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All-Stars split North-South softball series

MONTGOMERY – The North and South teams split the annual double-header Tuesday at the AHSAA All-Star Softball Series in Montgomery. After the South got a 4-3 win in the first game, the North responded with a 1-0 victory that was cut short due to lightening in the top of the fifth inning. With the split, the North own a 23-10-3 record in the all-time series.

 

Elissa Brown’s two-run double to centerfield gave the South a walk-off victory in the opener. The winning hit came of North pitcher Bailey Murphy, who had just given her team a 3-2 lead with a two-run homerun to right field in the top of the sixth.

 

The South got a baserunner in the bottom of the seventh when Davidson’s Sara Lowther reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame. Leroy’s Brittney Minor doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. After Murphy recorded back-to-back strikeouts, Brown came to the plate and battled to a 3-2 count. She connected on a ball that went just left of center for the game-winner.

 

Murphy finished the first game 2-for-2 at the plate with a single to go along with her homer. She was named MVP for the North.

 

The South had a 2-0 lead after plating single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. The North finally broke through with a run in the top of the fifth. Wilson’s Madison Daniel led off the inning with a single. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt, then scored when Pisgah’s Hannahstaysia Weaver singled to the pitcher. The South first baseman muffed the throw, allowing Daniel to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

 

The score stayed the same until Murphy’s two-run homer. Brown was named MVP for the South. The Elmore County standout was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.

 

In the second game, Florence standout Ellison Barrett gave the North a 1-0 lead with a single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. It would prove to be the only score of the game, which featured a 1:18 minute lightening delay in the second inning. With the North holding the one-run lead in the top of the fifth, another lightning strike prompted officials to call the game.

 

Several area players participated in the action. Barrett finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. She also pitched two innings without yielding a hit. Daniel was also 1-for-2 on the day.

 

West Morgan’s Sydney Sanders also saw action, along with Hartselle’s Hope Cain and Athens’ Makayley Cain. 


AHSAA North-South Baseball North Sweeps South 6-2, 6-3 in Baseball All-Star Series

    The North All-Stars beat the South 6-2, 6-4 Monday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star baseball series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.
    The North improved its lead in the 19-year series to 20-11-1 with the doubleheader triumph. The baseball, softball and soccer all-star competition kicked off the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the AHSAA and its coaches’ arm, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    More than 4,000 coaches and administrators are expected to attend the Summer Conference, which will conduct clinics and rules tests in a host of sports including baseball, softball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track this week. The conference culminates Friday with the AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon honoring 121 schools that went fine and ejection free for the 2014-15 school year, and the annual Championship Coaches Banquet set for Friday night. The coaches’ school is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The Fellowship of Athletes (FCA) coaches’ luncheon will be Thursday at noon.
      Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney earned North MVP honors for the North All-Stars collecting four hits, stealing three bases and scoring four runs in the two baseball victories.
     He ignited a two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning in the second game with a two-out hit that broke a close 4-3 game. The South rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh before reliever Bayley Blanchard of Piedmont came in to get the last out with the bases loaded to notch the save.
    North starter Jackson Tavel, a strong left-hander from Corner High School, pitched three shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out six to get the win.  South starter Deacon Medders of Hale County struck out two in his one inning but allowed one run to get the loss.
    McCleney singled, then stole second and third and scored on Clay-Chalkville first baseman Thomas Johns’single in top of the first inning to put the North ahead for good. Johns singled in the final runs in the top of the seventh to finish with two hits and a game-leading three RBIs.  Will Acuff of Madison Academy added a triple and single and an RBI for the North and teammate Brenton Sanders of Northridge had two hits and an RBI.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had a double and single, scored two runs and drove in another in the second game. He stroked two singles in the first game to finish 4-for-5 and earned South MVP.
    Chris Manley of Opelika also had a double and single for the South in game 2.
   
