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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 Northwest Youth Athletic Association is accepting baseball players from ages 4 to 13 for the summer leagues ranging from tee ball to live pitch.

    Sign up for league play is set for June 2 at the Cashin Wheeler Baseball Park in Decatur.

    For more information, call Harry Orr at 355-7145 or Jimmy H. Luckie 355-4919.


  • The Tennessee Valley Titans 10 and under travel baseball team based out of Decatur won the North Alabama Lead Off Tournament in Scottsboro last week.

    The Titans finished the tournament undefeated and outscored their opponents 46-4. The Titans players are Derrick Adams, Web Brown, Lane Derrick, Tyler Herndon, Wes Hopkins, Peyton Miller, Clay Morland, Andrew Orman, Peyton Stracener, and Jared Travnicek. Coaches are Marty Adams, Robert Derrick, Bill Hopkins, Darrin Miller and Matt Morland.

  • The Gulf Breeze, Fla., High School is hosting the 17th annual Summer Classic Baseball Tournament on June 14-17.

    The tournament will be open for teams in age brackets 8-14. Registration fees vary from $200 to $275.

    For more information call Randy Renfroe (850) 748-2227 or Terry Gross at (850) 434-3333 or 449-1762.


  • 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

  • The Elkmont High boys basketball program is hosting a tournament for boys and girls 10-14 on May 4-5.

    Entry fee is $175 per team. Each team is guaranteed at least three games.

    For more information, contact Stace Tedford at 256-497-9249.


  • 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 East Lawrence Stadium Club is having its spring meeting at 6 p.m. April 30 at the schoolís football stadium.

    Playersí parents and other supporters are urged to attend. Membership fees are $25 per family.

    For more information, call Keith at 476-0259 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. Hole-in-one prizes include $5,000 and a new truck.

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

  • The second annual Coach Cav golf tournament will be at Colonial Golf Course in Meridianville on April 28, in honor of late East Limestone High football coach Phil Cavnar.

    The event will be a four-man scramble. Entry fees are $75 for an individual or $300 for a team. Deadline is April 15.

    To register or for more information contact Mike Cavnar or Kevin Abernathy at 233-6660.

    Tournament planners also are seeking hole sponsors, door prizes, and monetary donations to the fund.

  • 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 Athens State Alumni Association Annual Golf Classic is set for the Canebrake Golf Club on June 7. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

    Entry fee for the four-man scramble team format is $90 per golfer or $360 per team. The fee includes lunch, hospitality gifts, green fees and cart.

    Prizes will be awarded for best scores, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-ones.

    For more information, call 216-3319 or (800) 522-0272, ext. 319.


  • Level 5 and Level 2 squads of the Calvin Twisters brought home first-place honors from the Cirque du Saltos competition in Anniston on March 31.

    The individual results are: Level 6 second place team Age 7-9

    Gabi Ellis: fourth, vault, beam; third, bars; fifth, floor; fourth all around.

    Melanie Madewell: second, vault, bars; third, beam, floor, all around.

    Savannah Jones: third, vault.

    Savannah Davis: fourth, vault.

    Olivier Harrelson: fifth, bars, beam, all around; fourth, floor. Age 12-up

    Marissa Chavers: third, vault, bars, floor; second, beam; third, all around. Level 5 first place team Age 9-11

    Miranda Woodham: third, all around, beam, vault; fourth, bars, floor.

    Sara Beth Turner: fourth, vault, bars, all around; first, floor; fifth, beam.

    Malory Robison: first, bars; third, floor; fifth, all around, beam. Level 4 second place team. Age 6-8

    Ali Grace Shelton: first, all around, beam, bars; second, vault, floor. Age 9-10

    Michaela Wellbourne: first, beam; second, vault; third, floor.

    Caroline Judge: first, all around, bars, floor; third, beam, vault. Level 3 fifth place team Age 7

    Breanna Cagle: third, bars; fourth, all around, floor. Age 8

    Taylor Payne: second, floor, vault; fifth, all around, beam.

    Olivia Littrell: second, vault. Age 9

    Hannah Hartsfield: second, all around, beam, vault; third, bars, floor.

    Reagan Spencer: fourth, beam. Age 10

    Emily Parker: second, beam. Level 2 first place team Age 6

    Ali Williams: first, beam; second, all around; third, floor; fourth, vault; fifth, bars.

    Lauren Hopper: first, floor; second, vault; third, beam, all around; fourth bars.

    Kamryn Miller: fifth, beam, floor. Age 7

    Lida Orr: first, bars; third, all around; fourth, vault, floor.

    Emma Hopkins: first, all around, floor; second, vault, bars, beam.

    Ali Ellis: third, bars; fourth, floor. Age 8-9

    Tessa Wensyel: third, all around; bars, beam, floor.


  • Fourteen members of the Websterís Karate Club brought home awards from the Hartselle Karate Championship on March 31. Blake Stewart, Pat Underwood and Greg Woodruff are the Webster coaches.

    Winning awards were:

    Brian Brakeman: second, weapons.

    Erica Light: first, weapons, grappling; second, forms.

    A.J. Moon: first, grappling; fourth, weapons, forms.

    Jessica Coffey: second, forms.

    Kimberly Parker: third, sparring.

    Rita Lappert: first, forms; second, extreme martial arts; third, weapons.

    Connor Frost: second, extreme martial arts.

    Conner Belletete: first, forms; second, sparring.

    Thomas Parker: first, forms; third, weapons.

    Holly Clemons: first, forms; third, weapons, extreme martial arts.

    Brandon Lovett: first, weapons, grappling; second, sparring; runner up, grand champion weapons.

    Ginny Light: second, grappling.

    Melissa Parker: first, weapons, forms; second, sparring.

    Mac Weathers: first, weapons; second, forms.


  • 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 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

  • Jason Denton of Ardmore teamed with Bill Mobley of Huntsville to finish third in the 2007 Alabama Table Tennis Teams Championship in Anniston on March 31. Playing for the Spintech team, Denton lost only one match in singles play during the tournament.

    Playing on the team, Michael Wetzel of Moulton also served as tournament director.

    Wetzel and teammates Chip Patton of Madison and Ronak Modi of Huntsville finished fifth.

    The Mr. Sushi team of Ernesto Kawamoto and David Landry of Huntsville won the $402 first prize in the USATT-sanctioned event. Sixteen teams participated.

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