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Vestavia Hills, Oxford and Arab Have Comfortable Leads Heading into Saturday’s Final Day of the AHSAA 2017 State Wrestling Tournament

   HUNTSVILLE – Oxford accumulated 182 points to take 34.5-point lead in Class 6A while Vestavia Hills (7A) and Arab (1A-5A) had comfortable leads in the other two divisions after Friday’s action at the 62nd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships being held at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
    Wrestling gets underway with consolation finals Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. The championship finals will start at 1 p.m. The finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Go to  http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/tournament/alabama-winter-championships to access the live-stream.
        Southside-Gadsden has 147.5 points, Pinson Valley 138 and Homewood 105.5 to lead the Class 6A team rankings after day two. Defending state champion Vestavia Hills posted 119.5 points as Class 7A got underway Friday. Hoover is second with 91.5 points, Hewitt-Trussville is third with 82 and Thompson is fourth with 73. The Rebels won their 14th state title overall last year – a fitting send off for AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh, who retired as Vestavia’s wrestling boss. Monterrious Adams took over as head coach this season.
     Arab, chasing its fifth state championship in a row, built a 46.5-point lead over Cleburne County Friday totaling 161.5 points. Cleburne County had 115, followed by Tallassee (98) and Alexandria (93.5).
      Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights won the 6A state crown in 2016 and 2015 and the Class 5A titles in 2014 and 2013.   
      All three division leaders captured the first AHSAA Wrestling Duals tournament titles earlier this season.
    Coach Matt Hicks’ Yellow Jackets have recorded 20 wins by fall – most of any team in the competition – advanced five wrestlers to the finals Saturday. Among the five is sophomore heavyweight Clay Webb (56-1), who posted his third straight pin to reach the Class 6A 285-pound finals to face Jacob Andrews (36-3) of Stanhope Elmore. Jacobs beat rival South second seed Trent Lolley of Wetumpka 3-2 in the semifinals to set up the showdown with Webb.
    A total of eight unbeaten wrestlers will be attempting to close out the season with wins in their respective weight divisions Saturday. Another 11 have just one loss on the year and another, senior Landon Thompson of Cass 6A Southside-Gadsden, is 73-2 on the year at 152 pounds.
    Senior Zachary Van Alst of Montgomery Catholic (66-0) will face Hayden’s Chace Phillips (60-1) in the 138-pound Class 1A-5A finals Saturday. Van Alst is attempting to become just the third wrestler in state history to win six individual state titles. He won his first championship as a seventh grader in 2012 and has won every year since.  Macon Edwards of Fultondale improved to 73-0 with a 10-0 major decision win in the 113-pound semifinals. He was 90-0 last season while winning the 106-pound 1A-5A title. He will meet Landon Castleberry of Hayden (59-9) in the championship match.
    In Class 7A, sophomore Sam Latona of Thompson (70-1), rolled into the Class 7A 106-pound finals with pins in both his matches Friday.  He is 35-0 against in-state competition this season and 35-1 versus out-of-state competition. Latona’s brother Dominic won the 126-pound 7A state title as a senior in 2016.
   And in Class 6A, Southside-Gadsden senior Landon Thompson (73-2) will be trying to win his 74th victory in the Class 6A 152-pound finals versus Isaac Jackson (22-2) of Park Crossing.
    Twelve defending champions will be in the finals again Saturday. Brooks Schrimsher of Huntsville (40-0) is in the 182-pound 7A finals after winning the 170-pound crown last season. Vestavia Hills’ James Edwards (40-0) will be attempting to defend the 220-pound title. His twin brother Jacob Edwards (39-3) has also reached the Class 7A 285-pound championship match. 
    Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com and its track wrestling link. Saturday’s finals match-ups are listed. 

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Von Braun Center, Huntsville
Championship Matches
 (Saturday, Feb. 18)

CLASS 1A-5A
106 pounds:
Jailen Young, Mae Jemison (62-3) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (56-4)
113 pounds: Landon Castleberry,  Hayden (59-9) vs. Macon Edwards, Fultondale (73-0)
120 pounds: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (35-3) vs. Will Patterson, Moody (57-5)
126 pounds: Nick Souder, Weaver (62-1) vs. Brantley McHugh, Madison County (39-4)
132 pounds: Seth Hyatt, Arab (53-9) vs. Michael Land, Moody (60-2)
138 pounds:  Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (66-0) vs. Chace Phillips, Hayden (60-1)
145 pounds: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (46-0) vs. Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (37-3)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (38-1) vs. Channing Marmann, Deshler (35-7)
160 pounds: Will Spencer, Arab (52-4) vs. Shon`derious Spralling, Mae Jemison (62-2)
170 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County (34-9) vs. Ethan Pippin, Westminster Christian (52-0)
182 pounds: Davion Watkins, Lee-Huntsville (28-2) vs. Christian Knopp, Alexandria (57-0)
195 pounds: Stephen White, Madison County (47-7) vs. Ian Scott, Arab (58-3)
220 pounds: Caleb Montgomery, Ohatchee (33-5) vs. Sean Caleb Allison, Weaver (46-4)
285 pounds: Jake Baker, Tallassee (44-1) vs. Kendall Farr, Westminster Christian (47-5)

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:
Andrew Smith, Southside-Gadsden (70-4) vs. George Vazquez, Pinson Valley (43-6)
113 pounds: Brantley Ledbetter, Chelsea (44-9) vs. Trent Young, Athens (34-11)
120 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (69-4) vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (46-19)
126 pounds: Wesley Slick,  Oxford (31-7) vs. Cole Blackwell, Wetumpka (54-5)
132 pounds: Colin Edwards, Southside-Gadsden (54-10) vs. Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort (52-1)
138 pounds:  Josh Walker, Pinson Valley (40-5) vs. Sam Colvin, Southside-Gadsden (65-4)
145 pounds: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (33-1) vs. Javonic Turner, Homewood (28-4)
152 pounds: Isaac Jackson, Park Crossing (22-2) vs. Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (73-2)
160 pounds: Trevor Muncey, Gardendale (57-6) vs. Matt King, Oxford (62-4)
170 pounds: Nathan Dunaway, Helena 61-4) vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (41-3)
182 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (26-0) vs.  Tony Norman, Austin (31-4)
195 pounds: Carlos Jesus Figueroa, Homewood (29-3) vs. Joshua Thomas, Oxford (28-13)
220 pounds: Jackson Jones, Clay-Chalkville (48-1) vs. Reynard Ellis, Shades Valley (22-1)
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford (56-1) vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (36-3)

