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AHSAA Spotlight for Week 10 Holly Pond Snaps 29-Game Losing Streak With 49-40 Win over Cold Springs

  After three years of close losses, Holly Pond finally turned its despair into joy. The Broncos finally broke through on Thursday night, edging Cold Springs 49-40 to snap the state’s current longest losing streak at 29 games. The Broncos finished the season 1-9.
     The victory propelled Coach Mike Bates’ team into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the final week of the football regular season.
     “I was just hoping that it wasn’t going to turn out like another Vinemont or Hanceville,” junior quarterback Michael Lambert told the Cullman Times. “I wouldn’t have been able to take that. Not again. I’ve held back a lot of emotions, but that would have been awful. This win is worth some of those emotions. We’ve worked so hard for this. It feels amazing.”
    Lambert turned in an exceptional effort completing 13-of-19 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns.  Teammate Caleb Jones had seven catches for 203 yards and both scores and also rushed for 82 yards and three more touchdowns.”
     Bates, who has also coached a team to the state championship in his storied career, took the win in stride. “Coach (Bear) Bryant once said, ‘Every game sooner or later gets jaw to jaw and cheek to cheek.’ We made big plays where, in the past, we couldn’t do it. I was confident we could do some things coming in this game. I knew we’d get a win one day. We just didn’t know when it’d be.”
    Christian Crandall led Cold Springs (6-4) with 195 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
    Cold Springs Coach Rod Elliott praised Holly Pond’s effort. “Holly Pond played fantastic,” he said. “They came ready. Congrats out to them.”
MILESTONES
TYRONE PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVLLE:
Completed 13-of-20 passes for 272 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 127 yards and two scores in a 53-35 win over Hewitt-Trussville as Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars closed out a second straight undefeated regular season at 10-0.
   Receiver T.J. Simmons caught six passes for 133 yards and four TDs in the win.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END:  Completed 11-of-16 passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards on 12 carries in the Patriots’ 48-15 victory over Appalachian. He had 407 total yards. He finished his season with 43 touchdowns accounted for (31 passing and 12 rushing) and had 3,428 total yards in 10 games. Grant was 151-of-259 passing for 2,611 yards and rushed 104 times for 817 yards. His season best was a 402-yard passing performance versus Gaston (27-of-44 for four TDs).
PIKE COUNTY DEFENSE: Beat Washington County 35-0 to register the school’s sixth shutout of the season in nine games by forcing a season-high eight turnovers. Coach Fred Holland’s Bulldogs had six interceptions in the final regular season game. Jahmir Lampley intercepted three passes for Pike County (8-1) and Jerrell Lawson, Michael Rumph and Cory Batie had one each with Batie returning his for a touchdown. Batie and Kamari Jackson also recovered fumbles. Five of the turnovers came in the fourth quarter.
 

 In other top performances reported for Week 10:
RUSHING
CALVIN FIGUEROA, SAKS:
Rushed for 325 yards on 23 attempts and scored five touchdowns in a 63-34 win over LaFayette. He went over 2,000 yards for the season with the effort. His scores came on runs of 1, 5, 58, 73 and 19 yards.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Helped West Point beat Priceville 49-21 with 309 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He now has over 2,000 yards on the year heading into the playoffs.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S: Rushed for a season-high 306 yards and three touchdowns and also passed for two scores in a 53-50 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
KEENAN WOODRUFF, ALEXANDRIA: Rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a 97-yard kickoff return in the Valley Cubs' 65-49 shootout victory over Cherokee County. Teammate Jamal Tucker added 128 yards and scored the Valley Cubs' first three touchdowns on his first four carries of the game.

JAHARI BROWN, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns (60, 46, 28 and 9 yards) on just 10 carries as the Gamecocks (9-1) beat Kinston 44-6 to finish its best regular season since 1986.
JACOB WASHBURN: J.B. PENNINGTON: The senior running back had 237 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Tigers' 47-14 victory over Susan Moore. It was just his second game back after missing more than four games with a dislocated elbow.

