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

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

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


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

NEWS RELEASE

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Elliot Hopkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Wrestling.”

 

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


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

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

    The softball rosters:

 

 

 

2018 North-South Softball Teams

SOUTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Olivia Baker

G. W. Long

P/1B

5'9

BreAnna Barlow

Excel

P/SS

5'7

Caroline Brandt

Auburn

P/1B

5'11

Kahalley Brooks

Baldwin County

P/C

5'7

Tatiyanna Brown

Jeff Davis

OF

5'4

Olivia Coaker

Gulf Shores

IF/P

5'7

Tia Coleman

Theodore

C/1B

6'0

Kaylyn Dismukes

Holtville

P/1B

5'10

Anslee Finch

Geneva

OF

5'11

Jamaica Flowers

Jeff Davis

U

5'5

Blake Gibson

Rehobeth

SS

5'10

Katie Head

Saraland

OF

5'3

Tempest Hebert

Faith Academy

IF

5'4

Caitlin McRee

Baker

P/2B

5'10

Madilyn Robertson

Satsuma

C/OF

5'7

Kassidy Wilcox

Brantley

C

5'6

Ty'Nitra Wilson

Prattville

OF

5'5

Ava Worthy

Baldwin County

OF

5'4

SOUTH COACHES

Mark Eubanks

Jeff Davis

Todd Clements

Eufaula

Susan Barnes

Elba - Admin.

NORTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Hannah Borden

Hewitt-Trussville

C/3B

5'10

Taylor Brown

Wilson

3B/P

5'4

Jaida Choice

Hillcrest - Tusc

OF/1B

6'0

Kaitlyn Clark

Gardendale

P

5'3

Kaylyn Dunn

Guntersville

CF/3B/P

5'9

Lauren Haskins

Thompson

SS/3B

5'5

Karla Hice

Ardmore

C

5'4

Mary James

Vestavia Hills

OF

5'5

Emma Latham

Hatton

SS/IF

5'7

Madison Majors

Spain Park

CF/1B

5'10

Payton McGinnis

Spring Garden

SS

5'4

Maggie Phillips

Alexandria

P/1B

5'10

Heather Phillips

Bob Jones

SS/OF

5'4

Madison Sanders

Moody

P/OF

5'4

Brylie St. Clair

Sand Rock

OF

5'6

Abby Swaney

Springville

P

5'4

Kaylee Vaught

Pisgah

OF

5'9

Lila Young

James Clemens

SS/C/OF

5'7

NORTH COACHES

Ann Welsh

Spring Garden

Al Rauls

Buckhorn

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones - Admin.


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

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

    The rosters:

 

 

 

2018 NORTH SOUTH BASEBALL

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Cade Abernathy

Athens Bible

C

6'0

225

Robert Albright

Vincent

C

6'1

190

Blake Bennett

Haleyville

P/OF

6'2

190

Grayson Bray

Hartselle

P/SS

5'10

170

Zac Durham

Jasper

OF/P

6'1

190

Phillip Edwards

A. H. Parker

OF

5'10

205

William Hamiter

Northridge

SS

5'11

180

Jackson Kimbrell

Oak Mountain

P

6'1

185

Colton Lewis

Vestavia Hills

P/1B

5'10

185

John Marks, III

Mountain Brook

OF

5'11

165

Mason McCormack

Deshler

P/1B

6'1

200

Garrett McMillan

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

P/3B

6'3

230

Chandler Moon

Sheffield

IF

5'10

175

Christopher Spurgeon

Brooks

OF/P

6'2

170

Jon Dawson Tittle

Oakman

IF

5'10

175

John Turner

Oxford

P

6'3

220

Peyton Wilson

Hoover

IF/C

5'10

165

Trey Wright

Buckhorn

P

6'1

180

NORTH COACHES

Josh Hoyle

Corner

Chris Heaps

Russellville

Keith Lucky

Saint James - Admin.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Chandler Best

McGill-Toolen

P

6'0

185

Kolbe Blunt

Davidson

OF/2B

5'10

185

Bob Bright, III

Trinity Presbyterian

C/P

6'3

180

Tyler Darby

Alma Bryant

P/SS

6'2

175

Ethan Hearn

Mobile Christian

C

6'0

195

Nate Hodge

Stanhope Elmore

C

6'1

200

Jake Holifield

St. Paul's Episcopal

1B/P

6'2

212

Nathan LaRue

McGill-Toolen

OF/P

6'3

203

Greyson Layton

Brantley

OF

6'2

200

Camden Lovrich

Trinity Presbyterian

OF/P

6'2

165

Hogan Nichols

Andalusia

C

6'0

200

Drew Nobles

Holtville

OF/P

6'3

190

Von Seibert

Spanish Fort

1B

6'3

220

Matthew Sherrill

Headland

OF/P

6'1

165

Matthew Snell

Long, G. W.

