Monday, February 17, 2020






SUPER 7 CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Thompson 40, Central-Phenix City 14

Thompson 40, Central-Phenix City 14
AUBURN – Thompson High School senior quarterback Sawyer Pate was 14-of-22 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for two short scores to lead the Warriors past defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City 40-14 Wednesday night as the 2019 Super 7 State Football Championships opened at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    The state title by Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (12-1) was the first in Class 7A and the second overall in school history.  The previous state title came 37 years earlier in 1982 in the Class 3A finals.
      Play continues in the Super 7 Thursday with three games beginning with the Class 3A finals featuring Piedmont (13-1) vs. Mobile Christian (9-4) at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0) in the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. The Class 5A title game features defending state champ Central of Clay County (12-2) and Pleasant Grove (13-1) at 7 p.m.
    All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
     Thompson (12-1) fumbled on its opening possession but got the ball back quickly when Central (12-2) fumbled as well. Pate’s pinpoint passing got the Warriors’ offense in gear later in the opening period on a 10-play, 54-yard drive that was culminated by his first TD, a 1-yard sneak. The extra point failed but Thompson took the lead for good at 2:11 in the quarter 6-0.
    J.B. Mitchell capped a seven-play, 74-yard drive midway through the second quarter with a sterling 14-yard TD reception from Pate. Mitchell grabbed his second TD reception to cap a six-play, 64-yard drive later in the quarter to give Thompson a 20-0 lead.
     Central’s offense marched 80 yards on eight plays on its next possession, however, with Trevion Miles scoring on  1-yard run to cut the lead to 20-7 with 1:42 left in the half.
    Pate wasn’t through, however. Thompson traveled 39 yards on nine plays in the final 1:40 with senior place-kicker Evan McGuire booting a 38-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half to extend the lead to 23-7.
      McGuire opened the scoring in the third period with a 22-yard field goal to extend the led to 26-7. Central receiver Robert Marsh hauled in a 39-yard pass from Tucker Melton to set up Antonio Atkins’ 11-yard TD run early in the fourth period to cut the Thompson lead to 26-14.
   The Warriors responded with 79-yard march and a 9-yard TD run by Jermel Gaiters  with 7:15 remaining to boost the lead to 44-14. Pate added a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left to close the scoring.
   Thompson had 25 first downs, converting 9-of-12 third-down plays, and finished with 359 yards on 66 offensive plays. Gaiters finished with 83 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Nathan Crockett had 50 yards on 13 tries. Mitchell finished with five catches for 71 yards and two TDs, Damion Ugbo had two catches for 60 yards and Michael Pettway caught two passes for 48 yards. The senior closed his season with 63e receptions for 1,154 yards and 16 scores.  Pate finished 228-of-306 for 3,124 yards and 41 TDs.
     Central had 14 first downs and 349 yards on 55 plays. Melton was 8-of-16 passing for 112 yards and Miles was 9-of-9 for 136 yards and the Red Devils had 248 yards passing overall. Marsh had four catches for 95 yards and Alexander Chase, four for 94 yards.
    Jeremiah Alexander had eight tackles, Gavin Shipman, Sam Reynolds and Jax Van Zandt each were in on seven tackles for Thompson.  Jadon Richardson and Brent Randolph each had four tackles and two assists for Central.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALABAMA UNIFIED GAME Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20

Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20
AUBURN – Baldwin County Schools’ Unified football team downed Vestavia Hills 27-20 Wednesday in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Flag Football Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    It was the third straight title for the Bandits, coached by Mike Conner. Baldwin County beat Vestavia Hills 26-18 last season, but lost to the Rebels 27-26 in overtime in the qualifying competition at Cramton Bowl in November.
    Hamilton Baker was 10-of-18 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns, and Brian Talley was 6-of-10 for 92 yards and a score for the Bandits.
    Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, took a quick 7-0 led when Austin Ballard fires a 35-yard TD pass to Duncan Graham in the first minute of the game to take a quick 7-0 lead. Zulanas Carter scored the extra point.
    Baldwin County clawed back to tie the score when Baker completed a 4-yard TD pass to Trey Morrisette at 13:24. Isaiah Featherston scored the PAT. Baker then found himself on the receiving end of s 25-yard TD pass from Talley at 8:42 of the first half to take a 13-7 lead. The Rebels scored three minutes later on a 38-yard run by Duncan. He then scored the PAT and Vestavia took a 14-13 lead.
    With one second remaining in the half, however, the Bandits scored when Talley hauled in  5-yard pass from Hamilton. Baker then connected with Featherston on the two-point conversion to make it 21-14 at intermission. Baldwin County stretched its lead to 27-14 early in the second half when Morrisette caught his second 4-yard TD pass from Hamilton. The extra point failed. Vestavia closed out the scoring when Duncan caught a 38-yard touchdown toss from Ballard and Bandits held on to post the 27-20 win.
    Featherston had five catches for 48 yards, Talley had five for 30 and Baker had four for 75 yards for Baldwin County. Mack Brock finished with s team-high 31 yards rushing on six carries.
    Duncan passed the Rebels with 41 yards rushing on two carries and 83 yards receiving on three receptions. Ballard was 4-of-14 passing for 79 yards and two TDs.
    Baldwin County finished with 208 total yards on 30 plays and Vestavia had 121 yards on 17 plays.
     The NFHS Network live-streamed the Unified game Wednesday with Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program produced the contest with Tim Loreman serving as executive producer.
     The NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise all seven AHSAA state championship game over its subscriber-based NFHS Network live-stream platform and over the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state. All cable affiliates in Alabama were provided an opportunity to join the AHSAA TV Network at no cost for the Super 7 championships. Cable affiliates in some areas of the state declined the offer, however.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
Affiliates in the Network include:

