Wednesday, October 23, 2019






Woodlawn’s Breanna Brown Topples AHSAA State Girls High Jump Record in First Day’s State Meet at Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES – Woodlawn High School high jumper Breanna Brown set the state high jump record with a winning height of 5 feet, 10½ inches Thursday night to turn in the top performance as the 95th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
     Brown missed on all three tries to clear 6 feet. The old mark (5-10) was set by Kelly Gregory of Murphy in 1985 and equaled by 20 years later by Raevan Harris of Northridge High School in 2005. It took 13 years before that record finally fell.
    Brown beat the field Thursday by 8½ inches.
     With all but one event completed Thursday night, Vestavia Hills High School held a slim 19.50 to 18 edge over Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A boys’ scoring. Homewood led the 6A competition with 34 points and Helena was second with 21. In Class 5A, Scottsboro led Valley 33-26 With Etowah and Center Point tied for third with 18 points each. And in Class 4A boys’ action, LAMP posted 19 points after two events with the boys’ javelin throw not scored as of press time.
    In the girls’ team standings, Montgomery Catholic had 32 points and Montgomery Academy had 26 in Class 4A. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Thompson were tied in Class 7A with 22 points each with Auburn third with 20 after day one.  Class 5A’s first-day leader was Arab with 24.50 points, followed by UMS-Wright with 22 and Scottsboro with 20.70. Defending state champion Homewood led Pelham by one point, 25-24, in Class 6A.
    The Class 4A/5A/6A/7A state meet kicks off day two Friday morning. The Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships set for Cullman High School begins Friday morning. Both meets are scheduled to conclude Saturday.
     The NFHS Network is live-streaming both championship events over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or to get more information, go to
     Highlights of Thursday’s action at Gulf Shores:


1,600-METER RUN: Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic closed out her domination in this event over the last six years with a 5:01.25 time to win the event. She narrowly missed her state record (4:57.42) set last year.
100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson came close to equaling the Class 4A state record (11.98) in the prelims Thursday clocking 12.08 seconds go qualify for the finals.
LONG JUMP: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran won the 4A long jump with a winning leap of 16-11.  The senior also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
HIGH JUMP: Senior Julia Rice of DAR cleared 5-02 to win the 4A high jump. Cochran finished second with more misses.
POLE VAULT: White Plains sophomore Savannah Yates cleared 10 feet, 9 inches to take first place over runner-up Isabella Baker of Montgomery Academy, who cleared 10-06.

100-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 11.79 in the prelims Thursday. The old 5A record (11.84) was set in 2008 by Ramsay’s Lakeshia Williams.
1,600-METER RUN: Corner freshman Myka Rogers won the event clocking 5:21.10.
POLE VAULT: Senior Lauren Hamm won with a clearance of 11 feet for Scottsboro’s Wildcats.


JAVELIN: Blount senior Karmen Williams set a new Class 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 145 feet, 8 inches. Her winning toss was 5 feet, 7 inches farther than the previous state mark (140-01) set by Hoover’s Chloe White in 2014.
1,600-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps edged Pelham’s Katie Strozier by 72/100th of a second to win the event. The Patriots junior was clocked at 5:02.94, and Strozier, a senior, at 5:03.66.
TRIPLE JUMP: Homewood senior Aiya Finch had a winning leap of 39-03.50 to capture the triple jump title.
100-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing qualified with the fastest time of the prelims clocking 11.52 seconds. The time was just 5/100ths of a second off the 6A record (11.47) set by Woodlawn sprinter Jasmine Kirkland in 2014.


1,600-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day winning the Class 7A event in 4:57.90.  Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue also came in under five minutes finishing second at 4:58.58.
100-METER DASH: Senior Nicole Payne was just 2/100ths of a second shy of the Class 7 state record (11.73) set by Hope Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville in 2018 with a 11.75 time in the 100-meter prelims Thursday.
TRIPLE JUMP: James Clemens' 
Ashlee Osaji  won the state title with a winning jump of 35-10.50.
DISCUS: McGill-Toolen’s duo of seniors Hannah Daffin and Emily Doyle finished 1-2 with Daffin’s throw of 123-08 winning the event. Doyle’s best was 116-05.

