North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

March 25, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, March 25

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Monday morning, and if you had a 15-seed in the Sweet 16 of your NCAA bracket — well, you’re probably tampering with the truth…

Weather: Chilly. After a weekend full of thunderstorms, the skies clear but the temperatures take a dive. Highs today will struggle to hit 50, and it will be windy. Lows tonight will drop to the upper 20s. More of the same is due on Tuesday.

Looking for answers in tragedy. Authorities are trying to find out what caused a board displaying flight information to fall down on top of a family Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring his mother and two brothers. Luke Bresette died from his injuries at Children’s of Alabama; his mother Heather remains hospitalized at UAB with broken ankles and pelvis, and her eight- and five-year-old sons suffered lesser injuries. The board, which weighed more than 300 pounds, was in the newly-renovated portion of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, which has undergone major improvements to bring the facility up to current security standards.

Sports: Short, but perfect. Mortimer Jordan freshman softball pitcher Bailey Murphy struck out 10 Gardendale batters out of the 12 she faced, throwing a perfect game as the Blue Devils defeated the host Rockets 3-0 in a time-limited four-inning game at Gardendale’s round-robin tournament over the weekend. It was about the only action the teams saw, as Saturday’s action was washed out… College softball: Speaking of Mortimer Jordan, three former players on the Blue Devils’ run of state champion and runner-up teams over the past few years were in action at Tuscaloosa over the weekend, as fourth-ranked Alabama took two out of three games over Auburn. The Crimson Tide blew out the Tigers on Friday and Sunday, with Haylie McCleney leading off with a single and a stolen base, then scoring when the throw to second went into the outfield for an error. McCleney saw action in center field and Danae Hays was at shortstop, often getting on base with walks, while Morgan Estell worked first base for Auburn. The Tigers won on Saturday by a 7-4 score, benefitting from three Tide errors in the third inning to score five runs; it was the first time Auburn beat Bama since 2006… College basketball: A lot of fans are looking at busted brackets and asking themselves, “Who the heck is Florida Gulf Coast University?” after the 15th-seed Eagles won their way into the Sweet 16 round over the weekend by defeating Georgetown and then San Diego State in the NCAA Men’s Tournament. Gonzaga was the first one-seed to fall, while Louisville, Indiana and Kansas survived. Action resumes on Thursday.