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Teams Set For 2015 Champions Challenge At Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Aug. 21-22

      Six teams have been selected for the 10th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic Aug. 21-22 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      Two defending champions, Class 4A Leeds and Class 3A Madison Academy, will kick off the Champions Challenge on Friday night, Aug. 21, in the first of three games, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), which hosts the event each year.
      The two remaining games are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5 p.m. with 2014 Class 3A semifinalists Gordo versus Glencoe and Class 6A Carver-Montgomery squaring off against Class 7A Bob Jones at 7:30 p.m.
      Schools still have a choice whether to count a week one contest as a regular-season or exhibition contest. The Leeds-Madison Academy game will be a regular season game while the other two will be considered exhibition games, Briggs said, and will not count on either team’s record.
      Madison Academy (14-1) and Leeds (14-1) met in the 2013 Class 3A state finals with the Mustangs winning the state title. The two teams then agreed to meet in the season opener last season with the Green Wave winning 27-24 to snap a 25-game winning streak for Coach Eric Cohu’s Mustangs. Madison Academy rebounded to win its next 14 games including a 70-34 victory over Dale County at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to win its third straight Class 3A state championship.  Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave won 13 of their next 14 games to capture the Class 4A, Region 3 title and then beat Deshler 30-0 in the state finals to claim the Class 4A state championship.
     Glencoe (13-1) and Gordo (13-1) were unbeaten heading into the Class 3A semifinals and both lost heartbreakers to end their seasons. Coach Lee Ozmint’s Yellow Jackets fell 31-28 when Madison Academy kicked a field goal to beat Glencoe. Gordo lost 32-28 to Dale County in the other semifinal with the Warriors completing a touchdown pass on the final play of the game to nip Coach Ryan Lolley’s Green Wave.
      Carver (9-3) won the Class 6A Region 2 title. Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines averaged 33.2 points a game, advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35-14. Bob Jones (8-3), coached by Kevin Rose, and reached the first 7A playoffs qualifying second in Region 8. The Patriots, averaging 37.7 points per game, lost to Tuscaloosa County 28-21 in the first round.

      In last year’s Champions Challenge, Opelika edged Carver-Montgomery 20-16, Dadeville nipped Piedmont 14-8 and Spanish Fort beat Stanhope Elmore 42-14.
        The 2015 Champions Challenge schedule at Cramton Bowl is:

        Friday, August 21 – 7 p.m.: Madison Academy (14-1) vs. Leeds (14-1)

        Saturday, August 22 – 5 p.m.: Glencoe (13-1) vs. Gordo (13-1)
       Saturday, August 22 – 7:30 p.m.: Carver-Montgomery (9-3) vs. Bob Jones (8-3)


