Monday, February 17, 2020






Author: Marvin Chou

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Class 3A State Volleyball Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Madison  Academy 2
     Bayside Academy captured its 13th straight AHSAA state volleyball championship Thursday night, but not without plenty of drama.
      Madison Academy battled the Lady Admirals point-for-point all match and was serving in the fifth set for the winning point at 15-14. Bayside survived that challenge, then settled the marathon Class 3A championship by winning the final two points to take a 15-25, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 17-15 victory to keep the state championship streak alive for yet another year.
      Bayside (44-9) has now won a state-record 23 state titles. Coach Ann Schilling’s team needed their full arsenal to nip Coach Wendy Tucker’s Mustangs (50-12).  Lauren Chastang, the tourney MVP, had 22 kills and 13 digs on the night for the Admirals. Ariel Dulaney added 19 kills and 13 digs and Brantley Rogers had 13 kills.  Setter Ansleigh Dailey dished out 52 assists.
     Taylor Gill had a phenomenal performance for the Mustangs with a 2014 state-tournament high 34 kills. Addison Rucker, daughter of the head coach, had 20 assists and Lauren Milar had 18. Gill also had 14 digs, Rucker had 13 and Haley Palmer, 23.
Class 3A All-Tournament Team
Lauren Chastang, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Taylor Gill, Madison Academy; Lauren Milar, Madison Academy; Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy; Annie Homan, West Morgan.

Class 1A State Volleyball Championship

Athens Bible 3, Meek 1
     Athens Bible fought off stubborn Meek in the Class 1A state volleyball finals Thursday to win the school’s third state championship and first since 2009 when new head coach Elizabeth Anne Shaver was still a player for the Lady Trojans.
    Shaver, 21, saw her team claw out a 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Tigers (28-22) to take the title. In the process she may have become the youngest head coach in AHSAA history to win a state volleyball title.
     Kara Ward led Athens Bible (32-17) with 19 kills, 28 digs and two blocks.  Emma Jarrett added 11 kills, Loren Gilliam had seven kills, 35 assists and 15 digs, and Lyndsey Sherrod had 23 digs.  Holly Persell also had eight kills.
    Meek, coached by young Tara Branstetter, 23, got strong showings from Morgan Hudson and Jordan Waldrep, who recorded 19 and 18 kills each. Jayden Waldrep had 40 assists.
    Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Kara Wood, Athens Bible (MVP); Emma Jarrett, Athens Bible; Holly Persell, Athens Bible; Jordan Waldrep, Meek; Morgan Hudson, Meek; Kayla Grimes, Decatur Heritage; Maddie Vinton, Decatur Heritage.

Class 6A State Volleyball Championship

John Carroll Catholic 3,Pelham 0
John Carroll Catholic High School had met area rival Pelham five times this season with the Panthers winning three and the Cavaliers two.
    Coach Ginny Massa’s squad evened the series and then some with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Pelham in the Class 6A State Tournament championship match at the CrossPlex Thursday afternoon.
     Sophomore middle hitter Mary Catherine Hart led the Cavaliers (40-8) with 11 kills, three digs and four blocks to capture MVP honors. Kelsi Hobbs also had 15 kills and 14 digs, Morgan Adamson had nine kills and setter Anna Runyan had 21 assists.
     Pelham (41-17), coached by Scott Coefield, got 13 kills from Erin Hines, 27 assists from Emily Jackson and 18 digs from Hayley Brisendine.
Class 6A All-Tournament Team
Mary Catherine Hart, John Carroll Catholic (MVP); Morgan Ad
amson, John Carroll Catholic; Kelsi Hobbs, John Carroll Catholic; Erin Hines, Pelham; Autum Hiett, Pelham; Shelby Grace Mays, Arab; Miranda Bruce, Walker.

