MONTGOMERY – Scottsboro High School junior Cooper Atkins breezed his way to the championship in his school’s invitational cross country meet, one of four Wildcats to finish in the top five in the 257-man field on Sept. 28 at John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions course last weekend.
Atkins’ 15:48.38 time in the 5K was the top finish reported last week and earns the Week 6
AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight. Cooper’s twin brother, Benson Atkins, took third in the race at 16:17.88, ahead of teammates Rex Green (16:30.83) and Josue Vela Castillo (16:40.66). Zach Avenel was seventh at 16:41.58 to round out the Scottsboro finishers. Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie (16:13.60) was second.
Coach Luke Robinson’s squad won the title in the 19-team Class 5A-7A field over Florence and Bob Jones, competing without Wildcat Hayden Judge, who has a team-best 15:29 5K this year. Judge missed the meet with an illness.
“(Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Coach) John Esslinger set the standard for Scottsboro,” Robinson said, “and we have a really good tradition.”
In his fourth year at the helm, Robinson has guided the Wildcats to 10 cross country and track state championships – including the 2018 boys’ and girls’ cross country and outdoor titles. His boys’ team also won the indoor crown a year ago.
Other top boys’ performers last week included Jace Jones of Thompson, topping the Shelby County Championship at Veterans Park in Alabaster with a 16:13:86 first-place finish; Cullman’s Will Thompson, notching a 16:15.60 in the Kudzu Hills Invitational at Cold Springs; Joseph Perry of UMS-Wright, clocking a 16:25.02 in the Battle of the Bay meet at Loxley; and Woodrow Dean of Tallassee, finishing in 16:42.32 in the Opelika Invitational.
There was a youth movement in the top girls’ performers last week, including ninth-grader Hannah Adams of Westminster School at Oak Mountain with a 19:36.10 finish at the Oak Mountain Invitational at Heardmont Park in Shelby County; Addison Embry, an eighth-grader at Lauderdale County, finishing first with a 20:29.19 time in the Class 1A-3A division at the Warriors Invitational, hosted by Wilson High in Florence; and Mary Anna Trimble, another eighth-grader, winning the 4A-7A division of the Warriors meet with a 20:38.99 finish – just ahead of fellow eighth-grader Mallory Cole of Brooks (21:22.45).
Many of the AHSAA’s cross country programs will head to Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and State Park to compete in the prestigious Jesse Owens Classic on Saturday.
Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:
John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions (Host: Scottsboro High)
5A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Scottsboro 19; Florence 107; Bob Jones 124
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (257)
1. Cooper Atkins, Scottsboro 15:48.98
2. Sam Moultrie, Guntersville 16:13.60
3. Benson Atkins, Scottsboro 16:17.88
1A-4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Pleasant Valley 58; Fairview 60; Westminster Christian 75
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (132)
1. Collin Mayfield, Geraldine 16:04.97
2. Peyton Bailey, Fairview 17:35.73
3. Kyle VanKirk, Westminster 17:42.53
5A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Fort Payne 52; Lawrence Co. 59; Scottsboro 69
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (135)
GIRLS 5K RUN
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 19:38.23
2. Maggie Crow, Fort Payne 19:47.25
3. Mary Claire Ridgeway, Florence 19:59.38
1A-4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Ashville 29; Pleasant Valley 44; Glencoe 107
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (105)
1. Taylor Knight, Ashville 21:41.44
2. Meghan McCarthy, Ashville 22:00.18
3. Katie Giles, Glencoe 22:29.51
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL
Herdmont Park, Birmingham (Host: Oak Mountain High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hoover 49; Randolph School 73; Catholic-Montgomery 108
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (212)
1. Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 16:18.81
2. Hollis Johnson, Catholic-Mtgy 17:06.33
3. Owen Marquardt, Hoover 17:17.20
4. Lee Thomas, Randolph 17:17.39
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Hoover 67; Oak Mountain 81; Randolph School 111
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (157)
1. Hannah Adams, Westminster/Oak Mtn 19:36.10
2. Evie Bell, Oak Mountain 20:01.14
3. Hallie Porterfield, Westminster 20:20.59
BATTLE OF THE BAY
Loxley Municipal Park (Host: Bayside Academy)
5A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hartselle 43; McGill-Toolen 50; Daphne 71
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (126)
1. Ethan Rowe, Daphne 16:37.81
2. Drew Roberts, McGill-Toolen 16:42.53
3. Myles Murphy, McGill-Toolen 17:45.29
1A-4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: UMS-Wright 33; St. Michael Catholic 52; Houston Acad 96
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (101)
1. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright 16:25.02
2. Barton Erwin, Mobile Christian 17:20.85
3. Matthew Taylor, UMS-Wright 17:37.85
5A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: McGill-Toolen Catholic 35; Baker 61; St. Paul’s Episcopal 69
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (86)
1. Emily Shumock, Faith Acad 19:48.81
2. Claire Frazier Bolton, McGill-Toolen 19:52.83
3. Anna Adams, McGill-Toolen 21:04.63
1A-4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: American Christian 31; UMS-Wright 71; T.R. Miller 76
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (53)
1. Olivia Blackmon, T.R. Miller 20:31.67
2. Karis Kelley, American Chr 20:43.18
3. Brenda Ellis, UMS-Wright 20:51.50
KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL
Cold Springs High, Bremen (Host: Cold Springs High)
4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cullman 32; James Clemens 59; LAMP (Loveless) 74
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (153)
1. Will Thompson, Cullman 16:15.60
2. Matthew Hill, James Clemens 16:48.93
3. Seba Bakoyema, LAMP 16:54.57
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 36; St. Bernard 41; Altamont 127
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (144)
1. Caleb Guthery, St. Bernard 17:20.81
2. Jonathan Collett, Cold Springs 17:33.01
3. Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs 17:38.43
4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Cullman 30; James Clemens 49; Arab 79
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (89)
1. Kristin Day, James Clemens 19:48.70
2. Jennifer Aviles, Cullman 20:14.80
3. Della Kelly, Cullman 20:30.10
1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: J.B. Pennington 63; Cold Springs 65; St. Bernard 83
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (95)
1. Camilla Chambers, Holly Pond 20:03.89
2. Madilyn Kerber, St. Bernard 20:37.34
3. Reagan Parris, Cold Springs 20:37.72
