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All-Stars split North-South softball series

MONTGOMERY – The North and South teams split the annual double-header Tuesday at the AHSAA All-Star Softball Series in Montgomery. After the South got a 4-3 win in the first game, the North responded with a 1-0 victory that was cut short due to lightening in the top of the fifth inning. With the split, the North own a 23-10-3 record in the all-time series.

 

Elissa Brown’s two-run double to centerfield gave the South a walk-off victory in the opener. The winning hit came of North pitcher Bailey Murphy, who had just given her team a 3-2 lead with a two-run homerun to right field in the top of the sixth.

 

The South got a baserunner in the bottom of the seventh when Davidson’s Sara Lowther reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame. Leroy’s Brittney Minor doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. After Murphy recorded back-to-back strikeouts, Brown came to the plate and battled to a 3-2 count. She connected on a ball that went just left of center for the game-winner.

 

Murphy finished the first game 2-for-2 at the plate with a single to go along with her homer. She was named MVP for the North.

 

The South had a 2-0 lead after plating single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. The North finally broke through with a run in the top of the fifth. Wilson’s Madison Daniel led off the inning with a single. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt, then scored when Pisgah’s Hannahstaysia Weaver singled to the pitcher. The South first baseman muffed the throw, allowing Daniel to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

 

The score stayed the same until Murphy’s two-run homer. Brown was named MVP for the South. The Elmore County standout was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.

 

In the second game, Florence standout Ellison Barrett gave the North a 1-0 lead with a single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. It would prove to be the only score of the game, which featured a 1:18 minute lightening delay in the second inning. With the North holding the one-run lead in the top of the fifth, another lightning strike prompted officials to call the game.

 

Several area players participated in the action. Barrett finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. She also pitched two innings without yielding a hit. Daniel was also 1-for-2 on the day.

 

West Morgan’s Sydney Sanders also saw action, along with Hartselle’s Hope Cain and Athens’ Makayley Cain. 


AHSAA North-South Baseball North Sweeps South 6-2, 6-3 in Baseball All-Star Series

    The North All-Stars beat the South 6-2, 6-4 Monday night to sweep the AHSAA North-South All-Star baseball series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.
    The North improved its lead in the 19-year series to 20-11-1 with the doubleheader triumph. The baseball, softball and soccer all-star competition kicked off the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the AHSAA and its coaches’ arm, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    More than 4,000 coaches and administrators are expected to attend the Summer Conference, which will conduct clinics and rules tests in a host of sports including baseball, softball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling and track this week. The conference culminates Friday with the AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon honoring 121 schools that went fine and ejection free for the 2014-15 school year, and the annual Championship Coaches Banquet set for Friday night. The coaches’ school is being held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The Fellowship of Athletes (FCA) coaches’ luncheon will be Thursday at noon.
      Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney earned North MVP honors for the North All-Stars collecting four hits, stealing three bases and scoring four runs in the two baseball victories.
     He ignited a two-run rally in the top of the seventh inning in the second game with a two-out hit that broke a close 4-3 game. The South rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh before reliever Bayley Blanchard of Piedmont came in to get the last out with the bases loaded to notch the save.
    North starter Jackson Tavel, a strong left-hander from Corner High School, pitched three shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out six to get the win.  South starter Deacon Medders of Hale County struck out two in his one inning but allowed one run to get the loss.
    McCleney singled, then stole second and third and scored on Clay-Chalkville first baseman Thomas Johns’single in top of the first inning to put the North ahead for good. Johns singled in the final runs in the top of the seventh to finish with two hits and a game-leading three RBIs.  Will Acuff of Madison Academy added a triple and single and an RBI for the North and teammate Brenton Sanders of Northridge had two hits and an RBI.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had a double and single, scored two runs and drove in another in the second game. He stroked two singles in the first game to finish 4-for-5 and earned South MVP.
    Chris Manley of Opelika also had a double and single for the South in game 2.
   
