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At Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-4 5 Defending Champions Advance To AHSAA Super 7 State Finals

     MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville High School edged Austin 45-35 Friday night in semifinals of the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs to advance to the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Tuscaloosa next week.
     The Cougars (14-0) led 35-21 at the half before the Black Bears clawed back to within three at 38-35 late. Clay sealed the win with a late touchdown and strong defensive stand to extend its current AHSAA-leading winning streak to 29 games and earned the right to face Spanish Fort (14-0) in the Class 6A championship game.
      The 6A finals is the only game pitting unbeaten teams. The Toros clawed from a 27-10 deficit to beat Benjamin Russell 31-27 Friday night.
     Four other defending state champions posted semifinal wins and will be in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4 as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with seven state championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This will also be the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
     Class 1A Maplesville (12-1), Class 2A Fyffe (13-1), Class 4A Leeds (12-2) and Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal all return to defend titles.  Classes 3A and 7A will feature four new schools.
     Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils beat Linden 50-19 to set up the 1A finals versus Cedar Bluff (13-1). Coach Paul Benefield’s Class 2A Fyffe team will meet Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A finals.  Leeds, coached by Keith Etheredge, faces Fayette County (10-4) in the 4A finals, and Coach Steve Mask’s Class 5A Saints will meet Mortimer Jordan (13-1) in the finals.
     The Class 3A championship game pits Piedmont (13-1) versus Bayside Academy (11-3) and in Class 7A, McGill-Toolen (12-1) squares off against Spain Park (12-1) in the first game Wednesday night.  The Unified Sports flag football game will feature Lee County and Hewitt-     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
      The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
    The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
    That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
    Last year, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn. Tickets at: www.preptix.com/ahsaa.


Super 7 Championships
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
Unified State Game
Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m.
Class 7A Championship
Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 3
Class 3A Championship
Bayside Academy (11-3) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
Class 1A Championship
Maplesville (12-1) vs. Cedar Bluff (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 5A Championship
Mortimer Jordan (13-1) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2), 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Class 4A Championship
Leeds (12-2) vs. Fayette County (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class 2A Championship
Elba (13-1) vs. Fyffe (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (14-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (14-0), 7 p.m.


AHSAA 50thState Football Playoffs
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Results
CLASS 1A
Maplesville 50, Linden 19
Cedar Bluff 53, Decatur Heritage 40

CLASS 2A
Elba 24, G.W. Long 7
Fyffe 20, Randolph County 17

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy 36, Hillcrest-Evergreen 0
Piedmont 14, Colbert County 0

CLASS 4A
Leeds 48, Munford 20
Fayette County 32, Cordova 0


CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Jackson 24
Mortimer Jordan 42, Alexandria 36 (OT)

CLASS 6A
Spanish Fort 31, Benjamin Russell 27
Clay-Chalkville 45, Austin 35


1A-6A Semifinals Set 5 Defending Champions Advance To 4th Round of AHSAA State Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – Five of the seven defending state champions survived a very competitive quarterfinal round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state football playoffs Friday night and are among the 24 schools competing in the semifinal round Friday, Nov. 27.  Class 7A completed its semifinal round Friday night.
     Spain Park knocked off three-time defending champion Hoover 7-6 in the Class 7A north semifinals and clinched a berth in the 2015 Super 7 Class 7A state finals in the process. The Jaguars (13-1), a 17-0 winner over the Bucs in the regular season en route to claiming the Region 3 title, will face McGill-Toolen (12-1) in the 7A finals December 2 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Coach Caleb Ross’ Yellow Jackets beat Central-Phenix City 26-21 in the other semifinal Friday.
     Piedmont (12-1) handed three-time defending state champion Madison Academy a 35-21 setback to advance to the Class 3A semifinals. The Bulldogs of Coach Steve Smith will be on the road again Friday to take on Colbert County. Coach Dale Jeffreys’ Indians (9-3) beat Lauderdale County 39-20 and will host the 3A semifinal game Nov. 27.
     Twelve semifinal games are scheduled for Thanksgiving week with each winner advancing to the AHSAA Super 7 championships. The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over the three-day period.
      Five defending champions did advance – Class 1A Maplesville (11-1), Class 2A Fyffe (12-1), Class 4A Leeds (11-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-2) and Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (13-0). Maplesville, Fyffe and Leeds will be at home for the semifinals while St. Paul’s and Clay-Chalkville will be on the road.
    Six semifinals this week pit teams from the same region. In Class 1A, Region 4 champion Maplesville will host Region 4 second seed Linden ((10-2). In Class 3A, Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-5), the only four seed still playing, is at Region 1 second seed Bayside Academy (10-3) at Daphne. In Class 4A, Region 3 winner Leeds hosts two seed Munford (10-3), and Region 5 champ Cordova (13-0) hosts runner-up Fayette County (9-4). In Class 5A, Region 1 champion Jackson (13-0) hosts runner-up St. Paul’s, and Region 6 winner Alexandria (11-1) is at home versus runner-up Mortimer Jordan (12-1).
     Five unbeaten teams are still playing. In addition to Clay-Chalkville and Cordova, in Class 2A are G.W. Long (12-0) and Randolph County (13-0) and in Class 6A, Spanish Fort (13-0).
     Raycom Media, which televises live a playoff game each Friday, plans to feature Class 6A Benjamin Russell at Spanish Fort Friday night as its AHSAA Game of the Week. Raycom will also televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network. Hillcrest High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
      The NFHS Network, through the member schools in the AHSAA participating in the school-broadcast program, will live-stream several of the semifinal games Friday. One already set is Munford at Leeds. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.

