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Prep softball: Taylor's single lifts White Plains at Springville
Sophia Taylor’s run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning helped White Plains win 2-1 at Springville on Monday.
Apr 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep golf: White Plains 2nd, Oxford 3rd after one day of Goodwin Classic
A lot has changed in Logan Archer’s golf game since he finished second in the Kelsey Goodwin Memorial Classic last year. For starters, he’s wearing a different shirt, sporting the colors of Hewitt-Trussville after playing as an individual for host Oxford in the event at Cider Ridge Golf Club. More importantly, he has become a closer on the course and that promises to serve the junior well Tuesday as he carries a one-shot lead into the final round.
Apr 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Alexandria star makes North-South All-Star game
The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association announced Monday that Alexandria High infielder Dalton Cobb has landed on the North roster for this summer’s North-South All-Star baseball game.
Apr 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: White Plains gets a second chance against Piedmont
There aren’t going to be any surprises for White Plains High when its baseball team takes the field Friday night. It’s been less than a week and a half since the Wildcats were swept in a three-game series by Piedmont, which won the Class 3A, Area 10 championship with the victories, but the two are preparing to play again this weekend in the second round of the state playoffs.
Apr 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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High School Baseball Roundup: Wildcats rally to eliminate Cleveland
With their Class 3A opening-round baseball series tied at one game apiece after Friday’s doubleheader, the White Plains Wildcats rallied from an early deficit and defeated host Cleveland 9-3 Saturday. The Wildcats (18-11) will play at Piedmont Friday in the second round.
Apr 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep softball: Oxford takes 3 of 5 in Florence tournament
Oxford won three out of five games in the Florence tournament over the weekend. The Yellow Jackets beat Athens Bible 3-2, Deshler 9-1 and Central-Florence 2-1. They lost to Smynra, Tenn., 4-3 and Northridge 3-2.
Apr 20, 2014 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Piedmont completes sweep of Glencoe
It took an extra day but the Piedmont Bulldogs completed a two-game sweep of their Class 3A playoff series against Glencoe with an 11-4 win Saturday afternoon. The two teams finished one game of a scheduled doubleheader Friday night but wet grounds delayed Game 2. The Bulldogs (25-6) eliminated the Yellow Jackets in two games in the second round last year.
Apr 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Bad bounces, slow hitting doom Oxford
The Yellow Jackets went toe-to-toe with Grissom in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs, but came up short 3-1 in the first game and lost an eight-inning heartbreaker 4-3 in the second, eliminating them from the playoffs.
Apr 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Dodd, Cobb Help Alexandria Sweep Sardis
After having to push back Friday night’s series to Saturday because of rain, Alexandria made light work of Sardis in the opening round of the AHSAA baseball playoffs. The Valley Cubs swept the Lions, 5-0 and 11-2.
Apr 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brandon Miller's In My Opinion: Good to see Calhoun County showdowns in baseball playoffs
There’s nothing better than the playoffs, especially at the state level, but it doesn’t get better than the baseball we’ve got scheduled next weekend. Several teams will be playing in the second round the AHSAA playoffs, but the Alexandria-Jacksonville and Piedmont-White Plains series sit center stage.
Apr 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Piedmont surges past Glencoe 14-4 in playoff opener
Friday’s second game of a scheduled doubleheader was postponed until Saturday at 1 p.m. Piedmont head coach James Blanchard said he would give the ball to freshman left-hander Taylor Hayes in Game 2. Should the series require a third game, it will also be played today.
Apr 18, 2014 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep baseball: Sims leads Jacksonville in sweep of Guntersville
While numerous games were postponed until Saturday, Jacksonville made sure it didn’t have to play Saturday, sweeping ninth-ranked Guntersville 6-5 and 5-1 to advance to next week’s second round.
Apr 18, 2014 |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oxford's McKibbin named to North All-Star softball coaching staff
Oxford softball coach Wendy McKibbin will be one of the North All-Star coaches the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
Apr 18, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep roundup: Lady Raiders claim area softball title
Pleasant Valley’s softball team scrapped and clawed its way to the Class 2A, Area 12 regular season title Thursday night, knocking off Wellborn 6-5 in eight innings.
Apr 18, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Prep sports: Randolph County's McFarland to play in North-South All-Star basketball game
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Sixty rising seniors were chosen for the girls and boys’ rosters, and it isn’t a surprise that McFarland made the cut. The 6-foot-4, 178-pound hybrid player came on the scene strong this past season, averaging 19.7 and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Prep roundup: Piedmont softball rallies to knock off Cherokee County
by Staff reports
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Piedmont watched an early three-run slip away then rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat visiting Cherokee County 6-5 Wednesday evening.
One on one with... Faith Christian's Tyler Johnson
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently, Faith Christian's Tyler Johnson took a few minutes out of the end of the school day to sit down with Anniston Star prep sports writer Brandon Miller to kick 10 Questions.
Prep notebook: Saks swimmers sign scholarships
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Mikey Monday and Elon Bush are trying to bring something new to high schools around Calhoun County. On Tuesday afternoon, the two were the main focus of a banquet at Saks High that was centered around each signing swimming scholarships. It’s something no one can remember having ever happened before.
Joe Medley: Woodland's Leah Strain puts final touch on legacy with 2A player-of-year award
Apr 16, 2014 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The 5-foot-4 senior point guard and two-time most valuable player from the Class 2A state final added one more award to her career haul Wednesday --- Alabama Sports Writers Association girls' Class 2A player of the year. She received the award in her third appearance as a finalist in the ASWA Mr. and Miss Basketball banquet, edging finalists Miracle Mayo, of Lanett, and Kasey Sparks, of Red Bay.
Prep roundup: Poe helps lead Jacksonville soccer past Oxford
by Staff reports
Apr 16, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Elizabeth Poe scored a goal and dished out an assist Tuesday to lead Jacksonville’s girls soccer team to a 2-1 win over Oxford.
Prep baseball: Despite win streak, break was good for playoff-bound Oxford, Brooks says
by Brandon Miller
Apr 15, 2014 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Oxford’s first-round matchup at Bud McCarty Field is a rematch from the second round last spring, when Grissom did everything it could to win the second game of the series from the Yellow Jackets and go on to win the series the following day.
Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Saks pair signs while signing good
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
Apr 15, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
One of the best things in sports happened at Saks High School on Tuesday. Two seniors signed national letters of intent in a lunch room full of family, friends, teachers, coaches, pastors and fellow swimmers. Mikey Monday picked the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Elon Bush will swim for Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
Prep roundup: Faith, Donoho trade upsets in rainy tennis sectional
by Staff reports
Apr 14, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The tournament went according to the seeding, with two notable exceptions. Faith’s No. 2 Doubles team, Abby Emerson and Regan Crosby, upset Donoho’s Camille Fink and Wittney Brown, 10-5, in the semifinals. Donoho earned a bit of revenge at No. 5 Singles when Kirin Heathcock upset Faith’s Janay Caver, 10-6.
Prep roundup: McDaniel, Gattrell lead Faith Christian soccer past Donoho
by Staff reports
Apr 13, 2014 |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Josiah McDaniel scored two goals to lead Faith Christian soccer to a 3-2 win over Donoho on Saturday. With the win, the Lions claimed the Class 1A, Area 11 championship and will host a first-round playoff matchup.
Prep golf: Allen's putt lifts Oxford to county championship
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
Apr 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
All afternoon, both the team and individual top spots were up for grabs. It wasn’t until Oxford’s Chandler Allen sank a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole to clinch the championship for the Yellow Jackets by a stroke.
White Plains beats Oxford to claim Calhoun County softball tournament title
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
Apr 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
If top-ranked White Plains goes on to win the Class 3A state title in softball this season, mark the Calhoun County tournament down as a key point. The Wildcats faced a tight game with Oxford in Friday’s winners’ bracket final. The least mistake could force them to have to play another game against Alexandria then beat Oxford twice to win the title. The pressure was on, and White Plains coach Rachel Ford had a message for her team. “I told them in the middle of that game, this is exactly the kind of pressure you’re going to face later in the year,” Ford said. White Plains won that game on the international tiebreaker then went on to beat Oxford 5-2 in Friday’s final, clinching the county title and improving to 27-5.
Prep roundup: Oxford leads county golf tourney after one day
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
Apr 11, 2014 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Behind Chandler Allen’s tournament-leading 72, the Oxford Yellow Jackets are out to a 13-stroke lead after the first day of the 2014 Calhoun County boys golf championships. White Plains (317) is second, followed by Donoho (348).
Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Strain will be next to try at White Plains
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
Apr 11, 2014 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Congratulations, White Plains, on a great hire in Larry Strain as the school's new football coach. He's a great man. Just meet his three kids.
Prep football: Board of Education makes White Plains' hiring of Strain official
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Apr 11, 2014 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
After resigning as the Woodland girls basketball coach Feb. 28, Larry Strain didn’t expect to leave the school altogether. Strain planned to continue coaching the Bobcats’ football team, but Friday morning, he wore a royal blue and white tie – the colors of his new school, White Plains High.
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