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Tigers knock off Tide again in Capital City Classic

Coaches Greg Goff and Auburn's Butch Thompson meet at home plate to exchange lineup cards prior to the Capital City Classic Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 29, 2017)

The MAX Capital City Classic is anything but predictable. Predictions of a defensive struggle turn into an offensive shootout and evenly matched squads often rout the other when Alabama and Auburn get together at Riverwalk Stadium.

Tuesday night’s matchup actually followed the script, however. Two very average teams were on display Tuesday and Alabama, which has struggled to do the little things right in a self-destructing season, continued that trend on Tuesday night. Auburn, which has found a way to unimpressively find ways to win, continued that trend as well, taking a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 7,605, the largest to ever witness a game at Riverwalk Stadium and the second largest to ever watch a regular season battle between the Tigers and the Tide.


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Former St. James star Poe fulfilling dream at Alabama

Alabama senior catcher Taylor Poe gets his final shot at Auburn in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic on Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletics)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 27, 2017)

Taylor Poe grew up an Alabama fan and dreamed of playing baseball for the Crimson Tide.

Some of his earliest memories of his favorite college team came from watching the MAX Capital City Classic. They’re not good memories, however. Alabama has won each of the last five season series with the Tigers but only has one Classic victory over that same span.


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ASU football adds three assistants

Contributed
(March 21, 2017)

Alabama State University head football coach Brian Jenkins announced the hiring of three new coaches to his staff on Wednesday.


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COLUMN: AHSAA getting heat from State House regarding public-private dispute

The current firestorm regarding transfers between public and private schools has centered on Madison Academy. The school's athletic program has won numerous state titles including baseball. (Staff Photo)

By Mike Tankersley
Special to RRS
(March 19, 2017)

Ed. Note: Mike Tankersley is a former member of the staff of the Montgomery Advertiser and is now an editor and writer for the Arab Tribune. The following column ran this weekend in the Tribune.

There is another battle brewing in the state legislature. But it has nothing to do with gambling or your taxes.

Some state legislators tried to hold Alabama High School Association’s feet to the fire on Wednesday over an issue that is increasingly drawing the ire of a lot of coaches and fans in this state, and that is the assumed unfairness some private schools have over public schools when it comes to athletics.


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Ragsdale says family biggest reason for giving up coaching

After 28 seasons, Randy Ragsdale has stepped down as the head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 17, 2017)

A week after stepping down as head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian, Randy Ragsdale broke his silence and explained the timing of his decision.

Ragsdale closed out the 2016 campaign with a 33-21 loss to St. James to complete a 3-7 season, the worst of his career and the second worst in school history. Asked at the time whether he would return for a 29th season, he said he loved his dual role as head football coach and the dean of the middle school.

By March, he had changed his mind and went to Kerry Palmer to discuss his future.


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Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball set for ASU on Friday

Contributed
(March 17, 2017)

Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars square off Friday night in the 27th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus.

The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.


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Montgomery Academy's Bethea to be inducted in AHSAA Hall of Fame

David Bethea has been the boys and girls tennis coach at Montgomery Academy since 1983. He will be inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame on Monday after leading the Eagles to state titles in all but one of the 19 years at the school. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 15, 2017)

The signs on the fence at the Montgomery Academy tennis courts explain it all.

Over the last 19 years, every year but one is painted on a yellow sign hanging on the fence, symbolizing a state championship in either boys’ or girls’ tennis. Many of the years include championships in both sports, a sign of the dominance the school has had since David Bethea added tennis coaching duties to his busy schedule in 1983.


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LAMP earns key series win over St. James in area baseball play

LAMP coach Chad Smith meets on the mound with pitcher Philip Julian and catcher George Lash during Friday's doubleheader with St. James. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 11, 2017)

St. James opened the door for LAMP with a crucial sixth-inning error.

There was no easy way to slam the door shut.


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Huntingdon to play host to new showcase for prep basketball

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 10, 2017)

Keegan Bell has only been in town four months but he’s already gauged the potential of basketball in the central Alabama area.

Bell joined the teaching ranks at the Alabama Basketball Academy in Huntsville four years ago and has started a branch in Montgomery to help train the area’s future basketball stars.


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ASU women advance in SWAC tourney

Contributed
(March 8, 2017)

Two-time defending SWAC champ Alabama State women’s basketball team battled Arkansas-Pine Bluff before advancing to the tournament semifinals with a 48-46 victory at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Tuesday night.


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Paterson Field not ready for 'prime time' despite Mayor's claims

Paterson Field has received renovation in two phases but a third is needed to bring it up to par for top conference tournaments. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 6, 2017)

Starting the project seems to have generated more feedback than doing nothing at all.

City workers completed the first two phases of a renovation project involving Paterson Field but have stalled on the biggest portion of the renovation while awaiting funding. That has led to some grumbling among local fans who see cosmetic changes but no significant modernization of the 68-year-old facility.


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AHSAA STATE FINALS: Lanett boys top R.C. Hatch; Deshler girls fall

Combined Report
(March 4, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM – Lanett went inside in the fourth period to out-score R.C. Hatch down the stretch 19-7 as the Panthers claimed their second straight state title in the 95th annual AHSAA Class 2A State Tournament boys’ championship game Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.


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SSAC TOURNEY: Faulkner women wins on overtime over Martin Methodist

Contributed
(March 3, 2017)

Kayla Tillman was 7-for-9 on 3-point attempts and her buzzer-beater at the end of regulation sent Faulkner (19-12) into overtime and an eventual 74-73 win over Martin Methodist (21-10) in the first round of the SSAC Women's tournament on Thursday at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.


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Tigers knock off Tide again in Capital City Classic
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ASU football adds three assistants
COLUMN: AHSAA getting heat from State House regarding public-private dispute
Ragsdale says family biggest reason for giving up coaching
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball set for ASU on Friday
Montgomery Academy's Bethea to be inducted in AHSAA Hall of Fame
LAMP earns key series win over St. James in area baseball play
Huntingdon to play host to new showcase for prep basketball
ASU women advance in SWAC tourney

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Wednesday
CBASE - Alabama St at Fla A&M, 5 p.m.
CBASE - UAH at AUM, 5 p.m.
CSOFT - AUM at Christian Bros (DH), 12 p.m.
CSOFT - LaGrange at Huntingdon (DH), 1 p.m.
Thursday
CSOFT - AUM at Blue Mtn, Miss. (DH), 1 p.m.
Friday
CBASE - Arkansas at Alabama, 6 p.m. (WTLS 106.5 FM)
CBASE - South Carolina at Auburn, 6 p.m.
CBASE - Troy at UT-Arlington, 6:30 p.m.
CBASE - Alcorn St at Alabama St, 6 p.m
CBASE - Talladega Col at AUM (DH), 3 p.m.
CBASE - Faulkner at Bethel Col, 5 p.m.
CBASE - Huntingdon at Covenant, 2 p.m.
CSOFT - Auburn at Georgia, 6 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama at Missouri, 6:30 p.m.
CSOFT - Alabama A&M at Alabama St, 5 p.m.
CSOFT - Bethel at Faulkner (DH), 2 p.m.
 
High School
HSBASE - AHSAA Baseball Schedule, March 25-April 1 (click)
HSSOFT - AHSAA Softball schedule, March 25-April 1 (click)
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