News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007


A look at the weekend sports action that happened too late to make it into the Sunday morning editions of The Daily:

Calhoun baseball

MUSCLE SHOALS — Ranked fourth in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division I baseball poll, Calhoun lost all three games this weekend at Northwest-Shoals.

The Warhawks fell 4-3, 8-1 and 7-1. The losses dropped their record to 40-11, including 18-6 in the Alabama Community College Conference.

The road doesn't get any easier for Calhoun, which must travel to face No. 18 Wallace State-Hanceville for a three-game series. The two teams will play once Friday and twice Saturday.

Wallace State is 38-9, including 22-5 in ACCC play. The Lions have won 11 straight.

Alabama gymnastics

SALT LAKE CITY — Even though Alabama failed to finish in the top six at the NCAA gymnastics championships for only the second time in 25 years, the Crimson Tide shined in the individual event finals.

Alabama junior Terin Humphrey emerged as a repeat champion, winning the uneven bars with a score of 9.95. She finished well ahead of UCLA's Tasha Schwikert and Georgia's Courtney Kupets, who tied for second in the event (9.9125).

It was the second individual title in three years for Humphrey, who also won an NCAA title on the bars in 2005.

Winning another title capped her successful comeback from double elbow surgery last October. Humphrey had surgery to remove bone chips from each elbow.

"I had to undergo surgery at the start (of the season), so I wasn't sure I could compete anyway," Humphrey said. "Overcoming all of that, it just makes this even sweeter."

Also, freshman Morgan Dennis won the floor exercise.

She had a pair of perfect 10s from two judges, and earned an overall 9.9625. That helped her overtake Kupets (9.95) and Utah's Ashley Postell (9.9250) for a victory in the floor exercise, which had 18 competitors make the finals.

"I have to say that I am so proud of Morgan," Humphrey said. "To go against that many other routines as a freshman and pull it off was amazing."

In the all-around, Kupets took the championship. She also won the vault, which gives her five for her career.

Georgia won its third straight NCAA title with 197.85, while Utah (197.25) was second and Florida (197.225) finished third.

In Alabama's first NCAA meet in 1983, the Tide finished fourth, and since then, the only time it failed to make the top six was 1997.

Tennessee Valley Vipers

ESTERO, Fla. — The Tennessee Valley Vipers capitalized on the Florida Firecats' miscues to earn a 39-38 victory Saturday night.

The Firecats started the game by intercepting their first of three Tony Colston passes on the games opening drive. They used just one play to get on the scoreboard as Chris Wallace threw the 300th touchdown pass of his career, hooking up with Magic Benton. Florida missed the extra point, which would prove to be a common tale for both teams.

Florida took a 13-0 lead on Chris McKinney's touchdown, but the Vipers answered with Chris Gunn connecting with Travis Blanchard minutes later. Tennessee Valley then recovered the ensuing kickoff as John Cousins scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown for a 14-13 lead.

Florida led at intermission 26-21 and scored on the first possession of the third quarter, but the Vipers trailed by only 32-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

After Wallace completed his fifth touchdown pass for a 38-27 lead, the Vipers answered when Carlos Campbell took an interception back 49 yards for a score.

Florida turned the ball over on downs deep inside Tennessee Valley territory with less than a minute to go on its next possession.

Colston threw the eventual game winner to Blanchard with six seconds left for the win.

- From staff, Wire Reports

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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