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CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Talladega 60, West Limestone 48

CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Talladega 60, West Limestone 48
    BIRMINGHAM – Talladega High School outscored West Limestone 35-20 in the second half Thursday night on the way to a 60-48 victory in the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 4A boys’ finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     And in the process, the Tigers handed veteran Coach Chucky Miller the school’s first state boys title.  Miller, who has a compiled a 759-340 record in his very successful career, is part of the winningest father-son coaching tandem in the AHSAA. His dad Chuck Miller, a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, won 704 games in his outstanding career – mostly at Talladega. Chuck Miller passed away last Year. The two combined to coached 1,463 victories.
    Class 4A state tourney MVP D’Corian Wilson had 19 points in the finals with four assists, six rebounds and two 3-pointers. Arron Greene added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Simmons had eight points and nine rebounds and Rontavious Barclay had eight points and two steals.
    West Limestone (21-14), coached by Justin Taylor, led 28-25 at the half, but the intense Talladega defensive pressure limited the Wildcats to just four made baskets in the second half. Braden Tuten had 11 points, including three treys, and handed out three assists for West Limestone. Marshall Carter had 10 points, two assists and two steals, and Camryn Williams totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. River Helms also had six points and a game-high five assists.

    The Class 4A All-Tourney Team included: D’Corian Wilson, Talladega (MVP); Kobe Simmons, Talladega; Arron Greene, Talladega; River Helms, West Limestone; Braden Tuten, West Limestone; and Martez Jones, B.T. Washington.
    The final day of championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships gets underway Saturday at the Legacy Arena girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. Madison Academy (28-7) and Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3) open the at 9 a.m. in the Class 5A girls’ finals.  Two-time defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook (31-3) faces Baker (21-13) in the 7A boys’ finals at 5:45 p.m., in the final game of the 2019 state tourney.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 4A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Rogers 46, Anniston 38

CLASS 4A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Rogers 46, Anniston 38
    BIRMINGHAM – Rogers High School fell behind early to Anniston 5-0 Friday afternoon in the Class 4A girls’ state championship game before rallying to take an 11-point lead after one quarter. The Pirates then turned to a tenacious defense to seal the school’s first-ever state girls’ basketball championship with a 46-38 win at the BJCC Legacy Center.
   Rogers (32-3), coached by Blake Prestage, closed the season with its 20th win in a row thanks to a defense that limited Anniston (29-5) to just 16 of 60 from the field (26.7%) and only 3 of 22 in  the fourth quarter (13.6%). It was the school’s first state tourney appearance and last week’s Northwest Regional championship was the Pirates’ first regional tourney appearance, said Prestage.
    Freshman Madie Krieger led the way with 23 points, including 10-of-11 at the foul line, and had two assists and two steals to earn Class 4A state tourney MVP honors.  Erin Brown chipped in nine points and Gabby Davis had four points and 10 big rebounds.
    Anniston, coached by Eddie Bullock, kept close with some tenacious defense of its own. Led by guards Allasha Dudley and Anna-Meketra Garrett. Dudley had two steals and one blocked shot while handing out three assists and scoring four points. Garrett also had seven points, three assists and a steal. Center Tonia Foster was a force inside with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Jordyn Johnson had five points and 10 rebounds.
    Despite the stringent defense by both teams, Rogers had no turnovers in the first half, finished with five and Anniston only had 11 total.

    The Class 4A All-Tourney Team included: Madie Krieger, Rogers (MVP); Erin Brown, Rogers; Allasha Dudley, Anniston; Toniah Foster, Anniston; Trinity Hambright, Greensboro; Jailatt Swain, Childersburg.
    The Class 4A boys’ championship game is the final contest of Friday’s championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2


FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 3A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Plainview 54, Westminster Christian 52

