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Sports n Outdoor - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. http://druidcityliving.com Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:27:04 -0500 MYOB en-gb Boating Safety and the Weather: Upcoming Class Seeks to Educate Area Boaters http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2393-boating-safety-and-the-weather-upcoming-class-seeks-to-educate-area-boaters http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2393-boating-safety-and-the-weather-upcoming-class-seeks-to-educate-area-boaters Boating Safety and the Weather: Upcoming Class Seeks to Educate Area Boaters

We have all heard the phrase, “If you don’t like the current weather, just wait awhile, it will change.” True, true! And it’s those changes that we need to pay attention to.

Not many years ago, weather forecasting was inaccurate, slow, and not very localized. No longer! With some exceptions, weather forecasting is very accurate, especially violent, bad weather conditions. Radio, TV, the internet, and our newspapers all have weather information vital to our enjoyment of boating. All we need to do is pay attention. If you have a marine radio, it has special channels for local weather that is very accurate, up-to-date, and localized for our area.

Let’s look at a possible weather scenario where we live.

It’s Monday, and you and some friends think it a great idea to go on a cruise next Saturday. Since the trip is recreational, there is no compelling reason to do it if the weather is bad. Here is a technique you might want to use.

Set up a series of times to make go-no-go decisions. On Monday, you look at the long-range weather forecast for the next weekend. You note that there is a warm front approaching from the west. Warm fronts mean cloudy, humid days with the possibility of rain. This one should hit our lake by Thursday. Then, we know that front will be followed by a cold front – just as sure as God makes little green apples. A cold front is often preceded by a very windy leading edge (called a roll cloud). You decide that the trip is still a go. On Wednesday, the warm front is still on its way and predicted to arrive on Thursday and depart by Saturday – it’s a fast one! So, the trip is still a go. On Thursday, the warm front arrives, and the forecast is still for it to depart on Saturday. You can still give this a go signal, but tomorrow will tell the tale. Friday evening, the warm front is about through, and the forecast is for the cold front to arrive on Saturday. Go or no-go? It’s iffy, but it looks like a go. It’s the usual cold front’s wind that is the question. You awake Saturday morning to a beautiful clear day – with winds approaching 30 MPH. Being prudent and not self-destructive, you declare a no-go; but Sunday looks perfect, so you simply delay your cruise one day.

Making go-no-go decisions also helps us once we are on the water. Often, we have a perfect day but with the threat of wide spread thunderstorms. You do NOT want to be on the water in one of those things. If you see one coming – you can hear the thunder and see dark clouds approaching, usually out of the south or west – make a beeline for shore. Any shore. If you can’t get back to your dock, just pull ashore anyplace and wait out the storm. Thunderstorms are usually quick. If you are caught in your boat, put on your life jacket, and stay low in the boat. Put out the anchor or, using power, head into the wind and waves at a 45-degree angle.

Learn more about weather and other boating topics by attending Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety classes. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8 5 in Tuscaloosa is conducting a boating safety Class, About Boating Safely, on June 23 at the Tuscaloosa County Annex Auditorium (2501 7th Street) in Tuscaloosa. The class starts at 8:30 a.m. Successful completion of this course fulfills all requirements to obtain an Alabama Boaters License and may entitle you to discounts on your boat’s insurance premium.

For more information, or to register for the class, please call Lyn Spencer at (205)-394-7808 or e-mail lspencer44@comcast.net.

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Sports n Outdoor Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500
NorthRiver Yacht Club to Host the 2018 WSGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2377-northriver-yacht-club-to-host-the-2018-wsga-amateur-and-mid-amateur-championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2377-northriver-yacht-club-to-host-the-2018-wsga-amateur-and-mid-amateur-championships Finalizing meals for the upcoming WSGA Championship at NorthRiver during a meeting on May 4 are (clockwise) Club Host Chair Katherine Moore, Tournament Chair and WSGA Board Secretary Susan West, NorthRiver Director of Food and Beverage Kristin Rastall, NorthRiver Director of Catering Hannah Thomas, NorthRiver Chef Scott French, and NorthRiver Assistant General Manager Zeke Larson.

