Thursday, February 27, 2020






Saint James Senior Lucy Edwards Sets AHSAA Match Record with 27 Aces in Win over Valley

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4

    MONTGOMERY – Lucy Edwards, a senior at Saint James, set an AHSAA record serving 27 aces in the Lady Trojans’ 3-0 victory over Valley September 10.  Her effort captured the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
Her total also ranked sixth nationally. The 5-foot-3 setter for Coach Karen Lee scored 36% of her team’s points from the service box with the aces as Saint James won in straight sets 25-6, 25-2, 26-5.
    The single-match national record, accord to the NFHS Record Book, is 36, established by Maura Kelly of Caldwell High School vs. Newark West Side on September 19, 2003. The New Jersey prep standout’s record has stood for 16 years. Katie DeLay of Chattanooga’s Boyd Buchanan High School (2013), Lauren Deaton of Harding Academy (2017) in Memphis and Minnesota high schooler Mackenzie Luce of Lundington (2017) each had 32 services aces in a match to share second place.  Andrea Nachtrieb of Aurora Gateway High School in Colorado ranked fifth all-time with 28 in a match.
     The AHSAA previous record (10) was set by Lexie Bradley of Wilson in a match versus Central-Florence in 2013.

St. James (7-9) beat Valley and Beauregard last week as Lucy Edwards set a state record with 27 aces the win over Valley.

Edwards had 34 aces for the week, adding 25 assists and 11 digs while Danielle Greene had 18 kills.
     Edwards’ art of serving edged a couple of other top serving efforts for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. Lincoln senior Taylor Lett served 25 straight points with eight aces during the stretch in a 25-0, 25-5 win over Childersburg. She finished the week with 11 aces as the Bears (21-7) went 4-0. Teammate Morgan Allison added 25 service aces. And at Horseshoe Bend, Kate Lewis had 15 service aces, 77 assists and 19 kills as the Generals won seven matches on the way to winning the Wadley Invitational tourney title.
      AHSAA teams had great success against out-of-state schools with Mountain Brook winning the 66-team Rocky Top Classic invitational at Sevierville (TN). McGill-Toolen Catholic also won the Catholic Cup tourney beating two defending state champions from Louisiana and one from Georgia in the process; and Thompson was 6-0 en route to the River City Classic tourney at Jacksonville (FL).


HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Earned MVP honors as the Dirty Dozen captured the Catholic Cup Tournament going 6-0 with wins over defending state champions Teurling Catholic (LA), St. Pius X (GA) and Mt. Carmel (LA) along with Father Ryan (TN), St. Joseph's (LA) and St. John Paul II of Huntsville. She had 59 kills, 34 digs, eight blocks and five service aces in the six wins.
KELSEY TANGLE, THOMPSON: Helped the Warriors win six matches, including the championship match at the River City Classic tourney in Jacksonville (FL), with 127 assists and 10 service aces.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 111 kills, 103 digs and 15 aces as the Spartans (27-5) won the 66-Team Rocky Top Classic tournament at Sevierville (TN). Teammate Ann Vandevelde also had 257 assists and Liz Vandevelde had 128 digs.
MACKENZIE YOAKUM, HOMEWOOD: Led Homewood (18-5) to eight straight wins, including the Husky Challenge tourney championship at Trussville. She had 43 kills and a 33.4% hitting percentage.
AVERY RODGERS, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 83 kills, 12 blocks and 37 digs as Spanish Fort (27-5) won nine matches last week. Among the victories were seven wins en route to the championship of the Battle of the Bay tourney. The Toros downed host and defending 4A state champion Bayside Academy in the finals. Teammate Kayla Keshock also had 159 assists, 66 kills, 59 digs, 21 blocks and nine service aces.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 114 kills, 41 digs, 15 blocks and seven aces as the Rebels (15-2) went 6-2 and reached the finals of the Enterprise Invitational tourney. Makenna Long dished out 260 assists for G.W. Long.
MACKENZIE MORRISON, GULF SHORES: Had 232 assists, 33 digs and 12 aces as the Dolphins (17-5) won the Battle of the Bridge tournament. Teammate Lauren Quigley had 123 kills, 84 digs, 20 blocks and 14 aces.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Had 115 assists and 31 digs as the Tigers (25-4) went 6-0 to win the Eddie Prueitt Invitational tourney. Hartselle beat Madison Academy in the championship match. Tori Hughes also had 90 digs.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 82 kills, 52 digs and 12 blocks to earn MVP honors as Curry went 6-1 on the week and won the Walker County Tournament.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Had 116 kills and seven blocks as Athens (14-8) went 7-2 in nine matches. The only loss came to East Limestone in the Elkmont Invitational tourney.
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Led the Panthers (11-3) to six wins, including going 4-0 in the McAdory Invitational to win the title. She had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 20 assists.

