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AHSAA Instant Replay Resulted in 25% of Challenges Being Reversed

   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Instant Replay program designed and administered by DVSport concluded its first season with the Super 7 State Championships at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Twelve challenges were made by teams in the seven championship games with four calls overturned and one other reversal was administered based on an automatic review of a scoring play for a 38.5% reversal rate. All scoring plays and potential scoring plays were reviewed automatically by the reviewed in the championship games.
    For the year, DVSport Instant Replay was utilized by 96 different schools in 103 games for a total of 203 opportunities. The final tally showed 96 challenges and 23 calls on the field overturned – a percentage of 25.0%.
    District 5 had 21 schools use Instant Replay and District 8 had 18. All districts had teams participate in games with Instant Replay. Class 6A had 24 schools participate in at least one contest using Instant Replay and Class 7A had 23 of it 32 teams participate.
   AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and AHSAA former Director of Officials Greg Brewer began working on implement ting Instant Replay in 2013 – when NFHS rules changed to allow the technology on the sideline for the coaches. The National Federation State High School Associations (NFHS) granted permission to the AHSAA to experiment with instant replay for a beginning with the 2018 season. The AHSAA, thanks in big part to the leadership of current Director of Officials Mark Jones, partnered with DVSport to implement instant replay in the regular season as well as post season play. DVSport equipment is required in Alabama for instant replay.
     “Our first year of the experiment exceeded our expectations,” Jones said. “It was demonstrated that instant replay can work with the limited camera angles we have available.  Most games usually two camera angles: one from the sideline (press box) and the other from the end zone.”
     Jones said that during the state championships, the AHSAA was able to utilize the same equipment used by Auburn University during its home games. That equipment is also provided by DVSports. That allowed a review of all scoring or potential scoring plays from the booth without requiring a challenge by either coach. 
   “Forward progress or spot of the ball was reversed three times at the Super 7,” Jones said. There was a fumble call that was reversed to an incomplete pass along with one touchdown pass reversed to an incomplete pass upon review. Spotting of the ball was challenged six times, fumbles were challenged 4 times, and incomplete passes 2 times.”
    The AHSAA also had the opportunity to demonstrate Instant Replay to the nation via one nationally televised game on ESPN and through numerous games live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
   “The use of instant replay had insignificant impact on the length of the games,” Jones added. “Average replays took between 90 seconds to two minutes to review.”
    Jones said that three times during the season a touchdown pass or incomplete pass in the end zone were overturned. Fumbles and forward progress made up 70 percent of the challenges. Others included: backward passes, breaking the goal-line plane, touching, out-of-bounds spots and player ejection.


 

 

 

TOTAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING

District Exposure Breakdown                                
District                       Schools           Opportunities
D-1                              16                    29
D-2                                3                      3

D-3                              11                    15
D-4                                9                    39
D-5                              21                    39
D-6                               6                    17       
D-7                              11                    21
D-8                              18                    39
Out-of-State                  1                      1
TOTAL                      96                  203

 

Class Exposure Breakdown                        
Class                          Schools           Opportunities
1A                                   7                  13
2A                                   3                    4

3A                                  8                  14
4A                                 16                  26
5A                                 14                  29
6A                                 24                  52       
7A                                 23                  64
Out-of-State                    1                    1
TOTAL                        96                203

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING
                (*-state championship game)

Class 1A                     District            Games
Hackleburg                  D-7                  6
Hubbertville                D-7                  1
Linden                         D-3                  1*
Mars Hill Bible           D-7                  1*
Phillips                        D-7                  1
Sweet Water                D-3                  2
Waterloo                     D-7                  1
Class 2A                     District            Games
Fyffe                           D-8                  1*
Luverne                       D-2                  1*       
Tanner                         D-8                  2
Class 3A                     District            Games
Bayside Academy       D-1                  1
Excel                           D-1                  1
Flomaton                     D-1                  2*
Hanceville                   D-8                  1
Phil Campbell             D-7                  1
Piedmont                     D-6                  1*
Pike County                D-2                  1
Thomasville                D-1                  6
Class 4A                     District            Games
B.T. Washington         D-4                  1
Clarke County             D-1                  1

Cordova                      D-5                  1

Deshler                        D-7                  1*
Elmore County           D-4                  1
Good Hope                  D-8                  6         
Haleyville                    D-7                  1         
Handley                      D-6                  5
Jacksonville                 D-6                  1
Leeds                          D-5                  1         
Oak Grove                  D-5                  1
Rogers                         D-7                  2
Sumter Central            D-3                  1
Trinity Presbyterian    D-3                  1
UMS-Wright               D-1                  1*
West Limestone          D-8                  1
Class 5A                     District            Games
Ardmore                      D-8                  1
Boaz                            D-8                  1
Brewer                        D-8                  1
Central-Clay County  D-6                  3*
Corner                         D-5                  1         
East Limestone           D-8                  9
Guntersville                 D-8                  1
Jackson                        D-1                  1
Jasper                          D-5                  1
Lawrence County       D-7                  5
Madison Academy      D-8                  1
Vigor                           D-1                  2*       
West Point                  D-8                  1

Wilcox Central            D-3                  1
Class 6A                     District            Games
Athens                         D-8                  1
Benjamin Russell        D-4                  2
Buckhorn                    D-8                  1
Calera                          D-5                  1
Carver-Montgomery   D-3                  1
Daphne                        D-1                  1
Decatur                       D-8                  4
Helena                         D-5                  1
Huffman                     D-5                  1         
Jackson-Olin               D-5                  1
Minor                          D-5                  2
Northridge                  D-5                  1
Opelika                       D-4                  8
Oxford                        D-6                  6

Park Crossing              D-3                  2
Pell City                      D-6                  1

Pelham                                    D-5                  5
Pinson Valley              D-5                  2*
Saraland                      D-1                  1*       
Selma                          D-3                  1
Shades Valley             D-5                  1
Stanhope Elmore         D-4                  1
St. Paul’s Episcopal    D-1                  1
Wetumpka                   D-4                  6
Class 7A                     District            Games
Alma Bryant               D-1                  1
Auburn                        D-4                  10
Austin                         D-8                  4
Baker                           D-1                  5
Central-Phenix City    D-4                  9*
Enterprise                    D-2                  1
Fairhope                      D-1                  2
Florence                      D-7                  1
Hewitt-Trussville        D-5                  2
Hoover                                    D-5                  1
James Clemens           D-8                  2
Jeff Davis                    D-3                  1
Lee-Montgomery        D-3                  3         
Mary Montgomery      D-1                  1
McGill-Toolen             D-1                  2
Mountain Brook          D-5                  1
Oak Mountain             D-5                  2
Prattville                      D-3                  1
Smiths Station            D-4                  1
Spain Park                   D-5                  1
Sparkman                    D-8                  1
Thompson                   D-5                  9*
Vestavia Hills              D-5                  3
Out-of-State
Meridian (MS)            NA                  1


Central-Phenix City Lady Red Devils Notch 500th Career Win for Coach Carolyn Wright

   MONTGOMERY – Central-Phenix City High School girls’ basketball coach Carolyn Wright reached a special milestone on December 8. Her Lady Red Devils’ basketball team beat Russell County 80-24 to notch the 500th win over her high school coaching career.
   That puts her in special company – with her husband Bobby Wright, who has won more than 600 games in his fabled coaching career as the Central-Phenix City boys’ basketball coach. They now are officially the only husband-wife coaching tandem to reach the 500-win mark as head coaches in the same sport. Combined, they have more wins in the sport of basketball than any other husband-wife tandem in AHSAA history.
   The milestone victory landed Coach Wright and squad squarely in the week’s AHSAA Girls’ Basketball Spotlight.
    Central is currently 6-4 this season. Coach Wright opened the year with a 498-281 record. Since she became the head coach at Central in 1991, she has taken many other duties including assistant athletic director and department chair of the school’s health and PE department.  Her 2016-17 team finished 26-4 and won the Central Regional title earning Central a trip to the AHSAA Class 7A State Tourney at the BJCC.
     Win No. 500 didn’t come easily. The young team opened the year with three straight losses before beating Spencer (GA) and Russell County. Morgan Ficklin had 14 points and Eryn Johnson added 11 in the 500th win.
   “It has been a long road to get to this point in my career,” she told Citizen of East Alabama sportswriter Mark Clark. “To win 500 games is special. I could not have won that many games without the help of a lot of good coaches and a lot of good players. They are the reason I have made it to 500 wins.”
    Coach Wright learned in November that she has been selected for induction into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019. The banquet will be next March. That will add another feather in the caps of this amazing coaching couple. Her husband was inducted in 2015. They will became just the second husband-wife tandem to be enshrined into that esteemed hall. The first were legendary football coach Tom Calvin and his wife and longtime cheer/gymnastics coach Lynette Calvin.

IN THE CLUTCH
CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Beat Gadsden City in s thrilling five overtime 71-66 win over Gadsden City at home last week. Gadsden City finished the game with only five players remaining. All others had fouled out.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES REPORTED
EMMA JAMES, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Scored 33 points in wins over Red Bay and Hamilton, 28 in a victory over Cherokee, added 22 points and 10 rebounds in leading Colbert Heights to a victory over Lindsey Lane. She converted a three-point play in the final minute to give the Wildcats the 44-43 victory over Red Bay.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Scored 35 points in a 66-52 loss to Walton (FL) in the Cats against Cancer tourney at Paxton (FL). She also scored 18 in a 52-41 win over Straughn.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: Recorded 34 points and 16 rebounds in a 47-38 win over South Walton (FL) at the Cats for Cancer Tourney. She also had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 56-47 loss to Walton.
ASHLEE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: The eighth grader had 24 points and six assists in s 43-31 win over Colbert County and followed with 10 points and 10 assists in a 57-30 win over Cherokee.

Plainview’s Perfect Free-Throw Shooting Surges Team into AHSAA Spotlight

  MONTGOMERY -- Plainview High School’s boys’ basketball team showed the world last season on the way to a 34-1 season and Class 3A state championship that its team could shoot the basketball as good as any team – especially from the 3-point arc.
   Last week, the Bears of Coach 
Robi Coker showed they are also just as prolific at the foul line going 26-of-26 as a team to beat Etowah 91-86.  Five different players stepped to the line in the game and each was perfect to earn the AHSAA Boys Basketball Spotlight this week.
       The team followed with a perfect 8-of-8 in a win over Sacred Heart Catholic to extend the team streak to 34 and made their first five in Monday’s win over Spring Garden before finally ending the perfect streak at 39 in a row. The 26 in a row versus Etowah is a single-game state record and the 39 in a row is the AHSAA’s state team record as well.
       Plainview’s Tristian Willingham, who made 11 in a row in the stretch, still has his personal streak still alive. He was 8-of-8 versus Etowah. Koby Tinker was 9-for-9 and finished with 26 points. Caden Millican, who had 30 points, made all five free throws he shot and teammates Dane Haymon and Cole Millican were both 2-for-2.
    Plainview (10-1) made 13-of-34 3-pointers in the win over Etowah with Caden Millican netting five and Tinker made 3. The Bears had 12 treys by halftime.  Etowah was 10-of-24 on 3-point goals and 6-of-10 at the foul line.
    Cullman hit 21-of-21 in a Northwest Regional 71-68 overtime win over Athens in the 2015 Northwest Regional tournament. The Bearcats finished 37-of-41 in that tourney to set a Regional Tourney record for free-throw accuracy.
    Coker’s team made a state-record 467-of-1,288 3-point goals last season – including one at the buzzer to lift the Bears to a to a 78-75 overtime win over Hillcrest-Evergreen in the 2018 Class 3A state finals at the BJCC. Plainview finished the season 34-2. The school already holds the state record for most 3-pointers attempted (57) and made (25) in a single game and in a single season.
    Plainview’s free-throw shooting precision edged out a 52-point effort by Pinson Valley’s Kam Woods, who sparked the Indians to a 104-95 win over Ruston (LA) at the Belton/Williams Classic tourney at Monroe (LA). He had eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in the win and also scored 28 in Pinson’s 86-62 loss to Rayville (LA).


IN THE CLUTCH
CORY SANDLIN, CENTRAL COOSA: Sank a key bucket and free throw in the second overtime to lift the Cougars (8-1) past Benjamin Russell 82-75 in double overtime. Jovan Richardson added 27 points with 12 in the fourth quarter.
JESSE KINSEY, HEADLAND: Made two steals in the last 10 seconds, one leading to a K’shun Stokes go-ahead score, to help the Rams earn a 57-55 win over Dale County in the Daleville Christmas Tournament. Stokes finished with 23 points to earn MVP honors while Kinsey had 11. Stokes also had 22 points and nine steals in a 47-38 win over Carroll.
BRAXTON WHITEHEAD, G.W. LONG: Totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds and teammate Caison Long added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Rebels rallied to beat Samson 50-38. Long trailed 38-34 heading into the final quarter and outscored the Tigers 16-0 in the final period to take the come-from-behind win.
ALEX ODAM, PIEDMONT: The eighth grader had 21 points, including two key free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, to lift Piedmont to a 46-45 overtime win over White Plains. He finished 4-for-4 at the foul line.
MARTAVAIS BURTON, LAFAYETTE: The junior forward had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-56 win over Valley at the Handley Invitational tourney to help the Bulldogs of Coach Obadiah Threadgill IV improve to 12-0 on the season. Burton also had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Class 2A Bulldogs clawed back from a double-digit deficit to beat Class 6A Opelika 58-55.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
J.P. ROBINSON, DESHLER: The senior guard had 34 points in wins over Rogers and Russellville and 25 in a victory over Central-Florence to average 31 points per game over the three-win stretch.
DAKARAI PELTON, GOSHEN: Scored 33 of the Eagles’ 56 points in a 56-43 win over Brantley. He also had 11 rebounds, eight steals and six assists.
EVAN KELLER, OHATCHEE: Scored 34 points with four treys in a 77-57 win over Ragland. He has scored 71 points with 10 3-pointers in his last three games.
ROBERT GAINES, WEAVER: Tallied 27 points and DeAndre McCain added 25 in the Bearcats’ 81-40 win over Walter Wellborn.  McCain had four 3-pointers.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 31 points, including 26 in the first half, as UMS-Wight beat Mobile Christian 80-58. He also scored 21 points, all in the first half, in the Bulldogs’ 80-41 win over Alma Bryant.
AVERY THRASHER, MARS HILL BIBLE: Averaged 30.6 points in Panther wins over Waterloo, Wilson and Cherokee. He scored 33 points against Waterloo, 30 versus Cherokee and 29 in the win over Wilson.
KRISTON DAVIS, BAKER: Scored 31 points to help the Hornets, who trailed by 16 in the second quarter, rally to win 61-50 over Mary Montgomery. Davis got half his points on five 3-point goals. Baker made 10 overall.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 30 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in a win over Sparkman and averaged 22.8 points per game for the week in three games.
JARED BOLDEN, EAST LAWRENCE: Canned 30 points in a 10-point win over Phil Campbell.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 62-41 win over Geneva.
JAY TRAWICK, REHOBETH: Had 32 points in a 75-63 setback to Wicksburg. Devontae White paced the winners with 26 points.
TY HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The guard had a triple double with 10 assists, 10 steals and 12 points in a win over Hatton.
JOSH BIRDSONG, AUSTIN: Recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 15-point win over Athens.
SETH FORD, DONOHO: Sank six of his team’s 13 3-point goals and finished with 24 points and teammate Amari Smedley had 25 points as Donoho fell to Jacksonville Christian 95-85. JCA had four treys – giving both teams 17 combined. Chase Vinson had 23 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots for JCA (9-3).



