Friday, January 17, 2020






Author: David Holtsford

David Holtsford's Article

Vestavia boys, Southside Girls Earn Top Seeds in Region Bowling Championships

   Stanhope Elmore’s girls bowling team and defending state champion Vestavia Hills’ boys team emerged from the first day’s competition at the AHSAA South Region Bowling Championships at the AMF Camelia Bowl at Mobile to earn No. 1 seeds in Friday’s head-to-head team competition. East Limestone’s boys and defending state champion Southside-Gadsden’s girls captured No. 1 seeds at the North Region Bowling Championships being held at Vestavia Bowl.
    All 16 teams competing at the regionals qualified through area play at each site. The first day’s competition included three games of traditional bowling on Thursday with the total pins for each team determining the seeding from 1 through 16 for Friday’s Baker format head-to-head team competition. All first-round winners on Friday will qualify for the AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes next week, Jan. 23-24.

   At Mobile, Vestavia Hills’ boys team rolled a 2,871 total and Thompson captured second seed with 2,814 pins. The Rebels had a 1,010 total in the first game – the top team score of any round. Auburn (2,797) and Mary Montgomery (2,706) ranked third and fourth behind the Rebels and Warriors.
   Vestavia also had the top total (996) in the second game and Thompson rolled posted the top round (957) in the third game.
    Stanhope Elmore’s Josh Wilson led the individual competition with a 190-236-239—665 series. Thompson’s Jacob Acker was second just one pin behind with a 239-223-202—664. Baker’s Trent Wilson was a close third at 215-207-213—635.
MARSHAL PACES STANHOPE ELMORE GIRLS: The Mustangs pulled away from the competition in the South girls’ team competition Thursday with a three-game 781-866-902—2,549 pin total. Thompson was second at 2,289, followed by Spain Park (2,092) and Gulf Shores (2,052). Southside had the top game in all three rounds.
     Stanhope Elmore’s Kacey Marshall led the girls’ individual competition with a 183-257-220—660 series to lead the competition. Her 257 in the second round was the top game of the day. Jillian Hulsey of Thompson was second with a 159-197-186—542 series. She set the girls’ single-game state record with a 289 last year in the state tourney at Pelham.  Stanhope Elmore’s Meghan Best and Alyssa Ward finished third and  fourth in the girls’ individual scoring with series of 540 and 519, respectively.

   At Vestavia Hills, the East Limestone boys’ squad edged past Gadsden City by just six strokes to earn Friday’s top seed in the head-to-head championship bracket. The Pirates rolled 938-946-886—2,770 and the Titans’ totals were 925-880-059—2,764. Sparkman (2,696) landed the third seed and Hewitt-Trussville (2,611), the fourth seed. The top game was recorded by Gadsden City (959) in the third game of the traditional competition.
    Cole Arsenalt of Sparkman turned in the top individual series in the North boys’ competition with a 247-224-205—676 series. Gadsden City’s Tommy Butler was second in Thursday’s individual play with a 251-174-205—630 series. His 251 was tops in  the first round. Carson Barnes of Lamar County rolled a 258 in the second  game, the top round of the day for the boys, to finish tied fourth with Nick Delgado of Grissom with a 617 series. Austin Turner was third overall with a 618 series. His 235 in third set was the game in that round.
DEFENDING CHAMP SOUTHSIDE FINISHES STRONG: Southside, vying to capture its fourth straight AHSAA state championship, rolled the top games team wise in all three rounds Thursday totaling 799-815-801—2,415 to take the top seed by 152 pins over runner-up Hazel Green (779-776-708—2,263). Sparkman, which won the first girls’ state title when bowling returned to the AHSAA championship sport lineup in 2016, rolled a 2,184 series to take third seed and Hartselle (1,995) earned fourth seed.
     American Christian’s McKenzie Skelton turned in a 223-182-204—609 series to take the top honors in  the individual competition by 107 pins over her nearest competition. Jessica Clontz of Southside was second with a 172-167-263—502 series. Southside teammate Ashlee Hull was third at 498 and Emily Lindsey of Sparkman (496) was fourth.
    Complete first-day team and individual results and Friday’s single-elimination 16-team team championship brackets for each division can be found at in the in-season results bowling second on the front page of the website.
    Play gets underway Friday at 8 a.m., with four rounds of competition concluding with the state finals at approximately 5 p.m.

Friday’s Championship Bracket
First-Round Pairings (Baker Format)

Single elimination team play starts at 8 a.m. Finals are set for 5 p.m.
(At Camelia Bowl, Mobile)
GIRLS’ Bracket

No. 16 seed McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. No. 1 seed Stanhope Elmore
No. 9 seed Vestavia Hills vs. No. 8 seed Foley
No. 12 seed Alma Bryant vs. No. 5 seed Baker
No. 13 seed Oak Mountain vs. No. 4 seed Gulf Shores

No. 14 seed Houston Academy vs. No. 3 seed Spain Park
No. 11 seed Pelham vs. No. 6 seed Satsuma
No. 10 seed Auburn vs. No. 7 seed Dothan
No. 15 seed Homewood vs. No. 2 seed Thompson

BOYS’ Bracket
No. 16 seed UMS-Wright vs. No. 1 seed Vestavia Hills
No. 9 seed Oak Mountain vs. No. 8 seed Baker
No. 12 seed Homewood vs. No. 5 seed Spain Park
No. 13 seed Theodore vs. No. 4 seed Mary Montgomery

No. 14 seed Houston Academy vs. No. 3 seed Auburn
No. 11 seed Foley vs. No. 6 seed Stanhope Elmore
No. 10 seed Hoover vs. No. 7 seed Daphne
No. 15 seed Dothan vs. No. 2 seed Thompson

(At Vestavia Bowl, Vestavia Hills)
GIRLS’ Bracket

No. 16 seed Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. No. 1 seed Southside-Gadsden
No. 9 seed Grissom vs. No. 8 seed Hokes Bluff
No. 12 seed Gardendale vs. No. 5 seed American Christian
No. 13 seed Priceville vs. No. 4 seed Hartselle

No. 14 seed Northridge vs. No. 3 seed Sparkman
No. 11 seed Huntsville vs. No. 6 seed Hewitt-Trussville
No. 10 seed St. Clair County vs. No. 7 seed Corner
No. 15 seed Sipsey Valley vs. No. 2 seed Hazel Green

