News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007

People, Places And Things


  • The 9 and under North Alabama Sharks won their fifth tournament of the spring claiming the fifth annual USSSA May Classic NIT on May 18-20. The team is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in points and have compiled a spring record of 33-4-1.

    Area players on the team include Seth Richardson and Ethan Thomas of Decatur, Kaleb Barker of Priceville, Brett Kerr of Athens.

  • The Decatur Braves 35-and-over team will open their season at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Austin Field against the Huntsville Twins.

    Players from Decatur on this year’s roster include Jerry Childers, Chris Heaps, Carlton Guyse, “Bear” Whitlock, Tim Bowers, David Gillott, Ken Ricketts, Jeff Borden, Mike Peter, Mark Shrout, Mike Swanner, Jason Smith, Greg Dennis, Richard Barbee, Greg Blunier, Pat O’Brien and Mike Nappi.

    For more information on how to join the team, contact Nappi at 350-0981.

  • The Burns-Miles Summer Baseball Camp will be Monday through Friday 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 Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Registration fee for all others is $75. Players in level Minor B to Majors will meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Dixie Boys will attend Monday through Wednesday 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.


  • The Decatur Glory 14-and-under girls basketball team finished second in the state championships last week. Alabama Elite won the state title.

    The Glory’s season record was 21-10.

    Area players are Sally Adams of Decatur, Elizabeth Bromirski and Chelsey Smith of Brewer, Audrey Smith of Hartselle and Alex Ellsworth and Lou Ellen Thompson of Decatur Heritage.

  • The West Morgan Basketball Camp is set Monday through Friday 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. Monday through Friday for grades 3-12. The clinic will focus on fundamentals.

    Registration fee is $145 per camper.

    On Friday and Saturday, a position camp will be held for grades 9-12. The Friday camp will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 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


  • 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 Lemley aced the 123-yard No. 8 hole at Point Mallard on May 31. He also eagled the seventh hole before sinking the hole-in-one with a pitching wedge.

    Witnesses were Marge Lemley, Jesse Lee and Hilda Davis.

  • 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday. Applications are available at Decatur Youth Services or by calling 341-4691.

  • A junior golf clinic will be at the Point Mallard Golf Course on Tuesday through Thursday 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 Thursday.

    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 Thursday. 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 Saturday. 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.

    Recreation signup

  • Signups for football, soccer and cheerleading players and coaches for the fall season in the Priceville Community Recreation Association will be Saturday 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 Tuesday, Thursday and June 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 Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at Jack Allen Recreation Center. A makeup session will be Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m.

    The Revolution is a competitive team playing a fall schedule of games against teams from across Alabama. For more information, call 353-4554.

  • 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.


  • 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 Spirit of America ASA softball tournament is set for June 29 through July 1 at the Wilson Morgan softball complex in Decatur.

    Divisions and limitations include Men’s B (four homers); Men’s C (two homers); Men’s D (homer ends inning); and women’s.

    Entry fee is $175 per team. Deadline is noon June 25 or until the fields are full. For more information, call 341-4810.

  • 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.

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