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Prattville Christian’s Tyler Bell Whiffs 19 to Toss First No-Hit Gem in School History

   MONTGOMERY – Prattville Christian right-hander Tyler Bell tossed the first no-hitter in PCA history last weekend to grab this week’s AHSAA Baseball Spotlight. Bell also struck out a school record 19 in the 6-0 win over Class 7A Lee-Montgomery.
     Prattville Christian, coached by Jerry Greene, improved to 13-6 on the season.
     Bell, a senior, became the 16th player in the AHSAA Record Book to strike out 19 in a seven-inning game. That total ties for third most in a seven-inning game. The record is 21, held by four pitchers including Cody Reed of Ardmore (2014), Trey Vice of Westbrook Christian (2007), Joe Payne of West End (1999) and Roy Jackson of Opelika (1970).
     According to the AHSAA Record Book, which can be found online at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Baseball/Baseball-Individual-Records, six others have recorded 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, including Harold Lockhart, who struck out 20 in a row in a 1-0 loss to Verbena in 1953. Reed also had 20 in 2013, Adam Russell of Briarwood in 2008, Kasey Kiker of Russell County in 2005, Doug Shelton of West Morgan in 1996 and Johnny Simmons of Childersburg in 1969.
    The most strikeouts in AHSAA history dates back to 1926 when Fred “Football Freddie” Sington struck out 27 in a nine-inning 10-2 win over Jefferson County High School (Tarrant) for Phillips of Birmingham. Sington went on to earn All-America honors as a football standout for the University of Alabama playing on the 1930 National Championship team. He later played in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Washington Senators as an outfielder.
    Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, Sington also received national acclaim thanks to the popular crooner Rudy Vallee, who wrote and recorded a song entitled “Football Freddie,” which would go on to become a nationwide hit following the 1931 Rose Bowl. Right behind Sington in the AHSAA Record Book is James “Eddie” Gordon of Marshall County (Guntersville), who whiffed 26 in an 11-inning game versus Arab that was won 1-0 in the bottom of the 11th on a solo homer by Frank Wedgeworth. Ragland’s Nick Mickler also struck out 23 in a 3-1 nine-inning win over Donoho in 2000.
    Bell’s performance edged another no-hit effort thrown by Blake Burkhalter of Northview. His seven-inning no-hitter was won 4-2 over 6A Russell County (18-2). He struck out 11.  As strong as he was, Northview still had to come from behind after making six errors in the field. The Cougars (9-9), down 2-0 to the Warriors, scored all four runs in the fifth inning as catcher Carson Meisnner tripled and Burkhalter doubled for the big hits in the rally. Russell County, which turned four double plays in the loss, won game two of the series 5-2 and a third non-area game 10-2 on Friday.
   Other highlight include:

FOR THE RECORD
REECE EWING, FAITH ACADEMY: The Rams’ winning pitcher slugged two home runs in a 17-13 win over Gulfport (MS). Faith (17-2) had eight home runs in the game – second most in a single game in AHSAA history. Parker Mills also had two homers, Chris Sargent, Braxton Bell, Gab Shepard and Eli Giles also had home runs in the win. Faith won the second game 12-2 over Pearl River Central (MS) with Bell slugging the Rams’ ninth homer of the day. The state record (11) was set by Ragland in a 25-2 win over Parkway Christian in 2000. Three schools, Calera (2008), Russell County (2006), Thompson (2001) and St. Paul’s Episcopal (1999) have had seven in a game.
JACOB SMITH, TYLER O’CLAIR & JAXON BUTTERWORTH, CALERA: Fired back-to-back-back no-hitters as Calera swept Jemison 17-0, 11-0 and 19-1. Smith struck out 11 with a hit batter in the 17-0 five-inning win on March 22. O' Clair struck out 10 with two walks in the  11-0 first-game victory of a doubleheader on March 23, and Butterworth followed with a no-hitter in the following 19-1 win. He struck out nine.

IN THE CLUTCH
GARRETT WADE, HARTSELLE:
Coach William Booth’s prize prospect squared off against Loretto (TN) prospect Blake Tidwell as almost 50 college and pro baseball scouts, representing every major league team, looked on at Hartselle’s Sparkman Park last week. Both pitchers provided scouts with an old-fashioned pitching duel, each leaving the game after five innings allowing two hits and just one run. Wade struck out 13 in his five-inning stint, and Tidwell whiffed five. Loretto rallied to win the game 4-3 with neither pitcher getting the decision.
SAM THULLESEN, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Delivered the clutch game-tying hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the game with Clarke County into extra innings tied at 6-6. The Warriors, 4-0 on the week, then won in the bottom as the Warriors (14-7) when teammate Jake Williams singled in the winning run. Three of the wins were one-run victories.
BLAKE McKENNA, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Was hit by a pitch with the bass loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in the winning run as the Lions (10-3) beat Sylacauga 8-7. Down 7-5 in extra innings, the Lions scored three runs without a base hit – but did put together three walks, three hit-by-pitches and a sacrifice fly to pull out the win.
NATE REED, FLORENCE: Singled in Zane Garrett with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Falcons to a 4-3 Class 6A, Area 16 win over Hazel Green.
CADEN GRIDER, SHADES VALLEY: Doubled in the tying run to tie Pleasant Grove 4-4, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch for a 5-4 win. He also picked up the victory on the mound.
CHRISTIAN WHITE, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had a two-run homer and bases-loaded triple to drive in five runs as Central rallied from a 9-3 deficit in the fourth inning to win 10-9. The Wildcats scored five runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh.
CLAYTEN PUGH, WEST LIMESTONE: With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Pugh drove in the winning run when he was hit by a pitch as the Wildcats rallied for seven runs in the inning to overcome a 7-1 deficit in the 8-7 win a Brewer.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
DAKOTA PEEBLES, AUSTIN:
The winning pitcher collected a double, single and five RBIs at the plate as the Black Bears finished the Gulf Coast Classic Spring Break baseball tournament 7-0 with a 12-9 come-from-behind win over Boaz in the finals. Peebles hurled three innings in relief. Coach Tyler Stephenson’s Black Bears (21-5) outscored opponents 68-22 in the seven wins. In an earlier win, Collier Partain hurled a five-inning no-hitter striking out seven to beat Holtville 10-0. He only faced 16 batters with one Black Bears error marring an otherwise perfect game.
KOTY FULTON-TICE, ENTERPRISE: Hurled a four-hit shutout and struck out eight to lead the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over Thompson in the Hits for Heroes Classic played at Enterprise’s Warren Field last weekend. Nathan Light followed with a 4-0 win over South Walton (FL).
SAM MOUNCE, REHOBETH: Went 8-for-9 at the plate, including five hits in the opener, as the Rebels swept Eufaula 19-5 and 12-2. Teammate Chandler Golden was also 7-of-8 in both games. Mounce had a home run, double and three singles and drove in two runs in the first game, and three hits in the nightcap. Golden had three doubles overall and five RBIs.
BRETT URBAN, BROOKS: Led the Lions’ 16-hit attack with four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored as Brooks beat Lexington 17-7.
JOSH HALL, HOMEWOOD: Was 6-of-9 at the plate in four wins on the week with 11 stolen bases, eight runs scored, five walks and three RBIs. Teammate Jake Miller also was 6-of-10 with five runs scored and Crawford Doyle had six hits with three runs scored and four RBIs. The Patriots outscored opponents 41-6 on the week.
TUCKER RHODES, WILSON: Had four hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in seven runs as the Warriors (17-3) beat Deshler 21-6.
KENNETH ADAMS, ATHENS BIBLE: Had four hits, including two doubles, scored four runs and had six RBIs in a 7-0. 14-5 sweep of Phil Campbell.
HOUSTON EDWARDS, HOKES BLUFF: Had two hits and drove in six runs in the Eagles’ 12-0 win over Glencoe.
DALTON ROBINSON, ETOWAH: Led the Blue Devils (17-3) to a 14-10, 9-4 sweep of Benjamin Russell with three hits and two RBIs in the first game and two hits and one RBI in the second game.
DAVIS BURGIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Beat White Plains with an eight-inning 1-0 shutout as the Huskies (19-5) went 5-0 on the week. Burgin walked one and struck out nine. Hewitt also beat Central-Phenix City 11-1, Hartselle 11-0, Oxford 3-2 and John Carroll Catholic 10-0 with Ed Johnson stroking two doubles and a triple on the week to hit .533.
WILL COLLINS, HUEYTOWN: Hurled a 6-0 victory over McAdory and a 12-1 win over Milwaukee Lutheran for Hueytown (13-6). He struck out 11 versus the Jackets and eight versus the Wisconsin visitors.
COLTON LEWIS, VESTAVIA HILLS: tossed a no-hitter and struck out 12 in an 11-1 win over Spain Park.
BRAXTON CHANEY, THOMASVILLE: Hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Satsuma to complete a doubleheader sweep. He struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. The Tigers scored the winning run when Bralen Washington scored from third on a bases-loaded walk. Thomasville slugged 14 hits in a 12-5 win in the first game.
GARRET KENNEDY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Tossed a five-inning perfect game as the Warriors downed Gaston 28-0. He struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced. Kennedy also had four hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
JACOB HALL, BROOKS: Hurled a five-hitter and struck out 11 to beat Cherokee 4-0. He also collected a double at the plate.
COLE HENRY, FLORENCE: Struck out 11 to lead the Falcons to a 4-3 win over Hazel Green.
SLAYDEN SWENSON, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings and also slugged a solo homer as the Tigers nipped Lexington 4-2.
NOAH BARNETT, HACKLEBURG: Pitched a one-hitter, walked three and struck out 11 to lead the Panthers to a 13-1 win over Belgreen. He threw only 85 pitches in the seven-inning game.
JACOB McNAIRY, ATHENS: Pitched a five-hitter and struck out 13 as the Eagles beat Friendship Christian (TN) 9-0 in the Wilson Central (TN) Classic invitational tourney. He also had two hits and drove in three runs. Jack Garvin also hurled a two-hitter and struck out four in a 3-0 shutout over DeKalb County.


