• By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Tanner put on such a performance in the semifinals of the Northwest Regional tournament Thursday night, it left Rattlers coach Chris Whitt searching for when the last time his team had played so well.

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Elkmont native Dakota McCurley had a big day as Calhoun Community College moved to 4-0 on the season with a sweep of four-year college Martin Methodist's junior varsity team on Thursday.

  • By Howard Fendrich, AP Sports Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin is, without a doubt, the best women's slalom skier there is. Has been for years. All of the victories confirm it. Her competitors are aware of it. And, yes, so is she.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Dominic White may have only played football at East Limestone High School for two seasons. But in those two seasons he showed the quality and skill that let everyone he could play on the next level.

While most of us in the Southeast are used to getting our athletic fixes from sports such as football, baseball, basketball and soccer, a much different sporting spectacular has been on our television screens for the past week.

  • By Pete Iacobelli, AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A year ago, surging South Carolina was building for a run to the Final Four. These days, the Gamecocks are struggling to keep their heads above .500 on their longest losing streak in four years that threatens to keep them out of the NCAA Tournament altogether.

  • By Howard Fendrich, AP Sports Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The nervous energy accumulated for Mikaela Shiffrin while she waited, waited, waited for these Olympics — the ones that so many are expecting to be HER Olympics — to finally get started. First one race was postponed. Then another.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

High school basketball is a 36-minute game, but all it took was four minutes of Tuesday night's subregional game for Tanner to blow away Falkville and extend the program's streak of Northwest Regional tournament trips to 19 straight with an 83-53 victory.

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A strong defensive effort and a flurry of late free throws lifted Elkmont to a 51-34 win over Carbon Hill Tuesday in the Northwest subregional.

  • By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Snowboarding at the Olympics turned 20 this year, and there's a good chance that in another two decades, people will still be talking about the contest that went down in the mountains of South Korea on Wednesday.

  • By Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — For her 50th birthday, Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard informed her husband that they would mark the occasion by hiking eight hours a day along Italy's rugged Amalfi coast. "Seriously?" he replied.

  • By John Zenor, AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA — Donta Hall scored on alley-oops, converted 3-point plays and spent a fair amount of time elevating his mismatched sneakers well into the air for dunks.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

The East Limestone girls basketball team enjoyed a historic season, winning both the Limestone County championship and Class 5A, Area 16 championship. But the Indians fell just short of their ultimate goal of making the Northwest Regional tournament, falling 54-41 to Pleasant Grove in the No…

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

The Athens girls basketball team has been known for tough defense this season. But the Golden Eagles had no answer for McAdory and their standout player Jamya Tyus on Monday night.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White has apologized after dismissing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as "gossip" shortly after winning his third Olympic gold medal in the men's halfpipe on Wednesday.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Chloe Kim stamped her name on a new era of snowboarding with a run down the halfpipe that, officially, did not mean anything. To her, it meant everything.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

If there is one person who epitomizes what Elkmont boys basketball has been about this year, it's Patrick Jobman. The kinesiology tape he wears on his right shoulder gives a clue as to what he has been dealing with the entire season — a painful shoulder injury he sustained playing football t…

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

West Limestone has been a jump-shooting team all season, but in its biggest game of the year, the Wildcats eschewed the jump shots for drives to the basket, and it resulted in a boatload of free-throw attempts and a Class 4A, Area 15 championship.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

With the area championship on the line, Tanner needed a defensive stop, and Jaquan Thompson provided it, getting a steal and an assist to Malik Atkins for the basket that would seal the Rattlers' 51-46 victory over Mars Hill in the Class 2A, Area 16 boys tournament championship game Friday night.

  • By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jamie Anderson will almost certainly spend more time gazing at her newest Olympic gold medal than watching replays of the slopestyle run she put down to win it.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 11, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

East Limestone standout post player Jirah Rogers had been bottled up and frustrated the entire game against Lawrence County. But when her team needed her the most, Rogers came through to help lead the Indians to an area tournament championship.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

In a season filled with close games, it's fitting that Athens' season would come down to yet another one. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, it was a heartbreaking end to their season as Jacob Vandiver's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in overtime gave Muscle Shoals a 68-67 victory over the …

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Ardmore lineman Mason Graham will be joining a program used to winning championships next season, as he has signed a scholarship to play at Georgetown College in a ceremony at the Ardmore High School gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

The crowd that packed into the elementary library at West Limestone on Wednesday afternoon was not just there to see athlete Drew Beddingfield sign a collegiate scholarship. They were there to celebrate Drew Beddingfield, the friend and mentor to his fellow students, teachers and administrators.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Down 16 points with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter against West Morgan, it would have been easy for the Elkmont basketball players to accept that their season was about to end and just play out the remaining minutes.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

The Athens Golden Eagles used some clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter to pull away from Muscle Shoals and take a 56-46 victory Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Class 6A, Area 16 girls tournament.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

The East Limestone girls basketball team has relied on its defense all season, and that theme continued Monday night in the semifinals of the Class 5A, Area 16 tournament, as the Indians pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Brooks 63-40 and advance to the tournament finals Thursday.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

With 1:23 left in the fourth quarter, it looked like a historic season for the Lindsay Lane Christian boys basketball team would come to a premature end at the hands of cross-town rivals Athens Bible.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

For the fourth time this season, the Clements and Elkmont girls faced each other on the basketball court. And in the most important of the four meetings, the Colts pulled away in the second half to take a 54-47 win in the semifinals of the Class 3A, Area 15 tournament on Monday and keep thei…

It's no surprise that the NFL has been a lightning rod of controversy for more than the last year now. It began when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee for the national anthem to protest what he said was police brutality against black men.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

With the pressure of a tie game and the distraction of a loud and boisterous crowd all around him, Jatias Turner didn't blink. The Athens senior calmly drilled two free throws with 22 seconds left to help Athens hold off Tanner in a 54-52 victory on Thursday.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Clements will go into the Class 3A, Area 15 girls basketball tournament with some momentum after an impressive 56-44 victory Thursday evening against Class 5A Brooks.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

Several high school basketball teams in Limestone County enjoyed a successful regular season, but some of the shine will be taken off that accomplishment without a good performance in what some coaches call the second season.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

For Brendan Ferris, bowling is much more than just rolling the ball down the lane and hoping to knock over as many pins as possible. It's an analytical challenge to the East Limestone senior, and his approach led to his winning the individual state bowling championship in Pelham last weekend.

  • By Jeff Edwards jeff@athensnews-courier.com

To East Limestone boys basketball coach Fred Steger, it looked like the ball would never come down. The high-arcing 3-point shot by Elkmont's Layton Smith would determine the winner of Tuesday's game, and as it left his hand, it looked good. But it teased the crowd, players and coaches by ra…