Central Board Approves E-Sports, Instant Replay for Football at April Board Meeting


   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved E-Sports competition for member schools and Instant Replay for football games at its board meeting at the AHSAA Office Thursday.
    The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Thursday afternoon and ratified four legislative proposals – which go into effect for the 2018-19 school year.
    The AHSAA received permission from the NFHS to begin instant replay for regular-season varsity football games beginning next season. The permission grants up to three years of experimentation. DVSport Inc., the nation’s top instant replay company, is partnering with the AHSAA on the project. A separate news release outlining the Instant Replay was sent out Thursday following a press conference that was held at the AHSAA Office.
    E-Sports is a new online gaming activity that allows students to compete with other schools and will now be offered to AHSAA member school students. The Central Board approved a two-year experiment for E-Sports. The program is being provided by NFHS Network Partner PlayVS.
   The Central Board also approved limiting high school basketball teams to 30 games in the regular season, including tournaments, and lifted the restriction on the number of tournaments a team can play in. The 2017-18 rule allowed varsity teams to play 20 regular-season games and three regular-season tournaments with two being played with no loss of school time. Junior high and middle schools will be allowed to play 24 games total.
    The Board voted to move the site of the South Regional Basketball Tournament, which had been at the Dothan Civic Center the last six years, to Montgomery. The new format will have two regionals at Montgomery – at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome and the new site, Garrett Coliseum, which seats 8,500 with the ability to add an additional 4,000 seats. The regionals will be renamed Southeast and Southwest. The Northeast Regional will remain at Jacksonville State and the Northwest Regional will remain at Wallace-Hanceville.
      University Charter School of Livingston was approved for membership into the AHSAA, making it the first public charter school member in AHSAA history.
      Current Central Board president John Hardin, Hackleburg High School principal, and vice president Keith Bender, Oneonta City Schools, were re-elected by the Central Board to serve for the 2018-19 school year. Past president Mike Welsh of Spring Garden, who finished a two-year term at the end of the 2016-17 school year, received a plaque of appreciation from the Central Board and Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Legislative Council Ratifies Four Proposals
     Proposals No. 6, 9, 13 and 19 were passed by the 32-member Legislative Council:
     No. 6 – Amends the current ejection policy to remove fines from ejections that occur due to NFHS rules that call for ejections based on game rules and are not conduct related.
    No. 9 – Amends Rule 1, Section 6 to allow individual sports (Bowling, Cross Country, Swimming, Wrestling, Tennis, Golf and Track) to be exempt from the AHSAA 50% rule.
   No. 13 – Changed the punishment for a first time violation of the outside participation rule to the athlete serving restitution. A second violation would result in loss of eligibility.
 No. 19 – Will allow two additional days for all sports to compete at in-state college and university team camps that occur outside the allowable three weeks of summer competition. If a team chooses to attend an in-state camp during these two days, the team will lose two days from the allowable time period.
In other board action:
-- Approved Grace Lutheran School for associate membership.
-- Approved 2018 financial reports Regional and State Bowling, Dual, Super Section and State Wrestling, Indoor Track and Regional Basketball.
-- Approved 2017 State Football Playoff Audit.
-- Approved 2018 basketball Finals Audit.
-- Heard an update from the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee.
-- Approved 2018-198 Required Forms and release date of forms.
-- Approved ECSI – CPR and AED Certification.
-- Approved the 2018-19 Calendar of Events, 2018-19 Sports Calendar and AHSAA 5-Year Calendar.
-- Approved 2018 NFHS Summer Meeting expenses
-- Heard a report from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs on the AHSADCA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.
-- Approved providing only football playoff on-line ticket sales for visiting teams.
-- Approved New Board Member Orientation (June 14, 2018), if needed.
-- Approved Regional Cheerleader competition to be held at Mobile Civic Center (Nov. 7, 2018) and Birmingham CrossPlex (Nov. 15, 2018) and State Cheer Competition will remain at Wallace-Hanceville (Dec. 15, 2018).
-- Approved bracket rotation – home team listing consistency for all sports.
-- Approved standardizing Officials District Director salaries.
-- Approved 2018-19 school year Central Board meetings (July 25, 2018, October 17, 2018, and January 30, 2019).

AHSAA & DVSport to Provide Instant Replay for Member Schools in 2018 Football Season

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay for member schools for up to three years beginning with the upcoming 2018 football season.
      The AHSAA is partnering with DVSport, Inc., a Pittsburgh (PA) based Software Company, which has provided Instant Replay Solutions in NCAA college football since 2005. The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved the partnership and project at its quarterly board meeting Thursday.  Participation is optional for member schools.
     Most of the NCAA’s major conferences use DVSport Instant Replay Solutions  including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, Ohio Valley, Sunbelt, SWAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC and MEAC conferences. DVSport also provides instant replay for the College Football Playoffs, FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and NAIA championship game.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “We are grateful to the NFHS for approving our request. This gives our officials the opportunity to use the same technology coaches have been equipped with on their sidelines to get the call right.” 
    “While this replay process is in the initial stages of development, the AHSAA is committed to working with DVSport and the NFHS to develop a cost effective process to assist both our coaches and officials In addition, all football state championship games will use the same replay fan experience DVSport provides for SEC contests.”
     NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said the NFHS permits state associations to experiment in certain situations to determine the future viability of rules changes.  “As technology improvements evolve, the use of instant replay is an area of interest for the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” he said. “We welcome the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s experiment in use of replay in the 2018 season.  We hope to learn the advantages as well as any problems associated with replay from the use in Alabama.”
     The AHSAA, which has been actively studying instant replay options for the last five years, along with DVSport Instant Replay Solutions, will collect and study the data over the next year with a possibility of three years of experimentation.
     "Alabama is at the forefront of using cutting-edge-technology in the high school athletics setting and with its deep football roots, it is a perfect place for this partnership to begin." stated DVSport CEO Brian Lowe.
    DVSport Replay technology gives officials the ability to review video from multiple camera angles within seconds of the play happening. Once a coach challenges a play, the on-field referee will be able to review a play on a system located on the sideline.

    No stranger to replay solutions, DVSport has been the leading provider of Instant Replay Solutions since 2005 in both the professional and intercollegiate sports markets. DVSport’s replay solutions have been used in over 400 venues, 10,000 collegiate football games, 20,000 collegiate basketball games, and 1,500 professional games to complete more than 100,000 reviews.
The AHSAA’s protocol will be as follows:
    Section 1. Instant replay is a process whereby video review is used to let stand or reverse certain on-field decisions made by game officials.
     Section 2. The instant replay process operates under the assumption that the official’s ruling on the field is correct. The replay official may reverse a ruling only if the video evidence convinces him or her beyond all doubt that the ruling on the field was incorrect. Without indisputable video evidence that the ruling on the field was incorrect, the ruling will stand as called.
     Instant replay will be available at schools that use DVSport Instant Replay’s system. No other instant replay system will be allowed, according to the AHSAA protocol.
     Complete details of the AHSAA Instant Replay protocol can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

 About the AHSAA
The AHSAA serves 414 senior high and an approximately 335 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in 24 championship programs for boys and girls. Since 1921, the AHSAA has provided not only opportunities for interscholastic athletic competition, but also a platform for student-athletes to gain life-long memories and experience important life lessons through mentorship, teachers, coaches and administration.

