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CLASS 6A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

Daphne 1, Northridge 0 (2 OT)
    Daphne High School senior forward Rachael Lane nailed a 30-yard direct free kick in the second overtime to lift the Trojans to a 1-0 win over Northridge in the AHSAA Class 6A state girls’ soccer semifinal match at John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday morning.
    Both teams had played to a 0-0 tie through regulation and the first overtime. The winning goal in sudden death came at 88:18 for Coach Dean Logan’s Trojans (11-7-0). Daphne advanced the 6A state championship match to face John Carroll Catholic  Lane took five shots, three on goal, for the match. Daphne had five shots on goal total.
     Northridge (15-6-1), playing in its first semifinal in school history, took six shots. Jaguars goalkeeper Catherine Spence had four saves. Daphne goalkeeper Valeria Aglietti had four saves for the Trojans.

John Carroll Catholic 3, Athens 0
   
John Carroll Catholic moved into the Class 6A state finals with a 3-0 win over Athens in the AHSAA girls’ state soccer semifinals Friday at John Hunt Soccer Complex. The finals, set for 12:30 p.m., will be live-streamed Saturday by the NFHS Network’s subscriber program. Information can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the NFHS link.
    Coach Charles Zanaty’s Lady Cavaliers (15-4-2), the 2014 Class 5A state champs, led 1-0 at the half on Camryn Lyster’s goal at 25:23 in the first half. John Carroll’s attacking offense got a second goal at 45:23 on Caroline Moffit’s kick and closed out the scoring with August Hamilton’s goal ay 67:36 set up by a pass from Nicole Bernal.
    Goalkeeper Tiffani Dunaway had three saves for Athens (13-2-7). John Carroll keeper Carmen Smith had two saves for the Cavaliers. 

CLASS 4A-5A BOYS SEMIFINALS

Randolph 1, Sylacauga 0
    Randolph joined its girls’ team in the state finals Thursday night with a tough 1-0 victory over Sylacauga in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A boys’ soccer semifinals at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     Randolph (16-4-2), coached by Alex Tomlinson, will meet St. Paul’s Episcopal (18-4-4) in the boys’ championship match Friday at 6 p.m.  The 4A-5A girls’ championship will be the same two teams at 8:30 p.m.
     Senior Omer Yousuf scored the only goal of the night for Randolph in the first half at the 20:38 mark. His winning kick was set up by an assist from fellow senior Fisher Lucas.
    Sylacauga (14-8-1) managed three shots on goal with Jacob Redmond managing two. Goalkeeper Kantrell Dickerson had one save.
     Randolph keeper Boe Santos, a junior, had three saves for the Raiders.

St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Helena 0
    
St. Paul’s Episcopal beat Helena 3-0 Thursday night in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A Boys’ state soccer semifinals to advance to the championship match Friday at 6 p.m.
     Play resumes Friday with Class 6A and 7A girls and boys playing semifinals beginning with 6A girls at 9 a.m. Championship matches in 1A-3A and 4A-5A will follow at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Class 6A boys’ and 7A girls’ finals will be Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by the 6A girls’ championship and 7A boys’ championship at 12:30 p.m.
    Tenisee Sulonma, Caleb Adas and Andrew Peeler scored one goal each for the Saints (18-4-4) of Coach Chad Harrelson Thursday night. William Pickard and Ryon Depinet each had one assist.
    Phildon Dublin had one save as Helena’s goalkeeper. The Huskies (14-8-3) reached the semifinals in the school’s first year as a high school this season.

CLASS 4A-5A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

Randolph 2, Guntersville 1
    Randolph of Huntsville bounced back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to nip previously unbeaten Guntersville 2-1 at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A-5A girls’ soccer championships.
     Randolph will meet St. Paul’s Episcopal in the championship match Friday at 8:30 p.m.  Day 2 of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships get underway Friday morning with Class 6A girls’ semifinals at 9 a.m., with Daphne (10-7-0) taking on  Northridge (15-5-1) and Athens (13-1-7) facing John Carroll Catholic (14-4-2).
    Class 6A boys’ semifinals follow at 11:15, Class 7A girls’ semifinals at 1:30 p.m., and 7A boys’ semifinals at 3:45 p.m.
    Anna Mikel Jones gave Guntersville (13-1-0) a quick 1-0 lead just 7:58 into the match and used a solid defense to keep Coach Ken Hudson’s Raiders (12-6-2) from mounting any offense for the first 60 minutes.
    Randolph senior captain Abby Harper finally cracked the Wildcats defense to tie the match at 1-1 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the second half. Freshman forward Sydney Svehlak put Randolph ahead for good 3½ minutes later with the final goal at 70:56.
     Grace Mann had two saves as Guntersville’s keeper, and Daria Zarzeka, another senior captain for the Raiders, had seven saves as Randolph’s goalkeeper. Guntersville had 13 shot attempts with eight on goal. Randolph made the most of its four shots on goal making two.


