Friday, November 3
Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
RADIO: WKUL-FM (92.1)
GOOD HOPE: 3-6
SERIES: Hanceville 26-15
2016: Hanceville 32-13
LAST WEEK: Good Hope lost to Dora 35-7
Hanceville was idle
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope improved in the victory column in 2017 with three so far, after having an 0-10 time on the gridiron last season.
The Raiders have been dealt some injuries in the last month that has kept them from progressing in the win category. Matt Hancock has been out for half of the season with torn ligaments in the knee, QB Bailey Quick and RB Matt Dixon were injured in the October 20 game with West Point.
Having them available will be a plus for Alan Scott with the Raiders trying to get to the four-win total for the first time since 2014.
The last time the Raiders visited Hanceville was 2015 in which Dixon, a freshman then, ran roughshod through the Bulldogs in a 41-21 victory.
This series since 2010 has been controlled by the road team. The visitor has gone victorious in five of seven meetings, including three straight.
Good Hope was the last team in this series to win at home, coming out with a 28-22 victory in 2013.
These two schools had their middle school units meet each other last week in the Cullman County championship. Good Hope controlled the game and rolled to a 50-16 decision.
HUNTSVILLE - Good Hope was successful in the opening round of the AHSAA Class 4A Northwest Volleyball Regional at the Von Braun Center.
The Area 10 champion took care of Sardis in straight sets Thursday afternoon 25-16, 25-22, 25-8.
In the quarterfinals in the evening time, the Lady Raiders got swept by Danville 25-15, 25-18, 25-19.
Good Hope wraps up its first season under coach Natasha Holcombe with a 28-15 record.
4A, Area 10 Volleyball Tournament at Good Hope Gymnasium
Cordova 20 22 16
Good Hope 25 25 25
Good Hope (15-12) wins championship 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:03
FLASH NOTES: All season long, Good Hope has been given good play from the likes of Kate Kent, Chrissi Smith and Abby Knight.
Others have made strides in recent weeks to provide this unit with balance when it comes to serving, receiving and attacking.
Alee Jackson was ready to go when called upon for quality play Monday night. Jackson provided the team a spark with eight consecutive service points, the best by any Lady Raider in the championship during game three.
That enabled Good Hope to go from an 11-9 lead in a matter of moments to 19-9 and never lead up in taking the championship without a loss on the Good Hope floor in just over an hour.
Jesse Kent was superb in the first set with three kills, two blocks and a volley in her time to come in and replace her older sister, Kate.
A kill from an assist by Knight pushed the advantage to 17-8. Cordova was able to overcome Good Hope's aggressive play and mount a comeback with Raven Clark scoring three times on serve, plus two kills that pulled the Blue Devils to 24-20.
It was Knight on a reverse volley that landed untouched on Cordova's side of the floor, ending the first set and putting Good Hope in a position to fight off Cordova the next two games.
In game two, Cordova fell behind then worked itself into the lead, upping the spread to 20-18. A kill by Sadie Fendley was huge for Good Hope with another kill by the left hander putting them on top to stay at 22-21.
Knight followed with a service ace then Cordova cut it to 23-22 before a serve into the net scored a point for the Lady Raiders.
A service point from Jackson, thanks to a return volley by Kate Kent, concluded the second set.
With Jackson serving well to give Good Hope breathing room in the third set, Cordova again, whittled at the deficit and made the Lady Raiders work hard to take home the championship trophy.
Fendley got a point on serve and a kill that got them within striking distance of a title. Coach Natasha Holcombe inserted junior Rebekah Crauswell into the game and she responded with a kill off a pass from Knight to complete the sweep.
"We wanted to play for a county championship, we wanted to be the area champs, we wanted to go to the regionals. We have come together and I am very proud of them," Holcombe said.
Good Hope failed to make it out of the area playoffs in 2016, losing to Dora in an elimination game at Cordova.
This time the Lady Raiders have peaked at the right time, winning seven of their last 10 assignments.
Now the Lady Raiders move on to the North Regionals at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville with an assignment at 12:45 p.m. Thursday vs. an opponent to be announced later.
Abby Knight, Kate Kent, Chrissi Smith, Leyton Seal - Good Hope
Camri Tubbs, Kaitlyn Swindle, Kaitlyn Reed - Cordova
Deja Pendleton, Kera James - Dora
MVP: Chrissi Smith of Good Hope
Photo 1: Lady Raiders celebrate a positive play in Area 10 finals vs. Cordova.
Photo 2: Good Hope breaks huddle after a timeout in the Area 10 finals.
Photo 3: 2017 Class 4A, Area 10 All-Area Team.
Photo 4: Good Hope Lady Raiders, 2017 4A, Area 10 champions.
Photo 5: Area 10 MVP Chrissi Smith of Good Hope.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, October 20
James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope
RADIO: WKUL-FM (92.1)
GOOD HOPE: 3-4
WEST POINT: 4-3
SERIES: West Point 22-16-1
2016: West Point 50-6
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope plays in front of the home fans for the final time this season. The Raiders have one victory (34-0 over Cold Springs) in four games, coming off a close 20-13 loss to the Haleyville Lions that eliminated them from playoff contention for 4A, Region 6.
Home field has not been an advantage under Alan Scott. The Raiders are just 2-12 at Shabel Stadium since 2015. The Raiders have been competitive as a home team this year, but not able to put together a complete game against ball clubs that come to Good Hope with success.
The Raiders lead the county schools with 2 wins by shutouts and are 2-0 vs. county teams, defeating Vinemont and Cold Springs so far. Good Hope plays West Point this week and ends the regular season November 3 at Hanceville.
Good Hope has improved on the gridiron after going 0-10 in 2016 with three wins and three games left on the schedule.
Friday, October 13
James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope
4A, R 6
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fayette Co 3-0, Dora 2-1, Winfield 2-1, Cordova 2-2, Haleyville 1-2, Good Hope 1-3, Hamilton 1-3.
GOOD HOPE: 3-3, 1-3
HALEYVILLE: 2-4, 1-2
SERIES: Haleyville 3-0
2016: Haleyville 56-21
LAST WEEK: Good Hope lost to Winfield 28-12
Haleyville lost to Madison Academy 52-0
FLASH NOTES: Two teams that remain alive for a possible berth to the playoffs, come calling on one another Friday night at Good Hope.
The Raiders were on the heels of Winfield for the first half last week, trailing 7-6 at the half before the Pirates put the game out of the Raiders' grasp.
Haleyville visited Shabel Stadium in 2011, winning by a score of 52-7. This is the fourth meeting between the two, all of them regional assignments.
Raiders have back to back assignments at home vs. Haleyville and a non-regional game the following week with West Point. The rest of the season has Alan Scott's squad traveling to Dora October 27 and at Hanceville on November 3.
Raiders looking for their second straight win at home after a 34-0 defeat of Cold Springs on the final Friday in September.
At Vinemont Gymnasium
Good Hope 25 26 25
Vinemont 15 24 10
Good Hope (11-9) wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:59
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope wrapped up the first week of October by taking an hour to turn back Vinemont Thursday evening.
The Lady Raiders finished the week at 4-1, completing a three-game defeat of county opponents Cold Springs, West Point and Vinemont.
Good Hope opened the match with a challenge early, then getting control of the game midway. An 11-9 advantage for the Lady Raiders quickly became 19-9 on seven service points by Chrissi Smith.
Kate Kent converted six kills and had two blocks in the first game. The senior middle hitter also scored on a jump serve that made it 24-14. Vinemont broke service then Good Hope was done for the first set on a kill by Jesse Kent from an assist by setter Abby Knight.
Vinemont was determined to give Good Hope a challenge and did so in the second set. The Lady Eagles went up by a margin of 15-7 when a kill from Kate Kent, assisted by Knight, began to turn the momentum to the side of the Lady Raiders.
