Wednesday’s National Signing Day is expected to be no exception.
The Bulldogs are expected to have offensive lineman Jameson Trammell to sign a scholarship, with possible signings for linebacker Clay Dent, wide receiver Sloan Garner and maybe more. The signings will be at 2 p.m. at Piedmont High School.
Trammell’s probable destination is West Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder graded out at 88 percent last season and didn’t allow a sack for the Bulldogs (12-1). He posted 61 pancake blocks and was penalized only twice throughout last season.
Dent led the Bulldog defense with 164 total tackles, including 10 for lost yardage and nine sacks. Garner led the Bulldogs in receiving last season with 36 receptions for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Several other area football players are expected to sign in the coming months.
Changes are coming in volleyball postseason play next season.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association approved last Wednesday a new three-round format, with the addition of Super Regionals.
Area tournaments will be played Oct. 18-20. The North Super Regional tournament, with 96 teams in all six classifications, will be played at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. The South Super Regional will be at Montgomery’s new multi-purpose complex at the Cramton Bowl. Both Super Regional Tournaments are scheduled for Oct. 26-27.
The Elite Eight state tournament will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Pelham Civic Complex.
Cedar Bluff volleyball coach Tiffany Rieger, who led the Lady Tigers to the Elite Eight last season, said she’s unsure of how she feels about the format change.
“For me, change in any situation is a little scary and exciting at the same time. I agree that travel for the sub-state round was not very cost-efficient or convenient. Last season, Waterloo had to travel almost 200 miles one way to get here on a school night. However, I am sure there will now be teams booking hotel rooms for two different tournaments (Super Region and Elite Eight) depending on how far the teams live from the sites.
“No coach wants to wake up on the morning of a tournament of that caliber, load the team up, drive a few hours, and expect them to play at the top of their game.”
Rieger also said she believes the players will like Super Regional play.
“It will give them a sense of what it is like to play in a larger-than-normal arena,” she said. “The only thing that really bothers me is that in some instances, the top teams may be battling in the Super Regional rather than at the Elite Eight. For instance, all four semi-finalists in 1A this season were from the north. I guess that’s possible with any format, though.
“The truth is, it doesn’t matter what any of us think about the format. It is the way it is, and we have to find a way to adjust.”
Mark Harper, David Garrett, Steve Baker, Lee Morgan and Terry Adams all shot 56 to finish tied in the Championship Flight of the Cherokee County Country Club Par 3 tournament on Saturday.
A scorecard playoff determined the winner. Harper’s birdie on No. 15 gave him the win. Garrett secured second place in the top flight with a birdie No. 13. Baker bumped Morgan and Adams out for third place.
Johnny Bentley, Kurt Duryea, Scotty Grimes and Adam Wickham carded 60s to top the First Flight. A scorecard playoff put Wickham in the top spot, with Bentley second and Grimes third.
J.W. Myrick claimed the Second Flight honors with 64s. Joe Hall tied Myrick, but ended second on the scorecard check-off. Ken Tullis nudged Rodney Van Pelt out of third via the scorecard, as both turned in 65s.
Terry Adams and Duryea had the best front nine with 27s. The best on the backside was Steve Baker with a 26.
Cash prizes were paid out for first to third place in three flights. All 18 holes were played as par 3s, with tee markers set from 60 to 150 yards from each hole. Twenty-seven players participated in the event.
The next tournament at the Cherokee County Country Club is the two-person Senior Scramble (50-plus men and women) on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. For more information call 256-927-5070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday is senior night at Cherokee County High School, and the Warrior junior class is sponsoring "Souper" Senior Night. Bring your appetite and have a bowl of soup for $4 to support the junior class. The Warriors are hosting Piedmont beginning at 4 p.m.
On Thursday, the Cedar Bluff at Cherokee County basketball game times have changed. The action begins at 1:30 p.m. with the boys varsity game, followed by the girls varsity game then the boys B-team game.