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Pat Cavendar inducted to Huntsville -Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame

alHUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame enshrined 10 new members on Monday night, bringing the total membership to 298 and spanning an enormous spectrum of sports. The Class of 2014 included Patricia Cavender, a high school volleyball and basketball coach; Rick Clark, a former Hazel Green basketball star; Ron Cooper, the former Lee High and Jacksonville State player who later served as Alabama A&M head football coach; Boots Ellett Jr., a former football and wrestling standout at Huntsville High; Clarence Johnson, a star running back for Johnson High and North Alabama; Sue Marshall, a long-time high school coach and now associate AD at Randolph; Anthony Toney, a former Butler and A&M defensive back; Frederiek Toney, a standout guard for Lee and UAH; Dean Willis, a former UAH basketball star; and James Wilson, a football player at Councill High and Butler who went on to work as a football official in the SEC and NFL.

Tanner Finley follows coach to University of Alabama in Huntsville

madison county recordMADISON- Wednesday morning was a special day for Bob Jones Head Basketball coach Graham Aderholt, and he wasn't even the one signing a scholarship. Tanner Finley, a 6-foot-4 forward, parlayed an outstanding senior season by signing a basketball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. UAH just happens to be where Aderholt played and graduated from. Finley becomes the first men's basketball player this season to sign to play at the next level. Bob Jones had a late season run through the area tournament to the Northwest Regional at Wallace State and came up just one game short of making it to the Final Four in Birmingham, losing 56-53 to Bessemer City. They knocked off James Clemens and Minor to get to that game. Finley played a large part in that late season surge. Finley was named to the All-Area 15 team, and the All-Region team. "There is no doubt about his shooting ability, he can flat out shoot," Aderholt said after the signing ceremony. "In their offense (at UAH) he will be a perfect fit for it. They play a Princeton style offense and we ran some of that this season and Tanner did a good job picking it up. He was a big part of our success this year. It's a neat situation for me to coach him and see him play at UAH. Tanner has got a chance to play for a great coach and a great program and get a great education. Coach Acuff does a great job. I think he is the best Division 2 coach out there," Aderholt added. Finley started all 31 games Bob Jones played this season. Many games he played the entire game. He averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game. He shot an impressive 55% from three-point range and 57% overall from the field. In a December game against Sparkman, Finley showed how he can light up the scoreboard when he hit 8 of 12 from behind the arc and finished with 27 points. Finley said he had a backup plan just in case. "If I didn't play basketball I was headed down to Alabama," he said. "I'm a big Alabama fan. But luckily everything came together and I will be playing basketball in college. It's close to home and I will be able to see my family so I'm pretty excited about that." Finley's father, former Madison mayor Paul Finley never missed a game and now can watch him play at UAH. The plan is for Finley to be on scholarship and redshirt his freshman year. "It's close to home and I will be able to see my family so I'm pretty excited about that," said Finley who added that he will major in business. The offer from UAH came as a pleasant surprise to Finley. "It came as a surprise to me, a good surprise. It happened really quick. I got a call one Saturday and talked to Coach Acuff and Coach Aderholt. I visited that Monday and decided it was the best place for me, a great opportunity." Finley will be joined at UAH by another member of the Bob Jones basketball team, manager Austin Bates who is going to UAH and will be a student assistant to the basketball team. Aderholt said that he expected the team's leading scorer, Josh Mitchell, to sign with a college before the end of the school year. By Lindsay Vaught

Bob Jones turns the tables on Buckhorn

madison county recordMADISON- Things were not looking good for Bob Jones Saturday morning. With their backs against the wall and in a must-win situation, the Patriots were facing two Buckhorn senior pitchers (Kyle Wright and Jacob Ray) who were a combined 12-1 this season. To make matters worse, the Patriots #2 starter, Matt Sanders, couldn't pitch due to a sprained wrist. Bob Jones' top pitcher Grant Chandler had thrown game one Thursday night, a 5-3 loss at Buckhorn. Bob Jones somehow shook off all the adversity and scraped out 2 runs against Wright and got an amazing pitching performance by sophomore Luke Whaley to claim a 2-0 win in game one. The win forced a deciding game three which Bob Jones won 5-1 behind Joe Trussell who pitched a complete game to get the win. The series win puts Bob Jones firmly in control of the Area 15 race going into next weeks series against Sparkman who surprisingly lost a series to Hazel Green this weekend. "They did a great job and really picked the team up," Bob Jones baseball Coach David Langston said of his two pitchers after the doubleheader. "Joe has been working out of the bullpen for us and threw well against Hazel Green, threw well down in Florida and he comes in throws on that outer half, throws that breaking ball and we made some plays behind him." Outfielders Mike Bernier, Trammell Shepherd, and Nathan Burch all had big catches in both games. In game two, infielders Trey Ward, Matt Sanders, and Grant Chandler turned a 4-6-3 double play in the sixth inning to get Trussell out of a two on and no out jam. "Defensively we've got a good club so those guys understand it's not their job to punch out batters. It is (their job) to fill up the strike zone, make quality pitches when they are ahead in the count and let our guys defend and we've been able to do that," Langston said. Bob Jones broke the second game open with a four run third inning. Zack Duvall and Collin Dupree got on with hits and Trey Ward walked before Matt Sanders drove all three home with a triple. Grant Chandler added an RBI groundout. Trussell fed Buckhorn a steady diet of breaking balls and while the Bucks had six hits, they couldn't put together a rally. In the first game, Mike Bernier faced Kyle Wright with bases loaded in the fourth inning. With two strikes, he singled in two runs. They turned out to be the game winning runs. "All three of Buckhorn's pitchers are good and we knew it was going to be tough to score," Langston said. "We knew the games this weekend would be low scoring games, so we would have to defend and execute. Our pitchers did a great job of giving us an opportunity to win." The Thursday night loss at Buckhorn was Bob Jones' first loss of an area game since 2011. By Lindsay Vaught

