NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE
HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes
Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lindsey Atkinson
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2019) — An overhaul of uniform-related rules and an adjustment to team roster submissions were among the most notable rules changes identified for the 2019-20 high school volleyball season.
All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The sport of volleyball continues to be in a really good place,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The rules committee focused its changes this year on improving the administration of the match by taking into account the feedback it received via the 2018 NFHS Volleyball Rules Questionnaire.”
The changes in uniform rules are a part of Rule 4-2, which reorganizes the uniform rule to improve understanding and eliminate solid-colored uniform requirements.
Rule 4-2-1, which permits teammates to wear like-colored uniform pieces, was expanded to include all uniforms and involves nine guidelines.
Rule 4-2-1a states that all uniform tops (with the exception of the libero, as noted in Rule 4-2-2) and bottoms shall be like-colored. Rule 4-2-1e permits the top and/or bottom of all uniforms to include the school’s name, nickname, logo, mascot and/or team member’s name. In doing so, a single mascot reference and/or school name may be placed on the sleeve(s), and shall not exceed either 4 inches by 4 inches or 3 inches by 5 inches.
“The rules committee was very deliberate and measured in their language choices to ensure that all currently compliant libero and team uniforms will be compliant under the new rule,” Atkinson said. “The committee believes that this new rule will, in fact, be easier to apply and require less policing by both officials and state associations.”
In Rule 4-2-2, the libero’s uniform must clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the team uniform top, excluding trim. The libero’s uniform top cannot be made up solely of the same predominant color(s) of the team’s uniform top, even if the like color(s) are placed differently on the uniform top. Furthermore, numbers shall meet all specifications in Rule 4-2-4, which removes the option for players to wear No. 00 to eliminate confusion surrounding the signaling of the number.
Beginning July 1, 2023, a plain, Arabic numeral of a solid, clearly contrasting color from the body of the uniform will be required. The change eliminates the use of a border to create the number contrast, therefore, allowing officials and scorers to easily identify uniforms numbers while aligning the rule with that of other rules codes.
In dealing with the submission of team rosters, sections of Rules 5-7 were modified to eliminate warmup interruptions by officials requesting rosters with 10 minutes remaining on the warmup clock. The change creates a smoother warmup process for coaches, players and officials.
Rules 5-5-1b, 5-6-1b and 7-1-1a clarified the specific duties of the second referee, official scorer and coach during the prematch setting. Before the match, the second referee shall assist the first referee by collecting each team roster during the timed prematch conference and supervise the placement of the officials’ table and team benches.
As part of Rule 5-6-1b, the official scorer shall now also receive each team’s roster from the second referee at the conclusion of the prematch conference. In Rule 7-1-1a, a coach from each team shall submit in writing to the second referee an accurate roster with names and uniform numbers of all players during the timed prematch conference. Roster changes may be made until 10 minutes remain on the pregame clock.
“The logistical change of when, and to whom, the roster shall be submitted was again the result of questionnaire feedback,” Atkinson said. “In an effort to improve the flow of the prematch requirements, the committee felt that the submission of the roster as a part of the prematch conference, with the ability to make changes until 10 minutes remaining on the clock, allowed for a more efficient process and alleviated the scorer of the responsibility to collect team rosters.”
The committee made additional changes that impact officials, including aligning rules regarding the treatment by officials of a ball striking either the cables and/or the diagonal poles used to retract ceiling-suspended net systems. This change in Rules 2-3j, 2-4-1e and 2-4 PENALTY 3 treats cables and diagonal poles as restricted play at which time officials must determine if the ball was playable. The committee’s change to Rule 5-9-2 NOTE places the line judge in a more appropriate position to watch for foot contact with the end line, as well as allowing him or her to quickly transition back into position for a view of the sideline.
The final change involved the removal of Rule 8-2-6d and adoption of new Rule 8-2-5g, which establishes that a serve is illegal, and the ball remains dead, if the server tosses the ball for serve and the ball touches any part of a backboard or its supports hanging in a vertical position over the serving area and not a service fault.
A complete listing of the volleyball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Volleyball.”
