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2018 Class 4A/5A Boys’ Semifinals

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.


2018 Class 1A/3A Boys Semifinals

West Morgan 4, Altamont 3
  
Junior forward  Manny Delgado’s goal with three minutes remaining Thursday afternoon lifted West Morgan past Altamont 4-3 and sent the Rebels into the AHSAA Class 1A/3A Boys’ State Championship match to face Westminster-Oak Mountain Friday at 7 p.m. Friday.
    The Rebels (21-2) of Coach Sam Dean join the West Morgan girls in the state finals. The Lady Rebels beat Donoho 5-0 in the 1A/3A girls’ semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex earlier in the day Thursday and will face Montgomery Academy at 5 p.m.  All finals of the 28th annual State Championships will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
     Delgado’s winning goal for the boys was set up by senior Jose Delgado and Manny drove the kick home to break a 3-3 tie. West Morgan jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead on a goal by Manny and Jose Delgado. Altamont (16-6-1) roared back with three straight goals over an 18-minute span in the second half with Evan Poole notching two goals to tie the score and Daniel Kutsch nailed a goal at 60:21 to give the Knights the lead.
    Jose Segoviano’s goal seven minutes later tied the match and set up West Morgan’s winning rally.
    Altamont goalkeeper Jesse Hugerpiller finished with six saves and Brayan Alvarado had three saves for the Rebels.

Westminster-Oak Mountain 2, Bayside Academy 1
  
Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Knights (23-2-1) scored the winning at 77:23 of the 80-minute match when junior midfielder Price Leonard sliced a shot past goalkeeper Ty Turner. Turner had eight saves in the match for Bayside Academy (23-3).
    Both teams played through a scoreless first half. Leonard got the first goal for Coach Christian Adkins’ Knights at 47:52 in the second half.  Rece Breadsley tied the match at 1-1 with a goal at 56:11, thanks to an assist from Trey Clements.
    Westminster’s defense limited Bayside to nine shots on goal with goalkeeper Brodie Winks making saves.
    All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.

2018 Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals

Montgomery Academy 11, Indian Springs 1
  
Junior forward  Katz had seven shots on goal -- making an three, and freshman teammate Leighton Robertson made three on five shot attempts as the defending state champion Eagles (19-3) ousted Indian Springs (14-5) in the 2018 Class  1A/3A girls’ semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park Thursday.
   Coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles led 5-0 at the half with five different players notching one goal each -- Robertson, Katz, Virginia Meacham, Brooke Horne and Mead Robertson.
    Leighton Robertson, Kata and Hayes Jenkins had two each in the second half with Katz’s final goal at the 68:55 mark ended the game by 10-goal rule.
    Logan McFadden’s goal at 47:09 of the second half was the the lone goal for Indian Springs. Goalkeeper Scout Carruthers had 10 saves for Indian Springs, and Caroline Kirkham had two for Montgomery Academy.
    Montgomery Academy will face West Morgan (20-6) in the finals of the 28th annual State Tourney Friday at 5 p.m.

West Morgan 5, Donoho 0
  
Freshman Mari Julia Delgado gave West Morgan (20-6) the lead just three minutes into the semifinal match with Donoho and older sister Maribel Delgado nailed the final goal early in the second half as Coach Brandon Rice’s Rebels advanced past the Falcons (17-2) into the Class 1A/3A finals with the 5-0 win.
    Seventh grader Brandy Hernandez added two goals and Helena Jankowski had one goal and one assist for West Morgan.  Donoho keeper Maggie Wakefield had four saves and Joseline Lopez had four saves for the Rebels.
    All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and can be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


AHSAA-Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Partnership Pays for Young Players, Courses

 

 

May 10, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mike Perrin | 205-969-1331 | 205-540-7721 | mike@dcwins.com

 

AHSAA-Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Partnership

Pays for Young Players, Courses

State Championship Starts Monday at The Shoals

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When the best high-school golfers in the state gather Monday and Tuesday to determine this year’s champions at the 70th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association state tournament, they will be testing themselves against both their opponents and one of the top golf courses in the Southeast.