Shooters touch lands Meredith Lovelady a scholarship

madison county recordMADISON- Surrounded by family and teammates, Meredith Lovelady became the second Bob Jones girl's basketball player to sign a scholarship this year Friday when she signed a full ride to Shelton State Community College. She is also the first in her family to sign an athletic scholarship. Lovelady talked about the support she has had from her parents Lynn and Billy. She started playing for the Mystics at age 6 and learned shooting from working with her father in the yard. She thanked him for pushing her to be the best player possible. She thanked Coach Danny Petty for "coming to coach our team when we didn't have a coach. These last two years have been a roller coaster but the coaches taught me a lot about basketball. We had a lot of fun and I am going to miss you." Lovelady overcame a knee injury the summer before her junior season. While it did not require surgery it caused her to miss many games that season. She still has to take extra precautions with both knees. "The injuries held back my basketball career and made me second guess because you have to take care of your body. I didn't get to play my junior year and I wanted to make up for it my senior year and you always go all out the senior year," Lovelady said. "I have been working on my knees and putting in some extra work on my knee to get it better. I love Shelton State and am very happy to still be playing. I think this is what was meant for me to do." Lovelady will be going to one of the top programs among community colleges in Alabama. SheltonState, located in Tuscaloosa, has won the ACCC championship the last two seasons and eight of the last nine years. Shelton State Women's Basketball Coach Madonna Thompson said that she began recruiting Lovelady last summer. Thompson played basketball and graduated from Alabama and takes her team to almost every Sunday afternoon home game there. "We need a shooter and Meredith is a pure shooter," Thompson said. "We have got athletes who can run, jump, we've got height and speed but we need a catch and release shooter the guards can pass to and Meredith has that ability. Her speed is good, her shooting percentages were really high, her work ethic is good, she is coming from a good school, good coaching from high school and AAU." Lovelady came back with a standout season as a senior and that caught the attention of college coaches. In the 2013-14 season, she played in all 29 games for Bob Jones and led the team in three-point baskets hitting 74 of 129 shots for 57%. She averaged 11.5 points per game, second to Chandler Elder at 12.5, hit 81% from the free throw line and 50% from the field overall. "Plus, she's a good student and a good person, she is a perfect fit," Thompson said. Many Shelton State players move on to play at Division 1 schools. Among them currently are South Alabama, Central Arkansas, and Auburn. Lovelady is unsure whether she will play on after her years at Shelton State. "I'll always want to play but I'll just play my two years and see how things go. It will be fun being in Tuscaloosa because I have a lot of friends going to Alabama and I may go there but I am more of a War Eagle person," Lovelady said. She comes from a family of Auburn engineers. Her father Billy is an Auburn engineering graduate and works at Raytheon and her brother Tyler graduates in May from Auburn in engineering. He could not be at the ceremony because he is on a job interview in Tampa. By Lindsay Vaught

2014 All-Tennessee Valley Basketball team

Graham Aderholt voted "Coach of the Year" 
Graham Aderholt, Bob Jones: After going 8-22 in his first season at the helm, Aderholt guided the Patriots to a 19-12 record and a trip to the Class 6A Northwest Regional championship game. It was the program's best showing since winning the state title in 2010.

2nd Team
Boys - Josh Mitchell, Bob Jones
Honorable mention
Boys - Tanner Finley, Bob Jones
Girls - Chandler Elder, Bob Jones
2014 BJHS Volleyball Tryouts

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The current AHSAA 6A State Champion BJHS Volleyball team will be conducting tryouts for next year's team. Volleyball is played in the fall of each year and finishes before the Christmas break. Last year's team swept four-time defending state champion and fifth-ranked Huntsville 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 in the state championship match. It was the second state title in program history for the Patriots (46-12), who last won in 2008. If you would like to be a part of next year's team, tryouts will be conducted in the Bob Jones High School gym on the dates below.

April 1st – 3rd, April 8th and 9th, 2014

3:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Each participant must have a current Physical.

Participants need to wear the following colors:

April 1st – Red
April 2nd – White
April 3rd – Blue
April 8th – Red
April 9th - White

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2014 Bob Jones fall 53-56 in finals of Northwest Regional

HANCEVILLE, Alabama -- Bessemer City never trailed Friday in an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A Northwest Regional final at Wallace State in Hanceville. That's not to say Bob Jones wasn't right in the thick of it at the end. Senior standout Josh Mitchell had a look in the final second from three-point land that would've forced overtime, but it didn't go down. That brought an end to a final four minutes where the teams were never more than six points apart... Mitchell led Bob Jones with his 18 points. He'd made 4 of his 6 three-point tries before that last shot. "It is tough when you only have three seconds but at the same time when I shot it I thought it was going in," Mitchell said. Tanner Finley also had 13 points for the Patriots. The teams were similar in all categories with scant differences in blocked shots, free throw percentage, rebounds, shots and shooting percentage. "I knew their zone was tough to play against they are so long and athletic it makes it tough to get inside," Bob Jones coach Graham Aderholt said. "You don't want to live and die by the three-pointer but it helps to make a few shots against them." Aderhholt said the Purple Tigers shot the ball better than he expected they would coming in. The only thing that pops off the stat sheet are steals. Bessemer City had 11. Bob Jones had five. Fuller's six steals were more than that on his own.

Class 6A boys: Hazel Green (21-12) 56 vs. Bessemer City (17-7) 60, 10:30 a.m.

Class 6A boys: Bob Jones (18-11) 58 vs. Minor (18-12) 48 , 1:30 p.m.

Regional Finals Friday

 Class 6A boys: Bob Jones (19-11) 53  vs. Bessemer City (18-7) 56 , 10:40 a.m.