Westminster Christian Girls, Huntsville Boys Aiming for 4th Straight AHSAA State Titles

                                                    By MIKE PERRIN
                                                    For the AHSAA

    MONTGOMERY -- The 59th AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships get underway Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center with streaks on the line in both the girls’ and boys’ competitions.
    The girls from Westminster Christian Academy of Huntsville and boys from Huntsville High will be looking to capture their fourth straight team titles in the Class 6A/7A division while St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s boys will be on the hunt to ascend the winners’ stand for the fifth time in six years after Boaz and T.R. Miller shared the 1A/5A title in 2018. The 2018 1A/5A girls’ champion was UMS-Wright.

      Westminster’s 2018 crown came in the girls’ team’s first year in the large-school division.  Auburn High’s girls won the championship 2013-17.
      “The state meet is a special experience,” Westminster Coach Roger Von Jouanne said, “as the swimmers from around the state produce times you can hardly believe. Our Westminster guys and girls have always stepped up at state. They’ve worked hard all season long with this meet in mind.”
    Von Jouanne, in his ninth year at Westminster, was a 12-time All-American swimmer at Southern Illinois University who set an American record in the 200 butterfly and won the U.S. Nationals in the 200 Individual Medley while in college. He finished in fourth in the Olympic Trials in 1984. He also broke the U.S. Masters’ record in the 200 IM for the 40-45 age group after an almost two-decade absence from the competitive pool.
    “I really never anticipated a Westminster swim team competing on the level that our girls have achieved,” he said. “In the early years, we were focused on ‘mining the treasure’ that God had placed into Westminster’s hallways. We enjoyed the pursuit each year of trying to be a top-ranked 3A school in the state. Every year, I did a little bit of research among the other 3A schools to see where we stood, and we always had either the best guys’ or girls’ team in Alabama – which we celebrated in our little circle.
    “In 2014, when the AHSAA divided the sectional and state competition into large and small schools, we were in legitimate contention with our boys’ team and finished second at state. Then our top boys graduated, but there began a groundswell of young girls who began to qualify for state in 2015. The next year, our girls fired each other up all season long and in 2016, glory to God, we were able to win the small-school title over the established powerhouse St. Paul’s team. The following year, our girls were hard-pressed against a loaded St. John Paul II team and had an amazing state meet to repeat as small school champions.”

     Westminster moved up to the 6A/7A division in 2018 and didn’t miss a beat on the way to their third straight title.
    Two Westminster girls – Rebekah Hamilton and Eboni McCarty – have verbally committed to swim for Auburn University and Georgia, respectively. “They are top-notch swimmers,” Von Jouanne said, “not to mention wonderful young ladies who will be a blessing in terms of their character and their worth ethic. If you’ve ever met them, you know they are the nicest people, but in the water, they are absolute sea-monsters!”
   Von Jouanne, whose full-time job is as a Boeing engineer, said the competition in the AHSAA has improved throughout this tenure at the Huntsville private school. “I think Alabama high school swimming has moved into a good place and is continuing to move in the right direction. My three kids swam for Bob Jones High School over a span of 13 consecutive years, and in the early years of that span there were no state meet qualifying times.
    “After the first wave of qualifying times, around 2005, the caliber of the state meet began to increase, and the caliber increased the qualifying times. As interest and participation increased, the next stage was warranted to divide into small school and large school divisions. That added another level of excitement and it continued to enhance participation.”
     “High school swimming should be the pinnacle of our sport at this stage of an athlete’s life and the AHSAA has made the necessary changes to bring that experience to our athletes.”

AHSAA 59th State Swimming & Diving Championships
James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Friday, Dec. 6 – Swim prelims – 5 p.m. (warm up 3:30-4:45 p.m.)

Friday, Dec. 6 – Diving – 9 a.m. (warm up 8 a.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 7 – Swim finals – 2 p.m. (warm up 12:45-1:45 p.m.)
Admission: $10 per day.
Live-Streaming: NFHS Network will live-stream the championships over its subscriber-based on-line network. Go to for more details on becoming a subscriber.