Game 1
North 6, South 2
   
The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2.
    Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
    The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
    Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
     Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
    Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of  Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener.
    The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery.  Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex.  Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com


North-South Baseball Game 1 North 6, South 2

    The South struck early with two runs in the top of the first inning but the North clawed back to win game one 6-2 in the 19th AHSAA North-South All-Star Series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday. Game 2 was still underway Monday night.
    Dadeville’s Cal Jones led off with a single and Hunter Stokes of Spanish Fort followed with a for triple for the game’s first run in the opening inning off North starting pitcher Sonny Potter of Vestavia Hills. Stokes then scored on an infield out by Hale County’s Deacon Medders.
    The North got one run back in the bottom of the first as Mortimer Jordan center fielder Walker McCleney hustled out an infield single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Huntsville infielder Graham Ashcraft’s single.
    Chase Beggs of Hokes Bluff doubled in a run in the third to tie the game at 2-2, and McCleney, who was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, singled and scored on  wild pitch in the fourth. Ashcraft, who also went 2-for-2, tripled in the fifth and scored as the North built a 6-2 lead.
     Alexandria’s Cody Dodd got the win with three innings of shutout relief. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Potter scattered five hits and struck out two in his three innings to start the game, and Ashcraft pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to close out the game.
    Davis Daniel of St. James pitched the first two innings for the South striking out three. Northview’s Matt Lowery hurled the middle two innings and Banks Woodley of Jemison hurled the final two innings. Lowery got the loss.
    Houston Academy catcher Brady Johnson had two hits for the South. Catcher Brenton Sanders of  Northridge also had a double for the North, which out-hit the South 9-6 in the opener. The North improved to 19-11-1 in the series with the win, which dates back to 1997.
    The baseball competition is one of five all-star events scheduled during the AHSAA Summer Conference this week in Montgomery. The all-star games are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Softball was at Lagoon Park Monday night, and boys’ and girls’ soccer was held at Folmar Soccer Complex.  Boys’ and girls’ all-star basketball games will be at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University, and the North-South volleyball all-star competition will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.
     All all-star competition is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Tuesday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 19th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  While NCAA rules currently prevent Division I coaches from speaking at the Coaches’ School, some of the top small-college coaches in the Southeast are scheduled including Tuskegee University’s Willie Slater, Max Thurmond of West Alabama, Joel Williams of Delta State, Charlie Boren of Faulkner University,  and Eddie Garfinkle of Birmingham-Southern, among others.
     Sports to be addressed also include baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, and cheerleading.  AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address principals and athletic directors on Friday. Dr. James Robinson and Dr. Lawrence Lemak will also address health and safety issues with the same group Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
       ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.
   And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
   The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Cramton Bowl Metroplex. Teams reported Monday and the AHSADCA hosted its annual golf tournament Monday at Lagoon Golf Course.
   AHSAA MOBILE APP: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at  Apple and Google stores online.


NFHS Network Recognizes Florence High School Among Top Student Broadcast Teams from Across the Country at Inaugural Broadcast Academy

Florence School Broadcast Program Voted Best Live Sports Broadcast for NFHS Network in 2014-15

 

Atlanta Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin, ESPN and ABC’s Brad Nessler,

ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter Shared Their Success Stories

 

Florence High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program was recognized last weekend at the first NFHS Network Broadcast Academy for its excellence in broadcasting. Directed by Randy Bruce, a faculty member and coach at Florence, the student-run live-streaming broadcast network was named NFHS Network’s Best Live Sports Broadcast for the 2014-15 school year.

 Florence beat SBP programs from across the nation for the honor.

“We are very proud of our students,” Bruce said. “They have really embraced the school broadcast program at Florence and have worked hard to create their own identity. Our community has embraced their efforts, and their passion, enthusiasm and quality of work is something we are very proud of.   This is indeed a big honor.”


Bruce will present a brief summary of Florence High School’s successes at this week’s AHSAA Summer Conference. He is scheduled to address administrators on Friday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center.