Mitchell's 25 points push Bob Jones past Minor

alHANCEVILLE, Alabama -- There are usually ebbs and flows to every Alabama High School Athletic Association state playoff basketball game. Team A gets hot. Team B responds with its run. The game is eventually decided by the squad that has that last big run. The Class 6A boys Northwest regional semifinal that pitted Bob Jones versus Minor was an exception to that normal playoff script. Bob Jones never trailed in its 58-48 victory to advance to Friday's Class 6A Northwest regional final against Bessemer City. The Patriots took the early lead and only saw the score tied at 6-6 with 2:05 left in the first quarter. The Patriots improved to 19-11 for the season with victory. "I'm extremely proud of our guys and just the way they bought into the game plan going forward," Bob Jones coach Graham Aderholt said. "We talked about before the game if we could limit turnovers, hit our free throws and finish at the rim I thought we had a good chance. I thought we did a pretty good job at all three of those." Bessemer City trailed 23-15 at the half and fell down by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before rallying for the final result. Senior point guard Josh Mitchell led the Patriots with his 25 points. He made 9 of his 11 shots from the floor and went 5 of 8 from the line. "I just tried to be aggressive for my team," said Mitchell, who's averaging approximately 20 points per game this year. "There were a lot of holes in that zone defense they were playing that I was able to attack." The James Clemens transfer had scored as many points as Minor did at the half. The Tenacious Tigers were shooting just 30 percent from the floor at that time with 12 turnovers. Tanner Finley also had 11 points for the Patriots. Finley said his team Bob Jones worked on handling the Bessemer City pressure for the game. If they weather it, they knew it would lead to easy baskets. "We also knew that they were a driving team so we focused on taking away their drive and making them take jump shots," Mitchell said. "We knew that wasn't one of their strong points." Minor the 2013-2014 season with an 18-13 record. "I thought our guys competed," Minor coach Derrick Williams said. "They played hard. It was evident all year they were just trying to get respect throughout the city of Birmingham. ... We always run on the fact that here at Minor folks don't think we are competitive, but I think we showed we played as hard as we could today." Gene Davis had 13 points to lead Minor. Cameron Cullen also had 12. "I think Bob Jones executed when they needed to," Williams said. "It just came down to making plays. .. The kids joke about it, but the game is all about getting buckets. Who has the most buckets? We just couldn't put it the hole enough." Aderholt said he got the chance to eyeball Bessemer City on the floor when his team arrived. It was a glimpse of Friday's Northwest regional final. "They will be very similar to Minor," Aderholt said. "Very athletic. Very good basketball players. Just kind of the same three things for us going forward with a focus on the free throw line and taking care of the basketball."

Colson named conference All-Academic honorable mention

MontevalloAUGUSTA, Ga. – University of Montevallo sophomore Katie Colson was named an honorable mention selection following the release of the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic  team. Colson, a Madison, Ala. native, owns a 3.91 grade-point average in biology. Colson is averaging 5.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while playing a team-high 34 minutes per game for the Falcons.

2012-13... Was named a Gold Scholar on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll... played in 25 games for the Falcons and started one contest during her freshman season... averaged 1.3 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game... shot 83.3 percent from the charity stripe... scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Stillman. High school... Prepped at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala... was a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A state championship teams in 2009 and 2011... helped team finish as the AHSAA Class 6A runner-up in 2010 and 2012... was a member of the Academic Honor Roll. Personal... Is a biology major... is the daughter of Bill and Lisette Colson... has two brothers, Ryan and Jacob.

Ridgeway latest in a long line of state wrestling champions for Bob Jones

madison county recordHUNTSVILLE- Three years is a long time between state champions for a wrestling program like Bob Jones that is accustomed to winning state titles. Saturday at the AHSAA Wrestling Championships at the VBC Propst Arena that wait ended. Griffin Ridgeway dominated his match against Brewer Gilliland of Thompson to claim the first individual title for Bob Jones since Tyler Ratliff won the heavyweight division in 2011. Before that Anthony Bruno won back-to-back titles for the Patriots. For Bob Jones wrestling Coach Jason Edwards the wait is over and he could not be happier. "It feels good for sure," Edwards said afterward. "It's great for the program. To see him win it as a sophomore who didn't place last year should give our other wrestlers inspiration to work harder and get after it. We've had kids in the finals every year. Step one you got to get kids there. Griffin did a fantastic job. All the credit goes to Griffin. He really built his strength up this year. That was a defending state champion (that he defeated) on the state championship team (Thompson). He is one of their leaders and he is a senior. Anytime you beat a defending state champion it is a big deal. That was a big statement. Griffin deserved every bit of this championship." "It's nice to see our program get the recognition we deserve," Ridgeway said of what the championship means to him. "We have a great group of guys, one of the best coaches in the state, a great facility, and just a great support system at Bob Jones." Ridgeway scored a five point takedown with a roll of his opponent in the second period. He very nearly pinned Gilliland at that point. He held a commanding 12-5 lead after two rounds. He added to it with an escape in the third round and led 17-5. With a big lead, Ridgeway "was just trying to hold on, keep him down, try and go for some moves but not get myself in trouble and get flipped over. He was a great wrestler; hard match, it was great to be able to wrestle with him and to be in this tournament." The dominating win took most onlookers by surprise. Talk began to circulate that Ridgeway could be named MVP of the 6A classification. He won the prestigious award after all the matches wrapped up. This is the third year for Ridgeway to qualify for state. He placed sixth as a freshman. Ridgeway won four matches at the AHSAA North Super Sectional to claim a top seed in the AHSAA Wrestling Championships. Bob Jones qualified six wrestlers for the state tournament led by Ridgeway who was seeded first at 145 pounds. Levi Hickson came in seeded fourth and reached the quarterfinals in the 182 pound classification. He finished in sixth place after dropping a decision to Logan Skinner of Mountain Brook in the consolation round. Hickson is the only senior of the six qualifiers. Jordan Whalen came in seeded second but did not place. D'aisun Mitchell came in seeded fifth but did not place. Tyler Moulton came in seeded fourth but did not place. Collin Olivier came into the state tournament seeded second, won two matches and finished third at 132 pounds. Olivier and Ridgeway have been teammates since the seventh grade."It means a lot," Olivier said of Ridgeway's state championship. "I'm excited for him. I have seen him put in the extra work at practice so it's good to see it pay off for him. We're working non-stop all the time; always giving it our all. For one of us to get first is a huge deal. It's an honor. " Olivier lost to Robby Killough of Prattville on a pin in the second period. Thompson won the Class 6A team title. It is fourth straight large-school state wrestling championships for Thompson as the Warriors posted 186 points to claim the 2014 AHSAA State 6A Wrestling title. Vestavia Hills won four in row from 1998-2001 finished second with 150.5 points. Auburn and Prattville tied for third with 129.5 points each. By Lindsay Vaught

