Archives for April 2017

UWA’s Virgin signs with Houston Texans

West Alabama cornerback Dee Virgin has signed a free agent deal with the Houston Texans.

From Donalsonville, Georgia, Virgin recorded 43 tackles, intercepted three passed, broke up seven and had 5.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He was tabbed by GSC coaches as an All-Gulf South Conference performer.

Prior to playing his senior season at UWA, Virgin was a two-time All-Southern Conference performer at Tennessee Chattanooga.

Virgin’s free agent deal gives West Alabama six former players who will be reporting to National Football League camps, three of them defensive backs. Also reporting to NFL camps are New England cornerback Malcolm Butler, Baltimore defensive back Otha Foster, Miami linebacker Deon Lacey, Kansas City receiver Tyreek Hill and Oakland receiver Seth Roberts.

Demopolis baseball sees season end in Beauregard

Beauregard used big innings in the second and third to fell Demopolis 10-1 Saturday in the decisive third game of their Class 5A second round playoff doubleheader.

Beauregard used three singles and two walks in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Two hit-by-pitches, three hits and a walk by the Hornets in the top of the third inning stretched the lead to 8-0 and put Demopolis squarely in the rearview mirror. Two singles and a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth advanced the Hornet lead to 9-0.

Demopolis got off the deck in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hunter Colyar doubled with two outs. R.J. Cox followed with a single before Colyar scored on an error to cut the deficit to 9-1. Jonathon Lewis singled but the Tigers could draw no closer.

The Tigers needed four pitchers and 124 pitches to get through the contest while Beauregard countered with Thomas Howell, who struck out three batters over a complete game effort that saw him walk two and allow only one unearned run.

Demopolis wraps its season at 19-8.

Sweet Water arms shut down Sumiton in sweep

Sweet Water pitchers held Sumiton Christian to a total of only four hits over two games while sweeping a Class 1A second round playoff doubleheader Friday.

Sweet Water 6, Sumiton Christian 0

Sumiton used a single and two walks to load the bases in the top of the first before Jonah Smith slammed the door on the rally with a lineout and a strikeout. The Bulldogs followed with a hit-by-pitch and two walks to load the bases in the bottom of the first before Joseph Hicks induced a lineout and a strikeout to nullify the threat.

The teams remained deadlocked in a scoreless tie before Sweet Water broke things open in the bottom of the fifth. Will Huckabee took a hit-by-pitch and stole second before scoring on a Hunter Mendenhall single for the 1-0 lead. Walks by Chance Broussard and Luke Davis loaded the bases. Chastain Washington scored on a passed ball for the 2-0 lead. Broussard then scored on an error to move it to 3-0.

John Thomas Etheridge then singled in Taylor Lewis and Braiden Broussard to push the advantage to 5-0. Following a Sasha Smith single, Jonah Smith grounded to first to plate Etheridge for the final margin.

Jonah Smith struck out 10 batters over seven innings of work while scattering two hits and three walks for the win.

Sweet Water 10, Sumiton Christian 0

Sweet Water wasted little time getting the bats going in game two as the first four batters in the lineup ripped hits. Sasha Smith singled and was caught stealing. Jonah Smith tripled before scoring on Huckabee’s single to make it 1-0. Mendenhall also singled in the frame.

Sweet Water added to the lead in the top of the third as Jonah Smith singled and later stole home to move the lead to 2-0. Sasha Smith singled to open the top of the fifth before Jonah reached on an error. Huckabee grounded out to plate both Smith brothers for the 4-0 lead. After a Chance Broussard single, R.J. Rodgers singled home Trent Sams for the 5-0 advantage. Braiden Broussard then tripled in Chance Broussard and Rodgers to make it 7-0. Etheridge then singled in Washington to push the lead to 8-0. Sweet Water capped the scoring in the seventh as Shamar Lewis scored on a passed ball and Jonah Smith doubled in Sasha.

Broussard picked up the win in relief, striking out five batters over five hitless innings of work while issuing one walk.

Sweet Water (26-7) is set to face the winner of Maplesville and Brantley in the third round next week.

Hannah grand slam fuels Demopolis rout

Demopolis split a pair of games Friday to open its visit to the Northside tournament.

Lamar County 2, Demopolis 1

The Tigers opened the weekend with a 2-1 loss to Lamar County in a seven-inning, non-tournament warmup contest. Lamar County took a 1-0 lead in the first and kept it until stretching it to 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Kendall Hannah hit a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to 2-1. Alex Abrams singled in the bottom of the seventh to get the tying run aboard but the Tigers were unable to cash in on the opportunity.

Demopolis tallied eight hits in the contest but could not break through. Natalie Tatum scattered four hits and struck out six while allowing two earned runs in the game.

Demopolis 10, Carbon Hill 2

Demopolis followed with an impressive 10-2 victory over Carbon Hill to open tournament play. The Tigers did all their damage in the first and fourth innings. Abbey Latham hit a two-run homer in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead. After a Tatum single and Hannah double, Kayla Montz singled both runners home for the 4-0 advantage. Carbon Hill cut the lead in half with a solo homer in each of the first two innings.

Montz took a hit-by-pitch to open the top of the fourth. Three batters later, Courtney Smith singled to set up Elly Brown’s RBI single that moved the lead to 5-2. Latham then singled in Smith to make it 6-2 before a Tatum walk loaded the bases. Hannah stepped up and blasted a 1-0 pitch over the the center field fence for a grand slam for the 10-2 lead.

