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2017 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced By the AHSADCA for 2017 All-Star Sports Week

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games North-South Volleyball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 19-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 19 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, and for the first time, cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 18.  Volleyball will be played at AUM on Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m., and the 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The inaugural North-South cross country competition will be Wednesday morning, July 19.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards Banquet set for Saturday, July 22, at noon.
     Shon Peck-Love of Paul Bryant High School and Neal Barker of Muscle Shoals will be coaching the North boys’ basketball squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams. Coaching the North are Tony Hayes of Monroe County and Douglas Moore of Bullock County. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
      Peck-Love coached Paul Bryant (24-11) to the Class 6A state basketball championship last season winning their last 13 games of the season. Barker has his team in the state finals in 2016. Hayes directed Monroe County (23-5) to the 4A state championship game in 2017 and Moore has steadily built and strong program at Bullock County (18-10), which reached the South 4A Regional at Dothan.
     The South girls’ coaches are Rich Bixby of Geneva and Willie Morgan of R.C, Hatch. Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of Sand Rock are the North coaches. Chase directed the Jaguars (22-12) to the 7A state finals last season, and Bates, one of the state’s top rebounders in AHSAA girls’ history at Locust Fork, has built a tremendous program at Sand Rock. Morgan’s Hatch girls (22-6) reached the Class 2A state semifinals, and Bixby directed Geneva (23-7) to the South Regional tourney.
       Among the players selected for the South boys’ team are 6-foot-6 Anquavious Pollard and 6-7 Emmanuel Littles of two-time Class 2A state champion Lanett. Theo Akwuba of Brewbaker Tech is the tallest player on the squad at 6-9. The North features 6-9 forward Xavier Williams of Parker, 6-10 Richard Jemison of Homewood and 6-8 Logan Dye of Haleyville and 6-6 Isaac Chatman of Cordova.
      The South girls’ team includes 6-1 center Tamyya Hilliard of Class 2A state champion Geneva County, Tyesha Rudolph of Hillcrest-Evergreen, who helped her team go 21-1 on the year, and 5-10 LeFlore guard Daisha Bradford. The North girls list 6-3 center Camille Buckhanon of Talladga, 6-0 center Karleigh Sledge and 5-8 guard Taylor Aikerson, who helped Deshler win 68 games in a row over the last two seasons, and Homewood guards Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne, who led the Patriots to the Class 6A state championship in 2015 and 2017.
     The South girls ended an eight-year drought with a 57-53 win over the North last summer, and the North boys won 84-73 in the 63rd North-South boys’ contest. The competition for boys was first played in 1953 and 1997 for the girls. The North holds a 47-26 edge in the boys’ series and a 17-3 edge in the girls’ series heading into this summer’s games.  
   The rosters for the basketball squads are below.


2017 NORTH-SOUTH BASKETBALL ROSTERS

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Xavier Williams, Jr.

A. H. Parker

F

6'9

185

Fabian Bell

Austin

G

6'1

190

Isaac Chatman

Cordova

G

6'6

185

Jaylen Cole

Gadsden City

PG

6'0

160

Logan Dye

Haleyville

F

6'8

230

Richard Jemison

Homewood

C

6'10

233

Jamari Blackmon

Hoover

G

6'0

175

Travarus Carroll

Huffman

PG

6'2

178

Justin Allison

Pelham

PG

5'11

165

Jeffery Armstrong

Plainview

PG

5'11

175

Diante Wood

Sacred Heart

SG

6'5

185

Christian Peterson, III

Saint Bernard

PG

6'0

165

Malik Crawford

Sylacauga

G

6'2

200

Taquavian Drake

Wadley

F

6'0

155

Carlos Rogers

Wenonah

SG

5'10

195

NORTH COACHES

Shon Peck-Love

Paul Bryant

Neal Barker

Muscle Shoals

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

LaDarius Knight

Ashford

G

6'5

170

Christian Brandt

Auburn

G

6'2

177

Theo Akwuba

Brewbaker Tech

C

6'9

180

Jalen Gaston

Carver - Montgomery

SG

6'3

175

Kentravious Dudley

Central - Hayneville

SG

6'5

165

Justyn Ross

Central - Phenix City

PG

6'4

190

Kendrick Buskey

Daphne

PG

6'0

160

Tony Johnson

Eufaula

G

6'3

180

Calen Murry

Headland

SG

6'1

190

Anquavious Pollard

Lanett

F

6'6

210

Emmanuel Littles

Lanett

C

6'7

210

Isaiah Scott

Linden

PG

6'1

168

Tyler Stallworth

Monroe County

SG

6'4

195

Azariah Seay

Prattville

G

6'3

180

Mark Wilcox, Jr.

