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2020 Glencoe Senior Anna Beth Giles is Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winner

BRYANT-JORDAN REGION WINNERS – 2020

Glencoe Senior Anna Beth Giles is Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winner
Glencoe senior named Bryant-Jordan winner
       Anna Beth Giles
 
Glencoe senior Anna Beth Giles Named Bryant-Jordan winner

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor
(This story appeared in the Gadsden Messenger April 2 and is re-printed by permission)
    GADSDEN - Although area high schools have closed their classrooms and athletic facilities for the remainder of the spring semester due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a Glencoe High senior recently received a bit of good news.
   Anna Beth Giles (pictured above) was selected as the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s Class 3A, Region 6 Scholar-Athlete. Along with 51 other high school seniors across the state, Giles will receive $3,500 scholarships for college. The state Bryant-Jordan winners will be announced April 13 in a special television special produced by WOTM TV for the AHSAA TV Network.
“I was very excited when I found out,” said Giles, who signed with Birmingham Southern College for basketball in January. “The competition was strong, so it feels good. I definitely need all the scholarship money I can get!”
   Named after University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and Auburn University football coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan, the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to high school senior student-athletes from 52 regions across Alabama. The Scholar-Athlete Award honors high school seniors who are both superior athletes and outstanding students. Selection considerations include scholastic standing, sport involvement, athletic honors, student leadership and civic/church leadership.
Giles scored a 32 on her ACT super score and currently maintains a 4.0 grade point average on an AP track. She earned the Highest GPA awards in Pre-Calculus (2019), Honors Chemistry (2018), Honors English 10 (2018) and Honors Geometry (2017). She also was Class Secretary for 2019-2020 and Junior Class Vice President for 2018-2019. She is a member of the school Key Club, BETA Club, Junior Civitan and Family Career and Community Leaders of America as well as a member of the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce Student Leadership Council for 2018-2019.

For the complete story, go to the following link:
https://gadsdenmessenger.com/2020/04/02/glencoe-senior-named-bryant-jordan-winner/


BRYANT-JORDAN REGION WINNERS – 2020 West Alabama Honorees Include Macy Williams (Lamar County) and Carter Sanford (Fayette County)

BRYANT-JORDAN REGION WINNERS – 2020

West Alabama Honorees Include
Macy Williams (Lamar County) and Carter Sanford (Fayette County)

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   Macy Williams                            Carter Sanford


By Paula Bryant

West Alabama Gazette Staff

(This story appeared in the West Alabama Gazette on Wednesday, March 25 and is being re-printed by permission)
    FAYETTE - The Bryant-Jordan Regional Winners were recently released by the Bryant-Jordan Foundation. The list includes 52 seniors who have been named Bryant-Jordan Regional Scholar-Athlete winners (8 in each class except 7A, which has 4) and 52 seniors who have been selected Regional Student Achievement winners. These are students who have accomplished so much, many times facing incredible health or family obstacles, to excel.
    In the Gazette readership, there were two winners one from Lamar County High School and Fayette County High School.

Class 3A, Region 5 Macy Williams Lamar County HS (Achievement division)

Class 4A, Region 6 Carter Sanford Fayette County HS  (Scholar-Athlete division)

    Each regional winner is presented a $3,000 scholarship to the college of their choice from the Bryant-Jordan Foundation. The winners will be announced Monday, April 13, beginning at 6 p.m. through a televised and online ceremony. The Bryant-Jordan Foundation has worked out an agreement with WOTM TV to produce a television show which will be broadcast over the AHSAA TV Network and the NFHS Network. The feed will be made available free to all cable providers and will also be available at the following convenient links: www.bryantjordan.org, www.ahsaa.com and www.ashof.org. The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet emcee Chris Stewart will serve as the host of the broadcast.

     “While we are very disappointed that our annual banquet must be canceled, we are very thankful that technology will allow us to still showcase these incredible student-athletes and announce the overall scholarship recipients via television and on-line viewing,” said Edgar Welden, Chairman and President of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation.
     During the broadcast, the seven Scholar-Athlete Class winners and seven Achievement Award Class winners will be announced. Each will receive an additional $3,500 scholarship. The Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient and the Ken and Betty Joe Blankenship Achievement Award Student-Athlete of the Year recipient will also be announced. Each will receive an additional $4,000 scholarship.
     “I feel truly honored to have been chosen by the faculty at LCHS for this prestigious achievement scholarship opportunity
,” said LCHS region winner Macy Williams. “I believe that through struggles and hardships positive life lessons will be learned.”

