GULF SHORES -- Despite two weather delays, competition was fierce at Gulf Shores as the 93rd AHSAA Outdoor State Track and Field Championships got underway for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
McGill-Toolen Catholic led the Class 7A boys’ team standings after day one with 27 points after four completed events. Hoover and defending champion Auburn were tied with 21 points each for second place. Cullman gathered 24 points to take the first-day lead in Class 6A. Homewood was second with 17 and defending champion Opelika had 16. Scottsboro topped the 5A standings with 23 points after five events. Brooks was second with 20 and Briarwood, third with 19. Winfield led the 4A competition with 27 points after six events. Defending champion UMS-Wright was second with 18 and Greensboro was fourth with 15.
Defending champion UMS-Wright led the Class 4A girls’ field after four events completed with 20 points. Randolph was second with 15 while Hokes Bluff and Alabama Christian were tied for third with 12 points each. Scottsboro and Beauregard led the 5A girls’ competition with 18 points each and defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was third with 16. Homewood’s defending state champion girls led Class 6A after five completed events with 34 points. Opelika had 22 and Pelham was third at 15. James Clemens’ girls led Class 7A with 34 points after seven events had been scored. Defending champion Mountain Brook was second with 23 and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 19.50.
The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships get underway at Cullman High School Friday. Both sites are scheduled to conclude Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the competition at both sites. To access the production, click on the NFHS Network link on at www.ahsaa.com and then follow the instructions to access the AHSAA events.
Among the individual performances at Gulf Shores Thursday, junior high jumper JuVaughn Blake of Huntsville’s Columbia High School won the Class 6A competition clearing 6 feet, 10 inches on his first attempt. He then moved to 7-02, and although he has cleared that height more than once this season, he was unable to clear under the windy conditions on his three attempts and won with his 6-10 leap. Blake entered the competition at 6-4 and had no misses until his final three attempts. Trae Harry of Spanish Fort finished second clearing 6-06. Seth Williams of Paul Bryant also cleared 6-6 but had more misses and finished third. Both high jumpers missed at 6-8.
Sparkman’s 4x100-meter relay team set a new Class 7A girls’ record with a winning time of 46.77 seconds in the prelims Thursday. The previous record of 47.23 was set by Hoover in 2016.
Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station set a new 7A record in the triple jump Thursday with a winning distance of 40 feet, 1 inch. The old mark (39-03.50) was set by James Clemens’ Kayla Williams in 2015.
Among other top performances:
Class 7A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Lee-Montgomery senior Henry Ruggs recorded the fastest boys’ time of all prelims Thursday with a 10.77 time in his Class 7A head. Sparkman’s Charles Lewis was second in the 7A competition at 10.96.
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Jack Rogers missed the 7A state record by just two seconds with a winning time of 4:19.50.
Pole Vault: Jake Spotswood of McGill-Toolen cleared 16 feet, 6 inches to beat the field by two feet.
Long Jump: Class 7A record holder Noah Igbinoghene cleared 23-11 to win the event but was almost eight inches shy of his state record set in 2016 (24-07.50).
Shot Put: Davidson’s Deondre Moore had a winning throw of 44 feet, 7 ¼ inches to beat Hewitt-Trussville’s Gaines Myrick by three inches.
Class 6A Boys
Javelin: Ashton Dominque of Briarwood Christian had a winning throw of 179 feet, 1 inch to win over Lazarius Decatur of Brooks, who finished second at 173 feet.
100-Meter Dash: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Okheme Moore clocked a 10.82 to qualify first in the 6A prelims.
1,600 Meters: Ben Garner of Opelika won with a time of 4:18.76, fastest boys’ time of the day in any class.
Discus: Cullman’s Austin Elrod won with a throw of 166-08 to help Cullman take a first-day lead after three completed events.
Class 5A Boys
Long Jump: Scottsboro’s John Dalton won a close battle over runner-up Roderick Johnson of Beauregard and third-place finisher Shon’derious Spraling of Mae Jemison. All three cleared 21 feet with Dalton going 21-08.75 to win.
1,600 Meters: Arab’s Chase Buckelew won with a 4.28.06 time.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Nick Walls of Crossville’s a winning throw of 24-03.
Class 4A Boys
100-Meter Dash: Winfield senior Trey Cunningham, who set a new 4A/5A Indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February, clocked 11.16 seconds to qualify first in the 4A prelims – just 8/1000ths of a second faster than Ty Washington of Sipsey Valley to set up what should be an exciting 100 final race Saturday.
1,600 Meters: Trinity Presbyterian’s Charlie Lott clocked 4:28.74 to nip Tanner King of Northside (4:29.76) at the finish line.
Discus: Madison County’s Stephen White won with a winning throw of 122-05.
Ambulatory 100-Meter Dash: Hokes Bluff’s Logan Langley ran the 100 in 15.45 seconds to win.
Class 7A Girls
1,600 Meters: Auburn’s Samantha Rogers and McGill-Toolen’s Grace Jensen finished 1-2 with Rogers clocking 4:58.15 and Jenson, 4:58.53,in what turned out to be the closest race of the girls’ competition Thursday.
Pole Vault: Sophie Jane Knott of Mountain Brook cleared 11 feet, 3 inches to take first place.
Ambulatory Shot Put: McGill-Toolen’s Jordan McGuire won with a distance of 20 fee6, 6 ¼ inches on her fourth attempt.
Ambulatory 200-Meter Dash: Jordan McGuire clocked 35.06 seconds for McGill-Toolen.
Class 6A Girls
1,600 Meters: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps won with a winning time of 5:02.75 – 15 seconds better than her closest challenger.
Javelin: Haley Dempsey of Oxford won with a winning throw of 100-01.
Class 5A Girls
100-meter Dash: Senior Florida State track signee Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn had the fast time of any girls’ runner in the prelims clocking 12.03 seconds running in a minus1.8 headwind in the 5A competition.
1,600 Meters: Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro beat the field clocking 5:16.17 to win.
Shot Put: Sam Dailey of Beauregard won with a winning toss of 38-09.75. Teammate Alexis Jackson was second with a best throw of 37-09.
LeFlore High School has been fined, placed on probation and removed from the AHSAA Class 6A softball playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Academic Rule in the Class 6A, Area 1 tournament.
LeFlore self-reported the violation.
LeFlore forfeits all contests won that the ineligible student participated in.
Blount will now represent Area 1 as runner-up in the South Regional Qualifier next week.
2017 North-South Baseball Rosters
Saint James (Administrative Coach)
Central - Phenix City
T. R. Miller
Trinity Presbyterian (Administrative Coach)
2017 North-South Softball Rosters
Bob Jones (Administrative Coach)
Elba (Administrative Coach)
Gardendale High School has been fined and placed on probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and removed from the Class 6A girls’ state soccer playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Outside Participation Rule. The violation was self-reported.
Shades Valley has been reinstated into the playoffs and will host Pell City in quarterfinals this weekend.
North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 58th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two 37-member teams comprised of 2017 seniors were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Tuesday.
The North-South Game will be played Thursday, July 20 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 the last all-star game of in this year’s AHSAA Summer Conference. The AHSACDA will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and for the first time, cross country.
Head coach for the South is G.W. Long High School’s Scott Horne. North head coach is Parker High School’s Andre Robinson. Horne has a 74-20 career record in eight years as the Rebels’ head coach. His teams have compiled a 55-7 slate averaging 11 wins per season over the last five years. Long has reached the 2A semifinals each of the last two years going 12-1 each year and currently owns a 25-game region winning streak. Robinson, now in his second tenure as Parker’s head coach, is 64-55 overall in 15 years as a head coach. He coached the Thundering Herd from 1997-2003 before becoming a college assistant coach, then returned to the high school ranks in 2013 at Birmingham Carver, then moved back to Parker in 2014 and has guided the Herd to a 22-11 slate the last three years.
Eight players who helped their teams play in state championship games last December have been selected to play in this summer’s game. Named to the South squad are defensive end Carlton Martial and running back Treymarius Roberson of Class 7A runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic; defensive back Will Boler and linebacker Zach Yancey of Class 6A state runner-up Opelika.
Named to the North squad are defensive back Jamar Richardson of Class 2A runner-up Aliceville; linebackers Jay Brown and Josh Hatcher of Class 4A state champion Handley; and defensive lineman Richardo Palao of Class 7A state champion Hoover.
Coaches named to Robinson’s North staff are Michael Robertson of Hokes Bluff; Bill Smith of Munford; Mark Heaton of Russellville; Richard Dutton of Lawrence County; Kelvis White of Mae Jemison; Scott Sharp of Madison County; and Cedric Brown, the administrative coach, from Southside-Selma.
Named to the Horne’s South staff are Jason Massey of Leroy; Wesley Sims of J.U. Blacksher; Lee Carter of Jeff Davis; Pat Thompson of Sweet Water; Tim Perry of Wetumpka; James Lucas of LaFayette; and Greg Howard of Alabama Christian, the South administrative coach.
