Demopolis volleyball sweeps tri-match

The Demopolis High School volleyball team continued its early season success Thursday during a ti-match at Clarke County. The Lady Tigers beat Linden 2-0 with scores of 25-13 and 25-10. Demopolis then downed Clarke County 2-0 with scores of 25-15 and 25-21.

Demopolis is now 5-1 on the season.

Demopolis volleyball off to strong start

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Napoleon Roberson bumps a ball against Sweet Water.

The Demopolis High varsity volleyball team sits at 3-1 after its first two days of play. The Lady Tigers took two matches in the Sweet Water Invitational Saturday. Demopolis took two out of three games from Thomasville. Demopolis lost the first game 25-22 before winning the next two 25-4 and 15-9.

The Lady Tigers went on to take two from three from Millry. Demopolis won the first game 25-11 and dropped the second 25-16. The Lady Tigers capped off the match victory with a 15-7 win.

Demopolis fell to Sweet Water 25-21 in the first of its best-of-three championship round meeting. The Lady Tigers rallied to take the second 25-22. Sweet Water won the finale 15-10.

Demopolis opened its home slate with a sweep of Jackson, downing the Aggies 25-10, 25-11 and 25-11.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Madelyn Brooker spikes a ball against Sweet Water.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Madelyn Brooker and Kendall Hannah go up for a block gainst Sweet Water.

Demopolis High volleyball schedule

Demopolis High School Volleyball Schedule

Sept. 2 – Sweet Water Tournament – TBA

Sept. 5 – vs. Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 – @ Clarke County Tri-Match – 4:30 – p.m.

Sept. 11 – @ Greensboro Tri-Match – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 – @ Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 – vs. Greensboro – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 – vs. Central-Tuscaloosa – 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 – vs. Thomasville – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 – vs. Sweet Water – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 – Thomasville Tourney – TBA

Sept. 28 – @ Linden Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 3 – @ Central-Tuscaloosa – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 – @ Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 – @ Thomasville Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 12 – vs. Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 – @ Selma Dig Pink Tournament – TBA

Oct. 19 – vs. Linden – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Area Tournament – TBA

Oct. 26 – Super Regional – TBA

Marengo Academy Lady Longhorns volleyball vs Tuscaloosa Academy 9-27-16 (gallery)

Marengo Academy Volleyball vs Pickens Academy (9-15-2016 – gallery)

AISA shifts move Marengo Academy to Class A in all sports

The Alabama Independent Schools Association officially released its classifications for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years Tuesday.

The new groupings feature major changes on the AISA landscape including the shifting of Marengo Academy to Class A for football. The Longhorns have been to the state championship game in Class AA for the past two seasons where they lost to Edgewood each time. Three years ago, the Longhorns defeated Restoration in the Class A title game.

Marengo will compete in Class A, Region 2 for the next two seasons in a familiar grouping that includes rivals Southern, Patrician, South Choctaw, Sumter and Wilcox as well as North River Christian Academy. The other side of Class A consists of Abbeville Christian, Chambers, Crenshaw Christian, Lowndes, South Montgomery County and Sparta.

The football classifications included a count of all students in the eighth through 11th grades during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Other major changes on the AISA football landscape include the move of private school super power Edgewood, which has not lost a game since 2010, to Class AAA, Region 1 alongside power Bessemer Academy.

Basketball, baseball and softball classifications utilized the counts of all students in grades 8-11. That grouping leaves Marengo Academy in Class A, Region 2, Area 2 along with Jackson, Patrician and Sumter.

Marengo is also Class A in volleyball, which counted all female students in grades 8-11. The Lady Longhorns will compete with Patrician, Southern and Sumter in Region 2, Area 2 in that sport.

Black earns Watchman Player of the Year

Emily Black paced Sweet Water with 206 kills and 138 digs on the season. She is the 2015 West Alabama Watchman Volleyball Player of the Year.

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Emily Black paced Sweet Water with 206 kills and 138 digs on the season. She is the 2015 West Alabama Watchman Volleyball Player of the Year.

In a season that saw no shortage of impressive campaigns throughout the county, no team had a more impressive run than Sweet Water High School. The Lady Bulldogs worked their way to a 22-8 record on the season and carried home the Class 2A, Area 2 championship.

Leading the way for the squad was senior outside hitter Emily Black. The team’s Most Valuable Player finished the year with 206 kills, 138 digs and proved rather adept as a passer.

For her efforts, the 5-8 Sweet Water standout is the 2015 West Alabama Watchman Volleyball Player of the Year.

Joining Black in the collection of accolades is her coach Mike Tucker, whose storied career led him closer to his roots when he joined the Sweet Water program before the 2014 season. The 2015 version of the Bulldogs proved to be the most improved team in the county under Tucker’s tutelage. His work earns him 2015 West Alabama Watchman Volleyball Coach of the Year distinction.

The West Alabama Watchman All-County Volleyball Team appears in its entirety below.

First Team 

Emily Black, Sweet Water

Sara Irvin, Sweet Water

Victoria Belcher, Marengo Academy

Peyton Singley, Sweet Water

Madelyn Brooker, Demopolis

Imiya Agee, Linden

Second Team 

Tomysha Boykin, Linden

Katie Marques, Demopolis

Charlie Sturdivant, Sweet Water

Payton Stokes, Marengo Academy

Keyjana Waller, Demopolis

Amber Ray, Marengo Academy

Photo of the Day

SWB_3198Demopolis High’s Madelyn Brooker readies to send a ball back over during tournament play in Thomasville Saturday.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)

Lady Longhorn volleyball opens with win

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Marengo Academy opened its volleyball season Monday with a pair of wins. The junior varsity ladies took a 2-0 victory over Pickens Academy (25-12, 25-11) before the varsity Lady Longhorns had a five-game battle with the visiting Pirates.

Marengo took game one 25-21 before falling 25-23 in game two. Marengo bounced back with a 25-17 win in game three before falling 26-24 in game four. The Lady Longhorns won game five 15-7 to take the match.

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Marengo Academy celebrates Autumn athletic achievements

Marengo Academy recently held its annual Fall Sports Banquet, handing out honors to athletes from all of its Autumn athletics teams. All photos by Rayceila McIntyre.

The following athletes were selected to the AISA All-District Football team. (front) Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Dalton Etheridge, Alston Dinning, Tyler Barkley; (middle) Thomas Etheridge, Cason Cook, Tait Sanford, Ralph Langley, Carson Huckabee; (back) DJ Nettles, Landon Houlditch, Andrew Martin, Hayden Huckabee. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett.

The following athletes were selected to the AISA All-District Football team. (front) Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Dalton Etheridge, Alston Dinning, Tyler Barkley; (middle) Thomas Etheridge, Cason Cook, Tait Sanford, Ralph Langley, Carson Huckabee; (back) DJ Nettles, Landon Houlditch, Andrew Martin, Hayden Huckabee. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett.

The following athletes were recognized as an AISA West All-Star football Player. (front) Tait Sanford, Carson Huckabee; (Back) Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Alston Dinning. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett

The following athletes were recognized as an AISA West All-Star football Player. (front) Tait Sanford, Carson Huckabee; (Back) Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Alston Dinning. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett

The following athletes were selected to the “The West Alabama Watchman 2014 All-County Football Team”. (front) Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Alston Dinning; (Back) Andrew Martin, Cason Cook, Hayden Huckabee, Tait Sanford. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett.

The following athletes were selected to the “The West Alabama Watchman 2014 All-County Football Team”. (front) Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Alston Dinning; (Back) Andrew Martin, Cason Cook, Hayden Huckabee, Tait Sanford. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett.

The following athletes were selected to the 2014 ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show Super 11. Hayden Huckabee, Carson Huckabee, Hayden Hall

The following athletes were selected to the 2014 ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show Super 11. Hayden Huckabee, Carson Huckabee, Hayden Hall

The following athletes were selected to the 2014 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team. (front) Andrew Martin – 2nd Team Defensive Back, Hayden Huckabee – 2nd Team Running Back, Carson Huckabee – 2nd Team Athlete; (Back) Cason Cook – 1st Team Defensive Line, Tait Sanford – 1st Team Offensive Line, Hayden Hall – 1st Team Linebacker.

The following athletes were selected to the 2014 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team. (front) Andrew Martin – 2nd Team Defensive Back, Hayden Huckabee – 2nd Team Running Back, Carson Huckabee – 2nd Team Athlete; (Back) Cason Cook – 1st Team Defensive Line, Tait Sanford – 1st Team Offensive Line, Hayden Hall – 1st Team Linebacker.