RYLEIGH HAMM, WETUMPKA: Had 47 kills and 65 digs as the Indians played six matches and won the Stanhope Elmore Invitational tourney.

ALY DURBAN, HOOVER: Had 166 assists in seven matches for the Bucs (13-9).
MORIAH SEAY, PRATTVILLE: Had 56 kills, 25 blocks and 14 aces as the Lions won seven of nine matches last week.
JUANITA MONTERIO-PAI, BOB JONES: Had 26 kills and 17 digs in two wins over Buckhorn and James Clemens for Bob Jones (12-6).
ANNA GRACE DAVIS, BUCKHORN: Had 95 digs as the Bucks (19-9) went 6-3 in nine matches. Five of the wins came over out-of-state teams.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 121 assists as the Panthers went 7-3 on the week. Southside lost to tourney champion Homewood in the semifinals of the Husky Challenge tourney.
ADLEIGH MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 146 assists, 49 digs and 13 aces as the Eagles (21-3) went 7-1. Providence’s only loss was to 7A Enterprise at the Enterprise Invitational.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Totaled 159 assists, 33 digs, 10 kills and eight aces as the Hawks went 5-1 on the week.
ANN COBERN CHAPMAN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 3A state champion Eagles (19-4) win five of seven matches last week notching 40 kills and

Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon Claims 1,400th Career Win with Victory over Spain Park

Setter Millie Stevenson Leads Eagles to AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Millie Stevenson couldn’t pass up the opportunity afforded the Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy volleyball team last week on a quick trip north to Shelby County.
    The Eagles faced Class 7A Thompson and Spain Park in in a tri-match falling to the Warriors 2-1 but beating Spain Park by the same score. That victory gave MA Coach Julie Gordon her 1,400th career volleyball coaching win – a milestone only four volleyball coaches in the AHSAA have accomplished.
    Montgomery Academy (15-2) returned home to roll through the Eagles’ own Mac Attack tourney with six straight wins to claim the tourney title. Stevenson, who had 130 assists, 44 digs, 14 kills and 10 blocks over the week, and Gordon share the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 2.
    Gordon, who had a 1,405-394 career coaching record following the Mac Attack tourney, joins an elite group of AHSAA volleyball coaches that include Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy and retired coached Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson. Schilling, who has guided Bayside to 17 straight AHSAA state championships, is the state leader with 1,485 wins and 403 losses through last weekend’s action, according to volleyball historian Dennis Victory.
Montgomery Academy posted straight-set 2-0 wins in the Mac Attack tourney over Class 7A Mary Montgomery twice, Class 6A Benjamin Russell, Class 4A Montgomery Catholic, Class 3A Houston Academy, and Class 4A Providence Christian.  The win over PCA avenged a loss in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup tourney the week prior.

CATHERINE SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: The Lady Trojans (26-4) was 11-0 on the week with Smith, the team’s setter, dishing out 159 assists and 21 digs. Teammate Gracie Lynn Butler also had 72 kills and 13 blocks.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Totaled 67 kills in three matches and also had 29 digs and 10 service aces as the Rockets went 3-0.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (19-7) go 9-1for the week with 115 kills and 67 digs in 10 matches.
ELLIE PATE, AUBURN: Recorded 63 kills, 45 digs, 10 blocks and 14 service aces as the Tigers (16-8) won eight matches for the week. Auburn also won its own Party on the Plain tourney going 6-0.
HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 39 kills, 10 digs and five blocks as the Dirty Dozen beat Spanish Fort and Hoover in two matches.

NATALIE ZABER, PRATTVILLE: Led the Lions (16-8) to a 7-1 record on the week with 69 kills, 50 digs and 21 blocks on the week.

KAMBLE FRENETTE, SPANISH FORT: Had 51 kills, 16 digs and five blocks as the Toros (18-5) went 7-1 and won the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 15 kills and three blocks in a win over Mortimer Jordan as the Aggies (13-0) remained unbeaten.
HAILEY HOLSHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 30 kills, 38 digs and three service aces in three matches for the Tigers (16-4).
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Had 30 kills and 10 blocks in two matches.
ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Helped the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings (21-2) win three matches over Hoover Lawrence County and Russellville. She had 32 kills 18 digs and four blocks.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 245 assists, 54 kills, 64 digs, 17 blocks and 13 aces as the Rams (18-5) finished 6-2 for the week. Faith was 4-2 in the Fairhope tourney.

