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Class 1A Girls’ Semifinals St. Luke’s Episcopal 60, Mars Hill Bible 58

    Senior guard Elizabeth Roebuck nailed the winning layup at the buzzer Monday to life St. Luke’s Episcopal to a 60-58 victory over Mars Hill Bible in the Class 1A semifinals of the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
    The win sends Coach Gareth Trawick’s Wildcats (22-4) into Thursday afternoon’s Class 1A state finals at Legacy Arena against Spring Garden (34-2) at 4 p.m. The Panthers won 56-35 over Elba in the other semifinal.
     Roebuck finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Teammate Iamunique Bowie, a sophomore guard for St. Luke’s, added had 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists and junior Whitney Novak had a team-high 16 points. Haley Patterson scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.
     Mars Hill Bible (28-8), trailing 58-56, tied the game with 15 seconds remaining on Lauren Allen’s assist to Kylie Thigpen to sank the bucket to knot the game at 58-58. The Panthers of Coach Jay Mitchell led 33-25 at the half and 48-47 heading into the final quarter.  
    Neely Johns led Mars Hill with 17 points, four assists and three steals. Erika Mitchell added 16 points, Riley Vaughn scored 12 and had  team-high six rebounds. Thigpen finished with three points.
    Walker coached St. Luke’s boys to the state finals last year and now has the Lady Wildcats in the finals for the first time.
     All semifinal and championship games in the 2020 State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games and the AHSAA Radio Network is handling announcing duties for radio and TV during the semifinals.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.


 


Class 1A Boys’ Semifinals Lanett 70, Jacksonville Christian 61

    Lanett High School’s 6-foot-9 senior twins Cameron and Zameron Boozer combined for 32 points and 29 rebounds as the Panthers (21-11) held off stubborn Jacksonville Christian 70-61 in the Class 1A boys’ semifinals at the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday.
   Cameron Boozer had 20 points with a 10-of-15 shooting performance inside. He also cleared 19 rebounds – 13 coming on the offensive boards. His twin Zameron added 12 points and 10 rebounds – four offensive boards – as the post players dominated the inside for Coach Richard Carter’s Panthers. Lanett won the rebound battle 51-36. Junior point guard Kintavious Dozier added a team-high 21 points, three steals and three assists.
    Jacksonville Christian (24-7), making its first-ever state tournament appearance, battled throughout to stay close – thanks in part to the 3-point shooting of senior Kobe Messer. He sank five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points. The Thunder’s 6-7 senior center Chase Vinson battled inside valiantly with Lanett’s twin towers to combine for 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a game-high four blocked shots and three assists. Brady Shaddix also added nine points, six rebounds and three assists. He was 6-of-8 at the foul line for Coach Tommy Miller’s Thunder.
     Lanett advances to the Class 1A boys’ championship game Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The Panthers will be chasing their fourth state title. Carter’s  teams won three straight Class 2A state titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  – winning previous championships in 1987, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016 and 2018.
    All semifinal and championship games in the 2020 State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games and the AHSAA Radio Network is handling announcing duties for radio and TV during the semifinals.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.


 


Class 1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 56, Elba 35

    The Spring Garden Lady Panthers jumped out to quick 10-point lead on the way to a 56-35 win over Elba as the Class 1A girls’ semifinal battle kicked off the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Monday morning.
   Sophomore center Neely Welsh led the way with 30 points and 11 rebounds. She was 14-of-21 from the floor. Macy Reedy, who sank two early 3-pointers to jump start Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers (34-2), finished with three treys and nine points. Ace Austin,  seventh grader, added seven points, five rebounds, three assists and seven steals.
    Spring Garden now advances to the Class 1A championship game Thursday at 4 p.m. The Panthers will be vying for their seventh state title – winning previous championships in 1987, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016 and 2018.
    Elba (23-8), coached by Shaun Hammonds, reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history. A team with only three seniors, the Tigers were paced by junior Jaylyn Baker’s 10 points and eight rebounds. She also blocked three shots and had two steals. Melissa Williams added eight points and five rebounds, Breanna Sanders had eight rebounds and Freeda Hooks scored eight points and had two steals.
    All semifinal and championship games in the 2020 State Tourney are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and are also being shown over the AHSAA TV Network’s group of cable affiliates in Alabama. WOTM TV is producing all games an the AHSAA Radio Network is handling all announcing duties.
    All cable systems in Alabama have a chance to take the broadcast feed for all the games free of charge. If your local cable company is not televising the games, please contact them and ask them to join the AHSAA TV Network.

