Bayside Academy has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit its first-round Class 3A, Area 1 boys’ basketball tournament win over Cottage Hill Christian for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Bayside played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Transfer Rule, specifically related to a bona fide move. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student had participated. Cottage Hill will now advance to the Area 1 finals versus Excel. Bayside Academy’s season has ended.
In addition, Bayside must forfeit varsity wins over Gulf Shores and Pensacola Christian. Furthermore, the school reported playing an ineligible student in two junior varsity games.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
First 50 Students to Attend Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Atlanta Braves Broadcast Experience
ATLANTA (January 14, 2015) - The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, has opened early registration for the first-ever NFHS Network Broadcast Academy to be held July 17-19, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. High school broadcasting students, faculty and family members are invited to register at: www.nfhsnetwork.com/broadcastacademy.
The event will kick off on Friday at the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs baseball game at Turner Field at 7:35 p.m. The first 50 students to register will gain exclusive access to a behind-the-scenes Atlanta Braves broadcast experience prior to the game.
Intimate hands-on workshops conducted by NFHS Network producers will enable students to learn pre- and post-production best practices, announce a live sporting event, create a live studio show and produce an original feature package. General sessions will feature prominent broadcasters and executives from ESPN, Turner Sports and NBC Sports.
Attendees will also hear from Vicki Michaelis, Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, about pursuing journalism in college, Robert Sherman, a student who successfully started a broadcasting program at his high school and is now producing events in college, and Adam Zimmerman, President, CSE, who will discuss best practices for marketing events and increasing your audience.
In addition, high school broadcast programs and students from across the country will be recognized for their accomplishments during the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy Awards ceremony on Saturday, July 18. The submission deadline is February 15.
Detailed information including the full agenda, workshop and session descriptions, award categories and selection process is available online at: www.nfhsnetwork.com/broadcastacademy. Early registration rates for conference passes and hotel rooms will be valid until April 15.
About the NFHS Network
The NFHS Network is the single online destination for watching high school sports and other events live and on demand from anywhere at anytime. Students participating in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, which provides high schools with the technology platform, training and support to broadcast their own regular season games online, now produce the majority of the events on the NFHS Network.
All NFHS Network events are available online at www.NFHSnetwork.com. Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Wanda Gilliland, Assistant Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, is among 12 leaders in high school activity programs across the country selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations.
An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly-regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.
The 2015 Citation recipients will receive their awards July 1 at the 96th annual NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans.
Gilliland has been an assistant director with the AHSAA since 1996. A graduate of Marion County High School and Athens State College, she served as a teacher and coach/athletic director at Hamilton High School from 1979-1996 where her girls basketball teams compiled a 301-96 record, won a state championship in 1990, finished runner-up the next year and won the Marion County tournament seven times.
She has played a key role in the development of state championship programs in volleyball, softball, basketball and cross country. She has helped govern eligibility requirements through involvement with school audits, investigations and foreign exchange student regulations.
Gilliland has received several coach of the year honors and served on the NFHS basketball, softball and spirit rules committees. She currently chairs the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. She was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
She is the fifth Alabama recipient of the prestigious award. Others include Ken Blankenship (Coaches Citation) in 2000, Greg Brewer in 2006, Houston Young (Officials Citation) in 2010, and Alan Mitchell in 2012.
Gilliland, the Section 3 recipient, is one of eight Citation honorees
representing NFHS-member state high school associations. The other four recipients represent NFHS professional organizations for officials, coaches, music leaders and speech/debate/theatre directors.
The other state association recipients are Pat Corbin, retired executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association; Butch Powell, assistant executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission; Scott Johnson, assistant executive director of the Illinois High School Association; Cheryl Gleason, assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association;
Amy Cassell, assistant director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association; Dwight Toyama, former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association and the Oahu Interscholastic Association; and John Billetz, retired executive director of the Idaho High School Activities Association.
Citation recipients in other categories are James Coon, volleyball official, Pittsboro, Indiana; Milt Bassett, executive director, Oklahoma Coaches Association, Edmond, Oklahoma; Jean Ney, retired coordinator of fine arts, Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, Bonner Springs, Kansas; and Darrel Harbaugh, retired director of debate and forensics, Field Kindley Memorial High School, Coffeyville, Kansas.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 26, 2015) — Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) for the past five years, has been selected chief operating officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), effective July 1, 2015.
Whitfield will succeed Jim Tenopir, who is retiring this summer after five years as the organization’s chief operating officer.
