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Briarwood Christian, Walker Claim AHSAA Class 6A State Tennis Titles

       MOBILE – Walker High School won the boys’ Class 6A state championship, and Briarwood Christian captured the Class 6A girls’ state crown as the AHSAA State Tennis Championships concluded Friday at Mobile Tennis Center.
    Walker scored 66 points to win its first state title since 2010. Runner-up Florence had 47 and Opelika finished third with 36 in the boys’ competition. Briarwood totaled 58 points and Walker took second place with 50 in the girls’ division.  Florence was third with 45 points.
     Sophomore Chase Parker of Northview beat Nathan Wang of Shades Valley in the No. 1 singles finals 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Walker, however, sealed the boys’ championship winning three singles championships and two doubles titles.  Sophomores Tyler Banks, Ben Hicks and John Bertoldi won at No. 4 and 6 singles, respectively, for Coach Christian Matthews’ Vikings.
    Banks and Hicks also won at No. 2 doubles, Bertoldi and Eli Matthews won No. 3 doubles.  Capturing the No. 1 doubles title were Opelika’s Kevin Lazenby and Andrew Bizilia. The duo beat Dothan’s Peter Whitehurst and Jordan May in the finals, 6-3, 7-6. Whitehurst was the defending 6A singles champion.
    Northridge was named the Sportsmanship Award recipient.
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    Briarwood Christian, coached by Jeremy Mears, won two singles matches and still has senior Jud Tarence waiting to face defending Class 6A state singles champion Lilly Holmes, a Florence senior, in the No. 1 singles championship match. That match was postponed until Tuesday afternoon. It will be played at 5 p.m., at Cullman High School. Tarence had played four matches on Friday and, by state tournament rules, could not compete in a fifth match.
     Senior Frannie Ware also won at No. 4 singles for the Lions, and freshman Callie Ware won at No. 2.  Tarence and Holmes did square off in the No. 1 doubles finals Friday, however, with Holmes and Ruth Roberts giving Florence a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win. Tarence was playing with partner Kateleigh Calloway.
     The Lions already clinched the school’s first state title since 2013 prior to the final match.
     Saraland was selected the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All state tennis results can be found at http://dnn.ahsaa.com/TEMPLATES/2016GirlsClass6AStateTennisBrackets/tabid/4835/Default.aspx.

 

AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 6A Final Results

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Briarwood Christian 58; Walker 50; Florence 45; Northridge 40; Decatur 33; Cullman 29; Saraland 22; Albertville 17; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 14; Northview 10; Homewood 7; Opelika 4; Gulf Shores 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Saraland.

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes, Florence  vs. Jud Tarence, Briarwood Christian, postponed until Tuesday, 5 p.m., at Cullman HS.
No. 2 – Callie Ware, Briarwood d. Emily Overbee, Decatur, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 –Olivia Hayes, Walker d. Izzy Nolan, Northridge, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 4 – Frannie Ware, Briarwood Christian d. Mary Ann Wolfe, Walker, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 5 – Emily, Graves, Cullman d. Katelyn Bussey, Briarwood Christian, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4.
No. 6 – Edy Smith, Florence d. Alyssia Steed, Saraland, 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Lilly Holmes/Ruth Roberts, Florence d. Jud Tarence/Kateleigh Calloway, Briarwood Christian, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 – Beverly Fite/Anna Katherine Layton, Decatur d. Natalie Bleazard/Holley Beth Spivy, Walker, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 3 – Kelsi Wilson/Kenna Eldridge, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa d. Mary Ann Wolfe/Shanna Watt, Walker, 6-1, 6-2.

CLASS 6A BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Walker 66; Walker 47; Opelika 36; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 33; Cullman 31; Briarwood Christian 27; Dothan 24; Spanish Fort 24; Saraland 17; Gulf Shores 10; Austin 6; Muscle Shoals 6; Albertville 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Northridge.

CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Chase Parker, Northview d. Nathan Wang, Shades Valley, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 – Adam Self, Spanish Fort d. Connor Borresen, Cullman, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 – Tyler Banks, Walker d. Nikhii Boorgu, Florence, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 4 – Ben Hicks, Walker d. Christian Ragsdale, Briarwood Christian, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 5 – Noah Davis, Florence d. Tag Shaw, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 6 – John Bertoldi, Walker d. Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Kevin Lazenby/Andrew Bizilia, Opelika d. Peter Whitehurst/Jordan May, Dothan, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 2 – Tyler Banks/Ben Hicks, Walker d. Scott Carpenter/Connor Pruett, Opelika, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 3 – Eli Matthews/John Bertoldi, Walker d. Noah Davis/Jach Ruserlyan, Florence, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.