Wheeler signs to play ball for Marion Military Institute

madison weekly newsThe 2014 high school baseball season will certainly be a comeback type season for Jesse Wheeler of Bob Jones. The senior left-handed pitcher suffered a hand injury to his glove hand last year and missed a good portion of the Patriots' battles. So far, 2014 has been good to Wheeler as he signed an athletic scholarship to play baseball for Marion Military Institute located in South Alabama. "I'm attracted to the small town atmosphere and the coach at the school has had 10 years of Major League Baseball experience, so I thought it was a good offer from a good school," said Wheeler, who carries a 4.0 GPA and will study criminology. "I also have three friends of mine who will be attending the school, so when the offer came, I took it." In 2013 for Bob Jones, Wheeler pitched just 26 innings and posted a 2-0 record and a 2.92 ERA. But the talented thrower's competitiveness got the best of him during one game during the season when he was upset at his pitching performance and slammed his glove hand into a fence suffering a broken hand. "I was real disappointed and knew I should control myself better after what I did," admitted Wheeler. Bob Jones has a new coach in David Langston who knows well of Wheeler's talents on the mound. "He has command of all three pitches and understands how to get hitters out. He has an unbelievable work ethic and has developed himself into a very good pitcher," said Langston. "We will be counting on him this year as one of our top guys on the mound." Wheeler lives and dies with his change-up. He said his favorite pitch is double trouble for the hitters, but his real troublesome attributes is how he pitches. "My style is a soft-tossing, funky-throwing, side-armed lefty motion that can be freaky to some hitter," said Wheeler. "I command the zone over the plate pretty well." By Bob Labbe

2014 Football schedules now set

madison county recordMADISON- The long-awaited reclassification of sports teams from across the state was announced this week in Montgomery by the AHSAA. The biggest news was the creation of a new seventh classification for the 32 largest high schools in Alabama. The changes take effect with the 2014-2015 school year and last two years. Both Bob Jones and James Clemens are now in Class 7A, Region 4 for football. Their opponents are all familiar: Buckhorn, Sparkman, Hazel Green, Huntsville, Grissom, and Gadsden City make up the eight team region. Former rivals Austin, Decatur and Florence are now in 6A. "We were not surprised that they created the 7A classification, it had been discussed for some time," said Bob Jones Assistant Principal and Athletic Director John Wilson. "We are pleasantly surprised to have Gadsden City in our region, but not much impact as far as different teams. We will still be playing mostly teams we are familiar with. Our concern was the travel and the amount of travel if they had put some Birmingham teams in our region, so we are happy with the outcome." Using average student enrollments in grades 10-12, James Clemens just got in 7A by six at 1008. Bob Jones is the eighth largest high school at 1,467. Hoover is the largest in the state at 1,978. Sparkman is third at 1,756. The AHSAA touted the new plan as providing more opportunities for championships at smaller schools and less divide among the largest and smallest schools in any classification. Class 7A schools will still play 10 regular season games but now have the option of playing a non-region game instead of a jamboree game on August 21-22 and then taking an open week during the season. Both Bob Jones and James Clemens moved quickly to fill out their football schedules after the announcement was made. Bob Jones will play Muscle Shoals in a jamboree and then host Decatur as the first regular season game. Other non-region opponents are Austin and Florence. Bob Jones and James Clemens will meet the second week of the season just like the last two years. Bob Jones will travel to Gadsden City in the fourth week of the season. James Clemens travels to East Limestone for a jamboree then to Athens to open the season. Home games against Bob Jones and Hazel Green follow then at Buckhorn. The Jets travel to Gadsden City the seventh week of the season. Other non-region opponents are away to Mountain Brook and the last week of the season is to be determined. Both team's schedules are online. Four teams from each of the four regions will make the playoffs and after round 3 the 7A teams will get a week off before playing in the championship game on Wednesday of the following week. The Super 7 Championships will begin on Wednesday at 3 PM and on Thursday the schedule will revert back to prior years for Class 3A, 1A, and 5A on Thursday and Class 4A, 2A, and 6A on Friday. One change is in basketball where Bob Jones and James Clemens will be in the same area with Hazel Green and Sparkman. This new area alignment will be for baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. Currently, the two Madison high schools are in different areas. By Lindsay Vaught

Wrestling Regular Season Results

The Patriots finished off the regular season with two duel wins this past Saturday to finish the year 14-4. I'm really proud of this young bunch as they weren't expected to be a team above .500, and it ended up that every loss they had was only by one individual match. We now move on to the Individual or traditional Tournaments (Section and State) where they are trying to get into the top ten for the twelfth straight year. If you see them in the halls wish them luck.

