Dallas County ranked in ASWA Top 10 poll

Published 8:49 am Thursday, December 17, 2020

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Dallas County is ranked in the first Alabama Sportswriters Association Basketball poll of the season.

The unbeaten Hornets (4-0) are ranked third among Class 4A teams.

Dallas County is expected to compete for a Class 4A state title this season under coach Cliff Nix. The Hornets are led by Darrius Ellis and Michael Ervin.

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“I give all the glory to God,” Nix said. “Being ranked is one of our goals that we set at the start of the season. It also puts a target on our back. Every team that we face is going to give their best effort to beat a ranked. I’m proud of the guys’ hard work and dedication.”

Dallas County has beaten two of its county rivals: Southside and Keith.

Keith High, meanwhile, received votes in the Class 1A poll. The Bears have played a tough schedule to open the season.

The boys No. 1 teams are Fairhope (Class 7A), Huffman (Class 6A), Ramsay (Class 5A), Williamson (Class 4A), Plainview (Class 3A)), Midfield (Class 2A), Pickens County (Class 1A) and Glenwood Academy (AISA).

The top-ranked girls teams are: Hoover (Class 7A), Hazel Green (Class 6A), Central-Tuscaloosa (Class 5A), Deshler (Class 4A), Montgomery Academy (Class 3A), Pisgah (Class 2A), Skyline (Class 1A) and Glenwood Academy (AISA).