Four-Time State Champion Amaris Tyynismaa Leads Strong Field of All-Stars Selected for All-Star Week

MONTGOMERY – Four-time AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic headlines a strong group of distance runners named to the North-South All Star teams set to compete in the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
     A total of 40 current juniors – 10 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 in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The 2018 races will be held at Auburn University-Montgomery on Wednesday morning, July 18.
      Tyynismaa, who was chosen for the South squad, holds the AHSAA state cross country meet girls’ overall record clocking 17:03.04 as an eighth grader to win the 4A state title in 2014 at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course near Moulton. She has won the 4A title each year since but has not beaten that 2014 time. She came close last fall winning in 17:14.37 – fastest overall in all classes.
      She is one of just six girls’ runners in state history to win four AHSAA state cross country championships. Two, Holly Holman of St. Paul’s and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller, have won five and Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright, six. Savell and Holman won titles when the state meet distance was two miles.
      Selected as girls’ team coaches are Christina Rodgers of Enterprise (South) and Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley (North). North boys’ coach is Joshua Gurley of Winfield and South coach is Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian. Ron Peters of Smiths Station is the South administrative coach for both teams and Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook will serve as the North squads’ administrative coach.
     Isabella Rowland of Montgomery Academy, who finished fourth at the 3A state championships last November, and Tyynismaa’s Catholic teammate Isabelle Cochran, who was sixth in the 4A championships, were also selected for the South girls’ all-star squad. Daphne runner Nicole Luther was 10th in in the Class 6A championships.
    Among the North girls’ selections are Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria, Hannah Bloom of Huntsville and Katie Strozier of Pelham. Nunnelly was fourth in the 5A state meet last season, Bloom was ninth in the 7A race, and Strozier finished 11th in Class 6A.
     Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook, chosen to the North boys’ squad, finished eighth in the Class 7A state meet in 2017 with a 16:02.61 time – fastest of all the North runners selected. The South’s top runner is Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin, who finished one spot ahead of Harwell in the 7A state meet race at 16:01.29.
    In all, seven runners on the North squad had state-meet times of 16:47 or faster while the South squad has eight runners under 16:45.
     The North-South Cross Country race made its debut last year at the 21st annual All-Star Week with the North girls winning the team competition over the South 20-35 and the North boys winning 16-47. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen captured last year’s individual title with a 20:02.89 time. Hoover’s John McCrackin turned in the best boys’ time (17:27.81).
       The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event 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.
      The rosters:
2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country Rosters
NORTH GIRLS
Julianna Ballew. Pleasant Valley
Hannah Bloom, Huntsville
Maggie Graham, Lawrence County
Sydney Hall, Hewitt-Trussville
Haley Hughes, DAR
Anna Littleton, Mountain Brook
Mary Allen Murray, Altamont
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria
Katie Strozier, Pelham
Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville
NORTH COACHES
Brad Hood, Pleasant Valley
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)

SOUTH GIRLS
Isabelle Cochran, Montgomery Catholic
Taylor Engram, Auburn
Jill Fassl, Enterprise
Sarah Francis, Enterprise
Frieda Kickliter, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Nicole Luther, Daphne
Amindy Mullen, Demopolis
Sara Pacer, Auburn
Isabella Rowland, Montgomery Academy
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
SOUTH COACHES
Christina Rodgers, Enterprise
Ron Peters, Smiths Station

NORTH BOYS
Allan Anderson, Grissom
James Brake, Florence
Nick Ceci, Huntsville
Asher Desai, Altamont
Hunter Harwell, Mountain Brook
Blake Noah, Ohatchee
Davis Holdbrooks, Winfield
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden
Joseph Pitard, Mountain Brook
Blake Terry, Lawrence County

NORTH COACHES
Joshua Gurley, Winfield
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)