CLAIRE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Totaled 140 assists, 19 kills, 28 digs, five blocks and 19 aces as the Red Devils went 6-2 on the week.
JORDAN BEASON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs (14-4) won eight matches during the week over Muscle Shoals, Jacksonville, Arab, Wilson, Shades Valley, Faith Christian, Central-Clay and Cleburne County with Beason earning 63 kills and 40 digs. Teammate Anna Johnson also had 149 assists.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 37 kills, 10 blocks and 28 digs in two matches for the Bulldogs.
COLTON THOMPSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (21-4) win 7 of 8 matches on the week with 84 assists, 30 kills, 20 digs and 24 service aces. Bayside reached the finals of the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney falling to Class 6A Spanish Fort in the championship.
SAVANNAH FREE, DANVILLE: Dished out 215 assists as Danville went 7-3 for the week. She also had 56 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 84 kills and 43 digs as Curry won seven matches, including the Crossroads Invitational tourney championship at Corinth (MS).
HEATHER IRONS, WILSON: Recorded 144 digs as Wilson (16-5) went 5-3. The Warriors were 3-3 in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
GRACE GARRETT, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 259 assists as the Wildcats (13-1) won five of six matches in the Back-to-School Bash tourney at Fairhope. St. Luke’s had its 13-match win streak ended by Bayside Academy in the tourney semifinals.
JERIKA GARY, GERALDINE: Had 40 kills, six aces and three blocks to lead the Bulldogs (12-5) to seven wins, including a win over Jacksonville in the finals of Geraldine’s Liberty Bank Invitational tourney.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Totaled 83 kills, 16 blocks, 14 digs and seven aces as the Rebels (8-0) won six matches.
MAGGIE MILLER, DONOHO: Recorded 139 assists, 10 digs and eight aces as the Bulldogs (14-7) won six of seven matches on the way to beating Ohatchee in the finals of the White Plains tourney.

Milestone Wins Captured AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight in Busy Week 2

   MONTGOMERY – Two veteran high school volleyball coaches and another high school team emerged this week in the limelight after posting milestone wins last week in the second week of AHSAA volleyball action.
    Lexington High School volleyball coach Melissa Hammond notched the 1,000th win of her storied career last weekend, and earlier in the week, Enterprise Coach Jamie Wiggins captured the 600th win of her outstanding career. And in the Wiregrass, Houston Academy’s girls’ volleyball team ended more than 14 years of frustration by finally beating arch-rival Providence Christian in a volleyball match played at Dothan.
    All three milestones grab the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
Hammond and Wiggins are both products of the AHSAA’s outstanding volleyball legacy. Both were outstanding players in high school, and both were able to take that success to the coaching box and are making a big impact in both their coaching careers.
     Hammond, who guided Lexington a 47-7 record in 2018 and a semifinal berth at the AHSAA Elite Eight State Championships at Birmingham, saw her Bears go 3-2 in the West Morgan Invitational last weekend, beating Russellville 23-25, 25-19, 15-9 for the first win in the tourney and for her 1,000th career victory.
    The attention caught her by surprise. “I have not really thought about it. I guess year after year you don’t think about these things, or at least I don’t,” Hammond told the Florence Times Daily. “Year after year you’ve got so many talented girls coming up. That’s what I’ve always been around. That helps.”
     A.G. White had 28 kills and four blocks in the tourney while Lila Beth Turner had 24 kills and seven aces, Lily Hanback contributed 20 kills, eight blocks and six aces, and Macy Hanback had 48 assists.
   Wiggins was a standout at Kinston High School before moving into the coaching ranks, first at her alma mater, before moving to Class 7A Enterprise, watched her Wildcats beat Charles Henderson in a regular-season match 25-18, 25-5, 25-12 for the 600th win over career. Like Hammond, her team has been a regular qualifier for the Elite Eight state tourney. Last year’s team finished 40-8, losing in the quarterfinals.
    Tatiana Bonilla had six aces and 10 digs in the win over the Trojans. Morgan Harrelson also had nine assists and three service aces, and Ali Wiggins recorded nine kills and three aces.
     Houston Academy’s volleyball team, coached by Vanessa Howell, posted the school’s first high school volleyball match win over arch-rival Providence Christian 25-23, 22-25, 15-12. PCA Coach Bill Oldfield, who has built Providence into one of the top programs in Alabama, said he has been coaching the Eagles for 14 years and could not recall a Raiders’ win in the series.
   “It is a long time coming for us,” Howell told the Dothan Eagle. “We have been working for this for a long time. Providence is always such a fantastic team and they play such fantastic defense. We came out so strong right off the bat and our girls played well together. We maximized our strengths today. I really saw all the things we have been working on come together.”
   Oldfield tipped his hat to the Eagles’ Dothan rivals. “I give all the credit in the world to them,” he said. “They played great. They played good defense. They served well and they certainly hit well. HA did a great job. All the kudos in the world to them.”
    Setter Ashton Conner led the Houston Academy effort with 23 assists. Irina Martin had 11 kills and two digs and Mattie Havas had five kills. Martin finished the week with 40 kills in four matches.

