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CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

GUNTERSVILLE 3, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL 2 (2 OT, 4-2 IN SHOOTOUT)
    
 Guntersville High School captured the school’s third AHSAA state girls’ soccer championship Friday night with a 3-2 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal in the Class 4A/5A finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The Wildcats (18-4-3) and Saints (19-7-1) battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of the two regulation 40-minute halves, they fought through two five-minute overtimes to set up a final showdown in the shootout.
    Guntersville nailed its first three tries by Anna Jones, Carly Sims and Sandy Simpson, Caroline Seale made the first St. Paul’s kick, but junior goalkeeper Grace Mann blocked the two Saints efforts.  A Wildcats miss and a clutch kick by St. Paul’s Caroline Lambert set up a final try by Guntersville’s Yesenia Vasquez.  Her kick was successful and Guntersville, coached by Mike Jones and Ali Dutton, captured the state title.
     The Wildcats also won state championships in 2008 and 2010.
     In regulation, Kendall Moore scored the match’s first goal with a kick at 24:45 in the first half for Guntersville.  Frances Case tied the match for St. Paul’s, coached by Brian Thomas, at 61:47 in the second half.
     Senior midfielder Anna Jones, who had an outstanding match on offense and defense, was named the 4A/5A Championship MVP.
      The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.


AHSAA 26th State Soccer Championships

At Huntsville Soccer Complex (John Hunt Park)
May 12-14


THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE
Class 1A/3A Girls Semifinals
Holy Spirit Catholic (16-0-0) 3, Montgomery Academy (12-8-0) 2 (5-4 in shootout sudden death)
Westbrook Christian (24-0-0) 6, Madison Academy (18-6-1) 0

CLASS 4A/5A Girls Semifinals
St. Paul's Episcopal (19-6-1) 2, Helena (7-12-0) 1
Guntersville (17-4-3) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (13-8-2) 2

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
CLASS 6A Girls Semifinals
Northridge (21-4-0) 1, Northview (14-6-3) 0
John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3) 1, Decatur (17-5-2) 0

CLASS 7A Girls Semifinals
Auburn (24-1-2) 1, McGill-Toolen (18-3-0) 0
Vestavia Hills (21-1-0) 5, Huntsville (16-9-1) 1

Class 1A/3A Girls Finals
Holy Spirit Catholic (17-0-0) 4, Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Girls Finals
Guntersville (18-4-3) 3, St. Paul's Episcopal (19-7-1) 2 (2 OT, 4-2 in shootout)

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Auburn (24-1-2) vs. Vestavia Hills (21-1-0), Field 2, 10 a.m.
CLASS 6A Girls Finals
Northridge (21-4-0) vs. John Carroll Catholic (22-2-3), Field 1, 12:30 p.m.


CLASS 4A/5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

HELENA 4, RANDOLPH 0
    
 The Helena High School Huskies captured the school’s first state championship Friday night defeating defending state champion Randolph 4-0 in the Class 4A/5A championship match of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park.
     The championship came in just the second year of the Shelby County school’s existence. It opened its doors at the beginning of the 2014-15 school  year.  The Huskies baseball team reached the 5A finals last spring. The girls’ soccer team also reached the 2016 semifinals.
      Coach Zach Morgan’s Huskies (18-7-2) took control of the scoreless match with two goals in a five-minute span late in the first half.  Senior defender Yeltsin Canales scored at 30 minutes into the contest to give Helena a 1-0 lead.  Class 4A/5A Championship MVP Vincent Navaez scored the first of his two goals at 35 minutes as Helena cruised into intermission leading 2-0.
     Navaez, a freshman,  scored at 50:38 of the second stretching the lead to 3-0, and senior midfielder Michael Humphrey closed out the scoring with a goal at 73:36.
     The Huskies defense allowed only two hosts by Randolph. The Raiders are coached by Alex Tomlinson.
    The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC 4, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN 1
     
Holy Spirit Catholic High School junior Jordan Richmond scored four goals Friday night to lead the unbeaten Lady Titans to a 4-0 victory over previously undefeated Westbrook Christian in the Class 1A/3A girls’ finals of the 2016 AHSAA State Soccer Championships at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex.
     The soccer championship was the first in AHSAA history for Coach Arthur Howington’s girls.
     Holy Spirit (17-0-0) took the lead for good at 39:13 of the first half when Richmond, named the Class 1A/3A State Championship MVP,  scored her first goal of the night. She added a quick goal 3:45 into the second half to make it 2-0.  Westbrook Christian (24-1-0) , coached by Joel Hawbaker, cut the lead to one with a goal by junior forward Olivia Strickland 10 minutes later.
    Richmond closed out the scoring with two goals in the final 14 minutes to seal the victory. She wasnear perfect going  4-of-5 with shots on goal. Holy Spirit goalkeeper Blakley Jones had four saves for the Titans.  Mattie Loyd had three saves for the Warriors.
    The championship marked the 25th year of the AHSAA State Soccer Championships, which began in 1991.  Championships continue Saturday at John Hunt Soccer Complex with Class 7A girls’ and Class 6A boys’ state championship matches at 10 a.m., followed by Class 7A boys’ and Class 6A girls’ finals at 12:30 p.m.
     All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Viewers can access at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa.


Class 1A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 1 Shoals Christian Beats Brantley 7-2 to Open Series

   MONTGOMERY  -- Winning pitcher Tanner Bozeman’s bases-loaded double in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night drove in two important runs and  propelled Shoals Christian to a 7-2 win over Brantley as the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship series got underway here at Paterson Field.
    The Flame (22-18) and Bulldogs (15-18) meet in game two as the best two-of-three series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Should as third game be needed, it will start after the first game at approximately 1 p.m.
    Bozeman (7-3), a junior left-hander, allowed 11 hits and struck out five to pitch the complete game. Batting lead-off, he had two hits, scored a run and drove in three – two coming in the big sixth inning.
    Brantley, which started its season for Coach Greg Evans at 1-9, trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded when an attempted steal at home ended the inning. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame rallied from that exceptional defensive play by catcher Johnathan Brock to score four runs and turned the one-run game into a 5-0 deficit.  Trenton Gillis followed in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run homer over the left-field wall to extend the lead to 7-0.
     The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the seventh to plate two runs on Jacob Free’s RBI double and Tate Tatum’s RBI single.
      Shoals Christian managed nine hits and four earned runs off Brantley hurler Tommy Spivey (3-6), who also struck out five in a complete-game effort.  Bozeman and Gillis each had two hits for the Flame and Josh Vardeman slugged a double.
    Centerfielder Riley Jobin had three hits to pace Brantley. Adrian Person and Spivey also had two hits.
    The Class 2A championship series between Mobile Christian and Randolph County gets underway at 4 p.m. at Paterson Field Wednesday, and the Class 4A series opens at 7 p.m. with Trinity Presbyterian taking on Brooks, also at Paterson Field. All baseball series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Details on the broadcast can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
   The AHSAA state softball tournament also starts at Lagoon Park Wednesday morning with Class 7A opening play at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all the finals in the double-elimination softball competition.

Class 7A Boys Finals Hoover 50, Mountain Brook 43

    Hoover ended Mountain Brook’s dream of a three-peat Saturday night as the Bucs posted a 50-43 victory in the final game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament to claim the Class 7A boys state title.
   The Bucs (27-9) of Coach Charles Burkett clinched the school’s first-ever state boys basketball crown with as tenacious defensive effort and some timely free-throw shooting . Class 7A state tournament MVP Austin Cherry was 7-of-9 at the foul line and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
   Burkett’s defense limited Mountain Brook (27-8) to just 1-of-18 from the 3-point line and spoiled the Spartans’ run at a third straight big-school state title. Coach Bucky McMillan’s team won the 6A crown in 2013 and 2014 and advanced, like Hoover, the first 7A finals with a double-overtime semifinal win.
    Leonard Wood scored eight points and had five steals, Maurice Brown added seven points and nine rebounds and Sam Bowman had seven points for Hoover.
    Jack Kline led Mountain Brook with 15 points and seven rebounds in the finals. Terrell Guy also had 15 points going 4-for-4 at the foul line.
    The announced attendance for the final day of the 2015 state tourney was 15,940 and 60,716 for the week.
 Class 7A Boys All-Tournament Team
Austin Cherry, Hoover (MVP); Dylan Smith, Hoover; Jack Kline, Mountain Brook; Terry Guy, Mountain Brook; Tommy Burton, Lee-Montgomery; Dazon Ingram, Theodore.

Class 7A Girls Finals Jeff Davis 55, McGill-Toolen 54

    Jeff Davis nipped McGill-Toolen 55-54 in the first AHSAA Class 7A girls basketball finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Center to win the first Lady Vols state crown since 2006.
    Coach LaKenya Knight’s Vols (31-4) used their superior height to score 26 second-shot points in a battle where every made basket was needed. Class 7A state tournament MVP Jasmine Walker had 23 points on a 10-of-16 shooting performance and cleared nine rebounds. She also had four steals.  Tia Horne added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Jeff Davis finish with a 35-21 rebounding edge.
    Ahyiona Vason also had eight points and was 6-of-8 at the foul line.
    Pacing McGill-Toolen (31-5), coached by Carla Berry, were Lauren McKee and Shelby Hall with 13 points each.  Shauntai Battle added 12 points and Ryann Sylvester had 10.
Coach Carla Berry’s M      Burnett led Lee (27-7), coached by Greg Brown, with 12 points and was perfect on both treys attempted. Gerron Scissum had 10 points and nine rebounds and Ashton Ray had 10 points.
      The state title was Jeff Davis’ third overall with the other title coming in 1978. McGill’s Coach Berry played on McGill-Toolen’s last state championship team (1988).
Class 7A Girls All-Tournament Team
Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis (MVP); Tia Horne, Jeff Davis; Ryann Sylvester, McGill-Toolen;  Shelby Hall, McGill-Toolen;  Shaquera Wade, Huntsville; Rayven Pearson, Hazel Green.

Class 6A Boys Finals Carver-Montgomery 57, Lee-Huntsville 55

   Carver-Montgomery out-scored Lee-Huntsville 28-17 in the fourth quarter to claim a 57-55 victory in the AHSAA Class 6A boys’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Satruday.
   The Wolverines trailed by 10 when Lee’s Tracey Burnett sank a free throw 12 seconds into the final quarter. Carver (29-4) began clawing back, however, finally tying the game with four minutes left when Brandon Austin sank two free throws. The Wolverines took the lead for good a minute later when Lyndell Wilson sank two more.
   Austin made six more down the stretch, but it was a pair by Darian Adams with six seconds left that gave Carver a much-needed 57-52 cushion. Lee’s Malik Burnett drilled s 3-pointer with one second left to set the final 57-55 margin.
    Austin, named Class 6A state tourney MVP, had 20 points on the night with 8-of-10 coming at the foul line. He also had five steals and five rebounds.   Antonio Nelson added 16 points for Coach James Jackson’s Wolverines and Adams had 10. Carver finished 24-of-32 at the foul line. The Generals were 12-of-18.
     Burnett led Lee (27-7), coached by Greg Brown, with 12 points and was perfect on both treys attempted. Gerron Scissum had 10 points and nine rebounds and Ashton Ray had 10 points.
   The state title was Carver’s fourth overall and the first since 2012.
Class 6A Boys All-Tournament Team
Brandon Austin, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Joseph Strugg, Carver-Montgomery; Antonio Nelson, Carver-Montgomery; Gerron Scissum, Lee-Huntsville; Tracey Burnett, Lee-Huntsville; Malik Cook Stroupe, Homewood; Javien Williams, Woodlawn.

Class 6A Girls Finals Homewood 69, Blount 60

   Homewood (30-4) downed Blount 69-60 in the Class 6A finals to capture the school’s first AHSAA state girls championship Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Ajah Wayne scored 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Coach JoVanka Ward’s Lady Patriots. Hannah Barber added 11 points, a tournament-high eight assists and cleared four rebounds.  The two freshmen were named co-MVPs of the Class 6A state tournament. 
    Tori Webb added 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots and Shelby Hardy cleared 10 rebounds.
     Blount (18-9), coached by Janel Williams, was paced by junior Cierra Johnson’s 24 points and freshman Daja Woodard’s Class 6A state-tournament record 22 rebounds. Woodard also scored 13 points and Johnson had 10 rebounds.  Jermecya Harris added 10 points.
Class 6A Girls All-Tournament Team
Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne, Homewood (co-MVPs); Tori Webb, Homewood; Cierra Johnson, Blount; Daja Woodard, Blount; Camryn London, Shades Valley.

Class 5A Boys Finals J.O. Johnson 59, Ramsay 52

   J.O. Johnson High School (32-4) beat Ramsay 59-52 Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the Class 5A boys state basketball title.
     The win also gave Jaguars Coach Jack Doss the eighth state title of his prep coaching career. He is the first boys basketball coach in AHSAA history to win eight titles -- snapping a tie with R.C. Hatch legendary coach Eugene Mason.
    Class 5A state tournament MVP John Petty had 15 points, four assists, three steals and five rebounds and exited the game with the other Jaguars starters with 1:42 remaining and Johnson leading 52-39. Ramsay went on a 13-7 run to end the game to close to seven.  Terrion Bone added 14 points for Johnson and Justin Hopkins had 13.
    Jordan Millsap and Jonathan Etheridge each had 15 for Ramsay (30-6), coached by Kelly Cheatham. Baniko Harley added 12. The Rams were Class 5A runner-up to Parker in 2014 and J.O. Johnson lost in overtime to Dallas County in the 2014 Class 4A finals.  
    Mason, who won all seven of his state titles at R.C. Hatch of Uniontown, collapsed earlier this week while helping his former student and player Cecil Williams prepare Keith High School’s girls team for the Class 1A state championship game Williams’ team won Friday.  Mason was later pronounced dead at a Selma hospital.
     Doss offered condolences to Mason’s game during his post-game press conference. “I have always respected Coach Mason the R.C. Hatch program.  I was shocked to learn of his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Mason’s family.”

Class 5A Boys All-Tournament Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Terrion Bone, J.O. Johnson; Justin Hokpins, J.O. Johnson; Jordan Millsap, Ramsay;  Albert Luke, Ramsay; Jerrod Moorer, Dallas County; Josh Hill, Faith Academy.


Class 5A Girls Finals Wenonah 49, Brewbaker Tech 29

   Wenonah’s Lady Dragons (32-3) beat Brewbaker Tech 49-29 Saturday morning at the BJCC Legacy Arena for the school’s second straight AHSAA Class 5A state girls basketball championship.
   Wenonah has now won six state girls’ titles in school history including the Dragons’ third since 2004 under Coach Emanuel Bell’s direction.
   Class 5A state tournament MVP Kaitlyn Rodgers, a 6-foot-2 junior center, had just four points in the win over Brewbaker. However, she ruled inside with eight rebounds five blocked shots, seven assists and four steals.   Alexus Dye led Wenonah with 16 points. Point guard Jayla Morrow added eight points and four steals.
    Brewbaker Tech (23-8), coached by Cynthia Thompson, was led by sophomore guard Bianca Jackson’s 11 points and two steals.  Michaia Fluellen added eight points and was perfect on all four free throws attempted.
    Wenonah’s previous state titles were won in 1986, 1990, 1993, 2004 and 2014.
Class 5A Girls All-Tournament Team
Kaitlyn Rodgers, Wenonah (MVP); Alexus Dye, Wenonah; Jayla Morrow, Wenonah; Michaia Fluellen, Brewbaker Tech; Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Kiyana Bullock, Anniston.