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BOAZ, Ala. – Jackson Burns and Riley McGee were crowned Snead State Community College’s 2023 Homecoming King and Queen on Wednesday, Feb. 1, inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

Pictured from left are Snead State First Lady Janet Whitmore, SSCC Homecoming Queen Riley McGee, SSCC Homecoming King Jackson Burns and Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

The Homecoming Court was honored during the men’s and women’s basketball games against Southern Union State Community College on John Kitchens Court.

Selected to the Homecoming Court were sophomores Burns, McGee, Sydney Correll, John David Lombard, Leah Matthews, Edwin Jarquin, Marisol Ramos, Kaleb Driskill, Brooklyn Smith and Jackson Godwin. Freshmen voted onto the court included Ella Bain Johnson, Alex Johnson, Erica Lang, James Collins, Mary Emily Royal, Harrison Kirkland, Sara Turner and Isaiah Roberson.

About the King

Snead State Community College’s 2023 Homecoming King Jackson Burns of Attalla is the son of Josh and Jennifer Burns. Jackson is a 2021 graduate of Sardis High School. He is attending Snead State Community College in pursuit of a degree in Biology. He is a member of the Cheerleading team, Phi Theta Kappa, History Club and the International Study Club. Jackson attends Compassion City Church in Albertville.

About the Queen

Snead State Community College’s 2023 Homecoming Queen Riley McGee of Boaz is the daughter of Meredith and Mike McGee. Riley is a 2021 graduate of Boaz High School. She is attending Snead State Community College in pursuit of a degree in Psychology. Riley is involved at the college as Ambassador President and with Baptist Campus Ministries. Riley intends to transfer to Jacksonville State University in the fall 2023. There she plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

About the Court

  • Sydney Correll, sophomore from Attalla (Etowah High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Science.
  • John David Lombard, sophomore from Sardis (Sardis High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
  • Leah Matthews, sophomore from Albertville (Albertville High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
  • Edwin Jarquin, sophomore from Guntersville (Guntersville High School), pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Marisol Ramos, sophomore from Boaz (Sardis High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
  • Kaleb Driskill, sophomore from Guntersville (Guntersville High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Biomedical Science.
  • Brooklyn Smith, sophomore from Boaz (Albertville High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
  • Jackson Godwin, sophomore from Albertville (Albertville High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Special Education.
  • Ella Bain Johnson, freshman from Albertville (Albertville High School), pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
  • Alex Johnson, freshman from Albertville (Albertville High School), pursuing a degree in History Education.
  • Erica Lang, freshman from Guntersville (Guntersville High School), pursuing a degree in Business.
  • James Collins, freshman from Arab (Arab High School), pursuing a degree in Business.
  • Mary Emily Royal, freshman from Sardis City (Sardis High School), pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Harrison Kirkland, freshman from Guntersville (Guntersville High School), pursuing a degree in Industrial Systems Technology.
  • Sara Turner, freshman from Boaz (Boaz High School), pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.
  • Isaiah Roberson, freshman from Altoona (West End High School), pursuing a degree in Biology.

BOAZ, Ala. – A 66-point second half surge powered the Snead State Community College Men’s Basketball team past Southern Union State 99-87 on Wednesday night.

Inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium, the Parsons trailed in the early going of their Homecoming matchup by double digits, but they went on a run to cut the Southern Union State lead to 36-33 at halftime.

Parsons guard Ty Briscoe (11) attempts an acrobatic layup during Snead State’s 99-87 win over Southern Union State on Wednesday, Feb. 1, inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

In the second half, Snead State outscored the Bison 66-51. Parsons sophomore guard Ty Briscoe fueled the offensive explosion with five three-pointers. He finished the game with 34 points; 28 came in the second half. 

Parsons forward John Whitehead III dropped in 27 points, including two treys. Cole Maddox scored 12 points, including two three-pointers. Mario Andrews and Jordan Long each added 10 points. Dante Bacchus, Jalon Chapman and Shawn Walker each contributed 2.

Sophomore guard Marcus Hill paced Southern Union State with 41 points, including three treys.

With the win, the Parsons improve to 16-5 on the season, 9-4 in conference play.

Snead State now takes sole possession of second place in the ACCC North Division, just behind Southern Union State (12-8, 10-3). Wallace State-Hanceville (15-6, 8-5) follows the Parsons in third place. The division’s top-four teams qualify for the state tournament at Huntsville in March.

