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ALL-STAR WEEK: North continues dominance in basketball

St. James' guard Micala Fisanick drives past Homewood's Hannah Barber in Wednesday's North-South All-Star game. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 20, 2017)

Micala Fisanick came into Wednesday’s Alabama All-Star Sports Week basketball competition hoping to showcase her shooting ability in the Auburn University Montgomery Physical Education Complex.

The Saint James senior-to-be came off the bench to open the second quarter and nailed the first 3-pointer she took, but didn’t make another basket the remainder of the game. Her next shot, a 15-footer from the left side of the court, was followed by a pair of 3-point misses as shots, in addition to playing time, was in short supply.


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ALL-STAR WEEK: Robertson earns MVP while North gets sweep

St. James' T.R. Robertson was named the South MVP after a solid performance in Tuesday's All-Star game. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 19, 2017)

His night started with a strikeout on three pitches.

And while the next at-bat didn’t come until the seventh inning, T.R. Robertson made the most of his night in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week baseball game, collecting a hit in his final two at-bats while playing error-free ball at four positions in the field to collect most valuable player honors for the South squad on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.


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ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: LAMP's Heo leads local participants in cross country

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 19, 2017)

Hundreds of track stars compete at the high school level every year in anonymity.

Even the best ones, such as LAMP junior Won Heo, can help their athletic program to a state championship, but their own classmates know little about their accomplishments.

Their efforts received a little recognition recently when the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association added boys and girls cross country to the competition in the 21st Alabama All-Star Sports Week.


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ALL-STAR SPORTS WEEK: South salvages split in softball

ACA's Lacey Spear participated in Tuesday's all-star game at Lagoon Park. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Combined Report
(July 19, 2017)

The North girls pounded 13 hits in game one to beat the South 12-6, and the South bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-1 Tuesday night at Lagoon Park as the 21st AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week all-star competition got underway.

The South salvaged a split in the series that has been dominated through the years by their North counterparts. The North girls, coached by Mortimer Jordan’s Shawn Maze and Josh Graham of Lawrence County, now hold a 25-10-3 edge after Tuesday’s split. The South was coached by Donna Sunnycalb of Saraland and Matt Hendricks of Auburn.


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ALL-STAR WEEK: Robertson ready for anything in North-South baseball

T.R. Robertson of St. James will play in Tuesday's All-Star game at Riverwalk Stadium. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 18, 2017)

T.R. Robertson should be prepared for whatever happens in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week baseball games that will be held Tuesday evening at Riverwalk Stadium.

Whether he’s asked to play outfield, infield or pitch, he’s done it before. In fact, in 2015, the Saint James junior played every position on the diamond except first base.


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Former Vol Gunter shares his success with city's youth

Ladarius Gunter chats with former Jeff Davis coach, Charles Lee, during Saturday's football camp at Cramton Bowl. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 16, 2017)

Every day, it seems, Ladarius Gunter has to prove himself.

Moving from neighborhood to neighborhood as he grew up in Montgomery, he had to prove himself over and over again in youth sports.


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AUM moves closer to NCAA D-II status

Contributed
(July 17, 2017)

Auburn University at Montgomery moved one step closer to full NCAA Division II membership Friday, when it was approved to advance to year two of the three-year membership process.


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All-Star Sports Week has local flavor, new sport

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 16, 2017)

It took 20 years, but another sport finally has been added to Alabama All-Star Sports Week.

The 21st All-Star Sports Week will be held in Montgomery on July 17-22 featuring male and female high school standouts competing in football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer and now boys and girls cross country.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Alabama overwhelming favorite

Jalen Hurts was selected first team all-SEC by the media this week. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

Staff Report
(July 14, 2017)

The annual prediction by the members of SEC Media Days and to no surprise, Alabama is expected to win the 2017 SEC Championship.

The Crimson Tide received 217 votes for champion while Auburn was picked by 11 members of the media to win the title.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Confidence is high in Auburn camp

Gus Malzahn told the media on Thursday that Auburn should be a contender in 2017. (Staff Photo)

ByTim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 14, 2017)

HOOVER – If confidence breeds winning, then Auburn fans have plenty of reason for high expectations entering the 2017 season.

