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North Girls Take North-South All-Star Volleyball Match 3-0 over South at AUM Basketball Complex Thursday

   MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars needed only 65 minutes to post a 3-0 win over the South Thursday afternoon in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
   The volleyball match and the 58th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2017 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 21st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl.
   The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 107 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2016-17 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. A highlight of the Awards fete will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities.
    Two student-athletes, Pelham’s Hasaan Hawthorne and Opelika’s RaKavius Chambers, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
     The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for  11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
NORTH GIRLS 3, SOUTH GIRLS 0:  Mountain Brook’s Libby Gann had 30 assists, four kills and seven digs to lead the North to the 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 win. The victory improved the North’s record in the series to 14-6.  For her efforts, Gann was named North MVP.
    Karlee Hale of Geraldine and Tierra Porter of Hazel Green had 9 and 8 kills, respectively, on the front line for the North, coached by Coco Tate-Hughes of Hazel Green and Whitney Welch of Alexandria.  Gann also had a team-high three service aces, and Alexis Snow of Danville had 12 digs. Maci Battle of Hazel Green also added nine digs.
    The South, coached by Bridgett Brantley of Opp and Neysa Hernandez of Prattville, was led by South MVP Spanish Fort’s Reilly Vought. She had 14 assists, three kills and six digs. Brantley Rhodes of Bayside Academy had nine kills and four digs, and Caroline Kirkham of Montgomery Academy had five kills.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2017: Winterboro football coach Alan Beckett (1A); Dale County Schools recently retired associate superintendent Lamar Brooks (2A); Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle (3A); Bibb County athletic director Charles McCaleb (4A); Lawrence County head football coach Richard Dutton (5A); Chelsea athletic director Janeice Calhoun (6A); and Buckhorn softball coach Alvin Rauls (7A).
   The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Russellville High School head baseball coach Chris Heaps will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 107 high schools, up from 75 the previous year, will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2016-17. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000  al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Blount (District 1); Red Level (District 2); Linden (District 3); Holtville (District 4); Pleasant Grove (District 5); Ranburne (District 6); Hubbertville (District 7); and West Point (District 8).
   The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $80,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
HAWTHORNE, CHAMBERS EXCEL IN AHSAA: Hasaan Hawthorne, a wrestler at Pelham High School, was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished third in the overall balloting nationally.
    The National High School Spirit of Sport Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
     Hawthorne displayed amazing grit and determination rising from a 12-22 start as a seventh grader to finish undefeated at 38-0 and earning MVP honors in Class 6A as a senior while winning the Class 6A state 145-pound state title. While Hawthorne’s accomplishments would be remarkable under any circumstances, they move into the realm of being truly extraordinary when one considers the fact that he had both legs amputated at the knee at age four months.  His inspirational example of courage and tenacity was documented by ESPN Sports and earned him Class 6A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award recipient in 2016.
     He now wrestles for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
     RaKavius Chambers of Opelika High School was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Heart of the Arts” Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished second in the overall balloting nationally.
    The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify how the arts and athletics represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
    He received the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award for his balance between his love for sports and the arts.  A leader in all aspects of his life, he helped OHS capture first place in the state high school theatrical competition at Florence – playing the lead role of “God” in the play “Children of Eden.” He was also a member of the OHS Show Choir and Symphonic Band. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman helped the Opelika football team reach the Super 7 Class 6A state finals in 2016 earning All-America and All-State honors while also being named team captain. The Duke University football signee graduated with a 4.33 grade-point average, scored a 32 on his ACT test and ranked second in his graduating class of 248.
    Chambers was also named the recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s Larry D. Striplin, Jr., AHSAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  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 athletic careers.
     Chambers, who plans to study medicine at Duke University with his goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon, also was the recipient of the Watkins Award, which is awarded annually to the top Afro-American high school student-athlete in the U.S. as selected by the national committee.


NFHS NETWORK:
  The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 19 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days – including the first segment on Wednesday, August 4, August 6, August 13, August 14, and August 17. The schools featured include Briarwood Christian, Blount, Prattville, Gadsden City, Madison Academy and Russellville.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE APP: The week’s festivities can 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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference


North Wins Girls’ and Boys’ All-Star Basketball Games at AUM Basketball Complex

MONTGOMERY – The North girls and boys posted hard-fought victories Wednesday night over the South in the North-South All-Star basketball all-star competition with a crowd of more than 2,500 in attendance at Auburn University-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
   North’s girls won 76-67 to improve to 18-3 in the series that got underway in 1997, and the North boys captured a 75-64 win and now holds a 48-27 edge in a series that got its start 64 years
ago in 1953.
    Earlier in the day the North also swept the first-ever all-star cross country competition and the North won 16-47 – running at AUM’s on-campus 3.1-mile course. Cross Country was added to the North-South all-star competition this year. The All-Star contests are part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference, now in its 21st year. The week-long convention is managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
  The all-star action concludes Thursday with the North-South volleyball match at AUM at 4 p.m. The 58th AHSAA North-South Football All-Star Game will be the final all-star event  Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m.
NORTH GIRLS 76, SOUTH GIRLS 67: Homewood’s Ajah Wayne scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals to earn MVP honors for her team and led the North to its 18th victory in the 21-year series. She had 16 points in the first half – virtually unstoppable when going inside and dead-on at the foul line as well.
    LeFlore’s Daisha Bradford had 15 points, four steals and five rebounds to capture MVP honors for the South.
    Hazel Green’s Brooke Hampel added 12 points, Allie Cruce of Lauderdale County had 11, Karleigh Sledge of Deshler chipped in nine and Athens’ Alexis Woods had eight to round out the North offensive leaders for North coaches Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of  Sand Rock.
    Samson guard LaTascya Duff added 11 points and five rebounds for the South. Teammates Brianna Harris of Blount and Lakhylian Rankins of Faith Academy chipped in nine points each. The South was coached by Geneva’s Rich Bixby and R.C. Hatch’s Willie Morgan.
   The North dominated inside out-rebounding the South 53-36.
NORTH BOYS 74, SOUTH BOYS 64: Huffman guard Travarus Carroll had a game-high 27 points to help the North boys win for the 48th time in the 75-game series. No bucket was bigger than his startling round-house dunk with 57 seconds left in the third quarter that put the North ahead 48-40.
   The South rallied midway through the fourth period to tie the game at 53-53 but Carroll sank a 3-pointer just under the four-minute mark to push the North ahead by four 62-58.
    Carroll, the North MVP, finished 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 from the 3-point arc, and was 8-of-10 at the foul line. He also had five rebounds. Trey Jemison, a 6-foot-11 center from Homewood, added 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the North, coached by Paul Bryant’s Shon Peck-Love and Muscle Shoals’ Neal Barker. Parker’s 6-9 center Xavier Williams also had nine points and six rebounds.
  The South, coached by Tony Hayes of Monroe County and Douglas Moore of Bullock County, were led by Anquavious “Quay” Pollard’s 23 points and eight rebounds. The 6-6 forward from Lanett was 5-of-12 on 3-pointers and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had three steals.  Lanett teammate Emanuel Littles added 11 points and five rebounds.
NFHS NETWORK: The North-South Football All-Star Game Thursday night will live-streamed 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 NFHS Network also plans to live-stream the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet Friday night.
      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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference

AHSADCA TO AWARD 10 COACHES’ CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS: A highlight of the AHSADCA each year is the awarding of scholarships to graduating seniors at AHSAA schools who are children of AHSADCA member coaches, teachers or administrators. The 10 students to receive the scholarships for 2016-17 will be recognized at Friday night’s Coaches’ Awards Banquet at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
    This year’s recipients include:


·       Heaven Rozier, Jackson High School, Daughter of Coach Walter and Ursula Rozier

·       Alexandria Wiggins, Enterprise High School, Daughter of Mr. Dewayne and Coach Janie Wiggins

·       Bailey Ryan Price, Chilton County High School, Son of Coach Zed Ryan and

Tammy Price

·       Jessica Norris, LAMP High School, Daughter of Coach Anthony and Patti Norris

·       Bailey Simmons, Elmore County High School, Daughter of Mr. Robert and Coach Angie Simmons

·       Mary Elizabeth Laatsch, Helena High School, Daughter of Coach Chris and Leigh Laatsch

·       Shelby Hicks, Oxford High School, Daughter of Coach Matt Hicks

·       Reagan MaKinley Smothers, Addison High School, Daughter of Micah and Cindy Smothers

·       Michael Drew Statom, Deshler High School, Son of Coach Michael and Cindy Statom

·       Jadie Burney, Huntsville High School, Son of Coach Jay and Sandee Burney

 

2017 ALL-STAR WEEK North-South Results/Schedule
Baseball: North  9-3, South 3-2 (North leads series 22-11-1)
Softball: North 12-1, South 6-11 (North leads series 25-10-3)
Boys’ Soccer: North 5, South 2 (North leads series 11-4-1)
Girls’ Soccer: North 4, South 1 (North leads series 13-2-1)
Boys Cross Country: North 16, South 47 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Cross Country: North 20, South 35 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Basketball: North 76, South 67 (North leads series 18-3)
Boys Basketball: North 74, South 64 (North leads series 48-27)
Volleyball: Thursday, 4 p.m., AUM (North leads series 13-6)
Football: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cramton Bowl (South leads series 30-25-2)


North Sweeps Boys’ & Girls’ First Cross Country Competition at AUM

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls and North Boys swept the South Wednesday morning in the first-ever North-South All-Star cross country competition held on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery.
    The North girls won 20-35. The North boys won 16-47.
    Cross Country was added to the North-South all-star competition this year. The All-Star contests are part of the AHSAA’s annual Summer Conference, now in its 21st year. The week-long convention is managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The North swept the baseball and boys’ & girls’ soccer competition Tuesday night, and the South earned a split in the softball competition.
   The girls’ and boys’ North-South basketball all-star games will be held tonight at 6 and 8 p.m., at the AUM Basketball Complex. The North-South volleyball match will be played at AUM at 4 p.m., Thursday, and the 58th AHSAA North-South Football All-Star Game will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m.
    Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic clocked the fastest time in the girls’ 3.1-mile cross country race Wednesday with a time of 20:02.89. She finished almost 38 seconds ahead of Hoover’s Sydney Steely, who ran the distance in 20:40.82. American Christian’s Rebecca Billman, Huntsville’s Rachel Jones and John Carroll Catholic’s Lindsey Granier, all runners for the North, rounded out the top-five finishers. Jensen and Steely earned MVP honors for their respective all-star teams.
   Hoover’s John McCrackin finished first in the boys’ race clocking 17:27.81 – an average of 5:37.3 per mile.  The South’s top finisher was Dawson Oliver of Trinity Presbyterian, who ran 17:50.36 to cross the finish line fifth. Both earned MVP honor for their respective teams.
   The North trio of Randolph’s Matthew Estopinal, Briarwood Christian’s Zach Howard and St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney finished 2-3-4 to seal the North’s team victory.
    Coaching the North girls Was Les Bryant of Huntsville and Charles Tiller of American Christian coached the boys. Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook served as administrative coach. South girls’ coach was Joe Swagart of Bayside Academy and the boys’ coach was Dan Norton of Auburn. Smiths Station’s Ron Peters served as administrative coach.
NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition is being live-streamed 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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference

 

2017 ALL-STAR WEEK North-South Results/Schedule
Baseball: North  9-3, South 3-2 (North leads series 22-11-1)
Softball: North 12-1, South 6-11 (North leads series 25-10-3)
Boys’ Soccer: North 5, South 2 (North leads series 11-4-1)
Girls’ Soccer: North 4, South 1 (North leads series 13-2-1)
Boys Cross Country: North 16, South 47 (North leads series 1-0)
Girls Cross Country: North 20, South 35 (North leads series 1-0)
Basketball: Wednesday night, 6 p.m., AUM (North leads series 17-3)

Boys Basketball: Wednesday night, 8 p.m., AUM (North leads series 47-27)
Volleyball: Thursday, 4 p.m., AUM (North leads series 13-6)
Football: Thursday, 7 p.m., Cramton Bowl (South leads series 30-25-2)


North and South Split Doubleheader In All-Star Softball at Lagoon Park

   MONTGOMERY – The North girls pounded 13 hits in game one to beat the South 12-6, and the South bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-1 Tuesday night at Lagoon Park as the 21st AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week all-star competition got underway. The softball contests are part of the AHSAA annual Summer Conference and Coaching School administered by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The South salvaged a split in the series that has been dominated through the years by their North counterparts. The North girls, coached by Mortimer Jordan’s Shawn Maze and Josh Graham of Lawrence County, now hold a 25-10-3 edge after Tuesday’s split. The South was coached by Donna Sunnycalb of Saraland and Matt Hendricks of Auburn.
    South MVP was Rehobeth’s Lauren Rase and North MVP was Riley Honeycutt of Northside.
   Game 1: North 12, South 6: Honeycutt, Lauren Hopper of Lawrence County, Taylor Davis of Sparkman and Sidney Wagnon each had two hits for the North. The winners posted eight runs in the top of the third to break the game open. East Lawrence’s Anna Segars doubled to drive in two runs for the big hit of the inning.   Gardendale’s Chaney Phillips also had a double for the North.  
    The South jumped out to a 3-0 lead off starting pitcher Hannah Hayes of Hazel Green, the North winning hurler. Faith Academy’s Lacey Fincher keyed the rally with a two-run single. Hayes pitched the first three innings, allowed five hits and four runs while striking out two.
     Starting pitcher Savanna Holmes of Hale County added a solo homer in the second inning and Baker’s Victoria Ortiz had two hits and two RBIs. Holmes pitched the first two innings yielding four hits and one run. Lacey Spear of Alabama Christian hurled three strong innings to close out the game for the South. She allowed one hit, no runs and struck out five.
    Kerstin Bryant of Spring Garden and Bailey Browning of West Limestone also pitched two innings each for the North. Browning allowed one hit and struck out three.
Game 2: South 11, North 1: Rehobeth’s Rase, who played first base and also pitched one inning, was 3-for-3 with four RBIs in game two as the South closed the 2017 series with a victory – its first in this year’s All-Star Sports Week competition. She had an RBI single in a four-run second inning as the South took control 5-0. She drove in two runs with a double in the fifth inning as the South scored three to build 10-1 lead. Rase doubled in another run.
   The South clubbed 16 hits with winning pitcher Leanna Johnson of Brantley slugging s solo homer and single. Karsen Mosley of Saraland had two hits and two RBIs, Alexis Austin of Wetumpka had two hits and Hope Mynard of Enterprise had a single, sacrifice fly and two RBIs.
   Johnson allowed two hits over the first three innings and struck out one to notch the victory. Holmes, Gracie Deaton of Central-Phenix City, Rase and Spear also pitched one inning each.
    Bailey Browning of West Limestone got the loss. Pacing the North offensively was Jamie Gregg of Hoover with two hits.  

