* This week, golf teams in the Alabama High School Athletic Association begin their quest of postseason play. The goal is to get to the state tournament May 11-12 at Magnolia Grove in Mobile.
The three local golf courses will be hosting sectional tournaments the next couple of days.
Here is the schedule:
Class 2A & 3A Section 2 @ Cullman Golf Course Monday. Cold Springs, Hanceville, Holly Pond and Vinemont will be participating.
Class 4A, Section 2 @ Terri Pines Country Club Monday. This section is hosted by Good Hope with other schools from around the area to join them.
Class 1A-3A Section 2 Girls @ Cullman Golf Course Tuesday. Hanceville will be the local team among the entrees.
Class 4A, 5A Section 3 Girls @ Chesley Oaks Monday. Cullman County champion Fairview will look to use its home course to an advantage in the quest to qualify for the Sub-State.
* PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - A chance for the Atlanta Braves to close out a 9-game road trip today on the positive side when they finish a 3-game series with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Braves ended a 4-game losing streak Saturday night with a 5-2 victory, coming from behind by scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth inning.
The Braves are 9-8 after the win and are 4.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East. Atlanta is 2.5 games ahead of Miami and Washington who are currently in 3rd place.
Game 3 is 12:30 p.m. and live on your home for Braves' baseball, WKUL-FM.
* ALABASTER - To win another Alabama Community College Conference softball championship, the Wallace State Lady Lions will have to defeat Shelton State twice on Monday.
Wallace State had a busy Sunday at Veterans Park. The Lady Lions lost 9-7 in a game with Faulkner State that was completed after being suspended Saturday by rain. Then the No. 3 ranked team in the NJCAA defeated Calhoun 2-1, Southern Union 11-7 and Faulkner 9-0 to punch its ticket to the championship through the loser's bracket.
The Lady Lions and Shelton will play at 11 a.m. Monday. An if needed game would take place at 1 p.m.
Wallace State is 60-12 on the season with four wins in five games in this tournament.
* ATLANTA, Georgia - A 3-6 road record was not the Braves were looking for. Now they are back at Turner Field for a 10-game home stand with the Washington Nationals in for a three-game series starting tonight.
Game one is 6:05 and live on your Cullman County/North Alabama Sports Leader. The Braves are 9-9 and 4.5 games behind the Mets in the NL Eastern Division.
* Oliver Woodard Stadium at Cullman High School will be the site for the Alabama High School Athletic Association outdoor track and field championships next weekend.
Five schools inside Cullman County have qualified athletes for this sports spectacular.
Cold Springs Eagles and Lady Eagles finished third in the 2A sectional over the weekend in Corner.
The St. Bernard Saints and Lady Saints earned a second place finish in the 1A division of the sectional meet held on the campus of Corner High School.
Success was achieved by the three 3A programs during the sectional meet at Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa. Holly Pond, Hanceville and Vinemont had a series of athletes to qualify in running and field events.
The 1A, 2A and 3A state meet comes to Cullman for the first time, ending a stint of being held for several years in the city of Selma.
* VINEMONT - An important meeting by the Vinemont Quarterback Club is scheduled for Monday night at 6:00 p.m. on campus of Vinemont High School. The meeting is designed to set up plans on how to help the program prepare for the upcoming spring workouts and the fall season. Vinemont is currently without a head football coach after the position was vacated a couple of months ago when Alan Scott stepped down to take a similar position at Good Hope High School.
* BIRMINGHAM - An escapee from the work release program in Decatur three weeks ago, was involved in an auto accident on Thursday night that resulted in the death of two women.
Fifty-one year old Martin Creasman escaped from the Decatur Work Release program April 8. Creasman reportedly stole a truck with the vehicle involved in an accident on Crestwood Blvd. Two women in the vehicle, died from the accident. Creasman is facing wreckless murder charges along with giving false information and theft of property.
* Governor Robert Bentley will meet with state, local and business leaders Monday to discuss the current budget crisis for the state of Alabama. The Governor will address this issue at 11:00 a.m. inside the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce building. The news conference will be carried live on WKUL-FM.
* April 27, 2011 is a day no one in this area will never forget. A major outbreak of tornadoes came across Alabama and had the city of Cullman right in its path. According to information, the tornado, an EF4, struck the city around 3:00 p.m. Damage was reported to 94 businesses in the city along with 867 residents being effected. Only one person died inside the city on a day where 238 people across the state lost their lives from the worst day weather wise in spring history.
