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Class 2A: Game 1 Mobile Christian 6, Fyffe 5

      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.



Erin Hines Claims 2016 AHSAA Heptathlon Title

   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.


Senior Scores 6,501 Points Muscle Shoals’ Nick South Wins 2016 Decathlon

   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.


20 Points Separate Pair after First Day St. Paul’s Krause, Pelham’s Hines In Tight Race at Top of Heptathlon

   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.


Prep Football Squads Announced For 57th North-South All-Star Game

      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.   

      The rosters:

 

 

 

 

2016 NORTH SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL ROSTERS

 

NORTH TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Dylan

Wiggins

Ranburne

ATH

6'1

190

Andrew

Styles

Bob Jones

DB

5'9

185

Nick

Battle

Clay-Chalkville

DB

5'10

165

Blake

Stidham

Hamilton

DB

6'2

200

Darnell

Jackson

Piedmont

DB

5'10

185

Justen

Little

Tuscaloosa County

DB

6'0

165

Quatavius

Barber

Clay-Chalkville

DL

6'3

238

Kyler

Madden

Florence

DL

5'10

315

Josephus

Smith

Leeds

DL

5'11

290

Rashad

Clay

Minor

DL

6'1

245

Austin

Bohannon

Russellville

DL

6'4

240

Morgan

Coston

Leeds

K

5'10

170

Justin

Patterson

Cullman

LB

6'1

220

Caleb

Finn

Hartselle

LB

6'0

180

Austin

Stephens

Munford

LB

5'11

215

Cameron

DeArman

Russellville

LB

6'0

195

Hunter

Armstrong

Southside

LB

6'0

230

Perry

Young

Spain Park

LB

5'11

195

KaMaury

Avery

Wadley

LB

5'11

225

Dakota

Sams

Alexandria

OL

6'3

260

Cory

Eddy

Dora

OL

6'3

312

Spencer

White

Florence

OL

5'10

230

Zack

McCutcheon

Madison County

OL

6'3

295

Houston

Johnson

New Hope

OL

6'4

268

William

McKinney

Oneonta

OL

6'2

275

Grey

Best

Spain Park

OL

6'2

255

Zach

Cupps

Gardendale

QB

6'0

180

Mason

Edwards

Sparkman

QB

6'1

190

Denzel

Mitchell

Hamilton

RB

6'1

200

Gabe

Ozio

Madison County

RB

5'9

165

David

Mitchell

Minor

RB

5'8

180

Aaron

Pride

Sheffield

RB

5'10

180

Noah

Ard

Cordova

WR

6'0

190

Denzel

Mooney

Gadsden City

WR

6'2

185

Jordan

Bentley

Guntersville

WR

6'1

200

Austin

Campbell

Munford

WR

6'2

182

Josh

McKenzie

Shades Valley

WR

5'9

170

COACHES

Frank

Tucker

Alexandria, Head

Richie

Busby

Fultondale

George

Bates

Minor

David

Hufstedler

Sheffield

J. B.

Wallace

Florence

Chris

Cagle

Sparkman

Scott

Peavey

Madison County

SOUTH TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Daijon

Flowers

Enterprise

Ath

5'5

150

Bobby

Flott

Baker

DB

6'2

175

Jaret

Powell

Foley

DB

5'9

175

Jacquez

Payton

Georgiana

DB

5'10

170

Kolby

Easley

Northview

DB

6'3

183

Tylous

Humphrey

Wetumpka

DB

5'10

168

Joe

Thomas

Beauregard

DL

5'11

305

Manuel

Johnson

Dothan

DL

6'2

307

Daron

McMullen

Jackson

DL

6'4

250

De'Quarius

Rivers

Lee, R. E.

DL

6'3

285

Sidney

Mims

Montgomery Academy

DL

6'5

250

Tyler

Wittner

Mary G. Montgomery

K

5'8

150

Anthony

Howard

Auburn

LB

5'11

210

Trevor

May

Beauregard

LB

5'11

200

J'lan

Carson

Central - Phenix City

LB

5'10

260

DeAnthony

Philon

McGill-Toolen

LB

6'0

220

Justin

Hosea-Williams

Theodore

LB

6'1

210

Tyler

King

Theodore

LB

5'10

195

Kahlil

Traywick

UMS-Wright

LB

5'10

225

Robert

Moore

Auburn

OL

6'4

318

Shonye

Reams

Dothan

OL

6'5

305

Will

Wilson

Horseshoe Bend

OL

6'2

270

Ray

Worthy

Jackson

OL

6'2

315

Paul

Coleman

Jeff Davis

OL

6'1

281

Dustin

Hardy

Robertsdale

OL

6'5

300

Brian

Ankerson

Theodore

OL

6'2

255

Heath

Senn

Beauregard

P

6'0

180

Shaquille

Johnson

Lee, R. E.

