The Brindlee Mountain High School soccer teams will play Douglas on March 3, with all gate revenue being donated to the primary school relief effort. The girls game will begin at 5 p.m., with the boys to follow at 7 p.m.
“It seemed like a no-brainer,” said Lions soccer coach Donny Stevens. “We have the chance to have an impact in the local community that has nothing to do with ‘who wins.’
“I want our kids to be good stewards of their com-muni-ties.”
The Lions’ soccer players already have done a lot for the local community. They recently worked with both the primary and elementary schools and provided Christmas for the second year in a row for a couple of kids who might not have had much – if any – otherwise.
“The kids met at Walmart and did the shopping themselves; they enjoyed it,” Stevens said. “When there are those in need and you can help, why wouldn’t you?
“When it comes to the primary school, will it build the building back? Will it replace what was lost? No, but it will help and we have the opportunity to do our part.
“I have some wonderful kids I have the honor to be surrounded by everyday. I hope that if in their paths in life, they are in need, they know how to be grateful people because they’ve been on both sides of the spectrum.”
Stevens is hoping for a big crowd, and invites anyone and everyone to attend.
“I hope we can pack the stands; I want standing room only,” he said.. “I think it would also excite the kids to play before a big crowd, so we are looking forward to the opportunity.”
• Holly Pond has a new football coach.
Former Good Hope coach Chris Moss is taking over Holly Pond’s program, replacing Mike Bates, who stepped down in November after leading the Broncos to a 22-51 record and three playoff berths in seven seasons, according to The Cullman Times.
Moss compiled a 48-58 record in 10 seasons (2005-14) with the Raiders.
During that stretch, he guided Good Hope to five playoff appearances and a region championship in 2007.
“We want to continue their momentum and follow up what he (Bates) did – getting kids involved and getting as much participation as we can,” Moss told the Times.
• The 2019 Alabama Sportscaster of the Year hails from nearby Hartselle.
JD Byars, who is the voice of South Alabama athletics, received the honor last week from the National Sports Media Association, according to The Decatur Daily. Byars was a finalist with Eli Gold, the voice of Alabama football.
“To have been a finalist for this award with Eli Gold is humbling in and of itself and to get the call that I won this year was just a shock,” Byars told the Daily.
The NSMA honors a broadcaster and sports writer in 49 states and the District of Columbia. They will be recognized at the 61st annual NSMA Awards banquet on June 29 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Byars is a 1990 graduate of Hartselle High. He was a kicker for the Tigers and later at UNA. While in college he got into broadcasting. He worked for the UNA Athletic Department until making the move to South Alabama in 2014.
The 2019 National Sportscaster of the Year is Kevin Harlan of CBS, Turner and Westwood One. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is the National Sportswriter of the Year.
The NSMA will also add three new members each to the Sportscasters Hall of Fame and the Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Joining the Sportscasters Hall of Fame are the late Skip Caray of the Atlanta Braves, the late Cawood Ledford of the University of Kentucky and Dan Patrick of ESPN, NBC and the “Dan Patrick Show.”
The new members of the Sportswriters Hall of Fame are Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, Mike Wilbon, formerly with the Washington Post, and the late Dick Young of the New York Daily News.