Muscle Shoals High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported
Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
Assistant football coach Chris Balentine has been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school for one year and the student-athlete involved is permanently ineligible at MSHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, Muscle Shoals High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
“We thank the Muscle Shoals administration for their cooperation throughout this process,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Although we regret any time violations occur, we are encouraged to see how our schools strive with diligence to put into place protocol that will prevent these kinds of errors in the future.”
The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on page 57, Rule VI-Administration, Section 12. RECRUITING.
HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A-5A state champion Leeds High School totaled 74 points Thursday to hold a 17-point lead over second-place Tallassee as the 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships got underway at the Von Braun Center.
The Tigers had 57 points, Madison County scored 52 and Deshler had 48.5 to round out the top four teams after the first session. In Class 6A, defending champion Arab posted 89.5 points to take the top position heading into the second round Friday. Class 7A begins its matches Friday with all three divisions completing the meet on Saturday with all championship matches being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Links can be found at www.ahsaa.com and www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Sophomore Macon Edwards of Fultondale used just improved to 88-0 on the season, best in AHSAA state history, using just 39 seconds to pin his first opponent, then advancing to the semifinals with a 7-1 decision over Javon Cortez of Moody in his first match. His 88 wins ranks third nationally according to the NFHS Record Book. The leader, Colton Palmer of Durham-Riverside, N.C., finished 91-0 in 2006-07 to set the prep national record for a single season. Edwards moved into third place behind Palmer and Chad Pyke of Woodward Academy (GA), who finished the 2012-13 season 89-2.
Two wrestlers advanced to the 170-pound semifinals in 1A-5A, senior Caleb Lauderdale of Dora (59-0) and freshman Christian Knopp of Alexandria (54-0). Both won two matches with pins.
Josephus Smith of Leeds (32-0) advanced to the 285-pound semifinals with two pins.
In the Class 6A competition, Pelham 145-pound senior Hassan Hawthorne, a double amputee who inspires all who watch him, improved to 35-0 with an 8-0 major decision in his first match and a 9-3 decision over strong Arab grappler Javon Cortez (38-4) in the quarterfinals. Hawthorne’s teammate Dillon Turner (29-0) also had two pins to advance to the semis at 152 pounds.
Benjamin Russell heavyweight Daniel Bland had two pins to improve to 48-1 on the season.
Wrestling gets underway Friday at 9:30 a.m., with consolation divisions in 1A-5A and 6A. Class 7A also begins its competition. Championship semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. for all divisions. Action closes out Friday with consolation semifinals for all classes beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday’s consolation finals are set for 9 to 10:30 a.m., and championship matches get underway in all three divisions at 11:30.
Fultondale High School sophomore Macon Edwards beat fellow sophomore Zach Clayton of Dora in a tough 5-4 decision Saturday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to win the AHSAA North Super Sectional Class 1A-5A 106-pound wrestling title.
Edwards improved to 86-0 win the win to set a new state record for wrestling wins in a single season.
He advances with his team to the AHSAA 2016 State wrestling Championships as No. 1 seed from the North Super Sectional. Clayton (53-4) advances as the second seed from the North. The state meet gets underway Thursday at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center with wrestling continuing Friday and concluding Saturday afternoon. The NFHS Network will live-stream all championship matches Saturday live over the NFHS Network. More link information is available at www.ahsaa.com.
Edwards’ 86 wins eclipsed the old record (85) set by Brandon Womack of Scottsboro in 2012. Womack was 85-2 as a sophomore that season and closed out his career an NFHS best 422-8 record including 77-0 as a senior in 2014. Edwards can beat that mark with four match wins in the state meet.