ZACH ALFORD, GOSHEN: Rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns (67, 5 and 53) and added a 90-yard kickoff for a touchdown in a 55-48 overtime loss to Brantley. Alford amassed 379 total yards, also earning 120 in kick returns and 43 yards off three receptions.
CARLOS STEPHENS, THOMPSONJ: Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the Warriors beat Chelsea 56-21.
DERRICK UNDERWOOD, HOMEWOOD: Had 206 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 34-14 win over Tuscaloosa County.
JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns and teammate C.J. Roberts had 95 yards and three scores in a 66-14 win over Booker T. Washington. Both backs surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the game.
DERRICK DUNIGAN, BILLIGNSLEY: Ran 29 times for 191 yards and four touchdowns and caught four passes for 33 yards and a score in a 44-34 win over Montevallo. He has 1,661 yards and 19 TDs rushing this season heading into this week’s 1A state playoffs.
DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: had 184 yards rushing, scored on runs of 15 and 80 yards and also caught a 57-yard TD pass as the Bulldogs (8-1) beat Washington County 35-0.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns (13, 17, 51 yards) as the Panthers closed out the regular season with a 50-25 victory over Gaylesville.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Led the Trojans with 200 yards on 25 carries and a 3-yard touchdown in a 50-25 loss at Spring Garden.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 14 times for 151 yards, caught three passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, recorded six tackles and had an interception in the Yellow Jackets’ 38-20 win over Cleburne County.

PASSING
J.T. WISE, SAMSON:
The Tigers quarterback accounted for 328 yards rushing and passing and four touchdowns in a 40-21 win over Pleasant Home. Wise completed 8-of-14 passes for 196 yards with three touchdowns (6, 59 and 44 yards) and had 132 yards rushing on 13 carries with a 69-yard TD scamper.
JOSEPH SCHAUER, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-25 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns while adding 52 rushing yards in the Warriors’ 36-30 loss to Ranburne.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 277 yards and a 19-yard touchdown in a 65-49 loss to Alexandria. He also rushed for 47 yards and a score on 13 carries.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The freshman QB completed 14-of-18 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-21 win over Madison County.  He also ran five times for 57 yards and another score.

PASS RECEIVING
DERRICK McCARTY, THEODORE:
Caught four passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 Class 7A playoff-clinching win over Fairhope.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught five passes for 109 yards with touchdown receptions of 30, 13, 10 and 44 yards in the Patriots’ 48-15 victory over Appalachian.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 124 yards and a 19-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 65-49 loss at Alexandria. Teammate Justin McKnight also had nine receptions for 94 yards.

DEFENSE
TYRIC RICHARDSON, DAPHNE:
Returned an interception 103 yards as the Trojans clinched their 18th straight playoff berth with a 27-6 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
TREY PRATER, FORT PAYNE: The Wildcats cornerback had an interception returned 70-yards for a touchdown and blocked the game-tying extra point to preserve a 27-26 win over Anniston.

TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Had 16 tackles on defense and also caught a 2-yard TD pass in the Purple Cats' 35-17 win over Zion Chapel.

ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including one for a long loss, and forced and recovered a fumble in a 6-0 loss at Russellville.
TRAMEKQUEZ LANE, OPP: Had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble on Elba's last drive, sealing a 20-14 win over the previously-undefeated Tigers.

SPECIAL TEAMS
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW:
Converted a 40-yard field goal, his 10th field goal this season, hit all four extra-point kicks and punted for a 41.3 average on three punts, including a 58 yarder, in a 35-31 loss to Charles Henderson.
CALEB ROEBUCK, SYLVANIA: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 146 yards and two TDs in a 36-0 win over Ider.
NATE MITCHELL, SAND ROCK: Blocked a punt which teammate Braden Carver scooped up and returned for a touchdown in the Wildcats' 16-13 victory at Cedar Bluff. Mitchell also had six tackles on defense in the win.


