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Class 2A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 1 Mobile Christian 15, Randolph County 2

   MONTGOMERY  -- Mobile Christian pounded 15 hits en route to a 15-2 victory over Randolph County in the first game of the AHSAA Class 2A state baseball championship series Wednesday afternoon at Paterson Field.
    Coach Talley Haines’ Leopards (29-12) scored four runs in the second inning – the big hit coming from winning pitcher Hunter Avery, who drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double off the left-field wall. Avery (11-0) finished the day with one hit and six RBIs.  He allowed just three hits over five innings and struck out five to get the mound win.
   Mobile Christian closed out the six-inning game with six runs in the top of the sixth.
    Logan Gill, Tucker Powell and Trent Avery each had three hits for the Leopards. Chris George and Sam Ladner had two hits each with Ladner driving in three runs.
    Elijah McFarland (12-3) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out five to get the loss. McFarland, Christian Benefield, Danny Simpson and Levi Phillips each had one hit for Coach Pat Prestridge’s Tigers(24-8).
     Game two is set for 10 a.m. at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday morning. Should a third game be needed in the best-of-three series, it will follow immediately at approximately 1 p.m. Like Wednesday’s game, the final two games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.


Class 1A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 2 Shoals Christian Beats Brantley 6-4 to Sweep 1A Series

   MONTGOMERY  -- Senior pitcher Josh Vardeman scattered eight hits, allowed one earned run and struck out eight as Shoals Christian beat Brantley 6-4 in game two of the AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship series Wednesday as the Flame won the 2015 state championship.
     Vardeman (8-1) threw only 90 pitches walking only one.
     Shoals Christian (23-8) trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning but rallied for one run to pull to 4-3. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame then exploded for three runs in the sixth to seal the victory. Shoals Christian won game 1 on Tuesday night 7-2.
     Vardeman also had two doubles and a single and Dale Thomas added two hits for Shoals Christian. Junior center fielder Tanner Bozeman, who went 1-for-2 with two walks in game two, earned MVP honors for the Flame. Bozeman pitched the game one win and was 3-of-5 with a double, three RBIs, two walks and one hit by pitch to reach based six of his eight appearances.
     Brantley (15-19), coached by Greg Evans, got a solid pitching effort from Jacob Free (5-3). The sophomore yielded nine hits and three earned runs while striking out five.   Catcher Tate Tatom slugged two doubles including on off the top of the left-field wall for a near home run.  Right fielder Mack Wise had a triple and two RBIs, and lead-off hitter Riley Jobin had double and single and finished the series 5-for-8.
    The state title was the fourth in school history for Shoals Christian – all under Anderson’s direction. The Flame also won in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Brantley won its only state title in 2009.

Homewood’s Kiara Williams Wins Heptathlon McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor, Sean Collins Finish 1-2 in Decathlon Championships

   HOOVER – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School seniors Chris Taylor and Sean Collins finished 1-2 Tuesday in the AHSAA state decathlon championships at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   The duo came in with the reputation as the AHSAA’s best pole-vaulting tandem in state history with Collins clearing a state-record 17 feet in the 2015 AHSAA outdoor track championships and Taylor clearing 15-7. Both finished 1-2 in the indoor state meet as well.
    At the decathlon completion, both showed their versatility and athletic prowess as Taylor won the championship with 6,160 points and Collins finished a close second with 6,103.
    Rounding out the Top 5 were first-day leader Jon Waarvik of Stanhope Elmore (5,990), Falkville’s Ryan Sullivan (5,242) and Drew Williams of Mountain Brook (5,236). Auburn athletes took the next four places with Mohamed Eljack (5,225), Hayden Williams (5,201), Timothy McCloud (5,166) and Christian Brandt (5,108) ranked in that order. Wilson Chandler of Wilson was 10th at 5,041.
     Taylor won the 110-meter hurdles (15.21), was second in the pole vault (14-5 1/4 ), second in the 400-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.  Collins broke Taylor’s pole vault record set in last year’s decathlon competition with a winning clearance of 16 feet, 8 ¾ inches. He also won the javelin with a winning throw of 167-4 and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
    A total of 40 athletes competed in 10 events each over the two-day meet.