AHSAA 50thState Football Playoffs
Super 7 Championships
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
Unified State Game
Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m.
Class 7A Championship
Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 3
Class 3A Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 1A Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 5A Championship, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Class 4A Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 2A Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 6A Championship, 7 p.m.


AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings (Nov. 27)

CLASS 1A
Linden (10-2) at Maplesville (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-1) at Cedar Bluff (12-1)

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long (12-0) at Elba (12-1)
Randolph County (13-0) at Fyffe (12-1)

CLASS 3A
Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-5) at Bayside Academy (10-3), Daphne
Piedmont (12-1) at Colbert County (10-3), Leighton

CLASS 4A
Munford (10-3) at Leeds (11-2)
Fayette County (9-4) at Cordova (13-0)

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-2) at Jackson (13-0)
Mortimer Jordan (12-1) at Alexandria (11-1)

CLASS 6A
Benjamin Russell (12-1) at Spanish Fort (13-0)
Clay-Chalkville (13-0) at Austin (10-3), Decatur

Quarterfinal Results
CLASS 1A
Maplesville 36, Georgiana 28
Linden 41, Brantley 0
Decatur Heritage 32, Berry 26
Cedar Bluff 34, Wadley 27

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long 35, Flomaton 21
Elba 20, Washington County 14
Fyffe 24, Ranburne 20
Randolph County 49, Cleveland 28

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy 17, Gordo 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 25, T.R. Miller 22
Piedmont 35, Madison Academy 21
Colbert County 39, Lauderdale County 20

CLASS 4A
Munford 33, Andalusia 31
Leeds 33, UMS-Wright 0
Fayette County 19, Brooks 12
Cordova 30, Hamilton 20

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Demopolis 13
Jackson 31, Beauregard 28
Alexandria 22, Russellville 14
Mortimer Jordan 26, Guntersville 0

CLASS 6A
Benjamin Russell 36, Bessemer City 13
Spanish Fort 21, Opelika 13
Clay-Chalkville 50, Minor 14
Austin 53, Gardendale 38

CLASS 7A
Semifinals
McGill-Toolen 26, Central-Phenix City 21
Spain Park 7, Hoover 6


Thompson High School Wrestling Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     Thompson High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for numerous violations of Contest bylaws in its wrestling program. The violations were self-reported.
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s wrestling participation to regular-season dual matches only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Head wrestling coach Shawn Weltzin and assistant coach Chris Pike have been suspended for the duration of the restrictive probation period by the AHSAA and Thompson High School.
      On Jan. 4, 2016, Thompson High School may apply for relief from the restrictive period.
     “Restrictive probation indicates the seriousness of these violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Though disappointed, I feel confident the school administration will take the necessary corrective measures to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws.  We will evaluate these measures. If the school has demonstrated that corrective measures are securely in place, we will consider removing the restrictive probation, thus allowing the student-athletes to participate in championship play this season.”


McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City 7A Semifinal Is RAYCOM AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Tonight

  MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City tonight in its third installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The Class 7A semifinal game features two schools with rich traditions.
   Mobile’s McGill-Toolen (11-1) of Coach Caleb Ross is the largest parochial school in the AHSAA. A charter member since 1921, the Yellow Jackets are hoping to reach the Super 7 state finals for the first time in school history. Central-Phenix City (9-3) last reached the state finals in 1993. Coach Jamey Dubose, in his second season as head coach, has the Red Devils in the semifinals for the first time since 2011.  McGill-Toolen reached the semifinals in 2013.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.

NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
   
Six playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program.  McGill-Toolen’s NFHS School Broadcast Program crew will live-stream the Class 7A semifinal game at Central-Phenix City tonight as well.  The Hoover High School SBP broadcast team will be live-streaming Hoover (10-2) vs. Spain Park (11-1) in the other Class 7A semifinal game tonight.
    The headliner in the quarterfinals is Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0), to be live-streamed the Opelika High School NFHS School Broadcast Program. The battle of Class 6A unbeatens pits two brothers as head coaches – Ben Blackmon for the Toros and Brian Blackmon for the Bulldogs.
      The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network:   www.nfhsnetwork.com
      All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
     The complete list of NFHS Network games and the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week are below.

RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK

McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)

 

AHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
November 20, 2015

Class 7A
McGill-Toolen vs. Central-Phenix City –
http://bit.ly/1PNKHod

Hoover vs. Spain Park – http://bit.ly/1HPn51t

Class 6A
Opelika vs. Spanish Fort – http://bit.ly/1MxkPIO

Clay-Chalkville (12-0) vs. Minor (8-4) – link not available at this time
Class 5A
Alexandria vs. Russellville –
http://bit.ly/1kAmGWC

Class 3A
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. T.R. Miller – http://bit.ly/212oiJ4


AHSAA Hall of Fame Selects 11 for Class of 2016 Induction

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from a field 59 nominations to be inducted into the 26th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.

     The 2016 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at the 26th annual banquet at the Renaissance Hotel and  Convention Center at Montgomery, March 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
   Selected for induction are football coaches Richard Beverly, Tandy Gerelds and Ike Grant, basketball coaches Mike Cochran and Jerome Sanders, volleyball coaches Frances Crapet and Brenda Mayes, baseball coach Earl Miller, wrestling coach Dwight Buzbee, volleyball official Apple Kridakorn and coach/administrator Alfred Peavy, who was selected in the “oldtimer” division. Peavy and Gerelds are deceased.
    Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors include Alabama Power, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Russell Athletic, TeamIP, Wilson Sporting Goods, Cadence Bank and TNT Fireworks.
      WSFA TV sports director Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet.
      The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 320.
       A profile of each selectee:
RICHARD BEVERLY:  A long-time football coach and administrator, Beverly’s career spanned 42 years. He compiled a 145-78-4 record as head football coach at Clay County High School from 1967-1988. His 1968 team went 10-0 in the regular season and then played St. Jude at Cramton Bowl in the first integrated AHSAA playoff game following the Merger of the AHSAA and AIAA. He served as principal at Wadley High School from 1988-92 and then worked as an assistant coach at Smiths Station High School and Russell County High School.
  Beverly, 72, graduated from Handley High School in 1961 and Auburn University in 1966.

DWIGHT BUZBEE:
The Alexander City native returned to his alma mater in 1977 working at Alex City Junior High. He moved to Benjamin Russell High School in 1978, serving as teacher, assistant football and head wrestling coach. In eight seasons as wrestling coach, the Wildcats won three AHSAA state team titles with seven individuals winning state weight-class championships. He served as athletic director for Alexander City Schools from 2001-09 and retired after 37 years of teaching and coaching in 2014. He has been one of the AHSAA’s top wrestling officials for the last 32 years. Buzbee, 62, played football and wrestled at Benjamin Russell High School, finishing second individually in his weight class as a senior for Coach Charles Lee, already a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
    Buzbee graduated from high school in 1971 and Auburn University in 1977.

MIKE COCHRAN:
Cochran, 54, became one of the state’s most successful girls’ basketball coaches during his 28-year head-coaching career at Fyffe High School. He guided the Lady Red Devils to a 627-226 record with seven state championships–including four in a row (1994-97) in the first four years of the AHSAA Final Four state tournament  at the BJCC. His teams won 16 DeKalb County championships, 14 area championships and had one state runner-up finish. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic four times and saw his teams average 30-plus wins during the decade of the 1990s (302 victories). He was inducted into the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
    Cochran graduated from Fyffe High School in 1979 and earned his college degree and Masters in English from the University of Alabama.

FRANCES CRAPET:
The Birmingham native returned to her roots and became one of the AHSAA’s top volleyball and softball coaches. She began her teaching and coaching career at W.A. Berry High School in 1984 but moved to John Carroll Catholic High School in 1986 where she has served as athletic director since 2014. Crapet compiled a 635-415 volleyball coaching record with state championships in 1996 and 1997 and state runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999. Her softball teams were 294-208 from 1987-2004 with three trips to the state tournament. Several of her former students have followed her into coaching.
   Crapet, who is a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Lake Church, graduated from Ensley High School in1976 and the University of Montevallo in 1980.

TANDY GERELDS:
Gerelds, now deceased, was a high school teacher and coach for more than 25 years with stops at Woodlawn and Deshler in Alabama and closed out his coaching at Belmont, MS.  He also served as principal at Shoals Christian. He compiled a 101-36 coaching record at Deshler with state 4A championship in 1990 and runner-up in 1991. After stepping down as head football coach, he guided the Deshler boys’ golf team to a 1996 state runner-up finish in Class 4A and a state championship in 1997. He began his coaching career at his own alma mater, Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, as baseball coach for three years. He became head football coach in 1971 and coached the Colonels to a 36-14 record over the next five years. His strong faith-based approach helped Woodlawn overcome racial strife to become one of the top programs in the state – culminating with more than 42,000 fans attending the 1974 Woodlawn versus Banks football game at Legion Field.  That inspirational saga was made into a popular movie, “Woodlawn,” which chronicles those times and the life of star player Tony Nathan and is currently showing in theatres across the nation.
    The 1960 Woodlawn graduate earned his college degree at Auburn in 1965.

