20 Records Set at First Day of 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday

    BIRMINGHAM  -- Winfield High School junior Trey Cunningham set a state meet 1A-3A record in the 60-meter hurdles and tied the 1A-3A record in the 60-meter dash as 20 total records fell Friday as the 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
    Cunningham, currently ranked the No. 1 prep 60-meter hurdler in the nation, set a new AHSAA Class 1A-3A with a winning 7.83-second time in the prelims and has another chance Saturday to set the AHSAA overall record for classes in that event Saturday. He ran his best time 7.76 seconds, in the last regular-season meet of the year last week to set a new CrossPlex record.
    He helped the defending Class 1A-3A state champion Pirates  take a 6 ½ point team lead into the final round today with a preliminary best time of 7.03 seconds in the 1A-3A 60-meter dash. That time tied the mark set by St. Jude’s Ismail Saleem in 2014.
   Winfield totaled 38 points through five completed events Friday, and American Christian had 32.5 points. Madison Academy was third with 27.   Alabama Christian scored 28 points through five events Friday and led by one point over Northside and St. Paul’s Episcopal, each scoring 27 points.  Opelika led Northridge 50.5 to 33 after the first day in Class 6A, and defending state champion Auburn had an even slimmer first-day lead over Mountain Brook – leading by a half point, 28.50-28 after six events.
  Defending girls’ state champions Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal, going for its 22nd  state indoor title overall, and American Christian held leads after the first day’s action.  Hoover had a two-point lead over James Clemens, 40-38, with six events completed Friday in the Class 7A girls’ competition. McGill-Toolen is third with 32 points. The meet will conclude Saturday with the remaining field events and finals in all remaining races. 
    Class 6A Pelham built a 16-point lead over Homewood, 42-26, through five events, Class 4A-5A St. Paul’s had a 47-31 lead over UMS-Wright after six events, and American Christian held a slim 30-28 lead over Montgomery Academy in Class 1A-3A.
     Perhaps the most exciting race of the day came in the Class 7A boys’ 800-meter run as Daniel Nixon of Spain Par clocked a new 7A state-record 1:55.51 to win the event. Drew Williams and Griffin Riley of Mountain Brook, and Paul Barlow of Auburn finished 2-3-4 – all with times that bettered the previous record (1:57.13) set by Barlow in 2015.
     Pole vaulter Margaret Ollinger of McGill-Toolen Catholic set a new overall girls’ pole vault record clearing 13 feet, 1 ¼ inches to break her old record (12-04.25) set last year. Erin Jewell of Brooks also set a new Class 4A-5A record in the shot with a heave of 39 feet, 9 ½ inches. That eclipsed the previous record of 38 feet, 4 ½ inches set by Sonja Ellis of Williamson 28 years ago in 1989.
   A complete recap of Friday’s team scoring and record-setting efforts is listed below. All results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.

Class 7A
Auburn 28.50, Mountain Brook 28, Hewitt-Trussville 25.50, Hoover 21, Spain Park 18, Central-Phenix  City 16, Gadsden City 14, Oak Mountain 12, Vestavia Hills 11, Smiths Station 6, Bob Jones 6, Murphy 4, Thompson 3, James Clemens 3.
Class 6A
Opelika 50.50, Northridge 33, Homewood 27, Paul Bryant 18.50, Scottsboro 16, Walker 13, Arab 13, Austin 10, Cullman 10, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10, Southside-Gadsden 10, Shades Valley 8, Stanhope Elmore 5, Oxford 4, Pelham 2, Fort Payne 2, Albertville 1.
Class 4A-5A
Alabama Christian 28, Northride 27, St. Paul’s 27, Randolph 16, Ramsay 13, Beauregard 12, Dadeville 10, Central-Tuscaloosa 10, UMS-Wright 9, Elmore County 8, St. Clair County 6, LAMP 6, Helena 6, DAR 4, Montgomery-Catholic 4, Moody 3, Mortimer Jordan 2, Tallassee 2, Oneonta 1, Guntersville.
Class 1A-3A
Winfield 38, American Christian 32.50, Madison Academy 27, Cold Springs 13, Montgomery Academy 12.50, Cottage Hill Christian 10, Shades Mountain Christian 10, Bayside Academy 9, Westminster-Oak Mountain 8, Piedmont 8, Marion County 7, St. Bernard 6, Holly Pond 5, Providence Christian 3, Addison 2, Pleasant Valley 1.

