Sports

All-county baseball


Coaches from Blount County Schools announced the 2021 All-County Varsity Baseball team. Appalachian’s Chase Payne and Hayden’s Lucas Drake took top honors. Payne, a junior, was selected by the coaches as Blount County MVP. He helped lead the Eagles to a 14-8 record pitching a total of 60 innings while striking out 149 of the batters he faced. Payne finished […]

Ellis signs with JSU


Oneonta High School’s Luke Ellis (pictured with parents Kevin and Pam Ellis) signed a scholarship to run cross country with Jacksonville State University. During his senior year, Luke finished as a Top 15 runner in the 4A Cross Country State Championship. He also had four All-State finishes in track and field, coming in sixth in both the indoor and outdoor […]

Lipscomb signs with Snead State


Surrounded by her parents, coaches, teammates, and friends, Susan Moore’s Madison Lipscomb signed a full basketball scholarship to Snead State. “All your hard work paid off,” head coach Natasha Smallwood said. “We are so proud of you and can’t wait to come watch you play next season.” Lipscomb finished her high school career with more than 1,000 rebounds. During the […]

Eagles make semifinals, school history


Two years ago, these Lady Eagles laid a foundation for the future of Appalachian’s softball program. It was 2019; they finished the regular season ranked sixth in 1A, won their area and regional tournaments, and made school history becoming the first team to make it to the AHSAA state tournament. There wasn’t a senior on the team. In 2021, those […]

Wildcats can’t repeat


Hayden outscored their opponents 23-5 in the 5A North Regional, getting stronger with each game before finishing off Ardmore 12-0 as the north’s top qualifier. Building on that momentum, the Wildcats entered the 5A State Tournament ready to take on the third-ranked Elmore County Panthers, who came out of the West Regional as the number two qualifier. The Wildcats struck […]

Oneonta pitcher Connor Faust delivers against Mobile Christian. -Janna Faust

Redskins play for state title


The Oneonta Redskins made it through the first four rounds of the 4A state playoffs undefeated with series wins over Fayette County, Brooks, Curry, and North Jackson. They headed to Montgomery last Wednesday for game one of a best-of-three series against Mobile Christian for the state championship. In game one, the Redskins fell behind early and couldn’t come back in […]

Bulldogs named to 1A soccer All State team

The Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs finished with a 24-2 record on the season and won the soccer program’s first region championship in school history. The Bulldogs captured the first No.-1 ranking in school history and scored an all-time record of 149 goals while allowing only 19 goals on the year. The 149 goals is the most scored by any team […]

Redskins beat Chiefs to state


Oneonta punched their ticket to the 4A championship game with two huge wins over the North Jackson Chiefs last Friday. In game one, the Redskins scored 11 runs in the final two innings of the game for a 13-3 victory. Game two was never close with the Redskins defeating the Chiefs in a 16-3 blow out. Game one: Oneonta v. […]

Sand Rock too much for Hornets


Game one: Locust Fork v Sand Rock, L 2-4 Fresh off their fifth straight area title, the Locust Fork Hornets traveled to Montgomery for the 2A East Region Tournament last Thursday. They opened up against the Sand Rock Wildcats, who came out on top 4-2. The Hornets struck first, scoring one run in their first at bat on Savannah Neely’s […]

Eagles headed to state tournament


Game one: Appalachian v Gaylesville, W 12-1 Hot bats in the third and fourth innings got the Eagles off to a great start at regionals with a blowout win over Gaylesville in four and a half innings. In the Eagles first at bat, Taylor Woodard reached base on a fly ball double to right field, and then scored on a […]


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