Madison County won the North 1A-5A Super Sectional title with 267 points. Runner-up Deshler had 190.5 and J.O. Johnson was third with 183. Fultondale had 90. Vestavia Hills posted 222 points to win the North 7A crown over runner-up Bob Jones (135), and defending 6A state champion Arab won the North 6A Super Sectional with 251.5 points. Pinson Valley was second with 199 and Athens third at 193.5
In the South Super Sectional competition, defending 1A-5A state champ Leeds won the 1A-5A championship with 243.5 points. Tallassee was second at 191.5 and Weaver was third at 190.5. Oak Mountain edged out defending 7A state champs Thompson 234-207.5 to claim the Super Sectional title, and Oxford edged Homewood by one point, 176.5 to 175.5 for the Class 6A South title.
Two-time defending 285-pound state champion T.J. Rayam of Thompson earned top seed in the state meet with an 8-5 decision over Armand Lloyd of Oak Mountain. Rayam, an UMass football signee, is 28-2 on the season.
Leeds senior Josephus Smith (30-0) closed out the South competition with a 3-2 win over freshman Sean Caleb Allison of Weaver.
BIRMINGHAM – Auburn, Opelika, Northside and Winfield claimed boys’ championships and Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian captured girls’ championships as the 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Eighteen state records were broken Saturday – including three by junior track sensation Trey Cunningham of Winfield, who won four events for 40 points as Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates won their second consecutive Class 1A-3A state boys’ indoor title.
Winfield posted 122 points to beat runner-up American Christian by 26.50 points. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots tallied 93.50 point and his girls captured their second straight 1A-3A crown with 86.33 points. Bayside Academy finished second in the girls’ competition with 58.50 points, and Winfield was a close third with 54.50.
Auburn and Hoover repeated as Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state champs, respectively. Coach Johnny Johnson’s Tigers totaled 110.50 points to runner-up Hoover’s 64. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs won their third state crown in a row and fourth in five years with 126 points – 43 better than runner-up James Clemens’ 83.
Pelham’s girls captured their second Class 6A title in a row posting 98 points to beat runner-up Homewood (88). Opelika won its first boys’ 6A indoor championship with a meet-high 138.50 points. Northridge was second with 62.
Northside won its first boys’ state indoor title winning the Class 4A-5A championship with 70.50 points. Ramsay was as close second with 65. St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 4A-5A girls’ crown with 108 points. It was the 23rd overall for Coach Jim Tate’s Saints, an AHSAA state record.
Cunningham continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book with wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to edge American Christian’s Noah Karr (50.58) at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash to start his day Saturday. Maurice Holt of St. Paul’s held the old record (50.55), setting the standard 33 years ago in 1984.
Cunningham won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record on Friday in the prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his incredible meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016.
The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980.
In the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter dash, three runners bettered the classification record in what turned out to be one of the top races of the 2016 meet. Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne clocked 55.25 seconds to win the event – setting a new Class 7A Indoor State record (58.63) established by Hoover’s Sydney Steely at last year’s state meet. Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey was second with a season-best time of 56.35, and Steely bettered her own record finishing third with a 58.39 time. Ten records fell in Class 7A Saturday and 13 were broken on Friday.
Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland won two events in the Class 6A competition including the 400-meter dash (56.31) and 60-meter dash (7.54). Even though she holds the 6A state and CrossPlex records in each, her times came up just a little short of her career bests.
Karri Green of Piedmont set a 1A-3A 400-meter dash record (57.19) Saturday and followed with a near-record in winning the 60-meter dash 7.98) and 60-meter hurdles (9.22) to earn 30 points for the Bulldogs Saturday. She ran a 7.98 time and just missed the 7.70 record ran by Katie Brooks-Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2014.
Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won the 400-meter dash in 48.16, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. Huggins’ Bulldogs teammate Kacey Spinks was second at 49.66. He also won the 60-meter dash with the overall and 6A state record 6.85 time – breaking his own mark (6.87) set last year.
Emmanuel Tait of Thompson set two records in Class 7A, winning the 60-meter dash in 6.91 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.81.
Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the Class 7A indoor state record with a leap of 48 feet, one inch to win the triple jump competition. His distance beat the previous mark (45-01 ¾) set by Miles Strickland of Bob Jones last year by three feet. Strickland also broke his previous record with a 46-10 ½ effort to finish second.
