UMS-Wright captured the 16th AHSAA boys’ state tennis championship in school history Tuesday totaling 80 points in the Class 4A/5A state tourney held at the Mobile Tennis Center. UMS-Wright had won six straight Class 4A crowns coming into the new 4A/5A division. The streak is still alive now at seven.
St. Paul’s, the Class 5A champs in 2014, finished second with 50 points and Randolph was third with 48.
The tourney still has No. 1 singles finals to play Wednesday. Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion won three straight singles matches to reach the finals and will face UMS-Wright senior William Hooper, who beat Randolph’s Grant Ginsburg in a grueling 6-3, 7-5 semifinals to set up today’s final match. Hooper also teamed with Nicholas Anez to win four No. 1 doubles matches including Tuesday’s 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Ginsburg and Owen Averbuch of Randolph in the finals.
Cooper played in his maximum number of matches forcing the singles finals to be postponed. Since all other play has concluded, the two netters will play the championship match Wednesday at 4 p.m. at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, a midway point between Montgomery and Mobile for the two schools.
Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs can pick up three more points with a Cooper win. Trinity, which had 31 points, can also added three more points to its total with a Vermillion win. UMS-Wright’s girls won the 2015 state crown Tuesday and now owns a seven-year state championship winning streak as well.
Anez won the No. 2 singles title for Cleveland’s squad. UMS-Wright also got singles championship wins from Patrick Kraver (No. 3) and Patrick McGowin (No. 4). Patrick Kraver and Pete VanLingen also had a hard-fought win over Jimmy Mackin and Sam Franklin of St. Paul’s in the No. 2 doubles finals, winning 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Class 4A/5A State Boys Tennis Championships*
Team scoring: UMS-Wright 80*, St. Paul’s Episcopal 50, Randolph 48, Trinity Presbyterian 31*, LAMP 27, Russellville 24, Fayette County 18, West Point 16, Helena 14, Douglas 12, Guntersville 10, St. James 9, Sylacauga 9, Haleyville 4, Jacksonville 2, Oneonta 2.
*-Final scoring will be completed after No. 1 singles finals Wednesday.
Team Sportsmanship winner: (tie) Fayette County and SAylacauga.
No. 1 – Tyler Vermillion, Trinity vs. William Hooper, UMS-Wright, Wednesday at TR Miller, High School, Brewton, 4 p.m.
No. 2 – Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wight d. Max Williams, Trinity, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Patrick McGowin, UMS-Wright d. Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 – William Russell, St. Paul’s d. Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 – Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Jackson Laurence, UMS-Wright, 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 – William Hooper/Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Grant Ginsburg/Owen Averbuch, Randolph, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 2 – Patrick Kraver/Pete VanLingen, UMS-Wright d. Jimmy Mackin/Sam Franklin, St. Paul’s, 7-6(6), 6-3
No. 3 – William Russell/Harrison Citrin, St. Paul’s d. Patrick McGowin/Will McGowin, UMS-Wright, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Montgomery Academy won all nine singles and doubles championship matches Tuesday to total 65 points as the Eagles claimed the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A-3A state boys’ tennis crown at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard State Park.
It was the fifth straight title and 14th boys’ state championship overall for Coach David Bethea’s Eagles. The win gave Montgomery Academy a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ championships in 2015.
Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 28 points and Altamont was third with 26.
Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dylan Young of Madison Academy. Torbert and Hunter Carroll, the 2014 No. 1 singles champion, combined at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles to beat Trent Kannegieter and Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6 for the state title. Carroll also won No. 2 doubles.
Also winning singles titles for Montgomery Academy were Clayton Muller (No. 3), James Torbert (No. 4), Will Spain (No. 5) and Allen Millsap (No. 6). Spain and James Torbert also won No. 2 doubles while Muller and Millsap finished the sweep with the No. 3 doubles championship.
Class 1A-3A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring: Montgomery Academy 65, Westminster-Oak Mountain 28, Altamont 26, Houston Academy 20, Indian Springs 10, Madison Academy 9, Bayside Academy 9, Faith Christian 2, Decatur Heritage 2, Sheffield 2.
No. 1 – Bo Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Dylan Young, Madison Academy, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 – Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Chris Mines, Altamont, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Clayton Muller, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 – Will Spain, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann, Westminster OM, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Samson Sands-Mac Lidikay, Altamont, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
No. 1 – Bo Torbert/Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Trent Kannegieter/Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6
No. 2 – Will Spain/James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Bobby Skelton/Mark McClure, Westminster OM, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 – Clayton Muller/Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann/Parker Mixon, Westminster OM, 6-3, 6-1
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 15, 2015) — High school swimmers and divers will now be permitted to wear jewelry during competition. This change was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis.
This significant rules change was among four revisions recommended by the committee for the 2015-16 season and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
With a focus on addressing pertinent rules regarding competition, the committee determined that the wearing of jewelry presents little risk of injury to the competitor or opponents. Therefore, prohibiting jewelry is an unnecessary restriction, and officials can now better focus on meet administration directly related to competition. Rule 3-3-5 now reflects the change with the removal of any language barring or penalizing the wearing of jewelry.
“We’ve been working for the past 10 years on the role of prohibiting jewelry, and we finally came to the conclusion that prohibition presented little concern for injury,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “We determined the penalty’s severity was no longer based in sound rationale.”
The committee also addressed the requirements of officials’ uniforms. Rule 4-1-7 was amended to only require that swimming and diving officials dress in a uniform approved by the state association. Previously, officials were required to dress in white attire or other attire approved by the state association. This change clarifies the rule and allows for more practicality when determining the appropriate uniform for officials, as white is no longer the current standard.
“We felt that it was more appropriate for state associations to handle officials’ uniforms, so long as, in each state, every official wears the same uniform,” Oakes said.
The committee also amended Rule 4-3-1 a, b to allow the starter to designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle when the swimmer has two lengths plus 5 yards remaining in the race. The starter may have multiple tasks occurring simultaneously, and having a designee would allow for the starter to maintain better accuracy and concentration during events.
The final change was to Rule 9-6-1, which now includes a clarification indicating that the diving referee may be one of the judges on the panel, or a separate official.
A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Swimming & Diving.”
According to the 2013-14 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, swimming and diving has 304,152 participants in 14,530 programs nationwide.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the current recommended football practice contact guidelines in place for health and safety to become a by-law Tuesday at the AHSAA Spring Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
The guidelines require the first two days of fall practice to be in shorts and helmets, followed by shoulder pads and helmets on the third day not to exceed 90 minutes. On the fourth day, shoulder pads and helmets are to be used with the practice not exceeding 120 minutes. On the fifth practice day, one full speed contact practice, not to exceed 90 minutes of full speed contact is allowed.
Week 2 would allow alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week. In addition, one intra-squad scrimmage would be allowed in week 2.
Beginning week 3, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week, will be permitted. One interscholastic scrimmage or contest will be allowed in week 3.
Week 4 through the end of the season, 90 minutes of full-speed contact practice is permitted.
During Spring Evaluation, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full contact per week, are allowed. One interscholastic scrimmage contest is allowed during the spring evaluation. The complete guidelines can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
The board voted to require all schools to follow the guidelines that were recommended in 2013 that restrict football practice contact. The AHSAA, along with Texas, Arizona and Maryland, has been a national leader in developing good health and safety practices. The NFHS, in its recent report on football contact, cited the AHSAA’s safety recommendations and its reduction of injuries as a result.
The AHSAA Medical Advisory Board, co-chaired by Dr. Jimmy Robinson of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Lawrence Lemak of Birmingham, also more clearly defined “contact” in its latest recommendation.
“This is a landmark decision by the Central Board,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our medical advisory committee, at our meeting last February, agreed that the AHSAA’s recommendations in place were adequate and necessary. They also asked us to define more clearly the definition of “contact” and the Central Board agreed. We thank our medical advisory committee, which we think is the best in the nation, and our Central Board for helping us take a leadership role in developing these very important guidelines.”
The practice requirements for high schools and middle schools will be placed in the AHSAA Handbook and go into effect beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
Hartselle High School head football coach Bob Godsey, a member of the AHSAA Football Coaches Committee and the Alabama Football Coaches Association, was also present to express coaches’ support for these guidelines.
The Central Board also approved requiring all schools to have athletic emergency plans on file for all sports and all facilities by June 1, 2015. A template will be developed by the AHSAA and will be made available to member schools. The Central Board approved requiring CPR training for all coaches to include AED training.
The Central Board also instructed the AHSAA, in conjunction with its Baseball Coaches Committee, to study baseball’s current length of season, total number of games played, the pitching limitation rule and to clearly define of what constitutes a tournament. The group was asked to bring back recommendations to the July Central Board meeting.
In other Central Board action, Spring Garden High School principal Mike Welsh was elected to serve as Central Board president for the 2015-16/2016-17 two-year term. Hackleburg principal John Hardin was elected vice president.
The AHSAA Legislative Council also voted on 21 legislative proposals submitted by member schools for 2015 and ratified one.
The Legislative Council voted 27-5 to ratify a proposal submitted by Bob Jones High School to restrict floor access at regular-season wrestling tournaments to a specific number of school or team personnel.
Passage of a legislative proposal requires a two-thirds vote of the 32-member council.
In other board action Tuesday:
§ Approved Covenant Christian School of Mobile as a middle-school member of the AHSAA beginning the 2015-16 school year.
§ Approved Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens for associate membership of the AHSAA beginning 2015-16.
§ Approved the 2014 Super 7 audit, the 2015 State and Regional Basketball Tournament audits, Super Section and State Wrestling audits and Indoor Track financial report.
§ Approved Regional Basketball Tournament sites (Dothan, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Wallace-Hanceville) for 2015-16 season.
§ Approved the State Swim Meet contract (with Auburn University) for the next three years, 2015-17.
§ Approved the projected expenses for the 2015 NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans.
§ Approved the 2015-16 Calendar of Events, 2015-16 Sports Calendar and five-year Sports Calendar.
§ Heard an update from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery July 20-25.
§ Heard a report from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth detailing results of the recent member-school AHSAA survey.
Set June 18, 2014 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.
§ Set dates for future Central Board meetings – July 29, 2015, Oct. 21, 2015, Feb. 3, 2016 and April 12, 2016.
§ Set June 18, 2015 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.
BIRMINGHAM – Douglas High School’s Isabella Hope Wisener and Calera High School’s ShaKeith Tyes were named the overall winners at the 30th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel as 104 high school regional honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
Wisener, a senior cross country, tennis and basketball standout, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Tyes, a standout running back and Calera’s career rushing leader, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
“This is such an honor. I want to thank my family, my teachers, my coaches and my friends and the Bryant-Jordan Foundation,” Wisener said. Her secret to success, she added, “is I study a lot when I am in the car or on a trip and I try not to procrastinate too much. I am a very competitive person.”
Wisener, served as the Eagles’ tennis team captain and led her doubles team to the 2014 state finals. Wisener was also named MVP of Douglas’ cross country team the last two seasons. She has a full academic scholarship to attend Birmingham Southern College. A Wendy’s Heisman state finalist, she has been enrolled in the dual-enrollment program at Snead State Community College and was named a Marshall County outstanding scholar-athlete.
Ranked first in his class of 110, Wisener has a 102.32 grade-point average on a 100 scale. She is serving as Douglas High School SGA as treasurer this school year and was secretary in 2013-14. She is also a member of the math team, serves on the yearbook staff, is an officer in numerous other school clubs and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
Tyes has overcome many family struggles to become one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Calera history. He faced each challenge with tenacity and courage. An outstanding football, basketball and track standout, Tyes has earned the respect of teammates, coaches, teachers and classmates alike.
Described by coaches as possessing a “heart of gold,” Tyes worked hard in the classroom to overcome some learning disabilities and is now a solid student who has earned the admiration of his teachers. He finished his senior football season as Calera’s all-time leader in rushing yards, yards per carry, touchdowns and total yards. His career rushing total ranks in the top 15 in the AHSAA.
“I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for my family, my coaches, my teachers and my teammates,” Tyes said. He plans to attend a community college in Kansas on football scholarship next fall.
Coach Wiley McKeller, Tyes’ football coach, said “ShaKeith is that kid other kids needs to know about. He finds a way to work through every challenge.”
Wisener and Tyes were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. Approximately $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986.
Class winners in the Scholar-Athlete division were: Lauren Kois, Brilliant (1A); Tyler Phillips, Goshen (2A); Judson “Keith” Hunt, Jr., Winfield (3A); John Truman “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County (4A); Isabella Wisener, Douglas (5A); Aaron “Max” Erbe, Florence (6A); and Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope.
Class winners in the Student Achievement division included: Phillip Cook, Winterboro (1A); Noah Cobb, Samson (2A); Hope Bishop, Glencoe (3A); William Chandler, Wilson (4A); ShaKeith Tyes, Calera (5A); Easton Gorman, Fort Payne (6A); and William “Ward” Webb, Mountain Brook (7A).
Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including:
Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: William Chandler, Wilson; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: (Achievement) Hope Bishop, Glencoe; (Scholar) J.T. Hill, Cherokee County; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend and Kylee Carter, Beauregard; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy.
One new scholarship program was started this year: United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarship. The 2015 recipients of the two $2,500 scholarships were Amber Uptain of Maplesville and Zachary Simbeck of Lauderdale County, each Student Achievement Award regional winners in Class 1A and Class 3A, respectively.
