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Decatur High girls win JV cross country meet

Decatur High’s junior varsity cross country team finished first in the Dew It on the Trails meet Oct. 13 at Point Mallard Park.

The Lady Red Raiders beat out four other teams, and their runners took the top four spots: Kylie Peebles in first place, Brianna Speegle in second, Diana Beltran in third and Erin Neill in fourth.

In the boys division, Athens Bible was fourth as Andrew Pittman placed fifth and Marshall Smith was eighth. Decatur was eighth as Daniel Gilliam finished 27th.


  • Charlie Moore used an eight-iron to sink a hole-in-one on the 135-yard No. 11 at Point Mallard Golf Course in Decatur on Oct. 17.

    Witnessing the ace were Dean Stark, Jim Benfield and Irv Dingus.

  • 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 Kicking It for Operation Uplink karate-a-thon will be Oct. 27 at the Chappell Family Karate Center in Falkville. The event begins at 3 p.m.

    The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 10774 is accepting pledges for the number of units kicked or punched.

    For more information, contact Donna Chappell at (256) 751-3325.


  • 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,


  • Madison Jones had 10 hits including a homer to lead America’s Best 8-and-under fastpitch team that finished second in the Wallace State tournament in Cullman on Oct. 13.

    Delaney Terry had 11 hits and nine runs batted in for America’s Best. Jada Harris, Mary Grace Gillespie and Haley White each had nine hits.

    America’s Best had wins over the Curry Heat, Hartselle Sting and Decatur Storm. Best fell in the finals to the Hartselle Hornets 10-5.

  • The third annual “Knockin’ Cancer Out of the Ballpark” tournament is Oct. 27 at Samford University in Birmingham.

    College teams from UAH, UAB and Samford will be participating.

    A fun zone featuring games and children’s activities will open at 10 a.m. at the park.

    All proceeds from the event will be donated to the UAB Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Program at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

    For more information, call (205) 939-9002.

  • The University of Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy will be hosting the World Class Pitching Summitt I on Nov. 10. The clinic will feature Ernie Park and Erica Beach.

    The rise ball and change up will be discussed in the clinic.

    For more information or to register, contact the university softball office at (205) 348-4400 or visit

  • The University of Alabama will hold its annual hitting clinic Nov. 25 at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

    The clinic offers two sessions, grades 2-6 from 9 a.m. to noon and grades 7-12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    For more information, contact Sherry Selby at (205) 348-0526, or visit

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