Author: J. Mark Bryant

3 local high schools capture volleyball state titles

The Alabama High School Athletic Association might consider moving its volleyball state tournament to the Alabama Gulf Coast — it would certainly save on moving expenses for the championship trophies. Three local squads returned home recently as winners. The list includes Bayside Academy, St. Luke’s Episcopal and McGill-Toolen Catholic high schools. • This marked the 16th consecutive year the Bayside Admirals have won a state title, and the 26th overall since 1981. However, this Class 3A crown did not come easy for the Daphne school. Montgomery Academy won the first set 25-23 before Bayside rallied to win 25-17 and...

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Three join USA Athletic Hall of Fame

The University of South Alabama is renowned for having the best athletic program in the Sun Belt Conference. For the last three years, the Jaguars have captured the Vic Bubas Cup, which recognizes the league’s top all-around school. But success is nothing new for USA. During its half-century in existence, many outstanding athletes have proudly worn the red, white and blue uniforms. Three such All-Americans will be recognized this weekend. The newest inductees into the University of South Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame are David Doss, Ajoke Odumosu and Viktoria Stoklasova. The Class of 2017 will be inducted during an on-campus ceremony on...

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Gears and Beers fundraiser adds 100-mile ride

Mobile may not have been considered a bicycle-friendly city at any time in the past, but that view has certainly changed in recent years. The nonprofit Delta Bike Project (DBP) and Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office are continuing to work on making the cycling experience even more attractive. Along with a variety of group rides, there are plans to make major roadways more accessible for bicycles. The DBP depends on grants and special events to raise funding for many of these projects. The largest such gathering is the Gears are Beers ride, which returns Nov. 11. According to DBP Executive...

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College basketball action tips off this weekend

The start of college basketball is just around the corner, and several local squads are ready to compete for conference honors. Here is a quick preview: • University of South Alabama women’s team opens its season Nov. 2, hosting Faulkner in an exhibition game. The regular season starts Nov. 10 at home against Georgia Southwestern. “We are really excited to get going. Our trip to Canada gave us a head start,” head coach Terry Fowler said of the three games played this summer north of the border. “It allowed us to put a lot of our offense in and...

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Early reports: anglers stayed within red snapper quota

According to a news release this month from the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, preliminary numbers from the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting System — also known as Snapper Check — seem to shoot down the belief that anglers would exceed the 2017 quota. “Using the Alabama Snapper Check numbers, we’re going to be well within the historic allocation for Alabama, so the 39-day season did not put us over, which was a concern for the commercial fishing community and part of the charter fishing community,” said Scott Bannon, acting director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD)....

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Busy weekend with polo, 5th Quarter Classic

The largest one-day fundraiser in Alabama returns this Sunday as Polo at the Point celebrates its 29th annual mixture of sports and fashion. The finals will again take place at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex, just south of Fairhope along U.S. 98. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. for the United States Polo Association-sanctioned event presented by Mercedes-Benz of Mobile and the Grand Hotel Marriott. A silent auction beginning at noon will include such items as works of art, hunting and fishing adventures, and travel packages. Ericka Fuchsloch, manager of the Point Clear Polo Club, said four teams began round-robin...

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Programs help Jaguars excel on field, in classroom

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, more than 480,000 students compete in athletics each year. Only a chosen few move on to the play-for-pay leagues — less than 2 percent are drafted by professional teams in football, basketball and soccer. The NCAA points out the likelihood of a student-athlete earning a college degree is much greater. Its website shows a graduation success rate of 86 percent in Division I, 71 percent in Division II and 87 percent in Division III. Few schools work harder at getting a diploma into their athletes’ hands than the University of South Alabama....

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Pall makes impact on lacrosse locally, worldwide

Lacrosse is perhaps the oldest organized sport to be played in North America, with games dating back almost 1,000 years. Hundreds of Native American men from opposing tribes once gathered on open fields to pass a ball with sticks while using rocks or trees as goals. It was French missionaries who would give the sport its present name. They used their term for field hockey: “le jeu de la crosse.” While the sport has gained international attention over the centuries, it is just now making an impact along the Alabama Gulf Coast. One of the main reasons for this...

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