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Hartselle is the 5A, Area 15 regular season softball champion:


NO. 5 HARTSELLE TOPS NO. 10 CULLMAN IN AREA 15 SOFTBALL:

At Cullman High School Diamond:

 

Hartselle 0  1  0  0  8  0  2  -  11

Cullman  0  0  0  0  1  2  1  -  4

 

WP: Jada Hayes

LP Olivia Schwaiger

TIME OF GAME: 2:17

 

HARTSELLE (31-9, 6-0): Hope Cain 2-1B, 2B, RBI, Ashley Boggs 1B, Taylor Wascauage 1B, 2B, RBI, Jada Hayes 2B, Hanna Jenkins 3-1B, 2 RBI, Madeline Sittason 2-1B, 2B, RBI, Sara Ellen Battles 2-1B, Gracie Poe HR, 4 RBI, Sydney Wiley 1B.

 

CULLMAN (24-13, 4-2): Claire Jenkins 2-1B, 2-2B, Taiya Ponder 1B, RBI, Hannah Morton 1B, Tiffany Schwaiger 1B, Sierra Easterwood 2-2B, 2 RBI, Kaitlyn Brannon 1B.

 

 One inning stood out to give Hartselle the regular season Class 5A, Area 15 title and home field advantage for the upcoming area tournament.

 Cullman had chances early in the game. Claire Jenkins led off for the No. 10 Lady Bearcats with a double, but was left in scoring position when Hayes struck out two batters to end the inning.

 Tiffany Schwaiger tried to stretch a single into a double in leading off the second, but was thrown out from right field to the shortstop covering the bag.

 Jenkins and Hannah Morton had singles in the third off Jada Hayes with Cullman behind 1-0 and on the verge of getting on the scoreboard. But power hitter Hayden Short popped out to center to end the inning and the Lady Bearcats with their best opportunity to score not being executed.

 Run-scoring doubles from Hope Cain and Taylor Wascauage in the fifth got things going for No. 5 Hartselle. That along with runs scoring on a wild pitch and a passed ball before the major damage came by pinch hitter Gracie Poe.

 A freshman and just brought up to the lineup, Poe cracked the ball over the center field fence for a grand slam and a 9-0 Hartselle advantage.

 Cullman picked up a run in the last of the fifth when Sierra Easterwood led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when the throw to pick her off sailed into left field.

 Two unearned runs came in for the Lady Bearcats thanks to Easterwood with her second double of the game.

 Hartselle added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh and avoided disaster when Ponder and Morton got caught in a rundown after the outfield dropped Morton’s fly in right center. Morton ran out of baseline thinking the ball was caught when it was not and Ponder got tagged out at second for an unusual double play.

 Hayes struck out Short to end the two-hour, 17-minute marathon for her 11th strikeout of the contest. Hartselle completes a 6-0 record in the area with Cullman second at 4-2. The Area 15 tournament will begin next Thursday at Sparkman Park in Hartselle.

 

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Teen reported missing in Southwest Cullman County:


SEARCH IS UNDERWAY FOR MISSING TEEN:

 COLD SPRINGS - Cullman County Sheriff's Department are currently searching for a missing teen that was last seen on Sunday.

 Seventeen-year old Billy Wren was last seen in the Lick Creek area near Cold Springs Sunday morning. The family contacted law enforcement after he was missing for a period of 24 hours.

 Wren's shirt and fishing pole was located by law enforcement at the creek. The sheriff's department dive team went into the creek on Monday and found nothing.

 If you have any information on this missing teen, contact the Cullman County Sheriff's Department at 256-734-0342. 

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Cullman Bearcats on top in Bert McGriff Invitational


CULLMAN CAPTURES BERT McGRIFF INVITATIONAL; GOOD HOPE GOLFER SHOOTS 3-UNDER PAR 69:

 

 Wanting to play a good round of golf a week before the postseason begins, the Cullman Bearcats did that Monday afternoon in claiming the title in the Bert McGriff Invitational at Terri Pines Country Club,

 With Connor Stevens and Sylas Elliott shooting close to even par, the Bearcats ran away from the competition in the 18-hole event with a score of 315, finishing 11 shots ahead of runner-up Tuscaloosa County.

 After winning his third consecutive Cullman County title last week, Good Hope senior Eli Marty returned to Terri Pines Monday and improved his performance with a 3-under par 69. Marty shot a 3-over 75 last week that was good enough to keep him on top of the leaderboard.

