Demopolis varsity teams sweep Thomasville

The Demopolis High varsity basketball teams swept a pair of games from Thomasville Friday, highlighted by a thrilling overtime victory in the boys game. On a night with Demopolis lacked its best stuff, the home team had to rally in the fourth quarter and overtime for a 50-46 victory over one of its chief rivals.

Demopolis carried a 23-19 lead into halftime but saw Thomasville pull to a 31-30 advantage after three quarters of play. The Tigers got their offensive output from five different players in the fourth quarter and found themselves standing at the free throw line frequently throughout the game’s final 12 minutes.

Nine of the Tigers’ 15 points in the fourth quarter came at the free throw line as they pulled the game to a 45-45 tie at the end of regulation. Melvin Childers went 3 of 4 from the stripe in the bonus period and Nelson Haskin made the game’s only field goal in overtime for the 50-46 final. Demopolis finished 12 of 17 from the line in the fourth quarter and overtime to seal the win.

Haskin topped Demopolis with 11 points. Childers and Shakari Williams each finished with eight.

Averian Malone lead Thomasville with 15 points. Braxton Williams added 12 while Michael Jones had 11.

Demopolis moves to 7-1 with the win ahead of a trip to Greensboro Saturday night.

The Demopolis girls used a 12-2 fourth quarter to win going away in a 44-32 rout of Thomasville earlier in the night. Demopolis led 32-30 through three quarters of play before McKenzie Phillips, KiKi Waller and Samia Jackson helped put the game away with strong offensive performances in the final frame.

Jackson led Demopolis with 11 points on the night. Waller added 10 while Shakesaney Bell had seven and Phillips finished with six. Tiyanna Blanks paced Thomasville with 14 points.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Demopolis (3-3), who travels to Greensboro Saturday night.

DECA drive contributes 300 coats

Pictured are Holiday Cleaners employees with DECA members, Courtney Roberts and Brionna Howerton.

Demopolis High School DECA launched their “DECA is Driven” Coat Drive Campaign during the month of November to help make this Christmas season warmer for children and families in Marengo County. Coats and monetary donations were collected from classes at Demopolis High School and U.S. Jones Elementary.

The classes held a friendly competition to see who could win a wing party catered by Batter Up! Several local businesses also had donation jars to help the cause. ​This year’s coat drive was a huge success with 303 coats, nine stuffed animal toys, and $225.82 in donations! Donations were delivered to Marengo County DHR. The donated jackets and stuffed animals were generously cleaned and mended by the staff at Holiday Cleaners.

Linden girls, Demopolis boys win Saturday

Demopolis and Linden split the varsity portions of their basketball rendezvous Saturday night.

The Lady Patriots did most of their damage in the first half and held on for a 45-43 win over Demopolis. Linden outscored Demopolis 14-10 in the first quarter and 15-12 in the second to hold a 29-22 hafltime lead.

The Demopolis defense kicked in during the second half, limiting Linden to 16 points in the final 16 minutes of play.

A pair of Shacorie Cockrell threes in the fourth quarter narrowed the gap and gave the Lady Tigers a chance in the end but Linden proved too much.

Linden senior Amber Richardson led all scorers with 22. Precious Rogers had 10 points while Tyroneisha Charleston scored nine.

Shakesaney Bell paced Demopolis with 22 points. Cockrell finished with 12.

The win puts Linden at 2-0. Demopolis drops to 2-2.

Demopolis rode a 25-point second quarter to a 68-53 win in the varsity boys game.

Tiger senior Melvin Childers led all scorers with 21 points. Nelson Haskin added 10 points while Michael Spencer and Shakari Wiliams each finished with nine.

Graderius Brown made six threes in a 20-point performance to lead Linden. Isaiah Scott and Zackree Bishop each had nine points for the Patriots.

Linden drops to 1-1 with the loss. Demopolis moves to 5-1 with the win.

Demopolis travels to Francis Marion Tuesday while Linden goes to Thomasville.

DHS DECA leads entrepreneurship program for DMS students

For the second year in a row, Demopolis High School DECA conducted a course on entrepreneurship for the students who participate in the Demopolis Middle School After School Program.

This year, DHS DECA named the program, “Who’s the Boss?”. “Who’s the Boss?” was a seven week program that taught sixth, seventh, and eighth graders the basics of entrepreneurship.

During the seven weeks, students had the opportunity to create a service that would benefit the community. While learning how to run their businesses effectively, they also developed skills on how to make a commercial to advertise their businesses.

