Archives for February 2014

Lady Longhorns go 2-2 in 24-hour span

Marengo Academy (5-3) shut out Pickens County Thursday night before scuffling through the first day of tournament play Friday in Selma.

Andrea Edmonds worked seven strong innings Thursday, scattering three hits and striking out 14 for the Lady Longhorns in the win over Pickens.

Chandler Stenz walked and scored a run. Anna Michael Crocker went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Brooke Smyly walked twice while going 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Emonds drew two walks at the plate while issuing none in the circle. Conner Etheridge finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Caitlin Andrews finished 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Ryan Hale drew a walk in the game.

Marengo struggled mightily Friday, going 1-2 in timed tournament games with losses to Morgan Academy and Glenwood before closing out the day with a win over Ashford.

Crocker worked five innings in the 5-3 loss to Morgan while allowing only two earned runs. Crocker also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and a RBI.

Smyly finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Edmonds reached on a hit-by-pitch and scored a run.

Etheridge went 1-for-2 and picked up one RBI. Andrews went 1-for-2 while Macey Petrey finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Marengo Academy lost the second game of the day with a 2-1 setback to Glenwood. Edmonds struck out three over five innings of work and allowed just one earned run in the game.

Stenz and Smyly each went 1-for-3 while Crocker went 1-for-2. Edmonds drew a walk while Etheridge and Andrews each finished 2-for-3 at the plate.

Petrey finished the game 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI while Payton Stokes scored a run.

The Lady Longhorns finished the day on a high note with a 3-0 win over Ashford in which Edmonds worked a five-inning no-hitter.

The junior pitcher finished the game with six strikeouts and one walk in the near perfect game.

Stenz went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Crocker went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Smyly picked up one RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Etheridge finished 1-for-3 while Stokes went 1-for-2. Petrey wrapped the game 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

The Lady Longhorns are set to resume tournament play at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Grace notches four RBIs as Lady Tigers bump Bibb for third win

Demopolis (3-4) used timely hitting to overcome early miscues en route to a 7-3 win over Bibb County Friday.

The Lady Tigers spotted Bibb a run in the first inning when Haley Suttle ripped a double to center and later scored on one of two Demopolis errors in the inning.

Demopolis wasted little time answering in the home half of the first. Jessica Adams reached on an error and came around to score on a Baleigh Grace RBI single. Julia Veres followed with a RBI double to plate Grace. Abbey Latham capped the three-run inning with a RBI single to plate Veres.

“We worked on it this week and we had some timely hits,” Demopolis coach Joey Browder said. “We’re just working on the basics. We worked a little more on the outside pitch the last couple days and that worked out for us.”

Ashlynn Patridge added a run in the second for Bibb and tied the game in the third inning when Patridge hit a RBI single that plate Jordan Henderson who served as the courtesy runner for Sumer Hudson.

Demopolis used a big fourth inning to hang three more runs on the board with a two-out rally and take a lead it would never lose.

Latham doubled and scored on a RBI bunt single by Cameron Thomason. Adams and Courtney Smith each reached on bunt singles before Grace struck again, ripping a single to plate Thomason and Adams for the 6-3 lead.

Grace capped a 3-for-4, four-RBI performance in the sixth with a two-out double that caromed off the left-centerfield fence and scored Smith.

Kendall Hannah, an eighth-grader, picked up the win. She worked two and two-thirds innings, allowed two hits and struck out two. Natalie Tatum finished out the game with one hit allowed and one strikeout in one inning of work.

“They’re working hard in the bullpen and they’re coming in and producing when they need to produce,” Browder said of They’re doing a great job. They’ve got to keep getting better and we’ve got to keep backing them up.”

The Lady Tigers are set to play again Saturday when they travel to the Brookwood Invitational.

“I’m looking for consistency and making routine plays,” Browder said of his expectations for the weekend round robin.