St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Calera 1
    
St. Paul’s Episcopal took the lead at 4:21 in the first half en route to a 3-1 victory over Calera in the other Class 4A-5A girls’ state soccer semifinals at John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday night.
     Frances Case notched the first goal with an assist from Elizabeth Bailey for the Lady Saints (18-4-4). Caroline Seale followed with St. Paul’s second goal six minutes later. The kick was set up by a pass from Ali Sutherland. Sutherland scored the final goal early in the second half for Coach Brian Thomas’ Saints from Mobile.
    Calera (10-6-0), making its first semifinal appearance in school history, got on the scoreboard at 78:07 with junior Tia McCarter scoring on a feed from Anna Milliron.  Calera goalkeeper Kylee Loth, a senior, had five saves.
    St. Paul’s used three goalkeepers in the match – allowing only one shot on goal.

CLASS 1A-3A BOYS SEMIFINALS

    Faith Christian of Anniston (13-2) jumped out to a 2-1 first-half lead Thursday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex before Madison Academy clawed back to tie the match and send the AHSAA Class 1A-3A boys’ semifinal into overtime.
    After two extra periods, the Lions finally won the match edging the Mustangs 4-3 in the shootout to advance to Friday night’s 8:30 p.m. finals.
    Coach Erik McDaniel’s squad will face Westminster of Oak Mountain in the championship match. Westminster beat Bayside Academy 4-0.
    Tyler Johnson scored both Faith goals in regulation scoring at 11:15 and 35:19 of the first half.  Nathan Geis put Madison Academy (17-2-0) on the scoreboard with a goal at 15:28. His kick was set up by Ryan Pollard’s assist. Andrew Cash tied the match with 5:15 remaining in the second half on a free kick from the right sideline 45 yards away. It bounced in front of the goal and over the shoulder of the Lions’ goalkeeper to score.
     In the shootout Faith nailed four of its five tries while Madison Academy connected on three.
     Faith Christian goalkeeper Caleb McCord had four saves. Madison Acadamy goalkeeper Noah Harrison had one. Both teams were almost even on shots attempted with Johnson taking five of the Lions’ 14. The Mustangs took 13 shots.

Westminster of Oak Mountain 4, Bayside Academy 0
    
Westminster of Oak Mountain (15-1-2) broke open a scoreless battle in the second half with four goals in the final 30 minutes to beat Bayside Academy 4-0 in the Class 1A-3A AHSAA boys’ state soccer semifinal Thursday.
     The Knights had a decided advantage with nine shots-on-goal to the Admirals’  three. Westminster goalkeeper Jonathan Stanford notched saves on all three Bayside attempts.
     Coach Patrick Fitzgerald’s Knights took the lead at 50:43 on Jack Stein’s goal. Westminster scored 12 minutes later when the ball deflected off a Bayside player for a team goal.  Caleb McNaughton scored at the 69:06 mark with an assist from Stein. Alex Poore closed out the scoring with the final goal with just 30 seconds left to play.
   Julian Rizzi had four saves for Bayside (14-3-4).

CLASS 1A-3A GIRLS SEMIFINALS

West Morgan 4, Altamont 2
    Junior Brianna Thorne scored a hat trick as the Lady Rebels (16-6-0) reached the AHSAA Class 1A-3A State Soccer Championships’ girls finals with a semifinal win over Altamont (8-8-4).
     The victory sends West Morgan into the finals Friday night at 6 p.m. at John Hunt Soccer Complex at Huntsville against defending state champion Montgomery Academy.
     West Morgan, coached by Brandon Rice, scored its first two goals in a span of 64 seconds. Thorne tied the match at 1-1 on an assist from Maribel Delgado at the 25:39 mark and teammate Meredith Bates put West Morgan ahead for good scoring at 26:43.  Thorne, who had five shots on goal, got her two other goals in a 3:13 stretch of the second half.
    Altamont senior Meridith Beretta opened the scoring at 20:16 in the first half with the Lady Knights’ first goal. Sophie Sabri had the final goal on a pass from Altamont teammate Kim Sephaphathi. 
    Goalkeeper Krystyn Chambers had six saves for West Morgan and Altamont keeper Katie Wright had nine.

Montgomery Academy 3, Holy Spirit Catholic 1
    
The Lady Eagles (20-1-2) overcame a 1-0 deficit at the half with three goals in the final 45 minutes to advance to the Class 1A-3A state soccer finals with the semifinal win over Holy Spirit Catholic (20-3-1) Thursday at John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Coach J.A. Stuart Bonner’s team out-shot the Titans 25-6 – eventually wearing down upset-minded  Holy Spirit in the second half. Sisters Tara and Brenna Katz accounted for all three goals – the first two by Tara, an eighth grader, and the final one by Brenna, a senior.
     Jordan Richmond opened the scoring at 26:45 with her 63rd goal of the season for the Titans. That lone goal stood until Tara Katz tied the match at 50:14 in the second half on an assist from Cari Budny. Her second goal came 21:15 later with Elizabeth Robertson feeding the assist. Maggie Chambers’ pass set up Brenna Katz’s final goal with 37 seconds remaining in the match.
    Goalkeeper Blakley Jones had 13 saves for Holy Spirit. Dora Eskridge of Montgomery Academy four saves on goal.

