HUNTSVILLE – Thompson High School won its third Class 7A state wrestling title in a row Saturday at Von Braun, Class 1/5A Arab captured its eighth state title since 2011 and Class 6A Gardendale claimed its first state championship in 45 years as the 65th AHSAA State Wrestling Championships closed out the 2020 season at the Von Braun Center.
The three schools also won the AHSAA Duals Tournament titles in January.
Individually, sophomore Cory Land of Moody High School closed out a 56-0 season with an 18-3 technical fall over Satsuma’s William Walker in the Class 1A/5A 120-pound finals to claim his third state championship in a row. Land also closed the season with his 110th straight victory since losing in the Super Sectional finals in 2018.
Coach Brian Brasseal’s Rockets left little doubt rolling up a big lead Friday and posted 175.5 points overall to beat runner-up Benjamin Russell by 41 points to claim the 6A championship. Oxford was third with 109.5 points and defending champion McAdory finished fourth with 109. The title was Gardendale’s first since winning back-to-back state crowns in 1975 and 1975.
Freshman Isaiah Powe (50-2) won the 113-pound title for the Rockets’ only individual title. Gardendale’s Melton Powe (19-2) was runner-up at 120 pounds; Brody Scoggins 34-21) at 126 pounds; and Russ Boackle (46-8) at 152 pounds.
Arab, coached by Michael Pruitt, won the 1A/5A state title with 189.5 points. Jasper finished second with 115 and Ranburne was third with 112.5. The runner-up finish was the best in school history for the Vikings.
The Knights had two champions – winning at 106 and 113 pounds. Sophomore Cade Dunn (51-1) beating Hinds Duncan (42-2) of Pike Road in 2-0 in 106-pound finals, and junior Jacob Holland (55-1) beat Susan Moore’s Trent Robinson (29-4) in the 113-pound finals 6-4.
Thompson and Vestavia Hills came into the final day’s competition Saturday separated by just one-half point. The Warriors of Coach Shawn Weltzin and Rebels of Coach Monterrius “Tee” Adams, squared off in four championship matches Saturday with Thompson winning three to stretch its final total to 166.5 points, 13 better than Vestavia Hills’ 153.5. Huntsville finished third with 83 points.
Warriors junior Blaise Albarado (17-0) pinned Rebels junior Zach Flurry (32-4) in the 106-pound championship match. Sophomore James Latona (47-5) posted major decision (13-4) over Vestavia senior Bryant Segars (43-7), and junior Will Miller (46-4) posted a hard-fought 5-3 decision over senior Chandler Merrill at 152 pounds for Thompson’s head-to-head wins. Rebels sophomore John Edwards (38-4) beat Thompson senior Ashunti Perry (29-10) in 160-pound finals in another tough match 3-1.
Thompson also got championship match wins by Yanni Vines (48-4) at 113 pounds and senior Emmanuel Oliver (38-4) at 132 pounds.
Several other wrestlers closed out the 2020 season winning state championships to climax undefeated seasons. Dylan Pearson of Auburn (36-0) won the 7A 182-pound title. In Class 1A/5A, Ryan Summerlin of Moody (43-0) won at 132 pounds; Jaden New of Alexandria (52-0) won at 145 pounds; Christian Smith of Ranburne (35-0) won at 195 pounds; and Ben Buchanan (39-0), also of Ranburne, won at 285 pounds.”
In Class 6A, Helena senior Nathan Dunaway capped a 46-0 season winning the 220-pound championship match win a pin at 0:48. Opelika senior Michael Dawson also won the 6A 285-pound championship bout with a pin at 3:48 to finish his season at 51-0. One other grappler Pete Henderson of McAdory captured the 106-pound championship finishing the season 74-1.
Complete final-day team scoring and individual results include:
AHSAA 65th State Wrestling Championships
FINAL TEAM SCORING
Class 1A/5A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Mortimer Jordan 84.0
Best Match: (160-Pound Finals) Jack Burt, Montgomery Catholic, dec. Caleb Row, Arab, 6-5.
Most Pins: Cole Fuller, Corner, Jr. (3 pins, 5:40).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Cory Land, Moody (56-0) – 120-pound state champion.
Class 6A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Benjamin Russell 134.5
Spanish Fort 97.5
Gulf Shores 90.0
Fort Payne 69.0
Best Match: (170-Pound Finals) John Paul Uter, Gulf Shores dec. Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell, SV-1 7-5 in sudden death.
Most Pins: Nathan Dunaway, Helena, (3 pins, 6:41).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Brandon Seawright, Minor (46-1), Sr. – 145-pound state champion.
Class 7A Team Scoring
(Top 10 Leaders)
Vestavia Hills 153.5
Mountain Brook 53.0
Spain Park 46.0
Oak Mountain 42.0
Smiths Station 38.0
Bob Jones 35.5
Best Match: (170-Pound Finals) Jack Lamey, Vestavia Hills dec. Zeke Smotherman, Huntsville, 3-1.
Most Pins: Dylan Pearson, Auburn, (3 pins, 5:10).
Most Valuable Wrestler: Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (44-3), Sr. – 245-pound state champion.
CLASS 1A/5A INDIVIDIUAL RESULTS
1st Place Match - Cabe Dunn (Arab) 51-1 won by decision over Hinds Duncan (Pike Road) 42-4 (Dec 2-0)
3rd Place Match - Brodie Christmas (Mortimer Jordan) 57-5 won in sudden victory - 1 over Marcus Wright (Westminister Christian) 29-10 (SV-1 6-4)
5th Place Match - Ethan Caldwell (Jasper) 39-26 won by fall over Matthew Kenneway (Saks) 43-16 (Fall 3:17)
1st Place Match - Jacob Holland (Arab) 55-1 won by decision over Trent Robertson (Susan Moore) 29-4 (Dec 6-4)
3rd Place Match - Kaleb Mathews (Alexandria) 50-5 won by decision over Bentley Briscoe (Hayden) 42-18 (Dec 7-2)
5th Place Match - Dylan Melendez (Piedmont) 45-6 won by decision over Andrew Maxwell (East Limestone) 21-8 (Dec 4-2)
1st Place Match - Cory Land (Moody) 56-0 won by tech fall over William Walker (Satsuma) 55-2 (TF-1.5 2:53 (18-3)
3rd Place Match - Austin Silva (Arab) 36-9 won by major decision over Nick Spears (Ashville) 38-20 (MD 15-7)
5th Place Match - Jamal Whittington (Beauregard) 42-6 won by fall over Austin Creamer (Lincoln) 39-10 (Fall 3:00)
1st Place Match - Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 43-3 won by decision over Evan Phillips (Hayden) 52-4 (Dec 7-4)
3rd Place Match - Jemari Harris (Montevallo) 48-5 won by decision over Calan Staub (Southside) 51-16 (Dec 6-5)
5th Place Match - Clinton Stewart (Scottsboro) 36-8 won by forfeit over Parker Dodd (Med FF) (Moody) 46-4 (For.)
