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Lincoln’s Christavia Curry Turns in Perfect Performance as the Lead-Off Hitter

Bears’ Senior Captures AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Lincoln High School senior Christavia Curry reached perfection as a lead-off hitter for the Bears at the Gulf Coast Classic softball tournament last week. She tied an AHSAA state record by reaching base safely on 18 straight plate appearances as Lincoln, coached by Chad Mullinax, rolled to a 4-2 record in the tourney.
    The incredible batting performance propelled the senior who has signed already to play collegiately at the University of Montevallo into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight for this week. She tied the record (18) set by Chandler Dare of American Christian in 2013. She had 15 hits and three walks during the streak, scored 11 runs, had seven RBIs and was 6-of-6 on stolen bases.
      “This was an amazing three days for this kid,” said Mullinax. “Setting these kinds of records don’t happen every day.”  He said her lead-off role is essential to Lincoln’s success. “When your lead-off batter gets on in softball, they usually find a way to come around and score,” he said. “Getting an early lead is always big.”  The Class 4A Bears emerged from the Gulf Coast Classic (25-12).
       Curry has a .535 batting average with 53 hits in 98 at bats on the season. She also has 18 RBIs and owns a 20-of-23 success rate in stolen bases. Her 15 hits in a row in “official at bats” is also An AHSAA record (not counting walks). The record for hits in a row in plate appearances (14) was established by Krista Mayes of Three Springs in 2002. Moody’s Sid Wagon had 13 in a row in 2013.
     Curry’s incredible streak was as follows: She was 3-for-3 in a 7-2 win over Slocomb; 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Lawrence County; walked in her first at bat and then had two straight hit in a 7-4 loss to Normal West (IL); was 3-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Sullivan East (TN); walked in her first at bat and then had two hits in a 12-7 win over Glenbrook (IL); and closed the week with two hits before drawing a walk in her final at bat in a 5-2 loss to John Carroll.  The streak ended with a ground out in her first at bat against Springville last Monday.
   Other top performances and milestones submitted include:

MILESTONES
ACA’s GOODMAN, PITTMAN REACH MILESTONES: Alabama Christian Academy ace pitcher and University of Florida commitment Haley Pittman hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Geneva in the Sidney Cooper Invitational Tourney earlier this season to present Eagles head coach Chris Goodman with his 500th career softball win – all at ACA. Goodman has a 513-180 record since taking over the Eagles’ softball program in 2007. His teams have won two Class 4A state championships and have finished runner-up three times. The 2017 team was 58-7.
Pittman, a junior, registered the 1,000th strikeout of her outstanding pitching career last week. She is 15-5 this season for the Eagles (17-7) with a 0.87 ERA with 197 strikeouts in just 97 innings. In last week’s action she hurled a four-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 to beat Jeff Davis 9-0; list a 2-1 decision to G.W. Long with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed; beat Andalusia 9-0 with nine strikeouts over four innings; hurled a five-inning one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to beat Trinity 14-0; and hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 13 of  21 batters she faced in a 5-0 area win over Montgomery-Catholic. Pittman finished 4-1 for the week with 25 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and 50 strikeouts.
   Goodman has also served as head baseball coach, girls’ and boys’ basketball at times during his tenure. His baseball teams compiled a 389-192 record, his boys’ basketball team were 216-168, and girls’ basketball teams, 225-93. His overall record in all sports is 1,343-633.


OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES   
LIBBY BAKER, G.W, LONG: The senior tossed a perfect game in a five-inning 10-0 win over Providence Christian. She struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced for the Rebels (19-0).
McKENZIE NEWCOMB, HAZEL GREEN: Was 5-0 for the week with 48 strikeouts, one walk and only 16 hits allowed and compiled a 0.88 ERA competing in the Upper Cumberland (TN) Classic tourney. The Trojans finished 5-1. Newcomb also hit two of Hazel Green’s six homers collected during the tourney.
MONTANNA MASHBURN, WEST END: Slugged three doubles in a 14-4 win over Southeastern as the Patriots clinched a share of the Class 2A, Area 10 regular season title. She also drove in three runs.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out five to beat Satsuma in the finals of the Pat Hicks Classic softball tourney and also struck out 10 to beat McGill-Toolen 4-1 in the semifinals. She socked two two-run homers to account for all four Toros runs and had three hits versus Satsuma in the championship game.
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-of-15 batting for the week with 13 runs batted in as the Panthers went 4-1 earned co-champion honors with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the tourney cut short by inclement weather. Teammate Landyn McAnnally fired a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a regular-season win over Montgomery Catholic.
KIRSTEN STROUD, PIKE ROAD: Was 7-of-8 in two wins for Pike Road. The Patriots beat Lee-Montgomery 11-0 and Brewbaker Tech 11-6.
MAKAYLA MILLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Clements 12-0. She struck out six and did not walk a batter and had a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Morgan White added a home run to highlight an eight-run first inning.
EMMA HOUSTON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had two hits, including a grand-slam home run, and finished with five RBIS as PCA downed Houston Academy 13-0.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a home run and three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Plainview. She hurled a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the game. She also struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Athens.
ELISE WALKER, MAE JEMISON: Slugged three doubles and drove in five runs in a 19-8 win over Lee-Huntsville and also had a homer and double for three RBIs in a 14-6 loss to Randolph.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Had a triple and collected three RBIs in a 15-1 win over Vinemont and added a two-run homer in s 5-4 loss to Brewer.
HYLAN HIGDON, GLENCOE: Pitched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils allowing two hits and striking out 12.
JOANNA VEGA, RANDOLPH: The pitcher had a triple and single and four RBIs in the Raiders’ 11-4 win over Lee-Huntsville and drove in two runs in a 14-6 win over Mae Jemison.


Wilson Ace Luke Daniel Strikes ‘Em All Out’ at Least Once to Notch Key 5-0 Win

AHSAA Baseball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Wilson High School junior right-handed pitcher Luke Daniel’s 91-mile-per-hour fastball was working well – as were the other pitches in his arsenal last week as he pitched the Warriors to a 5-0 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
     Daniel allowed only three hits and struck out 17 in the strong Saints lineup to grab this week’s AHSAA Baseball Spotlight. Coach Warren Fowler’s ace hurler struck out every batter in the Saints lineup at least once, including the first seven batters twice each. Offensively Daniel, already verbally committed to Auburn, collected two doubles and an RBI. Teammate Conner Wynn had two doubles among his three hits.
     The Wilson pitcher’s performance edged out some other outstanding pitching efforts for the Prep Spotlight as many schools participated in Spring Break competition while others squared off in key area games.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Chandler Best pitched a one-hitter and struck out 16 as the Jackets beat Gordonsville (TN). The Southern Miss signee walked just one and contributed two hits and an RBI at the plate. McGill-Toolen won three games in the Gulf Coast Classic II. Nathan Giles of defending Class 6A state champion Hazel Green hurled a five-inning perfect game and struck out 12 in a 10-0 win over Mae Jemison in the second game of a double-header sweep. Hunter McGriff tossed a no-hitter in the first game, a 27-0 win over the Jaguars, and struck out 12. He walked two.
    And Oxford ace Jarin Turner blanked Fort Payne 5-0 on two hits and struck out 15 to clinch a playoff spot in Class 6A. He struck out the first eight batters he faced. Teammate Jake Spivey doubled for the Jackets to extend his hitting streak to nine straight games. He has had 13 hits and 16 RBIs during that stretch.
      In other top performances reported:

