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Northwest group needs
coaches, umpires

The Northwest Youth Athletic Association is looking for persons interested in coaching or umpiring youth league baseball this summer.

For more information, call Harry Orr at 355-7145 or Tim Guster at 476-4065.


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

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


  • 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

    Football camp

  • 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, contact Conley Duncan at 565-2904 or or call T.C. Almon Recreation Center at 351-7798.


  • 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.


  • Decatur Heritage sophomore Kaleb Estes recorded a rare double eagle, acing the par-4, 302-yard third hole at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur.

    Taylor Warren and golf coach Rick Davis witnessed Estesí hole-in-one with a driver on March 28.

  • Dave Bradford used a 4-iron to sink a hole-in-one at the 172-yard, fifth hole at the Quail Creek Colf Course in Hartselle on March 26. Danna Bradford witnessed the ace.

  • Melton Sivley and Dan Nelson shot a net 66 to win the Point Mallard Independent Golf Associationís monthly tournament at the Point Mallard Golf Course on March 21.

    Don Hill and J.O. Mitchell were second in the two-man scramble with a 67. Fifty-six golfers competed.

    Other winners were: A-B flight

    Third place: Fulton Lowery and Scotty Maples, 69.

    Fourth place (tie): Robert Oakley and Billy Hamilton, Jim King and Doug Birdyshaw, 71. C-D flight

    First place: Bill Brunner, Jim Mynes, 74.

    Second place: George Marsh and Jim Benfield, 75.

    Third place (tie): Dave Dobbs and Jack Beasley, Dean Stark and Bob Campbell, 76.

    Fifth place: Bob McKenzie and Walt Sellars,77.

    Closet to the pin winners were:

    No. 3: J.O. Mitchell

    No. 8: Jim King

    No. 11: Ken Johnson

    No. 13: Don Hill

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

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

  • 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.

  • The Point Mallard Golf Course is conducting a womenís golf clinic April 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for golfers needing to brush on the gameís basics.

    Cost is $50. For more information, call 341-4925.

  • 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 by e-mail at karenbowling@


  • Eight members of Calvin Twisters Gymnastics qualified for the regionals in Tupelo, Miss., on April 20-21 with their recent performances at the U.S.A. Alabama Optional State Championships in Hoover on March 24-25.

    Level 10 gymnasts qualifying are Lora Leigh Frost, Krista Schrimsher, Courtney Bell, Krista Stout, Cathy McClain and Taylor Countiss. The level 10 team finished third.

    Breanna Scott and Riley Childress are two level 9 gymnasts to compete in the regionals.

    Results from the Hoover event were:

    Division 10A

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

    Krista Schrimsher: fourth, all around; second, floor and bars; fifth, vault; sixth, beam.

    Division 10B

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

    Division 10C

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

    Cathy McClain: fifth, all around, floor and bars; second, vault and beam.

    Level 9

    Age 12

    Breanna Scott: fourth, all around, beam; third, bars.

    Age 16

    Tiffany Bell: third, bars; fifth, beam.

    Level 8

    Age 11

    Rachel Paulsen: fifth, vault; 10th bars.

    Alexa Moates: fifth, bars.

    Level 7

    Age 8

    Olivia Godsey: eighth, vault, bars; 10th, all around, beam.

    Age 11

    Alex Smithson: ninth, vault.

    Maddie Kent: seventh, vault.


  • 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 information, e-mail Eric at, or call call Rebecca at 350-4227. Additional 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 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.

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