BOYS’ Bracket
No. 16 seed Lamar County vs. No. 1 seed East Limestone
No. 9 seed Huntsville vs. No. 8 seed Corner
No. 12 seed Scottsboro vs. No. 5 seed Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
No. 13 seed Shades Valley vs. No. 4 seed Hewitt-Trussville

No. 14 seed Lincoln vs. No. 3 seed Sparkman
No. 11 seed Grissom vs. No. 6 seed Southside-Gadsden
No. 10 seed Northridge vs. No. 7 seed Hartselle
No. 15 seed Paul Bryant vs. No. 2 seed Gadsden City


Spring Garden Lady Panthers Hand Coach Ricky Austin Win No. 600 – and Counting …

   MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden High School’s veteran girls’ basketball coach Ricky Austin coached his 600th win in of all places – Georgia – earlier this season. The Panthers beat Haralson County (GA) in the first round of the Haralson County Invitational tourney at Tallapoosa (Ga) 51-24 on December 28.
    Two weeks later, Spring Garden (20-2) played an almost perfect game to beat Jacksonville Christian 96-39 for its 10th win in a row. The red-hot Panthers and their legendary coach grab this week’s AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight.
   Austin (607-161), now in his 24th season as head girls’ coach, started the season with a 587-159 career girls’ basketball record and five Class 1A state titles (2018, 2016, 2008, 2005, 2004). The Panthers also have three runner-up finishes (2017, 2015, and 2002) during that span. His record does not reflect the approximately 200 wins his boys’ teams at Spring Garden have won.
      This year’s team is currently 20-2 heading into Friday night’s semifinal game in the Cherokee County tourney. The two losses came by a combined four points to Lauderdale County (45-44) on December 19 and Collinsville (47-44) on Nov. 26.
      Wife his wife, Dana, coaching his side, Spring Garden has become a household name when it comes to girls’ basketball in the AHSAA. Dana and her twin sister Jana played on Spring Garden’s first state championship team in 1987 and then starred at Jacksonville State.
     In the win over Jacksonville Christian, the Lady Panthers scored 41 points in the first quarter – sinking shots on 17 of their first 25 attempts from the floor. The team forced 19 turnovers in that stretch and with just over a minute remaining in the first half, Austin had gotten every player into the game and had scored on 68.6% percent of their 35 possessions to build a 56-11 lead.
  “I wish I could duplicate that every game. That would be a great year,” Austin told an East Alabama Sports reporter. “It was pretty precise.”
      Macy Reedy and Kayley Kirk led that win with 14 points each. All 14 players on the team scored and the Panthers canned 15 3-point attempts. Reedy and Abbie Steward had four each. Four other players had at least one each.  Jacksonville Christian’s Rebekah Carter had 21 points for the Thunder.
   Other top girls’ performances reported from last week:

MADISON PARKER, WEST END: Canned two free throws with no time remaining lift West End to a 45-44 win over Sardis in the Etowah County tournament.
IVEY MADDOX, GOOD HOPE: Sank two free throws with six seconds remaining in overtime to lift Good Hope past Hanceville 52-48 in overtime. She finished with 22 points. Kelly Pickett had 25 for Hanceville.

JENNA WALKER, PRICEVILLE: Dished out 11 assists, scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in a 54-24 victory over Danville.
CORDASIA HARRIS, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Scored 34 points in a 64-39 win over Highland Home and 31 in a 59-34 victory over Luverne for the Central (13-3).
BELLA MILLIRONS, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 30 points and teammate India Brown added 18 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists as the Conquerors beat Westbrook Christian 71-40.
AALIYAH POSTMA, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Scored 21 points to lead the Lady Generals to a 43-38 come-from-behind win over Enterprise. The Wildcats led 29-21 heading into the final period but Lee outscored the hosts 22-9 in the final eight minutes to seal the win. She had 12 points in the final quarter.
JANIYA LABYZON, VIGOR: Led all scorers with 28 points in a win over LeFlore.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Scored 29 points in a 63-52 victory over Baldwin County.

ASHLEY PHILLIPS, ALEXANDRIA: Sank five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points in the Valley Cubs’ 66-55 win over Etowah.
FARRAH PEARSON, HAZEL GREEN: Had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 45-33 victory over Buckhorn.

RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Had 24 points and 10 assists against Homewood and 15 points and 10 assists against Jackson-Olin.

JAYDN POWELL, HUEYTOWN: Posted 17 points and 13 rebounds against Jackson-Olin, 17 points and 17 rebounds against Gardendale and eight points and six rebounds against Thompson.

SARAH ASHLEE BARKER, SPAIN PARK:  Scored 20 points against Mountain Brook and added 26 points against Hewitt-Trussville.
MONTANA HARRIS, HELENA: Had 28 points and five steals against Calera and 17 points against Pelham.
EMMA SMITH, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 18 points and 10 rebounds in upset win over Hewitt-Trussville.

NIAIRA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Scored 22 points to lead the unbeaten Trojans (145-0) to a 49-36 win over Carroll.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Geneva County (13-4) past Houston County 74-34.
ZAKYRIA JOHNSON, ARITON: Scored 18 points and cleared 10 rebounds in the Purple Cats’ 36-31 win over Cottonwood.
MYA BARNES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had a career-high 17 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and a season-best 17 points in a 70-57 win over Park Crossing. She followed with 11 points and nine boards in a 69-52 win over Park Crossing for the Wolverines (14-4).

UMS-Wright’s Terry Curtis Selected 2018-19 National Football Coach of the Year by the NFHS Coaches Association