Central Board Upholds AHSAA Ruling Concerning Charles Henderson High School’s Violation of the Amateur Rule

            The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control upheld the original ruling of the AHSAA regarding Charles Henderson High School’s violation of the Amateur Rule. The appeal was heard at a special called meeting of the Central Board Tuesday at the AHSAA office.
            Charles Henderson High School first appealed to the District 2 Board, which voted unanimously to uphold the original ruling. The Amateur Rule, found on page 29 of the 2018-19 AHSAA Handbook, states in part:
  (d) 1. A student cannot accept payment for loss of time or wages while participating in athletics as part of expenses.
 (e) No Award of any kind having a monetary value of more than $250 dollars – other than medals, trophies, plaques or AHSAA Championship rings – shall be made to students. Violation of this rule on the part of school officials shall subject the school to suspension for one year. Acceptance of awards exceeding these limitations shall disqualify a student. Cash awards or gift cards for athletic performance or participation may not be given or received.
     (f) A student who has lost his/her amateur standing may be reinstated after a lapse of one high school season for the sport in which he/she has become professional provided he/she has not persisted in breaking the amateur rule.
    “I want to thank Charles Henderson High School for its heart-felt presentation made to the Central Board,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “I also want to commend the Central Board for its commitment to upholding the AHSAA member-school by-laws in sometimes very difficult situations.”

Mississippi Beats Alabama 24-20 to Notch First Win at Cramton Bowl in Alabama-Mississippi Classic History

MONTGOMERY – Mississippi’s All-Stars edged Alabama 24-20 Monday night to win for the first time in the 33-game series at Cramton Bowl.
    The Alabama-Mississippi Classic, a game sponsored by the AHSAA and administered by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), played its first 24 games from 1988 to 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and one game at Troy University. The game moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011 and began a rotation with Hattiesburg (MS) 2015.
     Alabama, which holds a 22-10 edge in the series despite two losses in a row, won the first five games at Cramton Bowl and are 0-2 in games played in Mississippi.
    Running back Jarod Conner of Hattiesburg rushed 18 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi to its first Cramton Bowl win. He moved from his running back position to quarterback in the second period and helped jump-start a sluggish offense that found its running game with the one-two punch of Conner and Tupelo’s Jaquerrious Williams. Conner scored the first two Mississippi touchdowns on runs of 2 and 6 yards and Williams finished with 94 yards on 20 carries and scored the final TD on a 13-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Conner was selected MVP for Mississippi, coached by Clarksdale’s Henry Johnson.
     Alabama’s All-Stars, coached by Hoover’s Josh Niblett, moved the ball well on its first two possessions, but came away with only one score. The first drive stalled inside the 25 and a 41-yard field attempt by Hoover’s Will Reichard was wide to the left.
    The defense got the ball back near midfield when Jackson defensive back Nehemiah Pritchett intercepted Oak Grove (MS)           quarterback John Rhys Plumlee’s pass on the next series and return it 36 yards to the Mississippi 49.
      Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix dazzled the fans with two pas connections with Hoover receiver George Pickens – the last one covering 13 yards for a touchdown to cap the 49-yard, six-play march. Reichard’s PAT made it 7-0 with 5:27 left in  the first quarter.
    Mississippi recovered a fumble near midfield with 6:05 left in the half and took advantage late in the second period climaxing an 11-play, 44-yard drive that followed with Conner’s 2-yard TD run with 1:19 left in the half. Tucker Barefoot of Clinton tied the game with his PAT kick.
    Conner capped a 75-yard, nine-play drive to start the second half with a 6-yard TD run, and  Williams extended the lead to 21-7 early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard TD run.
    Central-Phenix City’s Peter Parrish culminated a 12-play, 75-yard march midway through the final period with a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Michael Vice to cut the lead to 21-14.
     Mississippi place-kicker Tucker Barefoot, who missed two field goals, nailed  43-yarder with 35 seconds left to extend the lead to 24-14. Alabama, however, wasn’t through. Pickens made a spectacular grab in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown from Nix on the final play – capping a 75-yard drive in the final 35 seconds to close the game at 24-20.
    Pickens earned MVP honors with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The nine catches tied the Alabama-Mississippi series record for most catches in a game and the 155 yards set a new record.
    Mississippi finished with 257 yards rushing and 133 passing for 390 total yards. Alabama had just 57 yards rushing but Parrish and Nix combined to complete 16-of-39 passes for 237 yards. Nix was 9-of-22 for 162 yards and two TDs, and Parrish was 7-of-17 for 75 yards and a score. Tre Ross of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa caught two passes for 33 yards, Lanett’s Trikweze Bridges had two catches for 10 yards and Jackson-Olin’s A.J. Toney had a 28-yard reception.  Amontae Spivey of Central-Phenix City led all Alabama rushers with 29 yards on seven carries.
    Oxford linebacker Kendall McCallum led Alabama’s defense with 10 tackles, Pritchett had nine and Fultondale’s Ja’Len Sims and Jackson-Olin’s LaVonta Bentley had eight each. Horn Lake’s Nakobe Dean had eight stops for Mississippi.