About DVSport

    DVSport, Inc. is a software company founded in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. DVSport has provided Instant Replay Solutions in college football since 2005 and college basketball since 2010.
   DVSport is the current provider of Instant Replay for NCAA college football for the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big-12, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, OVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC conferences. In addition, DVSport has been the exclusive postseason Replay Solution provider for the College Football Playoff (“CFP”), FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and the NAIA championship game.


Mountain Brook’s Watford, R.E. Lee’s Broughton Named 2018 Mr. & Miss Basketball by ASWA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mountain Brook High School junior Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery senior Zipporah Broughton received the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s top high school basketball awards Tuesday.
    The 6-foot-9 Watford was named Mr. Basketball and 5-9 Broughton was selected Miss Basketball.
    The awards are presented by ALFA Insurance and named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  The AHSAA’s Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association also hosts the luncheon.
Watford and Broughton were announced at a luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
     Broughton, a Rutgers signee, led the Generals to the Class 7A semifinals, the best the Generals have ever advanced in the playoffs. She averaged 23.6 points this season and finished with 2,419 career points. She scored 2,045 points in three years at Lee to rank second in school history.
     Watford is a junior and helped Mountain Brook win the Class 7A championship for second year in a row. The Spartans also won their fourth state title in six years. He averaged 23.3 points on 63 percent shooting and averaged 12.3 rebounds.
    Broughton and Watford were also named Class 7A Girls’ and Boys’ Players of the Year by the ASWA. Forty-eight players, three girls and three boys in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA, were recognized as finalists at the luncheon Wednesday.
     ASWA Players of the Year in each class were:



7A: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery; 6A: Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; 5A: Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; 4A: Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; 3A: Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; 2A: LaTascya Duff, Samson; 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home; AISA: Shaquandria Holton, Glenwood.

7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; 6A: Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; 5A: Kobe Brown, Lee-Huntsville; 4A: Isaac Chatman, Cordova; 3A: Kam Woods, Midfield; 2A: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; 1A: Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic; AISA: Lee Crawford, East Memorial.



(Top five players regardless of classification, based on points totaled in voting by the ASWA Prep Committee). First-place votes are in parentheses.


Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook – 77 (12); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart – 39 (1); Kira Lewis, Hazel Green – 28 (1); Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery – 16; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett – 14.

Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery – 59 (8); Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson – 49 (3); Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green – 27; Claire Holt, Spain Park – 19 (1); LaTascya Duff, Samson – 17 (2).


2018: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery

2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech

2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis

2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville

2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga

2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover

2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones

2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan

2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay

2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones

2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield

2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay

2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence

2004: Starr Orr, Speake

2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz

2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman

2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County

1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler

1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1997: April Nance, Butler

1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent

1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe

1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton

1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County

1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur

1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton

1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible

1989: Leslie Claybrook, Saint James

1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle



2018: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison-Huntsville

2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson

2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014: William Lee, Dallas County

2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler

2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler

2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy

2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude Catholic

2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis

2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman

2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens

2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic

2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic

2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount

2001: Chris White, Grissom

2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg

1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom

1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright

1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka

1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis

1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993: Howard Pride, Butler

1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy

1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn

1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope

1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay

1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986: Larry Rembert, Keith

1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport

1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield

1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham

Reeltown’s Cody Argo, Mountain Brook’s Hamp Sisson Named Top 2018 Bryant-Jordan Winners

        BIRMINGHAM – Reeltown High School’s Cody Argo and Mountain Brook High School’s Hamp Sisson were named the overall winners at the 33rd annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel. A total of 104 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
        Sisson, a four-sport standout at Mountain Brook, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Argo, who participated in baseball and basketball at Reeltown, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
        The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
   “He seeks out the best in people, and he brings out the best in them for the good of the team,” Mountain Brook principal Amanda Hood said. “Our school is better because Hamp was here.”
   He quarterbacked the Spartans football team the last three seasons, was a member of the Mountain Brook Class 2017 and 2018 Class 7A state champion basketball team. He also runs track and played baseball for the Spartans as a freshman. A National Merit Semifinalist with a 4.47 weighted grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Sisson scored 35 on the ACT college entrance exam. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He earned Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 63, founded KICK MS in 2013 and is the founder and a director for Raise Mountain Brook organization. He is active in his church youth group, is First Priority Outreach Coordinator and has worked with Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.
    Spartans athletic director and head football coach Chris Yeager added, “He is the best young person I have ever met at seeing the needs of people and also seeing the best in them at the same time.”
    Sisson, who was also named the Class 7A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete of the Year, thanked the Bryant-Jordan Foundation for recognizing me. He also had a message for the rest of the regional recipients on hand. “You are an amazing group,” he said. “I am so thankful for the opportunities and for those who have invested so much of themselves in me.”
      Argo, who also was named the overall Class 2A Student-Achievement recipient, was burned over more than 70 percent of his body from his waist to his head in a trash fire accident when he was only 3. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries since and spent much of his early years in and out of hospitals.
    He began participating in physical education classes in the third, tried his hand at sports and has spent his high school years as a member and leader of Reeltown High School’s baseball and basketball teams. Argo has also maintained a 3.55 grade-point average and has become an inspiration to teammates and opponents alike.
     He is a member of the Reeltown High School Beta Club, the Scholars Bowl team and was on the school’s Law Enforcement/Forensic Science team that won the state championship three years. He also serves as a children’s counselor at the Camp Conquest, a summer camp for adolescent burn victims at Children’s Harbor.
    “It is an honor to accept this award,” Argo said. “I thank God for what I have been put through because it has made me a better person. I thank my coaches and teachers and I thank my family.”
Sisson and Argo were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. More than $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986. The Student Achievement program was added in 1989.
   The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award Class winners were: (1A) Olivia Nelson, McKenzie High School; (2A) Cody Argo, Reeltown High School; (3A) Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley High School; (4A) Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian School; (5A) Myles Williamson, Guntersville High School; (6A) Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russell High School; (7A) Thierry Havah, Huffman High School.
   The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award Class winners: (1A) Hannah Tarwater, Whitesburg Christian Academy; (2A) Cade Worthy, Horseshoe Bend High School; (3A) Hannah Mason, Lauderdale County High School; (4A) Benjamin Buck, Holtville High School; (5A) Abbie Barron, Charles Henderson High School; (6A) Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka High School; (7A) Hamp Sisson, Mountain Brook High School.
     Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: Malachi Beverly, Wadley High School; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: JoHannah Daughdrill, Vincent High School, and Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russell High School; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Margaret Steely Ruzic, T.R. Miller High School, and Lauryn Malone, Buckhorn High School; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka High School;  United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarships: Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian School, and Devionte Williams, Abbeville High School.
   The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:

2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
Region 1:
Baylee Holley, Kinston
Region 2:
Ethan Flowers, Brantley
Region 3:
Malachi Beverly, Wadley
Region 4:
Camila Lemons, Westminster-Oak Mountain
Region 5:
Maggie Herron, Berry
Region 6:
Hayden Bryant, Brilliant
Region 7:
Gage Mallard, Phillips
Region 8:
Hannah Tarwater, Whitesburg Christian

Region 1:
Madison Howard, Washington County
Region 2:
James Ethan Greggs, Geneva County
Region 3:
Brock Snyder, Goshen
Region 4:
Cade Worthy, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5:
Samuel Jackson, Ranburne
Region 6:
Savannah Blackwell, Sand Rock
Region 7:
Riley Byars, Sulligent
Region 8:
Seth Swinea, Mars Hill Bible

Region 1:
Margaret Ruzic, T.R. Miller
Region 2:
Cody Davis, Opp
Region 3:
Austyn Barnes, Montgomery Academy
Region 4:
Collin Herring, Gordo
Region 5:
Rachel Faucett, Pleasant Valley
Region 6:
Natalie Morton, Susan Moore
Region 7:
Benjamin Hembree, Pisgah
Region 8:
Hannah Beth Mason, Lauderdale County

Region 1:
Caitlin McIlwain, UMS-Wright
Region 2:
Corey Jerkins, Ashford
Region 3:
Benjman Buck, Holtville
Region 4:
Robert Burchfield, Oak Grove
Region 5:
Kate Kent, Good Hope
Region 6:
Beck Wilkes, Winfield
Region 7:
Matthew Estopinal, Randolph
Region 8:
Tucker Brown, Wilson

Region 1:
Emme Fraser, Jackson
Region 2:
Abbie Barron, Charles Henderson
Region 3:
Noah Glenn, Jemison
Region 4:
Gabriel Russell, Briarwood Christian
Region 5:
Cole Burns, Cental-Clay County
Region 6:
Rikyia Riddlesprigger, St. Clair County
Region 7:
Kayleigh Rogers, Douglas
Region 8:
Ashton Moore, Russellville

Region 1:
William Dobbins, Baldwin County
Region 2:
Mason Wakefield, Northview
Region 3:
Emily Pinkston, Wetumpka
Region 4:
Gracyn LeSueur, Pelham
Region 5:
Katharine Lightfoot, Shades Valley
Region 6:
Michael Crowder, Gardendale
Region 7:
Presley Johnson, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8:
Grant Brown, Florence

Region 1:
Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Region 2:
Madison Northington, Prattville
Region 3:
Hamp Sisson, Mountain Brook
Region 4:
Lauryn Malone, Buckhorn

2018 Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award Regional Winners
Region 1:
Dallas Eastman, Florala
Region 2:
Olivia Nelson, McKenzie
Region 3: Quay Porter-Scott, Loachapoka
Region 4: R.J. Burns, Winterboro
Region 5: Montana Huie, Faith Christian
Region 6:
Amanda Pettry, Southeastern
Region 7:
Britney Todd, Phillips
Region 8: Denver Benjamin, Cherokee

Region 1:
K.D. Floyd, St. Luke’s Episcopal
Region 2:
Emmy Reid, Samson
Region 3:
Devionte Williams, Abbeville
Region 4: Cody Argo, Reeltown
Region 5:
JoHannah Daughdrill, Vincent
Region 6: Nathan Stephens, Cleveland
Region 7:
Andrew Sweeney, St. Bernard
Region 8:
Autumn Fox, Fyffe

Region 1:
Joshua Jolly, T.R. Miller
Region 2:
Cade Wood, Wicksburg
Region 3:
Brody Wortham, Randolph County
Region 4:
Joshua Stanton, Fultondale
Region 5:
Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley
Region 6:
Kylie Bolton, Oakman
Region 7:
Kline DeWolfe, Plainview
Region 8:
Kaleb Fletcher, Clements

Region 1:
Terica Curtis, Monroe County
Region 2:
Zoe Portis, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3:
Caden Kilpatrick, Tallassee
Region 4:
Tyler Blair, Northside
Region 5: Giovanna Martinez, Leeds
Region 6: Christopher Trejo, Winfield
Region 7:
Jasmine Baker, Madison County
Region 8:
Rhett Powers, Rogers

Region 1:
LaVonta Hunt, Vigor
Region 2:
Payton Robinson, Charles Henderson
Region 3:
Artasiz Cannon, Marbury
Region 4:
Bailey Adams, Moody
Region 5: Attalina Edmondson-Jimenez, Central-Clay County
Region 6:
Hunter Appling, West Point
Region 7:
Myles Williamson, Guntersville
Region 8:
Brenan Ashmore, East Limestone

Region 1:
Ren Magtanong, Robertsdale
Region 2:
Kim Kern, Russell County
Region 3:
Benjamin Hendrix, Benjamin Russellville
Region 4: Cameron Crouse, Northridge
Region 5:
Kayla Davis, Hueytown
Region 6:
Bria Berry, Center Point
Region 7:
Zack Self, Brewer
Region 8:
Darryl Pointer, Austin

Region 1:
Jeremiah De’Irish, Fairhope
Region 2:
Davornne Lindo, Central-Phenix City
Region 3:
Thiery Havah, Huffman
Region 4:
Taylor Davis, Sparkman

Guntersville Clubs 6 Homers in First Inning and 8 Overall to Beat Brewer 12-1

MONTGOMERY – Guntersville High School’s softball team slugged six home runs in the first inning and finished with an AHSAA state-record tying eight for the game to beat Brewer 12-1 last week to move into this week’s AHSAA Softball Spotlight.
    The six home runs also set an AHSAA record and quite possibly a national record. However, the NFHS Record Book only lists team home run records for a season. Coach Capper Reed’s Wildcats opened the game with sophomore Candice Daniel hitting a home run. Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood followed with back-to-back-to-back home runs. The inning concluded with Maggie Skaziak and Daniel hitting back-to-back homers.
    Daniel, who had two in the first inning, and Skaziak, who had five RBIs, finished with two home runs each in the game to give the Wildcats eight in the five-inning game to tie the state record set by Ider in the 2000 season. Quigley pitched the win striking out 10.
    Daniel now shares the AHSAA record for homers in an inning with 12 others, including
Demopolis’ Alex Abrams and Fairhope’s Sam Yarbrough, who accomplished the feat in 2017. Tiffany Burks of Gardendale and Delaina Franklin of Pleasant Grove set the record originally on consecutive days in 2005. According to the NFHS Record Book, the national record (3) was set by Sherri Wright of Nashville (TN) Overton in 1989 and tied by Stefanie Berecz of Chicago St. Benedict in 2002.
    Quigley pitched five innings with 10 strikeouts. With the win, the Lady Wildcats improve to 10-7 on the season. They played Boaz last Thursday.