The men’s team was next scheduled to host Coastal Alabama-South on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. before starting a six-game road trip.

Lady Parsons fall to Southern Union 62-60 on buzzer-beater

When sophomore guard Gracie Stucky knocked down a three-pointer from the corner, giving the Snead State Women’s Basketball team a 60-59 lead over Southern Union State with 3 seconds remaining in regulation, the Lady Parsons were on the verge of snapping a three-game losing streak.

Lady Parsons guard Gracie Stucky (32) drives to the hoop during Snead State’s 62-60 loss to Southern Union State on Wednesday, Feb. 1, inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

But after a brief timeout, the Lady Bison quickly inbounded the ball to Nhechinyere Okonkwo, who went on to sink a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the top of the key and down the Lady Parsons 62-60 in heartbreaking fashion.

Southern Union State led Snead State at every rest stop: 14-12 after the first quarter, 32-26 at halftime and 47-46 at the end of the third.

Freshman guard Arianna Moseley paced the Lady Parsons scoring effort with 17 points, including one three-pointer. Brianna Anderson scored 11 points, including two treys. Delea Vaughn dropped in 8 points. Stucky finished with 7 points, including two three-pointers. DeKerriya Daniel added 5 points, including one trey. Madison Nesbit scored 4, Veronica Maden 3, and Kileigh Blackwell and Raven McCain 2 apiece.

For Southern Union State, Okonkwo led the team with 19 points.

With the loss, the Lady Parsons fall to 3-13 on the season, 3-8 in conference play. They are scheduled to take on Coastal Alabama-South on Friday, Feb. 3, at home. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

BOAZ, Ala. – The 2023 Women’s Tennis squad of Snead State Community College is young and loaded with local talent.

Head coach Matt Holaday, entering his 10th year leading the program, has only one returning sophomore, Hannah Childress, from Albertville, for the spring season. However, five freshmen will look to make an immediate impact, including Kiran Nortan and Mallory Pritchett, of Douglas; Erica Lang and Sarah Beth Luther, of Guntersville; and Caroline Thomas, of Albertville.

Pictured is Snead State’s 2023 Women’s Tennis team. From left are Mallory Pritchett, Kiran Nortan, Caroline Thomas, Sarah Beth Luther, Erica Lang and Hannah Childress.

Holaday said this year’s team had already shown potential to be special.

“All of our players bring their own unique, God-given gifts and talents to the program,” he said. “They have all bonded more quickly than any bunch I have worked with since I started coaching tennis in 1979.”

The Lady Parsons tennis program will aim to bounce back this season following a rough stretch over the last few years since winning nine-straight conference titles from 2008-2016, of which Holaday was head coach for the final three.

The first six titles came when Steve Machen was head coach. He led the program for 18 years before “I was handed the keys to the most solid tennis program in the conference,” Holaday said. Machen and former Athletic Director David Wilson were instrumental in building the tennis program’s foundation, Holaday said.

“I take full responsibility for the decline in our wins and increase in losses over the last couple of years,” Holaday said. “With the additions of Wallace State and Central Alabama, and now Bevill State, we have had less of a recruiting base to benefit from. They would rather stay local and play, which is great news for our local student-athletes.

“I made the decision two years ago to not recruit outside our immediate locale for the sole purpose of helping build the junior development program, which is in full force at Sand Mountain Park in Albertville, as well as several other coaches making an awesome effort to help their players have the chance to play at this level.”

Holaday has a clear vision of what he expects of his team this season, but it’s much more than adding to the trophy case.

“We always have the goal to bring glory to God in our efforts,” Holaday said. “We, of course, want to have the best team record, win the conference tournament and then qualify for nationals.

“We also want to have the highest GPA possible,” he added. “Our ladies have consistently been at the top academically in the NJCAA. We’ve won back-to-back team academic awards, and we always have several make First-Team Academic All-American.”

The Lady Parsons officially opened their season Saturday, Jan. 28, with a 9-0 loss against Coastal Alabama-South. The team will look to pick up its first win of the year against Tennessee Southern University on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Jimmy John’s Tennis Complex in Decatur, starting at 2 p.m. Learn more about the tennis team and view a full schedule at www.sneadathletics.com.

BOAZ, Ala. – Snead State Community College hosted a Military and Veterans College, Career and Apprenticeship Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 26, where Jabin Adams, 26, of Boaz, won a $2,000 scholarship.

