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PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 lip Florala High School recently honored their one and only senior baseball player, Zachary Taylor. He is the eighteen- year-old son of Gerald Taylor. He has been a member of the varsity football and basketball team for the past four years. This was his first year playing varsity baseball. Taylor was voted all county football this year. During high school, he has been involved in Future Farmers of America, F-Club, and Fellowship of Christian Students. His future plans to attend the University of South Alabama to study Law Enforcement. He is a member of First Baptist church of Florala. Shown are (l-r) Michael Fleming and Zachary Tay- lor. (photo by Heath H Harrison) FHS track team to compete at state The Florala High School track team traveled to Tus- caloosa on Friday, April 23 to participate in the 1A Sec- tion 1 meet held at the Uni- versity of Alabama. The following teams and individuals advanced to the state competition that will be held next April 30-May 1 at Birmingham Southern College: Girls 4xl00m Relay Team: Paige Irwin, Olivia Hobbs, Hilary Thames, and Angela Radford (lst place at Sectionals) Boys Javelin: Jonathan Burleson (lst place at Sec- tionals) and John Bess (3rd place at Sectionals) Girls 800m Run: Paige Irwin (lst place at Section- als) Girls Disc: Angelia Wil- liams (3rd place at Section- als) Girls 100m Dash: An- gela Radford (3rd place at Sectionals) Girls 200m Dash: Hi- lary Thames (5th place at Sectionals) Girls 4x400m Relay: Hailey Maxey, Paige Irwin, Angela Radford, and Jus- tina Clissold (4th place at Sectionals) . . Angelia Williams Jonathan Burleson Paige Irwin PHS softball team wins district by Patrick Casey The Paxton softball team captured their first district crown since 2006 as they de- feated the Central Jaguars 6-3 in the District 1, Class A title game on Thursday night. The Bobcats rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, then held on as Central scored two runs in the top of the seventh in- ning but could get no closer in a 6-3 win that will allow Paxton to host a first-round state playoff game on Tues- day, April 27. Central scratched across a run in the top of the fourth inning with the help of a single and a walk that was combined with a sacrifice and a wild pitch to go on top 1-0. Paxton(17-6) put to- gether four hits and a walk in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead as senior Kristyn Geiselman's double that was laced over the third base bag put them ahead to stay. Starting pitcher Kappi Stewart fol- lowed with a single to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead. Three errors and a double by Brianna Owens allowed Paxton to add three more runs in the fifth inning. Gei- selman provided her third RBI of the night with a groundout for a 6-1 advan- tage. Central scored two runs in the top of the seventh in- ning with the help of three hits but the rally ended as the final out was recorded with a flyout to Bobcats left- fielder Chantel McCormick. Stewart pitched a com- plete game as she allowed nine hits in picking up the win. Megan Donald took the loss and scored the only run of the night for the Jaguars with her leadoff single in the fourth inning. The Jag- uars stranded eight runners on base as Paxton's defense and pitching had a solid out- ing in the district finale. Paxton got to the cham- pionship game after knock- ing off Rocky Bayou 7-0 in the semi-finals. Stewart al- lowed only two hits to the Knights while the Bobcats offense got a bases-clearing double from Emily Smith in the third inning to take con- trol of the game. "This team has worked so hard, especially my six seniors," coach Laurie Gil- bert said after the game. "All these girls have worked hard to get to this point and we hope to make a run in the playoffs." Playoff Notes: Paxton de- feated Central three times during the 2010 season. Paxton has won both of their softball district titles under Laurie Gilbert (2006,2010). Paxton's last win in the state playoffs came in 2006 with a 6-5 victory over Graceville at home. The Bobcats fell to Aucilla Christian in the second round that season at home by a score of 15-3. Paxton would face the win- ner of the Sneads at Quincy Munroe game at home on Friday, April 30, in the sec- ond round of the playoffs if they defeat Aucilla Chris- tian. Paxton has never won a second-round softball playoff game. Paxton is 3-7 in the softball playoffs as the Bobcats earned their first playoff berth in fast- pitch softball in 1999. Pax- ton is 1-1 versus Aucilla in two previous playoff meet- ings. The Bobcats are in the playoffs for the second time under Laurie Gilbert after Charles Barefield took the Bobcats to the playoffs six times during his tenure as the squad's head coach. I The Paxton Bobcats won the District 1, Class A so/tball champtonshtp wtth a 6-3 wt ver Central High School last week. ! Each week, Paxton teachers in grades