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  • Decatur Dixie Major baseball will have a public meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Decatur Utilities auditorium. The program is looking for experiencec coaches and concession workers. The league is for players 15 to 19 years old.

  • 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.

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

  • Anyone 18 or older who is interested in umpiring Hartselle Dixie Youth baseball games this season is encouraged to contact Ken Boster at 773-2803 or Russell Moore at (256) 339-2422 for more information.

  • The Vipers Baseball Academy 12-and-under team is looking for an umpire interested in working at the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., on June 9-15.

    Lodging and meals will be provided.

    Interested umpires should call Ken Irby at 764-0034 or 764-8732 or visit www. for more information.


  • The Falkville ďAĒ 5- and 6-year-old Blue Devils Basketball team went 4-0 in tournament play at Union Hill to win the Morgan County Championship. In the championship game, Falkville defeated Cotaco 16-13.

    Team members are Kaitlyn Anders, Alex Walling, Natalie King, Noah Holmes, J.P. Garrison, Riley Wood, Dustin Greenfield and Alex Fowler. Coaches are David Wood, Bo Ozbolt and Patrick Holmes.

  • 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, Monday.

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

  • 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 NACís Spring Fling basketball tournament is set for March 16-18 in Huntsville and Madison. The tournament is open to boys and girls 9-16.

    Entry fee is $175 per team.

    For more information, call Ronnie Crutcher at 509-1922.

  • The Magic Tip-Off Classic for boys 14 and under and 11 and under is scheduled for Brewer High School in Florette on March 23-24.

    Each team is guaranteed three games of play. Entry fee is $150 per team. Deadline is March 16.

    For more information, call Randy Murray at 498-2820.

  • A basketball tournament for boys and girls ages 9-14 is set for East Lawrence High School on March 29-31. Deadline to enter is March 21.

    The entry fee of $125 per team guarantees three games per team. There will be four teams per division and trophies will be awarded to the top two teams in each division. First-place teams also will receive T-shirts. The East Lawrence Booster Club is the tournament sponsor.

    For more information, contact Keith at 974-7114 or 476-0259.

  • The Mystics Basketball Club is forming an 11-and-under girls team for the upcoming travel basketball season. For more information contact Russell Frye at 778-9801 or by email at


    Area darters who collected medals or cash prizes at the Shoot for the Moon Tourmament in January were:

    Steven Gosnell of Athens had a top 4 finish in singles 301, 501 and cricket and a top 16 finish in doubles.

    Nancy Jo Sebring of Decatur finished first place in cricket doubles, top 4 in mixed triples 501, top 8 in doubles 501 and top 16 in singles 501.

    Athensí Wanda Pepper garnered a top 8 finish in doubles 501.

    More than 200 darters from across the Southeast participated in the three-day competition.


    The 10th annual Camp Partlow Duathlon 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 duathlon 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 Grassy Athletic Club will host its annual bass tournament at the Watefront Tackle at Goose Pond on March 31.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat.

    Payout is based on the number of boats.

    For more information, call Tim Jones at (256) 582-4089 or Mike Wilson at (256) 550-2217.


  • Joe Jones sank a hole-in-one on the 152-yard, No. 17 at the Decatur Country Club on Feb. 11. Witnessing his ace were Billy Biles and Alan Sartain.

  • Mike Dishman hit a hole-in-one on the 198-yard No. 13 at the Decatur Country Club on Feb. 13. Witnessing his two-iron shot were Alan Sartain, Billy Biles, Huel Harris and Rick Sanders.

  • The Executive Womenís Golf Association of Huntsville is hosting its seventh annual kickoff at The Arbor at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on March 13 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Mark Blackburn, director of instruction of Blackburn Golf, will be the eventís keynote speaker.

    Advanced registration fee is $20 or $25 at the door.

    Membership into the not-for-profit association provides competitive and casual golf for all levels, weekly league play, golf education, product discounts and non-golf social events.

    For more information contact Moya Williams at (256) 503-8226 or email at

  • The Tennessee Valley Vipers inaugural Coach Tís Kids Golf Classic will take place April 6 at Sunset Landing at the Huntsville International Airport.

    A portion of the eventís proceeds will benefit Coach Tís Kids, a Boys and Girls Club scholarship and community activity program founded by Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos.

    The event has a 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. shotgun start, and will feature a four-man scramble format with a $275 fee per team and $75 charge for individuals. The price includes two mulligans per person, two drink coupons, a goody bag and lunch.

    Hole sponsorships are $100 and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

    For more information contact Darrell Ponder at (256) 513-2962 or email him at

  • The Tennessee Valley Outreach Rescue Mission is hosting its third annual golf tournament at Burningtree Country Club on April 9.

    Entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per person. A buffet lunch and sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

    Prizes will be given for a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

    Proceeds from the event will help provide food and shelter for the homeless in the Tennessee Valley.

    For more information, call Jeanette Wood at 350-5226, Bobby Lang at 318-8903 or Charlie Moore at 301-9606.

  • 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.

    Registration begins at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Lunch is provided. Trophies will be provided and awards for closest to the pin and longest drive.

    Entry is $300 a team or $75 per person. For more information, call Charles Irons at 353-0927. Registration forms can be picked up at Repar Golf, Point Mallard Golf Course and Play It Again Sports.

  • Burningtree Country Club is the site of the sixth annual Wayne Farms LLC, DFD-East four-man scramble on Monday, April 23.

    Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Tracy M.Blaxton, Wayne Farms 308-2803.

  • The East Lawrence Stadium Club is hosting its inaugural spring golf tournament at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur on April 28. Proceeds from the event will benefit the East Lawrence High School football program. Entry fee is $250 per team before April 16 and $275 until April 27.

    Prizes will be given to the top finishers, closest to the hole and longest drives. Mulligans and powerdrives are available. Hole sponsorships are $75 per hole.

    For more information, call Keith at 974-7114 or 476-0259. Gymnastics

  • Five members of the Calvin Twisters placed in the Chicago Invitational at the Navy Pier in Chicago on Feb. 9-11. The meet featured more than 3,500 gymnastics, some from other countries.

    The local results were

    Level 10

    Taylor Countiss: fourth, floor; 10th all around.

    Krista Schrimsher: fifth, beam.

    Level 9

    Riley Childress: first, bars; second, vault; third, floor, all around; fourth, beam.

    Breanna Scott: third, beam; sixth, floor; ninth, all around,.

    Level 8

    Sloan Godsey: 11th, floor.


    The inaugural Delano Park 12-hour run is set for March 3 in Decatur.

    Individuals and relay teams will be compete by completing laps on the 1-mile loop at the park from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The River City Runners will accept entries through March 2.

    For more information, contact Eric Schotz at 350-9847 or visit


    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.


  • 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.

  • A menís softball tournament will be at Huskey Park in Florette on March 3. Entry fee is $180 and each team must provide ASA 44 core .375 softballs.

    The first-place team will receive the returned entry fee, T-shirts and plaque. Second- and third-place teams will receive plaques. For more information, contact Lajuan Johnson 577-6455, Jason Such 280-8258 or Randy Turner at 227-2100.

  • A menís softball tournament is set for Alexander Park in Moulton on March 10. Entry fee is $120 per team. The top two finishers will be awarded plaques. For more information, call Sam at 797-2442 or email

  • 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 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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