Montgomery Academy Captures AHSAA 1A/3A Boys & Girls State Tennis Championships

      MONTGOMERY  – Montgomery Academy’s boys won its sixth straight state tennis championship and the Montgomery Academy girls won its eighth title in the last nine seasons as the Eagles swept the AHSAA Class 1A/3A state tennis championships concluded Wednesday at Lagoon Park.
     Coach David Bethea’s boys won five of the six singles championships and all three doubles titles to post 61 points. Runner-up Altamont had 26, American Christian and Houston Academy tied for third with 21 each.
     Senior Bo Torbert won the No. 1 singles championship for the third year in a row. He beat John David Shealy of American Christian 6-0, 6-0 in the finals Wednesday and also joined his younger brother James Torbert to win the No. 1 doubles title over Madison Academy’s Dylan Young and Thomas Lambdin, 7-6, 6-1.  Janes, a freshman, also won at No. 2 singles.
     Other singles winners included Allen Millsap, Wyatt Davidson and William Robertson, at 4, 5 and 6, respectively, for MA.  Dylan Fullilove of Altamont prevented a complete sweep winning the No. 3 singles title over Robert Dunlap of Houston Academy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
     Westbrook Christian was selected the boys’ Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Montgomery Academy Girls Win 8th Title in Last 9 Years
     Montgomery Academy’s Lady Eagles scored 56 points, winning two singles winners and won all three doubles championships to take the title. Bayside Academy, which won the other four singles championships, was second with 40 points and Decatur Heritage finished third with 23.
     MA, coached by Fairlie Herron and Tommy Traylor, won the No. 4 singles championship with senior Lucy Massey beating Kristen Cates of Westminster-Oak Mountain 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the finals. Freshman Shelby Slawson won the No. 6 singles. Elizabeth Robertson and Holland Griffin downed Abby Tubbs and Lizzie Bishop of Decatur Heritage in the No. 1 doubles finals 6-2, 6-4.   Kate Dockery and Massey won No. 2 doubles, and Sellers McConnell joined Martha Earnest to take the No. 3 doubles crown.
       Abby Warner of Bayside won the No. 1 singles championship beating Erin Young of Madison Academy 6-1, 6-0.  Kida Ferrari, Evelyn Pickett and Mary Catherine Branyon also won singles in the No. 2, 3 and 5 slots. 
  Altamont was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All completed tennis results can be found at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Tennis/2016-State-Tennis-Tournament-Brackets.

 

AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 1A/3A Final Results

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Montgomery Academy 56; Bayside Academy 40; Decatur Heritage 23; Shoals Christian 12; Donoho 11; Westminster-Oak Mountain 9; Altamont 6; American Christian 6; Madison Academy 4.
Sportsmanship winner: Altamont.

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Abby Warner, Bayside Academy d. Erin Young, Madison Academy, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 – Kida Ferrari, Bayside Academy d. Karleigh Cross, Shoals Christian, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 – Evelyn Pickett, Bayside Academy d. Kate Dockery, Montgomery Academy, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
No. 4 – Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Kristen Cates, Westminster, OM, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
No. 5 – Mary Catherine Branyon, Bayside Academy d. Sellers McConnell, Montgomery Academy, 7-6, 6-0.
No. 6 – Shelby Slawson, Montgomery Academy d. Annamarie Woodfin, Donoho, 7-6, 6-4.

Doubles
No. 1 –
Elizabeth Robertson/Holland Griffin, Montgomery Academy d. Abby Tubbs/Lizzie Bishop, Decatur Heritage, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 – Kate Dockery/Lucy Massey, Montgomery Academy d. Brooklyn Parker/Lida Orr, Decatur Heritage, 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
No. 3 – Sellers McConnell/Martha Earnest, Montgomery Academy d. Avery Bowman/Baily Founds, Decatur Heritage, 6-1, 6-1.

CLASS 1A/3A BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Montgomery Academy 61; Altamont 26; American Christian 21; Houston Academy 21; Donoho 18; Madison Academy 8; Westbrook Christian 3.
Sportsmanship winner: Westbrook Christian.

CLASS 1A/3A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Bo Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. John David Shealy, American Christian, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 – James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Braden Reed, Houston Academy, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 3 – Dylan Fullilove, Altamont d. Robert Dunlap, Houston Academy, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
No. 4 – Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. Arjun Lakhanpal, Altamont, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 5 – Wyatt Davidson, Montgomery Academy d. Gray Hanley, Donoho, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 6 – William Robertson, Montgomery Academy d. Mac Lidikay, Altamont, 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Bo Torbert/James Torbert, Montgomery Academy d. Dylan Young/Thomas Lambdin, Madison Academy, 7-6, 6-1.
No. 2 – Clayton Muller/Allen Millsap, Montgomery Academy d. David Hudson/Cooper Montgomery, Donoho, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 – Wyatt Davidson/Camp Spain, Montgomery Academy d. Clark Thomason/Connor Quit, American Christian, 6-0, 6-2.


Russellville’s Eli Hodges Shoots Record-Tying 62 to Lead Tigers to Section Golf Title

