Athens entered Friday’s Florence Soccer Challenge undefeated and left Saturday afternoon with the same unblemished record and another trophy in tow.
AHS tied its first game of this season but won four more, including Saturday afternoon’s championship game against Westminster.
In that championship game, Athens grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second half when Ramon Jurado slotted a pass through to Josh Bailey, who buried the chance. Jurado opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game to give Athens an early lead.
Westminster scored with 10 minutes left in the game, but was unable to find an equalizer against a solid Athens defense. Westminster advanced to the championship game after beating East Limestone in a penalty shootout in the semifinals.
Though 10 games, the Golden Eagles have allowed just three goals including one to Westminster.
“We’re playing very good defense,” said Athens head coach Ron Oakley. “We’ve only given up three goals in 10 matches. They are communicating really well. This is an experienced team, and that has helped.”
The disciplined Athens defense carried its stingy streak into the weekend’s tournament, posting shutouts in all three of its pool play games.
Christopher Gregory and Devin Hooie scored in a 2-0 win against Benjamin-Russell to open to the tournament. Gregory added two more goals in a 10-0 win over West Limestone in Friday’s other game.
Wynn Baker, Cole Schrimsher, Will Reaves, Wyatt Boyd, Robby Phraner, Hunter Brown, Charlie Holland and Jurado each scored goals in the win.
Athens tied Westminster 0-0 in the final pool play game Saturday morning before defeating Fort Payne 2-1 in the semifinals. Against the 2011 5A state champions, Jurado and Bailey were once again the difference.
“That was a game that could have gone either way,” said Oakley. “We were fortunate to beat a good team.”
Athens senior Hunter Brown was selected as the tournament MVP.
Athens will travel to Huntsville today for a non-region contest.
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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.
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.
North win streak improves to 12
The South last won 85-76 in in 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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