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


Sam McCamey

McCamey broke the color barrier for the Scottsboro basketball team in the 1967-68 season after starring at the all African-American school in Scottsboro, Carver High School, from 1965-67. He played one season at Middle Tennessee State, then played at Martin Junior College before playing the 1970-71, 1971-72 seasons at Oral Roberts University. McCamey was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the eighth round of the 1972 NBA Draft but was unable to pursue a professional career due to a medical condition detected during the team physical. McCamey was inducted into the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.



Number of Jackson County basketball coaches who have taken teams from multiple schools to the Northeast Regional tournament at JSU:

› Cole Hicks: North Jackson boys, NSM boys

› Ronnie McCarver: Woodville boys, Section boys, Skyline girls, Skyline boys

› Stormy Stevens: Woodville girls, Section girls

› Joey Swinford: Woodville girls, Section girls

› Derek Wynn: Skyline boys, Scottsboro girls



NSM gave head coach Shawn Peek a win over his alma mater. Quarterback Craig Carrell put NSM in front on a 50-yard touchdown run. NSM then took a 13-0 lead in the third quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Cody Wade, which followed an interception by Jamie Pruett. Pisgah responded with a 1-yard TD run by Shaun Free. The Eagles reached the NSM 10-yard line with less than a minute left, but Jimmy Lea and Chris Townson sacked Pisgah quarterback Woody Beard on fourth-and-11 to seal the win.


The Scottsboro volleyball program, coached by Jeff Adkins, earned a berth in the Class 5A state tournament by sweeping a best-of-five sub-state match with visiting Springville. The Wildcats won 25-23, 25-17, 25-16. Kristen Ferrell finished with seven kills, seven aces and seven blocks for Scottsboro, which improved to 35-9. The Wildcats also got 11 kills, nine digs and seven blocks from Ashley Gann while Hilliary Patterson finished with five digs, and setter Lauren Duncan had 24 assists.

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