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Defending Champions Repeat at the 2019 AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday

                                                       By MIKE PERRIN
                                                       FOR THE AHSAA

AUBURN – Familiar faces returned to the top of the 54th AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday with all four defending state champions repeating at the feat at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
    The Westminster Christian Academy girls took first place in the Class 6A/7A division and UMS-Wright of Mobile took the 1A/5A crown. For the boys, Huntsville won its fourth straight championship and its sixth in eight years in the 6A/7A big-school division while T.R. Miller captured the 1A/5A crown outright in 2019 after sharing the title with Boaz a year ago.
    Westminster’s girls of Huntsville have won four straight titles, two in 6A/7A and two in the smaller-school division. The Wildcats totaled 290 points to top Auburn (181), Spain Park (169), Grissom (165) and Fairhope (163). Auburn won the big-school division from 2013-17.
    In the girls’ 1A/5A division, UMS-Wright of Mobile edged Whitesburg Christian Academy of Huntsville 273-271 for the championship in the most exciting competition of the 2019 state meet. Bayside Academy of Daphne was third with 173 points, followed by Madison Academy (124) and Birmingham’s Briarwood Christian School (118).
   Huntsville earned 188 points to win the 6A/7A boys title. Daphne finished second with 236 points, followed by Auburn (209), St. Paul’s Episcopal (205) and Grissom (199).
    T.R. Miller of Brewton registered 215 points to repeat as 1A/5A champ. Runner-up St. Michael Catholic of Fairhope finished with 196 points, followed by Boaz (182), Briarwood Christian (180) and Whitesburg Christian Academy (173).

    Several AHSAA state swimming records fell Saturday with Westminster Christian Academy junior Rebekah Hamilton captured the 200-yard freestyle with a blistering 1:46.91 finish. The previous mark was 1:48.39, set by Paige Madden of UMS-Wright in 2015. Hamilton also finished first in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:57.95. She clocked 4:54.27 in the prelims on Friday. No other girls’ swimmer clocked under 5:04.
    Eboni McCarty of Westminster Christian also set a new record in the 50-yard freestyle, winning the prelims Friday with a 22.62 times. She set the record in 2018 with s 22.81 winning time. She won the 2019 finals clocking 22.88. McCarty also won the 200-yard freestyle title Saturday with a 50.07 time in the finals, which was just 29/100ths of a second shy of the state mark.
   In the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke preliminaries, Trey Sheils of Daphne bettered his own state record from a year ago with a 54.95 finish in the prelims Friday. He won Saturday with a 55.90 time, which was just shy of the record (55.34) time he set in 2018. Sheils also won the 200-yard individual medley Saturday with a winning time of 1:50.52.
   Daphne’ boys 400-yard freestyle relay team swam a 3:09.01 race to break Bob Jones High School’s record of 3:09.93 set in 2009.
   St. Paul’s Episcopal’s boys won the 200-yard medley relay with a record time of 1:34.30, which was 22/100ths of a second faster than the previous record (1:34.52) set by Bob Jones in 2015.
    Complete results are available at the following link:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Swimming/2019/swimming%20finals%20results.pdf?ver=2019-12-07-213008-723
    The complete team scoring can be found at the following link:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Swimming/2019/final%20team%20scores.pdf?ver=2019-12-07-213005-787


UMS-Wright Sophomore Wins 4th Straight Diving Title at State Swimming Championships

   AUBURN – UMS Wright High School’s Blakeslee Elliott won her fourth straight diving title Friday to highlight the first day of the 54th AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
    The state meet concludes Saturday afternoon with finals in all swim events. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based NFHS Network platform.
     Elliott won her first state crown in the Class 1A-5A division 1-meter event as a seventh-grader at the Mobile school. Her championship on Friday came thanks to her 313.35 final score. UMS swept the top four of five divers in the meet.

     Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s M’Kay Gidley won the girls’ 6A-7A diving championship with 322 points. Gidley, a senior, was fourth last year in the state finals.

