Sophomore second baseman Trent Avery delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Mobile Christian (23-12) to a 6-5 win over Fyffe (21-11) to take a 1-0 lead in the AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series at Montgomery’s Paterson Field Tuesday night.
The two teams meet Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Riverwalk Stadium in game two of the best-of-three series with game three scheduled for approximately 1 p.m., if needed.
J.U. Blacksher meets Decatur Heritage at Paterson Field at 4 p.m. as the Class 1A Championship Series gets underway Wednesday afternoon, and defending state champion Madison Academy takes on American Christian in the first game of the 3A Championship Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
Winning pitcher Hunter Avery (7-4), Trent Avery’s older brother, struck out 10 while scattering nine hits for the Leopards of Coach Talley Haines. He also drove in two runs with a triple in the second inning. He was thrown out at the plate, however, trying to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run.
Fyffe, coached by Brad Thomas, got a solid pitching performance from Will Mashburn (6-2). He went the distance yielding 10 hits and striking out three in 6 2/3 innings. Red Devils catcher Jase Jones had three hits and drove in two runs – two coming on a double in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5. Cyle Collins and Tyler Ashley also had two hits for Fyffe.
Trent Avery and Sam Ladner also had two hits each for Mobile Christian. Luke Jones also had a single and RBI for the Leopards.
HOOVER – Senior Erin Hines totaled 4,625 points to captured the 2016 AHSAA State Heptathlon Championship at Hoover High School Tuesday.
Hines trailed first-day leader Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal by 20 points heading into Tuesday’s final three events of the 25th annual event. She won the long-jump competition with a leap of 18 feet, 5 ¾ inches and closed with a solid 2:30.98 in the 800 meters to win over runner-up Callie Jones of Cottage Hill Christian (4,558) by 67 points.
Caroline Lawrence of Homewood was third (4,056) and Krause was fourth (4,024). Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (3,873) rounded out the top five. Finishing out the top 10 were Megan Zuck of Hartselle (3,774), Ann Mosely Whitsett of Homewood (3,757), Baylee Porch of Arab (3,744), Elyssa Griffin of Homewood (3,667) and Madison Kirkwood, also of Homewood (3,552).
Jones won the javelin competition with a winning throw of 150 feet, 11 inches, 30 feet farther than her closest competition. Savannah McMillon of Walker clocked 2:19.09 in the 800-meter run to win that event over runner-up Whitsett, who crossed the finish line in 2:22.71 seconds. Griffin had the second best long jump behind Hines (18-03.75).
The AHSAA 63rd State Decathlon Championships were still underway Tuesday afternoon. Northside’s Andrew Robertson was the first-day leader with 3,305 points.
Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com once all events have been completed.
HOOVER – Muscle Shoals senior Nick South won the pole vault event and 110-meter high hurdles Tuesday compiling 6,501 points over the two-day competition to win the AHSAA’s 63rd Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School.
South, who was second to Northside’s Andrew Robertson after the first day, leaped 15 feet, 5 inches to earn 819 points in the pole vault and picked up 865 points with a 14.87 time in the 110-meter high hurdles to finish tops in that event Tuesday. He won the title that totaled a field of 40 competitors.
Oak Mountain senior Payton Youngblood finished second with 5,808 points, and Robertson was third overall with 5,776 points.
Youngblood won the javelin with a toss of 164-06, Valley’s Mac Jackson won the discus with a throw of 117-10, and Micah Sollie of Beauregard edged John Paul Williams of McGill-Toolen for the top 1,500-meter time clocking 4:25.10 to win. Williams ran the distance in 4:27.54.
Finishing fourth overall was Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (5,663). Also finishing in the top 10, in order, were Connor Allred of Cottage Hill Christian (5,393), Jonathan Mann of Hewitt-Trussville (5,304), Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (5,265), Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen (5,234), Christian Brandt of Auburn (5,221) and Andy Chappell of Hewitt-Trussville (5,184).
Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
HOOVER – Seniors Charlotte Krause of St. Paul’s Episcopal and Erin Hines of Pelham closed out day one of the 25th AHSAA State Heptathlon competition being held at Hoover High School just 20 points apart and appear heading for a showdown Tuesday as the competition concludes.
In the AHSAA 63rd Decathlon Championships, Northside’s Andrew Robertson amassed 3,305 points Monday to build a 70-point lead over Nick South of Muscle Shoals (3,235) with five events left for Tuesday’s final round of events.
Krause tied for the best high jump (5-05.75) and was second to Hines (15.46) with a 15.64 time in the 100-meter hurdles and compile 2,729 points after four events in the seven-event competition. Hines, who had the second-fastest 200-meter time (25.46 seconds) Monday behind event winner Elysa Griffin of Homewood (25.25), was second after the first day with 2,709 points. Hines finished third in the 2015 competition.
Callie Jones of Cottage Hill was third in the field of 37 with 2,570 points, followed by Homewood’s Caroline Lawrence (2,338), Michelle Roca of McGill-Toolen (2,289), Kennedy Brown of Smiths Station (2,275), Jazymon Balous of Northridge (2,255), Jade Johnson of Northridge (2,239), Darria Judge of St. Paul’s (2,214) and Audriana Blakely of James Clemens (2,199) to round out the top 10.
Competition gets underway Tuesday at Hoover High School Stadium at 9 a.m. with the girls competing in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters to close out the 2016 competition.
