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Vestavia Hills’ Hannah Vines Serves Her Team and Community

By Lucas Nunn, Special for AHSAA

 

 

VESTAVIA HILLS – From the volleyball court to the international mission field, Hannah Vines’ extracurricular life is nothing short of exciting.

 

Hannah is a rising senior at Vestavia Hills High School and has played on the varsity volleyball team since her sophomore year. She is also a member of the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association Student Leadership Group, one of two members chosen to represent the state at a national conference in Indianapolis this month.

 

On the court, Hannah has had success both in school and club volleyball. Vestavia Hills reached the super regionals last season, and just last month her club team – Southern Performance Volleyball Club – placed second at the national tournament.

 

While her athletic achievements are impressive, it is Hannah’s desire to serve her community that sets her apart from the rest.

 

The 17-year-old is one of thousands of AHSAA athletes who give of themselves to their communities during their summer break, as well as spending many hours the rest of the year as they juggle sports, homework, family and volunteer time.

 

Hannah has been an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills since she was 5 years old, and the church is her favorite place to serve the community. “I really like to work with kids through my church,” she said.

 

Her service for others also goes well beyond the walls of the church. This past spring, Hannah spent her school break on a mission trip to Guatemala. She worked with children there and assisted in putting on a Bible School for them.

 

“The trip was amazing. Spanish is one of my passions, I have been taking Spanish since I was in the seventh grade, so going down there was great,” Vines said. “It was just another way to connect with the kids and hear about their lives talking about the differences in culture between the U.S. and Guatemala.”

 

In March, Hannah was one of 18 student-athletes from around Alabama selected for membership in the AHSAA Student Leadership Conference, and she was thrilled to learn she and Bayside Academy’s Sam Koby were chosen to represent the state at the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. The NFHS Summit wrapped up this week.

 

“I was really excited when I heard about it,” Vines said. “The goal is to come back and be better leaders on our teams and in our communities.”

 

Upon graduation, Hannah plans to continue serving her community through her church, as she continues her volleyball career at Samford University.

 

Last year, Hannah was also featured in the AHSAA #MoreThanAGame social media campaign. Watch her video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3fayZMkAkY

 

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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. 


AHSAA Central Board of Control Approves Modification of Kicking Game for Non-Varsity Football Competition

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has approved allowing modification of the kicking game rules for non-varsity football competition beginning this fall and approved regional sites for softball and bowling for the coming school year. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
        The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
        AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones recommended modification of the kicking rules for non-varsity contests due to current health and safety concerns and limited time to devote to the kicking game for the non-varsity programs.
       Beginning in the 2018 season, the Central Board of Control will allow schools to choose one of three options for a non-varsity football contest. The two competing schools may choose Option 1 (simulation of kicks); Option 2 (no kickoffs or punts allowed); and Option 3 (utilizing all aspects of the kicking game in accordance with NFHS rules).
       If the two schools cannot agree, then Option 1 will be the default choice. In Option 1, teams will be allowed to conduct simulated kickoffs and punts, but with no blocking or contact, including no rushing the kicker and no kick returns. Receiving teams may fair catch a kick but after the non-contact kickoff, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 35-yard line to begin the offensive series.  After the no-rush and non-contact punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage but not inside the 20-yard line of the receiving team.
        Should both teams agree to Option 2, no kickoffs or punts will be attempted.  A series will start at the receiving team’s 35-yard line following a touchdown. In lieu of a punt, the ball will be placed 30 yards from the line of scrimmage, but not inside the receiving team’s 20-yard line.   
       Option 3 will be conducting kickoffs and punts without modification.  Field goals and extra points will not be modified and will be live under all three options.
       The Central Board of Control approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 27th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2017-18 and more than

$2.2 million in savings to our member schools since 1992. The Board also approved a Revenue Sharing Plan $2 million payout for the 2017-18 school year but put the distribution to schools on hold until the AHSAA’s current litigation has concluded.
        The Board selected Camelia Lanes in Mobile and Vestavia Bowl in Vestavia Hills as the sites for the South and North Regional bowling tournaments in 2019. The AHSAA State Bowling Championships will return to Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham for the third straight year.
      Florence and Oxford were also selected as new sites for regional softball competition for the next two years (2019 and 2020). Florence will host the North Regional which has been held in Huntsville since regional tourneys began for softball in 2009. The South Central Regional, held in Troy from 2009-18, will move to Oxford and will be renamed the East Central Regional. Tuscaloosa will remain the host of the North Central Regional, which is being renamed the West Central Regional, for 2019 and 2020. Gulf Shores, which has two years remaining on its current contract, will once again host the South Regional.  Lagoon Park is still under contract to host the State Tourney.
      In another softball item, the board, upon recommendation of the AHSAA Softball Coaches Committee, approved allowing the team emerging from the winner’s bracket to choose whether they will be the home team or visiting team in all championship games in area and state tournament play. Several recommendations from other sports committees were also approved by the Central Board. Those changes can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
      The Central Board reviewed and approved 2018-19 publications, including the AHSAA Handbook and 2018-19 AHSAA Sports Book. The Legislative Council also met and approved the AHSAA publications Wednesday afternoon and heard a review of the Central Board’s action.

In other Central Board action:

– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.
– Approved drafts of the 2018-19 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2017-18 audits for each group.
-- Removed fines for middle /junior high declarations.
-- Approved the purchase of six new wrestling mats for State Championship and Duals competition and also approved moving all wrestling duals tournament finals to the same day.
-- Approved new officials’ fee for state wrestling and track championships and discussed the schools’ current scratch list policy concerning officials.
-- Was updated about catastrophic insurance and approved AHSAA insurance coverages.
-- Discussed Mandatory Summer Meeting Requirement for administrators.



AHSAA Closes Summer Conference With Officials’ Awards Luncheon

     MONTGOMERY – Six officials with a combined 257 years of officiating experience received the Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award at Saturday’s AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Receiving the AHSAA’s highest officiating honor were: Eugene Reynolds (46 years);  Warren Bowron (45 years); Wayne Carden  (42 years);  Jimmy Chaffin (40 years); Larry Short (40 years); and Jack Minshew (36 years).
       More than 400 attended the luncheon that recognized all contest officials who officiated in state championship events in 2017-18 as well as those selected district and state officials of the year in each AHSAA sport. Laird Hayes, a veteran of 22 years as an NFL official, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon that officially closed the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference and Coaching School.
    The Alabama Sports Officials Foundation (ASOF) also presented nine scholarships to children of officials in honor of the dedication and sacrifice families make to support the service of the state’s contest officials. To be eligible, the student must be planning attend a post-secondary school in Alabama.
    Those selected for the grants were: Gary Shirley III, Rainbow City; Jalon Jimmerson, Douglas; Jonah Trotter, Oakman; Peyton Luker, Thomasville; Danielle Covert, Arab; Anna Grace Murphy, Southside; Delandrion Woods, Hillsborough; Emma Mayer, Maylene; Allyson Phelps, Meridianville.
    AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones also recognized two AHSAA officials, Joe Mangone and Mark Russell, who received national honors from the NFHS. Mangone, the AHSAA soccer rules interpreter and State Finals director of officials, received the NFHS Citation for Officials for 2018 as national official of the year, and Russell was chosen one of eight Section recipients of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. He was selected from Section III, which includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jones also announced that AHSAA football official Anthony Jeffreys has just been selected to become an NFL football official.
    AHSAA Officials of the Year were also selected from in each officiating district and one official was also chosen state official of the year in each sport.
    Among those honored were:
State Officials of the Year: Phillip Winslett (Baseball); Anthony Dupree (Basketball); Eddie Carr (Football); Bill Presor (Soccer); Mike Heath (Softball); Joey Lauderdale (Track); Willie Moore (Volleyball); and Heath Williamson (Wrestling).
     AHSAA District Officials of the Year included:
BASEBALL
East Central:
John Ewing
North Central: Chris Pike
Northeast: Bill Ward
Northwest:
Roger Crafts

South Central: Mike Stewart
Southeast:
Philip Winslett
Southwest:
Greg Fairchild
West Central:
Tommy Colvin

BASKETBALL
East Central:
Anthony Dupree
North Central: Mike Pretnar
Northeast: Matt Driver
Northwest:
Andy Pruitt

South Central: Eric Morris
Southeast: Ronnie Burnett
Southwest:
Elicia Lynch
West Central: Charlie McCant

 

FOOTBALL
East Central:
Cecil Garrison
North Central: Anthony Jeffries
Northeast: Ben Smith
Northwest:
Amel Drake

South Central: Garnett Ray
Southeast:
Philip Thomas
Southwest:
Eddie Carr
West Central: Jeff Halcomb


SOCCER
East Central:
no selection
North Central: Luis Mendez
Northwest: Jeff Edwards

South Central: Bill Presor
Southeast:
Garrett Franklin
Southwest:
Coral Grubler
West Central: no seletion

SOFTBALL
East Central:
Steve Nelson
North Central: Larry Jordan
Northeast: Michael Tidmore

Northwest: Phillip Pugh
South Central:
Bruce Arnold
Southeast:
Mike Heath
Southwest:
Tim Porter
West Central: Michael Mullally

TRACK & FIELD
East Central:
no selection
North Central: Joey Kyle
Northeast: Joey Lauderdale

Northwest: Willie Ray
South Central:
Tony Reaves
Southeast:
no selection
Southwest: Wayne Kulakowski
West Central: no selection

VOLLEYBALL
East Central:
Connie Higgins
North Central: Willie Moore III
Northeast: Phillip Mosley

Northwest: Anthony Gunn
South Central:
Kevin Foley
Southeast:
Morris Murphy
Southwest:
Maureen McKannan
West Central: Kimberly Dailey

WRESTLING
East Central:
Adam Pierce
North Central: Jeff Saxon
Northeast: Matt Smart

South Central: Heath Williamson
Southeast:
no selection
Southwest: Archie Best
West Central: no selection



Eight Receive al.com Sportsmanship Grants

Eight high schools that attended Friday’s 10th annual Media Group as recipients of a $1,000 al.com Sportsmanship Grant.  Al.com, in support of good sportsmanship, has provided $88,000 over the last 10 years – proving one scholarship to a fine and ejection-free school each from all eight of the AHSAA’s districts.
   The recipients this year were: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).  The schools were selected from the 75 that completed the 2017-18 school fine and ejection free.
   Former major leaguer Todd Jones was the guest speaker at the Sportsmanship Luncheon. Jones, who spent 15 years pitching in the majors, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.


Seven Receive “Making A Difference” Awards At AHSAA 2018 Coaches’ Awards Banquet

MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were recognized Friday night at the AHSAA’s 22st annual Championship Coaches’ Awards Banquet as recipients of the prestigious “Making A Difference” Award as the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference concluded at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
    The week-long conference, which attracted approximately 5,000 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 10 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 and football. 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.
    Governor Kay Ivey was the keynote speaker at Friday’s awards banquet recognized a total of 112 state championship coaches who led teams to state titles in the AHSAA’s championship programs in 2017-18 as well as honoring several others for outstanding service or accomplishment.  Among them was Devin Hind of Hoover High School. Hind led the Bucs to a sweep of the AHSAA Class 7A indoor and outdoor boys’ and girls’ state track and field championships. As a result, national track and field website Dyestat named Hoover the National Duals Track and Field Champs for 2018 – using best times and performances from the student-athletes during the season and matching the Bucs against other state champions from across the nation in a computerized playoff. The match-play competition concluded with Hoover beating California prep track powerhouse Great Oak High School of Temecula (CA) 69.3 – 66.7 in the dual match finals. Dyestat has had its hypothetical match-play championships for three years – with Auburn High School winning the first virtual competition National crown in 2016.
   The highlight of Friday’s banquet was the “Making A Difference” Award, however, now in its eighth year. One AHSAA member school coach or administrator 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: principal Jack Hayes, Brilliant High School (1A); Head football coach and athletic director JimBob Striplin, Geneva County High School (2A); athletic director Anthony McCall, Montgomery Academy (3A); girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn, Greensboro (4A); track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County (5A); athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson, Benjamin Russell (6A); principal Clem Richardson, Baker High School (7A).
  
Several other special awards were presented including AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year presented to Kim Kiel of Pelham High School. The ADSADCA also presented the Past President’s Award was presented to Kiel.
     Veteran Huntsville city councilman and AHSAA football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director and music teacher LaFrancis Davis were also recognized at NFHS Section 3 “Spirit of Sport” and “Heart of the Arts” Award recipients for 2018. Russell suffered a heart attack in Madison Academy’s opening game of the 2017 prep football season and had no heartbeat for more than eight minutes, but thanks to the quick thinking of a nurse, who was in the sidelines as the MA school photographer, he survived the trauma. Just over three months later, he officiated in the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game at Bryant-Denny in Tuscaloosa.
     Davis, a multi-sport standout athlete at Slocomb high school, turned down college football for his true passion – music. He got his degree from Alabama A&M, then went into the Army where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before leaving the military to become a band director, first in his home Geneva County where he embarked on a career of rebuilding struggling band programs. He took over a Carver program that had just 60 members, now marches with more than 150 and has developed a program at a feeder middle school that is almost 100 strong.
     He marched and performed trumpet solos at halftime in high school and also rushed for over 1,400 yards. He has encouraged students in his band to play sports and currently has nine who are playing various sports from football and basketball to softball and volleyball.
NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year: Four AHSAA coaches were named 2017 NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year, including: Richard Carter, Lanett (boys’ basketball); Thomas Esslinger, Homewood (girls’ indoor track & field); Derrick Gargis, Muscle Shoals (boys’ golf); and Jimmy Johnson III, Opelika (boys’ outdoor track & field).
NFHS State Coaches of the Year: Twenty-one outstanding AHSAA coaches were selected 2017 NFHS state coach of the year in their respective sports: Zachary Blume, Southside-Gadsden (girls’ bowling); Richard Carter, Lanett (boys’ basketball); Thomas Esslinger, Homewood (outdoor track); Cheryl Flores, McGill-Toolen Catholic (girls’ soccer); Derrick Gargis, Muscle Shoals (boys’ golf); Donna Garner, Florence (boys’ tennis); Chris Heaps, Russellville (baseball); Matt Hicks, Oxford (wrestling); Stephen Hobbs, Spain Park (boys’ country); Kyle Justice, Decatur (girls’ tennis); Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal (boys’ swimming); Josh Niblett, Hoover (football); Dan Norton, Auburn (boys’ cross country); Al Rauls, Buckhorn (softball); Barbara Roy, Locust Fork (girls’ basketball); Rik Tozzi, Indian Springs (boys’ soccer); Roger von Jouanne, Westminster Christian (girls’ swimming); Kayla Woodard, Addison (volleyball).
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: Willie James Taylor, Jackson HS (son of Coach Tamiko Taylor)
District 2: Courtney Powell, Georgiana HS (daughter of Coach Ezell Powell)
District 3: Elijah Jones, Prattville Christian (son of Coach Leonard Jones)
District 4: Casey Baynes, Tallassee HS (son of Coach Mark Baynes)
District 5: Gracyn LeSueur, Pelham HS (daughter of Coach Kevin LeSueur)
District 6: Riley Austin, Spring Garden HS (son of Coaches Dana and Ricky Austin)
District 6: Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley HS (daughter of Coaches Dana and David Bryant)
District 7: Tucker Brown, Wilson HS (son of Coach Scott Brown)
District 8: Phillip DesRosier, Grissom HS (son of Cach Alicia Wright DesRosier)
District 8: Shelby Madison Brothers, Geraldine HS (daughter of Coach Cristie Brothers)
Willie James Taylor, Jackson HS (son of Coach Tamiko Taylor)

AHSAA Mourns Death of Official Stewart Stephenson

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of long-time AHSAA contest official Stewart Stephenson of Decatur.
    “We pray God will sustain the Stephenson family in their time of need,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
      Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Stone River, in Decatur. A memorial service will immediately follow.
        In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of Stone River or the Committee on Church Cooperation.


AHSAA Mourns Death of Amanda Thrasher

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of Amanda Kaye Haynes Thrasher, 49, the wife of AHSAA District Softball Director Keith, coach and teacher Keith Thrasher. She died Saturday, July 14, at her home.
    “Our prayers go out to Keith and the Thrasher family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese, “and pray God will sustain them in their time of need.”
    Visitation will be Monday, July 16, at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman from 6 to 8 p.m. Her service will be Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, Rev. John Richter will officiate. Burial will be at Bowman’s Chapel Cemetery.
Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is directing.

Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson Inducted into NFHS National Hall of Fame

     CHICAGO, IL – Coach Dovey “Buddy” Anderson, the winningest high school football coach in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state history, was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Hall of Fame Monday night a banquet at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel that closed the 99th Summer Meeting.
    Anderson, who is beginning his 41st season as head football coach at Vestavia Hills in August, became the 12th individuals from  Alabama be enshrined in the nation’s National Hall of Fame.  He was enshrined  along with 11 others from across the U.S., including track athlete Dick Fosbury (Oregon); former Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne (athlete); former WNBA and Stanford basketball star Nicole Powell (Arizona), distance runner Carrie Tollefson (Minnesota); soccer coach Miller Bugliari (New Jersey); swimming coach Jeff Meister (Hawaii); basketball coach William O’Neil (Vermont); contest official Roger “Smokey” Barr (Iowa); retired Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Richard Neal; and choral coach William Zurkey (Ohio).
     Anderson’s wife Linda, their children and grandchildren where among a large contingent on hand Monday night for the induction. He has compiled a 329-146 overall head-coaching record in 40 seasons at Vestavia Hills winning the Class 4A state title in 1980 and the Class 6A state championship going 15-0 in 1997. His teams have advanced to the state playoffs 30 times with a 47-28 playoff mark and have won nine or more games 22 times in the AHSAA’s large-school class. Anderson’s father Dovey Anderson was 182-81-5 as a prep head football coach in 31 seasons, all at Thomasville.
Both dad and son are in the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and won 511 football games between them, most in state history. Both attended Samford University (dad when the school was Howard College) and Dovey, Sr., competed
in the first game ever played at Legion Field in 1927.
     Buddy was hired as an assistant coach at Vestavia in 1972 and was elevated to head coach in 1978.
     “Buddy Anderson is a man of faith and character who has been an important mentor to many others along the way,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “He is a shining example of the kind of positive impact coaches have on the lives of the student-athletes they serve.”
     Anderson, who received the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s “Frank ‘Pig’ House Award in 2014 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Award in 2016, was humbled by the Monday night’s induction.
      “I was very fortunate to grow up in a coach’s home,” he said. “My father was a high school a high school football coach for 31 years. I saw the relationship my dad had with his players, his fellow coaches and teachers. I just went to my own 50th high school reunion and picked right up where I left off with my classmates and those I played sports with. Seeing them, all now in their sixties, and seeing the kind of men they grew unto reminded me of the coaches I worked with (at Vestavia Hills), most of them for more than 30 years and the many players I have had the opportunity to coach. It also reiterated that we are in the relationship business.”
 Anderson, the only coach in AHSAA history to win 300 games at one school, is the second AHSAA football coach from the state to be enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame. Glenn Daniel, who was the AHSAA’s first 300-game winner (at Pine Hill and Luverne), was inducted in 1999. Track coach Jim Tate of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, was the last coach from Alabama to be enshrined (2013).  Basketball coach Mickey “Guy” O’Brien, a Dadeville native who coached at Geraldine and Scottsboro, was inducted in 1992.
    Alabamians currently in the NFHS HOF include:

ALABAMIANS IN THE NFHS NATIONAL HALL OF FAME
Year    Name                                      High School                                       College
Administrators
1987: Cliff Harper                              Moore Academy (Pineapple)                  Birmingham-Southern
1990: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott        Autauga County (Prattville)                   Troy State
2011: Dan Washburn                          LaFayette                                            Chattanooga

Coaches
1992: Mickey “Guy” O’Brien            Tallapoosa County (Dadeville)     Auburn                        1999: Glenn Daniel                           A.A. Parrish (Selma)                          Livingston

2013: James “Jim” Tate                      UMS (Mobile)                                     Citadel
2018: Dovey “Buddy” Anderson       Thomasville                                        Samford

Athletes
1989: Bart Starr (Athlete)                   Sidney Lanier (Montgomery)             Alabama         
2012: Pat Sullivan (Athlete)               John Carroll (Birmingham)             Auburn

2014: Ozzie Newsome (Athlete)        Colbert County (Leighton)                   Alabama
Officials
1988: Dan Gaylord                             Central (Phillips, B’ham)                        Howard College
2007: Sam Short                                 West End (B’ham)                                  Western Kentucky
 


AHSAA Soccer Official Joe Manjone Receives NFHS Citation for Officiating

CHICAGO, IL – Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) soccer official Joe Manjone, a veteran of more than 50 years of service to the sport worldwide, was honored Sunday at the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) 99th Summer Meeting as the 2018 Citation Award recipient Officiating.
    Manjone was on hand at the luncheon held at the Chicago Downtown Hyatt Hotel to receive the award presented annually to only one contest official nationally. The NFHS also presented eight Citations, one in each of the NFHS’s eight sections, to individuals who made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, coaching, officiating and performance arts.
     Vestavia Hills High School football coach Buddy Anderson will also be inducted Monday night into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame as the NFHS Summer Meeting concludes. Anderson was on hand at the Hall of Fame press conference Sunday afternoon.
    Manjone, who began officiating soccer as a teenager, has been involved in the sport as an official and administrator for more than 50 years.  His influence in the sport has been has been far reaching – spanning more the nation and two continents.
          In Alabama, his service stretches over more than 30 years. The AHSAA Soccer Director and former National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee Chair has served the AHSAA in numerous soccer roles from officiating to rules interpreter.
        “Not only has Joe always been an outstanding official, officiating other sports besides soccer, but also he has been a dedicated professional and a true credit to this Association,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
        Manjone ’s contributions have not gone unnoticed. He was recently named the recipient of the NFHS’s prestigious Citation for Officials for 2017, which is presented annually to only one contest official nationwide.
          “Among Joe’s prestigious accomplishments is the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for service as an official,” Savarese said. “His greatest contribution has been his outstanding leadership exemplified to officials statewide while maintaining the relevance of high school athletics. He is a great ambassador for this Association and the entire Alabama high school sports community.”

          A native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Manjone attended Black Creek Township High School, graduating in 1959.

He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree. He later earned additional education degrees from the University of Georgia and Penn State. He was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
        Manjone is the seventh AHSAA representative to receive the NFHS Citation and the third contest official. Other include:

1992 – Herman L. “Bubba” Scott (NFHS Award of Merit)*

2000 – Ken Blankenship (NFHS Coach Citation)

2006 – Greg Brewer (NFHS State Association Citation)
2010 – Houston Young (NFHS Officials Citation)

2011 – Alan Mitchell (NFHS State Association Citation)
2014 – Jeff Hilyer (NFHS Officials Citation)

2015 – Wanda Gilliland (NFHS State Association Citation)
2016 – Richard Robertson (NFHS Coach Citation)
2018 – Joe Mangone (NFHS Officials Citation)
*-This special award is presented to special individuals who major a lasting impact on the NFHS and all its member schools. Recipients have included former President Gerald R. Ford, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former NCAA Executive Directors Walter Byars and Myles Brand. This award is not presented annually.


U.S. District Court Denies St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Injunction Request

    Today, Wednesday, June 27,  the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama entered an order denying St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s request for a preliminary injunction to set aside the classification and sports team alignment of member private schools using the competitive balance formula and 1.35 multiplier approved by the Central Board of Control last November.
    Legal counsel for St. Paul’s Episcopal School filed a lawsuit and a request for preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court in Mobile on May 24, and AHSAA legal counsel responded quickly filing a response asking the court to deny the preliminary injunction. The AHSAA’s legal counsel also filed a motion last week to dismiss the case completely.
     The Court announced it will enter a briefing schedule on defendants’ Motion to Dismiss forthwith.
     “We are pleased to have this initial phase of the lawsuit resolved,” Savarese said.  “We are still in litigation with this lawsuit; therefore, the AHSAA will have no other comment at this time.”