MONTGOMERY – Georgiana senior guard Ja’Michael Stallworth scored a school-record 55 points in last week’s 88-81 overtime win J.F. Shields to land in the AHSA Basketball Spotlight this week.
Stallworth had 27 in the first half, 18 in the third and fourth quarters and closed out going 10-for-10 at the foul line in overtime as Coach Kirk Norris’ Panthers improved to 22-2 on the season. Stallworth missed his first free throw of the night and then made with 18 in a row to finish 18-of-19. He made two free throws in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Stallworth has been a part of 108 Georgiana wins in his high school career. The Panthers have lost just 11 times during that stretch. The 55 points surpassed the previous high of 41 by Jacquez Payton in 2014. Stallworth now has 1,559 points 119 career games and is averaging 22.9 points per game this season. He also has 397 career assists, 381 career rebounds and 251 career steals.
Pisgah senior Annie Hughes also went over 50 points in the Eagles’ 99-75 win over North Sand Mountain. She finished with 54 points.
LAUREN WATSON, ARAB: Broke the Lady Knight’s single-game school record scoring 42 points in 62-60 loss to Fort Payne last week, breaking the previous record of 41 scored by Ali Smalley in the AHSAA Class 5A State Basketball Tournament in 2006. Watson, who went over 1,000 points for her career earlier this season, was 17-of-28 from the field and 10-of-11 at the foul line versus Fort Payne. She also had 25 in a 54-49 win over Albertville in what was likely the last varsity game played in Arab’s current gymnasium.
DONOVAN O’MALLEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The senior manager for Coach Phillip Murphy’s Yellow Jackets, who was born with Down Syndrome, saw his dream come true when he started in the school’s final regular-season game versus Baker, a 55-49 win. He hit a bucket to tie the game at 2-2 before taking a seat on the team bench. He also got back into the game late. Donovan, who served four years as the team manager, discussed the chance to play last spring with Murphy. He was honored prior to the game along with the six other seniors on the team. Baker coach David Armstrong graciously worked with Murphy to provide this special memorial for Donovan, who accompanied McGill-Toolen to three straight Class 7A state football games and two straight basketball state tournament appearances. In December, he was introduced with the football seniors at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa prior to the title game against Hoover.
KOLBY TINKER, PLAINVIEW: Was 5-of-12 from the 3-point line and finished with 19 points to lead Plainview (25-2) to an 88-77 win over Houlka (MS). The Bears made 17 of 39 to give them 364 made 3-pointers on the season, a new AHSAA single-season record. Cullman held the mark previously with 353 made treys in the 2014-15 school year.
DEJONTE THOMAS, FAITH ACADEMY: Sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining to lift the Rams (18-9) to a 53-49 win. He finished with 12 points. He also had 21 points in a 63-45 win over Williamson.
In other highlights reported:
BROOKS BARNHIZER, ALMA BRYANT: scored 27 points and cleared 10 rebounds in a 62-47 win over Mary Montgomery.
TRINITY BELL, ALBERTVILLE: His 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks helped the Aggies beat Boaz 56-47.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Scored nine point in a 57-26 win Whitesburg Christian to go over 1,000 points for his career for Decatur Heritage.
RYAN McILWAIN, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs past Thomasville 61-39. UMS-Wright (20-5) had 30 points in the second quarter hitting 8-of-11 3-pointers in the period to take a 40-19 lead into intermission.
Pickens County High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violating the Academic Rule. The school self-reported the violation.
PCHS allowed a student to participate on the boys’ basketball team before he had met all eligibility requirements. Therefore, Pickens County’s boys’ basketball team must forfeit any games won in which the student participated while ineligible. In accordance with the AHSAA Restitution Rule, once the student becomes eligible, the student must sit out the same number of contests in which he participated ineligibly. The area tournament bracket will reflect any forfeits that affect final area standings.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
Sumter Central High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for the boys’ basketball exceeding the maximum number of contests allowed in the regular season. The school self-reported the violation.
Furthermore, all contests the boys’ basketball team played and won after exceeding the maximum number allowed must be forfeited. Accordingly, the AHSAA Restitution rule requires the boys’ basketball team to sit out the same number of contests in which they played ineligibly. Due to the restitution, Sumter Central will not participate in the Class 5A, Area 7 tournament and their season has ended. The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
Huffman High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violation of Coaching Outside the School Year and for coaching a transfer student from another school prior to enrollment. The school self-reported the violation.
Furthermore, any coach that coaches a student from another school renders that student ineligible at the coach’s school for the next school year. Huffman’s boys’ basketball must forfeit all games won in which the student participated. Moreover, in accordance with the AHSAA Restitution Rule, once the student becomes eligible, the student must sit out the same number of contests in which he participated ineligibly. The area tournament bracket will reflect any forfeits that affect final area standings.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the financial reports for all fall sports at Wednesday’s annual Winter Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
The Board approved reports for the Super 7 football championships, volleyball, cross country and swimming and approved the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game financial report as well. The game was played at Hattiesburg (MS) last December.