1st Place Match - Ryan Summerlin (Moody) 43-0 won by major decision over Joshua Roe (Arab) 42-18 (MD 16-4)
3rd Place Match - Joshua Johannson (Weaver) 42-11 won by major decision over Cole Sykes (Shelby Co.) 52-7 (MD 12-3)
5th Place Match - Christian McCary (Tallassee) 52-10 won by decision over Alex Ragsdale (Corner) 52-13 (Dec 9-5)
1st Place Match - Sebastian Oswalt (Mortimer Jordan) 47-9 won by decision over Patrick Lawler (Arab) 49-7 (Dec 3-0)
3rd Place Match - Trent Gilham (Springville) 64-2 won by decision over Jose Calderon (Susan Moore) 27-11 (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match - Dazhoen Finley (Lincoln) 53-5 won by decision over Eli Sims (Leeds) 38-14 (Dec 8-7)
1st Place Match - Jaden New (Alexandria) 52-0 won by decision over Cody Souder (Weaver) 40-7 (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match - Gabe Robbins (St. James) 40-5 won by forfeit over Maney Havis (Jasper) 55-6 (For.)
5th Place Match - Kaleb Burford (Hayden) 40-11 won by decision over Quin Cotten (Lincoln) 39-13 (Dec 9-5)
1st Place Match - Preston Reed (Jasper) 51-4 won by decision over Dathan Finley (Southside) 49-18 (Dec 2-1)
3rd Place Match - Ethan Scrivner (St. Clair Co.) 60-11 won by decision over Zachary Williamson (Cleburne Co.) 40-2 (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match - Mason Vann (Ashville) 44-17 won by forfeit over Thomas Miller (Med FF) (New Hope) 33-9 (For.)
1st Place Match - Jack Burt (Montgomery Catholic) 44-2 won by decision over Caleb Roe (Arab) 58-6 (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match - Luke Jasper (Mortimer Jordan) 41-8 won by fall over Arthur Cox (Ramsay) 19-16 (Fall 4:04)
5th Place Match - Spencer Jordan (Ranburne) 34-7 won by decision over Aaron Grinfield (Moody) 44-18 (Dec 12-10)
1st Place Match - Carnel Davis (Southside) 57-11 won by decision over Tyler Mcdonald (Mortimer Jordan) 58-8 (Dec 9-3)
3rd Place Match - Cade Atkins (Westminister Christian) 38-7 won by decision over Troy Gibson (Satsuma) 41-8 (Dec 3-2)
5th Place Match - Ryan Morelan (Arab) 54-13 won by decision over Dylan Harris (Ashville) 42-16 (Dec 14-13)
1st Place Match - Nicholas Brashear (Corner) 54-1 won by decision over Sam Atchley (Arab) 28-11 (Dec 6-4)
3rd Place Match - Daniel Loudermilk (Southside) 57-15 won by major decision over Kurt Reichert (Prattville Christian) 40-5 (MD 10-1)
5th Place Match - Jeremiah Mccord (Ranburne) 34-9 won by major decision over Luke Harris (Ashville) 49-11 (MD 10-1)
1st Place Match - Christian Smith (Ranburne) 35-0 won by major decision over Dashton Rush (Jasper) 48-6 (MD 11-2)
3rd Place Match - Connor Hall (Alexandria) 52-9 won by decision over Will Pilgrim (Deshler) 38-7 (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match - Rankin Allen (Montevallo) 44-9 won by fall over Logan Thomas (Corner) 53-8 (Fall 1:58)
1st Place Match - Cole Fuller (Corner) 50-1 won by decision over Carson Hall (Ranburne) 37-2 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match - Demaria Jones (Center Point) 37-4 won by fall over Matt Brown (Elmore Co.) 43-9 (Fall 4:28)
5th Place Match - Treveon Bolton (Saks) 37-9 won by fall over Ean Carpenter (TR Miller) 29-7 (Fall 2:13)
1st Place Match - Ben Buchanan (Ranburne) 39-0 won by fall over Brodie Vinson (Jasper) 40-4 (Fall 3:06)
3rd Place Match - Ronny Henderson (Dora) 27-7 won by fall over Kolby Clark (Scottsboro) 27-10 (Fall 2:54)
5th Place Match - Trent Pate (Cleburne Co.) 34-8 won by decision over Grant Wisdom (Deshler) 36-14 (Dec 4-1)
CLASS 6A INDIVIDIUAL RESULTS
1st Place Match - Peter Henderson (McAdory) 74-1 won by decision over Sandlin Pike (Benjamin Russell) 41-12 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Will Anderson (Athens) 28-2 won by decision over David Miguel (Fort Payne) 27-5 (Dec 3-0)
5th Place Match - Daishun Powe (Gardendale) 46-23 won by decision over Donelle Young (Shades Valley) 38-17 (Dec 3-1)
1st Place Match - Isaiah Powe (Gardendale) 50-2 won by forfeit over Tyrique Simms (Mae Jemison) 48-8 (For.)
3rd Place Match - Seth Mcgrew (Helena) 41-14 won by decision over Hudson Waldrop (McAdory) 60-7 (Dec 3-0)
5th Place Match - Lee Leonard (Benjamin Russell) 33-19 won by forfeit over Mason Dickey (FF) (Wetumpka) 39-15 (For.)