Talented female golfers from 15 southern states are taking over the greens at Tuscaloosa’s NorthRiver Yacht Club June 4-8. NorthRiver is hosting the 2018 Women’s Southern Golf Association amateur and mid-amateur tournaments. The event is free and open to the public. 

“WSGA is thrilled to be at a championship venue like NorthRiver for our prestigious Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships,” said Janie Carpenter, WSGA Board President. “We take great pride in our tournaments and look forward to being in Tuscaloosa.” 

Steeped in tradition, the WSGA has held its amateur tournament for over 100 years, with many  

participants and winners going on to play in the LPGA. Notable past participants include Dori Carter, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, and Louise Scruggs. 

Each tournament will host 48 players who will travel with their families from all over the south to participate. WSGA Board members estimate the tournaments will bring almost $400,000 in revenue to the community.

“The hospitality of our town was so good that the WSGA was thrilled when NorthRiver stepped up to host this year's championships,” said Susan West, Secretary of the WSGA Board of Directors and Championship participant. 

Registration and practice rounds for the championships are June 3, with qualifying on June 4. Match play gets underway on June 5, and the finals are scheduled for June 8. The featured social event is the Players Dinner in NorthRiver’s dining room overlooking the picturesque 18th hole.

This has been quite the year for Alabama women in golf. The USGA Women’s Open Championship was held at Shoal Creek in Birmingham in the days leading up to the WSGA tournaments. The Women’s Open offered a great opportunity for more experienced competitors and a potential learning experience for amateurs who chose to watch.

The WSGA also offers opportunities for young women golfers. Last year’s WSGA scholarship winner, Molly Ann Norris of Winfield, now attends Birmingham Southern College. Each year, the WSGA awards a four-year scholarship to a graduating senior who not only has an interest in golf, but who also excels academically. 

Supporting young women in the game of golf, either through hosting tournaments or providing scholarships, is all a part of the mission of WSGA. For decades, volunteers have continued these traditions with same ultimate goal.

“There is a lot of work, both beforehand and behind-the-scenes and up-front during tournament week, that goes into planning one of these championships, and the committee has been working on this for over nine months,” West said. “We are grateful for our local volunteers and the membership at NorthRiver for being so helpful.” 

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Sports n Outdoor Sun, 03 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Alabama and Texas Announce Home-and-Home Series http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2355-alabama-and-texas-announce-home-and-home-series http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2355-alabama-and-texas-announce-home-and-home-series Alabama and Texas Announce Home-and-Home Series

Alabama and Texas have announced a home-and-home series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns for 2022 and 2023.

“We’re thrilled to be able to add another incredible non-conference opponent with the University of Texas for a home-and-home series,” said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. “It’s been nearly 100 years since Alabama has visited Austin and over a century since the Longhorns have traveled to Tuscaloosa, so we’re looking forward to it. This will certainly be a great opportunity for our program and our fans.”

The first meeting will take place in Austin, on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas returning the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

The 2022 matchup will be the be the 10th meeting between two of college football’s most storied programs and the first since the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns, 37-21, in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., at the conclusion of the 2009 season.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football.”

Texas holds a 7-1-1 edge in the series with six meetings coming in bowl games. The teams first met in Tuscaloosa during the 1902 season followed by trips to Austin for the Crimson Tide in 1915 and 1922. The bowl game meetings including the 1948 Sugar Bowl, the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, the 1965 Orange Bowl and the 1973 and 1982 Cotton Bowls, along with the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Louisville. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Wed, 16 May 2018 15:26:27 -0500
On the Green: Legacy Golf Challenge Supports Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2339-on-the-green-legacy-golf-challenge-supports-tuscaloosa-youth-for-christ http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2339-on-the-green-legacy-golf-challenge-supports-tuscaloosa-youth-for-christ Druid City Living is the proud sponsor of the Legacy Golf Tournament Awards Presentation.

Tuscaloosa golfers – professionals and novices alike – are gearing up once again to support the mission of Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ. The group’s annual Legacy Golf Challenge will begin at noon on May 10 at the NorthRiver Yacht Club. 

