FIRST-DAY STATE TENNIS RESULTS FROM MONDAY’S ACTION
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MONTGOMERY – Senior Ariyon Hightower slugged a triple, single and grand-slam home run to lead Opp to a 15-0 win over Straughn in a Wiregrass softball game last week to finish with eight RBIs and landed in the AHSAA Softball Spotlight with the record-book performance.
The talented infielder drove in two runs with s triple in the first inning, two more runs with a single in the fourth inning and four RBIs on a grand-slam in the top of the fifth – the most RBIs in a single game since Good Hope’s Josie McDonald had nine in a 16-0 win over Vinemont in 2015. The AHSAA single-game record (11) was set by Candace Arreola of Central-Florence in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the 2011 North Regional tournament at Huntsville. Enterprise slugger Sara Hilton had 10 in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson in 2008, and Danyelle Martin of Springville drove in nine victory over St. Clair County in 2011.
Hightower is now tied with nine others for fourth best all-time in the AHSAA. Her dad Aaron Hightower, the current principal at Opp High School, was a standout athlete in high school who signed a football scholarship at Southern Miss and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 Major League Draft. He spent two years in the Blue Jays minor-league organization.
Ariyon’s RBI assault edged out a home-run hitting barrage by Tuscaloosa County in a 17-10 win over Northside.
The Wildcats tied the AHSAA record for consecutive home runs (3) when Maddie Parks, Katie Atkins and Halie Jones hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of their 17-10 win over Northside. Guntersville also accomplished the rare feat earlier this season when Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood boomed consecutive homers in the first inning of a 12-1 win over Brewer.
In other highlights reported:
IN THE CLUTCH
MIA KILLEN, FLORENCE: Slammed a two-run homer and drove in three runs in the Falcons’ 8-7 win over defending Class 7A state champion Buckhorn.
MADDISON WATKINS, EAST LIMESTONE: Had a triple, double and single and two stolen bases to score three runs as the Indians beat West Morgan 6-3.
BAILEY MURPHY, BAKER: Had a triple in the second inning, homer in the third, double in the fourth and a single in the fifth to hit for the cycle in the Honey Bees’ 16-0 win over Alma Bryant.
BRIANNA POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Posey hit a grand slam home run and finished with six RBIs as the Wildcats beat Rogers 12-5.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in a win over Colbert Heights.
BAILIE HALL, OAK GROVE: Batted .833 for the week with two homers and two doubles for the Tigers.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Had a grand-slam homer and five RBIs total as Deshler downed Colbert Heights 15-7. Teammate Kelsie Myrick also had three hits and drove in five runs as well for the Tigers, who scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings tied at 7-7. Deshler then scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.
BAILEE COCHRAN, ASHFORD: Had a single, double and home run to plate five runs as Ashford beat Dale County 14-4.
ALIVIA CLEMMONS, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits and two RBIs and Krista Sikes had two hits and five RBIs in the Tigers’ 11-6 win over Haleyville.
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out 18 as the Bulldogs (31-4) blanked Pleasant Home 4-0. She also had 15 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Class 7A Prattville.
HALEY HORTON, GARDENDALE: Hurled 11 shutout innings to get wins over Tuscaloosa County and Cordova as the Rockets won the Sumiton Christian tourney. She had eight strikeouts.
LIBBY BAKER & MORGAN FERGUSON, G.W. LONG: Hurled back-to-back three-inning no-hitters over Abbeville – winning 18-0 and 15-0. Baker struck out eight of nine batters faced and Ferguson whiffed seven of nine – for a combined 15 strikeouts over six innings.
MAKENNA PIERCE, DAPHNE: Was 4-0 with 37 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched for the week. Among the victories was a no-hitter in a win over Kinston.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out nine as the Wildcats beat West Morgan 5-0. She also had two hits and three RBIs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11 in a 2-0 shutout over Lauderdale County. Makayla Miller also pitched a two-hitter in the loss for the Tigers.
