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

PEOPLE

John Meadows

Meadows enjoyed a stellar high school football coaching career that spanned 34 years and two states. The Morgan County native, World War II veteran and former Jacksonville State football player coached at Hanceville and Gordo before coaching Scottsboro to a 55-9-5 record from 1959-65. His final Scottsboro team finished with an undefeated 10-0 record and was named the 1965 Class 3A State Champion by The Birmingham News. Meadows coached at Butler for 12 seasons after leaving Scottsboro before coaching 11 seasons at Lincoln County in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where he won a state championship in 1982. Meadows returned to Scottsboro after retiring and lived here until his death in 2018 at the age of 94. Meadows was inducted into the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2014.

NUMBERS

31

The number of wins, a school record, that the 2014 Section baseball team totaled on its way to a Class 2A state runner-up finish.

DATES

4.26.1985

The Scottsboro baseball team, coached by Buddy Holt, defeated Arab 4-2 to clinch an area championship and reserve a berth in the Class 5A playoffs. Steve Cleaver pitched a complete game for the WIldcats, totaling 10 strikeouts while allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. He carried a shutout into the top of the seventh inning. The Wildcats did not commit an error in the field. George Gann had an RBI double for the Wildcats while Gann, Chip Slaten, Gary Kobet and Jeff Chaney scored one run each for Scottsboro, which earned the right to host Etowah in the opening round of the playoffs.

2.3.2007

The Scottsboro wrestling team repeated as Class 5A state champion. The Wildcats, coached by Chris Staton, outdistanced runner-up Gardendale 152-99. Scottsboro wrestlers Garon Machen (119 pounds), David Washington (140), Chase Cuthbertson (152) and Chase Cuthbertson (160) all won individual weight class state titles — it was the fourth straight title for the Chase and Kyle Cuthbertson — while Nick Hall (215) and Richard Wayne (275) were state runners-up.

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