All-Stars Selected for 25th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

   Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 25nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome  March 20.
        The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were announced Thursday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
        The games were played in Mississippi for the first time since 2002 last year,
but return to Alabama this year. The games rotated between the two states from 1991-2002 but moved to Pelham Convention Center in 2003 where they remained through 2011. Alabama State hosted the games at Dunn-Oliver Acadome in 2012 and 2013.
        Alabama
won the boys’ game last year 90-83 with Mississippi winning the girls’ game 95-89. The Alabama boys now hold a 13-11 edge in the series while the girls’ series is even at 12-12.
       Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Donnie Roberts of Red Bay and LaKenya Knight of Jeff Davis. Roberts, 64, is the state’s all-leading career wins leader for girls’ basketball with an 835-347 slate over 42 seasons. He directed Red Bay (25-9) to the Class 2A state championship in 2015 and was 2A runner-up in 2014. Knight, 41, coached Jeff Davis (31-4) to the AHSAA’s first Class 7A state title this season. She has compiled a 219-66 record in 12 seasons. Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals is the administrative coach.
        Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Hoover High School’s Charles Burkett and Obadiah Threadgill IV of Lafayette. Burkett directed the Bucs (27-9) to the Class 7A state championship winning 50-43 in the finals to beat two-time state champion Mountain Brook. Threadgill, 78-36 in four seasons, directed LaFayette (25-5) to the Class 2A state championship with a 69-39 win over defending champion Elba in the finals. He is the son of Notasulga coaching legend Obadiah Threadgill III.   Burkett’s career record was unavailable.  Jamie Lee of Decatur is the administrative coach.
        Headlining the Alabama girls’ squad are four girls who played in the Class 7A State Tournament. Ta’Naisha Hill and Shaquera Wade represented Huntsville (32-4), Chloe Long and Rayven Pearson played for Hazel Green (29-6) in the semifinals. Wade, averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, is heading to Alabama, Hill to Tennessee-Martin, Long and Pearson to Jacksonville State. Hill averaged 15.7 points as a senior, Long, 12.0 and Pearson, 16.0. Also named to the girls’ squad is Brantley 6-foot forward Amahni Upshaw, a three-time Class 1A All-State tournament selection. Upshaw, who averaged 10.1 points and 11.9 rebounds, was Class 1A state tournament MVP in 2014. She will play collegiately at Troy University.
     Highlighting the
Alabama boys is 2015 Class 6A state-tournament MVP Brandon Austin of state champion Carver-Montgomery. The 6-foot-5 forward and Alabama recruit averaged 18 points as a senior. He will be joined by fellow Alabama signees Donta’ Hall of Luverne and Dazon Ingram of Theodore. The 6-fpo10 Hall led the Tigers to the 2A state finals in 2014 while Ingram, a 6-5 guard, averaged 20.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in sparking Theodore (28-5) to its first Class 7A state basketball tournament trip to the BJCC in 2015.
    Lee-Montgomery’s 6-9 duo, Tommy Burton and Trenton Clayton, will join Hall on the post along with 6-7 forward Gerron Scissum of Lee-Huntsville. Scissum averaged 16.4 points while helping Lee reach the 6A state finals while Burton and Clayton, who averaged 16.4 and 10.3 ppg, respectively, led Montgomery-Lee to a 29-4 record and Class 7A state tournament berth.
     Scissum and Burton are currently undecided about their college plans while Clayton is heading to Southeastern Louisiana.  Guard Lawson Schaffer of Cullman, who sank 17-of-17 free throws in a 71-68 overtime win over Athens in the Northwest Regional semifinals, comes in as one of the state’s most accurate free-throw shooters in AHSAA history. Homewood guard Malik Cook-Stroup, who averaged 16.9 ppg in leading Homewood to the Class 6A state tournament, will join Schaffer in the backcourt.

    Several of the all-stars are still undecided about their college choice.


 2015 Alabama Boys All-Star Basketball Team

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

 

Hasan Abdullah

Clay-Chalkville

G

6'0

Jeremy Monceaux

Naval Academy

 

Brandon Austin

Carver - Montgomery

F

6'5

James Jackson

Alabama

 

Tommy Burton, Jr.

Lee - Montgomery

G

6'9

Bryant Johnson

Undecided

 

Trenton Clayton

Lee - Montgomery

C

6'9

Bryant Johnson

Southeast Louisiana

 

Donta' Hall

Luverne

C

6'10

Richard Dorsey

Alabama

 

Dazon Ingram

Theodore

G

6'5

Philip Roebling

Alabama

 

Anthony Moore

Central - Phenix City

G

6'4

Bobby Wright

Undecided

 

Camron Reedus

Austin

G

6'3

Jake Miles

Undecided

 

Lawson Schaffer

Cullman

G

6'0

Bobby Meyer

Undecided

 

Gerron Scissum

Lee - Huntsville

F

6'7

Gregory Brown

Undecided

 

Ethan Stair

Hazel Green

F

6'5

Todd Jeffers

Mercer

 

Malik Cook-Stroup

Homewood

G

6'0

Tim Shepler

Undecided

 

Coaches

 

Charles Burkett

Hoover

 

Obadiah Threadgill

LaFayette

 

Jamie Lee, Adm

Decatur

 

 

2015 Alabama Girls All-Star Basketball Team

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Coach

College

 

Kendrea Dawkins

Sparkman

C

6'1

Patrick Delay

Central Arkansas

Areleatha Gipson

Lee - Montgomery

G

5'7

Freeah Smith

Undecided

 

Ta'Naisha Hill

Huntsville

G

5'7

Krystle Johnson

Tenn.-Martin

 

Kristian Hudson

Clay-Chalkville

G

5'7

Justin Haynie

Undecided

 

Baylee Johnson

Cullman

G

5'7

Jonathan Hayes

Alabama-Huntsville

Chloe Long

Hazel Green

F

6'1

Tim Miller

Jacksonville State

 

Kimberly Parrish

Center Point

G

5'9

Ulysses Haynes

Undecided

 

Rayven Pearson

Hazel Green

C

6'2

Tim Miller

Jacksonville State

 

Jada Smith

Hoover

G

5'9

Tiffany Frederick

Union

 

Amahni Upshaw

Brantley

F

6'0

Andrew Kilcrease

Troy University

 

Salina Virola

Lee - Huntsville

F

6'1

JeTaime Silas

Presbyterian

 

Shaquera Wade

Huntsville

G

5'11

Krystle Johnson

Alabama

 

 

Coaches

 

Donnie Roberts

Red Bay

 

LaKenya Knight

Jeff Davis

 

Brenda Mayes, Adm.

