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Class 5A State VB Championship

Randolph 3, Lawrence County 1
 
  Randolph High School of Huntsville rallied from a 1-0 deficit Thursday afternoon to beat Lawrence County 3-1 to claim the school’s first AHSAA state volleyball championship since 1985.
    Coach Mindy Spalding’s Raiders (19-20) won 21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13 at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena in the finals to capture the school’s first Class 5A state championship. Randolph won the 1A state title in ’84 – 30 years ago.  Spalding, in her first season as head coach after spending a year as the assistant, saw her team save its best for last as Randolph reeled off seven wins in eight post-season matches.
     Class 5A MVP Victoria Fennell had 25 kills to lead Randolph in the championship match. She also had eight digs and two service aces.  Libby Gold had eight kills, three aces and eight digs, and Julia Shoemake had seven kills and 11 digs. Setter June Harriman had 41 assists.
    Lawrence County (61-9), coached by Robyn Hutto, was paced by senior Rachel Childress’s 13 kills, 14 assists and 13 digs. Ali Grace Shelton also had 14 assists and Tori Smith added six kills. The Red Devils had played Randolph twice before this season and won 2-0 in a regular-season tournament and 3-0 in last week’s North Super Regional tourney.
    Finals for Classes 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Victoria Fennell, Randolph (MVP); Libby Gold, Randolph; Julia Shoemake, Randolph; June Harriman, Randolph; Rachael Childers, Lawrence County; Tori Smith, Lawrence County; Jaylyn Feldes, Springville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

Class 4A Volleyball State Championship

Brooks 3, Saint James 1
 
   Brooks High School captured the first state volleyball championship in school history Thursday afternoon with a 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19 victory over Saint James of Montgomery. The Lions (44-10), coached by Ryan Roberson, totaled 64 kills in the match played at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena.
    Erin Jewell led Brooks with 24 kills and 13 digs and was named Class 4A state tournament MVP. Lauren Williams added 15 kills and Kaitlyn Belue had 11. Halee Thomas had a game-high 31 digs and setter Madison Tidwell had 54 assists. Tidwell also had three service aces.
    Leading the Karen Lee’s Trojans (32-9) were Hannah Dailey and Clayton Waring with 10 kills each.
    Emily Poundstone had 26 assists and Lindsey Sampson had 21 digs.
    Finals for Classes 5A, 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Erin Jewell, Brooks (MVP); Lauren Williams, Brooks; Halee Thomas, Brooks; Kaitlyn Belue, Brooks; Hannah Dailey, Saint James; Carson Ann Crow, Saint James; Aniyah Robinson, Jacksonville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.



Six Schools Receive Wilson Ball Grants

    Six AHSAA member schools  received a Wilson Ball Grant at the 45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday. The grants, which include a volleyball cart and volleyballs, are provided each year by AHSAA corporate sponsor Wilson Sporting Goods. The grants go to schools wishing to start volleyball or are in need of improving their volleyball programs.
   The six recipients, Monroe County High School, McKenzie High School, Inglenook School, Fayetteville High School, R.A. Hubbard High School and Vinemont High School, were on hand at Thursday’s championship matches  to accept the Wilson Ball Grants.
   We thank Wilson, a valued partner of the AHSAA.

Class 6A State Volleyball Championship

Spanish Fort 3, John Carroll Catholic 2
 
   Spanish Fort High School downed defending Class 6A state champion John Carroll Catholic  3-2 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to capture the school’s first state volleyball championship. The Toros (55-5), coached by Gretchen Boykin, won the match 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11 to finish the season with a school record 55 wins.
     The two teams met in the South Super Regional finals with that match going five sets as well.
    Carley Hamric, the Class 6A State Tournament MVP, had 21 kills, one block and eight block assists for Spanish Fort. Maegan Parrillo added 11 kills, Elise Polio and Anna Claire Whaley, 10 each, as the Toros finished with 57 kills. Taylor Fontenelle had 23 digs, Reilly Vought had 25 assists and Briana Rider had 21. 
     John Carroll (34-10), coached by Ginny McMillan, recorded 64 kills with Kelsi Hobbs notching a game-high 23. Morgan Adamson added 13 and Mary Hart 10. Adamson also had 22 digs, and Kaylee Gilchrist had 27. Anna Runyan had 30 assists.
    