Softball, Baseball Teams Named For 2015 North-South Games

      The 2015 North-South all-star softball and baseball teams for the 19th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition were announced Friday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The softball and baseball teams are each comprised of 18 current junior student-athletes from across the state. Both will play Tuesday, July 21-softball at Lagoon Park, site of the AHSAA state softball tournament, and baseball at Riverwalk Stadium, site of the AHSAA state baseball championship series.
       The teams were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, 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 All-Stars in the baseball competition are Talley Haines of Mobile Christian, Shawn Gilmer of Enterprise, Jeff Cameron of Hale County and Roy Dixon of Central-Phenix City. Trinity’s Ken Whittle is the administrative coach.
      North coaches are Bubba Roberts of Clay-Chalkville, James Blanchard of Piedmont, Tyrus Moss of Parker and Mike Good of Madison Academy. Administrative coach is Keith Lucky of St. James.
     The North, which holds an 18-11-1 
edge in the series which dates back to 1997, split with the South in last year’s doubleheader.
     Coaches for the South Softball All-Stars are Brandon Cobb of Beauregard and Summer Chandler of Rehobeth. Susan Barnes will serve as the South’s administrative coach.     
      The North All-Stars will be coached by Ted Swinney of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Brad James of Colbert Heights. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the North administrative coach. 
      The South and North tied game one and the South won game two last year.  The North currently holds a 22-9-3 advantage in the series which also began in 1997.
      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:


2015 SOFTBALL ROSTERS

 

 

NORTH ALL-STARS

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Ellison Barrett

Florence

P

5'6

 

Rian Brown

Springville

1B

5'5

 

Makayley Cain

Athens

C

5'5

 

Hope Cain

Hartselle

P/1B

5'4

 

Kaitlyn Crocker

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

SS

5'4

 

Madison Daniel

Wilson

OF

5'10

 

Madison Dorsett

Hewitt-Trussville

SS

5'7

 

Kaylee Horton

Curry

SS

5'6

 

Claire Jenkins

Cullman

SS

5'8

 

Callie Kay

Ragland

Utl.

5'6

 

Megan Miller

Buckhorn

C

5'5

 

Sharley Miller

Hayden

P

5'9

 

Bailey Murphy

Hewitt-Trussville

P

5'7

 

Sydney Sanders

West Morgan

C

5'7

 

Ashlee Swindle

Curry

P

5'8

 

Kynadi Tipler

Spain Park

3B

5'7

 

Hannahstaysia Weaver

Pisgah

OF

5'2

 

Rilee White

Cold Springs

P

5'6

 

COACHES

 

 

Ted Swinney

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

 

Brad James

Colbert Heights

 

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones - Admin.

 

 

 

SOUTH ALL-STARS

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Baleigh Boltz

Theodore

OF

5'10

 

Elissa Brown

Elmore County

SS

5'4

 

Sydney Daugherty

Beauregard

3B

5'4

 

Katie Hale

Citronelle

3B

5'3

 

Shelbie Horne

Alabama Christian

OF

5'2

 

Cassidy Huff

Saraland

C

5'2

 

Raygan Larson

Rehobeth

P

5'5

 

Brittany Lee

Enterprise

P

5'4

 

Sara Lowther

Davidson

IF

5'4

 

Alexis Marchozzi

Rehobeth

SS

5'6

 

Brittney Minor

Leroy

P

5'5

 

Lily Ritzel

Florala

P

5'6

 

Mary Smith

Baker

CF

5'4

 

Alyson Smith

Smiths Station

C

5'8

 

Kennedy Ward

Mobile Christian

SS

5'8

 

Mykaela Watt

Prattville

OF

5'8

 

Katie Webb

Central - Phenix City

IF

5'5

 

Chloe Yeager

Indian Springs

P

5'11

 

 

 

COACHES

 

 

Brandon Cobb

Beauregard

 

Summer Chandler

Rehobeth

 

Susan Barnes

Elba - Admin.

 

 

2015 BASEBALL ROSTERS

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Will Acuff

Madison Academy

IF

6'1

155

Graham Ashcraft

Huntsville

IF - P

6'2

205

Joel Ballard

Parker, A. H.