Jabin Adams (left) is pictured with Dr. Greg Randall, Technology Division Director and Computer Science Technology Instructor.

The workshop, held in partnership with the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, was a platform to educate local military, active-duty, guardsmen, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents about services and programs available to them through Snead State.

As part of the workshop, a drawing was conducted to award a $2,000 scholarship to one of the event attendees.

“I was present today strictly to learn how to use my educational benefits and opportunities from the military to attend school, and I ended up being awarded a scholarship, of which I couldn’t be more thankful,” Adams said.

Adams is a 2014 graduate of Boaz High School. After graduation, he became a firefighter and attended Snead State for general education courses before transferring to Gadsden State Community College where he earned an associate degree as a paramedic. He joined the Alabama National Guard in March 2021 as a combat medic.

“Growing up, I always wanted to be in the military,” Adams said.

With the scholarship, Adams plans to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.

“Working in the medical field, I learned of many different professions within the healthcare field,” Adams said. “One being the Physician Assistant. Pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant is a big dream and goal of mine. For now, I’ll be attending Snead State Community College for more general education courses, and then I plan to attend the University of North Alabama for a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Science.

“Although, my plans are not necessarily in the workforce development category, I’ve structured my career and education around service to others and our community,” he said. “Obtaining all my educational and career goals would help me continue to do just that. This scholarship will help me jumpstart my goals in just a few weeks, and I’m very excited! I’d like to thank the Snead State faculty and staff for reaching out to its service members and veterans, granting them opportunities for success!” “As a veteran myself, I understand the importance that the community college can make in someone’s life,” said Dr. Greg Randall, who is Technology Division Director and a Computer Science Technology Instructor at Snead State. “Snead State is committed to providing all veterans, retirees, active duty, and military dependents in our community access to a quality education. We are very proud that Jabin was selected as the recipient of the scholarship this year.”

BOAZ, Ala. – After a solid fall season, the Snead State Community College Men’s Golf team is currently considered one of the nation’s top junior college programs heading into the spring.

According to GolfStat.com, the Parsons are ranked No. 19 in NCJAA Division I.

Through five tournaments played over the fall, Snead State recorded three top-3 finishes.

In September, the Parsons placed fifth out of 13 teams in the Dan York Invitational at Cross Creek in Cullman, Alabama, and then finished in second place out of 12 teams at the Chuck Kalanick Memorial at Twin Bridges in Gadsden, Alabama.

In October, the team places fifth out of nine teams in the Enterprise State Invitational at Enterprise Country Club. At the Wallace State Match Play held at Cross Creek, the Parsons finished third place out of eight.

Rounding out the fall season, the Parsons competed in the Jeff State Invitational at Musgrove Country Club in Jasper, Alabama, finishing third place out of 15 teams.

Thanks to a solid fall, the Parsons are currently ranked third in the ACCC, closely behind Wallace State (ranked 13th nationally) and Central Alabama (ranked 14 nationally).

Scheduled to play in seven tournaments this spring, the Parsons would qualify for the national championship tournament with a finish inside the top-7 in the district tournament April 24-25 at Melbourne, Florida.

This spring, the team will feature six sophomores and three freshman.

Snead State head coach Sam Holcomb, entering his second season leading the program, is excited for the potential of his team. But, the Parsons will have to fill a void left by Steven Locke, a freshman from Cleveland, Tennessee, who left the program after the fall. He was considered the No. 1 ranked player in the conference.

“We’re going to miss him and what he was able to bring to the team,” Holcomb said. “But we’ve got a good group of guys that have a lot of potential and can be really good if they play to the level they are capable of.”

The Parsons’ top-5 will likely be Andrew Miles, a sophomore from Centreville; Arrington Mooney, a sophomore from Selma; Carson Whatley, a sophomore from Clanton; Tommy Simmons, a sophomore from Southside; and Austin Burnham, a freshman from Pell City.

Holcomb said strengths of the team are their work ethic and consistency, but an area he would like to see improvement in is mental toughness.

“Golf is a mental game,” he continued. “You’ve got to really be mentally tough, not let one bad shot weigh you down and ruin your entire round. You’ve got to be able to shake it off, and move on.”

The Parsons are scheduled to kick off the spring season Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31, at the Titan Winter Invitation in Melbourne, Florida.

Learn more about Snead State Men’s Golf at www.sneadathletics.com.

BOAZ, Ala. – The Snead State Community College Women’s Golf team will begin its season Feb. 19 at Rock Creek Golf Course in Fairhope, hosted by conference foe Southern Union State Community College.