Class 7A State Volleyball Championship

Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1

     Mountain Brook’s Lady Spartans downed Hoover 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10 Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex to capture the first Class 7A state volleyball championship in AHSAA history. It was also Mountain Brook’s first volleyball state title.
     Coach Haven O’Quinn’s Spartans (49-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in part due to the play of outside hitter Sara Carr. The junior finished with 16 kills, 14 digs and three blocks to earn MVP honors.   Emmy Kilgore had eight kills, Payton Selmon, Abby Garrett and Kendrall Crumbaugh added seven each.
     Setter Sara Chandler Mitchell also handed out 38 assists and Smith had 21 digs.
     Hoover (38-9) , coached by Chris Camper, was led by Ali Lowe’s 13 kills. Nora Webster added seven.  Jamie Gregg had 18 assists and Olivia Portera 16 digs.
    Hoover and Mountain Brook were the first two Birmingham schools to meet in the large school state finals. Both were 6A last year.
Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sara Chandler Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Julia Smith, Mountain Brook; Ali Lowe, Hoover; Kathryn Cather, Hoover; Abby Hutchens, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Haley Hop, Bob Jones.


Class 2A State Volleyball Championship

Addison 3, Providence Christian 1

     Addison (58-2) used a strong front line Thursday to beat Providence Christian 25-20, 23-25,25-20, 25-18 in the AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Class 2A championship match at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
     Tourney MVP Jessy Taylor led the attack with 20 kills and 13 digs as the Bulldogs won their seventh state championship since 2003. Addison was 1A state champs in 2013.  Summer Hinton also had 10 kills, Holly Posey had nine and Callie Brewer with six. Posey also had 30 assists and 17 digs.
        Providence Christian (58-2) came into the finals with a 56-match winning streak, longest in school history. Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles finished second in 2013 and won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Hannah Harris and Kristy Odom turned in outstanding performances with 18 kills and 16 kills, respectively. Emma Cary also had 34 assists and 22 digs.
Class 2A All-Tournament Team
Jessy Harris, Addison (MVP); Summer Hinton, Addison; Holly Posey, Addison; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian; Emma Cary, Providence Christian; Sydney Terry, Hatton; Dani Townson, Ider.

Class 5A Volleyball State Championship

St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Guntersville 1
St. Paul’s Episcopal overcame stubborn Guntersville 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 Thursday in the AHSAA Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament finals to capture the 2014 state championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex arena.
     MVP Morgan Eiland had 10 kills, Bradley Carrington 16 and Parker Canada six as the Saints (37-13) sent head coach Kelli Hillier out with a state title. Hillier announced her plans to step down earlier this season. Setter Ali Sutherland had 37 assists while Konner Wilks had 18 digs, Leigh Minus 14 and Canada 10.
     Elizabeth Bridges had 14 kills and four blocks for Coach Jimmy Latta’s Wildcats (37-30), who reached the 5A finals in their first year in the new classification after finishing second in 2013 in Class 4A.  Morgan Hawk also had 11 kills, Mary Goodwin Tully 18 digs and Virginia Gaston 26 assists.
   The state title was St. Paul’s 14th overall dating back to 1976 and their seventh in the last nine years.
Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Morgan Eiland, St. Paul’s Episcopal (MVP); Ali Sutherland, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Konner Wilks, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Elizabeth Bridges, Guntersville; Virginia Gaston, Guntersville; Maddie Kofskey, Randolph; Rachel Childress, Lawrence County.

AHSAA’s 44th State Volleyball Championships to Feature Seven Classifications, 56 Teams in This Year’s Field

        The 44th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships.
      It marks the first event for the AHSAA to crown seven state champions.
      The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first three titles before McGill-Toolen grabbed its first of 19 in 1974.
       Competition in the single-elimination tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. Wednesday with 1A, 2A and 5A playing the earliest matches. All classes are playing through semifinal action Wednesday with semifinals slated for 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the class.
        All finals will be Thursday.
       The championship matches will be live-streamed for the second year in a row by the NFHS TV Network Thursday via its subscriber program. To sign up, viewers can go to and follow the prompts. The semifinals will not be live-streamed  Wednesday by the NFHS Network, but Jacksonville High School will be live-streaming its school matches via the NFHS TV Network’s school broadcast subscriber program.

