Tuesday, January 21, 2020






Vestavia Hills Downs Oak Mountain in Finals To Win the AHSAA Class 7A Duals Tournament

   BIRMINGHAM – Vestavia Hills High School downed Oak Mountain 47-19 Saturday afternoon to capture AHSAA Class 7A State Wrestling Duals Tournament at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
    Defending state 220-pound champion James Edwards (32-0) won his match with a pin in 27 seconds to extend his current match winning streak to 35 in a row for Rebels Coach Monterrious Adams, who replaced retired Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh this season. Edwards’ fall was one of four for 29-Vestavia Hills, 18-2 in dual matches this season.
      Nathaniel Nailen (26-16) won by pin at 126 pounds, Zachary Nelson (12-2) at 170 pounds and Rob Barrentine (29-12) at 182 pounds. Edwards’ twin brother Jacob won his 285-pound match by forfeit.
      Coach Steve Burrough’s Eagles (13-3) notched one pin with 106-pound freshman Sullivan Tipton (23-8) winning the final match of the bout. Oak Mountain posted five wins among the 14 matches but forfeited two matches (120 and 285 pounds).
     Perhaps the most exciting match of the day was sophomore Peter Dazzio’s 1-0 victory over Oak Mountain senior Carson Lester in the 138-pound finals.
    The AHSAA traditional Wrestling Championships, where schools compete by individual weight class pools, get underway Feb. 10-11 with the North and South Super Sectional Championships at Birmingham and Montgomery. The 62nd annual State Championships will be held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Feb. 16-18. Defending champions include the Rebels (7A), Arab (6A) and Leeds (1A/5A). The Knights of Coach Michael Pruitt dropped to Class 5A this school year and will be competing in the 1A/5A division. Arab won the 1A/5A Duals Friday. Oxford won the 6A duals title Saturday.
    Complete results from Saturday’s Class 6A finals:

AHSAA Class 6A Dual Finals
Vestavia Hills (18-2) 47, Oak Mountain (13-3) 19
106 pounds: 
Sullivan Tipton (OM) (23-8) pinned Bryant Segars (VH) (27-16), 5:35.  
113 pounds:  
Cole Thomas (OM) (18-6) dec. Crett Jones (VH) (14-19), 7-2.
120 pounds: 
Alex Thomas (VH) (16-2) won by forfeit.
126 pounds:  
Nathaniel Nailen (VH) (26-16) pinned Cole Burrough (OM) (1-3), 3:10.
132 pounds:  Blake Randle (OM) (33-4) major dec. Murphy McCallum (VH) (29-12), 11-3.
138 pounds:
 Peter Dazzio (VH) (32-7) dec. Carson Lester (OM) (21-8), 1-0.
145 pounds:
Jack Stoves (VH) (32-4) dec. Brett Cruce (OM) (7-6), 11-3.
152 pounds: 
Spencer Haddock (VH) (16-2) major dec. Ming Yu Lee (OM) (32-11), 13-2.
160 pounds:
Barrett Blakely (OM) (36-3) dec. Bowman Hill (VH) (29-7), 10-3.
170 pounds:  
Zachary Nelson (VH) (12-2) pinned Justin Evans (OM) (22-5), 2:16.
182 pounds:
Rob Barrentine (VH) (29-12) pinned Jaylon Gaines (OM) (5-3), 2:32.
195 pounds:
Jordan Davis (OM) (22-17) dec. Will White (VH) (10-17), 8-2.
220 pounds:
James Edwards (VH) (32-0) pinned Carter Owens (OM) (9-21), 0:27.
285 pounds:
Jacob Edwards (VH) (36-2) won by forfeit.