“YFC is truly a special organization that is literally changing lives in our community and growing the kingdom of God with every relationship formed,” said David Ikard, a member of the YFC Board of Directors. “I’m honored and humbled to play a very small role in YFC.”

The Legacy Challenge tournament financially supports YFC’s mission through their year-round programs. Overall, YFC volunteers are able to reach over 2,200 middle and high schoolers in Tuscaloosa programs by meeting the students in their daily lives. 

Campus Life, the main program, sends volunteers to local schools to bond with students and help provide a positive influence. Volunteers are present in 16 schools in Tuscaloosa County, visiting during lunch, attending athletic events, and holding group events.

YFC’s Parent Life program helps local women with the trials of motherhood at a young age. The goal is to provide encouragement, helping the women balance school with being a parent – which greatly increases the chance they will graduate.

“Our club leaders go into the schools, meet these kids where they are in life, and let them know they are loved,” Ikard said. “Many of the kids YFC reaches have less-than-ideal home lives and are desperate for love, acceptance, and fruitful relationships. It’s through the relationships that our club leaders and staff are able to form with the kids that allows them to hear the Gospel and hopefully come to trust Christ in their daily lives.”

Funds from the Legacy Golf Challenge will support the launch of YFC’s newest program – the Juvenile Justice Ministry. This new initiative allows YFC volunteers to bring their influence to incarcerated teens through relationships they build.

As for who can participate in the upcoming tournament, organizers say anyone from the community with an interest in golf should find some golfing partners and come support the cause. The tournament uses a four-ball scramble format, giving even the most inexperienced golfer a fair shot. 

Tuscaloosa YFC Executive Director Mike Green says this year’s goal of $75,000 would set an all-time record for the fundraiser. And what is the key to this tournament’s success? 

“We have about a dozen teams that play every year and whose financial investment has grown as well,” Green said. “I think that is the case because we do a great job of hosting our golfers at NorthRiver and explaining to them how their investment is changing the lives of teenagers.”

Ikard agrees, adding that it’s about the experience of helping that makes this event so special. 

“To know I can play golf while simultaneously helping change kids' lives; that's a pretty rewarding round of golf, irrespective of my final score,” he said.

To learn more, or to sign up to play, contact Mike Green at mike@tuscaloosayfc.com. Become a sponsor at grouprev.com/YFCLegacyChallenge. 

 

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Sports n Outdoor Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Shellenberger, Cridge win USA Triathlon High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2325-shellenberger-cridge-win-usa-triathlon-high-school-national-championships-in-tuscaloosa http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2325-shellenberger-cridge-win-usa-triathlon-high-school-national-championships-in-tuscaloosa Shellenberger, Cridge win USA Triathlon High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa

Andrew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.) successfully defended his title at the 2018 USA Triathlon High School National Championships on Friday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, while Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.) became a first-time national champion.

The event, which drew a record field of more than 150 athletes, was held for the third consecutive year in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships.

All races at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships were changed from triathlons (swim-bike-run) to duathlons (run-bike-run) due to strong currents in the Black Warrior River that were deemed unsafe for swimming. The high school athletes in Friday’s race instead completed a 2.5-kilometer run, followed by a non-drafting 21.45-kilometer bike and another 2.5-kilometer run.

In the boys’ race, Austin Podhajsky (Parker, Colo.) took the lead after the first run. He came into the first transition in 8 minutes, 5 seconds, followed closely by Shellenberger in 8:09 and Axel Mateo (Marietta, Ga.) in 8:13. It didn’t take long for Shellenberger to pull ahead on the bike, however, taking the lead from Podhasjsky on the first of four laps. Shellenberger averaged 26.54 miles per hour on the bike, the only athlete to average over 25 mph. By the time he came into the second transition, he had nearly two-and-a-half minutes on Podhajsky in second.

Shellenberger easily held onto his lead through the second run, crossing the finish line with a total time of 48:28. Podhajsky took second in 50:49, followed by Jack DeWeerdt (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) in third in 51:36.

“My dad’s always been a believer that 99.9 percent of the game is mental,” Shellenberger said of adusting to the duathlon format. “The rest is physical. If you can get that mental bit down, it’s totally going to make that big leap in the race. That really has helped me since I was a little boy, since I started triathlon when I was 4 years old. He’s always been telling me that it’s mental. You’ve got to be ready for it.’”