The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy this past weekend in Atlanta. The unique, interactive event included talks from successful sports broadcasters and media executives, hands-on broadcast training workshops and the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy Awards. The awards ceremony was streamed live at www.nfhsnetwork.com and included behind-the-scenes updates on social platforms including Twitter and Snapchat from attendees using #BA2015. 

 

On Friday, July 17, the participants attended the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs game at Turner Field and were treated to an exclusive VIP behind-the-scenes tour.  In a workshop setting on Saturday, July 18, the student broadcasters and teachers participated in producing a live sporting event, broadcasting a live studio show and creating an original feature package about the event. 

 

The sizzle video featuring highlights of the event is available to view online at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/90ca579aa4.

 

The students also heard stories of success, first-hand accounts of life in the sports media industry and career advice from ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter on A Day in the Life of a SportsCenter Anchor, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin about The Evolution of Sports & Media, and ESPN and ABC Broadcaster Brad Nessler, who spoke to the students about his Journey as a Broadcaster.

 

Each speaker shared their experiences in the media industry as well as advice for the young students who dream of being in their shoes one day.  Steve Koonin told the students, “Be willing to take a risk, be bold.  You are going to make mistakes. You have to accept that failure is part of success.”  Koonin also emphasized, “Have a unique voice. If you are a stereotype in this business, you are not going to have long-term success.”

 

Echoing Koonin, Brad Nessler recommended, “Take a shot at every opportunity.  You’re never going to learn if you don’t take a shot.”

 

The high point of the event was the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Awards Ceremony, hosted by NFHS Network’s Rashan Ali.  High school broadcast teams and students were recognized in seven different categories and the 2015 winners are listed below:

 

 Best Overall School Broadcast Program

 Cleveland High School, TN

 

Best New School Broadcast Program

El Capitan High School, Merced, CA

 

Teacher of the Year

Omar Delgado, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL

 

Best Live Sports Broadcast

Florence High School, Florence, AL

 

Best Original Programming

Morning Show, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL

 

Best Student Broadcaster

Sam Brief, Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL

 

Highlight of the Year

”Bishop Kenny #9 Charles Wade 80yd TD run,” Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL

 

Omar Delgado, broadcast program leader at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL and Teacher of the Year, said the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy is like nothing his students have ever participated in.  “I’ve been to many broadcast and TV conferences and the truth of the matter is these sessions are unmatched.  Fun, interactive, hands on and enjoyable. “

 

Sam Brief, student at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL and winner of the NFHS Network’s Best Student Broadcaster Award, shared how the NFHS Network connects long distance family members and reaches beyond the school’s local area.  He explained, “This basketball season, our team had a lot of success and our coach’s parents live in Arizona.  Normally, there would be no way for them to see their son’s game.  Thanks to the NFHS Network, they were able to watch broadcasts of the games and sometimes we’d give them a shout out on the air!”

 

ABOUT THE NFHS NETWORK

 

The NFHS Network captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are.

 

The NFHS Network celebrates and showcases the unique accomplishments of students, whether they are a student-athlete participating in the 27 different sports covered by the Network, or one of the student broadcasters from schools around the country that produce events through the School Broadcast Program.  The NFHS Network also features state playoff and championship events for the 40 state members of the NFHS Network. 

 

All NFHS Network events are available online at www.NFHSnetwork.com and is optimized to view on all devices and screen sizes.  Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information. 

 

The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports.  The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.

 

Media subscriptions to NFHS Network are available upon request.

 

Link to photos from NFHS Network Broadcast Academy: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7wqdqly1lira8kn/AAD4yGPkmxIxd54E5jMRwU0qa?dl=0.