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — UMS-Wright head football coach Terry Curtis has been named the 2019 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
           He is among 23 high school coaches from across the country who have been selected as sports specific 2019 National Coaches of the Year.
          The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2018-19 school year.
          Curtis, who spent the first 17 years of his career as an assistant coach, has compiled a 317-85 career head-coaching record in 31 years as a head football coach – with stops at Shaw and Murphy in Mobile. His last 21 years have been at UMS-Wright, where his teams have compiled an 85-23 playoff record and a 125-11 region record overall, including 50 region wins in a row from 1998-2006. His teams have won eight state titles – including the last three Class 4A championships in a row.  The Bulldogs currently own a 33-game winning streak and a 15-game state playoff win streak heading into next season. He ranks second behind Vestavia Hills High School’s Buddy Anderson (342-154) in all-time AHSAA football coaching wins. Anderson was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
       "This is quite an honor," said Curtis. "I knew I wanted to be a coach when I was in the eighth grade. I am truly humbled, and am reminded of so many others who have been responsible for our success. I share this recognition with our outstanding assistant coaches, with an administration that has always been so supportive and with players who are committed to playing for a school and a team that they believe in."
        Curtis has also been a leader off the court, currently serving as the District 1 representative on the AHSAA Central Board of Control. He is a District 1 officer and member of the AHSAA Legislative Council as well and has held numerous leadership positions, including tenures as president, in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the Alabama Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He has also served a baseball official at the high school and college level.
       Curtis, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, is the fourth coach from the AHSAA to receive the National Coach of the Year award. Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy received the 2009-10 Volleyball Coach of the Year; Michael Gunner of Bob Jones High School received the 2016-17 Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year; and Sandra Seals of Winfield was selected the 2017-18 Spirit Coach of the Year by the NFHS Coaches Association.
       He is one of three AHSAA coaches that have been named Section 3 Coach of the Year for 2018-19. Vestavia Hills High School’s Brigid Meadow is the Section 3 Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year, and Drew Bell of James Clemens High School is the Section 3 Girls’ Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the year.
        Other recipients of this year’s national awards for boys’ sports are: Glenn Cecchini, baseball, Lake Charles (Louisiana) Alfred M. Barbe High School; J.R. Holmes, basketball, Bloomington (Indiana) South High School; Karl Koonce, cross country, Pearcy (Arkansas) Lake Hamilton High School; James Orcutt, golf, North Platte (Nebraska) High School; Terry Michler, soccer, St. Louis (Missouri) Christian Brothers College High School; David Hanson, swimming and diving, Warwick (Rhode Island) Bishop Hendricken Catholic High School; David Fredette, tennis, Armada (Michigan) High School; William “Bill” Thorn, track and field, Fairburn (Georgia) Landmark Christian School; and James Matney, wrestling, Paintsville (Kentucky) Johnson Central High School.
        The recipients of the 2019 NFHS national awards for girls sports are: Jack Gayle, swimming and diving, Snellville (Georgia) Brookwood High School; Cherry Roberds, tennis, Miami (Arizona) High School; Desmond Dunham, track and field, St. John’s (District of Columbia) College High School; Valorie McKenzie, volleyball, Scottsdale (Arizona) Horizon High School; Sherri Anthony, basketball, Ponte Vedra (Florida) Nease High School; Dave Van Sickle, cross country, Phoenix (Arizona) Xavier College Preparatory; Dick Bliss, golf, Hopkinton (Massachusetts) High School; Carol Rainson-Rose, lacrosse, Northport (New York) High School; Meredith Messer, soccer, Rockport (Maine) Camden Hills Regional High School; and Deborah Schwartz, softball, Toms River (New Jersey) Donovan Catholic High School.
      The recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit is Stephanie Blackwell of Bixby  (Oklahoma) High School. Steven DeAngelis, a cross country skiing coach at Readfield (Maine) Maranacook Community High School, was chosen in the “other” category for boys sports, and Lois Emshoff, a badminton coach at Chandler (Arizona) High School, was chosen in the “other” category for girls’ sports.
       A total of 857 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                         Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations




                                                      Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations




2018-19 National Coaches of the Year Selected by NFHS Coaches Association



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Contact: Dan Schuster

     INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 16, 2020)— Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2019 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

     The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2018-19 school year.

     Recipients of this year’s national awards for boys sports are: Glenn Cecchini, baseball, Lake Charles (Louisiana) Alfred M. Barbe High School; J.R. Holmes, basketball, Bloomington (Indiana) South High School; Karl Koonce, cross country, Pearcy (Arkansas) Lake Hamilton High School; Terry Curtis, football, Mobile (Alabama) UMS-Wright Preparatory School; James Orcutt, golf, North Platte (Nebraska) High School; Terry Michler, soccer, St. Louis (Missouri) Christian Brothers College High School; David Hanson, swimming and diving, Warwick (Rhode Island) Bishop Hendricken Catholic High School; David Fredette, tennis, Armada (Michigan) High School; William “Bill” Thorn, track and field, Fairburn (Georgia) Landmark Christian School; and James Matney, wrestling, Paintsville (Kentucky) Johnson Central High School.

     The recipients of the 2019 NFHS national awards for girls sports are: Jack Gayle, swimming and diving, Snellville (Georgia) Brookwood High School; Cherry Roberds, tennis, Miami (Arizona) High School; Desmond Dunham, track and field, St. John’s (District of Columbia) College High School; Valorie McKenzie, volleyball, Scottsdale (Arizona) Horizon High School; Sherri Anthony, basketball, Ponte Vedra (Florida) Nease High School; Dave Van Sickle, cross country, Phoenix (Arizona) Xavier College Preparatory; Dick Bliss, golf, Hopkinton (Massachusetts) High School; Carol Rainson-Rose, lacrosse, Northport (New York) High School; Meredith Messer, soccer, Rockport (Maine) Camden Hills Regional High School; and Deborah Schwartz, softball, Toms River (New Jersey) Donovan Catholic High School.

     The recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit is Stephanie Blackwell of Bixby  (Oklahoma) High School. Steven DeAngelis, a cross country skiing coach at Readfield (Maine) Maranacook Community High School, was chosen in the “other” category for boys sports, and Lois Emshoff, a badminton coach at Chandler (Arizona) High School, was chosen in the “other” category for girls sports.

     The NFHS has a contact in each state who is responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients. This person often works with the state coaches’ association in his or her respective state. He or she contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach’s record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy. To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.

     The next award level after state coach of the year is sectional coach of the year. The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections. They are as follows: Section 1 – Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT); Section 2 – Mideast (DE, DC, KY, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV); Section 3 – South (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN); Section 4 – Central (IL, IN, IA, MI, WI); Section 5 – Midwest (KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); Section 6 – Southwest (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX); Section 7 – West (AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT); and Section 8 – Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY).

     The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee then considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system, and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, the spirit category and two “other” categories.

     A total of 857 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.


This press release was written by Hannah Wishart, Coordinator of Educational Services with the NFHS who works with the NFHS Coaches Association and the NFHS Coach Education Program.