Finals for Classes 5A, 4A, 2A and 1A will  conclude the 45th AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament today. All Matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Class 6A All-Tournament Team

Carley Hamric, Spanish Fort (MVP); Maegan Parrillo, Spanish Fort; Anna Claire Whaley, Spanish Fort; Morgan Adamson, John Carroll; Kelsi Hobbs, John Carroll; Mary Hart, John Carroll; Bailey Powell, Hartselle.

Class 7A VB State Championship

Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 0
 
   Mountain Brook High School overcame deficits in each of the first two sets to win close and swept McGill-Toolen 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 to claim the Lady Spartans’ second straight Class 7A state volleyball championship Thursday.  All championship matches are being played at Birmingham’s 5,500-seat Bill Harris Arena for the first time. All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Playing before a large crowd at Bill Harris Arena, Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team rallied to sneak past Coach Kate Adams’ Dirty Dozen (49-8).  Senior Sara Carr, who earned MVP honors for the second year, was powerful up front. She registered 13 kills, 12 digs and two service aces to lead Mountain Brook (57-6). Emmy Kilgore and Caroline Davies added nine kills each in the heavyweight match that totaled 78 kills for both teams. The Spartans had 44 and McGill-Toolen 34.
    Sara Mitchell had 39 assists, Lacey Jeffcoat had 16 digs and Selman added 14.
    McGill-Toolen’s Elizabeth Burnett had 11 kills, Kirsten Carter had eight, Sofia Bruno had 20 digs, and Elizabeth Murphy had 26 assists.
   Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Payton Selman, Mountain Brook; Emmy Kilgore, Mountain Brook; Sara Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Elizabeth Murphy, McGill-Toolen; Elizabeth Burnett, McGill-Toolen; Aubrie Huddleston, Grissom.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.


Class 3A Volleyball State Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Madison  Academy 0
 
     Bayside Academy used a strong inside lineup to beat Madison Academy 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 to capture its 14th straight AHSAA state volleyball championship Thursday morning at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena.
     Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (40-7) recorded 39 kills with Ariel Dulaney leading with 15 and Lauren Chastang adding 11. Chastang  also had eight digs to earn MVP honors for the second year in a row.
    Madison Academy (35-22), coached by Wendy Rucker, was led by Olivia Knott’s six kills. Sydney Chandler and Emma Wade had eight assists each.
    Bayside, which  now owns a state-record 24 state titles, also got 15 digs from Julia Martin and 30 assists from Ansleigh Dailey.
Class 3A All-Tournament Team

Laura Chastang, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Julila Martin, Bayside Academy; Olivia Knott, Madison Academy; Abby Brooks, Madison Academy; Annie Homan, West Morgan.

 

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-7) vs. Mountain Brook (56-6), 10 a.m.
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

 

Six Defending State Champions in Field as AHSAA’s 45th State Volleyball Championships Get Underway

       The 45th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships.
       An AHSAA volleyball attendance record was set last season as the schools competed in seven classifications for the first time.
        Six defending state champions are in the field in 2015 which culminates with all seven classification state finals being played for the first time in the adjoining Bill Harris 5,500-seat Arena on Thursday.  Mountain Brook (54-6) is back to defend its title in 7A, John Carroll Catholic (32-9) in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (23-21) in 5A, Danville (34-27) in 4A, Bayside Academy (37-7) in 3A and Addison (49-13) in 2A. Only Athens Bible, the 2014 Class 1A state champion, failed to make this year’s field.
      Bayside, coached by Ann Schilling, will be going for its 14th straight state title – already holding the AHSAA state record at 13.
      The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first titles before McGill-Toolen won the first of 19 in 1974.
    Competition in the single-elimination tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with 1A, 2A and 5A with the earliest matches. All classes are playing through semifinal action Wednesday with semifinals slated for 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the class.
        All finals will be Thursday.
       The championship matches will be live-streamed for the second year in a row by the NFHS Network Thursday via its subscriber program. To sign up, viewers can go to http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa and follow the prompts. The semifinals will not be live-streamed Wednesday by the NFHS Network, but three schools will be live-streaming quarterfinal and semifinal matches for their selected schools through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. The three are Albertville in 6A, Randolph in 5A and Jacksonville in 4A. Those matches may be accessed through the NFHS Network subscriber program as well.
    The AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament made history in 2013 by becoming the first event live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
    Tickets may be purchased on line by clicking on the PrepTix logo at www.ahsaa.com.
     The schedule is listed below.  
     