CLASS 3A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Plainview 54, Westminster Christian 52
    BIRMINGHAM – For the second year in  row, Plainview High School guard Caden Millican found himself with the ball in the final seconds Friday with his team needing a bucket to win AHSAA Class 3A state championship at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    And just like last year, Millican delivered – grabbing a pass from guard Tristan Willingham in the lane with 3 seconds left and sinking the game-winning shot to give the Bears a 54-52 victory over Westminster Christian to notch Plainview’s second consecutive state crown. 
     Millican’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime in 2018 was the game winner in the Bears’ championship victory over Hillcrest-Evergreen. Friday’s shot was inside – a play called “leopard” Coach Robi Coker picked up from watching Belmont University beat UCLA.  “We put that play in Sunday and we have practiced it all week,” said Coker. “I told our kids that when we run the play it will work.”
    Westminster Christian (27-5), coached by Ronnie Stapler, trailed 50-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but with 29 seconds left, senior Auston Leslie cashed in two free throws to tie the game at 52 all. Stapler called his final timeout and in Coker instructed his team to run the play. He said it worked just they had practiced it.
    Millican finished with 15 points. Koby Tinker had 25, including five 3-pointers – all coming in a wild third quarter after the 3-point shooting Bears had gone 0-for-8 behind the arc in the first half.  All 18 points in the third period came on treys with Haden White hitting the other one. Tinker’s last 3-pointer of the quarter came at the buzzer.   He also had three rebounds and was 4-of-6 at the foul line to earn Class 3A state tourney MVP honors.  Taylor Haymon and White had seven points each and Willingham finished with two assists and just one turnover at point guard.

    Leslie had 24 points to lead Westminster. He also had six rebounds and four blocked shots.  Jayden Landrom and Joshua Childers added 13 points each. Childers had a game-high seven rebounds and Menterra Curley had two assists, four steals and a blocked shot. The Wildcats won the Class 4A state title in 2016 for their school’s first state championship.
    The Class 3A All-Tourney Team included: Koby Tinker, Plainview (MVP); Caden Millican, Plainview; Taylor Hamon, Plainview; Auston Leslie, Westminster Christian; Jayden Landrom, Westminster Christian; Windell Comer, Prattville Christian.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games close out Friday’s championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42



CLASS 3A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pisgah 46, Montgomery Academy 41

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Pisgah 46, Montgomery Academy 41
    BIRMINGHAM – Senior Annie Hughes sank two free throws with six seconds remaining to seal Pisgah’s 46-41 AHSAA Class 3A state championship game victory over Montgomery Academy at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Hughes, who played much of the second half with four fouls, had 24 points, three assists, two steals and eight rebounds to earn Class 3A State Tourney MVP.  The state title was the second in a row for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (34-1) and the seventh overall in the school’s storied girls’ basketball history.  Other state titles came in 1981, 1982, 1997, 2203, 2205 and 2018.
     Hughes struggled at the free-throw line all night but made the ones that counted most.  Her team built a 27-20 lead but halftime and spent much of the second half protecting the lead with their senior leader Hughes on the bench.
    Bailey Law, who made a key steal that led to a much-needed Hughes free throw with 22 seconds left, added eight points. She finished with a team-leading five steals. Chloe Womack also had five points, three steals and eight rebounds.
     Montgomery Academy (31-3), coached by Barry Fancher, played much of the second half without its key playmaker Leighton Robertson, who also had four fouls. The junior guard managed 14 points and f our steals before fouling out late. Senior Margaret Head  had four points and 11 key rebounds. She also had two steals and two blocked shots.  Mildred Stevenson had 11 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists.
       Montgomery Academy has won one state title (1999).

    The Class 3A All-Tourney Team included: Annie Hughes, Pisgah (MVP); Chloe Womack, Pisgah; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy; Leighton Robertson, Montgomery Academy; C’era Beck, Winfield; Kaitlyn Reyes, Prattville Christian.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are also being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2


FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 2A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central Coosa 54, Sacred Heart Catholic 52

CLASS 2A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Central Coosa 54, Sacred Heart Catholic 52
    BIRMINGHAM – Quintstavious Brookes’ rebound and put back with three seconds remaining in overtime lifted Central Coosa to a 54-52 win over Sacred Heart Catholic in the Class 2A boys’ state championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday. Championship games for Class 3A and 4A were also set for Friday as the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships moved into its fifth day of the 2019 state tourney.
    The state title was the fifth in school history for the Central program – and the first since 2004. It was also the first for Coach Jeremy Freeman as the Cougars’ head coach. Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame member Joe Belyeu won the first four before retiring after the 2013-14 season.
    The victory by Central Coosa (23-4) also thwarted Sacred Heart Catholic’s bid to become the first boys’ basketball program to win five state championships in a row. Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals (22-11) won the Class 1A state crown in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 before moving up to 2A this season.
    Brookes, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, finished the championship game with six points and nine rebounds.  “I never thought I would be making the shot that wins a state championship,” Brookes told the media gathered for the post-game press conference at the Legacy Arena.

