Top 10 sports stories of 2015

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Escambia Academy’s track and field team claimed the No. 1 spot in the top 10 sports moments of 2015. | File Photo

Escambia Academy’s track and field team claimed the No. 1 spot in the top 10 sports moments of 2015. | File Photo

1. EA track wins state — Escambia Academy’s boys track and field team took home gold from the AISA Class 3A state track and field championships in April. The Cougars finished with 158 points. EA’s girls finished in fourth.

2. EA claims lifting title — The Cougars won the AISA Class 3A state weighlifting title for the third year in a row in February. EA also compiled the highest score at the tournament.

3. ECHS gym named after coach — Escambia County High School named its basketball gym after long-time coach Cornell Torrence in February. At present, Torrence serves on the Atmore City Council.

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4. EA falls in semis — Escambia Academy’s boys basketball team finished its season in the AISA Class 3A state semifinals. The Cougars fell to Glenwood, 61-36.

5. Atmore native inducted in HOF — Atmore native Steve Jefferson Jr. was one of 12 new members who were inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

6. Holley hired at Blount — Former Escambia County High School football coach Lev Holley was named the new coach at Blount High School in March.

7. Chiefs state bound for 1st time — The Northview High School baseball team advanced to its first ever state tournament appearance in May.

8. ECHS girls play at regionals — The Escambia County High School volleyball team advanced to the Class 5A South Super Regional in Montgomery in October, a year removed from making it to the state tournament for the first time in school history.

9. EA, NHS make playoffs — Escambia Academy and Northview’s football teams made appearances in the 2015 postseason. The Cougars fell in the AISA Class 3A state quarterfinals. Northview fell in a tight game in the Class 1A regional semifinal.

10. ECHS brims with pride — Escambia County High School’s baseball cap took first place in a statewide readers’ poll in a competition in May. The Blue Devils’ cap won over 50 other submissions, and was named the top winner out of a pool of 10.