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, volleyball is the second-most popular sports for girls (trailing track and field) with 446,583 participants in 16,434 schools nationwide. In addition, there are 60,976 boys participating in the sport at 2,472 schools, and 24 states conduct state championships in boys volleyball.
This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.
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The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the passing of Wenonah High School girls’ basketball coach Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV. He died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31, after a long battle with cancer.
“Our AHSAA family of member schools has lost a special person in Coach Emanuel Bell,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His love for teaching and coaching was only surpassed for his love of his players. He had an impact on all who knew him. We are all very fortunate that he chose to teach and coach at Wenonah High School.”
Coach Bell’s team beat Parker 70-15 Wednesday night to improve to 19-8 with one regular-season game remaining. He compiled a 529-194 overall record in 25 years as the Lady Dragons’ head coach. One of the nation’s biggest ambassadors of girls’ high school educational-based basketball, his teams won five state championships: including his first in 2004 and four in a row from 2014-2017. His team lost in the semifinals last year. Bell received numerous coach-of-the-year honors and was also the recipient of the Frank House Award presented to him by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
“His legacy will live on in the hearts and soul of those he helped mold into outstanding adults. Our hearts and prayers go out to Coach Bell’s family, his team, his school and all who loved him,” Savarese added. “He fought a valiant fight and now I can only imagine that he is organizing a team and coaching in heaven tonight. Yes, I am sure with his contagious smile that he is working the crowd and hugging everyone in sight. Heaven has a new angel and we have lasting memories of Coach Bell.
“His life of service is one we should all emulate. He will be missed by us all.”
Funeral arrangements were not available at this time.
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37.
Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season. Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys. (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.
The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago. Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
Heat sheets for the AHSAA State Championships can be found at the following link:}
Xpress Timing, directed by Dan Passen, will provide live stats results throughout the state meet with the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live stream available through its subscriber program. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com
BIRMINGHAM – Thompson, Oxford and Scottsboro each posted victories Friday night in the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament finals at Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex.
Thompson posted 45-12 triumph over Bob Jones to claim the Class 7A Duals title. Oxford picked two pins in the final two matches to top Gardendale 42-27 in the 6A finals and Scottsboro defeated Saint James 50-24.
Manny Oliver of the Warriors had the quickest pin of the night (22 seconds) with his win over Manuel Marrero of Bob Jones in the 7A 132-pound match. Thompson had four pins overall.
In the 6A finals, Oxford broke open a 31-27 match with Octavius Adair winning over over Gardendale’s Nate Crim at 195 pounds with a 20-2 technical falal and Kobe Shumaker pinning Jeremy Simpon at 220 pounds at 1:20.
Saint James’ Gabe Robbins had second quickest pin of the night winning the 138-pound Class 1A-5A match over Scottsboro’s Aaron Clark in just 31 seconds. The Wildcats dominated the match otherwise with Kolton Clark pinning Bennett Blankenship in 43 seconds at 182 pounds and defending heavyweight state champion Bradford Womack winning the first match of the night with a pin at 44 seconds over Taylor Penney in the 285-pound finals.