Lawrence tied Krause with the best high jump (5-05.75) and Ohatchee’s Victoria McRaney had the best shot put throw (33-09), just edging Foley’s Trinity Morgan’s 33-03 throw.
Robertson Leads Decathlon Standings
Northside senior Andrew Robertson had a solid performance Monday with a 21-foot, 8 3/4 –inch leap in the long jump to finish first in that event and was second with a shot put throw of 41-01 to total 3,305 points. Muscle Shoals senior Nick South compiled 3,235 points, 70 off the pace set by Robertson, with the best time in the 100-meter dash (11:51) and a second in the 400-meter dash (52.45).
Senior Payton Youngblood of Oak Mountain was third with 3,155 points, followed by Hewitt-Trussville’s Jonathan Mann (3,146), Foley’s Keldrick Edwards (3,069), Jamichael Manley of B.T. Washington (3,055), Noah Williams of Hoover (2,972), Christian Brandt of Auburn (2,940), Ryan Sullivan of Falkville (2,934) and Eric Bradshaw of James Clemens (2,848) rounding out the top 10 leaderboard.
Manley had the top shot put with a 44-03.5 toss. Cullman’s Walker Caretti sped 50.48 to win the 400-meter dash competition, and Mann tied Fairview’s Antonio Taylor in the high jump competition clearing 6-01.75.
The 63rd AHSAA State Decathlon competition will conclude Tuesday with competition in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.
Complete first-day results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 57th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two 37-member teams comprised of 2016 seniors were announced Monday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The North-South Game will be played Friday, July 21, at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.
The game will be the last all-star game of in this year’s AHSAA Summer Conference. The AHSACDA will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball and volleyball.
Head coach for the South is Theodore High School Coach Eric Collier. South head coach is Alexandria’s Frank Tucker.
The South holds a 30-24-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-13 last year.
Four players who helped their teams win state championships last December have been selected to play for the North squad: defensive back Darnell Jackson of Class 3A state champion Piedmont, defensive linemen Michael Rankins, Josephus Smith and place-kicker Morgan Coston of Leeds.
South players selected who played in state title games last year include McGill-Toolen linebacker DeAnthony Philon and quarterback Paris Chambers, who helped the Yellow Jackets win their first-ever state crown with a 14-12 win over Spain Park in Class 7A.
Coaches named to Collier’s south staff are David Faulkner of Enterprise, Brad McCoy of Charles Henderson, Tyrone Rogers of Robert L. Lee, Tyson McLean of Billingsley, Jason Franklin of Horseshoe Bend and Rob Carter of Beauregard.
Named to the Tucker’s North staff are Richie Busby of Fultondale, George Bates of Minor, David Hufstedler of Sheffield, J.B. Wallace of Florence, Chris Cagle of Sparkman and Scott Peavey of Madison County.
The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.
2016 NORTH SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL ROSTERS
Lee, R. E.
Mary G. Montgomery
Central - Phenix City
Mattie T. Blount
R. E. Lee
GUNTERSVILLE 3, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 2 (2 OT, 4-2 IN SHOOTOUT)
Guntersville High School captured the school’s third AHSAA state girls’ soccer championship Friday night with a 3-2 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal in the Class 4A/5A finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
The Wildcats (18-4-3) and Saints (19-7-1) battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of the two regulation 40-minute halves, they fought through two five-minute overtimes to set up a final showdown in the shootout.
Guntersville nailed its first three tries by Anna Jones, Carly Sims and Sandy Simpson, Caroline Seale made the first St. Paul’s kick, but junior goalkeeper Grace Mann blocked the two Saints efforts. A Wildcats miss and a clutch kick by St. Paul’s Caroline Lambert set up a final try by Guntersville’s Yesenia Vasquez. Her kick was successful and Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones and Ali Dutton, captured the state title.
The Wildcats also won state championships in 2008 and 2010.
In regulation, Kendall Moore scored the match’s first goal with a kick at 24:45 in the first half for Guntersville. Frances Case tied the match for St. Paul’s, coached by Brian Thomas, at 61:47 in the second half.
Senior midfielder Anna Jones, who had an outstanding match on offense and defense, was named the 4A/5A Championship MVP.
The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.
AHSAA 26th State Soccer Championships
At Huntsville Soccer Complex (John Hunt Park)
Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals
Holy Spirit Catholic (16-0-0) 3, Montgomery Academy (12-8-0) 2 (5-4 in shootout sudden death)
Westbrook Christian (24-0-0) 6, Madison Academy (18-6-1) 0
CLASS 4A/5A Girls Semifinals
St. Paul's Episcopal (19-6-1) 2, Helena (7-12-0) 1
Guntersville (17-4-3) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (13-8-2) 2
CLASS 6A Girls Semifinals
Northridge (21-4-0) 1, Northview (14-6-3) 0
John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3) 1, Decatur (17-5-2) 0
CLASS 7A Girls Semifinals
Auburn (24-1-2) 1, McGill-Toolen (18-3-0) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-1-0) 5, Huntsville (16-9-1) 1
Class 1A/3A Girls Finals
Holy Spirit Catholic (17-0-0) 4, Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Girls Finals
Guntersville (18-4-3) 3, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-7-1) 2 (2 OT, 4-2 in shootout)
CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Auburn (24-1-2) vs. Vestavia Hills (21-1-0), Field 2, 10 a.m.
CLASS 6A Girls Finals
Northridge (21-4-0) vs. John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3), Field 1, 12:30 p.m.