Archives for February 2017

Darren Cook

Darren “Uncle D” Cook age 49 of Linden, AL died February 28, 2017 at Hospice of West Alabama. He was born October 11, 1967 in Demopolis, AL to Buddie Roy and Patricia Thomas Cook. He was a electronic technician with Security Plus. He was a member of Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis, AL and a lifelong resident of Marengo County.

He is survived by his daughter, Ellie Cook (Cody) Hilchey of Demopolis, AL; son, Christian Cook of Tuscaloosa, AL; daughter, Gabby Cook of Demopolis, AL; his parents, Buddie Roy and Patricia Thomas Cook of Demopolis, AL; brother, Jonathan (Marinna) Cook of Tuscaloosa, AL; grandchild, Maggie Hilchey of Demopolis, AL; nephew, Colton Cook of Linden, AL; niece, Peyton Cook of Tuscaloosa, AL; and nephew, Cason Cook of Linden, AL.

Visitation will be held at Fairhaven Baptist Church on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time with Rev. Scott Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Linden Memorial Park in Linden, AL.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL or Southern Care Hopice of Demopolis, AL.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Demopolis alum Tripp making most of MMI opportunity

It is almost decision time for Demopolis alum Charles Tripp. The 6-7 sophomore forward has only the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament remaining in his Marion Military Institute career.

“I have offers from UWA and Emmanuel college so far,” Tripp said of his second time through the recruiting process after having committed to MMI in 2015. “The process has been great. I’m being recruited by a lot of schools at the moment and I’m just trying to find a school that I feel like I can come in and make an impact to the team to be the best that we can be. I’m also looking for a school that’s invested, and likes winning as much as I do.”

Tripp’s fondness for winning has manifested itself in a big way at MMI this season as he has helped the Tigers to a 19-7 record to date while having started 25 games. He is averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line, 60.6 percent from the floor and an eye-popping 40 percent from three.

“Being here has made me better because I’m more aggressive on the floor. I understand the game from a different perspective than I did before because of great coaching,” Tripp said of his growth as a basketball player over the last two seasons at MMI. “Another big thing that I learned is that everything you do off of the court impacts what you do on the court. That’s something that Coach (Philip) Stitt really emphasizes.”

Tripp’s added intensity has resulted in a remarkable uptick in his production over a freshman campaign that saw him average 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest through 29 games and 28 starts. That aggressiveness is also coming to bear on the defensive end where he is averaging 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest this season.

Tripp’s accomplishments in Marion include having earned ACCC Player of the Week honors Jan. 17 following a lights-out performance against Southern Union in which he scored 24 points on 66.7 percent shooting to go along with nine rebounds, a steal and a block.

“That meant a lot to me, but I can’t take all the credit for the award I wouldn’t have gotten it if it wasn’t for my teammates all pitching in and helping out,” Tripp said of the recognition. “So even though they awarded me, it was all a team effort.”

The intermingled concepts of team and community have resonated with Tripp as he readies to wrap up his MMI career. For all the positive experiences he has had in and around the basketball program, Tripp points to the a tight-knit campus community as a hallmark of the institution.

“The thing I will remember most about MMI is the people here. There are so many good people at this school, and they are always supportive and trying to challenge you to make you the best person you can be,” Tripp said. “It has definitely made me a better person. In my time here, I’ve matured a lot as far as decision making and knowing how to put my priorities first.”

Tripp intends to major in physical education for the remaining two years of his collegiate career following MMI, a 24-month span that figures to include plenty of basketball along the way. Nearly two years removed from having gone through the recruiting process as a high school senior, Tripp offered personal insight into the value of junior college basketball as an opportunity for any high school hopefuls currently awaiting their scholarship chance.

“(There) is nothing wrong with going JUCO. it is a great start to improving your game,” Tripp said. “Everyone wants to play at the (NCAA Division I) level and if you’re not recruited by (Division I schools), playing JUCO can be that stepping stone for you to work and improve your game to get to that level,” Tripp said.

Demopolis man arrested after Red Barn fight

The Demopolis Police Department responded to a fight call in the Red Barn parking lot in Demopolis around 1 a.m. Feb. 18. The altercation, which reportedly involved several individuals, saw two people cut with a knife.