Since the program’s inception six years ago, Lady Parsons golf teams have qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament four times. But this year, championship aspirations will be put on hold.

With only three team members, by rule the Lady Parsons cannot qualify for the national championship tournament as a team but only individuals.

In leu of the situation, Snead State head coach Shane Marshall, who enters his fifth season leading the Lady Parsons, said the team’s objective for this season is growth.

“This year, our primary goal for the ladies is simply getting better,” Marshall said, “developing their game and learning to play at a high level with consistency, and becoming more knowledgeable of the game overall.”

Over the course of the fall, Marshall had already seen measurable improvement, especially from freshmen Sara Kilgo and Emma Lynch.

“Both of them shot personal bests during the fall,” Marshall said. “Sara, who’s from Crossville, has made some major strides in a short amount of time.

“And Emma – from Arab – she’s teetering on becoming an upper echelon player in the conference,” he said.

The squad’s only sophomore is Sydney Correll, from Gadsden. Correll is viewed as leader of the team.

“She’s very smart, a fantastic person to be around,” Marshall said. “She’s always looking for ways to improve her game, despite being on her way to Samford University’s Pharmacy School next year and likely ending her collegiate golf career.”

Though few in number, Marshall said this year’s team is a special one.

“This team’s work ethic is probably some of the best I’ve ever worked with, as far as them wanting to get better,” Marshall said. “They work on their game all the time and are on the course a lot.

“Probably out of my five years I’ve been here, they’re one of the best groups I’ve had as far as work ethic, attitude, character. They’re extremely coachable. There’s no animosity. I could not have asked for a better group of girls.”

Learn more about Snead State Women’s Golf at www.sneadathletics.com.

Snead State guard Cole Maddox (2) shoots over a Wallace State defender during the first half of the Parsons’ 78-77 overtime win Monday, Jan. 23, against the Lions inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

BOAZ, Ala. – The Snead State Community College men’s basketball team picked up its fifth straight win on Monday, Jan. 23, in a 78-77 overtime thriller against conference rival Wallace State Community College-Hanceville inside Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

In the final seconds, trailing 77-76, Parsons’ sophomore guard Cole Maddox drained a game-winning two-pointer from just inside the arc on John Kitchens Court. Maddox, a native of Cullman and transfer from Wallace State, led Snead State with a game-high 24 points.

Forward John Whitehead III dropped in 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Donte Bacchus and Jordan Long added 10 points. Shawn Walker chipped in 7 points, Maalik Leitch 5, Mario Andrews 4 and KJ Rogers 3.

For Wallace State, leading scorers included Jalil Robinson with 20 points, Tre’Derrius Williams with 17 points, Jabiri Smith with 13 points and Nathaniel Jones 10.

Snead State led the Lions 35-25 at the half, but were outscored 42-32 in the second.

Down 55-50 midway through the second half, Snead State head coach Jeremiah Patterson received a technical foul when questioning an official’s call on the floor, and it seemed to energized the home crowd and the Parsons. They stormed back to take a 67-64 lead.

But toward the end of regulation, Wallace State tied the game 67-67 with two made free throws to force overtime.

At 50 seconds remaining in overtime and Wallace State with ball in hand, Snead State trailed by 6 points. But the Parsons refused to back down and went on to outscore Wallace State 11-10 in overtime to secure the victory.

“It was a hard-fought game against a very good and talented team,” Patterson said. “We played as well as we could in the first half, and they made a run in the second half. We knew they would, and we would have to just keep playing the best we could to withstand it. Our guys never quit and that’s the reason we were able to put ourselves in position to make that last shot.

“It was a very exciting and entertaining game,” he added. “Everyone in attendance definitely got their money’s worth. I don’t really remember a game that good here since I’ve been coaching.”

With the win, the Parsons (14-4) improve to 7-3 in ACCC play, tied for second best in the conference standings with Calhoun Community College and trailing only Southern Union.

Snead State is now 10-2 in games played at home.

Snead State takes on Gadsden State – another conference rival – at home Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. before hitting the road again to Calhoun on Monday, Jan. 30. The Parsons then return home to host Southern Union on Feb. 1 for homecoming.

Snead State forward Raven McCain (25) rises up for a basket during the Lady Parsons’ contest against conference foe Wallace State on Monday, Jan. 23. The Lady Lions downed the Lady Parsons 82-61.

