Mobile County was well represented at the annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Championship in Montgomery. Coming home as the top overall scorer in the boys’ division was Robert Morgan of St. Paul’s Episcopal High School.

Morgan was among 1,248 students competing in the event for students in grades 4-12. He was presented a custom Genesis bow and a practice target, and is among those qualified to attend the NASP National Championship this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

Daniel Musselwhite, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ South Regional Hunter Education Coordinator; Robert Morgan from St. Paul’s Episcopal High School in Mobile; and Craig Scruggs, President of the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation; are shown at the annual National Archery in the Schools State Championship in Montgomery. Robert was the overall top scoring male. (Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) coordinates the archery program through partnerships with schools and supporting organizations such as the Alabama chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Marisa Futral, NASP coordinator for the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, said the state tourney is the culmination of nine regionals.

“Thousands of archers competed in regional qualifying tournaments for a chance to draw their bows in the state championship,” Futral said. “I’m thrilled to see so many youth excited about archery, and hope they continue in the sport.”

Morgan scored 297 of a possible total of 300 points. The top female archer was Abigail Turner of Buckhorn Middle School in New Market, who recorded 293 points of a possible 300.

The top team results are:

• High School Division — 1) Alma Bryant in Irvington, 2) Buckhorn, 3) Ashville;

• Middle School Division — 1) Buckhorn, 2) Cullman, 3) Grand Bay; and

• Elementary School Division — 1) East in Cullman, 2) Dixon in Irvington, 3) Breitling in Grand Bay.

The leading individuals are:

• High School Females — 1) Gracie Cunningham of Ashville, 2) Caleigh Kitchens of Arab, 3) Brigette Rollins of Good Hope;

• High School Males — 1) Robert Morgan of St. Paul’s, 2) Justin Liveoak of Chilton County, 3) James Ladd of Prattville;

• Middle School Females — 1) Abigail Turner of Buckhorn, 2) Kelleigh Entrekin of Grand Bay, 3) Sophia Sharp of Arab;

• Middle School Males — 1) Samson Womer of Robertsdale; 2) Jackson Miner of Cullman; 3) Logan Koger of Madison County;

• Elementary School Females — 1) Lily Steiner of Dixon; 2) Kaitlyn Hastings of Breitling; 3) Mia Cornelson of Dixon; and

• Elementary School Males — 1) Ian Crosswhite of Dixon; 2) Colby Lewis of Dixon; 3) Kase Nixon of East.

Complete results are available at To learn more about Alabama NASP, contact Futral by phone at 800-245-2740 or email at

Mobile Greenway a step closer
For more than 30 years, the idea of a walking-running trail from Langan Municipal Park to the Mobile River has been under discussion. Now it appears the dream is turning into reality.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday to mark the first section of the long-awaited Mobile Greenway Initiative. The event took place at Tricentennial Park, which will be the site this Saturday for the third annual Creek Fest.

“We hope you come spend a beautiful day on historic Three Mile Creek,” said Kelly Warren, director of prevention and wellness at the Mobile County Health Department. “The original source of drinking water for the city of Mobile, once called Bayou Chateauguay after the younger brother of Bienville and d’Iberville, this creek is forever tied to the development and growth of our great city.”

Women Making a Difference, a public health advisory board for MCHD, got things rolling in 2013 by applying for and receiving a $218,650 grant from the Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust. The funds will be used to install the 0.8-mile section of the path beginning at the eastern edge of Day Lake at Tricentennial Park and extending westward to Ridge Road West.

“This event grew out of the groundswell of support to make the longtime dream of a biking/walking trail along Three Mile Creek a reality,” Warren said. “This vision has been in plan form for more than 30 years. We are excited that this plan will move into reality in 2017, as construction of the First Site in Phase One of the plan will begin this year.”

Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration and the City Council have been major backers of the initiative. The city received $386,525 from the U.S. Department of Interior toward the project, which will eventually stretch 12 miles.

The ultimate goal is to establish an interconnected Mobile greenway and blueway. This will include a system of bike and walking paths, canoe and kayak launches plus exercise stations that link neighborhoods, communities and parks. Three Mile Creek flows through six of Mobile’s seven council districts, sections of Prichard and through all three County Commission districts.

Saturday’s free Creek Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family fun day will be filled with music, food, fellowship, environmental exhibits, canoe and kayak rides in the creek, a cane-pole fishing tournament in Day Lake for children 16 and younger, and merit badge opportunities for Boy Scouts. To learn more, visit

Latest NFL rookies have local flair
The Reese’s Senior Bowl accounted for one-third of the players selected over the three-day NFL Draft. The names of 85 players were called during that stretch, marking the 11th time in the last dozen years at least 82 all-stars were selected.

Temple linebacker Haason Reddick was the first Senior Bowler taken, as he was 13th overall to Arizona. Others going in the opening round were Alabama tight end O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay, 19th), Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram (New York Giants, 23rd) and LSU cornerback Tre’Davius White (Buffalo, 27th).

• After tight end Gerald Everett became the first University of South Alabama player to be taken in the NFL Draft, Jaguar teammate Josh Magee signed a free-agent contract with Atlanta. Magee caught 49 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns last season.