Class 7A
Hoover 40, James Clemens 38, McGill-Toolen Catholic 32, Mountain Brook 25, Huntsville 20, Thompson 18, Auburn 15, Oak Mountain 10, Smiths Station 8, Murphy 7, Vestavia Hills 7, Central-Phenix City 7, Hewitt-Trussville 3, Spain Park 3, Bob Jones 1.
Class 6A
Pelham 42,Homewood 26,Walker 21, Northridge 18, Scottsboro 17, Cullman 16, Hartselle 11, Fort Payne 9, Opelika 9, Paul Bryant 8, John Carroll Catholic 5, Arab 4, Oxford 2, Center Point 1.
Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s 47, UMS-Wright 31,Montgomery-Catholic 25, Brooks 19, Ramsay 16, Beauregard 14, Wes Limestone 12, Randolph 12, Columbia 10, Helena 9, Central-Tuscaloosa 8, Fairview 8, Demopolis 7, Carver-Birmingham 6, St. James 3, White Plains 3, Oneonta 1, Wenonah 1, Wilson 1.
Class 1A-3A
American Christian 30, Northside 28, Winfield 23.50, Cottage Hill Christian 22, Westminster-Oak Mountain 19, Bayside Academy 16.50, Piedmont 16, Madison Academy 11, St. Bernard 10, Whitesburg Christian 7, Addison 4, Providence Christian 4, Altamont 2, Section 2.

Friday’s State Indoor Track Records Set

Class 7A Boys
Long Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (23-06); old record (22-03.75), Igninoghene, 2015.
High Jump: Carl Nesbitt, Vestavia Hills (6-08); old record (6-04), Sam Brown, Oak Mountain, 2015.
800-meter Run: Daniel Nixon, Spain Park (1:55.16); old record (1:57.93), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Benjamin Knox, Hewitt-Trussville (9:27.12);  old record (9:41.04, Cole Stidfole, Oak Mountain, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Auburn (1:29.35); old record (1:30.09), Hoover, 2015.
Wheelchair Shot Put: Collin LaFon, Hewitt-Trussville (12-04), new event.
Class 6A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Opelika (1:28.40); old record (1:28.71), Auburn, 2013.
Class 4A-5A Boys
4x200-meter Relay:
Ramsay (1:30.13); old record (1:31.35), McAdory, 2014.
Class 1A-3A Boys
60-meter hurdles:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.83, prelims); old record (8.22), Cunningham, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (7.03); tied old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude, 2014.
800-meter Run: Noah Karr, American Christian (1:57.62); old record 1:58.12), Andy Hardy, UMS-Wright, 2000.
3,200-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (9:38.82); old record (9:39.84), Brandon Smith, Clay County, 2002.

Class 7A
Pole Vault:
Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen (13-01.25); old record (12-04.25), Ollinger, 2015.
Shot Put: Sarah Owen, Thompson (38-00); old record (34-11.50), Monet Traylor, Auburn, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Kayla Williams, James Clemens (7.73); old record (7.78), Williams, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Brittley Humphrey, Hoover (8.47); old record (8.74), Humphrey, 2015.
800-meter Run: Presley Weems, Hoover (2:13.19); old record (2:15.95), Weems, 2015.
3,200-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (11:06.51); old record (11:14.03), Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville, 2015.
4x200-meter Relay: Hoover (1:40.91); old record (1:42.87), Hoover, 2015.
Class 4A-5A Girls
Shot Put:
Erin Jewell, Brooks (39-09.5); old record (38-04.5), Sonja Ellis of Williamson, 1989.
4x200-meter Relay: Ramsay (1:46.54); old record (1:47.33), Homewood, 2014.
Class 6A Girls
Class 1A-3A Girls

Wadley High School Forfeits 7 Boys’ Basketball Games

   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.

Teams Primed for 2016 Championships at CrossPlex Records Expected to Fall as 47th annual AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships Gets Underway Friday

   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.

Spain Park Boys, Sparkman Girls Claim AHSAA’s First State Bowling Titles

     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.

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

Girls Finals
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

Gadsden City’s Kilgo Rolls Perfect Game In First Day’s AHSAA State Bowling Action

   PELHAM – Gadsden City High School sophomore Jonathan Kilgo rolled the first perfect game in AHSAA State Bowling Championships history to highlight the first day’s action as the inaugural state tourney got underway Thursday at Oak Mountain Lanes.
     Kilgo, who came in with a 130 average, did not compete in the first two rounds of the traditional bowling first round Thursday. His perfect round, 12 strikes in a row, came in the final round and helped Gadsden City shoot an 868 third-round team total to finish the day at 2,406 – good for 13th seed heading into the final day’s competition Friday.
    Stanhope Elmore turned in a strong 2,713 score for the day to take top seed into Friday’s 16-team elimination bracket championship round as eighth grader Josh Wilson rolled a 658 series and senior Stormy Stephens recorded  610 series. Both finished in the top 10 of the individual scoring at 4th and tied for 10th, respectively. Mary Montgomery senior Christian McNeeley had the best boys’ series with a 706 total rolling three consistent games of 214, 224 and 268.  Benjamin Russell junior Bryant Ray turned in a 676 series for second. He had a 246 in his final game.
    Spain Park rolled 2,685 to earn second seed, Mary Montgomery totaled 2,666 for third seed and Huntsville captured fourth seed with a 2,612 total.
    Stanhope Elmore squares off with Sparkman in the first round Friday at 8 a.m., a match that will feature one traditional game and five Baker format games. That format will be used for the rest of the competition.  Spain Park takes on Fairhope in its first-round match, Mary Montgomery plays East Limestone and Huntsville meets Gadsden City.
Etowah Earns Top Girls’ Seed with 2,244 Total
    In the girls’ competition Thursday, Coach Kevin Horton’s Etowah Blue Devils posted a strong 2,244 team total in the three traditional games to claim girls’ top seed for today’s competition  with strong performances from the Gibbs’ girls. Freshman T.K. (T’kyrah) Gibbs turned in the fourth best individual series with a 497. Freshman Shy (Shy’Ere) Gibbs also rolled  460 and Lexi Gibbs, a sophomore, turned in a 483.
    Scottsboro senior Sierra Lewis ran away from the pack for the top girls’ series. She rolled 220, 234, 244 for a 698 series as the Lady Wildcats of Coach Desiree Clark totaled 2,167 to earn second seed. Lewis’ closest competition was 166 pins back.      Mary Montgomery sophomore Catlyn Hileman had the second best girls’ series with a three-game total 532.
    Hewitt-Trussville (2,089) and James Clemens (2,008) are the third and fourth seeds. Etowah will meet Satsuma in the first round of the 16-team championship elimination bracket Friday morning, Scottsboro faces Beauregard, Hewitt faces Pelham and James Clemens takes on Thompson.
    Complete first-round pairings for Friday’s competition is listed below.


AHSAA State Bowling Championships
at Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham

Friday’s 16-Team Bracket
First round (8 a.m.)
(1 Traditional, 5 Baker Games)
(head-to-head matches)

Sparkman vs. Stanhope Elmore (top seed)
Thompson vs. Prattville
Baker vs. Etowah
Gadsden City vs. Huntsville (4th seed)
East Limestone vs. Mary Montgomery (3rd seed)
Vestavia Hills vs. James Clemens
Benjamin Russell vs. Hewitt-Trussville
Fairhope vs. Spain Park (2nd seed)
Satsuma vs. Etowah (top seed)
Gadsden City vs. Southside-Gadsden
Northview vs. Mary Montgomery
Thompson vs. James Clemens (4th seed)
Pelham vs. Hewitt-Trussville (3rd seed)

Sparkman vs. McGill-Toolen
Pinson Valley vs. Spain Park
Beauregard vs. Scottsboro (2nd seed)


Second round (Boys & Girls)
10:30 a.m. (approximate)
Lunch break                                       1 p.m.
Semifinals (Boys & Girls)
2 p.m. (approximate)*
Finals (Boys & Girls)
5 p.m. (approximate)*
*-When one round is completed, the second round will start ASAP

Thursday’s Results (Traditional Games)
Stanhope Elmore        2,713

Spain Park                   2,685

Mary Montgomery     2,666
Huntsville                    2,612

Etowah                        2,591
Vestavia Hills              2,550
Hewitt-Trussville         2,536
Prattville                     2,451
Thompson                   2,443
Benjamin Russell        2,433
James Clemens           2,426
Baker                           2,425
Gadsden City               2,406
East Limestone            2,345
Fairhope                      2,285
Sparkman                    2,196
Top 10 (Series Leaders all games)
706      Christian McNeeley, Mary Montgomery
676      Bryant Ray, Benjamin Russell
669      Austin Gibbs, Etowah
658      Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore
626      Luca Connor, James Clemens
623      Myliq Davis, Huntsville
620      Jordan Oliver Faggard, Hewitt-Trussville
618      Austin Ramage, Prattville
610      Stormy Stephens, Stanhope Elmore
610      Travis Saunders, Vestavia Hills

High Games (3rd round)
300      Jonathan Kilgo, Gadsden City
268      Christian McNeeley, Mary Montgomery
246      Bryant Ray, Benjamin Russell
234      Andrew Harris, Spain Park


Stanhope Elmore        1,804

Huntsville                    1,795

Etowah                        1,756

Hewitt-Trussville         1,746

Spain Park                   1,717

Vestavia Hills              1,650

Thompson                   1,659

Benjamin Russell        1,653

Mary Montgomery     1,642

Baker                           1,625

James Clemens           1,625

Prattville                     1,619

Gadsden City               1,538

Sparkman                    1,528

Fairhope                      1,499

East Limestone            1,447

High Games (2nd round)
243      Austin Ramage, Prattville
237      Tucker Contorno, Spain Park
235      Connor Hilbert, Huntsville


Hewitt-Trussville         963

Stanhope Elmore        945

Etowah                        905

Thompson                   902

Huntsville                    869

Baker                           845

Benjamin Russell        831

Spain Park                   823

James Clemens           820

Vestavia Hills              805

Prattville                     794

Gadsden City               792

Mary Montgomery     779

Sparkman                    777

East Limestone            758

Fairhope                      728
High Games (1ST round)
262      Austin Gibbs, Etowah             
244      Josh Wilson, Stanhope Elmore

240      Brandon Boner, Thompson



Girls’ Results
Etowah                        2,244

Scottsboro                   2,167

Hewitt-Trussville         2,089

James Clemens           2,008

Mary Montgomery     1,999

Sparkman                    1,998

Spain Park                   1,980

Southside-Gadsden     1,978

Gadsden City               1,885

Pinson Valley               1,858

McGill-Toolen             1,840

Northview                   1,833

Thompson                   1,832

Pelham                        1,815

Beauregard                 1,762

Satsuma                      1,729

Top 10 (Series Leaders all games)
698      Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
532      Catlyn Hileman, Mary Montgomery
499      Nicole Gilbert, Sparkman
497      T.K. Gibbs, Etowah
483      Lexi Gibbs, Etowah
469      Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park
468      Daniela Connor, James Clemens
467      Kyndal Oden, James Clemens
460      Shy Gibbs, Etowah
459      Laura Keplinger, Pinson Valley

High Games (3rd round)
244      Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
210      Lexi Gibbs, Etowah
210      Shy Gibbs, Etowah

Scottsboro                   1,440

Etowah                        1,423

Hewitt-Trussville         1,413

Spain Park                   1,393

James Clemens           1,350

Sparkman                    1,344

Mary Montgomery     1,340

Southside-Gadsden     1,319

Northview                   1,289

Gadsden City               1,256

Thompson                   1,249

Pinson Valley               1,244

McGill-Toolen             1,196

Satsuma                      1,136

Pelham                        1,120

Beauregard                 1,113

High Games (2nd round)
234      Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
200      Catlyn Hileman, Mary Montgomery
197      Kyndal Oden, James Clemens


Scottsboro                   725

Spain Park                   716

Etowah                        716

Sparkman                    702

Thompson                   669

Mary Montgomery     666

Gadsden City               659

Hewitt-Trussville         658

Pinson Valley               651

McGill-Toolen             620

Northview                   613

James Clemens           613

Southside-Gadsden     612

Satsuma                      603

Pelham                        543

Beauregard                 529

High Games (1ST round)
220      Sierra Lewis, Scottsboro
200      Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park
188      Camille Mask, Mary Montgomery

First AHSAA State Bowling Championships Begin Thursday at Oak Mountain Lanes

     MONTGOMERY – The first AHSAA State Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Championships get underway Thursday at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes.

     Eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams advanced from regional tournament play to the state championships. James Clemens’ boys and girls captured the North Regional championships at Tuscaloosa last week. Stanhope Elmore (boys) and Thompson (girls) were crowned South Regional champs at Foley last week.
      All 16 teams will play three traditional rounds Thursday with round one set for 12:30 p.m., at Oak Mountain Lanes. Team scores from all three rounds will be totaled to determine Friday’s seeding for the four-round match-play championship bracket.
      The first round on Friday gets underway at 8 a.m., will pit the top seed determined by Thursday’s play versus the 16th seed, 2nd seed vs. 15th seed, 3rd seed vs. 14th seed, 4th seed vs. 13th seed, 5th seed vs. 12th seed, 6th seed vs. 11th seed, 7th seed vs. 10th seed and 8th seed vs. 9th seed.  Each match will consist of one tradition game and five Baker format games. Winners will advance through the match play to the finals, which are set for approximately 5 p.m. Each round will start as soon as the previous round ends.
     The AHSAA held bowling championships for girls from 1972-1977 but discontinued the sport after the 1977 season. The sport emerged again last year as a non-championship sport and became a championship sport this school year with 140 teams – 80 boys’ squads and 60 girls’ squads. Some teams fielded co-ed teams in the boys’ division this season.

AHSAA State Bowling Championships
Oak Mountain Lanes, Pelham (Jan. 28-29)

Thursday’s Schedule
Traditional bowling
Round 1 (Boys and Girls)             12:30 p.m.
Round 2 (Boys and Girls)             2:30 p.m. (approximate)*
Round 3 (Boys and Girls)             4:30 p.m. (approximate)*
*-When one round is completed, the second round will start ASAP

Friday’s Schedule
(1 Traditional, 5 Baker Games)
(head-to-head matches)
Round 1 (Boys and Girls)                           8 a.m.
Quarterfinals (Boys and Girls)    10:30 a.m. (approximate)*
Lunch break                                                  1 p.m.
Semifinals (Boys and Girls)                       2 p.m. (approximate)*
Finals (Boys and Girls)                  5 p.m. (approximate)*
*-When one round is completed, the second round will start ASAP

2016 State Tournament Team Participants
North qualifiers
James Clemens (Regional champion)
Sparkman (Regional runner-up)
Scottsboro (Regional semifinalist)
Southside-Gadsden (Regional semifinalist)
Gadsden City
Pinson Valley
South Qualifiers
Thompson (Regional Champion)
Northview (Regional runner-up)
Satsuma (Regional semifinalist)
Spain Park (Regional semifinalist)
Mary Montgomery

North qualifiers
James Clemens (Regional champion)
Sparkman (Regional runner-up)
Gadsden City (Regional semifinalist)
Huntsville (Regional semifinalist)
East Limestone
Vestavia Hills
South Qualifiers
Stanhope Elmore (Regional Champion)
Baker (Regional runner-up)
Prattville (Regional semifinalist)
Spain Park (Regional semifinalist)
Benjamin Russell
Mary Montgomery

James Clemens Sweep North Regional Boys’ & Girls’ Bowling Championships

    TUSCALOOSA – James Clemens High School of Madison won four straight girls’ and boys’ matches Friday to sweep  the AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships held at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes.
    The Lady Jets, seeded third heading into the 16-team qualifying bracket Friday, beat top-seeded Sparkman 677-641 in the girls’ championship match. James Clemens also beat Southside-Gadsden 722-656 in the semifinals, Gadsden City 624-522 in the quarterfinals.
      The Jets won the boys’ championship beating Sparkman in the finals 850-727. James Clemens rolled a Friday-best 231 total in game four of the title match.  The boys’ champs also downed Hewitt-Trussville 786-108 in the quarterfinals and advanced in the semis with a 1-0 forfeit win over Huntsville.
      Eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams qualified for the AHSAA’s first State Bowling Championships which will be played Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. All first-round winners Friday clinched berths. The South Regional concluded Thursday.
    The North Regional opened play Thursday. Teams were seeded into a 16-team qualifying  bracket Friday based on Thursday’s total team scores. Due to the potential of inclement weather, the format Friday was changed from one traditional game and five Baker games to playing only the five Baker format games.
     Other qualifiers in the boys’ division are Vestavia Hills, Gadsden City, Etowah, Hewitt-Trussville, James Clemens, East Limestone and Huntsville. Vestavia’s team, seeded first, rolled a 204 in the second game of its first match to turn in the best first-round total (1,064). James Clemens had the best single game (245), rolled in game three of its 897-641 first-round win over Clay-Chalkville.
    Other first-round winners and state qualifiers were Pinson Valley, Hewitt-Trussville, Scottsboro, James Clemens, Gadsden City, Etowah and Southside-Gadsden. The best game of the first round was turned in by Etowah (233) in the fourth game of the Blue Devils’ 737-497 win over Ramsay. Etowah was seeded seventh.
    Friday’s complete results are listed below.

North Regional Bowling Championships
Leland Lanes, Tuscaloosa
Friday’s schedule
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
(All games are Baker format)
James Clemens 677, Sparkman 641
James Clemens 722, Southside-Gadsden 656
Sparkman 734, Scottsboro 700
Quarterfinal Pairings
Sparkman 672, Pinson Valley 611
Scottsboro 791, Hewitt-Trussville 655
James Clemens 624, Gadsden City 522
Southside-Gadsden 672, Etowah 666
First-round Results
Sparkman 712, Clay-Chalkville 499
Pinson Valley 651, Vestavia Hills 616
Hewitt-Trussville 630, Bob Jones 536
Scottsboro 634, Mountain Brook 548
James Clemens 633, Huffman 518
Gadsden City 654, Randolph 622
Etowah 737, Ramsay 497
Southside-Gadsden 628, Gardendale 491

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All games are Baker format)
James Clemens 850, Sparkman 727
Sparkman 758, Gadsden City 733
James Clemens 1, Huntsville 0 (forfeit)
Quarterfinal Pairings
Sparkman 810, Vestavia Hills 783
Gadsden City 761, Etowah 0
James Clemens 786, Hewitt-Trussville 108
Huntsville 844, East Limestone 781
First-round results
Vestavia Hills 1,064, Northridge 669
Sparkman 807, Gardendale  771
Gadsden City 905, West Point 566
Etowah 511, Huffman 412
Hewitt-Trussville 818, Scottsboro 731
James Clemens 897, Clay-Chalkville 641
East Limestone 733, Pinson Valley 654
Huntsville 727, Central-Tuscaloosa 514

AHSAA mourns death of Hall of Fame Coach Lefty Anderson

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach C.D. “Lefty” Anderson. Mr. Anderson, 86, passed away Thursday night after a long illness.
   He was inducted as a charter member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 1991. He coached football at Frisco City and Murphy where he compiled a 95-38-5 record in 14 years. He served Murphy 10 more years as assistant principal and principal and then served as Mobile County Schools athletic director for eight more years.  He also served 13 years on the AHSAA Central Board, including two terms as president. He is a graduate of Jackson High School and the University of West Alabama (Livingston State College).
      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Lefty Anderson has been a long-time friend of mine personally and an even longer friend to the AHSAA. He served faithfully in various positions as a teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator … and was a long-time member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control providing strong leadership for all our schools.
     “His volunteer efforts outside his daily duties were immense. He played a leadership role in the formation of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game that has been played since 1988. His love for high school sports and student-athletes helped him become one of the AHSAA’s greatest mentors to other coaches.
      “He has been a Hall of Fame coach and administrator … a man of strong faith and character. He taught us all how to serve by his own example because he had a servant’s heart. While he will be sorely missed by us all, his legacy will live on through the many he touched.”
      The funeral service for Mr. Anderson will be Monday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street in Mobile. Family visitation will precede the service from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
      The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to L'Arche Mobile, 151 S. Ann St. Mobile, AL 36604.

Stanhope Elmore, Thompson Capture Boys & Girls South Regional Bowling Championships at Foley

    FOLEY – Stanhope High School sophomore Blake Kelley rolled a 203 in the championship match traditional game Thursday night to help the Mustangs beat Baker to win the AHSAA South Regional boys bowling championship at Foley’s Gulf Bowl.
    Kelley and his teammates posted a 1,821 score en route to the win for Stanhope, coached by Wes Dunsieth. Baker finished with a 1,533 total in the match that included one traditional game and five Baker games. The Mustangs started the final day as the top seed after scoring 2,578 points in the first round’s three traditional games format. Stanhope edged arch-rival Prattville in the semifinals by a slim three-pin margin, 1,772 to 1,769.  The Mustangs also beat Satsuma and Benjamin Russell in Friday’s first two rounds.
    Thompson, coached by Michael Craycraft, beat Northview 1,371 to 1,328 in a close girls’ South Regional finals Thursday night.  Senior Jalexia Griffin rolled a 150 in the traditional game of the finals to pace the Lady Warriors. 
    Thompson came out of the first day’s action as fourth seed and reeled off four wins Friday, including a 13-pin victory over top seed Spain Park in the semifinals, 1,236 to 1,223. The Warriors then beat second seed Northview by 43 pins in the championship match.  Thompson’s other wins were over Spanish Fort in the first round of the 16-team qualifying bracket and over Mary Montgomery in the quarterfinals.
    Eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams clinched berths from the South Regional for the AHSAA’s inaugural State Bowling Championships, which will be Jan. 28-29 at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes. Qualifying for the state tourney in the boys’ division were Stanhope, Baker, Prattville, Spain Park, Benjamin Russell, Fairhope, Mary Montgomery and Thompson.
    Qualifying in the girls’ division were Thompson, Northview, Spain Park, McGill-Toolen, Beauregard, Satsuma, Pelham and Mary Montgomery.
  The North Regional opened play Thursday and will conclude its final round Friday – sending eight boys’ and girls’ teams to the state tourney as well.

South Regional Bowling Championships
Gulf Bowl, Foley
Thursday’s Results
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
Thompson 1,371, Northview 1,328
Thompson 1,236, Spain Park 1,223
Northview 1,298, Satsuma 1236
Spain Park 1,375, McGill-Toolen 1,305
Northview 1,189, Beauregard 1,151
Satsuma 1,312, Pelham 1,272
Thompson 1,295, Mary Montgomery 1,244
First Round
Spain Park had bye
Northview had bye
McGill-Toolen 1,188, Benjamin Russell  1,160
Mary Montgomery 1,187, Alma Bryant 1,061
Thompson 1,226, Spanish Fort 1,059
Satsuma 1,186, Indian Springs 988
Pelham 1,245, Foley 1,155
Beauregard 1,254, Valley 1,139

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Stanhope Elmore 1,821, Baker 1,533
Stanhope Elmore 1,772, Prattville 1,769
Baker 1,746, Spain Park 1,722
Stanhope defeats 1,663, Benjamin Russell 1,407
Spain Park 1,671, Fairhope 1,358
Baker 1,608, Mary Montgomery 1,584
Prattville 1,567, Thompson 1,467
First Round
Stanhope Elmore 1,708,  Satsuma 1,251
Spain Park 1,673, Alma Bryant 1673 – 1289
Mary Montgomery 1,709, Baldwin County 1,297
Thompson 1,615, Valley 1,160
Prattville 1,542, Foley 1,535
Baker 1,478, Daphne 1,451
Fairhope 1,448, Oak Mountain 1,321
Benjamin Russell 1,501, Northview 1,409

Sparkman Girls, Vestavia Boys Lead North Regional Bowling Tournament After Day 1 Competition

    TUSCALOOSA – Vestavia Hills High School’s boys posted a 2,649 to lead the boys’ division after the first day as the first AHSAA North Regional Bowling Championships got underway at Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes Thursday. Huntsville was just 54 pins behind at 2,595. Both teams head into Friday’s final round as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the boys competition.
    Sparkman High School led the girls’ competition after day one with a 2,177 pin total and is top seed heading into Friday’s girls’ final competition. Both divisions will conclude play Friday as teams compete head-to-head in a 16-team qualifying bracket round that will send the top eight finishers to the AHSAA’s inaugural State Bowling Championships at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes Jan. 28-29. Each of Friday’s matches will consist of one traditional game and five Baker games. The South Regional at Gulf Bowl in Foley, which got underway Wednesday, was still completing its final round Thursday night.
    Daniela Connor of James Clemens High School rolled a high series 577, and Nicole Gilbert of Sparkman was just eight pins behind at 569 to turn in the top girls’ performances Thursday at Leland Lanes. Grace Ann Clontz rolled a 538 series, good for third individually, to help Southside-Gadsden earn the second seed with a 2,133 team pin total. James Clemens was third at 2,105 and Scottsboro, paced by Sierra Lewis’ 535 series, is fourth. Lewis’ total ranked fourth best among the girls Thursday.
    Connor rolled 235 in her first game – the top individual game of the day. Clontz had a 233 game, Hewitt-Trussville’s Kelsie Brooke Ho rolled a 221 and Gilbert had a 220 game to round out the 200-plus efforts recorded.
    Rounding out the team finish for Thursday’s first round were, in order: Hewitt-Trussville (2,070), Gadsden City (1,946), Etowah (1,899), Vestavia Hills (1,869), Pinson Valley (1,860), Ramsay (1,825), Randolph (1,775), Bob Jones (1,740), Mountain Brook (1,637), Huffman (1,626), Gardendale (1,623) and Clay-Chalkville (1,527).
    Travis Saunders of Vestavia Hills and Luca Connor of James Clemens each had 200-plus efforts to emerge as the boys’ individual leaders. Connor rolled games of 212, 240 and 200 for a 652 series, and Saunders was right behind with 210, 213, 244, and 647 total. Vestavia Hills also got strong efforts from
Beau Reed and Sam Lawhon, who bowled 573 and 540, respectively, to help stake the Rebels to the first-day lead. Reed had an individual high game of 224. Myliq Davis rolled 211, 161, 204 for a 573 series to pace Huntsville.
   Other boys’ team scores included: Hewitt-Trussville (2,414), Etowah (2,407), Gadsden City (2,357), James Clemens (2,333), East Limestone (2,278), Sparkman (2,226), Gardendale (2,039), Pinson Valley (2,038), Clay-Chalkville (2,010), West Point (1,941), Huffman (1,909), Scottsboro (1,822), Central-Tuscaloosa (1,810) and Northridge (1,597).
    The teams will be placed in a 16-team bracket based on Thursday’s team totals with the top eight finishers advancing to the start tournament next week.

North Regional Bowling Championships
Leland Lanes, Tuscaloosa
Friday’s schedule
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
First-round pairings
Sparkman vs. Clay-Chalkville
Vestavia Hills vs. Pinson Valley
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Bob Jones
Mountain Brook vs. Scottsboro
James Clemens vs. Huffman
Randolph vs. Gadsden City
Etowah vs. Ramsay
Gardendale vs. Southside-Gadsden

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
First-round pairings
Vestavia Hills vs. Northridge
Sparkman vs. Gardendale
Gadsden City vs. West Point
Huffman vs. Etowah
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Scottsboro
Clay-Chalkville vs. James Clemens
East Limestone vs. Pinson Valley
Central-Tuscaloosa vs. Huntsville



South Regional Final round is down to the finals in boys and girls divisions and will be sent out as soon as results are in



South Regional Bowling Championships
Gulf Bowl, Foley
Thursday’s Results
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Girls 16-team qualifying bracket
Thompson vs. Northview, Thursday afternoon
Thompson 1,236, Spain Park 1,223
Northview 1,298, Satsuma 1236
Spain Park 1,375, McGill-Toolen 1,305
Northview 1,189, Beauregard 1,151
Satsuma 1,312, Pelham 1,272
Thompson 1,295, Mary Montgomery 1,244
First Round
Spain Park had bye
Northview had bye
McGill-Toolen 1,188, Benjamin Russell  1,160
Mary Montgomery 1,187, Alma Bryant 1,061
Thompson 1,226, Spanish Fort 1,059
Satsuma 1,186, Indian Springs 988
Pelham 1,245, Foley 1,155
Beauregard 1,254, Valley 1,139

Boys 16-team qualifying bracket
(All First-round winners advance to State Bowling Championships)
Stanhope Elmore vs. Baker, Thursday afternoon
Stanhope Elmore 1,772, Prattville 1,769
Baker 1,746, Spain Park 1,722
Stanhope defeats 1,663, Benjamin Russell 1,407
Spain Park 1,671, Fairhope 1,358
Baker 1,608, Mary Montgomery 1,584
Prattville 1,567, Thompson 1,467
First Round
Stanhope Elmore 1, Satsuma 1,251
Spain Park 1,673, Alma Bryant 1673 – 1289
Mary Montgomery 1,709, Baldwin County 1,297
Thompson 1,615, Valley 1,160
Prattville 1,542, Foley 1,535
Baker 1,478, Daphne 1,451
Fairhope 1,448, Oak Mountain 1,321
Benjamin Russell 1,501, Northview 1,409