A public service, “Celebrating the Legacy of Bart Starr,” will take place this Sunday, June 9th, from 3-5 pm. at the Samford University Wright Center. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.
Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr of Birmingham passed away on May 26, 2019 surrounded by his family and close friends. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 65 years, Cherry, his son Bart Starr, Jr., three granddaughters (Shannon, Jenny, and Lisa) and three great grandchildren (Bryan, Teddy, and Violet). He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Bryan Starr and Lula Tucker Starr, his brother Hilton, and his son Bret.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Bart and Cherry Starr Foundation, which supports causes close to their heart. Donations are being accepted by the Bart & Cherry Starr Foundation, 2647 Rocky Ridge Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216.
Samford University Wright Center is located at 800 Lakeshore Drive, in Birmingham, Alabama. Parking and handicap accessibility available. Media is welcome. No personal interviews or live broadcast will be available.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Honorees To Be Recognized At June 13 Pairings Party
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A six-time AHSAA state championship coach, a state championship wrestler who has overcome daunting odds and a forward who led her team’s dramatic turnaround are the winners of the fifth annual John Stallworth Award.
Tim Miller, the girls basketball coach at Hazel Green, wrestler Jay Spencer of St. John Paul II Catholic High and basketball star Ariana Powe of Grissom High will be honored on Thursday, June 13 as part of the 17th annual John Stallworth Foundation Golf Tournament festivities.
The winners will be recognized at the pairings party at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, and the program begins at 7.
The award is presented by the John Stallworth Foundation, which provides scholarship assistance to deserving students. The award itself comes with a donation to the coach’s program and with scholarship assistance for the winning athletes.
Along with honoring the John Stallworth Award winners, guests will meet the celebrity participants in the June 14 golf tournament and hear from students who have earned John Stallworth scholarships. The tournament has raised more than $550,000 to aid students, primarily at Alabama A&M, Stallworth’s alma mater.
Powe, an All-State basketball star, will follow Stallworth’s footsteps as an A&M athlete. She signed a scholarship with the Lady Bulldogs on April 17. She finished her career at Grissom with more than 1,300 points and 500 rebounds, and was honored by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on their All-State lists the past two years. She was part of a resurgence in Grissom girls’ hoops, helping lead the Tigers to a regional tournament for three consecutive seasons, the first time that has happened in nearly two decades.
Spencer, an Eagle Scout, won the state wrestling championship in the 160-pound class last February in the third consecutive state meet for which he had qualified. He was also the starting center on the Falcons’ football team. All this despite being legally blind, having been diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis 10, an inherited retinal degenerative disease.
Miller guided Hazel Green to a repeat title in Class 6A a season after the Trojans lost three starters, two of which were Division I signees. Hazel Green went 34-3 overall and finished undefeated against in-state opponents. The Montgomery native, who served one season on the University of Alabama women’s basketball staff, previously won state titles at his alma mater, Jeff Davis, and three at Bob Jones. He is 577-93 in 19 seasons as a high school head coach.
Previous athletes who have won the award are Kerryon Johnson (Madison Academy football), Josh Langford (Madison Academy basketball), Brandon Crosby (multi-sport athlete at Mae Jemison), Kenysha Coulson (multi-sport athlete at Lee), Abby Brooks (Madison Academy volleyball), Malik Langham (Lee football) and Taylor Davis (Sparkman softball).
The coach of the year winners have been Jack Doss (Johnson basketball), Ronnie Stapler (Westminster basketball), Richard Wilson (Lee tennis) and Al Rauls (Buckhorn girls basketball).
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Pairings Party John Stallworth Celebrity Golf Tournament
Botanical Garden, June 13, 6 p.m. Hampton Cove, June 14, 9 a.m.
Media interviews beginning 5:30
Pairings party and silent auction are open to the public, with tickets $75 each, $125 per couple. Contact the John Stallworth Foundation office at 256-536-8050 for tickets. There is no walk-up admission.
About John Stallworth: A 14-year veteran of the NFL, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He played on four Super Bowl-winning teams and retired as the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions.
