11 Veteran Officials Recognized For Distinguished Service At AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – Eleven veteran contest officials were honored Saturday at the AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.  The banquet was the final event of the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Among those presented Distinguished Service Awards was retiring AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer.  Brewer, after presenting the award for outstanding service to the other 10, was surprised with AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese presented Brewer with the same award. He also announced that in the future, the award would be called the AHSAA officials’ “Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award”. 
     “I love Greg and will miss Greg,” Savarese told the crowd of 300 in attendance. “He has done an outstanding job for such a long time. Thank you Greg for a job well done.”
     Brewer, who will officially retire Sept. 1 after 32 years at the AHSAA, told the crowd, “I’ll miss the people. It has been a ride. You are my friends. You are my family and I have had a good family.”
      Bill Coker of Dothan, a veteran of 44 years in officiating, topped the list that totaled 359 years of officiating between the Distinguished Service recipients. Coker was an outstanding baseball, softball and basketball official who also served in various AHSAA director roles.
      The others recognized with Distinguished Service plaques were: Farris Satterfield (36) of Florence, Parks Burgin (35) of Tuscaloosa, Steve Newton (34) of Birmingham, Dan Glossner (33) of Decatur, Irvin Leonard (33), Craig Cleveland (32) of Hartselle, Mary Day (30) of Montgomery, Eddie Gray (30) and Bobby Stewart (30), both of Birmingham.
     “We are honored to be able to recognize these officials who have spent so much of their lives working with the AHSAA, our coaches and student athletes,” said Brewer. “These men deserve our sincere appreciation for their dedication and long-time service.”
     Brewer was also presented a plaque of appreciation from the AHSAA Baseball Directors of Officials. 
    Mark Jones of Jacksonville, who will be joining the AHSAA staff as the new director of officials, was also in attendance. Jones’ first day will be Monday, July 25.
   The banquet also recognized AHSAA contest officials who worked championship events in 2015-16 and Brewer announced the AHSAA District and State Officials of the Year. Dana Pappas, Assistant Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon banquet.
   Eight active contest officials were named Official of the Year for 15-16 in their respective sports: Baseball: Hurston Pittman, South Central District; Basketball: Joe Kyles, Southeast District;  Football: Mark Wallace, Northwest District; Soccer: Tim Ashcom, Southeast District; Softball: Jimmy Young, Southeast District; Track: Charles Thompson, North Central District; Volleyball: Melanie Davis, Southeast District; Wrestling: Van Phillips, North Central District.
District officials of the year were also selected.
Jamie Walter; Basketball: Clint Hawkins; Football: John Bee; Soccer: Noelle Heiser; Softball: Karen Hackshaw; Track: Albert Moore; Volleyball: Tamara Brown; Wrestling: Steve Gravely.

Baseball: Kevin Bryan; Basketball: Joe Kyles; Football: Kevin Hawkins; Soccer: Tim Ashcom; Softball: Jimmy Young; Track: Chris Brandt; Volleyball: Melanie Davis; Wrestling: None.
Hurston Pittman; Basketball: Clarence Cobb; Football: David Hill; Soccer: none;  Softball: Charles Hickman; Track: Tommy Traylor; Volleyball: Ken Dawkins; Wrestling: Charles Beasley.
Mark Wright; Basketball: Darrell Hargreaves; Football: Mark Cochran; Soccer: None;             Softball: Franklin Reynolds; Track: Tony Reaves; Volleyball: Chudy Okoye; Wrestling: None.
: Ralph Muskett; Basketball: Robert Howell; Football: Matt Caldwell; Soccer: Ennis Baltaci; Softball: Charlie Hinkle; Track: Jamie Miller; Volleyball: Tracey Woods; Wrestling: Travis Gokey.
Earnest Harris; Basketball: Karl Burns; Football: Jeffrey Willis; Soccer: Craig Smith; Softball: Dennis Whitehead; Track: Charles Thompson; Volleyball: Pat Coleman; Wrestling: Van Phillips.
Rob Lockhart; Basketball: David Gregg; Football: Richard Manley; Soccer: Kevin Ashley; Softball: Tim Roberts; Track: Ted Bowers; Volleyball: Georgia Walker; Wrestling: Jack Stallings.
: Dan Glossner; Basketball: Cedrick Hawkins; Football: Mark Wallace; Soccer: Tim Holt; Softball: Dan Berryman; Track: Keith Wilemon; Volleyball: Larry Vinson; Wrestling: None.

