Sentinel "Sports Figures" is a combination of people, numbers and dates in regards to sports and sports history in Jackson County.
C.B. ‘Red’ Strickland
The Jackson County and Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer coached basketball for 34 years at Skyline, Section, Geraldine and North Sand Mountain high schools with a career record of 705-264 in varsity and junior varsity play. During his 20 seasons (1956-75) as Section's varsity coach, he led the Lions to the 1969 Class 2A state title and a state runner-up finish in 1964. His Section teams also won five Jackson County Tournament championships and four Sand Mountain Tournament titles.
Number of 3-pointers the North Sand Mountain girls basketball team made during the 2009-10 season, which is seventh most in a single-season all-time in AHSAA history.
The Bridgeport football team stunned defending Class 2A state champion and undefeated Stevenson 14-3 to win the Class 2A Area 15 title and the area’s lone playoff berth. Robby Johnson’s 29-yard field goal in the first quarter gave Stevenson a 3-0 lead, but Bridgeport took an 8-3 lead just before halftime when quarterback Brian Stewart scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal and Donald Lawson ran for the two-point conversion. Another fourth-down TD run by Stewart, a 5-yarder with 2:01 left in the game, sealed the win for Bridgeport. Anthony Walker rushed for 142 yards on 20 carries for the Tigers and Tyrone Robinson had three interceptions on defense.
The Scottsboro varsity boys indoor track and field team won its fifth straight Class 5A state championship by edging runner-up Northridge by 10 points. Coach John Esslinger’s team got individual state championships in the 4x400-meter relay — Andrew Mardis, Jager Livingston, Spencer Neeley and Zane Dutton set a then indoor state meet record (3:29.83) — and the 4x800 as Dutton, Jay Munday, Griff Graves and Cody Hood took first with a time of 8:33.25. Graves won the 3200-meter run title (9:33.70) and Ryan Smith won the pole vault title (13 feet, 6 inches).