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Greg Brewer’s Leadership and Impact Raised Standards for High School Officials

                           By Bill Plott
                                          AHSAA Historian

            Greg Brewer’s impact on raising the standards of officiating, especially for all high school sports, has been recognized on both local and national levels. 
           When he retired last year AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “Mr. Brewer has been a trailblazer in the development of training for contest officials. He has dedicated himself to raising the competence across the board with contest officials in all sports He leaves some big shoes to be filled.”

That impact is being recognized by his peers in the AHSAA. He is being enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018. The 2018 induction banquet will be March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
           Brewer’s legacy as AHSAA Director of Officials includes the following:

·         He established statewide training camps for officials in all sports and set up the current District Director program that is used to rate and further train contest officials. 

·         He also developed and helped implement the AHSAA pitch count rule for baseball, which has been applauded around the nation by several national organizations, including Little League Baseball and USA Baseball.

·         He created a sports officiating class for high school students. It has been approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and is being taught in more than 40 high schools across the state where students have the opportunity to learn to become certified officials.

           “Greg Brewer represented the AHSAA with distinction while working with the National Federation of State High School Associations in many capacities,” said former AHSAA Executive Director Dan Washburn. “His contribution to the NFHS football and baseball rules was recognized nationally when he received the NFHS Section 3 Citation Award in 2006.”
          In his home state, his work was equally important. “During the 31 years Greg served the Association, he pioneered the formation of District Directors for officials in each of eight districts within the state of Alabama,” Washburn said. “Greg developed an evaluation system for officials, which utilized the District Directors in evaluating and naming those officials to serve as game officials for the state playoffs in all sports.

        “He facilitated and worked very closely with the executive director and AHSAA staff in each re-classification of schools. He communicated with officials’ associations and with individual officials on a daily basis.”

           In an interview with al.com writer Josh Bean, Brewer explained some of the overriding philosophy of producing good officials:

“I have always maintained the position that I can’t open up your head and put rules in your head. You’ve got to do that. I can’t open up your head and give you good judgment. That comes with instinct and the development of experience. But I can give you common material that you can look at and study from – like our manual – and you will be calling everything as consistently in Huntsville as you would in Mobile, Birmingham, Anniston, wherever.”

A nominating letter from the 7th District Athletic Board of Officers, which includes current AHSAA Central Board of Control president principal John Hardin of Hackleburg, credited Brewer with playing “a leading role in advancing athletics in our state. He has introduced new ideas and methods that have made our officials some of the best in the nation.”

          A native of Florence, Brewer attended Bradshaw High School in Florence where he served as Student Government Association president. He graduated in 1975.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and physical education from the University of North Alabama where he was an SGA representative and Jaycee Project Chairman of the Year for 1976-77.

He received his master’s degree from the University of Alabama where he was a graduate assistant in the Athletic Department and served as an academic assistant for baseball, arranging study halls and tutors for athletes. He also supervised intramurals. He taught a sports officiating class and individual sports. From 1980-2001 he was the official basketball scorer for the University of Alabama Sports Information Department.

He became associated with the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 1976, serving as a contest official in football, basketball and baseball through 1992. Brewer joined the AHSAA fulltime in 1985 as assistant director, serving until his retirement in 2017.
          As Director of Officials with the Association, he was in charge of scheduling, budgeting, payroll and camps for officials. As Computer System Administrator, he oversaw purchasing and maintenance of the Office Automation System.

He also served as editor of the AHSAA Officials Guide and the AHSAA Mechanics Manual for all sports. He coordinated the bi-annual reclassification of member schools and coordinated and administered championship events in all sports.  

He served numerous terms on National Federation committees on baseball and football rules and the equipment sub-committee. Brewer also received the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Leader Award in 2015. He co-founded and is current board chairman of the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation, a non-profit foundation that helps secure educational scholarships at state schools for the children of sports officials.
          He worked with the American Legion’s Boys State program as a staff member from 1981-92, was executive director of the Florence Little League program from 1977-79, and he served as official scorer or University of Alabama basketball for many years.
SATURDAY: Joe Manjone had major impact on soccer officiating nationally.