 


 


Six Defending Champions as the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Begin Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena

All games to be live-streamed and on live TV

     BIRMINGHAM – Four girls’ and two boys’ defending state champions are in the field as 56 high school basketball teams play in the 98th AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center’s Legacy Arena Feb. 24-29. Nine teams are also competing in the State Semifinals for the first time in school history.
    Classes 1A and 2A open the competition Monday beginning at 9 a.m. with Spring Garden (33-2) taking on Elba (23-7) at 9 a.m., in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals. Jacksonville Christian (24-6) takes on Lanett (20-11) in the Class 1A boys’ state tourney opener at 10:30 a.m.  Coach Ricky Austin’s Lady Panthers are chasing their seventh state title this year, last won the championship in 2018. Lanett, coached by Richard Carter, will be vying for its fourth state crown – the last one also coming in 2018. Ironically, Elba, coached by Shane Hammonds, and Jacksonville Christian, coached by Tommy Miller, are in the state tourney for the first time.
   Classes 3A and 4A semifinals will be Tuesday; Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday; and Class 7A, Thursday. The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon at 4 and 5:45 p.m.  Championship games in Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will be held Friday. Class 5A, 6A and 7A close out the 2020 State Finals on Saturday.
   All semifinal and championship games will be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network and will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network by WOTM TV’s cable network of affiliates. Every cable company in the state were offered the chance to broadcast the games live. Some have not accepted the offer. Check with your local cable station and if they have not signed up, urge them to do so ASAP this week.
    Teams back to defend state titles include, in the girls’ competition, Class 2A Cold Springs, Class 3A Pisgah, Class 6A Hazel Green and Class 7A Hoover. Defending boys’ champions are Class 4A Talladega and Class 7A Mountain Brook.  The Spartans (31-2) of Coach Bucky McMillan will be striving for their fourth 7A title in  row. Coach Tim Miller’s Hazel Green girls are chasing their straight Class 6A state crown.
    Schools competing in the State Tourney for the first  time are girls’ programs Elba (1A), Pike Road (3A), Shelby County (5A), Northridge (6A) and McAdory (6A); and boys’ teams Jacksonville Christian (1A), Red Bay (2A), Fairhope (7A) and Oak Mountain (7A). Two schools, Class 3A Lauderdale County and Class 5A Center Point, advanced their girls and boys to the 98th State Championships.
    Lauderdale County’s girls, 29-5 this season, have won a state-record 13 state girls’ championships overall. Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers also won a state-record 86 games in a row earlier this decade.
    Francis Marion (24-7) is making it first trip to the state tourney since 2000. Long-time Rams Coach Woodie Jackson (810-418), who guided the Perry County school to six state titles, retired from coach (at Selma High School) after the 2018 season and returned to Francis Marion a year later.
     Four other coaches in the boys’ tourney have coached teams to more than 700 wins in addition to Jackson – Talladega’s Chucky Miller (784-346), Lanett’s Carter (714-238), Eufaula’ Michael Smith (706-301); and Jacksonville Christian’s Miller, who has won 986 girls’ and boys’ games compiling a 390-363 boys’ record and a 596-201 girls’ record over 37 years.

    Eight coaches in the girls’ field have coached 500 or more wins, led by Deshler’s Jana Killen (784-201). Others include: Cold Springs’ Tammy West (647-207); Lauderdale County’s Brant Llewellyn (635-113); Pisgah’s Carey Ellison (623-155); Hazel Green’s Spring Garden’s Rick Austin (618-165); Tim Miller (615-97); Central-Phenix City’s Carolyn Wright (538-300); and Spain Park’s Mike Chase (529-261). Austin also has more than 200 boys wins.
 


AHSAA Basketball State Finals Extend partnership with Birmingham

Alabama’s state high school basketball championships will continue to call Birmingham

home through 2026


MONTGOMERY, ALA. — The Alabama High School Athletic Association, City of

Birmingham, and the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau have

reached a tentative six-year agreement that will keep Birmingham as the home for the

AHSAA Basketball State Finals Championships through 2026.

Pending final approval from the AHSAA and the City of Birmingham, the tournament will continue the tradition started in 1994 of playing the semi-finals and championship games for both boys’ and girls’ basketball in all seven AHSAA classifications in Birmingham for the next six years.

 

“We are excited that we have reached a tentative six-year agreement to keep the State

Finals in the City of Birmingham through 2026,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve

Savarese. “Our schools look forward to the “Road to Birmingham” each basketball

season. It is a great source of pride for our association to host this format, which is a

rare undertaking across high school athletics. The AHSAA crowns 14 state champions

each year on this outstanding stage thanks to the tremendous support of all of our

partners in Birmingham.”
 

Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin is also proud of the partnership. “We are

pleased to see the AHSAA State Finals continue to call Birmingham home through

2026,” Mayor Woodfin said. “Finishing the season in Birmingham has been the goal of

every boys’ and girls’ basketball team across the state. Our city is honored to carry on

the great tradition of hosting these student-athletes as they create memories which will

last a lifetime. As a progressive city focused on building a better future for our young

people, we look forward to working closely with the AHSAA to celebrate championship-caliber high school sports for years to come.”
 

The AHSAA is gratified to continue working alongside the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring the State Finals event to Birmingham and Jefferson County. GBCVB President and CEO, John Oros said, “With an expected economic impact exceeding $6 million, visitors from all over the state will continue to experience our region’s special brand of southern hospitality and the great renaissance that is transforming Birmingham and Jefferson County.”


The Legacy Arena at the BJCC will continue to serve as the backdrop for each year of

the AHSAA State Finals with the exception of the 2021 Championships. The Legacy

Arena will be unavailable due to the $123 million renovation project set to begin in the

spring of 2020.