Lady Parsons fall to Wallace State 82-61

The Snead State Community College women’s basketball team suffered an 82-61 setback Monday, Jan. 23, at the hands of the conference rival Wallace State Lady Lions.

The Lady Parsons (3-10) entered the contest riding a two-game win streak.

Wallace State led Snead State at every rest stop; 24-11 after the first quarter and 40-24 at the half. In the third quarter, the Lady Parsons went on a run to cut the Wallace State lead to single digits, but the Lady Lions were able to pull away and take a 58-47 advantage to begin the fourth quarter.

With the loss, the Lady Parsons fall to 3-10 on the season and 3-5 in conference play. Snead State will aim to bounce back against rival Gadsden State on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

Underwood, Parsons aim to repeat success from historic 2022 season in 2023

BOAZ, Ala. – The defending ACCC Baseball Champion Snead State Parsons enter the 2023 season ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association’s Preseason NJCAA Division I Poll with hopes to find success similar to last season’s historic ride.

In 2022, the Parsons not only captured a state tournament title but also a earned a trip to the NJCAA College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Led by head coach Casey Underwood, the Parsons finished the season with an overall record of 42-14. The 42 wins were the most in school history.

“That was a special group, no doubt,” Underwood said.

Underwood, who has served as head coach since 2018, was awarded the 2022 ACCC Coach of the Year and the 2022 ALABCA Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division I.

Looking to the 2023 campaign, Underwood’s expectations are simple and clear:

“Expectations are that sophomores come in and graduate,” Underwood said. “Our job here is to get kids in here, go to school, graduate and move them on to the next level. That’s who we are.

“Playing-wise, we’ll see as the season goes,” he continued “Our ultimate goal is to be in Oxford, Alabama, [site of the ACCC Championship Tournament] at the end of the year with a chance to play for a state title.”

Underwood refers to this year’s team as a talented one, but also young. The Parsons will be playing with several new faces, as only one full-time starter returns from the 2022 squad ­– right fielder Carter Frederick.

Frederick, a 6’4” sophomore from Chelsea, Alabama, appeared in 54 games last season. He finished the year with a .379 batting average, totaling 64 hits, 52 RBIs and 11 homeruns in 169 at-bats. He also made 11 appearances on the mound as a relief pitcher throughout the season, recording three saves and tallying 13 strikeouts while allowing just three hits and zero runs across 10 innings.

Frederick was recently ranked No. 56 in the Top 150 JUCO Prospects List by Prep Baseball Report, and he’s been touted as one of the top uncommitted JUCO prospects.

Another key returner from the 2022 team is Mason Cooper, a sophomore from Jefferson, Georgia. Cooper was the team’s designated hitter in many games, and he also spent lots of time playing catcher in the back half of doubleheaders.

In 42 games played, Cooper boasted a .356 batting average in 101 at-bats. He recorded 36 hits, 42 RBIs and 6 homeruns.

Underwood said Frederick and Cooper were two of several sophomores that the team would be relying on to defend their ACCC Championship.

“We’re going to lean on our sophomores that were here last year to lead the way,” Underwood said. “We’re going to continue to be who we are: a gritty bunch that gets after and just grinds. We’re going to lean on the guys who have been there and hopefully their leadership takes us back to where we want to be.

“You get to Oxford, you always have a chance,” he said. “A tournament is a tournament; anything can happen. We saw that last year. So, the biggest goal is get to Oxford.”

The Parsons’ 2023 pitching staff is loaded with a group of talented sophomores. Underwood said four had already inked scholarships to play for NCAA Division I schools next year.

Likely to lead the pitching staff is Jeb Bartle, a 6’1” right-hander from Cullman, Alabama. In 2022, Bartle appeared in 13 games, starting 11 games. He finished the season 7-1 with two complete games. Over 51.2 innings pitched he posted a 3.66 ERA, giving up 59 hits, 36 runs and 12 walks. He tallied 43 strikeouts. He has signed to play at Tennessee-Martin in 2024.

Evan Steckmesser, a 6’3” left-hander from Madison, Alabama, is headed to play for Samford University next season. In 2022, Steckmesser appeared in 18 games, starting two games. He finished 2-0 with two saves on the year. Over 28.1 innings pitched, Steckmesser had a 6.35 ERA. He recorded 38 strikeouts while giving up 33 hits and 17 walks.