1st Place Match - Lincoln Bryant (Hartselle) 42-9 won by decision over Melton Powe (Gardendale) 19-2 (Dec 10-5)
3rd Place Match - Xander Mcwilliams (Wetumpka) 57-4 won by decision over Cote Blalock (Fort Payne) 34-2 (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match - Xavior Larry (Carver-Birmingham) 33-13 won by fall over Gunner Birdsong (Athens) 35-20 (Fall 2:45)
1st Place Match - Michael Moran (Helena) 54-8 won by tech fall over Brody Scoggins (Gardendale) 34-21 (TF-1.5 5:06 (15-0)
3rd Place Match - Nyshaad Hannon (Benjamin Russell) 52-12 won by decision over Corey Jones (Shades Valley) 37-8 (Dec 10-5)
5th Place Match - Adam Byerman (Chelsea) 42-12 won by decision over Payton Roberts (Hartselle) 38-17 (Dec 2-0)
1st Place Match - Gabe Warren (Spanish Fort) 61-3 won by decision over Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 43-5 (Dec 15-11)
3rd Place Match - Kyler Adams (Wetumpka) 58-5 won by fall over Bobby Charsha (Benjamin Russell) 35-10 (Fall 2:49)
5th Place Match - Ethan Mccord (Stanhope Elmore) 39-9 won by decision over Mykel Evans (Hueytown) 26-14 (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match - Donald Phillips (McAdory) 74-9 won by fall over Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 22-1 (Fall 4:37)
3rd Place Match - Brady George (Gulf Shores) 71-7 won by decision over Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale) 39-14 (Dec 9-2)
5th Place Match - Cameron Holder (Daphne) 50-16 won by decision over Jakarri Smith (Carver-Montgomery) 13-7 (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match - Brandon Seawright (Minor) 46-1 won by major decision over Seth Branham (Pelham) 25-8 (MD 18-4)
3rd Place Match - Jason Minchew (Shades Valley) 54-8 won by decision over Blake Crocker (Pinson Valley) 33-12 (Dec 4-3)
5th Place Match - Connor Russo (Stanhope Elmore) 34-10 won by decision over Kendrick Young (Oxford) 40-12 (Dec 6-5)
1st Place Match - Chase Hicks (Oxford) 53-8 won by decision over Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 46-8 (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match - Saxon Coker (Benjamin Russell) 64-5 won by fall over Desmond Pearson (Mae Jemison) 47-4 (Fall 2:49)
5th Place Match - Jordyn Johnson (Clay-Chalkville) 50-5 won by decision over Dawson Williams (Fort Payne) 26-14 (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match - Jake Snow (Spanish Fort) 61-3 won in sudden victory - 1 over Reed Hill (Oxford) 56-3 (SV-1 2-0)
3rd Place Match - Carson Kim (Gardendale) 41-4 won by major decision over Preston Royster (Chelsea) 43-7 (MD 11-3)
5th Place Match - Jeremiah Cherry Daniel (Stanhope Elmore) 37-10 won by fall over Jordan Mcglothen (Robertsdale) 18-13 (Fall 1:41)
1st Place Match - John Paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 66-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Hezekiah Hunter (Benjamin Russell) 59-8 (SV-1 7-5)
3rd Place Match - Logan Farmer (Athens) 17-4 won by fall over Derrick Orvik (Gardendale) 23-5 (Fall 1:46)
5th Place Match - Levi Miller (Homewood) 10-6 won by fall over Will Caneer (Buckhorn) 34-21 (Fall 2:55)
1st Place Match - Mason Blackwell (Wetumpka) 63-2 won by fall over John-mark Crocker (Homewood) 25-4 (Fall 1:42)
3rd Place Match - Jackson Carey (Gulf Shores) 41-8 won in tie breaker - 1 over D`andre Wilkerson (Minor) 32-14 (TB-1 2-1)
5th Place Match - Kennedy Wyatt (Gardendale) 45-15 won by fall over Keyon Ezelle (Carver-Birmingham) 36-21 (Fall 3:56)
1st Place Match - Noah Bauer (Spanish Fort) 59-4 won by decision over Drake Ewing (Gulf Shores) 34-12 (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - Jon Davis (Daphne) 37-15 won in sudden victory - 1 over Chanceton Holifield (Oxford) 24-10 (SV-1 3-2)
5th Place Match - Elliot Gage (Chelsea) 40-7 won by tech fall over Sirrell Reese (Dothan) 13-12 (TF-1.5 4:54 (21-5)
1st Place Match - Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 46-0 won by fall over Riley Kuhn (Fort Payne) 32-4 (Fall 0:48)
3rd Place Match - Daion Campbell (Mae Jemison) 33-4 won by decision over Abe Preston (Wetumpka) 42-15 (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match - Colton Danielson (Russell Co.) 80-10 won by decision over Robert Montgomery (Chelsea) 42-10 (Dec 7-4)
1st Place Match - Michael Dawson (Opelika) 51-0 won by fall over Izziah Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 44-7 (Fall 3:48)
3rd Place Match - Dylan Daring (Shades Valley) 45-7 won in tie breaker - 1 over Curtis Weatherspoon (McAdory) 41-12 (TB-1 4-3)
5th Place Match - Curtis Norris (Benjamin Russell) 25-7 won by fall over Terrell Barton (Buckhorn) 48-5 (Fall 2:07)
CLASS 7A INDIVIDIUAL RESULTS
1st Place Match - Blaise Albarado (Thompson) 17-0 won by fall over Zach Flurry (Vestavia Hills) 32-4 (Fall 3:22)
3rd Place Match - Camden Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-8 won in sudden victory - 1 over Blake Byerley (Auburn) 44-14 (SV-1 2-0)
1st Place Match - Yanni Vines (Thompson) 48-4 won by decision over John Robert Thompson (Spain Park) 48-7 (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Christopher Hays (Vestavia Hills) 28-9 won by fall over Chris Weaver (Hewitt-Trussville) 17-15 (Fall 1:59)
1st Place Match - Nick Smith (Hoover) 37-3 won by major decision over Zander Fields (Huntsville) 49-6 (MD 8-0)
3rd Place Match - Ethan Bordelon (Bob Jones) 47-19 won by decision over Cory Jones (Thompson) 35-18 (Dec 10-6)
1st Place Match - James Latona (Thompson) 47-5 won by major decision over Bryant Segars (Vestavia Hills) 43-7 (MD 13-4)
3rd Place Match - Tony Batiz (Smiths Station) 44-9 won by decision over Trevon Smith (Grissom) 43-15 (Dec 8-4)
1st Place Match - Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson) 38-4 won by tech fall over Conner Cole (Huntsville) 44-10 (TF-1.5 6:00 (19-3)
3rd Place Match - Devin Stone (Smiths Station) 41-9 won by decision over Brett Randolph (Mountain Brook) 42-15 (Dec 13-6)
1st Place Match - Gray Ortis (Mountain Brook) 46-6 won by decision over Logan Reaves (Hewitt-Trussville) 41-15 (Dec 5-1)
3rd Place Match - Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-2 won by fall over Manuel Marrero (Bob Jones) 56-12 (Fall 2:20)
1st Place Match - Jack Lamey (Vestavia Hills) 34-12 won by decision over Zeke Smotherman (Huntsville) 58-5 (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match - Jacob Johnson (Hoover) 23-14 won by decision over Will Garrett (Thompson) 32-14 (Dec 9-5)
1st Place Match - Will Miller (Thompson) 46-4 won by decision over Chandler Merrill (Vestavia Hills) 27-9 (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Francisco Soto (Central-Phenix City) 33-7 won by decision over Sebastian Davis (James Clemens) 33-10 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match - John Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 38-4 won by decision over Ashunti Perry (Thompson) 29-10 (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match - Hunter Jones (Hewitt-Trussville) 31-10 won by decision over Chris Congress (Bob Jones) 51-9 (Dec 7-4)
1st Place Match - Sam Willoughby (Vestavia Hills) 37-5 won by decision over Warren Hoyt (Grissom) 46-2 (Dec 12-9)
3rd Place Match - William Browder (Thompson) 31-5 won by fall over Joseph Grijalva (Florence) 29-6 (Fall 2:06)
1st Place Match - Dylan Pearson (Auburn) 36-0 won by fall over J t Foster (Hoover) 34-5 (Fall 1:41)
3rd Place Match - John Mckimmon (Mountain Brook) 36-5 won by decision over Jacob Gammill (Vestavia Hills) 27-9 (Dec 7-5)
1st Place Match - Stephen Cagle (Huntsville) 52-2 won by decision over Michael Jackson (Thompson) 40-6 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match - Jack Higgins (Mountain Brook) 51-5 won by major decision over Dawson Rye (Hoover) 27-7 (MD 10-1)
1st Place Match - Ryan Keepers (James Clemens) 28-6 won by decision over Cole Batson (Huntsville) 62-4 (Dec 10-6)
3rd Place Match - Kyle Watson (Smiths Station) 42-6 won by fall over Jacob Goldfon (Oak Mountain) 28-16 (Fall 4:17)
1st Place Match - Jaxon Bast (Spain Park) 44-3 won by fall over Thor Zogg (Tuscaloosa Co.) 58-3 (Fall 5:00)
3rd Place Match - Reggie Fowler (RE Lee) 25-8 won by decision over Dawson Ray (Vestavia Hills) 23-7 (Dec 7-6)
65th AHSAA State Wrestling Concludes Saturday
HUNTSVILLE – The AHSAA 65th State Wrestling Championships heads into Championship Saturday with only a half point separating the two most dominant Class 7A teams in the last decade.
