Sunday, October 20, 2019






Clarke County Downs Sweet Water 20-14 in Champions Challenge Opener at Cramton Bowl

MONTGOMERY – Clarke County High School senior quarterback Javon Ivory rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 76 yards and another TD to lead the Bulldogs to a 20-14 victory over Sweet Water in the AHSAA’s 2018 Champions Challenge Classic football opener at Cramton Bowl.
     The game officially opened the season for AHSAA schools and was also the first game to utilize the DVSport Instant Replay system which is being used by a number AHSAA schools this  season.
     Instant Replay will be used for Friday’s final game of the Champions Challenge between Class 7A teams  Thompson and James Clemens. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Cramton Bowl with Raycom Media televising the game live over its statewide network. The AHSAA’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is also live-video streaming the game over the NFHS Network thanks to the Cramton Bowl Pixellot camera and the talented announcing team of the AHSAA Radio Network. The  network is broadcasting the game over its statewide network and the internet as well. The links can be found at
     Clarke County opened the scoring with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter when receiver Caleb Taite scored on an 18-yard pass from Ivory, who one play earlier scored on a keeper around right end on a play that was called back for a penalty.
        Sweet Water marched 69 yards on 14 plays and used most of the rest of the time in the first quarter to take the lead. Quarterback Braiden Broussard found his older brother, tight end Chance Broussard, for a 6-yard touchdown toss and Jacory Brown’s extra-point kick gave Sweet Water the lead 7-6 with 1:18 seconds left in the period.
    Clarke County’s Ivory erased that lead two plays later racing 73 yards around the right side, shook loss and legged into the end zone to give Coach Stacy Luker’s team  12-7 lead with 12 seconds remaining in first quarter.
   Ivory directed a Clarke County on a 54-yard drive in the third quarter that culminated in a 1-yard sneak by the senior quarterback and increased the lead to 18-7. The play was challenged by Sweet Water Coach Pat Thompson, the first replay opportunity of the night for the AHSAA’s new replay rule. However, after reviewing the call on the TV monitor on the sideline, the touchdown call was confirmed. The two-point extra-point play that followed gave Clarke County a 20-7 lead.
    Sweet Water drove 90 yards in just six plays midway through the fourth period with Jaylin Dixon scoring on a 29-yard run. Jacory Brown’s kick closed the gap to 20-14. The Bulldogs of Coach Pat Thompson mounted one final drive, moving from their own 18 to midfield before turning the ball on fourth down with a fumble.
    Dixon was the game’s leading rusher with 86 yards on eight carries. Jacory Brown added 52 yards on 14 tries. Taite had 10 tackles on defense for Clarke County while Tyler Ward and Willie Lewis had seven stops each for Sweet Water. Braylone Rogers also had the game’s only interception.
    Sweet Water finished with 207 yards, 201 rushing and six passing, and had 14 first downs. Clarke County has 11 first downs and 239 total yards – 163 rushing and 76 passing.
    The victory for Luker came against his own alma mater and a program that he coached to five state titles in a seven-year period. He is now in his second year as head coach at Clarke County, where he led the team to the Class 3A semifinals in 2017. The school moved to Class 4A this season.
   Sweet Water, coached by Pat Thompson, won the Class 1A title last season. It was the 10thi state championship in school history. Thompson was defensive coordinator before taking over the program after Luker’s departure in 2014.


AHSAA mourns death of Hall of Fame Coach John L. Meadows

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach John L. Meadows. Mr. Meadows, 94, passed away earlier this week after a long illness.
      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “John Meadows’ impact on the lives of the many students he taught and was considered an icon in the communities he served.”
      Meadows compiled a 276-79-9 career coaching record over 35 years from 1955-89 and was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports  Hall of Fame in 1993. He coached football at Hanceville, Gordo, Butler, Scottsboro and Lincoln County (TN) during his long tenure as a teacher/coach compiling a career. Coach Meadows led Scottsboro to a 10-0 record in 1965, a team that was declared Class 3A state champs that year. His 1982 Lincoln County team was 13-1 and won the Tennessee AAA state title. The stadium at Lincoln County was named for him and his successor Louis Thompson. The fieldhouse at Scottsboro High School was also named for him and Coach Larry Morris.
     In addition to the AHSAA HOF honor, he was also enshrined into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame (1989 inaugural class), Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 1993), Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2004), Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame (2014 inaugural class), Pickens County Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 1995) and Jacksonville State Hall of Fame (Class of 1986).
    Meadows graduated from Falkville High School in 1942 as the valedictorian, then served in World War II before returning home to enroll at Jacksonville State where he earned Little All-America honors as a wide receiver in 1951. He was selected to the JSU All-Time Team in 1983,
    His funeral is set for Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Scottsboro. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with the memorial service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Samaritans Purse or St. Jude’s.

Vestavia Hills’ Hannah Vines Serves Her Team and Community

By Lucas Nunn, Special for AHSAA



VESTAVIA HILLS – From the volleyball court to the international mission field, Hannah Vines’ extracurricular life is nothing short of exciting.


Hannah is a rising senior at Vestavia Hills High School and has played on the varsity volleyball team since her sophomore year. She is also a member of the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association Student Leadership Group, one of two members chosen to represent the state at a national conference in Indianapolis this month.


On the court, Hannah has had success both in school and club volleyball. Vestavia Hills reached the super regionals last season, and just last month her club team – Southern Performance Volleyball Club – placed second at the national tournament.


While her athletic achievements are impressive, it is Hannah’s desire to serve her community that sets her apart from the rest.


The 17-year-old is one of thousands of AHSAA athletes who give of themselves to their communities during their summer break, as well as spending many hours the rest of the year as they juggle sports, homework, family and volunteer time.


Hannah has been an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills since she was 5 years old, and the church is her favorite place to serve the community. “I really like to work with kids through my church,” she said.


Her service for others also goes well beyond the walls of the church. This past spring, Hannah spent her school break on a mission trip to Guatemala. She worked with children there and assisted in putting on a Bible School for them.


“The trip was amazing. Spanish is one of my passions, I have been taking Spanish since I was in the seventh grade, so going down there was great,” Vines said. “It was just another way to connect with the kids and hear about their lives talking about the differences in culture between the U.S. and Guatemala.”


In March, Hannah was one of 18 student-athletes from around Alabama selected for membership in the AHSAA Student Leadership Conference, and she was thrilled to learn she and Bayside Academy’s Sam Koby were chosen to represent the state at the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. The NFHS Summit wrapped up this week.


“I was really excited when I heard about it,” Vines said. “The goal is to come back and be better leaders on our teams and in our communities.”


Upon graduation, Hannah plans to continue serving her community through her church, as she continues her volleyball career at Samford University.


Last year, Hannah was also featured in the AHSAA #MoreThanAGame social media campaign. Watch her video at





The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. 

AHSAA Central Board of Control Approves Modification of Kicking Game for Non-Varsity Football Competition

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has approved allowing modification of the kicking game rules for non-varsity football competition beginning this fall and approved regional sites for softball and bowling for the coming school year. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
        The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
        AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones recommended modification of the kicking rules for non-varsity contests due to current health and safety concerns and limited time to devote to the kicking game for the non-varsity programs.
       Beginning in the 2018 season, the Central Board of Control will allow schools to choose one of three options for a non-varsity football contest. The two competing schools may choose Option 1 (simulation of kicks); Option 2 (no kickoffs or punts allowed); and Option 3 (utilizing all aspects of the kicking game in accordance with NFHS rules).
       If the two schools cannot agree, then Option 1 will be the default choice. In Option 1, teams will be allowed to conduct simulated kickoffs and punts, but with no blocking or contact, including no rushing the kicker and no kick returns. Receiving teams may fair catch a kick but after the non-contact kickoff, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 35-yard line to begin the offensive series.  After the no-rush and non-contact punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage but not inside the 20-yard line of the receiving team.
        Should both teams agree to Option 2, no kickoffs or punts will be attempted.  A series will start at the receiving team’s 35-yard line following a touchdown. In lieu of a punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage, but not inside the receiving team’s 20-yard line.   
       Option 3 will be conducting kickoffs and punts without modification.  Field goals and extra points will not be modified and will be live under all three options.
       The Central Board of Control approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 27th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2017-18 and more than

$2.2 million in savings to our member schools since 1992. The Board also approved a Revenue Sharing Plan $2 million payout for the 2017-18 school year but put the distribution to schools on hold until the AHSAA’s current litigation has concluded.
        The Board selected Camelia Lanes in Mobile and Vestavia Bowl in Vestavia Hills as the sites for the South and North Regional bowling tournaments in 2019. The AHSAA State Bowling Championships will return to Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham for the third straight year.
      Florence and Oxford were also selected as new sites for regional softball competition for the next two years (2019 and 2020). Florence will host the North Regional which has been held in Huntsville since regional tourneys began for softball in 2009. The South Central Regional, held in Troy from 2009-18, will move to Oxford and will be renamed the East Central Regional. Tuscaloosa will remain the host of the North Central Regional, which is being renamed the West Central Regional, for 2019 and 2020. Gulf Shores, which has two years remaining on its current contract, will once again host the South Regional.  Lagoon Park is still under contract to host the State Tourney.
      In another softball item, the board, upon recommendation of the AHSAA Softball Coaches Committee, approved allowing the team emerging from the winner’s bracket to choose whether they will be the home team or visiting team in all championship games in area and state tournament play. Several recommendations from other sports committees were also approved by the Central Board. Those changes can be found at
      The Central Board reviewed and approved 2018-19 publications, including the AHSAA Handbook and 2018-19 AHSAA Sports Book. The Legislative Council also met and approved the AHSAA publications Wednesday afternoon and heard a review of the Central Board’s action.

In other Central Board action:

– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.
– Approved drafts of the 2018-19 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2017-18 audits for each group.
-- Removed fines for middle /junior high declarations.
-- Approved the purchase of six new wrestling mats for State Championship and Duals competition and also approved moving all wrestling duals tournament finals to the same day.
-- Approved new officials’ fee for state wrestling and track championships and discussed the schools’ current scratch list policy concerning officials.
-- Was updated about catastrophic insurance and approved AHSAA insurance coverages.
-- Discussed Mandatory Summer Meeting Requirement for administrators.

AHSAA Closes Summer Conference With Officials’ Awards Luncheon

     MONTGOMERY – Six officials with a combined 257 years of officiating experience received the Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award at Saturday’s AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Receiving the AHSAA’s highest officiating honor were: Eugene Reynolds (46 years);  Warren Bowron (45 years); Wayne Carden  (42 years);  Jimmy Chaffin (40 years); Larry Short (40 years); and Jack Minshew (36 years).
       More than 400 attended the luncheon that recognized all contest officials who officiated in state championship events in 2017-18 as well as those selected district and state officials of the year in each AHSAA sport. Laird Hayes, a veteran of 22 years as an NFL official, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon that officially closed the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference and Coaching School.
    The Alabama Sports Officials Foundation (ASOF) also presented nine scholarships to children of officials in honor of the dedication and sacrifice families make to support the service of the state’s contest officials. To be eligible, the student must be planning attend a post-secondary school in Alabama.
    Those selected for the grants were: Gary Shirley III, Rainbow City; Jalon Jimmerson, Douglas; Jonah Trotter, Oakman; Peyton Luker, Thomasville; Danielle Covert, Arab; Anna Grace Murphy, Southside; Delandrion Woods, Hillsborough; Emma Mayer, Maylene; Allyson Phelps, Meridianville.
    AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones also recognized two AHSAA officials, Joe Mangone and Mark Russell, who received national honors from the NFHS. Mangone, the AHSAA soccer rules interpreter and State Finals director of officials, received the NFHS Citation for Officials for 2018 as national official of the year, and Russell was chosen one of eight Section recipients of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. He was selected from Section III, which includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jones also announced that AHSAA football official Anthony Jeffreys has just been selected to become an NFL football official.
    AHSAA Officials of the Year were also selected from in each officiating district and one official was also chosen state official of the year in each sport.
    Among those honored were:
State Officials of the Year: Phillip Winslett (Baseball); Anthony Dupree (Basketball); Eddie Carr (Football); Bill Presor (Soccer); Mike Heath (Softball); Joey Lauderdale (Track); Willie Moore (Volleyball); and Heath Williamson (Wrestling).
     AHSAA District Officials of the Year included:
East Central:
John Ewing
North Central: Chris Pike
Northeast: Bill Ward
Roger Crafts

South Central: Mike Stewart
Philip Winslett
Greg Fairchild
West Central:
Tommy Colvin

East Central:
Anthony Dupree
North Central: Mike Pretnar
Northeast: Matt Driver
Andy Pruitt

South Central: Eric Morris
Southeast: Ronnie Burnett
Elicia Lynch
West Central: Charlie McCant


East Central:
Cecil Garrison
North Central: Anthony Jeffries
Northeast: Ben Smith
Amel Drake

South Central: Garnett Ray
Philip Thomas
Eddie Carr
West Central: Jeff Halcomb

East Central:
no selection
North Central: Luis Mendez
Northwest: Jeff Edwards

South Central: Bill Presor
Garrett Franklin
Coral Grubler
West Central: no seletion

East Central:
Steve Nelson
North Central: Larry Jordan
Northeast: Michael Tidmore

Northwest: Phillip Pugh
South Central:
Bruce Arnold
Mike Heath
Tim Porter
West Central: Michael Mullally

East Central:
no selection
North Central: Joey Kyle
Northeast: Joey Lauderdale

Northwest: Willie Ray
South Central:
Tony Reaves
no selection
Southwest: Wayne Kulakowski
West Central: no selection

East Central:
Connie Higgins
North Central: Willie Moore III
Northeast: Phillip Mosley

Northwest: Anthony Gunn
South Central:
Kevin Foley
Morris Murphy
Maureen McKannan
West Central: Kimberly Dailey

East Central:
Adam Pierce
North Central: Jeff Saxon
Northeast: Matt Smart

South Central: Heath Williamson
no selection
Southwest: Archie Best
West Central: no selection

Eight Receive Sportsmanship Grants

Eight high schools that attended Friday’s 10th annual Media Group as recipients of a $1,000 Sportsmanship Grant., in support of good sportsmanship, has provided $88,000 over the last 10 years – proving one scholarship to a fine and ejection-free school each from all eight of the AHSAA’s districts.
   The recipients this year were: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).  The schools were selected from the 75 that completed the 2017-18 school fine and ejection free.
   Former major leaguer Todd Jones was the guest speaker at the Sportsmanship Luncheon. Jones, who spent 15 years pitching in the majors, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Seven Receive “Making A Difference” Awards At AHSAA 2018 Coaches’ Awards Banquet

MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were recognized Friday night at the AHSAA’s 22st annual Championship Coaches’ Awards Banquet as recipients of the prestigious “Making A Difference” Award as the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference concluded at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
    The week-long conference, which attracted approximately 5,000 administrators, coaches and other support personnel from AHSAA member schools to Montgomery, was hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). It included 10 North-South all-star competitions during the week – for the sports of baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, volleyball and football. The North beat the South 27-14 in the 59th playing of the North-South football all-star game to close out all-star play Thursday night.
    Governor Kay Ivey was the keynote speaker at Friday’s awards banquet recognized a total of 112 state championship coaches who led teams to state titles in the AHSAA’s championship programs in 2017-18 as well as honoring several others for outstanding service or accomplishment.  Among them was Devin Hind of Hoover High School. Hind led the Bucs to a sweep of the AHSAA Class 7A indoor and outdoor boys’ and girls’ state track and field championships. As a result, national track and field website Dyestat named Hoover the National Duals Track and Field Champs for 2018 – using best times and performances from the student-athletes during the season and matching the Bucs against other state champions from across the nation in a computerized playoff. The match-play competition concluded with Hoover beating California prep track powerhouse Great Oak High School of Temecula (CA) 69.3 – 66.7 in the dual match finals. Dyestat has had its hypothetical match-play championships for three years – with Auburn High School winning the first virtual competition National crown in 2016.
   The highlight of Friday’s banquet was the “Making A Difference” Award, however, now in its eighth year. One AHSAA member school coach or administrator was honored in each classification for their contributions to their schools and communities that help change lives in daily in a positive way.
    The recipients were: principal Jack Hayes, Brilliant High School (1A); Head football coach and athletic director JimBob Striplin, Geneva County High School (2A); athletic director Anthony McCall, Montgomery Academy (3A); girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn, Greensboro (4A); track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County (5A); athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson, Benjamin Russell (6A); principal Clem Richardson, Baker High School (7A).
Several other special awards were presented including AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year presented to Kim Kiel of Pelham High School. The ADSADCA also presented the Past President’s Award was presented to Kiel.
     Veteran Huntsville city councilman and AHSAA football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director and music teacher LaFrancis Davis were also recognized at NFHS Section 3 “Spirit of Sport” and “Heart of the Arts” Award recipients for 2018. Russell suffered a heart attack in Madison Academy’s opening game of the 2017 prep football season and had no heartbeat for more than eight minutes, but thanks to the quick thinking of a nurse, who was in the sidelines as the MA school photographer, he survived the trauma. Just over three months later, he officiated in the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game at Bryant-Denny in Tuscaloosa.
     Davis, a multi-sport standout athlete at Slocomb high school, turned down college football for his true passion – music. He got his degree from Alabama A&M, then went into the Army where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before leaving the military to become a band director, first in his home Geneva County where he embarked on a career of rebuilding struggling band programs. He took over a Carver program that had just 60 members, now marches with more than 150 and has developed a program at a feeder middle school that is almost 100 strong.
     He marched and performed trumpet solos at halftime in high school and also rushed for over 1,400 yards. He has encouraged students in his band to play sports and currently has nine who are playing various sports from football and basketball to softball and volleyball.
NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year: Four AHSAA coaches were named 2017 NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year, including: Richard Carter, Lanett (boys’ basketball); Thomas Esslinger, Homewood (girls’ indoor track & field); Derrick Gargis, Muscle Shoals (boys’ golf); and Jimmy Johnson III, Opelika (boys’ outdoor track & field).
NFHS State Coaches of the Year: Twenty-one outstanding AHSAA coaches were selected 2017 NFHS state coach of the year in their respective sports: Zachary Blume, Southside-Gadsden (girls’ bowling); Richard Carter, Lanett (boys’ basketball); Thomas Esslinger, Homewood (outdoor track); Cheryl Flores, McGill-Toolen Catholic (girls’ soccer); Derrick Gargis, Muscle Shoals (boys’ golf); Donna Garner, Florence (boys’ tennis); Chris Heaps, Russellville (baseball); Matt Hicks, Oxford (wrestling); Stephen Hobbs, Spain Park (boys’ country); Kyle Justice, Decatur (girls’ tennis); Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal (boys’ swimming); Josh Niblett, Hoover (football); Dan Norton, Auburn (boys’ cross country); Al Rauls, Buckhorn (softball); Barbara Roy, Locust Fork (girls’ basketball); Rik Tozzi, Indian Springs (boys’ soccer); Roger von Jouanne, Westminster Christian (girls’ swimming); Kayla Woodard, Addison (volleyball).
Children Scholarship Recipients: Ten students, each a child of an AHSADCA member coach or administrator, also received the AHSADCA’s Coaches’ Children Scholarships. They were:
District 1: Willie James Taylor, Jackson HS (son of Coach Tamiko Taylor)
District 2: Courtney Powell, Georgiana HS (daughter of Coach Ezell Powell)
District 3: Elijah Jones, Prattville Christian (son of Coach Leonard Jones)
District 4: Casey Baynes, Tallassee HS (son of Coach Mark Baynes)
District 5: Gracyn LeSueur, Pelham HS (daughter of Coach Kevin LeSueur)
District 6: Riley Austin, Spring Garden HS (son of Coaches Dana and Ricky Austin)
District 6: Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley HS (daughter of Coaches Dana and David Bryant)
District 7: Tucker Brown, Wilson HS (son of Coach Scott Brown)
District 8: Phillip DesRosier, Grissom HS (son of Cach Alicia Wright DesRosier)
District 8: Shelby Madison Brothers, Geraldine HS (daughter of Coach Cristie Brothers)
Willie James Taylor, Jackson HS (son of Coach Tamiko Taylor)

North Downs South 27-14 to Claim the 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game

   MONTGOMERY – The North scored 21 second-half points – including a wild and crazy touchdown on the last play of the game to beat the North 27-14 in the 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Thursday night.
    The game closed out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition with the North and South               splitting the baseball, softball, basketball and cross-country all-star events. The North swept the volleyball, soccer and football games and finished 7-4 on the week.
     The football victory was the fourth in a row for the North and closed the South’s edge in the series to 30-27-2. The South’s last win came in 2014 in a 20-12 win. The North won the first game played in 1948 at Tuscaloosa, 33-0. Thursday’s game was the first to played officially using the AHSAA instant replay program provided by DVSports. Two calls where challenged and both calls on the field were confirmed. The AHSAA has permission from the NFHS to conduct up to a three-year experiment using instant replay and will use it this fall for all schools who choose to participate.
     North MVP Keaton Wilson of Sylacauga scored two TDs on 1-yard runs. His first score at 8:35 of the second quarter gave the North, coached by Chris Musso of Locust Fork, a 6-0 lead. His second TD came with 2:35 left in the third period and erased a 7-6 South lead. His two-point conversion gave the North  14-7 Lead.
     Quenton Young of Clay-Chalkville dashed  11 yards for a score with two seconds left in the third period to up the margin to 21-7.
        The South, which took its only lead of the game on Benjamin Russell running back Davede Herron’s 8-yard run and Fairhope kicker Cole Deeds’ extra point and held the 7-6 margin into intermission.  Herron added his second score on a 1-yard run with 6:26 remaining to cut the margin to 21-14.
       The North ran out all but eight seconds of the remaining time on its following drive. The South, coached by Montgomery Catholic’s Aubrey Blackwell, had one more play up its sleeve as they took over on their own 7-yard line. Tallassee’s Casey Baynes passed the Blount’s JaMarcus Powe-Mauldin in the flat, who ran for four yards before lateraling back to Baynes. Four laterals later, North linebacker Perry Kirby of Athens scooped up a fumble at the 1 and fell into the end zone for the North’s final touchdown.
     Wilson finished with 72 yards rushing on 14 carries and Young had 69 on 15 attempts to help the North pile up 211 total rushing yards. Wilson was also 2-of-3 passing for 56 yards and West Morgan’s Gabe Peluso finished 4-of-5 for 47 yards. Carson Bobo of Oak Mountain had two catches for 46 yards and London Knight of Weaver had two for 37 yards.
    Herron, the South MVP, finished as the game’s leading rusher with 111 yards on 18 tries. Leonard Gatson of Theodore picked up 46 on eight carries. Goshen quarterback Brock Snyder finished 9-of-15 passing for 66 yards, and Bayes was 5-of-10 for 14 yards. The North made three interceptions, however, with Jaylen Washington of Leeds, Court Coley of Westbrook Christian and Kevin Shaw of Colbert Heights notching one each.
     Gordo linebackers Collin Herring and Ridge Wood led the North with 11 and 9 tackles, respectively. Coley also had seven. Pacing the South defense was Jacobey Hawthorne of W.S. Neal with eight stops. Jonathan Struggs of Jeff Davis and Ty Reynolds of Daphne had seven each.
   The South finished with 14 first downs and 239 total yards while the North had 18 first downs and 314 total yards.

All-Star Sports Week Results
North 27, South 14
South 3, North 1

Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

Game 1: South 3, North 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-27-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-38

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-7

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1




South Wins North-South All-Star Volleyball Match 3-1 at AUM Basketball Complex Thursday

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars dropped game one of the 22nd annual North-South Volleyball All-Star competition Thursday, then battled back to win three straight games to capture the win 3-1 in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex Thursday.
    The volleyball match and the 59th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 22st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South All-Star competition in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball and football are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    McGill-Toolen Catholic outside hitter Kenya McQuirter registered 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks to spark the South to a 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over the North. The North now holds a 14-7 edge over the South in the series. McQuirter’s effort earned her South team MVP honors. The South was coached by McQuirter’s own McGill-Toolen coach Kate Wood and Auburn’s Bentley Stephenson. The North coaches were Kayla Woodard of Addison and Lindsey Crumpton of Danville.
      Mikaela Grubb of Enterprise added 13 kills and 14 digs for the South and Lillie Fromdahl of McGill-Toolen had 34 assists. Spanish Fort libero Taylor Fontenelle recorded 26 digs, four assists and three service aces for the winners.
     North MVP Breylee Linder of Florence had 23 assists, four aces and six digs. The South setter earned MVP honors for her team. Kiara Hill of Bob Jones led the South with nine kills, Morgan McClendon of Jasper and Juliana Hamer of Chelsea  had eight each. Catherine Klop of James  Clemens recorded 17 digs and Kinsley Gregoria of Alexandria had 12.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory administrative and medical sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 75 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2017-18 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      A highlight of the Awards banquet 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 other individuals, Huntsville football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director LaFrancis Davis, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards for 2018. 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).
FCA HERMAN L. “BUBBA” SCOTT AWARD: Longtime football coach and administrator Hal Riddle of Hewitt-Trussville High School was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with its most prestigious award Thursday at the annual FCA Luncheon.  Riddle  received the Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment to serving his faith and serving young people. The award is named in honor of Scott, former AHSAA Executive Director. Scott helped bring FCA to Alabama schools more than 40 years ago. Scott is now deceased.
    Riddle, who currently serves as an administrator with the Trussville School System and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, compiled a 150-90 career record in 21 seasons as head coach at Erwin, Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville and Hewitt-Trussville high schools. His Clay-Chalkville team won the Class 6A state championship in 1999.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2018: Brilliant High School principal Jack Hayes (1A); Geneva County athletic director and head football coach JimBob Striplin (2A); Montgomery Academy athletic director Anthony McCall (3A); Greensboro girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn (4A); Lawrence County track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson (5A); Benjamin Russell athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson (6A); and Baker High School principal Clem Richardson (7A).
   The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Former Major League reliever Todd Jones is the guest speaker at the 11th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 75 high schools will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2017-18. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000 sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).
   The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $88,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
NFHS NETWORK:  The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 18 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. Check it out at or

South Boys Down the North 61-57 to Win 76th North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – Carver-Montgomery’s Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points and cleared nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the South All-Stars to a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over the North in the 76th game of the AHSAA’s long-running all-star classic. The North now holds a 48-28 edge in the series which began in 1953.
       The North girls also downed the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in the early game to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     The South trailed for most of the first quarters but began  comeback early in the second half. Auburn guard Justin Brooks drove in for s lay-up with 1:10 left in the third period to give the South the lead 42-41. It was short-lived, however, when Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson canned a jumped 30 seconds later and the North took that 43-42 lead into the final period.
     The 6-foot-6 Walton, selected the South MVP, added a rebound and put back early in the fourth quarter, was fouled and nailed the free throw to extend the South lead to four, 49-45. He had 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the South outscored the North 36-24. Walton was also 7-of-8 at the foul line in the second half. He also finished with three steals.
     DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore added 12 points and three rebounds and Demond Robinson of Lee had eight points and eight rebounds.
     Pacing the North was Malik Tyson of Sparkman, who had 10 points and seven rebounds to earn North MVP. Josh Birdsong of Auburn chipped in 12 points, Florence’s Charlie Champagne and Calera’s Cornelius Brown added seven points each.
     The South was coached by Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. The North coaches were Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville coached the South.
North Girls 66, South 57: Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.


All-Star Sports Week Results
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

Game 1: South 3, North 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1