“With our venue so steeped in AHSAA basketball history, it is extremely

exciting, and we could not be more pleased to have Birmingham and Legacy Arena

continue to serve as the home of the AHSAA State Finals though 2026,” said BJCC

Executive Director Tad Snider. “It is with great anticipation that we look forward to

working with our partners while we undertake renovations. We know the fans, student-athletes, and our partners are going to be thrilled with the updates to Legacy Arena

when the tournament returns to the BJCC in 2022.”


For the 2021 tournament, organizers will utilize Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex and

Bartow Arena on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham while the

Legacy Arena at the BJCC is undergoing renovations. Savarese said, “While the

final 2021 tournament game schedule and sites are still pending due to a variety of

factors including Conference USA’s bonus play format, the AHSAA is excited to be

partnering with UAB and the CrossPlex to maintain the high quality tournament

atmosphere in 2021.”
 

“Enhancements to the Uptown area like the BJCC renovations and the addition of

Protective Stadium –– UAB’s future football home –– are important economic

development and entertainment projects,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “UAB is

excited that Bartow Arena can keep the AHSAA State Finals in Birmingham in 2021.”
 

UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram said the school has a tremendous partnership

with both the City of Birmingham and the BJCC. “When we were initially asked if we

could host this event, we were thrilled at the opportunity to do so,” Ingram said. “Our

entire department is looking forward to having all of these hard-working young men and

women compete in Bartow Arena at UAB.”
 

The CrossPlex is also glad to host yet another championship event for the AHSAA. “The

Birmingham CrossPlex is excited to play a part in hosting the 2021 AHSAA State Finals

in the Bill Harris Arena,” said Taunita Stephenson, Director of the Birmingham

CrossPlex. “It will be the third AHSAA state championship and seventh high school

post-season event to be held at the CrossPlex during the 2020-2021 school year.

Nothing makes us more proud than to see a student-athlete hoist a championship

trophy in our building.”
 

Jamie Lee, AHSAA Assistant Director overseeing the sport of basketball, said he has learned first-hand just what the “Road to Birmingham” experience can be. “I was able to participate in the State Basketball Championships as a coach and saw just how much this experience meant to our players, coaches and community. Now working directly with the tournament, I have an even deeper understanding of just how important our partnership with Birmingham is for our member schools.”

Savarese said the AHSAA appreciates the continued commitment from its Birmingham

partners. “On behalf of our more than 400 member high schools and approximately

150,000 student-athletes this association serves, I want to sincerely thank the

community partners who have pledged their support to make this renewal happen,” he

said. “This includes the City of Birmingham, the Greater Birmingham Convention and

Visitor’s Bureau, the BJCC and our 2021 partners – UAB and the Birmingham

CrossPlex.
 

“The AHSAA is truly grateful for each of these organizations for making the sport of

basketball and hosting the AHSAA State Finals a priority and providing such memorable

championships for these student-athletes and schools year after year.”
 

ABOUT THE ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:

The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency

organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic

programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the

interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public,

private and parochial institutions. For more information on the AHSAA, please visit

www.ahsaa.com.
 

ABOUT THE AHSAA STATE FINALS:

The AHSAA Basketball State Finals brings together the Northwest, Northeast,

Southwest, and Southeast regional tournament qualifier for both girls and boys in

each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications for two semi-final round games and a

championship game at one venue. Formerly known as the Final 48 Championships,

the AHSAA Basketball State Finals hosts 56 teams for a total of 42 games across

six days of play each year. The tournament was hosted for the first time in this

format in 1994 in Birmingham by the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. The AHSAA

absorbed full management in 2008. For more information on this year’s State Finals

event, please visit www.statefinalsal.com .


Recognition and Thanks – Not Abuse – Needed for High School Officials

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 Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director

 

 

 

            While the behavior of parents and other fans at high school games is still a work in progress, there is some good news on the officiating front.

            Last fall, we reported on a growing shortage of officials nationwide – even reaching a crisis stage in some areas as games were being cancelled. Through a nationwide recruitment effort, progress is being made in attracting more people to the high school officiating avocation. 

            Thanks to the NFHS’ #BecomeAnOfficial campaign that was launched in the spring of 2017, more than 4,000 men and women across the country have registered and become certified officials. Many of these individuals are former high school athletes who want to remain involved in sports, earn some extra income and stay in shape, including first responders such as police officers, firefighters and EMTs.  

            Individuals interested in becoming an official can sign up through the  www.HighSchoolOfficials.com website, and most state associations respond within 24 hours to continue the registration process.

            On the flip side, however, is the fear that any gains in new officials coming in the front door are being offset by other officials heading out the back door because of the continued boorish behavior on the part of parents and other fans.

            Rickey Neaves, associate director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, is struggling to cover all basketball games in his state in his role as officials’ coordinator.

            “Fans and coaches alike feel freer to downgrade officials, and holler and scream at them, as opposed to the way it was 10 years ago,” Neaves said. “You can see where it is getting worse and worse with parents and coaches blaming officials or staying on an official to the point where they’re just not going to take it, so they just get out.”

