GAME 1: Hokes Bluff 6, Andalusia 3
MONTGOMERY -- Left-hander Dylan Teague (11-3) hurled a six-hitter and struck out five to lead Hokes Bluff to a 6-3 win over Andalusia in game one of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series which got underway Tuesday night at Paterson Field.
Coach Mike Robertson’s Eagles (28-6), making their first state finals appearance since winning six state titles in a row from 2003-08, also got a big game at the plate from catcher Houston Edwards, who had two hits and two RBIs. Koby Addison added two hits and Weston Ball had a single, RBI and scored two runs.
Teague walked just one and through just over 100 pitches for the night.
Andalusia (28-5), which came into the series 8-0 in four playoff series, took an early 2-0 lead with starting pitcher Jacob Cravey (10-1) driving in two runs with one hit. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five. It was his first loss of the season and Andalusia’s first setback since March..
Chip Morgan also had two hits for Coach Tyler Dent’s Bulldogs. Garrett Davis also had an RBI single and Ethan Wilson (11-0), who is expected to pitch game two Wednesday, had one hit and one run scored.
The series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 4 p.m. Game three, if needed, will follow completion of game two in the best 2-of-3 championship series.
Defending state champion Sweet Water (27-9) and Spring Garden (26-9) open the Class 1A series Wednesday at Paterson Field at 4 p.m. Mobile Christian (27-9) and Lauderdale County (22-14-1) square off at 7 p.m. in the Class 3A series opener.
All championship series games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The AHSAA Softball Championships also get underway at Lagoon Park Wednesday morning with first games set for 9 a.m. The 56-team, seven-classification state tourney will continue through Saturday.
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The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of former Eufaula High School basketball coach Jack Powell and joins with its member schools in offering condolences and to his family
Powell, 96, died Saturday in Abbeville.
Powell spent 18 of his 20 years in high school coaching at Eufaula where his teams compiled a 364-178 record, advanced to the state tournament nine times and won a state championship in 1953. He also coached at Livingston State University.
Powell was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. The old Eufaula high school gym named in his honor serves as home of the Jack Powell Youth Basketball League. He is a graduate of Pleasant Home High School and Auburn University.
Funeral services will be Saturday at First Baptist Church in Eufaula with visitation from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the service.
Mountain Brook’s Sargent, Randolph’s Morard Each Shoot 64 to pace the 80th AHSAA State Golf Tourney
MUSCLE SHOALS – Mountain Brook shot a blistering 19-under 269 as a team Monday at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s “Fighting Joe” course to take an 11-stroke lead over defending Class 7A state champion Spain Park after the first round of the 80th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships.
Gordon Sargent fired an 8-under 64 for the best round of the day -- and tying for the second lowest round in the tournament’s long history. John Hilliard Cantanzaro of Westbrook Christian shot a 63 last year and Kyle Cornelius of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a 63 in 2016 for the low rounds.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Michaela Morard equaled Sargent’s low round with a girls’ state tourney record 64 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ division. Morard, who was low medalist for Huntsville in the 7A tourney in 2015 and 2016, sat out last season after transferring to Randolph School.
The Spartans were red hot with William Wann and Reynolds Lambert shooting 67 and Mac Scott a 1-under 71 to round out the Mountain Brook’s top four. Ethan Hagood shot a 67 and Nick Dunlap 70 to pace the Jaguars. McGill-Toolen was third at 4-over 292 and Auburn was three back at 295.
Price Brown shot a 69 for McGill. Thirteen of the 24 golfers shot par or better with the highest score of the day just 79.
The 36-hole state tourney for all classes concludes Tuesday.
Class 6A Boys
Defending state champion Muscle Shoals totaled 8-over 296 Monday to take the first day lead at the Class 6A state tourney at The Shoals. Homewood was two strokes back at 298, Fort Payne shot 311 and Benjamin Russell 313 to round out the team scoring.
Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett shot 5-under 67 for the low round of the day in Class 6A. Patrick Minor of Jasper was three shots back at 2-under 70, Muscle Shoals’ Thomas Regan and Homewood’s Jack Goldasich were 3 strokes back at 1-under 71.
Class 5A Boys
Russellville’s Josh Boutwell and Brooks’ Justin Olive each fired 4-under 68 Monday to lead the field after day one of the AHSAA’s Class 5A boys golf tournament being held at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s Schoolmaster Course in Muscle Shoals. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Will McFadden was one shot back with a 3-under 69 and Saints teammate Blake Bahos carded an even par 72.
Defending St. Paul’s shot 11-over 299 to take the first-day lead of the 36-hole tournament which concludes Tuesday. Russellville was nine strokes back at 308, followed by Briarwood Christian (318) and Scottsboro (318).
Classes 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A boys and all girls’ divisions were still on the course Monday afternoon at 2:30.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Theresia Wynns
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 14, 2018) — An exception to the backcourt violation and a clarification regarding specifications of the ball comprise the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school basketball season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Rule 9-9-1 states that “a player shall not be the first to touch the ball after it has been in team control in the frontcourt, if he/she or a teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went to the backcourt.”
An exception was approved to note that any player who was located in the backcourt may recover a ball that is deflected from the frontcourt by the defense.
Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials, said the committee approved the exception to ensure that a team is not unfairly disadvantaged on a deflected pass.
The other change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee involved more clearly defining the cover of the ball in Rule 1-12-1c, which now states that the ball “shall have a deeply-pebbled granulated surface . . .”
Wynns said the term “granulated surface” should provide manufacturers a better idea of what a deeply-pebbled cover should look like.
In addition to the two rules changes approved by the committee, several points of emphasis were identified for the coming season, including concussion recognition, proper procedures for blood issues and coaches monitoring injury and research trends.
“The committee wanted to stress continued education in recognizing signs and symptoms of concussions for coaches, athletes, parents and officials,” Wynns said. “In addition, concern of overuse injuries due to sport specialization should be monitored, and recognition of blood on players and uniforms and the proper procedure for removal of blood and return to play are other areas for education.”
Wynns noted that coaches have primary responsibility for making sure players are wearing legal uniforms and are legally equipped. She said emphasis will be given to rule enforcement in the areas of traveling, legal guarding position and establishing possession during loose-ball situations. Lastly, the committee believes officials professionalism and use of proper terminology should be emphasized.
“Overall, the committee believes the rules of the sport are in great shape. These changes provide more clarification in areas where there has been inconsistency in interpretation and will help manufacturers in producing basketballs that meet NFHS specifications,” said Francine Martin, NFHS Basketball Rules Committee chair and assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. “The committee evaluated input from the NFHS basketball rules questionnaire, which is available for all coaches and officials to complete and provide input for future rules changes during the meeting. The points of emphasis are geared toward sports medicine issues and consistent interpretation of playing rules.”
A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”
Basketball ranks third in popularity for both boys and girls with 550,305 male participants and 430,368 female participants, according to the 2017-18 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.