Heptathlon Championships
  Kiara Williams of Homewood High School totaled 4,745 points to edge Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey to win the AHSAA state heptathlon championship Tuesday at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track. The girls competition included seven events.
    Humphrey, who set a heptathlon record in the 100-meter hurdles competition (14.35 seconds), totaled 4,470 points.
    Pelham’s Erin Hines was third with 4,428, Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian finished fourth at 4,402 and Anna Gierow of Bob Jones was fifth at 4,153.
    Williams won the long jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 11 ¾ inches. She was also second to Humphrey in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash.

Class 1A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 1 Shoals Christian Beats Brantley 7-2 to Open Series

   MONTGOMERY  -- Winning pitcher Tanner Bozeman’s bases-loaded double in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night drove in two important runs and  propelled Shoals Christian to a 7-2 win over Brantley as the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship series got underway here at Paterson Field.
    The Flame (22-18) and Bulldogs (15-18) meet in game two as the best two-of-three series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Should as third game be needed, it will start after the first game at approximately 1 p.m.
    Bozeman (7-3), a junior left-hander, allowed 11 hits and struck out five to pitch the complete game. Batting lead-off, he had two hits, scored a run and drove in three – two coming in the big sixth inning.
    Brantley, which started its season for Coach Greg Evans at 1-9, trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded when an attempted steal at home ended the inning. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame rallied from that exceptional defensive play by catcher Johnathan Brock to score four runs and turned the one-run game into a 5-0 deficit.  Trenton Gillis followed in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run homer over the left-field wall to extend the lead to 7-0.
     The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the seventh to plate two runs on Jacob Free’s RBI double and Tate Tatum’s RBI single.
      Shoals Christian managed nine hits and four earned runs off Brantley hurler Tommy Spivey (3-6), who also struck out five in a complete-game effort.  Bozeman and Gillis each had two hits for the Flame and Josh Vardeman slugged a double.
    Centerfielder Riley Jobin had three hits to pace Brantley. Adrian Person and Spivey also had two hits.
    The Class 2A championship series between Mobile Christian and Randolph County gets underway at 4 p.m. at Paterson Field Wednesday, and the Class 4A series opens at 7 p.m. with Trinity Presbyterian taking on Brooks, also at Paterson Field. All baseball series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Details on the broadcast can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
   The AHSAA state softball tournament also starts at Lagoon Park Wednesday morning with Class 7A opening play at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all the finals in the double-elimination softball competition.

67nd AHSAA Golf Championships - Spain Park’s Martin, Straughn’s Rabren Tie AHSAA State Tournament Record For 36-Hole Low Medalist Total

    MOBILE – Spain Park High School senior Patrick Martin sank six birdies and 12 pars Tuesday to close the 67nd Alabama High School Athletic Association state golf tournament with a 6-under 65 to claim low medalists in the Class 7A boys’ division at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.
      Martin’s two-day 36-hole total of 133 beat co-runner-up Alex Green of Fairhope and Mountain Brook’s Jonathan Eyster by seven strokes. Green had a 68 Tuesday to close at 140. Eyster opened with a 68 Monday but closed at 72 Tuesday for 140 total.
   Eyster and his Spartans teammates won the 7A state championship with a 10-over 587 total. Mountain Brook shot 293 Monday and 294 Tuesday.  Fairhope finished second at 606, followed by McGill-Toolen at 614 and Vestavia Hills (622).
       The AHSAA State Golf Championships, which began in 1949, completed its final day of the 36-hole competition Tuesday.     Several classifications were still on the course Tuesday afternoon as Martin  headed into the clubhouse with his amazing round.  The 65 is the second best state-tournament round in history. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy shot a 64 in 2012 for the low round. Calum Masters of Providence Christian (2014), Michael Ulmer of Fairhope (2007) and Mathew Swan of Trinity (2004) each also shot rounds of 65 in state-tournament play.  The low round on record in prep play s J.M. O’Toole’s 62 for Pinson Valley shot in a regular-season tournament in 2011. Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s had a 63 in sub-state play at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery in 2012, and Glenn Northcutt of Houston Academy had a regular-season round of 63 in 2004.
      In the girls’ competition, Huntsville High School seventh grader Michaela Morard shot a 36-hole total 137 to win the Class 6A-7A competition and tied the state tournament record set by Gabi Oubre of Cottage Hill in 2010 for the lowest total in the 34-year history of the AHSAA girls’ state tournament.
CLASS 4A BOYS
    
