The Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament games scheduled for Thursday will be delayed by one hour starting at 10 a.m., AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Wednesday night.
He said the decision was made to adjust the schedule due to possible weather travel conditions expected Thursday morning.
All games that had been reset set for Thursday at the BJCC will have the following schedule: Class 6A semifinals will tip off at 10 a.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena and Class 7A semifinals will tip off at 4 p.m. Class 5A games moved to Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex will keep its 3 p.m. start for the first 5A girls semifinal.
Friday’s revised championship schedule will remain the same as announced Tuesday with Class 1A girls and boys championship games scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively. Class 2A girls will follow at 12:15 p.m., Class 2A boys at 2 p.m., Class 3A girls at 3:45, Class 3A boys at 5:30, Class 4A girls at 7:15 and Class 4A boys at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s finals for 5A, 6A and 7A will remain as scheduled.
“We made this decision to delay one hour Thursday morning based on the current weather conditions,” Savarese said. “While our teams are already here, this should help those traveling to attend the games.”
The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.
The new schedule is provided.
AHSAA State Finals Adjusted Schedule With Revised Times
Thursday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena
10:00 a.m. Homewood vs. Austin (6A Girls Semi-Finals)
11:30 a.m. Homewood vs. Lee-Huntsville (6A Boys Semi-Finals)
1 p.m. Shades Valley vs. Blount (6A Girls Semi-Finals)
2:30 p.m. Woodlawn vs. Carver-Montgomery (6A Boys Semi-Finals)
4:00 p.m. Hazel Green vs. Jeff Davis (7A Girls Semi-Finals)
5:30 p.m. Hoover vs. Lee-Montgomery (7A Boys Semi-Finals)
7:00 p.m. Huntsville vs. McGill-Toolen (7A Girls Semi-Finals)
8:30 p.m. Mountain Brook vs. Theodore (7A Boys Semi-Finals)
Thursday Schedule – Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex
3:00 p.m. Wenonah vs. Talladega (5A Girls Semi-Finals)
4:30 p.m. Ramsay vs. Dallas County (5A Boys Semi-Finals)
6:00 p.m. Anniston vs. Brewbaker Tech (5A Girls Semi-Finals)
7:30 p.m. J.O. Johnson vs. Faith Academy (5A Boys Semi-Finals)
Friday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena
8:45 a.m. Keith vs. Spring Garden (1A Girls Finals)
10:30 a.m. Sunshine vs. Sacred Heart (1A Boys Finals)
12:15 p.m. Red Bay vs. Geneva County (2A Girls Finals)
2:00 p.m. LaFayette vs. Elba (2A Boys Finals)
3:45 p.m. Lauderdale County vs. Pisgah (3A Girls Finals)
5:30 p.m. Madison Academy vs. Piedmont (3A Boys Finals)
7:15 p.m. Deshler vs. Jacksonville (4A Girls Finals)
9:00 p.m. West Limestone vs. Westminster Christian (4A Boys Finals)
Saturday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena (No changes to original schedule)
9:00 a.m. 5A Girls Finals
11:00 a.m. 5A Boys Finals
1:00 p.m. 6A Girls Finals
3:00 p.m. 6A Boys Finals
5:00 p.m. 7A Girls Finals
7:00 p.m. 7A Boys Finals
The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of longtime Elmore County High School athletic director Grady Rowe, 57. The AHSAA extends condolences to Coach Rowe’s family and his extended Elmore County High School family.
He is survived by wife, Gloria and children William Grady Rowe III and Thomas Luke Rowe.
Rowe served his entire teaching career at Elmore County High School where he was a math teacher, athletic director and coach in various sports over the course of more than 20 years. He played football at ECHS and was selected a prep All American in 1975. He went on to play college football at Marion Military Institute and Jacksonville State University. Rowe served in the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard and retired as Lieutenant Colonel.
Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church located at 1767 South Fleahop Road in Eclectic. The memorial service will also be at Good Hope Church at 2 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Coach Grady Rowe Scholarship Fund at any branch of First Community Bank.
Deshler outscored Sipsey Valley 26-9 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game en route to a 63-40 victory over the Bears in the AHSAA Class 4A girls state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Coach Jana Killen’s Lady Tigers (33-2) were led by Lauren Cantrell’s 16 points. Nicole Shirley added 13 and Julia Burton 10. Burton also had 10 rebounds and Karleigh Sledged had 12.
Coach Jerome Elliott’s Sipsey Valley team, making its first appearance in the state tournament, had a big effort from Denetria Williams. She had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Charity Brown also had12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Deshler will play in the 4A state finals Friday at the BJCC at 7:15 p.m.