E.A. Sports Today

Busy week ahead

Resumption of County Baseball Tournament, Sacred Heart recognition, county’s first major golf tournament highlight schedule

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

It’s going to be busy on the Calhoun County sports scene this week, and spring sports trying to catch up on the recent bad weather is just part of it.

MONDAY: They will try to beat the weather again and hopefully get the Calhoun County Baseball Tournament completed at Alexandria.

The action starts with the completion of the White Plains-Oxford semifinal that was suspended after three innings Wednesday and Oxford leading 6-2. The resumption is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

Alexandria awaits the winner shortly upon the completion of the suspended game.

Cody Dodd is expected to draw the start for the Valley Cubs … if they play. Dodd won the season-opener against Springville and pitched as recently as Friday against Piedmont. The other two teams are still finalizing their pitching plans.

Just to refresh, White Plains scored two runs in the first inning off Oxford starter Jake Cook, who is under consideration for being brought back. Oxford got one of the runs back in the second, and then erupted for five in the third as the rain intensified. Curiously, it stopped raining shortly after play was halted, but the infield was a muddy mess.

TUESDAY: AHSAA executive Alvin Briggs will be visiting Sacred Heart to present the Cardinals their Class 1A boys basketball state championship trophy. Briggs is the director of the Alabama Athletics Directors and Coaches Association. Festivities are expected to begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Cardinals are expected to be recognized by the Anniston City Council on March 16.

SATURDAY: The first official event of the Calhoun County golf season tees off with the Calhoun County Two-Man at Cane Creek.

The field will play a scramble format on Saturday and a scamble on Sunday. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Later in the day, Pine Hill Country Club is planning an 18-hole par-3 tournament on its course starting at 2 p.m.

On Saturday night, the Calhoun County Golf Tour will recognize 2014 Player of the Year Gary Wigington and the statistical champions from the season at its annual awards dinner.

ON THE HORIZON: A week from Thursday expect the approval of the new White Plains football coach at the Calhoun County School Board meeting.

It is anticipated Chris White will have the interim tag removed from his title at that time. He was elevated after Larry Strain abruptly resigned to take his dream job at Handley. While no one is confirming the recommendation, White has been speculated to be the leading candidate for some time.

The opening has drawn more than 100 applicants of varying degrees of experience, including many from out of state. White Plains principal/athletics director Andy Ward is said to have interviewed about 20 candidates.

MAKING A PITCH: Spring sports coaches, over the past eight months East Alabama Sports Today has established itself as a quality option to report and publicize sports in and around Calhoun County. To report game results or suggest story ideas about your teams to the writers of our free web publication, text 256-239-6715 or email musky@wrightmediacorp.com. Spring sports athletes, encourage your coaches to report your results the day you play – win or lose, home or away.

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