Wednesday, February 19, 2020






Midfield Boys’ Basketball Team Exceeds Maximum Contests Allowed

     MONTGOMERY – Midfield High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for the boys’ basketball exceeding the maximum number of contests allowed in the regular season. The school self-reported the violation.
     Furthermore, all regular-season contests t
he boys’ varsity basketball program played and won after exceeding the maximum number allowed must be forfeited. Accordingly, the AHSAA Restitution rule requires the basketball team to sit out the same number of contests in which they played ineligibly. On page 27 of the AHSAA 2017-18 Sports Book, it states in item 2: Schools are permitted to play (a maximum) 20 regular-season games and (unlimited contests) in three tournaments prior to area, sub-regional, regional and State Finals play.
      Restitution begins immediately. Midfield, the Area 8 tournament champion, will not participate in the Class 3A sub-regional playoff game versus Area 7 tournament runner-up American Christian. As a result, American Christian will advance to the Central Regional Tournament.
      The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

Selma Girls’ Basketball Coach Anthony Harris Leads Saints to 20 Wins for 15th Season

MONTGOMERY – Selma High School girls’ coach Anthony Harris saw his Class 6A Lady Saints beat Central-Tuscaloosa 58-56 at the buzzer when Kynadra Lewis nailed a lay-up in overtime.
   The shot sealed Harris’ 399th career coaching win at Selma and landed the coach and his team in the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight this week. The Lady Saints captured win 400 the next night with a victory over rival Southside.
    The victory also improved Selma to 22-4 on the year – clinching a 20-win season for the 15th time in Harris’ 20-year coaching tenure. With an overall record of 400-96 heading into the area tournament this week, he has seen his share of buzzer beaters during that span.
      He’s been on both sides of such dramatic finishes – and still finds them exciting.
     As the seconds ticked away, he said was concerned that his clock was going to run out.  “Lewis picked it up and laid it up,” Harris told the Selma Times-Journal. “I turned my head away because I thought the time was going to run out.”
     The victory avenged an earlier 53-35 setback to the Falcons.
    “We knew it was going to be a test, and I wanted it to be a test,” Harris said. “It got a little tough for us, but we told them to never quit.”
     The milestone Selma victory edged out an amazing shooting performance by defending Class 3A state girls’ champion Locust Fork. Opening play in the Class 3A, Area 11 tournament Monday night, Coach Barbara Roy’s Lady Hornets sank an AHSAA single-game state girls’ basketball record 20 3-point goals in a 95-36 win over Blount County rival J.B. Pennington.
    Eight different girls sank at least one 3-pointer with Rachael Baker and Carissa Horton making four each, Jayleigh Tawbush and Hannah Armstrong sinking three apiece. Locust Fork shot 64.5% from the 3-point arc for the game, another AHSAA single-game record, nailing 20 on just 31 attempts.
    The previous record was 19 3-point goals made by North Sand Mountain (2011), Clay-Chalkville (2009) and Cold Springs (1999).

    In other outstanding performances reported:

QUA’DARIUS PETERSON, HOUSTON COUNTY: Scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds as the Lions (15-8) beat Rehobeth 108-104 in overtime in the final game of the regular season. Seven players scored in double figures for Coach Brandon Brown with Savion Jones scoring 18, Zydarien Brown 17.  Rehobeth (14-13), which placed five players in double figures, was led by Jordan West, who had 31 points, and Samuel Mounce with 20. The combined 12 players who scored in double figures is believed to be a record for a single game.
   Rehobeth’s 104 points in a loss ties for fourth all-time in the AHSAA Record Book. Pisgah set the record in a 127-126 five-overtime loss to Sylvania in 1998. Springville also scored 123 in a 124-124 two-overtime setback to Pinson Valley, Lamar County had 119 in a 151-119 loss to South Lamar in 1992, and Huntsville-Butler had 104 in a 107-104 six-overtime loss to Grissom in 1996. Ironically, Houston County followed with an 18-13 win over Pleasant Home in the Class 1A, Area 2 tournament.
RALPH BARRETT, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior scored 27 points in  a 64-55 win over Brooks to hand the Lions their first loss of the season – snapping a game winning streak. He also has 23 points in a win over Lauderdale County.
BRANDON GREEN, PHILLIPS: Scored 34 points in a 76-61 victory over Hackleburg and added 19 points, including a shot at the buzzer, to give the Bears a last-second 50-49 win over Phil Campbell.
LUKE TIDMORE, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Sank five 3-pointers and finished with 29 points in a 64-54 win over New Hope.
QUAIMAINE OLIVER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Class 2A Jaguars beat Class 6A Northview 66-58.
CALVIN DAVIS, BLOUNT: His 3-point play with 1.2 seconds left gave the Leopards a 59-56 win over Baker. He had 15 points in the game – helping Blount battle back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Sank a shot at the buzzer to give the Patriots a 43-41 win over Columbia.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Scored 25 points as the Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 77-44 win over Opp.
ROBERT SCOTT, PLEASANT HOME: Had 21 points and Austin Kelley added 15 as the Eagles beat T.R. Miller 60-50 in the final regular-season game of the season.

