This week’s games

Thursday’s games

Brooks at Sheffield

Sulligent at Hamilton

Rogers at Muscle Shoals

Tharptown at Phil Campbell

 

Friday’s games

Red Bay at Central

Colbert Heights at Colbert County

Vina at Cherokee

Collinwood at Lewis County

Russellville at Deshler

Florence at Gadsden City

Marion County at Hackleburg

Oak Grove at Haleyville

Lauderdale County at Wilson

Lawrence County, Tenn. at Giles County

Lexington at Shoals Christian

Phillips at Hubbertville

Waterloo at Holy Spirit

Wayne County at Hickman County

R.A. Hubbard at Hatton

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Check out Florence’s new $1.2M indoor athletics facility

Florence officials cut the ribbon on the high school’s new $1.2 million indoor athletics training facility today. I’ll have a story about it in Thursday’s TimesDaily and on timesdaily.com.

Check out the video and photos for a look inside.

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Was this foul deserving to be called ‘intentional’ on Mars Hill?

Two intentional fouls were called against Mars Hill during the final 41 seconds of the Panthers’ 48-45 loss to Madison Academy today in the Class 3A boys final of the AHSAA Northwest Regional basketball tournament.

Mars Hill, of course, wasn’t happy with the calls, which both came in rebounding situations off missed Panthers shots. Mars Hill trailed by one when this one was called on Landon Willis.

What do you think? Worthy of an “intentional” or run of the mill?

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Lauderdale County girls celebrate regional title

Lauderdale County’s girls defended their Northwest Regional title with a 54-45 win against Madison Academy this afternoon. Check out the Tigers’ celebration.

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Thomas Swinea’s jumper lifts Mars Hill over Winfield

It doesn’t get much more clutch than Thomas Swinea’s game-winning shot in a 58-56 victory against Winfield at the AHSAA Northwest Regional basketball tournament today.

The Panthers (27-5) dominated the first quarter, led by as a many as 18 points in the first half and overcame an initial Winfield rally to lead by 10 with 6:14 left in the game.

They had led from the game’s first basket. Still, there they were, tied at 56 with 49 seconds to play. Out of a timeout, coach Mike Mitchell put the ball in Swinea’s hands, and here’s what happened.

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Lauderdale County student section’s Harlem Shake in Hanceville

Lauderdale County’s student section, self-dubbed the Scream Team, has a reputation for their passion. They showed it off at halftime of the girls basketball team’s semifinal win against Winfield in the Northwest Regional tournament.

Check out their Harlem Shake in Hanceville today. They also recorded a version in the school gym previously.

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Two area wrestlers win state championships

The Shoals’ only two high school wrestling programs represented the area well this week, each producing a state champion.

Deshler’ Juakeem Fuqua won a state championship in the Class 1A-4A, 145-pound weight class with a 4-2 decision Saturday against Susan Moore’s Sam Ingram at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. Fuqua is Deshler’s first state champ since 2001. He finished the season with a 43-8 record.

In Class 5A, 152 pounds, Muscle Shoals’ Chandler Sartain took the state championship, eking out a 1-0 decision in overtime against Scottsboro’s Chase McClure. This comes a week after Sartain lost a 3-0 decision to McClure in the 5A Section 2 final. It’s the second straight state championship for Sartain, who won in 160 pounds last year. He finishes the season with a 46-2 record.

Three other area wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight classes. Muscle Shoals’ Raheem Harris took third in 5A, 160 pounds, winning a 6-2 decision Saturday. Deshler’s Taylor Shirley (1A-4A, 126) and Muscle Shoals Joseph Green (5A, 106) each finished fourth, dropping decisions Saturday.

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Northwest Regional schedule for area basketball teams

All games at Wallace State-Hanceville Community College.

Girls

Tuesday
Class 2A

Red Bay (27-3) vs. Cold Springs (20-9), 3 p.m.

Wednesday
Class 1A

R.A. Hubbard (18-5) vs. Falkville (20-4), 3 p.m.
Shoals Christian (14-14) vs. Lynn (29-1), 6 p.m.

Thursday
Class 4A

Brooks (17-13) vs. Oneonta (28-4), noon
Class 3A
Lauderdale County (29-5) vs. Winfield (24-6), 3 p.m.

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Gadsden City targets Florence’s DuBose as new head coach

First-year Florence football coach Jamey DuBose has received interest to become the next football coach at Gadsden City.

Florence athletics director Byron Graham confirmed Gadsden City has made a “lucrative offer” to DuBose.

That happened sometime just before Christmas, Graham said, but DuBose had yet to make a decision to stay or leave.

“We knew when we hired him that he would be the kind of coach, with the success he’s had, who would received a lot of interest from other schools every year,” Graham said. “He told me he owed it to himself to at least talk to the people about this one, but as of now, he’s still a Falcon.”

DuBose wasn’t immediately available for comment early Monday afternoon. Continue reading

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Dee Liner named All-USA

More national recognition came Thursday for Muscle Shoals’ Dee Liner.

The senior defensive lineman is one of four players in the state to be named to the USA TODAY’s All-USA high school football team.

Liner, an Auburn commitment, is a first-team selection on the list that is designed to honor the country’s top seniors. Auburn High School linebacker Reuben Foster, Huntsville offensive lineman Grant Hill and Hoover defensive back Marlon Humphrey also made the first team.

“Ah, that’s a good one,” Liner said after learning Thursday evening of his inclusion on the team. “I didn’t even know about it but those are some good players to be mentioned with.

“It’s all been a dream come true. This makes it even more special.”

Liner already has been selected for the Under Armour All-America Game. The game, along with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is one of the two highest profile events designed to showcase the top high school seniors in the country.

Liner will play with his friend Foster, who recently decomitted from Auburn University, in the Under Armour Game. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN on Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

On Dec. 30, Liner will travel to Orlando, where pre-game preparation is staged. He also traveled there last year for the Under Armour combine, which evaluates some of of the nation’s top projected juniors.

“I’m kind of expecting more competition this time,” Liner said. “It will be the best of the best from all over the United States.”

Liner also has a visit to the University of Miami tentatively scheduled for Jan. 18, but he said he’s not certain whether he will take it.

Rated a five-star prospect by recruiting websites Scout and Rivals, Liner is rated one of the top defensive lineman prospects in the country.

He totaled 72 tackles, 23 sacks and an interception for Muscle Shoals, which allowed 8.6 points a game this season and advanced to the Class 5 A semifinals.

He stands to gain more accolades. The TimesDaily will release its all-area teams this weekend. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s all-state teams will be released Dec. 26.

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