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Auto racing

  • Seth Ramey of Hartselle and Hunter Spivey of Decatur competed in the Eastern Grand Nationals midget car race in Xenia, Ohio, on July 22-28.

    More than 700 cars from across the country competed including the children of NASCAR drivers Jeff Burton and Dave Blaney.

    Ramey finished sixth in the I main in the Senior Honda class. He will be a seventh-grader at Hartselle Junior High.

    Spivey, a ninth-grader at Decatur High, raced in the D main Heavy Honda, E main in World Formula and D main in the Heavy 160.

    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.

  • Tryouts will be soon for the 11-and-under Clean Up Crew baseball team from Limestone County. For more information, contact James Stanford at 777-3932 or 771-0562.

  • The North Alabama Patriots 11-and-under USSSA baseball team will have tryouts Aug. 18 at the Owens Elementary School Field No. 1 on Alabama 99. The tryouts will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

    For more information contact Brian Siniard at 729-6605 or 318-5775 or Patrick Baugher at 233-5938 or 777-8085.


  • The Huntsville-based AL Southern Starz 15-and-under girls’ basketball team followed up its second-place finish in 2006 with a ninth-place finish at the AAU 15-U Division I national tournament in Nashville last week.

    The Starz went undefeated (4-0) in pool play defeating teams from Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida. In bracket play, the Starz defeated Orlando 68-47, and Minnesota 72-59 before falling to Iowa 57-51.

    Team members from Limestone, Lawrence and Morgan counties were Amber Jones of Hazlewood High, Nikkia Jordan of Austin High and Shenika Harris of East Limestone.

    Coaches were Doug Bush and Willie Harris.


  • 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.

  • The Decatur Modern Woodmen of American chapter’s charity golf tournament at Quail Creek Golf Resort in Hartselle raised $5,125 for the Danville High football team. The Woodmen’s home office matched $2,500 of the money raised for the team’s equipment and uniforms.

    Willis Blevins is the Decatur Modern Woodmen president. Joey Burch is the Danville High football coach.


    Rita Lappert led a group of four members of the Webster’s Karate competition team in the Joe Corley’s Battle of Atlanta on July 27-28. She was a finalist in traditional weapons and second in musical forms.

    The other team members and their results are:

    Josh Cooper: traditional forms, second; traditional weapons, fifth; and extreme musical weapons, eighth.

    Connor Griffith: traditional weapons, first; musical weapons, fourth; traditional forms, sixth.

    Mac Weathers: musical weapons, fourth; traditional forms, fourth; and creative forms, eighth.


  • 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 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@

  • The Wallace State Lady Lions one-day softball camp for players of all ages will be Aug. 18 at North Park in Priceville.

    The camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The fee is $50. Campers will receive personal attention from Wallace State coach Jayne Clem, her staff and 23 college players. Wallace State is the defending state junior college champions. Campers also will receive a free Wallace State T-shirt.

    To enroll, contact Jayne Clem at 352-8355 or 233-4628 or, or Lonnie Williams at 345-5512 or 355-7142.

  • The Worth Club K softball training facility will be offering lessons in pitching, hitting, slapping, catching, defense and team play starting Aug. 27.

    For more information, call (615) 641-5898 or visit


  • The River City Raptors girls soccer club of Decatur is looking for under-10 and under-12 players to fill out their fall rosters. If interested, visit and contact club president Greg Zellner at 350-1516 or director of coaching Tommy Dailey at 654-4533. Swimming

  • Eight members of the Decatur Aquatics Club brought home medals from the state swim meet in Madison on July 26-28.

    Monica Pistorius collected three golds to lead the team. Ian Cummins had a gold, silver and bronze and Tiffany Pittman had two silvers and a bronze.

