Wallace State Christmas Challenge (Girls)
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
Cold Springs 16 16 13 6 - 51 (12-4)
Lauderdale Co 8 17 9 2 - 36 (5-8)
COLD SPRINGS: Elizabeth Hill 18, Toni West 16, Camryn Crider 8, Neely Ellison 4 Kinley Campbell 2, Lina Leickfield 3.
LAUDERDALE CO: Ruthie Smith 14, Hannah Tate 9, Claudia Thompson 5, Callie Grisham 3, Sydney Maner 2, Gracelyn Morrison 2.
FLASH NOTES: A rare opportunity for the Lady Eagles to match up with 3A power Lauderdale County and for it to be a neutral site, Tom Drake Coliseum at Wallace State, made the contest very special.
Center Elizabeth Hill was off to a good start for coach Tammy West, putting in eight in the opening quarter. She had a trey in the second to finish with 11 by halftime. However, she picked up her third personal with 4 seconds left in the second and Lauderdale Co trimmed the deficit to 32-25.
That gave the visitors from Rogersville a lift, in starting the third with a 5-0 run and narrowing the gap to 32-30.
Cold Springs rose to the challenge by the play of point guard Toni West who produced eight of her team's 13 third period points and the narrow lead went up to 45-34 when the third expired.
Lauderdale County's shot was off in the fourth, getting one field goal and going zero for eight in three-point tries. Baskets by Neely Ellison, Hill and Crider was enough for the Lady Eagles to extend their current winning streak to six and drop the Lady Tigers to 5-8.
Lauderdale played in the Christmas Challenge Thursday, falling to Athens 44-38.
The challenge, played at Wallace State and sponsored by a local wings restaurant, consisted of 16 games in three days with eight of them in varsity girls.
A JV girls game was played on Friday prior to the varsity encounter, with Lauderdale County winning 35-25 over Cold Springs, breaking a 25-25 tie in the final 4:00 on a 10-0 run.
Up next for Cold Springs: At Winfield Christmas Tournament December 27-28.
AHSAA 1A/2A Cross Country Championship
At Oakville Mounds Park:
1. Cold Springs 34
2. Altamont 91
3. Hatton 92
4. Ohatchee 110
5. Holy Spirit 172
Ava Akridge 3rd, 21:07.27 Reagan Parris 4th 21:12.86, Ashleigh White 6th 21:17.96,
Emma Hancock 12th 21:57.94, Ciara Calvert 19th 22:40.50
Breia Smith - Cornerstone 20:57.82
1. Altamont 43
2. Cold Springs 61
3. Westbrook Christian 96
4. Ohatchee 117
5. Hatton 127
Trentan Williams 7th 17:11.10, Cole Akridge 10th 17:23.41, Jonathan Collett 11th 17:30.68, Will Grimmett 14th 17:42.39, Aaron Spurger 18th 18:04.53
Desai Archer - Altamont 16:31.17
Cullman County Cross Country Championships
At Cranford Stricklin Stadium - Cold Springs:
VARSITY GIRLS RESULTS:
1. Cold Springs 26
2. Holly Pond 41
3. Fairview 64
VARSITY GIRLS TOP 10:
1 Camilla Chambers - Holly Pond 19:41.93
2 Bijou Phillips - Good Hope 20:51.02
3 Ashleigh White - Cold Springs 21:28.31
4 Breanna Tankersley - Holly Pond 21:37.42
5 Ave Akridge - Cold Springs 21:38.80
6 Reagan Parris - Cold Springs 21:45.98
7 Abigail Kusz - Holly Pond 21:59.14
8 Malia Howell - Hanceville 22:22.85
9 Emma Hancock - Cold Springs 22:25.71
10 Alyssa Jackson - Cold Springs 22:41.98
1. Cold Springs 19
2. Fairview 50
3. Holly Pond 73
4. Vinemont 108
5. West Point 131
VARSITY TOP 10:
1 Aaron Brown - Hanceville 17:13.19
2. Trentan Williams - Cold Springs 17:13.58
3. Cole Akridge - Cold Springs 17:25.37
4. Johnathan Collett - Cold Springs 17:30.18
5. Peyton Bailey - Fairview 17:52.45
6 Aaron Spurger - Cold Springs 17:54.86
7. Parker Sellers - Holly Pond 18:05.60
8 Daniel Cook - Fairview 18:13.00
9. Will Grimmett - Cold Springs 18:15.86
10. Seth Walker - Cold Springs 18:16.77
FLASH NOTES: Team wise, Cold Springs continues to dominate the sport in the county. The Eagles earned their 15th consecutive county championship with the Lady Eagles winning the championship for the 13th straight year.
