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


Holly Currie

The 2003 Pisgah alum was a standout softball and basketball player who won four state softball titles and one basketball state crown during a legendary career. Currie was the state’s first Miss Softball award winner. She posted a 159-17 pitching record from 2000-03, pitched 965 2/3 career innings with 1,730 career strikeouts, a 0.45 career ERA and 29 no-hitters. At the plate, she had a career .528 batting average and a then-national record 365 career hits, 61 career home runs and 298 career RBIs. In basketball, Currie is Pisgah’s third all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points. She was the Class 2A state tournament MVP her senior season. Currie played college softball at Auburn from 2004-07, finishing her career as the program’s all-time leader in wins (60), strikeouts (782), appearances (143), innings pitched (644), games started (105) and saves (11). A two-way player for the Tigers, she closed her career in the Top 10 of 12 offensive categories, including home runs (36) and RBIs (151). She hit .317 for her career with a .560 slugging percentage.



Number of points scored by future Alabama quarterback Pat Trammell during the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons for Jackson County High School (now Scottsboro).


Number of Class 5A state wrestling championships that the Scottsboro wrestling program has won. The Wildcats won state titles in 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.



The Scottsboro varsity boys basketball team pulled out a last-second 74-73 win over visiting Albertville. With the Wildcats trailing by one point with seven seconds left, Benny Avens sank a pair of free throws to give Scottsboro just its second lead of the game. Avens finished with 21 points for Scottsboro while Randy Brown scored 20, Steve Long netted 17 and Mike Vickery added 10.


The Section football team celebrated Homecoming with a 34-0 win over Spring Garden. Blake Akins rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Rusty Varner ran for 118 yards and two scores. Akins also had two interceptions for the Section defense, which limited Spring Garden to 35 rushing yards on 30 carries. 


Kerry Lacy, a 1990 NSM graduate, made his Major League debut while pitching for the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 16, 1996.

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