Spring busy season for prep teams
It's officially spring — longer daylight hours, nice weather, and enough prep sports to keep even the most avid fan satisfied.
Spring offers plenty for high school in-season, but on top of that, there is spring football, spring basketball workouts, and just about any other off-season sport you can imagine getting geared up for next year.
In the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association poll, Tanner's softball team comes in as the area's top ranked team in any sport at No. 2 in the Class 2A polls. Priceville softball follows at 2A No. 5. In 5A softball, Athens is No. 4 and Hartselle No. 6, while 4A's East Limestone ranks No. 5 with Ardmore at No. 8.
Class 1A Athens Bible softball is No.4 with Addison coming in at No. 5.
Hartselle is the only area baseball team to crack the poll this week, coming in tied at No. 10 with 5A, Area 16 foe Russellville.
In the coaches' soccer poll, Athens boys team is No.7 in 5A, while Priceville's boys are No. 8 in the 1A-4A rankings.
In girls soccer, East Limestone is No. 4 among 1A-4A schools. Adcock, White, Powers to participate in All-Stars: Decatur High head football coach Jere Adcock and 1A state champion Addison coach Randy White have been selected to the seven-man staff that will be directing 37 of the state's best senior prep football players in the 19th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic on June 3 in Mobile.
Tanner senior Ryan Powers has been selected as a linebacker to the Alabama roster.
Mountain Brook coach Joey Jones will be the head coach of the Alabama team, and his staff includes Adcock, White, Wayne Grant of Pike County, Josh Niblett of Oxford, Curtis Coleman of Shades Valley and Scott Lesley of Mary Montgomery. Strong Decatur tennis: After three straight top 10 finishes in the state, Decatur High's girls tennis team is making a bid for another strong season.
Decatur finished fourth in the state in 2003, 10th in 2004 and sixth last season. However, the Lady Raiders lost two longtime standouts when Katie Copeland and Leigh Evers graduated. Even so, Decatur is 9-1 overall and 7-1 in Class 6A, Section 6.
The only loss came Feb. 28 at section rival Florence. The rematch comes April 11 when Florence and Decatur face each other at T.C. Almon and Delano Park in varsity boys, varsity girls, junior varsity boys and junior varsity girls matches.
Also, the sectional tournament will be later this month in Florence.
No. 1 singles player Angee Stevens, a junior who was THE DAILY's girls player of the year last season, hasn't lost since early March. No room for error in 5A, Area 16: Three of the four teams in Class 5A, Area 16 are ranked in baseball and the same is true of the Area 16 softball teams.
Hartselle's baseball team is tied for No. 10 with Russellville and Muscle Shoals, which Hartselle will face in a doubleheader today, is ranked No. 8.
In softball, Athens is No. 4 followed by No. 6 Hartselle and No. 7 Muscle Shoals.