ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF FORMER CULLMAN RESIDENT:
An auto accident Saturday before 12 p.m. on Highway 278 near the East Park Shopping Center took the life of a former Cullman resident. William Christopher Ginas, 54, of Madison was riding his motorcycle when he collided with a pickup truck driven by Charles L. Moseley of Cullman. Ginas died at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle, 62-year old Nancy Counce Bailey of Cullman, was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES TO TOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM:
Five candidates who are vying for the position of Superintendent of Cullman County Schools will meet will school board officials this week and be given a tour of the school system.
The process begins on Tuesday with current Vinemont Principal Brandon Payne the first to see the daily operation of the school board and the system.
Dr. Jason Wright will take the tour Wednesday, Dr. Craig Ross Thursday, Dr. William McCown Friday and Dr. Tena Elisabeth Davis next Monday.
This is the next stage of the process to replace current Superintendent Billy Coleman who will offically retire July 1st. It's a system now selected by the school board with assistance from the Alabama Associaition of School Boards.
CAR CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST IN ARAB:
A 10-mile car chase that began in Morgan County on Saturday night, ended with an arrest made after the vehicle was stopped by law enforcement at Evermore Lane in Arab of Marshall County.
The suspect was charged with a series of drug related crimes and also had stolen property. A female was in the vehicle as a passenger, was not arrested and charged in the case. The name of the suspect has not been released.
CULLMAN COMPLETES PLAYOFF SWEEP OF ATHENS:
Game # 2 @ Bill Shelton Field:
Cullman 1 2 0 2 2 2 2 - 11
Athens 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 2
WP: Sam Huser
LP: Cole Clayton
TIME OF GAME: 2:31
CULLMAN (36-10): Cole Collins 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI, Lance Cleveland 1B, RBI, Owen Lovell 2B, RBI, Maison Goodwin 1B, Sam Huser 2-1B, Clay Craft RBI, Keaton Dean 2B, RBI, Carter Bowen 1B, Drake Hollingsworth 1B, 2 RBI.
ATHENS (14-18): Jordan George 1B, Michael Elkins 1B, Harrison Pressnell 1B, Bailey Konnerman 1B, Luke Robinson 1B, Mason Gilliland 1B, Conlin Farmer 1B, RBI.
Cullman completed the sweep of Athens by using timely hits from Cole Collins, taking advantage of a throwing error that brought in two runs in the fourth and a steal of home by Maison Goodwin in the fifth after a pickoff attempt of Huser at first base.
The Cullman defense performed well in the fourth when Athens got a couple of runners on. The Bearcats picked off a runner at third on a throw by Martinez to Auston Neal then Huser picked off a runner at second with a strike to Sam Murphree covering the bag.
Huser was on the mound for the first time in eight days and responded by taking a shutout into the seventh. Huser allowed an unearned run in the seventh as coach Brent Patterson made a change by getting Noah Fondren relief work in allowing one run on a single and getting two fly outs to end the two and a half hour marathon.
The No. 2 ranked Bearcats get to meet No. 5 Hartselle in the second round. The series will begin with a doubleheader Friday at Bill Shelton Field.
Game times will be set by the Bearcats early next week. Cullman is 4-0 against the Tigers so far in 2014.
CULLMAN TAKES GAME ONE OF 5A PLAYOFF SERIES:
At Bill Shelton Field
Athens 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 - 5
Cullman 0 0 5 3 0 0 X - 8
WP: Jesse Scott
LP: Mason Gilliland
S: Auston Neal
TIME OF GAME: 2:37
CULLMAN (35-10): Cole Collins 2-1B, Christian Martinez RBI, Lance Cleveland 1B, RBI, Owen Lovell 2B, 2 RBI, Keaton Dean 2-1B, 3 RBI, Maison Goodwin 1B, Auston Neal 1B, RBI, Sam Murphree 1B.
ATHENS (14-17): Mason Gilliland 2-1B, Jordan George 2-1B, 2B, Brett Luter 1B, 2 RBI, Bailey Kornerman 1B, 2 RBI, Luke Robinson 1B.
Cullman was breezing with an 8-0 lead after four innings thanks to breaking a scoreless tie with five runs in the third and getting three more to cross the plate in the fourth.
The No. 2 Bearcats had eight hits through the fourth and starter Jesse Scott had allowed Athens only three hits going into the fifth with five strikeouts.
But in the Athens' fifth, the Golden Eagles got to Scott with four hits and a couple of walks loaded the bases.
Jackson Hill was able to relieve Scott and get out of trouble after the Eagles had narrowed it to 8-4.