State Championship Officials Recognized
      More than 260 contest officials that officiated in state championship events were also recognized at the luncheon. Those included:

State Finals Certificate Recipients 2015-16 School Year
Baseball                               Association

Darron Barry                         Greater Huntsville

Ed Bowman                           Colbert County

Donnie Brown                        Mobile County

Dick Buchanon                       Mobile County

C. J. Burdette                        Alabama

Tom Callahan                         Shelby County

Jesse Foster                          Alex City

Dan Glossner                         Decatur

Tony Harris                            Metro-Montgomery

Ken Helms                             Covington County

Gregg Lee                             Sand Mountain

Jason Lively                           Greater Huntsville

Slade McElroy                        Greater Huntsville

Hurston Pittman                    Chattahoochie Valley

Hal Rozzelle                          Druid City

Chris Stephens                      East Alabama

Steve Tilley                           Druid City

Floyd White                           Limestone County

Bill Wilder                              Shelby County

Mark Wright                          Druid City

Jared Young                          Southeast Alabama

Basketball                              Association

Terry Anthony                          Capital City

Kelly Armstrong                       North Alabama

Ken Barnett                             Northwest Alabama

Lucretia Battles                        Mount Cheaha

Kennith Booker                        Capital City

Randall Bugg                           Birmingham

Joe Cameron                           Capital City

Elliott Carr                               Jeffco

Myron Coats                            Druid City

Felicia Cushenberry                   Birmingham

Gerald DeBardelaben                 Central Alabama

Stan Dixon                               Capital City

Marius Dockery                         North Alabama

Anthony Dupree                      Gadsden

Melanie Gess                           Capital City

Allen Gilbert                            Mount Cheaha

Andrew Gilmore                       Birmingham

Darrell Hargreaves                   Druid City

Ron Harris                              Quad-Cities

Lonnie Hayes                          North Alabama

Daniel Holmes                         East Alabama

Carol Hughes                          Mobile County

Pat Jolly                                  North Metro

Jason Jones                            North Alabama

Shedrick Jordan                      Central Alabama

Joe Kyles                                 Georgia/Alabama

Eddie Loggins                        Jeffco

Nick Madsen                           Metro-Birmingham

Charlie McCants                     Selma

Brian McCollum                     Walker

Jason McCutcheon                  Mobile County

Calvin Oden                            East Alabama

Desmond Oden                       Birmingham

Amado Ortiz                           Mount Cheaha

Joe Pike                                   Jeffco

Scott Richards                        Jeffco

Don Shirey                              Metro-Birmingham

Chris Simpson                         Druid City

Shelby Sims                            Phenix City

Bobby Stewart                                    Birmingham

Richard Taylor                        Capital City

Terry Ware                              Capital City

Girard Warren                         Central Alabama

Ken Washington                     Mount Cheaha

Bill Young                              East Central

Football                                  Association

Clark Allums                           Southeast Alabama

Wes Aycock                            Decatur

Kevin Bowling                        Tennessee Valley

Kevin Bryan                            South Central
Todd Burbank                         Tennessee Valley

Kelvin Burton                         Shelby

Michael Brymer                      Central Alabama

Ricky Carlson                         River City

Eddie Carr                              Metro-Mobile

Mark Carruth                          Alabama

Esau Carter                             Central Alabama

Carey Cogburn                        Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Dees                                 Metro-Mobile

Greg Earwood                        Shelby

Todd Garrison                         Mid-East

Eric Greene                             North Alabama

Dane Hawk                             Central Alabama

Kevin Hawkin                         Southeast Alabama

Gary Haynes                           Metro-Tuscaloosa

Ronnie Henderson                  Mid East
Hudson Hinton                       East Central

Les Hogan                               Tri-County

John Hudson                           South Central
Jim Jackson                             Big East

Willis Jackson                         North Alabama

Justin Johnston                        Birmingham

Clay Kelley                             Northeast Alabama

Danny Key                              Big East

Gregg Lee                               Northeast Alabama

Travis Linebarger                    North Alabama

Pat Martin                               Bay Area

Jeff McCurley                         Metro-Mobile

Jerry McGlone                        Southeast Alabama

Mike Miller                             Big East

Mike Norris                             Southwest Alabama
Antwan Parker                        Central Alabama

Chris Poole                              Big East

Will Rasely                              North Alabama

Michael Rembert                     Metro-Mobile

Warren Robinson                    Metro Mobile
Ken Ruffin                              Metro-Tuscaloosa

Josh Shaw                               Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Smith                               East Central

Chris Stephens                        East Alabama
Noel Stephens                         East Alabama

Pete Storey                              East Central

Randy Stough                         Central Alabama

Jai Triplett                               Tennessee Valley

Ricky Tucker                           Shelby
Scott Tyler                              Birmingham

Mark Wallace                          Tennessee Valley

Marvin Williams                      Birmingham

Soccer                                     Association

Samir Almatari                        Northeast

Tim Ashcom                            Wiregrass

Tim Barron                              North Alabama

Sarah Brannon                        North Alabama

Miguel Caballero                     Wiregrass

Ryan Campbell                       Gulf Coast

Jim Dunbeck                           Marshall County

Jeremy Ferguson                     Central Alabama

Jimmy Franklin                       East Central

Pete Gonzales                         Central Alabama

Jeff Gray                                 Northeast

Tim Holt                                  North Alabama

Jason Palfreeman                    Wiregrass

Michael Smith                         Greater Birmingham

Charles Stanley                       Marshall County

David Stephenson                   Shoals Area

Cedric Thomas                        North Alabama

Tiffini Turpin                          Greater Birmingham


Softball                                   Association

Ken Allen                                Central Counties

Marquetta Brown                    Central Alabama

Sarah Brown                           North Alabama

Terry Cagle                             Black Warrior

Veronica Campbell                 Central Alabama

Mark Carruth                          Northwest Alabama

Clyde Cross                            Metro-Montgomery

Greg Farris                              Walker County

Mark Gibson                           North Alabama

Aaron Golden                         North Alabama

Kim Guy                                 Central Counties

Jeff Halcomb                          Northwest Alabama

Sonny Jackson                        Metro-Montgomery

Jay Johnson                             North Alabama

Doug Kennedy                       Walker County

Chris Liles                               Colbert County

Amanda Miller                        Marshall County

Mike Miller                             East Alabama

Steve Nelson                           Gadsden

Scottie Nichols                        Colbert County

Casey Rager                            Gadsden

DeWayne Roden                    Colbert County

Dewane Shumate                    North Alabama

Chris Vann                              Central Alabama

Josh Vest                                 Gadsden

Ben Walker                             Walker County

Darryl White                           West Alabama

Ronald Wilder                        Central Alabama

Track                                      Association

Mark Addison                         Smith Lake

Mark Aderhold                       Smith Lake

Alan Ash                                 Brewton

David Bahakel                       Central Alabama

Dick Bell                                 East Alabama

Carole Bentley                        Port City

Alice Biggs                             Central Alabama

Mary Birdwell                         Central Alabama

Stan Blakemore                       Central Alabama

Dan Bond                               North Alabama

Shannon Briggs                       North Alabama

Chante Calhoun                      Port City

Blake Calvert                          Smith Lake

Sally Campbell                        East Alabama

Richard Coleman                    Sylacauga

Charles Collins                        Port City

Tiffany Clark                          North Alabama