CLASS 7A
106 pounds:
Sam Latona, Thompson (70-1) vs. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (29-10)
113 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson (59-4) vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (47-2)
120 pounds: Alex Thomas, Vestavia Hills(23-2) vs.  Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (28-3)
126 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (74-4) vs. Braden Treglown, Hewitt-Trussville (41-15)
132 pounds: Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville (58-2) vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (51-14)
138 pounds: Patterson Huff, Hoover (39-4) vs. Carson Lester, Oak Mountain (28-9)
145 pounds: Jack Stoves, Vestavia Hills (38-5) vs. Conner Smith, Hewitt-Trussville (56-5)
152 pounds: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (36-1) vs. Houston Curtis, Huntsville (52-1)
160 pounds: Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (37-7) vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (44-3)
170 pounds: Randy Jenkins, Hoover (22-3) vs. Braedon Keith, Hewitt-Trussville (39-12)
182 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (40-0) vs. Zack Noble, Prattville (40-3)
195 pounds: D`angelo Dewitt, Hoover (34-3) vs. Jaeger Clark, Huntsville (55-2)
220 pounds: James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (40-0) vs. Branden Moore, Sparkman (46-9)
285 pounds: Austin Carter, Hoover (19-3) vs. Jacob Edwards, Vestavia Hills (39-3)

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament Von Braun Center, Huntsville Championship Matches

AHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Von Braun Center, Huntsville
Championship Matches
 (Saturday, Feb. 18)

CLASS 1A-5A
106 pounds:
Jailen Young, Mae Jemison (62-3) vs. Jaden New, Alexandria (56-4)
113 pounds: Landon Castleberry,  Hayden (59-9) vs. Macon Edwards, Fultondale (73-0)
120 pounds: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (35-3) vs. Will Patterson, Moody (57-5)
126 pounds: Nick Souder, Weaver (62-1) vs. Brantley McHugh, Madison County (39-4)
132 pounds: Seth Hyatt, Arab (53-9) vs. Michael Land, Moody (60-2)
138 pounds:  Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (66-0) vs. Chace Phillips, Hayden (60-1)
145 pounds: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (46-0) vs. Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (37-3)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (38-1) vs. Channing Marmann, Deshler (35-7)
160 pounds: Will Spencer, Arab (52-4) vs. Shon`derious Spralling, Mae Jemison (62-2)
170 pounds: Christian Seale, Cleburne County (34-9) vs. Ethan Pippin, Westminster Christian (52-0)
182 pounds: Davion Watkins, Lee-Huntsville (28-2) vs. Christian Knopp, Alexandria (57-0)
195 pounds: Stephen White, Madison County (47-7) vs. Ian Scott, Arab (58-3)
220 pounds: Caleb Montgomery, Ohatchee (33-5) vs. Sean Caleb Allison, Weaver (46-4)
285 pounds: Jake Baker, Tallassee (44-1) vs. Kendall Farr, Westminster Christian (47-5)

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:
Andrew Smith, Southside-Gadsden (70-4) vs. George Vazquez, Pinson Valley (43-6)
113 pounds: Brantley Ledbetter, Chelsea (44-9) vs. Trent Young, Athens (34-11)
120 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (69-4) vs. Jakob Chisolm, Oxford (46-19)
126 pounds: Wesley Slick,  Oxford (31-7) vs. Cole Blackwell, Wetumpka (54-5)
132 pounds: Colin Edwards, Southside-Gadsden (54-10) vs. Justin Ingram, Spanish Fort (52-1)
138 pounds:  Josh Walker, Pinson Valley (40-5) vs. Sam Colvin, Southside-Gadsden (65-4)
145 pounds: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (33-1) vs. Javonic Turner, Homewood (28-4)
152 pounds: Isaac Jackson, Park Crossing (22-2) vs. Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (73-2)
160 pounds: Trevor Muncey, Gardendale (57-6) vs. Matt King, Oxford (62-4)
170 pounds: Nathan Dunaway, Helena 61-4) vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (41-3)
182 pounds: Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (26-0) vs.  Tony Norman, Austin (31-4)
195 pounds: Carlos Jesus Figueroa, Homewood (29-3) vs. Joshua Thomas, Oxford (28-13)
220 pounds: Jackson Jones, Clay-Chalkville (48-1) vs. Reynard Ellis, Shades Valley (22-1)
285 pounds: Clay Webb, Oxford (56-1) vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (36-3)

CLASS 7A
106 pounds:
Sam Latona, Thompson (70-1) vs. Sullivan Tipton, Oak Mountain (29-10)
113 pounds: Chandler Akins, Thompson (59-4) vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (47-2)
120 pounds: Alex Thomas, Vestavia Hills(23-2) vs.  Stone Barden, Hewitt-Trussville (28-3)
126 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (74-4) vs. Braden Treglown, Hewitt-Trussville (41-15)
132 pounds: Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville (58-2) vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (51-14)
138 pounds: Patterson Huff, Hoover (39-4) vs. Carson Lester, Oak Mountain (28-9)
145 pounds: Jack Stoves, Vestavia Hills (38-5) vs. Conner Smith, Hewitt-Trussville (56-5)
152 pounds: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (36-1) vs. Houston Curtis, Huntsville (52-1)
160 pounds: Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (37-7) vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (44-3)
170 pounds: Randy Jenkins, Hoover (22-3) vs. Braedon Keith, Hewitt-Trussville (39-12)
182 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (40-0) vs. Zack Noble, Prattville (40-3)
195 pounds: D`angelo Dewitt, Hoover (34-3) vs. Jaeger Clark, Huntsville (55-2)
220 pounds: James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (40-0) vs. Branden Moore, Sparkman (46-9)
285 pounds: Austin Carter, Hoover (19-3) vs. Jacob Edwards, Vestavia Hills (39-3)


Oxford, Arab Take First-Day Leads in 6A and 1A-5A Divisions As 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Get Underway