QB

5'10

180

Paris

Chambers

McGill-Toolen

QB

6'2

180

Von

Street

Enterprise

RB

6'0

225

Daniel

Miller

Fairhope

RB

6'0

195

Bennie

Smith

Stanhope Elmore

RB

5'9

182

Kendrick

Moore

Vigor

RB

5'10

180

Holden

Verdin

Baker

WR

6'4

175

Mikell

Floyd

Elmore County

WR

5'10

160

Cory

Smith

Jeff Davis

WR

5'9

173

Reginald

Todd

Mattie T. Blount

WR

6'5

190

COACHES

Eric

Collier

Theodore, Head

David

Faulkner

Enterprise

Brad

McCoy

Charles Henderson

Tyrone

Rogers

R. E. Lee

Tyson

McLean

Billingsley

Jason

Franklin

Horseshoe Bend

Rob

Carter

Beauregard


CLASS 7A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

OAK MOUNTAIN 2, McGill-Toolen 1
     
Defending Class 7A state soccer champion Oak Mountain downed McGill-Toolen 2-1 Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park to make it two in a row as the  2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships concluded. 
     Coach Daniel DeMasters’  Eagles now have six boys’ state championships including both 7A titles awarded since the AHSAA moved to seven classifications in 2014-15.
     Junior Charles Jeter scored both goals for Oak Mountain, which concluded its season unbeaten at 28-0-2. His first goal came at 9:45 of the first half to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the half. He followed with his second goal with an assist from Caleb Van Geffen at 51:27 in the second half and Oak Mountain appeared in control with a two-goal lead.
     Things changed late when McGill-Toolen  (20-6-3), coached by Nate Nicholas, scored when Anthony Spafford bumped the ball just past the Oak Mountain keeper to cut the lead to 2-1 with just over 13 minutes to play.  Both teams fought a fierce battle the rest of the way, but the Eagles were able to hang on to seal the win.
     McGill-Toolen goalkeeper Henry Blache had an outstanding match with six saves. Oak Mountain took nine shots on goal and 12 overall.  Jaxson Ellis had one save on goal for The Eagles.
     Oak Mountain’s six state titles ranks tied for third overall in the 25 years of the AHSAA state championships. John Carroll has won 10, Grissom 8 and Randolph six.  The Eagles previous state titles previous state championships came in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2015. McGill-Toolen won a state crown in 2002.

CLASS 6A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC 1, NORTHRIDGE 0
    
 John Carroll Catholic High School sophomore forward  Clair Davies posted a goal with 2:05 remaining in the second half Saturday afternoon to lift the Lady Cavaliers (23-2-3) to a 1-0 win over Northridge in the Class 6A girls’ soccer finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships.
     It was John Carroll’s third straight state girls’ championship.
     Davies, who earned 6A Championship MVP, took a pass from senior forward Lindsey Flemming and nailed the shot that held Coach Chase Zanaty’s team avoid overtime in what had been a spirited scoreless battle for the first 77:55.
     John Carroll took 17 shots to just five for Northridge (21-4-0), including 11 shots on goal to just three for Coach Carter Hill’s Jaguars. It was Northridge’s defense that kept the Tuscaloosa team close down to the wire. Goalkeeper Carmen Smith had two saves.
    John Carroll now has four girls’ state soccer titles to their credit with championships also won in 2000, 2014 and 2015. The four titles ranks the Lady Cavaliers tied with Spain Park for fifth overall in the AHSAA state record book.  Fort Payne and Briarwood Christian lead with eight each. Grissom and Montgomery Academy have won five apiece.

CLASS 6A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

CULLMAN 2, DAPHNE 1 (OT)
    
 Cullman High School captured the school’s first state boys’ soccer championship since 2002 Saturday morning with an exciting 2-1 Class 6A finals victory over Daphne in two overtimes.  The Bearcats (24-4-2) scored the winning goal with 53 seconds left in the overtime period – at 84:07 of the contest.
       The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
        Class 6A championship MVP Miguel Tizapa-Robles scored the winning goal. The sophomore also assisted senior midfielder Guilherme Albuquerque’s goal in the first half that gave Coach Casey Harbin’s team a 1-0 lead at intermission.  Daphne (16-6-5), coached by Cameron Williams, tied the match early in the second half on Jackson Barber’s goal at 46:15. The contest remained tied until Tizapa-Robles’ winning goal 38 minutes later.

CLASS 7A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

VESTAVIA HILLS 3, AUBURN 0
     
Vestavia Hills High School posted three goals in the first half and defeated Auburn 3-0 Saturday morning to claim the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state soccer championship.  The 2016 championships held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex, marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991. 
     Coach Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (23-2-0) took an early 1-0 lead on senior midfielder Sophia Kamburis’ goal just 7:11 into the championship match. Sophomore forward Alli Glaze scored the second goal at 29:50, and sophomore Sara McCurry notched the last goal at 37:34.  Kennedy Hicks assisted McCurry and Caroline Causey had the assist for Glaze. Kamburis, who had three shot attempts, was selected the 7A championship’s MVP.
      Vestavia Hills’ defense limited Auburn to only one shot the entire match and no shots on goal.  The Rebels, who won the school’s fourth girls’ state title, had 21 shots including 11 on goal.  The 2016 crown was the first since 2007, however. The other two championships came in 2001 and 2005.
      Senior goalkeeper Sarah Thorne had eight saves for Coach Chris Blight’s Auburn Tigers (24-2-2).

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

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)
May 12-14


THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE
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

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
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)

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
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.