The finale for this event took place during DECA’s Global Entrepreneurship Week on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. For the finale of “Who’s the Boss?”, students presented their businesses and commercials to a panel of judges which consisted of local entrepreneurs, Kirk Brooker, Sinda Fendley, and Ashley Coplin.

Upon conclusion of the presentations and the scores were tallied, the group with the highest score was presented with gift cards that were donated by Naheola Credit Union and all groups were recognized for their accomplishments.  A reception was held for all of the participants and their families that were in attendance.

AHSAA re-classification pits Demopolis against new set of foes

11-24-17 — Prichard, Ala. — Demopolis’ C.J. Williams picks off a pass on Vigor’s first play from scrimmage. Williams would return the interception for a touchdown for the first points of the game of the Tigers’ win over the Wolves.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its latest round of re-classifications Thursday morning, setting the stage for its 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 competition years.

Among numerous other changes, the re-classification means a much different look for Demopolis’s region and area foes between August 2018 and May 2020.

The new look Class 5A, Region 3 football grouping sees Demopolis bid farewell to mainstays Sumter Central and Dallas County, both of which drop to Class 4A. Additionally, Calera jumps to Class 6A. Central-Tuscaloosa, Jemison and Marbury remain in Region 3 along with Demopolis. Joining that quartet are Shelby County, Chilton County (down from Class 6A) and Bibb County (up from Class 4A).

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis.

“The travel definitely,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said of the biggest change to his team’s region slate the next two seasons. “When we meet and draw for the schedule, you hope you get a good draw. You hope you don’t play a lot of these games on the road because that’s a lot more time on the bus. You’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt.”

In terms of driving distance, Demopolis loses its closest two region compatriots in Sumter-Central (30.3 miles) and Dallas County (67.1 miles). The Tigers also lose their second-farthest counterpart in Calera (89.8 miles). Replacing those schools will be Bibb County (66 miles), Chilton County (89.9 miles) and Shelby County (101.3 miles).

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the new region for Demopolis is the addition of Bibb County, a school whose head coach is former Demopolis defensive coordinator Matt Geohagan.

“I’m excited because of having Coach Geohagan there and that relationship. They have a very good program and are very consistent in what they do. They’re going to take the place of Calera as one of the top teams in our region,” Seymore said. “That’s definitely one you’ll have to circle as a huge region game and having a little more to it with Coach Geohagan being so familiar with some of our kids at Demopolis.”

The new-look region will also result in revamped areas for all of Demopolis athletics. The basketball, baseball and softball teams will now be part of a three-team Area 5 that includes Bibb County and Central-Tuscaloosa. Demopolis soccer moves to Area 5 and will compete against American Christian, Central-Tuscaloosa and Sipsey Valley. Girls soccer will be in Area 5 against ACA and Sipsey Valley.

Demopolis cross country is now a member of Section 1. That grouping includes Bibb County, Brewbaker Tech, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Jackson, LeFlore, Satsuma, Tallassee and Vigor. Demopolis track will also be part of Section 1. That grouping consists of Carroll-Ozark, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Greenville, LeFlore, Satsuma, UMS-Wright, Vigor and Wilcox-Central.

Other notable changes in 5A football include the move of St. Paul’s and Calera to Class 6A. Perhaps the biggest changes come in Region 4 where Briarwood, Fairfield, John Carroll Catholic, Parker, Pleasant Grove, Ramsay, Wenonah and Woodlawn all make up the group. Those teams, many of which competed in the northern part of the state for the last round of classification, will now be in the south.

The new Class 5A football region alignment appears below in its entirety.

 

REGION 1 REGION 2
Citronelle Beauregard
Faith Academy Caroll-Ozark
Jackson Charles Henderson
LeFlore Magnet Greenville
Satsuma Rehobeth
Vigor Tallassee
Wilcox Central Valley
REGION 3 REGION 4
Bibb County Briarwood Christian
Central-Tuscaloosa Fairfield
Chilton County John Carroll Catholic
Demopolis Parker
Jemison Pleasant Grove
Marbury Ramsay
Shelby County Wenonah
Woodlawn
REGION 5 REGION 6
Center Point Alexandria
Central-Clay Boaz
Moody Crossville
Mortimer Jordan Douglas
Munford Etowah
St. Clair County Sardis
Springville Southside-Gadsden
Sylacauga
REGION 7 REGION 8
Corner Arab
Dora Ardmore
Hamilton Brewer
Hayden East Limeston
Jasper Guntersville
Lawrence County Madison Academy
Russellville Madison County
West Point Scottsboro

 

Demopolis rolls in home opener; Haskin notches triple-double

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Taylor Herelle goes up for the first bucket of the night for the Tigers during their first home game of the season against the Keith Bears.