North Beats South 14-13 in 56th All-Star Football Game

    MONTGOMERY -- The North All-Stars captured the 56th AHSAA All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Friday night with a 14-13 victory over the South. The South now holds a 30-24-2 edge in the series that dates back to 1948.
    Two first-quarter goal-line stands by the North defense limited the South to just two field goals and a blocked punt in South territory in late in the third quarter set up the winning touchdown drive.
     Trailing 13-7 with 2:25 remaining in the third period, Mortimer Jordan defensive end Dontrez Green blocked a South punt and then tackled South blocker Wade Castle of Dale County from behind to set up the North’s game-winning drive at the South 40-yard line. 
     North MVP, quarterback Blake Hawkins of Florence, directed a nine-play drive that climaxed with his second touchdown of the game with 8:29 remaining. Hawkins scooted in from the 8-yardf line to tie the game at 13-13 and place-kicker Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead for good.
    North head coach Lamar Harris of Hubbertville turned to his defense to keep the South out of the end zone, and the offense ate up 7:55 of the final 10 minutes with ball-control drives to seal the win.
    Hawkins finished with 39 yards rushing on nine carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 28 yards to earn North MVP honors.
      South MVP Wendell Harris of Foley had three interceptions, including a 37-yard pick in the second quarter he returned for a touchdown that put the South ahead 13-7.  His first interception came on the second play of the game at the North 44-yard line and set up a 20-yard Jose Mendoza field goal four minutes later.
     The big play offensively on that South march was a 33-yard pass connection to Hillcrest-Evergreen receiver Keyshawn Green from Charles Henderson quarterback Austin Ingram to the  1-yard line. The North goal-line defense stuffed the South on three straight downs with Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Hollis Abernathy nailing Montgomery Catholic running back Thomas Stokes for as 2-yard loss and the South settled for Mendoza’s field goal with 5:36 remaining in the period.
    The place-kicker from Foley set up his second field goal with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by Castle. He capped the drive with the 25-yard field goal two minutes later to give the South a 6-0 lead.  He hit the upright on a 37-yard try in the third period that bounced away and finished 2-of-3.
    The North took the lead quickly 7-6 in the second quarter marching 79 yards on 11 plays. Fyffe’s Austin Stiefel  reeled off a 36-yard run, and Hawkins followed with a 10-yard  to set up his 1-yard keeper over left guard  for the touchdown.  Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead with 8:29 left in the half.
     The North netted 134 yards rushing on 36 carries and 46 passing for 180 yards total. Stiefel was the game’s leading rusher with 69 yards on 11 carries, and Moregan Sharp of Pelham added 38 on 10 carries. 
    The South totaled  114 yards with only 17 rushing.  Isiah Long of Dothan led the South, head-coached by Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery, with 22 yards on five carries.  Ingram finished 11-of-28 passing for 97 yards with four receivers, LaDarrell Pettway of Spanish Fort, Lazarius Head of Elmore County, Johnny Williams of Northview and Khaliq Jones of Wetumpka grabbing two catches each.
     Ke’Vontae Hayes of Decatur led the North defensive with five tackles. Blake Wood of Wilson added four stops with three for losses of 20 yards. 
    Harris added two tackles and broke up one pass in the end zone to go with his three picks.  Jason Williams of Notasulga and Maurice Cole of Spanish Fort had eight tackles each for the South.

AHSAA to Take Extra Heat Precautions For 56th North-South All-Star Football Game

     The 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl Friday night will include special heat safety precautions, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association director Alvin Briggs announced Thursday.
     The changes will include two heat timeouts per quarter and shortening each period from 12 minutes to 10.
     “We want to keep the game as safe for the players as possible,” Briggs said.
     The teams have conducted workouts around the heat all week – with a morning workout starting at 8:30 a.m., and night practices at 7 p.m. During the peak heat of the day, the players have been treated to special festivities including a trip to the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
     The South comes into the contest with a two-game winning streak in the series which started in 1948.  Teams are comprised of 74 AHSAA member-school graduated seniors from the Class of 2015.
      Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Cramton Bowl. Lamar Harris is serving as the North team head coach and Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery is the South head coach.  Tickets will be available at the Cramton Bowl box office.
      The NFHS Network is video live-streaming the game and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the contest over its network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for details.
       The game is conducted by the AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all sports and administrators of AHSAA member schools.
       The year-by-year history of the North-South football series is below.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