45th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
At Birmingham CrossPlex (Oct. 28-29)
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS
Class 1A
Brilliant (16-15)  vs. Isabella (29-7), 9:30 a.m.
Kinston (12-12)  vs. Meek (37-13), 9:30 a.m.
Decatur Heritage (39-11)  vs. Pleasant Home (30-8), 11 a.m.
Fruitdale (16-4)  vs. Donoho (44-8), 11 a.m.
Class 2A
Mars Hill Bible (12-23) vs. Providence Christian (49-5), 11 a.m.
Goshen (37-11)  vs. Falkville (37-14), 11 a.m.
Ider (28-10)  vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (35-17), 12:30 p.m.
New Brockton (17-13)  vs. Addison (49-13), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A
Geraldine (34-19)  vs. Bayside Academy (37-7), 8 a.m.
Cottage Hill Christian (22-18)  vs. West Morgan (52-17), 8 a.m.
Lexington (44-7)  vs. Indian Springs (31-3), 9:30 a.m.
T.R. Miller (23-4)  vs. Madison Academy (33-21) , 9:30, a.m.
Class 4A
Saks (47-9)  vs. Saint James (30-8), 8 a.m.
UMS-Wright (26-12) vs. Danville (34-27), 8 a.m.
Jacksonville (29-12)  vs. Trinity Presbyterian (23-16), 9:30 a.m.
Satsuma (15-16)  vs. Brooks (41-10), 9:30 a.m.
Class 5A
Springville (49-9)  vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal  (23-21), 2 p.m.
Faith Academy (21-20) vs. Randolph (17-20), 2 p.m.
Guntersville (42-25) vs. Helena (26-12), 3:30 p.m.
Calera (13-17)  vs. Lawrence County (59-8), 3:30 p.m.
Class 6A
Albertville (40-20)   vs. Spanish Fort (52-5), 8 a.m.
Pelham (26-29)   vs. Arab (49-3) , 8 a.m.
Walker (42-14) vs. John Carroll Catholic (32-9), 11 a.m.
Daphne (30-20) vs. Hartselle (62-13), 11 a.m.
Class 7A
Hoover (34-6)  vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (47-7), 2 p.m.
Murphy (38-16) vs. Grissom (36-17), 2 p.m.
Mountain Brook (54-6)  vs. Enterprise (33-11), 3:30 p.m.
Prattville (24-17)   vs. Huntsville (33-15), 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS
Class 3A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 3A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G5        7:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G-6       7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
Class 3A Finals 8 a.m.
Class 7A Finals 10 a.m.
Class 6A Finals Noon
Class 4A Finals 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals 8 p.m.


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY AT ENTERPRISE IN TONIGHT’S RAYCOM/AHSAA FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

  Raycom Network will televise Central-Phenix City (7-2) at Enterprise (4-4)   as tonight’s Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 7A, Region 2 football clash at Wildcats Stadium will pit the Region 2 champion Red Devils versus a red-hot Enterprise team still hoping to qualify for one of the four playoff berths.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s You Tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
   The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.
NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Has Strong Slate of Games
   
With playoff berths riding on most of the outcomes, the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will feature at least 10 games this week – starting with Billingsley vs. Autaugaville tonight. More are expected to be added by tomorrow.
      Houston Academy and Randolph are also live-streaming Super Regional volleyball matches tomorrow in Classes 2A and 5A for their respective teams.
     The subscriber-based SBP games may be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com and then following the prompts with Alabama.
     The list of football games, with links, currently posted include:

October 22, 2015

Billingsley vs. Autaugaville – http://bit.ly/1W4IN2L

 

