Top 10 sport stories of the 2018-19 school year

The 2018-19 school year and sports season provided plenty of great, crazy, triumphant and even sad stories to write about. 

Another school year/sports year has come and gone and with it there have been some amazing stories. 

Here is the best of the best. 

10. Red Devils dominate state finals rematch, Sep. 6. 

In what was possibly the biggest regular season volleyball game of the year, Lawrence County welcomed Alexandria early in the year in what was a rematch of the previous year’s state championship. 

In front of a packed house, Lawrence County completely dominated the Lady Cubs, exacting their revenge. 

Unfortunately, injuries derailed the Lady Devils’ chance at a championship. However, this was still a special moment in their season. 

9. What a sweet homecoming it is / Red Devils dominate on homecoming, Sep 13/20. 

It was a long time before Lawrence County finally stepped on their home field. The Red Devils played their last two games of the 2017 season on the road and their first three of the 2018 season on the road. 

No game was more fitting of being homecoming than the 2018 West Point game. The Red Devils showed out big time in front of their home crowd, dominating the Warriors 43-7. 

8. Evans chooses UNA on NSD, Feb. 14

National Signing Day was a big deal for R.A. Hubbard High School as they saw four football players sign to play football at the next level. 

The biggest signing was athlete Riely Evans Jr. signing a Division I scholarship to play football at UNA. 

Head coach Mac Hampton, who was entering his second year at the time, said he wanted to  bring back some of the attention to a school and community that has a history of producing top tier college athletes. 

Evans signing did just that. 

7. Hatton overcomes double digit deficit to top East Lawrence, Nov. 15. 

In a shocking upset, Hatton opened the 2018-19 basketball season with a bang, upsetting East Lawrence. 

It was Hatton’s first win over East Lawrence in six years and also served as the first win for new head coach Tanner Tesney. 

6. Hail to the Chiefs / Lady Chiefs finish strong to take county title, Jan. 24

It was fitting that the night R.A. Hubbard made a clean sweep at the Lawrence County basketball tournament, it came when they were hosting at the historic Hazlewood High School. 

The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs both claimed gold, although they took different paths to get there. Hubbard’s boys rallied to defeat Lawrence County for the second year in a row and claim their second straight county championship. 

The Hubbard girl’s took down top seeded Hatton, the favorite, to claim their first county title in quiet some time. 

5. Lady Eagles season ends in controversy filled loss, May 16. 

One of the most bizzare ways to end a season unfortunately happened to the East Lawrence Lady Eagles this season. 

After weather had delayed their game several hours, the Lady Eagles softball team found themselves in a elimination game late in the evening at the softball regional tournament. 

What happened next is still crazy to think about. 

Since AHSAA rules state an inning can’t be started after midnight, and also, since the game had been through five innings, it was called with the Eagles on the losing end 5-2. 

A tough and frustrating way for them to end their season. 

4. Red Devils earn first win over Russellville in five years, April 11.

You can always count on Lawrence County and Russellville to be entertaining. 

This year the Devils finally got the best of the Golden Tigers on the baseball diamond. 

The game had all kinds of drama, building up to a climatic ending that made, not just for a great game, but a great story. 

3. Playing for Tyson, Jan 31. 

The 2018-19 season was a tough one for the R.A. Hubbard Chiefs. Coming off a trip to the AHSAA final four, they hoped for a repeat. 

However, things didn’t work out and part of the problem came when they lost point guard Tyson Garth. 

Garth’s injury was a tough blow to the Chiefs’ season, but the players willingness to pick up and play for him made for an inspiring story. 

2. Playoffs? Embattled Eagles find new life this season, October 11. 

Speaking of the impossible that East Lawrence’s James Moore almost pulled off. In a crazy turn of events, East Lawrence went from on their way to another winless season to having a chance at the playoffs all in one game. 

Their win over Lexington pushed the Eagles into the thick of the playoff hunt in what was easily the most unbelievable storyline of the year. 

The Eagles finished 2-8, ultimately missing out on the playoffs, but it wasn’t until the second to last week of the season before they were finally eliminated. 

Give credit to Moore to almost successfully guiding East Lawrence to the playoffs in his first year. 

1. Something to prove, May 16.

It’s very rare to have a team as talented and tradition rich as Hatton play a season with a chip on their shoulder. 

However, that’s exactly what this season was for the Hornets. 

After their heartbreaking loss in the regionals a year prior that ended their record breaking season, Hatton was determined to right that wrong. 

They did just that. 

Dominating at the regional tournament this year, all while playing behind the moniker of something to prove. 

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