April 19, 2018
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AHSAA football coaches excited to welcome
Instant Replay experiment this fall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama High School Athletic Association football coaches expressed excitement about the newly approved instant replay option for all regular-season games beginning in this fall.
The AHSAA received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay in the regular season and postseason as an experiment beginning in the 2018 football season. The experimental period can be for up to three years. Current NFHS football rules prohibit the use of instant replay. Minnesota and New Jersey have also been granted permission for use during championship games.
The AHSAA has partnered with instant replay technology leader DVSport to provide Instant Replay Solution for its member schools. Participation by member schools is optional.
Clifford Story is a 20-year coaching veteran headed into his 10th year as head football coach at Lanett High School in Chambers County on the Alabama-Georgia border. His Panthers, the 2017 Class 2A state champions, are moving from Class 2A to 1A next season – and he’s eager to put the new technology to use.
“I think it’s a great thing for the Alabama High School Athletic Association,” Story said. “I’m very excited for it. My staff is excited for it. I know the way the Association works. I know the way the Alabama High School Athletic Association runs things, they will make it cost-effective for 1A through 7A.
“We had a representative from DVSport come to look at our stadium to talk to us about how it would work,” he said. “I told our administration if we need to, I’m willing to give up a lot of other things to be able to get it at our school. I want to make sure it’s something we can get done at Lanett High School. It will make football even better.”
At Birmingham City School Jackson-Olin High, head coach Tim Vakakes said he called DVSport the first day he heard the AHSAA’s announcement of the instant replay experimental period.
“We’re going to have it,” said Vakakes, who is headed into his sixth season at J-O. “I think it will help the referees get it right, and I don’t think it will slow the game down. You’ve got to be sure before you drop that (challenge) flag.”
Sideline video for coaching staffs was approved by the NFHS in 2013, but officials were not allowed to use those videos for replay. Vakakes’ Class 6A Mustangs have been using computer tablets on their sidelines.
“We already have a way to watch the game on the sideline with iPads and TVs,” he said. “A lot of times we’ve been able to realize that there was not a good call, but now that it’s reviewable it will be nice to have a way to get the call right.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing. What’s going to determine it is how many angles the cameras have. The more cameras, the more efficient it will be.”
Andalusia High School’s Trent Taylor, 218-127 in 30 years as a head coach, is proud that Alabama is at the forefront on instant replay. “A lot of our game is influenced by what the NFL and the colleges are doing,” Taylor said. “I felt it is was just a matter of time before instant replay filtered down to the high schools. I am proud that Alabama is the first state to bring it to the regular season for all schools that wish to participate.
“I have thought about it a lot but last season, I can’t think of a single time that I would have challenged a call. The year before, however, we had three or four. This gives us an opportunity to improve the game. Obviously, we will have to educate officials and educate our coaches, too, on how to use the system. From my standpoint, I see nothing but positives.”
Fred Riley, head coach and athletic director at Davidson High School in Mobile for the past 14 years, is for instant replay for one simple reason: Officials want it.
“I like it,” he said. “The officials association endorsed it, and that was my reason for supporting it. I was on the committee that finalized approval from our coaches association. Everyone now has some type of replay even if it is on their phones. That makes it very tough on the officials.”
Like Taylor, he doesn’t expect a lot of challenges. “Our officials get it right much more often than they get credit for,” he said. “I think the goal is to overturn the obvious mistakes that can be reviewed that impacts outcome. I do not see challenge flags flying all over the place. Our officials do not miss many of those.”
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. It is a member of the NFHS.
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition scheduled for Montgomery July 16-20. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced the teams Friday.
The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl to close out the all-star competition.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
Coaches Ronnie Jackson of Ramsay High School and Candace Byrd of R.A. Hubbard will direct the North girls’ team. Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville will coach the North boys’ squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams.
Coaching the South girls’ team are Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka. South boys’ coaches are Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
Among the players selected for the South girls’ team are 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home, the ASWA Class 1A player of the year for 2018; 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, the 2018 Class 5A state tournament MVP for the state champion Lady Trojans and the ASWA Class 5A player of the year.
