Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, March 30

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Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of First Southern State Bank on Main Street in Centre.

The local Party Bridge Club meets Mondays at Cherokee Manor. For information call 256-927-7754.

Easter Holy Week Services begin on Monday. Monday services will be held at Centre First Baptist Church with the Rev. George Cobb bringing the message; Tuesday services will be held at Tates Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Wendell Dutton bringing the message; Wednesday services will be held at Centre First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lynn Houston bringing the message; Thursday services will be held at Fairview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Higgins bringing the message and Friday services will be held at St. Mary’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Nation bringing the message. The weekday service time is noon (30 minutes for service, 30 minutes for lunch)

THE HUBERT COX MEMORIAL SINGING SCHOOL will be held in the Lookout Mountain Baptist Association Building March 30-April 2 beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome including beginners, directors, choris, special singers and music lovers. Teacher will be Dylan Feezel. The singing school will be free of charge. Call 256-505-1631 for further information. The event is sponsored by the Lookout Mountain Baptist Association.

In high school baseball action, the Mountain Brook Spring Break Tournament will be held with Cedar Bluff playing Clay-Chalkville at 5 p.m. and Cedar Bluff playing Mountain Brook beginning at 7 p.m. In high school softball action Cherokee County plays Piedmont at Saks beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the Spring Garden at Glencoe Tournament, TBA.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Monday, March 30

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Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

-Nicholas J. Silvers for assault in the second degree.

-Jimmy Ray Carroll for chemical endangerment, unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

-Stephanie Cherie Mize for unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and chemical endangerment.

-Gabriel Octavian Byrdsong on court order.

-Akeen Dewayne Wilson on revoked bond.

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Hubbard's walk-off single lifts Warriors past Cedar Bluff, on to Cherokee County Baseball Tournament title

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CEDAR BLUFF – Cherokee County High School junior outfielder Noah Hubbard was the unlikeliest of heroes Saturday night in the Cherokee County Baseball Tournament championship.

Coming off a stomach virus, not to mention the issues Hubbard has with his blood sugar spiking, almost made Cherokee County head coach Skylar Ray decide to keep him on the bench for the Warriors’ county title battle with Cedar Bluff.

Ray sure is glad he was convinced otherwise.

With the game tied at six and two outs in the ninth inning, Hubbard delivered a walk-off infield single to short with the bases loaded, scoring Jy Lockridge from third to lift the Warriors (9-5) to a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory.

“Coach Ray is kind of sketchy about playing me, but I was pretty confident I could play today,” Hubbard said. “I was pretty confident in the (batter’s) box. I was relaxed. I was pretty sure I was going to get a hit.”

Ray said he couldn’t think of anyone better who deserved such a clutch opportunity to be a hero.

“He’s been big for us,” Ray said. “I actually talked to his mother to see if he was good to go because he got real sick the other night. He come through. He didn’t get a whole lot of work at practice because he’s been sick, but he just finds a way to get a job done.”

Hubbard wasn’t the only Warrior to find a way to get a job done. They rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

In the seventh, second baseman Jaren Lockridge delivered a double down the left field line against Tiger reliever Jake Mintz to begin the Warrior rally. He scored on catcher Colin Brewer’s single to center. Brewer then stole second and scored the tying run on Jy Lockridge’s single to left center to force extra innings.

Warrior senior reliever Riley Miller, who came in for relief in the top of the seventh, held the Tigers (13-6) scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings to set the stage for Hubbard’s heroics in the bottom of the ninth.

“I think their guys did a great job, especially at the end, of finding ways to keep at-bats alive,” Cedar Bluff coach Taylor Talbot said. “We just didn’t make plays. I thought our pitchers made good pitches. We had a couple of chances to get out of the inning there, but we didn’t do it. Good teams are going to hurt you for it. They’re a young team, but they’re a good team. We just didn’t make plays tonight and it bit us. Hopefully we’ll rebound from it and move on. A tip of the cap to them tonight.”

In the bottom of the ninth, Jaren Lockridge led off with a single to right off Mintz, but a chopper to third by Brewer resulted in a 5-4-3 double play. However, as Talbot mentioned, back-to-back Tiger miscues off the bats of Jy Lockridge and Caleb Ransum gave the Warriors new life with runners at first and second. The Tigers intentionally walked Miller to load the bases for Hubbard.