    Senior point guard Jo’Von Richardson had 21 points, including and three important free throws with one second left in the first half to cut a nine-point Sacred Heart lead to six at 28-22. It also shifted the momentum to the Cougars. He followed up with several key buckets in  the third quarter to give Central a 42-39 lead heading into the final period.
    Richardson, named the Class 2A state tourney MVP, was 7-of-7 at the foul line, had two 3-pointers, three assists and three steals. More importantly, his ball control limited Central’s to just five and his quickness on defense helped force 20 Sacred Heart turnovers.
    Omar Gaddis added 12 points, Joshua McGhee had nine points, four rebounds and a game-high five steals for Freeman’s team.
    Jayden Stone led Sacred Heart with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Brown added 12 points and Khalil Watkins finished with nine points and six rebounds. Aaron Moore grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and scored six points for the Cardinals.
    The Class 2A All-Tourney Team included: Jo’Von Richardson, Central Coosa (MVP); Omar Gaddis, Central Coosa; Joshua McGhee, Central Coosa; Jayden Stone, Sacred Heard; Caleb Brown, Sacred Heart; Aaron Moore, Sacred Heart.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are also being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Cold Springs 57, Fyffe 53 (OT)

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Cold Springs 57, Fyffe 53 (OT)
    BIRMINGHAM – Cold Springs High School reached the Class 2A Girls State Basketball finals with the reputation of being the best 3-point shooting girls’ prep team in the state, maybe even the nation.
     The Lady Eagles of Coach Tammy West sank 8-of-26 in the finals – using the treys to jump out to a quick 15-point lead and then relying on the biggest of the season in  overtime to nip Fyffe 57-53 at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday morning.
     Junior guard Neely Ellison took her only 3-point shot attempt following Cold Springs’ control of the jump ball to start the four-minute overtime period to give Cold Springs a 47-44 lead. More importantly, it gave the Eagles (28-6) the momentum they had lost from Fyffe’s valiant comeback in the third and fourth quarters to send the game into overtime. Ellison followed with a steal and layup to stretch the lead to five. Junior Elizabeth Hill and senior Camryn Crider took over from there sinking 8-of-9 free throws to seal Cold Springs’ fourth state championship.
     Hill finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, four blocked shots, five assists and four 3-pointers to earn Class 2A State Tournament MVP honors. She was 10-of-12 at the foul line.   Cryder, who finished her season with 157 treys – a new AHSAA single-season state record, added 16 points.  She hit two 3-pointers early to help the Eagles build a quick 23-8 lead. Aubrey Negron added 12 rebounds and point guard Toni West had an outstanding defensive effort and was key for Cold Springs’ effort in  breaking the Red Devils’ intense press.
     Fyffe (30-6) was led by Marie Woodall’s 17 points and two steals. She was 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Alexia Barber contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and two key 3-pointers as the Red Devils of Coach Steve King roared back to outscore Cold Springs 28-19 in the third and fourth quarters.  Madison Myers also had nine points and three assists.
    Cold Springs ended the season with 340 3-pointers made – a new single season state record. The old record (336) was set by the Lady Eagles’ state championship team in  2008. Cold Springs’ other state titles came in 1999 and 2009.  Fyffe has seven state championships to its credit – winning the 2A title in 1986, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2000.

    The Class 2A All-Tourney Team included: Elizabeth Hill, Cold Springs (MVP); Camryn Crider, Cold Springs; Marie Woodall, Fyffe; Alexia Barber, Fyffe; Mary Beth Long, G.W. Long; Alaysia Norfleet, R.C. Hatch.
Classes 2A, 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ championship games are being played Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will close out the state finals on Saturday.
    All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (22-4) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10), 10:45 a.m.

