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Class 1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 36, Brantley 26

    Spring Garden’s tenacious defense limited defending Class 1A girls state champion Brantley to 23.4 percent shooting from the field and posted a 36-26 win in the semifinals at the BJCC Monday.
    The Panthers (33-2) extended their current winning streak to 25 in a row with Darian Gaines scoring nine points, Madison Sides and Tykeah Rogers notching eight each. Rogers also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Payton McGinnis had eight boards.
    Brantley (27-3), the 1A state champion in 2013 and 2014, had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the loss.  Payton Burnett scored 10 points and Saquaya Lane had eight for the Bulldogs of Coach Andrew Kilcrease.
     Spring Garden, coached by Ricky Austin, plays Keith in the finals Thursday at 4 p.m.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals Sunshine 61, Phillips 46

    Senior Walter Jones, Jr. scored 26 points and Herbert Jones added 16 as Sunshine (28-4) beat Phillips (26-6) in the Class 1A boys state tournament semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Walter Jones’ Tigers advance to Thursday night’s 6 p.m. finals.
     Keonta Edwards dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and also chipped in 12 points for Sunshine.
     Phillips trailed 31-29 at the half. Jake Bonner, one of the Bears’ top players, had 10 points in the first half but only played a minute in the second half and left the game following an injury.  Jacob Feltman had 14 points, and Tyler Crumpton 10 for Coach Scott Veal’s Bears.
     Sunshine, in the state tournament last year, will close at the end of this school year with students transferring to nearby Greensboro High School, according to the plan submitted by the Hale County Board of Education.
          

Class 1A Girls Semifinals Keith 52, Decatur Heritage 34

   The Lady Bears (26-5) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals with a defensive effort. Coach Cecil Williams’ girls limited Decatur Heritage to 14 points in the first half and out-scored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter to move into the championship game for the second year in a row.
    Harriet Winchester scored 20 points and passed out five assists to pace Keith.  Zykia Pettway also had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.   Ambreya Snow and Shatavia Moore added eight points.
    Decatur Heritage (23-6) was paced by Bekah Voss and Maddie Vinton had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Chandler Sparkman also had eight rebounds for Coach Paula Armstrong’s Eagles.
  The game was the first of 42 games scheduled for the week at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Class 1A and Class 2A play today, Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A tip off on Wednesday and Class 7A closes the semifinals on Thursday. Two finals will be Thursday night (1A boys and girls). Finals for Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will Friday with the Classes 5A, 6A and 7A closing out the week on Saturday.

Northwest Regional Tournament To Start at 10 a.m.

   The AHSAA Northwest Regional Basketball Tournament at Wallace-Hanceville Community College will delay the start of Wednesday’s tournament schedule one hour until 10 a.m. The  Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State, the South Regional at Dothan and Central Regional at Montgomery are scheduled to start on time at 9 a.m.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA made the decision to delay Northwest Regionals based on the current weather conditions. He said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions.
    The changes in the Northwest Regional schedule will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Northwest Regional
Revised Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  4A Girls Championship   Deshler vs. Danville
11:45 a.m.:  4A Boys Championship   West Limestone vs. East Lawrence
1:30 pm:      3A Girls Championship    Lauderdale County vs. Madison Academy
3:15 p.m.:    3A Boys Championship   Madison Academy vs. Winfield  
5:00 p.m.:    5A Girls Championship   Ramsay vs. Wenonah
6:45 p.m. :   5A Boys Championship   Parker vs. Ramsay


Northeast, Northwest Regional Tournaments To Start at 10 a.m.

   The AHSAA Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville State and the Northwest Regional at Wallace-Hanceville Community College will delay the start of Tuesday’s tournament schedule one hour until 10 a.m. The  South Regional at Dothan and Central Regional at Montgomery are scheduled to start on time at 9 a.m.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA made the decision to delay the Northeast and Northwest Regionals based on the current weather conditions. He said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions.
    The changes in the schedules will be posted at www.ahsaa.com and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Northeast Regional
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Gadsden City vs. Huntsville

11:45 a.m. : 7A Boys Championship   Mountain Brook vs. Gadsden City

1:30 p.m. :   2A Girls Championship   Section vs. Fyffe

3:15 p.m.:    2A Boys Championship   Fyffe vs. Vincent

5:00 p.m.:    1A Girls Championship   Woodville vs. Spring Garden

6:45 p.m.:    1A Boys Championship   Sacred Heart vs. Talladega County Central

Northwest Regional
Adjusted Tuesday Schedule

10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Hoover  vs. Hazel Green
11:45 a.m.:  7A Boys Championship   Sparkman vs. Hoover
1:30 pm:      6A Girls Championship    Austin  vs. Lee-Huntsville
3:15 p.m.:    6A Boys Championship   Cullman vs. Lee-Huntsville  
5:00 p.m.:    1A Girls Championship   Decatur-Heritage vs. Berry
6:45 p.m. :   1A Boys Championship   Phillips vs. South Lamar


Regional Tournaments To Remain On Schedule Monday

   Based on the updated weather forecast for the state of Alabama Sunday afternoon, all Alabama High School Athletic Association Regional Basketball tournaments will play games as scheduled Monday.
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions as the tournaments at all four sites continue this week.
    Regional basketball tournaments are being held at Wallace-Hanceville Community College (Northwest), Jacksonville State University (Northeast), Alabama State University (Central) and Dothan Civic Center (South).
    Should updates become necessary, the information will be posted at www.ahsaa.com.

Arab, Thompson and Leeds Capture AHSAA State Wrestling Championships

Arab sewed up its third straight state wrestling championship Saturday setting an overall points record with 244.5 to claim the Class 6A state title as the 60th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships concluded at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
The Knights had mathematically sewn up the title after Friday’s round but set the record with 23 points on the final day. Coach Michael Pruitt’s team posted wrestler in the winner’s circle with Jacob Spencer (58-1) capturing the 220-pound weight division title. The Arab point total clipped the old record (231.5) set by Thompson in the 2012 Class 6A championships. Spencer pinned Hartselle’s Ashton Quattlebaum (48-4) at 4:00 for his third state crown.
Thompson posted 140 points to win the 7A state title, the fifth state championship in a row by Coach Sean Weltzin’s Warriors. Leeds, with 148.5 points, won the 1A-5A state championship. The Green Wave, coached by Matt Hicks, captured its first state wrestling championship in the process – coming just two months after the Green Wave won the Class 4A state football title at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It was the Knights’ fourth state championship overall since starting wrestling in the 1974-75 school year and its third in a row. The previous two were won in Class 5A. Southside-Gadsden was second with 135 points followed by Oxford (131) and Muscle Shoals (107).
Coach Michael Pruitt’s team had its 117-dual match winning streak snapped earlier in the season by Class 7A state champion Thompson (29-27). The streak is 11th longest in the nation and second in AHSAA history to Weaver’s 221. Pruitt’s overall dual-match coaching record is 427-129-3.
Arick Shankles of Muscle Shoals closed out his prep career with a pin over John McAlpin of Arab in the 113-pound Class 6A finals for his fourth state championship. Shankles closed the season at 48-0 and finished with 109 wins in a row.
Shankles won most pins with four for a total time on the mat of just 5:53. He was also named Most Valuable Wrestler. Best match went to Brennan Shankles, Arick’s younger brother, versus Aaron Ledbetter of Chelsea in the 120-pound final.

