River Region Champs: The St. Jude boys were the lone team from the River Region to claim a basketball title in Birmingham last week. The Pirates (Argh!) also won it in 1A last year.
In comaparison, in football no local area teams brought back hardware from Tuscaloosa last December.
Baseball is underway. Trinity was the only team in our vicinity to win a state championship last season. There were no local champs in softball.
It goes to show how special state championships are and how rare they can be. Tallassee's wrestling title is evidence of that. It will be nice if one of Tallassee's spring sports teams can make a run this year.
Grider: With Smitty Grider's hire at Park Crossing, Tallassee's football region will have a new landscape. Grider was quite succesful at Beauregard. He was 3-3 vs. THS with three straight wins.
The Hornets are expected to be one of the favorites in the region. Grider was 64-28 in eight seasons, making him the winningest football coach in school history.
Beauregard is far removed from being everybody's homecoming opponent, as they were for much of the 1980s. Still, their previous three coaches before Grider compiled a 31-51 record between them.
UA/AU Hoops: Alabama returned the favor in beating Auburn on Saturday as the Tigers did to the Tide earlier on the Plains. The big question is will this be the last Grant/Barbee matchup?
It's almost a certainty that at least one of the two coaches won't be back for next season. Grant has had his worst team in five seasons. This might be Barbee's best.
Anthony Grant has been over. 500 the first four years at Alabama. Tony Barbee might actually finish over .500 for the first time in his four seasons at Auburn.
What's saddest about basketball in this state is the most interesting story of the week was not the game on Saturday, but a fan getting tossed during Auburn's win over South Carolina last week.