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Catholic's Person getting college attention

Catholic defensive lineman C.J. Person returns to the field Friday after dealing with injuries since the summer. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 8, 2017)

C.J. Person went through “another frustrating Friday,” as he put it, watching Catholic’s lopsided win over Prattville Christian last week.

The junior defensive tackle is happy the Knights are 2-0, but anxious to return to the football field after offseason surgery.

He’ll get that chance on Friday night in Catholic’s region opener, a huge home game against defending region champion St. James.

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ALL-STAR WEEK: North edges South in football

Former Catholic star David Poole draws defenders after a catch in Thursday's All-Star Game.(Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 21, 2017)

David Poole was just thankful for the opportunity.

The Montgomery Catholic senior was one of 41 replacement players called on to play in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week football game at Cramton Bowl after the original all-stars had scheduling conflicts. Poole, to his credit, was the first player to put his name in the game book after returning the opening kickoff and had three receptions for 25 yards.

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Catholic boys, girls one step away from Birmingham

Catholic's B.J. Barker leads the Knights into the Class 4A South Regional final on Wednesday against Monroe County. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 22, 2017)

The Montgomery Catholic boys struggled to find any rhythm in their 44-43 win over Escambia County High in the 3A South Regional in Dothan on Saturday, but there was one consistent force behind the Knights.

Point guard B.J. Barker scored 18 points, including a pair of crucial free throws with 11.9 seconds left that allowed the Knights to advance to their first regional final since 2001.

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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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Lady Knights do just enough to earn home game in Subs

Michaelyn Foster led Catholic to the Central Sub-Regional with a win over BTW-Magnet. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 13, 2017)

Survive and advance.

That might have been the theme for the Catholic girls in the Class 4A Area 4 championship game in the Catholic gym on Friday night.

It wasn’t their best performance, but a 38-37 win over BTW Magnet was enough to help the Lady Knights capture the area title and host a sub-regional game on Monday. Catholic will play Ashford at home tonight at 7 p.m.

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NSD 2017: Anderson headed to North Carolina

Brian Anderson made his commitment official by signing with North Carolina on Wednesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 2, 2017)

Brian Anderson had 30 scholarship offers when he received one last June from North Carolina.

“I’d go and visit a bunch of them but I never really clicked with any,” he said. “The first time I stepped on campus there, it was somewhere that this was my home, this was where I wanted to be. There wasn’t any wavering from there. It was just a matter of, now that I’m here, getting other kids to come join.”

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ALA-MISS ALL-STAR NOTES: River Region players make marks on game

St. James star Sterling Jones enjoyed his week in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(December 11, 2016)

St. James linebacker Sterling Jones was satisfied after the Alabama all-stars rallied for a 25-14 win over Mississippi in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl on Saturday.

The senior had played on special teams, helping on kickoff return to spring Robert E. Lee’s Henry Ruggs for a 90-yard kickoff return, and at inside linebacker, recording two tackles in the contest.

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Pair of Catholic athletes sign scholarships

Five-time state wrestling champion Zachary Van Alst (podium) and softball pitcher Michaelyn Foster (left table, middle) signed scholarships during at special ceremony at Montgomery Catholic on Tuesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 17, 2016)

A pair of Catholic athletes chose different paths when deciding on a future in college athletics.

Zachary Van Alst, a five-time state championship wrestler, decided to travel across the country and accept a scholarship offer from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Spring, Colo., while Catholic pitcher Michaelyn Foster elected to stay close to home and continue her collegiate career at Auburn University Montgomery.

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Ruggs, three JD players among Alabama All-Stars

Robert E. Lee wide receiver Henry Ruggs headlines a large contingent of players from the River Region that will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

(October 3, 2016)

The River Region will be well represented when the Alabama All-Stars take the field against Mississippi in December.

The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association announced the team on Tuesday. Director Alvin Briggs named the team that will play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 10 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

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Van Alst takes fifth title in AHSAA state wrestling championships

Combined Report
(February 21, 2016)

HUNTSVILLE - Montgomery Catholic's Zachary Van Alst led a contingent of state champions from the River Region in Saturday's championship round at the 61st annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Saturday at the Von Braun Center.

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Catholic fares well at Swede Umbach tourney

Montgomery Catholic fared well in the recent Swede Umbach Tourney held at Auburn High School. (Photo contributed)

(December 16, 2015)

Montgomery Catholic Varsity wrestling team took first and sec ond individual finishes at the Swede Umbach Invitational recently held on at Auburn High School.

Catholic junior Zachary Van Alst placed first while senior Gabe Keating taking second in their respective weight class.

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Three Knights sign athletic scholarships

Three student athletes from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School recently signed athletic scholarships at a ceremony at the school. The players include (front row, from left) Reggie Jackson, Jacob Hulcher and T.J. Stokes. Parents are (back row, from left) Carylon and Anthony Jackson; Richard and Vickie Hulcher; and Ivy and Thomas Stokes.. (Photo contributed)

(February 24, 2015)

Three student athletes from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School recently signed scholarships to continue in their respective sports.

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Blackwell tabbed as new Catholic football coach

(January 12, 2015)

Montgomery Catholic has named Aubrey Blackwell as head football coach. Blackwell joins Catholic after two seasons as the assistant coach and offensive coordinator at St. James.

He replaces Gregg Baker, who spent the last two years as the head football coach.

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PREP FOR PREPS: Stroke of irony lifts Montgomery Catholic hopes for 2014

Montgomery Catholic defensive coordinator Duane McWhorter works with newcomers Reggie Jackson (7) and Sherman Grant (1) during a recent practice. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 18, 2014)

ED Note: The 2014 high school football season opens this week. River Region Sports is preparing football fans with leadoff stories heading towards Thursday's openers… Today, Montgomery Catholic's ironic incidents and how it has led to a different outlook for the 2014 football season.

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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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Five players from River Region named to Alabama squad

Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton leads a group of five players from the River Region invited to play in this year's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. (Staff Photo)

Combined Report
(October 14, 2013)

The River Region will be well represented in the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

G.W. Carver standouts Landy Capetillo (WR) and Shaun Hamilton (LB) lead a group of five players from the region that are slated to play in the 27th annual game, which is set for Dec. 14 at Cramton Bowl.

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O'Conner signs with Unv. Mobile

Montgomery Catholic's Sydney O'Connor signed a letter of intent with Mobile at a recent signing party with her parents Katie and Mike. (Photo courtesy Montgomery Catholic)

(October 1, 2013)

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory recently held a signing ceremony for senior softball pitcher, Sydney O'Connor in the Dolly Barranco Center at Montgomery Catholic's Middle & High School campus.

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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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