Oxford Beats Southside 40-24 to Win 6A AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament

BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School won nine of the 14 matches Saturday to beat Southside-Gadsden 40-24 in the finals of the AHSAA State Wrestling Duals Tournament at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets, 22-15 in dual matches this season, managed four pins while Southside had two victories by fall. The Panthers are coached by Kristopher Bouton.
    Junior Jackson Hurst (27-20) won by pin at 132 pounds with the other Oxford pins registered by junior Matt King (48-4) at 170 pounds, junior Matthew Muncher (28-21) at 220 pounds and sophomore Clay Webb (43-1) at 285 pounds.
     Southside pins were posted by seniors Sam Colvin in the 145-pound match and Landon Thompson (60-2) at 160 pounds
     Oxford picked up nine wins in the 14 matches. Winning by pins were senior Will Spencer (41-4) at 160 pounds, senior Ian Scott (46-2) at 195 pounds, junior Jack Tindall (42-5) at 220 pounds and senior Michael Weaver (34-8) at 170 pounds Moody (43-11), coached by J.T. Gosnell, picked up two pins – by  senior Will Patterson (38-5) at 120 pounds and senior Steven Porter (38-18) at 285 pounds.
    The 2017 AHSAA Wrestling Duals close out Saturday afternoon with Vestavia Hills meeting Oak Mountain in the Class 7A finals match at 4 p.m.
    Complete results from Saturday’s Class 6A finals:

AHSAA Class 6A Dual Finals
Oxford 40, Southside-Gadsden 24
106 pounds:
. Andrew Smith (SS) (58-3) dec. Chase Hicks (O) (51-18), 11-2.
113 pounds:  
Landon Burrage (O) (51-15) dec. Jacob Dease (SS) (31-16), 8-4.
120 pounds: 
Jacob Chisolm (O) (35-18) dec. Dathan Finley (SS) (29-23), 4-2.
126 pounds:  
Jacob Smith (SS) (57-4) dec. Wesley Slick (O) (20-7), 15-5.
132 pounds:  Jackson Hurst (O) (27-20) pinned Dakota Roddick (SS) (36-16), 3:24.
138 pounds:
Colin Edwards (SS) (9-10) major dec. Carson Lindsey (O) (36-23), 15-3.
145 pounds:
Sam Colvin (SS) (54-3)  pinned Kendrick Young (O) (3-1), 1:22.
152 pounds: Gryce McDaniel (O) (35-19) dec. Kale Venn (SS) (36-18), 4-3.
160 pounds:
Landon Thompson (SS) (60-2) pinned Andrew Boyles (O) (32-14), 3:06.
170 pounds:
Matt King (O) (48-4) pinned Jacob Hollingsworth (SS) (34-20), 1:05.
182 pounds:
Jack Peavey (O) (43-3) dec. Ethan Stevenson (SS) (43-24), 18-8.
195 pounds:
Joshua Thomas (O) (16-12) dec. Austin Daugherty (SS) (32-30), 8-4.
220 pounds: Matthew Muncher (O) (28-21) pinned Tyler Farris (SS) (17-33), 1:08.
285 pounds:
Clay Webb (O) (43-1) pinned Taylor Chappell (SS) (20-36), 0:18

Cunningham Sets National Prep Indoor Record in 60-Meter Hurdles

     Birmingham – Winfield High School senior Trey Cunningham clocked ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.49 seconds Friday night to best the existing national high school record by almost 4/100ths of a second.
    Cunningham’s record time came as he competed in the Last Chance Indoor Track and Field Meet Friday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    The previous record (7.53 seconds) was set in 2016 by Grant Holloway of Chesapeake (VA) in a meet at New York City.
    Cunningham set 1A/3A state-meet marks in the AHSAA Indoor Championships last season in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

Arab Claims AHSAA Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals Title with 43-19 Victory over Moody

BIRMINGHAM – Arab (39-2) had four pins as Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights beat Moody 43-19 Friday night at the CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena in the championship match of the first-ever AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament.
    The Knights picked up nine wins in the 14 matches. Winning by pins were senior Will Spencer (41-4) at 160 pounds, senior Ian Scott (46-2) at 195 pounds, junior Jack Tindall (42-5) at 220 pounds and senior Michael Weaver (34-8) at 170 pounds Moody (53-11), coached by J.T. Gosnell, picked up two pins – by  senior Will Patterson (38-5) at 120 pounds and senior Steven Porter (38-18) at 285 pounds.
    The 2017 AHSAA Wrestling Duals continue Saturday at Bill Harris Arena with Oxford meeting Southside-Gadsden at 1 p.m. in the Class 6A finals and Oak Mountain taking on Vestavia Hills in the Class 7A championship match at 4 p.m.
    Complete results from Friday’s 1A/5A finals:

AHSAA Class 1A/5A Dual Finals
Arab 43, Moody 19
106 pounds:
Joseph Martin (A) (43-1) dec. Cory Land (M) (35-9), 12-0.
113 pounds:
Dakota Collins (M) (45-6) dec. Stephen Williams (M) (30-7), 9-2.
120 pounds:
Will Patterson (M) (38-5) pinned Garrett McClendon (A) (44-7), 5:39.
126 pounds:
Peyton Weber (A) (14-4) dec. D’Shawn Skinner (M) (38-8), 8-4.
132 pounds:
Michael Land (M) (41-2) dec. Seth Hyatt (A) (40-8), 15-4.
138 pounds:
Clay Jones (A) (45-2) dec. Rashad Clark (M) (32-13) 3.
145 pounds:
Dustin Davis (M) (23-20) dec. Stephen Schmitt (A) (21-12), 7-3.
152 pounds: Patrick Harden (A) (40-10) dec. Daniel Vasquez (M) (32-18), 8-5.
160 pounds:
Will Spencer (A) (41-4) pinned LaDarrius Fitts (M) (14-18), 1:01.
170 pounds:
Michael Weaver (A) (34-8) pinned Joey Pierson (M) (10-24), 1:44.
182 pounds:
Dalton Satterfield (A) (15-7) d. Brady Price (M) (31-19), 8-2.
195 pounds:
Ian Scott (A) (46-2) pinned Zachary Nold (M) (24-13), 2:39.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall (A) (42-5) pinned Christopher Tice (M) (23-8), 2:14.
285 pounds:
Steven Porter (M) (38-18) pinned Hunter Alexander (A) (43-9), 2:26.

Spain Park Boys, Southside-Gadsden Girls Claim AHSAA State Bowling Titles

    PELHAM – Spain Park High School’s boys posted a 1,036 in the championship match Friday to beat rival Vestavia Hills 1,036-899 and won the Jaguars’ second straight AHSAA State Bowling championship at Oak Mountain Lanes.
   Southside-Gadsden swept the girls’ competition with four straight wins Friday. Coach Zach Blume’s Panthers downed Hartselle 806-647 in the finals as Southside captured its first state title. The AHSAA bowling program completed its second year as a championship sport.
    Southside’s lineup in the finals consisted of Cheyanne Bohannon, Grace Ann Clontz, Jennifer Clontz, Emily Garmon, Ashlee Hull, Jakiia Mostella and Selena Smith. The Panthers posted scores of 156, 200, 161, 142 and 147 for its 806 total in the finals. The champions also defeated Etowah 815-796 in the semifinals, defending champion Sparkman 810-703 in the quarterfinals and Foley 712-521 in the first round. Each match consisted of five Baker Format games.
    Hartselle beat Gulf Shores 700-684 in the first round, Vestavia Hills 755-707 in the quarterfinals and top seed Thompson 832-731 in the semifinals. Coach Tanya Lybarger’s lineup included Kailee Adcock, Callie Burks, Emily Clemons, Crabs Compton, Emily Cowart, Brooklyn Hamblin, Katie Henry and Reagan Martin.
    The closest match of the girls’ competition was Thompson’s second-round win over Spain Park in the second round, 712 to 711. The top individual game of the girls’ competition was Southside’s 200 in the second game of the final match.
Spain Park Repeats as AHSAA Boys’ Champs
Coach C.J. Hawkins’ Jaguars averaged 987.25 pins per match while posting a 4-0 record on the final day Friday.  Her lineup of Ryan Caraway, Tucker Contormo, Brady Cooper, Devin Dowdle, Andrew Harris, Jalen Johnson, Matthew Plexico and Wyatt Lumsden posted a final-match total of 237-133-197-258-211 for their 1,036 total. Spain Park beat Vestavia Hills, which averaged 989.25 for the day, had rounds of 1,050, 1,005 and 1,003 prior to the finals.
    Spain Park also beat Indian Springs 1,002-755 in the first round, Grissom, 889-820 in the quarterfinals, Hewitt-Trussville 1,022-927 in the semifinals. Vestavia, coached by Debra Broome, listed Barrett Blackwood, Will Evans, Sam Lawhorn, Boris Lu, Mason Maners, Cameron Monistere, Beau Reed and Travis Saunders.
    Hewitt-Trussville had the high game of the day with a 267 in its first-round 1,010-807 win over Mary Montgomery in the first round. Vestavia Hills also bowled a 256 in its first-round win over Northview and a 243 in its second-round win over Thompson. Spain Park’s 258 in the fourth game of the finals was the Jags’ best game and the second highest total for the boys on the day.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Championship Match
Southside-Gadsden 806, Hartselle 647
Hartselle 832, Thompson 731
Southside-Gadsden 815, Etowah 796
Thompson 712, Spain Park 711
Hartselle 755, Vestavia Hills 707
Etowah 793, James Clemens 693
Southside-Gadsden 810, Sparkman 703
First Round
Thompson 734,  Lamar County 493
Spain Park 712, Capitol School 607
Vestavia Hills 684, Auburn 621
Hartselle 700, Gulf Shores 684
Etowah 750, Pelham 640
James Clemens 696, Mary Montgomery 637
Sparkman 670, Pinson Valley 629
Southside-Gadsden 712, Foley 521

Championship Match
Spain Park 1,036, Vestavia Hills 899
Vestavia Hills 1,003, East Limestone 940
Spain Park 1,022, Hewitt-Trussville 927
Vestavia Hills 1,005, Thompson 896
East Limestone 1,014, Stanhope Elmore 836
Hewitt-Trussville 932, James Clemens 788
Spain Park 889, Grissom 820
First Round
Vestavia Hills 1,050, Northview 638
Thompson 935, Auburn 771
Stanhope Elmore 877, Gadsden City 713
East Limestone 785, Etowah 713
James Clemens 832, Madison County 740
Hewitt-Trussville 1,010, Mary Montgomery 807
Grissom 942, Lincoln 813
Spain Park 1,002, Indian Springs 755

Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome To Host AHSAA Central Regional Feb. 16-22

    MONTGOMERY -- Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, announced Friday that the AHSAA 2017 Central Regional Basketball Tournament planned to be played at Garrett Coliseum has been re-scheduled for Alabama State University’s 7,400-seat Dunn-Oliver Acadome Feb. 16-22.
    Alabama State has hosted the tournament annually since 2007. The tournament was tentatively moved to Garrett Coliseum last fall when ASU informed the AHSAA it was unsure it could host the event this year. However, the ASU administration worked out the details and a new three-year contract to remain at ASU has been finalized.
      “We appreciate Alabama State University’s administration for its commitment to hosting this and other AHSAA events,” Savarese said. “We also thank Garrett Coliseum’s board and administration for providing an alternative site in Montgomery.  We look forward to working with ASU, the City of Montgomery and Garrett Coliseum in the future as we continue to strive to provide quality championship sports venues for our schools and student-athletes.”
    The Central Regional basketball tournament is one of four regional tournaments held annually since the AHSAA implemented regional playoff format in 1994. Other sites are: Dothan (South), Jacksonville State University (Northeast) and Wallace-Hanceville Community College (Northwest).
     Fifty-six teams, 28 boys’ and 28 girls’ teams, compete in the seven-classification event with each division’s winner advancing to the AHSAA State Finals Tournament held at the BJCC-Legacy Arena in Birmingham. The 2017 state tourney will be Feb. 27-March 4.
     The Central Regional has been held at just two sites since its inception in 1994. ASU hosted the first year in 1994 when it was the Southeastern Regional. It moved to Troy University’s Sartain Hall from 1995-2007. The AHSAA renamed the tournament the Central Regional when it moved back to Montgomery and the Acadome in 2007.

