Wednesday, June 26, 2019






Altamont Moves Girls and Boys Clinch Berths in 1A/3A State Soccer Finals

Play Resumes Friday in 28th State Championships

Class 1A/3A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals
Westminster-Oak Mountain 4. Cottage Hill Christian 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Westminster of Oak Mountain downed Cottage Hill Christian of Mobile 4-0 in the AHSAA 2019 State Soccer Championships Class 1A/3A Girls’ semifinal match to advance to the state championship match Friday to face Altamont at 7 p.m., at John Hunt Soccer Complex. Altamont’s Boys will face Bayside Academy in the 1A/3A boys’ finals at 5 p.m.
     Junior midfield Katie Hoaglund took seven shots on goal and scored Westminster’s first goals – coming in the first half just four minutes apart. She gave the Knights (16-2-1) of Coach Jay Hammond the lead with goals at 14:54 and 18:22. Her second goal came on an assist from senior forward Tori DeanVirginia Welch got the third goal at 42:07 and Hoaglund served the assist to Deen on  the final  goal at the 57:38 mark.
   Cottage Hill (17-5-0) was unable to take a single shot on goal versus the Westminster defense. Warriors’ goalkeeper Meg Hannan had nine saves on goal.

Altamont 2, Westminster Christian 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Altamont posted two goals in the first half and relied on its defense to do the rest as Coach Matt Kirkpatrick’s Knight beat Westminster Christian 2-0.
    Senior Amelia Pak got the first goal just 9:55 into the match at John Hunt Soccer Complex and fellow senior Mimi Davis managed the second  goal at the 36:50 mark. Altamont out-shot the Wildcats 13-4. Westminster (12-8-1) keeper Katherine Jernigan, a junior, had five saves for the match.


Class 1A/3A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals
Altamont 5, Collinsville 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Altamont’s boys, coached by Sean Gibson, broke open a 2-0 game with three goals in the second half to move into the Class 1A/3A boys’ state finals Friday at John Hunt Soccer Complex at 5 p.m., to face Bayside Academy.
   Hampton Pak, a sophomore forward, had two goal and senior defender Ashton Collier also had two goals for the winning Knights (15-6-1). Grey Laney opened the scoring with a goal just 4:49 into match. Pak followed with a goal at 10:32 and scored just 10 minutes into the second half to give Altamont a 3-0 lead. Collier closed the scoring for Altamont with both coming less than seven minutes apart ln the second half.
    Collinsville (16-7-0) got on the scoreboard with a goal by Bryan Barrientos at 67:53 of the 80-minute match. Altamont was  perfect 5-of-5 with shots-on-goal.

Bayside Academy 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Bayside Academy (19-2-2) built a 2-0 lead by halftime and staved off Westminster-Oak Mountain’s strong effort in the second half to post a 2-1 win to clinch the final spot in the 1A/3A Boys’ State Championship Match.
    Junior midfielder Sergi Cebrian gave Bayside, coached by Jamie Ferguson, a quick lead with a goal at the 2:37 mark. Sophomore Trey Clements lent the assist. Eighth grader Joey Jones’ pass set up the Admirals’ second goal and Clements pushed it into the net for a 2-0 Bayside lad at the 27:38 mark.
    Westminster (13-7-0) scored quickly in the second half when senior Matthew Krulak scored on an assist from senior Price Leonard just 78 seconds into the final period.
   Shots were hard to come by the rest of the match as both teams relied on stellar defensive play.

AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville

Semi-final matches are scheduled 1A/3A and 4A/5A Thursday, May 9; for 6A and 7A, Friday, May 10. Finals will be May 10 (1A/3A and 4A/5A) and May 11 (6A and 7A). The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals. Vestavia Hills HS NFHS SBP will live-stream the 7A girls' match Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens).


Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4,  Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

Altamont (15-6-1) 5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1

St. John Paul II Catholic (12-4-3) vs. Southside-Gadsden (20-2-0), Thurs., May 9, 3:30 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (20-3-1) vs. John Carroll Catholic (13-3-1), Thurs., May 9, 3:30 p.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic (16-5-1) vs. Springville (19-6-0), Thurs., May 9, 5:30 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (24-5-0) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-1-3), Thurs., May 9, 5:30 p.m.


Decatur (12-5-2) vs. Homewood (17-4-5), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-302) vs. Chelsea (20-2-1), Fri., May 10, 9 a.m.

Fort Payne (16-8-1) vs. Homewood (19-2-4), Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (15-6-2) vs. Pelham (16-9-1),  Fri., May 10, 11 a.m.


Vestavia Hills (20-0-0) vs. James Clemens (13-4-2), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m. (live-streamed by Vestavia Hills HS NFHS Network SBP)
McGill-Toolen (13-4-2) vs. Auburn (14-6-3), Fri., May 10, 1 p.m.

Hoover (17-4-3) vs. Florence (15-3-0), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-5-4) vs. Enterprise (13-5-4), Fri., May 10, 3 p.m.

(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network,
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.

Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Benjamin Russell Claims Class 6A North Sub-State Golf Title Behind Matthew Cash’s 1-under 71

Benjamin Russell High School shot  309 team total to win the Class 6A North Sub-State boys’ golf championship. Matthew Cash shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors for the Wildcats, and Jacob Scott had a 75.
    Gulf Shores was second at 312 with Tyler Bjorgum posting a 75 at the Cider Ridge Golf Course at Oxford. Spanish Fort’s Andy Reier and Calera’s Chase Nall qualified as individuals with rounds of 75 each.
    The top two teams and top two individual qualifiers advance to the AHSAA State Golf Championships at Prattville’s Robert Trent Jones Capital Golf Club May 13-14.
    In other sub-state play Tuesday:

UMS-Wright won the Class 6A North Sub-State girls’ title with a 264 team score. Spanish Fort was second at 310. The low medalist score of 79 belonged to Lauren Gilchrist of the winning Bulldogs.
    Ella Kate Hewes of Daphne qualified as the top individual with an 87, and Macey Martin of Helena was the other qualifier with a round of 88.

Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar recorded a 3-under 69 to lead her team to the sub-state championship. Northridge finished with a 228 team total.   Kate MacVicar added a 78 and Mary Katherine Lee rounded out the scoring with an 81.

    Muscle Shoals captured runner-up with  247 total. Anna Margaret Hays shot 1-under 71 to finish with the second best round.  Jinger Heath of Hartselle shot a 73 and Aubrie Cagle of Hazel Green had an 80 to earn the two individual qualifier spots.

Randolph senior Michael Morard shot a 3-under 69 to earn low medalist and the Raiders posted a 246 total to claim the North sub-state championship. Bella Duesing also had an 81 for Randolph.
    Arab was five strokes back at 251 to earn second place. Grace Narrell shot a 75 to pace the Knights. Hanna Dyar of White Plains shot a 75 and Lauren Wilson of Fairview had a 76 to earn the two individual qualifier spots in next week’s state tournament at Prattville.


Muscle Shoals, Houston Academy Turn in Top Rounds in AHSAA Sub-State Golf Monday

     Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals and defending Class 3A state champion Houston Academy each turned in amazing team totals of 9-under 279 Monday advanced to next week’s AHSAA State Golf Championships as Sub-State champions.
     Results reported from Monday’s Sub-State action include:

Class 6A, North Sub-State Boys
     Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals an incredible 9-under 279 with Thomas Regan firing a 6-under 66 and Sam Gargis a 3-under 69 to win the sub-state title.  Allen Michael Burnett finished with a 2-under 70, and Hunter Battles was 2-over at 74.
    Homewood was second at 299 strokes. Ren Riley shot even-par 72 and Ford Goldasich had a 74 for the Patriots. Two Fort Payne golfers, Dawson Garrett and  Harrison Davis, qualified for next week’s state tourney at the Robert Trent Jones Prattville Capital Golf Course with rounds of 70 and 71.

Class 3A South Sub-State Boys
   Houston Academy won the Sub-State championship shooting a 9-under 279. Mathew Streitman carded an 8-under 64 for the low round for the Raiders. Hal Dove, who shot a 64 last week in the Section Tourney, had a 3-under 69, Emmett Lee came in at 2-under 71 and Jake McDonald had a 75.
    T.R. Miller landed the other state tourney team berth with  316. Turner Smith led the Tigers with a 3-over 75. Donavan Weaver was one stroke back at 76.

Class 7A North Sub-State Boys
Defending state champion  Mountain Brook shot a team 6-under par to finish at 282 to win the Sub-State championship. Vestavia Hills was second at 295, followed by Huntsville, 309, and James Clemens, 315.
    Vestavia Hills’ Austin Coggin fired a 6-under 66 to capture low medalist honors, Mountain  Brook’s Gordan Sargent finished 3-under 69. Teammates William Wann, Reynolds Lambert and Evan Gross each card rounds of 71 while the Spartans’ Cole Murdock led the individual qualifiers with a 71.
Class 4A North Sub-State Boys
White Plains and Brooks finished 1-2 to advance to the state tourney May 13-14. The Wildcats had a 304 team total while  Brooks and Oneonts each shot a 320. The Lions took second place in a playoff over the Redskins.
     Kenny Okins led White Plains with a 1-over 73. Andrew Miller shot 74, Gage Miller 77 and Wesley Jenkins 80. Brooks was led by Justin Olive, who shot a 75, and Zach Ashley, who finished with a 76.
     Individuals advancing from 4A North were Teagan Miller of Madison Academy and Will Patrick of Oneonta, with rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

Class 1A/2A South Sub-State Boys
Brantley finished first at the South Sub-State tourney with a 334 team total to beat defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho, which finished second at 345. Donoho got a strong 4-under 68 from Jacob Lecroy. Brantley’s Jake Kilcrease fired a 77. The two individual qualifiers Steven Ikner finished with s 74 and Southeastern’s Charlie Faler had a 75.

Class 1A/2A North Sub-State Boys
   North Sand Mountain shot a 349 to take first place at the Class 1A/2A North Sub-State tourney. Red Bay finished second with at 41.
    Individual qualifier Nick Sawyer was low medalist with a 2-under 70, and the other individual qualifier Logan Maddon of Marion County shot 76. Tanner Stone and Hunter Vest led the winning Thundering Herd with rounds of 82 and 84, respectively. Cody Cleveland paced Red Bay with a 1-over 73.

Class 7A North Sub-State Girls
Hoover and Huntsville tied with 249 totals. Spain Park finished third at 2523 strokes and Grissom was fourth with a 292. Huntsville’s Sara Utley shot a 75 for the low round of the day. Neysa Dechachitnan of Hoover was one stroke back 76 and Marilyn Steed of Spain Park shot a 79.  Mountain Brook’s Laura Catherine Goodson led the four individual qualifers with a round of 79.

