News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007

Sports People, Places and Things


  • The Northwest Athletic Association will have signups and tryouts until Friday at the Cashin Wheeler Baseball Field next to Benjamin Davis Elementary. Children ages 4 to 13 are urged to participate. Times are Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    The season begins June 2. The youth leagues also are looking for volunteer coaches.

    For more information, call Butch Matthews at 355-0465, Harry Orr at 355-7145 or Jimmy Luckie at 355-4919.

  • The Burns-Miles Summer Baseball Camp will be June 4-8 at Decatur High.

    The camp will provide instruction in all phases of baseball including throwing, fielding, hitting, base running, pitching and catching.

    Campers will be grouped according to age and skill levels for all sessions.

    Registration fee for tee-ball players is $65. Those players will meet June 7 from 1-4 p.m. and June 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Registration fee for all others is $75. Players in level Minor B to Majors will meet June 4-7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Dixie Boys will attend June 4-6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    T-shirts and drinks will be provided.

    Pepsi and the Decatur Parks and Recreation sponsor the camp.

    For more information, contact Decatur High baseball coach Mike Burns at 353-5325 or visit the school Web site at

  • 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.


  • Lawrence County High is hosting the Sportslink Basketball Camp from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday.

    The camp is open to boys and girls who have completed the second through seventh grades. Registration fee is $45 per camper. Each player will receive a T-shirt. Campers can sign up as late as 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    For more information, call Coach Stanley Johnson at 566-4410.

  • The West Morgan Basketball Camp is set for June 4-8 for boys and girls entering grades two through nine.

    The camp will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    Entry fee is $60 a camper. For more information, contact Ricky Bowling at 340-9949 or Keith Harris at 353-5214.

  • The University of North Alabama will conduct at girl’s basketball camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4-8 for grades 3-12. The clinic will focus on fundamentals.

    Registration fee is $145 per camper.

    On June 8-9, a position camp will be held for grades 9-12. The June 8 camp will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and June 9 will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact Terry Fowler at 765-4616 or Dan Presel at 765-4161.

  • The Decatur Parks and Recreation Summer Basketball Camp for girls and boys will be June 11-15.

    Decatur High varsity basketball coaches Jamie Lee and Brad Boy, along with Austin coaches Demond Garth and Bruce Hamilton will conduct the camp for upcoming kindergarten through ninth-graders.

    The cost is $80 a player.

    The camp will run from 8 a.m. until noon each day.

    Late registration/orientation will be June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Aquadome Recreation Center in Southwest Decatur.

    For more information, contact Coach Lee at 345-0263 or Coach Hamilton at 335-6686.

  • The Cowart Basketball Camp is set for July 23-27 in Athens. All campers, grades 1-7, will receive a T-shirt and drink each day. Prizes will be given for effort and improvement at the camp designed to provide instructions of the fundamentals of basketball. Campers should bring a basketball with their name on it. The first 100 campers to sign up will receive a free basketball.

    Cost is $55 per player until July 14 and $65 after July 14. Instructors are Eddie Murphree, Garland Murphree and Robert Bess.

    For more information, contact Eddie Murphree at 233-6627 or 874-7470. More information can be found at


  • Philip Terry III of Decatur caught two fish weighing a total of 2.65 pounds to win the National Bass Fishing Trail Alabama North junior division competition on Wilson Lake on May 19.

    Brad Vice of Hartselle was second with one fish, but it won the big fish award at 2.41 pounds.

    Brannon Hall of Trinity was third at 2.27 pounds and Jake Boyles of Athens was fourth at 1.45 pounds.

    In the adult division, Johnny Hickerson of Belfast, Tenn., hauled in five fish totaling 10.06 pounds to win first place.

    Craig Livingston of Decatur was second at 9.78 pounds.

    Mike Raney of Muscle Shoals was third with a 9.43 total haul.

    Jeff Vice of Hartselle lured in 9.38 pounds, good for fourth.

    Donnie Story of Athens was fifth with 8.12 pounds of fish.

    The group’s next adult/junior tournament will be June 2 at Wheeler Lake Ingalls Harbor.


  • The SportsPowers preseason kicking and punting camp will be at Mountain Brook High School on July 16-17.

    The camp is open to players ages 13 and above. Cost per camper is $200.

    For more information, contact Jason Powers at (205) 790-1404 or email at


  • John D. Waynick made a hole-in-one May 18 at Quail Creek Golf and Conference Center. His ace came on hole No. 7, which was playing 165 yards. His witness was John Mark Waynick, and he used a 5-wood.

  • The Department of Youth Services, in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department and The First Tee of Huntsville, is sponsoring a two-month golf pilot program.

    The pilot program will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning June 5 and ending July 26. It will be at the Strike Zone and T.C. Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard Park.

    The mission of the program is to provide learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

    To be considered for entry in the program, participants must be a resident of Decatur and be between the ages of 7 and 18. All interested boys and girls must complete an application before June 5. Applications are available at Decatur Youth Services or by calling 341-4691.

