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CLASS 2A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Lanett 41, St. Luke’s Episcopal 38

BIRMINGHAM – Lanett High School won its third straight Class 2A boys’ state basketball championship Friday with a 41-38 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile. The third one, however, was not in tow until the final second as the Wildcats pushed the Panthers to the limit in the 2A finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The state tourney is in its 25th year at the BJCC.
     The lead changed 11 times in the contest including five times in the final quarter.  Senior Anquavious Pollard’s inside bucket with 4:29 remaining put Coach Richard Carter’s Panthers (26-5) ahead for good – but not ahead by much. The game see-sawed the rest of the way with any a separation of no more than one made shot.
    Lanett’s Emmanuel Littles, a 6-foot-7 senior, earned Class 2A state tourney MVP with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the finals. Pollard has 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kristian Story had five points – all on as 5-of-6 free-shooting performance.
    St. Luke’s Episcopal (22-9), coached by Kantonio Davis, out-rebounded the Panthers 34-32 and had five less turnovers. Mark Wilcox had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six steals in a superb defensive effort. Jermaine Brown had eight points and five rebounds.
    Lanett won the school’s first state basketball title in 2016, followed up in 2017 and became just the 11th school in the state tournament’s 96-year history to win three boys’ state titles in a row. Two schools (Francis Marion and Sacred Heart) have won four and nine have won three (Wenonah, Pickens County, R.C. Hatch, Madison Academy, Brantley, Austinville, Geraldine and Simpson).
    Lanett also became just the seventh school to win football and boys’ basketball championships in the same school year. Hoover was the last team to accomplish that feat (2016-17).  The first was Sidney Lanier in 1965-67.  Six more schools have won state titles in the same calendar year including the first, Colbert County, in 1972.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 2A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Emmanuel Littles, Lanett (MVP); Anquavious Pollard, Lanett; Mark Wilcox, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal; C.J. Yarbrough, Tanner; Jaquan Lee, Aliceville.

CLASS 2A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Samson 69, Sand Rock 65

     BIRMINGHAM – Samson High School twin sisters La’Tascya and LaTora Duff combined for 56 points Friday morning to lead the Tigers past Sand Rock 69-65 in girls’ Class 2A finals of 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The 5-foot-8 seniors each had 17 points in the first half as Samson (31-3) built a 39-33 lead. La’Tascya, who earned Class 2A state tourney MVP, finished with a game-high 32 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Coach Chad McKnight’s Tigers before fouling out with 1:11 remaining and her team holding 65-56 lead. LaTora, who had 24 points and six rebounds, made two crucial free throws with 31 seconds remaining to make it 68-60. Kinley Johnson’s free throw nine seconds later was even more critical giving Samson a 69-60 lead.
    Sand Rock (24-10), coached by Lisa Bates, battled back with Caley Garrett sinking a 3-pointer and Savannah Blackwell getting a bucket to cut it to 69-65. The Wildcats forced yet another turnover with six seconds remaining but a 3-point shot bounced off the rim long to run out the final seconds.
    La’Tascya Duff was 10-of-12 at the foul line and LaTora Duff was 4-of-6. Diamonique Williams also had five points and three assists for Samson.
   Sand Rock was led by Kirby DeBoard’s 17 points. Kynleigh Chesnutt had 16 plus eight rebounds, and Blackwell had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
    The state championship was Samson’s fourth, winning previously in 2006, 2007 and 2016. County rival Geneva County won the 2A state crown in 2017.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, and WSFA TV 12 plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals Saturday over its main channel in Montgomery. The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 2A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
La’Tascya Duff, Samson (MVP); LaTora Duff, Samson; Savannah Blackwell, Sand Rock; Kirby DeBoard, Sand Rock; Shatavia Moore, Keith; Chloe Roberson, Phil Campbell.

CLASS 1A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sacred Heart Catholic 65, Georgiana 56 (OT)

     BIRMINGHAM – Sacred Heart Catholic’s bid for a fourth straight Class 1A state boys’ basketball championship was pushed to brink by Georgiana Thursday night. The Cardinals (23-10), however, outscored the Panthers 10-1 in overtime to post a 65-56 win Thursday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The victory clinched the fourth consecutive Class 1A state boys’ title for Coach Ralphael Graves’ team from Anniston, tying a state record set by Class 2A Francis Marion from 1988-91. Eight other schools have won three state boys’ basketball titles in a row during the 96-year history of the state tournament. Sacred Heart is the first boys’ team to win four in a row in the BJCC’s 25-year history of hosting the event.
     Sacred Heart senior Diante Wood earned Class 1A state tournament MVP honors scored 22 points, had six rebounds and two blocked shots. He made a key bucket and free throw with a minute left in regulation to give the Cardinals a four-point 53-49 lead.
    Georgiana senior guard responded with a 3-pointer, and after Sacred Heart’s Victor Wilson made two free throws with 25 seconds left,  Stallworth nailed another trey from well beyond arc to with 18 seconds  left to tie the game at 55-55 and send it into overtime.
    Senior guard QuinDarious Riggins, who played much of the second half with four fouls, took over in the overtime period by attacking the basket. He scored the last nine points of the game to finish with 18 points. He also had three assists and six rebounds. Murdock Simmons also had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals before fouling out in the extra period.
    Georgiana (30-4), coached by Kirk Norris, was led by Stallworth’s 17 points. He was also 4-of-6 at the foul line and finished with three 3-pointers. Sophomore post Martavius Payton had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, and junior Christian Williams had 13 points and four assists. The Panthers have reached the state tourney three years in a row and have played in the finals twice.
    The Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals get underway Friday with Samson and Sand Rock tipping off the Class 2A girls’ championship game at 9 a.m. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network, and the NFHS Network is live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform. The AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting all finals over it state-wide radio network and website as well.
CLASS 1A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (MVP); Murdock Simmons, Sacred Heart; QuinDarious Riggins, Sacred Heart; Ja’Michael Stallworth, Georgiana; Christian Williams, Georgiana; Martavius Payton, Georgiana.

AHSAA 96th State Basketball Championships
Thursday’s results
CLASS 7A Girls
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) 50, Sparkman (29-6) 49
Spain Park (30-6) 60, Lee-Montgomery (23-10) 51
CLASS 7A Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) 64, Sparkman (30-5) 61 (OT)
Mountain Brook (33-4) 70, Central-Phenix City (21-5) 42

CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38 (Spring Garden is champion)
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

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

Friday, Mar. 2
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (30-3) vs. Sand Rock (24-10), 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) vs. Lanett (25-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Lauderdale County (35-2) vs. Pisgah (30-1), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) vs. Plainview (33-2), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Deshler (33-2) vs. Madison Academy (28-7), 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (25-9) vs.Madison Academy (25-8), 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.


 

CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

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

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


CLASS 1A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spring Garden 52, Phillips 38

     BIRMINGHAM – Spring Garden High School opened the 2018 Class 1A girls’ state basketball championship game Thursday afternoon with guns ‘a blazing’ sinking seven 3-point goals in the first quarter and then turned to its defense to seal a 52-38 victory over Phillips of Bear Creek.
    The state title was the sixth in school history and fourth in the 25-year tournament history at the BJCC.
    Macy Reedy, Coach Ricky Austin’s 5-foot sophomore, made the first trey for the Panthers (32-3) and had four before the quarter had ended. Teammates Payton McGinnis, A.J. Broome and Kerstin Bryant also made one as Spring Garden built a 21-10 lead.
    Reedy finished with four treys and 12 points. Class 1A state-tournament MVP Tiyonna Rogers recorded 15 points, 15 rebounds and three steals, and Broome had 10 points going 7-of-9 at the foul line.
    Phillips (29-4), making its first state finals appearance since 1986, got 12 points from Gracie Hallman. She sank two 3-pointers. Alicyn McCollum added eight points and eight rebounds and also blocked two shots. Misty Dishner had six points, five rebounds and four assists, and Julianna Taylor scored eight points and had 10 rebounds.
    Spring Garden’s previous state titles were won in 1987, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2016. The Panthers lost on a free throw at the buzzer in the 2017 finals.
    The Class 1A boys’ finals closes out Thursday’s six-game slate at 5:45 p.m. p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network, and the NFHS Network will live-stream all finals over its subscriber-based platform. The AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 1A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Tiyonna Rogers, Spring Garden (MVP); Macy Reedy, Spring Garden; Alicyn McCollum, Phillips; Gracie Hallman, Phillips; Amber Richardson, Linden; Colby Cox, Loachapoka.



