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AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach John Tatum

    The AHSAA was saddened by the death of longtime Montgomery Academy High School football coach John Tatum. He died Sunday. He battled cancer in recent years.
    “Coach John Tatum was great mentor for fellow coaches and made a tremendous difference in the lives of the players and others he touched,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
      Coach Tatum was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He compiled a 170-95 record at MA, including a 24-17 playoff record and a perfect 15-0 season and Class 1A state football championship in 1987.  He also had coaching stints at DeKalb County (GA) and Northcross (GA) and retired with a 196-112-1 overall record. He served as headmaster
    A member of the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame, he served as athletic director at MA for 16 years and also coached track and field. He was named AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year in 2005. 
    Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 18.   

AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach Wade Morrison

    The AHSAA was saddened by the death of Dothan basketball coaching legend Wade Morrison, 83, who died after a short illness Tuesday, Aug. 16.
    The AHSAA extends its condolences and prayers to Coach Morrison’s family.
      Coach Tatum was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. The 1954 Henry County Training School graduate became one of the top coaches in the state at Carver High School and Carver Middle School of Dothan and Dothan High School. His teams were 156-24  from 1971-78 at Carver Middle with back-to-back state championships in 1975 and 1976. He teams were 191-50 at Dothan High School from 1978-86 and 140-10 at Henry County Training School (1958-64). His overall record was 587-89.
      After retiring from education he coached two Dothan Park and Recreation squads to state championships.
     Funeral services for Coach Morrison is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dothan High School’s gymnasium. Viewing of body will be from 9-11 a.m.

High School Sports Participation Increases for 27th Consecutive Year

            INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 11, 2016) – Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

            Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,868,900 – an increase of 61,853 from the previous year.

            After a decline of almost 10,000 participants in football the previous year, the number of boys playing 11-player football in 2015 was almost identical to 2014 with a drop of just 309 – from 1,083,617 to 1,083,308.

            While some states reported a decline in football participation in 2015, 24 states registered increases in boys participation in 11-player football. When combining boys and girls participation in 6-, 8-, 9- and 11-player football, the number of participants increased 138 – from 1,114,253 to 1,114,391.

            “The NFHS and its member state associations have taken significant steps over the past 10 years to minimize the risk of participation in football and all high school sports, so this report on the continued strong interest and participation in high school football is very encouraging,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With the adoption of state laws and protocols for concussion management in place, we continue to believe that the sport of football at the high school level is as safe as it has been since the first rules were written in 1932 – and we believe this year’s participation report is confirmation of that belief.”

            After a decline the previous year, boys participation increased about 25,000 to an all-time high of 4,544,574, while girls participation increased for the 27th consecutive year with an additional 36,591 participants and set an all-time high of 3,324,326.

            Track and field registered the largest increase in participants for both boys and girls, with an additional 12,501 boys and 7,243 girls. Track and field ranks second to football in boys participants with 591,133, and remains the most popular sport for girls with 485,969 participants.

            In addition to track and field, six other top 10 girls sports registered increases in 2015-16, including volleyball, soccer, softball, cross country, tennis and lacrosse. The top 10 girls sports remained the same as the previous year: track and field, volleyball, basketball, soccer, fast-pitch softball, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, competitive spirit squads, and lacrosse.

            After track and field among the top 10 boys sports, soccer registered the largest gain with an additional 7,753 participants, followed by cross country (up 6,710), basketball (up 4,949) and baseball (up 2,248). Although the top five boys sports remained the same as last year – 11-player football, track and field, basketball, baseball and soccer – cross country moved to sixth place ahead of wrestling, which dropped to seventh after a decline of 7,555 participants. Tennis, golf and swimming and diving complete the top 10 listing of boys sports.

            Lacrosse continued its rise among emerging sports with 197,572 total participants to rank 10th in girls participation and 11th for boys. Among some of the non-traditional high school sports on this year’s survey, archery (8,668), badminton (17,645) and flag football (12,093) continued to register increases in participation. Also, while boys wrestling had a drop in participation, an additional 2,000 girls participated in the sport last year for an all-time high of 13,496.

            Participation in adapted sports also increased in 2015-16 from 8,483 participants to 9,491 with schools in 12 states now offering these programs for students with disabilities.

            The top 10 states by participants remained the same; however, Florida moved ahead of New Jersey to eighth position this year. Texas and California topped the list again with 809,075 and 802,117, respectively, followed by New York (372,772), Illinois (344,143), Ohio (319,929), Pennsylvania (319,853), Michigan (295,436), Florida (285,885), New Jersey (279,371) and Minnesota (237,686). Thirty-three of the 51 NFHS member state associations reported increases in participation in 2015-16.

            The participation survey has been compiled since 1971 by the NFHS through numbers it receives from its member associations. The complete 2015-16 High School Athletics Participation Survey is attached in PDF format and will be posted soon on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.


Huddle Acquires Preptix to Create Nation’s Leading Ticket Provider for High School Sports

Signs Exclusive Partnership with NFHS Network to Expand Digital Ticketing Nationally

 

ATLANTA (August 9, 2016) Huddle and Preptix today announced a merger to create the nation’s largest and most innovative ticketing solution for the high school sports market. The combined company, Huddle, Inc., will be headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. Huddle offers an integrated digital and paper ticketing solution for both state association post-season events and individual school regular season events. The Huddle leadership team will remain intact, while Jay Barker and Patrick Noles from Preptix will assume senior roles at Huddle.

