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Class 1A/2A/3A Boys’ and Girls’ Hurdles Moving to Saturday Morning

   CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the 100-meter girls hurdles and 110-meter boys hurdles races in all classes at the Class 1A/2A/3A State Track Championships are being moved to Saturday run as finals on time at the originally scheduled 11 a.m. start.  The heats are being re-seeded slow to fast based on section qualifying times.
No other adjustments have been made in the schedule at this time. However, schools  should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for further updates.


Class 3A State Boys’ Pole Vault, Triple Jump Moving to Saturday Morning

    CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the Class 3A Boys’ Pole Vault competition and Class 3A Boys’ Triple Jump scheduled for Friday at the AHSAA State Track Championships at Cullman are being re-scheduled for Saturday morning. The 3A boys’ triple jump event will get underway at 8 a.m., Saturday with participants needing to check in by 7:30 a.m. The 3A boys’ pole vault will start at 9:30 a.m., with participants checking in by 9 a.m.
       Saturday’s Class 2A Girls’ Pole Vault event, scheduled for 11 a.m., will start once the 3A boys’ pole vault competition concludes but not before its scheduled time. The Class 2A Boys Pole Vault competition scheduled for 2 p.m., will start as soon as the 2A girls’ competition concludes – but not before its currently scheduled start.
          No other adjustments have been made in the schedule at this time. However, schools  should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for further updates.

Class 1A/2A/3A State Track Championships Facing Brief Delay

   CULLMAN – Due to current weather conditions, the AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A State Track and Field Championships at Cullman High School are making an adjustment to its Friday running event schedule. The 110-meter hurdles prelims scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m., are being moved to the last running event today – following the 200-meter dash prelims which are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
    The afternoon field events session scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., will also be delayed briefly. Participants can check in at 2 p.m., but the start may be delayed momentarily.
    Schools should check the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) for updates.

AHSAA Mourns Death of Football Official Kevin Sutton

   The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of veteran AHSAA football official Kevin Sutton, who passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on April 30. Mr. Sutton, 53, a veteran fireman for 23 years, served as the City of Fairfield’s fire chief.
    The AHSAA offers condolences to the Sutton family and friends.
    Mr. Sutton served as the umpire for the Super 7 Class 3A State Football Championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium last December.
    A memorial service is planned for the Bill Harris Arena Saturday, May 6, at noon. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery with Bushelton Funeral Home handling the arrangements.  The public may also extend their condolences today, May 5, from 2-8 PM at Fairfield Community Center located at 4701 Gary Avenue in Fairfield. 




McGill-Toolen, Homewood, Scottsboro,Winfield Lead Boys’ Competition after Day 1 of 93rd AHSAA State Track Meet

    GULF SHORES -- Despite two weather delays, competition was fierce at Gulf Shores as the 93rd AHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Championships got underway for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. 
     McGill-Toolen Catholic led the Class 7A boys’ team standings after day one with 27 points after four completed events. Hoover and defending champion Auburn were tied with 21 points each for second place. Cullman gathered 24 points to take the first-day lead in Class 6A. Homewood was second with 17 and defending champion Opelika had 16. Scottsboro topped the 5A standings with 23 points after five events. Brooks was second with 20 and Briarwood, third with 19. Winfield led the 4A competition with 27 points after six events. Defending champion UMS-Wright was second with 18 and Greensboro was fourth with 15.
  Defending champion UMS-Wright led the Class 4A girls’ field after four events completed with 20 points. Randolph was second with 15 while Hokes Bluff and Alabama Christian were tied for third with 12 points each. Scottsboro and Beauregard led the 5A girls’ competition with 18 points each and defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 16. Homewood’s defending state champion girls led Class 6A after five completed events with 34 points. Opelika had 22 and Pelham was third at 15. James Clemens’ girls led Class 7A with 34 points after seven events had been scored. Defending champion Mountain Brook was second with 23 and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 19.50.  
      The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships get underway at Cullman High School Friday. Both sites are scheduled to conclude Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the competition at both sites. To access the production, click on the NFHS Network link on at www.ahsaa.com and then follow the instructions to access the AHSAA events.
    Among the individual performances at Gulf Shores Thursday, junior high jumper JuVaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School won the Class 6A competition clearing 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt. He then moved to 7-02, and although he has cleared that height more than once this season, he was unable to clear under the windy conditions on his three attempts and won with his 6-10 leap. Blake entered the competition at 6-4 and had no misses until his final three attempts. Trae Harry of Spanish Fort finished second clearing 6-06. Seth Williams of Paul Bryant also cleared 6-6 but had more misses and finished third. Both high jumpers missed at 6-8.
    Sparkman’s 4x100-meter relay team set a new Class 7A girls’ record with a winning time of 46.77 seconds in the prelims Thursday. The previous record of 47.23 was set by Hoover in 2016.
    Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A record in the triple jump Thursday with a winning distance of 40 feet, 1 inch. The old mark (39-03.50) was set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015. 
    Among other top performances:
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash:  Lee-Montgomery senior Henry Ruggs recorded the fastest boys’ time of all prelims Thursday with a 10.77 time in his Class 7A head. Sparkman’s Charles Lewis was second in the 7A competition at 10.96.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Jack Rogers missed the 7A state record by just two seconds with a winning time of 4:19.50.
Pole Vault: Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches to beat the field by two feet.
Long Jump: Class 7A record holder Noah Igbinoghene cleared 23-11 to win the event but was almost eight inches shy of his state record set in 2016 (24-07.50).
Shot Put: Davidson’s Deondre Moore had a winning throw of 44 feet, 7 ¼ inches to beat Hewitt-Trussville’s Gaines Myrick by three inches.
 
Class 6A Boys
Javelin: Ashton Dominque of Briarwood Christian had a winning throw of 179 feet, 1 inch to win over Lazarius Decatur of Brooks, who finished second at 173 feet.
100-Meter Dash: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore clocked a 10.82 to qualify first in the 6A prelims.
1,600 Meters: Ben Garner of Opelika won with a time of 4:18.76, fastest boys’ time of the day in any class.
Discus: Cullman’s Austin Elrod won with a throw of 166-08 to help Cullman take a first-day lead after three completed events.
 
Class 5A Boys
Long Jump: Scottsboro’s John Dalton won a close battle over runner-up Roderick Johnson of Beauregard and third-place finisher Shon’derious Spraling of Mae Jemison. All three cleared 21 feet with Dalton going 21-08.75 to win.
1,600 Meters: Arab’s Chase Buckelew won with a 4.28.06 time.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Nick Walls of Crossville’s a winning throw of 24-03.
 
 
Class 4A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Winfield senior Trey Cunningham, who set a new 4A/5A Indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February, clocked 11.16 seconds to qualify first in the 4A prelims – just 8/1000ths of a second faster than Ty Washington of Sipsey Valley to set up what should be an exciting 100 final race Saturday.
1,600 Meters: Trinity Presbyterian’s Charlie Lott clocked 4:28.74 to nip Tanner King of Northside (4:29.76) at the finish line.
Discus: Madison County’s Stephen White won with a winning throw of 122-05.
Ambulatory 100-Meter Dash: Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley  ran the 100 in 15.45 seconds to win.
 
 
Class 7A Girls
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers and McGill-Toolen’s Grace Jensen finished 1-2 with Rogers clocking 4:58.15 and Jenson, 4:58.53,in what turned out to be the closest race of the girls’ competition Thursday.
Pole Vault: Sophie Jane Knott of Mountain Brook cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to take first place.
Ambulatory Shot Put: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire won with a distance of 20 fee6, 6 ¼ inches on her fourth attempt.
Ambulatory 200-Meter Dash: Jordan McGuire clocked 35.06 seconds for McGill-Toolen.
 
Class 6A Girls
1,600 Meters: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won with a winning time of 5:02.75 – 15 seconds better than her closest challenger.
Javelin: Haley Dempsey of Oxford won with a winning throw of 100-01.
 
