500 career wins

Winfield head coach Joseph Wilson (center) was recognized for earning his 500th career win in the Lady Pirates’ 73-44 victory over Marion County in the opening round of the Marion County Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The longtime head coach has had stops with both Winfield’s boys and girls head basketball coach.

No. 4 Winfield finishes regular season 27-1

Winfield’s Emma Kate Tittle (11) shoots over the outstretched arm of the Haleyville defender in the Lady Pirates’ 60-30 victory.

FAYETTE - Winfield improved to 27-1 on the year with a 77-22 victory over Fayette County on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Lady Pirates led the Lady Tigers 35-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Winfield added to its lead in the second by outscoring Fayette County 19-5 to hold a 54-7 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Tigers 23-15 in the second half to cap the 55-point victory.


No. 5 Aggies win county

The Hamilton Aggies defeated Winfield 76-63 in the finals of the Marion County Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday, Jan. 25, at Marion County High School. Shown for the Aggies are (front row, from left) Chaston McCarley, Ethan Brumley, Justin Webb, Chandler Peoples, Dalton Blalock, Logan Allen, Mark Snyder, (back row, same order) assistant coach Trent Williams, head coach Ethan Lawler, Hogan Gann, Caleb Weeks, Christian Loving, Peyton Williams, Josh McDaniel, Jordan Cross and assistant coaches Trey Williams and Andrew Howell.

GUIN - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 76-63 in the Marion County Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament Finals on Friday, Jan. 25.
The victory marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Aggies have won the county championship.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A’s fifth-ranked Aggies led 19-7 at the end of the opening period.


Phillips makes it three in a row

The Phillips She Bears captured their third-consecutive Marion County title with a 67-40 win over Winfield on Friday, Jan. 25, at Marion County High School. Shown for Phillips are (front row, from left) Mary Ashton Hyde, Lexie Dishner, Gracie Hallman, Caitlin Martin, (back row, same order) assistant coach Jacob Feltman, head coach Scott Veal, Allie Veal, Baily Bishop, Ally McCollum, Amber Markham, assistant coach Julie Hallman and assistant coach Deb Cook.

GUIN – Phillips’ earned its third-consecutive Marion County Varsity Girls Basketball title with a 67-40 win over Winfield on Friday, Jan. 25.
The game was between two of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Top 5 teams in Classes 1A and 3A.
The She Bears entered the contest ranked No. 4 in Class 1A while the Lady Pirates were the second-ranked team in Class 3A.


Aggies to host area tournament, rise to No. 5; Marion County, Winfield earn regular season wins

Hamilton senior Hogan Gann (15) shoots a 2-point shot in front of the Aggies’ “Dawg Pound” in Hamilton’s 58-49 victory over Russellville. The win gave Hamilton the right to host the area tournament.

HAMILTON - Hamilton defeated Russellville in Class 5A, Area 14 action 58-49 on Monday, Jan. 14, for the right to host the area tournament.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s No. 5-ranked Hamilton saw Ethan Brumley finish with a team-high 15 points. He added six rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Justin Webb had nine points and four steals. Caleb Weeks scored eight points.
Peyton Williams added six points and six rebounds.
With the win, Hamilton improved to 19-4 on the season.

No. 2 Winfield remains perfect; Hamilton’s Hollingsworth records first triple-double on varsity

Hamilton’s Aubrey Sorrells (11) and Winfield’s C’era Beck (20) fight for the ball in the rivalry matchup on Friday, Jan. 4. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Aggies 69-30. Beck finished with 16 points while Sorrells collected seven rebounds. Also shown are Winfield’s Andrea Harbin (10) and Hamilton’s Lexie Childers (22).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Oakman 53-44 in Class 3A, Area 10 action to remain perfect on the season.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s second-ranked Lady Pirates were tied with the Lady Wildcats at 13-all at the end of the first period.
Winfield took a 27-22 lead heading into halftime with a 14-9 second quarter.
The Lady Pirates added to their lead with a 16-12 third quarter. Both schools scored 10 points in the fourth to give the final of 53-44, Winfield.


Ninth-ranked Aggies improve to 16-4

Hamilton’s Ethan Brumley (10) drives to the basket and attempts a layup as Winfield’s Luke Jungels (32) goes for a block. Brumley scored 15 points while Jungels had 18 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, three assists and a steal in the Pirates’ 60-59 victory.

MOULTON - Hamilton earned a 69-56 win over Class 5A, Area 14 foe Lawrence County to improved to 5-1 in area action.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A’s ninth-ranked Aggies had three players score in double-digits.
Justin Webb finished with a team-high 17 points. He added four assists.
Ethan Brumley and Caleb Weeks each scored 15 points apiece. Brumley added six assists and six rebounds.
Christian Loving scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The victory improved the Aggies to 16-4 on the season.

Winfield sticks at No. 5

MONTGOMERY - Winfield held firm in the Class 3A rankings as the Pirates remained at No. 5 this week.
The Pirates held the slot after earning a victory over  Class 5A rival Hamilton. The Pirates trailed the Aggies 14-12 at halftime before dominating the second half 26-0 as head coach David McKinney’s squad improved to 6-0 this year.
While the Pirates remain the only team from the county in the Top 10, Marion County received one vote as a potential Top 10 school.

Red Raiders shutout Vina

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) looks back as he races to the end zone on the opening kickoff of the 2018 season. Pyron returned the kick 80 yards to score on the Red Raiders’ first play of the season.

VINA - Marion County scored on the first live play of the 2018 season with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and never looked back en route to a 42-0 win over Vina on Friday night, Aug. 24.
The opening win puts Marion County at 1-0 on the so-very-young season while dropping Vina to 0-1 to start the year.

Huge third quarter lifts Pirates over Lions

Winfield’s Luke McKinney (56) blocks for running back Chris Broyles (7) after the handoff from quarterback Jackson Elkins (2). Broyles scored three times as he racked up 200-plus yards in the Pirates’ 37-13 victory.

WINFIELD – The Winfield Pirates got off to slow start to begin the 2018 season against the Haleyville Lions, but the offense came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.
When the final was in the scoreboard lights  at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield, the Pirates had scored 31 unanswered points en route to a 37-13 win over their Winston County rivals on Friday, Aug. 24.

Tigers lose varsity portion 22-0

LYNN - Brilliant lost 22-0 to Lynn in the varsity portion of the Friday, Aug. 24, jamboree in the second quarter after the Tigers’ junior varsity fell short 14-0 in the opening quarter.
Following the contest, second-year head coach Briant Gunnels saw both positives and areas where the team can improve.
“We played hard,” Gunnels said. “We had some bright spots and saw what we need to work on.
“That’s the good thing about a jamboree  we have some kids getting used to new positions. We had three starters out, so some younger guys got some good reps in live situations.”

Panthers lose season opener

Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) attempts to evade the Winston County defenders in the Panthers’ 28-16 loss. Also shown for Hackleburg is Ethan Heggy (14).

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Mark Mitchell coaching era at Winston County High School kicked off with infectious excitement Friday, Aug. 24, as the home team flew to a 28-16 victory over the Hackleburg Panthers.
After his team’s loss, Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson noted his squad had key areas that need improvement.
“We’ve to do a better job up front on offense and defense,” the 10-year Panther head coach said. “Our receivers are going to have to do a better job getting open and blocking on the perimeter.