Two athletes competed in the High School Boys’ Paratriathlon Open division. Owen Cravens (Algonquin, Ill.), a visually-impaired athlete competing with guide Eric Palmquist (Geneva, Ill.), finished in 57:03. Jack O’Neil (Colorado Springs, Colo.), an above-the-knee amputee, finished in 1:16:29.

In the girls’ race, Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded the fastest first run in 8:51, with defending champion Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.) right on her heels. Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.) was third heading onto the bike but quickly took the lead, building a gap on the rest of the field with each passing lap.

Hickey remained in the lead through her second run and broke the tape, with Ernst following in second and Cridge crossing the line third. However, Hickey was assessed a two-minute time penalty, giving her an adjusted time of 56:45. Ernst was also assessed penalties, moving her out of podium position. After all times were adjusted, Cridge was named national champion in 56:10, Hickey took second in 56:45, and Katelyn Elliott (Porter, Texas) was third in 58:54.

In the club standings, Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club swept the boys’ and girls’ and titles for the second consecutive year, and the overall title for the third consecutive year.

In the overall standings, Sammy’s Fox Valley earned a commanding 521 points, while the North Georgia High School Regional Team took second place with 414 points.

On the boys’ side, Sammy’s Fox Valley took the win with 273 points, followed by North Georgia with 225 and the E3 High School Team with 121. The girls’ title went to Sammy’s Fox Valley with 248 points, followed by the Mini Cow Tri Club with 222 and North Georgia with 189.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Alabama Football Concludes Spring Season with Crimson Defeating White in Golden Flake A-Day Game, 24-12 http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2318-alabama-football-concludes-spring-season-with-crimson-defeating-white-in-golden-flake-a-day-game-24-12 http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2318-alabama-football-concludes-spring-season-with-crimson-defeating-white-in-golden-flake-a-day-game-24-12 Alabama Football Concludes Spring Season with Crimson Defeating White in Golden Flake A-Day Game, 24-12

The Alabama football team concluded its spring season with the annual Golden Flake A-Day Game Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson team came out on top, 24-12, in front of 74,732 fans – the ninth-highest attended A-Day Game in program history.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Mac Jones and redshirt freshman placekicker Joseph Bulovas each shared the Dixie Howell Memorial Award (MVP of the A-Day Game). Jones finished the game connecting on 23-of-35 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Meanwhile, Bulovas, who was the kicker for both the Crimson and White teams, finished the day connecting on 5-of-7 field goals, including netting 48- and 49-yard attempts.

Senior defensive lineman Raekwon Davis received the Dwight Stephenson Award (Most Valuable Lineman of the A-Day Game), after ending the contest with eight tackles and two sacks.

Sophomore Najee Harris led the rushing attack with 41 yards on 14 carries, while sophomore Devonta Smith was tops for the Tide in receiving, catching five passes for a game-high 87 yards.

On defense, sophomore Dylan Moses led both teams with a game-high 10 tackles, while sophomore LaBryan Ray had a game-best four tackles for loss, including two sacks.

The Crimson side got on the scoreboard first with a seven play, 63-yard drive, capped off by sophomore Brian Robinson Jr. reaching the end zone from one yard out. The Tide used a heavy dose of the ground game, running six straight times before taking the 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the first quarter.

The scored stayed that way until early in the second quarter when the Crimson team struck again after redshirt freshman receiver Chadarius Townsend caught the ball across the middle of the field before breaking a tackle and rumbling 65 yards for the touchdown. Following Bulovas’ extra point, Crimson led 14-0 with 11:39 to go before halftime. The White team responded before the half by netting two field goals to cut the deficit to 14-6 at the break.

In the third quarter, the White side continued to trim the Crimson lead after Bulovas hit another field goal to make it 14-9 heading into the fourth.