Receiving awards for varsity cheerleaders are: Kimberly Parker – Christian Leadership Award; Haley Mitchell – Academic Award and Captain. The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. Haley was also recognized and received a certificate for being selected as an AISA All-Star Cheerleader and UCA All-American at cheer camp this past summer. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Denise Pope.

Receiving awards for varsity cheerleaders are: Kimberly Parker – Christian Leadership Award; Haley Mitchell – Academic Award and Captain. The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. Haley was also recognized and received a certificate for being selected as an AISA All-Star Cheerleader and UCA All-American at cheer camp this past summer. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Denise Pope.

Hayden Hucakbee was selected to the Tuscaloosa News 2014 West Alabama Super 11.

Hayden Hucakbee was selected to the Tuscaloosa News 2014 West Alabama Super 11.

Receiving awards for junior high volleyball are: Erin Hall – Christian Leadership Award and Academic Award; Jamie Moore – Most Improved;  Charlie Vickers – Best Attacker; Taylor Jordan – Most Versatile. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Barbara Etheridge.

Receiving awards for junior high volleyball are: Erin Hall – Christian Leadership Award and Academic Award; Jamie Moore – Most Improved; Charlie Vickers – Best Attacker; Taylor Jordan – Most Versatile. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Barbara Etheridge.

Cole Huckabee and Clint Vickers (not pictured) served as managers for the 2014 Varsity Football Team.

Cole Huckabee and Clint Vickers (not pictured) served as managers for the 2014 Varsity Football Team.

Serving as water girls for the 2014 varsity football team were Camilla Tutt, Payton Stokes, Coti Jordan and Andrea Edmonds. The team and coaches presented the girls with a present for their hard work.

Serving as water girls for the 2014 varsity football team were Camilla Tutt, Payton Stokes, Coti Jordan and Andrea Edmonds. The team and coaches presented the girls with a present for their hard work.

Cole Vick and Patrick Smith (not pictured) were videographers for the 2014 Varsity football team.

Cole Vick and Patrick Smith (not pictured) were videographers for the 2014 Varsity football team.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: Hayden Hall – Academic and Carson Huckabee - Christian Leadership. The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The awards were presented by their coaches, Coach Robby James and Coach Webb Tutt.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: Hayden Hall – Academic and Carson Huckabee – Christian Leadership. The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The awards were presented by their coaches, Coach Robby James and Coach Webb Tutt.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: (front) DJ Nettles – Most Improved Defensive Player, Andrew Martin – Hustle Award & Best Defensive Back, Alston Dinning – Best Defensive Back, Cason Cook – Best Defensive Lineman; (back) Hayden Hall - Best Defensive Player, Kyle Friday – Coach Award, Thomas Etheridge – Coach Award, Wallace Tutt – Longhorn Award, Carson Huckabee – Head Hunter Award.  The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: (front) DJ Nettles – Most Improved Defensive Player, Andrew Martin – Hustle Award & Best Defensive Back, Alston Dinning – Best Defensive Back, Cason Cook – Best Defensive Lineman; (back) Hayden Hall – Best Defensive Player, Kyle Friday – Coach Award, Thomas Etheridge – Coach Award, Wallace Tutt – Longhorn Award, Carson Huckabee – Head Hunter Award. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: (front) Landon Houlditch – Iron Man Award, Dalton Etheridge – Most Improved Offensive Player, Josh Holifield – Best Offensive Back, Carson Huckabee – Best Offensive Lineman; (middle) Tyler  Barkley – Coach Award, Ralph Langley – Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Martin – Head Hunter Award, Weldon Aydelott –Hustle Award; (back) Hayden Huckabee – Best Offensive Player, Tait Sanford – Coach Award. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett – Best Receiver. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving awards for varsity football are: (front) Landon Houlditch – Iron Man Award, Dalton Etheridge – Most Improved Offensive Player, Josh Holifield – Best Offensive Back, Carson Huckabee – Best Offensive Lineman; (middle) Tyler Barkley – Coach Award, Ralph Langley – Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Martin – Head Hunter Award, Weldon Aydelott –Hustle Award; (back) Hayden Huckabee – Best Offensive Player, Tait Sanford – Coach Award. Not Pictured Shade Pritchett – Best Receiver. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving “The Captain” awards for the 2014 varsity football season are Tait Sanford, Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Shade Pritchett (not pictured). The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving “The Captain” awards for the 2014 varsity football season are Tait Sanford, Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Shade Pritchett (not pictured). The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Coach Robby James was presented certificates for the following honors: AISA All-District Coach of the Year, AISA West All-Star Head Coach, and AISA Class 2A Coach of the Year.