NFHS Network to Live Video Stream all AHSAA Basketball Finals

  BIRMINGHAM – Raycom Sports and the NFHS Network have partnered to live-stream all 14 AHSAA 2018 State Basketball finals over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform – beginning with the Class 1A girls’ state championship game between Spring Garden and Phillips, which is currently underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The agreement was reached Thursday afternoon.
    Those with NFHS Network subscriptions will be able to access all games at no additional charge.
    Raycom Sports, the official AHSAA TV partner, is broadcasting all finals over its TV network.  Complete information is available at www.ahsaa.com.  Those stations include:

Alabama Stations:

Birmingham:

WBRC TV Fox 6

Dothan:

WDFXTV Fox 34

Huntsville:

WAFF TV 48

Mobile:

WKRG TV d.3 channel (Me TV)

Montgomery:

WSFA TV NBC 12

Columbus, GA:

WTVM TV 9 (Opelika / Phenix City)


The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games live over its radio and internet network. It can be accessed at www.ahsaa.com


CLASS 7A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Mountain Brook 70, Central-Phenix City 42

     BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook defeated Central-Phenix City 70-42 Thursday afternoon at the BJCC Legacy Arena to clinch the Spartans’ fifth time in the last six years in the AHSAA State Basketball Championships state finals.
    The Spartans (33-4) will face McGill-Toolen Catholic in the Class 7A championship game of the 96th AHSAA State Championships Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Coach Bucky McMillan’s team won state titles in Class 6A in 2013 and 14, captured the 7A state title last season and reached the 7A state finals in 2015.
    Mountain Brook shot 54.2 percent from the field and limited the Coach Bobby Wright’s Red Devils (21-5) to just 40 percent for the game. The Spartans defense limited Central to just two points in a 16-2 fourth quarter.
    Senior Trendon Watford had 22 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to pace Mountain Brook. Lior Berman had 13 points and six rebounds and Sean Elmore scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.
    Central placed three players in double figures with Donald Jackson and De’Anthony Miles netting 11 each and Tremaine Porter 10. Miles’ six rebounds was tops for the Red Devils.
    The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals close out Thursday’s six-game slate at 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
    Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Spain Park 60, Lee-Montgomery 51

     BIRMINGHAM – Spain Park overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Lee-Montgomery 60-51 Thursday in the Class 7A girls ‘ semifinals of the 96th State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday. With the win Spain Park (30-6) advances to play McGill-Toolen Catholic in the state finals Saturday at 4 p.m.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars trailed 36-26 early in the third period and steadily chipped away at the Generals’ lead, thanks in part to the play of sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker. She sank a 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the third period to cut the lead to five, followed with a lay-up for two points and then blocked a shot at the other end that resulted in a bucket by Claire Holt. A minute later, Holt gave Spain Park the lead.
     The Jaguars then took control in the final period to seal the win.
    Holt finished with 22 points and four rebounds, Barker added 13 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and four assists.
     Lee (23-10), coached by Freeah Smith, built the early lead and remained thanks in part to senior Zipporah Broughton’s 27 points. She was 5-of-7 from the 3-point line in the first half and finished with six treys. Zaniya Crawford also had 10 points and eight rebounds, Dalayiah Crawford had eight points and nine rebounds.
    The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen Catholic 64, Sparkman 61 (OT)

