May 10, 2018
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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).
Hoover’s Carson McKie shot a 72 and teammates Neysa Dechachutinan and Emily Baker carded 75s as the Bucs won the AHSAA Class 7A, North Sub-State girls’ golf team championship with a 6-over 222 team total. Spain Park also had 222 but finished second in the tie breaker.
The defending state champion Jaguars’ Marilyn Steed led all golfers with a 7-under 65, which tied for fourth best round for girls’ in AHSAA history. Her total also tied Michaela Morard’s 65 in the 2015 Class 6A/7A Sectional tournament at Goose Pond Country Club in Scottsboro for the lowest round in AHSAA post-season history.
Caroline Waldrop also had a 75 for the Jaguars. Huntsville’s Savannah Johnson shot 75 and Mary Mac Trammell of Mountain Brook had a 77 to qualify as individuals for the state tournament at The Shoals Golf Club of the Robert Trent Jones Trail next week at Muscle Shoals.
CLASS 4A/5A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains turned in a super effort on the back nine at Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish with a 256 total and the Sub-State title. Sophomore Hanna Dyar had an 81 and Lexee Cunningham carded an 87 for the Wildcats. Randolph was second at 265 with Michaela Morard shooting a 2-under 70 for low medalist honors. Morard won the Class 6A/7A individual championship in 2015 and 2016 for Huntsville High School, but sat out last season after transferring to Randolph in 2016.
Robyn Blakey of Leeds had an 82 and Grace Narrell of Arab had an 83 to advance to the state tourney as individuals.
CLASS 6A, NORTH SUB-STATE: Hartselle posted a 253 team total to win the Sub-State title over Muscle Shoals (257) by four strokes. Caroline MacVicar and Ross Napier, both of Northridge, were the two individuals who also qualified for the state tournament at Florence next week. MacVicar shot a 78 and Napier had an 84.
CLASS 1A/3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Clements and Glencoe advanced as winner and runner-up with team totals of 294 and 299, respectively. Hannah Pope and Kylee House of Mars Hill Bible qualified as the top individuals with rounds of 76 and 103.
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star matches have been selected.
All selected players, rising seniors for the Class of 2019, were chosen by the Soccer Selection Committee 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 in July, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The North-South boys’ and girls’ soccer doubleheader will be at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex on Tuesday, July 17, with the girls playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7.
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state competition in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, football and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played 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, Coaches of the Year in each sport and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
Coaches for the South Girls’ Soccer All-Stars are Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who coached the Lady Jackets to the school’s first Class 7A state championship last season, and Sophie Simantel of Auburn. Ken Wright of the Montgomery Public Schools is administrative coach. Helena’s Cliff Naron and Russellville’s Trey Sanford are North coaches. George Cavender will be the administrative assistant.
Coaching the North boys are Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. South coaches are Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian. Wright and Cavender will also serve as administrative coaches for the boys’ game.
The North swept both matches in 2017 with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys 5-2. The North girls hold a 13-2-1 edge in the series and the North Boys have a 10-4-1 advantage.
The 2018 Soccer All-Star rosters are:
2018 NORTH-SOUTH SOCCER ALL-STARS
Mars Hill Bible
Southside - Gadsden
S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.
St. Paul's Episcopal
St. Michael Catholic
Montgomery Schools - Admin.
John Carroll Catholic
Jack "JT" Jones
Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.
Mountain Brook and Spain Park finished 1-2 in the Class 7A Boys Sub-State Golf Championships held at Timberline Golf Course at Calera with outstanding team scores of 278 and 283, respectively.
The Spartans finished 10-under par and the Jaguars were 5-under. Ford Clegg first a 6-under 66 and Reynolds Lambert was one shot back at 67 for Mountain Brook. Nick Dunlap also shot a 66 for Spain Park and Landon Carner had a 70.
The top two teams and the two players with low individual rounds qualified for next week’s AHSAA State Championships at Florence. The individuals were Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills (70) and Ethan Hacker of Hewitt-Trussville (72).
In other Boys’ sub-state action reported Monday:
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: McGill-Toolen Catholic posted a one-stroke win over runner-up Auburn winning 295-296. Fairhope’s Max Johnson and Will Richardson each shot 72 for low individual rounds.
CLASS 6A NORTH SUB-STATE: Muscle Shoals won the sub-state title with a 297 team total. Fort Payne was second at 313. Jasper’s Patrick Minor qualified with a 1-over 73 for the low individual score, and Ross Napier of Hartselle carded a 74.
CLASS 5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: St. Paul’s Episcopal finished first in the team competition and Briarwood Christian finished second. Slade McCraw shot a 76 for the Lions while Kyle Cornelius and Blake Bahos each shot rounds of 77 for the Saints. Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott had the low round of the day shooting 1-under 71.
CLASS 5A NORTH SUB-STATE: Scottsboro’s Kyle Price shot even-par 72 for the low round of the day to lead the Wildcats to a 311 team total and the sub-state title. Russellville was second two shots back at 313. Jaceton Murray shot 73 for Russellville. Qualifying individually were Trey Allen of Brooks with a 73 and Etowah’s Eli Antisdel, who had a 74.
CLASS 4A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains won the sub-state championship with a 310 team total. Madison Academy was second at 319. Kenny Okins led the Wildcats with a 2-under 70. Teagan Miller shot 74 for Madison Academy. Oneonta golfers Cole Davidson and Will Patrick were the two individual qualifiers with scores of 72 and 75. Patrick won on a second-hole playoff to advance to state.
CLASS 3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Pleasant Valley won the title with a 375 total. Glencoe was runner-up with a 382. Clements’ Matt Smith was the low medalist with a 1-under 71 and earned one of two individual qualifying spots for the state championships. Josh Daracott of Lauderdale County fired a 77 to land the other spot. Ethan Johnson’s round of 78 led Pleasant Valley, and Brock McNeely’s 86 was tops for Glencoe.
CLASS 1A/2A NORTH SUB-STATE: Donoho took the sub-state championship with a 317 total. Westbrook Christian was second at 322. Jacob LeCroy shot a 75 for the low round for Donoho and Jackson Bowman shot a 74 for Westbrook . Cedar Bluff's Nick Sawyer earned an individual spot in the state tourney with a 2-under par 70 for the sub-state tourney's low round overall.
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Auburn’s girls shot a 1-over 217 to win finish first. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second at 240. Ashley Curtis and Emilia Smith, both of Enterprise, had the low individual rounds with 77 and 79, respectively.
CLASS 4A/5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Northside won the sub-state championship with a 243 team total, and Trinity Presbyterian was second at 261. Erika Allen led the winning Rams with a 2-ovr 74, and Emma Pittman’s 76 led the Wildcats.
GULF SHORES -- Hoover and Homewood swept the Class 7A and 6A boys’ and girls’ outdoor state track championships Saturday and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 5A girls’ crown for the school’s 25th overall as the 94th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Coach Jim Tate’s Lady Saints won their 25th outdoor title and first since 2016 with 98 points. Arab finished second in the 5A girls’ competition with 52 and Faith Academy totaled 47. Beauregard, coached by Rob Carter, won its first boys’ title since 2008 with 88.50 points. Scottsboro was a close second with 84.50 and Guntersville finished third with 62.
In Class 7A, Hoover’s girls and boys finished strong. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs scored 125 points to claim their seventh title in a row and 10th overall. Auburn was second with 94.50. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third with 80. Hoover’s boys won their ninth crown since 2005 out-pointing runner-up Smiths Station 138-83. Auburn had 64 points to finish third.
Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its fifth consecutive girls’ state title with 126.75 points in the Class 6A competition. Pelham was second with 81 and Ramsay third with 52. Homewood’s boys notched their first outdoor championship since 2014 with 80.50 points. Northridge had 63 and Ramsay 58 to finish 2-3.
And in Class 4A, Winfield won its first Class 4A boys’ state title and third championship overall. Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates out-pointed runner-up Montgomery Catholic 65-51. Northside was third with 48 points. UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, posted 93 points to win the school’s 16th girls’ state outdoor championship. Montgomery Catholic and LAMP tied for second with 68 points each,
A total of 17 boys’ record-setting performances were registered during the three-day meet and 16 girls’ record-setting efforts.
Six records fell Saturday including three relays.
Hoover’s Marion Humphrey won the Class 7A 300-meter intermediate hurdles clocking 36.00 to break the previous mark (37.90) set by Emanuel Taite of Thompson in 2016. For Humphrey, the record took on even more significance as the overall best 300 IH time in AHSAA state-meet history -- erasing the 36.33 time clocked by his older brother Marlon Humphrey for Hoover in the 2013 Class 6A state meet.
Hoover also won the 7A boys’ finals with a record time of 3:15.49 in perhaps the fastest overall 4x400 relay race in AHSAA history. Central-Phenix City set the previous record (3:19.94) in 2017. On Saturday, Smiths Station (3:15.92) finished second, Central (3:17.10) was third and Thompson (3:19.74) was fourth -- all with times bettering the previous record.
Other record-setting performances fell Saturday included:
HUNTER APPLING, WEST POINT: Clocked 14.10 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles to win the 5A boys’ race and set a new 5A state-meet record in the process. Zeke Parker of Athens ran a 14.13 time in 1997 to hold the record for the last 21 years.
HOPE IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Set the 7A state record in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.73 seconds. Lauryn Hall of Sparkman also broke the previous record (11.97) set by Hoover’s Caitlyn Little in 2015 with a second-place time of 11.88.
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Won the Class 4A 800 meters with a record time of 1:55.12, breaking his own Class 4A mark (1:57.00) set last year.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the Class 6A 800 meters in2:11.77 to break a 14-year old record (2:11.91) set by Daphne’s Kirby Patterson in 2004.
HANNAH DAFFIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Broke the Class 7A shot put record with a 40-06.25 throw. The previous record (39-07.75) was set by Huntsville’s Alana White in 2016. Hewitt-Trussville’s Lea Townsend finished second to Daffin with a 39-10.25 measure. Her throw also broke the previous mark.
JAMES CLEMENS 4x400 RELAY: The James Clemens girls clocked 3:48.65 in Saturday’s finals to eclipse the 3:52.68 record set by Central-Phenix City in 2016.
CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA 4x400 RELAY: The Lady Falcons clocked 4:00.70 to set a new Class 5A girls’ record in that event.
NICK WALLS, CROSSVILLE: Won the wheelchair discus with a throw of 77 feet, 4 inches.
Complete results for the AHSAA Outdoor State Championships can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
GULF SHORES – Class 7A defending champs Hoover held a four-point lead over Vestavia Hills 54-50 after the second day of the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A/5A/6A/7A Outdoor State Track Championships Friday here at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. Homewood had 58.50 points to lead in Class 6A over defending champs Opelika, which had 37. Defending champ Scottsboro totaled 53 points and Brooks had 39 in Class 5A boys’ competition. And in Class 4A, Winfield led with 47 points over Montgomery Catholic, in second place with 36. In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright held a comfortable 67-44 lead over last year’s 4A champs Montgomery Catholic. In Class 5A, Arab had a slim 44-43 lead over St. Paul’s Episcopal and Brooks was third with 42. Defending 6A champion Homewood totaled 64.75 points to take the lead and Pelham was second with 58.50. Auburn’s girls held a 1.5-point lead over defending champs Hoover in the 7A girls’ competition. The meet concludes Saturday. The NFHS Network is live-streaming the finals over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at Gulf Shores and Cullman (1A/2A/3A). Records continued to fall Friday – especially in the 7A competition. Five athletes equaled or surpassed the Class 7A state-meet record for the high jump in Friday’s competition. The record coming into the 2018 championships was 6-06, set by Melvin Hill of Baker in 2015. Baker’s Dontavious Hill and Oak Mountain’s Trey Allen each cleared 6 feet, 10 inches and now share the new record. Hill won the event on fewest misses, and Allen was second. Carl Nesbitt of Vestavia Hills also cleared 6-08 while Malik Crandle of Davidson and Chase Fiddler of Bob Jones jumped 6-06. Other record-setting performances included: Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Broke her second record of the meet with a 10:45.05 time in the Class 4A 3,200-meter run. She set the previous mark (10:53.15) as an eighth grader in 2015. Tyynismaa broke the Class 4A 1,600-meter outdoor record on Thursday. Marion Humphrey, Hoover: The younger brother of former Hoover track sensation and current Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey set a new 7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 47.43 seconds – best of all classes Friday. The previous 7A record (47.94) was set in 2016 by Sparkman’s Charles Lewis. Marlon set the current Class 6A indoor 400-meters record (48.11) in 2013. Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain: Broke the existing Class 7A outdoor 400-meter dash record (55.54) held by Myra Mack of Smiths Station with a 54.04 time. Vennessa Frank of Central-Phenix City was second at 55:13, which also surpassed Mack’s record. Alonie Sutton, Smiths Station: Set her second Class 7A state record in as many days with a winning leap of 19-09.5- in the long jump. Kayla Williams of James Clemens had held the mark (18-10) since 2015. Sutton broke her own 7A triple jump mark Thursday. Viktor Turek, Thompson: Established a new Class 7A state record in the discus with a winning throw of 178-00.50. The old record (167-06) was set in 2016 by Michael Robinson of Auburn. Mountain Brook 4x800 Relay Team: The Spartans won the 7A boys’ relay with a new class time of 7:47.70, beating the old mark (7:58.18) set by Auburn in 2016 by 10 seconds. Smiths Station finished second Friday clocking 7:52.64, which also broke the previous record. Other top efforts included: 7A BOYS POLE VAULT: James Courson of Hoover won the pole vault late Thursday clearing 16 feet, 9 inches – just three inches shy of the state record (17-0) set by Sean Collins of McGill-Toolen Catholic in 2015. 3,200 METER RUN: In perhaps the most competitive race of the day Friday at Gulf Shores, four runners finished with :01.27 between them as Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won with a 9:30.26 time. Teammates Bryce Hutchinson (9:30.35) and James Sweeney (9:31.13) finished 2-3 and Mountain Brook’s Charlie Slaughter (9:31.53) was fourth. CLASS 6A BOYS JAVELIN: Kyle Smith hurled the javelin 195-08 to take first place. 3,200 METER RUN: Will Stone of Homewood completed the sweep of the distance events with a 9:27.82 time. 400-METER DASH: Xavier Rogers of Stanhope Elmore (47.77) clocked the second fastest time of the day (all classes) to win the 6A race.
CLASS 5A BOYS 3,200 METER RUN: Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope (9:31.89) and Hayden Judge (9:41.23) finished one-two for the Wildcats to dominate the event. HIGH JUMP: Fairfield’s Christian Smith beat Demarco Campbell of Sylacauga in a jump off to take first place with a 6-07 leap. Both tied at 6-06 and missed all three tries at 6-08 before Smith cleared on his first try at 6-07 and Campbell missed.
400-METER DASH: Demontrae Wilson of Central-Tuscaloosa (49.87) edged Myles Williamson of Guntersville (49.88) by 1/100th of a second in a photo finish to win the event. JAVELIN (WHEELCHAIR): Nick Walls of Crossville had a 63-04.50 throw in his final attempt – improving from his first throw by almost seven feet, to win the event.
CLASS 4A BOYS 3,200 Meter RUN: Matthew Estopinal of Randolph edged past Tanner King of Northside with a winning time of 9:34.26. King clocked 9:48.12. CLASS 7A GIRLS 3,200 METER RUN: Thompson’s McKenzie Hogue followed her win in the 1,600 meters on Thursday by winning the 3,200 on Friday. She crossed the finish line at 11:00.72. 400-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Jordan McGuire of McGill-Toolen won the event with a 1:15.74 time.
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.
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.
BOYS Section Results
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.