- Cullman, Alabama

December 11, 2013

PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Cofers, Raiders edge Vinemont 63-61; Cold Springs downs Oakman; Saints drop pair in area play

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

VINEMONT — These Cofer kids sure are nice to have around in Good Hope.

Andy Cofer came up big for the Raiders with 20 points, while his cousin, Alex, added a double-double — 18 points and 10 rebounds — as well as a clutch 3-pointer to put his team up late in a nail-biting 63-61 win over Vinemont.

Jonathan Grigsby (nine points) and Eli Marty (seven) also played big minutes for Mike Jones, whose squad picked up its fourth victory of the season.

“It was a complete team effort,” the coach said. “I’m proud of my guys for gritting it out on the road.”

Stats for Vinemont were unknown.

The Eagles were scheduled to travel to Falkville Thursday. Good Hope will host Hanceville Friday.


% Cold Springs 72, Oakman 54: The Eagles continued to soar after picking up their third straight win Tuesday night at home.

Cold Springs, which improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in area play with the triumph, won’t return to the court until next Tuesday for a quick rematch with the Wildcats.

Stats for the Eagles were unknown.


% Decatur Heritage 59, St. Bernard 46: Playing without senior center John Gurtowski for yet another game and the second area opponent in as many nights, the short-handed Saints nearly pulled together to notch the home win.

Jacob Grey topped the charts with 14 points, Evan Aldridge was hot on his tail with 13 and Gavin Harris helped out with nine. Dean Smith was responsible for six points, while Matt Herring had four.

“Without John, they’re having to step up to the plate — and they’re doing that,” first-year St. Bernard coach Greg Boatright said. “As long as they work hard and keep improving, something good is going to come out of it before it’s over with.”

Boatright said Gurtowski, who’s been seen at games sporting a protective boot on his right foot, won’t be medically evaluated again until Dec. 23. Even if the big man is cleared that quickly, the coach said he plans to ease Gurtowski back into basketball activities.

“We’re having a tough time winning games, but I feel like we’re improving,” Boatright said. “That’s our goal right now, to keep getting better and hope and pray John gets back with us soon. We’ll be a better team.”


% Falkville 69, St. Bernard 32: Boatright had no choice but to give credit where it was due following Monday’s contest with the Blue Devils.

“I think they’ve got the team to beat in the area from what I can see,” the coach said of Falkville. “They have several guys that can score the basketball. They’re a solid team with a lot of seniors.”

Aldridge led the Saints in scoring with 13 points, followed by Smith’s eight, Herring’s five, Harris’ four and Benjamin Borths’ two.

St. Bernard (4-7) will host Southeastern for homecoming Friday night.


% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham and sports writer Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.