Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 0
Mountain Brook High School overcame deficits in each of the first two sets to win close and swept McGill-Toolen 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 to claim the Lady Spartans’ second straight Class 7A state volleyball championship Thursday. All championship matches are being played at Birmingham’s 5,500-seat Bill Harris Arena for the first time. All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Playing before a large crowd at Bill Harris Arena, Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team rallied to sneak past Coach Kate Adams’ Dirty Dozen (49-8). Senior Sara Carr, who earned MVP honors for the second year, was powerful up front. She registered 13 kills, 12 digs and two service aces to lead Mountain Brook (57-6). Emmy Kilgore and Caroline Davies added nine kills each in the heavyweight match that totaled 78 kills for both teams. The Spartans had 44 and McGill-Toolen 34.
Sara Mitchell had 39 assists, Lacey Jeffcoat had 16 digs and Selman added 14.
McGill-Toolen’s Elizabeth Burnett had 11 kills, Kirsten Carter had eight, Sofia Bruno had 20 digs, and Elizabeth Murphy had 26 assists.
Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Payton Selman, Mountain Brook; Emmy Kilgore, Mountain Brook; Sara Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Elizabeth Murphy, McGill-Toolen; Elizabeth Burnett, McGill-Toolen; Aubrie Huddleston, Grissom.
45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.
Lawrence County 26, Hewitt-Trussville 18
Lawrence County receiver Josh Smith had five receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown to lead his team to a 26-18 win over Hewitt-Trussville in the first Unified Sports state flag football game in AHSAA history Wednesday at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The teams, consisting of Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student peer partners, battled on a 25x60-yard field over two 20-minute halves.
Smith, who also made an interception on defense, had a 24-yard catch from partner Jesse Childress to set up Lawrence County’s first TD. Childress then connected with Timmy Chaney for a 3-yard TD pass with 15:26 remaining in the first half.
Hewitt-Trussville tied the game at 6-6 with 11:43 left in the half when partner Dylan McCormick tossed a 10-yard TD pass to athlete Andrew White. White had a good game rushing for 29 yards on four carries, catching two passes for 18 yards and throwing a 7-yard TD pass to McCormick.
Tyler Ball, who rushed for 33 yards on five carries, scored Hewitt’s other TD on a 10-yard run.
Lawrence County receiver Timmy Chaney had two catches for TDs covering 1 and 3 yards. Bobby Le Griffith scored the final touchdown with a 9-yard run.
Lawrence County, coached by Steve Jones, used six different passers to complete 14-of-27 passes for 124 yards. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by Tim Meacham, was 9-of-24 passing for 100 yards and also rushed for 61 yards on 11 tries.