   HUNTSVILLE – Oxford High School sophomore heavyweight Clay Webb needed just 63 seconds to advance to Friday’s semifinals as the 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships got underway Thursday at the Von Braun Center.
    Webb (55-1), a husky 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, won his first match with a pin a 29 seconds and took his second bout with a fall just 34 seconds into the match. Oxford, coached by Matt Hicks, posted 85.5 points Thursday to take a 13-point lead into the Class 6A competition Friday. Southside-Gadsden is second with 72.5 points, followed by Homewood with 57.5, Wetumpka with 55.5 and Pinson Valley with 54.
    Arab, going for its fifth straight state title, leads Class 1A-5A after the first day’s competition. Coach Michael Pruitt’s Knights hold  a slim 7.5-point lead over Cleburne County. Arab posted 77.5 points, Cleburne County has 70, Tallassee is third with 63 and Mae Jemison is in fourth place with 48.
     Wrestling gets underway Friday at 9:30 a.m., with Class 7A joining the competition with its quarterfinal round. Classes 6A and 1A-5A begin the day with round two of the consolation division. All classes will begin the championship round semifinals at 1 p.m. The 2017 Championships conclude Saturday with action beginning at 9 a.m., and the championship bouts beginning at 11:30 a.m.
   Webb was just of several outstanding wrestlers who needed little time on the mat Thursday to reach the semifinals.  Among them was South Super Sectional runner-up Trent Holley (48-3) had two two pins. The Wetumpka senior battled Webb to three overtimes in the finals at Montgomery last week before losing the match 4-3.
    In Class 1A-5A, junior Macon Edwards of Fultondale improved to 72-0 with two easy wins at 113 pounds. He posted a pin at 1:52 in his first match and posted a 13-2 major decision to advance to the semis.
   Senior Zachary Van Alst of Montgomery Catholic improved to 66-0 with two pins – 28 and 48 seconds. Van Alst is two victories away from winning his sixth state title.
   Others of note included:
    -- Weaver senior Nick Souder (61-1) had two wins by fall at 126  pounds.
    -- Junior Ethan Pippin of Westminster Christian improved to 51-0 at 170 pounds with one pin and a technical fall.
    -- Sophomore Christian Knoop (56-0) posted pins in his two 182-pouned matches for Alexandria.
    -- Tallassee brothers Jake and Andy Baker also advanced to the semifinals as each posted a pair of wins at 195 and 285 pounds. Jake (43-1), a senior heavyweight, had two pins, and Andy (51-1), a sophomore, had two pins in his two 195-pound victories.
    --  In Class 6A, Junior Justin Ingram of Spanish Fort (51-1) reached the semifinals in Class 6A at 132 pounds with a pin and a major decision win.
    --  Landon Thompson, a senior at Southside-Gadsden, improved to 72-2 with pins at 32 and 49 seconds, respectively, to advance to the 152-pound semifinals.
   -- Freshman Nathan Dunnaway (60-4) handed Sidney Lanier junior Landontay Garrison (29-1) his first loss of the season in the quarterfinals with a 19-6 major decision.
   -- Sopomore Carlos Figuero of Homewood (25-0) posted two pins at 182 pounds to advance to the semifinal round.
  --  And in the Class 6A 220-pound weight class, senior John Ellis Rawls of Wetumpka (50-0) and sophomore Jackson Jones of Clay-Chalkville (47-1) moved one win away from meeting in the finals.
   -- Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the Track Wrestling link. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network in conjunction with Track Wrestling.


Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Auburn’s Chip Lindsey Set for AHSAA Football Lunch & Learn Clinic March 10

    MONTGOMERY – Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Auburn University offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey will be the keynote clinicians at the AHSAA Football Lunch & Learn mini-clinic scheduled for March 10 at the AHSAA Office.
    Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, made the announcement Tuesday.
    “We are very excited to have Coach Harbaugh and Coach Lindsey addressing our coaches,” Briggs said. “Coach Harbaugh is one of the top college head coaches in America, and Coach Lindsey is one of the brightest offensive coordinators around. Our commitment is to provide the best clinicians possible for our member schools each year.”
     The Lunch & Learn mini-clinic series is hosted by the AHSADCA. The one-day clinic provides excellent professional training for our member high school and middle school coaches. The interaction is on a more personal level.
     The AHSADCA provides Lunch & Learn mini-clinics for 11 sports. Football is the last in this school year’s series. Basketball, bowling, wrestling and track & field were held in the first semester. Tennis, baseball, soccer and softball mini-clinics were conducted in January with volleyball and golf held earlier this month. Pre-registration can be done online at www.ahsaa.com. The Football Lunch & Learn will be limited to first 175 to register.
    Harbaugh, 107-49-1 as a head coach, became the 20th head football coach at the University of Michigan, in 2014. The Wolverines’ program is currently college football’s winningest program. He served as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers for four years prior to returning to his alma mater. He led the franchise to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012. Harbaugh's 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens and his brother, John, in the only matchup of brothers as head coaches in NFL history.
    Prior to making the jump to the 49ers, Harbaugh established himself as a leader of young men at the college level. He turned around a Stanford program that went 1-11 prior to his arrival. The Cardinal improved each of his four seasons, culminating with a 12-1 campaign and FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in 2010. Harbaugh finished his tenure at Stanford with a 29-21 overall record (.580) and 21-15 mark in Pac-10 Conference play. He also was 29-6 as the University of San Diego’ head coach.
    As a collegiate player, Harbaugh was one of the most efficient passers in NCAA history. In 1985, he led the nation in pass efficiency and finished as the runner-up in 1986. His career pass efficiency rating was the NCAA's top mark for more than 12 years. Harbaugh won the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Most Valuable Player award, earned first team All-America honors and finished third in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy following the 1986 season.
Lindsey Moved Through the High School Ranks
    Chip Lindsey made his mark in high school football, made the jump to offensive coordinator in college, and then earned an opportunity to call plays at Auburn. Coach Gus Malzahn hired Lindsey earlier this year to replace Rhett Lashlee as Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Lindsey spent 2016 coordinating the offense and coaching quarterbacks at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils averaged 33.3 points per game. He also served as offensive coordinator at Southern Miss in 2014-15.
       Lindsey played high school football at Bob Jones High School. He played college football at North Alabama, before transferring to Alabama as a student. He was an assistant coach at five Alabama high schools: Florence, Springville, Sparkman, Deshler and Hoover. His first high school head coaching job was at Colbert Heights in 2005-06 and was head coach at Spain Park in 2011-12.
      Lindsey, who served on Malzahn’s staff at Auburn in 2013, received his first college opportunity coaching quarterbacks at Troy University in 2010. Lindsey tutored Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Corey Robinson, helping the Trojans win a share of the conference title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.

Gary McGriff Selected by NFHS Officials Association As National Contributor Award Recipient

      INDIANAPOLIS, IN  — Gary McGriff of Holly Pond and David Briseno of Clovis, New Mexico, and have been selected as national award recipients by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Officials Association.

      McGriff, who has been involved in officiating in various capacities for 30 years, is the recipient of the National Contributor Award. Briseno, who has been involved in officiating in New Mexico since 1984, is the recipient of the National Active Official Award.
        “Few people have made the impact Gary McGriff has had on officiating in the state of Alabama,” said Steve Savarese, executive director of the AHSAA. “A visionary, always providing opportunities for our officials to grow technologically, Gary continues to be a state leader with regard to communication, not only between officials, but most important our Association.”
         McGriff officiated four sports, including basketball for 18 years, and has continued his involvement in officiating by serving as district director for basketball (12 years) and track and field (five years). In addition to his on-the-field accomplishments, McGriff has been a photographer at all Alabama state championships for the past 15 years, and he developed the officials’ software program for the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).
     “I am honored and humbled to be nominated and receive this award for something I love doing so much,” said McGriff, who spent 25 years at NASA working as a tester for space shuttle main engine components.  “I owe a special thanks to the AHSAA for allowing me to bring in new ideas and for embracing and encouraging those ideas.  Supporting officiating and officials of all sports has been enjoyable and rewarding.”

     He wrote the software program and has continued to develop the program to cover registration, testing, training and recordkeeping of officials in all sports. In addition to the software program for the AHSAA, McGriff developed the same program for the Mississippi High School Activities Association, the Los Angeles area baseball associations and the Dixie Youth Baseball programs in the Southeast.
     McGriff established the first website of its kind in the world designed for primarily for contest officials. It included threaded multiple sport discussions that sparked worldwide participation of officials about such topics as rules, mechanics and game situations.  This website was cited by Referee Magazine as one of the top 40 milestones in history of officiating.
       He has written articles for Referee Magazine, including a cover article about how officials were could use the internet for training and discussions. He also wrote a very poignant article about how officials should behave while watching a game from the stands.
       McGriff has also helped pioneer the use of crew communication system headsets among contest officials. Working with Vokkerro, the designer, he has helped train officials in the use of the system at the high school level (AHSAA), college level (Southeastern Conference, Big 10 Conference, Big 12, Pac 12, Mountain Wet, Sun Belt and Western Athletic conferences as well as the National Football League.  He has also demonstrated the equipment for the NBA, Atlantic Coast Conference and Missouri Valley Conference.
     He is currently active as an AHSAA district officials’ director for basketball and track.

      Briseno officiated basketball from 1984 through last year and has been a football official since 1985. He also officiated baseball for 19 years and softball for 12 years. He served on the New Mexico Officials Association Board of Directors in 2003 and 2004 and was a member of the New Mexico Activities Association Officials Commissioner Committee from 1996 to 2006.

At 48th AHSAA State Meet St. Paul’s Wins 24th Girls Indoor State Title; Hoover Wins 7th Boys Indoor Crown

   BIRMINGHAM – Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Lady Saints captured the school’s 24th state title at the AHSAA ‘s 48th State Indoor Track Championships Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover’s boys also snapped Auburn’s two-year dominance in Class 7A as the Bucs rolled to their seventh indoor title overall.
    Coach Devin Hind’s Bucs accumulated 111 points en route to the Class 7A boys’ championship. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by David Dobbs, was second with 58 points. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Mountain Brook tied for third with 41.5 points each. The Lady Bucs also won the girls’ championship with a 123-point effort. Mountain Brook was runner-up with 78.5. James Clemens finished third with 63.
  Opelika won its second Class 6A boys’ championship in a row scoring 89 points. Homewood was runner-up with 73, followed by Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 54-point effort.  On the girls’ side, Homewood totaled 151 points to finish first, and Opelika’s girls were second with 62. Pelham posted 60 points to finish third.
     St. Paul’s had 85.5 points to win in Class 4A/5A and Montgomery Catholic finished second with 65. Central-Tuscaloosa had 43 points and finished third.  The Saints have now won eight straight girls’ indoor state titles. Scottsboro won the Class 4A/5A boys’ championship with 103 points. Winfield, thanks in part to a 40-point effort by senior Trey Cunningham, was second with 73.  Madison Academy was third with 39.
     Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Patriots won the Class 1A/3A boys’ and girls’ state championships. The boys had 87 points, Holly Pond was second with 62 and Montgomery Academy finished third with 51. ACA’s girls amassed 121 points while runner-up Westminster of Oak Mountain was second 86, and Whitesburg Christian finished third with 77.
     In the individual competition, Winfield’s Trey Cunningham set a new AHSAA indoor state meet overall and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.54 seconds. That mark eclipsed the record he set in the prelims (7.58) and also topped former Hoover sprinter Marlon Humphrey’s previous state mark of 7.80 set in 2013. West Point’s Hunter Appling finished second in the 4A/5A finals with an 8.23 time. That also surpassed the previous 4A/5A mark set by Lezyon Lagard (8.30) of Central-Tuscaloosa in 2013. Appling broke that mark in the prelims as well clocking 8.27.
    Cunningham, who also won the Class 4A/5A long jump Saturday to finish with 40 points in the meet,  clocked 6.79 seconds to set the AHSAA all-time, all-class indoor state meet record in the Class 4A/5A 60-meter dash finals. The time was just 1/100ths of a second off his best time of the year (6.79) that he ran in the Last Chance Classic at the CrossPlex last weekend. The winning time also gave him a new 4A/5A record – closing his AHSAA indoor career with state meet records in the 60 overall, in 4A/5A and in 1A/3A. He also won the long jump Saturday with a 23-foot, 1-inch  leap.
  Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn also set a new overall and Class 4A/5A state meet record in the 60-meter dash Saturday with a 7.48 time. She held the mark with 7.49 in 2014 and 2015 in Class 6A. She holds the CrossPlex record as well with a 7.46 time she ran last weekend in the Last Chance Classic regular season meet.
   Dan Passen of Xpress Timing, the official meet electronic timer, also set up a camera to get all runners’ 55-meter times in the two races. Cunningham’s time of 7.00 (6.998) tied the national record in that event set last year by Grant Holloway of Grassfield High School in Cheseapeake (VA) at a meet in New York City.
     Cunningham’s time also surpassed the AHSAA overall state record (7.39) in the 55-meter hurdles, now discontinued. It was set by Hoover’s Chris Butler in 1998 at Priceville’s Celebration Arena. Cunningham was clocked at 6.33 seconds by the 55-meter clock in the 60 he ran Saturday. That too was faster than the AHSAA overall state mark in that discontinued event. Sidney Lanier’s Chris Chukuma established the record (6.46) in 1996. The high school national record in the 55 is 6.08 seconds, set by Marvin Bracey of Orlando-Boone High School (FL) in 2012.
    Kirkland’s time at the 55-meter distance of her race was 6.95 seconds, faster than the AHSAA indoor state record (7.18) owned by Laquinta Aaron of N0rthridge in 2006.
    Caitlyn Little of Hoover, who won the 60-meter hurdles, was clocked at 7.96 by the 55-meter clock. The AHSAA 55-meter dash indoor record (8.10) was set by Jihan Trone of Hewitt-Trussville in 2000. That event was discontinued after 2007.
    Four runners broke the Class 7A girls’ 1,600-meter state meet record Saturday with Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan winning with a 4:59.96 time.  Huntsville’s Abby Zane was second (5:04.74), Harper McGowan of Auburn (5:07.70) was third and Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic (5:07.86) was fourth. Frances Patrick Mountain Brook set the previous record in 2016 (5:07.88).
   Auburn’s Erik Ebel set a new CrossPlex record in the shot put with a winning throw of 58 feet, 11 inches in the Class 7A boys’ competition. He was still well short of the AHSAA’s oldest standing record, Frank Warren’s 63-foot, 6 ½-inch toss in the 1977 state meet for Phillips High School. Warren went on to have an outstanding football career at Auburn University and then spent 14 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. The defensive tackle was also inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. He is now deceased.
   Highlights from Saturday’s races and field events:

CLASS 7A GIRLS
60-meter dash:
Sparkman’s Lauryn Hall, who eclipsed the 7A indoor state meet record in the prelims, erased her own record (7.71) in the finals with a 7.66 time. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had the previous record of 7.73.
400-meter dash: Nicole Payne of Oak Mountain broke her own Class 7A state indoor record by 1/100th of a second to win in 55.24 seconds. The old record set last year was 55.25.
60-meter hurdles: Caitlyn Little of Hoover won the finals heat with an 8.56 time.
High Jump: Genesis Jones of Hoover tied the 7A indoor state record with a 5-04 height. Mountain Brook’s Julia Leonard set the record originally in 2015.
Triple Jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a Class 7A record with a winning leap of 39-11.50. The old mark (38-07.50) was set by Kayla Williams of James Clemens in 2015.
4x800-meter relay: Hoover finished first with a winning time of 9:27.55.
4x400-meter relay: The Bucs ran the winning time of 3:59.64, just 11/100ths of a second off the 7A indoor record.

CLASS 6A GIRLS
60-meter dash:
Jasmine Griffin’s 7.64 time gave the Homewood sprinter the victory.
60-meter hurdles: Walker’s Maddie Harrell won the finals heat with a 9.01-second time.
400-meter dash: Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood won in 58.71 seconds.
High Jump: Caroline Lawrence of Homewood cleared 5-04 to take first place.
Long Jump: Ghania Warren leaped 17-10.75 to win the event for Opelika.
4x400-meter relay: Homewood’s winning time of 3:54.26 set a new Class 6A indoor stat meet record. Hoover set the old mark (3:56.58) in 2014.
 4x800-meter relay: Fort Payne won in 10:00.22.

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
400-meter dash:
Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set a new class indoor state meet record with her winning time of 56.92. Iris Robinson of Parker had held the 4A/5A record (57.95) since 2012. Kirkland holds the CrossPlex record (54.43).
1,600-meter run: Class 4A/5A indoor state meet record holder Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won with a 5:04.91 time. She was just shy of the record (5:01.36) she set in 2015.
Long Jump: Claire West of Madison Academy won with a 14-06 winning leap.
High Jump: Danielle Shears of Mortimer Jordan edged Jalyn Bowen of Brewbaker Tech. Each cleared 5-04 but Shears had fewer misses.
4x800-meter relay:
St. Paul’s won easily with a time of 10:13.23.
4x400-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa sped to first place with a 4:12.06 finish.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
60-meter dash:
Payton Metcalf of Westminster-Oak Mountain had an 8.08 time to win the final heat. She also ran 8.08 Friday for the fastest time of the prelims.
60-meter hurdles: Kayleigh Atkins of American Christian won with a 9.35 time. Teammate Helen Claire Edmonds finished second at 9.70.
400-meter dash: Prattville Christian’s Jaime Drouin won with a 1:01.06 time.
1,600-meter run:  Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian beat the field with a time of 5:14.22.
High Jump: Rachel Faucett of Pleasant Valley set a new 1A/3A high jump record clearing 5 feet, 7 inches. The old record (5-06) was set by Yutta Shelton of Randolph in 1981.
Triple Jump: Helen Clair Edmonds of American Christian won the event with a winning leap of 35 feet, 8 ¾ inches.
4x800-meter relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain won the race with a time of 10:22.96.
4x400-meter relay: Westminster also captured the final race of the 1A/3A girls’ competition with a time of 4:20.75, just a second off the 13-year-old state record set by Madison County in 2004.

CLASS 7A BOYS
Triple Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set a new Class 7A state long jump record Friday. He followed up Saturday with a record-setting leap of 50 feet, 3 inches in the Class 7A triple jump to set yet another all-time AHSAA indoor state record.
60-meter dash: Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City clocked 6.93 seconds to win the finals. He ran a 6.84 in the semifinals to set a new Class 7A state record.
Pole Vault: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jake Spotswood cleared 16 feet to win the event. He attempted to break the state record by moving the bar to 16-05 but missed on his final three tries. Jacob Doak of Hoover finished second at 15-06.
60-meter hurdles: Christian Strong of Hoover clocked 8.42 in the finals to capture the event.
400-meter dash:
 Hoover’s Trent Hamner nipped Tyrone Davis of Central-Phenix City, clocking 50.03 to win. Davis ran 50.18 ad Jake Diggs of Hewitt-Trussville ran 50.28.
1,600-meter run: Tommy McDonough of Hoover clocked 4:25.41 to finish first.
4x800-meter relay: Hoover won with a 7:59.97 time – narrowly missing the state record (7:57.93) set by Mountain Brook in 2016.
4x400-meter relay:  Central-Phenix City just missed the state 7A record (3:22.05) winning with a 3:22.42 time.

CLASS 6A BOYS
60-meter dash:
Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa picked up his second win of the meet Saturday with a winning time of 6.95 seconds.
400-meter dash: Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa won the 6A competition with fastest time of the day, 48.15. His time was just 6/100ths shy of the AHSAA all-time indoor state meet record  (48.09) set by Deante Tolbert of Auburn in 2015. Marlon Humphrey of Hoover set the 6A mark (48.11) in 2013).  Campbell has the CrossPlex overall record (47.64), which is also the fastest time in the nation this indoor season.
60-meter hurdles: Ramsay’s Eric Williams won the final heat in 8.62 seconds.
Pole Vault:
Garrison Hill cleared 14-06 to take first place for Cullman.
4x800-meter relay: Homewood posted the victory with a time of 8:33.35.
4x400-meter relay: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa anchor Cagan Campbell closed a 20-yard cap in the final leg as the Patriots took first place over Ramsay with a 3:27.25 time.

