Sports

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.

 

500 career wins

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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.