     Russellville senior Eli Hodges shot an AHSAA record-tying 62 Monday at Cullman’s Chelsey Oaks Golf Course to lead the Golden Tigers to the Class 5A, Section 4 boys’ golf championship. Hodges, who is heading to the University of North Alabama next fall, shot 32 on the front nine and 30 on the back nine – registering eight birdies and one eagle, which came on the par 4 11th hole.
     Coach Ryan Brewer’s team finished 4-under 280 on the par-71 course.  Senior Joshua Seal also shot 2-under 69, seventh grader Eric Boutwell had a 73 and senior Triston Tubb shot a 76 to round out the top four scores for Russellville.
      Hodges’ 62 tied the record round set by J.M. O’Toole of Pinson Valley in 2011 during the regular season. Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s and Glenn Northcutt of Houston Academy carded rounds of 63 in 2012 and 2004, respectively.
     Guntersville finished second at 295, followed by Fairview (318) and Douglas (324).
     Douglas’ Anthony Lumpkin turned in a 4-under 67, and Guntersville’s Morton Holcomb and Reagan Harrell carded 71 and 73, respectively. The top four teams and next four individual golfers advance to the sub-state tournament next week.
     In other boys’ section golf action reported to the AHSAA this week:
CLASS 7A, SECTION 1: John Racciatti’s 3-under 69 led McGill-Toolen to a 295 total and the Section 1 championship. Brent Wright also shot a 73 for the Yellow Jackets. Fairhope was second at 308. Jack Henson of Fairhope and J. Michael Riley of Davidson also shot 75’s.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 2: Auburn won the Section 2 team competition with a 297 total.  Enterprise was second at 328.  Low medalist honors were shared by Connor Newton and David Baker of Coach Billy Ramsay’s winning Tigers.   Addison Nix also had a 2-over 74. Branson Francisco carded a 79 for the Wildcats’ best score.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 3: Conley Miller carded a 75 to lead Spain Park to the section team title by one stroke over Vestavia Hills. The Jaguars totaled 310 with Reed Hereford shooting 77, and Landon Conner shooting 78.  Vestavia Hills shot a team 311 with Chris Hughes carding the best round of the day, an even par 72.
    Harlon Winn of Mountain Brook and Harrison Mink of Oak Mountain each shot a 75.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 4: 
Grissom won the section title with a team 287 with Ryan Rutherford shooting a 68 to lead Coach Jake Moran’s Tigers. Brendan Keller also had a 71, Chase McClelland, 72, and John Kramer, 76.  Huntsville was second at 304. Wesley Clemons and James Buchanan each carded a 75 for the Panthers. Bob Jones’ Austin Chandler shot a 72 to round out the top scorers.
CLASS 6A, SECTION 3: Homewood won the team championship with a 4-over 292 team total.  Connor Doyal shot a 4-under 68 for Coach Keat Litton’s Patriots. Jack Goldasich added a 73, Jack Poole, 75, and Ben Harris, 76. 
     John Carroll Catholic was second at 309, Northridge followed at 322, and Walker was fourth at 334.  Trey Rose of Northridge earned low medalist honors with a 5-under 67. Nick Welden of John Carroll shot a 73 and Chase Williams of Walker, 74.
CLASS 6A, SECTION 2: Pell City won the team championship with a 315 total. Benjamin Russell was second at 332, Chilton County (352) was third and Pinson Valley (355), fourth.  Tucker Wilder shot a 2-over 74 for the winning Panthers to earn low medalist.  Turner Wilder also had a 78, and Logan Bowman had a 79 for Coach Wayne Lee’s team.
    Sawyer Scott of Benjamin Russell and Pinson Valley’s John Dobbs also carded 79.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 1: St. Paul’s Episcopal took first place and Alabama Christian was second. No individual results were received.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 3: Etowah won the team competition with a 333 total.   Tee Brown led the Blue Devils with an 80.
     Mortimer Jordan was second at 338, Hayden followed at 345 and Sylacauga was fourth with a 348.   Low medalist honors belonged to Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan, who shot a 6-under 66. Sylacauga’s Hayden Simpkins was second over with a 77.
CLASS 4A, SECTION 3: White Plains shot a team 315 to win the Section 3 championship at Silver Lakes Golf Club. Oneonta shot a 326 to finish second and DAR was third at 365, finishing just one stroke ahead of fourth-place Hokes Bluff (366).
     Layton Bussey’s 74 was the best single round overall. Coleman Hayes also had a 78 for White Plains.  Will Patrick of Oneonta also shot a 75, Matt Johnson of North Jackson carded 77 and Easton Jones of DAR had a 78.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 1: Bayside Academy’s William Buhl fired an 8-under 64 to lead the Admirals to the section team championship. Coach Mark Lasseter’s team shot 316 to win by 36 strokes over Montgomery Academy (352). T.R. Miller was third at 357 and Opp shot 371. Buhl’s 64 tied for third lowest score on record in the AHSAA.
      Henry Wise also shot 79 for Bayside. 
CLASS 3A, SECTION 2:
Indian Springs shot a 301 to win the section title by 47 strokes over runner-up Susan Moore (348).  Indian Springs junior Varun Yerramsetti was low medalist with a 71.  Chandler Pulliam added a 73 and Hal Rogers, a 76. Dawson Faust of Holly Pond shot 77.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 3: Westbrook Christian shot a 2-over 290 to win the team title. Junior J.H. Cantanzaro led the Warriors of Coach Misti Fairchild with a 3-under 69 at the Silver Lakes Golf Course to earn low medalist. Freshman William Weatherington also shot 71, Harrison Martin and Jackson Bowman, 75 each for Westbrook.
    Glencoe was runner-up at 303 with Jackson Sims shooting a 1-under 71. Geraldine, third at 334, was led by Logan Forrester’s 73.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 4:
West Morgan shot a 311 to claim the Section 4 championship. Brindlee Mountain was second at 375, followed by Madison Academy (380) and Lauderdale County (391).
     Dakota Terry’s 5-under 67 led West Morgan and earned low medalist honors.   Dalton Lindsey also had a 78 for Coach Samuel Wallace’s team.
     Clements’ Matt Smith had the second best round shooting 74.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 2: Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa scored a 346 total to win the section championship.  Nick Shore led the Titans with a 76, followed by Ben Dever’s 79.   Altamont’s Mitch Hungerpiller shot 77 to help the Knights (353) claim runner-up. Cleveland was third and West End fourth.
    Jacob Wigington of Shades Mountain Christian also shot a 77 to lead the individual qualifiers advancing to the sub-state round next week.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 3:
Donoho shot a 309 and Fyffe had a 354 to finish 1-2 in the team scoring.  Section was third.   Jacob LeCroy of Donoho was low medalist with a 2-under 70. Teammate Ross Swann had a 76 and Fyffe’s Chad Gray also shot a 76.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 4: Decatur Heritage’s John Reese Hamn fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Eagles to the Section 4 title. Coach John LeBlanc’s team shot 297 to win by 29 strokes over runner-up Mars Hill Bible.  Mac Murphy also shot a 72 and Sam Murphy 74 for Decatur Heritage.
     Cody Maddox shot even-par 72 to spark Marion County to a third-place finish (336).  Ike Alexander paced second-place Mars Hill with a 74, and teammate John Moody carded a 75.