North Sweeps Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer Matches at Emory Folmar Complex

    MONTGOMERY – The North girls beat the South 4-1 Tuesday night and the North boys posted a 5-2 win at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex to sweep the competition at the 21st AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week. The all-star competition is part of the AHSAA annual Summer Conference and Coaching School administered by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
   North Girls 4, South Girls 1: North MVP Hailey Whitaker of Oak Mountain scored two goals as the winners improved to 13-2-1 in the series that dates back to 1997. The South took the early lead with Kate Eubanks of McGill-Toolen Catholic scoring on an assist from her own Yellow Jackets teammate Chloe Martin just seven minutes into the match.  Vestavia Hills’ Faith Hauberg tied the match at 1-1 19 minutes later and Whitaker gave the North the lead at intermission with a goal at the 29:50 mark. She got an assist from Hauberg.
    Whitaker’s second goal game at 59:40 in the second half and Maddison Martin of Chelsea scored the final goal with just 3 ½ minutes left in the match. Eubanks was named MVP for the South.
   North goalkeeper Elena Register of Hoover had three goals. Courtnie Trapp of Benjamin Russell and Bailey Cameron Enterprise and 5 and 4 saves, respectively, for the South. The South coaches were Jacey Mitchell of Spanish Fort and Stuart Bonner of Montgomery Academy. North coaches were Jeff Samoranski of Pell City and Sarah Dunlap of Decatur.
   North Boys 5, South Boys 2: The North improved to 11-4-1 in the North-South boys’ all-star series as North MVP Miguel Tizapa of Cullman scored a hat trick with three goals to lead his team to the victory.
   The South scored first when St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Wilson Beaverstock scored at 8:40 of the first half. Tizapa scored at 23:12 to tie the match and Mountain Brook’s Ethan Harradine put the North ahead for good six minutes later with a goal assisted by Brooks Rice of Spain Park.
    Tizapa made it 4-1 early in the second half at the 56:26 mark and Rice made it 5-1 just 15 seconds later. Peter Garland of Montgomery Catholic scored the South’s second goal at 61:28 on an assist from Foley’s Cameron Walker, and Tizapa posted his third goal at 67:28 to close out the scoring.
   Beaverstock, who had three shots on goal, was named the South MVP. Tizapa had four shots on goal.
   North coaches were Dan DeMasters of Oak Mountain and Trey Stanford of Russellville. The South was coached by Davidson’s Kevin DeLange and Stanhope Elmore’s Johanna Angelo.

As 21st AHSAA All-Star Sports Week Gets Underway North Sweeps South to Win Baseball Competition at Riverwalk Stadium

   MONTGOMERY – The North swept the South 9-3 and 3-2 Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium to sweep the all-star baseball competition at the 21st AHSAA All-Star Sports Week.
    North-South All-Star competition in softball and boys’ and girls’ soccer was also underway Tuesday night. Boys’ and girls’ cross country, added to the all-star slate this year by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) , will compete on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery at 7:30 Wednesday morning, and the North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be played at 6 and 8 p.m. at AUM Wednesday night.
   North-South volleyball competition will commence at 4 p.m. Thursday at AUM. The 58th North-South Football Game will close out the week of competition Thursday night at 7 at Cramton Bowl.
   Outfielder Garrett Bodine of Sparkman had a triple and single and two RBIs in game one for the North and had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning of game two to plate the game-winning run. The North trailed 2-1 heading into the final inning of game two but scored twice to take lead.  Winning pitcher Christian MacLeod of Huntsville closed out the game facing six batters in the final two innings. He struck out two.
    Carson Skipper of Hewitt-Trussville hurled the first three innings for the North while Will Morrison of Cullman and Brody Syer of Oxford combined with MacLeod to limit the South to just three hits overall.
    Drew Jennings of Auburn, Joey Wozniak of Northview and Jonah Smith of Sweet Water allowed just three hits combined over the first six innings and struck out six as each hurler worked two innings apiece. Ethan Wilson of Andalusia pitched the final inning and got the loss.
    Smith had a double and RBI for the South in game two and Jon Horton of Hale County singled and scored a run.
    Catcher Clay Stearns of Mountain Brook had a single and RBI to pace the North.
    Calera 6-foot-7 left-hander Jacob Smith hurled the first three innings in game one allowing two hits, two unearned runs and striking out six to get the win. Smith, Hogan Isbell of Colbert County and Garrett Wade of Hartselle combined to strike out 11.
    Gabe Shepard of Faith Academy pitched the third inning giving up three runs to get the loss for the South. Starter Herndon Akridge of St. Paul’s Episcopal hurled two innings allowing two hits, two unearned runs and struck out two. McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Eric Toth and Brayden Baggett of Marbury also pitched for the South. Baggett faced just three batters in one inning of work striking out one.
    Oneonta’s Brody Moore, son of North Coach Brandon Moore, had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs to pace the North. Garrett Bodine of Sparkman added a triple and single, scored twice and drove in two runs and picked up a run scored and RBI in game two to earn MVP honors for the North. Pelham catcher Will Pearce walked with the bases loaded and finished with two RBIs.
    South catcher Slade Gorman of Central-Phenix City and Goshen center fielder Cory Peterson each had one hit and one RBI. Tyler Robertson of Saint James had a hit in each game and played four positions in the field (second base, third base, left and center field) to earn South MVP honors.
   Coaches for the South were Chad Smith of LAMP and Tyler Dent of Andalusia. Moore and David Deerman of Jacksonville coached the North.
    
    

 

 

 

ALL-STAR PLAYER CHANGES: McKenzie High School wide receiver/defensive back Chris Shuford was added to the South All-Star football roster Monday night and joined the team for practice Tuesday. He will be wearing jersey No. 10 in Thursday night’s 58th North-South Football Game at Cramton Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
SEC BASKETBALL COACHES HIGHLIGHT COACHING SCHOOL: The AHSAA Summer Conference’s Coaching School moves into full swing Wednesday with football, basketball, track & field, wrestling, volleyball and cheerleading getting underway. University of Alabama men’s coach Avery Johnson, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and Georgia coach Mark Fox, plus 2017 ACC Coach of the Year Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech, headline the basketball clinician list for Wednesday.
   Some of the state’s top high school football coaches will address the large contingent of AHSAA member school football coaches. Paul Benefield, 77-6 in this decade for the Fyffe Red Devils, will discuss how to succeed with two-way players. The Class 2A defending state champs finished 15-0 last season outscoring opponents 700-113. Benefield is 255-52 and has never had a losing season in 26 years as a head coach. Fred Yancey, who has compiled a 255-91 record at Briarwood and is 296-111-1, will discuss “Being a Professional at all Times.”     
FCA LUNCHEON FEATURES DAN REEVES: Former Denver Broncos head football coach Dan Reeves will be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center at noon. The luncheon is free to attendees but is by reservation only.
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 NFHS Network will start a special live-stream series entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring  a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. The AHSAA will  will be featured throughout the 30 days – including Wednesday,  August 4, August 6, August 13, August 14, and August 17. The schools featured will include Briarwood Christian, Blount, Prattville, Gadsden City, Madison Academy and Russellville.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE APP: The week’s festivities can 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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference


2017 Summer Conference in Full Swing AHSAA Coaches, Administrators Swarm to City Conference

    MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery embraces for more than 4,000 coaches and administrators as the 21st annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week heads into day two at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Complex Tuesday.
   The week-long convention for AHSAA member schools, which is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), features Coaching Schools for the various sports offered by the AHSAA.

   Golf and bowling highlighted Monday’s first day with the AHSADCA hosting its annual golf tournament for coaches, administrators and guests at Lagoon Park. The festivities included a cookout afterward.
    Tuesday’s slate includes baseball, softball, soccer, C2C Training and Coaches Education courses.
    The AHSAA and City of Montgomery hosted  press conference on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery as all-stars chosen to compete in All-Star Sports Week checked in at the North Commons Dorm, which is hosting the more than 300 players and coaches selected to compete this week in North-South all-star competition.
     Mayor Todd Strange lauded the AHSA event’s economic impact in the city. “This event has an economic impact of between $8 and $10 million annually,” he told the media gathered in the North Commons lobby.
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs both thanked the city, especially the Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Strange and AUM for their commitment to hosting this major event.
    The North-South All-Star competition gets underway Tuesday with a baseball doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. The Girls’ and Boys’ soccer matches will be held at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at 5 and 7 p.m., and the fast-pitch softball all-star doubleheader’s first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Lagoon Park Tuesday.
   The first-ever North-South cross-country competition will be held on the AUM campus Wednesday morning with the girls running at 7:30 a.m., and the boys at 8. The Girls’ and Boys’ North-South basketball games will be played at the AUM Basketball Complex a 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, Wednesday night
    The all-star games conclude Thursday with the North-South volleyball match at 4 p.m. at AUM, and the 57th annual North-South football game at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m. All all-star events will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network with Graham Dunn and Jerry Young handling the commentary. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    PLAYERS ADDED TO FOOTBALL ROSTERS: Among the late additions to the North-South football rosters as teams checked in Sunday with the North picking up Davarrius Hudson, Jacoby Johnson and Joshua Nickerson.  Wide receiver Tyler Welsey of Jeff Davis and quarterback Caleb Winton of T.R. Miller were added to the South squad.
    BASKETBALL CHANGE: Faith Reynolds of Wenonah is injured and did not report for the North squad as teams reported Monday. She will not be replaced. The South won last year’s girls’ game 57-53 – snapping an eight-game losing streak. The North holds a 17-3 lead heading into Wednesday’s contest. The North boys hold a 47-27 advantage heading into the 75th playing of the game that dates back to 1953. The tall, tall team coached by Paul Bryant’s Shon Peck-Love and Muscle Shoals’ Neal Barker, feature 6-foot-11 center Trey Jemison, who was a standout at Homewood for the last three years but has transferred to Hoover for his senior year. Xavier Williams of Parker and Logan Dye of Haleyville are also 6-9 each. The South, coached by Monroe County’s Tony Hayes and Bullock County’s Douglas Moore, feature 6-9 Theo Akwuba of Brewbaker Tech and 6-8 center Emanuel Littles of Lanett.

The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
   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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference

 

ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE at MONTGOMERY
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.    AUM Basketball Complex
North-South Basketball (Boys)                    Wednesday, 8 p.m.    AUM Basketball Complex
North-South Volleyball                                 Thursday, 4 p.m.       Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football                                    Thursday, 7 p.m.       Cramton Bowl


Lineup of Speakers Highlight 21st AHSAA/AHSADCA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches, administrators and contest officials will gather next week (July 17-21) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 21th 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, approximately 100 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 on Wednesday are SEC men’s coaches:  Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl, University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson, and Georgia’s Mark Fox. Also speaking are Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner, the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the year, Troy University’s Phil Cunningham and Scott Groninger, West Georgia’s women’s coach.
    Among the list of other top clinicians set to speak are: (Baseball) Perry Roth, the hitting coach for UAB; (Softball) former University of South Carolina collegiate All-American Karen Johns, Wallace-Hanceville coach A.J. Daugherty, John Garris of Southern University and Carie Dever-Boaz of West Alabama; (Track) Troy University’s Mark Davis and Huntingdon College’s Dan August; (volleyball) Josh Lauer of Troy University and Ryan Roberson, Brooks High Schoo;l; (Soccer) Ged O’Connor of Troy University; (Golf) Matt Luther of South Alabama and Brendan Ryan of Golf Placement Services; (Wrestling) Craig Duncan, Huntingdon College and Jeremy Waters, Trackwrestling.
    Football clinicians will be some of the state’s top high school head and assistant coaches, including: 2016 Class 2A state championship coach Paul Benefield of Fyffe, Phil Lazenby of Bayside Academy, Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian, Shawn Raney of Spain Park, Josh Niblett and Adrian Adams of Hoover, former college quarterbacks and current head coaches Patrick Nix of Pinson Valley and Jeff Kelly of Saraland, Smitty Grider of Park Crossing, Andro Williams of W.S. Neal, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright, Earnest Hill of McGill-Toolen, Chris Yeager of Mountain Brook, Caleb Ross of Opelika, Fred Riley of Davidson, David Faulkner of Enterprise and Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
   The completing Coaching School schedule and list of speakers can be found at:

 

http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2017-Summer-Conference


     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 along with a host of high school administrators.
     Former Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves will be the key speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon on Thursday. The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. Russellville baseball coach Chris Heaps will address the 107 schools that were fine and ejection free at the Sportsmanship Luncheon, and State Senator Jabo Waggoner will address the Coaches’ Awards Banquet.
    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 58th 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 5 p.m. 
      The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Auburn-Montgomery Basketball Complex at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at AUM.
   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:
https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference


2017 Summer Conference Kicks Off Monday Players Report Sunday for 58th North-South All-Star Game

    MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes have been made as North-South teams prepare to report Sunday for the 58th North-South All-Star Football Game to be played at Cramton Bowl next week. The game will kick off at 7 p.m., June 20, as the 2017 All-Star Sports Week competition concludes for the 21th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    A total of 20 players have been replaced on the South squad and 18 on the North squad from the original rosters announced earlier this spring. Both squads will check in Sunday at Auburn-Montgomery University. Andre Robinson of Birmingham’s Parker High School is the North head coach while Scott Horne of Skipperville’s G.W. Long High School will be coaching the South team.
    All-Star competition is being held in seven different sports at various locations across the city of Montgomery. Baseball, basketball, softball and soccer squads report Monday with North-South competition set for all but basketball on Tuesday. Cross country and volleyball squads check in Tuesday.
     The Baseball all-stars will play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m., girls’ and boys’ soccer all-star teams will play at 5 and 7 p.m., at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex and the fast-pitch all-star doubleheader will be at Lagoon Park starting at 5 p.m.
     Cross country is being added for the first time with the girls’ race at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday at the cross country course on the AUM campus. The boys’ race will follow at 8 a.m.  The girls’ and boys’ basketball competition will be Wednesday night at Auburn University-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m. The North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at AUM’s Complex.  The basketball competition, originally scheduled for Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena, was moved earlier this week due to some facility issues.
     The AHSAA Summer Conference gets underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with sessions for bowling and golf. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators, contest officials, all-star players and others are expected to attend the conference, which will provide extensive professional development for AHSAA member schools.
     The Summer Conference will conclude Friday, July 21, with two mandatory sessions for member schools as well as the 10th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring 107 schools that were fine and ejection free in 2016-17 and the 21st annual Coaches Awards Banquet Friday night. The Officials Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
     Robinson’s North football coaching staff includes Michael Robinson of Hokes Bluff, Bill Smith of Munford, Mark Heaton of Russellville, Richard Dutton of Lawrence County, Kelvis White of James Clemens and Scott Sharp of Madison County. Cedric Brown of Southside-Selma is the administrative coach.
     Horne’s South staff lists Jason Massey of Leroy, Wesley Sims of J.U. Blacksher, Lee Carter of Jeff Davis, Pat Thompson of Sweet Water, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and James Lucas of LaFayette. Michael Summers of Alabama Christian is the administrative coach.
    Horne has a 74-20 career record in eight years as G.W. Long’s head coach. His teams have compiled a 55-7 slate averaging 11 wins per season over the last five years. Long has reached the 2A semifinals each of the last two years going 12-1 each year and currently owns a 25-game region winning streak. Robinson, now in his second tenure as Parker’s head coach, is 64-55 overall in 15 years. He coached the Thundering Herd from 1997-2003 before becoming a college assistant coach, then returned to the high school ranks in 2013 at Birmingham Carver, moved back to Parker in 2014 and has guided the Herd to a 22-11 slate the last three years.
      The South holds a 30-25-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-0 last year in a game called due to inclement weather in the second quarter.
       The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.
      
   
  NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be live-streamed 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: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference

     The updated numerical rosters for the 2017 North-South All-Star football game are listed.

2017 NORTH - SOUTH FOOTBALL GAME

NORTH ROSTER (Updated)

No

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

1

Reynard

Ellis

Shades Valley

RB

6'1

223

2

Trevor

Oakes

Hartselle

QB

6'1

200

3

Jakobi

Byrd

Florence

WR

5'10

170

4

Koy

Chapman

Gordo

QB

6'0

190

5

LeDarrian

Mobley

Tuscaloosa County

WR

5'11

194

6

Dekarlos

Billingsley

Scottsboro

RB

5'11

205

8

Antonio

Stanton, Jr.