1,600-METER RUN: LAMP senior Brett Bonikowski beat DAR junior Kyle Saylor in a photo finish to win the 4A event. Bonikowski crossed the finish line at 4:27.55 and Saylor at 4:27.72.
DISCUS: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry won the event with a winning throw of 176-05 – 24 feet better than his closest competitor.
100-METER DASH: Seniors Evan Brooks of Madison Academy and Lee Witherspoon of North Jackson turned in outstanding times of 19,67 and 10.84 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 in the prelims.



1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro nipped Faith Academy senior Myles Stoots at the finish line by just 16/100th of a second. Atkins was timed at 4:24.40 and Stoots, 4:24.56.
SHOT PUT: Center Point junior Quinterrius Tanksley won the 5A event with a winning toss of 58-04.
JAVELIN: Sophomore Grayson Eady of Russellville had a winning throw of 178 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He had five throws all over 170 feet.
LONG JUMP: Etowah senior Justin Harris cleared 22-02.50 on his second leap to win the 5A long jump title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Valley sophomore Jacquez Trammel captured the title with a winning jump of 46-08. Etowah’s Harris was second (44-06.25).

1,600-METER RUN: Defending start champion Will Stone came very close to breaking the 6A record set by McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Stephen Dahmer (4:13.67) in 1987 by winning the 1,600 Thursday in 4:15.76. The senior beat runner-up and sophomore teammate Crawford Hope, who finished second with a 4:19.64 time.
100-METER DASH: Mae Jemison’s Tyler Davis turned in the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with 10.49 seconds. Brantan Barnett of Opelika and Javis Atchison of Baldwin County qualified 2-3 with times of 10.67 seconds. All three sprinters are seniors. Aaron Ernest of Homewood set the 6A record (10.33) in 2011.
HIGH JUMP: For competitors cleared 6-06, but all missed at 6-08. Emerging as the winner was Helena senior Jonah Hyde, who cleared the winning height on his first jump. Tony Toney of Mae Jemison, Josh Thomas of Homewood and Stephon May, also of Homewood, all cleared 6-06 but finished 2-3-4 in order based on misses.
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won the 7A event in 4:18.63, only 81/100th of  second off the 7A state record time (4:17.82) set by Benjamin Knox of Hewitt-Trussville in 2016.  Nick Cici of Huntsville, a senior, finished second to Strand with a very  fast 4:19.96 time.
100-METER DASH: Senior Charles Lewis of Sparkman nearly equaled the Class 7A record he set at last year’s state championships sprinting 10.55 Thursday. His record time last year was 10.53 seconds. Kamaron McDaniel, a Spain Park senior, qualified second with a 10.68 time – setting up what could be an exciting finish in the finals.
POLE VAULT: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan made it a sweep winning the Class 7A pole vault by clearing 15-06 Thursday. He won the indoor state title clearing the same height at the CrossPlex last February.
SHOT PUT: Spain Park senior Matthew Gray won the event with a winning toss of 58-08, just 4 ½ inches shy of the 7A state record (59-0.50) set by Vestavia Hills’ Walter  Thomas in 2016.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte had a time of 12.49 seconds and completed the 200-meter dash in 25.32. Whyte, competing in his third event Thursday, threw the shot 29 feet, 1 inch and earned three points for the Tigers for his efforts in all three events.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Ayan Merchant completed the race in 14.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 31.47. He also had a shot put toss of 26-02.50 and also earned three points in the three events for Auburn.


LONG JUMP: Hewitt-Trussville sophomore Julian Collins had a winning jump of 23-05. Hoover’s J’Marri McCall was second at 23-00.25.

2019 AHSAA Bowling Championships Conclude Friday Southside-Gadsden Girls and Hewitt-Trussville Boys Clinch Top Seeds with Impressive First Day

PELHAM – Two-time defending girls’ state bowling champion Southside-Gadsden emerged as the top seed after Thursday’s opening round of traditional play at the 2019 AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Oak Mountain Lanes.
    The Lady Panthers piled up 2,599 pins to lead all girls’ teams as the 16-team girls’ field and 16-team boys’ field competed in three rounds of traditional bowling.  Hewitt-Trussville totaled 2,855 pins to earn top seed in the boys’ divisions.
     Friday’s final day of competition will be a four-round single-elimination championship match play bracket. Teams will compete using the Baker Format (one round of traditional bowling plus three round of Baker Format play) per match.
    All teams begin the championship round at 8 a.m., with the championship match for boys and girls to be begin at approximately 4 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes.
     Hewitt-Trussville will face Baker in the first-round match and Vestavia Hills, the second seed in the boys’ division after posting a 2,797 team total Thursday, will meet Southside in Friday’s first-round match.   Southside’s girls meet Oak Mountain in the first round and girls’ second seed Thompson, which finished 200 pins behind the Lady Panthers at 2,399, open with Vestavia Hills.
    Sophomore Cole Arsenault of Sparkman turned in the top boys’ series with a 268-184-258—710 total. His 268 in the first round was top boys’ game of Thursday’s play and his 258 was the best total in the third round.  Sophomore Landon Masters of Thompson had the second best boys’ single game with a 267 in the first set. He finished with a 267-203-202—672 series total to finish second in the boys’ tradition play rankings.
    Sparkman senior Nicole Gilbert totaled 178-211-200—589 to finish as the girls’ division series leader. Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, placed three bowlers in the top five series leaders with junior Grace Ann Clontz rolling 201-179-182—562 to finish second. Junior teammate Ashlee Hull was fourth with a 545 total and sophomore Jennifer Clontz was fifth at 533. Jessica Clontz was sixth with a 525 series. Thompson junior Jillian Hulsey was third with a 555 total. She had a 213 in the first set for the top game and Warriors teammate Maggie Smith turned in the best girls’ single game with a 230 in the final set of the day.
    Southside’s 862 total in the third set was the best single round total of the day for the girls’ competition while Vestavia Hills, coached by Todd Evans, had a first-round team total of 1,032 for the top boys’ total. Sparkman, coached by Lisa Ivey, had a 1,031 in the final round of the day.
    Complete first-day team results and individual leaders are listed.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
At Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham
Friday’s Pairings

ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)

Baker vs. Hewitt-Trussville (No. 1 seed)
Gadsden City vs. East Limestone
Stanhope Elmore vs. Buckhorn
Mary Montgomery vs. Thompson (No. 4 seed)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Auburn vs. Spain Park
James Clemens vs. Hoover
Southside-Gadsden vs. Vestavia Hills (No. 2 seed)

ROUND 1 (8 a.m.)
Oak Mountain vs. Southside-Gadsden (No. 1 seed)
Gulf Shores vs. Pinson Valley
East Limestone vs. Spain Park
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Hartselle (No. 4 seed)

Etowah vs. Sparkman (No. 3 seed)
Satsuma vs. Stanhope Elmore
Auburn vs. Grissom
Vestavia Hills vs. Thompson (No. 2 seed)

Thursday’s Results
(Traditional Bowling)
Hewitt-Trussville                            2,855
Vestavia Hills                                   2,797
Sparkman                                         2,770
Thompson                                        2,679
Buckhorn                                          2,651
Spain Park                                        2,630
Hoover                                              2,591
East Limestone                               2,531
Gadsden City                                   2,509
James Clemens                               2,483
Auburn                                              2,481
Stanhope Elmore                           2,448
Mary Montgomery                        2,437
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                      2,380
Southside-Gadsden                        2,356
Baker                                                 2,326

Southside-Gadsden                        2,599
Thompson                                        2,399
Sparkman                                         2,273
Hartselle                                           2,176
Spain Park                                        2,163
Stanhope Elmore                           2,146
Grissom                                            2,094
Pinson Valley                                   2,079
Gulf Shores                                      1,998
Auburn                                              1,979
Satsuma                                            1,936
East Limestone                               1,903
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,901
Etowah                                              1,897
Vestavia Hills                                   1,887
Oak Mountain                                 1,878

Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           710
Landon Masters, Thompson       672
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       640
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              628
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    626
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             589
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       562
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              555
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  545
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           533

Team Leaders
Vestavia Hills                                   1,032
Hewitt-Trussville                            1,005
Thompson                                           965
Buckhorn                                             943
Auburn                                                 881
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           268
Landon Masters, Thompson       267
Jacob Acker, Thompson               247
Kyle Wright, Hewitt-Trussville    237
Beau Reed, Vestavia Hills            236
Peyton Hughes, Buckhorn           236

Team Leaders
Spain Park                                        952
Gadsden City                                   869
Stanhope Elmore                           865
Sparkman                                         862
Hewitt-Trussville                            856
Individual Leaders
Cameron Copeland, Spain Park  235
Tyler Fanning, M.Montgomery   222
Carson Poe, Hillcrest                     219
Devin Dowdle, Spain Park            215
Mason Jones, St. Elmore              211

Team Leaders
Sparkman                                         1,031
Hewitt-Trussville                               994
Vestavia Hills                                      963
East Limestone                                  962
Hoover                                                 908 
Individual Leaders
Cole Arsenault, Sparkman           258
Jackson Stiles, Buckhorn              255
Cole McCarty, Hewitt-Truss.       223
Jordan Faggard, Hewitt-Truss.    223
Mason Jones, Stan. Elmore         222
Boris Lu, Vestavia Hill                    222    

Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        860
Thompson                                        820
Stanhope Elmore                           748
Gulf Shores                                      701
Hartselle                                           700
Individual Leaders
Jillian Hulsey, Thompson              213
Grace Ann Clontz, Southside       201
Kacey Marshal, St. Elmore           197
Jessica Sherman, Thompson       192
Jennifer Clontz, Southside           190

Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        857
Sparkman                                         775
Auburn                                              769
Hartselle                                           761
Spain Park                                        757    
Individual Leaders
Alexis Anderson, Spain Park        212
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             211
Jessica Clontz, Southside              196
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  188
Daylin Tolgo, Sparkman                184

Team Leaders
Southside-Gadsden                        882
Thompson                                        879
Grissom                                            824
Sparkman                                         797
Spain Park                                        774
Individual Leaders
Maggie Smith, Thompson            230    
Denisha Kendall, Grissom            228    
Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman             200
Ashlee Hull, Southside                  198
Taylor Key, Grissom                       184

Boaz, T.R. Miller Tie for Boys 1A-5A Title; Huntsville wins 6A-7A Boys UMS-Wright, Westminster Christian Claim AHSAA Girls’ Swimming Crowns

AUBURN – UMS-Wright High School’s girls captured the AHSAA Class 1A-5A State Swimming championship and Westminster Christian captured the Class 6A-7A girls’ state crown Saturday as the 2018 State Swimming and Diving Championships concluded at James E. Martin Aquatic Center on the Auburn University campus Saturday.
   Boaz and T.R. Miller tied with 161 points each to share the Class 1A-5A boys’ state title, and Huntsville captured the Class 6A-7A championship for the third year in a row.
    UMS-Wright totaled 285 points to claim the first girls swimming crown since 1997. Whitesburg Christian was second with 209 points and Scottsboro was third at 149. Madison Academy finished fourth with 130 points and Briarwood Christian was fifth with 106.  Sarak Kate Sligh, of St. Michael’s Catholic, won gold in the 50 Free and 100 Breatstroke PARA events.
    In the girls’ Class 6A-7A competition, Westminster Christian posted 265 points to win its thirst consecutive crown. The Wildcats won the Class 1A-5A state championship in 2016 and 2017 but moved up to Class 6A-7A this season.  Spanish Fort finished second with 198 points, followed by Grissom (163), James Clemens (162) and defending champion Auburn (150) to round out the top five finishers.
    The 1A-5A boys’ state championship was the first for Boaz and T.R. Miller. St. Michael Catholic was third with 149 points, Jasper was fourth (140.50) and Scottsboro (122) finished fifth. Huntsville totaled 309 points to win the 6A-7A boys’ state title. The championship was the Panthers’ 15th overall, tying the state record set by Grissom from 1984-1999. Huntsville has also won the AHSAA crown five times in the last seven years. Daphne was second with 262 points, Auburn was third with 216, followed by Spain Park (179) and Davidson (164).
     Several records fell in AHSAA’s 59th State Championships in the 6A-7A division but no records fell in the 1A-5A division.
    Among them:

Class 6A-7A Boys
200-Yard Medley Relay:
Daphne set a Class 6A-7A record in the prelims clocking 1:35.81 and then topped that mark in the finals with a 1:1:35.07. The team was comprised of senior Will Robinson, junior Trey Sheils, senior Graham Jenkins and senior Tyler Bailey.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Daphne’s Sheils set a new all-time record in the prelims swimming a 55.39 time, and he then topped that mark in the finals with a 55.34.
50-Yard Freestyle: Wen Zheng of Northview broke the record he set as a sophomore in 2016 (20.56) with a 20.47 time in Saturday’s finals.
100-Yard Freestyle: Zhang also broke the 6A-7A record (44.78) he set in 2016 with a winning time of 44.24 in Saturday’s finals.
500-Yard Freestyle: Spain Park junior Ward Lockhart set the 6A-7A record with a 4:37.02 time in the prelims. He won the finals by breaking that mark clocking 4:36.87.

Class 6A-7A Girls
200-Yard Freestyle:
Sophomore Rebekah Hamilton of Westminster Christian swam the distance in 1:49.45 to set the mark for 6A-7A. She set the 1A-5A division record (1:50.35) in 2016 and now holds both marks.
200-Yard IM: Letitia Sim, a sophomore from Spanish Fort, set a new Class 6A-7A and record with a 2:01.64 time. Mallory Underwood of Athens set the record previously with a 2:03.60 time in the 2016 state meet.
100-Yard Breaststroke: Sim set her second record of the 2018 meet with a 1:01.64 time in the breaststroke race. The old mark (1:02.13) was set by Megan Molnar of Auburn in 2010.
50-Yard Freestyle: Sophomore Eboni McCarty of Westminster Christian set a record (22.86) in the prelims Friday and topped that mark in the finals swimming a 22:81 time.
100-Yard Freestyle: McCarty clocked 50.41 seconds to set a new mark in the 6A-7A division.

    Complete results can be found at:

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

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

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

     Information on how to sign up can be found at

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


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

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

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

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


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



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

Michaela Simon, Satsuma           178-176—354

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

At Saturday’s Championships at Oakville Mountain Brook Capture’s 14th State Title at 2017 AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships

  MOULTON – Mountain Brook won its first boys’ state championship since 2011 – and 14th overall as the 2017 AHSAA State Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Moulton’s Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds course.
   Will Stone of Homewood won his second 6A individual championship to lead the Patriots to their sixth straight team crown. Other boys’ state champions at the 62nd annual AHSAA Championships were Scottsboro (5A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), American Christian (3A) and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).

Mountain Brook Wins 14th State Cross Country Championship
Mountain Brook edged runner-up Huntsville by four points, 74 to 78, to claim the school’s first AHSAA Boys’ state championship since 2011 and the Spartans’ 14th overall. The win at the 62nd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships at Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds course near Moulton Saturday also napped Auburn’s streak of state titles at four. The Tigers won the big school championship each year since 2013.
   Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney clocked 15:38.75 to win the individual title in the 7A race comprised of 142 runners. Mountain Brook senior Charlie Slaughter was second (15:50.69) and Fairhope’s Jared Tourart was third (15:53.08). Vestavia was third in the team competition with 97 points.

Stone Leads Homewood to 6A State Championship
Homewood junior Will Stone ran the 3.1-mile distance in 15:46.20 to win his second straight Class 6A individual cross country championship Saturday. The Patriots had 54 points to capture the 6A state title for the sixth straight year. Cullman was second with 69 points and Helena finished third at 107.
   Florence senior Grant Brown was second in the field of 204 participants with a time of 16:03.71. Wetumpka junior Cory Anthony was third clocking 16:12.84.

Scottsboro Completes Sweep Winning 5A Boys Crown
Scottsboro posted 33 points to win its first state boys’ championship since 2011 and 12th overall as the Wildcats completed the sweep in Class 5A. Scottsboro’s girls also won a state championship Saturday.
    Senior Zack Howard of Briarwood Christian won the individual title with a time of 16:16.17. Saint John Paul II Catholic senior Fuad Qushair was second clocking 16:18.66. Freshman Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro led a trio of Wildcats finishing 3-4-5. He ran a 16:23.44 to finish third. Teammates Devin Berry and Will Coleman closed right behind Atkins among the 139 runners in the field.

Northside’s Tanner King Wins Second Straight Title; Trinity Wins Team Crown
Northside senior Tanner King crossed the finish line at 15:55.57 to win his second straight Class 4A state cross country title Saturday. Trinity Presbyterian, led by third-place finisher Charlie Lott, won its second state championship in three years with 64 points. Montgomery Catholic had 78 to claim runner-up and Northside was third with 117.
    Matthew Estopinal of Randolph was second in the field of 137 runners clocking 16:07.59. Lott finished with a time of 16:34.34.

American Christian Repeats as Boys’ Champs
American Christian seniors Taylor Ray and David Barnett finished 1-2 to lead the Patriots to their second straight Class 3A boys’ state cross country championship. ACA posted 34 points with Ray clocking 16:40.81 to win for the second straight year. Barnett’s runner-up time was 16:46.45. Finishing third in the field of 137 participants was Elkmont’s Chase Prate with a 16:52.83 time.
    Pleasant Valley was second in the team standings with 55 points, and Bayside Academy was third with 88.

CLASS 1A/2A Boys
Westminster-Oak Mountain Claims First Boys’ Title
Westminster of Oak Mountain completed a sweep posting 43 points to capture the boys’ 1A/2A state championship. It was the first in school history for the Shelby County school.  Westminster also won the girls’ competition earlier in the day.
    St. Bernard senior Andrew Sweeney ran the course in 16:02.56 to capture the individual title. Westminster senior Nate Collins was second with a 26:15.74 time and Hatton’s Kagen Sutton was third clocking 16:29.31.
    Cold Springs was second with 77 points and Altamont finished third with 78.

At Saturday’s Championships at Oakville Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa Captures Fourth State Title to Highlight 2017 Girls’ Cross Country Championships

  MOULTON – Montgomery Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa ran the best time of all girls Saturday to capture her fourth straight individual state cross country crown at the AHSAA 2017 Cross Country Championships held at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Indian Mounds course near Moulton.
   Scottsboro highlighted the team competition winning its 21st girls’ state team championship in the Class 5A competition. Also winning girls’ state team titles were Auburn (7A), Fort Payne (6A), Randolph (4A), T.R. Miller (3A) and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).

Auburn Wins First State Title
Auburn’s Lady Tigers posted 40 points to nip defending state champion Huntsville for the AHSAA Class 7A state cross country championship. The Panthers finished second with 57 points and Mountain Brook was third with 62.
     McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen topped the 138-participant field with a winning  time 18:00.51 over the Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum course in Lawrence County near Moulton. Thompson junior McKenzie Hogue was second at 18:12.57, and Auburn sophomore Samantha Rogers was third with a time of 18:29.25.

Fort Payne Edges Homewood for First CC Title Since 1991
Fort Payne placed five runners in the top 16 finishers as the Lady Wildcats finished with 51 points winning the school’s first girls’ AHSAA cross country championship since 1991. Defending Class 6A state champ Homewood was second with 65 points and John Carroll Catholic, which won the 2014 and 2015 Class 6A titles, was a distant third with 147 points.
    Sophomore Maggie Crowe clocked 19:51.30 and seventh grader Anahi Barboza crossed at 19:56.27 to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead Fort Payne.  Florence freshman Mary Claire Ridgeway won the individual championship in the field of 202 runners with a winning time of 18:20.05. Homewood sophomore Celie Jackson was second clocking 18:48.12, and Northview senior MaKennah Mills was third (18:55.61).