Cody Williams is a 6’1” right hander from Rockmart, Georgia. He appeared in 13 games in 2022, finishing 1-0 with a save. Williams garnered 18 strikeouts and posted an ERA of 1.35 over 20 innings pitched. He gave up 12 hits, six runs and seven walks.

Williams has signed to play next season at Florida A&M University.

William Tarpley, a 6’3” left-hander from Pinson, Alabama, appeared in 14 games in 2022. With one start under his belt, Tarpley ended the year 3-1. He pitched 29 innings, tallying 24 strikeouts and posting a 5.28 ERA. He gave up 32 hits, 29 runs and 18 walks. He signed to play for University of Alabama-Huntsville next season.

Behind the sophomores, Underwood said there were a handful freshmen that have stood out over the course of the fall and were projecting to make a sizable impact this spring, including Bryce Hawkins, Trey Higgins, Alex Johnson and Jarett Mason.

Hawkins hails from Cumming, Georgia. Standing at 6’0”, he is a right-handed pitcher who is expected to get plenty of time in the pitching rotation. Underwood said he has already signed on to play at Mercer University next season.

Higgins is a 6’4” outfielder from Oxford, Alabama, who transferred from Mississippi State University after redshirting in 2022. Coming out of high school, Higgins was the No. 14-ranked prospect in Alabama and No. 1 outfielder in the state per Perfect Game. Higgins hit .407 as a senior with 20 doubles, six triples and seven home runs. He drove in 45 runs and successfully stole 29 bases. He is listed as a switch hitter.

Higgins is currently ranked No. 104 in Prep Baseball Report’s Top 150 JUCO Prospects List. Like Frederick, Higgins is also considered one of the top uncommitted JUCO prospects.

Johnson and Mason are familiar names to Marshall County residents. Johnson, a 6’3” product of Albertville High School, will spend time this year playing catcher and infield. Mason is right-handed pitcher listed a 6’0” that graduated from DAR High School.

Opening Day for the Parsons is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Scooba, Mississippi, where they will face off against East Mississippi Community College for a doubleheader. The first game is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Snead State will return to Boaz for its home opener at Emmett Plunkett Field on Feb. 11 for another doubleheader against East Mississippi, the first game also starting at 2 p.m.

A full schedule for the Parson’s 2023 season can be found at sneadathletics.com.

2023 Snead State Community College Baseball Team

BOAZ, Ala. – Local military active-duty, guardsmen, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents will soon have an opportunity to learn about the services and programs available to them at Snead State Community College.

In partnership with the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Snead State will host a Military and Veterans College, Career and Apprenticeship Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 26.

“Veterans hold a special place in my heart, as my father served in the military,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “We are excited to partner with Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils to host this workshop and share how Snead State Community College is equipped to help the many brave men and women, who have served our country, and their dependents, further their education and pursue a multitude of career opportunities that await them.”

Topics of discussion will include an introduction of career programs and pathways; veteran and college career services; apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities, information on financial aid, scholarship, GI Bill and VA education benefits; campus life; and how to enroll, among others.

There will also be a Veterans in Industry Panel, consisting of local business and community partners who will speak on the value of veterans in key industry sectors and occupations, and the avenues to pursue such careers.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Room 104 of the McCain Student Center, located at 102 Elder St., Boaz. Lunch will be provided for military and their families from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop at snead.edu/veteransworkshop.

Lady Parsons begin season Jan. 27 at Sand Mountain Classic

Snead State’s Kaci Sharp hauls in a catch just as Katie Johnson reaches third base during the Lady Parsons’ practice on Jan. 17, 2023.

BOAZ, Ala. – Following a historic 2022 season, Snead State Community College’s softball team has reloaded and is ready for another run to the JUCO Division I Softball World Series.

Last spring, the Lady Parsons finished runner-up in the ACCC Tournament Championship and became the first team in school history to win a game in the World Series. Snead State, who finished 37-27 overall, qualified for the World Series after winning the NJCAA Mid-Atlantic District Tournament.

Lady Parsons head coach Tracy Grindrod, who has led the program since 2014, said he is looking forward to seeing how this year’s squad can build on such a successful season, but it will come down to how a plethora of talented newcomers perform.

“It all comes down to the recruiting class coming in. We lose half of our team every year, and that’s one of the biggest challenges being a junior college,” Grindrod said. “But it also kind of depends on how many starters you’ve had that were sophomores versus freshmen. Last season we had a good nucleus of freshmen that played. We had three starters that were freshman and then a bunch that played, so they got a lot of game time in. I expect those ladies to step up and step in to take the starting roles in several spots.

