Thursday, March 21, 2019






North, South Split Softball All-Star Twinbill at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Hatton’s Emma Latham slugged a two-out solo home run to center field Tuesday night to salvage a 5-4 win over the South All-Stars in the 22nd annual North-South Softball All-Star Games. The South won game one 3-0 at Lagoon Park.
      All-Star Sports Week is hosted in conjunction with the AHSAA Summer Conference by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. Cross Country and Basketball all-star competition will be held Wednesday, with volleyball and football closing out the events Thursday. A complete schedule can be found at The basketball, volleyball and football all-star games will be video live-streamed over the NFHS Network thanks to the AHSAA member school NFHS Network School Broadcast Programs at Goshen and Booker T. Washington Magnet.
    North 5, South 4: Latham, who earned North MVP honors for her clutch home run, also helped spark a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to give North, coached by Spring Garden’s Ann Welsh and Buckhorn’s Al Rauls, its first lead of the night, 4-2. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hannah Borden doubled to plate two runs for the big hit of the inning.
     The South took the lead 2-0 in the top of the fourth on G.W. Long first baseman Olivia Baker’s two-run homer. The South, coached by Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula, knotted the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Blake Gibson of Rehobeth, the South MVP, had two hits in game two including an RBI single in the seventh.
     Madison Sanders of Moody pitched the final inning to get the win for the North. Maggie Phillips of Alexandria and Kaitlyn Clark of Gardendale each hurled two shutout innings for the North in the win. Baker pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher for the South.
    South 3, North 0: Olivia Baker hurled three strong innings to start game one. She got the win allowing only one hit and striking out two. Kahalley Brooks of Baldwin County also pitched three shutout innings and Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville closed out the two-hitter with a hitless seventh inning to get the save.
    Springville’s Abby Swaney pitched the first two innings for the North allowing no hits, one walk, struck out four and gave up one unearned run to get the loss. Brantley’s Kassidy Wilcox homered for the South. Brooks singled for the North’s other hit. Lauren Haskins of Thompson and Phillips each had a single for the North’s only hits.
    With the split, the North now holds a 26-21-3 edge in the series which started in 1997.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
South 3-2, North 2-6

North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0

ASWA Names 2018 Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball

MONTGOMERY –  The Alabama Sports Writers Association named St. Luke's Jeremiah Jackson Mr. Baseball and Brantley's Leanna Johnson Miss Softball during Sunday’s annual banquet at Montgomery’s Embassy Suites Hotel.


ASWA also honored Pleasant Valley volleyball player Anna Bryant with the Jimmy Smothers Courage Award.


Jackson led St. Luke's to the Class 2A state semifinals, batting .637 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 34 games. Jackson hit .439 with 34 homers, 199 RBIs and 152 walks in his career, helping the Wildcats to a pair of state titles.


He was picked No. 57 overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.


Jackson heads the Super All-State list and is joined by Homewood's Josh Hall, Auburn's Brooks Fuller, Andalusia's Ethan Wilson, Sweet Water's Jonah Smith, Hoover's Sonny DiChiria, Cullman's Will Morrison, Headland's Chase Wilkerson, Mobile Christian's Ethan Hearn and G.W. Long's Dylan Register.


Troy signee Johnson led Brantley to the Class 1A state championship with a 48-4 record, posting a state-best 536 strikeouts and 31 shutouts with an 0.45 ERA. She also batted .374 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs.


She helped the Bulldogs to state titles in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Johnson is the first Class 1A player selected Miss Softball.


Johnson leads the Super All-State softball list along with Springville's Abby Swaney, Fairhope's Samantha Yarbrough, Spain Park's Annabelle Widra, Thompson's Lauren Haskins, Daphne's Kennedy Cronan, Baker's Victoria Ortiz, Wilson's Johnna Staggs, G.W. Long's Olivia Baker and Macon-East's Taylor McKinney.


Jackson is the 20th Mr. Baseball and first St. Luke's player to win the award. No player has repeated as Mr. Baseball


Johnson is the 16th Miss Softball and first Brantley player to earn the honor. Grissom’s Anna Thompson is the only two-time Miss Softball winner, earning the award in 2004 and 2006.


Only Pisgah, Hueytown and Baker have multiple winners in the 16-year history of the award.


Pisgah’s Holly Currie won the first Miss Softball award in 2003 and Shelby Holley won in 2011. Hueytown’s Lindsey Dunlap won in 2008 and Leigh Streetman won in 2010 while Baker’s Tara Donaldson won in 2005 and Lacey Sumerlin in 2015.


Pleasant Valley's Bryant starred in volleyball and also played softball until her sophomore year when a foul ball screamed into the dugout and struck her in the head. She was diagnosed with a slow brain bleed, requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation.


Bryant returned to volleyball her junior season and was MVP of the Calhoun County tourney as a senior. She was a Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award winner.


2018 ASWA Super All-State Baseball

Mr. Baseball: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s

Josh Hall, Homewood

Brooks Fuller, Auburn

Ethan Wilson, Andalusia

Jonah Smith, Sweet Water

Sonny DiChiria, Hoover

Will Morrison, Cullman

Chase Wilkerson, Headland

Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian

Dylan Register, G.W. Long


ASWA Mr. Baseball Winners

2018: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s

2017: Tanner Burns, Decatur

2016: Owen Lovell, Cullman

2015: Brax Garrett, Florence

2014: Cody Reed, Ardmore

2013: Keegan Thompson, Cullman

2012: Mikey White, Spain Park

2011: Daniel Koger, Huntsville

2010: Daryl Norris, Fairhope

2009: Luke Bole, Hartselle

2008: Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff

2007: John David Smelser, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

2006: Del Howell, American Christian

2005: Colby Rasmus, Russell County

2004: Patrick White, Daphne

2003: Joey Doan, Baker

2002: Allen Ponder, Lee-Scott Academy

2001: Eric West, Southside-Gadsden

2000: Wade Miller, G.W. Long

1999: Matthew Maniscalco, Oxford


2018 ASWA Super All-State Softball

Miss Softball: Leanna Johnson, Brantley

Abby Swaney, Springville

Samantha Yarbrough, Fairhope

Annabelle Widra, Spain Park

Lauren Haskins, Thompson

Kennedy Cronan, Daphne

Victoria Ortiz, Baker

Johnna Staggs, Wilson

Olivia Baker, G.W. Long

Taylor McKinney, Macon-East


ASWA Miss Softball Winners

2018: Leanna Johnson, Brantley

2017: Annie Willis, Westminster Christian

2016: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

2015: Lacey Sumerlin, Baker

2014: Madi Moore, Winfield

2013: Kasey Cooper, Dothan

2012: Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan

2011: Shelby Holley, Pisgah

2010: Leigh Streetman, Hueytown

2009: Hilary Phillips, Ider

2008: Lindsey Dunlap, Hueytown

2007: Whitney Larsen, Vestavia Hills

2006: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2005: Tara Donaldson, Baker

2004: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2003: Holly Currie, Pisgah


G.W. Long 13, Mars Hill Bible 7

MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long battled from a 7-1 deficit in the championship game to beat Mars Hill Bible 13-7 as the Rebels claimed the 2018 AHSAA Class 2A State Softball championship. The state title also gave the school a sweep in Montgomery since the G.W. Long boys won the Class 2A state baseball crown, ironically, over Mars Hill Bible, earlier in the week.
   Junior pitcher Libby Baker, the Class 2A state tourney MVP, supplied the power with two home runs and three RBIs for Long. Her two-run blast highlighted a seven-run fourth inning that gave the Lady Rebels (35-14) the lead for good 8-7.
    Coach Nikki Long’s team rolled through the 2A state tourney undefeated with wins over Leroy 4-1, Lamar County 15-8 and Mars Hill Bible 5-2 in the winner’s bracket finals. Coach Matt Burgess’ Mars Hill girls downed Thorsby 11-0 and Reeltown 4-0 before falling to the loser’s bracket. The Panthers (45-16) beat Reeltown 9-3 to advance to the championship game.
    G.W. Long had 10 hits in the finals with Kenzi Payne, Savanna Wood and Dallas Potter collecting two hits each. Potter also had a homer, had two RBIs and scored three times. Payne, Wood and Emmaline Hughes each added two RBIs.
   Mars Hill scored all its runs in the first three innings off Baker, who allowed 10 hits, walked eight and struck out eight. Faith Stanford got the loss for the Panthers.  Annah Steadhman collected a double and single to drive in three runs for Mars Hill. Riley Vaughn also had a double and two RBIs, and Kayla Thigpen had two hits and scored twice.
   The state title was the first in school history for G.W. Long.
Libby Baker, G.W. Long (MVP); Kenzi Payne, G.W. Long; Savanna Wood, G.W. Long; Emmaline Hughes, G.W. Long; Erika Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible; Riley Vaughn, Mars Hill Bible; Annah Steadman, Mars Hill Bible; Allie Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible.

