Banquet held for LaFayette High basketball team

A banquet was held on Thursday to honor the 2015 Class 2A state champion LaFayette High School boys basketball team. Hosted by Tammie Williams and Joe Broome, the event included a keynote speech by longtime legendary coach John T. Woody. Woody led the Bulldogs to two state titles during his tenure at LHS. This year’s team captured the fourth basketball championship in school history when they defeated Elba High School. Woody told the team and guests at the banquet, “no one was as excited as I was when you won the title, you played like Bulldogs.” Woody noted that LHS has had only three basketball coaches in the last 40 years and each has now won a state title; though he jokingly added that he has won the most. Woody also talked about life away from the hardwood for the young men, emphasizing respect, academics, pride in community and family, and faith in God. Other speakers that applauded the team at the banquet were Superintendent Kelli Hodge, Dr. Randy Kelley, Athletic Director James Lucas and Principal Don Turner. The team and guests were also treated to a delicious meal courtesy of Jerome Bailey and given t-shirts detailing their accomplishments during the landmark 2014-15 basketball season. Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes spoke on behalf of the team, thanking all those that helped make the night and season possible. “We won this for you all,” Barnes told the crowd. Above, Coach Woody speaks to the team and guests at the banquet.

A banquet was held on Thursday to honor the 2015 Class 2A state champion LaFayette High School boys basketball team. Hosted by Tammie Williams and Joe Broome, the event included a keynote speech by longtime legendary coach John T. Woody. Woody led the Bulldogs to two state titles during his tenure at LHS. This year’s team captured the fourth basketball championship in school history when they defeated Elba High School. Woody told the team and guests at the banquet, “no one was as excited as I was when you won the title, you played like Bulldogs.” Woody noted that LHS has had only three basketball coaches in the last 40 years and each has now won a state title; though he jokingly added that he has won the most. Woody also talked about life away from the hardwood for the young men, emphasizing respect, academics, pride in community and family, and faith in God. Other speakers that applauded the team at the banquet were Superintendent Kelli Hodge, Dr. Randy Kelley, Athletic Director James Lucas and Principal Don Turner. The team and guests were also treated to a delicious meal courtesy of Jerome Bailey and given t-shirts detailing their accomplishments during the landmark 2014-15 basketball season. Final Four MVP Trevond Barnes spoke on behalf of the team, thanking all those that helped make the night and season possible. “We won this for you all,” Barnes told the crowd. Above, Coach Woody speaks to the team and guests at the banquet.

Chambers County Lake reopening for the year

The Chambers County Lake will be reopening for the 2015 season starting Sunday, February 1.

The lake will open at sunrise and close at sundown each day, with the exception of Tuesdays, when the lake will be closed.

The cost for a daily fishing permit is $3.

For questions, contact the Chambers County Lake at 334-864-8145.

Pat Garrett Rodeo brings excitement to LaFayette

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Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the southeast made their way to LaFayette on Friday and Saturday nights for the 32nd annual Pat Garrett Rodeo held at the Chambers County Agricultural Park. Both nights featured exciting events, including bull riding, team roping, saddlebronc (pictured above) and cowgirls breakaway roping. Rodeo organizer Eddie Adams said both nights were a big success, and he thanked all the fans, contestants and sponsors for their support of the exciting events. (photo: Jody Stewart)

Chambers hosting Peewee Bowl this Saturday

The second annual Chambers Academy Peewee Bowl will take place this Saturday, September 13 starting at 9 am CST here in LaFayette.

The event will feature five teams, Chambers, Glenwood, Lee Scott, Lowndes and Abbeville, playing in six games over the course of the day. The sixth game will be the championship game at 1 pm.

The first game will be between Chambers and Glenwood at 9 am. At 10:15, Lee Scott will face Lowndes and Chambers will face Abbeville. The 11:30 games will feature Glenwood against Lee Scott and Lowndes against Abbeville.

The championship game will be between the two teams with the best records. Any ties will be broken by head to head records, and then by the team with the greatest points differential if necessary.

Each game will be played on a 50 yard field, with the exception of the championship game, which will be played on a full field. The games will include six-minute quarters with an eight-minute halftime.

There are several other rules in place for the event. Teams will start their opening drive on the 40 yard line, and if a team chooses to punt, the ball will be placed at the 40 yard line. Should a team turn the ball over on downs, then the field will be flipped and the appropriate yardage will be marked off to account for the change.

With each offensive possession heading toward the goal line, any interception or fumble may be returned to the 50 yard line for a touchdown.

All games will take place at Chambers Academy on Tolbert Field.

Chambers Academy JV cheerleaders awarded at camp

The Chambers Academy junior varsity cheerleaders did well at last week’s UCA AISA Cheerleading Camp in Montgomery. The squad placed third in the small school division in the Gameday Scenario competition. Pictured, from left, are Gracie Thornton, Donna Stewart, McKensie Barnes, Laney Leavins, Jessica Holliday, Shelby White and Maci Harmon.

The Chambers Academy junior varsity cheerleaders did well at last week’s UCA AISA Cheerleading Camp in Montgomery. The squad placed third in the small school division in the Gameday Scenario competition. Pictured, from left, are Gracie Thornton, Donna Stewart, McKensie Barnes, Laney Leavins, Jessica Holliday, Shelby White and Maci Harmon.