Game 1
North 6, South 2
   
The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2.
    Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
    The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
    Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
     Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
    Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of  Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener.
    The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery.  Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex.  Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com


North-South Baseball Game 1 North 6, South 2

    The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2 in the 19th AHSAA North-South All-Star Series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday. Game 2 was still underway Monday night.
    Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
    The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
    Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on  wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
     Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
    Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of  Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener. The North improved to 19-11-1 in the series with the win, which dates back to 1997.
    The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery. The all-star games are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex.  Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Tuesday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 19th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  While NCAA rules currently prevent Division I coaches from speaking at the Coaches’ School, some of the top small-college coaches in the Southeast are scheduled including Tuskegee University’s Willie Slater, Max Thurmond of West Alabama, Joel Williams of Delta State, Charlie Boren of Faulkner University,  and Eddie Garfinkle of Birmingham-Southern, among others.
     Sports to be addressed also include baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, and cheerleading.  AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address principals and athletic directors on Friday. Dr. James Robinson and Dr. Lawrence Lemak will also address health and safety issues with the same group Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
       ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.
   And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
   The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Cramton Bowl Metroplex. Teams reported Monday and the AHSADCA hosted its annual golf tournament Monday at Lagoon Golf Course.
   AHSAA MOBILE APP: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at  Apple and Google stores online.


North Beats South 14-13 in 56th All-Star Football Game

    MONTGOMERY -- The North All-Stars captured the 56th AHSAA All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Friday night with a 14-13 victory over the South. The South now holds a 30-24-2 edge in the series that dates back to 1948.
    Two first-quarter goal-line stands by the North defense limited the South to just two field goals and a blocked punt in South territory in late in the third quarter set up the winning touchdown drive.
     Trailing 13-7 with 2:25 remaining in the third period, Mortimer Jordan defensive end Dontrez Green blocked a South punt and then tackled South blocker Wade Castle of Dale County from behind to set up the North’s game-winning drive at the South 40-yard line. 
     North MVP, quarterback Blake Hawkins of Florence, directed a nine-play drive that climaxed with his second touchdown of the game with 8:29 remaining. Hawkins scooted in from the 8-yardf line to tie the game at 13-13 and place-kicker Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead for good.
    North head coach Lamar Harris of Hubbertville turned to his defense to keep the South out of the end zone, and the offense ate up 7:55 of the final 10 minutes with ball-control drives to seal the win.
    Hawkins finished with 39 yards rushing on nine carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 28 yards to earn North MVP honors.
      South MVP Wendell Harris of Foley had three interceptions, including a 37-yard pick in the second quarter he returned for a touchdown that put the South ahead 13-7.  His first interception came on the second play of the game at the North 44-yard line and set up a 20-yard Jose Mendoza field goal four minutes later.
     The big play offensively on that South march was a 33-yard pass connection to Hillcrest-Evergreen receiver Keyshawn Green from Charles Henderson quarterback Austin Ingram to the  1-yard line. The North goal-line defense stuffed the South on three straight downs with Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Hollis Abernathy nailing Montgomery Catholic running back Thomas Stokes for as 2-yard loss and the South settled for Mendoza’s field goal with 5:36 remaining in the period.
    The place-kicker from Foley set up his second field goal with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by Castle. He capped the drive with the 25-yard field goal two minutes later to give the South a 6-0 lead.  He hit the upright on a 37-yard try in the third period that bounced away and finished 2-of-3.
    The North took the lead quickly 7-6 in the second quarter marching 79 yards on 11 plays. Fyffe’s Austin Stiefel  reeled off a 36-yard run, and Hawkins followed with a 10-yard  to set up his 1-yard keeper over left guard  for the touchdown.  Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead with 8:29 left in the half.
     The North netted 134 yards rushing on 36 carries and 46 passing for 180 yards total. Stiefel was the game’s leading rusher with 69 yards on 11 carries, and Moregan Sharp of Pelham added 38 on 10 carries. 
    The South totaled  114 yards with only 17 rushing.  Isiah Long of Dothan led the South, head-coached by Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery, with 22 yards on five carries.  Ingram finished 11-of-28 passing for 97 yards with four receivers, LaDarrell Pettway of Spanish Fort, Lazarius Head of Elmore County, Johnny Williams of Northview and Khaliq Jones of Wetumpka grabbing two catches each.
     Ke’Vontae Hayes of Decatur led the North defensive with five tackles. Blake Wood of Wilson added four stops with three for losses of 20 yards. 
    Harris added two tackles and broke up one pass in the end zone to go with his three picks.  Jason Williams of Notasulga and Maurice Cole of Spanish Fort had eight tackles each for the South.