Named to the North All-Star squad are 6-1 forward Jasmine Gracie of 2018 Class 4A state champion Madison Academy, 2018 Class 3A state tourney MVP Annie Hughes of 3A state champion Pisgah, guard Marissa Snodgrass of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Ahrielle Parks of 2018 Class 7A state champion Spain Park.
Among the North boys selected are 6-3 forward Caden Millican, named the MVP of the Class 3A state tournament for Plainview; 6-3 guard Khalil Watkins of 2018 Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic; 6-6 forward Logan Padgett of Homewood and 6-5 guard Cornelius Brown IV of Calera. Headlining the South squad are 6-6 guard Jaykwon Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP for 2018 state champion Carver-Montgomery; 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore, 6-8 center Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and 6-6 forward Alex Wright of Elba.
The North boys won last year’s game played at Auburn-Montgomery Gymnasium 75-64 to improve to 48-27 in the North-South all-star series which was first played in 1953. The North girls also won 76-67 and are now 18-3 in the series which began in 1997.
2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Rosters
Cornelius Brown, IV
Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa
Antonio McGinnis, Jr.
G / F
Sacred Heart Catholic
Connell Yarbrough, Jr.
Lauderdale County, Adm.
W / F
Demond Robinson, Jr.
Lee, R. E.
Hillcrest - Evergreen
R. E. Lee
Saint James, Adm.
R. A. Hubbard
Mattie T. Blount
R. C. Hatch
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved E-Sports competition for member schools and Instant Replay for football games at its board meeting at the AHSAA Office Thursday.
The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Thursday afternoon and ratified four legislative proposals – which go into effect for the 2018-19 school year.
The AHSAA received permission from the NFHS to begin instant replay for regular-season varsity football games beginning next season. The permission grants up to three years of experimentation. DVSport Inc., the nation’s top instant replay company, is partnering with the AHSAA on the project. A separate news release outlining the Instant Replay was sent out Thursday following a press conference that was held at the AHSAA Office.
E-Sports is a new online gaming activity that allows students to compete with other schools and will now be offered to AHSAA member school students. The Central Board approved a two-year experiment for E-Sports. The program is being provided by NFHS Network Partner PlayVS.
The Central Board also approved limiting high school basketball teams to 30 games in the regular season, including tournaments, and lifted the restriction on the number of tournaments a team can play in. The 2017-18 rule allowed varsity teams to play 20 regular-season games and three regular-season tournaments with two being played with no loss of school time. Junior high and middle schools will be allowed to play 24 games total.
The Board voted to move the site of the South Regional Basketball Tournament, which had been at the Dothan Civic Center the last six years, to Montgomery. The new format will have two regionals at Montgomery – at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome and the new site, Garrett Coliseum, which seats 8,500 with the ability to add an additional 4,000 seats. The regionals will be renamed Southeast and Southwest. The Northeast Regional will remain at Jacksonville State and the Northwest Regional will remain at Wallace-Hanceville.
University Charter School of Livingston was approved for membership into the AHSAA, making it the first public charter school member in AHSAA history.
Current Central Board president John Hardin, Hackleburg High School principal, and vice president Keith Bender, Oneonta City Schools, were re-elected by the Central Board to serve for the 2018-19 school year. Past president Mike Welsh of Spring Garden, who finished a two-year term at the end of the 2016-17 school year, received a plaque of appreciation from the Central Board and Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Legislative Council Ratifies Four Proposals
Proposals No. 6, 9, 13 and 19 were passed by the 32-member Legislative Council:
No. 6 – Amends the current ejection policy to remove fines from ejections that occur due to NFHS rules that call for ejections based on game rules and are not conduct related.
No. 9 – Amends Rule 1, Section 6 to allow individual sports (Bowling, Cross Country, Swimming, Wrestling, Tennis, Golf and Track) to be exempt from the AHSAA 50% rule.
No. 13 – Changed the punishment for a first time violation of the outside participation rule to the athlete serving restitution. A second violation would result in loss of eligibility.
