Thursday, November 15, 2018






North Sweeps Girls’ and Boys’ Games 2-0, 2-1 at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored twice in the second half to beat the South 2-0 in the 2018 North-South All-Star girls’ soccer match played at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex Tuesday night.  The North boys rallied to win its match 2-1.
      Chelsea’s Lexie Duca scored the first goal of the match five minutes into the second half to put the North ahead for good. Her goal was assisted by Madison Academy’s Emery Mills. Mills, who had five shots on goal, got the an unassisted goal at 70:31 in the match to close the scoring. She earned North MVP honors.
     North keepers Sarah Adair of Mountain Brook and Brianna Burroughs of Tanner had five saves between them. South keeper Adriana Wright of Northview had nine saves to claim MVP for the South.
    The victory upped the North’s domination in the series to 14-2-1.
    North coaches were Clif Naron of Helena and Tray Stanford of Huntsville. Coaching the South were Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Sophie Stargel of Auburn.
    North Boys 2, South 1: Logan Frost of Briarwood Christian scored the first goal just 14:50 into the match with an assist from John Carroll Catholic midfielder Jack Bapst. The South tied the match at 1-1 with Joseph Quinn of Spanish Fort nailing a goal at 60:07 in the second half. Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Price Leonard, who earned North MVP honors, scored the winning goal unassisted at 63:45.
     Goalkeepers Johnathan Williams of Vestavia Hills and Jude Vachon of Madison Academy had 4 and 3 saves, respectively, for the North, coached by Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. The North leads the series 13-4-1 after Tuesday’s win.
      South keepers Josh Burton of Baldwin County and William Blake of McGill-Toolen Catholic combined for five saves. The South coaches were Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
South 3-2, North 2-6

North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0


North, South Split Softball All-Star Twinbill at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Hatton’s Emma Latham slugged a two-out solo home run to center field Tuesday night to salvage a 5-4 win over the South All-Stars in the 22nd annual North-South Softball All-Star Games. The South won game one 3-0 at Lagoon Park.
      All-Star Sports Week is hosted in conjunction with the AHSAA Summer Conference by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. Cross Country and Basketball all-star competition will be held Wednesday, with volleyball and football closing out the events Thursday. A complete schedule can be found at The basketball, volleyball and football all-star games will be video live-streamed over the NFHS Network thanks to the AHSAA member school NFHS Network School Broadcast Programs at Goshen and Booker T. Washington Magnet.
    North 5, South 4: Latham, who earned North MVP honors for her clutch home run, also helped spark a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to give North, coached by Spring Garden’s Ann Welsh and Buckhorn’s Al Rauls, its first lead of the night, 4-2. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hannah Borden doubled to plate two runs for the big hit of the inning.
     The South took the lead 2-0 in the top of the fourth on G.W. Long first baseman Olivia Baker’s two-run homer. The South, coached by Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula, knotted the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Blake Gibson of Rehobeth, the South MVP, had two hits in game two including an RBI single in the seventh.
     Madison Sanders of Moody pitched the final inning to get the win for the North. Maggie Phillips of Alexandria and Kaitlyn Clark of Gardendale each hurled two shutout innings for the North in the win. Baker pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher for the South.
    South 3, North 0: Olivia Baker hurled three strong innings to start game one. She got the win allowing only one hit and striking out two. Kahalley Brooks of Baldwin County also pitched three shutout innings and Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville closed out the two-hitter with a hitless seventh inning to get the save.
    Springville’s Abby Swaney pitched the first two innings for the North allowing no hits, one walk, struck out four and gave up one unearned run to get the loss. Brantley’s Kassidy Wilcox homered for the South. Brooks singled for the North’s other hit. Lauren Haskins of Thompson and Phillips each had a single for the North’s only hits.
    With the split, the North now holds a 26-21-3 edge in the series which started in 1997.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
South 3-2, North 2-6

North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0

North, South Split Baseball All-Star Doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium

     MONTGOMERY – The South won game one 3-2 Tuesday afternoon and the North bounced back to claim the nightcap 6-2 as the North-South All-Star Baseball Games kicked off the 2018 All-Star Week of all-star competition.
      The softball and soccer all-star competition was also held Tuesday night. The North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country races kick off the action Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., at the Auburn-Montgomery (AUM) on-campus cross country course. The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball all-star games will be played Wednesday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome at Alabama State University. The girls play at 5 p.m., and the boys follow at 7.
      The All-Star Sports Week, an extravaganza that showcases the top student-athletes in the AHSAA in sports competition including baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, basketball, volleyball and football, has been administered annually since 1997 by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     “This is a week where we see the best of the best competing in a pure spirit sportsmanship,” said AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee. “We are proud to showcase these student-athletes and coaches who represent the AHSAA so admirably.”
    The South baseball squad, coached by Thomasville’s Rob Carpenter and Opelika’s Nick Richardson, won the Tuesday opener in dramatic fashion scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Davidson’s Kolbe Blunt drew a lead-off walk, went to third single by Tyler Darby of Alma Bryant and scored on a one-out wild pitch by Grayson Bray with Camden Lovrich of Trinity Presbyterian at the plate to give the home team the win.
      The South, which picked up its 12th win in the series, took a quick 2-0 in the first inning when Skipper Snypes of UMS-Wright opened with a double and scored on a passed ball. G.W. Long’s Matthew Snell followed with a single and scored on an infield grounder by Jake Holifield of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
     The North All-Stars, coached by Josh Hoyle of Corner and Chris Heaps of Russellville, tied the game a 2-2 in the top of the third when Sheffield’s Chandler Moon walked and scored and Mason McCormack of Deshler singled and scored. Parker’s Phillip Edwards and J.D. Tittle drove in the runs with infield ground outs.
    Pitching dominated the rest of the way. Snell hurled the final inning  striking out two of the three batters he faced to get the win in relief. Chandler Best of McGill-Toolen Catholic hurled to scoreless inning as the South starter and struck out three.   Five South pitchers combined to allow just two hits and struck out eight.
    North starter Jackson Kimbrell of Oak Mountain allowed all three South hits in his two innings, allowed two runs and struck out four. McCormack followed with two hitless innings and four strikeouts, and Haleyville’s Blake Bennett allowed no hits and struck out two in two innings. Hartselle’s Bray, the loser, walked one and struck out one in the final inning – giving the North pitchers a combined 11 strikeouts.
    GAME 2: North 6, South 2: North pitchers Grayson Bray of Hartselle, Trey Wright of Buckhorn, John Turner of Oxford and Garrett McMillan of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, combined to hurl a three-hitter to salvage a split in the doubleheader Tuesday night. The quartet struck out a combined six batters. Turner got the win allowing two hits and striking out one while pitching the fourth and fifth innings. McMillan hurled two shutout innings, allowed no hits and struck out two to get the save.
   Zac Durham of Jasper doubled to drive in two runs in the bottom of the first inning to put the North ahead for good.  Chandler Moon of Sheffield singled and scored on Phillip Edwards’ sacrifice fly in the third inning. Edwards also had one hit. McCormack, pitched well in game one, had a hit and run scored, picked up an RBI in game two to capture North MVP honors. Peyton Wilson of Hoover also doubled and had an RBI for the North, which now holds a 23-12-1 edge in  the series dating back to 1997.
    St. Paul’s Jake Holifield, the South starting pitcher in game two, allowed only one hit but gave up the first two runs to get the loss. He had a hit in each game and drove in a run to earn South MVP honors. Reece Solar of Alabama Christian and David Warren of Providence Christian each drove in a run for the South in the second game.

All-Star Sports Week Results
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Game 2: North 6, South 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Game 1: South 3, North 0

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football –
South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3

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 leads 1-0

Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0

AHSAA Mourns Death of Official Stewart Stephenson

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of long-time AHSAA contest official Stewart Stephenson of Decatur.
    “We pray God will sustain the Stephenson family in their time of need,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
      Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Stone River, in Decatur. A memorial service will immediately follow.
        In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of Stone River or the Committee on Church Cooperation.

AHSAA Mourns Death of Amanda Thrasher

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of Amanda Kaye Haynes Thrasher, 49, the wife of AHSAA District Softball Director Keith, coach and teacher Keith Thrasher. She died Saturday, July 14, at her home.
    “Our prayers go out to Keith and the Thrasher family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese, “and pray God will sustain them in their time of need.”
    Visitation will be Monday, July 16, at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman from 6 to 8 p.m. Her service will be Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, Rev. John Richter will officiate. Burial will be at Bowman’s Chapel Cemetery.
Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is directing.

Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson Inducted into NFHS National Hall of Fame

