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The Athens baseball team featured 11 seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Wyatt Maclin, Zach Keene, Davis Elliot, Jaelen Cates, Dylan Johnston, Parker Willoughby, Tucker Reed, Julius Mayberry, Tommy White, Josh Simmons and Tyler Gainer. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featu…

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Athens Superintendent Trey Holladay has said the system has a goal of being the best at everything. Judging on the recent hires the school system has made, that certainly includes athletics.

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Athens High School's baseball seniors had the extreme disappointment of having their final season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. But four of them have the opportunity to continue their careers in college after signing to accept scholarships.

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Just a few days after the Alabama High School Athletic Association announced athletic workouts could resume June 8, Gov. Kay Ivey's amended safer-at-home order moved the workout day up a week.

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The Clements track and field team featured seven seniors in 2020. They are Braden Tucker, Jairrice Pryor, Meg Jackson, Emily Tinnon, Miles Fleming, Landon Martin and Anslee Gordon. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to…

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The West Limestone softball team featured one senior in 2020, Hannah Wilburn. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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After weeks of video conference meetings and posting workouts for players to do at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high school football coaches across the state can finally see their players in person beginning June 8, according to the Alabama High School Athletics Association.

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Charles Burkett was looking for a new challenge. Athens was looking for a new boys basketball coach. The two goals came together Tuesday when Burkett was named the Golden Eagles new head man after spending the previous 14 years coaching Hoover with great success.

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I have to admit, this past weekend was the most excited I have been in a while, at least since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world.

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The West Limestone track team featured five seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Ronald Haggenmaker, Luke Waters, Cassidy Winter, Levi Jackson and David Arnette. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-c…

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Confusion over fees charged to athletic travel teams has led the Limestone County Board of Education to consider updating its rules on charging organizations and sports teams for use of school facilities.

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Athens High School officials didn’t wait long to hire a new boys basketball coach. A month after former coach Stace Tedford’s resignation was approved by the Athens Board of Education, the high school is set to name his replacement.

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The Clements softball team featured one senior in 2020, Anslee Gordon. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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Soccer has been a big part of the Tanner athletic program for several years now. This week's release of the All-State soccer teams only bolstered the school's reputation in the sport.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR: The stock car series announced Thursday it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans.

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The Ardmore softball team featured eight seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Sydney Hall, Brooklyn Calder, Madison Lewis, Madelyn Hodges, Reagan McNeill, Ashley Ford and Chesney Widner. Not pictured is L.B. Smith. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courie…

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High school football players across Alabama should be out on the practice field, putting in work to prepare themselves for the fall season.

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The Athens Bible School baseball team featured three seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Grey Fortenberry, Chris Waddell and Jason Sims. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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The Lindsay Lane Christian Academy baseball team featured three seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Drew Turpen, Charlie Morrison and Brady Anderson. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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The high school soccer season may have been canceled halfway through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some local soccer players received some good news when they were announced to the All-State team chosen by the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Association.

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The final piece of the 2020-2022 alignment puzzle came together Thursday, as the Alabama High School Athletic Association released the area alignments for spring sports.

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The West Limestone baseball team featured four seniors in 2020. They are, standing from left, Clayten Pugh, Tucker Malone and Branson Owens. Kneeling is Dylan Simmons. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensn…

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The Athens Bible School softball team featured three seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Leighton Barksdale, Izzy Todd and Audra Stanford. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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The East Limestone softball team featured four seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Olivia Crouch, Hannah Riddle, Becca Newby and Cassidy Sowell. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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While Alabama’s golf courses have stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Golf Association has had to make numerous changes to its summer tournament schedule to accommodate the government’s recommended social distancing guidelines.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic requiring social distancing, the Athens Middle and High school cheer coaches have come up with a way to have tryouts while staying a safe distance apart.

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The Tanner softball team featured two seniors in 2020. They are Raegan Moran (11) and Jayla Walton (5). To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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Athens High School football coach Cody Gross believes the smallest things can lift people up and give them hope and inspiration.

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The Elkmont baseball team featured three seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Coby Scroggins, Brett Parker and Eli Boldin. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with their names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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The new safer-at-home order enacted Thursday by Alabama's governor has allowed the area's Minor League Baseball team to reopen its team stores.

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MIAMI (AP) — Politicians, players and owners are trying to figure out a way to get baseball, basketball and hockey going again, not only for economic reasons but as a welcome diversion for a social distancing nation facing uncertain times.

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The East Limestone baseball team featured eight seniors in 2020. They are, top row from left, Reis Browning, Jacob Burgess and Corey Crouch; middle row from left, Ian Massingill, Ben Petty and Weston Phillips; bottom row from left, Blake Robison and JD Broussard. To have your school's spring…

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The Athens Park and Recreation Department may have been forced to cancel its spring season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is trying to make it up to players and their families by extending the fall season and making it competitive.

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I will readily admit I’m not a very big NASCAR fan. While I used to watch a lot of the races, silly rule changes such as stage racing, drivers intentionally ramming each other and pack racing that turns superspeedway races into demolition derbies and decides the winner based on more luck tha…

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There has been a running theme through Quez Watkins' football career. He has never played for a team that didn't have the nickname Eagles.

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The Tanner boys soccer team featured nine seniors in 2020. They are, standing from left, Ivan Sanchez, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jamarcus McCullough, Luis Garcia, Richard Rosas, Joshua Sanchez, Daniel Leyva and Agustin Gutierrez. Kneeling is Andy Silvar. To have your school's spring sports team seni…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR can go forward with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway without fans in attendance at the end of May unless health conditions deteriorate in the state, the governor of North Carolina said Tuesday.

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The Elkmont softball team featured five seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Haven Kirby, Alli Griffis, Gabby Rhineheimer, Sydney Pressnell and Sara Davis. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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The Athens High School softball team featured four seniors in 2020. They are, from left, Skylar Anderson, Lexie Vaughan, Alli Patterson and Emma Ogden. To have your school's spring sports team seniors featured in The News Courier, send a photo with names to jeff@athensnews-courier.com.

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Nolan "Stump" Wayne Haney, 75, of Elkmont, Alabama, died May 24, 2020, at his home. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. May 27, 2020, at Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, Alabama.

Roger Daniel Butler, 57, of Athens, Alabama, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Huntsville Hospital. He was a member of Blackburn Road Baptist Church and a employee at Steelcase, Athens, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his father, James Paul Butler. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesda…

Ms. Boyd passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020. She was born June 11, 1992, in Limestone County, Alabama, to John David Carroll and Michelle Lynn McConnell Carroll. Samantha was one of a kind and someone you would never forget. Ms. Boyd is preceded in to death by grandmother Barbara McConnell, …

Linda Faye Brooks, 75, of Elkmont, Alabama, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at her residence. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans Cemetery with Terry Lamar officiating. Spry Funeral Home is directing. Mrs. Brooks was born October 25, 1944, in Limestone County. She was a member …