3B/P

6'1

195

Skipper Snypes

UMS-Wright

2B

6'0

173

Reece Solar

Alabama Christian

SS/2B

6'2

200

David Warren

Providence Christian

OF/P

6'1

175

SOUTH COACHES

Rob Carpenter

Thomasville

Nick Richardson

Opelika

Ken Whittle

Trinity Presbyterian - Admin.


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

By Rubin E. Grant
Special for AHSAA

 

Josh Hall was in a hurry.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


UMS-Wright Girls Win 10th 4A/5A State title in a Row Mountain Brook Girls Claim Record 28th AHSAA State Tennis Title; Briarwood Boys 4A/5A Boys’ Title

     MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook, coached by Susan Farlow, won the school’s 28th AHSAA State Girls’ Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Mobile Tennis Center, and Briarwood Christian’s boys swept all the singles and doubles championships completed in the Class 4A/5A State Tournament, which also concluded at Mobile Tennis Center.
   McGill-Toolen Catholic won the 7A boys’ title – the school’s first since 1979, and UMS-Wright captured its 10th Class 4A/5A girls’ title in a row – breaking the record Coach Meridy Jones’ team set in 2017.
    At Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, Jasper won the Class 6A boys’ state crown, the school’s sixth overall but its first since the school was changing its name from Walker High School to Jasper High School. In the Class 6A girls’ competition, Northridge won the school’s first tennis title.
   And in the Class 1A/3A competition at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard in Decatur, Bayside Academy out-pointed Montgomery Academy 62-46 to snap the Lady Eagles’ consecutive string of state championships at seven. Montgomery Academy’s streak ties for second most all time with Mountain Brook and is three shy UMS-Wright’s overall record.
    The 1A/3A boys’ title was won by Houston Academy.
    Individual boys’ No. 1 singles champions were: James Torbert, Montgomery Academy (1A/3A); Chase Parker, Northview (6A); and John Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A). The Class 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals was won by Randolph’s Kaustubh Holcomb over Briarwood's John Wolf, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.  That match is the only Lions did not win in the 6A boys’ competition.
   Individual girls’ No. 1 singles champions included: Peyton Miller, Indian Springs; Maggie White, Homewood (6A); and Sydney Fletch, Huntsville (7A). The 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals between Elizabeth Swain of UMS-Wright and Alana Boyce of Randolph was postponed to April 28 due to the four-match restriction and will also completed later this week.  
     Complete results of all singles and doubles finals are listed below.

Class 7A Boys State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
McGill-Toolen Catholic 41; Vestavia Hills 38; Mountain Brook 27; Auburn 20; Huntsville 11; Fairhope 9; James Clemens 7; Oak Mountain 4; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.
SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Wil Dotson, Fairhope, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen  Catholic d. Tanner Debardelaben, Auburn, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 – Adam Cabraja, Mountain Brook d. Gray Moore, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Clay Castleberry, Vestavia Hills d. Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic,  6-1, 6-4
No. 5 – Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang, Auburn, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 – Stuart Phelan, Mountain Brook d. Clayton Pearsall, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-4

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 – Brooks Green/Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Andrew Karcher/William Watts, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green/Jeffrey Shock, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Gray Moore/Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Sam Smith/Jack Kimbrough, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang/Graham Richey, Auburn, 6-3, 6-1

Class 7A Girls State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Mountain Brook 50; Vestavia Hills 37; Fairhope 28; McGill-Toolen Catholic 13; Huntsville 11; Hewitt-Trussville 8; Auburn 2; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Sydney Fletch, Huntsville d. Emma Karcher, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 – Charlotte Gillum, Mountain Brook d. Georgia Morros, Vestavia Hills, 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 – Lynsey Richardson, Fairhope d. Madison Jenkins, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 5 – Nicole Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Ada Barber, McGill-Toolen Catholic, 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Maggie Duggan, Mountain Brook d. Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills, 6-1, 7-6 (6)

