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Jorgenson “Jay” Joseph thought about going out for cheerleader at some point during his sophomore year at Brindlee Mountain High School. He was friends with several of the girls who were cheerleading, and they encouraged him to try out.

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I grew up in Arab, played youth baseball then later men’s softball in Arab and I covered sports for The Arab Tribune for many months beginning in 1976 before leaving town for good in 1983.

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Earlier this holiday week, the New York Yankees announced that, after three decades of calling every Yankees game on radio, John Sterling’s consecutive streak would end on the Fourth of July, which was his 81st birthday, ironically enough.

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The Arab Riptide completed the regular season in remarkable fashion Tuesday with “landslide” wins over Fort Payne and Jacksonville, as head coach Richard Moser called them, and enter the postseason today on a tidal wave of momentum.

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The formal summer work is complete for Arab’s boys basketball players. Now it’s open gym time and possibly enjoying some outdoor activities until school starts back in August and practice resumes in the fall.

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Auburn’s baseball team left no doubt on Monday, scoring 13 runs in the first inning to beat North Carolina 14-7 in the final of the Chapel Hill Super Regional and advance to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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Not only did the Arab Riptide sweep Scottsboro and Decatur in its home-opening tri-meet last Thursday evening, the 15-18 boys 200-yard freestyle relay team broke the program record with a time of 1:43.22.

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Thursday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Memorial Day, the federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, was a little less than two weeks ago.

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Paul Cooley Jr. was born on Aug. 7, 1925, in Arab to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cooley Sr. His parents did not give him a middle name, but people in Pisgah and Scottsboro would say that if he had one, it ought to be, “Mr. Basketball!”

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