PREP SPORTS: Bearcats lose, 4-1, to Briarwood; Holly Pond sweeps Fairview; scoring roundup

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PREP SOCCER: Bearcats beaten, 4-1, by Briarwood Christian

CULLMAN – Briarwood Christian traveled to Cullman Thursday night for a matchup with the Bearcats, and after a one-sided second half, came up with a 4-1 road win.

Cullman’s Miguel Tizapa found the back of the net early in the first half but after some defensive adjustments from the Lions, the Bearcats were unable to get on the scoreboard again. Briarwood was able to score in the first half as well to tie the game up at one at halftime and the second half was all Lions.

Briarwood went up 2-1 early in the second half before scoring again on a free kick in the 19th minute to take a 3-1 lead. The Lions were able to add one more goal in the 11th minute to put the match away and claim the 4-1 victory.

Cullman spent a lot of the second half playing defense as they weren’t able to create enough scoring opportunities offensively. Briarwood’s size and speed made things difficult for the Cullman defenders and forwards all night.

The ‘Cats will look to bounce back with a win on the road against 7A powerhouse Vestavia Hills Tuesday, April 3 with the postseason fast approaching.

Cullman Soccer’s record this year is now 10-4-2.


PREP SOFTBALL: Holly Pond sweeps Fairview in doubleheader

FAIRVIEW – Holly Pond took on Fairview in Thursday night softball action and the Lady Broncos went on to sweep the Lady Aggies, 10-5 and 13-5.

Holly Pond struck first in the opening inning. Katie Burnham led off the game with a double, then later on, a one-out RBI single by Kolby Holcombe brought home the first run of the game. Fairview looked to answer in its half as a lead-off double by Katie Ball put them in business early, but one out later, Abby Duke hit a ground ball to Burnham at third base and she threw Ball out at home, preventing the Lady Aggies from tying the game.

The Lady Broncos looked to add to their early lead in the top of the second. Taylor Simmons got hit by the pitch with one out, then Burnham lined an RBI double to right field to make it 2-0; she advanced to third on a ground ball by Kalliann Perkins and scored on a Holcombe RBI single up the middle to make it a 3-0 lead for Holly Pond. The Lady Broncos added two more runs in the top of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by Madison Rickman and Simmons.

The Lady Broncos added five more runs in the top of the seventh. Rickman scored on an error by Abby Duke. Presley Marks hit a two-run single; Burnham hit an RBI triple and later scored on a passed ball. 

Fairview looked to get some offense going after getting shut down for most of the game. Back-to-back singles by Anna Scott and Kaitlyn Benson got things started, then after a strikeout, Kennedy Johnson hit a two-run double to put the Lady Aggies on the scoreboard. Duke reached on an error by the pitcher, Caroline Bryan, which allowed Johnson to score, and the Lady Aggies’ deficit was down to seven at 10-3; after a dropped fly ball in left field by Perkins, Deavan Fulmer hit an RBI double to make it a 10-4 game. One out later, an error by Burnham at third base brought home Fulmer and the Lady Broncos saw their lead dwindle to 10-5, but Bryan struck out Rebekah LeBlanc for the third out to give Holly Pond a win in game one.

Burnham and Holcombe each collected three hits and had a combined three RBIs for Holly Pond; Marks added a hit and a pair of RBIs. Simmons got two hits and an RBI and Rickman added a hit and an RBI. Kailee Stallings collected two hits and Maddie Heatherly added a hit. Burnham scored three runs, Heatherly and Simmons each scored two runs and Stallings, Rickman and Marks each scored one. Bryan went the whole game; she allowed eight hits and five runs, only one of them earned, walked none and struck out four.

Fulmer collected two hits and an RBI for Fairview. Johnson added a hit and two RBIs. Ball, Duke, DeBlanc, Scott and Benson each had a hit in the game. Johnson, Duke, Fulmer, Kennedy Chambers and Benson each scored a run. 

Game 2: Holly Pond 13, Fairview 5 (SB)

In game two, it was more of the same for Holly Pond as the Lady Broncos jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Holcombe RBI single and made it a 5-0 lead in their next at-bats on a two-run single by Marks, an RBI double by Burnham and another RBI single by Holcombe. Holly Pond added to its lead in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Emili Perry and Simmons, and Perry later scored on an error to make it 8-0.

The Lady Broncos added five more runs in the seventh on an RBI fielder's choice by Perry, a two-run single by Bryan, an RBI triple by Burnham and on a passed ball.

The Lady Aggies made things a little interesting in their half, as Johnson hit an RBI single, Benson and Johnson scored on back-to-back errors and Fulmer hit an RBI single and scored on an error, but that's as close as they got as a game-ending strikeout finished off Holly Pond's sweep.

Burnham and Holcombe each collected three hits and two RBIs. Bryan had two hits and two RBIs. Marks and Perry each collected a hit and two RBIs and Simmons added a hit and an RBI. Stallings added two hits and Lexy Smith had a hit. Burnham scored three runs. Heatherly and Perry each scored two runs. Stallings, Simmons, Smith, Bryan, Lexi White and Marks each scored a run. Bryan gave up seven hits and five runs, none of them earned, walked none and struck out seven in her complete game win. Holly Pond improves to 6-10 overall and will host Susan Moore on Friday.

Fulmer added two hits and an RBI for Fairview and Johnson collected a hit and an RBI. Ally Hogeland, DeBlanc, Scott and Benson each had a hit. Johnson, Duke, Fulmer, Chambers and Benson each scored a run. The Lady Aggies fall to 4-11 overall and will travel to Good Hope on Friday.


Thursday night scoring roundup

Meek 13, Brilliant 4 (BB)

Tigers 2-6

Next game: Saturday v. Cold Springs


Winston County 2, Cold Springs 1 (BB)

Cold Springs 13, Winston County 5 (BB) (DH)

Eagles 3-13

Next game: Saturday @ Meek


Cullman 13, Ft. Payne 1 

Cullman 9, Ft. Payne 1 (BB) (DH)

Bearcats 9-6

Next game: Saturday @ Cleburne County


Oakman 19, Hanceville 7 (BB)

Bulldogs 6-7

Next game: March 27 @ Cold Springs


Curry 17, Fairview 15 (BB)
Fairview 23, Curry 0 (BB) (DH)

Aggies 8-6

Next game: Saturday @ T.R. Miller


Cold Springs 7, Winston County 1 (SB)
Lady Eagles 10-4 (10-game winning streak)

Next game: Bill Collins Classic @ Carbon Hill


Ft. Payne 7, Cullman 0 (SB)

Lady Bearcats 1-12

Next game: Friday @ Hanceville


Oakman 10, Hanceville 0 (SB)
Lady Bulldogs 2-9

Next game: Friday v. Cullman


Hayden 10, West Point 1 (SB)
Lady Warriors 4-9-2

Next game: April 3 v. Curry


Meek 5, Addison 0 (SB)

Lady Tigers 9-6

Next game: Friday v. Oakman

Lady Bulldogs 6-9

Next game: Gulf Coast Classic III @ Gulf Shores 


Fairview 2, West Point 0 (VB SC)

Aggies 2-2-1 

Next game: Friday @ Mortimer Jordan

Warriors 0-2

Next game: April 2 @ Brewer


St. Bernard 10, Holly Pond 0 (VB SC)

Saints 4-6

Next game: April 3 @ J.B. Pennington

Broncos next game: April 2 @ J.B. Pennington


Fairview 2, West Point 1 (VG SC)
Lady Aggies 3-3

Next game: Friday @ Mortimer Jordan

Lady Warriors 1-2

Next game: April 2 @ Brewer


St. Bernard 11, Holly Pond 1 (VG SC)

Lady Saints 1-5-1

Next game: April 3 @ J.B. Pennington

Lady Broncos 0-7-1

Next game: April 2 @ J.B. Pennington


West Point 9, Leeds 0 (VG Tennis)

Lady Warriors 6-1

Next game: April 3 @ Springville


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