KYLA BELL-BARTON, T.R. MILLER: Led the unbeaten Tigers (24-0) to a 66-61 win over Samson (24-3) with 19 points in the come-from-behind win. LaTascya Duff scored 35 for Samson.
SADIE THOMPSON, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Scored 32 points as the Class 5A Red Devils beat defending Class 1A state champion R.A. Hubbard.
KAYA JOYNER, CHEROKEE: Had games of 31 and 24 points in two wins over Vina and Athens Bible.
TYONNA ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had 25 points, including 8-of-10 at the foul line, in Spring Garden’s regular-season closing 71-33 win over Weaver.
Had back-to-back 23-point performances as the Tigers beat Mars Hill Bible and Russellville.
KATHLEEN WHEELER, PRICEVILLE: Scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Bulldogs beat West Morgan 52-38.
KAITLYN RIDLEY, PIEDMONT: Sank two free throws with four seconds left to give Piedmont a 38-35 win over Pleasant Valley.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: Had 27 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots as the Class 1A Eagles fell to Class 3A T.R. Miller 46-36.

T.R. Miller 66, Samson 61: In a battle of state ranked teams, Class 3A sixth-ranked unbeaten T.R. Miller edged Class 2A top-ranked Samson in Samson, 66-61.

High School Football Players with Improper Equipment Will Be Removed for One Down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Bob Colgate

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 8, 2018) — Players in high school football who are detected with missing or improperly worn equipment during playing action will be removed from the game for at least one down, unless the improper equipment is directly attributable to a foul by the opponent.

This revision in Rule 1-5-5 and other related rules was one of five rules changes for the 2018 season recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 1-5-5 also states that if the player is wearing otherwise legal equipment in an illegal manner, the participant must also be replaced for one down. If proper and legal equipment has become improperly worn through use during the game, and prompt repair does not delay the ready-for-play signal for more than 25 seconds, the repair can be made without replacing the player for one down.

In a related change (1-5-4), the head coach is responsible for verifying that all players are legally equipped and will not use illegal equipment. The penalty provisions for any use of illegal equipment remain unchanged and result in an unsportsmanlike foul charged to the head coach.

“I commend the entire football rules committee for its thoroughness and focus on the state of the game of football,” said Todd Tharp, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. “The committee recognizes that the state of high school football focuses on risk minimization and the responsibility that coaches, players and game officials play in continuing to protect our student-athletes. By emphasizing that the coach is ultimately responsible for assuring his players are using legal equipment by issuing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for violations and that players will be removed for using legal equipment in an illegal manner, the committee continues to focus on minimizing risk for all players.”

The second rules change approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee provides another option for teams in Rule 6-1-9 on fouls committed by the kicking team during free kicks and scrimmage kicks. Now, the receiving team can accept a 5-yard penalty from the succeeding spot. The previous three options remain: accept a 5-yard penalty from the previous spot and have the kicking team re-kick, put the ball in play at the inbounds spot 25 yards beyond the previous spot, or decline the penalty and put the ball in play at the inbounds spot.

Bob Colgate, NFHS director of sports and sports medicine and liaison to the NFHS Football Rules Committee, said this additional option was approved by the committee in an effort to reduce re-kicks, further minimize risks and ensure that appropriate penalties are in place for all fouls.