Other top performances reported:
Had a tremendous tournament effort with 108 kills, 11 service aces and 17 blocks as the defending Class 5A state champion Lady Vikings (18-2) won nine matches in a row to win the prestigious Choo-Choo Classic tourney at Chattanooga.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 80 kills, 82 digs and 10 service aces as the Spartans (14-5) went 7-3 for the week. Teammate Ann Vandevelde handed out 222 assists.
JACI PARKER, REHOBETH: Totaled 20 kills in a 3-2 win over Dothan. The Rebels won the hard-fought match 6-25, 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10.
KAILA SISK, SARALAND: Managed 18 kills and two aces in one match last week.
KELSEY TANGLE, THOMPSON: Had a big week with 20 aces, 12 kills, 166 assists and 30 digs as the Warriors (14-3) won 8-of-9 matches for the week, including wins over top-ranked Mountain Brook and defending 2A state champion Addison.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (11-0) to nine match wins, including a victory over Buckhorn in the finals of the Albertville Invitational. She finished with 103 assist, 31 kills, 15 blocks, 18 digs and 10 aces.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 85 kills, 47 digs and 21 aces as the Eagles (9-1) won the Mayor’s Cup tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Helped the Lady Bucs (10-3) reach the championship match of the Volley in the Ville tourney at Knoxville (TN) with 92 kills and 21 aces during Hoover’s 8-1 week.
AVERY RODGERS, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 80 kills, 34 digs and six blocks as the Toros (11-4) went 5-3 on the week.
EMILY BUHL, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Posted 71 kills, 59 digs and five aces to lead the Admirals to the semifinals of the Ironman Tourney in Huntsville.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 117 kills, 14 blocks and 52 digs as Curry (13-4) won 10 of 13 matches played. The Yellow Jackets were 6-3 in the Choo-Choo Classic tourney at Chattanooga (TN).
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: In 11 matches, she had 217 assists, 90 digs and 20 aces for the Wildcats (8-10).
MOLLY REYNOLDS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Totaled 15 kills and 15 blocks as the Knights won the Lincoln Invitational tourney.
FAITH PETERS, KINSTON: Recorded 12 kills and six blocks as the Bulldogs (7-1) posted wins over 4A Andalusia and 2A Zion Chapel.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 53 kills, 33 digs and 14 service aces in nine matches for Brewbaker.


Mountain Brook Claims Juanita Boddie Tourney for the First Time in School History

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY – The Mountain Brook Spartans beat top-seeded Briarcrest Christian (TN) in the championship match of the season-opening 37th annual Juanita Boddie Invitational volleyball tournament at Hoover last weekend to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2019 prep season.
    The Lady Spartans (7-2), Class 7A state champs in 2014, 2015 and 2016, won the Boddie Tourney for the first time in school history with the 17-25, 25-16, 15-13 victory over Briarcrest. Mountain Brook finished 7-1 in the tourney held at the Hoover Finley Center.
    Senior Grace Carr paced Coach Vickie Nichols’ team with 74 kills, 81 digs, five blocks and eight service aces in the tourney. Teammates Greer Golden and Ann Vandevelde also played key roles. Golden had 38 kills and eight blocks and Vandevelde, the setter, had 194 assists and 55 digs.
      Other top performances reported include:

HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the Dirty Dozen beat Mountain Brook in a regular-season match to open the season and also sparked McGill-Toolen to a 5-1 record in the Juanita Boddie Tourney. She finished the tourney with 35 kills, 37 digs, six blocks and six aces.
JUANITA MONTERIRO-PAI, BOB JONES: Recorded 48 kills, 31 digs, seven blocks and seven service aces to lead the Patriots to a 5-2 record in the first weekend of action.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Managed 133 assists, nine aces and 35 digs in nine matches for the Tigers (6-3).

