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September 13, 2013



Series history: Clements leads 12-10

Last Year: Madison Academy won 55-0

News Courier Prediction: Madison Academy 56, Clements 7

Russellville (0-2) at East Limestone (0-2)

7 p.m., East Limestone Stadium

Preview: Russellville travels or limps into Capshaw tonight looking for its first win of the season. The Tigers are 0-2 for the first time since 1997 while East Limestone is 0-2 for the second consecutive year. Offense has been the Tigers problem this season after losing offensive coordinator Shane Smothers and his two sons to Muscle Shoals in the offseason.

East hasn’t had a problem scoring, averaging 24 points per game in two losses this season. The problem is defense. The Indians, gave up 45 points to Cullman last week.

Series history: Russellville leads 4-1

Last Year: Russellville won 37-14

News Courier Prediction: East Limestone 24, Russellville 20

Westminster (1-1) at Elkmont (0-2)

7 p.m., Boss Hill Stadium

Preview: Elkmont hosts Westminster tonight and is looking for its first win of the season. The Red Devils have found ways to score this season, but can’t slow teams down enough to enter the fourth quarter with a chance to win. Westminster narrowly missed the playoffs last season in one of the toughest regions in 3A. The Wildcats were shut out 35-0 by Deshler last week.

Series history: Westminster leads 1-0

Last Year: Westminster won 40-14

News Courier Prediction:  Westminster 21, Elkmont 17

Cherokee (0-2) at Tanner (1-1)

7 p.m., Rip Swanner Stadium

Preview: Tanner proved last week that its opening-season loss to Madison Academy is not an indication of how their year will go. Last week’s 35-14 win was against one of the best teams in 2A Region 8, meaning Tanner should have little trouble with the rest of its regular season schedule.

Series history: Tanner leads 11-4

Last Year: Tanner won 67-7

News Courier Prediction: Tanner 55, Cherokee 6

Central (2-0) at West Limestone (1-1)

7 p.m., James Kennemer Stadium

Preview: West Limestone plays its second tough opponent in as many weeks when the Wildcats hosts Central in a 4A Region 8 contest. West held its own against 2012 region champs Brooks in a 27-12 defeat last week. Region runner-up and possible front-runner this season, Central, brings an undefeated team to Salem looking to go 3-0. Dropping another region game wouldn’t be the end of the world, but a win would dramatically increase West Limestone’s chances of making the playoffs. Central has won eight consecutive games in the series.

Series history: Central leads 8-5

Last Year: Central won 62-12

News Courier Prediction: Central 27, West Limestone 22


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  • Prep Football Preview: Clements

    The school turned to 28-year-old Cody McCain to turn around the program that made four straight playoff appearances from 2006-2009. McCain will become the Colts’ third head coach in as many years and the youngest varsity head coach in Limestone County.

    August 1, 2014

  • Prep Football Preview: Elkmont

    The Red Devils return 15 starters with more than two-dozen juniors and seniors who have played significant minutes on the depth chart.

    July 31, 2014

  • West Limestone’s Siniard picks Southern Miss

    Siniard committed to the Golden Eagles Saturday after visiting the campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound offensive and defensive tackle has started for the varsity since he was a freshman.

    July 30, 2014

  • 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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



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