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.
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.
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
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