Muscle Shoals

 

 


Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program Announces 2015 Regional Winners

The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program’s 104 regional winners have been announced by Bryant-Jordan Director Shelton Thompson for 2015.
     A total of 52 seniors, eight each from the AHSAA Classes 1A through 6A and four in Class 7A, were selected as Scholar-Athlete regional winners and 52 were chosen in the Student- Achievement division. Each student selected was nominated by their respective high schools. For the first time since 1988, the total number has expanded from the previous 96 total. Eight additional student-athletes will be recognized due to the addition of Class 7A, which has 32 total schools, by the AHSAA this school year. Approximately 60-64 schools comprise each of the other six classifications.
     A committee of school principals chose the area winners. A committee of school administrators in each region then selected the regional winners.  The overall winners will be selected by a statewide committee comprised of school administrators and state business leaders.
    All 104 will be recognized at the 2015 Bryant-Jordan Banquet set for Birmingham’s Sheraton Hotel Ballroom April 13.  Each regional winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship with class winners receiving an additional $3,000 scholarship. The overall Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete and the overall Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state winners will receive an additional $3,000 each. 
    Regional winners are also eligible to receive several other scholarships that will be awarded by 13 Alabama four-year colleges and 13 Alabama community colleges participating in the program. The 13 colleges participating include: Auburn University, Auburn-Montgomery, Jacksonville State, Miles College, Samford, Troy University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Montevallo, North Alabama, South Alabama and West Alabama.
   The 13 community colleges are: Bevill State, Calhoun, Central Alabama, Chattahoochee Valley, Gadsden State, Jefferson State, Lawson State, Northeast Alabama, Northwest-Shoals, Shelton State, Snead State, Wallace-Dothan and Wallace-Hanceville.
    Several special scholarships are also presented annually including the Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship ($2,500) earmarked for a selected regional winner who plans to go into the medical field, and the Herman “Bubba” Scott Coach’s Scholarship ($2,500) given to a selected regional winner who plans to go into teaching and coaching.   The Auburn Football Lettermen and the University of Alabama “A” Club Educational and Charitable Foundation also present scholarships to selected regional winners who plan to attend either Auburn or Alabama, respectively. The Auburn Lettermen present two $2,500 scholarships while the Alabama “A” Club presents scholarships totaling $12,000.
    In addition, each school that has an individual classification winner will receive a $2,000 cash award. Approximately $1 million in scholarships are awarded annually in the nationally acclaimed program named for legendary football coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan. The program began in 1986 as a project of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the AHSAA and is now in its 30th year.
   The 2015 regional winners are listed below:

2015 Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Regional Winners
CLASS 1A       
Region 1:
MacKenzie Grace, Kinston
Region 2:
Adriauna Alston, Linden
Region 3:
Amber Uptain, Maplesville
Region 4:
Phillip Cook, Winterboro
Region 5:
Nathan Young, Hubbertville
Region 6:
Mallary Guthrie, Meek
Region 7:
Sarah Avans, Skylinje
Region 8:
Kate Fortenberry, Athens Bible

CLASS 2A       
Region 1:
Trey Garris, Leroy
Region 2:
Noah Cobb, Samson
Region 3:
Donta’ Hall, Luverne
Region 4:
MarKiece Williams, Reeltown
Region 5:
Brittany Snyder, Fayetteville
Region 6:
Carissa Barrios, Cleveland
Region 7:
Michael Warner, Ider
Region 8: 
Chelsea Dewberry, Cherokee

CLASS 3A       
Region 1:
Cathrine Wiggins, Excel
Region 2:
Timothy Skipper, Abbeville
Region 3:
Nicole Hoots, Prattville Christian
Region 4:
Ty Herron, Lamar County
Region 5:
Max Erb, Winfield
Region 6:
Hope Bishop, Glencoe
Region 7:
Keely Ellison, Pisgah
Region 8:
Zack Simbeck, Lauderdale County

