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14th Annual AHSAA Kickoff Classic Set to Kick Off 2019 Season at Cramton Bowl Thursday and Friday

            MONTGOMERY – Four high schools, including two teams ranked in the Sporting News National Top 25 pre-season rankings and two teams that make up one of Alabama’s biggest high school rivalries, will officially kick off the 2019 high school football season Thursday and Friday at Cramton Bowl in the 2019 AHSAA Kickoff Classic hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
               The head coaches and selected players gathered at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Tuesday for the Kickoff Classic press conference. Media on hand came in early for the annual AHSAA Media Day. The two events were broadcast live by WOTM over its new AHSAA TV Network or cable affiliates and live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
           Jeff Davis and Carver-Montgomery will play Thursday night in game one at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m., in the 51st contest of a city rivalry that dates back to 1970. Defending Class 7A state champion Central-Tuscaloosa and Hoover, winners of six state championships since 2008 including the 7A crowns in 2016 and 17, meet Friday night in the second game of the Football Classic. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Both games will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network – thanks to a new TV pact announced at Tuesday’s Media Day between the AHSAA, the NFHS Network and WOTM/Broadway Communications. The games will be shown over a network pf cable affiliates and live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network.
      The Vols of Coach Lee Carter and Wolverines of Coach James Thompson have opened the season with each other most years. Jeff Davis holds a 36-14 edge in the series after opening with 18 straight wins from 1970 to 1988. Since then, the Vols have held a slim 18-14 edge with Carver winning 10 of the last 13 games.  Carver finished last season 8-3 in Thompson’s first season as head coach. Jeff Davis was 3-7 but won its last two games – a positive finish heading into the off-season.
        Central and Hoover have played twice, including meeting in the 2016 Champions Challenge – the previous name of the Kickoff Classic. The Bucs won that contest 23-7 and hold a 2-0 edge in the series. However, Central is coming off a perfect 14-0 season and a dominating playoff run that included two shutout wins and culminated with a 52-7 thrashing of highly touted Thompson in the finals. The Warriors opened the 2018 season beating James Clemens 38-7 in last year’s Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl.
       Their dominance caught Hoover Coach Josh Niblett’s attention. “There’s got to be a greater cause when you are out there working every day in 95 to 96-degree weather. You’ve got to be working for something greater than yourself,” Niblett said. “When you open with the defending 7A state champions you get our oil checked pretty fast.”
      Central Coach Jamey DuBose said his team is honored to play a program with the reputation of Hoover. “What Coach Niblett and his program and teams have has accomplished is just unbelievable,” he said. “You can talk about defending champs, and such, but we have a motto around out place about putting the rings away. It’s not about what you have done in the past but what you are going to do. This is a different team but they have the same dream. You have got to play the best if you are ever going to be the best.”

     The media also heard from coaches from other fall sports including cross country coach Luke Robinson of Scottsboro High School, volleyball coach Elissa Morris of Brewbaker Tech High School, swimming coach Anthony Norris of LAMP High School, football coach Don Moore of Dale County High School and football coach Shawn Raney of Spain Park High School. Raney was introduced as the 2019 Alabama All-Star head coach for next December’s 33rd Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Moore explained the importance of having an emergency action plan in place and being prepared to put into action. He and his coaching staff did just that on August 6 when one of the Warriors’ players had a cardiac arrest and the coaches’ quick actions revived him and saved his life. “That young man was back at practice last Wednesday,” said Brooks. “Having him return to watch us practice really put what’s really important into perspective.”


Spain Park High School’s Shawn Raney Named Alabama All-Star Head Coach for 2019 Alabama-Mississippi Game