Straughn High School senior Brooks Rabren followed Monday’s AHSAA low round of 66 with a 5-under round of 67 Tuesday to win the Class 4A boys’ state individual low medalist honors with a 36-hole total 133 at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.
     That total added Rabren’s name to the record books – tying the all-time low 36-hole total set by Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s Episcopal in 2013 and equaled by Spain Park’s Martin Tuesday in the 7A division.   Rabren finished 9-under for the tournament.
     St. James won the Class 4A team championship with 3-over 287 Tuesday – beating runner-up UMS-Wright by 21 strokes for the title.   The Trojans of Coach Aubrey Blackwell finished with a two-day 589 total. UMS finished at 610.  White Plains was third at 625 and Haleyville was fourth at 679.
      Walker Carr of St. James shot 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish seven strokes back at 140 for the state champs. Dustin Travis of White Plains carded even par 72 and finished third at 147.  St. James’ Chase Hastey fired a 71 to finish fourth at 148.   Trojans teammate Walker Wise had a 73 to finish tied for fifth with UMS-Wright leader Felix Ronderos at 150 – 17 strokes off Rabren’s winning pace.
CLASS 3A  BOYS
 
Westbrook Christian was a picture of consistency with two straight rounds of 301 to win the 3A state championship with a 13-over 602 total.  Bayside Academy was second at 616, followed by West Morgan’s 626 and Indian Springs’ 655 totals.
   Bayside junior William Buhl was also consistent with his a second straight 2-under 69 to claim the medalist honors with a 36-hole 138 total. He finished 6-under for the tournament. Jack Sims of Glencoe finished second with his second consecutive even-par 72. Madison Academy’s Stephen Coe was third at 145. He shot 72 Tuesday. Indian Springs golfer Chandler Pulliam tied Buhl for low-round honors Tuesday finishing 3-under 69. He shot 78 Monday and was fourth overall with a two-day total 147.
CLASS 6A BOYS
    
Hartselle trailed Spanish Fort by five strokes, 292-297, after Monday’s round but got a strong team effort to close strong and win the Class 6A state championship Tuesday.  All four Tigers’ golfers shot 73 or better as Hartselle shot 284 to finish at 581. Spanish Fort shot a 302 to finish second at 594 – 13 strokes off the lead.
     William Walker of Northridge won the individual medalist with a 68 Tuesday to finish at 139.  Garrett Reist led Hartselle’s comeback effort with a low-round 67 and finished second at 141. Spanish Fort’s Charles Wood, who had a 69 Monday, was third at 144 along with Jake Tiffin, who shot a 72 each day to also finish at 144. Jordan Hartsell and Blake Hampton rounded out the Tigers round with 72 and 73, respectively, and finished at 145 and 151 for the tourney.
CLASS 5A BOYS
   
Russellville won the team championship with a 614 team total, nine strokes better than St. Paul’s Episcopal (623).  Guntersville (652) was third and Helena (675), fourth.
     Guntersville’s Reagan Harrell was medalist with two straight rounds of 71 for a 142 total.  Eli Hodges of Russellville and Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan were three shots back at 145. Hodges had a 72 Tuesday and Johnson a 73.
CLASS 1A-2A BOYS
  
St. Luke’s Episcopal won its second state 1A-2A state boys championship since 2013 with a 587 team total to nip defending champion Providence Christian (593). Providence closed St. Luke’s first-day lead from 12 strokes to six with a 293 total Tuesday. St. Luke’s shot 299.
   John Hamn of Decatur Heritage shot a 72-70—142 to capture low medalist honors. Neal Whittington of J.U. Blacksher, Drew Mathers and Payton Massey of St. Luke’s each finished three shots back at 145.
   Calum Masters of Providence tied Hamn for second-day low round honors with s 70 but finished at 150 after a first-day 80 on Monday.
CLASS 6A-7A GIRLS
    
Seventh grader Michaela Morard of Huntsville shot a 68 Tuesday to finish one stroke ahead of Athens’ Micheala Williams and Fairhope’s Virginia Green to capture the Class 6A-7A individual championship.   
     Hoover won the team championship with 229-225—445. Huntsville was second at 451, Muscle Shoals third at 466 and Auburn finished fourth at 475.  The final day’s competition was highlighted by four different girls shooting a 68.
     Morard, who is on track to graduate high school in the Class of 2020, shot  69 Monday to finish at 137.  Williams, a junior, also shot a 68 Tuesday to finish at 138. Green, who set a state tournament record with 67 Monday, carded a 71 to also finish 138.  Spain Park’s Caroline Waldrop had  a 68 and finished at 144. Hoover’s Mychael O’Berry also finished with a 144 to tie Waldrop for fourth.
CLASS 4A-5A GIRLS
 