17 Unbeaten Teams; 7 Defending Champions In Field as AHSAA State Football Playoffs Begin

     Seventeen unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 6. Two games are set to be played Thursday night, Nov. 5, and all contests are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
      For the first time, seven defending state champs will be the field as the AHSAA conducts its seven classification football playoffs for the second straight year. The playoffs began in 1966 with just four teams competing for the Class 4A state title. The playoffs expanded to four classifications in 1967, to six in 1984 and seven in 2014.
       This year’s playoffs mark the 50th anniversary of the AHSAA’s storied playoff completion.
        Classes 1A through 6A will compete in five playoff rounds culminating with the Super 7  State Championships at Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-3-4. Class 7A will lay four rounds with the championship game at Bryant-Denny set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
          The seven defending state champions in the 2015 field include Class 1A Maplesville (8-1), Class 2A Fyffe (9-1), Class 3A Madison Academy (9-1), Class 4A Leeds (8-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (10-0) and Class 7A Hoover (8-2). Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars carry a 25-game winning streak, longest active streak in the AHSAA, into the post-season. Hoover and Madison Academy will be going for four straight state titles, the Mustangs in Class 3A, and Hoover, going for its second in 7A after winning the 2012 and 2013 titles in Class 6A.
          In addition to Clay-Chalkville, other unbeaten teams in the 6A 32-team playoff field include Spanish Fort (10-0), Opelika (10-0) and Muscle Shoals (10-0). In 5A, five teams are unbeaten, Jackson (10-0), Greenville (10-0), Guntersville (10-0), Beauregard (9-0) and Wenonah (9-0).
        Other unbeaten teams include, in Class 2A: Randolph County (10-0), Tanner (10-0), Cleveland (10-0), Red Bay (10-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); in Class 3A, Gordo (10-0); and in Class 4A, UMS-Wright (10-0) and Cordova (10-0).
         Raycom Media, the AHSAA TV Partner, will be featuring Class 6A powers Bessemer City versus Park Crossing at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Friday night as the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week shifts to playoff games and moves to Friday night for the first four playoff rounds. Raycom will also broadcast all seven AHSAA state football championship games.
        The NFHS Network plans to live-stream selected games each week with several member schools planning to live-stream contests over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program as well.
       All games will be listed at www.ahsaa.com as well www.nfhsnetwork.com. The AHSAA Radio Network will also host a statewide scoreboard show during the state playoffs. Check the AHSAA website for more details.
    Second-round playoff games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 20, the semifinals Nov. 27.

AHSAA Revised Football Playoff schedule

AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
First Round, Nov. 6
CLASS 1A
Billingsley (5-5) at Millry (7-3)
Keith (4-6) at Georgiana (9-1)
Marengo (6-4) at Loachapoka (4-6)
Kinston (5-5) at Maplesville (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
McKenzie (6-3) at Linden (7-2)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Notasulga (8-2)
A.L. Johnson (3-6) at Brantley (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Verbena (7-3) at J.U. Blacksher (7-3), Uriah

Woodville (4-6) at Victory Christian (7-2), Pell City, rescheduled for Thursday
Vina (5-5) at Berry (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Talladega County Central (6-3) at Spring Garden (7-3)
Meek (7-3) at Decatur Heritage (9-1), , Thursday, TBA
Hubbertville (6-3) at Hackleburg (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Ragland (3-7) at Cedar Bluff 9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Phillips (6-4) at South Lamar (6-4), Millport, rescheduled for Thursday
Valley Head (3-6) at Wadley (8-1)

CLASS 2A
Luverne (6-4) at Mobile Christian (9-1)
Francis Marion (4-6) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (8-2) at New Brockton (9-1)
Ariton (5-5) at Fayetteville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Samson (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform, rescheduled for Thursday
Sweet Water (5-5) at Elba (9-1)
Thorsby 6-4) at Providence Christian (7-2), Dothan
Goshen (4-6) at Washington County (8-2), Chatom

