MONTGOMERY – Six officials with a combined 257 years of officiating experience received the Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award at Saturday’s AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Receiving the AHSAA’s highest officiating honor were: Eugene Reynolds (46 years); Warren Bowron (45 years); Wayne Carden (42 years); Jimmy Chaffin (40 years); Larry Short (40 years); and Jack Minshew (36 years).
More than 400 attended the luncheon that recognized all contest officials who officiated in state championship events in 2017-18 as well as those selected district and state officials of the year in each AHSAA sport. Laird Hayes, a veteran of 22 years as an NFL official, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon that officially closed the 2018 AHSAA Summer Conference and Coaching School.
The Alabama Sports Officials Foundation (ASOF) also presented nine scholarships to children of officials in honor of the dedication and sacrifice families make to support the service of the state’s contest officials. To be eligible, the student must be planning attend a post-secondary school in Alabama.
Those selected for the grants were: Gary Shirley III, Rainbow City; Jalon Jimmerson, Douglas; Jonah Trotter, Oakman; Peyton Luker, Thomasville; Danielle Covert, Arab; Anna Grace Murphy, Southside; Delandrion Woods, Hillsborough; Emma Mayer, Maylene; Allyson Phelps, Meridianville.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones also recognized two AHSAA officials, Joe Mangone and Mark Russell, who received national honors from the NFHS. Mangone, the AHSAA soccer rules interpreter and State Finals director of officials, received the NFHS Citation for Officials for 2018 as national official of the year, and Russell was chosen one of eight Section recipients of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award. He was selected from Section III, which includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Jones also announced that AHSAA football official Anthony Jeffreys has just been selected to become an NFL football official.
AHSAA Officials of the Year were also selected from in each officiating district and one official was also chosen state official of the year in each sport.
Among those honored were:
State Officials of the Year: Phillip Winslett (Baseball); Anthony Dupree (Basketball); Eddie Carr (Football); Bill Presor (Soccer); Mike Heath (Softball); Joey Lauderdale (Track); Willie Moore (Volleyball); and Heath Williamson (Wrestling).
AHSAA District Officials of the Year included:
East Central: John Ewing
North Central: Chris Pike
Northeast: Bill Ward
Northwest: Roger Crafts
South Central: Mike Stewart
Southeast: Philip Winslett
Southwest: Greg Fairchild
West Central: Tommy Colvin
East Central: Anthony Dupree
North Central: Mike Pretnar
Northeast: Matt Driver
Northwest: Andy Pruitt
South Central: Eric Morris
Southeast: Ronnie Burnett
Southwest: Elicia Lynch
West Central: Charlie McCant
East Central: Cecil Garrison
North Central: Anthony Jeffries
Northeast: Ben Smith
Northwest: Amel Drake
South Central: Garnett Ray
Southeast: Philip Thomas
Southwest: Eddie Carr
West Central: Jeff Halcomb
East Central: no selection
North Central: Luis Mendez
Northwest: Jeff Edwards
South Central: Bill Presor
Southeast: Garrett Franklin
Southwest: Coral Grubler
West Central: no seletion
East Central: Steve Nelson
North Central: Larry Jordan
Northeast: Michael Tidmore
Northwest: Phillip Pugh
South Central: Bruce Arnold
Southeast: Mike Heath
Southwest: Tim Porter
West Central: Michael Mullally
TRACK & FIELD
East Central: no selection
North Central: Joey Kyle
Northeast: Joey Lauderdale
Northwest: Willie Ray
South Central: Tony Reaves
Southeast: no selection
Southwest: Wayne Kulakowski
West Central: no selection
East Central: Connie Higgins
North Central: Willie Moore III
Northeast: Phillip Mosley
Northwest: Anthony Gunn
South Central: Kevin Foley
Southeast: Morris Murphy
Southwest: Maureen McKannan
West Central: Kimberly Dailey
East Central: Adam Pierce
North Central: Jeff Saxon
Northeast: Matt Smart
Eight high schools that attended Friday’s 10th annual Media Group as recipients of a $1,000 al.com Sportsmanship Grant. Al.com, in support of good sportsmanship, has provided $88,000 over the last 10 years – proving one scholarship to a fine and ejection-free school each from all eight of the AHSAA’s districts.
The recipients this year were: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8). The schools were selected from the 75 that completed the 2017-18 school fine and ejection free.
Former major leaguer Todd Jones was the guest speaker at the Sportsmanship Luncheon. Jones, who spent 15 years pitching in the majors, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of long-time AHSAA contest official Stewart Stephenson of Decatur.
“We pray God will sustain the Stephenson family in their time of need,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Stone River, in Decatur. A memorial service will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of Stone River or the Committee on Church Cooperation.