Coach Robby James was presented certificates for the following honors: AISA All-District Coach of the Year, AISA West All-Star Head Coach, and AISA Class 2A Coach of the Year.

Making the AISA All-District Volleyball Team are Kimberly Moore and Payton Stokes.

Making the AISA All-District Volleyball Team are Kimberly Moore and Payton Stokes.

Receiving awards for junior high football are: (front) William Drake – Hustle Award; Hutson Breckenridge – Academic and Best Offensive Lineman; Daniel McCray - Christian Leadership; (middle) Ethan Biggs –Most Improved Player;  Frankie Martin - Best Offensive; Alex Owens – Best Defensive Player; (back) Davis Petrey – Best Offensive Back; Carson Etheridge – Most Improved Lineman; Austen Day – Coaches Award; hunter Parker –Most Improved Player. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

Receiving awards for junior high football are: (front) William Drake – Hustle Award; Hutson Breckenridge – Academic and Best Offensive Lineman; Daniel McCray – Christian Leadership; (middle) Ethan Biggs –Most Improved Player; Frankie Martin – Best Offensive; Alex Owens – Best Defensive Player; (back) Davis Petrey – Best Offensive Back; Carson Etheridge – Most Improved Lineman; Austen Day – Coaches Award; hunter Parker –Most Improved Player. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Coach Robby James.

The senior football players were given their jersey as a memento of their football days at Marengo Academy. Pictured are:  (front) Wallace Tutt, Tait Sanford, Sam Renner, Myles Pritchett, Ralph Langley, (middle) Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Kyle Friday, Dalton Etheridge, (back) Alston Dinning, Tyler Barkley, Will Allen. Not pictured are Chad Beverly and Shade Pritchett. The jerseys were presented by their coaches, Coach Robby James and Coach Webb Tutt.

The senior football players were given their jersey as a memento of their football days at Marengo Academy. Pictured are: (front) Wallace Tutt, Tait Sanford, Sam Renner, Myles Pritchett, Ralph Langley, (middle) Carson Huckabee, Josh Holifield, Hayden Hall, Kyle Friday, Dalton Etheridge, (back) Alston Dinning, Tyler Barkley, Will Allen. Not pictured are Chad Beverly and Shade Pritchett. The jerseys were presented by their coaches, Coach Robby James and Coach Webb Tutt.

Making “The West Alabama Watchman All-County Team” for volleyball are Amber Wilkinson, Kimberly Moore, Payton Stokes.

Making “The West Alabama Watchman All-County Team” for volleyball are Amber Wilkinson, Kimberly Moore, Payton Stokes.

Receiving awards for varsity volleyball are: Malorie Hall – Christian Leadership Award; Kimberly Moore - Academic Award; Amber Ray – Most Improved; DeAnn Honeycutt – Best Attitude; Natalie Parker – Longhorn Award.  The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Barbara Etheridge.

Receiving awards for varsity volleyball are: Malorie Hall – Christian Leadership Award; Kimberly Moore – Academic Award; Amber Ray – Most Improved; DeAnn Honeycutt – Best Attitude; Natalie Parker – Longhorn Award. The academic award is awarded to the senior with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Barbara Etheridge.

Receiving awards for junior high cheerleaders are: Emily Freeman – Christian Leadership Award; Brittan Davis – Academic Award and Captain. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. These two young ladies also were recognized and received a certificate for being selected as an UCA All-American at cheer camp this past summer. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Leah Moore.

Receiving awards for junior high cheerleaders are: Emily Freeman – Christian Leadership Award; Brittan Davis – Academic Award and Captain. The academic award is awarded to the 9th grader with the highest overall GPA. The Captain Award is voted on by the team. These two young ladies also were recognized and received a certificate for being selected as an UCA All-American at cheer camp this past summer. The awards were presented by their coach, Mrs. Leah Moore.