MOULTON – Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and Westminster of Oak Mountain (1A/2A) each captured state championships Saturday at the AHSAA 61st State Cross Country Championships.
Freshman Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s and sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic each won their third straight individual state championships in Class 5A and 4A, respectively.
CLASS 7A GIRLS: Huntsville Wins First Championship Since 1989
Huntsville High School placed four runners in the top 12 Saturday and the Panthers captured their first Class 7A girls’ state cross country championship at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Park Saturday morning.
Huntsville, coached by Graciela Bryant, totaled 51 points to nip defending state champion Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished with 61 points, and Auburn was third with 64.
Senior Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook won the individual championship with a winning time of 17:46.01, the fastest time among all girls’ runners in all classes Saturday. McGill-Toolen Catholic junior Grace Jensen was second at 18:18.06, followed by Huntsville senior Abbey Zane’s 18:23.45 finish. Panther teammates Abbey Weitenbeck, Rachel Jones and Hannah Bloom finished 6th, 7th and 12th, respectively.
CLASS 6A GIRLS: Homewood’s Phelps Leads Patriots to Title
Homewood freshman Lainey Phelps won the individual championship in the Class 6A competition with a winning time of 18:02.13, the second fastest time of the day in all classes, and beat the rest of the 185-runner field by 81 seconds.
Coach Lars Porter’s girls and boys swept championships Saturday. The Lady Patriots had 51 points. Florence was second at 103, Fort Payne, third with 118, and two-time defending state champion John Carroll Catholic was fourth at 132.
Eighth grader Mary Claire Ridgeway (129:21.73) was second. Celie Jackson, another Homewood freshman, was fifth (19:32.26).
CLASS 5A GIRLS: St. Paul’s Valenzuela Takes 3rd Straight 5A Championship
Freshman Isabel Valenzuela clocked 18:21.33 Saturday to cross the finish line first for the third year in a row and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school’s 19th girls’ championship overall and first in 16 years.
Coach Jim Tate’s Saints totaled 54 points to edge runner-up Scottsboro (57) and defending state champion Lawrence County (60) for the team championship. Valenzuela bested her 2015 winning time by more than two seconds. Scottsboro senior Karsyn Whitehead and Lexie Burfield of Lawrence County finished 2-3 with times of 19:16.16 and 19:25.68, respectively.
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Catholic’s Tyynismaa Wins 3rd Individual Title
Sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic swept her third state AHSAA Class 4A state championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum running the 3.1-mile distance in 18:07.76, the third fastest girls’ time of the day in all classes.
Randolph won the girls’ team championship with 55 points. Catholic was second with 65 and West Limestone was third with 69.
Juniors Katherine Hunter and Carolina Stucky finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the winning Raiders. Eighth grader and teammate Emma Hudson also finished ninth for Randolph.
Saint James eighth grader Presley Miles was 41 seconds behind Tyynismaa at 18:48.11 to take second place individually.
CLASS 3A GIRLS: Pleasant Valley Repeats as State Champs
Eighth grader Trinity Roberts’ third-place finish helped Pleasant Valley secure its second AHSA Class 3A state championship in a row Saturday.
T.R. Miller senior Allie Nelson won the individual title running 18:53.29 over the 3.1-mile Oakville course. American Christian junior Becca Billman (19:55.05) finished second and Roberts came in at 19:55.05 to finish third.
Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, had 70 points and T.R. Miller was second at 86. American Christian was third with 92.
CLASS 1A/2A GIRLS: Westminster of Oak Mountain Wins First Championship
Westminster of Oak Mountain placed four runners in the Top 12 Saturday to lead the Lady Knights to their first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship. Competing in the 1A/2A divison, Westminster, coached by Leslie Callahan, posted four times under 21 minutes to score 42 points. Hatton was second with 88 and defending state champion St. Bernard of Cullman was third with 89.
Senior Maddie Hoaglund finished fourth overall with a time of 19:53.61 to pace Westminster.
Hannah Tarwater, a Whitesburg Christian junior, won the individual gold with a 19:18.73 winning time. St. Bernard junior Leahrose Mami was second at 19:24.75. Ivy Edge of St. Bernard, who won the 1A/2A title as a freshman in 2015, clocked 20:04.96 to finish sixth.
