News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2007

Sports People, Places And Things

Jr. fishing club sets organization meeting

A junior Bassmaster club is holding an organizational meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at 1206 Cleo St. S.E. in Decatur, for all interested young anglers.

Blake Gowen, a member of the Lake Guntersville Bassmasters, is organization the club.

The club will be sponsored by the Lake Guntersville Bassmasters, a member club of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, who will act as mentors to foster and pass along traditions associated with the sport of fishing and the thrills of the outdoors. This will be the first Junior Bassmaster Club to be established in the North Alabama area under the revised format.

Membership is open to anglers age 18 and under.

Competitions will be divided into ages 11 to 14 and 15 to 18.

For more information, contact Gowen at 355-1868.

Storm 11-and-under wins tourney in Mississippi

The Decatur Storm 11-and-under baseball team traveled to Southaven, Miss., on June 15-17 to participate in the Sonic Snowden Grove Classic. The Storm won the event by winning all five of its games.

The Storm averaged more than 12 runs a game and allowed fewer than two for the tournament. The Storm beat the Mississippi Express 9-1, the St. Louis Thunder 11-3, the Granite City Junior Warriors 26-0, the Tipton Crush 8-1 and the Northeast Arkansas Indians 10-4.

The Storm finished it season with a 21-17 overall record and 14-6 in its class. The teamís players included Link Burns, Riley Camp, Mitch Davidson, Jackson Fite, Collin Fuller, Trevor Givens, Austin Hughes, Matthew Papich, Grant Warner and William Woller. The teamís coaches were Ricky Givens, Jack Fite and Will Woller with assistance from Ed Davidson and Mike Burns.


  • Auburn-Montgomery will hold its annual youth baseball camps at the AUM Baseball Complex on Monday through Friday and July 16-20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The camps are open to boys and girls of all ages.

    Registration fee is $125.

    Instruction in all phases of the game will be provided by Head Coach Q.V. Lowe and his staff.

    To register by phone for either session, call the AUM Baseball offices at (334) 244-3236 or (334) 244-3237.


  • 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 send an e-mail to


  • James Stewart made a hole-in-one at Southern Gayles Golf Course in Athens on Thursday. He used a 6-iron on hole No. 4, which is 131 yards. Witnesses were Jimmy Christopher, Jim Fowler, Tommy Woodroof and Chuck Keeter.

  • Brandon Stoddard sank a hole-in-one on the 148-yard 11th hole at the Point Mallard Golf Course on June 18. John Stoddard and John Stoddard Jr. witnessed the 8-iron ace drop into the cup.

  • The Point Mallard Independent Golf Association held its monthly tournament Wednesday at the Point Mallard Golf Course. It was an individually flighted tournament. There were 64 players in the handicap tournament.

    Winners were (net scores): First flight

    First: John Lemley 64; Second: Jimmy Sykes 68; Third: Ray Brown 69. Second flight

    First: T.K. Bridges 68; Second: Bob Gunner 68; Third: Jim King 68. Third flight

    First: Bill Buchanon 63; Second: Cliff Jones 66; Third: Johnny Sivley 66: Fourth: J.O. Mitchell 67. Fourth flight

    First: Ross Malone 63; Second: Irv Dingus 65; Third: George Marsh 65; Fourth: Bob Blosch 66. Fifth flight

    First: Jack Beasley 64; Second: Walt Sellars 64; Third: Billy Hale 65: Fourth: Charlie Moore 65. Sixth flight

    First: Jim Benfield 65; Second: Marshall Williams 66; Third: George Godwin 67; Fourth: Buddy Tennimon 68. Closest to pin

    No. 3: Milton Sivley

    No. 8: Johnny Sivley

    No. 11: Bob Gunner

    No. 13: Dan Nelson

  • The second annual Safety Scramble golf tournament will be July 17 at Southern Gayles Golf Club. Shotgun is at 8 a.m.

    The entry fee is $250 per four-man team, and checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross. Send the entry fee to P.O. Box 712, Athens, AL 35612. Deadline is July 12.

  • The American Cancer Society Golf Championship will be July 23 at Burningtree Country Club.

    The event is a four-person scramble format. Participants will receive breakfast and lunch, along with goodie bags filled with things from local companies.

    For more information about the American Cancer Society or to register for the tournament, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit


  • The Spirit of America 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run will be Saturday at Point Mallard Park. The final 2.7 miles of the 5-mile event is on the shaded jogging path along the river.

    The 5-mile race will start at 7 a.m. with the 1-mile starting at approximately 8 a.m. Awards, T-shirt and refreshments are provided. Entry fees are $10 and $5 before the entry deadline of June 22. The fees double after June 22.

    Entry forms can be found at or at T.C. Almon Recreation Center. For more information, contact Joe Wallace (350-4939) or Eric Schotz (


  • 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 Alabama Youth Soccer Association Soccer Camp will be July 23-27 at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex.

    For boys and girls ages 5 through 7, the camp is Monday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. The registration fee is $55 payable to AYSA.

    For boys and girls ages 8 through 13, the camp is Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $75 payable to AYSA.

    For more information, contact the AYSA at (205) 991-9779 or JARC at 341-4830.


  • The Decatur Dixie Girls softball Darling (7- and 8-year-old) All-Star teams have been announced.

    The Decatur American players include Jaden Boyd, Baileigh Evans, Jaye Hardy, Ashton Hill, Kennadi Hogan, Tyra Johnson, Katelyn Naler, Hollie Nelson, Laiken Page, Sophie Page, Shelby Stark and Briley Strawder. Ken Hardy is the manager.

    The Decatur National roster includes Kaylee Childers, Erin Claborn, Lauren Ellis, Sydney Glasgow, Elizabeth Greenwell, Sara Griner, Jenna Jones, Brooke Lake, Emma Parmer, Kelsey Self, Chandler Sparkman and Molly Tittle. Susan Claborn is the manager. Coaches are Anita Self, Rob Griner and Fred Glasgow.

  • 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, call 778-7931.

  • The Spirit of America ASA softball tournament is set for Friday through Sunday at the Wilson Morgan softball complex in Decatur.

    Divisions and limitations include Menís B (four homers); Menís C (two homers); Menís D (homer ends inning); and womenís.

    Entry fee is $175 per team. Deadline is noon June 25 or until the fields are full.

    For more information, call 341-4810.

    Speed camp

  • The first Decatur High speed camp will be July 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.

    Lunch and awards will be from 1-3 p.m. The camp is for ages 6 and older.

    For more information, call 341-4690.

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