Demopolis took a few minutes to get started Tuesday night in its home opener against Keith. Once the Tigers got the ball rolling down hill, they never looked back en route to a 51-31 win.

Demopolis trailed 5-0 early as Keith started off hot. The flurry faded quickly and the Tigers embarked upon a 16-3 run to close the first quarter. The game never got close again.

“We kind of got nervous. This was our first home game and we tried to do stuff we couldn’t do,” Demopolis coach Norvie Womack said. “As the game went on, we played well. We won every quarter. We just got better and better and we kind of wore them down.”

Demopolis stretched the lead to 10 by halftime and continued to add to that total with a quickened pace and constant ball movement.

“We try to get balanced scoring. Last year, you kind of just had one person scoring. We’re trying to balance them out so it will be easier for our leading scorer,” Womack said. “We emphasize passing and cutting, that kind of stuff.”

With last season’s leading scorer Shakari Williams playing under the weather and the Tigers’ current leading scorer Melvin Childers in early foul trouble, Taylor Herelle stepped in to light up the scoreboard. Herelle finished his night with 15 points.

Nelson Haskin controlled the paint at both ends of the floor for Demopolis, finishing with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks for his first career triple-double. Nine different Tigers scored in the game and all 10 players that dressed logged significant minutes.

“If you plan on going deep in the playoffs, you have to be deep on the bench,” Womack said. “The season is just starting, so we’re going to play everybody. We get a good rotation in, so if someone goes down it’s just the next man up because he has been playing the whole season.”

Demopolis (3-0) is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.

“They’re fast. They’re quick. They can handle the ball. We’re going to win with numbers. That’s how we’re going to play,” Womack said.

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Nelson Haskin (34) blocks a shot during the Tigers home opener against the Keith Bears.

Youthful Lady Tigers battle for season-opening win over Keith

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis. The sophomore guard had six points, six rebounds, and six assists Tuesday night.

Tony Pittman knew before his team took to the floor Tuesday night for its home opener that inexperience would be a key theme in season’s early going. That inexperience showed itself for stretches as the Lady Tigers worked their way to an uneven 38-23 win over Keith.

“The first game jitters, rushing a lot of things instead of being patient and taking what the defense gives you,” Demopolis coach Tony Pittman said. “We didn’t do that the first half, primarily because of first game jitters.”

Demopolis closed the first quarter with an offensive flurry, carrying a 12-3 lead after the game’s first eight minutes. The offense sputtered soon thereafter as Demopolis managed only 15 points over the next two quarters of play.

“Every year you have a different team and you have to play to your strengths. Right now our strength is ball handling and bringing our post game along,” Pittman said. “Hopefully, after Christmas, you’ll see that start to gel and we’ll be a different team.”

Demopolis found consistency with the ball in the hands of Aniya Johnson. The sophomore guard calmed a frenetic and, occasionally, frantic group while scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Johnson found her greatest success as a passer on inlet passes to Samia Jackson, who finished with eight points and five rebounds in the post. Shakesaney Bell contributed eight points in the victory while A’Miracle Jones had six.

“A’Miracle did an outstanding job of doing work in the post. Samia did a good job,” Pittman said. “Shug Billingsley came off the bench and gave us some good, solid minutes. She didn’t do a lot in the scorebook, but it didn’t matter. She’s gaining that experience and I think she’s really going to help us in the season.”

Demopolis is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.
“We’re going back to the laboratory tomorrow and we’re playing again Thursday,” Pittman said. “Hopefully we’ll get better each and every ball game we go out.”

Demopolis basketball plucks Falcons for tournament title

Demopolis brought home its first trophy of the Norvie Womack era Wednesday night with a 61-31 thrashing of Class 5 St. John Paull II Catholic. The Tigers are champions of the Hamptonality Bracket in the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Bash played at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Demopolis allowed 12 points in the first quarter and never let the Falcons reach double digits in any period for the remainder of the contest. The Tigers were up 22-12 after one quarter and ballooned the lead to 33-17 by half time. Demopolis continued to pour it on, allowing only 14 points the entire second half.