      Huntsville High School senior Hampton Jarres (362.85) and St. Michael Catholic of Fairhope junior Ben Adamski (295.15) won the boys’ diving titles. Jarres was third a year ago in the large-school division while Adamski finished second in 1A-5A in 2018.

     UMS-Wright freshman Tori Waters finished second in the small-school girls’ event with 280.05 points, teammate Mae Elliott – a seventh-grader – was third at 248.10 and eighth-grader Ann Chason Brock was fourth with 242.75. Whitesburg Christian Academy’s Michaela Houser was fifth at 214.55.

    In the 6A-7A girls’ competition, sophomore Anna Cate Goodson of the Randolph School finished second with 282.75 points. Auburn junior Maggie Rendleman (275.45) was third, followed by Daphne eighth-grader Rose Gilder (272.95) and James Clemens sophomore Ashley Ahrens (271.15).

     Avery Balch, a junior from Hartselle, was second in the 6A-7A boys’ event with 360.80 finish. Senior Parker Inman of Davidson (354.95) was third, followed by freshman Daniel Coffman of Huntsville (343.45) and Alec Benzek, a junior from James Clemens (311.65).

     In 1A-5A, Kaje Jordan, freshman from Scottsboro High, finished second with a 259.70 score. Whitesburg Christian Academy senior Joey Houser (255.20) was third, followed by Elmore County freshman Coleman Rogers (253.85) and UMS-Wright eighth-grader Harrigan Weston (253.35).

    Saturday’s swimming finals begin with warm-ups at 1 p.m. and competition at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.
  


Westminster Christian Girls, Huntsville Boys Aiming for 4th Straight AHSAA State Titles

                                                    By MIKE PERRIN
                                                    For the AHSAA

    MONTGOMERY -- The 59th AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships get underway Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center with streaks on the line in both the girls’ and boys’ competitions.
    The girls from Westminster Christian Academy of Huntsville and boys from Huntsville High will be looking to capture their fourth straight team titles in the Class 6A/7A division while St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s boys will be on the hunt to ascend the winners’ stand for the fifth time in six years after Boaz and T.R. Miller shared the 1A/5A title in 2018. The 2018 1A/5A girls’ champion was UMS-Wright.

      Westminster’s 2018 crown came in the girls’ team’s first year in the large-school division.  Auburn High’s girls won the championship 2013-17.
      “The state meet is a special experience,” Westminster Coach Roger Von Jouanne said, “as the swimmers from around the state produce times you can hardly believe. Our Westminster guys and girls have always stepped up at state. They’ve worked hard all season long with this meet in mind.”
    Von Jouanne, in his ninth year at Westminster, was a 12-time All-American swimmer at Southern Illinois University who set an American record in the 200 butterfly and won the U.S. Nationals in the 200 Individual Medley while in college. He finished in fourth in the Olympic Trials in 1984. He also broke the U.S. Masters’ record in the 200 IM for the 40-45 age group after an almost two-decade absence from the competitive pool.
    “I really never anticipated a Westminster swim team competing on the level that our girls have achieved,” he said. “In the early years, we were focused on ‘mining the treasure’ that God had placed into Westminster’s hallways. We enjoyed the pursuit each year of trying to be a top-ranked 3A school in the state. Every year, I did a little bit of research among the other 3A schools to see where we stood, and we always had either the best guys’ or girls’ team in Alabama – which we celebrated in our little circle.
    “In 2014, when the AHSAA divided the sectional and state competition into large and small schools, we were in legitimate contention with our boys’ team and finished second at state. Then our top boys graduated, but there began a groundswell of young girls who began to qualify for state in 2015. The next year, our girls fired each other up all season long and in 2016, glory to God, we were able to win the small-school title over the established powerhouse St. Paul’s team. The following year, our girls were hard-pressed against a loaded St. John Paul II team and had an amazing state meet to repeat as small school champions.”