Math Teacher William Booth’s Baseball Coaching Career Adds Up to Hall of Fame

                                               By Bill Plott
                                          AHSAA Historian

        

          Coaching baseball was not William Booth’s first calling. A glance at his resume shows first choices as math teacher, assistant principal, advanced placement coordinator, transportation coordinator, and he also coaches baseball.
            It can be said that he excelled in all of them. His baseball coaching has added up to an Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame selection for Booth, the state’s all-time prep baseball wins leader. The Class of 2018 will be inducted March 19 at the banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

“At the age of 42, he was called on to help out Hartselle High School’s baseball team. Without any previous experience in (high school) coaching, he walked on to the field and immediately started winning,” recalled his friend Don Logan, owner of the Birmingham Barons and B.A.S.S.
            Despite his late start, Booth’s 30-year career as baseball coach at Hartselle has resulted in the following accomplishments for his storied program.
 

·         A won-lost record of 1,025-431 through 2017, making him the all-time winningest coach among Alabama high school baseball coaches.

·         Eight state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999. 2000, 2009, 2013) and three runners-up (1993, 1998, 2010).

·         Seven AHSAA final-four finishes, two final eight and six final 16.

·         20 Area championships and nine runner-up finishes.    

·         The 2009 team finished with a record of 50-9. Five other teams won 40 or more games while 15 won more than 30 games. There has only been one losing record (20-27) during his career.

·         101 players have received college baseball scholarships, including eight who went into professional baseball. Two of them, Steve Woodard and Chad Girodo, made it to the major leagues. Others have gone on to coaching careers.

            He was also a Little League baseball coach for 10 years, winning two state championships and finishing second once. Booth was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.
           It was a success story that was, at first glance, an unlikely outcome of his being drafted to the position. When he started in 1988, his early practices were held on a field cut out on a cow pasture. Later he was able to transform the Hartselle gymnastics gym on the old campus into an indoor baseball/softball facility. Through fundraising for the baseball program, he was able to modernize Sparkman Park’s field to include reserved seating, a new scoreboard, remodeled dugouts and a backstop behind home plate.

A native of Hartselle, Booth graduated from Morgan County High School in 1962. He attended Athens College and Alabama A&M, earning degrees in math and administration.         

He started his career with the Morgan County School System in 1966 at Morgan County High School. When Hartselle City Schools broke away from the county system in 1975, he remained with the high school which was renamed Hartselle High School.

Logan pointed out that Booth’s accomplishments have not been limited to the baseball field.
            “He has also excelled in the important role of developing boys into men, and he has helped many earn college scholarships and quite a few more to sign contracts to play professional baseball, Logan said. “Outside of baseball, he set what might be another record, teaching thousands of students subjects such as calculus and higher mathematics for 50 years. He recently retired from the classroom, but at age 73 he hasn’t quit working with young people, on and off the field.

“Through the quality of his character, William also has earned the respect and affection of so many of his peers. I have the chance to meet a lot of baseball people from around the state from lifelong umpires to coaches in high school and college. And when they find out I’m from Hartselle, they all want to know if I know William Booth.
             “They go on to tell me what a great coach he is, that he’s a man they all respect, and that he’s a guy that they want to call a friend. And they always ask me to tell him hello for them. Seldom does someone make an impact on a sport the way William has on baseball in the state of Alabama.”

          Dr. Dee Dee Jones, superintendent of Hartselle City Schools, calls Coach Booth “the finest example of how to coach students on all levels – mentally, academically, athletically and personally.
          “He continually goes beyond expectations to equip the students of Hartselle in whatever capacity he serves,” she stated in her nomination letter for his Hall of Fame selection. “During his 52 years in education – yes, I said 52 years – he has served as an advanced math teacher (49 years), Federal Programs Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Transportation Coordinator, Director of School Operations, and now as Assistant Superintendent. Over the past 30 years he has also served as the high school baseball coach. Mr. Booth has the distinct honor of being the winningest coach in Alabama.