Cullman could manage only a couple of hits the rest of the way as Athens batted in the seventh trailing by four.
Jordan George opened the Athens' seventh with a double, Brett Luter walked and a bunt single by Kerr loaded the bases. Bailey Kornerman drew a walk that forced in George to give the Eagles a chance down by three runs with the bases still loaded.
Cullman coach Brent Patterson went back to the bullpen as Neal came on and cooled off the Athens' threat. He struck out Harrison Pressnell and Luke Robinson then got pinch hitter Jackson Pettus to pop out to Murphree at second to end the game that started at 5:02 p.m. and finished at 7:39 p.m.
Cullman fans had learned that Hartselle beat Muscle Shoals 12-1 to take a 1-0 lead in that series. The winners would meet each other in the second round with the series to be at Cullman if Hartselle advances. This would be due to the Bearcats winning the Area 15 title with a 6-0 record while Hartselle was 4-2.
HOLLY POND REPEATS AS THE BEST IN CULLMAN COUNTY GOLF:
Holly Pond claimed its second consecutive Cullman County High School golf tournament title and third in the past four years thanks to leading after the first round at Chesley Oaks Course in Fairview and finishing with a respectable score Thursday at Terri Pines Country Club.
The Broncos left the Fairview course with a 322 and headed to the clubhouse at Terri Pines with a second round score of 349, finishing the 36-hole event with a 671.
Fairview was second by carding a 695. The Aggies held third place after the first round with a 331 and surpassed Good Hope who found it difficult to shoot low scores at Terri Pines. The Raiders dropped off the pace with a 709, carding a score of 380 at TP after shooting a 329 in the first round at Chesley.
Cold Springs took home fourth place with a two-day score of 742 followed by West Point in fifth place at 842 and Hanceville a distant sixth place by shooting a 935.
All scores were higher on Thursday at Terri Pines in comparison to what each team and individual shot at Chesley.
Good Hope’s Eli Marty was able to claim his third consecutive individual title. Marty shot a 5-under par 67 in the first round and was able to fight off some difficulties on Thursday with a 3-over 75 to complete the tournament at 142, two under par.
While Marty excelled from the individual standpoint, Holly Pond displayed team golf to get to the top of the competition. Colby Adams carded a 76 in the first round at Fairview and lowered his total by a stroke with a 75 on Thursday to compile a 151. He was third in the individual standings.
Braiden Walker wound up with a two-day tally of 158 and was named to the All-County team. Walker had a 75 following the first 18 holes. Hunter Walker finished with a 168 and Dawson Foust came in with a 194.
Trey Hanvey led Fairview with a 76 on his home course then shot a 79 to complete 36 holes with a 155. He was fourth on the leader board. Seth Lancaster shot a 178, James Arnold scored a 179 and Austin Scott tallied a 193.
Cold Springs’ Layne Rice edged out Adams for second best in the individual awards with a 150. The future Wallace State golfer shot a 73 in the first round and wound up just 5-over at Terri Pines with a 77.
On the ladies’ side, West Point’s Lindsey Rodgers earned a two-day score of 175, shooting 84 on the Fairview course to edge out Fairview’s Abbi Yeager for the individual title.
Fairview # 1, featuring Yeager, Sadie Boyd and Dalys Mullican, beat out Fairview # 2 of Aladie Howse, Ana Dahlke and Valerie Yarbrough by the score of 607 to 677.
Yeager, Mullican, Howse and Rodgers were named to the All-County team.
In the junior varsity, Fairview was the champion with a score of 804, beating out West Point who had an 843 with Hanceville coming in third with a score of 1,030.
Noah Walker led Fairview with a two-day total of 194 followed by Alex Waters with a 197, Cannon Twilley 217 and Hunter McKelvey 196.
Josh Cofer of Good Hope won the individual junior varsity title with a 94 at both courses for a two-day score of 188, beating out Walker by six shots.
WEST POINT WINS COUNTY SOFTBALL TITLE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2008:
At West Point High School Diamond:
West Point 2 4 9 0 3 - 18
Cold Springs 5 0 0 0 0 - 5
WP: Jeri Beasley
LP: Rilee White
TIME OF GAME: 1:39
WEST POINT (17-12): Mallory Walker 3-1B, 3B, 3 RBI, Mckenzie Baswell 2-1B, 3B, Karra Elam 3B, 4 RBI, Daeshia Smith 1B, 2 RBI, Tess Hembree 1B, HR, 3 RBI, Jami Beasley RBI, Bailee Yearwood 1B, RBI.
COLD SPRINGS (10-6): Hanna Wilson 1B, Rilee White 2B, 3 RBI, Kelsee Hester 1B, RBI, Haley Freeman 2-2B, RBI, McKinley Davis 1B.
Wanting to take home the county championship for the first time since 2008, West Point regrouped after the Lady Warriors allowed Cold Springs five runs in the last of the first on four hits.
A four-run second inning sent coach Kevin Sullins’ squad in front at 6-5 with Karra Elam’s bases-clearing triple down the left field line the key blow in the frame.
West Point got to Cold Springs’ Rilee White in the third with Mallory Walker clearing the bases on a triple, Tess Hembree cracking a two-run homer and taking advantage of four Cold Springs errors. Going to the bottom of the third, West Point held a 15-5 lead.
After having a good first inning at the plate, Patrick West’s Lady Eagles struggled. They managed just one hit through the second and third and unable to get additional runs on the board.
White was taken off the mound by Cold Springs in the fourth, getting replaced by Hester. The future Wallace State hurler was exhausted in getting her squad to the championship round, especially getting into a pitcher’s duel with Holly Pond’s Montana Holcombe in the semifinal game.
Jeri Beasley picked up her second win in the tournament and was solid after getting touched for five in the first. She had good play from her defense that took pressure off her to get the job done on a cool night in mid April.
FLASH’S DANDY DOZEN SOFTBALL TEAM:
Based on performance in the 2014 Cullman County Tournament:
SS Karra Elam of West Point – MVP
P Jeri Beasley – West Point
DP Daeshia Smith – West Point
OF Tess Hembree – West Point
P Rilee White – Cold Springs
1B Kelsee Hester – Cold Springs
SS Haley Freeman – Cold Springs
P Montana Holcombe – Holly Pond
SS Taylor Tankersley – Holly Pond
3B Sami Hinds – Holly Pond
P Raven Christensen – Vinemont
OF Alanah Henke – Good Hope
POSTSEASON BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED:
Prep players and coaches have been recognized by WKUL-FM on its "Dandy Dozen" team for plenty of success during the 2013-14 season. Several that received honors locally from the K92 staff, led by broadcaster Johnny "Flash" Thornton, were also recognized by the Alabama Sportswriters Association over the weekend.
THE 2014 WKUL DANDY DOZEN GIRLS TEAM:
Meg Gambrill of Holly Pond (Player of the year)
Baylee Johnson of Cullman (1st team)
Rachel Finley of Holly Pond (1st team)
Chloe Harbison of Cold Springs (1st team)
Natasha Holcombe of Holly Pond (1st team)
Kacy Thomas of Good Hope (2nd team)
Kayla Scott of Good Hope (2nd team)
Kaitlyn Bishop of Good Hope (2nd team)
Christina Skinner of Cullman (2nd team)
Emme Willoughby of Cold Springs (2nd team)
Taylor Yeager of Fairview (2nd team)
Bebe Flanigan of Hanceville (2nd team)
Scott Adams of Holly Pond (Coach of the year)
THE 2014 WKUL DANDY DOZEN BOYS TEAM:
Lawson Schaffer of Cullman (Player of the year)
Colby Adams of Holly Pond (1st team)
Triston Chambers of Cold Springs (1st team)
Austin Smith of Holly Pond (1st team)
Brontae Harris of Hanceville (1st team)
Seth Swalve of Cullman (2nd team)
Layne Rice of Cold Springs (2nd team)
Gunter Morris of Holly Pond (2nd team)
Chris Smith of Hanceville (2nd team)
Ryder Jones of West Point (2nd team)
Lance Stanley of Vinemont (2nd team)
Elijah Garrison of Fairview (2nd team)
Bobby Meyer of Cullman (Coach of the year)
Schaffer was 1st team in Class 5A by the state sportswriters with Meyer being selected as the 5A coach of the year. Meyer led Cullman to a 24-8 record, the 5A, Area 15 title and a trip to the NW Regionals with a ball club that consisted of no player in 5A hoops over six feet, two inches tall.
Chambers was 1st team in Class 2A, Adams 2nd team in 3A with Harris recognized as 3A honorable mention.
Johnson and Gambrill were second team performers in 5A & 3A basketball while Finley was honorable mention in 3A as was Haley Freeman of Cold Springs in Class 2A.
The staff of WKUL-FM congratulates these players and the coaches for giving us a wonderful 2013-14 season in which a record nine teams qualified for the regional round of the AHSAA playoffs.