Noah Boyette and Kaiden Williford.
The girls team is made up of Briley Ballard, Mia Hollingsworth and Kalei Mason. The squad saw Ballard finish as the over low medalist for girls with a 89.

Winfield wins Bill Collins Classic

Winfield’s Anna Kate Crumpton (47) swings at a pitch against Marion County on Tuesday, March 5. Crumpton hit two home runs in the Bill Collins Classic in the Lady Pirates’ two contests against Northside.

CARBON HILL - Winfield toppled Cordova 7-3 in the finals of the Bill Collins Classic held at Carbon Hill High School on Saturday, March 23.
Cordova led 1-0 through the first three innings after scoring in the first frame. The Lady Devils added to their lead in the fourth with another run.
Winfield responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead into the fifth.
After holding Cordova scoreless in the fifth, Winfield added three runs to its lead to take a 7-2 advantage.

Pirates take down three 6A schools

Winfield’s Ben Parrish (15) throws across the diamond to first base to record an out during the Marion County Baseball Tournament on Thursday, March 7. Also shown is Marion County High School head coach William Box.

GULF SHORES - Class 3A Winfield downed Class 6A Minor 11-10 in the Gulf Coast Classic II in Gulf Shores.
Winfield is ranked No. 4 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A poll.
The Pirates’ Jack Williamson claimed the victory in a relief appearance. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Brock Hollingsworth collected two hits and two RBIs. Jackson Elkins added two hits and a RBI.


Northwest Alabama Conference champions

Marion County won the Northwest Alabama Conference Baseball Tournament with a 19-9 victory over Hackleburg in the finals on Saturday, March 16. Shown for the Red Raiders are (front row, from left) Seth Knight, Grant Beckon, Alex Warren, Cade Atkins, Brayden Smith, Jackson Trimm, Leonardo Imami-Fugihara, (back row, same order) statistician Blaine Pyron, head coach William Box, Hunter Smith, Braden Pyron, Josh Rhudy, Logan Maddox, Mason Ezekiel, Preston Walker, Ryan Jaggers and assistant coaches Zane Miles and Kyle Smith.

GUIN - Marion County defeated rival Hackleburg 19-9 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Baseball Tournament finals on Saturday, March 16.
The Red Raiders scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Hackleburg responded with a run in the top of the second before Marion County added seven runs in the bottom of the frame to hold a 10-1 advantage.
The Panthers scored two in the fourth and six in the fifth to trim Marion County’s lead to 10-9.

Winfield hosts powerlifting meet

Winfield head football coach David McKinney (standing, right) give directions to the lifters during the 2019 Winfield Invitational Powerlifting Meet on Wednesday, March 20. The meet saw 110 total competitors in the 18 different weight classes. More photos can be found on page 7B.

WINFIELD - Winfield hosted the 2019 Winfield Invitational Powerlifting Meet on Wednesday, March 20, at the Winfield City High School Indoor Athletic Facility.
Brilliant, Marion County and Lamar County participated in the meet, along with Winfield. No team winners were named, just individual winners by weight division.
The event started at 8 a.m. with each participant weighing in before the lifting began at 9:30 a.m.


Winfield earns second win in area play

Hamilton’s Ansley Kerr (20) lays down a bunt against Lawrence County on Tuesday, March 19.

VERNON - Winfield cruised to a 12-0 victory over Lamar County in Class 3A, Area 10 play on Tuesday, March 19.
The Lady Pirates’ Alana Ballard earned the win with four hits and one walk allowed in five innings. She struck out four.
Winfield’s offense had 13 hits, two walks and nine stolen bases with Sara Cotton getting hit by pitches twice.


Reid signs with Harding

Hamilton receiver Alex Reid (seated, right) signed a scholarship offer to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5, at Hamilton High School. Pictured with the future Bison are (front row, from left) parents Brock and Jennifer Taylor, Reid, (back row, same order) Aggie coaches Rush Holcomb, Rodney Stidham and David Cantrell.

HAMILTON - Hamilton’s Alex Reid will don black-and-gold next season after signing to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5.
Reid was joined by family and friends at Hamilton High School as the 18-year-old made his decision as to where to spend his next four years playing football.
The son of Brock and Jennifer Taylor sat behind a table with his family and two hats and sets of paper in front of him--one from Harding and the other from Auburn University.


