Tuesday, February 18, 2020






Author: Marvin Chou

Marvin Chou's Article



BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 5A state champion Jasper (61-9) rolled past Saint James (13-40) in a quarterfinal match-up of last year’s state finalists and the Lady Vikings won in three straight, 25-12, 25-12, 25-7.
      The win sends Jasper to the semifinals to face Alexandria at 3:30 p.m. today at the Birmingham CrossPlex.  The Valley Cubs (45-11) eliminated Brewbaker Tech in straight sets as well, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19). Faith Academy (44-9) and Lawrence County (48-19) posted qurterinal wins in the 9:45 time slot to advance to the other semifinal.
Jasper 3, Saint James 0: Alex Oliver led Jasper, coached by Bobby Daniel, with nine kills, seven service aces and two blocks, and middle hitter Jordan Gilbert had seven blocks and five kills. Dayion Johnson also had five blocks. Setter Temperance Chatman had 19 assists.
     Saint James, coached by Karen Lee, was paced by Hannah Grace Griggs’ eight digs. Lily Foley also had eight assists and the trio of Mary Julian Selzer, Danielle Greene and Merrily Capouya had five kills each.
Alexandria 3, Brewbaker Tech 0: Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs were led by junior Jordan Beason’s 13 kills and eight digs. Lexi Weber also had 11 kills and two blocks and Madison Wallace, nine kills and three block. Anna Johnson dished out 31 assists, had seven digs and two aces. Sarah Pelham also contributed 17 digs and two assists.
    Logan Horne and Madison Morgan had 16 digs each for Brewbaker, coached by Elissa Morris. Elaina Brooks had 11 kills, Lindsey Scott eight and Horne six. Setter Mikea Allen had 25 assists.
Faith Academy 3, Guntersville 1: Aaliyah Austin turned in a effort on the front line finishing with 25 kills and five blocks to pace the Rams to a 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, 25-17 win in the 5A quarterfinals. Setter Brinkley Hern had 21 assists and five digs, and libero Kristen Mitternight  had 15 digs and six assists for Coach Claire Elliott. Guntersville statistics were not available.
Lawrence County 3, Ramsay 0: Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils downed Ramsay 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 with Anna Claire Hutto turning in an all-around performance with 30 assists, 13 digs, six kills, three service aces and one block. Lexi Heidt added 12 kills and 17 digs, Abby Cook had seven kills and seven digs, and Sami Parker had four aces and 15 digs.
    Ramsay (21-28), coached by Shauntae Lockett-Lewis, got a tremendous effort from middle hitter Lauren Canady, who had 21 kills, four blocks and two aces. Jaidynn Perkins also had 13 kills and six blocks. Yemiymah Yisrael had 23 digs and Ihanla Williams totaled 28 assists and and 13 digs.


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BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy advanced to the semifinals along with Geraldine, St. Luke’s Episcopal and Houston Academy as the 49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships got underway at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday  morning.
     The 3A semifinals are set for 2 p.m. today with Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles (45-6) facing St. Luke’s (39-10) and Geraldine (41-8) meeting Houston Academy (32-12).
Montgomery Academy 3, Westminster Christian 0: Senior Millie Stevenson had 31 assists to and nine digs lead the Eagles to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 opening win. Libero Grace Jackson had 14 digs, Mary Gray Turner had 15 kiills and Anaya Thomas added nine kills. Ann Cobern Chapman also had seven kills and three blocks.
       Shelby Deerman had 10 kills and Julie Farris totaled 18 digs to pace Westminster (23-18), coached by Holly Richards.
Houston Academy 3, Carbon Hill 0: The Raiders of Dothan swept Carbon Hill (35-23) 25-17, 25-23, 25-17).  Ivie Gibbons’ 20 assists and Hannah Dutton’s 10 kills led Carbon Hill. No leaders were available for Houston Academy.
St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Lexington 0: Gracie Sims had 15 digs and 10 kills to lead St. Luke’s to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Lexington. Haley Patterson added 12 kills and five blocks, Abigail Lowry had 15 kills and setter Grace Garrett had 32 assists. She also had 11 digs for Coach Meredith Donald’s Wildcats.
Geraldine 3, Prattville Christian 1: Senior Jerikas Gary and Haven Hall had 16 and 11 kills, respectively, to lead Geraldine to a 25-13, 20-25, 25-7, 25-23 win over Prattville Christian. Hall also had nine blocks, sophomore Lilly Rowell had six kills and 10 digs, and setter Kirby Smith had 20 assists.

Seven Defending State Champions in the Field for 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships


56 Teams to Vie for 7 State titles at CrossPlex beginning Wednesday
Seven Defending State Champions in the Field for 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships

BIRMINGHAM – All seven defending state champions from 2018 will be in the 56-team field as 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships get underway Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
   First matches get underway at 8 a.m., with Class 3A contests getting underway on four courts and two Class 5A quarterfinal matches opening play on the other two courts. The semifinal round closes out the competition Wednesday night. All championships will be played Thursday at the adjoining 5,000-seat Bill Harris Arena beginning with the Class 3A finals at 8 a.m., followed by Class 5A at 9:45, Class 7A at 11:30, Class 6A at 1:15 p.m., Class 2A at 3 p.m., Class 1A at 4:45 and Class 4A at 6:30 p.m.
   Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (37-9) will be attempting to claim its 23st state title overall when the Dirty Dozen opens the 7A tourney at 11  a.m., Wednesday versus Thompson (32-16). Bayside Academy (53-12), which won for the first time in Class 4A last season, is riding a 17-year streak of state titles dating back to 2002. During that time the Admirals have won championships in Class 2A, 3A and 4A and won in Class 1A in 1997. Coach Ann Schilling because the only volleyball coach in state history to coach 1,500 career victories earlier this season. Bayside will be vying for its 28th state title overall with a first-round match versus Central Florence (47-26) at 12:30 Wednesday.
    Other defending state champions include Pleasant Home (1A), Addison (2A), Montgomery Academy (3A), Jasper (5A) and Spanish Fort (6A). Addison, coached by Kayla Woodard, is riding  six-year state championship streak and has captured 11 state titles overall.
    All seven state championship matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com. Thompson and Albertville high schools will live-stream their schools’ Wednesday matches over the NFHS Network’s school broadcast program.
    First-round pairings for Wednesday’s first day of competition can be found at the following link online at www.ahsaa.com


     The individual brackets can be retrieved from the following link:

Pleasant Valley, White Plains Runners Sweep Wildcat Fall Classic X-C Meet

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MONTGOMERY – Running with the pack was the theme of Week 9 of the cross country season as teams prepare for sectional meets are set for next week and the 64th annual AHSAA State Championships scheduled for Nov. 9 at Oakville Indian Mounds near Moulton.
    Nowhere was the pack mentality more evident – and successful – than at the Wildcat Fall Classic in Anniston, where Pleasant Valley High won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles in the 1A-3A events and White Plains did the same in the 4A-6A competition.
     The Pleasant Valley boys captured fourth through 10th place while the girls took fifth through 10th and 11th. The Class 3A Raiders from Jacksonville notched 30 points in the boys’ run and 35 on the girls’ side. Those performances earned the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 9 of the season.
     Coach Brad Hood called the strategy a “team-building opportunity,” as his runners prepare to host the the Calhoun County Championship on Oct. 24. “First of all, I wanted my faster runners to have an easier race going into the county championship,” Hood said. “Using the team pack run, the stronger runners push the slower ones.”
    Hood and his teams are also getting prepared for the end-of-the-season title run. “We are looking to use sectional week as one last week of training to prepare for state. The 3A boys’ state title has about five teams who can win it,” he said. “We are not even close to peaking yet. It looks like St. Bernard and Bayside (Academy) are going to be tough to beat, but we are up to the challenge.”
    White Plains’ Jake Moore won the 4A-6A race in record time. His 17:04.00 beat the Wildcat Trail record set in August by LAMP runner Brett Bonkowski (17:22.71).
   Ohatchee’s Luke Fair (18:51.02) and Dalton Fitch (19:01.16) were 1-2 in the Wildcat Fall Classic as their squad finished second. Pleasant Valley’s finishers at 4-10 were Oliver Young, Cayden Nelson, Kaige Roberts, Brayden Wright, Coleman Haynes, Holt Bentley and Ryan Eubanks, with 35 seconds separating fourth place from 10th.
     On the girls’ side, Ohatchee’s Jayda Fair (21:14.95) topped Glencoe’s Katie Giles (21:36.59) and Donoho’s Taylor Simmons (22:31.23). Anna Beth Giles of Glencoe was fourth, followed by the Pleasant Valley girls: Eva Bryant, Emma Hood, Elizabeth Hall, Trinity Roberts, Macey Roper and Gracie Hood at 5-10. Ella Whitehead was 12th for the Raiders. There was a 1:05 difference between fourth and 10th.
     In the boys’ 4A-6A side of the Wildcat Fall Classic, White Plains took first, third, fifth and seventh to win over Calera. Jake Moore won the race at 17:04 with teammates Kayd Hightower (third), James Middlebrooks (fifth) and Luke Larson (seventh) all besting 18:30. In the 4A-6A girls’ race, White Plains took third (Savannah Yates) and 8-10 (Camden Wilson, Adrianna Sotelo and Anna Strickland).


Other successful pack runners last week included:

    Spanish Fort High School won the girls’ title in Baldwin County Championships with runners finishing 3-6: Kate Miller, Olivia Wilder, Ryley Grantham and Cece Carl.

    Briarwood Christian School’s girls’ squad at the St. Bernard Oktoberfest Invitation took the 4A-7A team title by one point over Lawrence County, with Mary Grace Parker finishing second behind Lawrence County’s Emily Daniel (20:51.14), and Briarwood sweeping places 8-11 (Morgan Harris, Bella Doss, Brenner Statt and Adrienne Goolsby). The Briarwood boys’ team also took first place over Lawrence County. The Lions were led by second- and third-place finishers Trent Malloy and Joseph Bell. Briarwood also took places 8-11 (Jay Greene, Ford Thornton, Matthew Earnest and Luke Thompson) behind winner Steele Joiner (16:52.67), a Lawrence County sophomore.
     In the 1A-3A competition at St. Bernard Abbey, Cold Springs won the championship with Ethan Edgeworth finishing second to St. Bernard’s Caleb Guthery. Cold Springs took 5-7 with just over 3 seconds separating Jonathan Collett, Seth Walker and Aaron Spurger.
     Grace Crim of Providence Christian of Dothan won the 1A-3A girls’ race in the 23rd Annual Tiger Classic at Keisel Park in Auburn at 20:30.20, ahead of Olivia Blackmon (20:35.10) of T.R. Miller while Providence Christian runners finished 3-6 (Elle Salter, Madelyn Patterson, Millicent Talmadge and Addison Pemberton).
     On the boys’ side, Montgomery-Catholic’s Hollis Johnson topped the 120-runner field with a 17:28.60 finish while his teammates Chris Valencia, Sam Leslie and Harrison Skala were third through fifth and Cole Pierce and Joseph Schmidt were 7-8.
     Homewood’s Crawford Hope won the 28th Annual Husky Challenge at Hewitt-Trussville High School with a sterling 15:43.74 finish. The Patriots also took fourth (Jon Fielding Stogner), fifth (Jackson Merrell), eighth (Carson Bedics) and 12th (Sam Gray). Homewood outpaced the host team 30-103, followed by Hoover at 116.
     Results of all the AHSAA cross country meets reported last week include:


Wildcat Trail, Anniston (Host: White Plains High)

4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 23; Calera 77; Oxford 101
1. Jake Moore, White Plains               17:04.00
2. Christian Myles, Anniston              17:33.38
3. Kayden Hightower, White Plains   17:36.11


1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 30; Ohatchee 55; Sand Rock 96
1. Luke Fair, Ohatchee                       18:51.02
2. Dalton Fitch, Ohatchee                   19:01.16
3. Camron McDaniel, Cedar Bluff     19:25.11


4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 39; Jacksonville 50; Alexandria 58



1. Olivia King, Jacksonville                21:23.70
2. Katie Keur, Oxford                        22:12.98
3. Savannah Yates, White Plains        22:17.32


1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 35; Glencoe 60; Ohatchee 67



1. Jayda Fair, Ohatchee                      21:14.95
2. Katie Giles, Glencoe                       21:36.59
3. Taylor Simmons, Donoho              22:31.23

Hewitt-Trussville High, Trussville (Host: Hewitt-Trussville)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Homewood 30; Hewitt-Trussville 103; Hoover 116
1. Crawford Hope, Homewood          15:43.74
2. Brady Barton, Helena                     16:05.02
3. Will Thompson, Cullman               16:06.30

GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Mountain Brook 41; Homewood 73; Hoover 101



1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood            18:14.13
3. Reagan Riley, Mountain Brook      18:58.13

4. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond      19:08.02


Keisel Park, Auburn (Host: Auburn)

1. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain           15:56.80
2. Dustyn Lewis, Grissom                   16:21.90
3. Woodrow Dean, Tallassee              16:26.50


1. Hollis Johnson, Mtgy-Catholic       17:28.60
2. Clay Suddarth, Providence Chr.     17:49.50
3. Chris Valencia, Mtgy-Catholic       18:02.20




1. Samantha Rogers, Auburn              19:05.80
2. Harper McGowan, Auburn             19:26.70
3. Adley Burkes, Central-PC              19:36.40




1. Grace Crim, Providence-Christian  20:30.20
2. Olivia Blackmon, TR Miller           20:35.10
3. Elle Salter, Providence-Christian    22:38.90


Palmer Park, Madison (Host: James Clemens High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Huntsville 35; St. John Paul II Catholic 76; Randolph 84
1. Keaton Watts, Huntsville                15:47.46
2. Benjamin Steber, Huntsville           16:17.21
3. Adler Brininger, St. John Paul II    16:23.68


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: James Clemens 37; Randolph 78; St. John Paul II Catholic 100



1. Kristin Day, James Clemens           19:41.80
2. Emma Hudson, Randolph              20:05.67
3. Hannah Thuss, Bob Jones               20:19.44


Hueytown High (Host: Hueytown High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: McAdory 36; Corner 65; Gardendale 85
1. Davontae Edwards, McAdory        18:08.48
2. Woody Anthony, McAdory            18:09.08
3. Rhein Packer, Gardendale              18:37.55


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Gardendale 42; Center Point 45; Pell City 57



1. LeNaya Essex, Francis Marion       23:28.11
2. Audrey Sullivan, Brookwood         24:15.06
3. Joi Malone, Gardendale                  24:59.80


Municipal Park, Mobile (Host: St. Paul’s Episcopal School)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 29; UMS-Wright 48; McGill-Toolen 78
1. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright            16:07.44
2. John Michael Romanos, St. Paul’s 16:14.40
3. Carson Barlow, Baker                     16:22.54


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Baker 41; St. Paul’s Episcopal 49; McGill-Toolen 75



1. Claire Frazier Bolton, M-Toolen    18:49.85
2. Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s          19:03.15
3. Lindsey Baxter, Baker                    19:18.57


Athens Sportsplex, Athens (Host: Athens Bible School)

1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co.           16:23.60
2. Dakota Sheppard, Brewer               17:04.67
3. Julio Cerda, Decatur                       17:05.89


1. Nicholas Ulrich, Athens Bible        17:10.70
2. Kyle VanKirk, Westminster-Hvile 17:11.90
3. Seth Peebles, Westminster-Hvile    17:37.79




1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co.          20:02.85
2. Sage Betts, Brewer                         20:05.38
3. Taylor Williams, Lawrence Co.     20:36.69




1. Hastings Gray, Westminster-Hvile 20:42.08
2. Addison Embry, Lauderdale Co.    20:52.01
3. Valerie Grosso, Lexington              21:08.08


Munny Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa (Host: American Christian Academy)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Collierville (TN) 28; American Chr 57; Northridge 95
1. Caleb Skinner, Collierville              16:50.82
2. Forrest York, Northridge                17:17.08
4. John Bridges, American Chr          17:25.76


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Saint James 49; American Christian 61; Collierville 69



1. Presley Miles, Saint James             18:02.61
2. Mary Mac Collins, Northridge       19:51.13
3. Karis Kelley, American Chr           20:09.81


Bicentennial Park, Bay Minette (Host: Baldwin County High)

BOYS TEAM WINNER: Daphne 41; Bayside Academy 78; St. Michael Catholic 87
1. Ethan Rowe, Daphne                      16:43.18
2. Myles Cook, Bayside Acad                        17:19.49
3. Joshua McClellan, Spanish Fort     17:36.40


GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Spanish Fort 23; Baldwin Co. 83; Fairhope 102



1. Kristina Hankinson, Orange Bch    20:09.20
2. Brooke DuPlantier, Fairhope          20:21.63
3. Kate Miller, Spanish Fort               20:54.69


Palmer Park, Madison (Host: James Clemens)

VARSITY BOYS TEAM WINNER: Father Ryan (Nashville) 44; St. John Paul II 56; James Clemens 97
1. Jean Pierre LeRoux, Bob Jones      16:13.49
2. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers                  16:21.30
4. Omar Myers, Sparkman                  16:21.89


1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Athens Bible 36; Lindsay Lane Christian 48; Tanner 57
1. Nicolas Ulrich, Athens Bible          16:47.05
2. Brady Anderson, Lindsay Lane      17:34.41
3. Richard Rosas, Tanner                    18:23.20


VARSITY GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Father Ryan (Nashville) 33; Huntsville 88; James Clemens 91


1. Mary Claire Ridgeway, Florence    18:44.17
4. Yarahy Marcelino, West Morgan   19:09.03
8. Bradley Herbert, Guntersville         20:25.53


1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Athens Bible 21; Belgreen 36
1. Maggie Owens, Shoals Christian    22:54.04
2. Yami Mendoza, Tanner                  22:57.18
3. Claire Sandlin, Athens Bible          22:55.12


St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman (Host: St. Bernard)

4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Briarwood Christian 26; Lawrence Co. 92; Oneonta 102
1. Steele Joiner, Lawrence Co.           16:52.67
2. Trent Malloy, Briarwood                17:00.27
3. Joseph Bell, Briarwood                  17:31.01


1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 31; St. Bernard 62; Westminster-Oak Mtn 108
1. Craig Guthery, St. Bernard             17:20.54
2. Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs     17:29.53
3. Paul Gonzalez, JB Pennington       17:50.87


4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Briarwood Christian 36; Lawrence Co. 37; Arab 74


1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co.          20:51.14
2. Mary Grace Parker, Briarwood      21:17.49
3. Taylor Williams, Lawrence Co.     21:27.88


1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Westminster School at Oak Mtn 43; Cold Springs 79; St. Bernard


1. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster      20:20.16
2. Hannah Adams, Westminster         20:24.29
3. Reagan Parris, Cold Springs           21:20.23



























Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay

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Current Season Reversal Percentage is 21.4%
Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools
Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay
MONTGOMERY – A record 12 challenges were made in nine AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. However, only one of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports. It came, however, in one of the most exciting finishes of a contest using Instant Replay since the program began.
     For the 2019 season, a 56 challenges have been issued by coaches with 12 calls overturned upon review, a 21.4% reversal rate.
    The reversed call last week came in the Hamilton vs. East Limestone contest in Class 5A, Region 7.    “With 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Lawrence County trailing by 17-10, Hamilton intercepted a Lawrence County pass on third down-and-two from the 24-yard line,” Jones said “Lawrence County challenged that the play clock expired prior to the snap. The play clock was visible in the video review and the play clock and the replay review clearly showed that the time did expire prior to the snap.”
    Jones said the the result was that the interception was nullified, the delay penalty was enforced to bring up third down from the 29-yard line.
    “Lawrence County then completed a touchdown pass on the next play, which was challenged by Hamilton,” Jones said. “Upon review of that challenge, the touchdown stood as called. Hamilton then stopped Lawrence County on its two-point conversion attempt and won the game 17-16.”
      Other challenges involved a backward pass, fumbles, forward progress spots, completed passes and verifying the correct down.

    This week, six games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with five schools taking part for the first time this season.    DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.

   Jones reported that the Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

56 reviews with 12 reversals.  21.4%


  • 19 on catch/no catch
  • 20 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring

       A total of 62 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this week. New to the Instant Replay this week will be the following schools:  Fayette County, Gardendale, Guntersville, Talladega and Vigor.
    The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.


Week 9 Games with Instant Replay

  • Central Phenix City at Auburn
  • East Limestone at Guntersville
  • Fayette County at Good Hope
  • Gardendale at Oxford
  • Talladega at Handley, Roanoke
  • Vigor at Opelika




Saturday July 25, 2020

Class 7A (17)

Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Gadsden City
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Smiths Station
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (18)
Benjamin Russell
Gulf Shores
Park Crossing
Sidney Lanier
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (13)
Charles Henderson
East Limestone
Lawrence County
Madison County
Class 4A (9)
Good Hope
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)



Class 2A Fayetteville Hosts Thorsby in AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week

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    MONTGOMERY – Upstart Class 2A, Region 4 rivals Thorsby and Fayetteville square off in tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
     The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
      Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairings for the next two weeks: Jacksonville at White Plains on Oct. 17 and Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
     Coach John Limbaugh is in his eighth season as head coach for Fayetteville (4-2). The Wolves athletic program did not add football until 1997 and since then have had just six winning seasons. Limbaugh led Fayetteville to a 9-3 record in 2015, the school’s best overall, and has hopes of repeating that success thanks to this year’s fast start. He is 33-45 with three of the six winning campaigns occurring in his tenure. He is the winningest head football coach in the school’s brief football history.
     Thorsby (3-4) has been around much longer, playing one football game in 1937. However, the current program got underway 29 years later in 1966 and has produced 13 winning seasons in the 55-year span. Like Limbaugh, Rebels head coach Daryl Davis is the winningest head coach in Thorsby history. He served as head coach from 2005-08 compiling a 10-30 record, but returned in that role in 2017 and guided the Rebels (3-4) to seasons of 8-3 and 9-2  heading into this year. The four losses this season have come at the hands of Chilton County rivals Class 5A Jemison (2-4), Class 1A Isabella (6-0) and Class 2A Region 4 powers Reeltown (7-0) and LaFayette (3-3).
    Anchoring Fayetteville is senior quarterback Blake Machen, who piled up over 300 yards in one game this season and has been consistent as a runner, passer and receiver. Pacey DeLoach has also seen a lot of playing time at quarterback for the Wolves. Fayetteville set a single-game school record with its 75-36 win over Central Coosa earlier this season.
   Thorsby is led by junior quarterback Brody Barnett, who has completed 42-of-86 passes this season for 597 yards and six TDs and has rushed for 202 yards and another score. Running back Jacob Lockhart, a senior, has rushed for a team-high 248 yards and has 18 catches for 237 yards and three TDs.
     The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has 10 varsity live-streamed football productions and three middle school football games planned for tonight and 72 varsity contests through Saturday. A total of 60 AHSAA football games will be available Friday night.
      In addition, 69 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight through next Tuesday. Including junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests, the AHSAA’s NFHS Network member schools participating in the School Broadcast Program have 232 total events planned through Oct. 15.
     In addition to tonight’s Thorsby at Fayetteville Game of the Week contest, the NFHS Network has scheduled for tonight Class 4A: W.S. Neal (2-3) at Williamson (4-2); Class 5A: Wilcox-Central (1-4) at LeFlore (0-6), Briarwood Christian (5-1) at Parker (3-3); Class 6A: Helena (5-1) at Carver-Birmingham (1-5), Fort Payne (5-1) at Buckhorn (3-4), Pelham (1-6) at Jackson-Olin (2-4); Class 7A: Prattville (5-1) vs. Jeff Davis (2-4) at Cramton Bowl.
    Among the 60 varsity games set for Friday is the battle of Class 6A, Region 4 unbeatens Bessemer City (6-0) vs. Hueytown (6-0) and the 6A, Region 1 headliner featuring St. Paul’s Episcopal (5-1) at Saraland (7-0); the key Class 7A, Region 3 battle featuring Thompson (6-0) at Vestavia Hills (5-1). On Saturday, and the much anticipated contest between defending 7A state champion Central-Phenix City (6-1) and Lee-Montgomery (6-1) at Cramton Bowl will be live on the NFHS Network.
    Some of the other top games in each class set for the NFHS Network Friday night are: (Class 1A) Georgiana (3-4) at Elba (4-3); Class 2A: Calhoun ((0-6) at Goshen (5-1); Class 3A: Providence Christian (6-1) at Opp (3-3), Slocomb (3-3) at Pike County (6-0); Class 4A: Andalusia (4-3) at Escambia County (4-3), Monroe County (2-3) at UMS-Wright (6-0); Class 5A: Russellville (6-0) at Hamilton (5-1), Lawrence County (3-3) at Jasper (6-0), Faith Academy (6-0) at Vigor (4-2);  Class 6A:  Cullman (3-4) at Muscle Shoals (7-0), Oxford (6-0) at Shades Valley (2-4); Class 7A: Hewitt-Trussville (5-2) at Mountain Brook (6-0), Spain Park (2-4) at Hoover (5-1), and Huntsville (4-3) at Austin (5-1).
         The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:


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St. Paul’s Lawsuit with AHSAA Dismissed by U.S. Federal Judge Wednesday

  MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal High School requested that its lawsuit filed against the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) objecting to the AHSAA Competitive Balance implemented in the 2018-19 school year be dismissed Wednesday, May 22. United States District Judge Terry Moorer granted the dismissal without prejudice, ending more than a year of litigation.
AHSAA Central Board President John Hardin said, “While I am pleased that the case has finally been dismissed, I am extremely disappointed that St. Paul’s Episcopal High School did not resolve their issues within the mechanisms already in place for member schools.”
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he is also pleased the case has been dismissed and that the member schools’ process to govern themselves has been upheld.
    “We have always had faith in our member schools’ ability to make the rules, abide by these rules and govern themselves,” said Savarese. “Our member schools will continue to govern themselves through its fair and democratic legislative process.”




Statement from AHSAA Legal Counsel Jim Williams

We are very pleased that St. Paul’s has finally decided to voluntarily dismiss their case today.  This was a frivolous case resulting in a tremendous waste of time and money for the Court, the Association, and all of its member schools.  On June 27, 2018, the Honorable Judge William Steele entered an Order denying St. Paul’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and specifically ruled: “St. Paul’s has not shown a substantial likelihood that the competitive balance rule is unconstitutional, or that it violates the terms of the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and Handbook.”  Yet, St. Paul’s waited another eleven months after Judge Steele’s ruling to dismiss their case.  St. Paul’s knew they had lost this case last June and have only been trying to avoid an inevitable ruling that would not be in their favor since then.  The Association and its member schools look forward to St. Paul’s reimbursing all of the legal fees incurred in defending this case. 

James E. Williams

Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.

Post Office Drawer 5130

Montgomery, AL  36103-5130

(334) 263-6621



All questions should be referred to AHSAA Legal Counsel James E. Williams




Class 3A and 6A State Softball Finals Set for 1:15 p.m. Today at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for the third day with Friday. Morning session results are below.  Championships for Classes 3A and 6A are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. today.
    All Championship games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Today’s early game results are listed below and will updated at various intervals at www.ahsaa.com.

Game 13: Buckhorn 5, Brookwood 3
   Buckhorn slowly chipped away at a 3-0 deficit, taking its first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brookwood loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame but could not score. Morgan Nowakowski was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Bucks, who advanced to face Gardendale in the Class 6A state finals at Lagoon Park Friday. That game was scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    Kinley Adams and Hannah Carey added two hits each. Kaylee Hawkins recorded the pitching victory.


Game 13: Wicksburg 3, Prattville Christian 0
   Wicksburg’s Emily Robinson pitched a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts to get the win for the Panthers. Wicksburg advanced to today’s finals to face Pisgah at 1:15 p.m.
    A single run in the top first inning and two in the fifth was all the offense the Panthers would need. Robinson and Ashton White each went 2-for-3 at the plate and Morgan Roden had a two-run single in the fifth inning.


Game 6: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Central-Phenix City 2
    Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Abigail Dorsett was 2-for-4 with a single and a double to lead the way. Hayden Neugent recorded the pitching victory with seven strikeouts.
     Madison Hurt stroked a single and double to lead Central-Phenix City.

Game 7: Auburn 5, Spain Park 4
Auburn took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning and held the Jaguars to a single run in the bottom of the frame to get the winner’s bracket win. Hannah Pitts came on in relief to get the pitching win. Spain Park had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. Jada Askew also had two hits for Auburn. Maddie Majors drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Spain Park.

Game 5: Baker 9, Bob Jones 6
     Bob Jones took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Baker outscored the Patriots 9-3 the rest of the way to get the elimination bracket win. Emily Mizelle was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Jillian Robinson and Lauren Lindsay added two hits each. Caitlin McRee scattered 12 hits to get the pitching win.
      For Bob Jones, Alexa Douthitt was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Erin Chambliss drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.


Game 7: John Carroll Catholic 3, Rehobeth 2
    John Carroll scored all three runs in the first two innings, then held off Rehobeth for the winner’s bracket win. Alyssa Barnes singled and scored on an RBI-single by Claire Boone in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Rehobeth miscues to add two more runs i­­­n the second inning. Winning pitcher Macey Ogle finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Stephanie Schoonover doubled and scored in the first inning for Rehobeth. She was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Game 10: Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
    Madison Maze pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Mortimer Jordan. A two-run fourth inning with single runs in the top of the second, sixth and seventh frames would be enough offense for the Blue Devils. Maia Townsend was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Danilyn Moore and Anna Purvis added two hits each.


Game 4: Brantley 1, Belgreen 0
    Brantley scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning and Lauren Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout to get the first-round victory. Hudson struck out eight and allowed only two hits. She out-dueled Belgreen ace Emma Dempsey, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.
      Brantley scored the lone run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Emory Bush singled and later stole second a third base before scoring on an error.

Game 3: Mars Hill Bible 13, Verbena 0 (5 innings)
     Mars Hill scored 13 runs off 11 hits in the mercy-rule win. Five different players had multiple hits in the game, including Hannah Henry, who doubled in the first inning and homered in the fourth. The Panthers also hit four doubles and took advantage of three Verbena errors in the game. Emma Pettus took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Verbena recorded two hits.


Woodlawn’s Breanna Brown Topples AHSAA State Girls High Jump Record in First Day’s State Meet at Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES – Woodlawn High School high jumper Breanna Brown set the state high jump record with a winning height of 5 feet, 10½ inches Thursday night to turn in the top performance as the 95th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
     Brown missed on all three tries to clear 6 feet. The old mark (5-10) was set by Kelly Gregory of Murphy in 1985 and equaled by 20 years later by Raevan Harris of Northridge High School in 2005. It took 13 years before that record finally fell.
    Brown beat the field Thursday by 8½ inches.
     With all but one event completed Thursday night, Vestavia Hills High School held a slim 19.50 to 18 edge over Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A boys’ scoring. Homewood led the 6A competition with 34 points and Helena was second with 21. In Class 5A, Scottsboro led Valley 33-26 With Etowah and Center Point tied for third with 18 points each. And in Class 4A boys’ action, LAMP posted 19 points after two events with the boys’ javelin throw not scored as of press time.
    In the girls’ team standings, Montgomery Catholic had 32 points and Montgomery Academy had 26 in Class 4A. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Thompson were tied in Class 7A with 22 points each with Auburn third with 20 after day one.  Class 5A’s first-day leader was Arab with 24.50 points, followed by UMS-Wright with 22 and Scottsboro with 20.70. Defending state champion Homewood led Pelham by one point, 25-24, in Class 6A.
    The Class 4A/5A/6A/7A state meet kicks off day two Friday morning. The Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships set for Cullman High School begins Friday morning. Both meets are scheduled to conclude Saturday.
     The NFHS Network is live-streaming both championship events over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or to get more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Highlights of Thursday’s action at Gulf Shores:


1,600-METER RUN: Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic closed out her domination in this event over the last six years with a 5:01.25 time to win the event. She narrowly missed her state record (4:57.42) set last year.
100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson came close to equaling the Class 4A state record (11.98) in the prelims Thursday clocking 12.08 seconds go qualify for the finals.
LONG JUMP: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran won the 4A long jump with a winning leap of 16-11.  The senior also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
HIGH JUMP: Senior Julia Rice of DAR cleared 5-02 to win the 4A high jump. Cochran finished second with more misses.
POLE VAULT: White Plains sophomore Savannah Yates cleared 10 feet, 9 inches to take first place over runner-up Isabella Baker of Montgomery Academy, who cleared 10-06.

100-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 11.79 in the prelims Thursday. The old 5A record (11.84) was set in 2008 by Ramsay’s Lakeshia Williams.
1,600-METER RUN: Corner freshman Myka Rogers won the event clocking 5:21.10.
POLE VAULT: Senior Lauren Hamm won with a clearance of 11 feet for Scottsboro’s Wildcats.


JAVELIN: Blount senior Karmen Williams set a new Class 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 145 feet, 8 inches. Her winning toss was 5 feet, 7 inches farther than the previous state mark (140-01) set by Hoover’s Chloe White in 2014.
1,600-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps edged Pelham’s Katie Strozier by 72/100th of a second to win the event. The Patriots junior was clocked at 5:02.94, and Strozier, a senior, at 5:03.66.
TRIPLE JUMP: Homewood senior Aiya Finch had a winning leap of 39-03.50 to capture the triple jump title.
100-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing qualified with the fastest time of the prelims clocking 11.52 seconds. The time was just 5/100ths of a second off the 6A record (11.47) set by Woodlawn sprinter Jasmine Kirkland in 2014.


1,600-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day winning the Class 7A event in 4:57.90.  Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue also came in under five minutes finishing second at 4:58.58.
100-METER DASH: Senior Nicole Payne was just 2/100ths of a second shy of the Class 7 state record (11.73) set by Hope Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville in 2018 with a 11.75 time in the 100-meter prelims Thursday.
TRIPLE JUMP: James Clemens' 
Ashlee Osaji  won the state title with a winning jump of 35-10.50.
DISCUS: McGill-Toolen’s duo of seniors Hannah Daffin and Emily Doyle finished 1-2 with Daffin’s throw of 123-08 winning the event. Doyle’s best was 116-05.

1,600-METER RUN: LAMP senior Brett Bonikowski beat DAR junior Kyle Saylor in a photo finish to win the 4A event. Bonikowski crossed the finish line at 4:27.55 and Saylor at 4:27.72.
DISCUS: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry won the event with a winning throw of 176-05 – 24 feet better than his closest competitor.
100-METER DASH: Seniors Evan Brooks of Madison Academy and Lee Witherspoon of North Jackson turned in outstanding times of 19,67 and 10.84 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 in the prelims.



1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro nipped Faith Academy senior Myles Stoots at the finish line by just 16/100th of a second. Atkins was timed at 4:24.40 and Stoots, 4:24.56.
SHOT PUT: Center Point junior Quinterrius Tanksley won the 5A event with a winning toss of 58-04.
JAVELIN: Sophomore Grayson Eady of Russellville had a winning throw of 178 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He had five throws all over 170 feet.
LONG JUMP: Etowah senior Justin Harris cleared 22-02.50 on his second leap to win the 5A long jump title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Valley sophomore Jacquez Trammel captured the title with a winning jump of 46-08. Etowah’s Harris was second (44-06.25).

1,600-METER RUN: Defending start champion Will Stone came very close to breaking the 6A record set by McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Stephen Dahmer (4:13.67) in 1987 by winning the 1,600 Thursday in 4:15.76. The senior beat runner-up and sophomore teammate Crawford Hope, who finished second with a 4:19.64 time.
100-METER DASH: Mae Jemison’s Tyler Davis turned in the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with 10.49 seconds. Brantan Barnett of Opelika and Javis Atchison of Baldwin County qualified 2-3 with times of 10.67 seconds. All three sprinters are seniors. Aaron Ernest of Homewood set the 6A record (10.33) in 2011.
HIGH JUMP: For competitors cleared 6-06, but all missed at 6-08. Emerging as the winner was Helena senior Jonah Hyde, who cleared the winning height on his first jump. Tony Toney of Mae Jemison, Josh Thomas of Homewood and Stephon May, also of Homewood, all cleared 6-06 but finished 2-3-4 in order based on misses.
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won the 7A event in 4:18.63, only 81/100th of  second off the 7A state record time (4:17.82) set by Benjamin Knox of Hewitt-Trussville in 2016.  Nick Cici of Huntsville, a senior, finished second to Strand with a very  fast 4:19.96 time.
100-METER DASH: Senior Charles Lewis of Sparkman nearly equaled the Class 7A record he set at last year’s state championships sprinting 10.55 Thursday. His record time last year was 10.53 seconds. Kamaron McDaniel, a Spain Park senior, qualified second with a 10.68 time – setting up what could be an exciting finish in the finals.
POLE VAULT: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan made it a sweep winning the Class 7A pole vault by clearing 15-06 Thursday. He won the indoor state title clearing the same height at the CrossPlex last February.
SHOT PUT: Spain Park senior Matthew Gray won the event with a winning toss of 58-08, just 4 ½ inches shy of the 7A state record (59-0.50) set by Vestavia Hills’ Walter  Thomas in 2016.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte had a time of 12.49 seconds and completed the 200-meter dash in 25.32. Whyte, competing in his third event Thursday, threw the shot 29 feet, 1 inch and earned three points for the Tigers for his efforts in all three events.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Ayan Merchant completed the race in 14.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 31.47. He also had a shot put toss of 26-02.50 and also earned three points in the three events for Auburn.


LONG JUMP: Hewitt-Trussville sophomore Julian Collins had a winning jump of 23-05. Hoover’s J’Marri McCall was second at 23-00.25.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42¬¬

Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42­­
BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook  High School made history Saturday night winning its third consecutive AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ basketball championship with a 61-42 victory over Baker to close out the 2019 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    The announced attendance for the week was 64,927 with Saturday’s attendance the biggest of the week with 13,914.   Friday’s attendance was 11,896; Thursday (10,163); Wednesday (11,408); Tuesday (9.832); and Monday (7,714).
     Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (31-3) jumped out to a 30-16 lead by halftime and stretched the margin to 21 before Baker (21-14) clawed back to a 14-point deficit with a strong surge late in the third period.  Mountain Brook never let it get any closer.
     Senior Trendan Watford, one of the top-rated senior players in the nation, closed out his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also had four blocked shots, two stills, two assists and made 12-of-13 at the foul line to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP honors. Lior Berman had 19 points for the Spartans and eight rebounds and Colby Jones scored 10 points.  Watford closed his career as the AHSAA’s all-time rebound leader had scored over 3,000 points.
    Baker, coached by David Armstrong, was paced by Kriston Davis’ 11 points. Jalen Lilly added nine points and Patrick Robinson had eight.
    Mountain Brook, which ended the season with 17 wins in a row and ranked in the top five nationally, became just the 10th team in AHSAA boys’ basketball history to win three state championships in a row. Francis Marion and Sacred Heart Catholic won four in row while Wenonah, Pickens County, R.C. Hatch, Madison Academy, Brantley, Austinville, Geraldine and Simpson won three. Geraldine (1931-33) and Simpson (1923-25) won three in a row when the tournament had only one division.  The Spartans are the first to win three at the state’s largest division since multiple classes were added. Mountain Brook now has five state titles with back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. McMillan, who recorded his 301st career win in the finals, has coached all five titles.
    The Class 7A All-Tourney Team included: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP);  Alex Washington, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Kriston Davis, Baker; Ahman Ellington, Hoover; and Demond Robinson, Lee-Montgomery.


97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2

Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Pinson Valley (24-9) 58, Carver-Montgomery (23-11) 44

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (34-1) 47, Hewitt-Trussville (21-11) 33
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (31-3) 61, Baker (21-14) 42

Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48