Defending Class 7A state champion Thompson posted 137-point total Friday and qualified seven wrestlers in the state finals. Vestavia Hills posted 136.5 points to trail the Warriors and qualified six wrestlers in Saturday’s finals.
The close race in the large-school division will be decided most likely in four head-to-head finals Saturday. Meanwhile, Gardendale piled up 160.5 points in Class 6A through Friday’s winner’s bracket semifinals and consolation division semifinals to build a 40-point lead over Benjamin Russell, which heads into the final day with 120.5 points. Oxford was third at 105.5 and defending champion McAdory had 100.
Arab had an even bigger lead after Friday’s wrestling in Class 1A/5A. The Knights piled up 176.5 points with Jasper second with 107 – 60.5 points behind the leaders. Ranburne had 96.5 points for third and Alexandria was fourth with 80.
Thompson and Vestavia will meet in the 106-pound finals as well as 126-pound, 152-pound and160-pound finals. Blaise Albarado (16-0) reached the 106-pound finals for the Warriors and will meet Zach Flurry (32-3) in the 106-pound finals. James Latona (46-5), who won the 113-pound title last year as a freshman, will meet the Rebels’ Bryant Segars (43-6) in the 126-pound championship match; Thompson’s Will Miller (45-4) faces Vestavia’s Chandler Merrill (27-8) t 152 pounds; and Thompson’s Ashunti Perry (29-9), who was the 170-pound state runner last season, faces Vestavia’s John Edwards (37-4) in the 160-pound finals.
The Warriors also have Yanni Vines (47-4) in the 113-pound championship match, Emmanuel Oliver (37-4) in the 132-pound finals; and Michael Jackson (40-5) in the 195-pound finals. The Rebels have Jack Lamey (33-12) in the 145-pound finals; and Sam Willoughby (36-5) is competing in the 170-pound championship match.
Defending champions back in the finals include, in Class 7A: Spain Park 285-pounder Jaxon Bast (58-5); Class 6A: Oxford’s Jakob Chisolm (22-0), last year’s 145-pound champ, in the 138-pound finals; Yellow Jackets teammate Reed Hill (56-2), the state champ at 152 pounds in 2019, battling for the 160-pound title; and Wetumpka’s Mason Blackwell (62-2) in the 182-pound finals. He won at 170 pounds last year en route to a 72-2 finish.
In Class 1A/5A, Moody’s Cory Land (55-0), who finished 47-0 in 2019 to win the 106-pound title, is in the finals again but this time two classes higher at 120 pounds. Jaden New of Alexandria (51-0) won the 132-pound state championship over runner-up, Weaver’s Cody Souder (40-6), last season and the two wrestlers each bumped up two weight divisions this season and will battle again the 145-pound championship match.
Land, who currently owns a 102-match winning streak, faces a formidable opponent William Walker if Satsuma in the 120-pound title match. Walker is 55-1 on the season.
The state finals in all three divisions get underway at the Von Braun Center at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, with the finals getting underway at 9 a.m.
All matches will be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network by producer Track Wrestling.
The championship pairings for Saturday’s final day are listed below. Friday’s results through the semifinal matches in the winner’s bracket and consolation bracket competition can also be found at www.ahsaa.com.
AHSAA 65TH STATE
at Von Braun Center, Huntsville
State Championship Matches (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.)
TEAM SCORING (after Friday’s matches)
(Top 10 Leaders)
Mortimer Jordan 74.0
(Top 10 Leaders)
Benjamin Russell 120.5
Spanish Fort 85.5
Gulf Shores 82.0
Fort Payne 69.0
(Top 10 Leaders)
Vestavia Hills 136.5
Mountain Brook 42.0
Spain Park 40.0
Oak Mountain 34.0
Bob Jones 32.5
CLASS 1A/5A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS
106 Pounds: Cabe Dunn, Arab (50-1) vs. Hinds Duncan, Pike Road (42-3)
113 Pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab (54-1) vs. Trent Robertson, Susan Moore, (29-3)
120 Pounds: Cory Land, Moody (55-0) vs. William Walker, Satsuma (55-1)
126 Pounds: Evan Phillips, Hayden (52-3) vs. Zack Haynes, Tallassee (42-3)
132 Pounds: Ryan Summerlin, Moody (42-0) vs. Joshua Roe, Arab (42-17)
138 Pounds: Patrick Lawler, Arab (49-6) vs. Sebastian Oswalt, Mortimer Jordan (46-9)
145 Pounds: Cody Souder, Weaver (40-6) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (51-0)
152 Pounds: Preston Reed, Jasper (50-4) vs. Dathan Finley, Southside-Gadsden (49-17)
160 Pounds: Caleb Roe, Arab (58-5) vs. Jack Burt, Montgomery Catholic (43-2)
170 Pounds: Carnel Davis, Southside-Gadsden (56-11) vs. Tyler McDonald, Mortimer Jordan (58-7)
182 Pounds: Nicholas Brashear, Corner (53-1) vs. Sam Atchley, Arab (28-10)
195 Pounds: Dashton, Jasper (48-5) vs. Christian Smith, Ranburne (34-0)
220 Pounds: Cole Fuller, Corner (49-1) vs. Carson Hall, Ranburne (37-1)
285 Pounds: Brodie Vinson, Jasper (40-3) vs. Ben Buchanan, Ranburne (38-0)
CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS
106 Pounds: Sandlin Pike, Benjamin Russell (41-11) vs. Peter Henderson, McAdory (73-1)
113 Pounds: Isaiah Powe, Gardendale (49-2) vs. Tyrique Simms, Mae Jemison (48-7)
120 Pounds: Melton Powe, Gardendale (19-1) vs. Lincoln Bryant, Hartselle (41-9)
126 Pounds: Michael Moran, Helena (53-8) vs. Brody Scoggins, Gardendale (34-20)
132 Pounds: Gabe Warren, Spanish Fort (60-3) vs. Bryce Wanagat, Pelham (43-4)
138 Pounds: Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (22-0) vs. Donald Phillips, McAdory (73-9)
145 Pounds: Brandon Seawright, Minor (45-1) vs. Seth Branham, Pelham (25-7)
152 Pounds: Russ Boackle, Gardendale (46-7) vs. Chase Hicks, Oxford (52-8)
160 Pounds: Reed Hill, Oxford (56-2) vs. Jake Snow, Spanish Fort (60-3)
172 Pounds: Hezekiah Hunter, Benjamin Russell (59-7) vs. John Paul Uter, Gulf Shores (65-4)
182 Pounds: John-Mark Crocker, Homewood (25-3) vs. Mason Blackwell, Wetumpka (62-2)
195 Pounds: Drake Ewing, Gulf Shores (34-11) vs. Noah Bauer, Spanish Fort (58-4)
220 Pounds: Riley Kuhn, Fort Payne (32-3) v. Nathan Dunaway, Helena (45-0)
285 Pounds: Izziah Williams, Clay-Chalkville (44-6) vs. Michael Dawson, Opelika (50-0)
CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PAIRINGS
106 Pounds: Blaise Albarado, Thompson (16-0) vs. Zach Flurry, Vestavia Hills (32-3)
113 Pounds: Yanni Vines, Thompson (47-4) vs. John Robert Thompson, Spain Park (48-6)
120 Pounds: Nick Smith, Hoover (36-3) vs. Zander Fields, Huntsville (49-5)
126 Pounds: James Latona, Thompson (46-5) vs. Bryant Segars, Vestavia Hills (43-6)
132 Pounds: Emmanuel Oliver, Thompson (37-4) vs. Conner Cole, Huntsville (44-9)
138 Pounds: Gray Ortis, Mountain Brook (45-6) vs. Logan Reaves, Hewitt-Trussville (41-14)
145 Pounds: Zeke Smotherman, Huntsville (58-4) vs. Jack Lamey, Vestavia Hills (33-12)
152 Pounds: Will Miller, Thompson (45-4) vs. Chandler Merrill, Vestavia Hills (27-8)
160 Pounds: Ashunti Perry, Thompson (29-9) vs. John Edwards, Vestavia Hills (37-4)
170 Pounds: Warren Hoyt, Grissom (46-1) vs. Sam Willoughby, Vestavia Hills (36-5)
182 Pounds: Dylan Pearson, Auburn (35-0) vs. J. T. Foster, Hoover (34-4)
195 Pounds: Michael Jackson, Thompson (40-5) vs. Stephen Cagle, Huntsville (51-2)
220 Pounds: Cole Batson, Huntsville (62-3) vs. Ryan Keepers, James Clemens (27-6)
285 Pounds: Thor Zogg, Tuscaloosa Co. (58-2) vs. Jaxon Bast, Spain Park (43-3)
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