 

Additionally, the NFHS Network has selected the merged company as its exclusive partner for a national rollout of a digital ticketing platform for high school sports. Combining the NFHS Network’s media assets with a digital ticketing platform will allow it to raise overall awareness of high school sports, build its subscriber base and create custom sponsorship programs for national brands.

 

Digital ticketing provides consumers with a convenient way to purchase and redeem tickets online or via a mobile phone. Digital tickets have become increasingly prevalent in the travel, sports and entertainment industries but have yet to materially impact the more than 450 million tickets sold annually to high school sporting events. High school is one of the largest markets in the world that doesn’t provide a digital ticketing option for fans.

 

“As we grow GoFanTM, our digital ticketing platform, to augment the 150 million paper tickets we deliver annually to over 9,000 schools and 18 state associations, we’re thrilled to have Preptix join our family,” said Joey Thacker, CEO of Huddle. “The Preptix digital ticketing solution and its relationships in the high school market are a perfect complement as we bring an easy and innovative solution for high school sports fans to purchase tickets to their favorite events.”

 

“Patrick, the entire Preptix team and I could not be more excited about this,” said Jay Barker, founder of Preptix. “While we considered several opportunities with potential partners to expand the Preptix solution to additional states and regions, Huddle and the NFHS Network are the clear direction for the future.”

 

“Huddle and Preptix are the ideal combination for us as we work with our state association partners to deliver a national digital ticketing solution to the high school sports market,” said Robert Rothberg, president of the NFHS Network. “We’re committed to bringing new and groundbreaking solutions to the high school market, just like we have with our live video streaming and live data platform.”


"With the acquisition of Preptix, Huddle is strengthening its e-commerce solution, as well as bringing new talent to its rapidly expanding metro Atlanta headquarters,” said David Hartnett, senior vice president of Economic Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Further, the company's new partnership with PlayOn! Sports and the NFHS Network speaks to the strong and collaborative nature of our region's digital sports and fitness community."

 

About Huddle

Huddle, Inc. gives brands a local voice, lasting relationships, and a nationally scalable way to rise above a noisy advertising world. With partners that include StateFarmTM, CITGO®, O’Reilly Auto Parts®, Olive Garden® and Taco Bell®, Huddle has built a trusted reputation for driving local sales through innovative marketing programs. Huddle, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, builds programs that are rooted in serving a targeted audience and converting them into passionate brand advocates.

Learn more at HuddleInc.com. Stay up to date on marketing news and local solutions by following Huddle on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

About Preptix

Preptix provides schools and associations with a digital ticketing solution that can be utilized for sporting events and other ticketed school events. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Preptix is a pioneer of digital ticketing for high schools and serves as the exclusive digital ticketing provider for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Learn more about Preptix at preptix.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About the NFHS Network

The NFHS Network is a joint venture of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company. All NFHS Network events are available online at NFHSnetwork.com. Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for the latest news and event information.


A Record $1.8 Million In Revenue Sharing for Schools Approved By AHSAA Central Board of Control

        The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $1.8 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
        The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
        The Revenue Sharing Plan, approved first by the Central Board in 2009, has returned $9.8 million to its member schools over the last six years. The formula for the distribution of funds includes a differential between classifications and the number of sports played by non-football-playing schools. The plan returns excess funds back to the schools when the AHSAA has at least one year’s working capital in reserve.
         The Central Board of Control also approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 24th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2015-16 and approximately $2 million to our member schools since 1992.
         “Returning $1.8 million to our schools through our revenue-sharing plan is certainly important to the financial well-being of our schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are proud to have now returned almost $12 million to our schools through the Revenue Sharing Plan and the waiving of school dues. I thank our Central Board for its strong leadership and thank our valued corporate partners for their commitment to our member schools, our student-athletes and our educational based programs.”
       The Central Board also heard appeals from Murphy, Muscle Shoals, John Carroll Catholic and Daphne high schools. In each case, the Central Board upheld the sanctions administered by the executive director with only one change. The one-year restrictive probation sanction in the respective sport was reduced to regular probation for one year – which allows the program to compete in championship play during the probationary period.
      Central Board president Mike Welsh said, “Because of the rule change in April, it allowed the board to consider the efforts of the schools in question to correct the problems. Before the rules change, the executive director did not have that option.”
      He said each member school has taken measures that included self-imposed sanctions and restrictions.  “Because of the actions taken by the schools, the board felt that lifting the restrictive probation was justified.”
       The sports affected at each school were Murphy (girls’ basketball); Muscle Shoals (football); John Carroll Catholic (football); and Daphne (volleyball).
       AHSAA Associate Executive Director Tony Stallworth swore in several new board members. They included Blount principal Jerome Woods (District 1), Dadeville administrator Pam Holloway (District 4), Center Point principal Van Phillips (District 5), Wadley principal Lori Carlisle and Lawrence County principal Thomas Jones (District 7). Not in attendance was Sumter County Schools’ superintendent Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough.
        The Board also was updated on AHSAA’s Corporate Partner program. ALFA is the newest corporate partner, and Jacks’ increased its support bringing the total to nine in the Corporate Partner Program (Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jacks’, Russell, Team IP and Wilson).
      The Board also approved recommendations by the AHSAA’s Sports Committees including changing the new Baseball Pitch Count Rule pitching limitation from team level to grade level.
     The Central Board also was updated about the AHSAA Five-Year Strategic Plan, which is entering its fifth year. AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth informed the board that all 24 goals of the strategic plan have been completed, implemented or studied.
     Mr. Savarese presented retiring Central Board member from District 2 Lamar Brooks of Dale County with a plaque of appreciation. Mr. Brooks served two years as president of the Central Board during his tenure.
    The Board also recognized and thanked retiring AHSAA Assistant Director Greg Brewer for his dedicated service and was introduced to his replacement Mark Jones.