Kudezyia Crenshaw                Port City

Sheila Crenshaw                     Port City

Michael Daves                        Port City

Landen Delazier                      Port City

Milan Dekich                          Smith Lake

Kevin Durubbo                       Central Alabama

Laura Ellis                               Southeast

Ron Evans                               Central Alabama

Eric Fillings                             Smith Lake

Tomysyne Ford                       Central Alabama

John Forti                                Alabama

Jamie Freeman                        East Central

Marvin Goldsby                      Central Alabama

Sharon Hamilton                     Smith Lake

Erroll Hickenbottom               Port City

Jamie Horn                              East Central

Lauretta Freeman- Horn         East Central

Catherine Hudson                   Port City

Davina Johnson                       Port City

Joey Kyle                                North Alabama

Teresa Kyle                             North Alabama

Wayne Kulakowski                 Port City

Reid LaPorte                           Central Alabama

Sarah LeCray                          Port City

Bryan Lorge                            North Alabama
Jordan Santa Maria                 Port City

Everline Matonyei                   Port City

Steven Maxwell                      East Alabama

Connie Tolbert-McClinton      East Alabama

Debra McDonald                    East Central

Tim McDonough                     East Central

James Miller                            East Alabama

Aaron Moore                           Port City

Albert Moore                          Port City

Jeanette Morgan                      Port City

Kirby Perkins                          Central Alabama

Emily Pharez                           Port City

James Presley                          Port City

Jim Pugh                                 Central Alabama

Willie Ray                               Central Alabama

Lemuel Rich                            Port City

Tom Ritchie                            Port City

Latoya Rowell                        Port City

Jimmy Rudolph                       Selma
James Russell                          River Region

Whitney Rustand                    Port City

John Solomon                         Selma

Marvyn Stallings                     East Central

Paul Stemmer                          Port City

Tommie Stinson                      Central Alabama

Charles Thompson                  Central Alabama

Gene Tomlin                           Central Alabama

Erica Tripp                              Port City

James Weaver                         North Alabama

Bob Wheatly                           Southeast Alabama

Reggie Winston                      North Alabama

Randy Yarbrough                   Central Alabama

David York                             Central Alabama

Volleyball                               Association

Eugenia Baldwin                    Central Alabama

Kenith Booker                        Central Alabama

Johnny Champion                   Tri County

Nakesha Coleman                   Tuscaloosa

Chris Cummings                     Tuscaloosa

Cynthia Ellis                           North Baldwin

Lessie Gaddis                         Birmingham

Keith Gulledge                       Birmingham

Anthony Gunn                                    Quad-Cities

Linda Hatchett                                    Mobile

Jonathan Holliday                   Wal-Win

Danny Humbers                      Marion County

Janice Jordan                           Birmingham

Sterling McClennon                Greater Enterprise

Thomas Merritt                       Central Alabama

Athena Metcalf                       Wiregrass

Chudy Okoye                         Tuscaloosa

Wesley Radigan                      Birmingham

Becky Randolph                     Huntsville

Anissa Smith                           Birmingham

Cedric Smith                           Greater Enterprise

Georgia Walker                       Huntsville

Kyndall Waters                       Birmingham

Laina Williams                        Etowah


Wrestling                                Association

Anthony Adams                     Northern

Archie Best                             Gulf Coast

Josh Bierman                           Southern

Todd Dewey                           Birmingham

Dwight Buzbee                       Birmingham

T.J. Coleman                           Southern

Travis Gokey                           Eastern

Robert Hazewinkel                 Gulf Coast

Justin Miller                            Southern

Toney Pugh                             Birmingham

Jeff Saxon                               Birmingham

Willie Staggs                           Northern

Jack Stallings                          Northern

Mike Swinson                         Birmingham

Steve Thomas                          Eastern

Julian Wright                           Southern

Seven Individuals Receive 2016 Making A Difference Awards at 20th Annual Championship Coaches Banquet

   MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were honored as recipients of the AHSAA’s “Making A Difference” Award Friday night at the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
     The banquet, which honors head coaches that won state championships in 2015-16, highlighted the 20th annual All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference, which officially closes out the week's activities Saturday with the AHSAA Officials Awards Banquet here.
  The All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference is an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).  State of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was the keynote speaker.
     The “Making A Difference” Award is given annually to one individual in each classification selected for their signicant contributions in their communities and schools. The Class of 2016 included: Class 1A: Kyle Garmon, Gaylesville High School athletic director, head football and baseball coach; Class 2A: Claborn Campbell, Cold Springs head track coach and administrator; Class 3A: Stephanie Robinson, Fultondale High School principal; Class 4A: Tena Niven, Montevallo High School volleyball, girls basketball and soccer coach; Class 5A: Willie Moore, Dallas County High School athletic director, head boys’ basketball and softball coach; Class 6A: Gary Hall, Carver-Montgomery High School principal; Class 7A: Kent Chambers, Bob Jones High School head softball coach and assistant athletic director.
      The recipients were nominated by member schools or other special organizations and selected by a special AHSAA committee.
     Dale County interim Superintendent of Education Lamar Brooks was also presented the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese . Brooks, who is retiring, serves on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was president of the board from 2012-2014.  He was praised for his devotion and service to the AHSAA and its member schools by Savarese.
     The AHSADCA recognized 10 recipients of the AHSADCA Coaches’ Children Scholarships, which are awarded annually to seniors who are children of AHSADCA member high school coaches or administrators.
     The 2016 recipients honored were:
Sean Andrew Griffin, McGill-Toolen (Son of Coach Bill Griffin)
James Tucker Meadows, Rehobeth (Son of Coach Randall Meadows)
Jodie Farnetti, West Blocton (Daughter of Coach Greg Farnetti)
Harrison Jones, Smiths Station (Son of Coach Dennis Jones)
Mary Frances Segars, Vestavia Hills (Daughter of Coach Jeff Segars)
Tanner Gamble, Childersburg (Son of Coach Jo Warlick)
Michaela Smith, Russellville (Daughter of Coach Michael Smith)
Destiny Campbell, Cold Springs (Daughter of Coach Jeremy Campbell)
William Levi Denton, Colbert Heights (Son of Coach Ivan Denton)
Olivia Godsey, Hartselle (Daughter of Coach Bob Godsey) 

Coaches Awarded NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year Awards
     Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet recognized five coaches that were named NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball)
      NFHS State Coaches of the year were also honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

Kirk Norris Named AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year
      Athletic Director Kirk Norris guided Georgiana High School to perhaps the school’s best year in school history.  He was recognized Friday night as the 2016 Alabama’s Athletic Director of the Year. Also the school’s boys’ and girls’ head basketball coach, Norris led the Panthers boys to a 30-2 record and the state finals for the second time since 2012.  The 30 wins set a school record for victories.
     The school’s football program won its region and finished 11-2 while scoring 500 points for the first time in school history. Overall, four of the school’s five athletic teams reached the state playoffs in 2015-16.
      Norris, 36, graduated from Opp High School and the University of Montevallo. He was selected the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 1A boys’ basketball coach of the year in 2012 and again in 2016. He will begin his 12th year in August.


Eight Schools Awarded al.com Sportsmanship Grants
 The ninth annual AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon held Friday recognized 76 member high schools that completed the 2015-16 school year fine and ejection free. Alabama Media Group (al.com) presented $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, for the ninth straight year as a show of their support and commitment for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. The eight selected were: Clarke County (District 1); Houston Academy (District 2); Maplesville (District 3); Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee (District 4); Oakman (District 5); Saks (District 6); Lexington (District 7); and Brewer (District 8).
    Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.

Enterprise High School’s Janie Wiggins Honored by FCA
     At Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon, Enterprise High School volleyball coach Janie Wiggins received the Herman “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in promoting the principles of FCA as well as demonstrating those principles in her own life throughout her career.
      Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore was the keynote speaker.

