Sunday, February 23, 2020







West Morgan 4, Altamont 2
    Junior Brianna Thorne scored a hat trick as the Lady Rebels (16-6-0) reached the AHSAA Class 1A-3A State Soccer Championships’ girls finals with a semifinal win over Altamont (8-8-4).
     The victory sends West Morgan into the finals Friday night at 6 p.m. at John Hunt Soccer Complex at Huntsville against defending state champion Montgomery Academy.
     West Morgan, coached by Brandon Rice, scored its first two goals in a span of 64 seconds. Thorne tied the match at 1-1 on an assist from Maribel Delgado at the 25:39 mark and teammate Meredith Bates put West Morgan ahead for good scoring at 26:43.  Thorne, who had five shots on goal, got her two other goals in a 3:13 stretch of the second half.
    Altamont senior Meridith Beretta opened the scoring at 20:16 in the first half with the Lady Knights’ first goal. Sophie Sabri had the final goal on a pass from Altamont teammate Kim Sephaphathi. 
    Goalkeeper Krystyn Chambers had six saves for West Morgan and Altamont keeper Katie Wright had nine.

Montgomery Academy 3, Holy Spirit Catholic 1
The Lady Eagles (20-1-2) overcame a 1-0 deficit at the half with three goals in the final 45 minutes to advance to the Class 1A-3A state soccer finals with the semifinal win over Holy Spirit Catholic (20-3-1) Thursday at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Coach J.A. Stuart Bonner’s team out-shot the Titans 25-6 – eventually wearing down upset-minded  Holy Spirit in the second half. Sisters Tara and Brenna Katz accounted for all three goals – the first two by Tara, an eighth grader, and the final one by Brenna, a senior.
     Jordan Richmond opened the scoring at 26:45 with her 63rd goal of the season for the Titans. That lone goal stood until Tara Katz tied the match at 50:14 in the second half on an assist from Cari Budny. Her second goal came 21:15 later with Elizabeth Robertson feeding the assist. Maggie Chambers’ pass set up Brenna Katz’s final goal with 37 seconds remaining in the match.
    Goalkeeper Blakley Jones had 13 saves for Holy Spirit. Dora Eskridge of Montgomery Academy four saves on goal.

Washington County’s Randall Coxwell Hurls Perfect Game to Clinch Area Title

   Washington County High School senior right-hander Randall Coxwell fired a perfect game to beat Southern Choctaw 7-0 Saturday as the Bulldogs claimed the Class 2A, Area 2 baseball championship with the win. The 6-foot-4 Coxwell struck out 17 and allowed four ground-ball outs to face only 21 batters in the seven-inning gem.  Two of the groundouts were back to the pitcher, thus giving him an even more direct hand in 19 of the 21 outs.
     Coxwell, who has signed with Shelton State Community College of Tuscaloosa, is currently 8-0 with two saves on the season with 87 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched – 1.95 strikeouts per inning. He has walked only eight and has compiled a 0.30 ERA.
     “Randall is the most complete baseball player I have ever had the chance to coach,” said Washington County principal and head baseball coach David Wofford. “He is also on track to be our valedictorian.”
     Coxwell goes into this week’s games with 27 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. He has allowed only three hits in that stretch – all singles – and has allowed only eight hits this season – and no extra base hits. He had threw only 71 pitches in the perfect game and had another complete game with only 57 pitches thrown.
     When he isn’t pitching, he is playing third base. He is hitting .500 with three home runs, three doubles and one triple.
     Wofford, currently the president of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, said he was pressed into coaching this year’s team when head coach Chris Wilson resigned to become Straughn High School’s head football coach before the season started.
    Several other top performances highlighted last week’s action.

LANE DICKERSON, COLBERT COUNTY: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Indians beat Lexington 12-0 in a Class 3A, Area 16 baseball game. Dickerson struck out eight and walked three. He also slugged a grand slam to highlight a 10-run first inning and finished 4-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Peyton Stracener added two homers and four RBIs.

Scored six goals on 10 shots-on-goal to help East Limestone beat Elkmont 10-0 in a  boys’ soccer match. Sayer, a senior, now has 28 goals on the season and 138 for his career. He currently ranks fifth in AHSAA history behind all-time career scoring leader Ryan Kirschbaum of Priceville, who scored 153 goals from 2002-06. Fairhope’s Ryan Strachan (2004-06) is second with 145 goals. Michael Ritch of St. James (1997-99) and Sam Tvrdy of St. Bernard (1995-99) are tied for third with 143 goals each. Sayer has scored six goals in a match twice and five goals once this season.

SEAN COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN: The Yellow Jackets’ senior pole vaulter, despite a strong head wind,  went over 17 feet for the second straight week as in the Challenge of Champions meet at Mobile last weekend.  His 17-feet, 3-inch leap set a new meet record and is the best of any AHSAA high schooler on record. Collins set the AHSAA indoor state record last February with a 16-4¾ clearance at the CrossPlex in Birmingham to win the Class 7A state title.
MARGARET OLLINGER, McGILL-TOOLEN: Ollinger, a junior, cleared 13-3 to set a new meet record for the girls at the Mobile Challenge of Champions meet. She set a new state indoor record winning the 7A title with going 12-4¼ at the CrossPlex.

Clocked the fastest prep 2-mile time in the nation with a winning time of 10:49.19 at Mobile last weekend. The eighth grader set a new overall 3,200-meter state record in the AHSAA state indoor meet and also set the overall state girls’ record in winning the Class 4A state cross country title last November.

Clocked the AHSAA’s fastest 100-meter dash time of the 2015 season to win the Wiregrass Invitational Meet race in 10.42 seconds. He also won the 200-meter dash to lead Hillcrest to the boys’ team title at the met hosted by Charles Henderson High School in Troy.

Coached the Lady Senators to the Bob Jones Invitational softball tournament championship and clinched the 806th win of his 19-year career. Sparkman (21-7) beat Louisville (KY) Male 5-2 in the finals to close out the competition with six wins in a row. MacKenzie Nutt hit .647 in the tournament with two doubles, two triples and two home runs.  Palmer’s 800th win came earlier in the week versus Section.