FOR THE RECORD BOOK
STRICKLAND SOCKS THREE HOMERS:
Bob Jones slugger Michael Strickland slammed three home runs in a row and drove in eight runs as the Patriots beat defending Indiana Class 6A state champion Fishers High School 23-6.  He had two three-run homers in a nine-run third inning outburst and added a two-run blast in his next at-bat. Bob Jones teammate John-Michael Riley also slugged a grand slam, Dylan Ray added two homers and Cam Hill poked a homer, double and drove in three runs as Bob Jones finished with seven round-trippers. According to the AHSAA Record Book on line at www.ahsaa.com, the AHSAA individual state record for homers in a game is 4 – set by Jacob Mayfield of Westbrook Christian in 2013 and Clayton Payne of Maplesville in 2001. Several have slugged three in one game, the last being Garrett Sanders of St. Clair County in 2016.
    The state record for homers in s game by a team is 11, set by Ragland in a 2000 game versus Parkway Christian. The seven by Bob Jones ties for second with four other schools: Calera in 2008; Russell County in 2006; Thompson in 2001; and St. Paul’s in 2999. The Patriots also set a new school record. Bob Jones had six in a game versus East Limestone in 2018. Strickland also became the first player in the AHSAA to hit three in row since Von Seibert of Spanish Fort tied the state record (4) with four in a row in a double-header versus Robertsdale last season. Three others are listed with hitting four in a row: Mayfield in 2011; Christopher David of Holy Spirit in 2011; and Joe Zanthos of Vestavia Hills in 1997.
TRIPLE PLAY FIRST OF ITS KIND: Umpire Ron Henry reported a rare, maybe even a first of its kind, triple play in Belgreen Junior High School’s 9-8 win over Phillips of Bear Creek last week. Belgreen was batting with the bases loaded in the third inning when the hitter lined to short for the first out. The Phillips infielder quickly fired to third catching the runner before he could get back to the base for the second out, and the runner on second sped to the next base where the third baseman was waiting to tag him for the third out. The 6-5-5 triple play happened very fast was the first of that combination Henry said had ever seen. So he did some research and found: According Baseball Almanac, “Baseball records have been kept ever since 1876 and during that time, no major league triple play has ever been recorded with that 6-5-5 combination,” he said. “Baseball Almanac listed 717 triple plays but none like that.”
BAILEY HARRISON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Collected three doubles in a 17-12 loss to Ardmore. The three doubles ranks second in a single game in the AHSAA Record Book behind Leroy’s Brent Reed, who had five in a win over Thorsby in 2011. Four others have been reported to have three doubles in a game with the most coming in 2017 when Pell City’s Austin Stephens had an 11-5 win over Clay-Chalkville before Harrison’s three two-baggers.

BEST OF THE REST
HASTON ALEXANDER, COVENANT CHRISTIAN:
Hurled a five-inning no-hitter, walked one and struck out five to beat Hackleburg 13-0 in the first game of a double-header sweep. He also had two RBIs in a 15-6 win in the second game.
CARSON KNIGHT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Hurled a two-hitter and struck out 13 in a five-inning, 15-1 win over White Plains.
LAIN JORDAN, MILLRY: Beat St. Luke’s Episcopal 4-1 allowing five hits, one run while striking out nine. St. Luke’s sophomore Bryce Eddington also pitched a complete game allowing five hits, two earned runs, no walks and striking out five – while throwing just 72 pitches.
KYLE CHASTINE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Hurled a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 15-0 win over Brookwood. He also led the Patriots (18-4) on offense with two doubles, a single and four RBIs. Kash Ryan added three hits, including a triple, and four RBIs, and Patrick Hollyhand also had a triple and finished with four RBIs. Hillcrest’s Payte Williams hurled a four-hitter and struck out eight to beat Oxford 8-2.
TUCKER JACKSON, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter to beat Pike County 16-0. He struck out nine and allowed just one walk. Andrew Tamburin hurled a three-hitter and struck out nine in a 17-1 win to sweep the doubleheader. He had an inside-the-park home run, two doubles and three RBIs.
SAMUEL AND ANDREW DUTTON, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Combined to hurl a no-hitter snapping a five-game losing streak with the 4-0 win. Samuel, a sophomore who walked six and struck out right pitching the first six innings – working out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth after he walked three in a row. He struck out the next batter and got the next Etowah hitter to pop up for the third out.  Andrew hurled the final inning and also singled in Samuel in the first inning for the go-ahead run.
BRADEN CAMERON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Scattered five hits and struck out 12 to beat South Lamar 3-0.
HUNTER BURK, HOKES BLUFF: Was 4-for-4 with six RBIs to lead the Eagles to a 21-2 win over Sardis in the finals of the Etowah County Tourney. The Lions reached the finals versus Hokes Bluff with a dramatic 10-9 victory over Southside-Gadsden in 10 innings when Chase Williams singled with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. Burk also had three hits and two RBIs in a 17-1 semifinal win over West End. Dylan Teague tossed a four-hitter and struck out eight to get the mound win.
GRANT JAY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Slugged a pair of homers as Mobile Christian (11-8) went 3-0 over the weekend. He had a three-run homer in an 8-4 victory over Gulfport (MS) and homered and finished with two hits in a 7-6 win over Daphne. The Leopards also beat Wilson 11-1.
PEYTON MOONEY, GERALDINE: Slugged a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bulldogs nipped Section 5-4. He finished with two hits and got the mound win in relief.
TANNER DEVANE, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had three triples in a 17-1, 16-0 double-header sweep of Pike County to finish with four RBIs.
ALEX WADE, MADISON ACADEMY: Had three hits, including two triples, and collected three RBIs in a 12-5 win over West Limestone. Wade also picked up the win in a 6-3 win over the Wildcats – adding two RBIs in the second game.
JOHN RICE, UMS-WRIGHT: Had three hits and RBIs as the Bulldogs blew open a close game with 14 runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Satsuma 20-5. He also pitched five innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five to get the mound win. Cam Snypes also had four hits and two RBIs for UMS-Wright.
JADEN PAGE, BUCKHORN: Collected three hits, including two doubles, and drove in six runs as the Bucks downed Lee-Huntsville 12-1. Derrick Jackson also had a solo homer.
CHANDLER MOON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had two doubles and two singles and drove in two runs as the Trojans edged Westbrook Christian 9-8. He also had two hits and four RBIs in a 15-1 win over Whiter Plains.
PARKER WILLINGHAM, DESHLER: Had four hits with a run scored and one RBI to lead the Tigers past Homewood 7-2. He also pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 to lead Deshler to a 12-1 five-inning win over Eufaula. Teammate Brayden Bucker stroked a grand slam home run in the Eufaula win.
GARRETT GUSTAFSON, HAZEL GREEN: Had three hits with a double and five RBIS in a 27-0 win over Mae Jemison for the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans. RYAN SWEATT, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Helped the Warriors extend their winning streak to 10 in a row with five hits in a 7-3, 14-2 sweep of Elberta. He had two hits and an RBI in the first game, pitched the win in game two striking out seven while collecting three hits and three RBIs at the plate.
 TAYLOR THOMPSON, WEAVER: Highlighted a 10-run seventh inning rally with a three-run homer and finished with two hits and four RBIs as the Bearcats beat Pleasant Valley 22-4.
ANDREW TEDFORD, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had three hits and three RBIs in a 23-1 win over Cherokee. Colbert Heights scored 11 runs in the third inning.
TREY DAUGHTRY, RED BAY: Had three hits and four RBIs in a 10-0 win over Phillips.
CONNOR GEIGER, MADISON COUNTY: Had a double, single and five RBIs in a 16-1 win over St. John Paul II Catholic. Teammate Hunter Vandiver added two singles, two doubles and am RBI.
WILLIAM THOMAS, NEW HOPE: Had three hits and four RBIs and teammate Ethan Pinkerton also had three hits and four RBIs in a 25-0 win over Douglas.
CLAYTON BRINYARD, NORTHSIDE: Had two hits, including an inside-the-park home run, as Northside downed Holt 17-1.
ETHAN JOHNSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had two home runs and pitched the complete-game win as the Warriors downed White Plains 6-5.  Conner Wilson slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie to seal the win.