North-South Rosters Finalized with 3 Additions As Teams Prepare for 56th All-Star Classic

       Two linemen and one wide receiver were the latest additions to the South squad head-coached by Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham. The North and South worked out Wednesday morning and were scheduled for s 7 p.m. workout Wednesday night.
      Lazarius Head of Elmore County filled the vacant wide receiver spot while Montgomery linemen Tawanya Carter of R.E. Lee and Jemicha Perdue of Gresham’s own Wolverines also reported Tuesday.
      The South, which is practicing at Trinity Presbyterian School, has won the last games in the series that dates back to 1948 and holds a 30-23-2 edge. The North is practicing at St. James High School.  Thursday morning, the North is scheduled to practice at Cramton Bowl at 8:30 and the South will be at Cramton Bowl for its 7 p.m. practice.
      The game remained at Tuscaloosa from 1948-1983 and in 1984, two games were played. The large-school (3A-4A) game was at Tuscaloosa and the small-school (1A-2A) game was played at Auburn.   The Classic was discontinued from 1985-1996 – resurfacing when the All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference began in 1997 in Montgomery. It remained at Cramton Bowl from 1997-2004, moved to Troy University in 2005, then to Huntsville’s Alabama A& M University from 2007-2010. It returned to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in 2011 where it has been played ever since.
      The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night, will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details. The NFHS Network will also live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference.
The teams got into the competition mode Wednesday afternoon with North vs. South team bowling at Brunswick Lanes. The teams will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
       The North-South football series was first played in 1948 with the North winning 33-0. The first MVPs were a pair of Decatur High School backs Joe Brewer and Bobby Golden. Bobby Marlowe of Troy and Clell Hobson of Tuscaloosa were the MVPs of the 1949 game won by the North 7-6. Marlowe, who became an All-America running back at the University of Alabama, also was  first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1953 NFL Draft – the eighth player picked overall. However, he signed with the Canadian Football League where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for eight seasons amassing 4,291 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in his pro career. He was named to the CFL’s All-Decade Team.
     Hobson, the father of former major league manager and player Butch Hobson, rose all the way to AAA in a pro baseball career.
     NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, who prepped at Sidney Lanier, was MVP along with Jim Cunningham of Winfield in the 1952 game that ended in a 7-7 tie.  The famous Sullivan-to-Beasley passing connection earned future Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan and future Auburn All-American Terry Beasley co-MVP honors.  In 1961, Banks High School’s Jimmy Sidle and Enterprise’s Gaylon McCullough were named MVPs. Sidle went on to star at quarterback for Auburn and McCollough at center for the Crimson Tide.
      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 complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR GAME MVP’S
YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

