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Pike Road drops first game against Russellville in Championship

MONTGOMERY – Russellville High School senior first baseman Jackson Lindsey stroked two doubles and drove in two runs as the Golden Tigers (41-7) downed Pike Road 3-1 in game one of the AHSAA Class 5A state baseball championship series at Paterson Field Monday. The two teams move to Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday for game two of the 2021 State Championships in…

Alabama State Softball advances to SWAC Championship

GULFPORT, Miss. I With a berth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship on the line, Alex Massie stepped to the plate with a runner at third in the bottom of the 11th inning. All she did was deliver for Alabama State. The sophomore laid down a squeeze back to the pitcher that was enough to score Kindall DeRamus from…

Baylor beats undefeated Gonzaga to win men’s Championship

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The fresh-as-can-be Baylor Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection in an 86-70 runaway in the national title game. It brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas. Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears, who were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year…

Troy Women win Sun Belt Conference Tournament

NEW ORLEANS – Troy is headed back to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the third time in the last five years that the event has been hosted after defeating Louisiana, 73-65, Monday afternoon in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at the Pensacola Bay Center. Troy (22-5) improved to 3-0 all-time in the Sun Belt Tournament Championship Game with…

Autaugaville finishes undefeated season with Championship

BIRMINGHAM – Autaugaville High School closed out the first boys’ basketball perfect season Friday night with a 38-34 victory over stubborn Belgreen in the Class 1A championship game of the 99th AHSAA State Basketball tournament. The victory wasn’t decided until junior guard Antonio Hardy sank two free throws with five seconds left to give the Eagles (30-0) a four -point…

Faulkner Crowned SSAC Champions with 67-64 Win over Stillman

No. 1 seed Faulkner (Ala.) def. No. 2 seed Stillman (Ala.) 67-64 to win the 2021 SSAC Men’s Basketball Championship, presented by Newk’s Eatery. The title is Faulkner’s fifth SSAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship all-time and first since 2016. Both teams receive an automatic bid to the 2021 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round May 12-13, and Faulkner will…

Regular Season Title evades Alabama with loss to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — — It had been nearly a quarter-century since Arkansas had played a ranked team at home, let alone beaten one there. No. 20 Arkansas ended both those droughts Wednesday night, beating sixth-ranked Alabama, 81-66. The Razorbacks, once staples atop the Southeastern Conference standings, hadn’t beaten a ranked team in Fayetteville while they, too, had been ranked since…

Wetumpka falls in 5A/6A Wrestling Duals Finals

BIRMINGHAM – Gardendale High School’s wrestling team opened its second straight AHSAA Duals Championship match appearance Friday with pins in the first three matches en route to a 38-19 win over Wetumpka at Bill Harris Arena. Keenan Wyatt won his 152-pound match with a pin at 1:37. Carson Kim followed won by fall just 39 seconds into his match at 160…