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Heflin, Allison big winners at Rumble in the Jungle; Alexandria, Sacred Heart top county hoops poll; Sacred Heart wins in Mississippi

Weaver’s Caleb Allison was most valuable wrestler and had the best match in Cleburne County’s Rumble in the Jungle. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By East Alabama Sports Today

HEFLIN – Cleburne County won three weight divisions and placed five other wrestlers in the top three and won its Rumble in the Jungle tournament Saturday.

Weaver junior Caleb Allison, meanwhile, was named most valuable wrestler and his much-anticipated 220 final against junior Travis Woodall of North Jackson was voted the best match of the tournament.

The host Tigers scored 328.5 points, 50 ahead of runner-up Pell City. Alexandria (244.5), Oxford (228.5) and Ranburne (210.5) rounded out the top five. Preston Jarrell (138), Zachary Williamson (145) and Jason Higgins (160) won titles for the Tigers.

Alexandria had four winners, Pell City three and Oxford, North Jackson, Weaver and Saks one each.

Allison was voted MVW for the first time this season after going 5-0 with four pins, the first three all within the first 40 seconds. He won the weight class in a tight match that had been anticipated for weeks.

“This match has been talked about for about two weeks in my household and I was glad to finally see it come about the way it did,” Allison said. “The wait for the others to be finished hyped it up even more.”

Both wrestlers breezed through the pool play. Allison grabbed the early lead and carried it into the third period. It was 4-3 late in the period when Woodall took his shot, but Allison scored off it to extend his lead.

“It was just a match everybody wanted to see I guess with both of us being successful over the years,” Allison said. “To be honest, nobody knew if it was going to be good or not, but it sure did turn out to be.”

Rumble in the Jungle, Heflin

Team scores: Cleburne County 328.5, Pell City 278.5, Alexandria 244.5, Oxford 228.5, Ranburne 210.5, Wellborn 210, Weaver 193.5, Piedmont 184, Lincoln 151, Saks 127.5, Pleasant Valley 67, North Jackson 52.5, Ohatchee 30.

Championship matches
106 – Luke Pender (Pell City) 26-6, Fr. def. Brady Denham (Wellborn) 22-4, Fr. (Inj. 0:08)
113 – Mason Shell (Pell City) 28-0, So. pinned Aden Whittaker (Alexandria) 15-9, Fr. (0:20)
120 – Kaleb Matthews (Alexandria) 20-3, So. dec. over Dylan Turner (Cleburne County) 12-2, Sr. (3-0)
126 – Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 38-11, Fr. dec. over Jaden New (Alexandria) 17-3, 8th. (2-1)
132 – Fletcher Swindall (Alexandria) 25-0, Jr. MD over Jackson Hurst (Oxford) 4-1, Sr. (14-4)
138 – Preston Jarrell (Cleburne County) 18-1, Sr. pinned Thomas Brown (Saks) 10-2, Sr. (3:24)
145 – Zachary Williamson (Cleburne County) 17-1, So. pinned Christian Doss (Piedmont) 12-5, Sr. (0:52)
152 – Aaron Whittaker (Alexandria HS) 24-2, Sr. MD over Jackson Stocks (Pell City) 15-7, Jr. (15-7)
160 – Jason Higgins (Cleburne County) 12-0, Sr. pinned Matthew Lindsey (Wellborn) 18-6, Jr. (1:58)
170 – Blayne Gunnells (Pell City) 26-1, Jr. dec. over Chanceton Holifield (Oxford) 11-10, Fr. (8-5)
182 – Christian Knop (Alexandria) 27-0, Jr. tech fall over Cade Smith (Cleburne County) 16-1, Jr. (TF-1.5 2:25 (15-0))
195 – Tanner Woodall (North Jackson) 17-1, Jr. MD over Christian Seale (Cleburne County) 16-3, So. (12-4)
220 – Caleb Allison (Weaver) 27-1, Jr. dec. over Travis Woodall (North Jackson) 14-3, Jr. (6-4)
285 – Jordan Brooks (Saks) 9-0, Sr. pinned Matthew Thornton (Piedmont) 14-3, Jr. (1:00)

Basketball

Fan poll tabs Cards, Cubs for No. 1

Saturday Boys Games
Ashville 71, Wellborn 36
Randolph County 57, Ranburne 54
Saks 71, Cleburne County 45
Spring Garden 71, Faith Christian 44
Sacred Heart 70, Center Hill 67
Gadsden City 66, Talladega 65

Saturday Girls Games
Cleburne County 52, Saks 46
Spring Garden 78, Faith Christian 12
Wellborn 55, Ashville 37
Talladega at Gadsden City

The fans have spoken and in their minds the No. 1 seed in the boys bracket of the Calhoun County Basketball Tournament is … up in the air.

East Alabama Sports Today offered county basketball fans the opportunity to vote their pick for the top seed in what promises to be a very competitive tournament and when the poll closed at midnight Alexandria and Sacred Heart finished tied with 32 percent of the vote. Oxford was a close third.

Much-improved Jacksonville and Weaver also were offered as ballot options.

Sacred Heart, last year’s tournament runner-up, is 9-8 against a challenging non-area schedule. The Cardinals are undefeated within the county and their area. Alexandria is 11-4 after Friday night’s area loss to Etowah.

The county coaches will seed and pair the boys and girls tournaments Sunday at Oxford.