“The ability to ‘tack on’ penalty yardage on free kicks will potentially reduce the amount of repeated free kicks,” Tharp said. “In addition, this rule change is consistent with NFHS rules that no foul should go unpenalized.”

The third change approved by the committee was a revision related to the examples of a defenseless player. In Rule 2-32-16a, the committee clarified that defenseless player provisions do not apply to a passer until a legal forward pass is thrown. The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the pass ends or the passer moves to participate in the play.

The committee also changed the signal for free-kick infractions, other than encroachment of the neutral zone, from Signal 18 to Signal 19.

The final change approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee concerned six-player football in Rule 3. The timing rule between periods and intermission for six-player football has been standardized to match the current NFHS rules for 8-player, 9-player and 11-player football.

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

St. Paul’s Girls and Guntersville’s Boys Win in 4A/5A Hoover, Homewood, American Christian Sweep 7A, 6A, 1A/3A Boys’ & Girls’ Indoor State Titles

BIRMINGHAM – Hoover, Homewood and American Christian swept the boys’ and girls’ championships for Classes 7A, 6A and 1A/3A, respectively, AT the 49th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Saturday.
    In Class 4A/5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school the girls’ state crown –the school’s ninth indoor title in a row, 25th overall and the school’s 181st state championship in all sports since joining in AHSAA in the early 1970s. Guntersville won the boys’ 4A/5A championship. The Lady Saints of Coach Jim Tate had 100 points and runner-up Scottsboro scored 62.50 to finish as runner-up.  Guntersville, coached by Jennifer Charles, posted 57 points, runner-up Scottsboro had 49 and Central-Tuscaloosa was third with 46.
    Pole vaulter James Courson won the Class 7A high jump competition clearing 16 feet, 1 inch, to help the Hoover’s boys, coached by Devin Hind, win the school’s eighth boys’ title overall. Hoover scored 135 points and runner-up Vestavia Hills was second with 62.50.  Courson attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Hind’s Lady Bucs totaled 113 points to win the state title for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. Hoover has won all four 7A titles. McGill-Toolen Catholic finished with 78 points and James Clemens was third with 74.
    Homewood’s Lady Patriots, coached by Lars Porter, and totaled 167.50 points to set a new AHSAA all-time indoor team scoring record. Pelham was second with 72.50 and Paul  Bryant finished third with 65. Porter’s Homewood boys had 103.50 points to finish ahead of runner-up Opelika, which had 56. Paul Bryant was a close third with 54.
    American Christian, coached by Charles Tiller, posted 104 points to win the boys’ 1A/3A crown and had 150 to win the 1A/3A girls’ championship. Bayside Academy had 72 points and Whitesburg Christian 67 to finish 2-3 in the girls’ competition. Mobile Christian had 71 to finish second in the boys’ team rankings, and Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 67.
   A total of 10 boys’ state indoor records fell and 12 girls’ records – a total of 22 for the two-day meet. In addition to Homewood’s girls setting the new all-time points record, the Lady Patriots also set the new 6A record. American Christian’s Girls set a record for points scored in 1A/3A, and Hoover’s boys set a new 7A team scoring record.
   Talented junior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic picked up her 10th AHSAA Indoor State Championships victory with a record-setting 3:56.31 time in the Class 4A/5A 1,600-meter race. She finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Presley Miles of Saint James, who upset Tyynismaa in the 800-meter finals Friday to set a class record in that event. Tyynismaa broke her own state record (5:01.36) set in 2015 when she was an eighth grader.
    In the boys’ 4A/5A 1,600-meter race, Matthew Estopinal of Randolph and Tanner King of Northside each broke the class record (4.22.12) held by Jon Bringham of St. Paul’s Episcopal since 2004. Estopinal finished with a winning time of 4:21.50 and King clocked 4:21.54 in the photo finish. The runners also finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters with Estopinal winning with another 4A/5A record time clocking 9:22.01. King crossed the finish line at 9:31.40.
   Jasmine Griffin led Homewood’s girls, winning the 400-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash on Saturday. She nipped Qymeshia Mayew of Paul Bryant to win the 400-meter dash. Griffin had a 57.47 time and Mayhew clocked 57.89. She won the 60-meter hurdles clocking 8.95 improving her qualifying time (9.89) by almost a full second. All six girls finishing in the scoring also ran faster Saturday than Friday’s best qualifying time. She closed out her individual events Saturday with a win in the 60-meter dash. Her winning time was 7.62 seconds.
   In other highlights Saturday:

Set a new record in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 inches. She broke her own record (39-11.75) set last season. Sutton set the CrossPlex record in January leaping 41-05.75.
GENESIS JONES, HOOVER: Set a new Class 7A state indoor record in the high jump with a winning jump of 5-06. London Wooley of Thompson and Ella Keaton of McGill-Toolen Catholic also equaled the old record 5-04 to finish second and third, respectively. Wooley took second with fewer misses. Julie Leonard of Mountain Brook set the record originally in 2015.
VADA SAMUELS, JAMES CLEMENS: Was the surprise winner in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 56.78, just ahead of Mountain Brook sprinter Holli Chapman (56.97). Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne, the AHSAA 7A state record holder and one of the top 400 runners in the nation, was disqualified for running out of her lane.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: Picked up her second championship of the 2018 state meet with a 5:03.81 time in the 1,600-meter finals. She won the 3,200 on Friday and finished fourth in the 800. Sydney Steely of Hoover was second at 5:03.97.
Won the 60-meter hurdles finals clocking 8.81. Teammate Chakiya Plummer was second at 8.91.
JORDAN McQUIRE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Posted a time of 1:17.85 to claim the Class 7A ambulatory 400-meter dash. She also ran the 60-meter dash in 10.35 seconds.
LAURYN HALL, SPARKMAN: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 7.66 time, 1/100th of a second off her 7A record-setting time in the Friday’s prelims and tying the state record she set last year. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hope Igbinoghene was second clocking 7.69.
HOOVER 4x800 & 4x400 RELAYS: Set the state and CrossPlex record in the 4x80 with a winning time of 9:19.70.  The Bucs held the record coming in thanks to its 9:26.76 finish in 2016.Coach Devin Hind’s team closed out the meet setting a new record in the 4x400 clocking 3:55.24 in a very close finnal. Hewitt-Trussville and James Clemens finished two second behind to also break the old mark (3:59.53) established by Central-Phenix City in 2016.

LAINEY HELMS, HOMEWOOD: Crossed the finish line at 5:21.49 to win 1,600-meter race.
JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Won the high jump clearing 5-04.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: The Patriots finished first with a time of 9:49.08.
KIRSEN GARDNER, HELENA: Won the shot put with a 37-06.24 toss.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Won the long jump with a meet best 17-02.50 leap.
RAMSAY 4x400 RELAY: Clocked 4:04.91 to sweep the final race of the 6A meet.

JADA CHILDERS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Edged teammate Olivia Knox at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash. Childers clocked 57.88 and Knox had 58.40 time.
ASHLEIGH IVORY, DEMOPOLIS:  Won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9:21 and also captured the long jump with a winning leap of 17-3.50. Emily  Burrowes and Olivia Beard, both of St. Paul’s Episcopal, finished two inches behind Ivory jumping 17-01.50.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.82 seconds.
OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Captured the high jump clearing the bar at 5-02.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 4x800 RELAY: The Lady Saints won the relay with a 10:18.84 time. Montgomery Catholic was second (10:20.48).
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons won in 4:07.53 to set a new 4A/5A relay record.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 9.19 seconds in the finals. She set a new 1A/3A state record in the prelims (9.08) on Friday. She also won the triple jump with a winning leap of 36-06.25.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Tied the 1A/3A state record in the high jump clearing 5-07. The record was set in 2017 by Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 35-05.50 leap.
JOSIE PARHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 60-meter dash clocking 8.15 in the finals to edge Ja’Niayah Boykin of Mobile Christian (8.18).
JA’NIYAH BOYKIN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 400-meter dash competition with a time.
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:18.59 to finish one second ahead of runner-up Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian.
4x800 RELAY: Westminster of Oak Mountain took first place clocking 10:19.20.

JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Followed up Friday’s 7A state-record performance in the 3,200 meters with a win in the 1,600 meters Saturday. His winning time was 4:23.56, just under a second better than runner-up Charlie Slaughter of Mountain Brook (4:24.33).
KYLE SMITH, HOOVER: Won the triple jump with a distance of 45-07 on his final jump.
JAKE DIGGS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Battled James Clemens’ Nolan Smith to the finish, winning the 400-meter dash with a 49.46 time. Smith crossed the finish line at 49.56.
HAKIM RUFFIN, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter dash finals with a 6.91 time. Teammate R.J. Nelson was second at 6.98.
Won the shot put with a winning toss of 49-02.50.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 60-meter hurdles running 8.31 in the finals Saturday.
SMITHS STATION 4x800 RELAY: Captured the relay title with a 7:58.51 time over runner-up Hoover (8:02.94). The Bucs  closed by winning the 4x400 relay in 3:24.01.

OKHEME MOORE, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Set a Class 6A state record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.81 seconds in the finals Saturday. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika held the mark (6.85), which he ran in 2016.  Moore also clocked 48.96 to win the 400-meter dash in a photo finish over Stanhope Elmore’s Xavier Rogers, who was timed at 48.98.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Established a new Class 6A indoor state record in the triple jump with his winning leap of 48-04.75. Myles Charley of Spain Park set the previous mark (47-11.25) in 2012.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Added the 1,600-meter title Saturday to the 3,200 race he won on Friday clocking 4:24.39 to finish just three seconds off the 6A state record.
Won the 60-meters hurdles finals with a time of 8.21.ELI BROOKS, HOMEWOOD: Cleared 13-03 to capture the pole vault . Edwin Rainey of Northridge was second at 12-06.
HOMEWOOD 4x800 RELAY: Beat Hartselle by four seconds to win the event with an 8:30.07 time.  Hartselle clocked 8:34.44.
 4x400 RELAY: The Rams won in 3:27.49 seconds.

DEMONTAE WILSON, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Ran the 400-meter dash in 50.33 seconds to win the event for the Falcons.
HUNTER APPLIN, WEST POINT: Captured the 60-meters hurdles crown with a time of 8.23.
CADE FINLEY, WILSON: Won the shot put event with a throw of 46-10.
CALEB JACKSON, PLEASANT GROVE: Won the 60-meter dash running 6.89 in the finals.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD:  Won the high jump clearing 6-06.
BRYAN SHIRLEY, SIPSEY VALLEY: Jumped 20-08.75 to win the long-jump competition.
GUNTERSVILLE 4x400 RELAY: The Wildcats won the final event with a time of 3:29.43 to clinch the state team championship.
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN 4X800 RELAY: Won the championship with an 8:26.28 time.

DAVID HODGSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 50.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the event. He just missed the state1A/3A  record (50.03), set by Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2016.
NATE COLLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Won the 1,600-meter race clocking 4:31.26.
KEEFER WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Clocked 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to win the event over runner-up James Jackson of American Christian (9.98). White also won the 60-meter dash with a 7.25 time in the finals.
WILEY BOONE, WESTMINSTER –OAK MOUNTAIN: Jumped 20-05.25 to win the long jump competition.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a 51-09.25 toss, and teammate Michael Prince finished second with a throw of 49-06. The 18 points scored in the last field event of the day propelled the Leopards to second place in the final boys’ team standings.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6 feet to win the 1A/3A long jump.
AMERICAN CHRITIAN 4x400 RELAY: The Patriots set a new record with a winning time of 3:35.33.
BAYSIDE ACADEMY 4x800 RELAY: Bayside’s time of 8:35.23 won the 4x800-meter relay. American Christian was second at 8:36.37.

11 Records Fall in First Day Homewood Boys and Girls Open Strong to Lead Class 6A At the 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