Goodman Logs Milestone Coaching Win
     Guntersville’s home run barrage shared the spotlight with Alabama Christian Coach Chris Goodman, who registered the 1,300th career coaching victory when the Lady Eagles beat Montgomery rival LAMP 15-0 earlier this week. His overall coaching record after the LAMP win is now 1,300 wins, 618 losses and eight ties including tenures in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, according to records compiled by ACA historian Paul Payne.
     ACA (21-4) went 3-2 last weekend at the Sparkman Round-Robin Invitational tourney, then beat Montgomery rivals Saint James on Monday and LAMP on Tuesday. Goodman has served as head softball coach at ACA since 2007 compiling a 470-165-8 fast-pitch record overall with Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2010, 2013 and 2014. His 2017 team finished with a school-record 58 wins en route to a third-place finish at the AHSAA State Tourney. The Eagles won six other fast-pitch titles (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) and one slow-pitch championship (1995) for nine softball state crowns overall. 
    “It is all about the kids,” said Goodman, who compiled a 389-192 record as Alabama Christian’s baseball coach from 1986-2006. His baseball program produced state titles in 1995 and 2000 and finished second in 1994 and 2004. He was first coach in AHSAA history to win state titles in softball and baseball. Buckhorn’s Alvin Rauls accomplished that feat last season winning the 2017 Class 7A softball crown. Rauls, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame last month, won a baseball title at New Hope in 1992.
    Goodman also compiled a 216-168 boys’ basketball record at ACA from 1986-2001 and was 225-93 coaching girls’ basketball from 2002-2012.
    He said he has enjoyed coaching all sports, but will treasure coaching his daughters in softball. “I left baseball for softball just so I could coach them, and it has been an incredible experience,” he said. “I have been blessed to have the chance to coach so many outstanding kids. The wins are about them. I never counted them.”
    In other reported performances:


TAYLOR ROSS, NORTHVIEW: Slugged a grand slam home run igniting a seven-run third inning as the Cougars beat Northside 13-0 in four innings in their first game of the Northside Invitational Tourney as Northview opened with three wins. Ross also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a fielder’s choice as the Cougars beat Brookwood 5-4 to win the championship. She also took a0 throw from teammate Collier Peaden to tag out the potential go-ahead run in the top of the inning to snuff out a Brookwood rally. Peaden also had four hits in the final game. Jaala Torrence pitched all eight innings allowing five hits and striking out 14 to get the win.
MADISON PLUNKETT, THOMPSON: Singled in two runs to give the Warriors the lead for good 3-2 in the bottom of the final inning as the Warriors (30-5) capped a 10-win run in the Gulf Coast Classic tourney finals to beat Hewitt-Trussville 4-3.
DEVAN FULMER, FAIRVIEW: Clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Aggies ahead for good in a 4-3 win over Good Hope.

MACEY OGLE, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Compiled a 4-1 record and struck out 30 for the week and also had 10 hits, including four doubles, and drove in five runs while hitting .625 over seven games last week.
LAURA HUDSON, BRANTLEY: Tossed a no-hitter and struck out six to beat Highland Home 6-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Leanna Johnson struck out 12 in a 17-0 win in the first game with Hannah Sims clubbing s two-run homer, two doubles and a single to plate five runs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled all 10 innings in the Panthers’ 10-9 win over Washington (IL) and drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the final to bring in the winning run. She also threw a 5-inning shutout with 12 Ks against Central Magnet and struck out 7 batters in a 4-inning win over East Limestone.

Hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning to end the game as the Patriots beat Hatton 13-2 in the Sparkman Round-Robin tourney. Jarrett, who picked up the mound win, clubbed four homers in the event.
KAHALLEY BROOKS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBIs and three runs scored as the Tigers beat Spanish Fort 8-3. She also hurled the final 1 2/3 innings to get the save.
HANNAH BORDEN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Was 12-of-19 for the week with two home runs, two doubles and 15 RBIs to lead the Huskies to a runner-up finish at the Gulf Coast Invitational tourney.
AMARA MYLES, SLOCOMB: Collected a two-run homer and two doubles to account for five RBIs in the Red Tops’ 13-10 loss to Ashford.
JILL ROBINSON, BAKER: Clubbed a solo homer in the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie as Baker downed Faith Academy 6-5 to win the Honeybee Invitational tourney.
ASHLYN HOLLAND, FORT PAYNE: Collected 11 hits, including a homer, and had seven RBIs as the Wildcats won the New Hope invitational tourney.
MORGAN WHITE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Homered in a win over Central-Florence and had a three-run homer, double and two runs scored in a victory over Athens. She closed out the week with a homer in a win over Cullman and two more home runs and five RBIs to help the Tigers beat Prattville Christian.
ABBY LAND, GENEVA COUNTY: Slugged a home run, drove in three runs and pitched the five-inning victory in a 15-1 first-game win over Zion Chapel. She followed with three hits and three RBIs in a 17-8 win in game two to help the Bulldogs complete the sweep.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a five hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs in a 22-1, 15-0 sweep of R.A. Hubbard.

Prep Football Squads Announced For 59th North-South All-Star Game

MONTGOMERY – North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 58th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two teams comprised of 2018 graduating seniors were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Tuesday.
      The North-South Game will be played Thursday, July 19 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.
  The South holds a 30-26-2 edge in the North-South. The North won 14-13 last July, its third straight victory in the series which was first played in 1948. The North won that first game played in Tuscaloosa 33-0.
      Head coach for the South is Montgomery Catholic High School Coach Aubrey Blackwell. The North head coach is Locust Fork’s Chris Musso.
     Blackwell has led the Knights to a 22-11 record over his three seasons as head coach. Last year’s team finished 10-2, won the school’s first region title and first playoff game since 1989.  Musso, beginning his sixth season as head coach at Locust Fork, has compiled a 53-52 career record in 10 seasons – the first five at John Carroll (23-29) and the last five at Locust Fork (30-23). The Hornets have made the state playoffs three of the last four years.
     Musso’s North coaching staff includes Tom Causey, Pelham; Drew Gilmer, Clay-Chalkville; Ryan Lolley, Gordo; Mark Sanderson, Donoho; Matt Griffith, Sylacauga; and James Thompson, Pickens County. Blackwell’s South staff consists of Jon Cooper, Kinston; Josh McClendon, Greenville; Kenny King, Daphne; Erik Speakman, Opelika; Kevin Smith, Benjamin Russell; and Andro Williams, W.S. Neal.
      Eight players who helped their teams play in state championship games last December have been selected to play in the 2018 game. Named to the South squad are quarterback Swift Lyle of Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal and linebacker Shamar Lewis of Class 1A state champion Sweet Water. Defensive back Eric Cameron-Garror and running back Bryan Hill of Class 7A runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic and offensive lineman Tavien White of Class 6A runner-up Wetumpka are also on the South squad.
      Goshen, which reached the Class 2A semifinals and finished with 12 wins for the first time in school history, is the only team to place three seniors on the South squad. Selected are quarterback Brock Snyder; wide receiver Zack Alford; and defensive lineman Devin Bell.
Headlining the North squad is defensive lineman Khamari Brown of Class 7A state champion Hoover, defensive lineman Desmond Scott and wide receiver Liallen Dailey of Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley. Leeds and Thompson have three players each selected. Green Wave seniors include kicker Greg Dawkins; offensive lineman Gage Towery; and defensive back Jaylen Washington. Chosen from the Class 7A Warriors (12-1) are defensive back Myles Brown, wide receiver Tim Harris-Edwards; and defensive lineman Mackie McNeal.

