Thursday, January 23, 2020






Scottsboro’s Rex Green Claims Indoor Track Spotlight with a Pair of Personal Bests

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Scottsboro High School sophomore Rex Green won the boys’ 400 and 800 meters with personal bests in each event at the Indoor JV Meet No. 2 at Birmingham’s CrossPlex last week to earn the AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight.

    Grabbing the Girls’ Spotlight was junior Allison Tanner of Helena, who cleared 5-04 in the high jump at the same meet to win the event the state’s second best performance of the year. She had the best jump of the season (also 5-04) last year in Alabama.  She also won the triple jump with the top leap of 33-10. Mountain Brook junior Grayson Scott cleared 5-06 at the Magic City Invitational in early December for top girls’ high jump in Alabama this season.
    Green ran the 400 in 52.11 and the 800 in 1:57.61 for Coach Luke Robinson’s defending Class 5A state champions at the event held on Jan. 7. Green’s 800 time is the second-best performance in the event in Alabama this season, according to statistics compiled by It ranks 17th overall among the nation’s high schools. Smiths Station senior Savian Taylor clocked 1:56.96 in the Magic City Invitational in December for the fast 800-meter time of the season.

   Scottsboro junior teammate Hayden Judge captured first and second in his two events at the meet, topping teammate Cooper Atkins to win the 1600-meter run. His 4:23.77 finish was good for second in the state this season and 20th in the U.S. this year. Atkins’ 4:29.44 for second place is the fourth-best recorded in Alabama this year. Judge was second to Green in the 800 meters, finishing with a 2:00.10. The best 1,600-meter time of the season (4:21.86) was recorded by Thompson senior Jace Jones at the Holiday Invitational in December. It is no surprise that Scottsboro’s 4x800 relay team has the best time in that event (8:11.00) in the state this season. The Wildcats turned in that performance at the Magic City Invitational in December.

   Other top finishers for the Wildcats, who have captured seven state championships since 2001 and two of the past three, were Brandon Cloud’s third place in the high jump (5-06.00) – behind Helena’s T.J. Funches (6-04) and Bowman Downey (5-08); Alex Cantrell’s third place in the long jump (18-10) – behind Hewitt-Trussville’s Omari Kelly (21-08.5) and Helena’s Damian Hines (19-07); and Nathan Jones’ first-place throw in the shot put (43-09.75).
   Most of the indoor teams in the AHSAA are gearing up to compete in the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex Jan. 20. More than 100 teams from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia have already registered for what is one of the largest prep indoor meets annually.
   Other standout performances reported from last week’s indoor competition:



  • OMARI KELLY, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The sophomore also won the triple jump with a 39-11.25 finish.



  • CARTER PINHOLSTER, FORT PAYNE: Won the boys’ 60-meter hurdles with an 8.34 finish.



  • MADI WALLACE, FORT PAYNE: Ran a personal-best 9.17 in the girls’ 60-meter hurdles, the fourth-best time in Alabama this year.



  • ANNA COLLINS, SPAIN PARK: Cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault. The junior’s effort was a personal best.



  • MARIN POLESHEK, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won both the 800 meters and 1600 at the event, finishing in 2:25.77 in the 800 and 5:23.28 in the 1600.



  • ADELE BRANDRUP, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won the Adaptive Girls 60-meter dash finals.

Hoover Shines in Ice Breaker Invitational With Boys’ and Girls’ Team Titles

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

By Mike Perrin

MONTGOMERY – Three-time indoor track defending state champion Hoover High School served notice at the 2020 Ice Breaker Invitational that the Buccaneers are again the team to beat in large-school competition. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams scored victories in the event held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 4 to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight of the season.
    In the Class 6A-7A division of the meet, coach Devon Hind’s Bucs’ boys’ team outpointed Hewitt-Trussville 113.33 to 38 with Central-Phenix City finishing third with 35 points. On the girls’ side, Hoover totaled 81 points to Spain Park’s 40 and Auburn’s 39.
    The Class 1A-5A boys’ winner was Ramsay, tying with Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High at 62.5 points, just ahead of defending 4A/5A champion Scottsboro’s 61 points. The small-school girls’ winner was Saint James of Montgomery (48), followed by Whitesburg Christian Academy of Huntsville with 45 and Ramsay with 40.
    The Hoover boys won seven events with Jonathan Martin leading the way with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (48.57) and the 60-meter dash (6.98). Martin’s 400 time is the best in Alabama this season and second best in the nation, according to records compiled by L.J. Hill won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26 seconds, was second in the long jump (21-11.5) and third in the triple jump. His teammate, John Watkins, won the triple jump with a leap of 46-5.25. The Bucs were first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and finished second to Central-Phenix City in the 4x200 event.
   Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer led the girls’ competition winning the 60- and 400-meter dash events with times of 8.88 and 57.57 seconds, respectively. The Bucs were winners in the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays as well.
    Other standout performances from the Ice Breaker Invitational:


  • NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put event with a heave of 59-7.5, besting second-place Kaison Barton of Mary Montgomery by more than 7 feet. Cooper, a University of Alabama signee, won the USATF Junior Olympics shot put title in the 17-18 age division with a throw of 58-10 this past July in Sacramento (CA).
  • ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A-7A 3200-meter run with a 9:32.63 finish.
  • HEATH VARMETTE, GRISSOM: Won the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.66, finishing almost 2 seconds quicker than Hewitt-Trussville’s Alex Jones.
  • JOHN MURRAY, BOB JONES: Took first place in the 6A-7A high jump with a leap of 6-feet-4-inches.
  • KAMERON THOMAS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A 400-meter dash (50.41) and was second in the 60-meters (6.91) behind Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta (6.82).
  • HAYDEN JUDGE, SCOTTSBORO: Took first in the 1A-5A 1600-meter run with a 4:27.54 finish.
  • PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Ran an 8.42 to win the small-school 60-meter hurdles ahead of Jack Wills of Falkville (8.84).





  • SPENCER FAVORS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A long jump with a leap of 22-07.5, almost 2 feet better than second-place Camrun Norman from Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High School.
  • JACK WILLIAMSON, WINFIELD: Took first in the small-school triple jump at 40-09.5.
  • JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 1A-5A shot put finals with a toss of 57-00.25, ahead of Landon Sharpston of Wilson (48-03.00).
  • CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Bested the field in the 1A-5A 60-meter dash with a 7.78 finish and won the 400-meters with a 56.13 run.


  • CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: The sophomore took the girls’ 3200-meter run with an 11:25.70 finish, ahead of Auburn’s Harper McGowan (11:38.51).
  • SYDNEY TAYLOR, SPAIN PARK: Won the 60-meter dash with a 7.96 finish, just 3-hundreths of a second ahead of Hoover’s Jebreiya Chapman.
  • OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Took first place in the girls’ large-school high jump with a 5-04 finish.
  • CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Claimed the 6A-7A girls’ triple jump title with a 37-09.75 jump.
  • PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Won the 1A-5A 800-meter run with a 2:19.63 finish.
  • HANNAH ADAMS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Took the title in small-school 3200-meter run with a 12:14.44 finish.
  • CATHERINE WEST, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 1A-5A high jump with a 5-00 finish.
  • SKYLAR ESSEX, BREWBAKER TECH: Her 16-09.5 long jump in the 1A-5A final was almost a foot better than second-place Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian Academy (15-10). Holbrook won the triple jump with 35-05 effort.
  • KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Won the small-school shot put title with a throw of 35-02.0.

Defending Champs Mountain Brook Rolls to 3rd Straight 7A Title at 71st AHSAA State Golf Tourney

10 Team Champs Crowned Tuesday at RTJ Capitol Hill at Prattville

   PRATTVILLE – Two-time defending Class 7A State champion Mountain Brook High School made it three in a row Tuesday with a second-round 7-over 295 to capture the large-school boys state title with a 588 team total.  McGill-Toolen Catholic finished 11 strokes back at 599, Vestavia Hills was 13 strokes back with a 601 and Fairhope took fourth at 615.
The 71st AHSAA State Golf Championships were held at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Club at Prattville.
      The 36-hole tournament concluded Tuesday with Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), UMS-Wright (5A), Brooks (4A), Houston Academy (3A) and North Sand Mountain (1A/2A) won boys’ state crowns. Auburn (7A), Northridge (6A), Randolph (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/3A) won girls’ state titles.
      Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian had the low round of all classifications Monday and Tuesday, following his 4-under 68 with a 7-under 65 and ended the tourney 11-under 133 to capture overall low medalist honors. Providence finished second in the 4A boys’ championship race by one stroke to Brooks. Randolph’s Michaela Morard shot a 6-under 66 top all the girls’ competition with a 9-under 135 to in Class 4A/5A.
    Mountain Brook’s team total (588) tied Class 3A state champion Houston Academy as the low team score of all classes.    
     Vestavia Hills High School’s Austin Coggin had the top 7A round Tuesday shooting 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors with a 5-under 139 total over the both rounds. Reynolds Lambert and Gordon Sargent of Mountain Brook tied for second at 1-under 143. Lambert had a 71 Tuesday and Sargent shot a 71.First-day leader and 2018 low medalist William Wann shot 5-over 77 after a first-round 69 and was tied for fifth with McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown at 2-over 146.
      Complete results can be  found at:
    In the other classification tourney results Tuesday:

    Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals recorded a team 10-over 298 Tuesday to close at 603 to win the state title for the second year in a row.  Homewood was 36 strokes back at 639, Gulf Sores was third at 643 and Benjamin Russell was fourth at 645.  
     Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis was 1-under at 71 Monday and followed with an even-par 72 to earn low medalist at 1-under 143. Homewood’s Ford Goldasich had a 73 Tuesday and closed at 1-over 145 to finish second. Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett was third at 149 and , Muscle Shoals’ Hunter Battles, Sam Gargis and Thomas Regan were tied with three others at 150 to lead the Trojans’ effort.

   UMS-Wright, the Class 4A champions the last three years, captured the Class 5A state championship with a 628 total. Guntersville was second with 644, Sylacauga third at 651 and Russellville was  fourth with a 660 total.
    J.P. Cave was low medalist shooting even par 72 Tuesday to close at 147 for the Bulldogs. It was his second low medalist title in three years. The first game in 2017 in Class 4A. Citronelle’s Nathaniel King also finished strong, shooting 1-0ver 73 to finish second in the 5A competition at 153. Jasper’s Patrick Minor was tied for third with Jaceton Murray of Russellville at 156.

     Brooks trailed Providence Christian by one stroke 318-319 after day but rallied to capture school’s first state golf title since 2000 with a second-round team total of 313 – two strokes better than PCA. The Lions finished with a 632 and Providence was one shot back at 633.  White Plains was third with a 649 and Fayette County finished fourth at 694.
    Providence Christian senior Thomas Ponder shot the low round of all participants Tuesday with a 7-under 65 and finished the tourney at 11-under 133 to take overall low-medalist honors. Oneonta’s Will Patrick was three strokes back with a 68 Tuesday and took second place individually in the 4A competition at 4-under 140.  American Christian’s Davis Aaron was third at 151 and Brooks’ Zach Ashley was fourth at 155. Lions teammate Justin Olive improved his first-day round of 81 by six strokes to close at 3-over 75 and was tied for fifth overall with White Plains’ Kenny Okins at 156.


   Defending state champion Houston Academy finished 12-over 588 for tourney to capture the 3A state golf championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian was second with 650, T.R. Miller finished third at 668 and Glencoe was fourth with a 746 team total.
     Senior Hal Dove led the Raiders from start to finish shooting a 2-under 70 Tuesday to claim low medalist honors with  two-day total 142. Westbrook Christian’s William Wethington shot a 74 Tuesday and finished second with a 147 total.  Houston Academy’s Emmett Lee also shot 2-under 70 Tuesday and wound up third at 148. The Raiders also took fourth and  fifth place individually with Matthew Streitman and Jake McDonald both shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 149 and 150, respectively.

    North Sand Mountain captured the Thundering Herd’s first AHSAA State Golf Championship with a team  710 over the two days of competition. Defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho was second at 725. Brantley finished third at 797. 
   Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy shot a 2-under 70 and finished at 146 for the 36 holes to earn low medalist honors. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland, the 1A/2A first day leader, improved to a 1-over 73 but finished second at 148.  Cedar Bluff’s Nicholas Sawyer also shot a 73 Tuesday to finish third at 151.   Hunter Vest paced North Sand Mountain with an 81 and finished seventh overall at 167.


    Defending state champion Auburn improved Monday’s round of 244 by one stroke to close at 487 and the Tigers won their second straight class 7A state girls’ title. Enterprise was second with 502, Huntsville was third at 511 and Hoover finished fourth with a 527 total.
     Elizabeth Preus had  two straight rounds of 75 to finish the tourney 6-over at 150 to earn 7A low medalist honors. Enterprise’s Ashley Curtis, Auburn’s Morgan Jones and Enterprise’s Emilia Smith each finished tied for second at 151. Jones had the low round overall Tuesday shooting 2-over 74.

Northridge won its second straight Class 6A state championship with a team total 490. UMS-
Wright was second at 505, Muscle Shoals third at 526 and Spanish Fort finished fourth at 656.
   UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist posted a 1-under 71 to close at 2-over 146 and earned Class 6A low medalist. First-day leader Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar shot a 77 Tuesday and finished second at 149. Her sister Kate MacVicar had a round of 76 and finished fourth with a 156 total.

   Randolph senior Michaela Morard, who won the individual state championship in Class 7A for Huntsville High School in 2015 and 2016, blistered the Capitol Course at Prattville with a 6-under 66 Tuesday and closed with a 135 for the two 18-hole rounds to earn low medalist honors in Class 4A/5A as well as overall for the four girls’ divisions.
    Randolph posted a 455 total to win the 4A/5A girls’ crown over defending champion Northside by 10 strokes. The Rams shot a 465.  Trinity Presbyterian was third at 505 and Arab, fourth with a 524.
    Erika Allen of Northside, the 4A/5A defending individual champ, was 1-under at 71 Tuesday to finished second at 146. Her sister Karlee Allen was third at 154 – carding a 76 Tuesday. Trinity’s Emma Pittman shot 2-over 74 to close at 155 and fourth place.

     Providence Christian won the Class 1A/3A state championship for the  third year in a row with two-day total 473. Bayside Academy was second at 578, followed by Glencoe at 612 and Mars Hill Bible at 615.
   Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson turned in the low round of the 1A/3A competition with a 5-under 67 and earned low medalist honors at 146. Her 67 was the second lowest score of all girls’ competition Tuesday. Her teammate Allison Howard finished second overall at 154, and Pike Road’s Yvette Gorden closed with a 75 Tuesday and two-day 161 to finish third.

Hewitt-Trussville’s Stone Shelnutt, Caleb Long Finish 1-2 in Decathlon

    HOOVER – Hewitt-Trussville seniors Stone Shelnutt and Caleb Long finished 1-2 in the final standings of the 56th AHSAA State Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School Football Stadium.
     Shelnutt finished the first day with 3,594 points and totaled 6,481 after Tuesday’s final events to claim the 2019 Decathlon state title. Long  176 points back at 6,305 to take second. Rounding out the top five were Bob Jones junior John Murray (6,241), Mountain Brook senior Baynes Autrey (5,975) and Thompson senior Dominique Hall (5,701).
      Shelnutt won the 100-meter dash with a state decathlon record 10.88 time on Monday and also captured the long jump with a leap of 22-01 and the 400-meter dash in 49.52 seconds.  He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.85 on Tuesday, finished third in the pole vault clearing 13-05.25 and was seventh in the discus.  Long won the javelin throw with a 179-02 toss.
      McGill-Toolen’s David Dolan wo the pole vault with a 15-05 height. James Clemens’ Trevor Hunziker won the discus with a throw of 143-01 and Wilkes Howes of St. Paul’s Episcopal won the 1,500-meter run even with a time of 4:22.65.
     A total of 50 participated in the decathlon competition this year. Complete results can be found at

AHSAA State Decathlon Championships
At Hoover High School

Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Stone Shelnutt, Hewitt-Trussville          6,481
2-Caleb Long, Hewitt-Trussville                 6,305
3-John Murray, Bob Jones                         6,241
4-Baynes Autrey, Mountain Brook           5,975
5-Dominique Hall, Thompson                   5,701
6-Trey McFarland, Randolph County       5,521
7-David Dolan, McGill-Toolen                   5,414
8-Trevor Hunziker, James Clemens          5,378
9-Edwin Rainey, Northridge                      5,356
10-Eli Brooks, Homewood                         5,151


Baker’s Kelsey White Takes Heptathlon Championship with 4,357 Points

AHSAA Heptathlon Championships
  HOOVER – Baker High School junior Kelsey White closed strong Tuesday to capture the AHSAA 2019 Heptathlon Championship with a 4,357 point total over the two-day meet’s seven-event competition at Hoover High School.

      White won the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.71 time and the 200 clocking 25.89 seconds to collect 2,761 points on Monday to lead the competition after the first day. She finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17-01.5 Tuesday, was fifth in the 800 (2:33.93) and 12th in the javelin (73-02).  Junior Claire Frazier Bolton of McGill-Toolen Catholic won the 800 with a time of 2:14.43 – setting a new heptathlon record in that event. The old mark, 2:18.05, was set by Hoover’s Amelia Anderson 14 years earlier in 2005. Bolton finished second in the overall standings with 3,942 points. 

