It’s Friday, and this weekend is jam-packed…
Weather: You’re getting wetter. We escaped the rain for the most part of Thursday, but we probably won’t be as lucky on Friday as showers and thunderstorms increase throughout the day. It will also be windy. Highs will be near 70, with winds gusting 20 miles per hour and a 50-50 chance of rain, mainly after 10 a.m. Rain picks up even more at night with a 100 percent chance, and a low in the upper 40s. More rain Saturday morning, but it will taper off after lunch. Rain is back on Sunday with cooler temps.
Magnolia Festival time again. It’s Gardendale’s biggest annual event, with all sorts of rides, booths and attractions surrounding the Civic Center. Hours are 5-10 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and the festival will be held rain or shine.
Slain police officer remembered. David Riddlesperger, a Fultondale police officer who died when his patrol car crashed into a fitness center in south Gardendale, will have his name added to the Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial on the State Capitol grounds today. Riddlesperger is believed to have suffered a heart attack while driving his cruiser at the end of his shift in October 2011.
Sports: As advertised. The anticipated softball matchup between Hayden and Curry was everything observers thought it would be, and the outcome came down to a mistake at the very end. Brooke Meadows scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Curry catcher tried to pick her off with a throw to third base and overthrew her fielder, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 victory and a berth in next week’s regionals in Tuscaloosa. The game was a second round winner’s bracket game at the Class 5A Area 12 tournament at Mortimer Jordan. Earlier, Hayden knocked off Walker with ease in the first round, while Curry blanked Jordan 4-0. The Blue Devils staved off elimination by stomping the Vikings 15-5 in six innings in the loser’s bracket semifinal. Today, play resumes at 10 a.m. with Curry and Jordan facing off again; this time, the winner gets a regional berth and the loser goes home. Elsewhere, Gardendale notched an easy 15-0 four-inning win over Huffman in the Class 6A Area 12 tourney at Hewitt-Trussville. The Rockets face the Huskies today… Baseball: The Class 5A playoffs resume this afternoon at 5, as tenth-ranked Pinson Valley hosts No. 5 Southside-Gadsden in a quarterfinal best-of-three series. The teams will play two games today, with an if-necessary game on Saturday… Boys soccer: Pinson Valley tries to secure a spot in the AHSAA Class 5A Final Four on Saturday night as they host Moody, a team they have beaten twice already this year. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.