    MONTGOMERY – Spain Park High School head football coach Shawn Raney will be the head coach for the Alabama All-Star football squad for the 33st annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game next December.  The game will be played at Hattiesburg (MS) on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday, December, 14.
    Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) made the announcement at the 2019 Kickoff Classic press conference Thursday at the AHSAA office. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) administers the all-star game each year.
   Alabama lost to Mississippi 24-20 last year at Cramton Bowl but still holds a 22-10 edge in the series heading into this year’s game.
The head football coach at Spain Park High School for the last six years, Raney has compiled a 44-23 record with the Jaguars. He guided Spain Park to the 2015 Class 7A state finals before falling to McGill-Toolen 14-12. His team won the Region 3 title in 2015 a 7-0 record.  As an assistant coach, Raney served as defensive coordinator for three years at Hoover, helping the Bucs win the 6A state title in 2012.  Hoover reached the state finals in 2011 and 2010 finishing as state runner-up.
    “I am excited and humbled to be selected to serve as head coach of the Alabama all-stars,” said Raney, who served as defensive coordinator on the 2018 Alabama All-Star coaching staff.  “Not growing up in Alabama, I was truly humbled when I was asked to coach in the game for the first time in 2013, and even more humbled when Coach (Josh) Niblett asked me to be his defensive coordinator in the game last year. But to be chosen as the head coach is even more humbling.”
      Alabama lost 42-7 in Hattiesburg in 2017 and Alabama won 25-14 at Cramton Bowl in 2016. The annual game, which pits the top high school senior players from Alabama and Mississippi, has been played yearly since 1988. Mississippi has won both games played in Mississippi (2015 and 2017). Alabama has a 22-8 edge in all games played in Alabama.  Hoover High School’s Josh Niblett was Alabama head coach in 2018.
     “Coach Raney is one of our state’s most outstanding high school head coaches,” said Lee. “The rest of the staff is also outstanding. They are already working hard on the player selection process.”
     Lee also announced the coaches selected to complete the Alabama All-Star staff. Assistant coaches include Jamey DuBose, Central-Phenix City; Darrell Higgins, Mars Hill Bible; Ben Berguson, Homewood; Jon Clements, Corner; Adrian Abrams, Minor; Doug Vickery, Flomaton; Tim Vakakes, Jackson-Olin; and Brian Maner (scout coach), Spain Park.

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
 

Year-by-Year

       

2018

Mississippi

24

Alabama

20     

 

2017

Mississippi

42

Alabama

7     

Hattiesburg

2016

Alabama

25

Mississippi

14     

 

2015

Mississippi

28

Alabama

 21     

Hattiesburg

2014

Alabama

36

Mississippi

30

 

2013

Alabama

21

Mississippi

17

 

2012

Alabama

21

Mississippi

16

 

2011

Alabama

31

Mississippi

12

 

2010

Alabama

24

Mississippi

17

(2 OT)

2009

Alabama

21

Mississippi

13

 

2008

Alabama

28

Mississippi

3

 

2007

Mississippi

26

Alabama

7

December

2007

Alabama

51

Mississippi

14

June

2006

Alabama

24

Mississippi

3

 

2005

Mississippi

21

Alabama

18

 

2004

Alabama

24

Mississippi

22

 

2003

Alabama

24

Mississippi

16

 

2002

Alabama

29

Mississippi

17

 

2001

Alabama

33

Mississippi

14

 

2000

Alabama

16

Mississippi

9

 

1999

Alabama

28

Mississippi

24

 

1998

Mississippi

9

Alabama

0

 

1997

Alabama

10

Mississippi

6

 

1996

Alabama

17

Mississippi

14

 

1995

Mississippi

37

Alabama

9

 

1994

Mississippi

24

Alabama

10

 

1993

Mississippi

17

Alabama

6

 

1992

Mississippi

17

Alabama

14

 

1991

Alabama

15

Mississippi

13

 

1990

Alabama

21

Mississippi

14

(OT)

1989

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(4 OT)

1988

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(3 OT)


SERIES HISTORY: Alabama holds a 22-10 lead.


AHSAA Announces 3-Year TV Agreement with NFHS Network, WOTM/Broadway Communications

    MONTGOMERY --   Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese announced a three-year television agreement with PlayOn Sports (POS) / NFHS Network (NFHSN) at the AHSAA’s annual Media Day and Kickoff Classic press conference held at the AHSAA office Tuesday.
     PlayOn Sports will work with WOTM/Broadway Communications/Alabama Cable Network (ACN) and their cable television affiliations across the state for finals TV carriage to compliment the exclusive digital coverage on the NFHS Network (NFHSN) digital OTT platform.
     WOTM will be producing both games in the Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl August 22-23 as part of that agreement. WOTM will provide the live digital streaming to the subscriber-based NFHS Network and will provide live television coverage over many of the state’s cable network carriers – including major affiliates Charter, Comcast, Cable One, ATT U-verse and Anniston/Oxford area,  TV affiliate WEAC TV 24. In Montgomery, the games will be shown on Charter Cable’s channel 80 (ACN). WOTM broadcast live the AHSAA Media Day and Kickoff Classic press conference Tuesday.
       In addition to the Kickoff Classic’s Jeff Davis vs. Carver-Montgomery game Thursday night and the Central-Phenix City vs. Hoover game set for Friday night, WOTM will also produce the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships, the AHSAA State Basketball Finals, the AHSAA Game of the Week each Thursday during the regular season and the AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week during the four playoff rounds leading up to finals.
     WOTM will also produce for the AHSAA TV Network the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game; Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Games; the AHSAA State Softball and Baseball Finals; and the State Cheerleading Finals. The Network will also produce a weekly “Inside the AHSAA’’ 30-minute TV program to be shown over its network of cable stations and the NFHS Network beginning in September.

   The agreement solidifies the AHSAA broadcast package that includes the digital live-streaming partnership with PlayOn! Sports and the NFHS TV Network. The Network has been streaming AHSAA Tier 2 events as well as the Tier 1 Super 7 football championships and AHSAA State Basketball semifinals and finals.
     “We are thrilled to be partnering with PlayOn Sports, the NFHS Network and WOTM,” said Savarese. “This partnership is important to us and will take us into the next decade with one of the best broadcast packages anywhere. WOTM and (ACN) in Alabama is included on many of the state’s cable affiliates and covers much of the state. The NFHS Network will continue to provide outstanding programming via live-streaming. This partnership will no doubt provide enormous exposure of AHSAA championship events for our member schools and help promote our message of education-based athletics.”
     WOTM/Broadway Communications president Vincent Earley said the company is proud of its relationship with the AHSAA.
     “We are an Alabama company and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the AHSAA and PlayOn Sports/NFHS Network to bring such outstanding sports events to viewers,” Earley said.
“We believe in the AHSAA mission and purpose and we believe in the young men and women in Alabama’s high schools who are working daily to make themselves better students and better athletes. We are also looking forward to recognizing the administrators, teachers, coaches and communities that are making such a positive difference in the lives of these students.  We look forward to working with the AHSAA and NFHS Network in building a relationship that will benefit our schools and citizens.”
      The AHSAA has been a member of the NFHS Network since 2013. More than 100 member schools are part of the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program.
     WOTM’s network of cable affiliates for the Kickoff Classic is detailed in the accompanying chart.

 

   


Dale County Superintendent Ben Baker Credits Football Coaches’ Quick Action for Saving a Child’s Life Tuesday

MIDLAND CITY -- The preparedness of Dale County High School head football coach Don Moore and his football coaching staff and their quick action in implementing the school’s emergency action plan saved a student-athlete’s life Tuesday morning, said Dale County High School Superintendent of Schools Ben Baker Tuesday afternoon.
     Baker said he is so thankful for all the training concerning health and safety provided by the AHSAA for its member schools and is thankful that schools are required to have emergency action plans in place. He is even more thankful that his football coaching staff paid attention in those professional development training sessions and had practiced their emergency action plan often.
    Baker described what took place.
   “This morning about approximately 7:15 a.m., they had just gotten started about 10 minutes earlier, the team was doing some defensive drills, running some patterns, when a 15-year old student-athlete collapsed,” Baker said. “It was a cardiac arrest. The coaches immediately implemented their emergency action plan, each knowing their responsibilities. The coach responsible for dialing 911 did that. The coach responsible for administering CPR immediately started CPR. The coach responsible for getting the Automated External Defibrillator ran and got the AED. The coach responsible for going out to the road to meet the ambulance did that.
   “The coaches continued administering CPR until the AED arrived. They then shocked the child, then shocked him again. On the second shock from the AED, the child began to gasp for breath and got back in rhythm.”
    He said the ambulance arrived and the paramedics took the child to Flowers Hospital in Dothan. He was later flown to UAB as a precaution and to try and figure out what happened. The student-athlete’s named had not been released late Tuesday afternoon.
     “The young man is not out of the woods, so we want to keep him and his family in our prayers and definitely want to take care of their needs, but I am so proud of the coaching staff at Dale County High School. The big story first and foremost is that the child is alive. But it is important to point out that the emergency action plan the AHSAA mandates and we do as a local school system works. We train and prepare and we train and prepare, but today we implemented it and because those coaches were trained and prepared, they saved the life of a child. “
    He also praised the ability of the coaching staff to remain calm in the emergency situation. “Because they didn’t panic, they were able to do what they have been trained to do.”
    Baker urges other schools across the state and nation to take note about just how vital having a plan in place, having an AED available and having the staff trained can be to the survival.
    “I know that schools may not have AEDs, but they need to get them regardless of the cost. They need to find a way,” Baker said. “And they need them where they can get to them quickly. You’ve got to have one at the field house, one at the gym, one at the field, and one at the baseball stadium … regardless of the cost.”
     He said Dale County Schools implemented a plan a few years go to put AEDs in the schools like fire extinguishers.
      “We put them on the walls all over our campuses. We’re not satisfied with just one in the nurse’s station. We want them at all facilities because it proved today that it can save a life. I know it is expensive but a child’s life is worth every dime. The physician told us without the AED and CPR, the chances of survival were unlikely. However, each coach knew what they were supposed to do and they did it. Why? Because they practiced it.”
      Hours later, Baker was still praising his coaches’ alert actions. Ironically, the school system had already had a professional development time planned for Tuesday.
      “We just finished that professional development where we met with our local physician and met with Encore, which provides our local trainers,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “Coach Don Moore and staff were there.  I gave them the opportunity to speak and of course they were choked up because the ordeal was very emotional. Coach Moore is a great leader of men. He praised the actions of all his coaches. They were prepared, they had a plan, they implemented that plan.”
     He reiterated that people need to hear this story because the coaches in Alabama and all across the nation need to understand it could happen to them at them.
     “We want to get that message out not just to celebrate that the child is okay, but to let everybody know that you better have a plan, and you better be ready to execute it. You can’t just have a plan on paper. A plan on a shelf is useless. You’ve got to practice it,” he said.
    “We are also so thankful for our partnership with Encore because they have helped us with that. Just this week and the latter part of last week we put coaches on buses and went to our different venues and practiced our plan. We knew this day may be coming and we are just so thankful our coaches were ready … and a life was saved.”


 


AHSAA Central Board of Control Approves $2.0 Million Revenue Share Payout to Member Schools for 2018-19

Member School Dues also Waved for 28th Straight Year 

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $2 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan and also voted to waive school membership dues once again – an immediate savings of approximately $84,000 for member schools.
         The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
         The Revenue Sharing Plan, approved first by the Central Board in 2009, has returned
$15.8 million to its member schools since 2010.  The plan returns excess funds back to the schools when the AHSAA has at least one year’s working capital in reserve.
        “This is outstanding news for our member schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are very grateful to our corporate partners and championship communities for investing in our member schools.”

        In keeping with the tradition started by the Central Board in the 1991-92 school year, membership dues to all member schools were waived for 28th consecutive year.
        Waiving the dues results in a savings of approximately $84,000 for the AHSAA’s 416 high schools and 336 middle/junior high schools. Member schools have had a savings of approximately $2.2 million during the entire span since 1991-92. Member schools also derived a savings in excess of $100,000 since no entry fees are levied for state championships in any sport.
        The board voted to return $1 from each playoff ticket through revenue sharing to member schools to help offset the rising cost of game expenses beginning with the 2019-20 school year. The amount totaled approximately $341,000 in 2018-19.
        AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese presented to retiring Central Board member Richard Brown a plaque of appreciation and watch for his long-standing service on the Board. Brown, who is retiring after 50 years in public school education, has served on the Central Board for eight years and on the District 4 Legislative Council for 17 years.
        New Central Board members Kim Kiel, Athletic Director at Pelham High School (District 5), and Jamie Chapman, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools (District 7), were sworn into office by AHSAA Associate Executive Director Alvin Briggs. Opelika High School principal Dr. Farrell Seymore, who is replacing Mr. Brown on the Central Board from District 4 beginning in 2019-20, was in attendance and will be sworn in at the October meeting.
       The Central Board reviewed and approved 2018-19 publications, including the AHSAA Handbook and 2018-19 AHSAA Sports Book.
       AHSAA legal counsel Mark Bain updated the Board on legal issues.
     
In highlights of other Central Board action:
-- Approved changing the penalty for the 50% Rule violation to restitution and fine on the first offense and suspension for the season on the second offense.
– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.
– Approved drafts of the 2019-20 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2018-19 audits for each group.
-- Approved a modification of the Competitive Balance formula recommended by the AHSAA Classification Task Force to classify member private school athletic teams using the most current two years of data in a classification period instead of three years of data.
 -- Approved recommendations by the Cross Country, Cheerleading, Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Outdoor and Indoor Track, Softball and Baseball Coaches Committees concerning their sports.
-- Was updated about catastrophic insurance and approved AHSAA insurance coverages.
-- Approved an increase for delayed video broadcast rights fees for state playoff events from $400 to $500 per contest.
-- Approved a new digital publication plan beginning in 2019-20 and approved a new text system for accessing AHSAA By-Laws and Sports Rules.
-- Approved a new Coaching Card and Special Pass process.
-- Approved the formation of a special committee to discuss the Transfer Rule.


 


Seven Receive “Making A Difference” Awards at AHSAA 2019 Coaches’ Awards Banquet

 MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were recognized Friday night at the AHSAA’s 23rd  annual AHSAA Championship Coaches’ Awards Banquet as recipients of the prestigious “Making A Difference” Award as the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference concluded at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
    The week-long conference, which attracted more than 4,500 administrators, coaches and other support personnel from AHSAA member schools to Montgomery, was hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). It included 16 North-South all-star competitions during the week – for the sports of baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, volleyball, football, and for the first time boys’ and girls’ tennis and golf. The North beat the South 27-14 in the 59th playing of the North-South football all-star game to close out all-star play Thursday night.
    Secretary of State John Merrill was the keynote speaker at Friday’s awards banquet recognized 113 state championship coaches who led teams to state titles in the AHSAA’s championship programs in 2018-19 as well as honoring several others for outstanding service or accomplishment. 
   The highlight of Friday’s banquet was the “Making A Difference” Award, however, now in its ninth year. One AHSAA member school coach, administrator or contributor was honored in each classification for their contributions to their schools and communities that help change lives in daily in a positive way.
    The recipients were: retiring principal John Hardin, Hackleburg High School (1A); special education coordinator, volleyball and girls’ basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock High School (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County High School (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman of Alabama Christian Academy (4A); assistant football coach Rush Holcomb of Hamilton High School (5A); Opelika legendary radio personality and long-time “Voice of the Bulldogs” D. Mark Mitchell (6A); retiring Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
  
Several other special awards were presented including the NFHS Section III “Spirit of Sport” Award recipient Zoe Portis, who graduated from Trinity Presbyterian School in the spring of 2018; NFHS National Cheer Coach of the Year Sandra Seals of Winfield High School; and Section III Coaches of the Year Chad McKnight, Samson High School (girls’ basketball); Shawn Weltzin, Thompson High School (wrestling); and Seals (cheer).
    Portis, who was the AHSAA Bryant-Jordan Class 4A Student Achievement winner in 2018, went from being an orphan in Africa to becoming an honor student at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery after she was adopted by the Portis family when she was a small child. Her story of perseverance, faith and character has been an inspiration to the state and nation.
   Heath Thrash of Fyffe High School was honored by the AHSADCA as the AHSAA 2019 Athletic Director of the Year.
    Other special awards included:
   NFHS State Coaches of the Year: Twenty-two outstanding AHSAA coaches were selected 2018 NFHS state coach of the year in their respective sports: Zachary Blume, Southside-Gadsden (girls’ bowling); Brittney Carnell, Buckhorn  (boys’ bowling); Matt Cimo, Auburn (baseball); Analyn Coker, Trinity Presbyterian (girls’ soccer); Jeff Dellinger, Auburn (girls’ swimming); Brandon Easterwood, Springville (softball); Arthur Fortin, Huntsville (boys’ swimming); Ashley Jackson, Fort Payne (girls’ cross country); Kevin Klein, Houston Academy (boys’ golf); Megan Liljenquist, Northridge (girls’ tennis); Christian Matthews, Jasper (boys’ tennis); Sean McBride, Homewood (boys’ soccer); Dave McConnell, Whitesburg Christian (girls’ track); Chad McKnight, Samson (girls’ basketball); Bucky McMillan, Mountain Brook (boys’ basketball); Stasha Morrison, Northside (girls’ golf); Benjamin Robinson, Scottsboro (track); Sandra Seals, Winfield (cheer); Clinton Smith, Hillcrest-Evergreen (football); Charles Tiller, American Christian (boys’ track); Whitney Welch, Alexandria (volleyball); and Shawn Weltzin, Thompson (wrestling).
Children Scholarship Recipients: Ten students, each a child of an AHSADCA member coach or administrator, also received the AHSADCA’s Coaches’ Children Scholarships. They were:
District 1: Sally Caroline Davis, Spanish Fort HS (daughter of  Charles and Courtney Bishop).
District 2: Samantha Lee Adams, Carroll (daughter of Kirke and Angie Adams).
District 3: Allyn Browning, Saint James (daughter of Jerry and Suzy Browning).
District 4: Jack Edward Gant III, Tallassee HS (son of Eddie and Terina Gantt).
District 5: Caleb Austin Huber, Vestavia Hills HS (son of Brett and Patty Huber).
District 6: Preston Odom, Piedmont HS (son of Jonathan and Leah Odom).
District 6: Avery Bobbitt, Piedmont HS (daughter of Michael Bobbitt and Kelli Winkles).
District 7: Robert Mason Lambert, Haleyville HS (son of Andy and Amber Lambert).
District 7: Abram Peoples, Muscle Shoals HS (son of Scotty and Tonya Peoples).
District 8: Cassie Black, Geraldine HS (daughter of Cale and Ami Black).

Eight Schools Receive AHSAA Sportsmanship Grants: Eight of the 99 high schools that were recognized at Friday’s 11th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon were recipients of a $1,000 AHSAA Sportsmanship Grant. 
   The recipients this year were: Williamson HS (District 1); McKenzie HS (District 2); Calhoun HS (District 3); Central Coosa HS (District 4); Woodlawn HS (District 5); Alabama School for the Blind (District 6); Colbert Heights HS (District 7); and Athens Bible School (District 8).  The schools were selected from the 99 that completed the 2018-19 school fine and ejection free.
Eight Schools Receive FutureOnes $500 Grant:
   In addition, new AHSAA Corporate Partner Future Ones, which specializes in sports uniforms and other cloth wear, presented eight $500 product gift certificates to eight schools as well. Those included: J.F. Shields HS (District 1); Abbeville HS (District 2); A.L. Johnson HS (District 3); Loachapoka HS (District 4); Parker HS (District 5); Ragland HS (District 6); Sheffield HS (District 7); and Valley Head HS (District 8).


