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Hoover, Homewood Set to Defend Titles After Tune-Up at Last Chance Meet

    MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
    Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37. 
    Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season.  Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
    The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
      Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys.  (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.   
   The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
    Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago.  Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
    Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
    Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
    Heat sheets for the AHSAA State Championships can be found at the following link:}

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Indoor/2019/ahsaa%20friday%20running.pdf?ver=2019-01-30-140456-533

    Xpress Timing, directed by Dan Passen, will provide live stats results throughout the state meet with the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live stream available through its subscriber program. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com


Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Becomes AHSAA Career Rebound Leader in Hewitt Win

MONTGOMERY -- Mountain Brook High School 6-foot-9 senior Trendon Watford had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (24-3) beat Hewitt-Trussville 63-39. In the process, his last rebound of the night made him the AHSAA’s all-time leading rebounder – and the outstanding forward grabbed this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
   Watford had 1,821 rebounds following that win, which moved him past the state’s all-time career leader Richard Hendrix of Athens, who finished his career with 1,820 rebounds from 2001-05 for the Golden Eagles.  Watford added 12 in a 51-47 win over Memphis East on Saturday night to give him 1,833 on the season. He also has more than 3,400 points in a career that spanned one season (2014-15) at Shades Valley High School and four seasons at Mountain Brook (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and this season). Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans, ranked 8th nationally by U.S. Today, have won back-to-back Class 7A boys’ state basketball titles with Watford in the line-up.  He also was one of two AHSAA seniors named to rosters for the McDonald’s All-America All-Star Game last week. Pleasant Home senior center River Baldwin was selected for the McDonald‘s girls’ contest.
    Josh Langford of Madison Academy (2016) and Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga (2014) are the most recent AHSAA players to play in the annual all-star game. Jack Doss served as a head coach and his J.O. Johnson assistants Troy Ragland and Preston Barber also coached in the game in 2016.
    The win over Memphis East extended Mountain Brook’s current winning streak to 10 games.
    Watford’s rebounding record edged out another outstanding rebounding performance by Coosa Christian’s India Brown for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. She had 25 points and 28 rebounds in a 67-58 win over Jacksonville Christian. Brown had 11 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive boards to turn in the 13th best single-game rebounding effort in AHSAA girls’ basketball history.  Maida Harris of B.B. Comer had 38 in a game for Childersburg against B.B. Comer in 2000 to set the record. Brown had 31 in a win over Cleveland last season, which ties for third most overall. Her 28 versus Jacksonville Christian is the most reported since then and gives her the two highest rebounding totals reported in AHSAA girls’ play since 2014.
   In other top efforts reported this week:

BUZZER BEATERS
HALEY BENFORD, TANNER:
Nailed the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Tanner’s 38-36 win over West Limestone on Thursday in the Limestone County Tournament. Benford finished the game with 11 points. Caroline Bachus had 20 points for West Limestone.
MAXWELL RONE, COLUMBIA: Had 15 points, including two clutch baskets in overtime, as the Eagles downed Muscle Shoals 51-49 to claim the Class 6A, Area 15 top seed. Teammate Gervaughn Abram also sank three important free throws in the OT period to help seal the win. He finished with 11 points.
JAKE KOKOSZKA, ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC: Scored the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 36-35 win over Bayside Academy. It was the first area win in the school’s AHSAA history.
CHANCE SPEARS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 16 points to lead the Leopards from a 15-point deficit in the 70-68 overtime win over Flomaton.

GIRLS
LEIGHTON ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Scored 30 points in the Eagles’ 74-48 win over Pike Road. The win was the 20th for Montgomery Academy this season – the Eagles’ sixth straight year with 20 or more wins and 11th in the last 14 seasons.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The senior center, who was recently named to participate in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game, had 23 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 157-20 win over McKenzie. One night earlier, she had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Eagles’ 54-25 win over Georgiana.
KEANDRIA CHILDRESS, WENONAH: Had 29 points and 10 steals in a 76-43 win over Fairfield.
SARAH ASHLEE BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Tallied 27 points as the Jaguars beat Hewitt-Trussville 75-65, had 20 in a 67-50 win over Vestavia Hills and 15 in a hard-fought 48-45 loss to Hazel Green.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 43-28 win over Geneva County rival Samson.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHHAM: Scored 28 points as the Rams (20-8) captured the Class 6A, Area 11 regular-season title. She also had 19 points and six re bounds in a 44-27 win over Gardendale.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Scored 29 points in Decatur Heritage’s 56-48 win over Westminster Christian.
ALLISON EVANS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Led the Mustangs to a 55-29 win over Prattville with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
KATHLEEN WHEELER, PRICEVILLE: Totaled
30 points in roughly two quarters as Priceville defeated Falkville 62-35 in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament on Friday. She scored 25 points in the first half.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Had 23 points in a 38-34 win over Baldwin County.
TIARRA BOGGS, WILLIAMSON: Scored 20 points and had five steals in a 52-47 win over W.S. Neal.