Year School Duel Record
2002 Bob Jones 18-18
2003 Bob Jones 12-6
2004 Bob Jones 15-9
2005 Bob Jones 25-13
2006 Bob Jones 22-6
2007 Bob Jones 21-2
2008 Bob Jones 21-6
2009 Bob Jones 31-11
2010 Bob Jones 13-1
2011 Bob Jones 14-1
2012 Bob Jones 12-3
2013 Bob Jones 16-2
2014 Bob Jones 14-4

Austin Bates role as an student assistant coach at Bob Jones pays off big

madison weekly newsAustin Bates is living well at Bob Jones High, despite being eliminated from the playing roster of the boys' varsity basketball team. Once he got the word he would be cut from the team as a junior, he was offered a student assistant coaching position for the Patriots. Today, as a senior, Bates said he has the best of both worlds as the players treat him as if he was a player and the coaching staff treats him as a coach. His resilience to stay with the sport he loves has been rewarded. Upon graduating Bob Jones in May, Bates will attend UAH where he has earned a scholarship to be a student assistant to the Chargers' head coach Lennie Acuff. "I will do everything with him in the way of road trips and tournaments and every day assistance with the team," said Bates of his soon-to-be work at UAH.
"I watched Bob Jones play and I took notice of how enthusiastic and involved Austin was and he immediately went on our radar," said Acuff. "We are always looking for young men who want to coach and who want to help with our basketball program. Once we met I was immediately impressed with his basketball knowledge and his desire to learn."
Slow and Can't Jump
At 6-foot and weighing just 160-pounds, Bates knew his basketball talents may not be able to withstand the onslaught of tremendous talents that enrich the Patriots' program. Though he feels he can shoot the ball well, he knew his playing days would probably be cut short. He was disappointed at the thought of giving up the sport that he grew up playing in the Basketball Association of Madison youth league. At Discovery, he played for the Panthers, but also suffered two key injuries. He broke his arm in the seventh grade and his hand a year later. Upon informing his parents he had been cut from the team at Bob Jones, his mother, Brenda, was tearful while his father, Kevin, was understanding of the situation. When they both saw Bates was happy with his decision of taking the student assistant coach position all was well in the Bates' household.
Bates said he lives and breathes basketball. He feels the joy of winning games and the gut-wrenching pain of losing games, both as a player and a coach. He said his current status with the team is one of fulfillment. More at the Madison Weekly News

Wendy's High School Heisman Award

Each year Wendy's restaurants team up with the National Association of Secondary Principals and the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City to salute the top scholar-athlete-citizens among High School Seniors. The Wendy's High School Heisman Award, built on the integrity of the 79-year old Heisman Trophy Award, recognizes one male and one female high school student for their academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, and community service. Bob Jones High School is pleased to announce that this year's Heisman recipients are: Moriah Lorge and Tyler Brutofsky

2014 BJHS Football Signup and Registration

Use the attachments for 2014 BJHS Football Registration. Players can pick up the AHSAA required documents from Coach Rose.

Opportunity knocks for Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

alFor Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, opportunity knocks after 2 years of patience

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Frustration would have been understandable. Outside of some spot duty in blowouts and special teams, Reggie Ragland hasn't seen the field all that much since he arrived at Alabama as one of the top-ranked inside linebackers in the nation. He piled up eight tackles in 11 games and 17 over the course of all 13 games in 2013.The star player in front of him who racked up 215 tackles and collected the Butkus Award during that period served as one of the leading reasons why Ragland's playing time was sparse. Ragland, though, understood the circumstances. "It didn't frustrate me at all," said Ragland, the former Bob Jones High star out of Madison. "I knew I had two years to learn behind the best, and I did." The departure of C.J. Mosley has opened the door wide for a player like Ragland, who regularly has been seen working alongside senior Trey DePriest and the rest of the first-team defense throughout the spring. He's been locked in a competition with promising sophomore Reuben Foster, who has been dealing with a neck injury, but he's also been moonlighting with the outside linebackers. He's fully aware of the opportunity that sits in front of him... (More at

James Clemens gets first win over Bob Jones in doubleheader split
madison county recordMADISON-  The hits and runs kept coming for James Clemens in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader with Bob Jones on Tuesday night. The Jets would need every one of them as they hung on for a 10-8 win, their first ever over Bob Jones in baseball. After winning the first game 4-0 Bob Jones Coach David Langston threw lefty Jesse Wheeler in the nightcap but the game took on a more serious tone when Wheeler couldn’t get out of the first inning as James Clemens batted around and scored nine runs before Joe Trussell got the third out. Jordan Anderson and Eric Patterson started the game with hits and came around to score on Wheeler’s throwing error to first base. Nic Sainato’s RBI single made it 5-0 and Langston had seen enough and brought Trussell in to relieve Wheeler. Tyler Lind and Tucker Clark each added 2-run singles for a 9-0 lead after one inning. Sammy Dennis worked four innings and got the win for James Clemens. Mike Bernier had three hits and three RBI for Bob Jones. In the first game, Matt Sanders had a strong outing for Bob Jones as he pitched a complete game allowing only one hit and a walk. James Clemens started Jacob Phillips who pitched six innings and was relieved by Tucker Clark. Neither team used their top starting pitchers, opting to save them for area openers. For Bob Jones that would be Grant Chandler, a Jacksonville State signee who is the top pitcher and also plays first base. The game allowed Bob Jones coach Langston to get a look at some role players that he will need to step up and contribute. “We’re just trying to get better every day,” Langston said after game one. “This past weekend we had a lot of guys step in and play really well for us. We still got a long way to go about what we’re trying to accomplish, so it’s kind of a grind right now. We had some good at bats and Matt went out and threw strikes and gave us a chance to win.” The early season has been a time of adjustment as Bob Jones players and first-year coach Langston get on the same page. The Patriots appear to be rounding into shape just in time. “Grant is swinging the bat really well for us. Collin has swung well the past few games. We’re just trying to get everybody going,” Langston said. Bob Jones returns a solid nucleus led by Matt Sanders who was All-State as a junior last year. Sanders is a Troy State signee who pitches and plays shortstop. Trey Ward takes over at second where Sanders played last year. Catcher Collin Dupree is a Montevallo signee and Wheeler has signed with Marion Military Institute. “We started the season off slow and it feels good to get back into rhythm these last five games and come over to the cross-town rivals and get one under our belt,” said Dupree after the first game. “We have a lot of returning players plus a lot of new guys have played a big role for us. We had two sophomores playing short and third (Trammell Shepherd and Zack Duvall).” Nathan Burch is solid in right field and junior Mike Bernier and Jordan Leitstein round out the outfield. Bob Jones came into the double header on a five game winning streak. The Patriots first area games will be against Hazel Green with a home game on March 21 and two away the next day. Buckhorn on April  4-5 and Sparkman on April 10 (Thursday) and 11 follow. >James Clemens gets into area action this Friday hosting Austin and going to Austin on Saturday. The Jets play Florence the next Friday/Saturday series and wrap up area play against Decatur April 4 and 5. By Lindsay Vaught
Bob Jones’ “Little Monster” signs cross country scholarship