     BIRMINGHAM – Senior forward Peter McDonald nailed the first two buckets in overtime and junior forward Matthew McNeece followed with a lay-up and free throw as McGill-Toolen Catholic nipped Sparkman 64-61 in the Class 7A semifinals of the 96th State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena Thursday. The victory sends the Yellow Jackets (25-6) into Saturday’s 7A boys’ championship game at 5:45 p.m. The McGill-Toolen girls also reached the finals with a win in the 7A girls’ semifinals.
    Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets trailed by 10 after one quarter and by 16 late in the second period. Sparkman (30-5), coached by Jamie Coggins, took a 46-40 lead into the fourth quarter and held the lead until 1:34 remaining. Trailing 52-49, McGill-Toolen’s Eric Toth got a defensive rebound and then sped to the other end where he sank and short jumper and was fouled. He converted the free throw to tie the game.
     The Jackets finally took their first lead with 49 seconds left in regulation on McDonald’s lay-up. Malik Tyson’s jumper 15 seconds later gave back the lead to the Senators, 55-54. With 16 seconds left, Toth tied the game with a free throw.
     McGill-Toolen took control in overtime and Sparkman’s last-second shot to tie at the buzzer hit the back of the rim.
     McDonald fished with 10 points on a 5-of-6 shooting performance. Toth had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Matthew Russ and Manny Patrick added 12 points apiece. Patrick also canned three 3-pointers. McNeece finished with nine points, two blocked shots and six rebounds.
    Tyson led Sparkman with 14 points and six rebounds. Ellis Lee had 13 points and Darron Howard had 11.
    The Class 7A semifinals continued in Thursday with two games in the semifinals. The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.


CLASS 7A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS McGill-Toolen Catholic 50, Sparkman 49

     BIRMINGHAM – Freshman point guard Nya Valentine made the first three shots she attempted from 3-point arc Thursday morning en route to a 25-point performance as McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) downed Sparkman 50-49 as the AHSAA Class 7A Girls’ State Basketball tournament got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Yellow Jackets into Saturday’s 7A girls’ championship game at 4 p.m.
     Valentine, who finished with six treys in nine tries, three steals and three assists, made a short jumper with 1:28 left to put the Jackets ahead 50-48. Coach Carla Berry’s McGill-Toolen defense did the rest down the stretch. Shanice Battle added nine points and Brooke Morgan had eight. Alex Pierre cleared nine rebounds, blocked one shot and scored six points.
    Coach Patrick Delay’s Senators (29-6) got 10 points and five rebounds from Sierra McCullough, nine points from Deserea Walker and six points each from Deyanna Dodd and J.J. Webster. Dodd also had three assists and Webster, three steals.
    The Class 7A semifinals continued in the morning session Thursday. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson Headlines 2018 Class of National High School Hall of Fame

MONTGOMERY — Buddy Anderson, the AHSAA’s career football-coaching wins leader, headlines the 2018 class of the National High School Hall of Fame administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
          Anderson joins a class of 12 that includes  Tom Osborne, the 1955 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year who later led the University of Nebraska to three national football championships in 25 years as the school’s coach; and  Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the high jump as a high school athlete in Oregon when he developed a technique that became known as the “Fosbury Flop” were selected as athletes in Class of 2018.
       Vestavia Hills’ legendary coach, one of five coaches selected, will be beginning his 41st year as the Rebels’ head football coach next fall. His overall 329-146 coaching record ranks is the most wins of any high school football coach in state history.
       A strong man of faith and character, he guided the Rebels to state football titles in 1980 and 1998. His teams have compiled a 47-28 playoff record in 29 appearances. He had a stretch from 1993 to 2004 with 12 straight playoff appearances and his teams have missed the playoffs in back-to-back years just once since 1984. Anderson and his father Dovey Anderson became the first father-son coaching tandem to be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Dovey, who spent his entire coaching career at Thomasville High School, was inducted into the charter class in 1991. Buddy, who has spent his entire coaching career at Vestavia Hills, was inducted in 2003.
    “Buddy Anderson is an outstanding football coach, but more importantly, he is a role model all coaches can emulate. His influence as a teacher and coach will have a positive impact for student-athletes and coaches in this state for many years to come,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Buddy is just the fourth coach from our state to be selected for induction into this prestigious hall of fame. Through his strong commitment to faith and character, he exemplifies all the right lessons that participation in educational-based athletics can teach. ”

