The AHSAA Summer Conference concludes Friday with the Athletic Directors and Principals meeting and the mandatory Medical Advisory meeting. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address the membership in the morning session, and AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address the administrators in the afternoon session.
The eighth annual Star Sportsmanship luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance at noon will recognize 121 high schools that were ejection and fine free for the 2014-15 school year. The Alabama Media Group (al.com) will award $1,000 grants to eight of the schools, one from each district, in a show of support for the AHSAA’s sportsmanship initiatives. The eight are:
District 1: Millry
District 2: Carroll-Ozark
District 3: R.C. Hatch, Uniontown
District 4: Beauregard
District 5: Wenonah, Birmingham
District 6: Jacksonville Christian
District 7: Lawrence County, Moulton
District 8: Cullman
The 19th annual AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet sponsored by the AHSADCA will be at the Renaissance Center at 6 p.m. Coaches 2014-15 state championship teams will be recognized as well as seven individuals who were selected as the 2015 Making A Difference Award – given annually to a coach or administrator who has made major contributions above and beyond to their schools, communities and the state. Selected from the made nominations by schools and other organizations are:
Class 1A: Marilyn Miller, Marengo High School basketball, volleyball and track coach
Class 2A: Don Turner, LaFayette High School principal
Class 3A: Brad James, Colbert Heights High School softball and volleyball coach
Class 4A: Todd Nelms, Brooks High School baseball coach
Class 5A: Sue Marshall, Randolph High School administrator and tennis coach
Class 6A: Brenda Mayes, Muscle Shoals administrator and volleyball coach
Class 7A: Chris Brandt, Auburn High School assistant basketball and track coach
Other highlights of the Championship Coaches banquet will be Lemak Award need-based grants presented to 10 AHSAA member high schools and the AHSADCA Coaches’ Children’s Scholarships presented to 10 graduating seniors (2015) who are children of AHSADCA members.
The schools receiving Lemak Awards were selected by a special Central Board committee from more than 80 schools that submitted need-based requests. Each school will receive a $2,500 grant -- bringing the total presented through the Lemak Award to $205,000 since its inception. The Lemak Award, which was started by the Lemak Foundation in 2008, is named in honor of Dr. Larry Lemak, co-chairman of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee and a member of the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame.
The 10 schools receiving grants this year include:
Red Level (1A)
South Lamar (2A)
Choctaw County (2A)
Paul Bryant (6A)
Baldwin County (7A)
This year’s winners and the AHSADCA member parent are listed:
Khalil Jordan Yelding, Daphne High School (parent: Lawrence Thomas Yelding) – District 1; Naareh Ayanna Cooke, Georgiana High School (parent: Beverly Cooke) – District 2; Paden Browning, Saint James High School (parent: Jerry Browning) – District 3; Thomas Collin Carter, Auburn High School (parent: Tommy Carter) – District 4; Justin Anderson, Pelham High School (parent: Sean Anderson) – District 5; Joshua Mason Bogle, Gaston High School (parent: Tonya Bogle) – District 6; Josiah McDaniel, Faith Christian School (parent: Erik McDaniel) – District 6; Sarah “Sally” Tinker, Glencoe High School (parent: Wendy Tinker) – District 6; Ty Austin Herron, Lamar County High School (parent: Vance Herron) – District 7; Bryant Farley, West Point High School (parent: Don Farley) – District 8.
The AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance with its annual awards banquet. Officials who were selected for state championship events will be honored as well as district and state officials of the year and officials receiving distinguished service awards.
The South All-Stars snapped a 12-year losing streak Wednesday night beating the North 72-65 at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome to claim its first North-South boys all-star basketball victory since 2002.
The North leads 46-26 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The first game was played in 1953 at Tuscaloosa.
South 6-foot-8 center Kevin Morris, the South MVP, scored 13 points and cleared seven rebounds – both team highs – to snap the North domination. He was 5-of-6 from the field and also had two blocked shots and two assists. The South, coached by Dallas County’s Willie Moore and Faith Academy’s John Price, took control in the second quarter outscoring the North team 18-11 to take a 37-29 lead in at the half.
The North, coached by Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler, outscored the South 36-35 in the final two quarters but could never retake the lead.
Jack Kline of Mountain Brook had eight points and a game-high eight rebounds to be named the North MVP. Triston Chambers of Cold Springs had 12 points, including two 3-point goals, and Micah Fuller of Bessemer City added 10. Javien Williams of Woodlawn also had nine points with two treys.
John Pettway of Keith chipped in 10 points for the South. Joshua Hill of Faith Academy added six points and seven rebounds. Carroll-Ozark’s Deric Patton, a 5-11 guard, electrified the crowd with two monster windmill dunks and finished with five points.
The South’s last win prior to Wednesday’s victory was an 85-76 triumph in 2002.
NORTH-SOUTH ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY (1953-2015)
(Overall Series: North leads 46-26)
2015—South 72, North 65
2014—North 82, South 64
2013—North 96, South 70
2012—North 65, South 57
2011—North 76, South 72
2010—North 86, South 81
2009—North 75, South 72
2008—North 55, South 46
2007—North 96, South 71
2006—North 95, South 88
2005—North 103, South 82
2004—North 86, South 66
2003—North 98, South 85
2002—South 85, North 76
2001—South 85, North 83
2000—North 117, South 88
1999—South 83, North 70
1998—North 100, South 81
1997—North 85, South 78
1984—North 72, South 64 (1A-2A)
South 70, North 52 (3A-4A)
1983—South 93, North 72 (1A-2A)
North 92, South 75 (3A-4A)
1982—South 66, North 56 (1A-2A)
South 76, North 64 (3A-4A)
1981—North 103, South 84 (1A-2A)
North 88, South 72 (3A-4A)
1980—South 69, North 64 (1A-2A)
North 70, South 63 (3A-4A)
1979—North 74, South 57 (1A-2A)
North 66, South 63 (3A-4A)
1978—South 103, North 84 (1A-2A)
South 87, North 85 (3A-4A)
1977—North 79, South 75 (1A-2A)
North 77, South 68 (3A-4A)
1976—North 80, South 74 (1A-2A)
North 88, South 67 (3A-4A)
1975—North 80, South 71 (1A-2A)
North 94, South 93 (3A-4A)
1974—North 61, South 60 (1A-2A)
South 77, North 71 (3A-4A)
1973—North 96, South 65 (1A-2A)
North 66, South 59 (3A-4A)
1972—South 73, North 69 (1A-2A)
South 59, North 57 (3A-4A)
1971—South 94, North 68 (1A-2A)
North 81, South 71 (3A-4A)
1970—North 79, South 64 (1A-2A)
South 91, North 74 (3A-4A)
1969—North 61, South 59 (1A-2A)
South 79, North 74 (3A-4A)
1968—South 76, North 69 (1A-2A)
South 66, North 54 (3A-4A)
1967—North 76, South 70 (1A-2A)
North 81, South 74 (3A-4A)
1966—South 85, North 78 (1A-2A)
South 58, North 57 (3A-4A)
1965—South 57, North 52 (1A-2A)
North 65, South 64 (3A-4A)
1964—North 83, South 80 (1A-2A)
South 80, North 60 (3A-4A)
1963—North 72, South 67
1962—North 64, South 55
1961—North 47, South 41
1960—South 43, North 38
1959—North 60, South 59
1958—South 67, North 54
1957—North 62, South 49
1956—North 58, South 54
1955—North 57, South 49
1954—South 72, North 67
1953—North 52, South 46
The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 121 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 19th 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 2014-15 school year just completed. The number was represented a 21 percent increase from 2013-14 for schools reaching that sportsmanship goal.
Of the schools 121 schools accomplishing this goal, 32 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 23 from Class 3A, 17 from Class 4A, 15 from Class 5A, 11 from Class 6A, and for the first time, four were Class 7A schools.
Among the total were 18 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.
Since its inception, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 348 schools have been fine and eject free at least once. The breakdown for the 2014-15 recipients included 25 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 28 for three years, 25 for four years, 15 for five years, nine for six years and one for seven years.
Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free from 2007-08 thru 2012-13 but had one fine in 2013-14 to break that streak. Principal Bill Deegan’s school rebounded in 2014-15 to reach the goal for an unprecedented seventh year.
“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.”
The nine schools with six years of being fine and ejection free include West Point (5A), DAR (4A), Geraldine (3A), Asbury (2A), Calhoun (2A), and 1A schools Alabama School for the Blind, Hubbertville, Linden and Westminster of Oak Mountain. Four of the schools are from District 8.
Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $64,000.
Faith Academy boys basketball coach John Price and his recently graduated student manager Austin Miller are the featured speakers at this year’s luncheon, which will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.
2015 Fine & Ejection Free Schools
Alabama School for the Blind
Alabama School for the Deaf
Decatur Heritage Christian
Talladega County Central
Westminster School-Oak Mountain
Ala. School/Math & Science
Smith DAR, Kate D.
Washington, B.T. Magnet
Saint John Paul II Catholic
MONTGOMERY – The North and the South All-Stars battled to a 0-0 tie in Tuesday’s night’s AHSAA All-Star Sports Week boys’ soccer match. The North girls won the early game 5-2 over the South.
It was the second tie in the 15-match history of the series. The North now leads the series, which started in 1998, 9-4-2.
In a defensive struggle, the two teams combined for five shots in the first 23 minutes before a lightning delay eliminated the final 16 minutes and 40 seconds of the first half.
After an hour-long delay, the game resumed with the start of the second half.
Goalkeeper Phildon Dublin of Helena was named the North MVP for his performance in the second half. Dublin finished with two saves on the South’s only two shots on goal. The South finished with a total of six shots for the game. Randolph goalkeeper Christopher Santos did not face a shot on goal in the first half for the North.
