Category Archives: Sports

Dahl selected by Rockies in MLB Draft

By PATRICK THOMAS

David Dahl signed with Auburn earlier this year and now will decide whether to play for the university or in the MLB for the Colorado Rockies. Photo courtesy of Shannon Floyd.

Recent Oak Mountain graduate David Dahl got the call of a lifetime Monday, June 4 at 7:10 p.m.  David was selected no. 10 overall by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the Major League baseball draft.

His mother knew when he got the call it was for more than just small talk.

“A big smile came over David’s face as he listened to the phone call,” said Kelli Dahl.  “He talked us through the conversation he was having as he was on the phone.”

The Rockies organization saw Dahl as a great fit for their team after he finished a workout in which he hit 9 home runs and ran a blistering 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash. Continue reading

Spain Park boy’s soccer hosts Wounded Warrior Project event tonight

The Spain Park High School boy’s soccer program is hosting an event in support of the Wounded Warrior Project this evening during their last three regular season soccer games at the school.

Game times are:

4 p.m. – SPHS Freshman vs. Prattville High School

5:30 p.m. – SPHS Junior Varsity vs. Briarwood Christian School

7:30 p.m. – SPHS Varsity vs. Briarwood Christian School

Highlights for tonight include:

*All the boys’ teams will wear a specially designed jersey in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

*A Rock Wall will be available for climbing the entire evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Donations will be accepted. Any climber that reaches the top and rings the bell will win a prize and will have their name announced to the crowd over the PA system.

*The United States Marine Corps will be in attendance for the evening.  The Marines will present the colors and will stay throughout the evening to enjoy the game, handing out information and other items and generally helping with the evening’s events.

*The Spain Park Choir will perform the National Anthem before the Varsity game.

*The Spain Park Cheerleaders and Dazzlers will both perform during halftime of the Varsity game to help celebrate the evening.

The soccer teams encourage the community to come out and support this cause and hope to make Wounded Warrior Project Night an annual event.

 

Oak Mountain Youth Football and Cheerleading registration

Online registration for Oak Mountain Youth Football and Cheerleading continues through May 12.

Two football leagues are available this year: Jefferson Shelby Youth Football League (JSYFL) for first grade through sixth grade, and the Oak Mountain – Over the Mountain Football League (OTMFL) for third grade through sixth grade. Continue reading

Oak Mountain’s Dahl has major league talent

By PATRICK THOMAS

Auburn commitment and MLB prospect David Dahl played on Team USA at the Pan-American games in Colombia. He is a senior at OMHS. Photo courtesy of the Dahl family.

There are good players. And then, there are premier players. David Dahl falls under that last category.  In his final season of high school, David is one of the most coveted baseball prospects out of not only the Birmingham area, but the nation. For him though, it is not all about the hype.

“I don’t keep up with it all honestly,” said David, who committed to Auburn in the fall of his sophomore year at Oak Mountain High School. “There is always a lot of talk at school, but we don’t talk about it at home.”

David experienced a whirlwind of accolades and draft projections for Major League Baseball in the past year. He has been projected as high as No. 10 by Baseball America and No. 15 by mymlbdraft.com. In David’s case, he does not give too much thought to the possibilities. Continue reading

Jarnagin great fit for new role as Spain Park principal

By BECKY BRINKERHOFF

Dr. Ken Jarnigan has been named principal of Spain Park High School. Photo courtesy of Hoover City Schools.

Dr. Ken Jarnagin is not a new face around Spain Park; however, in the administrative office he is. Spain Park has found a new principal in the previous SPHS band director, and it seems that students have taken a liking to him.

Some seniors can even be heard complaining that the fun principal arrived just as they were about to leave. After all, the personable Jarnagin takes a tremendous effort in getting to know his student body on a personal level. He takes learning about the students seriously; every morning one can see him outside the library, podium and all, chatting with students and faculty.

“We are in the people business,” Jarnigan said. “It is important to know each other on a personal as well as a professional level”.

Jarnigan finds great strength in the student body and the faculty at Spain Park. “Every school has similarities, but what brings great schools to the front are the individual students and teachers,” he said.

He believes that teachers have an impact on their students beyond the classroom and that each day in the classroom provides the opportunity to create stories for the future.  “Every teacher has a story about a teacher in their past that has made an impact on their lives,” Jarnigan said. Continue reading

Panthers win Silver Stick again

The Panthers gather after winning their second Silver Stick Trophy in Ontario.

By PATRICK THOMAS

Most people would consider themselves sports fans here in Alabama.  Some might even call themselves fanatics.  But to say, “I love hockey”?  Yeah, that might be a stretch.

The Pelham Bantam Panthers are that exception. “Hockey is awesome,” said Austin Gleason, of Highland Lakes, who plays goalie on the team. “We have an ESPN NHL package so we get every game that comes on TV.”

The Pelham Bantam Panthers club team won the International Silver Stick Trophy at the North American Silver Stick tournament in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, in 2011.

In January, the Pelham Bantam Panthers, consisting of sixteen boys ages thirteen to fourteen from Birmingham and the surrounding areas, headed back to vie for their second Silver Stick Trophy.  The team was rewarded a return trip to the Silver Stick Trophy after they won the southern regional tournament in Huntsville, competing against teams from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Continue reading

Braves sign and smile at Lee Branch

By KATHRYN ACREE

Five members of the Atlanta Braves organization made a stop at Academy Sports at Lee Branch, including pitchers Jair Jurriens and Randall Delgado. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

The Atlanta Braves caravan made a stop at Academy Sports at Lee Branch on Thursday afternoon.  The group included pitchers Jair Jurrjens and Randall Delgado, General Manager Frank Wren, Bench Coach Carlos Tosca and broadcaster Don Sutton. Fans waited in line for autographs and a chance to wish the team a great upcoming season.

This giant baseball jersey outside Academy Sports at Lee Branch let shoppers know the Atlanta Braves had arrived. Photo by Kathryn Acree.