The letter Macy Williams submitted to the Bryant Jordan committee reads:
     “ln March of 2017, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It was in the midst of softball season during my ninth-grade year. When summer came, I went with her to every appointment and every chemo session. I was determined to stick by her side through it all. At first, I did not know how to handle it. It was hard not to break down during random moments throughout the day when it was all that I could think about. As my sophomore year began, my mom was finished with chemo and she was cured of her cancer. She was beginning to seem like her old self again, only this time, she was stronger and had a better outlook on life.

     “Ever since our family was struck with this bump in the road, as she likes to call it, she tells me to love fiercely and always do what makes me happy. Throughout the rest of my sophomore and junior year, our situation only got better. My mom was recovering and getting stronger every day. I was doing great things in volleyball and kept straight A’s. Things took a turn in the first month of my senior year. Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. This time was even worse because the cancer had moved to her bones and it was non-curable. Even though she is battling this disease every day, she still manages to be right by my side through it all. It is the most challenging situation we have encountered and we are still dealing with it today. We would not be where we are today without the unconditional love and support from our family, friends, church family, and most importantly, God. I thank Him every day for allowing my mom to still be with me today and I will never take that for granted. Throughout this hardship, I managed to achieve many awards in sports such as All-County, All-WAC, All-Area, and Team Captain in volleyball and also the Heisman high school scholarship for LCHS.

    Her volleyball coach Kayla Barnes recommended Williams for the award in a letter that in part said, “Miss Williams possesses all of the qualities and characteristics established by the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program. She is an exemplary student, athlete, and leader. Miss Williams’ talent and dedication solidified her a position on the varsity level at an early age. Macy amazed me by her commitment to family, academics, and athletics. At such a young age, she showed extreme drive, maturity, and balance. Not only did Macy overcome physical challenges and adversity, she did so while excelling in academics.
    “Miss Williams possesses an excellent work ethic, confident disposition, character that is beyond reproach, and a keen understanding of what it takes to be successful. I believe that Miss Williams
internal drive and motivation sets her apart from other candidates and will not allow her to become anything other than successful. She will be an excellent recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation student Athletic Achievement Award.”

     The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet has been held annually since 1986 with more than $10.8 million in scholarship funding distributed to 3,222 student recipients since its inception.

    “We know this has been an emotional time for everyone,” Welden said. “We sincerely hope that everyone will tune in to this online/TV broadcast as we celebrate the achievements of some of the smartest and most courageous student-athletes in our state and nation.”
 The West Alabama Gazette will feature Carson Sanford in next week’s edition on Wednesday, April 8

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Prep Football Squads Announced For 61th North-South All-Star Game

     MONTGOMERY – North-South all-star squads for the 61th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game scheduled to be played Thursday, July 16 at Cramton Bowl, have been selected. The two 37-member teams comprised of 2020 graduating seniors were announced by Jamie Lee Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Thursday.
      The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) also plans to host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country during the All-Star Week. All-Star Sports Week is currently scheduled for July 13-18 in conjunction with the AHSAA Summer Conference.
     Lee said school deadline for submitting North-South all-star nominations for the sports of baseball, softball, soccer, golf and tennis is April 17.
      The South holds a 31-27-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 22-19 last July to snap a four-game winning North win streak.

