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Football

Handley celebrates its latest title in the annual Piedmont 7-on-7 on Saturday. (Submitted photo)

Piedmont 7-on-7

Piedmont, AL – Handley tops Spring Garden in finals for second year in a row in annual Piedmont 7-on-7 tournament. By Shannon Fagan Handley continued

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Cub trio signs

Cub Trio Signs

Alexandria, AL – Alexandria’s Thompson, Dickerson and Folsom add to big year of signings for Alexandria High School athletes. By Joe Medley It’s been quite

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Jacksonville head football coach Clint Smith talks during Wednesday’s National Signing Day ceremony to honor Ky’dric Fisher (left) and Maddie Holt. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Something Bigger in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, AL – Jacksonville’s Fisher looks ahead to opportunities to come at, and because of, Dartmouth. Holt channels sixth-grade self to explain opportunity she never saw

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Former Alexandria standout Ronnie Royal makes a one-handed interception to help Gulf Shores beat Ramsay in the Class 5A state title game at Tuscaloosa. Royal is a finalist for Class 5A back of the year. (Photo by Will Carter/Pure Game/AHSAA photos)

ASWA Football Finalists

Calhoun County, AL – Finalists for 2023 back- and lineman-of-the-year awards by classification, as voted by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Editor’s note: Winners, Super All-State

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Jacksonville quarterback Jim Ogle scrambles against Catholic-Montgomery in their Class 4A semifinal game. The Alabama Sports Writers Association voted him first-team all-state quarterback for Class 4A. (Photo by Greg Warren/For East Alabama Sports Today)

ASWA All-State Team

The Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State high school football teams, honorable mentions and coaches of the year: CLASS 7A FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE Offense QB: Andrew Alford,

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Volleyball

Alexandria baseball coach Zac Welch holds the 2024 state-title trophy he and his team earned, and wife Whitney Welch holds the 2017 state-title trophy that she and her volleyball team earned. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Blue Map Couple

Alexandria, AL – Mutually supportive relationship helps Alexandria’s Zac, Whitney Welch put coveted AHSAA trophies in alma mater’s case. By Joe Medley Zac and Whitney

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Faith Christian’s Ally Folsom participates in Friday’s ceremony to mark her signing to play volleyball for Gadsden State Community College. (Submitted photo)

Folsom Hits On at Gadsden

Anniston, AL – Faith Christian senior and standout on state-tournament volleyball team signs to play on, at Gadsden State Community College. By Joe Medley Ally

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Pleasant Valley’s Allie Bryant on Tuesday celebrates her signing to play volleyball for Gadsden State Community College. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Family Tradition

Pleasant Valley, AL – Fresh off helping Pleasant Valley win a state volleyball title, Bryant becomes the latest in her family to take her game to

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Alexandria’s Kailey Dickerson is the East Alabama Sports Today 2023 Class 4A-6A All-Calhoun County player of the year, and Alexandria’s Whitney Welch is coach of the year after the Valley Cubs won 52 matches and their first-ever North Super Regional title en route to the Class 5A state semifinals. Pleasant Valley’s Maddie Schwabe is the 1A-3A All-County player of the year and Dana Bryant the coach of the year after the Raiders won the Calhoun County, Class 2A North Super Regional and state championships, ending their season with 20 consecutive victories. (Krista Larkin/For East Alabama Sports Today and submitted photos)

All Calhoun County Volleyball

Calhoun County, AL – Pleasant Valley’s Bryant, Schwabe and Alexandria’s Welch, Dickerson take top honors on the 2023 East Alabama Sports Today All-Calhoun County volleyball teams.

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Track/Cross Country

All-Star week

All-Star week

Montogmery, AL – White Plains’ Conn takes third overall to help North girls to victory in cross country. Austin, Barksdale contribute as North sweeps in

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Weaver High’s KeShawn Allen does a walkthru for the New Balance Nationals on Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted photo)

Hurdling Far in Weaver

Weaver, AL – Weaver’s Allen, a state champion in both hurdling events, set to complete in New Balance Nationals at University of Pennsylvania. By Joe Medley

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Faith Christian’s boys were Class 1A state runners up in Cullman on Saturday. (Submitted photo)

Calhoun County Shines in State Track

Calhoun County, AL – Faith Christian boys take second. Donoho’s Connell, Cherokee County’s Johnson, Munford’s Frank, Handley’s Askew among multiple-event winners. Weaver’s boys dominate hurdles. Led