No. 19 – Will allow two additional days for all sports to compete at in-state college and university team camps that occur outside the allowable three weeks of summer competition. If a team chooses to attend an in-state camp during these two days, the team will lose two days from the allowable time period.
In other board action:
-- Approved Grace Lutheran School for associate membership.
-- Approved 2018 financial reports Regional and State Bowling, Dual, Super Section and State Wrestling, Indoor Track and Regional Basketball.
-- Approved 2017 State Football Playoff Audit.
-- Approved 2018 basketball Finals Audit.
-- Heard an update from the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee.
-- Approved 2018-198 Required Forms and release date of forms.
-- Approved ECSI – CPR and AED Certification.
-- Approved the 2018-19 Calendar of Events, 2018-19 Sports Calendar and AHSAA 5-Year Calendar.
-- Approved 2018 NFHS Summer Meeting expenses
-- Heard a report from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs on the AHSADCA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.
-- Approved providing only football playoff on-line ticket sales for visiting teams.
-- Approved New Board Member Orientation (June 14, 2018), if needed.
-- Approved Regional Cheerleader competition to be held at Mobile Civic Center (Nov. 7, 2018) and Birmingham CrossPlex (Nov. 15, 2018) and State Cheer Competition will remain at Wallace-Hanceville (Dec. 15, 2018).
-- Approved bracket rotation – home team listing consistency for all sports.
-- Approved standardizing Officials District Director salaries.
-- Approved 2018-19 school year Central Board meetings (July 25, 2018, October 17, 2018, and January 30, 2019).
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay for member schools for up to three years beginning with the upcoming 2018 football season.
The AHSAA is partnering with DVSport, Inc., a Pittsburgh (PA) based Software Company, which has provided Instant Replay Solutions in NCAA college football since 2005. The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved the partnership and project at its quarterly board meeting Thursday. Participation is optional for member schools.
Most of the NCAA’s major conferences use DVSport Instant Replay Solutions including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, Ohio Valley, Sunbelt, SWAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC and MEAC conferences. DVSport also provides instant replay for the College Football Playoffs, FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and NAIA championship game.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “We are grateful to the NFHS for approving our request. This gives our officials the opportunity to use the same technology coaches have been equipped with on their sidelines to get the call right.”
“While this replay process is in the initial stages of development, the AHSAA is committed to working with DVSport and the NFHS to develop a cost effective process to assist both our coaches and officials In addition, all football state championship games will use the same replay fan experience DVSport provides for SEC contests.”
NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said the NFHS permits state associations to experiment in certain situations to determine the future viability of rules changes. “As technology improvements evolve, the use of instant replay is an area of interest for the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” he said. “We welcome the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s experiment in use of replay in the 2018 season. We hope to learn the advantages as well as any problems associated with replay from the use in Alabama.”
The AHSAA, which has been actively studying instant replay options for the last five years, along with DVSport Instant Replay Solutions, will collect and study the data over the next year with a possibility of three years of experimentation.
"Alabama is at the forefront of using cutting-edge-technology in the high school athletics setting and with its deep football roots, it is a perfect place for this partnership to begin." stated DVSport CEO Brian Lowe.
DVSport Replay technology gives officials the ability to review video from multiple camera angles within seconds of the play happening. Once a coach challenges a play, the on-field referee will be able to review a play on a system located on the sideline.
No stranger to replay solutions, DVSport has been the leading provider of Instant Replay Solutions since 2005 in both the professional and intercollegiate sports markets. DVSport’s replay solutions have been used in over 400 venues, 10,000 collegiate football games, 20,000 collegiate basketball games, and 1,500 professional games to complete more than 100,000 reviews.
The AHSAA’s protocol will be as follows:
Section 1. Instant replay is a process whereby video review is used to let stand or reverse certain on-field decisions made by game officials.
Section 2. The instant replay process operates under the assumption that the official’s ruling on the field is correct. The replay official may reverse a ruling only if the video evidence convinces him or her beyond all doubt that the ruling on the field was incorrect. Without indisputable video evidence that the ruling on the field was incorrect, the ruling will stand as called.