IKE GRANT:
One of two Benjamin Russell High School graduates in this year’s class, Grant, 62, has spent his entire teaching and coaching career in Chambers County as head football coach and athletic director for a total of 17 years. He served for 10 years from 1978-1986 as head coach and again from 2001-2009 and compiled an overall 85-89 record and four trips to the state playoffs. His 2003 and 2005 teams were 10-2. He has coached in the Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game and North-South All-Star Game. Grant has also served as a football official since 1987 and is currently serving on the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
    He graduated from Benjamin Russell in 1972 and Alabama State University in 1976.

KITTILAX “APPLE” KRIDAKORN: Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1947, Kridakorn, 68, has worked as an AHSAA volleyball official for more than 45 years. She served as state tournament referee coordinator and the AHSAA state volleyball rules interpreter for 15 years. Considered an influential teacher, mentor and visionary for volleyball officials, she has served as a camp instructor for a decade. Kridakorn has also officiated college volleyball for 30 years, including the 2015 NAIA National Championship, and USA Volleyball for 20. She received the NFHS Section 3 Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the PAVO Excellence in Service Award in 2011. She was also named Southeast District Volleyball Official of the Year in 2013.
    She served as Tri-County coordinator for Special Olympics from 1993-98. Kridakorn graduated from Ramsay High School in 1966 and the University of Montevallo in 1970. She earned her Masters from Auburn in 1975 and a Doctorate of Education from Auburn in 1983.

BRENDA MAYES: A coaching icon in the Shoals area for the past 28 years, Mayes, 52, has served as associate athletic director, head volleyball and girls’ basketball coach during her teaching/coaching career that spanned from 1987 through 2015 at Muscle Shoals High School. Her volleyball teams compiled a 1,143-368 record with four state titles from 1998-2001. Her basketball teams were 359-348 and qualified for the Northwest Regional tournament twice.  She was named Regional and NFHS National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2001. Mayes, who also has coached track and softball during her tenure, served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, has been a key volunteer for the AHSADCA’s all-star competitions and is considered a mentor to numerous current coaches and teachers. She was named the AHSAA Class 6A Making A Difference Award recipient in 2015.
   An outstanding high school and college basketball player in her own right, Mayes has been inducted into the Mississippi Community/Junior College Sports Hall of Fame, Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame, University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame and Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame. She is a 1980 graduate of Biggersville (MS) High School and 1986 graduate of the University of North Alabama.

EARL MILLER:
One of the state’s most successful high school baseball coaches, Miller, 62, led G.W. Long High School’s program from 1991-2005. The Rebels compiled a 407-133 record during that span with 14 playoff trips in 26 years. Miller’s teams won seven Class 1A state baseball championships and three Class 2A state titles in that stretch. His team won six state crowns in a row in the 1990s. He was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in in 2003. His program produced two Mr. Baseball recipients and 23 all-state selections. His son Drew followed his dad as head baseball coach at G.W. Long.
    Miller graduated from Escambia County High School in 1971 and Troy University in 1976.

JEROME SANDERS: The long-time boys’ head basketball coach and athletic director at J.F. Shields High School compiled a 465-151 career record with a 359-158 slate at his alma mater from 1995-2014. He also coached at Dozier, Luverne and Monroe County in a career that spanned 30 years. His Shields teams won three state titles, finished second twice and reached the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals seven times. His teams won seven regional titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice. He received the NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year in 2007 and was the AHSAA Class 1A Making A Difference Award recipient in 2014.
   Sanders was a senior member of J.F. Shields’ 1972 Class 2A state championship team. He earned his college degree from Daniel Payne College in 1976.

ALFRED PEAVY: Selected in the “Old Timer” category, Peavy, now deceased, served as a teacher, coach and administrator in Alabama schools from 1956-1991. One of the young leaders of the AIAA when it merged with the AHSAA in 1968, Peavy led Coppinville High School to a 9-0 record in 1968. He compiled 96-42 football coaching record and 200-75 basketball coaching record at Coffee Country Training and Coppinville from 1956-69. He was also an outstanding track coach with four championships and four runner-up finishes.  He moved to Enterprise Junior High in 1970 as a coach, then to Enterprise High School in 1971 and became assistant principal in 1975 – serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1991. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control for eight years and the District 2 Board for 14 years. He was honored with the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 1991. He also was named the recipient of the Martin Luther King Community Awareness Award in 1995 and was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Peavy Park in Enterprise was named in his honor in 1986.
   Peavy was a 1948 graduate of Clarke County Training School and 1856 graduate of Alabama State University. He earned his Masters from Troy University in 1975.


