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Union Hill wins
county football title

Union Hill defeated Lacey’s Spring 25-6 for the Morgan County middle school football championship last week at Brewer High.

The two teams met earlier in the season with Union Hill taking a six-point win.

In the title game, Union Hill’s Shawn Smith rushed for 200 yards and gained another 100 yards in receiving.

Weston Pritchett passed for 200 yards. Kyle Speegle rushed for 70 yards.

Speegle and Joey Lawrence each intercepted a pass, and Colton Smith recovered a fumble.

Union Hill allowed 60 yards of passing but no rushing yards.


  • Baseball tryouts for seventh- and eighth-graders living in the Oak Park school district will be Oct. 13.

    The tryouts will be at the Decatur High baseball field with seventh-graders reporting at 9:30 a.m. and eighth-graders at 11 a.m.

    The team will participate in the Huntsville spring league playing about 20 games from mid-February through mid April.

  • 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.


  • 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. Makeup evaluation is Oct. 22. For more information, contact David Wisdom at 341-4810 or or Sean Dailey at 341-4834 or

  • 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 league’s Web site at


  • The Rocket City Dart Association will host a free youth clinic Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. for children ages 7-18 at the Elks Lodge No. 1648 in Huntsville.

    The clinic will assist the children in their mathematic skills, teach hand/eye coordination, and the principles of good sportsmanship.

    To sign up for this clinic or to obtain more information, contact Jody McLane at


  • 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 Sunday.

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

  • Golfers with handicaps of 10 or lower are eligible to tee off in the third annual Elvis Larkin Fall Classic at Point Mallard Golf Course on Oct. 13-14.

    Entry fee is $50 per golfer. The fee includes a Saturday meal and tournament gift.

    The tournament is named for Elvis Larkin, who taught the sport for more than 24 years in Decatur.

    For more information, contact the Point Mallard pro shop at 351-7776.

  • Athens Bible School will host a golf tournament Oct. 22 at the Joe Wheeler State Park Golf Course to benefit the school.

    Registration fee is $100 per golfer or $400 per team. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

    Tee time is 8 a.m. Deadline to enter is Oct. 12.

    For more information, call 232-3525, extension 233, or visit

  • 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.

  • The fifth annual Falkville High four-man scramble is Oct. 27. Registration fee is $240 per team and includes lunch and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each flight. Hole-in-ones could win a new Ford truck, irons, computers and radio.

    For more information contact Gerald Holmes at 636-1757, 796-8075 or 784-5248.

    Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Falkville High girls and boys golf teams.


  • 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 team’s 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 ( 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 or download entry form at

    For more information contact Jon Elmore at 351-7426,


  • 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.


  • Rock Solid, a 12-and-under girls softball team from Decatur and Hartselle won the Blue Devils’ Fall Bash tournament in Morris on Sept. 29. Going 4-0 in the tournament, Rock Solid outscored its opponents 48-16.

    Team members are Abbey Claborn, Erin Kerby, Mattie Sittason, Amberley Anderson, Mallory Malone, Ashley Troupe, Courtney Etheredge, Jessica Johnson, Sydney Dishman and Hannah Olinger. Coaches are Jerald Kerby, Jason Claborn and Jay Anderson.

  • America’s Best, a 8-and-under girls softball team from Lawrence County defeated the Blount County Stars of Morris 2-1 to win the Blue Devils Bash tournament in Morris last week.

    The team went 4-0 to win the championship.

    Mary Grace Gillespie collected seven hits and 10 RBIs to lead the winners.

    Haley White had nine RBIs including two homers.

    Other team members are Jada Harris, Alie Grace Shelton, Haley White, Katie Amos, McKinley Gillespie, Madison Jones, Katie Burden, Delaney Terry, Allie Jo Kelley and Bailey Gillespie.

  • Tryouts for the North Alabama Explosion 12 and under North Alabama Explosion Red travel softball team will be Oct. 13. Tryouts will be 2 p.m. at the Athens Middle School softball field.

    For more information, contact Mark at 233-8595.

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