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.
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/
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.
Butler (Retired) -Admin.
Alabama Christian - Admin.
Mary Katherine Maudsley
Ruth Anne Ballard