Vestavia Hills, Gardendale, Arab lead the North
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School’s defending Class 7A state wrestling champions took the first-day Friday at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum in the AHSAA South Super Sectional Wrestling Championships.
The Warriors posted 79.5 points, followed by Oak Mountain (64.5), Hoover (57), Auburn (49), Smith Station and Tuscaloosa County, with 48 each.
Wetumpka holds a slim one-point lead over Benjamin Russell in Class 6A. The Indians totaled 99.5 points and the Wildcats had 98.5. Defending state champion McAdory was third with 94.5 points, followed by Spanish Fort (79) and Chelsea (73.5) to round out the top five.
Alexandria’s Valley Cubs posted 84 points to lead Class 1A/5A. Lincoln was second with 71.5, Ranburne was third with 69.5, Beauregard totaled 69 and Weaver 58 points.
Action was much closer at the AHSAA North Super Sectional at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham and Friday. Vestavia Hills topped the 7A competition after day one with 68 points followed by Huntsville (50), Bob Jones (47.5), Hewitt-Trussville (32) and Mountain Brook (30).
2020 duals champ Gardendale had 103 points to top the Class 6A team standings. Oxford (85.5) was second with Homewood (67.5), Fort Payne (65) and Mae Jemison (62) rounding out the top five.
Arab had 143 points to lead the North 1A/5A teams. Jasper totaled 119.5 points and is second followed by Corner (98.5), Southside-Gadsden (91.5) and Ashville (87).
Saturday’s final day of action gets underway at 9 a.m., with consolation and championship matches set to be completed using a rolling schedule. Complete results can be found by clicking on the Track Wrestling icon in the in-season wrestling section on the front page of www.ahsaa.com. Just follow the prompts to the menu.
Track Wrestling is producing both super Sectional wrestling meets and next week’s for the NFHS Network. The top four finishers in each weight division at each Super Sectional will advance to the State Championships next week (Feb. 13-14-15) at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
AHSAA’s Indoor Meet Concludes Saturday
MONTGOMERY – Defending girls’ state champions Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (4A/5A) and Saint James (1A/3A) took first-day leads in their respective classifications Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex as the 2020 AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships closed out day one of the 50th annual state championship meet.
Saint James scored 45 points Friday and held 12-point lead over Whitesburg points Friday to take a one-point lead over Jasper (24). Charles Henderson was third with 22 points. Class 6A Homewood dominated its first day of competition totaling 51 points with Northridge in second place with 22. And in Class 7A, Hoover’s girls held a slim 35-31 point lead over Auburn with Hewitt-Trussville in third place with 26. Defending champion Mountain Brook was ninth with 10 points.
In the boys’ competition, surprising Thompson build four-point lead over defending champs Hoover in Class 7A after day one with 35 points. The Bucs had 30 and Central-Phenix City 27. Class 6A Opelika managed 37 points to hold a slim lead over defending champion Homewood, which had 36. Helena was third with 30. Scottsboro’s boys, the defending 4A/5A champs, had commanding 48-22 lead over No. 2 Briarwood Christian and defending champion Winfield posted 29 points in Class 1A/3A. Providence Christian and Bayside were tied at 23 points each.
The final day’s action gets underway at 8 a.m., Saturday at the CrossPlex with field events. The running events begin at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the final day of competition with the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program led by executive producer Tim Loreman handling the track championships.
The race of the day came in the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday morning between two runners on the Scottsboro team. Hayden Judge edged out Cooper Atkins by just 17/100ths of a second to win the Class 4A/5A’s first championship event Friday. Judge clocked 9:31.36 and Atkins finished second at 9:31.53 to give the defending state champion Wildcats 18 quick points to kick off the 50th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Scottsboro’s Rex Green was also involved in another Wildcats win at the tape. He won the 4A/5A 800 meters with a 1:57.14 time – narrowly edging Jake Nunn of Briarwood Christian at the finish line. Nunn clocked 1:57.86.
Homewood senior Lainey Phelps, who won the AHSAA Class 6A state cross country title last November, opened the Indoor State Meet competition with a strong 11:01.23 time to win the 6A 3,200 race. Isabella Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a strong finish (11:20.50) to take second place. Phelps also won the 800 meters Friday clocking 2:15.76 to notch the win.
Crawford Hope gave the Homewood boys the victory in the 3,200 with a winning time of 9:23.20, a second faster than Patriots teammate Carson Bedics. Both 3,200-meter wins also bolstered Homewood’s hopes of winning the boys’ and girls’ state indoor titles for the third year in a row. Hope also finished second in the 800-meter run to Hartselle’s Hawken Foote, who edged out the win with a 1:58.57 time. Hope clocked 1:59.28.
Jace Jones of Thompson High School set a new Class 7A state record in the 3,200 with a winning time of 9:22.73 – edging Oak Mountain’s Walker Cole (9:24.73, who narrowly missed surpassing the previous mark (9:24.64) by Mountain Brook’s Hunter Harwell last year.
Parker High School sprinter Jevokan Rhetta, one of the top runners in the nation this season in the 60-meter dash, turned in an excellent time in the 4A/5A prelims clocking 6.83 seconds for the best qualifying time of the day – and just missing the state record (6.79) set by current Florida state standout Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Darius Williams of Demopolis had the next best 4A/5A qualifying time (6.95) Friday.