Huntsville’s Girls Shoot a Record 3-Under 213 To win the 6A/7A Section 4 Golf Title

      Huntsville High School’s girls’ golf team shot a 3-under par 213 at the AHSAA Class 6A/7A Section 4 golf tournament held at Canebrake Golf Course in Athens Monday to capture the section title. The team advances to sub-state play May 2 at Birmingham’s Highland Park Golf Course.
      The sub-par total for Huntsville is the lowest total reported on record in section play history.
      Muscle Shoals finished second with a 15-over 231 total and Athens, third, at 236.
     Coach Clifford Pate’s Panthers were led by eighth grader and defending Class 6A/7A state champion Michaela Morard, who fired a 3-under 69 for the 18-hole competition. Fellow eighth grader Sarah Utley and senior Emily Lankford each carded an even par 72.
    Micheala Williams of Athens shot a 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors for the 62-player field. Fort Payne duo Ella Kate Patterson and Alexis Chambers each shot a 1-under 71. Ally Williams of Athens and Stephanie Whitman of Sparkman also carded 3-over 75’s.
   In other AHSAA Section golf action reported to the AHSAA this week:
CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 1: Senior Virginia Green shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors helping Fairhope claim the Section 1 golf championship. Kate Dean also had an 84 and Mary Harris, 85, as the Pirates finished at 240 – 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Enterprise (265). Spanish Fort, led by Amelia Bjuro’s 5-over 77, was third at 266.

CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 2: Hoover posted a 10-over 226 Monday to win the Section 2 team championship.  Mychael O’Berry led the Lady Bucs with a 2-under 70 over the 18-hole round. Julie Baker also shot a 77 and Carson McKie, 79 for Coach Lori Elgin’s team.
     Spain Park was second at 237 and Auburn was third at 261. Caroline Waldrop led the Jaguars with a 72, and Julian Susce shot a 77.   Cailyn Hyun of Auburn also shot a 78.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 2: Helena shot a 276 to win the section championship. Sylacauga was second at 277 and Curry, third with a 349 total.   Northside’s Karlee Allen shot 70 for the meet’s low score. Grayson Gladden of Helena was second with a 74, and Erika Allen of Northside shot a 79 to round out the top individual scores.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 3: White Plains won the section title with a 2-over 218.   Layne Dyar shot a 71, Hanna Dyar, 72, and Morgan Pickett, 75, for the winning Wildcats.  Alexandria was second at 258 and Fairview finished third with a 267.
     Leeds’ Robyn Blakey also shot a 78 to advance to sub-state for the Green Wave.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 4:  Russellville’s girls, coached by Deedra Moore, won the team competition with a 259 total. St. John Paul II was second with 281 and Deshler, third, at 284.   Anna Fassnacht of Brooks was low medalist with a 3-under 69.  Shelby Tacon of Madison County was second at 76.
   Leading Russellville was Ashton Moore’s 82. Kaylee Bryant of Deshler also shot an 82.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 3: Westbrook Christian shot a 257 to win the Class 1A-3A Section 3 girls’ title at Silver Lakes Golf Club.   Chloe Borders of Jacksonville Christian was low medalist with an 83.  Lauren Cole of Glencoe edged Ellie Porter of Westbrook for runner-up in a sudden death playoff parring on the first hole. Porter had a bogey. Both shot 83.
     Piedmont was second at 384 and Pleasant Valley was third.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 4: Clements won the team title with a 361.  Makayla Browning’s 107 led the Lady Colts.   Hannah Pope of Mars Hill Bible was the low medalist shooting a 1-over 73, and Anna Seahorn of Red Bay was second with an 81.


UMS-Wright Sweeps Class 4A-5A State Tennis Championships

       MOBILE  – UMS-Wright High School’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams each won a state championship Wednesday as the AHSAA Class 4A/5A state tennis championships concluded at the Mobile Tennis Center.
       The sweep was the eighth straight for the school – with Coach Meridy Jones’ girls and Coach Rick Cleveland’s boys claiming state titles each year since 2009. The tournament was scheduled to conclude Tuesday afternoon but the boys’ and girls’ No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles finals were played Wednesday.
       The Bulldogs scored 74 points sweeping four singles championships in the boys’ competition and captured the No. 1 doubles competition. Trinity Presbyterian finished second with 56 points and LAMP was third with 34.
      Winning singles titles were seniors Nicholas Anez (No. 1) and Clay Baker (No. 2), sophomore Patrick Kraver (No. 3) and junior Patrick McGowin (No. 4).  Anez, who beat Trinity senior Tyler Vermillion in the singles finals 6-0, 6-1, teamed with Kraver to win the No. 1 doubles title over Vermillion and Charlie Trotman, 6-3, 6-4.
     Sylacauga was selected the Sportsmanship Award recipient.

UMS-Wright Girls Win 5 Singles Titles
     UMS-Wright won five of six singles championships to score 75 points and runner-up Saint James had 54 in the girls’ competition.  St. Paul’s Episcopal was a close third with 52 points and LAMP had 36.
     Claiming the No. 1 singles championship for the Lady Bulldogs was freshman Audrey Sewell, who beat St. Paul’s senior Ann Mason Hunter, 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday morning. Also winning singles titles for UMS were seventh grader Tianna Dixon (No. 2), freshman Martha Williams (No. 3), sophomores Adelaide Bell (No. 5) and Anne Harvey (No. 6).  Sewell and Dixon won the No. 1 doubles title over Saint James senior Clayton Waring and freshman Bea Richardson, winning 6-3, 6-2 in the final match of the tournament Wednesday afternoon. 
    Sylacauga was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the girls’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All completed tennis results can be found at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Tennis/2016-State-Tennis-Tournament-Brackets.

