Archives for February 2016

Black fans 10 in Lady Bulldog win

Sweet Water’s Emily Black was almost untouchable Monday in a 3-0 win over Choctaw County. Black tossed a complete game shutout, holding the Tigers to three hits and one walk while striking out 10 in the effort.

Despite her pitching dominance, Black still saw her team scuffling through a scoreless tie until the the Sweet Water offense scratched three runs together. Bailey Brunson doubled to center to score Kamae Retic and Emily Black, putting the Lady Bulldogs up 2-0. Charlie Sturdivant then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Brunson and give Black some breathing room for the game’s final six outs.

Choctaw County threatened in the home half of the seventh when it loaded the bases before Black shut the door for the win.

Retic went 3-for-4 with a run scored out of the Lady Bulldogs’ leadoff spot. Black finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Brunson was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Sara Irvin went 2-for-3 with a triple while Sturdivant drove in a run.

Sweet Water is set to play at Demopolis Tuesday.

Tigers score seven goals in second half, win home opener

Adam Brooker scored four goals in the second half to push Demopolis to an 8-3 win in its home opener Monday.

Adam Brooker scored four goals in the second half to push Demopolis to an 8-3 win in its home opener Monday.

It was a tale of two halves Monday night as Demopolis won its home opener 8-3 over Holy Spirit.

Despite the Tigers possessing the ball for the majority of the first half, Holy Spirit’s Matthew Fuller connected on a goal with 10:12 to go before intermission to put his team up 1-0.

Tony Velez later fired a shot that appeared to be caught by the Holy Spirit keeper. The ball then trickled out of the keeper’s hands, allowing Zachary Chu to put it into the net to get the Tigers on the board with 5:57 left before half.

“Zach Chu is a smart soccer player and he’s that guy who can find the loose ones,” Demopolis coach Bert Rice said. “Not everybody has got that knack for the ball but he is a really clutch player so far this season and I hope he has a few more like that.”

Cristian "Tony" Velez racked up three assists and his 11th goal of the season Monday.

Cristian “Tony” Velez racked up three assists and his 11th goal of the season Monday.

As the second half started, so too did UAB signee Adam Brooker. The senior banged in a goal off a Velez assist with 39:22 remaining on the clock before cashing in a Chu assist with 38:06 showing to go up 3-1.

“Any time you’re in a tie ball game and you get two to put you ahead, of course it’s refreshing. That adds excitement,” Rice said. “Brooker is a heck of a player and he’s kind of our team leader, go-to guy. When he comes through, everybody else just kind of falls in line. I think he lit the spark that kind of started the fire.”

Patrick Rosales made good on a Velez pass with 29:47 to play in the match, putting his team up 4-1. At the 22:55 mark, Clay McVay turned a Velez pass into a goal to stretch the advantage to 5-1. Brooker added two more unassisted efforts in the game while Velez scored an unassisted goal with 4:41 to play. Judson Bullard and Brandon Fuller added goals for Holy Spirit.

Velez, the team’s leading goal scorer, tallied three assists in the contest.

“Tony is a phenomenal soccer player. What I love about Tony is, Tony is our leading goal scorer, but Tony is always looking to get somebody else a goal first. He has done that in every game. This one, I think, kind of showed more because he didn’t score four, but in every other game he is scoring four and assisting three or four times. Tony opens up a lot for us.”

Demopolis (6-1) is set to play Wednesday at Paul Bryant at 5:30.

DEMOPOLIS 2016 GOAL TALLY

Cristian Velez – 11

Adam Brooker – 10

Zachary Chu – 4

Clay McVay – 3

Alex Maravilla – 2

Smit Patel – 1

J.C. McVay – 1

Patrick Rosales – 1

DECISION 2016: Marengo County polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday

With the 2016 presidential race clearly at the forefront of American politics, Marengo County citizens will get to weigh in for the first time Tuesday.

With Alabama being one of 11 states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, Marengo County voters also get to cast their vote for a pair of local races. Those voting Democrat Tuesday will have the opportunity to decide the Marengo County District No. 3 Board of Education seat in a race between Clifton McKnight and Rayvell Smith.

The headlining local race on the ballot is for District Attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit where incumbent Greg Griggers is defending his post against challenger Barrown Lankster.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Lady Tigers split four in Jan Overstreet tourney

Demopolis (8-3) split a quartet of games during the Jan Overstreet Tournament in Thomasville over the weekend.

The Lady Tigers lost its first contest to reigning Class 7A state champion Baker. Taylor Smith doubled and recorded four RBIs in the loss. Natalie Tatum took the loss in the circle.

Demopolis went on to down Excel 8-4. Courtney Smith went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI. Taylor Smith was 1-for-2 with a double, a run and one RBI. Abbey Latham was 1-for-2 with a run and one RBI. Kendall Hannah went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Bria Brown was 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Elly Brown finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and one RBI. Alex Abrams and Jessica Adams each scored a run.

Kayla Montz picked up the win, allowing four runs and striking out three. Hannah got the save.

Demopolis then beat UMS-Wright 3-1. Holli Gandy was 1-for-2 with a double. Courtney Smith and Abrams each scored a run. Latham was 1-for-3. Hannah was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, two RBIs and her fourth home run of the season.

Hannah also worked five innings in the circle, scattering three hits and four walks while striking out six and giving up one earned run.

The Lady Tigers ended the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Leroy. Latham finished 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and one RBI. Courtney Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Gandy finished 1-for-2.

Tatum took the loss despite not giving up any earned runs over four and two-thirds and surrendering only two hits. She struck out five.

Photo of the Day

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Not to be outdone by the Westside branch of Robertson Banking Company, the main branch also became a Rooster Booster by supporting Rooster Day April 9th in Demopolis. Surrounding Brewster the Rooster are his fans, from left, Rick Dunn, Angie Weeks, Raven West, Sandy Arnold, Alicia Broadhead, Katie Windham, Amy White, Rhonda Horne and Kathleen Wideman. (Photo by Jan McDonald)

Chamber holds annual celebration

Demopolis honored its own Thursday when the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce held its 100th annual celebration at the Civic Center.

T.M. Culpepper III was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. His son, T.M. Culpepper IV, in introducing his dad, said, “To run a small business in a small Southern town takes a special person.”

He must have character and honesty, be trustworthy and optimistic, said the younger Culpepper.

After serving a tour in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, Culpepper came back to his hometown to work in the family business, Culpepper Electric. He also gave back to his city by serving on the boards of directors of Robertson Banking Company and the Industrial Development Board. He was active in his church and with the Housing Authority.

The honoree, in accepting the award, praised Demopolis and the people who live in it.

Westside Elementary School principal Tony Pittman received the Citizen of the Year honors. The Rev. Fred Moore cited Pittman’s commitment to coaching the winning Demopolis High School Girls’ basketball team.

“He continues to coach to the end of the game,” said Moore, who went on to describe Pittman as a “fisherman, awesome friend and man of God.”

Receiving the Community Spirit Award was Katie Echols Windham, and Jason Windham earned the honor of Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Named Business of the Year was Personal Touch. Started in 1997 by J.R. Rivas as a local landscaping firm, it now does general contracting work throughout the country. Accepting the award for Rivas, who could not attend the event, was Debbie Murray.

Chamber executive director Ashley Coplin reviewed the history and shared anecdotes of the organization. It started as the Commercial Club but changed its name a few years later.

In all of her research and interviews, said Coplin, what became clear throughout the life of the group is “the love the Chamber has for this community.”

At the close of the program Chamber president Aretha Muhammad turned the gavel of office over to Jacob Kerby as her successor.

Linden stuns Decatur Heritage for semifinal win

Linden's Amber Richardson (20) in Monday's game at Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Linden downed Decatur Heritage 58-44 to advance to Thursday's final game. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Linden’s Amber Richardson (20) in Monday’s game at Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Linden downed Decatur Heritage 58-44 to advance to Thursday’s final game. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

BIRMINGHAM — Linden is in the Class 1A state championship game for the first time in school history after downing Decatur Heritage 58-44 at Legacy Arena Monday morning.

“Linden’s a great team. I don’t know where they came from because I didn’t know who they were and then all of a sudden they burst on the scene,” Decatur Heritage coach Paula Armstrong said. “They’re a good team. That’s a really good team.”

Linden trailed for a total of 20 seconds in the contest, falling behind for the first time with 4:55 to go in the second quarter when Chandler Sparkman put Decatur Heritage up 15-14. Linden’s Imiya Agee wasted little time putting her team back on top, draining a three to put her team up 17-15 with 4:35 until half. Linden never trailed again.

“We hit some shots and we scored off their press, scored some layups off their press. Then I think we were in a two or three possession game and I think we went to the three a little too quick,” Armstrong said. “We should’ve kept pounding it on the inside a little bit. When you’re down, that’s natural. A shooter wants to shoot.”

The Lady Patriots took a 22-19 lead into the halftime locker room and found themselves knotted at 24 when Kaitlyn Cheatham buried a triple off a Savanna Naylor assist with 6:26 to go in the third.

“Initially our defense was set to what we’ve been doing to get us here: the 2-3, pack it in, everybody help dropping,” Linden coach Teressa Bolden said. “We paid a little more attention to (Sparkman) because we definitely have to respect her. She is a very good post player so we tried to keep our girls in until somebody went to the corner, pack them in and try to help with her.”

Linden then embarked upon an 8-0 run. Agee picked a Decatur Heritage pocket and took it the distance for a layup with 5:40 to go in the third. Amber Richardson then buried a pair of shots off of Dajia Miller assists before Tomysha Boykin finished a drive at the 4:28 mark to stretch the advantage to 32-24.

“They got a lead and we had to pull out and start playing man and that’s kind of where the wheels fell off a little bit. Quick team,” Armstrong said.

Cheatham kept her team in it with another shot from deep with 4:11 left in the third. DHCA got as close as six in the frame before Richardson scored off an Agee assist with 52 seconds left in the third and then dropped a transition drive off a Miller assist at the buzzer to up it to 42-32.

Decatur Heritage cut into the lead in the fourth off a Cheatham three, an Andrea Ayers jumper and a Sparkman shot to slice the deficit to 44-39 with 4:45 to go.

Linden went 10-for-18 from the free throw line in the game’s final 3:48 to put the game away.

Richardson led Linden with 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. She and Miller, who had seven assist in the game, are in their first year with the Lady Patriots after John Essex closed in May 2014.

“They’ve made a big difference. They’re both talented. We already had a lot of talent ourselves, but their additions have made our team complete,” Agee said of the difference the addition of the former Essex players has made for a Linden team that had not previously made it out of sub-regionals since 2002.

“It’s an honor to play under Coach Bolden. This is her first year coaching me. I’m proud to be a Lady Patriot and to be under her wing,” Richardson said.

Agee added 18 points and five rebounds in the effort. Decatur Heritage saw Cheatham score 18 points while Sparkman had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Linden connected on 14 of its 26 free throw attempts in the game while Decatur Heritage did not attempt a single free throw. DHCA took 36 of its 52 shot attempts in the game from beyond three, connecting on only eight of them.

Linden (18-6) moves on to the Class 1A championship game Thursday at 4 p.m. where it will face Spring Garden, who knocked off reigning state champion Keith 50-34 Monday.

Demopolis blasts Clarke County in Saturday tilt

Demopolis scored its runs in bunches Saturday en route to a 10-2 trouncing of Clarke County High.

The Tigers scored four runs in the first, one in the third and five in the seventh while recording seven hits in the contest. The big blow came off the bat of Jonathon Lewis, who stroked a three-run double in the first inning. Demetrious Davis would later add a two-run double.

Davis finished 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Hunter Colyar went 1-for-5. Jay Craig scored and drove in a run. R.J. Cox finished 1-for-2 with a run scored. Tavion Broadwater scored twice. Ryan Morrison was 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Jamarcus Ezell scored once while Lewis was 1-for-2 with a doulbe three RBIs. Luke Yelverton went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI and a run scored. Chandler Barton went 1-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI.

The offensive output was more than enough to give Cox the win as he went five innings on the mound, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out four and giving up two earned runs.

Lady Bulldogs hold off Thomasville for 1-0 win

Sweet Water scored its lone run of the game in the third inning Thursday, but gave Emily Black enough run support to anchor a 1-0 victory over Thomasville.

Lara Little singled home Kayla Marshall, who walked to start the inning, to account for all of the Lady Bulldog offense in the contest.

Black scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six for the complete game win.

Peyton Singley, Sara Irvin and Victoria Washington each finished 1-for-2 while Kamae Retic and Little went 1-for-3 in the win.

The result set Sweet Water at 3-0 on the young season following a 9-1 win over Jackson and an 11-1 win over Millry.

Sweet Water is set to visit Choctaw County Monday before traveling to Demopolis Tuesday.

Photo of the Day

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Robertson Banking Company on U.S. Highway 80 in Demopolis became the latest business to greet Brewster the Rooster. Enjoying his visit are, from left to right,  Ashley Williams, Katy Basinger, Lonisa Sims, Jaime Hall, Angie Pugh, Linda Dunning, Jennifer Pugh and Allen Bishop. (Contributed Photo)