Prep notebook: White Plains’ Randall out for rest of season
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
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Sympathy around the county has spread to White Plains after Wildcat point guard Dylan Randall suffered a season-ending injury last weekend.

Dylan tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus against Cleburne County on Saturday and had surgery on Tuesday.

“They’re putting him through some rehab right now, helping him use his crutches and stuff like that,” White Plains coach and father Chris Randall said. “He was able to come home (Wednesday) afternoon.”

The injury occurred on a fast break when Dylan attempted a jump-stop shot near the basket, the coach said. An opposing player hit the guard from behind and Dylan landed awkwardly on the outside of his foot.

“It just popped it,” Randall said. “What’s bad is that was his good knee. He had arthroscopic surgery lined up for March after the season ended. He’s had three cortisone shots in the left knee just to be able to play, but then he tore the right ACL. He’ll still have surgery in March.”

Dylan started at White Plains for five years, which spanned 125 games.

“I’d like to tell you he’s in high spirits, but I’d be lying to you. He’s doing better than I am, though,” Randall said. “He’s devastated and feels guilty. He loves his teammates and hates not being with them. He’s pretty upset.”

Piedmont guard Ty Sparks was almost in the same boat after he nearly had his pinky toe ripped off seven days before Randall’s injury.

The details of the incident are known, but the injury itself is a little head scratching. Sparks’ father, Randy, said Ty was playing one-on-one in Wadley when a combination of how Ty landed after grabbing a rebound and his friend landing on his foot nearly ripped the toe off.

“It was hanging on by a little piece of skin,” Randy said.

Ty was able to avoid surgery — also having his toe sewn back on — and had a miraculous recovery, being given the OK to play last Tuesday.

“When it first happened we were afraid we had lost him for the year, but he’s been cleared to go. It’s still tender, though,” Piedmont coach Tommy Lewis said. “We’re hoping that he’ll be good to go by the time we play Saks coming out of the holidays.”

Ohatchee Opening: There’s a lot of interest surrounding the Ohatchee football coaching job, which opened up after the resignation of Nathan Wehunt several weeks ago. Wehunt is coaching the boys basketball team and after finishing the school year will most likely be moving back to Georgia, he said.

Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Joe Dyar said he’s turned the coaching search over to Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle, who will make a recommendation to the board of education once he finds the right candidate. Dyar added the opening has gotten “many resumes extremely quickly.”

A timetable for the hire is unknown.

Back to winning ways: It’s been a while since the Piedmont boys basketball team was victorious during the regular season of Class 3A, Area 10 play, but the Bulldogs got back in the win column last week.

After winning the area tournament and regular season in 2011-12, Piedmont went 0-6 last season before upsetting Saks in the first round of the area tournament.

The Bulldogs, which lost two starters during the offseason, are currently second in Area 10 with a 2-1 record, with wins against Saks and White Plains.

“We’ve shot pretty well,” Bulldogs coach Tommy Lewis said. “I told them that we’re 2-1 and all of our road games are behind us. All we have to do is show up at home and try our best.”

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star
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