Sports Year in Review, Part 3

Published 7:31 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oct. 2: Jemison’s Kasi Wells, left, and Isabella’s Amber Wyatt were the two best players on the court as the Panthers and Mustangs faced off for the Chilton County Volleyball Tournament championship. Wyatt and IHS defeated their rivals, 2-1.

Below is Part 3 of 3 of a look at the highlights from the 2010 year in sports.

July 4: Thorsby baseball players Cody Carroll and Jason Price were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s all-state team. Carroll, a junior pitcher, and Price, a sophomore third baseman, were the only Chilton County players named to the first team.

July 16: Chilton County’s Taylor Hughes and Isabella’s Blake Lawley participated in the North-South All-Star Football Game, part of the 12th Annual Alabama All-Stars Sports Week in Huntsville. Hughes and Lawley were voted by their teammates as captains of the offense and defense, respectively. Their South team lost, 14-7.

July 18: Chilton County High School won The Clanton Advertiser’s All-Sports Award, which is meant to recognize the local school with the best all-around sports programs. CCHS had the best boys programs, according to the formula used to determine rankings, and Jemison and Thorsby had the best girls programs.

July 24: Three Chilton County youth baseball teams earned berths to compete in World Series tournaments. Clanton’s O-Zone (11- and 12-year-olds) competed in the Dixie Youth World Series, and Thorsby’s 14-year-old team and Jemison’s 12-year-old team played in the Dizzy Dean World Series. Jemison finished in third place.

July 28: Maplesville made its volleyball debut, as the Red Devils played exhibition matches in Jemison. MHS played its first match of the season on Aug. 23 at Thorsby.

July 10: Clanton native Dustin Connell led the University of Alabama fishing team to a third-place finish in the College Bass National Championship in Arkansas. Connell and his partner won $1,200 and about the same amount in prizes.

Aug. 26: Chilton County High School’s Jacob McKinney intercepted a pass in his end zone with 22 seconds remaining to preserve a football win over rival Jemison. The visiting Panthers fought back from a 20-8 third quarter deficit and were a 2-point conversion away from taking the lead.

Aug. 27: New coaches Joe Nettles at Billingsley and Scott Booth at Isabella weren’t actually so new. Nettles coached Chilton County High School from 1993-96, leading the Tigers to a school record 11 wins in his last season. His first game as Billingsley coach was a 36-6 loss to Dallas County High School. Booth, meanwhile, kicked off his second stint at IHS. He coached the Mustangs from  in 2001-02, including a state semifinal appearance in 2002. Booth and IHS defeated Central-Coosa, 32-21.

Sept. 4: Verbena’s cross country team—the first at the school and in Chilton County—competed in its first meet, the Hornets Invitational at Beauregard High School. Sophomore Fred Wright had the best performance, finishing 44th out of 64 competitors in the 5K.

Oct. 2: Isabella fought back from a lost first set to defeat rival Jemison, 2-1, and win the Chilton County Volleyball Tournament for the second time in three seasons. Tournament Most Valuable Player Amber Wyatt recorded 23 kills, seven blocks, seven digs and six aces in two matches.

Oct. 27: Isabella competed in the Elite 8 state volleyball tournament for the second year in a row. The Mustangs lost to eventual state champion Pleasant Valley, 3-0.

Nov. 24: Isabella volleyball coach Glen Graham and senior player Amber Wyatt were named The Clanton Advertiser’s coach and player of the year. 2010 marked the 13th consecutive area championship for IHS under Graham. Wyatt, meanwhile, set school single season records for kills (569) and blocks (152).

Dec. 11: John and Nick Andrews, both Maplesville graduates, competed for Alabama State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game against Texas Southern at Birmingham’s Legion Field. The Hornets lost, 11-6.

Dec. 27: Three local football players—Maplesville seniors Matt Hamner and Casey Atchison, and Jemison junior Javae Swindle—were named to the Alabams Sports Writers Association’s all-state team.