The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:
2015 Bryant-Jordan Student Acievement Regional Winners
Region 1: MacKenzie Grace, Kinston
Region 2: Adriauna Alston, Linden
Region 3: Amber Uptain, Maplesville
Region 4: Phillip Cook, Winterboro
Region 5: Nathan Young, Hubbertville
Region 6: Mallary Guthrie, Meek
Region 7: Sarah Avans, Skylinje
Region 8: Kate Fortenberry, Athens Bible
Region 1: Trey Garris, Leroy
Region 2: Noah Cobb, Samson
Region 3: Donta’ Hall, Luverne
Region 4: MarKiece Williams, Reeltown
Region 5: Brittany Snyder, Fayetteville
Region 6: Carissa Barrios, Cleveland
Region 7: Michael Warner, Ider
Region 8: Chelsea Dewberry, Cherokee
Region 1: Catherine Wiggins, Excel
Region 2: Timothy Skipper, Abbeville
Region 3: Nicole Hoots, Prattville Christian
Region 4: Ty Herron, Lamar County
Region 5: Max Erb, Winfield
Region 6: Hope Bishop, Glencoe
Region 7: Keely Ellison, Pisgah
Region 8: Zack Simbeck, Lauderdale County
Region 1: Carly Brooks, Ashford
Region 2: Carter Rief, LAMP
Region 3: Levi Warren, Elmore County
Region 4: Mikailah Good, Oak Grove
Region 5: Chandler Gann, Carbon Hill
Region 6: Brady Williams, Crossville
Region 7: Jesse Overton, Haleyville
Region 8: William Chandler, Wilson
Region 1: Robert Henderson, Jr., Escambia County
Region 2: Chase Smartt, Charles Henderson
Region 3: Kirklin McWhorter, Tallassee
Region 4: Shakeith, Tyes, Calera
Region 5: Juan Waters, A.H. Parker
Region 6: Dontrez Green, Mortimer Jordan
Region 7: Conner Parrish, Boaz
Region 8: Breanna Peeples, East Limestone
Region 1: Tyler Brentzel, Spanish Fort
Region 2: Benjamin Dowd, Northview
Region 3: Whitley Bailey, Benjamin Russell
Region 4: Ethan Howard, Brookwood
Region 5: Samantha “Sammie” LaBeau, Chelsea
Region 6: Terelle West, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7: Easton Gorman, Fort Payne
Region 8: Devin Sanders, Decatur
Region 1: Chris Dillon, Foley
Region 2: Zach Higman, Prattville
Region 3: Ward Webb, Mountain Brook
Region 4: Ryan Sivak, Grissom
2015 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
Region 1: Jared Alan Moss, Fruitdale
Region 2: Ashley Ballard, McKenzie
Region 3: Kacie Adams, Isabella
Region 4: Kasey Gamble, Victory Christian
Region 5: Brock Belcher, Shades Mountain Christian
Region 6: Lauren Kois, Brilliant
Region 7: Kelsi Lynn Sisk, Woodville
Region 8: Tyler Crumpton, Phillips
Region 1: Tripp Vickery, Flomaton
Region 2: Matthew Logan Skinner, Geneva County
Region 3: Tyler Phillips, Goshen
Region 4: Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5: John David Jacobs, Woodland
Region 6: Trent Tatum, Cleveland
Region 7: Carly Westermoreland, Addison
Region 8: Katie Clemons, Mars Hill Bible
Region 1: Amanda Jillian Daher, Geneva
Region 2: Nathaniel “Nate” Robinson, Slocomb
Region 3: Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy
Region 4: Nate Freeman, Fultondale
Region 5: Judson Keith Hunt, Jr., Winfield
Region 6: Ali Porter, Westbrook Christian
Region 7: Will Cole, Sand Rock
Region 8: Sydney Homan, Madison Academy
Region 1: Robert M. Hope III, UMS-Wright
Region 2: Anna Curles, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3: Morgan Tew, Elmore County
Region 4: Shane Adams, Handley
Region 5: Blake Foster, Locust Fork
Region 6: John “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County
Region 7: Connar Franklin, Hamilton
Region 8: Zachary “Zack” Phillips, Wilson
Region 1: William “Will” Pickard, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Region 2: James “Trey” Tate III, Rehobeth
Region 3: Kylee Carter, Beauregard
Region 4: Braxton Stokes, Calera
Region 5: Blaine Kilgore, Corner
Region 6: Thomas R. Powers, Moody
Region 7: Isabella Wisener, Douglas
Region 8: Elizabeth Lopez, St. John Paul II Catholic
Region 1: Jordan T. Hess, Robertsville
Region 2: Holly M. Baker, Northview
Region 3: Abrianna Fornis, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Region 4: Kyle Stuart, Northridge
Region 5: Charles “Chase” Kelly III, Homewood
Region 6: Hasan Sadiq Abdulla, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7: Lindsey Elizabeth Hindsman, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8: Max Erbe, Florence
Region 1: Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope
Region 2: Savanna Cooper, Prattville
Region 3: Jake Colburn, Tuscaloosa County
Region 4: Cameron Andrew Thomas, Grissom
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