* Governor Robert Bentley addressed a large gathering at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Monday morning. The purpose was to discuss issues of what Alabama is facing financially at the present time.
The Governor is pleased with the decrease in the unemployment rate at 5.7 percent, the lowest since 2008. Governor Bentley reported the state needs $540 million dollars to move Alabama forward from where it stands right now financially.
"We are dire straights right now," Bentley said. "We have to start paying debts and get our budget in order. The legislature will close parks if they are not funded. People who work there that is their lively hood."
The budget Governor Bentley has created is currently the 5th since he took office in 2011. "This is an issue we have to solve to make Alabama better," Bentley replied.
"Failure is not an option. We are not going to fail."
* Governor Robert Bentley reflected on the tornado that struck Cullman April 27, 2011. He spoke about this day in history prior to addressing the public Monday morning in his news conference at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Governor reported the city of Cullman was the first place he visited after the EF4 tornado hit Cullman around 3:00 p.m.
The Governor was in his 100th day in the state capitol on the worst spring day, weather wise, that Alabama has experienced.
Governor Bentley praised the effort of the area in moving forward since that day with 94 businesses damaged and 897 residents suffering from the late afternoon storm.
* Five arrests were made by the Cullman Police Department over the weekend. Jason Byer, Joseph Williams, Len Journey and Terri Barnett were taken into custody for 3rd degree theft of property at various locations. Robert Glass was arrested and charged with 3rd degree criminal tresspassing in an accident that was reported to the PD on Highway 157 & Interstate 65.
* VINEMONT - Some ground keeping work is needed at the Cullman County Airport. Trees at neighboring property by the airport need to be trimmed for all aircraft to have better vision in approaching the runway. The area that needs to have the trees trimed are located south of the runway. The airport's attorney is working on getting this situation resolved.
* A recall has been made for a puppy starter kit due to the possibility of salmonella. Nylabone Incorporated was advised by the FDA this can effect animals and also humans who handle the dog chews. The product is 1.69 ounces with an expiration date of 03/22/18 on the back of the package. Customers can call a toll free number at 1-877-273-7527 if they have any questions.
* VINEMONT - Members of the Vinemont Quarterback Club met Monday night in discussing plans for the spring season. Assistant coach Matt Norris is the interim coach until a decision is made by the administration on who will run the program in the fall. Vinemont will start spring practice next week in preparing for a jamboree game vs. Falkville May 15 at Mark Smothers Stadium.
AHSAA Golf Sectional report:
4A/5A, Section 3 Girls @ Chesley Oaks:
Cullman County champion Fairview qualified with a third place finish, carding a 276. Dalys Mullican fired an 86 to lead the Lady Aggies with Macy Yeager shooting a 90 and Aladie House a 100.
Alexandria won the sectional with White Plains second and Boaz finishing in fourth behind Fairview.
Katie Roberts from Alexandria was the medalist with a four-over par 75.
Fairview will play in the North Sub-State next Tuesday at Twin Pines in Russellville.
Class 4A, Section 2 @ Terri Pines Country Club:
Good Hope has earned a berth to the Sub-State for the 20th consecutive year, the last six under current coach David Hulsey. The Raiders finished 3rd in the sectional with a score of 407.
Fayette County was the winner with a 345 while Bibb County was second with a 371. Finishing behind Good Hope to qualify for the sub-state was Carbon Hill with a 417.
Cole Pearson's 82 led the Raiders. Riley Eisner had a 101, Josh Cofer a 105 while Tyler Wilson and Mason Johnson tied with a 119.
Chase Romenstein from Montevallo earned medalist honors with an 80.
Class 3A, Section 2 @ Cullman Golf Course:
Holly Pond's Dawson Foust grabbed a spot for the Sub-state by shooting an 85 Monday. Foust had the fourth best round on the day.
Indian Springs from the Birmingham area was the champion with a 334, followed by American Christian with a 358, Susan Moore third at 384, Oakman in fourth with a 392.
Hanceville just missed qualifying for the Sub-State, taking fifth place with a 404, led by Gaiven Cruce's 92.
The medalist was Alex Wheeler of Lamar County with five-over par 77.
