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The Hartselle Dixie Youth Baseball program is having signups Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 at Encore in Hartselle.

League officials urge those wanting more information to visit

  • The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for youth baseball umpires. Anyone interested in assisting with the youth league should contact Bruce Lackey at 773-2564.
  • East Lawrence High baseball coach Rob Cosby will direct a regional program for the Midwest Baseball Academy spring training.
  • The six-week program in Caddo will run from Saturday to March 3 at East Lawrence High.

    The player-coach ratio is six to one, and instruction will include drills to teach a different aspect of hitting, pitching and fielding.

    Registration fee is $98 a player. For more information, call 866-MBA-HITS or visit


    The Southern Starz AAU Girls’ basketball program is forming girls’ basketball teams for the spring season.

    The Starz will field teams in age groups: 12-under, 13-under, 14-under, 15-under, 16-under, and 17-under.

    For more information, visit

  • The Tennessee Valley Basketball League is accepting teams for the Hartselle Shootout on Feb. 2-3 at the Hartselle High and Junior High School.
  • The tournament is open to teams with players grade 3-6.

    Entry fee is $50. Deadline to enter is Thursday.

    Contact Russell Frye at for more information.

    Disc golf

    The North Alabama Boys and Girls Club will be benefactors of the Professional Disc Golf Association’s tournament in Athens on Feb. 24.

    The tournament will feature two, 19-hole PDGA sanctioned rounds; C-tier for pros and B-tier for amateurs. Lunch will be available from the Athens Lions Club. For more information, call 232-7523 or 874-5870.


    Fourteen-year-old Matthew Ramey of Hartselle won first place in the 1-meter junior olympic boys 14-15 division in the Huntsville Springboard Diving Winter Invitational Diving Meet on Jan. 13.

    In the 3-meter diving event, he won second place in the junior olympic boys 16-18.

    Ramey teamed with Luke Fitzgibbon to take second place in the open synchronized diving 3-meter competition.


    Jimmy Sykes recorded a hole-in-one on the 165-yard No. 15 at the Decatur Country Club on Jan. 12. Sykes used a 6-iron to sink his ace. Witnesses were playing mates Dr. Don Jones, Joe T. Jones and Allen Sartain.

  • Ridge Shariett and Harry Kirkland posted a 62 gross to win the Polar Open two-person scramble at Point Mallard on Jan. 13. Their score was five shots better than Cecil Chaney and Jay Hughes second-place score.
  • Taking first-place net honors were Jim Townsend and Jerry Oliver with a 64. Finishing second with a 65 net were Stacey Dozier and Steve Waters.

    In B division competition, Steve Land and Shawn Banks carded a 72 gross to win, while Todd Russell and George Bowers were second at 76 gross.

    Jim Lynch and Tracey Dobbs were first in net play with a 67. Mark Peterson and Beth Bates had a net 72 for second place.


    The Huntsville Senior Soccer League is looking for men and women 40 years old or older who want to play recreational soccer. All skill levels are welcome to join. The league plays Sundays at 4 p.m. next to the Huntsville Iceplex on Leeman Ferry Road. For more information, visit to or contact John Jensen at 341-0391.

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