News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007

Sports People, Places And Things


  • 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.

  • Chris Heaps pitched 12 innings and had four hits in the Decatur Braves’ 3-1 13-inning win over the Raiders in Southern Senior Baseball League action last week.

    Jerry Childers had two hits including the go-ahead RBI in the 13th.

    Bear Whitlock and Mike Peter each slapped two hits. Whitlock also pitched one inning of no-hit ball in relief.


  • The Cowart Basketball Camp is set for Monday through Friday 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.

    Entry fee is $65. 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


  • Decatur High will host a youth football camp Monday through Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. each day.

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

    The Decatur High football staff will instruct it. Campers should have cleats and tennis shoes; no other equipment is needed.

  • Oak Park Middle School’s football team will hold a parents meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria. Equipment and insurance issues will be discussed. All parents are urged to attend.

  • Decatur Pop Warner Football and Cheer will have its final open registration at the Colonial Mall on Thursday. Registration will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parents are asked to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and report card.

    Participants must be registered on or before the July 26 to be guaranteed a uniform by the first game.

    For more information call Kelly Wimberley at 214-0156 or 340-1353 or by email at

  • The Priceville High football coaching staff will hold a clinic July 30, July 31 and Aug. 2 for ages 5-12.

    On July 30 and 31, the clinic will run from 9 a.m. to noon. On Aug. 2, it will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact head coach Donald Weeks at (931) 247-3633.


  • The Point Mallard Independent Golf Association held its monthly golf tournament Wednesday at the Point Mallard Golf Course. It was an individually flighted tournament. There were 69 players in six flights arranged by handicap. Net scores are listed.

    Winners were: First flight

    First: Ken Johnson 67; second: Hollie Wright 68; third: Pete Davis 68. Second flight

    First: Jim King 65; second: Fred Todd 68; third: Jim Callahan 68; fourth: Fulton Lowery 71. Third flight

    First: J.O. Mitchell 66; second: Johnny Sivley 66; third: Taco Yancy 68; fourth: Bob Blosch 68. Fourth flight

    First: Billy Don Looney 63; second: Howard Alkire 66; third: Mike Jones 70; fourth: Fred Sittason 71. Fifth flight

    First: Lynn Bury 66; second: Dean Parrish 69; third: Jim Newman 70; fourth: Irv Dingus 71. Sixth flight

    First: Ollie Carter 63; second: George Godwin 65; third: Jim Benfield 68; fourth: Marshall Williams 68. Closest to the pin

    No 3: Ken Johnson; No. 8: Bob Gunner; No. 11: Fred Sittison; No. 13: Rob Walker.

  • Slade Stewart, Aaron Sivley, Jeff Cowan and Martin Hester won the inaugural Lexi House charity golf tournament at Burningtree Country Club last week. The foursome shot a 56 scramble score.

    Finishing second were Allen Johnson, Kent Murphy, Jason Russell and Bear Whitlock with a 57.

    Bill Harwell, Luke Buckner, Allen Kincaid and Tracy Lentz were third at 58.

    Joe Schartung won closest to the pin honors and Jason Russell sank a 51-foot, 4-inch shot for the longest putt award.

    Fifteen teams participated, raising $4,100 for the women and children shelter in Morgan County.

  • Junior golfer Bill Nabors of Decatur has qualified to compete in the 16-18 age bracket of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

    More than 750 golfers from 39 countries will be competing. Some past champions include Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, and Lorena Ochoa.

  • The 10th annual Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation golf tournament is set for Sept. 14 at the Canebrake Country Club in Athens.

    For more information, contact 233-8236.


  • Five members of the Webster’s Karate Competition Team brought home honors from the Wilburn King Memorial River City Open championships July 14 at West Morgan High.

    The results were:

    Josh Cooper: third forms; fifth weapons.

    Connor Griffith: first weapons; second forms.

    Erika Light: second forms; second weapons.

    A.J. Moon: fourth forms; sixth weapons.

    Mac Weathers: first forms; fourth weapons.


  • The third annual Brooke Hill Run for Awareness is set for Aug. 25.

    The event features a 5-kilometer run and a 1-mile run/walk through Old Decatur.

    The event is in memory of Brooke Hill, who was mother of two who died of ovarian cancer.

    The run is put on to raise awareness and funds for the Brooke Hill Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Entry forms are available at The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, area sporting goods stores and health clubs.

    Water and Gatorade will be available at the start/finish line.

    Entry forms also are available at or enter online at .

    For more information, contact Jon Elmore: 351-7426,

  • The Red Bay Founders Fest 5-kilometer and 1-mile run and walk is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

    Entry fee begins at $10. The top three finishers in each division will receive an award. All runners will receive a T-shirt and refreshments.

    For more information, contact Chris Austin at 356-1162 or email


  • The East Lawrence 10-and-under girls took second place in the recent Lawrence County softball championship. Players were Anna-Margaret Sparks, Kinsley Mitchell, Brianna Whitlow, Haley Sparkman, Haley Harris, Rachel Standridge, Brandi Terry, Angel Bolden, Hanna-Grace Sherrill, Autumn Cook, Courtney Couch and Kaylee Shelton.

    Coaches were Tony Cook, Amanda Love and Shannan Sherrill.

  • The Diamond Diggers recently won second place in the USSSA Directors Cup Classic 10-under tournament in Cullman.

    Area players on the team are Whitney White, Hanna-Grace Sherrill, Brandi Terry, Kayle Shelton, Bailey Smith, Kandis Parker, Claire Boston, Cierra Helms, Anna-Beth Franks, Whitney Peppers and Kheala Roberts.

  • Hartselle’s Rock Solid 12-and-under fastpitch softball team won the USSSA Open state softball in Cullman on July 6-8.

    Team members include Leah Stephenson, Tori Miller, Erin Kerby, Alex Hopkins, Baylee Holt, MacKenzie Hill, Kalah Hicks, Kayla Faulk, Boston Claborn, Abbey Claborn and Amberly Anderson. Coaches are Phil Faulk, Rowdy Holt and Chris Stephenson.

  • The Decatur Storm 8-and-under fastpitch travel softball team will be holding open tryouts for girls with 1998 and 1999 birthdates to play this fall. Tryouts will be Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

    Call 318-1016 or email for more information.

  • The Huntsville Sparks fastpitch softball team will hold fall tryouts for all age divisions Aug. 11.

    The tryout times are: 8-under, 9 a.m.; 10-under, 10:30 a.m.; 12-under, 2 p.m.; 14/16, 4 p.m.

    For more information, contact Mike Willis at mikewillis@

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