A quick look at the records that fell Saturday are below.
Saturday’s Indoor Records
Triple Jump: Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (48-01); old record (45-01 ¾), Miles Strickland, Bob Jones, 2015.
Shot Put: Robert Moore, Auburn (54-02); old record (53-02), Christian Bell, Hoover, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (6.91); old record (6.93), Joshua Burks, James Clemens, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (7.81); old record (8.02), Tait in 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Drew Williams, Mountain Brook (4:17.06); old record (4:29.84), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Mountain Brook (7:57.93); old record (8:07.28), Auburn, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Shaquawn Vandergrift, Moody (6.95); old record (6.99), Harrison Dudley, Paul Bryant, 2014.
4x800-meter Relay: Northside (8:16.55); old record (8:19.17), Homewood, 2014.
Long Jump: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (23-04); old record (22-3 ¾), Derrell Washington, Calhoun, 1980.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (6.98); old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude. 2014, and Cunningham, 2016 prelims.
400-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (50.30); old record (50.55), Maurice Holt, St. Paul’s, 1984.
1,600-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (4:30.59); old record (4:31.74), Wade Martin, Good Hope, 2003.
400-meter Dash: Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain (55.25); old record (58.63), Sydney Steely, Hoover , 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (5:07.88); old record (5:10.61), Abbey Zane, Huntsville, 2015.
4xs400-meter Relay: Central-Phenix City (3:59.53); old record (4:01.91), Hoover, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Hoover (9:26.76); old record (9:31.97), Hoover, 2015.
400-meter Dash: Karri Green, Piedmont (57.19); old record (57.89), Shelbi White, Lincoln, 2014.
Class 6A and Class 4A-5A
No records set.
Final Team Scoring
James Clemens 83
Mountain Brook 64
Oak Mountain 25
Central-Phenix City 24
Smiths Station 18
Spain Park 9
Bob Jones 8
Vestavia Hills 7
Hazel Green 4
Fort Payne 28
Paul Bryant 22
John Carroll 18
Center Point 9
St. Paul’s Episcopal 108
West Limestone 23
Mortimer Jordan 8
Trinity Presbyterian 4
St. James 3
White Plains 3
JB Pennington 1
American Christian 86.33
Bayside Academy 58.50
Cottage Hill Christian 52
Piedmon t 46
Westminster-Oak Mtn 42
Whitesburg Christian 38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy 28
St. Bernard 20
Mobile Christian 15.33
Providence Christian 9
Coosa Christian 5
Pleasant Valley 4
Cold Springs 0.33
Mountain Brook 52
Spain Park 44
Central-Phenix City 43
Vestavia Hills 35
Oak Mountain 20
Smiths Station 19
Bob Jones 18
Gadsden City 17
James Clemens 8
Paul Bryant 38.50
Stanhope Elmore 24
Shades Valley 8
Center Point 4
Fort Payne 2
St. Paul’s Episcopal 53
Alabama Christian 34
St. Clair County 20
Elmore County 9
Sipsey Valley 3
Mortimer Jordan 2
MONTGOMERY –Wadley High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to forfeit seven varsity boys basketball games for violating the AHSAA transfer rule. The school self-reported the violation.|
Wadley played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Bona-Fide Move Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 1A, Area 8 one win each over Talladega County Central and Alabama School for the Deaf and one win over Victory Christian. Wadley also must forfeit four non-area wins: one each to Beulah and Woodland and two to Horseshoe Bend.
The Class 1A, Area 8 tournament bracket will reflect the forfeits. Wadley moves to fifth seed and will play fourth seed Victory Christian Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the site of Area 8 champion Winterboro. Third seed Alabama School for the Deaf will now play second seed Talladega County Central Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and top seed Winterboro will play the winner of Saturday’s Wadley-Victory Christian game at 5:30 p.m. The area tournament finals remain set for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
BIRMINGHAM – The 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships get underway Friday morning at the Birmingham CrossPlex and will conclude Saturday.
Action starts at 9 a.m. for field and running events Friday. Saturday’s schedule has field events getting underway at 8 a.m., and running events at 9 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream Saturday’s final day of competition at the CrossPlex with Jerry Young and Jon Lunceford handling play-by-play commentary and Taylor Narewski serving as color commentator. The live timing results are being provided by Xpress Timing will be available online at www.ahsaa.com.
Defending girls’ state champions are Hoover in 7A, Pelham in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal in 4A-5A and American Christian in 1A-3A. Coach Tim Tate’s St. Paul’s girls won their 21st team state title overall and fourth in a row since indoor track moved to the CrossPlex in 2012.
Defending boys’ champions are Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), UMS-Wright (4A-5A) and Winfield (1A-3A).
Among the standouts in this year’s championships is junior Trey Cunningham of Winfield. He helped the Pirates claim the Class 1A-3A state title in 2015 with a record-setting performance. Cunningham scored the maximum 40 points in the Class 1A-3A boys division with individual wins in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump to help the Pirates win the state title.
Cunningham turned in a 7.76-second time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend at the CrossPlex – a time that betters the state-record 7.80 mark set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover at the 2013 state meet.
Junior Deante Tolbert led Auburn the first Class 7A title in AHSAA history last year with the fastest indoor 400-meter time (48.09 seconds) in the 46-year indoor state meet history. Opelika senior Nathanaiel Huggins also returns after setting the 60-meter dash indoor record last year running a 6.87 time in the Class 6A prelims. He has beat that time this season running 6.84 at the Ice Breaker Invitational in early January at the CrossPlex. He also has the fastest time of the season in the 400-meter dash (48.12), just 3/100ths off the state mark, in the same meet.
Junior Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville leaped 24 feet, 7½ inches in the long jump at the Martin Luther King Classic at the CrossPlex in January. That leap is just ¼ inch off the state mark set by Murphy’s Anthony Carter in the 1971 state meet at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum. That 45-year-old mark is the current standing state record in the AHSAA. Senior Michael Wiggins of Huntsville also jumped a state-best 49 feet, 3½ inches at the USATF Galleria Games in December, more than 15 inches better than the current state meet record (47-11¼) set by Spain Park’s Myles Charley in 2012.
In the girls’ competition, Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic, an eighth grader in 2015, set the 4A-5A state record in the 1,600 meters (5:01.36) and the state’s overall record in the indoor 3,200 (10:32.94). She returns this year as a freshman to lead the Lady Knights.
Junior Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn has run 7.46 seconds in the 60-meter dash this season to better her own state-meet record 7.49 time set in 2014 and equaled in 2015. Hoover senior Brittley Humphrey has also bettered her 60-meter hurdles state-meet record (8.54) set in 2014 with a winning time of 8.44 seconds in the Martin Luther King Classic last month.
McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Margaret Ollinger appears on pace to beat her own AHSAA state indoor pole vault record as well. She set the mark in 2015 clearing 12 feet, 4½ inches. Her season best so far in 2016 is 13-2¼ at the Last Chance Invitational last weekend.
Current AHSAA Indoor state-meet records can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the Indoor Track link.
PELHAM -- The inaugural AHSAA State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes came down to the top two seeds in the boys’ division with No. 1 seed Stanhope Elmore facing No. 2 seed Spain Park in the finals Friday. The Jaguars built an early lead in the final match, however, capture the first boys’ state championship with a 1,836 score – 260 pins ahead of the Mustangs’ 1.576 total.
Sparkman beat James Clemens in the girls’ finals to win the girls’ AHSAA state title with a winning 1,488 pin total. The Jets had 1,269 in the final match.
Stanhope Elmore eighth grader Josh Wilson rolled as championship match high 254 in the traditional game to lead all bowlers. Coach Wes Dunseith’s Mustangs also got big game from Stormy Stephens, who rolled s 193 in the traditional game. Spain Park, coached by Stephen Hobbs, trailed by 15 pins after the traditional game but rebounded to outscore Stanhope 223-145 in the first Baker game and 203-148 in the second to take the lead for good. Jalen Johnson had a high game of 179 and Devin Dowdle had a 181 for the Jags in the traditional game round.
Sparkman’s Nicole Gilbert rolled a 218 to help Coach Isabella Coffell’s Senators build a 744-596 lead in the traditional game. They closed out with a strong 191 total in the final Baker game to win by by 119 pins. The 191 game was the best of the final match. James Clemens was coached by Anthony Pickard.
Stanhope beat Huntsville by 102 pins, 1,781 to 1,679, in the semifinals and Spain Park downed Mary Montgomery by a slimmer 67-pin margin. James Waller rolled a 228 for the Jaguars in his single traditional game, and Christian McNeeley of Mary Montgomery rolled a 255 for the top single game of the semis.
In the girls’ semifinals, James Clemens beat top-seeded Etowah 1,471 – 1,127, and Sparkman downed second-seeded Scottsboro 76 pins, rolling 1,558 to the Wildcats’ 1,482 total. Sierra Lewis of Scottsboro had the high game (205) and Beth Fowler of Sparkman was next with a 201. She had three 200-plus traditional games on Friday including a 243 in a first-round win over Thompson for the highest individual girls' game of the day.
All matches consisted of one traditional game and five Baker format games.
Friday’s complete Championship Bracket match play results are listed below.
AHSAA STATE BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday’s Championship Bracket Results
(All matches consist of 1 traditional and 5 Baker format games)
Boys Final Results
Spain Park 1,836, Stanhope Elmore 1,576
High Tradition Game
254 Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore
193 Stormy Stephens, Stanhope Elmore
181 Devin Dowdell, Spain Park
179 Jalen Johnson, Spain Park
Boys Semifinal Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,781, Huntsville 1,679
Spain Park 1,831, Mary Montgomery 1,754
High Traditional Games
255 Christian McNeeley, Mary Montgomery
228 James Waller, Spain Park
Boys Quarterfinal Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,843, Prattville 1,735
Huntsville 1,754, Etowah 1,614
Mary Montgomery 1,735, Vestavia Hills 1,699
Spain Park 1,872, Benjamin Russell 1,654
High Traditional Games
269 Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore
259 Myliq Davis, Huntsville
Boys First Round Results
Stanhope Elmore 1,606, Sparkman 1,472
Prattville 1,613, Thompson 1,475
Etowah 1,829, Baker 1,663
Huntsville 1,628, Gadsden City 1,597
Mary Montgomery 1,724, East Limestone, 1.388
Vestavia Hills 1,852, James Clemens 1,543
Benjamin Russell 1,624, Hewitt-Trussville 1,513
Spain Park 1,714, Fairhope 1,507
High Traditional Game
267 Austin Gibbs, Etowah
Sparkman 1,488, James Clemens 1,269
High Traditional Game
218 Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman
Girls Semifinal Pairings
James Clemens 1,471, Etowah 1,127
Sparkman 1,558, Scottsboro 1,482
High Traditional Game
205 Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
201 Beth Fowler, Sparkman
Girls Quarterfinal Pairings
Etowah 1,500, Southside-Gadsden 1,488
James Clemens 1,352, Mary Montgomery 1,332
Sparkman 1,511, Hewitt-Trussville 1,283
Scottsboro 1,423, Spain Park 1,390
High Traditional Game
234 Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
211 Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman
First Round Results
Etowah 1,364, Satsuma 1,152
Southside-Gadsden 1,358, Gadsden City, 1,082
Mary Montgomery 1,349, Northview 1,199
James Clemens 1,377, Thompson 1,260
Hewitt-Trussville 1,342, Pelham 1,173
Sparkman 1,548, McGill-Toolen, 1,097
Spain Park 1,391, Pinson Valley 1,318
Scottsboro 1,430, Beauregard, 1,306
High Traditional Game
243 Beth Fowler, Sparkman