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March 29, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, March 29

It’s Good Friday — and for Mortimer Jordan football fans, it’s Goode Friday…

Weather: Good news and bad news. The good news is that warmer temperatures are with us throughout Easter weekend. The bad news is that it’s accompanied by rain. Scattered showers will be with us all the way through Monday, with highs in the lower 70s and nighttime lows around 50.

The last vacancy is filled. The fifth and final opening for local high school football coaches was closed Thursday by the Jefferson County Board of Education, when the agreed to the Principal Barbara Snider’s selection of Dusty Goode as the new head coach at Mortimer Jordan. Goode was a position coach for the Blue Devils last year, brought in by Greg Watts — the man Goode is replacing — to work with defensive backs. Before coming to Jordan, Goode was head coach at Dora for one year. Jordan, Gardendale, Fultondale, Hayden and Locust Fork have all gone through coaching changes during this off-season.

The new school year is set. The county school board also adopted its calendar for the 2013-14 school year. Students will report to class on August 19, with the final day of classes on May 29. The last day before Christmas break is Dec. 20, with classes resuming on Jan. 6. Spring break is scheduled for March 24-28.

Sports: Just one. That’s how many strokes it took for Gardendale golfer Cassidy Hughes to put the ball in the cup on the par-3 second hole at Grayson Valley Country Club. Hughes carded her hole-in-one — believed to be the first ever in Rockets golf history — during a match hosted by Hewitt-Trussville on Thursday… Baseball: Chris Witt threw a no-hitter for Hayden, and Luke Wall hit a three-run triple as the Wildcats downed Curry 5-0 Thursday in a Class 5A area game. Elsewhere, Mortimer Jordan came back to beat Walker 5-4, Pinson Valley beat Center Point 14-0 in six innings and then lost to Clay-Chalkville 3-2… Softball: Mortimer Jordan and Hewitt-Trussville split a doubleheader, with the Blue Devils winning the opener 2-1 in eight innings and losing the nightcap 4-2… College basketball: Another No. 1-seed fell in the NCAA Men’s Tournament, as Syracuse knocked off Indiana 61-50 in the round of 16. In other games, No. 3 Marquette beat No. 2 Miami, Ohio State ousted Arizona and No. 9 Wichita State defeated No. 13 LaSalle.

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