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Meet Gets Underway Saturday at Oakville Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa Seeking Her Fourth State Title at 62nd AHSAA Cross Country Championships

  MONTGOMERY – The 62nd annual AHSAA Cross Country State Championships get underway Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum Saturday with competition getting underway with the Class 6A girls’ championship at 8:30 a.m.. The final race of the day will be Class 3A boys’ competition at 12:10 p.m.
   Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard (1A/2A). Defending girls’ champions are Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul's Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A), and Westminster-Oak Mountain (1A/2A).
    Junior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic will be vying for her fourth state title and will be chasing her own state record (17:03.4) set in the 2014 state championships when she was just an eighth grader. She almost equaled her 2016 state-meet winning time (18:07.86) at the Class 4A, Section 1 competition at Loxley Park in Baldwin County last week with as first-place finish 18:15.52.
    On the boys’ side, junior Will Stone of Homewood is seeking his second straight Class 6A boys’ cross country championship. He has been consistently strong all season and clocked 16:33 in his section race. The fastest boys’ section times were turned in by two Huntsville runners at the Class 7A Section 4 championships last week. Senior Cameron Cox won the boys’ competition with a time of 15:48.81 and teammate Nick Ceci, a junior, was right behind at 15:53.04. Grissom junior Allen Anderson was third at the Huntsville race running 15:55.78.
     The complete race schedule is listed below.   

62ND AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday, Nov. 11, Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum
Race Schedule

Class 6A Girls championship, 8:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Boys championship, 8:50 a.m.
Class 5A Girls championship, 9:10 a.m.
Class 6A Boys championship. 9:30 a.m.
Class 1A/2A Girls championship, 9:50 a.m.
Class 5A Boys championship,            10:10 a.m.
Class 7A Girls championship,            10:30 a.m.
Class 4A Boys championship,            10:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls championship,            11:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys championship,            11:30 a.m.
Class 4A Girls championship,            11:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys championship,            12:10 p.m.

29 AHSAA Football Playoff Games set for NFHS Network NFHS Network Slate Includes 5 Games Tonight, 24 Playoff Games Friday Night

   MONTGOMERY – Twenty-nine first-round football playoff games are set to be streamed live over the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program (SBP) tonight and Friday as the AHSAA State Football Playoffs kick off the “playoff season” tonight.
   Five of tonight’s 17 first-round games are scheduled including three games in Class 5A: Alexandria at Wenonah, Sylacauga at Eufaula and West Point at Brooks. North Sand Mountain at Randolph County in Class 3A and Paul Bryant at Sidney Lanier at Cramton Bowl in Class 6A rounds out an exciting slate to choose from for NFHS Network subscribers.
    The AHSAA’s NFHS Playoff Game of the Week is Huntsville at Thompson, a Class 7A clash set for Simmons Stadium in Alabaster Friday at 7 p.m. The NFHS Network is sending a special crew to that contest headed up by veteran play-by-play announcer Jerry Young and veteran producer Stacy Mills.
    Raycom has selected Jeff Davis at McGill-Toolen Catholic as its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week, a 7A first-round contest set for Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex at Mobile Friday.  Raycom, AHSAA’s TV partner, will televise live one playoff game each week and all  Super 7 Championships Dec. 6-8.  For local cable information, go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com.  AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance has tabbed Opelika at Daphne as its Game of the Week.
      A highlight of this week’s football playoffs will be a special Veterans Day commemoration by each host school to honor our veterans.
      The weekend slate over the NFHS Network is shaping up to be the busiest on the network in AHSAA history for member schools. In addition to the 29 playoff football games will be 21 basketball games live through next Tuesday and two bowling tri-matches for a total of 52 events.
    To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
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    The Thompson-Huntsville game may be accessed by subscribers for live-stream or for Network non-subscriber members at:

   Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version (beginning next Tuesday) once they sign up for the free membership.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS                           Producer                                Air Time
3A: No. Sand Mtn at Randolph Co.               NFHS Network (WELR)        6:30 p.m.
Alexandria at Wenonah                           NFHS Network (FNN)           6:30 p.m.
5A: Sylacauga at Eufaula                               Eufaula HS SBP                     7 p.m.
5A: West Point at Brooks                               Brooks HS SBP                      7 p.m.
6A: Paul Bryant at Sidney Lanier                   Montgomery Sports NFHS    7 p.m.

BASKETBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Chelsea at Vestavia Hills (Boys JV)              Vestavia Hills HS SBP           4:30 p.m.
Chelsea at Vestavia Hills (Girls Varsity)       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6 p.m.
Chelsea at Vestavia Hills (Boys Varsity)       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7:30 p.m.
Decatur at Cullman (Girls Varsity)                Cullman HS SBP                    6 p.m.
Decatur at Cullman (Boys Varsity)                Cullman HS SBP                    7:30 p.m.
Gadsden City at Hoover  (Boys JV)               Hoover HS SBP                      4:30 p.m.
Gadsden City at Hoover  (Boys Varsity)        Hoover HS SBP                      7:30 p.m.
BOWLING                                                    Producer                                Air Time
Cullman Tri-Match                                         Cullman HS SBP                    5 p.m.

FRIDAY, Nov. 10
FOOTBALL  PLAYOFFS                           Producer                                Air Time
Class 1A
Notasulga at Sweet Water                              Sweet Water HS SBP             7 p.m.
Pleasant Home at Wadley                               NFHS Net (WELR)                6:30 p.m.
Class 2A
Southern Choctaw at Goshen                         Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Midfield at Wicksburg                                    NFHS Net (Nyman)                7 p.m.
Mobile Christian at Pike County                    Pike County SBP                    7 p.m.
Ohatchee at Sylvania                                      NFHS Net (FNN)                   5:30 p.m.
Class 4A
Childersburg at Andalusia                              Andalusia HS SBP                  6:59 p.m.
Cordova at Wilson                                          Wilson HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Hokes Bluff at Madison Academy                 Madison Academy SBP          7 p.m.
Randolph at Jacksonville                                Jacksonville HS SBP              7 p.m.
Class 6A
Bessemer City at Park Crossing                     Montgomery Sports NFHS     6:17 p.m.
Cullman at Ramsay                                         Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Florence at Pinson Valley                               Florence HS SBP                    6:45 p.m.
Gardendale at Muscle Shoals                         Muscle Shoals HS SBP          5:30 p.m.
Gardendale at Muscle Shoals                         Gardendale HS SBP               7 p.m.
Opelika at Daphne                                          Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Pelham at Spanish Fort                                   Spanish Fort HS SBP             5:40 p.m.
Saraland at Ben. Russell                                 Saraland HS SBP                    6 p.m.
Stanhope Elmore at Hillcrest-Tusc.                Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Class 7A
Davidson at Auburn                                        Auburn HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Huntsville at Thompson                                  NFHS Network (Mills)           7 p.m.
Mountain Brook at Bob Jones                                    Mtn Brook SBP                      7 p.m.
Sparkman at Hoover                                       Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m.

BASKETBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Jackson-Olin at Mtn. Brook (Boys JV)          Mountain Brook HS SBP       4:30 p.m.
Jackson-Olin at Mtn. Brook (Girls V)            Mountain Brook HS SBP       6 p.m.
Wenonah at Vestavia Hills (Girls JV)            Vestavia Hills HS SBP           12:30 p.m.
Mtn. Brook at Vestavia Hills (Girls JV)         Vestavia Hills HS SBP           2 p.m.
Gardendale vs. Spain Park (Girls JV)             Vestavia Hills HS SBP           3:30 p.m.


BASKETBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Hazel Green at Hoover (Girls JV)                  Hoover HS SBP                      TBA
Vestavia Hills vs. Gardendale (Girls JV)       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           12:30 p.m.
Wenonah vs. Gardendale (Girls JV)               Vestavia Hills HS SBP           10:45 a.m.

MONDAY, Nov. 13
BOWLING                                                    Producer                                Air Time
Cullman, Priceville, St. Bernard                     Cullman HS SBP                    4 p.m.
BASKETBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Cullman at Hartselle (Girls Varsity)               Hartselle HS SBP                   6 p.m.
Cullman at Hartselle (Boys Varsity)              Hartselle HS SBP                   7:30 p.m.
Shades Valley at Hoover (Boys JV)               Hoover HS SBP                      4:30 p.m.
Shades Valley at Hoover (Girls Varsity)        Hoover HS SBP                      6 p.m.
Shades Valley at Hoover (Boys Fresh.)          Hoover HS SBP                      6 p.m.
Shades Valley at Hoover (Boys Varsity)        Hoover HS SBP                      7:30 p.m.