CLASS 7A
Thompson out-pointed runner-up Vestavia Hills (111) by 29 points. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 85 and Prattville fourth with 80.
The Warriors had three individual state champions including junior T.J. Rayam (59-3), who won his second straight 285-pound title with a tough 6-4 win over Auburn’s Randy Hooks (42-6). Gabe Hixenbaugh (27-1), an eighth grader, won at 106 pounds with a 9-2 decision over Alex Thomas (53-5) of Oak Mountain. Junior Dominic Latona (64-6) also won at 120 pounds with a 6-4 decision over Khaleel Johnson (54-9) of Auburn.
Cade McWhirter of Prattville finished the season 47-0 as the 170-pound champion and was named MVP for Class 7A.
Tuscaloosa County’s Josh Smith won the 195-pound crown with three pins in just 9:12 for Most Pins.
Best match was judged the 126-pound finals won by Camden Funkhouser (43-9) of Prattville 11-7 in sudden death overtime over Drew Reed (31-3) of Mountain Brook.

Class 1A-5A
Leeds edged Madison County (121.5) for the championship with Weaver (108.5) third and Cleburne County (99) fourth. The Green Wave had one state champion with Josephus Smith (41-3) winning by decision over Hunter Barclay (50-6) of Ohatchee 5-4 in the final match of the state championships.
Alex Sandmann (48-4) of Cleburne County defeated Leeds’ Tre’ Nation (35-5) in a tough 220-pound final 4-3 in overtime.
Timothy Murphree of Fultondale was selected by the coaches as 1A-5A MVP. The junior won the 113-pound championship beating Dora’s Recio Winchester (65-11) with a technical fall (17-2). Murphree finished the season 65-2.
Best Match was the 145-pound final won by Madison County’s Alex Cohen (26-4) pver Christian Willoughby (25-3) of J.B. Pennington 9-8. Trevor Edwards of Madison County (33-2), the 170-pound champion, had the most pins (3) using just 3:40.
Montgomery Catholic sophomore Zachary Van alst (50-0) recorded his fourth state championship beating Chase Phillips (35-9) of Hayden in the finals with a 14-3 major decision.

Championship Match Results
Class 7A
106 pounds: Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 27-1 won by decision over Alex Thomas (Oak Mountain) 53-5 (Dec 9-2)
113 pounds: Carlos Andres (Tuscaloosa County) 52-1 won by decision over Cody Mealer (Thompson) 44-6 (Dec 6-5)
120 pounds: Dominic Latona (Thompson) 64-6 won by decision over Khaleel Johnson (Auburn) 54-9 (Dec 6-4)
126 pounds: Camden Funkhouser (Prattville) 43-9 won in sudden victory - 1 over Drew Reed (Mountain Brook) 31-3 (SV-1 11-7)
132 pounds: Matthew Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 43-7 won by decision over Michael john Harris (Oak Mountain) 58-6 (Dec 8-4)
138 pounds: Robbey Killough (Prattville) 51-1 won by fall over Jaitlin Pitts (Auburn) 35-13 (Fall 1:47)
145 pounds: Hayden Hill (Vestavia Hills) 39-4 won by decision over Dalton Meadows (Hewitt-Trussville) 39-6 (Dec 10-8)
152 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 52-4 won by decision over Austin Gandler (Mountain Brook) 37-6 (Dec 11-4)
160 pounds: Davis Perry (Hewitt-Trussville) 35-2 won by decision over Morgan Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 26-3 (Dec 6-1)
170 pounds: Caden McWhirter (Prattville) 47-0 won by tech fall over George Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 47-12 (TF-1.5 5:17 (16-1))
182 pounds: T.J. Edwards (James Clemens) 50-3 won by tech fall over Nicholas Mobley (Thompson) 56-19 (TF-1.5 4:46 (18-3))
195 pounds: Josh Smith (Tuscaloosa County) 49-2 won by fall over Luke Hester (Thompson) 51-15 (Fall 5:25)
220 pounds: Kevin Mcclure (Spain Park) 55-3 won by decision over Bret Winters (Hoover) 33-4 (Dec 7-1)
285 pounds: T.J. Rayam (Thompson) 59-3 won by decision over Randy Hooks (Auburn) 42-6 (Dec 6-4)