Officers were advised that Marshal McDowell, who was later arrested, had cut one person on the neck and another one on the hand during the fight.  McDowell reportedly became upset after he could not find his girlfriend and this is when the altercation took place.

The DPD arrested Marshal McDowell, 31, of Demopolis and charged him with Assault in the Second Degree. He was processed and later transported to the Marengo County Detention Center for a Bond Hearing.

The two other individuals were transported to Bryan Whitfield Hospital in Demopolis for treatment.

Sweet Water has strong showing in Mardi Gras tourney

The Sweet Water softball team went 3-2 in Chatom at the Washington County Mardi Gras Tournament over the weekend to pull its season record to 3-3.

Sweet Water 21, Millry 0  

The Bulldogs opened the draw with a 21-0, three-inning romp over Millry. Sweet Water scored four in the first inning, seven in the second and 10 in the third for the victory.

Sara Irvin went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI. Kamae Retic finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI. Maggie Thompson scored a run. Lara Little went 3-for-3 with four runs scored, three RBIs, two doubles and a stolen base.

Kora Myers finished 1-for-2 with one RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Kayla Marshall was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, four RBIs and two stolen bases. Eve Myers drove in two and scored twice. Natalie Luker went 3-for-3 with one run scored and four RBIs.

Madison Smith scored a run and stole a base. Lindsey Davis went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. BreAnna Ramsey was 1-for-2 with a run scored, a triple and two RBIs. Shadedra Brothers went 1-for-2 with a run scored and one RBI.

Thea Luker was nearly perfect, giving up just one hit and striking out five in three innings of work.

Sweet Water 9, Southern Choctaw 0

The Bulldogs followed that win with a 9-0 victory over Southern Choctaw in which they scored four runs in each of the first and third innings. Irvin went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and a run scored. Retic scored a run. Little finished 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base. Kora Myers was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Marshall was 2-for-2 with a homer, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Eve Myers was 1-for-1 with a run scored and one RBI. Natalie Luker was 1-for-2. Smith scored a run. Davis finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, one RBI and a stolen base. Ramsey stole a base and scored a run. Brothers finished 1-for-1. Little struck out five and surrendered only two hits in the victory.

Satsuma 3, Sweet Water 2

In its third game, Sweet Water scored two runs in the top of the fifth but the rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to Class 4A Satsuma. Irvin handled the pitching duties, striking out six and scattering five hits over four innings of work. She also scored one of the team’s two runs, going 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run scored.

Retic went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Kora Myers and Marshall each finished 1-for-2 with a stolen base . Natalie Luker scored a run.

Sweet Water 9, Washington County 1

Sweet Water bounced back quickly from the one-run setback by downing host team Washington County 9-1. Thea Luker recorded the win, striking out 10 over five innings of work while surrendering just five hits.

Irvin finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI. Retic finished 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Little went 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run scored.

Marshall was 1-for-1 with one RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Kora Myers scored a run. Ramsey went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Natalie Luker put together a 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI and a run scored. Smith stole a base. Thea Luker went 1-for-3 with one RBI. Brothers scored a run.

Demopolis 4, Sweet Water 0

Sweet Water’s final game of the day resulted in a 4-0 loss to eventual tournament winner, Class 5A Demopolis. The Bulldogs’ 4-0 loss proved the closest game the unbeaten Tigers played in the entire draw.

Sweet Water got hits from Irvin and Retic in the contest.

Thomasville 4, Sweet Water 1

Sweet Water opened its season last Thursday with a 4-1 loss to Class 4A Thomasville. Irvin went 2-for-4 in the game. Little was 1-for-3 with one RBI. Retic finished 1-for-2. Marshall was 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Thea Luker went 1-for-3. Davis was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Photo of the Day

The Masonic Lodge Order of the Eastern Star Tombigbee Chapter 51 joined in being Rooster Boosters by supporting Rooster Day in Demopolis. Brewster joined the lodge Saturday for their annual grilled chicken plate fundraiser. Money raised will fund a scholarship and donations to Children’s Hospital. Pictured with Brewster left to right: front, Janet Byars, Charles Wingfield, Shane Aultman and Sandra Aultman; back row, Nick Fendley, Sallie Jones and Misty Baxter. (WAW | Contributed)

Sweet Water sweeps Saturday double-header

Sweet Water (3-0) showed itself well in a pair of games against larger classification schools Saturday. The Bulldogs opened the day with a 6-5 win over Class 4A Hale County before downing Class 5A Demopolis 11-0.

The Bulldogs found themselves down 5-4 in the top of the seventh when Shamar Lewis doubled in R.J. Rodgers to tie it. Jonah Smith later hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate Lewis for the go-ahead run.

Smith, who became the pitcher of record in the bottom of the sixth, slammed the door in the seventh by striking out the side for the win.

Sasha Smith went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Jonah Smith drove in a run. Will Huckabee went 3-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI, a triple and a stolen base. Hunter Mendenhall was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Braden Broussard finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Luke Davis was 1-for-3 with a run scored. John Thomas Etheridge stole two bases and scored a run. Rodgers scored once.

Lewis was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

Sweet Water made a winner out of Jonah Smith again in the nightcap, scoring one run in the first, two in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth for the 11-0 victory over Demopolis. The Bulldogs strung together 10 hits and took advantage of four errors in the contest.

Jonah Smith struck out one over four innings of hitless work for the victory. Chase Joiner struck out one over two innings to close it.

Sasha Smith went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Jonah Smith was 1-for-1 with a double and two runs scored. Huckabee finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs scored, a double and a home run.

Mendenhall went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI and a stolen base. Broussard put together a 2-for-4 line with a run scored, one RBI and a stolen base. Etheridge went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Rodgers drove in a run, scored a run and stole three bases. Lewis finished 1-for-3 with a homer, a run scored and one RBI.

Sweet Water is scheduled to travel to Clarke County for a double-header Tuesday night.

Demopolis splits pair in Saturday double-header

Demopolis (3-1) split a pair of home shutouts Saturday, blasting Hale County 9-0 before losing to Sweet Water 11-0.

Hunter Colyar toed the rubber for the opener, working six innings and striking out eight on the way to a one-hit shutout. Andrew Patterson pitched a scoreless seventh to cap the victory.

The Tigers scored three runs in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.

Patterson, Wesley Allgood and DeDe Davis scored on three separate errors in the second for the 3-0 lead. The Tigers added to it in the third when Charles Casper scored on a Ryan Morrison’s RBI fielder’s choice to make it 4-0. Jonathan Lewis then found his way home on a passed ball for the 5-0 advantage.

Henry Overmyer scored on a dropped third strike in the fourth. Chandler Barton added to the woes in the sixth when he scored on a passed ball. Casper then singled home Overmyer for the 8-0 lead. Demopolis capped the scoring with Lewis’s RBI fielder’s choice to send Hudson Holley home.

Casper went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored to account for 40 percent of the Tigers’ five hits. Patterson, R.J. Cox and Colyar each singled once to account for the rest of the hits.

Demopolis managed only four baserunners in the loss to Sweet Water, getting singles from Holley and Colyar as well as a walk from Ryan Morrison and a hit-by-pitch against Cox.

The Bulldogs scored one in the first, two in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth en route to the victory.

Demopolis is scheduled to play again Friday against St. James.

Lady Tigers outscore opponents 62-0 in Mardi Gras tourney

Demopolis (6-0) romped its way through the Washington County Mardi Gras Tournament Saturday with four shutout victories en route to the championship of the draw. After beating Excel 5-0 and Fruitdale 15-0 Friday, Demopolis opened Saturday with a 10-0 skunking of host Washington County.

Demopolis 10, Washington County 0

Kendall Hannah struck out 10 on 56 pitches in a five-inning perfect game for the win. The Lady Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second and one in the fourth. Courtney Smith and Elly Brown singled to open the game before Abbey Latham stroked a three-run homer to put Demopolis up 3-0. Bria Brown followed with a double and later scored on a Kayla Montz RBI single. Three batters later, Montz scored on a Taylor Smith sacrifice fly to move the advantage to 5-0.

Elly Brown doubled to open the second before Latham took a four-pitch walk. Montz singled to plate both runners for the 7-0 lead. Hannah followed with a two-run shot to move it to 9-0. The final run of the game came when Hannah doubled home Montz in the fourth.

Courtney Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Elly Brown went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Latham finished 1-for-1 with a homer, three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

Bria Brown went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Montz was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs, Hannah was 3-for-3 with a run scored, three RBIs, a double and a homer. Taylor Smith drove in a run.

Demopolis 15, Southern Choctaw 0

Demopolis continued its relentless run with a four-homer in a 15-0 thrashing of Southern Choctaw. Montz picked up her second victory in the circle, striking out four batters in four innings while allowing two hits.

Courtney Smith drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first before Elly Brown was hit by a pitch. Latham followed with a three-run homer to put the Lady Tigers up 3-0. A Bria Brown walk and a Montz single set the stage for a two-run single by Anna Katherine Aldridge that moved the lead to 5-0.

Elly Brown kept her hot streak going in the second with a solo homer to left field. After a Bria Brown single, Montz homered to move the lead to 8-0.

The Lady Tigers really began to pour it on in the third. Taylor Smith singled in Aldridge. Courtney Smith singled in Taylor Smith. Elly Brown doubled home Courtney Smith. Bria Brown later stroked a two-run homer to drive in Latham.

Lane Braeden Burbage singled in Hannah in the fourth to make it 14-0 before Elly Brown took a beanball with the bases loaded for the final run.

Courtney Smith was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, one RBI and two runs scored. Elly Brown went 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. Latham finished 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Bria Brown finished 2-for-2 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. Montz was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a homer and a run scored. Alex Abrams and Hannah each scored a run.

Aldridge was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Burbage went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored. Taylor Smith finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

Demopolis 4, Sweet Water 0

The Lady Tigers had their closest contest of the afternoon in game three as they downed Sweet Water 4-0. Natalie Tatum anchored the shutout victory in the circle, striking out 11 over four innings of work while surrendering two hits.

Latham hit a solo homer with two out in the top of the first to open the scoring. Demopolis added insurance in the fourth. Taylor Smith hit a one-out double to ignite the rally. Her older sister, Courtney Smith, then singled her in for the 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Latham singled in Courtney Smith to make it 3-0. Elly Brown then scored on a wild pitch for the final margin.

Courtney Smith finished 1-for-2 with a stolen base, one RBI and a run scored. Elly Brown scored a run. Taylor Smith went 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored. Latham finished 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored.

Demopolis 13, Satsuma 0

Demopolis completed its stranglehold on the tournament field with a 13-0 mauling of Satsuma in the tournament championship. Tatum struck out nine batters in the game while surrendering just two hits and a walk in four innings of work.

Courtney Smith led off the game with a single and later scored on a Latham RBI single to put Demopolis up 1-0. The score stayed there until the third when the Lady Tigers erupted for seven runs.

Bria Brown singled home Courtney Smith. Montz then ripped a two-run single to score Latham and Bria Brown. Montz then scored on an error to move the advantage to 5-0.

Abrams followed with a two-run triple to score Tatum and Hannah. Abrams put the lead at 8-0 when she scored on a passed ball.

The Lady Tigers drove the score up again in the fourth when Elly Brown scored on an error. Montz made it 10-0 with a single to plate Latham. Abrams later drew a bases-loaded walk to score Montz before Tatum scored on an error. Hannah scored the final run of the tournament on a fielder’s choice to set the lead at 13-0.

Courtney Smith was 1-for-4 at the plate with one RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. Elly Brown went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Latham was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bria Brown finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Montz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Tatum was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Hannah went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Abrams 2as 1-for-2 with three RBIs, a triple and a run scored. Taylor Smith finished 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Demopolis is scheduled to play again Tuesday in Moundville against Hale County.

Marcelino Cruz

Mr. Marcelino Cruz, the beloved husband of Mrs. Renee Cruz of Demopolis, Alabama, entered into eternal rest February 25, 2017 at DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Larkin and Scott Mortuary, LLC entrusted with arrangements.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at Lyon Hall (gallery)