In other Central Board action:

– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.

– Reviewed and approved 2016-17 publications including the AHSAA Handbook, the combined 2016-17 AHSAA Sports Book.

– Approved the 2016-17 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association AHSADCA) and the 2015-16 audits for each group.

– Approved a new Consent and Release Form that must be signed by all student-athletes and their parents beginning in 2016-17.

– Approved a recommendation from the Competition Committee to explore a State Cheerleading Plan that includes regional competition.

– Approved the request from Cornerstone Christian School of Rainsville to be removed from AHSAA middle-school membership.

-- Was updated about the AHSAA insurance coverages and School Audit Program.

 


Action by the AHSAA Legislative Council, which met in the afternoon: 

– Heard a review of the Central Board action.

– Reviewed and approved the new Handbook and Sports Book publications.

11 Veteran Officials Recognized For Distinguished Service At AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – Eleven veteran contest officials were honored Saturday at the AHSAA Officials Awards luncheon held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.  The banquet was the final event of the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Among those presented Distinguished Service Awards was retiring AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer.  Brewer, after presenting the award for outstanding service to the other 10, was surprised with AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese presented Brewer with the same award. He also announced that in the future, the award would be called the AHSAA officials’ “Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award”. 
     “I love Greg and will miss Greg,” Savarese told the crowd of 300 in attendance. “He has done an outstanding job for such a long time. Thank you Greg for a job well done.”
     Brewer, who will officially retire Sept. 1 after 32 years at the AHSAA, told the crowd, “I’ll miss the people. It has been a ride. You are my friends. You are my family and I have had a good family.”
      Bill Coker of Dothan, a veteran of 44 years in officiating, topped the list that totaled 359 years of officiating between the Distinguished Service recipients. Coker was an outstanding baseball, softball and basketball official who also served in various AHSAA director roles.
      The others recognized with Distinguished Service plaques were: Farris Satterfield (36) of Florence, Parks Burgin (35) of Tuscaloosa, Steve Newton (34) of Birmingham, Dan Glossner (33) of Decatur, Irvin Leonard (33), Craig Cleveland (32) of Hartselle, Mary Day (30) of Montgomery, Eddie Gray (30) and Bobby Stewart (30), both of Birmingham.
     “We are honored to be able to recognize these officials who have spent so much of their lives working with the AHSAA, our coaches and student athletes,” said Brewer. “These men deserve our sincere appreciation for their dedication and long-time service.”
     Brewer was also presented a plaque of appreciation from the AHSAA Baseball Directors of Officials. 
    Mark Jones of Jacksonville, who will be joining the AHSAA staff as the new director of officials, was also in attendance. Jones’ first day will be Monday, July 25.
   The banquet also recognized AHSAA contest officials who worked championship events in 2015-16 and Brewer announced the AHSAA District and State Officials of the Year. Dana Pappas, Assistant Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon banquet.
   Eight active contest officials were named Official of the Year for 15-16 in their respective sports: Baseball: Hurston Pittman, South Central District; Basketball: Joe Kyles, Southeast District;  Football: Mark Wallace, Northwest District; Soccer: Tim Ashcom, Southeast District; Softball: Jimmy Young, Southeast District; Track: Charles Thompson, North Central District; Volleyball: Melanie Davis, Southeast District; Wrestling: Van Phillips, North Central District.
District officials of the year were also selected.
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT
Baseball:
Jamie Walter; Basketball: Clint Hawkins; Football: John Bee; Soccer: Noelle Heiser; Softball: Karen Hackshaw; Track: Albert Moore; Volleyball: Tamara Brown; Wrestling: Steve Gravely.
SOUTHEAST DISTRICT

Baseball: Kevin Bryan; Basketball: Joe Kyles; Football: Kevin Hawkins; Soccer: Tim Ashcom; Softball: Jimmy Young; Track: Chris Brandt; Volleyball: Melanie Davis; Wrestling: None.
SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball:
Hurston Pittman; Basketball: Clarence Cobb; Football: David Hill; Soccer: none;  Softball: Charles Hickman; Track: Tommy Traylor; Volleyball: Ken Dawkins; Wrestling: Charles Beasley.
WEST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball:
Mark Wright; Basketball: Darrell Hargreaves; Football: Mark Cochran; Soccer: None;             Softball: Franklin Reynolds; Track: Tony Reaves; Volleyball: Chudy Okoye; Wrestling: None.
EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball
: Ralph Muskett; Basketball: Robert Howell; Football: Matt Caldwell; Soccer: Ennis Baltaci; Softball: Charlie Hinkle; Track: Jamie Miller; Volleyball: Tracey Woods; Wrestling: Travis Gokey.
NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT
Baseball:
Earnest Harris; Basketball: Karl Burns; Football: Jeffrey Willis; Soccer: Craig Smith; Softball: Dennis Whitehead; Track: Charles Thompson; Volleyball: Pat Coleman; Wrestling: Van Phillips.
NORTHEAST DISTRICT
Baseball:
Rob Lockhart; Basketball: David Gregg; Football: Richard Manley; Soccer: Kevin Ashley; Softball: Tim Roberts; Track: Ted Bowers; Volleyball: Georgia Walker; Wrestling: Jack Stallings.
NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Baseball
: Dan Glossner; Basketball: Cedrick Hawkins; Football: Mark Wallace; Soccer: Tim Holt; Softball: Dan Berryman; Track: Keith Wilemon; Volleyball: Larry Vinson; Wrestling: None.

State Championship Officials Recognized
      More than 260 contest officials that officiated in state championship events were also recognized at the luncheon. Those included:
    

State Finals Certificate Recipients 2015-16 School Year
Baseball                               Association

Darron Barry                         Greater Huntsville

Ed Bowman                           Colbert County

Donnie Brown                        Mobile County

Dick Buchanon                       Mobile County

C. J. Burdette                        Alabama

Tom Callahan                         Shelby County

Jesse Foster                          Alex City

Dan Glossner                         Decatur

Tony Harris                            Metro-Montgomery

Ken Helms                             Covington County

Gregg Lee                             Sand Mountain

Jason Lively                           Greater Huntsville

Slade McElroy                        Greater Huntsville

Hurston Pittman                    Chattahoochie Valley

Hal Rozzelle                          Druid City

Chris Stephens                      East Alabama

Steve Tilley                           Druid City

Floyd White                           Limestone County

Bill Wilder                              Shelby County

Mark Wright                          Druid City

Jared Young                          Southeast Alabama

Basketball                              Association

Terry Anthony                          Capital City

Kelly Armstrong                       North Alabama

Ken Barnett                             Northwest Alabama

Lucretia Battles                        Mount Cheaha

Kennith Booker                        Capital City

Randall Bugg                           Birmingham

Joe Cameron                           Capital City

Elliott Carr                               Jeffco

Myron Coats                            Druid City

Felicia Cushenberry                   Birmingham

Gerald DeBardelaben                 Central Alabama

Stan Dixon                               Capital City

Marius Dockery                         North Alabama

Anthony Dupree                      Gadsden

Melanie Gess                           Capital City

Allen Gilbert                            Mount Cheaha

Andrew Gilmore                       Birmingham

Darrell Hargreaves                   Druid City

Ron Harris                              Quad-Cities

Lonnie Hayes                          North Alabama

Daniel Holmes                         East Alabama

Carol Hughes                          Mobile County

Pat Jolly                                  North Metro

Jason Jones                            North Alabama

Shedrick Jordan                      Central Alabama

Joe Kyles                                 Georgia/Alabama

Eddie Loggins                        Jeffco

Nick Madsen                           Metro-Birmingham

Charlie McCants                     Selma

Brian McCollum                     Walker

Jason McCutcheon                  Mobile County

Calvin Oden                            East Alabama

Desmond Oden                       Birmingham

Amado Ortiz                           Mount Cheaha

Joe Pike                                   Jeffco

Scott Richards                        Jeffco

Don Shirey                              Metro-Birmingham

Chris Simpson                         Druid City

Shelby Sims                            Phenix City

Bobby Stewart                                    Birmingham

Richard Taylor                        Capital City

Terry Ware                              Capital City

Girard Warren                         Central Alabama

Ken Washington                     Mount Cheaha

Bill Young                              East Central


Football                                  Association

Clark Allums                           Southeast Alabama

Wes Aycock                            Decatur

Kevin Bowling                        Tennessee Valley

Kevin Bryan                            South Central
Todd Burbank                         Tennessee Valley

Kelvin Burton                         Shelby

Michael Brymer                      Central Alabama

Ricky Carlson                         River City

Eddie Carr                              Metro-Mobile

Mark Carruth                          Alabama

Esau Carter                             Central Alabama

Carey Cogburn                        Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Dees                                 Metro-Mobile

Greg Earwood                        Shelby

Todd Garrison                         Mid-East

Eric Greene                             North Alabama

Dane Hawk                             Central Alabama

Kevin Hawkin                         Southeast Alabama

Gary Haynes                           Metro-Tuscaloosa

Ronnie Henderson                  Mid East
Hudson Hinton                       East Central

Les Hogan                               Tri-County

John Hudson                           South Central
Jim Jackson                             Big East

Willis Jackson                         North Alabama

Justin Johnston                        Birmingham

Clay Kelley                             Northeast Alabama

Danny Key                              Big East

Gregg Lee                               Northeast Alabama

Travis Linebarger                    North Alabama

Pat Martin                               Bay Area

Jeff McCurley                         Metro-Mobile

Jerry McGlone                        Southeast Alabama

Mike Miller                             Big East

Mike Norris                             Southwest Alabama
Antwan Parker                        Central Alabama

Chris Poole                              Big East

Will Rasely                              North Alabama

Michael Rembert                     Metro-Mobile

Warren Robinson                    Metro Mobile
Ken Ruffin                              Metro-Tuscaloosa

Josh Shaw                               Metro-Tuscaloosa

Tim Smith                               East Central

Chris Stephens                        East Alabama
Noel Stephens                         East Alabama

Pete Storey                              East Central

Randy Stough                         Central Alabama

Jai Triplett                               Tennessee Valley

Ricky Tucker                           Shelby
Scott Tyler                              Birmingham

Mark Wallace                          Tennessee Valley

Marvin Williams                      Birmingham


Soccer                                     Association

Samir Almatari                        Northeast

Tim Ashcom                            Wiregrass

Tim Barron                              North Alabama

Sarah Brannon                        North Alabama

Miguel Caballero                     Wiregrass

Ryan Campbell                       Gulf Coast

Jim Dunbeck                           Marshall County

Jeremy Ferguson                     Central Alabama

Jimmy Franklin                       East Central

Pete Gonzales                         Central Alabama

Jeff Gray                                 Northeast

Tim Holt                                  North Alabama

Jason Palfreeman                    Wiregrass

Michael Smith                         Greater Birmingham

Charles Stanley                       Marshall County

David Stephenson                   Shoals Area

Cedric Thomas                        North Alabama

Tiffini Turpin                          Greater Birmingham


 

Softball                                   Association

Ken Allen                                Central Counties

Marquetta Brown                    Central Alabama

Sarah Brown                           North Alabama

Terry Cagle                             Black Warrior

Veronica Campbell                 Central Alabama

Mark Carruth                          Northwest Alabama

Clyde Cross                            Metro-Montgomery

Greg Farris                              Walker County

Mark Gibson                           North Alabama

Aaron Golden                         North Alabama

Kim Guy                                 Central Counties

Jeff Halcomb                          Northwest Alabama

Sonny Jackson                        Metro-Montgomery

Jay Johnson                             North Alabama

Doug Kennedy                       Walker County

Chris Liles                               Colbert County

Amanda Miller                        Marshall County

Mike Miller                             East Alabama

Steve Nelson                           Gadsden

Scottie Nichols                        Colbert County

Casey Rager                            Gadsden

DeWayne Roden                    Colbert County

Dewane Shumate                    North Alabama

Chris Vann                              Central Alabama

Josh Vest                                 Gadsden

Ben Walker                             Walker County

Darryl White                           West Alabama

Ronald Wilder                        Central Alabama

Track                                      Association

Mark Addison                         Smith Lake

Mark Aderhold                       Smith Lake

Alan Ash                                 Brewton

David Bahakel                       Central Alabama

Dick Bell                                 East Alabama

Carole Bentley                        Port City

Alice Biggs                             Central Alabama

Mary Birdwell                         Central Alabama

Stan Blakemore                       Central Alabama

Dan Bond                               North Alabama

Shannon Briggs                       North Alabama

Chante Calhoun                      Port City

Blake Calvert                          Smith Lake

Sally Campbell                        East Alabama

Richard Coleman                    Sylacauga

Charles Collins                        Port City

Tiffany Clark                          North Alabama

Kudezyia Crenshaw                Port City

Sheila Crenshaw                     Port City

Michael Daves                        Port City

Landen Delazier                      Port City

Milan Dekich                          Smith Lake

Kevin Durubbo                       Central Alabama

Laura Ellis                               Southeast

Ron Evans                               Central Alabama

Eric Fillings                             Smith Lake

Tomysyne Ford                       Central Alabama

John Forti                                Alabama

Jamie Freeman                        East Central

Marvin Goldsby                      Central Alabama

Sharon Hamilton                     Smith Lake

Erroll Hickenbottom               Port City

Jamie Horn                              East Central

Lauretta Freeman- Horn         East Central

Catherine Hudson                   Port City

Davina Johnson                       Port City

Joey Kyle                                North Alabama

Teresa Kyle                             North Alabama

Wayne Kulakowski                 Port City

Reid LaPorte                           Central Alabama

Sarah LeCray                          Port City

Bryan Lorge                            North Alabama
Jordan Santa Maria                 Port City

Everline Matonyei                   Port City

Steven Maxwell                      East Alabama

Connie Tolbert-McClinton      East Alabama

Debra McDonald                    East Central

Tim McDonough                     East Central

James Miller                            East Alabama

Aaron Moore                           Port City

Albert Moore                          Port City

Jeanette Morgan                      Port City

Kirby Perkins                          Central Alabama

Emily Pharez                           Port City

James Presley                          Port City

Jim Pugh                                 Central Alabama

Willie Ray                               Central Alabama

Lemuel Rich                            Port City

Tom Ritchie                            Port City

Latoya Rowell                        Port City

Jimmy Rudolph                       Selma
James Russell                          River Region

Whitney Rustand                    Port City

John Solomon                         Selma

Marvyn Stallings                     East Central

Paul Stemmer                          Port City

Tommie Stinson                      Central Alabama

Charles Thompson                  Central Alabama

Gene Tomlin                           Central Alabama

Erica Tripp                              Port City

James Weaver                         North Alabama

Bob Wheatly                           Southeast Alabama

Reggie Winston                      North Alabama

Randy Yarbrough                   Central Alabama

David York                             Central Alabama

Volleyball                               Association

Eugenia Baldwin                    Central Alabama

Kenith Booker                        Central Alabama

Johnny Champion                   Tri County

Nakesha Coleman                   Tuscaloosa

Chris Cummings                     Tuscaloosa

Cynthia Ellis                           North Baldwin

Lessie Gaddis                         Birmingham

Keith Gulledge                       Birmingham

Anthony Gunn                                    Quad-Cities

Linda Hatchett                                    Mobile

Jonathan Holliday                   Wal-Win

Danny Humbers                      Marion County

Janice Jordan                           Birmingham

Sterling McClennon                Greater Enterprise

Thomas Merritt                       Central Alabama

Athena Metcalf                       Wiregrass

Chudy Okoye                         Tuscaloosa

Wesley Radigan                      Birmingham

Becky Randolph                     Huntsville

Anissa Smith                           Birmingham

Cedric Smith                           Greater Enterprise

Georgia Walker                       Huntsville

Kyndall Waters                       Birmingham

Laina Williams                        Etowah

 