“Even though Coach Booth instills strict discipline in his players, his initial focus is their path for academic success. Often times he takes part of his day to tutor students, athletes and non-athletes alike so that their academic success is first priority. His work ethic is second to none.
             “In addition to his normal daily responsibilities, you will often find him driving a bus, assisting his workers with lawn care or mentoring other teachers and coaches inside and outside of our district. He approaches each task with a good sense of humor and a positive attitude.”
FRIDAY: Greg Brewer, retired AHSAA Assistant Director and Director of Officials


All-Stars Selected for 28th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

    MONTGOMERY – Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games to be played at Mississippi College in Clinton (MS) on Friday, March 16. 
       The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were announced Wednesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7.  
        The games were played at Alabama State University last year with Mississippi winning two close contests. Mississippi’s girls took a 14-13 edge in the series with a 93-86 win over Alabama, and the Mississippi boys won 85-83. Alabama’s boys hold the same slim 14-13 edge in that series. Mississippi’s teams currently own two-game winning streaks in the series which dates back to 1991.
       Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Plainview Coach Robi Coker and Cordova Coach Heath Burns. Bob Jones’ Luther Tiggs and Mountain Brook’s David Good will serve as administrative assistants. Coker, who owns a 136-54 coaching record after six seasons, guided Plainview to a 34-2 record and the Class 3A state championship in 2018. It was the first state basketball title since the school opened in 1958. Burns, 260-76 in 11 seasons, guided Cordova (27-8) to the 2018 Class 4A state crown, also the school’s first.
    Tim Miller of Hazel Green and Ricky Austin of Spring Garden have been selected as the girls’ coaches. Cold Springs’ Tammy West is the administrative coach. Miller (542-92), became the first girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to state title. He led Jeff Davis to the 6A title in 2006, led Bob Jones 6A titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and Hazel Green won the 6A championship this season.  Austin (562-151) guided Spring Garden (32-3) to its sixth Class 1A state title in 2018. The Panthers have won two in the last three years and Austin has coached five of the overall state championships since 2004.
    Headlining the boys’ squad are eight players who competed in the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Tournament last week. Among them are 6-foot-5 forward Diante Wood of Sacred Heart, who was named the MVP of the Class 1A state tournament in 2018. He plans to attend the University of Alabama next season. Isaac Chatman, a 6-6 forward at Cordova, was the Class 4A state tourney MVP. The others include all-tourney players: point guard Jeffery Armstrong of Class 3A state champion Plainview; guard Sean Elmore of Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook; 6-7 forward Anquaevious Pollard of Class 2A state champion Lanett; 6-9 center Dylan Robertson and 6-5 guard Jared Sherfield of Class 6A runner-up Paul Bryant; and 6-9 center Xavier Williams of semifinalist Parker. Elmore, a 6-1 guard, has signed with North Alabama, and Sherfield, who earned MVP honors leading Paul Bryant to the 2017 state title, will attend Tennessee Tech. Robertson is heading to Wingate University.
        Rounding out the boys’ squad are Jamari Blackmon of Hoover, Travarus Carroll of Huffman, 6-9 forward Logan Dye of Haleyville and LaDarius Knight of Ashford. Dye is heading to Samford and Knight to Campbell University.
     The Alabama girls’ roster also lists eight players who participated in last week’s state tourney. Two of the eight, Allie Craig Cruce of Lauderdale County and Caitlin Hose of Hazel Green, havd signed with SEC schools. Cruce is heading to Alabama and Hose signed with Georgia. The other six include Ajah Wayne of Ramsay, Karleigh Sledge of Deshler, Claire Holt of Class 7A state champ Spain Park, Brooke Hampel of Hazel Green, Zipporah Broughton of Lee-Montgomery and Daisha Bradford of LeFlore. Hampel, a Missouri-Kansas City signee, was selected MVP of the 6A state tourney, and Wayne, who is heading to Old Dominion, was MVP of the 6A tourney as a junior while playing at Homewood. Broughton signed with Rutgers.
    Rounding out the girls’ squad are point guard and Alabama signee Hannah Barber of Homewood, 6-2 center Maya Buckhannon of Talladega, a Memphis signee, Jermecya Harris of Blount (Louisiana Tech) and Eboni Williams of Hoover (Tennessee-Chattanooga).
    The teams report next Wednesday.
    Complete rosters and series history are below:



 

