Bradley Invitational 2019

The Gardendale wrestling team placed three athletes at the Bradley Invitational in Cleveland, Tenn. Carson Kim (middle) finished in third, Isaiah Powe (right) placed third and Russ Boackle (left) placed sixth. 

The Gardendale wrestling team made the trip up to Cleveland, Tenn. for the Bradley Invitational last week, and came back home with a few top finishers. 

Isaiah Powe nabbed a third-place finish at 113 pounds. The Gardendale freshman beat Caleb Lovin of Commerce (Ga.) 10-3 in the third-place match. He also pinned Logan Fillbach and Jackson Warren before earning decisions over Ian Wright and Easton Lipsey in the consolation rounds.

Also for the Rockets, Carson Kim held off Signal Mountain’s (Tenn.) Preston Worley 8-3 in the tournament’s third-place match. Kim worked his way to five wins up in Cleveland, including a pair of victories by way of pin.

Russ Boackle, a senior competing in the 152-pound division, finished in sixth place thanks to an 8-3 decision over Price Warfield and a 3-1 decision over Hunter Jagodzinski. Boackle would lose a 4-3 battle to Logan Fisher of Jefferson County (Tenn.) in the fifth-place match.

As a team, the Rockets finished in 18th place out of a field of 30 schools.

The Fultondale boys basketball team (5-3, 2-1) has lost its first two games of the Locust Fork Holiday Classic. The Wildcats lost to Fairview 66-58 on Friday in the first round and returned to the floor for a 70-65 loss to Oakman on Saturday. 

Josh Maston combined for 47 points and 18 rebounds in those two games to go with 40 points from Willie Smith. 

Fultondale later finished up the tournament with a 78-68 victory over Jefferson Christian Academy on Monday Smith and Maston both provided 23 points apiece in the win. 

The Gardendale boys basketball team (9-7, 1-0) completed a 1-2 finish at the Northwest Florida Shootout this week. 

Jaedren O’Neal led the Rockets with 15 points in a 76-58 loss to T.M. Tate on Friday. Gardendale took down Crestview 72-46 on Saturday, behind a 26-point outing from Kameron Burkett and 12 more from Jalon Moore. 

On Monday, the Maroon and White closed out tournament play with an 84-63 loss to Choctawhatchee. 

The Mortimer Jordan boys basketball team (8-10, 3-0) finished the Metro Tournament at 0-3, capped off by a 64-44 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa on New Year's Eve.

The Blue Devils also fell by a count of 61-53 to Homewood in the first round of tournament play on Saturday. Sophomore Frank Varnon went for a team-high 15 points to go with 11 from Nolan Dean and 10 more from Caleb Speights. 

Mortimer Jordan kept it close for a while, but eventually fell to fifth-ranked Woodlawn 66-50 on Monday at Homewood. According to a post from the team's Twitter account, Mortimer Jordan trailed the Colonels by a single possession at the break, but could not recover from a one-sided third quarter. Dean led the Blue Devils with 23 points. 

The Pinson Valley boys basketball team (14-3) won both of its games at the Western Kentucky Hoops Classic over the weekend. All-state guard Kam Woods scored 49 points and connected on a game-winning 3-pointer to send his Indians past North Little Rock (Ark.) 84-82 on Friday. 

Pinson Valley improved to 2-0 in Kentucky on Saturday with a 79-76 win over Holly Springs (Miss.). Joseph James provided a career-high 20 points to go with an MVP outing from Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry (19 points, five assists, five rebounds). Woods kept his stellar senior season rolling with 31 points, five assists and five boards.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at

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