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Hartselle tennis section champs
Austin softball wins, has chance to make state playoffs

From Staff Reports

Hartselle High's boys tennis team won the Class 5A, Section 4 championship in Gadsden by winning four singles divisions and one in doubles.

Hartselle will advance to the state tournament in Mobile on Monday and Tuesday. The Tigers scored 49 points to win their sectional as teams received two points for every singles victory and three for every win in doubles. Albertville placed second with 27 points.

Hartselle's Alex Brown won the No. 2 singles title, while Jeremy Roper won at No. 4 singles. John Landers won at No. 5 singles, and Chris Conner won at No. 6.

Anthony Penick advanced to the No. 1 singles finals before falling.

In doubles, Hartselle lost in the finals at No. 1 (Penick and Brown) and No. 2 (Roper and Conner). At No. 3 doubles, Landers and A.J. McNutt won their division.

A pair of Hartselle High girls tennis players won 5A, Section 4 championships Monday at Gadsden.

Candice Light won the No. 1 singles championship, while Katie Kilgore won at No. 3.

As a team, Hartselle finished fourth. Only the top two teams qualify for the state tournament. However, if the No. 1 singles champion comes from a team other than the top two, she advances to state play, too. That means Light will make the trip to Mobile along with the boys team for the state tournament.

Also for Hartselle at sectionals, Kelsey Jensen made the finals at No. 4 singles. Rachel Wiley made the semifinals at No. 2, and Dana Watson made the semifinals at No. 6.

In doubles, Hartselle got to the semifinals at Nos. 1 and 2. Light and Kilgore play No. 1, while Watson and Jensen play No. 2.


East Limestone 6, East Lawrence 4: For East Limestone, Jyssica Pepper had one single and one triple in the win.

Cassandra McKinney added a single and a double, while Bess Rhodes had two singles. Danielle Holder added a double and an RBI. Chelsea Turner, Morgan Franks and Staci Johnson each had a single, while Carly Rhodes and Turner each drove in a run.

Lawrence County 1, Haleyville 0: Sallie Beth Burch cracked a solo homer in the fourth inning for the game's only run. Burch's shot backed the one-hitting pitching of Summer Wilkerson.

Wilkerson struck out five in seven innings.

Others each singling for Lawrence County were Whitney Hood, Morgan Smith and Nicole Jackson.

Lawrence County (35-13) plays at Madison Academy on Thursday. First pitch is 5 p.m.

Austin 2, Bob Jones 0: The Barnette sisters proved too much for the homestanding Patriots on Tuesday.

Haley Barnette ripped a solo homer in the third inning and Ali Barnette had an RBI double in the sixth to account for Austin's two runs. Melissa Thompson had a double and Rebecca Stephenson added a single for Austin (21-30, 2-4 in 6A, Area 16). Emily Payne surrendered two hits in seven innings to earn the win.

Bob Jones and Florence also finished with a 2-4 record.

A coin flip Wednesday will decide who will be the area runner-up

Sparkman is the Area 16 champ going 6-0 in the division.

Austin hosts Hazel Green at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Speake 11, Meek 2: Kylie Black pitched the Lady Bobcats to their 27th win, tossing seven strong innings in which she gave up two runs on three hits. She struck out 13.

Whitney Sparks led Speake (27-10) at the plate, coming up with two singles and three RBIs. Revia Brown had a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Also, Black had a double and two RBIs, Paige Atkins had two singles and two RBIs and Courtney Jones had a triple and two RBIs.

Speake hosts Mount Hope at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ardmore 3, Decatur 2, 10 innings: Ardmore scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

For Decatur, Meg Whitten had a double and a single and drove in both of the Lady Eagles' runs. Lindsey Hawkins added a double, and Scarlett Wright singled.

Mollie Russell struck out 15 batters and gave up two hits for Decatur.

Hartselle 11, West Point 1: Michel Fields took the win for Hartselle, going five innings in which she gave up three hits and struck out four.

Kayla Orr led the Lady Tigers (44-10), going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a two-run homer. Whitley Collins also went 2-for-4, scoring two runs, collecting one RBI and recording two doubles.

Additionally, Chandler Culver went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI single, and Haley Miller went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.


Lawrence County boys 165, Deshler 168, Sheffield 192: Elijah Frost carded a 39 to lead the Red Devils to a tri-match win at the Tennessee Valley Country Club in Sheffield on Tuesday.

Kyle West had a 40 and Clay Letson a 41 for Lawrence County. Casey Vinson recorded a 45 and Brandon Dutton a 46.

Deshler's David Willingham was the day's medalist with a 36.

The Lawrence County tournament is Thursday at the Deer Run Golf Course in Moulton.


Austin girls 4, Buckhorn 0: Senior Sara Brown finished her prep career with a hat trick in the Lady Black Bears' final game of the season. Brown also recorded an assist on a goal by Leah Kelly.

Leslie Kirk assisted on one of Brown's goals.

Austin (14-12-0) scored all its goals in the first half.

Stephanie White was in goal for the Austin shutout.

Decatur boys 4, Lee 0: Decatur clinched the 5A, Section 7 championship with the win, and will host Brewer at Ogle Stadium on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the state playoffs.

The Red Raiders (12-3-3) allowed only two shots on goal the entire game, one of which came on a corner kick. Tom Gray picked up two goals for Decatur, with Raul Alanis and Scott Sumners scoring the other two goals. Alanis and Mason Dunn picked up assists.

Andrew Wenzler and Brandon Rudd combined for the shutout.

Now Decatur will get ready for the Patriots, a team they've won against, lost to and tied this season.

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