Hamilton falls to West Morgan in soccer match

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
Hamilton — The Hamilton Aggies boys and girls varsity soccer teams took on the West Morgan Rebels on Friday, Feb. 18, at Hamilton High School.
The Aggies found it difficult to keep their defensive shape as the girls lost their match 0-10 and the boys lost 1-10.
Jack Wood was the sole goal scorer for the Aggies boys team.
Despite losing by a large margin in both matches, boys and girls coach Victoria Pendley had a positive outlook going forward in inproving the teams’ play.

Winfield Pirates break in Colts in regional semi-final game

Winfield’s Thackory Box eyes a pass while a Clements player does the same. The Pirates’ victory advanced them to the final round.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HANCEVILLE — Severe weather wasn’t enough to stop the Pirates’ winning streak on Thursday night, Feb. 17, at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
The Pirates faced off against the Clements Colts in the 3A Northwest Regional semi-finals.
The Colts took the lead in the first quarter, leading the Pirates by five points, 17-12. But the Pirates turned up the heat in the second quarter, scoring 21 points while holding the Colts to eight.
At the half, the Pirates were leading 33-25.

Winfield girls fall to Oakman

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — On Monday, Feb. 7, the Winfield Lady Pirates lost to the Oakman Lady Wildcats 37-32 at home.
The Lady Wildcats pounced to an early 14-6 lead in the first quarter, before the Lady Pirates started to close the gap in the second quarter, reducing Oakman’s lead to 19-15.
In the third quarter, Oakman scored 14 more points to Winfield’s 11, setting the stage for the fourth quarter at 33-26.
The Lady Pirates fought to close the gap again, but were five points shy when the buzzer sounded, and the Lady Wildcats won 37-32.

Winfield boys win area tournament, several teams runners up

\Dalys Floyd (#11) gets fired up towards the end of the Red Raiders’ game against Brilliant.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
Winfield wins area
The Winfield Pirates advanced to the final round after a narrow 61-57 victory over Tarrant. Oakman made the finals with a 58-49 win against Carbon Hill.
The Pirates claimed the 3A Area 10 championship in a narrow three-point, come-from-behind victory over the Oakman Wildcats, winning 57-54 on Friday, Feb. 11.
The game was close through the first half. Oakman took the lead in the first quarter, which ended with the Wildcats leading 16-10.

Pirates spell doom for Blue Devils

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates took on the Sulligent Blue Devils at home on Friday, Feb. 4. The Pirates blew the Blue Devils away 94-55.
Winfield leaped ahead 22-11 in the first quarter and kept up the pressure in the second quarter. The score was 48-28 at halftime, putting the Pirates in a comfortable lead.
The Blue Devils came out of the locker room and scored 14 points in the third quarter, but 15 from the Pirates kept them solidly in the lead.

Pirates advance over Tarrant

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates beat the Tarrant Wildcats 61-57  on Tuesday, Feb. 8 to advance to the final round of the 3A Area 10 tournament.
The game was close, with the Pirates leading 32-28 going into halftime.
The Wildcats came out of the locker room swinging, and put up 21 points to the Pirates’ 11.
The Wildcats were now leading 49-43 going into the fourth quarter. The Pirates turned the tide, scoring 18 points while holding the Wildcats to eight. The game ended with Winfield leading 61-57.

Lady Panthers outscore Lady Bears

Lady Panther Kate Cantrell eyes the net.

By Peter J. Gossett
General Manager/Editor
HACKLEBURG — The Lynn Bears visited the Hackleburg Panthers Thursday, Feb. 3, and came away with a score of 66-58, while the Lady Panthers were able to keep ahead with the win 63-53.
It seemed a close game between the girls, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bears during the second and fourth quarters of the game. For the boys’ teams, Hackleburg was only able to outscore Lynn during the second quarter.

Aggies avenged: Hamilton defeats Pirates at Winfield

Winfield’s Tinsley Franks (#24) has her shot broken up by Hamilton’s Aubrey Sorrells (#11) and another Aggie defender.

WINFIELD — After falling to the Winfield Pirates in the Marion County Tournament, the Hamilton Aggies took revenge on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Winfield, defeating the Pirates 69-55.
The Aggies took a 12-point lead in the first quarter and kept up the pace through the first half. They scored 24 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second.
At halftime, the Aggies were leading 45-21.
Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter as the Aggies slowed and the Pirates built up some steam.

Winfield boys’ indoor track team wins fifth state championship

Phoenix Sandlin runs hard as he wins the boys’ 60 meter dash during the 1A-3A state championship meet on Friday, Feb. 4 at the Birmingham Crossplex.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BIRMINGHAM — The Winfield boys’ indoor track team claimed its fifth state championship on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Pirates won with 99 points, beating Montgomery Catholic (57 points) and Mobile Christian (49 points) by a wide margin.
Several boys won their events. Phoenix Sandlin finished first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.05 seconds. Andrew Wallace placed fourth with a time of 7.21.

Berryhill signs with Union College

Marion County’s Dakota Berryhill signed with Union College on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the multipurpose room at Marion County High School. Berryhill said he is majoring in criminal justice, and will be a pole vaulter on Union’s track team. Back row, from left, are Coaches Joy Cooper, Kelee Williams, Mineo Lindsey, Susan Seals and Union Track and Field Coach Chris Jelks. Front row are Teresa Berryhill (mother), Dakota Berryhill and Wade Berryhill (father).

Seals signs with Jacksonville State

Winfield’s Lydia Seals is signing with Jacksonville State University, where she will run track. Back row, from left, are Assistant Coach Alex Rodriguez, Head Track Coach Steve Reaves and Winfield High School Principal Adam Aldridge. Front row, from left are Jeanette Seals (mother), Lydia Seals and Jake Seals (father).

Athletes make all county list Jan. 21

The all county football team are, front row from left, Adam Frost, Kevin McBride, Logan Hudson, Will Shotts, Jacob Watters, Joseph Cox, Garrett Pennington, Wiley Hanson, Dylan Walker, Drew Cook, Ja’borri McGhee and Gavin Self. Back row from left are Joe Carter, Willy Llinares, Brayden Wallace, Brodie Silas, Bryant Loving, Levi Gilbert, Seth Kemble, Trevor Barton and Carson Lawrence.

By Peter J. Gossett
General Manager/Editor
BRILLIANT — Those outstanding athletes who have worked hard at perfecting and honing their skills this school year were added to the pages of history recently. These athletes from the football, volleyball and basketball seasons were named to the all county list by the Marion County Coaches and Principals Association during the Marion County Basketball Tournament at Brilliant Friday, Jan. 21.

Winfield boys basketball wins continue

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
The Winfield Pirates boys and girls teams saw differing outcomes this week as the boys continued on their winning streak and the girls met a series of losses.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the boys traveled to New Albany, Miss., and won 73-49. The first quarter was close, ending with both teams tied at 13-13, but the Pirates picked up speed and kept it up while the New Albany Bulldogs just couldn’t keep up.

AHSAA spotlights three local athletes

Mia Hollingsworth

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY — Hamilton Lady Aggie Mia Hollingsworth, Winfield Pirate Logan Feltman and Winfield Pirate Ja’borri McGhee have been featured in the Alabama High School Athletics Association’ Prep Basketball Spotlight for this year.
Hollingsworth impressed the AHSAA with her outstanding performance against the Haleyville Lions where she scored 25, assisted eight and recorded four steals in the game. She also received recognition for  scoring six three-pointers and closing with 28 points as the Aggies beat Marion County 64-52.

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.