 The Raider senior credited of having a better Monday in his putting than he did in the final round of the county tournament. “I didn’t have to scramble around the course like I did last week in the county tournament,” Marty said.

 In the 17 years this tournament has been held and named in the honor of McGriff who will go into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night, Cullman won it for the second time in the past three years.

 Last year’s champion, Russellville, was not part of the event this time around.

 Stevens had the second lowest round of the day, a 1-over par 73. He led his team to the championship title with Elliott finishing with a 3-over 75. Colby Stricklin had an 81 while Lee Mattox rounded out the total for the host team with an 86.

 Robert Noergaard’s 76 led Tuscaloosa County who finished with a 326. Preston Jones scored a 78 for the Wildcats with Corbin Holt having an 88 and Logan Wright an 89.

 Cullman County Tournament winner Holly Pond took fourth on the day with a 341. The Broncos got an 81 by senior Colby Adams and Hunter Walker while Braiden Walker shot an 84 and Dawson Foust a 95.

 Good Hope was tied for fifth with West Morgan at 342. Following the 69 by Marty for the Raiders was Cole Pearson with an 83, Alex Cofer with a 94 and Anthony Harlan a 96.

 Fairview claimed seventh by a score of 371. For the Aggies, Trey Hanvey shot an 82, Austin Scott a 93, Hunter Whitehead a 95 and Seth Lancaster a 101.

 Cold Springs’ senior Layne Rice played as an individual and wound up with a 5-over par 77, the same score he shot in the final round at TP last week in the county. That earned Rice a position on the All-Tournament team.

 Cullman will host the 5A Sectional next Monday at the Cullman Golf Course. Cold Springs will serve as host for the 1A-2A sectional the same day at CGC.

 Fairview will be playing the 4A Sectional at Chesley Oaks on Monday while Good Hope, Hanceville and Holly Pond will head to Cullman Golf Course for the 3A Sectional next Tuesday.

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UPDATED: This week in local sports:


AREA SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK:

Wednesday, April 23:

SB - Columbia State @ Wallace State (DH) 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, April 24:

SB - Arab @ Cullman 4:30 p.m.

SB - Vinemont @ West Point 4:00 p.m.

SB - Fairview @ Hanceville 4:00 p.m.

 

GF - Fairview, Good Hope & Cullman @ Cullman GC 3:15 p.m.

GF - Cullman Invitational (G) @ Cullman GC 10:00 a.m.

 

TN - Cullman in AHSAA Tournament @ Gulf Shores TBA

 

Friday, April 25:

BB - Hartselle @ Cullman in AHSAA playoffs 2nd round 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.

 

SB - Snead State @ Wallace State (DH) 4:00 p.m.

SB - Cullman Prestate Blowout @ Heritage Park TBA

 

SC - Arab @ Cullman (G) 5:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 26:

BB - Central Alabama @ Wallace State 11:00 a.m.

BB - Meridian @ Wallace State 5:00 p.m.

BB - AHSAA playoffs, Hartselle @ Cullman (If necessary) 2:00 p.m.

 

SB - Cullman Prestate Blowout @ Heritage Park TBA

SB - Holly Pond Invitational (HP, CS, HV, WP) TBA

 

Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet @ Cullman Civic Center 6:30 p.m.

 

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Cullman County Softball Championship: West Point 18, Cold Springs 5.


WEST POINT WINS COUNTY SOFTBALL TITLE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2008:

 

At West Point High School Diamond:

West Point  2  4  9   0  3  -  18

Cold Springs  5  0  0  0  0 -  5

 

WP: Jeri Beasley

LP: Rilee White

TIME OF GAME: 1:39

 

WEST POINT (17-12): Mallory Walker 3-1B, 3B, 3 RBI, Mckenzie Baswell 2-1B, 3B, Karra Elam 3B, 4 RBI, Daeshia Smith 1B, 2 RBI, Tess Hembree 1B, HR, 3 RBI, Jami Beasley RBI, Bailee Yearwood 1B, RBI.

 

COLD SPRINGS (10-6): Hanna Wilson 1B, Rilee White 2B, 3 RBI, Kelsee Hester 1B, RBI, Haley Freeman 2-2B, RBI, McKinley Davis 1B.

 

 Wanting to take home the county championship for the first time since 2008, West Point regrouped after the Lady Warriors allowed Cold Springs five runs in the last of the first on four hits.

