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.
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.
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.
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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).