“We couldn’t ask for it to happen any better than it did,” said Miller, who earned the win. “He come up with a big hit and that’s what it comes down to a lot of times, the small things. That put us over the top and got us the win.”

Equally as important as Hubbard’s hit was Miller’s ability to hold the Tigers scoreless in extra innings, giving the Warriors the opportunity to win.

“It’s been like this every county tournament I’ve played in,” said Miller. “It’s come down to the wire and we’ve come up a little short, but this year, somehow we got it in us to come out with it.”

The Warriors took control early on, scoring two runs in the first and two more in the second to take a 4-1 lead.

The Tigers scratched a run across in the third and tied the game at four with two runs in the fifth. Cedar Bluff took its first lead of the game in the sixth. First baseman Jansen Teague doubled to left center field off Warrior relief pitcher Preston Grimes. Dalton Richardson came in to pinch run for Teague and later scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

After Mintz struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, Cedar Bluff added an insurance run to go up 6-4. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out with Teague back up to the plate again Miller. Teague tallied a single to left to score Joe Bradfield, who was pinch running for designated hitter Cy Burt. Burt led off the inning with a walk.

“We had momentum, but then they took it from us,” Ray said. “We kind of laid down, but I looked over and told them ‘If you lay down, this group will kick you in the teeth.'”

But the Warriors were able to prevent that from happening by tying the game in the seventh to force extra innings, and ultimately winning the county title.

Jaren Lockridge was 4-for-5 with a double for the Warriors. Brewer went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Miller was 2-for-3.

Teague led the Tigers at the plate by going 3-for-5. Mintz, who suffered the loss after working four innings, was 2-for-5. Anthony Dingler went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the fifth.

“We’ve got a lot of good, mentally tough kids, and so do they,” Talbot said. “It just came down tonight to they made a few more plays than we did. There had to be a winner. We just came out on the short side of it tonight.”

Added Ray: “Nobody should hang their heads from this game. Every one of these kids – on our team and on their team – fought their guts out.”

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Spring Garden wins first Cherokee County Softball Tournament title

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CEDAR BLUFF – The Spring Garden Lady Panthers had always been a bridesmaid when it came to playing in the Cherokee County Softball Tournament, but after Saturday’s 2015 tournament championship, they are a bridesmaid no longer.

The Lady Panthers earned their first county title with a 9-5 victory over Sand Rock at Cedar Bluff, ending the eight-year reign of the Cherokee County Lady Warriors.

“I told them I was so proud of them. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Spring Garden head coach Ann Welsh said. “It seems like we’ve been there and been so close for so long, but finally, it’s our turn and I’m very excited. This is a great group of girls. They work hard. They have great attitudes. They have a desire to win and they deserve this.”

But it wasn’t an easy path for the Class 1A, No. 7 Lady Panthers (5-3). They had to defeat Class 3A Sand Rock (8-5) on back-to-back days to earn the prize. Spring Garden defeated Sand Rock 7-4 on Friday, which sent the Lady Wildcats to the losers bracket.

Sand Rock opened Saturday with a 14-2 victory over Cherokee County in four innings, setting up Saturday’s rematch with the Lady Panthers.

Spring Garden jumped out quickly to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning. Starting pitcher Madison Sides delivered a two-run double. AJ Broome brought Sides home on a sacrifice fly to center.

Sand Rock countered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first. Courtney Williams connected on a two-run single to center. She later scored on an error to tie the game.

The Lady Wildcats took the lead in the bottom of the second. Four consecutive singles chased Sides from the game in favor of Kerstin Bryant. The last Lady Wildcat single was delivered by Madalyn Oliver, who belted an RBI-shot to center. The other Sand Rock run was scored on a fielder’s choice, giving the Lady Wildcats a 5-3 advantage.

But Spring Garden didn’t back down. The Lady Panthers took advantage of three Lady Wildcat errors and a walk to Payton Traffanstedt in the inning and scored a pair of runs on a Broome shot to left that was misplayed.

“We put the ball in play,” Welsh said. “They were hard shots, and they had a little trouble fielding some of those. They never quit hitting. They never laid down, even when we got behind. We’ve worked on moving runners into scoring position and now we’re scoring them. We’re not leaving them out there.”

Sand Rock coach Josh Bates felt his teams miscues were the difference in the game.

“We talked about that before we came here. You can’t make mistakes against a good team like Spring Garden,” Bates said. “We made some mistakes we don’t normally make. They hit some shots at us, and that was the difference in the ball game. They didn’t make the mistakes we made. They capitalized on our mistakes, and that’s what good teams do.”

Bryant managed to hold the Lady Wildcats scoreless the rest of the way to earn the win in the circle. She gave up five hits and had a pair of strikeouts in relief of Sides.

“She’s been pitching excellent,” Welsh said of Bryant. “I don’t know if it’s a comfort thing or changes in defense seem to be stronger or what it is, but she’s got a lot of confidence right now. Our defense kind of settled down when she got in there for whatever reason.”

Bryant also helped the Lady Panthers out at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double.

“I think after the game slowed down a little bit, that’s what got us going,” Bryant said. “We’ve been working really hard at practice on hitting. Every day, we hit off the tees, we hit out in the cage and hit on the field. Everybody does their part to get on base and do what they have to do to move runners.”

Spring Garden managed two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for the final to clinch their long-sought-after county title.

“It sets a tone,” Welsh said. “It gives them the confidence that I think we’ve been looking for. You can only get that second place so many times.”

Sides had a pair of hits, including a two-run double. Traffanstedt had a double, a single and a walk. Broome and Payton McGinnis added a hit apiece.

Sides and Bryant both think winning a county championship will serve as confidence the rest of the season and beyond.

“I think this going to be great for our team,” Side said. “It’s really going to give us a lot more energy.”

Added Bryant: “Nobody on our team has ever won this before, and that’s a big deal for all of us. We’re all real young. Hopefully we’ll go on to win more.”

Williams led Sand Rock at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs. Madison Allen and Katelyn Hanson both added a pair of singles. Madison McCullough had a double.

Magen Rich suffered the loss after working five innings. Kaitlyn Dodd worked the sixth and seventh.

“We came in and played pretty well, but Spring Garden’s got a quality team and they’re going to make a lot of noise in 1A,” Bates said. “They’re tough to beat. We lost to a good opponent.”

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Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29

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Saturday, March 28

Little River Paddle Trip hosted by Larry Beane. Trips (weather permitting) are designed to last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 256-845-9605 for further information.

The Tagged Fish Tournament Crappie Rodeo, sponsored by the Weiss Lake Improvement Association, is beingn held from Feb. 15, 2015 through May 15, 2015. Go to Website: for further information. 1,000 tagged Crappie have been tagged and released into the lake. Each fish is sponsored by an area merchant and/or individual. Prizes range from $25 to $1,000. Total value is more than $40,000. Buy your badge at local marinas and merchants, $10 each.

In high school baseball action, the Cherokee County Baseball Tournament will be held at Cedar Bluff. Gaylesville plays Cherokee County-Sand Rock winner at 2 p.m., Gaylesville-Cherokee County-Sand Rock winner vs. Spring Garden-Cedar Bluff winner at 4 p.m. In high school softball action, the Cherokee County Softball Tournament will be played at Cedar Bluff. Games are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (if necessary.)

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Sunday, March 29

The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.

Sandy Creek Baptist Church on Cherokee County Road 18 will host the gospel group The Joyful Sounds beginning at 6 p.m.

Big Rock Church will host the gospel group The Kirby Family at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH, County Road 8, Piedmont, Ala. in the Bluffton Community, is having a Fifth Sunday Night Singing Sunday, March 29, featuring “Refined,” from Piedmont, Ala. The Fellowship Meal begins at 5 p.m. and the Singing begins at 6 p.m. The event is also sponsored by Liberty aptist Church, Rock Run Baptist Church, Arrington Chapel Congregational Methodist Church and Pleasant Arbor Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a wonderful night of praising the Lord.

BLANCHE METHODIST Church Annual Easter Program will be held Sunday, March 29, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Special singers will be The David Trio from Rome, Ga. Pastor Rev. Alan Copeland and members invite everyone to attend. For more information, call 256-484-3592.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Spring Garden earns championship berth

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CEDAR BLUFF – Spring Garden softball coach Ann Welsh made it a point to tell her Lady Panthers she’s tired of finishing in second place in the Cherokee County Tournament. She wants her team to know what it’s like to be a county tournament champion.

They’re one win away from knowing what that feels like.