Class 1A/3A South Sub-State Girls
   Providence Christian of Dothan took first place with an 8-over 224 team total. Lauren Thompson led PCA with a 72. Allison Howard  shot 74 and Emma Cox, 78. Bayside Academy finished second with a 274 total. Tori Roush shot 6-over 78 to lead the Lady Admirals.


Hoover Claims Class 7A Boys Track Crown for Third Year in a Row

Amaris Tynnismaa Closes Career with 31 Gold Medals

GULF SHORES -- Hoover High School closed out the 95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships by winning the 4x400-meter relay race and the Bucs’ third straight Class 7A state championship.
    Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs nipped McGill-Toolen and Central-Phenix City’s relay squads clocking 3:20.25 to win.  McGill and Central crossed just a second behind. The Bucs beat Sparkman in the 4x100 relay earlier in the day clocking 41.77 seconds to the Senators’ 42.93.
   The significance – Hoover’s strong team effort prevailed once again as the Bucs captured the Class 7A boys’ state championship with 105.50 points. Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50. It was Hoover’s ninth state title since 2005.
  Homewood won the 6 title for the second straight year posting 136 points. Northridge was runner-up with 86. Scottsboro had 83 points to win over Ramsay (78) by five points, and Greensboro won the Class 4 state championship for the second time in three years totaling 66.50 points  to edge runner-up Elmore County, which had 60.50.
     James Clemens scored 82 points to claim its first-ever AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state track championship. Auburn was a close second with 80.50 points. Homewood’s girls won their fifth consecutive Class 6A championship with 123 points. Runner-up Pelham had 65.50. Class 5A Scottsboro  won its first state girls’ title since 2003 posting 83.70 points to beat runner-up Ramsay, which had 83. And Montgomery Catholic won the 4A girls’ state crown for the second time in three years out-pointing runner-up Montgomery Academy 102-63. Brooks was one point back in third place with 62.
    The 2019 championships closed out the incredible prep career of Montgomery Catholic distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa. She actually closed out her prep career Saturday the same way she started it – by winning the state championship in the 800, 3,200 and 1,600-meter runs. She claimed the 800 on Saturday at Gulf Shores with a winning time of 2:17.49. She won the 3,200 earlier in the meet with an 11:24.78 time and clinched the 1,600 clocking 5:01.25.
   The three state championships gave her a total 13 AHSAA outdoor state championships in her three events. She has been beaten in only in the 400 and 800 in a career that spanned from her eighth grade year in 2014 through her senior year (2019).
    Overall, Tyynismaa captured 26 state indoor and outdoor titles and five state cross country championships for a total of 31. Complete results of the 2019 AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at or at The NFHS Network live-streamed the meets at Gulf Shores and Cullman and have the highlights archived t
   In other highlights at Gulf Shores Saturday:

Senior Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain closed out her senior season with a sweep of the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. Set a 7A state record Friday in the 400, then followed by winning the 100-meter dash finals Saturday with a time of 11.82 and the 200-meter finals in 23.74.

Homewood senior Makiyah Sills won the 100-meter hurdles (14.02 seconds) and 300 intermediate hurdles (45.08) to help the Lady Patriots claim the 6A girls’ state title.
JASMINE RILEY, PARK CROSSING: Won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with winning times off 11.42 and 23.79 seconds.

200-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer broke the state record (24.25) set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006 with a 24.24 time the finals. Spicer also won the 100 finals with an 11.76 time and the Class 5A 400 with a 55.93 time.

100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson won the 100 and 200 dashes with times of 12:07 and 25.16 seconds in Saturday’s finals.
100-METER HURDLES: Trinity Presbyterian junior Chandler Ford won the final with clocking 15.56.
300-meter INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran, a senior, won with a time of 46.10. She also won the long jump with a 16-11 leap.

3,200-MTER RUN:
Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs climaxing with a 1:54.52 in the 800 and a 9:21.31 to win the 3,200.
200-METER DASH: Sparkman senior Charles Lewis set a new 7A state record in the 200 prelims, and while he didn’t equal that 20.96 time in the finals, he did clock a strong 21.10 to win the championship. He won the 100-meter dash finals in 10.50.
DISCUS: Oak Mountain junior Harrison Dimick set a new 7A state record with a winning toss of 181-03 – erasing the previous record (178-00.50) set in 2018 by Viktor Turek of Thompson.

3,200-METER RUN:
Homewood senior Will Stone closed out his senior season winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. H4xe turned in a 9:21.68 time to win the 3,200.

Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta captured a close win over Martavious Davis of Etowah in a battle of sophomores to win he 100-meter finals. Rhetta had a 10.65 time and Davis, 10.69. The pair also battled it out in the 200-meter finals with
Davis winning with a 21.33 time. Rhetta was second at 21.82.
4x100-METER RELAY: Etowah, led by speedy Martavious Davis, won the relay with a 5A state record time of 41.35, breaking a record (41.47) set by Smiths Station in 1994.
110-METER HURDLES: Center Point hurdler Jalen Aibogun won the 110 hurdles finals clocking 14.26 seconds. The senior also won the 300 intermediate hurdles with a 38.67 time.