CHICAGO, IL – Coach Dovey “Buddy” Anderson, the winningest high school football coach in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state history, was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Hall of Fame Monday night a banquet at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel that closed the 99th Summer Meeting.
Anderson, who is beginning his 41st season as head football coach at Vestavia Hills in August, became the 12th individuals from Alabama be enshrined in the nation’s National Hall of Fame. He was enshrined along with 11 others from across the U.S., including track athlete Dick Fosbury (Oregon); former Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne (athlete); former WNBA and Stanford basketball star Nicole Powell (Arizona), distance runner Carrie Tollefson (Minnesota); soccer coach Miller Bugliari (New Jersey); swimming coach Jeff Meister (Hawaii); basketball coach William O’Neil (Vermont); contest official Roger “Smokey” Barr (Iowa); retired Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Richard Neal; and choral coach William Zurkey (Ohio).
Anderson’s wife Linda, their children and grandchildren where among a large contingent on hand Monday night for the induction. He has compiled a 329-146 overall head-coaching record in 40 seasons at Vestavia Hills winning the Class 4A state title in 1980 and the Class 6A state championship going 15-0 in 1997. His teams have advanced to the state playoffs 30 times with a 47-28 playoff mark and have won nine or more games 22 times in the AHSAA’s large-school class. Anderson’s father Dovey Anderson was 182-81-5 as a prep head football coach in 31 seasons, all at Thomasville.
Both dad and son are in the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and won 511 football games between them, most in state history. Both attended Samford University (dad when the school was Howard College) and Dovey, Sr., competed in the first game ever played at Legion Field in 1927.
Buddy was hired as an assistant coach at Vestavia in 1972 and was elevated to head coach in 1978.
“Buddy Anderson is a man of faith and character who has been an important mentor to many others along the way,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “He is a shining example of the kind of positive impact coaches have on the lives of the student-athletes they serve.”
Anderson, who received the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s “Frank ‘Pig’ House Award in 2014 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Award in 2016, was humbled by the Monday night’s induction.
“I was very fortunate to grow up in a coach’s home,” he said. “My father was a high school a high school football coach for 31 years. I saw the relationship my dad had with his players, his fellow coaches and teachers. I just went to my own 50th high school reunion and picked right up where I left off with my classmates and those I played sports with. Seeing them, all now in their sixties, and seeing the kind of men they grew unto reminded me of the coaches I worked with (at Vestavia Hills), most of them for more than 30 years and the many players I have had the opportunity to coach. It also reiterated that we are in the relationship business.”
Anderson, the only coach in AHSAA history to win 300 games at one school, is the second AHSAA football coach from the state to be enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame. Glenn Daniel, who was the AHSAA’s first 300-game winner (at Pine Hill and Luverne), was inducted in 1999. Track coach Jim Tate of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, was the last coach from Alabama to be enshrined (2013). Basketball coach Mickey “Guy” O’Brien, a Dadeville native who coached at Geraldine and Scottsboro, was inducted in 1992.
Alabamians currently in the NFHS HOF include:
ALABAMIANS IN THE NFHS NATIONAL HALL OF FAME
Year Name High School College
1987: Cliff Harper Moore Academy (Pineapple) Birmingham-Southern
1990: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Autauga County (Prattville) Troy State
2011: Dan Washburn LaFayette Chattanooga
1992: Mickey “Guy” O’Brien Tallapoosa County (Dadeville) Auburn 1999: Glenn Daniel A.A. Parrish (Selma) Livingston
2013: James “Jim” Tate UMS (Mobile) Citadel
2018: Dovey “Buddy” Anderson Thomasville Samford
1989: Bart Starr (Athlete) Sidney Lanier (Montgomery) Alabama
2012: Pat Sullivan (Athlete) John Carroll (Birmingham) Auburn
2014: Ozzie Newsome (Athlete) Colbert County (Leighton) Alabama
1988: Dan Gaylord Central (Phillips, B’ham) Howard College
2007: Sam Short West End (B’ham) Western Kentucky
CHICAGO, IL – Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) soccer official Joe Manjone, a veteran of more than 50 years of service to the sport worldwide, was honored Sunday at the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) 99th Summer Meeting as the 2018 Citation Award recipient Officiating.
Manjone was on hand at the luncheon held at the Chicago Downtown Hyatt Hotel to receive the award presented annually to only one contest official nationally. The NFHS also presented eight Citations, one in each of the NFHS’s eight sections, to individuals who made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, coaching, officiating and performance arts.
Vestavia Hills High School football coach Buddy Anderson will also be inducted Monday night into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame as the NFHS Summer Meeting concludes. Anderson was on hand at the Hall of Fame press conference Sunday afternoon.
