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Hoover, UMS-Wright Sweep Boys and Girls Titles in 7A and 4A

    Hoover and UMS-Wright high schools swept boys’ and girls’ state championships in Class 7A and 4A, respectively, as the 91st annual AHSAA State Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at Gulf Shores.
   Hoover claimed both Class 7A crowns with the boys edging Auburn 131.33 to 121.50. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 54 points. Coach Devin Hind’s girls totaled 166.75 points with Mountain Brook second with 69.75. McGill-Toolen Catholic was a close third with 67.75.  The Bucs have now won boys’  titles in six of the seven seasons and the girls have won four championships in a row.  All previous titles were in Class 6A.
    UMS-Wright won its fifth straight Class 4A boys state championship and the Bulldogs’ girls also won the first xxth time in the lasy six years. Coach Pat Galle’s girls’ team ran away from the pack with 150.50 points. Brooks was second with 75.50 and Wilson finished third with 54.  UMS-Wright’s boys totaled 95 points, Wilson was second with 66 and Dadeville was right behind with 64.
    Homewood, the Class 5A girls’ champs in 2014, totaled 122.50 points to capture the 2015 Class 6A state title. Coach Thomas Esslinger’s team out-pointed Pelham by 43 points. The Lady Panthers were  second with 79.50 points, and Opelika was third with 57.  Opelika’s boys, coached by Jimmy Johnson,   won the 6A state championship Saturday amassing 121 points to edge Homewood’s boys. The Patriots had 106 points and Northridge was third with 65.
     In Class  5A, Coach Jim Tate’s St. Paul’s Episcopal boys totaled 90 points to win the state championship. St. Clair County was second with 66 points and Columbia was third with 53.50.   Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state champs, has little trouble moving to 5A as Coach Glenn Copeland’s Lady Hornets scored 139 points to win the state title. St. Paul’s was a close second with 133.50, and Columbia came in third with 71 points.
     Among the top boys’ performances Saturday:
Karon Delince, Central-Phenix City:
Won the first-ever Class 7A 200-meter final with a 21.55-second time. He also won the 200-meter dash title clocking 21.55 seconds in the finals.
Auburn 4x100-meter relay: The Tigers came close to the overall AHSAA state mark clocking 41.66 second to win Saturday’s relay finals.
Emmanuel Tait, Thompson: Won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles with times of 14.12 and 38.83 seconds, respectively.
Will Macoy, Vestavia Hills: Threw the javelin 196 feet, 6 inches to set the 7A record in that event.
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:
Clocked 10.49 seconds, the fastest 100-meter dash outdoor time in any division of the AHSAA state championships, to win the 6A finals. He followed with a 21.34-second winning time to capture the 6A 200-meter dash finals and closed out with a 47.02 time in the 400-meter dash to win the event just 4/100ths off the state record time of 46.98.
Sheldon Britton, Alabama Christian:
Had three golds winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
Alize Ford, Columbia: Improved his time from the prelims to the finals by a second to win the 200-meter finals Saturday. His 21.76-second winning time was less than 5/tenths of a second off the 5A state mark.
Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran 10.79 in the 100-meter prelims, then followed with a 10:79 again in the finals to win the event.
Alize Ford, St. Clair County: Won the 200-meter dash in 21.76 seconds and finished second in the 400.
Robert Hope, UMS-Wright:
Won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finished fifth in the 800 to leads the Bulldogs’ state-championship effort.
Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Won the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.79 seconds to take home two golds.
Brittley Humphrey, Hoover: Shattered the overall AHSAA girls’ state record in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.74-second winning time in the Class 7A finals Saturday. He set the 6A record and overall mark last year with a 14.00 time to win the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles event. Teammate Caitlyn Little  also broke Humphrey’s 2014 record with a 13.97 time to finish second in Saturday’s 7A finals. Little also ran the 100-meter dash finals in 11.97 to win that event and clocked 24.85 to win the Class 7A 200-meter dash.
Jayla Kirkland, Woodlawn:
The state record holder in the Class 6A 100, 200 and 400-yard dashes won all three events again Saturday. Her times were excellent but did not not surpass the records she set last year.
Kiara Williams, Homewood: Won the 100--meter hurdles with a near-6A record 14.29 time and followed up with a win in the 300-meter hurdles. The set a record to win the long jump Friday and also won the triple jump for four golds for the state champion Patriots.
Morgan O’Neal, Sylacauga:
Clocked 44.11 seconds in the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles to set a class state record. Courtney Golston of B.C. Rain set the previous record (44.24) in 2001.
Na'Asha Robinson, Butler:  Clocked 12.30 to win the 100-meter dash finals, then won the 200 and 400 dashes as well for three individual titles.
Amaris Tyynismaa, Catholic
- Montgomery: Set a Class 4A state record in the 800-meter run (2:16.86) to give the eighth grader  a sweep of the three distance events. She set records in 3,200 and 1,600 as well.
Wilson 4x800 relay team:  Clocked 9:55.80 to set a new Class 4A record in the distance relay.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Helped the Lady Bulldogs capture the state title winning the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition.