BOYS
TOMMY MURR, LINDSEY LANE ACADEMY:
Scored 55 points in an 85-72 loss to Sheffield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Scored 32 points, handed out seven assists and cleared seven rebounds as the Tigers beat arch-rival Central-Hayneville 100-73.
CAMERON TUCKER, WENONAH: Had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 66-57 win over Pinson Valley, 14 points and five assists in a 57-48 win over Fairfield and added 18 points as the Dragons beat Lausanne Collegiate (TN) 55-52 in the Hotbed Classic at New Albany (MS).
DE’MARQUIESE MILES, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 points and eight assists in a 66-34 win over Ellwood Christian and had 14 points in a 57-50 win over Carver-Montgomery at the Wolverines’ gym – just the sixth loss in the arena’s nine-year history. Carver is 105-6 overall at home during that span with three losses coming at the hands of their arch-rival Generals.
KENDRICK CALHOUN, B.T. WASHINGTON: Had 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Golden Eagles beat Holtville. His teammate Joseph Graham led the scoring with 16 points and also cleared 10 rebounds.
MARKEL BEE, SPANISH FORT: sank six 3-pointers en route to 22 points as the Toros downed Daphne 69-40 in a standing-room-only packed gym as the two rivals played in the Shooting 3 Change Classic to raise awareness for autism research. Daphne won the first meeting 67-64.
DREW DUNN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had 21 points, including 6-of-8 at the foul line, as the Eagles downed Thompson 59-47 to clinch second seed in Class 7A, Area 5.
MICAH BOONE, LAMP: Totaled 19 points in the Golden Tigers’ 57-48 win over Montgomery Catholic to help expend LAMP’s current win streak to 13 games.
MARTAVIUS PAYTON, GEORGIANA: Had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Panthers (22-4) won their 11th game in a row beating Pleasant Home 72-32. He also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-53 loss to Greenville the next night as the win streak came to an end versus the 5A Tigers.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a pair of double-doubles with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 59-53 win over Westminster Christian and 13 points and 13 re bounds in a 69-57 loss to Huntsville.



Thompson, Oxford, Scottsboro Capture AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tourney Titles at Bill Harris Arena

BIRMINGHAM – Thompson, Oxford and Scottsboro each posted victories Friday night in the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament finals at Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex.
    Thompson posted  45-12 triumph over Bob Jones to claim the Class 7A Duals title. Oxford picked two pins in the final two matches to top Gardendale 42-27 in the 6A finals and Scottsboro defeated Saint James 50-24.
  Manny Oliver of the Warriors had the quickest pin of the night (22 seconds) with his win over Manuel Marrero of Bob Jones in the 7A 132-pound match. Thompson had four pins overall.
   In the 6A finals, Oxford broke open a 31-27 match with Octavius Adair winning over over Gardendale’s Nate Crim at 195 pounds with a 20-2 technical falal and Kobe Shumaker pinning Jeremy Simpon at 220 pounds at 1:20.
   Saint James’ Gabe Robbins had second quickest pin of the night winning the 138-pound Class 1A-5A match over Scottsboro’s Aaron Clark in just 31 seconds. The Wildcats dominated the match otherwise with Kolton Clark pinning Bennett Blankenship in 43 seconds at 182 pounds and defending heavyweight state champion Bradford Womack winning the first match of the night with a pin at 44 seconds over Taylor Penney in the 285-pound finals.

AHSAA 2019 Duals Wrestling Tournament Finals
CLASS 1A-5A
Scottsboro 50, Saint James 24
CLASS 6A
Oxford 42, Gardendale 27
CLASS 7A
Thompson 51,  Bob Jones 12

INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS

CLASS 7A: THOMPSON 52, BOB JONES 12

106 - Zaderian Toney (Bob Jones) over Yanni Vines (Thompson HS) Dec 3-1
113 - Dylan Lesueur (Thompson HS) over Zaevian Toney (Bob Jones) Maj 11-2
120 - James Latona (Thompson HS) over Jim Wilson (Bob Jones) Dec 6-5
126 - Chandler Akins (Thompson HS) over Ryan West (Bob Jones) TF 16-0
132 - Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson HS) over Manuel Marrero (Bob Jones) Fall 0:22
138 - Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson HS) over Abe Alrefai (Bob Jones) Fall 6:0
145 - Jordan Whalen (Bob Jones) over Braydon Gray (Thompson HS) Fall 0:55
152 - Josiah Campbell (Thompson HS) over Raequan Mccray (Bob Jones) Dec 3-1
160 - Derek Hussey (Thompson HS) over Gabriel Pittman (Bob Jones) TF 18-2
170 - Ashunti Perry (Thompson HS) over Cal Francovitch (Bob Jones) Maj 17-9
182 - George Francovitch (Bob Jones) over Tyler Gilson (Thompson HS) Dec 9-6
195 - Michael Jackson (Thompson HS) over Nick Mothersele (Bob Jones) Fall 2:40
220 - Isaac Mcadams (Thompson HS) over Jordan Aycock (Bob Jones) Fall 2:55
285 - Jeremiah Coney (Thompson HS) over Josh Guyton (Bob Jones) Dec 4-3

CLASS 6A: OXFORD 42, GARDENDALE 27
106 - Melton Powe (Gardendale Hs) over Garrett Howell (Oxford) Dec 9-7
113 - Alex Webb (Gardendale Hs) over Kash Hornsby (Oxford) Fall 1:21
120 - Kaleb Shelton (Oxford) over Vincet Zeigler (Gardendale Hs) Fall 4:38
126 - Landon Burrage (Oxford) over Luis Pribyl (Gardendale Hs) Dec 4-3
132 - Wesley Slick (Oxford) over Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale Hs) Dec 14-7
138 - Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) over Keenan Wyatt (Gardendale Hs) Maj 11-1
145 - Chase Hicks (Oxford) over Dalton Brazeel (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:11
152 - Reed Hill (Oxford) over Russ Boackle (Gardendale Hs) Dec 6-0
160 - Carson Kim (Gardendale Hs) over Kendrick Young (Oxford) Fall 4:35
170 - Tristen Latham (Oxford) over Isaac Gillis (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:55
182 - Derrick Orvik (Gardendale Hs) over Keeshon Siaosi (Oxford) Fall 4:45
195 - Octavius Adair (Oxford) over Nate Crim (Gardendale Hs) TF 20-2
220 - Kobe Shumaker (Oxford) over Jeremy Simpson (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:02
285 - Trevon Tanniehill (Gardendale Hs) over Jalen Bradford (Oxford) Fall 1:07