NFHS Announces Signature Championship Rings as New Corporate Partner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark Koski
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 14, 2020) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NFHS Network have finalized a new corporate partnership agreement with Signature Championship Rings.
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Signature Championship Rings has crafted more than 750,000 championship rings since 2001 and prides itself on its highly customizable nature and fast-paced timeframe. Signature features ring templates for 15 different sports, as well as designs for band, martial arts, branches of the military and graduating classes.
“Signature Championship Rings has proven itself to be a premier organization in the ring manufacturing industry,” said NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff. “We believe this will be a great partnership since Signature has already been working with high schools across the country.”
As part of the three-year agreement, Signature will be given opportunities to place full-page advertisements in various NFHS publications including rules books, the High School Today magazine and the NFHS Court and Field Diagram Guide, and may distribute materials at annual meetings and national conferences, among various other benefits.
“It's been our privilege to help many of the schools within the NFHS celebrate their championships,” said Paige Hernandez, Signature Championship Rings national sales director. “So much so, that we believed it would be wise to partner with the federation. We are proud and excited to join with the NFHS as a long-term partner to help promote the programs that help build so many champions.”
Signature offers several promotions for both individual and team ring formats and backs each ring with a full lifetime warranty, free resizing and a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
“We’re excited to partner with Signature Championship Rings,” said Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network and NFHS director of marketing. “We believe our state association member schools can benefit greatly from their top-of-the-line products and expertise as a ring manufacturer.”
Online link to article: https://www.nfhs.org/articles/nfhs-announces-signature-championship-rings-as-new-corporate-partner/
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
About Signature Championship Rings
Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, Signature Championship Rings is the go-to company for more championship teams than any other ring manufacturer. The competitive edge Signature provides is calculated by its fast-paced timeframe and its dedication to making any ring a ‘signature’ ring, with no limitations or stock designs. Affordability and state-of-the-art craftsmanship on the part of its 3D design specialists give Signature customers a customized look at a competitive price. Signature Championship Rings understands the work its clients put in to be called a champion, that’s why they put in the work to ensure their rings are of the highest quality. Signature Championship Rings. Your success – set in stone. For more information, visit www.signaturechampions.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900
Director of Publications and Communications
National Federation of State High School Associations
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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE
HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
Dropped Ball Procedure Amended in High School Soccer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Theresia Wynns
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 13, 2020) – Beginning next season, changes to the conditions and procedure for restarting play with a dropped ball will take effect in high school soccer.
The dropped ball procedure was among 15 rules changes made by the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
When a ball is caused to go out of bounds due to a simultaneous touch, Rules 9-2-2 and 9-2-3 now stipulate a referee will restart play with a dropped ball to one player of the team that last possessed the ball before going out of play. Previously, simultaneous touch resulted in any number of players contesting a dropped ball to restart play.
Additionally, if play is stopped with the ball in the penalty area or the last touch – by either team – was in the penalty area, the ball is dropped to the defending team’s goalkeeper with all opposing players outside the penalty area.
A dropped ball is also used when a ball is deemed out of play due to touching an official, remaining on the field and resulting in one of three scenarios. Rule 9-1-1b states that if a ball touches an official and remains on the field, it will be deemed out of play if it 1) creates a promising attack for a team, 2) goes directly into the goal, or, 3) changes possession.
“The committee felt it was unfair for the ball to touch an official, remain on the field and give an advantage to either team in any of the three situations outlined,” said Stan Latta, chair of the Soccer Rules Committee.
Three rules changes to Rule 16 address when players may enter the penalty area and play a ball after a goal kick. The rules now state a ball is in play when it is kicked and moves, at which point opposing players may enter the penalty area and play the ball. Previously, opposing players remained outside the penalty area until the ball cleared the penalty area and the goal kick was retaken if it failed to exit the penalty area.
“The changes in Rule 16 will allow for a faster restart and alleviate the tendency to waste time,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS Director of Sports and Officials and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee.
Rule 14-1-3 clarifies goalkeepers’ positions during a penalty kick. Defending goalkeepers shall stand with at least one foot on or in-line with the goal line and the goalkeeper shall not be touching the goal posts, crossbar or nets. Forward movement is allowed provided both feet don’t come off the line until the ball is in play.
A complete listing of the soccer rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Soccer.”
According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, soccer is the fifth most popular high school sport for boys with 459,077 participants in 12,552 schools nationwide. Soccer is the fourth most popular sport for girls with 394,105 participants in 12,107 schools.
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including almost eight million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
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JACKSONVILLE – Tommy Murr, the AHSAA’s all-time leading score in history, closed out his senior season with 56 points Thursday night but even that wasn’t enough as Jacksonville Christian ousted the Lions 82-78 in overtime at the Northeast Regional tourney in Class 1A.
Murr, who closed his season with a single-season state record 1,506 points in 34 games, averaged 44.3 points a game this season, which currently ranks second in the nation according to MaxPreps.
The senior who signed with David Lipscomb University in Nashville, finished his fable prep career with 5,716 points and had a career average of 31.6 in 181 games.
Mur was 23-of-47 from the field at JSU’s Pete Mathews Coliseum and 7-of-10 at the foul line, had 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and just five turnovers. Jacksonville Christian (22-7), which advanced in the Northeast Regional to face Spring Garden in the 1A finals next Monday, also got an outstanding effort from Chase Vinson, who had 39 points with s 14-of-17 effort from the field and 11-of-14 at the free-throw line. He also had 21 rebounds, including eight on the offensive boards. Kobe Messer added 17 points and Eli Fair had 14 for the winners.
Classes 6A and 2A open play at all four regional sites Friday.
The first day’s results at all four regional tourneys included:
Alabama State University
Mary Montgomery 52, McGill-Toolen 48
Fairhope 84, Baker 64
McGill-Toolen 52, Davidson 48
Foley 63, Theodore 52
Francis Marion 77, McIntosh 61
Autaugaville 76, Keith 71
St. Lukes Episcopal 52, Holy Spirit 28
Linden 51, Francis Marion 48
Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery
Jeff Davis 68, Auburn 62
Lee-Montgomery 85, Central-Phenix City 59
Central-Phenix City 79, Lee-Montgomery 28
Auburn 62, Jeff Davis 28
Cornerstone 58, Georgiana 48
Lanett 87, Florala 50
Westminster Oak Mountain 48, Georgiana 30
Elba 38, Loachapoka 32
Tom Drake Coliseum
Mountain Brook 67, Florence 48
Spain Park 60, Austin 46
Spain Park 64, Florence 29
Vestavia Hills 54, Austin 49
Pickens County 74, Covenant Christian 68
Decatur Heritage 68, Belgreen 65
Mars Hill Bible 86, Falkville 33
Phillips 50, Decatur Heritage 46
Jacksonville State U.
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Oak Mountain 60, Huntsville 36
Sparkman 61, Hoover 47
Hoover 74, Huntsville 24
Gadsden City 47, Oak Mountain 38
Jacksonville Christian 82, Lindsay Lane 78 (OT)
Spring Garden 49, Skyline 46
Spring Garden 66, Skyline 37
Talladega County Central 65, Valley Head 54
HUNTSVILLE – Arab High School posted 76.5 points in the first day’s action at the 65th AHSAA State Wrestling Championships here at the Von Braun Center. Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights leads the Class 1A/5A division heading into Friday’s second day of competition. Jasper is in second place with 56 points, followed by Alexandria with 44 and Ranburne with 43.
Gardendale amassed 80 points to lead Class 6A. Benjamin Russell is second with 64 points, Oxford has 62 and Wetumpka, 58.5.
Class 7A opens its championship play Friday with all three divisions having weigh in at 8 a.m., with matches set to begin at 9:30. The championship bracket semifinals are set to start at 1 p.m., and the final two rounds of consolation competition leading up to the finals are scheduled for 3:30 and 5:45 p.m. Defending champions are Thompson (7A), McAdlory (6A) and Moody (1A/5A).
The state meet concludes Saturday with consolation finals at 9 a.m., and the championship matches set to get underway at 11:30. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and Track Wrestling with Track Wrestling handling the production.
The first day’s action was highlighted by two female competitors posting the first wins in AHSAA’s state championship history. Seventh grader Lena Johannson (41-12) of Weaver won a medical forfeit in the first round in Class 1A/5A 106-pound division, and Russell County senior Shelby Fugate (56-24) had a pin at 1:47 in her first-round consolation match in Class 6A. Johnannson lost in her second match.Fugate dropped her opening match before posting the first pin by a female in the 65-year-old state meet’s history. Both will be wrestling in consolation play Friday.
A bevy of undefeated wrestlers advanced in the winner’s bracket Friday including 220-pounder Nathan Dunaway (44-0) of Helena in Class 6A and Michael Dawson (49-0) of Opelika, who had a dramatic pin in his second 6A 285-pound match win of the day.
In Class 1A/5A, Moody’s Cody Land won two bouts at 120 pounds to improve to 59-0 on the season, and Alexandria’s Jaden New (50-0) also remained unbeaten at 145 pounds.
AHSAA Wrestling Championships
(Top 10 Leaders)
Arab 76.5; Jasper 56; Alexandria 44; Ranburne 43; Mortimer Jordan 34.5; Corner 32; Weaver 26.5; Westminster Christian 26; Ashville 25; Lincoln 24.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director
The enduring popularity of football in the United States was celebrated in the past year at all levels of the sport.
The NFHS celebrated its 100th year of service in all areas of high school sports, including the writing of football playing rules, although the first-known games date to the 1870s.
This past year, the NCAA recognized the 150th anniversary of college football which started in 1869 when Princeton and Rutgers met for the first time. And the National Football League just closed its 100th season, which started with a 1919 game between Dayton and Columbus.
From those beginnings to today, the impact of football on life in America is incalculable. From the youth leagues, through high school and college, and on to the NFL, football is the runaway leader as this country’s most popular sport – both from a participant standpoint with about three million players annually at all levels, to the millions of fans who attend or watch games.
Every fall, millions of families spend a portion of their weekends supporting their grade-school kids in youth football programs. Through these programs, kids are exposed to the basics of the sport and, more importantly, they begin to learn teamwork, sportsmanship and how to win and lose in a proper manner.
On Friday nights, beyond the one million high school students – boys and girls – actually playing football, there are more than 150 million fans who attend games each year. Parents are involved in booster club activities, and homecoming activities occur during one football game every year. In many communities – particularly smaller cities and towns – Friday night football is often the most anticipated event of the week.
Another 50,000-plus players are involved in college football on Saturdays. As is the case at the high school level, homecoming events are tied to one football game every fall. Postseason bowl games have been a part of American culture for decades, and the new College Football Playoff has brought even more excitement to the end of the season.
NFL games on Sunday complete the three-day weekend focus on the country’s favorite sport. Thanks, in part, to the singular weekly focus as opposed to multiple games each week in the other three major professional sports, football dwarfs its competitors.
The interest level in playing football – and following the sport at all levels – has never been higher. With that continued interest in the sport comes the expectation that everything possible is being done – at all levels – to ensure that the safety of each and every participant is of the upmost concern.
With that backdrop, last week we met with leaders from USA Football, several state high school association executive directors and high school coaches and athletic directors representing the National High School Football Coaches Alliance and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, respectively.
Collectively, these groups are committed to consistent messaging and support to ensure the ongoing popularity of the sport for the next 100 years. We believe the Football Development Model (FDM) enacted by USA Football will re-invigorate interest in the sport at the youth levels. The FDM reduces contact in youth football and advances the game through comprehensive education, game progressions and safety standards.
There was also agreement about the importance of high school football coaches. By connecting with coaches of youth football programs in their communities, high school football coaches can spur excitement on the part of youth players and their parents and improve chances of kids continuing to play the sport. Without a doubt, high school football coaches can be the focal point to success of programs in communities across the nation.
Working together, we can count on a continuation of the sport’s popularity at the high school level.
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.
DistrictWON® Announced as New NFHS Corporate Partner
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 11, 2020) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NFHS Network have entered into a new corporate partnership with DistrictWON®, a company devoted to bringing high schools purpose-driven messages and assets.
