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North Downs South 27-14 to Claim the 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game

   MONTGOMERY – The North scored 21 second-half points – including a wild and crazy touchdown on the last play of the game to beat the North 27-14 in the 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Thursday night.
    The game closed out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition with the North and South               splitting the baseball, softball, basketball and cross-country all-star events. The North swept the volleyball, soccer and football games and finished 7-4 on the week.
     The football victory was the fourth in a row for the North and closed the South’s edge in the series to 30-27-2. The South’s last win came in 2014 in a 20-12 win. The North won the first game played in 1948 at Tuscaloosa, 33-0. Thursday’s game was the first to played officially using the AHSAA instant replay program provided by DVSports. Two calls where challenged and both calls on the field were confirmed. The AHSAA has permission from the NFHS to conduct up to a three-year experiment using instant replay and will use it this fall for all schools who choose to participate.
     North MVP Keaton Wilson of Sylacauga scored two TDs on 1-yard runs. His first score at 8:35 of the second quarter gave the North, coached by Chris Musso of Locust Fork, a 6-0 lead. His second TD came with 2:35 left in the third period and erased a 7-6 South lead. His two-point conversion gave the North  14-7 Lead.
     Quenton Young of Clay-Chalkville dashed  11 yards for a score with two seconds left in the third period to up the margin to 21-7.
        The South, which took its only lead of the game on Benjamin Russell running back Davede Herron’s 8-yard run and Fairhope kicker Cole Deeds’ extra point and held the 7-6 margin into intermission.  Herron added his second score on a 1-yard run with 6:26 remaining to cut the margin to 21-14.
       The North ran out all but eight seconds of the remaining time on its following drive. The South, coached by Montgomery Catholic’s Aubrey Blackwell, had one more play up its sleeve as they took over on their own 7-yard line. Tallassee’s Casey Baynes passed the Blount’s JaMarcus Powe-Mauldin in the flat, who ran for four yards before lateraling back to Baynes. Four laterals later, North linebacker Perry Kirby of Athens scooped up a fumble at the 1 and fell into the end zone for the North’s final touchdown.
     Wilson finished with 72 yards rushing on 14 carries and Young had 69 on 15 attempts to help the North pile up 211 total rushing yards. Wilson was also 2-of-3 passing for 56 yards and West Morgan’s Gabe Peluso finished 4-of-5 for 47 yards. Carson Bobo of Oak Mountain had two catches for 46 yards and London Knight of Weaver had two for 37 yards.
    Herron, the South MVP, finished as the game’s leading rusher with 111 yards on 18 tries. Leonard Gatson of Theodore picked up 46 on eight carries. Goshen quarterback Brock Snyder finished 9-of-15 passing for 66 yards, and Bayes was 5-of-10 for 14 yards. The North made three interceptions, however, with Jaylen Washington of Leeds, Court Coley of Westbrook Christian and Kevin Shaw of Colbert Heights notching one each.
     Gordo linebackers Collin Herring and Ridge Wood led the North with 11 and 9 tackles, respectively. Coley also had seven. Pacing the South defense was Jacobey Hawthorne of W.S. Neal with eight stops. Jonathan Struggs of Jeff Davis and Ty Reynolds of Daphne had seven each.
   The South finished with 14 first downs and 239 total yards while the North had 18 first downs and 314 total yards.
   

All-Star Sports Week Results
THURSDAY
Football
North 27, South 14
Volleyball
South 3, North 1

WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-27-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-38

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-7

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


South Wins North-South All-Star Volleyball Match 3-1 at AUM Basketball Complex Thursday