The Central Board reviewed legislative proposals that were submitted in January by member schools prior to the board meeting. The AHSAA Legislative Council will vote on the proposals at April’s Legislative Council meeting. Schools are being surveyed this month for their input.
In other Central Board action:
-- Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).
-- Approved expenses for the upcoming 2017 State Basketball Tournament.
-- Heard a presentation from St. Paul’s Episcopal
-- Was updated concerning NFHS E-Sports
MONTGOMERY — Austin’s Asa Martin was named the 36th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award Tuesday at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon, presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. The luncheon was held at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.
Martin, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, rushed for 2,228 yards this season on 198 carries with 33 touchdowns, while adding two more scores and 399 yards on 20 receptions. The Black Bears went 12-1 on the year before losing 51-50 in the quarterfinals in overtime to eventual state champion Pinson Valley. Martin also rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore at Austin, but attended school out of state as a junior. Martin graduated in December and is attending Auburn.
Martin, who was also named the ASWA’s Class 6A Back of the Year for 2017, finished with 170 points and 10 first-place votes in ballots cast by the ASWA’s prep committee, while Pinson Valley quarterback junior Bo Nix was second with 144 points. Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, selected Class 7A Back of the Year, was third with 143. Both Nix and Tagovailoa had one first-place vote, while Central-Phenix City wide receiver Justin Ross — who finished fourth with 111 points — had two firsts. Beaureguard’s La’Damian Webb, the 2016 Mr. Football, and 2017 Class 5A Back of the Year, was seventh with 64 points, behind Park Crossing’s Tank Jenkins (66) and Thompson’s Ahmad Edwards (65). All were named to the ASWA Super 12. Rounding out the Top 12 were offensive lineman Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville; running back Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal; offensive lineman Clay Webb, Oxford; quarterback/defensive back Cardavion Myers, Piedmont; and quarterback J.D. Martin, Wetumpka.
In winning the Mr. Football, Martin becomes the fifth running back to win the award in the last seven years and second player from North Alabama in four years, joining Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy in 2014. He is the first player from the Decatur area to win the award.
ASWA 2017 Back and Lineman of the Year Recipients
Back of the Year: Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson, quarterback
Lineman of the Year: Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville, offensive lineman
Back of the Year: Asa Martin, Austin, running back
Lineman of the Year: Marcus Jenkins, Park Crossing, defensive lineman
Back of the Year: La’Damian Webb, Beauregard, running back
Lineman of the Year: Malik Langham, Lee-Huntsville, defensive lineman
Back of the Year: Symon Smith, UMS-Wright, running back
Lineman of the Year: Caleb Storie, Rogers, linebacker
Back of the Year: Cardavion Myers, Piedmont, quarterback/defensive back
Lineman of the Year: Andres Fox, Mobile Christian, defensive lineman
Back of the Year: Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s Episcopal, running back/quarterback
Lineman of the Year: Baraskious Dowdell, Lanett, defensive lineman
Back of the Year: Shamar Lewis, Sweet Water, running back
Lineman of the Year: Devin March, Houston County, defensive lineman
Back of the Year: Griffin McKenzie, Monroe Academy, quarterback
Lineman of the Year: Trace Ott, Autauga Academy, offensive lineman
BIRMINGHAM – Arab High School out-pointed Cleburne County 34-30 Saturday afternoon to win the Knights’ second straight Class 1A/5A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
Coach Mike Pruitt’s Knights (41-1) appeared to break the match open winning the 106 and 113-pound matches. The finals started with the 160-pound match, and after six matches Arab was clinging to a 16-9 lead. That’s when Jacob Holland won his match over Anthony Chapman in the 106-pound match with a pin at 37 seconds. Joseph Martin followed in quick fashion to win his match over Brennen Butler even quicker – in 17 seconds. The two falls put the Knights up 28-6.
Cleburne County (17-1), coached by Rusty Mayfield, clawed back quickly, however, with Dylan Turner winning a tough 5-0 decision over Arab’s Dakota Martin, 5-0, in the 120-pound match, Mathew Williamson pinned Bronson Jackson in the 126-pound match, followed by pins at 126, 132 and 145 pounds by Mathew Williamson, Shane Beason and Zachary Williams, respectively, to close the gap to 31-30 heading into the final match.
And just like the 6A and 7A finals, the championship came down to the final match between 152-pound competitors Clay Jones of Arab and Zachary Williams of Cleburne County. It turned out to be the most exciting match of the day with Jones holding on for a 5-2 decision to give the Knights the title.
Bob Jones won the Class 7A Duals title over Thompson, 34-29, earlier in the day, and Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. AHSAA wrestling teams return to regular season action next week, before advancing to the playoffs with Super Sectional meets at Garrett Coliseum (South) in Montgomery and the Bill Harris Arena (North) in two weeks.
CLASS 1A/5A CHAMPIONSHIP
Arab (40-1) vs. Cleburne County (17-0)
106 pounds: Jacob Holland, Arab, pinned Anthony Champion, Cleburne County, 0:37.
113 pounds: Joseph Martin, Arab, pinned Brennen Butler, Cleburne County, 0:17.