History of AHSAA Central Regional
1994 – Alabama State University – Southeastern Regional
1995 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1996 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1997 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1998 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
1999 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2000 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2001 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2002 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2003 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2004 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2005 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2006 – Troy University – Southeastern Regional
2007 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2008 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2009 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2010 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2011 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2012 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2013 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2014 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2015 – Alabama State University – Central Regional
2016 – Alabama State University – Central Regional

Vestavia Boys, Thompson Girls Capture Top Seeds in First Round Thursday AHSAA Bowling Tourney Championship Bracket Set for Friday’s Final Round

  PELHAM – Vestavia Hills High School’s boys bowled a 3,014 pin total in the first day’s traditional bowling round of the AHSAA State Bowling Championships Thursday to take a top seed into Friday’s championship bracket round of play. Thompson earned top seed in the girls’ competition with a 2,396 total. Both totals are new traditional series team state tournament records.
    Schools bowled Thursday for seeding purposes – setting the stage for a 16-team dual match single elimination bracket in the final day of competition at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Friday.
    The second annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships saw team scores soar to new heights with five schools surpassing last year’s record-setting first-day series of 2,713 bowled by Stanhope Elmore. Each team, consisting of five players, bowled three rounds of traditional three-game series. The Rebels posted a 992-985-1,037—3,014 series. The third-round total also broke the record of 1,024 set by Mary Montgomery in 2016. East Limestone also surpassed last year’s total with a 1,032 score in the third round Thursday. The Indians had a team total of 2,786 and joined Spain Park (2,857), James Clemens (2,788) and Stanhope Elmore (2,753) is eclipsed last year’s series overall record.
    Vestavia Hills will face Northview in the first round Friday morning. Second seed and defending state champion Spain Park will meet Indian Springs. A total of eight first-round games will be followed with for quarterfinal matches, two semifinals and the finals in each division, set for 5 p.m.
   East Limestone’s Brendan Ferris rolled a 262-227-222—711 series to set a new boys’ tradition series state tournament record Thursday. His 262 game in the first round was the second highest boys’ single-game total of the day. Christian Dobbs of Etowah had the best game, a 277 rolled in game three, but finished 11th overall with a 595 series. Zachary Ward of Stanhope Elmore finished second behind Ferris in the individual scoring with a 213-214-246—673 total. Brett Kilgore of Grissom was third at 211-203-236—650.
Lady Warriors Roll to Top Seed
      Thompson, the South Regional tournament girls’ champion in 2016 and 2017, led the girls’ team scoring by 198 pins over Southside-Gadsden, the 2017 North Regional champion. The Lady Warrior posted scores of 839-733-819—2,396 while Southside’s total was 716-761-721—2,198.
    Thompson, which set a single-round record with the 839 total, will open the championship bracket Friday morning against Lamar County. Southside’s Panthers, the second seed, will meet Foley in the first round. Defending girls’ state champ Sparkman posted a 2,059 total and will be seventh seed Friday.
     Macy Fields of Tuscaloosa’s Capitol School bowled 195-179-212—586 to lead the girls’ individual competition Thursday. Teammates Jessica Lynn Sherman and Alexianna Griffin of Thompson posted series of 518 and 509 to finish 2-3 behind Fields.
     Fields’ 212 game in the third round was the high for the girls. Thompson’s Katie Keener had a 200 in the first round for the only other 200-plus game of the day in the girls’ competition.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
(Each match consists of 5 Baker Format games)
First Round, 8 a.m.; Finals set for 5 p.m.
Thompson (top seed) vs. Lamar County
Spain Park vs. Capitol School
Vestavia Hills vs. Auburn
Gulf Shores vs. Hartselle
Etowah vs. Pelham
James Clemens vs. Mary Montgomery
Sparkman vs. Pinson Valley
Foley vs. Southside-Gadsden (second seed)
Vestavia Hills (top seed) vs. Northview
Auburn vs. Thompson
Stanhope Elmore vs. Gadsden City
Etowah vs. East Limestone
James Clemens vs. Madison County
Mary Montgomery vs. Hewitt-Trussville
Grissom vs. Lincoln
Indian Springs vs. Spain Park (second seed)