Class 5A Girls
100-meter Dash: Senior Florida State track signee Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fast time of any girls’ runner in the prelims clocking 12.03 seconds running in a minus1.8 headwind in the 5A competition.
1,600 Meters: Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro beat the field clocking 5:16.17 to win.
Shot Put: Sam Dailey of Beauregard won with a winning toss of 38-09.75. Teammate Alexis Jackson was second with a best throw of 37-09.
 
 
Class 4A Girls
1,600 Meters:
Sophomore Amaris Tynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic won with a time of 5:06.50, five second shy of her state record 5:01.38 time she set running as an eighth grader in 2015.
High Jump: Alabama Christian’s  Darcy Sanford cleared 5-02 to win the event for the Eagles.
Triple Jump: TyLynn Register of Hokes Bluff won the event with at 36-04.24. UMS-Wright’s Aryn McDowell was second at 36-00.50.
Ambulatory Shot Put: Oak Grove’s Haley May had a winning throw of 10-02.

LeFlore Removed from Softball Playoffs

   LeFlore High School has been fined, placed on probation and removed from the AHSAA Class 6A softball playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Academic Rule in the Class 6A, Area 1 tournament.
    LeFlore self-reported the violation.
    LeFlore forfeits all contests won that the ineligible student participated in.
    Blount will now represent Area 1 as runner-up in the South Regional Qualifier next week. 


2017 North-South Softball & Baseball All-Star Teams Announced

MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ baseball games and the North-South girls’ softball contests have been selected.
     A total of 72 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17-21, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South baseball doubleheader will be at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday, July 18, with the first game set for 4 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Lagoon Park will host the North-South softball all-star games at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, on the same day.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, cross country and football. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 20, 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.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2016-17 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2017 Making A Difference Award Recipients , Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 22.
      Coaches for the South Baseball All-Stars are Chad Smith of LAMP and Tyler Dent of Andalusia. Trinity Presbyterian’s Ken Whittle is the administrative coach. North coaches are Brandon Moore of Oneonta and David Deerman of Jacksonville. Keith Lucky of Saint James is administrative coach.
      Shawn Maze of Mortimer Jordan and Josh Graham of Lawrence County are the North softball coaches. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones will serve as administrative coach. South coaches are Donna Sunnycalb of Saraland and Matt Hendricks of Auburn. Elba’s Susan Barnes is the South administrative coach.
      In last year’s softball competition, the North swept both games 12-4 and 4-1 to improve to 24-9-3 in the series 20-year series. The North also captured both games of the 2016 baseball competition winning 2-0 in game one and 13-2 in the nightcap. The North holds a 20-11-1 advantage in the all-star competition, which first got under way in 1997.
    The rosters:



2017 North-South Baseball Rosters

NORTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Jacob Smith

Calera

LHP

6'6

235

Hogan Isbell

Colbert County

P/OF

5'10

170

Will Morrison

Cullman

RHP

6'2

165

David Rutledge

Etowah

1B

6'2

240

Alex Fowler

Falkville

IF

6'1

175

Garrett Wade

Hartselle

LHP

6'3

180

Carson Skipper

Hewitt-Trussville

LHP

6'3

185

Lundray Reeves

Hueytown

OF

5'10

180

Christian MacLeod

Huntsville

LHP

6'3

215

Colton Clark

Jacksonville

IF/RHP

6'0

170

Clay Stearns

Mountain Brook

C

6'1

225

Gene Hurst

Oak Mountain

RHP

6'3

205

Brody Moore

Oneonta

MIF

6'1

165

Brody Syer

Oxford

OF/LHP

6'2

190

Will Pierce

Pelham

C

5'11

225

Josh Hall

Randolph

OF

5'9

170

Garrett Bodine

Sparkman

OF/MIF

5'9

165

Connor Fordham

Wadley

C

6'0

195

NORTH COACHES

Brandon Moore

Oneonta

David Deerman

Jacksonville

Keith Lucky

Saint James (Administrative Coach)

SOUTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Ethan Wilson

Andalusia

OF

6'3

200

Drew Jennings

Auburn

P

5'11

170

Slade Gorman

Central - Phenix City

C

5'11

175

Chance Warren

Enterprise

SS

5'11

175

Gabe Shepard

Faith Academy

P

6'0

195

Cory Peterson

Goshen

OF

5'10

190

Jon Horton

Hale County

1B

6'0

235

Brayden Baggett

Marbury

OF

6'1

195

Eric Toth

McGill-Toolen Catholic

1B

6'3

210

Andrew Williamson

T. R. Miller

OF

6'3

210

Trent Avery

Mobile Christian

2B

5'10

160

Joey Wozniak

Northview

P

6'0

175

Tyler Robertson

Saint James

OF

6'2

175

Jeremiah Jackson

St. Luke's

SS

6'1

175

Herndon Akridge

St. Paul's

P

6'0

165

Jonah Smith

Sweetwater

SS/P

6'2

185

Casey Baynes

Tallassee

3B

6'1

200

Max Champion

Wetumpka

C

5'8

170

SOUTH COACHES

Chad Smith

LAMP

Tyler Dent

Andalusia

Ken Whittle

Trinity Presbyterian (Administrative Coach)

 

2017 North-South Softball Rosters

NORTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Charley Clark

Calera

C

5'7

Anna Segars

East Lawrence

OF

5'9

Chaney Phillips

Gardendale

2B

5'9

Lauren Quigley

Guntersville

2B

5'9

Addie Robinson

Handley

3B

5'9

Katelyn Williams

Hatton

C

5'5

Hannah Hayes

Hazel Green

P

5'7

Kolby Holcombe

Holly Pond

C

5'10

Jamie Gregg

Hoover

OF

5'8

Lauren Hopper

Lawrence County

3B

6'0

Sidney Wagnon

Moody

2B

5'3

Morgan Maze

Mortimer Jordan

3B

5'5

Riley Honeycutt

Northside

SS

5'4

Taylor Davis

Sparkman

OF

5'10

Kerstin Bryant

Spring Garden

P/IF

5'5

Kaylee Chapman

Springville

SS

5'8

Merritt Cahoon

Vestavia Hills

SS

5'8

Baily Browning

West Limestone

P

5'8

NORTH COACHES

Shawn Maze

Mortimer Jordan

Josh Graham

Lawrence County

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones (Administrative Coach)

SOUTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Lacey Spear

Alabama Christian

P/OF

5'6

Amberly Montgomery

Baker

CF

5'5

Victoria Ortiz

Baker

1B/OF

5'6

Brett Parker

Beauregard

C/3B

5'10

Leanna Johnson

Brantley

P

5'7

Gracie Deaton

Central - Phenix City

P

5'7

Kennedy Cronan

Daphne

SS/3B

5'10

Aspyn Godwin

Daphne

C/1B/U

5'8

Hope Mynard

Enterprise

C/1B

5'6

Lacey Fincher

Faith Academy

SS/2B/OF

6'0

Savanna Holmes

Hale County

P/1B

5'6

Ariyon Hightower

Opp

3B

5'8

Sierra Baker

Reeltown

3B/SS

5'7

Lauren Rase

Rehobeth

P/1B

5'8

Karsen Mosley

Saraland

3B/SS

5'6

Courtney Ellzey

Satsuma

SS

5'6

Lynn Gardner

UMS-Wright

P/IF/OF

5'11

Alexis Austin

Wetumpka

SS

5'8

SOUTH COACHES

Donna Sunnycalb

Saraland

Matt Hendricks

Auburn

Susan Barnes

Elba (Administrative Coach)



Gardendale Removed From Soccer Playoffs

     Gardendale High School has been fined and placed on probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and removed from the Class 6A girls’ state soccer playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Outside Participation Rule. The violation was self-reported.
     Shades Valley has been reinstated into the playoffs and will host Pell City in quarterfinals this weekend.



Prep Football Squads Announced For 58th North-South All-Star Game

      North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 58th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two 37-member teams comprised of 2017 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 20 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 game will be the last all-star game of in this year’s AHSAA Summer Conference. The AHSACDA will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and for the first time, cross country.
      Head coach for the South is G.W. Long High School’s Scott Horne. North head coach is Parker High School’s Andre Robinson. Horne has a 74-20 career record in eight years as the Rebels’ head coach. His teams have compiled a 55-7 slate averaging 11 wins per season over the last five years. Long has reached the 2A semifinals each of the last two years going 12-1 each year and currently owns a 25-game region winning streak. Robinson, now in his second tenure as Parker’s head coach, is 64-55 overall in 15 years as a head coach. He coached the Thundering Herd from 1997-2003 before becoming a college assistant coach, then returned to the high school ranks in 2013 at Birmingham Carver, then moved back to Parker in 2014 and has guided the Herd to a 22-11 slate the last three years.
      Eight players who helped their teams play in state championship games last December have been selected to play in this summer’s game. Named to the South squad are defensive end Carlton Martial and running back Treymarius Roberson of Class 7A runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic; defensive back Will Boler and linebacker Zach Yancey of Class 6A state runner-up Opelika.
       Named to the North squad are defensive back Jamar Richardson of Class 2A runner-up Aliceville; linebackers Jay Brown and Josh Hatcher of Class 4A state champion Handley; and defensive lineman Richardo Palao of Class 7A state champion Hoover.
      Coaches named to Robinson’s North staff are Michael Robertson of Hokes Bluff; Bill Smith of Munford; Mark Heaton of Russellville; Richard Dutton of Lawrence County; Kelvis White of Mae Jemison; Scott Sharp of Madison County; and Cedric Brown, the administrative coach, from Southside-Selma.
      Named to the Horne’s South staff are Jason Massey of Leroy; Wesley Sims of J.U. Blacksher; Lee Carter of Jeff Davis; Pat Thompson of Sweet Water; Tim Perry of Wetumpka; James Lucas of LaFayette; and Greg Howard of Alabama Christian, the South administrative coach.
      The South holds a 30-25-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-0 last year in a game called due to inclement weather in the second quarter.
       The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.
      The rosters: 


NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First name

Last name

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Dekarlos

Billingsley

Scottsboro

RB

5'10

197

Trent

Brake

Corner

OL

6'5

285

Jay

Brown

Handley

OLB

5'10

193

Dawson

Cazola

Gardendale

OL

6'2

298

Dakota

Chapman

McAdory

LB

6'1

235

Koy

Chapman

Gordo

QB

6'0

190

Keilend

Clayton

Clay-Chalkville

DL

6'2

290

Isiah

Cox

Walker

WR

5'11

178

Austin

Davis

Thompson

DB

5'11

175

Reynard

Ellis

Shades Valley

RB

6'1

223

Will

Evans

Haleyville

LB

6'2

216

Davyn

Flenord

Central - Clay County

WR

6'3

185

Austin

Freeman

Scottsboro

DB

6'0

170

Jeremy

Garth

James Clemens

DL

5'10

230

Josh

Hatcher

Handley

LB

6'0

190

Jay

Hawthorne

Bob Jones

DB

6'0

170

Jalik

Jaggwe

Austin

WR

6'1

190

Khalil

Keith

Winterboro

OL

6'5

290

Spencer

Kemble

Winfield City

ATH

6'2

190

Connor

Landers

Hartselle

LB

5'11

225

Caleb

Meyer

Hartselle

DL

6'1

250

Engene

Minter, Jr.

Parker

WR

6'5

205

Patrick

Nuss

Vestavia Hills

OL

6'7

286

Zac

Oden

Montevallo

QB

6'2

185

Ricardo

Palao

Hoover

DL

6'2

275

Cade

Pugh

Helena

OLB

6'0

190

Jamar

Richardson

Aliceville

DB

6'1

175

Jakari

Robinson

Munford

OL

6'2

298

Tristian

Skinner

Cullman

K

5'11

185

Thomas

Smith

Florence

DB

6'3

200

Antonio

Stanton, Jr.

