Cullman County Softball
Loser's bracket final at Jack Howell Field - Hanceville:
Good Hope 3 2 0 0 2 1 5 - 13
Fairview 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 - 7
WP: Skylar Tucker
LP: Ally Hogeland
TIME OF GAME: 2:06
FLASH NOTES: Plenty of drama evolved around Good Hope's Bailey Swann in the tournament's loser bracket final Thursday afternoon.
Swann showed aggressiveness in running the bases with two pivotal plays that became huge for Good Hope to fight back from a 2-run deficit to Fairview entering the fifth inning.
The inning began with a single by Angelina Flanigan, then Swann ripping a double to put both in scoring position.
Jacqueline Hays then laid down a bunt in which she beat out for a single as Flanigan scored. Swann was hustling on the play, going to third and then to home as Fairview was caught off guard. The run by Swann gave Good Hope momentum and tied the game at 7-7.
Good Hope got the go ahead run in its half of the sixth as Amber Sterling singled, got to second on a wild pitch and raced home on a solid single by Sylar Tucker.
Knowing Fairview was capable of having a solid late inning as they did with a five-run fourth, Good Hope's offense went to work in the seventh, putting five runs across on four hits.
Swann led off the inning with a single, took second on a steal and went to third on a single from Hays. With Bekah Norris batting, Norris was safe on an error as Swann raced home with the plate umpire calling obstruction against Fairview catcher Rebekah DeBlanc.
DeBlanc had the plate blocked with Swann making contact on her that had DeBlanc shaken up for a brief spell. After a timeout, DeBlanc was back behind the plate.
Kailee Shikle drove in a run with a single, Abby Neighbors was issued a walk, Sterling was safe on a fielders' choice and a fielder's choice by Woodall would be completed as all three scored on a ball mishandled by the Fairview defense off the bat of Tucker and a single from Flanigan.
Tucker, who relieved starter Abbie Hunt in the fourth. got the victory by allowing Fairview no runs in three plus innings with no hits and two strikeouts.
Good Hope's 3-0 lead in the top of the first was keyed by run-scoring singles from Swann and Hays and a RBI double by Norris.
Fairview's best inning was the fourth with five runs scoring, getting consecutive hits by Kaitlyn Benson, Katie Ball, Hogeland and Deaven Fulmer.
Fulmer's hit was a bases-clearing double as Fairview went in front for the first time at 7-5.
Good Hope's last three innings accounted for eight runs on seven hits, with Swann having a double and single in that span and two keys runs scored.
Swann earned all-tournament selection and was chosen the top defensive player by the county coaches in the four-day event hosted by Hanceville. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Tucker and Woodall.
SPORTSPAGE'S PLAYER OF THE GAME: Bailey Swann of Good Hope, 3-4, 2B, RBI, 3 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, .750 average.
Photo 1: Good Hope's Skylar Tucker (6) tries to lay down a bunt in 1st inning vs. Fairview's Ally Hogeland.
Photo 2: All-Tournament team, L-R, Avery McClure, Hope Shedd, Olivia Ball, Makayla Brown of West Point, Bailey Swann, Erika Woodall, Skylar Tucker of Good Hope. Not pictured are Katie Ball and Ally Hogeland of Fairview.
Photo 3: Tournament Offensive MVP Olivia Ball, Tournament Defensive MVP Bailey Swann.
Photo 4: Good Hope's Jacqueline Hays singles home a run in the 1st inning of loser bracket final vs. Fairview at Hanceville's Jack Howell Field.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 4A, Area 10 Baseball
At Good Hope High School:
Cordova 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 - 5 (12-7, 3-1)
Good Hope 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 2 (7-10, 0-1)
WP: Zakye Holliday
LP: Matt Hancock
TIME OF GAME: 1:57
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope was looking good with a one-run lead through three innings as Hancock drove in Tyler Legg with a double in the first. Legg got into scoring position with a two-bagger himself.
Hancock held the Blue Devils in check until the fourth when they led off with a single, then had back to back walks that loaded the bases with nobody out.
After getting the first out, Hancock threw a passed ball that allowed the tieing run to score and a two-run single from Bullock sent Cordova on top for the first time at 3-1.
Brooks recorded a two-run single in the fifth, increasing the lead to 5-1 as Hancock was relieved by Austin Eakes with two outs in the inning.
Eakes pitched two and a third of scoreless ball with the Raiders trying to rally in the seventh.
Matt Dixon was safe on a fielding error, moved to second then to third on wild pitches and came home on a two-out double to left center by Zachary Bagwell.
But Legg was unable to extend the inning as he grounded out to send, ending the contest at 6:27 p.m.
Good Hope got six hits in the game against Holliday, but was unable to put together a solid inning vs. the left hander. The Raiders would leave six runners on base.
The series moves to Cordova for a doubleheader Thursday at 4:30. Good Hope needs to sweep the series in order to knock the Blue Devils out of the top spot of the area standings.
Good Hope's Matt Hancock delivers to a Cordova batter in the 2nd inning Tuesday.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton.
Good Hope spring sports update.
7-8, 0-0 in 4A, A 10 (As of 03/28)
Vs. Danville April 2 4:30
Vs. Cordova April 3 4:30
At Cordova April 5 (DH) 4:30
3-4, 1-1 in 4A, A 10 (As of 03/28)
At Fairview April 2 4:30
Vs. Cullman April 3 4:30
At Jasper April 5 4:30
Good Hope Invitational April 6/7 TBA
At Chesley Oaks Spring Classic April 2 1:00
At Chesley Oaks Spring Classic April 4 1:00
At Cold Springs April Fools Invitational April 5 4:00
Cullman County Tournament quarterfinal
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
# 3 Good Hope 13 8 18 12 - 51 (14-10)
# 6 Cold Springs 8 11 9 6 - 34 (2-17)
GOOD HOPE: Issac McDonald 20, Matt Dixon 10, Noah Fendley 10, Cole Maddox 5, Michael Lowe 5, Kallen Sharpton 3, Drew Maddox 1.
COLD SPRINGS: Hunter McClendon 17, Adam Hill 6, Dylan Byrd 5, Micah Calvert 3, Logan Rice 2, Francisco Ayala 1.
STAR-STUDDED PERFORMER: Issac McDonald of Good Hope - 20 points, 7-16 FGs, 3-9 treys, 3-3 FTs, 1 rebound.
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope got the breathing space the Raiders were wanting in the third quarter, by outscoring pesky Cold Springs 18-9 to turn a 21-19 halftime edge into a 39-28 advantage.
What helped the Raiders in the second half was taking advantage of Cold Springs miscues, plus getting scoring support from Matt Dixon and Noah Fendley who combined for 14 points to go with Issac McDonald's 11 in the final half as the Raiders controlled the scoring by a 30-15 second half margin.
Good Hope would shoot 17 of 39 for the game, eight of 17 in the second half and converted 12 of 18 from the line as McDonald was three of three and Dixon six of eight in the final half.
McDonald, Fendley and Dixon combined for 13 of the 17 shots the Raiders would hit in producing from the perimeter and close range.
Hunter McClendon gave an all-out effort in the loss for Cold Springs by scoring 17 on seven of 10 shooting, three of six at the line and 14 rebounds, nine from the defensive side of the floor.
The Raiders had defeated the Eagles 66-35 at Good Hope five days earlier. Raider coach Drew Adams knew Tim Willoughby's Eagles would take them to the limit and did so before the late stages of the third quarter and the entire fourth stanza belonged to Good Hope.
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. West Point/Vinemont winner Friday in semifinals 7:30 p.m.
Cold Springs center Hunter McClendon being closely guard by Good Hope's Matt Dixon.
Photo by Cullman County Athletics.
AHSAA 4A, Area 10 basketball
At Good Hope Gymnasium:
Dora 12 10 17 13 - 52 (5-8, 1-2)
Good Hope 9 16 7 17 - 49 (8-8, 1-2)
GOOD HOPE: Issac McDonald 19, Cole Maddox 15, Landon Freeman 8, Matt Dixon 4, Noah Fendley 3.
DORA: Kaleb Towns 12, Averiun Berry 9, Brent Geeter 8
FLASH NOTES: These two schools have learned about winning in area play on the road.
Both defeated the other as a visiting team.
It started with Good Hope pulling out a 71-66 win in Dora on December 15. Three weeks later, the Bulldogs return the favor, doing it in dramatic fashion.
