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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But as organizers continue to shuffle the tournament between the outdated Lagoon Park Tennis Center and antiquated O’Connor Tennis Center – where several of the courts are not in playing condition – there is a concern that facilities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.

Arizona State, Illinois win Blue-Gray tennis titles

The Illinois women’s tennis team celebrates the championship win in the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic at Lagoon Park. (Photo by George Wakefield)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 27, 2018)

The 70th annual Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic lived up to its billing as two ranked teams battled for the women’s title and two Cinderella squads clashed for the men’s championship.

Dixie Baseball and Softball registration continues Saturday

Staff Report
(February 9, 2018)

Registration for Dixie Baseball and Softball in Montgomery continues this weekend.

Any youth between the age of 5-18 are eligible to play in one of eight leagues.

MTSU defense has final say in Camellia Bowl win

Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney presents Camellia Bowl trophy to MTSU coach Rick Stockstill after the Blue Raiders’ win over Arkansas State on Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Combined Report
(December 17, 2017)

Middle Tennessee defeated Arkansas State in the highest scoring game in Raycom Media Camellia Bowl history. But head coach Rick Stockstill still praised his defense following the Blue Raiders 35-30 win before an announced crowd of 20,612 on a chilly Saturday at Cramton Bowl.

Camellia Bowl opponents MTSU, Arkansas St familiar foes

(December 3, 2017)

Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee have been selected to meet in the fourth annual Raycom Media Camellia Bowl at historic Cramton Bowl, it was announced Sunday afternoon by ESPN Events.

The 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is one of five bowl games to air on ESPN networks on the opening day of the college football bowl season.

Local high school coach spends family time on the music stage

The band "Whatley and Co." features (from left) sons Kirkland, Kyle, Karson, and father Andy, whose full-time job is coaching football and baseball at Evangel Christian Academy. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 28, 2017)

During the day, Andy Whatley juggles teaching and coaching duties at Evangel Christian Academy, teaching a little history while coaching football and baseball at the small private school on Vaughn Road.

On weekend nights, Whatley often spends time with his three oldest children — Kyle, Karson and Kirkland — as the quartet plays private parties with their rock band “Whatley & Co.”

Former swimming coach Don Gambril to speak at local YMCA

Staff Report
(September 13, 2017)

The YMCA of Great Montgomery has announced a special program with former University of Alabama swim coach Don Gambril on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Hanger at the Alley in downtown Montgomery.

Jacksonville State handles Chattanooga in FCS Kickoff

Roc Thomas had 190 total yards in Jacksonville State’s win over Chattanooga on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Jacksonville St Media Relations)

(August 26, 2017)

Fifth-ranked Jacksonville State used a heavy dose of Roc Thomas and swarming defense to post a 27-13 win over No. 12 Chattanooga in the 2017 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff in front of 12,952 fans at the historic Cramton Bowl in the season-opener for both teams.

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.

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