Pickens Academy Falls to Oak Hill 20-0 in Jamboree

Pickens Academy's Braden Davidson (9) makes an open field tackle on Oak Hill's Collin Coggins.

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy played its first game of the season in a scrimmage against Oak Hill Academy on August 9. The Pirates were shut out 20-0 by the Raiders in a game that will not count toward either team’s record for the season.

The two teams traded possessions in the first quarter and Oak Hill would put together a scoring drive with five seconds left in the period when Ash Cullum threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Collin Coggins for a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Pickens County Players Named to All-State Teams

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) recently unveiled its 2018 all-state baseball and softball teams. There were sevral players from Pickens County receiving honors this year.

Gordo baseball led the way with three all-state selections in Collin Herring, Davis Vails, and Ridge Wood. The Gordo baseball team advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals before falling on the road to Mobile Christian.

Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest

Will McGraw of Camden won the 2017 Alabama Black Belt Adventures Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. Email entries of fish caught in the Black Belt this year for 2018’s contest to

Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association (ALBBAA) wants to showcase the outdoor fishing fun of the Alabama Black Belt with the Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. Conducted on Facebook, ALBBAA will reward the top vote-getter in the contest with $100 worth of fishing gear.

Aliceville Wounded Warrior Competes in Department of Defense Games

Mario Ingram of Aliceville will compete in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

By Lt. Cmdr. Jenn Womble, Commander Navy Installations Command

COLORADO, SPRINGS, Colo. –U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mario Ingram of Aliceville, Alabama will join more than 250 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans at the 2018 Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games June 1 - 9 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Three PA Players Selected to Play in AISA All-Star Game

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy had three players selected to participate in the 2018 AISA All-Star baseball and softball games in Montgomery this week. Lauren Duckworth and Allison Latham were selected to play in the senior softball game, while Austin Goodman was chosen to play in the junior baseball game. This is Duckworth and Latham’s second trip to the all-star game, as the duo was selected to play in the junior all-star game last year.

Gordo’s Quest to Repeat as State Champs Ends

Gordo’s Collin Herring swings for the fences in an earlier game against Fayette County

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

The Green Wave found themselves in a hole in Game 1 against Mobile Christian and were unable to come back against the Leopards, dropping the opener 11-7. Gordo played much better in Game 2, but were unable to force a Game 3 on Saturday, as the Green Wave dropped the second game 4-1.

Hamilton Signs with Coastal Alabama

Jamar Hamilton (center) with Aliceville head coach Chris Walker (right) and Coastal Alabama head coach William Brown (left).

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Aliceville’s Jamar Hamilton signed his letter of intent to play basketball for Coastal Alabama Community College on Wednesday afternoon. The senior helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first Final Four in 25 years and is the second member of the basketball team to sign a college scholarship this year.

Green Wave Pull Through Against Wicksburg

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Gordo made it through a hard fought Game 1 against Wicksburg, having to come back twice to defeat the Panthers. In Game 2, the sledding was no easier for the Green Wave, as they found themselves tied at 4-4 going into the top of the seventh inning. Gordo was able to come through in pressure situations both times to sweep the series against Wicksburg and advance to the Class 3A state semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Gordo, 9 Wicksburg, 8

PA’s Hugh Pate Signs Intent with Birmingham-Southern

Pickens Academy Senior Hugh Pate (center) poses for a photo at the signing ceremony with his family
and coaches on April 11. PIctured, seated from left, Angie Pate, Hugh Pate, and Lin Pate; standing from left, Coach Wade Goodman, Haeden Pate, Harrison Pate, and Coach Brach White.

Pickens Academy’s Hugh Pate signed his letter of intent to play football for the Birmingham-Southern Panthers last Wednesday.

Aliceville’s Weston Signs with Bevill State

Aliceville's Ed Weston signs a contract to play basketball for Bevill State while his father, Edward Weston; mother, Dorthy Weston; Bevill State Coach Sutts; and Aliceville Coach Walker looks on.
Aliceville’s Ed Weston helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first Final Four berth since 1993 and has been a starter on varsity since his sophomore year. The shooting guard will now take his talents to Jasper, Alabama to play for head coach Tommy Suitts and the Bevill State Bears.

PA Anglers Team Concludes Season with Tournament

Top 5 teams to fish in the championship tournament. PIctured from left, Austin Stokes, David Stokes, Preston Gregory, Lane Lowery, Zac Hamilton, Will Noland, Courtney Dudley, Dylan Fondren, Riley Harcrow.

The term “March Madness”, is primarily associated with NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball and is a single-elimination tournament each spring to determine the national championship. 

Greenwaves Hold Tigers Scoreless in Doubleheader

Bevill State signee Nick Pounders tosses a pitch in the first inning of Game 1. Pounders picked up the win, striking out six and allowing no runs.
Gordo shut out Greene County in its doubleheader Tuesday evening, as the Greenwaves’ pitchers held the Tigers to one hit in the first game and completed a no-hitter in the second. Gordo won game one 11-0 and game two by a score of 10-0. All of the Greenwaves’ runs would come in the first inning.