2018 Class 7A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals

Auburn 1, McGill-Toolen Catholic 0
Auburn (14-4) and McGill-Toolen Catholic(13-9-5) battled for almost 70 minutes Friday before junior midfielder  Liam Weikart posted only goal in the Class 7A Boys’ State Soccer Championship semifinal match at John Hunt Soccer Complex to give the Tigers 1-0 win.
    Coach Bill Ferguson’s team advanced to Saturday’s state finals with the victory.  The Rebels (18-5-1) beat Mountain Brook in the other semifinal match to set up the championship scheduled for noon in the final day of the 28th annual AHSAA Championships.
    The NFHS Network is live-streaming all state soccer finals. Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program is producing the events.
    Weikart nailed his goal at 68:52 and the Tigers’ defense, anchored by junior goalkeeper Payton Segrest, did the rest.  Segrest had 11 saves. McGill-Toolen, coached by Nate Nicholas, limited Auburn to just three shots on goal. Goalkeeper William Blake had two saves.
Vestavia Hills 1, Mountain Brook 0
The Rebels downed Mountain Brook with a second-half goal provided by sophomore midfielder Tony Shaw at the 57.42 mark. The 1-0 victory assured Vestavia Hills’ boys a berth in the Class 7A championship match versus Auburn at noon Saturday.  The Vestavia girls earned spot in the 7A girls’ finals as well and will play McGill-Toolen Catholic at 10 a.m. in the title match. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals Saturday with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the events.
    Coach Leo Harlan’s Rebels (18-5-1) kept Mountain Brook (21-6-3) on its heels, limiting the Spartans of Coach Joe Webb to three shots the entire contest and no shots on goal.  Mountain Brook’s defensive effort was also outstanding -- limiting Vestavia Hills to only two shots on goal. Goalkeeper Reid Freeman had one save for Mountain Brook.
    Vestavia Hills has won four boys’ state soccer  titles with the last one coming in 2014. The Rebels also have four girls’ state titles with the most recent coming in 2016.

2018 Class 7A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals

McGill-Toolen Catholic 6, Enterprise 0
Defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic clinched a berth in Saturday’s Class 7A girls’ state soccer finals beating Enterprise 6-0 in the semifinals Friday at the 28th annual AHSAA State Championships being held Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
    Coach Cheryl Flores’ Yellow Jackets (18-2-3) will take on Vestavia Hills (21-3-1) in the championship match Saturday at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network is live-streaming all state soccer finals. Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program is producing the events.
    Junior Hannah Daoust, senior Chloe Martin and sophomore Hannah Pitts scored two goals each for McGill-Toolen, which led 4-0 at the half. Pitts notched the first goal just 3:55 into the match. Martin had back-to-back goals in a two-minute span in the 17th minute and Daoust got the last goal of the first half at 28:35 and scored the first goal of the second half at 48:06. Keilana Hyke tallied the final goal a minute later.
    Angelina Piccini  assisted on two goals while Hyke and Kate Eubanks record one assist each.
   Enterprise (10-9-2) goalkeepers Cheyenne Piercey and Maggie Bryant had  seven and two saves, respectively. McGill-Toolen’s defense limited the Wildcats to two shots on goal, both blocked by goalkeeper Bailey Dixon.
Vestavia Hills 2, James Clemens 1
Coach  Brigid Littleton’s Rebels (21-3-1) scored two goals early and then relied on a strong defense to post a 2-1 victory James Clemens in the semifinals of the Class 7A Girls’ State Soccer Championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday afternoon.
    The Rebels will take on defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic Saturday at 10 a.m. in the championship match.
     Junior forward Lizzie Hill took a pass from senior defender Katherine Savage and notched the first goal just 7:56 into the match. Caroline Causey provided the assist for Taylor Korn for Vestavia’s second goal at 29:01.
     James Clemens (14-4-2), coached by Erin Riddle, got on the scoreboard at 55:44 in the second half when senior forward Rachel Bradberry scored on an assist from forward Hannah Smid.
    Vestavia goalkeeper Anna Woodson had six saves, and Jets’ goalkeeper Nicole Guay had seven saves for James Clemens.

Baker High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation and Removes Team from Regional Tourney

MONTGOMERY – Baker High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules and has voluntarily removed its softball team from the South Regional Qualifier tournament.
  A student-athlete in Baker’s softball program participated in eight tournaments, junior varsity and varsity combined, during the 2018 regular season exceeding the maximum tournaments allowed in violation of AHSAA rules found on page 44 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, Rule III, Contests, Section 13, Contest/Tournament limitations.
   The rule states:  A
student may participate in the number of contests his/her team is permitted to play in that sport. If a student participates on more than one level of competition in the same sport during the same season, the maximum number of contests that the student may participate in is the number of contests his/her highest-level team is permitted to play.
   Schools are permitted to play (a maximum) 18 regular-season games and in seven tournaments prior to area, sub-regional, regional and State Finals play. Consequently, the student-athlete participated ineligibly in Class 7A, Area 1 tournament and one game in the South Regional Softball Tournament.  BHS must forfeit all games won in which the ineligible student participated. The season has now ended for the softball team.

