Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA ROUNDUP: UWA to Open Spring Drills April 2

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA ROUNDUP: UWA to Open Spring Drills April 2

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LIVINGSTON | Brett Gilliland will begin his first spring practice as head football coach at West Alabama on April 2.

"We are extremely excited and ready to take the field for spring practice," Gilliland said. "Our guys have been working very hard in the weight room and as a coaching staff it can't get here fast enough."

The annual Red and White Game will be played April 26, with kickoff at 10 a.m. at Tiger Stadium.

Including the annual spring game, the Tigers will practice 15 times as Gilliland and his new staff begin implementation of schemes and evaluating personnel for the first time in a setting other than offseason drills.

West Alabama -- two-time Gulf South Conference champions -- returns 11 starters, five on offense, three on defense and three on special teams.

Among the returnees is GSC offensive player of the year Kyle Caldwell at quarterback, as well as all-conference selections Javae Swindle at running back, kicker Mark Grant and tight end Ty Morgan.

Tigers 5th in South Region

basketball rankings

INDIANAPOLIS | The University of West Alabama men's basketball team has moved up two spots to fifth place in the third week of NCAA Division II South Region rankings.

West Alabama (17-9, 14-6 GSC) defeated North Alabama, 88-82, to drop the Lions to the sixth seed. The victory for the Tigers was followed by an 83-79 overtime win over Union.

Florida Southern, ranked 16th nationally, retained the top spot in the South Region for the third consecutive week. Delta State remained in the No. 2 region spot, followed by Saint Leo and Barry.

Fort Valley State, Tampa and Rollins are seventh, eighth and ninth, while Tuskegee fell from eighth to 10th.

Shartzer's homers lead Tigers

to sweep of Miles

BIRMINGHAM | Anna Shartzer had two home runs and drove in six runs to lead West Alabama softball to a doubleheader sweep over Miles College on Wednesday. The Tigers won 13-2 and 16-1.

UWA had 12 hits in each game and made only one error to improve to 13-10. …

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