madison weekly newsRobin Gaines, former track coach at Bob Jones told of how Vanessa Cardwell was, in his words, "A skinny kid the big kids couldn't shake. Today, the talented senior runner at Bob Jones will among the even bigger runners as she signed an athletic scholarship for cross country at UAH in a ceremony last week. She will carry a 4.43 GPA to UAH this fall where she will study industrial systems engineering. With that degree she has hopes of starting her own music record label. She currently is a singer-songwriter, plays piano and guitar. She is a self-taught musician as she cannot read music. She can pick up music by ear. Known in the cross country circles of Bob Jones as "Little Monster" for her no plan, just run attitude, Cardwell has been a big part of the school's squad which finished third at the State Meet in 2011 and fourth last year. "She will be hard to place once she leaves us as she's always been a self-motivator and has always been consistent, which is a great characteristic for any athlete," said Jim Presnell, head coach. For Cardwell, daughter of Briseida and Adolph Cardwell, her quest to be excellent in the sport of running began as a sixth grade student participating in the Madison School's Sixth Grade Field Day. She was winning her race, but was passed by a good friend in the last 100-meters. At that moment, things changed for Cardwell. "Yeah, that really made me mad, so I was determined to keep running and get better." The fact she can run at a fast and constant pace is amazing when you see how she takes her strides on the course or track. Cardwell crosses her feet when she runs. She has been checked out by experts at Fleet Feet Sports of Huntsville and even went through physical therapy programs as a young girl to try and correct her running gate. All of which, to no avail. "She's a great kid and I'm glad she got the opportunity to achieve her goals at UAH," added Presnell of Cardwell who runs several events as part of the school's track team and on the cross country squad. "I love running trails like on Monte Sano and I have participated in several Cotton Row 10K races and plan on running a marathon as that event is on my bucket list," said Cardwell. Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Two sign in soccer for Bob Jones, season starts tonight

madison county recordMADISON- It is a big day at Bob Jones all the way around for soccer as two senior girls signed scholarships to continue playing in college this morning and tonight they get their season underway as the girls host Grissom. Juliana Coburn signed with the University of West Alabama and Hannah Snoddy inked with Birmingham-Southern. Coburn overcame foot surgery that sidelined her for part of her club season. "I'm excited for my senior year playing with all my friends and then get to play college soccer," Coburn said. "We have a good team and we can go far. Just to make it to the final four would be exciting." Bob Jones girls got eliminated in the playoffs last year by Huntsville. The girls are long overdue for a run through the state tournament. Bob Jones girls have not made the state tournament since 2006. Coburn plays defense and controls the middle of the field. High scoring Hannah Snoddy is one of the top returning seniors on the team. She led the team in goals as a sophomore and was among the leaders on the team last year. "We have a bunch of great players that work well together and we have played together for a long time. Our goal is to win state. To get to John Hunt Park would be awesome," Snoddy said. Birmingham-Southern had the academics that Snoddy was looking for. She will study chemistry and then go on to pharmacy school. "They are a small school but I have gone to their soccer camps for years. I thought I wanted to go to a big school like LSU but I realized I liked the small school and the atmosphere there," Snoddy said. Coburn and Snoddy are a part of a group of experienced seniors to play for second-year coach Tony Schroeder. The group is led by keeper Cassie Russell, Snoddy and Coburn at midfield, Chandler Austin on defense, Kayla Cleveland on offense and Lauren Steil backup keeper. Junior Anna Gierow is one of the top returning players. She plays offense and is one of the fastest players on the team. She also runs track. "She is our center forward, very smart, very fast, very high energy and she is the player we are running our offense through," Schroeder said of Gierow. One key player the team will be without this season is Avery Batson. Batson has played on the U.S. National Team and is one of the top players in her age group in the country. She is playing in a showcase this weekend in front of college coaches with her club team thus making her ineligible to play for Bob Jones all season. She is a sophomore and is expected to choose from some of the top soccer programs such as Duke, North Carolina, or an Ivy League school. "We are going to miss Avery but this is something she has to do to get seen by college coaches and get the kind of offers she wants to play in college," Schroeder said. "We have known about this all preseason and have been working other girls in that position so we are going to be strong again this year." Schroeder said he expects Batson to be playing for Bob Jones next season after she gets offers and commits to a college. By Lindsay Vaught

