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On this day in sports history

BY COLIN “BIG C” MACGUIRE The Greenville Standard   Virginia won the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship over Texas Tech in overtime 85-77, a week ago Monday. In 2018, exactly 388 days earlier, Virginia suffered an embarrassing defeat in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Virginia was the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No.…

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Sims signs with Patriots

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Jebez Sims, a senior athlete at Greenville High School (GHS), recently signed a full-ride scholarship to play basketball for the George C. Wallace Community College Patriots in Selma. Sims is active in the GHS Key Club and his church, College Street Church of Christ. Sims also works for…

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GO GRACE

BY RAY VAN COR The Greenville Standard   Butler County’s own Dianna (Grace) Sipper has been officially announced as the newest member of the United States Martial Arts Team (USMAT) The nine year old martial arts Phenom and Georgiana native was scouted by the Team coaches at many tournaments. The invitation to try outs came…

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On this day in sports history

BY COLIN “BIG C” MACGUIRE The Greenville Standard   The 2019 Auburn Basketball Team just finished their best season ever. Auburn’s record was 30-10 with winning the SEC Basketball Tournament. Being seeded #5 in the Midwest Regional; Auburn was ranked #11 in the preseason. They opened the season on Nov. 2, 2018 vs Lincoln Memorial…

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On this day in sports history

BY COLIN “BIG C” MACGUIRE The Greenville Standard   The 1985 NCAA Men’s National Championship was played on Monday, April 1, 1985 at Rupp Arena in Lexington Ky. This was the last game played without a shot clock. That was put into play the next season. This was an advantage for Villanova. Entering the tournament…

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On this day in sports history

BY COLIN “BIG C” MACGUIRE The Greenville Standard   Today, I will talk about the 1968 NCAA Basketball Tournament. 23 teams played that year. The tournament started on March 8 and ended March 23, 1968. Today is March 23, exactly 51 years to the day and date. Today, this year’s tournament is entering the second…

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On this day in sports history

Forty years ago, Feb. 28, 1979, the SEC Basketball Tournament was revived. Last season was 1952. The site of the tournament was The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. The Tournament was played from Feb. 28 – March 3, 1979. Tennessee, coached by Don DeVoe, won the tournament beating Kentucky 75-69. Tennessee received the automatic bid…

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Thompson leads nation in steals

Jamil Thompson, a senior on the Greenville High School Tigers (GHS) varsity baseball team, currently leads the nation in stolen bases with 38. He also leads players in Alabama with a batting average of .649; is second for on-base percentage with .711; is third for runs scored with 27, and the amazing part of this…

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A Canadian visit

BY RAY VAN COR The Greenville Standard   A pair of Canada Geese took a short breather on their long trek south at Lucille Maraman’s pond in the Providence community which played host to this photo. Canada Geese are common and their numbers have increased between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding…

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Mickles receives prestigious coaching award

Marcus Mickles, who is head coach of the Greenville High School varsity basketball team, recently received the Alabama Ref Sportsmanship Award. It goes to the coach and school that showed good outstanding leadership and a great attitude throughout the basketball season. Mickles said he was honored to receive the award, “I believe in holding our…

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