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  • The Hartselle Dixie Youth Baseball program is having signups Tuesday, 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.

  • The 11-and-under North Alabama Nationals are in need of three players to complete the roster for the upcoming tournament season.

    The tournament baseball team is based in the Decatur area. Most of the tournaments will in North Alabama.

    Tryouts will be announced later.

    For more information, call Rodney Terry at 566-7274 or email him at

  • The Tennessee Valley Titans 10-and-under elite travel baseball team is looking for one player to fill the 10-player roster.

    The Titans are based in Decatur and will play in 12 tournaments between March and July including the World Series.

    For more information, contact 654-0303 or 303-8849.


  • Union Hill Middle School won the Morgan County Tournament, which was played Jan. 13-20 at Sparkman Middle School and Brewer High.

    West Morgan placed second.

    The all-tournament team included Garret Crawford and Hunter Bramlett (Cotaco); Mathew Best and Erick Cordova (Danville); Jackson Holland (Decatur Heritage); Garret Tucker (Eva); Jeremy McNatt (Falkville); Lee Cordell (Laceyís Spring); Kalieb Gibson (Priceville); Samuel Salasar (Ryan); Justin Hardin (Sparkman); T.J. Graham, Jordan Bowling and Taylor Bowling (Union Hill); Gray Baxter, Barrett Terry and Nathen Williams (West Morgan).

  • The Cotaco Indians of the Morgan County Division 2 girls (8-and-under) finished the regular season in first place last week. Team members include Morgan Stinson, Kameron Bramlett, Julie Daugette, Ariel Christopher, Katelyn Fason, Tamera Chatman, Katie Speegle, Hannah Hickman, Victoria Lemmon and Mika Burtts. Head coach is Gina Raburn. Assistant coaches are Larry Lang and Tamara Bonds.

  • Rex Lane Jarman Jr. and Ashton Cowan, both of Decatur, were winners in the Elks North District Hoop Shoot competition at Cedar Ridge Middle School on Saturday.

    Jarman won the 10-11-year-old boy division canning 15 of 25 shots.

    Cowan won the 12-13-year-old girl division sinking 22 of 25 attempts.

    They advance to the state contest Feb. 17 at Birmingham-Southern College.

    Other winners were:

    8-9-year-old girl: Bailey West of Cullman, 18 of 25.

    8-9-year-old boy: Tyler Rice of Cullman, 20 of 25.

    10-11-year-old girl: Chatori Major of Pell City, 19 of 25.

    12-13-year-old boy: Zack Burns of Gadsden, 24 of 25.

  • The inaugural Hartselle Youth Basketball Tournament will be Feb. 9-10 at the Sparkman Civic Center.

    Competition is for boys and girls age divisions 8-under, 10-under and 12-under.

    Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry fee is $60 per team. Deadline is Wednesday.

    For more information, call Jeff at 773-0536 or 682-2099.

  • The Mountain Dew March Madness adult menís open basketball tournament is March 3. The field is limited to 16 teams. The top 8 finishers will receive tournament T-shirts.

    Games will be played at the Aquadome, Carrie Matthews Center, Fort Decatur and T.C. Almon Recreation Center.

    Entry is $175 per 10-player team. Deadline is noon, Feb. 26.

    Call David Wisdom at 341-4810 or Kelly Varnell at 341-4831 for more information.

  • The Mystics 12-and-under and 11-and-under teams will hold tryouts Saturday at Brewer High in Florette.

    Tryout registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and court evaluation will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

    For more information, Mystics Basketball Club Director Russell Frye at (256) 345-2827 or contact him at

  • The North Alabama Shootout basketball tournament is set for March 16-18 in Madison County. The tournament is open to boys and girls 17 and under.

    Entry fee is $175. The top two teams will receive trophies.

    For more information, contact Mike Ellen at 489-3366 or 990-7182.

  • The Southern Starz AAU Girlsí basketball program is forming girlsí basketball teams for the spring season.

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


    The Junior Achievement of North Central Alabama is hosting the Boot Scootín Bowl as a fundraiser for its education programs.

    Bowlers will be asked to secure pledges in the competition.

    Each bowler will receive three games, a T-shirt, towel, use of bowling shoes and door prizes. The event will be Feb. 23-25. Call 353-3573 for more information.


    The Decatur City Rumble is set for Feb. 17 in Decatur with a dozen weight classes in novice and open boxing competition.

    Admission fee for spectators is $5 for adults and $2 for youths. Boxing begins at 6 p.m.

