Thursday, February 20, 2020






Lincoln’s Christavia Curry Turns in Perfect Performance as the Lead-Off Hitter

Bears’ Senior Captures AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Lincoln High School senior Christavia Curry reached perfection as a lead-off hitter for the Bears at the Gulf Coast Classic softball tournament last week. She tied an AHSAA state record by reaching base safely on 18 straight plate appearances as Lincoln, coached by Chad Mullinax, rolled to a 4-2 record in the tourney.
    The incredible batting performance propelled the senior who has signed already to play collegiately at the University of Montevallo into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight for this week. She tied the record (18) set by Chandler Dare of American Christian in 2013. She had 15 hits and three walks during the streak, scored 11 runs, had seven RBIs and was 6-of-6 on stolen bases.
      “This was an amazing three days for this kid,” said Mullinax. “Setting these kinds of records don’t happen every day.”  He said her lead-off role is essential to Lincoln’s success. “When your lead-off batter gets on in softball, they usually find a way to come around and score,” he said. “Getting an early lead is always big.”  The Class 4A Bears emerged from the Gulf Coast Classic (25-12).
       Curry has a .535 batting average with 53 hits in 98 at bats on the season. She also has 18 RBIs and owns a 20-of-23 success rate in stolen bases. Her 15 hits in a row in “official at bats” is also An AHSAA record (not counting walks). The record for hits in a row in plate appearances (14) was established by Krista Mayes of Three Springs in 2002. Moody’s Sid Wagon had 13 in a row in 2013.
     Curry’s incredible streak was as follows: She was 3-for-3 in a 7-2 win over Slocomb; 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Lawrence County; walked in her first at bat and then had two straight hit in a 7-4 loss to Normal West (IL); was 3-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Sullivan East (TN); walked in her first at bat and then had two hits in a 12-7 win over Glenbrook (IL); and closed the week with two hits before drawing a walk in her final at bat in a 5-2 loss to John Carroll.  The streak ended with a ground out in her first at bat against Springville last Monday.
   Other top performances and milestones submitted include:

ACA’s GOODMAN, PITTMAN REACH MILESTONES: Alabama Christian Academy ace pitcher and University of Florida commitment Haley Pittman hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Geneva in the Sidney Cooper Invitational Tourney earlier this season to present Eagles head coach Chris Goodman with his 500th career softball win – all at ACA. Goodman has a 513-180 record since taking over the Eagles’ softball program in 2007. His teams have won two Class 4A state championships and have finished runner-up three times. The 2017 team was 58-7.
Pittman, a junior, registered the 1,000th strikeout of her outstanding pitching career last week. She is 15-5 this season for the Eagles (17-7) with a 0.87 ERA with 197 strikeouts in just 97 innings. In last week’s action she hurled a four-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 to beat Jeff Davis 9-0; list a 2-1 decision to G.W. Long with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed; beat Andalusia 9-0 with nine strikeouts over four innings; hurled a five-inning one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to beat Trinity 14-0; and hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 13 of  21 batters she faced in a 5-0 area win over Montgomery-Catholic. Pittman finished 4-1 for the week with 25 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and 50 strikeouts.
   Goodman has also served as head baseball coach, girls’ and boys’ basketball at times during his tenure. His baseball teams compiled a 389-192 record, his boys’ basketball team were 216-168, and girls’ basketball teams, 225-93. His overall record in all sports is 1,343-633.

LIBBY BAKER, G.W, LONG: The senior tossed a perfect game in a five-inning 10-0 win over Providence Christian. She struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced for the Rebels (19-0).
McKENZIE NEWCOMB, HAZEL GREEN: Was 5-0 for the week with 48 strikeouts, one walk and only 16 hits allowed and compiled a 0.88 ERA competing in the Upper Cumberland (TN) Classic tourney. The Trojans finished 5-1. Newcomb also hit two of Hazel Green’s six homers collected during the tourney.
MONTANNA MASHBURN, WEST END: Slugged three doubles in a 14-4 win over Southeastern as the Patriots clinched a share of the Class 2A, Area 10 regular season title. She also drove in three runs.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out five to beat Satsuma in the finals of the Pat Hicks Classic softball tourney and also struck out 10 to beat McGill-Toolen 4-1 in the semifinals. She socked two two-run homers to account for all four Toros runs and had three hits versus Satsuma in the championship game.
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-of-15 batting for the week with 13 runs batted in as the Panthers went 4-1 earned co-champion honors with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the tourney cut short by inclement weather. Teammate Landyn McAnnally fired a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a regular-season win over Montgomery Catholic.
KIRSTEN STROUD, PIKE ROAD: Was 7-of-8 in two wins for Pike Road. The Patriots beat Lee-Montgomery 11-0 and Brewbaker Tech 11-6.
MAKAYLA MILLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Clements 12-0. She struck out six and did not walk a batter and had a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Morgan White added a home run to highlight an eight-run first inning.
EMMA HOUSTON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had two hits, including a grand-slam home run, and finished with five RBIS as PCA downed Houston Academy 13-0.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a home run and three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Plainview. She hurled a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the game. She also struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Athens.
ELISE WALKER, MAE JEMISON: Slugged three doubles and drove in five runs in a 19-8 win over Lee-Huntsville and also had a homer and double for three RBIs in a 14-6 loss to Randolph.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Had a triple and collected three RBIs in a 15-1 win over Vinemont and added a two-run homer in s 5-4 loss to Brewer.
HYLAN HIGDON, GLENCOE: Pitched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils allowing two hits and striking out 12.
JOANNA VEGA, RANDOLPH: The pitcher had a triple and single and four RBIs in the Raiders’ 11-4 win over Lee-Huntsville and drove in two runs in a 14-6 win over Mae Jemison.

Wilson Ace Luke Daniel Strikes ‘Em All Out’ at Least Once to Notch Key 5-0 Win

AHSAA Baseball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Wilson High School junior right-handed pitcher Luke Daniel’s 91-mile-per-hour fastball was working well – as were the other pitches in his arsenal last week as he pitched the Warriors to a 5-0 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
     Daniel allowed only three hits and struck out 17 in the strong Saints lineup to grab this week’s AHSAA Baseball Spotlight. Coach Warren Fowler’s ace hurler struck out every batter in the Saints lineup at least once, including the first seven batters twice each. Offensively Daniel, already verbally committed to Auburn, collected two doubles and an RBI. Teammate Conner Wynn had two doubles among his three hits.
     The Wilson pitcher’s performance edged out some other outstanding pitching efforts for the Prep Spotlight as many schools participated in Spring Break competition while others squared off in key area games.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Chandler Best pitched a one-hitter and struck out 16 as the Jackets beat Gordonsville (TN). The Southern Miss signee walked just one and contributed two hits and an RBI at the plate. McGill-Toolen won three games in the Gulf Coast Classic II. Nathan Giles of defending Class 6A state champion Hazel Green hurled a five-inning perfect game and struck out 12 in a 10-0 win over Mae Jemison in the second game of a double-header sweep. Hunter McGriff tossed a no-hitter in the first game, a 27-0 win over the Jaguars, and struck out 12. He walked two.
    And Oxford ace Jarin Turner blanked Fort Payne 5-0 on two hits and struck out 15 to clinch a playoff spot in Class 6A. He struck out the first eight batters he faced. Teammate Jake Spivey doubled for the Jackets to extend his hitting streak to nine straight games. He has had 13 hits and 16 RBIs during that stretch.
      In other top performances reported:

Bob Jones slugger Michael Strickland slammed three home runs in a row and drove in eight runs as the Patriots beat defending Indiana Class 6A state champion Fishers High School 23-6.  He had two three-run homers in a nine-run third inning outburst and added a two-run blast in his next at-bat. Bob Jones teammate John-Michael Riley also slugged a grand slam, Dylan Ray added two homers and Cam Hill poked a homer, double and drove in three runs as Bob Jones finished with seven round-trippers. According to the AHSAA Record Book on line at, the AHSAA individual state record for homers in a game is 4 – set by Jacob Mayfield of Westbrook Christian in 2013 and Clayton Payne of Maplesville in 2001. Several have slugged three in one game, the last being Garrett Sanders of St. Clair County in 2016.
    The state record for homers in s game by a team is 11, set by Ragland in a 2000 game versus Parkway Christian. The seven by Bob Jones ties for second with four other schools: Calera in 2008; Russell County in 2006; Thompson in 2001; and St. Paul’s in 2999. The Patriots also set a new school record. Bob Jones had six in a game versus East Limestone in 2018. Strickland also became the first player in the AHSAA to hit three in row since Von Seibert of Spanish Fort tied the state record (4) with four in a row in a double-header versus Robertsdale last season. Three others are listed with hitting four in a row: Mayfield in 2011; Christopher David of Holy Spirit in 2011; and Joe Zanthos of Vestavia Hills in 1997.
TRIPLE PLAY FIRST OF ITS KIND: Umpire Ron Henry reported a rare, maybe even a first of its kind, triple play in Belgreen Junior High School’s 9-8 win over Phillips of Bear Creek last week. Belgreen was batting with the bases loaded in the third inning when the hitter lined to short for the first out. The Phillips infielder quickly fired to third catching the runner before he could get back to the base for the second out, and the runner on second sped to the next base where the third baseman was waiting to tag him for the third out. The 6-5-5 triple play happened very fast was the first of that combination Henry said had ever seen. So he did some research and found: According Baseball Almanac, “Baseball records have been kept ever since 1876 and during that time, no major league triple play has ever been recorded with that 6-5-5 combination,” he said. “Baseball Almanac listed 717 triple plays but none like that.”
BAILEY HARRISON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Collected three doubles in a 17-12 loss to Ardmore. The three doubles ranks second in a single game in the AHSAA Record Book behind Leroy’s Brent Reed, who had five in a win over Thorsby in 2011. Four others have been reported to have three doubles in a game with the most coming in 2017 when Pell City’s Austin Stephens had an 11-5 win over Clay-Chalkville before Harrison’s three two-baggers.

Hurled a five-inning no-hitter, walked one and struck out five to beat Hackleburg 13-0 in the first game of a double-header sweep. He also had two RBIs in a 15-6 win in the second game.
CARSON KNIGHT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Hurled a two-hitter and struck out 13 in a five-inning, 15-1 win over White Plains.
LAIN JORDAN, MILLRY: Beat St. Luke’s Episcopal 4-1 allowing five hits, one run while striking out nine. St. Luke’s sophomore Bryce Eddington also pitched a complete game allowing five hits, two earned runs, no walks and striking out five – while throwing just 72 pitches.
KYLE CHASTINE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Hurled a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 15-0 win over Brookwood. He also led the Patriots (18-4) on offense with two doubles, a single and four RBIs. Kash Ryan added three hits, including a triple, and four RBIs, and Patrick Hollyhand also had a triple and finished with four RBIs. Hillcrest’s Payte Williams hurled a four-hitter and struck out eight to beat Oxford 8-2.
TUCKER JACKSON, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter to beat Pike County 16-0. He struck out nine and allowed just one walk. Andrew Tamburin hurled a three-hitter and struck out nine in a 17-1 win to sweep the doubleheader. He had an inside-the-park home run, two doubles and three RBIs.
SAMUEL AND ANDREW DUTTON, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Combined to hurl a no-hitter snapping a five-game losing streak with the 4-0 win. Samuel, a sophomore who walked six and struck out right pitching the first six innings – working out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth after he walked three in a row. He struck out the next batter and got the next Etowah hitter to pop up for the third out.  Andrew hurled the final inning and also singled in Samuel in the first inning for the go-ahead run.
BRADEN CAMERON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Scattered five hits and struck out 12 to beat South Lamar 3-0.
HUNTER BURK, HOKES BLUFF: Was 4-for-4 with six RBIs to lead the Eagles to a 21-2 win over Sardis in the finals of the Etowah County Tourney. The Lions reached the finals versus Hokes Bluff with a dramatic 10-9 victory over Southside-Gadsden in 10 innings when Chase Williams singled with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. Burk also had three hits and two RBIs in a 17-1 semifinal win over West End. Dylan Teague tossed a four-hitter and struck out eight to get the mound win.
GRANT JAY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Slugged a pair of homers as Mobile Christian (11-8) went 3-0 over the weekend. He had a three-run homer in an 8-4 victory over Gulfport (MS) and homered and finished with two hits in a 7-6 win over Daphne. The Leopards also beat Wilson 11-1.
PEYTON MOONEY, GERALDINE: Slugged a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Bulldogs nipped Section 5-4. He finished with two hits and got the mound win in relief.
TANNER DEVANE, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had three triples in a 17-1, 16-0 double-header sweep of Pike County to finish with four RBIs.
ALEX WADE, MADISON ACADEMY: Had three hits, including two triples, and collected three RBIs in a 12-5 win over West Limestone. Wade also picked up the win in a 6-3 win over the Wildcats – adding two RBIs in the second game.
JOHN RICE, UMS-WRIGHT: Had three hits and RBIs as the Bulldogs blew open a close game with 14 runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Satsuma 20-5. He also pitched five innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five to get the mound win. Cam Snypes also had four hits and two RBIs for UMS-Wright.
JADEN PAGE, BUCKHORN: Collected three hits, including two doubles, and drove in six runs as the Bucks downed Lee-Huntsville 12-1. Derrick Jackson also had a solo homer.
CHANDLER MOON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had two doubles and two singles and drove in two runs as the Trojans edged Westbrook Christian 9-8. He also had two hits and four RBIs in a 15-1 win over Whiter Plains.
PARKER WILLINGHAM, DESHLER: Had four hits with a run scored and one RBI to lead the Tigers past Homewood 7-2. He also pitched a one-hitter and struck out 12 to lead Deshler to a 12-1 five-inning win over Eufaula. Teammate Brayden Bucker stroked a grand slam home run in the Eufaula win.
GARRETT GUSTAFSON, HAZEL GREEN: Had three hits with a double and five RBIS in a 27-0 win over Mae Jemison for the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans. RYAN SWEATT, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Helped the Warriors extend their winning streak to 10 in a row with five hits in a 7-3, 14-2 sweep of Elberta. He had two hits and an RBI in the first game, pitched the win in game two striking out seven while collecting three hits and three RBIs at the plate.
 TAYLOR THOMPSON, WEAVER: Highlighted a 10-run seventh inning rally with a three-run homer and finished with two hits and four RBIs as the Bearcats beat Pleasant Valley 22-4.
ANDREW TEDFORD, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had three hits and three RBIs in a 23-1 win over Cherokee. Colbert Heights scored 11 runs in the third inning.
TREY DAUGHTRY, RED BAY: Had three hits and four RBIs in a 10-0 win over Phillips.
CONNOR GEIGER, MADISON COUNTY: Had a double, single and five RBIs in a 16-1 win over St. John Paul II Catholic. Teammate Hunter Vandiver added two singles, two doubles and am RBI.
WILLIAM THOMAS, NEW HOPE: Had three hits and four RBIs and teammate Ethan Pinkerton also had three hits and four RBIs in a 25-0 win over Douglas.
CLAYTON BRINYARD, NORTHSIDE: Had two hits, including an inside-the-park home run, as Northside downed Holt 17-1.
ETHAN JOHNSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had two home runs and pitched the complete-game win as the Warriors downed White Plains 6-5.  Conner Wilson slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie to seal the win.

Rules Changes Approved in High School Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: James Weaver

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 3, 2019) — Rules related to minimizing risk of injury to dance and cheer team members are among 29 rules revisions for the 2019-20 high school spirit season.

The rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“We’re trying to create a safer environment for activities to occur in cheer and dance and make the rules book as clear as possible,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee.

Rule 3-3-3 was changed to make it consistent with other braced inversion rules. It now allows for the inverted person to be caught by new catchers as long as the new catchers remain close to the original bases, are in place before initiation of the inversion, and do not pose increased safety risk to the top person.

Rule 3-3-5 was changed to allow a braced front flip to be performed just as it is on the ground while using one bracer behind the top person holding both hands. Both of the top person’s hands/arms must be in continuous contact with a bracer and the bracer must be in a multi-base prep with a spotter. The top person must be to the side or in front of the bracer, and only one bracer is necessary. This allows similar visuals for smaller teams and removes the need for an additional bracer to hold the wrist of the top person.

Another change related to inversions was made to Rule 3-3-6, which now restricts releasing from an inversion with a stunt that has twists at any level, even in the presence of a spotter. Previously, inversions could release with a stunt at prep level or below.

“This change affects how someone moves from upside down. This change is significant because of risks [associated with twists],” Weaver said.

Rule 2-1-5 now states that props made of hard material or sharp edges cannot be released by a top person and must be placed by someone on the ground. This reduces risk of injury from falling props.

In other changes, Rule 3-5-5 was revised to clarify the intent of the rule and better describe the connection between the bracer and the top person. Rule 4-3-3 was also changed to clarify that as long as someone is gripping, it is not important whether it is the top person or the bracer.

A complete list of spirit rules changes is located on the spirit page of the NFHS website,, under “Activities and Sports.”

According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, competitive spirit is the ninth-most popular sport for girls with 162,669 participants in 6,877 schools around the country.


This press release was written by Kirsten Adair, an intern at the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.



About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

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