76 High Schools To Be Recognized At AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 76 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 20th 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 2015-16 school year just completed.
        “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.”
      Of the schools 76 schools accomplishing this goal, 23 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 10 from Class 3A, 7 from Class 4A, 12 from Class 5A, 4 from Class 6A, one from Class 7A. District 3 had the most schools – 12. District 2 had 11, District 1, District 5 and District 7 had 10 each, District 6 had nine, District 8 had eight and District 4, the smallest district by number of schools, had six.
    Among the total were four 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. Congratulations to those four schools: Colbert County, Cornerstone, Houston Academy and Northview. Both Houston Academy and Northview are from the city of Dothan in District 2.
     While the number shows a decrease from 2014-15, 105 of our member schools had just one fine or ejection during the school year. Of that total, 26 were cited for a coach failing to take a rules test, 19 for a single administrative infraction, one for failing to report a playoff score and 59 schools that had just one ejection all year.
     Since its inception in 2007-08, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 352 schools have been fine and eject free at least once and with as grand total of 943 fine and ejection-free years. Of the 76 in 2015-16, these schools have totaled 276 of those years – an average of 3.6 years per school over the nine-year period.  The breakdown for the 2015-16 recipients included 14 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 22 for three years, 17 for four years, six for five years, eight for six years, two for seven years and one -- Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free for the eighth time in nine years.
    Those with six years being fine and ejection-free are Alabama School for the Deaf, Boaz, Florala, Horseshoe Bend, Hubbertville, Maplesville, T.R. Miller of Brewton and Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery. Among those with five years is W.S. Neal of East Brewton. W.S. Neal and T.R. Miller are two of the state’s fiercest rivals on the field and they are prime examples of how rivalries can be intense and spirited and played with excellent sportsmanship.
    Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega and Linden have accomplished this feat seven times.
    Ten schools currently have been fine free for the past four years, and one of them, Florala, has been fine free  for five consecutive years. That is no fine or ejection for the Covington County school since the 2010-11 school year.
    Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts: Clarke County; Houston Academy; Maplesville; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee; Oakman; Saks; Lexington; and Brewer.
    Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.
    The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.

Alabama School for the Blind


Alabama School for the Deaf


Autaugaville High School


Billingsley High School


Brantley High School


Coosa Christian High School


Cornerstone Christian School


Covenant Christian School


Florala High School


Fruitdale High School


Gaylesville High School


Hubbard, R.A. High School


Hubbertville High School


Jefferson Christian Academy


Linden High School


Lynn High School


Maplesville High School


McKenzie High School


Notasulga High School


Pickens County High School


Saint Luke's Episcopal High School


Skyline High School


Waterloo High School


Addison High School


Altamont School


Choctaw County High School


Cleveland High School


Flomaton High School


Goshen High School


Horseshoe Bend High School


Houston Academy


Ider High School


Isabella High School


Leroy High School


Lexington High School


Oakman High School


Phil Campbell High School


Red Bay High School


Reeltown High School


Victory Christian School


Woodland High School


Zion Chapel High School


Abbeville High School


Barbour County High School


Colbert County High School


Geneva High School


Greensboro Public High School


Indian Springs High School


Miller, T.R. High School


Saks High School


Walter Wellborn High School


Winston County High School


Bibb County High School


Clarke County High School


Monroe County High School


Neal, W.S. High School


Oneonta High School


Trinity Presbyterian School


Washington, B.T. Magnet High School


Arab High School


Beauregard High School


Boaz High School


Carver-B'ham High School


Douglas High School


Mortimer Jordan High School


Ramsay High School


Rehobeth High School


Tallassee High School


Washington, B.T. High School


Wenonah High School


Willliamson High School


Brewer High School


Jackson-Olin High School


Northview High School


Oxford High School


Lee-Montgomery High School


2016 Summer Conference in Full Swing Players Added to North-South All-Star Rosters Monday

    MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes were made Monday as players from across the state reported to the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Seven players were added to the South All-Star football squad and two were added for the North. South head coach Eric Collier of Theodore saw Park Crossing wide receiver Steve Hodges, Wetumpka defensive back Rod Thrasher, Lee-Montgomery linebacker Quantravis Kelly, Carver-Montgomery defensive lineman Demontrae Haigler and a trio of of offensive linemen, McGill-Toolen’s Brock Gould, Dothan’s Javion Leake and Opelika’s Bryant Norrell, join the squad.
     North head coach Frank Tucker of Alexandria added two players, Oakman defensive back Austin Caldwin and Brooks defensive lineman Jake Whitehead, to his team’s roster. All players in the Thursday night’s 57th annual North-South Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl are 2016 graduated seniors. Student-athletes in the other all-star venues are rising seniors.
     Dropping off the North roster were Russellville defensive lineman Austin Bohannon and Florence defensive lineman Kyler Madden. No longer on the South squad are running back Bennie Smith of Stanhope Elmore, linebacker Justin Hosea-Williams of Theodore, defensive lineman Colby Smith of Charles Henderson, offensive lineman Shonye Reams and defensive lineman Manuel Johnson, both of Dothan.
     The South also made one change to its basketball roster adding LaFayette’s 6-foot-7 guard Mykale Trammell. Dropping off the roster are 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson of Monroe County and 6-7 guard Herbert Jones of Hale County. The changes leave the South, coached by Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill of LaFayette, with just nine players. The North, coached by White Plains’ Chris Randall and Geraldine’s Cale Black, will have 10 for Wednesday night’s North-South Boys Game at Alabama State University.  Two players dropped off the North squad Monday: Spain Park guard Jamal Johnson and Winfield guard Payton Stovall.  The North is anchored by U.S. National Team member Austin Wiley of Spain Park. The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation.
     Decatur Heritage pitcher/infielder Chandler Sparkman did not report Monday for the North softball team and will not be replaced. The South had two players, Alex Wilcox of Brantley and Reagan Watkins of LAMP, report but are injured and are not expected to play in Tuesday’s North-South Softball All-Star Games at Lagoon Park.  Not reporting for the North soccer team was Randolph midfielder Abby Harper. She is not expected to be replaced for Tuesday night’s North-South Soccer All-Star Game.
    North and South baseball squads reported at full strength. The North, led by 6-4, 225-pound Cullman outfielder Owen Lovell, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2016 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, also has a strong pitching staff led by 6-5 Caden Lemons of Vestavia Hills and Randolph closer Carson Hall, who had 10 saves as a junior.
    The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be the first of eight all-star venues this week with the first pitch set for Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
     The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
 The Summer Conference and Coaching School got underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center with bowling and golf. Tuesday’s schedule includes C2C Training, Coaches Education Courses and Coaching Schools for the sports of baseball, soccer and softball. Football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and cheerleading schools get underway Wednesday and Thursday. The Officials Conference will also get underway Thursday.
    The week will conclude Friday with the AHSAA’s mandatory Medical Advisory Session and the Principals and Athletic Directors’ mandatory session.
    Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet will honor coaches winning state titles in 2015-16 as well as the Section III Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball). 
      NFHS State Coaches of the year are also set to be honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference


North-South Baseball (doubleheader)        Tuesday, 4 p.m.            Riverwalk Stadium
North-South Soccer (Girls)                          Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Soccer (Boys)                          Tuesday, 7 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Softball (doubleheader)         Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Lagoon Park
North-South Basketball (Girls)                   Wednesday, 6 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Basketball (Boys)                    Wednesday, 8 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Volleyball                                Thursday, 4 p.m.            Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football                                   Thursday, 7 p.m.            Cramton Bowl

AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Monday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week (July 18-22) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 20th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    The conference is expected to have 4,000 in attendance and will include eight all-star competitions, more than 300 all-star student-athletes and coaches, 86 professional development sessions, eight rules clinics, three luncheons, one night banquet, 92 speakers, 51 moderators and a golf tournament and cookout hosted by the AHSADCA.
     Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  Other college coaches scheduled are UAB’s Ron Ehsan, Mississippi State’s Ben Howland and Iowa’s Steve Prohm.
      The Football School, which also gets underway Wednesday, will include a special Legends Panel including former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, University of Alabama head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, former Troy University Coach Larry Blakeney.  Atlanta Falcons representatives present “Practice Like A Pro,” and New Orleans Saints representatives will present “Heads Up Football,” as AHSAA member coaches have the opportunity to become certified through the Heads Up program.
       Bowling and golf kick off the Coaching School sessions Monday, followed with baseball, soccer and softball on Tuesday.  Sports Schools beginning Wednesday include track, wrestling and cheerleading – in addition to basketball and football. Rollcall will join baseball and football on Thursday’s schedule.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address principals and athletic directors Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon will be Thursday, and the AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
   ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: Football teams reported Sunday to begin preparations for the 57th annual North –South All-Star Game set for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.    And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m. 
      The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tine Davis Gym on the Faulkner University campus.
     All-Stars in coaches in those sports report Monday except volleyball, which reports Tuesday.
   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference

Andalusia Coach Richard Robertson Among 12 High School Leaders Honored at 97th NFHS Summer Meeting at Friday

     RENO, NEVADA —  Highly respected retired Andalusia High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Robertson was among 12 high school leaders across the United State honored Friday with the prestigious National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citation Award at the 97th annual NFHS Summer Meeting being held in Reno.

      Robertson, selected as recipient of the NFHS Coaches’ Citation, was chosen from a pool over more than 150,000 coaches at more than 19,000 high schools that make up the NFHS membership.
     The Citation Award is designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs and is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.
     “Richard Robertson’s leadership has been very important for the AHSAA and our state,” Alabama High School Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, Coach Robertson played a key role in helping Alabama move through the difficult time of integration as the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its black counterpart – the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association merged in 1968-69.
     “Through the years he became a mentor to hundreds of coaches, remained in his home town of Andalusia where he served as the school’s athletics leader and made a difference in the world around him. We are very proud of Coach Robertson and thank him for his many contributions.”
     Robertson, a humble “old-school” coach and teacher who reached kids in his 2014-15 just as effectively as he did 50 years ago, said the Citation Award “is not about me as a coach but about the many students who participated in our program at Andalusia throughout my career and all the coaches in our state who understand what a high school coach’s mission really is.  I have loved teaching and coaching. We had a lot of successes on the basketball but the really successes are the young people who grew up to be outstanding adults.”
Others recognized Friday included: NFHS Section Citation Award recipients   Nina Van Erk, retired executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association; Butch Cope, associate commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association; Gene Menees, assistant executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association; Gina Mazzolini, assistant director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association; Kevin Merkle, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League; Peter Contreras, retired assistant athletic director at the Texas University Interscholastic League; Marc Ratner, Southern Nevada commissioner of officials for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association; and Brad Garrett, assistant executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association.
     Mississippi basketball, football and baseball contest official Harold Cooper received the NFHS Officials Citation. Jay Dunnahoo, executive secretary of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, received the Music Citation, and Pam McComas, retired director of forensics, Topeka (Kansas) High School, received the Speech/Debate/Theatre Citation.
     Robertson retired as the boys basketball coach at Andalusia following the 2014-15 season after 40 years at the school and 50 years in interscholastic athletics. Robertson’s association with his hometown spanned 57 years dating back to his own years as a high-school athlete at Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia. During his remarkable career, Robertson compiled a 749-357 win-loss record.  Among his coaching achievements, Robertson’s 2010-11 team registered a 31-3 record, and his 1996 squad won the AHSAA Class 5A state championship.

      Despite these outstanding accomplishments, his “victories” off the court were even more impressive. “Coach Rob,” as he was affectionately known, was a tremendous leader who was a second father to many of his players and an only father to other boys during his coaching days. Among the many individuals who played for Robertson was Robert Horry, who was a part of six NBA championship teams during his professional career. Horry said of his high school coach: “Coach took a skinny kid in 1984 and turned me into the player and man I am today.”

      Robertson played a key role in helping Alabama move through the difficult time of integration as the AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968-69. Through the years, Robertson became a mentor to hundreds of coaches as he remained in his hometown of Andalusia throughout his career.

     Robertson was a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control for many years, including a term as president. He was granted Central Board Emeritus status in October 2015. In 1996, Robertson was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame, and, in 2012, he received the AHSAA’s highest honor, the “Making a Difference Award.”