Alabama – Mississippi All-Stars Set to Meet in the 32nd Annual Football Classic Monday night

    MONTGOMERY – Practices have concluded and both a  squads appear to fine-tuned and ready for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic which kicks off Monday night at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl at 6:30 p.m.
     The two 40-man squads had two short workouts Sunday before gathering Sunday night at the Cramton Bowl Multi-Plex for the annual Player-Parent Banquet.  Honorary Alabama team captain former Alabama All-Star and NFL standout Wallace Gilberry addressed the crowd Sunday night as well as Mississippi honorary captain Jerious Nortwood.  Both played in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic. Gilberry attended Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette.  He spent 10 seasons in the NFL before retiring at the end of the 2017 season. Norwood, who attended Brandon High School near Jackson (MS), finished his collegiate career as the second-leading rusher in Mississippi State history and then spent six seasons in the NFL.
      Alabama holds a 22-9 edge in the 32nd annual Classic, which will be televised Raycom Media over its affiliate stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Columbus (GA) and Memphis (TN) as well as other stations in cities like Mobile where no Raycom affiliated is currently operating.
    More than 30 players in the game are headed to the SEC or other major college teams next fall.  AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee said both teams have had a good week. “We have two talented squads who made an even bigger impression by how both squads have conducted themselves this week.”
    Alabama is 5-0 in games played at Cramton Bowl. Mississippi is 2-0 in games played at Hattiesburg, including last year’s 42-7 win. Alabama also compiled a 17-6 record in games played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Mississippi won the only game played at Troy University’s Veterans Stadium.
    The AHSAA Radio Network also plans to broadcast the game live over its statewide network of radio and internet affiliates. The link will be available at www.ahsaa.com. For more information concerning TV coverage, go to the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Portals/0/2017/Website%20Information--TV%20coverage.pdf

    For ticket information, go to the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx

GoFan is providing digital tickets for the contest at the following link:
https://gofan.co/app/events/37633

 


Alabama All-Star Head Coach Josh Niblett Likes Intensity and Character of Squad

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama All-Star head coach Josh Niblett of Hoover High School cut short the team’s Thursday afternoon practice at Faulkner University when heavy showers forced the team inside.
    The weather didn’t dampen Niblett’s enthusiasm for this year’s 40-man squad preparing to take on Mississippi’s All-Stars next Monday in the 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl. The contest kicks off a 6:30 p.m. and will be televised over Raycom Media’s affiliate stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Columbus (GA) and Memphis (TN) as well as other stations outside Raycom in cities like Mobile where no Raycom affiliated currently reside.
     “The kids came in ready to go to work (Wednesday) and they were still excited (Friday),” Niblett said. “There is a lot of competition going on in practice and the kids are picking up what we coaches are trying to teach them really well.”
    Alabama’s team suffered a blow Wednesday when Jeff Davis linebacker/defensive end Brandon Mack suffered an injury and will be unable to participate in the game Monday night. Niblett’s coaching staff found his  replacement quickly with the addition of Auburn High School senior linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end. Coach Adam Winegarden’s standout defensive leader committed to the University Florida last August, choosing the Gators over Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M. He made an official recruiting trip to Gainesville last weekend. Diabate reported to the All-Star practice Friday.
    Niblett said his staff has tried to be smart this week – preparing the team to be  at full speed come Monday. Alabama’s team holds a 22-9 edge in the all-star classic, which is an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (Mac). However, Mississippi handed Alabama a 42-7 defeat last year at Hattiesburg, the worst setback in the series’ history for Alabama.
    AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee said he has been impressed with how both squads have conducted themselves this week. The teams had two practices Friday and were scheduled to participate in the Camellia Bowl parade at downtown Montgomery Friday night. The City of Montgomery, which hosts the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl which kicks off Saturday afternoon with Eastern Michigan taking on Georgia Southern University, has gone to great links to incorporate the Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars in its festivities this week.
     Both teams will have their sixth practice session of the week Saturday morning and will then attend the bowl game in the afternoon. Their day will conclude Saturday night with dinner at Wynlakes Country Club. Former Prattville High School, University of Alabama and current NFL standout Roman Harper will address the players and coaches at the dinner. The annual Player/Parent Banquet will be Sunday night at Cramton Bowl’s MultiPlex.
     One player attracting a lot of attention this week is Alabama’s strong all-star running back corps headed  North Jackson running back Lee Witherspoon. He transferred from Birmingham’s Parker High School to North Jackson this season and turned in a record-setting effort rushing for 2,850 yards and 53 touchdowns on 149 carries in 12 games for the Chiefs (11-1) for a  state-record 19.1 per-yard carry average. His 53 rushing TDs also set a single-season state record and his 59 overall TDs is also  an AHSAA state mark. In one game he had 11 carries for 373 yards and 8 TDs. He also had over 500 additional yards in returns. Witherspoon, who returned three interceptions for touchdowns as a junior defensive back at Parker, is joined in the All-Star backfield by running backs Jalen Henderson of Spain Park, DeAngelo Jones of Wetumpka, Larry McCammon of Hoover and Amontae Spivey of 2018 Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City. Payton Anderson, who rushed for almost 2,000 yards for Class 2A state champion Fyffe, is also in the game but listed as a defensive back.
    Alabama is 5-0 in games played at Cramton Bowl. Mississippi is 2-0 in games played at Hattiesburg, including last year’s 42-7 win. Alabama also compiled a 17-6 record in games played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Mississippi won the only game played at Troy University’s Veterans Stadium.
    The AHSAA Radio Network plans to broadcast the game live over its statewide network of radio and internet affiliates. The link will be available at www.ahsaa.com. For more information concerning TV coverage, go to the following link:
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Alabama, Mississippi All-Star Teams Pleased with Teams’ Progress after First 2 Practices

MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi All-Star head coaches Josh Niblett of Hoover and Henry Johnson of Clarksdale (MS) agree on one things after two practice sessions. Both teams are talented and both teams reported with one main goal – to win next Monday’s 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. The kicks off a 6:30 p.m., and will be televised over Raycom’s affiliate stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Columbus (GA) and Memphis (TN) as well as other stations outside Raycom in cities like Mobile.
     “We coaches have been impressed by the players’ attitudes,” Niblett said of his Alabama squad. “The players all seem to be very respectful of the coaches, their teammates and the other team. We know we have a lot to teach in a short time. We had a very good practice yesterday and again (Thursday morning). I told our players that we need them to get better every practice. We know they have talent, and we know they were all selected for their outstanding work ethic. My goal is to have them peaking at the right time – next Monday night. This game is also about relationships … some that will go with these kids for a lifetime.”
     Niblett said some players are already showing great leadership. “It starts at quarterback and (Pinson Valley’s) Bo Nix is showing great leadership. The other players are looking to him and he is acting like a field leader.
    “We have others like linebackers LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin and Kendall McCallum of Oxford are intense … they are alpha dogs out there.”
     Mississippi’s Johnson said his team’s leaders are also stepping forward. He mentioned quarterback John Rhys Plumlee of Oak Grove is very vocal. He is a take-charge kind of player. And linebacker Nakobe Dean of Horn Lake is much quieter but leads just the same. He leads by his actions. He’s got a 4.35 GPA and is one of the smartest kids I have ever seen.
    “He doesn’t say much. He lets his actions on and off the field do the talking for him.” Johnson also said the players are reacting well to the coaching staff. “They are picking up what we are trying to teach them really well. That’s always encouraging.”
     Johnson said his team’s talented defensive front four also stand out.  They’re big, strong and fast and are showing a great attitude.”
     The teams were scheduled to go to the Hyundai Plant for a tour Thursday night after the afternoon practice. Both teams will have workouts from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday with Alabama at Faulkner University and Mississippi at Huntingdon College. They will practice again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday afternoon before departing for dinner and then participation in the Raycom Camellia Bowl Parade. The squads will practice again Saturday morning with the players attending the Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl Saturday afternoon. NFL standout Roman Harper will then speak to the squads at a dinner set for Wynlakes Country Club Saturday night.
    Alabama holds a 22-9 edge and is 5-0 in games played at Cramton Bowl. Mississippi is 2-0 in games played at Hattiesburg, including last year’s 42-7 win.
    The game is an event hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the AHSAA. Alabama’s All-Stars hold a 22-9 edge in the series which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011. It also started a rotation in 2015 with the game being hosted every other year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
    The AHSAA Radio Network plans to broadcast the game live over its statewide network of radio and internet affiliates. The link will be available at www.ahsaa.com.


Alabama, Mississippi All-Star Teams Set to Begin Practice for 32nd Annual All-Star Football Game

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi football all-stars reported Wednesday and went through one brisk practice in the afternoon as the squads began preparation for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic game set to be played Monday, Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl.
    Both 40-member squads had some minor roster changes Wednesday with Alabama adding two players and Mississippi adding one. 
     All-Star head coach Josh Niblett’s squad added defensive back Reddy Steward, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior from Austin High School in Decatur. He replaced Saraland defensive back Cordale Flott, who removed himself from the team on Tuesday. Offensive lineman Tre’veon Pickens, 6-1, 310, also replaced Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville. Quick chose not to play.
      Mississippi’s staff added running back Jovan “Hamm” McGee of St. Martins of Ocean Springs. The 5-9, 190-pound replaced Rodriques Clark, a running back from Starkville. Head coach for Mississippi is Henry Johnson of Clarksville.  McGhee received an offer from Indiana State late last month.
     Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday night, with Raycom Media televising the game live over its Raycom affiliate stations in both states as well as in Memphis and Columbus (GA). The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game live over its radio network.
    Niblett welcomed a very talented Alabama squad headlined by Class 7A and Class 6A Super 7 State Championship Game MVPs – quarterbacks Peter Parrish of Central-Phenix City and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley.  Parrish, an LSU commit, led the Red Devils to a 52-7 win over Thompson to claim Central’s first state championship since 1993.  Nix, who earned MVP honors in 2017 and 2018 with back-to-back state titles, finished his career at Pinson as the AHSAA’s all-time total offense leader. He finished his career with 12,497 yards – 10,386 passing and 2,111 rushing – and accounted for a state-record 161 touchdowns. He had 127 passing and 34 rushing over the last four seasons – in 2015 and 2016 at Scottsboro and 2017 and 2018 at Pinson Valley. He led the Indians to a 28-1 record the last two seasons, and helped Scottsboro go from 5-6 his freshman year to 12-1 as a sophomore. Nix finished 267-of-447 passing this past season for 3,795 yards and 50 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He was not sacked in 14 games.
   Nix, an Auburn commitment, is joined on the squad by fellow Auburn wide receiver commitments JaVarrius Johnson of Hewitt-Trussville and George Pickens of Hoover. Receivers A.J. Toney of Jackson-Olin and Trikweze Bridges of Lanett have both committed to Oregon, Tre Ross of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has committed to Troy University and tight end Michael Vice is still undecided.
    The Alabama team worked out at Prattville’s Stanley Jensen Stadium Wednesday for a couple of hours and Mississippi practiced at Stanhope Elmore High School. The two teams were scheduled to attend a Country Low Boil dinner at Millbrook following the sessions.
    The two teams will go through two practices Thursday with Alabama at Faulkner University and Mississippi at Huntingdon College. The squads will close the day with a tour of the Hyundai Car Manufacturing Plant.
    The game is an event hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the AHSAA. Alabama’s All-Stars hold a 22-9 edge in the series which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011. It also started a rotation in 2015 with the game being hosted every other year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).


ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY


Year-by-Year

2017

Mississippi

42

Alabama

7

2016

Alabama

25

Mississippi

14

2015

Mississippi

28

Alabama

21

2014

Alabama

36

Mississippi

30

2013

Alabama

21

Mississippi

17

2012

Alabama

21

Mississippi

16

2011

Alabama

31

Mississippi

12

2010

Alabama

24

Mississippi

17

(2 OT)

2009

Alabama

21

Mississippi

13

2008

Alabama

28

Mississippi

3

2007

Mississippi

26

Alabama

7

December

2007

Alabama

51

Mississippi

14

June

2006

Alabama

24

Mississippi

3

2005

Mississippi

21

Alabama

18

2004

Alabama

24

Mississippi

22

2003

Alabama

24

Mississippi

16

2002

Alabama

29

Mississippi

17

2001

Alabama

33

Mississippi

14

2000

Alabama

16

Mississippi

9

1999

Alabama

28

Mississippi

24

1998

Mississippi

9

Alabama

0

1997

Alabama

10

Mississippi

6

1996

Alabama

17

Mississippi

14

1995

Mississippi

37

Alabama

9

1994

Mississippi

24

Alabama

10

1993

Mississippi

17

Alabama

6

1992

Mississippi

17

Alabama

14

1991

Alabama

15

Mississippi

13

1990

Alabama

21

Mississippi

14

(OT)

1989

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(4 OT)

1988

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(3 OT)


SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 22-9 edge      


Cold Springs Girls Shoot Their Way into AHSAA Record Book to Claim Prep Basketball Spotlight

   MONTGOMERY -- Cold Springs High School’s Lady Eagles of Coach Tammy West have long been one of the state’s top shooting teams year-in and year-out. Last week, the Eagles made their point – and points – in the biggest of ways by setting a state record as Cold Springs downed Cleveland 78-54 and claimed the first AHSAA Basketball Girls’ Spotlight of the 2018-19 season.
    Camryn Crider, a 5-foot-3 senior guard, sank 13-of-22 3-point shots she attempted to tie the AHSAA single-game record set by Belgreen’s Erica Smith in a 58-55 loss to Carbon Hill in 2012.  The 19 3-pointers tied the school record for most in a game and also rank second in the AHSAA all-time behind Locust Fork’s 20 in a 95-36 win over J.B. Pennington last season. Cold Springs now shares second place (19) with North Sand Mountain (2011), Clay-Chalkville (2009) and Cold Springs (1999).
     Cold Springs and Cleveland combined for 24 3-pointers to set a new state record for most treys by both teams and eclipsed the previous record (21) set by Brilliant and Vina in an 82-78 Bears’ win in 2015.
    Crider’s teammates Neely Ellison (3), Toni West (2) and Elizabeth Hill (1) sank the other six for Cold Springs in last week’s win.
       Cold Springs’ shooting spree edged out a clutch performance by Northview High School’s Alexis Hudgens. The Cougars’ 5-7 sophomore guard drained a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lift the Cougars over previously unbeaten Pleasant Home 54-51 on Monday at Dothan. She finished with 26 points, including six 3-pointers as Northview (4-5) stormed back from a 15-point halftime deficit to tie the game with 1:05 remaining on her fifth trey of the night.
Pleasant Home (5-1) got a strong performance from 6-foot-5 senior River Baldwin, a Florida State signee who had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
     Lee-Huntsville senior Kobe Brown led the Generals into the AHSAA Boys’ Spotlight with his strong performance in a clash of cage powers at Huntsville. The Texas A&M early signee had 27 points to lead the Generals (7-2) to a 75-59 win over previously unbeaten Buckhorn (11-1). He had 19, half his team’s points, in the first half as Lee built a 38-28 lead. He also had three dunks in the contest and blocked five shots.
   In other top performances reported:

IN THE CLUTCH
BOYS
TRAVION AIKENS, BARBOUR COUNTY:
Had 18 points, including a 3-pointer at the end of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 60-60, and the Jaguars (7-2) took full advantage to beat Charles Henderson in overtime 72-66.
GIRLS
STEPHANIE ANDRZEJEWSKI, ST. JOHIN PAUL II:
Scored 18 points, including two free throws to seal the 51-49 win over Madison County.
LAWREN PREYER, DAVIDSON: Nailed the game-winning shot at the buzzer to lift the Warriors past Faith Academy 40-38. She finished with nine points.
EMILY BOWMAN, HUNTSVILLE: Tallied 23 points and cleared 16 rebounds in a 49-47 overtime win over Columbia.
JANEE CLEMENTS, DALEVILLE: Made two 3-pointers in the second overtime to help Daleville defeat Rehobeth. She finished with 16 points.

Other Top Performances:

GIRLS
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The 6-5 senior recorded 27 points, 23 rebounds and nine blocked shots in a 51-25 win over Straughn. She also had 16 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks in a 46-26 win over Andalusia a Pleasant Home improved to 5-0.
ELISSA MURRAY, ALMA BRYANT: Poured in 39 of her team’s 43 points in a 58-43 loss to Theodore. She also had 19 in a 66-50 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Had 30 points and eight steals in a 49-33 win over Williamson.
ARIEL THOMPSON, THEODORE: Scored 28 points in the Bobcats’ 58-43 win over Alma Bryant. She also had 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 37-33 win over Mary Montgomery.
MORIAH TAYLOR, HARTSELLE: Helped the Tigers improve to 9-0 with 22 points in a 49-32 victory over Bob Jones.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Rams beat Pascagoula (MS) 51-36. She followed with 23 points and 14 rebounds in Faith’s 79-19 win over Satsuma.
KEUNDRIA BOLDEN, R.A. HUBBARD: Had 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 64-44 win over Lindsay Lane.

BOYS
TOMMY MURR, LINDSAY LANE:
The junior, who led the state in scoring last season, scored 35 points in a 68-37 win over Athens Bible.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Led the Class 2A Jackets to a 63-55 overtime win over Class 7A Enterprise scoring 33 points in the process. His twin brother Daquon Kincey added 14.
CORIEN FRAZIER, VIGOR: The senior totaled 30 points in the Wolves’ 69-59 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
CALEB HINTON, OPP: Canned eight 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead the Bobcats past Kinston 75-53. Teammate Bryan Matthews added 20 points. Kinston also got 22 points from Hunter Davis and 20 from Jacob Wood.
TREY BONHAM, UMS-WRIGHT: Score 29 points, had eight rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs beat Mary Montgomery 67-50.
CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS, DAPHNE: Totaled 26 points and eight rebounds in the Trojans’ 60-55 victory over B.C. Rain. He was 7-of-8 at the foul line.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY:  Had an outstanding all-around performance with 26 points, six steals and six rebounds as the Rams downed Davidson 66-49.
DAKARI PELTON, GOSHEN: Led the Eagles to a 51-33 win over Highland Home with 15 points and 10 assists.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had 21 points, 18 rebounds and one blocked shot in a 49-46 loss to Luverne.