ZOE LaBRECHE, CHELSEA: Had 60 kills, 40 digs and 12 service aces to lead the Hornets (8-0) to the championship of the Barry Walker Serve-Off season-opening tourney held at Briarwood.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (6-1) with 61 kills, four aces and five blocks in a regular-season win over Addison and in six matches at the Boddie Tourney.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Had 40 assists, five digs and three aces in matches versus Addison and Hazel Green.

ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Keyed the defending Class 5A state champs’ strong bid in the Juanita Boddie Tourney that resulted in five wins before a semifinal loss to Briarcrest (TN). She had 74 kills, eight aces, eight blocks and 47 assists.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 85 assists, 40 kills and 37 digs as the Rams finished 6-1 on the week.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Totaled 112 assists in five matches for Southside.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 84 kills, 58 digs and 19 blocks in five matches FOR the Bulldogs.


AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Registered 32 kills and 22 digs in a season-opening win over Class 7A Enterprise.
KALLIE BURDEN, DESHLER: Had 24 kills in a pair of wins over Muscle Shoals and Cherokee.
CAMERON LOVELL, BROOKS: Led Lions with 22 kills, 5 aces and 18 digs in wins over Lauderdale County and Waterloo.
HOLLEE MASON, PRICEVILLE: Totaled 152 assists as Priceville won six of seven matches to reach the semifinals of the Brewer Invitational.



MILLIE STEVENSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The setter had 29 assists as the defending Class 3A state champs opened the season with a victory over Class 5A state runner-up Saint James.
SAM NORRIS, CARBON HILL: Recorded 68 kills, 49 digs and 18 service aces as the Bulldogs (6-1) won their own invitational tourney. Carbon Hill opened the tourney with a loss to Dots, then won five straight matches to win the championship.
ENLEY CARNLEY, OPP: Managed 29 kills, seven aces, four blocks and 52 digs to lead the Bobcats (5-0) to the championship of the Amelia Rhoades Set-Off Tourney at Kinston.
ASHLEY CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Totaled 120 assists, 13 kills and 12 aces in six matches.


JULIANNE WILSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Led the Tigers (7-0) to seven straight wins at the Faith Christian Invitational with 77 kills, 38 digs and 11 aces. She had 96 kills for the week.


MEGAN ROE, SWEET WATER: Had 42 kills, 11 aces and seven blocks in six wins as the Bulldogs won the Thomasville Tournament.

MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Led her team to the championships of the Brooks Serve-Off Tourney recording 64 assists and 18 kills.
SARA BETH LONG, KINSTON: Had 40 service points and 70 assists as the Bulldogs reached the finals of their own invitational tourney.


South All-Stars Beat the North 3-0 in the 23rd AHSAA All-Star Sports Week North-South Volleyball All-Star Match

    MONTGOMERY – The South beat the North 3-0 at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex Thursday afternoon to win the 23rd AHSAA North-South Volleyball All-Star competition held annually during All-Star Sports Week.
    Chelsea High School rising senior Victoria Schmer turned in an exception performance with 19 digs and five assists to lead the South to the 25-17, 25-23, 25-28 win. She earned South MVP honors with her performance.
    Avery Rodgers of Spanish Fort and Haley Palmer of McGill-Toolen Catholic had nine kills each and Kayla Keshock of Spanish Fort handed out 18 assists. Ali Wiggins of Enterprise also had 15. Coaches for the South were  Wiggins’ mother Janie Wiggins of Enterprise, Manuel Guice of Alabama Christian and Virginia Franklin of Carver-Montgomery, who served as administrative coach.
    The North, which now holds a 14-8 edge in the series, was anchored by McKinley Ferguson of Jasper, who turned in 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 assists. Jasmine Brooks of Sparkman added nine kills, Catherine Smith of Hazel Green had 13 assists, Brooks and Grace Carr of Mountain Brook had seven digs each. Brooks and Smith also had two service aces.
    North coaches were April Marsh of Bob Jones, Justin Kisor of Faith Christian and Sue Marshall of Randolph, the administrative coach. 
    The all-star competition closes out Thursday night with the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
     The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming under the direction of Tom Loreman. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting the game over its statewide network. Stacy Mills is producer.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY:   The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
    The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include:  principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
    The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.


2019 North-South All-Star Results
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)

60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
Golf (July 18)
North 58.5, South 55.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 63.5, South 50.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Tennis (July 18)
North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Volleyball, July 18
South 3, North 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) – (North leads series 14-8)
Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 25-22-3)
Game 2: South 5, North 4
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series s 12-4-1)
Girls’ Basketball
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
Cross Country
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)

2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol






2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes

Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Lindsey Atkinson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2019) — An overhaul of uniform-related rules and an adjustment to team roster submissions were among the most notable rules changes identified for the 2019-20 high school volleyball season.