OF

6'0

165

Chase Beggs

Hokes Bluff

IF - P

5'11

185

Bayley Blanchard

Piedmont

IF

6'1

185

Cody Dodd

Alexandria

P

6'2

208

John Hartman, V

Mountain Brook

OF

6'0

190

Heath Haskins

Thompson

OF

5'10

220

Thomas Johns

Clay-Chalkville

IF

6'0

225

John Kirby

Hamilton

OF

6'1

170

Walker McCleney

Mortimer Jordan

OF

5'9

160

Robert Potter

Vestavia Hills

P

6'2

210

Koleman Powell

Oneonta

IF

5'11

170

Kolby Robinson

Cullman

IF

5'10

160

Branton Sanders

Northridge

IF

5'11

195

Drake Seal

Colbert County

C

5'9

215

Jackson Tavel

Corner

P

6'4

190

Dylan Wiggins

Ranburne

IF - P

6'0

185

COACHES

Bubba Roberts

Clay-Chalkville

James Blanchard

Piedmont

Tyrus Moss

A. H. Parker

Mike Good

Madison Academy

Keith Lucky

Saint James - Admin.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Robert Adams

Trinity Presbyterian

IF

6'2

180

Hunter Avery

Mobile Christian

IF - P

6'1

210

Grant Barber

UMS-Wright

IF

5'9

170

Austin Chastang

Bayside Academy

IF - P

6'2

215

Davis Daniel

Saint James

IF - P

6'2

180

Jacob Evans

St. Paul's

C

5'11

200

Cody Herring

Wetumpka

IF - P

6'3

185

Brady Johnson, Jr.

Houston Academy

C

5'10

200

Cal Jones

Dadeville

OF

6'0

180

Matthew Lowery

Northview

P

6'1

220

Chris Manley

Opelika

OF

5'7

140

Deacon Medders

Hale County

IF

6'3

188

Hunter Stokes

Spanish Fort

IF

6'1

170

Michael Taylor

Alabama Christian

C

5'9

170

Trevor Wallace

Maplesville

IF

5'11

160

Parker Warren

Enterprise

P

5'9

175

Jermond Williams

Central - Phenix City

OF

5'10

175

Banks Woodley

Jemison

OF- P

6'0

200

COACHES

Talley Haines

Mobile Christian

Shawn Gilmer

Enterprise

Jeff Cameron

Hale County

Roy Dixon

Central - Phenix City

Ken Whittle

Trinity - Admin.


Prep Football Squads Announced For 56th North-South All-Star Game

     

North-South All-Star squads for the upcoming 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two teams comprised of 2015 seniors were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Monday.
      The North-South Game will be played Friday, July 17th  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 played the week prior to the 2015 AHSAA Summer Conference.
      Head coach for the North is Hubbertville High School Coach Lamar Harris.
South head coach is Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham.
     
Harris became the head football coach at Class 1A Hubbertville in the fall of 1979 where he has remained the past 38 seasons. His tenure at Hubbertville is one of the longest of all-time in Alabama high school football history. He has a 219-188 career record including 14-1 last season, best in school history. His team lost in the Class 1A state finals at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to Maplesville in 2014. Twenty-five of his teams have advanced to the AHSAA state playoffs.
        Harris coached in the 1999 state North-South all-star football game. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame.
        One of the AHSAA’s most versatile coaches, Harris has also served as Hubbertville’s softball coach for 16 years with three state championships and a 403-135 record. He coached girls' basketball for 23 years and captured two state titles with an overall record of 293-170. His 24 boys' basketball teams have won four area crowns. |
        Gresham Billy Gresham will be entering his fifth season as head football coach. He has compiled a record of 38-12 over the last four seasons. His teams have qualified for the playoffs every year, reaching the semifinals in 2012 and quarterfinals in 2013. Carver has won two region titles (2012 and 2014) under his reign. He served as defensive coordinator for three years at Carver before being named head coach in 2011. His overall record at Carver is 69-19 as defensive coordinator and head coach.
       
The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
      Seven players who helped their teams win state championships last December have been selected to play for the North squad in this summer’s game, including Fyffe running back Austin Stiefel, who was named MVP of the Class 2A championship game. He finished the year with over 2,300 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns scored including 46 rushing.
      Others selected for the North squad from state championship teams are offensive lineman Jeremy Clark, linebacker Tyler Wright and defensive back Jacoby Lockhart of Leeds, defensive lineman Jordan Sharbutt and offensive lineman Tyon Hardy of Clay-Chalkville and place-kicker Nathan Geis of Madison Academy, one of the most prolific kickers in AHSAA history.
      South players selected who played in state championship games last year include defensive back Wade Castle of Class 3A Dale County, defensive lineman Ricky Franklin and wide receiver Seth Knotts of Class 7A Prattville and linebacker Tyler Armstrong of Class 1A champion Maplesville. Gresham’s own Carver linebacker Sirderrick Banks is also in the game.
      Coaches named to Gresham’s South staff are Deric Scott of Vigor, Nathan McDaniel of Baldwin County, Pate Harrison of Dale County, Ashley Kilcrease of Brantley, Maurice Heard of B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
      Named to the Harris’ North staff are Mark Hastings of Oakman, Scott Mansell of Hueytown, Larry Strain of Handley, Jason Howard of Spring Garden, Danny Miller of Hanceville, Mike Bates of Holly Pond and Darby Palmer of Alabama Christian, the North administrative coach.
      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:

