- Cullman, Alabama

November 13, 2013

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Atchley, Lions’ golf team give Central Alabama taste of own medicine at fall finale

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

ALEXANDER CITY — Dan York apparently isn’t just Wallace State’s golf coach. These days, he’s a bit of a fortune teller, too.

After his Lions came up just five shots short of Central Alabama at their annual fall kickoff classic, York told The Times he looked “for great things from this golf program and golf team” and that the narrow deficit would “be easy to make up.”

Turns out the coach was right — almost to a tee.

Wallace State overcame a two-shot deficit at the end of the first round with a solid second round on a windy, wintry Tuesday to earn the Central Alabama Invitational team title by five strokes over Faulkner State (592) at the Willow Point Country Club.

Despite sitting a shot ahead of the Lions on Day 1, the host Trojans wound up falling all the way to third with 16 more strokes than the winners.

Chris Atchley led Wallace State’s redemption tour by rounding up low-medalist honors. The sophomore, who finished second by two strokes to Central Alabama’s Tim Walker at the Lions’ season-opening tournament in early September, tallied a 3-under total (71-70) to take the individual title.

Aksel Olsen landed in fourth (71-75) to join Atchley on the All-Tournament Team. Cooper Brown, who placed eighth (75-74) missed out on the honorary squad by a single shot. Patrick Twesme (78-78) and Will McDowell (79-82) rounded out Wallace State’s top-five golfers.

“To go down to their place and to have been on the great golf course they have, it’s really special,” York said of exacting revenge on the Trojans. “Ending our fall season like we did, it gives our guys tremendous confidence and makes our offseason workouts that much more exciting knowing we have a chance to achieve some special things this spring.”

The Lions won’t start practicing as a team again until Jan. 10 and won’t return to competition until Feb. 2-4 for a tournament hosted by Eastern Florida State.

“If you can compete and win in our district, you have an excellent chance when you get to the national tournament,” York said.

Prep Boys Basketball

% Athens Bible 49, St. Bernard 36:
Gavin Harris had a team-high 13 points in the Saints’ bid for a second straight win Tuesday night on the road.

St. Bernard’s other contributors were John Gurtowski, eight points; Dean Smith, six; Evan Aldridge, five; Matt Herring, three; and Jacob Grey, one.

“My bunch is playing hard and improving,” first-year Saints’ coach Greg Boatright said. “We’ve still got some things to work on, but so do a lot of teams right now.”

St. Bernard (1-2) will travel to Vinemont (0-1) on Thursday.


% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.