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Yellow Jackets Knock Cold Springs Out Cold

Zavien Wilkins (5) ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns on five carries against Cold Springs.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Cold Springs entered the Region 5 matchup with Aliceville at 4-0 with wins over Meek, Berry, Southeastern, and Sumiton Christian, but their stiffest test thus far would come at Aliceville Friday night. The Yellow Jackets scored early and scored often as they handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.

“We have to still polish up things, but the good news is that we’re going in the right direction,” Aliceville head coach Melvin Pete said.

Pickens Anglers Begin New Season with Winning Catches

The Pickens County Anglers High School Fishing Team kicked off the 2018-2019 season at Longs Landing on Sept. 15. Anglers compete in teams for scholarships awarded at the end of the season.

By Tim Browning, Guest Correspondent

The Pickens Anglers High School Fishing Team began the 2018-2019 Season on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Longs Landing (S.W. Taylor) in Sumter County.  Anglers began the morning with a pre-tournament meeting just prior to blast off.

Blast off was at safe light or approximately 6:15 a.m. and students fished until 1 p.m. at the time of weigh in.  Silas Crimm and Luke Patrick held the winning bag of fish with five fish and a total weight of 17 pounds.

Garner Jr. Scores Four TDs in Win Over Hale County

Gordo junior running back Troy Garner Jr. ran for four touchdowns at Hale County Friday night.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Gordo knew it had a running back it could depend on coming into the 2018 season. What the Greenwave didn’t know was that Troy Garner Jr. would make scoring touchdowns look as easy as calling Geico to save money on car insurance. All analogies aside, Garner might just be the insurance that a young Gordo team needs when it comes to picking up a first down or crossing the orange pylon. The junior running back has now scored three touchdowns or more in three of the Greenwave’s five games this season.

3rd Quarter TD Gives PA 22-21 Homecoming Win

<p><hr /><em><span style="font-size:10pt;color:#737373">Pickens Academy’s Braden Davidson (9) takes off for a first down against Cornerstone Christian</span></em><hr /></p>

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Pickens Academy’s Austin Goodman scored on a seven-yard run late in the third quarter to take a 22-21 lead over Cornerstone Christian. The Pirates were unable to punch in the two-point conversion for a field goal lead, but were able to hold off the Chargers for a 22-21 win on homecoming.

Aliceville Shuts Out Sulligent 34-0

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville traveled to Sulligent and shut out the Blue Devils, a team that advanced to the Class 2A semifinals a season ago. Yellow Jackets head coach Melvin Pete said he felt his team played better than it did last week against Tarrant, but he still wanted to see his team play more error-free football.

Pickens Academy Volleyball Splits First Two Matches

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Pickens Academy dropped its first volleyball match on Thursday, Aug. 23 to Bessemer Academy before picking up a win against Russell Christian on Tuesday, August 28th. The Lady Pirates will host Tuscaloosa Academy on Tuesday, September 4th, in what PA head coach Erica Wicktora said would be an competitive match.”.

“It’s a pretty good rivalry,” Wicktora said of playing Tuscaloosa Academy. “The games with TA are always pretty intense because they’re one of our better opponents.”

Aliceville Downs Tarrant 32-6 in Region Opener

Quarterback Kavon McGraw rests after running back a punt for 70 yards.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville entered their region opener trying to put the loss to Gordo behind them, however, the Yellow Jackets came out a bit sloppy, as a high snap sailed over punter and wide receiver Matthew Clark’s head in the first quarter. Luckily, the punter is also a track star and took the muffed punt 67 yards to the house while hurdling a Tarrant defender along the way for a 6-0 lead.

PCHS Tornadoes Storm Over Brilliant

By JASON CHAINSports Correspondent

The Pickens County Tornadoes traveled to Brilliant Friday night to take on the Tigers in a 1A, Region 6 matchup.  The Tornadoes offense scored on their first seven possessions while the Tornado defense kept the Tigers out of the end zone until late in the contest. The impressive offensive and defensive performances from the Tornadoes resulted in a 54-8 region victory for Pickens County.  The win also gave Michael Williams his first victory as head coach of the Tornadoes.

Gordo Drops First Region Game in Five Years

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Gordo dropped to 1-2 on the season Friday night, as the Greenwave fell to Winfield 18-14 for their first region loss since falling to Fayette County on September 13, 2013.

Winfield took an early 6-0 lead when James Jenkins ran for a one-yard touchdown with 7:02 left in the first quarter. The Greenwave would take a 7-6 lead just before halftime, as Tanner Bailey found Ben Capps for a two-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 remaining in the first half. The touchdown capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive.

Gordo Defeats Aliceville Behind Garner Jr.’s Three Touchdowns

Troy Garner Jr. runs for one of his three touchdowns in Gordo’s 26-12 win over Aliceville

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Gordo held a 13-12 advantage over Aliceville at halftime before pulling away for a 26-12 win. Running back Troy Garner Jr. led the Greenwave with three touchdowns, while Deandrius Martin also added a rushing touchdown for Gordo. Kavon McGraw finished with two touchdowns through the air for Aliceville.

Pickens Academy Falls to Success Unlimited 26-8

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Pickens Academy fell to 0-3 on the season as the Pirates dropped their Thursday night contest to the newly founded Success Unlimited Academy 26-8. PA was without starting quarterback Seth Peeks, who was injured in last week’s contest against Coosa Valley Academy.

Sophomore William Parker would get his first start at quarterback and finished 4-of-8 passing for 100 yards with two long passes coming to receiver Austin Goodman.

Fayette Tops Gordo on Last Second Touchdown

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Three out of the last four matchups between Gordo and Fayette have been decided by less than one possession and the 2018 edition of the rivalry would be no different. In 2017, the Tigers defeated Gordo on a last minute touchdown pass from Chance Stevenson to Darius Nalls and Thursday, August 23rd’s game would have a similar result, as Blake Wallace tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to TreDarien Walker for a 19-13 lead with four seconds remaining.

PA’s Shelby Lowe has Success in Summer League Softball

Pickens Academy pitcher, Shelby Lowe, has been playing the last few seasons for the Birmingham Thunderbolts travel softball team. She is shown with the Premier Girls Fastpitch trophy.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Shelby Lowe has been playing the last few seasons for the Birmingham Thunderbolts travel softball team and her team was successful in several tournaments this past summer.

The Thunderbolts won their tournament in Colorado after going 10-0 in that tournament. The team then played a tournament in Chicago where they came in second place before winning the Premier Girls Fastpitch championship in California.

PA Drops Opener to Kingwood Christian 34-0

PA’s Bodhi Parham attempts to tackle Kingwood Academy’s Peyton Long during the second quarter.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Pickens Academy struggled to move the ball Friday night in their season opener against Kingwood Christian, falling 34-0. The Lions jumped out to an early 20-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Pirates would never make it inside the red zone. Including the jamboree game against Oak Hill last week, Pickens Academy has yet to find the end zone this season.

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 photocontest@aobbaa.org.

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.