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Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

BATTING CAGES UPDATE: City rethinks closing, decides to relocate cages

The site of the new home for Lagoon Park batting cages after a groundswell of support forced city officials to rethink closing the popular venue. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 13 , 2018)

A groundswell of support was all Robert Dees needed to force city leaders to take a second look at the future of the Lagoon Park Batting Range.

And once they studied the issue, they decided to keep the batting range by moving it across the parking lot and closer to Lagoon Park Drive.

Days are numbered for popular Lagoon Park batting cages

Robert Dees has run the Lagoon Park Batting Cages for 14 years but could be out of a job at the end of September. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 10 , 2018)

After 14 years of working every day to help kids learn how to hit, Robert Dees learned he was being forced out of business by a message left on his answering machine.

Dees, who has paid the city a rental fee for the Lagoon Park Batting Range since 2004, will have his contract with the city terminated on Sept. 30 as the city seeks to expand its softball complex for the first time in more than 20 years.

INDEPENDENCE DAY - We choose Liberty!

Staff Report
(July 3, 2018)

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. Thomas Paine

COLUMN: Wednesday’s private school-Central Board meeting may be short-term remedy

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 21, 2018)

Are we nearing the end of the Alabama High School Athletic Association format that allows public and private schools to play together?

As speculation grows concerning the outcome of “St. Paul’s Episcopal School v. the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Steven P. Savarese,” there are those in the private school ranks that have concerns that the time is drawing closer in being excluded from the AHSAA’s general population regardless of how U.S. District Judge William H. Steele rules on the civil suit …

Langham relives good and bad of the past as part of Kevin Turner Memorial Tourney

After becoming a legend in Alabama football lore, Antonio Langham is attempting to do the same at the high school level as a coach. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 18, 2018)

Antonio Langham is a name familiar to college football fans from the 1990s.

He has been immortalized by the Southeastern Conference’s “Storied” series after his MVP performance in the inaugural SEC Championship Game included an interception of Florida quarterback Shane Matthews for the game-winning touchdown in the final minutes of the nation’s first conference championship game in 1992.

But older college football fans or today’s football documentaries aren’t the teachers of this generation of high school defensive backs. 

FEATURE: The Intercoastal and the Greenbow Biscuits, a story

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(May 31, 2018)

This is the history, albeit fictional, of an independent baseball league spawned from days when the game was nearing the beginning of the end of the romantic age – Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Koufax. Independent baseball had roots in the south thanks to the Major League’s travel to and fro Spring Training.

On Friday, the Montgomery Biscuits will have a special promotion – “Gump in the Gump” to celebrate the movie “Forrest Gump” with fictitious team jerseys from his hometown, Greenbow, Ala.  The Biscuits will wear what would be replica jerseys in their game against the Jackson Generals.

City considers middle school baseball/softball leagues

David Thomas, Davey Thomas and Kanzy Williams discuss the new project that would bring baseball and softball to city middle schools. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 25, 2018)

Baseball enthusiasts and coaches interested in forming middle school baseball and softball teams gathered at Park Crossing High on Wednesday to discuss ways to raise money for the project.

Former coach David Thomas and his son, Park Crossing baseball coach David Thomas Jr., were instrumental in putting together a proposal for Montgomery Public Schools in which baseball and softball programs would be created in the middle schools.

AHSAA adds e-sports as sanctioned sport

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 18, 2018)

The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Central Board voted on Thursday to sanction video gaming at its member schools beginning in the fall of 2018.

City’s Garrett Coliseum added as AHSAA basketball regional site

Garrett Coliseum is the new home for the AHSAA Regional Tournament, joining Alabama State’s Acadome as one of two sites for the tournament. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 12, 2018)

The city of Montgomery will make history in February, 2019 when two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s four basketball regionals will be played in the Capital City.

The Central Regional, which has been held at Alabama State’s Dun-Oliver Acadome since 2007, will be renamed the Southeast Regional and will be joined by the Southwest Regional at Garrett Coliseum.

SPECIAL REPORT: Montgomery tennis facilties lagging behind rival cities

The Arizona State men’s tennis team celebrates their win of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic on Feb. 25, 2018 at Lagoon Park. The facility is in need of additional courts to bolster the long-standing tourney. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 8, 2018)

The 70th annual Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic was a rousing success. The kids’ festival was well attended, the top two ranked women’s teams battled for the title and local favorite Alabama reached the finals before losing to Arizona State.

But as organizers continue to shuffle the tournament between the outdated Lagoon Park Tennis Center and antiquated O’Connor Tennis Center – where several of the courts are not in playing condition – there is a concern that facilities which used to be a source of pride for the community could become a liability.

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Days are numbered for popular Lagoon Park batting cages
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Wednesday
CFB - SEC Media Days: Atlanta (Alabama/ Missouri/ Miss St/ Tennessee)
HS - Alabama All-Star Sports Week (click for info)
HSXC - All-Star Week Cross County (g/b), 7:30 a.m. (AUM)
HSBB - All-Star Week North-South (g/b), 5/7 p.m. (ASU Acadome)
SLBASE - Mississippi (Braves) at Biscuits, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday
CFB - SEC Media Days: Atlanta (Auburn/ South Carolina/ Vanderbilt)
HS - Alabama All-Star Sports Week (click for info)
HSFB - All-Star Week North-South, 7 p.m. (Cramton Bowl)
HSVB - All-Star Week North-South, 4 p.m. (AUM)
SLBASE - Mississippi (Braves) at Biscuits, 6:30 p.m.
Friday
HS - Alabama All-Star Sports Week (click for info)
SLBASE - Mississippi (Braves) at Biscuits, 6:30 p.m.
 

 

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