Madison Academy senior Evan Brock won the finals with s 120.61 time.
4x400-meter RELAY: Elmore County won the final race of Saturday’s Class 4A meet with a 3:25.52 time.
LONG JUMP: American Christian’s Luke Skinner  won with an impressive 23-08.50 leap.


Loachapoka’s Kaitlyn Hills Captures her 16th Gold to Close her Prep Career

CULLMAN – Falkville High School’s boys and girls captured Class 1A state championships Saturday and Loachapoka track phenom Kaitlyn Hill captured the 16th championship of her storied prep track career as the 2019 AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium.
   Coach Jace Wilemon’s Blue Devils out-pointed St. Bernard of Cullman 91.60 to 74 in the Class 1A girls’ final standings and  the boys also beat runner-up St. Bernard for the Class 1A boys’ title, 126-74. Falkville’s boys won the 2A state crown in 2018.
    Westminster of Oak Mountain won its first girls’ state championship since 2014 posting 134 points to win the Class 2A girls’ title over Whitesburg Christian by three points. Whitesburg, the 2018 Class 1A girls’ champ, finished with 131 points.
     Coach Dale Carrell’s Eagles went into the final race of the meet Saturday clinging to a one-point lead but won the 4x400-meter relay outright to clinch the state crown. The Warriors finished second in that race. Both schools competed in 1A last season.  
    Altamont won the 2019 2A boys’ state championship with 89 points and LaFayette finished a close second with 80. In the Class 3A competition, Coach Steve Reaves’ Winfield Pirates, the 2018 Class 4A  state champs, won the boys’ title with 124.50 points. Bayside Academy was runner-up with 87 points. Saint James captured the 3A girls’ crown in dominating fashion with 151.50 points. The battle for runner-up came down to the 4x400 relay final race with Providence Christian edging out T.R. Miller for second place 79.50 points to 79. PCA trailed the Tigers 76 to 69.5 heading into the finale and won the relay while T.R. Miller finished sixth.
    Loachapoka’s Hill, closed out her track career for Loachapoka by winning four events at the 2019 championships. She won the Class 1A long jump and triple jump on Friday and captured the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash championships on Saturday.
     The University of West Alabama track signee began competing in the AHSAA State Track Championships as a seventh grader – finishing fourth in the 100, third in the 200, eighth in the long jump and running a leg on the Indians’ winning 4x100-meter relay team.
   She finished her six-year career winning 16 state outdoor Class 1A state championships with four golds in the 100 meters, five golds in the 200, four golds in the long jump and two golds in the triple jump. Her 16th gold medal came in the 4x100 relay won in her first year in 2014.
    Hill also had on second-place finish in the 4x100 relay, one in the long jump and a third in the 100 (as a seventh grader) – to finish with 19 total medals to make her one of the most celebrated track athletes in Class 1A state history.
    She won the 100-meter dash in 12.12 seconds Saturday, just 5/100ths of a second off the state 1A record (12.07) set by Belgreen’s Katelin Barber at the 2009 state meet. Hill won the 200 in 25.51 seconds.

    In other top performances Saturday:

4x400-METER RELAY: The Dadeville Tigers won the final race of the meet in 3:29.92 and also won the 4x100 relay earlier Saturday with a 44.59-second time.

300-METER INTERMEDIATE HURDLES:   Westminster Christian basketball phenom Auston Leslie won the hurdles in 39.62 seconds.


200-METER DASH: Vincent junior Tae McGregor set a 2A state record (21.74) in the 200-meter dash prelims Friday and followed by winning the sprint in 21.81 seconds Saturday. He also clocked 10:67 to claim the 100-meter dash. 
800-METER RUN: Altamont’s James Dixon helped the Knights win the state title by capturing the 800 race with a state-record time of 1:57.98. He was pushed, however, by Westbrook Christian’s Mitchell Cook, who clocked 1:58.15 to also beat the old record (1:58.31) established by Falkville’s Shane Edge in 2007. Dixon also won the 1,600 on Friday.

110-METER HURDLES: Reeltown junior Eric Shaw won both the 110 and 300 hurdles finals with solid times of 15.68 and 40.70, respectively.

100-METER DASH: Senior Parker Driggers of Brantley won the 100-meter dash Saturday with a winning time of 11.06 seconds. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash finals clocking 23.30. Winner Tyrell Pierce of Loachapoka won with a 23.08 time.

800-METER RUN: St. Bernard junior Caleb Guthery won the 800 and 3,200 races Saturday with times of 2:02.78 and 10:44.58, respectively.
110-METER HURDLES: Junior Joel Phillips of Red Level won the final  Saturday with a 15.07 time, improving almost a full second over his prelim qualifying time. 


3,200-METER RUN: Saint James sophomore running sensation Presley Miles accounted for 40 her team’s 151.50 points by closing out the competition by winning the 3,200-meter race in 11:07.85 seconds. She also won the 800 Saturday in 2:18.75 and captured the 1,600 and 400-meter races Friday to score the most points of any participant at Cullman.

100-METER DASH: Greene County sophomore Journee Coleman won the 100 and 200 sprints Saturday clocking 25.97 seconds in the 200 and 12.76 seconds in the 100.


100-METER HURDLES: Cleveland senior Tara Randolph, who was named the Bryant-Jordan Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state co-recipient in April, broke her own Class 2A state record with a 15.23 time in the finals. Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian clocked 15.38 and surpassed the old mark (15:63) set by Randolph in 2018.

100-METER DASH: Senior Rayne Duhart-Abrams of Luverne won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.29 over runner-up Jaida Hatch, a senior from Fyffe. Hatch returned the favor in the 200-meter dash with  winning time of 25.61 as Duhart-Abrams finished second.

3,200-METER RUN: Sophomore Hallie Porterfield captured the 3,200 with a winning time of 2:26.34 to help Westminster of Oak Mountain win the 2A state crown.


800-METER RUN: Falkville senior Kari Watts was a big reason the Lady Blue Devils won the 1A title. She won the 800 Saturday with a 2:25.58 time and won the 400-meter dash on Friday.

3,200-METER RUN: Holy Spirit Catholic’s Anaelyse Perez-Ruiz won with a time of 12:26.81 to become a double winner. She captured the 1,600 Friday.

100-METER HURDLES: Ellwood Christian freshman Rashni Walker won both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles Saturday with times of 15.05 and 44.86 seconds.



Winfield Takes Big Lead after Day 1 of 3A State Track Championships at Cullman

 CULLMAN – Winfield, the 2018 Class 4A boys’ state track champs, held a 36.50-point lead over second-place Bayside Academy after Friday’s first day of the 95th AHSAA Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Outdoor Track and Field Championships  concluded at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium.
    Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates dropped to 3A for the current classification and showed plenty of depth in the field events, which were concluded Friday in an effort to complete the meet Saturday ahead of current predicted rainy conditions.  All three classes completed the field events scheduled for Friday and Saturday leaving only running events to be run Saturday.
    The Pirates totaled 76.50 points and Bayside Academy had 40. Dadeville was third with 33 and Providence Christian had 28. LaFayette and Ohatchee were tied for the Class 2A boys’ lead after 10 events with 47 points each. Altamont totaled 44 points Friday to rank third. And in Class 1A, Falkville had a commanding lead with 86 points. St. Bernard was second with 32 and Marion County had 27 points after 10 events.
    Falkville (1A), Whitesburg Christian (2A) and Saint James (3A) led the girls’ competition. The Blue Devils of Coach Jace Wilemon had 57.50 points after 10 Class 1A events scored with St. Bernard second with 42. Marengo and Decatur Heritage were tied for third with 25 points each. Whitesburg had 75 points and Westminster-Oak Mountain had 63 after 10 Class 2A events concluded. LaFayette is third with 49. Saint James, which won the Class 1A/3A Indoor State Championship last February, compiled 73.50 points after 10 events with T.R. Miller second with 50. Providence Christian was a close third with 49.50.
     A total of three girls’ state records were broken Friday and six boys’ records.  Friday’s highlights included:

Class 3A Boys
POLE VAULT: Winfield senior Walker Junkin cleared 14-04 in the pole vault to a 3A state record. Conner Alred of Cottage Hill Christian cleared 14-03 to set the previous record in 2016. Winfield’s Nathan Kemble finished second to Junkin clearing 13-0.
1,600-METER RUN: Bayside Academy senior Bradley Schmidt won with a time of 4:42.66.
400-METER DASH: Bayside Academy’s Christopher Drayton won the 400-meter dash in 49.51 seconds, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record (49-46) set by Sheffield’s Tavias Anderson in 2016.
HIGH JUMP: Weaver senior Robert Gaines won with a 6-06 clearance.


Class 2A Boys

100-METER DASH: Vincent sophomore Tae McGregor turned in a 10.84 time in the 100 prelims and set a new Class 2A 200-meter record to qualify with the fastest time of both events. He clocked 21.74 seconds in the 200 preliminary race Friday, breaking a 10-yesr-old record (21.83) set by James Harris of Lanett in 2009 in the process.

SHOT PUT: Sulligent junior Morgan Reese had five throws over 50 feet, including the winning toss of 53-06 to set a Class 2A state record. The old mark  (50-02) was set by Nathan Karr of American Christian in 2012.  Reese broke the old record on all six of his throws.

LONG JUMP: Lafayette senior Ja’Quavian Boston-Gaines won the long jump with a winning leap of 21-10.75.

4x100-METER RELAY: Only 1 second separated the top qualifier LaFayette (44.54 seconds) and the eighth qualifier Woodland (45.67) – with the top four teams (Luverne, Aliceville, and Ohatchee) all clocking under 46 seconds to set up what is expected to be a very exciting final. LaFayette set the current 2A state record (43.37) in 2012.

4x800-METER RELAY: Ohatchee won the 2A championship race clocking 8:28.12, just six seconds off the record (8:22.56) set by Falkville in 2006.  The Indians’ team consisted of Luke Fair, Gabe Huff, Gabe Hammonds and Blake Noah.

Class 1A Boys

POLE VAULT: Falkville senior Devin Johnson cleared 13-08 to set a Class 1A state record. Teammate Noah Holmes also cleared 13-0 to tie the previous mark et in 2016 by Dominic Paulter of St. Bernard.

JAVELIN: Marion County senior Braden Pyron set a new Class 1A state record with a javelin throw of 187 feet. It surpassed the 2018 throw (186-07) by Meek’s John Mark Abercrombie.