“Our incoming freshman class is one of the best we’ve had in probably the last four to five years. So, we don’t just have two or three great athletes. We’ve got more like 12, so we’re really loaded that way, so we’re looking forward to what they can do.”

Grindrod said one of the strengths of his team will be his pitching staff, including two sophomores returning from last season Reagan Cornelius and Ashlynn Hallman.

Cornelius, a left-hander from Springville, Alabama, made 23 appearances in 2022. She started 14 games, finishing 7-9 with one save and a 3.54 ERA. She pitched 10 complete games. Over 108.2 innings, Cornelius recorded 87 strikeouts and allowed 130 hits, 10 homeruns. As a hitter, she batted .300 in 10 at-bats, recording three hits, one RBI and one walk.

Hallman, a right-hander from Coaling (Brookwood HS), Alabama, appeared in 12 games last season. She started six games, finishing 2-3 with a 7.00 ERA. She pitched two complete games. Over 34 innings, Hallman tallied 21 strikeouts, allowing 55 hits and four homeruns.

Snead State’s Lydia West, a freshman from Geraldine, readies for action at first base during the Lady Parsons’ practice on Jan. 17, 2023.

Grindrod also mentioned a pair of freshmen, Lydia West and Brittany Slaten, that he expected to be thrown into the pitching rotation and also get lots of time in the infield.

“We expect those two to step into starting roles and really contribute right away this year,” Grindrod said.

Slaten, a right-handed pitcher and switch-hitting shortstop from Guntersville, will fill a void after the Lady Parsons lost their two-year starter at shortstop, Grindrod said. He described Slaten as a “speedster.”

Grindrod called West, a right-handed pitcher and first base player from Geraldine, a “big hitter.”

Other freshmen he sees making an impact included Riley Sharp, MacKenzie Smith and Addie Walker.

Sharp, from Gurley (Madison County HS), Alabama, plays first base. Grindrod said she was a “big, lefty power hitter,” who performed at a high level in the fall.

Smith, who plays catcher and first base, is from Eclectic (Elmore County HS), Alabama. Grindrod said she played “unintimidated” throughout the fall.

“She hit against everyone we put her against,” he said. “She’s one of the most consistent hitters among our freshmen.”

Walker, also a catcher, hails from Hartselle (Falkville HS), Alabama. Grindrod said she also shined during fall play.

But anchoring the team this season will be veteran Zoe Payne, who returns this season as the Lady Parsons’ starting catcher from a year ago.

“She’ll really help us out working with our younger pitching staff,” Grindrod said. “She’ll be able to anchor the catcher position and know how to train our younger catchers coming up.”

Payne, a sophomore from Oneonta (Appalachian HS), Alabama, played in 42 games in 2022. In 26 at-bats she averaged .213, recording 13 hits, 11 RBIs and 13 walks.

“I’m pleased with what we have overall,” Grindrod said of his team. “We have a lot of power, got some speed … Fall season went well and we saw some freshmen step up and hit well.

Snead State’s Kaitlin Barber throws the softball to Kayden Radcliff during the Lady Parsons’ practice on Jan. 17, 2023.

“From what we developed in the fall, this team has shown they have a winning attitude,” he added. “They never give up. They played against a lot of Division I and Division II players, and they competed really well. So, I look forward to them carrying that over into the spring.”

The Lady Parsons begin their season Jan. 27 at the Sand Mountain Classic to be played at Sand Mountain Park in Albertville. There, they will play several games in a two-day span.

“We’ve got most of the Alabama and Tennessee teams coming, and East Mississippi schools will be there, too. So, it will be a bit of a border battle, but it will be really good competition and a good opportunity to get in a few games early and really see what we’ve got. With so many games in two days, we’ll get a chance to play everybody and see where everyone is at, so it’s going to be a really good start for us.”

Currently, the Lady Parsons are scheduled to play Northwest-Shoals Community College on Jan. 27 at 10 a.m., followed by Motlow State Community College at 12:30 p.m., and Walters State Community College at 3 p.m. On Jan. 28, the Lady Parsons will take on East Mississippi Community College at 10 a.m.

The Lady Parsons are not scheduled to play their home opener until Feb. 27 against Cleveland State Community College. A complete schedule of the Lady Parsons softball schedule may be viewed at sneadathletics.com.