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars dropped game one of the 22nd annual North-South Volleyball All-Star competition Thursday, then battled back to win three straight games to capture the win 3-1 in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex Thursday.
    The volleyball match and the 59th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 22st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South All-Star competition in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball and football are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    McGill-Toolen Catholic outside hitter Kenya McQuirter registered 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks to spark the South to a 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over the North. The North now holds a 14-7 edge over the South in the series. McQuirter’s effort earned her South team MVP honors. The South was coached by McQuirter’s own McGill-Toolen coach Kate Wood and Auburn’s Bentley Stephenson. The North coaches were Kayla Woodard of Addison and Lindsey Crumpton of Danville.
      Mikaela Grubb of Enterprise added 13 kills and 14 digs for the South and Lillie Fromdahl of McGill-Toolen had 34 assists. Spanish Fort libero Taylor Fontenelle recorded 26 digs, four assists and three service aces for the winners.
     North MVP Breylee Linder of Florence had 23 assists, four aces and six digs. The South setter earned MVP honors for her team. Kiara Hill of Bob Jones led the South with nine kills, Morgan McClendon of Jasper and Juliana Hamer of Chelsea  had eight each. Catherine Klop of James  Clemens recorded 17 digs and Kinsley Gregoria of Alexandria had 12.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory administrative and medical sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 75 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2017-18 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      A highlight of the Awards banquet will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities. 
      Two other individuals, Huntsville football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director LaFrancis Davis, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards for 2018. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
     The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for  11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
FCA HERMAN L. “BUBBA” SCOTT AWARD: Longtime football coach and administrator Hal Riddle of Hewitt-Trussville High School was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with its most prestigious award Thursday at the annual FCA Luncheon.  Riddle  received the Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment to serving his faith and serving young people. The award is named in honor of Scott, former AHSAA Executive Director. Scott helped bring FCA to Alabama schools more than 40 years ago. Scott is now deceased.
    Riddle, who currently serves as an administrator with the Trussville School System and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, compiled a 150-90 career record in 21 seasons as head coach at Erwin, Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville and Hewitt-Trussville high schools. His Clay-Chalkville team won the Class 6A state championship in 1999.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2018: Brilliant High School principal Jack Hayes (1A); Geneva County athletic director and head football coach JimBob Striplin (2A); Montgomery Academy athletic director Anthony McCall (3A); Greensboro girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn (4A); Lawrence County track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson (5A); Benjamin Russell athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson (6A); and Baker High School principal Clem Richardson (7A).
   The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Former Major League reliever Todd Jones is the guest speaker at the 11th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 75 high schools will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2017-18. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000  al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).
   The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $88,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
NFHS NETWORK:  The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 18 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days. Check it out at www.ahsaa.com or www.nfhsnetwork.com


South Boys Down the North 61-57 to Win 76th North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – Carver-Montgomery’s Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points and cleared nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the South All-Stars to a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over the North in the 76th game of the AHSAA’s long-running all-star classic. The North now holds a 48-28 edge in the series which began in 1953.
       The North girls also downed the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in the early game to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     The South trailed for most of the first quarters but began  comeback early in the second half. Auburn guard Justin Brooks drove in for s lay-up with 1:10 left in the third period to give the South the lead 42-41. It was short-lived, however, when Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson canned a jumped 30 seconds later and the North took that 43-42 lead into the final period.
     The 6-foot-6 Walton, selected the South MVP, added a rebound and put back early in the fourth quarter, was fouled and nailed the free throw to extend the South lead to four, 49-45. He had 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the South outscored the North 36-24. Walton was also 7-of-8 at the foul line in the second half. He also finished with three steals.
     DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore added 12 points and three rebounds and Demond Robinson of Lee had eight points and eight rebounds.
     Pacing the North was Malik Tyson of Sparkman, who had 10 points and seven rebounds to earn North MVP. Josh Birdsong of Auburn chipped in 12 points, Florence’s Charlie Champagne and Calera’s Cornelius Brown added seven points each.
     The South was coached by Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. The North coaches were Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville coached the South.
North Girls 66, South 57: Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


North Girls Win 66-57 at Dunn-Oliver Acadome In 22nd North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – The North down the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University Wednesday night to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


South sweeps North-South girl' and boys' Cross Country races Wednesday

     MONTGOMERY – The South swept the girls’ and boys’ races Wednesday morning at the 2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country competition held at the Auburn-Montgomery University cross country course.
     Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic, the AHSAA’s winningest girls’ cross country runner in history, won the girls’ 5,000-meter race in 19:12.50 – adding another state record to her coffers beating last year’s inaugural race record of 20:02.89 clocked by Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen Catholic.  The South girls, coached by Christina Rodgers of Enterprise, nipped the North by one point, 27-28. Tyynismaa also earned South MVP honors with the first-place finish.
   The North All-Stars, coached by Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley, were led by Anna Littleton’s second-place finish. The Mountain Brook runner clocked 20:21.50 to earn North MVP honors. Taylor Engram of Auburn was third at 20:45.80 for the South. North runner Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville was fourth with a time of 21:02.90.
    In the boys’ competition, the South downed the North 20-41 with five runners finishing 2 thru 6.  Mountain Brook’s Hunter Harwell clocked 16:33.59, also a new North-South All-Star record, to capture first place and North MVP honors. Enterprise’s Gabriel Hennenberger clocked 16:42.32 to finish second, Silas Franklin of Smiths Station was third at 16:44.38, Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was fourth with a time of 16:46.94 and Charlie Lott of Trinity Presbyterian ran the distance in 16:51.79 to take fifth place for the South. The top 11 finishers Wednesday surpassed the 2017 winning time of 17:27.81 clocked by Hoover’s John McCrackin.
    Coaching the South boys was Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian and Joshua Gurley of Winfield coached the North. The North won both races last and the South evened the series at 1-1 with this year’s sweep.
    The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) continues Wednesday night with the North-South Girls’ and the 76th Boys’ All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The girls’ game tips off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7. Both games are being video live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the Booker T. Washington Magnet School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program with Richard Walker as the producer. Doug Applin and Franklin Williams will handle the commentary. The subscriber-based link can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The North holds 48-27 edge in the boys’ series, and the North girls have an 18-3 record in the girls’ competition, which was first played in 1997. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
   The North-South Volleyball All-Star match Thursday will commence at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium, and the 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Game 2: North 6, South 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41


Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


North Sweeps Girls’ and Boys’ Games 2-0, 2-1 at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored twice in the second half to beat the South 2-0 in the 2018 North-South All-Star girls’ soccer match played at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex Tuesday night.  The North boys rallied to win its match 2-1.
      Chelsea’s Lexie Duca scored the first goal of the match five minutes into the second half to put the North ahead for good. Her goal was assisted by Madison Academy’s Emery Mills. Mills, who had five shots on goal, got the an unassisted goal at 70:31 in the match to close the scoring. She earned North MVP honors.
     North keepers Sarah Adair of Mountain Brook and Brianna Burroughs of Tanner had five saves between them. South keeper Adriana Wright of Northview had nine saves to claim MVP for the South.
    The victory upped the North’s domination in the series to 14-2-1.
    North coaches were Clif Naron of Helena and Tray Stanford of Huntsville. Coaching the South were Cheryl Flores of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Sophie Stargel of Auburn.
    North Boys 2, South 1: Logan Frost of Briarwood Christian scored the first goal just 14:50 into the match with an assist from John Carroll Catholic midfielder Jack Bapst. The South tied the match at 1-1 with Joseph Quinn of Spanish Fort nailing a goal at 60:07 in the second half. Westminster-Oak Mountain’s Price Leonard, who earned North MVP honors, scored the winning goal unassisted at 63:45.
     Goalkeepers Johnathan Williams of Vestavia Hills and Jude Vachon of Madison Academy had 4 and 3 saves, respectively, for the North, coached by Matthew Pharr of Cherokee County and Jake Siefert of Sparkman. The North leads the series 13-4-1 after Tuesday’s win.
      South keepers Josh Burton of Baldwin County and William Blake of McGill-Toolen Catholic combined for five saves. The South coaches were Bruce Ladner of Enterprise and Nick Berryman of Alabama Christian.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
Baseball
South 3-2, North 2-6

Soccer
Girls:
North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

Softball
South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0


CONTACT: RON INGRAM, RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


North, South Split Softball All-Star Twinbill at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Hatton’s Emma Latham slugged a two-out solo home run to center field Tuesday night to salvage a 5-4 win over the South All-Stars in the 22nd annual North-South Softball All-Star Games. The South won game one 3-0 at Lagoon Park.
      All-Star Sports Week is hosted in conjunction with the AHSAA Summer Conference by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. Cross Country and Basketball all-star competition will be held Wednesday, with volleyball and football closing out the events Thursday. A complete schedule can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The basketball, volleyball and football all-star games will be video live-streamed over the NFHS Network thanks to the AHSAA member school NFHS Network School Broadcast Programs at Goshen and Booker T. Washington Magnet.
    North 5, South 4: Latham, who earned North MVP honors for her clutch home run, also helped spark a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to give North, coached by Spring Garden’s Ann Welsh and Buckhorn’s Al Rauls, its first lead of the night, 4-2. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hannah Borden doubled to plate two runs for the big hit of the inning.
     The South took the lead 2-0 in the top of the fourth on G.W. Long first baseman Olivia Baker’s two-run homer. The South, coached by Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula, knotted the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Blake Gibson of Rehobeth, the South MVP, had two hits in game two including an RBI single in the seventh.
     Madison Sanders of Moody pitched the final inning to get the win for the North. Maggie Phillips of Alexandria and Kaitlyn Clark of Gardendale each hurled two shutout innings for the North in the win. Baker pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher for the South.
    South 3, North 0: Olivia Baker hurled three strong innings to start game one. She got the win allowing only one hit and striking out two. Kahalley Brooks of Baldwin County also pitched three shutout innings and Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville closed out the two-hitter with a hitless seventh inning to get the save.
    Springville’s Abby Swaney pitched the first two innings for the North allowing no hits, one walk, struck out four and gave up one unearned run to get the loss. Brantley’s Kassidy Wilcox homered for the South. Brooks singled for the North’s other hit. Lauren Haskins of Thompson and Phillips each had a single for the North’s only hits.
    With the split, the North now holds a 26-21-3 edge in the series which started in 1997.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
Baseball
South 3-2, North 2-6

Soccer
Girls:
North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

Softball
South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0


North, South Split Baseball All-Star Doubleheader at Riverwalk Stadium

     MONTGOMERY – The South won game one 3-2 Tuesday afternoon and the North bounced back to claim the nightcap 6-2 as the North-South All-Star Baseball Games kicked off the 2018 All-Star Week of all-star competition.
      The softball and soccer all-star competition was also held Tuesday night. The North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country races kick off the action Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., at the Auburn-Montgomery (AUM) on-campus cross country course. The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball all-star games will be played Wednesday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome at Alabama State University. The girls play at 5 p.m., and the boys follow at 7.
      The All-Star Sports Week, an extravaganza that showcases the top student-athletes in the AHSAA in sports competition including baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, basketball, volleyball and football, has been administered annually since 1997 by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     “This is a week where we see the best of the best competing in a pure spirit sportsmanship,” said AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee. “We are proud to showcase these student-athletes and coaches who represent the AHSAA so admirably.”
    The South baseball squad, coached by Thomasville’s Rob Carpenter and Opelika’s Nick Richardson, won the Tuesday opener in dramatic fashion scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Davidson’s Kolbe Blunt drew a lead-off walk, went to third single by Tyler Darby of Alma Bryant and scored on a one-out wild pitch by Grayson Bray with Camden Lovrich of Trinity Presbyterian at the plate to give the home team the win.
      The South, which picked up its 12th win in the series, took a quick 2-0 in the first inning when Skipper Snypes of UMS-Wright opened with a double and scored on a passed ball. G.W. Long’s Matthew Snell followed with a single and scored on an infield grounder by Jake Holifield of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
     The North All-Stars, coached by Josh Hoyle of Corner and Chris Heaps of Russellville, tied the game a 2-2 in the top of the third when Sheffield’s Chandler Moon walked and scored and Mason McCormack of Deshler singled and scored. Parker’s Phillip Edwards and J.D. Tittle drove in the runs with infield ground outs.
    Pitching dominated the rest of the way. Snell hurled the final inning  striking out two of the three batters he faced to get the win in relief. Chandler Best of McGill-Toolen Catholic hurled to scoreless inning as the South starter and struck out three.   Five South pitchers combined to allow just two hits and struck out eight.
    North starter Jackson Kimbrell of Oak Mountain allowed all three South hits in his two innings, allowed two runs and struck out four. McCormack followed with two hitless innings and four strikeouts, and Haleyville’s Blake Bennett allowed no hits and struck out two in two innings. Hartselle’s Bray, the loser, walked one and struck out one in the final inning – giving the North pitchers a combined 11 strikeouts.
    GAME 2: North 6, South 2: North pitchers Grayson Bray of Hartselle, Trey Wright of Buckhorn, John Turner of Oxford and Garrett McMillan of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, combined to hurl a three-hitter to salvage a split in the doubleheader Tuesday night. The quartet struck out a combined six batters. Turner got the win allowing two hits and striking out one while pitching the fourth and fifth innings. McMillan hurled two shutout innings, allowed no hits and struck out two to get the save.
   Zac Durham of Jasper doubled to drive in two runs in the bottom of the first inning to put the North ahead for good.  Chandler Moon of Sheffield singled and scored on Phillip Edwards’ sacrifice fly in the third inning. Edwards also had one hit. McCormack, pitched well in game one, had a hit and run scored, picked up an RBI in game two to capture North MVP honors. Peyton Wilson of Hoover also doubled and had an RBI for the North, which now holds a 23-12-1 edge in  the series dating back to 1997.
    St. Paul’s Jake Holifield, the South starting pitcher in game two, allowed only one hit but gave up the first two runs to get the loss. He had a hit in each game and drove in a run to earn South MVP honors. Reece Solar of Alabama Christian and David Warren of Providence Christian each drove in a run for the South in the second game.

All-Star Sports Week Results
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Game 2: North 6, South 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football –
South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0

Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0


AHSAA Mourns Death of Official Stewart Stephenson

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of long-time AHSAA contest official Stewart Stephenson of Decatur.
    “We pray God will sustain the Stephenson family in their time of need,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
      Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17 from 3:30 to 6 p.m., at the Church of Stone River, in Decatur. A memorial service will immediately follow.
        In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of Stone River or the Committee on Church Cooperation.


AHSAA Mourns Death of Amanda Thrasher

 MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association was saddened to learn of the death of Amanda Kaye Haynes Thrasher, 49, the wife of AHSAA District Softball Director Keith, coach and teacher Keith Thrasher. She died Saturday, July 14, at her home.
    “Our prayers go out to Keith and the Thrasher family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese, “and pray God will sustain them in their time of need.”
    Visitation will be Monday, July 16, at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman from 6 to 8 p.m. Her service will be Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, Rev. John Richter will officiate. Burial will be at Bowman’s Chapel Cemetery.
Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is directing.