Jackson county teams make history

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- North Jackson High School in Jackson county, is traditionally known as a football-crazed school. But this year, some other teams have emerged from the Stevenson and Bridgeport communities.

"You know North Jackson, those 460 kids up there are a lot more than just football, and we`ve got a phenomenal group of students," says Tanya Barbee whose son plays for the baseball team.

North Jackson has put itself on the map this year, as a serious sports contender, when it had previously been known as a school only focused on gridiron success.

Head Baseball Coach Michael Wallace is pleased to see the athletes succeed.

"It will always be a football school, but we can share a small piece of that pie too, you know baseball, and basketball. The community supports athletics, it means a lot to people as you can tell here, looking out there, it means a lot to people," says Wallace.

The Chiefs boys basketball team shattered records this season, and now the baseball team has gone further into the playoffs than any other North Jackson team.

"No other team in North Jackson school history has made it past the second round, we've got lots of alumni sitting out in our left field that have made it to the second round, but nobody has made it quite this far," adds Barbee.

The Chiefs season came to a close in the quarterfinals Friday night, but with a team comprised of mostly juniors they`ll be back with a vengeance.

"So they`re all going to be together next year too so, you know and we`re going to keep going, no matter win or lose, now we have went further than anybody else," says Audrey Cooper, whose son is the only player on the team from Bridgeport.

The Chiefs lost in a two game sweep Friday against the Brooks High School Lions from Killen.


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