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Jacksonville head football coach Clint Smith talks during Wednesday’s National Signing Day ceremony to honor Ky’dric Fisher (left) and Maddie Holt. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Something Bigger in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, AL – Jacksonville’s Fisher looks ahead to opportunities to come at, and because of, Dartmouth. Holt channels sixth-grade self to explain opportunity she never saw

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White Plains’ Maddyn Conn receives two more state-championship rings Friday, at the Wildcats’ basketball game, then posted second- and third-place finishes at the state indoor track championships Saturday. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Calhoun County Indoor Track

Birmingham, AL – Munford’s Frank, Cherokee County’s Johnson bring home state titles. White Plains’ Conn takes second- and third-place finishes. By East Alabama Sports Today

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Basketball

All-Star week

All-Star week

Montogmery, AL – White Plains’ Conn takes third overall to help North girls to victory in cross country. Austin, Barksdale contribute as North sweeps in

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ASWA All-State team

ASWA All-State team

The Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State high school basketball teams, honorable mentions and coaches of the year: CLASS 7A GIRLS First-team All-State Syriah Daniels, Auburn,

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Anniston’s Tykeria Smith catches a pass from Serena Hardy during Anniston’s 44-40 victory over New Hope in Monday’s Class 4A Northeast Regional semifinals. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Eddie Factor for Anniston

Jacksonville, AL – Veteran coach simulates New Hope star guard in practice, helps Anniston find the formula to get back to the Northeast Regional final. By

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This week’s schedule

Calhoun County Sports Schedule

Calhoun County, AL – Prep sports events involving area teams for the week of Feb. 19-Feb. 24. Coaches, to have your schedule included, email hayden.medley@gmail.com.  

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Regional pairings

Regional Pairings

Calhoun County, AL – Northeast and Central Regional pairings for East Alabama Sports Today coverage-area teams. (Updated with times, championship game days/times) Girls CLASS 1A

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On to The Pete

On to The Pete in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, AL – Anniston’s boys and girls, Piedmont’s boys, Faith Christian’s boys and B.B. Comer’s boys advance to regional play. (Includes links to regional pairings and

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Updated Subregional results

Updated Subregional Results

Calhoun County, AL – Results from AHSAA subregional games involving East Alabama Sports Today coverage-area teams. Most girls teams played Friday, and most boys teams

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Subregional pairings

Updated Subregional Pairings

Calhoun County, AL – Regional pairings for East Alabama Sports Today coverage-area teams plus potential regional-final opponents. (Will be updated after Saturday’s subregional games.) Girls CLASS

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Oxford Photo Gallery

Oxford Photo Gallery

Oxford, AL – Oxford’s boys play host to Huffman in a Class 6A, Northeast subregional game. Winner advances to the Northeast Regional. Photos by Joe Medley

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Wrestling

State wrestling

State Wrestling

Huntsville, AL – Weaver leads after day one, gets five wrestlers through to championship semifinals. (Includes rundown of wrestlers still active for area teams)   Top-ranked

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Updated Sectional wrestling

Updated Sectional Wrestling

Birmingham, AL – Weaver adds North Super Sectional title to its season resume, qualifies wrestlers in all weight classes for state. Alexandria, Southside and Cleburne County

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Baseball

All-Star week

All-Star week

Montogmery, AL – White Plains’ Conn takes third overall to help North girls to victory in cross country. Austin, Barksdale contribute as North sweeps in

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Choccolocco Monsters coach Ricky Ray Clayton (left) greets catcher Tate Morris while Cole Tremain (6) and Mason Walker (5) greet pitcher Thomas Ballard during their 5-1 victory over the Gainesville GolDiggers on Saturday at Choccolocco Park. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Oxford On Top

Oxford, AL – Harrison’s double, another strong pitching outing key Choccolocco Monsters’ 5-1 victory over the Gainesville GolDiggers, propel Monsters to sole possession of first

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Choccolocco Monsters players charge the field after Jake Goolsby after he delivered a game-winning single against the Sunbelt League-leading Gainesville GolDiggers on Friday at Choccolocco Park. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Oxford’s Monstrous Win

Oxford, AL – Choccolocco Monsters overcome five-run deficit, walk it off against Gainesville GolDiggers to force tie atop Sunbelt League headed into Saturday’s rematch. By

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Monsters’ Trey Higgins awaits his turn at bat in the first inning against the Cartersville Cannons on Saturday at Choccolocco Park.