Rhetta also helped Parker win the 4x100-meter relay anchoring a team that edged out Birmingham City Schools rival Ramsay by 53/100ths of second with a winning time of 1:31.33. The Rams clocked 1:31.86.
Complete results may be found at: https://xpresstiming.com/Live/2020/Indoor/AHSAA/
Other top highlights from Friday’s action include:
CLASS 7A BOYS
MALIK JOHNSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Captured the 7A high jump with a winning leap of 6-8, just one inch shy of the state 7 record.
J’MARRI McCALL, HOOVER: Won the Class 7A long jump with a leap of 23-00 on his last try. McCall also had the top qualifying time in the 60-meter dash (6.94), with Thompson’s Sam Reynolds next at 6.95 and Hoover teammate Jonathan Martin third with 6.98.
SAVIAN TAYLOR, SMITHS STATION: Narrowly missed breaking the Class 7A state record (1:54.38) in the 800 meters – which he set last year – with a winning time of 1:54.46 Friday to win the race again.
L.J. HILL, HOOVER: Had the top qualifying time in the 7A 60-meter hurdles prelims with a time of 8.13 seconds.
HOOVER 4x100 Relay Team: Won the final race of the first day with s 1:28.50 finish in the 7A 4x100 relay. The time just missed the record (1:28.02) set by the Bucs in 2019.
CLASS 6A BOYS
NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Hurled the shot put 59 feet, 9 inches on his last throw for his best throw of the day to win the Class 6A shot put competition. It was still well short of the AHSAA indoor state record (63-06.50) set by Frank Warren of Phillips High School in 1977. That mark set 43 years ago is the oldest AHSAA indoor record still standing.
EDWIN RAINEY, NORTHRIDGE: Closed out the 6A long jump with a winning distance of 22-10.50, beating runner-up Eric Watts of Opelika (22-07.75) by 2.25 inches.
T.J. FUNCHES, HELENA: Finally cleared 6-06 on his third try to win the Class 6A high jump title.
CLASS 4A/5A BOYS
BRAXTON SANFORD, CORNER: Captured the pole vault with a winning height of 13-0. Maddox Hamm of Scottsboro also cleared 13-0 but finished second with one miss at 12-06. Sanford made all his attempts and Hamm had only the one miss before both failed to clear 13-6.
BRANDON WEATHERLY, CORNER: Won the 4A/5A triple jump with a 42-01.50 throw on his fourth attempt of the competition.
CLASS 1A/3A BOYS
COLLIN MAYFIELD, GERALDINE: Won the 3,200 meters with a strong time of 9:54.58, just 16 seconds off the 1A/3A record (9:38.82) set by Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain in 2016. Mayfield picked up his second gold with a winning 2:02.64 time in the 800-meter race. Conner Patterson of Providence Christian was second at 2:02.69.
PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Jumped 42-05.25 to capture the triple jump competition in 1A/3A.
OHATCHEE 4X100-METER RELAY: The Indians’ relay team set a new record in the Class 1A/3A indoor 4x100 relay with a time of 1:34.43. The old record (1:34.96) was set in 1996 by St. Paul’s Episcopal and lasted for 24 years.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
CLAIRE FRAZIER BOLTON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Set a new 7A indoor state meet record in the 800 meters with a 2:12.15 time to win the event. Presley Weems of Hoover set the previous record (2:13.19) at the 2016 state meet.
CHAKIYA PLUMMER, HOOVER: qualified first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.64 seconds – just shy of the 7A state record and CrossPlex Record (8.47) clocked by former Hoover and current collegiate standout Brittley Humphrey.
CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 3,200 meters with a strong time of 11:04.75, just five seconds off the 7A state record (10:58.97) set by Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook in 2017. Auburn’s Samantha Rogers finished runner-up behind West with an 11:07.56 time.
LEA TOWNSEND, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Turned in the winning throw in the shot put competition with a 38-04.75 distance on her first try of the finals to take first place.
HOLLY FOLEY, FAIRHOPE: Cleared 11-06 in the pole vault and so did Bradyn Coarsey of McGill-Toolen. Foley won the event with fewer misses.
ZAKIRIA HOLIFIELD, THOMPSON: Finished the 7A 60-meter dash prelims with the best time, 7.87,with Anya Kitt of Enterprise and Sydney Taylor of Spain Park close behind at 2-3 with times of 7.92 and 7.95 seconds.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a winning leap of 37 feet, 10¼ inches. Recently moving to Montgomery from Maryland, she won the that state’s outdoor state title with a 39-05 leap. Her winning jump Friday equaled her season best and finished as the top leap in the AHSAA.
ANDREA HARRIS, DOTHAN: Ran a strong 7.84 time in the 60-meter prelims to grab the top qualifying spot in Saturday’s Class 6A finals. Calera sprinter Nia Maye was right behind at 7.88 to set up potentially one of the best finals of the state meet.
ALEX BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 12-00 to win the Class 6A pole vault competition, the went for the 6A indoor state record (12-01) set by Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2014 but missed all three tries at 12-06.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
JAMESIA SHIPMAN, CHARLES HENDERSON: Won the 4A/5A shot put with a winning throw of 36-01.75.
ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 34-01.75 on her first try of the competition.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: Won the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:32.05. She also was a state champion at last December’s AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships at Auburn University. Hammond also finished second to Maci Beaty of Jasper in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.73. Beaty won clocking 2:22.37.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Set up what could be a very exciting 60-meter dash finals Saturday with a prelim time of 7.67, just 19/100ths of a second off the Class 4A/5A state indoor record (7.48) set by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn in 2017. Two Ramsay sprinters, Krystlynn Oatman and Jasity White, were right behind Spicer with qualifying times of 7.72 and 7.84, respectively.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Captured the 1A/3A 3,200 with a winning time of 11:09.10 – 45 seconds ahead of her closest competition. It was her first gold in the 2020 State Indoor Championships. Miles followed in the afternoon with a winning 2:22.25 time in the 800 meters for her second win of the first-day’s action. She won four events at the 2019 State Championships and is on track to possibly equal that performance in the 2020 championships.
KAAN OLIVER, PIKE ROAD: Just missed the 1A/3A state record in the 60-meter hurdles with her prelim time of 9.11 which landed her the top seed in the Saturday’s finals. The record (9.11) I owned by Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian, who ran that time in the 2018 state meet. Oliver also had the second best time in the 1A/3A 60-meter dash prelims (8.04). Pike Road teammate Nia White had the best time (7.93) – giving the Patriots two of the final eight slots.
ALEX COOK, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Cleared 11 feet to win the Class 1A/3A pole vault competition. She then moved the bar to 12-02 – 75/100ths of inch higher than the 1A/3A record (12-01.25) set by Rose Brutkiewicz of UMS-Wright in 2014 but missed on all three tries.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE
HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
Additional Timing Changes on Play Clock Approved
in High School Football Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bob Colgate
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 6, 2020) — In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team in high school football, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds – effective with the 2020 season – when an official’s time-out is taken for an injury to a defensive player or a defensive player has an equipment issue.
This change was one of six rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 12-14 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Last year, in an effort to establish a more consistent time period between downs, the play clock was expanded from 25 seconds to 40 seconds in many cases, although the play clock remained at 25 seconds in most cases following an official’s time-out. However, this coming season, the play clock will be set at 40 seconds following an injury to a defensive player or a when a defensive player has an equipment issue.
“The rules committee was provided situations in which the defensive team was gaining a timing advantage late in games with a defensive injury or an equipment issue with the defense,” said Todd Tharp, assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee. “Under the current rule, if a play ended with less than 40 seconds left in the game and a defensive player was injured which resulted in an official’s time-out, the play clock would reset to 25 seconds and another play would need to be run. With the new rule change, another play would not need to be run.”
In the same rule dealing with the play clock (Rule 3-6-1), the committee approved one additional situation when 25 seconds will be on the play clock. Beginning next season, 25 seconds will be on the play clock and start on the ready-for-play signal when a new series is awarded following a legal free kick or scrimmage kick.
Two changes to Rule 7 – Snapping, Handling and Passing the Ball – were approved by the committee. The exception in Rule 7-5-2 regarding an illegal forward pass being a foul was expanded. Previously, it was legal to conserve time only by intentionally throwing the ball forward to the ground immediately after receiving a direct hand-to-hand snap. The committee expanded the exception to permit a player positioned directly behind the center (shotgun formation) to intentionally ground the ball.
In Rule 7-1, a new Article 9 states that no defensive player shall use disconcerting acts or words prior to the snap in an attempt to interfere with an offensive player’s signals or movements.
Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and staff liaison to the NFHS Football Rules Committee, said this language was moved from Rule 9-5-1d and has been reclassified from a 15-yard unsportsmanlike foul to a 5-yard foul.
In addition, several rules will be affected by the committee’s ruling that the head coach, prior to the game, should notify the referee as to the team’s designated representative (coach or player) who will make decisions regarding penalty acceptance or declination. Several locations in the rules book required the team captains to make these decisions, so the new language throughout the book will provide teams more options.
The final change approved by the committee is an addition to the Note in Table 3-1 related to clock times. The new Note 2 will read as follows:
“If the game is interrupted due to weather during the last three minutes of the second period, and the delay is at least 30 minutes, the opposing coaches can mutually agree to shorten halftime intermission, provided there is at least a one-minute intermission (not including the three-minute warm-up period).”
“I am totally impressed with the thoughtfulness and discussion that went into the rules-making process this year by the Football Rules Committee,” Tharp said. “Two of the proposals dealt with the new play clock rule that went into effect last year, while another rule change now allows the passer who is in the shotgun position to intentionally throw the ball to the ground.
“Additionally, the penalty on the defensive team for any player using disconcerting acts has been reduced from 15 yards to 5 yards. Coaches and officials shared concerns that this was too harsh a penalty for this act, comparing this act to a 5-yard encroachment penalty on the defense.”
A complete listing of the football rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Football.”
According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, 11-player football is the most popular high school sport for boys with 1,006,013 participants in 14,247 schools nationwide. In addition, there were 31,221 boys who participated in 6-, 8- and 9-player football, along with 2,604 girls in all four versions of the game for a grand total of 1,039,828.
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Super Sectional Wrestling also this weekend
MONTGOMERY – AHSAA kicks off a busy February month with the 50th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex Friday. The state will conclude Saturday.
Just a few hundred feet away, the Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex will also host the AHSAA North Super Sectional Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday. The South Super Sectional will be at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum.
The NFHS Network will be live-streaming all three events with the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program led by executive producer Tim Loreman handling the track championships. Track Wrestling will produce both super Sectional wrestling meets. The top four finishers in each weight division at each meet will advance to the State Championships next week (Feb. 13-14-15) at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
The Indoor Track Championships will crown boys’ and girls’ champions in four divisions: Class 7A, Class 6A, Class 4A-5A and Class 1A-3A. The defending state champions are: Boys – Hoover (7A); Homewood (6A); Scottsboro (4A/5A); and Winfield (1A/3A); Girls – Mountain Brook (7A); Homewood (6A); Montgomery Catholic (4A/5A); and Saint James (1A/3A).
The Patriots of Coach Thomas Esslinger are vying for their third straight sweep of the 6A Indoor boys’ and girls’ titles, and Hoover’s boys will be competing for their fourth straight 7A championship.
Saint James senior Presley Miles returned to lead the Lady Trojans. She captured four Class 1A/3A individual state titles at the 2019 championships winning the 3,200 meters (11:10.48); the 800 meters (2:18.47) and 400-meter dash (59.03).
She was also the first girl to win four individual events since St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Charlotte Krausse won four at the 2016 state indoor meet. Krausse won the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles at that meet. Another track standout from St. Paul’s, Camille Root, won four individual events at the 1995 and 1996 state meets held at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. She won the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash and the long jump both years. Bridget Rose of Leeds was the next girls’ participant to win four events with wins in 2006 in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault.
One newcomer to this year’s indoor championships is Carver-Montgomery senior Christierra Williams. Her dad, Chris Williams, became the head coach of the Wolverines’ track team last August.
Christierra, who competed in Germany for four years where her parents were stationed in the military, moved back to the U.S. and competed last spring in Maryland – setting that state’s triple jump state record (39 feet, 5 inches).
The family moved to Montgomery over the summer. Her best indoor leap of the season was 37-10.25 at the Magic City Classic in December – which is the top girls’ triple jump of the season in the AHSAA. She also plans to compete in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and long jump.
Lainey Phelps of Homewood, the 2019 Alabama Gatorade Cross Country girls’ runner of the year, also has the top times of the indoor season in the 1,600 meters (4:59.20) and the 3,200 meters (10:58.98).
One of the top male participants to keep an eye on is senior shot-putter Nathan Cooper of Dothan. He won the Junior Olympics national title last summer and had the top indoor toss of the season in the AHSAA on Jan. 12 at the CrossPlex Showdown meet with a throw of 60 feet, 10½ inches.
Among the other boys’ participants to keep an eye on are Parker junior Jekovan Rhetta clocked 6.81 seconds in the 60 meters for the top time in Alabama this season. He won the race at the MLK Classic held at the CrossPlex on Jan. 20.
East Limestone senior Alexander Robinson has the best 400-meters indoor time (48.54) this season – running that race on Jan. 18 at the Arkansas High School Invitational.
The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death Howard “Mouse” Waldrep, 89. Mr. Waldrep passed away Feb. 2 at home after an extended illness with his wife of 69 years Mary Green Waldrep and other family members with him.
“Howard Waldrep was one of those people who knew how to lead,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His life of service is one we should all try to emulate. Our prayers go out to his wife and family and all who knew and loved him.”
Mr. Waldrep was an outstanding student-athlete in Calhoun County graduating from Anniston High School in 1949. He earned a basketball scholarship to Snead State Community College and Jacksonville State University where he helped both schools enjoy some of their finest seasons.
He had a life of service in the AHSAA, first as a teacher and coach at Piedmont High School where he taught and coached for 14 years. He moved to Walter Wellborn High School in 1969 as principal, remaining there until his retirement in 1993.
He served on the District 6 Legislative Council of the AHSAA and was a member of the Central Board of Control – serving one term as president. He also served on the Calhoun County Board of Education after his retirement.
Mr. Waldrep was a proud veteran who served in Korea. He was a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient. The veteran administrator was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and was also elected to the Calhoun County Hall of Fame.
A memorial service is planned Thursday at 5 p.m. at Walter Wellborn High School’s Howard Waldrep Gymnasium. The family will receive friends tonight, February 5, at Eulaton United Methodist Church from 5-8 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Howard “Mouse” Waldrep, Jr. scholarship fund at Piedmont High School, through the Piedmont Education Trust, P.O. Box 819, Piedmont, AL 36272, Wellborn High School, 135 Pinson Road, Anniston, Al 36201 or Alexandria High School 353 Stadium Drive Alexandria, AL 36250.
By Dr. Karissa Niehoff on February 05, 2020
On football’s grandest stage this past weekend, its latest star attraction not only delivered another virtuoso performance but demonstrated the best career path to success.
In leading the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV, quarterback Patrick Mahomes brought to an end another tremendous year of football at all levels and became the latest – and perhaps best – example of the benefits of playing multiple sports during high school.
In the week prior to the Super Bowl, Mahomes talked about his ascension to the top of the football world. Despite the opportunity to focus solely on baseball as his father had done, Mahomes rejected sport specialization. Instead, he spoke about how playing multiple sports in high school paved the way for his success.
The top performer on the grandest stage of the sport, Mahomes made it to the top of the football mountain by NOT playing football year-round. Had he chosen to specialize in one sport during his high school days in east Texas, Mahomes might never had made it to NFL since as he noted in the week prior to the Super Bowl he was “a baseball player that was playing football.”
Mahomes believes the skills he learned as a shortstop in baseball and as a point guard in basketball helped him more as a quarterback on the football field than if he had chosen to devote his entire energies to football.
His uncanny ability to throw passes from various angles unlike any of today’s perfect-form pocket quarterbacks? He gained those skills on the baseball field. His ability to throw lasers to his intended receivers without looking? He learned those skills on the basketball court at Whitehouse High School in Texas.
His trek to the top of the football world supports our belief that playing multiple sports within the education-based structure – as opposed to a single-sport focus in a non-school program – is the best route to future success.
Mahomes experienced the benefits of playing multiple sports – better leadership and teamwork skills from cross-training, reduced risk of burnout in one sport, a variety of experiences from involvement with different sports and teams, reduced risk of overuse injuries in one sport and exposure to a variety of coaching styles.
Many parents believe that in order for their son or daughter to earn a college scholarship and eventually play at the professional level, they have to specialize in one sport year-round. This pattern has led to the proliferation of non-school programs and coaches, many of which stray from the education-based focus of high school sports.
While there are a few who achieve elite status in a sport, the majority of people who participate do not. We believe the multiple-sport path demonstrated by Mahomes is the best route to attaining athletic success and lifelong enjoyment of sports.
BIRMINGHAM – Bob Jones High School’s Fusion team beat Grissom 3-2 Friday afternoon at the Eplex to claim the 2020 PlayVS ESports Rocket League state championship, and Thompson High School won the League of Legions championship in the second final of the night 2-1 over the Bob Jones Red team.
The Bob Jones Fusion team, coached by Aubree White, is comprised of Joshua Vannoy, Caleb Cooper, Ian Barrier, Jordan Hazuga and Jacob Fruehwald. Grissom’s squad, coached by John Wright and Chris Brown, includes Ian Mackenzie, Kevin dong, Kyle O’Hear, Walker McGilary and Grayson Parker.
Bob Jones won the first game 2-1 and the second game 4-2. Grissom stormed back to win the third game 5-1 and fourth game 5-2, but Bob Jones captured the team title with a 3-2 in in Game 5.
Thompson’s team members are Alan Rivas, An Ly, Nolen Young, Kobi Thomas, Cameron Young, Savannah Force and Carter Mandy. The Warriors coach is Spencer Stone. Members of Bob Jones Red Team squad are Riley McGraw, Tyler Theakston, Amber Guo, Scott Reid, Cuong Guo, Sunah Brewer and Cong Vo. White also coaches the Red squad.
The championship in the League of Legends finals was the first for Thompson High School. Bob Jones High school’s state title in the Rocket League was its third since ESports became a sports activity in the AHSAA in the 2018-19 school year.
MONTGOMERY – Charlotte Davies, who has served as the administrative secretary at the Alabama High School Athletic Association for the past 33 years, has announced her retirement, which will be effective March 1.
Mrs. Davies was hired by Herman L. “Bubba” Scott, continued her role with Dan Washburn and has been serving in the same role for current Executive Director Steve Savarese since 2007.
Savarese said Mrs. Davies has been an integral part of the AHSAA staff for a long time.
“We wish Charlotte the best as she moves into this next phase of her life,” he said. “We thank her for her faithful service to the AHSAA for the past 33 years, and we want her to know we all love her and will miss her.”
Mrs. Davies said working at the AHSAA has been an important part of her life.
“It has been a journey, a great journey,” Mrs. Davies said. “God has blessed me with employment at the AHSAA for 33 years. I have totally and joyfully enjoyed my job to the fullest. I have learned so many things from the Executive Directors Mr. Herman L. “Bubba” Scott, Mr. Dan Washburn and Mr.
Steve Savarese. They taught me so much more than just how to do my job. They taught me about life and how to handle the trials that come with that life.”
She said she really loved working at the AHSAA – and especially developing so many friendships with those she was able to serve. “I really enjoyed working with the Hall of Fame, meeting the inductees, hearing their stories and sharing their memories.”
She is looking anxiously at what God has in store for her now.
“I will miss my family at the AHSAA. They will always have a big piece of my heart,” she said. “I must now travel onto the next season of my life that God has prepared for me. I will truly be indebted to my AHSAA family for their friendships for as long as I live.”
MONTGOMERY – Coaches for the upcoming 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Classic to be played in Mississippi March 13 have been selected.
Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced Hoover High School’s Krystle Johnson will serve as head coach for the Alabama girls’ all-star squad and Pinson Valley High School’s Darrell Barber will serve as head coach for the Alabama boys.
Central-Tuscaloosa’s Michael Rivers will be the girls’ all-star assistant coach and Wenonah’s Audwin Howard will be assisting Barber with the boys’ squad. Administrative coaches will be Tammy West, head coach at Cold Springs (girls); Mountain Brook assistant coach David Good and recently retired Carver-Montgomery coach James Jackson will serve as the boys’ administrative coaches.
Lee said the two 15-member team rosters comprised of 2020 seniors will be announced at a later date.
The AHSAA and its coaches’ wing AHSADCA work with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) to produce the games annually.
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic began in 1991 rotating between Florence and Mississippi for the first 12 years. The Classic moved to Pelham Civic Center from 2003-2011, moved to ASU in 2012 and began the Alabama-Mississippi home-and-home rotation once again in 2013. Alabama’s All-Stars are 1-2 in their three games in Mississippi since then. Alabama’s boys are 4-1 in games played at ASU and the Alabama girls are 3-2.
Alabama’s boys won last year 107-90 at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome, and the Alabama girls won 101-82. Both squads hold a slim 15-14 edge in the overall series.
Johnson, a 2001 Hoover graduate, has played on a state championship team, coached as an assistant on a state championship team and has served as a head coach on a state championship team, all at Hoover. Her team won the Class 7A state championship last season and finished 34-1 and is currently
25-1 in 2020. She has compiled a 216-51 career record. Rivers (230-51), who graduated from Central-Hayneville High School, is in his ninth year as the head coach at Central-Tuscaloosa. He led the Falcons to a 28-3 record last season and the 5A state title. Central is currently 22-3 this season.
Barber coached Midfield’s boys to state titles in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and directed Pinson Valley to the Class 6A state crown last season. Now in his 11th season as a head coach, Barber, who attended John I. Leonard High School in West Palm Beach (FL), has a 253-165 career slate. His Indians are 16-3 and handed previously undefeated Lee-Montgomery its first loss of the season last weekend, 83-82.
Howard (123-65) attended Birmingham’s Jackson-Olin High School. Now in his sixth year as Wenonah’s head coach, he guided the Dragons to a 31-5 record last season and their sixth boys’ state crown. It was the first state title in his coaching career. Wenonah is currently 15-9 this season.
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES
YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY
YEAR SCORE SITE
2019 Alabama 101, Mississippi 82 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2018 Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2017 Mississippi 93, Alabama 86 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2016 Mississippi 78, Alabama 77 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2015 Alabama 93, Mississippi 87 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2014 Mississippi 95, Alabama 89 Jackson State, Jackson, MS
2013 Alabama 64, Mississippi 54 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2012 Mississippi 94, Alabama 91 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2011 Mississippi 73, Alabama 60 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2010 Mississippi 78, Alabama 56 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2009 Alabama 81, Mississippi 73 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2008 Alabama 89, Mississippi 86 (OT) Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2007 Alabama 90, Mississippi 65 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2006 Mississippi 89, Alabama 80 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2005 Mississippi 101, Alabama 83 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2004 Alabama 114, Mississippi 78 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2003 Mississippi 95, Alabama 82 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2002 Alabama 76, Mississippi 71 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2001 Alabama 87, Mississippi 76 North Alabama, Florence, AL
2000 Mississippi 87, Alabama 82 Holmes CC, Goodman, MS
1999 Alabama 95, Mississippi 85 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1998 Alabama 105, Mississippi 84 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1997 Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1996 Mississippi 88, Alabama 72 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1995 Alabama 80, Mississippi 77 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1994 Mississippi 92, Alabama 84 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1993 Alabama 73, Mississippi 66 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1992 Mississippi 74, Alabama 61 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1991 Mississippi 82, Alabama 66 North Alabama, Florence, AL
SERIES RECORD: Alabama 15, Mississippi 14
WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:
Jackson State Mississippi 1, Alabama 0
Alabama State Alabama 3, Mississippi 2
Pelham CC Mississippi 5, Alabama 4
UNA Alabama 5, Mississippi 1
Miss College Mississippi 4, Alabama 3
Holmes CC Mississippi 1, Alabama 0
MOST POINTS FEWEST POINTS VICTORY MARGIN
Alabama 2007 (113) 2002 (67) 1991 (41)
Mississippi 1994 (123) 2013 (54) 2002 (31)
TOTAL POINTS GAME AVERAGE
Alabama 2,475 85.3 ppg
Mississippi 2,340 80.7 ppg
GAME MOST POINTS
2018 205 (Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 @ Mississippi College)
GAME FEWEST POINTS
1997 114 (Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 @ North Alabama)
LONGEST WINNING STREAK: Mississippi, 3 games (2010, 2011, 2012)
Alabama, 3 games (2007, 2008, 2009)
Alabama, 3 games (1997, 1998, 1999)
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES
2019 Alabama 107, Mississippi 90 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2018 Mississippi 127, Alabama 90 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2017 Mississippi 96, Alabama 91 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2016 Mississippi 85, Alabama 83 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2015 Alabama 101, Mississippi 88 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2014 Alabama 90, Mississippi 83 Jackson State, Jackson, MS
2013 Alabama 87, Mississippi 76 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2012 Alabama 109, Mississippi 104 Alabama State, Montgomery, AL
2011 Mississippi 85, Alabama 74 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2010 Mississippi 112, Alabama 88 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2009 Alabama 78, Mississippi 74 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2008 Alabama 101, Mississippi 99 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2007 Mississippi 118, Alabama 113 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2006 Mississippi 94, Alabama 87 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2005 Alabama 84, Mississippi 79 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2004 Alabama 87, Mississippi 86 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2003 Mississippi 82, Alabama 80 Pelham CC, Pelham, AL
2002 Mississippi 98, Alabama 67 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
2001 Mississippi 87, Alabama 83 North Alabama, Florence, AL
2000 Alabama 90, Mississippi 82 Holmes CC, Goodman, MS
1999 Alabama 95, Mississippi 68 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1998 Alabama 111, Mississippi 76 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1997 Alabama 110, Mississippi 91 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1996 Mississippi 105, Alabama 97 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1995 Alabama 85, Mississippi 69 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1994 Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1993 Mississippi 82, Alabama 75 North Alabama, Florence, AL
1992 Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1991 Alabama 103, Mississippi 62 North Alabama, Florence, AL
SERIES RECORD: Alabama 15, Mississippi 14
Jackson State Alabama 1, Mississippi 0
Alabama State Alabama 4, Mississippi 1
UNA Alabama 4, Mississippi 2
Mississippi College Mississippi 6, Alabama 1
Holmes CC Alabama 1, Mississippi 0
Alabama 2,652 91.4 ppg
Mississippi 2,594 89.4 ppg
Mississippi 2018 (127) 1991 (62) 2018 (37)
1994 234 (Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 @ Miss. College)
2007 231 (Mississippi 118, Alabama 113 @ Pelham CC)
1992 144 (Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 @ Miss. College)
LONGEST WINNING STREAK: Alabama, 4 games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Alabama, 4 games (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Mississippi, 3 games (2016, 2017, 2018)
Mississippi, 3 games (2001, 2002, 2003)
Mississippi, 3 games (1992, 193, 1994)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS:
Alabama All-Stars Girls
2019 River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
2018 Zipporah Broughton, R. E. Lee
2017 Unique Thompson, Faith Academy
2016 Jailyn Maddox, Hoover
2015 Kristian Hudson, Clay-Chalkville
2014 Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013 Marq’ues Webb, Hoover
2012 Tiarra Pollnitz, Shades Valley
2011 Monique Jackson, Central Phenix City
2010 Courtney Strain, Woodland
2009 Adrienne Webb, Sparkman
2008 Lyndsay Harris, Hoover
2007 Courtney Ward, Jeff Davis
2006 Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005 Trevesha Jackson, Auburn
2004 Brooke Hand, Lawrence County
2003 Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002 Chantrius Stone, Woodland
2001 Pam Garrett, Lineville
2000 Tiffany Presley, Fairfield
1999 Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1998 Von Kirk, Butler
1997 Yalika Barnes, Carver-Montgomery
1996 Gretchen Carter, Decatur
1995 LaToya Webster, Central Florence
1994 Sharon Thompson, Sumter County
1993 Tiffany Martin, Grissom
1992 Christy Thomaskutty, Brewer
1991 Marlakia Jones, Huntsville
Alabama All-Stars Boys MVPs
2019 Cameron Tucker, Wenonah
2018 Jamari Blackmon, Hoover
2017 Herb Jones, Hale County
2016 Trey Petty, Westminster Christian
2015 Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014 Riley Norris, Albertville
2013 De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012 Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011 Ricky Tarrant, Pleasant Grove
2010 Josh Langford, Lee-Huntsville
2009 Eric Bledsoe, Parker
2008 Frankie Sullivan, R. C. Hatch
2007 Justin Knox, Central-Tuscaloosa
2006 Jay-R Strowbridge, Sparkman
2005 George Drake, Calera
2004 Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003 DeJuan Benjamin, Wilcox Central
2002 Deron Ray, Leflore
2001 Duane Erwin, Lee-Huntsville
2000 Asa Woods, Dora
1999 Okechi Egbe, Austin
1998 Chris Williams, Minor
1997 LeAndrew Bass, West End
1996 Roderick Murray, Jeff Davis
1995 Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994 Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993 Chad Jones, Vestavia Hills
1992 Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991 Hasson Sanders, Central-Tuscaloosa
BIRMINGHAM – The AHSAA’s two most powerful Class 7A programs met for the first time this season in the 2020 Wrestling Duals Tournament finals and the defending champion Thompson Warriors (19-5) emerged with the win 41-24 over the Vestavia Hills Rebels (16-4) Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena. Gardendale won the 6A title beating Oxford 45-28 and Arab beat Ranburne 40-26 in the 1A/5A finals.
Thompson was making its third appearance in four years, also winning the title in 2019 and finishing as runner-up in 2018. Vestavia Hills won the first 7A duals crown in 2017 and was making its second appearance in the duals’ four-year history.
Vestavia Hills’ Dawson Ray turned in the fastest win with a pin just 34 seconds into his 285-pound match with Thompson’s Tucker Hutson. Rebels teammate Jacob Gammill started the match with a pin at 1.55 in the 182-pound match with Carson Freeman of the Warriors. Thompson rallied to win nine matches with Michael Jackson (195 pounds) and Wilson Kennedy (138 pounds) wining by fall.
The AHSAA state wrestling playoffs get underway with Super Sectional competition at Bill Harris Arena and Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum Feb/ 7-8. The State Championships will be at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Feb. 13-14-15.
Gardendale 40, Oxford 26
The third time was the charm for Gardendale’s wrestling team as the Rockets (16-5) downed Oxford 40-26 to snap the Yellow Jackets’ three-year hold on the AHSAA Class 6A Wrestling Duals tournament championship.
Oxford (19-14) beat Gardendale 42-27 for the title in 2019 and 30-23 in 2018. This time, the Rockets started fast and never let up on the way to their convincing win. Derrick Orvik posted a major decision win 11-0 in the 182-pound match, and Matt Franks followed with a pin at 195 pounds. Gardendale then won four matches in a row (106, 1113, 120 and 126 pounds) to take a commanding lead before Oxford’s Matt Hicks won at 132 pounds to keep a glimmer of hope for the Jackets. Gardendale closed out with wins by Russ Boackle at 152 pounds and Carson Kim at 160 pounds to seal their first duals title.
Arab 45, Ranburne 28
The Knights (36-2) fell behind early with the bigger weight divisions getting underway first. The little guys got Arab on track, however, and posted a 45-28 win over Ranburne (16-5) for the program’s third AHSAA Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tourney title in the duals competition’s four-year history. Arab won in 2017 and 2018, but Scottsboro won in 2019.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 19-0 lead winning the 182, 195, 220 and 285 weight divisions, but Arab dominated the lighter weights winning seven of the next eight matches. Cabe Dunn and Jacob Holland got the streak going at 106 and 113 pounds with pins in just 0:33 and 0:13 seconds.
Spencer Jordan closed out Ranburne’s first appearance in the Duals finals with a pin at 160 pounds in just 47 seconds.
Complete results follow.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tourney Champions
7A: Thompson 41, Vestavia Hills 24
6A: Gardendale 40, Oxford 26
1A/5A : Arab 45, Ranburne 28
7A: Thompson 51, Bob Jones 12
6A: Oxford 42, Gardendale 27
1A/5A: Scottsboro 50, Saint James 24
7A: Bob Jones 34, Thompson 29
6A: Oxford 30, Gardendale 23
1A/5A: Arab 34, Cleburne County 30
7A: Vestavia Hills 47, Oak Mountain 19
6A: Oxford 40, Southside-Gadsden 24
1A/5A: Arab 43, Moody 19
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
Thompson 41, Vestavia Hills 24
106 pounds: Blaise Albarado (T) dec. Zach Flurry (VH), SV-1 10-8.
113 pounds: Yanni Vines (T) dec. Hasting Roberts (VH). Major dec., 15-5.
120 pounds: Christopher Hays (VH) dec. Cory Jones (T), 5-3.
126 pounds: James Latona (T) dec. Bryant Segars (VH), tech fall, 19-4.
132 pounds: Emmanuel Oliver (T) d. Leighton Reese (VH), maj. dec., 13-4.
138 pounds: Wilson Kennedy (T) pinned Luke Maluff (VH), 2:23.
145 pounds: Jack Lamey (VH dec. Will Garrett (T), major dec., 10-0.
152 pounds: Will Miller (T) dec. Chandler Merrill (VH), major dec., 10-2.
160 pounds: Ashunti Perry (T) dec. John Edwards (VH), 9-3.
170 pounds: Sam Willoughby (VH) d. William Browder (T), tech fall, 18-1.
182 pounds: Jacob Gammill (VH) pinned Carson Freeman (T), 1:55.
195 pounds: Michael Jackson (T) pinned Trey Saunders (VH). 5:50.
220 pounds: Alex Ward (T) pinned Bryce Littleton (VH), 2:15.
285 pounds: Dawson Ray (VH) pinned Tucker Hutson (T), 0:34.
Gardendale 40, Oxford 26
106 pounds: Daishun Powe (G) pinned Zachary Follett (O), 4:39.
113 pounds: Isaiah Powe (G) pinned Kaleb Shelton (O), 3:23.
120 pounds: Melton Powe (G) pinned Preston Smith (O), 2:15.
126 pounds: Brody Scoggin (G) dec. Michael Howell (O), 7-6.
132 pounds: Chase Hicks (O) dec. Luis Sanchez (G), major dec. 10-2.
138 pounds: Jakob Chisolm (O) pinned Devyn Scoggins (G), 1:13.
145 pounds: Kendrick Young (O) pinned Vincent Ziegler (G), 4:10.
152 pounds: Russ Boackle (G) pinned Jaydon Thomas (O), 1:27.
160 pounds: Carson Kim (G) dec. Reed Hill (O), 14-8.
170 pounds: Tristen Latham (O) dec. Kenndy Wyatt (G), SV-1 14-12.
182 pounds: Derrick Orvik (G) def. Mason Blackwell (O), major dec., 11-0.
195 pounds: Matt Franks (G) pinned Chanceton Holifield (O), 2:28.
220 pounds: Octavius Adair (O) dec. Jeremy Simpson (G), major dec., 11-3.
285 pounds: Kobe Shumaker (O) dec. Gardendale, 13-11.
Arab 45, Ranburne 28
106 pounds: Cade Dunn (A) pinned Braden Driver (RA), 0:33.
113 pounds: Jacob Holland (A) pinned Nate Merrill (RA), 0:13.
120 pounds: Austin Silva (A) dec. Brent Lovvorn (RA), tech fall 16-1.
126 pounds: Zack Buchanan (RA) dec, Dakoda Long (A), 6-3.
132 pounds: Johsua Roe (A) pinned John Lexin Caldwell (RA), 5:56.
138 pounds: Patrick Lawler (A) pinned Hunter Hollis (RA), 5:21.
145 pounds: Kaden King (A) pinned Jared McGinnis (RA), 2:39.
152 pounds: Michael Myslinski (A) pinned Rya Van Pelt (RS), 2:39.
160 pounds: Spencer Jordan (RA) pinned Caleb Roe (A), 0:47.
170 pounds: Ryan Morelan (A) dec. Damon Calhoun (RA), maj. Dec., 21-10.
182 pounds: Jeremiah McCord (RA) pinned Christian Eaton (A), 3:56.
195 pounds: Christian Smith (RA) dec. Sam Atchley (A), 6-2.
220 pounds: Carson Hall (RA) dec. Xander Shipp (A), major dec., 10-2.
285 pounds: Ben Buchanan (RA) pinned Skylar Rodgers (A), 1:58.
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