Wrestling                                Association

Anthony Adams                     Northern

Archie Best                             Gulf Coast

Josh Bierman                           Southern

Todd Dewey                           Birmingham

Dwight Buzbee                       Birmingham

T.J. Coleman                           Southern

Travis Gokey                           Eastern

Robert Hazewinkel                 Gulf Coast

Justin Miller                            Southern

Toney Pugh                             Birmingham

Jeff Saxon                               Birmingham

Willie Staggs                           Northern

Jack Stallings                          Northern

Mike Swinson                         Birmingham

Steve Thomas                          Eastern

Julian Wright                           Southern




Seven Individuals Receive 2016 Making A Difference Awards at 20th Annual Championship Coaches Banquet



   MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were honored as recipients of the AHSAA’s “Making A Difference” Award Friday night at the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
     The banquet, which honors head coaches that won state championships in 2015-16, highlighted the 20th annual All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference, which officially closes out the week's activities Saturday with the AHSAA Officials Awards Banquet here.
  The All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference is an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).  State of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was the keynote speaker.
     The “Making A Difference” Award is given annually to one individual in each classification selected for their signicant contributions in their communities and schools. The Class of 2016 included: Class 1A: Kyle Garmon, Gaylesville High School athletic director, head football and baseball coach; Class 2A: Claborn Campbell, Cold Springs head track coach and administrator; Class 3A: Stephanie Robinson, Fultondale High School principal; Class 4A: Tena Niven, Montevallo High School volleyball, girls basketball and soccer coach; Class 5A: Willie Moore, Dallas County High School athletic director, head boys’ basketball and softball coach; Class 6A: Gary Hall, Carver-Montgomery High School principal; Class 7A: Kent Chambers, Bob Jones High School head softball coach and assistant athletic director.
      The recipients were nominated by member schools or other special organizations and selected by a special AHSAA committee.
     Dale County interim Superintendent of Education Lamar Brooks was also presented the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese . Brooks, who is retiring, serves on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was president of the board from 2012-2014.  He was praised for his devotion and service to the AHSAA and its member schools by Savarese.
     The AHSADCA recognized 10 recipients of the AHSADCA Coaches’ Children Scholarships, which are awarded annually to seniors who are children of AHSADCA member high school coaches or administrators.
     The 2016 recipients honored were:
Sean Andrew Griffin, McGill-Toolen (Son of Coach Bill Griffin)
James Tucker Meadows, Rehobeth (Son of Coach Randall Meadows)
Jodie Farnetti, West Blocton (Daughter of Coach Greg Farnetti)
Harrison Jones, Smiths Station (Son of Coach Dennis Jones)
Mary Frances Segars, Vestavia Hills (Daughter of Coach Jeff Segars)
Tanner Gamble, Childersburg (Son of Coach Jo Warlick)
Michaela Smith, Russellville (Daughter of Coach Michael Smith)
Destiny Campbell, Cold Springs (Daughter of Coach Jeremy Campbell)
William Levi Denton, Colbert Heights (Son of Coach Ivan Denton)
Olivia Godsey, Hartselle (Daughter of Coach Bob Godsey) 

Coaches Awarded NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year Awards
     Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet recognized five coaches that were named NFHS Section 3 Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball)
      NFHS State Coaches of the year were also honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

Kirk Norris Named AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year
      Athletic Director Kirk Norris guided Georgiana High School to perhaps the school’s best year in school history.  He was recognized Friday night as the 2016 Alabama’s Athletic Director of the Year. Also the school’s boys’ and girls’ head basketball coach, Norris led the Panthers boys to a 30-2 record and the state finals for the second time since 2012.  The 30 wins set a school record for victories.
     The school’s football program won its region and finished 11-2 while scoring 500 points for the first time in school history. Overall, four of the school’s five athletic teams reached the state playoffs in 2015-16.
      Norris, 36, graduated from Opp High School and the University of Montevallo. He was selected the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 1A boys’ basketball coach of the year in 2012 and again in 2016. He will begin his 12th year in August.

 

Eight Schools Awarded al.com Sportsmanship Grants
   
 The ninth annual AHSAA Sportsmanship luncheon held Friday recognized 76 member high schools that completed the 2015-16 school year fine and ejection free. Alabama Media Group (al.com) presented $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, for the ninth straight year as a show of their support and commitment for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts. The eight selected were: Clarke County (District 1); Houston Academy (District 2); Maplesville (District 3); Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee (District 4); Oakman (District 5); Saks (District 6); Lexington (District 7); and Brewer (District 8).
    Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.

Enterprise High School’s Janie Wiggins Honored by FCA
     At Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon, Enterprise High School volleyball coach Janie Wiggins received the Herman “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in promoting the principles of FCA as well as demonstrating those principles in her own life throughout her career.
      Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore was the keynote speaker.



76 High Schools To Be Recognized At AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association will recognize 76 member schools Friday at the eighth annual Star Sportsmanship Luncheon held in conjunction with the AHSAA’s 20th annual Summer Conference and All-Star Week.
     The noon luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will recognize the member high schools that were fine and ejection free in the 2015-16 school year just completed.
        “We are very proud of the effort our member schools place on good sportsmanship practices,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Being ejection and fine free is a reachable goal as these schools have shown us.”
      Of the schools 76 schools accomplishing this goal, 23 were from Class 1A, 19 from Class 2A, 10 from Class 3A, 7 from Class 4A, 12 from Class 5A, 4 from Class 6A, one from Class 7A. District 3 had the most schools – 12. District 2 had 11, District 1, District 5 and District 7 had 10 each, District 6 had nine, District 8 had eight and District 4, the smallest district by number of schools, had six.
    Among the total were four that reached this goal for the first time since the Star Sportsmanship program developed by AHSAA partner Learning Through Sports was introduced to the member schools in 2007-08. Each school received a sportsmanship banner to hang in their schools. Congratulations to those four schools: Colbert County, Cornerstone, Houston Academy and Northview. Both Houston Academy and Northview are from the city of Dothan in District 2.
     While the number shows a decrease from 2014-15, 105 of our member schools had just one fine or ejection during the school year. Of that total, 26 were cited for a coach failing to take a rules test, 19 for a single administrative infraction, one for failing to report a playoff score and 59 schools that had just one ejection all year.
     Since its inception in 2007-08, fines and ejections have seen a significant reduction for our member schools and 352 schools have been fine and eject free at least once and with as grand total of 943 fine and ejection-free years. Of the 76 in 2015-16, these schools have totaled 276 of those years – an average of 3.6 years per school over the nine-year period.  The breakdown for the 2015-16 recipients included 14 that have been fine and ejection free for two years, 22 for three years, 17 for four years, six for five years, eight for six years, two for seven years and one -- Covenant Christian of Tuscumbia in District 7 was fine and ejection free for the eighth time in nine years.
    Those with six years being fine and ejection-free are Alabama School for the Deaf, Boaz, Florala, Horseshoe Bend, Hubbertville, Maplesville, T.R. Miller of Brewton and Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery. Among those with five years is W.S. Neal of East Brewton. W.S. Neal and T.R. Miller are two of the state’s fiercest rivals on the field and they are prime examples of how rivalries can be intense and spirited and played with excellent sportsmanship.
    Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega and Linden have accomplished this feat seven times.
    Ten schools currently have been fine free for the past four years, and one of them, Florala, has been fine free  for five consecutive years. That is no fine or ejection for the Covington County school since the 2010-11 school year.
    Alabama Media Group (al.com) will present $1,000 checks to eight of the honored schools, one from each district, as a show of support for the AHSAA sportsmanship efforts: Clarke County; Houston Academy; Maplesville; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee; Oakman; Saks; Lexington; and Brewer.
    Since 2008, the contributions by al.com have reached $72,000.
    Dale County High School band director Sherri Miller, who received the NFHS National “Heart of the Arts” Award along with her 60-member band at the 97th NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno last month, was the featured speaker at the luncheon.
    The complete list of schools that were fine and ejection free are listed.