 

Since 1997, a rotation of five courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail have played host to the AHSAA championship. This year, the two-day, 36-hole event is at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals with both courses – Fighting Joe and Schoolmaster – in play. According to those most involved, the high-schoolers and the RTJ Trail have benefited from the relationship.

 

“It’s important to the teams and important to the Trail,” said John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corporation, the management team for the Trail since its inception. “At the very origins of the Trail, what we were looking to do is to have public access for everybody, regardless of age, sex, creed or color. We wanted everyone to have access to world-class golf. We wanted the Trail to be a place where teams could spend their time learning to compete and to act as good members of their community.

 

“We wanted people to see what golf does for kids and families. We wanted to make the Trail integral to the community of golfers, particularly when they got into high school competition.”

 

The state championship is played in a rotation of Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Capitol Hill in Prattville, Grand National in Auburn/Opelika, Magnolia Grove in Mobile and The Shoals. In keeping with the policy of the Retirement Systems of Alabama – the owner of the Trail – that everyone who plays pays, RTJ receives $5 per golfer per round for the championship’s 36-hole event.

 

“We’re very thankful our kids get to play on some of best courses in the country,” said Marvin Chou, AHSAA Assistant Director and Director of Golf. “Plus, it’s not just at championship tournament time. A lot of schools play host to sectional tournaments and sub-state tournaments at some of the RTJ courses.”

 

This year, four sectionals were played at three RTJ courses – Magnolia Cove, Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham and Highland Oaks in Dothan. Six sub-state tournaments, the final challenge before earning state finals berths, were played at Magnolia Grove and Silver Lakes.

 

Cannon called the partnership between high-school golfers and the Trail a win-win situation. “More important than just the state championship, we host a lot of teams in the local communities around the Trail,” he said. “Go to any place on the Trail, every afternoon from about 2:30 until 6, and you’ll see dozens of kids, coaches and parents. Sometimes the kids are learning the game and the parents are tagging along and getting the opportunity to see what golf can do for families. We’re focused on kids coming, learning to socialize and compete in respectful manner.”

 

Justin Mallicoat, the girls’ coach at Class 4A White Plains High School in Calhoun County, said his golfers build their skills and relationships at Silver Lakes in Gadsden. “Jason Callan, the director of golf at Silver Lakes, is terrific. He’s kid-oriented and wants to see the game grow,” Mallicoat said. “He makes it easy for us to come out and practice and be successful.

 

“This is a sport for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Sure, you have competitiveness among the teams, but there are players who play with each other all year. Their families get to know each other and become friends. In basketball, you play 32 minutes and you may never talk to that person again. On the golf course, you spend time with someone, get to know their personalities and it could develop into a friendship that you can carry the rest of your life.

 

“We’re in a real rural area at White Plains,” he said. “Our kids take pride in the RTJ. It’s about a 35-minute ride from our school and it’s something nice they take pride in and they treat it as if it were their own home. No doubt, it’s a challenging course. You can’t come out here as an average golfer and score well. You have to be strategic and be able to read greens to do well. Anybody who can play well out here is a well-defined golfer.”

 

This year’s AHSAA championship is the 70th for boys and 47th for girls. Defending girls’ champions are Spain Park (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A-5A) and Providence Christian (1A-3A). Boys’ defending champs are Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Providence Christian (3A) and Westbrook Christian (1A-2A).


Hoover, Spain Park Finish 1-2 in Class 7A Sub-State Golf Championships

Hoover’s Carson McKie shot a 72 and teammates Neysa Dechachutinan and Emily Baker carded 75s as the Bucs won the AHSAA Class 7A, North Sub-State girls’ golf team championship with a 6-over 222 team total. Spain Park also had 222 but finished second in the tie breaker. 
    The defending state champion Jaguars’ Marilyn Steed led all golfers with a 7-under 65, which tied for fourth best round for girls’ in AHSAA history. Her total also tied Michaela Morard’s 65 in the 2015 Class 6A/7A Sectional tournament at Goose Pond Country Club in Scottsboro for the lowest round in AHSAA post-season history.
    Caroline Waldrop also had a 75 for the Jaguars. Huntsville’s Savannah Johnson shot 75 and Mary Mac Trammell of Mountain Brook had a 77 to qualify as individuals for the state tournament at The Shoals Golf Club of the Robert Trent Jones Trail next week at Muscle Shoals.
CLASS 4A/5A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains turned in a super effort on the back nine at Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish with a 256 total and the Sub-State title. Sophomore Hanna Dyar had an 81 and Lexee Cunningham carded an 87 for the Wildcats. Randolph was second at 265 with Michaela Morard shooting a 2-under 70 for low medalist honors. Morard won the Class 6A/7A individual championship in 2015 and 2016 for Huntsville High School, but sat out last season after transferring to Randolph in 2016.
    Robyn Blakey of Leeds had an 82 and Grace Narrell of Arab had an 83 to advance to the state tourney as individuals.
CLASS 6A, NORTH SUB-STATE: Hartselle posted a 253 team total to win the Sub-State title over Muscle Shoals (257) by four strokes.  Caroline MacVicar and Ross Napier, both of Northridge, were the two individuals who also qualified for the state tournament at Florence next week. MacVicar shot a 78 and Napier had an 84.
CLASS 1A/3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Clements and Glencoe advanced as winner and runner-up with team totals of 294 and
299, respectively. Hannah Pope and Kylee House of Mars Hill Bible qualified as the top individuals with rounds of 76 and 103.



2018 North-South Soccer All-Star Teams Announced

   MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star matches have been selected.
     All selected players, rising seniors for the Class of 2019, were chosen by the Soccer Selection Committee from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery in July, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer doubleheader will be at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex on Tuesday, July 17, with the girls playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7. 
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state competition in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, football and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event 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 week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year in each sport and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
      Coaches for the South Girls’ Soccer All-Stars are Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who coached the Lady Jackets to the school’s first Class 7A state championship last season, and Sophie Simantel of Auburn. Ken Wright of the Montgomery Public Schools is administrative coach.  Helena’s Cliff Naron and Russellville’s Trey Sanford are North coaches. George Cavender will be the administrative assistant.
     Coaching the North boys are Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. South coaches are Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian. Wright and Cavender will also serve as administrative coaches for the boys’ game.
     The North swept both matches in 2017 with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys 5-2. The North girls hold a 13-2-1 edge in the series and the North Boys have a 10-4-1 advantage.
     The 2018 Soccer All-Star rosters are:

 

2018 NORTH-SOUTH SOCCER ALL-STARS

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Sarah Adair

Mountain Brook

GK

5'7

Malaika Albright

Bob Jones

M

5'8

Gabby Bernal

John Carroll

M

5'8

Alexandria Duca

Chelsea

D

5'6

Selah Fields

Florence

M

5'9

Sarah Garrison

Huntsville

D

5'6

Elizabeth Hill

Vestavia Hills

F

5'5

Samantha Kelly

Grissom

D

5'8

Madalyn Lambert

Mars Hill Bible

M

5'6

Mary Luker

Pell City

M

5'7

Emery Mills

Madison Academy

F

5'5

Elizabeth Oliver

Homewood

F

5'7

Ellison Sherrod

Briarwood Christian

D

5'7

Hannah Smid

James Clemens

F

5'4

Hallie-Kate Smith

Southside - Gadsden

M

5'11

Mariam Villamonte

East Limestone

M

5'1

Gaby Walker

Hoover

D

5'8

Rachel Wright

Altamont

GK

6'0

NORTH COACHES

Cliff Naron

Helena

Trey Stanford

Russellville

George Cavender

S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.

SOUTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Samantha Adams

Carroll

GK

5'7

Catherine Baggett

McGill-Toolen

D

5'8

Carson Collins

Smiths Station

D

4'11

Hannah Daoust

McGill-Toolen

D

5'4

Carly Davis

Foley

M

5'7

Madison Frazier

Prattville

M

5'7

Katja Grisham

Auburn

M

5'6

Mhairi Hannah

Daphne

D

5'0

Tara Katz

Montgomery Academy

F

5'2

Anna Richardson

Saint James

M

5'3

Caroline Seale

St. Paul's Episcopal

F

5'7

Marley Smith

Daphne

F

5'7

Janie Szoboszlay

Alabama Christian

F

5'6

Hayden Tipton

Trinity Presbyterian

M

5'7

Chloe Walker

St. Michael Catholic

F

5'7

Gabrielle Watson

Benjamin Russell

M

5'2

Adriana Wright

Northview

GK

5'7

SOUTH COACHES

Cheryl Flores

McGill-Toolen

Sophie Simantel

Auburn

Ken Wright

Montgomery Schools - Admin.

 

 

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Eddie Alvarado

Florence

M

5'5

135

John Bapst

John Carroll Catholic

M

5'11

145

Bryan Barrientos

Collinsville

M

5'7

140

Logan Frost

Briarwood Christian

F

6'0

165

Jack "JT" Jones

Mountain Brook

D

6'4

180

 

Collins Keith

Homewood

D

6'3

155

Maurice Kenon

Sparkman

F

5'11

175

Parker League

Randolph School

F

5'10

150

Price Leonard

Westminster-Oak Mountain

M

5'8

135

Daniel Olveva

Spain Park

D

5'9

155

Jonathan Rainey

Cherokee County

M

5'9

145

Irvin Rodriguez

Pelham

M

5'10

165

Joel Sanchez

Cullman

D

6'0

160

Cole Simmons

Arab

D

5'10

170

Jude Vachon

Madison Academy

GK

6'4

195

Cody Wells

Oak Mountain

M

6'0

155

Johnathan Williams

Vestavia Hills

GK

5'9

156

Donald Wilson

Indian Springs

M

6'1

170

NORTH COACHES

Matthew Pharr

Cherokee County

Jake Siefert

Sparkman

George Cavender

S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

William Blake

McGill-Toolen Catholic

GK

6'3

190

Rasheed Bolaji

Enterprise

M

5'4

151

Josh Burton

Baldwin County

GK

6'0

160

James Comerford

Daphne

M

5'9

155

John Douglas

Bayside Academy

D

6'2

235

Jacob Flores

Baker

M

5'10

140

Jeremiah Grimes

Enterprise

D

5'8

138

David Huot

Alma Bryant

M

6'0

180

Ryan Langhinrichsen-Rohling

Murphy

CB

5'10

135

Austin Lin

Alabama Christian

M

5'5

135

Cole Little

St. Paul's Episcopal

F

5'10

150

Joseph Quinn

Spanish Fort

F

5'9

140

Cristo Rocha

Stanhope Elmore

D

5'10

160

Meyer Rudgers

Auburn

M

6'2

175

Elijah Schwartzkopf

Carroll

F

5'10

140

Hugh Taupeka

Fairhope

D

6'2

180

Bradley Westhauser

Montgomery Academy

D

5'9

170

Alex Wichmann

Davidson

M

5'4

150

SOUTH COACHES

Bruce Ladner

Enterprise

Nick Berryman

Alabama Christian

Ken Wright

Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.


Mountain Brook, Spain Park Roll to 1-2 Finish in Class 7A Sub-State Golf Championships

    