       All six 2013 defending state champions return this year, but three find themselves in new classifications.  Addison won in 1A last year but moves up to Class 2A this time around. Coach Pam Wilkin’s team rolls into the CrossPlex with the North Super Regional title under its belt and a 55-2 record. South Super Regional champion Providence Christian of Dothan is coming in at 56-1 with a 54-match winning streak intact.
       Bob Jones, last year’s 6A champion, is in the new Class 7A field this year. The Lady Patriots (39-8) finished third in the North Super Regional.
       Montgomery Academy (40-10) was the 2A state champion in 2013 and is now in Class 3A where defending champion Bayside Academy (41-9) will be vying for its 13th straight state crown. Both teams are coached by members of the AHSAA’s rare 1,000-win club: Julie Sinclair of Montgomery Academy (1,224-360) and Ann Schilling of Bayside (1,285-359).
      Other defending champions include Jacksonville (38-9) in Class 4A and St. Paul’s  Episcopal (34-13) in Class 5A. The Lady Saints have captured 12 state championships, including six of the last eight 5A titles.
      Sinclair and Schilling are two of six coaches with over 1,000 wins guiding teams in this year’s state tournament. The leader is Glenda Wright of Walker. Her Lady Vikings (54-19) are the second seed from the North in the Class 6A tournament. Her 1,457-589 career record ranks her third nationally in the NFHS in wins and ahead of former McGill-Toolen Catholic coach Becky Dickinson, who retired with 1,273 wins and just 129 losses – an incredible 91.0 winning percentage.
     Other 1,000-win coaches include Tammy Richardson of St. Luke’s Episcopal (1,358-546),  Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals (1,115-359) and Tanya Broadway of Grissom (1,114-281).
     Addison’s Wilkins has compiled a 727-52 record for the Class 2A Bulldogs, a winning rate of 93.3 percent – tops in the state. The Lady Bulldogs have won six state titles.
    The AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament made history last year by becoming the first event live-streamed by the NFHS TV Network. The NFHS TV Network Blog promoting the tournament was the most viewed athletic blog of the year, according to John Gillis of the NFHS. The broadcast drew rave reviews. This year’s finals will also feature live stats as well.
      Tickets may be purchased on line by clicking on the PrepTix logo at
     The schedule is listed below.  
AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
Oct. 29-30, CrossPlex, Birmingham

First-Round Pairings
Class 1A
Spring Garden (24-22) vs. S1: Pleasant Home (26-5), Court 1, 8 a.m.
S3: Kinston (15-17) vs. N2: Athens Bible (29-17), Court 3, 8 a.m.
N3: Decatur Heritage (37-13) vs. S2: Isabella (34-3), Court 4, 9:30 a.m.
S4: Ragland (29-15) vs. N1: Meek (26-21), Court 6, 9:30 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 3 p.m.

Class 2A
Mars Hill Bible (19-21) vs. S1: Providence Christian (56-1), Court 7, 8 a.m.
S3: Goshen (29-9) vs. N2: Hatton (21-25), Court 9, 8 a.m.
N3: Ider (24-12) vs. S2: St. Luke’s Episcopal (36-21), Court 1, 11 a.m.
S4: Mobile Christian (13-16) vs. N1: Addison (55-2), Court 3, 11 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 7, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 9, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 10:30 a.m.

Class 3A
Ashville (28-17) vs. S1: Bayside Academy (41-9), Court 4, 12:30 p.m.
S3: Cottage Hill Christian (14-24) vs. N2: West Morgan (53-14), Court 6, 12:30 p.m.
N3: Geraldine (48-14) vs. S2: Montgomery Academy (40-10), Court 4, 2 p.m.
S4: Prattville Christian (19-20) vs. N1: Madison Academy (48-11), Court 6, 2 p.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 7:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 7:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 4:30 p.m.

Class 4A
Brooks (31-18) vs. S1: St. James (26-14), Court 7, 11 a.m.
S3: UMS-Wright (25-18) vs. N2: Jacksonville (38-9), Court 9, 11 a.m.
N3: Deshler (48-7) vs. S2: Trinity Presbyterian (28-12), Court 7, 12:30 p.m.
S4: Straughn (26-20) vs. N1: Danville (48-11), Court 9, 12:30 p.m .
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 4, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 6, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 6 p.m.