Chambers Academy hosting golf scramble

Chambers Academy has announced that it will host a four-man scramble golf tournament on Friday, August 1.

The tournament will take place at the Fields Golf Club in LaGrange. It will be a shotgun start at 1:00 pm CST.

The entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per person and sponsorships of varying levels are available. Entry fee includes green fees, a cart, range balls and dinner, which will be served after the tournament is complete.

In addition to the top three finishing teams, prizes will be given for closest to the pin and longest drive on selected holes; there is also a prize for the highest overall score. Mulligans and ball tosses will be available for purchase as well.

The sign up period will began on Tuesday, July 8. In order to sign up or to inquire about sponsorships, contact the school at 334-864-9852 or call Jody Stewart at 334-740-1532 or Dori Harmon at 334-864-1037.

LaFayette pee wee football sign-up begins July 14

Sign-up for the LaFayette Peewee Football League will begin this Monday, July 14 at the LaFayette Dixie Youth Baseball Fields. Registration will be for both football players and cheerleaders.

Registration will take place on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 5:30-6:30 pm CST each week until the second week of August. In addition to registration, players will take part in some preliminary football drills on the days of sign-up.

League officials have announced a special early sign-up discount this year. For the first two weeks the cost for registration will be $40 for one child and $60 for two children from the same family. That fee applies to both football players and cheerleaders. After July 23 the cost for registration will be $50 for one child and $85 for two kids from the same family. Registration covers uniforms, pads and helmets. Kids will only have to provide cleats.

Football and cheerleading is open to kids ages 5-12. New to the league this year is that football players ages five and six will participate in a flag football league.

In anyone is interested in coaching please call 334-703-1158. That number may also used to learn more information and for those unable to sign-up on announced days.

LaFayette High hosting 7-on-7 fundraiser

A community 7-on-7 football game will be held this Saturday, June 28 to help benefit the LaFayette High School Athletic Department.

The game will take place at 4 pm CST at Bulldog Stadium and will include 7-on-7 games involving LHS alumni and LaFayette community members.

Admission to the event is $5 and all proceeds will go directly to the LaFayette High School athletic programs. Concessions will be sold.

If interested in participating or for more information, call Doug Jones at 334-497-2786.

LaFayette Clippers to play in USSSA National Tournament

The LaFayette Clippers, the city’s summer 12 and under travel basketball team, will be competing in the USSSA National Tournament this week in Gainesville, Florida. Dozens of teams from across the southeast and other parts of the country will be making the trip to participate in the tournament.

The three-day event will take place from June 26th to the 29th. In addition to LaFayette’s grouping, the National Tournament will include both girls and boys teams from grades three through 12. The tournament starts with pool play on Thursday and Friday, and bracket play will take place on Friday and Saturday, with the championship rounds taking place on Saturday.

Along with the games, the event features skill competitions including a dunk contest, three-points competition, free throw contest and team shooting contest. The skills competitions will take place Thursday.

In order to quality to play in the National Tournament, each team must qualify at a National Qualifying Tournament.

LaFayette qualified at the State Qualifier on June 17 in Montgomery, by finishing second in the five-team tournament. They were 3-1 in the tournament, and scored a tournament-high 173 points through four games. LaFayette defeated the Butler County Stars in their first game 57-15, and then defeated the Montgomery Bravehearts 32-22. They advanced to the title game with a 49-21 win over the Alabama EYS Wildcats out of Lanett. LaFayette came up short in the title game to the Alabama Dream Team out of Montgomery by a score of 48-35. Corey Boston and Markevious Moore were both named to the All-Tournament Team for LaFayette.

So far this summer, LaFayette has compiled a 12-4 record competing in four tournaments, and has a 9-2 record against teams in their class. They won the Montgomery Easter Egg Scramble tournament in April and finished second in the USSSA March Madness tournament in Tuskegee in March.

Teams in LaFayette’s division at the National Tournament include ones from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Missouri.

City’s free basketball camp ongoing

LaFayette summer basketball director and former LaFayette High coach John T. Woody speaks with campers at this week's free city camp.

LaFayette summer basketball director and former LaFayette High coach John T. Woody speaks with campers at this week’s free city camp.

The City of LaFayette’s annual summer basketball camp is currently underway at the LaFayette High School gym this week.

Longtime LaFayette High School basketball coach and summer basketball director John T. Woody leads the annual free camp. Approximately 100 local youth are taking part in the camp that includes instructional drills, competitive games and guest speakers. Campers received instruction from Woody, current LHS coaches Obadiah Threadgill and Michael Bratcher, as well as current and former LaFayette basketball players.

Woody is pleased with the turnout again this year as well as the attitude of the young campers. Woody, who has organized the free camp for more than 20 years each summer, extended his thanks to the City of LaFayette for sponsoring the camp.

The camp is the highlight of the summer program, but it is far from the end. Woody said that the gym would open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm for the rest of the summer. There is no fee, and the gym is open to any LaFayette youth.

An award ceremony will take place at the end of the camp on Friday, honoring those youth that excelled over the course of the week.

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