Good Hope entered the fourth period trailing 39-32 and in need of offense. The Raiders got it from Cole Maddox, Issac McDonald and Landon Freeman, who combined for the 17 points in the final period.
Maddox scored the Raiders' final four points, hitting two from the foul line with 0:45 left that tied the score at 49-49.
Dora called time out at 18 seconds and set up for the game winner, with Brent Getter having a good look from the top of the circle, draining a three with 0:02 left.
Good Hope threw the ball away on its next possession, allowing Dora to run out the clock and get into the Area 10 win column.
The Raiders had four critical turnovers in the final 2:00 that would factor in for losing on the home floor.
Cordova currently leads Area 10 at 2-0 and will play Dora next Tuesday and Good Hope next Friday at home, trying to close out the regular season in area by going undefeated and hosting the area tournament.
UP NEXT FOR GOOD HOPE: Vs. West Morgan Saturday
Dora 13 5 13 14 - 45 (7-5, 1-1)
Good Hope 11 9 7 12 - 39 (6-12, 2-1)
GOOD HOPE: Erika Woodall 8, Kate Kent 8, Leyton Seal 9, Abby Neighbors 6, Rudi Derrick 4, Bailey Swann 4.
DORA: Deja Pendleton 14, Zharia Hubbard 13, Ja'Maya Harris 7.
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope was in the driver's seat, needing a victory that would keep the Lady Raiders atop the leaderboard in 4A, Area 10.
But Amanda Swann's ball club never got into a rhythm they needed to move closer of clinching home court for the area tournament.
The Lady Raiders were playing without point guard Savanna Derrick, who was sick with walking pneumonia and Kate Kent got into foul trouble, finishing the final 5:00 of the game on the bench with five personal fouls and only eight points in the battle.
Rudi Derrick, Savanna's younger sister, stepped up in crunch time, tieing the game at 36-36 with 2:34 remaining by hitting a pair of free throws.
But the rest of the way, the game belonged to Dora. Harris converted at shot at 2:28 to put them on top to stay at 38-36 and free throws by Kera James with 32 seconds showing, upped the advantage to 45-39.
Good Hope had some turnovers late that hurt the Lady Raider chances and Woodall was called for an offensive foul with 0:42 left that had her disqualified with five fouls and took potential points off the scoreboard.
Good Hope has an area game remaining next Friday at Cordova. Dora has to play Cordova twice.
If Dora wins both and Good Hope defeats Cordova, the two will be tied in area play and will need a coin toss to determine which school would be the host for the Area 10 Tournament.
Both teams did like the varsity, beating one another as a road team.
Good Hope crushed Dora 56-29 on December 15, but just could never produce the way coach Swann expected her team to do so.
UP NEXT FOR GOOD HOPE: Vs. West Morgan Saturday.
Photo 1: Good Hope applies full court pressure vs. Dora. #2 is Cole Maddox, #4 is Michael Lowe, # 1 is Issac McDonald.
Photo 2: Good Hope's Erika Woodall moves the ball downcourt with teammate Kate Kent heading toward the basket.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Game 1 West Point Christmas Classic
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium:
Brewer 12 16 14 10 - 52 (13-3)
Good Hope 7 14 7 18 - 46 (6-7)
BREWER: Zach Kodra 9, Landon Nelson 8, Tyler Peck 8
GOOD HOPE: Drew Maddox 20, Cole Maddox 16, Issac McDonald 8, Michael Lowe 2.
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope, having to play without 6'5" center Kallen Sharpton, who is recovering from an ankle injury, made the best of it, but a bad third quarter and 15 turnovers hurt the Raiders' quest in trying to stop Brewer's 11-game winning streak.
The Patriots have not lost since November 17 to rival Hartselle and had the Raiders down 12-7 after the first and 28-21 at the half.
A seven-point outing the third for Drew Adams' Raiders spelled trouble whe Doug Oldacre's Patriots put 14 on the board and moved the advantage to 42-28.
Good Hope kept fighting with shots going in the fourth from long distance, drawing within three points at 49-46 with 0:18 left on a trey by Drew Maddox.
But the comeback was put to rest when the Patriots scored three out of four from the line in the remaining 13 seconds to extend their winning streak.
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Priceville/Corner loser Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Up next for Brewer: Vs. Priceville/Corner winner Thursday 7:45 p.m.
Good Hope's Landon Freeman (5) draws double coverage from the Brewer defense.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
At Jesse George Gymnasium:
Good Hope 10 14 16 19 - 59 (3-2)
Cold Springs 10 6 14 4 - 34 (1-4)
GOOD HOPE: Issac McDonald 14, Cole Maddox 12, Kallen Sharpton 11, Landon Freeman 10, Drew Maddox 6, Michael Lowe 6.
COLD SPRINGS: Hunter McClendon 15, Adam Hill 11, Logan Rice 2, Mason Harris 2, Dylan Byrd 2, Mical Calvert 2.
FLASH NOTES: Cold Springs knew its chance at winning depended on from keeping Good Hope to play an up-tempo contest.
With Adam McKinnon running the Eagles while coach Tim Wiloughby was in Atlanta with his wife Regina receiving treatment for her pancreatic cancer, the game plan was executed for the entire first quarter and most of the second.
Good Hope managed just four field goals in the opening period, not able to get the Eagles out of running a set half court offense. The Eagles matched them point for point with the game locked up at 10-10 through eight minutes.
Free throws from Dylan Byrd gave the Eagles a 16-12 with 4:27 remaining in the period. That was the last time the Eagles scored in the quarter as the Raiders tallied a 12-0 run to end the half and get the tempo where they wanted it, up by a 24-16 margin.
But in the third period after the Raiders led 30-16, the Eagles showed patience and stayed in striking distance, trailing 40-30.
The fourth quarter belonged to Drew Adams' Raiders, with Kallen Sharpton scoring on a layup via a steal and a 51-34 lead with 4:00 remaining. Good Hope allowed Cold Springs two made shots in the fourth by Logan Rice and Adam Hill and shut them out for the final 4:00.
The last basket for the Raiders was on a shot by Landon Freeman off an assist from Drew Maddox with less than a minute to go. The 19-point fourth quarter for the Raiders was the best of the game and allowed them to end a two-game losing streak.
Good Hope was coming off a 70-67 loss at home Tuesday to West Point.
Cold Springs returned to Jesse George Gym for the first time since November 17, but was not able to finish off a good start and lost for the fourth consecutive assignment.
Up next for Cold Springs: @ Holly Pond Friday (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Cordova Friday.
Photo 1: Cold Springs' Adam Hill takes it to the basket, while Good Hope's Isiah Lemus (0) tries to block the shot.
Photo 2: Issac McDonald of Good Hope at the line in the 1st period vs. Cold Springs.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Encore Girls Classic
At Hartselle Gymnasium - Consolation bracket:
Good Hope 8 18 20 18 - 64 (2-1)
Decatur 12 6 11 8 - 37 (0-5)
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope encountered Decatur, getting control of the consolation game Tuesday afternoon by halftime with a 26-18 lead, thanks to 18 points in the second period.
The second half was dominated by Amanda Swann's Lady Raiders with 38 points, scoring 20 in the third and finishing it with 18 in the final period.
Good Hope used the combo of point guard Savanna Derrick and shooting guard Erika Woodall who combined for 30 points with Kate Kent getting 14 in the post.
The Lady Raiders' largest lead of the game came in the final seven seconds on a three-pointer from the left wing by Leyton Seal. Good Hope produced 56 points in the final three quarters and became the third school from Cullman County in the early part of the season to hand Decatur a defeat.
Good Hope had eight to earn scoring honors, with 16 by Woodall, Kent and Savanna Derrick 14 each, Seal with six, Abby Neighbors and Amber Sterling four and Rudi Derrick two.
Decatur was led by Ashley Townsend with 11 and Janeisha Mathews seven.
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Colbert County/Hatton winner Wednesday 2:00 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.
Photo 1: Decatur's Janeshia Mathews (22) tries to advance the ball against Good Hope defenders Erika Woodall (1) and Savanna Derrick (21).
Photo 2: Savanna Derrick sets the Good Hope offense in motion vs. Decatur Tuesday.
Photo 3: Decatur's Montana Cowan tries to drive by the trap from Good Hope's Bobbi Johnson (23) and Kate Kent (14) in the first half of consolation game in Hartselle.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Encore Girls Classic Game # 2
At Hartselle Gymanisum:
Good Hope 6 7 7 8 - 28 (1-1)
Brewer 16 19 9 14 - 58 (4-1)
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope met a Brewer team that came into Saturday's classic angry after losing to Hartselle the night before.