     CHICAGO, IL – Coach Dovey “Buddy” Anderson, the winningest high school football coach in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state history, was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Hall of Fame Monday night a banquet at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel that closed the 99th Summer Meeting.
    Anderson, who is beginning his 41st season as head football coach at Vestavia Hills in August, became the 12th individuals from  Alabama be enshrined in the nation’s National Hall of Fame.  He was enshrined  along with 11 others from across the U.S., including track athlete Dick Fosbury (Oregon); former Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne (athlete); former WNBA and Stanford basketball star Nicole Powell (Arizona), distance runner Carrie Tollefson (Minnesota); soccer coach Miller Bugliari (New Jersey); swimming coach Jeff Meister (Hawaii); basketball coach William O’Neil (Vermont); contest official Roger “Smokey” Barr (Iowa); retired Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Richard Neal; and choral coach William Zurkey (Ohio).
     Anderson’s wife Linda, their children and grandchildren where among a large contingent on hand Monday night for the induction. He has compiled a 329-146 overall head-coaching record in 40 seasons at Vestavia Hills winning the Class 4A state title in 1980 and the Class 6A state championship going 15-0 in 1997. His teams have advanced to the state playoffs 30 times with a 47-28 playoff mark and have won nine or more games 22 times in the AHSAA’s large-school class. Anderson’s father Dovey Anderson was 182-81-5 as a prep head football coach in 31 seasons, all at Thomasville.
Both dad and son are in the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and won 511 football games between them, most in state history. Both attended Samford University (dad when the school was Howard College) and Dovey, Sr., competed
in the first game ever played at Legion Field in 1927.
     Buddy was hired as an assistant coach at Vestavia in 1972 and was elevated to head coach in 1978.
     “Buddy Anderson is a man of faith and character who has been an important mentor to many others along the way,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “He is a shining example of the kind of positive impact coaches have on the lives of the student-athletes they serve.”
     Anderson, who received the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s “Frank ‘Pig’ House Award in 2014 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Award in 2016, was humbled by the Monday night’s induction.
      “I was very fortunate to grow up in a coach’s home,” he said. “My father was a high school a high school football coach for 31 years. I saw the relationship my dad had with his players, his fellow coaches and teachers. I just went to my own 50th high school reunion and picked right up where I left off with my classmates and those I played sports with. Seeing them, all now in their sixties, and seeing the kind of men they grew unto reminded me of the coaches I worked with (at Vestavia Hills), most of them for more than 30 years and the many players I have had the opportunity to coach. It also reiterated that we are in the relationship business.”
 Anderson, the only coach in AHSAA history to win 300 games at one school, is the second AHSAA football coach from the state to be enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame. Glenn Daniel, who was the AHSAA’s first 300-game winner (at Pine Hill and Luverne), was inducted in 1999. Track coach Jim Tate of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, was the last coach from Alabama to be enshrined (2013).  Basketball coach Mickey “Guy” O’Brien, a Dadeville native who coached at Geraldine and Scottsboro, was inducted in 1992.
    Alabamians currently in the NFHS HOF include:

Year    Name                                      High School                                       College
1987: Cliff Harper                              Moore Academy (Pineapple)                  Birmingham-Southern
1990: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott        Autauga County (Prattville)                   Troy State
2011: Dan Washburn                          LaFayette                                            Chattanooga

1992: Mickey “Guy” O’Brien            Tallapoosa County (Dadeville)     Auburn                        1999: Glenn Daniel                           A.A. Parrish (Selma)                          Livingston

2013: James “Jim” Tate                      UMS (Mobile)                                     Citadel
2018: Dovey “Buddy” Anderson       Thomasville                                        Samford

1989: Bart Starr (Athlete)                   Sidney Lanier (Montgomery)             Alabama         
2012: Pat Sullivan (Athlete)               John Carroll (Birmingham)             Auburn

2014: Ozzie Newsome (Athlete)        Colbert County (Leighton)                   Alabama
1988: Dan Gaylord                             Central (Phillips, B’ham)                        Howard College
2007: Sam Short                                 West End (B’ham)                                  Western Kentucky

AHSAA Soccer Official Joe Manjone Receives NFHS Citation for Officiating

CHICAGO, IL – Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) soccer official Joe Manjone, a veteran of more than 50 years of service to the sport worldwide, was honored Sunday at the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) 99th Summer Meeting as the 2018 Citation Award recipient Officiating.
    Manjone was on hand at the luncheon held at the Chicago Downtown Hyatt Hotel to receive the award presented annually to only one contest official nationally. The NFHS also presented eight Citations, one in each of the NFHS’s eight sections, to individuals who made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, coaching, officiating and performance arts.
     Vestavia Hills High School football coach Buddy Anderson will also be inducted Monday night into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame as the NFHS Summer Meeting concludes. Anderson was on hand at the Hall of Fame press conference Sunday afternoon.
    Manjone, who began officiating soccer as a teenager, has been involved in the sport as an official and administrator for more than 50 years.  His influence in the sport has been has been far reaching – spanning more the nation and two continents.
          In Alabama, his service stretches over more than 30 years. The AHSAA Soccer Director and former National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee Chair has served the AHSAA in numerous soccer roles from officiating to rules interpreter.
        “Not only has Joe always been an outstanding official, officiating other sports besides soccer, but also he has been a dedicated professional and a true credit to this Association,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
        Manjone ’s contributions have not gone unnoticed. He was recently named the recipient of the NFHS’s prestigious Citation for Officials for 2017, which is presented annually to only one contest official nationwide.
          “Among Joe’s prestigious accomplishments is the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for service as an official,” Savarese said. “His greatest contribution has been his outstanding leadership exemplified to officials statewide while maintaining the relevance of high school athletics. He is a great ambassador for this Association and the entire Alabama high school sports community.”

          A native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Manjone attended Black Creek Township High School, graduating in 1959.

He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree. He later earned additional education degrees from the University of Georgia and Penn State. He was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
        Manjone is the seventh AHSAA representative to receive the NFHS Citation and the third contest official. Other include:

1992 – Herman L. “Bubba” Scott (NFHS Award of Merit)*

2000 – Ken Blankenship (NFHS Coach Citation)

2006 – Greg Brewer (NFHS State Association Citation)
2010 – Houston Young (NFHS Officials Citation)

2011 – Alan Mitchell (NFHS State Association Citation)
2014 – Jeff Hilyer (NFHS Officials Citation)

2015 – Wanda Gilliland (NFHS State Association Citation)
2016 – Richard Robertson (NFHS Coach Citation)
2018 – Joe Mangone (NFHS Officials Citation)
*-This special award is presented to special individuals who major a lasting impact on the NFHS and all its member schools. Recipients have included former President Gerald R. Ford, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former NCAA Executive Directors Walter Byars and Myles Brand. This award is not presented annually.

U.S. District Court Denies St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Injunction Request

    Today, Wednesday, June 27,  the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama entered an order denying St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s request for a preliminary injunction to set aside the classification and sports team alignment of member private schools using the competitive balance formula and 1.35 multiplier approved by the Central Board of Control last November.
    Legal counsel for St. Paul’s Episcopal School filed a lawsuit and a request for preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court in Mobile on May 24, and AHSAA legal counsel responded quickly filing a response asking the court to deny the preliminary injunction. The AHSAA’s legal counsel also filed a motion last week to dismiss the case completely.
     The Court announced it will enter a briefing schedule on defendants’ Motion to Dismiss forthwith.
     “We are pleased to have this initial phase of the lawsuit resolved,” Savarese said.  “We are still in litigation with this lawsuit; therefore, the AHSAA will have no other comment at this time.” 

AHSAA Mourns Death of Former Brantley Student Alexis Wilcox

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of former Brantley High School student-athlete Alexis “Alex” Wilcox, 18. She passed away at home on Monday, June 25, after an extended illness.

    Miss Wilcox, the recipient of the 2017 Class 1A Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award, was an outstanding softball, volleyball and basketball player in high school who just completed her freshman softball season at Mississippi State University. She inspired young and old alike with her faith and courage as she raised awareness of ovarian cancer while battling the disease.
     A visitation will be held at Brantley High School’s gymnasium Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the gymnasium on Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m., with interment to follow in Dozier Cemetery. Turner’s Funeral Home of Luverne is directing.  Miss Wilcox was also a lifelong member of Brantley United Methodist Church.
    Her former teammates and coaches from Brantley High School and Mississippi State University will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to either The Alex Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund, ℅ of Brantley Bank & Trust, P. O. Box 25, Brantley, AL, 36009, or to Geaux Teal, P.O. Box 82778, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70884.

NFHS Network to Stream Summer Meeting Events

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 21, 2018) — The National High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 2 and Hall of Fame Press Conference on July 1 are among several events at the 2018 Summer Meeting of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Chicago that will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. All Summer Meeting events can be accessed on the NFHS Network at no cost.

The Hall of Fame Press Conference will be held at 1:45 p.m. CDT (2:45 p.m. Eastern time) on Sunday, July 1, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, followed by the 36th annual induction ceremony at 6 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. Eastern time) on Monday, July 2.

The Hall of Fame Press Conference will be available at no cost on the NFHS Network at and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can be accessed at .

All 12 inductees will be on hand at the press conference and induction ceremony, including Vestavia Hills High School’s Buddy Anderson, the winningest high school football coach in AHSAA state history.

In addition, four other events during the June 28-July 2 NFHS Summer Meeting will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. The “We Are High School” Opening Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. June 29 can be accessed at, followed by the First General Session ( at 4:15 p.m.

At the Opening Ceremony, Marissa Walker of Waterford (Connecticut) High School will receive the National High School Spirit of Sport Award, and Cecelia Egan of Riverside St. Mary Academy-Bay View (Rhode Island) will receive the National High School Heart of the Arts Award.

Other NFHS Summer Meeting events available on the NFHS Network are the Second General Session at 9 a.m. June 30 ( and the Awards Luncheon at 12 p.m. July 1 (  

The Awards Luncheon will feature the presentation of NFHS Citations to 12 individuals, including AHSAA Soccer official Joe Manjone, who will receive the NFHS Officials Association Citation.  

Information on all NFHS Summer Meeting activities, the Hall of Fame Press Conference and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is contained in the accompanying releases.