DistrictWON delivers brand messaging primarily through high school athletic events, activities and other school assets, and offers its partners fully integrated campaigns that include on-site exposure, social media integration, digital extensions and more. In the process, it provides funding and other assets that assists schools, parents and students with the financial burden of participation.
“We are excited to partner with DistrictWON – a company that employs a mindset similar to that of the NFHS,” said NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff. “Not only does DistrictWON understand the value of high schools within communities, but they set out to provide direct benefits to schools through their business model.”
“We align strongly with the NFHS and its mission to support schools across the nation,” said DistrictWON CEO Peter Fitzpatrick. “Education-based activities are vital, and we are passionate about the role we can play to nurture them at schools across the United States.”
One of DistrictWON’s operational staples is its Purpose-Driven Marketing® approach, which underscores the positive impact and tangible benefits a brand provides to the community it serves. Reaching a “hyper-local” target of youth and families allows brands to meet their goals within their own communities while offering supportive assets to schools.
“We’re very happy to have reached a partnership agreement with DistrictWON,” said Mark
Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network and NFHS director of marketing. “DistrictWON’s focus on the continued growth and assistance of our nation’s high schools fits well with the goals and ideals of the NFHS.”
Online link to article: https://www.nfhs.org/articles/districtwon-announced-as-new-nfhs-corporate-partner/
DistrictWON®, based in Rocky River, Ohio, is a brand engagement company focused on the high school market. DistrictWON delivers nationwide scale and hyper-local reach to engage local communities. DistrictWON creates powerful local marketing programs for brand partners through campaigns utilizing integration into schools’ social media, “All Device Delivery” with precise targeting of students, parents and administrators, prime branding via signs, public address messages, promotional items and more, school and partner branded apparel and goods, and other benefits. DistrictWON has developed an approach based on Purpose-Driven Marketing® and defines this as the positive impact and benefits brands’ provide through their investments. DistrictWON also offers “All Access”, a first-of-its-kind subscription team uniform and training apparel program for high schools that allows them the ability to turn team gear and apparel – a significant budget item for all schools – into a revenue generator through a unique profit-sharing model. From a national media prospective, DistrictWON is an official sales arm of the NFHS Network and offers inventory into every state championship broadcast across 46 of 50 states. For more information, visit https://www.districtwon.com/.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900
MONTGOMERY – For the first time in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament, all 42 games in the upcoming 2020 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Center will be televised live.
“This is outstanding news for our member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “It will allow more people than ever before to get to see our outstanding state tournament, and it will also give several schools the opportunity to have their games televised for the first time. We thank the NFHS Network and WOTM TV making this happen.”
The AHSAA’s TV and live-streaming partner, the NFHS Network, will continue to live-stream all 42 games to its subscribers. The NFHS Network will also make all boys’ and girls’ semifinal and final games in each classification available over the Alabama Cable Network and other cable companies in the bank of AHSAA’s network of cable stations across the state.
The cable network is still being developed and may not be available in some markets. Please check with your cable company and if they are not part of the AHSAA TV Network, then urged them to join the network. The games are available to all cable networks in the state free of charge to all that join.
WOTM TV of Sylacauga will be producing all the games with Vincent Earley as the executive producer. Cable companies not currently in the AHSAA TV Network can contact Earley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-225-2424. The AHSAA TV Network’s current cable affiliates can be found at the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
The Alabama Cable Network (ACN) can be found on Channel 80 of most Charter Cable affiliates. Those who do not have cable access can subscribe to the NFHS Network and will receive all 42 games over the internet. For information, go to: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
Those already with subscriptions to the NFHS Network can see all championship games at no additional charge.
The 98th State Basketball Championships will be played at the Legacy Arena Feb. 24-29 with eight games daily from Feb. 24-26. Four Class 7A semifinal games will be played on Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by the Class 1A boys’ and girls’ finals. Six championship games (2A, 3A and 4A) will be played Friday, Feb. 28, and the state tourney will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 29 with state finals for girls and boys in Classes 5A, 6A and 7A.
The NFHS Network will once again live-stream the regional finals in all classifications at all four Regional site locations: The Southwest Regional (Alabama State University’s Acadome); Southeast Regional (Garrett Coliseum); Northwest Regional (Wallace-Hanceville Tom Drake Coliseum); and the Northeast Regional (Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum).
In addition, AHSAA member schools that are a part of the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream their schools’ regional semifinal contests. Regional tournaments are set for Feb. 13-18) with the Southwest Regional at ASU concluding Feb. 19.
BIRMINGHAM – The longest running indoor track and field record was finally seriously challenged Saturday at the 50th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
And the challenge came in the AHSAA’s smallest division. Mobile Christian senior Josiah Harry tossed the shot put 62 feet, 6½ inches to won the Class 1A/3A title in the last field event of the final day of competition. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound shot putter’s throw was the longest in the CrossPlex’s nine-year history and came within a foot of breaking the record (63-06 ½) set by former Phillips High School, Auburn University and New Orleans Saints star defensive lineman Frank Warren in 1977.
Some have come close to that record that has stood the test of time for 43 years, but none have come as close as Harry. His throw eclipsed the CrossPlex record (62-0½ ) by Tanner Duffin of St. Pius X of Atlanta in the Last Chance Invitational Meet in 2019.
In the team competition, Saint James won its second straight Class 1A/3A girls’ indoor championship, Scottsboro captured the 4A/5A state crown, Homewood won its fourth in a row in Class 6A and Hoover’s girls won the 7A title and the Bucs’ eighth overall.
In the boy’ competition, Hoover’s boys won the 7A title, Homewood won in 6A, Scottsboro in 4A/4A and Bayside Academy in Class 1A/3A. Hoover, Homewood and Scottsboro – coached by Devin Hind, Thomas Esslinger and Luke Robinson, respectively, swept both the boys’ and girls’ championships. Kevin Madden is head coach for Saint James and Joe Swagart is Bayside Academy’s head coach.
Scottsboro’s girls had the closest battle, edging Jasper for the 4A/5A championship by one point, 64.5 to 63.5. That point came in the 4x400 relay in the final race in that division for the day with the Wildcats finishing third and the Vikings finishing fourth – to earn six and five points, respectively. It was Scottsboro’s fifth title overall.
Saint James had 120 points to win its second straight 1A/3A girls’ state championship and third in a row. Whitesburg Christian was runner-up with 99 points. Homewood’s girls totaled 111 points to win their fourth in a row in Class 6A. Northridge and Pelham tied for second with 51 points each. with 111 points. Hoover had 102 points in Class 7A with runner-up Auburn collecting 63.5.
Bayside Academy had 85 points as the Admirals claimed their first indoor boys’ state track title. Providence Christian was second with 50 points. Scottsboro totaled 86 points and runner-up Ramsay had 51 in Class 4A/5A. The title was the Wildcats’ boys’ seventh overall.
Homewood won its third consecutive 6A boys’ championship and seventh overall with 84.5 points in a close battle with Opelika. The Bulldogs had 76. And Hoover rolled up 114.5 points while winning the Bus’ 10th indoor crown, and runner-up Thompson had 89 points.
