Thursday, November 21, 2019






AHSAA Mourns Death of Elmore County AD Grady Rowe

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of longtime Elmore County High School athletic director Grady Rowe, 57.  The AHSAA extends condolences to Coach Rowe’s family and his extended Elmore County High School family.
    He is survived by wife, Gloria and children William Grady Rowe III and Thomas Luke Rowe.
    Rowe served his entire teaching career at Elmore County High School where he was a math teacher, athletic director and coach in various sports over the course of more than 20 years. He played football at ECHS and was selected a prep All American in 1975. He went on to play college football at Marion Military Institute and Jacksonville State University.  Rowe served in the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard and retired as Lieutenant Colonel.
   Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church located at 1767 South Fleahop Road in Eclectic. The memorial service will also be at Good Hope Church at 2 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Coach Grady Rowe Scholarship Fund at any branch of First Community Bank.

AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach Eugene Mason

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of former R.C. Hatch High School basketball coach Eugene Mason.  Mason, who coached Keith High School girls’ coach Cecil Williams in high school, collapsed at a Keith practice Tuesday and was transported to a Selma hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
     Our prayers go out to Coach Mason’s family and his extended R.C. Hatch High School family.
     Mason was helping his former student prepare the Keith girls for their upcoming Class 1A state championship game versus Spring Garden scheduled for Friday morning at 8:45 a.m.
     Mason was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2006. He retired as the AHSAA’s all-time coaching wins leader with a 919-306 career record. He guided R.C. Hatch to seven state championships, tied for the most of any coach in state history. He also coached in the Alabama-Mississippi and North-South all-star games.
     He continued to work with kids after his retirement from R.C. Hatch through the Uniontown recreation program.
     Funeral arrangements are not available at this time.

Class 4A Boys Semifinals Westminster Christian 41, Straughn 37

     Westminster Christian (21-11) handed veteran coach Ronnie Stapler the 699th win of his high school coaching career Tuesday night with a 41-37 victory over Straughn in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A boys state tournament.
     Playing the semifinals for the first time in school history, the Wildcats relied on tough defense to seal the win.  Trey Petty scored 14 points and Tysean Whitehead added eight points and seven rebounds.
    Straughn (21-9), coached by Lomax Andrews, shot 51.7 percent from the field but was limited to only 29 field-goal tries. Steve Lawless had nine points for the Tigers and Brice Scott added eight. He also had seven rebounds. Rollin Kinsaul chipped in seven points and four steals in a strong defensive effort as well.
    Westminster will play in the Class 4A boys’ state finals Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Semifinals Jacksonville 49, UMS-Wright 38

     The Eagles advanced to the Class 4A girls finals with the 49-38 victory over UMS-Wright.
      Jacksonville (28-4), coached by Ryan Chambless, was sparked by Angel Kidd’s 25 points. She sank three treys and was 10-of-14 at the foul line.  Virginia Poe also had 12 points and Sierra Stone cleared 13 rebounds and had six blocked shots.
     McKenzie Courtney had 15 points and Emani Moore added 12 to pace UMS-Wright (25-9), coached by Terry Canova. Ashley added seven points and 20 rebounds.
     Jacksonville will meet Deshler Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena in the Class 4A girls championship game at 7:15 p.m.

Class 4A Boys Semifinals West Limestone 31, Bibb County 29

   West Limestone edged Bibb County 31-29 in the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament semifinals Tuesday to advance to the state finals Friday night at 9 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   Hunter Morgan scored 10 points to pace the Wildcats (32-3) of Coach Justin Taylor. West Limestone overcame a 9-of-21 free-throw shooting effort thanks to its tenacious defensive effort.  Hunter also had seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Grant Baugher and Matt Bozeman had eight points each for the Wildcats.
   Bibb County (26-10), coached by Russ Wallace, out-rebounded West Limestone 40-21 but made only 12-of-28 free throws and shot only 22.9 percent (8 of 35) from the floor. Maleake Kersh had seven points and nine rebounds for the Choctaws. Ralph Westbrook had six points and seven rebounds, and Brandon Rutledge also had seven boards.

Class 4A Girls Semifinals Deshler 63, Sipsey Valley 40

   Deshler outscored Sipsey Valley 26-9 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game en route to a 63-40 victory over the Bears in the AHSAA Class 4A girls state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   Coach Jana Killen’s Lady Tigers (33-2) were led by Lauren Cantrell’s 16 points. Nicole Shirley added 13 and Julia Burton 10.  Burton also had 10 rebounds and Karleigh Sledged had 12.
   Coach Jerome Elliott’s Sipsey Valley team, making its first appearance in the state tournament, had a big effort from Denetria Williams. She had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Charity Brown also had12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
   Deshler will play in the 4A state finals Friday at the BJCC at 7:15 p.m. 

Class 3A Boys Semifinals Piedmont 65, Excel 48

   Taylor Hayes sparked Piedmont (22-11) to a 65-48 win over Excel in the AHSAA Class 3A state boys basketball tournament semifinals Tuesday scoring 18 points in the win.
   Hayes was 12-of-16 at the foul line, had three steals and two assists for Coach Tommy Lewis’ team.  Baley Blanchard added 12 points and Darnell Jackson had 11.
   Excel (21-7), coached by Al Bowen, got 17 points each from Christian Gross and Quamie Penn.  Devin Betts also had a game-high 11 rebounds.
   Piedmont will take on Madison Academy in the 3A state finals Friday at the BJCC Legacy Arena at 5:30 p.m.

