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Lady Aggies’ have spectacular 2024 season


The award winning Lady Aggies are, back row from left, Ella Rose Bartlett, Bristol Evans, Gracie Sanderson, Meg Wiginton, Kyra Casey, Maya Jones, Anne Wiginton and Taylor Biggerstaff; front row, Bella Gilstrap, Myia Sizemore, Jordan Parker, Sarah Grace Harbor and Jane Wiginton
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Lady Aggies Track & Field team may not have been able to grab a state championship title for their team, but they are still a team of champions.

Aggies, Lady Raiders win state track meet


Brilliant’s Jaeden Lipsey leaps over the bar during 1A boys’ high jump in the state meet.

The Marion County Lady Red Raiders and the Hamilton Aggies have each won their respective state track meets, hosted from Thursday, May 2, through May 4.
Hamilton traveled to Gulf Shores to compete in the 4A-7A meet, while all other Marion County teams traveled to Cullman for the 1A-3A meet.
The Aggies won the 4A state boys’ meet with 94 points, over Brooks in second place with 56 points and Anniston in third with 54 points.
The Lady Red Raiders won with 84 points over Marengo with 55 points and Winterboro with 54 points.

Aggies, Raiders win sectional meets


Marion County’s Lily Robinson, Anna Prather and Zella Williams, along with Phillips’ Lexi Morgan and Hackleburg’s Maddie Burt, hit the back stretch during the section meet.
WINFIELD — Winfield hosted the sectional track meet for 1A Section 3, 2A Section 4 and 3A Section 4 on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Panthers’ playoff prowl ends in third round


Hackleburg’s Cam Ingram slides back into first base to avoid getting tagged out during the Panthers’ final game of the season against Sumiton Christian. Ingram hit 17 singles and three doubles over the season.
HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers’ varsity baseball team’s season came to an end with two back-to-back losses to Sumiton Christian on Thursday, May 2.

Hackleburg shuts out Talladega


It’s tradition for Hackleburg players to scale the wall for playoff wins. One team member takes it one step further as he performs a back flip off the wall.
HACKLEBURG — Hackleburg High School shut out Talladega Central in a double header Friday, April 19, in the first round of playoffs.

Five named to association’s all-state basketball team

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
Several varsity basketball players from around the county were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State basketball team this year.
There were five athletes in total from Brilliant, Hamilton, Marion County and Winfield.
Brilliant’s Hadlee Sanderson was named 1A girls’ third-team.
Hamilton’s Aubrey Sorrells was named 4A girls second-team.
Two were from Marion County. Joe Aldridge was named 1A boys’ first-team all-state. Jolie Kate Cox was named 1A girls’ second-team.

Baseball season round-up


Hackleburg pitcher Aydan Beard releases a pitch against a West Limestone batter on March 29. The Panthers won the game 12-1.
Marion County baseball teams are still in area play as the season continues and playoffs draw near. Here are some quick highlights from each team’s season as of Monday, April 8, 2024.

Raiders win NAC meet


Hackleburg’s Edge Weeks, Jaquan Reeder and Seth Ables, and Brilliant’s Jaedan Lipsey, reach the finish line in the boys’ 200m race.
WINFIELD — The Marion County High School boys’ and girls’ varsity track and field teams won the 2024 North Alabama Conference Championship meet on Wednesday, March 13. The meet was hosted in Winfield, with Brilliant, Hackleburg, Lynn, Marion County and Phillips high schools competing for the NAC championship.

Lady Aggies take on Priceville in Hanceville


Jordan Parker guards a Priceville player during the regional tournament.

The Hamilton Lady Aggies traveled to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville on Monday, Feb. 19, to play against the Priceville Lady Bulldogs in the semi-final round of the AHSAA 4A Girls’ Regional Tournament.
It was a close game, but in the end, the Lady Aggies’ season came to an end after they lost to the Lady Bulldogs 47-42. Priceville would go on to lose to eventual 4A girls’ state champion Good Hope 62-44 in the regional final.
The Lady Aggies ended their season with a record of 25-6.

Marion County High girls state runner-up


From left to right: Cooper Williams, Lexie Dishner, head coach Scott Veal, Hoyt Miles, Ava Butler, Zella Williams, Alecia Shack-Donaldson, Addisyn Randolph, Jasmine Wilson, Adrian Randolph, Jolie Kate Cox, Krissa Comer, Bekah Junkin, Lily Robinson, Erin Culp and Dustin Silas.
BIRMINGHAM — The Marion County High School Lady Red Raiders are the 1A girls state runners-up after losing the state final to Spring Garden 63-31 on Thursday, Feb. 29. The appearance in the state final marked the fourth in a row for the Lady Raiders, which included one state championship title.

Lady Raiders play state final tomorrow: Marion County’s girls make their fourth consecutive appearance in 1A state championship


Marion County’s Alecia Shack-Donaldson (#12) goes up for a layup against the Keith Bears on Monday during the state semi-finals. Donaldson scored 14 points total.
BIRMINGHAM – For the fourth season in a row, the Marion County High School Lady Red Raiders will be playing in the final round of the 1A girls’ state basketball playoffs tomorrow night.

Robinson and Madison share 2,000 points in basketball

GUIN — Two athletes at Marion County High School have been awarded an honor not many receive. Sophomore Lily Robinson and junior Tye Madison each received a Wilson basketball with their name, jersey number and the amount of points they have amassed: 1,000.

The awards were given on Friday, Jan. 5, during the basketball games between MCHS and Hubbertville. After the girls’ game was over, Robinson’s name was called and coach Scott Veal presented the basketball to a surprised Robinson.

Winfield wins WAC with comeback

The Winfield Pirates varsity boys’ basketball team are the WAC tournament champions! Left to right, top row: Coach Billy Stovall, Coach Derek Trimm, Head Coach Zac Wakefield, Casen Sadsberry, Haiden Channell, Jacob Chism, Keylan Hughes, Slate Gilbert, Sean Wyers, Preston Nelson, Jaret Hosch, Miles Miles, Jacob Barnes, Coach Zach Evans, Kruz Box, Aaron Rao and Coach Thackary Box. Bottom row: Becket Carothers and Memphis Boman.

FAYETTE — The Winfield Pirates varsity basketball team won the 2023 WAC tournament at Fayette County High School on Monday, Dec. 18.
The Pirates played their first game of the tournament in the second round.
The first round saw the Fayette Tigers and Lamar County Bulldogs square off on Friday night, December 15. The Tigers won that game 61-39, knocking out the Bulldogs.

Winfield Pirates defeat the Shoals Christian Flame 68-45


Winfield’s Preston Nelson (#1) takes the ball across half-court and looks to make a play.
WINFIELD — The Winfield Pirates hosted to Shoals Christian Flame on Friday, Dec. 1, and split a win and loss between the boys’ and girls’ teams. The varsity girls played first, and both teams were neck-and-neck through the whole game.

Pirates’ season ends at Sylvania


Winfield’s Jaykob Savage (#52) is on the move, ready to bring down a Sylvania player. By Derek Trimm
SYLVANIA — The Winfield Pirates’ season came to end with a 35-10 loss to the Sylvania Rams on Friday, Nov. 17 in Sylvania. The Pirates offense got off to a slow start and the Rams scored on its first two possessions and never looked back.