White Plains won the Class 4A-5A state title with a 229-241—470 to beat runner-up Alexandria (487) by 17 strokes.  UMS-Wright was third at 559.
    Alabama Christian’s Hannah Sagers won the individual championship with a 71-77—148. Helena’s Grayson Gladden was second with 150 with two straight rounds of 75. White Plains’ Layne Dyar was third with 74-80—154.
CLASS 1A-3A GIRLS
  
Glencoe finished 32-over 494 to win the girls’ 1A-3A state championship. Westbrook Christian was second at 508, Winfield third at 528 and Montgomery Academy, fourth, at 568.
     Winfield’s Molly Norris rebounded from a first-day 81 to card a 3-over 75 Tuesday to earn low medalist honors. Her two-day 156 was one stroke better than first-day leader Hope Bishop of Glencoe. Bishop shot 74 Monday and 83 Tuesday for a 13-over 157 total. American Christian’s Stephanie Fowler was third at 162, and Westbrook Christian’s Hope Cone shot a 79 to close out the 36-hole competition at 163 to finish fourth.   

Stanhope Elmore’s Waarvik, Hoover’s Humphrey Lead Decathlon, Heptathlon After First Day

   HOOVER – Stanhope Elmore High School’s Jon Waarvik compiled 3,338 points through five events Monday to take the first-day lead in the 62nd annual AHSAA State Decathlon Championships being held at Hoover High School’s Mary Birdwell Track.
   Waarvik clocked 11.77 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which tied for third fastest behind Auburn’s Timothy McCloud (10.63) and McGill-Toolen Catholic pole vaulting champion Sean Collins (11.67). Waarvik won the long jump (21-04), was third in the shot put behind winner Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond,
and cleared 6 feet 4 ¼ inches in the high jump to finish second behind Drew Williams of Mountain Brook, who cleared 6-5 ½.
   McCloud also won the 400-meter dash Monday in 52.12 seconds and ranked second after day one with 3,105 points. McGill-Toolen’s Chris Taylor is third heading into Tuesday’s final five events with  3,069 points and Collins, who set the AHSAA indoor state pole vault record last February and then shattered the outdoor record with a 17-00 leap earlier this month, is fourth (3,050). Auburn’s Mohamed Eljack is fifth at 2,954.
    More than 40 participants are in the field. Day two resumes Tuesday at Hoover High  School at 9 a.m., with the boys competing in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500 meters.
   Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
    Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey leads Homewood’s Kiara Williams by 25 points in the heptathlon competition after the first day’s four events. The ladies are competing in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash Monday. Tuesday’s competition gets underway at 10 a.m., with long jump, javelin and 800 meters closing out the girls’ events.
    Humphrey turned in the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35) and 200-meter dash (25.18) to amass 2,841 points. Williams, who had 2,816 points, was second in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-dash.
    Erin Hines of Pelham is third with 2,621 points heading into Tuesday’s final day and Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s, who cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, is fourth with 2,580. Rounding out the top five is Bob Jones’ Anna Gierow with 2,538.  Thirty-seven girls competed Monday.
  The complete girls’ first-day results can also be found at www.ahsaa.com/sports/outdoor-track-field/

 

Straughn’s Brooks Rabren Blisters Course with 5-under 66 As 67th AHSAA State Golf Championships Complete Round 1

