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Oak Park Middle School student Olivia Briscoe placed 16th in the USAWaterski Southern region championships.
Photo courtesy of Gina Briscoe
Oak Park Middle School student Olivia Briscoe placed 16th in the USAWaterski Southern region championships.


Decatur's Briscoe
makes ski nationals

Decatur resident Olivia Briscoe recently placed 16th at the USA Waterski Southern region championships, which includes competitors from seven states.

That has qualified her for the USA Waterski nationals Wednesday in Bakersfield, Calif.

Briscoe, 13, the Alabama state champion in slalom, practices almost daily at a private lake, and her teacher is Austin High teacher Bill Gibson. She attends Oak Park Middle School and is in eighth grade.

USA Waterski tabulates national rankings in several different competitions, including slalom, and Briscoe is tied for 45 th nationally with Sara Chandler of Owens Cross Roads in the G2 division. That's the second of three divisions for girls competition.

Youth baseball

  • The Gameday Athletics from North Alabama won the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series in Cincinnati recently. The Athletics were 10-0 in the event.

    Players on the championship team are Keith Bridges and Cole White of Athens, Colton Ord of Decatur, Brandon Massey of Monrovia, Chandler Trach, Merrick Converse, Tyler Brazelton, Justin Gilliam and Austin Sexton of Harvest, Derek McFarland and Zach Lovorn of Oxford and Will McDonald of Inverness. Ord, Sexton, McDonald and Brazelton were named to the all-tournament team. Massey was the tournament's MVP.

    Coaches are David Converse, Tim Sexton, Cliff Ord and Greg Massey.

  • 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.


  • Decatur youth football will have signups Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Point Mallard Park fields from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Practices will be starting next week.

    The leagues are needing volunteer coaches, too.

  • Ole Miss Alumni Director Warner Alford will be the guest speaker at the summer meeting of the North Alabama Ole Miss Club on Thursday at the Huntsville Marriott.

    Also in attendance will be former Ole Miss Rebel football standout Travis Blanchard of the Tennessee Valley Vipers.

    The event begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7:30 p.m.

    Register online by going to or pay at the door. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door; and for couples $35 advance/$40 at the door; children ages 4-12 are $5; youngsters 3 and under are free.

    For more information, call president Wayne Bradley at 656-3637.


  • 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.


    At the Alexander's Open Karate Championship on Aug. 4, Webster's Karate Competition Team brought home the following awards in their respective age and belt rank divisions:

    Bryan Brakeman: third, weapons.

    Josh Cooper: first, weapons; first, XMA; third, forms

    Holly Clemons: first, weapons; second, XMA; fourth, forms

    Jessica Coffey: second, weapons; third, forms.

    Connor Frost: first, form; second, weapons.

    Connor Griffith: first, weapons; second, forms.

    Erika Light: first, forms; second, weapons.

    Ginny Light: second, sparring.

    Mac Weathers: first, forms; second, weapons; third, XMA.


  • 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

    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 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 head coach Jayne Clem at 352-8355, 233-4628 or, or Lonnie Williams at 345-5512 or 355-7142.

  • The Athens Recreation Center is offering a men's class C and D tournament at the Athens Sportsplex on Aug. 24-25.

    For more information, call Carrie at 233-8740.

  • 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 Worth Club K softball will begin fastpitch pitching lessons in Huntsville in September. For more information, call (615) 641-5898.


  • 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, please view the Web site at and contact club president Greg Zellner at 350-1516 or director of coaching Tommy Dailey at 654-4533.

    Table tennis

  • Former Malaysian 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.

    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

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