    Mountain Brook and Spain Park finished 1-2 in the Class 7A Boys Sub-State Golf Championships held at Timberline Golf Course at Calera with outstanding team scores of 278 and 283, respectively.
   The Spartans finished 10-under par and the Jaguars were 5-under. Ford Clegg first a 6-under 66 and Reynolds Lambert was one shot back at 67 for Mountain Brook. Nick Dunlap also shot a 66 for Spain Park and Landon Carner had a 70.
    The top two teams and the two players with low individual rounds qualified for next week’s AHSAA State Championships at Florence. The individuals were Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills (70) and Ethan Hacker of Hewitt-Trussville (72).
   In other Boys’ sub-state action reported Monday:
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: McGill-Toolen Catholic posted a one-stroke win over runner-up Auburn winning 295-296. Fairhope’s Max Johnson and Will Richardson each shot 72 for low individual rounds.
CLASS 6A NORTH SUB-STATE: Muscle Shoals won the sub-state title with a 297 team total. Fort Payne was second at 313. Jasper’s Patrick Minor qualified with a 1-over 73 for the low individual score, and Ross Napier of Hartselle carded a 74.
CLASS 5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: St. Paul’s Episcopal finished first in the team competition and Briarwood Christian finished second. Slade McCraw shot a 76 for the Lions while Kyle Cornelius and Blake Bahos each shot rounds of 77 for the Saints. Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott had the low round of the day shooting 1-under 71.
CLASS 5A NORTH SUB-STATE: Scottsboro’s Kyle Price shot even-par 72 for the low round of the day to lead the Wildcats to a 311 team total and the sub-state title. Russellville was second two shots back at 313. Jaceton Murray shot 73 for Russellville. Qualifying individually were Trey Allen of Brooks with a 73 and Etowah’s Eli Antisdel, who had a 74.
CLASS 4A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains won the sub-state championship with a 310 team total. Madison Academy was second at 319. Kenny Okins led the Wildcats with a 2-under 70. Teagan Miller shot 74 for Madison Academy. Oneonta golfers Cole Davidson and Will Patrick were the two individual qualifiers with scores of 72 and 75. Patrick won on a second-hole playoff to advance to state.

CLASS 3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Pleasant Valley won the title with a 375 total. Glencoe was runner-up with a 382. Clements’ Matt Smith was the low medalist with a 1-under 71 and earned one of two individual qualifying spots for the state championships. Josh Daracott of Lauderdale County fired a 77 to land the other spot. Ethan Johnson’s round of 78 led Pleasant Valley, and Brock McNeely’s 86 was tops for Glencoe.
CLASS 1A/2A NORTH SUB-STATE:
Donoho took the sub-state championship with a 317 total. Westbrook Christian was second at 322. Jacob LeCroy shot a 75 for the low round for Donoho and Jackson Bowman shot a 74 for Westbrook .  Cedar Bluff's Nick Sawyer earned an individual spot in the state tourney with a 2-under par 70 for the sub-state tourney's low round overall.
GIRLS’ GOLF
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE:
Auburn’s girls shot a 1-over 217 to win finish first. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second at 240. Ashley Curtis and Emilia Smith, both of Enterprise, had the low individual rounds with 77 and 79, respectively.
CLASS 4A/5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Northside won the sub-state championship with a 243 team total, and Trinity Presbyterian was second at 261. Erika Allen led the winning Rams with a 2-ovr 74, and Emma Pittman’s 76 led the Wildcats.



ACA, Falkville, Altamont, Whitesburg and Westminster Claim State Titles at 94th AHSAA Outdoor Championships

