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.

Brilliant, Hackleburg will open season in match up

Four Marion County schools will host home football games this Friday, Aug. 27.
Brilliant and Hackleburg will go head-to-head in an in-county rivalry.
This week all games continue to be non-regional match-ups. Region play will begin next week.
I’ve never made predictions before, but I’m happy I was able to follow these teams the first week before jumping into prognosticating.

Taylor signs with Southwest Tenn.

Torie Taylor (center) is shown signing with Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tenn., during a ceremony on Friday, July 23. Also shown are (seated, from left) father Steven Taylor, Torie, mother Rebecca Taylor, (standing, from left) Marion County High School softball coach Savannah Fox and Southwest coach Keith Gentry.[Deuce Belk Media]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Brody to the Bevill State Bears

Winfield pitcher Brody Cook (center) is shown signing with the Bevill State Bears on Sunday, July 25. Shown with him are (seated, from left) his mother, Tara Cook, and his father, Chris Cook and (standing, same order) coaches Jake Elkins, Tanner Smothers, Alan Smith and Derek Rhodes. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Hall of Fame set to welcome 27th, 28th class inductees during Aug. 7 ceremony

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part series listing the honors and achievements of the members of the 2020 and 2021 Marion County Sports Hall of Fame classes. New inductees have been listed three schools at a time, alphabetically by last name.
The 2020 class was delayed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s listing includes inductees from Hackleburg, Hamilton and Marion County High School (Guin).

Lady Aggies secure Section 3 Championship

The Hamilton High School girls outdoor track and field team were named the Class 4A, Section 3 Champions in Winfield on April 24, where they faced 14 other teams. Shown are (front row, from left) Myia Sizemore, Ashlyn Childers, Madelyn Hulsey, Brilyn Gilstrap, Ella Rose Bartlett, Kailee Wallace, Kira Casey, (back row, same order) Meg Wiginton, Gracie Sanderson, coach Mae Lynn Williams, Jordan Parker, Maya Jones, coach Steve Dudley Ella Cantrell, Chesney Rayburn, McKenna Taylor, Maleah Purser`er and Alice Loaterna. [Contributed]

Unsigned Senior Baseball Workout

Fayette - Bevill State Baseball will be hosting an Unsigned Senior Baseball Workout on Tuesday, July 6, at the Bevill State Baseball Field located at 2631 Temple Avenue N., Fayette, AL 35555.
The workout will include batting practice, defensive work, 60 times and bullpens.
The workout is open to any unsigned high school graduate. The cost is $50, and registration will be at 9:30 a.m. Workouts begin at 10 a.m.
Participants must have a copy of an up-to-date physical.

Four named to all-star team


By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Four local baseball players were named to teams in this year’s sportswriters all-star team.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released its 2021 all-state teams on Sunday morning, June 13.
The All-State team is compiled through submissions from coaches to sportswriters in their area and voted on by the ASWA prep committee. A pitcher, hitter, player and coach of the year is then selected in each class.

Brody Cook

NAC track Championship 2021

The Brilliant High School boys track team placed first in the 2021 North Alabama Conference (NAC) Track Championship which took place on March 10 in Winfield. Shown are (from left) Wes Woodard, Ty Avery (back), Braden Burleson, Pace Holt, Jarrett Henderson (back), Johnathon Tittle, Preston Conniff, Gavin Cummings, Gabe Durham, Kade Bryant, Mat Madden, Matthew Lothrop, Lane Stanford, Adan Aldridge, Jacob Barnes, Jerry Lothrop and Evan Smiley (kneeling). [Contributed]

NAC track Championship 2021

The Hackleburg High School girls track team placed first in the 2021 North Alabama Conference (NAC) Track Championship which took place on March 10 in Winfield. Shown are (from left) Angel Swann, Danielle Weekly, Courtney Posey, Grace Gallaway, Emma Murray, head coach Morgan McCarley, Makylah Blackburn, Maddie Burt, Ellie Nichols, Macy Moore, EmaLeigh Blackburn, Kinsley Conrad, and Madison Moore. Not shown are Madison Browning, Carson Browning and Hannah Riley. [Contributed]

Hackleburg All-Star 8U Boys Are State Bound

The Hackleburg 8U All-Star baseball team is has earned its place in the state playoffs this year. The Panthers will play on Friday, June 25, at Bowers Field in Tuscaloosa, at 3 p.m where 24 youth teams in the state will compete for the state title. The Hackleburg boys ended their regular season undefeated with a record of 21-0, two tournament championship titles, and named the mid-season District 11 Champs. Shown are (front row, from left) Braden Palmer, Kingston Ricketts, Brodie McDuffa-Liam Flanagan, Parker Rollins, (middle row, same order) Jaxsen Hudson, Hunter Pope, Top Oliver, Blake Randolph, Colton Oaks, Lucas Hudson, (back row, same order) coaches Jason Pope, Jonathon Oliver, Micheal Rollins and Chad Hudson.

Marion Co. Track Meet - April 7 Hosted by Winfield City High School

Hamilton Girls take 1st Place
The Hamilton Girls Track and Field Team finished first in the Marion County Track meet hosted at Winfield City High School on April 7. Shown are (front row, from left) Madelyn Hulsey, Brilyn Gilstrap, Jessica Shotts, Gracie Sanderson, Emily Jones, Alanna Fisher, (back row, same order) Ariel Lowe, Maya Jones, Myia Sizemore, Ashlyn Childers, KK Ables, Kylie Bell, Kyra Casey, Zaharea Woodson, Kailee Wallace, Alice Loaterna, Chesney Raburn, McKenna Taylor, Maleah Purser and Ella Cantrell. Not shown are Ella Rose Bartlett, Lizzie Boyett, Arianna Butler, Kylah Cochran, Morgan Cooper, Alee Ellis, Kati Lynn Frederick, Presley Godsey, Tristen Holliday, Mia Hollingsworth, Meghan Jones, Ansley Kerr, Olivia Martin, Bailey McCarley, Madison Metcalf, Jordan Parker, Lauren Pendley, Anna Price, Grace Sims, Aubrey Sorrells, Paisley Sorrells, Meg Wiginton and Naiia Woodson. [Contributed]

Marion Co. Track Meet - April 7 Hosted by Winfield City High School

Winfield Boys take 1st Place
The Winfield Boys Track and Field team placed first in the Marion County Track Tournament hosted at Winfield City High School. Shown are (front row, from left) Wes Estes, Mason Miller, Drew Klein, Devin Sargent, Delaney Porter, Kade Estill, Conner Cook, Pheonix Sandlin, (middle row, from left) Drew Estill, Colin Bradford, Seth Kemble, Ross Bozeman, Nick Nelson, Logan Weeks, Jack Williamson, Brock Cotton, Will May, Jake Ballard, Nicholas Haney, (back row, same order) Logan and Jaykob Savage. [Contributed]

Webb to Wallace State

Abigail Webb (center) is shown signing a full cheerleading scholarship with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville on Thursday, May 28. Shown are (from left) LaDawn Lawrence, Abigail, Adam Lawrence and (back) Sam Webb. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Bryant-Jordan Scholarship

Winfield City High School student athletes Andrew Stovall (left) and Ty Weeks are shown receiving plaques during an April 12 ceremony in Birmingham recognizing them as the 2021 Region 5 Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete scholarship award winners. [Contributed]

2,000-Point Milestone

Brilliant High School Senior Kade Bryant (11) receives a commemorative basketball from Brilliant Tigers Head Coach Ryan Sanderson (right) during a pre-game ceremony on Jan. 25, in honor of the Tigers’ guard crossing the 2,000-career-point threshold. Bryant, who has been playing varsity basketball since seventh grade, achieved the milestone during the Tigers’ game against St. Bernard Prep on Jan. 15, when Brilliant won 58-53. “I have coached Kade for five years at Brilliant High school,” said Sanderson. “He has achieved many great things during his time playing on the court. In eighth grade he scored more than 20 points in several games, and I knew at that time he was going to end up scoring a bunch of points at Brilliant. In tenth grade he averaged over 20 points a game and reached 1,000 career points. Kade worked very hard to reach this milestone and I was proud to see him accomplish this. Kade not only contributed by scoring during his time, but he also led the team in rebounds from ninth grade to 12th grade. Kade also helped lead the team to the playoffs during his junior year. Kade’s performance on the court has helped elevate the Brilliant Tiger basketball program.” [Contributed]

Lady Aggies’ historic season grounded out

Lexi Dobbins advances past a Cleburne defender as she fields a ground ball. [Lisa Dobbins/Contributed]

OXFORD - The Hamilton Lady Aggies saw their season come to an end after suffering back-to-back losses in the Class 4A State Softball Tournament.
The Lady Aggies made it to the state tournament after going undefeated in the 4A West Regional Tournament, claiming the regional title.
The last time the Lady Aggies won the regional tournament and advanced to state competition was in 2009.