Thursday, February 20, 2020






Bob Jones, Auburn, St. Paul’s Repeat 2015 AHSAA State Swimming Champions

    AUBURN - Bob Jones High School’s boys and Auburn  High School’s girls repeated as state champions Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 6A/7A division as the 56th annual State Swimming & Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal also won its second straight Class 1A/5A state boys’ and girls’ crowns.
    The two-division state meet is in its second year. From 1960 to 2013, the AHSAA swimming championships had just one boys’ division for all schools. The girls, which competed for the first time in 1963, had one division from 1963 to 2013.
    Bob Jones totaled 250 points and runner-up Auburn had 173 in the 6A/7A boys’ final team standings. St. Paul’s tallied 113 points and Randolph 89 to top the 1A/5A team rankings. In the girls’ competition Auburn had 234 points to beat runner-up Huntsville (180). St. Paul’s scored 78 points to nip Pope John Paul II (71.5) in the 1A/5A girls’ division. All swimmers in each division competed in just one individual competition.
   Senior Helen Legg of Fairhope became just the second girl in AHSAA swimming history to win four straight diving titles. She scored 352.80 to win the girls’ 1-meter diving event for the fourth straight year. Colleen Edmonds of Auburn is the only other diving to win four diving championships. She won four in a row from 1988-91.
   Opelika sophomore Conner Pruitt won his second  1-meter diving title in a row with a 498.40 score -- up 90 points from his 2014 winning total.
    Several state-meet records fell Saturday in the swimming competition.  Bob Jones junior Andrey Tretyakov turned in a stellar performance with a new state mark in the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.88) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.07 seconds). He also swam a leg in the Patriots’ winning 200-yard medley relay effort which broke the previous state record held by McGill-Toolen since 2012. Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Derek Sander and Tretyakov turned in a winning time of 1:34.52 to win the event and beat McGill’s 1:35.28 mark.
   Bob Jones beat its own state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning Saturday with a 1:25.57 time to nip the old mark by 37/100ths of a second. Tretyakov swam the third leg, teaming with  Sander, Sterns and Logan Black to earn the win and the new record.
    In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright junior Paige Madden, who came into the meet holding state-meet records in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, added the 200-yard freestyle time to her collection with a winning time of 1:48.39. The previous record holder, Kobie Melton of Athens, set the mark in 2014 with a time of 1:49.97.
    Madden also won the 500-yard freestyle Saturday.  Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont tied the state mark in the 50-yard freestyle winning the event in 23.09 seconds. Megan Molnar of Auburn has held the record since 2010.
    Auburn’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle and Anny Kate McGinty won with a state-record time of 1:38.27. The time erased the previous mark (1:38.50) set by Athens in 2013.
Team Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Bob Jones 250; Auburn 173; James Clemens 157; McGill-Toolen 138; Huntsville 113; Fairhope 75; Prattville 66; Spain Park 63; Northview 60; Daphne 55.
Class 1A-5A|
St. Paul’s Episcopal 113; Randolph 89; Faith Academy 59; Pope John Paul II Catholic 50; Holy Spirit Catholic 32; Oneonta 27; Westminster Christian 26; Alabama Christian 18; Jackson 5; Satsuma 4.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley: Bob Jones, 1:34.52; (Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander). AHSAA state record.
200-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 1:38.31.
200-yard IM:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones, 1:49.88; AHSAA state record.
50-yard freestyle: Andrew Shea, James Clemens, 21.02.
100-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 44.60; AHSAA state record.
100-yard butterfly:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones,48.07; AHSAA state record.
500-yard freestyle: Sadler McKeen, Briarwood, 4:31.22.
200-yard freestyle relay: Bob Jones, 1:25.57 (Andrew Sterns, Logan Black, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke: James Courtney, St. Paul's, 49.89.
100-yard breaststroke: Andrew Sterns, Bob Jones, 58.03.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:12.49 (Daniel Padgett, Brady Stabler, Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan).
1-meter diving: Conner Pruitt, Opelika, 498.40.

Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Auburn 234; Huntsville 180; McGill-Toolen 164; Bob Jones 142; Grissom 133; Athens 131; James Clemens 122, Daphne 121; Hoover 107.5; Vestavia Hills 89.
Class 1A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 78; Pope John Paul II Catholic 71.5; UMS-Wright 68; Westminster Christian 38; Altamont 36; Randolph 35; Madison Academy 23; Springville 23; Trinity Presbyterian 18.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley:
Grissom, 1:47.79 (Mary Northcutt, Alison Hu, Jia Jia Shen, Chloe Hui).
200-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 1:48.39, AHSAA state record.
200-yard IM: Rac Cunningham, Spain Park, 2:04.88.
50-yard freestyle: Anna-Julia Kutsch, Altamont, 23.09; ties AHSAA state record.
100-yard freestyle:
Hadley Dowdell, Auburn, 50.77.
100-yard butterfly:
Dalton Chambliss, Prattville, 55.52.
500-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright,4:53.77.
200-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 1:38.27 (Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle, Anna Kate McGinty); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke:
Ann Moers, Vestavia Hill, 55.60.
100-yard breaststroke: Rachel Cunningham, Spain Park, 1:02.63.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:31.39 (Hadley Dowdle Anna McGinty, Peyton Dowdle, McAuley Parker), AHSAA state record.
1-meter Diving:
Helen Legg, Fairhope, 352.80.

Six Defending State Champions in Field as AHSAA’s 45th State Volleyball Championships Get Underway

       The 45th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships.
       An AHSAA volleyball attendance record was set last season as the schools competed in seven classifications for the first time.
        Six defending state champions are in the field in 2015 which culminates with all seven classification state finals being played for the first time in the adjoining Bill Harris 5,500-seat Arena on Thursday.  Mountain Brook (54-6) is back to defend its title in 7A, John Carroll Catholic (32-9) in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (23-21) in 5A, Danville (34-27) in 4A, Bayside Academy (37-7) in 3A and Addison (49-13) in 2A. Only Athens Bible, the 2014 Class 1A state champion, failed to make this year’s field.
      Bayside, coached by Ann Schilling, will be going for its 14th straight state title – already holding the AHSAA state record at 13.
      The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first titles before McGill-Toolen won the first of 19 in 1974.
    Competition in the single-elimination tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with 1A, 2A and 5A with the earliest matches. All classes are playing through semifinal action Wednesday with semifinals slated for 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the class.
        All finals will be Thursday.
       The championship matches will be live-streamed for the second year in a row by the NFHS Network Thursday via its subscriber program. To sign up, viewers can go to and follow the prompts. The semifinals will not be live-streamed Wednesday by the NFHS Network, but three schools will be live-streaming quarterfinal and semifinal matches for their selected schools through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. The three are Albertville in 6A, Randolph in 5A and Jacksonville in 4A. Those matches may be accessed through the NFHS Network subscriber program as well.
    The AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament made history in 2013 by becoming the first event live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
    Tickets may be purchased on line by clicking on the PrepTix logo at
     The schedule is listed below.  
45th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
At Birmingham CrossPlex (Oct. 28-29)
Class 1A
Brilliant (16-15)  vs. Isabella (29-7), 9:30 a.m.
Kinston (12-12)  vs. Meek (37-13), 9:30 a.m.
Decatur Heritage (39-11)  vs. Pleasant Home (30-8), 11 a.m.
Fruitdale (16-4)  vs. Donoho (44-8), 11 a.m.
Class 2A
Mars Hill Bible (12-23) vs. Providence Christian (49-5), 11 a.m.
Goshen (37-11)  vs. Falkville (37-14), 11 a.m.
Ider (28-10)  vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (35-17), 12:30 p.m.
New Brockton (17-13)  vs. Addison (49-13), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A
Geraldine (34-19)  vs. Bayside Academy (37-7), 8 a.m.
Cottage Hill Christian (22-18)  vs. West Morgan (52-17), 8 a.m.
Lexington (44-7)  vs. Indian Springs (31-3), 9:30 a.m.
T.R. Miller (23-4)  vs. Madison Academy (33-21) , 9:30, a.m.
Class 4A
Saks (47-9)  vs. Saint James (30-8), 8 a.m.
UMS-Wright (26-12) vs. Danville (34-27), 8 a.m.
Jacksonville (29-12)  vs. Trinity Presbyterian (23-16), 9:30 a.m.
Satsuma (15-16)  vs. Brooks (41-10), 9:30 a.m.
Class 5A
Springville (49-9)  vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal  (23-21), 2 p.m.
Faith Academy (21-20) vs. Randolph (17-20), 2 p.m.
Guntersville (42-25) vs. Helena (26-12), 3:30 p.m.
Calera (13-17)  vs. Lawrence County (59-8), 3:30 p.m.
Class 6A
Albertville (40-20)   vs. Spanish Fort (52-5), 8 a.m.
Pelham (26-29)   vs. Arab (49-3) , 8 a.m.
Walker (42-14) vs. John Carroll Catholic (32-9), 11 a.m.
Daphne (30-20) vs. Hartselle (62-13), 11 a.m.
Class 7A
Hoover (34-6)  vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (47-7), 2 p.m.
Murphy (38-16) vs. Grissom (36-17), 2 p.m.
Mountain Brook (54-6)  vs. Enterprise (33-11), 3:30 p.m.
Prattville (24-17)   vs. Huntsville (33-15), 3:30 p.m.

Class 3A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 3A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G5        7:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G-6       7:30 p.m.

Class 3A Finals 8 a.m.
Class 7A Finals 10 a.m.
Class 6A Finals Noon
Class 4A Finals 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals 8 p.m.