2018 Alabama Boys All-Star Roster

All-Star

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Coach

College

Jeffery Armstrong

Plainview

PG

5'11

160

Robi Coker

Undecided

Jamari Blackmon

Hoover

G

6'0

180

Charles Burkett

Undecided

Travarus Carroll

Huffman

G

6'2

153

Steve Ward

Itawamba CC

Isaac Chatman

Cordova

F

6'6

205

Heath Burns

Undecided

Logan Dye

Haleyville

F

6'9

235

Dustin Ball

Samford University

Sean Elmore

Mountain Brook

G

6'1

200

Bucky McMillan

North Alabama

LaDarius Knight

Ashford

G

6'5

195

Chase Lewis

Campbell University

Anquaevious Pollard

Lanett

F

6'7

185

Richard Carter

Independence CC

Dylan Robertson

Paul W Bryant

C

6'9

210

Shon Peck-Love

Wingate University

Jared Sherfield

Paul W Bryant

G

6'5

185

Shon Peck-Love

Tennessee Tech

Xavier Williams

A. H. Parker

C

6'9

190

Reginald Gary

Undecided

Diante Wood

Sacred Heart

G

6'5

185

Ralpheal Graves

Alabama

Coaches
Robi Coker

Plainview

 

Heath Burns

Cordova

 

Luther Tiggs, Adm

Bob Jones

 

David Good, Adm

Mountain Brook

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Alabama Girls All-Star Roster

 

Student

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

Hannah Barber

Homewood

PG

5'6

Jazmine Powers

Alabama

Daisha Bradford

Leflore

PG

5'8

Darrell Walton

Undecided

Zipporah Broughton

R. E. Lee

PG

5'9

Freeah Smith

Rutgers

Maya Buckhanon

Talladega

C

6'2

Jannie Keith

Memphis

Allie Craig Cruce

Lauderdale Co.

G-F

6'1

Brant Llewellyn

Alabama

Brooke Hampel

Hazel Green

G-F

5'10

Tim Miller

Missouri (Kansas City)

Jermecya Harris

Mattie T. Blount

F

6'0

Kimyatta Perry

Louisiana Tech

Claire Holt

Spain Park

PG

5'8

Mike Chase

Richmond

Caitlin Hose

Hazel Green

G

5'10

Tim Miller

Georgia

Karleigh Sledge

Deshler

F

6'0

Jana Killen

Jacksonville State

Ajah Wayne

Ramsay

G-F

5'10

Ronnie Jackson

Old Dominion

Eboni Williams

Hoover

F

6'0

Krystle Johnson

Tenn.-Chattanooga

Coaches

Tim Miller

Hazel Green

Ricky Austin

Spring Garden

Tammy West, Adm.

Cold Springs




Alabama-Mississippi Basketball All-Star Game History, 1991-2017

BOYS

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2017

Mississippi

96

Alabama

91

Alabama State U.

2016

Mississippi

85

Alabama

85

Miss. College, Clinton

2015

Alabama

101

Mississippi

88

Alabama State U.

2014

Alabama

90

Mississippi

83

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

Alabama State U.

2012

Alabama

109

Mississippi

104

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

85

Alabama

74

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

112

Alabama

88

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

78

Mississippi

74

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

101

Mississippi

99

Pelham CC

2007

Mississippi

118

Alabama

113

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

94

Alabama

87

Pelham CC

2005

Alabama

84

Mississippi

79

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

87

Mississippi

86

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

82

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2002

Mississippi

98

Alabama

67

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Mississippi

87

Alabama

83

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Alabama

90

Mississippi

82

Holmes JC, Goodman MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

68

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

111

Mississippi

76

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

110

Mississippi

91

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

105

Alabama

97

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

85

Mississippi

69

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

123

Alabama

111

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Mississippi

82

Alabama

75

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

73

Alabama

71

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Alabama

103

Mississippi

62

North Alabama, Florence

Series record: Alabama 14 wins; Mississippi 13 wins

 

GIRLS

Year

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Site

2017

Mississippi

93

Alabama

86

Alabama State U.

2016

Mississippi

78

Alabama

77

Miss. College, Clinton

2015

Alabama

93

Mississippi

87

Alabama State U.

2014

Mississippi

95

Alabama

89

Jackson State U.

2013

Alabama

64

Mississippi

54

Alabama State U.

2012

Mississippi

94

Alabama

91

Alabama State U.

2011

Mississippi

73

Alabama

60

Pelham CC

2010

Mississippi

78

Alabama

56

Pelham CC

2009

Alabama

81

Mississippi

73

Pelham CC

2008

Alabama

89

Mississippi

86 OT

Pelham CC

2007

Alabama

90

Mississippi

65

Pelham CC

2006

Mississippi

89

Alabama

80

Pelham CC

2005

Mississippi

101

Alabama

83

Pelham CC

2004

Alabama

114

Mississippi

78

Pelham CC

2003

Mississippi

95

Alabama

82

Pelham CC

2002

Alabama

76

Mississippi

71

Miss. College, Clinton

2001

Alabama

87

Mississippi

76

North Alabama, Florence

2000

Mississippi

87

Alabama

82

Holmes JC, Goodman, MS

1999

Alabama

95

Mississippi

85

North Alabama, Florence

1998

Alabama

105

Mississippi

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1997

Alabama

60

Mississippi

54

North Alabama, Florence

1996

Mississippi

88

Alabama

72

Miss. College, Clinton

1995

Alabama

80

Mississippi

77

North Alabama, Florence

1994

Mississippi

92

Alabama

84

Miss. College, Clinton

1993

Alabama

73

Mississippi

66

North Alabama, Florence

1992

Mississippi

74

Alabama

61

Miss. College, Clinton

1991

Mississippi

82

Alabama

66

North Alabama, Florence

Series record: Mississippi 14 wins Alabama 13 wins


Ricky Allen Built Girls’ Basketball at Brewer with a Solid Foundation

                          By Bill Plott
                                          AHSAA Historian

        

          When most people might while away slow time doodling, Ricky Allen found himself drawing house plans. He once mused that perhaps he should have been an architect.

          Some say he was an architect in the way he built the girls’ basketball program at Albert Brewer High School in Morgan County. Over a 30-year career he constructed a program that produced more than 600 wins, a state championship – and an enthusiasm amongst his students that has created a passion for the sport at all levels of the community.

A native of Hartselle, Allen, who is being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center March 19, was in the first group of seniors at Brewer in 1973. He played on the school’s first basketball team, a squad that made it to the state tournament.

After graduation he went to Auburn University, first studying business, then education as he realized that teaching and coaching would be his calling. With a degree in hand, he returned to his alma mater as assistant football and boys’ basketball coach.

From 1978-81 he was girls’ basketball coach at Cotaco Junior High, compiling a record of 53-9. Then he spent two years at Union Hill Junior High, coaching the boys to a 23-11 record. Returning to Brewer in 1982, he coached JV basketball as well as volleyball and softball, leading the school to its first county championship in both sports. In 1985, he took over varsity girls’ basketball. Over the next 30 years it became one of the top programs in the state. Among the accomplishments:

·         A record of 604-272

·         One 5A state championship and one runner-up finish

·         Five Region championships, 15 Area championships and 17 Morgan County Championships

·         Nine All-State players and the 2012 5A state Coach-of-the-Year award.

Allen built the Brewer program by attracting elementary school girls to his basketball camps.  He would go to their junior high games, watching the teams that fed into the high school and always standing under the goal rather than favoring one side or the other.

“I was like all the girls that played basketball at the feeder schools,” recalled Christy Thomaskutty, who went on to become a four-time All-State player. “We all wanted to be good enough to play at Brewer for Ricky Allen.”

His scouting often produced talent from unlikely sources.

“I was an insecure middle-school player that had no idea what it would be like to play at the high school level,” recalled Dr. Michele Edwards, principal at Vincent High School. “Coach Allen saw something in my ability that no one else had ever seen. I’ll never forget the moment that he walked me into the high school gym for the first time to show me the paintings of the girls that had played for him and made all-state in previous years. He said, ‘You have the talent to get there one day if you work hard and want it.’ I never looked back. He was my inspiration to coach and teach as a career. He gave me the confidence to know that I had a talent not only to play the game, but also to lead others. My story is just one of hundreds of young women that have been fortunate to enough to play for Coach Allen.”

Thomaskutty went on to play at Tulane, graduating magna cum laude in management. She is currently in her 14th year of coaching at NCAA Division II Emory University in Atlanta.

“Next to my dad, Ricky Allen is the most important person in my life. I can’t overstate his impact on me. It wasn’t just me. He had an impact on everybody that played for him. He was more than a coach to all of us,” she said.

Mark Edwards, sports editor at The Anniston Star, covered Brewer High School when he was at The Decatur Daily earlier. He wrote that what he was most impressed with in Ricky Allen was not the wins and losses but the coach’s character.