CLASS 6A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

MONTGOMERY – Junior Kylie Winton’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the winning run Saturday afternoon at Lagoon Park to lift Hartselle to a 6-5 win over Saraland in the finals of the 2018 AHSAA Class 6A State Softball Tournament. The state championship was the fifth in school history for the Tigers (43-15) and the first since back-to-back state crowns in 2013  and 2014.
    Hartselle rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of seventh inning to send the final game into extra innings. No. 8 batter MacKenzie Farmer led off the eighth with a walk. The runner advanced to third on Kristen Black’s hit and Winton, the Class 6A state tournament MVP, then delivered a two-strike liner to left to plate the winning run.
     Coach Christy Ferguson’s Tigers finished 4-0 in the tourney beating Hueytown 7-2, Nort5hview 11-6 and Gardendale 6-4 to reach the finals.  Saraland (45-10-1) beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9-6 in the opener, then fell to Gardendale 2-1. The Spartans of Coach Donny Sunnycalb then beat Chelsea 7-5, Hillcrest 13-3 and Gardendale 4-1 to set up the championship game.
    Hartselle junior Morgyn Sparkman allowed 13 hits over eight innings and struck out one to get the win in the finals. Taylor Heaton started for Saraland and went five innings, leaving the game with six hits allowed, one strikeout and a 5-3 lead. Reliever Brinkley Goff, who pitched the Spartans out of the jam with a double-play liner to third, got the loss going two innings.
   Winton finished with three hits, including home run and double, scored three runs and had two RBIs for Hartselle. Kalli Cartee had two hits and two RBIs, Mackenzie Jackson had two hits and one RBI, and Natalie King had a double and single for the Tigers.
    Camryn McLemore slugged a triple and home run to drive in three runs for Saraland. MacKenzie Farmer had a home run, single and two RBIs, and Kristen Mears and Katie Head also had two hits each.
    The Class 6A and Class 2A tournaments closed out the AHSAA’s 24th annual fast-pitch state Championships Saturday.

Kylie Winton, Hartselle (MVP); Mackenzie Jackson, Hartselle; Kalli Cartee, Hartselle; Morgyn Sparkman, Hartselle; Bree Green, Saraland; Katie Head, Saralanda; Camryn McLemore, Saraland; Taylor Heaton, Saraland.


Hale County 13, Wilson 2

MONTGOMERY – Hale County downed Wilson 13-2 in the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A State Softball Tournament at Lagoon Park Friday night to win its fourth state championship since 2014.
    Coach Lori Wyatt’s team scored five runs in the second inning and four each in the third aknd fourth innings to beat the Warriors (49-5) of Coach Laura Jo McFall. Wilson forced the final game after emerging from the loser’s bracket to beat Hale County 10-7 to force the second game of the finals.
    Freshman pitcher Emily LaFoy allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two in the final game to get the win for Hale County (37-18). She was named MVP of the Class 4A state tourney. Senior teammate Olivia McCray had a triple and double and drove in four runs for the Wildcats. Kayla Wyatt had a triple and single and scored twice, Savanna Holmes had one hit and three RBIs, LaFoy had one hit and three runs scored for the winners.
    Johnna Staggs started and got the loss for Wilson. McKenzie Walker had a double and Staggs had an RBI to pace the Warriors.
    Hale County, which won three state titles in a row from 2014-16, also downed Alabama Christian 1-0, Wilson 18-11 and North Jackson 15-9 in the winner’s bracket.
   The Warriors opened with a 5-2 victory over Cherokee County, then moved to the loser’s bracket after the second-round loss to Hale County. Wilson then beat Cordova 10-2, Alabama Christian 7-3 and North Jackson 11-5 before beating the Wildcats 10-7 to force the final game.
    The AHSAA 24th annual fast-pitch state tourney will conclude Saturday with Classes 2A and 6A finals set for 2 p.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming both over the NFHS Network. Go to to access or subscribe.

Emily LaFoy, Hale County (MVP); Savanna Holmes, Hale County; Madalynn Langham, Hale County; Olivia McCray, Hale County; Johnna Staggs, Wilson; Taylor Brown, Wilson; Karlee Liverett, Wilson; Sidney Bevis, Wilson; Josie Thompson, North Jackson.


CLASS 3A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Prattville Christian 7, Geneva 1

Prattville Christian 7, Geneva 1

MONTGOMERY – Prattville Christian rolled undefeated through the 2018 AHSAA Class 3A State Softball Tournament at Lagoon Park beating Geneva 7-1 in the championship game Friday night as the Panthers claimed their first AHSAA state title.
   Freshman pitcher Landyin McAnally pitched a two-hitter in the final game and struck out eight to get the win. She was also named the 3A state tourney MVP.
   Coach Randy Stough’s Panthers (41-12) beat Opp 4-1, Plainview 6-4 and Geneva 8-5 in the winner’s bracket finals. Geneva (33-22) opened the tourney with wins over American Christian (5-2) and Locust Fork (9-4) before falling into the loser’s bracket. Coach Brent Johnson’s team downed Plainview 12-9 to advance to the finals.
    PCA took a 5-0 lead early off starting Geneva pitcher Jaylee Stough, who gave up 10 hits, four earned runs and struck out two. McAnally gave up a run to Geneva in the bottom of the sevenkth when Anslee Finch slugged a solo home run. Avery Nance had the other hit.
    Hannah Thrift had a double and drove in four runs to pace Prattville Christian. Paisley Wilson, Carolyn Carter and McKenzie Montgomery also had two hits each. Carter had two doubles.
    The AHSAA 24th annual fast-pitch state tourney will conclude Saturday with Classes 2A and 6A finals set for 2 p.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming both over the NFHS Network. Go to to access or subscribe.

Landyn McAnally, Prattville Christian (MVP); Madison Hanson, Prattville Christian; Kathkryn Fallen, Prattville Christian; Carolyn Carter, Prattville Christian; Anslee Finch, Geneva; Chloe Nance, Geneva; Jesselyn Culverhouse, Geneva; Kenzi Taylor, Plainview.


Fairhope 8, Spain Park 6

MONTGOMERY – Fairhope lost its first game of the Class 7A State Softball Tournament to Prattville 4-0 on Wednesday, then stormed out of the loser’s bracket to win six games in a row to claim the Pirates’ first state title in school history.
    Coach Chuck Nelson’s team beat Spain Park (41-11), which came out of the winner’s bracket undefeated, 7-5 and 8-6 in two marathon games in the finals.  Fairhope (47-7) also beat Hewitt-Trussville, Buckhorn, Mary Montgomery and Smiths Station to make the unlikely climb to the state title Thursday at Lagoon Park.
    Winning pitcher Emma Kropp allowed eight hits and struck out eight in the final game. Annabelle Widra allowed 10 hits and struck out 10 in the setback for the Jaguars of Coach C.J. Hawkins.
   Jaden Morace had three hits, Bella Wiggins had a double and three RBIs, Alea Johnson had a double and single and one RBI and Madison Koger drove in two runs with one hit for Fairhope. Johnson was named the Class 7A state tourney MVP.
   Spain Park, also battling for its first state crown, got a double and two RBIs from Alexis Johnson, two hits from Caroline Wooley, and a single and RBI from Maddie Majors in the final game.
   The 24th AHSAA State Tourney continues Friday and will conclude Saturday.
Alea Johnson, Fairhope (MVP); Jaden Morace, Fairhope; Bella Wiggins, Fairhope; Samantha Yarbrough, Fairhope; Emma Knopp, Fairhope; Bailey Bowers, Spain Park; Maddie Majors, Spai Park; Alexis Johnson, Spain Park; Annabelle Widra, Spain Park.


Springville 3, Moody 0

MONTGOMERY – Springville’s Lady Tigers came out of the loser’s bracket to beat St. Clair County rival Moody 8-4 and 3-0  in the finals Thursday night to capture the school’s fourth straight Class 5A state softball championship at Lagoon Park.
    It marked the third straight year the Lady Tigers have battled out of the loser’s bracket to win the 5A state title. The four straight is one shy of the state record set by Class 3A Pisgah from 2001-05 and ties the four won by Hatton from 2010-13.
    Springville 46-7-1), coached by Brandon Easterwood, opened the tourney beating Alexandria 3-0 but was sent to the loser’s bracket Moody in a 5-3 setback. That set the Tigers on a five-game comeback effort that included two straight one-run wins over Mortimer Jordan (4-3) and Alexandria (5-4), followed by an 11-7 victory over Rehobeth.
   Springville beat Moody 8-4 in the first game of the finals, then won the title with a 3-0 shutout win over the Blue Devils.
    Abby Swaney hurled a five-hit shutout in the final game, walking three and striking out four to get the win. She was named MVP of the 5A state tourney. Moody’s Madison Sanders yielded 11 hits over seven innings to get the loss.
    Makalyn Kyser slugged a solo homer and single, Kaylee Chapman and Heather Levan each had two hits and an RBI and Dakota Dorsett had three hits for the Tigers.
    Sidney Wagnon had two hits for Moody (36-19), coached by Becky Seymour.
    Upon completion of the game and trophy presentations, nine Moody seniors were awarded their high school diplomas in the infield at Lagoon Park by school administrators as both teams, their fans and parents looked on.
Abby Swaney, Springville (MVP); McKenzie Brown, Springville; Makalyn Kyser, Springville; McKenzie Spivey, Springville; Madison Sanders, Moody; Sidney Wagnon, Moody; Lilly Crowe, Moody; Sydney Pybus, Rehobeth.

CLASS 1A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Brantley 5, Sumiton Christian 1

Brantley 5, Sumiton Christian 1

MONTGOMERY – Brantley senior pitcher Leanna Johnson hurled a two-hitter and struck out 10 in the championship game of the AHSAA’s 24th annual State Fast-Pitch Softball Championship’s Class 1A competition and the Lady Bulldogs beat defending state champion Sumiton Christian 5-1.
   The championship for Coach Cindy Hawthorne’s girls was the fourth in the last five years. Brantley won the 1A title in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Sumiton, which won the 2A championship in 2015 and 2016, won the 1A crown last year.
    Johnson earned MVP honors as Brantley (53-4) went 4-0 at Lagoon Park Wednesday and Thursday. The Bulldogs opened with a 10-0 win over Isabella, an 8-0 triumph over South Lamar and a 3-0 win the Sumiton in the winner’s bracket finals. The Eagles (39-22) beat Sweet Water (27-14) 12-1 in the consolation bracket finals to set up the championship game with the Bulldogs. The Eagles and Bulldogs met in the first round with Sumiton winning 5-4 innings.
    The Eagles scored in the top of the first inning in the finals – the only run allowed by Brantley all tourney, when Amber Hayes led off the game with a solo home run. Johnson only allowed on other hit, a single by Taylor Whisonant.
    Brantley took the lead with in the bottom of the fourth off Eagles hurler Anna Calloway with two runs. The Bulldogs added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth – all on home runs. Hannah Sims slugged a homer in the fourth, Kayden Dunn had two-run blast in the fifth and Olivia Jones had a solo homer in the sixth. Kassidy Wilcox finished with three hits for Brantley.

Leanna Johnson, Brantley (MVP); Anna Katherine Kimbro, Brantley; Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley; Hannah Sims, Brantley; Taylor Whisonant, Sumiton Christian; Amber Hayes, Sumiton Christian; Anna Calloway, Sumiton Christian; Eve Myers, Sweet Water.

Baker High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation and Removes Team from Regional Tourney

MONTGOMERY – Baker High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules and has voluntarily removed its softball team from the South Regional Qualifier tournament.
  A student-athlete in Baker’s softball program participated in eight tournaments, junior varsity and varsity combined, during the 2018 regular season exceeding the maximum tournaments allowed in violation of AHSAA rules found on page 44 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, Rule III, Contests, Section 13, Contest/Tournament limitations.
   The rule states:  A
student may participate in the number of contests his/her team is permitted to play in that sport. If a student participates on more than one level of competition in the same sport during the same season, the maximum number of contests that the student may participate in is the number of contests his/her highest-level team is permitted to play.
   Schools are permitted to play (a maximum) 18 regular-season games and in seven tournaments prior to area, sub-regional, regional and State Finals play. Consequently, the student-athlete participated ineligibly in Class 7A, Area 1 tournament and one game in the South Regional Softball Tournament.  BHS must forfeit all games won in which the ineligible student participated. The season has now ended for the softball team.