Winter Sports Still Hanging On To Spotlight

By: Tim Lambert

Local athletes signed various scholarships since our last column. Congratulations go out to two Tanner soccer players, David Pizano and Brianna Burroughs–David will continue his career at Northwest Mississippi Community College, while Brianna will go on to play at Faulkner. East Limestone’s Lucas Terry, Jeremiah Thomas, and Ashton Lockett will be playing football–Lucas signed with LaGrange (GA) and Jeremiah and Ashton will be going to College of the Cumberlands (KY).

Basketball season is still hanging on, with regional tournaments set to start this weekend. Highlights from our local schools:

Ardmore: Ardmore’s boys turned back Madison Academy 62-54 while the Lady Tigers fell 55-35. The Ardmore varsity girls beat Tanner 50-37 in the Limestone County tournament finals.

Athens Bible: In the last games in their old gym, varsity teams swept Cherokee 64-26 and 46-17.

Athens High: Athens’ boys knocked off Brooks 70-50; the Lady Golden Eagles ran to a 62-28 victory. Athens varsity teams christened their new gym with wins over Decatur: 63-59 in the boys’ game and 64-26 in the girls’ contest. A varsity sweep also came against Cullman 66-35 and 70-55. The Golden Eagles defeated East Limestone 57-46. The Athens’ girls defeated Columbia 71-58 in the area tournament, fell to Muscle Shoals 64-37 in the finals and were eliminated by Hartselle in the sub-regional 69-51.

East Limestone: The Indians beat Ardmore 51-31 while the East girls edged the Lady Tigers 49-47. East Limestone’s boys turned back West Limestone 56-35. In the county tournament, the varsity girls defeated Elkmont 51-31, while the varsity boys defeated Elkmont 69-40. The Lady Indians were also 52-48 winners over Athens. In area tournament action, the East girls eliminated Ardmore 47-35 then were trounced by Madison Academy 60-12 in the finals before being eliminated by West Point in the sub-regional tournament. The varsity boys edged Ardmore 38-35 and nipped Madison Academy 38-37 in the finals. The Indians advanced to the regional tournament with a 50-31 win over Hamilton. The bowling team finished their season coming in second at the state tournament.

Elkmont: The Elkmont varsity boys defeated Ardmore 51-47 in the Limestone County tournament. Varsity teams swept Clements 59-39 and 56-48 in post-tournament action.

James Clemens: The Lady Jets won 49-31 over Bob Jones. The boys beat Athens 53-45 and the girls got by the Lady Golden Eagles 33-30. Against East Limestone, the James Clemens boys turned back the Indians 49-34; the Lady Jets posted a 43-41 victory. A varsity sweep also came against Decatur 52-46 and 55-30. In the area tournament, James Clemens’ girls defeated Florence 51-37 before losing to Austin 38-24 in the finals. James Clemens’ boys turned back Austin 59-51, then were topped by Florence 65-51 in the finals. Girls’ and boys’ teams were slated to face Spain Park and Mountain Brook respectively in the regional tournament. On the soccer field, James Clemens’ boys topped Decatur 5-3.

Lindsay Lane: The Lions defeated Oakwood Academy 81-65. Lindsay Lane’s girls turned back Sheffield 56-41. A varsity boys’ win came against Phillips 80-61. The boys won the school’s first-ever area title, beating Oakwood Academy 71-64 and Whitesburg Christian 79-69. A 79-70 win over Woodville sent them to the regional tournament.

Tanner: In the Limestone County tournament, the varsity girls got by Clements 48-43 and West Limestone 38-36. The Rattlers came from behind to defeat East Limestone 46-44 in the finals. In the following regular season games, the boys and girls got the sweep over Clements 56-34 and 44-39. Tanner’s girls downed Colbert County 46-25 and lost to Hatton 49-39 in the area tournament. A 38-32 loss to Red Bay in the sub-regional ended their season. Tanner’s boys crushed Hatton 67-31 and won the area title with a 69-59 victory over Sheffield. They advanced to the regional tournament after beating Sulligent 77-54.

West Limestone: The varsity girls turned back Elkmont 70-55 and came out on top of East Limestone 48-35. The Wildcats took out Clements 58-24 in the Limestone County tournament. West Limestone’s middle school boys turned back Ardmore in overtime. The Lady Wildcats smacked Lauderdale County 62-30 in a regular season contest. In the area tournament, the boys got by Elkmont 49-35 and advanced to the sub-regional despite a 57-49 loss to Brooks. West

Limestone’s girls dominated Brooks 64-35 in the finals but had their season ended by Deshler 67-46 in sub-regional play. The Wildcats scored a 62-60 comeback buzzer-beater victory over Deshler to move on to the regional tournament.

By: Tim Lambert
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