AHSAA to Take Extra Heat Precautions For 56th North-South All-Star Football Game

     The 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl Friday night will include special heat safety precautions, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association director Alvin Briggs announced Thursday.
     The changes will include two heat timeouts per quarter and shortening each period from 12 minutes to 10.
     “We want to keep the game as safe for the players as possible,” Briggs said.
     The teams have conducted workouts around the heat all week – with a morning workout starting at 8:30 a.m., and night practices at 7 p.m. During the peak heat of the day, the players have been treated to special festivities including a trip to the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
     The South comes into the contest with a two-game winning streak in the series which started in 1948.  Teams are comprised of 74 AHSAA member-school graduated seniors from the Class of 2015.
      Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Cramton Bowl. Lamar Harris is serving as the North team head coach and Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery is the South head coach.  Tickets will be available at the Cramton Bowl box office.
      The NFHS Network is video live-streaming the game and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the contest over its network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for details.
       The game is conducted by the AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all sports and administrators of AHSAA member schools.
       The year-by-year history of the North-South football series is below.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


North-South Rosters Finalized with 3 Additions As Teams Prepare for 56th All-Star Classic

       Two linemen and one wide receiver were the latest additions to the South squad head-coached by Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham. The North and South worked out Wednesday morning and were scheduled for s 7 p.m. workout Wednesday night.
      Lazarius Head of Elmore County filled the vacant wide receiver spot while Montgomery linemen Tawanya Carter of R.E. Lee and Jemicha Perdue of Gresham’s own Wolverines also reported Tuesday.
      The South, which is practicing at Trinity Presbyterian School, has won the last games in the series that dates back to 1948 and holds a 30-23-2 edge. The North is practicing at St. James High School.  Thursday morning, the North is scheduled to practice at Cramton Bowl at 8:30 and the South will be at Cramton Bowl for its 7 p.m. practice.
      The game remained at Tuscaloosa from 1948-1983 and in 1984, two games were played. The large-school (3A-4A) game was at Tuscaloosa and the small-school (1A-2A) game was played at Auburn.   The Classic was discontinued from 1985-1996 – resurfacing when the All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference began in 1997 in Montgomery. It remained at Cramton Bowl from 1997-2004, moved to Troy University in 2005, then to Huntsville’s Alabama A& M University from 2007-2010. It returned to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in 2011 where it has been played ever since.
      The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night, will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details. The NFHS Network will also live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference.
The teams got into the competition mode Wednesday afternoon with North vs. South team bowling at Brunswick Lanes. The teams will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
       The North-South football series was first played in 1948 with the North winning 33-0. The first MVPs were a pair of Decatur High School backs Joe Brewer and Bobby Golden. Bobby Marlowe of Troy and Clell Hobson of Tuscaloosa were the MVPs of the 1949 game won by the North 7-6. Marlowe, who became an All-America running back at the University of Alabama, also was  first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1953 NFL Draft – the eighth player picked overall. However, he signed with the Canadian Football League where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for eight seasons amassing 4,291 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in his pro career. He was named to the CFL’s All-Decade Team.
     Hobson, the father of former major league manager and player Butch Hobson, rose all the way to AAA in a pro baseball career.
     NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, who prepped at Sidney Lanier, was MVP along with Jim Cunningham of Winfield in the 1952 game that ended in a 7-7 tie.  The famous Sullivan-to-Beasley passing connection earned future Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan and future Auburn All-American Terry Beasley co-MVP honors.  In 1961, Banks High School’s Jimmy Sidle and Enterprise’s Gaylon McCullough were named MVPs. Sidle went on to star at quarterback for Auburn and McCollough at center for the Crimson Tide.
      The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.


The complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR GAME MVP’S
YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

1948—Joe Brewer, Decatur

            Bobby Golden, Decatur

1949—Clell Hobson, Tuscaloosa

            Bobby Marlow, Troy

1950—Charles Littles, Andalusia

            Roy Freeman, Decatur

1951—Charles Madison, Atmore

            Fendley Bedsole, Greensboro

1952—Bart Starr, Sidney Lanier

            Jim Cunningham, Winfield

1953—Noojin Walker, Falkville

            Nolan Moore, Florala

1954—Jerry McBee, Ensley

            Gary Snyder, Gadsden

1955—Chuck Jackson, Tuscumbia

            Toby Deese, Talladega

1956—Cecil Hurt, Woodlawn

            James Earl Hubbert, Fayette

            Don Cochran, Woodlawn

1957—Tootie Hill, Coffee

            Henry O’Steen, Anniston

1958—Bobby Hunt, Lanett

            Joe Baughan, Bessemer

1959—Butch Wilson, Hueytown

            David Watson, Eufaula

1960—Ronnie Mason, Hueytown

            Harvey Morris, Decatur

1961—Jimmy Sidle, Banks

            Gaylon McCullough, Enterprise

1962—Ashby Cook, Sidney Lanier

            Jimmy Mitchell, Decatur

1963—Gene Rayburn, Jasper

            Tom Bryan, Hartford

1964—Kenny Stabler, Foley

            Charles Harris, Murphy

1965—Junior Davis, Minor

            Bob Childs, Sidney Lanier

1966—Bobby Long, Oneonta

            Richard Grammer, Hartselle

1967—Ronnie Gunter, Chatom

            Tommy Yearout, Ramsay

1968—Pat Sullivan, John Carroll

            Terry Beasley, Robert E. Lee

1969—Steve Wade, Dothan

            Wayne Hall, Huntsville
           B. T. Law, Cherokee County

           Fred Brackett, Mary Montgomery

1970—Bucky Phillippi, T. R. Miller

            Larry McCollough, Lanett

1971—Mike Washington, Robert E. Lee

            Lee Gross, Robert E. Lee

            Rex Bramlett, West End (B’ham)

1972—David Peoples, Marion County

1973—Phil Gargis, Colbert County

            Danny Neel, Banks

1974—Johnny Davis, Sidney Lanier

            Byron McDougald, Andalusia

1975—Vince Boothe, Fairhope

            Kelsey Finch, Sheffield

1976—Rusty Byrd, Baldwin County

            Curtis McGriff, Cottonwood

1977—Tim Hill, Cherokee County

            Byron Braggs, Carver (Mtgy.)

1978—Thomas Brown, Jeff Davis

            Thomas Boyd, Lee (Huntsville)

1979—Bruce Thompson, Lee (Huntsville)

            Joe Rowe, Robert E. Lee

1980—Sam DeJarnette, Selma

            Linzal Chapman, Enterprise

1981—Ricky Moore, Lee (Huntsville)

            Hardy Walker, Grissom

            Tandy Rogers, Parker

1982—Cameron Mims, Hartselle

            Willie Pless, Anniston

1983—Cornelius Bennett, Ensley

            Phillip Brown, Parker

            Tommy Compton, Vigor

            Lydell Mitchell, Vigor

1984—Anthony Looney, Ashville (1A-2A)

            John Tucker, Handley (1A-2A)

            Darryl Pearson, Southern Choctaw (1A-2A)

            Larry Ashley, Geneva (1A-2A)