No. 6 Winfield continues win streak

Winfield shortstop C’era Beck (1) throws over to first base to complete a double play after tagging second. Shown for Marion County is Bretta Taylor (1).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Class 3A, Area 10 foe Carbon Hill 7-0 on Wednesday, March 13.
The Lady Pirates are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Winfield’s Alana Ballard earned the complete-game victory. She allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two.


Turnovers sink Lady Pirates

Winfield head coach Joseph Wilson (right) walks toward senior guard Andrea Harbin (10) after the final seconds ticked off the clock in Winfield’s 48-41 loss to Montgomery Academy in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A Basketball State Tournament semifinal at the Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

BIRMINGHAM - Winfield suffered a heartbreaking 48-41 loss to Montgomery Academy in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Basketball State Tournament Semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Lady Pirates led a majority of the contest, including a three-point advantage heading into the final period of play, before suffering the seven-point loss to the state’s seventh-ranked Lady Eagles.

McKinney, Pyron named to North squad

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) slips through the arms of a Vina defender. Pyron was named as a wide receiver to the North All-Star Football Team.

Marion County will be well represented in the 60th Annual Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Football Game on Thursday, July 18.
Winfield head football coach David McKinney was named the North’s head coach for the event at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
“I am honored and proud for the opportunity,” McKinney said. “They told me that the North has won four years in a row, so the pressure is on.”


Hackleburg, Marion County, Winfield earn wins

Hamilton second baseman Dawson Morris (10) awaits the throw-down from the catcher as the Muscle Shoals runner attempts to steal second.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg scored early en route to an 11-5 victory over Brilliant on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the first inning. Brilliant evened the score in the top of the second before Hackleburg added five runs to make the score 6-1, Panthers.
Hackleburg added three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth while the Tigers crossed home plate twice in the top of the fifth.


Lady Aggies start season with wins

Hamilton’s Katelyn Peoples (15) ropes a double into the outfield in the Lady Aggies’ 6-1 win over Haleyville. Peoples had two RBIs in the contest.

GUIN - Hamilton toppled Marion County 17-9 in a county clash on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Hamilton scored five runs in the top of the first before Marion County trimmed the Lady Aggie lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Both teams scored four runs in the second inning. The Lady Raiders tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third.


World champion three-peat

The Winfield cheerleading squad captured its third-consecutive world championship at the Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8, 9 and 10. Shown are (front row, from left) Savannah Williamson, Julia Taylor, Meg Bowen, Kati Rose Hardin, Anna Kate Gruwell, Sara Beth Cotton, Olivia Burleson, Jacie Cummings, (second row, same order) Bailey Dodd, Addie Birmingham, Brooklyn Bozeman, Macy Cummings, Memory Clark, Jaken Terrell, Abi Webb, Halie Lowry, Anna Grace Sims, (back row, same order) cheer coach Sandra Seals, Lexi Welch, MaKenna Tucker, Melody Harrison, Olivia Webster, Preslee Loring and Isabella Taylor.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Winfield cheerleading squad captured its third consecutive world championship at the Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8, 9 and 10.
The squad, which also won its ninth UCA National Championship at the event, has now claimed the world crown for the large varsity non-tumbling division for three-straight years.

Final Four

Three Winfield players, along with head coach Joseph Wilson (second from right), answer questions during the postgame media session after the Lady Pirates’ 46-41 overtime victory over Lauderdale County on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Shown are (from left) freshman Emma Kate Tittle, senior Andrea Harbin, Wilson and senior C’era Beck.

HANCEVILLE - Winfield rallied from a double-digit deficit for the second-straight game to advance to Birmingham after defeating Lauderdale County 46-41 in overtime.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A Northwest Regional Final was on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Tom Drake Coliseum on the campus of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Hackleburg, Hamilton, Winfield earn wins on Opening Day

RED BAY - Hamilton scored five runs in the seventh inning to come back and beat Red Bay 10-6 on Monday, Feb. 18.
The Aggies scored four runs in the first inning before Red Bay responded with two in the bottom of the frame and four runs in the second to hold a 6-4 advantage.
After both teams went scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings, Hamilton tacked on a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Tigers’ lead to one run.