MOULTON – Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard Prep (1A/2A) each won boys’ state titles Saturday as the 61st annual AHSAA State Cross Country Championships concluded at Oakville Museum and Park.
Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian squad scored an incredible team score of 24 points to take the 3A state crown.
CLASS 7A BOYS: Auburn Places 3 Runners in Top 5 to Win 4th Straight Title
Auburn High School’s cross country team placed three runners in the top five finishers as Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers captured the school’s fourth straight state championship with 59 points. Mountain Brook (69) was second and Hoover (93), third.
Seniors Joshua Escoe, Jack Rogers and Nate Pudner crossed the finish just 13 seconds apart. Escoe’s team-leading time of 15:42.26 was just seven seconds behind individual winner Tommy McDonough of Hoover. The Bucs senior clocked 15:39.70 to edge runner-up, Hewitt-Trussville senior John Ngaruiya, by a tenth of a second. Ngaruiya’s time was 15:39.80 in what was one of the closest finishes in the 61-year history of the AHSAA State Championships.
Rogers’ fourth-place time was 15:52.55, and Pudner was fifth at 15:55.62. Senior Carson Chambliss was next for the Tigers with a 25th-place finish. Auburn has now won all three 7A state titles in AHSAA history. Norton’s team also won the 6A title in 2013, the last year of the AHSAA six-classification system.
CLASS 6A BOYS: Stone Leads Homewood to 5th Straight CC Crown
Sophomore Will Stone captured the Class 6A individual cross country championship with a 16:01.40 time and the Patriots rolled to their fifth consecutive state team championship at Oakville.
Coach Lars Porter’s runners finished with 55 points. Runner-up Cullman had 72 and Helena was third with 95.
Stone finished 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Garner of Opelika. Garner clocked 16:13.60 and Stone’s Homewood teammate, senior Paul Selden, was third at 16:17.57.
Conner Sims of Brewer (16:35.60) and Joey Franklin of Cullman (16:37.56) finished just two seconds apart to claim 4th and 5th.
CLASS 5A BOYS: Scottsboro Claims 12th State Championship
Scottsboro High School senior Colton Smith ran the 3.1-mile course in 16:09.60 to claim the Class 5A individual championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum to lead the Wildcats to the team championship. Scottsboro, coached by Benjamin Robinson, has now won 12 state boys’ cross country titles dating back to 1991.
The Wildcats scored 47 points with runner-up St. John Paul II Catholic second at 57. Briarwood Christian finished fourth at 96.
Sophomore Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II was second behind Smith at 16.37.33. Beauregard sophomore Jonathan Jenkins was third (16:38.60). Sophomore Will Coleman was also eighth, junior Devin Berry finished 12th and eighth grader Cooper Atkins was 14th to round out Scottsboro’s top four runners.
CLASS 4A BOYS: LAMP Captures First Cross Country Championship
Loveless Academic Magnet School (LAMP) of Montgomery, coached by Christopher Colvin, captured state boys’ cross country title Saturday nipping runner-up Randolph by two points. The Golden Tigers scored 88 and the Raiders 90. Defending champion Trinity Presbyterian was third at 95.
Junior Won Heo crossed the finish line sixth to lead LAMP’s squad. He clocked 16:49.82 – 47 seconds behind individual medalist Tanner King. The Northside junior ran the course in 16:22.32. Madison Academy senior Will Oglesby (16:25.55) was second and Matthew Estophinal of Randolph (16:31.66) was third.
Junior Adam Peck finished 14th and was the second LAMP runner to cross the finish line.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 13, 2016) — Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not available.
The NFHS Board of Directors recently approved all rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis.
Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that this act of sportsmanship extended to an injured/ill competitor when a health-care professional is not readily available should not result in a penalty.
“The committee wanted to recognize the importance of appropriate healthcare of an ill/injured competitor as well as recognize that at times there may be fellow competitors who may need to assist others who cannot continue,” Oakes said. “Therefore, the committee felt that disqualification shouldn’t be the result of a sportsmanship act.”
In order to be consistent with current sport trends, the committee revised Rule 5-7-3, which reinforces the concept that competitors in distance races only use a standing start and shall remain motionless for the start without their hand(s) touching the ground.
The rules committee voted to combine Rule 6 (Throwing Events) and Rule 7 (Jumping Events) into one rule titled “Field Events” to eliminate duplication of definitions and unnecessary language and the possibility of making a change in the throws and missing it in the jumps.
“The last couple of rules cycles the committee has been trying to eliminate unnecessary and repetitive language. This is the last phase of the clean-up – creating one rule that covers multiple events,” Oakes said.
For purposes of risk management, the committee revised Rules 6-2-14 and 7-2-5, which state that all warm-ups in a field event may not take place until the venue is declared open and required supervision is in place.
In Rule 5-6, the committee moved the Note in Rule 5-6-4 to the new Article 4. Oakes said the results of running events are based on head-to-head competition and all contestants should have the opportunity to compete in the heat earned by the competitor’s place and/or qualifying times.
The committee also approved a change to Rule 3-6-1, which now grants authority to disqualify a runner for a false start to the starter as well as the referee. Also, the starter will now give a signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races of two laps or more (previously three).
Another change was made in Rule 3-2-4u, which states that the games committee – not the coach – should have the responsibility of providing liquids during the competition.
In Rule 3-10-7, when flags are not utilized, the head event judge utilizes the mechanics to call “fair” or “foul.”
Other changes approved by the committee include:
· The removal of the Note in 4-3-1b(5), which contradicts the rule by limiting the placement of the American flag to one piece of uniform apparel.
· Rule 4-6-5g, which states that it is an unfair act when a competitor receives physical aid from any other person during a race or trial, except as provided in Rules 4-6-5 and 9-7.
· Rule 5-1-3, which notes that, in absence of a curb, if cones are used, they should just touch the inside of the line and be placed about 5 feet apart around the curve.
· Rule 6-2-17, which clarifies how trials are recorded when a legal implement breaks during competition.
· Rule 6-5-9e, which notes that if a shot put competitor touches the top or end of the stopboard before leaving the circle, it is a foul.
· Rule 9-1-3b for cross country states that the race course should include either directional flags and/or directional sign posts.
· Rule 10-2-2, which notes that when multiple takeoff boards are used in the long jump and triple jump, the 20-meter distance shall be from the foul line farthest from the pit.
A complete listing of the track and field rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “track and field.”
According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 578,632 boys participating in outdoor Track and Field at 16,358 schools and 478,726 girls at 16,309 schools.
MOULTON – Auburn High School senior Paul Barlow won his second consecutive state cross country title and the Tigers of Coach Dan Norton captured their second Class 7A team championship as the 60th annual AHSAA State Boy’ Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park cross country course.
The 43rd annual girls’ state championships also concluded.
Barlow clocked the fastest boys’ time of the day over the 3.1-mile (5,000 K) course with a winning time of 15:30.52. He edged out Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole by just two seconds in what was the tightest finish of the day.
Also winning boys’ state championships were Cold Springs (1A-2A), American Christian (3A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), Lawrence County (5A) and Homewood (6A).
Auburn scored 46 points with Mountain Brook second with 54 in the 7A competition. Hoover was third with 89 points.
Paul Barlow’s strong finish (15:30.52) sparked Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers to their eighth state championship overall. Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole was second at 15:32.48. Juniors Jack Rogers and Joshua Escoe were third and 10th, respectively, for Auburn. Rogers crossed the finish line at 15:37.79.
Homewood won its fourth straight state championship as Coach Lars Porter’s squad placed four runners in the top eight finishers of a field including 212 participants. The Patriots finished with 32 points, tied for best score of the day with 1A-2A winner Cold Springs. Opelika was 6A runner-up with 60 points. Scottsboro (71) was third.
Senior Dillon Dean of Benjamin Russell won the individual championship with a winning time of 15:45.71. Ben Garner of Opelika was third at 15:58.98, followed by Homewood trio, senior Hunter Poole, freshman Will Stone and senior Andy Smith, finishing only five seconds apart at 3-4-5.
Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, totaled 57 points to win its second consecutive boys’ state cross title and eighth overall. The win gave the Red Devils a sweep of the 5A boys’ and girls’ championships.
Sheldon Britton, a senior at Alabama Christian, clocked 16:06.07 to claim first place individually. Senior Zachary Duclos paced Lawrence County with a 16:31.70 time to take second place over Saint John Paul II freshman Noah Flynn. Flynn clocked 16:31.80 in the photo finish.
