Friday, February 28, 2020






Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon Claims 1,400th Career Win with Victory over Spain Park

Setter Millie Stevenson Leads Eagles to AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Millie Stevenson couldn’t pass up the opportunity afforded the Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy volleyball team last week on a quick trip north to Shelby County.
    The Eagles faced Class 7A Thompson and Spain Park in in a tri-match falling to the Warriors 2-1 but beating Spain Park by the same score. That victory gave MA Coach Julie Gordon her 1,400th career volleyball coaching win – a milestone only four volleyball coaches in the AHSAA have accomplished.
    Montgomery Academy (15-2) returned home to roll through the Eagles’ own Mac Attack tourney with six straight wins to claim the tourney title. Stevenson, who had 130 assists, 44 digs, 14 kills and 10 blocks over the week, and Gordon share the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 2.
    Gordon, who had a 1,405-394 career coaching record following the Mac Attack tourney, joins an elite group of AHSAA volleyball coaches that include Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy and retired coached Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson. Schilling, who has guided Bayside to 17 straight AHSAA state championships, is the state leader with 1,485 wins and 403 losses through last weekend’s action, according to volleyball historian Dennis Victory.
Montgomery Academy posted straight-set 2-0 wins in the Mac Attack tourney over Class 7A Mary Montgomery twice, Class 6A Benjamin Russell, Class 4A Montgomery Catholic, Class 3A Houston Academy, and Class 4A Providence Christian.  The win over PCA avenged a loss in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup tourney the week prior.

CATHERINE SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: The Lady Trojans (26-4) was 11-0 on the week with Smith, the team’s setter, dishing out 159 assists and 21 digs. Teammate Gracie Lynn Butler also had 72 kills and 13 blocks.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Totaled 67 kills in three matches and also had 29 digs and 10 service aces as the Rockets went 3-0.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (19-7) go 9-1for the week with 115 kills and 67 digs in 10 matches.
ELLIE PATE, AUBURN: Recorded 63 kills, 45 digs, 10 blocks and 14 service aces as the Tigers (16-8) won eight matches for the week. Auburn also won its own Party on the Plain tourney going 6-0.
HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 39 kills, 10 digs and five blocks as the Dirty Dozen beat Spanish Fort and Hoover in two matches.

NATALIE ZABER, PRATTVILLE: Led the Lions (16-8) to a 7-1 record on the week with 69 kills, 50 digs and 21 blocks on the week.

KAMBLE FRENETTE, SPANISH FORT: Had 51 kills, 16 digs and five blocks as the Toros (18-5) went 7-1 and won the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 15 kills and three blocks in a win over Mortimer Jordan as the Aggies (13-0) remained unbeaten.
HAILEY HOLSHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 30 kills, 38 digs and three service aces in three matches for the Tigers (16-4).
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Had 30 kills and 10 blocks in two matches.
ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Helped the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings (21-2) win three matches over Hoover Lawrence County and Russellville. She had 32 kills 18 digs and four blocks.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 245 assists, 54 kills, 64 digs, 17 blocks and 13 aces as the Rams (18-5) finished 6-2 for the week. Faith was 4-2 in the Fairhope tourney.

CLAIRE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Totaled 140 assists, 19 kills, 28 digs, five blocks and 19 aces as the Red Devils went 6-2 on the week.
JORDAN BEASON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs (14-4) won eight matches during the week over Muscle Shoals, Jacksonville, Arab, Wilson, Shades Valley, Faith Christian, Central-Clay and Cleburne County with Beason earning 63 kills and 40 digs. Teammate Anna Johnson also had 149 assists.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 37 kills, 10 blocks and 28 digs in two matches for the Bulldogs.
COLTON THOMPSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (21-4) win 7 of 8 matches on the week with 84 assists, 30 kills, 20 digs and 24 service aces. Bayside reached the finals of the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney falling to Class 6A Spanish Fort in the championship.
SAVANNAH FREE, DANVILLE: Dished out 215 assists as Danville went 7-3 for the week. She also had 56 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 84 kills and 43 digs as Curry won seven matches, including the Crossroads Invitational tourney championship at Corinth (MS).
HEATHER IRONS, WILSON: Recorded 144 digs as Wilson (16-5) went 5-3. The Warriors were 3-3 in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
GRACE GARRETT, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 259 assists as the Wildcats (13-1) won five of six matches in the Back-to-School Bash tourney at Fairhope. St. Luke’s had its 13-match win streak ended by Bayside Academy in the tourney semifinals.
JERIKA GARY, GERALDINE: Had 40 kills, six aces and three blocks to lead the Bulldogs (12-5) to seven wins, including a win over Jacksonville in the finals of Geraldine’s Liberty Bank Invitational tourney.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Totaled 83 kills, 16 blocks, 14 digs and seven aces as the Rebels (8-0) won six matches.
MAGGIE MILLER, DONOHO: Recorded 139 assists, 10 digs and eight aces as the Bulldogs (14-7) won six of seven matches on the way to beating Ohatchee in the finals of the White Plains tourney.

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