   
CLASS 4A/5A BOYS
400-meter dash:
Trey Cunningham of Winfield added the 4A/5A indoor state championship to his vast collection of track victories clocking 50.09 to win. His time bettered his 1A/3A record-winning time (50.30) in 2016 but did not set the 4A/5A indoor mark. A total of 10 heats competed in the 4A/5A race Saturday.
1,600-meter run: Arab’s Chase Buckelew clocked 4:24.88 to capture the first-place medal.
Triple Jump: Will Boley of Opelika High School took first place with with a winning jump of 46-07.75. High Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro won with a 6-02 leap.
Shot Put: Hunter Berrong of Madison Academy won the competition with a winning throw of 38-03.
4x800-meter relay: Scottsboro’s relay team held off defending 4x800 champion Northside to win by just under two seconds. The Wildcats clocked 8:27.89 and Northside finished at 8:29.22.
4x400-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa closed out the 4A/5A meet with a 3:29.86 race to take first in the relay.


CLASS 1A/3A BOYS
60-meter dash:
Dante Smith of Prattville Christian won the finals heat in 7.21 seconds – just nipping Keefe White of Montgomery Academy (7.25).
60-meter hurdles:
Keefe White of Montgomery Academy was first with an 8.26 time.
400-meter dash: Dontae Lee of American Christian took first with his winning time of 52.14.
1,600-meter run: Chase Prater’s 4:37.18 time gave the Elkmont runner the win over runner-up Nate Collins of Westminster-Oak Mountain, who was one second behind at 4:38.18.
High Jump: Joey Cahoon of Holly Pond cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the event. Already the 1A/3A record holder thanks to his 6-07 leap in 2015, Cahoon attempted to clear 6-08 for a new record Saturday but came up a little short.
Shot Put: Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond had a long throw of 44-11 to win the competition.
Long Jump: Ohatchee’s Chase Widgeon won with a best leap of 20 feet, 10 ½ inches.
4x800-meter relay: Westminster of Oak Mountain made it a sweep of this event with a winning time of 8:38.74.

AHSAA, Montgomery to Host 2020 NASO Officials Summit

   MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama High School Athletic Association is partnering with the National Association of Sports Officials to bring the 2020 NASO Officials Summit to Montgomery and the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The announcement was made jointly by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and NASO president Barry Mano.
    The AHSAA will be the summit’s education sponsor.
    “The AHSAA is committed to providing the best training and professional development possible for our more than 7,000 contest officials,” Savarese said. “The NASO Officials Summit will bring more than 500 sports officials from across the U.S. to Alabama and will have a major economic impact on Montgomery and the state. “We are very excited to be able to host this summit. Some of the greatest minds in sports officiating will be here as clinicians. It affords the AHSAA and our state’s sports officials an incredible opportunity.”
     Mano, the founder and publisher of Referee Magazine and the NASO Summit, said he is excited about bringing the event to Montgomery. The Summit has been held annually across the nation since 1981 with year’s event set for Louisville (KY) and last year’s event held at San Antonio (TX).
    “The enthusiasm and vision of Steve Savarese, (AHSAA Director of Officials) Mark Jones and the AHSAA Board has been extraordinary,” Mano said. “In July, 2020, the NASO Sports Officiating Summit will be held at the Renaissance Montgomery. In conjunction, the AHSAA will stage “Officiate Alabama Day”. It will be historic in size and scope. It will educate and pay honor to the men, women and young people who make high school sports in Alabama safe, fair and life-building for all who play.
    “The energy and belief of the AHSAA and the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center makes me and our NASO staff already itching to come to Montgomery. It will be extraordinary.”
     The mission of the NASO is to not only provide the best and most up-to-date information for sports officials but serve as the leading source of sports officiating information, programs and services.  Members of the NASO include officials from the professional, collegiate and high school levels for a vast variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, track and field, cross country, swimming and diving and competitive cheer.
    “We are honored to have the opportunity to host this most prestigious event for sports officiating,” said Jones. “The speakers at the NASO Summit are some of the most successful officials in their sports in the country at any level.  A benefit of hosting the National Summit is that it provides for an “Officiate Alabama Day” on the Saturday prior to the Sunday opening of the Summit.   Officials from all sports across the state of Alabama will have the opportunity to attend Alabama Day and learn from the top officials in the country.” 
    The AHSAA’s Jones will be a speaker at this summer’s NASO Summit at Louisville. Among this year’s speakers are legendary sports officials and industry leaders Jerry Markbriet, Billy Kennedy, Steve Shaw, Joe Crawford, Dean Blandino, Bill Carollo, Scott Green, Marcy Weston, Sandra Serafini, Steve Javie, Tom Lopes, Terry Gregson, Joan Powell and Mike Pereira. , who will be a speaker at the 2017 NASO Summit at Louisville in July. 


10 Records Tied or Broken on First Day Of 48th AHSAA State Indoor Track Championships

   BIRMINGHAM -- Hoover, Opelika, Scottsboro and American Christian led their respective divisions after the first day of boys’ competition at the 48th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Hoover, Homewood, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian led the girls’ competition.
    The championships conclude Saturday with action getting underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream the action Saturday. The link for access is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/79ee8320e5
     Hoover led Mountain Brook 33-23 in the 7A boys’ standings with Hewitt-Trussville third with 21 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic fourth with 15.50. In Class 6A, defending state champion Opelika posted 48 points to take the first-day lead with Homewood second with 28, Columbia third with 20 and Cullman fourth with 19. Leading Class 4A/5A was Scottsboro with 36 points. Madison Academy was second with 22, Winfield third with 20 and Arab fourth with 16. Both Scottsboro and Arab dropped from 6A to 5A this season while Madison Academy and defending 1A/3A state champion Winfield moved up from 3A.
     American Christian posted 40 points Friday to lead the 1A/3A boys’ division. Montgomery Academy and Altamont had 20 points each and Westminster of Oak Mountain had 19.     Homewood had a commanding lead after day one of the Class 6A girls’ competition with 59 points. Defending champion Pelham was second with 22 followed by Cullman, 18, and Opelika, 15.  In Class 7A, defending champ Hoover built a 12-point lead in the girls’ competition with 47 points. James Clemens and Mountain Brook were tied for second with 35 with 31.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal, which holds the AHSAA state record with 23 state girls’ indoor championships including the last seven in a row, had a 41-28 lead over Beauregard after Friday’s Class 4A/5A events at the CrossPlex. Montgomery Catholic was third with 24 and Scottsboro was tied with Central-Tuscaloosa at fourth with 19 each. Defending champion American Christian built a 49-30 lead over Whitesburg Christian in the 1A/3A girls competition. Montgomery Academy was third after day one with 26 points and Westminster of Oak Mountain was fourth with 24.
    In the individual competition, senior Trey Cunningham of Winfield continued his assault on the AHSAA state record book with two Class 4A/5A marks in the 60-meter hurdles and in the 60-meter prelims. He set an overall state-meet record in the hurdles and tied the overall record in the dash.
    Karon Delince of Central-Phenix City also established a new 7A record with his prelim-leading time of 6.84 seconds. His time, which beat the old record set by Emmanuel Tait of Thompson (6.91) last year, also set a new state meet overall record – just minutes after Cunningham had tied the record in the Class 4A/5A prelims.
     Cunningham, who set the all-time CrossPlex high school record last week in the Last Chance Classic with a 6.78 time, clocked 6.85 in his race to equal the mark set by Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika last year in the Class 6A meet.  Cunningham also set a new 4A/5A record. Shaquawn Vandergrift of Moody set the previous 4A/5A mark (6.95) at last year’s state meet.
     The Patriots standout, who signed with Florida State, also set a new AHSAA Indoor State and Class 4A/5A record in the 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.58 seconds in the prelims Friday. He was short of his National record time of 7.49 seconds he ran last week in the Last Chance Classic meet at the CrossPlex but was still fast enough to shatter the AHSAA overall indoor state meet record (7.80) set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013.
     Hunter Appling of West Point also eclipsed the old 4A/5A record in the prelims with his time of 8.27 seconds. The previous record holder was Lezyon Lagard of Central-Tuscaloosa, who clock 8.30 in the 2013 state meet.
     Columbia’s JuVaughn Blake tied the all-time indoor state meet high jump record with a winning 6-10.25 leap. That height tied he mark set by Mitch Dozier of Homewood in 1981.
     A total 10 records fell on day one, six in the boys’ competition and four on the girls’ side.
     Highlights from Friday include:
Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Senior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, who signed a football scholarship with Auburn Wednesday, broke his own Class 7A record with a winning leap of 24 feet, 5 inches. He also ran 7.00 in the 60-meter dash to turn in the second best 7A time.
3,200-meter run: Andrew Dodson of Huntsville won the 7A race with a winning time of 9:45.49.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Phenix City’s winning time of 1:30.91was just over a second off the 7A state record..
High Jump: Oakley Coleman of McGill-Toolen Catholic cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the event. The 7A state record is 6-08.
Class 6A Boys
60-meter dash:
Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa was the fastest 6A qualifier with a 6.96 time.
3,200-meter run: Opelika distance runner Ben Garner beat the field with a 9:31.01 time – best of the day in any class.
Long Jump: Columbia’s Blake also captured the long jump with a 22-05.75 leap.
Shot Put: Carver-Montgomery’s Eric Williams won easily with a winning throw of 56-11 – just over six feet better than the competition.
4x200-meter relay: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s 1:29.96 time took first place.
Class 4A/5A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Winfield’s Beck Wilkes ran a 10:19.30 to claim the event for the Pirates.
Triple Jump: John Dalton of Scottsboro turned in the winning leap at 45 feet, 1½ inches.
Pole Vault: Walker Junkin gave the Pirates another first with his winning clearance of 14-03.
4x200-meter relay: Madison Academy edged out runner-up Central-Tuscaloosa with a winning time of 1:32.59. The Falcons’ second-place time was 1:32.74.
Class 1A/3A Boys
3,200-meter run:
Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Nate Collins clocked 9:56.14 to win the 1A/3A race.
Triple Jump: Providence Christian leaper Jordan Douglas won the triple jump with a winning leap of 41 feet, 6 inches, just two inches shy of the 1A/3A state meet record.
Pole Vault: Ryan Collins won for American Christian with a winning height of 13 feet. Teammate James Jackson was second at 12-6 to give the Patriots 18 points in the event.
Class 7A Girls
60-meter dash:
Lauryn Hall of Sparkman and Hope Igbinophene of Hewitt-Trussville each surpassed the Class 7A indoor state record with times of 7.71 and 7.76 in the prelims. Lauryn Dancey of Thompson narrowly missed the old record (7.775) set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015, with a 7.78 time.
3,200-meter run: Mountain Brook’s Anna Grace Morgan set a 7A state meet record with her 10:58.97 time – besting the old mark set by former Lady Spartans teammate Frances Patrick by seven seconds. Patrick ran the distance in 11:06.51 in 2016.
4x200-meter relay: Hoover clocked 1:42.19 to win the event.
Long jump: Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A indoor state meet record with a leap of 18 feet, 7 ¾ inches. She also cleared at 18-05 and 18-02 – all bettering the old mark of 17-10 set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Shot Put: Erin Williams of Hoover finished first with a winning toss of 33 feet, 8 inches.
Pole Vault: James Clemens vaulter Jennifer Reis won with an 11-06 leap.
Class 6A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Freshman Lainey Phelps ran 11:08.25 to finish first in the 6A race.
4x200-meter relay: Homewood won the event with a 1:43.49 time.
Pole Vault: Ann Carol Braswell cleared 10-03 to take first place.
Triple Jump: Adrienne Lewis of Clay-Chalkville had the winning leap of 37 feet, 8 ½ inches to edge runner-up Christian Hill of Homewood (37-07) by just 1 ½ inches.
Class 4A/5A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic won the 3,200 for the third year in a row with a winning time of 10:55.78, best of the 2017 meet.
60-meter dash: Senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn, who holds the AHSAA overall and Class 6A state indoor state record in the 60-meter dash at 7.49 seconds, and the CrossPlex record (7.46), clocked a 7.63 in the Class 5A prelims Friday to set a new record in that division. The old 4A/5A record (7.73) was set by Hartselle’s Quanesha Burks in 2013. Kirkland’s was the fastest of any heat in any class Friday.
4x200-meter relay: Central-Tuscaloosa finished first with a winning time of 1:47.79.
Triple Jump: Darnesha Harris of Demopolis finished first with a 33-01.00 leap.
Shot Put: Wenonah thrower Ma’Kayla Vassar won the event with a winning toss of 31 feet, ¼ inch.
Pole Vault: St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Callie Radcliff had a winning height of 11 feet for the Saints.
Class 1A/3A Girls
3,200-meter run:
Becca Billman of American Christian captured the first event of the 2017  AHSAA Indoor state meet with a winning time of 11:37.39.
Pole Vault: Helen Claire Edmonds, American Christian won clearing 11 feet.
Long Jump: Kayleigh Atkins gave American Christian its third first of the opening day with a 16-03.25 winning leap.
Shot Put: Amayiah Hill of Gaston had a winning toss of 29 feet, 11 ¼ inches.




ALFA Mutual Insurance Company Returns as Corporate Partner of the AHSAA

 

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has announced ALFA Mutual Insurance Company has realigned with the AHSAA as a corporate partner of the association.  The three-year agreement begins a new partnership that will last through the 2018-2019 school year.

   “Alfa Insurance® is honored to partner with the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) in promoting hard work, health, sportsmanship and scholarship through sports,” remarked Jimmy Parnell, Director of ALFA. “With offices in all 67 Alabama counties, Alfa® is committed to strengthening the communities we serve.”
   Through the partnership, ALFA will become the presenting sponsor of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards Banquets and has designated one AHSAA football playoff game each week as the ALFA Game of the Week. Local agents across the state have been present at each ALFA Game of the Week showing the company’s support of Alabama high school athletics.

     “The AHSAA’s relationship with ALFA goes back many years,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are delighted to welcome them. They have been supportive of our high schools for many years. We also are committed to our relationship with the ASWA and are pleased that ALFA’s renewed commitment will include support for the ASWA’s annual Mr. and Miss Basketball awards program.”
    The AHSAA’s coaching arm, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), has worked closely with the ASWA to support its awards banquets. The Mr. and Miss Basketball awards have been selected and presented by the ASWA’s panel of high school sportswriters annually since 1984.
    ALFA representatives will attend the ASWA banquet and assist in presenting the awards, including the Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball awards presented at the ASWA’s annual summer convention.
      ASWA president John Zenor, ASWA Prep Committee co-chairman Paul Beaudry and AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said both organizations are pleased to have ALFA as a presenting sponsor.
  
"We're extremely honored and grateful for ALFA's generosity and the tireless work of the AHSAA and the coaches and ADs,” Zenor and Beaudry said. “This helps ensure ASWA can continue to honor some of the best and brightest of Alabama's high school student-athletes in our most important events."
   Parnell said the ALFA and AHSAA share many common goals.
  
“AHSAA’s mission mirrors our own, which is to Serve, Grow and Be Healthy. High school athletics help students achieve those goals by encouraging teamwork as well as physical and emotional development,” said Parnell. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with AHSAA in supporting Alabama’s next generation of leaders.”

   The AHSAA serves 411 senior high and an additional 335 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in 24 championship programs for boys and girls. Since 1921, the AHSAA has provided not only opportunities for interscholastic athletic competition, but also a platform for student-athletes to gain life-long memories and experience important life lessons through mentorship, teachers, coaches and administration.
    Birmingham-based sports marketing and event management company Knight Eady works with the AHSAA to manage the Super 7 Football State Championships and Basketball State Finals as well as corporate partner program.
     With its partnership with the AHSAA, ALFA is directly supporting the student-athletes, schools and communities of Alabama through the AHSAA Revenue Sharing Program. Over the past six years, the program has given back over $9.8 million to the member schools. The AHSAA is thankful to the commitment of ALFA and all of the corporate partners for their generosity and support of high school athletics in the state of Alabama.


Auburn, Winfield, Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s and American Christian are Defending Champs at 48th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Auburn (7A), Opelika (6A), Northside (4A/5A) and Winfield (1A/3A), the 2016 AHSAA boys’ state champions, and 2016 girls’ state champs Hoover (7A), Pelham (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (4A/5A) and American Christian (1A-3A will be primed to defend their titles at 48th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships set for the Birmingham CrossPlex, Feb. 3-4.
    Winfield, led by senior track sensation Trey Cunningham, will be competing in the Class 4A-5A division this year. Cunningham, a Florida State signee, is back for his final indoor state tournament after winning four events in the 2016 state indoor meet. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s girls are also going for their 24th state indoor championship under the direction of Coach Jim Tate, an AHSAA state record.
    Cunningham became the fastest high school 60-meter hurdler in prep indoor track history last weekend when he ran a 7.49-second to win the event at the Last Chance Indoor Championships at the CrossPlex. He also clocked 6.78 seconds in the 60-meter dash, the second-fastest high school time in the nation this year. The leader ran a 6.77 time.
      He continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book last season with classification record wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to win the 400-meter dash and won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record in the 2016 prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016. The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980. 
    Cunningham clocked 6.86 seconds in the 2017 MLK 60-meter dash, 49.76 seconds in the 400 meters and 7.59, the previous CrossPlex record, in the 60-meter hurdles while winning all three events. He also holds the Class 3A state-meet records for the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
    Junior Cagan Campbell of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has also clocked the fastest 400-meter dash in the nation this indoor season. He ran a 47.64 time in the MLK Classic at the CrossPlex in January.
     Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, who set the Class 7A indoor triple jump state record with a leap of 48 feet, 1 inch in 2016, is also back for the Huskies, is also back. The Auburn football signee has had an indoor-season best leap of 24 feet, 1 ¾ inches this season and has also leaped 49-3 ¾ in the triple jump. Both distances are among the nation’s best in 2017.
    Among the top girls’ competitors are senior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn (Class 4A/5A) and sophomores Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic (4A/5A) and Nicole Payne Oak Mountain (7A) and freshman Lainey Phelps of Homewood.
     Kirkland has the fastest time in the nation in the 400-meter dash – clocking 54.43 seconds in the MLK Classic earlier this season. She also ran a 7.48 time in the 60-meter dash at the in the Holiday Invitational in December, just 7/100ths of a second shy of the best time in the nation this season. That time was just shy of her own CrossPlex record of 7.46 in the event. She holds the AHSAA Indoor state record in the event with a time of 7.49 in the 2014 and 2015 state meets. Kirkland also holds the CrossPlex record for the 400-meter dash (54.43), which she set at this year’s MLK Classic.
     Tyynismaa, a three-time state cross-country champion, will also be competing in 4A/5A. She holds the AHSAA Indoor state meet record in the 3,200-meter run (10:32.94), which she set in 2015. Tyynismaa also holds the 4A/5A Indoor state record in the 1,600-meter run (5:00.18). Payne won the 7A indoor state championship in the 400-meter dash last season with a state-meet overall record time of 55.25 seconds. She won the MLK Classic 6A/7A division in 2017 with a meet-record 55.65 time. Homewood’s Phelps has the best indoor 3,200, 1,600 and 800 times of the regular season for Alabama prep runners, however, clocking 10:44.77, 4.56.05 and 2:14.14, respectively, in those events.
    The state meet will get underway at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 with field events and the 3,200-meter run. Saturday’s schedule will begin at 8 a.m., with field events and at 9 a.m., with running events.
    The NFHS Network will live-stream the championships once again with Jerry Young handling the announcing duties. The link for broadcast information is:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/79ee8320e5