    BIRMINGHAM – Homewood High School’s boys and girls turned in strong performances Friday to take the lead in Class 6A at the 49th AHSAA Indoor State Track & Field Championships being held at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
     Coach Lars Porter’s defending state champion girls posted 72 points to build a 45-point lead over Pelham, which had 27, with five events finished Friday. The Patriots’ boys piled up 52.50 points to lead defending champ Opelika, posting 72 points through six events, to the Bulldogs’ 28. Paul Bryant was third with 26.
     Eleven indoor state-meet records fell Friday with five in the boys’ competition and six on the girls’ side. The state meet resumes Saturday at 8 a.m., with field events. Running events start at 9 a.m., with the 400-meter dash for all classes. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming the finals. To access the subscriber-based video stream, go to for instructions.
     In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover held a slim 4.5-point lead over McGill-Toolen Catholic in the girls’ competition after seven final events. The Lady Bucs had 48.50 points and the Lady Yellow Jackets had 44. Coach Devin Hind’s Hoover boys held a 44-35 lead over Vestavia Hills with five events concluded.
     American Christian, which swept the boys’ and girls’ titles last season in Class 1A/3A, held slim leads after Friday’s events with girls holding a 43-41 edge over Bayside Academy with six events completed, and a 48-26 lead over Westminster-Oak Mountain with five events concluded.  Defending 4A/5A girls’ state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal totaled 47 points through six events hand had a 14.5-point lead over Scottsboro (32.5). Winfield, the runner-up in the boys’ competition in 2017, scored 29 points Friday to hold a five-point lead over defending champion Scottsboro (23) with five events finished.
     Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic added her ninth individual state championship to her AHSAA Indoor Track trophy case clocking 10:44.09 to win the Class 4A/5A 3,200 meters Friday.  She finished 12 seconds behind her own record (10:32.94) set in 2015 when she an eighth grader.
   Her attempt at No. 10 was averted, however, in the 800-meter competition. Saint James freshman Presley Miles pulled a stunning upset in the Class 4A/5A 800-meter race however. She beat her friend and Montgomery rival with a strong finish over the final lap and broke the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state record in the process with a 2:15.83 time. Tyynismaa had set the previous record (2:17.57) in 2015. She crossed the finish line at 2:19.26 to finish second.
   Winfield junior Walker Junkin turned in the top boys’ performance of  Friday’s first day’s action setting a record in the Class 4A/5A pole vault. He won the event clearing 15 feet, 4 inches – and missed three attempts at 15-07 as most of the CrossPlex crowd watched and cheered him on with each valiant try. The old class record (14-07) was set by Jeremy Protz of Scottsboro in 2003. The all-time indoor record of 16-06.50 was set Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015.
   Friday’s highlights included:

Broke the Class 7A record in the 60-meter dash with a 7.65 time in the prelims. She set the standard at last year’s state meet clocking 7.66.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke the long-jump record she set last year with a winning leap of 18 feet, 8 inches Friday. Her previous record was 18-07.75.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 40-09.50 in the triple jump to break the previous 7A girls’ record (38-00) set by Thompson’s Sarah Green in 2016.
Won the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:59.46, less than a second off the 7A state indoor record.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Had a winning time of 2:13.93 in the 800-meter race.
JORDAN McGUIRE,  McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had a winning throw of 20-08.25 in the ambulatory division of the shot put  competition.
BRADYN COARSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Cleared 11 feet to capture the 7A pole vault.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Won the 7A race by just 4/100ths of a second over runner-up James Clemens. The Bucs clocked 1:43.12 and the Jets, 1:43.16. Auburn was third at 1:43.78.

LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD:  Crossed the finish line with a time of 11:11.20 just ahead of teammate Celie Jackson, who finished second.  
Cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.00.
AIYA FINCH, HOMEWOOD: Leaped 37-03.75 to capture the triple jump for the Lady Patriots.
HOMEWOOD 4X200 RELAY: Beat the field with a winning time of 1:43.56.

EMILY BURROWES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the triple jump with a winning leap of 37-02.25.
KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Threw the shot 45-05.50 to win the event for the Valley Cubs.
CALLIE RATCLIFF, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL:  Won the pole vault leaping 11 feet.
4x200 Relay: Central-Tuscaloosa won with a winning time of 1:46.76 to give the Falcons boys and girls a sweep in the relay.

KAYLEIGH ATKINS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 9.08 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles to set a new 1A/3A state record. Raven Stewart of Guntersville set the previous record (9.09) in 2013.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 3,200 meters crossing the finish at 11:37.99. Becca Billman of American Christian was second (11:55.49).
HARPER ROBERTS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the 800 meters clocking 2:19.68.
 Tossed the shot put 30-06.50 to win the event and also had a leap of 16-05.50 to capture the long jump title as well.
WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Clocked 1:53.50 to win the only girls’ relay of Friday’s competition.