2018 Class 6A Boys’ Soccer Semifinals

Homewood 4, Northview 0
Homewood (23-0-2) scored three goals in the second half Friday to break open a defensive struggle with Northview and advanced to Saturday’s 28th annual AHSAA Class 6A State Championship with a 4-0 victory in the semifinals at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
   Sophomore Brooks Brannon scored at 26:56 of the first half to give Coach Sean McBride’s Patriots the lead 1-0. That’s how it stood until junior Jackson Wallace tacked on goal just 1:54 into the second half to extend the lead and junior Connor Smith added two goals to round out the scoring.
    Goalkeeper Brayden Rouse had four saves for Northview (13-10-1), coached by Joe Nelson.
    Homewood keeper Ian Myers had two saves. The Patriots limited the Cougars to only three shots on goal.
     Homewood will face Fort Payne in the finals Saturday. All championship Friday and Saturda are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the matches. John Drake is executive producer.
Fort Payne 7, Pell City 0
Seven different players scored goals for Coach Mario Limon’s Wildcats (19-3-3) as Fort Payne beat Pell City 7-0 in the other Class 6A boys’ semifinal match at the 28th annual AHSAA State Soccer Championships Friday.
    Seniors Christian Hernandez and Christopher Estrada had one goal and one assist each to lead Fort Payne. Hernandez had the first goal eight minutes into the match. Adrian Vasquez, Yogan Hidrogo, Erin Escobar and Aaron Chavez also added first-half goals to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead at intermission. Estrada and Renauldo Miguel added goals in the second half to close out the scoring. Ismael Lorenzo and Hidrogo also had an assist.
    Luis Ramirez had four saves on goal for Fort Payne. Goalkeeper Ole Osborne had seven saves for Pell City (13-6-2), coached by Sergio Alvarez.

2018 Class 6A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals

Gardendale 2, Southside-Gadsden 1 (2 OT, 8-7 in 2 shootouts)
Gardendale captured as dramatic 2-1 win over Southside-Gadsden Friday morning that went finished with the 10th kicker in the second shootout.
    The victory catapulted the Rockets (14-5-1) of Coach Jennifer Underwood into the AHSAA Class 6A girls’ state finals against John Carroll Catholic (20-3-1), which will be played Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex at noon.
    Eighth grader Erin Cantrell delivered the winning kick to finally close out the dramatic contest.
     Gardendale scored early in the first half when Peyton Miller scored at the 3:15 mark. Southside-Gadsden ((17-2-1), coached by Tiffany Cargill tied the match with only 1:27 left in the second half on a goal by Caroline Prince, who got a key assist from Rebecca Johnson.
    The two teams then battled through two scoreless overtimes to set up the shootout.
    Both teams made four goals in the first shootout -- setting up the second shootout. Southside’s Anna Motley, Prince and Camryn Davis each made goals before Gardendale goalkeeper Lauren Motes blocked the fourth try and the fifth Southside player’s attempt sailed too high over the goal.
    The Rockets got goals from Ashlyn Ray, Bailey Wick and Ainzlee Kauffman before a miss set up Cantrell’s final attempt. She calmly drilled her shot into the right corner of the net to seal the victory.
    Motes finished with four saves during regulation for Gardendale and Savanna Blackwell had three saves for the Panthers.
     All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the matches. John Drake is executive producer.
John Carroll Catholic 4, Northview 0
John Carroll Catholic junior Gabby Bernal scored two goals in the second half and the Cavaliers’ defense did the rest in the 4-0 semifinal win over Northview (16-4-2). Lauren Hooten scored the first goal at 36:50 and Kennedi Langan had the other goal for John Carroll (20-3-1), coached by Robert Crawford. Bernal and Mary Grace Farr each recorded an assist.
   Northview, coached by Haley Williams, got an outstanding game from goalkeeper Adriana Wright, who registered 11 saves in the match. The Cougars couldn’t crack the Cavaliers’ defense and failed to register a single shot on goal. Faith Hayes had an outstanding match on defense for Northview.

2018 Class 4A/5A Girls’ Soccer Semifinals

Guntersville 2, Arab 0
Guntersville’s defense allowed only three shots on goal -- all blocked by goalkeeper Emily Jones -- and the Wildcats (17-1-2) moved into Friday’s 28th annual AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Soccer girls’ championship match with a 2-0 win over rival Arab.
    Sophomores Aubri Hanner and Carly Sims scored both goals for Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones. Hanner got the first one at 34:35 in the first half and Sims scored the final goal at 61:21 in the second half.
    Arab (13-3-1) got an outstanding match from goalkeeper Gracie Davidson, who had seven saves. Natalie McBrayer also played 18 minutes on goal and had two saves.
    The Wildcats will face Trinity Presbyterian of Montgomery in the championship at 7 p.m., Friday night at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Cullman High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program producing the matches. John Drake is executive producer.
Trinity Presbyterian 1, St. Paul’s Episcopal 0
Margaret Healey Mathison scored a goal at 10:05 in the first half of the other Class 4A/5A girls’ semifinal match versus St. Paul’s Episcopal at John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday, and the Wildcats defense did the rest to seal a 1-0 win.
   Coach Analyn Coker’s defense allowed only eight total shots and just one on goal. Trinity goalkeeper Joy Bishop stopped that shot. Trinity (22-2-2) managed nine shots on goal, but Saints goalkeeper Cameron Drum registered eight saves to keep St. Paul’s (19-5-3), coached by Brian Thomas, close.

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



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).