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October 17, 2013



Preview: This game carries massive implications with the winner claiming the fourth and final spot in 4A Region 8. A loss would not eliminate West Limestone, but the Wildcats would have to beat Haleyville in their final region game. Priceville is eliminated from the playoffs with a loss.

The Bulldogs are much improved from last season’s 2-8 record. In his third year at the helm, Dirk Strunk’s team is averaging 31 points per game. The problem is the Bulldogs also give up 29 points per game, and West should take advantage.

West Limestone is having its best season since 2010 behind an efficient offense and stingy defense. The Wildcats are allowing 18 points per game , nearly half of what they gave up last year. West Limestone has averaged 60 points per game in its last three games against Priceville.

Series history: West Limestone leads 3-2.

Last year: West Limestone won 49-41.

News Courier prediction: West Limestone 41, Priceville 33

Tanner (6-1, 5-0) at Hatton (3-4, 2-3)

Hatton Field, Hatton

Preview: Tanner’s region games have become predictable over the past few seasons. Like Alabama in college football, the Rattlers almost seem “boring” to watch because of their ruthless efficiency. Tanner is going about its business once again, going undefeated in region play while outscoring region foes 45-14. Tanner has not had a region opponent come within two touchdowns of victory in nearly three years, a 14-6 win at Oakman in October 2010.

Hatton does not appear to be a team to break Tanner’s 33-game region winning streak after last week’s 44-15 defeat at Colbert Heights. The Hornets had a chance to make the playoffs before the loss, but will be playing for pride only when they host Tanner Friday. Tanner has won the last eight in the series.

Series history: Tanner leads 10-7.

Last year: Tanner won 60-6.

News Courier prediction: Tanner 48, Hatton 13

Deshler (4-3, 2-3) at Elkmont (3-4, 3-2)

Boss Hill Stadium, Elkmont

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  • tractor*pull!2!.jpg TRACTOR PULL: A new generation takes over in Tanner

    One of the first families of the Tanner pull is the Haneys. Horace Haney, along with brother, Shirley, co-founded the event in 1976 that draws thousands to the county each year. The sons of those pulling pioneers now run the show.

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  • Clay! Haney!.jpg Clay Haney follows in father’s footsteps

    After watching his dad pull for the past 20 years, Clay finally got his chance. Although he has pulled multiple times over the years, this will be the first year to compete for points in the Mid-South Pullers Association.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • North win streak improves to 12

    The South last won 85-76 in in 2002.

    July 24, 2014

  • Local athletes lead North to soccer sweep

    East Limestone’s Dilan Sayer scored the opening goal and was named MVP of the boys game in a 3-0 win while Jordan Runion scored her team’s opening goal in a 3-1 for the girls.

    July 23, 2014

  • Davidson helps North tie

    She was one of only three North players to record a hit in the opener, which ended 3-3.
    Pitching duties were shared by Lexington’s Jessie Butler, Central-Florence’s Ashley Irons and Hartselle’s Jada Hayes along with eventual North MVP Maddie Moore of Winfield.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tedford, Potts take on the South in All-Star hoops game

    Stace Tedford has had a busy year at Athens. After leading the basketball team to a school-record 24 consecutive wins and regional finals appearance, he jumped straight into soccer season, where he took the varsity girls soccer team to another 5A state championship game.
    Wednesday, Tedford will be on the court again, coaching in the North-South All-Star basketball game.

    July 23, 2014

  • Strong local presence at state All-Star Week

    Some of the top rising seniors from the Athens-Limestone area will play in six of the games, beginning with softball and soccer games Tuesday.

    July 19, 2014

  • Chris Seibert -1996.jpg Before politics, Seibert played for the Tide

    A standout on West Limestone’s football team, Seibert’s road to Tuscaloosa wasn’t an easy one. Determined to play at the highest level, he attempted to join the Tide as a walk-on in fall 1993.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • State softball tournament begins in Athens today

    The three-day, double-elimination event begins at 6 tonight at the Athens Sportsplex.

    July 11, 2014

  • Run with goats Saturday

    Belle Chevre Creamery will hosts the first annual ‘Running with the Goats’ Saturday in downtown Elkmont. The event will feature a 10K, 5K and fun run on the certified Rails to Trails course.

    July 10, 2014



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