Rules Changes Approved in High School Spirit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: James Weaver

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 3, 2019) — Rules related to minimizing risk of injury to dance and cheer team members are among 29 rules revisions for the 2019-20 high school spirit season.

The rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“We’re trying to create a safer environment for activities to occur in cheer and dance and make the rules book as clear as possible,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee.

Rule 3-3-3 was changed to make it consistent with other braced inversion rules. It now allows for the inverted person to be caught by new catchers as long as the new catchers remain close to the original bases, are in place before initiation of the inversion, and do not pose increased safety risk to the top person.

Rule 3-3-5 was changed to allow a braced front flip to be performed just as it is on the ground while using one bracer behind the top person holding both hands. Both of the top person’s hands/arms must be in continuous contact with a bracer and the bracer must be in a multi-base prep with a spotter. The top person must be to the side or in front of the bracer, and only one bracer is necessary. This allows similar visuals for smaller teams and removes the need for an additional bracer to hold the wrist of the top person.

Another change related to inversions was made to Rule 3-3-6, which now restricts releasing from an inversion with a stunt that has twists at any level, even in the presence of a spotter. Previously, inversions could release with a stunt at prep level or below.

“This change affects how someone moves from upside down. This change is significant because of risks [associated with twists],” Weaver said.

Rule 2-1-5 now states that props made of hard material or sharp edges cannot be released by a top person and must be placed by someone on the ground. This reduces risk of injury from falling props.

In other changes, Rule 3-5-5 was revised to clarify the intent of the rule and better describe the connection between the bracer and the top person. Rule 4-3-3 was also changed to clarify that as long as someone is gripping, it is not important whether it is the top person or the bracer.

A complete list of spirit rules changes is located on the spirit page of the NFHS website, www.nfhs.org, under “Activities and Sports.”

According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, competitive spirit is the ninth-most popular sport for girls with 162,669 participants in 6,877 schools around the country.

 

This press release was written by Kirsten Adair, an intern at the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.

 

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50-member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:                 Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      bhoward@nfhs.org

 

                                                      Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      cboone@nfhs.org


J.B. Pennington Slugger Shea Putman Sets National Record with 7 Home Runs in a Row

MONTGOMERY – Senior slugger Shea Putman of J.B. Pennington High School slugged her way into the national spotlight earlier this month when she slugged seven home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances to set a new NFHS National High School softball record.
    Her performance shared the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week with Colbert Heights High School’s slugging lineup that set two AHSAA fast-pitch records with seven home runs in one inning and 11 in a 24019 win over Cherokee. The game total tied the NFHS national record.
   Putman set a national and AHSAA record with seven straight home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances during a three-game stretch to eclipse the national record of five set previously by Aubrey Martin of Muscatine (IA) in 2002 and equaled by Amanda Emelander of Wyoming Lee (MI) in 2014. Both hit five consecutive home runs in one game.  Putman accomplished her feat over three games.
   The senior Snead State commitment belted three home runs in three plate appearances in a 13-3 win over Hanceville, followed with three more in a 6-0 win over Good Hope. She boomed her seventh in a row in her first plate appearance Pennington’s 13-1 win over Locust Fork. She drove in 11 runs in the streak and then opened the next game, a 5-0 win over Glencoe, with a solo homer for eight home runs in nine plate appearances.
     “The streak was something to see,” said Pennington Coach Jeff Gibbs, who served as Oneonta head coach for 10 years before retiring in 2016. He came out of retirement this year to take over the J.B. Pennington program. “What makes it even more special is that Shea has not mentioned this one time. The team hasn’t talked about it either. We have seven seniors leading this team who are committed to being the best they can be. Their goal is to get to Tuscaloosa (Regionals) and to Montgomery (State Tourney). They are a joy to coach.”
     Putman, who plays catcher and shortstop for the Tigers, has 13 home runs on the season for Class 3A J.B. Pennington (9-1). She is hitting .398 with 25 RBIs in 10 games. She has struck out once this season and has nine walks – four of them intentional. She had two home runs in the team’s last game, s 10-9 loss to Blount County rival Hayden. Alanna Goble, an Auburn-Montgomery signee, also has four home runs, is hitting .440 on the season and has struck out 130 as the team’s pitcher. Currently on spring break, Gibbs’ team will play Hayden net Monday and then compete in the Blount County tourney at Appalachian April 4-5.
         Colbert Heights High School’s strong lineup as seven different players blasted home runs in the win over Cherokee – seven of the homers coming in the same inning to set the state record. The 11 in a game ties the national high school single-game record set by Chicago St. Benedict versus Chicago Providence on April 13, 2000. The seven in one inning may be a national record as well, but the NFHS Record Book does list that category among its records.
     Caroline Clark hit three in the contest to lead Wildcats of Coach Brad James, who has over 700 career wins as head softball coach. Kinsley Milender and Katelyn Hand each had two home runs. One of Milender’s home runs was a grand slam, and she finished with seven RBIs. Clark finished with four RBIs and Hand had three. Also homering for Colbert Heights were Kylie Robinson, Alana Roberts, Haleigh Rhodes and Kaylee Fuller. Guntersville and Ider each hit eight homers in a game to share the AHSAA record. Guntersville had six in one inning in its 12-1 win over Brewer in 2018. Ider socked eight in a game in 2008.
   Cherokee’s Brianna Gooch had two homers for the Indians – giving both teams 13 home runs in the game – another AHSAA state record.
   Clark followed with two homers and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Phil Campbell.
Colbert Heights’ home run barrage came in a 24 broke two state records for home runs in a 24-10 victory over Cherokee in high school softball last week.
MILESTONES
COACH ANTHONY COX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The Tigers from Bay Minette captured the 400th win of Cox’s coaching career with a 5-4 win over Auburn at the Auburn High School Softball Invitational.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LAUREN YATES, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Slugged a grand slam and two-run homer for six RBIs and hurled six innings to get the 13-7 win over Muscle Shoals. The game was highlighted by seven home runs. Brianna Posey and Hannah Russell had one solo homer each for Central while Elizabeth Marshall, Madelyn Stonecipher and Natalie Nesbit homered for the Trojans.
DALLAS POTTER, G.W. LONG: Slugged two home runs and a single to drive in three runs to lead the Rebels (18-0) past Gardendale 6-2 in the finals of the Alex Wilcox Memorial/FCA Tourney at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. She finished the tourney with five homers and 10 RBIs. Pitchers Libby Baker and Savanna Wood combined to allow just two runs over 32 innings with 61 strikeouts in six wins in the tourney. Baker pitched the win over Gardendale.
ABBY WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 17-of-24 with four doubles and six RBIs for the week as the Rockets (21-3) finished runner-up at the Alex Wilcox Memorial Tourney at Lagoon Park last week. G.W. Long won the championship. Teammate Kylee Franklin added four doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs among her 10 hits for the week.
HANNAH WISHAAR, SPANISH FORT: Had three hits, including her second game-winning home run of the season, in a 6-5 win over Gulf Breeze (FL). Teammate Ainsley Lambert had two hits, scored twice and struck out 14 in a 4-0 shutout win over Jay (FL). Wishaar also had the game-winning two-run homer as the Toros beat Daphne 2-0 and Lambert pitched a no-hitter striking out 17. She also whiffed 18 in a 3-0 win over Saraland and finished the week with 48 strikeouts in three wins.
BREANNA BARLOW, EXCEL: Pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a perfect game, and struck out 13 for the week. Her perfect game came in an 8-0 win over Zion Chapel. She struck out seven in that game. At the plate, she went 11-of-16 with seven homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