With eight starters back on offense, seven on defense and one of the nation’s most accurate kickers rounding out the special teams, head coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t seem concerned if anyone believes he’s on the hot seat.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Freeze states that integrity, character still exist at Ole Miss

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze spent the majority of his time defending his program at SEC Media Days. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 14, 2017)

HOOVER – It took nearly 3,000 words and more than 15 minutes but Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze did what he could to get his point across.

Just two days removed from more controversy surrounding a program already strife with trouble due to a five-year-old NCAA investigation, Freeze all but proclaimed that Ole Miss football was in good hands.

His opening statement at SEC Media Days on Thursday was the longest of any of the 14 coaches but it had more purpose than any other.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Youth may be a challenge for Crimson Tide

Nick Saban stated that his 2017 team may be the youngest ever, particularly on defense. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 12, 2017)

HOOVER – There are more questions than answers with this edition of the Alabama Crimson Tide, but that’s not expected to keep the media at SEC Media from voting the Tide as the overwhelming choice to win the conference title in 2017.

Nick Saban, making his 11th appearance as the Tide’s head coach, called this one of the youngest squads he’s ever assembled, which often reflects a sign of rebuilding.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Fitzpatrick taking leadership role seriously

Alabama Minkah Fitzpatrick said he shouldered the blame with all of the leaders following last year's loss to Clemson in the championship game. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 12, 2017)

HOOVER – Minkah Fitzpatrick didn’t get much of a mention from his head coach during Wednesday’ SEC Media Days session.

In fact, there was only a small reference by Nick Saban about all three of Alabama’s representatives in the media room.

In the case of Fitzpatrick, it could be considered the norm since he is probably the most dependable player on a team that has a plethora of talent and reliability.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Sankey settles in

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was grilled on several topics and SEC Media Days this week. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 12, 2017)

HOOVER –Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey launched SEC Media Days 2017 with a state-of-the-conference address on the 50th anniversary of African-American involvement in SEC sports, but later found himself defending the conference’s media relationship with cable television, primarily ESPN.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Can Vandy contend? Mason says 'yes'

Derek Mason has high expectations for the Vanderbilt Commodores in 2017. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 11, 2017)

HOOVER – Here’s a fact known to anyone who has paid even moderate attention to college football.

The Vanderbilt football program has not won an SEC championship in its history. For those counting at home that’s 84 years.

It hasn’t come close. The last time Vandy won anything in the sport was prior to the conference’s existence when the Southern Conference was home to many of the current members of the SEC.  The league ended in 1932.

Why bring up these facts in 2017?


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: With return of running backs, Georgia already winning

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was all smiles when asked about the return of his stud running backs, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 11, 2017)

HOOVER – Year 2 of the Kirby Smart tenure at Georgia is about to begin.

And before the first snap of the 2017 season, he already has a couple of victories to his credit.

They came in the form of the return of his Cadillac running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

As expected, Smart celebrated.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Orgeron is the man at LSU but does that translate to wins?

LSU coach Ed Orgeron has the enthusiasm but the question remains if he can lead the Tigers back to the SEC Championship. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 10, 2017)

HOOVER - LSU coach Ed Orgeron opened his talk at SEC Media Days on Monday with a story about his days as a child growing up in Louisiana.

He told all about watching LSU play Notre Dame and watching his hero, former Tiger great Ronnie Este.

He became a fan and is still one as well as the head coach.



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SEC MEDIA DAYS 2017: Jones, Vols ignore the howls and stay positive

Tennessee coach Butch Jones was confident his team can be a factor in 2017. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 10, 2017)

HOOVER – Butch Jones made his fifth appearance at the annual SEC Media Days on Monday.

Just like the previous four, he kept it positive. 

If only his fans were as convinced that his team is on the right track.

For most, a 9-4 finish in the SEC would be a solid performance, considering the injuries the Volunteers suffered in 2016.

But the yells from Rocky Top weren't those of glee but more like anger and disgruntlement.


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SEC MEDIA DAYS NOTES: Sankey inherits new job

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(July 10, 2017)

HOOVER - When it comes to making decisions regarding the rescheduling of conference games, the commissioner is now in charge.

Last season’s debacle of rescheduling the LSU-Florida game led SEC athletic directors to give full power to the commissioner, in this case Greg Sankey, to make the decisions regarding when a game would be rescheduled.


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