By Bryan App
— Saturday’s elimination game didn’t unfold exactly as Shoals Christian planned.
Taylor goes from 10th to first in Everstart event
— Rick Taylor can be forgiven for his apparent shock after winning the Everstart Series Southeast Division bass tournament on Wheeler Lake Saturday.
— The games in Friday’s Class 1A semifinal doubleheader mirrored one another, but with different outcomes.
Shoals Christian broke open a 14-2 mercy-rule win in the opener with a nine-run inning while out-hitting visiting Cedar Bluff by 11.
— Randy Haynes is sleeping better after catching five largemouth bass weighing 26 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win an EverStart Series bass tournament on Pickwick and Wilson lakes.
— The rain rolled in and washed away Saturday’s Gulf South Conference baseball tournament games, affecting UNA pitchers Chad Boughner and Cade Medley in different ways.
— As the first half of Saturday’s Class 1A-4A quarterfinal against Randolph neared to a close, the Mars Hill boys soccer team was none the worse for wear.
— Being pushed to a third game for the first time in the playoffs proved to be no problem for Brooks.
Paden Smith pitched a one-hitter and Skyler Beck hit a two-run homer as the Lions pounded Cleburne County 10-0 in five innings Saturday to win the Class 4A quarterfinal series.
’s Ciarra Edwards capped a strong performance at the Class 4A girls track meet in Gulf Shores on Saturday, winning one event and finishing second in another.
— For Shoals Christian’s baseball team, it’s four to go for four in a row.
After Saturday night
’s Class 1A quarterfinal sweep of South Lamar, the Flame are that many wins away from a fourth consecutive state title. Shoals Christian won the first game 6-0 behind a superior effort from ace left-hander Will Bishop and completed the sweep with a 12-4 decision over the Stallions in the nightcap.
Fifth-inning woes cost Sheffield in quarterfinals
— Sheffield’s quest to reach the Class 2A baseball semifinals came to a close Friday afternoon in the far reaches of rural east Alabama and at the hand of No. 2 Randolph County.
— Mars Hill Bible School, riding the “energy’’ senior Glenn Irby said fuels the team, rallied to win the opener of a best-of-three Class 3A baseball playoff series at Piedmont.
Several area athletes earned individual state championships Friday at the AHSAA state track meet in Mobile.
’s Ciarra Edwards led a strong performance by the Warriors. Edwards won the Class 4A girls discus with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches. Brooks had three girls place in the same event with Erin Jewell taking fifth, Halee Thomas sixth and Erica Blackstock eighth.