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Police Search for Area Shoplifters

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Opelika police are searching for two suspects who shoplifted from a Bed Bath and Beyond store last month.
On Jan. 27, three women entered the store at Tiger Town, where two of the women took items from the store. All three females left together in a black passenger car. Pictures are availableby clicking here.

Anyone who may recognize these suspects or have any information can call the Opelika Police Department at (334) 705-5220. or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Auburn Man Charged with Kidnapping

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35 year old David R. Brewer was arrested yesterday for the kidnapping of a female co-worker from an area restaurant. Surveillance video showed Brewer taking the incapacitated victim early Saturday morning and placing her in his car before leaving the parking lot. The co-worker was discovered by police hours later locked inside her car  in a nearby parking lot, suffering from dehydration, minor bruises and abrasions.

Brewer is being held on $27,000 bond in the Lee Co. Jail.

Governor Tuberville?

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 — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is considering running for Alabama governor in 2018. The 62-year-old says that he’s discussing his options with potential backers. Tuberville says he’s awaiting poll results that will gauge public support. Tuberville has never held elected office but describes his life in college football as “being in politics for the last 40 years.” He would enter an Alabama political arena wracked with turmoil. Gov. Robert Bentley faces calls for impeachment. Term limits bar Bentley from running again next year.

Auburn High Basketball Advances to the 7A Final Four in Birmingham

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ahs-logo-copy-copyAfter knocking off number one seed Robert E. Lee in the first round, the Auburn High boys basketball team was set to take on area rival Central-Phenix City in round two of the 7A regional championship. Auburn High won the game on a last second tip in by senior Garrison Brooks, leading to a 50-49 Auburn victory. Brooks ended the day with 15 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks and was named the regional tournament MVP. Christian Brandt and Preston Cook also had solid games for the Tigers, as they both recorded 12 points in the victory. Auburn has not made it to the state semifinals since 2005, when they took home the state championship.

 

The AHS girls team also played in round two of the regional tournament against Central-Phenix City, but fell short by a 39-34 final. Senior Nautika Philpot still had a nice game, as she put up 13 points, while Alexis Tate recorded 5 points, 6 steals, and 11 rebounds.

 

The Auburn boys team will now go on to face Vestavia Hills next Thursday (March 4). Scott Bagwell will bring you the broadcast at 10:30 AM on ESPN 106.7, which can be streamed online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app. Don’t forget that Scott Bagwell will also have the call for the Auburn High baseball home opener against Oxford tomorrow. That game can be heard on our sister station, 96.3 WLEE. The game can also be streamed online at 963wlee.com.

Auburn High Baseball Sweeps Season Opening Double Header in Prattville

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The Auburn High Baseball team spent their President’s Day in Prattville, as they opened up the season with a double header against the Lions. In game one, the Tigers shut out Prattville 13-0. Senior catcher Rollins Cleveland racked up 3 RBI’s on 2 hits. Junior Brooks Fuller and senior Trey Woodham both recorded 2 RBI’s as well. Junior Drew Jennings got credit for the win on 3.0 innings of 1 hit ball and 4 strikeouts.

In the second game of the double header, Auburn’s offence kept rolling as they won 9-2. In the victory, Trey Woodham put on a show with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. Clay Golson recorded a couple of RBI’s on a double and a sacrifice fly. Brooks Fuller got credit for the win as he just gave up 1 hit and struck out 6 in 3.0 innings of work. In game 2, the Tigers had struck out a total of 9 Prattville Lions.

The home opener is next up for AHS, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but instead be played on Wednesday at 4:00 CT. Due to a programming conflict with The Drive with Bill Cameron, Scott Bagwell will have the call on our sister station, 96.3 WLEE. The game can also be streamed on 963wlee.com.

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Congrats AHS Boys & Girls!

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AHS’ boys and girls basketball teams both came away with a win Thursday, moving both to the second round of the 7A Regional Championship in Montgomery. The girls won by a final score of 58-20 over Jefferson Davis. Nautika Philpot led the team in scoring with 17 points, as she went 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the three point line. Alexis Tate also had a nice game, as she recorded 14 points. The girls will go on to play in the second round of regionals against Central on Tuesday at 9:00 CT on ESPN 106.7.
The boys came away with a shocking win over the number one team in the state and the number one seed in the regional championship, Robert E. Lee by a final score of 57-40. Christian Brandt had an incredible game, recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Trey Elston also had a nice showing, as he put up 11 points and 4 assists. The next game for the boys will also be Tuesday following the girls game. That game will also be broadcast on ESPN 106.7.

Jim Harbaugh & Chip Lindsey on the same Team?

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Well, Not exactly. – Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Auburn University offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey will be the keynote teachers at the AHSAA Football Lunch & Learn mini-clinic scheduled for March 10 at the AHSAA Office in Montgomery, actually.
The Lunch & Learn mini-clinic series is a one-day clinic that provides professional training for the member high school and middle school coaches.
Lindsey, who was hired by Auburn University as its offensive coordinator Jan. 21st, began his coaching career in the Alabama high school ranks. Where He was an assistant coach at five Alabama high schools:
Lindsey, who was an offensive analyst for Malzahn in 2013, received his first college opportunity coaching quarterbacks at Troy University in 2010, helping the Trojans win a share of the conference title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.
Harbaugh, is making his return to Alabama after making headlines in 2015 for hosting a satellite camp in Prattville.

For the second year in a row, the Auburn Athletics Department is in the black.

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According to the NCAA Membership Financial Reports sent by Auburn University yesterday afternoon, Auburn’s total operating revenues came in at more than $140 million while the operating expenses came in at $124.8 million, putting Auburn roughly at a $15.2 million profit. The report is for the 2016 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.
Auburn finished 2015 with a $9 million profit.
There was an increase in ticket sales revenue in baseball, both men’s and women’s basketball, football and softball. Ticket sales went down in gymnastics and Auburn lost more than $83,000 in swimming and diving. On the heels of an appearance in the Women’s College World Series, Auburn softball saw the biggest boost of any sport, men’s or women’s. In 2015, $144,457. In 2016, that grew to $265,745, an increase of $121,288. It is the highest ticketed women’s sport on campus and fourth overall to football, men’s basketball and baseball, in that order. Coaching salaries rose from $21.1 million to $22.5 million. Auburn’s severance payments to former coaches dropped. While Auburn had to pay $87,853 toward baseball severance payments, Auburn reduced its severance payments in basketball from $1.01 million to $822,938. Also, football decreased its payouts from $3.6 million to $2.4 million.
>> One of the biggest increases on the report was the column listed as “guarantees”— That number in 2015 was $458,000. But In 2016 that number was $3.24 million. A majority of that increase was Auburn football’s participation in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta against Louisville.

New Toomer’s Oaks to be Planted this Saturday

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— Auburn University is once again replacing its landmark oak trees at Toomer’s Corner.
A university statement says workers will plant new trees on Saturday because of damage caused by a fire after last years LSU win.
The new trees will be slightly smaller than the original replacements. University horticulturist Gary Keever says smaller trees generally fare better than older ones when they’re being transplanted.
Fans won’t be allowed to roll the new trees until they’re older.