CLASS 6A
106 pounds:
Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 50-1 won by decision over Ty Naquin (Stanhope Elmore) 39-3 (Dec 4-1)
113 pounds: Arick Shankles (Muscle Shoals) 48-0 won by fall over John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 43-17 (Fall 1:33)
120 pounds: Aaron Ledbetter (Chelsea) 44-17 won in sudden victory - 1 over Brennen Shankles (Muscle Shoals) 38-10 (SV-1 2-0)
126 pounds: Vershone Graham (Wetumpka) 43-4 won by fall over B.j. Hayes (Arab) 57-6 (Fall 6:46)
132 pounds: Deandre Anderson (Hueytown) 44-2 won by decision over Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 52-4 (Dec 14-8)
138 pounds: Matt King (Oxford) 55-3 won by fall over Ian Hilyer (Fort Payne) 50-9 (Fall 1:42)
145 pounds: Noah Bradford (Southside-Gadsden) 50-4 won by decision over Javon Cortez (Arab) 56-9 (Dec 6-2)
152 pounds: Brett Clark (Scottsboro) 59-4 won by decision over Hank Turner (Pinson Valley) 62-3 (Dec 4-3)
160 pounds: Khaliq Jones (Wetumpka) 41-1 won by decision over Austin Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) 54-7 (Dec 8-4)
170 pounds: Kade Kitchens (Southside-Gadsden) 53-1 won by fall over Deon Gregory (Pinson Valley) 50-11 (Fall 2:07)
182 pounds: Hunter Lee (Oxford) 64-3 won by fall over Ryan Grider (Scottsboro) 47-8 (Fall 0:49)
195 pounds: Kashus Culpepper (Benjamin Russell) 50-1 won by decision over Dawson McDaniel (Arab) 55-8 (Dec 14-8)
220 pounds: Jacob Spencer (Arab) 58-1 won by fall over Ashton Quattlebaum (Hartselle) 48-4 (Fall 4:00)
285 pounds: Daniel Bland (Benjamin Russell) 47-1 won by decision over Connor Griffin (Arab) 38-4 (Dec 7-3)

CLASS 1A-5A

106 pounds: Nick Souder (Weaver) 65-1 won by decision over Jim Wilson (Ohatchee) 58-11 (Dec 6-4)
113 pounds: Timothy Murphree (Fultondale) 65-2 won by tech fall over Recio Winchester (Dora) 65-11 (TF-1.5 5:51 (17-2))
120 pounds: Zachary Van alst (Montgomery Catholic) 50-0 won by major decision over Chase Phillips (Hayden) 35-9 (MD 14-3)
126 pounds: Tyler Williams (Deshler) 27-8 won by decision over Braxton Wothington (Mortimer Jordan) 55-8 (Dec 4-1)
132 pounds: Kennon Reese (Tallassee) 50-4 won by decision over Austin Everett (Dora) 64-2 (Dec 5-1)
138 pounds: Chase Warren (Dora) 61-4 won by fall over Toren Pollard (Leeds) 49-2 (Fall 3:41)
145 pounds: Alec Cohen (Madison County) 26-4 won by decision over Christian Willoughby (J.B. Pennington) 25-1 (Dec 9-8)
152 pounds: Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 43-2 won by decision over Alex Nickell (Leeds) 51-6 (Dec 10-7)
160 pounds: Hunter Scott (Holtville) 42-1 won by major decision over Ethan Pippin (Westminster Christian) 41-9 (MD 18-7)
170 pounds: Trevor Edwards (Madison County) 33-2 won by fall over Caleb Lauderdale (Dora) 65-8 (Fall 1:21)
182 pounds: Brett Staggs (Moody) 67-3 won by fall over Greg Abramson (Mortimer Jordan) 55-5 (Fall 3:22)
195 pounds: Christian Lane Burtram (Saint Clair County) 39-11 won by decision over Chase Rodgers (Weaver) 54-6 (Dec 9-3)
220 pounds: Alex Sandmann (Cleburne County) 48-4 won in tie breaker - 1 over Tre Nation (Leeds) 35-5 (TB-1 4-3)
285 pounds: Josephus Smith (Leeds) 41-3 won by decision over Hunter Barclay (Ohatchee) 50-6