K-6 choose one student as the Star Student of their classroom. This student will have demonstrated great citizenship or improved greatly aca- demically or behaviorally. Paxton School encourages all students to strive to be their best in and out of the classroom, and believes such accomplishments should be recognized. Shown are (front row, l-r) Gillian Tepchantee, Mya Young; (second row) Adam Hall, Tristan Petty, Hailey Davidson, Mauri Kelley, Kurt Arnett, Cole Arthur; (third row) Kayla Hartman, Kira IanieUo, Kewaun Benson, Aaron Arnett, Kristen Cook; (back row) Jonathon Jenkins, Troy Davis, Cameron Cook, Garrett Bodie, Makenzie Randall, and Kelsey Col- onna. WSH Library awarded We the People Bookshelf Collection W.S. Harlan Elemen- tary School Library is one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected by the Na- tional Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Associa- tion (ALA) to receive free hardcover editions of 17 classic books as part of the We the People Bookshelf grant program. The theme of this year's Bookshelf is "A More Perfect Union." The collection contains the following books: Kindergarten to Grade 3: "Tico and the Golden Wings" by Leo Lionni; "When Mar- ian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson" by Pam Mufioz Ryan; "A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution" by Betsy and Giulio Maestro Grades 4 to 6: "C6sar: l Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!" by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; "Darby" by Jonathon Scott Fuqua; "Eagle Song" by Jo- seph Bruchac; "The Great Little Madison" by Jean Fritz Grades 7 to 8: "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson; "Hitch" by Jeanette Ingold; "Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered" by Barry Denenberg; "Warriors Don't Cry" by Melba Beals Grades 9 to 12: "Ameri- can Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic" by Joseph El- lis; "Carver: A Life in Poems" by Marilyn Nelson; "Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara; "Lincoln in His Own Words" by Milton Melzer; "Twelve Angry Men" by Reginald Rose; "The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. DuBois Bonus: "The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns"; "The Civil War: An Illustrated History" by Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns; "De- claring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Docu- ment" edited by Christian Y. Dupont The award is part of the NEH's We the People initia- tive, which supports projects that strengthen the teach- ing, study, and understand- ing of American history and culture. Selected public and school libraries in all 50 states each will receive a set of the 17 books, bonus ma- terials including a DVD edi- tion of "The Civil War," the award-winning documen- tary by Ken Burns, posters, bookmarks, bookplates from the NEH and the ALA, and access to online planning and promotional materials. Since 2003, NEH and have distributed 17,000 We the People Bookshelf grants to school and public librar- ies across the country. For more information about We the People Book- shelf programs at the W.S. Harlan' Elementary School Library, contact Alisha Odom at 334-858-3294. Or visit http://wsharlan.cce. schoolinsites.com. For more information about the We the People Bookshelf proj- ect, visit http://publicpro- grams.ala.org/bookshelf. SUBSCRIBE TODAY The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 Paxton baseball and softball recap Jay 12 Paxton 6 The Jay Royals contin- ued their hot streak to end the season with a 12-6 win over the Bobcats at home. Paxton led 5-2 after two in- nings of play only to see Jay erupt for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 9-5 lead that they would never relinquish. The Royals pounded out 13 hits as Dan Geoghagan took the loss in four innings of work for Paxton. Luke Rowell got the win as he pitched four innings for the Royals, al- lowing four of the Bobcats six hits on the afternoon. Geoghagan tallied three of the Bobcats' six hits in the loss. Crestview 8 Paxton 6 Tke " Crestview Bulldogs got wo-run home run from ler Henderson in the top of the tenth inning to squeak out a road vic- tory over the Bobcats. Zach. Forehand had tied the game for Paxton with a two-run homer of his own in the bot- tom of the seventh inning to knot the game at 6-6. Hen- derson hit two home runs in the contest while Kameron Miller picked up the win. Josh McLaney took the loss for Paxton. Paxton 6 Freeport 2 Drew Cawthon picked up a win as the Bobcats de- feated the visiting Bulldogs at home 6-2 in a game short- ened to five innings due to rain. Josh McLaney drove in three runs on two hits as Paxton scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth to close the regular season with a 14-7 mark. The Bulldogs could manage only two hits off of Cawthon as they scored runs in the top of the third inning and one in the fifth as their regular season ended with an 11-11 mark.