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 – Emma Karcher/Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Abby Warner/Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 – Nicole Jebeles/Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Lynsey Richardson/Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 – Georgia Morros/Kate Morros, Vestavia Hills d. Warner Johnson/Mae McGinnis, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2

Class 6A Boys State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Jasper 54; Muscle Shoals 40; Florence 36; Northview 33; Gulf Shores 27; Pell City 26; Northridge 20; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Saraland 14; Oxford 7; Homewood 5; Wetumpka 5.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Florence.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Chase Parker, Northview d. Wes Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 – Ben Hicks, Jasper d. Zach Mastin, Muscle Shoals, 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 – Mason Woodman, Jasper d. Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (injury)
No. 4 – Jackson Hall, Muscle Shoals d. Steven Bissell, Florence, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 – Jack Bowen, Jasper d. Bryant Wilkerson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 7-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Thomas Harper, Northridge, 6-1, 6-2

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 – Chase Parker/William Adams, Northview d. Wes Lartigue/Sam Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 –Noah Tompkins/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence d. Tad Euler/Austin Grill, Pell City 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 –John Bertoldi/Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Mason Stevens/Sam Spalding, Muscle Shoals, 6-1, 7-6

Class 6A Girls State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Northridge 63; Florence 43; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 37; Homewood 30; Jasper 24; Saraland 15; Hartselle 14; Northview 11; Cullman 8; Gulf Shores 6; Albertville 4; Dothan 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Cullman.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Maggie White, Homewood d. Margaret Lucas, Decatur, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 – Ava Rath, Northridge d. Amelia Poolos, Jasper, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Martha Mitchener, Florence d. Bella Swindoll, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 – Grace Evans, Northridge d. Ruby Cunningham, Florence, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Madeline Creel, Florence d. Anna Harbin, Decatur, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 – Ana Caroline Sullivan, Northridge d. Emory Carnes, Hartselle, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 –Maggie White/Mackenzie Farrell, Homewood d. India Woods/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 – Kenna Eldridge/Olivia Jones, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Alice Pearson/Lillian Griffin, Jasper, 7-5, 6-4
 No. 3 –Allison Stegall/Carson Ryan, Northridge d. Madeline Creel/Isabelle Mallet, Florence, 6-4, 7-6

Class 4A/5A Boys State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Briarwood Christian 87; LAMP 40; Randolph 38; Trinity Presbyterian 37; St. Paul’s Episcopal 33; UMS-Wright 25; Cherokee County 23; Saint James 23; Sardis 14; Jacksonville 10; Fayette County 9; Corner 2; Lee-Huntsville 2; Springville 2; Brooks 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: LAMP.
SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Kaustubh Holcomb, Randolph d. John Wolf, Briarwood, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Max Williams, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 – Conner Coleman, Briarwood Christian d. Kessler Park, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Ethan Carr, Briarwood Christian d. Tucker Bryan, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Alex Felts, Briarwood Christian d. Felix Wang, LAMP, 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Jack Jones, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 –John Wolf/Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Michael Varosky-Jaclylm Bezovoska, St. John Paul II Catholic, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Conner Coleman/Like Wolf, Briarwood Christian d. Nathan Smith/Will Steadman, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Ethan Carr/Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Dean Herndon/Ben Loftis, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-3, 6-3.

Class 4A/5A Girls State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
UMS-Wright 83; Briarwood Christian 59; St. Paul’s Episcopal 47; Saint James 47; Trinity Presbyterian 209; Randoloh 26; Deshler 18; Sardis 17; Douglas 11; Russellville 9; LAMP 7; West Point 6; Westminster Christian 5; Montgomery Catholic 4; Demopolis 0; Oneonta 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Trinity Presbyterian.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Elizabeth Swain, UMS-Wright d. Alana Boyce, Randolph, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Callie Ware, Briarwood Christian, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 – Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Maggie Sullivan, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Martha Williams, UMS-Wright d. Glenn Case, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 – Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 – Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright d. Holly Hancock, Brarwood Christian, 6-4, 6-4

