Tuesday, February 18, 2020






South Wins North-South All-Star Volleyball Match 3-1 at AUM Basketball Complex Thursday

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars dropped game one of the 22nd annual North-South Volleyball All-Star competition Thursday, then battled back to win three straight games to capture the win 3-1 in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex Thursday.
    The volleyball match and the 59th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 22st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South All-Star competition in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball and football are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    McGill-Toolen Catholic outside hitter Kenya McQuirter registered 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks to spark the South to a 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over the North. The North now holds a 14-7 edge over the South in the series. McQuirter’s effort earned her South team MVP honors. The South was coached by McQuirter’s own McGill-Toolen coach Kate Wood and Auburn’s Bentley Stephenson. The North coaches were Kayla Woodard of Addison and Lindsey Crumpton of Danville.
      Mikaela Grubb of Enterprise added 13 kills and 14 digs for the South and Lillie Fromdahl of McGill-Toolen had 34 assists. Spanish Fort libero Taylor Fontenelle recorded 26 digs, four assists and three service aces for the winners.
     North MVP Breylee Linder of Florence had 23 assists, four aces and six digs. The South setter earned MVP honors for her team. Kiara Hill of Bob Jones led the South with nine kills, Morgan McClendon of Jasper and Juliana Hamer of Chelsea  had eight each. Catherine Klop of James  Clemens recorded 17 digs and Kinsley Gregoria of Alexandria had 12.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory administrative and medical sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 75 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2017-18 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      A highlight of the Awards banquet will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities. 
      Two other individuals, Huntsville football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director LaFrancis Davis, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards for 2018. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
     The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for  11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
FCA HERMAN L. “BUBBA” SCOTT AWARD: Longtime football coach and administrator Hal Riddle of Hewitt-Trussville High School was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with its most prestigious award Thursday at the annual FCA Luncheon.  Riddle  received the Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment to serving his faith and serving young people. The award is named in honor of Scott, former AHSAA Executive Director. Scott helped bring FCA to Alabama schools more than 40 years ago. Scott is now deceased.
    Riddle, who currently serves as an administrator with the Trussville School System and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, compiled a 150-90 career record in 21 seasons as head coach at Erwin, Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville and Hewitt-Trussville high schools. His Clay-Chalkville team won the Class 6A state championship in 1999.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2018: Brilliant High School principal Jack Hayes (1A); Geneva County athletic director and head football coach JimBob Striplin (2A); Montgomery Academy athletic director Anthony McCall (3A); Greensboro girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn (4A); Lawrence County track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson (5A); Benjamin Russell athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson (6A); and Baker High School principal Clem Richardson (7A).
   The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Former Major League reliever Todd Jones is the guest speaker at the 11th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 75 high schools will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2017-18. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000  al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).
   The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $88,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
NFHS NETWORK:  The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 18 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days. Check it out at www.ahsaa.com or www.nfhsnetwork.com

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