4x800-METER RELAY: Falkville’s quartet of Marcus Klocek, Tristin Pylate, Hunter Narmore and Fred Walls won the relay with a strong time of 8:38.55, just 10 seconds off the state record (8:28.66) set by Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2018.
HIGH JUMP: Lanett junior Zameron Boozer won the high jump with a leap of 6-06.

1,600-METER RUN: Falkville senior Marcus Klocek captured the event with a winning time of 4:43.97.

110-METER HIGH HURDLES: Linden hurdler Jaevius Smith of Linden had the best qualifying race clocking 15.22 seconds.

400-METER DASH: Loachapoka junior Tyrell Pierce won the 1A race with a 50.76 time and also turned in the fastest prelim time in the 200 meters (23.08).

Class 3A Girls

LONG JUMP: Senior Margaret Crim of Providence Christian leaped 17-02.25 on her last attempt to win the event.

SHOT PUT: Saks senior Halimah Bin-Yamin had a winning toss of 35-4.

1,600-METER RUN:  Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James won the 1,600 with a time of 5:14.70. Teammate Lana Harwick also finished second with a 5:29.30 time. Miles also won the 400-meter dash clocking 58.13.
Class 2A Girls

JAVELIN: LaFayette sophomore Feliah Greer had a winning toss of 135-08 to win the javelin event. Greer also won the shot put with a throw of 36-11.

HIGH JUMP: Sophomore Emma Cape set a new Class 2A record in the high jump for Whitesburg Christian with a winning height of 5-02.50. The old record (5-02.25)was set by Susan Berry of Mars Hill Bible in 1999. Cape also tied 2A pole vault record clearing 9-06. Emee Baldwin of Addison set the mark first in 2016.

400-METER DASH: Geneva County’s Jaimy’e Thompson captured first place with a time of 59.18.

200-METER DASH: Fyffe senior Jaiden Hatch turned in the fastest qualifying time with a near-record 25.82 time. Hazlewood’s Yolanda Cooper set the 2A record (25.47) that is still standing in 1997 – 22 years ago.

Class 1A Girls
Decatur Heritage freshman Elizbeth Wilson cleared 5 feet, 3½ inches to set a new Class 1A girls’ outdoor record in the high jump. Emma Cape of Whitesburg Christian set the mark (5-03.25) in 2018.
LONG JUMP: Loachapoka senior Kaitlyn Hill won the long jump for the second year in a row – winning in 2019 with a leap of 17-08.75. She set the 1A state record as a junior in 2018 with a leap of 18-01. Hill also had the best qualifying time in the 100 and 200-meter dash prelims with times of 12.24 and 25.55 seconds, respectively.
SHOT PUT: Florida State basketball signee River Baldwin of Pleasant Home won the shot with a 35-07.50 throw.
DISCUS: Junior Katelyn Smitherman of Isabella won with a winning throw of 108-06.
1,600-METER RUN: Holy Spirit Catholic’s Anaelyse Oerez-Ruiz won with a time of 5:38.17.





Homewood Boys and Girls Leads 6A Competition After Day 2 of 95th AHSAA State Track Championships

    GULF SHORES – Defending Class 6A state champion Homewood’s boys and girls held comfortable leads at the 95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
     The state meet at Gulf Shores is hosting classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A and will begin its final day of competition Saturday morning. The 2019 state championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or for more details, go to The NFHS Network is also live-streaming the Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Championships at Cullman. That meet was still underway at 6 p.m., Friday.
     The Patriots girls had 54 points through eight events scored through Friday’s competition. Pelham was second with 40 and St. Paul’s Episcopal, the 2018 Class 5A girls’ state champs, were third with 26. Homewood’s boys built a commanding 55-point lead over second-place Northridge – scoring 95 points through nine events scored. The Cougars had 40 points and Opelika had 28.
     Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s boys posted 49.50 points and Vestavia Hills was second with 46.50. Hewitt-Trussville had 40 and Mountain Brook 36 heading into Saturday’s final day of competition.
     Auburn totaled 61.50 points over nine events to lead the Class 7A girls’ competition after Friday’s round. James Clemens had 39 points to rank second, followed by McGill-Tooley Catholic, 34, and Thompson, 30.
     In Class 5A, Scottsboro led the boys and girls with 54 and 58.70 points, respectively. Etowah is second in the boys’ rankings with 28 points, Valley us third with 26 and Guntersville is fourth with 24. Arab is in second place in the girls’ 5A standings with 5.70 points.  UMS-Wright is third with 29 followed by Jasper with 23.20.
    Two Montgomery schools lead the Class 4A competition with Montgomery Catholic’s girls leading the field with 57 points.  Brooks follows with 39, Montgomery Academy has 34 and Randolph has totaled 29.  LAMP is in first place in the 4A boys’ rankings with 61.50 points. Brooks is second with 30.50, Elmore County has 29.50 and Mobile Christian has 28.
       A total of 10 state records were surpassed Friday.
       Complete results can be found at
       Highlights from Friday’s competition include:

Class 7A Boys
DISCUS: Oak Mountain junior Harrison Dimick broke the Class 7A state record (178-00.50) with a winning throw of 181-03 on his third attempt of the competition.
3,200-METER RUN: Vestavia Hills sophomore Ethan Strand, who won the 1,600 race on Thursday, won th3 3,200 Friday with a 9:21.31 tim3. Mountain Brook senior Hunter Harwell was second at 9:22.56.
HIGH JUMP: Oak Mountain senior Trey Allen won the 7A title with a 6-08 clearance.
400-METER DASH: Stone Shellnut of Hewitt-Trussville won the 7A 400 with a strong time of 48.26 seconds. Central=Phenix City’s Shermar Taylor was a close second at 48.80.
400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte clocked 59.21 in the race for the Tigers.
4X800-METER RELAY: Huntsville won the race in 7:54.57, just seven seconds off the state record (7:47.70) set last year by  Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished second Friday to the Panthers with a 7:57.96 time.

Class 6A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Senior Will Stone continued to pile up championships Friday with clocking 9:21.68 in the 3,200 to give the Homewood standout a sweep of the distance events. Teammate Crawford Hope, a sophomore, was second with a 9:24.77 time.

Class 5A Boys
3,200-METER RUN: Guntersville junior Sam Moultrie ran a 9:39.73 time to win the event over Myles Stoots of Faith Academy, who also finished second in the 1,600 meters on Thursday.
200-METER DASH: Etowah sophomore Martavious Davis turned in the best qualifying time to qualify for Saturday’s finals with a 21.64 time.

Class 4A Boys
SHOT PUT: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry set a new Class 4A state shot put record with a winning toss of 57 feet, 3 inches on his last try. The previous record (56-00.50) was set 25 years earlier at the 1994 state meet by Jason Box of Muscle Shoals.
400-METER DASH: Elmore County senior D.J. Patrick finished just one step shy of a state record in the Class 4A 400, clocking 48.44 seconds to place first. The 4A state record (48.42) was set by Patrick O’Mara of Montgomery Catholic in 2016.


Class 7A Girls
400-METER DASH: Pelham senior Nicole Payne broke her own state record (54.04) set last year with a winning time of 53.55 Friday in the 400-meter dash.
LONG JUMP: Senior Ashlee Osaji of James Clemens won her second event of the 2019 state championships with a near-Class 7A record setting leap f 19-07.50. The 7A record is 19-09.50, set by Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station in 2018.
3,200-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers ad Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue finished 1-2 with record-setting times in the 7A race. Rogers won with  10:37.67 time, setting a new 7A record in the process. Hogue also clocked 10:43.56 – 10 seconds better than the previous Class 7A record set (10:53.12) by Rogers in 2017.


Class 6A Girls

3,200-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps added her second championship of  the 2019 state meet winning the 3,200 meters on Friday. Her winning time was 11:00.96. The junior won the 1,600 on Thursday.

400-METER DASH: Spanish Fort senior Kaitlyn Cole won the event with a 56.70 time, just shy of the 6A state record (55.17) established by Shades Valley’s Morganne Phillips in 2009.

200-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley Park Crossing posted a 23.50 time to qualify as the top seed in the finals. Oxford junior Shania Vincent was second in the qualifying with a 24.68 finish.

Class 5A Girls

400-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer won with a time of 55.93 seconds, just missing the 5A state record time (55.16) set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006. She did set s new mark in the 100-meter dash running the prelim in 11.79 seconds Thursday.

200-METER DASH: Ramsay senior Dhakirah Baraka had the fastest qualifying time in Class 5A with a 24.34 time. The state 5A record (24.25) was set by Laquinta Aaron of Northridge in 2006.

TRIPLE JUMP: Woodlawn senior Breanna Brown won her second event of the state meet with a 37-11.75 leap in the 5A triple jump.

Class 4A Girls
3,200-METER RUN:
Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa won the event for the fifth straight year clocking 11:24.78.


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
     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.

Defending 7A State Champ Mountain Brook shoots 1-over 289 to win Section 3

Tuesday’s AHSAA Section Golf Late Results

         Defending Class 7A state boys’ champion Mountain Brook and two-time defending Class 6A state boys’ champs Muscle Shoals each turned in a stellar team performances to win section titles Tuesday.
     The Spartans of Coach Alex Lockett showed tremendous consistency to win the Class 7A, Section 3 championship. Reynolds Lambert led Mountain Brook with a 1-under 71. Evans Gross followed with a 72 while William Wann and Godron Sargent each shot 1-over 73 as the Spartans reached the clubhouse 1-over 289 for the day.
    Vestavia Hills finished second to grab the other Section 3 team slot in the sub-state round with a 304 total. Ryan Eshelman and Austin Coggins each shot rounds of 73.  Span Park’s Matt Stuart and Mountain Brook’s Cole Murdock qualified as individuals with rounds of 71 and 73, respectively.
      Two-time defending Class 6A state boys’ golf champion Muscle Shoals shot even better –

Finishing 1-under as a team with a Section 4-winning 287 Tuesday over a very tough field of competitors. Hunter Battles led the way with a 7-under 65 as the Trojans of Coach Derrick Gargis won the Class 6A, Section 4 golf crown.   Sam Gargis also shot 73, Thomas Regan had a 74 and Allen Michael Burnett added a 75 to round out the Trojans’ effort.
    Fort Payne was second with a 4-over 292 total. Harrison Davis shot a 4-under 68 and Dawson Garrett came in at even par 72. Hartselle finished third one shot back at 5-over 293. Cameron Spehar carded a 3-under 69 and teammate Tristan Wisener recorded a 1-over 73.  Luke Cantrell shot a 74 to lead fourth-place qualifier Hazel Green, which finished at 316. Ben Shedd of Cullman was the top individual qualifier shooting 5-over 77.
           In other section golf tournaments reporting Tuesday’s results on Wednesday:     

Class 7A, Section 1 Boys
   McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown shot a 1-under 71 and teammate Wells Keaton shot even par 72 to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 292 team total and the Section 1 crown. Coach Matt Scott’s squad also got strong efforts from George Burch and Brendan Reilly, 74 and 75 respectively.
    Fairhope finished second at 312 with Max Johnson shooting a team best 76.

