2023 Wrap-Up And Series Finale

By: Tim Lambert

All things must come to an end, and this month marks the end of the year and the end of my PlayAction Sports Reports in Athens Now. Too many irons in the fire have forced me to cut something loose and this column became the casualty. It’s been a good run, as they say, and I appreciate those of you who have (hopefully) been more informed by it. It’s not the end of sports for the paper, though. Stick with it—new things are coming in the new year. For now, I’ll try to put a neat little bow on things.


Hoover 42, James Clemens 16 (state playoff round one)

Oxford 45, Athens 27 (state playoff round one)

Tanner 64, Lamar County 55 (state playoff round one)

Pisgah 66, Tanner 38 (state playoff round two


Calhoun defeated Bevill State, Pensacola State, Lawson State, Wallace State, Coastal Alabama-North, and Pearl River

ABS advanced to state competition before being swept by University Charter School in the first round.


The Calhoun women have wins over Snead State, Volunteer State, Florida State College (Jacksonville), Cleveland State, and Motlow State; the Calhoun men turned back Tennessee Valley Prep, Volunteer State, Louisiana Christian, and Cleveland State.

ABS has boys’ wins against Elkmont, St. Bernard, Cullman Christian, and Valley Head; the Lady Trojans defeated St. Bernard, Whitesburg Christian, Cullman Christian, and Woodville.

Ardmore’s girls posted victories against Brewer, Madison Academy, Elkmont, St. Bernard, and East Limestone, while the Tigers beat Clements.

Athens boys and girls have victories against Westminster and East Limestone; the Lady Golden Eagles also notched a win against Centennial.

The Clements girls topped West Limestone, Ardmore, Good Hope, and East Lawrence; the Colts defeated Lindsay Lane.

The East Limestone boys stopped Elkmont, St. John Paul II, Madison County, Tanner, Columbia, and Ardmore; girls’ wins have come against Elkmont, Madison County, Tanner, and Columbia.

Elkmont’s boys knocked off Ardmore; the Lady Red Devils overcame St. Bernard, Whitesburg Christian, and ABS.

James Clemens’ boys beat Grissom, Columbia, Sparkman, Muscle Shoals, Athens, and R.C. Hatch; the Lady Jets came out on top of Hueytown, Huffman, Grissom, Columbia, and R.C. Hatch.

Lindsay Lane’s girls posted a win against the Alabama School of Cybertech.

Tanner’s boys outdid West Limestone, Whitesburg Christian, Ardmore, and both teams beat the Alabama School of Cybertech.

West Limestone’s boys defeated Rogers, Priceville, Ardmore, and East Lawrence; the Lady Wildcats overcame Madison County, Ardmore, Elkmont, St. John Paul II, and Tanner.

Cross Country/Track and field

James Clemens’ Luke Alverson won the varsity boys’ division at the Huntsville Metro Cross Country championships; Kylie Gero was first in the girls’ category. At James Clemens’ Under the Lights cross country festival, the Jets won their 5A-7A varsity boys’ division. Athens Bible School’s Kaylie Key won the girls’ Class 1A-2A race in their sectional meet; the Lady Trojans were team runner-up. Athens High’s Catherine Johnstone was first in 6A with the Lady Golden Eagles getting the team win. James Clemens’ Kylie Gero and Luke Alverson finished at the top of their respective 7A divisions; the Jets were first as a team. Kaylie Key of ABS was second at the state meet. At the Holiday Invitational indoor track meets in Birmingham, James Clemens’ Alverson won the boys’ 1600m and 3200m while the boys’ 4x800m relay team came in first.


Clements’ boys defeated St. Bernard, Priceville.

East Limestone teams defeated Westminster.

James Clemens VB defeated Huntsville, Sparkman, and Buckhorn; VB/VG defeated Mae Jemison.


The James Clemens E-Sports team claimed two state titles with victories in the Mario Kart and Splatoon 3 competitions over the Alabama School for Math and Science and McGill-Toolin. It marked the first all-female team to win a state championship since E-Sports began in 2019.

By: Tim Lambert
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