     Head coach for the North for the upcoming North-South Classic is Walter Wellborn’s Jeff Smith. South head coach is Earnest Hill of McGill-Toolen High School.
     The North coaching staff includes Don Dover, Fultondale; Chris Elmore, Fort Payne; Rod Isaac, Midfield; Heath Lauderdale, Susan Moore; Ryan Lolley, Gordo; Chis Musso, Haleyville; and Andy Lambert, Haleyville, the administrative coach.
    The South coaching staff includes Matt Geohagan, Bibb County; Anthony Jones, Notasulga; Josh McClendon, Greenville; Brian Seymore, Demopolis; and Mark Heaton, Baldwin County, the administrative coach.
    The North-South All-Star rosters include

 

2020 NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR ROSTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH ALL-STARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew

Corkren

Northside

QB

6'2

205

Daymond

Eason

Mae Jemison

QB

5'10

175

Jonovan

Carlisle

Oxford

RB

5'10

190

Anthony

Cervantes

Susan Moore

RB

5'9

190

Trey

Garner

Gordo

RB

5'10

190

Darrian

Meads

Hokes Bluff

RB

5'11

215

X'Zavian

Britt

Oxford

WR

5'8

185

Quamaine

Gamble

Madison County

WR

5'9

160

Raquez

Jackson

Parker

WR

6'1

170

Silas

Thompson

Piedmont

WR

6'2

180

Caleb

Bailey

Susan Moore

OL

6'0

210

Dylan

Gilbert

Walter Wellborn

OL

6'2

250

Travis

Ricks

Falkville

OL

6'4

290

Jackson

Sarratt

Boaz

OL

6'2

330

Nick

Sims

Randolph County

OL

5'11

255

David

Turner

Tuscaloosa County

OL

6'1

275

Josh

Underwood

Fultondale

OL

6'2

265

Philip

Duke

Pelham

DB

6'1

190

Kambree

Johnson

Parker

DB

5'10

170

Dante

Jordan

Randolph County

DB

5'10

160

Donovan

Minter

Pleasant Grove

DB

5'8

150

Malik

Satcher

Oxford

DB

6'0

170

Davion

Phillips

Central, Clay County

DE

6'2

235

Quentin

Knight

Central, Clay County

LB

5'11

200

Devin

Owens

Clay-Chalkville

LB

6'1

200

Matthew

Plummer

Pelham

LB

6'0

205

Domonique

Thomas

Ohatchee

LB

5'8

185

Donald

Winchester

Fort Payne

LB

6'0

175

JaMichael

Rogers

Bessemer City

DE

6'2

240

Joseph

Davis

Hoover

DT

6'2

230

Lorenzo

Goss

Boaz

DT

6'1

181

Luke

McKinney

Winfield

DT

6'2

275

Matthew

Stephens

Haleyville

DT

6'2

275

Will

White

Vestavia Hills

DT

6'2

250

Willie

Smith

Fultondale

Ath

5'8

175

Cole

Porch

Sylacauga

K

6'0

190

Tadarien

McIntosh

Pickens County

P

5'8

160

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH ALL-STAR COACHES

 

 

 

 

       

 

Jeff

Smith

Walter Wellborn

Head Coach

 

Don

Dover

Fultondale

   

 

Chris 

Elmore

Ft. Payne

   

 

Rod

Isaac

Midfield

   

 

Heath

Lauderdale

Susan Moore

   

 

Ryan

Lolley

Gordo

   

 

Chris 

Musso

Haleyville

   

 

Andy

Lambert

Haleyville

Administrative Coach

           

