The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) opened online registration for the state’s regulated alligator hunts this week. The process must be completed by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8.
A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among five hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22 and individuals may register one time per zone. While the tag is free, the selected hunters and their assistants are required to have valid hunting licenses in their possession while in pursuit.
Only Alabama residents and Alabama lifetime license holders ages 16 or older may apply for tags. To register for the 2020 hunts, visit outdooralabama.com/alligators/alligator-hunting-season-alabama.
Hunters will be randomly selected by computer to receive one Alligator Possession Tag each (the tags are non-transferable). The random selection process will utilize a preference point system. The system increases the likelihood of repeat registrants being selected for a hunt as long as the applicant continues to apply.
Applicants can check their selection status on July 8 at publichunts.dcnr.alabama.gov/public. Those selected to receive a tag must confirm their acceptance online by 8 a.m. on July 15. After that date, alternates will be notified to fill any vacancies. Applicants drawn for the hunt are required to complete an online Alligator Training Course prior to accepting their hunter/alternate status.
Local hunting zones, total tags issued per zone and hunt dates are as follows:
* Southwest Alabama Zone (100 Tags) — Locations are private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties north of Interstate 10, and private and public waters in Washington, Clarke and Monroe counties east of U.S. Highway 43 and south of U.S. Highway 84. Dates are sunset on August 13 until sunrise on August 16; sunset on August 20 until sunrise on August 23.
* Coastal Zone (50 Tags) — Locations are private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties south of Interstate 10. Dates are sunset on August 13 until sunrise on August 16; sunset on August 20 until sunrise on August 23.
Jaguars to host Ole Miss in football
Dr. Joel Erdmann, the University of South Alabama’s director of athletics, has announced the Jaguars have reached an agreement on a two-game football series with Ole Miss. The teams will play in Oxford on Sept. 2, 2028, with the two programs meeting at Hancock Whitney Stadium on Sept. 1 the following fall.
“We are very excited to sign this home-and-home contract with Ole Miss,” USA Head Coach Steve Campbell said. “They have a proud program and tradition; it will be great to have them play in Hancock Whitney Stadium. Hopefully, they will be the first of many Power Five schools to make that trip to play here in Mobile. Mississippi has been very good for us as far as recruiting. We have brought in a lot of talented student-athletes from the state. I know it will be exciting for those future recruits to play Ole Miss.”
It will be the first time a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent has come to Mobile since the Jaguars hosted Mississippi State at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 2014, and the initial visit by a SEC school to Hancock Whitney Stadium, which is set to open in September. The Jags played at Ole Miss in the initial game of the 2017 campaign, dropping a 47-27 decision.
High school honors
Jamie Lee, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), has announced the Girls’ and Boys’ All-Star Teams in baseball, soccer and softball for the recently cancelled 2020 AHSAA North-South All-Star Sports Week. The teams, comprised of 2021 rising seniors, were chosen by a coaches committee from nominations received from Alabama High School Athletics Association (AHSAA) member school coaches.
“We are proud to announce these teams even though we are disappointed the All-Star competition set for the All-Star Sports Week this summer has been canceled,” Lee said. “However, these players have earned this recognition and will be receiving certificates from the AHSADCA for their selection to these prestigious squads.”
The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the AHSAA, annually has hosted North-South games in football, baseball, softball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross-country, tennis and golf during the All-Star Week. The games were cancelled earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHSAA Summer Conference, annually attended by more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, will still be July 13-18, but is being converted to a virtual conference.
Local representatives on these teams include:
* Baseball — Maddux Bruns, pitcher from UMS-Wright; Dalton Eddington, infielder from St. Luke’s Episcopal; Cade Easterbrook, infielder from Saraland; Keaton Fuller, pitcher from Fairhope; Connor Gulledge, outfielder from Baker; Will Passeau, pitcher from St. Paul’s Episcopal; Connor Roberts, outfielder from Gulf Shores; and Kyle Hunter, coach from Baldwin County.
* Girls’ Soccer — Morgan Baker, center back from Baldwin County; Alexis Drum, defender from St. Paul’s Episcopal; Caroline Naman, forward from McGill-Toolen Catholic; Lane Raley, goalkeeper from St. Michael Catholic; Katherine Strickland, center midfielder from St. Paul’s Episcopal; Kate Santini, midfielder from Daphne; Mallory Sears, midfielder from Fairhope; and Ashley Johnson, coach from St. Paul’s Episcopal.
* Boys’ Soccer — Niyonizigiye Claude, midfielder from Davidson; Tristin Cohen, outside back from Faith Academy; Atilio Corte IV, forward from Bayside Academy; Wiley Holmes, defensive back from Alma Bryant; John Holt, center midfielder from St. Luke’s Episcopal; Dominic Murphy, forward from St. Michael Catholic; Dean Parker, center back from St. Paul’s Episcopal; Luke Picicci, forward from McGill-Toolen; Owen Spuler, center midfielder from Spanish Fort; Forrest Taylor, goalkeeper from Foley; and Carter Wysong, defender from Baker.
* Softball — Carleigh Bowden, outfielder from Saraland; Braeland Burdette, infielder from Gulf Shores; Mackenzie Garcia, infielder from Theodore; Rycca Hinton, pitcher from Faith Academy; Ainsley Lambert, pitcher from Spanish Fort; Gabriella Stagner, infielder from Faith Academy; and Ashlynn Stewart, infielder from Satsuma.
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