Bessemer City

Ath

5'7

167

9

Demetrius

King

Gardendale

RB

6'1

205

30

Thomas

Smith, Jr.

Florence

DB

6'3

205

31

Diamonte

Douglas

Lee - Huntsville

DB

5'10

190

34

Quadre

Gresham

Huffman

DB

6'0

170

35

Austin

Freeman

Scottsboro

DB

6'2

175

45

Khalid

Leonard

McAdory

LB

5'9

160

49

Josh

Hatcher

Handley

LB

6'0

190

50

Jay

Brown

Handley

OLB

5'10

193

51

Dylan

Powell

Lawrence County

OLB

6'0

210

53

Quavonta

Gardner

Mae Jemison

DL

6'4

215

54

Connor

Landers

Hartselle

LB

5'11

230

55

Will

Evans

Haleyville

LB

6'2

212

59

Brenton

Weeks

Winfield

LB?

5'10

212

62

Khalil

Keith

Winterboro

OL

6'5

290

63

Adam

Patterson

Hokes Bluff

OL

6'3

250

64

Jase

Jones

Fyffe

OL

6'1

250

66

Malik

Milton

Mae Jemison

OL

5'10

260

67

Tyler

Cough

Thompson

OL

5'11

285

68

Cade

McGuire

Muscle Shoals

OL

6'2

280

70

Jakari

Robinson

Munford

OL

6'2

298

78

Dexter

Fuqua

Tanner

DL

6'2

280

84

Quinterrius

Ward

Shades Valley

DL

6'0

300

89

Tristian

Skinner

Cullman

K

5'10

200

91

David

Lara

Winfield

DL

5'9

210

92

Will

Wetzler

Mountain Brook

LB

5'11

200

95

Caleb

Meyer

Hartselle

DL

6'0

215

COACHES

Andre

Robinson

A. H. Parker, Head

Michael

Robertson

Hokes Bluff

Bill

Smith

Munford

Mark

Heaton

Russellville

Richard

Dutton

Lawrence County

Kelvis

White

Mae Jemison

Scott

Sharp

Madison County

Cedric

Brown

Southside - Selma, Adm.

SOUTH ROSTER (Updated)

No

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

1

Garrett

Sanders

G. W. Long

ATH

5'6

170

2

David

Poole

Montgomery Catholic

WR

5'11

175

3

C. J.

Roberts

Carroll

RB

5'11

195

4

Tommy

Spivey

Brantley

WR

6'1

165

5

Chase

Warren

Leroy

QB

5'10

170

6

Maurice

Young, II

Wetumpka

WR

5'10

160

7

Mike

Huntley, Jr.

Lee - Montgomery

QB

5'11

174

8

NeColby

Maxwell

Benjamin Russell

RB

5'8

196

10

Jamal

Hourel

Andalusia

RB

5'11

210

18

Trey

Bryant

Wetumpka

WR

6'0

170

23

Kameron

Green

Park Crossing

DB

5'8

165

25

Brady

Hancock

Tallassee

DB

5'9

180

30

Max

Weeks

New Brockton

K/P

6'4

185

31

Mykale

Trammell

Lafayette

DB

5'9

180

34

Zye'Kee

Pruitt

Theodore

DB

6'1

185

35

Charles

Blackmon

Linden

DB

6'0

172

49

Carlton

Martial

McGill-Toolen

DE/LB

5'10

215

50

Keonte

White

Enterprise

DE/LB

6'0

225

51

Marcus

Crenshaw

Jeff Davis

DE/LB

6'3

226

53

Ke'Andrae

Rutledge

Southside - Selma

DE/LB

5'11

205

54

Darrell

Scott

Blount

DE/LB

5'11

210

55

Tyler

Dean

J. U. Blacksher

DE/LB

5'11

185

63

Nathan

Harrison

B. T. Washington

OL

6'0

340

64

Johnathon

Buskey

LeFlore

OL

6'6

290

67

Jacob

Baker

Tallassee

OL

6'2

295

71

Jacorey

Pritchett

Jackson

OL

6'0

300

72

Ryan

Rush

Elmore County

OL

6'3

280

73

Thomas

Kanaley

Andalusia

OL

6'6

290

75

Thornton

Rudolph

Lee - Montgomery

OL

6'1

308

78

Courtney

Holloway

Lafayette

OL

6'0

304

90

Brian

Mitchell, II

Daphne

DL

6'4

225

91

Thomas

Key

Greenville

DL

5'11

185

92

Dexter

Davidson

Greenville

DL

5'7

220

93

Clifton

Robinson

Dothan

DL

6'2

245

95

Jaylon

Jones

Fairhope

DE/LB

6'3

215

99

Taryon

Edwards

Lee - Montgomery

DL

5'10

295

COACHES

Scott

Horne

G. W. Long (Head Coach)

Jason

Massey

Leroy

Wesley

Sims

J. U. Blacksher

Lee

Carter

Jeff Davis

Pat

Thompson

Sweet Water

Tim

Perry

Wetumpka

James

Lucas

Lafayette

Michael

Summers

Alabama Christian, Administrative Coach



Tanner Burns named Mr. Baseball and Annie Willis named Miss Softball by Alabama Sports Writers Association; Mobile Christian’s Ethan Hearn named Jimmy Smothers Courage award winner

HOOVER – Decatur’s Tanner Burns and Westminster Christian’s Annie Willis were named Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball, respectively, by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Sunday night at the group’s 46th annual convention at the Hyatt-Wynfrey in Hoover.