Class 3A Girls Finals
Montgomery Academy (31-2) vs. Pisgah (33-1), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A Boys Finals
Westminster Christian (27-4) vs. Plainview (32-4), 2:15 p.m.

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (31-3) vs. Anniston (29-4), 4 p.m.
Class 4A Boys Finals
West Limestone (21-13) vs. Talladega (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42



2019 AHSAA Bowling Championships Conclude Friday Southside-Gadsden Girls and Hewitt-Trussville Boys Clinch Top Seeds with Impressive First Day

PELHAM – Two-time defending girls’ state bowling champion Southside-Gadsden emerged as the top seed after Thursday’s opening round of traditional play at the 2019 AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Oak Mountain Lanes.
    The Lady Panthers piled up 2,599 pins to lead all girls’ teams as the 16-team girls’ field and 16-team boys’ field competed in three rounds of traditional bowling.  Hewitt-Trussville totaled 2,855 pins to earn top seed in the boys’ divisions.
     Friday’s final day of competition will be a four-round single-elimination championship match play bracket. Teams will compete using the Baker Format (one round of traditional bowling plus three round of Baker Format play) per match.
    All teams begin the championship round at 8 a.m., with the championship match for boys and girls to be begin at approximately 4 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes.
     Hewitt-Trussville will face Baker in the first-round match and Vestavia Hills, the second seed in the boys’ division after posting a 2,797 team total Thursday, will meet Southside in Friday’s first-round match.   Southside’s girls meet Oak Mountain in the first round and girls’ second seed Thompson, which finished 200 pins behind the Lady Panthers at 2,399, open with Vestavia Hills.
    Sophomore Cole Arsenault of Sparkman turned in the top boys’ series with a 268-184-258—710 total. His 268 in the first round was top boys’ game of Thursday’s play and his 258 was the best total in the third round.  Sophomore Landon Masters of Thompson had the second best boys’ single game with a 267 in the first set. He finished with a 267-203-202—672 series total to finish second in the boys’ tradition play rankings.
    Sparkman senior Nicole Gilbert totaled 178-211-200—589 to finish as the girls’ division series leader. Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, placed three bowlers in the top five series leaders with junior Grace Ann Clontz rolling 201-179-182—562 to finish second. Junior teammate Ashlee Hull was fourth with a 545 total and sophomore Jennifer Clontz was fifth at 533. Jessica Clontz was sixth with a 525 series. Thompson junior Jillian Hulsey was third with a 555 total. She had a 213 in the first set for the top game and Warriors teammate Maggie Smith turned in the best girls’ single game with a 230 in the final set of the day.
    Southside’s 862 total in the third set was the best single round total of the day for the girls’ competition while Vestavia Hills, coached by Todd Evans, had a first-round team total of 1,032 for the top boys’ total. Sparkman, coached by Lisa Ivey, had a 1,031 in the final round of the day.
    Complete first-day team results and individual leaders are listed.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Friday’s Pairings

BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)

Baker vs. Hewitt-Trussville (No. 1 seed)
Gadsden City vs. East Limestone
Stanhope Elmore vs. Buckhorn
Mary Montgomery vs. Thompson (No. 4 seed)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Auburn vs. Spain Park
James Clemens vs. Hoover
Southside-Gadsden vs. Vestavia Hills (No. 2 seed)

GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)
Oak Mountain vs. Southside-Gadsden (No. 1 seed)
Gulf Shores vs. Pinson Valley
East Limestone vs. Spain Park
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Hartselle (No. 4 seed)

Etowah vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Satsuma vs. Stanhope Elmore
Auburn vs. Grissom
Vestavia Hills vs. Thompson (No. 2 seed)

Thursday’s Results
(Traditional Bowling)
BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Hewitt-Trussville                            2,855
Vestavia Hills                                   2,797
Sparkman                                         2,770
Thompson                                        2,679
Buckhorn                                          2,651
Spain Park                                        2,630
Hoover                                              2,591
East Limestone                               2,531
Gadsden City                                   2,509
James Clemens                               2,483
Auburn                                              2,481
Stanhope Elmore                           2,448
Mary Montgomery                        2,437
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                      2,380
Southside-Gadsden                        2,356
Baker                                                 2,326

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Southside-Gadsden                        2,599
Thompson                                        2,399
Sparkman                                         2,273
Hartselle                                           2,176
Spain Park                                        2,163
Stanhope Elmore                           2,146
Grissom                                            2,094
Pinson Valley                                   2,079
Gulf Shores                                      1,998
Auburn                                              1,979
Satsuma                                            1,936
East Limestone                               1,903
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,901
Etowah                                              1,897
Vestavia Hills                                   1,887
Oak Mountain                                 1,878

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
(THREE-GAME SERIES TOP 5)
BOYS
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           710
Landon Masters, Thompson       672
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       640
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              628
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    626
GIRLS
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             589
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       562
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              555
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  545
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           533


BOYS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Vestavia Hills                                   1,032
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,005
Thompson                                           965
Buckhorn                                             943
Auburn                                                 881
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           268
Landon Masters, Thompson       267
Jacob Acker, Thompson               247
Kyle Wright, Hewitt-Trussville    237
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills            236
Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn           236

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Spain Park                                        952
Gadsden City                                   869
Stanhope Elmore                           865
Sparkman                                         862
Hewitt-Trussville                            856
Individual Leaders
Cameron Copeland, Spain Park  235
Tyler Fanning, M.Montgomery   222
Carson Poe, Hillcrest                     219
Devin Dowdle, Spain Park            215
Mason Jones, St. Elmore              211

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Sparkman                                         1,031
Hewitt-Trussville                               994
Vestavia Hills                                      963
East Limestone                                  962
Hoover                                                 908 
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           258
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              255
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       223
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    223
Mason Jones, Stan. Elmore         222
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hill                    222    

GIRLS’ RESULTS
FIRST ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        860
Thompson                                        820
Stanhope Elmore                           748
Gulf Shores                                      701
Hartselle                                           700
Individual Leaders
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              213
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       201
Kacey Marshal, St. Elmore           197
Jessica Sherman, Thompson       192
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           190

SECOND ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        857
Sparkman                                         775
Auburn                                              769
Hartselle                                           761
Spain Park                                        757    
Individual Leaders
Alexis Anderson, Spain Park        212
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             211
Jessica Clontz, Southside              196
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  188
Daylin Tolgo, Sparkman                184

THIRD ROUND
Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        882
Thompson                                        879
Grissom                                            824
Sparkman                                         797
Spain Park                                        774
Individual Leaders
Maggie Smith, Thompson            230    
Denisha Kendall, Grissom            228    
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             200
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  198
Taylor Key, Grissom                       184


Alabama, Mississippi All-Star Teams Pleased with Teams’ Progress after First 2 Practices

MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi All-Star head coaches Josh Niblett of Hoover and Henry Johnson of Clarksdale (MS) agree on one things after two practice sessions. Both teams are talented and both teams reported with one main goal – to win next Monday’s 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. The kicks off a 6:30 p.m., and will be televised over Raycom’s affiliate stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Columbus (GA) and Memphis (TN) as well as other stations outside Raycom in cities like Mobile.
     “We coaches have been impressed by the players’ attitudes,” Niblett said of his Alabama squad. “The players all seem to be very respectful of the coaches, their teammates and the other team. We know we have a lot to teach in a short time. We had a very good practice yesterday and again (Thursday morning). I told our players that we need them to get better every practice. We know they have talent, and we know they were all selected for their outstanding work ethic. My goal is to have them peaking at the right time – next Monday night. This game is also about relationships … some that will go with these kids for a lifetime.”
     Niblett said some players are already showing great leadership. “It starts at quarterback and (Pinson Valley’s) Bo Nix is showing great leadership. The other players are looking to him and he is acting like a field leader.
    “We have others like linebackers LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin and Kendall McCallum of Oxford are intense … they are alpha dogs out there.”
     Mississippi’s Johnson said his team’s leaders are also stepping forward. He mentioned quarterback John Rhys Plumlee of Oak Grove is very vocal. He is a take-charge kind of player. And linebacker Nakobe Dean of Horn Lake is much quieter but leads just the same. He leads by his actions. He’s got a 4.35 GPA and is one of the smartest kids I have ever seen.
    “He doesn’t say much. He lets his actions on and off the field do the talking for him.” Johnson also said the players are reacting well to the coaching staff. “They are picking up what we are trying to teach them really well. That’s always encouraging.”
     Johnson said his team’s talented defensive front four also stand out.  They’re big, strong and fast and are showing a great attitude.”
     The teams were scheduled to go to the Hyundai Plant for a tour Thursday night after the afternoon practice. Both teams will have workouts from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday with Alabama at Faulkner University and Mississippi at Huntingdon College. They will practice again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday afternoon before departing for dinner and then participation in the Raycom Camellia Bowl Parade. The squads will practice again Saturday morning with the players attending the Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl Saturday afternoon. NFL standout Roman Harper will then speak to the squads at a dinner set for Wynlakes Country Club Saturday night.
    Alabama holds a 22-9 edge and is 5-0 in games played at Cramton Bowl. Mississippi is 2-0 in games played at Hattiesburg, including last year’s 42-7 win.
    The game is an event hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the AHSAA. Alabama’s All-Stars hold a 22-9 edge in the series which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011. It also started a rotation in 2015 with the game being hosted every other year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
    The AHSAA Radio Network plans to broadcast the game live over its statewide network of radio and internet affiliates. The link will be available at www.ahsaa.com.


CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

    AUBURN  – Pinson Valley High School held off Saraland in the second half to beat the Spartans 27-16 and claim its second consecutive Super 7 Class 6A state football championship Friday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The 6A finals closed out the 2018 Super 7. Attendance for all the finals 51,651 with 22,435 on hand for the 7A finals on Wednesday night, 16,012 in attendance on Thursday and 13,204 on hand for Friday’s three games. The total was up more than 15,000 from 2017.
     Senior quarterback Bo Nix completed 25-of-35 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 66 yards and another TD to earned MVP honors for his dad Coach Patrick Nix’s Indians (13-10 for the second straight year. 
     It was his keeper for two yards on fourth down at the Saraland 31-yard line with just under a minute remaining that sealed the hard-fought victory over Coach Jeff Kelly’s Spartans (13-2).
      Nix teamed up with receiver Geordian Pollard for the longest touchdown pass in Super 7 Class 5A championship-game history on an 83-yard connection early in the second quarter to give Pinson a 12-3 lead at halftime. The pass was also the second longest in Super 7 history over all. The record, an 85-yard TD connection, was set earlier in the week by Mars Hill Bible in its 1A win over Linden. That pass eclipsed the Super 7 record set, ironically, by future NFL receiver Chad Jackson on a Hoover flanker pass in a 48-21 loss to Daphne in the 2001 Super 7 Class 6A finals.
     Saraland took the early lead with a 32-yard field goal by Cole Robitzch late in the first quarter. The Indians drove 64 yards on six plays on the ensuing drive to take a 6-3 lead on Nix’s 2-yard run with 40 seconds left in the opening period.  Spartans defensive  back Shawn Byrd blocked both extra-point kicks following Pinson’s two first-half touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense, forced a fumble and recorded a game-high 13 tackles to keep Saraland in striking distance.
    His second pick was the catalyst that led to the Spartans’ first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Rayshawn McAlpine which came at 2:40 in the third quarter and cut the Indians’ lead to 12-10.
Pinson answered quickly, however, driving 62 yards on 10 plays in the next three minutes to take a 19-10 lead on Nix’s 2-yard TD pass to Demarion Holloman with 11:21 to play. Saraland stormed right back scoring on quarterback Brett Nezat’s 11-yard TD pass to Jay Williams to pull within two 19-17 with just under nine minutes to play.
    Is was Pinson’s defense that came up with the biggest play of the final period, however, when Kendall Thornton intercepted a Saraland pass and sped 32 yards into the end zone for the final score of the game with 5:03 to play.
    Pinson Valley had 21 first downs, 94 yards rushing and 306 passing for 400 total yards. Saraland had 18 first downs, 221 yards rushing, 106 passing and 327 total yards.  Nix, who became the state’s all-time career total offense leader in the Indians’ semifinal win over Clay-Chalkville, finished the season 267-of-445 passing on the year for 3,795 yards and 49 touchdowns with just eight interception. He finished his career with 161 touchdowns accounted for with 126 passing touchdowns and 35 rushing touchdowns to set a new AHSAA career state record.
    McAlpine led Saraland with 158 yards rushing on 28 carries and Karie White had 65 on five runs.  Nezat was 8-of-21 passing for 106 yards with Jay Williams hauling in four receptions.
    Dorian Henderson and Antone Williams each had 11 tackles to pace the Indians defense.

2018 Super 7 State Championship Results
Class 1A
Mars Hill Bible 53, Linden 26
Class 2A
Fyffe 21, Luverne 19
Class 3A
Flomaton 23, Piedmont 12
Class 4A
UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0
Class 5A
Central-Clay County 43, Vigor 42
Class 6A
Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City 52, Thompson 7



CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Fyffe 21, Luverne 19

Fyffe 21, Luverne 19
    AUBURN  – Fyffe High School (15-0) downed Luverne 21-19 Friday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the Red Devils’ third AHSAA Super 7 Class 2A state football championship since 2014.
      Senior running back Payton Anderson rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to earn Class 2A championship game MVP for Coach Paul Benefield’s team. It was the Fyffe defense’s time to shine as well – turning back a strong Luverne bid early by forcing two field goals in the red zone. The outcome wasn’t decided, however. Trailing 21-19 with 1:25 left to play, Luverne (13-2) mounted a drive that began at its own 13 and ended at the Fyffe 28-yard line when Tigers quarterback Dionte Brantley’s completed pass to Edward Thomas ended 26 yards shy of the end zone as time expired to seal the Fyffe win.
       Fyffe took the lead with 8:56 remaining in the first half when senior Payton Anderson scored on  7-yard run to cap a 15-play, 99-yard drive and Brody Dalton’s kick gave the Red Devils a 7-0 lead.
       Luverne marched 57 yards on 12 plays on the ensuing march to cut the lead to 7-3 when Chase White booted a 31-yard field goal. Four minutes later,
 Luverne appeared to take the lead on a 17-yard pass play that was ruled a touchdown.  The scoring play, which was automatically reviewed, was also challenged by Fyffe High School and upon review, it was ruled an incomplete pass and Luverne settled for a 28-yard field goal by White one play later. That reversal was the third challenge to be successful in the Super 7 state finals and became the first in AHSAA history to erase a touchdown in a state championship game. The DVSport Instant Replay protocol used by member schools all season is being used in state championship games for the first time.
    Fyffe led 7-6 at the half and extended the lead on Anderson’s 33-yard run that capped a 77-yard, eight-play drive late in the third quarter. Coach Scott Rials’ Tigers struck back quickly going 73 yards on 10 plays in just 3:02 to pull to 14-12 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Luverne’s try two points came up short. 
     Receiver Payton Stoner stretched the Red Devils’ lead to 21-12 with a 19-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Zach Pyron with 4:18 remaining. Brantley, who finished 18-of-36 passing for 237 yards and rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries, drove Luverne quickly to a touchdown – keeping on a 1-yard sneak with 2:34 left to cut the lead to 21-19.
    The Tigers defense got the ball a minute later, but Luverne’s final drive just ran out of time.
    Fyffe finished with 14 first downs, 192 yards rushing and 72 passing for 264 yards. Luverne had 26 first downs, 202 yards rushing and 237 passing for 439 yards. The Tigers kept the ball for 81 offensive plays and 27:40 while Fyffe had 44 offensive plays and 20:20 of the time clock.
     Pyron finished 3-pof-4 passing for Fyffe for 72 yards. Stoner had two catches for 43 yards – both coming on the final Red Devils’ TD march.
     Ellian Harris added 77 yards rushing on 13 carries for Luverne. Edward Thomas was the team’s top receiver with 11 catches for 132 yards, and Sayler Wilson added five receptions for 93 yards.
     Tyler Kinard had 10 tackles and Kyle Dukes had nine to lead the Fyffe defense. Harris had 13 tackles and Arian Gregory had 10 for the Tigers. Neither team had a turnover.
     Pinson Valley (12-1) faced Saraland (13-1) in the Class 6A finals Friday night at 7 p.m., to close out the 2018 Super 7 Championships.
      All games are being televised by the Raycom Sports Network with the Raycom feed live-streamed over the NFHS Network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the games live over their network of radio and internet affiliates across the state.