News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2007

People, Places And Things

Morgan all-stars
state champs

The Morgan County 12-and-under all-star basketball team captured state championship honors in Hamilton last week, defeating Hamilton, Glencoe and Valley.

The players are Meg Mullican, Hallie Cunningham and Chelsea Boston of West Morgan, Lindsey Goodner, Caitlin Lavender, Lindsie Smith, Reed Sowder and Morgan Sutton of Cotaco, Macy Alred of Danville, Darion Tucker of Priceville and Rheagan Harville of Brindlee Mountain.

Head coach is David Goodner. Assistant coaches are Joel Sowder, Andy Mullican and Phillip Cunningham.


  • The 12-and-under Cahaba Mudcats Red Team won Opening Day at the Vet baseball tournament in Alabaster on March 2-4.

    Team members include Austin Spangler of Decatur, Fletcher Johnson, Jake Bywalski, Hunter White, John Allen Bagby, Paul Braswell, Zachary Canant, Eli Beall, Justin Woodruff, Drew Jackson and Madison Roberts. Mudcats coaches are Jim Canant, Larry Beall and Todd Bywalski.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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 Wednesday.

    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


  • Nike and SPARQ are conducting a competition for high school football teams to see which school has the top athletes in the nation.

    All teams that compete will receive a team SPARQ rating based on the performance of their top five athletes (every athlete tested will receive a SPARQ rating). Each qualifying team will receive a SPARQ training development kit to add to their training arsenal. The team SPARQ rating measures speed, agility, reaction and quickness.

    Each athlete tested will receive a shoe bag/tag and have access to set up a customized SPARQ Athlete page.

    The football SPARQ testing will consist of a 40-yard dash, 185-pound bench, vertical jump and pro shuttle.

    The tests are set for April 14 at the Point Mallard Park.

    For more information, call Conley Duncan at 565-2904 or email or call T.C. Almon Recreation Center at 351-7798.


  • The annual Dodgeball Roundup offers two divisions, youth and open, and is planned for the Aquadome Recreation Center gymnasium March 24.

    The open division now includes ages 14 and over to be on the same team.

    For more information, visit or call Julianne Lowman at 341-4903.


  • The Grassy Athletic Club will host its annual bass tournament at the Waterfront 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.

  • A bass-fishing tournament featuring $2,100 in prize money is set for Wheeler Lake on April 7.

    The tournament will benefit the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat and $10 big fish optional.

    For more information, contact Elk River Tackle and Deli in Rogersville at 247-7070 or Danny Heard at 783-3025 or Barry Beddingfield at 762-4939.


  • The Valley Grove Baptist Church is hosting a four-man scramble March 31 at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur.

    Entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per golfer. Proceeds will go to the churchís youth and childrenís ministry programs.

    The tournament field is limited to 80 golfers. Door prizes, lunch, mulligans and power drives will be offered. The top three teams in two flights will be awarded cash prizes.

    For more information, contact Kasey Jeffreys at 221-3925, Derrick Sawyer at 303-1033 or Jared Dutton at 221-3697.

  • 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 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.

  • A four-man scramble is set for Cedar Ridge Golf Course for May 12 with the proceeds benefiting the DDC Outreach and Recovery Center. Deadline to enter is April 27. Entry fee is $250 per team.

    Cash prizes will go to the top 5 teams.

    For more information, contact the Cedar Ridge Golf Course at 353-4653 or DDC at 350-0615.


  • The quarterly River City Runnerís meeting will be March 25 at 3 p.m. at the T.C. Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard Park.

  • The fifth annual Wallace State Alumni Associationís running event will be April 7 with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

    The event will feature USATF certified 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races and a one-mile run. All runners will receive a T-shirt and race packet. Awards will be given in genders and masters divisions.

    Entry fee is $20 per person by March 23.

    Call Suzanne Harbin at 352-8144 for more information.

  • The River City Runner Club will host the 28th annual 3M River City Run April 14 at the T.C. Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard Park. A 10-kilometer run will start at 8 a.m., and a 1-mile fun run will be at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the top 5 finishers in age groups in both events.

    Each runner will receive a shirt, 3M gift bag, refreshments and pizza.

    A training run for the River City run is set for 8 a.m. March 31 at the T.C. Almon Recreation Center. Water and Gatorade will be provided at the training run.

    For more information, call Rebecca at 350-4227 or email Eric at Also details can found at


  • The Oak Park Middle School girls soccer team won the Tennessee Valley Middle Schools championship.

    The league includes 16 schools in the Tennessee Valley. Oak Park finished the season 12-0-1.

    The team members included Sandy Beltran, Caroline Keenum, Allie Lyons, Taylor Rutherford, Mallory Papich, Sarah Catherine Woller, Tara Givens, Mallory Schmidt, Maggie Gleason, Kylie Peebles, Hannah Kennedy, Megan Snider, Merry Alred, Sarah Smith, Amber Rodgers, Mary Eliza Reep and Janelle Wallace. Andrea Richardson is the coach.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Huntsville Senior Softball League is seeking players who will be 55 or older by Dec. 31.

    The slow-pitch league includes players of all skill levels.

    For more information, contact Ray Beverly at 859-7419 or Fred Garcia at 883-1135.

    Table tennis

  • The Alabama State Table Tennis Teams Championship is set for the Anniston Army Depot on March 31.

    More than $1,000 in prize money will be distributed to the divisional winners.

    The open winner of the tournament will be declared the 2007 Alabama Team Champions.

    Singles and doubles will be played in the round-robin, USATT-sanctioned tournament. All players will receive T-shirts, lunch and door prizes.

    Entry fee is $80 per team. Deadline is March 24.

    For more information, contact Mike Harris at (256) 238-6453 or visit

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