 

AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 4A/5A Final Results

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
UMS-Wright 75; Saint James 54; St. Paul’s Episcopal 52; LAMP 36; Sylacauga 25; Randolph 23; Sardis 22; Deshler 17; Boaz 10; Oneonta 9; Helena 8; Corner 6; Brooks 4; West Point 3.
Sportsmanship winner: Helena.

CLASS 4A-5A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Audrey Sewell, UMS-Wright vs. Ann Mason Hunter, St. Paul’s, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 – Tianna Dixon, UMS-Wright d. Seline Morrisette, St. Paul’s, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3 – Martha Williams, UMS-Wright d. Monnie Slaton, St. Paul’s, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 4 – Frances Case, St. Paul’s d. Ellen Williams, UMS-Wright, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 5 – Adelaide Bell, UMS-Wright d. Bea Richardson, Saint James, 7-5, 6-1.
No. 6 – Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright d. Sue Richardson, Saint James, 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Audrey Sewell/Tianna Dixon, UMS-Wright vs. Clayton Waring/Bea Richardson, Saint James, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 – Ella Skier/Chloe Miramontes, Saint James d. Minhee Jeon/Harmony Frye, LAMP, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.
No. 3 – Monnie Slaton/Glenn Case, St. Paul’s d. Adelaide Bell/Anne Harvey, UMS-Wright, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

CLASS 4A/5A BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
UMS-Wright 74; Trinity Presbyterian 56; LAMP 34; Randolph 31; Russellville 30; Fayette County 21; St. Paul’s Episcopal 20; Guntersville 18; Sylacauga 17; Helena 12; Brewbaker Tech 11; West Point 11; Douglas 10; Jacksonville 6; Mortimer Jordan 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Sylacauga.

CLASS 4A/5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Nicholas Anez, UMS-Wright d. Tyler Vermillion, Trinity, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 – Clay Baker, UMS-Wright d. Jaemin Kim, LAMP, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 – Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wright d. Jack Citrin, St. Paul’s, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 – Patrick McGowin, UMS-Wright d. Porter Simpler, Trinity, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 5 – Joshua Kim, LAMP d. Peter Van Lingen, UMS-Wright, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
No. 6 – Kasey Collazo, LAMP d. Porter James, Russellville, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Nicholas Anez/Patrick Kraver, UMS-Wright d. Tyler Vermillion/Charlie Trotman, Trinity, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 – Jake Williams/Levi Hargett, Russellville d. Peter Van Lingen/Johann Phann, UMS-Wright, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6.
No. 3 – Max Williams/Joppa Pendley, Trinity d. Sean Davis/Dominick Lioce, Randolph, 6-2, 6-0.


Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills Win Class 7A Tennis Championships

       DECATUR – Vestavia Hills edged out Mountain Brook 42-40 to capture the AHSAA Class 7A girls’ state tennis championship Tuesday, and Mountain Brook High School’s boys’ captured the boys’ 7A title as the 7A State Championships concluded at Decatur’s Almon Tennis Center at Point Mallard.
      Vestavia Hills’ girls, coached by Shelley Sumner , posted three singles wins and one doubles victory in the finals to nip Mountain Brook 42-40. The Spartans had two singles champions and one doubles winner.  Huntsville was third with 29.
       Winning singles titles for Vestavia Hills were Georgia Moros at No. 3, Maggie Nelson at No. 5 and Harper Anderson at No. 6.  Moros, a junior, and Nelson won the No. 3 doubles and seniors Haley Harmon and Hannah Nelson fell in the No. 1 doubles finals to Daryn Ellison and Sidney Ellison of Spain Park.
      Freshman Margaret Polk paced the Lady Spartans winning the No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Fairhope sophomore Caroline Adams in the finals.  
     Fairhope was selected the 7A Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Mountain Brook Boys Dominate
     Mountain Brook’s boys, coached by Susan Farlow, rolled to four singles state titles and swept all three doubles finals to post 53 points as the Spartans won for a state boys title for the 27th time -- an AHSAA record. McGill-Toolen was second with 22, followed by Enterprise with 20 and Spain Park, 18.
     Bob Jones senior Vincent Rettke closed out his prep career with his second straight Class 7A state singles title. Rettke beat Fairhope freshman Will Dodson 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles finals. 
     Junior David Faulkner won the No. 2 singles championship for Mountain Brook winning 6-1, 7-5 over McGill-Toolen’s Hallet Green. Seniors Yates Jackson, Seth Cohen and Leo Styslinger also won 3, 5 and 6 singles, respectively, for the Spartans.
    Peter Hartman and Jackson won the No. 1 singles title, Faulkner and Paul Jones won No. 2 doubles, Chase Robinett and Andrew Karcher, No. 3 doubles for Mountain Brook.
    McGill-Toolen was the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the boys’ division.
    Complete finals results are below. All results can be found at www.ahsaa.com for Class 7A and Class 1A-3A, which got underway Tuesday at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

AHSAA Tennis Championships
Class 7A Final Results

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ TEAM SCORING
Vestavia Hills 42; Mountain Brook 40; Huntsville 29; McGill-Toolen 14; Spain Park 12; Auburn 7; Enterprise 4; Fairhope 3, Bob Jones 2.
Sportsmanship winner: Fairhope.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Margaret Polk, Mountain Brook d. Caroline Adams, Fairhope, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 – Ashley Cooks, Huntsville d. Sarah Cooper, Mountain Brook, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
No. 3 – Georgia Moros, Vestavia Hills d. Hallet DeMouy, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 – Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Sage Ellis, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 5 – Maggie Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Morgan Jenkins, Mountain Brook, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 6 – Harper Anderson, Vestavia Hills d. Laura Walker, Huntsville, 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Daryn Ellison/Sidney Ellison, Spain Park d. Haley Harmon/Hannah Nelson, Vestavia Hills, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 2 – Sarah Cooper/Cele Sullivan, Mountain Brook d. Hallet DeMouy/Helen Ann Cornell, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 – Georgia Moros/Maggie Nelson, Vestavia Hills d. Claudia Stephens/Emily Felix, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-1.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ TEAM SCORING
Mountain Brook 53; McGill-Toolen 22; Enterprise 20; Spain Park 18; Huntsville 17; Bob Joes 8; James Clemens 6; Fairhope 6; Auburn 5; Oak Mountain 4.
Sportsmanship winner: McGill-Toolen.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Singles
No. 1 –
Vincent Rettke, Bob Jones d. Will Dotson, Fairhope, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 – David Faulkner, Mountain Brook d. Hallet Green, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 3 – Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Connor Coots, Huntsville, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 – Connor Coleman, Spain Park d. Brett Blackburn, Enterprise, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 5 – Seth Cohen, Mountain Brook d. Jeffery Schock, McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6 – Leo Styslinger, Mountain Brook d. Ryan Stafford, Spain Park, 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles
No. 1 –
Peter Hartman/Yates Jackson, Mountain Brook d. Jachym Bezouska/ Ethan Forbes, Huntsville, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 – David Faulkner/Paul Jones, Mountain Brook d. Christopher Scherzburg/Evan Pruett, Enterprise, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 – Chase Robinett/Andrew Karcher, Mountain Brook d. Connor Coleman/Sam Johnson, Spain Park, 6-1, 6-0.


Huntsville’s Girls Shoot a Record 3-Under To win the 6A/7A Section 4 Golf Title

      Huntsville High School’s girls’ golf team s shot a 3-under par 213 at the AHSAA Class 6A/7A Section 4 golf tournament held at Canebrake Golf Course in Athens Monday to capture the section title. The team advances to sub-state play May 2 at Birmingham’s Highland Park Golf Course.
      The sub-par total for Huntsville is the lowest total reported on record in section play history.
Muscle Shoals finished second with a 15-over 231 total and Athens, third, at 236.
     Coach Clifford Pate’s Panthers were led by eighth grader and defending Class 6A/7A state champion Michaela Morard, who fired a 3-under 69 for the 18-hole competition. Fellow eighth grader Sarah Utley and senior Emily Lankford each carded an even par 72.
    Micheala Williams of Athens shot a 4-undrr 68 to earn low medalist honors for the 62-player field. Fort Payne duo Ella Kate Patterson and Alexis Chambers each shot a 1-under 71. Ally Williams of Athens and Stephanie Whitman of Sparkman also carded 3-over 75’s.
   In other AHSAA Section golf action Monday:
CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 1: Senior Virginia Green shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors helping Fairhope claim the Section 1 golf championship. Kate Dean also had an 84 and Mary Harris, 85, as the Pirates finished at 240 – 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Enterprise (265). Spanish Fort, led by Amelia Bjuro’s 5-over 77, was third at 266.

CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 2: Hoover posted a 10-over 226 Monday to win the Section 2 team championship at Section 2.  Mychael O’Berry led the Lady Bucs with a 2-under 70 over the 18-hole round. Julie Baker also shot a 77 and Carson McKie, 79 for Coach Lori Elgin’s team.
     Spain Park was second at 237 and Auburn was third at 261. Caroline Waldrop led the Jaguars with a 72, and Julian Susce shot a 77.   Cailyn Hyun of Auburn also shot a 78.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 4:  Russellville’s girls, coached by Deedra Moore, won the team competition with a 259 total. St. John Paul II was second with 281 and Deshler, third, at 284.   Anna Fassnacht of Brooks was low medalist with a 3-under 69.  Shelby Tacon of Madison County was second at 76.
   Leading Russellville was Ashton Moore’s 82. Kaylee Bryant of Deshler also shot an 82.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 4: Clements won the team title with a 361.  Makayla Browning’s 107 led the Lady Colts.   Hannah Pope of Mars Hill Bible was the low medalist shooting a 1-over 73, and Anna Seahorn of Red Bay was second with an 81.

