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Class 2A: Game 2 Mobile Christian 6, Fyffe 0 (Mobile Christian wins Championship)

      Junior pitcher Bryson Hatcher hurled a four-hit shutout in game two of the AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday and Mobile Christian beat Fyffe 6-0 to claim its second straight state title at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.
      Hatcher (10-2) threw only 95 pitches, walking one and striking out five, to get the mound win for Coach Talley Haines’ Leopards (26-12).  He picked up all the runs he would need when catcher Ethan Hearn singled in two runs in the second inning to give the Leopards a 2-0 lead.  Senior Hunter Avery, who pitched the 6-5 game one win Tuesday night, had two hits including an RBI double to earn 2A Championship Series MVP honors. He struck out 10 Tuesday and also slugged a two-run triple.
     Chris George also had two hits and an RBI Wednesday, and Grayson Williams slugged a double and scored two runs.
      Fyffe (21-12), coached by Brad Thomas, was led by Brady Carson’s double. Starter and losing pitcher Brant Rowell (7-2) had a single as did Ethan Jones and Tyler Ashley.   Rowell hurled the first two innings allowing three hits, two runs and striking out one.  Carson pitched the final five innings in relief yielding eight hits, four runs and striking out three.
     The Red Devils reached the 2A state baseball finals for the first time in school history. The Fyffe football team was 2015 Class 2A state football runner-up and also the 2014 Class 2A state football champs.
     J.U. Blacksher (25-11) meets Decatur Heritage (26-12) at Paterson Field at 4 p.m. as the Class 1A Championship Series gets underway Wednesday afternoon.  Defending state champion Madison Academy (33-15) takes on American Christian (31-5) in the first game of the 3A Championship Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

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.

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.



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.


CLASS 4A/5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

HELENA 4, RANDOLPH 0
    
 The Helena High School Huskies captured the school’s first state championship Friday night defeating defending state champion Randolph 4-0 in the Class 4A/5A championship match of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The championship came in just the second year of the Shelby County school’s existence. It opened its doors at the beginning of the 2014-15 school  year.  The Huskies baseball team reached the 5A finals last spring. The girls’ soccer team also reached the 2016 semifinals.
      Coach Zach Morgan’s Huskies (18-7-2) took control of the scoreless match with two goals in a five-minute span late in the first half.  Senior defender Yeltsin Canales scored at 30 minutes into the contest to give Helena a 1-0 lead.  Class 4A/5A Championship MVP Vincent Navaez scored the first of his two goals at 35 minutes as Helena cruised into intermission leading 2-0.
     Navaez, a freshman,  scored at 50:38 of the second stretching the lead to 3-0, and senior midfielder Michael Humphrey closed out the scoring with a goal at 73:36.
     The Huskies defense allowed only two hosts by Randolph. The Raiders are coached by Alex Tomlinson.
    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.

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC 4, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN 1
     
Holy Spirit Catholic High School junior Jordan Richmond scored four goals Friday night to lead the unbeaten Lady Titans to a 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Westbrook Christian in the Class 1A/3A girls’ finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     The soccer championship was the first in AHSAA history for Coach Arthur Howington’s girls.
     Holy Spirit (17-0-0) took the lead for good at 39:13 of the first half when Richmond, named the Class 1A/3A State Championship MVP,  scored her first goal of the night. She added a quick goal 3:45 into the second half to make it 2-0.  Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) , coached by Joel Hawbaker, cut the lead to one with a goal by junior forward Olivia Strickland 10 minutes later.
    Richmond closed out the scoring with two goals in the final 14 minutes to seal the victory. She wasnear perfect going  4-of-5 with shots on goal. Holy Spirit goalkeeper Blakley Jones had four saves for the Titans.  Mattie Loyd had three saves for the Warriors.
    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.


Class 1A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 1 Shoals Christian Beats Brantley 7-2 to Open Series

   MONTGOMERY  -- Winning pitcher Tanner Bozeman’s bases-loaded double in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night drove in two important runs and  propelled Shoals Christian to a 7-2 win over Brantley as the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship series got underway here at Paterson Field.
    The Flame (22-18) and Bulldogs (15-18) meet in game two as the best two-of-three series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Should as third game be needed, it will start after the first game at approximately 1 p.m.
    Bozeman (7-3), a junior left-hander, allowed 11 hits and struck out five to pitch the complete game. Batting lead-off, he had two hits, scored a run and drove in three – two coming in the big sixth inning.
    Brantley, which started its season for Coach Greg Evans at 1-9, trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded when an attempted steal at home ended the inning. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame rallied from that exceptional defensive play by catcher Johnathan Brock to score four runs and turned the one-run game into a 5-0 deficit.  Trenton Gillis followed in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run homer over the left-field wall to extend the lead to 7-0.
     The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the seventh to plate two runs on Jacob Free’s RBI double and Tate Tatum’s RBI single.
      Shoals Christian managed nine hits and four earned runs off Brantley hurler Tommy Spivey (3-6), who also struck out five in a complete-game effort.  Bozeman and Gillis each had two hits for the Flame and Josh Vardeman slugged a double.
    Centerfielder Riley Jobin had three hits to pace Brantley. Adrian Person and Spivey also had two hits.
    The Class 2A championship series between Mobile Christian and Randolph County gets underway at 4 p.m. at Paterson Field Wednesday, and the Class 4A series opens at 7 p.m. with Trinity Presbyterian taking on Brooks, also at Paterson Field. All baseball series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Details on the broadcast can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
   The AHSAA state softball tournament also starts at Lagoon Park Wednesday morning with Class 7A opening play at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all the finals in the double-elimination softball competition.