A Ball for Oxford Mom

Oxford, AL – Higgins’ breakthrough night, which included another home run ball to add to his mother’s collection, propels Choccolocco Monsters to sixth consecutive victory. By

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A day after Independence Day, the Choccolocco Monsters (right) and Cartersville Cannons line up for the National Anthem before their game Friday at Choccolocco Park. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Oxford Stealing Another Win

Oxford, AL – With 13 steals part of their latest adventure, the resilient Choccolocco Monsters record their fifth consecutive victory to keep pace in the Sunbelt

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Marathon

Oxford Marathon

Atlanta, GA – Three Monsters homer, and a three-run ninth propels the Monsters to an 18-17 victory over Brookhaven on the road. Rashad Robinson’s RBI single

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Former Alexandria High pitcher Andrew Allen pitches for the Sunbelt League’s Choccolocco Monsters against the Atlanta Crackers on Sunday at Choccolocco Park. (Photo by Joe Medley)

New Monster in Oxford

Oxford, AL – Alexandria grad Allen takes the mound, impresses in first outing to help Choccolocco Monsters sweep visiting Atlanta Crackers Cover photo:  By Joe Medley

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Softball

Rachel Smith and daughter Savannah Smith embrace at Choccolocco Park after the final game of Piedmont’s most recent state-tournament run. (Photo by Joe Medley)

End of an Era in Piedmont

Piedmont, AL – Smith steps down as Piedmont softball coach, bringing end to highly successful family run with Bulldogs. Strott promoted. Editor’s note: East Alabama Sports

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Anna Snider Burgess, seen here during her four years as an assistant coach at Alexandria, will be White Plains’ next head softball coach. (Submitted photo)

Burgess Going Home

White Plains, AL – White Plains, seeking fourth softball coach in four years, turns to alum and former Jacksonville State player to lead program. By

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Lex Muncher talks to White Plains’ softball team before a game at Jacksonville this season. (Photo by Joe Medley)

White Plains Move

White Plains, AL – Muncher won’t return as White Plains High’s softball coach, principal says. Program seeking fourth head coach in four years. By Joe

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Alexandria baseball coach Zac Welch holds the 2024 state-title trophy he and his team earned, and wife Whitney Welch holds the 2017 state-title trophy that she and her volleyball team earned. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Blue Map Couple

Alexandria, AL – Mutually supportive relationship helps Alexandria’s Zac, Whitney Welch put coveted AHSAA trophies in alma mater’s case. By Joe Medley Zac and Whitney

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State Softball

State Softball

Alexandria falls one game short of Class 5A finals. Piedmont, Pleasant Valley each goes 1-2 as Bulldogs complete fourth consecutive state-tourney run and Raiders complete

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UP for a Repeat

Up For a Repeat?

Oxford, AL – Alexandria reaches winners’ bracket final, but nemesis Moody breaks free with a five-run sixth inning to advance to state 5A finals. Valley

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Golf

All-Star week

All-Star week

Montogmery, AL – White Plains’ Conn takes third overall to help North girls to victory in cross country. Austin, Barksdale contribute as North sweeps in

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The winning team of Tanner Wells (left) and Jacob LeCroy (right) accept their trophy from Ted’s Charity Invitational tournament director Ted Gregerson after Sunday’s final round at Anniston Country Club. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Ted’s Top Tandem

Anniston, AL – Tanner Wells-Jacob LeCroy shoot final-round 58, win first-ever Ted’s Charity Invitational Golf Tournament at Anniston Country Club. By Joe Medley The first-ever

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Gary Wigington tees off on No. 16 during Saturday’s first round of Ted’s Charity Invitational at Anniston Country Club. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Crowd at Top

Anniston, AL – Four teams share lead after first round of Ted’s Charity Invitational, and three more lurk one stroke off of the lead headed into

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Local golf enthusiasts (from left) Aaron Gregerson, Matt Miller, Ted Gregerson and Jeremy McGatha pose in front of the Ted’s Floors & Beyond tent near the No. 16 tee at Anniston Country Club. The first annual Ted’s Charity Invitational Golf Tournament tees off Saturday at Anniston Country Club. (Submitted photo)

Ted Talk

First Ted’s Charity Invitational Golf Tournament, filled since March 1, looks to set tone for bigger future in benefiting local schools. By Joe Medley Ted

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Alexandria coach Craig Kiker (right), with the usual big assist from assistant Brenard Howard (left), coached the Valley Cubs to their second team state championship in girls’ golf and first since 2008. They won the Class 4A-5A state title at Florence in May.(Submitted photo)

’24 All-County Golf

Calhoun County, AL – Alexandria’s Kiker coach of the year after leading Valley Cubs to second state title. County champions Edwards, Rogers take top individual honors.

