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PREP OPENERS: Success Unlimited Academy looking to field team in 2018

Athletic director Bill Granger has plans for Success Unlimited Academy to field a football team in 2018. The jerseys are ready but the program needs financial help to get started. (Photo by Tim Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 21, 2017)

While other athletic directors and football coaches are scrambling in August to get their team on the field for its first game, Bill Granger is quietly and efficiently working behind the scenes with a deadline of his own.

The Success Unlimited Academy athletic director doesn’t have his own football team, but he has plans for one. And if he can field a team in time for the 2018 football season, Granger should have several options on how the Mustangs will compete before they ever take the field.

Camellia Bowl alum dots various watch lists

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 4, 2017)

Almost 20 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl alumni are among the nation’s best collegiate players on the 17 preseason watch lists honoring players at their respective positions.

The watch lists, released over a two-week period, include a number of players from Camellia Bowl participants South Alabama, Bowling Green, Appalachian State, Ohio University and Toledo.

AHSAA Board returns revenue to schools, debates ‘private school issue’ behind closed doors

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 26, 2017)

Officials with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, at their Wednesday Central Board of Control meeting, voted to return $2 million to the member schools under the AHSAA’s revenue sharing plan.

One of the major issues that is generating discussion outside of the building, the ongoing debate over what to do with the state’s private schools as a new classification year approaches, was not discussed at the public forum.

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.

AUM moves closer to NCAA D-II status

(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.

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.

Monson sees more success in future of LAMP athletics

Construction continues for the new LAMP school building. At the same time, new principal Matthew Monson is looking to improve the school’s athletic program. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 7, 2017)

After overseeing what is arguably the most successful season in the history of LAMP athletics, principal Matthew Monson is aiming for higher goals in 2017-18.

The Class 4A program likely will never field a football program and doesn’t have a golf team, but qualified or made an impact in eight of the 15 sports that have championship play, reaching the semifinals in baseball and winning the school’s first-ever sports title in boys’ cross country in 2016-17.

Turk teaches during annual Camellia Bowl clinic

Huntingdon head football coach Mike Turk speaks to the young players at the recent Camellia Bowl Youth Clinic at Cramton Bowl. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 7, 2017)

More than 200 participants showed up for the fourth annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl youth clinic presented by Alabama Power despite the inclement weather that threatened Cramton Bowl recently.

RRS will be on vacation June 27-July 7

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(June 26, 2017)

Beginning Tuesday (June 27), the staff of River Region Sports will be taking a few days off for vacation. We will return on July 8 and begin preparation and coverage of SEC Media Days which is slated for July 10-13.

Former Eastern Dixie Youth championship team celebrates coach

Former Dixie Youth coach Dinky Hughes and his wife Annette were honored by his former players at a recent dinner. (Photo courtesy of Patsy Hughes)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 19, 2017)

Summer league players are practicing and playing on all-star teams this week, getting ready for upcoming Dixie Baseball (and softball) tournaments, advancing through the ranks of the city, district and state tournaments in hopes of making it to the World Series.

Former players, who are old enough to remember the early years of Dixie Baseball, recall the Eastern League group that dominated the city’s baseball landscape in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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