“I am pleased that Davis will be joining our staff this summer,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “During his time as commissioner of the North Carolina association, Davis has proven to be an innovative leader. He also will bring a valuable perspective on national issues from his years at the college level. I look forward to working with him in leading our staff in the coming years.”
Since taking over as commissioner of the NCHSAA in January 2010, Whitfield has instituted a five-year strategic plan; enhanced the championship experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans at NCHSAA events; and organized and directed the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration.
In addition, Whitfield created a committee which led to a new student-athlete transfer policy, implemented championship cost-cutting policies and procedures, restructured the NCHSAA Handbook, and developed the Education and Athletics Committee, which evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of current NCHSAA policy and procedure.
Prior to his appointment as NCHSAA commissioner, Whitfield was on the administrative staff of the Atlantic Coast Conference for 7½ years, including the final 2½ years as associate commissioner.
Among his duties at the ACC, Whitfield directed and coordinated all television liaison activities for regular-season ACC football, managing a staff of 20 individuals. He also assisted with the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, developed and managed an Olympic sports budget of $4 million, and was responsible for directing all regular-season and championship activities for 22 Olympic sports.
Whitfield was the site representative for several NCAA championships. He also represented the ACC at local, regional and state events, and he worked with ACC corporate partners to create and fulfill exposure opportunities.
Before his move to the ACC office, Whitfield served in the athletic department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, including two years as director of operations and facilities management and two years as assistant athletic director for operations and facilities. He began his career in sports administration in 1995 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, where he was assistant athletic director for operations and facilities for three years.
Whitfield attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he was a dean’s list student and played on the school’s baseball team, before transferring to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC in 1993 and his master’s in sports administration in 1995.
Whitfield and his wife, Nicole, have three children: Will, Grace and Wesley.
Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy became the 33rd recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Mr. Football Award Wednesday at the ASWA's annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon.
The Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association hosted the annual luncheon attended by more than 250 coaches, administrators and family members of the 48 finalists at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.
Johnson, a multi-talented, 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, helped the Mustangs go 14-1 in 2014 en route to Madison Academy’s third straight Class 3A state title. He rushed for 1,659 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. The Class 3A Super 7 MVP also caught 25 passes for 598 yards and eight TDs, totaled 71 tackles on defense and six interceptions. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns and finished with 34 total TDs.
The Auburn University commitment set a Super 7 record with six touchdowns in the 70-34 championship win over Dale County. He also was named MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game won by Alabama 36-30 in December.
He finished his prep career with 5,274 rushing yards on 483 carries – a 10.9-yards-per-carry average. He caught 88 passes for 1,554 yards, made 204 career tackles, had 19 interceptions with eight more scores, and had four kick returns for TDs for 109 total touchdowns.
Johnson is the first Mr. Football winner from the Huntsville area. His brother Kerron was named ASWA Mr. Basketball following the 2009 season.
Johnson picked up 148 points and eight of the 13 first-place votes from the ASWA prep committee to capture the 2014 award. Dale County's Jamarius Henderson, the Class 3A Lineman of the Year, and Clay-Chalkville quarterback Ty Pigrome, the 6A Back of the Year, tied for second with 137 points each.
The ASWA also announced Back and Lineman of the Year recipients in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA.
ASWA Back of the Year Class winners:
Class 1A: Tyler Crumpton, Phillips, WR
Class 2A: Austin Stiefel, Fyffe, RB
Class 3A: Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy, RB
Class 4A: Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright, RB
Class 5A: Brandon Baynes, Tallassee, RB
Class 6A: Tyrell Pigrome, Clay-Chalkville, QB
Class 7A: Grey Jackson, Fairhope, QB
ASWA Lineman of the Year Class winners
Class 1A: Tyler Armstrong, Maplesville, LB
Class 2A: Deshon Kilpatrick, Sweet Water, OL
Class 3A: Jamarius Henderson, Dale County, LB/Athlete
Class 4A: Anfernee Jennings, Dadeville, DL
Class 5A: A.J. Smoot, Dora, DL
Class 6A: Tyler Carr, Southside-Gadsden, OL
Class 7A: R.J. Arnold, Hoover, LB
ASWA Mr. Football
Racean “Roc” Thomas
The Alabama Sports Writers Association will announce the 2014 Mr. Football recipient at its annual Mr. Football/Player of the Year luncheon Wednesday at noon at the Montgomery Activity Center. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) sponsors the luncheon.
For the first time in the award’s 33-year history, a total of 48 players will be in the running – three backs and three linemen in each of the seven ASWA classifications and one division for AISA schools. Oxford running back Racean “Roc” Thomas, now a freshman at Auburn University, was named Mr. Football in 2013.
A Back and Lineman of the Year in each classification will be announced from the finalists with Mr. Football being selected from those recipients. Charles Henderson linebacker Richard McBryde and Dale County linebacker/running back Jamarius Henderson are both in the mix after becoming winners of the Class 4A Lineman and Class 3A Back of the Year, respectively, last season.
McBryde is a lineman finalist in Class 5A and Henderson, who set the state single-season rushing record with 3,483 yards in 2014, is listed as a 3A lineman finalist. He also played linebacker for the Warriors recording 182 stops in 15 games this season.
Also among the finalists are Super 7 state finals MVPs: quarterback Tyrell Pigrom, Clay-Chalkville (6A); running back Ostin McPherson, St. Paul’s Episcopal; running back Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy (3A); and running back Austin Stiefel, Fyffe (2A).
The 48 finalists for back or lineman of the year in their classes are also finalists for the state’s Mr. Football award, which will be presented at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Luncheon in Montgomery on Jan. 14, 2015. The award is sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.
AHSAA finalists are listed below.
Maceo Booker, RB, James Clemens
Grey Jackson, QB, Fairhope
Traveon Samuel, Athlete, Central-Phenix City
R.J. Arnold, LB, Hoover
Kenny Thomas, OL, Prattville
Darrell Williams, LB, Hoover
Keith Mixon, Athlete, Shades Valley
Ty Pigrome, QB, Clay-Chalkville
Chris Weaver, Athlete,Saraland
Keaton Anderson, LB, Florence
Tyler Carr, OL, Southside-Gadsden
Darryl Williams, OL, Bessemer City
Brandon Baynes, RB, Tallassee
Ostin McPherson, RB, St. Paul's
ShaKeith Tyes, RB, Calera
Lester Cotton, OL, Central-Tuscaloosa
Richard McBryde, LB, Charles Henderson
A.J. Smoot, DL, Dora
Troy Dixon, RB, UMS-Wright
Octavius Matthews, Athlete, North Jackson
Kyle Nalls, RB, Fayette Co.
Riley Cole, LB, Oneonta
Anfernee Jennings, DL, Dadeville
Josephus Smith, DL, Leeds
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Madison Academy
Thomas Ozmint, RB, Glencoe
Zack Simbeck, Athlete, Lauderdale Co.
Mason Brown, LB, Glencoe
Jamarius Henderson, Athlete, Dale Co
Jeffery Whatley, DL, Dale Co.
Peyton Gilliland, QB, Cleveland
DeAnthony Holcombe, RB, Washington Co.
Austin Stiefel, RB, Fyffe
Deshon Kilpatrick, OL, Sweet Water
Austin Lewter, OL, Tanner
Dakota Newsome, LB, Fyffe
Kendarius Bradley, DB, Maplesville
Tyler Crumpton, WR, Phillips
Chandler Rigdon, Athlete, Chickasaw
Tyler Armstrong, LB, Maplesville
Jake Mintz, OL, Cedar Bluff
Justin Foster, DL, Donoho
The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Coach J. D. Chesteen of Hartford on Friday, Dec. 19. Mr. Chesteen, 87, is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Myra Smith Chesteen.
Funeral arrangements include family visitation at Hartford Baptist Church from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Monday, December 22. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with interment following at Hartford City Cemetery. Sorrells Funeral Home of Slocomb, will be officiating.
Coach Chesteen was recently selected to be inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2015 in March. The veteran high school football coach graduated from Brantley High School, and after a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he graduated from Troy University with a degree in education. He began coaching in 1951 at Samson High School.
Coach Chesteen, 86-64-6 as a head football coach for 16 seasons, totaled 38 years and nine months as a teacher and coach in the Geneva County School system with tenures at Samson, Coffee Springs and Geneva County high schools. He served as a teacher and coach at Geneva County from 1961 until his retirement in 1988.
He coached three teams to the Peanut Bowl, one to the Lions Bowl and had teams win the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship twice. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference in 1964, was elected vice president of the AHSADCA in 1962 and president in 1963. He was head coach of the South All-Stars in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a long-time member of Hartford Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School teacher of Baracca Men's Class, deacon and was awarded Deacon Emeritus.
His son Donnie Chesteen followed his dad into high school coaching most recently serving as a teacher/coach at Geneva High School.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hartford Baptist Church, 105 E. Burch Street, Hartford, AL. 36344.
Two girls’ basketball coaches reached milestone victories this week with Brewer’s Ricky Allen and Deshler’s Jana Killen each notching career win 600.
Killen, who became the girls’ head basketball coach at Deshler in 1989, watched her Lady Tigers (6-1) beat East Lawrence 66-44 on Dec. 15. Killen’s team won four straight Class 4A state titles from 2003-06 and finished runner-up in 2002, 2008 and 2010.
Allen’s 600th win came one night later when Brewer’s Lady Patriots (12-3) downed Morgan County rival Priceville 68-53. Killen’s program produced four straight Class 4A state championships from 2003-06.
Allen, who attended Priceville for 11 years as student but moved to Brewer as a senior when the schools were consolidated, is in his 30th year as a girls’ head basketball coach. His team won the Class 5A state championship in 2012.
Allen now ranks fourth in wins all-time in basketball-rich Morgan County and is the current active leader. Wayne Bowling notched 683 wins as Danville’s boys’ coach. Mike Smith won 624 games as Decatur’s girls’ coach, and Joe Jones won 606 as a boys’ coach with stops at Danville, Austinville, Decatur and Austin.
The AHSAA’s all-time leader in girls’ basketball coaching wins is Donnie Roberts of Red Bay (6-2). Roberts is currently 821-340 eight games into this season. His team went 32-4 last season was Class 2A state runner-up.
Lauderdale County (11-0) also extended the state’s longest current win streak to 56 games with a 53-36 win over West Limestone Monday. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers play again on Dec. 22 at Clements.
Deshler’s next game is set for tonight versus Central-Florence and Brewer doesn’t play again until Dec. 27 in the DOC Classic versus Holly Pond. Red Bay is at home tonight against Mississippi rival Belmont.
Horseshoe Bend High School teacher/coach/athletic administrator Kimberly Vickers will join the executive staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association as Assistant Director, Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Thursday.
Vickers, who will be AHSAA Director of Publications, has been serving Horseshoe Bend as senior teacher and department chair in the English department, head girls’ softball coach and assistant to the athletic director. She will begin her new duties Jan. 5.
“We are fortunate and delighted to have Kimberly Vickers join our staff,” Savarese said. “She is a talented individual, an excellent teacher and coach and has already been an important member of our AHSAA family while working in athletic administration and compliance at Horseshoe Bend. She is a tremendous addition to the AHSAA staff and will enable us to better serve our member schools.”
Vickers, a 1984 graduate of Mellow Valley High School in Clay County, received her B.S. in Secondary Language Arts from Jacksonville State University in 1987 and earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education/Language Arts from Auburn University-Montgomery in 1993.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the AHSAA,” Vickers said, “This is a dream come true for me personally and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time.”
Vickers has been at Horseshoe Bend since 2000 and served as a teacher/coach at Benjamin Russell High School from 1989-2000. She also was an adjunct English instructor at Southern Union Community College in Wadley in 1995-1996.
At Horseshoe Bend she has served on the Building Leadership Team, was SACS Committee Chair, yearbook advisor, senior class sponsor, technology coordinator, commencement director and ACCESS Distance Learning facilitator and site coordinator.
She holds memberships in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, National Federation Teachers of English, Alabama Education Association, National Education Association and Tallapoosa County Education Association.
While at Benjamin Russell she served as yearbook and newspaper advisor, softball and cheerleader coach and broadcast producer among other duties.
“The most difficult thing for me was leaving Horseshoe Bend and my kids in the middle of the year,” Vickers said. “We are like a big family, and if didn’t feel comfortable that I am leaving my duties in good hands, then I wouldn’t have made this decision. I can’t thank my principal Casey Davis and athletic director Mike Boyd enough for the opportunities they afforded me. I have loved my time at Horseshoe Bend.”
Vickers, 48, was named Horseshoe Bend Teacher of the Year in 2005 and 2013 and Tallapoosa County Teacher of the Year in 2013. She was also an Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame finalist in 2013. Named Taylor Publishing Company Advisor of the Year in 1998, she was inducted into the Columbia University Yearbook Cover Design Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers from 1996-2009.
Her softball teams at Horseshoe Bend were area champions from 2004-2009 and 2011-2014 and runner-up in 2010. Her 2010 and 2011 teams were South-Central Regional Class 2A runner-up and three teams advanced to the AHSAA state softball tournament at Lagoon Park (2006, 2010 and 2011).
She credits her own high school English teacher, Miss Myrtie Will Fargason at Mellow Valley, for teaching her to love literature and the English language and for inspiring her to become a teacher. “As a young student I strove to please her because I wanted her approval in all that I did,” Vickers said. “I have come to realize as an adult all this wonderful teacher taught me about life in general."
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