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Aliceville Boys Defeat Gordo for Third Straight County Championship

Aliceville boys defeat Gordo to win third straight county championship.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville pulled away from Gordo in the Pickens County championship game to win their third straight county championship. It took overtime for the Yellow Jackets to get past Pickens County in the first round of the tournament, but things would be a bit easier in the championship, as Aliceville pulled away from the Greenwave late, 44-32.

Gordo Girls Win Back-to-Back County Championships

Gordo girls defeat Aliceville to win county championship.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Gordo defeated Aliceville to win their second consecutive county championship, as senior Keionnie Prude went over 1,000 points scoring in the 50-48 win. The two rivals battled closely throughout, as neither team led by more than three points through the entire fourth quarter, however, the Lady Wave did just enough to come away with the win.

First year Gordo head coach Casey Fox believes it is a giant step for Gordo basketball for the Lady Wave to win back-to-back county championships.

Lady Jackets Advance to Championship Game Against Pickens County

Pickens County’s Skylin Joe (11) looks for an open teammate in the Lady Tornadoes’ semifinal loss to Aliceville.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville got off to a slow start against Pickens County in the Pickens County Championship semifinal game, as the Lady Jackets held onto a narrow 7-6 lead after one quarter. Aliceville outscored the Lady Tornadoes 14-6 during the second quarter to take a 21-12 lead, en route to a 42-27 win to advance and face Gordo in the championship game.

Aliceville Boys Defeat Pickens County in Overtime

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Aliceville narrowly escaped the semifinal round of the Pickens County tournament with a victory after the Yellow Jackets squandered a seven-point fourth quarter lead when Pickens County’s Aaron Billups made a three-point basket sending the game to overtime at 45-45. Aliceville would prevail in the end, winning 51-48 to advance and face Gordo in the championship game.

Pickens Academy Boys Fall to Columbus Christian 64-58

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Pickens Academy fell behind 11-0 to Columbus Christian in the opening round of the Columbus Christian Christmas tournament and pulled closer throughout the game, but ultimately fell to the Rams 64-58.

“Missed layups, missed opportunities, that’s the kind of stuff that gets you beat,” Pickens Academy head coach Jeremy Pate said. “At this point in the season we’ve got to start making those count.”

Pickens Academy Girls Fall to Heritage Academy

Britney Fitch (15) tries to dribble around a Heritage Academy defender.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

The Lady Pirates fell to Heritage Academy 42-27 in the opening day of the Columbus Christian Christmas Tournament. Pickens Academy stayed close with the Lady Patriots, trailing just 20-19 at halftime before ultimately falling to Heritage Academy. PA once again had trouble with the zone press, which the Lady Patriots applied for most of the game.

Aliceville Falls to Greene County 49-33 Despite Fast Start

Aliceville’s Morris Ball (12) goes up for a layup against Greene County.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Saying that Aliceville jumped on Greene County early would be an understatement. The Yellow Jackets came out hot from behind the arc and led the Tigers 11-0 after one quarter, and taking a 13-0 lead before Greene County got on the board in the second quarter. The Tigers would get in a groove during the second quarter, however, and take a lead to halftime they never relinquished, winning 49-33.

Lady Jackets Complete Comeback to Defeat Greene County

Aliceville's Tanesha Bennamon shoots a jumper during the Lady Jackets' 41-39 win over Greene County.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

The Aliceville girls survived a rough start to defeat Greene County Saturday night in Eutaw. The Lady Jackets trailed 14-3 at the end of the first quarter, but narrowed the deficit to just three at halftime before defeating the Lady Tigers 41-39.

“We came out really slow, but we hung in there and stayed the course and it worked out well for us,” Aliceville head coach Sebastian Shamery said.

Former Aliceville Standout to Enroll at Ole Miss

Former Aliceville cornerback, Jamar Richardson, signs with Ole Miss after graduating from Jones County Junior College.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Former Aliceville cornerback Jamar Richardson planned on heading to Ole Miss right out of high school, but spent the last two years at Jones County Junior College (JUCO), playing defensive back for coach Steve Buckley and the Bobcats. While Richardson says he would have loved to attend Ole Miss out of high school, he says his experience at Jones has been invaluable.

PA Boys Fall to Marengo in Southern Tournament

PA's Seth Peeks looks for a teammate in the Pirates' loss to Marengo Academy.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

The Pickens Academy boys dropped two games in the Southern Christmas tournament last weekend, falling to Southern Academy 45-33 in the opener and then dropping the third place game to Marengo Academy 51-25 in the third place game Saturday morning.

PA Girls Earn Third Place in Southern Tournament

Carleigh Cameron (10) shoots a free throw during the Lady Pirates’ win over Patrician Academy.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

The Pickens Academy Lady Pirates took third place in the annual Southern Christmas tournament in Greensboro last weekend after falling to Southern Academy 36-35 in the opening game. PA wrapped up the tournament on Saturday morning with a 34-18 win over Patrician Academy.

“From the first game to this game, its only been three games, but I feel like we’ve gotten better every game,” Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman said. “Some of the girls are starting to get more confident with their shot.”

Pickens Academy Boys Finish Third in Nucor Tournament

Seth Peeks competes in the Nucor three-point competition. Peeks won by draining 11 three-pointers

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy (1-1) kicked off its 2018-19 basketball season by finishing in third-place at the Nucor Thanksgiving tournament at Stillman College a couple weeks ago. The Pirates lost Banks Academy 68-54 in the opener, but came back the next night and defeated North River Christian 55-46.

Pickens Academy head coach Jeremy Pate said he was excited for his team to pick up its first win of the year, but said the team still has a long way to go.

PCHS Shuts out Spring Garden to Advance to Semifinals

Jaccaurian Washington (5) leaps to defend the pass amidst heavy rains.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens County players fought through wet and muddy conditions once again Friday night, but the Tornadoes prevailed 13-0 to advance to the Class 1A semifinals for a third consecutive year. Pickens County moved to Class 2A in the 2014 and 15 seasons, before dropping back down to Class 1A. The Tornadoes have advanced to the state championship game their last three years in Class 1A and will attempt to make it 4-of-4 when they travel to Mars Hill Friday.

Aliceville Defeats Addison 38-22 to Advance to Semifinals

Jaccaurian Washington (5) leaps to defend the pass amidst heavy rains.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

On a rainy night in Winston County, Aliceville went into the Bulldogs home and came away with a 38-22 win to propel the Yellow Jackets into the Class 2A semifinals this Friday. It is the second time in three years that Aliceville has advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

Gordo Falls at Providence Christian 23-20

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Gordo saw its season come to an end Friday night, as the Greenwave went on their second long road trip in as many weeks to face Providence Christian in Dothan. The two teams faced off in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and Gordo came away with a 34-7 win. Unfortunately, the Greenwave did not have the same result this year, losing 23-20.

PA Girls Rebuild After Graduating Key Starters

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman is faced with the task of replacing the majority of his team’s scoring in Olivia Lewis and Allison Latham. Lewis and Latham were stalwarts on a team that won a state championship in 2017 and advanced to the Final Four in 2018.

The two-time state champion head coach has only seven girls on his varsity roster and with no senior-laden talent at his disposal, Goodman says he is looking for some of his underclassmen girls to step into leadership roles early on.

Third Time’s a Charm for Greenwave

Gordo’s Troy Garner ran for 83 yards on 24 carries, while hauling in three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Mobile Christian.

Gordo (10-2) will face another long road trip this weekend, as the Greenwave will travel to Providence Christian (11-1). The two teams faced off last season in the first round of the playoffs, as Gordo defeated the Eagles 34-7 before losing to Mobile Christian. This will be only the second-ever meeting between the two schools.

Tornadoes Jump Out to 51-0 Halftime Lead in Win Over Cherokee High

Pickens County cheerleaders celebrate the Tornadoes’ first round playoff win over Cherokee Friday night.

Pickens County (7-4) will travel to Falkville Friday night to face the undefeated 11-0 Blue Devils. Thee two teams last faced one another in the second round of the 2012 playoffs and the Tornadoes won 63-0. Thee Blue Devils are coming from a 35-6 win over Talladega County Central.

Gordo Defeats PCHS Behind Four Interceptions

Gordo’s Deandrius Martin (3) races toward the end zone as he tries to break a Tadarien McIntosh (11) tackle.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Thursday night’s ‘Eight Mile War’ was one of the better recently, as Pickens County would not go away this year. The 20-13 Gordo win is the closest Pickens County has come to winning since the Tornadoes won 33-22 en route to a state championship.

Gordo Wraps Up Second Place in Region with Win Over Lamar County

Gordo cheerleaders root their Greenwave on during a 14-0 win over Lamar County.

Gordo (7-2) will travel exactly eight miles to Reform to face Pickens County (6-3) in their annual rivalry game dubbed ‘The 8-Mile War’ on Friday night, Nov. 2. The Greenwave has not lost to the Tornadoes since 2013 and Gordo won last year’s matchup by a score of 44-12.

PCHS Gets Homecoming Win Against Hubbertville

PCHS Homecoming Queen Jasmine Beard and PCHS Homecoming King Jacaurian Washington.

Before the playoffs get underway, there is still one more regular season contest remaining. Pickens County will play host to rival Gordo Greenwave (7-2) in the regular season finale on November 1. Kickoff for the Tornadoes and Greenwave is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night in Reform.

Tornadoes Rip Through Berry in a 51-7 Win

With the victory, the Tornadoes improve their record to 5-3 overall and 5-1 in region play.  Up next on the schedule for Pickens County is a homecoming matchup against the Hubbertville Lions (6-2).  The winner of this contest will clinch the runner-up spot in 1A, Region 6 and a home game to open the 1A playoffs.   Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm Friday night, Oct. 26, in Reform.