120 pounds: Dylan Turner, Cleburne County dec. Dakota Martin, Arab, 5-0.
126 pounds: Mathew Williamson, Cleburne County, pinned Bronson Jackson, Arab, 3:44.
132 pounds: Shane Beason, Cleburne County, pinned Caleb Whaley, Arab, 5:16.
138 pounds: Garrett McClendon, Arab, dec. Preston Jarrell, Cleburne County, 11-4.
145 pounds: Zachary Williams, Cleburne County, pinned Jonathan Morgan, Arab, 1:34.
152 pounds: Clay Jones, Arab, dec. Christopher Higgins, Cleburne County, 5-2.
160 pounds: Anthony Camp, Arab, pinned Jason Higgins, Cleburne County, 3:28.
170 pounds: Cade Smith, Cleburne County, dec. Sam Atchley, Arab, 7-5.
182 pounds: Ryan Morelan, Arab, dec. Wes Salter, Cleburne County, 10-3.
195 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County, pinned Jacob McNeal, Arab, 3:00.
220 pounds: Jack Tindall, Arab, dec. Ryan Day, Cleburne County, 5-2.
285 pounds: Gage Mason, Arab, dec. Brandon Rogers, Cleburne County, 3-0.
BIRMINGHAM – Bob Jones High School downed Thompson 34-29 in the finals Saturday to claim the AHSAA Class 7A Wrestling Duals tournament championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena.
The Patriots of Coach Matt Sweatman went into the final match Saturday nursing a slim 31-29 lead. The title boiled down to the 170-pound battle between Nick Mothersele of Bob Jones and William Browder of Thompson. Neither wrestler disappointed the crowd with the match going down to final seconds before Mothersele emerged with an 11-8 decision and Patriots improved to 22-1 in dual matches this season.
Zaderian Toney (113 pounds) and Seth Dupree (220) won their matches for Bob Jones with pins Saturday, while Thompson’s Chandler Akins (126), Gabe Hixenbaugh (132), Jackson Araneta (145) and Seth Whitlock (285) posted pins for the Warriors of Coach Sean Weltzin.
The best match of the finals came in the 138-pound match between Bob Jones’ Jordan Whalen and Thompson’s Nathan Roberts. Whalen emerged with a 5-3 decision.
Oxford won the Class 6A Duals title Friday night beating Gardendale 30-23. Defending Class 1A/5A Duals champion Arab was scheduled to meet Cleburne County in the 2018 finals Saturday afternoon.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP
Bob Jones (22-1) 34, Thompson 29
106 pounds: Dylan Lesueur, Thompson dec. Jim Wilson, Bob Jones, technical fall, 21-5.
113 pounds: Zaderian Toney, Bob Jones, pinned Harris Mitchell, Thompson, 1:55.
120 pounds: Kevin McGhaw, Bob Jones, dec. Judah Campbell, Thompson, 8-5.
126 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson, pinned Zaveon Toney, Bob Jones, 1:10.
132 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson, pinned Parker Snyder, Bob Jones, 2:51.
138 pounds: Jordan Whalen, Bob Jones, dec. Nathan Roberts, Thompson, 5-3.
145 pounds: Jackson Araneta, Thompson pinned David Onquit, Bob Jones 5:32 .
152 pounds: Cal Francovitch, Bob Jones dec. Ashunti Perry, Thompson, 7-5.
160 pounds: Gabriel Pittman, Bob Jones, dec. Tyler Gilson, Thompson, 5-2.
170 pounds: Nick Mothersele, Bob Jones, dec. William Browder, Thompson, 11-8.
182 pounds: George Frankovitch, Bob Jones, major dec. Alex Ward, Thompson, 14-6.
195 pounds: Harold Gilmore, Bob Jones dec. Isaac McAdams, Thompson, 7-0.
220 pounds: Seth Dupree, Bob Jones, pinned Aubrey Glidewell, Thompson, 1:34.
285 pounds: Seth Whitlock, Thompson, pinned Jordan Aycock, Bob Jones, 4:25.
BIRMINGHAM – Oxford High School junior Clay Webb pinned Gardendale’s Dawson in the final match at of the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Class 6A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Friday night at 0:50 to give the defending champs a 30-23 victory.
Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets led the Rockets (30-8) by a one point, 24-23 heading into the final match after Gardendale’s 220-pounder Trevon Tanniehill pinned Oxford’s Koby Shumate at 5:12. The Rockets forfeited at 195 pounds, however, and those six points proved critical in the end.
Gardendale’s Alex Webb won the 106-pound match to start the contest with a pin over Kaleb Shelton at 3:03 to give the Rockets a quick 6-0 lead. Oxford rebounded to win at 113, 126, 132, 138, 152 and 160 pounds, however.
The 2018 AHSAA Duals Tournament finals continue Saturday with Thompson and Bob Jones squaring off at 1 p.m., at Bill Harris Arena in the Class 7A championship match. Arab and Cleburne County will follow in the 1A/5A finals at 4 p.m.
AHSAA Wrestling Duals
CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP
Oxford 30, Gardendale 23