    Faith Vest had a silver and bronze, while Luke Proctor, Kierstin Page, Sarah Roark and Rachel Proctor each wore home a silver. Individual Results 8-and-under Boys

    Paul Schartung: 25 Free — eighth (17.62), 25 Back — fifth (20.36), 8-and-under Girls

    Rachel Scheler: 25 Back — 14th (22.18) 9-10 Boys

    Ian Cummins: 100 IM — second (1:14.77), 50 Fly — second (32.98), 50 Back — first (34.53)

    Cody Long: 50 Free — fourth (31.29), 100 Free — ninth (1:14.24)

    Mason Proctor: 50 Free — 14th (33.60), 50 Back — 11th (41.09)

    James Topliss: 100 Free — 25th (1:25.10) 9-10 Girls

    Monica Pistorius: 100 IM — first (1:14.16), 50 Fly — first (31.72), 100 Free: first (1:02.61)

    Tiffany Pittman: 100 IM — third (1:15.39), 50 Breast — second (38.77), 50 Free — second (30.84)

    Alexandra Williams: 50 Free — 17th (33.75), 50 Back — 10th (40.32) 11-12 Boys

    Blaine Holt: 100 IM — sixth (1:16.26), 100 Free — 11th (1:07.92)

    Luke Proctor: 50 Free — sixth (28.81), 50 Fly — second (31.36), 50 Back — second (32.97)

    Brandon Long: 50 Free — fifth (31.87), 50 Back — ninth (36.65) 11-12 Girls

    Jordan Bruner: 100 IM — fifth (1:11.96), 50 Free — eighth, (28.80), 50 Fly — ninth (32.29)

    Kierstin Page: 50 Free — 13th (29.33), 50 Back — second (31.44), 100 Free — ninth (1:04.19) 13-14 Girls

    Faith Vest: 100 IM — third (1:09.03), 50 Back — second (30.79), 100 Free — sixth (59.39)

    Sarah Roark: 50 Free — 10th (28.12), 50 Back — 3rd (32.12), 100 Free — 16th (1:03.90) 15-18 Girls

    Rachel Proctor: 50 Fly — sixth (29.67), 50 Back — second (30.30) Relay Teams 9-10 Boys

    Ian Cummins, Cody Long, David Schartung, Mason Proctor: 200 Free — fifth (2:17.85), 200 Medley — third (2:42.62) 9-10 Girls

    Monica Pistorius, Tiffany Pittman, Stormy Smith, Alexandra Williams: 200 Medley — fifth (2:41.31) 11-12 Boys

    Brandon Long, Blaine Holt, Jake Wayand, Luke Proctor: 200 Free — eighth (2:09.58), 200 Medley — second (2:21.79) 11-12 Girls

    Jordan Bruner, Bailey Adams, Tiffany Larch, Kierstin Page: 200 Free — 22nd (2:26.33) 13-14 Girls

    Sarah Roark, Rachel Fredericks, Meaghan Arundel, Faith Vest: 200 Medley — fifth (2:13.11), 200 Free — seventh (1:57.93) 15-18 Girls

    Rachel Proctor, Cathryn Schartung, Taylor Bean, Katie Kohlenberg: 200 Medley — eighth (2:13.71)

    Table tennis

  • Former Malaysian junior world team member Soon Chian Lim of Memphis will try to win his second Decatur Open title when 71 players compete at the Aquadome Recreation Center on Aug. 18.

    Lim, the 2005 Decatur Open winner, has finished second two times including last year. India native Arjun Shankaren of Louisville, Ky., and rising teenager Chance Friend of Plano, Texas, are expected to push the top-seeded Lim.

    Nearly $1,000 in cash will be awarded to the winners in the USATT-sanctioned event. Spectator admission is free. Decatur Parks and Recreation and the North Alabama Table Tennis Club are the tournament hosts. The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit


  • A pair of teams from Decatur placed third in the USTA state junior team tennis tournament July 14-15 in Auburn.

    The 15- to 18-year-old group that placed third included Anthony Penick, Patrick Connell, Candice Light, Haley Smith, Shelley Scarbrough, Katie Kilgore and A. J. McNutt. Danny Light was the team’s coach.

    The 12- to 14-year-old group that placed third included Kyle St. Armand, Brandon McNutt, Jordyn Wagner, Ivey Katherine Weaver, Makinley Baird, Anna Harrison, Matt Lawrence and Jenie Abercrombie. Rhonda Wagner and Danny Light were the team’s coaches.

    In addition, Penick won the sportsmanship award in the 15- to 18-year-old division and McNutt won it for the 12- to 14-year-olds.

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