Class 2A, Section 2 @ Cullman Golf Course:
Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa was the winner, getting a score of 321, to finish 20 shots ahead of Sumiton Christian with a 341. Altamont was third with a 377 and Cleveland shot a 394 to get a berth into the Sub-state.
Jordan Rockett's 1-under par was the best score of the day that gave him the medalist title.
* Here is the list of teams that will participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Association girls track and field meet this weekend at Cullman High School's Oliver Woodard Stadium.
St. Bernard, Whitesburg Christian, Westminster Oak Mountain, Woodville, Cedar Bluff, Meek. Vina, Decatur Heritage, Alabama School for the Deaf, Marengo, Lynn, Marion County, Skyline, Isabella, Linden, JF Shields, McIntosh, Phillips, Chickasaw, Loachapoka, Red Level, Talladega County, RA Hubbard, Billingsley, Victory Christian, Paint Rock Valley.
Cold Springs, Falkville, Addison, Altamont, Lafayette, Lanett, Calhoun, Holy Spirit, Vincent, Cleveland, Francis Marion, RC Hatch, Mobile Christian, Providence Christian, Tanner, Section, Southeastern, Red Bay, Mars Hill, Washington County.
Hanceville, Holly Pond, Vinemont, Beluah, Colbert County, Bayside, Greensboro, BB Comer, Barbour Co, Prattville Christian, Sheffield, Walter Welborn, American Christian, Cottage Hill, Weaver, Pisgah, Sand Rock, Winfield, Ashville, Opp, Colbert Heights, Piedmont, Clements, TR Miller, Lexington, Montgomery Academy, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Ohatchee, Brindlee Mountain, Glencoe, Winston County, Pleasant Valley, Red Level.
A total of 79 schools have qualified in the three classes in the girls division.
The meet will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Oliver Woodard Stadium. Medals will be presented to the top three in each event with the state champion and runner-up receiving trophies.
* Plenty of good competition will be featured in this weekend's Alabama High School Athletic Association track and field meet at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.
The following will be participating in the boys division per classification.
St. Bernard, Red Level, Maplesville, Linden, Westminster Oak Mountain, Isabella, Keith, Marion County, Chickasaw, Notasulga, Talladega County, Donoho, Meek, Victory Christian, Cedar Bluff, Cedar Bluff, Maplesville, Cornerstone, RA Hubbard, Phillips, Woodville, Loachapoka, Wadley, Whitesburg Christian, Alabama School for the Deaf, Autaugaville, JF Shields, McIntosh.
Cold Springs, Addison, Falkville, RC Hatch, Lanett, Tanner, Mobile Christian, Washington County, Sweet Water, Section, Cleveland, Lafayette, Francis Marion, Gaston, Reeltown, Providence Christian, Calhoun, Vincent, Altamont, Southeastern, Holy Spirit, Fayetteville, Red Bay, Mars Hill.
Hanceville, Holly Pond, Vinemont, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Piedmont, Greensboro, Opp, Prattville Christian, Pike County, Lamar County, Montgomery Academy, Clements, Piedmont, Sheffield, Madison Academy, Weaver, Sand Rock, TR Miller, Lauderdale County, Barbour County, Ashville, Colbert County, Winfield, American Christian, Cottage Hill, Ohatchee, Abbeville, Brindlee Mountain, Lexington, Excel, Walter Welborn, Bayside.
A total of 84 schools will be vying for individual and team titles. The meet will get under way Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. on the Cullman High School campus.
* ALABASTER - Shelton State was trying to deny Wallace State Community College from winning its 9th Alabama Community College Conference softball title Monday at Veterans Park.
But the Lady Lions responded when needed, taking a pair of games from the Lady Bucs 7-1 and 5-4 in eight innings. Wallace State finished the tournament with five consecutive wins after losing in the second round to Faulkner State.
Coach Jayne Clem's Lady Lions, No. 3 in the nation, will take a 62-12 record to the NJCAA tournament in a couple of weeks.
* With rain in the forecast for today, will it effect postseason events by the Alabama High School Athletic Association? The 1A-3A, Section 2 Girls Golf Tournament is to be held at the Cullman Golf Course. The 3A, Area 10 and 4A, Area 10 softball tournaments are to be played at Susan Moore & Oneonta High School. Cullman High School soccer teams meet Fort Payne in the second round of the 6A playoffs at Woodard Stadium at 5:30 & 7:30. Stay tuned for updates on the forecast from the Doppler 92 Weather Center.