TAYLOR HUNT, DAPHNE: Was 5-for-7 with a double and triple, four runs scored and two RBIs as the Trojans went 2-0 at the Florida-Alabama Challenge at Pace High School in Milton (FL).
BRILEY PITT, EAST LAWRENCE: Had three solo home runs and also pitched all 11 innings striking out 14 in the extra-inning win over Colbert Heights. Teammate Camryn Langley ended the game with a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning.
TAYLOR McVEY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Drove in seven runs in a Wildcats’ 15-0 win at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores over Carter (GA). She slugged a three-run home run in the first inning, then added a pair of two-run singles in the second and third innings.
ALYSSA WHITEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Delivered an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning drove in teammate Leighann McWhorter for the winning run to lift Horseshoe Bend to a 12-11 win over host Brewbaker Tech. The two teams combined for 43 hits with the Generals collecting 20 and Brewbaker had 23.
ASHLEY BERRYMAN, HATTON: Whiffed 12 and allowed just two hits in a 4-0 shutout win over East Lawrence.
SYDNEY HALL, ARDMORE: H
ad nine strikeouts in a 7-0 complete-game effort against Stewart’s Creek.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Allowed just three hits and struck out 15 in a 1-0 loss to Lexington. Winning pitcher Mycala Mitchell tossed a two-hitter in the shutout win striking out eight. Alyssa Brown doubled in the seventh inning to plate the game’s only run for the Bears.
HEIDI GARNER, ROGERS: Forced in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and Aubree Heuszel followed with a bases-loaded walk to drive in an insurance run as Rogers nipped Waterloo 5-3. Rogers’ other three runs came on a three-run homer in the third inning by Savanna Henson.
JALIA LASSITER, FLOMATON: Had eight hits and 11 RBIs in a three-game span last week. She also struck out 20 batters in 13 innings and allowed one earned run.
JAALA TORRENCE, NORTHVIEW: Pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 3-2 win over Alexandria at the Gulf Coast Classic. She walked one and struck out four in her relief work. She then pitched six innings and struck out seven to get the win in a 6-5 win over Mortimer Jordan.
LANDYN McANNALLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out 11 as PCA beat Saint James 4-0. She followed with a three-hit 6-0 shutout over Oak Mountain and blanked Prattville 3-0. She tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the finals of PCA’s tourney to blank Tallassee 4-0 for the championship.
HANNAH SIMS, BRANTLEY: Slugged a two-run homer in a 6-3 loss to G.W. Long and had two home runs and four RBIs in a 15-0 victory over Elba.

Westbrook Pitching Ace Samuel Dutton Takes “Perfect” Game to another Level

    MONTGOMERY – Westbrook Christian senior pitcher Samuel Dutton took his bid for a perfect game to another level last week. The senior and Warriors’ ace hurler faced the minimum 15 batters in Westbrook’s five-inning 12-0 high school baseball win. He struck out the first 14 batters he faced and finished his perfect game by getting Gaston’s William Humphrey to ground out on a 0-2 pitch to third.
    For his efforts, Dutton, an LSU commit, grabbed the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight this week.
    The pitcher explained his simple but effective pitching philosophy to sportswriter Chris McCarthy of the Gadsden Messenger as concentrating on just one batter at a time as he worked his way through the Gaston lineup.
“I just try to stay focused while I am on the mound,” he said. “I try to do daily what I need to do. It’s been a good season so far.” 
Westbrook, coached by Matt Kennedy, took control of the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Greyson Robinson ripped a bases-loaded double to give Dutton all the run support he would need.
“Samuel Dutton is going compete,” said Kennedy. “He works hard and gets the job done. It’s a joy to watch him pitch and I’m proud of the way our team responds when he’s out there.” The pitcher helped his own cause with a double and two runs scored.
    In other baseball highlights reported from the last two weeks:

PITCHING GEMS
JACOB DAVIS, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out 16 as Spanish Fort downed Daphne 2-0.
HANSEN McKeown, OAK MOUNTAIN:
Tossed a no-hitter striking out 12 to beat Boonville (MO) 10-0, and teammate Jackson Kimbrel struck out 13 in a 6-1 win over Austin.
JACKSON REECE, JAMES CLEMENS: Pitched a six-inning 11-1 win over Auburn striking out 12.
ISAAC EVANS, ATHENS: Hurled a six-inning no-hitter over DAR striking out eight to get the win.
KONNER COPELAND, SARALAND: Pitched a five-inning two-hit shutout and struck out 13 as the Spartans downed Alma Bryant 10-0.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled a one-hit, six-inning shutout with nine strikeouts to beat Shoals Christian 10-0. Panthers’ slugger Collin Huntley collected a single, double and triple to drive in two runs for Mars Hill.
DANIEL JAMES, GRISSOM: Struck out 14 and allowed just one earned run in the Tigers’ 7-2 win over Ooltewah (TN). He yielded three hits.
BLAISE DYKES, SLOCOMB: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Red Tops blanked Kinston 14-0 in the Geneva County tourney. He struck out seven and walked two.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

PHILLIP EDWARDS, PARKER: Went on a hitting spree to lead the Thundering Herd to the 11th annual Cap Brown Southwest Hit-A-Way Tourney title. He was 14-of-15 with nine RBIs and also notched one win on the mound.
DYLAN RAY, BOB JONES: The Patriots’ slugger clubbed a two-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to climax a five-run rally in the come-from-behind 11-9 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic. Colten Carver, Caden Rose and Cam Hill each had doubles in the inning to set up the game-winning two-bagger by Ray.
NATE OWENS, PHIL CAMPBELL: The winning pitcher struck out six in a five-inning 14-3 win over East Lawrence and slugged a two-run homer as Phil Campbell saw nine different players collect an extra-base hit in the win. Luke Barnwell, Cole Motes and Trey Leindecker tripled; Austen Baker, Rilan Garrison, Ridge Raper, Brett Saint and Mason Swinney each doubled. Barnwell, Owens, Motes and Baker each had two RBIs. Owens followed with a home run, double, single and five RBIs in a 20-6 win over Winston County.
HUELL LUMPKIN, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Socked a run-scoring double for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and teammate Wilson Hays followed with a two-run triple as the Wildcats downed Auburn 6-4. The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead before the Wildcats battled back to tie the game in the seventh inning 3-3 thanks to two hit-by-pitches and a sacrifice fly by Cade Brooks.
SLADE SIMMONS, G.W. LONG:
Had two homers and three RBIs as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Clay-Chalkville 7-3 at the Gulf Coast Classic.
NICK FREEMAN, THOMPSON: Had a big week with nine hits in 12 at bats as the Warriors beat Spain Park three times. He scored five runs and had two RBIs.
PEYTON WILSON, HOOVER: Had two home runs, a triple and eight RBIs for the week for the Bucs. He also stole four bases.
ETHAN HEARN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Slammed two homers in a 7-5 loss to Class 7A Fairhope.
ALEX WADE, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 4-for-5 with a triple, double and two RBIs as the Mustangs downed Claremore (OK) 14-5.
LANE LAWSON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs in a 16-0 win over Vine. Covenant collected six doubles in the win.
ZAC THOMPSON, GRISSOM: Delivered s game-winning RBI double as Grissom beat Franklin County (TN) 5-4. He followed with a homer and double and two RBIs in a 7-2 win over Ootewah (TN).
DANIEL SWATEK, HOOVER: Had three doubles, five RBIs and batted .471 for the week.
MATTHEW NICHOLAS, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Slugged two doubles and drove in three runs as Cottage Hill beat Washington County 15-4 for their ninth win in the last 10 games. The Warriors started the season 0-5.
D.J. LAW, REHOBETH: Collected four hits, including a double, and drove in two runs as the Rebels downed Geneva County 13-1.
DON WILLIAMS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had three hits, including a triple and two RBIs, to spark the Raiders to a 10-9 win over Headland. HA also won the first game of the doubleheader 8-7 – taking both wins with final at-bat rallies. The Raiders trailed 9-4 in the final game going into the seventh inning but scored six runs to take the win.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Stole four bases, scores three runs and had an RBI as ACA downed Prattville Christian 13-6.


Pisgah’s Annie Hughes, Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Named ASWA Miss Basketball & Mr. Basketball

      MONTGOMERY – Pisgah High School senior guard Annie Hughes and Mountain Brook senior forward Trendon Watford were named Miss and Mr. Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) luncheon Tuesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance sponsored the luncheon which is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      Hughes, an Auburn signee, was also named the Class 3A Girls’ Player of the Year by the ASWA and was recently named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and Al.com Girls’ Player of the Year. She led Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, to the 2018 and 2019 Class 3A state titles, earning state Tourney MVP each year. She averaged 21.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior.
      Pisgah went 65-2 over the past two seasons. Hughes is the first player from a school in a classification smaller than 5A to win Miss Basketball since Hayden Hamby of 3A West Morgan in 2011. Hughes is also the first Jackson County player to win in the 32-year history of the award.
    The 6-foot-9 Watford, also named the Class 7A Boys’ Player of the Year by the ASWA, was selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America Game March 27 and was unable to attend Tuesday’s luncheon. He led the Spartans to three straight Class 7A state basketball championships – earning MVP honors all three years.
   He averaged 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a senior. He finished his career as the AHSAA career rebounding leader with 1,909 and had 3,783 career points. He also had 285 career blocked shots and had 155 career 3-pointers.
     Emily Westlake accepted for Watford. The annual awards banquet was presented by ALFA Insurance.
     Watford, who is still uncommitted, became just the fourth repeat winner of the ASWA Mr. Basketball Award. The others are John Petty of Butler (2016) and Mae Jemison (2017) high schools; Trevor Lacey of Butler (2010 and 2011); and Ronald Steele of John Carroll Catholic (2003 and 2004).    
    Hughes gathered 52 points in the Miss Basketball balloting of the ASWA All-State Committee. Finishing second was Spain Park’s Barker (46), followed by Pleasant Home’s Baldwin (45), Joiya Maddox of Hoover (10) and Hazel Green’s Snodgrass (9). These five comprise the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team for 2019.
    Watford led the ASWA Boys’ Super 5 All-State Team with 11 first-place votes and 66 total points. Rounding out Top 5 were Kobe Brown of Lee-Huntsville (27), Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery (27), Kam Woods, Pinson Valley (20) and Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery (19).
   The ASWA named a player of the year for boys and girls in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA. Those recipients included:

 ASWA Class Boys’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook
Class 6A: Kameron Woods, Pinson Valley
Class 5A: Cameron Tucker, Wenonah
Class 4A: Kobe Simmons, Talladega
Class 3A: Auston Leslie, Westminster Christian
Class 2A: Jayden Stone, Sacred Heart Catholic
Class 1A: Noah Boler, Decatur Heritage
AISA: Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy

 ASWA Girls Class ’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park
Class 6A: Marisa Snodgrass, Hazel Green
Class 5A: Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa
Class 4A: Kathleen Wheeler, Priceville
Class 3A: Annie Hughes, Pisgah
Class 2A: Elizabeth Hill, Cold Springs
Class 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
AISA: Kelsey Curry, Tuscaloosa Academy

Alabama Sportswriters Association
Miss Basketball Recipients (1988-2019)
2019 – Annie Hughes, Pisgah
2018 - Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery
2017 – Bianca Jackson, Brew Tech
2016 – Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015 - Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014 - Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013 - Marqu’es Webb, Hoover

2012 - Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones

2011 - Hayden Hamby, West Morgan

2010 - Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay

2009 - Jala Harris, Bob Jones

2008 - Courtney Jones, Midfield

2007 - Katherine Graham, Ramsay

2006 - Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005 - Whitney Boddie, Florence

2004 - Starr Orr, Speake

2003 - Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002 - Kate Mastin, Boaz

2001 - Donyel Wheeler, Huffman

2000 - Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County

1999 - Tasheika Morris, Butler

1998 - Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1997 - April Nance, Butler

1996 - Nicole Carruth, Sulligent

1995 - Heather Mayes, Fyffe

1994 - Pam Duncan, Carrollton

1993 - Leah Monteith, Cherokee County

1992 - Yolanda Watkins, Decatur

1991 - Tonya Tice, Hamilton

1990 - Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible

1989 - Leslie Claybrook, St. James

1988 - Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

Mr. Basketball Recipients (1985-2019)

2019 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2018 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2017 - John Petty, Mae Jemison

2016 - John Petty, J.O. Johnson

2015 – Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014 - William Lee, Dallas County

2013 - De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012 - Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2010 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2009 - Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy

2008 - JaMychal Green, St. Jude

2007 - Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis

2006 - Stanley Robinson, Huffman

2005 - Richard Hendrix, Athens

2004 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2003 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2002 - Kennedy Winston, Blount

2001 - Chris White, Grissom

2000 - Gerald Wallace, Childersburg

1999 - Marvin Stone, Grissom

1998 - Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright

1997 - Anthony Williams, Loachapoka

1996 - Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis

1995 - Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994 - Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993 - Howard Pride, Butler

1992 - Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991 - Victor Newman, Houston Academy

1990 - Cedric Moore, Woodlawn

1989 - Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope

1988 - Terrance Lewis, Ramsay

1987 - Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986 - Larry Rembert, Keith

1985 - Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport


AHSAA Partners with Alabama-Based Future1s as Official Cloth Partner

Future1s will become the Official Cloth Partner of the AHSAA to provide yearly, customized uniforms for all AHSAA All-Star events including AL/MS All-Star Football Game.