St. Luke's

SF

6'4

198

SOUTH COACHES

Tony Hayes

Monroe County

Douglas Moore

Bullock County

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.


NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Alexis Woods

Athens

F

5'11

Taylor Aikerson

Deshler

G

5'8

Karleigh Sledge

Deshler

C

6'0

Whitlee Flannagin

Hatton

G

5'9

Brooke Hampel

Hazel Green

G

5'10

Caitlin Hose

Hazel Green

G

5'10

London Coleman

Hewitt Trussville

G

5'8

Hannah Barber

Homewood

G

5'6

Ajah Wayne

Homewood

G

5'10

Eboni Williams

Hoover

F

6'0

Allie Cruce

Lauderdale County

G

6'1

Claire Holt

Spain Park

G

5'7

Tiyonna Rogers

Spring Garden

F

5'10

Camille Buckhanon

Talladega

C

6'3

Faith Reynolds

Wenonah

G

5'8

NORTH COACHES

Mike Chase

Spain Park

Lisa Bates

Sand Rock

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

SOUTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Adiya Matthews

Alma Bryant

G

5'7

Jermecya Harris

Blount

F

6'1

Tiara McLeod

Carroll

F

6'0

Destiny Ramos

Faith Academy

G

5'9

Lakhlian Rankins

Faith Academy

G

5'4

Tamyya Hilliard

Geneva County

C

6'1

Tyesha Rudolph

Hillcrest - Evergreen

G

5'8

Shatavia Moore

Keith

G

5'10

Daisha Bradford

LeFlore

G

5'10

Amber Richardson

Linden

F

5'8

Anita Payne

Opelika

F

5'8

Patiniquia Collins

R. C. Hatch

G

5'8

Micala Fisanick

Saint James

G

5'8

LaTascya Duff

Samson

G

5'7

LaTora Duff

Samson

G

5'7

SOUTH COACHES

Rich Bixby

Geneva

Willie Morgan

R. C. Hatch

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.



2017 North-South Volleyball All-Star Teams Announced By the AHSADCA for 2017 All-Star Sports Week

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South Volleyball competition have been selected.
     Twenty-four outstanding junior volleyball standouts, 12 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 19-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The volleyball all-star match will be at Auburn-Montgomery at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and for the first time, cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 18.The 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 20, at Cramton Bowl. The boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be at Alabama State on Wednesday, July 19, and the inaugural North-South cross country competition will be held earlier that morning.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 22.
        Coco Hughes, who guided Hazel Green to the Class 6A state championship in 2016, and Whitney Welch, who led Alexandria to the 5A state finals, are the coaches for the North Volleyball All-Stars. Randolph’s Sue Marshall is the administrative coach.
   South coaches include Bridgett Brantley of Geneva and Neysa Hernandez of Prattville and Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin is administrative coach. Brantley’s Lady Bobcats (17-12) reached Class 3A Super Regionals in 2016, and Hernandez’s Lady Lions (27-20) reached the 2016 Class 7A state tournament quarterfinals.
     The North team features two of Hughes’ own players on the North squad, middle hitter Tierra Porter and outside hitter Maci Battle.  Taylor Spradley of Alexandria will also be joining her coach on the team. All three were named to the 2016 All-State Tourney squads.  The North squad also features setter Libby Gann of 2016 Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook and middle hitter Abbie Chambless, who was named MVP of the Class 1A state tournament after leading the Bulldogs to the 2016 title.
   Setter Ansleigh Dailey and outside hitter Brantley Rhodes, who helped Bayside Academy win its 15th straight Class 3A state championship last season, headline the South squad along with St. Paul’s Episcopal middle hitter Kelly Honkanen, who helped the Saints claim the 2016 Class 5A state title. Also selected is setter Reilly Vought of Class 6A runner-up Spanish Fort.
   The South won last summer’s North-South match 3-0 with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 victory. The North holds a 13-6 lead in the series that got underway in 1997.
   The rosters are below.




