Prep notebook: Local schools honor trio of scholarship signees
by Brandon Miller
Feb 19, 2014 | 1733 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three local athletes attended scholarship signing ceremonies this week.

Oxford softball star Lexie Higgins signed with NCAA Division I Samford. Her teammate, catcher Jenn Turner, has signed with Southern Union Community College.

“I’ve always wanted to go on and play college softball. It’s always been one of my dreams,” Higgins said. “Over the summer Samford came and watched me play and I went there and saw the campus and coaches and like it a lot.”

For now, Higgins is committed to playing shortstop and catcher for the Bulldogs.

Turner said a big part of choosing Southern Union was playing with former Oxford teammates Stewart Gail Chase and Carlie Sargent. The senior also added making it to college made her dad happy.

“He’s been my travel ball coach since I was 12 and he’s always pushed me when I wanted to quit and helped me through everything,” she said. “I know that making it to the collegiate level is because of him.”

Cherokee County football standout Ty Green picked Kentucky Christian, an NAIA school.

Green rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 11 touchdowns as a senior and will play running back at Kentucky Christian.

"There are very few high school athletes who make it to college. I'm just very excited," Green said. "It's mind-blowing just to go to college and fulfill my dreams. Everybody growing up wants to go to college and play in the pros. To have that chance is just awesome.I'm very eager to step on the playing field and further my education."

REGIONAL TRADITION: Calhoun County has eight teams in the Northeast Regional this week, but some have different pasts.

The Anniston boys are making their 14th appearance in the tournament, which is played atJacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. That's the highest total of any boys team. The Bulldogs’ five regional titles are also the second most, trailing only Litchfield's six.

The Spring Garden girls made their 12th visit before falling to Skyline on Tuesday, which is the most of any girls team in the tournament this year. The Lady Panthers’ eight championships ties Pisgah and Hoover for the most of any team and leads all Class 1A teams.

The Anniston boys and girls have combined for 25 appearances, which ties Pisgah for the most of any school.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sacred Heart boys made the school’s first appearance at the Northeast Regional.

The Jacksonville girls are making their first appearance since 2012, when they won both the regional and state titles.

WRESTLING RECORDS: Weaver’s wrestling program lives in the record books, but one record was tied last week.

Former Bearcat Mike Sutton won six individual state championships, with the last coming in 2004. Somebody finally matched him Saturday.

He was joined by Scottsboro’s Brandon Womack, who won the Class 5A state championship in the 160-pound weight class.

Only five wrestlers have won five individual state championships, including Weaver’s Jeremiah Wells (1992-96). Alexandria wrestling coach and former Bearcat Frank Hartzog (1993-96) is one of 11 wrestlers to win four individual titles, along with Oxford’s Jordan Simpson.

Weaver still holds the team record for most consecutive undefeated seasons in dual meets (six) and most consecutive dual meet victories (221). Weaver also won the Class 1A-4A team state championships in 1996-99 and 2001-04.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star

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