“He began coaching Brewer girls’ sports in the early 1980s when it wasn’t necessarily considered cool to coach girl sports,” Edwards said. “In North Alabama he helped make it cool. He never let a single one of his players think for an instant that their team and their games were any less important than the boys’ teams and games.

“He worked his players hard, but he treated them fairly. At a time when it seemed as if so many male coaches screamed theirs heads off at their players, Coach Allen did the opposite. I noticed he almost never yelled during games. When he did, it was because he needed to be heard over the noise of the large crowds that came to see his teams play. He managed with a caring, firm hand – not insults and derision.

“I noticed that in the last seven or eight years of Coach Allen’s career that many of the younger girls’ basketball coaches began copying his sideline demeanor. They would make their point, but they did so by speaking constructively to their players. Coach Allen’s style had spread to the point that in some cases, coaches who hadn’t even faced him were managing their teams like he did.”

Morgan County has always been a basketball hotbed. Allen retired as No. 4 on the list of winningest coaches. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Allen has also been a Sunday School teacher for 25 years and has served on the board of directors of the North Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 
THURSDAY: Hall of Fame Class of 20-18: William Booth, AHSAA’s winningest baseball coach.


AHSADCA Football Lunch & Learn To Feature Prominent High School Coaches

  MONTGOMERY – Four outstanding high school football coaches among the ranks of the AHSAA will be the keynote clinicians at the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Lunch and Learn Mini-Clinic Friday, March 9, at the AHSAA Office.
  Thompson head football coach Mark Freeman will open the mini-clinic at 9 a.m., discussing Thompson High School’s offensive philosophy. He will be followed in Session 2 by Bob Jones head coach Kevin Rose, who will address his staff’s coaching philosophy.
   After lunch, Hillcrest-Evergreen head coach Clint Smith will discuss “Building a Championship Program from the Ground Up,” explaining how he took a team that finished 4-7 in 2014 and in just three years led them to a 14-1 season and Class 3A state championship.
   Hoover High School’s Josh Niblett, one of the most sought after high school coach clinicians in the nation, will close out the day discussing “Hoover High School Football.”
    High school and middle school coaches can still register for the Lunch & Learn by going to http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/Lunch-Learns/Lunch-Learn-Registration

    Registration online is $30.00.


CLASS 7A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 73, McGill-Toolen Catholic 49

BIRMINGHAM –  Mountain Brook scored the first two points of the AHSAA Class 7A State Basketball Championships finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena and never relinquished the lead as the Spartans downed McGill-Toolen Catholic 73-49 to win the school’s second state championship in a row and the fourth overall since 2013.
    The triumph closed 96th AHSAA state tournament and the 25th since moving the extravaganza to the BJCC in 1994. The attendance for Saturday’s six finals was 12,980 and 61,772 for the week, according to figures released after the 7A finals. Friday’s total was 10,804, Thursday (10,045), Wednesday (11,571), Tuesday (8,349) and Monday (7,923).
    Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (33-4) built a 29-point near the end of the third quarter. Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-9 junior forward, scored 26 points, cleared 12 rebounds, had five blocked shots, three assists and one steal in a complete performance to earn 7A state tourney MVP honors. Senior Sean Elmore made 6-of-10 3-pointers attempted and finished with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds. Lior Berman and Britton Johnson had six points each. Johnson also took three charges on defense.
    Matthew Russ scored 14 points for McGill-Toolen (25-7). Manny Patrick added nine points, three assists and four steals and Matthew McNeece cleared a team-high seven rebounds.  Eric Toth also had six points and five boards. Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets were making their third straight state tourney appearance. McGill-Toolen won the title in 2016.
    Mountain Brook won state titles in 2013 and 2014 and again in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2015.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Manny Patrick, McGill-Toolen; Eric Toth, McGill-Toolen; Malik Tyson, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (34-4)  73, McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-7) 49



CLASS 7A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spain Park 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic 26

