Saturday, December 07, 2019






A Record $1.8 Million In Revenue Sharing for Schools Approved By AHSAA Central Board of Control

        The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $1.8 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
        The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
        The Revenue Sharing Plan, approved first by the Central Board in 2009, has returned $9.8 million to its member schools over the last six years. The formula for the distribution of funds includes a differential between classifications and the number of sports played by non-football-playing schools. The plan returns excess funds back to the schools when the AHSAA has at least one year’s working capital in reserve.
         The Central Board of Control also approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 24th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2015-16 and approximately $2 million to our member schools since 1992.
         “Returning $1.8 million to our schools through our revenue-sharing plan is certainly important to the financial well-being of our schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are proud to have now returned almost $12 million to our schools through the Revenue Sharing Plan and the waiving of school dues. I thank our Central Board for its strong leadership and thank our valued corporate partners for their commitment to our member schools, our student-athletes and our educational based programs.”
       The Central Board also heard appeals from Murphy, Muscle Shoals, John Carroll Catholic and Daphne high schools. In each case, the Central Board upheld the sanctions administered by the executive director with only one change. The one-year restrictive probation sanction in the respective sport was reduced to regular probation for one year – which allows the program to compete in championship play during the probationary period.
      Central Board president Mike Welsh said, “Because of the rule change in April, it allowed the board to consider the efforts of the schools in question to correct the problems. Before the rules change, the executive director did not have that option.”
      He said each member school has taken measures that included self-imposed sanctions and restrictions.  “Because of the actions taken by the schools, the board felt that lifting the restrictive probation was justified.”
       The sports affected at each school were Murphy (girls’ basketball); Muscle Shoals (football); John Carroll Catholic (football); and Daphne (volleyball).
       AHSAA Associate Executive Director Tony Stallworth swore in several new board members. They included Blount principal Jerome Woods (District 1), Dadeville administrator Pam Holloway (District 4), Center Point principal Van Phillips (District 5), Wadley principal Lori Carlisle and Lawrence County principal Thomas Jones (District 7). Not in attendance was Sumter County Schools’ superintendent Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough.
        The Board also was updated on AHSAA’s Corporate Partner program. ALFA is the newest corporate partner, and Jacks’ increased its support bringing the total to nine in the Corporate Partner Program (Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jacks’, Russell, Team IP and Wilson).
      The Board also approved recommendations by the AHSAA’s Sports Committees including changing the new Baseball Pitch Count Rule pitching limitation from team level to grade level.
     The Central Board also was updated about the AHSAA Five-Year Strategic Plan, which is entering its fifth year. AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth informed the board that all 24 goals of the strategic plan have been completed, implemented or studied.
     Mr. Savarese presented retiring Central Board member from District 2 Lamar Brooks of Dale County with a plaque of appreciation. Mr. Brooks served two years as president of the Central Board during his tenure.
    The Board also recognized and thanked retiring AHSAA Assistant Director Greg Brewer for his dedicated service and was introduced to his replacement Mark Jones.

In other Central Board action:

– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.

– Reviewed and approved 2016-17 publications including the AHSAA Handbook, the combined 2016-17 AHSAA Sports Book.

– Approved the 2016-17 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association AHSADCA) and the 2015-16 audits for each group.

– Approved a new Consent and Release Form that must be signed by all student-athletes and their parents beginning in 2016-17.

– Approved a recommendation from the Competition Committee to explore a State Cheerleading Plan that includes regional competition.

– Approved the request from Cornerstone Christian School of Rainsville to be removed from AHSAA middle-school membership.

-- Was updated about the AHSAA insurance coverages and School Audit Program.


Action by the AHSAA Legislative Council, which met in the afternoon: 

– Heard a review of the Central Board action.

– Reviewed and approved the new Handbook and Sports Book publications.

11 Veteran Officials Recognized For Distinguished Service At AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – Eleven veteran contest officials were honored Saturday at the AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.  The banquet was the final event of the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Among those presented Distinguished Service Awards was retiring AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer.  Brewer, after presenting the award for outstanding service to the other 10, was surprised with AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese presented Brewer with the same award. He also announced that in the future, the award would be called the AHSAA officials’ “Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award”. 
     “I love Greg and will miss Greg,” Savarese told the crowd of 300 in attendance. “He has done an outstanding job for such a long time. Thank you Greg for a job well done.”
     Brewer, who will officially retire Sept. 1 after 32 years at the AHSAA, told the crowd, “I’ll miss the people. It has been a ride. You are my friends. You are my family and I have had a good family.”
      Bill Coker of Dothan, a veteran of 44 years in officiating, topped the list that totaled 359 years of officiating between the Distinguished Service recipients. Coker was an outstanding baseball, softball and basketball official who also served in various AHSAA director roles.
      The others recognized with Distinguished Service plaques were: Farris Satterfield (36) of Florence, Parks Burgin (35) of Tuscaloosa, Steve Newton (34) of Birmingham, Dan Glossner (33) of Decatur, Irvin Leonard (33), Craig Cleveland (32) of Hartselle, Mary Day (30) of Montgomery, Eddie Gray (30) and Bobby Stewart (30), both of Birmingham.
     “We are honored to be able to recognize these officials who have spent so much of their lives working with the AHSAA, our coaches and student athletes,” said Brewer. “These men deserve our sincere appreciation for their dedication and long-time service.”
     Brewer was also presented a plaque of appreciation from the AHSAA Baseball Directors of Officials. 
    Mark Jones of Jacksonville, who will be joining the AHSAA staff as the new director of officials, was also in attendance. Jones’ first day will be Monday, July 25.
   The banquet also recognized AHSAA contest officials who worked championship events in 2015-16 and Brewer announced the AHSAA District and State Officials of the Year. Dana Pappas, Assistant Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon banquet.
   Eight active contest officials were named Official of the Year for 15-16 in their respective sports: Baseball: Hurston Pittman, South Central District; Basketball: Joe Kyles, Southeast District;  Football: Mark Wallace, Northwest District; Soccer: Tim Ashcom, Southeast District; Softball: Jimmy Young, Southeast District; Track: Charles Thompson, North Central District; Volleyball: Melanie Davis, Southeast District; Wrestling: Van Phillips, North Central District.
District officials of the year were also selected.
Jamie Walter; Basketball: Clint Hawkins; Football: John Bee; Soccer: Noelle Heiser; Softball: Karen Hackshaw; Track: Albert Moore; Volleyball: Tamara Brown; Wrestling: Steve Gravely.

Baseball: Kevin Bryan; Basketball: Joe Kyles; Football: Kevin Hawkins; Soccer: Tim Ashcom; Softball: Jimmy Young; Track: Chris Brandt; Volleyball: Melanie Davis; Wrestling: None.
Hurston Pittman; Basketball: Clarence Cobb; Football: David Hill; Soccer: none;  Softball: Charles Hickman; Track: Tommy Traylor; Volleyball: Ken Dawkins; Wrestling: Charles Beasley.
Mark Wright; Basketball: Darrell Hargreaves; Football: Mark Cochran; Soccer: None;             Softball: Franklin Reynolds; Track: Tony Reaves; Volleyball: Chudy Okoye; Wrestling: None.
: Ralph Muskett; Basketball: Robert Howell; Football: Matt Caldwell; Soccer: Ennis Baltaci; Softball: Charlie Hinkle; Track: Jamie Miller; Volleyball: Tracey Woods; Wrestling: Travis Gokey.
Earnest Harris; Basketball: Karl Burns; Football: Jeffrey Willis; Soccer: Craig Smith; Softball: Dennis Whitehead; Track: Charles Thompson; Volleyball: Pat Coleman; Wrestling: Van Phillips.
Rob Lockhart; Basketball: David Gregg; Football: Richard Manley; Soccer: Kevin Ashley; Softball: Tim Roberts; Track: Ted Bowers; Volleyball: Georgia Walker; Wrestling: Jack Stallings.
: Dan Glossner; Basketball: Cedrick Hawkins; Football: Mark Wallace; Soccer: Tim Holt; Softball: Dan Berryman; Track: Keith Wilemon; Volleyball: Larry Vinson; Wrestling: None.

State Championship Officials Recognized
      More than 260 contest officials that officiated in state championship events were also recognized at the luncheon. Those included:

State Finals Certificate Recipients 2015-16 School Year
Baseball                               Association

Darron Barry                         Greater Huntsville

Ed Bowman                           Colbert County

Donnie Brown                        Mobile County

Dick Buchanon                       Mobile County

C. J. Burdette                        Alabama

Tom Callahan                         Shelby County

Jesse Foster                          Alex City

Dan Glossner                         Decatur

Tony Harris                            Metro-Montgomery

Ken Helms                             Covington County

Gregg Lee                             Sand Mountain

Jason Lively                           Greater Huntsville

Slade McElroy                        Greater Huntsville

Hurston Pittman                    Chattahoochie Valley

Hal Rozzelle                          Druid City

Chris Stephens                      East Alabama

Steve Tilley                           Druid City

Floyd White                           Limestone County

Bill Wilder                              Shelby County

Mark Wright                          Druid City

Jared Young                          Southeast Alabama

Basketball                              Association

Terry Anthony                          Capital City

Kelly Armstrong                       North Alabama

Ken Barnett                             Northwest Alabama

Lucretia Battles                        Mount Cheaha

Kennith Booker                        Capital City

Randall Bugg                           Birmingham

Joe Cameron                           Capital City

Elliott Carr                               Jeffco

Myron Coats                            Druid City

Felicia Cushenberry                   Birmingham

Gerald DeBardelaben                 Central Alabama

Stan Dixon                               Capital City

Marius Dockery                         North Alabama

Anthony Dupree                      Gadsden

Melanie Gess                           Capital City

Allen Gilbert                            Mount Cheaha

Andrew Gilmore                       Birmingham

Darrell Hargreaves                   Druid City

Ron Harris                              Quad-Cities

Lonnie Hayes                          North Alabama

Daniel Holmes                         East Alabama

Carol Hughes                          Mobile County

Pat Jolly                                  North Metro

Jason Jones                            North Alabama

Shedrick Jordan                      Central Alabama

Joe Kyles                                 Georgia/Alabama

Eddie Loggins                        Jeffco

Nick Madsen                           Metro-Birmingham

Charlie McCants                     Selma

Brian McCollum                     Walker

Jason McCutcheon                  Mobile County

Calvin Oden                            East Alabama

Desmond Oden                       Birmingham

Amado Ortiz                           Mount Cheaha

Joe Pike                                   Jeffco

Scott Richards                        Jeffco

Don Shirey                              Metro-Birmingham

Chris Simpson                         Druid City

Shelby Sims                            Phenix City

Bobby Stewart                                    Birmingham

Richard Taylor                        Capital City

Terry Ware                              Capital City

Girard Warren                         Central Alabama

Ken Washington                     Mount Cheaha

Bill Young                              East Central

Football                                  Association

Clark Allums                           Southeast Alabama

Wes Aycock                            Decatur

Kevin Bowling                        Tennessee Valley

Kevin Bryan                            South Central
Todd Burbank                         Tennessee Valley

Kelvin Burton                         Shelby

Michael Brymer                      Central Alabama

Ricky Carlson                         River City

Eddie Carr                              Metro-Mobile

Mark Carruth                          Alabama

Esau Carter                             Central Alabama

Carey Cogburn                        Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Dees                                 Metro-Mobile

Greg Earwood                        Shelby

Todd Garrison                         Mid-East

Eric Greene                             North Alabama

Dane Hawk                             Central Alabama

Kevin Hawkin                         Southeast Alabama

Gary Haynes                           Metro-Tuscaloosa

Ronnie Henderson                  Mid East
Hudson Hinton                       East Central

Les Hogan                               Tri-County

John Hudson                           South Central
Jim Jackson                             Big East

Willis Jackson                         North Alabama

Justin Johnston                        Birmingham

Clay Kelley                             Northeast Alabama

Danny Key                              Big East

Gregg Lee                               Northeast Alabama

Travis Linebarger                    North Alabama

Pat Martin                               Bay Area

Jeff McCurley                         Metro-Mobile

Jerry McGlone                        Southeast Alabama

Mike Miller                             Big East

Mike Norris                             Southwest Alabama
Antwan Parker                        Central Alabama

Chris Poole                              Big East

Will Rasely                              North Alabama

Michael Rembert                     Metro-Mobile

Warren Robinson                    Metro Mobile
Ken Ruffin                              Metro-Tuscaloosa

Josh Shaw                               Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Smith                               East Central

Chris Stephens                        East Alabama
Noel Stephens                         East Alabama

Pete Storey                              East Central

Randy Stough                         Central Alabama

Jai Triplett                               Tennessee Valley

Ricky Tucker                           Shelby
Scott Tyler                              Birmingham

Mark Wallace                          Tennessee Valley

Marvin Williams                      Birmingham

Soccer                                     Association

Samir Almatari                        Northeast

Tim Ashcom                            Wiregrass

Tim Barron                              North Alabama

Sarah Brannon                        North Alabama

Miguel Caballero                     Wiregrass

Ryan Campbell                       Gulf Coast

Jim Dunbeck                           Marshall County

Jeremy Ferguson                     Central Alabama

Jimmy Franklin                       East Central

Pete Gonzales                         Central Alabama

Jeff Gray                                 Northeast

Tim Holt                                  North Alabama

Jason Palfreeman                    Wiregrass

Michael Smith                         Greater Birmingham

Charles Stanley                       Marshall County

David Stephenson                   Shoals Area

Cedric Thomas                        North Alabama

Tiffini Turpin                          Greater Birmingham


Softball                                   Association

Ken Allen                                Central Counties

Marquetta Brown                    Central Alabama

Sarah Brown                           North Alabama

Terry Cagle                             Black Warrior

Veronica Campbell                 Central Alabama

Mark Carruth                          Northwest Alabama

Clyde Cross                            Metro-Montgomery

Greg Farris                              Walker County

Mark Gibson                           North Alabama

Aaron Golden                         North Alabama

Kim Guy                                 Central Counties

Jeff Halcomb                          Northwest Alabama

Sonny Jackson                        Metro-Montgomery

Jay Johnson                             North Alabama

Doug Kennedy                       Walker County

Chris Liles                               Colbert County

Amanda Miller                        Marshall County

Mike Miller                             East Alabama

Steve Nelson                           Gadsden

Scottie Nichols                        Colbert County

Casey Rager                            Gadsden

DeWayne Roden                    Colbert County

Dewane Shumate                    North Alabama

Chris Vann                              Central Alabama

Josh Vest                                 Gadsden

Ben Walker                             Walker County

Darryl White                           West Alabama

Ronald Wilder                        Central Alabama

Track                                      Association

Mark Addison                         Smith Lake

Mark Aderhold                       Smith Lake

Alan Ash                                 Brewton

David Bahakel                       Central Alabama

Dick Bell                                 East Alabama

Carole Bentley                        Port City

Alice Biggs                             Central Alabama

Mary Birdwell                         Central Alabama

Stan Blakemore                       Central Alabama

Dan Bond                               North Alabama

Shannon Briggs                       North Alabama

Chante Calhoun                      Port City

Blake Calvert                          Smith Lake

Sally Campbell                        East Alabama

Richard Coleman                    Sylacauga

Charles Collins                        Port City

Tiffany Clark                          North Alabama

Kudezyia Crenshaw                Port City

Sheila Crenshaw                     Port City

Michael Daves                        Port City

Landen Delazier                      Port City

Milan Dekich                          Smith Lake

Kevin Durubbo                       Central Alabama

Laura Ellis                               Southeast

Ron Evans                               Central Alabama

Eric Fillings                             Smith Lake

Tomysyne Ford                       Central Alabama

John Forti                                Alabama

Jamie Freeman                        East Central

Marvin Goldsby                      Central Alabama

Sharon Hamilton                     Smith Lake

Erroll Hickenbottom               Port City

Jamie Horn                              East Central

Lauretta Freeman- Horn         East Central

Catherine Hudson                   Port City

Davina Johnson                       Port City

Joey Kyle                                North Alabama

Teresa Kyle                             North Alabama

Wayne Kulakowski                 Port City

Reid LaPorte                           Central Alabama

Sarah LeCray                          Port City

Bryan Lorge                            North Alabama
Jordan Santa Maria                 Port City

Everline Matonyei                   Port City

Steven Maxwell                      East Alabama

Connie Tolbert-McClinton      East Alabama

Debra McDonald                    East Central

Tim McDonough                     East Central

James Miller                            East Alabama

Aaron Moore                           Port City

Albert Moore                          Port City

Jeanette Morgan                      Port City

Kirby Perkins                          Central Alabama

Emily Pharez                           Port City

James Presley                          Port City

Jim Pugh                                 Central Alabama

Willie Ray                               Central Alabama

Lemuel Rich                            Port City

Tom Ritchie                            Port City

Latoya Rowell                        Port City

Jimmy Rudolph                       Selma
James Russell                          River Region

Whitney Rustand                    Port City

John Solomon                         Selma

Marvyn Stallings                     East Central

Paul Stemmer                          Port City

Tommie Stinson                      Central Alabama

Charles Thompson                  Central Alabama

Gene Tomlin                           Central Alabama

Erica Tripp                              Port City

James Weaver                         North Alabama

Bob Wheatly                           Southeast Alabama

Reggie Winston                      North Alabama

Randy Yarbrough                   Central Alabama

David York                             Central Alabama

Volleyball                               Association

Eugenia Baldwin                    Central Alabama

Kenith Booker                        Central Alabama

Johnny Champion                   Tri County

Nakesha Coleman                   Tuscaloosa

Chris Cummings                     Tuscaloosa

Cynthia Ellis                           North Baldwin

Lessie Gaddis                         Birmingham

Keith Gulledge                       Birmingham

Anthony Gunn                                    Quad-Cities

Linda Hatchett                                    Mobile

Jonathan Holliday                   Wal-Win

Danny Humbers                      Marion County

Janice Jordan                           Birmingham

Sterling McClennon                Greater Enterprise

Thomas Merritt                       Central Alabama

Athena Metcalf                       Wiregrass

Chudy Okoye                         Tuscaloosa

Wesley Radigan                      Birmingham

Becky Randolph                     Huntsville

Anissa Smith                           Birmingham

Cedric Smith                           Greater Enterprise

Georgia Walker                       Huntsville

Kyndall Waters                       Birmingham

Laina Williams                        Etowah


Wrestling                                Association

Anthony Adams                     Northern

Archie Best                             Gulf Coast

Josh Bierman                           Southern

Todd Dewey                           Birmingham

Dwight Buzbee                       Birmingham

T.J. Coleman                           Southern

Travis Gokey                           Eastern

Robert Hazewinkel                 Gulf Coast

Justin Miller                            Southern

Toney Pugh                             Birmingham

Jeff Saxon                               Birmingham

Willie Staggs                           Northern

Jack Stallings                          Northern

Mike Swinson                         Birmingham

Steve Thomas                          Eastern

Julian Wright                           Southern

Seven Individuals Receive 2016 Making A Difference Awards at 20th Annual Championship Coaches Banquet

   MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were honored as recipients of the AHSAA’s “Making A Difference” Award Friday night at the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
     The banquet, which honors head coaches that won state championships in 2015-16, highlighted the 20th annual All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference, which officially closes out the week's activities Saturday with the AHSAA Officials Awards Banquet here.
  The All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference is an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).  State of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was the keynote speaker.
     The “Making A Difference” Award is given annually to one individual in each classification selected for their signicant contributions in their communities and schools. The Class of 2016 included: Class 1A: Kyle Garmon, Gaylesville High School athletic director, head football and baseball coach; Class 2A: Claborn Campbell, Cold Springs head track coach and administrator; Class 3A: Stephanie Robinson, Fultondale High School principal; Class 4A: Tena Niven, Montevallo High School volleyball, girls basketball and soccer coach; Class 5A: Willie Moore, Dallas County High School athletic director, head boys’ basketball and softball coach; Class 6A: Gary Hall, Carver-Montgomery High School principal; Class 7A: Kent Chambers, Bob Jones High School head softball coach and assistant athletic director.
      The recipients were nominated by member schools or other special organizations and selected by a special AHSAA committee.
     Dale County interim Superintendent of Education Lamar Brooks was also presented the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese . Brooks, who is retiring, serves on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was president of the board from 2012-2014.  He was praised for his devotion and service to the AHSAA and its member schools by Savarese.
     The AHSADCA recognized 10 recipients of the AHSADCA Coaches’ Children Scholarships, which are awarded annually to seniors who are children of AHSADCA member high school coaches or administrators.
     The 2016 recipients honored were:
Sean Andrew Griffin, McGill-Toolen (Son of Coach Bill Griffin)
James Tucker Meadows, Rehobeth (Son of Coach Randall Meadows)
Jodie Farnetti, West Blocton (Daughter of Coach Greg Farnetti)
Harrison Jones, Smiths Station (Son of Coach Dennis Jones)
Mary Frances Segars, Vestavia Hills (Daughter of Coach Jeff Segars)
Tanner Gamble, Childersburg (Son of Coach Jo Warlick)
Michaela Smith, Russellville (Daughter of Coach Michael Smith)
Destiny Campbell, Cold Springs (Daughter of Coach Jeremy Campbell)
William Levi Denton, Colbert Heights (Son of Coach Ivan Denton)
Olivia Godsey, Hartselle (Daughter of Coach Bob Godsey) 

Coaches Awarded NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year Awards
     Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet recognized five coaches that were named NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball)
      NFHS State Coaches of the year were also honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

Kirk Norris Named AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year
      Athletic Director Kirk Norris guided Georgiana High School to perhaps the school’s best year in school history.  He was recognized Friday night as the 2016 Alabama’s Athletic Director of the Year. Also the school’s boys’ and girls’ head basketball coach, Norris led the Panthers boys to a 30-2 record and the state finals for the second time since 2012.  The 30 wins set a school record for victories.
     The school’s football program won its region and finished 11-2 while scoring 500 points for the first time in school history. Overall, four of the school’s five athletic teams reached the state playoffs in 2015-16.
      Norris, 36, graduated from Opp High School and the University of Montevallo. He was selected the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 1A boys’ basketball coach of the year in 2012 and again in 2016. He will begin his 12th year in August.


Eight Schools Awarded Sportsmanship Grants
 The ninth annual AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon held Friday recognized 76 member high schools that completed the 2015-16 school year fine and ejection free. Alabama Media Group ( presented $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, for the ninth straight year as a show of their support and commitment for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. The eight selected were: Clarke County (District 1); Houston Academy (District 2); Maplesville (District 3); Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee (District 4); Oakman (District 5); Saks (District 6); Lexington (District 7); and Brewer (District 8).
    Since 2008, the contributions by have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.

Enterprise High School’s Janie Wiggins Honored by FCA
     At Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon, Enterprise High School volleyball coach Janie Wiggins received the Herman “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in promoting the principles of FCA as well as demonstrating those principles in her own life throughout her career.
      Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore was the keynote speaker.

76 High Schools To Be Recognized At AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 76 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 20th annual Summer Conference and All-Star Week.
     The noon luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will recognize the member high schools that were fine and ejection free in the 2015-16 school year just completed.
        “We are very proud of the effort our member schools place on good sportsmanship practices,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Being ejection and fine free is a reachable goal as these schools have shown us.”
      Of the schools 76 schools accomplishing this goal, 23 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 10 from Class 3A, 7 from Class 4A, 12 from Class 5A, 4 from Class 6A, one from Class 7A. District 3 had the most schools – 12. District 2 had 11, District 1, District 5 and District 7 had 10 each, District 6 had nine, District 8 had eight and District 4, the smallest district by number of schools, had six.
    Among the total were four that reached this goal for the first time since the Star Sportsmanship program developed by AHSAA partner Learning Through Sports was introduced to the member schools in 2007-08. Each school received a sportsmanship banner to hang in their schools. Congratulations to those four schools: Colbert County, Cornerstone, Houston Academy and Northview. Both Houston Academy and Northview are from the city of Dothan in District 2.
     While the number shows a decrease from 2014-15, 105 of our member schools had just one fine or ejection during the school year. Of that total, 26 were cited for a coach failing to take a rules test, 19 for a single administrative infraction, one for failing to report a playoff score and 59 schools that had just one ejection all year.
     Since its inception in 2007-08, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 352 schools have been fine and eject free at least once and with as grand total of 943 fine and ejection-free years. Of the 76 in 2015-16, these schools have totaled 276 of those years – an average of 3.6 years per school over the nine-year period.  The breakdown for the 2015-16 recipients included 14 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 22 for three years, 17 for four years, six for five years, eight for six years, two for seven years and one -- Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free for the eighth time in nine years.
    Those with six years being fine and ejection-free are Alabama School for the Deaf, Boaz, Florala, Horseshoe Bend, Hubbertville, Maplesville, T.R. Miller of Brewton and Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery. Among those with five years is W.S. Neal of East Brewton. W.S. Neal and T.R. Miller are two of the state’s fiercest rivals on the field and they are prime examples of how rivalries can be intense and spirited and played with excellent sportsmanship.
    Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega and Linden have accomplished this feat seven times.
    Ten schools currently have been fine free for the past four years, and one of them, Florala, has been fine free  for five consecutive years. That is no fine or ejection for the Covington County school since the 2010-11 school year.
    Alabama Media Group ( will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts: Clarke County; Houston Academy; Maplesville; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee; Oakman; Saks; Lexington; and Brewer.
    Since 2008, the contributions by have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.
    The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.

Alabama School for the Blind


Alabama School for the Deaf


Autaugaville High School


Billingsley High School


Brantley High School


Coosa Christian High School


Cornerstone Christian School


Covenant Christian School


Florala High School


Fruitdale High School


Gaylesville High School


Hubbard, R.A. High School


Hubbertville High School


Jefferson Christian Academy


Linden High School


Lynn High School


Maplesville High School


McKenzie High School


Notasulga High School


Pickens County High School


Saint Luke's Episcopal High School


Skyline High School


Waterloo High School


Addison High School


Altamont School


Choctaw County High School


Cleveland High School


Flomaton High School


Goshen High School


Horseshoe Bend High School


Houston Academy


Ider High School


Isabella High School


Leroy High School


Lexington High School


Oakman High School


Phil Campbell High School


Red Bay High School


Reeltown High School


Victory Christian School


Woodland High School


Zion Chapel High School


Abbeville High School


Barbour County High School


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North Wins Weather-Shortened All-Star Football Game 14-0

     MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars posted two first-quarter touchdowns Thursday night to build a 14-0  lead in the 57th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl. Lightning and heavy rains forced the game to be called at 8:16 of the second quarter with the North still holding that two-touchdown lead.
     Quarterback Zach Cupps of Gardendale was 5-of-6 passing for 96 yards and a 51-yard touchdown pass to Sheffield wide receiver Aaron Pride to earn MVP honors for head coach Frank Tucker’s North squad.  The score came at 5:19 of the first quarter and just 3 ½ minutes after Minor’s David Mitchell’s 14-yard TD run. It was Mitchell’s only run of the night. Morgan Coston of Leeds kicked both extra points.
     Mitchell’s score capped a six-play, 40-yard march the North’s first possession of the game.
     The South, head-coached by Theodore’s Eric Collier, drove to the North 29-yard line on its second possession of the game but McGill-Toolen quarterback Parish Chambers was sacked for a 6-yard loss back to the 35 by Leeds defensive lineman Josephus Smith. The South turned the ball over on downs at the 31.
     It took just four plays for the North to score again. Cupps connected with Denzel Mooney of Gadsden City for 19 yards to midfield. Two plays later, he found Pride open down the right sideline for the 51-yard score.
    The North defense limited the South to four plays on their next possession. Cupps moved the North offense from its own 15 to the South 46 before the drive stalled. Each team would get one more drive each before the lightning forced the teams to the locker room just before 8 p.m. The game was finally called an hour later as lightning continued and heavy rains began to fall.
    With Sparkman quarterback Mason Edwards directing the offense, the North moved from its own 14-yard line to the South 34 – with 50 yards coming on a pass from Edwards o West Point’s Kobe Smith – when the teams were forced to leave the field. The game never was able to be resumed.
    The North finished with eight first downs, 49 yards rushing on 12 carries and 163 yards passing for 212 total yards. Cupps also rushed for 10 yards on one carry and finished with 106 total yards. Edwards was 3-of-5 passing for 67 yards.
    Leeds’ Smith had four tackles, including two for losses, to lead the North defense. Justin Little of Tuscaloosa County added two tackles and Blake Stidham of Hamilton was in on three stops.
    The South had three first downs, had a net of zero yards on six rush attempts and completed 7-of-12 passes for 75 yards. Chambers was 3-of-6 passing for 52 yards, and Montgomery-Lee quarterback Shaquille Johnson was 4-of-6 for 23 yards. Beauregard’s Heath Senn had one catch for 44 yards, Von Street of Enterprise caught two for 17 yards and Kolby Easley of Northview, two for eight yards. Daniel Miller of Fairhope was the leading rusher with 11 yards on three carries.
    Kahlil Traywick of UMS-Wright, the South MVP, had four tackles and two assists and Quantravis Kelly of Lee had two tackles and three assists for the South defense.
     The South holds a 30-24-2 lead in the series that was first played in 1948. Since the game moved back to Cramton Bowl in 2011, the North and South have each won three games with the North now winning two in a row.

