Sunday Sports Brunch: Alabama gymnastics starts season ranked No. 6
National gymnastics rankings were released this past week and the University of Alabama checked in at No. 6 in the nation in the Women’s College Gymnastics Association preseason rankings.
The five teams ranked ahead of Alabama are Florida at No. 1, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Utah and No. 5 Michigan.
Alabama’s season opens at home Jan. 8 against No. 12 Kentucky. The Crimson Tide is competing in an SEC-only season. Georgia is No. 10, Auburn is No. 14, Arkansas is No. 15 and Missouri is No. 16.
Last season was cut short due to COVID-19. When the season ended, Alabama was ranked No. 8, keeping its string alive as, along with Utah, one of only two teams to never finish outside the nation’s top 12 in the rankings.
Local teams ranked in high school basketball
The Alabama Sports Writers Association has released its first state rankings for the season, and West Alabama teams started out among the top programs in the state.
In the AHSAA boys rankings, Pickens County is the No. 1 team in Class 1A.
In the AHSAA girls rankings, Central is No. 1 in Class 5A, Northridge is No. 3 in Class 6A, Winfield is No. 5 and Greensboro No. 9 in Class 3A. Sumter Central received votes in Class 4A.
In the AISA boys rankings, Tuscaloosa Academy is No. 2. In the AISA girls rankings, Tuscaloosa Academy is No. 2 and Southern Academy No. 9.
ACA's Cam Jeffery commits to Arkansas State
American Christian Academy wide receiver Cam Jeffery announced his commitment to Arkansas State, a team coached by Butch Jones, and signed Friday.
Jones is a former University of Tennessee coach who was also an offensive analyst and, in 2020, special assistant to the head coach Nick Saban, at Alabama.
Jeffery caught 30 passes for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior season at ACA. He also made 109 tackles on defense.
UWA’s Delta State series rescheduled
The weekend men’s basketball series between the University of West Alabama at Delta State that was postponed earlier this month due to COVID-19 concerns has now been rescheduled. The two teams will now play that series in back-to-back games on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3.
The UWA women’s weekend series at Christian Brothers, originally scheduled for Dec. 18th and 19th, has also been rescheduled for Jan. 2 and Jan. 3.
UWA also announced this week that men’s and women’s basketball tickets will be free this season, though fans must register online for tickets. The link to register can be found through www.uwaathletics.com.
Tigers sign former Northwestern State linebacker
Ricky Chatman, a 5-foot-11, 237-pound linebacker out of Northwestern State, has signed to play football at West Alabama as a transfer student.
Chatman was a two-sport athlete at West Feliciana High School in Baton Rouge, La., where he was all-district playing tight end and a shot put specialist on his school’s state championship track and field team. He is the son of former LSU linebacker Ricky Chatman.
Alabama announces men’s golf spring schedule
The Crimson Tide men’s golf team will compete in five regular-season tournaments this spring, beginning with Florida’s 10-team Gator Invitational on Feb. 12-14.
On Feb. 26-28 it will compete against four teams in the LSU Invitational. On March 15-17, Alabama will be one of four teams playing in the Auburn Invitational and will go against another four-team field in the March 26-28 Old Waverly Collegiate hosted by Mississippi State. The final regular-season tournament is the Shoal Creek Invitational, also with a field of four teams, April 5-7.
Postseason includes the SEC Championships on April 21-25, NCAA regionals on May 17-19 and NCAA Championships on May 22-27.
UA swimming and diving teams ranked
Going into the past week, the Alabama women’s swimming and diving team was ranked No. 11 in the nation and the men’s team 13th.
Rhyan White led the nation at No. 1 in the 200 backstroke and was ranked No. 2 in the 100 backstroke, No. 3 in the 50 backstroke and No. 4 in the 100 butterfly. Kensey McMahon ranked No. 1 nationally in the 1,650 freestyle, second in the 1,000 freestyle, and sixth in the 50 freestyle.
Alabama went into the holiday break with the men defeating Kentucky at home, 202-187. The Crimson Tide women lost to the Wildcats, 206.5-182.5. Alabama returns to competition Jan. 15 when it hosts Auburn.
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