Prep roundup: Lady Raiders claim area softball title
by Staff reports
Apr 18, 2014 | 391 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PLEASANT VALLEY — Pleasant Valley’s softball team scrapped and clawed its way to the Class 2A, Area 12 regular season title Thursday night, knocking off Wellborn 6-5 in eight innings. Down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Atleigh Brannon and McKinley Parris singled to start the Raiders’ rally. After Savannah Williams moved both runners into scoring position, Pleasant Valley’s lone senior, Tori Shepard, hit the game-winning single, driving in both Brannon and Parris. The Raiders rallied in the bottom of the seventh as well. Kara Perry tied the game at 4-4 with a two-out double, driving in Williams and Anna Craven. Craven finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Perry went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Brannon was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Parris finished 2-for-2 and scored the game-winning run. Shepard went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Tiffany Williams was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Christa Lynn pitched the first seven innings for the Raiders, allowing four runs. She struck out four and walked none. Anna Bryant pitched the eighth, allowing one hit and one run. Pleasant Valley (17-11, 7-0) plays Piedmont and Geraldine in the Lady Raider Classic at McClellan today. Faith Christian 15, Weaver 4: Kirstyn Cotton and Peyton Camp led the Lions with three hits each in a home win over Weaver. Logan Boyd, Presley Whitten, Andrea Davis and Jasmyne Groce added two hits apiece. Whitten got the pitching win, striking out eight. Faith Christian (10-14) hosts Ranburne on Monday. White Plains 15, Saks 3: The Lady Wildcats rode a 13-hit performance to their 28th win of the season. Sophia Taylor led in hitting and went 2-for-3 on a single and a triple with 4 RBIs. Anna Snider, a Jacksonville State commitment, finished 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. She was a homer shy of the cycle. Amber Greenwood went 3-for-4. Anna Rouse 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Snider started the game and pitched one inning, striking out two. Greenwood earned the win. She pitched the final four innings, struck out two and surrendered three hits and one earned run. White Plains (28-5-1, 5-0 Class 3A, Area) will play again Monday at Springville. For Saks, Laken Haynes finished 1-for-2 with a three-run double. Cleburne County 22, Anniston 1: The Lady Tigers earned the win behind Madison Jones’ complete-game performance. Jones pitched three innings, struck out one and surrendered only two hits. Jones managed a single and a double in the batter’s box. Hannah Gossage served as her courtesy runner and scored three runs. Kiara Akles went 2-for-3 with three runs and a homer. Chelsea Parker went 3-for-3 on two singles and a double and scored two runs. Kristen Leggett finished 3-for-3 on a single and two doubles with three runs. Shay Henson had two singles, a triple and scored two runs. Cleburne County will play today in the Lady Raider Classic at McClellan. Piedmont 7, Gaston 1: At Piedmont, Hayden Tyree was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double. Peggy Ridley, Hannah Hulsizer and Torre Roberts each had two hits. Kendall Pressley pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits and one walk. She fanned five and did not allow an earned run. Golf Oxford boys 149, White Plains 156: Chandler Allen shot the low score at three under 33. Cole Abney shot a 37. Tyler Putnam shot a 38. For White Plains, Dustin Travis shot 37. Drennan Beam shot 39. The Yellow Jackets will play again Monday and Tuesday at Cider Ridge in the Kelsey Goodwin Memorial Classic. Donoho boys 165, Pleasant Valley 192: The Falcons defeated the Raiders on Thursday at Silver Lakes. Donoho’s Jacob Lecroy shot a 38 to lead the Falcons. Donoho girls 164, Pleasant Valley 179: The Lady Falcons defeated the Lady Raiders on Thursday at Silver Lakes. Donoho’s Madison Huckaby was the low scorer. She shot a 52. Donoho will play again Monday and Tuesday at Cider Ridge in the Kelsey Goodwin Memorial Classic.