1948—Joe Brewer, Decatur

            Bobby Golden, Decatur

1949—Clell Hobson, Tuscaloosa

            Bobby Marlow, Troy

1950—Charles Littles, Andalusia

            Roy Freeman, Decatur

1951—Charles Madison, Atmore

            Fendley Bedsole, Greensboro

1952—Bart Starr, Sidney Lanier

            Jim Cunningham, Winfield

1953—Noojin Walker, Falkville

            Nolan Moore, Florala

1954—Jerry McBee, Ensley

            Gary Snyder, Gadsden

1955—Chuck Jackson, Tuscumbia

            Toby Deese, Talladega

1956—Cecil Hurt, Woodlawn

            James Earl Hubbert, Fayette

            Don Cochran, Woodlawn

1957—Tootie Hill, Coffee

            Henry O’Steen, Anniston

1958—Bobby Hunt, Lanett

            Joe Baughan, Bessemer

1959—Butch Wilson, Hueytown

            David Watson, Eufaula

1960—Ronnie Mason, Hueytown

            Harvey Morris, Decatur

1961—Jimmy Sidle, Banks

            Gaylon McCullough, Enterprise

1962—Ashby Cook, Sidney Lanier

            Jimmy Mitchell, Decatur

1963—Gene Rayburn, Jasper

            Tom Bryan, Hartford

1964—Kenny Stabler, Foley

            Charles Harris, Murphy

1965—Junior Davis, Minor

            Bob Childs, Sidney Lanier

1966—Bobby Long, Oneonta

            Richard Grammer, Hartselle

1967—Ronnie Gunter, Chatom

            Tommy Yearout, Ramsay

1968—Pat Sullivan, John Carroll

            Terry Beasley, Robert E. Lee

1969—Steve Wade, Dothan

            Wayne Hall, Huntsville
           B. T. Law, Cherokee County

           Fred Brackett, Mary Montgomery

1970—Bucky Phillippi, T. R. Miller

            Larry McCollough, Lanett

1971—Mike Washington, Robert E. Lee

            Lee Gross, Robert E. Lee

            Rex Bramlett, West End (B’ham)

1972—David Peoples, Marion County

1973—Phil Gargis, Colbert County

            Danny Neel, Banks

1974—Johnny Davis, Sidney Lanier

            Byron McDougald, Andalusia

1975—Vince Boothe, Fairhope

            Kelsey Finch, Sheffield

1976—Rusty Byrd, Baldwin County

            Curtis McGriff, Cottonwood

1977—Tim Hill, Cherokee County

            Byron Braggs, Carver (Mtgy.)

1978—Thomas Brown, Jeff Davis

            Thomas Boyd, Lee (Huntsville)

1979—Bruce Thompson, Lee (Huntsville)

            Joe Rowe, Robert E. Lee

1980—Sam DeJarnette, Selma

            Linzal Chapman, Enterprise

1981—Ricky Moore, Lee (Huntsville)

            Hardy Walker, Grissom

            Tandy Rogers, Parker

1982—Cameron Mims, Hartselle

            Willie Pless, Anniston

1983—Cornelius Bennett, Ensley

            Phillip Brown, Parker

            Tommy Compton, Vigor

            Lydell Mitchell, Vigor

1984—Anthony Looney, Ashville (1A-2A)

            John Tucker, Handley (1A-2A)

            Darryl Pearson, Southern Choctaw (1A-2A)

            Larry Ashley, Geneva (1A-2A)

            Joe Mickles, Gardendale (3A-4A)

            Tommy Cole, Walker (3A-4A)

            Boobie Nathan, B. C. Rain (3A-4A)

            Willie Shephard, Blount (3A-4A)

1997—Rajohn Myles, Clay County

           Jeffery Aaron, Jeff Davis

1998—Gerald Gayles, Jackson-Olin

            David Morris, McGill-Toolen

1999—Victor Horn, Huntsville

            Kennard Williams, B. C. Rain

2000—Derrion Gee, Pelham

             Demarcus Rodgers, Southern Choctaw

2001—Dustin Dunning, Hoover
            Zach Woodfin, Prattville
2002--George Summers, North Jackson
         Quinton Griffin, Stanhope Elmore

2003—Durrell Fuqua, Russellville
            Roderiquez Wright, Jeff Davis
2004—Trent Dean, Decatur
           Ty Griswold, Prattville

2004 – (December) Tim Rawlinson, Prattville
            Max Lerner, Hoover

2005 – (December) Roosevelt Byrd, Foley
            Zach Smith, Susan Moore

2007 – James Jackson, Pike County

            Erich Crowson, Madison Academy
2008 – Darrell Reynolds, Pike County

            Pabloe Makepeace, Red Bay

2009 – Armadeus “Dez” Polk of Speake

             Trenere Johnson, Daphne

2010 -- Justin Evans, Midfield

            Taylor Hughes, Chilton County
2011 –  Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville
             Montale Hale, North Jackson

2012 –  Jacob Thomas, Clay-Chalkville
             Barnard McGhee, Dothan
2013 –  Alphonso Stewart, Robertsdale
             NK’Vsante Williams, Decatur

2014 –  Montel Lee, Andalusia
             Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County


NFHS OFFERS NEW “AFTER-SCHOOL” EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOLS “Anyone Can Save a Life” Teaches Teams to Respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Other Major Medical Emergencies

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 15, 2015) – To address a potentially dangerous gap in medical- response planning for after-school practices and events, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced recently at its 2015 Annual Summer Meeting in New Orleans that it is encouraging every high school in the country that does not have an existing emergency action plan in place to prepare its teams to utilize the Emergency Action Planning Program, “Anyone Can Save a Life.”