    Cadence Huntsinger, a sophomore at James Clemens, won the long jump Tuesday with a 17-02.75 leap. She finished fourth overall with 3,849 points. Montgomery Catholic senior Isabelle Cochran wound up  third in the final standings with 3,906 points and Falkville senior Kari Watts rounded out the top five with 3,849 points.  Abigail Green of Huntsville won the javelin throw with a toss of 117-08.

     Thirty girls competed in the AHSAA’s 47th Heptathlon competition at Hoover.

     The boys’ decathlon competition was still underway Tuesday afternoon.

     Complete results can be found at

AHSAA State Heptathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)

AHSAA State Heptathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)
Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Kelsey White, Baker                                    4,357
2-Claire Frazier Bolt, McGill-Toolen          3,942
3-Isabelle Cochran, Mont.-Catholic           3,906
4-Cadence Huntsinger, James Clemens  3,849
5-Kari Watts, Falkville                                     3,826
6-Grayson Scott, Mountain Brook             3,709
7-London Wooley, Thompson                     3,681
8-Audriana Blakely, James Clemens         3,606
9-Emily Diaz, McGill-Toolen                         3,538
10-Azaria Wright, Vestavia Hills                  3,523

Shellnut, White Emerge as First-Day Leaders

AHSAA Decathlon/Heptathlon Championships

  HOOVER – Hewitt-Trussville High School’s Stone Shellnut captured three of five events held at the first day of the 56th AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School Football Stadium Monday. And Kelsey White of Baker captured two of the four events completed in the girls’ 47th Heptathlon Championships.
     Shellnut finished the first day with 3,594 points, giving him a 168-point lead over Bob Jones’ John Murray, who ranked second after Monday’s competition. Shellnut won the 100-meter dash with a state decathlon record 10.88 time. He also captured the long jump with a leap of 22-01 and won the 400-meter dash in 49.52 seconds.  Murray, who had 3,426 points, tied with Baynes Autrey of Mountain Brook to win the high jump competition. Both cleared 6-03.50. Autrey stood in  third place after Monday’s five events with 3,356 points. The decathlon will conclude Tuesday with the five remaining events including the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500-meter run.
     White won the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.71 time and the 200 clocking 25.89 seconds to collect 2,761 points and a 327-point lead over Audriana Blakely of James Clemens, who totaled 2,434 points. Mountain Brook’s Grayson Scott, ranked fourth after the first day with 2,377 points, won the high jump with a 5-4.5 jump.  Falkville’s Kari Watts won the shot put competition with a throw of 31-02.
    The Heptathlon has three events remaining Tuesday, the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. Complete results can be found at

AHSAA State Decathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)

Top 10 / Day 1 (5 events)

1-Stone Shelnutt, Hewitt-Trussville          3,594
2-John Murray, Bob Jones                            3,426
3-Baynes Autrey, Mtn Brook                       3,356
4-Edwin Rainey, Northridge                         3,133
5-Caleb Young, Hewitt-Trussville               3,123
6-Nate Boleware, Scottsboro                      3,063
7-Dominique Hall, Thompson                     3,051
8-Trevor Hunziker, James Clemens           3,032
9-Trey McFarland, Randolph County        3,016
10-David Dolan, McGill-Toolen Catholic  2,969

AHSAA State Heptathlon Championships
At Hoover High School (May 13-14)
Top 10 / Day 1 (4 Events)

1-Kelsey White, Baker                                    2,761
2-Audriana Blakely, James Clemens         2,434
3-London Wooley, Thompson                     2,412
4-Grayson Scott, Mountain Brook             2,377
5-Claire Frazier Bolt, McGill-Toolen          2,374
6-Cadence Huntsinger, James Clemens  2,341
7-Isabelle Cochran, Mont.-Catholic           2,336
8-Mary Elizabeth Goeb, St. John Paul II   2,286
9-Azaria Wright, Vestavia Hills                     2,267
10-Amari Pickens, Foley                                2,262

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

Amaris Tynnismaa Closes Career with 31 Gold Medals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    In other top performances Saturday:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


Class 2A Boys

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

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

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

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

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

Class 1A Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class 3A Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Class 6A Girls

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

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

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

Class 5A Girls

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

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

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

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