After a sensational week at the plate, Martin Methodist shortstop Sabrina Gilliam was named NAIA Softball National Player of the Week.


Gilliam, a Columbia, Tennessee, native, was eligible for the honor after she was named the Southern States Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week.


Dating back to 2000, Gilliam is believed to be the first-ever national honor for the RedHawk Softball program.


The junior earned the award thanks to a stellar week at the plate where she went 15-for-21 across six games. 10 of Gilliam’s hits went for extra bases as she recorded 10 doubles to go along with two home runs and a triple. Gilliam drove in 14 runs on the week while scoring 13 times.

A Tennessee bill to allow sports betting has passed the House of Representatives.


The House voted Wednesday to allow and regulate statewide mobile and interactive sports gambling, without brick-and-mortar betting locations. It still requires Senate approval.


Proponents said sports betting is already taking place illegally state wide, and the bill would create order, regulation and revenue. Several Republican opponents argued the bill would fuel addiction.

This is the eight year that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the official benefiting charity partner of the St. Jude Rock-n-Roll Marathon. It’s because of the generous support of the people of the state of Tennessee and people across the country that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Last year more than 3,000 St. Jude Heroes participated in the race, raising over $2 million for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers.


This year the race will step-off Saturday at 7:15am in downtown Nashville.

In recent High School action…


The Richland Raiders spilt a pair on the diamond with Santa Fe, winning…3 to 2, and losing…1 to nothing.


The Lady Raiders Softball team lost to Columbia…7 to 6.

 

The Bobcats Baseball team took a pair from Community…11 to 6, and 9 to nothing.


The Lady Cats Softball Squad topped Marshal County…10 to nothing.

Martin Methodist College hosted “Martin on the Clock: Behind the Scenes of the NFL Draft” April 8th, an event featuring four top executives from the world of pro-football, planned and presented by students majoring in Sport Management.


“It was an amazing experience being able to sit down and talk with current and former NFL executives, said MMC senior and Sport Management Society President Drew Nipper of Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I feel honored to have been a part of an event of this caliber.”


“This unique event presented by the students in the MMC Sport Management program was an incredible experiential learning opportunity for students, said Assistant Professor of Sport Management and former GM of Jacksonville Jaguars Dr. Gene Smith, a participant in the panel discussion.


“Students put forth their best efforts in the planning and production of this wonderful event. We were blessed to have Jerry Reese, Michael Reinfeldt and Ruston Webster, three noted, well-respected professional sport executives who contributed their time to our student body and shared a wealth of knowledge related to the inner workings of the NFL draft process.


The NFL Draft takes place next week, April 25th through 27th in Nashville.

After two days of play, the Martin Methodist Men’s Golf team moved into third place at the 2019 SSAC Men’s Golf Championship at Robert Trent Jones Cambrian Ridge course Tuesday.


The RedHawks currently sit 28 shots behind runaway leaders Dalton State, but are only 15 shots behind runner-up William Carey.


Individually, Eli Marty skyrocketed up the leaderboard Tuesday as he carded the lowest round of the afternoon with a four-under-par 68. Marty moved from 12th place all the way up to a tie for fourth.


Tyler Turpin improved by five shots from Monday to Tuesday to card a 73 and enter Wednesday’s final round tied for 14th position.


Tate Lowery carded a 78 on Tuesday to finish one shot behind Turpin and sits in 18th place.


The RedHawks, who finished runner-up in last year’s conference tournament, begin their final round at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

In Recent High School Sports Action…

The Richland Raiders took two out of three on the diamond, topping Hampshire…5 to 3 and 11 to 5, and losing to Cascade…4 to 3.
The Lady Raiders Softball Team beat Mt Pleasant…5 to nothing.

The Giles County Boys Soccer Team lost to Page…5 to nothing.
The Giles County Bobcat Baseball Team beat Fayetteville…4 to 2 and Community…9 to nothing.
The Lady ‘Cats Softball Team lost to Ardmore…9 to 1 and lost to Scottsboro…3 to 1.

The Martin Methodist Softball team snapped a six-game losing streak and head coach Brandie Paul recorded her 700th career victory Friday against Stillman College at the SC Softball Complex.


The RedHawks recorded a 9-2 victory in the first ballgame of the series and followed up with a 9-0 victory in the nightcap to give Coach Paul the milestone achievement. Coach Paul is in her 19th season as head coach of the RedHawks.


Former Summertown HS standout Reagan Hannah was the offensive star in Friday’s opening ballgame as she finished 3-for-3 with a two-run home run.

After a strong season as an individual competitor for Martin Methodist, senior Women's Golf standout Brittany Collins was named All-Conference at the 2019 SSAC Women's Golf Awards banquet Monday after the first round of the 2019 SSAC Women's Golf Championship at RTJ Cambrian Ridge.


Collins, a Muscle Shoals, Alabama native, earned the honor after an outstanding senior campaign that saw her set the program single-round record low score of 69 back in late March.


The honor was the second of Collins career as she was also named All-Conference in 2017 as a sophomore.


In addition to Collins, one other RedHawk was honored at Monday's awards banquet as fellow senior Taleigh Broach was named to the Champions of Character Team.


Broach, a Huntsville, Alabama native, earned the distinction thanks to her commitment to the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative.

Boater Trent Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, brought five bass to the weigh-in stage Saturday totaling 20 pounds, 3 ounces, to earn the win and $4,394 at the T-H Marine, FLW Bass Fishing League Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake.


Other local anglers in the top 10 were…


2nd: Don Perkins of Guntersville, five bass, weighing 19 pounds 12 ounces


4th: Todd Rackley of Sheffield, five bass, weighing 19 pounds 4 ounces


6th: Justin Atkins of Florence, four bass, weighing 18 pounds 2 ounces


7th: Mitch Mitchell of Muscle Shoals and Jade Keeton of Florence, both with five bass, weighing 18 pounds 1 ounce


And 9th: Jeff Suratt of Leoma, five bass, weighing 17 pounds 15 ounces.