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HUNTSVILLE – Twelve major contributors to sports officiating in Alabama have been selected to be inducted into the inaugural Class of the Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame, The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Aug. 24, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Alabama Sports Officials Foundation spokesman Greg Brewer announced the members of the first class today.
The 12 inductees are: Paul Andzrejewski, Ronnie Baynes, Ormond Brown, Dick Burleson, Mary Day, Ray Gargus, Walter Garrett, Apple Kridakorn, Joe Manjone, Bob Patrick, Sam Short and Bobby Skelton. The inductees include individuals who have varied officiating backgrounds – from high school to college and professional sports. The individuals have played important roles in training and developing contest officials in Alabama as well as mentoring and raising the level of consistency and professionalism in the state. The selections by a special ASOF Hall of Fame Committee from nominations submitted.
Most notable in this group are Short, who was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame in 2007; Manjone, a college president who received the NFHS Citation for Officials in 2018; Baynes and Skelton, two standout college athletes who moved through the ranks of officiating to become two of the top officials in the NFL. Baynes was awarded the NFL’s prestigious Art McNally Award in 2011. Burleson balanced officiating with his military career, where he rose to the rank of Major General, and Garrett, one of the AHSAA’s top basketball officials for three decades, still holds the national prep record for points scored in a high school basketball game (97) when scoring all his team’s points.
The ASOF was founded by five current and/or retired Alabama sports officials. These Board Members are David Bell, Greg Brewer, Burkles Davis, Jeff Hilyer and Robert Lose. Additional board members include Craig Kelley, Craig Cleveland, Mark Wehrwein and Wanda Weeks.
Tickets for the Induction ceremony are $50. For more information, contact board chairman Greg Brewer at: email@example.com.
A thumbnail sketch of each inductee:
PAUL ANDZREJEWSKI: Has the rare distinction of having a baseball signed by him on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He struck out 18 in a six-inning game as an 11-year old in 1958. He walked on at the University of Alabama and eventually earned a baseball scholarship. He began officiating high school baseball and basketball in the AHSAA in 1970.
He also was an original member of the Alabama Collegiate Umpires Association.
He has worked in the SEC, Sun Belt, Trans American, Great Midwest, Southwest, Mid Continent, Gulf South, Southern States and Alabama JUCU Conference in both baseball and basketball. He is also an original member of the umpire staff for SEC women’s softball.
Andzrejewski has served in numerous basketball officials’ camps including directing the ABC Basketball Officials Camp at Troy University.
He was selected by USA Basketball to officiate the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1991 in Los Angeles, umpired an exhibition game for the New York Yankees in 1994, worked a Kentucky-Indiana basketball game in 1989 attended by more than 40,000 fans, and also worked a Kentucky at North Carolina basketball game.
He is also remembered for officiating Troy University’s 1992 basketball game versus DeVry College that set the NCAA scoring record (258-141).
He was inducted into the John F. Kennedy High School (NY) Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. He is currently working as an official observer.
RONNIE BAYNES: One of the most respected coaches and football officials in AHSAA history, the outstanding high school baseball and football coach rose through the ranks to become Supervisor of NFL Officials from 2001-2008. The Talladega High School alumnus was an outstanding high school athlete who turned down a professional baseball offer to attend Auburn University – becoming one of the last four-sport lettermen in AU history (football, baseball, track and basketball). After completing his college eligibility, the All-SEC defensive end played in the 1965 Blue-Gray All-Star Game, then signed with the Dallas Cowboys before a knee injury ended his playing career. He began officiating at the high school level in 1971, then moved to the Southeastern Conference from 1974-1987.
He advanced to the NFL ranks in 1987 and was an on-field official for 14 years (1987-2001) before moving to Supervisor of Officials. After stepping down from that administrative position, he became Director of Scouting for the NFL until his retirement in 2015. His retirement has been short-lived. He currently serves as an SEC and Conference USA evaluator and trainer and is currently serving as Alliance of American Football Supervisor and Trainer.
Baynes officiated seven bowl games during his on-the-field career, including the National Championship Game featuring Oklahoma and Washington held at the Orange Bowl. He also officiated two Super Bowls, five NFC-AFC championship games. He has been inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. One honor he especially treasures is the Art McNally Award, presented to Baynes in 2011. The highest honor an NFL official can attain, The Art McNally Award was created in 2002 by the NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and given annually to an NFL game official who exhibits exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship, on and off the field. This award is presented at the Pro Bowl each year.
Baynes coached five teams to AHSAA state baseball titles and took 16 teams to the state playoffs and coached Central Alabama Community College to a third-place finish at the JUCO World Series at Grand Junction (CO).
ORMOND BROWN: He has been a high school football and basketball official in the AHSAA for 41 years, working 30 state basketball tournament finals and five all-star games. He also spent 32 years as a college basketball official, including 17 years in the SEC. He worked five SEC tournaments and one NIT Tourney. As a JUCO and NAIA official, Brown has officiated three national JUCO tournaments and three NAIA national tourneys. He has also held an international officiating license for 10 years.
He has been an assignor, president and vice president in his local association and served as a District Director and Camp Instructor for more than a decade. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and is an Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
DICK BURLESON: One of the early mentors for officiating in the AHSAA, Burleson, who reached the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve, was a member of the Birmingham Football Officials Association (BFOA) from 1963-1977 where he held many leadership positions. He was selected as a clinic instructor for the first three held by the AHSAA. The J.B. Pennington High School (1957) graduate went to Georgia Tech on a football scholarship and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant coming out of college. Distinguished Military graduate.
He commanded more than 40,000 troops in eight states and commanded 5,000 soldiers placed on active duty during Desert Storm. One of his highest personal honors was being presented the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award.
As a contest official he served in the SEC for 25 seasons, serving as Chief Referee and president of the SEC officials. He officiated 15 major college bowl games and the SEC Championship game. His last game on the field was as the head referee for the National Championship Rose Bowl game. He is now an SEC staff advisor on officiating and evaluates officials’ performance each Saturday from the SEC Command Center.
He became just the seventh athlete elected to the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2000, he became the only official to ever receive the Distinguished Service award from the Birmingham Quarterback Club, and he was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Burleson is one of the most requested speakers in the U.S. and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. His book, You Better Be Right, has reached #1 on the Best Sellers list at Barnes & Noble Bookstores.
MARY DAY: She made history in the AHSAA becoming the first female to officiate in a boys’ state tournament game. She has also officiated two NCAA Women’s Final 4 Championship tournaments.
Active as a volleyball and basketball official, Day has served as state rules interpreter and district director in volleyball and is currently serving as the Supervisor of Women’s Basketball Officials for the Southern Athletic Association, a position she has held for 11 years.
The AHSAA recognized her with a 25-Year Service Award and she was also named the 2011 Naismith Women’s Basketball Official of the Year.
RAY GARGUS: The veteran high school baseball and football official was a key teacher, leader and much respected mentor for officials over his 34 years in officiating from 1976 until his death in 2010. He served in the AHSAA with the Greater Huntsville Umpires Association and the North Alabama Football Officials Association. He was an active officer in the two Huntsville area associations serving as an assignor, board member, trainer and friend.
He served as one of the AHSAA camp instructors (1992-1998) and was the first district director for the Northeast District. Gargus was posthumously inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
WALTER GARRETT: The lanky basketball standout first drew the attention of the nation when he scored 97 points in the final game of his prep career at Birmingham’s West End High School. The 97 points set a national high school record that still stands. He scored all 97 of his team’s points in the win over Glenn. After high school, he had a hall-of-fame college basketball career at Birmingham-Southern.
Garrett was highly regarded as a basketball official in the AHSAA for 30 years – working several regional and state tournaments during his tenure. He was also a college basketball official for 25 years working in the Sun Belt, C-USA, TAAC, Gulf South and Southern States conference. He officiated numerous college tournaments including a NIT Tourney official for two years.
He was president of the Magic City Basketball Officials Association for eight years, a member of the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee for one year and has served as an AHSAA District Director for 12 years. He has also been a C-USA observer for four years.
