Saturday, December 07, 2019






AHSAA Central Board Approves Fall Sports Financial Reports

   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the financial reports for all fall sports at Wednesday’s annual Winter Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
   The Board approved reports for the Super 7 football championships, volleyball, cross country and swimming and approved the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game financial report as well. The game was played at Hattiesburg (MS) last December.
       The Central Board reviewed legislative proposals that were submitted in January by member schools prior to the board meeting.  The AHSAA Legislative Council will vote on the proposals at April’s Legislative Council meeting. Schools are being surveyed this month for their input.

        In other Central Board action:
        -- Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).
        -- Approved expenses for the upcoming 2017 State Basketball Tournament.
        -- Heard a presentation from St. Paul’s Episcopal     
        -- Was updated concerning NFHS E-Sports 

Northside’s King, Homewood’s Griffin Shine at Last Chance Meet Tune-Up

    MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
    Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
    A total of 72 girls’ teams and 77 boys’ squads competed with 23 girls’ teams and 26 boys’ teams coming from neighboring states.  Coach Devon Hind’s Hoover’s girls won the 6A/7A division championship with 75 points. Homewood was second with 65. Hind’s Bucs’ boys also won with 79.50 points. Chapel Hill (GA) was second with 67 and Smiths Station finished third with 42.
    Northside’s boys accumulated the most points (39) in the 1A/5A division and American Christian’s 26 points was the top AHSAA school finish in the 1A/5A girls’ competition.
    King won the Last Chance Invitational’s 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 1:58.60 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.56. He finished second in the 3,200 meters clocking 9:36.17. Matthew Estopinal of Randolph, who was second in the 1,600 and ninth in the 800, won the 3,200 race with a 9:23.75 time, just six seconds off the CrossPlex all-time record. King won the AHSAA Class 4A/5A 800-meters indoor state championship in 2017, finished second in the 1,600 meters and fifth in the 3,200 meters. All of his times at the Last Chance meet bettered his state meet times of a year ago.
   Griffin captured the 60-meter hurdles in the Last Chance Invitational’s Class 6A/7A division clocking 8.73 seconds last weekend to nip Michelle Nkoudou of Hoover by 1/100th of a second. Griffin also finished second in the 60-meter dash to Madison (GA) Central’s Kennedi Sanders with a time of 7:58 seconds, also just 1/100th of a second behind the winner. Griffin was also clocked at 57.73 to finish third behind Lambert (GA) sprinter Jordan Smith, who set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 55.75. The Homewood standout won the Class 6A 60-meter dash at last year’s AHSAA Indoor championships and was second in the 60-meter hurdles. Both times last weekend were faster than her times in last year’s state meet as well.
    The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex with the coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions.
     Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Opelika boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) Scottsboro boys and St. Paul’s Episcopal girls; (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls.
     Montgomery Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa will be trying to build on her eight individual state indoor championships already won since 2015. She holds indoor records in her class in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She also has helped Catholic win one 4x800 relay state title. The Lady Knights will be competing once again in the 4A/5A division.
     Trey Cunningham of Winfield, now a freshman at Florida State, finished his prep career last season with 12 indoor state championships overall and state class records in the 60-meter dash and hurdles and long jump. His 60-meter hurdles time is also a high school boys’ national record.
  Other highlights from the Last Chance Invitational last weekend include:


Tossed the shot put 61 feet, 4 ¼ inches in the 1A/5A competition to set the CrossPlex all-time prep record by more than four feet. Joseph Williams of Spain Park had held the record (58-05) since 2012. His toss came in the AHSAA State Championships. 
GRAHAM COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Shattered the Last Chance Invitational and CrossPlex record in the pentathlon scoring 3,607 points. Stone Shelnutt of Hewitt-Trussville was second with a 3,118 score. The previous record (3,147) was set by Trayz Jureidini-Wyche of Alexander (GA) in 2017. Collins won the pentathlon high jump, long jump, shot put, 60-meter hurdles and was second in the 1,000-meter run.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Won the triple jump with an outstanding final leap of 48-01.
TREYVON JONES, SMITHS STATION: Won a photo-finish race in the 60-meter hurdles in the 6A/7A division over Hoover’s Hakim Ruffin with a time of 6.964 seconds. Ruffin was clocked at 6.968.
XAVIER ROGERS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Sped the 400-meter distance in 48.47 seconds to win the 6A/7A division, beating a field of 123 participants.
JALEN AIBOGUN, CENTER POINT: Beat the 84-participant field with a winning time of 8.38 seconds to claim the 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles title.
JAMES SWEENEY, VESTAVIA HILLS: Finished first in the 1,600 meters with a 4:26.98 time.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Was clocked at 9:18.91 in the 3,200 meters to win the 6A/7A division title.
JOE LEVENTRY, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.90.
CARL NESBITT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Won the 6A/7A high jump clearing 6-06.
CHRISTIAN SMITH, FAIRFIELD: Cleared 6-04 to win the 1A/5A division.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Finished first in the 6A/7A pole vault with a winning clearance of 15 feet.
WALKER JUNKIN, WINFIELD: Leaped 14 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault competition. He also accumulated 2,822 points in the pentathlon to win that event.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: Set a new Last Chance Invitational record with a time of 1:28.89 in the 6A/7A finals, eclipsing Oxford’s 1:29.03 time ran in 2016 and almost equaled the CrossPlex overall record (1:28.40) set in 2016 by Opelika in the AHS0AA State Championships.
SMITHS STATION 4X400 RELAY: The Panthers won the 6A/7A event with a time of 3:23.88.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4X200 RELAY: The Falcons clocked 1:31.99 to win the 1A/5A division. Out-of-state teams finished in the next seven spots.
SCOTTSBORO 4X800 RELAY: The Wildcats took first in the 1A/5A division with a time of 8:36.01.
Won the 800-meter run in the 1A-5A division with a winning time of 2:16.91 and the 1,600 meters clocking 4:57.89. She finished just 1.84 seconds shy of the meet overall record and was the only runner among the 51 participants in the race to run under 5:00.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Cleared 11 feet to win the 1A/5A pole vault.
RACHEL FAUCETT, PLEASANT VALLEY: Leaped 5-02.25 to win the high jump in the 1A/5A division. She also totaled 2,831 points to win the 1A/5A pentathlon.
AMBER MASON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had a winning distance of 16-08.75 to claim the 1A/5A long jump. She also tossed the shot 29-00.50 to win that event as well.
ALONIE SUTTON, SMITHS STATION: Broke her own Last Chance Meet record in the triple jump with a winning distance of 41-02.50. She set the mark in 2017 with a 40-09.75 leap but came up just short of the CrossPlex high school record of 41-05.75 set by Sutton earlier this season.
 JADE JOHNSON, NORTHRIDGE: Tied the high jump meet record set by Claire Petitt of Northridge in 2012 clearing 5-04. However, she finished second to Madison Central’s Asia Poe. The Georgia high jumper cleared 5-04 as well but won with fewer misses. Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence set the CrossPlex record (5-07) in 2016.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Leaped 17-05.25 to win the 6A/7A long jump competition.
Won the 6A/7A 800 meter in 2:15.69. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic was second with a 2:16.05 finish.
ANNA BALZLI, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Clocked 5:05.88 to win the 1,600 meters in the 6A/7A division. Sydney Steely was second with a 5:07.31 and Lady Spartans teammate Lily Hulsey was third running 5:11.25.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: Won the Class 6A/7A division 3,200 meters crossing the finish line at 10:56.44.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Won the 6A/7A shot put with a toss of 41-01.
ERIN LONG, PELHAM: Won the 6A/7A pentathlon with an overall score of 2,875. Genesis Jones of Hoover was second at 2,852.
 HOOVER 4/200-METER RELAY: Edged the relay team from Pearl (MS) in a photo finish, clocking 1:44.50 to win. Pearl clocked 1:44.53, Homewood was third at 1:44.79, and Sparkman finished fourth at 1:45.39. The Lady Bucs also won the 4x400 relay in the 6A/7A division with a 4:01.72 time. 

Austin’s Asa Martin named 2017 Mr. Football by Alabama Sports Writers Association

MONTGOMERY — Austin’s Asa Martin was named the 36th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award Tuesday at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon, presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. The luncheon was held at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.

Martin, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, rushed for 2,228 yards this season on 198 carries with 33 touchdowns, while adding two more scores and 399 yards on 20 receptions. The Black Bears went 12-1 on the year before losing 51-50 in the quarterfinals in overtime to eventual state champion Pinson Valley. Martin also rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore at Austin, but attended school out of state as a junior.  Martin graduated in December and is attending Auburn.

Martin, who was also named the ASWA’s Class 6A Back of the Year for 2017, finished with 170 points and 10 first-place votes in ballots cast by the ASWA’s prep committee, while Pinson Valley quarterback junior Bo Nix was second with 144 points. Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, selected Class 7A Back of the Year, was third with 143. Both Nix and Tagovailoa had one first-place vote, while Central-Phenix City wide receiver Justin Ross — who finished fourth with 111 points — had two firsts. Beaureguard’s La’Damian Webb, the 2016 Mr. Football, and 2017 Class 5A Back of the Year, was seventh with 64 points, behind Park Crossing’s Tank Jenkins (66) and Thompson’s Ahmad Edwards (65). All were named to the ASWA Super 12. Rounding out the Top 12 were offensive lineman Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville; running back Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal; offensive lineman Clay Webb, Oxford; quarterback/defensive back Cardavion Myers, Piedmont; and quarterback J.D. Martin, Wetumpka.

In winning the Mr. Football, Martin becomes the fifth running back to win the award in the last seven years and second player from North Alabama in four years, joining Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy in 2014. He is the first player from the Decatur area to win the award.