Instant replay will be available at schools that use DVSport Instant Replay’s system. No other instant replay system will be allowed, according to the AHSAA protocol.
Complete details of the AHSAA Instant Replay protocol can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
About the AHSAA
The AHSAA serves 414 senior high and an approximately 335 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in 24 championship programs for boys and girls. Since 1921, the AHSAA has provided not only opportunities for interscholastic athletic competition, but also a platform for student-athletes to gain life-long memories and experience important life lessons through mentorship, teachers, coaches and administration.
DVSport, Inc. is a software company founded in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. DVSport has provided Instant Replay Solutions in college football since 2005 and college basketball since 2010.
DVSport is the current provider of Instant Replay for NCAA college football for the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big-12, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, OVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC conferences. In addition, DVSport has been the exclusive postseason Replay Solution provider for the College Football Playoff (“CFP”), FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and the NAIA championship game.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mountain Brook High School junior Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery senior Zipporah Broughton received the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s top high school basketball awards Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9 Watford was named Mr. Basketball and 5-9 Broughton was selected Miss Basketball.
The awards are presented by ALFA Insurance and named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The AHSAA’s Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association also hosts the luncheon.
Watford and Broughton were announced at a luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
Broughton, a Rutgers signee, led the Generals to the Class 7A semifinals, the best the Generals have ever advanced in the playoffs. She averaged 23.6 points this season and finished with 2,419 career points. She scored 2,045 points in three years at Lee to rank second in school history.
Watford is a junior and helped Mountain Brook win the Class 7A championship for second year in a row. The Spartans also won their fourth state title in six years. He averaged 23.3 points on 63 percent shooting and averaged 12.3 rebounds.
Broughton and Watford were also named Class 7A Girls’ and Boys’ Players of the Year by the ASWA. Forty-eight players, three girls and three boys in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA, were recognized as finalists at the luncheon Wednesday.
ASWA Players of the Year in each class were:
2018 ASWA CLASS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
7A: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery; 6A: Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; 5A: Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; 4A: Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; 3A: Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; 2A: LaTascya Duff, Samson; 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home; AISA: Shaquandria Holton, Glenwood.
7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; 6A: Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; 5A: Kobe Brown, Lee-Huntsville; 4A: Isaac Chatman, Cordova; 3A: Kam Woods, Midfield; 2A: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; 1A: Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic; AISA: Lee Crawford, East Memorial.
2018 ASWA SUPER 5
(Top five players regardless of classification, based on points totaled in voting by the ASWA Prep Committee). First-place votes are in parentheses.
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook – 77 (12); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart – 39 (1); Kira Lewis, Hazel Green – 28 (1); Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery – 16; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett – 14.
Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery – 59 (8); Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson – 49 (3); Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green – 27; Claire Holt, Spain Park – 19 (1); LaTascya Duff, Samson – 17 (2).
ALL-TIME ASWA MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS
2018: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, Saint James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
ALL-TIME ASWA MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS
2018: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison-Huntsville
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude Catholic
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM – Reeltown High School’s Cody Argo and Mountain Brook High School’s Hamp Sisson were named the overall winners at the 33rd annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel. A total of 104 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
Sisson, a four-sport standout at Mountain Brook, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Argo, who participated in baseball and basketball at Reeltown, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
“He seeks out the best in people, and he brings out the best in them for the good of the team,” Mountain Brook principal Amanda Hood said. “Our school is better because Hamp was here.”
He quarterbacked the Spartans football team the last three seasons, was a member of the Mountain Brook Class 2017 and 2018 Class 7A state champion basketball team. He also runs track and played baseball for the Spartans as a freshman. A National Merit Semifinalist with a 4.47 weighted grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Sisson scored 35 on the ACT college entrance exam. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He earned Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 63, founded KICK MS in 2013 and is the founder and a director for Raise Mountain Brook organization. He is active in his church youth group, is First Priority Outreach Coordinator and has worked with Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.
Spartans athletic director and head football coach Chris Yeager added, “He is the best young person I have ever met at seeing the needs of people and also seeing the best in them at the same time.”
Sisson, who was also named the Class 7A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete of the Year, thanked the Bryant-Jordan Foundation for recognizing me. He also had a message for the rest of the regional recipients on hand. “You are an amazing group,” he said. “I am so thankful for the opportunities and for those who have invested so much of themselves in me.”
Argo, who also was named the overall Class 2A Student-Achievement recipient, was burned over more than 70 percent of his body from his waist to his head in a trash fire accident when he was only 3. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries since and spent much of his early years in and out of hospitals.
He began participating in physical education classes in the third, tried his hand at sports and has spent his high school years as a member and leader of Reeltown High School’s baseball and basketball teams. Argo has also maintained a 3.55 grade-point average and has become an inspiration to teammates and opponents alike.
He is a member of the Reeltown High School Beta Club, the Scholars Bowl team and was on the school’s Law Enforcement/Forensic Science team that won the state championship three years. He also serves as a children’s counselor at the Camp Conquest, a summer camp for adolescent burn victims at Children’s Harbor.
“It is an honor to accept this award,” Argo said. “I thank God for what I have been put through because it has made me a better person. I thank my coaches and teachers and I thank my family.”
Sisson and Argo were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. More than $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986. The Student Achievement program was added in 1989.
The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award Class winners were: (1A) Olivia Nelson, McKenzie High School; (2A) Cody Argo, Reeltown High School; (3A) Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley High School; (4A) Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian School; (5A) Myles Williamson, Guntersville High School; (6A) Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russell High School; (7A) Thierry Havah, Huffman High School.
The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award Class winners: (1A) Hannah Tarwater, Whitesburg Christian Academy; (2A) Cade Worthy, Horseshoe Bend High School; (3A) Hannah Mason, Lauderdale County High School; (4A) Benjamin Buck, Holtville High School; (5A) Abbie Barron, Charles Henderson High School; (6A) Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka High School; (7A) Hamp Sisson, Mountain Brook High School.
Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: Malachi Beverly, Wadley High School; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: JoHannah Daughdrill, Vincent High School, and Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russell High School; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Margaret Steely Ruzic, T.R. Miller High School, and Lauryn Malone, Buckhorn High School; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka High School; United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarships: Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian School, and Devionte Williams, Abbeville High School.
The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:
2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
Region 1: Baylee Holley, Kinston
Region 2: Ethan Flowers, Brantley
Region 3: Malachi Beverly, Wadley
Region 4: Camila Lemons, Westminster-Oak Mountain
Region 5: Maggie Herron, Berry
Region 6: Hayden Bryant, Brilliant
Region 7: Gage Mallard, Phillips
Region 8: Hannah Tarwater, Whitesburg Christian
Region 1: Madison Howard, Washington County
Region 2: James Ethan Greggs, Geneva County
Region 3: Brock Snyder, Goshen
Region 4: Cade Worthy, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5: Samuel Jackson, Ranburne
Region 6: Savannah Blackwell, Sand Rock
Region 7: Riley Byars, Sulligent
Region 8: Seth Swinea, Mars Hill Bible
Region 1: Margaret Ruzic, T.R. Miller
Region 2: Cody Davis, Opp
Region 3: Austyn Barnes, Montgomery Academy
Region 4: Collin Herring, Gordo