October 23, 2015
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Brookwood –
http://bit.ly/1LGNQF6

Arab vs. Scottsboro – http://bit.ly/1GPw9NS

Decatur vs. Florence – http://bit.ly/1kkJuci (DHS) or

Goshen vs. Zion Chapel – http://bit.ly/1MPVrly

Pinson Valley vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1GeV5Uz

Muscle Shoals vs. Cullman – http://bit.ly/1LGOvpP (MSHS)

McGill-Toolen vs. Theodore – http://bit.ly/1Lzwtm3

Saks vs. Jacksonville – http://bit.ly/1GQXgbB

Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Saraland – http://bit.ly/1KoB4FV


Central Board Approves Baseball Pitch Count Rule Beginning the 2017 Baseball Season

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current pitching rule for baseball from innings pitched to a pitch count, beginning with the 2017 AHSAA baseball season.
     The action was taken at the Central Board of Control quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Wednesday.
      Lee Gann, head baseball coach at Mountain Brook High School and the chairman of the AHSAA Baseball Coaches Committee, asked the Board to adopt the change. The Baseball Coaches Committee was unanimous in its recommendation, Gann said. Alabama becomes the first state association in the NFHS’s Section 3 to adopt the pitch count as a way to regulate arm safety and becomes one of the first in the nation.
     The current AHSAA Pitching Rule, adopted in 1989, states that pitchers can pitch up to 14 innings in one week but must rest three calendar days once pitching seven innings in one day or makes two appearances over consecutive days.
      The Pitch Count Rule adopted will require a varsity pitcher to rest three calendar days after throwing 76 to 120 pitches in one day. The maximum pitches allowed for a junior-varsity pitcher will be 100 and for junior high or middle school 85. 
      “After spending time with the (AHSAA) Medical Advisory Committee last February, we understand just how important limiting pitches thrown is to the health safety of a player’s arm,” Gann said.  “No two innings are the same.”
       AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese lauded the Central Board’s decision as well as the leadership of Gann and the Baseball Coaches Committee.
      “Our Medical Advisory Board made it clear that limiting the number of pitches thrown is much more important than innings pitched,” Savarese said. “We think this rule change is a landmark decision by the Central Board. Health and safety is a chief concern in all our sports, and this is a positive move toward making baseball safer for our student-athletes.”
     Complete details of the Pitch Count Rule will be posted at www.ahsaa.com in the coming days.
     The Central Board also adopted the Baseball Coaches Committee recommendation to change from the current 18 playing dates during the regular season to 28 total games for Classes 1A through 6A and 32 games in Class 7A. In addition, games played during a school’s defined “Spring Break” will not count toward total number of games allowed. The change will begin in the 2016-17 school year for the 2017 season.

In other board action Wednesday:

§  Denied an eligibility appeal from St. Paul’s Episcopal High School.

§  Heard a presentation from Chris Nix and Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships and approved the Super 7 projected expenses.

§  Approved an increase in Summer Conference registration and Expo exhibitor fees, Hall of Fame banquet ticket prices, Principal and AD Conference registration fees and AHSADCA Coaching Card fees beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

§  Tabled a vote on the baseball playoff rotation for the 2016-17 school year until after the new classification has been determined.


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 Walker Defense Forces 9 Turnovers To Claim First Shutout Since 2013