Editorial: Make it a good day
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Apr 17, 2014 | 253 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today is Good Friday, the day in which followers of Christ remember the cruxifiction and death of Jesus. Our suggestion: Look around us, at home and in town, and truly make it a Good Friday. Calhoun County is beset with pockets of debilitiating poverty. Reach out and help someone in need today. Children are Alabama’s future, which we believe is bright. Find a child today and offer him or her a bit of advice or a kind word. It might make a difference in their life. When’s the last time you said hello to your neighbor? When’s the last time you shared a meal with them, or helped them with their lawn if they’re sick or unable to take care of it themselves? Buy a large bag of dog food and cat food and take it to one of the local animal shelters. Even if you’re not an animal lover, it’ll warm your heart and fill a few bellys. Say thanks to the cashier at the drive-through and the teenager bagging your groceries. They don’t hear it enough. Make Good Friday a good day. Be nice, be helpful, make a difference to one another.
Jacksonville panel approves expansion at assisted living facility
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
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JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved an assisted living facility’s plan to expand. Legacy Village, near James Hopkins Road, needed the commission’s approval to build a new 16,000 square-foot building for people age 55 and over with degenerative memory loss, said Barry Ray, president of Legacy Senior Services, the company that owns the assisted living facility. "We're ready to break ground. we're ready to get going," Ray said at the meeting. The new building, called The Harbor, will add eight beds to the facility’s existing unit serving such patients, bringing the total number of beds for that purpose to 24. The change will also open up new space in the main building for assisted-living residents who don’t have memory loss, Ray said. As a result, Legacy Village, currently large enough to house 42 residents, will have enough residential space for 66. The new living spaces for patients with The Harbor will include unique features designed for people with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Among them will be a 1950s decor and a touch-screen electronic device that can be loaded with pictures from the past. Ray said those features will help connect the patients with the experiences they had long ago, which are often more vivid to them than recent memories. “You go inside and you feel like you’ve stepped into a Dick Van Dyke scene,” Ray said, referring to the 1961-66 TV sitcom. “Our goal is to take them back to a happier time.” The facility will also have internal locking controls, which are designed to keep residents from walking from the building without supervision. These controls will be disabled in case of a fire or another emergency, Ray said. The Montgomery-based State Health Planning and Development Agency creates a plan to guide growth at Alabama’s medical facilities and must approve expansions for assisted living facilities that plan to house people with degenerative memory loss. According to its calculations, Alabama needs four assisted-living beds for Alzheimers and dementia patients for every 1,000 residents 65 and older; and Calhoun County already has more than enough space at assisted living facilities for memory loss patients. Data on the agency's website projects that Calhoun County will have 19,336 residents 65 and older by next year. And, based on that projection, the county needs 77 beds at assisted living facilities for elderly residents with memory loss. The county already has 123 beds for people suffering from memory diseases, but Legacy Village’s expansion was approved in 2010. Brad Williams, data and planning director for the state agency, said the plans were delayed by a modification to construction plans which was prompted because of an increased costs. Williams said the government agency typically stops giving facilities permission to add beds once they meet capacity. But, he added, the state has an exemption for facilities which can show their living facilities for persons with memory loss is at or over 92 percent capacity for two years in a row. Legacy Village also had to get a license to expand from the Alabama Department of Health, and the Jacksonville City Council must approve the Planning Commission’s decision before construction can begin. But, assuming all of those requirements are met on time, Ray said, the company plans to begin construction next month. In other business the commission: — Held a hearing about a change in the parking requirements for assisted living facilities. — Decided to make a formal recommendation to the Jacksonville City Council that the city reduce the number of parking spaces at assisted living facilities. — Approved the second phase of a new construction project planned by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church at 1728 Louise Drive SE to build a 13,000-square-foot metal structure. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.
