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Defending Champs Shine in First Day at AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A Track Championships Friday

CULLMAN – Defending state champion American Christian Academy’s boys and girls led the Class 3A competition after the first day at the 2018 AHSAA Class 1A/2A/3A State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday.
   Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots totaled 63 points in the 3A to lead the 3A boys’ team standings. Mobile Christian had 32 and Bayside Academy 31. The ACA girls held a five-point lead over T.R Miller, 53-48 heading into Saturday’s competition. Montgomery Academy was third with 42.
   In Class 2A, Falkville’s boys had 64 points, Altamont 40 and St. Bernard 23 after the first day. Defending state champion Altamont’s girls led with 50 points and Falkville had 36. St. Bernard was third with 34 and Lanett 25. In Class 1A, Whitesburg Christian’s defending state champion girls had 68 points with Westminster-Oak Mountain in second place with 40. Addison had 22. Westminster’s boys, the 2017 state champs, led Wadley 38-31 after Friday’s completed events. Marion County was third with 24.
     Due to potential weather concerns, coaches, administrators, teams and spectators, please take note of the following adjustments to Saturday’s schedule of events. Saturday’s running events will begin at 8 a.m., with a rolling schedule for the other running events. The order of events will remain the same. Saturday’s field events will start at 8 and also operate on a rolling schedule.

     Coach David Carrell’s team set two records in the 4x800-meter relay competition.  The girls clocked 9:59.62 to become the first 1A girls’ relay team to come under the 10-minute mark at state competition. The record performance for Coach Dave Carrell’s team broke the previous 1A state record (10:06.74) set by St. Bernard in 2015. The Westminster boys’ 4x800 relay team was not to be outdone, however, setting a new 1A boys’ state meet mark with a winning tome of 8L28.66. Falkville had held the record (8:31.99) since 2014.

   At least six records fell Friday including:
Josiah Harry, Mobile Christian: Set a new Class 3A state discus record with a winning throw of 179 feet, 3 inches. The old record (165-08), set in 2017, was set by Matt Cahoon of Holly Pond. He also finished second in the javelin competition.
Emma Cape, Whitesburg Christian: Won the Class 1A high jump title with a 5-03.25 leap, breaking the Class 1A state record established 32 years earlier in the process. The old mark (5-03) was set by Julie Prueitt of Addison in 1996.
Emee Baldwin, Addison: Set a new Class 1A girls’ javelin record clearing 10 feet, 8 inches. The old mark (10-00) was set in 2015 by Summer Stewart of Meek.
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka: Set a 1A state record in the long jump with her winning leap of 18:01.00. Her effort best the old mark (17:03.50), which was set in 2014 by another Loachapoka athlete Kerimee Vinson.
    Other top performances noted were:

CLASS 1A GIRLS
1,600 METER RUN:
Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian won with a time of 5:14.63.
400-METER DASH: Whitesburg Christian’s Mattie Weeks edged Rashni Walker of Ellwood Christian and Sarah Kate Lipperd of Westminster-Oak Mountain with a winning time of 59.30 seconds. Walker (59.56) and Lipperd (59.57) were less than a second behind the winning time.

CLASS 2A GIRLS
1,600 METER RUN: Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard clocked 5:34.32 to capture the event.
400-METER DASH: Falkville’s Kari Watts had the winning time of 1:00.71.
JAVELIN: Tirsah Morris of Section won with a throw of 102-09.

CLASS 3A GIRLS
400-METER DASH: Ja’Niyah Boykin of Mobile Christian clocked 59.36 to win the 3A race.
1,600 METER RUN: American Christian’s Harper Roberts ran the distance in 5:23.34 to take first place.
LONG JUMP:
Amber Mason of Bayside Academy won with a leap of 17-05.75.
TRIPLE JUMP: Altamont’s Kalia Todd had the winning jump of 35-03.50 to win the event by almost two feet.
HIGH JUMP: Pleasant Valley’s Rachel Faucett cleared 5-04 to win the high jump competition.

CLASS 1A BOYS
1,600 METER RUN: Westminster-Oak Mountain captured the first three spots in the boys’ race with Nate Collins winning with a time of 4:29.99. Hunter Wright (4:40.63) was second and Daniel Collins (4:45.71) finished third.
400-METER DASH: Rikishi Buchanan of Wadley clocked 50.19 to take the championship.
POLE VAULT:
Braden Pyron of Marion County cleared 9-00 to win the 1A title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Taquavian Drake of Wadley won the event with a 43-09.50 best leap.

CLASS 2A BOYS
400-METER DASH: Tavias Anderson of Sheffield won the race with a winning time of 48.57 seconds, just shy of the Class 2A state record (48.40) set in 1999 by Adrian Green of West Morgan.
1,600 METER RUN: Andrew Sweeney gave St. Bernard a sweep of the 1,600 with a winning time of 4:35.18. The school also won the girls’ title too with Leahrose Mami taking first.
SHOT PUT:
Tykeem Doss of Aliceville won with a throw of 47-05.
LONG JUMP: Craig Kinsey’s leap of 21-06.25 took first place for the Abbeville long jumper.

 

CLASS 3A BOYS
400-METER DASH:
Luke Skinner and David Hodgson of American Christian finished 1-2 in the event with Skinner clocking 49.64 to just miss setting a new 3A state record. Tavias Anderson of Sheffield, who won the 2A race Friday, set the 3A mark (49.46) in 2016 when the Bulldogs were in the 3A competition.
1,600 METER RUN: Matisse Miller of Pleasant Valley won the event with a photo finish over David Barrett of American Christian and Chase Prater of Elkmont. Miller’s time was 4:34.06, Barrett clocked 4:34.74 and Prater, 4:35.63.
JAVELIN: Mobile Christian’s Andres Fox threw the javelin 180 feet to win the event.

Several Records Fall in First Day of AHSAA State Track Championships at Gulf Shores

     The AHSAA Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A State Outdoor Track Championships closed out day one at Gulf Shores Sports Complex Thursday with several records falling – especially in the javelin competition. The state meet will continue Friday with a full day’s competition and will conclude Saturday. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A State Championships begin Friday at Cullman High School Stadium and will also conclude Saturday.
     The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition over its NFHS Network platform. The link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. Live-stats results are also available at www.ahsaa.com thanks to Xpress Timing.
     Leading the boys’ competition after Thursday’s first day at Gulf Shores was Hewitt-Trussville (19 points) was Class 7A. One event, however, the pole vault, was still underway at 8:30 p.m. Vestavia Hills was second with 16 points and Hoover was third with 15. In Class 6A, Helena had 22 points with Homewood second with 19.5.
   Brooks held a three-point lead 27-24 over Scottsboro (24) with Briarwood Christian and Beauregard on their heels with 21 points each. Winfield, with 36 points, held a commanding lead after day on in the Class 4A competition. UMS-Wright was second with 12 points.
    In the girls’ first-day scoring, UMS-Wright had 41 points and Montgomery Catholic was second with 20 in the Class 4A competition. St. Paul’s Episcopal led Class 5A with 21 points with Arab two points behind with 19. In Class 6A, Pelham accumulated 38 points with Homewood ranking second with 28.50. And in Class 7A, James Clemens was first after day one with 21 points, followed by Auburn (19) and Smiths Station (18).
    Fabian Garrett’s Class 4A state record in the javelin which had stood since 2010 was broken by Winfield’s Josh Estes, who had a winning throw of 196-04 Thursday. Childersburg’s Garrett set the mark with a throw of 188-01. In Class 5A, Ladarius Decatur of Brooks won the event with a Class 5A state-record throw of 199-02. The previous record (194-04) was set by Tyler Hamlet of Scottsboro in 2009. Ashton Dominque, who finished second, also bested the previous state record with a 197-01 toss.
    Cade Finley of Wilson broke the Class 4A boys’ state record he set last year with a 185-03 throw, beating his closest competition by 39 feet. He held the record with his 172-09 throw in 2017. Three of his throws Thursday broke his previous 4A state record.
    In the girls’ completion,  Montgomery-Catholic junior Amaris Tyynismaa added another record to her growing list with a winning time of 4:57.42 in the 1,600-meter run to set a new  Class 4A mark. She set the record previously in 2015 (5:01.38) when she was just an eighth grader.
     Alonie Sutton of Smiths Station also broke her own Class 7A state triple-jump record (40-01) set last year with a 42-05 leap Thursday. Teammate Kennedy Brown finished second with a 41-07.75 best, which also eclipsed Sutton’s 2017 record.



4A GIRLS
High Jump: Isabelle Cochran of Montgomery Catholic won with a winning leap of 5-01.
Pole Vault: Savannah Yates of White Plains took first place clearing 11 feet.
Triple Jump: UMS-Wright took first place with Aryn McDowell’s winning 36-06.50 leap.


5A GIRLS
1,600-Meter Run: Olivia Andrews’ time of 5:24.96 won the event for the Faith Academy runner.
Long Jump: Ashley Ivory of Demopolis took first with a 17-06.75 jump.
Shot Put: Kalee Johnson Alexandria took first with a 36-07.75 throw.
4x100-Meter Relay: Beauregard had the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s finals with a 49.91 time.


