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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Heart warming story from the small town of Falkville, Alabama

Blogger Comments:  What a wonderful way to start the day.  Congratulations Ryan Sullivan.  You deserve a break.  Ryan will most likely end up at Fort Drum, New York for the first phase of his training.  What we may call modified basic training.  Then off to West Point, New York.  Again! Good luck Ryan.   

Big news for Falkville's Sullivan


Last May we shared the story of Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan, who went from being homeless to one step away from being officially accepted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The former Falkville quarterback has made that last step. Last week, he was informed by Congressman Mo Brooks’ office that he had received an appointment to West Point. He got his official papers Monday at his prep school in Maine.
Sullivan was set to play NAIA football at Faulkner University in Montgomery until West Point called to see if he was interested in playing on its sprint football team. Sprint football is a competitive level of the game where the players cannot weigh more than 172 pounds. He also had to agree to one year at a prep school.
All that is a great story in itself, but when you consider that Sullivan’s father was never in his life, his mother had problems due to drug use and he was constantly moving from one relative to another, it’s even more amazing.
Sullivan was fortunate when he found a home with the Hamilton family. Drake and Xan became his brothers. Shawn and Sharon received legal custody of Ryan in 2010.
“We are so excited about his future,” Sharon said Monday.
Sullivan will be home Friday for spring break. He returns to Maine in May to graduate. He reports to West Point on July 3 for cadet basic training.
“We’re going to West Point in August when the new cadets get to march in with the rest of the corps,” Sharon said.
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Changes at Tanner
The retirement of Tanner girls basketball coach Larry Greene last Friday is not the only big change at the school. Principal Billy Owens announced last week that he’s retiring June 1. Before moving to the big office near the front door, Owens coached the Tanner boys basketball team from 1984-92 and won a state championship in 1986.
Tanner is also dealing with the loss of football coach Laron White, who left for Sparkman. White won state championships in 2012 and 2013. Add in Greene’s 2011 state championship and Tanner is losing three men who coached teams that won four of the school’s eight state championships in football, boys basketball and girls basketball.
Greene’s retirement marks the third straight year that the area has lost a coaching legend in girls basketball. Brewer’s Ricky Allen retired after the 2015 season. Last year, it was Lawrence County’s Kenny Coffey who retired.
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Eliminated by the best
Austin’s football and boys basketball teams both went to the semifinals of the playoffs before losing to the schools that won the state championships.
The football team lost to Ramsay 25-14. Ramsay beat Opelika 21-16 the next week for the Class 6A state championship.
The basketball team lost to Bryant 70-57 last Wednesday. Bryant won the 6A state championship Saturday, 48-44 over Parker.
david.elwell@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2395. Twitter @DD_DavidElwell.

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