With 12:29 remaining, Bulovas drilled his fourth field goal of the day to make it 14-12. The Crimson team put the game out of reach with 1:15 to go when Bulovas converted a 48-yard field goal and 40 seconds later, Jones found sophomore receiver Xavian Marks for a 46-yard touchdown strike to result in the final score.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:36:13 -0500
USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships Return to Tuscaloosa http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2317-usa-triathlon-collegiate-club-and-high-school-national-championships-return-to-tuscaloosa http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2317-usa-triathlon-collegiate-club-and-high-school-national-championships-return-to-tuscaloosa USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships Return to Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa will welcome nearly 1,300 triathletes from 120 collegiate clubs and more than 150 high school triathletes to town on Friday and Saturday (April 27-28), for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships.

A longtime USA Triathlon National Championships host, Tuscaloosa is welcoming the event for the second consecutive year. The city also held Collegiate Club Nationals in 2011 and 2012, as well as the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships (sprint and Olympic-distance) in 2009 and 2010.

USA Triathlon announced on Tuesday that the course for all races will be shifted from a triathlon (swim-bike-run) to a duathlon (run-bike-run) to ensure athlete safety. Heavy rainfall in Tuscaloosa the past two weeks led to the Holt Dam spillway gates being opened by local officials to avoid flooding. Heightened volume in the Black Warrior River necessitated that the gates remain open through race weekend, resulting in overly strong currents that were deemed unsafe for swimming.

“While being forced to cancel the swim is never an easy prospect, the safety of all competitors will always be our No. 1 concern,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events and the race director for the Collegiate Club & High School National Championships. “We were informed of the extreme river conditions earlier this week and, after monitoring the situation closely with local officials, we were unfortunately left with no other option. We have communicated this change to our conference commissioners and coaches, who have been understanding and supportive. While we share in the athletes’ disappointment, we look forward to delivering a premier race experience this weekend and showcasing the top collegiate and high school talent from across the country.”

Racing starts Friday morning with the Draft-Legal Collegiate Club Championships, in which athletes will now cover a 2.5-kilometer run, draft-legal 20-kilometer bike and another 2.5-kilometer run. The first women’s wave goes off at 8:15 a.m. CT, followed by the men at 10 a.m. CT. The draft-legal format, which allows athletes to work together and pace off each other on the bike, is similar to what is contested in elite International Triathlon Union (ITU) competitions and the Olympic Games.

In the afternoon, some of the nation’s up-and-coming multisport athletes will compete at the USA Triathlon High School National Championships. The course will cover a 2.5k run, non-drafting 21.45k bike and 2.5k run. High school boys, including two athletes competing in the Paratriathlon Open division, will race at 12 p.m. CT, followed by the girls at 1 p.m. CT.

The action continues Saturday morning with nearly the entire field of collegiate athletes competing in the Olympic-Distance Collegiate Club Championships. The course covers a 5.2k run, 40k bike and another 5.2k run. The race also includes a Paratriathlon Open division, which features a 5.2k run, 20k bike and 5.2k run. Women are set to go off at 7:30 a.m. CT, followed by all paratriathletes at 9:25 a.m. CT, and men at 10:10 a.m. CT.

The Mixed Team Relay event will cap off the weekend at 4:15 p.m. CT. Each team is comprised of two men and two women from the same school, with each athlete covering a 1.07k run (for athlete No. 1, that distance will be 0.87k), 5.9k bike and 1.2k run before handing off to the next teammate.

For all races, athletes will bike and run on Jack Warner Parkway, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk and surrounding roads, and finish at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Updated run-bike-run course maps are now available at usatriathlon.org/ccnc2018.

Qualified collegiate athletes may compete in multiple races throughout the weekend. Individual and club (men’s, women’s and overall) champions will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony, set for 8 p.m. CT on Saturday at the Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center. Results from both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance races will factor into men’s and women’s club scores, while the Mixed Team Relay will factor into overall (combined men’s and women’s) team scoring for the first time this year.

Participants, spectators and media can access live athlete tracking using the USA Triathlon Events App. The app, which also features a live leaderboard, up-to-date schedules and complete event information, is available for free download on iPhone and Android devices. Athlete tracking is also available in a web-browser-based version of the app, available by clicking here. Users of the 2017 app (“USA Triathlon National Events App”) with the blue icon should delete it from their phones and download the “USA Triathlon Events App” with an orange icon. For more information, visit usatriathlon.org/eventsapp.

Live coverage of all races will also be available on Twitter @USATLive.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
A-Day 2018: Activities and Experiences, Times and Places http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2312-a-day-2018-activities-and-experiences-times-and-places http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2312-a-day-2018-activities-and-experiences-times-and-places A-Day 2018: Activities and Experiences, Times and Places

The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff this Saturday, April 21, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. A-Day 2018 will include a full day of activities and experiences, including the opportunity for fans to take the field at the conclusion of the game. The A-Day game will serve as the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.

 It will be the program's 12th A-Day Game under the direction of six-time national championship coach Nick Saban. A myriad of activities punctuate the 2018 Golden Flake A-Day Game that will be televised on ESPN with Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Adnan Virk, and Holly Rowe calling the game from field level.

 

Game day will get started with the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest, which will open at 8 a.m. adjacent to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Fan Fest will feature free giveaways, sampling events, the Coca-Cola Kids Zone, live radio remotes, vehicle displays, the annual UA athletic apparel/game program sale and other fun fan activities open to the general public. Numerous food vendors will also be open on the Walk of Champions Plaza starting at 8 a.m.

 

Alabama’s 2017 Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff national championship trophies will be on display at the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest. Free photo opportunities with the trophies will begin at 8 a.m., while former Alabama football players will also be in attendance signing free autographs at Fan Fest. Check RollTide.com and UA Athletic Facebook pages for updated appearance confirmations and times.

 

A limited number of unique experience upgrades remain available for sale. Fans may purchase the opportunity to take their picture on the sideline during the game, secure VIP access to the alumni flag football game, guarantee seats in the shade, and more. Two special national championship items – commemorative season ticket sheets and College Football Playoff banners displayed in Atlanta – have also been released for sale. Visit RollTide.com/Experience to browse all available experience upgrades and commemorative items.

 

Winn-Dixie rewards card holders can pick up reserved tickets in the special Winn-Dixie Family Section by signing up or showing their new Plenti rewards card at the Winn-Dixie display in the Fan Fest. The Winn-Dixie Family Section will be located in Section A of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Approximately 1,000 Family Section tickets will be available prior to the game while supplies last. 

 

A-Day posters featuring the 2018 schedule will be given away at the gates to the first 10,000 fans. A-Day programs will also be available at a cost of $5. University of Alabama students are encouraged to enter through Gate 31 and swipe their ACT card for a chance to win one of several prizes that will be given out throughout the game.

 

The Alumni Flag Football Game begins at 10:30 a.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and will feature former Alabama standouts. The game is slated for two 20-minute halves and should wrap up around 11:15 a.m.

 

One of the great traditions at The University of Alabama, which is always open to the public, is the annual Walk of Fame Ceremony at Denny Chimes. At approximately 11:15 a.m. on A-Day, head coach Nick Saban and 2017 captains Bradley Bozeman, Rashaan Evans, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Shaun Dion Hamilton will address the crowd. The captains will then leave prints of their hands and cleats in the concrete as they join a long list of Crimson Tide greats at Denny Chimes.

 

The Crimson Tide will then hold its Walk of Champions, scheduled for 11:50 a.m., when the team arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year's halftime entertainment will feature a home run derby as former Crimson Tide football, baseball and softball players square off in an entertaining competition.

 

Coach Saban will present the spring awards to the team at midfield at the conclusion of the game. Once the team has cleared the field, for the fifth straight year at A-Day, all fans will have postgame field access. Fans may enter through any of the four corner gates.

 

Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance over the last 11 years with a total of 884,070 fans for an average of 80,970 fans per game during that period. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In head coach Nick Saban's first year of 2007, the stadium was at full capacity prior to expansion (92,138).

 

The Crimson Tide softball team hosts Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. in game one of their three-game series at Rhoads Stadium. The day concludes when the Alabama baseball team takes on Auburn at 7 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide will also host the Tigers on Friday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets for Alabama baseball and softball games can be purchased at RollTide.com.

 

Public parking for A-Day is free and first-come/first-serve with Crimson Ride shuttles beginning their game day routes at 7:00 a.m. Tuscaloosa Transit will begin running from the downtown Intermodal Facility at 10 a.m. and will conclude one hour after the end of the game. For more parking, traffic and A-Day information go to UAGameday.com.

 

Once again, Alabama's clear bag policy will be in effect during the 2018 season beginning with the A-Day Game. The clear bag policy is in the best interest of public safety and significantly expedites entry into Bryant-Denny Stadium. The policy limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into the stadium by fans.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:02:13 -0500
Alabama Football Visits the White House http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2298-alabama-football-visits-the-white-house http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2298-alabama-football-visits-the-white-house Alabama Football Visits the White House

The University of Alabama’s national championship football team was welcomed to the White House on Tuesday, April 10, by President Donald Trump during a ceremony on the South Lawn.

Head coach Nick Saban and the team presented President Trump with an Alabama jersey, helmet and a game ball from the College Football Playoff National Championship Game during the ceremony. The visit also included a tour of the White House, including the East Room, State Dining Room, Red Room, Blue Room and Green Room.

The trip to the White House was the Crimson Tide’s fifth since the spring of 2010, in recognition of the Tide’s 26-23 come-from-behind-overtime victory over Georgia in the 2018 CFP National Championship Game in Atlanta. It was Alabama’s 17th national championship and the fifth under Nick Saban.

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Alabama Gymnastics Wins Its 32nd Regional Title, Advances to 36th-Consecutive NCAA Championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2297-alabama-gymnastics-wins-its-32nd-regional-title-advances-to-36th-consecutive-ncaa-championships http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/2297-alabama-gymnastics-wins-its-32nd-regional-title-advances-to-36th-consecutive-ncaa-championships Alabama Gymnastics Wins Its 32nd Regional Title, Advances to 36th-Consecutive NCAA Championships

The Alabama gymnastics team used a 197.225 to win its NCAA-best 32nd regional championship to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 36th year in a row in front of 5,302 fans.

“I'm so proud of this team,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “I'm so proud of the consistency and the trust. We talked a lot about being really grateful for everything and entitled to nothing, and tonight we really earned this opportunity and I think they knew we had to execute, we had to do our job, and I think that the ladies did a beautiful job of doing just that and representing The University of Alabama with a lot of pride."

The Crimson Tide finished nearly a three-quarters of a point ahead of second-place Georgia (196.500). The Bulldogs were the second team out of the Tuscaloosa regional to advance to St. Louis and NCAAs.

“It was really loud, actually,” UA senior Nickie Guerrero said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be that insane, but it made me appreciate all those fans that come every single meet – they showed up today. That was so amazing because they help so much.”

While the margin between first and second was fairly wide, the difference between second and fourth was less than two-tenths of a point. Illinois (196.425) was third, while Michigan (196.350) was fourth. Missouri (196.100) and Central Michigan (195.825) rounded out the regional.

Alabama freshman Lexi Graber earned a career-best score of 39.575 to win the all-around. She also took first off the vault with a career-best 9.950. Senior Kiana Winston won the balance beam in the last Coleman Coliseum routine of her illustrious career.

“Being at home was a lot of fun,” Graber said. “It was a blessing. Being with this team was just so fun tonight.”

In addition to winning the meet, Alabama posted the highest score on all four events.

The Tide opened on the floor exercise with a 49.200 led by Graber’s 9.875 and 9.850s from sophomore Maddie Desch and senior Nickie Guerrero. Alabama posted a season-best 49.350 on the vault, paced by Graber’s 9.95 and 9.9s from junior Ari Guerra and Guerrero.

After sitting out the third rotation on a bye, Alabama posted a 49.400 on the uneven bars after a trio of 9.9s from Graber, freshman Kylie Dickson and Winston.

With a trip to nationals on the line, the Tide closed things out on the balance beam, where Winston’s 9.925 and a 9.875 from Guerrero in the anchor spot pushed Alabama to a 49.275.

“It was just a blessing being able to compete for a final time here at home,” Winston said. “My team has my back and I want to have theirs.”

After a week off, Alabama will travel back to St. Louis (site of last month’s Southeastern Conference Championships) for the NCAA Championships April 20-21.

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