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Fites to finish

Fites to Finish

Anniston, AL  – Freeman Fite teams with Bodie to win Anniston Country Club Parent-Child tourney, Payton to finish runner up. Freeman Fite and Bodie Fite shot

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Soccer

Donoho’s Erin Turley sends a corner kick toward the goal during the Falcons’ state-final match against St. James on May 10. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Anniston Soccer All-State

Anniston, AL – Led by Turley, Donoho’s girls, boys boast eight all-state selections. State coaches chose a total of 33 area players. Four area baseball,

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Donoho’s girls thank their fans after Friday’s Class 1A-3A state final at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park. (Photo by Joe Medley)

‘Really Proud’

Huntsville, AL – Donoho’s girls size up another strong season, another Final Four after falling to St. James in Class 1A-3A final. East Alabama Sports Today

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Soccer playoffs

Soccer Playoffs for Calhoun County

Jacksonville, AL – Jacksonville girls down visiting Cherokee County to reach quarterfinals. Donoho girls beat Altamont. Soccer playoff matches CLASS 1A-3A Boys MONDAY, April 29 Westminster-Oak

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Piedmont’s Carson Young pitches during Saturday’s Class 3A, Area 10 tournament action at Piedmont. The tournament resumes Monday. (Photo by Jean Blackstone/For East Alabama Sports Today)

This Week’s Schedule

Calhoun County, AL – Prep sports events involving area teams for the week of April 29-May 4. Coaches, to have your schedule included, email hayden.medley@gmail.com. Baseball

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Other Sports

Donoho’s Blair Kitchen is the 2024 East Alabama Sports Today All-Calhoun County player of the year for girls’ tennis, and Oxford’s Kai McEwen takes top honors on the boys’ side. Both won their courts at the Red Wilder Invitational, the de facto county tournament. Kitchen went unbeaten during the regular season and sectional, her lone loss coming in the state Class 4A-5A No. 2 singles final. McEwen was 9-1 in singles and 5-3 in doubles matches in the regular season and won the No. 1 singles court in the Class 6A, Section 3.

’24 All-County Tennis

Calhoun County, AL – Donoho’s Kitchen, Alderman and Oxford’s McEwen take top honors in 2024 East Alabama Sports Today All-Calhoun County tennis team. Editor’s note: Reflects

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Alexandria’s girls won the Coosa River Invitational on Thursday at Silver Lakes. (Submitted photo)

Calhoun County Spring Roundup

Silver Lakes, AL – Alexandria girls win Coosa River Invitational. Big day for Donoho soccer, tennis and baseball. Piedmont baseball sweeps, and softball wins at Wellborn.

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Donoho’s Rory Parks signs during Thursday’s ceremony in Donoho’s library on Friday. (Photo by Joe Medley)

Prime Opportunity

Anniston, AL – Having excelled at soccer and track, Donoho’s Parks will ride equestrian eventing opportunity to college at Transylvania. By Joe Medley A track athlete

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County’s best

County’s Best

Anniston, AL – Donoho boys, girls come out on top in abbreviated Red Wilder tennis tournament. Oxford takes boys’, girls’ No. 1 singles   Donoho’s boys

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Faith Christian’s Eli Mitchell holds the championship plaque while posing with teammates after the Lions won their Class 1A-3A sectional in April. Mitchell won the No. 1 singles court at the Red Wilder Invitational. He also teamed with Joshua Goode to win No. 1 doubles at sectional and reach the Class 1A-3A No. 1 doubles final at the state tournament. Mitchell is East Alabama Sports Today’s boys’ All-Calhoun County player o the year. (Submitted photo)

All Calhoun County Tennis

Calhoun County, AL – Faith Christian’s Mitchell, Goode take top honors on East Alabama Sports Today’s 2023 boys’ All-Calhoun County tennis team 2023 Boys’ All-Calhoun County

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Donoho’s girls’ tennis team hoists another AHSAA ‘red map’ trophy after taking runner up in the Class 4A-5A division in the state tournament in Mobile. (Submitted photo)

Talons (Still) Out for Donoho

Anniston, AL – Donoho girls bring home another AHSAA ‘red map’ after dramatic jump in classification because of competitive-balance rule   Donoho’s girls’ tennis team withstood

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College Sports

Senior Ava Pope gets congratulations from Piedmont coach Rachel Smith after hitting a home run against Wellborn on Tuesday. (Photo by Jean Blackstone/For East Alabama Sports Today)

Piedmont Cutting Loose

Piedmont, AL – With still more out there to accomplish, Piedmont’s successful senior softball class looks to enjoy the rest of the ride. By Joe Medley

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JSU football slate

JSU Football Slate

Gamecocks’ 2024 football schedule. Home games in all capital letters. Times and television to be determined. Season tickets can be purchased at this link. Sat.,

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