    The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The 36th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
     Anderson will become the fourth high school coach from the state and 12th Alabamian to be enshrined. Others include: former AHSAA Executive Directors Cliff Harper (1987), Herman L. “Bubba” Scott (1990) and Dan Washburn (2011); coaches Glenn Daniel (1999); Wallace Guy O’Brien (1992) and Jim Tate (2013);  athletes Bart Starr (1989), Pat Sullivan (2012) and Ozzie Newsome (2014); and contest officials Dan Gaylord (1988) and Sam Short (2007).  Two other athletes, Olympic Gold Medal track stars Jesse Owens and Harrison Dillard, were born in Alabama and both moved as youngsters to Cleveland (Ohio) and attended the same high school in that state.
       Osborne was a three-sport standout (football, basketball, track and field) at Hastings (Nebraska)    football history. Fosbury developed the upside-down, back-layout leap known as the Fosbury Flop at Medford (Oregon) High School and later perfected it by winning the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

The other outstanding coaches selected for the 2018 class, include Miller Bugliari, the all-time leader nationally in boys soccer coaching victories with a 850-116-75 record in 58 years at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and Dorothy Gaters, the Illinois state leader with 1,106 career victories in 42 years as girls basketball coach at John Marshall High School in Chicago who won her ninth Illinois High School Association state title last weekend.

Other coaches who will be honored this year are Jeff Meister, girls and boys swimming coach at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, who has led his teams to a combined 34 Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships; and Bill O’Neil, who retired last year after winning almost 1,300 games as the boys ice hockey, girls soccer and girls softball coach at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Other former high school athletes chosen for the 2018 class are Nicole Powell, one of Arizona’s top all-time girls basketball players during her days at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix who later excelled at Stanford University and in the WNBA, and Carrie Tollefson, who won five state cross country championships and eight individual track titles at Dawson-Boyd High School in Dawson, Minnesota, before winning individual and team NCAA titles while competing at Villanova University and qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

The other three members of the 2018 class are Roger Barr, who retired in 2015 after a 43-year career in high school officiating in Iowa, including the final 13 years as director of officials for the Iowa High School Athletic Association; Dick Neal, who retired in 2013 after a 34-year career as executive director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association; and Bill Zurkey, who retired in 2012 after an outstanding 35-year career as a choral director in three Ohio schools, including the final 25 years at Avon Lake High School.

These four athletes, five coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one performing arts director will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The 36th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

            The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and performing arts programs. This year’s class increases the number of individuals in the Hall of Fame to 470.

            The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.

            Following is biographical information on the 12 individuals in the 2018 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

 

 

COACHES

            Buddy Anderson is Alabama’s all-time winningest football coach – at any level. Not only is he the top high school football coach with 329 victories in 40 years at Vestavia Hills High School, he has more wins than college coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant (323), Nick Saban (216), Ralph “Shug” Jordan (176) and Pat Dye (153). Anderson’s teams have won 16 area and region championships and made 30 state playoff appearances, including state championships in 1980 and 1998, when his team finished 15-0 and was ranked nationally. Despite the demands of being a head football coach, Anderson has also served as the school’s athletic director for 40 years, and the school’s teams have won 66 state championships during his tenure, including 14 state wrestling titles and nine state baseball championships. Anderson was selected Alabama Coach of the Year three times, and he was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

            Miller Bugliari is an icon at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where he has been the school’s boys soccer coach since 1960. The 82-year-old Bugliari has amassed a national record 850 victories and led his teams to 26 Prep A and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships. His teams have registered 20 undefeated seasons and won 27 county championships. Bugliari has been named New Jersey State Coach of the Year seven times, and he has earned four National Coach of the Year awards. He is a former president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. Bugliari was a teacher in the Science Department at Pingry for many years and now is Special Assistant to the Headmaster.