 A four-run second inning sent coach Kevin Sullins’ squad in front at 6-5 with Karra Elam’s bases-clearing triple down the left field line the key blow in the frame.

 West Point got to Cold Springs’ Rilee White in the third with Mallory Walker clearing the bases on a triple, Tess Hembree cracking a two-run homer and taking advantage of four Cold Springs errors. Going to the bottom of the third, West Point held a 15-5 lead.

 After having a good first inning at the plate, Patrick West’s Lady Eagles struggled. They managed just one hit through the second and third and unable to get additional runs on the board.

 White was taken off the mound by Cold Springs in the fourth, getting replaced by Hester. The future Wallace State hurler was exhausted in getting her squad to the championship round, especially getting into a pitcher’s duel with Holly Pond’s Montana Holcombe in the semifinal game.

  Jeri Beasley picked up her second win in the tournament and was solid after getting touched for five in the first. She had good play from her defense that took pressure off her to get the job done on a cool night in mid April.

 

FLASH’S DANDY DOZEN SOFTBALL TEAM:

Based on performance in the 2014 Cullman County Tournament:

 

SS Karra Elam of West Point – MVP

P Jeri Beasley – West Point

DP Daeshia Smith – West Point

OF Tess Hembree – West Point

P Rilee White – Cold Springs

1B Kelsee Hester – Cold Springs

SS Haley Freeman – Cold Springs

P Montana Holcombe – Holly Pond

SS Taylor Tankersley – Holly Pond

3B Sami Hinds – Holly Pond

P Raven Christensen – Vinemont

OF Alanah Henke – Good Hope

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Postseason basketball awards to area players & coaches:


POSTSEASON BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED:

 Prep players and coaches have been recognized by WKUL-FM on its "Dandy Dozen" team for plenty of success during the 2013-14 season. Several that received honors locally from the K92 staff, led by broadcaster Johnny "Flash" Thornton, were also recognized by the Alabama Sportswriters Association over the weekend.

 

 THE 2014 WKUL DANDY DOZEN GIRLS TEAM:

 Meg Gambrill of Holly Pond (Player of the year)

 Baylee Johnson of Cullman (1st team)

 Rachel Finley of Holly Pond (1st team)

 Chloe Harbison of Cold Springs (1st team)

 Natasha Holcombe of Holly Pond (1st team)

 Kacy Thomas of Good Hope (2nd team)

 Kayla Scott of Good Hope (2nd team)

 Kaitlyn Bishop of Good Hope (2nd team)

 Christina Skinner of Cullman (2nd team) 

 Emme Willoughby of Cold Springs (2nd team)

 Taylor Yeager of Fairview (2nd team)

 Bebe Flanigan of Hanceville (2nd team)

 Scott Adams of Holly Pond (Coach of the year)

 

 THE 2014 WKUL DANDY DOZEN BOYS TEAM:

 Lawson Schaffer of Cullman (Player of the year)

 Colby Adams of Holly Pond (1st team)

 Triston Chambers of Cold Springs (1st team)

 Austin Smith of Holly Pond (1st team)

 Brontae Harris of Hanceville (1st team)

 Seth Swalve of Cullman (2nd team)

 Layne Rice of Cold Springs (2nd team)

 Gunter Morris of Holly Pond (2nd team)

 Chris Smith of Hanceville (2nd team)

 Ryder Jones of West Point (2nd team)

 Lance Stanley of Vinemont (2nd team)

 Elijah Garrison of Fairview (2nd team)

 Bobby Meyer of Cullman (Coach of the year)

 Schaffer was 1st team in Class 5A by the state sportswriters with Meyer being selected as the 5A coach of the year. Meyer led Cullman to a 24-8 record, the 5A, Area 15 title and a trip to the NW Regionals with a ball club that consisted of no player in 5A hoops over six feet, two inches tall.

 Chambers was 1st team in Class 2A, Adams 2nd team in 3A with Harris recognized as 3A honorable mention.

 Johnson and Gambrill were second team performers in 5A & 3A basketball while Finley was honorable mention in 3A as was Haley Freeman of Cold Springs in Class 2A.

 The staff of WKUL-FM congratulates these players and the coaches for giving us a wonderful 2013-14 season in which a record nine teams qualified for the regional round of the AHSAA playoffs.

 

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