When former Skyline girls basketball head coach Doug Graden saw Caity Ledwell selected to the 2019 Class 1A All-State Tournament Team, he couldn’t help but think back to 1983.
That season, Ledwell’s mother, Paula Sue Woodall Ledwell was a Class 1A State Tournament All-State Tournament pick.
“Paula Sue was a great player, team leader and floor general,” Graden said.
Paula Sue Ledwell said her playing days were special to her, but watching her daughter get to play in a state tournament was even more special.
“Watching her and her teammates get to do something like we did — they even went farther than us, we lost in the semifinals — that was just very special,” said Paula Sue Ledwell, whose team lost to eventual undefeated champion Akron in the 1983 1A semifinals. “It was a great honor for me to win the award and to be able to watch my daughter do the same.”
The Ledwells weren’t the only family ties to stand out at state.
Former Pisgah and Auburn standout Wallace Tinker watched two of his grandchildren, Kallie Tinker with Pisgah’s girls and Koby Tinker with Plainview’s boys, win Class 3A state championships. Wallace Tinker also had two grandchildren play in the 2018 state tournament, Koby Tinker with Plainview and Abby Jones with the Scottsboro girls team.
Wallace Tinker won a state championship at Pisgah in 1964 and was named the State Tournament MVP. But he’s no longer the only person in his family to hold that honor, as Koby Tinker was named the 2019 Class 3A State Tournament MVP after Plainview won its second straight state championship.
Woodville’s Clark wins is Bryant Jordan Scholarship regional winner — Woodville senior McKenzie Clark has been selected as the Class 1A Region 7 Achievement winner in the 2019 Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program.
Clark received a $3,000 scholarship and is eligible for the Bryant-Jordan Class 1A Achievement scholarship and the overall (Classes 1A-7A) Bryant-Jordan Achievement scholarship. Those awards will be handed out at the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Banquet April 8 at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham.
Sealy Big Bass Splash set for March 29-31 — With its hourly weigh-ins and huge guaranteed payouts, the Sealy Big Bass Splash on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro has become a huge hit with local anglers.
The 2019 Big Bash Splash Scottsboro stop is March 29-31. The hourly weigh-ins begin in the 7-8 a.m. hour and end in the 1-2 p.m. hour. The weigh-ins are held at Goose Pond Colony.
The overall winner (the heaviest fish caught during the tournament) wins a 2019 Triton TrX boat while the second through fifth overall finishers win cash prizes ranging from $1,000-$2,500. There will be $111,300 made in hourly payouts, which are warded to the Top-12 heaviest fish weighed in each hour. There are also prizes for fish that weigh exactly three, four and five pounds.
The entry fee to fish one day of the tournament is $160, $210 for two days and $260 to fish all three days. Early registration is available at sealyoutdoors.com. Angler can register in person at Goose Pond Bait and Tackle from noon-8 p.m. on March 28 and from 5-6 a.m. on the morning of March 29-31.
The tournament benefits the Ronald McDonald House and select McDonalds charities as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.