AHSAA 2019 Duals Wrestling Tournament Finals
Scottsboro 50, Saint James 24
Oxford 42, Gardendale 27
Thompson 51, Bob Jones 12
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
CLASS 7A: THOMPSON 52, BOB JONES 12
106 - Zaderian Toney (Bob Jones) over Yanni Vines (Thompson HS) Dec 3-1
113 - Dylan Lesueur (Thompson HS) over Zaevian Toney (Bob Jones) Maj 11-2
120 - James Latona (Thompson HS) over Jim Wilson (Bob Jones) Dec 6-5
126 - Chandler Akins (Thompson HS) over Ryan West (Bob Jones) TF 16-0
132 - Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson HS) over Manuel Marrero (Bob Jones) Fall 0:22
138 - Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson HS) over Abe Alrefai (Bob Jones) Fall 6:0
145 - Jordan Whalen (Bob Jones) over Braydon Gray (Thompson HS) Fall 0:55
152 - Josiah Campbell (Thompson HS) over Raequan Mccray (Bob Jones) Dec 3-1
160 - Derek Hussey (Thompson HS) over Gabriel Pittman (Bob Jones) TF 18-2
170 - Ashunti Perry (Thompson HS) over Cal Francovitch (Bob Jones) Maj 17-9
182 - George Francovitch (Bob Jones) over Tyler Gilson (Thompson HS) Dec 9-6
195 - Michael Jackson (Thompson HS) over Nick Mothersele (Bob Jones) Fall 2:40
220 - Isaac Mcadams (Thompson HS) over Jordan Aycock (Bob Jones) Fall 2:55
285 - Jeremiah Coney (Thompson HS) over Josh Guyton (Bob Jones) Dec 4-3
CLASS 6A: OXFORD 42, GARDENDALE 27
106 - Melton Powe (Gardendale Hs) over Garrett Howell (Oxford) Dec 9-7
113 - Alex Webb (Gardendale Hs) over Kash Hornsby (Oxford) Fall 1:21
120 - Kaleb Shelton (Oxford) over Vincet Zeigler (Gardendale Hs) Fall 4:38
126 - Landon Burrage (Oxford) over Luis Pribyl (Gardendale Hs) Dec 4-3
132 - Wesley Slick (Oxford) over Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale Hs) Dec 14-7
138 - Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) over Keenan Wyatt (Gardendale Hs) Maj 11-1
145 - Chase Hicks (Oxford) over Dalton Brazeel (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:11
152 - Reed Hill (Oxford) over Russ Boackle (Gardendale Hs) Dec 6-0
160 - Carson Kim (Gardendale Hs) over Kendrick Young (Oxford) Fall 4:35
170 - Tristen Latham (Oxford) over Isaac Gillis (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:55
182 - Derrick Orvik (Gardendale Hs) over Keeshon Siaosi (Oxford) Fall 4:45
195 - Octavius Adair (Oxford) over Nate Crim (Gardendale Hs) TF 20-2
220 - Kobe Shumaker (Oxford) over Jeremy Simpson (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:02
285 - Trevon Tanniehill (Gardendale Hs) over Jalen Bradford (Oxford) Fall 1:07
CLASS 1A/5A: SCOTTSBORO 50, SAINT JAMES 24
106 - Mason Mckenzie (Scottsboro) over Tennison Norton (St James) Fall 0:41
113 - Clinton Stewert (Scottsboro) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
120 - Granger Hicks (St James) over Aiden Goggans (Scottsboro) Fall 1:23
126 - Jordan Porter (Scottsboro) over Wes Christie (St James) Fall 4:00
132 - Jackson Howard (St James) over Russell Proctor (Scottsboro) Dec 9-4
138 - Gabe Robbins (St James) over Aaron Clark (Scottsboro) Fall 0:31
145 - Trey Gaines (St James) over Trent Earnest (Scottsboro) Fall 1:02
152 - Leland Talbert (St James) over Tanner Shelton (Scottsboro) SV-1 5-3
160 - Connor Calfee (Scottsboro) over Travis Hamilton (St James) Maj 9-1
170 - Damian Ramirez (Scottsboro) over Mac Johnson (St James) Maj 11-3
182 - Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) over Bennett Blankenship (St James) Fall 0:43
195 - Trevian Billingsley (Scottsboro) over Jake Rice (St James) Fall 1:58
220 - Caleb Anderson (Scottsboro) over Matt Prater (St James) Fall 0:52
285 - Bradford Womack (Scottsboro) over Taylor Penney (St James) Fall 0:44
PELHAM – Southside-Gadsden High School edged Thompson by just three pins in the finals Friday afternoon to claim the Lady Panthers’ third consecutive AHSAA State Girls’ Bowling Championship at Oak Mountain Lanes.
Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, totaled 1,329 pins with Cheyanne Bohannon and Grace Ann Clontz posting games of 171 each in the traditional round of the Baker Format finals. Thompson, which totaled 1,326 pins, was led Jillian Hulsey’s 188 in the traditional round. Her four-game traditional total (849) topped all bowlers. Southside’s Grace Ann Clontz totaled 736 in her four traditional games.