Hannah took the win in the circle while Montz worked two and two-thirds innings for the save.

Demopoils (32-9) continues tournament play Saturday.

Demopolis loses game one late, takes game two vs. Beauregard

Demopolis rallied Friday to beat Beauregard 6-4 in game two of a Class 5A second round playoff series behind the pitching efforts of R.J. Cox and Andrew Patterson.

The Tigers were on the verge of winning game one before a late Beauregard rally resulted in a 6-5 Hornets win. Demopolis trailed 3-0 after one inning of play but got things moving with a DeDe Davis one-out walk in the top of the third. Chandler Barton singled ahead of a Hunter Colyar RBI grounder to cut the deficit to 3-1. Cox singled in Barton to cut it to 3-2. Demopolis tied it in the top of the fourth as Ryan Morrison and Hunter Thrash singled to open the inning. A double play ball allowed Morrison to score to tie the game.

Jonathon Lewis doubled to open the sixth and later scored on a passed ball for the 4-3 Demopolis lead. A Cox single and a Casper RBI double in the seventh moved the Tiger lead to 5-3.

Beauregard’s Jacob Callaway led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot to cut it to 5-4. The Tigers found themselves an out away from winning the game when an error on a grounder to short loaded the bases. Kenneth Overby then stroked a two-run walkoff double to left to give the Hornets the 6-5.

Colyar worked a complete game, striking out seven and scattering five hits while allowed three earned runs.

Demopolis (19-7) plays Beauregard in game three at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Photo of the Day

Webber Gerald and Hutson Breckinridge were chosen by Marengo Academy’s faculty to be Alabama Girls and Boys State representatives for 2017.  The program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion, strives to guide young women and men to become “patriotic, knowledgeable stewards of freedom and democracy.” Webber is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gerald of Thomasville and Hutson is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Breckenridge. (WAW | Contributed)

Naheola donates to Demopolis High FBLA

Makayla Durden, Michael Osmer, and Anna Kaye Williams.

Naheola Credit Union presented a check to the Demopolis High School FBLA Chapter to provide partial support for three students to attend the 75th Annual A Legacy of Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California scheduled for June 27 through July 3. The 2017 National Leadership Conference will draw thousands of future business leaders to Anaheim, California to celebrate FBLA-PBL’s 75th anniversary.

Members come to test their knowledge and skills through competitive events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits.

“I am overwhelmed by the support of Naheola Credit Union,” Demopolis High FBLA sponsor Kelly Gandy said. “We were not sure if we would be able to attend the competition but with Naheola’s support, it became possible. We are excited to have Anna Kaye Williams, Makayla Durden, and Michael Osmer represent DHS FBLA in Anaheim.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I am so excited to represent DHS in Anaheim and with Naheola’s support this would not be possible,” Michael Osmer, a DHS freshman competing in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures and Financial Literacy, said.

For more information about Naheola Credit Union, visit

Ashley Coplin, Marketing Specialist-NCU, Leslie Davis, Vice President-NCU, Mark Johnson, CEO-NCU, Michael Osmer, Kelly Gandy-FBLA Advisor, and Blaine Hathcock-Principal at DHS.

Walk for Autism Saturday at DHS

Demopolis City Schools will host its inaugural Walk for Autism Saturday, April 29 at the Demopolis High School track at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a one mile walk/run, live music, and fun activities for children and families. For those who have not pre-registered, registration will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Everyone is invited to come out and help raise awareness for Autism!

Longhorns rally on two to put away Crenshaw in playoff doubleheader

A split was all but a foregone conclusion Thursday as Crenshaw led Marengo 9-5 with two outs in the seventh inning of game two of their AISA Class A second round playoff series. Cody Cobb stroked a two-run shot to narrow the gap and ignite a four-run rally to tie the game as the Longhorns went on to win 12-9 in nine innings.

Davis Petrey dealt what amounted to the decisive blow in the top of the ninth when he launched a two-run shot to give his team the lead in a three-run frame. Austin Day, who entered the game in the seventh, pitched the last three innings for the win.

“The thing about this team is they all root for each other. There’s no superstars on this team. They all root for each other,” Marengo Academy coach Woodie Beck said of the effort from his team. “I’m so proud of them.”

Marengo led 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Crenshaw blasted a two-out double for a 6-5 lead before stretching that advantage to 9-5 to set up the pivotal top of the seventh.

“They were gutsy. They made unbelievable plays and just robbed us all day,” Beck said of Crenshaw.

Marengo took the first game 7-0 on a scintillating outing from Meridian Community College signee David Dunn, who carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. Crenshaw dropped down a bunt single in the seventh to squash the quest for perfection. Dunn struck out seven in the game while throwing only 75 pitches.

Weldon Aydelott caught all 16 innings of the doubleheader and was one of five Longhorns to homer on the day along with Dunn, Petrey and Cobb. Day also hit his first ever homer.

Marengo (26-6) hosts the winner of Patrician and Chambers, who split Thursday. That semifinal series is set for Wednesday in Linden.

Photo of the Day

Marengo Academy’s top six seniors with the highest academic average were announced at Honors Day on April 19. Pictured are (l-r) Hannah Freeman – Valedictorian, Kimberly Parker – Salutatorian, Camilla Tutt – Salutatorian, Robert Gibbs – 3rd highest average, Mary Jordan Drake – 4th highest average and Daniel McCray – 5th highest average. (WAW | Contributed)