• By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

East Limestone's girls soccer team enjoyed one of the best seasons in its history, and a big reason for that success was rewarded with a trip to Montgomery this summer.

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The Clements High School girls golf team shows off its first-place ribbons and plaques at the sub-state tournament earlier this month. The team also placed first in the county tournament, second in sectionals and third in state. This was the girls team's third year making it to the state tou…

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Ardmore had plenty of opportunities to grab a win over Alexandria Wednesday night in the Class 5A softball state tournament and keep its season alive. But the big hit the Tigers needed remained just out of reach in a 7-6 loss.

In the moments after a season-ending loss, there are always tears. The pain of a sudden end to a season that was so successful can bring about a huge amount of emotion, and that was no different for Ardmore's players after a tough 7-6 loss to Alexandria Wednesday night which eliminated the T…

  • By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer

With bold vision, keen intellect and a gentle manner, Mike Slive guided the Southeastern Conference to unprecedented success and prosperity in 13 years as commissioner. He pushed for a college football playoff years before others embraced it and was a steadying force during a time of enormou…

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Clements senior Matt Smith can look back with pride on his performance in the Class 3A state tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Fighting Joe course in Muscle Shoals.

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MONTGOMERY — Through four innings of Wednesday morning's opening game of the Class 5A state softball tournament, it looked as if Ardmore was in for a tough challenge. But a huge bottom of the fifth inning turned a close game into a blowout and set the stage for what Tigers coach Stephen Baug…

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

It was a much quieter bus ride back to campus for the Ardmore Tigers softball team following the 2018 Class 5A North Regional tournament compared to the previous year. Yes, they had won the tournament to advance to the state tournament for the second consecutive year, but the mood was subdued.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Athens Bible School baseball coach Bill Murrell could choose many different ways to compliment his catcher Cade Abernathy. But he prefers to let other coaches do it for him.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Elkmont and West Limestone were both eliminated from the North Regional softball tournament after dropping two games in their respective classifications.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

With two great pitchers facing off in the Class 5A North Regional tournament championship game Friday afternoon, Ardmore coach Stephen Baugh knew it would take something a little different in order to break through against Alexandria pitcher Maggie Phillips.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Elkmont wasted no time in showing its dominance and took care of business early, scoring 14 runs in the first two innings of an eventual 15-0 win over New Hope in the first game of the Class 3A North Regional softball tournament.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

After keeping their seasons alive with victories Thursday night, both Athens High and Athens Bible couldn't keep it going Friday morning, as both teams were eliminated from their respective North Regional tournaments.

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Editor's note: Olivia Patton's name has been corrected. We apologize for the error.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Athens needed a little bit of everything in its first game of the Class 6A North Regional tournament Thursday afternoon against Fort Payne, and fortunately for the Golden Eagles, they got it.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Ardmore softball coach Stephen Baugh has been preaching for his players to keep their eyes on the individual games and not look at the big picture as they attempt to get back to the Class 5A state tournament.

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  • By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws.

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Registration for Calhoun Community College's softball camp is now open. The camp is open to any girls in the seventh through 12th grades and will take place at the Calhoun softball field on the Decatur campus Tuesday, June 19, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

With the regular season and area tournaments now over, five local softball teams are still alive in a quest for an elusive state champion. The next hurdle to clear in the path to a title is the North Regional tournament, which begins Thursday at the Huntsville Sportsplex.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Martha Jo Leonard meant so much to the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame and its scholarship program that after she died earlier this year, it seemed fitting the board of directors would choose to name its scholarship golf tournament after her.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Clements senior Matt Smith could be forgiven if he breathed a sign of relief when looking at the scoreboard following his round at the Class 3A North sub-state golf tournament at Silver Lakes in Glencoe Monday.

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Tuesday.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will make $1.2 million annually and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is set to earn $1.1 million.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Autumn Davis and Haven Kirby combined to give Elkmont a Class 3A, Area 15 tournament championship Friday night, Davis with her pitching and Kirby with the bat.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Several local athletes placed well in the state track and field meets which took place Saturday. The Class 1A-3A meet took place in Cullman, while the Class 4A-7A meet was at Gulf Shores.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Athens Bible had all but booked a trip to the Class 1A semifinals. The Trojans had defeated Spring Garden 5-3 in the first game of their three-game quarterfinal series and led 4-1 entering the seventh inning of game two Friday night. But from that point on, the dream of a possible state cham…

  • By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer

EAGAN, Minn. — Daniel Carlson's career-best field goal at Auburn was 56 yards. His confidence range indoors reaches 65. During pre-draft training in the high altitude of his home state Colorado, he said, even a 75-yard kick was makeable.

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  • By TOMMY DEAS, The Tuscaloosa News

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Sherman Williams ran with a football for the University of Alabama and for the Dallas Cowboys. Later, he ran from the law.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Ardmore softball coach Stephen Baugh still vividly remembers the first time he realized what a special player Karla Hice could turn out to be.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

A dominant pitching performance from Autumn Davis and some timely hitting led Elkmont to a 4-0 victory over West Morgan in the first round of the Class 3A, Area 15 softball tournament Thursday.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Athens Bible is used to making deep baseball playoff runs, and Trojans coach Bill Murrell said he expects that to help his experienced team as they take on Spring Garden in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A playoffs today.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Alyssa Tidwell and Olivia Crouch combined to shut out Brooks and the East Limestone offense did just enough in a 1-0 win in the first round of the Class 5A, Area 16 softball tournament Thursday afternoon.

Since school started last August, I have been to too many athletic contests in Athens and Limestone County to count.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Down 2-0 to Westminster Christian and without their top goal scorer, East Limestone's girls soccer season looked to be ending with a whimper.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Ardmore cruised through the Class 5A, Area 15 tournament, taking the championship with a pair of 15-0 wins over Lee-Huntsville Tuesday.

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  • By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped along a rural road in Alabama apparently was killed in retaliation for the slaying of a former Green Bay Packers player, authorities said Wednesday.

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Clements golfer Matt Smith won medalist honors Monday in the Class 3A, Section 4, boys golf tournament at Point Mallard in Decatur.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

A two-run single by Mallory Jo Mitchell in the bottom of the first inning was all East Limestone needed, as pitcher Olivia Crouch shut down Athens in a 2-1 Indians victory Monday afternoon.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Numerous local track and field athletes found success at sectionals over the weekend, working toward qualifying for the state track and field meet for their respective classifications.

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