6A GIRLS
1,600-Meter Run: Makenna Mills of Northview won the event in 5:05.60, edging Katie Strozier of Pelham (5:06.73) my just over a second.
Triple Jump: Christian Hill of Homewood won the event with a best leap of 39-03.75.
High Jump: Caroline Hollingsworth of Cullman took first with a 5-04 clearance.
Discus: Erin Long of Pelham’s 133-05 throw took first place.
4x100-meter RELAY: Ramsay ran the relay in 48.26 seconds in the prelims to qualify for the finals with the fastest time.
 
CLASS 7A GIRLS
1,600-Meter Run: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue finished first (4:58.34) with only sub 5:00 time of the 7A competition.
100-Meter Dash (Amubulatory): McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Jordan McGuire clocked 15.89 seconds to win the event.
Shot Put (Ambulatory): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen had a winning throw of 21-07.25.
Discus: James Clemens’ Zuri Falkner won with a7A state record throw of 140-08, shattering the previous record of 117-09 set in 2015.
4x100-Meter Relay: Thompson’s relay team had the fastest qualifying time of the prelims (47.67), just a second off the 7A state record pace (46.52) set by Sparkman in 2017.


CLASS 4A Boys
Pole Vault: Walker Junkin of Winfield won with a winning clearance of 15 feet, 6 inches.
4x100-Meter Relay: Madison Academy won its heat with a time of 43.33, qualifying for the finals with the best time of the 4A field.

 
CLASS 5A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Crawford Hope of Scottsboro led a trio of Wildcats’ runners who finished 1-2-3 in the event. Hope’s winning time of 4:25.73. Hayden Judge was second (4:28.15) and Cooper Atkins was third (4:31.91).
Shot Put:
D.J. Maiden of Beauregard won with a throw of 44-04.25.
Shot Put (Wheelchair): Nick Walls of Crossville had a winning throw of 23 feet, 5 inches.
Long Jump: Roderick Johnson of Beauregard won the event with a leap of 22-09.75.
4x100-Meter Relay: Pleasant Grove had the top qualifying time (42.44) and Beauregard (42.99) and Etowah (43.00) close behind at second and third to set up what could be a record race in the finals.
                                                                          
CLASS 6A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run: Will Stone of Homewood continued his domination of the 6A competition with a winning time of 4:22.38.
High Jump: Justin Stuckey’s 6-10 leap won the competition for Helena. Teammate Jonah Hyde was second at 6-08.
Discus: Nathan Cooper of Dothan won the event with a winning throw of 159-06.
4x100-Meter Relay: Ramsay’s boys clocked 41.84 in Thursday’s prelims, just 74/100ths of a second off the state record (41.10) set by Davidson 32 years earlier in 1986.

CLASS 7A BOYS
1,600-Meter Run:
Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills had the fastest boys’ time of any class winning the 7A race in 4:21.28. Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook was second at 4:22.20.
100-Meter Dash (Ambulatory): Auburn’s Avan Merchant ran the dash in :15.00 to win the event.
Shot Put: Chad Strickland of Smiths Station won the event with a winning throw of 59-00.50.
4x100-Meter Relay: Hoover posted the fastest qualifying time with a 42.07-second effort in its heat. Six of the eight teams qualifying for the finals produced times of 42.77 or better.
Long Jump:
Graham Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic won with a 22-07.50 leap.


AHSAA TUESDAY SECTION GOLF RESULTS

BOYS Section Results

BOYS

Class 7A, Section 1
Price Brown’s 2-over round of 74 led McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 302 team total and the section championship. Wells Keaton shot a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets and Will Richard also had 76 for runner-up Fairhope.

Class 7A, Section 2
Auburn won the team title with a 7-over 295 total as Jack Stevens and Garrison Guthrie shot 1-over 73, Tanner Guthrie turned in a 2-over 74 and Conner Newton scored a 3-over 75. Tucker Crowson had a 76 to pace runner-up Central-Phenix City. Auburn’s Caleb Adcock, who qualified for the Sub-State tourney as an individual, shot a 75 and Durote’ Hurst of Smiths Station had a 76 to also advance to the Sub-State round.

Class  7A, Section 3
Mountain Brook, led by Reynolds Lambert’s 71, and Spain Park, paced by Nick Dunlap’s 70, tied for the section title with 296 scores. Vestavia individual Austin Coggin shot a 68 to grab low medalist honors.

Class  6A, Section 3
Low medalist Matthew Madden fired a 72 to lead Northridge to the section title with  300 score. Sam Brewbaker shot a 73 for Northridge. Brookwood’s Thomas Caddell topped the individual qualifiers with a 75.


Class  6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals, coached by Derrick Gargis, captured the team title ahead of Hartselle, 291-302. Hunter Battles and Thomas Regan, both of Muscle Shoals, and Justin Vincent, playing as an individual from Athens, tied for low medalist honors with 72s.


Class 5A, Section 1

Defending state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal recorded a 3-over 291 total as a team to win the Section 1 title by 79 strokes over Demopolis, which had a 370. Will McFadden’s 4-under 68 led Coach Zac Lambrecht’s Saints. Kyle Cornelius also shot even par 72 and Bill Johnson had a 76.  John Gaal of St. Paul’s, who qualified as an individual, and Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott also shot 3-over 75.

Class  4A, Section 3
Oneonta, led by low medalist Will Patrick’s 4-under 68, won the team title, edging White Plains 312-314. Nathan Griffin paced White Plains with a 77.

Class 4A, Section 4

Madison Academy edged runner-up Randolph by three strokes, 341-344 to take the Section championship. Nathan Fenza’s 79 led the Mustangs, and Charles’s Warren’s 77 led the Raiders. Low medalist was Deshler’s Luke Linley, who shot 3-over 75, and Priceville’s Philip Cain was second with a 76.

Class 3A, Section 2
Davis Aaron shot 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors and led American Christian to the section title. The Patriots shot a 386. Oakman finished second. Indian Springs’ Pete Schilli was one stroke behind with a 76 to qualify for a Sub-State spot as an individual.


Class 3A, Section 3

North Sand Mountain, coached by Tracy Vest, shot a 348 to win the team title with Hunter Vest’s 77 earning low medalist honors for the Thundering Herd. Glencoe, which finished second, was led by Brock McNeely’s 80.

Class  1A-2A, Section 2

Vincent, coached by Wiley McKeller, won the team title with a 359, followed by runner-up Holy Spirit at 385. Dusty Davis of Vincent was low medalist with an 84.
Class  1A-2A, Section 4
Red Bay was the winner with a 387. Lindsay Lane was the runner-up. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland and Marion County’s Logan Maddox, playing as an individual, tied for low medalist honors with 80s.

GIRLS' SECTION RESULTS
Class 7A, Section 1
Laura Burch shot an 87 and Meghan Stein 89 to lead McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 266 team total and the section title.  Davidson was second at 269. Abby Foster shot an 87 for the Warriors.
Class 7A, Section 2
Morgan Jones shot a 77 and Auburn teammates Morgan Jones and Anna Claire Little followed with 77 and 79 to lead Coach Adam Byrd’s Lady Tigers to the Section 2 championship with a 234 team score.   Enterprise was second at 258. Emilia Smith and Ashley Sinclair Curtis each carded 79 to pace the Wildcats.

Class 7A, Section 3
Low medalist Carson McKie fired a 71 to lead Hoover to the section title just ahead of Spain Park, 221-228. Caroline Waldrup’s 72 led Spain Park.

Class 7A, Section 4
Huntsville, coached by Chris Brown, won the team championship with a 247 team total. Grissom was second at 278.  Savanna Johnson led the Panthers with a round of 79 to earn low medalist honors.

Class 6A, Section 2
Coach David Weeks’ Oxford girls won with a 251 team total. Homewood was second at 287. Kayla Huckeba was low medalist with a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets. Teammate Anna Bolton was three strokes back with a 79.

Class 6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals’ duo of Anna Margaret Hays and Riya Key shot 76 and 79, respectively, to lead the Trojans to the Section 4 girls’ title. Samantha Shelton and Reagan Daniel each added rounds of 86 for Coach Chad Willis’ team. Muscle Shoals won the team competition with a 241 total – two strokes ahead of runner-up Hartselle and seven ahead of third-place finisher Hazel Green. Jinger Heath of Hartselle was low medalist with a 1-under 71, and teammate Mikayla Dubnik shot a 75.

Class 4A-5A, Section 2
Northside, coached by Stasha Morrison, won the team title ahead of Sylacauga, 230-292. Karlee Allen of Northside was low medalist with a 73 and teammate Erika Allen shot 4-over 76.

Class 4A/5A, Section 3

White Plains compiled a 263 team total to claim the Section 3 crown. Alexandria was second at 297.  Hanna Dyar led the winning Wildcats with an 84.  Low medalist was Robyn Blakey of Leeds with a 79. Sydney Hanson of Boaz was next with an 81.


Class 1A/3A, Section 2
Altamont posted a team 274 to win over runner-up Holy Spirit Catholic (320). Cold Springs’ Katie Salley shot 84 to earn low medalist and locked in an individual spot in the sub-state next week. Scout Phillips’ 87 led the winning Knights.
 




2018 BOYS SECTION GOLF RESULTS/GIRLS’ SECTION GOLF RESULTS

BOYS SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 3A, Section 1
Thomas Ponder shot an AHSAA state-record tying 10-under 62 to run away with low medalist honors for defending Class 3A state champion Providence Christian. The Eagles shot a 295 team total to edge Houston Academy, which totaled 297. Hal Dove was right behind Ponder with a 7-under 65. Ponder’s 62 tied for the lowest round in AHSAA history, which he now shares with Russellville’s Eli Hodges (2016 sectionals) and Pinson Valley’s J.M. O’Toole (2011 regular season).
Class 7A, Section 4
Hewitt-Trussville and Huntsville finished 1-2 with 303 and 307 team totals, respectively. James Clemens’ Jackson Mitchell shot a 73 and teammate Landon Miles carded 74 for the low individual rounds.
Class 6A, Section 1
    Coach Dru Powell’s Spanish Fort Toros shot a 322 team score to take first place. Gulf Shores was second at 330. Hunter Harrelson and Zack Coker each shot 6-over to earn low medalist honors for the runner-up Dolphins. Andy Reier and Joe Paul Pennington led Spanish Fort with a pair of 79s. Powell Larson, who qualified as an individual, also had a 79 for the Toros.
Class 6A, Section 2
Jack Goldasich and Riley each shot 2-over 74 and Ford Goldasich was three shots back at 77 as Homewood, coached by Rick Baguley, fired a 303 team total  to win the section title. Helena was second with a 312 total. Brock Baker had a 75 for the Huskies. Low medalist was Kodi Argade of Stanhope Elmore, who finish 2-under with a 70. The Mustangs finished fourth overall at 321. Tanner Wilder of Pell City shot 74 to finish as the top individual qualifier for the sub-state tourney.
Class 5A, Section 2
Slade MCraw fired a 2-over 74 and teammate Drew Schroeder had  4-over 76 to spark Briarwood Christian to the section title. The Lions of Coach Jim Brown had a 308 team total followed by Sylacauga’s 316. Timber Carter and Konnor Knight led the Aggies with rounds of 5-over 77.
Class 4A, Section 1
Defending state champion UMS-Wright shot 297 to beat runner-up Trinity Presbyterian (330) by 33 strokes. J.P. Cave’s 5-under 67 led the winning Bulldogs and was the low score of the day. UMS teammates Gregory Jones and Andrew Graves shot 75 and 76, respectively, to finish second and third overall.
Class 4A, Section 2
Fayette County won the boys’ section title with a 329 team total. Noah Scott’s 4-over 75 paced the Tigers. Rob Richards shot even-par 72 to earn low medalist honors and paced runner-up Haleyville, which finished six strokes back at 335.


GIRLS’ SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 6A, Section 1
Spanish Fort’s Letitia Sim carded an 83 to dominate the field as the Lady Toros had a 291 total to win the section title. Daphne was second 27 shots backs at 318. Autumn Hinkley shot a 98 to finish second overall.
Class 1A/3A, Section 3
Glencoe won the section title with a 294 score. Pleasant Valley finished second with a 313 total. Low medalist was Lauren Cole, who led the winning Yellow Jackets with an 80.



Cullman Soccer Team Removed from Playoffs For Violation of Outside Participation Rule

       MONTGOMERY – Cullman High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit its first-round playoff boys’ soccer playoff win over Oxford for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.

      Cullman played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Outside Participation Rule  found on page 24 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, which states a student who is a member of any school athletic team (grades 7-12) may not participate (includes practice) on a non-school team in the same sport during the school season in that sport.
      Oxford advances and will host Florence Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 6A state soccer playoffs. Cullman’s season is now completed.
       The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.


Clarity Provided to Out-of-Bounds Calls in High School Wrestling

NEWS RELEASE

 

Clarity Provided to Out-of-Bounds Calls in High School Wrestling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Elliot Hopkins

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 27, 2018) — New definitions for inbounds and out of bounds highlight  high school wrestling rules changes for the 2018-19 season.

Beginning next year, a wrestler will be inbounds if two supporting points of either wrestler are inside or on the boundary line. This could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler that is inside or on the boundary line.

Changes related to out-of-bounds and inbounds calls, along with rules dealing with uniforms and sportsmanship, were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The revised definitions for out of bounds and inbounds eliminate subjectivity with the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. The removal of “majority of weight” from the definition will allow officials to focus on inbounds and out of bounds rather than having to make a judgment on where the majority of the wrestler’s weight is being supported.

“The majority of rules changes for the 2018-19 high school wrestling season deal with revised definitions of escape, reversal, out of bounds and takedown,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “These changes were needed to reinforce our new position with increasing scoring opportunities by addressing the supporting point issue, but not creating additional risk to the sport. We have defined what the usual supporting points are while down on the mat and how near-fall points or a fall shall be earned.”

Several articles in Rule 5 are affected by the elimination of subjectivity in the out-of-bounds call. Rule 5-10 now provides language stipulating that any combination of two supporting points allows an official to make an inbounds call. Similarly, Rules 5-15-1 and 5-15-3 introduce the same clarity while Rule 5-15-2 alters language from “knees” to “knee(s),” making it consistent with Rule 5-15-2a(4) and its use of “hand(s).”

The revision to the definition of an out-of-bounds call is clearly stated in Rule 5-18, which outlines that it occurs when there are no longer two total supporting points inside or on the boundary line (two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler). Rules 5-22, 5-25-1 and 5-25-3 will have similar language to establish inbounds and out-of-bounds calls for reversals and takedowns.

Revisions to Rule 5-24-3 will assist officials with making a stalling call. The new criteria establish that stalling in the neutral position also takes place when a wrestler is backing off the mat and out of bounds, as well as when the wrestler is pushing or pulling out of bounds.

In addition to the numerous changes related to inbounds and out-of-bounds calls, Hopkins noted sportsmanship issues, a new illegal hold and uniform promotional references as other rules changes made by the committee. Among those are the following:

•    Rule 4-1-2: New language will state that no additional manufacturer’s logo, trademark or promotional references shall be allowed on the wrestling uniforms.

•    Rule 7-1-5y (NEW): The Nelson-Cradle is a new illegal hold/maneuver that is a combination made up of a Half-Nelson on one side with a locked cradle from around the neck with the far side knee. The back of the knee acts as the other arm (arm pit) to complete the Full-Nelson pressure on the neck and throat.

•    Rule 7-4-2: New language states that repeatedly dropping to one knee, as well as one hand, to break locked hands is considered unsportsmanlike conduct.

Wrestling ranks seventh in popularity among boys at the high school level with 244,804 participants, according to the 2016-17 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. In addition, 14,587 girls participate in the sport throughout the nation.

“Overall, the sport is stable,” Hopkins said. “We are excited to have the influx of young women wrestlers who want to challenge themselves and represent their local high schools.”

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 “Wrestling.”

 

This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.


2018 North-South Softball All-Star Teams Announced for July’s All-Star Sports Week

   MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 All-Star Sports Week’s North-South girls’ fast-pitch softball games have been selected.
     A total of 36 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17 -- 19, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South softball doubleheader will be at Lagoon Park Tuesday, July 17, with the first game set for 6 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 8 p.m. 
     Coaching the South team is Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula. Susan Barnes of Elba is the administrative coach. North coaches are Ann Welsh of Spring Garden and Al Rauls of Buckhorn. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the administrative coach.  Rauls, who led the Lady Bucks to the Class 7A state crown last season, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame last March in the Class of 2018.
      In last year’s all-star competition, the North won game one 12-6 and the South won the nightcap 11-1. The North holds a 25-10-3 edged in the series that was first played in 1997.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in baseball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award recipients, 2017-18 Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 21.

    The softball rosters:

 

 

 

2018 North-South Softball Teams

SOUTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Olivia Baker

G. W. Long

P/1B

5'9

BreAnna Barlow

Excel

P/SS

5'7

Caroline Brandt

Auburn

P/1B

5'11

Kahalley Brooks

Baldwin County

P/C

5'7

Tatiyanna Brown

Jeff Davis

OF

5'4

Olivia Coaker

Gulf Shores

IF/P

5'7

Tia Coleman

Theodore

C/1B

6'0

Kaylyn Dismukes

Holtville

P/1B

5'10

Anslee Finch

Geneva

OF

5'11

Jamaica Flowers

Jeff Davis

U

5'5

Blake Gibson

Rehobeth

SS

5'10

Katie Head

Saraland

OF

5'3

Tempest Hebert

Faith Academy

IF

5'4

Caitlin McRee

Baker

P/2B

5'10

Madilyn Robertson

Satsuma

C/OF

5'7

Kassidy Wilcox

Brantley

C

5'6

Ty'Nitra Wilson

Prattville

OF

5'5

Ava Worthy

Baldwin County

OF

5'4

SOUTH COACHES

Mark Eubanks

Jeff Davis

Todd Clements

Eufaula

Susan Barnes

Elba - Admin.

NORTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Hannah Borden

Hewitt-Trussville

C/3B

5'10

Taylor Brown

Wilson

3B/P

5'4

Jaida Choice

Hillcrest - Tusc

OF/1B

6'0

Kaitlyn Clark

Gardendale

P

5'3

Kaylyn Dunn

Guntersville

CF/3B/P

5'9

Lauren Haskins

Thompson

SS/3B

5'5

Karla Hice

Ardmore

C

5'4

Mary James

Vestavia Hills

OF

5'5

Emma Latham

Hatton

SS/IF

5'7

Madison Majors

Spain Park

CF/1B

5'10

Payton McGinnis

Spring Garden

SS

5'4

Maggie Phillips

Alexandria

P/1B

5'10

Heather Phillips

Bob Jones

SS/OF

5'4

Madison Sanders

Moody

P/OF

5'4

Brylie St. Clair

Sand Rock

OF

5'6

Abby Swaney

Springville

P

5'4

Kaylee Vaught

Pisgah

OF

5'9

Lila Young

James Clemens

SS/C/OF

5'7

NORTH COACHES

Ann Welsh

Spring Garden

Al Rauls

Buckhorn

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones - Admin.


2018 North-South Baseball All-Star Teams Announced for July’s All-Star Sports Week

   MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 All-Star Sports Week’s North-South boys’ baseball games have been selected.
     A total of 36 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17 -- 19, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South baseball doubleheader will be at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday, July 17, with the first game set for 4 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 6:30 p.m. 
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award recipients, 2017-18 Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 21.
      Coaches for the North Baseball All-Stars are Josh Hoyle of Corner High School and Chris Heaps of Russellville High School. Keith Lucky of Saint James is the administrative coach.
      Rob Carpenter of Thomasville and Nick Richardson of Opelika are the coaches for the South squad, and Trinity Presbyterian’s Ken Whittle is the administrative coach.
      In last year’s all-star competition, the North swept both games 9-3 and 3-2. The North holds a 22-11-1 advantage in the all-star competition, which began in 1997.

    The rosters:

 

 

 

2018 NORTH SOUTH BASEBALL

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Cade Abernathy

Athens Bible

C

6'0

225

Robert Albright

Vincent

C

6'1

190

Blake Bennett

Haleyville

P/OF

6'2

190

Grayson Bray

Hartselle

P/SS

5'10

170

Zac Durham

Jasper

OF/P

6'1

190

Phillip Edwards

A. H. Parker

OF

5'10

205

William Hamiter

Northridge

SS

5'11

180

Jackson Kimbrell

Oak Mountain

P

6'1

185

Colton Lewis

Vestavia Hills

P/1B

5'10

185

John Marks, III

Mountain Brook

OF

5'11

165

Mason McCormack

Deshler

P/1B

6'1

200

Garrett McMillan

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

P/3B

6'3

230

Chandler Moon

Sheffield

IF

5'10

175

Christopher Spurgeon

Brooks

OF/P

6'2

170

Jon Dawson Tittle

Oakman

IF

5'10

175

John Turner

Oxford

P

6'3

220

Peyton Wilson

Hoover

IF/C

5'10

165

Trey Wright

Buckhorn

P

6'1

180

NORTH COACHES

Josh Hoyle

Corner

Chris Heaps

Russellville

Keith Lucky

Saint James - Admin.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Chandler Best

McGill-Toolen

P

6'0

185

Kolbe Blunt

Davidson

OF/2B

5'10

185

Bob Bright, III

Trinity Presbyterian

C/P

6'3

180

Tyler Darby

Alma Bryant

P/SS

6'2

175

Ethan Hearn

Mobile Christian

C

6'0

195

Nate Hodge

Stanhope Elmore

C

6'1

200

Jake Holifield

St. Paul's Episcopal

1B/P

6'2

212

Nathan LaRue

McGill-Toolen

OF/P

6'3

203

Greyson Layton

Brantley

OF

6'2

200

Camden Lovrich

Trinity Presbyterian

OF/P

6'2

165

Hogan Nichols

Andalusia

C

6'0

200

Drew Nobles

Holtville

OF/P

6'3

190

Von Seibert

Spanish Fort

1B

6'3

220

Matthew Sherrill

Headland

OF/P

6'1

165

Matthew Snell

Long, G. W.

3B/P

6'1

195

Skipper Snypes

UMS-Wright

2B

6'0

173

Reece Solar

Alabama Christian

SS/2B

6'2

200

David Warren

Providence Christian

OF/P

6'1

175

SOUTH COACHES

Rob Carpenter

Thomasville

Nick Richardson

Opelika

Ken Whittle

Trinity Presbyterian - Admin.


NFHS Responds to Rice Commission Report on College Basketball

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           Contact: Bruce Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2018) — In response to the Rice Commission Report on College Basketball, NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner offers the following comments on some of the suggestions from the Commission, particularly those that would impact the 51 NFHS member state associations and the high school basketball community.

 

NFHS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOB GARDNER COMMENTS

ON RICE COMMISSION REPORT ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

First, the NFHS commends the NCAA and the Rice Commission for its thoughtful examination of the status of NCAA Division I men’s basketball and its recommendations to provide meaningful changes. Overall, we believe the Rice Commission offered some suggestions that will improve the collegiate model.

The specialness of college basketball is not just that it is “amateur,” but also that it is “education-based.”  We agree with the Rice Commission that both attributes are important to the game’s future. Preserving and promoting the education-based aspect of the game calls for the high school and college levels to support one another.

As the NCAA considers implementation of these proposals, however, we have concerns in some areas and urge that thought be given to the high school landscape. As an example, we are concerned that “certified agents” meeting with high school student-athletes could be disruptive to high school teams. Although we understand the need to have all college prospects obtain information regarding their potential, the high school community should be involved in determining when and where this would be promoted.

Another concern from the Commission’s report is the June evaluation period for “scholastic” events. We would like to see what roles our member state associations and high school coaches would play in that evaluation period. Further, we still believe that limiting recruiting to the high school season would be the most effective tool in eliminating the unsavory outside influencers.

We support the requirements of education as a part of non-scholastic events and that participation in such events require students making appropriate academic progress towards initial college eligibility.

We look forward to working with the NCAA to bring about important change.

 

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.


Homewood’s Josh Hall Shatters National High School Stolen Base Record

By Rubin E. Grant
Special for AHSAA

 

Josh Hall was in a hurry.

 

He had more pressing things on his mind than a national record.

 

So, when he went into the first game of Homewood’s Class 6A first-round playoff series against Minor on April 20 needing only two stolen bases to break the national record, the Patriots’ senior center fielder wanted to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.

 

“I wanted to do it on first at-bat,” Hall said. “I wanted to get on base, then steal second and third, get it out of the way and focus on the business of winning.”

 

Hall did get on base in the first inning, but was balked to second. He then stole third to tie the national record.

 

He didn’t have to wait long for his next opportunity. He reached on a bunt single in the second inning, then bolted for second, easily beating the throw for the 212th steal of his career to eclipse the national record of 211 previously held by Haddon McIntosh of Norman Community School in Oklahoma.

 

Hall's teammates rushed onto the field to congratulate him and Hall removed the second base bag to highlight the moment. He then embraced his dad Lee Hall, the Patriots’ head coach.

 

“It was a pretty amazing feeling,” Josh Hall said. “I felt better about the state record, but this is on a much larger scale with it being a national record and being in the state playoffs.”

 

Hall broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association record on March 14 by stealing his 165th career base against John Carroll Catholic.  Scottie Burdeshaw of Slocomb set the previous mark (164) from 2005-10.

 

“We felt like he would get that,” Lee Hall said. “The national record is something we didn’t think about. But after he broke the state record, the media said he was closing in on the national record. For him to do that was unexpected, but great to see.”

 

Josh Hall finished his record-setting day with nine steals, bringing his total to 219, as the Patriots swept Minor 16-0 and 15-3 to advance to the second round. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound left-handed batter reached base on each of his eight plate appearances with four hits, three walks and a hit by pitch.

 

Hall is playing his first — and only — season at Homewood after transferring from Randolph High School in Huntsville when his dad, who was the coach there, accepted the Patriots’ coaching position. Hall is headed to Ole Miss, signing with the Rebels last fall.

 

He set the AHSAA single-season stolen base record with 81 steals in 45 games during his sophomore season in 2016 at Randolph, breaking a record (75) set by Kevin Harrison of Maplesville 21 years earlier in 1997.  He has 77 steals in 79 attempts this season in 36 games with Homewood (27-9) playing Gardendale (21-9) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs Friday. The series is best 2-of-3. He needs 27 more stolen bases to set the NFHS single-season record (103), currently held by Silento Sayles of Port Gibson (MS).

Hall is currently hitting .520 on the season with 53 hits in 102 official at bats. His on-base percentage is .630, reaching base 85 times in his 137 plate appearances (including 28 walks and four hit-by-pitches).

Being the national record holder is not something Hall is savoring at the moment.

 

“It’s something I’ll do after the season is over,” he said. “Right now I’m focused of taking my team to a state championship.”