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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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Cavalry comes too late in MA's loss to Locust Fork

Locust Fork's Ashlyn Adkins shoots over Caroline Kirkham in the Class 3A semifinal game in Birmingham on Tuesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 1, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM – It may turn out to be one of the most inspiring moments of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament, but it came too late to save Montgomery Academy.

Junior center Caroline Kirkham, diagnosed with a meniscus tear and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, limped onto the Legacy Arena court at the start of the fourth quarter, determined to prolong the Eagles’ season.

It didn’t work, but for a moment it looked as if it might.

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Brooks, MA break through to earn Central Region title

Jade Brooks scored 28 points and was named tourney MVP leading Montgomery Academy to the 3A Central Regional title. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 23, 2017)

Thirty minutes had settled nothing.

Montgomery Academy had led for just a little more than 12 minutes in the contest and trailed for 11 minutes, an indication that Wednesday’s 3A Central Region championship match with Midfield was hard-fought and bitter, a physical war where neither team had the upper hand for long.

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AHSAA Regionals: BTW, MA, Catholic boys,girls advance

Montgomery Academy center Caroline Kirkham shoots over Green County's La'Tarius Montgomery in Saturday's win in the Class 3A Central Regional semis. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 19, 2017)

The Greene County girls were struggling to find any rhythm from their perimeter shooters in warmups. The Montgomery Academy girls, meanwhile, were trying to figure out how to run their offense without point guard Tara Katz.

As a result, both teams struggled to find any offensive spark in the first half of Saturday’s 3A Central Regional. The Eagles found the answer first, using a 12-0 run late in the third quarter to put away the Tigers 54-37 at Alabama State’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

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AHSAA GIRLS SUB-REGIONALS: MA, Catholic coast to wins; Carver advances on buzzer-beater

Montgomery Academy guard Jade Brooks drives in against Indian Springs during Monday's win in the Class 3A Central Sub-Regional. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 14, 2017)

The Montgomery Academy girls knew Monday’s sub-regional matchup with Indian Springs wouldn’t be challenging but it didn’t keep them from challenging themselves.

In the first six minutes, Indian Springs made just 1-of-6 shots and committed 14 turnovers, so the Eagles’ 25-2 lead took care of the outcome. Lost in the sloppy play and the substitutions that limited the final score to 59-25 was the play of junior center Caroline Kirkham, who had eight points in the first quarter and eight more in the third to finish with 16.

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Sanderson brothers battle one more time in TPS-MA rivalry

Brothers Garrett (top) and Grant Sanderson will face each other one more time on Friday when Montgomery Academy and Trinity play their final regular season game. (Photos by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 3, 2017)

There’s a rivalry between Montgomery Academy and Trinity, but it’s even more intense between brothers Garrett and Grant Sanderson. That’s because Garrett plays for Montgomery Academy, while Grant plays for Trinity.

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White joins MA's 1,000-point club

Kayla White was honored for becoming a member of Montgomery Academy's 1,000-point club on Saturday. Included in the ceremony were parents Penny and Mark White, brother Keefe and girls basketball coach Barry Fencher. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 23, 2017)

Montgomery Academy senior Kayla White was honored on Saturday as a member of the school’s 1,000-point club, passing the milestone in a 52-25 win over Prattville Christian a week earlier.

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CAMELLIA BOWL: Former Montgomery Academy star getting more reps for App St

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 17, 2016)

It must have sounded like hype to Josh Thomas.

The Appalachian State sophomore strong safety had dedicated himself to making more of an impact this season after playing a limited role on special teams in 2015 but when the season opener at ninth-ranked Tennessee rolled around, Thomas didn’t even play on defense.

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2016 HS PLAYOFFS: Montgomery Academy leads large Capital City Conference contengent

Montgomery Academy lost starting quarterback Trey Lindsey in the final game heading into Class 3A playoffs. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

Combined Report
(October 31, 2016)

Coaches always talk about a fresh start in the state playoffs, how it’s almost like starting over.

Montgomery Academy can certainly relate.

The Eagles (7-3) spent most of August searching for a quarterback before settling on Trey Lindsey, only to lose the sophomore to a broken collarbone in Friday’s win over Alabama Christian. That means the Eagles will be heading into the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs with freshman C.J. Paymon taking snaps.

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Trinity ends winless streak

Trinity quarterback Charlie Trotman races through the Montgomery Academy during the Wildcats' 16-7 win last Friday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 26, 2016)

Defenses ruled the night for the better part of 48 minutes at Boykin Field.

But with two simple runs between the tackles, Trinity quarterback Charlie Trotman turned what could have been a record-setting sixth consecutive loss into the Wildcats’ first victory with a 16-7 win over Montgomery Academy on Friday night.

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Young quarterback leads Montgomery Academy to first win of season

MA quarterback Trey Lindsey led the Eagles to their first victory of the season on Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 27, 2016)

He was an inexperienced sophomore entering Friday night’s game with St. James, but Montgomery Academy quarterback Trey Lindsey showed his coaches and teammates a little something about poise and leadership in a 21-12 win over the Trojans.

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HS KICKOFF COUNTDOWN: MA's Hudson putting injury past him

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 16, 2016)

He was just trying to get a couple of extra yards for a first down, but Sam Hudson knew it was bad before he hit the ground.

The Montgomery Academy junior receiver had just caught a pass from Barton Lester in the second quarter of a first-round playoff game last November against Hillcrest-Evergreen at McLemore Field.

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Coaching legend John Tatum passes away

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 15, 2016)

John Tatum, who helped validate private-school football programs in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and spent a lifetime teaching sportsmanship, succumbed to cancer on Sunday evening.

Tatum coached Montgomery Academy to the Class 1A state championship in 1987, the first time a private school won a football title in the public school ranks since the influx of private schools in the mid to late 1970s.

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MA girls fall short in 3A finals

(March 5, 2016)

BIRMINGHAM - Lauderdale County closed out the most successful chapter in girls’ basketball history Friday afternoon as the Lady Tigers downed Montgomery Academy, 55-44, to capture the school’s fifth straight Class 3A state basketball championship. It was also a state-record championship No. 13 for the school.

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MA advances to 3A finals with win over Brindlee Mountain

(March 2, 2016)

BIRMINGHAM - Montgomery Academy overcame a slow start to earn its first trip to the state championship since 1999 with a 39-32 win over Brindlee Mountain Tuesday in the Class 3A girls’ semifinal game of the 2016 State Basketball Finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.

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LOCAL NOTES: Huntingdon's White earns Player of Week honors

Combined Reports
(October 27, 2015)

Huntingdon senior Anthony White was named one of the USA South Athletes of the Week on Monday.

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Blount, Thomas garner top honors from QB Club

(October 1, 2015)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of Sept. 25.

Jud Blount from Montgomery Academy is the Private School Player of the Week and Daniel Thomas from Robert E. Lee High School is the Public School Player of the Week.

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Thomas, Washington named Players of Week

(October 1, 2014)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of Sept. 26.

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RAYCOM PREVIEW: Capital City rivalry adds new twist

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor

(September 25, 2014)

Ed. Note: River Region Sports will preview the Raycom Thursday Night Game of the Week during the regular season. This week, Montgomery Academy travels cross town to face Capital City Conference rival Trinity Presbyterian. Check local listings for your Raycom channel.

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MA boys dominate in another state tennis title; STJ finishes second in 4A

(April 23, 2014)

Montgomery Academy won the Class 1A-3A state boys tennis championship with a dominating team performance Tuesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, winning four singles championships and three doubles titles.

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Members of MA volleyball team selected for Alabama All-Star Sports Week

(March 25, 2014)

Two players from the Montgomery Academy volleyball team have been selected to play in the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition in Montgomery July 20-25.

Jilian Tinglin and Francis Freeman were chosen to play in the match for the South.

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Croyle to speak at final QB Club meeting

(Feburary 10, 2014)

The Montgomery Quarterback Club will hold its Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday. John Croyle will be the featured speaker. Croyle is the founder of The Big Oak Ranch and a former University of Alabama football star. The meeting will be held at the Montgomery Country Club on Narrow Lane Road with the social hour beginning at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7.

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River Region athletes shine at AHSAA indoor track championships

Combined Reports
(Feburary 5, 2014)

BIRMINGHAM - Several athletes from the River Region took home medals in the 44th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships held Tuesday at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.

The Montgomery Academy boys finished second in the team standings in Class 1A-4A behind UMS-Wright.

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Tide tops century mark in thumping of Stillman

Retin Obasohan was one of six players in double figures in Alabama's win over Stillman on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

(November 18, 2013)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team won its opening round game of the NIT Tipoff Classic, 102-65, over Stillman on Monday.

Junior guard Levi Randolph led the Crimson Tide with 17 points.

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HS FOOTBALL: Five teams to watch in the 2013 playoffs

Montgomery Academy running back Justin Woolfolk has played a key role in the Eagles' 9-1 season in 2013.. (Staff Photo)

Compiled by RRS Staff
(November 6, 2013)

The 2013 AHSAA and AISA football playoffs open this week. As usual, the excitement of what is termed the "second season" kicks off with new hope.

Usually, the playoffs follow suit of the regular season. On occasion, there will be upsets but it normally comes down to the best teams meeting in the Super Six. Opelika was an exception in Class 6A last year, finishing fourth in its region but pulling off key upsets (including one at Cramton Bowl in the semifinals against G.W. Carver) to make it to the championship round.

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Montgomery Academy earns 2A state title

(November 1, 2013)

Montgomery Academy (49-4) beat two-time defending Class 2A state champion Providence Christian 25-12, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18 Thursday afternoon to claim the 2013 AHSAA state title.

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PREP RECAP: Carver handles Prattville; MA shocks STJ; Catholic wins

Prattville running back Kamryn Pettway is tackled by Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton in the Wolverines' 20-7 win on Friday. (Photo by Mark Dunn)

Combined Report
(August 31, 2013)

The G.W. Carver Wolverines took advantage of four turnovers and earned a 20-7 victory over Prattville in the season opener for both teams Friday at Cramton Bowl.

The Carver defense proved to be stingy for most of the night. Senior linebacker Shaun Hamilton blocked a punt and forced a fumble to set up a touchdown for the Wolverines, who defeated the Lions for the second-straight year.

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