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  • The North Alabama Titans defeated the North Alabama Patriots and the Helena Baseball Club to win the Last Pitch Tournament in Cullman on Nov. 3. The Titans are an 11-year-old baseball team based in Decatur. Team members are Web Brown, Tyler Charist, Lane Derrick, Tyler Herndon, Weston Hopkins, Clay Morland, Andrew Orman, Cody Reed and Riley Wimberley.

  • 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.


  • Matt Ramey, 14, of Hartselle recently won first place in both the Bob Jones Halloween Invitational, and the Bob Jones Invitational Dive Meets at the Natatorium in Huntsville. His scores of 215.75 and 220.60 were the highest of all entrants.

    Ramey is a freshman at Hartselle High School.


  • The team of Bill Buchanan, Doug Chandler, Marshall Williams and Bernie Taylor shot a 64 to win the Point Mallard Independent Golf Association four-man scramble on Nov. 14. A dozen teams competed.

    Don Hill, Stan Parker, Bill Thomason and Buddy Tennimon teamed to finish second with a 65. Taking third with a 66 was the team of Ray Brown, Fred Sittason, Travis Thrower and Earl Benfield. Fourth, also at 66, were Milton Sivley, Bill Brunner, Jim Benfield.

    Gary Vest, George Marsh, Bob Campbell and Charlie Dunlap shot 67 to finish fifth.

    Closest-to-the-pin winners were Bill Thomason on No. 3, Mike Jones on No. 8, Ross Malone on No. 11 and Larry Bennich on No. 13.

  • The Point Mallard Golf Course Holiday Scramble is set for Dec. 8 and open to two-player teams. The tournament will be flight based on handicaps and the number of entries.

    Play begins at 10 a.m. The $30-per-golfer entry fee includes a cart and meal. Green fees are extra if the player is not a course pass holder. Deadline is Dec. 4.


  • 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,


  • With a sparkling 7-1-1 record, the Crush claimed the 10-and-under soccer championship of the Moulton Recreation competition this fall. Crush outscored its opponents 19-5. The winning team members include Paul Last, Audra Dyar, Alexandria Mason, Lauren Cox, Tony Gardener, Jonathan Kimbrough, Taylor Gibson, Jennifer Stewart, Grason Cottingham and Luke Hyde. Head coach is Doug Kimbrough, and assistant coach is Devon Gardener.


  • Haley White had nine hits and four runs batted in as the Americaís Best 8-and-under fastpitch softball team winning the Fall Explosion Softball Tournament on Nov. 3. Katie Burden, Katie Amos and Jada Harris each had seven hits. Madison Jones had six hits and four RBIs. McKinley Gillespie, Ali Grace Shelton, Allie Jo Kelley and Delaney Terry each collected five hits. Kelley had the teamís lone homer for the tournament. Bailey Gillespie and Mary Grace Gillespie each had four hits. Coaches are Bob Collins, Emily Collins, Whitney Collins, Tina Jones and Brent Gillespie.

  • 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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