AHSAA To Postpone Wednesday’s Session Of State Basketball Tourney

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament games scheduled for Wednesday are being postponed until Thursday, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Wednesday afternoon.
     He said the decision was made to adjust the schedule due to the weather conditions expected Wednesday.
      All games set for Wednesday will be adjusted to be played Thursday with Class 6A semifinals tipping off at 9 a.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena and Class 5A shifting to the Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex with a 3 p.m. start for the first 5A girls semifinal.
     Class 7A semifinals originally scheduled to be played Thursday morning will now start at 3 p.m. at the BJCC Thursday afternoon.  The Class 1A girls and boys championship games scheduled for Thursday night at the BJCC are being moved to Friday morning with the 1A girls’ finals set for 8:45 a.m. and the 1A boys’ finals following at 10:30 a.m.
    Class 2A girls will follow at 12:15 p.m., Class 2A boys at 2 p.m., Class 3A girls at 3:45, Class 3A boys at 5:30, Class 4A girls at 7:15 and Class 4A boys at 9 p.m.
    Saturday’s finals for 5A, 6A and 7A will remain as scheduled.
    “We made this decision based on the EMA’s current weather conditions,” Savarese said. “We had hoped this would not be necessary but at this time this is in the best interest of our teams, schools and communities.”
    The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.
    The new schedule is provided.


AHSAA State Finals Adjusted Schedule


Wednesday Schedule Canceled

Thursday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena

9:00 a.m.      Homewood vs. Austin (6A Girls Semi-Finals)

10:30 a.m.    Homewood vs. Lee-Huntsville (6A Boys Semi-Finals)

Noon            Shades Valley vs. Blount (6A Girls Semi-Finals)

1:30 p.m.      Woodlawn vs. Carver-Montgomery (6A Boys Semi-Finals)

3:00 p.m.      Hazel Green vs. Jeff Davis (7A Girls Semi-Finals)

4:30 p.m.      Hoover vs. Lee-Montgomery (7A Boys Semi-Finals)

6:00 p.m.      Huntsville vs. McGill-Toolen (7A Girls Semi-Finals)

7:30 p.m.      Mountain Brook vs. Theodore (7A Boys Semi-Finals)


Thursday Schedule – Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex

3:00 p.m.      Wenonah vs. Talladega (5A Girls Semi-Finals)

4:30 p.m.      Ramsay vs. Dallas County (5A Boys Semi-Finals)

6:00 p.m.      Anniston vs. Brewbaker Tech (5A Girls Semi-Finals)

7:30 p.m.      J.O. Johnson vs. Faith Academy (5A Boys Semi-Finals)


Friday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena

8:45 a.m.      Keith vs. Spring Garden (1A Girls Finals)

10:30 a.m.    Sunshine vs. Sacred Heart (1A Boys Finals)

12:15 p.m.    Red Bay vs. Geneva County (2A Girls Finals)

2:00 p.m.      LaFayette vs. Elba (2A Boys Finals)

3:45 p.m.      Lauderdale County vs. Pisgah (3A Girls Finals)

5:30 p.m.      Madison Academy vs. Piedmont (3A Boys Finals)

7:15 p.m.      4A Girls Finals

9:00 p.m.      4A Boys Finals


Saturday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena (No changes to original schedule)

9:00 a.m.      5A Girls Finals

11:00 a.m.    5A Boys Finals

1:00 p.m.      6A Girls Finals

3:00 p.m.      6A Boys Finals

5:00 p.m.      7A Girls Finals

7:00 p.m.      7A Boys Finals

Class 3A Girls Semifinals Pisgah 59, Barbour County 49

   Presley Johnson scored 33 points to lead the Lady Eagles (28-6) to a 59-49 victory over Barbour County in the AHSAA Class 3A girls state tournament semifinals Tuesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   Johnson was 13-of-20 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 at the foul line. She also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
   Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, trailed 30-28 at the half but took the lead for good in the third quarter. Lily Womack added 14 points.
   Barbour County (19-9), coached by Robert Palmer, was led by Jasonie Guice’s 20 points. Chanda Patterson also contributed 13.
    Pisgah takes on three-time state champion Lauderdale County (38-0) in the 3A finals Friday at 1 p.m. at BJCC Legacy Arena.

Class 3A Boys Semifinals Madison Academy 66, Montgomery Academy 55

   Madison Academy beat Montgomery Academy 66-55 in the Class 3A boys semifinals Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Friday.
   The Mustangs (18-12), coached by Andy Blackston, led 54-53 with 1:48 to play when Myles Parker sank a lay-up. An intentional foul on the play sent him to the free-throw line for two more points and Josh Langford nailed a short jumper on the inbounds pass to turn the one-point game into a seven-point lead.
    Langford led Madison Academy with 16 points and seven rebounds. Keke Matthews added 15 points and Will Acuff 13.
    Josh Thomas led Coach Anthony McCall’s Eagles (21-9) with 21 points. Thomas, who was 11-of-13 at the foul line, closed his career as the leading career scorer in Montgomery prep history.  Landon Crane also had 16 points and eight rebounds.
   The 3A finals is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at BJCC Legacy Arena.