The AHSAA honored Garrett with its Distinguished Service Award. He also received the Governor’s State of Alabama Physical Fitness Award, was inducted into the Birmingham-Southern College Hall of Fame and the BASA Softball Hall of Fame. He is a member of the National Association of Sports Officials.
APPLE KIRDAKORN: Has 48 years of service as a volleyball official at the high school and college level. She has been the Central Alabama Volleyball Officials assigner since 1987 and has also served as past president, vice-president and treasurer. She is also the assigner for the Alabama Board of Officials (college) and is the organization’s current treasurer. She has been the NFHS Rules Interpreter for the AHSAA for 15 years, has been a state tournament referee coordinator for 15 years and a state camp instructor/coordinator for nine years.
She received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award (2004); the NFHS Section III Distinguished Active Official Award (2007); the PAVO Excellence in Service Award (2011); was named South Central District Volleyball Official of the Year by the AHSAA (2013); was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame (2016); and the University of Montevallo Sports Hall of Fame (2019).
JOE MANJONE: Manjone, a native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, began officiating soccer as a teenager and has been involved in the sport as an official and administrator for more than 50 years. His influence in the sport has been far reaching – spanning most of the nation and two continents.
In Alabama, his service stretches over more than 30 years. The AHSAA Soccer Director and former National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee Chair has served the AHSAA in numerous soccer roles from officiating to rules interpreter. He has officiated a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, football, wrestling, cross country, track and his specialty, soccer. He has worked at the high school and college level calling women’s sports in the SEC, ECAC, SIAC and AIAW.
Manjone received the NFHS’s prestigious Citation for Officials in 2017, which is presented annually to only one contest official nationwide. He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree. He later earned additional education degrees from the University of Georgia and Penn State.
A former college president who serves as rules editor for Referee Magazine, he was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He also received the NISOA 1995 Officials Recognition Award; the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award (2010); The NFHS Sports Officials Contributor Award (2012); and in 2017, the Continuing Education Center at Columbia Southern University renamed the facility the Dr. Joseph Manjone Center.
BOB PATRICK: A veteran football official who came up through the high school ranks, Patrick has officiated football in the SEC for 29 years (on the field). Among his milestones have been the Rose Bowl (National Championship Game), Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl (twice), Weed Eater Bowl, Orlando Bowl, Freedom Bowl, Gator Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl. He also has officiated 11 Senior Bowl all-star contests and has worked as an administrator for the Cotton Bowl, Armed Service Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. He is currently in his 19th year as a college administrator. He has held various administrative positions as a high school official and has also served as a game day observer and replay booth official at the college level.
In addition to his selection as a bowl official, Patrick has also served as a Chief Specialist for line judges in the SEC. He is currently a member of NASO, AHSAA and SEC Officials Association.
SAM SHORT: One of the state’s most respected teachers of officiating, the Birmingham native has been the expert in football and basketball rules for the AHSAA for more than 50 years. He was involved in basketball officiating for 53 years and football officiating for 38. He was instrumental in developing state camps for officials to gain consistency throughout the state and was Supervisor of Officials and rules coordinator for the AHSAA. Short has served on the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee and was an advisor to the Football Rules Committee for 15 years.
He was an original board member of the NFHS Coaches Association, and in 1999, received the NFHS Officials Association Contributors Award. Short was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame (NFHS) in 2007 and was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame (AHSAA) in 1993 – as a member of the third class overall.
BOBBY SKELTON: Began officiating in Tuscaloosa while attending college, Skelton became a top high school football, basketball and baseball official – later working in Huntsville, East Alabama and Montgomery associations. He became an SEC football official in 1972. He worked more than eight bowl games including two National Championship Games. In 1985, he began a 20-year tenure as a contest official in the NFL. He worked Super Bowl XXIV and several playoff games including one AFC and two NFC championship games.
He moved off the field in 2005 and became an NFL replay official. He held that position for six years until he retired in 2011.He also served as a position evaluator for the NFLRA for several years.
As a high school official he worked top assignments in all three sports including working many of the early playoff games when only four teams were selected per class for the playoffs. He was a member of the NFL Referees’ Association, SEC Officials Association, the AHSAA, NFRA and NASO officials organizations.
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr, 85, who died on Sunday morning in Birmingham, following a recent illness.
Starr, who prepped at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, was the first athlete and third person overall from Alabama to be inducted into the National Hall School Hall of Fame (Class of 1989).
“We offer our heart-felt condolences to Mr. Starr’s family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Not only was he a legend to student-athletes and coaches alike in the AHSAA and the nation, he was an outstanding leader on and off the field and a person of great character that set an example for all of use to aspire to.”
Starr, who participated in the AHSAA 1952 North-South All-Star Game after a stellar prep career at Sidney Lanier, was named MVP of the South team in the 7-7 tie. He went on to the University of Alabama before embarking on a career in the NFL playing for the Packers from 1956 to 1971. He later served as head coach at Green Bay from 1975-1983.
He was the first quarterback in NFL history to win five NFL championships, and is still the only QB to lead his team to three consecutive titles. Starr was also named the MVP of the Super Bowl I.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Funeral arrangements were not available.
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the deaths of longtime Auburn University sports announcer Rod Bramblett, 52, and his wife Paula, 53. Both were killed in a two-car collision at Auburn Saturday, May 25.
“This is such tragic news. Our hearts go out to the Bramblett family and their extended Auburn University family and pray God will sustain them at this difficult time,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Rod was the Voice of Auburn Athletics, a consummate professional, one of the best.”
Bramblett was a native of Valley and his wife Paula, a native of Huguley. Both communities are near Auburn. Bramblett, a 1988 AU graduate, served as Director of Broadcast Operations for AU Athletics and was the Voice of Auburn football, basketball and baseball.
Bramblett was a three-time winner (2006, 2010, and 2013) of the Alabama State Broadcaster of the Year as presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also named National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013.
He began his broadcasting career in Lanett, working part-time at WZZZ/WCJM radio stations while attending Auburn University. From there he went on to work in Auburn at WAUD Radio from 1989-1991 and then again from 1993-1996. It was at that time he did play-by-play for Lee-Scott Academy and Auburn High School athletics. In the one-year away from WAUD he worked in Morristown, Tenn., for two different radio stations where he served as the play-by-play voice of Morristown West High School football.
Paula Bramblett also worked at Auburn University’s Information Technology Department. The couple are survived by two children.
The funeral service for Paula and Rod Bramblett will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. inside Auburn Arena. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.
The service is open to the public. There will be a private burial for the family following the service. Rev. Dr. George Mathison will officiate the funeral.
MONTGOMERY –Montgomery native Randal Beesley, a staff accountant with the State of Alabama and Anniston School System teacher Ken Washington are joining the staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)..
Both will begin with the AHSAA officially on June 1. The announcement was made Friday by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Beesley will serve as Chief Financial Officer. He is replacing Mrs. Sandy Logan, who is retiring June 30 after 42 years of service with the AHSAA. She joined the AHSAA staff in 1977. Washington is beginning a new Assistant Director position that will include working with Director of Officials Mark Jones as well as working with championship sports including the sports of basketball and track.
“We are fortunate and delighted to have Randal Beesley and Ken Washington join our staff,” Savarese said. “Both are talented individuals who have a long history of service in the AHSAA as sports officials. Both are men of high integrity, will be tremendous additions to the AHSAA staff and will enable us to better serve our member schools.”
Beesley, who became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, is a graduate of Auburn University-Montgomery. He is currently an accountant with the General Services Division of the State of Alabama and has worked with the state since 2017. He spent 10 years with Alfa Mutual Insurance in Montgomery serving as supervisor of Real Estate Accounting. He has also been an AHSAA football official since 1988. He has served as booking agent and is the current president of the Mid-State Football Officials Association. He was the referee in the 1998 Super 6 Class 4A state Championship Game at Legion Field.
“I have always had two passions,” Beesley said, “to be a football official and to work with the AHSAA. To say I am elated is an understatement. I love accounting, especially working in financial oversight, and I have always admired the AHSAA and what it stands for. I grew up in Montgomery and understand the important role of the AHSAA. I thank Mr. Savarese and the Central Board for giving me this opportunity.”