AHSAA, Max Preps Announce Partnership

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader, have announced a three-year partnership agreement that will enable the AHSAA to provide a customized sports information platform for its member schools. 

MaxPreps and the AHSAA will offer a publishing platform across desktop, tablet and mobile that will streamline the process of managing sports information from its member schools. The partnership enables all box score information published on MaxPreps.com to be automatically provided to the AHSAA for use in managing various initiatives.

“This partnership with MaxPreps will be a big plus for our member schools,” said Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the AHSAA. “The state-of-the art services they can provide our schools when integrated with C2C Schools will make MaxPreps the go-to source for high school sports statistics as well as information regarding the NFHS Network. We are very excited for our member schools.”

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the AHSAA will recommend that coaches use the MaxPreps platform to submit statistics after each game to accurately track team and student-athlete accomplishments and also to utilize the MaxPreps Teams app as a team communication tool.

“Alabama is one of the top states in the country for high school sports, and we are excited to partner with the AHSAA to share the accomplishments of its student-athletes nationally,” said Andy Beal, president and founder of MaxPreps. “At MaxPreps it has long been our goal to provide sports information from every team in America, and this brings us a step closer to it.”  

MaxPreps.com is the nation's most visited site for high school sports coverage.  MaxPreps has been on the prep sports scene since 2002 and has successfully partnered with 26 other high school state associations. MaxPreps also is an official partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NFHS Network.

About MaxPreps.com
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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. Currently, there are 416 senior high members and 336 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 student-athletes participating in the program.  Major aims of the AHSAA are to serve the needs of its member schools in conducting their interscholastic athletic programs with fairness with an emphasis placed on health and safety and sportsmanship and to assist member schools in reaching the educational objectives as established by their school systems.


South Downs North 22-19 to Win the 60th North-South All-Star Football Classic

    MONTGOMERY – South wide receiver Artell Howell of Vigor High School hauled in a perfect strike pass from Wolves quarterback Kyle Walker with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter for a 31-yard game-winning touchdown at Cramton Bowl as the 60th annual AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Classic closed out All-Star Sports Week with a bang.
     The TD gave the South a 22-19 and the defense held on in the final six minutes as the North tried valiantly to get into the end zone. The win for the South improved its lead in the series that started in 1948 to 31-27-2).
    Howell finished the night with three receptions for 77 yards, one kickoff  for 42 yards and one rush attempt for eight yards to earn South MVP honors. His high school teammate Walker was 3-of-8 passing for 50 yards and rushed 10 times for 51 yards. Jayland Whitsett, also a Vigor teammate, added 66 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored on a 1-yard run late in the third period to give the South a 14-13 lead. The boys from Prichard accounted for 248 offensive yards. The South finished with 268 total yards.
      The South, coached by Dadeville head coach Richard White, dominated the first quarter offensively finally getting on the scoreboard with 9:53 remaining in the second period when  Walker snagged a 15-yard TD pass from Enterprise quarterback Grant Thornton to give the South a 7-0 lead. Thornton finished the night 6-of-10 passing for 86 yards.
    The North tied the score later in the period turning a South turnover at its own 15 into a 3-yard TD run by Michael Crear of Jasper with 3:05 left until intermission. Marion County’s Braden Pyron kicked the extra point and the two teams went in at halftime tied 7-7.
   The North took the lead with 5:09 left in the third period when Brayden Lewis of DAR hauled in a 7-yard TD pass from Michael Crear of Jasper to take a 13-7 lead. The extra point was blocked.
    Whitsett’s TD put the South ahead two minutes later 14-13. The North got a big break with 8:19 left in the final period when Chris Broyles of Winfield returned a punt 22 yards for a touchdown as the North took the lead again 19-14. Howell’s dramatic catch two minutes later made it 20-19 and Thornton passed Whitsett for the two-point conversion to round out the scoring.
    Noah Turbyfill of Brooks had a game-high 82 yards rushing on 12 tries and also returned a kickoff 39 yards to earn the North MVP award. The North, coached by Gordo head coach David McKinney, totaled 129 yards rushing and 55 passing for 184 total yards. Kenny Cannon of Decatur also had 41 yards rushing on 10 carries and Devin Buckhalter of Russellville caught two passes for 32 yards.
     Tallassee’s Trent Cochran-Gil led the South with nine tackles. Zachary Boerner of Prattville and E.J. Thomas of Vigor had seven tackles each.  Andrew Gaylor of Dora led the North with eight stops. Micah Wood of Jasper had five tackles and two tackles resulting in 15 yards in losses.
 

