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AHSAA cross country: Sectional results from Cold Springs & Fairview:


Class 1A/2A Section 4 @ Cold Springs

1. Cold Springs 29 points

2. Westminster-Oak Mountain 37 points

3. Altamont 86 points

 Cold Springs got five runners in the Top 11 to lead the Eagles to the sectional title on their own campus Thursday. Jared Stanley's 16:56 was second to the winner, Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain who came in at 16:08.

 C.J. Lang took fourth place at 17:10, Kramer Crider sixth at 17:26, Austin Burwell seventh at 17:30, Mason Harris 11th at 17:56.

 Senior Adam Carney was 19th with a time of 18:56.


Class 1A/2A Section 4 Girls @ Cold Springs:

1. Westminster-Oak Mountain 23 points.

2. Cold Springs 50 points

3. Vina 80 points

 Sadie Terry earned third place in the sectional for the Lady Eagles with a time of 20:33. Westminster's Camryn Neal was the champion in the division at 20:01.

 Other Cold Springs runners included Ashleigh White 7th at 21:21, Alyssa Jackson 8th at 21:36, Abi Burrow 14th at 21:58 and Emily Campbell 16th at 22:31.


Class 5A, Section 4 @ Cold Springs:

1. Lawrence County 18 points

2. West Point 63 points

3. Corner 103 points


 West Point competed in a high level as Lawrence County took the title thanks to Caleb Lipsey crossing the line with a time of 16:40.

 Leading the Warriors to the No. 2 finish was Joey Riggs who claimed third with a time of 16:55. Jesse Farrell scored a ninth place finish at 17:47, Nick Johnson 11th at 18:00, Nick Roman 20th at 19:14 and Jeremy Reid 31st at 20:18.


Class 5A, Section 4 Girls @ Cold Springs:

1. Lawrence County 15 points

2. Corner 66 points

3. Russellville 96 points


 Lawrence County was no match for the rest of the entrees. The Lady Red Devils had the first six to finish the course, led by Kelsey Graham with a time of 20:09.

 West Point's Abby Wilson had the best time for the Lady Warriors, taking 13th at 22:55. That was the best time of the individuals that were not part of the top three. It got Wilson on to the state meet next weekend.


Class 5A, Section 3 @ Fairview:

1. Randolph 23 points

2. Pope John Paul 60 points

3. Fairview 99 points

 Jared Melton of Madison County the winner with a time of 16:57. Fairview's Cody Fallin finished 9th at 17:53, Reese Walker came in 11th at 18:07. 


Class 5A, Section 3 Girls @ Fairview

1. Randolph 25 points

2. Pope John Paul 60 points

3. Columbia 91 points

 Tiffany Lodge of Fairview was 20th overall at 22:48, but earned a berth to the state meet next weekend with the sixth best time indvidually that didn't include the top three teams.



 A well rounded group of teams will be at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park next Saturday for the AHSAA cross country championships.

 At the sectional meet in Good Hope, St. Bernard won the 1A/2A title in both divisions. The Lady Saints were led by Leah Mami with a winning time of 19:50 while Steven Mami was tops for the Saints at 17:31.

 Good Hope's Heather Middleton took ninth in the 4A, Section 4 event. She was third in the individuals at 24:04 to qualify for a trip to Lawrence County.

 This was the first time three schools in the Cullman County hosted cross country sectionals on the same day.

 Clay Campbell directed the events at Cold Springs, Matt Heaton handled the competition at Good Hope and Hobson Hite coordinated the 5A runners at Fairview.

 The K92 coverage area will have half a dozen teams with individual runners in the girls from Good Hope, Fairview and West Point.


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K92 scoreboard from October 30:

October 30 prep scoreboard:

Fairview 34, Vinemont 27 

(K92 Thursday night special)

Fairview: 4-6

Vinemont 5-5


West Point 52, Priceville 21

West Point 7-3


Cold Springs 39, Holly Pond 13

Cold Springs 8-2

Holly Pond 0-10


Hartselle 28, Hazel Green 27

Deshler 28, Athens 17

Sparkman 30, Brewer 17

Brindlee Mountain 21, DAR 6

Susan Moore 28, J.B. Pennington 21


October 31 schedule:

Hanceville (1-8) @ Good Hope (4-5)

(K92 Game of the Week)


Russellville (8-1) @ Cullman (4-5)

Winston County (5-4) @ Addison (6-3)

Faith Academy (6-2) @ Cullman Christian (6-1)

(ACEA playoffs, semifinal round)

All games will kick off at 7 p.m.


AHSAA playoffs; November 7:

2A: Cold Springs vs. opponent TBA

       Addison vs. opponent TBA


3A: Vinemont @ Lauderdale County


5A: West Point @ Parker


All games will kick off at 7 p.m.



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K92 local news & sports - October 31:

* Daylight savings' time ends Saturday night. All residents will set their clocks back one hour when they go to bed that night.


* Cold weather will be experienced by the area for the beginning of November. Some areas Friday night will see the temperature drop around or below freezing. The high on Saturday, the first of November, will be around 50 with winds to be between 10 to 15 miles per hour, making it feel like the temperature is in the 40s.


* New fire equipment will be coming to the Cullman Fire Department. The city council has approved the department to purchase a medical rescue unit that is valued at $150,000. The unit should be ready by October of 2015 according to a report from Cullman Fire Chief Edward Reinhardt.



 * Thursday night prep football scores:

    Fairview 34, Vinemont 27:

    West Point 52, Priceville 21:

    Cold Springs 39, Holly Pond 13:


* Addison Lady Bulldogs won the 2A state volleyball title Thursday, beating No. 2 Providence Christian 3 games to 1. Senior Jessie Taylor was named the tournament MVP for the No. 1 ranked Lady Bulldogs who finish 58-2 on the season, capturing their seventh state volleyball championship.


* St. Bernard won the Class 1A Section 3 cross country meets at Good Hope Thursday. Lady Saints cruised with 18 points, Hatton finishing second with 44. The Saints dominated with 23 points to 78 for runner-up Athens Bible School.


* Cold Springs Eagles took top honors in the 2A cross country sectional on campus. The Lady Eagles finished second to Westminster of Oak Mountain. Both qualified for the state cross country meet next Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Lawrence County.



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K92 Thursday night special; Fairview Aggies 34, Vinemont Eagles 27:



At Mark Smothers Stadium

Fairview    0  13  14  7  -  34

Vinemont  13  6   8   0  -  27


VM - Bo Wright 19 run (kick failed) 8:47 in 1st

VM - Orey Woods 2 run (Lucas Burch kick) 6:07 in 1st

FV - Austin Harris 1 run (Bailey Strong kick) 10:56 in 2nd

VM - Garrett Boland 9 run (kick failed) 5:15 in 2nd

FV - Harris 1 run (kick failed) 2:15 in 2nd

FV - Hayden Maples 6 run (Strong kick) 5:49 in 3rd

VM - Wright 43 run (Boland pass to Woods) 3:11 in 3rd

FV - Logan Brooks 30 run (Strong kick) 2:33 in 3rd.

FV - Harris 41 run (Strong kick) 6:30 in 4th



1st Downs - 25

Yards rushing - 233

Yards passing - 202

Total yards - 435

Passing - 17/19/0

Fumbles lost - 2

Penalties - 2/10


Austin Harris 19 carries, 156 yards, 3 touchdowns; Hayden Maples 17 of 19 passing, 202 yards, 31 yards rushing, touchdown; Jackson Smith 9 catches, 89 yards; Sambo Woods 4 catches, 81 yards; Austin Harris 1 catch, 19 yards; Bailey Strong 1 catch, 11 yards, interception, Reagan Ashley interception.



1st Downs - 15

Yards rushing - 272

Yards passing - 50

Total yards - 322

Passing - 6/9/2

Fumbles lost- 0

Penalties - 1/10


Bo Wright 15 carries, 131 yards, 2 touchdowns; Orey Woods 13 carries, 63 yards, touchdown; Garrett Boland 12 carries, 64 yards, touchdown, 6 of 9 passing, 50 yards; Steven Melton 4 catches, 28 yards; Trey Guthrey 2 catches, 22 yards.


 County rivals slugged it out on Halloween eve with 

757 yards of total offense combined to go with 40 first downs and 505 yards of running the football.