Scottsboro Captures School’s 21st State Cross Country Title
Scottsboro won its first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship since 2013 and the Lady Panthers’ 21st overall posting 59 points. Class 5A runner-up Lawrence County had 78 points and Arab was third with 106. Defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal finished fourth with 107 points.
    Faith Academy eighth grader Olivia Andrews beat the field of 119 participants with a winning time of 18:59.40 – denying St. Paul’s sophomore Isabel Valenzuela from claiming her fourth straight state crown. Valenzuela was second at 19:07.43. Eighth grader Isabella Noble led Scottsboro’s winning effort finishing eighth (19:51.97). Teammates Hannah Cloud and McCall Chandler, a freshman and eighth grader respectively, were right behind Noble at ninth and tenth.

Catholic’s Amaris Tyynismaa Takes Fourth State Crown
Junior Amaris Tyynismaa raced to her fourth straight individual AHSAA cross country title and came very close to equaling the all-time best time in the process. Tyynismaa finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:14.37, best girls’ time in all classes, but came up just short of her record 17:03.40 she ran in 2014 as an eighth grader to win her first state championship.
    Defending state champs Randolph won the Class 4A team championship for the second year in a row Saturday with 45 points. Catholic was second with 60.
    Saint James freshman Presley Miles finished second in the 128-runner field – almost 90 seconds behind Tyynismaa – to help the Trojans (91) finish third. Randolph freshman Emma Hudson was fifth to lead the Raiders.

Blackmon Paces T.R. Miller to First State Championship
T.R. Miller freshman Olivia Blackmon crossed the finish line at 18:56.99 to win the Class 3A individual championship as the Lady Tigers posted 59 points to capture the Brewton school’s first team title.
    Blackmon’s individual win was the second state title in a row for a T.R. Miller runner. Allie Nelson won the AHSAA’s Class 3A race in 2016 running the course with an almost identical time as Blackmon. Nelson won with an 18:53.29 time. Defending state champs Pleasant Valley finished second with 86 points and American Christian was third with 99.
    Senior Becca Billman was second for the Patriots clocking 19:27.52, and Pleasant Valley freshman Trinity Roberts was third with a 19:51.85 time in the 128-runner field.

Westminster-Oak Mountain Repeats as State Champs
Westminster of Oak Mountain placed three runners in the top seven and rolled to the school’s second consecutive Class 1A/2A AHSAA state cross country championship. Westminster totaled 32 points, best of girls’ squads in all classes Saturday, with freshman Hallie Porterfield and senior Sarah Kate Lipperd finishing third and fourth, respectively. Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard Catholic won the race with a time of 19:24.33. Defending state champion Hannah Tarwater, a senior at Whitesburg Christian, was second at 19:33.31. Porterfield clocked 19:34.46 and Lipperd, 19:36.11.
    Hatton and St. Luke’s Episcopal tied behind Westminster with 101 points, but Hatton took second place in the tie breaker.

Meet Gets Underway Saturday at Oakville Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa Seeking Her Fourth State Title at 62nd AHSAA Cross Country Championships

  MONTGOMERY – The 62nd annual AHSAA Cross Country State Championships get underway Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum Saturday with competition getting underway with the Class 6A girls’ championship at 8:30 a.m.. The final race of the day will be Class 3A boys’ competition at 12:10 p.m.
   Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard (1A/2A). Defending girls’ champions are Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul's Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A), and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).
    Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic will be vying for her fourth state title and will be chasing her own state record (17:03.4) set in the 2014 state championships when she was just an eighth grader. She almost equaled her 2016 state-meet winning time (18:07.86) at the Class 4A, Section 1 competition at Loxley Park in Baldwin County last week with as first-place finish 18:15.52.
    On the boys’ side, junior Will Stone of Homewood is seeking his second straight Class 6A boys’ cross country championship. He has been consistently strong all season and clocked 16:33 in his section race. The fastest boys’ section times were turned in by two Huntsville runners at the Class 7A Section 4 championships last week. Senior Cameron Cox won the boys’ competition with a time of 15:48.81 and teammate Nick Ceci, a junior, was right behind at 15:53.04. Grissom junior Allen Anderson was third at the Huntsville race running 15:55.78.
     The complete race schedule is listed below.   

62ND AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, Nov. 11, Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum
Race Schedule

Class 6A Girls championship, 8:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Boys championship, 8:50 a.m.
Class 5A Girls championship, 9:10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys championship. 9:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Girls championship, 9:50 a.m.
Class 5A Boys championship,            10:10 a.m.
Class 7A Girls championship,            10:30 a.m.
Class 4A Boys championship,            10:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls championship,            11:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys championship,            11:30 a.m.
Class 4A Girls championship,            11:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys championship,            12:10 p.m.

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Bayside Academy 3, Montgomery Academy 2

    BIRMINGHAM – It took five grueling sets before Bayside Academy emerged victorious over Montgomery Academy Thursday night as the Class 3A finals closed out the AHSAA’s 46th State Volleyball Tournament at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Ann Schilling’s squad extended their current state championship winning streak to 16 in a row in the process with the 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 victory. Bayside Academy came into the finals riding the string of 15 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002. Montgomery Academy had four state titles to its credit with the most recent coming in 2013.
     Pacing  Bayside was 3A State Tourney MVP Brandley Rhodes. The senior had 24 kills and six service aces. Setter Ansleigh Daily had 51 assists and 11 digs, Jacque Martn had 15 digs, 13 kills and four aces, Ella Dawson had 10 digs and seven kills, Ella Broadhead had nine kills and Kaitlyn Morris posted 14 digs.
    Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles were paced by senior hitter Caroline Kirkham’s 52 kills and five blocks. Margaret Head had 29 kills and four blocks. Setter Morgan Karst had 70 assists and Ann Lucas Merrick had 36 digs.
Brandley Rhodes, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Jacque Martin, Bayside Academy; Caroline Kirkham, Montgomery Academy; Ann Lucas Herrick, Montgomery Academy; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy.


At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
Bayside Academy (42-10) 3, Montgomery Academy (44-13) 2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13)  
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Goshen 0

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal rolled to its second straight Class 2A state volleyball championship Thursday afternoon beating Goshen 25-11, 25-12, 25-15in the finals at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships being held at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Meredith Donald Harvison’s Wildcats (34-15) took control quickly thanks to the strong play inside by senior outside hitter Jada Carney. Carney finished with 14 kills and three service aces to earn MVP for the 2A state tourney. Junior setter Lauren Bailey had 20 assists, senior libero Kellan Hensley had 16 digs and eighth grade outside hitter Gracie Sims had 13.
      Goshen (28-14), making its first appearance in the state finals, was led by senior Kelsey Gibson’s 11 kills, five digs and two aces. Setter Kate Warrick, a junior, had 17 assists for Coach Amy Warrick’s Eagles. Junior Hannah Calhoun also had a game-high 19 digs.
    The Class 3A state finals between Montgomery Academy and Bayside Academy is the last championship match of the day at Harris Arena and is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Jada Carney, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Gracie Sims, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Hannah Calhoun, Goshen; Kelsey Gibson, Goshen.


At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Saint James 3, Deshler 1

    BIRMINGHAM – Saint James beat Deshler 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to claim the 2017 AHSAA Class 4A state volleyball championship. The state title was the third in school history and the first for Coach Karen Lee.
    Junior outside hitter Carson Ann Crow recorded 21 kills and 16 digs to the Class 4A state tourney’s MVP honor. Her play up front helped the Trojans (37-9) from Montgomery roar back after dropping the first set 25-21 to Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (43-15). LizAnne Livings added 16 kills and Bailey Williams had eight. Setter Emily Olsey had 29 assists and 12 digs and Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs.
    Leading Deshler was 6-foot senior middle hitter Karleigh Sledge, who had 21 kills and two blocks. Madison Jackson had 10 kills and Ashley Wellington added 24 digs. Setter Kandice Ricks had 37 assists and 15 digs.
    The two remaining state finals are remain to be played today. Both are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James (MVP); LizAnne Livings, Saint James; Emily Osley, Saint James; Kandice Ricks, Deshler; Madison Jackson, Deshler; Karleigh Sledge, Deshler.

At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.