    The Decatur Youth Services and Police Activities League are the tournament hosts.

    Disc golf

    The North Alabama Boys and Girls Club will be benefactors of the Professional Disc Golf Associationís 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.


    The 10th annual Camp Partlow Dualthon is set for March 10 in Coker, northwest of Tuscaloosa.

    The event consists of 2-mile trail run, a 17-mile road bike ride and ends with another 2-mile trail run.

    Two-person teams will compete in age divisions with medals going to the top three places.

    The race begins at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 6 a.m.

    Proceeds from the dualthon will benefit Camp Partlow.

    Minimum entry fee is $25.

    For more information, contact Larry Pierson at (205) 339-1010 or Regina Poole at (205) 554-4115.


  • The inaugural A-High Touchdown Club four-player scramble golf tournament is set for Point Mallard on April 14.

    Presented by Pepsi and Temple, the tournament benefits the Austin High football program.

    Entry is $300 a team or $75 per person. For more information, call Charles Irons at 353-0927.


    Sixteen members of the Calvin Twisters gymnastic team brought home honors from the Spirit of Courage event in Birmingham on Jan. 26-28.

    The results were: Level 8, Age 12 Sloan Godsey: fourth, all around; third, vault; seventh, bars; second, beam; sixth, floor. Racheal Paulson: sixth, all around and beam; eighth, bars; fourth, floor; fifth, vault. Age 11 Alexa Moates: third, bars. Level 7 Age 9 McKenzie Glasscock: eighth, all around, beam and bars; sixth, vault; seventh, floor. Olivia Godsey: fifth, all around; third, floor; fourth, bars and beam; seventh, vault. Age 10 Rachael Whitten: seventh, all-around and bars; fifth, vault; sixth, beam; eighth, floor. Age 12 Sarah McWhorter: ninth, all around, vault, floor; eighth, bars and beam. Level 6 Team: first place Age 13 Marissa Chavers: second, all around, vault, beam; first, bars; third, floor. Age 11 Caitlin Clardy: third, all around, bars, beam and vault; second, floor. Age 9 McKenzie Hardiman: first, all around, floor, bars; second, vault; fourth, beam. Schyler Burney: third, all around, vault, bars; first, beam; fourth, floor. Gabi Ellis: fourth, all around and bars; first, vault; third, beam; fifth, floor. Grace Ann Humphries: fifth, all around, bars and beam; fourth, vault and floor. Age 8 Rebekah Cannon: second, all around, bars, floor; first, beam; fourth, vault. Level 5 Miranda Woodham: sixth, floor. Level 3 Hannah Hartsfield: sixth, vault.


    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.

  • An entry-level referee course for soccer is being offered Feb. 2-4 at the St. Johnís School in Madison.

    Cost is $72.

    For more information, visit

    To make reservations to attend, contact Patrick Miller at or Daphne Brown at daphne@


  • The North Alabama Kraze 16-and-under travel softball team is looking for two pitchers for the upcoming season.

    Call Tom McCluskey at (256) 483-0292 for more information.

  • Registration for the Decatur Dixie Girls Softball leagues (ages 5-17, as of May 1) will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Play It Again Sports from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Interested players should visit and download a registration form.

    Persons wanting more information can call Paige Bibbee 340-7367 or Pam Williams 353-0994.

  • The 2007 Virginia Woodall ASA kickoff tournament is set for March 24 at the Wilson Morgan Complex in Decatur. Entry fee is $150 per team in Menís C, Menís D and Womens.

    Call 341-4810 to enter. Deadline is March 22.

  • The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department is organizing adult softball leagues at the Wilson Morgan Park.

    Organizational meetings are set for Monday at the Aquadome Recreation Center. Menís independent and womenís independent meeting will be at 6 p.m.

    Church leagues will meet at 7 p.m. and Menís over 40, Menís industrial and co-ed teams will meet at 8 p.m.

    For more information, visit, or call David Wisdom at 341-4810 or Kelly Varnell at 341-4831.

  • The 8-and-under Decatur Storm girls travel softball team are in need of three players to complete the roster for the upcoming season.

    Most of the coach-pitch tournaments will be in Cullman, Madison, Athens and Huntsville.

    For more information, call Susan Claborn at 318-1016 or e-mail at

  • The Decatur Parks and Recreation Department is accepting teams for a 12-game season with a double-elimination tournament. Entry fee per team is $425 if paid by 5 p.m. March 5 and $475 by the March 19 deadline.

    For more information, visit, or call David Wisdom at 341-4810 or Kelly Varnell at 341-4831.

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