South Girls Beat North 3-0 In North-South Volleyball Action

     MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars swept past the North 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 to win the AHSAA North-South Volleyball All-Star match at Auburn-Montgomery University Gymnasium Thursday afternoon. The all-star competition is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The North holds a 13-6 edge in the series dating back to 1997.
      The South, coached by Bayside Academy’s Ann Schilling and Murphy’s Nancy Shoquist, registered 38 kills to the North’s 26. A big reason was South MVP Lauren Chastang of Bayside Academy. She totaled six kills, seven digs and one service ace in a strong performance. Ariel Dulaney of Bayside added nine kills and Bentley Odom of Murphy contributed seven.
    Setter MaryRen Stevenson dished out 18 assists, served two aces and had seven digs. Ashlyn Byrd of Providence Christian also had 11 assists for the South.
    North MVP Hannah Barrett of Huntsville had 12 assists and four digs. Caroline Davies and Mary Jordan Kilgore, both of Mountain Brook, had five kills each. Kilgore also had five digs and Megan Zuck of Hartselle had three kills and seven assists.
    The North was coached by Ryan Roberson of Brooks and Ginny McMillan of Mountain  Brook. The South victory gave the girls a split in all-star competition for the week with the North taking soccer and softball and the South winning volleyball and basketball.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Friday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will be highlighted by a mandatory Medical Advisory Board session dealing with current health and safety issues and a mandatory meeting for all schools dealing with AHSAA membership concerns.   
     The Star Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon will recognize 76 high schools that were fine and ejection free for the 2015-16 school year. The day will conclude with the Championship Coaches Banquet Friday night honoring all coaches winning state championships in 2015-16 as well as seven individuals selected as the AHSAA Making A Difference Award recipients for 2016. Ten students from the Class of 2016 will also receive AHSADCA Coaches’ Children Scholarships, and Kirk Norris, basketball coach and athletic director at Georgiana High School, will be honored as the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. NFHS Section 3 and State Coaches of the year will also be recognized.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be the keynote speaker.
     The Championship Coaches Banquet is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to

North Downs South 84-73 To Claim Boys’ All-Star Game

MONTGOMERY – Spain Park High School rising senior Austin Wiley scored 30 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lift the North to an 84-73 victory in the 63rd AHSAA North-South All-Star basketball game Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena.
     The 6-foot-11 Wiley earned North MVP honors going 14-of-18 from the field with most buckets coming on crowd-pleasing dunks as the North, coached by Cale Black of Geraldine and Chris Randall of White Plains, to the 16th win in the series since it was resumed in 1997. The North-South series began in 1953 with the North winning 52-46 and was played annually until 1964 when a large-school and small-school game format created two games each year through 1984.
      The series was discontinued after 1984 and resumed as part of the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in 1997. Since then, the North has gone 16-4 winning
12 in a row from 2003-2014 before the South snapped that streak last year with a 712-65 win.
      The North led virtually the entire game Wednesday night as Wiley dominated inside thanks in part to outstanding guard play from Tyrique Purvis of Decatur and Khalil Johnson of Cleveland. Johnson, a 6-8 guard, handed out eight assists including one 60-foot throw to Wiley at the other end of the court for one of his many dunks. Purvis added nine rebounds and five assists.
     Jakolbe McClendon of Oxford and Kobe McClain of Ramsay also added 14 points each. The North shot 60.3 percent from the field (35-of-58) and out-rebounded the much shorter South squad 52-25. 
    LaFayette’s Jatarvious Whitlow was named South MVP scoring points, dishing out five assists and pulling down eight rebounds. Jaelin Fleming and Terrell Harris of Northview added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the South, coached by their own Cougars Coach Janasky Fleming and LaFayette’s Obadiah Threadgill IV.  Maplesville’s Terence Dunlap added nine points.
    The 57th North-South Football All-Star Game and North-South Volleyball All-Star Match will close out the All-Star Week competition Thursday at Cramton Bowl and AUM, respectively. The football game will kick off at 7 p.m., and the volleyball match will tip at 4.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Thursday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will include Coaching Schools for basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading. The annual Fellowship of Athletes Luncheon will be at noon.
     All North-South All-Star competition is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to

South Girls End North Win Streak In Basketball All-Star Game

     MONTGOMERY – South All-Star Unique Thompson of Faith Academy scored 17 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lead her team to a 57-53 win over the North Wednesday night at Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University. The victory ended an eight-year drought for the South, which last won in 2007. The North holds a 17-3 advantage in the 20-year series after Wednesday’s setback.
        The 6-foot-3 Thompson’s inside play helped stake the South to a 30-20 lead at halftime. The South, coached by Cecil Williams of Keith and Darrell Walton of LeFlore, kept a double-digit lead deep into the fourth quarter before North MVP Queen Ford of Sipsey Valley and Shelby Hardy of Homewood sparked a late comeback effort . The North, coached by David Hill of Lexington and JoVanka Ward of Homewood cut the lead to four, 55-51, with 27 seconds remaining when Gadsden City’s Brooke Burns sank a free throw.  The South stretched the lead back to six with two free throws by Nakia Kincey of Abbeville with 20 seconds remaining. Haley Troup of Gadsden City nailed a jumper with 11 seconds left, but the South ran out the clock to seal the win.
      Tiyah Johnson of Central-Phenix City chipped in 11 points with two 3-point goals for the South. Johnson’s Central teammate Kayla Vance had eight points and five rebounds and Lanett guard Ataiya Bridges had five points, four steals and a team-high three assists.
     Ford had nine points and nine rebounds for the North. Troup had eight points and was 4-of-4 at the foul line. Hardy had six points, four rebounds and two steals and Burns had seven points.         AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Thursday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will include Coaching Schools for basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading. The annual Fellowship of Athletes Luncheon will be at noon.
     All North-South All-Star competition is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to

North Sweeps South in All-Star Baseball Competition

     MONTGOMERY – Four pitchers combined to hurled a one-hitter in the first game and squad’s bats came alive in the second game to pound out 14 hits in the second game as the North All-Stars beat the South 2-0 and 13-2 to sweep the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star series at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.
       Gardendale High School infielder Manning Early stroked a triple in the opening win and had a sine and three RBIs in the nightcap to claim MVP honors for the North. The winners improved their series record to 20-11-1 with the sweep. South MVP was catcher Santiago Garcia, who
      The North-South Baseball doubleheader was the first of eight all-star competitions this week as the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week heads into day three Wednesday. All-Star competition for girls’ and boys’ soccer and softball was also held Tuesday night.
     All-star competition continues Wednesday with the 20th annual North-South Girls’ All-Star Basketball game and the 51st North-South Boys’ All-Star Game Basketball game at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. North-South Volleyball competition and the 57th North-South All-Star Football game will be played Thursday at 4 and 7 p.m., respectively at Auburn-Montgomery University’s Gymnasium and Cramton Bowl.
     Cody Greenhill of Russellville, Will Battersby of Spain Park, Taylor Hayes of Piedmont and Carson Hall of Randolph combined to shut out the South in the opening baseball game. Greenhill hurled the first two innings walking one and striking out one to get the win. Battersby gave up a single and walked one in his two innings, Hayes hurled one shutout inning and Hall, who had 10 saves for Randolph as a junior in 2016, notched the save with three strikeouts over the final two innings.
    Brantley’s Jacob Free started and went three innings, allowing five hits, two unearned runs and striking out one to get the loss for the South. Evan Baber of Central-Phenix City struck out three in one inning of work.
    Gordo’s Kody Chapman singled and scored on a passed ball for the North’s first run in the second inning.   Deshler’s Hunter Hill reached safely in the third inning on a throwing error and took second when the ball rolled into the South dugout. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by James Clemens’ Jordan Anderson.
     The North took a 4-0 lead in the game two after two innings and added four more runs in the fourth to build a commanding 8-0 lead before the South finally its first hit of the second game. North pitchers held the South batters hitless for 7 1/3 innings over both games.  Thomasville’s Chad Bryant singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth and Garcia singled in Joseph Booker, who had reached on an error.
    The North went on to add three more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to close out the win.  Hayes slammed a double and two singles and scored two runs, Decatur’s Tanner Burns had two hits and two RBIs, Greenhill and Jared Howell of Sparkman also had triples in the second game. Howell hurled the final inning allowing one hit and a run. Winning pitcher Cade Lemons of Vestavia Hills started and pitched two hitless innings facing the minimum six batters while striking out two to get the win.

North Wins 12-4, 4-1 to Capture North-South Softball All-Star Games

   MONTGOMERY – The North, coached by Hayden’s John Simmons and Pleasant Valley’s David Bryant, pounded 19 hits in two games Tuesday night to sweep the 20th AHSAA North-South All-Star Softball competition hosted since 1997 annually by the AHSADCA as part of the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week.
    Kiara Akles of Cleburne County had a double, one RBI and scored a run in game one’s 12-4 victory and was the starting pitcher in a 4-1 victory in game two hurling three strong innings allowing three hits, one run and striking out three to get the win. She also slugged a double.
    Layton Murphy of Marbury earned South MVP honors. She started and got the loss in game two despite pitching three strong innings. She allowed three hits, one earned run and struck six. Murphy also hurled two scoreless innings in game one with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.
    Destinee Cole of Pinson Valley had two hits and two RBIs for the North in the nightcap.  Delaney Thomas of Baker had a single and RBI and Hannah Dailey of St. James had a double for the South.
    The North scored five runs in the top of the second inning in game one to take command en route to the 12-4 win.  Briana Chappell of Tuscaloosa County slugged a double and single and drove in two runs in the win. Alaina Hampton of Coosa Christian had a double and two RBIs. Abbey Latham of Demopolis slammed a solo homer for the South, coached by Rachael McClure of Prattville and Barry Roberts of Robertsdale.  O’Neil Roberson of Oak Mountain also had a single and two RBIs.
    Winnie pitcher Annie Willis of Westminster Christian started and pitched three innings, striking out three and allowing three hits.  Cydney Sizemore of Dothan got the loss.
    The North improved to 24-9-3 in the series with the sweep.