Developed in 2008 by the Minnesota State High School League and Medtronic Philanthropy, “Anyone Can Save a Life” is a first-of-its kind, emergency action planning and training program for after-school practices and events.  It is designed to provide a coordinated team response to every major medical emergency, including sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – the leading cause of death of young athletes in the United States. 

“The reality is that every day we send thousands of students out to fields and gyms for practice and events where there is a lack of systemic support for emergencies,” said Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School league (MSHSL) and co-developer of the program.  “One coach cannot provide a coordinated response alone.  This program empowers students to be a part of the response which increases the speed and effectiveness of response until emergency services can arrive.”

Originally created to respond to cardiac arrest, this third version of “Anyone Can Save A Life” covers all medical emergencies, providing a turnkey solution for every school wishing to implement an emergency action plan for after-school practices and events. 

“If you are prepared to respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a deadly condition, you are better prepared to respond to every emergency,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director.  “We are encouraging all athletic administrators, appropriate health-care professionals and coaches to take the time during their season to implement the plan.  It only takes a few minutes, and we have seen that these actions can save lives.”

After successful pilots in Minnesota, Arizona, New York and Washington, the NFHS Foundation provided funding to expand the scope of this program to distribute training guides nationally to its member state associations and their member schools.  “Anyone Can Save A Life” training materials are available at no cost at http://www.anyonecansavealife.org/

Using the program guide, coaches assign specific “emergency response” roles to students on every team at every level.  If a student suffers a serious injury, or life-threatening event, teammates immediately spring into action with the information they need to call 911,  assist with CPR and retrieve the automated external defibrillator. 

“This training will not only make our kids safer at school,” said Joan Mellor, Sr. Portfolio Lead at Medtronic Philanthropy and co-developer of the program, “it will provide them life-saving skills that will benefit the entire community.”


Players Added To North-South Rosters For Friday’s 56th North-South All-Star Game

       Some roster changes became necessary Monday as the North-South All-Star squads reported to Montgomery to begin preparation for the 56th annual All-Star Football Game. The game is set 7 p.m. Friday night at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details.
      Three players were added on the North squad and four on the South squad, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The changes were necessary when some players withdrew for personal reasons.
      For the South team coached by Carver-Montgomery High School head coach Billy Gresham, defensive back Anthony Scott of Baldwin County, defensive lineman Kelvin Temple of Jeff Davis, offensive lineman Arrington Gilbert of Wetumpka and offensive lineman Daviun Belser were added. All had joined the team Tuesday afternoon.
      Not reporting were Spanish Fort defensive back Morgan Baker, Pike County defensive lineman Isaac Nickson, Theodore offensive lineman Ezekiel Mayblen, Greenville wide receiver Raheem Moore and Northview offensive lineman Bryce Sadler.
     Added to the North roster were Hubbertville linebacker Nathan Young, Oak Mountain linebacker Riley Fowler and Fultondale kicker Enrique Aguilar. Withdrawing from the game Monday was linebacker Carson Styles of Bob Jones.
      The teams had their first practice Monday night with the South at Trinity Presbyterian High School and the North at St. James High School football facilities. The teams also practiced early Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night.  The players and coaches enjoyed a fellowship at Montgomery’s Alley and Dreamland Barbecue Tuesday afternoon and will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Wednesday afternoon.

       The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
        Updated numerical North-South rosters can be found at
www.ahsaa.com at the following link: 
http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/AHSADCA/All-Star-Sports-Weeks/2015-All-Star-Games

         The NFHS Network will live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators and contest officials will be in Montgomery July 21-25 for the annual AHSAA summer meeting.
            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 complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0