            Joe Mickles, Gardendale (3A-4A)

            Tommy Cole, Walker (3A-4A)

            Boobie Nathan, B. C. Rain (3A-4A)

            Willie Shephard, Blount (3A-4A)

1997—Rajohn Myles, Clay County

           Jeffery Aaron, Jeff Davis

1998—Gerald Gayles, Jackson-Olin

            David Morris, McGill-Toolen

1999—Victor Horn, Huntsville

            Kennard Williams, B. C. Rain

2000—Derrion Gee, Pelham

             Demarcus Rodgers, Southern Choctaw

2001—Dustin Dunning, Hoover
            Zach Woodfin, Prattville
2002--George Summers, North Jackson
         Quinton Griffin, Stanhope Elmore

2003—Durrell Fuqua, Russellville
            Roderiquez Wright, Jeff Davis
2004—Trent Dean, Decatur
           Ty Griswold, Prattville

2004 – (December) Tim Rawlinson, Prattville
            Max Lerner, Hoover

2005 – (December) Roosevelt Byrd, Foley
            Zach Smith, Susan Moore

2007 – James Jackson, Pike County

            Erich Crowson, Madison Academy
2008 – Darrell Reynolds, Pike County

            Pabloe Makepeace, Red Bay

2009 – Armadeus “Dez” Polk of Speake

             Trenere Johnson, Daphne

2010 -- Justin Evans, Midfield

            Taylor Hughes, Chilton County
2011 –  Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville
             Montale Hale, North Jackson

2012 –  Jacob Thomas, Clay-Chalkville
             Barnard McGhee, Dothan
2013 –  Alphonso Stewart, Robertsdale
             NK’Vsante Williams, Decatur

2014 –  Montel Lee, Andalusia
             Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County


Players Added To North-South Rosters For Friday’s 56th North-South All-Star Game

       Some roster changes became necessary Monday as the North-South All-Star squads reported to Montgomery to begin preparation for the 56th annual All-Star Football Game. The game is set 7 p.m. Friday night at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details.
      Three players were added on the North squad and four on the South squad, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The changes were necessary when some players withdrew for personal reasons.
      For the South team coached by Carver-Montgomery High School head coach Billy Gresham, defensive back Anthony Scott of Baldwin County, defensive lineman Kelvin Temple of Jeff Davis, offensive lineman Arrington Gilbert of Wetumpka and offensive lineman Daviun Belser were added. All had joined the team Tuesday afternoon.
      Not reporting were Spanish Fort defensive back Morgan Baker, Pike County defensive lineman Isaac Nickson, Theodore offensive lineman Ezekiel Mayblen, Greenville wide receiver Raheem Moore and Northview offensive lineman Bryce Sadler.
     Added to the North roster were Hubbertville linebacker Nathan Young, Oak Mountain linebacker Riley Fowler and Fultondale kicker Enrique Aguilar. Withdrawing from the game Monday was linebacker Carson Styles of Bob Jones.
      The teams had their first practice Monday night with the South at Trinity Presbyterian High School and the North at St. James High School football facilities. The teams also practiced early Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night.  The players and coaches enjoyed a fellowship at Montgomery’s Alley and Dreamland Barbecue Tuesday afternoon and will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Wednesday afternoon.

       The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
        Updated numerical North-South rosters can be found at
www.ahsaa.com at the following link: 
http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/AHSADCA/All-Star-Sports-Weeks/2015-All-Star-Games

         The NFHS Network will live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators and contest officials will be in Montgomery July 21-25 for the annual AHSAA summer meeting.
            The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.


The complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


12 Selected For 25th Class of AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

MONTGOMERY – Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected to the 25th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

          The 2015 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a special Silver Anniversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event March 23, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.
          Selected were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen.
            The 18-member Hall of Fame Committee made the selections from the 50 nominations on the Hall of Fame ballot. The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.

Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Media, Encore Rehabilitation, Farmers Insurance, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
           To order tickets ($40 each), mail requests along with check or money order (payable to AHSADCA) to: Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, P. O. Box 242367, Montgomery, AL 36124. Additional information is available at 334-263-6994.


     A thumbnail sketch of each 2015 inductee:

     NANCY BECKER: One of the most successful girls’ tennis coaches in AHSAA state history, Becker began teaching as a business education teacher at Jacksonville (FL) in 1962, moved to John Carroll High School in 1965 and then to Vestavia Hills High School in 1984. Her tennis teams won 10 Class 6A state championships, had eight runner-up finishes, finished third four times and won 20 sectional championships.  Her teams won over 200 matches in her 23-year career at Vestavia Hills and several prestigious tournaments, including the Chattanooga Rotary Tournament three times.
    She was named NFHS State Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and was honored by the Birmingham Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Teacher/Coach in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach and helped Vestavia Hills win the state championship. A 1957 graduate of Gadsden High School and 1961 graduate of Auburn University, Becker has been involved in many civic organizations, including Charity League, Civettes and the Birmingham Inter-Club and Tennis League.

     JAMES “J.D.” CHESTEEN: A long-time head football coach in the Wiregrass, Chesteen, is being inducted in the “Old-Timer” category.  He compiled an 86-64-6 overall record over a 16-year head-coaching career with stops at Coffee Springs, Samson and Geneva County.  He coached three teams to the Peanut Bowl, one to the Lions Bowl and had teams win the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship twice. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference in 1964, was elected vice president of the AHSADCA in 1962 and president in 1963. He was head coach of the South All-Stars in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
   He totaled 38 years and nine months as a teacher and coach in the Geneva County School System, retiring in 1989. Active in civic and church activities, he has been Chairman of Deacons at Hartford Baptist Church for 12 years. 
     He graduated from Brantley High School in 1946 and Troy University in 1951. He also spent three years in the Air Force (1946-48). His son Donnie Chesteen is currently the head football coach at Geneva High School.

 

     JACK DOSS: One of the state’s most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in history, Doss captured the 700th win of his prep coaching career in 2014.
    His head-coaching career has produced seven state championships – two at Hayes in 1981 and 1982 in his first two seasons as a head coach. His teams won five at Butler in Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson which has reached the state finals the last two years.
    Doss has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS Sports, and he has coached three players that were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama. His teams have produced more than 30 Division I players, including former NBA standout Buck Johnson. He also coached future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Ennis Whatley in the North-South All-Star Game and Eric Bledsoe in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
     He has been inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, named Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and selected to coach in the AHSAA’s two all-star games four times.
    He graduated Oxford High School (1965) and after a stint in the Air Force, earned his college degree at Jacksonville State University.


     DOUG GOODWIN:
A member of the AHSAA’s 200-win club as a prep football coach, Goodwin began his head-coaching career at Marion County from 1987-92, then at Lineville (1993-98), Demopolis (1999-2006), Russellville (2007-10) and Homewood (2011-13).  He led Lineville to the state finals in 1996 and 1998, won a state title at Demopolis in 2004 while setting a state single-season scoring record (761 points) in the process. His Russellville teams reached the state finals in 2008 and 2009 and his Homewood teams won region titles in 2012 and 2013.
   His career record is 234-91 with five state championship appearances and was the first coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to the state finals.
    He was selected ASWA Class 4A Coach of the year in 2004 and the Alabama Football Coaches Association 5A Coach of the year in 2008. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2005 and the North-South All-Star Game in 1998. A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1980) and Auburn University (1984), he currently serves as Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison for Auburn University.

     RON INGRAM: The AHSAA Director of Communications since 2007, Ingram has served on the National Federation Hall of Fame Screening Committee and the National Records Committee, currently serving as chairman.  A sports journalist before joining the AHSAA, he  served as sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981 and the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. In 1984 he became prep sports editor of the Birmingham News where he remained for 24 years before joining the AHSAA staff.  The award-winning writer has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award twice (1987 and 1994). He started and chaired the ASWA state football and basketball rankings and also the All-State teams from 1978 until 2008. He also managed the Birmingham News All-State Teams for football, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.
    Ingram graduated from Pike County High School (1970) and the University of Alabama (1974). He was inducted into the ASWA Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2013, the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012 by Auburn University. He has authored two books, Tales of Alabama High School Football and Sammy Dunn--Dynasty on the Diamond.

    STEVE JEFFERSON: The highly-respected boys’ basketball coach recorded over 650 career wins in his 31-year career at Carver in Birmingham. He led the Rams to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 1978 and 1979 – playing before the largest high school crowd in AHSAA state tournament history at Coleman Coliseum against Parker in the 1978 finals. His Carver teams also reached the state finals three more times (1983, 1997 & 1998).  He served as an assistant coach on Carver’s 1981 Class 4A state runner-up team. Jefferson also coached Conecuh County Training School from 1965-68 with one trip to the AIAA state tournament. He was head football coach at Birmingham’s Ullman High School for one year.
     He was named Birmingham City Schools Coach of the Year 10 times, the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year twice (1979 and 1998) and received the 1998 Frank Nix Distinguished Service Award presented by the Tip-Off Club. He was named Birmingham Times Coach of the Year four times.  Jefferson is a graduate of Escambia County Training School (1958) and Alabama State University (1962).

 

    MYRA MILES: Considered one of the top high school administrators in the nation, Miles served as athletic director at Hoover from 2008-2014 after serving one year as interim AD. She also taught and coached at Hoover from 2002-2007. During her tenure the school won more than 20 state championships in 10 different sports.
    Her first teaching/coaching assignment was at Haleyville (1984-88), followed by stops at Brooks (1989-99), St. James (1999-2000) and Coffee (2000-02). She coached volleyball, softball and girls’ basketball and taught physical education during her teaching/coaching career. Her volleyball team at Haleyville won the Class 4A state championship in 1987 and finished runner-up in 1985 and 1986, then her softball team won the Class 4A state title at Brooks in 1994. Her career records were 546-201 in softball, 355-152 in volleyball, and 192-124 in basketball – a total of 1,062 prep wins in the three sports.
     Miles served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control from 2012-14, was president of the AHSADCA (2013-14) and an officer for five years.  She has been active in working with special needs students and Special Olympics and helps sponsor a fishing trip for special needs children in Eutaw annually.
   Miles is a graduate of Bradshaw (1979) in Florence and the University of North Alabama (1984).  She also attended Freed-Hardeman College.


    ALAN MITCHELL:
The veteran Assistant Director of the AHSAA served as the association’s first Director of Publicity and Publications during five different decades while working with three different executive directors.  A dedicated individual who has championed the AHSAA’s education-based athletics mission his entire career, Mitchell was recognized by the NFHS with the National Citation Award for Section 3 at the 2011 NFHS Summer Conference in Philadelphia. The AHSAA Central Board of Control also issued a resolution honoring Mitchell’s 32-year career with the AHSAA.
    Mitchell joined the AHSAA after spending 14 years as a newspaper journalist and five years in college public relations. The 1960 Robert E. Lee High School graduate completed his college degree at Huntingdon College in 1964. He was a sports writer for the Montgomery Advertiser from 1958-66 while also holding down the Huntingdon College sports information director position from 1959-66. He served as Publicity Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1966-71 before returning to Montgomery as sports editor of the Alabama Journal in 1971 where he remained until joining the AHSAA. He has served in various leadership roles at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and currently directs the Praise Singers ensemble.

    STEVE RIVERS: The veteran football coach had head-coaching stops at Pelham (1979-80), Decatur (1981-95), Athens (1996-99) and Wakefield, N.C. (2000-05). A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head-coaching record is 188-95.
    Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three different schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakefield) during his 27-year head-coaching career. The father of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and current Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, he led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
    Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an assistant in his first coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb.

 

     JOHN TATUM: A graduate of Montgomery’s Robert L. Lee High School (1964) and Troy University (1969), Tatum spent 16 years as athletic director, head football and track coach at Montgomery Academy (1984-2000). He also had coaching stops at DeKalb County (GA), Norcross (GA) and Everitt Junior High in Panama City, Fl. He also worked with AHSAA STAR Sportsmanship developer Learning Through Sports in 2007-08 and served as principal at St. James School for three years before officially retiring. His Montgomery Academy teams compiled a 170-95 record, including 24-17 in playoff games. His 1987 team finished 14-0 and won the Class 1A state title. His 2006 team was 10-0 in the regular season and closed out 12-1. Three of his teams reached the state semifinals.
    His overall head-coaching record was 196-112-1 with 21 trips to the state playoffs in 27 years. In 1987 Tatum was named Class 1A Coach of the Year, Montgomery Quarterback Club and Birmingham Monday Morning QB Club Coach of the Year. The 2005 AHSADCA Athletic .Director of the Year was also named Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times. He was an assistant coach in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1988, coached in the North-South Game in 1999 as an assistant and as head coach of the South in 2007. A member of the prestigious Jimmy Hitchcock Award selection committee, he was inducted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

      BOBBY WRIGHT: The Central-Phenix City boys’ head basketball coach since 1989, Wright also served 26 years as defensive coordinator for the football team. His Red Devils basketball team has compiled a 449-160 record in 22 seasons with an average of 22 victories per year.   His 1992-93 and 1998-99 teams each finished 29-3 and the 1994-95 team compiled 27-2 record. He guided teams to the Final Four five times and to the Class 6A finals in 1999. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as Coach James Redd’s assistant and coached the JV team for several years.
     Central football teams compiled a 215-82 record during his coordinator tenure that included the Class 6A state championship in 1993. The Red Devils posted 59 shutouts during that span and allowed only 10.8 points per game.
     Wright has won numerous Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and Opelika-Auburn Daily News. He graduated from Buena Vista (GA) High School in 1960 and Fort Valley State College (GA) in 1974.

      HOUSTON YOUNG: One of the top track officials in the nation, Young was awarded the NFHS National Citation Award as Track Official of the Year in 2010. A track and field official since 1968, he has worked the state track meet for the last 48 years and currently serves as a State Track Meet Director. He was named AHSAA State and Southwest District Official of the Year in 2008. An Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, he has also officiated at several regional and national college track meets.
    The 1963 Uniontown High School graduate became a college track standout at Livingston University where he set the 100-yard dash record that still stands. He became a teacher at Beatrice in 1968, moved to Lowndes County Training for one year and then joined Selma High School as teacher and track coach where he served from 1971-79. He moved into administration at Wallace Community College in Selma for 22 years. He is active in his community and church, serving as a deacon at Elkdale Baptist Church and as president of the Selma Jaycees in 1971. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Selma-Dallas County Red Cross and received the Education Award from the Prattville Fire Department.


AHSAA Mourns Death Of Volunteer/Official

     The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of Bob Pannone, longtime volunteer at AHSAA events, 2008 inductee into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and long-time football official. Pannone died Monday morning at the age of 78.

     A two-sport letterman at Baldwin County High School, the industrial engineering graduate of Auburn University enjoyed a 42-year career in football officiating, including service as an AHSAA observer and district director, and received its Distinguished Service Award.
     Since retiring from officiating he has been a fixture at AHSAA championship and all-star events, handling various administrative duties.

     “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s devoted wife Joyce and the entire Pannone family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His life of service is one that we all should emulate.”


Visitation will be Wednesday, October 1st at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church located at 6620 Spanish Fort Boulevard from 5 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 34904 Highway 225, Spanish Fort. A Celebration of Life memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Rap a Hope, 1701 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL  36606 or to Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church in memory of Robert “Bob” Pannone.