CLASS 4A       
Region 1:
Carly Brooks, Ashford
Region 2:
Carter Rief, LAMP
Region 3:
Levi Warren, Elmore County
Region 4:
Mikailah Good, Oak Grove
Region 5:
Chandler Gann, Carbon Hill
Region 6:
Brady Williams, Crossville
Region 7:
Jesse Overton, Haleyville
Region 8:
William Chandler, Wilson

CLASS 5A       
Region 1:
Robert Henderson, Jr., Escambia County
Region 2:
Chase Smartt, Charles Henderson
Region 3:
Kiriklin McWhorter, Tallassee
Region 4:
Shakeith, Tyes, Calera
Region 5:
Juan Waters, A.H. Parker
Region 6:
Dontrez Green, Mortimer Jordan
Region 7:
Conner Parrish, Boaz
Region 8:
Breanna Peeples, East Limestone

CLASS 6A       
Region 1:
Tyler Brentzel, Spanish Fort
Region 2:
Benjamin Dowd, Northview
Region 3:
Whitley Bailey, Benjamin Russell
Region 4:
Ethan Howard, Brookwood
Region 5:
Samantha “Sammie” LaBeau, Chelsea
Region 6:
Terelle West, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Easton Gorman, Fort Payne
Region 8:
Devin Sanders, Decatur

CLASS 7A       
Region 1:
Chris Dillon, Foley
Region 2:
Zach Higman, Prattville
Region 3:
Ward Webb, Mountain Brook
Region 4:
Ryan Sivak, Grissom

2015 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Regional Winners
CLASS 1A       
Region 1:
Jared Alan Moss, Fruitdale
Region 2:
Ashley Ballard, McKenzie
Region 3:
Kacie Adams, Isabella
Region 4:
Kasey Gamble, Victory Christian
Region 5:
Brock Belcher, Shades Mountain Christian
Region 6:
Lauren Kois, Brilliant
Region 7:
Kelsi Lynn Sisk, Woodville
Region 8:
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips


CLASS 2A       
Region 1:
Tripp Vickery, Flomaton
Region 2:
Matthew Logan Skinner, Geneva County
Region 3:
Tyler Phillips, Goshen
Region 4:
Sydney Meadows, Horseshoe Bend
Region 5:
John David Jacobs, Woodland
Region 6:
Trent Tatum, Cleveland
Region 7:
Carly Westermoreland, Addison
Region 8:
Katie Clemons, Mars Hill Bible

CLASS 3A       
Region 1:
Amanda Jillian Daher, Geneva
Region 2:
Nathaniel “Nate” Robinson, Slocomb
Region 3:
Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy
Region 4:
Nate Freeman, Fultondale
Region 5:
Judson Keith Hunt, Jr., Winfield
Region 6:
Ali Porter, Westbrook Christian
Region 7:
Will Cole, Sand Rock
Region 8: 
Sydney Homan, Madison Academy

CLASS 4A       
Region 1:
Robert M. Hope III, UMS-Wright
Region 2:
Anna Curles, Trinity Presbyterian
Region 3:
Morgan Tew, Elmore County
Region 4:
Shane Adams, Handley
Region 5:
Blake Foster, Locust Fork
Region 6:
John “J.T.” Hill, Cherokee County
Region 7:
Connar Franklin, Hamilton
Region 8:
Zachary “Zack” Phillips, Wilson

CLASS 5A       
Region 1:
William “Will” Pickard, St. Paul’s Episcopal
Region 2:
James “Trey” Tate III, Rehobeth
Region 3:
Kylee Carter, Beauregard
Region 4:
Braxton Stokes, Calera
Region 5:
Blaine Kilgore, Corner
Region 6:
Thomas R. Powers, Moody
Region 7:
Isabella Wisener, Douglas
Region 8:
Elizabeth Lopez, St. John Paul II Catholic

CLASS 6A       
Region 1:
Jordan T. Hess, Robertsville
Region 2:
Holly M. Baker, Northview
Region 3:
Abrianna Fornis, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Region 4:
Kyle Stuart, Northridge
Region 5:
Charles “Chase” Kelly III, Homewood
Region 6:
Hasan Sadiq Abdulla, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Lindsey Elizabeth Hindsman, Southside-Gadsden
Region 8:
Max Erbe, Florence

CLASS 7A       
Region 1:
Caleb Casolaro, Fairhope
Region 2:
Savanna Cooper, Prattville
Region 3:
Jake Colburn, Tuscaloosa  County
Region 4:
Cameron Andrew Thomas, Fairhope