Manjone, who began officiating soccer as a teenager, has been involved in the sport as an official and administrator for more than 50 years. His influence in the sport has been has been far reaching – spanning more the nation and two continents.
In Alabama, his service stretches over more than 30 years. The AHSAA Soccer Director and former National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee Chair has served the AHSAA in numerous soccer roles from officiating to rules interpreter.
“Not only has Joe always been an outstanding official, officiating other sports besides soccer, but also he has been a dedicated professional and a true credit to this Association,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Manjone ’s contributions have not gone unnoticed. He was recently named the recipient of the NFHS’s prestigious Citation for Officials for 2017, which is presented annually to only one contest official nationwide.
“Among Joe’s prestigious accomplishments is the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for service as an official,” Savarese said. “His greatest contribution has been his outstanding leadership exemplified to officials statewide while maintaining the relevance of high school athletics. He is a great ambassador for this Association and the entire Alabama high school sports community.”
A native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Manjone attended Black Creek Township High School, graduating in 1959.
He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree. He later earned additional education degrees from the University of Georgia and Penn State. He was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Manjone is the seventh AHSAA representative to receive the NFHS Citation and the third contest official. Other include:
1992 – Herman L. “Bubba” Scott (NFHS Award of Merit)*
2000 – Ken Blankenship (NFHS Coach Citation)
2006 – Greg Brewer (NFHS State Association Citation)
2010 – Houston Young (NFHS Officials Citation)
2011 – Alan Mitchell (NFHS State Association Citation)
2014 – Jeff Hilyer (NFHS Officials Citation)
2015 – Wanda Gilliland (NFHS State Association Citation)
2016 – Richard Robertson (NFHS Coach Citation)
2018 – Joe Mangone (NFHS Officials Citation)
*-This special award is presented to special individuals who major a lasting impact on the NFHS and all its member schools. Recipients have included former President Gerald R. Ford, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former NCAA Executive Directors Walter Byars and Myles Brand. This award is not presented annually.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of former Brantley High School student-athlete Alexis “Alex” Wilcox, 18. She passed away at home on Monday, June 25, after an extended illness.
Miss Wilcox, the recipient of the 2017 Class 1A Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award, was an outstanding softball, volleyball and basketball player in high school who just completed her freshman softball season at Mississippi State University. She inspired young and old alike with her faith and courage as she raised awareness of ovarian cancer while battling the disease.
A visitation will be held at Brantley High School’s gymnasium Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the gymnasium on Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m., with interment to follow in Dozier Cemetery. Turner’s Funeral Home of Luverne is directing. Miss Wilcox was also a lifelong member of Brantley United Methodist Church.
Her former teammates and coaches from Brantley High School and Mississippi State University will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to either The Alex Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund, ℅ of Brantley Bank & Trust, P. O. Box 25, Brantley, AL, 36009, or to Geaux Teal, P.O. Box 82778, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70884.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 21, 2018) — The National High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 2 and Hall of Fame Press Conference on July 1 are among several events at the 2018 Summer Meeting of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in Chicago that will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. All Summer Meeting events can be accessed on the NFHS Network at no cost.
The Hall of Fame Press Conference will be held at 1:45 p.m. CDT (2:45 p.m. Eastern time) on Sunday, July 1, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, followed by the 36th annual induction ceremony at 6 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. Eastern time) on Monday, July 2.
The Hall of Fame Press Conference will be available at no cost on the NFHS Network at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evt885743f5e9 and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can be accessed at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evt7f107de5cd .
All 12 inductees will be on hand at the press conference and induction ceremony, including Vestavia Hills High School’s Buddy Anderson, the winningest high school football coach in AHSAA state history.
In addition, four other events during the June 28-July 2 NFHS Summer Meeting will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. The “We Are High School” Opening Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. June 29 can be accessed at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evtfb164fb09f, followed by the First General Session (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evtedfb7a7e16) at 4:15 p.m.
At the Opening Ceremony, Marissa Walker of Waterford (Connecticut) High School will receive the National High School Spirit of Sport Award, and Cecelia Egan of Riverside St. Mary Academy-Bay View (Rhode Island) will receive the National High School Heart of the Arts Award.
Other NFHS Summer Meeting events available on the NFHS Network are the Second General Session at 9 a.m. June 30 (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evtbd8da74ebb) and the Awards Luncheon at 12 p.m. July 1 (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evt105b20b485).
The Awards Luncheon will feature the presentation of NFHS Citations to 12 individuals, including AHSAA Soccer official Joe Manjone, who will receive the NFHS Officials Association Citation.
Information on all NFHS Summer Meeting activities, the Hall of Fame Press Conference and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is contained in the accompanying releases.