Mr. Sports: Middle and High School Sports, Huntsville Stars, and NASCAR



Summer is half over and already many people are already thinking of the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

While many of the high school student/athletes are hard at work at scheduled team and individual physical conditioning, the entire Madison community has one eyed pealed at the fall sports season, which officially includes volleyball, football, cross country and swimming/diving.

Here is a rundown of the varsity sports calendar for the upcoming school year set by the Alabama High School Athletic Association:

  • Volleyball: first practice- Aug. 2, first contest- Aug. 23, end of season- Oct. 31
  • Football: Aug. 6, Aug. 30, Dec. 7
  • Cross Country: Aug. 6, Aug. 30, Nov. 10
  • Swimming/Diving: Aug. 6, Aug. 30, Dec. 1
  • Basketball: Oct. 15, Nov. 5, March 2
  • Wrestling: Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Feb. 16
  • Indoor Track: Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 2
  • Tennis: Jan. 14, Feb. 4, April 26
  • Soccer: Jan. 21, Feb. 11, May 11
  • Softball: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, May 18
  • Baseball: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, May 18
  • Golf: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, May 14
  • Outdoor Track: Feb. 8, March 1, May 4

Middle school sports schedules vary from the varsity schedule in most sports.

Bob Jones Football

After a 10-day much needed vacation from intense physical conditioning workouts, the Bob Jones football team is back to phase two of its four-day a week summer workouts. The Patriots will go through more weeks of physical conditioning, take a one week break and return for the opening of the fall practice schedule, which is set to begin Aug. 6.

The Patriots have been busy with 7-on-7 tournaments; including its next one scheduled for July 14-15 in Dalton, Ga. where Bob Jones will defend its 2011 title in the Elite Southeastern 7-on-7 Tournament. They finished runner-up to Madison Academy in its own tourney last month.

“Our passing offense and defense get lots of reps in these tournaments instead of waiting on the August 6th opening day,” said Kevin Rose, head coach of the Patriots. “Our coaching staff gets to see our kids in live competition and how they react to certain situations. Many times, you will see which of these players really want to play in our program during summer workouts.”

Huntsville Stars & Chili Cook-Off:

Our Stars play at home through July 9 and return to the confines of Joe Davis Stadium for a four-game home stand against its rival Birmingham Barons on July 14-17.

During that short stint here, the Stars, along with Healthy Huntsville and Sterling Health are hosting a Healthy Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, July 15th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. during the Stars’ game against the Barons.

The Healthy Chili Cook-Off will offer three categories of competition: Beast (meat eaters, this is for you!), Vegetarian and Kids. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be recognized on the field during the game and awarded a prize package. Recipes will be featured on the Stars website. So chefs of Madison, get your game-face on and the beans a-cookin’. You can register at

You can also obtain additional information by contacting the Huntsville Stars at 256-882-2562 or by visiting the Stars online at

Best of the Best

The NASCAR season is also in its midway part of the 2012 season and Matt Kenseth leads the points standings just slightly ahead of Little E. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. trails Kenseth by a few. But watch closely as Jimmie Johnson looms oh-so-closely in third just 20 points behind the leader. The second half of the race season should be a dandy.

The latest world golf rankings have Luke Donald at No. 1 with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson rounding out the top five.

My long-time friend and Huntsville native Stewart Cink is now No. 171 in the world. Stewart’s game has suffered over the past two years as he was once among top 30 players in the world.