Opening Day!

sec-baseball-logoWelcome back NCAA Division I College Baseball.  It was 234 days since Florida defeated LSU for the 2017 National Championship at the College World Series in Omaha.

St. Louis and Old Dominion kicked off the 2018 season in Kissimmee, Fla. Old Dominion’s Jim Fluke delivered the first pitch of the new season. St. Louis CF Matt Schwarz recorded the first hit (first inning single) and scored the first run (wild pitch) of the new year. ODU won the game 8-3.

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Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon was among nine D1 head coaches to win their head coaching debut on Friday. Alabama took down Valparaiso 16-2 in Bohannon’s debut. The other first-time winners included Rob Vaughn (Maryland), Michael Federico (UL Monroe), Ryan Garko (Pacific), Skip Johnson (Oklahoma), Kerrick Jackson (Southern), Patrick Hallmark (Incarnate Word), Derek Matlock (UT Rio Grande Valley) and Billy Mohl (South Florida). Continue reading “Opening Day!”


SEC Players to Wear Graduation Patch

secfootballlogoA total of 116 Southeastern Conference football student-athletes are eligible to wear the SEC Graduation Patch in post-season bowl games, signifying that they have earned their college degrees.

The SEC introduced the patch in 2016 season for student-athletes in all sports who have already earned their degree, but have not exhausted their eligibility.  The SEC logo patch on their uniforms is replaced with a special patch with the word “Graduate” underneath the conference logo. The patch is similar in design for all conference schools, but it is school-specific in color. Continue reading “SEC Players to Wear Graduation Patch”

Pinson Valley Wins First State Title

nziiudaeJunior quarterback Bo Nix passed for one touchdown and rushed for two others as Pinson Valley (15-0) battled from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Wetumpka 31-10 in the 2017 Super 7 Class 6A State football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The 6A game closed out the three-day championship extravaganza attended by 35,921 for the week.  Final day attendance was 11,659.

The championship was the first football title in Pinson Valley history and the perfect 15-0 season was also a first – all coming in Coach Pat Nix’s first season as head coach. Continue reading “Pinson Valley Wins First State Title”

Lanett Wins 2A State Championship

nziiudaeLanett High School overcame a 15-0 first-quarter deficit with 33 unanswered points Friday afternoon to beat Leroy 33-15 in the 2017 Super 7 Class 2A State football championship game  at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The championship was the first football title in school history and concluded a 15-0 season for Coach Christopher Story’s team – best in school history. The Panthers’ boys’ basketball team won the Class 2A state title the last two seasons. Continue reading “Lanett Wins 2A State Championship”

UMS Wright wins 4A State Title

nziiudaeTUSCALOOSA –  UMS-Wright posted three touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs beat Fayette County 21-7 to claim the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A state football championship as snow fell at Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday.

The championship was the sixth for UMS-Wright (13-2) during Coach Terry Curtis’ tenure and the seventh in school history. Continue reading “UMS Wright wins 4A State Title”

St. Paul’s Wins 5A Championship

nziiudaeTUSCALOOSA – St. Paul’s Episcopal receiver Oliver Willman snagged a 6-yard pass from quarterback Swift Lyle on fourth-and-goal with 1:54 left in the fourth quarter to give the Saints (14-1) a 17-14 victory over previously unbeaten Briarwood Christian (14-1) in the Super 7 Class 5A state football championship game Thursday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Willman caught another 6-yard pass one play earlier with Coach Steve Mask’s Saints facing a third-and-10 from the Lions’ 12-yard line. The two pass receptions highlighted a last-ditch 10-play, 78-yard drive that delivered St. Paul’s its third state championship in the last four years and fourth state title overall. Continue reading “St. Paul’s Wins 5A Championship”

Sweet Water Wins 10th State Title

nziiudaeTUSCALOOSA – Sweet Water High School senior Shamar Lewis scooped up  a fumble and raced 64 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter Thursday to seal the Bulldogs’ 20-6 victory over Pickens County in the AHSAA Super 7 Class 1A state football finals at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Lewis, had four tackles including one for a six-yard loss on defense, made an interception in the final minute and also rushed for a 95 yards on 16 carries to earn MVP honors for Coach Pat Thompson’s Bulldogs. Continue reading “Sweet Water Wins 10th State Title”