FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bruce Howard
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2018) — In response to the Rice Commission Report on College Basketball, NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner offers the following comments on some of the suggestions from the Commission, particularly those that would impact the 51 NFHS member state associations and the high school basketball community.
NFHS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOB GARDNER COMMENTS
ON RICE COMMISSION REPORT ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
First, the NFHS commends the NCAA and the Rice Commission for its thoughtful examination of the status of NCAA Division I men’s basketball and its recommendations to provide meaningful changes. Overall, we believe the Rice Commission offered some suggestions that will improve the collegiate model.
The specialness of college basketball is not just that it is “amateur,” but also that it is “education-based.” We agree with the Rice Commission that both attributes are important to the game’s future. Preserving and promoting the education-based aspect of the game calls for the high school and college levels to support one another.
As the NCAA considers implementation of these proposals, however, we have concerns in some areas and urge that thought be given to the high school landscape. As an example, we are concerned that “certified agents” meeting with high school student-athletes could be disruptive to high school teams. Although we understand the need to have all college prospects obtain information regarding their potential, the high school community should be involved in determining when and where this would be promoted.
Another concern from the Commission’s report is the June evaluation period for “scholastic” events. We would like to see what roles our member state associations and high school coaches would play in that evaluation period. Further, we still believe that limiting recruiting to the high school season would be the most effective tool in eliminating the unsavory outside influencers.
We support the requirements of education as a part of non-scholastic events and that participation in such events require students making appropriate academic progress towards initial college eligibility.
We look forward to working with the NCAA to bring about important change.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
By Rubin E. Grant
Special for AHSAA
Josh Hall was in a hurry.
He had more pressing things on his mind than a national record.
So, when he went into the first game of Homewood’s Class 6A first-round playoff series against Minor on April 20 needing only two stolen bases to break the national record, the Patriots’ senior center fielder wanted to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.
“I wanted to do it on first at-bat,” Hall said. “I wanted to get on base, then steal second and third, get it out of the way and focus on the business of winning.”
Hall did get on base in the first inning, but was balked to second. He then stole third to tie the national record.
He didn’t have to wait long for his next opportunity. He reached on a bunt single in the second inning, then bolted for second, easily beating the throw for the 212th steal of his career to eclipse the national record of 211 previously held by Haddon McIntosh of Norman Community School in Oklahoma.
Hall's teammates rushed onto the field to congratulate him and Hall removed the second base bag to highlight the moment. He then embraced his dad Lee Hall, the Patriots’ head coach.
“It was a pretty amazing feeling,” Josh Hall said. “I felt better about the state record, but this is on a much larger scale with it being a national record and being in the state playoffs.”
Hall broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association record on March 14 by stealing his 165th career base against John Carroll Catholic. Scottie Burdeshaw of Slocomb set the previous mark (164) from 2005-10.
“We felt like he would get that,” Lee Hall said. “The national record is something we didn’t think about. But after he broke the state record, the media said he was closing in on the national record. For him to do that was unexpected, but great to see.”
Josh Hall finished his record-setting day with nine steals, bringing his total to 219, as the Patriots swept Minor 16-0 and 15-3 to advance to the second round. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound left-handed batter reached base on each of his eight plate appearances with four hits, three walks and a hit by pitch.
Hall is playing his first — and only — season at Homewood after transferring from Randolph High School in Huntsville when his dad, who was the coach there, accepted the Patriots’ coaching position. Hall is headed to Ole Miss, signing with the Rebels last fall.
He set the AHSAA single-season stolen base record with 81 steals in 45 games during his sophomore season in 2016 at Randolph, breaking a record (75) set by Kevin Harrison of Maplesville 21 years earlier in 1997. He has 77 steals in 79 attempts this season in 36 games with Homewood (27-9) playing Gardendale (21-9) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs Friday. The series is best 2-of-3. He needs 27 more stolen bases to set the NFHS single-season record (103), currently held by Silento Sayles of Port Gibson (MS).
Hall is currently hitting .520 on the season with 53 hits in 102 official at bats. His on-base percentage is .630, reaching base 85 times in his 137 plate appearances (including 28 walks and four hit-by-pitches).
Being the national record holder is not something Hall is savoring at the moment.
“It’s something I’ll do after the season is over,” he said. “Right now I’m focused of taking my team to a state championship.”
MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook, coached by Susan Farlow, won the school’s 28th AHSAA State Girls’ Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Mobile Tennis Center, and Briarwood Christian’s boys swept all the singles and doubles championships completed in the Class 4A/5A State Tournament, which also concluded at Mobile Tennis Center.
McGill-Toolen Catholic won the 7A boys’ title – the school’s first since 1979, and UMS-Wright captured its 10th Class 4A/5A girls’ title in a row – breaking the record Coach Meridy Jones’ team set in 2017.
At Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, Jasper won the Class 6A boys’ state crown, the school’s sixth overall but its first since the school was changing its name from Walker High School to Jasper High School. In the Class 6A girls’ competition, Northridge won the school’s first tennis title.
And in the Class 1A/3A competition at Jimmy Johns Tennis Center at Point Mallard in Decatur, Bayside Academy out-pointed Montgomery Academy 62-46 to snap the Lady Eagles’ consecutive string of state championships at seven. Montgomery Academy’s streak ties for second most all time with Mountain Brook and is three shy UMS-Wright’s overall record.
The 1A/3A boys’ title was won by Houston Academy.
Individual boys’ No. 1 singles champions were: James Torbert, Montgomery Academy (1A/3A); Chase Parker, Northview (6A); and John Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A). The Class 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals was won by Randolph’s Kaustubh Holcomb over Briarwood's John Wolf, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. That match is the only Lions did not win in the 6A boys’ competition.
Individual girls’ No. 1 singles champions included: Peyton Miller, Indian Springs; Maggie White, Homewood (6A); and Sydney Fletch, Huntsville (7A). The 4A/5A No. 1 singles finals between Elizabeth Swain of UMS-Wright and Alana Boyce of Randolph was postponed to April 28 due to the four-match restriction and will also completed later this week.
Complete results of all singles and doubles finals are listed below.
Class 7A Boys State Tennis Championships
McGill-Toolen Catholic 41; Vestavia Hills 38; Mountain Brook 27; Auburn 20; Huntsville 11; Fairhope 9; James Clemens 7; Oak Mountain 4; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.
No. 1 – Brooks Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Wil Dotson, Fairhope, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Tanner Debardelaben, Auburn, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 – Adam Cabraja, Mountain Brook d. Gray Moore, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Clay Castleberry, Vestavia Hills d. Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 – Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang, Auburn, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 – Stuart Phelan, Mountain Brook d. Clayton Pearsall, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 – Brooks Green/Jordan Agagan, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Andrew Karcher/William Watts, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Hallet Green/Jeffrey Shock, McGill-Toolen Catholic d. Gray Moore/Robert Hill, Vestavia Hills, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Sam Smith/Jack Kimbrough, Vestavia Hills d. Andrew Wang/Graham Richey, Auburn, 6-3, 6-1
Class 7A Girls State Tennis Championships
Mountain Brook 50; Vestavia Hills 37; Fairhope 28; McGill-Toolen Catholic 13; Huntsville 11; Hewitt-Trussville 8; Auburn 2; Enterprise 2.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Auburn.
No. 1 – Sydney Fletch, Huntsville d. Emma Karcher, Mountain Brook, 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 – Charlotte Gillum, Mountain Brook d. Georgia Morros, Vestavia Hills, 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 – Lynsey Richardson, Fairhope d. Madison Jenkins, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 5 – Nicole Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Ada Barber, McGill-Toolen Catholic, 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Maggie Duggan, Mountain Brook d. Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
No. 1 – Emma Karcher/Liz Vandevelde, Mountain Brook d. Abby Warner/Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 – Nicole Jebeles/Kristen Jebeles, Vestavia Hills d. Lynsey Richardson/Chloe Warren, Fairhope, 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 – Georgia Morros/Kate Morros, Vestavia Hills d. Warner Johnson/Mae McGinnis, Mountain Brook, 6-3, 6-2
Class 6A Boys State Tennis Championships
Jasper 54; Muscle Shoals 40; Florence 36; Northview 33; Gulf Shores 27; Pell City 26; Northridge 20; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Saraland 14; Oxford 7; Homewood 5; Wetumpka 5.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Florence.
No. 1 – Chase Parker, Northview d. Wes Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 – Ben Hicks, Jasper d. Zach Mastin, Muscle Shoals, 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 – Mason Woodman, Jasper d. Nikhil Boorgu, Florence, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (injury)
No. 4 – Jackson Hall, Muscle Shoals d. Steven Bissell, Florence, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 – Jack Bowen, Jasper d. Bryant Wilkerson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 7-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Thomas Harper, Northridge, 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 – Chase Parker/William Adams, Northview d. Wes Lartigue/Sam Lartigue, Gulf Shores, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 –Noah Tompkins/Nikhil Boorgu, Florence d. Tad Euler/Austin Grill, Pell City 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 –John Bertoldi/Grayson Barber, Jasper d. Mason Stevens/Sam Spalding, Muscle Shoals, 6-1, 7-6
Class 6A Girls State Tennis Championships
Northridge 63; Florence 43; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 37; Homewood 30; Jasper 24; Saraland 15; Hartselle 14; Northview 11; Cullman 8; Gulf Shores 6; Albertville 4; Dothan 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Cullman.
No. 1 – Maggie White, Homewood d. Margaret Lucas, Decatur, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 – Ava Rath, Northridge d. Amelia Poolos, Jasper, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Martha Mitchener, Florence d. Bella Swindoll, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 – Grace Evans, Northridge d. Ruby Cunningham, Florence, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Madeline Creel, Florence d. Anna Harbin, Decatur, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 – Ana Caroline Sullivan, Northridge d. Emory Carnes, Hartselle, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 1 –Maggie White/Mackenzie Farrell, Homewood d. India Woods/Grace Evans, Northridge, 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 – Kenna Eldridge/Olivia Jones, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Alice Pearson/Lillian Griffin, Jasper, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 –Allison Stegall/Carson Ryan, Northridge d. Madeline Creel/Isabelle Mallet, Florence, 6-4, 7-6
Class 4A/5A Boys State Tennis Championships
Briarwood Christian 87; LAMP 40; Randolph 38; Trinity Presbyterian 37; St. Paul’s Episcopal 33; UMS-Wright 25; Cherokee County 23; Saint James 23; Sardis 14; Jacksonville 10; Fayette County 9; Corner 2; Lee-Huntsville 2; Springville 2; Brooks 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: LAMP.
No. 1 – Kaustubh Holcomb, Randolph d. John Wolf, Briarwood, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
No. 2 – Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Max Williams, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 – Conner Coleman, Briarwood Christian d. Kessler Park, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Ethan Carr, Briarwood Christian d. Tucker Bryan, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Alex Felts, Briarwood Christian d. Felix Wang, LAMP, 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Jack Jones, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 –John Wolf/Parker Bradbary, Briarwood Christian d. Michael Varosky-Jaclylm Bezovoska, St. John Paul II Catholic, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Conner Coleman/Like Wolf, Briarwood Christian d. Nathan Smith/Will Steadman, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – Ethan Carr/Tyler Guerra, Briarwood Christian d. Dean Herndon/Ben Loftis, Trinity Presbyterian, 6-3, 6-3.
Class 4A/5A Girls State Tennis Championships
UMS-Wright 83; Briarwood Christian 59; St. Paul’s Episcopal 47; Saint James 47; Trinity Presbyterian 209; Randoloh 26; Deshler 18; Sardis 17; Douglas 11; Russellville 9; LAMP 7; West Point 6; Westminster Christian 5; Montgomery Catholic 4; Demopolis 0; Oneonta 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: Trinity Presbyterian.
No. 1 – Elizabeth Swain, UMS-Wright d. Alana Boyce, Randolph, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Callie Ware, Briarwood Christian, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 – Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Maggie Sullivan, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 – Martha Williams, UMS-Wright d. Glenn Case, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 – Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 – Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright d. Holly Hancock, Brarwood Christian, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 – Elisabeth Swain/Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright d. Kara Coleman/Laura Herren, Briarwood Christian, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Callie Ware/Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian d. Ella Skier/Mia Smith, Saint James, 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 – Anne Harvey/Brooke Swain, UMS-Wright d. Vivian Stabler/Caroline Vegas, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Class 1A/3A Boys State Tennis Championships
Houston Academy 71; Montgomery Academy 58; Altamont 37; American Christian 32; St. Luke’s Episcopal 24; Donoho 12; Sylvania 9; T.R. Miller 8; St. Bernard 4; Lauderdale County 3; Lexington 3; Pleasant Valley 0.
Sportsmanship Recipient: St. Luke’s Episcopal.
No. 1 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Spencer Skidmore, Altamont, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Trey Craven, Houston Academy d. Tanner Hearing, American Christian, 6-2. 6-1
No. 4 – Will Tucker, Houston Academy vs. Zach Norman, St. Luke’s Episcopal, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 – Hamilton Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock, Houston Academy, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 – Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Wesley Sudarshan, Altamont, 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 – Braden Read/Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy d. James Torbert/William Robertson, Montgomery Academy, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 –Trey Craven/Will Tucker, Houston Academy d. Sameer Sultan/Aaron Miller, Altamont, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 – Hamilton Chapman/Whit Davis, Montgomery Academy d. Nicholas Ruddock/Andrew Ayodeji, Houston Academy, 6-4, 6-1
Class 1A/3A Girls State Tennis Championships
Bayside Academy 62; Montgomery Academy 46; Donoho 33; St. Luke’s Episcopal 29; Indian Springs 24; Houston Academy 22; Shoals Christian 18; Decatur Heritage 17; Altamont 14; Lauderdale County 3; Faith Christian 3, Whitesburg Christian 2.
Sportsmanship Award: Altamont.
No. 1 – Peyton Miller, Indian Springs d. Claire Prickett, Bayside Academy, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 – Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academyd. Claire Hillman, Donoho, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – Jenna Chandler, Montgomery Academy d. Virginia Hutto, Donoho, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 –Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-0 No. 5 – O’Melia Macpherson, Bayside Academy d. Bailey Founds, Decatur Heritage, 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 –Mary Catherine Branyon, Bayside Academy d. McRae Freeman, Montgomery Academy, 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 –Lee Taylor Bishop/Madison Hughes, Shoals Christian d. Claire Prickett/Evelyn Prickett, Bayside Academy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Anna Marie Bentley/Whitney Novak, St. Luke’s Episcopal d. Martha Ernest/Lucy Chapman, Montgomery Academy, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 – McRae Freeman/Ann Coburn Chapman, Montgomery Academy d. Ellie Perry/O’Melia MacPherson, Bayside Academy, 6-2, 6-3
FIRST-DAY STATE TENNIS RESULTS FROM MONDAY’S ACTION
For the latest results, go to www.ahsaa.com and to the tennis section on in-season sports.
MONTGOMERY – Senior Ariyon Hightower slugged a triple, single and grand-slam home run to lead Opp to a 15-0 win over Straughn in a Wiregrass softball game last week to finish with eight RBIs and landed in the AHSAA Softball Spotlight with the record-book performance.
The talented infielder drove in two runs with s triple in the first inning, two more runs with a single in the fourth inning and four RBIs on a grand-slam in the top of the fifth – the most RBIs in a single game since Good Hope’s Josie McDonald had nine in a 16-0 win over Vinemont in 2015. The AHSAA single-game record (11) was set by Candace Arreola of Central-Florence in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the 2011 North Regional tournament at Huntsville. Enterprise slugger Sara Hilton had 10 in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson in 2008, and Danyelle Martin of Springville drove in nine victory over St. Clair County in 2011.
Hightower is now tied with nine others for fourth best all-time in the AHSAA. Her dad Aaron Hightower, the current principal at Opp High School, was a standout athlete in high school who signed a football scholarship at Southern Miss and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 Major League Draft. He spent two years in the Blue Jays minor-league organization.
Ariyon’s RBI assault edged out a home-run hitting barrage by Tuscaloosa County in a 17-10 win over Northside.
The Wildcats tied the AHSAA record for consecutive home runs (3) when Maddie Parks, Katie Atkins and Halie Jones hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of their 17-10 win over Northside. Guntersville also accomplished the rare feat earlier this season when Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood boomed consecutive homers in the first inning of a 12-1 win over Brewer.
In other highlights reported:
IN THE CLUTCH
MIA KILLEN, FLORENCE: Slammed a two-run homer and drove in three runs in the Falcons’ 8-7 win over defending Class 7A state champion Buckhorn.
MADDISON WATKINS, EAST LIMESTONE: Had a triple, double and single and two stolen bases to score three runs as the Indians beat West Morgan 6-3.
BAILEY MURPHY, BAKER: Had a triple in the second inning, homer in the third, double in the fourth and a single in the fifth to hit for the cycle in the Honey Bees’ 16-0 win over Alma Bryant.
BRIANNA POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Posey hit a grand slam home run and finished with six RBIs as the Wildcats beat Rogers 12-5.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in a win over Colbert Heights.
BAILIE HALL, OAK GROVE: Batted .833 for the week with two homers and two doubles for the Tigers.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Had a grand-slam homer and five RBIs total as Deshler downed Colbert Heights 15-7. Teammate Kelsie Myrick also had three hits and drove in five runs as well for the Tigers, who scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings tied at 7-7. Deshler then scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.
BAILEE COCHRAN, ASHFORD: Had a single, double and home run to plate five runs as Ashford beat Dale County 14-4.
ALIVIA CLEMMONS, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits and two RBIs and Krista Sikes had two hits and five RBIs in the Tigers’ 11-6 win over Haleyville.
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out 18 as the Bulldogs (31-4) blanked Pleasant Home 4-0. She also had 15 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Class 7A Prattville.
HALEY HORTON, GARDENDALE: Hurled 11 shutout innings to get wins over Tuscaloosa County and Cordova as the Rockets won the Sumiton Christian tourney. She had eight strikeouts.
LIBBY BAKER & MORGAN FERGUSON, G.W. LONG: Hurled back-to-back three-inning no-hitters over Abbeville – winning 18-0 and 15-0. Baker struck out eight of nine batters faced and Ferguson whiffed seven of nine – for a combined 15 strikeouts over six innings.
MAKENNA PIERCE, DAPHNE: Was 4-0 with 37 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched for the week. Among the victories was a no-hitter in a win over Kinston.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out nine as the Wildcats beat West Morgan 5-0. She also had two hits and three RBIs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11 in a 2-0 shutout over Lauderdale County. Makayla Miller also pitched a two-hitter in the loss for the Tigers.
April 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mike Perrin | 205-969-1331 | 205-540-7721 | firstname.lastname@example.org
AHSAA football coaches excited to welcome
Instant Replay experiment this fall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama High School Athletic Association football coaches expressed excitement about the newly approved instant replay option for all regular-season games beginning in this fall.
The AHSAA received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay in the regular season and postseason as an experiment beginning in the 2018 football season. The experimental period can be for up to three years. Current NFHS football rules prohibit the use of instant replay. Minnesota and New Jersey have also been granted permission for use during championship games.
The AHSAA has partnered with instant replay technology leader DVSport to provide Instant Replay Solution for its member schools. Participation by member schools is optional.
Clifford Story is a 20-year coaching veteran headed into his 10th year as head football coach at Lanett High School in Chambers County on the Alabama-Georgia border. His Panthers, the 2017 Class 2A state champions, are moving from Class 2A to 1A next season – and he’s eager to put the new technology to use.
“I think it’s a great thing for the Alabama High School Athletic Association,” Story said. “I’m very excited for it. My staff is excited for it. I know the way the Association works. I know the way the Alabama High School Athletic Association runs things, they will make it cost-effective for 1A through 7A.
“We had a representative from DVSport come to look at our stadium to talk to us about how it would work,” he said. “I told our administration if we need to, I’m willing to give up a lot of other things to be able to get it at our school. I want to make sure it’s something we can get done at Lanett High School. It will make football even better.”
At Birmingham City School Jackson-Olin High, head coach Tim Vakakes said he called DVSport the first day he heard the AHSAA’s announcement of the instant replay experimental period.
“We’re going to have it,” said Vakakes, who is headed into his sixth season at J-O. “I think it will help the referees get it right, and I don’t think it will slow the game down. You’ve got to be sure before you drop that (challenge) flag.”
Sideline video for coaching staffs was approved by the NFHS in 2013, but officials were not allowed to use those videos for replay. Vakakes’ Class 6A Mustangs have been using computer tablets on their sidelines.
“We already have a way to watch the game on the sideline with iPads and TVs,” he said. “A lot of times we’ve been able to realize that there was not a good call, but now that it’s reviewable it will be nice to have a way to get the call right.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing. What’s going to determine it is how many angles the cameras have. The more cameras, the more efficient it will be.”
Andalusia High School’s Trent Taylor, 218-127 in 30 years as a head coach, is proud that Alabama is at the forefront on instant replay. “A lot of our game is influenced by what the NFL and the colleges are doing,” Taylor said. “I felt it is was just a matter of time before instant replay filtered down to the high schools. I am proud that Alabama is the first state to bring it to the regular season for all schools that wish to participate.
“I have thought about it a lot but last season, I can’t think of a single time that I would have challenged a call. The year before, however, we had three or four. This gives us an opportunity to improve the game. Obviously, we will have to educate officials and educate our coaches, too, on how to use the system. From my standpoint, I see nothing but positives.”
Fred Riley, head coach and athletic director at Davidson High School in Mobile for the past 14 years, is for instant replay for one simple reason: Officials want it.
“I like it,” he said. “The officials association endorsed it, and that was my reason for supporting it. I was on the committee that finalized approval from our coaches association. Everyone now has some type of replay even if it is on their phones. That makes it very tough on the officials.”
Like Taylor, he doesn’t expect a lot of challenges. “Our officials get it right much more often than they get credit for,” he said. “I think the goal is to overturn the obvious mistakes that can be reviewed that impacts outcome. I do not see challenge flags flying all over the place. Our officials do not miss many of those.”
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. It is a member of the NFHS.
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 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 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition scheduled for Montgomery July 16-20. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced the teams Friday.
The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl to close out the all-star competition.
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.
Coaches Ronnie Jackson of Ramsay High School and Candace Byrd of R.A. Hubbard will direct the North girls’ team. Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville will coach the North boys’ squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams.
Coaching the South girls’ team are Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka. South boys’ coaches are Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
Among the players selected for the South girls’ team are 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home, the ASWA Class 1A player of the year for 2018; 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, the 2018 Class 5A state tournament MVP for the state champion Lady Trojans and the ASWA Class 5A player of the year.
Named to the North All-Star squad are 6-1 forward Jasmine Gracie of 2018 Class 4A state champion Madison Academy, 2018 Class 3A state tourney MVP Annie Hughes of 3A state champion Pisgah, guard Marissa Snodgrass of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Ahrielle Parks of 2018 Class 7A state champion Spain Park.
Among the North boys selected are 6-3 forward Caden Millican, named the MVP of the Class 3A state tournament for Plainview; 6-3 guard Khalil Watkins of 2018 Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic; 6-6 forward Logan Padgett of Homewood and 6-5 guard Cornelius Brown IV of Calera. Headlining the South squad are 6-6 guard Jaykwon Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP for 2018 state champion Carver-Montgomery; 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore, 6-8 center Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and 6-6 forward Alex Wright of Elba.
The North boys won last year’s game played at Auburn-Montgomery Gymnasium 75-64 to improve to 48-27 in the North-South all-star series which was first played in 1953. The North girls also won 76-67 and are now 18-3 in the series which began in 1997.
2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Rosters
Cornelius Brown, IV
Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa
Antonio McGinnis, Jr.
G / F
Sacred Heart Catholic
Connell Yarbrough, Jr.
Lauderdale County, Adm.
W / F
Demond Robinson, Jr.
Lee, R. E.
Hillcrest - Evergreen
R. E. Lee
Saint James, Adm.
R. A. Hubbard
Mattie T. Blount
R. C. Hatch
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved E-Sports competition for member schools and Instant Replay for football games at its board meeting at the AHSAA Office Thursday.
The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Thursday afternoon and ratified four legislative proposals – which go into effect for the 2018-19 school year.
The AHSAA received permission from the NFHS to begin instant replay for regular-season varsity football games beginning next season. The permission grants up to three years of experimentation. DVSport Inc., the nation’s top instant replay company, is partnering with the AHSAA on the project. A separate news release outlining the Instant Replay was sent out Thursday following a press conference that was held at the AHSAA Office.
E-Sports is a new online gaming activity that allows students to compete with other schools and will now be offered to AHSAA member school students. The Central Board approved a two-year experiment for E-Sports. The program is being provided by NFHS Network Partner PlayVS.
The Central Board also approved limiting high school basketball teams to 30 games in the regular season, including tournaments, and lifted the restriction on the number of tournaments a team can play in. The 2017-18 rule allowed varsity teams to play 20 regular-season games and three regular-season tournaments with two being played with no loss of school time. Junior high and middle schools will be allowed to play 24 games total.
The Board voted to move the site of the South Regional Basketball Tournament, which had been at the Dothan Civic Center the last six years, to Montgomery. The new format will have two regionals at Montgomery – at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome and the new site, Garrett Coliseum, which seats 8,500 with the ability to add an additional 4,000 seats. The regionals will be renamed Southeast and Southwest. The Northeast Regional will remain at Jacksonville State and the Northwest Regional will remain at Wallace-Hanceville.
University Charter School of Livingston was approved for membership into the AHSAA, making it the first public charter school member in AHSAA history.
Current Central Board president John Hardin, Hackleburg High School principal, and vice president Keith Bender, Oneonta City Schools, were re-elected by the Central Board to serve for the 2018-19 school year. Past president Mike Welsh of Spring Garden, who finished a two-year term at the end of the 2016-17 school year, received a plaque of appreciation from the Central Board and Executive Director Steve Savarese.
Legislative Council Ratifies Four Proposals
Proposals No. 6, 9, 13 and 19 were passed by the 32-member Legislative Council:
No. 6 – Amends the current ejection policy to remove fines from ejections that occur due to NFHS rules that call for ejections based on game rules and are not conduct related.
No. 9 – Amends Rule 1, Section 6 to allow individual sports (Bowling, Cross Country, Swimming, Wrestling, Tennis, Golf and Track) to be exempt from the AHSAA 50% rule.
No. 13 – Changed the punishment for a first time violation of the outside participation rule to the athlete serving restitution. A second violation would result in loss of eligibility.
No. 19 – Will allow two additional days for all sports to compete at in-state college and university team camps that occur outside the allowable three weeks of summer competition. If a team chooses to attend an in-state camp during these two days, the team will lose two days from the allowable time period.
In other board action:
-- Approved Grace Lutheran School for associate membership.
-- Approved 2018 financial reports Regional and State Bowling, Dual, Super Section and State Wrestling, Indoor Track and Regional Basketball.
-- Approved 2017 State Football Playoff Audit.
-- Approved 2018 basketball Finals Audit.
-- Heard an update from the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee.
-- Approved 2018-198 Required Forms and release date of forms.
-- Approved ECSI – CPR and AED Certification.
-- Approved the 2018-19 Calendar of Events, 2018-19 Sports Calendar and AHSAA 5-Year Calendar.
-- Approved 2018 NFHS Summer Meeting expenses
-- Heard a report from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs on the AHSADCA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.
-- Approved providing only football playoff on-line ticket sales for visiting teams.
-- Approved New Board Member Orientation (June 14, 2018), if needed.
-- Approved Regional Cheerleader competition to be held at Mobile Civic Center (Nov. 7, 2018) and Birmingham CrossPlex (Nov. 15, 2018) and State Cheer Competition will remain at Wallace-Hanceville (Dec. 15, 2018).
-- Approved bracket rotation – home team listing consistency for all sports.
-- Approved standardizing Officials District Director salaries.
-- Approved 2018-19 school year Central Board meetings (July 25, 2018, October 17, 2018, and January 30, 2019).
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to provide instant replay for member schools for up to three years beginning with the upcoming 2018 football season.
The AHSAA is partnering with DVSport, Inc., a Pittsburgh (PA) based Software Company, which has provided Instant Replay Solutions in NCAA college football since 2005. The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved the partnership and project at its quarterly board meeting Thursday. Participation is optional for member schools.
Most of the NCAA’s major conferences use DVSport Instant Replay Solutions including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, Ohio Valley, Sunbelt, SWAC, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC and MEAC conferences. DVSport also provides instant replay for the College Football Playoffs, FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and NAIA championship game.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “We are grateful to the NFHS for approving our request. This gives our officials the opportunity to use the same technology coaches have been equipped with on their sidelines to get the call right.”
“While this replay process is in the initial stages of development, the AHSAA is committed to working with DVSport and the NFHS to develop a cost effective process to assist both our coaches and officials In addition, all football state championship games will use the same replay fan experience DVSport provides for SEC contests.”
NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said the NFHS permits state associations to experiment in certain situations to determine the future viability of rules changes. “As technology improvements evolve, the use of instant replay is an area of interest for the NFHS Football Rules Committee,” he said. “We welcome the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s experiment in use of replay in the 2018 season. We hope to learn the advantages as well as any problems associated with replay from the use in Alabama.”
The AHSAA, which has been actively studying instant replay options for the last five years, along with DVSport Instant Replay Solutions, will collect and study the data over the next year with a possibility of three years of experimentation.
"Alabama is at the forefront of using cutting-edge-technology in the high school athletics setting and with its deep football roots, it is a perfect place for this partnership to begin." stated DVSport CEO Brian Lowe.
DVSport Replay technology gives officials the ability to review video from multiple camera angles within seconds of the play happening. Once a coach challenges a play, the on-field referee will be able to review a play on a system located on the sideline.
No stranger to replay solutions, DVSport has been the leading provider of Instant Replay Solutions since 2005 in both the professional and intercollegiate sports markets. DVSport’s replay solutions have been used in over 400 venues, 10,000 collegiate football games, 20,000 collegiate basketball games, and 1,500 professional games to complete more than 100,000 reviews.
The AHSAA’s protocol will be as follows:
Section 1. Instant replay is a process whereby video review is used to let stand or reverse certain on-field decisions made by game officials.
Section 2. The instant replay process operates under the assumption that the official’s ruling on the field is correct. The replay official may reverse a ruling only if the video evidence convinces him or her beyond all doubt that the ruling on the field was incorrect. Without indisputable video evidence that the ruling on the field was incorrect, the ruling will stand as called.
Instant replay will be available at schools that use DVSport Instant Replay’s system. No other instant replay system will be allowed, according to the AHSAA protocol.
Complete details of the AHSAA Instant Replay protocol can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
About the AHSAA
The AHSAA serves 414 senior high and an approximately 335 junior high and middle school members with more than 150,000 students participating in 24 championship programs for boys and girls. Since 1921, the AHSAA has provided not only opportunities for interscholastic athletic competition, but also a platform for student-athletes to gain life-long memories and experience important life lessons through mentorship, teachers, coaches and administration.
DVSport, Inc. is a software company founded in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. DVSport has provided Instant Replay Solutions in college football since 2005 and college basketball since 2010.
DVSport is the current provider of Instant Replay for NCAA college football for the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big-12, Big South, Big Sky, Colonial, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, OVC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and SWAC conferences. In addition, DVSport has been the exclusive postseason Replay Solution provider for the College Football Playoff (“CFP”), FCS, D-II, D-III playoffs and the NAIA championship game.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mountain Brook High School junior Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery senior Zipporah Broughton received the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s top high school basketball awards Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9 Watford was named Mr. Basketball and 5-9 Broughton was selected Miss Basketball.
The awards are presented by ALFA Insurance and named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. The AHSAA’s Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association also hosts the luncheon.
Watford and Broughton were announced at a luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
Broughton, a Rutgers signee, led the Generals to the Class 7A semifinals, the best the Generals have ever advanced in the playoffs. She averaged 23.6 points this season and finished with 2,419 career points. She scored 2,045 points in three years at Lee to rank second in school history.
Watford is a junior and helped Mountain Brook win the Class 7A championship for second year in a row. The Spartans also won their fourth state title in six years. He averaged 23.3 points on 63 percent shooting and averaged 12.3 rebounds.
Broughton and Watford were also named Class 7A Girls’ and Boys’ Players of the Year by the ASWA. Forty-eight players, three girls and three boys in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA, were recognized as finalists at the luncheon Wednesday.
ASWA Players of the Year in each class were:
2018 ASWA CLASS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
7A: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery; 6A: Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; 5A: Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; 4A: Karleigh Sledge, Deshler; 3A: Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; 2A: LaTascya Duff, Samson; 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home; AISA: Shaquandria Holton, Glenwood.
7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; 6A: Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; 5A: Kobe Brown, Lee-Huntsville; 4A: Isaac Chatman, Cordova; 3A: Kam Woods, Midfield; 2A: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; 1A: Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic; AISA: Lee Crawford, East Memorial.
2018 ASWA SUPER 5
(Top five players regardless of classification, based on points totaled in voting by the ASWA Prep Committee). First-place votes are in parentheses.
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook – 77 (12); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart – 39 (1); Kira Lewis, Hazel Green – 28 (1); Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery – 16; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett – 14.
Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery – 59 (8); Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson – 49 (3); Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green – 27; Claire Holt, Spain Park – 19 (1); LaTascya Duff, Samson – 17 (2).
ALL-TIME ASWA MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS
2018: Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, Saint James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
ALL-TIME ASWA MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS
2018: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison-Huntsville
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude Catholic
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll Catholic
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham