Sports

All Region football teams named


It’s been a few weeks since the Alabama High School Athletic Association crowned its state football champions. Over the past couple of weeks, coaches have been working to finalize the 2020 All Region teams. Blount County’s football teams gave fans many exciting moments throughout the season. There were many stand-out playmakers at all positions. Hayden senior RB Carson Rickels broke […]

Heptinstall plays in North-South All-Star Classic


J.B. Pennington’s Sawyer Heptinstall was chosen to represent the North team in the 62nd North-South All-Star Classic last week. He was one of four wide receivers in North Alabama who participated in the AHSAA All-Star Week activities. Practices for the game began on Tuesday in the South Alabama Jaguars indoor practice facility. The North and South teams were allowed two […]

Covid can’t keep Blount County roundball down


Southeastern arrived at Locust Fork Dec. 8 with a perfect record. The 4-2 Hornets had only one home loss to Hayden. It took overtime, but the Hornets came out on top 72-59. The Mustangs led for much of regulation. They were up 16-12 at the end of the first period, 31-28 at halftime, and 44-41 at the end of three. […]

State health officer addresses high school athletics


Teams across the county (and state for that matter) continue to battle quarantines and COVID-19 (theirs or opposing teams) as coaches scramble to reschedule games and hope their teams can get back on the court sooner rather than later. The postponements, cancellations, rising COVID-19 cases, and very high number of quarantined student-athletes caught the eye of Alabama’s state health officer […]

Appalachian football coach resigns


Last Thursday, Appalachian football coach Jon Cooper accepted the head football coaching position at Corner High School. He leaves Appalachian after two seasons. His resignation is effective at the end of the first semester, which currently leaves the varsity baseball team without a coach. “As in most cases in education, I was unable to release any information about my intentions […]

Hornets sign softball scholarships


On Friday, Dec. 11, Locust Fork senior softball players Hannah Payne (right) and Savanna Neely (left) each signed a scholarship to Bevill State Community College providing the long-time teammates the opportunity to continue playing together on the collegiate level. Bevill State plans to use Payne primarily as a pitcher while Neely will be utilized in both the infield and outfield. […]

More games canceled than played


Varsity basketball teams across the county continue to get a game or two in each week. But as the number of COVID-19 cases rapidly rise throughout the state, more games are being canceled or rescheduled than actually played. Appalachian hasn’t played since traveling to Hayden on Nov. 30, with both varsity squads now sidelined until Dec. 15 when they host […]

Thank you, Coach


Life is full of interesting people. Oftentimes the most fascinating and impactful people are quietly working in our small communities. Jerry Faulkner epitomized fascinating and impactful. He was an educator in all aspects of his life. Whether it was in a sixth-grade science classroom, an adult Sunday school class, an AMSTI summer program, or on a basketball court, Jerry was […]

County gyms are hopping


Basketball teams across the county have hit the courts full force. While several schools transitioned to remote-only instruction because of COVID-19, few games were canceled as teams try to get in as many games as they can. Southeastern traveled just a few miles down the road for a matchup with Oneonta on Monday evening. It was a close contest until […]

Blount County youth football champs


Locust Fork came into the Blount County Youth championship game with one of the senior division’s best records, but on Saturday it was the Oneonta seniors who came out on top 14-12. Head coach Joey Prusha said, “They played their hearts out today. Great job boys; coach loves y’all. This team and season will always be special to me.” The […]


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