2017 NORTH VOLLEYBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Abbie Chambless

Addison

M

5'9

Taylor Spradley

Alexandria

OH

5'11

Alexis Snow

Danville

L

5'2

Karlee Hale

Geraldine

MH

5'11

Reagan Harmon

Grissom

OH

5'11

Tierra Porter

Hazel Green

MB

6'2

Maci Battle

Hazel Green

OH

5'7

Annmarie Dunford

Huntsville

OH

5'8

Kinsley Hanback

Lexington

MB

5'10

Libby Gann

Mountain Brook

S

5'8

Torie Denkers

Oak Mountain

OH

6'0

Anna Bryant

Pleasant Valley

S

5'4

NORTH COACHES

Coach

School

Coco Hughes

Hazel Green

Whitney Welch

Alexandria

Sue Marshall, Adm.

Randolph

2017 SOUTH VOLLEYBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Abigail Allen

Baker

L

5'3

Ansleigh Dailey

Bayside

S

5'6

Brantley Rhodes

Bayside

OH

6'0

Abby Martin

Benjamin Russell

OH

6'0

Lainey Wells

Brantley

MH

5'9

Sydney Omtvedt

Daphne

OH

5'8

Caroline Kirkham

Montgomery Academy

OH

5'11

Emorie Long

Pelham

MH

5'9

Elizabeth Skoneki

Saint James

RS

5'9

Reilly Vought

Spanish Fort

S

5'11

Natalie Bonner

St. Luke

MH

5'11

Kelly Honkanen

St. Paul's

MH

6'0

SOUTH COACHES

Coach

School

Bridgett Brantley

Opp

Neysa Hernandez

Prattville

Virginia Franklin, Adm.

Carver - Montgomery



CLASS 4A/5A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS UMS-Wright Extends Girls’ Streak, Briarwood Ends UMS Boys’ Streak at Class 4A/5A Tennis Tourney

MOBILE – UMS-Wright’s Lady Bulldogs won the AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Tennis Championship for the record-setting ninth consecutive year Tuesday running away from the pack with 81 points. Runner-up St. Paul’s Episcopal had 33 and Saint James was third with 32.
     The UMS-Wright boys came into the 2017 state tourney also riding a state-record eight-year winning state championship streak but saw it come to an end as Briarwood Christian and St. Paul’s Episcopal finished 1-2 with 57 and 51 points, respectively, in the 4A/5A boys’ competition. UMS was third with 42 points.
     In individual action, Saint James senior Aaron Skier downed Douglas senior Alex Wisener 6-3, 6-3 in the boys’ No. 1 singles finals of the AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Tennis Championships at Mobile Tennis Center Tuesday.
    Sophomore Audrey Sewell of UMS-Wright won the girls’ No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over fellow sophomore Emma Beth Teel of Trinity Presbyterian. Coach Meridy Jones’ team swept five of six singles finals and two of the three doubles. The No. 1 doubles championship match was not completed.
    Elizabeth Swain won at No. 2 for the Bulldogs while teammates Tianna Dixon, Martha Williams and Adelaide Bell were champions at 3, 4 and 5. Katie Rowan of St. Paul’s won the No. 6 single title.
   In doubles play, Dixon and Williams teamed to capture the No. 2 title, and Anna Miller combined with Ellen Williams to win at No. 3. Trinity’s No. 1 doubles team of Emma Beth and Mary Conley Teel are scheduled to meet Briarwood Christian’s Kateleigh Calloway and Kara Coleman in the No. 1 doubles finals Wednesday due to the four-match limitation rule. The site and time was not determined at press time.
BRIARWOOD CAPTURES LIONS’ FIRST BOYS’ TITLE
  
Coach Jeremy Mears’ Lions posted two singles wins and one doubles win to grab the championship. Freshman John Wolf posted s win at No. 2 singles for Briarwood winning 6-0, 6-1 over Jimmy Mackin of St. Paul’s. Eighth grader Alex Felts also won at No. 4. Other singles winners were Patrick McGowin of UMS (No. 3), Jack Citrin of St. Paul’s (No. 4) and Thomas Treadwell of Trinity Presbyterian (No. 6).
    The No. 1 doubles match finals between Briarwood’s duo of John and Luke Wolf versus Aaron Skier and Stephen Sides of Saint James was also postponed to Wednesday due to the match limitation. St. Paul’s Nathan Smith and Kessler Park won at 2 doubles and the Lions picked up a big win at 3 with Tyler Guerra and Felts winning 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 over UMS-Wright’s Giddens Fort and Trey Fowler. That match sealed the championship.
   Tuesday’s complete team and individual results can be found at
www.ahsaa.com.  

