School’s out for the summer, but that hasn’t stopped local athletes from making the news.
The Arab Riptide swim team, after a strong regular season and then a second-place finish in the Marshall County meet, will compete in the District II meet at Cullman this weekend (Friday and Saturday).
At the high school level, though they haven’t even started the 2019-20 school year, several Arab com-petition cheer-leaders already have achieved UCA All-American status.
Those include freshman Riley Saylor on the junior varsity. On the varsity, there are juniors Shelby Isom and Nevaeh Martin and seniors Hannah Fry and Katelyn King.
Congratulations to all of them.
Finally, perhaps making the most news is rising senior baseball player Will Hudson. After being named to the ASWA Class 5A All-State First Team, he recently announced his intent to play his college baseball at the University of North Alabama, where his brother Drew already is playing.
Will capped a sensational junior season – both pitching and hitting – with an incredible offensive performance in the Knights’ final game of the season, a 16-11 loss to East Limesone in the third and deciding game of an opening round 5A playoff series.
Hudson went 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and three runs scored. He finished the season with a .464 batting average and a 7-1 record on the mound.
“Will just had an incredible season,” said his dad and coach, Chad Hudson. “He put up incredible numbers, was very consistent and also performed at a very high level in our biggest games.
“I was very pleased with how he stepped up this season at the plate and on the mound. He was a very dangerous hitter and a versatile defender. He really helped our team on the mound more than anywhere, becoming a more consistent pitcher and giving us a big arm to pitch in big games.
“His leadership was greatly improved as well. I was happy that he was recognized by the writers across the state for his contributions to our team this past season.”
UNA, Hudson said, has recruited Will as a pitcher. He expects to sign in November.
First, though, there’s football season. Will is a valuable member of the Knights’ receiving corps.
• This means nothing, of course, but it kinda gives you an idea about the public’s changing perception of the Braves after half a season.
In a fans’ poll, the Braves and Dodgers are the only National League teams with double-digit support for winning the pennant. The Dodgers drew 55 percent of the votes but Atlanta’s 18 percent is strong.
In the AL, the Yankees, Astros and Twins drew double-digit support.
• Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers. It might be worth repeating here that no NBA team with a John Calipari player has ever won the championship.
• ESPN can’t be pleased with this news: Zion Williamson will not play in the remainder of the NBA Summer League.