Class 5A
Madison County (34-33) vs. S1: St. Paul’s Episcopal (34-13), Court 4, 8 a.m.
S3: Alabama Christian (31-25) vs. N2: Lawrence County (51-12), Court 6, 8 a.m.
N3: Randolph (37-10) vs. S2: Faith Academy (21-19), Court 7, 9:30 a.m.
S4: Rehobeth (37-13) vs. N1: Guntersville (35-29), Court 9, 9:30 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 4, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 6, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 9 a.m.

Class 6A
Hartselle (34-24) vs. S1: John Carroll Catholic (37-8), Court 1, 12:30 p.m.
S3: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (36-8) vs. N2: Walker (54-19), Court 2, 12:30 p.m.
N3: Muscle Shoals (43-10) vs. S2: Pelham (39-16), Court 1, 2 p.m.
S4: Dothan (23-16) vs. N1: Arab (57-7), Court 2, 2 p.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 7, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 9, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 1:30 p.m.

Class 7A
Grissom (29-17) vs. S1: McGill-Toolen Catholic (42-8), Court 1, 9:30 a.m.
S3: Enterprise (35-13) vs. N2: Hoover (36-8), Court 3, 9:30 a.m.
N3: Bob Jones (39-8) vs. S2: Baker (34-19), Court 4, 11 a.m.
S4: Fairhope (30-15) vs. N1: Mountain Brook (46-10), Court 6, 11 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, noon

Blount’s Vaughan Leads Leopards To Key Win over Mobile Rival LeFlore

    Blount High School’s Demetrice Vaughan  was a jack-of-all-trades last week as the Leopards beat LeFlore 25-22 in a key Class 6A, Region 1 football win.
    Down 22-0 in the fourth quarter, Vaughan rallied Blount with two rushing touchdowns covering 20 and 32 yards to tie the game at 22-22, then booted a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds left to seal the win.
    For his efforts, Vaughan headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10. He finished with 156 yards rushing on 20 carries as the Leopards rallied from a 22-0 fourth-quarter deficit to beat LeFlore 25-22. Vaughan finished with 156 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 32 and 20 yards.
     His performance edged out another outstanding kicking effort by Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter and a seven-touchdown effort by North Jackson running back Octavious Matthews.
was 4-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder that marked the second-longest field goal in school history captured the 2 seed in Region 2 with a 40-14 win over Smiths Station. Ledbetter also  was 4-of-4 on extra-point tries for 16 kicking points total and had eight of his nine kickoffs go for touchbacks in the important win.
   Matthews rushed for 309 yards on nine carries and scored seven touchdowns in the first half of a 62-14 victory over Good Hope. He had six rushing TDs and a returned a punt for another TD. Among his scores was a state-record trying 99 yard run – the longest run in North Jackson school history.
Other top performances reported include:

Passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and two more scores as the Pirates beat Murphy 54-30.

ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Was 17-of-29 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-8 win at Center Point.


SAM HOWARD, DESHLER: Had 252 yards passing and touchdowns covering 76 and 8 yards as the Tigers posted an emotional 36-14 win over Rogers. Howard also rushed for two touchdowns.

KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Was 12-of-16 passing for 240 yards and four TDs and added 81 yards rushing and two more scores as the unbeaten Rebels (9-0) beat Houston County 59-7.

Completed 9-of-10 passes for 239 yards and three TDs and ran nine times for 63 yards and two more touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Prattville Christian.


ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-33 passes for 249 yards and rushed for 50 yards and three TDs as the Huskies fell to Hoover 38-24.

Threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 80 yards and a score in a 35-34 upset of James Clemens. His first touchdown pass came with 25 seconds left in the game to force overtime. The second came in the OT period for winning score.

 Was 9-of-14 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth – all in the first half – and East Limestone (9-0) beat Ardmore 37-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 8.


JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: The junior was 12-of-16 passing for 249 yards and two scores (including a 92-yard TD) as the Tigers beat Austin 34-13.

The sophomore completed 15-of-21 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-21 win over Winston County.

JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-12 pass attempts, including 8-of-8 in the first half, for 216 yards and five touchdowns (59, 13, 2, 9, 22 yards) in the Tigers' 47-20 win at Gaylesville.

Completed 14-of-26 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries with another TD in a 25-22 win over Corner.