Thompson – Central-Phenix City Kick Off AHSAA State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare

     MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School and Central-Phenix City High School meet for the second year in a row in the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Wednesday night.
     The Class 7A championship game kicks the 2019 Super 7 finals – seven state championship games Dec. 4-6-7.
           The Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, is a partnership between the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama. Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County will be playing in the game or the third straight year. Baldwin County won last year 26-18.
      Central downed Thompson 52-7 last year. Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils (12-1) opened the 2019 season with a 17-14 loss to Hoover in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Central has reeled off 12 straight wins since, including a 38-0 victory over Auburn in the semifinals. Thompson (11-1) beat Hoover 35-21 in the semifinals. The Warriors have gone 34-4 the last three seasons and the Red Devils have compiled  37-2 record during that same span.
     Thompson, coached by Mark Freeman, is anchored on offense by quarterback Sawyer Pate. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior was the back-up to last year’s starter Taulia Tagovailoa, now a freshman at Alabama. Pate was forced to step in when Taulia was injured in last year’s finals.
    This year, Pate has been the starter in all 12 Thompson games and has responded by completing 214-of-284 passes for 2,885 yards and 39 touchdowns. His passing accuracy (75.4%) is one of tops in the nation this season. Senior receiver Mike Pettway has hauled in 61 receptions for 1,106 yards and 16 TDs.  Running back Samuel Gaiters is the team’s leading rusher with 902 yards on 120 carries. He has four TDs. Linebacker Jeremiah Alexander paces the Warriors’ defense with 73 tackles, including 7.5 sacks.
    Central senior quarterback Tucker Melton has also been exceptional this season completing 108-of-188 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns. Back-up QB Trey Miles is 56-of-82 for 729 yards and nine TDs – and no interceptions. Senior E.J. Williams, one of the top prep receivers in the nation, has 40 catches for 703 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robert Marsh has 37 catches for 433 yards and three scores and Peter Jakes has 29 receptions for 402 yards with nine TDs. Leading rusher Joseph McKay has 1,263 yards on 178 carries and has rushed for 20 touchdowns. Zion Morris also has 668 yards and six TDs on 109 carries. P.J. Ramsey and Jaden Richardson each have 98 tackles this season.
      Thursday’s Super 7 schedule features state finals in Class 3A, 1A and 5A. Piedmont (13-1) meets Mobile Christian (9-4) at 11 a.m., in the 3A championship battle. Lanett (13-0), led by senior quarterback Kristian Story, faces defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Story, the son of Panthers head coach Clifford Story, has passed for 8,821 yards and 117 touchdowns in his prep career and has rushed for 3,508 yards and 46 TDs. His career total yards (12,859) and touchdowns accounted for (171) are both AHSAA all-time records. He also has 28 career interceptions on defense. Story is 144-of-214 this season for 2,616 yards and 26 TDs and has rushed for 1,041 yards and 15 scores.
     Mars Hill Bible (14-0), coached by Darrell Higgins, rolls into the finals riding a 24-game winning streak. Thursday’s 5A finals has defending Class 5A state champion Central, Clay County (12-2) facing Pleasant Grove 13-1) at 7 p.m.
     Friday’s schedule has UMS-Wright (13-0) taking on Jacksonville (12-2) in the 4A finals at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs won the 2017 and 2018 state titles and will be going for the school’s ninth state football championship overall. UMS-Wright also comes in with a 32-game winning streak on the line. Friday’s slate features defending 2A state champion Fyffe (14-0) versus Reeltown (13-1) at 3 p.m., and the Super 7 Championships conclude Friday night at 7 p.m., with Spanish Fort (9-4) meeting Oxford (13-1) in the 6A title game.  Fyffe currently has a 29-game winning streak.
    All seven championships will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network of cable affiliates and will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. WOTM TV is producing the games.
    Play-by-play announcer Tommy Wood and color analyst Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the Class 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A games while Mickey Shadrix and Gethard Methangani will be the announcers for the 1A and 2A games. Christina Chambers of WBRC TV 6 will be the sideline reporter for all telecasts.
    The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all seven championship games over its network of radio affiliates and the internet.  Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the Unified Game for the NFHS Network.

AHSAA Super 7 Championships
At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Mobile Christian (9-4) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.

Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0), 3 p.m.

Central Clay County (12-2) vs. Pleasant Grove (13-1), 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6

Jacksonville (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (13-0), 11 a.m.

Fyffe (14-0) vs. Reeltown (13-1), 3 p.m.

Oxford (13-1) vs. Spanish Fort (9-4), 7 p.m.

Jacksonville RB Rontarius Wiggins, Auburn DB Omari Porter Added to Alabama All-Star Squad

     Jacksonville High School senior running back Rontarius Wiggins has been added to the 40-man Alabama All-Star roster for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. Wiggins, who has 5,706 career rushing yards and 89 touchdowns in his four-year prep career at Jacksonville, is replacing Hueytown senior Roydell Williams, who will be unable play due to an injury.
    Omari Porter, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior defensive back for Coach Adam Winegarden’s Auburn Tigers, has also been added to the team replacing Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville, who has elected not to play in the game.
   Wiggins, 6-0, 180 pounds, will be in action Friday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Jacksonville takes on defending state champion UMS-Wright in the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A State Championship game at 11 a.m.
    He has 2,656 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns this season on 253 carries. He has had three games over 400 yards in his prep career. His career total of 5,706 rushing yards includes just two fumbles in 650 rush attempts for Coach Clint Smith’s Eagles. He has returned four kickoffs this season for 172 yards and one TD. Wiggins rushed for 2,379 yards and 34 TDs on 296 carries in 2018.
    Porter helped Auburn reach the Class 7A state semifinals this season.
    Alabama holds a 22-10 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic heading into this year’s game which kicks off at noon on December 14 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg. The game, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), alternates between Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl and USM annually.


