Cullman soccer clinches playoff berths:
Cullman's soccer is the regular season champion in 6A, Area 14 after both teams defeated Albertville on Thursday night. The Bearcats won 4-2 at the Cullman Soccer Field, while the Lady Bearcats went on the road and shut out Albertville 2-0.
Both are undefeated in area play, now looking to finish strong prior to the start of the soccer playoffs that will be held the last week of April.
The Lady Bearcats and Bearcats host Russellville Monday at 5:30 and 7:30.
St. Bernard soccer maintains lead in 1A/3A Area 7:
St. Bernard is a hot soccer team after shutting out Whitesburg Christian 4-0 Thursday in 1A/3A Area 7 play. The Saints have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games, with all victories coming by shutouts.
The Saints are on top of the area standings at 5-0 as they host Sylvania Tuesday at 7:00. The Saints have clinched a playoff berth, but are looking to finish out on top in order to host a first round contest in the final weekend of April.
Three locals headed to the AHSAA baseball playoffs:
Cold Springs, Cullman and West Point are the locals who will compete in the AHSAA baseball playoffs.
Cold Springs finished 2nd in 2A, Area 13. The Eagles will travel to Mars Hill Bible next Friday for the best of a 3-game series. A doubleheader will be at 4:30 and 6:30 with Game 3 (if needed) to be held Saturday at 2:00.
No. 3 ranked Cullman tangles with arch rival Hartselle to open the 6A postseason. The series will be at Bill Shelton Field with Game 1 and Game 2 to be at 5:00 & 7:00 Friday. Game 3, if needed, is a 2:00 starting time Saturday.
Cullman is the champion of Area 14 with Hartselle the runner-up from Area 15.
West Point accomplished the task of a first time playoff berth in 5A, coming in 2nd to Hayden in Area 12.
The Warriors will head to Area 9 champion Pleasant Grove to open the playoffs. Game times were not yet set as of Saturday.
More county spring sports championships next week:
Champions will be crowned next week in the sports of track and field and golf.
Dafford Smith Stadium is the site for the 2018 Cullman County Track and Field meet. The event will be Tuesday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the Fairview campus.
Cullman County's golf tournament will be a two-day event, with the first round Wednesday at Chesley Oaks Course in Fairview. Tee time is 1:00 p.m.
Round two will move to Cross-Creek course in Cullman with tee time to begin at 1:00 p.m. Fairview Aggies and the Lady Aggies are defending county champions.
From the AHSAA:
MONTGOMERY - In a spring meeting of the legislative council last Thursday, the Alabama High School Athletic Association announced the following for the 2018-19 sports season.
Aside from the announcement of implementing instant replay into football as an experimental process for a three-year term, the legislative council approved expanding the number of basketball games in a regular season from 20 to 30. Teams can play as many tournaments in the regular season as they choose to.
The South basketball regional in Dothan, has been relocated to Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery and has been renamed the Southeast Regional. It is the second regional to be held in the Captiol City, joining the Southwest that takes place at Alabama State University.
The Northwest Regional will continue to be played at Wallace State Community College while the Northeast Regional is set for Jacksonville State University next February.
Approved regional competition for cheerleading to be at the Mobile Civic Center November 7 for the South, the Crossplex in Birmingham for the North on November 15.
The state championships will remain at Tom Drake Coliseum at Wallace State, taking place on December 15.
Photo of Sportspage reporter Johnny Thornton interviewing Cullman girls soccer coach Jacob Brown April 5, courtesy of Cullman County Athletics.