    The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country during the All-Star Week.
      The rosters are attached.

Bob Jones High School’s Home Run Barrage Puts Team in AHSAA Record Book

   MONTGOMERY – Bob Jones High School went on a home-run hitting barrage in three wins last week to break the school’s single-season record. The Patriots slugged four home runs in the fifth inning of the first game of a double-header (12-9 and 8-3) sweep versus East Limestone and finished with 10 home runs on the week as Coach Jared Smith’s sluggers grabbed the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight for this week.
    Cam Hill and Slate Alford had two homers each on the week as Bob Jones (23-8) upped its season total to 30 on the year. Colton Carver, Mitchell Daly, Brendan Bickleman, Caden Rose and Dylan Ray also had at least one homer during the week. The Patriots outscored six opponents 65-45 for the week and won four of six games.
   The previous season record was 25 – set 20 years ago in the 1998 season. Ray has a team-leading eight on the season and Hill seven through last week’s games.
    The single-season AHSAA record (85) was set by American Christian in 2006, according to the AHSAA Record Book. Cullman had 81 in 2011 and Leroy, which clubbed five homers in the first inning of a win over Jackson in 2009, finished that year with 75 to rank third. Bob Jones’ four homers tied 12 others for second most in a single inning. The most recent school to hit four in an inning was Russell County in the first inning of a 12-0 win over Carroll-Ozark in 2013.
   The NFHS Record Book lists the national prep record as 11, set by Choctaw, (OK) in 1977 versus Oklahoma City-McGuinness.
   In other baseball highlights:

COACH PAT HAMRICK, THOMPSON: The Warriors (16-12) downed Gulf Shores 13-5 in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Classic baseball tournament last week and presented Hamrick with the 500th win of his prep baseball coaching career. The Warriors, 5-1 in the tourney, fell to Brighton (TN) in the finals 7-1. Sawyer Pate slugged three doubles in the milestone win to pace Thompson’s 13-hit attack. Hamrick led Thompson to the Class 7A state championship series in 2015 – the first year of 7A competition. The Warriors finished second. Miles Brown was 10-of-12 with seven runs scored and two RBIs in Thompson’s six games.
COACH CHRIS BRAZELL, COTTAGE HILL: Notched the 300th win of his prep baseball coaching career with a doubleheader sweep of Bayside Academy last week, 8-7, 8-7. Grant Woodruff delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh in the second game to give the Warriors (16-8) the sweep and Brazell, 37, his milestone coaching victory. All the victories have come at Cottage Hill Christian where he has served as head coach for 14 seasons. The Warriors have won 14 of their last 16 games.
HOUSTON EDWARDS, HOKES BLUFF: The Eagles catcher had two doubles and an RBI at the plate and picked off two runners at first base from his position behind the plate as Hokes Bluff (13-4) beat Southside-Gadsden 4-1 to claim the Etowah County baseball tournament title. It was the Eagles’ first county title in 10 years.

Slammed a two-run homer in the Buccaneer Classic semifinals to tie the game with Helena 4-4 in the sixth inning. Teammate Preston Moore then slammed a solo homer to give the Bucs a 5-4 lead and DiChiara, pitching in relief, struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the win. Hoover then beat Cullman 10-3 in the finals to claim the tourney title. Evan Veal hurled the win over Cullman and hit .438 in seven games with two triples, a double, nine RBIs and three steals.
ISAIAH MAGWOOD, HAZEL GREEN: Socked a solo home run to break a 3-3 tie and end the game as the Trojans (17-7) beat Florence 4-3 in the second game of a doubleheader sweep. He also clubbed a three-run homer to tie the first game 4-4 and Hazel Green went on to post a 5-4 win.
BRYCE KNOX, FAIRHOPE: Had a two-out double to plate the winning run in a 6-5 first-game victory over T.R. Miller.  Teammate Colin Millar, who scored the winning run in game one, supplied a single in the second game to drive in the winning run in a 3-2 victory to complete the sweep.
RYAN TOMLIN, ARITON: Singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Purple Cats past Houston Academy 10-9. He finished with three hits, including a homer, and had three RBIs.
CORBIN MIDDLETON, BAKER: Slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning to break a 6-6 tie as the Hornets beat Mary Montgomery 9-7.
A.J. BLACKWELL, ALMA BRYANT: Had a three-run double in the top of the seventh inning to lead the Hurricanes past Theodore 9-8.

The left-hander hurled a one-hitter and struck out 15 as the Eagles blanked Hendersonville (TN) 2-0 in a game at the Gulf Coast Classic. He struck out 12 in the first four innings and the only hit allowed was an infield single.
GARRETT WADE, HARTSELLE: Struck out 10 and hurled a no-hitter as the Tigers beat Decatur 10-0 in a key area win. Earlier in the week, he notched a save in a 4-3 win over the Red Raiders after teammate Grayson Bray singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Wade then came on to strike out the side in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
CHANDLER BEST, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 15 of the 21 outs to beat Murphy 4-0. It was his second no-hitter of the season for the Yellow Jackets.
CONNOR MOYE, W.S. NEAL: Hurled a five-inning two-hitter and struck out 12 as the unbeaten Blue Eagles (19-0) downed Greenville 11-1.
TANNER DUKE, ROBERTSDALE: Tossed a two-hitter and struck out 11 in a 6-0 win over Davidson Academy (TN). The Golden Bears (23-3) reached the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Classic. Duke (5-0) scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Presley Holland laid down a perfect squeeze bunt in the 1-0 extra-inning win. Tristan Stevens hurled six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out eight. Reliever Brandon Johnson (3-0) got the win pitching the final three innings.
JOSH DAUGHTERY, HELENA: Hurled seven scoreless innings in relief to shut down Houston (TN) and the Huskies managed to plate two runs in the top of the 10th inning to post a 9-7 win at the Buccaneer Classic baseball tourney hosted by Hoover. He struck out four to get the win in the longest game of the Spring Break tourney.
BRADY GARCIA, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Tossed a two-hitter and struck out five as the Class 2A Wildcats beat Class 7A Foley 12-0.
BRAXTON CHANEY, THOMASVILLE: Tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 as the Tigers nipped Satsuma 1-0.
NOAH BARNETT, HACKLEBURG: Struck out 12 and scattered seven hits as the Class 1A Panthers beat Class 5A defending state champion Russellville 6-4.
DREW FAVORS, REELTOWN: Took the mound with his team leading Horseshoe Bend 7-6 and hurled three shutout innings in relief, striking out six to register the important Class 2A, Area 8 game save.
SETH BENEFIELD, FYFFE: Tossed a four-hitter and struck out eight in the Red Devils’ 12-9 five-inning win over Geraldine in the finals of the DeKalb County tournament. Fyffe (16-2) beat Collinsville 7-4 in the semifinals to reach the championship game.
RANDY EVANS, HUEYTOWN: Tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 in a 9-0 win over visiting Ballard Memorial (KY).
CARSON SKIPPER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Hurled a four-hitter and struck out 14 in a 3-1 win over defending 5A state champ Russellville at the Gulf Coast Classic. He also had two homers, a double and scored three runs in the tourney.

