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CLASS 6A BOYS SEMIFINALS

Northview 6, Benjamin Russell 1
    Sophomore Jesus Escalera scored two goals and had one assist Friday to spark Northview of Dothan to a 6-1 victory over Benjamin Russell in  the 2015 AHSAA Class 6A state boys’ soccer semifinals.
    The Cougars (17-4-1) of Coach Joe Nelson posted three goals in each half with Escalera notching both of his goals at 18:48 and 34:53 of the first half, respectively.  Freshman Miguel Gallegos added the third first-half goal.
    Grant Hudson’s goal 2:26 into the second half for Benjamin Russell (19-4-4) cut Northview’s lead to 3-1. The Cougars finished in a flourish, however, with Fredy Fernandez-Escalera, Bryan Fernandez-Escalera and Benjamin Dowd netting one goal each in the final 14 minutes of the match.  The final two goals came in the last 40 seconds.
    Wildcats goalkeeper Scott Sturdivant had two saves and Northview keeper Coby Neenan also had two saves.
    Northview will face Fort Payne in the 6A championship match Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex at 10 a.m. The match will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Details on how to subscribe to the live video webcast can be found at the following link:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/promo/2015/ahsaa?utm_source=2015springstassoc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015ahsaaspring

Fort Payne 1, Pelham 0
   
Freshman Evan McPherson scored the match’s only goal just 18:02 into the AHSAA Class 6A boys state soccer semifinal Friday and the Wildcats defense did the rest as the Wildcats advanced to the state finals.
    Fort Payne (19-1-4), coached by Jessie Gamez, will face Northview in the championship match Saturday at 10 a.m.
    Pelham (16-8-3) could manage only three shots on goal, all stopped by Fort Payne goalkeeper Luis Ramirez.
    Pelham goalkeeper Andrue Ham had three saves.
    Fort Payne won the Class 5A state championship in 2011 but will be playing in the 6A finals for the first time in school history.

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.

Washington County’s Randall Coxwell Hurls Perfect Game to Clinch Area Title

   Washington County High School senior right-hander Randall Coxwell fired a perfect game to beat Southern Choctaw 7-0 Saturday as the Bulldogs claimed the Class 2A, Area 2 baseball championship with the win. The 6-foot-4 Coxwell struck out 17 and allowed four ground-ball outs to face only 21 batters in the seven-inning gem.  Two of the groundouts were back to the pitcher, thus giving him an even more direct hand in 19 of the 21 outs.
     Coxwell, who has signed with Shelton State Community College of Tuscaloosa, is currently 8-0 with two saves on the season with 87 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched – 1.95 strikeouts per inning. He has walked only eight and has compiled a 0.30 ERA.
     “Randall is the most complete baseball player I have ever had the chance to coach,” said Washington County principal and head baseball coach David Wofford. “He is also on track to be our valedictorian.”
     Coxwell goes into this week’s games with 27 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. He has allowed only three hits in that stretch – all singles – and has allowed only eight hits this season – and no extra base hits. He had threw only 71 pitches in the perfect game and had another complete game with only 57 pitches thrown.
     When he isn’t pitching, he is playing third base. He is hitting .500 with three home runs, three doubles and one triple.
     Wofford, currently the president of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, said he was pressed into coaching this year’s team when head coach Chris Wilson resigned to become Straughn High School’s head football coach before the season started.
    Several other top performances highlighted last week’s action.

LANE DICKERSON, COLBERT COUNTY: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Indians beat Lexington 12-0 in a Class 3A, Area 16 baseball game. Dickerson struck out eight and walked three. He also slugged a grand slam to highlight a 10-run first inning and finished 4-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Peyton Stracener added two homers and four RBIs.

DILAN SAYER, EAST LIMESTONE:
Scored six goals on 10 shots-on-goal to help East Limestone beat Elkmont 10-0 in a  boys’ soccer match. Sayer, a senior, now has 28 goals on the season and 138 for his career. He currently ranks fifth in AHSAA history behind all-time career scoring leader Ryan Kirschbaum of Priceville, who scored 153 goals from 2002-06. Fairhope’s Ryan Strachan (2004-06) is second with 145 goals. Michael Ritch of St. James (1997-99) and Sam Tvrdy of St. Bernard (1995-99) are tied for third with 143 goals each. Sayer has scored six goals in a match twice and five goals once this season.

SEAN COLLINS, McGILL-TOOLEN: The Yellow Jackets’ senior pole vaulter, despite a strong head wind,  went over 17 feet for the second straight week as in the Challenge of Champions meet at Mobile last weekend.  His 17-feet, 3-inch leap set a new meet record and is the best of any AHSAA high schooler on record. Collins set the AHSAA indoor state record last February with a 16-4¾ clearance at the CrossPlex in Birmingham to win the Class 7A state title.
MARGARET OLLINGER, McGILL-TOOLEN: Ollinger, a junior, cleared 13-3 to set a new meet record for the girls at the Mobile Challenge of Champions meet. She set a new state indoor record winning the 7A title with going 12-4¼ at the CrossPlex.

AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC:
Clocked the fastest prep 2-mile time in the nation with a winning time of 10:49.19 at Mobile last weekend. The eighth grader set a new overall 3,200-meter state record in the AHSAA state indoor meet and also set the overall state girls’ record in winning the Class 4A state cross country title last November.

MATHEW LIKELY, HILLCREST-EVERGREEN:
Clocked the AHSAA’s fastest 100-meter dash time of the 2015 season to win the Wiregrass Invitational Meet race in 10.42 seconds. He also won the 200-meter dash to lead Hillcrest to the boys’ team title at the met hosted by Charles Henderson High School in Troy.

DALE PALMER, SPARKMAN:
Coached the Lady Senators to the Bob Jones Invitational softball tournament championship and clinched the 806th win of his 19-year career. Sparkman (21-7) beat Louisville (KY) Male 5-2 in the finals to close out the competition with six wins in a row. MacKenzie Nutt hit .647 in the tournament with two doubles, two triples and two home runs.  Palmer’s 800th win came earlier in the week versus Section.