BOYS
CLASS 7A, SECTION 1:
John Racciatti’s 3-under 69 led McGill-Toolen to a 295 total and the Section 1 championship. Brent Wright also shot a 73 for the Yellow Jackets. Fairhope was second at 308. Jack Henson of Fairhope and J. Michael Riley of Davidson also shot 75’s.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 2: Auburn won the Section 2 team competition with a 297 total.  Enterprise was second at 328.  Low medalist honors were shared by Connor Newton and David Baker of Coach Billy Ramsay’s winning Tigers.   Addison Nix also had a 2-over 74. Brason Francisco carded a 79 for the Wildcats’ best score.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 1: St. Paul’s Episcopal took first place and Alabama Christian was second. No individual results were received.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 3: Etowah won the team competition with a 333 total.   Tee Brown led the Blue Devils with an 80.
     Mortimer Jordan was second at 338, Hayden followed at 345 and Sylacauga was fourth with a 348.   Low medalist honors belonged to Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan, who shot a 6-under 66. Sylacauga’s Hayden Simpkins was second over with a 77.
    CLASS 4A, SECTION 3: White Plains shot a team 315 to win the Section 3 championship at Silver Lakes Golf Club.     Oneonta shot a 326 to finish second and DAR was third at 365, finishing just one stroke ahead of fourth-place Hokes Bluff (366).
     Layton Bussey’s 74 was the best single round overall. Coleman Hayes also had a 78 for White Plains.  Will Patrick of Oneonta also shot a 75, Matt Johnson of North Jackson carded 77 and Easton Jones of DAR had a 78.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 4: Decatur Heritage’s John Reese Hamn fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Eagles to the Section 4 title. Coach John LeBlanc’s team shot 297 to win by 29 strokes over runner-up Mars Hill Bible.  Mac Murphy also shot a 72 and Sam Murphy 74 for Decatur Heritage.
     Cody Maddox shot even-par 72 to spark Marion County to a third-place finish (336).  Ike Alexander paced second-place Mars Hill with a 74, and teammate John Moody carded a 75.

AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach Bobby Beckett

 

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of Cherokee County High School coach Bobby Beckett, 75, who died April 13. Mr. Beckett was inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame in in 2009.
     He is survived by his wife of 52 years Peggy. His son Alan Beckett also followed his dad into coaching.
      “We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Coach Beckett,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and with his extended coaching family in Alabama, especially Cherokee County.”
      Coach Beckett, a graduate of Winterboro High School, began his career as a head coach in 1971 at Ragland High School. He moved to Cherokee County High School in 1975 where he served as an assistant football coach until 1991. While serving as defensive coordinator in 1985, the Warriors finished as 4A state runners-up.
       Coach Beckett later became the head football coach at CCHS and led the team to an area championship in 1998. He served as the head baseball coach at CCHS from 1976 until 1990 where he won back-to-back state championships in 1980 and 1981 and directed Ragland to a runner-up finish in 1971. His overall baseball coaching record was 218-98.The baseball field at Cherokee County was also named in his honor.
    He started both the girls’ basketball program at CCHS and the baseball program at Gaylesville High School. During his coaching tenure in the state of Alabama, Coach Beckett coached in four state championship games in two different sports.
    A proud military veteran
who served a tour in Vietnam from 1967-68, he also had teaching/coaching stops at Collinsville, Gadsden, West Jefferson and Chattooga high schools.
veteran and served in 1967-68.

     His funeral service was April 15. Memorials may be made to the Centre First Methodist Church and American Cancer Society.


2016 North-South Softball & Baseball All-Star Teams Announced

MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2016 North-South boys’ baseball games and the North-South girls’ softball contests have been selected.
     A total of 72 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 18-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South baseball doubleheader will be at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday, July 19, with the first game set for 4 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Lagoon Park will host the North-South softball all-star games at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, on the same day.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 21, 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.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients ,Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 22.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards Banquet set for Saturday, July 23, at noon.
      Coaches for the North Softball All-Stars are John Simmons of Hayden and David Bryant of Pleasant Valley.  Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the administrative coach. South coaches are Rachael McClure of Prattville and Barry Roberts of Robertsdale. Elba’s Susan Barnes is administrative coach.
     Coaching the South Baseball All-Stars are Owen Davis of Daphne, Matt Ream of Rehobeth, Michael Dismukes of Holtville and Evan Braun of Beauregard. Ken Whittle of Trinity Presbyterian will serve as administrative coach. North coaches include Lee Hall of Randolph, Josh Fowler of Muscle Shoals, Shelton Stalls of Moody and Will Smith of Spain Park. Keith Lucky of Saint James is administrative coach.
     In last year’s softball competition, the South won the first game 4-3 and the North the nightcap 1-0. The North leads the series 23-10-3.
      In the 2015 baseball competition the North won 6-2, 6-3 to sweep the series and extend its series record to 20-11-1. Both all-star competitions began in 1997.   
The rosters are below.

2016 SOFTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTERS


 





NORTH ALL-STARS







Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Kiara Akles

Cleburne County

P/3B

5'4

Alysia Anderson

Clements

SS

5'2

Shelby Booker

James Clemens

3B

5'1

Briana Chappell

Tuscaloosa County

1B/OF

5'9

Destinee Cole

Pinson Valley

SS

5'8

Kalli Daniel

Russellville

SS

5'6

Laken Distefano

Central - Florence

P

6'0

Zoie Emrick

Buckhorn

P

5'5

Alaina Hampton

Coosa Christian

C/SS

5'10

Brooke Ingram

Fort Payne

OF

5'3

Timberlyn Shurbutt

Alexandria

SS

5'5

Kendall Sides

Sumiton Christian

CF

5'7

Chandler Sparkman

Decatur Heritage

P/IF

5'10

Kailey Stoker

Sparkman

P/OF

5'4

Mary Katherine Tedder

Spain Park

SS/2B

5'8

Abby Tissier

Hoover

C

5'8

Rylee Waldrep

Oxford

P

5'5

Annie Willis

Westminster Christian

P

5'11

COACHES








John Simmons

Hayden



David Bryant

Pleasant Valley



Kent Chambers

Bob Jones (Administrative)










SOUTH ALL-STARS







Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Josie Page

Washington County

SS

5'6

Hailee Powell

Faith Academy

C

5'4

Mallory Druhan

Spanish Fort

SS

5'5

Delaney Thomas

Baker

2B

5'6

Alex Wilcox

Brantley

P

5'10

Talia Truitt

Rehobeth

OF

5'4

Cydney Sizemore

Dothan

P

5'3

Amya Myhand

Northview

OF

5'4

Shelbie Burbage

Prattville Christian

SS

5'3

Reagan Watkins

Lamp

P

5'7

Hannah Dailey

Saint James

3B

5'8

Schylur Edwards

Alabama Christian

OF

5'7

Abbey Latham

Demopolis

C

6'0

Layton Murphy

Marbury

P

5'3

Katie Young

Opelika

2B

5'2

Kelsie Cornelius

Wetumpka

C

5'10

O'Neil Roberson

Oak Mountain

1B

5'8

Bailie Barnes

Beauregard

P

5'10









COACHES








Rachael McClure

Prattville



Barry Roberts

Robertsdale



Susan Barnes

Elba (Administrative)

 

2016 BASEBALL ALL-STAR ROSTERS








NORTH ALL-STARS









Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Manning Early

Gardendale

IF

5'11

165

Cameron Furr

Hewitt-Trussville

P

6'2

195

Will Battersby

Spain Park

P / OF

6'2

175

Luke Murphy

Fayetteville

C

5'6

205

Taylor Hayes

Piedmont

P / OF

5'11

205

Nick Swisher

Moody

IF

6'0

190

Nate Lloyd

Oxford

IF

5'10

175

Koy Chapman

Gordo

IF

5'11

175

Hunter Hill

Deshler

C

5'11

180

Cody Greenhill

Russellville

P

6'3

205

Grayson Wakefield

Decatur Heritage

P

6'0

165

Carson Hall

Randolph

P

6'0

175

Owen Lovell

Cullman

OF

6'4

225

Tanner Burns

Decatur

P

6'0

205

Drew Talley

Huntsville

P

6'2

175

Jordan Anderson

James Clemens

OF

6'1

195

Jared Howell

Sparkman

C

5'11

185

Caden Lemons

Vestavia Hills

P

6'5

175






COACHES










Lee Hall

Randolph




Josh Fowler

Muscle Shoals




Shelton Stalls

Moody




Will Smith

Spain Park




Keith Lucky

Saint James (Administrative)

SOUTH ALL-STARS









Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Joseph Booker

Miller, T. R.

P

6'2

190

Thomas Brittain

Miller, T. R.

C

5'11

180

Chad Bryant

Thomasville

P

6'0

200

Tanner Allen

UMS-Wright

P

6'0

175

Sam Plash

UMS-Wright

1st

6'3

234

Christian Waltman

Faith Academy

C

6'0

185

Hayden Maxey

Davidson

SS

5'10

160

Leslie Thompson

McGill-Toolen

OF

6'2

175

Jacob Free

Brantley

P

6'4

208

Grant Akridge

Elba

OF

6'4

220

MacKenzie Hicks

Long, G. W.

IF

5'10

175

Jack Knight

Rehobeth

P

6'2

220

Santiago Garcia

Enterprise

C

5'10

205

Will Huckabee

Sweet Water

OF

6'3

195

Brady Greene

Saint James

P

6'2

190

Rodricues Williams

Tallassee

P

5'8

160

William Jordan

Auburn

SS

5'10

165

Evan Baber

Central - Phenix City

SS

5'10

180











COACHES










Owen Davis

Daphne




Matt Ream

Rehobeth




Michael Dismukes

Holtville




Evan Braun

Beauregard




Ken Whittle

Trinity (Administrative)




Freestyle Turn Position Clarified in High School Swimming and Diving

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 19, 2016) — At its March 21-23 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee approved a change to the freestyle portion of the individual medley and medley relay as it relates to body position.

An addition to Rule 8-2-4c will read as follows: “The final leg of the individual medley and the medley relay requires the swimmer to be at or past vertical toward the breast before any stroke, kick or propulsive motion.” 

This revision was one of several changes recommended by the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The committee also approved a change in the current practice of determining a final time when a touch pad malfunctions in a lane. Searcy said that research has shown that the current practice of calculating the average difference between the primary and backup timing systems, and adjusting the backup time in the malfunctioning lane(s), does not improve the accuracy of the times.

“Using the backup time without adjustment results in a final time that is just as accurate and avoids a mathematical exercise which is both time-consuming and difficult to perform during a meet,” Searcy said.

In addition, the committee defined a deck change as “changing, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room, bathroom, changing room or other space designated for changing purposes.” Beginning with the 2016-17 season, any team personnel/competitor involved in “deck changing” will be assessed a penalty for unsporting conduct, which would disqualify an individual from further participation in a meet.

In diving, the committee approved two rules changes and made three revisions in the official diving chart. In an effort to minimize risk, the committee ruled that a dive is failed if, in the diving referee’s opinion, the diver “performs an additional bounce(s) on the end of the board after the culminating hurdle.”

“The forward approach shall begin with not less than three steps and finish with a hurdle, defined as a jump off one foot to a landing on both feet at the end of the board,” Searcy said. “The diver should not be permitted to perform an additional bounce just prior to the takeoff.”

In Rule 9-5-5, the committee added clarity and consistency to the balk call, requiring a diver to actually commence, then stop the dive.

In the official listing of approved dives, the committee eliminated the Flying Back 1 SS (212) and the Flying Reverse SS (312), and added a new dive – the Forward 2 SS 1 Twist – with degrees of difficulty of 2.6 (tuck) and 2.7 (pike).

Swimming and diving ranks No. 8 in popularity among girls with 166,838 participants and No. 10 among boys with 137,087 participants, according to the 2014-15 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.