Opelika Sportsplex (Host: Opelika High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 23; Central-Phenix City 81; Stanhope Elmore 98
BOYS INVITATIONAL LEADERS (108)
1. Woodrow Dean, Tallassee 16:42.32
2. Sean Dorrill, Central-PC 17:12.05
3. Thomas Parnell, Auburn 17:20.38
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Central-Phenix City 29; Auburn 36; Beauregard 77
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (60)
1. Adley Burkes, Central-PC 19:34.97
2. Breckin Gould, Opelika 20:36.46
3. Abigail Garner, Central-PC 21:21.47
SHELBY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Veterans Park, Alabaster (Host: Thompson High)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Helena 43; Briarwood Christian 65; Briarwood Jr. 85; Thompson 87
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (181)
1. Jace Jones, Thompson 16:13.86
2. Walker Cole, Oak Mtn 16:26.53
3. Brady Barton, Helena 16:58.53
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Oak Mountain 40; Helena 71; Briarwood Jr. 82; Thompson 84
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (95)
1. Evie Bell, Oak Mtn 20:32.21
2. Teanna Cason, Chelsea 21:02.28
3. Emily Allen, Thompson 21:05.05
Wilson School, Florence (Host: Wilson High)
4A-7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Deshler 34; Haleyville 65; Rogers 75
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (70)
1. Raleigh Stamps, Rogers 17:09.90
2. Cody Hill, Deshler 17:36.18
3. Lewis Barber, Haleyville 18:29.75
1A-3A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Tanner 50; Hatton 56; East Lawrence 78
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (68)
1. Nicolas Ulrich, Athens Bible 17:23.06
2. Colby Corum, Lauderdale Co. 18:06.29
3. Carson Graves, Hatton 18:10.51
4A-7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Deshler 38; Haleyville 53; Rogers 55
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (40)
1. Mary Anna Trimble, Muscle Shoals 20:38.99
2. Mallory Cole, Brooks 21:22.45
3. Jaycee Biffle, Rogers 21:33.97
1A-3A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Hatton 30; Colbert Heights 43; Lexington 78
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (50)
1. Addison Embry, Lauderdale Co. 20:29.19
2. Valerie Grosso, Lexington 21:45.87
3. Kasey Ezekiel, Colbert Height 22:03.86
More than 150 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools
MONTGOMERY – Class 7A, Region 3 rivals Tuscaloosa County (0-5) and Hoover (4-1) bring storied histories into tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the sixth in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM/NFHS Network production.
Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairing for next week’s Game of the week – a Class 2A, Region 4 contest between Thorsby (3-3) and Fayetteville (4-1).
The Bucs have been the most dominating big-school program in AHSAA history, claiming 13 state football championships – with current head coach Josh Niblett leading the team to six state titles since arriving in 2008. His 142-21 record at Hoover is only surpassed by the 75-7 region record against some of the top 7A programs in Alabama. The program currently has a 497-173-7 overall record since its first season in 1963 with only 10 losing seasons in that 57-year span.
The Bucs had two players, center David Bodden and quarterback Robbie Ashford, named to the Alabama All-Star Team Wednesday. The 33rd annual All-Star Game versus Mississippi is set for Hattiesburg on Dec. 14.
Ironically, the Bucs’ last losing season came in 1998 – one year afrer Tuscaloosa County won the Class 6A state football championship for the Wildcats’ only state title in 1997. Tuscaloosa County, which has a 545-392-30 overall record dating back to 1923, posted undefeated teams in 1932 (10-0-1) and 1946 (9-0). The program, which has had 67 winning seasons in the last 97 years, has struggled since moving into Region 3 when the seven-classification format was introduced in 2014. Tuscaloosa County has gone 6-32 in region play 13-44 overall with wins coming in that first year transition.
Jay Todd, the son of long-time coach David Todd, is in his first season as head coach. He is the fourth head coach for the Wildcats in six years since that move to 7A. He is undaunted, however, about the task ahead of him and is committed to building the program into a contender once again.
The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has four varsity games on tap tonight and 45 Friday. More than 150 football and volleyball varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests are planned through next Thursday.
In addition to tonight’s Hoover-Tuscaloosa County contest, the NFHS Network will show Florence at Huntsville, Smiths Station at Jeff Davis and Carver-Birmingham at Pelham. Some key region games set for Friday on the NFHS Network include: Pike County (5-0) at Providence Christian (6-0) in Class 3A, Region 3; Sparkman (6-0) at Austin (5-0) in Class 7A, Region 4; Hewitt-Trussville (4-2) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) and Thompson (5-0) at Spain Park (2-3); and defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-2) at Gardendale (6-0) in Class 6A, Region 6.
A full slate of more than 40 volleyball contests are scheduled for tonight and next Tuesday.
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MONTGOMERY – A roster including 26 players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The annual contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The game was played in Mississippi for the first time in the series in 2015. The hosts are 2-0 at home and Alabama is 22-8 in its home games. The series was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile from 1988 to 2010; a second game in 2010 was held at Troy University’s Veterans Memorial Stadium and Cramton Bowl has hosted the All-Star Game six times, 2011-2014, 2016 and last year. Alabama is 22-10 overall.
“We hope the 40-man Alabama roster selected for this year’s game hosted by the AHSADCA will bring the Alabama-Mississippi Game Championship Trophy back (to Alabama),” Lee said.
Spain Park High School Coach Shawn Raney, is serving as the head coach for Alabama. The All-Star squad has 14 players that are currently committed to SEC with the Crimson Tide receiving verbal commitments from six. Auburn has three commitments, Ole Miss has two. LSU, Kentucky and South Carolina have one each. Two players on the team are headed out-of-state to the Atlantic Coast Conference (defending National Champion Clemson and Georgia Tech); two have announced plans to attend Big 10 schools Nebraska and Purdue, and one player is heading to the Big 12 (Kansas). UAB has three commitments, Troy University has two, Tulane and Middle Tennessee have one each. Of the 14 players still uncommitted, the majority are still embroiled in national recruiting battles.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was selected through a rigorous process that began last winter, Lee said. “The selection committee has worked extremely hard to trim down the strong list of nominations to the 40 selected. It is a difficult task for sure, and we thank the committee for its dedication.