Saint John Paul II was second with 71 points, and Beauregard finished third with 92.
Trinity Presbyterian captured its first AHSAA state cross country championship scoring 64 point to edge out Loveless Academy of Montgomery (LAMP) (66) by two points. Defending champion Northside was third with 71 points.
Coach Monica Lott’s Wildcats placed three runners in the top 12, led by freshman Charlie Lott’s fourth-place finish (16:26.89). Junior T.A. Sluis was eighth and sophomore Dawson Oliver was 12th.
Westminster Christian’s Ryan Ford, a senior, captured first place with a winning time of 15:50.48 – improving by almost 32 seconds on his 2014 time and runner-up finish. James Patrick Brinyark of Northside finished second at 16:18 .10.
American Christian won the state championship with 56 points. Defending champion Montgomery Academy was second with 67 points and Cottage Hill, third, at 88.
Ash Midyett, a senior at Bayside Academy in Daphne, was overall individual champion crossing the finish at 16:23.16. Montgomery Academy’s Jack Barganier for the second straight year with a time of 16:30.04. Senior Nick Klein of Winfield, the 2014 winner, improved his 2014 time by four seconds but finished third (16:46.23).
Leading Coach Charles Tiller’s winning Patriots was sophomore David Barrett, who finished sixth.
Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain improved his 2014 winning time by 13 seconds, clocking 16:20.40 Saturday, and claimed his second state 1A-2A individual cross country state crown. Casey Guthery was second (16:41.54).
Coach Claborn Campbell’s Cold Springs Panthers scored 32 points, tying for low team score in all classes, and rolled to its second straight 1A-2A state title. Three runners pacing in among the top five finishers. Sophomore C.J. Lang was third overall at 16:50.85, senior Kramer Crider was fourth (16:51.84) and junior Jared Stanley was fifth (17:13.27). Freshman Mason Harris crossed in 10th place for Cold Springs. St. Bernard was second with 67 points and Hatton was third with 94.
MOULTON – Freshman distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School broke 18 minutes for the second straight year to claim the AHSAA Class 4A girls’ individual cross country championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course.
Tyynismaa clocked 17:52.25 to win by almost a full minute over runner-up Cele Moon of Wilson. Her time was best among the 815 girls running in the 43rd state cross country championships held by the AHSAA.
Moon’s time of 18:51.47 led the way for the Warriors of Coach Robin Phillips to capture their second straight Class 4A girls’ team title. Mountain Brook also won the Class 7A state championship for the second time in a row – and extended the Lady Spartans’ current streak of state cross titles to 13 – including 11 in Class 6A from 2003-2013.
Other girls’ state champions at the 2015 AHSAA girls’ championships were: John Carroll Catholic (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and St. Bernard of Cullman (1A-2A).
Mountain Brook, coached by Michael McGovern, placed six runners in the top 17 finishers with senior Frances Patrick clocking 18:18.78 to claim the individual championship over sophomore Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen. Jensen clocked 18:36.63 for second place. Patrick finished fourth as a junior.
Lady Spartans junior Anna Grace Morgan also finished in the Top 10 with a fifth-place finish. Mountain Brook, which now own s 23 girls’ cross country state titles, had 43 points and Hoover (79) was second, followed by Spain Park (92) and Auburn (95).
John Carroll Catholic won its second consecutive girls’ state cross country championship as sisters Lauren and Lindsey Granier finished almost in a dead heat at 3-4 in the 195-runner field.
The Lady Cavaliers of Coach Bryan Burgess totaled 55 points and Scottsboro finished second with 87.
Pelham senior Mary Grace Strozier won her second consecutive individual 6A title with a winning time of 18:36.38. Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro was second at 19:15.32, followed by Lauren Grainer at 19:22.02 and her sister Lindsey, 19:22.12. Th sisters finished 9th and 10th last season.
Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils edged out runner-up Randolph for the fourth time overall and the second year in a row with a winning total of 41 points. The Raiders were three back at 44. Only two points separated the two in 2014.
Eighth grader Isabel Valenzuela won her second individual title with a winning time of 18:23.14 – 1:10 faster than her closest challenger and second fastest time overall in any class in the 2015 competition.. Randolph’s Zoe Evans was second (19:33.44), Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was third at 19:34.56. Eighth grader Emily Daniel paced Lawrence County with a fourth-place finish (19:37.20). Seventh grader Sadie Grace Thompson crossed the finish in fifth place just 10 seconds later.
MONTGOMERY – All 12 defending state championship teams will be in the field for the AHSAA State Cross Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at Oakville Indian Mounds State Park and Museum cross-country course near Moulton.
Mountain Brook’s girls will be going for a 13th straight state title and second straight in Class 7A when the competition commences with the 7A girls’ race at 8:30 Saturday morning. The Lady Spartans have 22 state titles overall. The girls’ competition will be the 43rd for the ladies since Tuscaloosa High School won the first competition in 1973. The Class 6A boys’ race kicks off the 60th AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships at 8:50 a.m.
Girls’ team defending champions are Mountain Brook (7A), American Christian (3A), Wilson (4A), Lawrence County (5A), John Carroll Catholic (6A), and St. Bernard (1A-2A).
Defending boys’ team champions include Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Northside (4A), Montgomery Academy (3A), and Cold Springs (1A-2A).
Among the top individuals returning in the girls’ competition are Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham. Tyynismaa, a freshman, set the AHSAA all-time 5,000-meter record for all classes in the state meet last year with a 17:03.04 time to win the Class 4A individual crown. Earlier this season, she ran 17:42.54 in the 17th annual Jesse Owens Classic to finish third overall, and she has a personal best of 16:57 on the year. Stozier, the Class 6A defending champion, ran 18:26.39 in the Jesse Owens race to finish 14th. Her 5K best came in last year’s 2014 Class 6A state championship race when she ran 18:07 to win first place.
Defending 1A-2A state champion St. Bernard’s Ivy Edge is back to defend the Gold she won last year as an eighth grader. Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal is defending champ in the 5A field, and freshman Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville returns in Class 7A to defend her 2014 title. Weitenbeck’s personal best is 18:16.59.
Junior Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain, who finished third in Class 7A last season at 15:57.97, clocked 15:20.45 earlier this fall at the Jesse Owens Invitational to finish second. Paul Barlow of Auburn won the individual 7A state title last year with a winning time of 15:51.03. Now a senior, he climbed from 22nd in Class 6A as a sophomore to win the first 7A state championship race in 2014.
Senior Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain Christian is back to defend his 1A-2A individual title. Nick Klein of Winfield and Jack Barganier of Montgomery Academy are back in the 3A field after finishing 1-2, respectively, last season with just five seconds between them.
Murphy High School won the first AHSAA boys’ state cross country championship in 1956 and followed with state crowns in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1061, 1962 and 1964.
AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Class 7A Girls 8:30 a.m.
Class 6A Boys 8:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls 9:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys 9:30 a.m.
Class 6A Girls 9:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys 10:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Girls 10:30 a.m.
Class 5A Boys 10:50 a.m.
Class 4A Girls 11:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Boys 11:30 a.m.
Class 5A Girls 11:50 a.m.
Class 4A Boys 12:10 a.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School junior running back Brian Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 rush attempts and scored five touchdowns as the Patriots’ lost a nail—biting 41-40 decision to defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville.
Robinson had scoring runs of 55, 81, 64 and 4 yards and tacked on a 23-yard TD pass reception for Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots to finish with 470 total yards. His performance earned the running back the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the young 2015 football season.
The 447 rushing yards was the fifth best individual game on record and just the 12th 400—yard rushing effort in AHSAA prep history, according to the AHSAA Record Book found at www.ahsaa.com. Tony Dixon of Parrish set the single-game with 531 yards on 21 carries in a 2003 Class 1A victory over Hubbertville. Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville rushed for 470 yards in a win over Spring Garden in 2004, Cherokee County’s Michael Perry had 457 yards in a 1991 win over Hokes Bluff, and Charles Johnson of Keith had 454 yards in the Bears’ 2011 win over Shades Mountain.
Robinson’s effort is the best ever by a Class 6A running back and the only 400-yard plus rushing total accomplished in a loss.
Clay-Chalkville (3-0), coached by Jerry Hood, extended its current winning streak to 18 games with the one-point win.