 But it came down to two pass interceptions by Fairview in the fourth quarter that enabled the Aggies to head home with their lone victory away from Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium and put away a tough 2014 season with a triumph over a playoff bound team that was 3-1 at home coming in to the game, putting up 40 points or better everytime they won.

 Bailey Strong took a Boland pass in the air at the Fairview two-yard line with the game tied at 27-27 with 7:09 to play in the final period.

 All George Redding's Aggies needed was two plays to break the score. A 57-yard strike from Maples to Woods got the Aggies from their two down to the Vinemont 41.

 Harris then raced around right end for the touchdown, his third on the next snap. This was Harris' first game for the Aggies since he had a high ankle sprain in a loss at Madison County October 3.

 The second interception sealed the win for the Aggies, their fifth straight against the Eagles. Ashley took the ball out of midair with Boland's pass intended in the end zone for Melton.

 He returned it to the Fairview 10 with the Aggies getting a first down and then able to run out the clock. Fairview finished 3-0 against county competition with victories over Hanceville in the opener, Holly Pond in midseason and Vinemont to close out the campaign.

 The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Alan Scott's Eagles who were looking for their second winning regular season under him in his fourth year taking command of Vinemont football.

 Vinemont will look to regroup when the Eagles travel to Lauderdale County next Friday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.



 Basch Brothers Powersports - Hayden Maples of Fairview


 Bill Smith Buick/GMC offensive - Austin Harris of Fairview


Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive - Ragan Ashley of Fairview 


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AHSAA Cross Country; St. Bernard and Westminster claim sectional titles in Good Hope:


 GOOD HOPE - In the first ever Alabama High School Athletic Association cross country sectional meet hosted by Good High School, two schools stood out on Thursday afternoon in winning the championships in their respective classification.

 St. Bernard Prep School stood out in the 1A-2A division in dominating the girls and boys' meets. The Lady Saints romped past Hatton and the Saints cruised by Athens Bible School enroute to the grand prize.

 In the 4A division, Westminster from Huntsville excelled with the Lady Wildcats claiming the crown over in a close battle with Oneont and Sardis. The Wildcats were too much for the rest of the competition and won the crown with a margin of 60 points over the runner-up Priceville.

 Leah Mami was the winner for St. Bernard in the 1A-2A girls race with a time of 19:50. Her teammate Ivy Edge finished 29 seconds behind her at 20:19. Ivy's sister, Jaden Edge, came in third to make it a one-two-three sweep with her time of 20:38.

 Alyneana Mami took fifth place for William Calvert's Lady Saints, crossing the line at 21:30. Katelyn Cowie earned seventh place with a solid time of 22:14.

 Among the top six individuals who finished to qualify for next week's state meet at Oakville Indian Mounds Park was Casey Barfield of Falkville at 24:33.

 No one came close to the Saints as Steven Mami, Will Sciaroni and Marco Tona were first, second and third with times of 17:31, 17:38 and 18:02. Brian Bradford from Falkvile claimed fourth place with a finish time of 18:12.

 Andrew Swinney and Nate Giffin gave the Saints five in the Top 10. Swinney was eighth at 18:49, Giffin claimed the ninth spot with a time of 18:54.

 Blake Bradford from Falkville earned a trip to the state meet with an 11th place finish by coming in at 19:04. The Blue Devils missed out of finishing in the top three from the team aspect, putting 81 points on the afternoon. Athens Bible was second to St. Bernard's 23 with 78 while Hatton was right behind Athens Bible with 79 points.

 Westminster's Malia Skidmore took top honors in her 4A race with the winning time of 21:42, beating out Leslie Gonzalez of Oneonta who was second at 21:54.

 The Lady Wildcats had four to finish in the top 12 to edge out the Lady Redskins for the sectional championship.

 Good Hope's Heather Middleton had the third best time from an individual standpoint that didn't come in the top three from the team side. Middleton ran her own course in 24:04 and qualified for next week's state championship event.

  Westminster tallied 16 points in the boys' section with the first four finishes coming from the Huntsville-based school. Ryan Ford was the winner at 16:39, Alex Gispon followed at 17:57, David Brashier took third at 18:05 and Jason Farmer fourth with a time of 18:17.

 Priceville's 76 points got the Bulldogs into the runner-up with Trey Lambert coming in 11th for the best time by the school from Morgan County. He finished the course at 20:01.

 J.B. Pennington was third with 89 points to get the last berth from the team side to the state meet. The Tigers were 12 points ahead of Sardis who scored 101. Neal Faber's time of 19:44 was 10th best in which the competitors dealt with sunny skies and pleasant weather conditions.

 The event began at midfield of James Shabel Stadium then went by the baseball and softball fields on the back side of the Good Hope campus before it ended back on the home sidelines of the 50-yard line.

 The sectional was handled by Good Hope cross country coach Matt Heaton with assistance from Assistant Principal Houston Blackwood and Athletic Director Alan Dunkling.

 The races got under at 10 a.m. with the girls in the spotlight first then the boys and were completed by 1 p.m.


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K92 local news/sports - October 30:

* An Arab woman was killed in an auto accident Wednesday evening. 51-year old Carrie Dix was pronounced dead at the scene when her vehicle collided with another on Highway 231, 2 miles north of Arab. The accident remains under investigation.
* Development block grants were awarded to Cullman County by Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday. The city of Cullman will receive $450,000 for water and sewer improvements, Fairview will get $250,000 for construction to a new senior center and a $174,000 grant has been given to the town of Holly Pond for a new food bank to be established. 
* Financial concerns are coming from the Arab City Schools system. The school system is 41 students less than last year with the allotment to be $234,000 less than 2013. Superintendent John Mullins is asking the school board to consideration proration for the future until more funds came possibly be collected.
* Chrysler recalled over 500,000 vehicles for malfunctioning fuel heaters that are considered fire hazards. The vehicles are the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and the Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs between the years of 2010 to 2014.
 * Addison Lady Bulldogs will play for the 2A state volleyball championship today in Birmingham. The Lady Bulldogs swept Mobile Christian and Ider Wednesday to move to the title round. The match will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Crossplex.
* AHSAA cross country sectionals will be today. Good Hope will have Class 1A & 4A at 10 a.m., Cold Springs will host the 2A & 3A sectionals at 11 a.m., Fairview will be the site for 5A competition. The top teams will move on to the state meet next weekend in Moulton.
* Cullman Christian Lions will host Faith Christian Academy in the Alabama Christian Education Association playoffs tonight at 7 at West Elementary. The Lions are 6-1 on the season and in the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years playing 6-man football.
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WKUL local news/sports - October 29:

* A 50-yard old male was injured in a bicycle accident Monday night in Hartselle. John Emmett Sharpley is in stable condition after his bicycle was struck by a car driven by 84-year old Harry Houston of Hartselle. The accident happened at the intersection of Main Street and Morrow Road and remains under investigation.
* Arab Police is urging its residents to improve guarding against car break-ins that has results in more than $4,000 in stolen items. Eight burglaries have been reported in the city limits between October 1 and October 12. The burglaries happened due to vehicles not being locked and the crimes are happening at night time.
* In a meeting Monday night, the Good Hope town council has announced Taft Dillashaw will take a position on the town council that was vacated when Jerry Bartlett was elevated to the position of mayor. Dillashaw, has been an assistant football coach at Good Hope High School for over 20 years and is currently in charge of the Good Hope Park and Recreation Department.
* Plenty of Halloween activities scheduled on Friday. Fall Festival from 6 until 8 p.m. at Refuge Church of God on Highway 278 East, Boogieman's Barn from 7 p.m. until midnight at Steele Orchard on County Road 1141 in West Point, fall festival and chili dinner will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Cullman. 
 * Addison Lady Bulldogs begin their quest for a 7th volleyball state championship today in Birmingham. The No. 1 ranked Lady Bulldogs face Mobile Christian in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. at the Crossplex in Birmingham. The semifinals will be later today and the finals set for Thursday.
* Wallace State will host the Alabama Community College Conference volleyball tournament Saturday and Sunday. The Lady Lions are the No. 1 seed with a 32-8 record, 14-0 in the conference. The Lady Lions are after their sixth consecutive conference title.
* Addison Bulldogs can lock down the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, Region 6 if they defeat rival Winston County Friday night. The Bulldogs are in a 3-way tie for second with Cold Springs and Tarrant. A victory by the Bulldogs would give them the advantage in the tiebreaker procedure. A loss and Cold Springs goes to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
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The Flash speaks; Follow up to the college football playoff announcement:


 In letting everyone across the country know where they stand, the college football playoff committee did just that Tuesday night.

 Their first release of their Top 25 rankings placed three teams from the great Southeastern Conference into the top four.

 The only surprise to some was Ole Miss coming in at the fourth position and not Alabama. Alabama was the second team on the outside looking in at No. 6 while Oregon was taken in the 5th position by the 12-member committee.

 Alabama fans I know are not happy about this right now. Everything is going to be cool Crimson Nation. All the committee did was place an elimination game after the first release with Auburn and Ole Miss to meet Saturday night in the Grove.

 That all of a sudden becomes the biggest game of the year for the two. Ole Miss can erase memories of last Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, knowing they were given a second chance on the strength of a 23-17 win over Alabama to start this month of play.

 For Auburn, the quest of success wil de determined across the state line for sure. The Tigers have a loss to Mississippi State and don't want to be swept by the schools from the "Magnolia State."

 This situation will play itself out as I hvae said. What it does now is send a message to the teams that are up there and those who are just on the outside with five more weeks of exciting college football in front of us.

 I am a little surprised that they have TCU seventh and not Michigan State. Michigan State lost early to Oregon and I'm not sure how much of TCU's win over Oklahoma factors in with the Sooners 18th in the rankings.

 Kansas State got some love because of the narrow loss the Wildcats had September 18 to Auburn. Notre Dame is 10th in which I believe belongs there considering the narrow defeat they suffered to Florida State a couple of weeks back.

 There's no doubt in my mind the passion-driven Alabama fans are angry. I could hear it Tuesday night when I was in my car and listening to two sportscasters on 97.7 FM in Huntsville. One of them is a former Bama player in Wes Neighbors.

 He showed his bias. You can imagine the people from Tide Country Wednesday when they get a chance to vent on Paul Finebaum's show that is seen and heard on the SEC Network.

 As I said to the Bama nation on twitter, "chill." You are right where you want to be. You know that the Auburn-Ole Miss loser will take a crash landing and will no longer be a contender.

 If Stanford can take care of Oregon, that helps Alabama. Then Nick Saban can go and take care of business next weekend despite having to play at night time in Tiger Stadium where LSU is 46-4 under Les Miles.

 What if Florida State gets taken down Thursday at Louisville? That will cause mpore curruption than everything Jameis Winston had done in not following the code of ethics for being a student athlete.

 Did anybody say this job of being on the playoff committee would be a walk in the park? No, but you do have to give them credit for not showing bias against the SEC, believing the conference has good teams right now that have earned the right to be among the Final Four with one on the outside and another bringing up from the rear.

 We will see who can really deal with the pressure now that the word is out on where the teams are ranked. Changes are in the making because teams have to play each other in upcoming weeks.

 It will be the case of contenders and pretenders. But what college football has going for it each week is the excitement with every game now with playoff implication.

 The race is under way, let's see how it will finish. Before you know, we will be saying, "down the stretch they come."

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K92 local news/sports - October 28:

* Arab Police has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Baileyton man after he shot into an occupied dwelling last Wednesday. 39-year Dennis John Johnson is also charged with attempted murder for shooting into a residence at Mat Morrow Drive. The victim was taken to Huntsville Hospital with minor injuries.
* Coming up in one week will be the 2014 general election. Here in Cullman County, two elections will be held in the coroner's race and for the Vinemont representative on the Cullman County School Board. The highly anticipated race will be for Governor as Robert Bentley looks for a second straight term as he will face Parker Griffth. WKUL will provide the results next Tuesday night from the Cullman County Courthouse.
* Residents woke up Monday morning with areas of dense fog. The warm weather continued as the temperature was 83 degrees, at least 10 to 15 degrees above average. The weather will remain above average with rain to return to the forecast on Wednesday.
* Residential sales in Cullman County were up 14 percent according to a report from the Alabama Center for Real Estate. A total of 56 units were sold last month. This is the best month for residential sales in the county since 89 were sold in September of 2005.
 * Three county teams that are playoff bound end the regular season with Thursday night games this week. The Vinemont Eagles host Fairview in a game that will be carried live on WKUL-FM. The West Point Warriors entertain Priceville and the Cold Springs Eagles look to finish 8-2 on the regular season with a game at Holly Pond.
* All college football fans will turn their attention to the inaugural college football playoff standings tonight. The Auburn Tigers are currently 4th in the AP poll and wait to see where the committee ranks them. Auburn looks to stay in contention for the SEC West title when the Tigers play at Ole Miss Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be carried live on WKUL-FM beginning at 4 p.m. with Tiger Tailgate Show.
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Flash's prep football analysis; October 30 & 31 games:

PREP FOOTBALL REPORT - October 30/31 (Week # 11)


Fairview Aggies (3-6) vs. Vinemont Eagles (5-4)

K92 Prep football special

SITE: Mark Smothers Stadium, Thursday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Fairview leads 20-15

FIRST MEETING: 1975, Fairview won 16-0 @ Vinemont

LAST TIME: Fairview defeated Vinemont 40-20 in 2011

LAST WEEK: Fairview defeated Butler 33-0, Vinemont defeated Winston County 27-21.

ANALYSIS: Fairview's confidence took a step in the right direction last week when the Aggies controlled Butler in their final game at Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium, winning 33-0.

 Now the Aggies want to take away momentum from the Eagles, who are coming a huge win in 3A, Region 5 at Winston County that gave them third place in the standings, sending them to Lauderdale County for the first round and not to Madison Academy.

 This game will come down to who controls the line of scrimmage. Both love the running game with a lot of passion. Fairview showed it last week as sophomore Logan Brooks found his way for 201 yards through the Butler defenders and three touchdowns.

 Vinemont got good play from its backfield of John Michael Dye, Bo Wright, Orey Woods and sophomore QB Garrett Boland to defeat Winston County on the road and set its playoff destination.

 This is a game for pride in the county. Fairview is 2-0 with wins over Hanceville (27-12) and Holly Pond (53-27), both coming on the artificial surface of Cullman's Oliver Woodard Stadium.

 The Eagles have county wins vs. Hanceville (45-20) and Holly Pond (35-21) with a loss in late September to Cold Springs (21-15).

 Fairview's George Redding is 4-1 against Vinemont. The Aggies lost to the Eagles 16-8 in Redding's debut in 2007. They have won since by scores of 42-21 (2008), 35-26 (2009), 42-14 (2010) and 40-20 (2011).

 Alan Scott's Eagles are 3-1 at Smothers Stadium this season, coming off a great performance on K92 FM two weeks ago when they romped over Susan Moore 40-14 as the running game rushed for 342 yards. In their home wins, the Eagles are scoring between 40 & 45 points.

 This will be a game that Vinemont wants to have confidence going in to the playoffs and a win by Fairview takes away pain from a difficult season in which the Aggies had to play their home games at Cullman because of structural problems to Dafford Smith Stadium.

 Fairview has not won a road game since October 25 of last year when they outscored Crossville 32-28 that clinched a playoff berth while competing in Class 4A.


Hanceville Bulldogs (1-8) vs. Good Hope Raiders (4-5)

K92 Game of the week

SITE: James Shabel Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Hanceville leads 24-14

FIRST MEETING: 1971, Hanceville won 25-8 @ Good Hope

LAST TIME: Good Hope defeated Hanceville 28-22 in 2013.

LAST WEEK: Hanceville lost to Susan Moore 15-14, Good Hope lost to North Jackson 62-14.

ANALYSIS: In the final game for both teams to close out 2014 play, Good Hope is going for a 3-2 finish in the second half of the schedule. The Raiders have been able at times to put up great performances when they believe the opportunity is there.

 It will present itself this week as Hanceville comes calling with a heartbreaking loss to Susan Moore in which the Bulldogs led 14-0 at the half and failed to hang on to the lead.

 Good Hope's talent is young and has worked to develop maturity all season. Riley Eisner has gone through plenty of battles at quarterback and the sophomore has shown potential and at times has not stepped through when needed.

 But a chance to close out the season with a .500 record and to endure an optimistic approach into 2015 with 20 juniors becoming seniors, the sophomores becoming juniors and the personnel that comes from the middle school team who won its third straight county championship October 20.

 Hanceville wants to take out frustration on Good Hope. They want to show everyone they still have life in them despite their first losing record for Danny Miller since 2010.

 Good Hope has won the last encounters, getting by the Bulldogs 28-22 last season at James Shabel Stadium. Between 2011 & 2013, the Bulldogs had lost only four regular season games with two of them coming at the hands of Chris Moss' Raiders.

 The spotlight will be focused on a couple of seniors who have been dazzling at times this year for their resepective squad. Hanceville's Dante' Reese can break a long one at any time while Good Hope's Jared McClure is an agressive ball carrier and can put together a consistent performance when needed.

 That will be the spirit for both young men in the quest to go out of the high school game as a winner.


Priceville Bulldogs (4-5) vs. West Point Warriors (6-3)

SITE: West Point Stadium, Thursday 7 p.m.

SERIES: 1st meeting

LAST WEEK: West Point defeated Lawrence County 21-14 in OT, Priceville defeated DAR 42-26

ANALYSIS: After celebrating homecoming with a thrilling triumph in overtime that clinched a playoff trip for the first time since 2008, the Warriors want to maintain what they accomplished last week and have their best regular season since 2005 in playing Priceville for the first time.

 The Warriors made some key plays late in the fourth quarter when Lawrence County was in a position to come from behind and hand Don Farley's ball club a painfull setback.

 But Levi Laney tackled LCHS punt returner Jacob Orr at the Warriors' 20-yard line in the final 31 seconds of regulation. The defense then forced Nate Ford to miss a field goal from 20 yards out with 0:09 to play and the Warriors got the job done in overtime by a 7-yard run from Kobe Smith for the go ahead score and defended a fourth down pass in the end zone from the two-yard line.

 The Warriors will be out to take care of business and to avoid a letdown after using as much emotional energy as they did in the fourth quarter and in overtime with Lawrence County.

 Priceville is a team that can score points in a hurry. The romped past DAR last week with 42 and scored 34 in a loss three weeks ago to Good Hope.

 A 7-3 record looks good for the Warriors going into the playoffs. But West Point will not want to have any player to suffer injury especially QB Bryant Farley who was held out of the second half of the East Limestone game October 17 when he took a shot from the helmet of an East Limestone player to the back of his neck late in the first half. He was held out of the second half, but came back to play his heart out last Friday and get his team to the playoffs for the first time as a 5A participant.


Cold Springs Eagles (7-2) vs. Holly Pond Broncos (0-9)

SITE: Thomas-Michelfelder Field, Thursday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Holly Pond leads 16-6

FIRST MEETING: 1972, Holly Pond won (score not available)

LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Cold Springs 28-15 in 2009

LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Tarrant 36-33, Holly Pond lost to Winfield 44-19.

ANALYSIS: The last time Cold Springs compiled eight wins in a 10-game regular season schedule was during Rod Elliott's second year leading the Eagles. That was in 2003.

 Now in 2014, the Eagles have an opportunity to tie the school record for regular season victories in one year with the opponent to be from Cullman County.

 Elliott coached the Eagles from 2002-2005 and guided them to 22 victories and two playoff berths.

 In coming back on the sidelines to direct the Eagles, Cold Springs has won 16 games in 29 assignments.

 Between 2006 and 2011, the Eagles had tasted victory only six times and fell to the opposition 54 times.

 Beating Tarrant last week behind an explosive first half in which the Eagles led 29-12 enabled Elliott's team to finish 5-0 at Cranford Stricklin.

 For Holly Pond, one night of a great performance can erase another tough season it has been for the Broncos.

 Mike Bates' team has fought through the competition, playing well at times, but unable to put together four solid quarters in one contest.

 The Broncos had the lead at one point in the following games, Collinsville on September 12, Susan Moore on September 19 and at Winston County October 3.

 It's everything to gain and nothing to lose for the Broncos if they can pull off the upset versus a ball club that has won consecutive games in 2A, Region 6 over Sumiton Christian (26-0) and Tarrant to be a part of a 3-way tie for second place in the region with Tarrant and Addison at 4-2.

 Holly Pond has a 20-game losing streak that goes back to the first round of the 2012 playoffs. At this time last year, the Broncos almost won in the season finale, but fell to Appalachian on the home field 22-20.

 A win would be No. 150 in Bates' coaching career against a team that is playing a great brand of football entering the final week of the regular season schedule.


Faith Christian Academy Lions (6-2) vs. Cullman Christian Lions (6-1)

Alabama Christian Education Association 6-man playoff game (Semifinal round)

SITE: West Elementary Stadium, Thursday 7 p.m.

ANALYSIS: In their third year playing in the ACEA, Cullman Christian has put themselves in a position to play in the postseason at home for the first time.

 The Lions beat Faith Academy 51-49 in the second week of the season. Coach Chase Cantrell's team stayed in contention for the No. 2 seed in the conference after they lost to Victory Baptist 35-6 in the home opener September 5.

 What could be a concern to Cantrell is his team hasn't played since October 11 when they routed Chilton Christian Academy 52-6. The game was called at halftime at West Point Stadium due to injuries on Chilton's team and a severe thunderstorm warning in the area when the game reached the half.

 A win for the Lions sends them to the championship on November 7 against the winner of the Victory Baptist (8-0)-Cahawba Christian Academy (5-3) game. That game will be played at Millbrook, the home of Victory Baptist who is the defending 6-man conference champion.

 An upset by Cahawba and a Cullman Christian win would have the championship to be played at the Lions' home field, located across the street from West Elementary School.


Russellville Golden Tigers (8-1) vs. Cullman Bearcats (4-5) 

SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Russellville leads 11-3

FIRST MEETING: 1986, Russellville won 14-0 @ Cullman

LAST TIME: Cullman defeated Russellville 30-7 in 2013

LAST WEEK: Cullman lost to Muscle Shoals 28-0, Russellville defeated Pope John Paul 49-14

ANALYSIS: It has been 20 seasons since the Bearcats failed to win five games in a regular season. They come into Halloween night with a three-game losing streak and have only scored one touchdown and two field goals in that span.

 Russellville comes back into Cullman County. Three weeks ago, the Golden Tigers rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to stun West Point 26-22 and take over second place in Class 5A, Region 8.

 Now with a three-game winning streak and a home game for the first round of the 5A playoffs next week, the Golden Tigers are out to keep the Bearcats from victory. This has been a challenging year for Mark Britton at his alma mater. The Bearcats were upset by Arab in the season opener, then got it going with three straight weeks between September 19 to October 3, two on the road at Austin and Fayette County.

 Then after taking down Athens 28-7 on homecoming in the first Friday of the month, the Bearcats have been hit by a series of miscues and very few positive situations.

 But facing a playoff bound team is all the motivation the Bearcats need in order to finish the season 5-5 and look ahead to the future with plenty of talent returning from QB Ross Crocker, WR Owen Lovell and others up in the line of scrimmage and on defense.


Winston County Yellow Jackets (5-4) vs. Addison Bulldogs (6-3)

SITE: A.G. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

SERIES: Addison leads 41-31-1

FIRST MEETING: 1929, Winston County won 19-0 @ Double Springs.

LAST TIME: Addison defeated Winston County 38-12 in 2013.

LAST WEEK: Addison defeated Southeastern 27-7, Winston County lost to Vinemont 27-21.

ANALYSIS: Addison can send a thank you card to the Cold Springs Eagles. For the Eagles upsetting Tarrant and Addison coming from behind to down Southeastern, the Bulldogs, Eagles and Wildcats are 4-2 in Class 2A, Region 6.

 It comes down to Addison's game versus its arch rival from 17 miles West of A.G. Hicks Stadium.

 Addison wins Friday night, the Bulldogs go into the playoffs second in the region based on defeated opponents outside the region. Addison has wins over Vinemont and Hanceville that total six victories for the moment. Victory against Winston County would give the Bulldogs 11 victories then add a 12th if Vinemont defeats Fairview Thursday night.

 Cold Springs has wins over Vinemont, along with Brillant and Danville. But Briillant and Danville have one victory on the season. The Eagles, who helped the Bulldogs out last week with the big win over Tarrant, are asking Winston County to come into Addison and conquer the Bulldogs.

 That would put Cold Springs in as the No. 2 team the region and send Addison to the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, based on the tiebreaker at that point in a 26-13 loss to Tarrant on October 17.

 The Bulldogs have four straight victories against the Yellow Jackets and haven't loss at home to Winston County since a 28-14 setback in 2008.

 All of a sudden, this is the biggest game of the season for the Bulldogs, who began 2014 playing two state champions in Pickens County and Tanner in the first three weeks of the schedule.

 In the last 20 years, Addison has been to the playoffs 18 times with the exception of not making the postseason in 2008 & 2009.

 The Bulldogs have accounted for 196 wins in that span with 18 winning seasons and 10 times of at least 10 victories or better.

 Addison is 22-8 in three seasons with David Smothers in command and has gone 11-4 at Hicks Stadium, a winning percentage of .733.


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WKUL local news & sports - October 27:

* Morgan County authorities arrested the owner of the Lacon Super Mall Friday, charging him with 3 counts of selling alcohol without a license. William Osmer was taken into custody after law enforcement discovered 2 and a half gallons of moonshine at his business. Osmer also faces charges of operating a still at his residence in Cullman County.
* Good Hope city council will hold a meeting tonight at 6:30 inside the town hall. The meeting will be directed by new mayor Jerry Bartlett who was sworn in last Monday. One of the topics the mayor will address is who will replace him on the city council.
* Authorities are looking for a woman that was reported missing last Sunday after the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway. The missing person is 42-year old Theresa Benn. She is 5-feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 108 pounds with blonde hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black tank top and pink boots. If you have information on this woman, contact 205-763-4063.
* A power outage was reported by the Cullman Electric Cooperative over the weekend at the Berlin and Holly Pond substations. The cause of the outage was not reported. The outage effected 2,400 customers in the two communities.
 * West Point Warriors sweep the K92 football awards. The Warriors are the Cullman Park & Recreation team of the week, the USA Healthcare coaching staff of the week and the Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery band of the week.
* West Point defeated Lawrence County 21-14 in overtime Friday night to snap a 3-game losing streak and clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2008.
* Cold Springs upset Tarrant 36-33 to create a 3-way tie for 2nd place in Class 2A, Region 6. The Eagles, Tarrant and the Addison Bulldogs finish 4-2 in the region. The tiebreaker procedure will be applied for each with non-regional games this week.
* Addison Lady Bulldogs won the 2A North volleyball regional Saturday, sweeping Hatton in the championship match. They return to Birmingham this week for the state tournament. The Good Hope Lady Raiders and St. Bernard Lady Saints were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of Class 4A & 1A to Brooks and Spring Garden.
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The Flash speaks; Waiting for the announcement:


 It will be high anticipation on Tuesday night when the newly formed college football playoff committee releases its first of six consecutive weeks of rankings to determine who will be in the inaugural Final Four.

 How many teams from the acclaimed Southeastern Conference will be at the top of the pecking order?

 Does the committee follow what the AP poll and coaches poll presents on a weekly basis? If so, three of the four teams should be from the SEC, even with one going down for the first time on the weekend.

 We know Mississippi State and Florida State will be No. 1 & 2 and deserve to be. Both have fought through the storm so far and have come out without a blemish on the record.

 But will the next two be from the SEC and will they be Alabama and Auburn?

 In the common sense mold, it should. But will we see the committee select from its intelligence or select from its heart in not wanting this to be an SEC invitational with Florida State?

 But teams like Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon and TCU have something to say that they should be considered. I believe so, but they are the next line of contenders.

 Because of the parity the SEC presents, there is no question that other contenders from the Western Division will go down just as Ole Miss did Saturday night in Tiger Stadium to LSU.

 I firmly believe we will have one team from the SEC in the playoff. The possibility of getting two into the Final Four doesn't have great odds.

 Here's the reason why. This week, Auburn plays at Ole Miss. Auburn knows this is a "trap game" after the Rebels failed to deal with a night time affair in Baton Rouge as Les Miles is 46-4 in night games since he became the coach at LSU.

 Alabama at LSU on November 8. This will be a prime time game as the second half of a CBS nationallly televised doubleheader that day. That means the Crimson Tide fans will hear the tandem of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the game.

 It plays into LSU's hands. Night time in Tiger Stadium and 46 wins against four losses with the "Mad Hatter" running the sidelines and chewing on a blade of grass.

 But Alabama went there two years ago and pulled out a victory. It can happen again, but it will be such a challenge, especially a week after we learn on the outcome of Auburn and Ole Miss.

 Mississippi State and Alabama November 15 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Bulldogs will have to fight off Arkansas two weeks prior to this showdown and should be able to maintain their top ranking and let the chips fall where they may.

 Everyone outside of showing love and support to the SEC will want to see the continuation of these teams knock off each other from one Saturday to the next.

 That is what makes the SEC such a great conference to follow from the fan and media standpoint. It also serves as a headache too because of the parity we have seen so far from this league, especially with the Western Division teams taking to the spotlight while the best the Eastern Division has to offer is Georgia.

 But remember, this is just the first announcement. It will indicate on how this committee ranks the teams from 1 through 25. How much do they pay attention to the other polls will be exposed on seeing how close they compare or how different they could be.

 What the playoff format has done is set the tempo for the future when we all know that the number of teams will go from four to eight. Somebody will have their feelings hurt if they don't get into the Final Four with the possibility of it being crowded by SEC teams on just days before the inaugural announcement.

 This I can tell you. There will be no team with two losses to be considered. It would have to take some crazy course in the next several weeks to happen. It's possible, but I don't it's probable.

 That puts so much pressure on winning with the majority of the teams ranked having one loss. The time these programs suffered that defeat could fall into where they are rated.

 Michigan State would be the first one loss team to be analyzed. The Spartans lost to Oregon in early September. They have run the table since and have a meeting in the upcoming weeks with Ohio State.

 As of this moment, I don't know who I will pick in the upcoming Auburn-Ole Miss game. Auburn is right where the Tigers want to be, even though they got tested by South Carolina Saturday night and it took an interception in the end zone on a hail mary for the Tigers to turn away Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks 42-35.

 It's one week at a time in the way all of us have to approach this format as we are now in the stretch run.

 But I think that the SEC should be looked at with three of the four teams near the top of the rankings based on their ability to play in an action-packed conference that the SEC is.

 TV ratings will go through the roof Tuesday night when this takes place at 6:30 p.m. central time on ESPN. Everything else will come to a stop for 30 minutes.

 All I can say is sit back and watch. 

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K92 scoreboard from October 24 games:

October 24 prep scoreboard:


West Point 21, Lawrence County 14 (OT)
(K92 game of the week)

West Point 6-3, 4-3 in 5A, R 8

Warriors clinch first playoff berth since 2008 and first time as a 5A program.


Cold Springs 36, Tarrant 33

Eagles 7-2, 4-2 in 2A, R 6

Eagles in 3-way tie for 2nd in Region 6 with Addison & Tarrant. Tiebreaker procedure to determine where teams will be seeded for playoffs.


Vinemont 27, Winston County 19
Eagles 5-4, 4-2 in 3A, R 5
Eagles take 3rd place in region, avoid playoff trip to Madison Academy.


Fairview 33, Butler 0
Aggies 3-6, 1-6 in 5A, R 7

Aggies play final game at Cullman High School's Oliver Woodard Stadium. Aggies 3-2 in the temporary home until Dafford Smith Stadium can be repaired.


Muscle Shoals 28, Cullman 0

Bearcats 4-5, 2-4 in 6A, R 8

Bearcats out of the playoffs for first time since 2004.


North Jackson 62, Good Hope 14

Raiders 4-5, 3-4 in 4A, R 7

Raiders get toppled in first ever visit to North Jackson.


Susan Moore 15, Hanceville 14

Bulldogs 1-8, 1-5 in 3A, R 5

Bulldogs can't hang on to 14-0 halftime lead, fall to Bulldogs.


Winfield 44, Holly Pond 19

Broncos 0-9, 0-6 in 3A, R 5

Broncos have gone through 20 straight losses.


Addison 27, Southeastern 7

Bulldogs 6-3, 4-2 in 2A, R 6

Bulldogs overcome 7-0 deficit to finish in 3-way tie for second place in the region.


Next week

Thursday, October 30:

Fairview @ Vinemont (K92 FM)

Priceville @ West Point

Cold Springs @ Holly Pond

Faith Christian @ Cullman Christian (ACEA playoffs)


Friday, October 31:

Hanceville @ Good Hope (K92 FM)

Russellville @ Cullman

Winston County @ Addison


All games will kick off at 7 p.m.



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K92 Friday football feature; West Point Warriors 21, Lawrence County Red Devils 14 (OT):



At West Point Stadium

Lawrence County  0  0  0  14  0  - 14
West Point            7  7  0  0    0  - 21


WP - Bryant Farley 17 pass to Ryder Jones (Tristian Skinner kick) 5:30 in 1st

WP - Kobe Smith 4 run (Skinner kick) 0:47 in 2nd

LC - Jakob Terry 4 run (Nate Ford kick) 8:56 in 4th

LC - Jacob Orr 90 punt return (Ford kick) 7:11 in 4th

WP - Smith 7 run (Skinner kick) Overtime



1st Downs - 9

Yards rushing - 152

Yards passing - 117

Total yards - 269

Passing - 8/16/0

Fumbles lost - 0

Penalties - 7/95


Kobe Smith 21 carries, 66 yards, 2 touchdowns; Bryant Farley 14 carries, 53 yards, 8 of 16 passing, 117 yards, touchdown; Ryder Jones 3 catches, 39 yards, touchdown; Will Wrenn 1 catch, 40 yards; Blake Yearwood interception.



1st Downs - 9

Yards rushing - 64

Yards passing - 89

Total Yards - 153

Passing - 7/19/1

Fumbles lost - 1

Penalties - 8/55



 Basch Brothers Powersports player of the game - Ryder Jones of West Point.


Bill Smith Buick/GMC offensive player of game -

Kobe Smith of West Point


Mitch Smith Chevrolet defensive player of game -

West Point defense.


 Teamwork is what got West Point its biggest victory of the season for the Warriors to clinch a playoff berth for the first time as a 5A program and get back to the postseason after a five-year absence.

 A series of players on the defensive side came through when the Warriors needed it, especially when the Red Devils lined up for a game winning 20-yard field goal in the closing seconds of regulation.

 But Ryder Jones, Levi Laney, Jacob Perez, Logan Burgess, Dustin Gonzales, Blake Yearwood, Bryon Young and Kyle Butler dug in and forced kicker Nate Ford to miss it from the right hashmark.

 On the second play the Warriors had the ball in overtime, they ran the I-formation with Smith getting outside thanks to a key block by Cameron Moore and the junior scored his second TD of this homecoming encounter.

 The Warriors stood their ground on Lawrence County's overtime possession. It came down to a fourth down pass from the West Point four that was broken up in the end zone, intended for Alex Evans-McDaniel.

 West Point allowed Lawrence County 38 yards of offense in the first half with one first down the Red Devils got on their own and another by a West Point penalty. 

 But as the game went into the fourth quarter, the visitors from Moulton roared back with a 61-yard drive that got them on the scoreboard and then a spectacular 90-yard punt return by Jacob Orr and this game was even with 7:00 left in the final stanza.

 The Warriors racked up 231 yards of offense by the half with the two touchdown advantage. Then the offense struggled as LCHS adjusted and held Don Farley's squad to 28 yards in the third and fourth quarter before they were able to get the play they needed to get back the momentum when it appeared a potential victory was slipping away from them as the Red Devils lined up for a short range field goal with nine seconds to go.

 Now the Warriors can finish the regular season with a victory against Priceville on Thursday that would send them into the postseason at 7-3, their best finish since they won seven games in 2005.


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K92 local news & sports - October 24:

* Groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the I-65 interchange with Cullman County Road 222. Governor Robert Bentley was on hand for the ceremony along with District 4 state senator Paul Bussman and other distinguished guests. The interchange will be built a mile above the Good Hope exit with new businesses to be on County Road 222 as plenty of property is available for this project to become a reality for the Good Hope community.
* A new business will be built in the Vinemont area. AGCOR steel will open on January 1st of 2015. The business will be located behind Apel Steel on Goodwin Road. The business is co-owned by Zac Smith and Scott Seawright with plans to expand from 10 employees in its first year to 25 by the year 2020.
* An Arab primary school teacher remains in intensive care after suffering a stroke over the weekend. 50-year old Andra Rutherford is in the neuro-intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital. The teacher suffered a stroke while attending a beauty pageant in Oneonta. She has been teaching at Arab Primary for 18 years.
 * Cullman County Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross released information Thursday that it will cost approximately $2.7 million dollars to repair Fairview High School's Dafford Smith Stadium. The stadium was declared unsafe before the season began because of deterioration in the concrete bleachers on the home and visiting side. The Aggies have played their home this season at Cullman High School. No official word has been announced on the timetable to repair this stadium that was built in the 1960s.
* Tonight in local high school football:
   Lawrence County at West Point
   Butler vs. Fairview at Cullman High School
   Cullman at Muscle Shoals
   Winfield at Holly Pond
   Tarrant at Cold Springs
   Vinemont at Winston County
   Hanceville at Susan Moore
   Good Hope at North Jackson
   Addison at Southeastern.
   All games kick off at 7 p.m.
* The Alabama High School volleyball North Regionals will begin today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
  Addison meets Southeastern in Class 2A at 10:15 a.m.
  Good Hope plays Wilson at 11:30 a.m. in Class 4A.
  St. Bernard takes on Belgreen in Class 1A at 4:15 p.m.
 Holly Pond and Colbert Heights play at 5:30 p.m. in Class 3A. Quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds will be played Saturday.
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Fairview's Dafford Smith Stadium to cost approximately $2.7 million for repairs:


 FAIRVIEW - In order for the Fairview Aggies to return to Dafford Smith Stadium in the immediate future, it will cost approximately $2.7 million dollars according to information released Thursday by Cullman Count Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross.

 The stadium was shut down on August 28, a day before the Aggies were to play the Hanceville Bulldogs on campus. An engineer reported deterioration on the concrete bleachers on the visiting side and on the home side.

 This stadium was built in the mid 1960s when Fairview got involved of having high school football. The stadium bears the name of Dafford Smith who coached the Aggies form 1986 until 1996 and led the program to 64 victories.

 An evaulation by Advance Structural Design Incorporated has the stadium at a safety risk for spectators. Heavy rain caused the embankment on the visiting side to erode and become dangerous.

 Cracks are found in the cement bleachers on both sides of the stadium. Severe erosion was reported on the home embankment to the south side of the bleachers.

 It was by decision to declare the stadium unsafe for spectators with none of the teams (varsity, junior varsity, middle school and youth) able to play in the facility for 2014.

 Besides the problems with the bleachers and the embankments, the press box is in need of repairs and the track that surrounds the field is in critical condition as well.

 The Cullman County School Board will conduct workshops in the upcoming weeks and months with the public in order to combat the issue at hand. Those who want to give with suggestions can do so by sending an e-mail to contactus@ccboe.org

 Dr. Ross addressed the Fairview issue one day after he publically reported an estimated cost of $850,000 to repair structural problems at Garden City Elementary School.

 Fairview plays Butler Friday night in its final game of the season on the Cullman High School campus. The Aggies have defeated Hanceville and Holly Pond there with losses coming in regional play to Boaz and Etowah September 12 & 19.


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K92 local news/sports - October 23:

* Investigation continues by the Cullman Police Department have identified a male who was killed on the railroad tracks near Arnold Street Monday morning. The victim is 31-yard old Brian Reed, a native of Massachusetts. Reed reportedly going from one train to another when he was struck and killed instantly. No foul play is expected.
* Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross addressed the public in Garden City Wednesday about the status of Garden City Elementary. The school has 5 vital safety concerns and must be repaired before students are allowed back into the regular part of the building. Further investigation will take place before a decision is made Dr. Ross said to the large crowd at Garden City First Baptist Church.
* Cullman City Schools have been given permission by the school board to surplus & salvage 18 Apple 5S smartphones. The phones are 16gb and will be offered for sale by closed bid. No timetable was sent on when the bidding will take place for the phones.
* A report by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates at least 40 percent of drivers may fall asleep while under the wheel. Triple A Alabama spokesperson Clay Ingram reports drivers will not admit to driving while drowsy. The information to receive can be difficult to prove on a regular basis according to reports.
 * After winning the 4A, Area 10 volleyball tournament Tuesday, the Good Hope Lady Raiders have drawn Wilson in the first round of the North Regional Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The Lady Raiders carry a 35-16 record into the region with 10 victories in their last 11 assignments.
* Cullman is in a must-win situation Friday night. The Bearcats play at Muscle Shoals. A win by the Bearcats keeps them in the chase for a playoff berth in Class 6A, Region 8. A loss and the Bearcats will be out of the postseason for the first time since 2004.
* Cold Springs Eagles host Tarrant tomorrow night. The Eagles are looking to upset the Wildcats and possibly finish in a 3-way tie for second place in Class 2A, Region 6. Cold Springs clinched its first playoff berth since 2004 last Friday with a 26-0 win at Sumiton Christian. The Eagles are 6-2 on the season.
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Cullman County Superintendent addresses issue of structural problems at Garden City:


 GARDEN CITY - With Garden City First Baptist Church full to capacity Wednesday afternoon, Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross addressed the crowd on the status of Garden City Elementary School.

 Portions of the school was shut down due to structural problems before the start of the schedule in mid August. Portable classrooms were brought in with school starting on time despite the last minute changes for the purpose of safety.

 After Principal Susan Melton welcomed those in attendance that included school board members Kenny Brockman (Hanceville-Garden City), Wendy Crider (Cold Springs) Gene Sullins (West Point), Jason Speegle (Good Hope), Superintenent assistant Dr. Brandon Payne and staff member Denise Schulman, Dr. Ross reported five areas of Garden City Elementary School with vital safety concerns.

 They were (no particular order) the girls' bathroom, Northwest classroom, Gymnasium and storage area (Southeast & Southwest corner), stairs on both sides of the stage and the western half of the northern wall needs further investigation.

 Dr. Ross pointed out these areas have to be repaired before students are allowed to return to these areas of the school.

 The superintendent, in his first year with the school system, reported an estimated cost of $850,000 to cover the repairs for the school. 

More structural testing will be needed Dr. Ross replied with the estimates to be discussed by the school board.

 "The Cullman County Board of Education is working through this for the best for the students," Dr. Ross said.

 Workshops will be conducted Dr. Ross said and will be available for the public to attend. A website has been established for residents to give suggestions and support.

 They can send the information to connectus@ccboe.org

 Sherrie Saunders, a sales manager of BP Construction, offered services for no charge, even though two other companies have inspected the school and given Dr. Ross updated information.

 "We can do this at a cost," Saunders said after the meeting.

 "I think it can be done considerably less than $850,000."

 Saunders stated she has a partner in the business that is based out of Huntsville in Thomas Parks that has 40 years of experience in this field of work.

 Saunders has been associated with the company for six years. Her other reason is her children attend Garden City including her son Drake who is 60 percent legally blind.

 Saunders commends the effort of the Garden City teachers as they allow her son to be a regular student despite the eye loss that gets worse every day she said. 

 Saunders said her son is in the third grade, but through the work of the teachers, he is reading at a fifth grade level. He was the only student in his class to have A's & B's after the first semester she said.

 That is a big reason for her to see that the school  is saved and not shut down despite the major structural problems.

 Dr. Ross wants to hear from the community. He didn't come to Garden City Wednesday with a decision on the fate of the school. "We can work together and do a lot of good things for the community," he added.

 This is the first of consecutive public meetings in regards to serious structural issues. Dr. Ross and board members will be in attendance Thursday at the Fairview High School Auditorium to update the public on the status of Dafford Smith Stadium.

 The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m.



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Flash's prep football analysis - October 24 games:

FLASH'S PREP FOOTBALL REPORT - October 24 (Week # 10)


Lawrence County Red Devils vs. West Point Warriors

Class 5A, Region 8 (K92 Game of the week)

SITE: West Point Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Lawrence County 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8

West Point 5-3, 3-3 in 5A, R 8

SERIES: Lawrence County leads 17-15

LAST TIME: West Point defeated LCHS 15-7 in 2013

LAST WEEK: West Point lost to East Limestone 31-7, Lawrence County lost to Russellville 21-13.

ANALYSIS: It's win and go into the first round of the state playoffs in this matchup. This becomes West Point's biggest game with it also being the 2014 homecoming.

 The victor takes the 4th seed from Region 8 and punches a first round trip to Birmingham to face Region 5 champion Parker High School.

 West Point has three consecutive losses, Lawrence County has suffered defeat in its last two games. The heartbreaker for the Warriors was two weeks ago when they suffered a 26-22 setback at home to Russellville.

 In comparison to common opponents from the region, the Warriors lost to East Limestone 31-7, the Red Devils fell 41-7. Against Russellville, WP was defeated 26-22 with LCHS going down by the score of 21-13.

 Facing Johnson, the Warriors lost 40-10 with the Red Devils taking a 14-7 setback early in the season. West Point routed Columbia 42-14 while Lawrence County beat the Eagles 23-7. The Warriors ran over Ardmore 31-6 while LCHS got by the Tigers 28-21. Against Pope John Paul, West Point won 41-7, LCHS was a 28-14 winner.

 It comes down to execution on both sides. Coach Don Farley believes the Warriors can play as well as they did against Russellville for the first three quarters, the losing streak will be over, homecoming will be celebrated and the Warriors are playoff qualfiers for the first time as a 5A program and in the postseason for the first time since 2008.

 West Point has a 3-game winning streak against the opponent from Moulton. Lawrence County would love to spoil the homecoming fun and to prevent the Warriors from having their best regional record in seven years competing from the 5A ranks.



Cullman Bearcats vs. Muscle Shoals Trojans

Class 6A, Region 8

SITE: J.F. Moore Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Cullman 4-4, 2-3 in 6A, R 8

Muscle Shoals 5-2, 3-2 in 6A, R 8

SERIES: Cullman leads 4-3

LAST TIME: Muscle Shoals defeated Cullman 47-7 in 2013

LAST WEEK: Cullman lost to Decatur 33-13, Muscle Shoals was idle

ANALYSIS: With two consecutive losses in the region, the Bearcats are on the outside looking in. They have a chance to continue their playoff run that began in 2005. Mark Britton's squad will need to win against the Trojans and get some help by Austin.

 Austin plays at Hartselle. The Tigers are 2-3 in the region, but have the tiebreaker against the Bearcats. A Cullman win and a Hartselle loss, the Bearcats take the No. 3 seed from the region and Hartselle is out of the playoff picture. A 3-way tie will be decided on the tiebreaker procedure. A young ball club that has run into mistakes the last two weeks must eliminate them, especially on the road in order to look to keeping the season going on the first Friday night of November.


Butler Rebels vs. Fairview Aggies

Class 5A, Region 7

SITE: Oliver Woodard Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Butler 0-8, 0-6 in 5A, R 7

Fairview 2-6, 0-6 in 5A, R 7

SERIES: Fairview leads 2-0

LAST TIME: Fairview defeated Butler 47-14 in 2011

LAST WEEK: Fairview lost to Douglas 27-14, Butler lost to Guntersville 52-22

ANALYSIS: It will be the final time the Aggies play at Cullman High School this season with Woodard Stadium being their temporary home until the situation with Dafford Smith Stadium can be resolved.

 Coach George Redding reports Butler has speed and the Aggies must do what they can to contain it and not allow the Rebels the big play.

 Fairview has been effected by lack of point production in three straight losses. The Aggies have not been consistent on scoring when they get the ball into the opponent's 20-yard line. The lack of execution in the red zone has turned close games the past three weeks into double digit losses to Madison County, Guntersville and Douglas.

 It's a chance for the seniors to say goodbye from the home perspective for the final time. Fairview doesn't want the opponent to come in from Huntsville and head back to the Rocket City with something to smile about. The Rebels have been beaten by large numbers from everybody they have played in 2014. A Fairview win would give them a 3-2 mark in playing on the artificial surface of the Cullman Bearcats for half of the season.


Good Hope Raiders vs. North Jackson Chiefs

Class 4A, Region 7

SITE: R.D. Hicks Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Good Hope 4-4, 3-3 in 4A, R 7

North Jackson 6-2, 5-1 in 4A, R 7

SERIES: 1st meeting

LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated DAR 63-40, North Jackson defeated Oneonta 52-27

ANALYSIS: The Raiders were eliminated from the 4A, Region 7 playoff race last week, even with an entertaining victory on homecoming. Westminster Christian downed J.B. Pennington 38-20 and has the tiebreaker on the Raiders for a win at Good Hope on the first Friday of September.

 But with everything to gain and nothing to lose, the Raiders could provide help for Oneonta. The Redskins are in a three-way with North Jackson and Locust Fork. If the Raiders upset the Chiefs and Oneonta beats Westminster, the Redskins take the No. 1 seed and Locust Fork drops to third place.

 The Raiders have played well with four wins in the last five games to have confidence of traveling to the town of Stevenson for the first time.

 Good Hope will have to show poise against a team that went on the road last week and won by more than three touchdowns to cool off Oneonta. But the Raiders are hoping the Chiefs put too much emotion into that game and don't have a lot left in the tank when this contest kicks off.


Vinemont Eagles vs. Winston County Yellow Jackets

Class 3A, Region 5

SITE: Malcom Blake Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Vinemont 4-4, 3-2 in 3A, R 5

Winston County 5-3, 3-2 in 3A, R 5

SERIES: Winston County leads 7-6

LAST TIME: Winston County defeated Vinemont 42-8

LAST WEEK: Vinemont defeated Susan Moore 40-14, Winston County was idle.

ANALYSIS: The winner is No. 3 in this region. That gives the winner a trip to Rogersville for the first round of the playoffs with Lauderdale County. The loser has to head to Madison Academy and deal with one of the best 3A programs in the Northern part of Alabama.

 Vinemont got momentum on its side midway in the third quarter and finished off Susan Moore with 21 unanswered points, thanks to time consuming drives from the potent running attack.

 If the Eagles can use a variety of runners from QB Garrett Boland, RB John Michael Dye, RB Orey Woods, RB Colby Nicholas and FB Bo Wright, they can keep the Yellow Jackets off balance.

 Winston County had a week off to prepare for this showdown. If Vinemont coach Alan Scott and his staff has been able to see the Winston County film against Holly Pond, they may be able to see some things that allowed the winless Broncos to lead at the half 27-15.

 If Holly Pond can fight hard with the Jackets at Blake Stadium for three quarters, the Eagles know they are in the same opportunity. All they have to do is raise the bar a little higher and return to Vinemont late Friday night as the No. 3 qualifier in the region.


Winfield Pirates vs. Holly Pond Broncos

Class 3A, Region 5

SITE: Thomas-Michelfelder Field, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Winfield 5-3, 4-1 in 3A, R 5

Holly Pond 0-8, 0-5 in 3A, R 5

SERIES: Winfield leads 2-1

LAST TIME: Holly Pond defeated Winfield 28-27 in 2011

LAST WEEK: Holly Pond lost to Hanceville 27-7, Winfield lost to Oakman 41-14

ANALYSIS: Holly Pond has a tough challenge in its final regional game of the season. The Pirates suffered a rare loss at home last week that gave Oakman the regional title. Now the Pirates will come to the East side of Cullman County determined to get things in order prior to the playoffs.

 The Broncos were not the same without QB Michael Lambert who was lost to a broken collarbone in the game with Vinemont. His absence was felt last week against Hanceville with the Broncos down by four touchdowns when the game reached halftime.

 Caleb Jones has taken over running the Bronco offense. They will need plenty of help from the rest of the unit with Winfield able to go deep into its sidelines with over 70 players on the roster.

 The Broncos are in search of their first win for Mike Bates with two games left in 2014, both in front of the fans at Thomas-Michelfelder Field.


Hanceville Bulldogs vs. Susan Moore Bulldogs

Class 3A, Region 5

SITE: Larry Patterson Field, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Hanceville 1-7, 1-4 in 3A, R 5

Susan Moore 2-6, 1-4 in 3A, R 5

SERIES: Susan Moore leads 3-1

LAST TIME: Susan Moore defeated Hanceville 22-14 in 1999

LAST WEEK: Hanceville defeated Holly Pond 27-7, Susan Moore lost to Vinemont 40-14

ANALYSIS: Getting a win over Holly Pond will give Hanceville a chance to head to Blount County with confidence they can make it two straight. 

 Playing at Vinemont last Friday, Susan Moore showed they could move the ball with a 16-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter that cut the margin to 19-14. They have a quarterback that can operate the read option and a running back that can find holes through the defense.

 But Hanceville had big plays from Dante' Reese in the HC game with Holly Pond along with Caleb Hurst and others.

 This game could be evenly matched. It will come down to who wants it more in the final night of regional action for the two programs that have a lot of success from their past.


Tarrant Wildcats vs. Cold Springs Eagles

Class 2A, Region 6

SITE: Cranford Stricklin Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Tarrant 4-4, 4-1 in 2A, R 6

Cold Springs 6-2, 3-2 in 2A, R 6

SERIES: 1st meeting

LAST WEEK: Cold Springs defeated Sumiton Christian 26-0, Tarrant defeated Addison 26-13.

ANALYSIS: A shutout victory in Walker County put the Eagles into the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Now playing their final home game in the Southwest part of Cullman County, the Eagles are looking to continue their run against a team from Jefferson County that will be the biggest challenge so far for Rod Elliott and his squad.

 Tarrant scored three times in the second half to get control of the game at Addison and knock the Bulldogs out of second place in Region 6 play.

 The Eagles will look to contain big plays by the Wildcats and take advantage of opportuntities. In the past two seasons, the Eagles have produced 12 wins against six losses and have been rewarded with a playoff berth.

 Now the Eagles are looking for the possibility of finishing second or settling for fourth, pending on the outcome of this encounter.


Addison Bulldogs vs. Southeastern Mustangs

Class 2A, Region 6 

SITE: Remlap Stadium, Friday 7 p.m.

RECORDS: Addison 5-3, 3-2 in 2A, R 6

Southeastern 2-6, 0-5 in 2A, R 6

SERIES: Addison leads 2-0

LAST TIME: Addison defeated Southeastern 47-0 in 2013

LAST WEEK: Addison lost to Tarrant 26-13, Southeastern lost to Falkville 33-13

ANALYSIS: Southeastern now has a stadium on its own campus in just its third year of playing in the AHSAA. The school is located on Highway 75 in Blount County, south of Locust Fork and before you cross into Jefferson County.

 Addison will look to get back on the winning track after Tarrant topped the Bulldogs last week with a solid second half and dropped David Smothers' squad to third place in the Region 6 standings.

 Anything can happen in the game of football and Addison will be wanting to know of the outcome of the Cold Springs-Tarrant game. A win by the Eagles and Addison wins at Southeastern, which ie expected, a three-way tie of 4-2 would take place in the region standings with the tiebreaker procedures to be applied.

 Addison is going to the playoffs for the 13th time since regional play was adopted by the AHSAA in 2000 and for the fifth consecutive season, the third under David Smothers.


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WKUL local news/sports - October 22:

* Cullman County School Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross has set public meetings in regards to structural issues at Garden City Elementary and Fairview's Dafford Smith Stadium. Dr. Ross will address the Garden City issue today at 3:15 at Garden City 1st Baptist Church. He will speak to residents on the Fairview situation Thursday at 5:30 at the high school auditorium.
* Good Hope has a new mayor. Council member Jerry Bartlett was sworn in Monday night, taking over running the town while former mayor Corey Harbison heads to Montgomery, preparing for his new job as District XII House of Representatives. Bartlett, a former teacher and coach at Good Hope High School, has been on the city council for six years. He will finish out Harbison's term as mayor through 2016.
* The Auburn Network has been listed as a business linked to Speaker of the House Representative Mike Hubbard, a day after Hubbard was indicted on federal charges for corruption in an attempt for personal gain. Former Governor Bob Riley and former Auburn football coach Pat Dye have been named in this case as well. Hubbard created the Auburn Network in 1994 with the business reaching new heights in net profit.
* The annual Cullman Regional Medical Center fall book fair will be Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside Professional Office Building II. A variety of books will be on sale for the public, presented by the CRMC Auxiliary. 
* Good Hope's Lady Raiders won the 4A, Area 10 volleyball tournament Tuesday night in Oneonta, beating the Lady Redskins 3 games to one. Kaylee Maddox was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Hannah Smith, Hannah Clay and Alyssa Harlan were named to the All-Tournament team.
 * First round pairings are set for the 1A, 2A & 3A North volleyball regionals in Huntsville. St. Bernard plays Belgreen Friday at 4:15 in 1A, No. 1 Addison meets Southeastern at 10:15 a.m. in Class 2A while Area champion Holly Pond plays Colbert Heights at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will be at the Von Braun Center.
* West Point is playing for a postseason bid Friday night. It's homecoming for the Warriors as Lawrence County comes to town. Both are tied for 4th place in Class 5A, Region 8 with the winner to clinch a playoff bid. This is the K92 game of the week with kickoff set at 7 p.m.
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