CLASS 1A/5A: SCOTTSBORO 50, SAINT JAMES 24

106 - Mason Mckenzie (Scottsboro) over Tennison Norton (St James) Fall 0:41
113 - Clinton Stewert (Scottsboro) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
120 - Granger Hicks (St James) over Aiden Goggans (Scottsboro) Fall 1:23
126 - Jordan Porter (Scottsboro) over Wes Christie (St James) Fall 4:00
132 - Jackson Howard (St James) over Russell Proctor (Scottsboro) Dec 9-4
138 - Gabe Robbins (St James) over Aaron Clark (Scottsboro) Fall 0:31
145 - Trey Gaines (St James) over Trent Earnest (Scottsboro) Fall 1:02
152 - Leland Talbert (St James) over Tanner Shelton (Scottsboro) SV-1 5-3
160 - Connor Calfee (Scottsboro) over Travis Hamilton (St James) Maj 9-1
170 - Damian Ramirez (Scottsboro) over Mac Johnson (St James) Maj 11-3
182 - Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) over Bennett Blankenship (St James) Fall 0:43
195 - Trevian Billingsley (Scottsboro) over Jake Rice (St James) Fall 1:58
220 - Caleb Anderson (Scottsboro) over Matt Prater (St James) Fall 0:52
285 - Bradford Womack (Scottsboro) over Taylor Penney (St James) Fall 0:44


Southside Claims Third Straight Bowling Title; Vestavia Hills Boys Win First Boys’ Title

PELHAM – Southside-Gadsden High School edged Thompson by just three pins in the finals Friday afternoon to claim the Lady Panthers’ third consecutive AHSAA State Girls’ Bowling Championship at Oak Mountain Lanes.
    Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, totaled 1,329 pins with Cheyanne Bohannon and Grace Ann Clontz posting games of 171 each in the traditional round of the Baker Format finals. Thompson, which totaled 1,326 pins, was led Jillian Hulsey’s 188 in the traditional round. Her four-game traditional total (849) topped all bowlers. Southside’s Grace Ann Clontz totaled 736 in her four traditional games.
     Vestavia Hills won its first boys’ state title in a close championship battle with East Limestone – winning by 35 pins. The Rebels totaled a 1,538 and the Indians had a 1,503 final score. The finals closed out the most competitive State Bowling Championship in its four-year history.
    The Rebels used a balanced team effort led by Beau Reed, Boris Lu and Cameron Monistere. Reed rolled 219 in the traditional round of the final match and finished the day with an 827 total in four traditional games. Monistere had a 233 in the final match. Lu finished totaled 763 in his four traditional games and Monistere had a 769.  East Limestone’s Austin Turner shot a 241 in the final round and had a four-game total to 827 to lead all boys’ participants. Teammate Justin Lewis had a 213 to finish the day with a 746 total.
    Thompson’s girls got a big boost in the semifinals when Hulsey, a junior, rolled an AHSAA state record 289 in the traditional round as the Lady Warriors (1,434) moved to the finals with a 54-pin win over Sparkman (1,380).  Hulsey had a spare on the first frame, then nailed nine strikes in a row and finished with a spare on her final roll to break the old mark by 11 pins. 
    The two teams also set a state record for Baker Format match – combining for 2,814 pins. The previous high match score (2,584) in the state tourney was set by Sparkman and Stanhope Elmore in 2018.
    Southside-Gadsden and Sparkman combined for 2,597 pins in a North Regional match last week to set the overall mark heading into the state tourney and Sparkman’s 1,308 – 1,305 win over Stanhope Elmore in the first round Friday eclipsed that mark by 16 pins (2,613).
    East Limestone (1,483), the North Region boys’ champion last week, knocked off Hewitt-Trussville (1,460) in the quarterfinals by 23 pins in what was perhaps the top boys’ single match of the day. The Huskies captured top seed on Thursday and finished second to the Pirates in the North Regional finals.
    The girls’ top match also came in the quarterfinals with Sparkman edging Stanhope Elmore by three pins – 1,308 to 1.305.
    Hoover’s P.J. Rudolph had a 267 in the quarterfinals for the top single game in the boys’ Friday competition.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET RESULTS
BOYS DIVISION (Baker Format)
First Round
Hewitt-Trussville 1,566, Baker 1,462
East Limestone 1,479, Gadsden City 1,418
Buckhorn 1,577, Stanhope Elmore 1,389
Thompson 1,495, Mary Montgomery 1,194
Sparkman 1,419, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 1,250
Auburn 1,371, Spain Park 1,359
Hoover 1,420, James Clemens 1,379
Vestavia Hills 1,642, Southside-Gadsden 1,296
Quarterfinals
East Limestone 1,483, Hewitt-Trussville 1,460
Thompson 1,526, Buckhorn 1,449
Sparkman 1,533, Auburn 1,422
Vestavia Hills 1,558, Hoover 1,479
Semifinals
East Limestone 1,477, Thompson 1,396
Vestavia Hills 1,361, Sparkman 1,298
Championship
Vestavia Hills 1,538, East Limestone 1,503

GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
FIRST ROUND
Southside-Gadsden 1,265, Oak Mountain 1,002
Gulf Shores 1,120, Pinson Valley 1,114
Spain Park, 1,090, East Limestone 1,086
Hartselle 1,199, Hewitt-Trussville 1,096
Sparkman 1,129, Etowah 1,046
Stanhope Elmore 1,129, Satsuma 970
Auburn 1,024, Grissom 884
Thompson 1,203, Vestavia Hills 1,073
Quarterfinals
Southside-Gadsden 1,081, Gulf Shores 1,035
Hartselle 1,171, Spain Park 1,127
Sparkman 1,308, Stanhope Elmore 1,305
Thompson 1,355, Auburn 1,060
Semifinals
Southside-Gadsden 1,334, Hartselle 1,140
Thompson 1,434, Sparkman 1,380
Championship
Southside-Gadsden 1,329, Thompson 1,326


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
(4 Traditional Games, TOP 5)
BOYS
Austin Turner, East Limestone    827
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills             808
Cameron Monistere, Vestavia    769
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hills                  763
Justin Lewis, East Limestone       746

GIRLS
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              849
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       736
Gillian Baker, Thompson              648
Abby Arias, Hartselle                     552    
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             531


BOYS’ RESULTS
Individual Leaders (Traditional Round)
FIRST ROUND
Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore   250
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hills                  234
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills             233
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    222
P.J. Rudolph, Hoover                     218
QUARTERFINALS
P.J. Rudolph, Hoover                     267
Jeremy Dawson, Buckhorn          247
Isaac Hernandez, Gadsden City  231
Mason Jones, St. Elmore              199
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills             196
SEMIFINALS
Ethan Keaton, East Limestone    210
Beau Reed, VestaviA Hills            206
Justin Lewis, East Limestone       204
Austin Turner, East Limestone    200
Jacob Acker, Thompson                194
Jacob Tilly, Sparkman                    194
Finals
Austin Turner, East Limestone    241
Cameron Monistere, Vestavia    233
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills             219
Justin Lewis, East Limestone       213
Mason Maners, Vestavia Hills     203


           
GIRLS’ RESULTS
Individual Leaders (Traditional Round)
FIRST ROUND
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       198
Talli DuBose, Oak Mountain        186
Abby Arias, Hartselle                     184
Kacey Mashal, Stan. Elmore        183
Tori Hughes, Hartselle                   179
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              179
QUARTERFINALS
Alyssa Ward, Stan. Elmore           213
Angela Webber, Sparkman          205
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              193
Abby Arias, Hartselle                     191
Alyssa Dupree, Stan. Elmore       186
SEMIFINALS
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              289 (state girls’ record)
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       222
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             206
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  204
Kailee Adcock, Hartselle               190
Finals
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              188
Maggie Smith, Thompson            181    
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       171
Cheyanne Bohannon, Southsde 171
Gillian Baker, Thompson              164

Southside-Gadsden Girls and Hewitt-Trussville Boys Clinch Top Seeds with Impressive First Day

PELHAM – Two-time defending girls’ state bowling champion Southside-Gadsden emerged as the top seed after Thursday’s opening round of traditional play at the 2019 AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Oak Mountain Lanes.
    The Lady Panthers piled up 2,599 pins to lead all girls’ teams as the 16-team girls’ field and 16-team boys’ field competed in three rounds of traditional bowling.  Hewitt-Trussville totaled 2,855 pins to earn top seed in the boys’ divisions.
     Friday’s final day of competition will be a four-round single-elimination championship match play bracket. Teams will compete using the Baker Format (one round of traditional bowling plus three round of Baker Format play) per match.
    All teams begin the championship round at 8 a.m., with the championship match for boys and girls to be begin at approximately 4 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes.
     Hewitt-Trussville will face Baker in the first-round match and Vestavia Hills, the second seed in the boys’ division after posting a 2,797 team total Thursday, will meet Southside in Friday’s first-round match.   Southside’s girls meet Oak Mountain in the first round and girls’ second seed Thompson, which finished 200 pins behind the Lady Panthers at 2,399, open with Vestavia Hills.
    Sophomore Cole Arsenault of Sparkman turned in the top boys’ series with a 268-184-258—710 total. His 268 in the first round was top boys’ game of Thursday’s play and his 258 was the best total in the third round.  Sophomore Landon Masters of Thompson had the second best boys’ single game with a 267 in the first set. He finished with a 267-203-202—672 series total to finish second in the boys’ tradition play rankings.
    Sparkman senior Nicole Gilbert totaled 178-211-200—589 to finish as the girls’ division series leader. Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, placed three bowlers in the top five series leaders with junior Grace Ann Clontz rolling 201-179-182—562 to finish second. Junior teammate Ashlee Hull was fourth with a 545 total and sophomore Jennifer Clontz was fifth at 533. Jessica Clontz was sixth with a 525 series. Thompson junior Jillian Hulsey was third with a 555 total. She had a 213 in the first set for the top game and Warriors teammate Maggie Smith turned in the best girls’ single game with a 230 in the final set of the day.
    Southside’s 862 total in the third set was the best single round total of the day for the girls’ competition while Vestavia Hills, coached by Todd Evans, had a first-round team total of 1,032 for the top boys’ total. Sparkman, coached by Lisa Ivey, had a 1,031 in the final round of the day.
    Complete first-day team results and individual leaders are listed.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Friday’s Pairings

BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)

Baker vs. Hewitt-Trussville (No. 1 seed)
Gadsden City vs. East Limestone
Stanhope Elmore vs. Buckhorn
Mary Montgomery vs. Thompson (No. 4 seed)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Auburn vs. Spain Park
James Clemens vs. Hoover
Southside-Gadsden vs. Vestavia Hills (No. 2 seed)

GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)
Oak Mountain vs. Southside-Gadsden (No. 1 seed)
Gulf Shores vs. Pinson Valley
East Limestone vs. Spain Park
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Hartselle (No. 4 seed)

Etowah vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Satsuma vs. Stanhope Elmore
Auburn vs. Grissom
Vestavia Hills vs. Thompson (No. 2 seed)

Thursday’s Results
(Traditional Bowling)
BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Hewitt-Trussville                            2,855
Vestavia Hills                                   2,797
Sparkman                                         2,770
Thompson                                        2,679
Buckhorn                                          2,651
Spain Park                                        2,630
Hoover                                              2,591
East Limestone                               2,531
Gadsden City                                   2,509
James Clemens                               2,483
Auburn                                              2,481
Stanhope Elmore                           2,448
Mary Montgomery                        2,437
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                      2,380
Southside-Gadsden                        2,356
Baker                                                 2,326

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Southside-Gadsden                        2,599
Thompson                                        2,399
Sparkman                                         2,273
Hartselle                                           2,176
Spain Park                                        2,163
Stanhope Elmore                           2,146
Grissom                                            2,094
Pinson Valley                                   2,079
Gulf Shores                                      1,998
Auburn                                              1,979
Satsuma                                            1,936
East Limestone                               1,903
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,901
Etowah                                              1,897
Vestavia Hills                                   1,887
Oak Mountain                                 1,878

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
(THREE-GAME SERIES TOP 5)
BOYS
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           710
Landon Masters, Thompson       672
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       640
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              628
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    626
GIRLS
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             589
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       562
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              555
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  545
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           533


BOYS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Vestavia Hills                                   1,032
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,005
Thompson                                           965
Buckhorn                                             943
Auburn                                                 881
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           268
Landon Masters, Thompson       267
Jacob Acker, Thompson               247
Kyle Wright, Hewitt-Trussville    237
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills            236
Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn           236

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Spain Park                                        952
Gadsden City                                   869
Stanhope Elmore                           865
Sparkman                                         862
Hewitt-Trussville                            856
Individual Leaders
Cameron Copeland, Spain Park  235
Tyler Fanning, M.Montgomery   222
Carson Poe, Hillcrest                     219
Devin Dowdle, Spain Park            215
Mason Jones, St. Elmore              211

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Sparkman                                         1,031
Hewitt-Trussville                               994
Vestavia Hills                                      963
East Limestone                                  962
Hoover                                                 908 
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           258
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              255
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       223
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    223
Mason Jones, Stan. Elmore         222
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hill                    222    

GIRLS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        860
Thompson                                        820
Stanhope Elmore                           748
Gulf Shores                                      701
Hartselle                                           700
Individual Leaders
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              213
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       201
Kacey Marshal, St. Elmore           197
Jessica Sherman, Thompson       192
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           190

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        857
Sparkman                                         775
Auburn                                              769
Hartselle                                           761
Spain Park                                        757    
Individual Leaders
Alexis Anderson, Spain Park        212
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             211
Jessica Clontz, Southside              196
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  188
Daylin Tolgo, Sparkman                184

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        882
Thompson                                        879
Grissom                                            824
Sparkman                                         797
Spain Park                                        774
Individual Leaders
Maggie Smith, Thompson            230    
Denisha Kendall, Grissom            228    
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             200
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  198
Taylor Key, Grissom                       184


2019 AHSAA Bowling Championships Conclude Friday Southside-Gadsden Girls and Hewitt-Trussville Boys Clinch Top Seeds with Impressive First Day

PELHAM – Two-time defending girls’ state bowling champion Southside-Gadsden emerged as the top seed after Thursday’s opening round of traditional play at the 2019 AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Oak Mountain Lanes.
    The Lady Panthers piled up 2,599 pins to lead all girls’ teams as the 16-team girls’ field and 16-team boys’ field competed in three rounds of traditional bowling.  Hewitt-Trussville totaled 2,855 pins to earn top seed in the boys’ divisions.
     Friday’s final day of competition will be a four-round single-elimination championship match play bracket. Teams will compete using the Baker Format (one round of traditional bowling plus three round of Baker Format play) per match.
    All teams begin the championship round at 8 a.m., with the championship match for boys and girls to be begin at approximately 4 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes.
     Hewitt-Trussville will face Baker in the first-round match and Vestavia Hills, the second seed in the boys’ division after posting a 2,797 team total Thursday, will meet Southside in Friday’s first-round match.   Southside’s girls meet Oak Mountain in the first round and girls’ second seed Thompson, which finished 200 pins behind the Lady Panthers at 2,399, open with Vestavia Hills.
    Sophomore Cole Arsenault of Sparkman turned in the top boys’ series with a 268-184-258—710 total. His 268 in the first round was top boys’ game of Thursday’s play and his 258 was the best total in the third round.  Sophomore Landon Masters of Thompson had the second best boys’ single game with a 267 in the first set. He finished with a 267-203-202—672 series total to finish second in the boys’ tradition play rankings.
    Sparkman senior Nicole Gilbert totaled 178-211-200—589 to finish as the girls’ division series leader. Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, placed three bowlers in the top five series leaders with junior Grace Ann Clontz rolling 201-179-182—562 to finish second. Junior teammate Ashlee Hull was fourth with a 545 total and sophomore Jennifer Clontz was fifth at 533. Jessica Clontz was sixth with a 525 series. Thompson junior Jillian Hulsey was third with a 555 total. She had a 213 in the first set for the top game and Warriors teammate Maggie Smith turned in the best girls’ single game with a 230 in the final set of the day.
    Southside’s 862 total in the third set was the best single round total of the day for the girls’ competition while Vestavia Hills, coached by Todd Evans, had a first-round team total of 1,032 for the top boys’ total. Sparkman, coached by Lisa Ivey, had a 1,031 in the final round of the day.
    Complete first-day team results and individual leaders are listed.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Friday’s Pairings

BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)

Baker vs. Hewitt-Trussville (No. 1 seed)
Gadsden City vs. East Limestone
Stanhope Elmore vs. Buckhorn
Mary Montgomery vs. Thompson (No. 4 seed)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Auburn vs. Spain Park
James Clemens vs. Hoover
Southside-Gadsden vs. Vestavia Hills (No. 2 seed)

GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)
Oak Mountain vs. Southside-Gadsden (No. 1 seed)
Gulf Shores vs. Pinson Valley
East Limestone vs. Spain Park
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Hartselle (No. 4 seed)

Etowah vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Satsuma vs. Stanhope Elmore
Auburn vs. Grissom
Vestavia Hills vs. Thompson (No. 2 seed)

Thursday’s Results
(Traditional Bowling)
BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Hewitt-Trussville                            2,855
Vestavia Hills                                   2,797
Sparkman                                         2,770
Thompson                                        2,679
Buckhorn                                          2,651
Spain Park                                        2,630
Hoover                                              2,591
East Limestone                               2,531
Gadsden City                                   2,509
James Clemens                               2,483
Auburn                                              2,481
Stanhope Elmore                           2,448
Mary Montgomery                        2,437
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                      2,380
Southside-Gadsden                        2,356
Baker                                                 2,326

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Southside-Gadsden                        2,599
Thompson                                        2,399
Sparkman                                         2,273
Hartselle                                           2,176
Spain Park                                        2,163
Stanhope Elmore                           2,146
Grissom                                            2,094
Pinson Valley                                   2,079
Gulf Shores                                      1,998
Auburn                                              1,979
Satsuma                                            1,936
East Limestone                               1,903
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,901
Etowah                                              1,897
Vestavia Hills                                   1,887
Oak Mountain                                 1,878

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
(THREE-GAME SERIES TOP 5)
BOYS
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           710
Landon Masters, Thompson       672
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       640
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              628
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    626
GIRLS
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             589
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       562
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              555
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  545
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           533


BOYS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Vestavia Hills                                   1,032
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,005
Thompson                                           965
Buckhorn                                             943
Auburn                                                 881
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           268
Landon Masters, Thompson       267
Jacob Acker, Thompson               247
Kyle Wright, Hewitt-Trussville    237
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills            236
Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn           236

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Spain Park                                        952
Gadsden City                                   869
Stanhope Elmore                           865
Sparkman                                         862
Hewitt-Trussville                            856
Individual Leaders
Cameron Copeland, Spain Park  235
Tyler Fanning, M.Montgomery   222
Carson Poe, Hillcrest                     219
Devin Dowdle, Spain Park            215
Mason Jones, St. Elmore              211

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Sparkman                                         1,031
Hewitt-Trussville                               994
Vestavia Hills                                      963
East Limestone                                  962
Hoover                                                 908 
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           258
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              255
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       223
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    223
Mason Jones, Stan. Elmore         222
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hill                    222    

GIRLS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        860
Thompson                                        820
Stanhope Elmore                           748
Gulf Shores                                      701
Hartselle                                           700
Individual Leaders
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              213
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       201
Kacey Marshal, St. Elmore           197
Jessica Sherman, Thompson       192
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           190

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        857
Sparkman                                         775
Auburn                                              769
Hartselle                                           761
Spain Park                                        757    
Individual Leaders
Alexis Anderson, Spain Park        212
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             211
Jessica Clontz, Southside              196
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  188
Daylin Tolgo, Sparkman                184

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        882
Thompson                                        879
Grissom                                            824
Sparkman                                         797
Spain Park                                        774
Individual Leaders
Maggie Smith, Thompson            230    
Denisha Kendall, Grissom            228    
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             200
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  198
Taylor Key, Grissom                       184


Three Boys’ Basketball Coaches Post Milestone Wins to Claim AHSAA Basketball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY -- Three boys’ basketball coaches share the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight this week for clinching milestone wins.
   AHSAA Hall of Famer Raymond White, who retired following the 2017 season after notching 794 coaching victories at Barbour County, came out retirement after one season to take over Carroll High School’s basketball program. After a 1-7 start for the Class 5A Eagles, White has turned the Carroll program around going 7-6 since with three wins in the team’s last four appearances. Carroll presented him with victory No. 800 with a 61-59 win over Dale County. White has since won two more games and has an 802-314 career record heading into this weekend’s games.
    Talladega High School Coach Chucky Miller recorded the 750th win of his outstanding career last week with an 82-55 win over Lincoln. The Tigers (18-5) opened the Talladega County Tourney earlier this week with beating Lincoln again 69-48. Miller led Talladega to the Class 5A State Tournament semifinals finishing the year with a 733-332 career slate. He now is 751-337. He and his father Chuck Miller, a Hall of Fame coach who passed away in 2018, are the only father-son duo in AHSAA history to register 700 coaching wins. Chuck retired from coaching with 704 wins.
   And Mark Blevins, currently in his third season as head coach at Buckhorn High School after an outstanding coaching career with stops at Bearden (TN), Johnson County (TN) and Bluefield College (VA), saw the Bucks beat Spain Park 57-47 at Wallace-Hanceville for his 900th win.
     Blevins’ record at Buckhorn (21-5) in three seasons is 60-25. He had 589 wins in 23 seasons at Bearden, 50 wins at Johnson County in two seasons and had 201 college wins at Bluefield College.
   He inherited a once-proud program at Buckhorn that had suffered three straight losing seasons before his arrival. The Bucks went from 6-20 the year before he arrived to 16-13 his first season in 2016-17, improved to 23-7 last season and opened this season with 11 straight wins.
    Also nominated for the AHSAA Spotlight this week are:

GIRLS
MIRIAM OLDACRE, WEST POINT:
Scored 17 points as the Lady Warriors beat Russellville 72-34 to claim the Class 5A, Area 14 title and the right to host the area tourney. West Point had 10 3-pointers in the contest. Coach John Welborn’s team has outscored its area opponents this year 461-204 in its six area games this season.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Totaled 29 points, five assists, six steals and five rebounds in the Rams’ 62-42 win over Shades Valley and followed with 21 points, four assists and three steals in a 51-40 triumph versus Carver-Montgomery.
KAITLYIN REYES, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Scored 26 points, all in the first half, in A 64-22 win over B.T. Washington Magnet went over 2,000 points in her career. She had 2,011 career points, a PCA school record, after last week’s games.
DEVANA DODD, SPARKMAN: Recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 72-61 win at Grissom.
ARIANA HART, MINOR:
Scored 26 points in a 55-54 win over Jackson-Olin.
BRE’ANNA RDHOES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Posted 26 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 59-53 loss at Park Crossing. The Wolverines (10-9), after a 51-40 loss to Carver-Birmingham on Saturday, host Sidney Lanier on Tuesday.
GABBY PERKINS, BRANTLEY: Had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 52-51 Bulldogs’ home loss to Florala. Teammate River Baldwin had 25 points on a 12-of-14 shooting performance. And registered six steals, six assists, six blocked shots and six rebounds.
HOPE GUNTER, PLEASANT HOME: Tied a season high with 18 points and added five steals in a 52-15 win at Red Level.
MARGARET HEAD, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-45 win over Saint James. Gabby Ramirez added 17 points for the Eagles.

BOYS
KAMERON WOODS, PINSON VALLEY:
Was 12-of-15 at the foul line en route to a 35-point performance as the Indians fell 66-57 to Wenonah (20-3) at the MLK Classic hosted at Fairfield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Had 57 points in three wins – over Highland Home, Greenville and arch-rival Central-Hayneville. He had 21 in the 68-60 win over Central to help the Tigers (20-6) clinch their first 20-win season since 2006-07.
KOBE BROWN, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Scored 30 points as the Generals downed Buckhorn 70-50.
QUINN CLOANE, LAMP: Had 20 points and six steals in a 54-42 win over Trinity on Tuesday and followed with 23 points and seven steals in a 47-45 victory over Alabama Christian to help LAMP improve their winning streak to 12 in a row.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Had 33 points, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, in a 66-54 win over Pelham and added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Eagles past Helena 84-55.
C.J. MELTON, HOOVER: Had 20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 66-55 win over Tuscaloosa County and had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-47 victory over Oak Mountain.
JALON MOORE, GARDENDALE: Had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets past Jasper 59-45 and scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Carver-Birmingham.
MALIK TYRSON, SPARKMAN: Had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-40 win over Gadsden City.


AHSAA 2019 Bowling Championships Set to Begin Today at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham

AHSAA Regional Bowling Championships 

   PELHAM – Vestavia Hills and East Limestone high schools headline the boys’ teams while Thompson and two-time defending champion Southside-Gadsden highlight the girls’ competition as the fourth annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships begin today at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes.
    All four teams captured regional titles last week with Vestavia and Thompson taking the South Regional crowns. East Limestone and Southside captured North Regional titles. Defending boys’ state champion Buckhorn is also back as one of the 16 boys’ qualifiers.
    A total of 16 teams qualified for boys’ and girls’ divisions as the state meet kicks of the first-day traditional round of bowling at 12:30 p.m. All 32 teams will be bowling at the same time – with bowlers rolling three traditional rounds. Team totals will then seed each team in a 16-team championship bracket for Friday’s Baker format team competition.
    Championship match play for boys and girls begins at 8 a.m., Friday, with the finals set for 5 p.m.
   Teams advancing to the state meet include:


Boys’ Division
North Qualifiers: East Limestone (Regional Champ); Hewitt-Trussville (Regional Runner-up); Buckhorn; Gadsden City; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; James Clemens; Southside-Gadsden; Sparkman.
South Qualifiers: Vestavia Hills (Regional Champ); Hoover (Regional Runner-up); Auburn; Baker; Mary Montgomery; Spain Park; Stanhope Elmore; Thompson.

Girls’ Division
North Qualifiers:
Southside-Gadsden (Regional Champ); Hartselle (Regional Runner-up); East Limestone; Etowah; Grissom; Hewitt-Trussville; Pinson Valley; Sparkman.
South Qualifiers: Thompson (Regional Champ); Stanhope Elmore (Regional Runner-up); Auburn; Gulf Shores; Oak Mountain; Satsuma; Spain Park; Vestavia Hills.


Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen Clears 7 Feet to Win the MLK Classic High Jump

Eagles’ Track Standout Grabs AHSAA Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY -- Trey Allen of Oak Mountain High School captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight last week with his record-setting 6-foot, 11-inch high jump earlier this month.
   He was at it again last Monday the Martin Luther King (MLK) Classic at the Birmingham CrossPlex – making history one more time when he became the first high school athlete to clear 7 feet. Allen’s performance came in the Class 6A/7A division of the meet that annually highlights the MLK Holiday.
   The AHSAA Indoor State Meet record is 6-10¼ -- held by three high jumpers: JuVaughn Blake of Columbia (2017); Tyler Boswell, Hoover (2006); and Mitch Dozier, Homewood (1981).
    Allen’s 7-foot leap is currently the best jump in the nation this outdoor season, according to Alabama Runners/Milesplit website. Alabama Runners captured Allen’s milestone achievement on Monday and it can be seen at www.alabamarunners.com. Jonah Hyde of Helena also tied the MLK Classic previous high jump mark clearing 6-06 to finish second to Allen. The previous MLK Classic record was (6-06) was set by Kyle Smith of Hoover in 2018.
   The MLK Classic competition was fierce with 83 elite performances among the competitors. Hoover posted 69.50 points to win the boys’ competition over Northridge (67). Ramsay was finished second with 58 points in the girls’ competition to Campbell High School of Smyrna (GA). Campbell’s Ashton Lindley, a junior, won the Class 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds, and McKenzie Kelley won the 400-meter dash in 56.52 to lead Campbell’s effort.
    Other top performances at the MLK Classic included:

GIRLS
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN:
Finished second to Madison Central (GA) sprinter Kennedi Sanders in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70. Sanders won at 7.56.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 1A/5A 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash with excellent times of 7.77 and 57.43, respectively.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC:
Won the 1A/5A 800 meters with the girls’ fastest time of the meet (2:16.59). She also won the 3,200 meters with clocking 11:29.14. She holds the CrossPlex record with a time of 10:32.94 in the 2015 AHSAA State Indoor Championships.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Set an MLK Classic record with a leap of 18-09.25 in the Class 6A/7A long jump, just one inch shy of the CrossPlex overall high school girls’ record.


BOYS
JAYLAN STINSON, OPELIKA:
Sprinted to the 60-meter dash title in the 6A/7A division with a winning time of 6.98 seconds, just 20/100ths of a second off the record set by current Florida State runner Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Stinson also clocked 49.894 to edge Hoover’s Jonathan Martin in the 400-meter dash (40.897) for the win and grabbed his third gold in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-00.75.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD:
Cleared 6-04 in the Class 1A/5A high jump to win the event.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Won the Class 6A/7A division 800 meters with a 1:58.69 time at the MLK Classic.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Set a new 6A/7A MLK Classic record in the triple jump with a winning leap of 48-11. Current Auburn University football standout Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the record in 2017 with a 48-07.50 leap. He still holds the overall CrossPlex record (50-03) set in the 2017 State Indoor Championships.


AHSAA Central Board Approves Boys’ & Girls’ Summer Basketball Showcases

   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved two Summer Basketball Showcases, one for boys and one for girls, to be held on June 22, 2019, and also approved the financial reports for all fall sports except football at Tuesday’s annual Winter Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
   The Central Board moved its winter meeting, originally scheduled for January 30, was moved to Tuesday due to scheduling conflicts.
   The Central Board approved reports for state and regional/sectional volleyball, cheer, cross country and swimming playoffs and also approved the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game financial report as well.
       The Summer Showcase for boys will be held at Hoover High School and the Showcase for girls will be held at Spain Park High School.
       “We are always excited to provide opportunities for our student-athletes to showcase their talents,” said Steve Savarese, AHSAA Executive Director. 
         AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee agreed. Lee said he is excited about the partnership the Summer Showcase will provide for high school coaches in Alabama.
       “The showcase is a result of a combined effort of the NCAA, NFHS and member state high school associations,” Lee said. “Due to the new NCAA (basketball) recruiting changes, the AHSAA will do our part to provide a quality event for the high school players in our state.
       “Last November, a group of coaches from around the state met at the AHSAA office to discuss the new rules and what we could do to take advantage of the new changes.  In that meeting, it was decided we would host a showcase for the top 100 players in our state.  The one-day event will be open to college coaches, at all levels.”
       In order to hold one of those events, they must be hosted by state athletic associations, or state basketball coaches’ associations, and must be sanctioned through the NFHS.  No third parties may be involved. Only certified AHSAA high school coaches can work the Summer Showcase event, and only student-athletes from Alabama may participate in the event.
        The Central Board reviewed legislative proposals that were submitted in January by member schools prior to the board meeting.  The AHSAA Legislative Council will vote on the proposals at April’s Legislative Council meeting. Schools are being surveyed this month for their input.
       In other Central Board action:

·              Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).

·              Approved expenses for the State Basketball Tournament

·              Approved increasing Coaches Championship Banquet tickets from $35 to $40.

·              Heard an NFHS E-Sports Update.

·              Was updated about Content Management software

·              Heard a report from AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones concerning an    NFHS survey comparing Contest Officials’ compensation.

·              Heard a report from Daniel Smith and Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2019 State Basketball Tournament.