Mountain Brook Sweeps AHSAA 7A Tennis Titles

    MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook High School captured the AHSAA Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state tennis championships Tuesday in convincing fashion as the 2017 state tourney concluded at Lagoon Park.
    Coach Susan Farlow’s Spartans totaled 51 points in the boys’ division with runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic second with 27. Vestavia Hills was third with 22. Farlow’s girls out-scored runner-up Spain Park 45-35 with Fairhope third with 23 points. The championships were the 28th overall for the Lady Spartans and 26th for the Mountain Brook boys. Both are AHSAA state records.
    McGill-Toolen junior Brooks Green captured the No. 1 singles championship with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win over Mountain Brook senior Peter Hartman. Paul Jones (No. 3), Alva Caine (No. 5), William Watts (No. 6) won in their selected slots. McGill-Toolen’s Hallet Green won the No. 2 singles title and teammate Jordan Agagan won at No. 4.
    The Yellow Jackets’ duo, Hallett Green and Brooks Green, took the No. 1 doubles title beating Mountain Brook’s Hartman and David Faulkner 6-3, 6-4 in the finals.
    LADY SPARTANS CLAIM THREE SINGLES, TWO DOUBLES TITLES
   
The Lady Spartans’ strong depth helped Mountain Brook win three singles and two doubles titles. Sophomore Margaret Polk won the No. 1 singles for Farlow’s squad, beating Sydney Flesch of Huntsville 6-0, 6-2 in the finals. Polk won 36 of 39 games played in her six sets in the tourney.
    Spain Park’s Lindsay Song, Sydney Ellison and Mychelle Widra won at 2, 3 and 4. Mountain Brook’s Liz Vandevelde won No. 5 singles and teammate Morgan Jenkins won at No. 6.
    Sydney Ellison and Daryn Ellison beat the Enterprise duo of Mikaela Grubb and Lindsey Zerbinos in the No. 1 doubles finals, 6-0, 6-1. Mountain Brook’s Sarah Catherine Cooper and Cele Sullivan won at 2 doubles and the Lady Spartans’ team of Maggie Duggan and Liz Vandevelde won at No. 3.
    Complete team and individual results can be found at
www.ahsaa.com on its front page in the tennis section of in-season sports.   

CLASS 3A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Montgomery Academy Girls, Altamont Boys Win Titles

    MOBILE – Montgomery Academy’s girls won the AHSAA Class 1A /3A state tennis titles for the fifth time in the last six years and Altamont snapped the Eagles’ six-year championship run in the boys’ competition edging MA 61-55 Tuesday in the final day of the two-day tourney held at the Mobile Tennis Center.
     The Lady Eagles, coached by Tracy Smith, posted a 20-point cushion with 63 points as Montgomery Academy its 16th state crown overall dating back to 1971. Bayside Academy was second with 43 points and St. Luke’s of Mobile was third with 33.
      Altamont, coached by Barry Bearden, won it first state championship for the first time since 2010. 
     Eighth grader Kida Ferrari won the No. 1 singles title in the girls’ 1A/3A competition beating Houston Academy’s Nicola Voss 6-2, 6-0 in the championship match. Montgomery Academy’s Kate Dockery won at No. 2, Caroline Deale won No. 3 for the Eagles and teammate Martha Ernest won at No. 6. St. Luke’s Episcopal netter Whitney Novak won at No. 4 and Bayside’s Mary Catherine Branyon won at No. 6.
    Shoals Christian won the No. 1 doubles with Leigh Taylor Bishop and Karleigh Cross beating MA’s Elizabeth Robertson and Deale, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals. Novak and Anna Marie Bentley won at No. 2 and MA’s duo of Ernest and Lucy Chapman won at No. 3.
ALTAMONT SNAPS MA STREAK AT 6
   
Montgomery Academy, coached by recently inducted Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame coach David Bethea, had won six straight 1A/3A tennis championships heading into the state tourney. Sophomore James Torbert, last year’s No. 2 singles winner, gave the Eagles a boost with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Houston Academy’s Braden Read in the No. 1 singles finals Tuesday.
   Altamont pulled out the championship with a win at No. 3 singles by Arjun Lakhanpal and doubles wins at No. 2 and 3 by the duos of Chris Mines and Arjun Guru and Mac Lidikay and Lakhanpal.
    Montgomery Academy won at No. 1 doubles with Torbert and William Robertson beating the Knights’ No. 1 doubles team Spencer Skidmore and Sameer Sultan.
    Houston Academy’s Collin Dorner and Trey Craven won No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Montgomery Academy’s Dalton Wallis and Hamilton Chapman won at 5 and 6 singles.
   Complete team and individual results can be found at
www.ahsaa.com on its front page in the tennis section of in-season sports.   

CLASS 6A TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Decatur Girls, Florence Boys Win State Crowns

DECATUR – Florence High School’s boys captured the school’s first AHSAA state tennis championship in school history Tuesday edging runner-up Northview 48-44 at the Class 6A State Championships played at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard in Decatur. Defending state champion Walker was third with 43.
    Florence junior Lily Holmes also won the No. 1 singles title in the girls’ competition as the Falcons finished second to Decatur. The Lady Red Raiders scored 64 points with runner-up Florence netting 46. Northridge had 42 to finish third
    Bradshaw on the Class 5A boys’ tennis title in 2004. The school merged with Coffee High School the next school year to form Florence High.
    The 6A boys’ No. 1 singles final was captured by Northview junior Chase Parker over Gulf Shores freshman Wes Lartigne, 6-1, 6-1. Walker’s Ben Hicks won at No. 2 singles. Florence freshman Luke Singletary won at No. 3, Northview’s Cody Bonds won at No. 4, Florence freshman Noah Tompkins captured 5 singles, and Walker’s Grayson Barber won at No. 6.
    Northview won at No. 1 doubles, Florence won at No. 2 and No. 3.
DECATUR GIRLS CLAIM FIRST STATE CROWN
   
Coach Kyle Justice’s Lady Raiders won singles titles at 3, 4 and 6 and at No. 2 and 3 doubles to capture the first girls’ state tennis title in school history. Holmes won the No. 1 singles final over Homewood freshman Maggie White, 6-1, 6-2.
    Northridge’s Bella Swindoll won at No. 2. Decatur took over to win three of the last four singles championships as senior Anna Kathryn Layton won at No. 3, sophomore Beverly Fite won at No, 4 and sister Kimberly Fite, a seventh grader, won at No. 6. Florence netter Ruby Cunningham won the No. 5 singles.
    Homewood won the No. 1 doubles and Florence sealed the title with wins at 2 and 3 doubles.
    Complete team and individual results can be found at
www.ahsaa.com on its front page in the tennis section of in-season sports.   

Teams Set For 2017 Champions Challenge At Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Aug. 24-25

