Friday, February 28, 2020






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

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

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

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

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

2012 - Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones

2011 - Hayden Hamby, West Morgan

2010 - Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay

2009 - Jala Harris, Bob Jones

2008 - Courtney Jones, Midfield

2007 - Katherine Graham, Ramsay

2006 - Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005 - Whitney Boddie, Florence

2004 - Starr Orr, Speake

2003 - Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002 - Kate Mastin, Boaz

2001 - Donyel Wheeler, Huffman

2000 - Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County

1999 - Tasheika Morris, Butler

1998 - Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1997 - April Nance, Butler

1996 - Nicole Carruth, Sulligent

1995 - Heather Mayes, Fyffe

1994 - Pam Duncan, Carrollton

1993 - Leah Monteith, Cherokee County

1992 - Yolanda Watkins, Decatur

1991 - Tonya Tice, Hamilton

1990 - Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible

1989 - Leslie Claybrook, St. James

1988 - Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

Mr. Basketball Recipients (1985-2019)

2019 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2018 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2017 - John Petty, Mae Jemison

2016 - John Petty, J.O. Johnson

2015 – Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014 - William Lee, Dallas County

2013 - De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012 - Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2010 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2009 - Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy

2008 - JaMychal Green, St. Jude

2007 - Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis

2006 - Stanley Robinson, Huffman

2005 - Richard Hendrix, Athens

2004 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2003 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2002 - Kennedy Winston, Blount

2001 - Chris White, Grissom

2000 - Gerald Wallace, Childersburg

1999 - Marvin Stone, Grissom

1998 - Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright

1997 - Anthony Williams, Loachapoka

1996 - Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis

1995 - Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994 - Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993 - Howard Pride, Butler

1992 - Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991 - Victor Newman, Houston Academy

1990 - Cedric Moore, Woodlawn

1989 - Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope

1988 - Terrance Lewis, Ramsay

1987 - Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986 - Larry Rembert, Keith

1985 - Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport

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