MONTGOMERY, ALA.The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has announced a three-year partnership with Alabama-based apparel and equipment company Future1s, beginning in July 2019. Future1s is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.

As the Official Cloth Partner of the AHSAA, Future1s will provide yearly, customized uniforms for all AHSAA All-Star events including Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football and Basketball Games.

"The Alabama High School Athletic Association is proud to partner with Future1s to provide customized uniforms for some of our most-anticipated events," said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity Future1s will provide our member schools.”

     AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth, who oversees the AHSAA Corporate Partner program, said, “Moving forward, we are truly excited about this partnership and welcome Future1s into the AHSAA family.”

As the new partner of the AHSAA, Future1s has aspirations of becoming an industry leader by focusing on quality and accessibility to high school programs across the state and region.

Future1s founders Gus Smith and Trent Massey partnered in February 2016 with a revolutionary idea to change the way football teams practice. Their original product was the Scout Team Jersey, which they still offer today and features a one-of-a-kind scout team practice jersey with interchangeable numbers. In as little as 15 seconds, the Scout Team Jersey can turn each member of your scout team into your upcoming opponent. Now, Future1s operates as a full-team dealer.  With a growing product line, Future1s’ popularity is growing quickly, with Michigan, Arizona, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston, South Alabama and multiple high school programs on board.

“We are very excited about this partnership," said Future1s Co-Founder Gus Smith. "Since our founding, our goal has been to provide the highest-quality products for the best prices. We want to treat every school and team like they are our top priority, and this partnership is no different. In today’s world of apparel and marketing, the large, recognizable schools receive all the special treatment. Future1s wants to make every program feel like they are just as important to the next.”


Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen Soars to National High Jump Title at NYC

By Rubin E. Grant
Courtesy of Over-the-Mountain Journal

 

     Trey Allen wasn’t sure how he would perform in a national track and field indoor meet earlier   this month.
     The Oak Mountain senior high jumper was dealing with tibial stress syndrome (a shin splints injury) when he entered the competition in the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet March 8-10 at The Armory in New York City. The injury occurred after he dunked a basketball in the days leading up to the meet.
     “Going into the meet I wasn’t thinking I was going to win,” Allen said. “I had an injury and my mind was everywhere.  I prayed, used some Icy Hot, soaked in the tub, took two Advils and went out and jumped.”
      The remedies worked better than Allen could have hoped as he soared to win the 2019 National High Jump Championship with a clearance of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. He became only the second athlete ever from Alabama to earn that distinction in the history of the event.
      “It was a good performance, and I’m very grateful to God,” Allen said. “I was surprised I did as well I did on a bad shin. While my goal was to break my 7-0 record — I had three close attempts — I can't complain about winning the national championship. It’s an honor to bring back to Oak Mountain High and the state of Alabama.”
      Allen entered the meet as the No. 1 ranked high school high jumper in the nation for the 2019 indoor season. He had broken the U.S. high school high jump record earlier this year by clearing 7 feet.
     The national competition began with 21 top high jump finalists from around the country. Opening height for the event started at 6-3.25. Then the bar was raised as follows: 6-5, 6-7, 6-9, 6-10.75, 7-00.25.
     Allen jumped consistently with no scratches until height 6-10.75. The stellar performance earned him the National New Balance Indoor High Jump Champion. He also was honored as an All-American for the second consecutive year.
    More than 3,700 of the country's best sprinters, hurdlers, runners, jumpers, throwers, walkers and relay crews competed in the national event.

    Allen set an indoor AHSAA state record for the high jump, clearing 6-11 at the Ice Breaker Meet in early January at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Allen came back to the CrossPlex a few weeks later to break his own record by clearing 7 feet during the Martin Luther King event.   
    Allen jumped 6-9 at the state indoor championships on Feb. 1, setting a Class 7A meet record and claiming his first individual state title. He tried to clear 7-1 but grazed the bar on all three of his attempts.
     This is just Allen’s second year as a track athlete. He had been playing football as a 6-foot-4 wide receiver and basketball as a small forward for Oak Mountain.
    Oak Mountain high School track coach Riley White witnessed Allen doing some spectacular dunks in the gym and recognized his jumping potential. He encouraged Allen to come out for track.
   Allen decided to jump at the opportunity. Last winter, he gave up playing basketball so he could compete during the indoor and outdoor seasons. After finishing his football career last fall, he returned to track.
    “I really didn’t think about track until Coach White asked me,” Allen said. “I loved football and wanted to play in the NFL. But track changed my mind and now I love track. I want to keep working and become good enough to be an Olympian.”
     Allen admitted he was awkward at first. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I was just jumping. I didn’t know about twisting my back as I went over the bar.”
     “I jumped 6-2 and I didn’t know if that was good. Coach White told me it was, so I kept going.”
     Last summer, Allen earned All-America honors at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina with an outdoor jump of 6-10.25. He cleared 6-10 in the AHSAA Class 7A outdoor state championships last May and set a new Class 7A state record.
      Allen’s 7-foot clearance earlier this year landed him a full track and field scholarship to Louisville. He already had accepted a partial scholarship from the Cardinals, but the coaching staff dangled a full scholarship if he cleared 7 feet.
      “That motivated me,” Allen said.

      White said he is not surprised at Allen’s fast rise to success.
      “He’s a natural, and that’s what Louisville sees in him, a kid whose ceiling is significantly higher than 7 feet,” White said.
       Allen won’t be strictly a jumper in college.
      “They’re going to use me in some other events, jumps and relays,” Allen said. “They’re going to get their money’s worth out of me.”


Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 11 Monday Night in the Class of 2019

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the 29th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday night. The 2019 class, which included an “old-timer,” were enshrined at a banquet held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Spa Convention Center.
      Inducted were: football coaches Phil Lazenby, David Lowery, Willie Carl Martin, Billy Odom and Ronnie Sikes; basketball coaches  Carolyn Wright and Scheussler Ware; track coach Claborn Campbell; baseball coach Mark Mincher; basketball official Johnny Robertson; and longtime coach and administrator Reynolds “R.C.” Cook, chosen in the old-timers’’ division. Mr. Cook is deceased. His son Stan Cook represented his father at the ceremonies.
    Coach Wright gave a resounding acceptance speech for what she described as a very humble and fortunate group.
      “We are a group of 11 individuals with devout faith who all shared the same goals, but we did it in many different ways,” she said. “This class of inductees have been mentors for coaches and teachers throughout the state of Alabama.
   “How did we get here? We have been truly blessed. We all have the same goals and we all had the same passions. Yet, we all expressed it in different ways. We all have the same testimony … with a lot of praying and God on our side we were able to endure together over 350 years of service to school systems all across the state of Alabama. As we take a look back, we can truly see how we were all guided.
   “We got here because our hearts and souls said yes. Yes, we wanted to change lives. Yes, we wanted to produce productive citizens to give back to our communities. And yes, we wanted to instill integrity. We wanted to create in our students a mindset of fortitude.”
       Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate partners include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
    Carolyn Wright accepted for the Class of 2019. Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer emceed the banquet. The NFHS Network live-streamed the banquet over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program platform.
      The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 353.

OPTIONAL BIOS ON EACH INDUCTEE

       A profile of each selectee:
CLABORN CAMPBELL: Campbell, 65, graduated from Cold Spring High School and Southern Benedictine College – then returned as a high school teacher and coach spending the bulk of his years in education at his alma mater Cold Springs (1979-83 & 1999-2018). He also had coaching stints at Winston County and West Point.
   Considered one of the top track coaches in the state, he guided the Panthers’ boys to two state track titles and had four teams finish runner-up. The Cold Springs girls’ track team won 17 Cullman County championships. He also directed the Cold Springs girls and boys to three state cross country crowns and had seven runner-up finishes.
     A dedicated coach and devout man of faith, he has been inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame, was an AHSAA Making A Difference Award recipient in 2016, was selected NFHS Alabama Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2017 (girls) and 2016 (boys). U.S. Track and Field named him Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014.

REYNOLDS G. COOK (OLDTIMER Division): Cook, now deceased, was born in 1913 and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1933. He earned his college degree from Troy State Teachers College in 1950. He earned his master’s in 1964.
   He began his teaching and coaching at Williams School in Montgomery, then moved to Union Springs High School in 1952 where he remained in various capacities through 1974.
    He coached Union Springs’ only undefeated 10-0 football team in 1956 – earning him Birmingham Post-Herald Class 1A Coach of the Year. His 1957 team was 9-1 and participated in the prestigious Peanut Bowl at Dothan. As a basketball coach he had two teams go undefeated through the regular season – combining for a 46-2 record in 1963-64 and 1964-65.
    He also coached baseball and helped bring the Alabama Lions Club regional East-West Baseball Game to Union Springs for several years. He also coached Union Springs to signature baseball victories over his much larger alma mater Sidney Lanier and its rival Robert E. Lee. He founded the youth baseball programs for Union Springs and remained active for many years.
   He left coaching to become the Superintendent of Education in Bullock County – guiding the school system through 1974. He also served as president of the TSU Alumni Association and was District Governor of the Alabama Lions International.
  
PHIL LAZENBY:
A graduate of Bessemer High School (1968) and Samford University (1974), Lazenby, 68, also received a master’s in education from the University of Montevallo in 1979. He played on Samford University’s 1971 National Championship football team and was selected Most Valuable Defensive Player for SU in 1973.
    He embarked on a long-time career in teaching and coaching, first as an assistant football and head tennis coach at Bessemer’s Jess Lanier High School (1976-1980). He then moved to Mountain Brook where he served as defensive coordinator and assistant principal (1981-90).
    He became a head coach, first at Guntersville (1991-95), was at Southside-Gadsden for one year in 1996, then moved to Benjamin Russell (1997-2000) and currently is at Bayside Academy (2007-present). He spent 2001-2006 at UMS-Wright as assistant coach and strength & conditioning coach. His overall head-coaching record is 169-89 with two state championship game appearances at Benjamin Russell and one at Bayside Academy. His teams had just two losing seasons in 21 years and have reached the state playoffs 17 times.
    Lazenby coached as an assistant and head coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, was ASWA Coach of the Year in 1997, 2011 and 2015 and has served as a past president of the Alabama Football Coaches Association. Lazenby was inducted into the Samford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He served in the U.S. Army infantry reaching the rank of First Sergeant with tours in Europe and Central America.

DAVID LOWERY:
A native of Butler County, Lowery, 53, graduated from Georgiana High School in 1983, Troy University in 1988 and earned a master’s at AUM in 1998. Hs first teaching/coaching position was at Evergreen High School in 1988. He moved to Elba High School as assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1989-1998. He also was head baseball coach leading the Tigers to the playoff semifinals in 1993 and 1994. He was head football coach two years (1995-1996).
   He then moved to Brantley High School where he was head football coach and athletic director from 1999-2013. He had an amazing run compiling a 156-27 overall record and 88-3 region record. His teams won the Class 1A state football title in 2009 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 1999 and 2005.
   Lowery was named ASWA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1999 and ALFCA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2012. Brantley High School named the football field David Lowery Stadium in 2013, and he was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


WILLIE CARL MARTIN:
The Alexander City native and outstanding high school football lineman graduated from Laurel High School in 1969. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma on football scholarship. He was selected in the summer of 1969 to participate in the North-South All-Star Game – as one of the first three black participants in the game’s history.
   After a successful playing career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Martin, 67, returned to Alexander City and began a teaching and coaching career at Benjamin Russell High School that spanned the next 25 years. He served as an assistant football coach from 1985-2001 directing a defense that allowed only 12.32 points a game over a 15-year period. He served as head football coach from 2001-2006. He compiled a 51-24 record during that span and captured the school’s only state football title in in his first year in 2001.
    Martin’s leadership expanded to the AHSAA where he served on the District 4 Board and Central Board from 2003-2007.
    He was hired in 2007 to serve on the University of Alabama football staff as Director of Player Development, a role he kept until 2015 when he retired. In May of that year, Alexander City celebrated Willie Carl Martin Day (on May 12) as the city honored the native son who served as a trailblazer throughout his career.
 
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MARK MINCHER:
Mincher graduated from Hazel Green High School in Madison County in 1975, got his college degree from Memphis State University in 1975 and later earned a master’s in administration from Alabama A&M.
   The son of former Major League baseball standout Don Mincher embarked on a career in education in 1980 that lasted more than three decades. He coached football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and baseball at Monrovia Middle School for two years before moving to Sparkman High School in 1982. He became head baseball coach in 1983. He moved to Huntsville High School as head baseball coach in 1985, a position he held for the next 28 years. He compiled a 576-353 baseball-coaching record with 12 city championships, eight area titles, 18 state playoff appearances and one Class 6A state championship (2011).
   Mincher also served as HHS athletic director during that time and became an important mentor for other teachers and coaches, not only at his school but throughout Huntsville, Madison County and the state.
    He was recognized as the Huntsville City baseball coach of the year numerous times, was named AlaBCA Coach of the Year (6A) and NFHS State Baseball Coach of the Year in 2011. Mincher was inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was chosen HCPTA Secondary Principal of the Year in 2015.


BILLY ODOM: Odom, 68, graduated from Baker High School in Mobile in 1968 and from Mississippi College in 1972. He served as a teacher and head football coach at Baker High School for 14 seasons (1972-87), moved to Murphy as an assistant coach from 1989-91 and returned to head coaching at Alba High School from 1992-1997.
    His Alba team won the region title in 1994.
    Odom’s work as a coach and teacher was just part of his many contributions. He also played a key volunteer role in the development and administration of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game in Mobile from its inception in 1988. He has been a key administrative coach for that game ever since – heading into his 33rd year. He has also served as the South team manager for the Senior Bowl College All-Star Game for the last three decades.
    Recognized as one of Mobile County’s most dependable volunteers, he received the prestigious Bob Pannone Service Award in 2017 and was recognized by the L’Arche Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012

 

JOHNNY ROBERTSON (Contest Official): This Sidney Lanier 1965 graduate has been one of the state’s top basketball officials more than 50 years. Robertson, 71, served in 17 of 18 AHSAA state basketball tournaments from 1982-1999.
    Recognized by the his peers and the AHSAA for his teaching skills, he served as AHSAA state rules clinician from 1981-1999, has been a Regional Tournament coordinator ever since the regional and state final four basketball format was instituted in 1994 and has been the South Central District Director for Officials since 1999.  He has been serving as State Rules Interpreter since 2008. Robertson helped institute the state officials’ camps and has been the State Camp Director since 2008. He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
    Robertson also officiated high school football from 1972-1987, and he officiated baseball from 1972-1974.
   Active in church and civic affairs in Montgomery, he has served in various positions of civic leadership including serving as president of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, was Division 9 Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis from 2007-2009 and has also served as president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the River Region.