     Westminster moved up to the 6A/7A division in 2018 and didn’t miss a beat on the way to their third straight title.
    Two Westminster girls – Rebekah Hamilton and Eboni McCarty – have verbally committed to swim for Auburn University and Georgia, respectively. “They are top-notch swimmers,” Von Jouanne said, “not to mention wonderful young ladies who will be a blessing in terms of their character and their worth ethic. If you’ve ever met them, you know they are the nicest people, but in the water, they are absolute sea-monsters!”
   Von Jouanne, whose full-time job is as a Boeing engineer, said the competition in the AHSAA has improved throughout this tenure at the Huntsville private school. “I think Alabama high school swimming has moved into a good place and is continuing to move in the right direction. My three kids swam for Bob Jones High School over a span of 13 consecutive years, and in the early years of that span there were no state meet qualifying times.
    “After the first wave of qualifying times, around 2005, the caliber of the state meet began to increase, and the caliber increased the qualifying times. As interest and participation increased, the next stage was warranted to divide into small school and large school divisions. That added another level of excitement and it continued to enhance participation.”
     “High school swimming should be the pinnacle of our sport at this stage of an athlete’s life and the AHSAA has made the necessary changes to bring that experience to our athletes.”

AHSAA 59th State Swimming & Diving Championships
James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Friday, Dec. 6 – Swim prelims – 5 p.m. (warm up 3:30-4:45 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 6 – Diving – 9 a.m. (warm up 8 a.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 7 – Swim finals – 2 p.m. (warm up 12:45-1:45 p.m.)
Admission: $10 per day.
Live-Streaming: NFHS Network will live-stream the championships over its subscriber-based on-line network. Go to www.nfhsnetwork.com for more details on becoming a subscriber.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 1A FINALS Donoho 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain 2

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CLASS 1A FINALS
Donoho 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain 2

BIRMINGHAM – Donoho senior Kate Porteus’ strong serves in a come-from-behind fourth set continued in the fifth and final set as the Falcons (44-16) beat Westminster of Oak Mountain 24-26, 25-20, 18-25, 28-26, 15-12 to capture the Class 1A state volleyball championship at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night.
     Coach James Clendenin praised the senior, a non-starter who stepped into the important serving role to cap Donoho’s 28-26 comeback in the fourth set and sparked a quick 6-0 lead in the fifth and final set.
     Maggie Wakefield and Lily Grace Draper took command at the net and finished with 24 and 22 kills, respectively. Draper also had 15 digs.  Class 1A state tourney MVP and Falcons setter Maggie Miller had 53 assists, many during that stretch, and also had 17 digs. Mya Keel and Ayesha Siddiqua also had 26 and 22 digs to lead the defensive effort. Donoho finished the match with 105 digs, and Westminster (37-13) had 112.
      Coach John Jones’ Knights, playing in the state finals in just the fourth year of the school’s volleyball program, got a strong defensive effort from Payton Metcalf and Elizabeth Simpson, who had 21 and 20 digs, respectively. Bailee Acker had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Molly Reynolds had 12 kills and three blocks. Metcalf also had 39 assists and Macy White had nine kills and 11 digs.
      The championship was the 11th in Donoho school history and the first since winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.

 

CLASS 1A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Maggie Miller, Donoho (MVP); Lilly Grace Draper, Donoho; Maggie Wakefield, Donoho; Payton Metcalf, Westminster-OM; Molly Reynolds, Westminster-OM; Bailee Acker, Westminster-OM.


 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

G.W. Long (49-6) 3, Addison (49-15) 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15)
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (44-16) 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-13) 2 (24-26, 25-20, 18-25, 28-26, 15-12)
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

 


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 2A FINALS G.W. Long 3, Addison 1

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CLASS 2A FINALS
G.W. Long 3, Addison 1

BIRMINGHAM – G. W. Long senior hitter Mary Beth Long delivered 29 kills and 20 digs as  the Rebels (49-6) ended Addison’s six-year consecutive state championship streak Thursday winning 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 to win the Class 2A state volleyball crown.
        The 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships here continue today with state champions in Class 1A and Class 4A closing out the finals tonight. All matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program. 
  The Rebels fell behind early, but Mary Beth Long’s play at the net late in the first set helped G.W. Long settle down as Coach Greg Long’s team closed out the school’s first state volleyball title winning the final three sets.
    Addison (49-15) came in with six state titles in a row dating back to 2013 and 11 state crowns in the school’s trophy case. Coach Kayla Woodard has been a part of nine of them either as a player, assistant coach or head coach. Her team eliminated G.W. Long at the 2018 state tourney in the quarterfinals.
    Her team used a more balanced attack at the net and finished the match with 51 kills as a team, one less than the Rebels. Savannah Manley had 19 kills, Callie Crider had 14 and Addisyn Smothers had 11. It wasn’t enough, however, to offset the Rebels’ comeback effort.
     Emma Claire Long added 10 kills and 14 for G.W. Long, and Makenna Long had 44 assists and 13 digs. Breana Henning had five kills and 15 digs. Morgan Ferguson also served four aces. It was the balanced defense, said Coach Greg Long, that turned out to be the difference.
      The Rebels were crowned the Class 2A state softball champions last spring and the basketball team won the South Regional and reached the State Championship semifinals at the BJCC. Most of the girls in the state volleyball finals were members of those teams as well.


 

CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Mary Beth Long, G.W. Long (MVP); Makenna Long, G.W. Long; Emma Claire Long, G.W. Long; Savannah Manley, Addison; Callie Crider, Addison; Gracie Manley, Addison.


 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

G.W. Long (49-6) 3, Addison (49-15) 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15)
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 6A FINALS Spanish Fort 3, Hazel Green 1

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CLASS 6A FINALS
Spanish Fort 3, Hazel Green 1

BIRMINGHAM – Spanish Fort libero Meg Brackhan provided the defensive spark that ignited the Toros’ 27-15, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 victory over Hazel Green Thursday as the Toros downed Hazel Green in a much anticipated rematch of the 2018 finals to claim the Class 6A state title for the second straight year at Bill Harris Arena.
   The 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships here continue today with state champions in Class 2A, Class 1A and Class 4A still to be crowned. All matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program.
    Brackhan became the first libero to earn MVP honors after she turned in s hustling, courageous effort for the Toros (72-6) that resulted in a 2019 state tournament high 41 digs for Coach Gretchen Boykin’s team. She also had seven assists. Most important, however, she kept numerous points alive with her diving, sliding saves.
    Senior outside hitter Avery Rodgers had 21 kills, junior outside hitter Kamble Frenette had 19 kills and middle hitter Mya Barnes had 10 kills to pace the offense. Setter Kayla Keshock had 48 assists and seven digs.
    Hazel Green (58-9), coached by CoCo Tate Hughes, also had a tremendous defensive effort with 77 team digs. Spanish Fort totaled 78. Four different Trojans had 12 of more including Gracie Lynn Butler with 19, Catherine Smith with 14, Brittany Strope with 13 and Camryn Bassler with 12. Butler also had a match high 23 kills and three blocks. Smith, the setter, had 36 assists.
    Spanish Fort’s state title was the third for the Toros (2015, 2018 and 2019). Hazel Green, which won the 6A title in 2016, has seven state championships overall.
 
CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Meg Brackhan, Spanish Fort (MVP); Avery Rodgers, Spanish Fort; Kayla Keshock, Spanish Fort; Kamble Frenette, Spanish Fort; Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green; Catherine Smith, Hazel Green.


 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

Addison (44-13) vs. G.W. Long (48-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 3 p.m.
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 7A FINALS Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0

