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SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2007

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Alabama Sports Festival

The Calvin Twisters gymnastics team finished in first place at the Alabama Sports Festival in the Level 8 and Level 2 competitions and second in Level 7 and Level 3.

The Alabama Sports Festival was June 30-July 1 in Birmingham.

Individual results:

Level 8, age 13: Sloan Godsey, first in all-around, vault, bars, beam and floor exercise.

Level 8, age 10-11: Alexa Moates, first in all-around and bars, and second in vault and floor; Alex Nicholas, second in all-around, first in beam, and third in floor and bars; Rachel Paulsen, second in all-around, first in beam and floor, and third in vault; Madison Ware, first in vault, second in bars, and third in beam.

Level 7, age 11: McKenzie Glasscock, second in all-around, first in bars, third in beam, and fourth in floor; Alex Smithson, first in vault; Rachael Whitten, fifth in beam.

Level 7, age 9-10: Schyler Burney, second in floor; Rebekah Cannon, fourth in all-around and vault, and second in beam; Olivia Godsey, third in all-around and floor, second in bars, and fourth in beam; Melanie Madewell, fourth in all-around, first in bars, and third in vault.

Level 6: Molly Nicholas, second in all-around and bars, first in floor, and fourth in vault; Savannah Davis, first in beam; Savannah Jones, fifth in floor; Grace Ann Humphries, fourth in vault and bars; Savannah Phillips, second in floor, and fifth in bars; Malory Robison, fifth in vault.

Level 3, age 7-8: Taylor Payne, fifth in all-around, second in vault, fourth in bars, and sixth in beam and floor; Breanna Cagle, sixth in beam; Ryleigh Morland, fifth in floor.

Level 3, age 9-11: Katie Evans, third in all-around, first in vault and floor, and fifth in beam; Emily Parker, fourth in all-around, second in vault, third in beam, and sixth in bars and floor; Hanna Hartsfield, fifth in all-around, vault and floor, fourth in bars, and sixth in beam; Reagan Spencer, fourth in vault and beam.

Level 2, age 5-6: Ally Williams, second in all-around, floor and beam, and third in bars; Molly Robinson, fifth in vault.

Level 2, age 7-8: Lauren Hopper, first in all-around, vault and beam, second in floor, and fifth in bars; Emma Hopkins, second in all-around, first in vault and beam, and third in bars and floor; Leda Orr, third in all-around and vault, first in floor and bars, and fifth in beam; Ali Ellis, fourth in all-around and vault, and second in bars and beam; Ryann Spencer, fifth in all-around, third in vault, sixth in bars, beam and floor; Natalie Albritton, sixth in all-around, fourth in beam, and fifth in floor and vault.

Level 2, age 9-10: Tessa Wensyel, first in all-around, vault, bars, beam and floor.

  • Chandler Trachs game-ending homer in the championship game of the 12-and-under division of the Alabama Sports Festival gave the Gameday Athletics their second championship this month. The As beat Tuscaloosa Steal 9-7 in the finals.

    The As fell behind early in the championship game. Down 6-1, the As managed three runs in bottom of the fourth inning. The Steal added another run in the fifth, but the As rallied again for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.

    They held the Steal for no runs in the top of the sixth. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Will McDonald led off with a single. After stealing second base, McDonald went to third on a Zach Lovorn bunt. The next batter grounded out to the pitcher leaving McDonald on third with two outs.

    Trach had two strikes on him before delivering a homer to center field, giving the As the victory.

    Colton Ord and Tim Sexton provided the pitching. The As went undefeated on the weekend, beating the Birmingham Rebels 9-2, the Cahaba Mudcats-Black 5-4, the Atlanta Monarchs 13-3 and the Cahaba Mudcats-Red 6-0.

    The As roster included Cole White and Keith Bridges of Athens; Colton Ord of Decatur; Brandon Massey of Madison; Chandler Trach, Merrick Converse, Tyler Brazelton and Austin Sexton of Harvest; Derek McFarland and Zach Lovorn of Oxford; and Will McDonald of Hoover.

    For the weekend, Ord had five singles and two doubles. Bridges had a single, and White had two singles and two doubles.

    Youth baseball

  • The Limestone County 12-year-old all-stars have qualified for the Dizzy Dean district, state and world Series tournaments. The squad is raising funds to help with expenses.

    To donate, contact coach Chris Sherrill at 874-0588 or Monica McConnell at 614-0494.


  • 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, which is designed to provide instructions on fundamentals. 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 a player until Saturday and $65 after Saturday. Instructors are Eddie Murphree, Garland Murphree and Robert Bess.

    Contact Eddie Murphree at 233-6627 or 874-7470, or go to


  • 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.

  • Decatur High will host a youth football camp July 23-25 from 9-11 a.m. each day.

    The cost for the camp is $40 per athlete. Walk-up registration will be at 8:30 am on July 23 at Earl Webb Field House. The camp is a fundamental camp for upcoming second- through ninth-graders.

    It will be instructed by the Decatur High football staff. Campers should have cleats and tennis shoes, no other equipment is needed.

  • 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


  • Larry Russell sank a hole-in-one June 24 at Point Mallard Golf Course. His ace came on No. 8, which was 144 yards, and he used an 8-iron. His witnesses were Norm Rowe and Randal Sellers.

  • The Lexi House first golf tournament will be July 16 at Burningtree Country Club at 8 a.m. This is a four-person scramble event, and the cost is $100 a person or $400 a team.

    The entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch, t-shirt, mug and golf ball. Prizes and gifts will be awarded

    This is a charity event and all proceeds will assist Lexi House with the upcoming purchase of their rescue shelter located in Somerville. Lexi House provides shelter for pregnant women and mothers with small children. Lexi House is the only rescue shelter in Morgan County that accepts women with children together.

    Contact person is Allen Brown at 303-5115

    Sponsorships that include a team are still available

  • 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

  • Jack Allen Recreation Complex will host a local qualifying event for the 2007 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship on July 21.

    Qualifying is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Competition will take place in five adult divisions — open, women, senior (45-52), super senior (53-60) and grand champion (61 and over). Entry fees are $40 for open and senior division hitters, $30 for women, super seniors and grand champion hitters.

    Golfers hit six drives per entry, with their longest official drive determining their place in the final standings. Top finishers advance to the RE/MAX district competition Aug. 4-5 at The Practice Tee in West Laurel, Miss.. The ultimate goal is to earn a spot at the 2007 RE/MAX WLDC finals, which take place in Mesquite, Nev., on Oct. 22-27.

    This is the second year for Jack Allen to host this event. Jack Allen Recreation Complex is located at 2616 Modaus Road SW in Decatur. The phone number to the complex is 341-4830. For more information about the event, go to at or


  • The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting teams for its mens 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.

    Call Bruce Lackey at 778-7931 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    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 to a local charity.

    Decatur Parks and Recreation and the NATTC host the tournament.

    For more information, call Walt Chenault at 355-5754, or visit for an entry form.

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