White Plains honors one of its own with tourney
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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For the fifth straight season, White Plains High will honor one of its own with the Bradey Munroe Memorial Tournament.

Munroe played basketball and baseball for White Plains before complaining about having a sore back in 2007, his senior year, before being diagnosis with cancer.

“He fought that thing with chemo his senior year,” Wildcats coach Chad Hudson said. “He didn’t get to play basketball, of course, but dressed out a few times. He died in February, the day before our basketball team played in the regional at JSU. It was a very emotional time.”

The baseball tournament gives White Plains a chance to remember Munroe

“We love doing this,” Hudson said. “Bradey fought so bravely against the disease and just taught us all so much about life. It’s just a great way to honor his memory and for us to honor his family.”

With Hudson now in his seventh season leading the baseball program, the Wildcats are hosting nine teams from around the area Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cleburne County will host games Saturday and Sunday.

The action will kick off Thursday at White Plains with Jacksonville facing Piedmont at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Wildcats meeting Cleburne County.

• BASEBALL TRIP: While on spring break, why not take a trip to the beach?

The Saks, Alexandria and fifth-ranked Pleasant Valley softball teams made the trip to the lower Alabama for the Gulf Shores Classic this week with the Valley Cubs kicking things into overdrive later in the week.

Once returning from Gulf Shores, Alexandria is set to join White Plains in the Springville tournament.

• TOUGH GAMES: The Oxford and fifth-ranked Alexandria baseball teams are going to see what they’re made of this week.

The two both traveled down to the Gulf Shores Classic and will face tough competition.

One matchup for both teams comes against the best of the top class, Class 6A No. 1 Smith Station.

Along with playing the top team in 6A, Oxford will play fifth-ranked Fairhope on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Oxford won last season’s 6A state title, while Fairhope was runner-up.

“I already told Joe (McGuire) we’re playing Fairhope in Gulf Shores and he said, ‘I’m going to throw,’” Oxford coach Wes Brooks said on Friday. “So I’ll let him throw on Tuesday.”

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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