SOUTH ALL-STARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle

Kramer

Prattville

QB

6'3

215

Braxton

Tolliver

Park Crossing

QB

6'1

170

Tra

Betts

McGill-Toolen

RB

5'11

170

Daryl

Brown

Notasulga

RB

5'9

185

Elijah

McLain

Andalusia

RB

5'10

180

James

Stanley

Baldwin County

RB

5'10

175

Isaiah

Causey

Prattville

WR

6'1

185

Damarshun

Davis

R. E. Lee

WR

5'10

175

Tavares

Womack

Jeff Davis

WR

6'1

179

Cade

Collier

Baker

TE

6'7

240

Ethan

Bittle

Prattville

OL

6'3

270

Jayden

Brooks

Enterprise

OL

6'3

245

Fernando

Diaz

Enterprise

OL

6'0

210

Jean

Jones

Andalusia

OL

6'2

290

Dustin

McFarland

Goshen

OL

6'4

230

Michael

Payton

Theodore

OL

6'4

285

Daniel

Samuel

T. R. Miller

OL

6'1

360

Mikal

Molton

Bibb County

DB

5'11

165

Treyvion

Pines

Theodore

DB

5'10

175

Jorden

Reed

Blount

DB

6'0

160

Javier

Taylor

Park Crossing

DB

5'10

180

Rhasheed

Wilson

Reeltown

DB

5'11

160

Jamar

Booker

Blount

LB

6'0

190

Arian

Gregory

Luverne

LB

6'1

190

Andre

Howard

Carver-Montgomery

LB

5'11

220

Jacob

Huff

McGill-Toolen

LB

5'11

230

Reginald

Malone

Theodore

LB

5'7

205

James

Russell

R. E. Lee

LB

6'0

215

Chris

Davis

McGill-Toolen

DE

6'0

210

Cameron

Morrisette

Andalusia

DE

5'11

245

Alton

Rowser

Demopolis

DE

6'4

230

Reggie

Fowler

R. E. Lee

DT

5'11

275

JaMarius

Jackson

Greenville

DT

6'0

270

Miles

McGhee

Opelika

DT

5'8

235

Bryan

Galloway

Goshen

Ath

5'10

160

James

Sullivan

Leroy

K

6'1

230

 

       

 

SOUTH ALL-STAR COACHES

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

Earnest

Hill

McGill-Toolen

Head coach

 

Matt

Geohagan

Bibb County

   

 

Anthony

Jones

Notasulga

   

 

Josh

McClendon

Greenville

   

 

Brian

Seymore

Demopolis

   

 

Mark

Heaton

Baldwin County

Administative coach

 

 

2019 North-South All-Star Results
and all-time series records

Football

South 22, North 19 (South leads series 31-27-2)

Golf
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
Girls:
North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)

Volleyball
South 3, North 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) – (North leads series 14-8)

Softball
Game 1: South 5-6, North 4-2 (North leads series 25-22-3)

Soccer
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series s 12-4-1)

Basketball
Girls: North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys: 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)

 

 

 


NFHS Learning Center Unveils School Honor Roll Program

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

NFHS Learning Center Unveils School Honor Roll Program

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Dan Schuster

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 1, 2020) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has created the NFHS School Honor Roll, a national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches through the completion of specific courses through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

 

“Education-based programs provide ongoing learning for participating students, and the NFHS School Honor Roll program provides a pathway for coaches within schools to be honored for their involvement in professional development,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services. 

 

After filling out an online application, schools can achieve three levels of merit within the NFHS School Honor Roll, which are obtained once 90 percent of a school’s coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete various course combinations. Participating institutions that earn Level 1, 2 or 3 distinctions receive a large display banner commemorating their accomplishments and their dedication to professional development and education-based athletics.

 

Three free offerings from the Learning Center – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse” – as well as “Fundamentals of Coaching” comprise the required courses for Level 1. To earn the Level 2 title, coaches must navigate the courses that pertain specifically to their sports, as well as “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.” Finally, a Level 3 banner can be attained for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.

 

“We all strive to hang banners in our schools for achievements,” said Schuster. “Earning this banner is a symbol that your school and your coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities.”

For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program during the 2020-21 school year, please visit https://nfhslearn.com/home/administrators.

 

Promotional Video: https://nfhslearn.com/library/videos/nfhs-school-honor-roll.

Direct link to application page: https://nfhsschoolhonorroll.formstack.com/forms/application.

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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.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:                        Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      bhoward@nfhs.org

                                                      Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      cboone@nfhs.org

 

 


Risk Minimization Remains Theme of 2020-21 High School Spirit Rules Changes

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

Risk Minimization Remains Theme of 2020-21 High School Spirit Rules Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: James Weaver

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 26, 2020) — High school spirit rules changes for the 2020-21 school year remain centered on increasing safety for cheerleading and dance teams across the country.

 

This year, minimizing injury risk for stunting personnel and during inversions and releases were among the 16 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee, which met February 10-11 in Orlando, Florida. All changes recommended by the committee were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

 

             “The committee has been working for years to make spirit activities safer for our student participants, while maintaining a high level of competition and crowd leading,” said James Weaver, NFHS director of performing arts and sports. “This will continue to be a primary focus of the Spirit Rules Committee.”