            Dorothy Gaters is the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) career leader in basketball coaching victories – for both boys and girls. After completing a 22-7 season at John Marshall High School in Chicago last weekend and winning her ninth IHSA state girls basketball championship, Gaters’ record stands at 1,106-198. Her teams won the Class AA title in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1999, and the Class 3A title in 2008. Gaters’ teams at John Marshall have finished second three other times and third on six other occasions. During her 42-year career at John Marshall, her teams have won 24 Chicago Public Schools championships and qualified for the IHSA state finals 26 times. Gaters was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and the prestigious Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. She was selected as a coach for the Junior Olympic team in 2000 and the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2011. 

            Jeff Meister has become one of the top swimming coaches in the nation during the past 30 years at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Taking over the Punahou swimming program in 1988, Meister has led the boys and girls teams to 34 Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state championships – 16 boys and 18 girls – including 2018 titles for both squads last month. Although the Punahou program had enjoyed success in swimming prior to Meister’s arrival (47 all-time boys state titles, 51 all-time girls state titles), he has taken the program to another level and is the winningest high school swimming coach in state history. Meister’s teams have won 34 Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) championships, and he has been named ILH Coach of the Year 24 times. Meister has also served as the school’s athletic director for nine years after 11 years as associate athletic director. In addition, he has served as HHSAA State Track and Field Coordinator for 14 years and State Swimming Coordinator for eight years. Meister is currently serving a term on the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee.

            Bill O’Neil was one of the top multi-sport coaches in Vermont history – and perhaps nationally – during his 45-year coaching career at Essex High School. O’Neil compiled a 396-176-52 record in 37 years (1979-2015) as girls soccer coach, a 636-292-33 record in 44 years (1973-2017) as the boys ice hockey coach and a 261-124 record in 22 years (1979, 1992-2012) as the girls softball coach. This rather unique girls-and-boys sport combination yielded an overall record of 1,293-592-32, which is almost 2,000 varsity games coached at Essex. O’Neil led his various teams to 24 Vermont Principals’ Association state championships – 14 in hockey, six in girls soccer and four in girls softball. He has received numerous coach-of-the-year awards in all three sports. Though he has retired from his coaching duties, O’Neil continues to serve as an English teacher at Essex High School, which he has done since joining the faculty in 1965.

 

 

ATHLETES

               Dick Fosbury revolutionized the high jump when, as a sophomore at Medford (Oregon) High School in 1963, he used his new technique which became known as the Fosbury Flop. The upside-down, back-layout style became the standard as all records around the world have been established by athletes using the Fosbury Flop. Using his new method, Fosbury improved his jumps from 5-4 as a sophomore to 6-5½ as a senior and placed second in the state meet. He continued to perfect the “Flop” at Oregon State University, where he claimed the NCAA high jump title in 1968 with a 7-2¼ effort. That same year, Fosbury won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City with a 7-4¼ jump, which broke both the Olympic and American records. Fosbury was named to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. He retired in 2011 after 30 years as a civil engineer in Idaho, but he continues to coach athletes at Dick Fosbury Track Camps in Maine and Idaho. 

            Tom Osborne was one of Nebraska’s top high school athletes during his days at Hastings High School from 1951 to 1955. He was the starting quarterback on the football team and helped the basketball team to the Class A state championship in 1954. In track and field, Osborne was state champion in the discus and runner-up in the 440-yard dash. In addition, he played American Legion baseball and helped his 1954 team to a second-place finish in the state tournament as a third baseman and pitcher. Osborne earned all-state honors in basketball and football and was named Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year in 1955. After an outstanding career at Hastings College and a few years in the National Football League, Osborne began his college coaching career. In 25 years as football coach at the University of Nebraska, Osborne compiled a 255-49-3 record, with 25 consecutive bowl appearances, 13 conference titles and three national championships. Following his coaching career, Osborne was elected to the U.S. Congress, and then returned to Lincoln in 2007 to serve as the Nebraska athletic director for five years.