Melvin Childers took home tournament MVP honors after his second consecutive night as the team’s leading scorer. Childers finished with 22 points, four rebounds and four steals. Joining him on the all-tournament team was Shakari Williams, who had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Taylor Herelle added eight points, four rebounds and four steals. Nelson Haskin finished with eight points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Demopolis (2-0) is set to take the court again Tuesday night in its home opener against Keith.

Below is a closer look at the Demopolis High boys basketball team courtesy DCS Tiger TV.

Tigers open Womack era with win over Randolph School

The Demopolis varsity basketball team started off the new season with a win Tuesday evening. In the first game under coach Norvie Womack, the Tigers downed The Randolph School 58-37.

Demopolis led throughout Tuesday, allowing the Raiders only single digit point outputs in each of the game’s first two quarters. The Tigers opened up a 26-12 lead by halftime and continued to stretch the advantage in the second half.

The balanced effort saw Melvin Childers lead the way with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Shakari Williams added 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Nelson Haskin finished with nine points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Keyjun Gracie contributed 11 points and vie assists. Rounding out the scoring were Maurice Jones with four points and four rebounds and Taylor Herelle with two points, four rebounds and three steals.

The win came in the first round of the Hamptonality Bracket at the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Bash at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The Tigers are set to play again in the bracket championship at 6 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of St. John Paul II Catholic and Douglas.

Demopolis drops Central-Clay to move to quarterfinals

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Malaki Simpson hits a field goal from the hold of Andrew Patterson to give the Tigers their first points in their victory over Clay Central.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Demetrius Davis (1) celebrates with Malaki Simpson (89) after Simpson hit a field goal to give the Tigers their first points of the game in their victory over Clay Central.

Demopolis relied on its defense at virtually every turn Friday night to frustrate Central-Clay County and punch its ticket to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Demopolis downed the Volunteers 17-6 to set up a third round date with Vigor High next week.

The Tigers found themselves with their backs proverbially against the wall early as the Volunteers had the ball on the Demopolis 1. As Cameron Peoples went over the top for an attempted touchdown, the Tigers knocked the ball out and Derrick Birl pounced on it, staving the threat.

“It was huge. I think we lost our leverage a couple of times early. They got a big run early,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Our kids got a little penetration right there. I think Fred actually got his hand on the ball and knocked it loose. We got a fumble recovery right there and that got our defense loosened up. Huge play. Probably the play of the game.”

The Volunteers scarcely threatened again. Demopolis found some offensive mojo in the second quarter when Andrew Patterson found Tyquan Alston for a 31-yard gain to help set up a 25-yard field goal by Malaki Simpson, the first of the freshman kicker’s career.

“I saw him in warmups and he was hitting the ball real well,” Seymore said. “For him to step up and knock that thing through showed a lot of character on his part. We needed some points.”

The Tigers found the end zone for the first time on a remarkable catch and run from A.J. Jackson with 2:10 remaining in the first half. The senior tailback hauled in a screen pass and reversed field multiple times to complete the 59-yard touchdown play and put the Tigers up 10-0.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ A.J. Jackson breaks free on a touchdown run in the first half of the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.

“(Offensive coordinator Matt) Mellown and the offensive staff made a good call right there,” Seymore said. “When you get a good athlete like A.J. in the open field, he has the ability to make a lot of people miss and also has the ability to outrun people.”

Demopolis broke it open early in the fourth quarter when Patterson threw over the top down the left side and dropped it right into the arms of Alston, who sprinted the rest of the way to complete a 90-yard touchdown strike.

“I caught it. I almost went out of bounds. When I caught it, all I could remember was ‘Don’t get caught. Don’t get caught.’ It has happened every time,” Alston, who got his first career touchdown on the play, said in allusion to the multiple plays this season where he has been drug down just feet from the goal line. “I was looking back trying to make sure I didn’t get caught.”

“We give him a lot of crap about getting caught. We call him slow and everything,” Patterson joked. “But he was not getting caught tonight. He turned on those jets and he was gone.”

The play effectively put the game out of reach for Central-Clay.

“It started with the protection. Patty threw a strike. He hit him right in the numbers right there,” Seyomre said. “Tyquan looked it in. He just turned on the jets and tight-roped the sideline right there. That was probably the nail in the coffin right there.”

Alston finished with three receptions for 132 yards. Patterson finished 10 of 19 for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Tigers (10-2) travel to Prichard next week to face Vigor in the third round.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Keionte Whitfield (88) and Alexander Besteder (3) wrap up a Volunteer runner as Derrick Birl (24) closes in during the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Tyquan Alston secures a pass that he would turn into a touchdown during the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.