Author: CW Sports Staff

Experiences outweigh costs to play club sports

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (James Ogletree) As the leaves around Tuscaloosa start to turn brown and temperatures finally – mercifully – begin to dip, fall club sports are preparing to kick off their seasons as well. It can be an exciting time of the year for athletes on club sports teams, but it also signals the annual arrival of a not-so-exciting prospect: paying club dues. Julia Becker, president of the women’s ultimate Frisbee club, said paying $50 for the experiences members have in the club is more a bargain than a burden, however. “I would definitely say that it is [worth the investment],” Becker said. “We travel to a lot of really cool places, we play a really cool sport, and we see a lot of different teams. You get to go to New Orleans on Mardi Gras weekend, you can go to Arkansas or Atlanta or Florida. Fifty dollars, I think, is a really reasonable price to cover all of that.” Like many other club sports on campus, the club receives funding from University Recreation and The SOURCE to help pay for jerseys, tournament fees, travel costs like gas and hotel rooms, and other expenses. Becker said the team is fortunate that it only needs to buy new equipment every two or three years, so it seldom affects the budget. Other clubs, like tennis, don’t enjoy the same luxury. Club...

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Alabama defense smothers Vanderbilt in shutout

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) NASHVILLE— Dominant. That is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Alabama’s defense in its 59-0 win over Vanderbilt. The defense was so dominant that the Commodores failed to cross the 50-yard line, getting as close as its 44-yard line before an interception stopped the drive. “For three games, I’ve been saying ‘we win, but,’” coach Nick Saban said. “There’s a difference between winning and defeating your opponent in terms of how you dominate.” The Crimson Tide embarrassed the Commodore offense, allowing just 78 total yards. “We knew that we haven’t played our best game yet,” Shawn Dion Hamilton said. “Today we played to the standards that coach Saban always talks about. We know we are going to watch film and find a few things we can correct.” Vanderbilt quarterbacks Kyle Shurmer and Duece Wallace combined for 38 yards and an interception. The pair completed just 31.8 percent of their passes (7 of 22), while having an average of 1.7 yards a pass. The secondary deflected six passes on the day from five different players, while Ronnie Harrison finished with the lone pick of the game. “I saw the tight end running across the field, and the quarterback was staring him down, so I just broke on the ball,” Harrison said. Harrison would add two tackles. Hamilton finished with a team high...

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Alabama offense runs wild in strong performance against Vanderbilt

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) Alabama running back Damien Harris’ eyes lit up when he saw a hole the size of a mack truck in front of him. When he made it to the second level, Harris focused on not getting caught like he did on some of his long runs last season. He achieved his goal and scampered 61-yards to put No. 1 Alabama up by two touchdowns over Vanderbilt early in the game. “Once I got to the second and third level, I started subconsciously thinking about a couple of runs I had last year that I wasn’t able to finish,” Harris said. “…I started thinking about that and I was like I can’t, I can’t let it happen. It was a big hole that I ran through, and I was able to capitalize.” Alabama’s running game was key in its 59-0 victory over the Commodores. Runs like Harris’ happened consistently throughout the game as Alabama was able to gash Vanderbilt’s defense over and over. The Crimson Tide finished with 496 rushing yards- the highest total of Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama. Harris led the way, finishing with a career-high 151 yards and three touchdowns, which is more than he had all of last season. Bo Scarbrough was not far behind him, tallying up 79 yards and two touchdowns. Harris was the first 100-yard rusher for Alabama this...

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Alabama dominates Vanderbilt to capture first SEC win

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) No. 1 Alabama dominated Vanderbilt, 59-0, in its first trip to Nashville since Nick Saban’s first season in 2007. The Crimson Tide’s running game powered the offense and finished with 677 yards total and 496 yards rushing. While Alabama’s offense was hitting on all cylinders, its defense shut down the Commodores, holding Vanderbilt to just 78 yards. Moment of the game Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa dances around in the pocket and makes multiple defenders miss then delivers a strike to DeVonta Smith for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Offensive Player of the Game Matthew Speakman- Damien Harris Cody Estremera- Damien Harris Defensive Player of the Game Matthew Speakman- Minkah Fitzpatrick Cody Estremera- Da’Shawn Hand Fans Players of the Game (determined by a Twitter poll) Offense- Damien Harris Defense- Ronnie Harrison Notes: Ronnie Harrison intercepted a tipped pass on Vanderbilt’s first drive. It was Harrison’s second interception of the season, and the sixth of his career. Running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough set the tone early for Alabama. The two players combined for 181 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Harris and Scarbrough also had season-high rushing totals in the first half as well with 109 and 72 yards, respectively. Harris finished with 151 yards total. Alabama’s defense terrorized Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmer in the first half. Shurmer finished with just 17 yards in...

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Alabama ties LSU 1-1

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Stansell) Even after a statistically dominant offensive performance, Alabama was unable to defeat LSU on Thursday night, drawing 1-1 with the Tigers after two overtime periods. LSU jumped out to an early lead, scoring on a beautifully executed play in the sixth minute of action. The Tiger’s early goal proved to be a wakeup call for Alabama, as the Crimson Tide went on to carry out the team’s most impressive offensive outings of the season; except in the category that mattered most: goals. After LSU’s quick score, Alabama cranked its offense up a notch, with wingers Celia Jimenez Delgado and Emma Welch leading the charge. Delgado and Welch continuously set their teammates up with quality goal scoring opportunities by utilizing the wide portions of the field to push the ball deep into LSU territory and kick crosses into the box. “I enjoy the long ball. My team is very great at playing that one,” said Jimenez Delgado. “I love getting the ball to the end line, dribbling, and getting that cross and hopefully getting someone to score.” Unfortunately for Alabama, converting its multitude of chances did not come easily against an LSU defense that simply refused to cave. The half concluded with the Tigers leading 1-0. Alabama renewed and revamped its offensive attack immediately in the second half, aggressively attempting to bring the game to a...

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