Tuesday, November 12, 2019






Guntersville Wins 100th Meeting Of Guntersville-Albertville Series

     Guntersville recorded its first 10-0 perfect season since 1955 by defeating arch rival Albertville 21-16 Friday night in the 100th meeting between the Wildcats and Aggies, the longest running high school rivalry in Alabama.
     The historic rivalry grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 11 of the 2014 prep football season.
     Coach Lance Reese’s  unbeaten Wildcats head into the Class 5A state playoffs this week against Moody (5-5) Friday night. Albertville, coached by interim coach Cliff Mitchell, finished its season 4-5.
     The rivalry began in 1914 with Albertville winning the first game 27-0. Guntersville, holding a 49-45-6 edge in the series, has outscored the Aggies 1,589-1,450 – just over a point per game in the long series.

    Clarke County and Thomasville completed its 100th meeting this year as did Clarke County and Jackson, according to Ross Wood of the Clarke County Democrat. The Alabama High School Football Historical Society, however, only lists 99 games in each of those two series.
            Leading the Wildcats was Jordan Bentley with 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He returned an interception for a score and David Smith also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
     Lee Menefee and Ernesto Cordova each had 8 total tackles for the Wildcats defense and Jackson Menefee had seven stops.

     Other top performances reported in Week 11 included:

Rushed for 319 yards and four TDs and added a fifth score with a 32-yard fumble return as the Red Devils beat Holy Spirit 46-28.

 Had 16 carries for 321 yards and touchdowns runs of 63, 16 and 78 yards in a 34-32 win at Ardmore. He also had an interception on defense.

The sophomore running back rushed 52 times for 259 yards and one touchdown in a 13-6 overtime loss to Madison County.  Billingsley had all his team’s carries but one on the night.  The 52 carries is a new Scottsboro single-game record.  Billingsley also set a Scottsboro single-season tandard for most rushing attempts with 275 through week 11.  Billingsley has rushed for 1,588 yards on the season, the fifth best single-season mark entering the first round of the playoffs, and has scored 20 touchdowns.

Had 252 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Devils (10-0) closed the regular season unbeaten with a 59-28 win over Plainview.

STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, pacing unbeaten Elba to a 48-19 win over Opp. Caldwell scored on runs of 3, 80 and 2 yards in the first half, helping the Tigers to a 28-6 halftime lead, and added a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter.


BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Elmore County to finish the regular season with over 2,300 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 1, 20 and 49 yards and also completed 3-of-4 passes for 55 yards.


TYLER REACH, RED BAY: Rushed 16 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Red Bay beat Marion County 47-6.


CAMERONE BLANKS, COTTONWOOD: Accounted for 231 yards and four touchdowns on offense on just 13 touches and added 12 tackles on defense in a 40-20 Bears win over Wicksburg. Blanks rushed for 131 yards and a TD on 10 carries and caught 3 passes – all touchdowns – for 100 yards.

TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Carried 37 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns (1, 89, 15, 15, 14, 13 yards) in a 42-29 victory over Central-Florence.


SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 34 carries for 291 yards and three touchdowns while throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 39-28 victory over Chilton County.


CHRIST AUSTIN, OAKMAN: Rushed 20 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Berry. Austin had touchdown runs of 4, 58, 26 and 2 yards. 


DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 22-21 comeback win at Good Hope. The senior’s 11-yard scoring scamper and subsequent 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up for good.

AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-27 comeback on the road at county-rival Vinemont. The junior, who had missed three games with an injury, scored the game-winner on a 42-yard tote.

Was 14-of-23 passing for 246 yards and two TDs and rushed 11 times for 101 yards four TDs as Satsuma nipped Chickasaw 49-48. He added a seventh score with a 39-yard punt return and sealed the win on defense with a late interception.

Finished 21-of-29 passing for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-48 loss to Satsuma. He also ran for 162 yards on 21 carries.


BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns (9, 3, 37, 20, 77 and 76 yards) in a 62-45 win at Austin.


BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Was 23-of-34 passing for 199 yards and two TDs and also 128 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Falcons past Huntsville 50-20.

Threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 98 yards and a score in a 35-14 win over Moody.


MATT MARQUET, CHELSEA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 120 yards and two more scores in a 34-20 victory over ThompsonJON AVERY, CARBON HILL: Completed 13-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over Lynn. His TD passes covered 27, 45, 47, 21 and 69 yards.


TANNER NELSON, COLLLINSVILLE: Threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jordan Leath, in the Panthers' 46-18 victory at Valley Head on Thursday. His scoring strikes covered 65, 68, 65 and 50 yards totaling  248 yards passing  just on his TD passes.


HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 5-of-9 passing for 100 yards and rushed 29 times for 136 yards with the game-winning TD as West End beat Appalachian 30-27.


Caught eight passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Pinson Valley.

LAWTON DOROUGH, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 147 yards in a 24-12 victory over playoff-bound Tuscaloosa County. He hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass and also added a 49-yard kick return for Homewood's eighth straight win.

Caught five passes for 120 yards in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. The freshman’s longest reception covered 61 yards.

WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: The senior caught eight passes for 128 yards in the Pirates come-from-behind 12-7 win over Sardis. Burns now has a school single-season record 58 receptions.

Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and snagged an interception in a little more than a half of a 52-21 home win over Priceville. The senior covered 27 and 66 yards on the scoring receptions.

Grabbed three interceptions as the Wildcats beat Oak Grove 30-26.

DAKOTA NEWSOME, FYFFE: Recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble as Fyffe beat Plainview 59-28.

FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Picked off a pair of second-half passes, broke up another and made five tackles in a 39-13 road win at Holly Pond. The Eagles’ 8-2 regular season record is their best since 2003.

COLLIN DAY, COLD SPRNGS: Compiled seven tackles, including two for loss and a pair of sacks, in a 39-13 road rout of Holly Pond. The senior drove the Broncos back a combined 28 yards on his two sacks.

MASON BROWN, GLENCOE: Had 16 tackles and a key sack late in the game to help the Yellow Jackets post a 17-10 win over Cleburne County

JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' 42-0 victory over Cedar Bluff on Thursday.

Earned 10 tackles and blocked a punt in the Red Tops 37-7 win over Geneva County.

CODY BLACKWOOD, CLEVELAND: Had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a TD, added three pass break-ups and four tackles in a 36-6 victory over Southeastern.

Booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play to give the Trojans a 20-17 victory over Marbury.

TRISTAN SKINNER, WEST POINT: Made a 37-yard field goal and all seven of his extra-point attempts in a 52-21 home win over Priceville.

KAINE YATES, HANCEVILLE: Blocked a punt and recovered a late fumble inside the Bulldogs’ own 5-yard line in a 22-21 thriller over county-rival Good Hope.

KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the second-half  kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another score in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. He made a diving catch for a spectacular 35-yard grab down the right sideline to set up his second touchdown.


COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Hit field goals of 48 and 27 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra points in a 41-34 win over Charles Henderson. He also punted five times for a 43.4 average (217 yards).

QUINTON SHAW, R.C. HATCH: Scored on a punt return and a run in a 68-20 at Autaugaville that clinched the first winning season in school.

19 Unbeaten Teams In Field For First Seven-Class State Football Playoffs

     Nineteen unbeaten teams and all six defending state champions of 2013 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 7. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
     For the first time in AHSAA history,  seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen at the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
     The new seven classification system shifts some of the defending champions into new classifications and pits two – Pickens County (7-3) and Tanner (8-2) – in Class 2A this year. Pickens County won the 2013 state title in Class 1A. 
     Madison Academy (9-1) returns to defend its Class 3A state championship and Oneonta (8-2) its 4A crown.  Spanish Fort (9-1), the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A champions, are now battling in Class 6A and defending 6A champ Hoover in the new 7A.
    Among the 19 teams heading into the state playoffs unbeaten are five schools in Class 2A, four each in 1A and 3A, three in 5A, two in 6A and one in Class 7A. No teams are unbeaten in the 32-team Class 4A field.
     Fairhope (10-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will open the playoffs at home Nov. 7 against Jeff Davis (5-5).
     Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0), Donoho (10-0), Maplesville (9-0) and Hubbertville (9-0); Class 2A: Washington County (10-0), Elba (10-0), Fyffe (10-0), Ranburne (9-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); Class 3A: Dale County (10-0), Montgomery Academy (10-0), Gordo (10-0) and Glencoe (10-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Guntersville (10-0) and East Limestone (10-0); Class 6A: McAdory (10-0) and Clay-Chalkville (10-0).
     A total of 104 games are set Friday with 16 in each of the 1A thru 6A classifications and eight in Class 7A.
    The 49th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
    Second-round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, followed by the quarterfinals Nov. 21 and the semifinals Nov. 28.

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
(All games Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.)
Class 1A
South Sub-State
Loachapoka (3-6) at Brantley (10-0)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Linden (6-3)
Kinston (6-4) at Billingsley (7-2)
Ellwood Christian (4-6) at J.U. Blacksher (6-4), Uriah

Millry (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Isabella (6-2) at McKenzie (8-1)
A.L. Johnson (5-5) at Fruitdale (8-2)
Georgiana (7-3) at Notasulga (7-3)

North Sub-State
Jacksonville Christian (4-6) at Hubbertville (9-0)
Wadley (7-3) at Phillips (9-1), Bear Creek
South Lamar (4-6) at Valley Head (5-4) 
R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Ragland (9-1)

Talladega Co. Central (6-4) at Hackleburg (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (5-5) at Berry (7-3)
Decatur Heritage (6-4) at Donoho (10-0), Anniston
Marion County (5-5) at Spring Garden (7-3)

Class 2A
South Sub-State
New Brockton (7-3) at  G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Leroy (5-5) at Thorsby (7-3)
Houston Academy (4-5) at Elba  (10-0)
R.C. Hatch (6-4) at Sweet Water (7-3)

Flomaton (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform
Luverne (5-5) at Cottonwood (8-2)
Vincent (4-6) at Washington County (10-0), Chatom
Geneva County (6-3) at Goshen (6-4)

North Sub-State
Ider (7-3) at Tanner (8-2)
Randolph County (8-2) at Sulligent (6-4)
Tarrant (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0)
Hatton (6-3) at Reeltown (9-1)

Woodland (7-3) at Red Bay (9-1)
Cleveland (8-2) at Addison (7-3)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Ranburne (9-0)
Cold Springs (8-2) at Gaston (7-3)

Class 3A
South Sub-State
Prattville Christian (4-6) at Dale County (10-0), Midland City
Geneva (5-5) at Aliceville (9-1)
Daleville (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (10-0)
Greensboro (7-3) at T.R. Miller (9-1), Brewton

Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-6) at Gordo (10-0)
Fultondale (6-4) at Pike County (6-3), Brundidge
Lamar County (7-3) at Opp (7-3)
Slocomb (6-4) at Midfield (5-4)

North Sub-State
Sylvania (4-6) at Glencoe (10-0)
Vinemont (5-5) at Lauderdale County (8-2), Rogersville
Weaver (4-6) at Plainview (8-2), Rainsville
Colbert County (6-4) at Winfield (6-4)

Winston County (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Pisgah (6-4) at Piedmont (7-3)
Lexington (7-3) at Oakman (9-1)
Walter Wellborn (6-3) at Geraldine (8-2)

Class 4A
South Sub-State
Munford a(7-3) t St. James (8-2), Montgomery
W.S. Neal (6-3) at Northside (8-2), Samantha
Ashford (7-3) at Leeds (9-1)
Bibb County (6-4) at Clarke County  (8-2), Grove Hill

Thomasville (5-5) at West Blocton (9-1)
Childersburg (6-4) at Straughn (8-1)
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-1), Mobile
Trinity Presbyterian (5-5) at Dadeville (6-4)

North Sub-State
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin
Cordova (7-3) at Wilson (9-1)
Sardis (5-3) at Oneonta (8-2)
Elkmont (8-2) at Haleyville (8-2)

Hamilton (7-3) at Deshler (9-1), Tuscumbia
North Jackson (7-3) at Saks (9-1), Anniston
Central-Florence (5-5) at Fayette County  (7-3), Fayette
Jacksonville (8-2) at Locust Fork (8-2)

Class 5A
South Sub-State
Sylacauga (7-3) at Greenville (8-2)
Vigor (5-4) at Calera (9-1)
Rehobeth (5-5) at Tallassee (7-3)
Central Tuscaloosa (6-4) at Jackson (8-2)

B.C. Rain (4-6) at Demopolis (8-2)
Beauregard (7-2) at Charles Henderson (7-3), Veterans Stadium, Troy
Helena (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Mobile
Eufaula (5-5) at Clay County Central (7-3), Lineville

North Sub-State
Boaz (6-4) at Lincoln (6-4)
Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Russellville (8-2)
Moody (5-5) at Guntersville (10-0)
J.O. Johnson (7-3) at Ramsay (9-1), Lawson Field, Birmingham

Dora (5-5) at East Limestone 10-0)
Etowah (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly
West Point (7-3) at Parker (9-1),  Birmingham
Alexandria (6-3) at Madison County (7-3), Gurly

Class 6A
South Sub-State
Pell City (6-4) at Carver-Montgomery (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Daphne (7-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Wetumpka (6-4) at Opelika (8-1)
Bessemer City (5-5) at Saraland (9-1)

Blount (7-3) at McAdory (10-0), McCalla
Oxford (5-5) at Dothan (5-5), Rip Hewes Stadium
Northridge (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City

North Sub-State
Scottsboro (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0)
Minor (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (7-2)
Pinson Valley (5-5) at Southside-Gadsden  (8-2)
Decatur (7-3) at Walker (6-4), Jasper

Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Florence (8-2), Braly Stadium
Arab (7-3) at Shades Valley (8-2), Frank Nix Stadium, Irondale
Hartselle (7-3) at Homewood (8-2)
Gardendale (6-4) at Fort Payne (7-3)

Class 7A
South Sub-State
Jeff Davis (5-5) at R1 W: Fairhope (10-0)
Foley  (7-3) at R2 RU: Auburn (4-5)
Murphy (7-3) at R2 W: Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Baker (9-1), Mobile

North Sub-State
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2)
Tuscaloosa County (5-5) at Bob Jones (8-2), Madison City Schools Stadium
Hewitt-Trussville (5-5) at Gadsden City (8-2)
James Clemens (7-3) at Oak Mountain (9-1), Heardmont Park

Class 4A State Volleyball Championship

Danville 2, Jacksonville 1

     Danville closed out the 2014 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday night by winning its first state championship with a 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 triumph over defending champion Jacksonville in the Class 4A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
     Coach Spencer Cole’s Hawks (51-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then closed out with a strong fourth-set finish to notch the title.  Tournament MVP Sydni Shelton had 18 kills and 19 digs to lead her team.  Kellee Styles also had 18 kills and 13 digs.  Setter Charlee Anderson had 46 assists and 10 digs.
     Leading Coach David Clark’s Golden Eagles (40-10) were paced by Blessing Dunn’s 26 kills and 21 digs. Darrien Martin also had eight kills and 16 digs and Ashley Clingan had 33 assists.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Sydni Shelton, Danville (MVP);  Kellee Stiles, Danville; Charlee Anderson, Danville; Blessing Dunn, Jacksonville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville; Zori Foster, St. James; Julia Burton, Deshler.

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 http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa 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 www.ahsaa.com.
     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