SOUTH BOYS
Cory Anthony, Wetumpka
Evan Crawford, Enterprise
Jonathan Davis, Baker
Silas Franklin, Smiths Station
Gabriel Henneberger, Enterprise
Charlie Lott, Trinity Presbyterian
Evan Rogers, Auburn
Bradley Schmidt, Bayside Academy
Caleb Smith, Mary Montgomery
Myles Stoots, Faith Academy
SOUTH COACHES
Monica Lott, Trinity Presbyterian
Ron Peters, Smiths Station



AHSADCA Announces 2018 North-South Volleyball All-Stars for All-Star Sports Week

     MONTGOMERY – The All-star squads for the 2018 North-South Volleyball competition have been expanded from 12 on each team to 15.
    The 30 outstanding current junior volleyball standouts 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 in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The volleyball all-star match will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 17. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl. The boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be at Alabama State on Wednesday, July 18, and the North-South cross country competition will be held earlier that morning on the Auburn-Montgomery campus.  The volleyball site has tentatively been set for AUM as well.     
     Kayla Woodard, who guided Addison (51-8) to the 1A state championship the last two seasons, and Chris Camper of Hoover, who led the Bucs (31-10) to the state tourney are the coaches for the North Volleyball All-Stars. Randolph’s Sue Marshall is the administrative coach.
   South coaches are Kate Wood of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Bentley Stephenson of Auburn. Wood led the Dirty Dozen (46-8) to the Class 7A state title last season. Stephenson led Auburn (23-21) to the South Super Regional. Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin is administrative coach.
     The North All-Stars posted a 3-0 win over the South at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex last summer and holds a 15-6 lead in series that was first played in 1997.
     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.
     The complete rosters are below.

2018 North-South Volleyball All-Star Team
NORTH ALL-STARS                                 POS.                           HT.
Molly Kate Atkins, Carbon Hill                     Setter                           5-5
Ellen Dunn, Mountain Brook                         Middle Hitter              5-9
Isabelle Fuell, Huntsville                                Setter                           5-8
August Gilliland, Sand Rock                          Outside Hitter             5-5
Kinsley Gregoria, Alexandria                         Libero                          5-0
Juliana Hamer, Chelsea                                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Kiara Hill, Bob Jones                                      Middle Hitter              5-9
Alexis Hyatt, Arab                                          Middle Hitter              5-8
Emma Jarrett, Bob Jones                                Outside Hitter             5-11
Catherine Klop, James Clemens                     Outside Hitter             5-6
Breylee Linder, Florence                                Setter                           5-9
Lauren Mayes, Lawrence County                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Morgan McClendon, Jasper                            Outside Hitter             5-11
Claire Sisson, Huntsville                                Outside Hitter             5-7
Victoria Walker, Wilson                                 Middle Hitter              5-10
           
NORTH COACHES
Chris Camper, Hoover
Kayla Woodard, Addison
Sue Marshall, Randol[h (Administrative)

SOUTH ALL-STARS                                  POS.                           HT.
Abigail Andrews. Baker                                 Outside Hitter             5-8
Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal              Setter                           5-6
Kayla Champion, Providence Christian         Setter                           5-3
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James                      Outside Hitter             5-9
Taylor Fontenelle, Spainish Fort                    Libero                          5-3
Lillie Fromdahl, McGill-Toolen Catholic      Setter                           5-8
Sarah Guthrie, Pelham                                    Outside Hitter             5-10    
Mikaela Grubb, Enterprise                              Outside Hitter             5-9
Aubrey Holladay. Auburn                              Middle Hitter              6-1
Aleah Kennedy, St. Paul’s Episcopal             Middle Hitter              5-11
Kenya McQuirter, McGill-Toolen Catholic   Outside Hitter             5-10
Madeline Moss, Oak Mountain                      Setter                           5-8
Leah Nielson, Oak Mountain                         Middle Hitter              6-1      
Briauna Thompson, Brewbaker Tech             Middle Hitter              6-3
Bradlie Walters, Daphne                                Setter                           5-7


NORTH COACHES
Kate Wood, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Bentley Stephenson, Auburn
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (Administrative)


Spain Park Wins Glencoe Tourney in Scorecard Playoff over Fort Payne

MONTGOMERY – Spain Park and Fort Payne high schools ended the Glencoe Invitational Golf Tourney at the RTJ Silver Lakes Golf Club last weekend in a tie with identical 313 team totals.
   Spain Park took the team title of the boys’ tourney, however, with a scorecard playoff tie breaker.
  Fort Payne sophomore Harrison Davis won low medalist with a 3-under 69 over the 18-hole competition. Spain Park junior Matt Stuart was two strokes back at 1-under 71.
   The tournament team battle grabbed the AHSAA Golf Spotlight for this week.
    Spain Park, coached by Keat Litton, also got a 77 from senior Reed Hereford.  Sophomore Dawson Garrett of Fort Payne, coached by Mark Scott, finished third overall with a 4-over 76.
    Briarwood Christian was third with a 322, and Gadsden City was fourth at 326.
    Other top golf performances reported included:
THOMAS REGAN, MUSCLE SHOALS: Shot a 1-under 71 to lead Muscle Shoals to the championship of the Brooks Invitational held at the Robert Trent Jones’s Shoals Golf Club’s Fighting Joe course. The Trojans finished with 300 team total with Sam Gargis shooting a 73 and Hunter Battles, 75. Brooks’ Justin Olive also carded a 71 with Regan winning the low medalist honors in a one-hole playoff. Hartselle totaled 308 to finish second and Brooks was third at 309 in the 16-team boys’ tourney.
JINGER HEATH, HARTSELLE: Helped the Lady Tigers of Coach Gary Orr win the Twin Bridges Kickoff Classic girls’ golf tournament with a 2-over 74. The seventh grader earned low medalist honors. Hartford won with a 250 team total. Westbrook Christian was second at 262, followed by Oak Mountain at 287. Junior Grace Narrell of Arab was second with a 76 and freshman Mikayla Dubnik of Hartselle was third with a 77. Twin Bridges Golf Club is located at Gadsden.



Grissom’s Darian Buss Ties AHSAA Fast-Pitch Record for Hits in a Game

    MONTGOMERY – Darian Buss of Grissom High School tied the AHSAA state record for hits in a single game last week going 6-for-6 in a 12-11 loss versus Central-Florence last week. Her hitting barrage thrust the senior into this week’s AHSAA Softball Spotlight.
    Hitting No. 2 in the lineup for Coach Michael Robertson’s Tigers, six collected six singles and scored two runs – highlighting a seven-run ninth-inning rally that fell short when Central came back to plate eight runs in the bottom of the inning, however, to win the game. 
    The six hits ties the AHSAA fast-pitch record held by three others. Carrie Walker of Baker had six hits in a 2004; Shakira Johnson and Tonje Willis, both of Choctaw County, tied the record with six hits each in the same game, a 23-11 win over Milly in 2014.
    The hitting performance edged out a “grand” performance by Hazel Green High School in its 11-0 win over Lawrence County. The Trojans slugged two grand-slam home runs to tie the AHSAA state single-game team record shared by four others.
  