Finished with 392 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 72-42 loss to Spring Garden. Grizzard threw for 260 yards and a 34-yard touchdown and rushed for 132 yards and touchdowns of 60, 38, 1 and 5 yards.


PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Was 17-of-20 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns as Russellville beat St. John Paul II 49-14.


TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns (21, 30 yards). He also rushed for 75 yards on 20 carries and a 2-yard touchdown and had two 2-point conversion runs in the Warriors' 37-31 win over White Plains.

CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns (59, 66 yards). He also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the Wildcats' 33-26 loss at Pisgah.

Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Cordova


GARY JOHNSON, DOUGLAS: Running out of the legendary Notre Dame Box offensive set much of the night, Johnson had 24 carries for 277 yards and five touchdowns--the second best single game rushing yardage in Douglas history, as the Eagles beat Randolph 35-15.

Gained for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Class 4A unbeaten Bulldogs blanked Satsuma.
LUKE PHILLIPS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Scored three touchdowns, including the game winner with less than a minute left, as the Wildcats beat Mobile Christian 28-21. Phillips completed a 43-yard pass to J.D. Favors on a fake punt to set up the winning score. He finished with 115 yards passing and 134 rushing.

BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rushed for 230 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in Tallassee’s 34-7 victory over Sylacauga.


LEE HISBON, TANNER: Ran 12 times for 226 yards and touchdowns of 51, 50 and 9 yards in a 77-24 win over Falkville.

MARCUS WEBB, HOOVER: Had a career high 182 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns as the Bucs rallied from a 24-24 tie late to beat Hewitt-Trussville 38-24. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 124 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.


TERRELLE WEST, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 224 yards on 21 carries in a 45-20 victory over Gardendale. He scored on a 97-yard run.

Finished with 287 all-purpose yards, including 193 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, in a 26-19 loss to Reeltown. On defense, he returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a TD.

KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers claimed the Class 1A, Region 8 title with a 36-15 victory over R.A. Hubbard. Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark with the performance and now has 1,033 yards rushing and 15 TDs on 116 carries for the year. Teammate Matt Harper added 165 yards and two TDs on 20 rush attempts and was also 8-of-13 passing for 74 yards in the win. He has 933 yards rushing and 988 passing on the year while accounting for 27 points.

CHASE JENNINGS, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns (12, 16, 40, 40 yards) and also had an interception on defense in the Panthers' 72-42 victory over Coosa Christian.  Backfield mate Matt Mullinax added 121 yards and three scores in the win.

MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed for 224 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 36-28 win over J.B. Pennington. His TD came on an 80-yard trek.

Scored five touchdowns in the Indians’ 42-15 win over Sheffield. He had nine carries for 133 yards and four rushing scores and also caught a 28-yard pass for his fifth TD of the night.

LOGAN BROOKS, FAIRVIEW: Had 27 carries for 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 shutout of over Butler.


AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 18 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Red Devils (9-0) to a 49-7 win over Collinsville.


NIC ROLLOW, COLD SPRINGS: Rushed for 171 yards and two scores on 21 attempts as the Eagles beat Tarrant 36-33. The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 82 yards. Fisher Willoughby also had 135 yards on 12 carries with a 37-yard TD run.

Rushed 16 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score with 24 seconds left, as Gaston upset Cleveland 35-28 to secure the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, Region 7.


Hauled in seven catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns as Phillips beat Decatur Heritage 40-33.

Caught six passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to Fairfield. His TDs covered 12, 20, 62 and 74 yards.


GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Had five catches for 181 yards and touchdowns of 5, 73 and 47 yards as the Bucks upset Gadsden City 37-20. He also scored and fourth time on an 11-yard run.

WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: Caught 11 passes, a school record, for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 loss to Guntersville.


TREY GUTHERY, VINEMONT: Caught seven passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 road win at Winston County. The senior, who also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery, six tackles and two pass breakups, sealed the victory with an interception deep inside Vinemont territory with eight seconds remaining.


DEE WILLIAMS, MOODY: Had six catches for 163 yards and two TDs and added 113 yards rushing as Moody beat Lincoln 27-26. He now has over 3,000 rushing yards for his career.