Went 8-for-9 in a three-game series sweep of Mary Montgomery. Had two home runs and six RBIs for the Bobcats.
JACOBEY HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Hit a pair of triples and drove in four runs to lift the unbeaten Blue Eagles (19-0) to a 16-3 win over Straughn.
MASON MARSH, ENTERPRISE: Collected a single, double and triple and drove in five runs as the Wildcats beat Lee-Montgomery 14-0. Enterprise plated 14 runs in the second inning. Marsh also was the winning pitcher striking out seven over three innings while allowing only one hit.
CANON CLARK, JAMES CLEMENS: Had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs as the Jets (19-9) beat Ardmore 11-1 in six innings to win their fifth consecutive game and 12th in the last 14 outings.
REECE EWING, FAITH ACADEMY: Poked two home runs and had five RBIs as Faith Academy (21-2) won a slugfest over Gulfport (MS) 17-13.
MICHAEL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Pitched a win over Etowah and was 8-of-14 at the plate as the Rockets went 4-0 for the week at the Lake Martin Classic.
ETHAN WELLS, WICKSBURG: Had three hits and two RBIs in a 14-5 win over Charles Henderson and added a triple, double and single to plate three more runs in a 20-4 win over Elmore County on Friday.
JAMES JONES, REHOBETH: Slugged two home runs and accounted for five RBIs as Rehobeth beat Curry 12-5.
MACK WISE, BRANTLEY: Collected three hits, including an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in Jake Kilcrease with the winning run as Class 1A Brantley knocked off Class 6A McAdory 12-11.
HUDSON HARTSFIELD, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Was 7-for-8 over the final two games as Briarwood (17-3) finished 4-0 at the Lake Martin Classic tournament at Alexander City. He was 4-for-4 with three RBIs in an 8-5 win over Marbury and got the save in a 4-2 win over Etowah.
SAM DOZIER, SPAIN PARK: Was red-hot at plate batting .500 in five games (7-of-14) with three doubles, five runs scored and six RBIs for the Jaguars.
AVERY COX, BROOKS: Had a two-run triple in a 4-1 win over defending state champion Sweet Water, then a triple, double and three RBIs in a 7-6 loss to Dale County, and three hits in a 10-5 win over Hamilton.
MICHAEL KILGORE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 9-of-16 hitting and stole six bases in four games for the Cougars.

Prattville Christian’s Tyler Bell Whiffs 19 to Toss First No-Hit Gem in School History

   MONTGOMERY – Prattville Christian right-hander Tyler Bell tossed the first no-hitter in PCA history last weekend to grab this week’s AHSAA Baseball Spotlight. Bell also struck out a school record 19 in the 6-0 win over Class 7A Lee-Montgomery.
     Prattville Christian, coached by Jerry Greene, improved to 13-6 on the season.
     Bell, a senior, became the 16th player in the AHSAA Record Book to strike out 19 in a seven-inning game. That total ties for third most in a seven-inning game. The record is 21, held by four pitchers including Cody Reed of Ardmore (2014), Trey Vice of Westbrook Christian (2007), Joe Payne of West End (1999) and Roy Jackson of Opelika (1970).
     According to the AHSAA Record Book, which can be found online at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Baseball/Baseball-Individual-Records, six others have recorded 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, including Harold Lockhart, who struck out 20 in a row in a 1-0 loss to Verbena in 1953. Reed also had 20 in 2013, Adam Russell of Briarwood in 2008, Kasey Kiker of Russell County in 2005, Doug Shelton of West Morgan in 1996 and Johnny Simmons of Childersburg in 1969.
    The most strikeouts in AHSAA history dates back to 1926 when Fred “Football Freddie” Sington struck out 27 in a nine-inning 10-2 win over Jefferson County High School (Tarrant) for Phillips of Birmingham. Sington went on to earn All-America honors as a football standout for the University of Alabama playing on the 1930 National Championship team. He later played in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators as an outfielder.
    Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, Sington also received national acclaim thanks to the popular crooner Rudy Vallee, who wrote and recorded a song entitled “Football Freddie,” which would go on to become a nationwide hit following the 1931 Rose Bowl. Right behind Sington in the AHSAA Record Book is James “Eddie” Gordon of Marshall County (Guntersville), who whiffed 26 in an 11-inning game versus Arab that was won 1-0 in the bottom of the 11th on a solo homer by Frank Wedgeworth. Ragland’s Nick Mickler also struck out 23 in a 3-1 nine-inning win over Donoho in 2000.
    Bell’s performance edged another no-hit effort thrown by Blake Burkhalter of Northview. His seven-inning no-hitter was won 4-2 over 6A Russell County (18-2). He struck out 11.  As strong as he was, Northview still had to come from behind after making six errors in the field. The Cougars (9-9), down 2-0 to the Warriors, scored all four runs in the fifth inning as catcher Carson Meisnner tripled and Burkhalter doubled for the big hits in the rally. Russell County, which turned four double plays in the loss, won game two of the series 5-2 and a third non-area game 10-2 on Friday.
   Other highlight include:

REECE EWING, FAITH ACADEMY: The Rams’ winning pitcher slugged two home runs in a 17-13 win over Gulfport (MS). Faith (17-2) had eight home runs in the game – second most in a single game in AHSAA history. Parker Mills also had two homers, Chris Sargent, Braxton Bell, Gab Shepard and Eli Giles also had home runs in the win. Faith won the second game 12-2 over Pearl River Central (MS) with Bell slugging the Rams’ ninth homer of the day. The state record (11) was set by Ragland in a 25-2 win over Parkway Christian in 2000. Three schools, Calera (2008), Russell County (2006), Thompson (2001) and St. Paul’s Episcopal (1999) have had seven in a game.
JACOB SMITH, TYLER O’CLAIR & JAXON BUTTERWORTH, CALERA: Fired back-to-back-back no-hitters as Calera swept Jemison 17-0, 11-0 and 19-1. Smith struck out 11 with a hit batter in the 17-0 five-inning win on March 22. O' Clair struck out 10 with two walks in the  11-0 first-game victory of a doubleheader on March 23, and Butterworth followed with a no-hitter in the following 19-1 win. He struck out nine.