Haven Hester slugged a grand slam in the first inning and teammate Mackenzie Newcomb slugged a game-ending grand slam in the fifth inning to close out the win. Newcomb allowed one hit and struck out five to get the pitching win.
    Hoover hit two grand slams in a 15-5 win over Pisgah in 2008. Springville socked two versus St. Clair County in a 14-2 win in 2011; Central-Florence slugged two to beat Ardmore 16-1 in that same year; and Winfield had two grand slams in a 13-0 win over Montgomery Catholic at the 2013 state tournament at Lagoon Park.


In the Clutch
LINDSAY SMITH, HAYDEN:
Tripled and scored twice in a 7-5 championship game win over Wilson to give Hayden (16-1) the TimesDaily Classic tournament title at Florence. Teammate Gracie Benton also had a triple and two runs scored for the Wildcats. Hayden also had wins over Brooks, Austin and Riverdale (TN).  Wilson (19-2) had wins over Brooks and Florence twice to reach the finals.
ASHLEY WELLINGTON, DESHLER: Slugged a walk-off grand slam to highlight a five-run rally in a 7-5 over Mars Hill Bible at the TimesDaily Classic.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Slugged two home runs and had three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Falkville.

In other top performances reported:
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Struck out 17 in a 4-0 shutout win over Pleasant Home. She collected a double at the plate.
ANNABELLE WIDRA, SPAIN PARK: Out-dueled Daphne’s MaKenna Pierce to win the championship game 1-0. Widra allowed two hits and struck out eight. Pierce allowed just one hit in the setback.
MADISON HOLTZAPFEL, THOMPSON: Tossed a no-hitter in the finals to beat Calera 5-1 for the Calera Invitational tourney title. She allowed on unearned run, one walk and struck out three.
SYDNEY SIMPSON, ETOWAH: Hurled two wins and also picked up two saves as Etowah went 4-0 to win the Etowah Invitational tourney. Kacie Byrd got the win in the finals as the Blue Devils beat Ashville 2-1. Simpson hurled the final two innings striking out three.
GEORGIA HUGHES, MONTEVALLO: Hurled two shutout wins allowing only two hits and striking out 17. She also collected five hits, including a double and homer, for six RBIs.
MOLLY COBB, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Went 3-0 with wins over Moody, Daphne and Jasper, striking out 16 and allowing no earned runs. She also hit .438 with a team high eight RBIs.
TAYLOR BRADLEY, DOTHAN: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts for the Tigers.
KENNEDY CRONAN, DAPHNE: Was 11-of-26 with four doubles, three homers and six RBIs as the Trojans (19-7) posted a 7-2 record for the week. The Trojans were 5-2 to finish second at the Oxford Spring Sting tourney. Pitcher Makenna Pierce (14-2) went 5-0 with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings. She allowed just 10 hits and no earned runs.
STEPHANIE SCHOONOVER, REHOBETH: The Rebels (16-7) of Coach Summer Chandler won six straight games to win the Dothan High/Terry Collins Memorial Tournament with Schoonover allowing no hits through four innings in the finals. She finished with a two-hitter and five strikeouts to beat Geneva 7-0.  Rehobeth won earlier games over Charles Henderson 7-3, G.W. Long 3-1, Cottonwood 16-0, G.W. Long 7-2 and Eufaula 4-2. Blake Gibson had two hits and four RBIs to lead Rehobeth’s offensive effort. The Rebels had back-to-back-to-back homers to plate seven runs in the first inning of their 9-2 win over G.W. Long.  Chasilyn Sawyers slugged a three-run blast, followed by Macie Cross and Honor Slayback with solo home runs.
BROOKLYN WALLACE, HARTSELLE: Slugged a homer and drove in five runs as Hartselle beat Elmore County in a spring break tourney game at Gulf Shores.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Collected a triple, double and single to drive in four runs in a 10-2 win over Woodville. Teammate Abby Terry also had three hits with a homer and three RBIs.
RAEGAN CLEM, WEST LIMESTONE: Had a homer and four RBIs in West Limestone’s 7-6 win over Falkville, added two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs in a 13-0 win over Cherokee and collected a double and two singles and one RBI in a 10-1 victory over Whitesburg Christian.
SHANNON CASSIDY, SHEFFIELD: Had two hits and two RBIs in the championship game to beat Covenant Christian 8-3 to win the Eagle Classic tournament. The Bulldogs
also beat Vina 12-1, Hackleburg 17-0 and Covenant Christian 5-4 to go 4-0 in the tourney.
ALLISON HAND, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had a grand slam in a 9-0 win over Belgreen and Caroline Clark socked two homers to drive in five runs in an 8-2 win over Hamilton in the Red Bay Classic tournament. Emma James also had a three-run homer in an 11-3 win over Red Bay. Colbert Heights (16-0) remained unbeaten after the three wins.
LAUREN HASKINS, THOMPSON: Had a big week with seven home runs, four doubles, and a triple as the Lady Warriors outscored seven opponents 70-6 for the week, including winning the Calera Softball Invitational. She was 18-of-27 overall and was perfect on seven stolen-base attempts.
TORIE DENKERS, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had three home runs and 10 RBIs in a win over Cullman and finished with four homers on the week.
ABBY WILLIAMS, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had three hits, including a three-run homer, and finished with five RBIs in a 14-4 win over Ashford. Twelve hitters had at least one hit for PCA.
LAKYN PRATT, ARITON: Slugged two home runs and two doubles to drive in six runs as Ariton downed Zion Chapel 20-2. Hannah Hughes also contributed a grand slam to highlight a 16-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.
GABBY STAGNER, FAITH ACADEMY: Hit a grand slam homer in the fourth inning to lead Faith Academy to an 18-0 four-inning win over St. Paul’s Episcopal. The Rams and four homers in the game with Tempest Hebert hitting two and Taylor Robinson hitting one.



Bullard Steals Home to Lift Dadeville Past Reeltown

     MONTGOMERY – Dadeville High School senior infielder Tal Bullard has been practicing stealing home all season. Last week, he put that practice to the ultimate test. Standing on third base with the game tied in the top of the eighth inning versus Reeltown, Bullard raced toward home plate as the Rebels pitcher delivered a pitch.
      The steal from third in his prep career was perfectly executed with him sliding in under the tag giving the Tigers a 6-5 lead and the win, said Dadeville Coach Kyle Caldwell. It was the first home-plate steal attempt in the 5-foot-8, 120-pound speedster’s prep career.
      Bullard told the Alexander City Outlook, “I’ve done it once or twice in practice, but it was just a chance we had to take.”
      Reeltown had tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring three runs on one hit, four walks and one hit-by-pitch. That set up the steal attempt in the top of the eighth. Dadeville retired the side in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
      The rare steal edged out a strong hitting performance last week by unbeaten Coosa Christian’s Jackson Justus, who s
lugged a bases-loaded double to clear the bases in the bottom of the first inning to tie the Conquerors’ game with Collinsville at 3-3. That jump-started Coosa Christian (14-0) to an 8-4 win.
      Collinsville scored three runs in the top of the first – the first time CCA has trailed all season. The double extended Justus’ current hitting streak to nine games. The Conquerors took the lead for good on Caiden Lipscomb’s two-RBI double in the third inning. Justus also pitched a three-hitter and struck out 13 in a 3-0 win over Cedar Bluff.
 