Harry’s record throw beat his nearest competitor by 17 feet but wasn’t the only one that fell Saturday. Briarwood Christian’s Jake Nunn set a new Class 4A/5A indoor state record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 48.56 Saturday. He edged Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta, who finished a close second at 49.32. The previous record (48.68) was set by Harrison Dudley of Paul Bryant in 2014.
Rhetta battled back to win the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.84 seconds, just 5/100ths of a tick off the state 4A/5A record. Darius Williams of Demopolis was second at 6.94.
Hoover sprinter Jonathan Martin competed in two very close finishes winning the Class 7A 400-meter dash with a 48.70 time over runner-up Antonio Crisco of Central-Phenix City (49.2). Martin’s time was just shy of the 7A state record (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015.
Martin and Hoover teammate J’Marri McCall were even closer in the 60-meter dash finals. Both was timed at 6.96 but McCall got the win in the photo finish. More importantly, Hoover picked up 18 points in the event. Baker sprinter LaDareyan Craig was third at 6.98, while Sam Reynolds of Thompson and Aaron Brooks of Oak Mountain were 4-5 with identical 6.99 times.
The closest race of the day came in the rest of the field came in the Class 6A boys’ 60-meter finals as Opelika sprinter Jaylen Stinson squeaked out the victory over Hueytown’s Tkarri Parker by 1/100th of a second. Stinson’s time was 6.93 seconds and Parker clocked 6.94. The 6A indoor state record is held by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore, who won the 2018 event with a time of 6.81.
Scottsboro’s 3,200-meter relay, anchored by Hayden Judge and Cooper Atkins, established a new Class 4A/5A record with an 8:12.61 time Saturday. The old record (8:16.55) was set by Northside in 2016.
Saint James’ Presley Miles won her seventh and eight gold medals in the last two seasons with a 59.06-seconds winning time in the 400-meter dash and a 5:21.23 in the 1A/3A 1,600 meters. She won the 800 and 3,200 events on Friday and won the same four events at last year’s Indoor State Championships.
In other indoor track highlights Saturday:
CLASS 7A GIRLS
JAYDEN GILBERT, BOB JONES: Tied the Class 7A indoor state meet record in the high jump with a winning leap of 5-06 feet. Genesis Jones of Hoover set the record at the 2018 state meet.
CLAIRE FRAZIER BOLTON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 800 meters on Friday and followed with a winning time of 5:01.80 Saturday to claim the Class 7A, 1,600-meter run title as well. She was just two seconds off the 7A state record (4.59.96) set by Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook in 2017.
CHAKIYA PLUMMER, HOOVER: Won the 60-meter hurdles event with an 8.73 winning time. Baker’s Kelsey White was second clocking 8.95.
MAKENZIE HARRIS of Austin won the 7A 60-meter dash with a 7.80 time.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Picked up her third first-place medal of the 2020 Indoor Track championships Saturday with a 5:06.88 time in the 1,600 meters. She also won the 800 and 3,200 on Friday to pace the Patriots’ state championship effort.
OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Won the Class 6A high jump with clearing 5-07 – to tie the CrossPlex record set by Caroline Lawrence of Homewood in 2016. The AHSAA indoor state record (5-08.25)for 6A was set Murphy’s Kelly Gregory in 1985 at the Celebration Arena in Priceville.
MAGGIE WHITE HOMEWOOD: Had the winning throw of 38-01.50 on her fifth try to win the Class 6A shot-put competition.
CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Won the triple jump on Friday, went home and took the ACT test on Saturday morning and returned to win the long jump with a 17-07 leap.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Set a new 4A/5A state record (56.09) to win the 400-meter dash. Ramsay sprinter Jasity White was a close second at 57.13. The state record was held by Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, who ran 56.92 in the 2017 state meet. Spicer also won the 4A/5A 60-meter dash with a near-record 7.65 time in the finals. Ramsay’s Krystalynn Oakman and White were 2-3 at 7:70 and 7.86, respectively.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: Added the 1,600 meters title to her 3,200 win with a winning time of 5:25.93.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
KAAN OLIVER, PIKE ROAD: Set a new Class 1A/3A state record in the 60-meter hurdles finals winning with a 9.05 time. Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian set the previous record (9.08) in 2018.
NIA WHITE, PIKE ROAD: Nipped teammate Kaan Oliver at the tape to win the Class 1A/3A 60-meter dash with a near-record 7.96 time. Oliver was second clocking 8.03.
CLASS 7A BOYS
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Clocked 4:21.63 in the 1,600-meter run to pick up his second championship of the 2020 Class 7A indoor championships Saturday. He set a 7A state record in the 3,200 meters on Friday and also finished second in the 800-meter run.
JOHN WATKINS, HOOVER: Captured the 7A triple jump event with a winning leap of 48-10.75. Teammate L.J. Hill was second at 46-08.25.
MALIK JOHNSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Won the 7A high jump with a best leap of 6-08.
CLASS 6A BOYS
CARSON BEDICS, HOMEWOOD: Set a new Class 6A record with a winning time of 4:19.27 in the 1,600-meter race Saturday. The old mark (4:21.11) was set by Brandon Hazouri of Spain Park in 2012. Homewood also took second place with Crawford Hope crossing the finish line at 4:23.69.
WALKER SMITH, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A pole vault with a state and 6A indoor state-meet record 15-07.25 clearance. Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic set the record (15-07) previously in 2014. He also cleared 16-06.50 in a regular-season meet in 2015 for the CrossPlex prep record.
EDWIN RAINEY, NORTHRIDGE: Won the Class 6A triple jump with a winning leap of 48-00.75 on his final successful attempt of the competition. His distance was just four inches shy of the state record. LeDamian Rowell of Opelika was a close second with a 48-00.50 jump on his second try of the competition.
CLASS 4A/5A BOYS
COOPER ATKINS, SCOTTSBORO: Won the 1,600 meters race beating teammate Hayden Judge by less than a second with a winning time of 4:25.65. Judge clocked 4:26.43. He edged Atkins by a similar time as the two Wildcats’ runners finished 1-2 in the 3,200 meters on Friday.
DAVID GRONEWOLD, ARAB: Won the Class 4A/5 high jump event clearing 6-06.
CLASS 1A/3A BOYS
COLLIN MAYFIELD, GERALDINE: Made it a complete sweep of the distance events with a 4:38.06 time in the Class 1A/3A 1,600-meter race Saturday to win the event. He won the 3,200 and 800 on Friday to give his team 30 points in individual events.
JIKERIUS ANDERSON, COTTAGE HILL: Won the 1A/3A long jump with a 22-00.25 leap in his second try of the competition.
RICHARD PAYNE, SOUTHEASTERN: Clocked 50.57 in a photo finish to win the 400-meter dash – just .27 off the state record for 1A/3A set by Winfield’s Trey Cunningham in 2016. Finishing second was Christopher Drayton of Bayside Academy, who had a 50.59 time.
PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.32 time for the state champion Admirals. He also won the high jump with a 6-0 leap and the triple jump with a 42-05.25 jump.
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