            Stunting personnel safety was addressed in Rule 3-2-1c, a new addition to the NFHS Spirit Rules Book. The rule states that bases may not hold signs or other objects while supporting an extended stunt, which allows them to focus on providing stability for those at the top of the stunt.

 

Modifications to inversions constituted a large portion of the 2020-21 rules changes, highlighted by Rule 3-3-6c1 and Rule 3-3-6c2 (cheer), and Rule 4-3-6c1 and Rule 4-3-6c2 (dance).

Under Rule 3-3-6c2/4-3-6c2, a spotter has been added as a point of sufficient contact for a top person who is inverted, and the required contact with the top person has been changed to any part of the body. Prior to this change, only a base and the top person’s upper body were listed as viable contact points.

Three more inversion-related changes were made to Rules 3-3-5a, 3-3-5g and 3-3-5h, which deal with acceptable conditions for braced flips within a pyramid. The change to 3-3-5a mandates that in situations where a single bracer is used for a braced flip, there must now be a hand/arm connection between both hands/arms of the top and bracer. A top person may now perform up to one complete twist within a braced flip as described in 3-3-5g, which is an increase from a half-twist in the previous version of the rule. Finally, in order to limit the movement of the top person around the bracers while performing a flipping inversion in a pyramid, 3-3-5h was edited such that a released top person may make no more than a one-quarter turn around the bracer.

A change to Rule 3-3-6a added further specifications to other inversions. Top people performing released inversions must now be released to the original base(s) and are now permitted to twist a maximum of one-quarter turn.

A new rule regarding tumbling was added for both cheer and dance. When executing airborne skills, actions that require hip-over-head rotation may no longer be connected to one another. The basis for this rule is to eliminate standing tucks where athletes connect arms and simultaneously do a standing tuck, which puts the connected participant at serious risk for a head/neck injury.

Regarding drops in cheer and dance, participants are now permitted to land in a pushup position from a handspring; however, doing so from a flip is still prohibited. This alteration clarifies that a drop is a landing on the performing surface from an airborne position.

There were two rules changes to Rule 3-5-5. When releasing from a horizontal or cradle position, the top person is now permitted to go to a stunt at any level to the original bases and may perform up to one-quarter twist. The change aligns this rule with its inversion equivalent. In addition, when a braced released top person lands in a cradle position, the connection between the top and bracer may be hand to foot.

A complete listing of the spirit rules changes, including edited term definitions, will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Spirit.”

Competitive spirit ranks ninth in participants for girls with 161,358 in 7,214 schools.

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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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                   Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      bhoward@nfhs.org

                                                      Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      cboone@nfhs.org

 

 


Officiating Courses Available for Free Through July 1 on the NFHS Learning Center

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE

 HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

Officiating Courses Available for Free Through July 1

on the NFHS Learning Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Dan Schuster

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 24, 2020) — Current high school sports officials, as well as individuals interested in joining the officiating ranks, will be able to access online education courses on the NFHS Learning Center for free through July 1.

Since many individuals are at home for an indefinite period of time due to the current worldwide health crisis, the NFHS has decided to make its 11 sports officiating courses available for free on the Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

 

“Everyone is looking for positive things to do at home during this difficult period of time, so we thought it would be a good opportunity for officials to take courses on the Learning Center to brush up on their skills,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “As a means of encouraging more people to take advantage of this time at home, the NFHS is offering officiating courses for free until July 1.

 

“In addition to current officials, those individuals interested in pursuing officiating can access these courses. We know that a number of high school seniors will be unable to participate in spring sports this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Officiating could provide an opportunity for high school seniors to stay involved in sports and taking some of these courses during this down time for free could help to determine their interest level.“

 

After taking any of these courses, individuals interested in becoming an official could access the website at www.HighSchoolOfficials.com for more information. In the past three years, more than 35,000 individuals have signed up to become officials through the NFHS’ #BecomeAnOfficial campaign to recruit high school officials.

 

Officiating courses are available on the Learning Center in the sports of basketball, football, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball, wrestling and softball, in addition to a general course titled “Interscholastic Officiating.” Multiple courses are offered in basketball, soccer and volleyball, and all these courses are available free of charge through July 1.

 

The Learning Center was founded as the online Coach Education Program in 2007 with two courses – “Fundamentals of Coaching” and “First Aid, Health and Safety” – and now has more than 70 online courses. Earlier this year, the NFHS surpassed 10 million courses taken by coaches, officials, administrators, students, parents, performing arts educators and others.

 

“We all are trying to find the best ways possible to deal with this unprecedented crisis facing our country,” Niehoff said. “We are pleased to be able to make the Learning Center available to more people interested in officiating.”

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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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                   Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      bhoward@nfhs.org

                                                 Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                      cboone@nfhs.org

 

 


In Lieu of Banquet, Bryant-Jordan Award Recipients To be announced via Special Online/TV Presentation

35th Annual Banquet Canceled Due to COVID 19 Virus Crisis

MONTGOMERY – Due to the recent developments in the ongoing COVID 19 virus crisis, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that all events of 50 or more people be cancelled for the next eight weeks. Unfortunately, these parameters include the 35th Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Awards Banquet scheduled for April 13 at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.

In lieu of a banquet, however, the Bryant-Jordan Foundation plans to produce a television and online event announcing the region, class and overall 2020 Bryant-Jordan scholarship recipients as well as a number of other special scholarships provided by various organizations.

The Bryant-Jordan Foundation has worked out an agreement with WOTM TV to produce a  television show which and will be broadcast over the AHSAA TV Network and the NFHS Network. The feed will be made available free to all cable providers and will also be available at the following convenient links:  
 
www.bryantjordan.org
www.ahsaa.com
www.ashof.org

The show will air on April 13 beginning at 6 p.m., same time as the banquet’s original start time. The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet emcee Chris Stewart will serve as the host of the broadcast.

The AHSAA TV Network and NFHS Network had already planned to televise the banquet with WOTM TV Vincent Earley serving as executive producer.

“While we are very disappointed that our annual banquet must be canceled, we are very thankful that technology will allow us to still showcase these incredible student-athletes and announce the overall scholarship recipients via television and on-line viewing,” said Edgar Welden, Chairman and President of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation.

The Bryant-Jordan Program, named in honor of legendary coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan,  has annually recognizes 52 senior student-athletes, one from each of the eight AHSAA districts in Classes 1A-6A and one from each of the four districts in Class 7A in the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award category and the Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete category.

Each regional winner is presented a $3,000 scholarship to the college of their choice from the Bryant-Jordan Foundation. During the broadcast, the seven Scholar-Athlete Class winners and seven Achievement Award Class winners will be announced. Each will receive an additional $3,500 scholarship. The Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient and the Ken and Betty Joe Blankenship Achievement Award Student-Athlete of the Year recipient will also be announced. Each will each receive an additional $4,000 scholarship.

The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet has been held annually since 1986 with more than $10.8 million in scholarship funding distributed to 3,222 student recipients since its inception.

“We know this has been an emotional time for everyone,” said Welden. “We sincerely hope that everyone will tune in to this online/TV broadcast as we celebrate the achievements of some of the smartest and most courageous student-athletes in our state and nation.”

 


AHSAA and DragonFly Athletics Announce Plans to Begin Technology Training for Member Schools

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and DragonFly Athletics announced today its new technology partner is making available online webinar training for member schools.

The AHSAA Central Board approved a transition from C2C Schools to DragonFly Content Management Software for member schools at its winter meeting last January. DragonFly will take over its role as the AHSAA’s technology partner to streamline administration of school sports and activities beginning June 1 for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Member schools can sign up for online webinar training at the following link:

 

https://www.dragonflymax.com/ahsaa-training-2020

 

The AHSAA and member schools will use DragonFly's comprehensive management software for school and student eligibility and registration, medical records, communications, team rosters, team scheduling and credentialing for all interscholastic activities.

 

One  of   the  core objectives of  the  partnership  is  to  eliminate  excessive  paperwork  and processes. DragonFly is a single, centralized platform to handle all the AHSAA’s administrative needs.

“We are excited to be able to make DragonFly technology available to AHSAA member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.  "This will create a one-stop portal for our member schools and our contest officials. We believe DragonFly is the perfect fit for the AHSAA and look forward to getting DragonFly up and running for our member schools. "

 

Dragonfly technology will provide a communication tool that will notify schools, officials, parents and fans when contests are scheduled or when necessary, the contests are changed or postponed. It will also provide schools the technology to pay contest officials online.

 

"DragonFly is much more than a technology company,” said Kirk Miller, chief executive officer of Dragonfly. “We’re invested in youth sports and want to help the AHSAA in every facet of communication. Our software will give administrators the data they need in a timely fashion so they may improve the safety and experience of students."

 

The new partnership is expected to be beneficial for everyone connected to sports and activities in Alabama.

“There are key people who make sports and activities possible, including administrators, teachers and coaches, healthcare providers, contest officials and parents,” said Miller. “Our software provides tools for all of them – while creating simplified and positive experience around previously mundane processes like paperwork. We’re especially proud that our technologies 
give athletic directors and coaches more of their time back to invest in students.”

 

To learn more about Dragonfly Athletics visit www.dragonflymax.com or download the Dragonfly Max App from the App Store or Google Play.


North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced for 2020 All-Star Week

     MONTGOMERY – North-South all-star squads for the upcoming AHSAA North-South All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Games have been selected. The two 15-memeber teams comprised of 2021 rising seniors were announced by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Wednesday.
     The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will also host all-star games in football, baseball, softball, volleyball,  boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, tennis and golf during the All-Star Week.      Those teams will be announced at a later date.
   Coaches for the All-Star Basketball squads include:
    (North Girls) Craig Thomas, Phil Campbell; Walter Hicks, Pleasant Grove; and Brant Llewellyn, Lauderdale County; (South Girls) Carolyn Wright, Central-Phenix City; Sally Jeter, Foley; and administrative coach  Nigel Card, Saint James, , Elmore County; and administrative coach Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery. Wright was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019. She and her husband Bobby Wright (HOF Class of 2015) are the only husband and wife basketball coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    (North Boys) Justin Taylor, West Limestone; Torriana Brown, Anniston; and administrative coach Brant Llewellyn, Lauderdale County; (South Boys) Jazmin Mitchell, Sumter Central; Joseph Turman, Florala; and administrative coach Nigel Card, Saint James.
      The North-South All-Star Basketball Games will be played Tuesday, July 14 in Montgomery. The site has not been determined. Both contests will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
     Among the players selected are Jerdarrian “J.D.” Davison of Calhoun and Karoline Striplin of Geneva County – on the South boys’ and girls’ squad, respectively. Davison earned Class 2A state tourney MVP honors in February canning a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to give the Tigers a 64-61 win over Barbour County. Striplin, who earned Class state tourney MVP as an eighth grader in 2017, has already committed to the University of Tennessee. Both players are among the top Class of 2021 prospects in the nation.
    Headlining the North squads are 2020 Class 4A girls’ state tourney MVP Allasha Dudley of Anniston Center Point 6-4 guard Jordan Chatman, who has led the Eagles to two straight Class 5A state championship games.
     The South won last year’s boys’ game 88-75 with Sidney Lanier’s Antwan Burnett having a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – to earn MVP honors in the 77th North-South Game. The North holds a 48-29 edge in the series, which played its first all-star game in 1953. Burnett also earned team MVP honors in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic 118-97 win at Clinton (MS) March 13. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds in that win to sweep MVP honors in both all-star games.
    The North won last year 65-56 and holds a 20-3 edge in the North-South Girls’ All-Star game, which was played for the first time in 1997.  

 

    All-Star rosters include:

 

 

2020 NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR

BASKETBALL ROSTERS

 

 

 

 

NORTH GIRLS' ALL-STARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Emma Dempsey

Belgreen

C

6'0

Allasha Dudley

Anniston

G

5'6

Hadley Hamilton

Collinsville

PG

5'10

Hallie Holmes

Susan Moore

G

5'7

Camille Jenkins

Gadsden City

PG

5'6

Jada Knight

Hoover

G

5'4

Kyra Long

Hazel Green

G

5'9

Saniah Parker

Mae Jemison

G

5'10

Amiya Payne

Hewitt-Trussville

G

6'1

Sara Puckett

Muscle Shoals

F

6'1

Jirah Rogers

East Limestone

F

6'1