Bessemer City

Ath

5'9

169

Tucker

Walters

Bob Jones

OL

6'2

290

Will

Wetzler

Mountain Brook

LB

6'0

210

Larry

Wooden

Spain Park

RB

6'0

190

David

Woodruff

Winfield City

OL

6'5

320

Jamal

Woods

Hueytown

DL

6'3

262

Ladarius

Woods

Decatur

RB

5'11

195

NORTH COACHES

Andre

Robinson

A. H. Parker (Head Coach)

Michael

Robertson

Hokes Bluff

Bill

Smith

Munford

Mark

Heaton

Russellville

Richard

Dutton

Lawrence County

Kelvis

White

Mae Jemison

Scott

Sharp

Madison County

Cedric

Brown

Southside-Selma (Administrative Coach)

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First name

Last name

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Jamal

Hourel

Andalusia

RB

5'11

210

Thomas

Kanaley

Andalusia

OL

6'5

285

TreShun

Floyd

Auburn

DE/LB

6'1

215

NeColby

Maxwell

Benjamin Russell

RB

5'8

196

Robert

Lacey

Blount

OL

6'3

280

DeNadio

Madison

Blount

DE/LB

6'1

240

Tommy

Spivey

Brantley

WR

6'1

170

C. J.

Roberts

Carroll

RB

6'0

205

Trent

Kelley

Central - Phenix City

OL

6'5

320

Margarius

Buchanan

Dadeville

ATH

5'9

165

Brian

Mitchell, II

Daphne

DL

6'4

230

James

Clemmons, III

Davidson

WR

6'1

185

Clifton

Robbins

Dothan

DE/LB

6'2

230

Keonte

White

Enterprise

DE/LB

5'11

230

Cameron

McElroy

Eufaula

DL

6'0

300

Kendarian

Handy

Jackson

DB

6'2

200

Travis

Bell

Jeff Davis

DL

6'0

263

Travez

Bozeman

Jeff Davis

ATH

5'10

179

Travon

Mathis

Lanett

DL

6'3

265

Taryon

Edwards

Lee - Montgomery

DL

5'11

300

Mike

Huntley, Jr.

Lee - Montgomery

QB

5'11

174

Thronton

Rudolph

Lee - Montgomery

OL

6'1

308

Carlton

Martial

McGill-Toolen Catholic

DE/LB

5'10

210

Treymarius

Roberson

McGill-Toolen Catholic

RB

5'10

175

Clayton

Kelley

New Brockton

DB

5'9

183

Max

Weeks

New Brockton

K/P

6'5

193

Will

Boler

Opelika

DB

6'0

175

Zach

Yancey

Opelika

DE/LB

5'10

205

Jackson

Tate

Park Crossing

WR

6'0

195

Matt

Trehern

Saraland

OL

6'3

295

Keandrae

Rutledge

Southside - Selma

DE/LB

6'0

190

Zye'Kee

Pruitt

Theodore

DB

6'0

175

Samuel

Plash

UMS-Wright

OL

6'3

250

Charles

Crawford

Vigor

DB

5'10

172

Nathan

Harrison

B. T. Washington

OL

6'0

315

Maurice

Young, Jr.

Wetumpka

WR

6'0

170

Cephus

Johnson

Davidson

QB

6'4

195

SOUTH COACHES

Scott

Horne

G. W. Long (Head Coach)

Jason

Massey

Leroy

Wesley

Sims

J. U. Blacksher

Lee

Carter

Jeff Davis

Pat

Thompson

Sweet Water

Tim

Perry

Wetumpka

James

Lucas

Lafayette

Greg

Howard

Alabama Christian (Administrative Coach)



Alternate Two-Piece Uniform Approved for High School Wrestling

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 2, 2017) — An alternate two-piece uniform consisting of compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling and a form-fitted compression shirt has been approved for the 2017-18 season in high school wrestling. Wrestlers will have the option of the new two-piece uniform or the traditional one-piece singlet.

This revision to Rule 4-1-1 was one of 11 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall be school-issued and shall have a minimum 4-inch inseam that does not extend below the knee. The form-fitted compression shirt shall not cover or extend below the elbow and shall have a minimum 3-inch tail. The shirt may be worn under a singlet or with compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling. 

Specific language was developed regarding undergarment requirements for female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet or a form-fitted compression shirt, as well as for male contestants wearing shorts designed for wrestling.

The committee approved use of the alternate two-piece uniform in the hopes of increasing boys and girls participation in the sport after receiving favorable results from experimentation and positive comments from schools, students, coaches and officials.

The committee approved several rules related to minimizing risk of injury in the sport. Rule 4-5-3 now prohibits any activities that promote weight loss or weight gain when an athlete misses weight on his or her first attempt on the scale. In addition to activities that promote dehydration or drinking fluids to gain weight, the rule now prohibits activities such as cutting hair, modifying clothing, etc.

Another change designed to reduce risk of injury was elimination of the straight-back salto, regardless of which body part (head, neck or shoulder) hits the mat first. The straight-back salto in the rear-standing position that brings the defensive wrestler straight back with feet in the air is intended to have the defensive wrestler’s head, neck or shoulder(s) hit the mat first, and is now an illegal move.

In addition, added to the list of illegal holds/maneuvers in Rule 7-1-5 was a front flip and/or front hurdle over an opponent in the standing position.

“The attempt to flip or hurdle an opponent from a neutral position is not only an elevated risk to the wrestler attempting the maneuver, it also places the opponent in a disadvantage position as he or she is not only left to counter the scoring attempt, but is placed in a position of responsibility for not reacting in a manner that may cause a slam or unsafe return to the mat of the wrestler who actually initiated the maneuver,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services.     

The committee approved two changes in Rule 5-11 related to falls and near falls. In 5-11-1, the shoulders or scapula of the offensive wrestler no longer must be inbounds to earn a fall. The committee agreed that wrestling should continue if the offensive wrestler’s supporting parts remain inbounds and no body part of the defensive wrestler goes off the mat. In 5-11-5, “unless any part of the shoulders or both scapulae of the defensive wrestler is inbounds” was eliminated. If wrestling is continuing during a match, near falls and falls will be awarded/earned regardless of the out-of-bounds line.

In a related rule, Rule 5-15-2b, c was changed as follows: “Near-fall points or a fall shall be earned while the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds.”

“The committee agreed that offensive wrestling should be rewarded,” Hopkins said. “If wrestling is continuing, as allowed by current rules, and points for escapes and reversals are allowed, the ability to earn a fall or near fall should be there as well, with no deference to the out-of-bounds line.”

Other changes approved by the committee include the following:

·         Rule 5-19-10: The referee no longer may be behind the contestants when starting the wrestlers from the down position, which has led the false starts by one or both wrestlers.

·         Rule 6-6-4a(1) and 6-6-5a(1): Errors by the timekeeper, official scorer or referee must be corrected prior to the offended contestant leaving the mat area and before the start of the next match on that mat. 

·         7-6-4d: Stalling occurs when the contestant in the advantage position stays behind the opponent while on his/her feet, making no attempt to bring the opponent to the mat.

“The wrestling rules committee did another phenomenal job in taking the necessary strides to promote participation by approving a two-piece alternate uniform to be worn,” Hopkins said. “The committee also continued its commitment to reducing risk by making the straight-back salto and suplay illegal maneuvers, as well as prohibiting weight loss or gain in the weigh-in area. In addition, scoring a fall or near-fall is strengthened by the modifications to the definition and location of fall and near-fall in our rules book.”

Wrestling ranks seventh in popularity among boys at the high school level with 250,653 participants, according to the 2015-16 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 13,496 girls participate in the sport throughout the nation.