Vestavia Hills won its first boys’ state title in a close championship battle with East Limestone – winning by 35 pins. The Rebels totaled a 1,538 and the Indians had a 1,503 final score. The finals closed out the most competitive State Bowling Championship in its four-year history.
The Rebels used a balanced team effort led by Beau Reed, Boris Lu and Cameron Monistere. Reed rolled 219 in the traditional round of the final match and finished the day with an 827 total in four traditional games. Monistere had a 233 in the final match. Lu finished totaled 763 in his four traditional games and Monistere had a 769. East Limestone’s Austin Turner shot a 241 in the final round and had a four-game total to 827 to lead all boys’ participants. Teammate Justin Lewis had a 213 to finish the day with a 746 total.
Thompson’s girls got a big boost in the semifinals when Hulsey, a junior, rolled an AHSAA state record 289 in the traditional round as the Lady Warriors (1,434) moved to the finals with a 54-pin win over Sparkman (1,380). Hulsey had a spare on the first frame, then nailed nine strikes in a row and finished with a spare on her final roll to break the old mark by 11 pins.
The two teams also set a state record for Baker Format match – combining for 2,814 pins. The previous high match score (2,584) in the state tourney was set by Sparkman and Stanhope Elmore in 2018.
Southside-Gadsden and Sparkman combined for 2,597 pins in a North Regional match last week to set the overall mark heading into the state tourney and Sparkman’s 1,308 – 1,305 win over Stanhope Elmore in the first round Friday eclipsed that mark by 16 pins (2,613).
East Limestone (1,483), the North Region boys’ champion last week, knocked off Hewitt-Trussville (1,460) in the quarterfinals by 23 pins in what was perhaps the top boys’ single match of the day. The Huskies captured top seed on Thursday and finished second to the Pirates in the North Regional finals.
The girls’ top match also came in the quarterfinals with Sparkman edging Stanhope Elmore by three pins – 1,308 to 1.305.
Hoover’s P.J. Rudolph had a 267 in the quarterfinals for the top single game in the boys’ Friday competition.
MONTGOMERY -- Three boys’ basketball coaches share the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight this week for clinching milestone wins.
AHSAA Hall of Famer Raymond White, who retired following the 2017 season after notching 794 coaching victories at Barbour County, came out retirement after one season to take over Carroll High School’s basketball program. After a 1-7 start for the Class 5A Eagles, White has turned the Carroll program around going 7-6 since with three wins in the team’s last four appearances. Carroll presented him with victory No. 800 with a 61-59 win over Dale County. White has since won two more games and has an 802-314 career record heading into this weekend’s games.
Talladega High School Coach Chucky Miller recorded the 750th win of his outstanding career last week with an 82-55 win over Lincoln. The Tigers (18-5) opened the Talladega County Tourney earlier this week with beating Lincoln again 69-48. Miller led Talladega to the Class 5A State Tournament semifinals finishing the year with a 733-332 career slate. He now is 751-337. He and his father Chuck Miller, a Hall of Fame coach who passed away in 2018, are the only father-son duo in AHSAA history to register 700 coaching wins. Chuck retired from coaching with 704 wins.
And Mark Blevins, currently in his third season as head coach at Buckhorn High School after an outstanding coaching career with stops at Bearden (TN), Johnson County (TN) and Bluefield College (VA), saw the Bucks beat Spain Park 57-47 at Wallace-Hanceville for his 900th win.
Blevins’ record at Buckhorn (21-5) in three seasons is 60-25. He had 589 wins in 23 seasons at Bearden, 50 wins at Johnson County in two seasons and had 201 college wins at Bluefield College.
He inherited a once-proud program at Buckhorn that had suffered three straight losing seasons before his arrival. The Bucks went from 6-20 the year before he arrived to 16-13 his first season in 2016-17, improved to 23-7 last season and opened this season with 11 straight wins.