Coach William Booth’s prize prospect squared off against Loretto (TN) prospect Blake Tidwell as almost 50 college and pro baseball scouts, representing every major league team, looked on at Hartselle’s Sparkman Park last week. Both pitchers provided scouts with an old-fashioned pitching duel, each leaving the game after five innings allowing two hits and just one run. Wade struck out 13 in his five-inning stint, and Tidwell whiffed five. Loretto rallied to win the game 4-3 with neither pitcher getting the decision.
SAM THULLESEN, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Delivered the clutch game-tying hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the game with Clarke County into extra innings tied at 6-6. The Warriors, 4-0 on the week, then won in the bottom as the Warriors (14-7) when teammate Jake Williams singled in the winning run. Three of the wins were one-run victories.
BLAKE McKENNA, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Was hit by a pitch with the bass loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in the winning run as the Lions (10-3) beat Sylacauga 8-7. Down 7-5 in extra innings, the Lions scored three runs without a base hit – but did put together three walks, three hit-by-pitches and a sacrifice fly to pull out the win.
NATE REED, FLORENCE: Singled in Zane Garrett with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Falcons to a 4-3 Class 6A, Area 16 win over Hazel Green.
CADEN GRIDER, SHADES VALLEY: Doubled in the tying run to tie Pleasant Grove 4-4, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch for a 5-4 win. He also picked up the victory on the mound.
CHRISTIAN WHITE, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had a two-run homer and bases-loaded triple to drive in five runs as Central rallied from a 9-3 deficit in the fourth inning to win 10-9. The Wildcats scored five runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh.
CLAYTEN PUGH, WEST LIMESTONE: With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Pugh drove in the winning run when he was hit by a pitch as the Wildcats rallied for seven runs in the inning to overcome a 7-1 deficit in the 8-7 win a Brewer.

The winning pitcher collected a double, single and five RBIs at the plate as the Black Bears finished the Gulf Coast Classic Spring Break baseball tournament 7-0 with a 12-9 come-from-behind win over Boaz in the finals. Peebles hurled three innings in relief. Coach Tyler Stephenson’s Black Bears (21-5) outscored opponents 68-22 in the seven wins. In an earlier win, Collier Partain hurled a five-inning no-hitter striking out seven to beat Holtville 10-0. He only faced 16 batters with one Black Bears error marring an otherwise perfect game.
KOTY FULTON-TICE, ENTERPRISE: Hurled a four-hit shutout and struck out eight to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over Thompson in the Hits for Heroes Classic played at Enterprise’s Warren Field last weekend. Nathan Light followed with a 4-0 win over South Walton (FL).
SAM MOUNCE, REHOBETH: Went 8-for-9 at the plate, including five hits in the opener, as the Rebels swept Eufaula 19-5 and 12-2. Teammate Chandler Golden was also 7-of-8 in both games. Mounce had a home run, double and three singles and drove in two runs in the first game, and three hits in the nightcap. Golden had three doubles overall and five RBIs.
BRETT URBAN, BROOKS: Led the Lions’ 16-hit attack with four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored as Brooks beat Lexington 17-7.
JOSH HALL, HOMEWOOD: Was 6-of-9 at the plate in four wins on the week with 11 stolen bases, eight runs scored, five walks and three RBIs. Teammate Jake Miller also was 6-of-10 with five runs scored and Crawford Doyle had six hits with three runs scored and four RBIs. The Patriots outscored opponents 41-6 on the week.
TUCKER RHODES, WILSON: Had four hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in seven runs as the Warriors (17-3) beat Deshler 21-6.
KENNETH ADAMS, ATHENS BIBLE: Had four hits, including two doubles, scored four runs and had six RBIs in a 7-0. 14-5 sweep of Phil Campbell.
HOUSTON EDWARDS, HOKES BLUFF: Had two hits and drove in six runs in the Eagles’ 12-0 win over Glencoe.
DALTON ROBINSON, ETOWAH: Led the Blue Devils (17-3) to a 14-10, 9-4 sweep of Benjamin Russell with three hits and two RBIs in the first game and two hits and one RBI in the second game.
DAVIS BURGIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Beat White Plains with an eight-inning 1-0 shutout as the Huskies (19-5) went 5-0 on the week. Burgin walked one and struck out nine. Hewitt also beat Central-Phenix City 11-1, Hartselle 11-0, Oxford 3-2 and John Carroll Catholic 10-0 with Ed Johnson stroking two doubles and a triple on the week to hit .533.
WILL COLLINS, HUEYTOWN: Hurled a 6-0 victory over McAdory and a 12-1 win over Milwaukee Lutheran for Hueytown (13-6). He struck out 11 versus the Jackets and eight versus the Wisconsin visitors.
COLTON LEWIS, VESTAVIA HILLS: tossed a no-hitter and struck out 12 in an 11-1 win over Spain Park.
BRAXTON CHANEY, THOMASVILLE: Hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Satsuma to complete a doubleheader sweep. He struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. The Tigers scored the winning run when Bralen Washington scored from third on a bases-loaded walk. Thomasville slugged 14 hits in a 12-5 win in the first game.
GARRET KENNEDY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Tossed a five-inning perfect game as the Warriors downed Gaston 28-0. He struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced. Kennedy also had four hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
JACOB HALL, BROOKS: Hurled a five-hitter and struck out 11 to beat Cherokee 4-0. He also collected a double at the plate.
COLE HENRY, FLORENCE: Struck out 11 to lead the Falcons to a 4-3 win over Hazel Green.
SLAYDEN SWENSON, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings and also slugged a solo homer as the Tigers nipped Lexington 4-2.
NOAH BARNETT, HACKLEBURG: Pitched a one-hitter, walked three and struck out 11 to lead the Panthers to a 13-1 win over Belgreen. He threw only 85 pitches in the seven-inning game.
JACOB McNAIRY, ATHENS: Pitched a five-hitter and struck out 13 as the Eagles beat Friendship Christian (TN) 9-0 in the Wilson Central (TN) Classic invitational tourney. He also had two hits and drove in three runs. Jack Garvin also hurled a two-hitter and struck out four in a 3-0 shutout over DeKalb County.

Four-Time State Champion Amaris Tyynismaa Leads Strong Field of All-Stars Selected for All-Star Week

MONTGOMERY – Four-time AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic headlines a strong group of distance runners named to the North-South All Star teams set to compete in the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
     A total of 40 current juniors – 10 on each team – were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The 2018 races will be held at Auburn University-Montgomery on Wednesday morning, July 18.
      Tyynismaa, who was chosen for the South squad, holds the AHSAA state cross country meet girls’ overall record clocking 17:03.04 as an eighth grader to win the 4A state title in 2014 at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course near Moulton. She has won the 4A title each year since but has not beaten that 2014 time. She came close last fall winning in 17:14.37 – fastest overall in all classes.
      She is one of just six girls’ runners in state history to win four AHSAA state cross country championships. Two, Holly Holman of St. Paul’s and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller, have won five and Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright, six. Savell and Holman won titles when the state meet distance was two miles.
      Selected as girls’ team coaches are Christina Rodgers of Enterprise (South) and Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley (North). North boys’ coach is Joshua Gurley of Winfield and South coach is Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian. Ron Peters of Smiths Station is the South administrative coach for both teams and Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook will serve as the North squads’ administrative coach.
     Isabella Rowland of Montgomery Academy, who finished fourth at the 3A state championships last November, and Tyynismaa’s Catholic teammate Isabelle Cochran, who was sixth in the 4A championships, were also selected for the South girls’ all-star squad. Daphne runner Nicole Luther was 10th in in the Class 6A championships.
    Among the North girls’ selections are Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria, Hannah Bloom of Huntsville and Katie Strozier of Pelham. Nunnelly was fourth in the 5A state meet last season, Bloom was ninth in the 7A race, and Strozier finished 11th in Class 6A.
     Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook, chosen to the North boys’ squad, finished eighth in the Class 7A state meet in 2017 with a 16:02.61 time – fastest of all the North runners selected. The South’s top runner is Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin, who finished one spot ahead of Harwell in the 7A state meet race at 16:01.29.
    In all, seven runners on the North squad had state-meet times of 16:47 or faster while the South squad has eight runners under 16:45.
     The North-South Cross Country race made its debut last year at the 21st annual All-Star Week with the North girls winning the team competition over the South 20-35 and the North boys winning 16-47. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen captured last year’s individual title with a 20:02.89 time. Hoover’s John McCrackin turned in the best boys’ time (17:27.81).
       The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
      The rosters:
2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country Rosters
Julianna Ballew. Pleasant Valley
Hannah Bloom, Huntsville
Maggie Graham, Lawrence County
Sydney Hall, Hewitt-Trussville
Haley Hughes, DAR
Anna Littleton, Mountain Brook
Mary Allen Murray, Altamont
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria
Katie Strozier, Pelham
Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville
Brad Hood, Pleasant Valley
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)

Isabelle Cochran, Montgomery Catholic
Taylor Engram, Auburn
Jill Fassl, Enterprise
Sarah Francis, Enterprise
Frieda Kickliter, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Nicole Luther, Daphne
Amindy Mullen, Demopolis
Sara Pacer, Auburn
Isabella Rowland, Montgomery Academy
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Christina Rodgers, Enterprise
Ron Peters, Smiths Station

Allan Anderson, Grissom
James Brake, Florence
Nick Ceci, Huntsville
Asher Desai, Altamont
Hunter Harwell, Mountain Brook
Blake Noah, Ohatchee
Davis Holdbrooks, Winfield
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden
Joseph Pitard, Mountain Brook
Blake Terry, Lawrence County

Joshua Gurley, Winfield
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)

Cory Anthony, Wetumpka
Evan Crawford, Enterprise
Jonathan Davis, Baker
Silas Franklin, Smiths Station
Gabriel Henneberger, Enterprise
Charlie Lott, Trinity Presbyterian
Evan Rogers, Auburn
Bradley Schmidt, Bayside Academy
Caleb Smith, Mary Montgomery
Myles Stoots, Faith Academy
Monica Lott, Trinity Presbyterian
Ron Peters, Smiths Station

AHSADCA Announces 2018 North-South Volleyball All-Stars for All-Star Sports Week

     MONTGOMERY – The All-star squads for the 2018 North-South Volleyball competition have been expanded from 12 on each team to 15.
    The 30 outstanding current junior volleyball standouts were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The volleyball all-star match will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 17. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl. The boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be at Alabama State on Wednesday, July 18, and the North-South cross country competition will be held earlier that morning on the Auburn-Montgomery campus.  The volleyball site has tentatively been set for AUM as well.     
     Kayla Woodard, who guided Addison (51-8) to the 1A state championship the last two seasons, and Chris Camper of Hoover, who led the Bucs (31-10) to the state tourney are the coaches for the North Volleyball All-Stars. Randolph’s Sue Marshall is the administrative coach.
   South coaches are Kate Wood of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Bentley Stephenson of Auburn. Wood led the Dirty Dozen (46-8) to the Class 7A state title last season. Stephenson led Auburn (23-21) to the South Super Regional. Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin is administrative coach.
     The North All-Stars posted a 3-0 win over the South at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex last summer and holds a 15-6 lead in series that was first played in 1997.
     The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     The complete rosters are below.

2018 North-South Volleyball All-Star Team
NORTH ALL-STARS                                 POS.                           HT.
Molly Kate Atkins, Carbon Hill                     Setter                           5-5
Ellen Dunn, Mountain Brook                         Middle Hitter              5-9
Isabelle Fuell, Huntsville                                Setter                           5-8
August Gilliland, Sand Rock                          Outside Hitter             5-5
Kinsley Gregoria, Alexandria                         Libero                          5-0
Juliana Hamer, Chelsea                                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Kiara Hill, Bob Jones                                      Middle Hitter              5-9
Alexis Hyatt, Arab                                          Middle Hitter              5-8
Emma Jarrett, Bob Jones                                Outside Hitter             5-11
Catherine Klop, James Clemens                     Outside Hitter             5-6
Breylee Linder, Florence                                Setter                           5-9
Lauren Mayes, Lawrence County                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Morgan McClendon, Jasper                            Outside Hitter             5-11
Claire Sisson, Huntsville                                Outside Hitter             5-7
Victoria Walker, Wilson                                 Middle Hitter              5-10
Chris Camper, Hoover
Kayla Woodard, Addison
Sue Marshall, Randol[h (Administrative)

SOUTH ALL-STARS                                  POS.                           HT.
Abigail Andrews. Baker                                 Outside Hitter             5-8
Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal              Setter                           5-6
Kayla Champion, Providence Christian         Setter                           5-3
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James                      Outside Hitter             5-9
Taylor Fontenelle, Spainish Fort                    Libero                          5-3
Lillie Fromdahl, McGill-Toolen Catholic      Setter                           5-8
Sarah Guthrie, Pelham                                    Outside Hitter             5-10    
Mikaela Grubb, Enterprise                              Outside Hitter             5-9
Aubrey Holladay. Auburn                              Middle Hitter              6-1
Aleah Kennedy, St. Paul’s Episcopal             Middle Hitter              5-11
Kenya McQuirter, McGill-Toolen Catholic   Outside Hitter             5-10
Madeline Moss, Oak Mountain                      Setter                           5-8
Leah Nielson, Oak Mountain                         Middle Hitter              6-1      
Briauna Thompson, Brewbaker Tech             Middle Hitter              6-3
Bradlie Walters, Daphne                                Setter                           5-7

Kate Wood, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Bentley Stephenson, Auburn
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (Administrative)