Holtville Sophomore Passes Bulldogs into AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10

    MONTGOMERY – Holtville High School closed its season with a bang last Friday with sophomore quarterback Drake Baker igniting the fireworks. Baker completed 21-of-26 passes for a school-record 374 yards and seven touchdowns in a 47-34 win over Beulah.
    The performance propelled Baker and Coach Jason Franklin’s Bulldogs into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 10 in the process.
     Franklin left Horseshoe Bend last season and took over Holtville’s program, which had won just one of its previous 30 games in the three seasons prior to his arrival. The Bulldogs (2-8) showed marked improvement quickly but wins still were difficult in tough Class 4A, Region 3, which produce the state champions in 4A in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
    Holtville finished 2-8 with the win over Beulah but averaged 24.6 points per game and were in most games until the end. Franklin and his team are optimistic heading into the off-season.
   Dajon Reeves had 171 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Baker threw a touchdown pass to four different receivers. The TD passes covered 3, 45, 50, 39, 42, 47 and 32 yards.
     The seven TD passes in a single game rank as tied for third all-time. Only three quarterbacks in AHSAA history have thrown more – James Raines of Class 1A Berry and Brent Gulledge of Class 1A Victory Christian hold the record with nine each in 2015 and 2004, respectively. Jeremy Robinson of Highland Home had eight TD passes in a game in 2002. Baker is tied for third with 16 other quarterbacks, dating back to Opp’s Charles Nelson, who had seven in a game in 1953.
    Baker’s performance edged out a super performance for Florence running back Armoni Goodwin. He rushed for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns (76, 6, 85 and 85 yards) in a 45-35 loss to unbeaten Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville. The Falcons are in the Class 6A state playoffs this week on the road unbeaten Pinson Valley (10-0).
   Other top performances included:
Class 4A Rogers beat Hamilton 27-14 to finish unbeaten for the second season in a row for Coach Randall Martin’s direction. The back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons are the only two in the Pirates’ 59-year history dating back to 1959. Rogers is 38-26 in five seasons for Martin and open the state playoffs Friday against Haleyville in the first round of the state playoffs.
ARDMORE WINS ONE FOR THE ‘PREMIES’: Running back Chad Lay scored three touchdowns as Ardmore beat West Limestone 34-14 in the eighth annual Playing for Preemies football classic. This football game at Ardmore has raised more than $40,000 for the Melissa George Neonatal Fund since it started. Limestone County Transportation Director Rusty Bates and wife Kristin, a teacher at Cedar Hill Elementary in Limestone County, started this event in honor of their premature daughter, Lauren, who spent time in Huntsville Hospital's NICU and is now a healthy 7-year-old.
MAPLESVILLE NOTCHES 32ND IN A ROW: The three-time defending Class 1A state champs downed Class 3A American Christian 28-0 for the Red Devils’ 32nd win in a row. Maplesville faces tough Linden in round one of the state playoffs Friday.
ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SNAPS STREAK: Beat Clements 16-13 to snap a 39-game losing streak dating back to 2013 as Gerry McCarron rushed for 199 yards in the win.
The Falcons were awarded a forfeit in 2015 but was later found to have an ineligible player and also had to forfeit the contest. The last previous victory was a 6-0 win over Clements in 2013.
GUNTERSVILLE WINS STATE’S OLDEST RILVARY: The Wildcats edged Albertville 7-0 to improve to 51-46-6 in what is considered the AHSAA’s oldest rivalry. The series began in 1914 and the two schools have played annually since 1926.
CLARKE COUNTY WINS 102rd ‘BACKYARD BRAWL: The Bulldogs downed Thomasville 30-15 in the county’s oldest rivalry as Austin Kinsey rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Thomasville holds a 63-32-7 edge in the series, which began in 1917 – three years after the Albertville-Guntersville series.


TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Led the Class 7A Warriors (10-0) of Coach Mark Freeman to their first unbeaten regular season since 1983 completing 26-of-48 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Thompson finished 10-1 in Class 3A (four classes) in 1983 with Coach Doug Wheeler at the helm. The previous year the school finished 14-0 and won the 3A state title under the direction of Coach Larry Simmons.  The Warriors host Huntsville Friday night in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
DAVION GILBERT, MONTEVALLO: Completed 19-of-24 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown in a 28-6 loss to Fultondale.

CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Was 22-of-30 passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns, in a 45-35 loss to Sylacauga.

PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 21-of-29 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 45-35 victory over Florence. He now has 31 TD passes this season, a new school single-season record.

BRAXTON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 victory over Minor.

SLADE BERRYMAN, HATTON: Fired five touchdown passes covering 28, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards as Hatton beat East Lawrence 52-13.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: The junior quarterback threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns to help the Red Raiders beat Sparkman 38-20.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 17-of-27 passing for 238 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11, 19, 6 and 29 yards in a 34-0 victory over Pleasant Grove as the Indians finished their first 10-0 season in school history.

KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Threw for 240 yards, including TD passes of 45, 68 and 35 yards, and did not play in the second half of a 30-8 victory over Fayette County.

ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-12 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and another score in a 49-6 East Limestone win over Tanner.
MATT RYE, PELHAM: Finished 6-of-10 passing for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 64-46 victory over John Carroll.

Ran 19 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, completed 10-of-15 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and scored on a 2-point conversion in Friday's 40-28 victory over West End. On defense, he added four pass break-ups, three tackles and had an interception negated by a penalty.

JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 282 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in a 41-20 win over Slocomb. White scored on runs of 63, 5, 1, 75 and 69 yards with the 63 yarder coming on the game’s first play.
CALEB VINSON. FALKVILLE: Went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season with 263 rushing yards in a 47-7 win over Vinemont. He scored three TDs, two on runs of 62 and 22 yards, and a third on a 26-yard pass reception.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Piled up 262 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored on runs of 91 and 9 yards and also threw for 72 yards, including a 50-yard TD pass, in the Bulldogs’ 28-25 loss to Samson.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Ran for 256 yards and six TDs and scored the game-winning 2-point conversion to lift the Eagles to a 56-55, double-overtime victory over Marion County.

JESSE CLOUT, NORTH SAND MOUTNAIN. Gained 243 yards rushing and scored three TDs in a 32-16 win over Lexington.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two more touchdowns in a 62-34 win over Cottage Hill Christian.

NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 213 yards and scored on a 79-yard run to lead the Lions past Lauderdale County 47-20.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had nine rush attempts for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Golden Gophers beat Oak Grove 68-12.

DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 17 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score in the Eagles’ 43-17 victory over Westbrook Christian. 
KEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed for over 200 yards and a touchdown as Muscle Shoals beat Deshler 27-14. His TD run covered 57 yards.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 16 carries for 187 yards and two TDs – covering 97 and 67 yards – as Central edged Haleyville 20-18.
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-16 passes for 122 yards and two scores as Sardis beat Boaz 34-7.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Rushed for 195 yards and one score and passed for 100 yards and a touchdown in Wilson’s 17-6 win over Randolph. Brown’s TD pass covered 57 yards and his TD run was 83 yards.
HUNTER OSWALD, ZION CHAPEL: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 86 yards with one TD for 233 total yards in a 27-22 Rebel win over Pleasant Home.


ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had nine pass receptions for 133 yards and a TD and rushed for 135 yards and two scores on 13 carries as the Huskies beat Florence 46-35 to close out a second straight 10-0 regular season.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Scottsboro freshman rushed 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 139 yards and another score to total 250 yards in Scottsboro’s 21-9 victory over Madison County. 
DERRICK WALKER, ASHVILLE: Snagged seven receptions for 153 yards and two TDs and blocked a punt that a teammate scooped up and ran in for a TD in a 40-28 victory over West End.

AUSTON WELCH, EUFAULA: Caught five passes for 130 yards and a TD and quarterback Taylor Gover finished with 250 yards passing in a 52-17 win over Valley.
DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Caught four passes for 126 yards, including an 80-yard TD, in a 49-14 loss to Spain Park.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF:  Caught five passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns (68 and 54 yards). He also ran for 54 yards on 10 carries with a 2-yard touchdown in a 35-34 overtime loss to Sand Rock.


JUSTIN McDANIEL, MARS HILL BIBLE: Blocked a punt that teammate Drake Smith scored for a touchdown and the Panthers added two more TDs on defense in a 55-6 win over Shoals Christian. Peyton Higgins and Braxton Adcock also returned interceptions for touchdowns.
SPURLIN KELLEY, OPP: Was in on 19 tackles in the Bobcats’ 30-18 loss to Elba.

ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: The senior defensive lineman, who was selected for the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, had four tackles, including three sacks, in a 21-9 win over Madison County to give him 10 sacks on the season and 23 for his prep career, a school record.
ERIC JAMES, DOTHAN: Intercepted two passes, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown with 2:32 left, helping the Tigers to a 29-20 win over Early County (Ga.).

JACKSON BRATTON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass as the Trojans held off upset-minded Deshler 27-14.

TERRY PERRY, SHADES VALLEY: Was credited with 15 tackles in Friday's 41-27 victory over Vestavia Hills.
NATHAN HALL, ABBEVILLE: Had eight tackles, including four sacks, and intercepted a pass as the Jackets beat arch-rival Headland 28-18.
AUSTIN BLACKSTOCK, SAND ROCK: Broke up the potential game-winning 2-point conversion pass in overtime and had an interception in the Wildcats’ 35-34 victory at Cedar Bluff.

WESLEY ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ defense with 12 tackles in a 40-20 loss at Pleasant Valley.

CALEB JORDAN, SAMSON: Had 14 tackles with one quarterback sack in the Tigers’ 28-25 win over Kinston.
ROGER McCREARY, WILLIAMSON: Scored both touchdowns on offense and intercepted two passes on defense as the Lions beat Mobile Christian 12-7.


TERRELL GARDNER, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 28-7 victory over Mountain Brook.

ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Returned a punt 58 yards for a score, ran a muffed field goal attempt back 85 yards for another TD and caught a touchdown pass in the Jackets’ 31-14 win at Fairhope.

CHASE BROWN, HOOVER: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass in the Bucs’ 32-21 loss to IMG Academy (FL).
Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD in the final minute, lifting the Stampede to a 13-7 victory over previously undefeated Homewood.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for one of his four touchdowns as the Toros beat LeFlore 56-20. He had two pass receptions for touchdowns and ran for another score.

Veterans to be Recognized at All Games 17 Unbeaten Teams Head into First Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Nov. 9-10

     MONTGOMERY – Six of the seven defending state football champions and 18 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.
     The first round of the playoffs was set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff A total of 28 games are being scheduled for Thursday night, Nov. 9. The remaining 72 games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10.  Several schools will be closed Friday in observation of Veterans Day which prompted the Central Board to approve Thursday games next week.
   The AHSAA is asking all host schools to have a program honoring veterans prior to the playoff contest at each stadium in the first round. Instructions have been provided to each host school to assist them in honoring the veterans during a special pre-game program. All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m. 
     The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (9-0); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); Class 3A Piedmont (9-1); Class 5A Beauregard (8-1); Class 6A Ramsay (6-4); and Class 7A Hoover (7-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season.
      Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Georgiana (10-0); Lynn (10-0); Maplesville (9-0); Wadley (9-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (10-0); Lanett (10-0); (Class 3A) Fultondale (10-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (10-0); Saks (10-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (10-0); Carroll (10-0); (Class 6A) Austin (10-0); Oxford (10-0); Pinson Valley (10-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (9-0); Hewitt-Trussville (10-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0); and Thompson (10-0).
      Class 3A Colbert County, the fourth qualifier from Region 8, is making its 41st appearance in the 51 years of the AHSAA playoffs, which started in 1967. That is the most of any member school. Sweet Water (1A) is making its 38th appearance while Fyffe (2A), Brantley (1A), Thomasville (4A) and Oxford (6A) have now reached the playoffs 37 times. Class 2A Mars Hill Bible (7-3) is making its first appearance.
    This week’s games kick off the state playoffs which will culminate with the 2017 Super 7 State Championships on the University of Alabama campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6-7-8. Class 7A.
    JEFF DAVIS AT McGILL-TOOLEN IN RAYCOM MEDIA PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK: Raycom Media, which plans to televise one playoff game over the five playoff rounds, announced Saturday the Class 7A first-round battle between Jeff Davis and McGill-Toolen Catholic at Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile Friday night will be the first-round Raycom Game of the Week.  The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Those games will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
First-round Pairings
(All games Nov. 10 unless otherwise noted)

