Sunday, January 26, 2020






Class 1A Girls Semifinals Keith 52, Decatur Heritage 34

   The Lady Bears (26-5) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals with a defensive effort. Coach Cecil Williams’ girls limited Decatur Heritage to 14 points in the first half and out-scored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter to move into the championship game for the second year in a row.
    Harriet Winchester scored 20 points and passed out five assists to pace Keith.  Zykia Pettway also had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.   Ambreya Snow and Shatavia Moore added eight points.
    Decatur Heritage (23-6) was paced by Bekah Voss and Maddie Vinton had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Chandler Sparkman also had eight rebounds for Coach Paula Armstrong’s Eagles.
  The game was the first of 42 games scheduled for the week at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Class 1A and Class 2A play today, Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A tip off on Wednesday and Class 7A closes the semifinals on Thursday. Two finals will be Thursday night (1A boys and girls). Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will Friday with the Classes 5A, 6A and 7A closing out the week on Saturday.

Northwest Regional Tournament To Start at 10 a.m.

   The AHSAA Northwest Regional Basketball Tournament at Wallace-Hanceville Community College will delay the start of Wednesday’s tournament schedule one hour until 10 a.m. The  Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State, the South Regional at Dothan and Central Regional at Montgomery are scheduled to start on time at 9 a.m.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA made the decision to delay Northwest Regionals based on the current weather conditions. He said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions.
    The changes in the Northwest Regional schedule will be posted at and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Northwest Regional
Revised Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  4A Girls Championship   Deshler vs. Danville
11:45 a.m.:  4A Boys Championship   West Limestone vs. East Lawrence
1:30 pm:      3A Girls Championship    Lauderdale County vs. Madison Academy
3:15 p.m.:    3A Boys Championship   Madison Academy vs. Winfield  
5:00 p.m.:    5A Girls Championship   Ramsay vs. Wenonah
6:45 p.m. :   5A Boys Championship   Parker vs. Ramsay

Northeast, Northwest Regional Tournaments To Start at 10 a.m.

   The AHSAA Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville State and the Northwest Regional at Wallace-Hanceville Community College will delay the start of Tuesday’s tournament schedule one hour until 10 a.m. The  South Regional at Dothan and Central Regional at Montgomery are scheduled to start on time at 9 a.m.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA made the decision to delay the Northeast and Northwest Regionals based on the current weather conditions. He said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions.
    The changes in the schedules will be posted at and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Northeast Regional
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Gadsden City vs. Huntsville

11:45 a.m. : 7A Boys Championship   Mountain Brook vs. Gadsden City

1:30 p.m. :   2A Girls Championship   Section vs. Fyffe

3:15 p.m.:    2A Boys Championship   Fyffe vs. Vincent

5:00 p.m.:    1A Girls Championship   Woodville vs. Spring Garden

6:45 p.m.:    1A Boys Championship   Sacred Heart vs. Talladega County Central

Northwest Regional
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Hoover  vs. Hazel Green
11:45 a.m.:  7A Boys Championship   Sparkman vs. Hoover
1:30 pm:      6A Girls Championship    Austin  vs. Lee-Huntsville
3:15 p.m.:    6A Boys Championship   Cullman vs. Lee-Huntsville  
5:00 p.m.:    1A Girls Championship   Decatur-Heritage vs. Berry
6:45 p.m. :   1A Boys Championship   Phillips vs. South Lamar

Regional Tournaments To Remain On Schedule Monday

   Based on the updated weather forecast for the state of Alabama Sunday afternoon, all Alabama High School Athletic Association Regional Basketball tournaments will play games as scheduled Monday.
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions as the tournaments at all four sites continue this week.
    Regional basketball tournaments are being held at Wallace-Hanceville Community College (Northwest), Jacksonville State University (Northeast), Alabama State University (Central) and Dothan Civic Center (South).
    Should updates become necessary, the information will be posted at

Holy Family Removed From Boys Sub-Regional Basketball Playoffs

Holy Family High School has been removed from the Class 4A Boys Sub-Regional round of the AHSAA state basketball playoffs for self-reporting playing an ineligible student-athlete in violation of the Academic Rule. Holy Family, which finished second to Montevallo in the Area 7 tournament, forfeits its semifinal win over Oak Grove.

Oak Grove will represent Area 7 as runner-up and will travel to Bibb County in the sub-regional round Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Holy Family’s season has ended.

Bats Force 1A Area 13 to Change Site

    Gary McGriff, AHSAA District Director for basketball, said he thought he had heard it all – that is until Thursday.
    Cedar Bluff High School basketball coach Joe Carpenter called McGriff to inform him the site of tonight’s Class 1A, Area 13 boys basketball tournament semifinals was being moved – because of bats.
   “He told me that more than 200 bats (flying kind) had gotten inside the Cedar Bluff gym,” McGriff said. “He was obviously flustered about the situation.”
     McGriff was called to let the contest officials know the site was being changed for tonight’s games: Cedar Bluff and Jacksonville at 5:30 and Spring Garden vs. Coosa Christian at 7 p.m. are being switched to the Gadsden State Community College’s Cherokee Arena in Centre. Times will be the same.
     Carpenter said the bat problem surfaced as the Cedar Bluff girls’ team finished up practice Wednesday. “The bats were all over the place,” he said. “I’ve been  coaching for 33 years. I didn’t think anything could surprise me, but this has.”
      The Gadsden State Arena in Centre seats almost 3,000, Carpenter said. It is only five years old and is a great place to play.”
     The school plans to have the problem eradicated by Saturday’s finals. “The gym is being sealed and should be ready to go on Saturday night,” said Carpenter, who also will be coaching the girls’ team Friday night in the area finals at Spring Garden.
        As for McGriff, a long-time AHSAA basketball official before taking the role of district director, he said, “I have heard a lot or reasons for moving games, but not bats.”  

Bayside Academy Forfeits Area Tournament Victory

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.


Lauderdale County Lady Tigers Capture State Record 74th Consecutive Victory

    Lauderdale County High School’s Lady Tigers basketball team won their sixth straight Lauderdale County girls’ basketball tournament title Saturday night beating arch-rival Lexington  57-26.
    The victory by Coach Brant Llewellyn’s three-time defending Class 3A state championship team closed the books on a record-setting week.
   In the first round at Rogers High School Jan. 20, Lauderdale County beat Brooks 75-24 to tie the AHSAA state record (72) for girls’ high school basketball wins in a row. Athens set the mark in 2001-03.
   On Thursday night in the semifinals, the Lady Tigers beat Central-Florence 69-48 for their 73rd win in a row to surpass the streak that tied the boys’ consecutive win record held by A.G. Parrish of Selma since 1947.
   And on Saturday night in the finals, Lauderdale County downed arch-rival Lexington 57-26 to claim the county tournament title to extend the winning streak to 74 games – a new overall AHSAA state record for girls and boys.  Junior guard Emma Wallen led the Tigers with 21 points and Allie Craig Cruce had 10. Lexington (19-6) was led by Rebekah Hambright’s 10 points.
    Ironically, Lexington is the last team to post a win over Llewellyn’s talented team in the last game of the 2013 regular season. Lauderdale County went on to win seven straight the rest of that season to win their second straight Class 3A state title, then followed with a state-record 38-0 season last year.
    Last season’s state title was the the school’s 11th girls’ state championship – another AHSAA record.  The county title was the school’s 27th overall. Lauderdale County has won every county tournament girls’ title since 1996 but two.
    Currently, the Lady Tigers improved to 29-0 after winning the county title with two regular season games remaining. Lauderdale County is at home Tuesday versus Madison Academy and on the road Thursday at Lexington.
   Llewellyn’s team will host the girls’ Class 3A, Area 15 tournament next week.

Deshler’s Killen, Brewer’s Allen Notch 600th Career Basketball Wins

    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.

Knight Eady Unveils New Logo for AHSAA, Super 7 and State Basketball Tournament

    Knight Eady Sports Group, the new marketing partner of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, unveiled the a new AHSAA logo to the state’s media gathered at the AHSAA’s annual Media Day Wednesday.
        The marketing group also displayed new logos for the Super 7 state football championships and the State Basketball Tournament.
      Michael Eady unveiled the logos that will be used in all future AHSAA marketing and branding endeavors. “Since the AHSAA is moving to seven classifications, the time was right for this change,” Eady said.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the new logos will help move the AHSAA forward. He said, “I really like the changes. The new logos are clean and very well thought out and are already being well received.”
     The AHSAA launched its new-look website recently utilizing the new AHSAA logo. That logo now will also have a secondary mark that will help promote the AHSAA and its branding.
     Eady said the Super 7 logos have been designed specifically to blend easily at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. Each will have its own color scheme.
     The State Basketball Championships logo has undergone the biggest change since the Final 48 logo used in the past is not applicable since there will be 56 participants with seven classes. Knight Eady said two websites are also being launched to promote the football and basketball state championship events.
    The logos can be found at the following link: