There are plenty of teams in East Central Alabama vying for the top spot in their respective area and the tournaments could be interesting in April. The Sylacauga Aggies proved to be the best team in Talladega County, winning the county tournament in frigid weather back in February. Mike Gibbs’ squad is still rolling over the competition. The Aggies get into the thick of area play this week, facing Moody twice before taking on Talladega next week.
The Fayetteville Wolves, runner-up in the county tournament, also looks to contend for the area championship in Class 1A. The Wolves haven’t dropped a game to another 1A team this season, which has garnered them votes in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s poll. The Victory Christian Lions are also contending for a spot in the playoffs. The Lions have only lost to top-ranked Ragland in Class 1A with the remainder of their losses coming from larger schools.
In AISA, the Coosa Valley Academy Rebels have continued their strong baseball tradition. The Rebels finished second in the Pike Liberal Arts tournament and look to make another deep run in the playoffs.
With area play just beginning for many, all local teams still have a chance to make some noise in area tournaments and get in the playoffs.
REAPING REWARDS: Sylacauga grad Christian Vick is getting recognition on the collegiate level now that she’s playing on the tennis team at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Vick and fellow sophomore Madison Jackson were named Great South Athletic Conference’s women’s doubles Players of the Week March 17. Jackson and Vick went 2-1 at No. 3 doubles for the Lady Hawks. The pair is 7-3 this season.
MARCH IS MAD, BUT APRIL’S WORSE: Say what you will about March Madness, but the action doesn’t slack off in April. Especially in East Central Alabama. In addition to baseball playoffs starting, NASCAR is coming back to Talladega Speedway. And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Softball will be in full swing along with all the other spring sports. The county softball tournament, golf tournament and track meet will all be held in April. And if you don’t think just one national racing event will be enough in April, don’t worry; we have two. Indy is coming to Barber Motorsports Park April 9-11.
There should be something for every sports fan to enjoy. I just hope the weather cooperates with all the events planned for the month.