News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007

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Titans win 10-and-under USSSA championship

The Tennessee Valley Titans 10-and-under baseball team based out of Decatur, recently won the USSSA Alabama State Championship in the Major division.

The Titans beat the North Alabama Giants 9-0 in the championship game June 10. Along with the state title, the Titans have won their last three tournaments and 16 of their last 18 games.

The Titans USSSA record this year is 46-10. The Titans will now compete in the BPA World Series in Franklin, Tenn., with 26 other teams from across the country.

Team members include Derrick Adams, Web Brown, Lane Derrick, Tyler Herndon, Wes Hopkins, Peyton Miller, Clay Morland, Andrew Orman, Peyton Stracener and Jared Travnicek. Coaches are Marty Adams, Robert Derrick, Bill Hopkins, Darrin Miller and Matt Morland.


  • 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 Spirit-of-America Annual Metric Bike ride will be Saturday.

    Registration starts at 6 a.m. and the rides begin at 7 a.m. Helmets are required.

    Starting from Adventure Park on the Beltline, the the eighth-annual bike rides will be 32, 62, and 100 miles, rest stops about every 15 to 17 miles, support is provided for the riders.

    The cost is $25. Riders will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last.


  • 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


  • Tickets to the Spirit of America Golf Tournament Gala still can be purchased at $15 each.

    The casual event set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Burningtree Country Club benefits Parents and Children Together of North Alabama.

    Event organizers say plenty of door prizes and auction items will be available. The gala also will offer entertainment, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

    The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

    For more information, call the Burningtree Country Club at 355-5827.

  • 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 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.

    The cost is $100 per person or $400 per team. There also is an “Eagle package” in which a team can pay $600 and receive a hole sponsorship as well.

    For more information about the American Cancer Society or to register for the tournament, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit


  • 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. Coaches are Rhonda Hardy, Wiley Hill, Toby Page and Gary Strawder.

    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 Parks and Recreation Department is accepting teams for its men’s and co-ed fall softball leagues.

    The regular season games will have a one-hour time limit and Class D and co-ed teams will be limited to one homer per game.

    Players on Class D teams must be at least 16 as of Aug. 14. The games will be played at West Park.

    Co-ed team members must be 18 as of Aug. 14 with games set for South Park and Huskey Park.

    Entry fees per team is $375. Deadline is July 21.

    The 14-game seasons begin Aug. 14.

    For more information, call Bruce Lackey at 778-7931 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • 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.

    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. There is no charge.

    Lunch and awards will be from 1-3 p.m. The camp is for ages 6 and older. For more information, call 341-4690.

    Table tennis

    The North Alabama Table Tennis Club is accepting entries into the 16th annual Decatur Open Table Tennis Tournament at the Aquadome Recreation Center on Aug. 18.

    The USA Table Tennis-sanctioned tournament features nearly $1,000 in prize money as well as 21 trophies and door prizes. All players will receive a T-shirt, pizza and Pepsi products.

    Enter early as the field is limited to 71 players. Three U.S. Olympians, two former Malaysian World Team members and a former African champion are past winners of the tournament.A portion of the proceeds will go a local charity. Decatur Parks and Recreation and the NATTC host the tournament.

    For more information, call Walt Chenault at 355-5754.

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