Eight ink scholarships on Signing Day at Bob Jones

madison county recordMADISON- National Signing Day was extra special at Bob Jones this year as eight football players signed scholarships to play in college. Five signed to play Division 1 (Football Bowl Subdivision), tying the number from two years ago at Bob Jones. Heading the list is Nick Holman who signed with University of South Florida. Julien Lewis signed with Western Kentucky, David Norris signed with University of Alabama-Birmingham, Rod Randolph and Jay Rogers signed with Alabama A&M. Dylan Haraway signed with Georgetown (Ky.) College and Brandon Davis signed with Lindsay Wilson College, both NAIA schools located in Kentucky. Kenneth Turney will go the junior college route and signed with Fullerton College. "I couldn't be prouder to be associated with these players, our coaches, and administration of one of the best high schools in America," said Bob Jones Head Football Coach Kevin Rose. "Our goal has been to build one of the best high school football programs in Alabama and these guys have helped us build that and it will carry on for a long time." Rose recognized all the assistant coaches. "Our coaches have worked tirelessly to build a college-ready football program and these players are an example of that. These players have achieved excellence in the classroom as well as the football field. These guys were unbelievable last season. To this point it is the best football team we have ever had at Bob Jones." Bob Jones went 11-2 last season and won their fifth straight region championship. They won two playoff games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, farther than any Bob Jones team ever. Rose said that assistant coach Keith Tinknell had a lot to do with signing day success. "He was in charge of recruiting and film on these young men has been sent out to at least 300 universities," Rose said. Haraway will join his brother Dustin who is also on a football scholarship at Georgetown. He turned down an academic scholarship and walk-on offer at Jacksonville State, his mother's alma mater. Haraway worked with coaches all summer to increase his speed and it paid off. He went from a 4.9 in the 40 yard dash to 4.67. "Last summer I had three weeks before I went to a camp and I needed to run a 4.6. We worked every day at Dublin and when I went to the camp I ran a 4.67, the best in my life. I'm not sitting up here without that help." Haraway played defensive back/ linebacker this season. He recognized his parents who never missed a game and his coaches. "Coach Clark transformed me into an all-state defensive back. Coach Converse demanded perfection. Coach Tinknell helps us with strength and conditioning." "Four years ago I thought college football was unreachable. It's a dream come true." Defensive end Julien Lewis debated several offers including one from Samford University in Birmingham but ultimately chose Western Kentucky. Former Patriot players Drew Davis and Brandon Ray are currently playing football for WKU. Nick Holman came to Bob Jones from Madison Academy as a junior and made an immediate impact as a linebacker. "Coach Rose took me in two years ago and gave me an opportunity to succeed. It was an unbelievable honor to be named a captain of the team. Coach Styles put us in position to make plays. Andy McCloy, his strength and conditioning program along with changing my diet, gave me the tools to go from a ninth grade offensive lineman to a division 1 linebacker." "It's a dream come true to say I am officially a South Florida Bull." He got an offer from USF located in Tampa, Florida midway through the season and effectively shut down the recruiting process. USF has a Huntsville connection as former Alabama A&M head coach Ron Cooper is on the defensive staff. Cooper played at Lee High School and at Jacksonville State. David Norris attracted attention from college coaches from his outside linebacker position and was known for making big plays. Against Huntsville he had a touchdown runback after catching a fumble in the air. He also led the team with 12 quarterback sacks. UAB stayed with the offer made to Norris despite a change in coaches. "Coach Garrick McGhee offered me," Norris said of the former UAB coach who left to take a job at the University of Louisville. "Coach Bill Clark came in and he upheld the promise to me that I would be playing as a Blazer. I had fears at first but the new coaches have been wonderful. It's a crowning achievement for me to this point in my life; life-changing." Norris will study physics and engineering at UAB. Kenneth Turney said that going to junior college in California will be an experience to help him grow up in hurry. He will play and go to school there for two years and hopes to transfer to a division 1 university. Brandon Davis is the most decorated of all the signees. He won the team's Most Valuable Player and 12th Man Award for his efforts last season when he played both nose tackle and then moved to linebacker when injuries sidelined Nick Holman for two games. "He is the definition of a complete football player," Rose said of Davis. Rose said that Davis, at 5-foot-9 210 pounds, was an overachiever and "will make a college coach a great player." By Lindsay Vaught

Annabelle Smith signs to play ball at Faulkner State

madison weekly newsOnce deathly afraid of severe weather as a child, Annabelle Smith will soon start her college education in hopes of earning a degree in meteorology and one day be a weather forecaster for the National Weather Service. She'll begin her quest next fall as a member of the Faulkner State softball team after signing an athletic scholarship with the school last week. The talented pitcher for the Bob Jones Patriots posted a 14-8 record as a junior last season and had a 2.82 ERA. "This was my first offer for college aid and I took it as I really liked the Faulkner program and coaches," said Smith. "I try and stay calm while pitching on the mound and I feel I have enough speed and good change up on the mound." "Annabelle has developed into one of the best pitchers in North Alabama. She can throw any pitch effectively," said Kent Chambers head coach of the Patriots' softball team. "She is cool as a cucumber on the mound and is gifted academically." Both of her parents, Matt and LuAnn Smith, have backgrounds in sports and were big influences on Smith's upbringing in softball. Ironically, she did not start as a pitcher. She began her play in right field and then switched to catcher before finally joining the small group of athletes as a pitcher. Her switch came in the 8-Under age group while playing in the local Madison youth leagues. "I've always been interested in weather and I'd love to go on one of those Storm Chasers outings," said Smith, who will attend the two-year school located in Bay Minette, Ala. before continuing her education for her four-year degree at either Mississippi State or the University of South Alabama. By Bob Labbe