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BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook clawed through three tough sets 25-21, 28-26, 25-23 to beat two-time defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic to capture the 2019 state title here at Bill Harris Arena.
   The 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships here continue today with state champions in Class 6A, Class 2A, Class 1A and Class 4A till to be crowned. All matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program.
    The Spartans (59-7), coached by Vickie Nichols, were pushed to the limit, especially in the second set. While the hitters got the points on both sides, it was the defensive effort that made this final a classic to remember. Mountain Brook had 86 digs in the contest with 7A state tourney Liz Vandevelde leading the way with 22, MVP senior Grace Carr totaling 19, Evelyn King making 18,  and Ann Vandevelde posting 11. Carr also had 14 kills, three assists and one service ace.
    MK Fowlkes had 10 , Celie Field had eight kills, and Ann Vandevelde had eight kills and 33 assists. The state title was the fourth for Mountain Brook overall and the first since winning three in a row from 2014-16.
    McGill-Toolen (39-10), coached by Kate Wood, totaled 89 digs with Katie Hemphill totaling 32, Amelia Boykin 18, Skyler Bumpers 16 and Imani Nicholson 14. Nicholson also had 16 kills and Haley Palmer had 11. Boykin dished out 33 assists.
     The Dirty Dozen have 21 state titles, more than any other 7A or 6A school in the AHSAA, and second only to Class 4A Bayside Academy’s 27.
CLASS 7A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Grace Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); MK Fowlkes, Mountain Brook; Amy Vandevelde, Mountain Brook; Imani Nicholson, McGill-Toolen; Katie Hemphill, McGill-Toolen; Skyler Bumpers, McGill-Toolen.


 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Hazel Green (58-8) vs. Spanish Fort (71-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A Championship
Addison (44-13) vs. G.W. Long (48-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 3 p.m.
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 5A FINALS Jasper 3, Faith Academy 0

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CLASS 5A FINALS
Jasper 3, Faith Academy 0

BIRMINGHAM – Jasper High School’s Lady Vikings downed Faith Academy 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 Thursday in the Class 5A state championship game of the 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena to claim their second consecutive state volleyball crown.
   The big reason was Coach Bobby Daniel’s power hitters. Jasper (63-9) finished with 47 kills as a team and limited Faith Academy to only 20. Senior Alex Oliver, who earned MVP honors, had 17 kills and McKinley Ferguson had 15. Dayion Johnson also had six kills and a team-high three blocks, and Jordan Gilbert had five.  Setter Temperance Chatman dished out 36 assists and had eight digs. Kelsey Shelton led the Vikings with 16 digs.
    Faith Academy (45-10), coached by Claire Elliott, got a strong effort on the front line from senior middle hitter Aaliyah Austin. She had 10 kills. Brinkley Hearn had nine assists,  and Sarah Phillips had eight. Kristen Mitternight led the Rams with eight digs.

CLASS 5A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Alex Oliver, Jasper (MVP); McKinley Ferguson, Jasper; Temperance Chatman, Jasper; Aaliyah Austin, Faith Academy; Sarah Phillips, Faith Academy; Brinkley Hearn, Faith Academy.

 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (58-7) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-3), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

CLASS 6A Championship
Hazel Green (58-8) vs. Spanish Fort (71-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A Championship
Addison (44-13) vs. G.W. Long (48-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 3 p.m.
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 3A FINALS Montgomery Academy 3, Geraldine 0

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CLASS 3A FINALS
Montgomery Academy 3, Geraldine 0

BIRMINGHAM – The Montgomery Academy Eagles (47-6) fell by seven points behind to Geraldine High School early in the AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championship Class 3A finals at Bill Harris Arena.
   Once Coach Julie Gordon’s team settled down, however, they clawed back to win the first set 25-20, then clinched the school’s second state title  in a row winning the final two sets 25-20, 25-17 to open the 2019 championship day.
    For Gordon, it was the sixth state title she has coached for the Eagles and pushed were individual coaching wins closer to her next goal of 1,500 wins.
    All seven state finals are scheduled for Bill Harris Arena today and all seven are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with announcer Jerry Young handling the play-by-play.
    Thursday’s victory belonged to a veteran bunch of seniors and juniors, said Gordon. 
    Senior middle hitter Brooke Horne earned MVP honors with 12 kills in her middle hitter role. Junior Anaya Thomas totaled 11ckills, and senior Mary Gray Turner added 10 kills and 13 digs. Junior Ann Cobern Chapman had  eight kills. Senior setter Millie Stevenson had 35 assists and 11 digs and senior libero Grace Jackson had 23 digs.
   Geraldine (42-9), coached by Renee Bearden, played tough the entire match. Senior Haven Hall had 10 kills and seven digs to lead the Bulldogs. Senior outside hitter Jerika Gary had nine kills and eight digs. Setter Kirby Smith totaled 18 assists and sophomore Jayden Dismuke had a team-high digs.
    Bearden played on Geraldine’s 2001 state championship team.
CLASS 3A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brooke Horne, Montgomery Academy (MVP); Anaya Thomas, Montgomery Academy; Millie Stevenson, Montgomery Academy; Haven Hall, Geraldine; Jerika Gary, Geraldine; Jayden Dismuke, Geraldine.

 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (62-9) vs. Faith Academy (45-9), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 9:45 a.m.
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (58-7) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-3), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

CLASS 6A Championship
Hazel Green (58-8) vs. Spanish Fort (71-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A Championship
Addison (44-13) vs. G.W. Long (48-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 3 p.m.
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

 


49TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Six of Seven 2018 State Champs Set to Compete for Championship

     BIRMINGHAM – Jasper (62-9) is one of six defending state champions looking to repeat Thursday as the AHSAA’s 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships conclude with seven championship matches at the Bill Harris Arena.
      The Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels will be facing Faith Academy (45-9) in the Class 5A state championship match at 9:45 a.m., Thursday. Other defending champions advancing through Wednesday’s first two rounds at the Birmingham CrossPlex include Class 2A Addison, Class 3A Montgomery Academy, Class 4A Bayside Academy, Class 6A Spanish Fort and Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic.
      Bayside will be facing Providence Christian in the 4A finals with the Admirals hoping to extend their current consecutive state championship winning streak to 18 in a match that is set for the final match of Championship Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All seven championships will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. For more information on the NFHS Network, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Addison meets G.W. Long in Class 2A at 3 p.m., with the Bulldogs seeking their seventh straight state title. Play gets underway with the Class 3A finals pitting Montgomery Academy and Geraldine at 8 a.m. McGill-Toolen Catholic takes on Mountain Brook in the Class 7A finals at 11:30 a.m., followed by Spanish Fort and Hazel Green at 1:15 p.m. Donoho and Westminster of Oak Mountain play in the 1A finals at 4:45 p.m.
    Semifinal results Wednesday include:

CLASS 7A SEMIFINALS
McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Bob Jones 0:
The defending champion Dirty Dozen (39-8) won 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 with Skyler Bumpers posting 12 kills and Haley Palmer 11 kills and four blocks. Imani Nicholson also had nine kills and 16 digs, and Katie Hemphill had 20 digs. Setter Amelia Boykin also had 12 digs and 31 assists. Juanita Monteiro-Pai totaled eight kills and 13 digs for the Patriots (33-15). Adeline Barnes added 16 assists.
Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1: The Spartans (58-7) pulled out a 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11 win over Hoover to advance to Thursday’s finals. Ann Vandevelde had 32 assists and nine digs for Mountain Brook. Teammates Mary Franklin Fowlkes added 14 kills and Celie Field had 10 kills. Setter Aly Durban led Hoover (34-15) with 37 assists and 10 digs. Rya McKinnon totaled 12 kill and four aces and Laurel Burkhardt had eight kills.

CLASS 6A SEMIFINALS
Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 0:
The defending 6A state champion Toros (71-6) won 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 behind the strong play inside by Avery Rogers and Kamble Franette. The duo had 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Libero Meg Brackhan totaled 21 digs and Kayla Keshock had 32 assists. Hartselle (68-11) got nine kills and 19 digs from Hailey Holshauser and 26 assists from Grace Leighton.
 Hazel Green 3, Albertville 0: Gracie Lynn Butler had 24 kills, seven digs, three blocks and three aces as the Trojans (58-8) posted  25-18, 25-12, 25-12 win over Albertville. Catherine Smith also had 31 assists and Hannah Hampel added 11 kills. Albertville (43-12) was paced by Jayden Watkins’ eight kills. Kyla Mayes added five kills and four blocks.

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
Jasper 3, Alexandria 0: 
Jasper won the semifinal match 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 as McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver posted 14 kills each. Setter Temperance Chatman had 30 assists and 10 digs for Coach Bobby Daniels’ defending Class 5A state champions.
Faith Academy 3, Lawrence County 1: The Rams of Coach Claire Elliott had a more difficult time beating Lawrence County (49-19) – squeezing out a 26-24, 24-26, 29-27, 25-23 victory in the other 5A semifinal. Aaliyah Austin recorded 28 kills in the win while Brinkley Hearn had 28 assists, 15 digs and four aces, and libero Kristin Mitternight had 20 assists and 16 kills.
    Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils were led by setter Anna Clair Hutto’s 34 assists, 16 digs and six kills. Sami Parker also had 19 digs. Bailee Pulliam had 12 kills and Lexi Heidt had 10.

CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
Bayside Academy 3, LAMP 0:
The Lady Admirals (55-12) got by LAMP in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-16.  Jacque Martin had 14 kills and seven service aces for Bayside, which has a state-record 27 state titles to its credit. Cotton Thompson and Ells Broadhead each had eight kills and setter Brelynn Dailey had 35 assists. Broadhead also have five aces and the Bayside starters totaled 19 aces collectively. Grace Hoffman’s 15 assists and Olivia Hughes’ five blocks paced LAMP (22-19).
Providence Christian 3, Montgomery Catholic 0: Adleigh Mayes had 34 assists, nine digs and three aces for the winning Eagles (42-12), Autumn Mayes added 20 kills, 13 digs and six aces, and Emma Houston had 25 digs.  Middle hitter Ansley Dean’s 10 kills led Montgomery Catholic (29-12). 

CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Geraldine 3, Houston Academy 0:
The Bulldogs (42-8) won 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 with Haven Hall accounting for15 kills and eight blocks. Jerika Gary also had eight kills, Jayden Dismukes chipped in 16 digs and Lilly Rowell had six kills and nine digs.
Montgomery Academy 3, St. Luke’s Episcopal 0: The defending state champion Eagles (46-6) posted a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Wildcats with Milly Stevenson totaling 36 assists and 14 digs.  The trio of Brooke Horne, Mary Gray Turner and Ann Covern Chapman had 12, 12 and 11 kills respectively. Outside hitter Gracie Sims had 11 kills and 23 assists for the Wildcats (39-11).
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
Addison 3, Cedar Bluff 0:
The Bulldogs won in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-21. Addisyn Smothers had 11 kills and 11 blocks, Savannah Manley had 10 blocks and eight kills, Callie Crider contributed seven kills, four blocks and nine digs, Macey Butler had 14 digs and Gracie Manley had 28 assists and four service aces. Setter Kyla Oneal had 24 assists to pace Cedar Bluff (42-20). Hannah Cosby and Julianne Wilson had seven and five kills, respectively.
G.W. Long 3, Sand Rock 1: The Rebels (46-6) won 25-14, 30-28, 23-25, 25-18 over stubborn Sand Rock (37-14), Mary Beth Long had 31 kills, most in any match in all classes Wednesday, and Emma Claire Long had 23 kills for G.W. Long. Emmaline Hughes had 18 digs. Morgan Ferguson added six service aces and the Rebels totaled 19 for the match. Caley Garrett had 23 digs, Victoria Collum added 10 kills, 16 digs and 25 assists for Sand Rock. Hannah Davis also had 14 kills and 14 digs and Lanie Henderson, 13 kills.

CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS
Donoho 3, Spring Garden 2:
The Falcons (44-18) used its triple-threat front row to post a hard-fought 13-25, 25-18, 26-24, 28-30, 15-6 victory over Spring Garden. Mercy Mangum had 15 kills, Maggie Wakefield and Lily Grace Draper had 14 each in the marathon match. Setter Maggie Miller had 40 assists. Spring Garden (43-19) was led by Haleigh Molock and Alle Jennings with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Neely Welsh had 19 assists and Abbe Steward had 16.
Westminster-Oak Mountain 3, Phillips 1: The Knights (37-17) won 20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 27-25 with Peyton Metcalf notching 18 assists. Molly Reynolds had seven kills and three blocks and Bizzie Simpson served six aces. Alli Temple had 20 kills, 17 digs and 20 assists for Phillips (31-`19), Ally McCollum added 14 kills.