            Nicole Powell was one of the top basketball players in Arizona history during her four years (1996-2000) at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. She collected 1,820 rebounds (eighth all-time nationally) and scored 2,486 points – second highest in state history. She helped her teams to three second-place finishes in the Arizona Interscholastic Association state tournament. As a senior, Powell also won the state discus event in track and field and the singles state title in badminton, and she also participated in tennis and cross country. Powell continued to excel at the next level, leading Stanford University to four Pacific-10 Conference basketball titles. She averaged more than 17 points and almost 10 rebounds per game and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year two times. Powell was the No. 3 overall selection in the 2004 WNBA draft and played 11 seasons with five teams. After her playing career ended, Powell became assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Oregon before being named head women’s basketball coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix in April 2017.

            Carrie Tollefson won five Minnesota State High School League state cross country championships at Dawson-Boyd High School from 1990 to 1994, including the first as an eighth-grader. She also won eight individual track and field titles in the 1600 and 3200 meters, and she set a state record in the 3200 meters in 1994 with a time of 10:30.28. Tollefson’s 13 individual titles in cross country and track are the most ever in the state. Tollefson’s dominance continued at Villanova University, where she won five individual NCAA titles – the indoor and outdoor 3K, the outdoor 5K and two cross country titles – and helped her team to the 1999 NCAA team championship. She was a 10-time All-American and the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Tollefson made the 2004 U.S. Olympic team and participated in the 1500 meters in Athens, Greece. Since her competitive days concluded, Tollefson has conducted distance running camps and served as a motivational speaker and clinic presenter, and she hosts a weekly online show on running and fitness entitled “C Tolle Run.” 

 

OFFICIAL

            Roger Barr devoted 43 years of his life to the avocation of officiating – first as a high school football, basketball and baseball official in Iowa for 30 years, followed by 13 years as director of officials for the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).  Barr was one of the top-rated officials in all three sports throughout his career, which earned him numerous playoff assignments. In football, Barr officiated 30 state tournaments, including 10 championship games. In baseball, he worked 26 state tournaments, including 24 championship contests. And in basketball, he officiated 26 state boys tournaments and 27 state girls tournaments, which included a total of 22 championship games. Barr conducted rules interpretation meetings in all three sports throughout the state during his officiating days, and in 2003, he joined the IHSAA staff as director of officials. He conducted rules meetings and clinics for the IHSAA for 13 years before retiring in December 2015.

           

ADMINISTRATOR

Dick Neal retired in 2013 after 34 years as executive director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). At the time of his retirement, Neal was the longest-tenured active director of a state high school association. He also served as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) for 34 years. During his tenure as MIAA executive director, Neal was responsible for initiating the effort to increase leadership of both women and minorities in high school sports in Massachusetts, and he wrote and recommended the amendment that created the MIAA Standing Committee on Sportsmanship, Integrity and Ethics. Neal served a term on the NFHS Executive Committee from 1989 to 1992 and was vice president during his final year. He also served as a member of the NFHS Strategic Planning Committee and director of the NFHS Fund Administrators Association. Neal previously received the NFHS Citation and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Distinguished Service Award.

           

 

PERFORMING ARTS

            Bill Zurkey had a profound impact on thousands of young people during his career as a choral music director at three Ohio high schools. After 10 years at Toledo DeVilbiss High School and Vermillion High School, Zurkey moved to Avon Lake High School in 1987 to rejuvenate a music program that was spiraling downward. In a short time, Zurkey expanded the choral program from less than 100 singers to more than 400. His squads won Ohio Music Education Association superior ratings for 20 years. Despite his full load of music classes, including teaching AP Music Theory and serving as chair of the Fine Arts Department, Zurkey was the eighth-grade football coach for 24 years, as he helped build a program which led to Avon Lake High School winning the Ohio High School Athletic Association state football title in 2003. Since his retirement in 2012, Zurkey has been a teacher at Cleveland State University and is in his sixth year as director of the Cleveland Pops Chorus. Zurkey is the 13th individual to be inducted in the Performing Arts category in the National High School Hall of Fame.