2019 North-South All-Star Results
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)

South 22, North 19 (South leads series 31-27-2)
Golf (July 18)
Girls:
North 58.5, South 55.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 63.5, South 50.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Tennis (July 18)
Girls:
North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Volleyball, July 18
South 3, North 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) – (North leads series 14-8)
Softball
Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 25-22-3)
Game 2: South 5, North 4
Soccer
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series s 12-4-1)
Girls’ Basketball
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
Baseball
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
Cross Country
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)


 


South All-Stars Beat the North 3-0 in the 23rd AHSAA All-Star Sports Week North-South Volleyball All-Star Match

    MONTGOMERY – The South beat the North 3-0 at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex Thursday afternoon to win the 23rd AHSAA North-South Volleyball All-Star competition held annually during All-Star Sports Week.
    Chelsea High School rising senior Victoria Schmer turned in an exception performance with 19 digs and five assists to lead the South to the 25-17, 25-23, 25-28 win. She earned South MVP honors with her performance.
    Avery Rodgers of Spanish Fort and Haley Palmer of McGill-Toolen Catholic had nine kills each and Kayla Keshock of Spanish Fort handed out 18 assists. Ali Wiggins of Enterprise also had 15. Coaches for the South were  Wiggins’ mother Janie Wiggins of Enterprise, Manuel Guice of Alabama Christian and Virginia Franklin of Carver-Montgomery, who served as administrative coach.
    The North, which now holds a 14-8 edge in the series, was anchored by McKinley Ferguson of Jasper, who turned in 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 assists. Jasmine Brooks of Sparkman added nine kills, Catherine Smith of Hazel Green had 13 assists, Brooks and Grace Carr of Mountain Brook had seven digs each. Brooks and Smith also had two service aces.
    North coaches were April Marsh of Bob Jones, Justin Kisor of Faith Christian and Sue Marshall of Randolph, the administrative coach. 
    The all-star competition closes out Thursday night with the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
     The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming under the direction of Tom Loreman. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting the game over its statewide network. Stacy Mills is producer.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY:   The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
    The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include:  principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
    The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.

 

2019 North-South All-Star Results
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)

60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
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Golf (July 18)
Girls:
North 58.5, South 55.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 63.5, South 50.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Tennis (July 18)
Girls:
North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Volleyball, July 18
South 3, North 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) – (North leads series 14-8)
Softball
Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 25-22-3)
Game 2: South 5, North 4
Soccer
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series s 12-4-1)
Girls’ Basketball
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
Baseball
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
Cross Country
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)


North Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star Teams Claim Wins in Inaugural AHSAA All-Star Tennis Competition

MONTGOMERY – The North boys and the North girls each posted 8-1 victories Thursday at Montgomery Country Club to win the inaugural AHSAA North-South All-Star Tennis competition in All-Star Sports Week history.
   The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosts the North-South All-Star competition held annually at the AHSAA Summer Conference. The conference, which includes more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center through Friday. The
    The all-star competition closes out Thursday with the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
     The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming. Tom Loreman is the producer,
    The North boys won all six singles matches to win the tennis competition. Matthew Brooks of Daphne was forced into action in doubles play teaming with Wesley Lartigue of Gulf Shores to win6-4, 3-6, 7-5 over Dallas Burkes and Alex Rainer, both of James Clemens. It was the only match the South won. He then closed out the competition with a marathon battle with John Wolf of Briarwood Christian winning the first set 6-2 but lost the match with Wolf winning the final two sets 6-3, 6-3.  Both all-stars received the Best All-Around Plaques presented to one player each from the North and South teams.
    The North girls were led by Spain Park’s Sydney Ellison, who won her singles match of St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Jenna Prater 6-0, 6-4, and then joined Hoover’s Kennedy Ward to beat Whitsett Herring and Rose Nicholas of McGill-Toolen Catholic in doubles play 6-0, 6-1. Ellison was received the North’s Best All-Around Plaque. The South’s Best All-Around recipient was Ellie Slawson of Trinity Presbyterian. She and Wildcats teammate Rylee Tucker played Ji Soo Kim of Randolph and Alyssa Vandiver of Deshler in a doubles match falling 6-4, 6-4.
   Prater and UMS-Wright’s Mary Francis Wood teamed to beat Bella Wimberly of Westminster Christian and Reagan Martin of Cullman 6-0, 6-2 in doubles for the South’s lone win. Wood became the all-star from the Wood family to participate in the North-South All-Star competition. Her brother Hunter played in the 2013 North-South All-Star Football Game, her dad Russ Wood played in the 1979 North-South All-Star Game, and her grandfather Mack Wood, a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, coached in the North-South game twice.
    Coaching the South girls were Meridy Jones of UMS-Wright and Kaylon Cantrell of Prattville Christian. Coaching the North girls were Jessica Freeman of Deshler and Shelly Sumner of Vestavia Hills. Sue Marshall was the administrative coach.
    The North boys’ coaches were Donna Garner of Florence and Jeremy Mears of Briarwood Christian. Chip Travis of Saraland and Lara Patterson of Jemison coached the South boys. Rick Cleveland of UMS-Wright served as administrative coach.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY:   The AHSAA closed out the Summer Conference Friday with its mandatory principals and athletic directors’ session which includes updates from the AHSAA and the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee. The day also includes the 12th annual Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance, which will recognize 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
    The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include:  principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
    The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.


North-South All-Star Tennis Matches
GIRLS
North 8, South 1

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
SINGLES
Match 1:
Sydney Ellison (Spain Park) d. Jenna Prater (St. Paul’s), 6-0, 6-4.
Match 2: Kennedy Ward (Hoover) d. Whitsett Herring (McGill-Toolen), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Match 3:
Caraline Cox (Hewitt-Trussville d. Rose Nicholas (McGill-Toolen), 6-1, 6-0.
Match 4:
Jaquelyn Nieto Aguilar (Albertville) d. Chloe Turner (Saraland), 6-1, 6-2.
Match 5:
Hallie Grace McCrory (Muscle Shoals) d. Faith Sanderson (Saraland), 6-1, 6-0.
Match 6:
Anna Woods (Russellville) d. Anna Walling (Jemison), 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES
Match 1:
Sydney Ellison (Spain Park)-Kennedy Ward (Hoover) d. Whitsett Herring (McGill-Toolen)-Rose Nicholas (McGill-Toolen), 6-0, 6-1.
Match 2:
Jenna Prater (St. Paul’s)-Mary Francis Wood (UMS-Wright) d. Bella Wimberly (Westminster Christian)-Reagan Martin (Cullman), 6-0, 6-2.
Match 3: Ji Soo Kim (Randolph)-Alyssa Vandiver (Deshler) d. Ellie Slawson (Trinity)-Rylee Tucker (Trinity), 6-4, 6-4.
North Best All-Around Award: Sydney Ellison, Spain Park.
South Best All-Around Award: Ellie Slawson, Trinity Presbyterian.

North coaches: Jessica Freeman (Deshler); Shelley Sumner (Vestavia Hills); Sue Marshall (Randolph), administrative coach.
South coaches: Meridy Jones (UMS-Wright); Kaylon Cantrell (Prattville Christian); Elisa Bowden (Trinity), administrative coach.

BOYS
North 8, South 1

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
SINGLES
Match 1:
John Wolf (Briarwood) d. Matthew Brooks (Daphne), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Match 2:
William Watts (Mountain Brook) d. Patten Trotter (Fairhope), 6-1, 6-1.
Match 3:
Connor Coots (Huntsville) d. Joshua Kim (LAMP), 6-3, 6-4.
Match 4: Sam Smith (Vestavia Hills) d. Wesley Lartigue (Gulf Shores), 4-0 – retired.
Match 5:
Ryan Stafford (Spain Park) d. William Robertson (Montgomery Academy), 6-0, 6-1.
Match 6:
Ross Zeanah (Northridge) d. Kessler Park (St. Paul’s), 6-4, 6-3.

DOUBLES
Match 1:
Wesley Lartigue (Gulf Shores)-Matthew Brooks (Daphne) d. Dallas Burkes (James Clemens)-Alex Rainer (James Clemens), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Match 2: Noah Tompkins (Florence)-Luke Singletary (Florence) d. Alec Chandler (Montgomery Academy)-Bruno Anez (UMS-Wright), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.
Match 3:
Mason Woodman (Jasper)-Richard “Tad” Euler (Pell City) d. Jay Teel (Wetumpka)-Thomas Jackson (McGill-Toolen), 6-0, 6-1.
North Best All-Around Award: John Wolf, Briarwood Christian.
South Best All-Around Award: Matthew Brooks, Daphne.

North Coaches: Donna Garner (Florence); Jeremy Mears (Briarwood Christian); Sue Marshall (Randolph), administrative coach.
South Coaches: Chip Travis (Saraland); Lara Patterson (Jemison); Rick Cleveland (UMS-Wright), administrative coach.