Alabama School for the Blind

1A

Alabama School for the Deaf

1A

Autaugaville High School

1A

Billingsley High School

1A

Brantley High School

1A

Coosa Christian High School

1A

Cornerstone Christian School

1A

Covenant Christian School

1A

Florala High School

1A

Fruitdale High School

1A

Gaylesville High School

1A

Hubbard, R.A. High School

1A

Hubbertville High School

1A

Jefferson Christian Academy

1A

Linden High School

1A

Lynn High School

1A

Maplesville High School

1A

McKenzie High School

1A

Notasulga High School

1A

Pickens County High School

1A

Saint Luke's Episcopal High School

1A

Skyline High School

1A

Waterloo High School

1A

Addison High School

2A

Altamont School

2A

Choctaw County High School

2A

Cleveland High School

2A

Flomaton High School

2A

Goshen High School

2A

Horseshoe Bend High School

2A

Houston Academy

2A

Ider High School

2A

Isabella High School

2A

Leroy High School

2A

Lexington High School

2A

Oakman High School

2A

Phil Campbell High School

2A

Red Bay High School

2A

Reeltown High School

2A

Victory Christian School

2A

Woodland High School

2A

Zion Chapel High School

2A

Abbeville High School

3A

Barbour County High School

3A

Colbert County High School

3A

Geneva High School

3A

Greensboro Public High School

3A

Indian Springs High School

3A

Miller, T.R. High School

3A

Saks High School

3A

Walter Wellborn High School

3A

Winston County High School

3A

Bibb County High School

4A

Clarke County High School

4A

Monroe County High School

4A

Neal, W.S. High School

4A

Oneonta High School

4A

Trinity Presbyterian School

4A

Washington, B.T. Magnet High School

4A

Arab High School

5A

Beauregard High School

5A

Boaz High School

5A

Carver-B'ham High School

5A

Douglas High School

5A

Mortimer Jordan High School

5A

Ramsay High School

5A

Rehobeth High School

5A

Tallassee High School

5A

Washington, B.T. High School

5A

Wenonah High School

5A

Willliamson High School

5A

Brewer High School

6A

Jackson-Olin High School

6A

Northview High School

6A

Oxford High School

6A

Lee-Montgomery High School

7A


2016 Summer Conference in Full Swing Players Added to North-South All-Star Rosters Monday

    MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes were made Monday as players from across the state reported to the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Seven players were added to the South All-Star football squad and two were added for the North. South head coach Eric Collier of Theodore saw Park Crossing wide receiver Steve Hodges, Wetumpka defensive back Rod Thrasher, Lee-Montgomery linebacker Quantravis Kelly, Carver-Montgomery defensive lineman Demontrae Haigler and a trio of of offensive linemen, McGill-Toolen’s Brock Gould, Dothan’s Javion Leake and Opelika’s Bryant Norrell, join the squad.
     North head coach Frank Tucker of Alexandria added two players, Oakman defensive back Austin Caldwin and Brooks defensive lineman Jake Whitehead, to his team’s roster. All players in the Thursday night’s 57th annual North-South Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl are 2016 graduated seniors. Student-athletes in the other all-star venues are rising seniors.
     Dropping off the North roster were Russellville defensive lineman Austin Bohannon and Florence defensive lineman Kyler Madden. No longer on the South squad are running back Bennie Smith of Stanhope Elmore, linebacker Justin Hosea-Williams of Theodore, defensive lineman Colby Smith of Charles Henderson, offensive lineman Shonye Reams and defensive lineman Manuel Johnson, both of Dothan.
     The South also made one change to its basketball roster adding LaFayette’s 6-foot-7 guard Mykale Trammell. Dropping off the roster are 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson of Monroe County and 6-7 guard Herbert Jones of Hale County. The changes leave the South, coached by Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill of LaFayette, with just nine players. The North, coached by White Plains’ Chris Randall and Geraldine’s Cale Black, will have 10 for Wednesday night’s North-South Boys Game at Alabama State University.  Two players dropped off the North squad Monday: Spain Park guard Jamal Johnson and Winfield guard Payton Stovall.  The North is anchored by U.S. National Team member Austin Wiley of Spain Park. The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation.
     Decatur Heritage pitcher/infielder Chandler Sparkman did not report Monday for the North softball team and will not be replaced. The South had two players, Alex Wilcox of Brantley and Reagan Watkins of LAMP, report but are injured and are not expected to play in Tuesday’s North-South Softball All-Star Games at Lagoon Park.  Not reporting for the North soccer team was Randolph midfielder Abby Harper. She is not expected to be replaced for Tuesday night’s North-South Soccer All-Star Game.
    North and South baseball squads reported at full strength. The North, led by 6-4, 225-pound Cullman outfielder Owen Lovell, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2016 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, also has a strong pitching staff led by 6-5 Caden Lemons of Vestavia Hills and Randolph closer Carson Hall, who had 10 saves as a junior.
    The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be the first of eight all-star venues this week with the first pitch set for Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
     The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE AND COACHING SCHOOL
   
 The Summer Conference and Coaching School got underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center with bowling and golf. Tuesday’s schedule includes C2C Training, Coaches Education Courses and Coaching Schools for the sports of baseball, soccer and softball. Football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and cheerleading schools get underway Wednesday and Thursday. The Officials Conference will also get underway Thursday.
    The week will conclude Friday with the AHSAA’s mandatory Medical Advisory Session and the Principals and Athletic Directors’ mandatory session.
    Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet will honor coaches winning state titles in 2015-16 as well as the Section III Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball). 
      NFHS State Coaches of the year are also set to be honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference

 

ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE at MONTGOMERY
North-South Baseball (doubleheader)        Tuesday, 4 p.m.            Riverwalk Stadium
North-South Soccer (Girls)                          Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Soccer (Boys)                          Tuesday, 7 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Softball (doubleheader)         Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Lagoon Park
North-South Basketball (Girls)                   Wednesday, 6 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Basketball (Boys)                    Wednesday, 8 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Volleyball                                Thursday, 4 p.m.            Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football                                   Thursday, 7 p.m.            Cramton Bowl


AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Monday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week (July 18-22) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 20th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    The conference is expected to have 4,000 in attendance and will include eight all-star competitions, more than 300 all-star student-athletes and coaches, 86 professional development sessions, eight rules clinics, three luncheons, one night banquet, 92 speakers, 51 moderators and a golf tournament and cookout hosted by the AHSADCA.
     Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  Other college coaches scheduled are UAB’s Ron Ehsan, Mississippi State’s Ben Howland and Iowa’s Steve Prohm.
      The Football School, which also gets underway Wednesday, will include a special Legends Panel including former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, University of Alabama head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, former Troy University Coach Larry Blakeney.  Atlanta Falcons representatives present “Practice Like A Pro,” and New Orleans Saints representatives will present “Heads Up Football,” as AHSAA member coaches have the opportunity to become certified through the Heads Up program.
       Bowling and golf kick off the Coaching School sessions Monday, followed with baseball, soccer and softball on Tuesday.  Sports Schools beginning Wednesday include track, wrestling and cheerleading – in addition to basketball and football. Rollcall will join baseball and football on Thursday’s schedule.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address principals and athletic directors Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon will be Thursday, and the AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
   ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: Football teams reported Sunday to begin preparations for the 57th annual North –South All-Star Game set for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.    And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m. 
      The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tine Davis Gym on the Faulkner University campus.
     All-Stars in coaches in those sports report Monday except volleyball, which reports Tuesday.
   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference