Hamilton girls take home bragging rights

Hamilton varsity girls win the Marion County Basketball Tournament against Winfield 66-28 Friday, Jan. 21. Standing in the back from left to right are Head Coach Vess Hollingsworth and Assistant Coach Shane Stidham. Standing from left, middle row, are Logan Atkins, Assistant Coach Karin Holliday, Ella Cantrell, Jordan Parker, Aubrey Sorrells, Emily Jones, Mia Hollingsworth, Meg Wiginton, Ella Kelley and Mackinlee Scott. Kneeling in front, from left, are Brilyn Gilstrap, Chesney Raburn, Paisley Sorrells, Gracie Childers and K.K. Ables.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Marion County Tournament kicked off Tuesday night in Brilliant, ending with Hamilton the victors Friday night.
MCHS vs. Hamilton
The Marion County High School Lady Raiders took on the Hamilton Lady Aggies on day one of the Marion County Tournament. The Lady Aggies won 64-52 in a close game.
Mia Hollingsworth was the top scorer with 28 points. Jordan Parker scored 12, and Paisley Sorrells scored 11.

Winfield back-to-back-to-back champions

Winfield varsity boys win the Marion County Basketball Tournament against Hamilton 80-76 Friday, Jan. 21. From left are Coach Derek Trimm, Head Coach Zac Wakefield, Jarrett Hosch, Kade Estill, Haiden Channell, Tyler Mays, Logan Feltman, Manager Aaron Rao, Drew Cook, Phoenix Sandlin, Thackary Box, Ja’borri McGhee, Will Beasley, Seth Kimble, Coach Zac Evans, Coach Jake Elkins and Coach Brad Cunningham.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
Winfield vs. MCHS
The Winfield Pirates won convincingly against the Marion County Red Raiders in their opening game in the Marion County Tournament in Brilliant Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Winfield was able to win 71-44, with Logan Feltman, Will Beasley and Ja’borri McGhee leading the scoring for the Pirates.
Feltman scored 22, going 50 percent from the field, while Beasley scored 18 and McGhee scored 14.
Beasley was impressive from range, scoring six three pointers in the game out of his 14 three-point attempts.

Pirates recognized for outstanding season

Joseph Cox, right, receives the most outstanding offensive back award from Coach Nathan Dean.

By Luke Brantley Staff writer

BRILLIANT — The Winfield City High School football team held its annual banquet on Sunday, Jan. 9, to celebrate the 2021 season. The banquet was held at the Barn on Coleman Farms in Brilliant.

The Pirates advanced to the third round of playoffs, the farthest any Winfield team has ever gone.

Several players received awards for their achievements during the season.

Marion County defeats Brilliant 79-22 and 52-42

Brilliant’s Trevor Barton takes to the air for a shot while Marion County’s Zach Lamoreaux (#15) attempts a block. Marion County’s Landon Morrow (#2) and Brilliant’s Wiley Hanson (#1) is also shown.

By Peter J. Gossett General Manager/Editor

GUIN - The Brilliant Tigers traveled to Marion County High School Tuesday, Jan. 11, to take on the Red Raiders. While each school has excel- lent and talented players, there could only be one winner with the boys teams and one with the girls. Marion County varsity girls won against Brilliant 79-22, while the Marion County varsity boys won in a close 52-42.

Winfield fells Oakman

Winfield’s Brook Boman (#4) takes a shot during the first half of last Thursday’s game against Oakman. Boman scored a total of 8 points during the game.

By Luke Brantley Staff writer

WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates took on the Oakman Wildcats on Thursday night, Jan. 13. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Wildcats 66- 14. Winfield’s boys beat the Wildcats 81- 45.

The girls started off strong in the first quarter with 24 points to Oakman’s 2. The Lady Pirates held steady through the rest of the game, only allowing 10 points in the second quarter, 2 in the third quarter and none in the fourth.

Lions beat Tigers

By Luke Brantley Staff Writer BRILLIANT — The Brilliant Tigers lost 33-0 at home to the visiting Hubbertville Lions on Friday night, Oct. 8. The Brilliant defense started strong after the Lions received the opening kick off. The Lions gained six yards on a run their first play, but two sacks on second and third down sent them back. The Lions went for it on fourth down, but couldn’t get the first down. The Tigers took over on their own 25, but an incomplete pass and a fumble in the back stopped any progress down the field. The Tigers punted on fourth down.

Majority of area teams anticipated to win this week

My predictions from last week were mediocre. I was 3-3, accurately calling the Brilliant, Hamilton and Winfield games. Congratulations to the Phillips Bears for upsetting my prediction of a loss to Waterloo, and my utmost regards to the Brilliant Tigers for pulling off the win against Lynn in overtime. Maybe I’ll do better this week:

Lady Raiders clinch 4th NAC Title in a row

The Marion County Red Raiders Volleyball team are shown (front row, from left) Charity Crowe, Anna Kate Shirley, Bretta Taylor, Olivia Webb, Cady Seaman, Sam Calloway, (back row, same order) assistant coach Cally Chaffin, Anna Rhea White, Serinity Metcalfe, Porshia Lipsey, Erin Culp, Lydia Gosa, Sarah Webb, Mackenzie Stephens, head coach Savannah Smith Fox. v [Scott Johnson / Staff]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Scott’s Prediction Round-up

The elephant in the room is that my prediction for a Brilliant Tiger road victory in Hackleburg has left me with my foot in my mouth.
It was the game I was least sure about in my predictions, and I’m not surprised I got it wrong. The Hackleburg Panthers protected their home turf at Ray Family Stadium on Friday night, disappointing the Tigers 26-6. They improve their record in the historic, in-county series to 35-31 over Brilliant, answering back to the Tigers’ 21-0 shut-out last year.