  • A junior golf clinic will be at the Point Mallard Golf Course June 5-7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 11 and under and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 12 and up.

    Food will be served June 7.

    Cost is $30 per camper. Call 341-4925 for more information.

  • 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, extension 319.

  • Area qualifying for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships will be June 11-12 at the Valley Landing Golf Course in Courtland. Age divisions for boys and girls are 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18.

    Registration fee is $80. Deadline is June 9. Lunch is provided on tournament days. A practice round, at no additional fee, is June 10. Players must make reservations for the practice round.

    For more information, contact Chris Agnew at 476-6053 or Harold Stratz at 637-9181.


  • Sixteen members of the Webster’s Karate Competition Team of Decatur placed at the Optimist Park “Extra Points” tournament in Huntsville on May 19.

    The team’s next tournament will be July 14 at the River City Open Championships in Decatur. Coaches are Blake Stewart, Pat Underwood and Greg Woodruff.

    Results from Huntsville:

    Ginny Light: second, sparring.

    Erika Light: second, forms and weapons.

    Jessica Coffey: third, forms; fourth, weapons.

    Rita Lappert: first, forms; second, extreme.

    Holly Clemons: first, forms, sparring; second, weapons; fourth, extreme.

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

    Mac Weathers: first, weapons and forms; third, extreme.

    Connor Belletete: second, forms and sparring.

    Shelton Stewart: first, sparring; third, extreme.

    Brandon Lovett: second, weapons, forms and extreme.

    Bryan Brakeman: second, weapons.

    Thomas Parker: first, forms; second, weapons.

    Conner Frost: first, weapons; second, extreme and forms; third, sparring.

    A.J. Moon: fifth, weapons and forms.

    Josh Cooper: fourth, extreme, weapons and forms.

    Kimberly Parker: third, sparring.

    Recreation signup

  • Signups for football, soccer and cheerleading players and coaches for the fall season in the Priceville Community Recreation Association will be this Saturday, June 9 and June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Priceville Elementary School cafeteria.

    For more information, visit


  • The River City Raptors women’s soccer club of Decatur have set its tryout dates for the fall season. The club’s regular season will run from Aug. 18 through Nov. 3. Tryouts will be at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex on Saturday and June 5, 7 and 10. Tryouts will be for ages under 9 through under 18. For more information visit

  • Tryouts for the 14-and-under Decatur Revolution boys soccer team will be Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., and June 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Jack Allen Recreation Center. A makeup session for anyone unable to attend these dates will be June 9, from 9 to 11 a.m.

    The Revolution is a competitive team playing a fall schedule of games against teams from across Alabama. Call 353-4554.

  • A Major League Soccer Camp will be at Walker Field in Hartselle on June 11-15. The camp, taught by European coaches, is intended for ages 9 and up.

    For more information on the camp, call Darrell Harris at 773-0845 or signup at the Sparkman Civic Center by June 1. Brochures on the camp are available at the civic center.

  • Players interested in playing in the Hartselle soccer youth leagues should register during June at the Sparkman Civic Center. Registration is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday.

    First-time players are encouraged to bring a birth certificate to registration.


  • Platime Softball won its third tournament of the year by going undefeated recently in the USSSA Memorial Day Classic in Birmingham.

    Team members are Jason Such, Scott Rutherford, James Bud Warren, Lavoris White, Kenny Rhodes, Jason Houston, Quientin McLin, Al Mayers, LaJuan Johnson, Jarvis Petty, Damon Hammonds, Darnell Hammonds, Al Long and Warren white. The head coach is Randy Turner, and Marshall Healty is the assistant coach.

  • The Morgan County Park and Recreation Department is looking for slowpitch church league teams to be played at South Park in Falkville.

    For more information, contact 778-7931.

  • The Worth Club K, based in Nashville, is accepting players for its fastpitch softball summer camps.

    The camps offer lessons for players from kindergarten through college. Dates are June 11 through July 25.

    For more information, call (615) 641-5898 or visit

  • The SEAA girls slowpitch softball tournament will be June 23-24 at the Cane Creek fields in Cookeville, Tenn.

    Competition will be for girls ages 6 to 19. Each team will play at least four games. Trophies will be awarded. For more information, contact Jerry Dills at (865) 604-4000.


  • Medals will be awarded to the top two divisional winners in the eighth annual Decatur Jubilee Tennis Tournament on Thursday to June 3.

    Divisions include men’s, women’s, doubles and seniors.

    The event at the Point Mallard tennis complex will offer T-shirts, drinks, snacks, door prizes and a cookout to the participants.

    Players must be 16 or older to participate

    Entry fee is $20 per event, and the deadline is May 23.

    For more information, contact Rhonda Wagner at 303-0841, Beth Hall at 476-3527 or Bridget Keown at 303-0323.

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