Dothan goalkeeper Evan Hogan was named South MVP. Hogan recorded six saves in the second half. Daphne goalkeeper Austin Carney recorded four saves for the South in the first half.
MONTGOMERY. – West Morgan’s Brianna Thorne and Oak Mountain’s Alexandra Dunn each scored two goals to lead the North team to a 5-2 win on Tuesday in the AHSAA All-Star Sports Week girls’ soccer game at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex Tuesday..
Thorne scored the third goal of the game for the North, to make it a 3-1 game with less than five minutes to play in the first half. Her final goal gave the North a 5-2 lead with a little more than six minutes to play in the game.
Dunn was named MVP for the North, scoring a goal in each half. Huntsville’s Whitney Batt scored the first goal of the game for the North.
North goalkeepers Miranda Schoening and Lauren Roussell only faced two shots on goal for the game. The North took 17 shots on goal to the South’s two.
Baker’s Zoe Mould was named MVP for the South. Mould scored one goal, Enterprise’s Madyson Rinehart had one goal and McGill-Toolen’s Abigail Boucher had an assist.
Auburn’s Sarah Thorne and Fairhope’s Natalie Seay combined for 12 saves for the South. Thorne had five saves and three goals allowed in the first half and Seay had seven saves and two goals allowed in the second half.
The North now has a 12-2-1 record against the South.
MONTGOMERY – The North and South teams split the annual double-header Tuesday at the AHSAA All-Star Softball Series in Montgomery. After the South got a 4-3 win in the first game, the North responded with a 1-0 victory that was cut short due to lightening in the top of the fifth inning. With the split, the North own a 23-10-3 record in the all-time series.
Elissa Brown’s two-run double to centerfield gave the South a walk-off victory in the opener. The winning hit came of North pitcher Bailey Murphy, who had just given her team a 3-2 lead with a two-run homerun to right field in the top of the sixth.
The South got a baserunner in the bottom of the seventh when Davidson’s Sara Lowther reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame. Leroy’s Brittney Minor doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. After Murphy recorded back-to-back strikeouts, Brown came to the plate and battled to a 3-2 count. She connected on a ball that went just left of center for the game-winner.
Murphy finished the first game 2-for-2 at the plate with a single to go along with her homer. She was named MVP for the North.
The South had a 2-0 lead after plating single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. The North finally broke through with a run in the top of the fifth. Wilson’s Madison Daniel led off the inning with a single. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt, then scored when Pisgah’s Hannahstaysia Weaver singled to the pitcher. The South first baseman muffed the throw, allowing Daniel to score and cut the lead to 2-1.
The score stayed the same until Murphy’s two-run homer. Brown was named MVP for the South. The Elmore County standout was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, Florence standout Ellison Barrett gave the North a 1-0 lead with a single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. It would prove to be the only score of the game, which featured a 1:18 minute lightening delay in the second inning. With the North holding the one-run lead in the top of the fifth, another lightning strike prompted officials to call the game.
Several area players participated in the action. Barrett finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. She also pitched two innings without yielding a hit. Daniel was also 1-for-2 on the day.
West Morgan’s Sydney Sanders also saw action, along with Hartselle’s Hope Cain and Athens’ Makayley Cain.
The North All-Stars beat the South 6-2, 6-4 Monday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star baseball series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.
The North improved its lead in the 19-year series to 20-11-1 with the doubleheader triumph. The baseball, softball and soccer all-star competition kicked off the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the AHSAA and its coaches’ arm, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
More than 4,000 coaches and administrators are expected to attend the Summer Conference, which will conduct clinics and rules tests in a host of sports including baseball, softball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track this week. The conference culminates Friday with the AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon honoring 121 schools that went fine and ejection free for the 2014-15 school year, and the annual Championship Coaches Banquet set for Friday night. The coaches’ school is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The Fellowship of Athletes (FCA) coaches’ luncheon will be Thursday at noon.
Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney earned North MVP honors for the North All-Stars collecting four hits, stealing three bases and scoring four runs in the two baseball victories.
He ignited a two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning in the second game with a two-out hit that broke a close 4-3 game. The South rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh before reliever Bayley Blanchard of Piedmont came in to get the last out with the bases loaded to notch the save.
North starter Jackson Tavel, a strong left-hander from Corner High School, pitched three shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out six to get the win. South starter Deacon Medders of Hale County struck out two in his one inning but allowed one run to get the loss.
McCleney singled, then stole second and third and scored on Clay-Chalkville first baseman Thomas Johns’single in top of the first inning to put the North ahead for good. Johns singled in the final runs in the top of the seventh to finish with two hits and a game-leading three RBIs. Will Acuff of Madison Academy added a triple and single and an RBI for the North and teammate Brenton Sanders of Northridge had two hits and an RBI.
Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had a double and single, scored two runs and drove in another in the second game. He stroked two singles in the first game to finish 4-for-5 and earned South MVP.
Chris Manley of Opelika also had a double and single for the South in game 2.
North 6, South 2
The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2.
Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener.
The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery. Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex. Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.