JAYLAN JACKSON, HARTSELLE: Had just six touches for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Hartselle beat Austin 34-13. He had 105 yards rushing on three carries with TD runs of 19 and 68 yards. He also caught three passes for 110 yards with the big one a 92-yard TD reception.

Had 19 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in a 33-13 victory over Westminster Christian.

RENARDO PRATT, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted three passes and broke up four others as the Tigers beat Center Point 28-7.

QUENERIS POLLARD, MOODY: The senior defensive end had 18 tackles, two sacks and blocked a punt as Moody nipped Lincoln 27-26.

CULLEN AMSTRONG, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 16 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered two others to set up two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Providence Christian 13-10.

Had 15 tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets' 56-0 win over Pleasant Valley.


HUNTER GREEN, CLEVELAND: Was credited with 23 tackles and a pass break-up in a 35-28 loss to Gaston.


RYDER JONES, WEST POINT: Had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and also batted down two passes in a 21-14 overtime win over Lawrence County. The senior also had three pass receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (17 yards) to help the Warriors clinch their first Class 5A playoff berth. Teammate Trent Campbell also had 10 tackles, including two sacks.

ETHAN WILLIAMS, MIDFIELD: Recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a TD in a 23-8 victory over Fultondale. He also caught four passes for 110 yards.


RUSS LOGAN, DEMOPOLIS: Recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass from his linebacker position in a 41-18 victory over Dallas County.


DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, had nine tackles and two sacks in a 63-0 win over Headland.



EDSON CASSARRUBIUS, FLORENCE: Kicked three field goals, including a 42-yarder, as the Falcons beat Decatur 23-6.

For the second straight week Murphy kicked a game-winning 21-yard field goal with 6:55 to play as Central secured a playoff berth with a 5-3 win over Brooks.

NFHS, NISCA release “Coaching Swimming” on

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 24, 2014) – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added a course for swimming coaches to its lineup of sport-specific online courses available through the NFHS Learning Center at

“Coaching Swimming” was developed with assistance from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) and focuses on how to administer a student-first swimming program.

Topics covered in Coaching Swimming include recruitment, pre-event management, interscholastic coaching philosophy, differences in club and high school teams, communication and risk management. The course also teaches the basics of the four competitive swimming strokes, start variations and flip turns, and it highlights information from the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book.

“It is important that coaches have a strong foundation in skills and a strong concern for the safety of their athletes,” said Arvel McElroy, NISCA president-elect. “Completing [Coaching Swimming] provides this opportunity. I applaud the NFHS for its forward-thinking vision to provide certification programs for coaches.”

NISCA is a volunteer organization that supports high school coaches of all aquatic sports.  It is dedicated to coaches education and athlete recognition.

“The NFHS is pleased to partner with NISCA and looks forward to offering Coaching Swimming to coaches nationwide,” said Dan Schuster, director of NFHS Coach Education.

With the addition of Coaching Swimming, the NFHS now has 35 online courses, including two core courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid, Health and Safety – and 16 sport-specific courses.

Central Board Upholds AHSAA Rulings

                The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control Wednesday upheld two recent AHSAA eligibility rulings appealed by James Clemens and Chickasaw high schools.
                The appeals were heard at the Central Board’s annual October meeting at the AHSAA Office.  James Clemens High School’s appeal concerned the Eight Semester Rule while Chickasaw High School’s appeal related to the Custody and Legal Guardianship section of the Transfer Rule.
              The Board also heard a request for membership from Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens. A vote was tabled and the request will be reconsidered later this school year to allow  more time for evaluation of membership requirements.
               The Central Board also thanked longtime AHSAA assistant director Alan Mitchell for his many contributions to the AHSAA while continuing to serve on a part-time basis.
               Other Board action included:       
               -- Approved the 2014 Super 7 Football projected expense budget.
              -- Approved online data requirement and publication clarifications.
               -- Heard a report concerning the NFHS Section 3 Meeting hosted by the AHSAA in September.
               -- Heard updates concerning the C2C Academic calculator.
            -- Heard a report from Knight Eady representative Mike Vest concerning upcoming Super 7 plans.