Ran the 3,200 meters in 9:26.45 to win the event and set a new 7A state record.  Tommy McDonough of Hoover ran a 9:26.88 at last year’s state meet to set the record previously.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS:  Tied his own Class 7A state record by winning the high jump competition Friday clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. He missed at 6-10, however. Nesbitt set the mark originally in 2016.
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the long jump with a 22-10.25 leap.
CHARLES HUGHES,  SMITHS STATION:  captured the 800-meter race crossing the finish line at 1:56.97.

 Ran the 60-meter dash in 6.84 seconds to set a new 6A state indoor meet record. Opelika’s Nathanaiel Huggins held the record with a 6.85 time in 2016.
JONAH HYDE, HELENA: Cleared 6 feet, 9 inches to win the event. He made three attempts at 6-10.50, which would have broken the 6A state record (6-10.25), but he just missed on all three tries.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Clocked 9:37.03 to win the 3,200-meter run for the Patriots. Teammate Alvin Finch finished fourth at 9:58.20 to give the Patriots 15 points in the event.
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Won the long jump with a winning leap of 21-10. Teammate Jaylen Stinson was second with a distance of 21-04.
LOGAN JUSTICE, HOMEWOOD: Edged Helena’s Blake Vaughn by a nose, winning the 800-meter race with a 2:02.62 time in the closest finish of the day. Vaughn clocked 2:02.71 and Lance Cunigan of Benjamin Russell was third at 2:02.85.
ZION BINION, NORTHRIDGE: Tossed the shot 50-01.50 to win the championship, but was 13 feet shy of the AHSAA’s oldest standing indoor record (63-06.50), set by Frank Warren of Phillips High School 42 years earlier at the 1977 state meet held at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum.
RAMSAY 4X200 RELAY: Was 1.2 seconds shy of the 6A state record (1:28.40) clocking 1:29.60 to win the event.

Captured the 800 with a time of 1:56.17.
MATTHEW ESTOPINAL, RANDOLPH: Won the 3,200 meters with a state 4A/5A record time of 9:22.01.  Chase Buckelew of Arab set the previous record (9:27.31) in 2017.
GRANADAS BAKER, BEAUREGARD: Captured the triple jump with as top distance of 42-02.75.
4X200 RELAY: Central-Tuscaloosa’s time of 1:32.39 won the relay by two seconds.

Won the 3,200-meter run with a 9:50.01 time. David Barrett of American Christian finished second at 9:52.85.
JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT: Finished first in the 800-meter race with a winning time of 2:02.67.
JAMES JACKSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 13-03 in the pole vault to beat Falkville’s Devin Johnson, who closed at 13 feet.
CAMERON ALEXANDER, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Leaped 40 feet, 5 ½ inches to win the triple jump competition.
4X200 RELAY: American Christian’s relay team won with a time of 1:35.25.

AHSAA Basketball Spotlight Georgiana’s Ja’Michael Stallworth Scores 55 In 88-81 OT Win over J.F. Shields

MONTGOMERY – Georgiana senior guard Ja’Michael Stallworth scored a school-record 55 points in last week’s 88-81 overtime win J.F. Shields to land in the AHSA Basketball Spotlight this week.
    Stallworth had 27 in the first half, 18 in the third and fourth quarters and closed out going 10-for-10 at the foul line in overtime as Coach Kirk Norris’ Panthers improved to 22-2 on the season. Stallworth missed his first free throw of the night and then made with 18 in a row to finish 18-of-19. He made two free throws in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
   Stallworth has been a part of 108 Georgiana wins in his high school career. The Panthers have lost just 11 times during that stretch. The 55 points surpassed the previous high of 41 by Jacquez Payton in 2014. Stallworth now has 1,559 points 119 career games and is averaging 22.9 points per game this season. He also has 397 career assists, 381 career rebounds and 251 career steals.
    Pisgah senior Annie Hughes also went over 50 points in the Eagles’ 99-75 win over North Sand Mountain. She finished with 54 points.

