The area's top athletes and coaches were honored at the seventh TimesDaily Athlete of the Year banquet at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. A near capacity crowd listened to professional angler and motivational speaker Clay Dyer deliver an inspirational message about overcoming hardships. Sa…
TimesDaily Class 4A-7A Baseball Hitter/Coach of the Year: Carson Villalta, Jacob Fowler helped Brooks win state title
Carson Villalta could feel his poker face slipping.
As Grant Taylor warmed up in his familiar spot at the Florence baseball field, he noticed every pitch went where he wanted it to go.
Colt Smith has enjoyed a lot of postseason success for Mars Hill, but none of it was given to him. It was earned through hard work.
TimesDaily Class 1A-3A softball Hitter, Coach of the Year/Morgan White raked for Tigers; Burgess, Panthers break through
When asked about her first memories of playing softball, Lauderdale County’s Morgan White paused and chuckled as she struggled to come up with an answer for when she was first introduced to the game.
Mars Hill softball coach Matt Burgess said he remembers having freshman Riley Vaughn in his class as a sixth grader and asking her about weekend tournaments she would compete in with her travel ball team.
TimesDaily Class 4A-7A Softball Hitter/Coach of the Year: Staggs powered Wilson's lineup; Stutts guided Rogers during surprise season
Johnna Staggs knows the Wilson softball season was supposed to end in Montgomery, so the Warriors’ failure to advance out of the Class 4A North Regional makes assessing the 2019 season a little awkward.
TimesDaily Class 4A-7A All-Area Softball Team: Russellville's Megan Warhurst evolved into a star in the circle
Any child who thinks you have to be a star at a young age to excel in sports later should ask Megan Warhurst how her softball career started, when she was 10.
TimesDaily Boys All-Area Golf Team: Hunter Battles helped Muscle Shoals to 3rd straight Class 6A title
Hunter Battles, the TimesDaily Boys Golfer of the Year, wasn’t completely satisfied from a statistical standpoint with his now-complete senior season at Muscle Shoals.
Anna Margaret Hays wanted to make sure that when she was through with her high school golf career, the Muscle Shoals girls team was in just as good, if not better, shape than when she first teed it up.
After consistently finishing third in the long jump event at the AHSAA state track meet over the past few years, Muscle Shoals athlete Kaylie Wright dedicated her practice sessions to reaching the 18-foot mark.
TimesDaily Boys All-Area Track Team: Russellville's Grayson Eady overcame obstacles to win 5A javelin
After a slow start, Grayson Eady turned his sophomore season into an individual state championship for the Russellville Tigers.
Florence's Edi Alvarado remembers playing soccer with his dad and uncle when he was a youngster. From that time on, the game has been a part of his life.
Super sophomore Samantha King broke more records on her way to another stellar season for the Mars Hill girls soccer team, but the memory of playing for her sister is what she will remember most from the 2019 season
Shoals Christian's Lee-Taylor Bishop used a college level approach throughout her high school career, and it paid off with a state Class 1A-3A state singles championship and a scholarship to North Alabama.