BIRMINGHAM – Briarwood Christian edged Jasper 219-217 to claim the AHSAA Class 1A/5A Girls’ Swimming & Diving Section title at the Birmingham CrossPlex Saturday. John Carroll Catholic finished third with 160 points and Trinity Presbyterian was fourth with 144.
     In the Class 6A/7A division, Auburn outscored runner-up Hoover 389-307 to claim the girls’ Central Section crown. Spain Park was third at 271 and Opelika finished fourth at 234.
     Team and individual qualifiers advance to the AHSAA’s 60th annual State Swimming and Diving Championships at James E. Martin Aquatics Complex on the Auburn University campus Dec. 6-7.  Section meets concluded at the Central, North and South sites Saturday.
    Capturing the Class 1A/5A Central Section boys’ championship was LAMP of Montgomery with 321 points. Briarwood Christian was runner-up with 288 points and Jasper was third with 236. In the boy’s Class 6A/7A division, Auburn took first place with 464 points. Vestavia Hills had 340.50 and Spain Park had 241.
    Individual winners in each were:
Class 1A/5A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Briarwood Christian, 2:05.28.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Briarwood Christian, 1:50.65.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Jasper, 4:12.73.

50-Yard Freestyle: Prather Hargrove, Trinity Presbyterian, 24.05.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):
100-Yard Freestyle:
Macey Stewart, Tallassee, 54.12.
200-Yard Freestyle: Kathy Hammond, LAMP, 2:03.15.
500-Yard Freestyle: Elizabeth Davis, Appalachian, 5:41.12.
100-Yard Backstroke: Danielle Davis, Appalachian, 1:05.38.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Amelia Steiner, Briarwood Christian, 1:09.38.
100-Yard Butterfly: Prather Hargrove, Trinity Presbyterian, 59.15.
200-Yard Medley: Claudia Steiner, Briarwood Christian, 2:26.53.
Diving (1-Meter): N/A

Class 6A/7A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Opelika, 1:50.03.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Opelika, 1:41.26.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Auburn, 3:39.86.

50-Yard Freestyle: Erica, Han, Hoover, 24.65.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):
100-Yard Freestyle:
Maggie Casey, Auburn, 51.80.
200-Yard Freestyle: Maggie Casey, Auburn, 1:51.82.
500-Yard Freestyle:
Caroline Lawrence, Hoover, 5:08.05.
100-Yard Backstroke: Elizabeth Dawe, 1:00.24.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Bradi Jones, Opelika, 1:04.12.
100-Yard Butterfly: Norah Simich, Oak Mountain, 58.44.
200-Yard Medley: Caroline Lawrence, Hoover, 2:09.01.
Diving (1-Meter): M’Kay Gidley, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 430.95.

Class 1A/5A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: LAMP, 1:45.55.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Jasper, 1:40.39.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: LAMP, 3:43.59.

50-Yard Freestyle: Jalen McDade, Alabama Christian, 23.67.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):
100-Yard Freestyle:
Andrew Groves, Briarwood Christian, 51.50.
200-Yard Freestyle: Mason Mathias, Briarwood Christian, 1:45.35.
500-Yard Freestyle: Mason Mathias, Briarwood Christian, 4:42.55.
100-Yard Backstroke: Campbell Lemons, Westminster-Oak Mtn, 57.67.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Mark Underwood, Indian Springs, 1:03.83.
100-Yard Butterfly: Brian Hammond, LAMP, 55.95.
200-Yard Medley: Mark Underwood, Indian Springs, 2:06.23.
Diving (1-Meter): Roger Coleman, Elmore County, 340.95.

Class 6A/7A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: Auburn, 1:39.61.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Spain Park, 1:31.16.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Spain Park, 3:20.22.

50-Yard Freestyle: Austin Stallworth, Spain Park, 22.46.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):
100-Yard Freestyle:
Josh Cobia, Thompson, 48.82.
200-Yard Freestyle: Ward Lockhart, Spain Park, 1:44.25.
500-Yard Freestyle: Ward Lockhart, Spain Park, 4:44.34.
100-Yard Backstroke: Chris Rubin, Vestavia Hills, 53.55.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Tyler Prince, Auburn, 1:01.05.
100-Yard Butterfly: Tyler Prince, Auburn, 54.64.
200-Yard Medley: Chris Rubin, Vestavia Hills, 2:00.28.
Diving (1-Meter): Michael Helton, Vestavia Hills, 329.05.



