Top stories of 2012: 10-6, Looking back on the year’s best sports storiesPublished 10:11am Friday, December 28, 2012
By J.D. Cowart and Ed Bailey
With 2012 drawing to an end, The Outlook is doing a special look back on the 10 biggest sports stories of the year. Today’s issue of the Outlook focuses on numbers 10-6 while the Weekend Edition of the Outlook will wrap up the countdown.
Whether it was a historic football season, dominance on the greens or a native son succeeding at the next level, Alexander City had quite the year in the sports world. Here’s Part One of what The Outlook has deemed the best sports moments in 2012.
10: Blankenship named to C-USA all-freshman team:
Former BRHS O-lineman Cameron Blankenship earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman team. The 6’4, 305-pounder started the final nine games of his freshman campaign at guard, performing as one of the bright spots of UAB’s 3-9. A native of Alexander City, Blankenship was also a member of the 2011 All-Outlook and Outlook Super 12 teams and is expected to be a fixture on the Blazers’ O-line into the future.
9. Williams earns PGA Tour Card:
Former All-American golfer and Alexander City native Lee Williams earned his PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. While on the Web.com Tour, he earned his first career win at the Mexico Open and garnered four Top-10 finishes and eight Top-25 finishes.
8. CACC golf rolls to top ranking in NJCAA:
By going a perfect 5-for-5 in fall tourney play, the Central Alabama Community College golf team will enter the spring schedule as the team to beat in the NJCAA. Last time out on the golf course the Trojans dominated the Willow Point Country Club-CACC Invitational, earning a team victory and four of the top five slots individually.
7. HBHS amasses best season in school history:
With an 8-2 record and a playoff berth, the Generals put together the best season of football in the school’s history. Their only setbacks were to Lanett High, Reeltown High and Walter Wellborn High in the playoffs. Cory Battle and Luke Holt led the way for HBHS, as both landed on the 2012 All-Outlook Team and were honorable mentions for the Class 2A All-State team.
6. Nolens shine at AHSAA all-star week:
Dadeville head baseball coach Randy Nolen and sons Seth and Caleb all participated in the AHSAA All-Stars Sports Week baseball game. Seth is the head coach at Headland High School and Caleb is the first baseman for Dadeville. This was the first time three family members had been on the same team in the same year in the All-Stars Week history. The Nolens coached the South team to an All-Star series win.