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  • Former University of North Alabama All-American and minor league baseball player Mike Burns is available for hitting lessons. Hitting slots are limited. For more information, contact Mike Burns at 353-5325 or contact mburns.


  • Using a 4-iron, Bill Newby aced the 10th hole of the Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Decatur on Oct. 24.

    Witnessing the hole-in-one were Paul Newby, Mike Newby, Nic Brown, Shelton Bettis and Jimmy Hill.


  • 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,


  • At the recent Kicks Invitational soccer tournament in Huntsville, the Raptors ’97 Orange won the under-11 girls red division championship, and the Raptors’ 99 won the under-9 girls championship.

    The Raptors ’97 Orange lost their first game 4-0 to South Blue, tied their second game 1-1 with Signal Mountain Storm and won their last two contests by shutout to clinch the championship. The Raptors ’97 Orange beat Lady Kicks ’97 2-0 and Lady Freedom ’97 Blue 0.

    The River City Raptors ’99, which is coached by David South, won four games by a combined 18-2 to take the championship.

    They beat Lady Kicks ’99 YTS 5-1, Lady Shockers ’99 Green 4-0, VFC ’99 Lady Rockets 7-0 and HSC Samba ’99 Yellow 2-1.

    The Raptors ’98 and Raptors ’97 White reached the semifinals in their divisions. The Raptors ’98, coached by Mike Pline, and the Raptors ’97 White, coached by Tom Boonarkat, narrowly missed the championships when both teams lost by one goal in the semifinals.


  • America’s Best 8-and-under fastpitch softball team won the Halloween Fall Festival on Oct. 20 defeating Decatur Storm 16-4 in the championship contest.

    America’s Best also beat the Hartselle Sting and Huntsville Sharks twice.

    Katie Burden was 9 for 9 at the plate with four RBIs in the tournament. Madison Jones was 11 for 12 with three RBIs. Jada Harris had 10 hits and seven RBIs. Bailey Gillespie had nine hits and nine runs batted in.

    Haley White, Allie Jo Kelley and Ali Grace Shelton all homered for the tournament winners.

  • 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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