Some Athletes Look To The Next Level While Others Focus On The Next Season

By: Tim Lambert

Local athletes took part in National Signing Day: Athens High’s Jordan Scott, A’Vonte Thompson, Josiah Trotman, and Thomas Jerkins all signed football scholarships with University of the Cumberlands; Cal George went with Huntingdon College; Rush Boyett made the choice for Samford University; and A.J. Horton inked with Independence Community College. Heath Carden picked Campbellsville University for football and baseball, East Limestone’s Tyler Moore signed a football scholarship with Hutchinson College while Jirah Rogers signed to play basketball with UAH. Elkmont’s Hunter Broadway and Tanner’s Nick Gibson will continue at Tennessee Valley Prep. James Clemens football signees included Ryan Creehan (Robert Morris), Aaron Boone (William Penn), and Manny Sanders (Mars Hill). West Limestone’s Hagen Rouse will also continue his football career at Huntingdon.

Congratulations to James Clemens Varsity and Athens Middle School for their championships at the state cheer competition.


The boys’ basketball team turned back Tanner 53-50 in the regular season. At the Limestone County tournament, the boys defeated Tanner again 47-36. Seasons ended in the area tournament with losses to Mae Jemison 74-55 (girls) and Lee 78-19 (boys).

Athens Bible

Basketball wins came against Lindsay Lane 47-36 (boys), Whitesburg Christian 42-27 (girls), Sheffield 59-27 (girls), and Waterloo 40-29 (girls). In the area tournament, the ABS girls hit the end of the road against Decatur Heritage 53-24. COVID quarantine forced the cancellation of boys’ games.

Athens High

The Lady Golden Eagles defeated Grissom 56-33, Russellville 52-36 and 49-32, and James Clemens 48-38. The boys topped Madison Academy 55-53 and Russellville 68-51. In the area tournament, both teams were eliminated by Madison Academy, 51-40 (boys) and 55-50 (girls).


Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams turned back Colbert Heights 49-46 and 41-17. The boys posted wins over East Lawrence 76-46 and Lindsay Lane 57-26. The Lady Colts defeated Randolph 47-16 and Westminster 55-29.

East Limestone

The varsity boys beat Clements 64-37 in regular season play; the girls squashed Ardmore 61-19. In the county tournament, the Indians overcame Ardmore 51-42 and the girls knocked off West Limestone 74-51. The Indians were taken out of the area tournament by Mae Jemison 63-43. The girls topped Lee 54-42 in the first round before falling to Mae Jemison 65-47 in the finals. The boys’ bowling team went through the state tournament undefeated, turning back Marbury, Elberta, and Beauregard along the way. The Lady Indians beat UMS-Wright in their quarterfinal matchup, but lost to Corner in the semi-finals.


Varsity basketball victories came against Clements 51-41 (boys) and 61-38 (girls), Wilson 64-50 (boys) and 52-33 (girls), Rogers 72-46 (boys), Colbert Heights 53-34 (girls), Randolph 69-22 (girls) and East Lawrence 59-37 (girls). The Lady Red Devils turned back Clements 59-48 in the county tournament. Both teams defeated Clements again in the area tournament before falling in the finals to Lauderdale County.

James Clemens

The Jets defeated Florence 73-66 while the girls got two regular season victories over the Lady Falcons 55-41 and 58-35. The boys also topped Austin 74-60. In the area tournament, the Lady Jets won against Bob Jones 59-45 but lost to Austin in the finals 33-30. The boys outlasted the Black Bears 71-68 and claimed the area title against Florence 80-71. Tennis teams shut out Austin. At the state indoor track meet, Cadence Huntsinger finished third in the Class 7A 60-meter hurdles while the Jets’ 4X200 meter relay team placed second. The boys’ soccer team blanked Buckhorn 2-0; the girls beat Hoover 1-0 and Decatur 6-1.

Lindsay Lane

The Lady Lions downed Sheffield 70-24 and ABS 45-39. The boys were eliminated by Decatur Heritage 59-35 in the area tournament. The girls were defeated by the Lady Eagles in the finals 64-55.


The girls beat Whitesburg Christian 73- 27, Ardmore 57-38, and Tharptown 58-36. At the county tournament, the girls edged Elkmont 49-47 and East Limestone 60-59 in overtime to win the championship. Tanner’s girls also moved past Tharptown 62-46 in the area tournament, but fell to Hatton in the finals 90-50. Tanner’s boys were taken out by Whitesburg Christian 63-37 in the first round. The boys shut out West Limestone on the soccer field 10-0.

West Limestone

Regular season wins came against St. John Paul II 37-31 (boys) and Brooks 53-49 (girls). The boys won the county tournament, eliminating Elkmont 48-28 and East Limestone in the finals 35-25. Area basketball scores saw the West Limestone girls defeating West Morgan 51-37 and Brooks 52-48 to win the area title. West Limestone’s boys’ season came to a halt against West Morgan 51-47 in overtime.
By: Tim Lambert
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