Region 5: Rachel Faucett, Pleasant Valley
Region 6: Natalie Morton, Susan Moore
Region 7: Benjamin Hembree, Pisgah
Region 8: Hannah Beth Mason, Lauderdale County
Region 1: Caitlin McIlwain, UMS-Wright
Region 2: Corey Jerkins, Ashford
Region 3: Benjman Buck, Holtville
Region 4: Robert Burchfield, Oak Grove
Region 5: Kate Kent, Good Hope
Region 6: Beck Wilkes, Winfield
Region 7: Matthew Estopinal, Randolph
Region 8: Tucker Brown, Wilson
Region 1: Emme Fraser, Jackson
Region 2: Abbie Barron, Charles Henderson
Region 3: Noah Glenn, Jemison
Region 4: Gabriel Russell, Briarwood Christian
Region 5: Cole Burns, Cental-Clay County
Region 6: Rikyia Riddlesprigger, St. Clair County
Region 7: Kayleigh Rogers, Douglas
Region 8: Ashton Moore, Russellville
Region 1: William Dobbins, Baldwin County
Region 2: Mason Wakefield, Northview
Region 3: Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka
Region 4: Gracyn LeSueur, Pelham
Region 5: Katharine Lightfoot, Shades Valley
Region 6: Michael Crowder, Gardendale
Region 7: Presley Johnson, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8: Grant Brown, Florence
Region 1: Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Region 2: Madison Northington, Prattville
Region 3: Hamp Sisson, Mountain Brook
Region 4: Lauryn Malone, Buckhorn
2018 Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award Regional Winners
Region 1: Dallas Eastman, Florala
Region 2: Olivia Nelson, McKenzie
Region 3: Quay Porter-Scott, Loachapoka
Region 4: R.J. Burns, Winterboro
Region 5: Montana Huie, Faith Christian
Region 6: Amanda Pettry, Southeastern
Region 7: Britney Todd, Phillips
Region 8: Denver Benjamin, Cherokee
Region 1: K.D. Floyd, St. Luke’s Episcopal
Region 2: Emmy Reid, Samson
Region 3: Devionte Williams, Abbeville
Region 4: Cody Argo, Reeltown
Region 5: JoHannah Daughdrill, Vincent
Region 6: Nathan Stephens, Cleveland
Region 7: Andrew Sweeney, St. Bernard
Region 8: Autumn Fox, Fyffe
Region 1: Joshua Jolly, T.R. Miller
Region 2: Cade Wood, Wicksburg
Region 3: Brody Wortham, Randolph County
Region 4: Joshua Stanton, Fultondale
Region 5: Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley
Region 6: Kylie Bolton, Oakman
Region 7: Kline DeWolfe, Plainview
Region 8: Kaleb Fletcher, Clements
Region 1: Terica Curtis, Monroe County
Region 2: Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3: Caden Kilpatrick, Tallassee
Region 4: Tyler Blair, Northside
Region 5: Giovanna Martinez, Leeds
Region 6: Christopher Trejo, Winfield
Region 7: Jasmine Baker, Madison County
Region 8: Rhett Powers, Rogers
Region 1: LaVonta Hunt, Vigor
Region 2: Payton Robinson, Charles Henderson
Region 3: Artasiz Cannon, Marbury
Region 4: Bailey Adams, Moody
Region 5: Attalina Edmondson-Jimenez, Central-Clay County
Region 6: Hunter Appling, West Point
Region 7: Myles Williamson, Guntersville
Region 8: Brenan Ashmore, East Limestone
Region 1: Ren Magtanong, Robertsdale
Region 2: Kim Kern, Russell County
Region 3: Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russellville
Region 4: Cameron Crouse, Northridge
Region 5: Kayla Davis, Hueytown
Region 6: Bria Berry, Center Point
Region 7: Zack Self, Brewer
Region 8: Darryl Pointer, Austin
MONTGOMERY – Guntersville High School’s softball team slugged six home runs in the first inning and finished with an AHSAA state-record tying eight for the game to beat Brewer 12-1 last week to move into this week’s AHSAA Softball Spotlight.
The six home runs also set an AHSAA record and quite possibly a national record. However, the NFHS Record Book only lists team home run records for a season. Coach Capper Reed’s Wildcats opened the game with sophomore Candice Daniel hitting a home run. Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood followed with back-to-back-to-back home runs. The inning concluded with Maggie Skaziak and Daniel hitting back-to-back homers.
Daniel, who had two in the first inning, and Skaziak, who had five RBIs, finished with two home runs each in the game to give the Wildcats eight in the five-inning game to tie the state record set by Ider in the 2000 season. Quigley pitched the win striking out 10.
Daniel now shares the AHSAA record for homers in an inning with 12 others, including
Demopolis’ Alex Abrams and Fairhope’s Sam Yarbrough, who accomplished the feat in 2017. Tiffany Burks of Gardendale and Delaina Franklin of Pleasant Grove set the record originally on consecutive days in 2005. According to the NFHS Record Book, the national record (3) was set by Sherri Wright of Nashville (TN) Overton in 1989 and tied by Stefanie Berecz of Chicago St. Benedict in 2002.
Quigley pitched five innings with 10 strikeouts. With the win, the Lady Wildcats improve to 10-7 on the season. They played Boaz last Thursday.
Goodman Logs Milestone Coaching Win
Guntersville’s home run barrage shared the spotlight with Alabama Christian Coach Chris Goodman, who registered the 1,300th career coaching victory when the Lady Eagles beat Montgomery rival LAMP 15-0 earlier this week. His overall coaching record after the LAMP win is now 1,300 wins, 618 losses and eight ties including tenures in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, according to records compiled by ACA historian Paul Payne.
ACA (21-4) went 3-2 last weekend at the Sparkman Round-Robin Invitational tourney, then beat Montgomery rivals Saint James on Monday and LAMP on Tuesday. Goodman has served as head softball coach at ACA since 2007 compiling a 470-165-8 fast-pitch record overall with Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2010, 2013 and 2014. His 2017 team finished with a school-record 58 wins en route to a third-place finish at the AHSAA State Tourney. The Eagles won six other fast-pitch titles (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) and one slow-pitch championship (1995) for nine softball state crowns overall.
“It is all about the kids,” said Goodman, who compiled a 389-192 record as Alabama Christian’s baseball coach from 1986-2006. His baseball program produced state titles in 1995 and 2000 and finished second in 1994 and 2004. He was first coach in AHSAA history to win state titles in softball and baseball. Buckhorn’s Alvin Rauls accomplished that feat last season winning the 2017 Class 7A softball crown. Rauls, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame last month, won a baseball title at New Hope in 1992.
Goodman also compiled a 216-168 boys’ basketball record at ACA from 1986-2001 and was 225-93 coaching girls’ basketball from 2002-2012.
He said he has enjoyed coaching all sports, but will treasure coaching his daughters in softball. “I left baseball for softball just so I could coach them, and it has been an incredible experience,” he said. “I have been blessed to have the chance to coach so many outstanding kids. The wins are about them. I never counted them.”
In other reported performances:
IN THE CLUTCH
TAYLOR ROSS, NORTHVIEW: Slugged a grand slam home run igniting a seven-run third inning as the Cougars beat Northside 13-0 in four innings in their first game of the Northside Invitational Tourney as Northview opened with three wins. Ross also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a fielder’s choice as the Cougars beat Brookwood 5-4 to win the championship. She also took a0 throw from teammate Collier Peaden to tag out the potential go-ahead run in the top of the inning to snuff out a Brookwood rally. Peaden also had four hits in the final game. Jaala Torrence pitched all eight innings allowing five hits and striking out 14 to get the win.
MADISON PLUNKETT, THOMPSON: Singled in two runs to give the Warriors the lead for good 3-2 in the bottom of the final inning as the Warriors (30-5) capped a 10-win run in the Gulf Coast Classic tourney finals to beat Hewitt-Trussville 4-3.
DEVAN FULMER, FAIRVIEW: Clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Aggies ahead for good in a 4-3 win over Good Hope.
MACEY OGLE, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Compiled a 4-1 record and struck out 30 for the week and also had 10 hits, including four doubles, and drove in five runs while hitting .625 over seven games last week.
LAURA HUDSON, BRANTLEY: Tossed a no-hitter and struck out six to beat Highland Home 6-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Leanna Johnson struck out 12 in a 17-0 win in the first game with Hannah Sims clubbing s two-run homer, two doubles and a single to plate five runs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled all 10 innings in the Panthers’ 10-9 win over Washington (IL) and drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the final to bring in the winning run. She also threw a 5-inning shutout with 12 Ks against Central Magnet and struck out 7 batters in a 4-inning win over East Limestone.