Sports at WKRG
Randy Patrick is Sports Director and prime time anchor at WKRG News 5. He has the most experience and audience familiarity of any sportscaster in the market. He started his broadcasting career in radio at WABF in Fairhope, Alabama in 1979. He moved across the bay and started his WKRG career in 1980 at the age of 19. Over the last 28 years Mr. Patrick has been recognized an unprecedented five years in a row as the best sportscaster by both the major daily, the alternative weekly and the only monthly magazine. His local market dominance has also been so recognized by the Mobile Press Club for multiple years including Best Sportscaster for 2006. Further recognition includes the Associated Press Award for Best Sports Program and Southern League TV Broadcaster of the Year. Randy's career began as a radio pioneer, handling sportscasting and hosting a daily call-in news talk show. He was the Senior Bowl play-by-play announcer for six years and won the UPI's Best Play-By-Play. Randy was commentator for the University of South Alabama basketball and baseball broadcasts, state championship broadcasts for football and basketball, and broadcast coverage of University of Alabama football, Alabama basketball and Mobile Bay Bear baseball. He hosted the historic opening game telecast at Hank Aaron Stadium with Henry Aaron throwing out the first pitch. Recently Mr. Patrick has hosted the only local live state-wide television pre-game broadcast of the Alabama versus Auburn Iron Bowl nationally recognized football classic. Mr. Patrick's community leadership and business acumen has made him a household xml_name as today's prime time anchor on the most preferred local news station WKRG NEWS 5. Recently he was awarded the prestigious Mobile Press Club's highest honor as the John Harris Annual Award recipient. Randy anchors News 5 Sports every weekday at 6 and 10 p.m., and handles news anchor duties for vacationing legendary WKRG TV newsman Mel Showers. Randy is a native Mobilian and has been married to Monica Naman for 22 years. Randy and Monica have two sons, Jeffery and Pat, that attend Spring Hill College, and a twelve year old daughter, Stephanie. Randy is an avid outdoorsman skilled at hunting, fishing and golf. He is a very low handicapper and recently scored a rare double eagle. Mr. Patrick is active in local charity and community organizations and is an active member of St.Pius X Church.
WWE's William "Paul Bearer" Moody, passed away in his hometown of Mobile Tuesday night. Moody attened the Gulf Coast Wrestling Reunion last Saturday in Mobile. Local wrestling legend Cowboy Bob Kelly remembers Moody as Percy Pringle.
Murphy High School student athletes come back to campus to sign national letters of intent. The homecoming was a big deal for the kids who have a renewed school spirit after a tornado damaged their school and forced them to another school to finish the year.
Over 20 teams from Southwest Alabama appeared at the South Regional in Dothan this week. Championship games will be played Friday and Saturday at the Dothan Civic Center.
Former college coach Bud Ratliff is teaching Coaching Football 375 at the University of South Alabama. His students are aspiring football coaches.
Alabama signs two local players, Auburn gets one.
Saints Coach Sean Payton reinstated and ready to go. Payton talked to reporters covering the Senior Bowl for 45 minutes.
The University of South Alabama announced today that USA Men's basketball coach Ronnie Arrow had resigned effective immediately. Arrow was in the 6th year of his second stint at the school. This year's team is 5-5 overall and 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference Play.
McGill Toolen's Jason Smith takes home award. Terry Curtis and Mark Freeman are take top coaching honores.
UMS Wright wins 4A state title in Auburn, the Bulldogs defeated Oneonta, 42-14. It's the school's 6th state championship in football.
Toros defeat McAdory 45-14 at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn to claim the school's second 5A football championship in the past three years. The Toros won the title in 2010. This time they did it with a new coach, Mark Freeman who is in his second season at Spanish Fort. Joel Poe was named MVP.
Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was introduced tonight as the Tiger's 26th football coach.
A.J. McCarron throws 4 touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy has big day running the ball as 2nd ranked Alabama routed Auburn, 49-0 to clinch the SEC West. Alabama is now 11-1, Auburn ends the season, 3 and 9.
Mobile Christian advanced to the 3rd round of the playoffs thanks to Tyler Rogers outstanding performance. Rogers rushed for 240 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in the Leopards 28-19 win over Oakman.
Daphne senior throws 3 touchdown passes and runs for another in Trojans playoff win over Blount.
St. Luke's senior George Payne led his team to a 56-21 win over Cottage Hill last Friday night. Payne rushed for 267 yards and scored 4 touchdowns on 5 carries.
Fairhope's Nate Andrews had a night to remember in Dothan. Andrews rushed for 275 yards and scored 7 touchdowns in the Pirates 58-23 win over Northview. Andrews was named News 5 Player of the Week.
Tradition continues as McGill Toolen beats Murphy and paints cannon at the loop victory colors.
Gerald Wilkerson is recovering from a September racing accident at Mobile International Speedway. Wilkerson said injuries from the crash have ended his career. He's won 15 championships at Mobile and Pensacola tracks.
Bryant's rally to beat Murphy could be next YouTube sensation.
Conner Cramer threw 4 touchdown passes to rally Bryant High to a 29-28 win over Murphy. Cramer's last strike was as time expired in the 4th quarter.