MONTGOMERY – Class 1A defending state champion Addison (5-1) won the West Morgan Tournament of Champions volleyball tournament Saturday to headline this week’s AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
Abbie Chambless, who was named MVP of the 2016 Class 1A state tournament, had 44 kills, 16 blocks and seven aces to lead the Lady Bulldogs to wins over Lexington, Good Hope, Lee-Huntsville, Deshler and Danville. Class 6A Florence was the only team to beat Addison during the tourney.
Coach Kayla Woodard’s team also got strong performances from Kendra Tyree, Savannah Manley and Cecilee Gaither. Tyree had 57 digs and 14 aces, Manley had 35 kills, 10 blocks and four aces and Gaither, the setter, 44 digs, 13 aces and 76 assists.
Addison has won nine state titles in the Winston County school’s storied volleyball history.
The first week’s action was highlighted by a number of tournaments including the 35th annual Juanita Boddie Invitational at Hoover and the Mayor’s Cup Invitational at Montgomery.
Highlights reported include:
LEXINGTON’S HAMMOND NOTCHES 900TH WIN: The Lexington Bears beat Central-Florence in the first match of the West Morgan Tournament of Champions invitational tourney Saturday to give head coach Melissa Hammond her 900th career win. The Bears finished 5-2 in the tourney with Kinsley Hanback recording 72 kills and 20 blocks for the tourney.
McGILL-TOOLEN REACHES SEMIS OF JUANITA BODDIE TOURNEY: The AHSAA’s oldest season-opening tourney was dominated by out-of-state teams with Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic the only in-state team to reach the semifinals. The Dirty Dozen fell in the semis to eventual champion Etowah (GA). Briarcrest Christian (TN) and Blessed Trinity (GA) were the other semifinal teams. Kenya McQuirter led McGill-Toolen with 56 kills and nine blocks in the 35th annual tourney while setter Lillie Fromdahl had 154 assists
Among other top performances from the Boddie Tourney: Alana Cox, Bob Jones: had 42 kills and 10 blocks in five matches as the Lady Patriots finished 3-2; Paige Shaw, Hoover: recorded 50 kills, 23 digs and 12 service aces as the Bucs finished 4-1; Alex Presnell, Buckhorn: had 105 digs as Buckhorn finished 5-3 to claim second place in the Silver Division; Mallory Odom, Baker: recorded 40 kills, 63 assists, 30 digs and eight aces in five Boddie Tourney matches for the Hornets; Myah Magwood, Hazel Green: helped the defending 6A state champs go 3-3 in the Boddie with 19 blocks and 11 kills. Teammate Catherine Smith also had 69 assists.
THOMPSON CLAIMS BRIARWOOD SERVE-OFF TITLE: The Class 7A Lady Warriors
(5-0) downed Lawrence County in the finals after rolling through the preliminary matches with straight-set wins over Geraldine, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Clay-Chalkville and Boaz. Ramsay went 4-1 to win the Silver bracket with a win over Homewood in the finals. Kaitlan Stone had 30 assists and 10 service aces and Kaylyn Howard managed 33 kills, 25 digs and 10 aces. Lauren Mayes had 39 kills and 19 blocks in the tourney for Lawrence County (4-1), and Laekyn Bennett had 74 assists. Geraldine, which went 6-1, was led by Karlee Hale, who finished with 43 kills and 15 blocks and 23 digs.
MONTGOMERY ACADEMY WINS MAYOR’S CUP TOURNEY, MONTGOMERY: Coach Julie Sinclair’s Eagles beat Class 3A rival Providence Christian in the finals, 25-14, 13-25, 21-19. MA beat Enterprise in the semifinals and PCA beat Pelham. Pacing Providence Christian was Kayla Champion, who had 155 assists, 25 digs and eight aces in the eight matches played. Autumn Mayes had 81 kills, 45 digs, nine aces and three blocks and Jordan Hollis had 46 kills, 12 blocks, four aces and six digs to lead Providence (6-2). Enterprise went 6-1 with Mikaela Grubb notching 41 kills, 40 digs and 12 blocks and Ali Wiggins registering 30 kills, 12 blocks and 44 assists. Emorie Long led Pelham (5-1) with 53 kills and 13 blocks and teammate Georgia Stonicher registered 176 assists. No individual leaders were available for Montgomery Academy.
JASPER WINS ALBERTVILLE INVITATIONAL: Jasper went 5-0, including beating Springville in the semifinals and host Albertville in the finals, to claim the tourney title. Alex Oliver and McKinley Ferguson had 23 and 21 kills, respectively, for the Vikings. Chelsea (6-1) won the Silver Bracket division as Ashley Mock recorded 70 assists, 43 digs and 23 kills and teammate Jules Hamer had 53 kills, 13 blocks and 18 aces.
ARAB CAPTURES HAYDEN INVITATIONAL: The Lady Knights wet 5-0 to claim the title with Lexi Pace leading the way with 40 kills and 21 service aces. Lauren Watson also had 34 kills and Allie Isom passed out 64 assists.
CARBON HILL CLAIMS 12TH ANNUAL BULLDOG INVITATIONAL: The host Bulldogs went 6-0 beating Meek in the finals 2-0 with Allyssa Dutton totaling 55 kills, 20 aces, 17 digs and six blocks. Setter Molly Kate Atkins had 132 assists.
ST. LUKE’S CAPTURES MARY MONTGOMERY TOURNEY: Lauren Bailey had 53 assists, Jada Carney had 46 kills and Kellan Hensley had 101 digs as St. Luke’s went 5-0 to win the Mary Montgomery Invitational.
ISABELLA WINS LINCOLN TOURNEY: The Lady Mustangs beat Sand Rock, Ragland and Lincoln in pool play, then downed St. Clair County in the quarterfinals, Cherokee County in the semifinals and Sand Rock in the championship match. Leading Sand Rock was Erin Langley with 119 assists, 41 digs and 12 aces, and August Gilliland, who had 49 kills.
Pleasant Valley also beat host Saks in the finals to claim the title of the Saks Invitational at Anniston.
MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars needed only 65 minutes to post a 3-0 win over the South Thursday afternoon in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
The volleyball match and the 58th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2017 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 21st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 107 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2016-17 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. A highlight of the Awards fete will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities.
Two student-athletes, Pelham’s Hasaan Hawthorne and Opelika’s RaKavius Chambers, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
NORTH GIRLS 3, SOUTH GIRLS 0: Mountain Brook’s Libby Gann had 30 assists, four kills and seven digs to lead the North to the 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 win. The victory improved the North’s record in the series to 14-6. For her efforts, Gann was named North MVP.
Karlee Hale of Geraldine and Tierra Porter of Hazel Green had 9 and 8 kills, respectively, on the front line for the North, coached by Coco Tate-Hughes of Hazel Green and Whitney Welch of Alexandria. Gann also had a team-high three service aces, and Alexis Snow of Danville had 12 digs. Maci Battle of Hazel Green also added nine digs.
The South, coached by Bridgett Brantley of Opp and Neysa Hernandez of Prattville, was led by South MVP Spanish Fort’s Reilly Vought. She had 14 assists, three kills and six digs. Brantley Rhodes of Bayside Academy had nine kills and four digs, and Caroline Kirkham of Montgomery Academy had five kills.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2017: Winterboro football coach Alan Beckett (1A); Dale County Schools recently retired associate superintendent Lamar Brooks (2A); Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle (3A); Bibb County athletic director Charles McCaleb (4A); Lawrence County head football coach Richard Dutton (5A); Chelsea athletic director Janeice Calhoun (6A); and Buckhorn softball coach Alvin Rauls (7A).
The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Russellville High School head baseball coach Chris Heaps will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 107 high schools, up from 75 the previous year, will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2016-17. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000 al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Blount (District 1); Red Level (District 2); Linden (District 3); Holtville (District 4); Pleasant Grove (District 5); Ranburne (District 6); Hubbertville (District 7); and West Point (District 8).
The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $80,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
HAWTHORNE, CHAMBERS EXCEL IN AHSAA: Hasaan Hawthorne, a wrestler at Pelham High School, was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished third in the overall balloting nationally.
The National High School Spirit of Sport Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
Hawthorne displayed amazing grit and determination rising from a 12-22 start as a seventh grader to finish undefeated at 38-0 and earning MVP honors in Class 6A as a senior while winning the Class 6A state 145-pound state title. While Hawthorne’s accomplishments would be remarkable under any circumstances, they move into the realm of being truly extraordinary when one considers the fact that he had both legs amputated at the knee at age four months. His inspirational example of courage and tenacity was documented by ESPN Sports and earned him Class 6A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award recipient in 2016.
He now wrestles for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
RaKavius Chambers of Opelika High School was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Heart of the Arts” Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished second in the overall balloting nationally.
The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify how the arts and athletics represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
He received the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award for his balance between his love for sports and the arts. A leader in all aspects of his life, he helped OHS capture first place in the state high school theatrical competition at Florence – playing the lead role of “God” in the play “Children of Eden.” He was also a member of the OHS Show Choir and Symphonic Band. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman helped the Opelika football team reach the Super 7 Class 6A state finals in 2016 earning All-America and All-State honors while also being named team captain. The Duke University football signee graduated with a 4.33 grade-point average, scored a 32 on his ACT test and ranked second in his graduating class of 248.
Chambers was also named the recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s Larry D. Striplin, Jr., AHSAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 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 athletic careers.
Chambers, who plans to study medicine at Duke University with his goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon, also was the recipient of the Watkins Award, which is awarded annually to the top Afro-American high school student-athlete in the U.S. as selected by the national committee.
NFHS NETWORK: The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 19 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days – including the first segment on Wednesday, August 4, August 6, August 13, August 14, and August 17. The schools featured include Briarwood Christian, Blount, Prattville, Gadsden City, Madison Academy and Russellville.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE APP: The week’s festivities can be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference
2017 NORTH VOLLEYBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
Sue Marshall, Adm.
2017 SOUTH VOLLEYBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
Virginia Franklin, Adm.
Carver - Montgomery
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media will televise James Clemens High School at Austin tonight at Decatur’s Shorty Ogle Stadium in the final Raycom / AHSAA regular-season Game of the Week. Raycom will feature a state playoff each of the next four weeks leading up to all seven AHSAA Super 7 state championship games at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
The NFHS Network plans 18 AHSAA events tonight and Friday with one swimming match live-streamed by the Cullman High School School Broadcast Program and 17 football games.
James Clemens heads into tonight’s game locked in a three-way tie with Bob Jones and Gadsden City for the second playoff slot in Region 8 for the upcoming Class 7A state playoffs. A win over Austin, the Class 6A, Region 8 champion, would clinch the tie breaker and No. 2 qualifier for Coach Wade Waldrop’s team. A loss would give the No. 2 qualifier to Bob Jones. All three 7A, Region 8 teams are in the playoffs, however, behind Region 8 champion Hewitt-Trussville.
The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream 25 total events including 23 football games Friday – five designated as NFHS Network Alabama Games of the Week.
Raycom Media’s broadcast team features veteran play-by-play announcer Graham Dunn, color commentator Mike Peacock and sideline reporter Christina Chambers. Raycom will also televise live the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl on Dec. 10. The playoff game to be telecast will be announced each week.
To find the cable channel serving your area, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the Raycom link.
NFHS SLATE INCLUDES 17 FOOTBALL GAMES
The NFHS Network announced earlier this week four games designated as NFHS Network “Alabama Games of the Week.” Those include: Class 7A Thompson vs. unbeaten Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa tonight; Central-Clay County vs. Handley; Chelsea vs. Calera; and Grayson (GA) vs. Hoover, all on Friday. Hoover’s game will also be featured on ESPN.
Friday’s slate includes 17 games total.
Those with NFHS Network subscriptions can tune in to any of these football contests. For more information and instructions on how to subscribe, go to www.ahsaa.com and then click on the NFHS Network icon on the front page of the website or go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
RARAYCOM / AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK (check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for cable channel)
JaJames Clemens (6-3) at Austin (7-2), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA SCHOOL BROADCAST PROGRAM EVENTS (THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Oct. 27-28
Thurs. - 4:30 PM
Cullman HS SBP
Oct 27 - 6:30 PM
Thompson vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa HS SBP
B.C. Rain vs. Saraland
Saraland HS SBP
Oct 27 - 7:00 PM
Deshler vs. Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals HS SBP
Oct 28 - 6:45 PM
West Point vs. Lawrence County
Lawrence County HS SBP
Oct 28 - 7:20 PM
Foley vs. Theodore
Foley HS SBP
Oct 28 - 6:30 PM
New Brockton vs. Sweet Water
Sweet Water HS SBP
Prattville Christian vs. Highland Home
Central High vs. Handley
Oct 28 - 6:40 PM
Brooks vs. Lauderdale County
Brooks HS SBP
Oct 28 - 6:50 PM
Grayson vs. Hoover
Hoover HS SBP
Wilson vs. Randolph
Oct 28 - 7:00 PM
Chelsea vs. Cullman
Vestavia Hills vs. Shades Valley
Shades Valley HS SBP
Brantley vs. Goshen
Goshen HS SBP
Northview vs. Charles Henderson
Northview HS SBP
Russellville vs. Colbert County
Russellville HS SBP
Guntersville vs. Albertville
Albertville HS SBP
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