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Thursday’s Results (Traditional Series)
Team Scoring
Thompson                       839-733-819—2,396
Southside-Gadsden         716-761-721—2,198
Etowah                            772-733-690—2,195
Hartselle                          789-639-666—2,094
Vestavia Hills                   697-733-658—2,088
Mary Montgomery         739-710-626—2,075
Sparkman                        657-723-679—2,059
Spain Park                       706-693-647—2,046
Capitol School                 698-688-643—2,029
Pinson Valley                   592-697-729—2,018
James Clemens               666-693-600—2,011
Auburn                             582-764-642—1,978
Gulf Shores                      594-671-643—1,908
Pelham                             637-644-601—1,882
Foley                                646-584-601—1,831
Lamar County                  557-511-605—1,673

Team Scoring
Vestavia Hills                   992-985-1037—3,014
Spain Park                       939-941-977—2,857
James Clemens               942-963-883—2,788
East Limestone                918-836-1032—2,786
Stanhope Elmore            901-923-929—2,753
Hewitt-Trussville             765-897-917—2,579
Grissom                            795-885-878—2,558
Auburn                             781-890-837—2,508
Thompson                        816-889-763—2,468
Lincoln                             885-781-749—2,415
Mary Montgomery         772-790-844—2,406
Gadsden City                   831-778-795—2,404
Etowah                            757-756-852—2,365
Madison County             768-723-850—2,341
Indian Springs                 751-690-775—2,216
Northview                       569-860-666—2,095

Girls’ Series (Top 15)
Macy Fields, Capitol School                       195-179-212—586
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson            180-156-182—518
Alexianna Griffin, Thompson                     168-181-160—509
Jessica Clontz, Southside-Gadsden           167-173-167—507
Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park         163-163-175—501
Kailie Kruszewski, Mary Montgomery      171-165-159—495
TK Gibbs, Etowah                                       142-167-178—487
Katie Keener, Thompson                           200-125-160—485
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman                          169-157-150—476
Emily Cowart, Hartselle                             182-168-125—475
Lexi Gibbs, Etowah                                     174-133-161—468
Jenny Kim, Auburn                                     153-185-127—465
Ruth Adams, Auburn                                 114-168-178—460
Emily Jane Hardy, Vestavia Hills               147-166-146—459
Hayley Bedingfield, James Clemens         181-142-135—458

Girls’ High Games
Round 1
Katie Keener, Thompson                           200
Macy Fields, Capitol School                       195
Brittany Guy, Foley                                    191
Emily Cowart, Hartselle                             182
Hayley Bedingfield, J. Clemens                 181
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson            180
Round 2
Jackie Beard, Sparkman                             189
Jenny Kim, Auburn                                     185
Alexianna Griffin, Thompson                     181
Shaley Smith, James Clemens                   180
Macy Fields, Capitol School                       179
Camille Mask, M Montgomery                 175
Round 3
Macy Fields, Capitol School                       212
Jessica Lynn Sherman, Thompson            182
TK Gibbs, Etowah                                       178
Ruth Adams, Auburn                                 178
Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park         175
Gillian Baker, Thompson                            170


Boys’ Series (Top 15)
Brendan Ferris, East Limestone                262-227-222—711
Zachary Ward, Stanhope Elmore              213-214-246—673
Brett Kilgore, Grissom                                211-203-236—650
Dan Zhang, Auburn                                    216-242-176—634
Sam Lawton, Vestavia Hills                       213-199-214—626
Andrew Harris, Spain Park                        213-153-247—613
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills                          227-156-227—610
James Roberts, James Clemens                219-191-192—602
Travis Saunders, Vestavia Hills                 206-202-190—598
Michael Kosinski, James Clemens             158-257-183—598
Christian Dobbs, Etowah                           169-149-277—595
Caleb Farmer, Thompson                          186-225-183—594
Mason Maners, Vestavia Hills                   200-206-182—588
Joshua Wilson, Stanhope Elmore             208-200-178—586
Tyler Fannin, Mary Montgomery              214-188-182—584

Boys’ High Games
Round 1
Brendan Ferris, East Limestone                262
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills                          227
Devin Morgan, Lincoln                               223
Seth Perry, Gadsden City                          220
Luca Connor, James Clemens                    219
Dan Zhang, Auburn                                    216
Round 2
Michael Kosinski, James Clemens             257
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Trussville            246
Dan Zhang, Auburn                                    242
Jalen Johnson, Spain Park                         228
Brendan Ferris, East Limestone                227
Caleb Farner, Thompson                           225
Round 3
Christian Dobbs, Etowah                           277
Andrew Harris, Spain Park                        247
Zachary Ward, Stanhope Elmore              246
Daniel Torres, East Limestone                   246
Brett Kilgore, Grissom                                236
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills                          227

Coach Jack Doss Records 800th Win As Mae Jemison beats Lee 68-37

   Mae Jemison downed Lee-Huntsville 68-37 Friday night and handed Coach Jack Doss another milestone win in his prep basketball coaching career – now in its 37th year.  John Petty scored 17 points as Doss’s Jaguars (22-4) recorded Doss’s 800th career win.
   Doss, who guided J.O. Johnson to the Class 5A state championship last season to become the only boys’ basketball coach in the AHSAA to lead teams to nine state titles, is now 800-329 overall. Johnson became Mae Jemison this school year.
    Doss won two state  titles at Hayes High School in Birmingham, five at Butler High School in Huntsville and two at J.O. Johnson. Hayes is now a middle school and Butler is now closed. He is the fourth boys’ coach in AHSAA history to win 800 games. Eugene Mason of R.C. Hatch closed his career with 919 wins, Cap Brown of Parker won 890 and Willie Scoggins of Ramsay won 864.
     Mason, Brown and Scoggins are now deceased. Including Doss, all four are in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

AHSAA Mourns Death of Spanish Fort Coach Thad Akins

   The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Spanish Fort High School coach and teacher Thad Akins. He died Thursday as a result of an automobile accident on I-65 near Fort Deposit.
       “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are heartbroken and also send our deepest condolences and prayers the entire Spanish Fort community.”
     Mr. Akins, 43, served as the girls varsity basketball coach, was an assistant baseball and football coach at Spanish Fort.
     Funeral arrangements are currently unavailable.
   Read Ben Thomas’ story on www.al.com  at the following link: http://highschoolsports.al.com/news/article/6534124941420743741/colleagues-friends-remember-spanish-fort-girls-basketball-coach-thad-akins-as-a-true-toro-at-heart/

Thompson, Stanhope Elmore Claim South Regional Bowling Titles; Southside-Gadsden and James Clemens Win North Championships

   Thompson High School’s Lady Warriors, coached by Chris Hollingsworth, won four matches Friday in the South Regional Bowling championship bracket at Foley’s Gulf Bowl to claim the regional title for the second year in a row. All matches consisted of five Baker format games.
      Stanhope Elmore also won the South Regional boys’ bowling championship for the second year in a row. Capturing North Regional tourney titles at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes were Southside-Gadsden’s girls and James Clemens’ boys. James Clemens swept both the boys’ and girls’ regional championships last season.
      The top eight girls’ teams and top eight boys’ teams in Friday’s championship elimination bracket from each regional advanced to earn a berth in the second annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships set for Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 26-27.  Defending state champions are Spain Park’s boys and Sparkman’s girls. Both are among the qualifiers from regional tourney competition.
     Thompson beat Shelby County rival Pelham 741 to 615 in the South girls’ finals Friday.  Thompson also beat Houston Academy, Foley and Vestavia Hills to reach the championship match. Pelham downed Spanish Fort, Mary Montgomery and Spain Park to advance to the finals.
    Coach Dawn Kelly’s Stanhope Elmore Mustangs posted a 928 total in the finals, and Auburn had 859.
   Southside-Gadsden, coached by Zach Blume, won a close match over defending North Regional champion James Clemens in the North girls’ finals, 784 to 757. In the North Regional boy’s finals, James Clemens, coached by Anthony Pickard, won 947 to 776 over Etowah.
    The closest match of the day was the North boys’ quarterfinal win by Lincoln, which posted a two-pin victory over East Limestone, 892-890.
    Top team scores for the day at the South Regional were Vestavia Hills’ 824 pins in a first-round girls’ win over Satsuma, and Vestavia Hills’ 986 in its first-round boys’ win, also over Satsuma. In the North Regional, top match score for the girls was Etowah’s 797 in a quarterfinal win over Pinson Valley. The best boys’ match total was James Clemens’ 947 in the finals.
    Teams qualifying for the state tournament next week include:
Thompson; Pelham; Vestavia Hills; Spain Park; Auburn; Foley; Gulf Shores; Mary Montgomery.
(North)  Southside-Gadsden; Etowah; Sparkman; James Clemens; Capitol School; Lamar County; Hartselle; Pinson Valley.
Stanhope Elmore; Auburn; Thompson;  Spain Park; Indian Springs; Mary Montgomery; Northview; Vestavia Hills.
James Clemens; Etowah; Lincoln; Gadsden City; East Limestone; Grissom; Hewitt-Trussville; Madison County.

Championship Bracket Results

Thompson 741, Pelham 615
Thompson 765, Vestavia Hills 709
Pelham 746, Spain Park 711
Thompson 703, Foley 564
Vestavia Hills 717, Gulf Shores 681
Pelham 750, Mary Montgomery 643
Spain Park 789, Auburn 693
First Round
Thompson 711, Houston Academy 506
Foley 605, Baker 592
Vestavia Hills 824, Satsuma 659
Gulf Shores 736, Beauregard 707
Mary Montgomery 582, Northview 468
Pelham 723, Spanish Fort 608
Auburn 705, UMS-Wright 607
Spain Park 639, McGill-Toolen Catholic 592

Stanhope Elmore 928, Auburn 859
Auburn 865, Spain Park 848
Stanhope Elmore 821, Thompson 776
Auburn 927, Vestavia Hills 902
Spain Park 932, Northview 727
Stanhope Elmore 899, Mary Montgomery 818
Thompson 766, Indian Springs 640
First Round
Vestavia Hills 986, Satsuma 571
Auburn 824, UMS-Wright 613
Spain Park 946, Fairhope 690
Northview 820, Daphne 795
Stanhope Elmore 881, McGill-Toolen Catholic 713
Mary Montgomery 895, Spanish Fort 583
Indian Springs 782, Baker 748
Thompson 853, Houston Academy 667

Championship Bracket Results

Southside-Gadsden 784, James Clemens 757
Southside-Gadsden 788, Sparkman 705
James Clemens 763, Etowah 641
Southside-Gadsden 773, Lamar County 504
Sparkman 677, Hartselle 641
James Clemens 706, Capitol School 632
Etowah 797, Pinson Valley 577
First Round
Southside-Gadsden 728, East Limestone 534
Lamar County 583, Hewitt-Trussville 572
Hartselle 565, Huntsville 517
Sparkman 677, Lincoln 555
James Clemens 703, Ramsay 616
Capitol School 655, Pleasant Grove 617
Pinson Valley 680, Gardendale 596
Etowah 768, Randolph 591

James Clemens 947, Etowah 776
Etowah 829, Lincoln 824
James Clemens 854, Gadsden City 764
Etowah 924, Grissom 829
Lincoln 892, East Limestone 890
Gadsden City 902, Hewitt-Trussville 885
James Clemens 897, Madison County 778
First Round
Grissom 920, Ramsay 683
Etowah 834, Huntsville 808
Lincoln 798, Gardendale 758
East Limestone 863, Huffman 668
Gadsden City 788, American Christian 782
Hewitt-Trussville 858, Hartselle 818
Madison County 746, Capitol School 743
James Clemens 930, Northridge 653