Also nominated for the AHSAA Spotlight this week are:
MIRIAM OLDACRE, WEST POINT: Scored 17 points as the Lady Warriors beat Russellville 72-34 to claim the Class 5A, Area 14 title and the right to host the area tourney. West Point had 10 3-pointers in the contest. Coach John Welborn’s team has outscored its area opponents this year 461-204 in its six area games this season.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Totaled 29 points, five assists, six steals and five rebounds in the Rams’ 62-42 win over Shades Valley and followed with 21 points, four assists and three steals in a 51-40 triumph versus Carver-Montgomery.
KAITLYIN REYES, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Scored 26 points, all in the first half, in A 64-22 win over B.T. Washington Magnet went over 2,000 points in her career. She had 2,011 career points, a PCA school record, after last week’s games.
DEVANA DODD, SPARKMAN: Recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 72-61 win at Grissom.
ARIANA HART, MINOR: Scored 26 points in a 55-54 win over Jackson-Olin.
BRE’ANNA RDHOES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Posted 26 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 59-53 loss at Park Crossing. The Wolverines (10-9), after a 51-40 loss to Carver-Birmingham on Saturday, host Sidney Lanier on Tuesday.
GABBY PERKINS, BRANTLEY: Had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 52-51 Bulldogs’ home loss to Florala. Teammate River Baldwin had 25 points on a 12-of-14 shooting performance. And registered six steals, six assists, six blocked shots and six rebounds.
HOPE GUNTER, PLEASANT HOME: Tied a season high with 18 points and added five steals in a 52-15 win at Red Level.
MARGARET HEAD, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-45 win over Saint James. Gabby Ramirez added 17 points for the Eagles.
KAMERON WOODS, PINSON VALLEY: Was 12-of-15 at the foul line en route to a 35-point performance as the Indians fell 66-57 to Wenonah (20-3) at the MLK Classic hosted at Fairfield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Had 57 points in three wins – over Highland Home, Greenville and arch-rival Central-Hayneville. He had 21 in the 68-60 win over Central to help the Tigers (20-6) clinch their first 20-win season since 2006-07.
KOBE BROWN, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Scored 30 points as the Generals downed Buckhorn 70-50.
QUINN CLOANE, LAMP: Had 20 points and six steals in a 54-42 win over Trinity on Tuesday and followed with 23 points and seven steals in a 47-45 victory over Alabama Christian to help LAMP improve their winning streak to 12 in a row.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Had 33 points, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, in a 66-54 win over Pelham and added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Eagles past Helena 84-55.
C.J. MELTON, HOOVER: Had 20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 66-55 win over Tuscaloosa County and had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-47 victory over Oak Mountain.
JALON MOORE, GARDENDALE: Had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets past Jasper 59-45 and scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Carver-Birmingham.
MALIK TYRSON, SPARKMAN: Had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-40 win over Gadsden City.
AHSAA Regional Bowling Championships
PELHAM – Vestavia Hills and East Limestone high schools headline the boys’ teams while Thompson and two-time defending champion Southside-Gadsden highlight the girls’ competition as the fourth annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships begin today at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes.
All four teams captured regional titles last week with Vestavia and Thompson taking the South Regional crowns. East Limestone and Southside captured North Regional titles. Defending boys’ state champion Buckhorn is also back as one of the 16 boys’ qualifiers.
A total of 16 teams qualified for boys’ and girls’ divisions as the state meet kicks of the first-day traditional round of bowling at 12:30 p.m. All 32 teams will be bowling at the same time – with bowlers rolling three traditional rounds. Team totals will then seed each team in a 16-team championship bracket for Friday’s Baker format team competition.
Championship match play for boys and girls begins at 8 a.m., Friday, with the finals set for 5 p.m.
Teams advancing to the state meet include:
North Qualifiers: East Limestone (Regional Champ); Hewitt-Trussville (Regional Runner-up); Buckhorn; Gadsden City; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; James Clemens; Southside-Gadsden; Sparkman.
South Qualifiers: Vestavia Hills (Regional Champ); Hoover (Regional Runner-up); Auburn; Baker; Mary Montgomery; Spain Park; Stanhope Elmore; Thompson.
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