HUNTSVILLE – Defending state champions Boaz (1A/5A) and Huntsville (6A/7A) captured boys’ 2019 AHSAA North Section Swimming & Diving titles Saturday at the Huntsville Aquatics Center, and defending state champ Westminster Christian’s girls won the 6A/7A girls’ section crown. Whitesburg Christian won the 1A/5A girls’ North title.
     Team and individual qualifiers advance to the AHSAA’s 60th annual State Swimming and Diving Championships at James E. Martin Aquatics Complex on the Auburn University campus Dec. 6-7.  Section meets concluded at the Central, North and South sites Saturday.
     Boaz, which tied with T.R. Miller for the co-championship in the 1A/5A division at last year’s state championships, ran away with the North Section championship Saturday with 401 points. Scottsboro finished second with 299 and Whitesburg Christian had 264. Huntsville, which won its 15th state boys’ swimming championship last season, out-pointed runner-up Bob Jones 494-361 to win the section crown. Grissom was third with 298 points.
     In the girls’ North section competition, Whitesburg Christian had 360 points to win the 1A/5A division over runner-up Scottsboro (218) and third-place finisher Madison Academy (175). Westminster Christian outscored Huntsville 384-302 to win the North 6A/7A section title. James Clemens was third with 286 points.
    No individual  results are currently available.


Class 1A/5A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Madison Academy, 1:58.01.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Whitesburg Christian, 1:47.53.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Whitesburg Christian, 3:58.44.

50-Yard Freestyle:  Maddie Bibb, Whitesburg Christian, 25.61
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): N/A
100-Yard Freestyle: Maddie Bibb, Whitesburg Christian, 54.68.
200-Yard Freestyle: Virginia Rainer, Cedar Bluff, 2:10.29
500-Yard Freestyle: Mary Hinely, Whitesburg Christian, 6:03.83.
100-Yard Backstroke: Leighton Rainer, Cedar Bluff, 1:00.38.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Katie Pollard, Madison Academy, 1:08.11.
100-Yard Butterfly: Paige Giles, Scottsboro, 1:04.92
200-Yard Individual Medley: Katie Pollard, Madison Academy, 2:14.85.
Diving (1-Meter): Michaela Houser, Whitesburg Christian, 303.45.

Class 6A/7A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Westminster Christian, 1:48.17.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Westminster Christian, 1:37.84.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Westminster Christian, 3:43.68.

50-Yard Freestyle: Eboni McCarty, Westminster Christian, 23.23.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): N/A
100-Yard Freestyle: Eboni McCarty, Westminster Christian, 50.82.
200-Yard Freestyle: Rebekah Hamilton, Westminster Christian, 1:52.93.
500-Yard Freestyle: Rebekah Hamilton, Westminster Christian, 5:04.47
100-Yard Backstroke: Julia Krichev, Huntsville, 58.02.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Jewel Krings, Westminster Christian, 1:07.41
100-Yard Butterfly: Samantha Chan, Bob Jones, 59.45.
200-Yard Individual Medley: Jewel Krings, Westminster Christian, 2:13.42.
Diving (1-Meter): Ashley Ahrens, James Clemens, 348.40.

Class 1A/5A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: Boaz High School, 1:45.58.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Boaz High School, 1:35.60.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Scottsboro High School, 3:42.59

50-Yard Freestyle: Adam Holbrook, Boaz, 23.10.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): Gabe Marsh, Guntersville, 49.74.

100-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): Gabe Marsh, Guntersville, 1:56.52.
100-Yard Freestyle: Heath Isom, Arab, 52.34.
200-Yard Freestyle: Justin Freeman, Whitesburg Christian, 1:58.22.
500-Yard Freestyle: Justin Freeman, Whitesburg Christian, 5:19.41.
100-Yard Backstroke: Reese Cobb, Boaz, 1:01.21.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Levi Webb, Scottsboro, 1:03.62.
100-Yard Butterfly: Levi Webb, Scottsboro, 55.98.
200-Yard Individual Medley: James Hale Thomas, Whitesburg Christian, 2:20.52.
Diving (1-Meter): Joey Houser, Whitesburg Christian, 312.65.

Class 6A/7A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: Huntsville High School, 1:40.18.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Grissom High School, 1:31.29
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Huntsville High School, 3:19.91.

50-Yard Freestyle: Owen Harlow, Grissom, 21.48
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): Troy Young, Athen, 5:22.42.
100-Yard Freestyle: Owen Harlow, Grisssom, 47.70.
200-Yard Freestyle: Joe Palenapa, Bob Jones, 1:49.65.
500-Yard Freestyle: Adam Jones, Grissom, 4:59.06
100-Yard Backstroke: Beau Broussard, James Clemens, 51.37.
100-Yard Breaststroke: John Choung, James Clemens, 58.75.
100-Yard Butterfly: Connor Hill, Athens, 51.69.
200-Yard Individual Medley: John Choung, James Clemens, 2:01.46.
Diving (1-Meter): Daniel Coffman, Huntsville, 439.00.