Finishing a close second in this week’s AHSAA Spotlight was a 405-yard passing performance by Kadarius Toney of Blount in the Leopards’ 56-21 win over Daphne, and a team defensive effort by New Brockton that accounted for four scores in the Gamecocks’ 56-0 win over Calhoun.
Toney was 16-of-26 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns for Coach Lev Holly. His total was the first 400-yard passing game registered in the AHSAA in 2015 and the 39th in history. Eight of those performances were over 500 yards including American Christian QB Chris Smelley’s 565 yards in 43-31 loss to Brantley in the 2005 Class 1A state playoffs. Reginald Todd, a New Mexico State basketball commitment, caught six of Toney’s passes for 222 yards and two scores as the Leopards rolled up 620 yards total offense the night.
DEFENSE IS BEST OFFENSE: New Brockton's defense accounted for four scores -- three touchdowns and a safety -- and the Gamecocks of Coach Justin Jones also got a punt return for a touchdown during a 56-0 win over Calhoun.
Already up 7-0, New Brockton got a 26-yard interception return for A TD by Grant Griffin, a safety by Michael Morris and a recovered fumble in the end zone for a touchdown by Wyatt Moore for a 23-0 lead. The Gamecocks' last score of the game also came on defense as Tyler McIntosh returned a fumble 8 yards to the end zone. In between, Clay Kelley had a 34-yard punt return for a score.
In other highlights from last weekend’s action:
SCHILLING REGISTERS 1,300TH VOLLEYBALL VICTORY: Bayside Academy coach Ann Schilling, who has guided Bayside Academy to 20 state volleyball titles including a current streak of 13 in a row, registered her 1,300th career win with the Lady Admirals’ victory over host McGill-Toolen in the finals of the Dirty Dozen Invitational tourney last weekend hosted by McGill. Schilling started the 2015 season with a 1,288-359 head-coaching record. Glenda Wright, who stepped down after leading Walker to the 6A state tournament last season, is the AHSAA’s all-time leader with a 1,457-590 record. Tammy Richardson, who also stepped down at St. Luke’s after last season, owns a 1,358-546 career record.
FORMER HOOVER COACH REGISTERS 250TH WIN: Former Hoover High School football coach Rush Propst, who guided the Bucs to five Class 6A state titles and a 110-16 overall record from 1999-2007, notched the 250th win of his high school coaching career Friday night as Colquitt County (GA) beat Crisp County 37-7. Propst, an Ohatchee native who is 250-86 overall, served as head coach at Ashville, Eufaula, Alba and Alma Bryant in Alabama before moving to Hoover. He is 74-25 at Colquitt County including directing his current team to the GHSA state title last season for the sixth state championship overall captured by teams he has coached. Propst’s team will take on an Alabama opponent Friday night when Colquitt County hosts Enterprise.
Josh Niblett, who followed Propst at Hoover in 2008 as the school’s seventh head coach in school history, has kept the winning tradition alive going 99-8 since then with a 50-2 region record, 31-3 playoff record and four state championships (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and two runner-up finishes (2010, 2011). He will be going for his 100th win at the school Friday night at Oak Mountain.
Bob Finley, who guided the Bucs from 1968-1993 until his untimely death just prior to the 1994 season, is Hoover’s wins leader with a 198-87-5 record. He guided the Bucs to the state crown in 1977 and tied Enterprise in 1982 10-10 to earn a co-championship. The three coaches have combined for 407 of the school’s 454 all-time wins and own a combined 407-111-5 record and winning percentage of 78.3 percent.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Broke two Guntersville single-game records in the Wildcats’ 49-39 win over Madison County. Bentley rushed 34 times for 336 yards and scored seven touchdowns, six rushing and one on a 41-yard pass reception. The previous record was 312 yards rushing and five TDs scored. The senior, who also had four tackles and an interception on defense, now has 4,347 career rushing yards and 77 touchdowns. Ironically, the Wildcats running back found himself in a Guntersville police car at halftime. The reason – coaches felt they needed to cool their workhorse down and the visitors’ dressing room was too crowded. The Guntersville Police Department provides an escort to all away games and proved to be an excellent way to cool Bentley down.
ANDREW BROWN, WINSTON COUNTY: The senior needed just 10 carries to rush for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets downed Hanceville 48-20. His scoring runs covered 26, 57, 80, 48 and 98 yards.
JAY CRAIG, DEMOPOLIS: Had 212 yards rushing on 30 carries and five touchdowns — 29, 25, 19, 15 and 2 yards — in a 42-23 victory over Calera.
TADARRYL MARSHALL, LEEDS: Had 24 carries for 183 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 100 yards and two more scores in the Green Wave’s 49-48 overtime loss at Munford. Marshall had rushing TDs of 33, 2, 1, 54 and 5 yards and passed for two TDs (10 and 43 yards). He also converted two 2-point conversions.
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 274 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, to lead the Wildcats to a 21-14 win over Arab. He also had a 32-yard punt return and a 29-yard kickoff return.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 19 carries for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-23 win over Faith Academy.
CHRISTIAN CRANDALL & NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Combined for 358 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 16 first-half carries in a 55-0 win over Southeastern. Crandall ran for 216 yards and Rollo, 142. Each scored two touchdowns.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Gained 215 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored a touchdown in the Red Devils’ 21-14 setback to Cleveland. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for defending 2A state champion Fyffe.
JAY JONES, McADORY: Ran for 207 yards with scoring runs of 57 and 82 yards as the Jackets beat Northridge 35-10. Jones also passed for a 68-yard TD.
SEAN LONG, SARALAND: Rushed eight times for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead Saraland to a 45-7 win over Robertsdale. All four scores came in the first half.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Totaled 186 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 49-39 loss to Guntersville.
DEVIN LEPS, VALLEY HEAD: Rushed for 180 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers' 57-22 win against Coosa Christian. He scored on runs of 65, 15, 9, 10 and 2 yards.
KALEB SHADWICK, WEST BLOCTON: Rushed for 166 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in a 32-14 victory over Sipsey Valley.
COLTON KNIGHT, REHOBETH: The Rebels’ running back rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns (5, 21,5 and 40 yards) in a 46-0 win over Alabama Christian.
GARRETT APPLING, HOLY SPIRIT: Gained 150 yards rushing on 30 carries, scored two rushing TDs and another on a 34-yard pass reception as the Titans beat Vincent 21-6.
GARY FEARN, HUNTSVILLE: Ran for 144 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns (1 yard, 12 and 3 yards) in the first half of a 26-0 win over Grissom.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: The freshman running back ran eight times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 45-6 win over Tharptown.
TYLER BLAKELY, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed 10 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns (1, 27 and 57 yards) and made an interception on defense to lead the Panthers past West End 54-35.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Recorded his third straight 100-yard plus rushing performance with 27 carries for 109 yards and three TDs as the Aggies fell to Randolph 38-27. Harris also caught three passes for 25 yards and played well on defense.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Had 203 total yards, 96 rushing and 107 passing, and accounted for three touchdowns in a 62-21 win over Ashville. Teammate Darnell Jackson added 136 yards rushing on 13 carries with one TD – all in the first half.
AVERY HARRIS, MUNFORD: The quarterback was 20-of-33 passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the Lions’ 49-48 overtime win over defending Class 4A state champion Leeds. The junior led Munford from two-touchdown deficits twice in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. His 22-yard TD pass to Austin Campbell and 10-yard toss to Kyle Ross in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter drew the Lions to within two at 42-40. His two-point completion to Chase Gaither tied the score. Harris then passed to Quantavius Elston for a 10-yard score in overtime for the winning score. He also scored the other two TDs himself on keepers.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: The Tigers’ quarterback was nearly perfect, completing 11-of-12 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-13 win over Elba.
NOAH LOWERY, CHARLES HENDERSON: completed 17-of-22 passes for 313 yards with five touchdowns in a 63-20 win over Dale County.
JORDAN AUBREY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the Leopards to a 51-7 win over Southern Choctaw with a 9-of-13 passing performance for 310 yards and four touchdowns.
SHAWN JENNINGS, DADEVILLE: The University of Alabama commitment was 13-of-14 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury in Dadeville’s 68-33 loss to Beauregard.
AHMAD DERAMUS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 8-of-10 passing for 206 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Titans beat Sparkman 66-34. All DeRamus’ yards and TDs came in the first half.
ADAM BROWNER, NEW HOPE: Completed 12-of-15 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two scores in a 50-21 win over Good Hope.
KOY CHAPMAN, GORDO: Was 15-of-25 for 183 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 55-16 victory over Greene County.
JOSEPH SCHAUER, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 163 yards with two touchdowns and rushed we times for 109 yards and two more scores as the Warriors came from behind to edge Ohatchee 35-34.
FORREST WEBBER, RANDOLPH: Was 12-of-18 passing for 86 yards and two scores and rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries with a 96-yard TD scamper as the Eagles beat Fairview 28-27.
KADE YOUNG, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led ACA to a 60-6 win over Lamar County completing 9-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a fourth TD.
JOHN MARK PRESTRIDGE, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over arch-rival Ranburne.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Was 13-of-21 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns (6, 9 and 5 yards) and rushed for a 2-yard TD as the Tigers downed Spring Garden 35-18. Teammate Ivory Star added 142 yards rushing on 20 carries with one TD.
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Caught nine passes for 215 yards and two scores in Walker’s 48-17 win over John Carroll Catholic.
MILES STRICKLAND, BOB JONES: Caught a 98-yard pass and added two rushing touchdowns in a 27-24 win over James Clemens.
BAYLOR BARNES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Caught six passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-20 Trojan win over Dale County.
AUSTIN CAMPBELL, MUNFORD: Made seven catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in Munford’s 49-48 overtime win over Leeds.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Had 5 catches for 105 yards and 10 rushes for 113 yards and 1 TD in a 24-22 win over Brewer. Talley started at QB for the injured Bo Nix and split time with freshman Tanner Woodall, who was 14-of-24 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught touchdown passes of 27, 12 and 12 yards and returned a punt 55 yards for a score in the Titans’ 66-34 over Sparkman.
KOI FREEMAN, LEEDS: Had five receptions for 100 yards and another 80 yards in kick returns in the Green Wave’s 49-48 overtime loss at Munford.
DFYLAN RICE, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Caught six passes for 99 yards with one touchdown (26 yards) and added a rushing touchdown to account for two of the three Raiders’ scores in a 20-8 win over Geneva County.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Had 22 tackles in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-27 overtime win over Walter Wellborn.
CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Recorded 15 tackles with a sack in McGill-Toolen’s 14-3 win over Fairhope.
SEAN DUNN, COLD SPRINGS: Totaled 11 tackles, including two sacks and two others resulting in losses, as the Panthers shut out Tharptown 55-0. Teammate Fisher Willoughby added a pair of interceptions.
JARVIS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Was credited with 13 tackles, including three for losses, as the Red Tops shut out Wicksburg 7-0.
K.J. WALKER, DALEVILLE: Playing in just the first half, Walker forced three fumbles and had eight tackles during the Warhawks' 32-6 win over Barbour County.
ALEX HERNANDES, WEST POINT: Accounted for 12 tackles on defense and contributed 50 yards rushing and three TDs on eight carries in a 31-20 win over Columbia.
TROY LOCKE, BERRY: Finished with 10 tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection in a 22-16 victory over Meek.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Scored three different ways to account for all the scoring in the Tigers' 21-13 win over Ariton. Simmons scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass from J.T. Wise, a 55-yard fumble recovery and a 4-yard carry as Samson overcame an early 7-0 deficit to take the come-from-behind win.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: The freshman defensive back returned an interception 55 yards for a score to give Piedmont a 42-14 halftime lead en route to a 62-21 victory over Ashville.
ANTHONY JONES, CHELSEA: Scored four touchdowns, including an 82-yard punt return, as the Hornets beat Southside-Gadsden 43-10. Jones also had a 21-yard pass reception and rushes of 20 and 4 yards for his three other scores.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: The Cougars’ place-kicker drilled a 44-yard field goal with 2:59 left to give Northview a 21-20 win over Stanhope Elmore. Neenan also kicked a 29-yard field goal earlier in the game, converted his only extra point kick and punted twice for a 39.5 average.
DAWSON HAMLIN, ZION CHAPEL: Booted two field goals of more than 40 yards during the Rebels' 68-13 loss to Elba. Hamlin hit field goals of 42 and 43 yards.
BAILEY McGATHA-POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Kicked all three extra points and a 31-yard field goal as the Wildcats beat Brewer 24-22.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.
The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”
Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.
Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.
In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.
Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.
Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.
The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.
Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.