Defending Champions Take Leads After Day 2 of 4A-7A Track at Gulf Shores

       UMS-Wright High School built a 46-point lead over No. 2 Wilson heading into Saturday’s final day of Class 4A boys’ competition at the 91st annual AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Gulf Shores.
       Coach Pat Galle’s squad has won the previous four Class 4A outdoor state championships dating back 2011. UMS has 78 points and Wilson 32.  Galle’s girls also have a comfortable lead in the 4A girls competition with 66.50 points. DAR is second with 37.50 and Wilson is third with 36.
     Hoover, the Class 6A boys’ champ five of the last six years, leads Class 7A with 61.33 points in what could be shaping up to be an exciting finish Saturday. Auburn has 57.50 points and Oak Mountain is thirds with 29.33. In Class 6A, Homewood, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, had 62 points and holds a slim lead over Opelika (57.50) and Northridge (40).  St. Paul’s has 43 points to lead Class 5A with Madison County next with 34. Alabama Christian and St. Clair County close behind with 29 and 28 points respectively.
      Hoover’s girls lead Class 7A competition with 55.75 points with McGill-Toolen and Mountain Brook on their heels with 51.75 and 50.75 points, respectively. Huntsville is fourth with 38.  Homewood, the 5A champion in 2014, leads Class 6A’s girls with 68 points. Pelham has 42 and John Carroll Catholic 28. Beauregard, the 2014 Class 4A state girls’ champs, lead Class 5A with 61 points. St. Paul’s is second heading into Saturday with 51 and Helena is third with 30.
       Few records fell Friday. Some top performances included:
      Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic: Set a 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run Friday with a time of 10:53.15. She set a record Thursday in the 1,600.
     Wilson 4x400-Relay: The Wilson High School girls won the Class 4A relay with a record time of 9:55.80 seconds, beating the previous mark of 10:04.40 established by UMS-Wright in 2013.
      Isabel Valenzuela,  St Paul's: Won the Class 5A girls’ 3,200 meters with a winning time of 11:36.31 – her  second win of the 2015 competition. She won the 1,600 Thursday.
      Jayla Kirkland,  Woodlawn: Kirkland, the Class 6A record holder in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, had the fastest qualifying times in each race Friday clocking 11.69 seconds in the 100 and 24.58 in the 200.  She won the 400 Friday with a strong time of 57.21 seconds.
     Kiara Williams, Homewood: Set a new 6A record in the long jump with a winning leap of 20 feet, 5 ¼ inches to topple the previous mark (19-09.50) by Whitney Marsh of Mountain Brook in 2002. She also won the triple jump with a 39-09.50 distance.
     Caitlyn Miller, Hoover: Turned in the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes in Class 7A with times of 12.02 and 25.31 seconds, respectively. She also had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.35).
      Jermaine Johnson, Leeds: Had the best qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the Class 4A boys’ prelims with times of 11.02 and 22.80 seconds.
     Robert Hope, UMS-Wright: Followed Thursday’s Class 4A 1,600 meter win with a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:45.40.
    Gary Johnson, Douglas: Ran the 200-meter dash prelim in 22.38 seconds and the 100 prelim in 10.79 seconds for the best times in Class 5A.
    Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika:  Won the Class 6A 400-meter dash in 47.02 seconds and had the fastest qualifying times in the 100 and 200 dashes. His 10.57-second time in the 100 was the fastest in any class Friday.
      Melvin Hill, Baker:  Cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to become the AHSAA’s first Class 7A boys’ champion in that event.

Close Races Emerge in First Day of 1A, 2A, 3A State Track at Cullman

    Close races have emerged at Cullman as Friday’s first round of the  91st AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Oliver Woodard Stadium.  Only one point separate three teams in the Class 1A boys’ competition heading into Saturday’s final round which gets underway at 8 a.m.
    Marion County totaled 49 points to hold slim lead over Westminster of Oak Mountain and Linden, each with 48 points.  In Class 2A, Falkville, the 2014 and 2013 state champs in Class 1A, holds a 32-31 lead over Cold Springs. Lanett is third with 20.  In the 3A boys’ team standings, Winfield posted 48 points and has  a one-point lead over Montgomery Academy (47).T.R. Miller has 42.50 points, defending 3A champ Piedmont and American Christian are tied for fourth with 31. Montgomery Academy moved up to 3A this season after winning the Class 2A championship the last two years.
     The team races are also close in the girls’ competition. Falkville and Altamont are tied with 30 points each to share the Class 2A lead. Providence Christian, Holy Spirit Catholic and Mobile Christian are right behind with 27 – setting up an exciting finish Saturday with all five having a clear chance to claim the state title.  Cottage Hill Christian leads Class 3A with 43 points. American Christian is second with 29 and defending champion T.R. Miller is third with 25. Decatur Heritage amassed 38.50 points to take the Class 1A lead. St. Bernard of Cullman is second with 33.50 and defending champion Westminster of Oak Mountain is third with 30.
     Several outstanding efforts highlighted the individual performances.
Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka:
Had near state-record times in qualifying first in the 100 and 200-meter dash prelims. Her 12.31 time in the 100 was just 24/100ths of a second off the 1A state record (12.07). She also clocked 25.70 in the 200.
Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami, St. Bernard: Finished 1-2 in the 1,600 meters with season best times of 5:15.14 and 5:18.83.  Both ran a leg in St. Bernard’s record-setting 4x800-meter relay win (10:06.47) that beat the previous record set by Westminster last season by four seconds.
Summer Stewart, Meek: Set a new 1A pole vault record clearing 10 feet. The old record, set in 2007 by Anna Lindsey of Cedar Bluff, was 9-03.
Taylor Young, Altamont:
Had the best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (15.93 seconds) and broke her own 2A state record in the triple jump with a 38-foot leap.
Karri Green, Piedmont:
Narrowly missed a new record in the 3A 200-meter dash clocking 25.61 to advance to Saturday’s finals. Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill set the current mark (25.10) in 2009. She also won the 400-meter dash with a 57.44-second time.
Callie Jones, Cottage Hill Christian: Threw the javelin 136 feet, 2 inches to set a 3A state record and narrowly missed a record in the long jump winning  with at 18-05.25.
Tomalaski Johnson, R.A. Hubbard:
Won the 400-meter dash with a 50.94 time and had the fastest 200-meter qualifying time clocking 22.36 seconds – coming close to Montavius Pitts’ state record time of  21.86 ran for Loachapoka in 2001.
Jacob Sanders, Marion County: Set a 1A state record clearing 12 feet to win the pole vault competition
Cameron Trammell, Lanett:
won the 400-meter dash with a 51.78 time, had the fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter prelims (22.69) and the second-fastest time in the 100-meter prelims.
Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette:  Broke one of the oldest 2A records still standing with a 23-foot, 4 ¼-inch leap in the long jump to erase Hazlewood track star Pierre Goode’s   record (22-11) set in 1986.
Mathew Likely, Hillcrest-Evergreen: 
Ran  a 10.65-second time in the 100-meter dash prelims, setting up what should be a fast final Saturday since C.J. Savage of Piedmont clocked 10.79 in his prelim race. Likely also set a 2A state record in the 200-meter dash prelims – bettering Jason Smoot’s state record time of 21.98 set in 1998 as a Litchfield sprinter. Savage also qualified second with at 21.96.
Trey Cunningham, Winfield: Set a 3A state record in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.18-second time in the prelims and finished third in the triple jump.
Cedrick Tabb, Greensboro:  Broke former Greensboro teammate Quante Brown’s 3A state record with a 183-05 throw in the javelin competition.

McGill-Toolen’s Sean Collins becomes First to Clear 17 Feet to Win Class 7A Pole Vault

    The AHSAA’s most prolific boys’ pole vaulter in state history and two girls’ distance runners  took center stage Thursday as the AHSAA’s 91st  annual State Outdoor Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores for Classes 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A.
     The Class 1A, 2A, 3A State Championships will debut at Cullman High School’s Oliver Woodard Stadium Friday morning.  Both meets are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Links to the broadcasts can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
    McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Sean Collins became the first AHSAA competitor to clear 17 feet to win the Class 7A pole vault state title Thursday night at Gulf Shores. Collins’ best leap of the outdoor season was 16-08, almost four inches better than his record-setting  indoor height (16-04 ¾) last February in the AHSAA indoor state championships. He attempted 17-05 Thursday night three times but did not clear. Never-the-less, he came away as with the 7A and overall state record and a place in the AHSAA track record books  that will be talked about for years to come.
     Eighth grader Amaris Tyynisma of Montgomery Catholic beat her season best time of 5:05.06 by four seconds to set a new Class 4A state girls’ record in the 1,600 meters at Gulf Shores Thursday – clocking 5:01.38 to get the win. She already holds state indoor records in the 3,200 and 1,600 meters and set an all-time AHSAA girls’ cross country record last fall at the AHSAA cross country state championships with a 17:03 in the 3.1-mile race.  She will be running the 800 meters Friday and the 3,200 meters Saturday at Gulf Shores Complex.
      In Class 7A, where all championship times are state records in the AHSAA’s newest classification, Huntsville’s Abbey Weitenbeck ran 4:59.76 to win the first-ever 7A title in the 1,600 meters. Her time was 11 seconds off the pace of the state overall record (4:48.23) set in 2013 by Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen. Carlos now competes in the SEC at Vanderbilt.
     After three finals events, UMS-Wright leads Class 4A boys and girls with 30 and 31.50 points, respectively. In Class 5A, St. Paul’s leads the girls with 27 points and the boys with 23 points. The 5A girls had just two events posted.  Homewood tops the 6A point totals with 30 in the boys’ competition and 29 in the girls’ events.  McGill-Toolen Catholic leads the 7A girls with 31 points and Auburn tops the boys with 20 points. The pole vault, which finished late, had not been posted.
     Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopsal won the 1,600 in Class 5A and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham won in in Class 6A.
    On the boys’ side, two sprinters turned in near-record times in the 100-meter dash prelims. Gary Johnson of Douglas clocked his fastest time of the year (10.79 seconds) to pace all 5A qualifiers. Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika also had his best time of the season with a 10.57 qualifying time in 6A, and Joshua Burks of James Clemens posted a 10.65 to lead Class 7A qualifiers.
   Robert Hope of UMS-Wright (4A), Sheldon Britton of Alabama Christian (5A), Andy Bryant of Homewood (6A) and Paul Barlow of Auburn (7A) each posted wins in boys’ 1,600-meter action.
    Several field events were completed Thursday.
   Among the  winners were:
Margaret Ollinger, McGill-Toolen:  The Class 6A record holder cleared 12 feet, 10 inches to establish Class 7A’s initial state record in the pole vault Thursday. She holds the 6A record with a 12-04 clearance last year and set the state 7A indoor record clearing 12-04¼ in February at the CrossPlex.
Gracie Hunt, UMS-Wright: Posted Class 4A wins in the triple jump (35 feet, 2 ½ inches) and high junp (5-02) to help the Lady Bulldogs take the first-day lead.
Christian Bell, Hoover: Won the boys’ 7A shot put with a 5-10 winning toss.
DeShaun Williams, St. Clair County: His 21-08 distance won the Class 5A boys’ long jump championship.
Results can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the live stats link.

Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tourney Walker Rolls To AHSAA Class 6A Girls Tennis Championship

     Walker High School claimed two singles titles, one doubles title and still has the No. 1 doubles finals to complete as the Lady Vikings rolled to the AHSAA Class 6A Girls State Tennis Tournament championship Friday at the Mobile Tennis Center.
     Coach Rufus McDuffie’s Lady Vikings had 71 points through Friday’s matches and can pick up three more if senior Kallie Beall and junior Alexis Dillard can win the No. 1 doubles match against Decatur senior Ivey-Katherine Weaver and sophomore Anna-Quinn Weaver. The match will be played at Cullman Monday at 4:30 p.m.
     Briarwood Christian finished second with 60 points and Decatur, with 50 points, finished third. Cullman was fourth.
     Freshman Lilly Holmes of Florence beat Walker’s Beall in the No. 1 singles finals 6-3, 6-3.
Walker’s Olivia Hayes won at No. 3 singles and Gabby Jordan captured the No. 5 singles title.
Walker’s No. 2 doubles team comprised of Abby Hayes and Gabby Jordan won over India Wood and Grace Evans of Northridge, 6-2, 6-1.
     Briarwood had three singles winners (Jud Tarence at No. 2, Kateleigh Calloway at No. 4 and Callie Ware at No. 6). Calloway and Katelyn Bussey also won No. 3 doubles.
    The championship was Walker’s first since winning the Class 5A girls’ title in 2003.
    Saraland was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Girls Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Walker 71, Briarwood Christian 60, Decatur 50, Cullman 31, Florence 22, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 21, Northridge 19, Spanish Fort 16, Albertville 11, Saraland 11, Oxford 10, Opelika 7, Daphne 4, , Gulf Shores 3. 

Team Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Lilly Holmes, Florence d Kallie Beall, Walker, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 – Jud Tarence, Briarwood d. Anna-Quinn Weaver, Decatur, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) 
No. 3 – Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 – Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood d. Abby Hayes, Walker, 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 – Gabby Jordan, Walker d. Gentry Bussman, Cullman, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Beverly Fite, Decatur, 7-6, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Anna-Quinn Weaver/Ivey-Kathrine Weaver, Decatur d. Kallie Beall/Alexis Dillard, Walker, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Abby Hayes/Gabby Jordan, Walker d. India Wood/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Kateleigh Calloway/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood d. Olivia Hayes/Holley Spivey, Walker, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Class 6A Boys Tennis Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Wins First State Title In Close 6A Finish

     Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa won at No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 doubles Friday in the AHSAA Class 6A Boys State Tennis Tournament at Mobile Tennis Center and squeaked out the school’s first state tennis title in one of the closest finishes in AHSAA history.
    Six points separated the top six teams with Coach Brad Armstrong’s Patriots totaling 41 points to win by two over Walker (39 points). Dothan was third with 38, Briarwood Christian was fourth with 36, Opelika and Florence tied for fifth with 35 each. Cullman had 27 to take seventh, Northridge and Saraland tied for eighth with 24 apiece.
     Junior Peter Whitehurst of Dothan captured the No. 1 singles title beating Cade Pressnell of Austin 6-3, 7-6 (4).  Whitehurst and fellow junior Jordan May also won the No. 1 doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cullman duo Matthew Davis and Donny Camp.
     Junior Addison Osborn of Hillcrest won at No. 5, and sophomore Tag Shaw took No. 6 singles for Hillcrest. The Patriots also won the No. 2 doubles championship with juniors Jon Logan Beadlescomb and Osborne defeating Briarwood’s Lucas Catellanos and Bennett Davis 6-3, 6-1.
Briarwood was also named the team sportsmanship winner.

Class 6A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 41,Walker 39, Dothan 38, Briarwood Christian 36, Florence 35, Opelika 35, Cullman 27, Northridge 24, Saraland 24, Austin 11, Homewood 11, Shades Valley 10, Albertville 2.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Briarwood Christian.

Singles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst, Dothan d. Cade Pressnell, Austin, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 – Thomas Collier, Briarwood d. Winston Smith, Opelika, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Zack Wolfe, Hillcrest, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 – Nick Hester, Florence d. Ben Hicks, Walker, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Addison Osborne, Hillcrest d. Mason Woodman, Walker, 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Tag Shaw, Hillcrest d. Colin Higginbotham, Northridge, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan d. Matthew Davis/Donny Camp, Cullman, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – Jon Logan Beadlescomb/Addison Osborne/Hillcrest  d. Lucas Catellanos/Bennett Davis, Briarwood, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Markie Buettner/Dalton Clary, Northridge d. Noah Davis/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

2015 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams Announced

     All-star squads for the 2015 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus July 22 at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, baseball, volleyball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Chris Love of Oak Mountain and Brian Pounders of Deshler will coach the North boys’ all-stars with Llewellyn serving as administrative coach. Dallas County’s Willie Moore, who led the Hornets to the 2015 Class 5A state tournament after winning the 4A title in 2014, will be coaching the South with John Price of Faith Academy. Price’s team has reached the 5A state tournament the last two years.  Card is the South administrative coach.
       The North Boys’ all-star basketball squad features 6-foot-6 junior Josh Langford of Madison Academy, the ASWA Class 3A player of the year after leading the Mustangs to the 3A state title, and 6-4 Justin Hopkins, who helped J.O. Johnson claim the Class 5A state crown. The South squad features 6-9 Cameron Diggs Crawford of Blount, the tallest player in the game, and Carver-Montgomery’s Antonio Nelson, a key player in the Wolverines’ Class 6A state championship run in 2015.
    Guards Emma Wallen and Ivy Wallen of Lauderdale County headline the North girls’ team. Sisters in the famed Lady Tigers “triplets”, Emma was named the Class 3A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and Ivy was selected MVP of the Class 3A state tournament as Lauderdale County closed out a 39-0 season.  Also on the North squad is Class 5A state tournament MVP and ASWA 5A player of the year Kaitlyn Rodgers, a power forward from Wenonah. Headlining the South squad are Ahyiona Vason and Jasmine Walker of 2015 Class 7A state champion Jeff Davis and Harriett Winchester, MVP of the Class 1A state tournament for state champion Keith. Walker was the 7A state tournament MVP. Also on the South squad are Cierra Johnson of Blount and Lacy Stafford of Geneva County, the ASWA Class 6A and 2A players of the year, respectively, for the 2014-2015 season.
     The North swept both games last year. The North Boys are 46-25 in the series dating back to 1953 and currently own a 12-game winning streak heading into 2015. The North Girls are 16-2 in the series that began in 1997 and have won the last seven games.
     The rosters are below.

2015  South Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                  Pos.     Ht.
Dana Echols                            Auburn                  G          5-4
Janesha Green                        Samson                 G          5-6
Jasmine Griffin                        Abbeville               G          5-2
Jas Hill                                     LeFlore                F          5-8
Cierra Johnson                        Blount                    G          5-8
Ivery Moore                            Demopolis               G          5-8
Margaret Robinson                 Davidson                  G          5-11
Ashley Scott                             UMS-Wright           C          6-2
Jaylen Snipes                           Opelika                  G          5-3
Lacy Stafford                           Geneva County        G          5-8
Ryann Sylvester                       McGill-Toolen           G          5-8
Ahyiona Vason                        Jeff Davis                 F          5-5
Jasmine Walker                      Jeff Davis                  F          6-3
Tykeria Williams                     Lee-Montgomery        G          5-6
Harriett Winchester                Keith                        G          5-10
Chad McKnight                         Samson
Jennifer Norris                         Lanett
Nigel Card                               St. James (Administrative)                                                     

2015  North Girls All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Katie Allen                               Albertville                   G          5-11
Charity Brown                         Sipsey Valley               G          5-7
Rachael Childress                   Lawrence County        G/F      5-10
Kenyha Coulson                       Lee-Huntsville             G          5-10
Tyra Johnson                           Austin                          G          5-7
Presley Johnson                       Pisgah                          F/C       5-11
Kendra Langham                     Hoover                        F          5-10
Jailyn Maddox                         Hoover                        G          5-10
Kaitlyn Rodgers                       Wenonah                     F          6-1      
Tykeah Rogers                         Spring Garden             G/F      5-9
Katie Speegle                          Austin                          C          6-0      
Katelyn Thomas                      Shades Valley              C          5-11
Emma Wallen                         Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Ivy Wallen                               Lauderdale County      G          5-8
Bailey West                             Cold Springs                G          5-5
Sheroderick Smith                   Winterboro
Carey Ellison                           Pisgah
Brant Llewellyn                       Lauderdale Co. (administrative)

2015  South Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Cameron Diggs Crawford       Blount                          C          6-9
Joshua Hill                               Faith Academy            F          6-4
Stephon Jackson                      Smiths Station             G          6-0
Chardian Johnson                    T.R. Miller                   G          6-0
Ryan Littel                               Enterprise                   F          6-8
Roderick Melton                     Northview                   G          6-0
Kevin Morris                           Dothan            C          6-7
Antonio Nelson                        Carver-Montgomery   G          6-1
Deric Patton                            Carroll, Ozark             G          5-11
John Pettway                           Keith                            G          6-2
Charles Price                           Southside-Selma         F          6-6
Austin Rogers                          Brewbaker Tech          F          6-3
Clifford Thomas                      Jeff Davis                     F          6-7
Roderic Scott                           Lee-Montgomery        G          6-0
Tionne Williams                      Central-Phenix City     C          6-8
Willie Moore                           Dallas County
John Price                              Faith Academy
Nigel Card                             St. James (administrative)           

2015  North Boys All-Star Team
Player                                     School                         Pos.     Ht.
Jack Bonner                             Phillips                         G          6-1
Ryan Brown                             Albertville                   F          6-6
Tracey Burnett                        Lee-Huntsville             F          6-4
Triston Chambers                   Cold Springs                G          6-2
Mykelti Chatman                    Cordova                       F          6-6
Quinterious Croft                    Anniston                      G          5-11
Micah Fuller                            Bessemer City             G          6-0
Justin Hopkins                         J.O. Johnson                F          6-4
Travian James                         James Clemens           G          5-11
Jack Kline                                Mountain Brook          F          6-5
Jason Landman                       James Clemens           F          6-7
Josh Langford                          Madison Academy      G          6-6
Albert Luke                              Ramsay                       F          6-5
Joel Wester                             Cherokee County        G          6-2
Javien Williams                       Woodlawn                   G          6-4
Chris Love                               Oak Mountain
Brian Pounders                        Deshler
Brant Llewellyn                        Lauderdale Co. (administrative)

UMS-Wright’s Hooper Closes Career With No. 1 Singles Win

    UMS-Wright High School senior William Hooper had to wait a day to close out the final championship in a two-day domination by Coach Rick Cleveland’s Bulldogs’ tennis team in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A Boys state tournament Wednesday.
   Hooper, who beat Trinity Presbyterian’s Tyler Vermillion 7-5, 6-3 in the finals played at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. The final was the lone match not completed on Tuesday due to Hooper’s four matches played earlier in doubles and singles.  With the final points, UMS-Wright won the school’s seventh straight title compiling 82 points. Runner-up St. Pau’s was second with 50.
    Hooper teamed with Nicholas Anez to win the No. 1 doubles title Tuesday at Mobile Tennis Center. The four-match limit in a day forced the finals to be postponed – setting up a half-way point in Brewton for the two players to meet.
    Hooper, who has played on six UMS-Wright state championship teams, won 11 singles and doubles state championships during that span. He was 10-1 this season with his only loss coming to Brooks Green of Class 7A McGill-Toolen during the regular season.
     Trinity finished fourth with 31 points behind UMS, St. Paul’s and third-place Randolph (48 points).
   UMS-Wright’s girls also won the state championship for the seventh year in a row on Tuesday. The teams were playing in the newly created 4A-5A division for the first time. The previous six championships were in Class 4A.

North-South Volleyball All-Star Teams, Coaches Named

                   Twenty-four outstanding junior volleyball players, 24 girls from across the state have been named to the North-South squads for the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).

                The two volleyball teams will square off on Thursday, July 23 at Faulkner University’s Tine Davis Gymnasium at 4 p.m.
                  The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week on Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
                    The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports’ specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
                  Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients,  Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
                  Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
                Coaching the South All-Stars will be Perry Robinson, of Class 6A 2014 runner-up Pelham, and Heather Nazat of Faith Academy. Administrative coach is Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin. North coaches are Haven O’Quinn, of 2014 Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook, and Amanda Smith of James Clemens. Sue Marshall of Randolph is administrative coach.
              Among the outstanding volleyball players selected are North juniors Sara Carr and Sara Mitchell of Mountain Brook, who helped Coach O’Quinn’s team win the first-ever Class 7A state title. John Carroll Catholic’s Kelsi Hobbs also played on the Cavaliers’ Class 6A state championship team.
       Julia Martin of Bayside Academy headlines the South squad. She helped the Lady Admirals win a state-record 13th straight state championship winning the 3A title in 2014. Outside hitter Kristy Odom

of Providence Christian led her team to the 2A state finals and a 56-match winning streak last season.
                The teams include:

2015 North Volleyball All-Star Team
Player                         School                         Pos.     Ht.
Isabelle Barnes           Bob Jones                    MB      6-1
Abby Borden               Arab                            Setter  5-9
Sara Carr                     Mountain Brook          OH       5-11
Madelyn Cheatham    Hartselle                     MB      6-1
Yta’e Cobb                   Muscle Shoals             MB      5-8
Victoria Fennell           Randolph                     Setter  5-10
Anna Harris                 Walker                        OH       5-9
Kelsi Hobbs                  John Carroll Catholic  OH       6-0
Aubrie Huddleston      Grissom                       OH       5-10
Alister Lowe                Hoover                        MB      6-0
Sara Mitchell              Mountain Brook          Setter  5-7
Courtney Rutledge      Huntsville                    Setter  5-11
Haven O’Quinn, Mountain Brook
Amanda Smith, James Clemens
Sue Marshall, Randolph (administrative)

2015 South Volleyball All-Star Team
Player                         School                         Pos.     Ht.
Elizabeth Burnett        McGill-Toolen                         MB      6-2
Ashley Chapman         St. Luke’s Episcopal     MB      6-0
Rickie Constant           Fairhope                      MB      5-11
Macie Gatlin               Faith Academy            Libero  5-1
Taylor Harrelson         Enterprise                   OH       6-1
Julia Martin                 Bayside Academy        OH       5-6
Elizabeth Murphy        McGill-Toolen             Setter  5-8
Kristy Odom                Providence Christian   OH       5-10
Maegan Parrillo          Spanish Fort                OH       5-9
Elise Polio                    St. Luke’s Episcopal     OH       5-8
Janna Terry                 Baker                           Setter  5-10
Anna Whaley               Spanish Fort                OH       6-0
Perry Robinson, Pelham
Heather Nezat, Faith Academy
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (administrative)      

Class 7A Boys Tennis Mountain Brook Crowned First 7A State Boys Tennis Champion

     Mountain Brook became the first AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ tennis champions Tuesday as the Spartans doubled up the competition posting 74 points in the victory at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park Tennis Complex.
     Huntsville and Spain Park tied for second place with 35 points each, and McGill-Toolen was fourth with 29.
     Coach Susan Barlow’s team improved its boys' state record total to 24 – dating back to 1969. However, Tuesday’s title was the school’s first boys’ championship since 2010. Farlow’s girls  also holds the AHSA state record for most girls’ tennis titles with 26. The Lady Spartans finished second to Huntsville Tuesday.
     Mountain Brook’s boys won four singles titles and placed second in another. The Spartans swept all three doubles championships.
     Bob Jones’ Vince Rettke won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Brooks Green of McGill-Toolen in the finals. Mountain Brook sophomore Peter Hartman won the No. 2 singles finals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Garrect Hartsock of Spain Park. Yates Jackson (No. 3), David Faulkner (No. 4) and Paul Jones (No. 6) also won singles titles for Mountain Brook. Will Hargrove also finished second in the No. 5 singles finals falling to William Cook of Huntsville.
     Sam Lidikay and Jackson won at No., 1 doubles beating Brooks Green and Hallet Green of McGill-Toolen 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in a hard-fought final.  Hartman and Faulkner won at No. 2 doubles, Hargrove and Jones won at No. 3.
Class 7A State Boys Tennis Championships
Team scoring:
Mountain Brook 74, Huntsville 35, Spain Park 35, McGill-Toolen 29, James Clemens 22, Enterprise 14, Bob Jones, 8, Fairhope 8, Auburn 6.
Team Sportsmanship winner: Enterprise.
Singles Finals
No. 1 – Vince Rettke, Bob Jones d. Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman, Mountain Brook d. Garrett Hartsock, Spain Park, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Nathan Bartz, McGill-Toolen, 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 – David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland, Huntsville, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 5 – William Cook, Huntsville d. Will Hargrove, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Ethan Forbes, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Finals
No. 1 – Sam Lidikay/Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Brooks Green/Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Peter Hartman/David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Jacob Bourland/William Cook, Huntsville, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Will Hargrove/Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Dalton Holladay/Jack Setterfield, Spain Park, 6-0, 6-1