News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2007

People, Places and Things


  • Deacon Aldridge of Decatur is a member of the Viper Baseball Academy 12s, which won the Major Division of the First Tennessee Fields Opening Day Baseball Tournament in Cordova, Tenn. The team went 5-0 in the event.

    Other players are Keegan Thompson, John Evans and Zac Crocker of Cullman, Blake Logan of Muscle Shoals, Jacob Champion of Arab, Glenn Irby of Florence, Ty Miller of Birmingham and Matthew Lyons and Christopher Brown of Nashville.

    Coaches are Jerry Thompson and Jeff Wales.

  • The Priceville Community Recreation Association Opening Day ceremonies for softball and baseball is set for April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the townís North Park.

    Along with the games, a car show will be held.

  • 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 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 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 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.


  • John Lemley used a pitching wedge to sink a hole-in-one at on the 120-yard, 11th hole of the Point Mallard Golf Course in Decatur on March 21. Witnessing the ace were Terry Hood, Marty Crawford and Sam Crawford.

  • Kenneth Busby used a 9-iron to ace the 16th hole at Quail Creek Golf Course in Hartselle on March 7. Rick Gowan witnessed the 1`30-yard hole-in-one.

  • 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 Jeremy Ripley Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Canebrake Country Club in Athens on May 15.

    The tournamentís proceeds will go toward Score International, a sports mission ministry.

    Golfers will have a chance to win cars or cash as prizes.

    For more information, contact Karen Bowling at 350-8768 or via email karenbowling@


  • The Level 10 squad of the Calvin Twisters of Decatur won first place in the team event of the Huntsville Spring Invitational on March 10.

    Individual results were: Level 10 Age 16

    Krista Stout: first, all around and bars; second, vault and floor; third, beam.

    Courtney Bell: second, all around and bars; first, beam and floor; third, vault.

    Cathy McClain: third, all around, bars and floor; first, vault; second, beam. Age 14-15

    Krista Schrimsher: first, all around, bars and beam; third, floor and vault.

    Lora Leigh Frost: second, all around and beam; first, floor, vault; third, bars.

    Taylor Countiss: third, all around and beam; second, vault and bars; first, floor. Level 9 Age 12-14

    Breanna Scott: first, all around, vault, bars, beam and floor. Age 16

    Tiffany Bell: second, all around, vault, bars, beam and floor. Level 8 Age 11-12

    Alexa Moates: second, all around; first, bars; third, beam and floor.

    Rachel Paulsen: fourth, all around; first, bars; third, vault.

    Sloan Godsey: third, bars. Level 7 Age 9-10

    Olivia Godsey: fifth, all around, vault and beam; fourth, bars.

    McKenzie Glasscock: fifth, vault; sixth, floor.

    Rachel Whitten: sixth, vault; sixth, beam.

    Maddie Kent: sixth, vault.


  • The quarterly River City Runnersí meeting will be Sunday 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 Runners Club will host the 28th annual 3M River City Run on 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 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 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.

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

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