Good Hope patiently narrowed the margin and stopped Vinemont when a Kent kill got the score even at 24-24. Knight finished with consecutive service points, thanks to a volley by Kent and a block from Kent to overcome the deficit and move to 2-0 for the match.
Smith and Knight were dominant at the service line in the third game. They helped Good Hope go up 10-2 with Kent getting three straight kills to extend the lead to 13-3.
Vinemont never recovered from the Lady Raiders' fast start as Skylar Tucker stepped into the spotlight role with a kill then two service points. Jesse Kent added a kill to her statistics with Sadie Fendley serving well in scoring from the line five consecutive points.
A serve into the net for Vinemont ended the contest at 6:36 p.m.
UP NEXT: Good Hope at Dora October 6
Photo 1: Good Hope's Kate Kent goes with a jump serves in 1st set at Vinemont.
Photo 2: Jesse Kent (16), Abby Knight (25), Leyton Seal on the Good Hope front line.
Photo 3: Coach Natasha Holcombe writes out her lineup for Game 2 vs. Vinemont.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, October 6
Estes Hudson Stadium - Winfield
Good Hope: 3-2, 1-2 in 4A, R 6
Winfield: 3-2, 1-1 in 4A, R 6
SERIES: Winfield 6-1
2016: Winfield 32-0
LAST WEEK: Good Hope defeated Cold Springs 34-0
Winfield defeated Sulligent 21-7
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fayette Co 2-0, Cordova 2-1, Winfield 1-1, Dora 1-1, Good Hope 1-2, Haleyville 1-2, Hamilton 1-2.
FLASH NOTES: In a log jammed Region 6, Good Hope can stay around the berth to the postseason if they win at a place that is not easy for the visitor to be successful.
The Raiders are 1-1 all time in Winfield. The Pirates have won two games on campus this season, including a 41-12 blasting of Cordova in regional play.
Good Hope got 250 yards passing by sophomore QB Bailey Quick last week in the HC shutout of Cold Springs. He threw for three touchdowns with the throws going to Kyle Carlton, Preston Bagwell and Matt Dixon.
Dixon hauled in a 44-yard pass late in the second quarter that carried the Raiders to a 27-0 lead at the half. Quick sprinted for a 34-yard run to the end zone in the third stanza and the Raiders posted their second shutout of the season for coach Alan Scott.
Good Hope has showed it can play with poise on the road. The Raiders stunned Hamilton three weeks ago with a 28-yard TD pass by Quick to Matt Hancock on the final play of the game in a 33-28 victory.
But the Raiders are without Hancock for the rest of the season, recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the Cordova game September 22.
A win for the Raiders would be their fourth, the most they have experienced in one season since they got four on the gridiron in 2014 in Chris Moss' final season.
Tri-match # 1 at Good Hope Gymnasium
Cordova 22 21 20
Good Hope 25 25 25
Good Hope (9-9, 3-0 in 4A, A 10) wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:01
FLASH NOTES: Knowing a regular season title in 4A, Area 10 was at stake, Good Hope accomplished the task Tuesday afternoon. But the Lady Raiders were pushed to the brink by Cordova as each set was a fight for survival.
Throughout the match, the Lady Raiders would lead early, one to see the Blue Devils stay calm under fire and give them a test they would never forget for the first Tuesday of October.
Raven Clark got a kill that pulled Cordova from an early 8-3 deficit, all the way back to 22-21 and on verge of stunning the Lady Raiders.
Leyton Seal changed the momentum for Good Hope with a kill, set up by a pass from Abby Knight that made it 23-21. A block from Jesse Kent on a serve by Sadie Fendley had the Lady Raiders within a point of winning the set at 24-21.
Clark again stood out with a kill as Cordova was down 24-22 and serving. But a volley from Seal, keyed by another pass from Knight that set up her up, enabled the Lady Raiders to move on top 1-0 in the match.
Good Hope sprinted to a 7-2 advantage in the second set with three service points by Alee Jackson, including an ace. But the lead was shrunk quickly by Cordova on kills from Clark and service points by Kaitlyn Reed.
Cordova was back on the heels of the Lady Raiders, trailing 21-20. Then a serve went out of bounds, giving Good Hope a point as they were able to finish off the second set with huge plays by Kate Kent with a block and a kill, a service point from Knight and the set winner, an ace by Jackson.
On to game three, the Lady Raiders kept the pattern, getting the margin to 6-2. Back again came the Blue Devils.
The visitors moved in front 16-15 before a block at the net by Kate Kent got the game tied, Good Hope never trailed from that stretch.
A net foul and a foot fault against Cordova added to the Good Hope side of scoring. Jackson nailed three consecutive serves with assistance from Seal on a volley to complete the match with Good Hope 3-0, punching its ticket to host the Area 10 tournament in three weeks.
Tri-match # 3 at Good Hope Gymnasium
West Point 25 18 12
Good Hope 23 25 15
Good Hope (10-9) wins match 2-1
TIME OF MATCH: 1:01
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope and West Point laid it on the line to complete the Tuesday tri-match with this nothing less of a thriller.
Both excelled at times with serves, digs, sets and kills. West Point went from trailing 4-3 to jumping on top by the score of 11-6.
Then Good Hope answered the challenge and was able to execute with Kate Kent having her way at the net, plus serves from Skylar Tucker, Fendley and kills by Seal and Jesse Kent.
But West Point stood its ground. The Lady Warriors trailed 22-18 when they broke Good Hope's serve as three consecutive kills by Lexi Shadix set the tone, plus a block from Shadix and quality sets by Selena Clark.
Clark scored the set winner when Kate Kent's kill went out of play. West Point was ahead 1-0 in the match, but never in a position to lock it up.
That was due to Good Hope showing determination.
The Lady Raiders were in front 10-3 early in the second game as Kate Kent blocked the ball at the net. Good Hope led 16-10 when West Point tried to slow down the Lady Raider momentum, but was unsuccessful.
A volley by Seal from an assist by Knight broke West Point's service, giving Good Hope the ball and a 21-14 advantage. That was raised quickly to 24-14 on three straight serves by Fendley, getting a block by Jesse Kent to help.
West Point closed to 24-18 then lost the set when Seal converted a kill across the net on another assist from Knight.
This match would go to a tiebreaker. It was the second time this season both would decide the outcome in a tiebreaking set.
A 4-1 lead for West Point was erased by Good Hope when a net foul on the Lady Warriors got the score tied at 5-5. Kate Kent served two in a row with the second a service winner and the Lady Raiders were up 7-5.
After West Point trimmed it to 8-7 on a kill from Mackenzie Carter, Good Hope was back in the groove with four service points by Fendley, along with two volleys by Seal and a block by Jesse Kent. That made it 12-7.
West Point struck back and rallied to tie at 12-12 on a kill by Shadix off a serve from Carter.
Then Good Hope broke service, scoring on a block from Jesse Kent with Tucker serving out the match, scoring two straight as Chrissi Smith nailed a kill from the back row that ended West Point's winning streak of 11 consecutive matches.
Good Hope had split a tri-match the week before at Cullman, lost a tri-match at Priceville and split a tri-match Monday at Cold Springs.
This time the Lady Raiders were not to be denied in playing entertaining volleyball that featured a regular season title clinched in Natasha Holcombe's first season, plus cooling off a very hot West Point group.
Up next: Good Hope at Vinemont Thursday 5:00 p.m.
Photo 1: Good Hope and Cordova in pregame before the first set Tuesday afternoon.
Photo 2: Abby Knight (25), Jesse Kent (16), Leyton Seal wait for Raven Clark's serve.
Photo 3: Jesse Kent, Leyton Seal (7) and Abby Knight vs. West Point's front line.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.