In addition, Mobile Christian’s Ethan Hearn was named the recipient of the ASWA’s Jimmy Smothers Courage Award. Named after the long-time sports editor of the Gadsden Times and guiding force in the ASWA, it recognizes his commitment to local and high school sports coverage, and honors a high school athlete who has overcome adversity and shown immense courage.

Burns, expected to be a high choice in the Major League Baseball player draft this week, was selected the ASWA’s Class 6A first-team shortstop and the 6A Player of the Year when the group’s prep committee met last week to select its all-state team. Burns was also the 6A hitter of the year in 2016 as a utility player, a first-team pitcher in 2015 and first-team designated hitter as a freshman.

In 37 games for the 32-5 Red Raiders, the senior hit .467 with 18 homers, 46 RBI, 49 hits and 56 runs. He walked 29 times and struck out just six times. As a right-handed pitcher, Burns went 10-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 116 strikeouts against 22 walks, while allowing eight earned runs in 64 innings. The Auburn signee helped Decatur to the quarterfinals – where the team was ranked 32nd in the nation before its loss to Cullman.

Willis was the Pitcher and Player of the Year in Class 4A in helping her team to a runner-up finish and a 51-4-1 record. With 543 strikeouts this year, she finished her pitching career with 1,975. This year, she went 43-3-1 and had an ERA of 0.40. She pitched five no-hitters, three perfect games and 21 shutouts. Willis allowed 44 walks, 90 hits and 15 earned runs in 259 2/3 innings.

The senior hit .464 this year with 12 homers, 64 RBI, 70 hits, scored 40 runs, walked 23 times and struck out just nine times. She was a first-team all-state pitcher as a junior and sophomore and was honorable mention as a freshman. The Troy signee helped the Wildcats to a high-water mark of 14th in the country.

Hearn was honored for his courage in the face of tremendous adversity. The sophomore returned from football practice on a Thursday night last November to find his mother dead of an apparent suicide. Though his teammates and coaches rushed to his house to comfort him that night, few expected him to make the trip to Oakman early the next morning for the team’s Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game. Not only did Hearn make the trip, he made 8.5 tackles in a Mobile Christian victory and eventually helped power the Leopards to the title game.

 

ASWA SUPER 10 VOTING
(First place votes in parentheses)

 

BASEBALL
Tanner Burns, Decatur                                 (9) 117
Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen              (2)   87
Jacob Heatherly, Cullman                                    80
Cody Greenhill, Russellville                                 66
Sam Praytor, Helena                                             57
Connor Jednat, UMS-Wright                               39
Taylor Hayes, Piedmont                                      37
Jonah Smith, Sweet Water                                  17
Brock Guffey, Hoover                                           13
Drew Williamson, T.R. Miller                              11

MR. BASEBALL WINNERS
2017: Tanner Burns, Decatur
2016: Owen Lovell, Cullman
2015: Brax Garrett, Florence
2014: Cody Reed, Ardmore
2013: Keegan Thompson, Cullman
2012: Mikey White, Spain Park
2011: Daniel Koger, Huntsville
2010: Daryl Norris, Fairhope
2009: Luke Bole, Hartselle
2008: Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff
2007: John David Smelser, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
2006: Del Howell, American Chr.
2005: Colby Rasmus, Russell Co.
2004: Patrick White, Daphne
2003: Joey Doan, Baker
2002: Allen Ponder, Lee-Scott Acad.
2001: Eric West, Southside-Gadsden
2000: Wade Miller, G.W. Long
1999: Matthew Maniscalco, Oxford

SOFTBALL
Annie Willis, Westminster Chr.                  (8) 115
Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Chr.                           (3) 105
Kendall Beth Sides, Sumiton Chr.                      73
Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park                  70
Abbey Latham, Demopolis                                  56
Josie Page, Washington Co.                                49
Lacey Fincher, Faith Acad.                                   39
Zoie Emrick, Buckhorn                                         24
Alex Wilcox, Brantley                                            23
Amy Woodham, Slocomb                                    17

MISS SOFTBALL WINNERS
2017: Annie Willis, Westminster Chr.
2016: Ashlee Swindle, Curry
2015: Lacey Sumerlin, Baker
2014: Madi Moore, Winfield
2013: Kasey Cooper, Dothan
2012: Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan
2011: Shelby Holley, Pisgah
2010: Leigh Streetman, Hueytown
2009: Hilary Phillips, Ider
2008: Lindsey Dunlap, Hueytown
2007: Whitney Larsen, Vestavia Hills
2006: Anna Thompson, Grissom
2005: Tara Donaldson, Baker
2004: Anna Thompson, Grissom
2003: Holly Currie, Pisgah

 

JIMMY SMOTHERS COURAGE AWARD WINNERS
2017: Ethan Hearn, Mobile Chr.
2016: Alex Wilcox, Brantley