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 – Elisabeth Swain/Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Kara Coleman/Laura Herren, Briarwood Christian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Callie Ware/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian d. Ella Skier/Mia Smith, Saint James, 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 – Anne Harvey/Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Vivian Stabler/Caroline Vegas, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Class 1A/3A Boys State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Houston Academy 71; Montgomery Academy 58; Altamont 37; American Christian 32; St. Luke’s Episcopal 24; Donoho 12; Sylvania 9; T.R. Miller 8; St. Bernard 4; Lauderdale County 3; Lexington 3; Pleasant Valley 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: St. Luke’s Episcopal.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d.  Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Trey Craven, Houston Academy d. Tanner Hearing, American Christian, 6-2. 6-1
No. 4 – Will Tucker, Houston Academy vs. Zach Norman, St. Luke’s Episcopal, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Hamilton Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock, Houston Academy, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 – Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Wesley Sudarshan, Altamont, 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 – Braden Read/Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. James Torbert/William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-3, 6-2  
No. 2 –Trey Craven/Will Tucker, Houston Academy d. Sameer Sultan/Aaron Miller, Altamont, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Hamilton Chapman/Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock/Andrew Ayodeji, Houston Academy, 6-4, 6-1

Class 1A/3A Girls State Tennis Championships
Team Scoring
Bayside Academy 62; Montgomery Academy 46; Donoho 33; St. Luke’s Episcopal 29; Indian Springs 24; Houston Academy 22; Shoals Christian 18; Decatur Heritage 17; Altamont 14; Lauderdale County 3; Faith Christian 3, Whitesburg Christian 2.
Sportsmanship Award: Altamont.

SINGLES FINALS
No. 1 – Peyton Miller, Indian Springs  d. Claire Prickett, Bayside Academy, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academyd. Claire Hillman, Donoho, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – Jenna Chandler, Montgomery Academy d. Virginia Hutto, Donoho, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 –Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-0 No. 5 – O’Melia Macpherson, Bayside Academy d. Bailey Founds, Decatur Heritage, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 –Mary Catherine Branyon, Bayside Academy d. McRae Freeman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-1
DOUBLES FINALS
No. 1 –Lee Taylor Bishop/Madison Hughes, Shoals Christian d. Claire Prickett/Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Anna Marie Bentley/Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Martha Ernest/Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 – McRae Freeman/Ann Coburn Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Ellie Perry/O’Melia MacPherson, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 6-3


FIRST-DAY STATE TENNIS RESULTS FROM MONDAY’S ACTION

FIRST-DAY STATE TENNIS RESULTS FROM MONDAY’S ACTION
For the latest results, go to
www.ahsaa.com and to the tennis section on in-season sports.

 

CLASS 7A BOYS
   
Vestavia Hills advanced two doubles teams to the finals and four of six singles players qualified for Tuesday’s semifinals the first day of AHSAA 2018 State Tennis tournament action drew to a close.
    The Rebels’ No. 1 singles player Alex Lloyd, won his first singles match 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Taiga Koyama of James Clemens to advance to the quarterfinals to face Auburn’s Phillip Bosman. That match was still underway late Monday afternoon at the Class 7A state meet being held at the Mobile Tennis Center.
    Defending No. 1 singles champion Brooks Green of McGill-Toolen Catholic drew a first-round bye and then beat Gage Anderson of Enterprise in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-1 to move to the semifinals – awaiting the winner of the Bosman-Lloyd match.
    The Yellow Jackets and defending state champion Mountain Brook advanced four players to the semifinals in singles. McGill-Toolen also advanced three teams to Tuesday’s doubles finals.  Green and Jordan Aggan, the Jackets’ No. 1 doubles team, will meet Mountain Brook’s duo of Andrew Karcher and William Watts in the finals. The Spartans advanced only one team to the doubles finals.
    Auburn and Huntsville moved three singles and one doubles team each to Tuesday’s play.

CLASS 7A GIRLS
   
Defending state champion Mountain Brook was red hot in singles with all six netters advancing to the semifinals in Monday’s action. Emma Karcher downed Addy Lewis of Auburn 6-2, 6-0 to move to the semifinals at No. 1 singles for Coach Susan Farlow’s Spartans. Karcher also teamed with Liz Vandevelde to win their No. 1 doubles quarterfinal match over Hewitt-Trussville’s Caraline Cox and Anna Virginia Fagan, 6-0, 6-3. Vandevelde won at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles last year.
    Fairhope’s No. 1 doubles team of Abby Warner and Caroline Adams, will meet Karcher and Vandevelde in the finals Tuesday. The Pirates placed three in singles semifinals and also advanced their No. 2 doubles team  to the finals.  Four singles players advanced to the semifinals and two doubles teams moved to the finals for both Vestavia Hills and McGill-Toolen.

CLASS 6A BOYS
   
Senior Chase Parker of Northview High School received a first-round bye and was scheduled to face Braden Haning of Northridge in the quarterfinals late Monday afternoon as the AHSAA Class 6A State Tennis Championships got underway at Lagoon Park.
    Northview, which finished second to Florence last year, placed five players in the second round and the No. 1 doubles team of Parker and fellow senior Williams Adams won two tough doubles matches Monday to advance to the semifinals to face Muscle Shoals.
   Florence, which won its first state title last year, moved all six singles players into the quarterfinals Monday and placed its No. 2 doubles team in the semifinals. Muscle Shoals also had six singles players move to the quarterfinals.
   Play resumes at Lagoon Park Tuesday morning with the tournament concluding Tuesday afternoon.

CLASS 6A GIRLS
   
Florence, Northridge, Northview, Saraland and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa each advanced netters to the quarterfinals in Class 6A Girls’ State Tournament play at Lagoon Park Monday. Defending state champion Decatur moved at least three to the quarters and the Red Raiders’ No. 1 doubles team of Margaret Lucas and Katherine Scott posted two wins to move into the semifinals to face Northridge’s India Woods and Grace Evans.

CLASS 4A/5A BOYS
   
Briarwood Christian, which snapped UMS-Wright’s eight-year streak of state championships at last year’s Class 4A/5A State Tennis Tourney, appeared well on its way to a repeat with all six singles players and all three doubles team advancing Monday. Sophomore John Wolf, who won the No. 2 state singles title last year, had a first-round bye and second-round win to move into the No. 1 singles quarterfinals. He will face Sardis’ Drew Johnson, who won two matches Monday.
   Wolf and junior Parker Bradbary also won their way to the semifinals in No. 1 doubles and will face LAMP’s Jaemin Kim and Josh Kim in their next match.  LAMP advanced five singles and two doubles teams in Monday’s action at Mobile Tennis Center. The state meet concludes Tuesday.

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
   UMS-WRIGHT of Mobile rolled into the 2018 Class 4A/5A State Tennis Championships at Mobile Tennis Center riding a nine-year state championship winning streak dating back to 2009. After advancing all six singles netters into the quarterfinal round and all three doubles teams into the semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs are in good shape to make it 10 in a two.
    Standing in the way is Briarwood Christian, however, which advances five singles players into the quarterfinals with another still playing late Monday afternoon with the chance to make it six.  All three Lions’ doubles teams also won their way to the semifinals.
    Coach Meridy Jones’ Bulldogs appear to be even stronger this year. Junior Audrey Sewell won the No. 1 singles title last season. Monday she advanced playing No. 2 singles. Senior teammate Elizabeth Swain moved to the quarters at No 1. Swain and Sewell won two doubles matches at No. 1 to move to the semis.
    Briarwood eighth grader Kara Coleman moved to the quarterfinals at No. 1 singles and teamed with senior Laura Herren to advance to the semifinals in the No. 1 doubles competition.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal had four singles netters and two doubles teams advance.

CLASS 1A/3A BOYS
  
Montgomery Academy had a streak of six straight state championships snapped in 2017. Coach David Bethea’s Eagles battled their way into second place at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Decatur’s Point Mallard early Monday night with 19 points – trailing Houston Academy, which had 24, by five with several matches still on the court.
    Junior James Torbert, who won the No. 1 singles title for Montgomery Academy last year, was still alive in No. 1 singles. So was Houston Academy’s Braden Read, who finished runner-up to Torbert. Read and Robert Dunlap advanced Monday to the semifinals at No. 1 doubles – as did Torbert and William Robertson for the Eagles. 
    Defending state champ Altamont had 16 points and was third in the standings.

CLASS 1A/3A       
    Bayside Academy posted 20 points by late Monday afternoon to take the early lead with several matches still to be played in the Class 1A/3A State Tennis Tourney at Point Mallard’s Jimmy Johns Tennis Center.  Sisters Claire and Evelyn Prickett advanced to the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, and Claire, playing No. 1 in the singles competition, also advanced to the quarterfinals.
    Montgomery Academy, winners of five state titles in the last six years, tied for fourth with 12 points. Donoho was second with 17 and Houston Academy had 16.
    Play will conclude Tuesday.

Opp’s Ariyon Hightower Drives in 8 Runs in 15-0 Win over Straughn

MONTGOMERY – Senior Ariyon Hightower slugged a triple, single and grand-slam home run to lead Opp to a 15-0 win over Straughn in a Wiregrass softball game last week to finish with eight RBIs and landed in the AHSAA Softball Spotlight with the record-book performance.
    The talented infielder drove in two runs with s triple in the first inning, two more runs with a single in the fourth inning and four RBIs on a grand-slam in the top of the fifth – the most RBIs in a single game since Good Hope’s Josie McDonald had nine in a 16-0 win over Vinemont in 2015. The AHSAA single-game record (11) was set by Candace Arreola of Central-Florence in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the 2011 North Regional tournament at Huntsville. Enterprise slugger Sara Hilton had 10 in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson in 2008, and Danyelle Martin of Springville drove in nine victory over St. Clair County in 2011.
    Hightower is now tied with nine others for fourth best all-time in the AHSAA. Her dad Aaron Hightower, the current principal at Opp High School, was a standout athlete in high school who signed a football scholarship at Southern Miss and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 Major League Draft. He spent two years in the Blue Jays minor-league organization.
    Ariyon’s RBI assault edged out a home-run hitting barrage by Tuscaloosa County in a 17-10 win over Northside.
   The Wildcats tied the AHSAA record for consecutive home runs (3) when Maddie Parks, Katie Atkins and Halie Jones hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of their 17-10 win over Northside. Guntersville also accomplished the rare feat earlier this season when Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood boomed consecutive homers in the first inning of a 12-1 win over Brewer.
In other highlights reported:

IN THE CLUTCH
MIA KILLEN, FLORENCE: Slammed  a two-run homer and drove in three runs in the Falcons’ 8-7 win over defending Class 7A state champion Buckhorn.
MADDISON WATKINS, EAST LIMESTONE: Had a triple, double and single and two stolen bases to score three runs as the Indians beat West Morgan 6-3.
BAILEY MURPHY, BAKER: Had a triple in the second inning, homer in the third, double in the fourth and a single in the fifth to hit for the cycle in the Honey Bees’ 16-0 win over Alma Bryant.

HITTING
BRIANNA POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Posey hit a grand slam home run and finished with six RBIs as the Wildcats beat Rogers 12-5.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in a win over Colbert Heights.
BAILIE HALL, OAK GROVE: Batted .833 for the week with two homers and two doubles for the Tigers.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Had a grand-slam homer and five RBIs total as Deshler downed Colbert Heights 15-7. Teammate Kelsie Myrick also had three hits and drove in five runs as well for the Tigers, who scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings tied at 7-7. Deshler then scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.
BAILEE COCHRAN, ASHFORD: Had a single, double and home run to plate five runs as Ashford beat Dale County 14-4.
ALIVIA CLEMMONS, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits and two RBIs and Krista Sikes had two hits and five RBIs in the Tigers’ 11-6 win over Haleyville.

PITCHING
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out 18 as the Bulldogs (31-4) blanked Pleasant Home 4-0. She also had 15 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Class 7A Prattville.

HALEY HORTON, GARDENDALE: Hurled 11 shutout innings to get wins over Tuscaloosa County and Cordova as the Rockets won the Sumiton Christian tourney. She had eight strikeouts.
LIBBY BAKER & MORGAN FERGUSON, G.W. LONG: Hurled back-to-back three-inning no-hitters over Abbeville – winning 18-0 and 15-0. Baker struck out eight of nine batters faced and Ferguson whiffed seven of nine – for a combined 15 strikeouts over six innings.
MAKENNA PIERCE, DAPHNE: Was 4-0 with 37 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched for the week. Among the victories was a no-hitter in a win over Kinston.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out nine as the Wildcats beat West Morgan 5-0. She also had two hits and three RBIs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE:
Pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11 in a 2-0 shutout over Lauderdale County. Makayla Miller also pitched a two-hitter in the loss for the Tigers.


AHSAA football coaches excited to welcome Instant Replay experiment this fall

April 19, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mike Perrin | 205-969-1331 | 205-540-7721 | mike@dcwins.com

 

AHSAA football coaches excited to welcome

Instant Replay experiment this fall

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama High School Athletic Association football coaches expressed excitement about the newly approved instant replay option for all regular-season games beginning in this fall.

 

The AHSAA received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay in the regular season and postseason as an experiment beginning in the 2018 football season. The experimental period can be for up to three years. Current NFHS football rules prohibit the use of instant replay. Minnesota and New Jersey have also been granted permission for use during championship games.

The AHSAA has partnered with instant replay technology leader DVSport to provide Instant Replay Solution for its member schools. Participation by member schools is optional.

Clifford Story is a 20-year coaching veteran headed into his 10th year as head football coach at Lanett High School in Chambers County on the Alabama-Georgia border. His Panthers, the 2017 Class 2A state champions, are moving from Class 2A to 1A next season – and he’s eager to put the new technology to use.

 

“I think it’s a great thing for the Alabama High School Athletic Association,” Story said. “I’m very excited for it. My staff is excited for it. I know the way the Association works. I know the way the Alabama High School Athletic Association runs things, they will make it cost-effective for 1A through 7A.

 

“We had a representative from DVSport come to look at our stadium to talk to us about how it would work,” he said. “I told our administration if we need to, I’m willing to give up a lot of other things to be able to get it at our school. I want to make sure it’s something we can get done at Lanett High School. It will make football even better.”

 

At Birmingham City School Jackson-Olin High, head coach Tim Vakakes said he called DVSport the first day he heard the AHSAA’s announcement of the instant replay experimental period.

 

“We’re going to have it,” said Vakakes, who is headed into his sixth season at J-O. “I think it will help the referees get it right, and I don’t think it will slow the game down. You’ve got to be sure before you drop that (challenge) flag.”

 

Sideline video for coaching staffs was approved by the NFHS in 2013, but officials were not allowed to use those videos for replay. Vakakes’ Class 6A Mustangs have been using computer tablets on their sidelines.

 

“We already have a way to watch the game on the sideline with iPads and TVs,” he said. “A lot of times we’ve been able to realize that there was not a good call, but now that it’s reviewable it will be nice to have a way to get the call right.

 

“I think it’s going to be a good thing. What’s going to determine it is how many angles the cameras have. The more cameras, the more efficient it will be.”

Andalusia High School’s Trent Taylor, 218-127 in 30 years as a head coach, is proud that Alabama is at the forefront on instant replay. “A lot of our game is influenced by what the NFL and the colleges are doing,” Taylor said. “I felt it is was just a matter of time before instant replay filtered down to the high schools. I am proud that Alabama is the first state to bring it to the regular season for all schools that wish to participate.

“I have thought about it a lot but last season, I can’t think of a single time that I would have challenged a call. The year before, however, we had three or four. This gives us an opportunity to improve the game. Obviously, we will have to educate officials and educate our coaches, too, on how to use the system.  From my standpoint, I see nothing but positives.”

Fred Riley, head coach and athletic director at Davidson High School in Mobile for the past 14 years, is for instant replay for one simple reason: Officials want it.

“I like it,” he said. “The officials association endorsed it, and that was my reason for supporting it. I was on the committee that finalized approval from our coaches association. Everyone now has some type of replay even if it is on their phones. That makes it very tough on the officials.”

Like Taylor, he doesn’t expect a lot of challenges. “Our officials get it right much more often than they get credit for,” he said. “I think the goal is to overturn the obvious mistakes that can be reviewed that impacts outcome. I do not see challenge flags flying all over the place. Our officials do not miss many of those.”

The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. It is a member of the NFHS.


Players and Coaches Selected for 2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition scheduled for Montgomery July 16-20. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced the teams Friday.
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl to close out the all-star competition.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference 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.
     Coaches Ronnie Jackson of Ramsay High School and Candace Byrd of R.A. Hubbard will direct the North girls’ team. Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville will coach the North boys’ squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams.
      Coaching the South girls’ team are Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka. South boys’ coaches are Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
       Among the players selected for the South girls’ team are 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home, the ASWA Class 1A player of the year for 2018; 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, the 2018 Class 5A state tournament MVP for the state champion Lady Trojans and the ASWA Class 5A player of the year. 
       Named to the North All-Star squad are 6-1 forward Jasmine Gracie of 2018 Class 4A state champion Madison Academy, 2018 Class 3A state tourney MVP Annie Hughes of 3A state champion Pisgah, guard Marissa Snodgrass of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Ahrielle Parks of 2018 Class 7A state champion Spain Park.
       Among the North boys selected are 6-3 forward Caden Millican, named the MVP of the Class 3A state tournament for Plainview; 6-3 guard Khalil Watkins of 2018 Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic; 6-6 forward Logan Padgett of Homewood and 6-5 guard Cornelius Brown IV of Calera.  Headlining the South squad are 6-6 guard Jaykwon Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP for 2018 state champion Carver-Montgomery; 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore, 6-8 center Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and 6-6 forward Alex Wright of Elba.
     The North boys won last year’s game played at Auburn-Montgomery Gymnasium 75-64 to improve to 48-27 in the North-South all-star series which was first played in 1953. The North girls also won 76-67 and are now 18-3 in the series which began in 1997.
   The rosters:

2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Rosters

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Josh Birdsong

Austin

F

6'4

175

Cornelius Brown, IV

Calera

G

6'5

180

Charlie Champagne

Florence

F

6'3

165

JaLon Johnson

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

G

6'0

170

Eugene Leonard

Oxford

G

6'0

185

Kira Lewis

Hazel Green

PG

6'3

160

Antonio McGinnis, Jr.

James Clemens

G / F

6'4

160

Caden Millican

Plainview

F

6'3

170

Justin Minter

Wenonah

G

6'4

175

Logan Padgett

Homewood

F

6'6

190

JP Robinson

Deshler

G

5'10

175

Malik Tyson

Sparkman

F

6'2

190

Khalil Watkins

Sacred Heart Catholic

G

6'3

180

Justin Webb

Hamilton

G

5'11

160

Connell Yarbrough, Jr.

Tanner

F

6'3

203

NORTH COACHES

Will Copeland

Sylacauga

Russell Carr

Guntersville

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 


 

 

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Justin Brooks

Auburn

G

6'0

175

Zydairen Brown

Houston County

G

6'1

180

Jaylin Cumins

Opelika

W

6'4

175

DeAntoni Gordon

Leflore

SF

6'8

195

Derrick Griffin

Southside-Selma

G

6'2

180

Jaquon Kincey

Abbeville

W

6'3

180

Matthew McNeece

McGill-Toolen Catholic

W / F

6'4

190

Cooper Meadows

Prattville Christian

W

6'5

185

Demond Robinson, Jr.

Lee, R. E.

C

6'8

243

Kshun Stokes

Headland

G

6'0

175

Jarrett Taylor

Hillcrest - Evergreen

G

6'1

169

Jalen Taylor

Saraland

G

6'2

175

Jaykwon Walton

Carver-Montgomery

G

6'6

195

Desmond Williams

Brewbaker

G

6'1

170

Alex Wright

Elba

PF

6'6

220

SOUTH COACHES

Bryant Johnson

R. E. Lee

Mike Smith

Eufaula

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.

 


 

 

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

A'Nautica Bibbs

R. A. Hubbard

PG

5'6

Abby Davis

Phil Campbell

F

5'11

Kirby DeBoard

Sand Rock

G

5'7

Deyana Dodd

Sparkman

G

5'5

Jasmine Gracie

Madison Academy

F

6'1

Abbi Holley

Deshler

PG

5'5

Annie Hughes

Pisgah

G

5'9

Victoria Hunter

Hoover

P

6'3

Joiya Maddox

Hoover

G

6'0

Thaniya Marks

Wenonah

F

6'1

Sierra McCullough

Sparkman

C

6'2

Ahrielle Parks

Spain Park

G

5'5

Ariana Powe

Grissom

F

6'1

Marisa Snodgrass

Hazel Green

G

5'5

Moriah Taylor

Hartselle

G

5'5

NORTH COACHES

Ronnie Jackson

Ramsay

Candace Byrd

R. A. Hubbard

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOUTH GIRLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Adison Argent

Chilton

PG

5'8

 

River Baldwin

Pleasant Home

C

6'5

 

NyKeria Boykin

Jackson

SG

5'9

 

Maori Davenport

Charles Henderson

C

6'4

 

Ty'Quajah Griffin

Goshen

SG

5'4

 

Ta'Sharri Grimes

Selma

PG

5'7

 

Kaitlin Hill

Loachapoka

SG

5'7

 

Avery Howell

Murphy

SG

5'2

 

Jajuana Lambert

Mattie T. Blount

F

6'0

 

Alaysia Norfleet

R. C. Hatch

PG

5'1

 

Alexandria Pierre

McGill-Toolen Catholic

P

5'10

 

Kaitlyn Reyes

Prattville Christian

SG

5'8

 

Madison Traylor

Elmore County

G

5'7

 

Iveonna Turner

Dothan

SG

5'4

 

Shaquala Walton

Opelika

G

5'8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH COACHES

Rhonda Wright

Clarke County

Anthony Edwards

Loachapoka

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.