     In a year dominated by high-scoring offenses, Walker High School’s Vikings went “old school” last Friday in its 24-0 shutout win over Jackson-Olin.
    The Vikings (7-1) clinched one of the top two playoff berths from Class 6A, Region 5 by forcing nine Mustangs’ turnovers to improve to 5-1 in region play. A win over Hueytown this week gives Coach Heath Brunner’s team the region title.
    Senior defensive back Ethan Walker made three interceptions, had three more pass deflections and 10 tackles to pace the defensive effort as the Vikings grabbed The AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8.  Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles and an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 in 2015. The shutout was Walker’s first since blanking Hayden 42-0 in week 6 of the 2013 season.
    Lyndon Harris had two fumble recoveries, Garrett Davenport had an interception and Everett Green recovered a fumble for Brunner’s defense.  Receiver Myron Mitchell caught eight passes for 143 yards and a 43-yard touchdown on offense.
Walker and Homewood are now tied at 5-1 atop Region 5, but the Vikings hold the edge with a close 17-14 win over the Patriots. Both will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
     The Walker defensive effort edged out one of the most versatile efforts of the season by Leeds High School quarterback Tydarryl Marshall and an emotional effort turned in by Cold Springs’s offensive line.
    Marshall scored on a 9-yard run, a 45-yard punt return, a 45-yard TD reception and also fired a touchdown pass from his quarterback position as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 54-0 to move to the top of Class 4A, Region 3. The Green Wave (7-2) are tied at 4-1 with Handley (7-1) but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Tigers 20-7 earlier in the season.
     Cold Springs’ Panthers rallied around Jon Campbell, a mainstay on the offensive line, to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing in a 42-14 win over Sumiton Christian. Campbell’s dad passed away earlier in the week following a long battle with leukemia. Running back Christian Crandall ran behind the offensive line for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.

MILESTONES

CHEROKEE COUNTY WINS 100TH IN CURRY TENURE: Tripp Curry, head football coach at Cherokee County, registered the 100th coaching win of his coaching tenure when the Warriors beat Sardis 39-6. Curry is 100-69 in his 15th season at Cherokee County, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. His overall record (149-83) includes five seasons at Springville.
    In other top performances reported last week:

DEFENSE

CAIN HEATH, ALEXANDRIA:
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Alexandria clinched its first region title since 2012 with a 56-14 win over Moody. Heath's returned the two picks 33 and 53 yards in the first half. The Valley Cubs also returned another interception for a score in the second half.
ETHAN WALKER, WALKER: Had three interceptions for 36 return yards, 10 tackles and three pass deflections in Walker's 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin. The Vikings forced nine turnovers in the win. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 this season.
RYAN RODRIGUEZ, EAST LIMESTONE: Recorded 20 tackles in a 28-25 win over West Point. Teammate Sylvaughn Turner sealed the win with a 65-yard pass reception for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
JOE ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had a pair of interceptions, a pass deflection and a tackle on defense and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 52-6 victory over Woodville.
RYAN GRIDER, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 19 tackles as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. Teammate Stephen Jackson also had 13 stops.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEMD: Had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in a 49-42 loss to Woodland.
CHANDLER DAVIS, NORTHVIEW: Registered 14 tackles in the Cougars' 30-28 win over Wetumpka that clinched Northview's first playoff berth in 15 years.
HUNTER GREEN, CEROKEE COUNTY: The junior linebacker had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and a sack in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider.
JERVONTAY CAMERON, B.C. RAIN: Had 13 tackles in a 38-28 B.C. Rain win over Faith Academy.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had an interception near his own goal line, recorded 10 tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Bearcats nipped Decatur 13-10.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in the Trojans' 31-7 win over Coosa Christian.

 

RUSHING

NELSON WHYTE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Piled up 263 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Eagles beat Central-Coosa 65-24. His scoring runs covered 59, 5, 67, 1 and 85 yards.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-42 loss to Woodland. Hill also caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff for a fifth touchdown in the game.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, had two receptions for 50 yards, a long kick return and a game-sealing interception inside the 5-yard line to preserve the Tigers' 38-36 win over Carver-Montgomery. The win notched the second seed in Class 6A, Region 2 in the process.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in a 60-50 comeback win over Holly Pond. He had scoring runs of 8, 45 and 33 yards as Hanceville posted 30 straight points against the Broncos to seal the win. Branen Hurst also had 163 yards passing with one TD and rushed for three others in the win.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and another score in his team's 35-14 win over Reeltown. The victory clinched Randolph County's first region championship since 1998.Hannah scored on runs of 41 and 42 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.
WALKER LOTT, THOMPSON: Rushed for 232 yards and threw for 106 yards to lead the Warriors past Tuscaloosa County 27-0. He scored on runs covering 58 and 89 yards and threw a 40-yard TD pass.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: The workhorse had 40 rush attempts for 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to East Limestone.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON:  Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racing 90 yards for one score and 59 yards for another, in a 45-21 win over Oneonta. Harris had 13 carries and also tossed a 65-yard TD pass.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 171 yards and two scores (14, 17 yards) on 20 carries in a 49-28 win over Randolph.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns (5, 27, 70, 5 yards) to lead the Class 1A Tigers to a 35-10 football victory over Section.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-15 homecoming victory over Douglas.
KOBE justice, SUSAN MOORE: The senior quarterback rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns (4, 43, 46, 18 yards) on just 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Vinemont.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback had 173 yards rushing and five touchdowns (64, 5, 51, 9, 16 yards) on just 11 attempts in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider. He also completed 4-of –8 passes for 69 yards.
JASHUN CAMMERON, Gaston: Rushed 16 times for 161 and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Collinsville.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Weaver 15-14. Ozmint finished with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries and also had seven tackles on defense.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Derek Hill had 128 yards and one TD on 14 attempts as Gaylesville beat Coosa Christian 31-7.
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Ran for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead a 48-33 win over Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 game.



PASSING

 

J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Accounted for 400 yards and six touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood. Wise completed 12-of-17 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and added 132 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries.
CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, LINDEN: Was a near perfect 10-of-11 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Billingsley 25-6. Robertson also rushed for one score.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Was 19-of-33 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Hanceville.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Was 16-of-26 passing for 269 yards and three TDs and scored another on a 332-yard run as the Rockets beat Fort Payne 38-28.
BLAKE JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Completed 18-of-32 passes for 284 yards and two TDs in a 47-23 loss to Andalusia.
RAGAN ASHLEY, FAIRVIEW: Was 11-of-19 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-15 win over Douglas. He also had 10 carries for 98 rushing yards and another score, and had an interception on defense.

RHETT FETNER, HANDLEY: The junior quarterback completed 10-of-15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Handley (7-1) beat Abbeville 48-14. Fetner's touchdown throws covered of 70, 25 and 27 yards.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 53 yards) and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
DALEN MORRIS, BUCKHORN: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 44-7 win over Grissom.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 5-of-6 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns (54, 21, 11, 80 and 37 yards) in leading Spring Garden to a 52-6 victory over Woodville.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots past Huntsville 45-14.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Had 207 yards passing – just on his four first-half touchdowns –

as the Black Bears beat Athens 55-27.

PASS RECEIVING

MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO:
Caught 10 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Scottsboro beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. His 10 catches moved him to No. 1 for career receptions at Scottsboro, and his 290 yards is also an SHS single-game best.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught nine catches for 170 yards in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
DYLAN MORTON, HOLLY POND: Caught five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns (38, 9 and 71 yards) as the Broncos fell to Hanceville 60-50.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Snared eight passes for 150 yards and two TDs in a 48-15 win over Douglas.
KYLE HAYNES, PRICEVILLE: Caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdowns as the Bulldogs (8-0) beat Locust Fork 26-22 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 7 title for the first time in school history.  Quarterback Kaleb Barker completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and his 23rd TD pass on the year. Barker is now 137-of-218 for 2,177 yards and has accounted for 40 touchdowns (including 17 rushing).
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Grabbed eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdowns in a 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin in Class 6A, Region 5.
LANDON PRITCHETT, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two scores in a 46-23 loss to Andalusia.
LARRY REMBERT, McGILL-TOOLEN: Caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 35-28 in the 84th “Battle for the Cannon” at Mobile.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Caught four passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood.

SPECIAL TEAMS

HAYDEN TERRAL, FAIRHOPE:
Kicked three field goals, 39, 32 and 19 yards, to lead the Pirates to a 23-20 win over Davidson.
NIKO RICHMOND, JACKSONVILLE: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for one score and rushed for 96 yards and four more TDs in a 47-20 win over Hokes Bluff.
JACOB GRAVES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
CALEB JONES, HOLLY POND: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 60-50 Holly Pond loss to Hanceville.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 60 for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes for 56 and 24 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win over Boaz. 
TRENTON NASH, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 35-28 loss at Gaston.