BIRMINGHAM –  Spain Park’s stifling defensive effort limited McGill-Toolen Catholic to just nine made field goals as the Jaguars downed the Yellow Jackets 56-26 to claim the 2018 Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship Saturday night. It was the first in the school’s history.
    The victory closed out the girls’ finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Mountain Brook met McGill-Toolen Catholic in the 7A boys’ finals in the final game of the night.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars (31-6) forced 20 McGill turnovers and limited the Yellow Jackets to 21.4 percent from the field on the night. Spain Park’s offense, anchored by senior guard Claire Holt’s 20 points, caught fire in the second quarter and moved a 7-7 first quarter deadlock to a 30-10 lead by halftime.
      Holt sank three 3-pointers, was 5-of-5 at the foul line, and had five rebounds and four steals to earn Class 7A state tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker added 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and on blocked shot. Barrett Herring also had eight rebounds and Ahrielle Parks dished out three assists.
      McGill-Toolen (24-9), coached by Carla Berry, was led by Alex Pierre’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Nya Valentine added seven points and two steals.
      The Jaguars reached the state finals last season falling to Hoover in overtime.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Claire Holt, Spain Park (MVP); Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Nya Valentine, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Zipporah  Broughton,  Lee-Montgomery; Derienne Black, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Carver-Montgomery 74, Paul Bryant 59

BIRMINGHAM – Junior Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points to spark Carver-Montgomery to a 74-59 victory over defending state champion Paul Bryant in the Class 6A boys’ finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP, scored 12 in the first half to stake Coach James ‘‘J.J.’’ Jackson’s Wolverines (30-7) to a four-point 28-23 lead. Senior backcourt mate Jalen Gaston provided a knock-out punch of sorts late in the third period sinking two 3-point shots in a row to stretch a three-point Carver lead to nine, 44-35. The Stampede (30-5) never found a way to close the gap.
    Gaston finished with four 3-point goals and 17 total points, and Derrell Bailey had 18 – with eight points coming at the foul line.  Antonio Young added nine points and nine rebounds. Bailey also had four assists and Young had three steals.
     Paul Bryant, coached by Shon Peck-Love, got 16 points from Daviyon Dennis and 15 from 2017 state tourney MVP Jared Sherfield. Kailex Stephens also had 14. Sherfield and Dennis each handed out three assists and M.J. Bates cleared seven rebounds.

      The championship was the fifth overall for Carver. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles for Coach Dan Lewis in 1983 and 1984 and Jackson coached titles in 2012 and 2015.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. Raycom station WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery aired the Class 6A boys’ finals over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Jalen Gaston, Carver-Montgomery; Derrell Bailey, Carver-Montgomery; Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant; Kailex Stephens, Paul Bryant; Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; Xavier Williams, Parker.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sylacauga 79, Eufaula 78 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga’s Aggies battled back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to nip Eufaula 79-78 in overtime to claim the Class 5A boys’ state basketball title at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday morning.
       The final was the second of a six-championship game slate on the final day of the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. It is also the 25th year for the tournament at the BJCC.
    Senior Malik Crawford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free rows to pace the Aggies (31-5) of Coach Will Copeland. The Class 5A state tourney MVP sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put Sylacauga ahead by four, 66-62.
    Eufaula (29-10), coached by Michael Smith, battled back on a jumper by Terrell Jones with 40 seconds left in the period and a rebound and put-back by Marquise Jones with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
    The intensity displayed in the first four quarters continued in the extra period. Sylacauga scored the first six points led 77-70 with 1:21 remaining when the Tigers battled back once again thanks in part to Anthony Haigler’s offensive rebounding that led to three quick baskets. Aggies senior Darian Garrett sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in OT to make it 79-75.     Laquaveous Nelson, who led Eufaula with 21 points, came up with a steal, made a layup and was fouled. His made free throw cut the lead to 79-78. The Tigers got one last chance with four seconds left but closely guarded shot was off its mark.
    Jones finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sylacauga. Garrett had 14 and was 7-of-10 at the foul line. Malik Powell scored 13 points and Keaton Wilson had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Aggies.
     Terrell Jones chipped in 20 points and seven steals for Eufaula before fouling out late. Tyler Mayo added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Smith’s Tigers had three starters foul out and at eight players played at least 13 minutes in the contest.
      The championship was the second in school history for Sylacauga. The first one came 30 years ago in 1988. Eufaula  has four state championships to its credit (1953, 1978, 1986, 1999).
     The Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ state championship games close out the competition at Legacy Arena Saturday.
      Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 5A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Malik Crawford, Sylacauga (MVP); Malik Powell, Sylacauga; Desmon Jones, Sylacauga; Tyler Mayo, Eufaula; Laquaveous Nelson, Eufaula; Terrell Jones, Eufaula; Cameron Tucker, Wenonah.

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.