RONNIE SIKES: A native of Randolph County, Sikes, 59, graduated from Randolph County High School in Wedowee in 1977 and from Auburn University in 1981. He also attended Southern Union Community College and received a master’s degree from Auburn University (1987).
    The veteran football coach began his career in high school education in 1981 with stints at Valley High School (1981-1984), Notasulga (1984-1988), Mortimer Jordan (1988-1990), and Beulah (1990-1992) before returning to Notasulga in 1992. He served as head football coach for the Blue Devils for 12 years compiling a 91-51 record. He then moved to Lanett from 2004-2009. He has coached and taught at Georgia public schools since 2013. While at Notasulga his teams compiled a 25-game winning streak with his 2001 team capturing Class 1A state runner-up. He rebuilt the Lanett program in a short time becoming the first coach to lead the Panthers to a 12-win season since former AHSAA Executive Director Dan Washburn, a 2000 Inductee into the HOF, led Lanett to a 12-1 record in 1976.
    Sikes coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice and also coached in the North-South All-Star Game. He was named O-A News Coach of the Year in 1998.
 

SCHUESSLER WARE: Anniston High School’s long-time boys’ head basketball coach graduated from AHS in 1974 and Talladega College in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State University.
   Ware, 60, began teaching and coaching at his high school alma mater in 1979 – spending his entire career with the Anniston City Schools. He became head basketball coach in 1997 and for the next 20 years his teams compiled a 420-168 record with two state championships, the Class 5A title in 2002 and the 4A championship in 2009. Anniston made five State Final Four appearances, five Northeast Regional titles and seven Calhoun County championships during his tenure.
   He was chosen Calhoun County Coach of the Year nine times, AHSAA Class 5A (2002) and Class 4A (2009) Coach of the Year, and saw 12 of his teams win 20 or more games in a season.  Only one team had a losing record but still won the area title, and two years later the program rebounded to go 27-6 and reach the Northeast Regional tourney.
   He is active in his church and community serving as an Elder at First United Presbyterian Church.


CAROLYN WRIGHT: Mrs. Wright, 62, graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1974 and from Alabama State University in 1978. She earned a master’s in specific learning disability.
   She has spent the last 40 years teaching and coaching, primarily at Central High School in Phenix City. She became the head girls’ basketball coach at Central in 1991 and finished the 2019 season with a 517-293 record. She guided the Lady Red Devils to a 26-4 record in 2016-17 and a berth in the Class 7A State Tournament after winning the Central Regional title. Her teams have had just two losing seasons and finished 29-5 in 2005 to set a school girls’ record for basketball wins in a season.
   Wright, who also coaches volleyball at Central, served as girls’ track coach from 1992-2007 with 14 individuals or relay teams winning state event titles. Her volleyball team reached the Super Regional tourney in 2014.
     She serves in several other leadership roles include department chair for the health and PE department (1991-2008) at Central, and is also currently assistant athletic director. She served on the AHSAA Strategic Planning Committee in 2016.
    Her husband Bobby Wright, the Central boys’ basketball coach, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. With over 600 wins, the husband-wife duo have more basketball games than any other husband-wife coaching duo state history. The couple now have the distinction of being just the second husband-wife tandem to be selected to be enshrined in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The first were Tom and Lynette Calvin.
   

AHSAA Super 7 Football Championship Series Heading Back to Auburn for Second Year in a Row

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Super 7 State Football Championships will be heading back to Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 4-6 for the second year in a row, announced Steve Savarese, AHSAA Executive Director, Sunday.
    The seven AHSAA state football championship games have been rotating between the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium and Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium annually since 2009. 
       “With our upcoming plans to upgrade parts of Bryant-Denny Stadium, we asked Auburn to host the Super 7 again this year, and they generously accepted,” said University of Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne.  We will look forward to hosting the Super 7 again in 2020 and want to thank Auburn and everyone involved in helping move this forward.”
        Auburn University Athletics Director Allen Greene said Auburn University was glad to be able to accommodate Byrne’s request.
         “We are excited about the opportunity to once again welcome the state’s best football teams, their bands, cheerleaders, students and supporters to Jordan-Hare Stadium,” he said. “As they have done so well in the past, our community and local organizing committee will work to provide a great experience for those that travel to our city and campus for this great event.”

           Savarese said that from the very beginning he has been amazed at just how well the parties involved have worked together to make the Super 7 such a special event. The Super 7 has rotated with the championships being held at the site not hosting the annual Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl each year. Jordan-Hare will be the site for the Auburn-Alabama game next December as well.
        “The University of Alabama and City of Tuscaloosa asked Auburn to step in and host again this year,” Savarese said. “Auburn University and the Cities of Auburn and Opelika graciously agreed. Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama will host the 2020 Super 7 the following year.
           “This partnership rotation between our state’s two finest football stadiums, the cities of Tuscaloosa, Opelika and Auburn and both universities has been outstanding. “Each community and each university have always shown tremendous cooperation working together to provide life-long memories for our student-athletes, member schools and our participating communities from all across this great state.”
        Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox say they appreciate the opportunity to host the Super 7.
     “From the beginning, there has been extraordinary partnership between the universities and our respective cities,” Maddox said. “Together, we take tremendous pride in hosting the AHSAA Super 7.  The City of Tuscaloosa is truly appreciative of the willingness of the cities of Auburn and Opelika and Auburn University for going the extra mile to host in 2019. Along with the University of Alabama, we look forward to resuming the schedule in 2020 and showcasing the major upgrades at Bryant-Denny Stadium.”   
    Mayors Fuller and Anders look forward to the opportunity of hosting the Super 7 for the second straight year.
     “The City of Opelika is happy to be part of this incredible team,” Fuller said. “We work side-by-side with Auburn University and the City of Auburn to give the players, fans and parents an experience they surely won’t forget.”
      Anders, who was one of the founding members of the group that helped form this Super 7 alliance with the AHSAA in 2009, said he is proud of the way each city and university has worked together to celebrate the achievements of the state’s student-athletes and high schools.
    “We’re looking forward to being a part of yet another unforgettable experience at this year’s AHSAA Super 7 at Jordan-Hare,” said Anders. “This event is a testament to the strong bond between Auburn and Tuscaloosa, and we’re grateful for the chance to step in and celebrate our great high school athletes for the second year in a row.”
   Don Staley, president and CEO of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, manages the Super 7 event locally when it is in Tuscaloosa.
     “Although we are disappointed at not being in a position to host this year’s AHSAA Super 7 High School Football Championships, we recognize the importance of enhancements and construction timelines taking place at Bryant Denny Stadium” said Staley.  “We appreciate the years of collaboration with Auburn University, Auburn Athletics, City of Auburn and City of Opelika on this project and are indebted for their support in hosting this year’s event.”