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Harris wins Athens run

ATHENS — Tyrone Harris outran 92 other competitors to capture the fourth annual Duck and Run 5K race in Athens on Sept. 15.

The 27-year-old from Athens ran the distance in 16 minutes, 23 seconds.

Elkmontís Whitney Hollingsworth was the fastest female at 22:14.

Mike Greene of Harvest won the male masters division in 18:59. Madelyn Patton of Madison won female masters division in 23:16.

Eighty-six-year-old Jim Howell of Huntsville recorded a 34:24 time and John Farmer, 5, of Toney had a 33:46 time.

Proceeds benefited the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful program. Other results:

Male 70 and up: Tim Hopper, 71, 25:15; Lyman Jackson, 75, 29:07; Loyd Doering, 80, 32:33; Jim Howell, 86, 34:24; Gene Simonson, 83, 37:56.

Male 60-64: Wendell Sandlin, 64, 23:38; Peter Saunders, 60, 31:16.

Female 55-59: Julie Thomason, 58, 31:24; Joanne Gromek, 56, 36:37.

Male 55-59: Bud Bowen, 58, 19:53; William Bet-Sayad, 56, 21:30; Phil Kamin, 58, 27:19.

Male 50-54: Don Hillis, 50, 20:32; Phillip Stewart, 51, 21:57; Joseph Della Silva, 52, 23:15; Gary Webb, 54, 23:57; Phillip Dean, 53, 25:51.

Female 45-49: Sharon Connealy, 46, 32:12; Janet Long, 45, 32:37; Debbie Wilson, 46, 34:34.

Male 45-49: Stacey Lemay, 45, 19:43; John Ricci, 46, 20:46; Glen King, 46, 21:22; Auburn Wilson, 45, 21:54; Tim Fogg, 45, 23:07; Chip Patton, 45, 23:47; Ricky Bryan, 49, 23:56; Sonny Johanson, 45, 23:57; Janos F. Poleretzky, 48, 24:52; Gerald Hill, 49, 26:34; Troy Connealy, 46, 27:44; Gene Lankford, 46, 28:22.

Female 40-44: Hyun Sook Clark, 42, 25:51; Regina Clem, 42, 26:47; Lora Elgan, 44, 27:01; Laura Agee, 42, 27:29; Dawn Farmer, 42, 33:51; Traci Bailey, 41, 37:27.

Male 40-44: Dale Miller, 44, 20:06; Ned Jones, 44, 20:43; Shannon Starned, 40, 24:05; David Farmer, 43, 24:11; David Quinn, 41, 25:13; Dwayne Wallen, 40, 25:14; Mike Underwood, 40, 25:43; Kevin Dupre, 43, 25:59; Jim Tompkins, 43, 26:15; Rob Elgan, 43, 26:29; Gary Braun, 42, 31:37.

Female 35-39: Keri Chalmers, 36, 26:57; Alison Johnson, 37, 28:20; Pam Emerson, 38, 28:52; Paige Bibbee, 36, 31:15; Christy Marchel, 38, 31:16.

Male 35-39: Kevin Worcester, 38, 20:39; Barry Pugh, 39, 20:52; Lanier Greenhaw, 36, 21:51; Stephen Armstrong, 38, 27:13; William Driskell, 37, 27:16; Frank Crafts, 39, 28:23.

Female 30-34: Becky Gunn, 32, 24:53; Heather Robinson, 32, 26:14; Amy Murphy, 34, 31:01; Jill Starnes, 33, 32:24; Erin Tyler, 34:20.

Male 30-34: Jeremy Duncan, 31, 23:14; Christopher Walker, 33, 31:53.

Female 25-29: Jennifer Pitts, 26, 24:12; Susan Ready, 27, 24:39.

Male 25-29: Dustin Dutton, 26, 18:48; Prentice Chandler, 28, 20:37; Mike Troyer, 28, 20:53; Brandon Black, 28, 21:42; Keith Balch, 26, 28:34.

Female 20-24: Jessica Troyer, 24, 28:55.

Male 20-24: Jordan Paul, 24, 23:21; Brandon Adair, 23, 26:39.

Female: 15-19: Kelly Long, 15, 25:36.

Male 15-19: Zachary Brooks, 15, 24:23.

Female 11-14: Ashlin Bailey, 14, 26:28; Alisa DeGrave, 14, 26:28.

Male 11-14: Ross Wardelman, 13, 21:10; Tyler Mann, 14, 22:35; Chris Tompkins, 13, 23:12; Eric Farmer, 11, 26:02; Adam Starnes, 14, 32:15.

Male 0-10: Andrew Snider, 10, 23:52; Jason Farmer, 8, 27:27; John Farmer, 5, 33:46.

Baseball

  • The Decatur Braves won the 14th annual Rocket City Classic in Huntsville going 5-0 in the three-day tournament.

    The Braves got two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to nip Birmingham 9-8 in the championship game. Winning pitcher Mike Swanner was named tournament MVP.

    Paul Bakke had four hits while Kenny Roberts and Greg Dennis had three each in the title game. Dennis cracked a two-run single in the 11th to score the winning runs.

    Decatur beat Tuscaloosa 11-2 in the semifinals behind Swannerís mound work.

    Carlton Guyse blasted a three-run homer. J.B. Brown had three hits while Mike Peter, Bear Whitlock and Roberts each had a pair of hits.

    Decatur also defeated Columbia Titans 6-2, Louisville Pirates 13-3 and Tuscaloosa 10-4.

    Against Columbia, Bakke got the win. Whitlock, Dennis and Kenny McKinney each had two hits.

    Against Louisville, Swanner was the winning pitcher. Brown and Bakke had three hits apiece. Jerry Childers, Dennis, Roberts and Guyse each had two hits.

    In the first Tuscaloosa victory, Whitlock was the winning pitcher and also had two hits.

    Guyse had three hits, Dennis had two doubles and Bakke had two hits.

    At 15-2, the Braves regained the Southern Senior Baseball League Championship.

  • The Decatur Dixie Boys Baseball will meet at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Cedar Ridge fields to elect new officers for the 2008 year.

    Managers and coaches from last year need to attend to vote for new board members.

    For more information, call Bruce Potter 476-8891 or 773-3041.

  • 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.

    Basketball

  • Youth basketball teams will be taking registration through Oct. 20 at the Aquadome Recreation Center in Decatur.

    Players are placed by their age Sept. 1.

    Age divisions are: Mixed girls and boys 5-6; boys 7-8; girls 7-9; boys 9-10; girls 10-12; boys 11-12; boys 13-14.

    All players must attend the skills evaluation Oct. 20 at the Aquadome. Makesup evaluation is Oct. 22. For more information, contact David Wisdom at 341-4810 or dwisdom@decatur-al.gov or Sean Dailey at 341-4834 or sdailey@decatur-al.gov.

  • Priceville basketball and cheerleading signup will continue at the Priceville Elementary School Cafeteria and Sept. 29 at the Priceville High School football field.

    Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

    For more information, call Denise Hallisey at 565-9211.

  • The Tennessee Valley Basketball Association is accepting teams for its fall season, which will features two divisions.

    The grade-school league is looking from teams from across North Alabama to participate. The past two years, the league has conducted more than 2,000 games.

    For more information, contact Dale Liles at 412-7407 or visit the leagueís Web site at tennesseevalleybasketball.com.

  • The Decatur Basketball Officials Association will meet Sept. 30 at Cornerstone School on Spring Avenue.

    The meeting is set for 4 p.m., and the association is looking for people interested in becoming an official.

    For more information, call Dennis Dawson at 353-8335 or 466-1101.

    Golf

  • Jay Hughes aced the eighth hole at Point Mallard with an 8-iron Sept. 6.

    Will Morris witnessed the 156-yard hole-in-one.

  • Stan Parker used a 7-wood to sink a hole-in-one on the third hole at Point Mallard on Sept. 4.

    Billy Don Looney and Mike Jones witnessed the 155-yard ace.

  • On Sept. 1, Mark Rockwell used an 8-iron to ace the 11th hole at Point Mallard.

    Andrew Rockwell and Doug Ezzell witnessed the 140-yard hole-in-one.

  • The Cornerstone Christian School Fall golf tournament is set for Oct. 6 at the Point Mallard Golf Course in Decatur.

    Entry fee for the four-man scramble is $300 per team. Tee times begin at 7:45 a.m.

    First- and second-place prizes will given to the winning teams.

    Awards will be given for long drive and closest to the pins.

    Door prizes will be distributed at lunch.

    The event also is looking for sponsors.

    For more information, contact Todd Russell at 351-0772.

  • The second annual Athens Police Department four-man scramble is set for Southern Gayles Golf Course on Oct. 12. The event begins at 8:30 a.m.

    Registration is $240 per team and includes a T-shirt, and green fee.

    Prizes will be awarded in two flights as well as longest drive, closest to the hole and longest putt.

    Hole sponsorships are available at $100.

    Proceeds from the event benefit the Athens Police Department Reserves.

    Deadline is Oct. 7.

    For more information, contact Wesley Jarrett at 233-8700 or 874-2561.

  • The first Judy Jester Memorial Scholarship golf tournament will be Oct. 27-28. This is a three-man scramble, and the entry fee is $120.

    The event will be at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Florence.

    Lunch and registration will be Oct. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. Shotgun starts will be Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 8 a.m.

    For tee times and more information, call (256) 762-9976 or (256) 324-7366.

    Lacrosse

    Lacrosse player Alyson Whitley of Presbyterian College was selected to play in the Prague Cup this past summer in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Whitley helped Presbyterian to a 6-9 record in NCAA Division II this past spring. She is a defender and is the programís all-time leader in ground balls and caused turnovers.

    Her mother, Cindy Stinson Whitley, is a Decatur High graduate. Her grandparents, Lowell and Elaine Stinson, live in Decatur.

    Running

  • The West Limestone Softball Diamond Run features a 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 1-mile run Nov. 3.

    The 10K will start at 7 a.m., the 5K at 9 a.m. and 1-mile run at 10:30 a.m.

    Portion of the proceeds will go to the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund at the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

    Registration forms are available at the Athens-Limestone Wellness Center, area sporting goods stores or from any player or coach.

    The softball team also is sponsoring a spaghetti supper Nov. 2 at the Salem Springs Baptist Church on Alabama 99. The supper will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from the teamís players or at the door.

    For more information, contact Coach Jordan Paul at West Limestone High at 233-6687.

  • The Living Waters for the World 5 kilometer and 1 kilometer run will be Nov. 24. The 5K begins at 8 a.m.

    The races will start and finish at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 801 Jackson St. S.E. The event will benefit the Living Waters for the World (www.livingwatersfortheworld.org) mission project, which sends missionaries to villages in Central and South America to install water purification systems.

    Entry forms are available at area health clubs, recreation centers, shoe and sporting goods stores as well as Westminster Presbyterian Church. Register online at active.com or download entry form at
    rivercityrunners.org.

    For more information
    contact Jon Elmore at 351-7426, elmoreall4@aol.com.

    Soccer

  • 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 RCRaptors.com and contact club president Greg Zellner at 350-1516 or director of coaching Tommy Dailey at 654-4533.

    Softball

  • Americaís Best 8-and-under softball team defeated the Decatur Storm 8-7 to win the championship of the Bandits Fall Fun Fest Fast-pitch tournament Sept. 15.

    The team went 4-0 on the day.

    For the tournament, Haley White 11 hits and three RBIs. Katie Burden knocked in 12 runs with nine hits. Jada Harris and Madison Jones each had eight hits. Delaney Terry had seven hits including two homers.

    Allie Joe Kelley and McKinley Gillespie collected six hits. Ali Grace Shelton had five hits and a homer. Mary Grace Gillespie and Bailey Gillespie had three hits each.

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