JSU baseball: Gamecocks fall 8-7 in OVC series opener at TTU
by Staff reports
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Parris had four hits – including two home runs – to lead Tennessee Tech to an 8-7 victory over Jacksonville State in the opening game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series Thursday. Tennessee Tech improves to 30-10 overall and 12-7 in the OVC, while JSU falls to 21-15, 11-5. Cain Sloan (2-0) had a pair of strikeouts and did not allow a hit in two innings of relief to pick up the win, while Seth Lucio recorded the final three outs to earn his ninth save for the Golden Eagles. JSU's Michael Mason (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up two runs. The Gamecocks struck first after scoring three runs in the third inning to build an early lead after Griff Gordon hit a 2-run home runs and Ryan Sebra had an RBI single to give JSU a 3-0 lead. Parris hit a solo home run to lead off the home half of the third to cut the lead to 3-1, and the Golden Eagles took the lead in the fourth inning, after Parris hit a 3-run home run and Dyland Bosheers hit a solo home run to make it 5-3. Tennessee Tech added a run in the fifth inning on Zach Zarzour's RBI single to take a 6-3 lead, but the Gamecocks battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning. Sebra led off with a single and scored on Joe McGuire's pinch hit, and Michael Bishop followed with a single to center field to drive in two more runs and tie the game at 6-6. Jax State took a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning after Gordon scored on a Stephen Bartlett sacrifice fly, but the lead did not last long as Tech came back to take the lead for good in the home half of the seventh. Bosheers led off with a single and came around to score after Parris doubled down the left field line, and Zarzour followed with a one-out single to score the go-ahead run for the final margin. Sebra led the Gamecocks with two hits, while Parris finished with four hits. Zarzour and Bosheers each had three hits to lead Tennessee Tech. The second game of the series will be played on Friday at 6 p.m.
Alabama football: Peyton Manning among recent visitors to Tide camp
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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TUSCALOOSA -- Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Adam Gase recently made a visit to Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Thursday. Saban said the trio swapped ideas and suggestions that were helpful to each party involved. Saban said Manning and Gase “were just making some visits” and that Alabama was on the schedule. “To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player,” Saban said. “I think a lot of people would say, ‘Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, and certainly from a career standpoint probably about as good as anybody’s been in the history of the league. After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he’s going out and trying to seek more knowledge and understanding of the game of football so he can play better.” Saban said Manning has been a “friend and very well respected for a long time, ever since I coached in the league.” Saban coached against Manning while Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts and Saban coached the Miami Dolphins. Saban also said he’s been friends with Peyton’s father, Archie Manning, for a “long, long, long time.” As for Gase, he worked for Saban at Michigan State in the late 1990s and at LSU as a graduate assistant (2000) and a recruiting assistant (2001-02). Saban said Manning is someone all young players should try to emulate. “It’s a great example for a lot of young people, whether they’re playing high school, college, Pop Warner or whatever, and it’s something that I have tremendous respect for,” Saban said. “I really enjoyed visiting with him.” But Saban received a few tips in return, particularly on how to stop a certain style of offense that has give the Tide trouble in recent years. “Since they’re a no-huddle team, we had a lot of questions for them, in terms of what gives them problems and what defensive teams do that gives them problems,” Saban said. “That was kind of mutual, hopefully beneficial. I know it was a benefit to us. I hope it was a benefit to them, as well.” Saban is no stranger to bringing in high-profile coaches during the offseason. Sometimes, others just want to come and learn from him and his staff, Saban said. Other times, Alabama seeks them out. “The goals that you have for next year are basically the things that you struggled with last year,” Saban said. “You make a list of those things through your quality control, and then you go out and look for people who might be able to help you develop a little more expertise, a better way to teach, a better way to coach some situation. "Sometimes we bring somebody in here to visit with us. Sometimes we have people call us and ask us if they can come and visit us and try to learn from us, which we share with quite a few people. I think we usually learn from them as well when that happens.” Sports Writer Marq Burnett: On Twitter @Marq_Burnett.
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