      MONTGOMERY, AL – Four teams have been selected for the 12th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic Aug. 24-25 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The 2016 Champions Challenge, which will kick off the 2017 prep football season, will feature one game at 7 p.m., each night. Defending 1A state champion Maplesville and defending 2A state champion Fyffe will meet in the small-school game on Thursday. Hewitt-Trussville and Pell City will play in the large-school game Friday.
     The pairings were announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaching organization, which hosts the event each year.
      “We are very excited about the two games we have lined up,” Briggs said. “The Fyffe versus Mapleville game pits two schools that were undefeated last season while the big-school game is a clash between two of the state’s up-and-coming programs. Each have storied histories and strong communities that love high school football. We thank the City of Montgomery for all they do to make these games possible each year.”
     Both games will be televised live over the Raycom Network in Alabama with WSFA TV 12 as the anchor station. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the games live over its statewide radio network.
     Fyffe (15-0), coached by Paul Benefield, beat Aliceville 28-0 in the 2016 Class 2A finals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was the Red Devils’ second state championship in the last three years.   Fyffe outscored opponents 700-113 with the championship game win the Red Devils’ sixth shutout of the season.
    Coach Brent Hubbert’s Maplesville Red Devils (14-0) beat Pickens County 40-12 last December to claim Maplesville’s third straight Class 1A state title and extended Maplesville’s current winning streak to 23 in a row. His team outscored opponents 683-101 in 14 games last season.
     Pell City (6-5) reached the Class 6A state playoffs in Coach Keith Etheredge’s first season at the helm in 2016. He moved to Pell City from Leeds where he served as head coach for 10 seasons compiling a 113-39 record and four state championships. Etheredge’s teams have been known for their explosive offenses and smothering defenses.
    Floyd finished his third season at Hewitt-Trussville leading the Huskies (11-1) to a perfect 10-0 regular season record for the first time in the school’s 92-year football history.  Hewitt-Trussville also won the Class 7A, Region 8 title and outscored opponents 552-289 on the year.
   Floyd came to Trussville from Shiloh Christian (Ark.) where he led the school to a 99-21 record over 10 seasons with four state titles in five trips to the Arkansas state high school finals.
    The former prep quarterback’s high school coach was current Auburn University Coach Gus Malzahn.
     Benefield has s 255-52 career record including 210-41 at Fyffe. Hubbert is 143-23 at Maplesville and 160-38 overall.  Ethredge is 113-39 in his 11-year career (107-34 at Leeds) and Floyd is 121-33 overall and 22-12 at Hewitt over the last three seasons.
    Andalusia beat Brooks 34-13, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa downed Demopolis 42-7 and Hoover topped Central-Phenix City 23-7 in last year’s Champions’ Challenge.


Class 1A/3A Boys’ Teams Finish First Day Of State Championships in Tight Race

    MOBILE – Houston Academy held a slim 41-40 lead over six-time defending Class 1A/3A state boys’ tennis champion Montgomery Academy and Altamont after Monday’s first day of competition as the 2017 AHSAA  State Tennis Championships got underway at three sites.
     State tourneys for girls and boys are being held at Mobile Tennis Center for Classes 1A/3A and 4A/5A. The final round will get underway Tuesday morning. Class 7A girls’ and boys’ state tourneys are being held at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Monday and Tuesday, and the Class 6A boys’ and girls’ state competition is underway the same two days at the Jimmy Johns Tennis Center located at Point Mallard in Decatur.
    James Tolbert of Montgomery Academy beat Cooper Montgomery of Donoho to advance out of the semis. Monday. He won all three matches Monday to reach the No. 1 singles finals for the first time. He captured No. 2 singles crown  in 2016
    He and older brother Bo also combined to win last year’s No. 1 doubles finals. Bo, who graduated in 2016, won the No. 1 singles title in ’16.
    Braden Read of Houston Academy was set to face Alex Cochran of Westbrook Christian in the other semifinal. That match had not been reported late Monday.
     Tolbert and William Robertson, who reached the No. 3 singles finals Monday, advanced to play Read and Collin Dorner of Houston Academy in the semifinals of No. 1 doubles.
     Montgomery Academy’s girls held a 40-33 lead over Bayside Academy in the girls’ 1A/3A competition Monday night. Houston Academy was third with 26 points and Altamont was fourth with 25. The Lady Eagles have won the state title eight of the last nine years.

BRIARWOOD LEADS 4A/5A BOYS’ TOURNEY:  Briarwood Christian held a six-point lead over the field in the Class 4A/5A state tournament at Mobile Tennis Center after Monday’s action. The Lions posted 38 points with LAMP and St. Paul’s Episcopal are tied for second with 32 points. UMS-Wright, winners of the state title for the last eight years, is fourth with 29 points.
    The UMS-Wright girls, also riding an eight-year winning streak, leads Briarwood Christian 44-42 heading into Tuesday’s action with Trinity Presbyterian third with 36 and Russellville fourth with 24.
CLASS 7A AT LAGOON PARK: Two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook held a 34-17 lead over Vestavia Hills in the boys’ competition Monday night, and the Lady Spartans was on top of the girls’ competition with 27 points. Fairhope and Spain Park were right behind with 21 and 20 points respectively. McGill-Toolen was third in the boys’ competition with 16 points.
CLASS 6A AT DECATUR: Decatur and Northridge were 1-2 after day one of the Class 6A girls’ tournament action at Point Mallard’s Jimmy Johns Tennis Center with 38 and 36 points, respectively. Florence was third with 31 points and Homewood, fourth with 21. Briarwood Christian, which won the 2015 and 2016 girls’ 6A state titles, is competing in the 4A/5A division in 2017.
    Defending Class 6A boys’ state champion Walker is tied with Muscle Shoals and Northview with 30 points each after the completion of Monday’s play. Florence is four points back at 26 points.
    Individual results can be found on the front page of
www.ahsaa.com in the tennis section of in-season results.

Swimming and Diving Rules Changes Address Risk Minimization, Championship Meet Policy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 19, 2017) — Among the changes to high school swimming and diving rules for 2017-18 are ones that address risk minimization and requirements for use of the championship meet format.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recommended seven rules changes at its March 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 1-3-12 now requires state associations to identify culminating meets, which require use of the championship format. Due to the variations in conference, league and postseason championships within states, the committee believes it is appropriate for the respective state association to determine which meets shall be considered culminating meets.

“The championship meet format features preliminaries and finals rounds, which are thought to provide athletes the best opportunity to excel in their events,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “However, the format also prescribes specific rules associated with team and individual entries, dual confirmation, declared false starts and applicable penalties for violation of these rules.

“The committee agreed that state associations are in the best position to determine which competitions must adhere to the championship meet format. The language also allows non-championship meets to be conducted using the championship meet format.”

An addition to Rule 8-3-5c specifies where a second, third and fourth swimmer’s feet must be when a relay exchange occurs. One foot must be in contact with the surface of the starting platform in front of the starting block wedge during takeoff to minimize risk during relay exchanges.

Rule 3-6 was reorganized to provide clarity regarding the potential conduct issues within a meet. As a result, the committee believes these issues are now easier to compare and categorize for appropriate action and/or penalty. Rule 4-1-8 was also affected by this rule change and now includes language regarding appropriate conduct for meet officials.

Other rules changes include:

·         Rule 9-5-2, which addresses the approach and hurdle requirements in diving. This clarifies the intent for hops, leaps and/or jumps to count toward the three-step forward approach requirement.

·         Rule 3-3-2a, which provides consistency for all NFHS sports regarding what school and competitor information is permitted on the uniform which, in swimming and diving, consists of the suit and swim cap.

·         Rule 4-6-4, which requires dual confirmation for relay exchanges during championship meets. The referee and the starter may serve as the relay takeoff judges.

·         Rule 3-4, which provides competitors more flexibility when competing in 500-yard events to count either up or down with visual lap counters. This practice permits flexibility for the competitor, and is in keeping with current trends in the sport.

“The Swimming and Diving Rules Committee was intentional in deliberation of this year’s rules proposals,” Searcy said. “Its main focus this year was to minimize risk but also clarify existing rules.”

Swimming and diving ranks ninth in popularity among girls with 166,747 participants and 10th among boys with 133,470 participants, according to the 2015-16 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.


Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV will be the Recipient of the Frank "Pig" House Award

BIRMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV will be the recipient of the Frank “Pig” House Award at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  

The Frank "Pig" House Award is given to someone that the Hall of Fame considers has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama and the Board of Directors feels is worthy of special recognition.  The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s First Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.

A native of Birmingham, “Tubb” as he is affectionately known graduated from Wenonah High School in 1973 and earned a football scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, TN.  Bell has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wenonah High School for the past 20 years.  His overall record is 485-178.  His girls’ basketball team has made it to the Girls State Final Four eight times and has won the state championship five times.  They have won the state championship in Class 5A the past four consecutive years.  During his 20-year career at Wenonah he has been honored as the Birmingham City School Coach of Year, Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year and the Alabama Sportswriters Coach of Year.

He formed a professional Women’s basketball team called the Birmingham Power.  He also formed the Alabama Roadrunners AAU Girls Basketball program in 1995.  It was a Nike Grassroots program for 10 years.  He has coached three McDonalds All-Americans.  Several of his former players either played or are now playing in the WNBA.

Former recipients of the Frank “Pig” House Award include Sammy Dunn (2004), Dr. Avalee Willoughby (2007) and Buddy Anderson (2014).

For ticket information to the May13th Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.