Alabama and Mississippi High School All-Star Teams report for the 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Montgomery.
Mississippi’s boys’ and girls’ squads will practice at Huntingdon College Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Alabama’s teams will practice at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex during the same time period.
The 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi Games will be played at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome March 20 with the girls tipping off at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 7. The games will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network and will be video live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
The games were played in Mississippi for the first time since 2002 last year, but return to Alabama this year. The games rotated between the two states from 1991-2002 but moved to Pelham Convention Center in 2003 where they remained through 2011. Alabama State hosted the games at Dunn-Oliver Acadome in 2012 and 2013.
Alabama won the boys’ game last year 90-83 with Mississippi winning the girls’ game 95-89. The Alabama boys now hold a 13-11 edge in the series while the girls’ series is even at 12-12.
Coaches for the Alabama girls’ squad are Donnie Roberts of Red Bay and LaKenya Knight of Jeff Davis. Roberts, 64, is the state’s all-leading career wins leader for girls’ basketball with an 835-347 slate over 42 seasons. He directed Red Bay (25-9) to the Class 2A state championship in 2015 and was 2A runner-up in 2014. Knight, 41, coached Jeff Davis (31-4) to the AHSAA’s first Class 7A state title this season. She has compiled a 219-66 record in 12 seasons. Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals is the administrative coach.
Coaches for Alabama’s boys are Hoover High School’s Charles Burkett and Obadiah Threadgill IV of Lafayette. Burkett directed the Bucs (27-9) to the Class 7A state championship winning 50-43 in the finals to beat two-time state champion Mountain Brook. Threadgill, 78-36 in four seasons, directed LaFayette (25-5) to the Class 2A state championship with a 69-39 win over defending champion Elba in the finals. He is the son of Notasulga coaching legend Obadiah Threadgill III. Burkett’s career record was unavailable. Jamie Lee of Decatur is the administrative coach.
Mississippi boys’ head coach is Calvin Brown of East Marion and girls’ head coach is Patricia Wilson.
Alabama’s rosters and Mississippi’s rosters can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
The practice itinerary is listed below.
2015 ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STARS
DAILY PRACTICE AND
Wednesday, 3/18/2015 Thursday, 3/19/2015 Friday, 3/20/2015
Morning Practice Afternoon Shoot Around
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
AL Boys @ CB MS Girls @ ASU 1:30-2:00
AL Girls @ CB MS Boys @ ASU 2:00-2:30
MS Boys @ HC AL Girls @ ASU 2:30-3:00
MS Girls @ HC AL Boys @ ASU 3:00-3:30
Afternoon Practice Afternoon Practice Games
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
MS Girls @ HC AL Girls @ FU 5:00 p.m.
MS Boys @ HC AL Boys @ CB AL/MS Girls @ ASU
AL Boys @ CB MS Boys @ HC
AL Girls @ CB MS Girls @ HC
AL/MS Boys @ ASU
Evening Practice @ ASU
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MS
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. AL
HC – Huntingdon College
FU – Faulkner University
CB – Cramton Bowl Multiplex
ASU – Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University
Six teams have been selected for the 10th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic Aug. 21-22 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
Two defending champions, Class 4A Leeds and Class 3A Madison Academy, will kick off the Champions Challenge on Friday night, Aug. 21, in the first of three games, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), which hosts the event each year.
The two remaining games are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5 p.m. with 2014 Class 3A semifinalists Gordo versus Glencoe and Class 6A Carver-Montgomery squaring off against Class 7A Bob Jones at 7:30 p.m.
Schools still have a choice whether to count a week one contest as a regular-season or exhibition contest. The Leeds-Madison Academy game will be a regular season game while the other two will be considered exhibition games, Briggs said, and will not count on either team’s record.
Madison Academy (14-1) and Leeds (14-1) met in the 2013 Class 3A state finals with the Mustangs winning the state title. The two teams then agreed to meet in the season opener last season with the Green Wave winning 27-24 to snap a 25-game winning streak for Coach Eric Cohu’s Mustangs. Madison Academy rebounded to win its next 14 games including a 70-34 victory over Dale County at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to win its third straight Class 3A state championship. Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave won 13 of their next 14 games to capture the Class 4A, Region 3 title and then beat Deshler 30-0 in the state finals to claim the Class 4A state championship.
Glencoe (13-1) and Gordo (13-1) were unbeaten heading into the Class 3A semifinals and both lost heartbreakers to end their seasons. Coach Lee Ozmint’s Yellow Jackets fell 31-28 when Madison Academy kicked a field goal to beat Glencoe. Gordo lost 32-28 to Dale County in the other semifinal with the Warriors completing a touchdown pass on the final play of the game to nip Coach Ryan Lolley’s Green Wave.
Carver (9-3) won the Class 6A Region 2 title. Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines averaged 33.2 points a game, advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35-14. Bob Jones (8-3), coached by Kevin Rose, and reached the first 7A playoffs qualifying second in Region 8. The Patriots, averaging 37.7 points per game, lost to Tuscaloosa County 28-21 in the first round.
In last year’s Champions Challenge, Opelika edged Carver-Montgomery 20-16, Dadeville nipped Piedmont 14-8 and Spanish Fort beat Stanhope Elmore 42-14.
The 2015 Champions Challenge schedule at Cramton Bowl is:
Friday, August 21 – 7 p.m.: Madison Academy (14-1) vs. Leeds (14-1)
Saturday, August 22 – 5 p.m.: Glencoe (13-1) vs. Gordo (13-1)
Saturday, August 22 – 7:30 p.m.: Carver-Montgomery (9-3) vs. Bob Jones (8-3)
Several of the all-stars are still undecided about their college choice.
2015 Alabama Boys All-Star Basketball Team
Carver - Montgomery
Tommy Burton, Jr.
Lee - Montgomery
Central - Phenix City
Lee - Huntsville
Jamie Lee, Adm
2015 Alabama Girls All-Star Basketball Team
Brenda Mayes, Adm.
J.O. Johnson High School (32-4) beat Ramsay 59-52 Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the Class 5A boys state basketball title.
The win also gave Jaguars Coach Jack Doss the eighth state title of his prep coaching career. He is the first boys basketball coach in AHSAA history to win eight titles -- snapping a tie with R.C. Hatch legendary coach Eugene Mason.
Class 5A state tournament MVP John Petty had 15 points, four assists, three steals and five rebounds and exited the game with the other Jaguars starters with 1:42 remaining and Johnson leading 52-39. Ramsay went on a 13-7 run to end the game to close to seven. Terrion Bone added 14 points for Johnson and Justin Hopkins had 13.
Jordan Millsap and Jonathan Etheridge each had 15 for Ramsay (30-6), coached by Kelly Cheatham. Baniko Harley added 12. The Rams were Class 5A runner-up to Parker in 2014 and J.O. Johnson lost in overtime to Dallas County in the 2014 Class 4A finals.
Mason, who won all seven of his state titles at R.C. Hatch of Uniontown, collapsed earlier this week while helping his former student and player Cecil Williams prepare Keith High School’s girls team for the Class 1A state championship game Williams’ team won Friday. Mason was later pronounced dead at a Selma hospital.
Doss offered condolences to Mason’s game during his post-game press conference. “I have always respected Coach Mason the R.C. Hatch program. I was shocked to learn of his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Mason’s family.”
Class 5A Boys All-Tournament Team
John Petty, J.O. Johnson (MVP); Terrion Bone, J.O. Johnson; Justin Hokpins, J.O. Johnson; Jordan Millsap, Ramsay; Albert Luke, Ramsay; Jerrod Moorer, Dallas County; Josh Hill, Faith Academy.