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October 10, 2013


Last week: 5-1; overall: 26-12


Last year: Ardmore won 38-14.

Series history: Ardmore is 1-0.

News Courier Prediction: Ardmore 26, John Paul II 14

Clements (1-5, 1-3) at Elkmont (2-4, 2-2)

Boss Hill Stadium, Elkmont

Preview: Both teams enter this fixture limping after blowout losses a week ago. Elkmont’s 56-13 loss was just another stop on the Madison Academy victory tour. The Red Devils became just the second team to score more than one touchdown against the defending 3A champs.

In a game Clements had a real chance to win, the Colts fell flat, losing 41-12 on homecoming to Westminster. Elkmont beat that same Westminster squad by double digits earlier this season.

Last year: Elkmont won 24-8.

Series history: Clements leads 26-23.

News Courier Prediction: Elkmont 31, Clements 13

East Limestone (2-4, 1-3) at Muscle Shoals (6-0, 4-0)

J.F. Moore Stadium, Muscle Shoals

Preview: East Limestone hits the road for the fourth time in five weeks when it travels to 5A No. 3 Muscle Shoals. Muscle Shoals has not shown many weaknesses thus far, allowing the most points it has all season in a 24-9 win over Hartselle last week.

The Trojans have outscored opponents by an average score of 42-2 this season.

East Limestone simply fell into a hole it could not climb out of against Athens last week. The Indians will be eager to start fresh against what will be one of their toughest tests all season.

Last year: Muscle Shoals won 42-7.

Series history: Muscle Shoals leads 6-2.

News Courier Prediction: Muscle Shoals 35, East Limestone 7

Sheffield (2-4, 2-2)  at Tanner (5-1, 4-0)

Rip Swanner Stadium, Tanner

Preview: Tanner can claim a home-field playoff game with a victory over Sheffield Friday. The Rattlers, of course, have their sights set higher than that, but another region title will have to wait another week to be clinched.

Sheffield has an outside chance of making the playoffs, which could be decided by its final region game against Hatton.

Last year: Tanner won 46-20.

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  • 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

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    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

  • Softball team.JPG Athens softball team wins state

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • American Outlaws1.jpg 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.

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cody McCain 1.JPG 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.

    July 2, 2014 2 Photos



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