Individually, Hanceville's Aaron Brown edged out Cold Springs' Trentan Williams on his own course for the varsity crown. The margin of victory was a mere .39 seconds.
A close encounter took place in the girls race as Holly Pond's Camilla Chambers crossed ahead of Good Hope's talented runner, Bijou Phillips, by a mere minute.
Grace Lee of West Point won the JV girls 2.1 race with a time of 13:53.80, finishing in front of Vinemont's Kendall Harbison who had a time of 13:59.68.
The JV winner was Ethan Edgeworth of Good Hope, winning it at 12:09.35. Trynt Allen of West Point finished 2nd with a time of 12:25.00.
POSTSEASON NEXT WEEK:
The AHSAA cross country postseason will be next weekend.
The 3A, Section 3 and 4A, Section 3 meets will run at Fairview Town Park.
The 3A girls will be at 9:00 a.m., the 3A varsity at 9:30, the 4A girls at 10:00, the 4A varsiry at 10:30.
Hanceville, Holly Pond and Vinemont will represent the county in this section in 3A.
Fairview will face competition such as DAR, Oneonta, Ashville, Cherokee County, Hokes Bluff and others in the 4A run.
The AHSAA state championships will be November 10 at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Lawrence County.
Photo 1: Cold Springs Eagles, county XC champion.
Photo 2: Cold Springs Lady Eagles, county XC champion.
Photo 3: Varsity girls Top 10.
Photo 4: Varsity Top 10.
Photos courtesy of Cold Springs Runners Club.
At Jesse George Gym - Cold Springs:
West Point 25 25
Cold Springs 21 18
West Point (5-0) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:43
Sumiton Christian 25 17 3
West Point 20 25 15
West Point (6-0) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 0:53
Sumiton Christian 18 20
Cold Springs 25 25
Cold Springs (8-4) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:42
FLASH NOTES: Victory was well earned by undefeated West Point and No. 10 ranked Cold Springs Thursday evening.
The matches were close encounters with West Point starting the agenda by sweeping Cold Springs 25-21 and 25-18.
West Point was able to gain a comfortable lead in the first set, going up 14-9 on a kill from Mackenzie Carter. But Cold Springs brought back a challenge and trailed 15-14 when Emi Harbison converted an ace.
A kill and two consecutive service points by Molly Pendley pushed West Point to a 21-16 advantage. Josie Huckaby got a kill that made it 23-19, a service point from Gracie Thompson raised the lead to 24-19. Following a service break with Kylon Hamby scoring on a volley and a kill by Harbison, West Point finished the first set with a kill by Carter and held the early advantage in the match.
Thompson nailed a couple of serves in the second game, boosting the lead for West Point to 11-6. Sarah Chapman followed with four straight service points, one being an ace and it was a 20-11 lead for the visitors.
Cold Springs fought hard to stay in contention, but at the end, a kill from Carter and a service point by Lexi Shadix completed the West Point sweep of its county foe.
Sumiton Christian took to the floor to face West Point and shook off a 14-9 deficit. Leading the comeback for Sumiton was Lexi Jackson at the net and Anna Calloway from the service line. Calloway fired off seven straight service points to send the Lady Eagles in front as West Point was unable to recover, dropping the first set 25-20.
An early 3-0 deficit in game two was quickly erased by the Lady Warriors, thanks to the serving of Celena Clark. Clark would produce 12 straight service points, raising the advantage to 13-3 before Sumiton broke her serve.
Sumiton made a game of it, closing to 15-13 when Regina Jones' Lady Warriors regrouped and used quality serves by Thompson and kills from Huckaby to send the match into a tiebreaker.
In the finale, Clark was back at the service line, putting five points on the board and West Point was off and running, up 6-1. Pendley then showed her service strength, netting seven in a row and it was 12-2. The match ended on a volley by Shadix as West Point left the gym still undefeated on the young season 6-0.
Cold Springs and Sumiton Christian went to battle with the homestanding Lady Eagles holding advantage from the beginning and keeping the visitors at bay.
Hayden Goodwin got three points in a row, lifting Brendan Voce's Lady Eagles to an 18-12 edge. Hamby scored on a serve with assistance by a block at the net from Aubrey Negron, sending the Lady Eagles up 22-15.
Sumiton slowed up Cold Springs for the moment on points by Jackson and Calloway. The Lady Eagles stopped the Sumiton surge when Emma Chambers nailed a kill, completing the first set by the margin of 25-18.
In game two, Sumiton grabbed a 16-10 lead and looked to be on the way of sending this match to a third set.
Cold Springs regained its poise as four straight service points by Kinley Campbell brought the Lady Eagles from behind and never to trail again.
Hamby showed her ability to drill the ball over the net from the front line with three kills in crunch time. Anna Kate Voce had a critical block and a volley at the end, supporting two good serves from Emily Williams.
Sumiton Christian fell to 2-7 on the season.
Up next for Cold Springs: Vs. West End Monday
Up next for West Point: Tri-match vs. Fairview, Lawrence Co Tuesday.
Photo 1: West Point's Lexu Shadix (3) tries to block a kill from Anna Kate Voce.
Photo 2: West Point's Celena Clark (20) sets the ball to a teammate.
Photo 3: Cold Springs' Emma Chambers about to serve vs. West Point.
Photo 4: Cold Springs' Emi Harbison gets ready to serve to Sumiton Christian.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Fazi-Richard Athletic Center:
Cold Springs 25 25 25
St. Bernard 11 17 21
Cold Springs (2-1) wins match 3-0
Time of Match: 1:04
FLASH NOTES: Cold Springs coach Brendan Voce was not aware that the Lady Eagles remained in the Top 10 of the 2A state volleyball, until Sportspage informed him prior to match time Thursday evening with St. Bernard.
Giving something to show for, the Lady Eagles steered the course in sweeping the Lady Saints, spoiling St. Bernard's season opener.
Cold Springs got control right off in the opening set, leading 8-1 as Anna Kate Voce scored four straight on serve. A kill from Aubrey Negron pushed the score to 12-3 and a service point by Hayden Goodwin moments later, upped the advantage to 17-3.
St. Bernard slowed up Cold Springs enough to draw within 22-10 after the Lady Eagles served the ball into the net.
A volley by Sydney Newton, then a point on a net error by St. Bernard and a service winner by Jessi Pulliam ended the first set in a 25-11 final.
Cold Springs was ahead in game two 8-5 as St. Bernard fought off a service break and tied the score at 8-8 on three consecutive service points by Olivia Brown.
The Lady Eagles regrouped and gained a 13-9 edge on an ace from Kinley Campbell. A kill by Kylon Hamby and a service point from Goodwin sent the advantage to 20-13.
Back came Tiffany Hinkle-Pope's Lady Saints. Macy Whaley tallied a service point and the comeback was in process at 23-17. But a net serve and a service winner from Voce enabled the Lady Eagles to take the second set in being strongly challenged.
For game three, St. Bernard started out on top on service points from Bridget Gallegos and a net foul on Cold Springs gave the Lady Saints a 7-4 lead. Then the Lady Eagles went to work with Hamby accounting for five consecutive service points with the Lady Eagles moving on top by the score of 12-8.
Emma Chambers had a service point that pushed the visitors to a 20-15 cushion. St. Bernard showed poise and narrowed the deficit to 23-21 when Whaley connected on an ace.
The St. Bernard momentum was broken on Cold Springs' receiving the ball as Negron scored on a kill for a 24-21 lead and Emily Williams delivered an ace at 6:29 p.m. to conclude the match in an hour and four minutes.
Hamby scored seven points on serve in the match for Cold Springs, Emi Harbison had five, Voce netted seven and Goodwin five.
St. Benard's performance was anchored by Whaley with four service points and four kills, Emma Tafazoli two serves and two kills, Brown five service points and a kill and Gallegos five service points.
Up next for Cold Springs: At Carbon Hill Invitational Saturday
Up next for St. Bernard: Vs. Lindsay Lane & Vinemont Sept. 10
Photo 1: Cold Springs' Anna Kate Voce (11) serves in 1st set with St. Bernard.
Photo 2: Cold Springs' Emi Harbison discusses a call with the referee.
Photo 3: St. Bernard's Claudia Fallin (32), Yessi Pascual (9) and Gabby Bennett (24) follow the ball over the net.
Photo 4: St. Bernard coach Tiffany Hinkle-Pope talks with team during a time out.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton