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Class 7A State Volleyball Championship

Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1

     Mountain Brook’s Lady Spartans downed Hoover 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10 Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex to capture the first Class 7A state volleyball championship in AHSAA history. It was also Mountain Brook’s first volleyball state title.
     Coach Haven O’Quinn’s Spartans (49-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in part due to the play of outside hitter Sara Carr. The junior finished with 16 kills, 14 digs and three blocks to earn MVP honors.   Emmy Kilgore had eight kills, Payton Selmon, Abby Garrett and Kendrall Crumbaugh added seven each.
     Setter Sara Chandler Mitchell also handed out 38 assists and Smith had 21 digs.
     Hoover (38-9) , coached by Chris Camper, was led by Ali Lowe’s 13 kills. Nora Webster added seven.  Jamie Gregg had 18 assists and Olivia Portera 16 digs.
    Hoover and Mountain Brook were the first two Birmingham schools to meet in the large school state finals. Both were 6A last year.
Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sara Chandler Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Julia Smith, Mountain Brook; Ali Lowe, Hoover; Kathryn Cather, Hoover; Abby Hutchens, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Haley Hop, Bob Jones.

 


Class 2A State Volleyball Championship

Addison 3, Providence Christian 1

     Addison (58-2) used a strong front line Thursday to beat Providence Christian 25-20, 23-25,25-20, 25-18 in the AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Class 2A championship match at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
     Tourney MVP Jessy Taylor led the attack with 20 kills and 13 digs as the Bulldogs won their seventh state championship since 2003. Addison was 1A state champs in 2013.  Summer Hinton also had 10 kills, Holly Posey had nine and Callie Brewer with six. Posey also had 30 assists and 17 digs.
        Providence Christian (58-2) came into the finals with a 56-match winning streak, longest in school history. Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles finished second in 2013 and won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Hannah Harris and Kristy Odom turned in outstanding performances with 18 kills and 16 kills, respectively. Emma Cary also had 34 assists and 22 digs.
Class 2A All-Tournament Team
Jessy Harris, Addison (MVP); Summer Hinton, Addison; Holly Posey, Addison; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian; Emma Cary, Providence Christian; Sydney Terry, Hatton; Dani Townson, Ider.


Class 5A Volleyball State Championship

St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Guntersville 1
    
St. Paul’s Episcopal overcame stubborn Guntersville 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 Thursday in the AHSAA Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament finals to capture the 2014 state championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex arena.
     MVP Morgan Eiland had 10 kills, Bradley Carrington 16 and Parker Canada six as the Saints (37-13) sent head coach Kelli Hillier out with a state title. Hillier announced her plans to step down earlier this season. Setter Ali Sutherland had 37 assists while Konner Wilks had 18 digs, Leigh Minus 14 and Canada 10.
     Elizabeth Bridges had 14 kills and four blocks for Coach Jimmy Latta’s Wildcats (37-30), who reached the 5A finals in their first year in the new classification after finishing second in 2013 in Class 4A.  Morgan Hawk also had 11 kills, Mary Goodwin Tully 18 digs and Virginia Gaston 26 assists.
   The state title was St. Paul’s 14th overall dating back to 1976 and their seventh in the last nine years.
Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Morgan Eiland, St. Paul’s Episcopal (MVP); Ali Sutherland, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Konner Wilks, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Elizabeth Bridges, Guntersville; Virginia Gaston, Guntersville; Maddie Kofskey, Randolph; Rachel Childress, Lawrence County.

AHSAA’s 44th State Volleyball Championships to Feature Seven Classifications, 56 Teams in This Year’s Field

        The 44th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships.
      It marks the first event for the AHSAA to crown seven state champions.
      The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first three titles before McGill-Toolen grabbed its first of 19 in 1974.
       Competition in the single-elimination tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. Wednesday with 1A, 2A and 5A playing the earliest matches. All classes are playing through semifinal action Wednesday with semifinals slated for 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the class.
        All finals will be Thursday.
       The championship matches will be live-streamed for the second year in a row by the NFHS TV Network Thursday via its subscriber program. To sign up, viewers can go to http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa and follow the prompts. The semifinals will not be live-streamed  Wednesday by the NFHS Network, but Jacksonville High School will be live-streaming its school matches via the NFHS TV Network’s school broadcast subscriber program.

       All six 2013 defending state champions return this year, but three find themselves in new classifications.  Addison won in 1A last year but moves up to Class 2A this time around. Coach Pam Wilkin’s team rolls into the CrossPlex with the North Super Regional title under its belt and a 55-2 record. South Super Regional champion Providence Christian of Dothan is coming in at 56-1 with a 54-match winning streak intact.
       Bob Jones, last year’s 6A champion, is in the new Class 7A field this year. The Lady Patriots (39-8) finished third in the North Super Regional.
       Montgomery Academy (40-10) was the 2A state champion in 2013 and is now in Class 3A where defending champion Bayside Academy (41-9) will be vying for its 13th straight state crown. Both teams are coached by members of the AHSAA’s rare 1,000-win club: Julie Sinclair of Montgomery Academy (1,224-360) and Ann Schilling of Bayside (1,285-359).
      Other defending champions include Jacksonville (38-9) in Class 4A and St. Paul’s  Episcopal (34-13) in Class 5A. The Lady Saints have captured 12 state championships, including six of the last eight 5A titles.
      Sinclair and Schilling are two of six coaches with over 1,000 wins guiding teams in this year’s state tournament. The leader is Glenda Wright of Walker. Her Lady Vikings (54-19) are the second seed from the North in the Class 6A tournament. Her 1,457-589 career record ranks her third nationally in the NFHS in wins and ahead of former McGill-Toolen Catholic coach Becky Dickinson, who retired with 1,273 wins and just 129 losses – an incredible 91.0 winning percentage.
     Other 1,000-win coaches include Tammy Richardson of St. Luke’s Episcopal (1,358-546),  Brenda Mayes of Muscle Shoals (1,115-359) and Tanya Broadway of Grissom (1,114-281).
     Addison’s Wilkins has compiled a 727-52 record for the Class 2A Bulldogs, a winning rate of 93.3 percent – tops in the state. The Lady Bulldogs have won six state titles.
    The AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament made history last year by becoming the first event live-streamed by the NFHS TV Network. The NFHS TV Network Blog promoting the tournament was the most viewed athletic blog of the year, according to John Gillis of the NFHS. The broadcast drew rave reviews. This year’s finals will also feature live stats as well.
      Tickets may be purchased on line by clicking on the PrepTix logo at www.ahsaa.com.
     The schedule is listed below.  
     
AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
Oct. 29-30, CrossPlex, Birmingham

First-Round Pairings
Class 1A
N4:
Spring Garden (24-22) vs. S1: Pleasant Home (26-5), Court 1, 8 a.m.
S3: Kinston (15-17) vs. N2: Athens Bible (29-17), Court 3, 8 a.m.
N3: Decatur Heritage (37-13) vs. S2: Isabella (34-3), Court 4, 9:30 a.m.
S4: Ragland (29-15) vs. N1: Meek (26-21), Court 6, 9:30 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 3 p.m.

Class 2A
N4:
Mars Hill Bible (19-21) vs. S1: Providence Christian (56-1), Court 7, 8 a.m.
S3: Goshen (29-9) vs. N2: Hatton (21-25), Court 9, 8 a.m.
N3: Ider (24-12) vs. S2: St. Luke’s Episcopal (36-21), Court 1, 11 a.m.
S4: Mobile Christian (13-16) vs. N1: Addison (55-2), Court 3, 11 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 7, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 9, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 10:30 a.m.

Class 3A
N4:
Ashville (28-17) vs. S1: Bayside Academy (41-9), Court 4, 12:30 p.m.
S3: Cottage Hill Christian (14-24) vs. N2: West Morgan (53-14), Court 6, 12:30 p.m.
N3: Geraldine (48-14) vs. S2: Montgomery Academy (40-10), Court 4, 2 p.m.
S4: Prattville Christian (19-20) vs. N1: Madison Academy (48-11), Court 6, 2 p.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 7:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 7:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 4:30 p.m.

Class 4A
N4:
Brooks (31-18) vs. S1: St. James (26-14), Court 7, 11 a.m.
S3: UMS-Wright (25-18) vs. N2: Jacksonville (38-9), Court 9, 11 a.m.
N3: Deshler (48-7) vs. S2: Trinity Presbyterian (28-12), Court 7, 12:30 p.m.
S4: Straughn (26-20) vs. N1: Danville (48-11), Court 9, 12:30 p.m .
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 4, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 6, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 6 p.m.

Class 5A
N4:
Madison County (34-33) vs. S1: St. Paul’s Episcopal (34-13), Court 4, 8 a.m.
S3: Alabama Christian (31-25) vs. N2: Lawrence County (51-12), Court 6, 8 a.m.
N3: Randolph (37-10) vs. S2: Faith Academy (21-19), Court 7, 9:30 a.m.
S4: Rehobeth (37-13) vs. N1: Guntersville (35-29), Court 9, 9:30 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 4, 3:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 6, 3:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 9 a.m.

Class 6A
N4:
Hartselle (34-24) vs. S1: John Carroll Catholic (37-8), Court 1, 12:30 p.m.
S3: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (36-8) vs. N2: Walker (54-19), Court 2, 12:30 p.m.
N3: Muscle Shoals (43-10) vs. S2: Pelham (39-16), Court 1, 2 p.m.
S4: Dothan (23-16) vs. N1: Arab (57-7), Court 2, 2 p.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 7, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 9, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, 1:30 p.m.

Class 7A
N4:
Grissom (29-17) vs. S1: McGill-Toolen Catholic (42-8), Court 1, 9:30 a.m.
S3: Enterprise (35-13) vs. N2: Hoover (36-8), Court 3, 9:30 a.m.
N3: Bob Jones (39-8) vs. S2: Baker (34-19), Court 4, 11 a.m.
S4: Fairhope (30-15) vs. N1: Mountain Brook (46-10), Court 6, 11 a.m.
Semifinal pairings
G1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Court 1, 5:30 p.m.
G3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Court 3, 5:30 p.m.
Championship Match (Thursday)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Thursday, Court 4, noon


Blount’s Vaughan Leads Leopards To Key Win over Mobile Rival LeFlore

    Blount High School’s Demetrice Vaughan  was a jack-of-all-trades last week as the Leopards beat LeFlore 25-22 in a key Class 6A, Region 1 football win.
    Down 22-0 in the fourth quarter, Vaughan rallied Blount with two rushing touchdowns covering 20 and 32 yards to tie the game at 22-22, then booted a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds left to seal the win.
    For his efforts, Vaughan headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10. He finished with 156 yards rushing on 20 carries as the Leopards rallied from a 22-0 fourth-quarter deficit to beat LeFlore 25-22. Vaughan finished with 156 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 32 and 20 yards.
     His performance edged out another outstanding kicking effort by Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter and a seven-touchdown effort by North Jackson running back Octavious Matthews.
    Ledbetter
was 4-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder that marked the second-longest field goal in school history captured the 2 seed in Region 2 with a 40-14 win over Smiths Station. Ledbetter also  was 4-of-4 on extra-point tries for 16 kicking points total and had eight of his nine kickoffs go for touchbacks in the important win.
   Matthews rushed for 309 yards on nine carries and scored seven touchdowns in the first half of a 62-14 victory over Good Hope. He had six rushing TDs and a returned a punt for another TD. Among his scores was a state-record trying 99 yard run – the longest run in North Jackson school history.
Other top performances reported include:


PASSING
GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE:
Passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and two more scores as the Pirates beat Murphy 54-30.

ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Was 17-of-29 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-8 win at Center Point.

 

SAM HOWARD, DESHLER: Had 252 yards passing and touchdowns covering 76 and 8 yards as the Tigers posted an emotional 36-14 win over Rogers. Howard also rushed for two touchdowns.

KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Was 12-of-16 passing for 240 yards and four TDs and added 81 yards rushing and two more scores as the unbeaten Rebels (9-0) beat Houston County 59-7.

JOSH THOMAS, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Completed 9-of-10 passes for 239 yards and three TDs and ran nine times for 63 yards and two more touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Prattville Christian.

 

ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-33 passes for 249 yards and rushed for 50 yards and three TDs as the Huskies fell to Hoover 38-24.

ELI REYNOLDS, HUNTSVILLE:
Threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 80 yards and a score in a 35-34 upset of James Clemens. His first touchdown pass came with 25 seconds left in the game to force overtime. The second came in the OT period for winning score.

BRICK PUGH, EAST LIMESTONE:
 Was 9-of-14 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth – all in the first half – and East Limestone (9-0) beat Ardmore 37-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 8.

 

JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: The junior was 12-of-16 passing for 249 yards and two scores (including a 92-yard TD) as the Tigers beat Austin 34-13.

GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT:
The sophomore completed 15-of-21 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-21 win over Winston County.

JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-12 pass attempts, including 8-of-8 in the first half, for 216 yards and five touchdowns (59, 13, 2, 9, 22 yards) in the Tigers' 47-20 win at Gaylesville.

BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY:
Completed 14-of-26 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries with another TD in a 25-22 win over Corner.

JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN:
Finished with 392 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 72-42 loss to Spring Garden. Grizzard threw for 260 yards and a 34-yard touchdown and rushed for 132 yards and touchdowns of 60, 38, 1 and 5 yards.

 

PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Was 17-of-20 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns as Russellville beat St. John Paul II 49-14.

 

TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns (21, 30 yards). He also rushed for 75 yards on 20 carries and a 2-yard touchdown and had two 2-point conversion runs in the Warriors' 37-31 win over White Plains.

CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns (59, 66 yards). He also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the Wildcats' 33-26 loss at Pisgah.

RUSHING
KYLE NALL, FAYETTE COUNTY:
Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Cordova

 

GARY JOHNSON, DOUGLAS: Running out of the legendary Notre Dame Box offensive set much of the night, Johnson had 24 carries for 277 yards and five touchdowns--the second best single game rushing yardage in Douglas history, as the Eagles beat Randolph 35-15.

TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT:
Gained for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Class 4A unbeaten Bulldogs blanked Satsuma.
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LUKE PHILLIPS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Scored three touchdowns, including the game winner with less than a minute left, as the Wildcats beat Mobile Christian 28-21. Phillips completed a 43-yard pass to J.D. Favors on a fake punt to set up the winning score. He finished with 115 yards passing and 134 rushing.

BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rushed for 230 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in Tallassee’s 34-7 victory over Sylacauga.

 

LEE HISBON, TANNER: Ran 12 times for 226 yards and touchdowns of 51, 50 and 9 yards in a 77-24 win over Falkville.

MARCUS WEBB, HOOVER: Had a career high 182 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns as the Bucs rallied from a 24-24 tie late to beat Hewitt-Trussville 38-24. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 124 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.

 

TERRELLE WEST, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 224 yards on 21 carries in a 45-20 victory over Gardendale. He scored on a 97-yard run.

MARLON BRIDGES, LANETT:
Finished with 287 all-purpose yards, including 193 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, in a 26-19 loss to Reeltown. On defense, he returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a TD.

KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers claimed the Class 1A, Region 8 title with a 36-15 victory over R.A. Hubbard. Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark with the performance and now has 1,033 yards rushing and 15 TDs on 116 carries for the year. Teammate Matt Harper added 165 yards and two TDs on 20 rush attempts and was also 8-of-13 passing for 74 yards in the win. He has 933 yards rushing and 988 passing on the year while accounting for 27 points.

CHASE JENNINGS, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns (12, 16, 40, 40 yards) and also had an interception on defense in the Panthers' 72-42 victory over Coosa Christian.  Backfield mate Matt Mullinax added 121 yards and three scores in the win.

MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed for 224 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 36-28 win over J.B. Pennington. His TD came on an 80-yard trek.

KEARVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY:
Scored five touchdowns in the Indians’ 42-15 win over Sheffield. He had nine carries for 133 yards and four rushing scores and also caught a 28-yard pass for his fifth TD of the night.

LOGAN BROOKS, FAIRVIEW: Had 27 carries for 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 shutout of over Butler.

 

AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 18 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Red Devils (9-0) to a 49-7 win over Collinsville.

 

NIC ROLLOW, COLD SPRINGS: Rushed for 171 yards and two scores on 21 attempts as the Eagles beat Tarrant 36-33. The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 82 yards. Fisher Willoughby also had 135 yards on 12 carries with a 37-yard TD run.

MITCHELL SMITH, GASTON:
Rushed 16 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score with 24 seconds left, as Gaston upset Cleveland 35-28 to secure the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, Region 7.

 

PASS RECEIVING|
TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS:
Hauled in seven catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns as Phillips beat Decatur Heritage 40-33.

JUSTIN PERDUE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM:
Caught six passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to Fairfield. His TDs covered 12, 20, 62 and 74 yards.

 

GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Had five catches for 181 yards and touchdowns of 5, 73 and 47 yards as the Bucks upset Gadsden City 37-20. He also scored and fourth time on an 11-yard run.

WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: Caught 11 passes, a school record, for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 loss to Guntersville.

 

TREY GUTHERY, VINEMONT: Caught seven passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 road win at Winston County. The senior, who also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery, six tackles and two pass breakups, sealed the victory with an interception deep inside Vinemont territory with eight seconds remaining.

 

DEE WILLIAMS, MOODY: Had six catches for 163 yards and two TDs and added 113 yards rushing as Moody beat Lincoln 27-26. He now has over 3,000 rushing yards for his career.

JAYLAN JACKSON, HARTSELLE: Had just six touches for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Hartselle beat Austin 34-13. He had 105 yards rushing on three carries with TD runs of 19 and 68 yards. He also caught three passes for 110 yards with the big one a 92-yard TD reception.

DEFENSE
RILEY COLE, ONEONTA:
Had 19 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in a 33-13 victory over Westminster Christian.

RENARDO PRATT, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted three passes and broke up four others as the Tigers beat Center Point 28-7.

QUENERIS POLLARD, MOODY: The senior defensive end had 18 tackles, two sacks and blocked a punt as Moody nipped Lincoln 27-26.

CULLEN AMSTRONG, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 16 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered two others to set up two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Providence Christian 13-10.


CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE:
Had 15 tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets' 56-0 win over Pleasant Valley.

 

HUNTER GREEN, CLEVELAND: Was credited with 23 tackles and a pass break-up in a 35-28 loss to Gaston.

 

RYDER JONES, WEST POINT: Had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and also batted down two passes in a 21-14 overtime win over Lawrence County. The senior also had three pass receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (17 yards) to help the Warriors clinch their first Class 5A playoff berth. Teammate Trent Campbell also had 10 tackles, including two sacks.

ETHAN WILLIAMS, MIDFIELD: Recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a TD in a 23-8 victory over Fultondale. He also caught four passes for 110 yards.

 

RUSS LOGAN, DEMOPOLIS: Recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass from his linebacker position in a 41-18 victory over Dallas County.

 

DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, had nine tackles and two sacks in a 63-0 win over Headland.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

EDSON CASSARRUBIUS, FLORENCE: Kicked three field goals, including a 42-yarder, as the Falcons beat Decatur 23-6.


WIL MURPHY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE:
For the second straight week Murphy kicked a game-winning 21-yard field goal with 6:55 to play as Central secured a playoff berth with a 5-3 win over Brooks.


NFHS, NISCA release “Coaching Swimming” on nfhslearn.com

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 24, 2014) – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added a course for swimming coaches to its lineup of sport-specific online courses available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.nfhslearn.com

“Coaching Swimming” was developed with assistance from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) and focuses on how to administer a student-first swimming program.

Topics covered in Coaching Swimming include recruitment, pre-event management, interscholastic coaching philosophy, differences in club and high school teams, communication and risk management. The course also teaches the basics of the four competitive swimming strokes, start variations and flip turns, and it highlights information from the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Book.

“It is important that coaches have a strong foundation in skills and a strong concern for the safety of their athletes,” said Arvel McElroy, NISCA president-elect. “Completing [Coaching Swimming] provides this opportunity. I applaud the NFHS for its forward-thinking vision to provide certification programs for coaches.”

NISCA is a volunteer organization that supports high school coaches of all aquatic sports.  It is dedicated to coaches education and athlete recognition.

“The NFHS is pleased to partner with NISCA and looks forward to offering Coaching Swimming to coaches nationwide,” said Dan Schuster, director of NFHS Coach Education.

With the addition of Coaching Swimming, the NFHS now has 35 online courses, including two core courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid, Health and Safety – and 16 sport-specific courses.


Central Board Upholds AHSAA Rulings

                The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control Wednesday upheld two recent AHSAA eligibility rulings appealed by James Clemens and Chickasaw high schools.
                The appeals were heard at the Central Board’s annual October meeting at the AHSAA Office.  James Clemens High School’s appeal concerned the Eight Semester Rule while Chickasaw High School’s appeal related to the Custody and Legal Guardianship section of the Transfer Rule.
              The Board also heard a request for membership from Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens. A vote was tabled and the request will be reconsidered later this school year to allow  more time for evaluation of membership requirements.
               The Central Board also thanked longtime AHSAA assistant director Alan Mitchell for his many contributions to the AHSAA while continuing to serve on a part-time basis.
               Other Board action included:       
               -- Approved the 2014 Super 7 Football projected expense budget.
              -- Approved online data requirement and publication clarifications.
               -- Heard a report concerning the NFHS Section 3 Meeting hosted by the AHSAA in September.
               -- Heard updates concerning the C2C Academic calculator.
            -- Heard a report from Knight Eady representative Mike Vest concerning upcoming Super 7 plans.


UMS-Wright’s Curtis Claims 250th Career Win in Bulldogs’ Win

   Veteran UMS-Wright High School head football coach Terry Curtis joined an elite group of state prep coaches last Friday when the Bulldogs beat Southside-Selma 49-16.
    Curtis joined the rare 250-career win club. For his team’s milestone victory, Curtis and UMS-Wright captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2014 football season.
     The Bulldogs (7-0) have won five state titles under the direction of Curtis, now 250-77 overall in 26 years as a head coach with stops at three Mobile schools. He coached 31 wins in four years at Shaw, 46 at Murphy over six seasons and 173 victories in 16 years at UMS-Wright with state titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012.
    Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills (311 wins) is the current leader in the AHSAA. Anderson also leads the active head coaches with a 311-129 record over his 37-year career – all at Vestavia. Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (280-58) is next among active coaches with all wins in the AHSAA. Danny Horn of Benjamin Russell (263-68) is third and Curtis is now fourth.
   The milestone win edged out big performances by Tyrelle Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville and James Clemens quarterback Heath Burchfield for the week's spotlight honor.
   Pigrome completed 14-of-20 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns and added 122 yards and another touchdown on 13 carries to lead Clay-Chalkville to a 59-27 win over Shades Valley Saturday in a battle of Class 6A unbeatens.
   Burchfield had the second 400-yard passing game of his prep career, completing 31-of-45 passes for 426 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-35 loss at Gadsden City.


MILESTONES
STEVIE SIMERLY, CARBON HILL:
Rushed 20 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns in Carbon Hill's 36-20 win over Curry as the Bulldogs snapped a 26-game game losing streak. Simerly had touchdown runs of 2, 10, 63 and 74 yards and also completed 2-of-4 passes for 38 yards.

CHRIS SCOTT, ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR DEAF:
Had 29 carries for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Silent Warriors beat Louisiana School for the Deaf 70-64 in eight-man football Saturday. Eddie Thomas had a 42-yard screen pass for TD for the winning touchdown as time expired.

   An incredible number of other outstanding performances were reported from across the state, including:

RUSHING
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA:
 Ran 26 times for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-21 victory at home against Helena.

 

DOMINIQUE MARSHALL, BESSEMER CITY: Had 26 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over Selma.


JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY:
Rushed for 285 yards with five touchdowns on 20 carries and also threw a 3-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 47-7 win over Slocomb. He added seven solo tackles on defense as Dale County (8-0) won its eighth straight game.


RASHAD LYNCH, DEMOPOLIS:
 Had 16 carries for 248 yards and touchdown runs of 50, 17 and 73 yards in 42-16 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.


JOHN LEE, RED LEVEL:
 Rushed for 276 yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Pleasant Home. He had scoring runs of 1, 10, 40, 63 and 10 yards.


DENZEL MITCHELL, HAMILTON:
Rushed for 254 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Aggies beat Haleyville 42-24. He also made an interception on defense.

TYRE GRAY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL:
Led the Wildcats with 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-13 road win over Chelsea. He scored on two long runs of 71 and 82 yards.

BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had seven carries for 220 yards and TD runs 81, 30 and 64 yards in the Bucs’ 66-27 win over Tuscaloosa County.

MYRON SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-24. His scoring runs covered 6, 28, 36, 67 and 40 yards.


TYRUS FLAKES, AUBURN:
 Had 227 rushing yards on 24 carries in Auburn's 42-16 win over Lee-Montgomery. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.


DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE:
Gained  217 yards rushing and four touchdowns on eight attempts as the Yellow Jackets blasted Ohatchee 42-12.


GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY:
Rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Titans clinched a home playoff game in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 42-35 win over James Clemens.

MALCOM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries in a 41-7 victory over Thomasville. He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass and had a reception for 45 yards.


KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY:
 Ran for 209 yards, including touchdowns of 58 and 89 yards, on 12 carries in a 34-7 win over Lauderdale County. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.


ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG:
Rushed 13 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns, including one of 54 yards, in a 56-7 win over Providence Christian.


D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF:
Rushed for 173 yards on 14 carries and five touchdowns (64, 10, 1, 21, 13 yards) in the Tigers' 69-6 victory at Coosa Christian.

DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 154 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns (8 and 9 yards). He also picked off a pass on defense in the Panthers' 55-34 victory over Jacksonville Christian.

PASSING
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Had 449 total yards on offense in a 41-21 win over Section. He was 7-of-14 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 241 yards and three more scores.

CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE:
Passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 42-24 loss to Hamilton.


DAYLON BRACKETT, JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-34 loss to
Spring Garden. He also rushed for 91 yards and a TD.

LOGAN WALTERS, JACKSON:
 Completed 9-of-11 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns in North Jackson's 69-42 win over Westminster Christian.


DAVID WHITLOW, JEFF DAVIS:
 Was 9-of-13 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-33 victory at Smiths Station.


REID RIALS, SATSUMA:
Was 14-of-19 passing for 171 yards while rushing for 100 yards on seven carries as the Gators beat Cottage Hill Christian 34-14. Rials scored on runs of 61, 2 and 15 yards.


JAMES RAINES, BERRY:
The sophomore quarterback was 18-of-26 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Brilliant 50-6. He also ran for another TD and accounted for four two-point conversions – one rushing and three passing.

ORLANDO LACEY, OPP:
Completed 6-of-10 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Bobcats to a 61-24 win over Excel. The 61 points were the most for Opp since 1949.


TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK:
Completed 7-of-12 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets beat DAR 54-13. His TD passes covered 73, 27, 35 and 27 yards.

RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 13-of-26 passing for 374 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 49-34 victory over Priceville. Aaron Cartee, Priceville’s quarterback, also tossed five touchdown passes (7, 58, 5, 15, 27 yards) in the loss.


SETH FRANKS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
 Completed 14-for-26 passes for 291 yards and three TDs in a 66-27 loss to Hoover.


MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG:
Passed for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-20 win over Vina. Harper was 7-of-9 passing and rushed three times for 64 yards. For the season he has rushed for 657 yards and passed for 850 yards and 16 TDs. Teammate  Kristian Jones added two first-quarter carries for touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards.

BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Nix, the son of head coach Patrick Nix, completed 10-of-27 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 loss to Fort Payne to become the first eighth grader in Scottsboro High School history to start at quarterback for the varsity Wildcats.

PASS RECEIVING
DILLON POSEY, HALEYVILLE:
 Caught 12 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to Hamilton.


ANDREW HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD:
Caught four passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a TD on five carries in the Bears’ 41-12 win over Geneva County.


GAGE CASH, BOAZ:
Caught six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and had TD receptions of 38, 28 and 3 yards from quarterback Matthew Smith, who was 17-of-27 passing for 232 yards. Cash also recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown.

DEFENSE
STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG:
Recorded 20 tackles in a 39-12 loss to Pike County.


JORDAN ALLEN, SPARKMAN:
Had 15 tackles and a 92-yard fumble return as the Senators won over Buckhorn 42-24.

WIGHT WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Had two interceptions and returned a kickoff 51 yards to set up a TD as the Wolves beat Faith Academy 31-13.

BRODY GRIDER, NORTH JACKSON:
Intercepted three passes in a 69-42 victory over Westminster Christian.


BRANDON HOLLINS, CLARKE COUNTY:
Had eight tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 40-14 victory over Monroe County.


DELO FORBES, WEAVER:
Intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown, in a 41-28 win over Westbrook Christian. He also rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries.


PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG:
Had eight tackles and blocked a punt for the second straight week in the Rebels’ 56-7 win over Providence Christian.


JAEWON TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING:
 Had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 29-22 overtime win over Carver-Montgomery.


LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE:
Had nine tackles in the Trojans' 32-14 victory over Woodville.

SPECIAL TEAMS
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, NORTHVIEW:
Returned a kickoff 75 yards to the 1-yard line and a punt 25 yards to inside the 30, setting up his own 1-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs in the Cougars’ 31-14 win over city rival Dothan. The victory at Rip Hewes Stadium, which is shared by both schools, ended a five-game losing streak for Northview in the annual series.

HOLLIS ABERNATHY, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter as the Trojans edged Decatur 10-7.


MICHAEL JACKSON, SPAIN PARK:
Blocked a field goal and an extra point in the fourth quarter to seal a 14-13 win over Vestavia Hills.

DARIAN JONES, BRANTLEY:
 Returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and caught four passes for 96 yards and two scores in a 62-12 win at Barbour County.


Alabama Squad Named For 2014 Ala-Miss Football Game

   MONTGOMERY, AL. – Twenty-two players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 13 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

     The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs,  Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.  The annual contest, an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association, will be played for the fourth straight year in Montgomery.
    A
labama’s All-Stars extended their winning streak to six games last December with a 21-17 win over Mississippi in the 27th  all-star game. The hosts have won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and own a 20-7 record in the series which dates back to 1988. This year’s head coach is Central-Phenix City’s Jamey DuBose.
      The last loss came in December of 2007 when Mississippi won 26-7. That was the only year that two games were played. Alabama won 51-14 in the game in June of 2007 – still the most points by any team in the series.
     Among the players selected to the Alabama squad are four running backs already verbally committed.  Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy is committed to Auburn, DeSherrius Flowers of Vigor to Alabama, Nick Gibson of Pinson Valley to Mississippi State, and Terrelle West of Clay-Chalkville to Middle Tennessee.
    Other Auburn verbal commitments on the roster include offensive lineman Tyler Carr of Southside-Gadsden, tight end Jalen Harris of St. James and linebackers Richard McBryde of Charles Henderson and Darrell Williams of Hoover. 
    Other verbal commitments to Alabama are offensive linemen Brandon Kennedy of Wetumpka and Lester Cotton of Central-Tuscaloosa, defensive lineman Anfernee Jennings of Dadeville, linebackers Christian Bell of Hoover and Keaton Anderson of Florence.
     Foley’s Tyler Cameron and Mountain Brook’s Jacob Carroll were selected as the quarterbacks.  Both are currently uncommitted.
     “The selection committee has once again put together an outstanding group of players,” Briggs said.  “Several have already committed to SEC schools and several still uncommitted will likely wind up in the SEC next year. We know Mississippi’s team will be talented. We are expecting another outstanding game in the long-running series.”
    Almost half of the Alabama squad (18) is still currently uncommitted.
    The 40-man roster and coaching staff:

 

 

2014 ALABAMA FOOTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM

 

Pos.

First Name

Last Name

School

HT.

WT.

Coach

QB

Tyler

Cameron

Foley

6'4

218

Todd Watson

QB

Jacob

Carroll

Mountain Brook

6'2

190

Chris Yeager

RB

Kerryon

Johnson

Madison Academy

6'1

200

Eric Cohu

RB

Nick

Gibson

Pinson Valley

6'

200

Matt Glover

RB

Terelle

West

Clay-Chalkville

5'9

185

Jerry Hood

RB

DeSherrius

Flowers

Vigor

6'2

210

Ashley Johnson

WR

Tredarian

Gamble

Oxford

6'1

205

Ryan Herring

WR

Kristian

Cotton

Spanish Fort

5'9

165

Mark Freeman

WR

Justin

Johnson

Hoover

6'3

225

Josh Niblett

WR

Traveon

Samuel

Central-PC

5'10

180

Jamey DuBose

WR

Keith

Mixon

Shades Valley

5'9

180

Bill Smith

OL

Chris

White

Daphne

6'2

320

Glenn Vickery

OL

Brandon

Kennedy

Wetumpka

6'4

305

Tim Perry

OL

Lester

Cotton

Central-Tuscaloosa

6'4

317

Dennis Conner

OL

Darryl

Williams

Bessemer City

6'3

305

Martez Edwards

OL

Tyler

Carr

Southside-Gadsden

6'5

320

Ron Daughtery

OL

Logan

Stenberg

James Clemens

6'6

315

Wade Waldrop

OL

Troy

Thingstad

Saint Paul's

6'6

275

Steve Mask

OL

Ryan

Parris

James Clemens

6'

225

Wade Waldrop

TE

Jalen

Harris

Saint James

6'5

245

Jimmy Perry

K/P

Rhett

Morrison

Muscle Shoals

6'3

180

Scott Basden

A

DeAnthony

Holcombe

Washington County

6'

185

Chris Wilson

DL

Daron

Payne

Shades Valley

6'6

325

Bill Smith

DL

Jared

Gentry

Opelika

6'3

320

Brian Blackmon

DL

Quandeski

Whitlow

Opelika

6'4

225

Brian Blackmon

DL

Anfernee

Jennings

Dadeville

6'3

265

Richard White

DL

Mario

Osborne

Daphne

6'3

260

Glenn Vickery

ILB

Amonte

Caban

Smiths Station

6'1

220

Jason Dukes

ILB

Jalen

Henry

Foley

6'

223

Todd Watson

ILB

Richard

McBryde

Charles Henderson

6'2

210

Brad McCoy

OLB

Christian

Bell

Hoover

6'4

220

Josh Niblett

OLB

Darrell

Williams

Hoover

6'3

230

Josh Niblett

OLB

Keaton

Anderson

Florence

6'1

215

Jason Wallace

OLB

Justin

Foster

Donoho

6'4

240

Shannon Felder

DB

Michael

Jackson

Spain Park

6'

194

Shawn Raney

DB

Jalen

Thompson

Saint Paul's

6'

170

Steve Mask

DB

KeVontae (Tae)

Hayes

Decatur

5'10

215

Jere Adcock

DB

JarMarkus

Sims

Dothan

6'2

210

Kelvis White

DB

Darius (Dee)

Smith

Florence

6'2

194

Jason Wallace

DB

Maurice

Smitherman

Minor

5'10

180

George Bates

Head Coach

Jamey Dubose

Central-Phenix City

Assistant Coaches

Tim Carter

Auburn

Shawn Raney

Spain Park

Chris Wilson

Washington County

Patrick Plott

Greenville

Keith Etheredge

Leeds

Scott Basden

Muscle Shoals

L.C. Cole

Central-Phenix City (scout coach)


Alabama Ranks Fourth in NFHS TV Network Subscribers

 The NFHS TV Network's first subscriber rankings of the 2014-15 school year released Monday showed Alabama ranking fourth nationally, trailing only Georgia, California and Tennessee.
   The AHSAA is also ranked second for the two-month period of August-September in respect to network referrals. The Illinois High School Association ranks first.
    The Network has broadcast more than 3,500 events this school year through September with virtually all of them through the School Broadcast Program available. Many AHSAA member schools are taking part in the SBP program. The total schools nationwide is up to 1,070 – a 57 percent increase over last year.
    The NFHS Network will broadcast (live-stream) the AHSAA State Volleyball Championships, State Cross Country Championships, State Swimming & Diving Championships and many of the AHSAA state football playoff games in the coming weeks.
    The current NFHS rankings, based on number of subscribers, are:
1. Georgia
2. California
3. Tennessee
4. Alabama
5. Florida
6. Texas
7. Illinois
8. New Mexico
9. Colorado
10. South Carolina

The current NFHS rankings, based on number of network referrals are:
1. IHSA.org (Illinois)
2. AHSAA.com (Alabama)
3. GHSA.net (Georgia)
4. MHSAA.com (Michigan)
5. CHSAA.com (California)
6. WIAAWI.org (Wisconsin)
7. WIAA.com (Washington)
8. TSSAA.org (Tennessee)
9. OSAA.org (Oregon)
10. FHSAA.org (Florida)