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PA Anglers compete in second tournament of season

1st Place - Luke Patrick & Si Crimm

 Saturday, September 28, 2019 marked the second tournament of the 2019-2020 season for the Pickens Anglers’ High School Club.  The event was held at Vienna Access Area on the Tenn-Tom Waterway.  Recent weather patterns have been less than favorable if you are trying to get a good stand of turnip greens up for the winter, but the heat wave has kept water temperatures very favorable for fish activity.  Student Anglers’ had a good day fishing and all fish weighed in for the day were alive.

Aliceville stomps Winston County on homecoming

Matthew Clark (3) stiff arms a Winston County defender on his way to a first quarter touchdown

BY BRIAN HAMILTON
Editor

There was no questioning who the superior swarm of Yellow Jackets were on Friday night, as Winston County traveled south into a buzz saw that was Aliceville. By the time the damage was done, Aliceville came away with a 39-0 win on homecoming.
“Honestly, I’m glad it’s over,” Aliceville coach Melvin Pete said of homecoming. “Everything that comes with homecoming can be a distraction. Everybody enjoys themselves, but we have to try and explain to our kids that we’ve got to take care of business. You have to concentrate on being the last act.”

Pickens County rallies to beat South Lamar on late Cosby TD

Pickens County coach Michael Williams gives a fist pump after the Tornadoes force a tunrover on downs on the Stallions final possession

BY BARRY AMBROSE Sports Correspondent If you were in Reform on Friday night, you might have thought you were attending a heavyweight championship fight. In reality, you were attending a heavyweight bout, but it wasn't a boxing match, it was high school football at it's finest. G. S. Spruill stadium was the site of a Class 1A Top-10 matchup between the #5 South Lamar Stallions and the homestanding #9 Pickens County Tornadoes. At stake in this game was the #1 spot in Region 6, which is very important as far as the state playoff picture goes.

Pickens Academy throttles Meadowview Christian on homecoming

Jon Wesley Rye looks to elude tacklers on this way to the end zone for one of his four touchdowns on the night.

For all the trouble Pickens Academy had scoring through the first three games, the Pirates didn’t have to much trouble on Friday night.
“It was a big win for us,” Pickens Academy coach Scotty Pennington said. “It was a region win too. I talked to their coach last week and they (Meadowview) are just getting back to playing 11-man ball. They played 8-man for five years. They’re still trying to get used to it.”
Pickens Academy  jumped on Meadowview Christian early on homecoming and didn’t let up until the score was 61-8.

 

Gordo falls to Hale County in area championship

Ansley Wells takes a swing at one during the Carbon Hill tournament on Saturday, April 27th.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Waves kicked off their area tournament with a 19-1 win over Holt, followed by a 4-2 win over Hale County, a team that had beaten Gordo twice in the regular season. The two wins on Tuesday set the Lady Waves up to face the Wildcats again on Thursday, only needing one win to claim the area championship. Not only did Gordo not pick up a win in either game, but they were blown out by Hale County by scores of 21-3 and 15-0.

Pickens Academy bows out of playoffs at Lakeside

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Pirates traveled to Eufaula, Ala. on Friday, April 26 to take on the No. 1 seeded Lakeside School Chiefs in the second round of the AISA Class AA playoffs and were swept clean in Friday's two games by scores of 12-0 and 17-3. The loss ends the season for the Pickens Academy baseball team.

Lakeside School, 12

Pickens Academy, 0

Green Wave win Game 3 over Bayside to advance to quarterfinals

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Gordo saw Game 2 slip away on Friday night, as Bayside Academy knocked in a run in the seventh inning of game two for a 3-2 win Friday night, which sent the game to a deciding Game 3 at noon on Saturday. Gordo would win Game 3, however, moving on to the state quarterfinals.

Gordo, 9 Bayside Academy, 3

South Choctaw knocks PA out of state championships

Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman huddles with his team in the state championships Friday in Montgomery.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Pirates started the state tournament strong on Thursday a week after afternoon, steamrolling Lowndes Academy 10-0 after winning the regionals comfortably last week. Then in the second game, against Edgewood — and as a matter of fact, for the rest of the tournament — the hitting woes reared their ugly head again. Shelby's pitching was downright dominant, as no opponent managed to hit a ball out of the infield all tournament, yet Pickens Academy still managed to lose two games because of their troubles at the plate.

Gordo comes back to defeat Winfield on Senior Night

Kaylee Quimby runs to first base after a single in the first inning.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Wave finished off their regular season schedule with a 10-7 win over Winfield — ranked 5th in Class 4A — on senior night Tuesday night. Gordo had just lost to Winfield 4-2 in the WAC tournament on April 20th, but returned the favor on Tuesday, the last home game in a Green Wave uniform for Bethany Vintson, Halli Koon, and Anna Kate Dykes.

Pirates advance to second round of playoffs with sweep over Escambia

Pickens Academy baseball team after traveling to Atmore, Ala. on Friday, April 19th, and defeating Escambia Academy in the first round of the AISA Class AA playoffs.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

After a season of ups and downs and following an evening of destruction in Pickens County, the Pickens Academy baseball team  traveled four hours to Atmore, Ala. to face Escambia Academy on Friday April 19, with the winner earning a berth in the second round of the AISA Class 2A playoffs.

Hitting propels Gordo to first round sweep of Fultondale

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Gordo began the 2019 AHSAA Class 3A playoffs with a bang last weekend, as the Green Wave defeated Fultondale 14-4 and 16-2 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

"I thought we came out a little sluggish mentally, but I thought they got in a rhythm pretty quick and I thought we swung the bats pretty well and the pitchers did a good job," Gordo coach Jonathan Pate said.

Gordo, 14 Fultondale, 4

Lady Wave blast Greene County in doubleheader as Harville pitches ‘perfect game’

Chloe Harville checks her swing at the plate. The sophomore pitched a perfect game for Gordo in the second game of the doubleheader with Greene County.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Gordo hosted Greene County in an area doubleheader on Tuesday evening and had no problem with the Lady Tigers, winning both games 16-0 in three innings. Chloe Harville pitched a perfect game against Greene County in the second game of the doubleheader.

Gordo, 16

Greene County, 0

Lady Pirates follow bad game with two wins over Russell Christian

Brittany Fitch hits one into foul territory during PA’s 4-0 win over Russell Christian, the first of two doubleheader wins for the Lady Pirates.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy lost to Tuscaloosa Academy in blowout fashion last Monday evening, but bounced back on Tuesday evening, winning both games of a doubleheader against Russell Christian by scores of 4-0 and 14-4. The Lady Pirates had last Thursday’s doubleheader with Bessemer Academy cancelled due to weather, ending the regular season. Pickens Academy will play in their regional tournament on Thursday, April 25th in Demopolis against the winner of Monroe Academy and Patrician Academy, with the first game starting at 2 p.m.

McCool signs with MUW

Mackenzie McCool signed a scholarship to play softball for Mississippi University for Women last Thursday morning. Front row (l to r) Gayle McCool, Mackenzie McCool, and Terry McCool. Back row (l to r) Coach Tyler Minyard, Coach Wade Goodman, and Coach Brach White

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy’s Mackenzie McCool signed with the Mississippi University for Women last Thursday morning in Carrollton. The senior is an integral piece to the Lady Pirates’ effort to bring home the school’s first ever state championship this season.

McCool played her freshman and sophomore seasons for Pickens Academy, before transferring to New Hope in Mississippi for her junior season. The slugger then returned to PA for her senior season and has already hit four home runs.

Lady Pirates win area championship

Senior Mackenzie McCool is overcome with emotion on Senior Night.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy had just suffered through a difficult game against South Choctaw Academy, a game that PA won 2-1 and the Lady Rebel fans were angry because of a call where the runner left early. South Choctaw had an opportunity to really put their foot down on the Lady Pirates had they won that game, yet PA survived and went on to win their last two meetings to win the area championship.

Pickens Academy, 1 South Choctaw, 0

Martin, Poe win second doubles bowling event

LELAND LANES HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING TEAM — The high school team from Leland Lanes competed in the 13th Annual USBC Youth State Tournament March 23-24. Members of the team are, left to right, Carson Poe, Hawkins Davis and Macy Fields, all of Tuscaloosa, and Andrew Martin of Gordo. Poe and Martin won the doubles competition in their division.

Andrew Martin of Gordo and Carson Poe of Tuscaloosa won the doubles bowling competition at the 13th Annual USBC Youth State Tournament in Mobile March 23-24.

Youth from across the state competed in this United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned event at AMF Camellia Lanes in Mobile. The singles and doubles competitions were held March 23, and the team events were held March 24.

Martin and Poe combined to win the doubles competition for those with a handicap of 350 and over with a score of 1,175. They took third place in the scratch series.

Lady Pirates drop two games at Southern Tournament

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy was unable to keep their momentum from a strong showing in the Clarkdale tournament several weeks back, but the Lady Pirates did manage to pick up a shutout win over Marengo Academy, sandwiched in between losses to South Choctaw and Monroe Academy, before picking up a much needed regular season win over South Choctaw last Tuesday evening.

Gordo finishes third in Northside tournament

Gordo Coach Greg Kosloff talks with Halli Koon (4) and another player during the Northside tournament last weekend.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Wave had its best showing of the season last weekend, as they went to Northside and reeled off four straight wins before falling to Buckhorn, the number one team in Class 6A on Saturday evening. Gordo picked up wins over Hamilton and Northridge on Friday and then ousting Holy Spirit and Robertsdale on Saturday before falling to Buckhorn.

Gordo advanced to 8-10 on the season after the Northside tournament.

Gordo has big week at plate, winning four games by 10-plus runs

Gordo assistant coach Tray Gilbert and dad James Gilbert pose for a photo before the matchup between Gilbert’s alma mater Geraldine.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Green Wave finished spring break week with a record of 4-1 through Thursday evening, improving to 14-3 overall. The intriguing aspect of Gordo’s games this week is that assistant coach Tray Gilbert had the opportunity to coach against his father, James Gilbert, and alma mater, Geraldine, in two of the Green Wave’s games. Fortunately, for Gordo, the younger Gilbert’s team got the better end of the deal, with the Green Wave winning 11-1 and 16-1 over Gilbert’s former school.

Gordo drops three games in Curry Tournament

Gordo’s Ansley Wells (00) congratulates teammate Taylor Clegg (99) on scoring a run last Tuesday durin a 4-2 win over 6A Northridge.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Gordo travelled to Walker County last weekend to compete in the Curry Tournament and dropped three-of-four games to drop their record to 3-9, with their lone win in the tournament coming in a 4-0 shutout against Lamar County, a team it had defeated the weekend before. The Lady Wave would get back on track Tuesday, however, when they picked up a 4-2 home win over Class 6A Northridge.

Corner, 5 Gordo, 4

PA sweeps Clarkdale Tournament with four shutouts

Pickens Academy’s Caroline Lewis looks to advance to second base during a game against Southern Academy.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

After a week where the Lady Pirates dropped four games, three in the Glenwood tournament in Phenix City and one at home against Southern Academy, Pickens Academy has reeled off seven consecutive wins, starting with four wins in the Clarkdale tournament in Meridian, Miss. on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th.

Pickens Academy, 10 Hancock, 0

PA baseball shuts out Columbus Christian, fall to Southern

Lane Goodman heads to home plate during the Pirates’ 9-8 loss to Southern Tuesday evening. PA led 6-2 in the fourth inning.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy's baseball team appeared to be hitting its stride after a dominant 14-0 win over Columbus Christian on March 7th, and jumping out to a 6-1 lead on Southern last week, however, the Pirates' errors began to pile up in the game against the Cougars, as they blew the lead to lose 9-8.

Pickens Academy, 14 Columbus Christian, 0

Gordo picks up win over Lamar County

Gordo’s Taylor Clegg gets a hit during the Lady Wave’s 7-5 win over Lamar County on Saturday, March 9th.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Wave picked up a much needed win over Lamar County on Saturday, March 9th at home. In a day where Gordo opened a double-header with Bibb County at 9 a.m., an 11-1 loss, Gordo was able to pull off a 7-5 win over the Lady Bulldogs in the afternoon.

Lady Pirates struggle hitting in Glenwood Tournament

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Pirates are 1-4 since starting the season 4-0, having suffered a 7-1 loss to Edgewood, 1-0 loss to Pike Liberal Arts, 2-1 loss to Glenwood in the Glenwood Tournament, and also dropping a home game last Tuesday night to Southern Academy 9-5. Pickens Academy's lone win in the Glenwood tournament was a 1-0 win over arch-nemesis Macon East.

Gordo baseball stays unbeaten at 6-0

Gordo pitcher Nate Mullenix throws a pitch during the Green Wave’s 3-0 win over Sumiton Christian on Thursday.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Early into what is a long and grinding baseball season, The Gordo Green Wave has yet to suffer their first loss. After wins over Fayette, Northside, and Sumiton Christian last week, Gordo's baseball team went into the weekend with a record of 6-0.

Martin, Poe win USBC doubles bowling event

Andrew Martin (left) and Carson Poe (right)

Andrew Martin of Gordo and Carson Poe of Tuscaloosa won the doubles bowling competition at the 2019 Tuscaloosa USBC Youth City Tournament on Feb. 24.

About 48 youth bowlers from the West Alabama area competed in this United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned event on Saturday, Feb. 23,  at AMF Bama Lanes and 51 bowlers competed on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Leland Lanes in Tuscaloosa. The team events were held Feb. 23, and the doubles and singles events were held Feb. 24.

Lady Pirates off  to hot start

Jessi Latham steps up to the plate against Southern Academy, a game that PA won 6-0.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens Academy’s softball team has jumped out to a 3-0 start to the 2019 season, defeating Tuscaloosa Academy 12-0 and 14-8 in a doubleheader on Monday, February 25th, while shutting out Southern Academy 6-0 on Tuesday. The Lady Pirates’ starting pitcher Shelby Lowe pitched the two shutouts, while Courtney Dudley earned the win in the second of a doubleheader against Tuscaloosa Academy.

Lady Wave drops opener at Holy Spirit

Anna Kate Dykes (22) looks in a ball thrown to first base during Gordo’s 8-3 loss to Holy Spirit.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Gordo softball team travelled to Tuscaloosa Monday evening to play Holy Spirit in their season opener. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., but the opening pitch was delayed until 6:15 p.m. because of poor field conditions. The opener did not go as planned for the Lady Wave, however, as they saw one of their best players, Kaylee Quimby, leave with an injury, ultimately falling to the Lady Saints 8-3.

Lady Pirates suffer heartbreaking Elite Eight loss to Lowndes

Pickens Academy coach Wade Goodman goes over strategy with his team during a timeout.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Lady Pirates fought back from a four-point deficit with just over a minute left to take a one-point lead, however, Lowndes Academy would score with 25 seconds left in the game to win 31-30.

“It’s a tough loss and it needs to hurt,” Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman said. “When they hurt like that and we’ve got four juniors and a couple sophomores coming back, that should make them get in that gym and get better. We didn’t do that this year. It needs to hurt so bad that it gets them in the gym.”

Pickens County downs Meek to advance to regional semifinal

Pickens County’s Jawan Petty (10) and Meek’s Caleb Aaron (3) battle for the opening tip in the Tornadoes’ 85-60 subregional win over the Tigers.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens County was able to withstand a scoring barrage by Meek due Payton Key and Caleb Aaron last Tuesday night to win 85-60 in the subregional playoff and advance to the northwest regional semifinals in Hanceville. Key finished the game with 35 points, while Aaron added 18, as the two career 1,000-point accounted for 53 of Meek’s 60 points. The Tornadoes would use a stingy full-court press, however, to pull away and win comfortably.

Pickens County falls to Covenant Christian in Sweet 16

Pickens County players look on during the waning seconds of their 48-37 regional semifinal loss.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Tornadoes fell behind early Thursday night at Wallace State, as Titus Griffin got hot from beyond the arc to give Covenant Christian an early 11-3 lead. The Eagles would go on to shoot 42-percent for the game and derail Pickens County’s season with a 48-37 win.

Tornadoes defeat South Lamar to win area championship

Pickens County defeated South Lamar 82-68 to win the Class 1A Area 10 title Thursday night. It was the Tornadoes’ first area tournament championship since 2013.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Pickens County lost the opportunity to host the area tournament after dropping two close games to South Lamar during the regular season. The third time appeared to be the charm, however, as the Tornadoes defeated the Stallions 82-68 for the Class 1A Area 10 championship.

Lady Pirates advance to Elite Eight with convincing win

PA’s Britney Fitch (15) sets up the offense for the Lady Pirates.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Pickens Academy girls basketball team secured its spot in the Elite Eight in Montgomery with a 51-11 win over Escambia Academy last Tuesday night. The Lady Pirates played solid defense and shot the ball well enough for a 40-point win over the Cougars.

Pickens Academy boys fall to TA despite 22 from Peeks

Pickens Academy’s Lane Goodman drives to the hoop during the Pirates’ 50-38 loss to Tuscaloosa Academy. Goodman finished the game with 10 points.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Junior Seth Peeks and eighth-grader Lane Goodman carried Pickens Academy for most of the night against Tuscaloosa Academy Thursday night, but the Knights were just too much behind the hot shooting of guard Hadrien McNeil, as TA won 50-38.

Goodman has recently been inserted into the starting lineup on the varsity team and has given the Pirates a spark, both offensively and defensively.

Lady Pirates fall to Tuscaloosa Academy 32-18

Pickens Academy’s Jessi Latham (34) and Tuscaloosa Academy’s Amity White fight for a loose ball.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Both teams got off to a slow start, but Tuscaloosa Academy would get just enough from Kelsey Curry, Chloe Johnson, and Amity White to defeat Pickens Academy 32-18 Thursday night. The Lady Pirates lost to TA 41-11 back in December, but would hold their own in the contest on their home court.

“We played really good defense and did a good job on Curry and Johnson,” Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman said. “When you can hold them to that, that’s solid defense.”

Aliceville Shoots Poorly, Falls to ACA 34-21

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville shot poorly from the field and was unable to muster a field goal in the third quarter, as the Yellow Jackets fell to American Christian 34-21, a score resembling that of a football game.

Luke Skinner put the Patriots on the board first with a layup, as ACA would get out to a hot start. Skinner banked a shot to make the score 4-1 and two baskets by Hudson Thrasher made the score 8-1, followed by a Skinner three-pointer that made the score 11-1 in favor of ACA.

Lady Tornadoes Pick Up First Win of Season

Head coach Summer King speaks to her team during a timeout.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

The Pickens County girls basketball team entered Thursday’s contest with Hubbertville with an 0-12 record and behind 31 points by Lacey Latham, they picked up a 58-43 area win over the Lady Lions.

The Lady Tornadoes have no seniors on the current roster and head coach Summer King said it was very important for her team to get a taste of winning.

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.