All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The sport of volleyball continues to be in a really good place,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The rules committee focused its changes this year on improving the administration of the match by taking into account the feedback it received via the 2018 NFHS Volleyball Rules Questionnaire.”

The changes in uniform rules are a part of Rule 4-2, which reorganizes the uniform rule to improve understanding and eliminate solid-colored uniform requirements.

Rule 4-2-1, which permits teammates to wear like-colored uniform pieces, was expanded to include all uniforms and involves nine guidelines.

Rule 4-2-1a states that all uniform tops (with the exception of the libero, as noted in Rule 4-2-2) and bottoms shall be like-colored. Rule 4-2-1e permits the top and/or bottom of all uniforms to include the school’s name, nickname, logo, mascot and/or team member’s name. In doing so, a single mascot reference and/or school name may be placed on the sleeve(s), and shall not exceed either 4 inches by 4 inches or 3 inches by 5 inches.

“The rules committee was very deliberate and measured in their language choices to ensure that all currently compliant libero and team uniforms will be compliant under the new rule,” Atkinson said. “The committee believes that this new rule will, in fact, be easier to apply and require less policing by both officials and state associations.”

In Rule 4-2-2, the libero’s uniform must clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the team uniform top, excluding trim. The libero’s uniform top cannot be made up solely of the same predominant color(s) of the team’s uniform top, even if the like color(s) are placed differently on the uniform top. Furthermore, numbers shall meet all specifications in Rule 4-2-4, which removes the option for players to wear No. 00 to eliminate confusion surrounding the signaling of the number.

Beginning July 1, 2023, a plain, Arabic numeral of a solid, clearly contrasting color from the body of the uniform will be required. The change eliminates the use of a border to create the number contrast, therefore, allowing officials and scorers to easily identify uniforms numbers while aligning the rule with that of other rules codes.

In dealing with the submission of team rosters, sections of Rules 5-7 were modified to eliminate warmup interruptions by officials requesting rosters with 10 minutes remaining on the warmup clock. The change creates a smoother warmup process for coaches, players and officials.

Rules 5-5-1b, 5-6-1b and 7-1-1a clarified the specific duties of the second referee, official scorer and coach during the prematch setting. Before the match, the second referee shall assist the first referee by collecting each team roster during the timed prematch conference and supervise the placement of the officials’ table and team benches.

As part of Rule 5-6-1b, the official scorer shall now also receive each team’s roster from the second referee at the conclusion of the prematch conference. In Rule 7-1-1a, a coach from each team shall submit in writing to the second referee an accurate roster with names and uniform numbers of all players during the timed prematch conference. Roster changes may be made until 10 minutes remain on the pregame clock.

“The logistical change of when, and to whom, the roster shall be submitted was again the result of questionnaire feedback,” Atkinson said. “In an effort to improve the flow of the prematch requirements, the committee felt that the submission of the roster as a part of the prematch conference, with the ability to make changes until 10 minutes remaining on the clock, allowed for a more efficient process and alleviated the scorer of the responsibility to collect team rosters.”

The committee made additional changes that impact officials, including aligning rules regarding the treatment by officials of a ball striking either the cables and/or the diagonal poles used to retract ceiling-suspended net systems. This change in Rules 2-3j, 2-4-1e and 2-4 PENALTY 3 treats cables and diagonal poles as restricted play at which time officials must determine if the ball was playable. The committee’s change to Rule 5-9-2 NOTE places the line judge in a more appropriate position to watch for foot contact with the end line, as well as allowing him or her to quickly transition back into position for a view of the sideline.

The final change involved the removal of Rule 8-2-6d and adoption of new Rule 8-2-5g, which establishes that a serve is illegal, and the ball remains dead, if the server tosses the ball for serve and the ball touches any part of a backboard or its supports hanging in a vertical position over the serving area and not a service fault.

A complete listing of the volleyball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Volleyball.”

According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, volleyball is the second-most popular sports for girls (trailing track and field) with 446,583 participants in 16,434 schools nationwide. In addition, there are 60,976 boys participating in the sport at 2,472 schools, and 24 states conduct state championships in boys volleyball.


This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.



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    BIRMINGHAM – Pleasant Home High School downed Athens Bible 25-17, 25-13, 25-20 to capture the school’s first-ever AHSAA girls’ state championship in the final match of the 48th Class 4A State Volleyball finals  held at the CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
    The Eagles of Coach Tony Wilson jumped out to a quick win in the first set and won in three straight sets. It  was Pleasant Home’s first trip to trip to the championship match in four trips to the State Tourney.
    Senior River Baldwin had 17 kills and three blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the Eagles. She also had a team-high 14 digs. Sarah Kathryn Guilford added 12 kills and 10 digs, Peyton Huckabaa had 17 assists and six digs and Bella Worley had 12 assists.
    Athens Bible (45-11) reached the finals winning s grueling five-set battle over Faith Christian Wednesday night in the semifinals. Senior Kyndal Barksdale had eight kills, Izzy Todd had seven and Mackenzie Davis had six in the finals versus Pleasant Home. Davis also had 20 assists. The Trojans won Class 1A state titles in 1989, 2009 and 2014.
River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (MVP); Sarah Kathryn Guilford, Pleasant Home; Peyton Huckabaa, Pleasant Home; Bella Worley, Pleasant Home;  Izzy Todd, Athens Bible; Kyndal Barksdale, Athens Bible.

48th Annual State Volleyball Championships
(All matches to be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network; for more information go to

Class 2A Championship
Addison (54-10) 3, Winston County (33-15)  (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-8)
Class 7A Championship 
McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-5) 3, Bob Jones (37-11) (25-17, 25-8, 25-23)
Class 5A Championship

Jasper (70-5) 3, Saint James (37-11) (25-20, 25-16, 25-19)
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (65-5) 3, Hazel Green (60-12) (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-6)
Class 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (38-9) 3, Carbon Hill (65-7) (25-18, 27-25, 25-18)
Class 4A Championship
Bayside Academy (37-18) 3, Providence Christian (48-9) (25-13, 25-27, 25-22, 25-22)
Class 1A Championship
Pleasant Home (32-5) 3, Athens Bible (45-11) 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-20)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Bayside Academy 3, Providence Christian 1

    BIRMINGHAM – Bayside Academy extended its AHSAA record state championship streak to 17 in z row Thursday and upped its start-record overall championships to 27 with a hard-fought 25-13, 25-27, 25-22, 25-22 victory over Providence Christian in the 48th Class 4A State Volleyball finals  held at the CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
    The Admirals (37-18) added another accomplishment to their growing list of state records in the process. Bayside Academy became the first school in AHSAA history to win state volleyball championships in four different classifications and Coach Ann Schilling became the first volleyball coach to accomplish that feat.
     The Daphne school, which moved up to Class 4A this season, won seven Class 1A state crowns from 1981-1996, nine Class 2A titles from 1998-2007 and 10 Class 3A state championships from 2008-2017. The 2018 title is the first in Class 4A.
     Junior outside hitter Jacque Martin led the Admirals with 15 kills and 12 digs and was selected Class 4A state tourney MVP. Emily Buhl added eight kills and 15 digs and Ella Broadhead had nine kills. Setter Colton Thompson had 34 assists and seven digs, and Luci Wilkinson had three service aces and 16 digs.
    Dothan’s Providence Christian  (48-9), which also moved up from 3A to 4A this season, started slowly and fell behind 1-0 after the first set. The Eagles of Coach Bill Oldfield clawed out a 27-25 win in the second set to tie the match at 1-1 and kept it close the rest of the way but could not gain the momentum.
     Junior Autumn Mayes had a match-high 21 kills and 21 digs to keep her team close. Anna Riley had 10 kills and Kayla Champion dished out 30 assists. Abbie Griffin contributed 17 digs.
      Providence Christian beat Bayside last weekend to win the South Super Regional Class 4A title.
Jacque Martin, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ella Broadhead, Bayside Academy; Colton Thompson, Bayside Academy; Anna Riley, Providence Christian; Abbie Griffin, Providence Christian; Autumn Mayes, Providence Christian.

48th Annual State Volleyball Championships
(All matches to be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network; for more information go to

Class 2A Championship
Addison (54-10) 3, Winston County (33-15)  (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-8)
Class 7A Championship 
McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-5) 3, Bob Jones (37-11) (25-17, 25-8, 25-23)
Class 5A Championship

Jasper (70-5) 3, Saint James (37-11) (25-20, 25-16, 25-19)
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (65-5) 3, Hazel Green (60-12) (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-6)
Class 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (38-9) 3, Carbon Hill (65-7) (25-18, 27-25, 25-18)
Class 4A Championship
Bayside Academy (37-18) 3, Providence Christian (48-9) (25-13, 25-27, 25-22, 25-22)
Class 1A Championship
Pleasant Home (31-5) vs. Athens Bible (45-10), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Montgomery Academy 3, Carbon Hill 0