“It would be a great honor to be chosen first, but in my opinion Oxford would have to be above us since they defeated us on a neutral court,” Alexandria coach Jason Johnson said. “I would give the nod to Sacred Heart over us, too, based on the schedule they have played. Tomorrow’s meeting will determine all that, though.”

Sacred Heart 70, Center Hill 67: Game MVP Murdock Simmons scored 29 points and Diante Wood had 19 as the Cardinals won at the Tangle on the Trail in Mississippi.

Spring Garden 71, Faith Christian 44: Draevan Bowman scored all eight of his points in the first quarter when the Panthers hit four of their six 3-pointers and took control of their ninth straight victory and Isiah Sanchez scored 14 of his 17 in the second half. The Panthers held Faith scorer Malcolm Carllsle to 11 points after the freshman went for 41 against Donoho the night before. Mike McGraw led Faith with 17 points.

Ashville 71, Wellborn 36: Eric Johnson led Wellborn with 17 points, going 8 for 10 from the free throw line. Ked Harris had 10.

Gadsden City 66, Talladega 65: Demetrius Huff scored seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead basket, as the Titans erased an eight-point deficit. The Tigers had a shot to win at the end, but Ashton Duncan’s 3-pointer from the corner was contested by MarDayus Bothwell 5, Chaztin Tanner quickly gathered the rebound but his shot from the free throw line fell short.

Spring Garden girls 78, Faith Christian 12: The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead and coasted. Thirteen of their 14 players scored.

BOYS BOX SCORES

Spring Garden 71, Faith Christian 44
FAITH CHRISTIAN (7-11) – Malcolm Carlisle 4 1-4 11, Chase Gibbins 0 0-0 0, Jacques Prater 1 0-0 3, Seth Cravens 0 0-0 0, Jacob Cleckler 3 0-4 6, Bailey Thomas 0 0-0 0, Beau Conley 0 2-2 2, Banks Cotton 0 0-0 0, Dalton Rogers 2 0-0 5, Mike McGraw 6 1-1 17, Stone Huie 0 0-1 0. Totals 16 4-12 44.

SPRING GARDEN (12-3) – Riley Austin 3 0-0 7, Dalton Rogers 3 1-2 7, Ashton Rogers 1 2-2 5, Dylan Rogers 4 2-2 10, Destin Richardson 1 0-0 3, Isiah Sanchez 6 4-5 17, Luther Walsh 1 3-4 5, Draevan Bowman 3 0-0 8, Weston Kirk 1 5-6 7, Avery Gowens 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 17-21 71.

Faith Christian 10 10 13 11 — 44
Spring Garden 21 11 21 18 — 71

3-point goals: Faith Christian 8 (Carlisle 2, Prater, Rogers, McGraw 4); Spring Garden 6 (Austin, A. Rogers, Richardson, Sanchez, Bowman 2). Total fouls: Faith Christian 19, Spring Garden 12. Officials: Hollingsworth, Phillips, Miller.

Gadsden City 66, Talladega 65
TALLADEGA –
Fred Dickerson 3 3-4 12, Chaztin Tanner 5 0-0 14, Tyrese Scales 0 0-0 0, Ashton Duncan 5 4-6 17, Rontavious Barclay 0 0-0 0, Jay Patterson 0 0-0 0, J.Q. Wilson 3 1-2 7, Kobe Simmons 6 1-1 14, TraShaundez Bolden 0 1-4 1. Totals 22 10-17 65.

GADSDEN CITY – Corlyn Pearson 1 0-0 2, Jaylen Cole 7 0-2 17, Kameron Burnett 2 1-2 7, Darien Hollis 7 3-4 12, MarDayus Bothwell 1 2-2 4, Tyler Tucker 0 0-0 0, Mykel Woods 1 0-1 2, JaShon Chinn 2 1-2 5, Demetrius Huff 7 3-4 17. Totals 25 10-17 66.

Talladega 11 23 23 8 — 65
Gadsden City 21 7 21 17 — 66

3-point goals: Talladega 11 (Dickerson 3, Tanner 4, Duncan 3, Simmons); Gadsden City 6 (Cole 3, Burnett 2, Hollis). Total fouls: Talladega 15, Gadsden City 16. Officials: Pike, Pinkard, Peavy.

GIRLS BOX SCORES

Spring Garden 78, Faith Christian 12
FAITH CHRISTIAN (1-11) – Emily Sills 0 1-2 1, Montana Huie 0 0-0 0, Logan Boyd 2 0-4 5, Kristin Covington 2 2-2 6, S.K. McVeigh 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 3-8 12.

SPRING GARDEN (14-2) – A.J. Broome 0 2-4 2, Kate Williams 1 0-0 2, Macy Reedy 3 0-0 7, Kerstin Bryant 0 0-0 0, Kristin Tierce 1 0-0 3, Lexy Adkinson 4 1-2 9, Neely Welch 3 2-2 9, Payton McGinnis 4 0-0 10, Tyonna Rogers 5 0-0 10, Abbie Steward 3 0-0 7, Chloe Jarrett 2 0-0 5, Madison Jennings 1 0-0 2, Breanna Rogers 4 0-2 8, Susie Carter 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 5-10 78.

Faith Christian 0 3 5 4 — 12
Spring Garden 23 20 23 12 — 78

3-point goals: Faith Christian 1 (Boyd); Spring Garden 7 (Reedy, Tierce, Welch, McGinnis 2, Steward, Jarrett). Total fouls: Faith Christian 8, Spring Garden 8. Officials: Hollingsworth, Phillips, Miller.

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