2015 FOOTBALL ROSTERS

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Maurice

Mayo

Homewood

ATH

5'7

165

Thomas

Ozmint

Glencoe

DB

6'0

200

Ja'mal

Jackson

Hartselle

DB

5'8

162

Jacoby

Lockhart

Leeds

DB

5'8

145

Robert

Cooks

McAdory

DB

5'10

160

John

Coger

Oakman

DB

6'0

170

Jordan

Sharbutt

Clay-Chalkville

DL

6'0

250

Dontrez

Green

Mortimer Jordan

DL

6'3

230

Hollis

Abernathy

Muscle Shoals

DL

5'10

280

Blake

Wood

Wilson

DL

6'1

260

Nathan

Geis

Madison Academy

K

5'8

160

Carson

Styles

Bob Jones

LB

5'10

196

KeVontae

Hayes

Decatur

LB

5'10

215

Tyler

Wright

Leeds

LB

5'9

214

Jacob

Hamilton

Russellville

LB

6'1

215

MauTaveus

Young

Saks

LB

6'2

230

Landon

Machristie

Walter Wellborn

LB

6'1

215

Nathan

Cunningham

Pinson Valley

LB

6'1

225

Colby

Seymoure

Buckhorn

OL

6'4

312

Call

Dyer

Gordo

OL

6'4

350

Jordan

Ives

Lamar County

OL

6'3

300

Jeremy

Clark

Leeds

OL

6'1

275

Nick

Deluna

Muscle Shoals

OL

6'2

260

Hunter

Barclay

Ohatchee

DL

6'2

275

Austin

Kilgore

Saks

OL

6'1

260

Tyon

Hardy

Clay-Chalkville

OL

6'0

215

Mike

Bernier

Bob Jones

P

6'2

215

Blake

Hawkins

Florence

QB

6'5

218

Brickton

Pugh

East Limestone

QB

6'1

182

Austin

Stiefel

Fyffe

RB

6'0

185

Gabe

Ford

Gadsden City

RB

6'1

215

Jeremy

Denton

Lamar County

RB

6'3

235

Jason

Futrell

Wilson

RB

5'10

170

Jaylan

Jackson

Hartselle

WR

5'9

170

Tyler

Crumpton

Phillips

WR

6'4

175

Eddie

Williams

Tuscaloosa County

WR

6'2

192

Kevin

Greene

Vincent

WR

6'1

170

COACHES

Lamar

Harris

Hubbertville, Head

Mark

Hastings

Oakman

Scott

Mansell

Hueytown

Larry

Strain

Handley

Jason

Howard

Spring Garden

Danny

Miller

Hanceville

Mike

Bates

Holly Pond

Darby

Palmer

Alabama Christian, Adm.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Luke

Phillips

St. Luke's

ATH

6'1

190

Morgan

Baker

Spanish Fort

DB

6'0

190

Wade

Castle

Dale County

DB

5'9

172

Willie

Ezell

Stanhope Elmore

DB

6'0

190

Wendell

Harris

Foley

DB

5'9

178

Bryce

Nettles

Baldwin County

DB

5'11

160

Maurice

Cole

Spanish Fort

DL

6'2

230

Ricky

Franklin

Prattville

DL

6'2

272

Jay

Hughes-Buford

Daphne

DL

6'1

240

Isaac

Nickson

Pike County

DL

6'4

255

Camarcus

Williams

Central - Phenix City

DL

6'3

260

Jose

Mendoza

Foley

K

6'0

150

Tyler

Armstrong

Maplesville

LB

6'1

200

Sirderrick

Banks

Carver - Montgomery

LB

5'9

197

Cameron

Compton

Wetumpka

LB

6'2

215

Jamerious

Miles

Washington, B. T.

LB

5'8

215

Skylar

Mosley

Saraland

LB

6'1

205

Mykhael

Sanford

Daphne

LB

5'10

195

Joshua

Smiley

Lee, R. E.

LB

6'0

210

Cullen

Bush

Brantley

OL

6'3

315

Landon

Davidson

Baker

OL

6'4

290

Ezra

Lane

Stanhope Elmore

OL

6'2

320

Christian

London

Charles Henderson

OL

6'3

280

Ezekiel

Mayblen

Theodore

OL

6'5

280

Bryce

Sadler

Northview

OL

6'2

290

Joshua

Williams

Vigor

OL

6'4

300

Austin

Ingram

Charles Henderson

QB

6'0

210

Stephan

Jackson

Fairhope

QB

6'2

218

Ger'Kerry

Jackson

Jeff Davis

RB

5'6

160

Isiah

Long

Dothan

RB

5'8

185

Thomas

Stokes, Jr.

Montgomery Catholic

RB

5'9

195

Decarlos

Tyson

Baldwin County

RB

5'10

240

Khaliq

Jones

Wetumpka

WR

6'0

185

Seth

Knotts

Prattville

WR

6'3

210

LaDarrell

Pettway

Spanish Fort

WR

5'9

155

Johnny

Williams, III

Northview

WR

6'2

190

COACHES

Billy

Gresham

Carver-Montgomery, Head

Deric

Scott

Vigor

Nathan

McDaniel

Baldwin

Pate

Harrison

Dale County

Ashley

Kilcrease

Brantley

Maurice

Heard

B. T. Washington

Tim

Perry

Wetumpka

Michael

Summers

Alabama Christian, Adm.

 


Falkville Claims Third Straight Boys’ Outdoor Title; Whitesburg Christian Wins First Girls’ Crown

    Falkville High School won its third straight AHSAA state outdoor track and field championship Saturday and five new champions were crowned as the 2015 Class 1A, 2A and 3A state championships closed its final day at new host site Cullman.
    The Blue Devils won Class 1A championships in 2013 and 2014 at Selma under the direction of Coach Keith Wilemon. Falkville moved to 2A this year and had to fend off arch-rival Cold Springs to claim the Class 2A crown.  Wilemon turned the head-coaching duties over to his son Jace, and son proved to be a fast learner.
    Falkville totaled 114.20 points and Cold Springs finished second with 104.70.
    Marion County won the Class 1A boys’ championship with 117 points. Westminster of Oak Mountain was second with 112 and Linden, third with 87.  Winfield won the Class 3A boys’ title over runner-up Montgomery Academy. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates had 108 points and the Eagles, last year’s Class 2A champs, had 77. Piedmont, the 2014 3A champions, totaled 70.50 to finished third.
     Whitesburg Christian posted 91 points in the Class 1A girls’ competition to win its first-ever state championship in any sport. Decatur Heritage was second with 83.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 77.
    Altamont, directed by first-year head coach Jamie Rediker, won the Class 2A girls championship with 101 points to edge runner-up LaFayette, which scored 97.  American Christian Academy fended off Cottage Hill Christian to win the Class 3A girls’ crown. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots had 96 points and Cottage Hill had 94. Defending champion T.R. Miller was third with 79.
     Mathew Likely of Hillcrest Evergreen and Trey Cunningham of Winfield were among the outstanding student-athletes turning in record-setting performances Thursday.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen:
Broke the Class 3A 100-meter dash record he had set Friday in the preliminaries with a 10.61-second winning time in the finals Saturday. The previous record (10.78),set by Jason Smoots of Litchfield in 1998, fell on Friday when Likely, a senior, clocked 10.65 to win his heat. Likely also won the 200-meter dash in 21.26 seconds to erase Smoots’ 200-meter record (21.82) also established the same year.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield:
For the second straight day Cunningham beat the Class 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a winning time of 14.42 seconds. His 14.18-second time shattered the mark held by former Winfield hurdler Dominic Walls (14.49) since 2011.
Jack Barganier, Montgomery Academy and Nick Klein, Winfield:
Raced to a photo finish in the 3,200-meter race with Barganier winning with a time of 9:53.08. Klein was clocked at 9:53.38.
CLASS 2A BOYS
Bram Miller, Falkville:
Won the Class 2A high jump title with a 6-foot, 6-inch leap a year after winning the 1A state championship at the same height.
Brendan Tucker LaFayette and Josh Lucas, Tanner:
The two runners had a photo finish in the 110-meter hurdles with Tucker taking the win with a 15.332 time -- 3/thousandths of a second faster than Lucas who almost caught him at the finish line. While the times were a well short of the 13.73 state record set by Pierre Goode of Hazlewood in 1986, it turned out to be perhaps the best boys’ race of the day as both ran their personal bests.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette: Set a new 2A state record in the long jump (23-04.75).
Lanett Relay Team: Clocked a 43.86 to win the 4x100 relay -- just missing the 2A state record .49/hundredths of  second.
CLASS 1A BOYS
Emelio Madero, Marion County
: Heaved the javelin 164 feet, 7 inches to win the competition by more than 15 feet.
Ben Abel, Victory Christian: Clocked 20.67 in the Class 1A para-ambulatory 100-meter dash -- earning  the respect of fellow runners after taking a hard spill at 50 meters but jumping back up quickly and finishing strong. His best time of the year was 18.04 seconds.
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 16.36 and 41.57 seconds, respectively.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
Kaitlin York, American Christian:
Won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs for the state champion Patriots. Her winning time in the 3,200 Saturday morning was 11:04.77. She also ran a leg in American Christian’s winning 4x800-meter relay team.
Karri Green, Piedmont: Set a new 3A record in the 400-meter dash (57.44), won the 200-meter dash (25.39) and had two hurdles wins Saturday beating the competition in the 100-meter hurdles finals (14.87) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.50).
Caitlyn Dressler, Cottage Hill Christian: Set a record in the 3A pole vault with a winning leap of 11 feet, 1 inch.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Won the triple jump with a 3A state record 38-05 leap and won the javelin gold with another 3A state record effort (136-05).
CLASS 2A GIRLS
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Won the long jump with a 16-09.50 leap and then set a Class 2A state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.64-second winning time. Natasha Stuckie of White Plains held the record (15.80), setting it in 2007. She closed a strong individual meet effort by winning the 300-meter hurdles in 46.32 -- falling just short of the 2A state record she set in 2013 and setting a record in the triple jump (38 feet).
CLASS 1A GIRLS
Ivy Edge, St. Bernard:
Set a Class 1A state record in the 800-meter run with a 2:19.68 time. Her effort broke one of the oldest girls’ records still standing. Joy Griffin of American Christian set the mark (2:22.15) 20 years ago in 1995.  She also helped the St. Bernard 4x800 relay team set a new 1A mark with a time of 10:06.74.
Kayla Pruitt, Lynn: The junior won the state shot put title with a winning toss of 37 feet, 7 ½ inches -- only three-quarters of an inch shy of setting the Class 1A state record. Shay Smith Loachapoka set the current record (37-08) in 2004. Pruitt followed with a record-setting performance to win the 1A girls’ javelin.  Her 129-foot, 7-inch throw beat the previous record (121-08) set by Falkville’s Tiana Drinkard in 2013. Pruitt also won the high jump and discus events.

Hoover, UMS-Wright Sweep Boys and Girls Titles in 7A and 4A

    Hoover and UMS-Wright high schools swept boys’ and girls’ state championships in Class 7A and 4A, respectively, as the 91st annual AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at Gulf Shores.
   Hoover claimed both Class 7A crowns with the boys edging Auburn 131.33 to 121.50. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 54 points. Coach Devin Hind’s girls totaled 166.75 points with Mountain Brook second with 69.75. McGill-Toolen Catholic was a close third with 67.75.  The Bucs have now won boys’  titles in six of the seven seasons and the girls have won four championships in a row.  All previous titles were in Class 6A.
    UMS-Wright won its fifth straight Class 4A boys state championship and the Bulldogs’ girls also won the first xxth time in the lasy six years. Coach Pat Galle’s girls’ team ran away from the pack with 150.50 points. Brooks was second with 75.50 and Wilson finished third with 54.  UMS-Wright’s boys totaled 95 points, Wilson was second with 66 and Dadeville was right behind with 64.
    Homewood, the Class 5A girls’ champs in 2014, totaled 122.50 points to capture the 2015 Class 6A state title. Coach Thomas Esslinger’s team out-pointed Pelham by 43 points. The Lady Panthers were  second with 79.50 points, and Opelika was third with 57.  Opelika’s boys, coached by Jimmy Johnson,   won the 6A state championship Saturday amassing 121 points to edge Homewood’s boys. The Patriots had 106 points and Northridge was third with 65.
     In Class  5A, Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal boys totaled 90 points to win the state championship. St. Clair County was second with 66 points and Columbia was third with 53.50.   Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state champs, has little trouble moving to 5A as Coach Glenn Copeland’s Lady Hornets scored 139 points to win the state title. St. Paul’s was a close second with 133.50, and Columbia came in third with 71 points.
     Among the top boys’ performances Saturday:
CLASS 7A BOYS
Karon Delince, Central-Phenix City:
Won the first-ever Class 7A 200-meter final with a 21.55-second time. He also won the 200-meter dash title clocking 21.55 seconds in the finals.
Auburn 4x100-meter relay: The Tigers came close to the overall AHSAA state mark clocking 41.66 second to win Saturday’s relay finals.
Emmanuel Tait, Thompson: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 14.12 and 38.83 seconds, respectively.
Will Macoy, Vestavia Hills: Threw the javelin 196 feet, 6 inches to set the 7A record in that event.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:
Clocked 10.49 seconds, the fastest 100-meter dash outdoor time in any division of the AHSAA state championships, to win the 6A finals. He followed with a 21.34-second winning time to capture the 6A 200-meter dash finals and closed out with a 47.02 time in the 400-meter dash to win the event just 4/100ths off the state record time of 46.98.
CLASS 5A BOYS
Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian:
Had three golds winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Alize Ford, Columbia: Improved his time from the prelims to the finals by a second to win the 200-meter finals Saturday. His 21.76-second winning time was less than 5/tenths of a second off the 5A state mark.
Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran 10.79 in the 100-meter prelims, then followed with a 10:79 again in the finals to win the event.
Alize Ford, St. Clair County: Won the 200-meter dash in 21.76 seconds and finished second in the 400.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Robert Hope, UMS-Wright:
Won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finished fifth in the 800 to leads the Bulldogs’ state-championship effort.
Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.79 seconds to take home two golds.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Brittley Humphrey, Hoover: Shattered the overall AHSAA girls’ state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.74-second winning time in the Class 7A finals Saturday. He set the 6A record and overall mark last year with a 14.00 time to win the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles event. Teammate Caitlyn Little  also broke Humphrey’s 2014 record with a 13.97 time to finish second in Saturday’s 7A finals. Little also ran the 100-meter dash finals in 11.97 to win that event and clocked 24.85 to win the Class 7A 200-meter dash.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Jayla Kirkland, Woodlawn:
The state record holder in the Class 6A 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes won all three events again Saturday. Her times were excellent but did not not surpass the records she set last year.
Kiara Williams, Homewood: Won the 100--meter hurdles with a near-6A record 14.29 time and followed up with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. The set a record to win the long jump Friday and also won the triple jump for four golds for the state champion Patriots.
CLASS 5A GIRLS
Morgan O’Neal, Sylacauga:
Clocked 44.11 seconds in the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles to set a class state record. Courtney Golston of B.C. Rain set the previous record (44.24) in 2001.
Na'Asha Robinson, Butler:  Clocked 12.30 to win the 100-meter dash finals, then won the 200 and 400 dashes as well for three individual titles.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
Amaris Tyynismaa, Catholic
- Montgomery: Set a Class 4A state record in the 800-meter run (2:16.86) to give the eighth grader  a sweep of the three distance events. She set records in 3,200 and 1,600 as well.
Wilson 4x800 relay team:  Clocked 9:55.80 to set a new Class 4A record in the distance relay.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Helped the Lady Bulldogs capture the state title winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition.

 

Defending Champions Take Leads After Day 2 of 4A-7A Track at Gulf Shores

       UMS-Wright High School built a 46-point lead over No. 2 Wilson heading into Saturday’s final day of Class 4A boys’ competition at the 91st annual AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores.
       Coach Pat Galle’s squad has won the previous four Class 4A outdoor state championships dating back 2011. UMS has 78 points and Wilson 32.  Galle’s girls also have a comfortable lead in the 4A girls competition with 66.50 points. DAR is second with 37.50 and Wilson is third with 36.
     Hoover, the Class 6A boys’ champ five of the last six years, leads Class 7A with 61.33 points in what could be shaping up to be an exciting finish Saturday. Auburn has 57.50 points and Oak Mountain is thirds with 29.33. In Class 6A, Homewood, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, had 62 points and holds a slim lead over Opelika (57.50) and Northridge (40).  St. Paul’s has 43 points to lead Class 5A with Madison County next with 34. Alabama Christian and St. Clair County close behind with 29 and 28 points respectively.
      Hoover’s girls lead Class 7A competition with 55.75 points with McGill-Toolen and Mountain Brook on their heels with 51.75 and 50.75 points, respectively. Huntsville is fourth with 38.  Homewood, the 5A champion in 2014, leads Class 6A’s girls with 68 points. Pelham has 42 and John Carroll Catholic 28. Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state girls’ champs, lead Class 5A with 61 points. St. Paul’s is second heading into Saturday with 51 and Helena is third with 30.
       Few records fell Friday. Some top performances included:
      Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Set a 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run Friday with a time of 10:53.15. She set a record Thursday in the 1,600.
     Wilson 4x400-Relay: The Wilson High School girls won the Class 4A relay with a record time of 9:55.80 seconds, beating the previous mark of 10:04.40 established by UMS-Wright in 2013.
      Isabel Valenzuela,  St Paul's: Won the Class 5A girls’ 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:36.31 – her  second win of the 2015 competition. She won the 1,600 Thursday.
      Jayla Kirkland,  Woodlawn: Kirkland, the Class 6A record holder in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, had the fastest qualifying times in each race Friday clocking 11.69 seconds in the 100 and 24.58 in the 200.  She won the 400 Friday with a strong time of 57.21 seconds.
     Kiara Williams, Homewood: Set a new 6A record in the long jump with a winning leap of 20 feet, 5 ¼ inches to topple the previous mark (19-09.50) by Whitney Marsh of Mountain Brook in 2002. She also won the triple jump with a 39-09.50 distance.
     Caitlyn Miller, Hoover: Turned in the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes in Class 7A with times of 12.02 and 25.31 seconds, respectively. She also had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35).
      Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Had the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the Class 4A boys’ prelims with times of 11.02 and 22.80 seconds.
     Robert Hope, UMS-Wright: Followed Thursday’s Class 4A 1,600 meter win with a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:45.40.
    Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran the 200-meter dash prelim in 22.38 seconds and the 100 prelim in 10.79 seconds for the best times in Class 5A.
    Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:  Won the Class 6A 400-meter dash in 47.02 seconds and had the fastest qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes. His 10.57-second time in the 100 was the fastest in any class Friday.
      Melvin Hill, Baker:  Cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to become the AHSAA’s first Class 7A boys’ champion in that event.