    BIRMINGHAM – Montgomery Academy captured the school’s fifth state volleyball state title Thursday with  3-0 win over Carbon Hill at the 48th Class 3A State Volleyball Championships held at the CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles used a balanced attack and gritty defense to post the school’s first state crown since 2013 winning 25-18, 27-25, 25-18. Montgomery Academy (38-9) lost a five-set battle to Bayside Academy in the 2017 finals.
   Junior setter Millie Stevenson dished out 34 assists – evenly distributed to a host of teammates including Brooke Horne, who had nine kills, Mary Gray Turner, who had eight kills, and Margaret Head, who had seven. Stevenson also had 12 digs to earn Class 3A state tourney MVP honors. Grace Jackson had 16 digs and Sally Shegon had 11.
    Carbon Hill (65-7) closed out one of the school’s best seasons in history with a strong comeback effort in the second set – finally dropping the intense game 27-25. Coach Saige Beaty got a strong performance from senior middle hitter Alyssa Dutton, who had a match-high 19 kills and eight digs. Grayson Evans also had seven kills and two service aces and setter Sidney Keeton had 27 assists and nine digs. The Bulldogs won three straight state titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
Millie Stevenson, Montgomery Academy (MVP); Mary Gray Turner, Montgomery Academy; Brooke Horne, Montgomery Academy; Grace Jackson, Montgomery Academy; Grayson Evans, Carbon Hill; Alyssa Dutton, Carbon Hill.


48th Annual State Volleyball Championships

(All matches to be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network; for more information go to

Class 2A Championship
Addison (54-10) 3, Winston County (33-15)  (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-8)
Class 7A Championship 
McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-5) 3, Bob Jones (37-11) (25-17, 25-8, 25-23)
Class 5A Championship

Jasper (70-5) 3, Saint James (37-11) (25-20, 25-16, 25-19)
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (65-5) 3, Hazel Green (60-12) (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-6)
Class 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (38-9) 3, Carbon Hill (65-7) (25-18, 27-25, 25-18)
Class 4A Championship
Providence Christian (48-8) vs. Bayside Academy (36-18), Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
Class 1A Championship
Pleasant Home (31-5) vs. Athens Bible (45-10), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Spanish Fort 3, Hazel Green 2

    BIRMINGHAM –Spanish Fort and Hazel Green high schools both turned in spectacular defensive efforts in the AHSAA Class 6A State Volleyball finals Thursday with the Toros  pulling out a 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-6 marathon win to capture the school’s second state title in the last four years.
     Just how incredible was the defense? The Toros (65-5) of Coach Gretchen Boykin registered 121 team digs and the Trojans had 102. Class 6A tourney MVP Avery Rodgers, who had 24 kills, sparked Spanish Fort to a hard-fought 2-0 lead before the momentum shifted in games 3 and 4. Setter Kayla Keshock finished the match with 51 assists for the Toros while Taylor Fontenelle had 30 digs and Meg Brachan had 28. Kamble Frenette also had 13 kills.
     Hazel Green  (60-12), coached by CoCo Tate Hughes, had  a strong performance on the net from Gracie Lynn Butler, who finished with 22 kills. Hannah Hampel added 13 and setter Catherine Smith dished out 45 assists. Defensive specialist Brittany Strope had a game-high 36 digs, Smith had 24 and Cameron Bassler had 18. Eight players, four from each team, had 10 or more digs in the grueling match.
    The 65 wins by Spanish Fort and  Hazel Green’s 60 triumphs are both school record. The Toros won the Class 6A title in 2015 and the Trojans won the championship in 2016. Hazel Green has seven state volleyball crowns to its credit.
       The three remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Avery Rodgers, Spanish Fort (MVP); Taylor Fontenelle, Spanish Fort; Kayla Keshock, Spanish Fort; Kamble Frenette, Spanish Fort; Catherine Smith, Hazel Green; Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green; Brittany Strope, Hazel Green.

48th Annual State Volleyball Championships

(All matches to be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network; for more information go to

Class 2A Championship
Addison (54-10) 3, Winston County (33-15)  (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-8)
Class 7A Championship 
McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-5) 3, Bob Jones (37-11) (25-17, 25-8, 25-23)
Class 5A Championship

Jasper (70-5) 3, Saint James (37-11) (25-20, 25-16, 25-19)
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (65-5) 3, Hazel Green (60-12) (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 15-6)
Class 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (37-9) vs. Carbon Hill (65-6), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Class 4A Championship
Providence Christian (48-8) vs. Bayside Academy (36-18), Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
Class 1A Championship
Pleasant Home (31-5) vs. Athens Bible (45-10), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.