Tiger women extinguish Lady Flames

rp_primary_Kathryn_AdamsLIVINGSTON – After setting the tone by sweeping doubles, the University of West Alabama women’s tennis team won the middle four singles matches to douse the Lee University Lady Flames, 7-2, Friday at the Vaughn Tennis Center.

The victory improves West Alabama to 9-2 overall and 2-2 in the Gulf South Conference. Lee is now 2-3 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Complete results of the match follow:


1. Tonya McGraner (LU) def. Natalia Cardenas (UWA) 7-6, 0-6, 6-2

2. Stanzi Stuijt (UWA) def. Maclain Yowarski (LU) 6-2, 6-3

3. Sandra Florez (UWA) def. Annie Sandberg (LU) 6-3, 6-2

4. Shannon McEvoy (UWA) def. Jodie Rice (LU) 6-1, 6-3

5. Dasha Popova (UWA) def. Krista Good (LU) 6-0, 6-1

6. Morgan Friedlander (LU) def. Kathryn Adams (UWA) 6-4, 6-2


1. Cardenas/Stuijt (UWA) def. McGraner/Yowarski (LU) 8-3

2. Christina Bettag/McEvoy (UWA) def. Rice/Good (LU) 8-3

3. Popova/Florez (UWA) def. Kelsey Lovingood/Sandberg (LU) 8-2

West Alabama returns to GSC action Saturday by hosting West Georgia. First serve is 2 p.m. on the UWA campus.

Ranked 23rd, UWA tennis Improves to 10-1

rp_primary_Simon_BardellLIVINGSTON – The 23rd ranked University of West Alabama men’s tennis team had little trouble disposing of Gulf South Conference opponent Lee University Friday at the Vaughn Tennis Center, beating the Flames 9-0.

The Tigers did not lose a set on the way to improving to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in the GSC. Lee dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Following are the complete results of Friday’s match:


1. Anton Ivanov (UWA) def. Alberto Calle (LU) 6-0, 6-1

2. Nestor Vargas (UWA) def. Richard Gamble (LU) 6-2, 6-3

3. Adam Drysdale (UWA) def. Daniel Hardesty (LU) 6-1, 6-1

4. Simon Bardell (UWA) def. Kevin Tan (LU) 6-3, 6-0

5. Kike Ruiz (UWA) def. Vincent Audy (LU) 6-1, 6-4

6. Manuel Grossmann (UWA) def. Westley Lemke (LU) 6-1, 6-3


1. Vargas/Ruiz (UWA) def. Gamble/Hardesty (LU) 8-3

2. Drysdale/Ivanov (UWA) def. Calle/Lemke (LU) 8-2

3. Bardell/Grossmann (UWA) def. Tan/Audy (LU) 8-2

West Alabama takes the weekend off before returning to GSC play Tuesday at Christian Brothers. First serve is set for 1 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn.

UWA outdoor track season opens Saturday

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama men and women’s outdoor track teams open their respective seasons Saturday at the MC Season Opener, hosted by Mississippi College at Robinson-Hale Stadium and James E. Parkman Track.

Field events get underway at 10 a.m. and track events begin at 1 p.m. Overall, 18 teams will compete and UWA will field 16 entries, 12 men and six women, in 11 events.

“I’m anxious to watch my team compete. The MC Season Opener is a great early season meet,” first-year Tiger track coach Ray Stanfield said. “We will double almost everyone so I can not only see how their competitive juices flow, but also get a great training session in.”

Warren Enriquez will compete in the 3000 steeplechase, while Chris Huber is entered in both the 200 and 400 meters. Coy Graham, Stedmon Kugler and Jamaal Elkins will run the men’s 800, while Zach Mosley, Rafael Duenes and Kugler are entered in the men’s 1500. Brandon Nelson, Kenny Slavick, Adam Parrish and Mosley will compete in the 5000 meters and the Tigers will field a team in the 4×400 relay.

Shechinah Adams is entered in the women’s 800 and 1500, while Laura Mancin, Cayla Noussain and Jordan Story are scheduled to run in both the 1500 and 5000 meter runs. Asia Lockhart is entered in the women’s 400 meter.

Demopolis High readying for Finance and Insurance Academy

Demopolis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Al Griffin and Demopolis High Principal Dr. Tony Speegle bookend the photo as Trustmark Bank's Valley Harrison presents a donation check for the DHS Finance and Insurance Academy to Kelly Gandy.

Demopolis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Al Griffin and Demopolis High Principal Dr. Tony Speegle bookend the photo as Trustmark Bank’s Valley Harrison presents a donation check for the DHS Finance and Insurance Academy to Kelly Gandy.

The Class of 2017 will be the first to reap the benefits of a program being piloted at Demopolis High School: the Demopolis High School Academy of Finance and Insurance.

“Right now we are in our year of planning and next year we will start this academy. I want parents to know what we’ve got going on here at the school and encourage their students to sign up for it,” Kelly Gandy, who oversees the program at DHS, said. “Students are assigned to take a curriculum, a certain set of classes in order to be in this academy. They’ll do a small internship that could last from two weeks and up or it could be worked in with their job.”

The initiative will offer interested students the opportunity to take a minimum of five finance and insurance classes over a three-year period in order to be listed as a graduate of the academy. All participating students will be required to take Insurance as a course.

“They are supposed to have more of an enrichment opportunity with these classes such as certain field trips, certain guest speakers. It is called work-based learning. That is where our advisory board comes in to help support those types of things,” Gandy said. “(The National Academy Foundation) wants us to make sure that they feel special and that we’re catering to their individual needs.”

Courses available to students will include Applied Finance, Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics in Business, Financial Planning, Insurance, Principles of Accounting and Managerial Accounting.

The academy will be available first to this year’s freshmen, the Class of 2017. The designed curriculum also works in conjunction with other academic opportunities such as the school’s dual enrollment and pre-nursing courses.

“We’ve made sure this fits in their schedule with other areas they want to do. This works with dual enrollment. This still works with the medical stuff,” Gandy said. “These are business classes that can better prepare (students) even in the nursing field. This isn’t necessarily for students who want to be a finance or insurance major.”

While the academy has yet to officially launch, approximately 50 freshmen have already signed up to take part in the initiative and begun mapping out their academic strategies.

“We’ve had about 50 students sign up and they’ve sat down and created their ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grade plan,” Gandy said. “We’re going to present them with a special seal at graduation as well as with a stole. We want them to stand out for what they’ve accomplished by going through this curriculum and this academy.”

The Demopolis High School Academy of Finance and Insurance functions under the National Academy Foundation as well as its own independent advisory board.

“Jay Reynolds serves as the chairman of our board. We have a representative from every insurance agency in town, every financial institution in town, plus higher education with Shelton State Community College and UWA. We have community representatives like Chuck Smith, Morgan Allen, Brenda Tuck and Rob Pearson,” Gandy said.

According to NAF, students in finance and insurance academies have a 97 percent graduation rate and 52 percent of those graduates earn bachelor’s degrees in four years as compared to the 32 percent that accomplish the feat nationally.

The academy has already received some funding in the form of a grant that was used to purchase unique technologies for academy students. The academy also recently accepted a donation from Trustmark Bank that will be earmarked for a scholarship that will go to an academy graduate in the Class of 2017.

Junior Beta Club attending state convention

IMG_0509The DMS and DHS Junior Beta Club will be attending their State Convention March 9-11 at the BJCC. The group will be competing in many areas. There is one student who is running for State President. Her team will compete in a campaign skit after she gives a speech to thousands of students.

The DMS club will compete as a group in Living Literature, Banner Design, and T-shirt Design.

Individuals from both DMS and DHS will compete in special talent, academics subjects, quiz bowl, painting, recycled art, woodworking, wreath, and photography.

The group will take 71 students to Birmingham for this convention. The students have been working hard to prepare for the competitions.

Pictures shown are students and teachers preparing for convention.







Demopolis Arrest Reports: Feb. 28, 2014

Feb. 26 – Michelle A. Lucas, 38, for Theft of Property I – DPD

Feb. 28 – Quintin R. Bolden, 23, for Domestic Violence III/Assault – S. Strawberry Street

Tigers defeat North Alabama 88-82; secure second seed in GSC Tourney

rp_primary_MBB_13-11-13_394LIVINGSTON – In a game that featured 20 lead changes and 11 ties, West Alabama defeated North Alabama 88-82 in Gulf South Conference action Thursday in a packed out Pruitt Hall.

The victory secures the Tigers as the No. 2 seed in the GSC tournament and improved them to 16-9 overall, 13-6 in conference. UWA now owns its most single season wins since the 1998. UNA fell to 18-9 and 12-7.

“It was a very inconsistent and physical battle,” said UWA head coach Mark Downey.

“We had a great collective effort by different people. It was a great gutty effort from our guys. We changed our defense enough tonight to keep them off balance; the first time we’ve been able to do that all year. We had a phenomenal crowd here tonight. I’ve had many people tell me they have not seen it like this in a while. I am proud of that and hope we can bring it back on Saturday.”

The Tigers shot 20-of-28 from the free-throw line to outscore the Lions 49-44 in the second half. Both teams’ committed 14 turnovers, however, UWA turned the UNA mistakes into 21 points in the second half. The Tigers led 23-10 overall in points off turnovers.

Sandy Underwood led UWA with 28 points, shooting 15-of-17 from the free-throw line. Desmond Raymond posted 24 points, followed by Jarell Byrd with 16 and Jared Woolfolk with 11. Byrd led with nine rebounds as well as three steals.

Rashburn Claiborne and Calvin Dade each tallied 20 points to lead the Lions, while Bruce Adams followed with 17.

West Alabama will wrap up its regular season at home against Union on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. It will be senior night as the Tigers will honor their six seniors prior to the game. The game can be heard on ESPN 104.9 and

“We still have a five game season ahead of us,” said Downey. “If we can do well enough in those five games, then we will have another five game season after the conference tournament.”

UWA women snap streak with 66-63 win over UNA

rp_primary_WBB_13-11-08_045a-1LIVINGSTON – Jada Williams scored 19 points as West Alabama snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 66-63 Gulf South Conference women’s college basketball victory over North Alabama Thursday at Pruitt Hall Gymnasium.

The win improves the Tigers to 5-20 overall and 2-17 in GSC play. North Alabama dropped to 13-12 and 8-11 with its fourth straight loss.

West Alabama limited UNA to just 33 percent from the floor in the second half and 37 percent (23-of-61) for the game while forcing 22 Lady Lion turnovers. UWA scored 20 points off UNA turnovers.

“We did a good job defensively. Jada Williams and Malaka Johnson did a great job spacing and pinching,” UWA head coach Craig Roden said. “We kept them from killing us with the threes and did a good job adjusting to the things they like to do.”

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes. West Alabama led 33-30 at the half.

“We did a good job taking care of the ball,” Roden said. “I wouldn’t have thought we could win and get out-rebounded (43-34), but we did a good job holding them to lower shooting percentages.”

Williams converted 8-of-12 from the floor on the way to her game-high 19 points. Johnson followed with 13 points, followed by Quentinette Odom with 12. Jasmine Hampton collected nine rebounds for the Tigers.

Janae Lyde and Nichelle Fillmore scored 15 points each to lead UNA. Corinne White chipped in 13. Fillmore also grabbed 15 rebounds for the games only double-double.

West Alabama closes the regular season Saturday when Union visits for Senior Day. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. UNA ends it regular season Saturday at Alabama-Huntsville.