Thompson, Arab, Leeds Lead Divisions Heading Into Saturday’s Final Day of AHSAA State Wrestling

   Thompson High School, the Class 6A state champions for the last four years, leads the Class 7A competition heading into Saturday’s final day of the 60th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville Von Braun Center.
    The Warriors of Coach Shawn Weltzin advanced six wrestlers to the finals that get underway at 11:30 a.m.  Thompson totaled 125 points in the first day of the new 7A division. Vestavia Hills is second with 100 points and four wrestlers in finals and Hewitt-Trussville third with 69.5 points followed by Oak Mountain with 68.5.
    Arab, the Class 5A champs in 2013 and 2014, lead Class 6A with 221.5 points after the second day of wrestling. Class 6A and Class 1A-5A opened the state tournament on Thursday while Class 7A commenced Friday. Oxford has 119 points, Southside-Gadsden 117 and Muscle Shoals 99 to round out the 6A top four entering Saturday's action. The Knights have four wrestlers in the finals.
    Leeds improved its first-day lead by totaling 140.5 points to lead second-place Madison County (103.5) by 37 points. Weaver (98.5) is third followed by Ohatchee fourth (91).  The Green Wave, going for its first state wrestling title, also has four wrestlers advancing to finals.
    Three wrestlers have a chance to become four-time state champions with wins Saturday. Arab’s B.J. Hayes (57-5) pinned Athens’ Marley Taylor at 4:55 to set up a 126-pound finals versus Wetumpka’s Vershone Graham (42-4). Graham beat Joseph Green of Muscle Shoals (38-10) 8-4.
     Arick Shankles of Muscle Shoals improved to 47-0 with a pin at 2:56 over Jerry Bingham of Arab at 113 pounds and will be chasing his fourth state title against John McAlpin of Scottsboro (43-16).  Zachary Van alst of Montgomery Catholic (49-0) advanced to the 1A-5A 120-pound finals with a technical fall over Tommy Woodall of Sumiton Christian.
     Arab 220-pounder Jacob Spencer (57-1) advanced to the 6A finals by pinning McAdory’s Frank Gonzalez in the semis and aims for his third straight state title.
     Thompson heavyweight T.J. Rayam (58-3), the 2013 runner-up and 2014 champion in 6A, will face Randy Hooks of Auburn in the 285-pound finals. Rayam won a tough 3-2 decision over Hewitt-Trussville’s Kyle Miskelley and Hooks (42-5) beat Benjamin Cage of Vestavia Hills 10-7.
    All finals matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and are available through the network’s subscriber program. The live video webcast will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
    For details, go to:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/cace6bd48a

    The complete championship pairings are:

 

Championship Pairings
Class 7A  
106 pounds: Alex Thomas, Oak Mtn. (53-4)  vs. Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (26-1)
113 pounds: Cody Mealer, Thompson (44-5) vs. Carlos Andres, Tuscaloosa County (51-1)
120 pounds: Khaleel Johnson, Auburn (54-8) vs. Dominic Latona, Thompson (63-6)
126 pounds: Camden Funkhouser, Prattville (42-9) vs. Drew Reed, Mountain Brook (31-2)
132 pounds: Matthew Paugh, Vestavia Hills (42-7) vs. Michael John Harris, Oak Mtn. (58-5)
138 pounds: Robbey Killough, Prattville (50-1) vs. Jaitlin Pitts, Auburn (35-12)
145 pounds: Dalton Meadows, Hewitt-Trussville (39-5) vs. Hayden Hill, Vestavia Hills (38-4)
152 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (51-4) vs. Austin Gandler, Mountain Brook (37-5)
160 pounds: Davis Perry, Hewitt-Trussville (34-2) vs. Morgan Paugh, Vestavia Hills (26-2)
170 pounds: Caden McWhirter, Prattville (46-0) vs. George Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (47-11)
182 pounds: Nicholas Mobley, Thompson (56-18) vs. T.J. Edwards, James Clemens (49-3)
195 pounds: Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (48-2) vs. Luke Hester, Thompson (51-14)
220 pounds: Bret Winters, (Hoover (33-3) vs. Kevin McClure, Spain Park (54-3)
285 pounds: T.J. Rayam, Thompson (58-3) vs. Randy Hooks, Auburn (42-5)

Class 6A  
106 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (49-1) vs. Ty Naquin Stanhope Elmore (39-2)
113 pounds: John McAlpin, Scottsboro (43-16) vs. Arick Shankles, Muscle Shoals (47-0)
120 pounds: Aaron Ledbetter, Chelsea (43-17) vs. Brennen Shankles, Muscle Shoals (38-9)
126 pounds: Vershone Graham, Wetumpka (42-4) vs. B.J. Hayes, Arab (57-5)
132 pounds: Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (52-3) vs. Deandre Anderson, Hueytown (43-2)
138 pounds: Matt King, Oxford (54-3) vs. Ian Hilyer, Fort Payne (50-8)
145 pounds: Noah Bradford, Southside-Gadsden (49-4) vs. Javon Cortez, Arab (56-8)
152 pounds: Brett Clark, Scottsboro (58-4) vs. Hank Turner, Pinson Valley (62-2)
160 pounds: Austin Weldon, Clay-Chalkville (54-6) vs. Khaliq Jones, Wetumpka (40-1)
170 pounds: Deon Gregory, Pinson Va. (50-10) vs. Kade Kitchens, Southside-Gadsden (52-1)
182 pounds: Ryan Grider, Scottsboro (47-7) vs. Hunter Lee, Oxford (63-3)

195 pounds: Kashus Culpepper. Ben. Russell (49-1) vs. Dawson McDaniel, Arab (55-7)
220 pounds: Jacob Spencer, Arab (57-1) vs. Ashton Quattlebaum, Hartselle (48-3)
285 pounds: Daniel Bland, Ben. Russell (46-1) vs. Conner Griffin, Arab (38-3)
Class 1A-5A
  
106 pounds: Jim Wilson, Ohatchee (58-10) vs. Nick Souder, Weaver (64-1)
113 pounds: Recio Winchester, Dora (65-10) vs. Timothy Murphree, Fultondale (64-2)
120 pounds: Chase Phillips, Hayden (35-8) vs. Zachary Van alst, Montgomery Catholic (49-0)
126 pounds: Tyler Williams, Deshler (26-8) vs. Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan (55-7)
132 pounds: Austin Everett, Dora (64-1) vs. Kennon Reese, Tallassee (49-4)
138 pounds: Toren Pollard, Leeds (49-1) vs. Chase Warren, Dora (60-4)
145 pounds: Christian Willoughby, J.B. Pennington (25-0) vs. Alec Cohen, Madison Co. (25-

152 pounds: Alex Nickell, Leeds (51-5) vs. Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (42-2)
160 pounds: Ethan Pippin, Westminster (41-8) vs. Hunter Scott, Holtville (41-1)

170 pounds: Caleb Lauderdale, Dora (65-7) vs. Trevor Edwards, Madison County (32-2)
182 pounds: Greg Abramson, Mortimer Jordan (55-4) vs. Brett Staggs, Moody (66-3)

195 pounds: Chase Rodgers, Weaver (54-5) vs.  Christian Burtram, Saint Clair Co. (38-11)
220 pounds: Alex Sandmann, Cleburne Co. (47-4) vs. Tre’ Nation, Leeds (35-4)
285 pounds: Josephus Smith, Leeds (40-3) vs. Hunter Barclay, Ohatchee (50-5)


WRESTLING FINALS MATCHES SET FOR SATURDAY

   The championship match pairings have been set for Saturday’s finals of the 60th annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville Von Braun Center.
    All finals matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and are available through the network’s subscriber program. The live video webcast will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
    For details, go to:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/cace6bd48a

    The complete championship pairings are:

 

Championship Pairings
Class 7A
  
106 pounds: Alex Thomas, Oak Mtn. (53-4)  vs. Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (26-1)
113 pounds: Cody Mealer, Thompson (44-5) vs. Carlos Andres, Tuscaloosa County (51-1)
120 pounds: Khaleel Johnson, Auburn (54-8) vs. Dominic Latona, Thompson (63-6)
126 pounds: Camden Funkhouser, Prattville (42-9) vs. Drew Reed, Mountain Brook (31-2)
132 pounds: Matthew Paugh, Vestavia Hills (42-7) vs. Michael John Harris, Oak Mtn. (58-5)
138 pounds: Robbey Killough, Prattville (50-1) vs. Jaitlin Pitts, Auburn (35-12)
145 pounds: Dalton Meadows, Hewitt-Trussville (39-5) vs. Hayden Hill, Vestavia Hills (38-4)
152 pounds: Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (51-4) vs. Austin Gandler, Mountain Brook (37-5)
160 pounds: Davis Perry, Hewitt-Trussville (34-2) vs. Morgan Paugh, Vestavia Hills (26-2)
170 pounds: Caden McWhirter, Prattville (46-0) vs. George Dazzio, Vestavia Hills (47-11)
182 pounds: Nicholas Mobley, Thompson (56-18) vs. T.J. Edwards, James Clemens (49-3)
195 pounds: Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (48-2) vs. Luke Hester, Thompson (51-14)
220 pounds: Bret Winters, (Hoover (33-3) vs. Kevin McClure, Spain Park (54-3)
285 pounds: T.J. Rayam, Thompson (58-3) vs. Randy Hooks, Auburn (42-5)

Class 6A  
106 pounds: Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (49-1) vs. Ty Naquin Stanhope Elmore (39-2)
113 pounds: John McAlpin, Scottsboro (43-16) vs. Arick Shankles, Muscle Shoals (47-0)
120 pounds: Aaron Ledbetter, Chelsea (43-17) vs. Brennen Shankles, Muscle Shoals (38-9)
126 pounds: Vershone Graham, Wetumpka (42-4) vs. B.J. Hayes, Arab (57-5)
132 pounds: Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (52-3) vs. Deandre Anderson, Hueytown (43-2)
138 pounds: Matt King, Oxford (54-3) vs. Ian Hilyer, Fort Payne (50-8)
145 pounds: Noah Bradford, Southside-Gadsden (49-4) vs. Javon Cortez, Arab (56-8)
152 pounds: Brett Clark, Scottsboro (58-4) vs. Hank Turner, Pinson Valley (62-2)
160 pounds: Austin Weldon, Clay-Chalkville (54-6) vs. Khaliq Jones, Wetumpka (40-1)
170 pounds: Deon Gregory, Pinson Va. (50-10) vs. Kade Kitchens, Southside-Gadsden (52-1)
182 pounds: Ryan Grider, Scottsboro (47-7) vs. Hunter Lee, Oxford (63-3)

195 pounds: Kashus Culpepper. Ben. Russell (49-1) vs. Dawson McDaniel, Arab (55-7)
220 pounds: Jacob Spencer, Arab (57-1) vs. Ashton Quattlebaum, Hartselle (48-3)
285 pounds: Daniel Bland, Ben. Russell (46-1) vs. Conner Griffin, Arab (38-3)
Class 1A-5A  
106 pounds: Jim Wilson, Ohatchee (58-10) vs. Nick Souder, Weaver (64-1)
113 pounds: Recio Winchester, Dora (65-10) vs. Timothy Murphree, Fultondale (64-2)
120 pounds: Chase Phillips, Hayden (35-8) vs. Zachary Van alst, Montgomery Catholic (49-0)
126 pounds: Tyler Williams, Deshler (26-8) vs. Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan (55-7) 132 pounds: Austin Everett, Dora (64-1) vs. Kennon Reese, Tallassee (49-4)
138 pounds: Toren Pollard, Leeds (49-1) vs. Chase Warren, Dora (60-4)
145 pounds: Christian Willoughby, J.B. Pennington (25-0) vs. Alec Cohen, Madison Co. (25-

152 pounds: Alex Nickell, Leeds (51-5) vs. Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (42-2)
160 pounds: Ethan Pippin, Westminster (41-8) vs. Hunter Scott, Holtville (41-1)

170 pounds: Caleb Lauderdale, Dora (65-7) vs. Trevor Edwards, Madison County (32-2)
182 pounds: Greg Abramson, Mortimer Jordan (55-4) vs. Brett Staggs, Moody (66-3)

195 pounds: Chase Rodgers, Weaver (54-5) vs.  Christian Burtram, Saint Clair Co. (38-11)
220 pounds: Alex Sandmann, Cleburne Co. (47-4) vs. Tre’ Nation, Leeds (35-4)
285 pounds: Josephus Smith, Leeds (40-3) vs. Hunter Barclay, Ohatchee (50-5)


Arab, Leeds Lead Wrestling After Day 1 At 60th Annual AHSAA State Championships

     Arab built a resounding lead in Class 6A and Leeds held a slim 5.5-point margin in the Class 1A-5A after day one of the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Thursday.
     The Green Wave scored 68.5 points with Madison County second with 63. Rounding out the Top 10 were Ohatchee (49), St. James (47.5), Cleburne County (46), Weaver (45), Dora (41), Hayden (38.5), Helena (36) and Fultondale (30).
     Arab’s Knights, the Class 5A state champion in 2014, almost doubled their competition, posting 119 points to No. 2 Southside-Gadsden’s 67. Rounding out the Class 6A Top 10 in opening day action were Oxford (61), Muscle Shoals (51), Hartselle (48), Homewood (48), Athens (42.5), Benjamin Russell (39), Pinson Valley (36.5) and Scottsboro (32).
    Action begins Friday morning with weigh-in at 8 a.m., followed by Class 1A-5A and 6A consolation round two and Class 7A quarterfinals.
     Muscle Shoals senior Arick Shankles cruised to two easy wins at 113 pounds by pinning both opponents in 19 seconds and 1:05, respectively, to improve to 46-0 on the season. The three-time state champion improved his current winning streak to 108 dating back to December of 2013.
    Zachary Van alst of Montgomery Catholic rolled to two easy victories in the Class 1A-5A 120-pound division. He pinned his first opponent in 1:24 and then scored a 15-2 major decision in his second-round match.
    Both unbeaten wrestlers advanced to Friday’s semifinals.
    Class 7A, featured for the first time in the 60th annual AHSAA state meet, will be competing for the first time today with four-time 6A state champion Thompson heading the field. 
    Complete live results are available using the wrestling link at www.ahsaa.com.
    The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals on Saturday.  The link is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/explore/upcoming/school/79b4a0a4a9

NFHS Network Featuring Basketball Regional Games

   AHSAA Regional Basketball Tournaments at all four sites got underway Thursday. There will be eight games at three sites (Northeast, Northwest and South) Friday with six scheduled for the Central Regional at Alabama State’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  The Central Regional hosted four games on Wednesday.
    Several AHSAA Regional Tournament basketball games are scheduled to be live-streamed by member schools in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program.
    Among those set for Friday are all four Class 6A semifinals at the Northwest Regional in Hanceville,  all being produced by Florence High School’s award-winning  school broadcast team.  The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals at the four sites next week. McGill-Toolen and Houston Academy live-streamed two games each at the South Regional in Dothan Thursday.
    Pike County, Jacksonville and Pisgah high schools will live-stream their games Saturday. Pike County’s boys compete at the South 3A Regional, Pisgah’s girls at the Northeast 3A Regional at Jacksonville State and Jacksonville's girls also at the Northeast 4A.
   Viewers can sign up to view at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/explore/upcoming/school/79b4a0a4a9