Gaston (7-3) at Ranburne (8-1)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Tanner (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
LaFayette (6-4) at Fyffe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Addison (5-5) at Red Bay (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Cold Springs (6-4) at Sulligent (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Reeltown (6-4) at Cleveland (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Hatton (5-5) at Falkville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Collinsville (6-4) at Randolph County (10-0), Wedowee

CLASS 3A
Fultondale (5-5) at Bayside Academy (7-3), Daphne
Greensboro (5-5) at Daleville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Opp (7-3) at Midfield (6-3)
Wicksburg (7-3) at Gordo (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Slocomb (7-3) at American Christian (9-1), Tuscaloosa, rescheduled for Thursday
Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-5) at Montgomery Academy ((-1)
Aliceville (6-4) at Pike County (8-1), Brundidge
Central-Coosa (5-5) at T.R. Miller (8-2), Brewton

Plainview 6-4) at Oakman (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Lexington (6-4) at Piedmont (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Susan Moore (4-6) at North Sand Mountain (6-4), Higdon, rescheduled for Thursday
Weaver (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Walter Wellborn(603) at Lauderdale County (7-3), Rogersville, rescheduled for Thursday
Winston County (7-3) at New Hope (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
Colbert County (7-4) at Glencoe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Geraldine (6-4) at Winfield (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 4A
Dadeville (5-5) at Thomasville (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
West Blocton (5-5) at Andalusia (9-1)
W.S. Neal (8-2) at Munford (7-3)
Straughn (4-5) at Bibb County (7-3), Centreville, rescheduled for Thursday
Saint James  (6-4) at Montevallo (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Clarke County (4-6) at Leeds (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Northside (7-2) at Trinity Presbyterian (7-3), Montgomery
Handley (8-2) at UMS-Wright (10-0), Mobile

DAR (8-2) at Fayette County (6-4), Fayette, rescheduled for Thursday
Wilson (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin, rescheduled for Thursday
Haleyville (6-4) at North Jackson (6-4), Stevenson
Jacksonville (6-4) at Brooks (9-1), Killen, rescheduled for Thursday
Cherokee County (6-4) at Deshler (5-5), Tuscumbia, rescheduled for Thursday
Hamilton (4-6) at Priceville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
West Limestone (7-3) at Saks (8-2), Anniston
Oneonta (5-5) at Cordova (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 5A
Sylacauga (7-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Mobile
Dallas County (6-4) at Greenville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Vigor (6-4) at Central-Clay County (6-4)
Charles Henderson (5-5) at Demopolis (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Sidney Lanier (4-6) at Helena (8-2)
Williamson (5-5) at Beauregard (9-0)
Calera (7-3) at Eufaula (8-2)
Tallassee (5-5) at Jackson (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday

Madison County (6-4) at Pleasant Grove (7-3)
West Point (6-4) at Alexandria (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Parker (6-4) at Etowah (7-3), Attalla
Anniston (4-5) at Russellville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Hayden (7-3) at East Limestone (8-2), Capshaw, rescheduled for Thursday
Ramsay (7-3) at Guntersville (10-0)
Lawrence County (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly, rescheduled for Thursday
Randolph (7-3) at Wenonah (9-0), Birmingham, rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 6A
Chelsea (7-3) at Blount (8-2), Prichard
Bessemer City (6-4) at Park Crossing (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Saraland (8-2) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Wetumpka (4-6) at McAdory (9-1), McCalla, rescheduled for Thursday
Northview (4-6) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Daphne (6-4) at Opelika (10-0)
Northridge (8-2) at Dothan (6-4), Rip Hewes Stadium
Pell City (4-6) at Spanish Fort (10-0)

Lee-Huntsville (6-4) at Homewood (8-2)
Cullman (6-4) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Minor (6-4) at Albertville (7-3)
Huffman (4-6) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Pinson Valley (7-3) at Austin (7-3), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, rescheduled for Thursday
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Hartselle (7-3) at Gardendale (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Scottsboro (5-5) at Walker (8-2), Jasper

CLASS 7A
Theodore (7-3) at Auburn (6-4)

Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen (9-1), Archbishop Lipscomb Complex, Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (7-3) at Murphy (7-3), Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Foley (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (7-3)

Hewitt-Trussville (6-4) at James Clemens (9-1), Madison City Stadium, Thursday
Hazel Green (5-5) at Spain Park (9-1), Hoover
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2), Hoover Met Stadium
Vestavia Hills (8-2) at Bob Jones (9-1), Madison City Stadium

 


Class 2A VB State Championship

Addison 3, Providence Christian 2
 
  Down two games to one after three sets in the AHSAA Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament finals Thursday night, Addison’s Lady Bulldogs rallied behind the outstanding play of Kristen Brewer to post a 3-2 victory over Providence Christian to capture the school’s eighth state championship.
    The Bulldogs of first-year head coach Kayla Woodard won 25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11 also won the school’s third straight state championship as the exciting heavyweight battle closed out a very successful  45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena and CrossPlex.
    Addison (53-13) and Providence Christian (51-6) matched each other blow for blow all night as Brewer and Eagles star junior Hannah Harris each turned in brilliant performances. Brewer had 19 kills and equally as important, 27 digs as the Bulldogs clawed back.  Abbie Chambless had 11 kills and Taylor Erb had four service aces. Setter Ragen Yarbrough had 35 assists and defensive standout Maison Evans had 23 digs.
     Harris led the Eagles of Coach Bill Oldfield with a match-high 20 kills. She also had 12 digs.  Kristy Odom added 17 kills for PCA and Ashlyn Byrd had 38 assists. The Eagles won state titles in 2011 and 2012.

      
Class 2A All-Tournament Team
Kristen Brewer, Addison (MVP); Ragen Yarbrough, Addison; Abbie Chambless, Addison; Maison Evans, Addison; Kristy Odom, Providence Christian; Ashlyn Byrd, Providence Christian; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian.

 


45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (40-13) 3, Donoho (46-9) 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Class 2A Finals
Addison (52-13), Providence Christian (51-6)  (25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11)

Class 1A VB State Championship

Meek 3, Donoho 1
 
  Meek High School won a grueling 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 battle over Donoho Thursday night at Bill Harris Arena to win the Class 1A state volleyball championship – the school’s first state title ever.
    All seven state finals were played at Bill Harris Arena Thursday as the 45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships closed out its final day of competition.
    Coach Tara Branstetter’s Lady Tigers (40-13) controlled the nets for 60 kills and limited Donoho to just 38. Morgan Hudson, named the Class 1A state tourney MVP, had 19 kills, three blocks, three service aces and 12 digs to lead Meek. Sevanna Burks added 16 kills and Amanda Cunningham had 15. Setter Jayden Waldrep had 43 assists.
    Madison Gaines led Donoho (46-9), coached by Janice Slay, with 18 kills.  Kayla Wallace added 11 kills and 23 digs. Setter Katie Brown had 36 assists and two service aces, and Camryn Swain had 17 digs.
    
Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Morgan Hudson, Meek (MVP); Sevanna Banks, Meek; Amanda Cunningham, Meek; Jayden Waldrep, Meek; Katie Brown, Donoho; Madison Gaines, Donoho; Kayla Wallace, Donoho.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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

Class 5A State VB Championship

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

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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

Class 4A Volleyball State Championship

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

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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



Six Schools Receive Wilson Ball Grants

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

Class 6A State Volleyball Championship

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

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

Class 7A VB State Championship

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

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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


Class 3A Volleyball State Championship

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

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

 

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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