Elkmont High baseball coach Russ Cleveland, left, was recently selected the 2009 Limestone County Baseball Coach of the Year, while West Limestone High catcher Jeremy White, right, was named the 2009 MVP.

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The News-Courier in Athens, Alabama

Elkmont High’s athletic programs rose fast this school year. And among those excelling was the Red Devil baseball team.

For the second time in 16 years, Elkmont made it to the Class 3A baseball playoffs, before falling to Colbert County in the first round. One of the main reasons the Red Devils found success on the diamond this spring is third year head coach Russ Cleveland.

For that, Cleveland is the 2009 Limestone County Baseball Coach of the Year.

“It’s an honor anytime you’re voted on by your peers,” Cleveland said. “But the credit goes to the kids. They’re the ones that are doing all of the hard work. Baseball is a game that has to be given 110 percent and that’s what they did this season.”

Once again, West Limestone continued its success on the baseball field. And the Wildcats’ senior catcher Jeremy White was one of the focal points. For that, White is the 2009 Limestone County Baseball MVP.

“It feels good,” White said of his honor. “I wasn’t expecting it. I just tried to help my team win as much as possible.”

White’s career at West Limestone might have already come to a close, but the recent graduate isn’t through playing baseball. White is spending his summer playing with the Post 15 Senior Legion team with hopes of possibly walking on at Calhoun.

“Baseball has been my life since I was little,” White said. “So I’ve got to play ball somewhere.”

First team:

Clay Wales Ardmore

Kevin Shelton Ardmore

Zach Mitchell Ardmore

Jess McElyea Clements

Isaac Eaton Clements

Scott Chapman Clements

Jared Laxson East Limestone

Nathan Dumont East Limestone

Cade Medley East Limestone

Hudson Cleveland Elkmont

Justin Wilson Elkmont

Ian Milan Elkmont

David Adams Tanner

Corey Ham Tanner

Landon Stephens Tanner

Brandon Posey West Limestone

Austin Casteel West Limestone

Jay Romine West Limestone

Second team:

Matt Teeples Ardmore

Caleb Lindsey Ardmore

Seth Bachelor Clements

Lucas Wilbanks Clements

Corey Dunn East Limestone

Daniel Tucker East Limestone

Justin Marshall Elkmont

Ryan Ledford Tanner

Austin Harris Tanner

Lee White West Limestone

Cody Little West Limestone

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