Randolph 5, Briarwood Christian 1
Junior Sam Hartley had two assists and one goal Friday night to lead Randolph to as 5-1 victory over Briarwood Christian to capture the Class 4A/5A Boys’ State Soccer Championship at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
The championship was the second in a row for Coach Alex Tomlinson’s Raiders (16-4-2), third in four years and eighth overall since winning their first in 2000. Briarwood Christian (23-3-1), coached by Shawn Brower, has won four state championships overall.
Logan Frost gave the Lions a quick 1-0 lead with a goal at 5:15 of the first half. Sean O’Hare tied the match with an assist from Ian Krajna eight minutes later. Krajna assisted Parker League’s go-ahead goal right before the half. The Raiders managed three goals in the second with Hartley scoring on a pass from Sean O’Hare at 44:21, then returned the favor a minute later with an assist as O’Hare notched the fourth goal for Randolph. Hartley then assisted Sridhar Karne’s goal at 62:51 to close out the scoring.
Briarwood goalkeeper Grant Fielding and Raiders keeper Max Shaw had three saves each.
The Class 4A/5A and girls’ finals and Class 1A/3A boys’ championship were scheduled for Friday night with finals Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ finals at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the Class 6A girls’ and Class 7A boys’ championships at noon.
All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
MONTGOMERY – Baker High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules and has voluntarily removed its softball team from the South Regional Qualifier tournament.
A student-athlete in Baker’s softball program participated in eight tournaments, junior varsity and varsity combined, during the 2018 regular season exceeding the maximum tournaments allowed in violation of AHSAA rules found on page 44 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, Rule III, Contests, Section 13, Contest/Tournament limitations.
The rule states: A student may participate in the number of contests his/her team is permitted to play in that sport. If a student participates on more than one level of competition in the same sport during the same season, the maximum number of contests that the student may participate in is the number of contests his/her highest-level team is permitted to play.
Schools are permitted to play (a maximum) 18 regular-season games and in seven tournaments prior to area, sub-regional, regional and State Finals play. Consequently, the student-athlete participated ineligibly in Class 7A, Area 1 tournament and one game in the South Regional Softball Tournament. BHS must forfeit all games won in which the ineligible student participated. The season has now ended for the softball team.
Briarwood Christian 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal 0
Junior forward Logan Frost scored two second-half goals to lead Briarwood Christian (23-2-1) to a 3-0 victory over St. Paul’s Episcopal (19-5-3) at Thursday’s Class 4A/5A Boys ‘State Soccer Championship semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
Defending state champion Randolph (15-4-2) won the other semifinal 4-1 over Arab to set up the championship match Friday at 5 p.m., as the 28th annual AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Soccer Championships continue.
Classes 6A and 7A will open play Friday with semifinal matches. The 6A girls’ semis kick off the action at 9 a.m. with Northview (15-4-1) vs. John Carroll Catholic (19-3-1) and Gardendale (13-5-1) meeting Southside-Gadsden (17-1-1). The 6A boys’ semifinals follow at 11 a.m., with Northview (13-9-1) taking on unbeaten Homewood (22-0-2) and Pell City (13-5-2) facing Fort Payne (18-3-3).
In Class 7A, Vestavia Hills (20-3-1) plays James Clemens (14-3-2) and Enterprise (10-8-2) plays defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (17-2-3) in the girls’ semifinals at 1 p.m. The boys’ finals at 3 p.m. pit Auburn (13-4-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-8-5) and Vestavia Hills (17-5-1) vs. Mountain Brook (21-5-2).
Finals for 1A/3A girls and 4A/5A boys will follow at 5 p.m., with 1A/3A boys and 4A/5A girls playing finals at 7. The 6A and 7A championship matches will be Saturday. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the events. CHS’s John Drake is executive producer.
Griffin Felton scored the other goal in Briarwood’s win Thursday. Goalkeeper Grant Fielding also had four saves for the Lions of Coach Shawn Brower. Wright Mullins had two saves for St. Paul’s, coached by Chad Harrelson.
Randolph 4, Arab 1
The defending Class 4A/5A state champion Raiders (15-4-2), coached by Alex Tomlinson, took the early lead in the other Class 4A/5A boys’ semifinal Thursday when sophomore Ian Krajna scored just 4:11 into the match to give Randolph a 1-0 lead. Sam Hartley’s goal later in the half made it 2-0 at intermission.
Lauren Honeycutt's goal on a penalty kick made it 3-0 in second half and Hartley closed out the Randolph scoring with is second goal of the contest.
Arab (13-3-1) got its goal when Judson Hunt scored in the second half.
Kyle King had four saves on goal for the Knights of Coach Brian Quarles. Hunt’s goal was Arab’s only shot-on-goal in the entire match.