Duncan keeps family tradition going, signs softball scholarship
madison county recordMADISON-  Emily Duncan of Bob Jones will be following in the footsteps of her grandmother this fall when she continues her softball career at Snead State Community College in Boaz. Her grandmother Johnny attended her signing ceremony at Bob Jones on Friday and the spry 80-year old surprised everyone when she told how she played basketball and doubled as a cheerleader at Snead State in 1946. “It’s good to carry on the tradition that my grandma started, it’s cool to share that with her,” said the senior outfielder. Duncan has multiple family ties to the Boaz area and so Snead State fit her perfectly. “I have been there for tryouts and visited twice and I like the campus. It’s really small and I like everything compact and it feels like home to me.” Duncan won’t be asked to pull double duty as a cheerleader; playing softball will keep her plenty busy. Snead State plays a 50-game spring schedule in Alabama Community College Conference. All their games are double-headers and Snead State is in the North Division with Calhoun, Gadsden, Shelton, Wallace, and Marion Military. Duncan said she will transfer after two years at Snead to a four year university to possibly get a degree in speech pathology. Like most softball players at this level, Duncan has been playing since the age of six. She related a painful story of her playing career; running into a pole head first and splitting her head at the brow and suffering a concussion. The left-handed swinging outfielder batted .527 last season for Bob Jones and also plays travel ball with the North Alabama Kraze as they play all over the state of Alabama and the southeast. Bob Jones Softball coach Kent Chambers is glad to have Emily for one more season. “Emily is an outstanding outfielder. We’re looking forward to getting a lot out of her this year. Offensively she handles the bat very well and we expect her to be one of the team leaders and a threat to get on base every at bat,” Chambers said. Duncan becomes the third Patriot softball player to sign and Chambers expects one or two more. Sydney Booker signed with Southeastern Louisiana U in December. Bob Jones pitcher Annabelle Smith signed with FaulknerState on Thursday, Jan 23. Located in BaldwinCounty, FaulknerState has three campuses including one in GulfShores. Smith will be at the main campus in Bay Minette, just a short drive to the Alabama beaches. Smith said she plans to stay at Faulkner for two years then transfer to Mississippi State or U of South Alabama. Smith enters her senior season at Bob Jones as the top pitcher on the Patriots staff. “Annabelle has developed into one of the top pitchers in North Alabama,” Chambers said. “Last year she had a really good year and during the preseason she has shown improvement and should be one of the best pitchers we have seen here.”
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2014-16 7A Football Alignment
Region 1
Alma Bryant
Mary Montgomery
Region 2
Central Phenix-City
Jeff Davis
Lee Montgomery
Smiths Station
Region 3
Mountain Brook
Oak Mountain
Spain Park
Tuscaloosa County
Vestavia Hills
Region 4
Bob Jones
Gadsden City
Hazel Green
James Clemens
Local soccer standout to play for United States International Travel Team in England

madison weekly newsWith self-proclaimed weak ankles, Avery Batson wears braces to help secure her ankles, which enable her to be an elite soccer player. With ankle braces in tow, the 15-year old Batson will soon pack her bags for a trip to England where she will play for the United States International Travel Team April 25-May 4. The Bob Jones High sophomore will be among a roster of 20 young players from across the country selected to make their way across the Atlantic to the shores of Great Britain. "It was amazing how I found out I was selected to make the team," said Batson. "I was refreshing my e-mail to see an announcement when a tweet came in. I quickly texted my dad and all my friends.

I feel blessed to be invited." Her invitation came via her appearance at the U.S. Interregional Olympic Development Program where she spent the week of Thanksgiving in Boca Raton, Fla. as the only player from Alabama selected to be among the elite players from across the Southeast. At the regional, which is designed to assist coaches in the selection process for national soccer teams, Batson was selected team captain and played in three matches, as well as, numerous skills workouts and classroom skull sessions. "I think I did very well and improved through the week as I had a lot more energy and alertness," said Batson. "My team tied two matches and lost one. Despite that team performance, I think I was able to showcase my talents. I felt comfortable to be within the elite talent from across the country." Batson plays different positions on the soccer field. She's also a big player in the classroom. She carries a 4.0 GPA and has already been college shopping by making numerous unofficial visits to colleges throughout the South and to other more prominent schools such as Notre Dame, Duke and Penn State. She has plans to study sports medicine once in college. The daughter of Paul and Jo Batson, she began playing soccer at age six and stayed with the local AYSO program until the third grade. She played for the Huntsville Futbal Club until a year ago when she made the move to participate for an elite team based in Atlanta called the Gold Soccer Academy. The 5-foot-3, 115-pound Batson will turn 16 in February and is already thinking like an adult about her upcoming trip to England. "I will try and save some money by cutting down on my spending habits and possibly do some other ways of raising money for the trip," said Batson in her attempt to help raise the necessary funds. "The organization will fit the bill for a portion of the travel, lodging and meals." Batson said she will be researching details on England in preparation for the trip. She admitted she knows very little about the country, but is fully aware that her favorite music group, One Direction, a hit-making boy band, is from England. "I'm just excited about being chosen to go to England. I will try and make connections with some of the players who will also be making the trip and I expect to have a great time. I'm excited about going," said Batson. >By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Area football players make 2013 All-State Football Team

madison weekly newsThe four high school football teams comprising the local coverage are represented on the 2013 All-State Football Team, so named by the Alabama Sports Writer's Association. In Class 6A, Brandon Davis of Bob Jones was tabbed as one of the linebackers while teammates, Ryan Crooks, RB, Dylan Haraway, DB, and Julien Lewis, DL, were honorable mention selections. James Clemens sophomore quarter back Heath Burchfield and Sparkman senior punter Miller Matzek were also honorable mention selections. In Class 3A, the two-time defending state champion Madison Academy Mustangs are well represented with four team selections. Junior running back Malik Miller, sophmore Kerryon Johnson, and seniors Frank Williams, OL, Taylor Ziak, LB, all made the elite list. Strangely omitted from selections in this year's list were Nick Holman, linebacker at Bob Jones and running back Lorenzo James of Sparkman. Eric Cohu, head coach of the Mustangs was not named Coach of the Year, despite winning the 3A title for the second straight year. Jonathan Miller of Saks was given that honor. By Bob Labbe, Madison Weekly News, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



24/7 sports has Nick Holman ranked as the #5 ILB Prospect in the state of Alabama.


Jamarcus Jones will be signed to play basketball with Martin Methodist on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 2:15 in the Bob Jones High School Library Media Center.