An Elkmont running back is The News Courier's Player of the Week after helping his team beat Clements 24-8.
Dustin Ward, Elkmont
The News Courier Player of the Week is …
Dustin Ward, Elkmont: Ward made the most of his opportunities in Elkmont’s 24-8 win over Clements Friday. The Red Devils running back may not have had the most touchdowns this week, but he averaged 11 yards per attempt and scored the game’s opening touchdown. Ward’s five carry, 55-yard effort contributed to Elkmont’s 200-plus rushing yards.
Other local standouts
Tyler McCarley, Ardmore: McCarley carried the ball 25 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 38-14 win over Pope John Paul II Catholic. McCarley also snagged an interception.
Zach Ellis, Ardmore
Zach Ellis, Ardmore: Ellis averaged more than eight yards per carry and added a fourth quarter touchdown to compliment McCarley. Ellis carried the ball 14 times for 115 yards and a score.
Fred Rich, Tanner
Fred Rich, Tanner: Rich scored three first-half touchdowns as Tanner jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead over Sheffield. The senior finished with 14 carries for 108 yards and three scores as Tanner clinched the Class 2A Region 8 championship.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Stephens tacked on three more touchdowns to his tally in the win over Sheffield. The junior carried the ball 25 times for 197 yards and three scores.
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone: Matthews combined with quarterback Mathew Franks to score on Muscle Shoals in the first quarter of Friday’s 42-7 loss. Matthews 44-yard touchdown catch marked the first time an opponent scored first on Class 5A’s No.1 team. Matthews recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession for East Limestone.
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone: McConnell completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 178 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. The Wildcats lost 21-19 to Rogers.
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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.
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.
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.
State softball tournament begins in Athens today
The three-day, double-elimination event begins at 6 tonight at the Athens Sportsplex.
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.
- Athens softball team wins state
American Outlaws: Locals band together to support U.S. soccer team
One of the newest official chapters is in North Alabama where U.S. supporters have banded together to form American Outlaws Huntsville.
Cantering forward: McCain charged with reviving Colts' program
Cody McCain, 28, is the youngest head football coach in Limestone County, emerging from a pool of 107 applicants to become Clements' third coach in three years in early April.
2014 Coaches All-County Baseball Team
The 2014 Coaches All-County Baseball Team:
County MVP, Reed, settling in to pro ball
It was a good year for Limestone County baseball. Ardmore and Athens Bible advanced to the state championship series, while Athens gave 5A runner-up Cullman all it could handle in the postseason.
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