Marion County spoils Berry’s Homecoming 20-14

Colton Cunningham (6) is shown running the ball for Berry as Gabe Jones (9) blocks.

Homecoming is always a special time of year and this year was no different. The alumni that returned to Berry High School were treated to a game of two very different halves. A last minute touchdown by the Red Raiders in regulation would send the game to overtime, and despite a valiant effort from the Wildcats, Marion County won 20-14.  


Stallions defeat Berry 36-20

Colton Cunningham (6) caught this pass over two South Lamar defenders for a touchdown.

The Berry Wildcats were seeking to pick up its first win of the season as they hosted the South Lamar Stallions. Although the game was riddled with penalties for both teams,  untimely penalties and turnovers by the Wildcats ultimately helped to lead the Stallions to a 36–20 victory.


Northside defeats Berry 37-6

Gabe Jones (9) is shown running the ball for Berry as Ace Norris (8) looks for someone to block.

The Berry Wildcats opened its 2021 season on the road, traveling to Northside to face the Class 4A Rams. Rain throughout the day leading up to the game and rain throughout most of the first half made the playing conditions less than ideal. The Wildcats could never get any momentum on offense because of numerous turnovers, which gave the Rams a short field for most of the game. The Wildcats scored late, but could not come back to defeat the Rams, taking the 37 – 6 loss.

Berry to seek grants for sewer line upgrades

The Berry Town Council approved a resolution to apply for grants that will allow the town to upgrade and replace a portion of its sewer lines during its Aug. 2 meeting. Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and Councilman Russell Madison were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Following a brief discussion concerning the need to replace and upgrade a portion of the town’s sewer lines, Councilman Calvin Madison made a motion to seek grants for funds that will assist with the project. Councilman Troyce Townsel seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

Berry Council approves lease with Alabama Power

The Berry Town Council approved a lease agreement with Alabama Power during its Monday, July 12 meeting, All council members were present for the meeting. Alabama Power has requested that the Town of Berry allow it to use a portion of the town’s industrial park on a month-to-month basis at a lease fee of $2,500 per month. Councilman Calvin Madison made a motion to allow Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison to sign the lease agreement with Alabama Power, and the motion was seconded by Councilman Troyce Townsel. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote.

Berry softball players named to All-State teams

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry during the 2021 season.

A pair of softball players for Berry High School combined to make the 2021 Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State Softball Team. Junior pitcher Kyla Edmonson made second team All-State, while her batterymate, catcher Allie Taylor, was named as All-State honorable mention. Berry played in the highly-competitive Class 1A, Area 9. Teams from the area placed two players on the first team, four on the second team, and three players were selected honorable mention.

Berry Council holds brief meeting

Pictured are the Berry Town Council members at the June 7 meeting. From left: Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, June 7. All council members were present for the meeting. During the absence of acting Police Chief Bart Norris, Berry mayor Jimmy Madison gave the police report covering May 1 – June 6. Mayor Madison said that 36 arrests were made by the department, with many of the arrests coming as the result of serving warrants. The Berry Police Department also issued 27 traffic citations and filed 15 reports.


Berry approves Community Service Programs agreement

Pictured is the Berry Town Council at its May 3 meeting. Shown from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members: Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Community Service Programs of Alabama during its May 3 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. According to Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, there are some funds available through Community Services Programs to help people in financial need with their water bills. For the town’s water customers to be able to use the program for assistance, the town had to pass a Memorandum of Understanding.


Berry closes season with losses in area tournament

Berry struggled for hits early in its first area tournament game against South Lamar, losing by a final score of 5-3. The Lady Wildcats had not managed a hit entering its half of the seventh inning. Ashlyn Smith led off the inning with a single, followed by a bunt single by Brooke Hill. Allie Taylor had a single, then Caitlyn Banks followed with a RBI single, scoring Smith.
With one out, Gracyn Hydrick singled to center field to score Hill. Anna Kate VanDee then hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Allie Taylor with the third run of the inning.


Berry finishes season after second round of playoffs

Berry catcher Will Knight is shown tagging a Brantley runner out at the plate.

The Berry Wildcats baseball team fell behind early and could never recover as they lost the first game of the second-round playoffs to Brantley by the score of 12-1. Brantley scored five runs in the first two innings to force the Wildcats to play catch-up the remainder of the game. Berry managed only four hits and one run in the seven-inning game, while timely hitting by the Bulldogs allowed Brantley to score 12 runs on 10 hits.