A look back at basketball, volleyball
by Gary Hanner
Jun 06, 2010 | 2812 views |  1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ashville’s Kim Fuller in volleyball action.
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St. Clair County teams enjoyed success in both volleyball and basketball last season.

VOLLEYBALL

For the third year in a row and 16 out of the past 17 years, the Springville Lady Tigers captured the St. Clair County Volleyball Tournament title, beating Ashville in the championship match.

The MVP of the tournament was Shelby Woods.

In the junior varsity county tournament, the Ashville Lady Bulldogs defeated Springville in the finals.

The junior high volleyball championship went to the Springville Lady Tigers, as they went a perfect 20-0 during the season and defeated Ragland in the title match. Chassidy Farmer was named tournament MVP.

The Springville Lady Tigers continued to dominate in area play, as they won their area tournament for the 19th time out of the past 20 years. Ashville and St. Clair County High finished first and second in their area tournament.

Ashville and Ragland advanced to the sub-state regional, where the Lady Bulldogs lost to Guntersville and the Lady Purple Devils lost to Providence Christian.

Springville advanced to the state volleyball tournament in Pelham but lost to St. Paul 3-1 in the opening match. They finished the season with a record of 33-18.

Ashville head coach Denise Mattison was named Coach of the Year, while Springville’s Hope Rayburn was named Player of the Year.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

It was a remarkable season for the Lady Bulldogs from Ashville as they started the season 13-0, the best start ever for the girls’ basketball program. They went on to win their first 15 games of the season before tasting defeat against Boaz in the Etowah Christmas Tournament.

As the county tournament drew closer and closer, officials decided to have the tournament at two sites. The first two rounds were played at Ashville while the semi-finals and finals were held at Springville.

Ashville and Ragland both won area titles and looked toward the post-season. They both hosted sub-regional games and advanced to the Northeast Regional on the campus of Jacksonville State University. Ragland lost to Gaston in the opening round while Ashville lost to DAR in the opening round.

In the junior varsity county tournament, Ashville defeated Springville in the championship game, and Alexis Newton was named tournament MVP.

In the junior high tournament, Ragland defeated Springville to win the crown. Kailey Echols was named tournament MVP.

Ragland’s Paige Gann became the first Lady Purple Devils to score 1,000 points during her career, and she will have the opportunity to add to it since she is only a junior.

BOYS BASKETBALL

In the junior high county tournament, Moody defeated Springville in the championship game and Josh Morgan was named tournament MVP.

The varsity county tournament crown went to Springville, as they defeated Moody in the finals. It was the sixth time in the past 10 years the Tigers had won the county title. Springville’s Matt Margavio and Josh Gibson were named co-MVPs.

The junior varsity title went to Springville, as they defeated Moody in overtime in the title game. Nick Reaume was named MVP.

The only team to advance to the Northeast Regional was Leeds, and they defeated Pisgah in the opening round but lost to Piedmont in the regional finals.

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