Among the Alabama commitments is running back RoyDell Williams of Hueytown, who rushed for 2,757 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior. The husky 5-foot-10, 208-pound speedster had 409 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in one game last year. Linebacker Jackson Bratton of Muscle Shoals, another Alabama commit, recorded the 400th tackle of his prep career last week. Other Crimson Tide commitments include quarterback/athlete Kristian Story of Lanett; defensive back Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville; 6-7, 340-pound defensive lineman Jayson Jones of Calera; 6-3, 2145-pound linebacker Demouy Kennedy of Theodore.
Auburn commitments selected are 6-5, 210-pound linebacker Cameron Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen; offensive lineman Javian Cohen of Central-Phenix City; and defensive lineman Daniel Allen of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
Quarterback Logan Smothers of Muscle Shoals and Robbie Ashford of Hoover committed to Nebraska and Ole Miss, respectively. Smothers has led the Trojans to a 6-0 record this season and eclipsed 6,200 passing yards in last week’s 29-10 win over Florence. He is 522-of-795 passing for 6,240 yards and 50 touchdowns for his career and has rushed 400 times for 2,420 yards and 28 TDs.
Central-Phenix City wide receiver Eddie Williams plans to Clemson, Spanish Fort receiver Kris Abrams plans to attend Ole Miss and Jamichael Thompson of Clay-Chalkville plans to join the Middle Tennessee receiving corps. Hewitt-Trussville’s 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman Eric Taylor has committed to LSU.
Briarwood Christian offensive lineman Trent Howard, 6-4, 285, has committed to Georgia Tech. Howard is the son of former Jess Lanier High School and University Alabama offensive lineman standout Johnny Howard. His dad also represented the AHSAA in the very first Alabama-Mississippi Game played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 1988 and won in three overtimes 24-21 by Alabama.
The complete roster can be found at the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/2019-AL-MS-Roster
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director
About four weeks ago, we distributed an op-ed suggesting that inappropriate behavior by parents and other adult fans at high school sporting events was causing many officials to quit before they even reached two years on the job.
Although we received mostly positive support from this article, some people thought we went too far in telling parents to “act your age” and “stay in your own lane.” On the contrary, perhaps we should have been more direct.
Last week, one of our member state associations shared a resignation letter it had received from a 20-year veteran soccer official who had taken all the abuse he could handle. A portion of that letter follows:
“Soccer parents: you are absolutely 100% the reason we have a critical refereeing shortage and games are being cancelled left and right. And you are at least a part of the reason I’m done here. The most entitled among you are the ones that scream the loudest. And every time you do this, you tell your son or daughter the following:
“I do not believe in you, I do not believe in your team, I do not believe in your collective ability to overcome your own adversity and you absolutely will not win and cannot do this without me tilting the table in your favor.
“On behalf of myself and so many other referees – and I say this with every ounce of my heart and soul – shut up about the referees, and let your kids rise or fall as a team, as a FAMILY. Because the vast majority of you truly have no idea what you’re talking about, and even if you have a legitimate gripe about one play or one decision, you’re not fixing anything.”
And if that wasn’t enough, last week the Eastern Panhandle Youth Football League in West Virginia released the following statement:
“Unfortunately, it has come to the point that because of the abuse, negativity and utter disrespect shown to our officials from parents, coaches and most recently from our players, the Eastern Panhandle Officials Association president stated today that the association will no longer schedule officials for our league games at any field. This means effective immediately all remaining games are cancelled.”
This statement is from a youth league, which means the coaches are likely also parents of players, and the players are sons and daughters who are emulating their parents’ behavior.
So, no, our previous message was not too direct or emphatic. The kind of boorish parental behavior that compels a 20-year soccer official to quit cannot be allowed to continue. While we would hope that parents and other fans would embrace the concepts of education-based athletics by respecting the efforts of those men and women who officiate high school sports, that unfortunately is not occurring in some cases.
As a result, schools must adopt and enforce a strict, fan behavior policy. In soccer, a player receives a “yellow card” as a first warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. If the action occurs again, the player is hit with a “red card” and is ejected from the contest. Some schools have implemented a similar penalty structure for parents and other fans – not just at soccer games but all high school events. If the inappropriate behavior and verbal abuse of officials continues after one warning, the person is removed from the venue. There must be consequences for these offenders before we lose any more officials.
Most of the 7.9 million participants in high school sports are on the fields and courts every day to have fun and compete as a team with their classmates, and the 300,000-plus officials assist in that process. Now, if parents would let the players play and the officials officiate!
Online link to article: https://www.nfhs.org/articles/the-nfhs-voice-veteran-officials-hanging-it-up-because-of-unruly-behavior-by-parents/
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 VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT
MONTGOMERY – Bayside Academy (34-8) was 4-1 in the strong field at the Over the Mountain volleyball tournament held at Hoover last weekend.
More significantly, the Admirals posted the 1,500th coaching victory of Coach Ann Schilling’s legendary career and landed in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 season.
Schilling, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, finished the weekend with a 1,502-407 career record. The defending Class 4A state champion Admirals posted wins over Etowah (GA), Class 5A Jasper and Class 7A powers Vestavia Hills and Thompson before falling 2-1 to host and tourney champion Class 7A Hoover in the semifinals.
The state’s volleyball coaching career wins leader is now in a most elite group of one as the only high school volleyball coach in the AHSAA to reach the 1,500-match victory milestone. Earlier this season, Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon coached her 1,400th career match win at Montgomery Academy, joining Schilling and retired coaches Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson reaching that exclusive milestone.
Bayside has won 17 straight AHSAA state volleyball titles dating back to 2002 and have won 24 state championships over a 27-year period since 1992. Schilling’s program has won titles in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and last year, in Class 4A. Victory No. 1,500 came against the defending Class 5A state champion Jasper Vikings last weekend.
Jacque Martin and Emily Buhl led Bayside at the Over-the-Mountain tourney. Martin had 36 kills, four aces, four blocks and 27 digs and Buhl recorded six aces, 26 kills and 27 digs.
Hoover (22-10) went 5-1 in the tourney to win the championship. The Bucs avenged a pool-play loss to 7A rival Mountain Brook with a victory in the championship match.