ASWA 2017 Back and Lineman of the Year Recipients
Class 7A
Back of the Year:
Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson, quarterback
Lineman of the Year:
Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville, offensive lineman
Class 6A
Back of the Year:
Asa Martin, Austin, running back
Lineman of the Year: Marcus Jenkins, Park Crossing, defensive lineman
Class 5A
Back of the Year:
La’Damian Webb, Beauregard, running back
Lineman of the Year: Malik Langham, Lee-Huntsville, defensive lineman
Class 4A
Back of the Year:
Symon Smith, UMS-Wright, running back
Lineman of the Year: Caleb Storie, Rogers, linebacker
Class 3A
Back of the Year:
Cardavion Myers, Piedmont, quarterback/defensive back
Lineman of the Year: Andres Fox, Mobile Christian, defensive lineman
Class 2A
Back of the Year:
Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal, running back/quarterback
Lineman of the Year: Baraskious Dowdell, Lanett, defensive lineman
Class 1A
Back of the Year:
Shamar Lewis, Sweet Water, running back
Lineman of the Year: Devin March, Houston County, defensive lineman
Back of the Year:
Griffin McKenzie, Monroe Academy, quarterback
Lineman of the Year: Trace Ott, Autauga Academy, offensive lineman

ASWA Mr. Football Award
Recipients by year
2017 Asa Martin, Austin, running back
La'Damian Webb, Beauregard, running back
Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, quarterback
2014 Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy, running back
2013 Racean “Roc” Thomas, Oxford, running back
2012 Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, quarterback
2011 T.J. Yeldon, Daphne, running back
2010 Jamal Golden, Wetumpka, quarterback
2009 Coty Blanchard, Cherokee County, quarterback
2008 Clint Moseley, Leroy, quarterback
2007 Julio Jones, Foley, wide receiver
2006 Larry Smith, Prattville, quarterback
2005 Andre Smith, Huffman, offensive lineman
2004 Jarod Bryant, Hoover, quarterback
2003 Chris Nickson, Pike County, quarterback
2002 JaMarcus Russell, Williamson, quarterback
2001 Brandon Cox, Hewitt-Trussville, quarterback
2000 Carnell Williams, Etowah, running back
1999 Cory Whisenant, Springville, running back
1998 DeMarco McNeil, Blount, defensive lineman
1997 Mac Campbell, Alexandria, running back
1996 Antoneyo Williams, Central-Tuscaloosa, running back
1995 Gorman Thornton, Jeff Davis, tight end
1994 Dawud Rasheed, Shades Valley, running back
1993 Thomas Banks, West Jefferson, running back
1992 Freddie Kitchens, Etowah, quarterback
1991 Robert Davis, Homewood, running back
1990 David Palmer, Jackson-Olin, running back/wide receiver
1989 Steven Coleman, Pike County, running back
1988 Darrell Williams, Vigor, running back
1987 Robert Jones, Parker, running back
1986 Larry Ware, Lee-Montgomery, running back
1985 Pierre Goode, Hazlewood, running back
1984 Roderick Green, Gardendale, wide receiver
1983 Freddie Weygand, Emma Sansom, wide receiver
1982 Tommy Compton, Vigor, quarterback

Arab Repeats as Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals Champ with Win over Cleburne County in Finals

BIRMINGHAM – Arab High School out-pointed Cleburne County 34-30 Saturday afternoon to win the  Knights’ second straight Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
   Coach Mike Pruitt’s Knights (41-1) appeared to break the match open winning the 106 and 113-pound matches. The finals started with the 160-pound match, and after six matches Arab was clinging to a 16-9 lead. That’s when Jacob Holland won his match over Anthony Chapman in the 106-pound match with a pin at 37 seconds. Joseph Martin followed in quick fashion to win his match over Brennen Butler even quicker – in 17 seconds. The two falls put the Knights up 28-6.
    Cleburne County (17-1), coached by Rusty Mayfield, clawed back quickly, however, with Dylan Turner winning a tough 5-0 decision over Arab’s Dakota Martin, 5-0, in the 120-pound match, Mathew Williamson pinned Bronson Jackson in the 126-pound match, followed by pins at 126, 132 and 145 pounds by Mathew Williamson, Shane Beason and Zachary Williams, respectively, to close the gap to 31-30 heading into the final match.
    And just like the 6A and 7A finals, the championship came down to the final match between 152-pound competitors Clay Jones of Arab and Zachary Williams of Cleburne County. It turned out to be the most exciting match of the day with Jones holding on for a 5-2 decision to give the Knights the title.
    Bob Jones won the Class 7A Duals title over Thompson, 34-29, earlier in the day, and Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23.  AHSAA wrestling teams return to regular season action next week, before advancing to the playoffs with Super Sectional meets at Garrett Coliseum (South) in Montgomery and the Bill Harris Arena (North) in two weeks.