  CULLMAN -- American Christian Academy won the boys’ and girls’ Class 3A Outdoor State Track Championship Saturday, Whitesburg Christian captured its fourth consecutive  Class 1A girls’ state crown, and Altamont added its 11 state championship trophy to its rich track and field history.
    The 94th AHSAA State Track Championships concluded Saturday with the Class 1A, 2A and 3A state completion at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium and Classes 4A, 5A,6A and 7A competing at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex in Baldwin County.
   Coach Charles Tiller’s ACA Patriots totaled 140 points in the girls’ competition to claim their sixth girls’ state title overall. T.R. Miller was second with 110 points and Montgomery Academy finished third with 78.  American Christian’s boys outscored runner-up Mobile Christian 146-82 to notch its second boys’ title in a row and second overall. Piedmont finished third with 65.
    Falkville’s boys, coached by Jace Wilemon, won the school’s seventh outdoor state crown with 108 points. Altamont was second with 84 and Lanett was third with 59.  Altamont’s girls, coached by Jamie Reddiker, posted 109.33 points to win the girls’ 2A title or the second year in a row. The Lady Knights also won in 2015 and had a string eight straight state championships from 2002-2009.
    Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by Dave McConnell, had 136 points to beat runner-up Westminster-Oak Mountain (116) by 20 points. The Huntsville school also won in 2017, 2016 and 2015. Westminster’s boys won the 1A title with 100 points. Coach Dale Carrell’s squad also won in 2017. Notasulga had a strong finish Saturday to take second with 55 points. Whitesburg was third with 47.
    Five individual state records fell Saturday with Hannah Tarwater keying Whitesburg’s state title run with a new mark in the 3,200-meter run. The senior won the race Saturday with a 1A state girls’ record time of 10:56.46. The old record (10:59.37), which was set by Heather Tanner of Randolph in 1995, has stood for 23 years. Tarwater also won the Class 1A 800-meter race with a time of 2:21.59.
Harper Roberts sparked American Christian to the 3A crown by establishing a new Class 3A girls’ record in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:17.54. Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller set the old record (2:18.27) in 2014. ACA teammate Helen Claire Edmonds won the pole vault with at 11-07 height to break the previous Class 3A girls’ state record (11-02) she set last year. Edmonds also finished second to teammate Kayleigh Atkins in the 100-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
 Other records that fell included:
JOHN MARK ABERCROMBIE, MEEK: Set a new 2A state meet javelin  record with a winning throw of 186 feet, 7 inches, eclipsing the old mark (173-02) set by Judson Davis of Brilliant in 2009. Braden Pyron of Marion County also surpassed the old mark with a runner-up throw of 181-09.
TARA RANDOLPH, CLEVELAND: Captured the Class 2A girls’ 100-meter hurdles with a class state record time of 15.63 seconds. The old record (15.64) was set by Altamont’s Taylor Young in 2015.
   Among the other top performances included:
CLASS 3A BOYS
MATISSE MILLER,PLEASANT VALLEY:
Won the Class 3A 800 meters with an excellent 1:59.90 performance to edge Bayside Academy’s Bradley Schmidt by 66/100ths of a second.
DEVIN GRONEWOLD, J.B. PENNINGTON: Cleared 6-06 to win the high jump by four inches.
JOSIAH HARRY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Won the shot put with a strong 55-00 toss. He also had a 54-00.50 throw as well.

CLASS 2A BOYS
JAMES DIXON, ALTAMONT:
Just missed the 2A state record winning the 800 meters in 1:58.80.
TAE MACGREGOR, VINCENT: Won the 100-meter dash with a 10.94 time in the finals. He ran 10.93 seconds in the prelims on Friday.

CLASS 1A BOYS
HUNTER WRIGHT, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN:
Finished first in the 3,200 meters with a winning time of 19=0:05.42, less than a second ahead of teammate Nate Collins (10:06.04). Another teammate Daniel Collins was third at 10:33.78.

CLASS 1A GIRLS
KAITLIN HILL, LOCAHAPOKA:
Won the Class 1A 100 and 200-meter dash races with times of 12.39 and 25.36 seconds, respectively.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The junior basketball standout won the shot put competition with a winning throw of32-08.50.