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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 19,000 high schools and 11 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



MEDIA CONTACTS:                        Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                      Director of Publications and Communications

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                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations







Lanett’s Carter, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Suttles Reach Coaching Milestones

This Week’s AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Lanett High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Carter and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa boys’ coach Scott Suttles each reached major milestones in their outstanding careers last week to catapult into the AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight this week.
   The Panthers beat Loachapoka 74-33 on January 7 to hand Carter his 700th career win – in a career that has spanned almost 50 years with the last nine at Lanett. He has also had stops at Bullock County, Valley and Greenville (GA). His current win-loss record heading into Friday’s game home game against arch-rival LaFayette is 702-234.
    The Class 1A Panthers (8-7) started slowly this season winning just two of their first seven games with a very difficult schedule against several 5A, 6A and 7A schools. And as in recent years, the team didn’t all its players until football season finished. Lanett was 15-0 and won the Class 1A state title last December 5. Carter coached the Panthers to three straight Class 2A state titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lanett, which features big 6-foot-9 senior twin centers Zameron and Cameron Boozer, is currently riding five-game winning streak.
   Carter, who also has been a pastor for most of his coaching career and is currently serving Washington Chapel AME Church in Tuskegee, was honored recently when the school named the Lanett gymnasium basketball court in his honor.
   “Lanett made a dream come true. This is where my dream came true,” Carter said at that ceremony, according to the Valley Times News. “I’ve had a lot of teams that have gone to the Final Four, but I was still chasing a ring.  I never envisioned myself having my name put on the floor because that’s not what I did it for. I did it for the love of the people that I was teaching,” Carter said. “Believe me, I loved every one of them.”
   Hillcrest (14-6) beat rival Central-Tuscaloosa 52-46 last week for Suttles’ 600th career win. The Patriots followed with a 69-48 win over Brookwood earlier this week – giving Suttles a 601-194 career record heading into the final stretch of the current season. He is 384-122 at Hillcrest – leading the Patriots to 34-3 and 33-3 records in winning Class 6A state titles in 2008 and 2011.
   Suttles, who has had coaching stops at Holy Spirit Catholic and Akron, got his 400th career win in the 2011 state championship game over Murphy. After that game, he said his mother made a comment about the No. 600 milestone.
    “My mother, who passed four years ago this week, told me when we won the second state championship in 2011, ‘wouldn’t it be interesting if you were to get 600 wins before you get 200 losses?’ I was like, ‘thanks mom for all the pressure,’” Suttles said in an interview with the Tuscaloosa News.
     He met that goal. His teams have had just 194 losses in his 24 seasons as a head coach.

BRYCEN PARRISH, WILSON: Canned a 26-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Wilson to a 49-47 win over Rogers. Parrish, who finished with 24 points, got the ball with just 2.7 seconds remaining and got off his winning shot just before the buzzer.
ASHTON ELLIOTT, HAZEL GREEN: Recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-72 overtime win over Buckhorn. He also had 14 points, including the game-winning shot, and five rebounds in a 44-43 victory Mae Jemison.
DANIEL PRUITT, CARROLL: Sank a shot with three seconds left to give Carroll a 43-41 win over Charles Henderson in a Class 5A, Area 3 win. He finished with 14 points.
XAVIER FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 52-49 win over visiting Sparkman.
JACKSON ABBOTT, MAPLESVILLE: Had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Red Devils past Holy Spirit 52-50. He had 15 crucial points in the final period.

LANE McCAY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Scored 23 points in a 72-70 win over Deshler. Central sealed the win shooting 9-for-9 in the final minutes.
JUSTIN JOHNSON, BREWBAKER TECH: Was 8-of-14 from the 3-point line and scored 35 points as the Rams (13-6) beat Park Crossing 73-71. He finished 12-of-19 from the field.
HARRISON WALLACE, PIKE ROAD: Led the Patriots (15-3) to a 63-61 win over Bullock County scoring 22 points – in the school’s first game in its newly renovated gym.
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE: The AHSAA’s career scoring leader scored 52 points in the Lions’ 87-68 win over Whitesburg Christian.

K.D. RABB, J.U. BLCKSHER: Had 42 points, five rebounds, two steals, four blocks and two assists in a 58-49 win over Leroy.

KAM WOODS, PINSON VALLEY: Had 29 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 60-56 win over Bessemer City, 42 points, six assists and two steals in a 70-64 win over Clay-Chalkville and 40 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a win over Pell City.

QUANDRE BURROUGHS, CLARKE COUNTY: Scored 26 points against Andalusia and 28 points against Hillcrest-Evergreen to lead the Bulldogs to two wins.
COLBY McALLISTER, DAPHNE: Nailed five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points in a 68-48 victor over Robertsdale.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Millry past McIntosh 55-41.

BLAKE DAVIS MURPHY: Totaled 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in a 66-55 win over Foley.

DRESSEAN KNIGHT, MINOR: Recorded two triple-doubles with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in an 85-28 win over Dora, and 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks to lead the Tigers past Gardendale 66-62.
TAYE PERSON, BRANTLEY: Had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-53 win over Kinston.
RASHAAD COLEMAN, FLORALA: Led the Wildcats to a 66-48 win over Elba with 24 points and eight assists.
MARTEZ JONES, B.T. WASHINGTON: Led the Golden Eagles (13-4) from Tuskegee to a 67-36 win over Elmore County with 22 of his 28 points coming in the second half. He also had 21 re bounds and 11 blocked shots.
IMARUION WATSON, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Had 32 points as the Lions beat Highland Home 89-56.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a 107-75 win over Alabama Christian for the Knights (1703).
TYREK TURNER, TALLASSEE: Was 7-of-10 from the floor and totaled 21 points to lead the Tigers (17-3) past Brewbaker Tech 63-47.

Lanett Quarterback Kristian Story Selected 2019 Mr. Football by the ASWA

Becomes the 38th recipient of the Award since 1982

MONTGOMERY – Lanett High School senior quarterback Kristian Story, who led the Panthers (15-0) to an undefeated season and the Class 1A state title this past season, was named Alabama’s Mr. Football for 2019 on Wednesday in Montgomery.
    The announcement was made Wednesday at the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s Mr. Football Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center here. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosted the luncheon and AHSAA Corporate Partner Cadence Bank was the presenting sponsor.
    The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Story, who signed with the University of Alabama, is the 38th winner of the award, which started in 1982 with Vigor quarterback Tommy Compton earning the first Mr. Football Award. His high school had coach was his father Clifford Story.
      Story is the first Crimson Tide signee to win the award since Daphne running back T.J. Yeldon in 2011, the first player from Lanett to win the state’s top high school football award and the first player from a 1A school to claim the honor since running back Thomas Banks of West Jefferson in 1993.
The senior quarterback finished with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries with two touchdowns and was 18-of-23 passing for 249 yards and two more scores in the AHSAA Super 7 Class 1A State Championship at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium in December to earn Class 1A State Championship MVP honors. He finished his senior season 162-of-237 passing for 2,865 yards and 33 touchdowns. Story, who also was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama in 2019, also had 1,151 yards rushing on 116 carries and 17 touchdowns and finished his prep career as the AHSAA record holder in total offense and touchdowns account for.
      He accumulated 13,218 total yards with 9,070 passing, 3,618 rushing and 530 receiving from 2016-19 and accounted for 175 touchdowns (119 passing, 48 rushing and 8 receiving).  Story’s totals broke records set by Bo Nix of Pinson Valley from 2015-18 (12,497 total yards and 161 TDs accounted for). Story’s 9,070 career passing yards ranks eighth all time and his 119 TD passes ranks third. He also quarterbacked Lanett to the Class 2A state football title in 2017 and helped the Panthers win three state basketball titles from 2016-18. He finished with 29 interceptions on defense.
   The Mr. Football selection was made by the ASWA’s committee of member prep sportswriters across the state. The top 12 vote-getters regardless of position earned a spot on the ASWA’s prestigious All-State Super 12 Team.
   Those 12 included, in order, were: Kristin Story, Lanett QB; Kris Abrams-Draine, Spanish Fort QB; Jalen White, Daleville RB; Roydell Williams, Hueytown RB; Sawyer Pate, Thompson QB; Demouy Kennedy, Theodore, LB; Dee Beckwith,
Florence WR; Rontarius Wiggins, Jacksonville RB; Jackson Bratton, Muscle Shoals LB; Seth Brown, St, John Paul II Catholic QB; Trey Higgins, Oxford QB; Will Breland, UMS-Wright, LB.
  A total of 48 prep football standouts and their families attended the luncheon. Three finalists for Back and Linemen of the Year in each class were recognized. The Back and Lineman of  the Year award winners included:

ASWA Players of the Year
Back of the Year:
Kristian Story, Lanett
Lineman of the Year: Mack McCluskey, Mars Hill Bible
Back of the Year:
Jalen White, Daleville
Lineman of the Year: Arian Gregory, Luverne
Back of the Year:
Daquan Johnson, Flomaton
Lineman of the Year: Deontae Lawson, Mobile Christian
Back of the Year:
Rontarius Wiggins, Jacksonville
Lineman of the Year: Will Breland, UMS-Wright

Back of the Year:
Zyquez Perryman, Pleasant Grove
Lineman of the Year: Trent Howard, Briarwood Christian
Back of the Year:
Kris Abrams-Draine, Spanish Fort
Lineman of the Year: Jackson Bratton, Muscle Shoals
Back of the Year:
Sawyer Pate, Thompson
Lineman of the Year: Demouy Kennedy, Theodore
Back of the Year:
Cephus Cleveland, Macon-East
Lineman of the Year: Eli Richey, Southern Academy

   The top 12 vote-getters in the Mr. Football voting


2019: Kristian Story, Lanett, QB
2018: Bo Nix, Pinson Valley, QB
2017: Asa Martin, Austin, RB
2016: La’Damian Webb, Beauregard, RB
2015: Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, QB
2014: Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy, RB

2013: Roc Thomas, Oxford, RB
2012: Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, QB
2011: T.J. Yeldon, Daphne, RB
2010: Jamal Golden, Wetumpka, QB

2009: Coty Blanchard, Cherokee County, QB
2008: Clint Moseley, Leroy, QB

2007: Julio Jones, Foley, WR

2006: Larry Smith, Prattville, QB

2005: Andre Smith, Huffman, OL

2004: Jarod Bryant, Hoover, QB

2003: Chris Nickson, Pike County, QB

2002: JaMarcus Russell, Williamson, QB

2001: Brandon Cox, Hewitt-Trussville, QB

2000: Carnell Williams, Etowah, RB

1999: Cory Whisenant, Springville, RB

1998: DeMarco McNeil, Blount, DL

1997: Mac Campbell, Alexandria, RB

1996: Antoneyo Williams, Central-Tuscaloosa, RB

1995: Gorman Thornton, Jeff Davis, DL

1994: Dawud Rasheed, Shades Valley, RB

1993: Thomas Banks, West Jefferson, 1A

1992: Freddie Kitchens, Etowah, QB

1991: Robert Davis, Homewood, RB

1990: David Palmer, Jackson-Olin, RB/QB/WR

1989: Steve Coleman, Pike County, RB

1988: Darrell Williams, Vigor, RB

1987: Robert Jones, Parker, RB

1986: Larry Ware, Lee-Montgomery, RB

1985: Pierre Goode, Hazlewood, RB

1984: Rod Green, Gardendale, WR

1983: Freddy Weygand, Emma Sansom, WR

1982: Tommy Compton, Vigor, QB

Scottsboro’s Rex Green Claims Indoor Track Spotlight with a Pair of Personal Bests

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Scottsboro High School sophomore Rex Green won the boys’ 400 and 800 meters with personal bests in each event at the Indoor JV Meet No. 2 at Birmingham’s CrossPlex last week to earn the AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight.

    Grabbing the Girls’ Spotlight was junior Allison Tanner of Helena, who cleared 5-04 in the high jump at the same meet to win the event the state’s second best performance of the year. She had the best jump of the season (also 5-04) last year in Alabama.  She also won the triple jump with the top leap of 33-10. Mountain Brook junior Grayson Scott cleared 5-06 at the Magic City Invitational in early December for top girls’ high jump in Alabama this season.
    Green ran the 400 in 52.11 and the 800 in 1:57.61 for Coach Luke Robinson’s defending Class 5A state champions at the event held on Jan. 7. Green’s 800 time is the second-best performance in the event in Alabama this season, according to statistics compiled by It ranks 17th overall among the nation’s high schools. Smiths Station senior Savian Taylor clocked 1:56.96 in the Magic City Invitational in December for the fast 800-meter time of the season.

   Scottsboro junior teammate Hayden Judge captured first and second in his two events at the meet, topping teammate Cooper Atkins to win the 1600-meter run. His 4:23.77 finish was good for second in the state this season and 20th in the U.S. this year. Atkins’ 4:29.44 for second place is the fourth-best recorded in Alabama this year. Judge was second to Green in the 800 meters, finishing with a 2:00.10. The best 1,600-meter time of the season (4:21.86) was recorded by Thompson senior Jace Jones at the Holiday Invitational in December. It is no surprise that Scottsboro’s 4x800 relay team has the best time in that event (8:11.00) in the state this season. The Wildcats turned in that performance at the Magic City Invitational in December.

   Other top finishers for the Wildcats, who have captured seven state championships since 2001 and two of the past three, were Brandon Cloud’s third place in the high jump (5-06.00) – behind Helena’s T.J. Funches (6-04) and Bowman Downey (5-08); Alex Cantrell’s third place in the long jump (18-10) – behind Hewitt-Trussville’s Omari Kelly (21-08.5) and Helena’s Damian Hines (19-07); and Nathan Jones’ first-place throw in the shot put (43-09.75).
   Most of the indoor teams in the AHSAA are gearing up to compete in the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex Jan. 20. More than 100 teams from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia have already registered for what is one of the largest prep indoor meets annually.
   Other standout performances reported from last week’s indoor competition:



  • OMARI KELLY, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The sophomore also won the triple jump with a 39-11.25 finish.



  • CARTER PINHOLSTER, FORT PAYNE: Won the boys’ 60-meter hurdles with an 8.34 finish.



  • MADI WALLACE, FORT PAYNE: Ran a personal-best 9.17 in the girls’ 60-meter hurdles, the fourth-best time in Alabama this year.



  • ANNA COLLINS, SPAIN PARK: Cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault. The junior’s effort was a personal best.



  • MARIN POLESHEK, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won both the 800 meters and 1600 at the event, finishing in 2:25.77 in the 800 and 5:23.28 in the 1600.



  • ADELE BRANDRUP, HOMEWOOD: The ninth-grader won the Adaptive Girls 60-meter dash finals.

Hoover Shines in Ice Breaker Invitational With Boys’ and Girls’ Team Titles

AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight

By Mike Perrin

MONTGOMERY – Three-time indoor track defending state champion Hoover High School served notice at the 2020 Ice Breaker Invitational that the Buccaneers are again the team to beat in large-school competition. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams scored victories in the event held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 4 to grab the first AHSAA Indoor Track Prep Spotlight of the season.
    In the Class 6A-7A division of the meet, coach Devon Hind’s Bucs’ boys’ team outpointed Hewitt-Trussville 113.33 to 38 with Central-Phenix City finishing third with 35 points. On the girls’ side, Hoover totaled 81 points to Spain Park’s 40 and Auburn’s 39.
    The Class 1A-5A boys’ winner was Ramsay, tying with Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High at 62.5 points, just ahead of defending 4A/5A champion Scottsboro’s 61 points. The small-school girls’ winner was Saint James of Montgomery (48), followed by Whitesburg Christian Academy of Huntsville with 45 and Ramsay with 40.
    The Hoover boys won seven events with Jonathan Martin leading the way with first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash (48.57) and the 60-meter dash (6.98). Martin’s 400 time is the best in Alabama this season and second best in the nation, according to records compiled by L.J. Hill won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26 seconds, was second in the long jump (21-11.5) and third in the triple jump. His teammate, John Watkins, won the triple jump with a leap of 46-5.25. The Bucs were first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and finished second to Central-Phenix City in the 4x200 event.
   Hoover’s Chakiya Plummer led the girls’ competition winning the 60- and 400-meter dash events with times of 8.88 and 57.57 seconds, respectively. The Bucs were winners in the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays as well.
    Other standout performances from the Ice Breaker Invitational:


  • NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put event with a heave of 59-7.5, besting second-place Kaison Barton of Mary Montgomery by more than 7 feet. Cooper, a University of Alabama signee, won the USATF Junior Olympics shot put title in the 17-18 age division with a throw of 58-10 this past July in Sacramento (CA).
  • ETHAN STRAND, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A-7A 3200-meter run with a 9:32.63 finish.
  • HEATH VARMETTE, GRISSOM: Won the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.66, finishing almost 2 seconds quicker than Hewitt-Trussville’s Alex Jones.
  • JOHN MURRAY, BOB JONES: Took first place in the 6A-7A high jump with a leap of 6-feet-4-inches.
  • KAMERON THOMAS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A 400-meter dash (50.41) and was second in the 60-meters (6.91) behind Parker’s Jekovan Rhetta (6.82).
  • HAYDEN JUDGE, SCOTTSBORO: Took first in the 1A-5A 1600-meter run with a 4:27.54 finish.
  • PATRICK DAVES, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Ran an 8.42 to win the small-school 60-meter hurdles ahead of Jack Wills of Falkville (8.84).





  • SPENCER FAVORS, RAMSAY: Won the 1A-5A long jump with a leap of 22-07.5, almost 2 feet better than second-place Camrun Norman from Mississippi’s Hattiesburg High School.
  • JACK WILLIAMSON, WINFIELD: Took first in the small-school triple jump at 40-09.5.
  • JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the 1A-5A shot put finals with a toss of 57-00.25, ahead of Landon Sharpston of Wilson (48-03.00).
  • CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Bested the field in the 1A-5A 60-meter dash with a 7.78 finish and won the 400-meters with a 56.13 run.


  • CRAWFORD WEST, VESTAVIA HILLS: The sophomore took the girls’ 3200-meter run with an 11:25.70 finish, ahead of Auburn’s Harper McGowan (11:38.51).
  • SYDNEY TAYLOR, SPAIN PARK: Won the 60-meter dash with a 7.96 finish, just 3-hundreths of a second ahead of Hoover’s Jebreiya Chapman.
  • OLIVIA BEARD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Took first place in the girls’ large-school high jump with a 5-04 finish.
  • CHRISTIERRA WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Claimed the 6A-7A girls’ triple jump title with a 37-09.75 jump.
  • PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: Won the 1A-5A 800-meter run with a 2:19.63 finish.
  • HANNAH ADAMS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Took the title in small-school 3200-meter run with a 12:14.44 finish.
  • CATHERINE WEST, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Won the 1A-5A high jump with a 5-00 finish.
  • SKYLAR ESSEX, BREWBAKER TECH: Her 16-09.5 long jump in the 1A-5A final was almost a foot better than second-place Brynn Holbrook of Whitesburg Christian Academy (15-10). Holbrook won the triple jump with 35-05 effort.
  • KALEE JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: Won the small-school shot put title with a throw of 35-02.0.

Central’s Quintasia Leatherwood Passes Her Way into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight

AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY – Central-Tuscaloosa senior point guard Quintasia Leatherwood, the Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 5A Player of the Year in 2019, is proving once again that she is not just a “passing fancy.”
   The MVP of the Lady Falcons’ 2019 Class 5A state championship run last season not only leads the AHSAA in assists this season but currently leads the nation, according to AHSAA partner MaxPreps, the nation’s leading high school statistic-gathering service.
   Coach Michael Rivers’ point guard passed her way into the first AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight of the season by averaging 13.4 assists in 16 games thus far – including back-to-back games with 25 and 20 assists earlier in the year to tie the AHSAA single-game state record (20) set by Tara Tuck of Danville in 2017 and establish a new high (25).
    Leatherwood is the niece of Olympic Gold Medalist Lillie Leatherwood, who won her Gold as a member of the 4x400-meter U.S. relay team at the 1984 Games held at Los Angeles. Quintasia dished out 11 assists in Central’s 61-25 win over Demopolis last weekend as the defending state champs improved to 13-3 on the year. She had 20 assists in a 77-15 win over Paul Bryant in late November – just one day after setting the state record with 25 as Central (13-3) beat Brookwood 82-18. She has had eight or more assists in all 16 games with 10 or more in 13. She has dished out 14, 11, 15, 14, 11, 15 and 11 in the Falcons’ last seven games.
   The cat-quick guard also had 13 steals in the win over Brookwood and has had 10 steals, 10 rebounds, 25 points and nine assists in Central’s first g me of the season, a 53-18 win over Hale County. She has had 12 double-doubles this season and has just 39 turnovers (2.4 per game) while averaging 15.4 points per game. She had 809 career assists through the Demopolis win and 1,140 career points. The AHSAA all-time assist leader is Tonya Tice, who had 1,626 assists and led three different schools – Phil Campbell, Pell City and Hamilton – to state finals during a prep career that spanned 1985-91.
    According to MaxPreps this week, Leatherwood’s 13.4 average is four assists higher than her closest competition nationally. Falcons center Sakya White has been on the receiving end of Leatherwood’s passes. White is averaging 22.1 ppg has been on the receiving end of many of Leatherwood’s passes. She currently ranked fourth nationally in field-goal accuracy with 153-of-205 for 4.6%.

BROOKLYN KEMMERLIN, GENEVA: Had 17 points in the Panthers’ 62-37 win over Samson. The emotional win came in the first-on campus contest since a tragic accident on Christmas Day that took the lives of three Geneva cheerleaders. Fans were admitted free to the game, but were encouraged to donate to charities chosen by the families of the three girls.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: One of the nation’s top juniors, the 6-foot-3 center had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a 58-31 win over Ariton last week.
Striplin ranks 11th nationally in blocked shots per game (4.9), according to MaxPreps. She had 11 blocked shots in back-to-back games in December versus Elba and Dothan and had 10 steals in a win over Slocomb in December.
     Her rebounding high this season is 18 in another win over Wicksburg. She is averaging 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season and has had a double-double in all 15 games played by the Bulldogs (13-2). She is shooting 52.1% from the floor and is 62-of-80 (77.5%) at the foul line. She was 12-of-13 at the charity stripe in an earlier win over Providence Christian and was 10-of-10 with 31 points in the Bulldogs’ 66-40 win over Elba.

ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: The senior leads the AHSAA in scoring with 28.1 ppg in 10 games. She ranks 18th nationally in MaxPreps and is also leading the AHSAA in free-throw shooting (53 of 61) with 86.9%. She had 23 points in a 47-46 win over Blount in her last game in December. Her season high is 45 points in an 83-64 loss to St. Martin (LA) in an early-season game. She sank 19-of-21 free throws in that contest and now has 1,479 points in her 84-game career with the rest of her senior season remaining. Harris averaged 24.5 ppg last season.
NEELY ELLISON, COLD SPRINGS:  The senior 3-point shooting specialist is currently ranked 12th nationally with 67 treys this season in 176-3-point attempts. Her season high (9) came against Vinemont in the defending Class 2A state champion Panthers’ season-opening 68-32 win. She had eight in a win over defending 1A state champ Phillips and currently has 176 career 3-pointers in 521 tries.
   Cold Springs (17-2) currently has a 12-game win streak since suffering back-to-back losses to Susan Moore and Fairview in early December. The Panthers of Coach Tammy West led the nation last season in 3-point shooting and is currently ranked fourth this season, according to MaxPreps, with 171 out of 531 (32.0%). Cold Springs is averaging nine treys per game – with 44% of their points coming from the 3-point RC.
MIA HOLLINGSWORTH, HAMILTON: The Aggies’ 5-foot-8 eighth grader had 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-54 loss to Winfield and followed with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 69-50 win over Marion County. The double-doubles give her 15 on the season in the Aggies’ first 19 games, which ranks tied for sixth in the nation, according to MaxPreps. She had 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 61-54 loss at Pelham for her season scoring high and 14 rebounds in a 70-52 loss versus West Point.

NIAIRA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Scored 31 points, all coming in the first three quarters, to pace the Trojans (13-0) to a 55-27 win over Greenville.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Had 28 points as the Rams (18-5) beat the top-ranked team in South Carolina’s 5A division T.K. Hannah 53-44 at the B-Town Classic at Bluffton (SC). Carver finished 2-1 in the tourney. She added 21 in a 47-41 win over Columbia (FL) and had 17 in Carver’s only loss, a 51-48 setback to host Bluffton.
Finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a big area win over Lynn on Friday.
MASYN MARCHBANKS, HARTSELLE: Scored a game-high 24 points as Hartselle picked up a 59-35 win over Class 7A Florence on Friday.
AMIYA PAYNE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Totaled 20 points and eight rebounds as the Huskies (13-4), the Class 7A runner-up in 2019, beat defending Class 4A state champion Madison Academy 42-40.
CAIDYN CANNON, HOMEWOOD: Scored 17 points and cleared seven rebounds to lead the red-hot Patriots (18-1) to a 60-52 win over Pelham in the finals of the Oak Mountain Tourney.
STANTEN CUNNINGHAM, PLEASANT GROVE: Had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 62-54 overtime win over McAdory.


Robert E. Lee Point Guard Duke Miles Earns AHSAA Boys’ Basketball Spotlight

AHSAA Prep Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY – Robert E. Lee High School senior point guard Duke Miles and his Generals’ basketball teammates are a team on a mission this season  -- a journey he says that must be completed one game at a time.
    So far this season, unbeaten Lee (18-0) is on the right path.
Miles had 14 points in a 72-62 win over Thompson on January 4 and scored 16 in the Generals’ first Class 7A, Area 3 win of the season the night before beating Jeff Davis 63-48 to lead Lee to the AHSAA’s first Boys’ Basketball Spotlight of the 2019-20 season.
     Generals Coach
Bryant Johnson says the trip has been a good one so far but Lee still has plenty of important games still ahead. Miles nods his head in agreement – Like a return to Enterprise on Friday night where Lee lost its only area game last season en route to a 29-4 record, Southeast Regional championship and a state tourney semifinal appearance.
    That team lost a tough one to Mountain Brook 59-48 in the semis. Ten seniors from Lee’s squad are gone, but their quarterback
Miles is back and more determined than ever.
    “We have 10 seniors on this team too,”
Miles said.
    Lee and Enterprise met again last season in the area tournament and again in the Southeast Regional finals. Two Area 3 games remain. The Generals also have an area game at home against Prattville next Tuesday and play the Lions at their place tonight.
Miles can score with the best of them – but loves watching his passes wind up as slam dunks by his strong, physical post players inside.
      “We love to play defense,” he said. “That’s the main reason we are still undefeated.”
Miles and his teammates edged out three other top performances turned in by a trio of exciting scoring machines. Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane, Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley ranked 1-2-5 in the nation’s prep scoring leaders according to MaxPreps, the AHSAA’s statistics partner which collects data from schools across the nation.
Murr scored 22 of his game-high 45 points in the fourth quarter as Lindsay Lane picked up an 81-77 win over Class 4A North Jackson last week. That brings his total career points to 5,112 since joining the Lindsay Lane varsity as a seventh grader in the 2014-15 season. The state’s all-time leading scorer has amassed 4,270 points in 111 games played since becoming a freshman in 2016-17 – and has averaged 38.5 points per game during that span.
    Murr set the AHSAA single-season scoring mark last year with 1,442 points in 32 games. His current 45.1 points per game average this season leads the nation in scoring, according to MaxPreps. He led the nation in scoring as a sophomore as well – clipping 45.1 per game. He has scored 902 points in 20 games this season for the Lions with 51 in a 74-69 win over Lexington and 60 in an 83-72 loss to R.A. Hubbard.
   He is shooting 86.9% from the foul line this season (233-of-268) and was 18-of-18 versus North Jackson on Jan. 2 in an 81-77 win. He was 24-of-30 in the win over Lexington and 15-of-15 in a season-opening 84-72 loss to Belgreen.
     MaxPreps lists three AHSAA players in the nation’s top five scorers with Jerddarian Davison of Calhoun second at 42.4 ppg in nine games and Kam Woods of Pinson Valley listed fifth averaging 35.8 ppg for the defending Class 6A state champion Indians (15-3).
   Davison, a junior, had a career high 54 points in a 78-75 win over Autaugaville in early December. Calhoun beat Murr and Lindsay Lane in a game played at Columbia High School in Huntsville on December 7 81-67. He had 47 points and Murr had 45.
   Woods, last season’s Class 6A State Tourney MVP, had 48 points in a 92-58 win over Jefferson Davis, 52 in wins over Gadsden City (81-64) and Midfield (83-49) and 49 in the WKY Hoops Classic at Princeton (KY) 84-82 win over North Little Rock (AR). Woods nailed a game-winning three-pointer in the first game for the Indians (15-3).
   Another player, Russ Marr of North Sand Mountain, had the top single game in the AHSAA this season with 62 points in a 104-99 win over Sylvania in the second game of the season on Nov. 29. He is averaging 28.9 ppg.
     North Sand Mountain’s Thundering Herd (9-5) is ranked second in the nation in charges taken – with an average of 5.3 per game (74 total). Lakeland County (GA) is the national leader with 5.5 per game.

Other Boys’ Highlights:
JADARIOUS BLACKSHIRE, EUFAULA: Was 7-of-12 from the field and finished with 18 points as Eufaula (12-5) beat Enterprise 59-34 to win the Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic championship for the second year in a row. The Tigers’ defense allowed 34 points or less in each of their four wins to finish 4-0 in the tourney.
COLBY JONES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (19-1), currently ranked seventh in the nation by MaxPreps, win two regular-season games and the Arby’s Classic tourney title at North Mecklenburg (NC). He earned MVP honors at the tourney with 29 points against the host school in s 77-66 win and scored 30 in a 59-50 win over powerful Hoover to close out the week.

COLLINS McCLINTOCK, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Sank a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 53-50 win over G.W. Long. He finished with 10 points.
BRODY PEEBLES, HARTSELLE: His 33 points led the Tigers to a 72-48 win over Class 7A Florence.
CHARLIE MORRISON, LINDSAY LANE: Sank eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points in an 81-77 win over North Jackson last week.
JUSTIN BUFFORD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Scored 28 points in a 79-59 win over LAMP for the Knights (15-3). He also had 13 in a win over Winter Park (FL), 20 in a 73-35 win over Blount (TN) in a tournament at Freeport, FL.
CHRISTIAN LEWIS, PLEASANT GROVE: Had 21 points in the finals of the Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Christmas Classic as the Spartans (8-2) downed Van Buren (TN) 63-55 to claim the title.
CHANEY JOHNSON, THOMPSON: Had 25 points in a 92-87 win over North Laurel (KY) in the final game of the Rock Holiday Classic at Orlando.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a school-record 13 assists in a 65-37 win over Clay-Chalkville in a regular-season game and scored 18 points with five assists in a 51-52 win by the Eagles (12-7) over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Homewood Metro Tourney.
JOSH HARRINGTON, SPAIN PARK: Had 16 points in three Metro Tourney wins as the Jags won the tourney held at Homewood.

WILLIAM NORRELL, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 16 points, eight in the final period, to lead the Eagles (9-5) to their eighth win in their last nine outings beating Prattville Christian 53-51.
JAVIER WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Tallied 25 points to lead the Jaguars past Abbeville 73-53.