American Express – Alabama softball picked to win SEC championship
| The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama softball is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title this season. SEC coaches predicted Alabama will finish first in the league in their preseason poll.
In its preseason ranking, Alabama received nine of 13 possible first-place votes. LSU was voted next, followed by Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Mississippi State, in a tie for 11th Auburn and Texas A&M, and, at 13th, Ole Miss.
Four Crimson Tide players are on the 2021 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watchlist: Montana Fouts, Bailey Hemphill, Lexi Kilfoyl and K.B. Sides.
Michael Thompson places 5th in PGA tournament
Former Alabama golfer Michael Thompson, a U.S. Amateur finalist at Alabama, shot 6-under par 66 in the final round to place in a tie for fifth at the PGA’s The American Express tournament.
That finish marked the fourth consecutive tournament Thompson has placed among the top 25. He is 44-under par in 2021 as he’s shot par or better in every round.
Stillman men ranked in NAIA Top 25
Stillman College’s men’s basketball team is ranked No. 23 in the NAIAmen’s basketball coaches poll. The Tigers are 8-1 overall and 7-1 to lead the Southern States Athletic Conference’s West Division.
The team made school history Jan. 23 with a 95-82 win at No. 5 Loyola in New Orleans. It marked the school’s first win against an NAIA top 10 team. EJ Galloway led the charge with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Former Greene County player Devin Merriweather had 11 points and 11 assists.
Roger Davis scored 15 points off the bench to lead Stillman in a 76-65 home win against University of Mobile. Merriweather scored 13 points, Trey Petty 12 and Ladarius Carter 11.
No. 15 Bucs breeze to wins
The No. 15-ranked Shelton State men’s basketball team defeated visiting Bishop State 91-69, led by four players who scored in double figures. Jalon Johnson was tops with 15 points, followed by Antonio Thomas and Matavais Burton, both with 14, and Andres Burney with 13.
The Bucs then went on the road for a game at Bishop State and won again, 80-66, led by 18 points from Mike Thomas. Thad Williams scored 16 and Burney had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Shelton State, 4-0, plays next at Wallace-Hanceville on Tuesday.
No. 7 Lady Bucs now 4-1
The Shelton State women’s basketball team, ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association basketball, took a rare loss, 71-66, at No. 5 South Georgia Technical College to begin the week, but bounced back with a 81-69 home win against Bishop State followed by a 79-63 road win at Bishop State.
Kirby DeBoard scored 21 points to lead the home win against Bishop State. Thaniya Marks scored 11 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Three players came of the bench to score in double figures, including Mackenzie Mahone with 10, Kiana Montgomery with 10 and Taylor Smith with 16 points to go with eight assists.
In the win at Bishop State, DeBoard and Smith co-led with 16 points each.
The Lady Bucs, 4-1, will host South Georgia Technical College at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Marsh gets first double-double
De’Asia Marsh got her first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but it was a tough road trip for the Stillman women’s basketball team as it lost both games on to No. 25 Loyola, with losses of 68-38 and 71-51.
Stillman lost at home to the University of Mobile, 59-48. Morgan Collins, Zaria Jenkins and Marsh each scored 11 points.
Tide track teams ranked among Top 10
It’s a double dose of national power for the Alabama men’s and women’s track and field teams. The Crimson Tide women are No. 5 and the men No. 8 in the U.S. Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association rankings.
At last weekend’s Carolina Challenge, Cherisse Murray placed first, just ahead of teammate Nickolette Dunbar, in shot put. Isaac Odugbesan won the men’s. Kieran McKeag placed second in men’s weight throw and Taylor Gorum second in women’s. Ryan Lipe placed first in pole vault with Jacob Spotswood finishing third. Eliud Kipsang won the men’s mile run. Tamara Clark won the women’s 60-meter dash and the 200-meter run. Mercy Chelangat placed first in the women’s 5,000 meters.
Alabama tennis teams winning
The Alabama women’s tennis team opened the 2021 season with a doubleheader and a pair of shutouts, defeating UAB 7-0, and Alabama State by the same score. The UA women followed later in the week with a 5-2 home win against South Florida.
The men’s team swept a doubleheader, defeating Tulane, 4-3, and Chattanooga, 6-1. The wins improve Alabama’s record to 6-2.
Prielipp gets yet another preseason honor
Crimson Tide sophomore baseball pitcher Connor Prielipp has added a third preseason All-American honor. He was named Preseason First Team All-American by D1Baseball.com. The lefty also made first-team lists for Collegiate Baseball News and Perfect Game USA.
Prielipp and his Alabama teammates took to the practice field Friday for their first official practice. Alabama is scheduled to open Feb. 19 against McNeese State.
Tide volleyball picks back up on season
Splitting its season between fall and spring because of COVID-19 safety concerns, the Alabama volleyball team picked up with a 3-1 loss at home to South Carolina in the first of a two-game weekend home series. Set scores were 17-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-22.
UWA women come out ahead
The West Alabama women’s basketball team collected a 60-54 Gulf South Conference road win at Mississippi College. Bria Dent led UWA with 17 points. Naelyn Rios had 14 and Tazsa Garrett-Hammett 12.
ACA falls in AHSAA bowling quarterfinal
In the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A/5A boys state bowling championships quarterfinal at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham, UMS-Wright defeated American Christian Academy, 1,343-1,217.
In the girls’ quarterfinal, Satsuma bested ACA, 1,215-994.
Local athlete signs with Judson
Sipsey Valley’s Kaylee Latham has signed a volleyball scholarship with Judson College.
Hale County’s Gilliam honored by GSC
In 2021 Preseason All-Gulf South Conference Softball honors, West Alabama catcher Kelsie Gilliam and infielder LP Trammell made the top newcomers list. Gilliam played at Hale County, a three-time AHSAA state champ during her career there.
Gilliam’s UWA debut, which was to take place this past weekend in Mobile, was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues. The new scheduled opening date is Feb. 5 in the Alabama-Huntsville’s Charger Chillout.
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