Vigor set to play at Ladd-Peebles
Vigor head football coach John McKenzie said last Thursday at a press conference at Senior Bowl headquarters the Wolves are set to play their home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium this season. Last year, the school and Prichard city officials were involved in a controversy surrounding the upkeep of Prichard Stadium, where Vigor has usually played its home games. But Vigor, citing the poor condition of Prichard Stadium, moved most of its home games last year to Ladd-Peebles Stadium and that’s the plan again this year, McKenzie said. “We’re going to be at Ladd right now,” he said. “They are working on some things for us to move to Ladd. Prichard Stadium is still in the same predicament. It is what it is so we’re going to have to try and make the best of it until we can get something ourselves.”
Basketball all-stars named
AHSAA announced last week the players selected to play in the AHSAA North-South All-Star basketball game, part of All-Star Week in Montgomery, July 19-23. Fifteen players were selected for the North and South boys’ and girls’ teams, with nine players and one coach from the Lagniappe coverage area being tabbed. Local players on the South girls’ team include Madison Doing of Gulf Shores, Janiya Labyzon of Vigor, Dorsey Parker of UMS-Wright, Kelsey Thompson of Davidson and Reagan White of Fairhope. UMS-Wright’s Terry Canova will be a coach on the team. Local players on the South boys’ team include Barry Dunning of McGill-Toolen, Cameron Keshock of Spanish Fort, Colby McAllister of Spanish Fort and Robert Woodyard of Williamson.
Jags win Sun Belt tennis title
The South Alabama men’s tennis team won the Sun Belt Conference championship last weekend, defeating Georgia State at Peachtree City Tennis Center in Georgia. The win is the third consecutive crown for the Jaguars, who earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. Julien Evrard (1), Sebastien Collard (4) and Louis Delcour (5) won their singles matches, while the team of Loic Cloes and Clement Marzol (1) and Collard-Evrard (2) won their doubles matches.
Jags’ Fujioka top Sun Belt player
South Alabama’s Yu Fujioka was selected the Sun Belt Conference women’s tennis Player of the Year last week. Fujioka, a senior, posted a 15-4 record this season, with 14 of the wins coming as the Jags’ No. 1 singles player. She also beat three ranked opponents this season. Fujioka was also named to the first-team singles all-conference team, along with teammate Nikola Kohoutoua. South Alabama’s Otoha Aoki was named the Freshman of the Year and she also earned second-team singles all-conference honors. Aoki and Aina Domingo-Bernabeu collected first-team doubles all-conference honors, while Kohoutoua and Fujioka were named to the doubles second-team all-conference list.
Morgan leaves Jags’ program
Amorrow Morgan, associate head coach under Richie Riley at South Alabama the past two seasons, has accepted the same position at Loyola-Chicago. Morgan came with Riley from Nicholls State and the Jaguars produced a 53-38 record the past two seasons. Morgan is joining new Loyola head coach Drew Valentine, who was hired after former head coach Porter Moser took the head coaching job at Oklahoma.
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