Behind second baseman Jessica Smart’s leadoff home run and 4-for-4 overall performance at the plate Friday night, Class 1A, No. 7 Spring Garden earned a 7-4 victory that propels the Lady Panthers (4-3) to the title game, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Bluff.

“That’s a good feeling because we’ve been on the opposite side of that (bracket) for a number of years,” Welsh said. “This time, we have the advantage and we’ve not had that. That’s something that makes your game more at ease when you can just come out and play ball.”

Sand Rock (7-4), which defeated Cedar Bluff 3-2 in earlier action on Friday, will face the winner of Saturday’s 10 a.m. losers bracket game between Cherokee County and Cedar Bluff.

Smart made sure to get Spring Garden started quickly. It was her home run to right field that gave the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead.

“I was just focused on getting a base hit and getting us started,” Smart said. “They feed off me being leadoff, so I wanted to start us off big.”

Welsh said she’s proud of Smart for “standing up and making something happen.”

“I think it’s very important for her as a leadoff batter to either get a hit or find a way to get on. She found a way to get a home run and score,” Welsh said. “She’s been hitting the ball, but she’s not been getting hits back to back. I know she’s capable of it. Tonight, in a big game, I was proud of her for stepping up and being a leader.”

Sand Rock tied the game in the bottom of the second after shortstop Courtney Williams doubled to left center off Spring Garden pitcher Kerstin Bryant. Williams, who also went 4-for-4, later scored on an error at first.

Sand Rock coach Josh Bates said he’s glad to see Williams coming out of an early season slump at the plate.

“Here in the last week, she’s really come out of it,” he said. “She’s been working really hard at practice getting her swing back right. She’s seeing the ball and hitting the ball real well. If we can string some hits along with her, we’ll be all right.”

Like Bates said, stringing a few hits together was the Lady Wildcats’ nemesis against Spring Garden, along with Bryant keeping them off balance.

“(Bryant) did a good job of spinning the ball and hitting her spots,” Bates said. “I don’t know how many runners we left stranded at second and third tonight, but we left a bunch. We had runners in scoring position, but we just didn’t execute when we needed to. Their defense plays really well behind their pitcher. They’re pretty sound and don’t make a lot of mistakes, so you’ve got to put it in play against them to give yourself a shot. I thought we rolled the ball pretty well, but we just could not find the holes.”

Welsh said Bryant, who held the Lady Wildcats to single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, “seems a lot stronger this year.”

“She’s got a lot of drive in her to win the battle,” Welsh said. “She’s working around the batters. I think she did a good job of knowing who was up and hitting her spots. She had good control and took charge.”

Spring Garden scored a pair of runs in the third to regain the lead at 3-1. Smart led off with a single to center off Sand Rock starting pitcher Magen Rich. Bryant followed with a bloop single to center. Payton McGinnis reached on a fielder’s choice, bringing Madison Sides to the plate with one out. Sides grounded out to Rich to score Bryant. Payton Traffanstedt then reached on an error at third to score Sides.

Sand Rock loaded the bases in the bottom of the third, but could only manage to score one run on Williams’ RBI-single to center that scored Brylie St. Clair, making the score 3-2. St. Clair reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning.

Spring Garden pushed across two more runs in the top of the fourth. AJ Broome got things going for the Lady Panthers with a triple to right center off Sand Rock reliever Kaitlyn Dodd. Smart drove in Broome with her single to left center with two outs.

Bryant followed with double to left center and scored on a single to left by McGinnis, giving the Lady Panthers a 5-2 advantage.

The Lady Wildcats got a run back in their half of the fourth on Katelyn Hanson’s triple down the left field line that scored Emily Langley. Langley led off the inning with an infield single.

Both teams traded single runs in the fifth to make the score 6-4. Spring Garden added an insurance run on a RBI-single to left by Traffanstedt in the sixth for the final.

Bryant, who earned the win in the circle, was also 3-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Panthers. McGinnis and Traffanstedt were both 2-for-3. Broome and Kalista Free were both 2-for-4.

“Our hitting is coming around. I’m very proud of them for their hard work,” Welsh said. “We’ve been working a lot at practice putting the ball in play, moving runners, scoring them when they’re in scoring position. I felt like we accomplished that tonight.”

Rich suffered the loss for Sand Rock after working three innings. She gave up three runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Source: Cherokee County Herald

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