The Lady Patriots started with a 12-0 lead before the Lady Raiders got on the scoreboard and closed the deficit to 16-6.
Brewer went on a 19-7 run in the second to grab a comfortable 35-13 haltime lead.
Shyan Flack and McCarley Northway paced the Lady Patriots with 11 points each.
For Good Hope, Leyton Seal scored eight, Erika Woodall six, Bailey Swann five, Kate Kent three, Savanna Derrick, Abby Neighbors and Bobbi Johnson scored two apiece.
Amanda Swann's Lady Raiders opened the season Friday night by romping over Vinemont 47-18.
Up next for Good Hope: Consolation bracket game Tuesday 4:00 p.m. (Auxiliary Gym)
Up next for Brewer: Quarterfinal game Tuesday 4:00 p.m.
Good Hope PG Savanna Derrick (21) tries to get away from Brewer's McCarley Northway.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Good Hope 8 13 8 0 - 29 (4-6)
Hanceville 0 0 0 0 - 0 (1-9)
GH - Will Dickerson 21 run (Kyle Carlton run) 6:21 in 1st
GH - Colton Bagwell 7 run (Carlton kick) 7:09 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 4 run (kick failed) 2:11 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 3 run (Preston Bagwell pass to Matt Schwaiger) 2:40 in 3rd
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope showed improvement on the gridiron in 2017, capturing its fourth victory and third shutout vs. a Cullman County opponent.
The Raiders put the ball into the hands of freshman Colton Bagwell who responded with 123 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. This comes a week after Bagwell rushed for 121 yards in a loss to Dora.
Bagwell's performance was effective with regular starter Matt Dixon not able to be 100 percent healthy. Dixon gained 33 yards on six rushes, but turned his ankle late in the second quarter.
He was not needed as Colton Bagwell, with Matt Schwaiger, Hudson Leverett combining for 199 yards vs. the Bulldogs to close out with a positive ending and optimism heading into 2018 with plenty of talent returning in the backfield, plus at receiver and in the offensive line.
Good Hope's defense put a wrap on the Bulldogs' allowing them 90 yards total offense, 52 in the second half. The Hanceville passing game with freshman Bo Joles getting the start, gained 32 yards on the night. Joles was held to three of six for 10 yards in the final quarter. His longest completion of the night was 20 yards to Antonio Bautista in the second quarter.
The Raiders ran for 325 yards with eight carrying the ball. The final play was special with senior lineman Tucker Putman getting into the backfield and taking the football for a seven-yard advancement to the Hanceville 43 as time expired.
Good Hope netted 20 first downs, 12 in the first half, to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room.
Hanceville managed just four first downs for the game, giving up possession three times on the night on fourth down plays.
R.J. Evans was the bright spot in the final quarter for Craig Flanigan's squad with 30 yards on five runs, his longest gain being nine yards.
Kyle Carlton intercepted a Hanceville pass in the second period that set up a 55-yard TD drive, enabling the Raiders to move the advantage to 21-0. Colton Bagwell got the final three TDs for the Raiders.
The Good Hope-Hanceville series since 2010 has been controlled by the visitor. Six of the eight games played has been conquered by the road team with four straight wins coming by the visitor.
In 2015, Alan Scott brought his team to Talley Stadium and were led on that night by a freshman named Matt Dixon who ran strong in a 41-21 Raider victory.
In 2017, a freshman named Colton Bagwell anchored a strong performance in good old fashion running football with the Raiders getting the most wins (4) in a season since 2013.
The game was played with a 70 degree temperature at kickoff, a full moon and also patches of fog hanging above the field for the evening.
The game was over by 9:00 p.m. and never effected by rain, with a thunderstorm at West Point at that time that forced the Warriors' game with Lawrence County to go under a delay.
Photo 1: Good Hope QB Preston Bagwell takes the snap vs. Hanceville.
Photo 2: Raider RB Will Dickerson turns the corner in the fog in the 1st half.
Photo 3: Will Dickerson gets surrounded by Hanceville Bulldogs in the fog.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton