Sunday, February 16, 2020






Class 1A-3A Boys Tennis Montgomery Academy Boys Sweep Tennis Title for Eagles

   Montgomery Academy won all nine singles and doubles championship matches Tuesday to total 65 points as the Eagles claimed the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A-3A state boys’ tennis crown at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard State Park.
   It was the fifth straight title and 14th boys’ state championship overall for Coach David Bethea’s Eagles. The win gave Montgomery Academy a sweep of the boys’ and girls’ championships in 2015.
  Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 28 points and Altamont was third with 26.
   Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dylan Young of Madison Academy. Torbert and Hunter Carroll, the 2014 No. 1 singles champion, combined at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles to beat Trent Kannegieter and Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6 for the state title. Carroll also won No. 2 doubles.
     Also winning singles titles for Montgomery Academy were Clayton Muller (No. 3), James Torbert (No. 4), Will Spain (No. 5) and Allen Millsap (No. 6).  Spain and James Torbert also won No. 2 doubles while Muller and Millsap finished the sweep with the No. 3 doubles championship.

Class 1A-3A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Montgomery Academy 65, Westminster-Oak Mountain 28, Altamont 26, Houston Academy 20, Indian Springs 10, Madison Academy 9, Bayside Academy 9, Faith Christian 2, Decatur Heritage 2, Sheffield 2.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Bo Torbert, Montgomery Academy d.  Dylan Young, Madison Academy, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 – Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Chris Mines, Altamont, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Clayton Muller, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 – Will Spain, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann, Westminster OM, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Samson Sands-Mac Lidikay, Altamont, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Bo Torbert/Hunter Carroll, Montgomery Academy d. Trent Kannegieter/Matthew Mitchell, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 7-6
No. 2 – Will Spain/James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Bobby Skelton/Mark McClure, Westminster OM, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 – Clayton Muller/Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Robert Mann/Parker Mixon, Westminster OM, 6-3, 6-1

Class 1A-3A Girls Tennis Montgomery Academy Claims 15th State Girls Tennis Championship

   Montgomery Academy edged defending state champion Houston Academy 46-41 to capture the Lady Eagles’ 15th state championship Tuesday at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard State Park.
   It was the third state crown in in the last four seasons for MA.
   American Christian finished third with 23 points and Madison Academy was fourth with 15.
   Sydney Homan of Madison Academy beat Houston Academy’s Natalie Voss 6-0, 6-1 in the finals to claim the No. 1 singles title.  For Homan, a senior, it was her fourth straight state title, putting her in an elite group of past No. 1 singles champions including Helen Cunningham of Bayside Academy (2005-08), Hillary Barnes of St. James (2001-04), Ashley Bentley of Montgomery Academy (1999-2002), Kristen Flowers of Houston Academy (1990-93) and Ann Templeton of Ramsay (1967-70).
    The singles championship was a rematch of the 2014 title match for Voss, also a senior, and Homan.
    Claiming the No. 2 singles title was Nicola Voss of Houston Academy. She beat sophomore Elizabeth Robertson of Montgomery Academy in the finals 6-2- 6-2.
     Coach Fairlie Herron’s Eagles won singles titles at 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles.
     Hannah Snider, a senior, captured the No. 3 singles championship beating Sterling Gualteri of Madison Academy 6-2, 6-1. Junior Holland Griffin won for MA at No. 4 singles, sophomore Kate Dockery won at No. 5 and junior Lucy Massey won at No. 6.
    The Voss sisters, Natalie and Nicola, won the No. 1 doubles state crown with a 6-4, 6-2 win over American Christian’s Leah Davis and Mary Madison Taylor. Robertson and Griffin teamed to win the No. 2 doubles for Montgomery Academy. Houston Academy’s Caroline Orr and Mary Francis White gave the Raiders the No. 3 doubles championship.

Class 1A-3A State Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Montgomery Academy 46, Houston Academy 41, American Christian 23, Madison Academy 15, Shoals Christian 9, Altamont 6, Decatur Heritage 2, Whitesburg Christian 2.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Sydney Homan, Madison Academy d.  Natalie Voss, Houston Academy, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 – Nicola Voss, Houston Academy d. Elizabeth Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Hannah Snider, Montgomery Academy d. Sterling Gualteri, Madison Academy, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Kaitlyn Mohlenbrok, American Christian, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Kate Dockery, Montgomery Academy d. Mary Kate Jones, Houston Academy, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 – Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Bailey Farrish, American Christian, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Natalie Voss/Nicola Voss, Houston Academy d. Leah Davis/Mary Madison Taylor, American Christian, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – Elizabeth Robertson/Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Kavita Kanramneni/Mary Kate Jones, Houston Academy, 6-1, 6-1

AHSAA Mourns Death of Hall of Fame Coach Jack Ray

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of Willard Jackson “Jack” Ray, 89, who died Tuesday morning. Mr. Ray was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
      “We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Coach Ray,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, Wetumpka High School and the entire Wetumpka community.”
      Ray served as head football coach at Wetumpka High School for 13 seasons (1952-64), compiling an 82-38-8 record. Three teams (1953, 1963 and 1964) finished 9-0-1. He also coached three seasons at Central-Phenix City and retired from coaching with a 90-59-9 overall record. He also coached basketball and baseball at Wetumpka.
     The Wetumpka High School graduate also served as Elmore County Superintendent of Education and was a retired minister.
     Visitation will be held today, from 5 to 8 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Wetumpka. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Pine View Memorial Gardens.

2015-16 Swimming and Diving Rules Changes Include Lifting of Jewelry Restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 15, 2015) — High school swimmers and divers will now be permitted to wear jewelry during competition. This change was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis.

This significant rules change was among four revisions recommended by the committee for the 2015-16 season and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

With a focus on addressing pertinent rules regarding competition, the committee determined that the wearing of jewelry presents little risk of injury to the competitor or opponents. Therefore, prohibiting jewelry is an unnecessary restriction, and officials can now better focus on meet administration directly related to competition. Rule 3-3-5 now reflects the change with the removal of any language barring or penalizing the wearing of jewelry.

“We’ve been working for the past 10 years on the role of prohibiting jewelry, and we finally came to the conclusion that prohibition presented little concern for injury,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “We determined the penalty’s severity was no longer based in sound rationale.”

The committee also addressed the requirements of officials’ uniforms. Rule 4-1-7 was amended to only require that swimming and diving officials dress in a uniform approved by the state association. Previously, officials were required to dress in white attire or other attire approved by the state association. This change clarifies the rule and allows for more practicality when determining the appropriate uniform for officials, as white is no longer the current standard.

“We felt that it was more appropriate for state associations to handle officials’ uniforms, so long as, in each state, every official wears the same uniform,” Oakes said.

The committee also amended Rule 4-3-1 a, b to allow the starter to designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle when the swimmer has two lengths plus 5 yards remaining in the race. The starter may have multiple tasks occurring simultaneously, and having a designee would allow for the starter to maintain better accuracy and concentration during events. 

The final change was to Rule 9-6-1, which now includes a clarification indicating that the diving referee may be one of the judges on the panel, or a separate official.  

A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Swimming & Diving.”

According to the 2013-14 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, swimming and diving has 304,152 participants in 14,530 programs nationwide.

Central Board Adopts Current Football Practice Contact Safety Guidelines As AHSAA By-Law

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the current recommended football practice contact guidelines in place for health and safety to become a by-law Tuesday at the AHSAA Spring Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
      The guidelines require the first two days of fall practice to be in shorts and helmets, followed by shoulder pads and helmets on the third day not to exceed 90 minutes. On the fourth day, shoulder pads and helmets are to be used with the practice not exceeding 120 minutes. On the fifth practice day, one full speed contact practice, not to exceed 90 minutes of full speed contact is allowed.
     Week 2 would allow alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week. In addition, one intra-squad scrimmage would be allowed in week 2.
     Beginning week 3, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week, will be permitted. One interscholastic scrimmage or contest will be allowed in week 3.
     Week 4 through the end of the season, 90 minutes of full-speed contact practice is permitted.
      During Spring Evaluation, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full contact per week, are allowed. One interscholastic scrimmage contest is allowed during the spring evaluation. The complete guidelines can be found at
      The board voted to require all schools to follow the guidelines that were recommended in 2013 that restrict football practice contact. The AHSAA, along with Texas, Arizona and Maryland, has been a national leader in developing good health and safety practices. The NFHS, in its recent report on football contact, cited the AHSAA’s safety recommendations and its reduction of injuries as a result.
      The AHSAA Medical Advisory Board, co-chaired by Dr. Jimmy Robinson of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Lawrence Lemak of Birmingham, also more clearly defined “contact” in its latest recommendation.
      “This is a landmark decision by the Central Board,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our medical advisory committee, at our meeting last February, agreed that the AHSAA’s recommendations in place were adequate and necessary. They also asked us to define more clearly the definition of “contact” and the Central Board agreed. We thank our medical advisory committee, which we think is the best in the nation, and our Central Board for helping us take a leadership role in developing these very important guidelines.”
      The practice requirements for high schools and middle schools will be placed in the AHSAA Handbook and go into effect beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
       Hartselle High School head football coach Bob Godsey, a member of the AHSAA Football Coaches Committee and the Alabama Football Coaches Association, was also present to express coaches’ support for these guidelines.
      The Central Board also approved requiring all schools to have athletic emergency plans on file for all sports and all facilities by June 1, 2015. A template will be developed by the AHSAA and will be made available to member schools. The Central Board approved requiring CPR training for all coaches to include AED training.
     The Central Board also instructed  the AHSAA, in conjunction with its Baseball Coaches Committee, to study baseball’s current length of season, total number of games played, the pitching limitation rule and to clearly define of what constitutes a tournament. The group was asked to bring back recommendations to the July Central Board meeting. 
    In other Central Board action, Spring Garden High School principal Mike Welsh was elected to serve as Central Board president for the 2015-16/2016-17 two-year term. Hackleburg principal John Hardin was elected vice president.
      The AHSAA Legislative Council also voted on 21 legislative proposals submitted by member schools for 2015 and ratified one.
      The Legislative Council voted 27-5 to ratify a proposal submitted by Bob Jones High School to restrict floor access at regular-season wrestling tournaments to a specific number of school or team personnel.  

        Passage of a legislative proposal requires a two-thirds vote of the 32-member council.

In other board action Tuesday:

§  Approved Covenant Christian School of Mobile as a middle-school member of the AHSAA beginning the 2015-16 school year.

§  Approved Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens for associate membership of the AHSAA beginning 2015-16.

§  Approved the 2014 Super 7 audit, the 2015 State and Regional Basketball Tournament audits, Super Section and State Wrestling audits and Indoor Track financial report.

§  Approved Regional Basketball Tournament sites (Dothan, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Wallace-Hanceville) for 2015-16 season.

§  Approved the State Swim Meet contract (with Auburn University) for the next three years, 2015-17.

§  Approved the projected expenses for the 2015 NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans.

§  Approved the 2015-16 Calendar of Events, 2015-16 Sports Calendar and five-year Sports Calendar.

§  Heard an update from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery July 20-25.

§  Heard a report from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth detailing results of the recent member-school AHSAA survey.
Set June 18, 2014 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.

§  Set dates for future Central Board meetings – July 29, 2015, Oct. 21, 2015, Feb. 3, 2016 and April 12, 2016.

§  Set June 18, 2015 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.


Wisener, Tyes Named Top 2015 Bryant-Jordan Winners

        BIRMINGHAM – Douglas High School’s Isabella Hope Wisener and Calera High School’s ShaKeith Tyes were named the overall winners at the 30th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel as 104 high school regional honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
        Wisener, a senior cross country, tennis and basketball standout, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Tyes, a standout running back and Calera’s career rushing leader, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
        The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
          “This is such an honor. I want to thank my family, my teachers, my coaches and my friends and the Bryant-Jordan Foundation,” Wisener said. Her secret to success, she added, “is I study a lot when I am in the car or on a trip and I try not to procrastinate too much. I am a very competitive person.”
          Wisener, served as the Eagles’ tennis team captain and led her doubles team to the 2014 state finals. Wisener was also named MVP of Douglas’ cross country team the last two seasons. She has a full academic scholarship to attend Birmingham Southern College. A Wendy’s Heisman state finalist, she has been enrolled in the dual-enrollment program at Snead State Community College and was named a Marshall County outstanding scholar-athlete.
        Ranked first in his class of 110, Wisener has a 102.32 grade-point average on a 100 scale. She is serving as Douglas High School SGA as treasurer this school year and was secretary in 2013-14. She is also a member of the math team, serves on the yearbook staff, is an officer in numerous other school clubs and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
        Tyes has overcome many family struggles to become one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Calera history. He faced each challenge with tenacity and courage. An outstanding football, basketball and track standout, Tyes has earned the respect of teammates, coaches, teachers and classmates alike.
         Described by coaches as possessing a “heart of gold,” Tyes worked hard in the classroom to overcome some learning disabilities and is now a solid student who has earned the admiration of his teachers.  He finished his senior football season as Calera’s all-time leader in rushing yards, yards per carry, touchdowns and total yards. His career rushing total ranks in the top 15 in the AHSAA.
       “I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for my family, my coaches, my teachers and my teammates,” Tyes said. He plans to attend a community college in Kansas on football scholarship next fall.
        Coach Wiley McKeller, Tyes’ football coach, said “ShaKeith is that kid other kids needs to know about. He finds a way to work through every challenge.”
       Wisener and Tyes were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. Approximately $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986.

        Class winners in the Scholar-Athlete division were: Lauren Kois, Brilliant (1A); Tyler Phillips, Goshen (2A); Judson “Keith” Hunt, Jr., Winfield (3A); John Truman “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County (4A); Isabella Wisener, Douglas (5A); Aaron “Max” Erbe, Florence (6A); and Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope.
        Class winners in the Student Achievement division included: Phillip Cook, Winterboro (1A); Noah Cobb, Samson (2A); Hope Bishop, Glencoe (3A); William Chandler, Wilson (4A); ShaKeith Tyes, Calera (5A); Easton Gorman, Fort Payne (6A); and William “Ward” Webb, Mountain Brook (7A).

        Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including:

        Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: William Chandler, Wilson; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: (Achievement) Hope Bishop, Glencoe; (Scholar) J.T. Hill, Cherokee County; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend and Kylee Carter, Beauregard; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy.
        One new scholarship program was started this year: United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarship. The 2015 recipients of the two $2,500 scholarships were Amber Uptain of Maplesville and Zachary Simbeck of Lauderdale County, each Student Achievement Award regional winners in Class 1A and Class 3A, respectively.

       The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:

2015 Bryant-Jordan Student Acievement Regional Winners
CLASS 1A         
Region 1:
MacKenzie Grace, Kinston
Region 2:
Adriauna Alston, Linden
Region 3:
Amber Uptain, Maplesville
Region 4:
Phillip Cook, Winterboro
Region 5:
Nathan Young, Hubbertville
Region 6:
Mallary Guthrie, Meek
Region 7:
Sarah Avans, Skylinje
Region 8:
Kate Fortenberry, Athens Bible
CLASS 2A         
Region 1:
Trey Garris, Leroy
Region 2:
Noah Cobb, Samson
Region 3:
Donta’ Hall, Luverne
Region 4:
MarKiece Williams, Reeltown
Region 5:
Brittany Snyder, Fayetteville
Region 6:
Carissa Barrios, Cleveland
Region 7:
Michael Warner, Ider
Region 8:  
Chelsea Dewberry, Cherokee
CLASS 3A         
Region 1:
Catherine Wiggins, Excel
Region 2:
Timothy Skipper, Abbeville
Region 3:
Nicole Hoots, Prattville Christian
Region 4:
Ty Herron, Lamar County
Region 5:
Max Erb, Winfield
Region 6:
Hope Bishop, Glencoe
Region 7:
Keely Ellison, Pisgah
Region 8:
Zack Simbeck, Lauderdale County
CLASS 4A         
Region 1:
Carly Brooks, Ashford
Region 2:
Carter Rief, LAMP
Region 3:
Levi Warren, Elmore County
Region 4:
Mikailah Good, Oak Grove
Region 5:
Chandler Gann, Carbon Hill
Region 6:
Brady Williams, Crossville
Region 7:
Jesse Overton, Haleyville
Region 8:
William Chandler, Wilson
CLASS 5A         
Region 1:
Robert Henderson, Jr., Escambia County
Region 2:
Chase Smartt, Charles Henderson
Region 3:
Kirklin McWhorter, Tallassee
Region 4:
Shakeith, Tyes, Calera
Region 5:
Juan Waters, A.H. Parker
Region 6:
Dontrez Green, Mortimer Jordan
Region 7:
Conner Parrish, Boaz
Region 8:
Breanna Peeples, East Limestone
CLASS 6A         
Region 1:
Tyler Brentzel, Spanish Fort
Region 2:
Benjamin Dowd, Northview
Region 3:
Whitley Bailey, Benjamin Russell
Region 4:
Ethan Howard, Brookwood
Region 5:
Samantha “Sammie” LaBeau, Chelsea
Region 6:
Terelle West, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Easton Gorman, Fort Payne
Region 8:
Devin Sanders, Decatur
CLASS 7A         
Region 1:
Chris Dillon, Foley
Region 2:
Zach Higman, Prattville
Region 3:
Ward Webb, Mountain Brook
Region 4:
Ryan Sivak, Grissom

2015 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
CLASS 1A         
Region 1:
Jared Alan Moss, Fruitdale
Region 2:
Ashley Ballard, McKenzie
Region 3:
Kacie Adams, Isabella
Region 4:
Kasey Gamble, Victory Christian
Region 5:
Brock Belcher, Shades Mountain Christian
Region 6:
Lauren Kois, Brilliant
Region 7:
Kelsi Lynn Sisk, Woodville
Region 8:
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips
CLASS 2A         
Region 1:
Tripp Vickery, Flomaton
Region 2:
Matthew Logan Skinner, Geneva County
Region 3:
Tyler Phillips, Goshen
Region 4:
Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5:
John David Jacobs, Woodland
Region 6:
Trent Tatum, Cleveland
Region 7:
Carly Westermoreland, Addison
Region 8:
Katie Clemons, Mars Hill Bible
CLASS 3A         
Region 1:
Amanda Jillian Daher, Geneva
Region 2:
Nathaniel “Nate” Robinson, Slocomb
Region 3:
Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy
Region 4:
Nate Freeman, Fultondale
Region 5:
Judson Keith Hunt, Jr., Winfield
Region 6:
Ali Porter, Westbrook Christian
Region 7:
Will Cole, Sand Rock
Region 8:  
Sydney Homan, Madison Academy
CLASS 4A         
Region 1:
Robert M. Hope III, UMS-Wright
Region 2:
Anna Curles, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3:
Morgan Tew, Elmore County
Region 4:
Shane Adams, Handley
Region 5:
Blake Foster, Locust Fork
Region 6:
John “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County
Region 7:
Connar Franklin, Hamilton
Region 8:
Zachary “Zack” Phillips, Wilson
CLASS 5A         
Region 1:
William “Will” Pickard, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Region 2:
James “Trey” Tate III, Rehobeth
Region 3:
Kylee Carter, Beauregard
Region 4:
Braxton Stokes, Calera
Region 5:
Blaine Kilgore, Corner
Region 6:
Thomas R. Powers, Moody
Region 7:
Isabella Wisener, Douglas
Region 8:
Elizabeth Lopez, St. John Paul II Catholic
CLASS 6A         
Region 1:
Jordan T. Hess, Robertsville
Region 2:
Holly M. Baker, Northview
Region 3:
Abrianna Fornis, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Region 4:
Kyle Stuart, Northridge
Region 5:
Charles “Chase” Kelly III, Homewood
Region 6:
Hasan Sadiq Abdulla, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Lindsey Elizabeth Hindsman, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8:
Max Erbe, Florence
CLASS 7A         
Region 1:
Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope
Region 2:
Savanna Cooper, Prattville
Region 3:
Jake Colburn, Tuscaloosa  County
Region 4:
Cameron Andrew Thomas, Grissom

Washington County’s Randall Coxwell Hurls Perfect Game to Clinch Area Title

   Washington County High School senior right-hander Randall Coxwell fired a perfect game to beat Southern Choctaw 7-0 Saturday as the Bulldogs claimed the Class 2A, Area 2 baseball championship with the win. The 6-foot-4 Coxwell struck out 17 and allowed four ground-ball outs to face only 21 batters in the seven-inning gem.  Two of the groundouts were back to the pitcher, thus giving him an even more direct hand in 19 of the 21 outs.
     Coxwell, who has signed with Shelton State Community College of Tuscaloosa, is currently 8-0 with two saves on the season with 87 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched – 1.95 strikeouts per inning. He has walked only eight and has compiled a 0.30 ERA.
     “Randall is the most complete baseball player I have ever had the chance to coach,” said Washington County principal and head baseball coach David Wofford. “He is also on track to be our valedictorian.”
     Coxwell goes into this week’s games with 27 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. He has allowed only three hits in that stretch – all singles – and has allowed only eight hits this season – and no extra base hits. He had threw only 71 pitches in the perfect game and had another complete game with only 57 pitches thrown.
     When he isn’t pitching, he is playing third base. He is hitting .500 with three home runs, three doubles and one triple.
     Wofford, currently the president of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, said he was pressed into coaching this year’s team when head coach Chris Wilson resigned to become Straughn High School’s head football coach before the season started.
    Several other top performances highlighted last week’s action.

LANE DICKERSON, COLBERT COUNTY: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Indians beat Lexington 12-0 in a Class 3A, Area 16 baseball game. Dickerson struck out eight and walked three. He also slugged a grand slam to highlight a 10-run first inning and finished 4-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Peyton Stracener added two homers and four RBIs.

Scored six goals on 10 shots-on-goal to help East Limestone beat Elkmont 10-0 in a  boys’ soccer match. Sayer, a senior, now has 28 goals on the season and 138 for his career. He currently ranks fifth in AHSAA history behind all-time career scoring leader Ryan Kirschbaum of Priceville, who scored 153 goals from 2002-06. Fairhope’s Ryan Strachan (2004-06) is second with 145 goals. Michael Ritch of St. James (1997-99) and Sam Tvrdy of St. Bernard (1995-99) are tied for third with 143 goals each. Sayer has scored six goals in a match twice and five goals once this season.

SEAN COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN: The Yellow Jackets’ senior pole vaulter, despite a strong head wind,  went over 17 feet for the second straight week as in the Challenge of Champions meet at Mobile last weekend.  His 17-feet, 3-inch leap set a new meet record and is the best of any AHSAA high schooler on record. Collins set the AHSAA indoor state record last February with a 16-4¾ clearance at the CrossPlex in Birmingham to win the Class 7A state title.
MARGARET OLLINGER, McGILL-TOOLEN: Ollinger, a junior, cleared 13-3 to set a new meet record for the girls at the Mobile Challenge of Champions meet. She set a new state indoor record winning the 7A title with going 12-4¼ at the CrossPlex.

Clocked the fastest prep 2-mile time in the nation with a winning time of 10:49.19 at Mobile last weekend. The eighth grader set a new overall 3,200-meter state record in the AHSAA state indoor meet and also set the overall state girls’ record in winning the Class 4A state cross country title last November.

Clocked the AHSAA’s fastest 100-meter dash time of the 2015 season to win the Wiregrass Invitational Meet race in 10.42 seconds. He also won the 200-meter dash to lead Hillcrest to the boys’ team title at the met hosted by Charles Henderson High School in Troy.

Coached the Lady Senators to the Bob Jones Invitational softball tournament championship and clinched the 806th win of his 19-year career. Sparkman (21-7) beat Louisville (KY) Male 5-2 in the finals to close out the competition with six wins in a row. MacKenzie Nutt hit .647 in the tournament with two doubles, two triples and two home runs.  Palmer’s 800th win came earlier in the week versus Section.

ASWA names Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball

Photos can be found here:

MONTGOMERY – Huntsville's Shaquera Wade and Theodore's Dazon Ingram won the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Miss and Mr. Basketball awards Thursday. The awards were presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Mr. and Miss Basketball, which signify the state's top boys and girls players, were named at a luncheon in downtown Montgomery at the Alabama Activity Center. Also named were the Super 5 boys and girls teams along with each classification's player of the year

Wade, a 5-11 senior forward/guard, averaged 18.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in leading the Panthers to the Class 7A semifinals for the second time in three years. Wade is a University of Alabama signee.

Named to the girls Super 5 along with Class 7A Player of the Year Wade were Class 6A Player of the Year Cierra Johnson of Blount, Class 7A Jeff Davis’ Jasmine Walker, Class 6A Austin’s Tyra Johnson and Class 5A Player of the Year Kaitlyn Rodgers of Wenonah.

Ingram, a 6-5 senior guard, scored 20.6 points, grabbed 10.5 rebounds and shot 55 percent for the Class 7A Bobcats, who reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Class 7A Player of the Year Ingram heads the boys Super 5 along with three-time Class 3A Player of the Year Joshua Langford of Madison Academy, Class 5A Player of the Year John Petty of J.O. Johnson, Class 6A Player of the Year Lawson Schaffer of Cullman and Class 7A Spain Park’s Austin Wiley.

Wade is the 28th Miss Basketball while Ingram is the 31st Mr. Basketball. The Alabama Sports Writers Association first selected Mr. Basketball in 1985 and Miss Basketball in 1988.

Wade becomes the first player from Huntsville High School to earn Miss Basketball and the third from Madison County in seven years, joining Jasmine Jones (Bob Jones, 2012) and Jala Harris (Bob Jones, 2009).

Ingram is the first Theodore player selected Mr. Basketball and fourth from the Mobile area to win the award, joining Kennedy Winston (Blount, 2002), Sam Haginas (UMS-Wright, 1998) and Queintonia Higgins (Fairhope, 1989).

CLASS 7A: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
CLASS 6A: Cierra Johnson, Blount
CLASS 5A: Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah
CLASS 4A: Lauren Cantrell, Deshler
CLASS 3A: Emma Wallen, Lauderdale County
CLASS 2A: Lacy Stafford, Geneva County
CLASS 1A: Amahni Upshaw, Brantley
AISA: Kasey Grant, Lakeside


CLASS 7A: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
CLASS 6A: Lawson Schaffer, Cullman
CLASS 5A: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
CLASS 4A: Jaylen McCoy, St. James
CLASS 3A: Joshua Langford, Madison Academy
CLASS 2A: Donta' Hall, Luverne
CLASS 1A: Walter Jones Jr., Sunshine
AISA: Malik Pettus, East Memorial


Shaquera Wade, Huntsville, 75 points (10 firsts)
Cierra Johnson, Blount, 49 (3)
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis, 24
Tyra Johnson, Austin, 15
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah, 15

Dazon Ingram, Theodore, 65 (6)
Joshua Langford, Madison Academy, 60 (5)
John Petty, J.O. Johnson, 34 (1)
Lawson Schaffer, Cullman, 24
Austin Wiley, Spain Park, 17 (1)

2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport