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Arab’s somewhat new high-octane look with a lot of man-to-man pressure, often full court, was an early success as the Knights pulled out to a 33-19 halftime lead against Madison Academy in the first round of the Scottsboro Christmas Tournament on Monday.

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The Arab Junior High basketball teams might be a little frustrated by the timing of the week-long pause of all athletic activities at Arab schools because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

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The Brindlee Mountain varsity boys basketball team took two of three in a Thanksgiving holiday event at Priceville, then had a make-up home game with Douglas on Tuesday postponed due to concerns over the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

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When Arab coach Lee Ozmint set a date for his team’s postseason banquet a few weeks ago, he was somewhat dismayed to learn it was the same date – Dec. 3 – as the city’s annual Christmas parade.

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The game-changing moment in Arab’s 57-39 win at DAR on Friday came seconds before the half ended as James Ed Johnson hit a 3-pointer, followed by a quick steal from John Wesson Johnson on the inbound pass who kicked it back out to Ed who hit another 3.

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An unusually heavy workload for Arab Junior High’s basketball teams got a little lighter with Tuesday’s cancellation of a four-game set of home games against Cullman.

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As if following a legend whose teams won 11 state championships wasn’t enough, new Arab wrestling coach Kyle Routon also has to deal with a pandemic and a brand new classification breakdown that has nudged the Knights out of the favorite’s role entering the 2020-21 season.

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The Arab Junior Knights basketball teams had a few ups and downs in the last couple of games, with the seventh grade boys suffering their first loss of the season.

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Last season wasn’t disastrous for coach Seth Kelly’s Brindlee Mountain varsity boys basketball team. He knew going in it was going to be a rebuilding year after losing several top players from the year before.

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Aeron Mitchell scored 10 points to help the Arab JV boys beat Randolph in Tuesday’s opener.

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Arab’s boys basketball teams got just about all they could’ve asked for from their incoming football players in Tuesday’s pair of victories over Randolph on opening night of the high school basketball season.

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Arab senior running back Mathew Turnage managed to rush for 79 yards against perhaps the most talented defense the Knights have faced in the past two seasons, surpassing the 4,000-yard mark for his illustrious career.

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The Arab Junior Knights, with the exception of the red-hot seventh grade boys, got off to a slow start at West Point last week but by Tuesday pulled off a clean sweep over the same team. 

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At the very least, Arab’s football team finished the regular season on a high note before taking on one of the best Class 6A teams in the state in the first round of the high school playoffs tomorrow night.

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Julie Stapler and Emma Butler finished one-two and teammate Mallory Maze took fourth to lead the Arab junior varsity girls team to a second-place finish in the Marshall County Cross Country Championships held Tuesday afternoon at Connors Island on Lake Guntersville.

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