    MOBILE –  Straughn High School senior Brooks Rabren shot a 5-under-par 66 Monday at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Course to set finish the day as the leader in all classes as the 67th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships got underway.
     Seven individuals shot sub-70 rounds in the boys’ competition Monday, and 2014 Class 6A champion Virginia Green of Fairhope blistered the Mobile course with a 5-under 67 to pace the girls’ three divisions. Her round also bettered the previous girls’ state tournament record (68) shared by three golfers including Green herself (2013). Haley Wilson of Central-Phenix City also had a 68 in 2007 and Cottage Hill Christian’s Gabi Oubre shot 68 in 2010.
    Green’s record-setting round gave her a one-stroke lead over Emily Lankford of Huntsville, who shot a 68, who tied the old record on Monday.
     Rabren’s round was one shot better than Frost Walker’s 67 shot for Shades Valley at the 1957 state championships 52 years ago when the meet was just 18 holes. It gives him a 3-shot lead over senior Walker Carr of St. James in the Class 4A boys’ competition heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.  Carr shot a 69 to help the Trojans take a first-day team at 18-over 302.   UMS-Wright is second at 305 and White Plains is third with 314.
   Rabren won the 3A individual championship in 2013.
   All classifications were in at 5:30 except Class 6A boys and Class 6A-7A girls.   
Class 1A-2A Boys
   
St. Luke’s Episcopal shot an even-par 288 as a team with senior Payton Massey setting the pace with a 3-under 68. Teammate Drew Mathers, a junior, was right behind with a 2-under 69.  Providence Christian’s Thomas Ponder also carded a sub-par round of 70 to help Providence Christian close the day in second play 12 shots behind at 300.
Class 3A Boys
  
William Buhl of Bayside Academy, the defending 3A state champion, carded a 69 to pace the 3A field. Bayside shot 311 as a team to trail Westbrook Christian (301) by 12 strokes.  Westbrook sophomore John Catanzaro, who fired a competitive round of 64 earlier in the season, shot a 73 to pace the leaders.
    Jack Sims of Glencoe was three shots off the lead at 72.
Class 5A Boys
  
St. Paul’s Episcopal led Russellville by one stroke after 18 holes, 308-309.  Junior Reagan Harrell of Guntersville, who was co-individual champion in Class 4A in 2013, shot an even-par 71 to take a one-stroke lead over North Jackson’s Garrett Johnson, who had a 72.
Class 6A Boys
   Spanish Fort finished 8-over 292 to take a five-stroke lead into Tuesday’s final round over Hartselle (297). Briarwood was third at 301. John Hayden of Briarwood and Charles Wood of Spanish Fort tied for the individual lead with low rounds of 69 each.  William Walker of Northridge was third just two shots back at even-par 71.
Class 7A Boys
    Mountain Brook junior Jonathan Eyster and Spain Park senior Patrick Martin each finished 3-under at 68 to deadlock for the individual lead after the first day’s action.  Vestavia Hills’ Chris Hughes was two strokes back at 70.
    The Spartans were 9-over for the day to take the team lead. McGill-Toolen trailed Mountain Brook by 13 strokes at 306, Vestavia Hills and Fairhope were 15 back at 308.
Class 6A-7A Girls
 
Green’s 67 was the talk of the clubhouse in the Class 6A-7A division. Emily Lankford of Huntsville came in at 4-under 68 to trail by one shot heading into Tuesday’s final round. Mychael O’Berry of Hoover and  Michaela Morard of Huntsville finished two strokes back with 3-under 69’s. Micheala Williams of Athens as second in clubhouse at 70 with several competitors still on the course.
    Hoover led the team competition after day one with 3-under 219. Huntsville was second at 223, Auburn third at 233 and Muscle Shoals, fourth, at 234.
Class 1A-3A Girls
   
Glencoe rolled in with a team 246 to build a five-stroke lead over Westbrook Christian Monday. Winfield was third at 261.  Senior Hope Bishop of Glencoe was the individual leader shooting a 2-over 74. Molly Norris of Winfield and Stephanie Fowler of American Christian were each seven shots back at 81.
Class 4A-5A Girls
  
White Plains shot a team 229, 13 shots over par, to lead the team competition.  Alexandria was nine shots back at 238.  Senior Hannah Sager fired a 1-under 71 to take the individual lead. Northridge’s Karlee Allen was one back at 72 and Layne Dyer of White Plains was four strokes back at 74.

North-South Soccer All-Star Teams Named For 2015 North-South Games

      The 2015 North-South all-star boys’ and girls’ soccer teams for the 19th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition were announced Monday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The soccer teams are each comprised of 18 current junior student-athletes from across the state. Both will play Tuesday, July 21) Montgomery’s Emory Folmar Soccer Complex.
The teams were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to Briggs.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in softball, baseball, basketball and volleyball. The 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Coaching the South girls’ soccer all-stars are Paul Knapstein of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Scott Capehart of Enterprise. Ken Wright of Alabama Christian is the administrative coach. North girls’ team coaches are Jonathan Hammett of Chelsea and Brandon Rice of West Morgan. Retired Butler coach George Cavendar is the administrative coach.
     Rice led West Morgan to the 1A-3A state finals this season while Knapstein coached McGill-Toolen to the Class 7A semifinals.
      Coaching the North boys’ all-stars are Dwight McDonald of Oxford and Brandon Broughton of Madison County. Cavender is the administrative coach.  Jamie Ferguson of Bayside Academy and Austin Teel of Benjamin Russell are the South boys’ coaches. Ken Wright of Alabama Christian is administrative coach.  Teel and Ferguson coached teams to the Class 1A-3A and 6A semifinals, respectively, in 2015.
     Twelve girls that played in the 2015 AHSAA state soccer tournament semifinals or finals are on two girls’ team rosters including North players Alexandria Dunn of Class 7A state champion Oak Mountain and Morgan Thurber of 4A-5A state champion Randolph. Three members of the North boys’ team also played on state championship teams this season: Hunter Holstad of  Class 7A Oak Mountain, Daniel Miranda of Class 6A Fort Payne and Christopher Santos of Class 4A-5A Randolph.
   Among the top South girls’ players are four that played in state finals: Elizabeth Bailey and Caroline Lamberth of Class 4A-5A runner-up St. Paul’s, Sarah Thorne and Shelly Wall of 7A runner-up Auburn; and for the South boys, Luke Lamonte of 4A-5A runner-up St. Paul’s.
     The North holds a 9-4-1 edge in the series after last year’s 3-0 boys’ win. The North girls won 3-1 last year now has an 11-2-1 advantage in the 14-year series. 
     The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA). Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.

      The rosters:


NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Sean Bengs

Buckhorn

F

5'10

154

Dylan Bowen

Mountain Brook

B

5'8

140

Phildon Dublin

Helena

GK

6'1

175

Roy Etta

Huntsville

RB

6'0

160

Hunter Holstad

Oak Mountain

CB

6'1

160

Caleb Jones

Grissom

B

5'7

133

Ben Kehoe

John Carroll

C

5'8

145

Max Mao

Florence

M

5'7

150

Daniel Miranda

Fort Payne

F

5'6

150

Patrick Morton

Vestavia Hills

F

5'10

170

Anthony Pack

Indian Springs

F

5'6

125

Akash Patel

Bob Jones

LB

5'7

130

Kai Pham

James Clemens

D

5'5

130

Will Reaves

Athens

M

6'1

175

Christopher Santos

Randolph

GK

6'4

210

Blake Scott

Arab

D

6'3

185

Edgar Steers

Sylacauga

M

5'10

130

Michael Worley

Madison Academy

CM

5'8

135

COACHES

Dwight McDonald

Oxford

Brandon Broughton

Madison County

George Cavender

Butler (Retired) -Admin.

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Alex Ahern

Daphne

M

5'9

155

Christopher Barbosa

Baker

M

5'2

110

Kenan Brackin

Faith Academy

M

5'6

125

Austin Carney

Daphne

GK

6'0

175

Spence Chanthavane

Davidson

D

5'6

130

Drew Darty

Providence Christian

M

6'0

162

Colin Douglas

Bayside Academy

M

6'4

188

Christopher Gregorich

Baker

F

5'10

170

John Hammele

Bayside Academy

D

6'2

180

Evan Hogan

Dothan

GK

5'10

165

Conner Howard

Enterprise

F

5'7

130

Christian Howell

Smiths Station

D

5'11

150

Grant Hudson

Benjamin Russell

F

5'11

175

Luke Lamonte

St. Paul's

D

5'7

150

Connor Raley

Fairhope

M

5'9

155

Ricardo Rosales

Alma Bryant

D

5'11

175

Phillip Speake

Benjamin Russell

F

6'0

162

Blake Stratton

Trinity Presbyterian

D

5'8

155

COACHES

Jamie Ferguson

Bayside Academy

Austin Teel

Benjamin Russell

Ken Wright

Alabama Christian - Admin.

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Whitney Batt

Huntsville

D

5'6

Lindsay Copeland

Vestavia Hills

D

5'9

Sarah Donahoo

Sylacauga

M

5'6

Alexandra Dunn

Oak Mountain

F

5'4

Lauren Ezzell

Athens

D

5'8

Anna Frierson

Homewood

M

5'7

Alexandra Gardner

Florence

D

5'10

Mary Katherine Maudsley

Southside- Gadsden

M

5'7

Whitney McKee

Pell City

D

5'4

Courtney Mitchell

Madison County

M

5'3

Rachel Motamed

Indian Springs

F

5'6

Lauren Roussell

Gadsden City

GK

5'7

Miranda Schoening

Oxford

GK

6'1

Leah Shaddix

Cullman

M

5'4

Nicole Strahl

Mountain Brook

D

5'8

Brianna Thorne

West Morgan

F

5'3

Megan Thurber

Randolph

M

5'4

Megan Young

Chelsea

F

5'9

COACHES

Jonathan Hammett

Chelsea

Brandon Rice

West Morgan

George Cavender

Butler (Retired) -Admin.

SOUTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Elizabeth Bailey

St. Paul's

D

5'0

Ruth Anne Ballard

Benjamin Russell

D

5'7

Abigail Boucher

McGill-Toolen

F

5'4

Katherine Chandler

Trinity Presbyterian

D

5'5

Olivia Eubanks

McGill-Toolen

M

5'8

Tessa Evans

Saint James

M

5'7

Dakota Fields

Prattville

D

5'6

Caroline Lamberth

St. Paul's

D

5'7

Caitlyn Martin

Gulf Shores

RW

5'4

Zoe Mould

Baker

F

5'4

Rebecca Mulholland

Murphy

M

5'1

Madyson Rinehart

Enterprise

F

5'2

Natalie Seay

Fairhope

GK

5'7

Madison Stevens

Bayside Academy

M

5'6

Taylor Strength

Carroll

D

5'5

Sarah Thorne

Auburn

GK

5'7

Abbey Volk

Fairhope

F

5'3

Shelby Wall

Auburn

M

5'7

COACHES

Paul Knapstein

McGill-Toolen

Scott Capehart

Enterprise

Ken Wright

Alabama Christian - Admin.


CLASS 7A Boys State Soccer Championships

Oak Mountain 3, Auburn 0
     Oak Mountain High School’s boys’ soccer team gave the Shelby County school a sweep winning the AHSAA Class 7A boys’ state soccer championship Saturday beating Auburn 3-0 in the finals.
     Coach Dan DeMasters’ Eagles (23-4-1) scored three goals in the last 14 minutes of the championship match Saturday afternoon at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex to break open what had been a fierce but scoreless defensive battle with the Tigers (15-9-3).
     Carl Davis got the first goal at 66:08 and James “Trig” Langner followed four minutes later with the second goal on an assist from Davis.  Clayton McDonald closed out the scoring at 73:48 with the final goal.
     Langner was named MVP of the 7A championship match.
     Auburn, coached by Bill Ferguson, had only two shots for the match and not shots on goal.  Keeper Tim Mixson had two saves for the Tigers.
     Oak Mountain’s girls beat Auburn 2-1 in a final that came down to a shootout to claim the girls’ 7A state title earlier Saturday.
      The state title was fifth for Oak Mountain’s boys with the four previous titles coming in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

CLASS 6A Girls State Soccer Championship

John Carroll Catholic 5, Daphne 0
     John Carroll Catholic High School downed Daphne 5-0 in the AHSAA Class 6A girls’ state soccer championship match Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
      The state title was the third  girls’ soccer championship in school history and the second in a row for Coach Chace Zanaty’s Lady Cavaliers (16-4-2).  John Carroll won the 5A state crown in 2014 but moved up to 6A this season. John Carroll also won the 5A state championship in 2000.
    Camryn Lyster, named the Class 6A girls’ championship game MVP, scored a hat trick in the finals with the match’s first goal at 12:39 followed by a goal at 51:52 and 76.45.  Her last goal was a corner kick from the left corner of the field that sailed high and untouched over the Daphne goalkeeper’s head and landed untouched in the right corner of the net.
     She had an assist on John Carroll’s second goal – a kick by Claire McPherson at the end of the first half.  Lindsey Flemming scored the other Cavaliers’ goal at 63:05.
    Daphne (11-8-0), coached by Dean Logan, managed just one shot on goal by team leading scorer Rachael Lane.
    The 6A girls’ championship and 7A boys’ championship matches closed out the 2015 AHSAA state soccer championships, the 25th in the association’s history dating back to 1991.