Sentinel "Sports Figures" is a combination of people, numbers and dates in regards to sports and sports history in Jackson County.

PEOPLE

John Olinger

Olinger was a 1958 graduate of Jackson County (now Scottsboro) High School who went on to play three seasons at the University of Alabama for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Olinger was the starting center for the 1961 Alabama national championship team, which was quarterbacked by his former high school teammate and Pat Trammell. Olinger went on to coach high school football at Minor High School in Birmingham during the 1965-66 seasons and Anniston High School from 1967-70. He was the Calhoun County Coach of the Year in 1970. Olinger, who died in 2012, was part of the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

NUMBERS

4,467

Passing yards for North Jackson career passing leader Will Richard (2006-09).

23

Number of cross country state championships won by the Scottsboro girls cross country program, tied with Mountain Brook for most all-time in AHSAA history.

DATES

4.21.1978

The Bridgeport baseball team scored 11 runs off of 11 hits en route to defeating Stevenson 11-5 to win the Jackson County Tournament championship. The Tigers, who defeated Skyline 15-3 in the semifinals, scored eight runs over the first four innings in the title game. Barry Rector went 3-for-4 for Bridgeport while Len Colvin, Keith Cooper and Jackie Stewart had two hits each. Dusty Stone pitched a complete game with three strikeouts for the Tigers.

1.24.2009

The Section girls basketball team won its third straight Jackson County Tournament title with a last-second 47-44 win over North Sand Mountain. After holding an eight-point halftime lead, NSM surged in front 44-43 on Lacy Huckabee’s jumper with 1:15 remaining. After NSM missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity with 18 seconds left, Section took the lead when a hard pass intended for Emily Dutton deflected off her hands and across the lane to a wide-open Brenea Bradford, who laid the ball up off the glass to give Section a 45-44 lead with 6.7 seconds remaining.

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