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Cleaning out the notebook: County Tournament gate details, Ohatchee track, JSU turf plan could impact Spring Jam

The Ohatchee track program had several athletes meet state qualifying standards at last week's Ice Breaker Invitational. (Photo by Carrie Howell)

The Ohatchee track program had several athletes meet state qualifying standards at last week’s Ice Breaker Invitational. (Photo by Carrie Howell)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Fans making their way to the Calhoun County Basketball Tournament this week should be aware of the new configuration of Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The ticket gate will be located in the lobby on the north side of the arena, adjacent to the big parking lot, the same side as Rudy Abbott Parkway (Hwy. 204). Fans parking or seeking tickets on the opposite side of the coliseum will be directed to enter at the proper gate.

The pass gate will be located on the south side of the coliseum, the side facing the tennis courts.

On game day, only players, coaches, cheerleaders, officials and media will use the lower, southwest entrance of the facility. There will be no floor traffic beyond authorized personnel.

BREAKING THE ICE: The Ohatchee indoor track team went to its first meet of the season last weekend, the Ice Breaker Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex, and had 14 athletes meet qualifiying standards for the state meet in 12 events.

There were seven girls in six events and seven boys in six events.

The girls qualifiers were Kourtney Shuler (800, 400); Victoria McRaney (800); Courtney Poole (60 hurdles, shot put, long jump); Neely Rollins (shot put); Madeline Crider (shot put) and the 4×800 relay team (Jayda Fair, Bella Hammonds, Shuler, McRaney).

The boys qualifiers were Blake Noah (3200); Gabe Hammonds (3200); Austin Tucker (400, 60); Cameron Ray (shot put); the 4×800 relay (Noah, Brennan Wink, Hammonds, Tristan Woodall) and the 4×400 relay (Tucker, Wink, Micah Lee, Woodall). The 4×400 team set the school record (3:59.58).

JSU TURF PLAN MAY SLAM SPRING JAM: Pleasant Valley is the host school for this year’s Spring Jam at JSU Stadium, but there might be some changes in the plan.

JSU is considering replacing the artificial turf in the stadium and if it pulls the trigger on the project, the county spring football jamboree will move to Saks. JSU has been talking about replacing the turf the last couple years; a decision is expected soon.

In any event, Spring Jam organizers are waiting until after the newest round of AHSAA realignments are announced next week to meet to discuss the matchups. Pleasant Valley is the host.

ON THE COVER: Calhoun County Wrestling Tournament runner-up Alexandria hosted its senior night Thursday and honored the program’s six seniors – Anthony Knop, Phillip Gaddy, Lane Trapp, Daniel Longoria, Josh Longoria and Josh Beasley (not pictured).

The Valley Cubs won their two matches, defeated Ranburne 60-15 and Ohatchee 59-18. Ranburne defeated Ohatchee in the third match of the night.

County champion Weaver also wrestled Thursday night despite missing several starters. The Bearcats defeated Sumiton Christian 54-18 and fell to Oak Grove (46-30) and Hayden (42-34). They are now 29-11 in dual matches heading to the Homewood Duals today and Saturday.

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