LAUREN WATSON, ARAB: Broke the Lady Knight’s single-game school record scoring 42 points in 62-60 loss to Fort Payne last week, breaking the previous record of 41 scored by Ali Smalley in the AHSAA Class 5A State Basketball Tournament in 2006. Watson, who went over 1,000 points for her career earlier this season, was 17-of-28 from the field and 10-of-11 at the foul line versus Fort Payne. She also had 25 in a 54-49 win over Albertville in what was likely the last varsity game played in Arab’s current gymnasium.
DONOVAN O’MALLEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The senior manager for Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets, who was born with Down Syndrome, saw his dream come true when he started in the school’s final regular-season game versus Baker, a 55-49 win. He hit a bucket to tie the game at 2-2 before taking a seat on the team bench. He also got back into the game late.  Donovan, who served four years as the team manager, discussed the chance to play last spring with Murphy. He was honored prior to the game along with the six other seniors on the team. Baker coach David Armstrong graciously worked with Murphy to provide this special memorial for Donovan, who accompanied McGill-Toolen to three straight Class 7A state football games and two straight basketball state tournament appearances. In December, he was introduced with the football seniors at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa prior to the title game against Hoover.
KOLBY TINKER, PLAINVIEW: Was 5-of-12 from the 3-point line and finished with 19 points to lead Plainview (25-2) to an 88-77 win over Houlka (MS). The Bears made 17 of 39 to give them 364 made 3-pointers on the season, a new AHSAA single-season record. Cullman held the mark previously with 353 made treys in the 2014-15 school year.

DEJONTE THOMAS, FAITH ACADEMY: Sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining to lift the Rams (18-9) to a 53-49 win. He finished with 12 points. He also had 21 points in a 63-45 win over Williamson.

In other highlights reported:

BROOKS BARNHIZER, ALMA BRYANT: scored 27 points and cleared 10 rebounds in a 62-47 win over Mary Montgomery.
TRINITY BELL, ALBERTVILLE: His 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks helped the Aggies beat Boaz 56-47.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Scored nine point in a 57-26 win Whitesburg Christian to go over 1,000 points for his career for Decatur Heritage.
RYAN McILWAIN, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs past Thomasville 61-39. UMS-Wright (20-5) had 30 points in the second quarter hitting 8-of-11 3-pointers in the period to take a 40-19 lead into intermission.

Poured in 33 points and added 12 rebounds in a 56-38 win by the Rams (17-7) over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
ADIYA MATTHEWS, ALMA BRYANT: Led the Hurricanes (19-6) to a 65-34 win over Cottage Hill Christian scoring 30 points in the win.
KAITLIN PETERSON, EUFAULA: Scored 25 points and teammate Rachel Johnson added 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals as the Tigers (23-4) beat Dothan 60-37.
GABBY PERKINS, BRANTLEY: Had 21 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-27 win over McKenzie.

Pickens County Sanctioned for Violation of Academic Rule

     Pickens County High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violating the Academic Rule. The school self-reported the violation.
     PCHS allowed a student to participate on the boys’ basketball team before he had met all eligibility requirements. Therefore, Pickens County’s boys’ basketball team must forfeit any games won in which the student participated while ineligible. In accordance with the AHSAA Restitution Rule, once the student becomes eligible, the student must sit out the same number of contests in which he participated ineligibly. The area tournament bracket will reflect any forfeits that affect final area standings.
     The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

Sumter Central Sanctioned for Exceeding Maximum Contests Allowed

     Sumter Central High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for the boys’ basketball exceeding the maximum number of contests allowed in the regular season. The school self-reported the violation.
     Furthermore, all contests t
he boys’ basketball team played and won after exceeding the maximum number allowed must be forfeited. Accordingly, the AHSAA Restitution rule requires the boys’ basketball team to sit out the same number of contests in which they played ineligibly. Due to the restitution, Sumter Central will not participate in the Class 5A, Area 7 tournament and their season has ended. The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

Huffman Sanctioned for Violation of Coaching Outside the Sports Season

     Huffman High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violation of Coaching Outside the School Year and for coaching a transfer student from another school prior to enrollment. The school self-reported the violation.
     Furthermore, any coach that coaches a student from another school renders that student ineligible at the coach’s school for the next school year. Huffman’s boys’ basketball must forfeit all games won in which the student participated. Moreover, in accordance with the AHSAA Restitution Rule, once the student becomes eligible, the student must sit out the same number of contests in which he participated ineligibly. The area tournament bracket will reflect any forfeits that affect final area standings.
   The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.