Hudspeth takes UNA head job
From Staff Reports
Dec. 31, 2001
Former Winston Academy head football coach Mark Hudspeth has been named the new head coach at the University of North Alabama.
Hudspeth, who is from Louisville and played his high school at Winston Academy, was named to the post on Dec. 24, agreeing to a three-year contract.
Hudspeth, 33, played his college football at Delta State, where he was a quarterback and free safety. The four-year letterman graduated in 1992.
He was offensive coordinator at the Naval Academy in 2001 and was offensive coordinator at Delta State in 1999 and 200 and was defensive back coach at the University of Central Arkansas in 1998.
UNA, Delta State and Central Arkansas all compete in the Gulf South Conference, one of the strongest NCAA Division II football leagues.
He was head coach at Winston Academy for the 1996 and 1997 seasons where his teams went 25-1 and won the 1997 state title with a 14-0 record.
Hudspeth replaces Bill Hyde, who retried after coaching at the Florence, Ala. school for 21 years, including the last four as head coach.
85 and still going strong
At age 85, Argie Luke is still an active supporter of Nanih Waiya athletics.
Luke is the only Board of Trustee that is still living toady from the founding fathers of the school.
In 1952, Luke began keeping the clock for the basketball teams at Nanih Waiya, he says he thinks he kept the clock 25 or 30 years.
Luke says he thinks he's seen about 1,100 games in his lifetime.
Luke has watched two grandsons play basketball at Nanih Waiya, and now he is enjoying his great granddaughter Jaimee Jones run the floor.
Luke's daughter, Martha Dawn Parks is now keeping the book for the basketball teams. She's the secretary for the school, and she says she just likes helping out.
Luke's great granddaughter thinks the world of her paw paw as well.
Sims moves into starting lineup
Former Quitman High School and Jones Junior College basketball standout Tammika Sims has played in all 12 games for 8-4 Texas A&M this season and has started the last two.
The 5-foot-11 junior is averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. In Texas A&M's 75-69 win over Houston on Dec. 29, she was four-of-four from the floor to score eight points to go with her seven rebounds. Her most productive game of the season was in a 83-48 thrashing of Texas Southern when she had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Looking for a football game?
A total of 19 Alabama High School Athletic Association teams have a combined 23 open dates they are trying to fill for the 2002 season.
The Class 2A open dates are: Houston Academy, Aug. 20, Sept. 27; Oakman, Sept. 27; and Randoph County, Aug. 30. The Class 3A openings are: Tarrant, Nov. 1; Northside, Nov. 1; Sulligent, Sept. 27; and West Limestone, Sept. 27. The 4A schools and their openings are: Alexandria, Aug. 30, Sept. 27; Dale County, Sept. 27; and Gulf Shores, Aug. 30, Nov. 1.
The Class 6A schools and their openings are: Davidson, Aug. 30; Enterprise, Oct. 11; Grissom, Sept. 6; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Oct. 4; Mountain Brook, Aug. 30; Opelika, Aug. 30; Shades Valley, Aug. 30; Sept. 27, Nov. 1; Smiths Station, Sept. 13; and Spain Park, Aug. 30.