Monday, October 21, 2019






Jasper Rolls to the Championship of the Don Drummond Family Volleyball Tourney Title

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 7

MONTGOMERY – defending AHSAA Class 5A state volleyball champion Jasper High School rolled to 10 straight match wins last week as Coach Bobby Daniels’ Vikings rolled to the championship of their own Don Drummond Family Invitational tournament.
    Appearing in top-season form, Jasper didn’t drop a single set in the tourney to climb into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week seven of the 2019 season.
     The Vikings beat
Mortimer Jordan, John Carroll, Hayden and Guntersville in regular season play, and then won the third annual Drummond Family Invitational beating Arab, Austin, Buckhorn, Northridge, Homewood and Buckhorn again for the title.
     McKinley Ferguson had 12 aces and 47 kills, Alex Oliver had 10 aces, 42 kills and 23 digs, and Temperance Chatman had 105 assists.
     Jasper (44-8) has won 11 matches in a row since falling to Mountain Brook in the Over the Mountain Invitational two weeks ago. This weekend, Daniels takes his team to Athens for the Athens Invitational. The 12-team tourney includes Ardmore, Athens, Brooks, Central-Florence, East Limestone, Elkmont, Florence, Haleyville, James Clemens, Jasper, Lindsay Lane and Rogers.
     The 31st annual Margaret Blalock Invitational Tournament at Homewood gets underway Friday at Homewood will have a powerful field of many of the AHSAA’s top programs – all striving to reach their peak heading into the post season which gets underway with area tourney play Oct. 21 and 222.
    The 19-team field, as usual, is loaded with programs that battle for state championships year after year. In fact, the field can claim at least 89 past state titles to their credit with defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic and defending Class 4A state champion Bayside Academy leading the way. The Dirty Dozen have 21 state titles to their credit and the Lady Admirals have won 27 – including 17 in a row.
    Other schools in the field with past state titles include Huntsville (11), Hazel Green (8), Grissom (6), Ramsay (5), Mountain Brook (3), Thompson (3), Homewood (2) Madison Academy (2) and Bob Jones (1). All four Class 7A schools reaching the 2018 Elite Eight state tourney semifinals will be competing: McGill, Hoover, Bob Jones and Mountain Brook.
    Last weekend was a big weekend for tournaments around the state and a big weekend for players who emerged to lead their teams to titles.
    Among the top performances reported were:

BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 187 assists and 53 digs to lead the Class 6A Hornets (42-2) to eight straight wins and the championship of the Old Shell Road Invitational volleyball tournament at Mobile.  Teammate Victoria Schmer added 96 digs and Zoe LaBreche had 70 kills. Chelsea bear Spanish Fort in the finals.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Dished out 140 assists and teammate Macie Williams had 55 kills as the Panthers (35-11) went 6-1 on the week and won the Etowah County tournament for the 11th straight year. Southside was 3-0 in the tourney with two wins over Hokes Bluff and one over Sardis.
REESE COLBURN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Sparked the Blue Devils (31-9) to a 6-2 record over eight matches, including four victories in the Jefferson County Tournament en route to the championship match win over Gardendale. She had 51 kills and 11 digs while teammates MaKensie Glenn and Madeline Snow added 29 and 28 kills, respectively. Glenn also had 20 blocks and Snow had 17.Haylee Roberts had 71 assists, 18 digs and seven service aces.
CAMERON LOVELL, BROOKS: Returned to the lineup in a big way after missing 25 matches this season. She had 78 kills, 89 digs and 19 aces as the Lions (18-25) reached the finals of the Lauderdale County tournament. Brooks lost to Wilson in the championship match.
LENNON McANNALLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Went 6-0 without dropping a single set to capture the Elmore County Block Party tournament championship as McAnnally collected 43 kills, 32 digs and 16 service aces. PCA beat Alabama Christian in the finals.

ASHLYN CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Helped the Raiders (19-9) go 4-0 in the Goshen Invitational to win the tourney championship. She had 120 assists, nine kills and seven aces. Teammate Caroline Nelson also had 12 aces.
MEG BRACKHAN, SPANISH FORT: The defensive specialist had 120 digs and eight series aces to help the Toros (45-6) win seven of eight matches. Spanish Fort’s only loss was to Chelsea in the finals of the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney.”
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Handed out 180 assists, had 42 digs and nine aces as the Bucks (36-13) won six of eight matches. Both losses were to Jasper in the Don Drummond Family Invitational hosted by the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings. The final loss came in the championship match.
OLIVIA BROWN, HOMEWOOD: Had 40 kills and 39 blocks as the Patriots (26-8) went 5-2 on the week and reached the semifinals of the Don Drummond Family Invitational at Jasper. MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Led the Hawks (32-9) to the finals of the Morgan County Tourney with 44 kills and 35 digs. Savanah Free also had 163 assists. Danville lost to Hartselle in the finals.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 55 kills, an average of 27.5 per match, in wins over Priceville and Madison County.
PARIS MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Served 15 aces and had 29 kills as the Jags (28-13) beat Hewitt-Trussville and Mountain Brook.
SKYLER BUMPERS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 20 kills, six blocks and 11 digs in wins over Foley and Pensacola Catholic for the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (24-7).
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Totaled 166 assists and 34 digs as the Patriots went 7-1 in matches last week.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (28-10) go 4-1 for the week with 51 kills in the five matches.
ZOE ATKINSON, OAK MOUNTAIN: Led the Eagles (26-12) to a 5-2 record overall, including going 2-2 in the Metarie Park Country Day School Invitational at New Orleans. She had 28 kills, 23blocks and eight services aces.

RACHEL MORRISETTE, BAKER: Registered 30 kills on 45 attempts with just four errors as Baker (15-11) beat Mary Montgomery and St. Paul’s Episcopal in regular-season matches.
MARY MORGAN FORMBY, NORTHRIDGE: Had 70 kills, 36 assists and 30 digs as Northridge went 4-2 in six matches for the week.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 68 kills and six blocks in seven matches for the Rams.
MIKEA ALLEN, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 150 assists as Brew Tech won three matches over Carver-Montgomery, Enterprise and Saint James.
KEYSTON HENDERSON, CROSSVILLE: Totaled 57 kills and 37 digs in four matches as the Lions went 5-1 for the week.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 31 kills, 10 blocks, seven digs and four aces as Geraldine (25-7) beat Oneonta, Crossville and Ider.

HANNAH DAVIS, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats (25-9) to four wins with 42 kills, 48 digs and seven aces for the week.
ALLI TEMPLE, PHILLIPS: Had 22 assists and 17 kills as the Bears (21-14) downed Belgreen in a key Class 1A match in northwest Alabama.

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