Prep notebook: Donoho grabs top seed for Calhoun County volleyball tourney
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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After Donoho won the Calhoun County volleyball tournament last season, it’s only fitting the Lady Falcons took the top seed for this year’s tournament.

It also didn’t hurt Donoho is 20-4 this season and 10-1 against county teams. Seedings were determined at a coaches’ meeting Wednesday.

“It’s pretty exciting for us,” Donoho coach Janice Slay said. “But it’s a little overwhelming.”

Jacksonville took the second seed, while Oxford, Alexandria and Saks wrapped up the top five. White Plains was voted sixth, followed by Ohatchee (seventh), Pleasant Valley (eighth), Wellborn (ninth), Piedmont (10th), Faith Christian (11th), Sacred Heart (12th), Jacksonville Christian (13th), Weaver (14th) and Anniston (15th).

The tournament will be Oct. 5 at Jacksonville High in the main and auxiliary gyms. Games begin at 9:30 a.m., and the championship is set for 4 p.m.

For the second straight year, Donoho was able to take the top seed ahead of Jacksonville, which is the top-ranked Class 4A team in the al.com poll. Slay said it may have been because of Donoho defeating the Lady Golden Eagles two weeks ago.

“That one night at Pleasant Valley when we played Jacksonville, it was probably the best match that we’ve played,” Slay said.

“When you play Jacksonville, you have to rise to the occasion and thankfully we did.”

THOMAS HEALS: If Oxford star Racean Thomas’ performance last week didn’t convince you he is nearly healed following an ankle injury in Week 2, Yellow Jackets coach Ryan Herring can do some more convincing.

On Monday, three days after the senior ran for 130 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Huntsville, Herring said he “didn’t see any limp” out of his star player.

“He’s probably not 100 percent, but I think he’s definitely above 90 percent,” Herring said. “We’re hoping by Friday to have him at top speed.”

BOLTON HONORED: Cleburne County’s 41-38 overtime win over Cherokee County on Friday had everything a fan would want, and the only thing that provided more fireworks was the performance of Tigers tailback Tre Bolton.

Bolton rushed for 257 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns. He was also recognized by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama Sports Writers Association for his performance.

A pair of Piedmont players were also mentioned by both groups. Bayley Blanchard made the cut after he intercepted two Cleveland passes in Piedmont’s 55-7 win, and Jaret Prater was also recognized for returning a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown and an 85-yard run that ended in a score.

A much longer list of players were recognized by only the ASWA: Jacksonville Christian quarterback Daylon Brackett, Oxford receiver Tredarian Gamble, Cherokee County tailback Ty Green, Spring Garden quarterback Will Ivey, Jacksonville running back Dominique Thomas, Cherokee County’s Eric Burgess and Cleburne County’s Anderson Jacks.

A LONG TIME AGO: Handley has a five-game win streak over Anniston in football, starting nine years ago.

That includes wins in 2004, ’05, ’08, ’09, ’12.

Even though the schools aren’t located that far apart, that game in 2004 was the first one between the two football teams in 70 years.

According to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society, they played only one time before 2004 — it came in 1934, when Anniston took a 27-6 victory.

Let that settle for a moment. Anniston has not beaten the team in Roanoke since before every player on the field Friday night and their parents were born.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star

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