Class 7A, Section 1 Girls
   McGill-Toolen Catholic and Fairhope finished 1-2 in the section competition with team scores of 260 and 296, respectively, to clinch spots in next week’s sub-state tourney. Laura Burch of the Yellow Jackets and Hannah Dees of the Pirates each shot rounds of 82. Meghan Stein also shot an 84 for McGill-Toolen.
   Katelyn Foster of Baker and Aby Foster of Davidson clinched individual spots in the sub-state with rounds of 86 and 89, respectively.

Class 7A, Section 3 Girls
Coach Lori Elgin’s Lady Bucs nipped city Rival Spain Park by three strokes, 234 – 237, to win the 7A, Section 3 girls’ golf title. Emily Baker Led Hoover with a 72 – best score of the day. Teammate Neysa Dechachutinan also fired a 79 and Julia Freeman had an 83. 
    Marilyn Steed paced Spain Park with a 2-over 74 round. Taylor Trible also had a 77. Top individual qualifier was Mountain Brook’s Laura Catherine Goodson, who carded a 75. Sarah Kate DeCarlo of Vestavia Hills earned the other individual qualifying berth with an 81.

Class 4A/5A, Section 3 Girls
   White Plains totaled 255 to win the Section 3 championship over runner-up Arab (267) by 12 strokes.  Oneonta finish third at 288 and Scottsboro captured the fourth sub-state team slot with a 295.
    Hanna Dyar shot 82 to earn low medalist for the winning Wildcats. Grace Narrell of Arab and Mary Grace Davidson of Oneonta were two shots back at 85. The top individual qualifier was Boaz golfer Sydney Hanson, who posted an 88.


95th AHSAA State Outdoor Track 7 Field Championships Starts Thursday at Gulf Shores

Class 1A, 2A, 3A Meet Begins Friday
   GULF SHORES – The AHSAA’s 95th State Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway Thursday at Gulf Shores Sports Complex for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships start Friday at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium. 
     The NFHS Network will live-team the action at both venues over its subscriber-based platform with the broadcast team of Jerry Young, Kim Canova and Joel Knain handled the announcing at Gulf Shores and the Cullman High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, headed by John Drake, will produce the action. To subscribe or for other questions, go to

   Hoover High School, coached by Devon Hind, and Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, are defending champions in Class 7A and Class 7A  girls’ and boys’ competition, respectively. Other defending champions include, for the boys, Beauregard (5A); Winfield (4A); American Christian (3A); Falkville (2A); and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A). Winfield is now competing in 3A, however, American Christian has moved up to 4A, Westminster of Oak Mountain has moved to 2A, and Falkville has dropped to 1A. The 2018 girls’ state champions, in addition to the Bucs and Patriots, were St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A); UMS-Wright (4A); American Christian (3A); Altamont (2A); and Whitesburg Christian (1A). St. Paul’s is competing in 6A this season, UMS-Wright in 5A, American Christian’s girls are now in 4A and Whitesburg has moved up to 2A.

      Montgomery Catholic distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa is closing out her stellar career with the 2019 Class 4A state meet at Gulf Shores. She currently owns the Class 4A state records for the 1,600-meter run (4:57.42 in 2018) and 3,200-meter run (10:53.38) in 2015.  Trey Allen of Oak Mountain, who won the national indoor title in February, is back trying to claim the Class 7A state high jump record all his own this time. He leaped 6-10 in 2018 to tie for the outdoor mark with Baker’s Dontavious Hill (6-10). Hill graduated in 2018. Allen cleared 7 feet during the indoor season and has cleared 6-11 in outdoor this season.
    Another event shaping up to be fierce is the Class 7A girls’ shot put competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Hannah Daffin is in the field after setting the 7A state meet record with a throw 40-06.75 last season. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend, a sophomore, and coming in with a throw of 41-04.50 this season – good enough to break the state meet mark. Rosalind Staie of Hoover has also qualified with a throw of 40-05, which also surpasses the 2018 record heave by Daffin. That competition is set for Saturday.
     The AHSAA State Track Championships, the second-oldest championship sport behind basketball sponsored by the AHSAA, were first held in 1925 with Snead Seminary and Bessemer finishing as the boys’ co-champions.  Girls’ competition didn’t get underway until 1972 – Clements High School taking home the state title. This year’s state meet will be the 47th for girls.
     The oldest current overall AHSAA State Meet Record still standing is the boys’ shot put (63-0.25), set by Frank Warren of Birmingham-Phillips in 1977. Warren, now deceased, went on to have a stellar college and professional football career as a defensive lineman at Auburn and the New Orleans Saints, respectively.  All-America miler Steve Bolt of Grissom set the mile and 880-yard state records in 1973, 1:52.5 and 4:01.1, respectively, but those records will not be broken since the event is now the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
    The oldest girls’ record still standing is the discus throw (139 feet, 6 inches) set by Stacy Shaw of Murphy in 35 years ago in 1983.