 Millry (5-5) at  Isabella (9-1)
 Pleasant Home (5-5) at  Wadley (9-0)
 Highland Home (7-3) at  Marengo (7-3), Dixons Mills, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Winterboro (5-5) at  Georgiana (10-0)

 Houston County (8-2) at  Talladega County Central (6-3)
 Linden (7-3) at  Maplesville (9-0)
 Ragland (5-5) at  Brantley (7-3)
 Notasulga (5-5) at  Sweet Water 8-1)

 Hubbertville (3-6) at  Addison (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Woodville (5-5) at  Hackleburg (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Decatur Heritage (8-2) at  South Lamar (7-3), Millport
 Waterloo (4-5) at  Cedar Bluff (6-3), Thursday, Nov. 9

 Coosa Christian (4-6) at  Cherokee (7-3), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Holy Spirit Catholic (4-6) at  Lynn (10-0)
 Phillips (6-4) at  Spring Garden (6-3)
 Meek (7-3) at  Pickens County (8-2), Reform

 J.U. Blacksher (6-4) at  Luverne (9-2)
 Samson (4-6) at  Aliceville (6-4)
 Elba (8-2) at  Leroy (8-2)
 R.C. Hatch (4-6) at  Ariton (9-1)

 Geneva County (6-4) at  Thorsby (7-2)
 Southern Choctaw (4-5) at  Goshen (9-1)
 Keith (6-4) at  Abbeville (8-2)
 New Brockton (5-5) at  St. Luke’s Episcopal (8-1), Mobile, Baker High School

 Reeltown (6-4) at  Falkville (7-3)
 Westbrook Christian (5-5) at  Sulligent (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Cleveland (7-3) at  LaFayette (8-2)
 Sheffield (4-6) at  Fyffe (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9

 Ider (6-4) at  Lamar County (6-4), Vernon
 Ranburne (4-6) at  Tarrant (7-2), Center Point High School, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Mars Hill Bible (7-3) at  Sand Rock (8-2)
 Tanner (3-7) at  Lanett (10-0)

 Mobile Christian (7-3) at  Pike County (8-2), Brundidge
 Providence Christian (6-4)at  Gordo (9-1)
 Southside-Selma (7-3) at  Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
 Midfield (4-5) at  Wicksburg (9-1)

 Slocomb (5-5) at  American Christian (7-3), Tuscaloosa
 Bayside Academy (5-5) at  Montgomery Academy (8-2)
 Oakman (7-3) at  Daleville (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Prattville Christian (3-7) at  Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-1)

 Ohatchee (8-2) at  Sylvania (9-1)
 Holly Pond (7-3) at  West Morgan  (9-1), Trinity, Thursday, Nov. 9
 North Sand Mountain (8-2) at  Randolph County (9-1), Wedowee, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Colbert County (6-4) at  Fultondale (10-0)

 Locust Fork (4-6) at  Colbert Heights (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Weaver (6-4) at  Plainview (9-1), Rainsville
 Lauderdale County (6-4)  at  J.B. Pennington (8-2), Blountsville, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Geraldine (4-6) at  Piedmont (9-1)

 Thomasville (7-3) at  Tallassee (9-1)
 Dale County (7-3) at  Bibb County (9-1), Centreville
 Leeds (7-3) at  UMS-Wright (8-2), Mobile
 Sipsey Valley (4-6) at  Montgomery Catholic (9-1)

 Alabama Christian (8-2) at  Northside (9-1), Samantha
 W.S. Neal (5-5) at  Munford (9-1)
 West Blocton (6-4) at  Saint James (7-3), Montgomery
 Childersburg (5-5) at  Andalusia (9-1)

 Hokes Bluff (8-2) at  Madison Academy (7-3)
 Haleyville (4-6) at  Rogers (10-0)
 Randolph (6-4) at  Jacksonville (7-3)
 West Limestone (4-6) at  Fayette County (8-2), Fayette, Thursday, Nov. 9

 Cordova (4-6) at  Wilson (9-1)
 Cherokee County (4-6) at  Sardis (7-3)
 Deshler (7-3) at  Dora (8-2)
 Westminster Christian (6-4) at  Saks (10-0), Anniston

 Jackson (5-4) at  Calera (6-4)
 Greenville (5-4) at  Beauregard (8-1)
 Marbury (5-5) at  St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-1), Mobile
 Talladega (6-4) at  Carroll (10-0), Ozark

 Charles Henderson (6-4) at  Central-Clay County (7-3)
 Williamson (7-3) at  Demopolis (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Sylacauga (8-2) at  Eufaula (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Jemison (5-5) at  Vigor (7-3), Prichard Memorial Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9

 St. Clair County (7-3) at  Guntersville (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Corner (5-5) at  Mae Jemison (9-1), Huntsville, Milton Frank Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Alexandria (8-2) at  Wenonah (8-1), Birmingham, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Lawrence County (5-5) at  Mortimer Jordan (8-2), Kimberly, Thursday, Nov. 9

 West Point (6-4) at  Brooks (7-2), Killen, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Pleasant Grove (5-5) at  Etowah (9-1), Attalla, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Lee-Huntsville (7-3) at  Hayden (5-5), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Crossville (4-6) at  Briarwood Christian (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9

 Saraland (7-3) at  Benjamin Russell (7-3), Alexander City
 Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
 Opelika (7-3) at  Daphne (8-2)
 Bessemer City (4-6) at  Park Crossing (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl

 Carver-Montgomery (4-6) at  McAdory (6-4), McCalla
 Blount (6-4) at  Wetumpka (9-1)
 Paul Bryant (6-4) at  Sidney Lanier (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Pelham (5-5) at  Spanish Fort (9-1)

 Shades Valley (7-3) at  Pell City (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Carver-Birmingham (7-3) at  Austin (10-0), Decatur, Shorty Ogle Stadium
 Cullman (7-3) at  Ramsay (6-4), Birmingham, Huffman Stadium
 Florence (4-6) at  Pinson Valley (10-0)

 Gardendale (6-4) at  Muscle Shoals (8-2)
 Hueytown (5-5) at  Oxford (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Athens (5-5) at  Clay-Chalkville (8-2)
 Fort Payne (6-4) at  Homewood (9-1)

 Davidson (7-3) at  Auburn (9-1)
 Jeff Davis (5-5) at  McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0), Mobile, Libscomb Complex
 Lee-Montgomery (6-3) at  Fairhope (8-2)
 Theodore (6-4) at  Central-Phenix City (9-0)

 Mountain Brook (7-3) at  Bob Jones (7-3), Madison City Stadium
 Huntsville (6-4) at  Thompson (10-0), Alabaster
 Sparkman (7-3) at  Hoover (7-3), Hoover Met Stadium
 Spain Park (6-4) at  Hewitt-Trussville (10-0)

Hale County High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation

MONTGOMERY – Hale County High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit seven varsity football wins.

Hale County played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Eight Semester Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 4A, Region 4 victories over Oak Grove, Holt, Bibb County, West Blocton,  Sipsey Valley and Greensboro high schools and one non-region win over Winfield. As a result of the forfeitures, Hale County will not qualify for the playoffs.  Bibb County is the Region 4 No. 1 seed. Northside is the No. 2 seed. The third and fourth playoff qualifier spots were decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. West Blocton is the third seed and Sipsey Valley is the fourth seed.

Central-Tuscaloosa High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation

MONTGOMERY – Central-Tuscaloosa High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit four varsity football wins.

Central played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Overlapping School Zones Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 5A, Region 3 victories over Jemison, Sumter Central, Marbury and Dallas County high schools. As a result of the forfeitures, Central will not qualify for the playoffs.  Demopolis is the first qualifier, Calera is second and Marbury is third. The fourth qualifier will be decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. Tied for the fourth spot are Jemison, Dallas County and Sumter Central. All three finished 2-4 in region play. 

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Bayside Academy 3, Montgomery Academy 2

    BIRMINGHAM – It took five grueling sets before Bayside Academy emerged victorious over Montgomery Academy Thursday night as the Class 3A finals closed out the AHSAA’s 46th State Volleyball Tournament at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Ann Schilling’s squad extended their current state championship winning streak to 16 in a row in the process with the 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 victory. Bayside Academy came into the finals riding the string of 15 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002. Montgomery Academy had four state titles to its credit with the most recent coming in 2013.
     Pacing  Bayside was 3A State Tourney MVP Brandley Rhodes. The senior had 24 kills and six service aces. Setter Ansleigh Daily had 51 assists and 11 digs, Jacque Martn had 15 digs, 13 kills and four aces, Ella Dawson had 10 digs and seven kills, Ella Broadhead had nine kills and Kaitlyn Morris posted 14 digs.
    Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles were paced by senior hitter Caroline Kirkham’s 52 kills and five blocks. Margaret Head had 29 kills and four blocks. Setter Morgan Karst had 70 assists and Ann Lucas Merrick had 36 digs.
Brandley Rhodes, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Jacque Martin, Bayside Academy; Caroline Kirkham, Montgomery Academy; Ann Lucas Herrick, Montgomery Academy; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy.


At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
Bayside Academy (42-10) 3, Montgomery Academy (44-13) 2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13)  
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Goshen 0

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal rolled to its second straight Class 2A state volleyball championship Thursday afternoon beating Goshen 25-11, 25-12, 25-15in the finals at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships being held at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Meredith Donald Harvison’s Wildcats (34-15) took control quickly thanks to the strong play inside by senior outside hitter Jada Carney. Carney finished with 14 kills and three service aces to earn MVP for the 2A state tourney. Junior setter Lauren Bailey had 20 assists, senior libero Kellan Hensley had 16 digs and eighth grade outside hitter Gracie Sims had 13.
      Goshen (28-14), making its first appearance in the state finals, was led by senior Kelsey Gibson’s 11 kills, five digs and two aces. Setter Kate Warrick, a junior, had 17 assists for Coach Amy Warrick’s Eagles. Junior Hannah Calhoun also had a game-high 19 digs.
    The Class 3A state finals between Montgomery Academy and Bayside Academy is the last championship match of the day at Harris Arena and is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Jada Carney, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Gracie Sims, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Hannah Calhoun, Goshen; Kelsey Gibson, Goshen.


At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Saint James 3, Deshler 1

    BIRMINGHAM – Saint James beat Deshler 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to claim the 2017 AHSAA Class 4A state volleyball championship. The state title was the third in school history and the first for Coach Karen Lee.
    Junior outside hitter Carson Ann Crow recorded 21 kills and 16 digs to the Class 4A state tourney’s MVP honor. Her play up front helped the Trojans (37-9) from Montgomery roar back after dropping the first set 25-21 to Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (43-15). LizAnne Livings added 16 kills and Bailey Williams had eight. Setter Emily Olsey had 29 assists and 12 digs and Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs.
    Leading Deshler was 6-foot senior middle hitter Karleigh Sledge, who had 21 kills and two blocks. Madison Jackson had 10 kills and Ashley Wellington added 24 digs. Setter Kandice Ricks had 37 assists and 15 digs.
    The two remaining state finals are remain to be played today. Both are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James (MVP); LizAnne Livings, Saint James; Emily Osley, Saint James; Kandice Ricks, Deshler; Madison Jackson, Deshler; Karleigh Sledge, Deshler.

At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Alexandria 3, Lawrence County 0

    BIRMINGHAM – Alexandria High School volleyball coach Whitney Welch had the opportunity to play on a state championship volleyball team for the Valley Cubs while a student at the Calhoun County school. After Thursday’s 25-23, 25-16, 25-13 win over Lawrence County in the Class 5A finals of the  46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena, she has now been able to share that experience with her team as the coach.
     The Valley Cubs (44-9), who lost in the5A finals in 2016 to St. Paul’s Episcopal, rolled through the Class 5A state tournament winning three matches without losing a single set. They clicked on all cylinders in the finals with senior outside hitter Taylor Spradley recording 20 kills to earn MVP honors. Fellow senior Aubrey Pope added 14 kills and senior setter Gracie Muncher dished out 40 assists. Junior Mattie Wade had 18 digs.
     Coach Robyn Hutto’s Lady Red Devils (59-5) were led by juniors Lauren Mayes and Savannah Graham, who collected 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Setter Laekyn Bennett had 23 assists and Sami Parker had a team-high 13 digs.
   The championship was Alexandria’s fourth state volleyball title overall, but the first in Class 5A. The first three (1993, 1994 and 1995) were in Class 4A.
    The three remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
Taylor Spradley, Alexandria (MVP); Gracie Muncher, Alexandria; Aubrey Pope, Alexandria; Mattie Wade, Alexandria; Savannah Graham, Lawrence County; Lauren Mayes, Lawrence County.

At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.