The South holds a 30-25-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-0 last year in a game called due to inclement weather in the second quarter.
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.
NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM
Central - Clay County
A. H. Parker (Head Coach)
Southside-Selma (Administrative Coach)
SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM
Lee - Montgomery
Southside - Selma
B. T. Washington
G. W. Long (Head Coach)
J. U. Blacksher
Alabama Christian (Administrative Coach)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 2, 2017) — An alternate two-piece uniform consisting of compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling and a form-fitted compression shirt has been approved for the 2017-18 season in high school wrestling. Wrestlers will have the option of the new two-piece uniform or the traditional one-piece singlet.
This revision to Rule 4-1-1 was one of 11 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall be school-issued and shall have a minimum 4-inch inseam that does not extend below the knee. The form-fitted compression shirt shall not cover or extend below the elbow and shall have a minimum 3-inch tail. The shirt may be worn under a singlet or with compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling.
Specific language was developed regarding undergarment requirements for female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet or a form-fitted compression shirt, as well as for male contestants wearing shorts designed for wrestling.
The committee approved use of the alternate two-piece uniform in the hopes of increasing boys and girls participation in the sport after receiving favorable results from experimentation and positive comments from schools, students, coaches and officials.
The committee approved several rules related to minimizing risk of injury in the sport. Rule 4-5-3 now prohibits any activities that promote weight loss or weight gain when an athlete misses weight on his or her first attempt on the scale. In addition to activities that promote dehydration or drinking fluids to gain weight, the rule now prohibits activities such as cutting hair, modifying clothing, etc.
Another change designed to reduce risk of injury was elimination of the straight-back salto, regardless of which body part (head, neck or shoulder) hits the mat first. The straight-back salto in the rear-standing position that brings the defensive wrestler straight back with feet in the air is intended to have the defensive wrestler’s head, neck or shoulder(s) hit the mat first, and is now an illegal move.
In addition, added to the list of illegal holds/maneuvers in Rule 7-1-5 was a front flip and/or front hurdle over an opponent in the standing position.
“The attempt to flip or hurdle an opponent from a neutral position is not only an elevated risk to the wrestler attempting the maneuver, it also places the opponent in a disadvantage position as he or she is not only left to counter the scoring attempt, but is placed in a position of responsibility for not reacting in a manner that may cause a slam or unsafe return to the mat of the wrestler who actually initiated the maneuver,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services.
The committee approved two changes in Rule 5-11 related to falls and near falls. In 5-11-1, the shoulders or scapula of the offensive wrestler no longer must be inbounds to earn a fall. The committee agreed that wrestling should continue if the offensive wrestler’s supporting parts remain inbounds and no body part of the defensive wrestler goes off the mat. In 5-11-5, “unless any part of the shoulders or both scapulae of the defensive wrestler is inbounds” was eliminated. If wrestling is continuing during a match, near falls and falls will be awarded/earned regardless of the out-of-bounds line.
In a related rule, Rule 5-15-2b, c was changed as follows: “Near-fall points or a fall shall be earned while the supporting points of either wrestler are inbounds.”
“The committee agreed that offensive wrestling should be rewarded,” Hopkins said. “If wrestling is continuing, as allowed by current rules, and points for escapes and reversals are allowed, the ability to earn a fall or near fall should be there as well, with no deference to the out-of-bounds line.”
Other changes approved by the committee include the following:
· Rule 5-19-10: The referee no longer may be behind the contestants when starting the wrestlers from the down position, which has led the false starts by one or both wrestlers.
· Rule 6-6-4a(1) and 6-6-5a(1): Errors by the timekeeper, official scorer or referee must be corrected prior to the offended contestant leaving the mat area and before the start of the next match on that mat.
· 7-6-4d: Stalling occurs when the contestant in the advantage position stays behind the opponent while on his/her feet, making no attempt to bring the opponent to the mat.
“The wrestling rules committee did another phenomenal job in taking the necessary strides to promote participation by approving a two-piece alternate uniform to be worn,” Hopkins said. “The committee also continued its commitment to reducing risk by making the straight-back salto and suplay illegal maneuvers, as well as prohibiting weight loss or gain in the weigh-in area. In addition, scoring a fall or near-fall is strengthened by the modifications to the definition and location of fall and near-fall in our rules book.”
Wrestling ranks seventh in popularity among boys at the high school level with 250,653 participants, according to the 2015-16 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 13,496 girls participate in the sport throughout the nation.