2015 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Runner Paul Barlow, Auburn Roll to Second 7A Title

    MOULTON – Auburn High School senior Paul Barlow won his second consecutive state cross country title and the Tigers of Coach Dan Norton captured their second Class 7A team championship as the 60th annual AHSAA State Boy’ Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park cross country course.
     The 43rd annual girls’ state championships also concluded.
     Barlow clocked the fastest boys’ time of the day over the 3.1-mile (5,000 K) course with a winning time of 15:30.52. He edged out Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole by just two seconds in what was the tightest finish of the day.
     Also winning boys’ state championships were Cold Springs (1A-2A), American Christian (3A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), Lawrence County (5A) and Homewood (6A).
Class 7A
    Auburn scored 46 points with Mountain Brook second with 54 in the 7A competition. Hoover was third with 89 points.
    Paul Barlow’s strong finish (15:30.52) sparked Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers to their eighth state championship overall. Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole was second at 15:32.48. Juniors Jack Rogers and Joshua Escoe were third and 10th, respectively, for Auburn. Rogers crossed the finish line at 15:37.79.
Class 6A
    Homewood won its fourth straight state championship as Coach Lars Porter’s squad placed four runners in the top eight finishers of a field including 212 participants.  The Patriots finished with 32 points, tied for best score of the day with 1A-2A winner Cold Springs. Opelika was 6A runner-up with 60 points. Scottsboro (71) was third.
     Senior Dillon Dean of Benjamin Russell won the individual championship with a winning time of 15:45.71.  Ben Garner of Opelika was third at 15:58.98, followed by  Homewood trio, senior Hunter Poole, freshman Will Stone and senior Andy Smith, finishing only five seconds apart at 3-4-5.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, totaled 57 points to win its second consecutive boys’ state cross title and eighth overall. The win gave the Red Devils a sweep of the 5A boys’ and girls’ championships.
    Sheldon Britton, a senior at Alabama Christian, clocked 16:06.07 to claim first place individually.  Senior Zachary Duclos paced Lawrence County with a 16:31.70 time to take second place over Saint John Paul II freshman Noah Flynn. Flynn clocked 16:31.80 in the photo finish.
   Saint John Paul II was second with 71 points, and Beauregard finished third with 92.
Class 4A
    Trinity Presbyterian captured its first AHSAA state cross country championship scoring 64 point to edge out Loveless Academy of Montgomery (LAMP) (66) by two points. Defending champion Northside was third with 71 points.
     Coach Monica Lott’s Wildcats placed three runners in the top 12, led by freshman Charlie Lott’s fourth-place finish (16:26.89). Junior T.A. Sluis was eighth and sophomore Dawson Oliver was 12th.
      Westminster Christian’s Ryan Ford, a senior, captured first place with a winning time of 15:50.48 – improving by almost 32 seconds on his 2014 time and runner-up finish. James Patrick Brinyark of Northside finished second at 16:18 .10.
Class 3A
   American Christian won the state championship with 56 points. Defending champion Montgomery Academy was second with 67 points and Cottage Hill, third, at 88.
   Ash Midyett, a senior at Bayside Academy in Daphne, was overall individual champion crossing the finish at 16:23.16.  Montgomery Academy’s Jack Barganier for the second straight year with a time of 16:30.04.  Senior Nick Klein of Winfield, the 2014 winner, improved his 2014 time by four seconds but finished third (16:46.23).
    Leading Coach Charles Tiller’s winning Patriots was sophomore David Barrett, who finished sixth.
Class 1A-2A
    Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain improved his 2014 winning time by 13 seconds, clocking 16:20.40 Saturday, and claimed his second state 1A-2A individual cross country state crown. Casey Guthery was second (16:41.54).
    Coach Claborn Campbell’s Cold Springs Panthers scored 32 points, tying for low team score in all classes, and rolled to its second straight 1A-2A state title. Three runners pacing in among the top five finishers.  Sophomore C.J. Lang was third overall at 16:50.85, senior Kramer Crider was fourth (16:51.84) and junior Jared Stanley was fifth (17:13.27). Freshman Mason Harris crossed in 10th place for Cold Springs. St. Bernard was second with 67 points and Hatton was third with 94.


2015 Girls AHSAA State Cross Country Championships Mountain Brook Sweeps 13th Straight Girls’ Title

    MOULTON – Freshman distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School broke 18 minutes for the second straight year to claim the AHSAA Class 4A girls’ individual cross country championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course.
      Tyynismaa clocked 17:52.25 to win by almost a full minute over runner-up Cele Moon of Wilson. Her time was best among the 815 girls running in the 43rd state cross country championships held by the AHSAA.
     Moon’s time of 18:51.47 led the way for the Warriors of Coach Robin Phillips to capture their second straight Class 4A girls’ team title. Mountain Brook also won the Class 7A state championship for the second time in a row – and extended the Lady Spartans’ current streak of state cross titles to 13 – including 11 in Class 6A from 2003-2013.
     Other girls’ state champions at the 2015 AHSAA girls’ championships were: John Carroll Catholic (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and St. Bernard of Cullman (1A-2A).
Class 7A
    Mountain Brook, coached by Michael McGovern, placed six runners in the top 17 finishers with senior Frances Patrick clocking 18:18.78 to claim the individual championship over sophomore Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen. Jensen clocked 18:36.63 for second place.  Patrick finished fourth as a junior.
     Lady Spartans junior Anna Grace Morgan also finished in the Top 10 with a fifth-place finish. Mountain Brook, which now own s 23 girls’ cross country state titles, had 43 points and Hoover (79) was second, followed by Spain Park (92) and Auburn (95).
Class 6A
     John Carroll Catholic won its second consecutive girls’ state cross country championship as sisters Lauren and Lindsey Granier finished almost in a dead heat at 3-4 in the 195-runner field.
     The Lady Cavaliers of Coach Bryan Burgess totaled 55 points and Scottsboro finished second with 87.
      Pelham senior Mary Grace Strozier won her second consecutive individual 6A title with a winning time of 18:36.38. Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro was second at 19:15.32, followed by Lauren Grainer at 19:22.02 and her sister Lindsey, 19:22.12. Th sisters finished 9th and 10th last season.
Class 5A
    Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils edged out runner-up Randolph for the fourth time overall and the second year in a row with a winning total of 41 points. The Raiders were three back at 44. Only two points separated the two in 2014.
    Eighth grader Isabel Valenzuela won her second individual title with a winning time of 18:23.14 – 1:10 faster than her closest challenger and second fastest time overall in any class in the 2015 competition..  Randolph’s Zoe Evans was second (19:33.44), Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was third at 19:34.56.  Eighth grader Emily Daniel paced Lawrence County with a fourth-place finish (19:37.20). Seventh grader Sadie Grace Thompson crossed the finish in fifth place just 10 seconds later.

Class 4A
    Amaris Tyynismaa did not beat her state all-time, all-class record of 17:03 she ran last year at the 2014 meet but still managed the fastest time of all girls running on Saturday.
    Wilson had 54 points to edge runner-up Rogers (69) and West Limestone (73) for the state title. Catholic finished fourth with 82 points.
    Wilson sophomore Phoebe Moon was 36 seconds behind her sister, senior Cele Moon (18:51.47), to finish fourth. West Limestone eighth grader Cassidy Winter was third at 19:15.96.
Class 3A
   Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, posted its first state championship since 1997 and its second girls’ title overall with 66 points in the 3A girls’ race.  Defending champion American Christian was second at 78 and T.R. Miller was third with 83.
   Montgomery Academy freshman Tara Katz clocked 18:46.73 to win her first state title. Allie Nelson of T.R. Miller was second (19:07.00). Leading Pleasant Valley freshman Juliana Ballew and eighth grader Emma Hood, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively.
    
Class 1A-2A
    
St. Bernard of Cullman edged Westminster of Oak Mountain by one point, 48-49, to claim its second straight Class 1A-2A title.  Freshman Ivy Edge won her second straight individual title with a winning time of 19:30.61, three seconds off her winning 19:27 time of 2014.
     Leahrose Mami of. St. Bernard was second at 19:43.70, and Hatton’s Ally Amerson was third.

7A Semifinals Set 11 Unbeaten Teams Advance To Round 3 of AHSAA State Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – Two teams coached by brothers are among the 11 unbeaten teams and seven defending state champions that survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs Friday.
     Coach Brian Blackmon’s Opelika Wildcats (12-0) will square off in the Class 6A quarterfinals against Coach Ben Blackmon’ Spanish Fort (12-0) at “The Hill” in Baldwin County Friday night as the 52-team field heads into round three.  All games are scheduled Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. This marks the 50th year of the AHSAA state football playoffs.
     The Class 7A playoffs, which has one less round, conducts its semifinal round this week with Central-Phenix City (9-3) hosting McGill-Toolen (11-1) and Spain Park (11-1) at home versus defending champion Hoover (10-2).
     The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over a three-day period, Dec. 2-4.
      Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs avenged one of two regular-season losses with a 24-0 win over Vestavia Hills in round 2. The win sets up a rematch with the other team that handed Hoover a rare region loss – Spain Park. The Jaguars beat Hoover 17-0 in the regular season on Oct. 1. It was the first victory in the series for Spain Park. The two teams played twice in the same season just once before, 2004, with Hoover winning the regular-season and playoff games.
     The Jaguars beat James Clemens 13-10 in the second round. Central-Phenix City downed Lee-Montgomery 20-13 and McGill-Toolen beat Auburn 42-3. The 7A schools will be idle during week four of the playoffs with the third-round winners advancing to the Super 7 state championship game set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.,.
       Two defending champions had narrow escapes. Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (12-0) posted its 27th consecutive victory beating Homewood 40-39 Friday. Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-2) edged previously unbeaten Greenville 24-23.  Other defending champions posting first-round victories were Maplesville (10-1) in 1A, Fyffe (11-1) in 2A, Madison Academy (11-1) in 3A and Leeds (10-2) in 4A.
     Three games feature unbeaten teams this week. In Class 2A, Cleveland (12-0) is at Randolph County (12-0, in Class 5A, Beauregard (11-0) is at Jackson (12-0), and in 6A, Spanish Fort and Opelika meet. Other unbeaten teams advancing to round three include: Class 2A: G.W. Long (11-0); Class 3A: Gordo (12-0); Class 3A: Gordo (11-0); Class 4A: UMS-Wright (11-0) and Cordova (11-0); and Class 5A: Guntersville (11-0).
       In addition to the unbeaten teams, 19 teams still alive have just one loss, 11 have two losses, six have just three losses, and five have 4 or more losses.
     In Class 3A, three schools remain from Region 1 (T.R. Miller (10-2), Bayside Academy (9-3) and Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5), and Region 8 (Madison Academy, Lauderdale County (9-3) and Colbert County (9-3). Also, in Class 4A, Region 5, Cordova (12-0), Fayette County (8-4) and Hamilton (6-6) advanced.  The Aggies, coached by Rodney Stidham, recorded the school’s 600th win with its 21-14 victory over Cherokee County in the second round. Hamilton is now 600-346-36 in its storied history, which dates back 103 years to 1912. The Aggies become just the 13th school in AHSAA history to record 600 football wins. The leader is Oneonta (662) and T.R. Miller (661), still alive in the 3A playoffs, is next. Rounding out the state’s 600-game winners are Fayette County (660), Deshler (646), Benjamin Russell (630), Enterprise (628), Bessemer City (625), Colbert County (624), Thomasville (623), Decatur (619), Demopolis (611) and Russellville (603). Hartselle (593) and UMS-Wright (592) are next in line for that major football milestone.
      The 50th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced in 2014 with the new seven-classification system.
     The semifinals for Classes 1A-6A are set for Nov. 27.
    Raycom Media, which televises live a playoff game each Friday, plans to feature McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City Friday night as its AHSAA Game of the Week. Raycom will also televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network. The NFHS Network will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
     The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live all games at the Super 7.
   
AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Pairings (Nov. 20)

CLASS 1A
Georgiana (11-1) at Maplesville (10-1)
Linden (9-2) at Brantley (10-2)

Berry (10-2) at Decatur Heritage (11-1)
Cedar Bluff (11-1) at Wadley (10-1)

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long (11-0) at Flomaton (10-2)
Elba (11-1) at Washington County (10-2), Chatom

Ranburne (10-1) at Fyffe (11-1)
Cleveland (12-0) at Randolph County (12-0), Wedowee

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (9-3) at Gordo (12-0)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) at T.R. Miller (10-2), Brewton

Piedmont (11-1) at Madison Academy (11-1)
Colbert County (9-3) at Lauderdale County (9-3), Rogersville

CLASS 4A
Andalusia (11-1) at Munford (9-3)
Leeds (10-2) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile

Brooks (11-1) at Fayette County (8-4), Fayette
Hamilton (6-6) at Cordova (12-0)

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-2) at Demopolis (10-2)
Beauregard (11-0) at Jackson (12-0)

Alexandria (10-1) at Russellville (11-1)
Guntersville (12-0) at Mortimer Jordan (11-1), Kimberly

CLASS 6A
Bessemer City (8-4) at Benjamin Russell (11-1), Alexander City
Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0)

Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Minor (8-4), Adamsville
Austin (9-3) at Gardendale (10-2)

CLASS 7A
SEMIFINALS
McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3)
Hoover (10-2) at Spain Park (11-1), Jaquars Stadium, Hoover

Second Round Results
CLASS 1A
Georgiana 28, Billingsley 0
Maplesville 50, Marengo 6
Linden 26, Notasulga 14
Brantley  47, Verbena 26

Berry 46, Victory Christian 14
Decatur Heritage 30, Spring Garden 22
Cedar Bluff 37, Hackleburg 14
Wadley 29, South Lamar 8

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long 48, Mobile Christian 23
Flomaton 49, Fayetteville 10
Elba 64, Pickens County 14
Washington County 48, Providence Christian 21

Ranburne 56, Tanner 55 (2 OT)
Fyffe 14, Red Bay 7
Cleveland 38, Sulligent 13
Randolph County 56, Falkville 27

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy 49, Daleville 41
Gordo 33, Opp 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 30, American Christian 27
T.R. Miller 49, Pike County 8

Piedmont 64, Oakman 22
Madison Academy 44, North Sand Mountain 7
Lauderdale County 48, New Hope 0
Colbert County 26, Winfield 20

CLASS 4A
Andalusia 44, Dadeville 26
Munford 25, Straughn 15
Leeds 62, Montevallo 7
UMS-Wright 49, Trinity Presbyterian 14

Fayette County 40, Cleburne County 23
Brooks 50, North Jackson 21
Hamilton 21, Cherokee County 14
Cordova 39, West Limestone 7

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 24, Greenville 23
Demopolis 28, Vigor 17
Beauregard 30, Helena 7
Jackson 48, Eufaula 21

Alexandria 36, Pleasant Grove 14
Russellville 41, Parker 21
Guntersville 26, Hayden 10
Mortimer Jordan 30, Wenonah 20

CLASS 6A
Bessemer City 10, Blount 7
Benjamin Russell 34, McAdory 3
Opelika 48, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 0
Spanish Fort 51, Northridge 14

Clay-Chalkville 40, Homewood 39
Minor 23, Muscle Shoals 16
Austin 27, Briarwood Christian 0
Gardendale 48, Walker 28

CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen 42, Auburn 3
Central-Phenix City 20, Lee-Montgomery 13 (OT)
Spain Park 13, James Clemens 10
Hoover 24, Vestavia Hills 0

HOMEWOOD AT CLAY-CHALKVILLE IS RAYCOM AHSAA PLAYOFF FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

  MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise Homewood at Clay-Chalkville Friday night in its second installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The key Class 6A second-round battle pits two schools with storied histories.
   The defending state champion Cougars (11-0) of Coach Jerry Hood are riding a 26-game winning streak heading into the contest. Homewood, which won four Class 5A state titles in a six-year span from 2000-2005, are currently 9-2 this season with losses to Walker (9-2) and Vestavia Hills (9-2). Coach Ben Berguson’s Patriots have won four straight games and eight of its last nine heading into Friday’s playoff contest.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.

NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
   
Seven other playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. Two of the games, Class 7A Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover at the Hoover Met and Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Opelika, are being live-streamed by each school. The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network:   www.nfhsnetwork.com
      All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
     The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.

   

RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK

Homewood (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)

 

AHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
Class 1A
Georgiana vs. Billingsley – http://bit.ly/1LbSeXA

Class 5A
Russellville vs. Parker – http://bit.ly/1MH9ght

Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika – http://bit.ly/1QsM3W0 (Opelika production)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika –
http://bit.ly/1LbSAxs (Hillcrest production)

Muscle Shoals vs. Minor – http://bit.ly/1XZIRDE


Class 7A
Auburn vs. McGill-Toolen – http://bit.ly/1NIfbYF

Lee-Montgomery vs. Central-Phenix City – http://bit.ly/1MMbtIn

Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover – http://bit.ly/20HbZSg (Hoover production)
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover –
http://bit.ly/1iO8t6H (Vestavia production)

Strong Field of Returning Champions Set to Battle At AHSAA State Cross Country Championships

     MONTGOMERY – All 12 defending state championship teams will be in the field for the AHSAA State Cross Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at Oakville Indian Mounds State Park and Museum cross-country course near Moulton.
   Mountain Brook’s girls will be going for a 13th straight state title and second straight in Class 7A when the competition commences with the 7A girls’ race at 8:30 Saturday morning. The Lady Spartans have 22 state titles overall. The girls’ competition will be the 43rd for the ladies since Tuscaloosa High School won the first competition in 1973. The Class 6A boys’ race kicks off the 60th AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships at 8:50 a.m.
    Girls’ team defending champions are Mountain Brook (7A), American Christian (3A), Wilson (4A), Lawrence County (5A), John Carroll Catholic (6A), and St. Bernard (1A-2A).
    Defending boys’ team champions include Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Northside (4A), Montgomery Academy (3A), and Cold Springs (1A-2A).
   Among the top individuals returning in the girls’ competition are Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham. Tyynismaa, a freshman, set the AHSAA all-time 5,000-meter record for all classes in the state meet last year with a 17:03.04 time to win the Class 4A individual crown. Earlier this season, she ran 17:42.54 in the 17th annual Jesse Owens Classic to finish third overall, and she has a personal best of 16:57 on the year.  Stozier, the Class 6A defending champion, ran 18:26.39 in the Jesse Owens race to finish 14th. Her 5K best came in last year’s 2014 Class 6A state championship race when she ran 18:07 to win first place.
     Defending 1A-2A state champion St. Bernard’s Ivy Edge is back to defend the Gold she won last year as an eighth grader. Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal is defending champ in the 5A field, and freshman Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville returns in Class 7A to defend her 2014 title. Weitenbeck’s personal best is 18:16.59.
    Junior Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain, who finished third in Class 7A last season at 15:57.97, clocked 15:20.45 earlier this fall at the Jesse Owens Invitational to finish second. Paul Barlow of Auburn won the individual 7A state title last year with a winning time of 15:51.03. Now a senior, he climbed from 22nd in Class 6A as a sophomore to win the first 7A state championship race in 2014.
    Senior Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain Christian is back to defend his 1A-2A individual title. Nick Klein of Winfield and Jack Barganier of Montgomery Academy are back in the 3A field after finishing 1-2, respectively, last season with just five seconds between them.
   Murphy High School won the first AHSAA boys’ state cross country championship in 1956 and followed with state crowns in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1061, 1962 and 1964.

AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday’s Schedule
Class 7A Girls                        8:30 a.m.
Class 6A Boys                        8:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls                        9:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys                        9:30 a.m.
Class 6A Girls                        9:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys                        10:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Girls                  10:30 a.m.
Class 5A Boys                        10:50 a.m.
Class 4A Girls                        11:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Boys                 11:30 a.m.
Class 5A Girls                        11:50 a.m.
Class 4A Boys                        12:10 a.m.