Arab (40-1) vs. Cleburne County (17-0)

106 pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab, pinned Anthony Champion, Cleburne County, 0:37.
113 pounds: Joseph Martin, Arab, pinned Brennen Butler, Cleburne County, 0:17.
120 pounds: Dylan Turner, Cleburne County dec. Dakota Martin, Arab, 5-0.
126 pounds: Mathew Williamson, Cleburne County, pinned Bronson Jackson, Arab, 3:44.
132 pounds: Shane Beason, Cleburne County, pinned Caleb Whaley, Arab, 5:16.
138 pounds: Garrett McClendon, Arab, dec. Preston Jarrell, Cleburne County, 11-4.
145 pounds: Zachary Williams, Cleburne County, pinned Jonathan Morgan, Arab, 1:34.
152 pounds: Clay Jones, Arab, dec. Christopher Higgins, Cleburne County, 5-2.
160 pounds: Anthony Camp, Arab, pinned Jason Higgins, Cleburne County, 3:28.
170 pounds: Cade Smith, Cleburne County, dec. Sam Atchley, Arab, 7-5.
182 pounds: Ryan Morelan, Arab, dec. Wes Salter, Cleburne County, 10-3.
195 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County, pinned Jacob McNeal, Arab, 3:00.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall, Arab, dec. Ryan Day, Cleburne County, 5-2.
285 pounds: Gage Mason, Arab, dec. Brandon Rogers, Cleburne County, 3-0.

Bob Jones Claims AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals

    BIRMINGHAM – Bob Jones High School downed Thompson 34-29 in the finals Saturday to claim the AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
   The Patriots of Coach Matt Sweatman went into the final match Saturday nursing a slim 31-29 lead.  The title boiled down to the 170-pound battle between Nick Mothersele of Bob Jones and William Browder of Thompson. Neither wrestler disappointed the crowd with the match going down to final seconds before Mothersele emerged with an 11-8 decision and Patriots improved to 22-1 in dual matches this season.
    Zaderian Toney (113 pounds) and Seth Dupree (220) won their matches for Bob Jones with pins Saturday, while Thompson’s Chandler Akins (126), Gabe Hixenbaugh (132), Jackson Araneta (145) and Seth Whitlock (285) posted pins for the Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin.
    The best match of the finals came in the 138-pound match between Bob Jones’ Jordan Whalen and Thompson’s Nathan Roberts. Whalen emerged with a 5-3 decision.
    Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. Defending Class 1A/5A Duals champion Arab was scheduled to meet Cleburne County in the 2018 finals Saturday afternoon.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals
Bob Jones (22-1) 34, Thompson 29

106 pounds: Dylan Lesueur, Thompson dec. Jim Wilson, Bob Jones, technical fall, 21-5.
113 pounds: Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones, pinned Harris Mitchell, Thompson, 1:55.
120 pounds: Kevin McGhaw, Bob Jones, dec. Judah Campbell, Thompson, 8-5.
126 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson, pinned Zaveon Toney, Bob Jones, 1:10. 
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson, pinned Parker Snyder, Bob Jones, 2:51.
138 pounds: Jordan Whalen, Bob Jones, dec. Nathan Roberts, Thompson, 5-3.
145 pounds: Jackson Araneta, Thompson pinned David Onquit,  Bob Jones 5:32 .
152 pounds: Cal Francovitch, Bob Jones dec. Ashunti Perry, Thompson, 7-5.
160 pounds: Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones, dec. Tyler Gilson, Thompson, 5-2.
170 pounds: Nick Mothersele, Bob Jones, dec. William Browder, Thompson, 11-8.
182 pounds: George Frankovitch, Bob Jones, major dec. Alex Ward, Thompson, 14-6.
195 pounds: Harold Gilmore, Bob Jones dec.  Isaac McAdams, Thompson, 7-0.
220 pounds: Seth Dupree, Bob Jones, pinned Aubrey Glidewell, Thompson, 1:34.
285 pounds: Seth Whitlock, Thompson, pinned Jordan Aycock, Bob Jones, 4:25.

Oxford Beats Gardendale 30-23 to Claim 2nd Consecutive Class 6A Duals Championship

    BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School junior Clay Webb pinned Gardendale’s Dawson in the final match at of the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Class 6A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday night at 0:50 to give the defending champs a 30-23 victory.
    Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow  Jackets led the Rockets (30-8) by a one point, 24-23 heading into the final match after Gardendale’s 220-pounder Trevon Tanniehill pinned Oxford’s Koby Shumate at 5:12. The Rockets forfeited at 195 pounds, however, and those six points proved critical in the end.
    Gardendale’s Alex Webb won the 106-pound match to start the contest with a pin over Kaleb Shelton at 3:03 to give the Rockets a quick 6-0 lead. Oxford rebounded to win at 113, 126, 132, 138, 152 and 160 pounds, however.
    The 2018 AHSAA Duals Tournament finals continue Saturday with Thompson and Bob Jones squaring off at 1 p.m., at Bill Harris Arena in the Class 7A championship match. Arab and Cleburne County will follow in the 1A/5A finals at 4 p.m.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
Oxford 30, Gardendale 23

106 pounds: Alex Webb, Gardendale, pinned Kaleb Shelton, Oxford, 3:03.
113 pounds: Chase Hicks, Oxford, def. Jeremy Caradine, Gardendale, 10-0.
120 pounds: Russ Boackle, Gardendale, def. Landon Burrage, Oxford, 7-2.
126 pounds: Jakob Chisolm, Oxford, dec. Garrison Clements, Gardendale, 7-2.
132 pounds: Wesley Slick, Oxford, dec. Coleman Kim, Gardendale, 5-0.
138 pounds: Reed Hill, Oxford, dec. Daniel Webb, Gardendale, 6-2.
145 pounds: Carson Kim, Gardendale, dec. Jackson Hurst, Oxford, 4-3.
152 pounds: Carson Lindsey, Oxford, major dec. Kelsey Rice, Gardendale, 17-9.
160 pounds: Matt King, Oxford, dec. Trevor Muncey, Gardendale, 7-3.
170 pounds: Trey Lewis, Gardendale, dec. Drake Boyles, Oxford, 9-3.
182 pounds: Derrick Orvik, Gardendale, dec. Chanceton Hollifield, Oxford, 8-2.
195 pounds: Matthew Muncher, Oxford, won by forfeit.
220 pounds: Trevon Tanniehill, Gardendale, pinned Koby Shumaker, Oxford, 5:12.
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford, pinned Dawson Cato, Gardendale, 0:50.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships Conclude at Pelham Southside Girls, Buckhorn Boys Capture State Championships at Oak Mountain Lanes

  PELHAM – Southside-Gadsden won the AHSAA Girls’ State Bowling Championship for the second straight season and Buckhorn captured the boys’ state title for the first time in school history as the third annual AHSAA State Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Championships concluded at  Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Friday.
    Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, beat Stanhope Elmore in the championship match Friday afternoon by 101 pins, 1,408 to 1,307. The Lady Panthers outscored the Mustangs 918-794 in the traditional round and then overcame a 185-148 deficit in the second Baker format game to close with a 177 to seal the win. Stanhope also posted a 177 but the 124-pin deficit in the traditional game was too much to overcome. Ashlee Hull rolled a 228 in the traditionalgame and Grace Ann Clontz, a 226, for the Panthers. Kacey Marshal had a 210 for Stanhope Elmore.
    Stanhope Elmore reached the finals with a 1,302-1,282 win over Sparkman in the semis. Southside used another strong traditional round to beat Auburn 1,302 -1,153 in the other semifinal match. Freshman Jessica Clontz rolled a 194 to pace the Panthers.
    Macey Fields of Capitol School bowled a 231 in the first round of the championship bracket Friday for the top individual game for the girls. Thompson, which captured top seed on Thursday, was eliminated by Auburn in the quarterfinals, 1129-1,077.

Buckhorn Beats Vestavia Hills in Finals

    The Bucks finished strong in the traditional round of the finals with junior Jackson Stiles rolling three strikes on the final frame to close a big Rebels lead to reduce a 100-pin lead to just 69 on the way to a 1,547-1,493 victory to claim the championship. Coach Brittney Carnell’s Bucks rode that momentum into the Baker games winning 233-166 in the first one, 194-189 in the second and 224-173 in the final game. Stiles finished the state tournament with a 1,578 series total for the seven traditional games, best in the meet, and finished with a 212 in the championship match. The Rebels, coached by Todd Evans, were led by Boris Lu, who had a seven-game series of 1,505 – second only to Stiles.
Vestavia Hills, which captured top seed on Thursday, beat Thompson in the semifinals 1,685-1,503 and Buckhorn downed Grissom by just 21 pins 1,477-1,456.

    Malcolm Porter of Southside-Gadsden rolled the high traditional game on Friday with a 278 in a first-round loss to Vestavia Hills.
   Complete team and individual results and can be found at under the bowling section of in-season sports.


Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Friday’s Championship Bracket

Vestavia Hills 1,536, Southside-Gadsden 1.348
Daphne 1,435, James Clemens 1,408
Thompson 1,586, Baker 1,342
Hartselle 1,523, Stanhope Elmore 1,290
Buckhorn 1,622,  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 1,333
East Limestone 1,426, Auburn 1,391
Spain Park 1,519, Hoover 1,490
Grissom 1,462, Gadsden City 1,289
Vestavia Hills 1,583, Daphne 1,464
Thompson 1,502, Hartselle 1,388
Buckhorn 1,581, East Limestone 1,393
Grissom 1,670, Spain Park 1,453
Vestavia Hills 1,685, Thompson 1,503
Buckhorn  1,477, Grissom 1,456
Buckhorn  1,547, Vestavia Hills 1,493 (Buckhorn is state boys’ champs)

Thompson 1,239, East Limestone 990
Auburn 1,120, Grissom 1,102
Hartselle 1,157, Daphne 1,048
Southside-Gadsden 1,319, Capitol School 1,103
Sparkman 1,303, Pleasant Grove 985
Etowah 1,102, Pinson Valley 1,031
Beauregard 1,109, Satsuma 1,024
Stanhope Elmore 1,074, Mary Montgomery 946
Auburn 1,129, Thompson 1,077
Southside-Gadsden 1,208, Hartselle 1,034
Sparkman 1,330, Etowah 1,214
Stanhope Elmore 1,199, Beauregard 1,158
Southside-Gadsden 1,302, Auburn 1,153
Stanhope Elmore 1,302, Sparkman 1,282
Southside-Gadsden 1,408, Stanhope Elmore 1,307

Round 1
1,032  Buckhorn
1,004  Vestavia Hills
991     Thompson
Baker Format
246  Thompson
233  Hoover
228  Hoover

992  Thompson
979  Grissom
975  Buckhorn
Baker Format
246  Grissom
235  Buckhorn
223  Grissom
223  Vestavia Hills

1,005  Vestavia Hills
Baker Format
246  Vestavia Hills
230  Vestavia Hills
207   Buckhorn
965  Vestavia Hills
896  Buckhorn
Baker Format
233  Buckhorn
224  Buckhorn

Round 1
849  Sparkman
843  Southside-Gadsden
783  Thompson
Baker Format
189  Southside-Gadsden
166  Stanhope Elmore
164  Hartselle

807  Etowah
796  Sparkman
794  Stanhope Elmore
Baker Format
199  Stanhope Elmore
193  Thompson
186  Sparkman

807  Etowah
796  Sparkman
794  Stanhope Elmore
Baker Format
199  Stanhope Elmore
193  Thompson
186  Sparkman

918  Southside-Gadsden
794  Stanhope Elmore
Baker Format
185  Southside-Gadsden
177  Southside-Gadsden
177  Stanhope Elmore

(7 traditional games, including Thursday)
1,578  Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn
1,505  Boris Lu, Vestavia Hills
1,503  Justin Byrd, Buckhorn

Round 1
278  Malcolm Porter, Southside-Gadsden
257  Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn
245  William Stirling, James Clemens
268  Justin Byrd, Buckhorn
244  Caleb Farmer, Thompson
236  Terrance Kendall, Grissom
241  Jacob Acker, Thompson
237  Mason Maners, Vestavia Hills
223   Boris Lu, Vestavia Hills
247  Boris Lu, Vestavia Hills
224  Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn
212  Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills

Overall Traditional Series
(7 Games including Thursday)
1,282  Kacey Marshal, Stanhope Elmore
1,258  Grace Ann Clontz, Southside-Gadsden
1,255  Jessica Clontz, Southside-Gadsden

First Round

231  Macy Fields, Capitol School
220  Jacqueline Beard, Sparkman
203  Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman
225  Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman
223  Alexia Gibbs, Etowah
201  Kacey Marshal, Stanhope Elmore
211  Emily Lindsey, Sparkman
203  Kacey Marshal, Stanhope Elmore
194  Jessica Clontz, Southside-Gadsden
228  Ashlee Hull, Southside-Gadsden
226  Grace Ann Clontz, Southside-Gadsden
210  Kacey Marshal, Stanhope Elmore

Third annual Championships Conclude Friday Vestavia Boys, Thompson Girls Take Early Lead at AHSAA State Bowling Championships

  PELHAM – Vestavia Hills High School’s boys and Thompson’s girls took the early lead after two rounds of three traditional bowling rounds Thursday in the seeding round of the third annual AHSAA State Boys’ and Girls” Bowling Championships, which got under way Thursday at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes, at 12:30 p.m..  
    Vestavia Hills rolled 1,027 and 1,010 for a two-game total of 2,037 pins to take a 67-pin lead over Buckhorn, which was second at 1,970 with one round remaining Thursday.  Thompson led Stanhope Elmore by a slimmer 34-pin margin after completing two of the three seeding rounds. The Lady Rebels had a two-game 1,730 total and Stanhope Elmore was second at 1,696.
    After Thursday’s competition, each school will be seeded for Friday’s Championship Bracket.

     A total of 16 boys’ teams and 16 girls’ teams are competing in each division with the eight teams qualifying from each of last week’s regional qualifying tournaments. Today’s round consists of three traditional games by each team (five players) with the total pins for each team deciding Friday’s championship bracket head-to-head Baker format bowling. All 16 teams in each division will be seeded based on total pins from today’s traditional three-game series bowling. Friday’s first round of the championship bracket starts at 8 a.m. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will follow with the championship matches for boys and girls scheduled for Friday afternoon.
     Cullman High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program directed by John Drake will provide the video live-streaming of the finals Friday. The link for the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live video stream is:

     Information on how to sign up can be found at

    Junior Beau Reed was red-hot for Vestavia Hills, coached by Todd Evans, in Thursday’s first two rounds. He rolled games of 34 and 247 for a two-game total of 481 to post an 11-pin lead over Nathan Shutt of Hartselle, who had a 202-268—470. Brendan Ferris of East Limestone was third at 469 with a high game of 247. A total of 32 boys bowled 200 or higher in the first round with Jalen Johnson of Spain Park scoring a 279 for the best game. Shutt’s 268 led the second round, which listed 24 boys’ scores at 200 or better.
   Thompson Coach Chris Hollingsworth’s Lady Warriors built their early led in large part on the performance of sophomore Gillian Baker. She recorded games of 256 and 264 in the first two traditional rounds to carry a 520 series into Thursday’s final round, which was still underway. Both scores bested the current high game (245) in the AHSAA playoffs set by Morgan Mullinax of Pelham in the 2016 South Regional.  Meghan Best of Stanhope Elmore was second to Baker Thursday after two solid games of 221 and 208 for a 429 total. Five girls had 200 or better scores in the first round Thursday, and six topped 200 in the second round. The girls’ third round was also still underway at 3:30.
   Complete team and individual results can be found at under the bowling section of in-season sports.


Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Thursday’s Results
Team Scores after 2 of 3 traditional rounds

Vestavia Hills             2,037
Buckhorn                    1,970
Grissom                       1,965
Hartselle                      1,965
Thompson                   1,965
Spain Park                   1,923
James Clemens           1,878
Hoover                                    1,873
Auburn                        1,851
Daphne                        1,845
Stanhope Elmore        1,797
East Limestone           1,760
Baker                           1,744
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa   1,620
Southside-Gadsden     1,560
Gadsden City              1,520

Thompson                   1,730
Stanhope Elmore        1,696
Sparkman                    1,536
Southside-Gadsden     1,529
Auburn                        1,506
Hartselle                      1,488
Etowah                        1,475
Satsuma                       1,436
Beauregard                  1,376
Grissom                       1,374
Pinson Valley              1,360
Daphne                        1,289
Capitol School            1,282

Mary Montgomery     1,278
Pleasant Grove            1,251
East Limestone           1,250


Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills           234-247—481
Nathan Shutt, Hartselle                202-268—470
Brendan Ferris, East Limestone  247-222—469
Landon Masters, Thompson       223-229—452
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn            257-294—451
Justin Byrd, Buckhorn                 236-209—445
Ian Coleman, Hartselle                236-204—440
Jalen Johnson, Spain Park           279-161—440
Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn           222-216—438
Kenny Ealy, Hoover                    245-186—431
Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore   245-186—431



Gillian Baker, Thompson            256-264—520
Meghan Best, Stanhope Elmore 221-208—429
Kaitlin Blackmon, Beauregard   164-221—385
Hallie Herring, Grissom              223-154—377
T’Krah Gibbs, Etowah                 192-176—368
Jessica Clontz, Southside-Gad.   173-194—367
Jacqueline Beard, Sparkman       172-183—355

Michaela Simon, Satsuma           178-176—354

Macy Fields, Capitol School       214-135—349
Camille Mask, M. Montgomery 133-214—347

AHSAA Mourns the Passing of Coach Willie Averett

   The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the recent death of Coach Willie Averett. Mr. Averett, 90, who served 33 of his 35 years in Monroe County as a successful teacher, basketball coach and athletic director at J. F. Shields High School, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Our prayers and condolences go out to the Mr. Averett’s family and his extended J.F. Shields High School family.
     He guided the 1972 team, led by John Drew, to its first-ever state championship. He also coached Tony Stallworth, the AHSAA’s current Associate Executive Director. The highly respected coach was selected to coach in the in the North-South all-star game and received coach-of-the-year honors three times. The school gym is named in his honor. He is a graduate of Georgiana Training High School and Alabama State University.
   “Coach Averett was a legend in many ways,” said Stallworth. “I can personally give him credit for my career decisions upon leaving high school. He inspired me by the way he approached his physical education classes. He always taught the rules and skills of each activity before the physical aspect. His words were “You can’t play a sport if you don’t know anything about it.” He taught by example, which inspired each one of us to perform to the highest.
    “I was also amazed with his coaching and game management during athletic events. Coach was tough and demanding and was a devout Christian man who always put God first. He was my mentor. I credit any successes in my life as a teacher, coach and administrator to him. The last conversation I had with him was an emotional one where he once again told me how proud he was of (former teammate) Jerome Sanders and myself for keeping his dream alive in the coaching profession. We both thanked him for being such a major influence and strong model in our lives. He will be a legend forever.”
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January, 24, at 11 a.m., at Friendship Baptist Church in Georgiana. 

AHSAA Basketball Spotlight Shooting Wizards Daveon Taylor, LaTascya Duff Put on Dazzling Display in Wins

MONTGOMERY – Headland High School senior guard Daveon Taylor stands just 5-foot-4. However, in last Friday’s 91-77 victory over Rehobeth, Taylor stood taller than all the rest with 37 points, including 11 3-point goals, for the Rams.
    Meanwhile, just west of Headland in near-by Samson, senior LaTascya Duff was busy scoring 50 points as the Tigers downed defending Class 2A state girls’ champion Geneva County 81-37. The victory was the 400th career win for Duff’s coach Chad McKnight. Both performances captured this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
     “Dameon was on fire,” said Headland Coach Mike Henry of his floor leader. “It was just a gigantic effort from a great kid.”
     Taylor finished 11-of-26 from the 3-point arc (42.3%) and the Rams (13-9) finished the game 14 of 44 with teammate Jailan Simpson sinking the other three. Rehobeth (12-10) also made 10 of 36 with both teams combining to attempt 80 3-pointers to tie the AHSAA single-game state record set earlier this month by Plainview and North Sand Mountain.
     The 11 treys by Taylor were the most in a game in the AHSAA since Plainview’s Koby Tinker sank 11-of-20 attempted in a 93-42 win over DAR last season. He was 17-of-22 in that effort. James Raines of Berry and Chance McCarver of Section also sank 11 treys in a game in 2016 and 2010, respectively, which ranks sixth best in the AHSAA. The record (17), was set by Fred Turner of Wilcox Central in a 96-54 win over Francis Marion in 2011.
     Huff scored 42 of her 50 points in the first half as Samson (21-2) beat the Lady Bulldogs (13-9) to improve to 19-0 this season against in-state opponents. The Tigers are 2-2 versus out-of-state competition. Duff, who is averaging over 30 points per game this season, finished with six 3-pointers and was 8-of-8 at the foul line. The 50-point effort was the first in the AHSAA since Brewbaker Tech’s Biancha Jackson scored 58 last season in a win over Greenville. Jackson is now a freshman at NCAA Division I defending national champion South Carolina.
    The AHSAA girls’ single-game record (63) was set in 1991 by Houston Academy’s Carlee Bevis in a win over Bayside Academy. Sunshine’s Raven Mitchell had 61 in a win over Akron in 1997 and Taurus Pyles of Birmingham-Phillips scored 61 that same season.
    Other top performances reported include:

The Lady Bulldogs won the Calhoun County Tournament for the 18th time with a 59-55 win over Oxford at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. The win in the finals was Anniston’s fourth in the last five years for Coach Eddie Bullock. Center Toniah Foster earned MVP honors with 20 points and five rebounds in the finals. Allasha Dudley was named best offensive player in the tournament. She finished with 10 points in the championship game.
DIANTE WOOD LEADS SACRED HEART TO TITLE: Scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals past Oxford 66-61 in the finals of the Calhoun County tournament at Jacksonville State. He and became just the second player in the tourney’s long history to earn Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player and MVP. Len Stafford was the first, winning all three individual awards for Oxford at the 1983 tournament.
STRAUGHN POST KINSAUL’S 400TH WIN: Teammates Allie Kelley and Colby Adams had 18 and 10 points, respectively as the Bulldogs beat Slocomb 47-41 – giving head coach Scott Kinsaul a milestone victory, No. 400 of his prep coaching career.

Nailed two free throws with six seconds remaining to lead the defending Class 7A state champs to a 58-56 win over Huffman (21-3). Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-8 junior, had 24 points and 12 rebounds, including eight points in the fourth period. His bucket with 1:14 to play tied the game at 56-56. Jeremiah Williams had 22 for the Vikings. The Spartans (22-5) and Huffman are now tied at 3-1 in 7A, Area 6.
CURTIS SOWELS, BLOUNT: Sank two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to lift the Leopards past LeFlore 49-47. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth period.

Had 28 points, five steals and eight assists as the Tigers (18-4) beat Carroll 87-46.
KARLEIGH SLEDGE, DESHLER: The senior had 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks Class 4A Deshler’s 80-57 win over Class 6A Opelika.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Turned in a double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and added five blocked shots as the Lady Rams (14-7) beat Daphne 55-22
SHYAN FLACK, BREWER: Scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds in Brewer’s 57-53 win over Priceville in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament.
ALEXIS LEGGETT, ARITON: Led Ariton to a 52-37 win over G.W. Long with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots.
KENZI DUNCAN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Scored 22 points and earned MVP honors leading the Panthers to a 56-45 win over Glencoe in the Etowah County Tournament finals. It was Southside’s first Etowah County tourney title in school history.

Had 23 points in a jam-packed gym to pace the Toros (13-9) to a 66-61 win over Baldwin County rival Daphne (16-6). The game was part of statewide initiative Shooting to Change, started by Toros’ head coach Dru Powell and his wife four years ago to raise awareness for autism. A total of 55 fouls were called in the game with Daphne committing 33 and Spanish Fort 22.
ROBERT GAINES, WEAVER: Was 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc and finished with 26 points to lead the Bearcats past Jacksonville 76-49.
TYLER PECK, BREWER, Totaled 19 points, including five 3-point baskets, to lead Brewer to a win over Danville in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament.
TY RAPER, HACKLEBURG: Scored 28 points in a 72-54 win over Brilliant in the Marion County tournament.
KOBE BROWN, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lee (9-11) past Bob Jones 63-49. He also had 27 in a win over Mae Jemison.
GARRETT HICKS, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 33 points in as the Jets (14-8) knocked off Buckhorn (20-4) 76-68. Hicks, who also had 33 points hitting 19-of-19 free throws in an earlier win over Huffman, continued his dead-eye aim going 43-of-45 (95.6%) over Jets’ last three games.
LOGAN PADGETT, HOMEWOOD: Had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Patriots (12-12) beat Ramsay 54-52.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was named Etowah County Tournament MVP scoring 18 points for the Eagles (17-4) in a 52-45 win over Southside-Gadsden in the finals.
COLBY SULLINS, WEST POINT: Scored 30 points, 27 coming on a 9-of-14 3-point shooting flurry, in West Point’s 71-60 loss to Hayden.
JAYCE WILLINGHAM, CORDOVA: Had 24 points and seven rebounds a 63-40 win over Carbon Hill in the Walker County tournament finals. Teammate Isaac Chatman captured MVP honors with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in the win.