Hoover, Homewood Sweep Boys’ and Girls’ Crowns at 94th AHSAA Track Championships

GULF SHORES -- Hoover and Homewood swept the Class 7A and 6A boys’ and girls’ outdoor state track championships Saturday and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 5A girls’ crown for the school’s 25th overall as the 94th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
   Coach Jim Tate’s Lady Saints won their 25th outdoor title and first since 2016 with 98 points. Arab finished second in the 5A girls’ competition with 52 and Faith Academy totaled 47. Beauregard, coached by Rob Carter, won its first boys’ title since 2008 with 88.50 points. Scottsboro was a close second with 84.50 and Guntersville finished third with 62.
   In Class 7A, Hoover’s girls and boys finished strong. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs scored 125 points to claim their seventh title in a row and 10th overall. Auburn was second with 94.50. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 80.  Hoover’s boys won their ninth crown since 2005 out-pointing runner-up Smiths Station 138-83. Auburn had 64 points to finish third.
   Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its fifth consecutive girls’ state title with 126.75 points in the Class 6A competition. Pelham was second with 81 and Ramsay third with 52.  Homewood’s boys notched their first outdoor championship since 2014 with 80.50 points. Northridge had 63 and Ramsay 58 to finish 2-3.
  And in Class 4A, Winfield won its first Class 4A boys’ state title and third championship overall. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates out-pointed runner-up Montgomery Catholic 65-51. Northside was third with 48 points. UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, posted 93 points to win the school’s 16th girls’ state outdoor championship. Montgomery Catholic and LAMP tied for second with 68 points each,
    A total of 17 boys’ record-setting performances were registered during the three-day meet and 16 girls’ record-setting efforts.
   Six records fell Saturday including three relays.  
   Hoover’s Marion Humphrey won the Class 7A 300-meter intermediate hurdles clocking 36.00 to break the previous mark (37.90) set by Emanuel Taite of Thompson in 2016. For Humphrey, the record took on even more significance as the overall best 300 IH time in AHSAA state-meet history -- erasing the 36.33 time clocked by his older brother Marlon Humphrey for Hoover in the 2013 Class 6A state meet.
   Hoover also won the 7A boys’ finals with a record time of 3:15.49 in perhaps the fastest overall 4x400 relay race in AHSAA history. Central-Phenix City set the previous record (3:19.94) in 2017. On Saturday, Smiths Station (3:15.92) finished second, Central (3:17.10) was third and Thompson (3:19.74) was fourth -- all with times bettering the previous record.

    Other record-setting performances fell Saturday included:
HUNTER APPLING, WEST POINT: Clocked 14.10 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to win the 5A boys’ race and set a new 5A state-meet record in the process. Zeke Parker of Athens ran a 14.13 time in 1997 to hold the record for the last 21 years.
HOPE IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Set the 7A state record in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.73 seconds. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman also broke the previous record (11.97) set by Hoover’s Caitlyn Little in 2015 with a second-place time of 11.88.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE:
Won the Class 4A 800 meters with a record time of 1:55.12, breaking his own Class 4A mark (1:57.00) set last year.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the Class 6A 800 meters in2:11.77 to break a 14-year old record (2:11.91) set by Daphne’s Kirby Patterson in 2004.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Broke the Class 7A shot put record with a 40-06.25 throw. The previous record (39-07.75) was set by Huntsville’s Alana White in 2016.  Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend finished second to Daffin with a 39-10.25 measure. Her throw also broke the previous mark.
JAMES CLEMENS 4x400 RELAY: The James Clemens girls clocked 3:48.65 in Saturday’s finals to eclipse the 3:52.68 record set by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons clocked 4:00.70 to set a new Class 5A girls’ record in that event.
NICK WALLS, CROSSVILLE:
Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
     Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at www.ahsaa.com.




Defending 7A Boys’ Champs Hoover Lead after Day 2 of AHSAA State Track Championships

     GULF SHORES – Class 7A defending champs Hoover held a four-point lead over Vestavia Hills 54-50 after the second day of the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A/5A/6A/7A Outdoor State Track Championships Friday here at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
    Homewood had 58.50 points to lead in Class 6A over defending champs Opelika, which had 37. Defending champ Scottsboro totaled 53 points and Brooks had 39 in Class 5A boys’ competition. And in Class 4A, Winfield led with 47 points over Montgomery Catholic, in second place with 36.
    In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright held a comfortable 67-44 lead over last year’s 4A champs Montgomery Catholic. In Class 5A, Arab had a slim 44-43 lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal and Brooks was third with 42. Defending 6A champion Homewood totaled 64.75 points to take the lead and Pelham was second with 58.50.  Auburn’s girls held a 1.5-point lead over defending champs Hoover in the 7A girls’ competition.
   The meet concludes Saturday. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the finals over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at Gulf Shores and Cullman (1A/2A/3A).
    Records continued to fall Friday – especially in the 7A competition.
  Five athletes equaled or surpassed the Class 7A state-meet record for the high jump in Friday’s competition.  The record coming into the 2018 championships was 6-06, set by Melvin Hill of Baker in 2015. Baker’s Dontavious Hill and Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen each cleared 6 feet, 10 inches and now share the new record. Hill won the event on fewest misses, and Allen was second.
   Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also cleared 6-08 while Malik Crandle of Davidson and Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones jumped 6-06.
   Other record-setting performances included:
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Broke her second record of the meet with a 10:45.05 time in the Class 4A 3,200-meter run. She set the previous mark (10:53.15) as an eighth grader in 2015. Tyynismaa broke the Class 4A 1,600-meter outdoor record on Thursday.
Marion Humphrey, Hoover: The younger brother of former Hoover track sensation and current Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey set a new 7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 47.43 seconds – best of all classes Friday. The previous 7A record (47.94) was set in 2016 by Sparkman’s Charles Lewis. Marlon set the current Class 6A indoor 400-meters record (48.11) in 2013.
Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain: Broke the existing Class 7A outdoor 400-meter dash record (55.54) held by Myra Mack of Smiths Station with a 54.04 time. Vennessa Frank of Central-Phenix City was second at 55:13, which also surpassed Mack’s record.
Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station: Set her second Class 7A state record in as many days with a winning leap of 19-09.5- in the long jump. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had held the mark (18-10) since 2015. Sutton broke her own 7A triple jump mark Thursday.
Viktor Turek, Thompson:
Established a new Class 7A state record in the discus with a winning throw of 178-00.50. The old record (167-06) was set in 2016 by Michael Robinson of Auburn.
Mountain Brook 4x800 Relay Team: The Spartans won the 7A boys’ relay with a new class time of 7:47.70, beating the old mark (7:58.18) set by Auburn in 2016 by 10 seconds. Smiths Station finished second Friday clocking 7:52.64, which also broke the previous record.
  Other top efforts included:

7A BOYS
POLE VAULT:
James Courson of Hoover won the pole vault late Thursday clearing 16 feet, 9 inches – just three inches shy of the state record (17-0) set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015.
3,200 METER RUN: In perhaps the most competitive race of the day Friday at Gulf Shores, four runners finished with :01.27 between them as Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won with a 9:30.26 time. Teammates Bryce Hutchinson (9:30.35) and James Sweeney (9:31.13) finished 2-3 and Mountain Brook’s Charlie Slaughter (9:31.53) was fourth.

CLASS 6A BOYS
JAVELIN:
Kyle Smith hurled the javelin 195-08 to take first place.
3,200 METER RUN: Will Stone of Homewood completed the sweep of the distance events with a 9:27.82 time.
400-METER DASH: Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (47.77) clocked the second fastest time of the day (all classes) to win the 6A race.

CLASS 5A BOYS
3,200 METER RUN:
Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope (9:31.89) and Hayden Judge (9:41.23) finished one-two for the Wildcats to dominate the event.
HIGH JUMP:
Fairfield’s Christian Smith beat Demarco Campbell of Sylacauga in a jump off to take first place with a 6-07 leap. Both tied at 6-06 and missed all three tries at 6-08 before Smith cleared on his first try at 6-07 and Campbell missed.
400-METER DASH: Demontrae Wilson of Central-Tuscaloosa (49.87)  edged Myles Williamson of Guntersville (49.88) by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish to win the event. 
JAVELIN (WHEELCHAIR):
Nick Walls of Crossville had a 63-04.50 throw in his final attempt – improving from his first throw by almost seven feet, to win the event.

CLASS 4A BOYS
3,200 Meter RUN: Matthew Estopinal of Randolph edged past Tanner King of Northside with a winning time of 9:34.26. King clocked 9:48.12.

CLASS 7A GIRLS
3,200 METER RUN:
Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue followed her win in the 1,600 meters on Thursday by winning the 3,200 on Friday. She crossed the finish line at 11:00.72.
400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen won the event with a 1:15.74 time.