The Class 7A third-ranked Bucs beat the Spartans 2-1 in the title match after falling to the Spartans 2-0 earlier in pool play at the tournament.
Rya McKinnon led Hoover with 113 kills for the week, including 24 in the tourney win over Spain Park. She went over the 1,000-kill mark for her career in the tourney win over Baker.
Other top performances reported include:
ALLY McCOLLUM, PHILLIPS: Had 61 kills and seven blocks to spark the Bears (19-14) to the championship of the Marion County Tournament. Phillips beat Hackleburg twice and Meek in regular season play and then beat Marion County twice, Hackleburg, Hamilton and Winfield twice for the title after losing to the Pirates earlier in the tournament.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (44-5) to the 10 match wins, including the championship of the Kentucky Challenge Invitational tourney at Lexington (KY). She had 81 kills, 42 digs, 14 blocks and five aces in the tourney with a career-high 17 digs in a win over Tate Creek (KY).
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (38-5) to nine match wins with 163 assists, 40 digs, 27 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces as Spanish Fort won the Harvest Fest Invitational at Boaz. The Toros beat Hartselle in the finals. Teammate Avery Rodgers contributed 88 kills and 21 aces.
IMANI NICHOLSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (22-7) finish third in the Southern Invitational at Atlanta with 59 kills and 28 digs in seven matches.
MARY GRAY TURNER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 36 kills and 13 digs and teammate Millie Stevenson dished out 115 assists and the Eagles (28-5) went 6-0 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions.
ANSLEY DEAN, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 50 kills in two match wins over Prattville Christian and LAMP for the Lady Knights.
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 158 assists, 49 digs and 21 aces as the Hornets (34-2) went 8-0 for the week and 5-0 to win its own September Slamfest tourney. Chelsea beat Brewbaker Tech in the finals.
ANNA CLARE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 194 assists, 49 digs, 27 kills and 12 aces as the Lady Devils (30-11) were 8-3 for the week. Two losses were to defending 5A and 6A state champs Jasper and Spanish Fort.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Posted 57 kills, 63 digs and four aces as the Spartans won six of seven matches last week. Teammate Vandevelde had 133 assists.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 29 kills and 34 digs in three matches for the Senators (24-9).
MAKENNA LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 213 assists as the Rebels (24-3) posted six wins in seven matches.
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD, WINSTON COUNTY: had 132 KILLS, 19 service aces and 54 digs as the Yellow Jackets went 7-2 for the week.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Dished out 72 assists and recorded five blocks and four aces in two match wins for the Tigers (22-12) over Danville and Guntersville.
AINSLEY SCHULTZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Served a near-perfect 93 percent with 17 aces and just six errors in 88 attempts in seven matches for the Rebels. She also had 127 assists, 70 digs and six blocks.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 50 blocks and 55 kills as Geraldine (22-7) posted five wins in seven matches.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 82 kills as the Aggies went 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Harvest Fest Tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Totaled 100 assists as the Bucks (29-11) went 4-1 in five matches.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Totaled 96 kills and seven blocks in nine matches for the Golden Eagles (19-13).
McKINLEY FERGUSON, JASPER: Led the Class 5A Vikings (34-8) to seven wins in nine matches with 84 assists, 54 kills and 19 services aces.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 148 assists and 18 digs in eight matches for the Panthers (29-10), which went 6-2 for the week.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 62 kills and 67 digs to lead Brew Tech to the finals of the SlamFest Tourney at Chelsea. Brewbaker (17-11) was 5-2 on the week.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 134 kills and 84 digs in 10 matches for the Eagles (30-6). She also served 10 aces and had 12 assists.
MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Posted 93 kills, 50 digs, 10 blocks and 10 aces as the Hawks (30-19) reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions hosted by Danville.
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORNCE: Had 155 digs and Ann Margaret Keener had 257 assists as Central went 7-4 for the week.
MONTGOMERY – Several AHSAA coaches claimed milestone wins last week.
Scottsboro junior quarterback Jacob Manning had 23 rushes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and senior linebacker A.J. Widgeon had three sacks on defense as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 33-0 for the 100th career head-coaching victory for Coach Don Jacobs. He had head-coaching stops at Elkmont and Oneonta before taking over the Scottsboro program in 2017. Jacobs, a Scottsboro graduate and former three-sport star, is in his 13th season as a head coach with a 100-50 overall record.
Muscle Shoals (6-0) beat Florence last week 29-10 to give Coach Scott Basden his 175th career win. Now in his 31st season as a head coach, Basden owns a 175-64 career slate with 106 wins at Muscle Shoals. His other stops were at Cordova and Parrish.
Winfield head coach David McKinney registered his 100th head-coaching victory Sept. 19 when the Pirates beat Lamar County 34-6. Now in his 13th season as a head coach, McKinney is 100-47 overall with a 48-25 mark at Winfield.
Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (339-151) is the AHSAA career wins leader and the AHSAA’s active wins leader. The Rebels posted his 339th win last week beating Shades Valley 17-0. Three coaches – Tallassee’s Mike Battles Jr. (174-83), Bayside Academy’s Phil Lazenby (174-95), and Mark Rose (174-79) of Smiths Station – are one win away from career coaching win 175 heading into this week’s games.
WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES IN THE AHSAA
TOT NAME CAREER PCT. YEARS
339 – Buddy Anderson (Vestavia Hills) 339-151-0 69.2% 1978-2019
313 – Jamie Riggs (Houston Academy) 313-89-0 77.9% 1986-2019
308 – Terry Curtis (UMS-Wright) 308-85-0 78.4% 1989-2019
303 – Danny Horn (Central, Clay County) 303-87-0 77.7% 1989-2019
287 – Paul Benefield (Fyffe) 287-53-0 84.4% 1992-2019
242 – Lamar Harris (Hubbertville) 242-202-0 54.5% 1978-2019
237 – Steve Smith (Piedmont) 237-73-0 76.5% 1995-2019
230 – Trent Taylor (Andalusia) 230-135-0 63.0% 1988-2019
221 – David Powell (Sumiton Christian) 221-81-0 73.2% 1994-2019
207 – Josh Niblett (Hoover) 207-53-0 79.6% 2000-2019
203 – Stacy Luker (Clarke County) 203-87-0 70.0% 1995-2019
202 – Mark Freeman (Thompson) 202-50-0 80.2% 1998-2019
187 – Brent Hubbert (T.R. Miller) 187-42-0 81.7% 2001-2019
187 – Bob Godsey (Madison Academy) 187-67-0 73.6% 1998-2019
183 – Steve Mask (St. Paul’s Episcopal) 183-91-0 66.8% 1990-2019
175 – Scott Basden (Muscle Shoals) 175-64-0 73.2% 1999-2919
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight For Week 5
MONTGOMERY – Senior strong safety Nathan Grantham has had numerous big plays from his wide receiver position this season for Coach Johnny Bryant’s Class 2A Rebels. Last Friday, he recorded 18 ½ tackles to lead Zion Chapel to a 34-30 win over rival Kinston to claim the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight of the Week.
He also scored on a 3-yard run. Teammate Zay Adair also had an interception with 1:03 left to preserve the win. He had 8 tackles, a blocked extra point and recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Grantham’s defensive effort edged out two other strong performances reported. Stanhope Elmore linebacker William Whitlow had 15 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Mustangs’ 20-17 win over Smiths Station. And Chaz Pope of Spring Garden stripped a Sand Rock runner of the ball near the Panthers goal line, then scooped up the fumble and raced 98 yards for a touchdown in Spring Garden’s 44-21 win over Sand Rock in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM. He finished with an interception and five tackles.
OTHER DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
JACKSON CHANCEY, G.W. LONG: Returned an interception 15 yards for a TD, and teammate Braxton Whitehead also had a pick he returned 39 yards for a score as the Rebels (5-0) beat Elba 46-35. Both scores came in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter. Whitehead also had a 62-yard TD reception.
MAYS McMILLAN, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including three for losses, had an interception, forced and recovered one fumble as the Wildcats downed Montgomery Academy 33-10.
SPENCER MOOREHEAD, GENEVA: Totaled nine tackles, including three for losses, in Geneva's 40-28 win over Samson.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Had eight tackles on defense and also rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on offense as the Panthers beat Cherokee County rival Sand Rock 44-21.
L.J. HILL, REELTOWN: Caused a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels beat Maplesville in a battle of unbeatens, 33-21.
HAMILTON ATHENS: Intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble – both of which led to touchdowns – in a 42-21 victory over East Limestone.
AMIL WILLIAMS, GARDENDALE: Finished with eight tackles, including four for losses, and returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a TD in a 35-7 victory over Hazel Green.
CALVIN TOWNES, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted a pass and blocked a punt, anchoring a defense that allowed just 67 yards rushing, in a 31-0 victory over Wenonah.
JACOLBY HEGGLER, RAMSAY: Intercepted two passes in 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
COLE JOHNSTON, VESTAVIA HILLS: Intercepted a pass and added two sacks as the Rebels allowed just 152 yards of total offense in a 17-0 victory over Shades Valley.
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 5
MONTGOMERY – West Morgan and Brewer combined to score 111 points and amass 934 yards of offense Friday night as the Rebels persevered with a 57-54 win over their Morgan County rivals.
However, it was a defensive play late in the fourth quarter by linebacker Garrett McCurry on a fourth-and-three play with West Morgan clinging to a 49-47 lead that proved to be the difference as The Rebels and Patriots grabbed the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2019 prep football season.
McCurry blitzed up the middle to sack Brewer quarterback Wyatt Styles for a 12-yard loss back to the Patriots’ 19-yard line. On the next play, West Morgan’s Zachary Alexander scored and Adam Lucas made the two-point conversion to give the Rebels a 10-point, 57-47 lead. Lucas finished with 180 yards rushing on 18 carries for West Morgan. Quarterback Glavine Segars also accounted for 174 yards and four touchdowns as West Morgan (2-5), coached by Mikel Riggs, captured its second straight win.
For Brewer, Johnathan Morgan gained 268 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored three rushing touchdowns. His scoring runs covered 25, 13 and 9 yards. Riggs’ team also got another big defensive play earlier in the final period when defensive back Caleb Terry intercepted a Patriots pass and sped 92 yards for a touchdown to break a 41-41 deadlock.
The 111 total points is the fourth AHSAA game this season that has accounted for a combined total of more than 100 points. It ranks tied for 31st on the AHSAA list of most points scored in a game by both teams. The 54 points by Brewer ties for fifth place for most points scored by the losing team. The 934 total yards by both teams is the most so far this season in a single contest.
The offensive explosion edged out three milestone victories for popular coaches, a two-overtime thriller in Class 5A at Clay County, a superb performance by a freshman that helped a school post just its third shutout since 2002, the AHSAA’s top pass receiving and rushing efforts of the season, and a player who had two 99-yard touchdowns.
Jasper (5-0) and defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County (4-1) came into last Friday’s battle at Lineville ranked 1-2, respectively, by the Alabama Sportswriters Association prep poll committee. The visiting Vikings of Coach Bryan Moore escaped with a 35-34 win when freshman quarterback Spencer Rosenfeld connected with junior tight end Carson Alvis on a 10-yard pass to score what would be the winning touchdown for Jasper (5-0) in a game that lived up to its billing. Ironically, it was Rosenfeld’s only throw of the game and Alvis’ only catch of the night.
“We had called that play earlier in the game and it was blown dead, so we had it and felt comfortable calling in that spot,” Moore told the Daily Mountain Eagle. “Those guys executed it.”
At Douglas High School, freshman Eli Teal had 16 carries for a 243 yards and had four rushing touchdowns as the Eagles (1-4) beat Brindlee Mountain 55-0 to snap a nine-game losing streak. He also completed his only pass for 20 yards and had four tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception on defense as Douglas, 3-42 over its last 45 games., recorded the program’s first shutout win was since 2015 when the Eagles blanked Brindlee Mountain 27-0. Douglas’ only other shutout since 1998 (21 seasons) came on August 30, 2002, when the Eagles won 24-0 over New Hope to start the season.
Two other individual efforts of special note were turned in by Madison County receiver Quamaine Gamble and Daleville running back Jalen White. Gamble had six pass receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns covering 85 and 64 yards in a 42-7 victory over New Hope. The 254 receiving yards is the most reported for any receiver in the AHSAA in 2019.
White became the first running back to top the 400-yard rushing mark this season with 419 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in a 50-35 Warhawks’ win over Straughn. His TD runs went for 77, 72, 64, 61 and 56 yards. White has now rushed for 4,858 yards in his career, including 1,749 yards this season. In six games.
Geneva High School beat county rival Samson 40-28 in big part thanks to Kahari McReynolds’ continuing weekly big-play efforts. He rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns scored on two 99-yard plays. He had a 99-yard interception return on defense for one score and finished with two picks and five tackles, rushing touchdowns of 99 and 40 yards and a 25-yard TD pass reception on offense and added a two-point conversion on defense.
OTHER TOP OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
JORDAN EVANS, PAUL BRYANT: Snared a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ty’Javian Edwards with 28 seconds remaining to lift Paul Bryant to a 24-21 win over Mae Jemison.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Finished with 185 yards receiving and two touchdowns and added a rushing score in a 48-36 loss to Talladega.
TRAE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Pulled down 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 loss to Center Point.
JERRY BROWN, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Had three receptions for 175 yards, including TD connections of 56 and 83 yards from quarterback Jordan Robertson, as Sumiton beat Meek 28-6.
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Caught five passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-21 win at Sand Rock.
JAYSON JONES, CENTER POINT: Caught 13 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, added 13 yards on two carries and scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a run in a 22-21 victory over Homewood.
BLAKE McKENNA, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Finished with three catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-10 victory over Hartselle.
MALIK STRICKLAND, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 120 yards in a 27-25 victory over Decatur.
KENDALE ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Had three catches for 111 yards and a TD in a 35-7 victory over Hazel Green.
JOHN RANDALL FOSTER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 169 yards and accounted for all three Wildcats scores in a 44-21 loss to Spring Garden. Banks Alexander completed the TD tosses for Foster, who also scored on a 65-yard run.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Had four catches for 127 yards and an 83-yard touchdown in the Vols’ 17-13 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Tavares Womack had six catches for 115 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Hauled in five pass receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns covering 36 and 32 yards in the unbeaten Trojans’ 29-10 win over Florence.
BRISEN TATUM, BILLINGSLEY: Had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, rushed seven times for 76 yards ands and a TD and also returned a punt for a score in the Bears’ 47-7 win over Prattville Christian. Teammate Jonatavies Todd, a starting offensive lineman, also scored two touchdowns on short runs.
JAMES HANDEY, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Caught five passes for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Wildcats’ 33-10 victory over Montgomery Academy.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Grabbed seven catches for 111 yards and a TD in the Eagles’ 33-10 setback to Trinity Presbyterian.
KISEAN JOHNSON, RAMSAY: Caught three passes for 99 yards and TD catches of 21 and 20 yards in a 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
DEVIN HOLDEN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Grabbed five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown in a 21-7 victory over Pelham.
LOGAN WEST, FLORALA: Was 12-of-22 passing for 290 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 278 yards and two scores on 25 carries to lead the Wildcats past Houston Academy 47-20. He also booted 5 of 6 extra points. His chief receiver was Rashaad Coleman, who snagged nine catches for 215 yards and two TDs on offense and made two interceptions for Florala on defense.
KHORI BOWLING, SHEFFIELD: Passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sheffield to a 34-22 win over R.A. Hubbard. He also rushed for the Bulldogs’ other two TDs as Sheffield overcame a 16-0 deficit to post the win.
AUSTIN MILLS, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 7-of-8 passes for 269 yards and four TDs in a 42-7 victory over New Hope.
JAVON DAVIS, CENTER POINT: Completed 19-of-27 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 22-21 victory over Homewood.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Completed 17-of-28 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns and ran three times for 53 yards in a 48-6 victory over Hayden.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Was 17-of-22 passing for 243 yards and TD passes of 33, 32 and 14 yards and ran for 58 yards and another score on nine carries in a 29-10 victory over Florence.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 55-21 win in over Alma Bryant. His TD passes covered 14, 31, 45 and 54 yards to four different receivers.
TY HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Finished 16-of-23 passing for 221 yards and one TD and rushed for a touchdown in a 27-25 victory over Decatur. It was the first Lawrence County win over the Red Raiders in seven games played since 1954. Decatur now holds a 21-4 edge in the series that began in 1923.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-14 pass attempts for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-21 victory at Sand Rock in Thursday’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week.
TYRONE FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Ran for three touchdowns and was 9-of-16 passing for 191 yards and two TDs covering 75 and 43 yards as the unbeaten Generals (6-0) downed Carver-Montgomery (4-1) in a battle of unbeatens 49-14.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAVIS: The freshman quarterback was 10-of-12 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns (83 and 68) yards as the Vols won their first game of the season 17-13 over Sidney Lanier.
BYRON BRACK, PIKE ROAD: Led the Patriots (6-0) to their sixth straight win completing 12-of-21 passes for 234 yards and four TDs in a 35-0 win over Headland. His TD tosses covered 43, 38, 27 and 3 yards.
JOHN DAVID BONNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over Montgomery Academy.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Was 10-of-15 passing for 158 yards and rushed for 75 yards and two TDs on eight carries to finish with 233 total yards as the Knights beat Beauregard 41-12.
JAY TRAWICK, REHOBETH: Fired a 5-yard TD pass to Trey Turner on third down in overtime to give the Rebels a 28-25 win over Wicksburg. He finished the night 7-of-11 passing for 106 yards and two scores and rushed for 50 yards on eight carries.
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Connected on 16-of-34 passes for 216 yards and a TD in a 33-10 loss to Trinity Presbyterian.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a third in a 35-0 homecoming win over Gaylesville.
ZACHARY FRANKLIN, HANCEVILLE: Accounted for six touchdowns, two rushing and four passing, as the Bulldogs downed Curry 50-22.
TREY LEINDECKER, PHIL CAMPBELL: Ran for 327 yards and three touchdowns covering 86, 82 and 13 yards as the Bobcats blanked Phillips 29-0.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-10 victory over Falkville.
CARLOS CORBIN, HUNTSVILLE: Gained 216 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns on 13 carries, all in the first half, in a 63-0 victory over Columbia.
MATTHEW CLARK, MEEK: Had 35 carries for 208 yards and one TD in a 28-6 loss to Sumiton Christian.
TERRANCE MOORE, MOODY: Carried 25 times for 208 yards and three TDs in a 41-20 victory over Shelby County.
JEFFREY ROWSER, RAMSAY: Picked up 190 yards on 12 rush attempts and scored on a 20-yard run in a 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JEFFREY ROWSER, RAMSAY: Gained 190 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored one TD as the Rams (5-1) beat Central-Tuscaloosa 55-12.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had 170 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as Ariton downed Slocomb 41-29. He also had 10 tackles on defense.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Playing with a high ankle sprain, he rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and intercepted a pass in the Blue Devils’ 26-20 win over Fort Payne. The game played last Friday was interrupted by lightning delays and concluded just after midnight.
QUINSHON JUDKINS, PIKE ROAD: Had 18 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown as the Patriots (6-0) beat Headland 35-0.
JEREMIAH COBB, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Ran 13 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-12 win over Beauregard.
JUSTIN McDANIEL, MARS HILL BIBLE: Ran for 111 yards and three TDs on 16 carries to lift the defending Class 1A state champion Panthers to a 46-27 win over Brooks. It was 15th straight win for Mars Hill since falling to the Lions 36-35 last season.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for four touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Eagles beat Glencoe 35-6.
AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight For Week 5
MONTGOMERY – Stanhope Elmore High School soccer standout Dylan Presciti has taken a shine to ‘football’ this season. And the Mustangs’ faithful are taking a shine to their place-kicker. Presciti kicked two field goals of 33 and 27 yards and two extra points to lift Stanhope Elmore past Smiths Station 20-17 last Friday.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior delivered the clutch 27-yarder with four seconds remaining to seal the win and earned the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 5.
The Mustangs of Coach Brian Bradford are off to a 5-1 start this season and are tied with Opelika at 2-0 atop the Class 6A, Region 3 standings. Stanhope Elmore goes to Wetumpka Friday to face their Elmore County arch-rivals in a key region battle for both teams.
Presciti edged another outstanding kicker Jacob Fruewald of Bob Jones, for this week’s Spotlight. Fruewald also kicked a 27-yard field to give the Class 7A Patriots a 30-28 road win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
OTHER TOP SPECIAL TEAM PERFORMANCES REPORTED:
ASHTON WHITE, WICKSBURG: The Panthers’ place-kicker hit a 25-yard field goal as time expired to send the game with Rehobeth into overtime and added a 17-yard field goal in the extra period to give his team a brief 25-22 lead. Rehobeth rebounded in their time on offense to score a game-winning touchdown to claim a 28-25 win.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: After his team fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Peterson returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown and Ramsay went on to post a 55-12 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
ETHAN TRIMM, HELENA: Blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in a 61-10 victory over Southside-Gadsden.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 victory over Jacksonville. Teammate Austin Estes also returned a kickoff 82 yards for another TD later in the game.
WHIT JOHNSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and added a 12-yard TD run in the Warriors’ 49-6 win over Weaver that was terminated in the second half due to lightning. Teammate Ryon Dunn also blocked his second punt in as many games to spark the Warriors’ special-teams effort.
AHSAA Cross Country Week 5 Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Junior distance runner Ethan Strand turned in the best time of his prep cross country career and the top time in the AHSAA for the 2019 season last weekend to capture the featured varsity race at the Southern Showcase Cross Country Invitational at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
In the girls’ feature race, two defending state champions battled to the end with defending Class 6A state champ Lainey Phelps, a senior at Homewood, pulling away in the last 100 yards to beat junior Presley Miles of Saint James. Phelps’ winning time was 17:36.18, and Miles, the defending Class 3A state champion, was timed at 18:04.83.
Strand and Rainey, in the process, ran their way into the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5.
Strand’s winning time, one of the tops in the nation this season, gave him a 22-second victory over runner-up Will Pinson of Huntsville, who crossed at 15:25.91. Six of the 118 runners finished below 15:40 in the major meet’s feature race. Strand, who is fast becoming one of the nation’s top distance runners, won the 2018 Class 7A state cross country title with a time of 15:24.29 – best overall among runners in all classes at last year’s state meet.
Phelps, who won the Class 6A state cross country individual championship in 2016 with a time of 18:02.13 and captured the title again in 2018 clocking 17:22.51, also turned in one of the best times in the nation last weekend. Miles, who won the 3A state championship in 2018 with a 17:49.94 time, was second in Class 4A as a freshman in 2016.
Huntsville won the Southern Challenge boys’ varsity team title with 43 points and Vestavia Hills was second with 69. Cullman’s girls had 56 points to win the large-school division competition, and St John Paul II Catholic had 27 points to claim the small-school girls’ team title. A total of 680 boys competed in the three boys’ races and 360 girls participated in the three girls’ races at John Hunt Park.
Several meets are set for this coming weekend with the Battle of the Bay at Loxley, the Kudzu Hills Invitational at Bremen, the Oak Mountain Invitational, Scottsboro Invitational and the Warriors Invitational at Florence, all set for Saturday. The Huntsville City Championships will be Monday. The annual Jesse Owens Classic meet will be held at Oakville on Oct. 5. That meet, which annually attracts one of the largest field of runners in the Southeast, will feature some of the best prep teams and runners in the nation.
Results of all the AHSAA 5,000-meter races reported last week include:
SOUTHERN SHOWCASE INVITATIONAL
John Hunt Park, Huntsville (Host: Huntsville HS)
VARSITY BOYS WINNER (Featured Race): Huntsville 43; Vestavia Hills 69; Scottsboro 78.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (118)
1. Ethan Strand, Vestavia Hills 15:03.13
2. Will Pinson, Huntsville 15:25.91
3. Crawford Hope, Homewood 15:29.01
4. Hayden Judge, Scottsboro 15:29.46
LARGE-SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: Randolph 59; Vestavia Hills 89; Baylor (TN) 93.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (384)
1. Dustyn Lewis, Grissom 15:57.90
2. Xian Campbell, Baylor (TN) 16:35.52
3. Lee Thomas, Randolph 16:46.37
4. Jean Pierre LeRoux, Bob Jones 16:55.29
SMALL-SCHOOL BOYS TEAM WINNER: DAR 38; Westminster Christian 69; Tanner 111; Priceville 113.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (112)
1. John Farmer, Westminster 17:29.85
2. Kyle Van Kirk, Westminster 17:35.22
3. Kyle Saylor, DAR 17:42.84
4. Andrew Wrenn, DAR 17:53.19
VARSITY GIRLS WINNER (Featured Race): Independence (TN) 79; Vestavia Hills 88; Homewood 92.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (89)
1. Lainey Phelps, Homewood 17:36.18
2. Presley Miles, Saint James 18:04.83
3. Crawford West, Homewood 18:55.36
4. Ann Braese, Arlington (TN) 19:25.03
LARGE-SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Cullman 56; Lawrence County 56; Homewood 127.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (217)
1. Emily Daniel, Lawrence Co. 20:05.64
2. Jennifer Aviles, Cullman 20:30.75
3. Savannah Williams, Lawrence Co. 20:42.37
4. Marin Poleshek, Homewood 20:44.91
SMALL-SCHOOL GIRLS TEAM WINNER: St. John Paul II Catholic 27; Pisgah 52; Westminster Christian 66.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (54)
1. Kendall Wright, St. James 20:33.25
2. Hannah Richardson, St. James 21:32.92
3. Elizabeth Slone Butler, DAR 22:19.02
4. Mary Custodio, St. John Paul II 23:37.37
Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa (Host: American Christian HS)
CLASS 5A/7A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hoover 30; Helena 38; American Christian 107.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (101)
1. Brady Barton, Helena 16:22.50
2. Talon Pritchard, Helena 17:02.57
3. Forrest York, Northridge 17:10.88
4. John M. Williamson, Hoover 17:17.65
CLASS 1A/4A BOYS TEAM WINNER: Cold Springs 24; Providence Christian 52; Altamont 67.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (43)
1. Clay Suddarth, Providence Chr. 17:33.78
2. Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs 17:50.82
3. Jonathan Collett, Cold Springs 18:16.12
4. Seth Walker, Cold Springs 18:22.59
CLASS 5A/7A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Hoover 28; American Christian 42; Helena 72.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (72)
1. Mary Collins, Northridge 19:39.93
2. Lauren Wallace, Hoover 20:29.76
3. Karis Kelley, American Chr. 20:32.27
4. Elizabeth Vise, Northridge 20:39.57
CLASS 1A/4A GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Providence Christian 30; Cold Springs 33; Holy Spirit Catholic 89; Altamont 99.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (38)
1. Grace Crim, Providence Chr. 19:33.84
2. Reagan Parris, Cold Springs 20:53.33
3. Anaelyse Perez-Ruiz, Holy Spirit 21:27.32
4. Kendall Lacoste, University C. 22:07.28
CENTRAL ALABAMA INVITATIONAL
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Auburn 48; Montgomery Catholic 55; Smiths Station 65.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (116)
1. Woodrow Dean, Tallassee 16:04.50
2. Savian Taylor, Smiths Station 16:24.28
3. Hollis Johnson, Mont.-Catholic 16:28.85
4. Sean Dorrill, Central-PC 16:34.04
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Central-Phenix City 47; Auburn 49; Smiths Station 54.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (70)
1. Adley Burkes, Central-PC 18:59.98
2. Olivia Blackmon, TR Miller 20:19.13
3. Abigail Garner, Central-PC 20:25.74
4. Kyndall Foley, Ala. Christian 20:52.33
HARTSELLE TIGER INVITATIONAL
Quail Creek Golf Course (Host: Hartselle HS)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Hartselle 48; Deshler 88; Hatton 128.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (129)
1. Nicolas Ulrich, Athens Bible 17:34.30
2. Cody Hill, Deshler 17:34.76
3. Carson Graves, Hatton 17:49.18
4. Hawken Foote, Hartselle 17:57.39
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Hatton 61; Deshler 72; Elkmont 82.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (70)
1. Cissie Duykers, Hartselle 21:92.48
2. Claudia Allen, Elkmont 22:00.65
3. Mallory Cole, Brooks 22:06.83
4. Ally Amerson, Hatton 22:21.97
Westview Baptist Church, Opp (Host: Opp HS)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 15; Wicksburg 57; Dothan 81.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (89)
1. Tyler Rathburn, Enterprise 16:02.42
2. Henry Templin, Enterprise 16:41.31
3. William Kim, Enterprise 16:50.48
4. Brett Tessay, Enterprise 17:08.53
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Enterprise 27; Dothan 49; Pleasant Home 83.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (46)
1. Natalie Warner, Enterprise 20:27.88
2. Lauren Rodgers, Enterprise 21:32.22
3. Kayleigh Riordan, Enterprise 21:41.63
4. Kate Smith, Dothan 21:43.83
Blakeley State Park (Host: Daphne HS)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 40; Baker 87; UMS-Wright 96.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (206)
1. Joseph Perry, UMS-Wright 16:30.53
2. Carson Barlow, Baker 16:38.91
3. John M. Romanos, St. Paul’s 16:41.35
4. Drew Roberts, McGill-Toolen 16:43.19
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: St. Paul’s Episcopal 60; Baker 63; McGill-Toolen Catholic 81.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (147)
1. B. Biancamano, L. Beach (MS) 18:31.11
2. Isabel Valenzuela, St. Paul’s 19:24.27
3. Lindsey Baxter, Baker 19:30.02
4. Emily Shumock, Faith Ac. 19:45.85
VOLUNTEER SPIRIT INVITATIONAL
(Host: Central, Clay County HS)
BOYS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 31.
BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (110)
1. Reginald Sweetwyne, B. Russell 17:36.90
2. Dakota Frank, Munford 17:37.50
3. James Middlebrooks, W. Plains 17:40.20
4. Luke Larson, White Plains 18:01.10
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: White Plains 27.
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (58)
1. Savannah Yates, White Plains 22:26.70
2. Camden Wilson, White Plains 22:36.60
3. Anna Strickland, White Plains 23:13.50
4. Taylor Simmons, Donoho 23:22.00
GIRLS TEAM WINNER: Marist (GA) 106; St. Pius X (GA) 133; Auburn (151).
GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (187)
1. Hannah Miniutti, Blessed Trinity GA 17:54.00
3. Samantha Rogers, Auburn 17:59.10
31. Harper McGowan, Auburn 19:08.70
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