            Unfortunately, we continue to hear reports like this from across the country. A recent survey conducted by Officially Human: Behind the Stripes that was completed by about 19,000 respondents in 14 states indicated that the problem persists, with fans who do not know the rules being the main culprit.

            If efforts by the NFHS at the national level – and others at state and local levels – to attract more people to officiating are to be successful, unsportsmanlike behavior on the part of parents and other fans must cease or we will lose some of these new officials within two years.

            While we recognize the task of improving the culture at high school events is challenging and is one more item on the busy plates of school administrators, it is essential if we are to retain officials.

            Brenda Hilton, founder of Officially Human: Beyond the Stripes, said “The time is now for all of us to realize that officials are human and their existence and hard work at sporting events allows all of us to enjoy the games that we love. We must start to humanize officials now before the whistles fall silent.” 

            Recognition and thanks should also be a part of the game plan. We must regularly share our appreciation for the men and women who officiate high school sports.

            Dana Pappas, commissioner of officials for the New Mexico Officials Association, shared the following with officials in her state during a special appreciation week:

            “Never think that what you do as an official doesn’t matter because it does. Never let one contest where the fans are exceedingly brutal and the scrutiny is overly intense derail your love for what you do. Never think that you are not making a difference because you most definitely are. You are educators, role models and guardians of the integrity of the sport you officiate. You officiate because you care about kids, you care about your chosen sport and you care about your community.”

            Instead of viewing these officiating issues as a crisis, let’s see them as an opportunity to impact lives through education-based athletics. 

              

           

 Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff is in her second year as executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the first female to head the national leadership organization for high school athletics and performing arts activities and the sixth full-time executive director of the NFHS, which celebrated its 100th year of service during the 2018-19 school year. She previously was executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for seven years.

 

 


AHSAA Scoring Leader Tommy Murr Scores 56 in OT Loss at NE Regional

JACKSONVILLE – Tommy Murr, the AHSAA’s all-time leading score in history, closed out his senior season with 56 points Thursday night but even that wasn’t enough as Jacksonville Christian ousted the Lions 82-78 in overtime at the Northeast Regional tourney in Class 1A.
   Murr, who closed his season with a single-season state record 1,506 points in 34 games, averaged 44.3 points a game this season, which currently ranks second in the nation according to MaxPreps.
   The senior who signed with David Lipscomb University in Nashville, finished his fable prep career with 5,716 points and had a career average of 31.6 in 181 games.
  Mur was 23-of-47 from the field at JSU’s Pete Mathews Coliseum  and 7-of-10 at the foul line, had 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and just five turnovers. Jacksonville Christian (22-7), which advanced in the Northeast Regional to face Spring Garden in the 1A finals next Monday, also got an outstanding effort from Chase Vinson, who had 39 points with s 14-of-17 effort from the field and 11-of-14 at the free-throw line. He also had 21 rebounds, including eight on the offensive boards. Kobe Messer added 17 points and Eli Fair had 14 for the winners.
    Classes 6A and 2A open play at all four regional sites Friday.
   The first day’s results at all four regional tourneys included:

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL
Alabama State University
Dunn-Oliver Acadome
CLASS 7A
Boys

Mary Montgomery 52, McGill-Toolen 48
Fairhope 84, Baker 64
Girls
McGill-Toolen 52, Davidson 48
Foley 63, Theodore 52

CLASS 1A
Boys

Francis Marion 77, McIntosh 61
Autaugaville 76, Keith 71
Girls
St. Lukes Episcopal 52, Holy Spirit 28
Linden 51, Francis Marion 48


SOUTHEAST REGIONAL
Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery
CLASS 7A
Boys

Jeff Davis 68, Auburn 62
Lee-Montgomery 85, Central-Phenix City 59
Girls
Central-Phenix City 79, Lee-Montgomery 28
Auburn 62, Jeff Davis 28

CLASS 1A
Boys

Cornerstone 58, Georgiana 48
Lanett 87, Florala 50
Girls
Westminster Oak Mountain 48, Georgiana 30
Elba 38, Loachapoka 32

NORTHWEST REGIONAL
Wallace-Hanceville CC
Tom Drake Coliseum
CLASS 7A
Boys

Mountain Brook 67, Florence 48
Spain Park 60, Austin 46
Girls
Spain Park 64, Florence 29
Vestavia Hills 54, Austin 49

CLASS 1A
Boys

Pickens County 74, Covenant Christian 68
Decatur Heritage 68, Belgreen 65
Girls
Mars Hill Bible 86, Falkville 33
Phillips 50, Decatur Heritage 46

NORTHEAST REGIONAL
Jacksonville State U.
Pete Mathews Coliseum
CLASS 7A
Boys

Oak Mountain 60, Huntsville 36
Sparkman 61, Hoover 47
Girls
Hoover 74, Huntsville 24
Gadsden City 47, Oak Mountain 38

CLASS 1A
Boys

Jacksonville Christian 82, Lindsay Lane 78 (OT)
Spring Garden 49, Skyline 46
Girls
Spring Garden 66, Skyline 37
Talladega County Central 65, Valley Head 54


 


AHSAA To Televise Live all 42 Games at the 98th State Basketball Championships Feb. 24-29

   MONTGOMERY – For the first time in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament, all 42 games in the upcoming 2020 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Center will be televised live.
   “This is outstanding news for our member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “It will allow more people than ever before to get to see our outstanding state tournament, and it will also give several schools the opportunity to have their games televised for the first time.  We thank the NFHS Network and WOTM TV making this happen.”
    The AHSAA’s TV and live-streaming partner, the NFHS Network, will continue to live-stream all 42 games to its subscribers. The NFHS Network will also make all boys’ and girls’ semifinal and final games in each classification available over the Alabama Cable Network and other cable companies in the bank of AHSAA’s network of cable stations across the state.
    The cable network is still being developed and may not be available in some markets. Please check with your cable company and if they are not part of the AHSAA TV Network, then urged them to join the network. The games are available to all cable networks in the state free of charge to all that join.
      WOTM TV of Sylacauga will be producing all the games with Vincent Earley as the executive producer.  Cable companies not currently in the AHSAA TV Network can contact Earley at: jvearley@wotm.tv or call 256-225-2424. The AHSAA TV Network’s current cable affiliates can be found at the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg

      The Alabama Cable Network (ACN) can be found on Channel 80  of most Charter Cable affiliates. Those who do not have cable access can subscribe to the NFHS Network and will receive all 42 games over the internet. For information, go to:  https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
     Those already with subscriptions to the NFHS Network can see all championship games at no additional charge.
      The 98th State Basketball Championships will be played at the Legacy Arena Feb. 24-29 with eight games daily from Feb. 24-26. Four Class 7A semifinal games will be played on Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by the Class 1A boys’ and girls’ finals. Six championship games (2A, 3A and 4A) will be played Friday, Feb. 28, and the state tourney will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 29 with state finals for girls and boys in Classes 5A, 6A and 7A.
      The NFHS Network will once again live-stream the regional finals in all classifications at all four Regional site locations:  The Southwest Regional (Alabama State University’s Acadome); Southeast Regional (Garrett Coliseum); Northwest Regional (Wallace-Hanceville Tom Drake Coliseum); and the Northeast Regional (Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum).
      In addition, AHSAA member schools that are a part of the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream their schools’ regional semifinal contests. Regional tournaments are set for Feb. 13-18) with the Southwest Regional at ASU concluding Feb. 19.


 


All-Star Coaches Selected for 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Games

MONTGOMERY – Coaches for the upcoming 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Classic to be played in Mississippi March 13 have been selected.
    Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced Hoover High School’s Krystle Johnson will serve as head coach for the Alabama girls’ all-star squad and Pinson Valley High School’s Darrell Barber will serve as head coach for the Alabama boys.
     Central-Tuscaloosa’s Michael Rivers will be the girls’ all-star assistant coach and Wenonah’s Audwin Howard will be assisting Barber with the boys’ squad. Administrative coaches will be Tammy West, head coach at Cold Springs (girls); Mountain Brook assistant coach David Good and recently retired Carver-Montgomery coach James Jackson will serve as the boys’ administrative coaches.
    Lee said the two 15-member team rosters comprised of 2020 seniors will be announced at a later date.
    The AHSAA and its coaches’ wing AHSADCA work with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) to produce the games annually.
    The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic began in 1991 rotating between Florence and Mississippi for the first 12 years. The Classic moved to Pelham Civic Center from 2003-2011, moved to ASU in 2012 and began the Alabama-Mississippi home-and-home rotation once again in 2013. Alabama’s All-Stars are 1-2 in their three games in Mississippi since then. Alabama’s boys are 4-1 in games played at ASU and the Alabama girls are 3-2. 
    Alabama’s boys won last year 107-90 at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome, and the Alabama girls won 101-82. Both squads hold a slim 15-14 edge in the overall series.
    Johnson, a 2001 Hoover graduate, has played on a state championship team, coached as an assistant on a state championship team and has served as a head coach on a state championship team, all at Hoover. Her team won the Class 7A state championship last season and finished 34-1 and is currently
25-1 in 2020. She has compiled a 216-51 career record. Rivers (230-51), who graduated from Central-Hayneville High School, is in his ninth year as the head coach at Central-Tuscaloosa. He led the Falcons to a 28-3 record last season and the 5A state title. Central is currently 22-3 this season.
   Barber coached Midfield’s boys to state titles in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and directed Pinson Valley to the Class 6A state crown last season. Now in his 11th season as a head coach, Barber, who attended John I. Leonard High School in West Palm Beach (FL), has a 253-165 career slate. His Indians are 16-3 and handed previously undefeated Lee-Montgomery its first loss of the season last weekend, 83-82. 
    Howard (123-65) attended Birmingham’s Jackson-Olin High School. Now in his sixth year as Wenonah’s head coach, he guided the Dragons to a 31-5 record last season and their sixth boys’ state crown. It was the first state title in his coaching career. Wenonah is currently 15-9 this season.

 ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

GIRLS

YEAR                                      SCORE                             SITE

2019                   Alabama 101, Mississippi 82                     Alabama State, Montgomery, AL                          
2018                   Alabama 109, Mississippi 96                     Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017                   Mississippi 93, Alabama 86                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016                   Mississippi 78, Alabama 77                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2015                   Alabama 93, Mississippi 87                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014                   Mississippi 95, Alabama 89                       Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013                   Alabama 64, Mississippi 54                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012                   Mississippi 94, Alabama 91                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011                   Mississippi 73, Alabama 60                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010                   Mississippi 78, Alabama 56                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009                   Alabama 81, Mississippi 73                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008                   Alabama 89, Mississippi 86 (OT)               Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007                   Alabama 90, Mississippi 65                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006                   Mississippi 89, Alabama 80                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005                   Mississippi 101, Alabama 83                     Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004                   Alabama 114, Mississippi 78                     Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003                   Mississippi 95, Alabama 82                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002                   Alabama 76, Mississippi 71                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001                   Alabama 87, Mississippi 76                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000                   Mississippi 87, Alabama 82                       Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999                   Alabama 95, Mississippi 85                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998                   Alabama 105, Mississippi 84                     Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997                   Alabama 60, Mississippi 54                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996                   Mississippi 88, Alabama 72                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995                   Alabama 80, Mississippi 77                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994                   Mississippi 92, Alabama 84                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993                   Alabama 73, Mississippi 66                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992                   Mississippi 74, Alabama 61                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991                   Mississippi 82, Alabama 66                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Alabama 15, Mississippi 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

Alabama State         Alabama 3, Mississippi 2

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 5, Mississippi 1

Miss College            Mississippi 4, Alabama 3

Holmes CC               Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

 

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS       VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                        1991 (41)

Mississippi     1994 (123)                2013 (54)                        2002 (31)      

 

 

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,475                          85.3 ppg

Mississippi     2,340                          80.7 ppg

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

2018               205 (Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 @ Mississippi College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1997               114 (Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 @ North Alabama)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Mississippi, 3 games (2010, 2011, 2012) 
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (2007, 2008, 2009)
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (1997, 1998, 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

BOYS

YEAR                                      SCORE                             SITE

2019                   Alabama 107, Mississippi 90                     Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2018                   Mississippi 127, Alabama 90                     Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017                   Mississippi 96, Alabama 91                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016                   Mississippi 85, Alabama 83                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2015                   Alabama 101, Mississippi 88                     Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014                   Alabama 90, Mississippi 83                       Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013                   Alabama 87, Mississippi 76                       Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012                   Alabama 109, Mississippi 104                   Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011                   Mississippi 85, Alabama 74                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010                   Mississippi 112, Alabama 88                     Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009                   Alabama 78, Mississippi 74                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008                   Alabama 101, Mississippi 99                     Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007                   Mississippi 118, Alabama 113                   Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006                   Mississippi 94, Alabama 87                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005                   Alabama 84, Mississippi 79                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004                   Alabama 87, Mississippi 86                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003                   Mississippi 82, Alabama 80                       Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002                   Mississippi 98, Alabama 67                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001                   Mississippi 87, Alabama 83                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000                   Alabama 90, Mississippi 82                       Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999                   Alabama 95, Mississippi 68                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998                   Alabama 111, Mississippi 76                     Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997                   Alabama 110, Mississippi 91                     North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996                   Mississippi 105, Alabama 97                     Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995                   Alabama 85, Mississippi 69                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994                   Mississippi 123, Alabama 111                   Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993                   Mississippi 82, Alabama 75                       North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992                   Mississippi 73, Alabama 71                       Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991                   Alabama 103, Mississippi 62                     North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Alabama 15, Mississippi 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

Alabama State         Alabama 4, Mississippi 1

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 4, Mississippi 2

Mississippi College   Mississippi 6, Alabama 1

Holmes CC               Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,652                          91.4 ppg

Mississippi     2,594                          89.4 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS       VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                        1991 (41)

Mississippi     2018 (127)                1991 (62)                        2018 (37)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

1994               234 (Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 @ Miss. College)
2007               231 (Mississippi 118, Alabama 113 @ Pelham CC)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1992               144 (Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 @ Miss. College)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Alabama, 4 games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

                                                            Alabama, 4 games (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2016, 2017, 2018)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2001, 2002, 2003)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (1992, 193, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS:

Alabama All-Stars Girls

2019     River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
2018     Zipporah Broughton, R. E. Lee

2017     Unique Thompson, Faith Academy

2016     Jailyn Maddox, Hoover 

2015      Kristian Hudson, Clay-Chalkville

2014     Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga

2013     Marq’ues Webb, Hoover

2012     Tiarra Pollnitz, Shades Valley

2011     Monique Jackson, Central Phenix City

2010     Courtney Strain, Woodland

2009     Adrienne Webb, Sparkman

2008     Lyndsay Harris, Hoover

2007     Courtney Ward, Jeff Davis

2006     Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005     Trevesha Jackson, Auburn

2004     Brooke Hand, Lawrence County

2003     Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002     Chantrius Stone, Woodland

2001     Pam Garrett, Lineville

2000     Tiffany Presley, Fairfield

1999     Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1998     Von Kirk, Butler

1997     Yalika Barnes, Carver-Montgomery

1996     Gretchen Carter, Decatur

1995     LaToya Webster, Central Florence

1994     Sharon Thompson, Sumter County

1993     Tiffany Martin, Grissom

1992     Christy Thomaskutty, Brewer

1991     Marlakia Jones, Huntsville

 

Alabama All-Stars Boys MVPs

2019     Cameron Tucker, Wenonah
2018     Jamari Blackmon, Hoover

2017     Herb Jones, Hale County

2016     Trey Petty, Westminster Christian

2015  Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014     Riley Norris, Albertville

2013     De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012     Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011     Ricky Tarrant, Pleasant Grove

2010     Josh Langford, Lee-Huntsville

2009     Eric Bledsoe, Parker

2008     Frankie Sullivan, R. C. Hatch

2007     Justin Knox, Central-Tuscaloosa

2006     Jay-R Strowbridge, Sparkman

2005     George Drake, Calera

2004     Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2003     DeJuan Benjamin, Wilcox Central

2002     Deron Ray, Leflore

2001     Duane Erwin, Lee-Huntsville

2000     Asa Woods, Dora

1999     Okechi Egbe, Austin

1998     Chris Williams, Minor

1997     LeAndrew Bass, West End

1996     Roderick Murray, Jeff Davis

1995     Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994     Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993     Chad Jones, Vestavia Hills

1992     Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991     Hasson Sanders, Central-Tuscaloosa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Francis Marion Delivers Career Milestone Coaching Win No. 800 for its Beloved Coach Woodie Jackson

This week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY— Coaching basketball has taken Woodie Jackson in several directions during his more than 40 years as a boys’ basketball coach, teacher and administrator. But the road always seems to take him back to Francis Marion High School in tiny Marion, Alabama.
     Jackson, currently in his third tenure as boys’ head basketball coach for the Rams, recently notched the 800th win of his legendary career with a 48-39 Francis Marion win over Choctaw County – Jackson’s alma mater. It was a milestone he really didn’t expect to reach when he retired from coaching for the second time after spending eight seasons at Selma High School from 2009-2016.
     He said the Perry County School Superintendent pulled him out of retirement in 2018 to take over the proud Francis Marion program once again a year later. Jackson, now 802-415 in his high school coaching career, has the Class 1A Rams (16-4) playing like the Rams of old. He coached the school to four state titles in his first four years (1988-1991) and reached the Final Four again in 1992. He left the school for college coaching for two years but returned in 1995 and eventually led the Rams to a fifth crown in 2000 – giving him six overall in his prep coaching career.
     Jackson’s 802 career wins ranks him sixth all-time behind in the AHSAA. The leader is another Perry County coaching legend Eugene Mason of R.C. Hatch, now deceased, who was 919-306. W.H. ‘Cap’ Brown of Birmingham-Parker is next at 890-312. Willie Scoggins, another Birmingham coaching legend, is third at 864-309. Both men are also deceased. Fourth is Jack Doss, who retired after 2017 with 10 state titles at four different schools (Hayes, Butler, J.O. Johnson and Mae Jemison, finished his career at 812-329. Currently fifth is long-time Barbour County boys’ coach Raymond White, now at Carroll of Ozark. He won his 800th game last season and currently owns an 808-342 career record.
     Inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, Jackson served as a coach in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in 1991 and coached the East team in the 2008 McDonald’s All-America Game. All five coaches ranked ahead of Jackson are also members of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
    Why did he give up retirement to return to Francis Marion one more time? Jackson summed up his reasons in an interview with Edwin Stanton of the Tuscaloosa News – reasons he said were taught to him first-hand by his own high school coach and father figure Vernon Johnson. “You have to be in it for the children because you are sure not going to get rich,” he said. “I am not rich. I’m in it for the love of it and because I care about people. The players love me and I love them. With kids it doesn’t matter how much you know, they care about how much you care about them.”
   Two other high school coaches won milestone victories over the past week:
    Southside-Gadsden Coach Kim Nails notched the 600th coaching win of her coaching career with a 43-39 win over Hokes Bluff. She is currently 192-123 at Southside, was 270-79 at Gadsden and posted a 146-45 record coaching Gadsden State Community College. Her prep coaching slate is 462-202 and overall record is 608-247. And Spain Park boys’ basketball coach Chris Laatsch notched the 400th win of his prep coaching career on January 21 when the Jaguars nipped Hewitt-Trussville 69-67.
    Three players had milestone efforts as well.
     Pike County 6-foot-8 senior Andres Burney scored a career-high and school record 49 points, cleared 16 rebounds and blocked four shots in a 77-74 overtime loss to Eufaula last week. He also had 14 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead Pike County to a 52-31 win over Wicksburg.
Reeltown’s Makayla Langston scored 20 points in the first quarter and finished with 30 points to lead the Rebels past Fayetteville 44-20 last week. She sank nine field goals and two free throws in the period. The 20 points in one quarter ties her for sixth most points in a quarter in the AHSAA. The state record (27) for girls was set by Jesse Ralston of Ranburne in 2017 in a 66-24 win over Randolph County.
   Jamya Tyus of McAdory High School scored 18 points in a win over Hueytown – to put her over 2,000 points for her career. Burney is approaching 1,500 points for his prep career for the Bulldogs. She also contributed eight rebounds, five steals and three assists in the Hueytown victory.
   Other top performances reported include:


BOYS
JALEN TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING:
Scored 15 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunderbirds to an 95-80 win over Carver-Montgomery for the school’s first victory over their city rivals in school history.
RILEY LEONARD, FAIRHOPE: Proved to be Mr. Clutch for the Pirates scoring 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and also blocked a potential game-tying shot in the extra period to preserve a 64-59 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic.
DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Nailed a
game-winning layup with nine seconds remaining as Mobile Christian edged Cottage Hill Christian 51-50. He scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
R.J. JOHNSON, GRISSOM: Totaled 21 points and nine rebounds in a 58-57 win over Gadsden City.
JORDAN BELL, WILLIAMSON: Had 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and five dunks in a big win over Escambia County.
NATHAN VINCENT, BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN: Scored a career-high 29 points in a 48-46 win over Bayside Academy.
MARTEZ JONES: Led B.T. Washington of Tuskegee to an 83-48 win over Wetumpka with 18 points and 15 rebounds. He finished 7-of-9 from the floor.
CLARKE O’CONNOR, UMS-WRIGHT:
Scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs to a 76-68 upset win over Williamson.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Totaled 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists, seven steals and three blocks in a win over Fruitdale.
KAM WOOD, PINSON VALLEY: Sank five 3-pointers and finished with 45 points in the Indians’ 85-76 win over Center Point.
T0MMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: Had nine 3-pointers on 15 attempts and finished with 43 points in s 93-57 win over Athens Bible.

J.D. DAVISON, CALHOUN: Was 15-of-23 shooting and finished with 31 points in a 93-83 win over arch-rival Central-Hayneville.
BRAYDON WHITAKER, SLOCOMB: Scored 24 points to lead the Red Tops to a 68-63 victory over Straughn in three overtimes. James Guilford had 33 points for the Bulldogs.
TRAVELL McREYNOLDS, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Had 22 points in a 93-83 loss to Calhoun and again in the Lions’ 89-88 loss to Greenville.
BRADY COBB, ZION CHAPEL: Scored 27 points in a 74-52 victory over Samson.
COLBY FULLER, GENEVA COUNTY: Led the Panthers past Cottonwood 77-69 with 28 points and 14 rebounds.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Scored 31 points and cleared 10 rebounds in a 68-64 loss to Brewbaker Tech.


GIRLS
MIA HOLLINSWORTH, HAMILTON: Had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in s 53-39 win over Russellville.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY:  Scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds, 12 blocked shots and six assists in the Bulldogs’ 65-44 win over Cottonwood.
SAMIRA MOORE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Tallied 27 points in a 63-35 win over Carroll.
AIYAH POSTMA, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had a career-high 37 points and added 10 steals as the Generals beat Jeff Davis in overtime 62-56.
EMILY BOWMAN, HUNTSVILLE: The Panthers’ senior and Vanderbilt signee pulled down 22 rebounds and had four blocked shots in a 43-32 win over Sparkman. She finished with 11 points.
QUINTASIA LEATHERWOOD, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in  61-35 win over Sipsey Valley and added 15 assists as the Falcons beat Demopolis 63-36 and 10 in a 50-33 win over Hale County.
SAKYA WHITE, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Had 53 points and 44 rebounds in three wins for the Falcons. She has 21 points in a 63-36 victory over Demopolis and 18 rebounds in a 61-35 win over Sipsey Valley.
CORDASIA HARRIS, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Had 33 points in a 62-42 win over Greenville and 20 in a 66-36 win over rival Calhoun for the Lions (16-3).
DOMINIQUE OWENS, MIDFIELD:
Had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Patriots’ 61-36 win over Fultondale and 20 points, six rebounds and 13 steals in a 58-6 victory over Holy Family. Teammate Jemeriah Moore also had 16 points, 13 assists and seven steals as Midfield (15-8) downed Sumter Central 64-33.
ANIYA HUBBARD, HOOVER: Had 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 79-31 win over Tuscaloosa County and 15 points, four steals and  five assists to lead the Bucs past Oak Mountain 70-22.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Had 20 points, eight assists and six steals in a 38-29 win over Minor.
RENIJAH BROWN, MARBURY: Had 28 points in a 65-61 win over Stanhope Elmore and 27 points and seven steals in the Bulldogs’ 74-58 victory over Chilton County.
TENASIA GORDON, GEORGIANA: Poured in 28 points in a 60-58 victory over J.F. Shields for Georgiana (12-5).
SKYE HARRIS, PIKE ROAD: Sank nine 3-pointers and scored 29 points in a 65-5 win over McEachern (GA).

MI’KASIA FLOYD, EUFAULA: Sank the winning free throw with six seconds left as Eufaula beat Dothan 58-57. She finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
JULIA MILLER, REHOBETH: Nailed a jumper with two seconds remaining to lift the Rebels past Greenville 38-36. She had put Rehobeth ahead with two foul shots moments earlier, but Greenville came down the floor and tied the game 36-all, setting up her game-winning shot. She finished with seven points.