MOBILE – Defending state boys’ co-champion T.R. Miller rolled up 336 points Saturday to claim the South Section 1A/5A swimming and diving championship over runner-up St. Michael Catholic, which had 276 points. UMS-Wright was third with 251 points.
     UMS-Wright’s girls won the South 1A/5A girls’ crown, St. Paul’s Episcopal captured the 6A/7A girls’ section championship and Fairhope took first place in the 6A/7A boys’ South Section competition.

     Team and individual qualifiers advance to the AHSAA’s 60th annual State Swimming and Diving Championships at James E. Martin Aquatics Complex on the Auburn University campus Dec. 6-7.  Section meets concluded at the Central, North and South sites Saturday.
     Fairhope had 360 points, Daphne 332 and Davidson 254 in the 6A/7A boys’ competition. UMS-Wright out-pointed runner-up Bayside Academy 387-221 in the 1A/5A girls competition, and St. Michael Catholic was  third with 170 points. St. Paul’s totaled 371 points in the 6A/7A division with Fairhope (317) and Gulf Shores (206) taking second and third-place.
    Individual event winners included:

Class 1A/5A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Bayside Academy, 1:56.49.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Bayside Academy, 1:46.23.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  UMS-Wright, 4:09.37.

50-Yard Freestyle: Marlee, Moore, Bayside, 25.05.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):  Sarah Kate Sligh, St. Michael Catholic, 45.80.
100-Yard Freestyle: Grace Steele, Bayside, 59.88.
200-Yard Freestyle: Lucy O’Neill, St. Michael Catholic, 1:55.54.
500-Yard Freestyle: Clarke Doyle, UMS-Wright, 5:22.39.
100-Yard Backstroke: Elziabeth Chen, Bayside, 58.73.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Addi Bruner, Goshen, 1:09.04.
100-Yard Breaststroke (adaptive): Sarah Kate Sligh, St. Michael Catholic, 2:13.62.
Addi Bruner, Goshen, 1:09.04.
100-Yard Butterfly: Lucy O’Neill, St. Michael Catholic, 57.32.
200-Yard Medley: Elizabeth Chen, Bayside, 2:14.87.
Diving (1-Meter): Blakeslee Elliott, UMS-Wright, 375.90.

Class 6A/7A Girls
200-Yard Medley Relay: Fairhope, 1:54.63.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1:43.40.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  Fairhope, 3:42.63.

50-Yard Freestyle: Emily Beaver, Fairhope, 25.48.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): no results.
100-Yard Freestyle: Lillian Ringold, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 55.97.
200-Yard Freestyle: Lena Amare, Fairhope, 2:00.01.
500-Yard Freestyle: Lena Amare, Fairhope, 5:24.77.
100-Yard Backstroke: Ella McDowell, Fairhope, 1:01.88.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Kai Zhang, Dothan, 1:10.48.
100-Yard Butterfly: Kaleigh Spears, Fairhope, 57.43.
200-Yard Medley: Kaleigh Spears, Fairhope, 2:11.57.
Diving (1-Meter):  Rose Gilder, Daphne, 279.10.

Class 1A/5A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: St. Michael Catholic, 1:52.36.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: T.R. Miller, 1:37.38.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay:  T.R. Miller, 3:36.33.

50-Yard Freestyle: Zachary Hannah, Rehobeth, 22.42.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive):  No results reported.
100-Yard Freestyle: Cole Jernigan, T.R. Miller, 49.67.
200-Yard Freestyle: Connor Tillman, Opp, 1:57.39.
500-Yard Freestyle: Connnor Tillman, Opp, 5:21.65.
100-Yard Backstroke: Andrew Fouty, St. Michael Catholic, 55.20.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Aden Kraft, Faith Academy, 1:03.26.
100-Yard Butterfly: Andrew Fouty, St. Michael Catholic, 53.10.
200-Yard Medley: Aden Kraft, Faith Academy, 2:11.62.
Diving (1-Meter): Ben Adamski, St. Michael Catholic, 315.90.

Class 6A/7A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay: St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1:40.33.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1:31.84.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Daphne, 3:19.55.

50-Yard Freestyle: Stephen Laraway, Fairhope, 23.20.
50-Yard Freestyle (adaptive): No results reported.
100-Yard Freestyle: Noah Prevost, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 49.22.
200-Yard Freestyle: Andrew Jordan, Daphne, 1:44.01.
500-Yard Freestyle: Andrew Jordan, Daphne, 4:46.39.
100-Yard Backstroke: Stephen Conrad, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 51.38.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Trey Sheils, Daphne, 58.45.
100-Yard Butterfly: Stephen Conrad, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 53.10.
200-Yard Medley: Trey Sheils, Daphne, 1:56.93.
Diving (1-Meter): Parker Inman, Davidson, 338.55.


Schools’ Have 1 Challenge in Second Round of Playoffs Using DVSport Instant Replay

Current Season Reversal Percentage is 20.6%

MONTGOMERY – Only one challenge was made in four AHSAA playoff football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week in the second round of the state playoffs, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. None of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
     “The challenge came in the Class 6A St. Paul’s at Opelika game,” Jones said. “Opelika challenged whether a pass was complete and then a fumble or incomplete.  Officials had called the play an incomplete pass. After video review, the play stood as called.”
   For the 2019 season, a 63 challenges have been issued by coaches in 76 games with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 20.7% reversal rate. Three games are scheduled to use DVSport Instant Replay this week in round three. All seven Super 7 State Championship Games will utilize DVSport Instant Replay this season.
    In 2018, the first year DVSport Instant Replay was implemented, 91 games, including all state finals, used Instant Replay with 73 total challenges with 18 calls overturned (25%). The Catch/No Catch, Fumble and Forward Progress calls made up 70% of the challenges last year. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season and playoff games.
    Last week, three schools experienced DVSport Instant Replay for the first time this season: Pickens County, Falkville and St. Paul’s Episcopal.  This week, all six schools participating in contest with Instant Replay have used the system already this year. A total of 77 schools participated thus far this season.
     Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

63 reviews with 13 reversals.  21.0%



  • 23 on catch/no catch
  • 22 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring
  • 1 Runner stepping out of bounds

       The list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.


State Playoffs, Round 3 Games with Instant Replay

  • Auburn at Central-Phenix City (7A)
  • Clay Chalkville at Oxford (6A)
  • Hoover at Thompson (7A)



Class 7A (19)

Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Gadsden City
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Smiths Station
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (21)
B.C. Rain
Benjamin Russell
Gulf Shores
Park Crossing
Sidney Lanier
Class 5A (16)
Charles Henderson
East Limestone
Lawrence County
Madison County
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 4A (13)
Fayette County
Good Hope
Sumter Central
West Blocton
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (2)
Class 1A (3)
Pickens County
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)





AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 7A Semifinals Featuring Auburn and Central-Phenix City    

AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week
Auburn (9-3) vs. Central-Phenix City (11-1)



AHSAA Football Playoff Game of the Week
AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 7A Semifinals Featuring Auburn and Central-Phenix City

     MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for the third round of the state football playoffs is the Class 7A semifinal battle between Auburn (9-3) and defending state champion Central-Phenix City (11-1) Friday night.
    The game will be available for viewers over the WOTM and ACN cable channels on many of the state’s cable markets, said executive producer Vince Earley of WOTM TV, who announced that WOTM will also feature unbeaten Bibb County (12-0) at Briarwood Christian (11-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals over the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network. 
The subscriber-based NFHS Network service is available all across the state. The live television coverage can be seen over the following network carriers in most markets and including major affiliates Charter, Comcast, Cable One, ATT U-verse and Anniston/Oxford area. Central’s outstanding NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will also be live-streaming the contest over the NFHS Network
    Central and Auburn met on October 25 with Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils winning over the Tigers of Coach Adam Winegarden 34-7. Auburn knocked off previously undefeated McGill-Toolen 26-0 last week and Central downed Prattville 24-6.
      The two teams have played 55 times since 1930 with Central holding a 38-14-3 edge.  Both schools have storied traditions with more than 50 player from both teams chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic since its inception in 1988.  On that first team was Central offensive lineman Ed King, who went on to have an outstanding college career at Auburn University and spent seven years in the NFL. At least 10 former Red Devils had outstanding college and NFL careers NFL including running back James Joseph (Auburn), defensive back Jeremiah Castille (Alabama), Woodrowe (Alabama), running back (Billy Jackson (Alabama) and offensive tackle Herm Lee (Florida A&M).
    The Tigers have also produced a number of outstanding collegiate and NFL stars including Demarcus Ware (Troy), Marcus Washington (Auburn) and Reuben Foster (Alabama). Both teams are talented with three players off this year’s Central team picked for the 2019 Alabama-Mississippi Classic.
     Central has won 25 of its last 26 games – marred only by a 17-14 Kickoff Classic loss to Hoover in the first game of the season. Auburn has compiled a 44-16 record over five seasons and is 107-34 overall with head-coaching stops at Fairhope and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.  Dubose is 65-10 in six seasons at Central and 136-39 overall with head-coaching stops at Prattville and Florence. He guided Prattville to state titles in 2008 and 2011 and has taken the Red Devils to the semifinals five straight years.
     The NFHS Network will have approximately 21 third-round playoff games live-streamed over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Platform Friday night. In addition, 211 basketball games and four wrestling events have been scheduled this week with a big slate tonight, Friday and Saturday for a total of 234 events on the NFHS Network this week.
    In addition, 24 of the 26 playoff games can be heard via audio over radio or internet broadcasts.
  The schedule of football playoff games set for live-streaming Friday can be found at the following link:

  The schedule of basketball games set for the NFHS Network can be found at:

    A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:

For information concerning the AHSAA TV Network’s cable football game availability, got to the following link and on the chart below:

2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Pairings (Friday, Nov. 22)
Brantley (11-1) at Sweet Water (10-1)
Isabella (12-0) at Lanett (11-0)

Pickens County (10-2) at Spring Garden (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (12-0), Florence

Ariton (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
G.W. Long (10-2) at Reeltown (11-1)

North Sand Mountain (9-3) at Collinsville (11-1)
Red Bay (12-0) at Fyffe (12-0)

T.R. Miller (8-4) at Flomaton (11-1)
Gordo (12-0) at Mobile Christian (7-4)

Piedmont (11-1) at Geraldine (8-4)
Walter Wellborn (11-1) at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee

Montgomery Catholic (12-0) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
American Christian (11-1) at Andalusia (9-3)

Northside (11-1) at Jacksonville (10-2)
Deshler (9-3) at Anniston (8-4)

Pleasant Grove (11-1) at Ramsay (10-2),  Birmingham
Bibb County (12-0) at Briarwood Christian (11-1)

Center Point (9-3) at Mortimer Jordan (10-2), Kimberly
Madison County (10-2) at Central-Clay County (10-2), Lineville

Park Crossing (5-7) at Spanish Fort (7-4)
Opelika (10-1) at Hueytown (11-1)

Clay-Chalkville (10-2) at Oxford (11-1)
Pinson Valley (9-2) at Muscle Shoals (12-0)

Auburn (9-3) at Central-Phenix City (11-1)
Hoover (10-2) at Thompson (10-1), Alabaster


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 1A FINALS Donoho 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain 2


Donoho 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain 2

BIRMINGHAM – Donoho senior Kate Porteus’ strong serves in a come-from-behind fourth set continued in the fifth and final set as the Falcons (44-16) beat Westminster of Oak Mountain 24-26, 25-20, 18-25, 28-26, 15-12 to capture the Class 1A state volleyball championship at Bill Harris Arena Thursday night.
     Coach James Clendenin praised the senior, a non-starter who stepped into the important serving role to cap Donoho’s 28-26 comeback in the fourth set and sparked a quick 6-0 lead in the fifth and final set.
     Maggie Wakefield and Lily Grace Draper took command at the net and finished with 24 and 22 kills, respectively. Draper also had 15 digs.  Class 1A state tourney MVP and Falcons setter Maggie Miller had 53 assists, many during that stretch, and also had 17 digs. Mya Keel and Ayesha Siddiqua also had 26 and 22 digs to lead the defensive effort. Donoho finished the match with 105 digs, and Westminster (37-13) had 112.
      Coach John Jones’ Knights, playing in the state finals in just the fourth year of the school’s volleyball program, got a strong defensive effort from Payton Metcalf and Elizabeth Simpson, who had 21 and 20 digs, respectively. Bailee Acker had 13 kills and 14 digs, and Molly Reynolds had 12 kills and three blocks. Metcalf also had 39 assists and Macy White had nine kills and 11 digs.
      The championship was the 11th in Donoho school history and the first since winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.


Maggie Miller, Donoho (MVP); Lilly Grace Draper, Donoho; Maggie Wakefield, Donoho; Payton Metcalf, Westminster-OM; Molly Reynolds, Westminster-OM; Bailee Acker, Westminster-OM.


2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

G.W. Long (49-6) 3, Addison (49-15) 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15)
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (44-16) 3, Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-13) 2 (24-26, 25-20, 18-25, 28-26, 15-12)
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 2A FINALS G.W. Long 3, Addison 1

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G.W. Long 3, Addison 1

BIRMINGHAM – G. W. Long senior hitter Mary Beth Long delivered 29 kills and 20 digs as  the Rebels (49-6) ended Addison’s six-year consecutive state championship streak Thursday winning 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 to win the Class 2A state volleyball crown.
        The 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships here continue today with state champions in Class 1A and Class 4A closing out the finals tonight. All matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program. 
  The Rebels fell behind early, but Mary Beth Long’s play at the net late in the first set helped G.W. Long settle down as Coach Greg Long’s team closed out the school’s first state volleyball title winning the final three sets.
    Addison (49-15) came in with six state titles in a row dating back to 2013 and 11 state crowns in the school’s trophy case. Coach Kayla Woodard has been a part of nine of them either as a player, assistant coach or head coach. Her team eliminated G.W. Long at the 2018 state tourney in the quarterfinals.
    Her team used a more balanced attack at the net and finished the match with 51 kills as a team, one less than the Rebels. Savannah Manley had 19 kills, Callie Crider had 14 and Addisyn Smothers had 11. It wasn’t enough, however, to offset the Rebels’ comeback effort.
     Emma Claire Long added 10 kills and 14 for G.W. Long, and Makenna Long had 44 assists and 13 digs. Breana Henning had five kills and 15 digs. Morgan Ferguson also served four aces. It was the balanced defense, said Coach Greg Long, that turned out to be the difference.
      The Rebels were crowned the Class 2A state softball champions last spring and the basketball team won the South Regional and reached the State Championship semifinals at the BJCC. Most of the girls in the state volleyball finals were members of those teams as well.


Mary Beth Long, G.W. Long (MVP); Makenna Long, G.W. Long; Emma Claire Long, G.W. Long; Savannah Manley, Addison; Callie Crider, Addison; Gracie Manley, Addison.


2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

G.W. Long (49-6) 3, Addison (49-15) 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15)
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.