You’ll find plenty of rec league baseball in today’s sports section, including several all-star team photos (there will be more next week).

The Arab Nationals 6-and-under All-Star team and the Arab 12U All-Star team are in the Alabama Dizzy Dean state baseball tournament at Madison this weekend. We’ll have results and more infor-mation next week.

Mean-while, rec league softball is not to be ignored. The ARPA State Softball Tournament will be July 12-14 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Arab will be represented by a 8-under team and a 10-under team. Greg Tidmore at the rec center will feed us roster and bracket information as soon as he receives it.

As always, this is a great time of the year to send in team photos, all-star or otherwise. We’ve run a few, but there are surely more.

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• Douglas High School recently lost its head football coach, Bryan Jennings, another blow to a downtrodden program.

But this time, it seems, fate has shined on the Class 5A Marshall County school that regularly plays Brindlee Mountain and occasionally plays Arab.

Last week, the Marshall County Board of Education approved the hiring of Don Simmons to lead the Eagles’ program, according to The Sand Mountain Reporter.

Simmons, 62, built a hall-of-fame worthy resume in Kansas before retiring and spending the last five years in Arkansas. He comes to Douglas from Piggott, Ark., where he spent last season as offensive coordinator.

Simmons served 34 years as a head football coach in Arkansas and Kansas. He has 199 wins and won a Kansas state championship in 1990. He has coached teams to 24 winning seasons, and his teams have made 20 state playoff appearances.

“When you have someone apply for a position who has put up hall-of-fame type numbers, you cannot help but be excited to talk with them,” Douglas Principal Patrick Smith said to the Reporter.

“Coach Simmons’ track record of building programs really is incredible.”

Simmons hoped to be in Douglas by July 7.

He’ll have a huge mountain to climb for sure. Douglas has gone 2-28 over the last three years, with both wins coming at the expense of Brindlee Mountain.

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