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ACA turns to Sanford as new head football coach

Nate Sanford has been tabbed as the new head football coach at Alabama Christian Academy. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 21, 2017)

Alabama Christian Academy wasted no time in announcing offensive coordinator Nate Sanford will take over as the Eagles’ new football coach.

Sanford was formally introduced by athletic director Scott Galloway on Wednesday morning.


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Taylor picked by Twins; selected for College Home Run Derby

Chandler Taylor was selected by Minnesota in the 27th round of the MLB First-year draft on Wednesday. He was also selected as a participant in the annual Coillege Home Run Derby on July 1. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(June 14, 2017)

Former Alabama Christian Academy star and current Alabama outfielder Chandler Taylor was the first pick of the 27th round (796 overall) in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft, going to the Minnesota Twins.

Taylor was the second player taken in this year’s draft from the 2016-17 Crimson Tide roster, joining Garrett Suchey, who was taken earlier in the day.



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ACA searching for new coach after Moore's resignation

Bill Moore recently announced his resignation from Alabama Christian Academy, leaving the school searching for a new football coach. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 13, 2017)

Alabama Christian Academy will be seeking its seventh head football coach in the last 17 years after school officials asked for the resignation of Bill Moore on June 2.

No reason was given for Moore’s resignation, but it may force the school to promote from within the staff because of its bad timing. Alabama schools will be spending the next few weeks at seven-on-seven camps – including one at the end of the month that ACA will be hosting – and will open fall practice in eight weeks on Aug. 7.


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ACA softball hopes to build on 2017 finish

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 22, 2017)

It wasn’t what they set out to do, but Alabama Christian’s third-place finish in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A state softball tournament was an accomplishment for the five senior Lady Eagles.


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ACA in survival mode on second day of AHSAA tourney

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 20, 2017)

After an unexpected loss to Northside in the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A state softball tournament, senior Laura Nickolson and her Alabama Christian teammates had a heart-to-heart talk.


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ACA softball returns to state tourney

Alabama Christian pitcher Lacy Spear was solid in her start in last week's South Regional. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 14, 2017)

Alabama Christian breezed through the South Regional unbeaten and advanced to the Alabama High School Athletic Association state softball tournament at Lagoon Park Softball Complex this week.

ACA (55-5) will face Wilson on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, which features the top two seeds from each of the four regionals.


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ACA, LAMP advance to softball regionals

ACA's Kristen Boswell slides into third as LAMP's Kayla Simpkins takes the throw in the Eagles' win on Wednesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 4, 2017)

Chris Goodman had already made hotel reservations for the Alabama High School Athletic Association South Regional softball tournament next week in Gulf Shores. The Alabama Christian Academy coach and his players make an annual pilgrimage to the softball postseason.


After making an incredible run through the 4A Area 4 tournament bracket to reach the finals, LAMP coach Anthony Norris needed some assistance from Goodman.


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LAMP earns playoff spot with win over ACA

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 15, 2017)

LAMP kept up its hitting barrage all game and Philip Julian pitched a complete game as the Golden Tigers gave Chad Smith and the five seniors their first trip to the state playoffs with an 11-5 victory over Alabama Christian on Friday afternoon at the AUM Dixie Baseball field.




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LAMP win sets up playoff play-in game vs. ACA

LAMP pitcher Winston Morgan fields a bunt during the Tigers' win over ACA on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 14, 2017)

The postseson rides on one game for LAMP and Alabama Christian.

After seven playoff games, a rollercoaster season of ups and downs and with championship dreams in the balance, the two teams are tied for the runner-up spot in 4A Area 4. LAMP’s 3-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Paterson Field set the stage for today’s area finale at the AUM Dixie complex.


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Trinity takes control of 4A Area 4 race

Marshall Dean led Trinity to an important are win over Alabama Christian over the weekend. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 10, 2017)

The Trinity Wildcats took a huge step in clinching the 4A Area 4 regular-season title with a series sweep of Alabama Christian, winning on Thursday at AUM and on Friday with a 5-0 and 4-3 doubleheader sweep.

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ACA sitting pretty after series win over St. James

ACA's Dillon Hutchinson is greeted at home plate after hitting a game-tying 2-run homer in Friday's win over St. James. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 1, 2017)

It’s not always the same person and not always the same situation, which makes Alabama Christian’s 4-0 start in area play not only surprising but satisfying to head coach Don Gilliam.

“It’s somebody different every day coming through, which is a good sign,” Gilliam said. “We keep preaching the little bitty things – it’s the bunt to get the runner over, when you get a guy on third it’s hitting the ball the other way. Because baseball turns on a dime.”

On Friday afternoon, the game between St. James and ACA turned on a 3-ball-1-strike pitch that Dillon Hutchinson sent sailing over the leftfield fence, wiping out a 2-0 St. James lead. Hutchinson also delivered the game winner, a sacrifice fly in the sixth to break the 2-2 tie and propel the Eagles to a 5-2 victory.


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ACA earns key victory over Ashford

ACA's Ty Taveras (34), DeMarvin Perry (10) grab Ashford Stevonte Tullis in the Eagles' win on Friday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(October 1, 2016)

Alabama Christian finished with a pair of late touchdowns to turn back Ashford, 14-0, at Wade Black Norton Memorial Field in a crucial region game for both teams.


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ACA soccer reaches new heights with trip to state semis

ACA senior J.J. Williams (white) has led the Eagles to their first-ever berth in the state semis. But Williams will have to watch on the sidelines on Thursday. (Photo by Lori Sullivan)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(May 12, 2016)

Alabama Christian Academy senior Drew Schlemmer had few expectations when he decided to join the school’s soccer team this season. It was a first for one of ACA’s top football players.

He’d spent the last few years doing what he could to help the Eagles football team improve but to little avail. Soccer wasn’t in his vocabulary.


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Cramton Bowl schedule slam packed for 2015

G.W. Carver and Prattville will play on Sept. 25 as part of the busy schedule at Cramton Bowl this fall. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(June 15, 2015)

It’s a daunting task, trying to cram five high school football programs into one venue.

In the past, it was a cooperative effort among the coaches at the high schools. These days, the task falls to Montgomery Public Schools athletic director Brandon Dean and trying to schedule five high school programs into Thursday and Friday night playing dates at Crampon Bowl is a chore no one envies.


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AHSAA NEWS: STJ state golf champ; ACA's Sager wins individual golf title; Shoals opens series with win

Combined Reports
(May 13, 2015)

St. James won the Class 4A team championship with 3-over 287 Tuesday – beating runner-up UMS-Wright by 21 strokes for the title... Winning pitcher Tanner Bozeman’s bases-loaded double in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night drove in two important runs and propelled Shoals Christian to a 7-2 win over Brantley.


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Taylor signs baseball scholarship with Alabama

With family, teammates and coaches looking on, ACA's Chandler Taylor recently signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama. (Photo contributed)

Combined Reports
(February 24, 2015)

Alabama Christian Academy outfielder/pitcher Chandler Taylor recently signed a baseball grant-in-aid with the University of Alabama at a special gathering on the high school campus.


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River Region teams move closer to preseason workouts at Faulkner's 7-on-7 camp

Quarterback Chandler Taylor and Alabama Christian were part of several teams participating in Tuesday's 7-on-7 Tournament at Faulkner University. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(July 8, 2014)

Alabama Christian Academy quarterback Chandler Taylor hasn’t spent much time on the gridiron this summer. Considering he is one of the top baseball prospects in the state of Alabama, it makes sense.

But, when he’s in town, he spends time on the ACA campus for workouts and throwing to receivers.

On Tuesday, he joined his teammates at Faulkner University for the annual 7-on-7 tournament.

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Kegley to play volleyball at Huntingdon


Former ACA star Peyton Kegley (bottom center) signed a scholarship with Huntingdon College to play volleyball. Pictured are parents (front row from left) Greg and Sharon Kegley, (back row from left) coach Manuel Guice, brothers Jonathan and Jeremy Gober and Huntingdon rep Amanda Houston. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(November 20, 2013)

Peyton Kegley, a three-year starter in volleyball for Alabama Christian Academy, recently signed a scholarship with Huntingdon College.


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ACA track team builds momentum with CCC title, sets sites on sectionals

ACA recently won the Capital City Conference track meet and look ahead to the AHSAA Sectionals this weekend. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(April 25, 2013)

The Alabama Christian Academy Boys track team recently won their eighth consecutive Capital City Conference Track Championship held at Montgomery Academy. 

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AHSAA PLAYOFF RECAP: ACA advances with sweep of Headland

ACA shortstop Michael Taylor turns a double play as Headland's Hunter Bower slides into second in the Eagles' sweep on Saturday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(April 22, 2013)

Alabama Christian Academy got two solid pitching performances to advance to the second round of the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball playoffs on Saturday.

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HS BASEBALL: LAMP, ACA sweep weekend series

LAMP starter Garrett Deloney won the first of two for the Tigers against Catholic on Saturday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(April 4, 2011)

Garrett Deloney scattered three hits over four innings while Timothy Simpkins and Justin Watson each homered in LAMP's 18-5 five-inning win over Montgomery Catholic on Saturday. The win clinched the series for the Golden Tigers.... The Alabama Christian Academy Eagles took two games from St. James on Saturday and swept the three-game series.

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HS Baseball: LAMP clinches; ACA, Holtville set for showdown for area title

Scott NeSmith had two hits and three RBIs in LAMP's win over Montgomery Academy on Tuesday. The win clinched the area title for the Golden Tigers. (Staff Photo)

Combined Reports

LAMP clinched the area title... ACA and Holtville won to set up the weekend series to decide area champion


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LAMP pulls away late to beat Alabama Christian

With a "helmet salute" LAMP's Jay Taylor (right) is greeted by Taylor Watson (34) and Jalen Spraggins (2) after Taylor's solo home run in the second inning. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report

For five innings, Alabama Christian Academy and LAMP were locked in a rare pitcherís duel.

Only LAMPís side of the duel would hold.

Three pitchers combined to limit ACA to just four hits in a LAMP 8-1 victory at Paterson Field on Tuesday in a warm-up game for area play later in the week.


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Gulf Coast Classic attracts top high school teams

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor


GULF SHORES - Over the course of the next few days, River Region Sports will be on the road with two teams playing in the prestigious Gulf Coast Classic baseball tournament in Gulf Shores.

Both LAMP and Brewbaker Tech are scheduled to play four games during the four days. RRS will cover the different aspects of the tournament including what the players and coaches do on a four-day trip.


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FCA Jason Armstrong Tourney recaps

Staff Report

Here are the recaps of the games from the FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament.


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