IN THE CLUTCH
J.R. REYNOLDS, OPELIKA: The Texas A&M signee hurled a three-hitter and struck out 10 in a 1-0 win over Saraland at the East Alabama Classic.
GARRETT WADE, HARTSELLE:
The Auburn signee struck out 17 in a 3-2 win over Class 7A Smiths Station at the East Alabama Classic.
GABE SHEPARD, FAITH ACADEMY: Pitched the final two outs to notch the save in a 3-2 win over Desoto (MS) and then picked up another save in a 2-0 victory over Westmoore (OK) at the Battle of the Beach Classic in Biloxi. He also had two doubles in the win.
JEREMY BEVIS, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Poke a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning in a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Phil Campbell. He finished with two hits and four RBIs.
JOHN RICE, UMS-WRIGHT: Slapped a two-run single in the top of the seventh to tie the game as UMS-Wright rallied for fourth runs in the inning to edge Mary Montgomery 12-11. Rice finished with four RBIs.
BRYANT DAVIES, MARBURY: Bryant Davies’ two-out bases-loaded single down the third-base line in the final inning drove in the winning run as Marbury beat Stanhope Elmore 4-3.
HOUSTON GRISSOM, DESHLER: Singled in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Tigers edged East Lawrence 9-7.
JACKSON DUKE, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had three hits, including a single to drive in the game-winning run in the Eagles’ 7-6 win over Jemison.
THOMAS FAIN, GENEVA: Capped a 10-9 comeback with a two-out double to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. The Panthers lost the first game 5-1 and trailed 6-0 in the nightcap before rallying to win.

Other outstanding performances reported include:
DYLAN McFARLAND, SARALAND: Slugged a three-run homer and two-run double for five RBIs in a 10-2 win over Hartselle at the East Alabama Classic. The Spartans (13-8) also beat defending 6A state champion Helena 12-4 thanks to Brett Nazat’s three hits and three RBIs.
RETT FILES, GULF SHORES: Hurled a one-hitter, walked one and struck out four to beat area foe Robertsdale 2-0.
ALEX MURRAY, BAKER   : Hurled a five-inning perfect game to beat Foley 12-0. He struck out three in facing the minimum 15 batters.
JONATHAN McKITT, PARK CROSSING: Struck out 16 in a seven-inning no-hitter versus Lee-Montgomery and also had three hits himself.
COLE HENRY, FLORENCE: Tossed a no-hitter to bet Haleyville 4-0. He hurled 56 strikes in 72 pitches to strike out 10 and walked none. The Falcons scored all four runs in the fifth inning.
EASTON WILLIAMSON, AUSTIN: Had two triples, scored two runs and had two RBIs as Austin downed Columbia 12-1.
DAVID BOUTWELL, SHEFFIELD: Was 4-for-4 hitting with three RBIs and two runs scored in a 13-1 win over Covenant Christian.
ALEX BURROUGHS, RED BAY: Collected four hits and scored three runs in Red Bay’s 17-9 win over Colbert County. He also had two hits and four RBIs in an 18-15 loss to Belmont.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Drove in six runs with three hits in a 17-0 win over Frank Hughes. He slugged a grand-slam homer in the win and also scored three runs. Palmer had two RBIs in a 13-0 win in the first game of the doubleheader to finish with eight RBIs.
RUDY FERNANDEZ, RUSSELLVILLE: Hurled a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Lawrence County in game one of a doubleheader sweep. Caden Parker, who drove in the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly, pitched five shutout innings in game two and Jaret Ward hurled two shutout innings as the defending Class 5A state champions beat the Red Devils again, 1-0. The Golden Tigers’ staff hurled 14 scoreless innings on the day. Noah Gist’s single in the fifth inning drove in the winning run in the winning run in game two.
ALEX NEWTON, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Had a triple in the third inning to ignite a 13-run rally as Lauderdale County beat Elkmont 14-2. Newton finished with two hits and five RBIs.
BRAYDEN BERRYMAN, HATTON: Collected a double and homer to drive in five runs as the Hornets beat East Lawrence 12-2.
DYLAN RAY, BOB JONES: Slugged his second grand slam of the season and finished with three hits and six RBIs as the Patriots (17-4) beat Brooks 11-5.He also homered in a 16-4 win over Ardmore and drove in two runs.
BRADLEY HULIN, HAZEL GREEN: The lead-off hitter had a homer and double to drive in two runs as Trojans beat Huntsville 9-3 in the first game of a twin bill sweep. Winning pitcher Isaiah Magwood allowed no earned runs and struck out six and slugged a home run and four RBIs in the 7-2 victory in the second game.
ADAM BRAGG, WESTMINTER CHRISTIAN: Slugged a grand slam in an 18-16 win over Wagoner (OK) and had a double and two RBIs in an 8-4 win over East Limestone.
JOSH HALL, HOMEWOOD: Was 9-of-14 hitting with a homer, two RBIs and 11 runs scored for the week. He also stole five bases versus John Carroll, to up his career total to 168.
RYAN TOMLIN, ARITON: Went 4-for-4 with a single, two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs as Ariton downed Abbeville 23-2. He was also hit by a pitch. The Purple Cats won game two of the doubleheader 22-0 with Maddux Herring socking a homer, triple and double and drove in five runs.
JORDAN COACHMAN, COTTONWOOD: Struck out 15 and scattered five hits as the Bears beat Ashford 8-3. Cottonwood managed seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit. Coachman also had a double and RBI single.
SCOTT ELGIN, HOOVER: Faced the minimum 21 batters in 5-0 shutout win over Cullman. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
CONNOR MILES, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 7-of-10 in a doubleheader sweep over Minor and a win over Locust Fork. He finished with nine RBIs.
DYLAN REGISTER, G.W. LONG: Hurled a one-hit shutout and struck out 10 as the Rebels beat Slocomb 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. H had two hits and an RBI and followed with a home run, double and single as G.W. Long completed the sweep winning 11-1 in game two. Matt Snell also homered in game two.
CHRIS THORNTON, EUFAULA: Went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Tigers beat Headland 14-4. He also picked up the win. Thornton added one hit and two RBIs in the second game, a 13-4 loss to the Rams.

Briarwood Extends Win Streak to 10 With Metro Tournament Championship

MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian (12-2-1) extended its current boys’ soccer winning streak to 10 in a row with a 4-0 victory over Shades Valley in th3 finals of the Metro B Division Tournament championship match.
    Hamilton Bowen earned MVP honors posting seven goals and one assist in four tourney wins.
    The Class 5A Lions, coached by Shawn Brower, opened the season 2-2-1 – giving up 10 goals in the five matches. Since then, Briarwood has outscored opponents 59-3. In the Metro tourney, the Lions outscored opponents 17-1. In addition to the win over Shades Valley, the Lions posted a 4-0 victory over Leeds, a 6-0 win over previously unbeaten McAdory and a 3-1 win over Pinson Valley.
   Hoover (12-1-3) won the Metro A division with four wins with Dylan Stern earning MVP honors. The Bucs beat Oak Mountain 1-0 in a match that went to the sudden death shootout.
   In other top performances reported:

BOYS
ISAIAH AVILA, COLLINSVILLE:
Posted five goals in a 7-2 win over Hamilton (TN) at the Baylor Invitational Tourney at Chattanooga. Collinsville (10-1-2) also tied Chattanooga Christian 2-2 and Hardin Valley Academy 3-3. Avila finished the weekend with seven goals.
PIRMIN BLATTMANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had three goals and an assist as the Spartans tied George Mason (VA) 3-3, lost 3-2 to Greeneville (TN) and beat Murfreesboro (TN) 1-0 at the Smokey Mountain Classic at Gatlinburg.
KELEN LEBLANC, ENTERPRISE: Scored four goals and teammate Sam Mazariegos added three goals and an assist in the Wildcats’ 9-1 win over Andalusia.
MARLON TAITE, WETUMPKA: Scored three first-half goals as the Indians held on for a 3-2 win over Tallassee.
IRVIN RODRIQUEZ, PELHAM: Scored two goals and had an assist as the Panthers beat Thompson to win the Border War trophy.
KELVIN TOWNSEND, WOODLAWN: The goalkeeper had 15 saves in a shutout win over Holy Family and 11 saves in a win over Shelby County. He allowed just one goal all week.


GIRLS
JAIME DROUIN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN:
Scored both goals for her team in a 2-0 win over Marbury.
SARA LYNAM, GRISSOM: Scored late on a penalty kick to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win over Hewitt-Trussville.
KAILEY LITTLEFORD, CHELSEA: Had three goals in a 5-0 win over Pelham and a goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Prattville.
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Scored four goals in a 10-0 win over Holy Family.
AUDREY MECKLENBURG, CARROLL:
Scored four goals as the Eagles beat Eufaula 10-0.


Alabama HS Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 11 into Class of 2018

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama were inducted into the 28th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday night at the banquet held at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center.
     Inducted were: (football coaches) John Mothershed, Deshler; Randy Ragsdale, Trinity Presbyterian; Jerome Tate, Loachapoka; (basketball coaches) Ricky Allen, Brewer; Obadiah Threadgill III, Notasulga; and Ed Wood, now deceased, who was elected in the “Old Timer” category from Carver-Montgomery; (volleyball coach) Ann Schilling, Bayside Academy; (baseball coaches) William Booth, Hartselle; Al Rauls, Buckhorn, who also coached softball; (administrator) Greg Brewer, AHSAA; and (official) long-time soccer official Joe Manjone.
   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, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
     Rauls delivered a poignant acceptance address for the Class of 2018, thanking those who helped guide them along the way.
    Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer emceed the banquet attended by more than 700. The Goshen High School NFHS School Broadcast Program live-streamed the banquet over NFHS Network under the guidance of Stephanie Snyder.     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 343.
     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 343.
       A profile of each inductee:      
RICKY ALLEN: Allen, 62, graduated from Brewer High School in Somerville in 1973, earned his college degree at Auburn University and then returned to Morgan County in 1977 where he remained as a teacher and coach for 34 years. He served in various assistant coaching roles at Brewer and head-coaching roles at nearby Cotaco and Union Hill junior high schools before taking over the girls’ program at Brewer in 1985.
    He became Brewer High School’s girls’ head basketball coach in 1985 where he remained through 2015. Allen compiled a 30-year record of 604-272 with one state title (Class 5A in 2012) and one state runner-up (2009). His teams reached the State Championships five times, made 15 Northwest Regional tournament appearances winning five times. His teams won 17 Morgan County championships.
    Brewer also served in various other head-coaching roles including volleyball and softball. In high school he was a member of the school’s first graduating class helping Brewer reach the state boys’ basketball tournament in 1973 for the only time in school history while averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds.
    A local church leader, he has taught Sunday School for 25 years and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
   
WILLIAM BOOTH:
Booth, 73, a veteran of 52 years in education, got a late start in coaching at Hartselle High School. However, he made up for lost time quickly. Over the last 30 years he has become the state’s all-time career wins leader for baseball, compiling a 1,025-431 record with eight state championships and three runner-up trophies. 
    He coached his first times on a field he described as a “cow pasture” and but now plays and practices at Sparkman Park, one of the finest high school facilities in the nation. He has seen 101 of his former players sign college scholarships and eight played professionally. Two, Steven Woodard and Chad Girodo, reached the major league. He was recognized by the Alabama State Senate and his hometown last May for his career achievements at a special ceremony at Sparkman Park.
     He served 10 years as a little league coach, leading teams to two state titles and one state runner-up. He graduated in 1962 from Morgan County High School and got his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from Athens State and Alabama A&M. Teaching advanced math for almost 50 years, Booth served as interim Superintendent of Education in the summer of 2017 and is now serving as assistant superintendent while continuing to coach baseball.
    

GREG BREWER:
Brewer, 61, rose from the ranks of officiating to become the AHSAA’s Director of Officials while serving as an assistant director from 1985-2016. A 1975 graduate of Bradshaw High School in Florence, he earned his college degree from the University of North Alabama in 1980 and a master from the University of Alabama in 1983.
   He began officiating with the AHSAA in 1976. While at UA he became active as a contest official rising to supervisor of intramural officials in 1982. He also served as official scorer for basketball at UA for 22 years.
   As Director of Officials with the AHSAA, Brewer served on various NFHS rules committees including serving as chairman of the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee from 2000-2006. He also served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee from 1998-2016 and also served on the NFHS Football Manual Committee and Football Rule Editorial Committee.
   An innovator who worked diligently to improve officiating in the AHSAA, he developed the AHSAA district director program, the AHSAA Pitch Count Rule for baseball, which has been lauded as one of the best in the nation, and created a sports officiating course approved by the ASDE that is now being taught in high schools that will serve as a recruiting tool to help recruit future officials.
   He also served as a Boys State staff member from 1981-92, was the NFOSA state director from 1990-2001 and was on the Jimmy Hitchcock Selection Committee for nine years.
   The NFHS honored him with the Section 3 Citation Award for his contributions in 2006 and received the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He co-founded the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation in 2016.
  
    
JOSEPH “JOE” MANJONE:
A native of Pennsylvania, Joe, 75, has served as been a soccer official for the past 58 years.  He became the AHSAA’s soccer rules interpreter in 1991, a position he still holds. His work with soccer officiating in Alabama has helped the sport flourish over the last 30 years.
   He joined the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee as the AHSAA representative in 2000 and has been the AHSAA state soccer championships officials’ coordinator since its inception in 1991.
    He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for Officiating in 2010, was selected the NFHS Sports Official Contributor of the Year in 2012 and was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013.
   A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Black Creek Township High School in 1959 and Penn State University in 1963. He earned several post-graduate degrees from Penn State and the University of Georgia. He came to Alabama in 1980 where he worked through 1996 with the University of Alabama-Huntsville as Director of Sports and Fitness. He has spent most of his professional life working in some capacity in college education and served as president of Waldorf College from 2009-11.

JOHN MOTHERSHED: Mothershed, 54, served as head football coach at Deshler High School from 1995-2013 and was athletic director from 1995-2007. His teams compiled a 201-53 record during that span. Prior to becoming head coach, he served on Coach Tandy Gereld’s staff for eight years. Gerelds was inducted into the AHSHOF last year.
   The Tigers won state titles in 1998 and 1999 under Mothershed’s direction and reached the Super 6 state finals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. His teams compiled a 49-17 playoff record in 19 appearances and was 102-13 in region games. Eleven of his teams won 10 or more games.
   A graduate of Sheffield High School (1981) and the University of North Alabama (1985), he has been active in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) serving as president in 2004 and as a vice president from 2001-03. He has been inducted into the Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame.

RANDY RAGSDALE: Ragsdale, 60, served as head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian High School in Montgomery from 1989-2017. The Wildcats compiled a 242-86 record during that span with a 45-game regular-season winning streak from 2000-05. His 2003 team won the Class 4A state championship going undefeated at 15-0.
    His teams reached the state playoffs in 25 of the 28 seasons and compiled a 116-23 region record. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach in Georgia and joined the Northview staff in Dothan in 1985.As defensive coordinator, he helped the Cougars win a state crown in 1985.
    Ragsdale coached in the 1997 and 2004 North-South All-Star Games, was head coach in 2010 and was named ASWA Coach of the Year in 2003.  He currently serves as a board member of the District 3 Fellowship of Christian Athletes and received the Herman L. Scott Distinguished Service Award in 2017 for his faith-based coaching leadership.
   He coached a team of Alabama all-stars in the Down Under Bowl in Australia in 1999 and 2000. As a player he earned All-America honors as an offensive lineman at Jacksonville State and played in the NCAA Division II championship game in 1978.
   The Rockdale County (GA) graduate attended Jacksonville State University on football scholarship graduating in 1979. He earned his masters from JSU in 1984. He and his family attend Ray Thorington Road Baptist Church.

ALVIN RAULS: Rauls, 62, has served in various capacities as a high school teacher and coach at Madison County and Huntsville city schools. As a baseball coach at he guided New Hope to the 1992 Class 3A state baseball crown and his 1990 and 1994 teams finished runner-up. With stops at Sparkman, Butler and Bob Jones, his teams won over 350 games. He moved to Buckhorn in 2007 where he has coached softball teams to more than 300 victories over the last 11 years. He guided the Lady Bucks to the state championship in 2017. He is only the second coach in AHSAA history to coach state titles in both sports.
  He coached American Legion baseball for many years winning numerous state titles.
  Rauls has also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board and Legislative Council and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control. He graduated from Monroe High School in Albany (GA) in 1972 and from Florida A&M, where he was on baseball scholarship, in 1977. 

ANN SCHILLING: Schilling, 53, who was named the NFHS National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010, has had an incredible run as head volleyball coach at Bayside Academy. Through the 2017 season, her teams have won 16 straight state championships and 23 titles overall. She has more than 1,400 wins which places her among the leaders in the nation, and has been named State Coach of the Year by the Birmingham News five times (1992, 2000, 2007, 2011, 2012.
   The founded the Eastern Shore Volleyball Club, Schilling was inducted into the Bayside Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Among her numerous honors was receiving the R.L. Lindsay Service Award for volleyball (2006), the John L. Finley Award for Superb Achievement (2004 and 2014) and the prepvolleyball.com Co-National coach of the year in 2009.
  Schilling graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in 1982 where she played volleyball for legendary coach Becky Dickinson, who is already inducted into the AHSHOF. Schilling got her college degree at Auburn in 1987.”
   She is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the AHSADCA. She is active in Christ the King Church.

JEROME TATE: Tate, 58, has spent almost his entire high school coaching career in East Central Alabama. After a one-year stint as head football coach at Keith High School in 1982-83, Tate moved to Lanett after two years as a college coach, and served the Panthers as head track coach and assistant football coach at Lanett through 1995.
   He became head football coach and athletic director at Loachapoka in 1997and remained in that capacity until he stepped down in 2017. His teams compiled a 152-98 record with four regional titles and played in the state playoffs in 17 of his 22 seasons, including 14 appearances in a row. Tate coached in the North-South All-Star Game in 1997 and 2010 and in the Alabama-Mississippi Game in 2005.
   He has been selected Opelika-Auburn News Coach of the Year, Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year, Alabama Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Alabama A&M Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
   He received a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Lanett in 1995 and a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Huntsville in 2006.
   He coached numerous players who went to excel in college and three (Josh Evans, Kenny Sander and Tracy Brooks) that played professionally. Tate graduated from Selma High School in 1977 and Alabama A&M University in 1982, where he was an outstanding collegiate player.

OBADIAH THREADGILL III:
Threadgill, 70, coached girls’ and boys’ basketball for 30 years including 22 at Notasulga High School – becoming one of the few coaches in AHSAA history to coach both teams to the state tournament. His boys won state titles in 1987 and 1992 and his girls’ team won a state title in 2001. He also coached two state runner-up teams and had nine Final Four appearances – including three in a row with his girls in 1995, 1996 and 1997. His teams combined to win more than 900 games. The gymnasium at Notasulga is named in his honor.
   He was named Class 1A State Coach of the Year for boys twice and for girls once and received six Opelika-Auburn area coach of the year awards for boys and girls.  He also had coaching stops at Tuskegee, D.C. Wolfe and Tuskegee Institute high schools.
   His family represents three generations in education and coaching with his father and mother career teachers, his brother Kenneth a teacher and coach and now his son, Obadiah IV serving as a teacher and coach at LaFayette. Obadiah, at Notasulga, and Kenneth, at Livingston, became the first brothers to coach tams to the state championship game (1992) in the same year.
   Threadgill, who served in the Army with a tour of duty in Viet Nam, graduated from Sumter County Training High School in 1965 and Tuskegee University in 1970. He completed his masters at Auburn in 1980.


EDWARD WOOD (OLD TIMER Division):
Wood, now deceased, coached at two schools in his teaching/coaching career, Marengo County (Dixons Mills) and Carver-Montgomery. Born on New Year’s Day in 1927, he was in his coaching prime when succumbed to cancer in 1980 just eight days after his 53rd birthday.
    He made an impact quickly on the students of the schools where he worked. He coached all sports at Marengo County from 1954-59 with much success in football and basketball.
   He then moved home to Montgomery become head boys’ basketball coach at Carver, where he remained until 1979. He compiled a 209-99 record from 1959-69 and finished his 13-year span with 310 wins. His teams won district championships in the AIAA from 1961-64 and reached the state tourney in ’64. When the AIAA merged with the AHSAA in 1968, Wood continued his success with a region title and trip to the state tourney in 1969’s first with all schools competing. His Wolverines also reached the state tourney four more times in the next five years.
    He recruited a young coach Dan Lewis to become his assistant coach and hand-picked Lewis to be his success when he stepped down. Lewis, credits Wood’s mentoring and example for his successes. Lewis, how retired, has already been inducted into the AHSHOF.
   The gymnasium at Carver is named in Wood’s honor.
   The Montgomery native graduated from Alabama State Laboratory School in 1945 and Alabama State University in 1954. He earned his masters from ASU in 1956. He attended Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church where he was a leader and community volunteer.


Carver Coach Edward Wood’s Impact, Legacy is Still Strong after Four Decades

                               By Bill Plott

                                                         AHSAA Historian
           Veteran Carver-Montgomery High School boys’ basketball coach Edward Wood lost his battle with cancer much too young. However, his legacy and impact still live on in his hometown of Montgomery.
           The Carver gymnasium bears his name, and students who attended the school during his tenure in the 1960s and 1970s will forever carry his memory in their hearts. And so will the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Wood is being inducted into the Hall’s Class of 2018.
          Wood attended high school at Alabama State Laboratory High School in Montgomery, graduating in 1945. He played basketball for Coach Hubert “Prof” Lockhart, a 2003 Hall of Fame inductee. Wood was named to the All-Tournament team in the 1944 AIAA state tournament.

After graduation, he moved across campus to Alabama State College where he would receive his bachelor’s degree in 1954. His college career, however, had been deferred for three years while he served in the United States Navy. He later returned to ASU again to earn a master’s degree.

His first of just two high school coaching/teaching job was at Dixon’s Mills in Marengo County where he coached and taught math. He was there from 1954-59.

In 1959 he moved back home to Carver High School in Montgomery as math teacher and coach. For the first 10 years, his teams played in the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association. His record at Carver during that period was 209-99. The 1963 team was runner-up in the state tournament. In 1968 the AIAA was merged with Alabama High School Athletic Association and he finished his career in the unified organization.

In 11 years in the AHSAA, Wood’s record was 164-114. There were five consecutive 20-plus win seasons, including four state tournament appearances.

Coach Dan Lewis, Wood’s longtime assistant and successor at Carver, said those AIAA teams were “some of the best-coached in the state.” When the merger came, Carver played in the three consecutive AHSAA state tournaments.
          Lewis further recalled: “Everything I know and have experienced with Coach Wood is positive, uplifting and inspiring. I had the rewarding opportunity to work and serve as Coach Wood’s assistant for eight years. What an honor and privilege to work under a coach who was well organized and believed in structure and organization.
           “The success I had as head coach at Carver, following Coach Wood as my mentor, enabled Carver to win back-to-back state championships in 1982 and 1983. I bestow Coach Wood a lot of credit for helping me to develop my own coaching philosophy. Coach Wood believed in developing character and discipline in the lives of every young man whom he coached. All of his team members exuded extreme character and sportsmanship.

“Coach Wood affected the lives of many young people on the west side of Montgomery. Some of the young men whose lives he touched went on to become doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, political officials, coaches and professional basketball players. I am immensely proud to have been influenced by Coach Edward L. Wood.”

Christine E. Williams and Dorothy Wright Pleasant, writing on behalf of the Class of 1965, said:

“The class of 1965 had a special relationship with Coach Edward Wood. He came to Carver in the fall of 1959, and we started seventh grade in junior high school. Therefore, the nomination journey has been a time of many reflections on Coach Wood and his lasting influence on our young lives.

“Coach had chances for advancement but turned down colleges time and time again to remain at Carver. Why? We believe the root of all his actions was his dedication to his players. His most important concern was the welfare of his players as future men in the community. Coach instilled in his players and mathematics students the values of an education, work ethic and community involvement.

“For those of us that attended Carver in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Coach Wood’s voice is still resonant. We recall many inspirational and motivational speeches he gave to the student body at pep rallies that kept us calm during the turbulent start of integration.”

Coach Wood died in 1980 at just age 54 after a four-year battle with cancer. He had already turned his coaching duties over to Lewis, his personal choice to take over the program. Lewis would go on to lead Carver to a then school record 30- and 31-win seasons. For the last 32 years, Wood’s family has awarded the Edward L. Wood Scholarship to the most outstanding Carver basketball player. In 1982 the school gymnasium was dedicated as the Edward L. Wood Gymnasium. His son Ed went on to play college basketball at Auburn University.

Another former student, U. S. Army Maj (ret) Abraham McCall Jr., was very specific about Wood’s influence in his life:

“Coach Wood became part of my life at a most pivotal point. Had it not been for the Lord, my parents and Coach Wood, I honestly don’t know where I would be. The Lord gave me grace and mercy. My parents game me my birth rights.

 “Coach Wood gave me an opportunity to attend college. He wrote, called and carried me to visit with the staff at Mississippi Valley State College for me to attend their school. For the things that he did, I am forever grateful.

“He did more than just rolling basketballs out on the court for me. He instilled those things in me that would propel me to become the person that I am today. He taught me about discipline, hard work, and sacrifice. Other things that I learned from him were leadership, commitment, service and family.

“All of the aforementioned have helped me have two long and successful careers. One was 22 years in the military, of which I retired as a field grade officer. The second career was that of public educator, of which I retired as a high school administrator. As you can see, Coach Wood gave me and others immeasurable opportunities at having a chance at success in life.”


Alabama-Mississippi Boys All-Star Game Mississippi 127, Alabama 90

   CLINTON, MS  -- Mississippi’s All-Stars jumped out to an 11-point lead by halftime and Alabama’s All-Stars never recovered as the hosts evened the 28-year series at 14 wins each with a record-setting 127-90 triumph at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
    The 127 points broke 24-year old record set by Mississippi in 1994 at the same location. The hosts won that year 123-111.
     The bright spot for Alabama, coached by Plainview’s Robi Coker and Cordova’s Heath Burns, was the play guard Jamari Blackmon, who was named Alabama’s MVP. He scored 22 points, 11 in each half, and handed out four assists. His performance couldn’t slow the Mississippi squad, however.
        Alabama was just 5-of-41 on 3-pointers but was 21-of-22 at the foul line. Blackmon was a perfect 10-of-10.  Diante Wood of Sacred Heart Catholic added 11 points, Jared Sherfield of Paul Bryant, Travarus Carroll of Huffman, Anquavious Pollard of Lanett and Jayce Willingham of Cordova had nine points each. Haleyville’s Logan Dye had eight points and seven rebounds.
       The home team led 57-46 at the half and outscored Alabama 70-44 in the second half. Everything seemed to work for Mississippi, coached by Kim Windham of Port Gibson and Darrin Chancellor of Florence.  Their team was 15-of-29 from the 3-point arc with DeAnthony Tipler sinking 5-of-9 on the way to 21 points and Mississippi MVP honors. Mississippi out-rebounded Alabama 57-4e with 6-foot-6 Garrison Wade of St. Andrews clearing 11 and Tyron Brewer of Meridian grabbing nine. Meridian guard Miles Miller was also impressive scoring 19 points, sinking five treys and handing some dazzling assists. A total of seven players cracked double figures for Mississippi.
    The win was the third in a row for Mississippi.