Washington has been serving as a teacher and coach (football and track) in the Anniston City Schools system. He also worked with Mark Jones at Jacksonville State University from 2012-2015 as the University Fitness Coordinator in the Recreational Sports Department. He has been officiating basketball since 2005 – at all levels including high school, college and the NBA. He is currently a Division I basketball official in the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt, Southern, Atlantic Sun and SWAC conferences. He also worked in the AHSAA state basketball finals this past year.
“Joining the AHSAA staff allows me to give back what has been taught to me from my time working with the NBA and SEC. I have had some great teachers, and this is a great opportunity for me share what I have learned,” said Washington. “I look forward to working with Mr. Savarese and Mr. Jones and with the other great men and women at the AHSAA who are dedicated to providing the best programs and opportunities for the member schools and student-athletes in the AHSAA.”
In addition to basketball, Washington has officiated the sports of football and volleyball. The Mobile native played basketball at Davidson High School and received a scholarship to play at Faulkner State Community College. He then attended Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees.
“Working with Ken at Jacksonville State, I know he will be a great addition to the staff of the AHSAA while contributing to the enhancement of officiating in Alabama,” said Jones.
MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal High School requested that its lawsuit filed against the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) objecting to the AHSAA Competitive Balance implemented in the 2018-19 school year be dismissed Wednesday, May 22. United States District Judge Terry Moorer granted the dismissal without prejudice, ending more than a year of litigation.
AHSAA Central Board President John Hardin said, “While I am pleased that the case has finally been dismissed, I am extremely disappointed that St. Paul’s Episcopal High School did not resolve their issues within the mechanisms already in place for member schools.”
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he is also pleased the case has been dismissed and that the member schools’ process to govern themselves has been upheld.
“We have always had faith in our member schools’ ability to make the rules, abide by these rules and govern themselves,” said Savarese. “Our member schools will continue to govern themselves through its fair and democratic legislative process.”
Statement from AHSAA Legal Counsel Jim Williams
We are very pleased that St. Paul’s has finally decided to voluntarily dismiss their case today. This was a frivolous case resulting in a tremendous waste of time and money for the Court, the Association, and all of its member schools. On June 27, 2018, the Honorable Judge William Steele entered an Order denying St. Paul’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and specifically ruled: “St. Paul’s has not shown a substantial likelihood that the competitive balance rule is unconstitutional, or that it violates the terms of the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and Handbook.” Yet, St. Paul’s waited another eleven months after Judge Steele’s ruling to dismiss their case. St. Paul’s knew they had lost this case last June and have only been trying to avoid an inevitable ruling that would not be in their favor since then. The Association and its member schools look forward to St. Paul’s reimbursing all of the legal fees incurred in defending this case.
James E. Williams
Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.
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Montgomery, AL 36103-5130
All questions should be referred to AHSAA Legal Counsel James E. Williams
Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Baseball, Softball All-Stars Selected
MONTGOMERY – North-South all-star squads for tennis and golf competition will be included for the first time at the 23th AHSAA North-South All-Star Sports Week set for July 15-19 at Montgomery.
Jamie Lee Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) announced Thursday the boys’ and girls’ North-South All-Star squads for those sports as well as the teams set to compete in the annual North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer competition, softball and baseball competition.
The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will also host all-star games in football, and girls’ and boys’ basketball, volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country during the All-Star Week. Those all-star rosters have already been released.
Lee said he is excited to see the new sports that are now being included. “This gives us the opportunity to see up close the outstanding tennis players and golfers we have competing at our high schools across the state,” he said. “And out soccer talent is also second to none.”
All-Star Sports Week was introduced in 1997 as part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference. Prior to that time, only football and boys’ basketball all-star games were played. The soccer competition was added to the All-Star Sports Week along with girls’ basketball, volleyball and softball as the all-star game opportunities over the next few years. Cross country competition was added in 2016.
“Our selection committees worked hard to select these all-stars from a strong list of nominations,” he said.
Heading into the 2019 All-Stat Sports Week, the North-South series records are as follow:
North-South Series Records (Through 2018)
Football: South leads 30-27-2
Boys Basketball: North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball: North leads 19-3
Baseball: North leads 23-12-1
Softball: North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer: North leads 11-4-1
Girls Soccer: North leads 15-2-1
Volleyball: North leads 14-7
Boys’ Cross Country: Tied 1-1
Girls’ Cross Country: Tied 1-1
The all-star squads and coaching staffs for the sports of boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, softball and baseball are listed.
2019 NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR ROSTERS
NORTH BOYS' TENNIS ALL-STAR ROSTER
Randolph - Admin.
SOUTH BOYS' TENNIS ALL-STAR ROSTER
St. Paul's Episcopal
UMS-Wright - Admin.
Trinity Presbyterian - Admin.
NORTH GIRLS' TENNIS ALL-STAR ROSTER
Ji Soo Kim
SOUTH GIRLS' TENNIS ALL-STAR ROSTER
Mary Frances Wood
NORTH BOYS' GOLF ALL-STAR ROSTER
Muscle Shoals - Admin.
SOUTH BOYS' GOLF ALL-STAR ROSTER
Brewbaker Tech - Admin..
NORTH GIRLS' GOLF ALL-STAR ROSTER
Sara Kate DeCarlo
SOUTH GIRLS' GOLF ALL-STAR ROSTER
Central - Phenix City
Chilton County - Admin.
NORTH BOYS' SOCCER ALL-STAR ROSTER
Southside - Gadsden
S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.
SOUTH BOYS' SOCCER ALL-STAR ROSTER
Jan Malte Wachowitz
St. Michael Catholic
Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.
NORTH GIRLS' SOCCER ALL-STAR ROSTER
John Carroll Catholic
St. John Paul II Catholic
SOUTH GIRLS' SOCCER ALL-STAR ROSTER
NORTH SOFTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
Mary Claire Wilson
Bob Jones - Admin.
SOUTH SOFTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
Mary G Montgomery
Prattville Christian Academy
Elba - Admin.
NORTH BASEBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
A. H. Parker
Saint James - Admin.
SOUTH BASEBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
We communicate on smart phones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we?
Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the most responsible way to use it.
In other words, how are tomorrow’s leaders being groomed to make decisions that provide the perspective, balance and strength of character that today’s advanced world needs?
The answer is by participating in high school sports like the ones offered by the high schools in Alabama.
Most researchers agree that leaders are made, not born, through relationships with others. Human interaction and life experiences enable young men and women to develop leadership characteristics such as trust, mutual respect, integrity and accountability. These are the same values that are learned as a result of playing on a high school sports team.
And while club sports often have only a singular focus (the participant’s athletic abilities), research documents that high school sports programs have an unparalleled positive effect on the physical, academic and emotional growth of teens, including a more mature level of character development.
In other words, high school sports have a more profound role to play in society today than you may realize.
The high school sports and activity programs in Alabama typically account for only about one to three percent of a school’s overall budget, making them one of the wisest investments your community makes. You can help by attending as many games and events as possible, donating to the booster club and volunteering to work in the concession stand.
Most of all, encourage your children to participate in as many sports and activities as they can. Because when they do, they will be joining a new generation of leaders who are both technologically smart and ethically responsible.
And that’s exactly the kind of leadership our hyper-intelligent world needs.
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved and the Legislative Council ratified a change in the AHSAA Amateur Rule as well as two other proposals Wednesday at its Spring Meeting held at the AHSAA Office. The Central Board also approved payment of the 2017-18 Revenue Share stipend, between $1.4 and $1.8 million, to member schools in June.
“This is good news for our member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “That will bring the total payout to our member schools to approximately $14 million through the Revenue Share distribution plan since its inception.”
The Central Board also approved an increase in pay for contest officials in all sports. A complete breakdown of the new pay scale can be found at the officials’ link at www.ahsaa.com.
Among the proposals approved by the Central Board and ratified by the AHSAA Legislative Council was proposal 28 submitted by a number of member schools including Opelika, Piedmont, Spanish Fort, Decatur, Helena, Saint James, Hamilton and Hartselle high schools outlining a change in the current Amateur Rule. The vote was 27-5. While the Amateur Rule’s restrictions remain the same, the change gives more flexibility to the Central Board in considering the consequences resulting from a violation.
Out-going Central Board president John Hardin, the retiring principal at Hackleburg High School, said he has always welcomed the member schools’ input when rules or by-laws are ratified or changed.
“For 98 years our schools have been successful in governing the AHSAA through a well- thought-out democratic process,” said Hardin. “That process has been the foundation of why the AHSAA is such an outstanding organization. I have been humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve our member schools on the Central Board. I am very proud to have been able to be a part of that process.” Hardin has served the last two years as president of the Central Board. Current vice president Keith Bender, the athletic director for the Oneonta City Schools, was elected at Wednesday’s meeting to become the new president with the term beginning in July. Mike Welsh, principal of Spring Garden High School, was also elected as vice president.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese echoed Hardin’s sentiments. “The AHSAA’s member schools and Central Board are constantly reviewing and improving the AHSAA by-laws, rules and regulations through this tried-and-true democratic process,” Savarese said. “We have full confidence in our member schools’ ability to govern themselves as they have shown so aptly since the AHSAA’s formation in 1921.”
Savarese presented Hardin with a plaque of appreciation during the Board meeting. “John Hardin is one of the kindest men and finest gentlemen I have ever known,” said Savarese. “His leadership and service has been outstanding. While we wish him well in his retirement, we want him to know we will certainly miss him.”
The 32-member Legislative Council voted on 29 legislative proposals with three receiving the required minimum two-thirds (22) votes to be ratified. Two other proposals were tabled for more study. Proposal 1 submitted by Mountain Brook High School was passed allowing high school junior-varsity and freshman football teams to begin regular season play on the Monday (August 26) following Zero Week. Member school varsity teams have the option of playing a pre-season jamboree contest or regular-season contest during Zero Week (Aug. 22-23-24). In the past, all other teams could not play a regular-season game until after Week 1.
Proposal 8, submitted by Vestavia Hills High School, changed the AHSAA Divorce Rule by adding a section dealing with parents who never married. The by-law change will now allow parents who were never married the opportunity to be granted a one-time custody exemption as long as both parents are listed on a state-issued birth certificate and all other eligibility requirements are met.
Savarese also announced the upcoming retirement of AHSAA office manager Sandy Logan, who will be completing her 42nd year with the AHSAA on June 13. She plans to retire on June 30. Savarese also announced that AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones, who submitted his plans to retire in June, will be remaining in that position after all. Jones, citing some unfinished business concerning officiating, convinced him to remain in the position.
Savarese praised the long tenure of Mrs. Logan and also told the Board he was elated at Jones’ decision. “He has done an outstanding job in that position, and we are glad he has elected to stay.” The Central Board also approved a request by Savarese to establish a new position that will serve as an assistant to the Director of Officials.
The Central Board approved the financial reports for regional and state bowling, super sectional, dual and state wrestling, indoor track, regional and state basketball and the 2018 state football playoff audit.
Special guest at Wednesday’s Central Board meeting was Alabama State Representative Kyle South of District 16.
Other Central Board action included:
-- Approved the 2019-2020 required forms and release dates.
-- Approved the 2019-2020 Calendar of Events, the 2019-2020 Sports Calendar and the AHSAA Five-Year Calendar.
-- Heard a report from Assistant Director Kim Vickers on behalf of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Meeting last February.
-- Heard a report on Fall/Winter Sports Committees from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth.
-- Approved the 2019 NFHS 100th Anniversary Summer Meeting Expenses at Indianapolis (IN) this summer.
-- Approved the budget for the Elite 100 Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Showcase being planned by AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee for this coming June.
-- Approved the adoption (for the 2020-2021 school year) of new Wilson balls for basketball, soccer and volleyball.
-- Approved the use of a stenographer for all appeals and approved the audio/video recording of all board meetings and posting of board meeting minutes on the AHSAA member site.
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