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Grace Carr’s Performance Leads Mountain Brook To AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight and Tourney Title

MONGOMERY – Junior hitter Grace Carr turned in an all-around MVP performance to earn most-valuable-player honors as Mountain Brook (16-3) went undefeated to win the Back to the ‘Boro high school volleyball tournament championship at Siegel (TN) last weekend.
     Carr registered 108 kills, 12 service aces and 77 digs to earn MVP honors as the Class 7A Spartans (16-3) were 7-0 with wins over Tennessee teams Page, McGavock, Nashville Christian, Cookeville, Nolensville and AHSAA schools Hazel Green and Jasper to win the title and capture the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for last week.
      Coach Vickie Nichols also got outstanding play from junior setter Amy Vandevelde, who dished out 217 assists and had 76 digs. Ellie Dayhuff had 20 blocks and 43 kills, Greer Golden contributed 15 blocks, and Liz Vandevelde added 116 digs and 12 aces.
    The Spartans’ performance led by Carr beat out several tournament championship efforts by Pelham (Hartselle Invitational), McGill-Toolen Catholic (Catholic Cup), Baker (Battle of the Bay), East Limestone and Lexington (Metro First Tourney), Ariton (Charles Henderson Invitational and Pleasant Valley (Etowah County Tourney).
    McGill-Toolen, the defending Class 7A state champ, finished 7-0 to win the Catholic Cup tourney title at Mobile with wins over St. Joseph’s Academy and Mt. Carmel from Louisiana, Cardinal Mooney (FL), St. Pius X (GA) and AHSAA schools John Carroll Catholic and St. John Paul II Catholic. Coach Kate Wood got superb performances from setter Lilly Fromdahl (143 assists); Kenya McQuirter (66 kills); and Haley Palmer (33 kills).
Other top performances reported include:

KILLS/BLOCKS
ERIN LONG, PELHAM:
Powered the Class 6A Panthers (15-2) to seven wins, including the Hartselle Invitational tourney title, with 71 kills, 73 digs and nine aces. Teammate Sarah Guthrie added 62 kills, 61 digs and 22 aces.
RACHEL MORRISETTE, BAKER: Had 39 kills, 16 blocks and 14 service aces to lead the Hornets to the Battle of the Bay tournament championship. Baker (9-5) finished 6-1 – avenging an earlier loss to Thompson with a victory over the Warriors in the finals.
KOLBI REED, THOMPSON: Had 62 kills and 12 service aces as the Warriors rolled to a 7-1 record and a runner-up finish at the Battle of the Bay tournament.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Led West Morgan (20-6) to eight wins in 11 matches with 126 kills. Teammate Aaliyah Wallace had 165 assists and 10 aces.
ALYSSA DUTTON, CARBON HILL: Paced Carbon Hill (24-3) to a 7-1 record last week with 86 kills, 59 digs, nine blocks and 20 aces.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Had 89 kills, 45 digs and eight aces as the Trojans (13-4) rolled to a 7-1 record on the week. Saint James lost to East Limestone in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Totaled 67 kills as the Senators (16-8) finished 5-2 on the week.
SKYLAR HAMMOND, LEXINGTON: Had 103 kills and 16 blocks as Lexington (16-3) won seven matches. The Bears captured the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tournament lower-division title beating Winston County in the finals. Teammate Anna Sims had 171 assists.
SAIGE BLANTON, WINSTON COUNTY: Had 69 kills, 18 digs and 11 aces as Winston County (14-7) went 5-2 – including reaching the finals of the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tourney lower division.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Had 93 kills and 11 blocks in 10 matches as the Bulldogs won the Silver Bracket title of Muscle Shoals' First Metro tournament.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Helped the Class 2A Rebels go 5-2 on the week with 84 kills as Long had four wins over 5A schools and one win over a Class 4A school. Makenna Long added 173 assists.

ASSISTS
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM:
Posted 193 assists, 44 digs and eight service aces as Pelham (15-2) won seven matches on the week – including winning the championship of the Hartselle Invitational.
KIARA ROBINSON, EAST LIMESTONE: Had 185 assists and 92 digs to lead the Indians (12-7) to an 8-2 record for the week and the Upper Division championship of the First Metro Tourney at Muscle Shoals. Teammate Jenny Renfroe also had 90 kills and 92 digs.
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 171 assists, 66 digs and 20 aces in six matches for Central-Florence (12-7).
ERIN CHEEK, FAITH CHRISTIAN: Led her team to the Donoho Classic championship recording 152 assists and 14 aces as Faith (15-4) won six matches including a win over Meek in the finals.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Recorded 135 assists for Wilson (16-6) to lead her team to a 5-2 record for the week.
STEPHNIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Had 153 assists as the Lady Bucks (25-11) won 7 of 10 matches.
EMILEY STEVENS, ARITON: Had 128 assists to lead the Purple Cats (9-0) to six wins en route to the championship of the Charles Henderson Invitational at Troy. The finals match was the second win of the tourney for Ariton over arch-rival G.W. Long.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Had 118 assists as Lindsay Lane (15-6) went 7-1 for the week.
AMIYAH KING, HOOVER: Had 52 assists in the Bucs’ wins over James Clemens and Mountain Brook.
BEATRICE LINDQUIST, MARY MONTGOMERY: Had 48 assists, 23 digs and seven service aces as the Vikings (9-7) went 2-1 for the week.
KAYLAY KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (19-2) to two wins with 40 assists and two blocks.

DIGS
VICTORIA SCHMER, CHELSEA:
Led the Hornets (19-4) to a 7-1 record and the championship of the September Slamfest Tournament recording 104 digs and 21 service aces in eight matches.
P.G. GARRISON, HELENA: Recorded 51 digs and 10 kills in two matches for the Huskies (9-6).
MAGGIE HEDGEPATH, PLEASANT VALLEY: Turned up the defense with 66 digs as Pleasant Valley (14-6) won four matches to win the Etowah County tournament.
COLEY KRIEG, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Managed 65 digs and 12 aces as the Saints (12-4) went 4-2 on the week.

SERVICE ACES
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN:
Had 29 services in nine matches last week. She also had 61 assists, 17 kills and six blocked shots.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Managed 25 service aces and 104 digs for Buckhorn in 10 matches over the week.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Had 14 service aces and 34 assists as Albertville (18-4) finished 3-1 for the week.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Had seven service aces and 25 kills as the Patriots won three matches over Florence, Hazel Green and Danville.
KENDAL CROWELL, HATTON: Served 20 aces over 10 matches for the Hornets last week.

Opelika vs. Wetumpka Class 6A Clash Tops NFHS Network Live-Stream Lineup for Friday

AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Top 100 for Sept. 13-20


    MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream more than 100 events for the first time in the AHSAA’s NFHS SBP history over the next week.
    That slate begins tonight with 11 varsity and JV volleyball matches, one varsity football game and five middle school games.
    The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, Opelika (1-2) at Wetumpka (3-0). The Class 6A, Region 3 battle is one of 35 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night.
    The Bulldogs won last year’s regular-season 20-19 with a last-second field goal. Opelika, which holds a 4-0 edge in the series, also won the 2016 game 38-37.  Coach Eric Speakman picked up his first head-coaching victory last week with a 66-6 win over Selma. He is in his first season as head coach after serving as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs staff headed by Caleb Ross that directed OHS to a 9-4 record last season. Ross is now the head coach at Prattville. By contrast, Wetumpka head coach Tim Perry picked up the 200th game of his career two weeks ago. The Indians are off to a 3-0 start despite losing standout senior quarterback J.D. Martin to a season-ending injury in the preseason. Martin earned All-State honors in 2017 as Wetumpka rolled to a 13-2 record and Class 6A state runner-up finish while playing in the finals for the first time in the school’s storied 116-year history.
    The Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program, headed by producer Becky Brown, will generate the game for the NFHS Network.
    Friday’s slate of games is also the most for any single night in the AHSAA’s NFHS Network history. All seven classifications will be showcased with one game in Class 1A, two in Class 2A and Class 3A, four in Class 4A, four in Class 5A, 10 in Class 6A and 12 in Class 7A. The Muscle Shoals-Hartselle and Enterprise-Smiths Station games will be produced by each school.
    A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
    Volleyball action will have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight nine varsity matches. Among them are two matches produced by Class 1A Lindsay Lane. The Lady Lions’ matches with Woodville and Clements will be featured at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively. Mountain Brook’s two matches with James Clemens and Hoover are also set for 3:30 and 5:30, respectively. At least one AHSAA volleyball match will be on the NFHS Network nightly next week through Thursday.
          NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

    The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 13 through Sept. 20 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:


AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Sept. 13-20)

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 13

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

Lee-Montgomery

7A R-2

Auburn

7A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Buckhorn

 

Monrovia

 

Middle Sch.

5 p.m.

Hoover

 

Oak Mountain

 

7th Grade

5 p.m.

Hoover

 

Oak Mountain

 

8th Grade

6:45 p.m.

Muscle Shoals

 

Austin

 

Middle Sch.

5 p.m.

UMS-Wright

 

Faith Academy

 

Middle Sch.

6 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Enterprise

7A

Jeff Davis

7A

Varsity

4:25 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Huffman

6A

Varsity

5 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Tuscaloosa County

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Lindsay Lane

1A

Clements

1A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Lindsay Lane

1A

Woodville

1A

Varsity

4 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A

Hoover

7A

Varsity

3:30 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A

James Clemens

7A

Varsity

3:30 p.m.

Spain Park

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

JV

5 p.m.

Spain Park

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

Varsity

5 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A

St. Paul's Episcopal

6A

JV

4:30 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A

St. Paul's Episcopal

6A

Varsity

5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 14

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

FOOTBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Water

1A R-1

Millry

1A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

Fayetteville

2A R-4

Central, Coosa

2A R-4

Varsity

7 p.m.

Addison

2A R-7

Red Bay

2A R-7

Varsity

5:40 p.m.

Geneva

3A R-2

Pike County

3A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Opp

3A R-2

Houston Academy

3A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Andalusia

4A R-1

Monroe County

4A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A R-1

Williamson

4A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

Cherokee County

4A R-6

Jacksonville

4A R-6

Varsity

7 p.m.

Wilson

4A R-8

Brooks

4A R-8

Varsity

7 p.m.

Marbury

5A R-3

Demopolis

5A R-3

Varsity

6:45 p.m.

Lawrence County

5A R-7

West Point

5A R-7

Varsity

7 p.m.

Russellville

5A R-7

Hayden

5A R-7

Varsity

7 p.m.

Brewer

5A R-8

Madison Academy

5A R-8

Varsity

7 p.m.

Daphne

6A R-1

B.C. Rain

6A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

Saraland

6A R-1

Baldwin County

6A R-1

Varsity

6:30 p.m.

Spanish Fort

6A R-1

Robertsdale

6A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

Lanier, Sidney

6A R-2

Eufaula

6A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m,.

Wetumpka

6A R-3

Opelika

6A R-3

Varsity

7 p.m.

Hillcrest, Tuscaloosa

6A R-4

Brookwood

6A R-4

Varsity

6:45 p.m.

Pell City

6A R-6

Gardendale

6A R-6

Varsity

7 p.m.

Cullman

6A R-7

Columbia

6A R-7

Varsity

7 p.m.

Muscle Shoals

6A R-7

Hartselle

6A R-7

Varsity

6:45 p.m.

Muscle Shoals

6A R-7

Hartselle

6A R-7

Varsity

7 p.m.

Fairhope

7A R-1

Theodore

7A R-1

Varsity

7 p.m.

Enterprise

7A R-2

Smiths Station

7A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Enterprise

7A R-2

Smiths Station

7A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Prattville

7A R-2

Central, Phenix City

7A R-2

Varsity

7 p.m.

Hewitt-Trussville

7A R-3

Hoover

7A R-3

Varsity

7 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A R-3

Spain Park

7A R-3

Varsity

7 p.m.

Thompson

7A R-3

Oak Mountain

7A R-3

Varsity

7 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A R-3

Tuscaloosa County

7A R-3

Varsity

7 p.m.

Florence

7A R-4

Bob Jones

7A R-4

Varsity

6:45 p.m.

Gadsden City

7A R-4

Austin

7A R-4

Varsity

6:30 p.m.

James Clemens

7A R-4

Huntsville

7A R-4

Varsity

7 p.m.

Sparkman

7A R-4

Grissom

7A R-4

Varsity

7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 17

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

FOOTBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Auburn

7A

Jeff Davis

7A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Eufaula

6A

Opelika

6A

JV

5:30 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Huffman

6A

Freshman

5 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

JV

7 p.m.

Opp

3A

Geneva

3A

JV

6 p.m.

Pleasant Home

1A

McKenzie

1A

JV

6 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A

East Central

NA

JV

6 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Cullman

6A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Cullman

6A

JV

5:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Andalusia

4A

Opp

3A

Middle School

4 p.m.

John Carroll Catholic

7A

Briarwood Christian

5A

Freshman

5 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Spain Park

7A

Freshman

5 p.m.

Wicksburg

3A

Geneva

3A

Varsity

4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 18

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

FOOTBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Auburn

7A

Jeff Davis

7A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Eufaula

6A

Opelika

6A

JV

5:30 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Huffman

6A

Freshman

5 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Hewitt-Trussville

7A

JV

7 p.m.

Opp

3A

Geneva

3A

JV

6 p.m.

Pleasant Home

1A

McKenzie

1A

JV

6 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A

East Central

NA

JV

6 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Cullman

6A

Freshman

5:30 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Cullman

6A

JV

5:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Geneva

3A

Slocomb

3A

Varsity

4 p.m.

Gulf Shores

6A

Fairhope

7A

Varsity

6:25 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Helena

6A

JV

5 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Helena

6A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Thompson

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.

John Carroll Catholic

7A

Vestavia Hills

7A

JV

5 p.m.

John Carroll Catholic

7A

Vestavia Hills

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Opp

3A

Enterprise

7A

JV

4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesay, September 19

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Hoover

7A

Chelsea

6A

Freshman

6:30 p.m.

Hoover

7A

McAdory

6A

JV

5 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A

Briarwood Christian

5A

Freshman

5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 20

 

 

 

 

 

HOST TEAM

CLASS

VISITOR

CLASS

TYPE

TIME

FOOTBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkman

7A

Buckhornb

6A

Middle School

5 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Oak Mountain

7A

7th

5 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Oak Mountain

7A

8th

6:45 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

 

 

 

 

 

Geneva

3A

Andalusia

4A

Varsity

4 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Pinson Valley

6A

JV

5 p.m.

Homewood

6A

Pinson Valley

6A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Tuscaloosa County

7A

JV

5 p.m.

Hoover

7A

Tuscaloosa County

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A

John Carroll Catholic

7A

JV

5 p.m.

Mountain Brook

7A

John Carroll Catholic

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.

Opp

3A

Pike County

3A

Varsity

4 p.m.

Opp

3A

Pike County

3A

JV

4 p.m.

Smiths Station

7A

Central-Phenix City

7A

Varsity

3 p.m.

UMS-Wright

4A

NA

NA

JV

4 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Oak Mountain

7A

JV

5 p.m.

Vestavia Hills

7A

Oak Mountain

7A

Varsity

6 p.m.



 


Goshen High Coach Amy Warrick Amazed by Growth in Popularity of Volleyball

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Amy Warrick has coached for more than a decade and she is astonished at the surge in popularity of volleyball. Even at smaller schools, such as Goshen High in Pike County where Warrick is head volleyball and softball coach, girls – and fans – are flocking to the sport.

 

“We get great community support,” Warrick said. “At our season-opener at home against Brantley, we had more than 700 people here.”

 

Goshen’s population is 255.

 

“I’ve seen this sport just take off in the past few years,” Warrick said. “We can’t keep the kids out of the gym. We’d love to have a boys’ team, too. When I put the nets up, they get so excited. They want to know how to play the right way. It’s a fast-paced, fun game. There’s something that everybody can do.”

 

Goshen fields three teams: varsity for ninth- through 12th-graders, junior varsity for eighth-, ninth- and occasionally 10th-graders, and a junior high squad for seventh- and eighth-graders. “I have a team of 13 to 14 girls,” Warrick said, “but I’ll have 60 come to tryouts.”

 

According to Alabama High School Athletic Association figures reported to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 10,095 students participated in volleyball in Alabama in 2017-18 from a total of 384 schools. That total is up 2.2 percent from the year before. Volleyball is the No. 1 girls’ sport both in Alabama and in the United States in terms of participation.

 

“In physical education classes, we have a lot of kids playing volleyball,” Warrick said. “You don’t have to force them to play (for exercise). When I have open gym time outside of school hours, I’ll see second- and third-graders playing.”

Warrick, whose team finished second to St. Luke’s Episcopal of Mobile in last year’s Class 2A volleyball state tournament, has been head coach at Goshen for five years. She was an assistant at Goshen (and, before that, at Ariton) for a total of seven years.

 

As a coach, Warrick and all AHSAA coaches and administrators must also focus on ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes. “One thing our county system requires is to have all coaches certify every year in CPR,” she said. “The certifications are good for two years, but we certify every year. As a coach, you have to constantly be aware. In addition to being aware of problems from the heat, we have training on concussions and we have apps on our phones to use for outdoor sports that alert us on lightning in the area.”

All AHSAA schools are required to have an Athletic Emergency Action Plan in place for every sports venue. The AEAP details how an emergency will be handled at each venue, including who should take charge in treating the injured person, who will contact emergency services and other responses including who will contact the family of the injured person. Each school also has at least one automated external defibrillator and coaches must pass an AHSAA Coaches’ Education Program that includes a Sports First Aid Health & Safety for Coaches exam.

 

“I spend a lot of time with these kids,” Warrick said. “We know each other. I can recognize when someone is having a problem. It all goes back to the relationships you build.”


Thompson vs. Hoover Football Battle Headlines NFHS Network Live-Stream Lineup for Friday

Record 82 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Thru Sept. 13

Thompson vs. Hoover Football Battle Headlines NFHS Network Live-Stream Lineup for Friday   
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a record high 82 sports events beginning tonight through Sept. 13. Among them is the much anticipated Class 7A, Region 3 football battle featuring Thompson (2-0) at Hoover (1-1) Friday night as the Alabama NFHS Network Game of the Week.
    A total of 85 AHSAA member schools will be showcased with 27 Class 6A schools and 22 Class 7A schools being featured in volleyball or football contests. The previous high for events in a week’s span produced by AHSAA member schools was 47.
     Veteran broadcaster and Hoover NFHS Network School Broadcast Program producer Jeff Lloyd will be handling the play-by-play for the contest that kicks off at 7 p.m.  Thompson, featuring talented senior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, is 2-0 this season with impressive 38-7 and 47-0 wins over James Clemens and Foley respectively.
      Coach Mark Freeman’s quarterback led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards and 36 TDs while completing 287-of-435 passes in 13 games. Tagovailoa is off to a great start in 2018 completing 49-of-72 passes for 639 yards and nine touchdowns. Seven of those scores came in the first half of the two wins.  Michael Pettway has receptions for 214 yards and four TDs on the year.
    Defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (1-1) beat defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley 52-14 in the season opener but fell 42-14 to St. John’s of Washington D.C., a team ranked sixth nationally, last weekend. Junior quarterback Robby Ashford is 33-of-55 passing with 541 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games. Senior receiver George Pickens has 15 catches for 239 yards and two scores.
    Thompson won last year’s regular-season game 32-25 – with Tagovailoa engineering a 99-yard drive for the winning score as the Warriors beat Hoover for the first time in school history after 20 straight setbacks and won the Region 3 title. The Bucs rebounded with a 31-12 win over Thompson in the semifinals of the 7A playoffs and beat McGill-Toolen Catholic two weeks later 48-20 to win the school’s 13th   state championship. Niblett has coached the last six (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) including five in the last six seasons.
   A total of 31 NFHS Network productions are scheduled for live-streaming Friday night with 13 in Class 6A and 10 in Class 7A. Daphne (1-1) and Saraland (2-0) will each be live-streaming that Class 6A, Region 1 battle at Daphne. Central-Phenix City (2-0) and Smiths Station (2-0) will each live-stream that key Class 7A, Region 2 battle at Smiths Station.
   McGill-Toolen and Spanish Fort, which met zero week in a preseason non-counting jamboree contest won by the Yellow Jackets 48-13, have non-region out-of-state opponents Friday with both games scheduled for the NFHS Network. The Toros (1-0) will be hosting Moss Point (MS) and McGill-Toolen (1-0) will be traveling to West Monroe (LA). West Monroe will produce the event for the NFHS Network.
    Three Class 2A games will be on the NFHS Network, one in Class 3A, two each in Class 4A and 5A. None are currently scheduled for Class 1A.
    A strong slate of 10 volleyball matches are scheduled for Thursday night including seven varsity matches. Among them are Baldwin County and Gulf Shores, which will live-stream the junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity game at 5:30. A total of 34 volleyball matches are scheduled for the NFHS Network through Sept. 13. Among the newcomers to the NFHS Network this week include Lindsay Lane, Fayetteville, Opp, Baldwin County, Gadsden City, Buckhorn and Homewood high schools.
         NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

    The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 6 through Sept. 13 are listed.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS (Sept. 6-13)
THURSDAY, September 6                                                            

VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Baldwin County at Gulf Shores (JV)             Gulf Shores HS SBP                4:28 p.m.
Baldwin County at Gulf Shores (V)               Gulf Shores HS SBP               5:30 p.m.
Decatur Heritage at Cullman (V)                    Cullman HS SBP                  4:30 p.m.
Shaw (GA) at Smiths Station (V)                   Smiths Station  HS SBP         5 p.m.
Spain Park at John Carroll (JV)                      John Carroll HS SBP              5 p.m.
Spain Park at John Carroll (V)                        John Carroll HS SBP              6 p.m.
St. Michael’s at UMS-Wright (V)                  UMS-Wright HS SBP                4:30 p.m.
Theodore  at UMS-Wright (V)                       UMS-Wright HS SBP               6:30 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Mtn Brook (JV)                   Mtn Brook HS SBP                  5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Mtn Brook (V)                    Mtn Brook HS SBP                  6 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Satsuma at UMS-Wright (MS)                       UMS-Wright HS SBP             6 p.m.
Thompson at Mtn Brook (7th)             Mtn Brook HS SBP                          5 p.m.
Thompson at Mtn Brook (8th)             Mtn Brook HS SBP                          6:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, September 7                                                          
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
CLASS 2A
Goshen at Zion Chapel                                   Goshen HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Red Bay at Hatton                                          Ivy NFHS Net (Red Bay)       6:40 p.m.
Reeltown at Fayetteville                                 Fayetteville HS SBP               7 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Geneva at Providence Christian                     Geneva HS SBP                     7 p.m. 
CLASS 4A
Central-Florence at Brooks                             Brooks HS SBP                     6:45 p.m.        
UMS-Wright at Andalusia                              Andalusia HS SBP                   7 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Bibb County at Demopolis                             Demopolis HS SBP                6:45 p.m.
East Limestone at Madison Academy            Madison Academy SBP             7 p.m.
Russellville at Corner                                      Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
CLASS 6A
Athens at Hartselle                                         Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Columbia at Muscle Shoals                             Muscle Shoals HS SBP           6:45 p.m.        
Cullman at Decatur                                         Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Hazel Green at Buckhorn                               Buckhorn HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Hueytown                  Hillcrest HS SBP                      6:45 p.m.
Huffman at Gardendale                                  Gardendale HS SBP               7 p.m. 
Moss Point (MS) at Spanish Fort                    Spanish Fort HS SBP               7 p.m.
Northview at Eufaula                                     Eufaula HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Pelham at Homewood                        Homewood HS SBP                             7 p.m.
Saraland at Daphne                                         Saraland HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Saraland at Daphne                                         Daphne HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Selma at Opelika                                             Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal at Baldwin County         Baldwin Co. HS SBP                     7 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Alma Bryant at Enterprise                              Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Bob Jones vs. James Clemens             James Clemens HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Central-Phenix City at Smiths Station            Smiths Station HS SBP          7 p.m. 
Central-Phenix City at Smiths Station            Central-PC HS SBP                7 p.m. 
Lee-Montgomery at Jeff Davis                       Montgomery Sports SBP        7 p.m.
Sparkman at Gadsden City                             Gadsden City HS SBP           6:30 p.m.
McGill-Toolen at West Monroe (LA)             W. Monroe HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Mountain Brook at Tuscaloosa County          Mtn Brook HS SBP                7 p.m.
Thompson at Hoover                                      Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Vestavia Hills at Spain Park                           Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

MONDAY, September 10                                                              
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Florala vs. Opp ( MS)                         Opp HS SBP                                   4 p.m.
Florala vs. Opp ( JV)                                       Opp HS SBP                      4 p.m.
Spain Park vs. John Carroll Catholic (V)        John Carroll HS SBP              5 p.m.
Helena vs. Vestavia Hills (V)                         Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5 p.m.
Briarwood vs. Hoover (V)                              Hoover HS                              5 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Andalusia vs. Opp (JV)                                  Opp HS SBP                           6 p.m.
Enterprise vs. Auburn (JV)                             Auburn HS SBP                     6:30 p.m.
Smiths Station vs. Central-PC (FR)                Central-PC HS SBP                4:30 p.m.
Spain Park vs. Vestavia Hills (FR)                 Vestavia Hills HS SBP              5:30 p.m.
Spain Park vs. Vestavia Hills (JV)                  Vestavia Hills HS SBP             7 p.m.
Valley at Auburn (FR)                                    Auburn HS SBP                     5 p.m. 
Vigor vs. UMS-Wright (JV)                           UMS-Wright HS SBP                6 p.m.

TUESDAY, September 11                                                              
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Clay-Chalkville vs. John Carroll (JV) John Carroll HS SBP                          5 p.m. 
Clay-Chalkville vs. John Carroll (V)               John Carroll HS SBP              5 p.m. 
Faith Academy vs. UMS-Wright (JV)            UMS-Wright HS SBP               4:30 p.m.        
Faith Academy vs. UMS-Wright (V)             UMS-Wright HS SBP                5:30 p.m.        
Geneva vs. Geneva County (V)                      Geneva HS SBP                     4 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Mountain Brook (JV)   Mtn Brook HS SBP                     5 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville vs. Mountain Brook (V)     Mtn Brook HS SBP                   6 p.m.
Spain Park vs. Vestavia Hills (JV)                  Vestavia Hills HS SBP             5 p.m.
Spain Park vs. Vestavia Hills (V)                   Vestavia Hills HS SBP            6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, September 12                                                                 
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Hoover vs. Mountain Brook (F)                     Mtn Brook HS SBP                5 p.m.
James Clemens vs. Mountain Brook (V)        Mtn Brook HS SBP                3:30 p.m.        
Northview vs. Smiths Station (V)       Smiths Station HS SBP          5:30 p.m.                    
Thompson vs. John Carroll (F)                        John Carroll HS SBP              5 p.m. 
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Smiths Station vs. Auburn (MS)                     Auburn HS SBP                     4:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, September 13                                                          
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Clements vs. Lindsay Lane (V)                      Lindsay Lane HS SBP            6 p.m.
Hoover vs. Mountain Brook (V)                     Mtn Brook HS SBP                5:30 p.m.
James Clemens vs. Mountain Brook (V)        Mtn Brook HS SBP                4:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal vs. UMS-Wright (JV)     UMS-Wright HS SBP            4:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal vs. UMS-Wright (V)      UMS-Wright HS SBP            5:30 p.m.
Woodville vs. Lindsay Lane (V)                    Lindsay Lane HS SBP            4 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Auburn vs. Lee-Montgomery (V)                   Montgomery Sports SBP        7 p.m.
Austin vs. Muscle Shoals (MS)                       Muscle Shoals HS SBP           5 p.m.
Faith Academy vs. UMS-Wright (MS)          UMS-Wright HS SBP                 6 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Buckhorn (MS)             Buckhorn HS SBP                              5 p.m.
Oak Mountain vs. Hoover (7th)                       Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Oak Mountain vs. Hoover (8th)                       Hoover HS SBP                      6:45 p.m.



McGill-Toolen Wins 36th Juanita Boddie Tourney To Capture AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1

MONTGOMERY  -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (12-3) rolled to seven straight victories last week to capture the prestigious 36th annual Juanita Boddie volleyball tournament played at Hoover High School’s Finley Center – thanks in big part to the domination of senior Kenya McQuirter up front. McQuirter finished the tourney with 78 kills, 17 blocks, 23 digs and six service aces to push her school into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 season.
    The tournament field included 44 of the top teams from the AHSAA and surrounding states. McGill-Toolen’s seven wins included five over out-of-state teams. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from outside the state.
    The defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (12-3) opened the week beating Mountain Brook in a regular-season match, then followed with tournament victories over nationally ranked Columbus (GA), Briarcrest (TN) and finally, a victory over Brentwood (TN) in the finals of the Boddie finals. It was McGill-Toolen’s second Boddie Tourney title in the last three years and its third since 2011.
    Coach Kate Wood also got outstanding play from senior setter Lillie Fromdahl, who had 201 assists, 16 kills, 15 digs and 12 aces for the week. Courtney Langham added 24 kills and 12 blocks and Imani Nicholson had 51 kills and 11 blocks as McGill also downed Riverdale (TN), Houston Academy (GA), and AHSAA powers Jasper and John Carroll Catholic.
    McGill-Toolen’s Boddie Tourney championship edged out two other top team efforts turned in by unbeaten Lawrence County (13-0) and unbeaten Carbon Hill (11-0). The Red Devils of Coach Robyn Hutto went 5-0 to win the Briarwood Invitational last weekend. Lawrence County downed the host Lady Lions in the finals. Savannah Graham had 65 kills and 39 assists and Laekyn Bennett had 185 assists in the five tournament matches and three regular season wins.
   Carbon Hill, coached by Dadrian Beaty, rolled to six straight wins in the Carbon Hill Invitational and finished 8-0 for the week. The Bulldogs, led by Alyssa Dutton with 78 kills, 46 digs and 11 service aces and Grayson Evans with 64 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces, beat Wilson in the finals. Setter Sidney Keeton recorded 155 assists for the week.
    Other top performances reported included:
 
MILESTONE
MARY MONTGOMERY POSTS 1,200TH WIN FOR SHOQUIST: Vikings Coach Nancy Shoquist picked up career coaching win 1,200 in Mary Montgomery’s Boddie Tourney win over Alma Bryant. Setter Beatrice Linquist helped the Vikings go 5-2 with 115 assists in the seven matches.

ASSISTS
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Had 153 assists and 14 service aces in seven matches for Pelham (6-2).
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Recorded 149 assists for Buckhorn (14-4), which went 7-2 for the week and won the Silver Division of the Boddie Tourney.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Handed out 130 assists in six matches for the Toros (8-2), who finished 3-1 in the Boddie Tourney.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (13-3) to an 8-1 record for the week and a runner-up finish in the Albertville Invitational tourney with 129 assists.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Had 128 assists in seven matches as Arab went 5-2 for the week.
EMILY THORNTON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Totaled 126 assists as ACA won the Silver bracket of the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
AMY VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 124 assists in seven contests, including four matches in the Juanita Boddie Tourney.
JESSICA VEAL, SPAIN PARK: Accumulated 121 assists in nine matches – six in the Boddie tourney.
KAYLA CHAMPION, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 120 assists in nine victories for the Eagles as PCA rolled to the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tourney in Montgomery.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 109 assists as Wilson (8-3) finished second to the host team at the Carbon Hill Invitational.

KILLS
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Picked up 94 kills as Albertville (13-3) won seven of eight matches last week and finished second in the Albertville Invitational tourney.
A.K. GRIGGS, ARAB: Had 80 kills, 10 blocks and 12 aces to lead the Knights to a 5-2 record for the week.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Had 72 kills as West Morgan (9-2) rolled to an 8-0 record and won its invitational tourney with a win over Danville in the finals.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRIDSTIAN: Led the Eagles (9-0) to the Mayors Cub tourney championship at Montgomery with 65 kills. PCA downed Class 7A Enterprise in the finals.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Managed 63 kills and 36 digs for the Trojans (4-2) in six matches. Saint James finished 3-2 in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 62 kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces foe Hoover (11-2) as the Lady Bucs finished 5-2 for the week.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 56 kills and 15 blocks and teammates Hailey Holshouser and Lillyanna Cartee added 53 and 52 kills, respectively, in 11 matches for the Tigers (10-6).
SARAH GUTHRIE, PELHAM: Accounted for 52 kills, 62 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches for the Panthers (6-2). Teammate Erin Long also had 52 kills.

DIGS
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks (14-4) go 7-2 for the week with 104 digs. Buckhorn won the Silver Division title of the Boddie Tourney.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Had 104 digs in 11 matches for the week.
ERIN EISENHIART, MADISON ACADEMY: Led the Mustangs (8-1) to the championship of the Albertville Invitational with 87 digs.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 86 digs and added 47 kills in seven matches.

SERVICE ACES
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE:
Had 22 service aces and 122 assists as Danville went 6-3 for the week and finished second in the West Morgan Invitational.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Recorded 18 aces in seven matches over the week.
MARY CAITLIN WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 15 aces in seven wins in the Juanita Boddie Tourney and teammate Katie Hemphill had 14.
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 14 service aces in seven matches for the Hornets (6-1).
LUCI WILKINSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had 14 aces and 38 digs as the Lady Admirals (6-4) went 2-2 in the Boddie Tourney.
SARA PUCKETT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 13 aces, 24 blocked shots and 39 kills in seven matches for the Trojans (8-3).
NISSI CLINGAN, BROOKS: Managed 10 kills and 12 service aces as the Lions split a pair of matches with Mortimer Jordan and Hanceville.


Champions Challenge Classic Headlines AHSAA First Week of Prep Football Action on TV

37 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through August 27

Champions Challenge Classic Headlines AHSAA First Week of Prep Football Action on TV
  

MONTGOMERY – Raycom Sports and the NFHS Network kick off the AHSAA’s 2018-19 school year Thursday night with the first game of the 13th annual Champions Challenge Classic at Cramton Bowl. The NFHS Network plans 37 events total for the first weekend of the new school year – including middle school and junior high football and volleyball.
    Raycom, which will televise live on its D-2 (Bounce) channel over its Raycom Network of stations across the state, will have Graham Dunn and Christina Chambers behind the mikes. Thursday’s football battle pits the defending Class 1A defending state champion Sweet Water Bulldogs and 2017 Class 3A semifinalist Clarke County (11-3).  Friday’s final Champions Challenge contest features Thompson (12-1), a Class 7A semifinalist in 2017, and Class 7A James Clemens. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and both will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. The links can be found at www.ahsaa.com and at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast both games over its network of radio affiliates across the state and will be available via the internet via www.ahsaa.com. The Radio Network will also provide the NFHS Network audio.
     The NFHS Network has eight AHSAA football games and two volleyball matches scheduled to be live-streamed Thursday night. Friday’s schedule has 18 football games scheduled and five more on Saturday. The headliner outside the Champions Challenge games is Saturday’s battle between defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (15-0) and defending Class 7A champion Hoover (11-3). Kickoff for that game is set for 11 a.m. at Hoover Stadium.
    Three AHSAA teams will be playing in Atlanta on Saturday with all games set for the NFHS Network thanks to the Atlanta Public School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Sidney Lanier plays Westlake at 2 p.m., Clay-Chalkville takes on Griffin (GA) at 4 p.m. and Central-Phenix City faces Benjamin Mays (GA) at 7 p.m.
     Hoover and Vestavia Hills are scheduled to play the first varsity volleyball match of the season over the AHSAA’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. The Bucs and Rebs tip off Thursday at 7 p.m. at HHS. Geneva and Kinston have a match set for the NFHS Network on Saturday at 4 p.m.
    Andalusia and Saraland are each broadcasting Friday’s football contest over the NFHS Network. Opelika goes to Callaway (GA) Friday with both schools also planning to live-stream the contest via the NFHS Network SBP.
     NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
    The complete schedule for this weekend on the NFHS Network is listed.


NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS


THURSDAY, August 23


VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV at Hoover JV                     Hoover HS SBP                        5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover (varsity)                 Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Champions Challenge
Clarke County vs. Sweet Water                      AHSAA/NFHS Net                   7 p.m.
Other Games
Brooks at Lauderdale County                         Brooks HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Carver-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis                NFHS Montgomery Net             7 p.m.
Dothan at Enterprise                                       Enterprise HS SBP               7 p.m.
Jasper at Cullman                                            Cullman HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Deshler                                Muscle Shoals HS SBP          6:45 p.m.
Middle School
Hewitt-Trussville 7th at Hoover                     Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville 8th at Hoover                     Hoover HS SBP                      6:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, August 24

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Champions Challenge
Thompson vs. James Clemens                        AHSAA                                  7 p.m.
Other Games
Andalusia  at Saraland                                    Saraland HS SBP                   6:30 p.m.
Andalusia at Saraland                                     Andalusia HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Austin at Hartselle                                          Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Blackman (TN) at Florence                            Florence HS SBP                     6:45 p.m.
Early Co. (GA) at Eufaula                              Eufaula HS SBP                      7 p.m.                         
East Limestone at Russellville                        Russellville HS SBP                 7 p.m. 
Gardendale at Mae Jemison                            Gardendale HS SBP               7 p.m.
Handley at LaFayette                                     NFHS (Eagle 102.3) SBP        6:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at JB Pennington                        Jacksonville HS SBP                7 p.m. 
Oak Mountain at Chelsea                               Chelsea HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Opelika at Callaway (GA)                              Opelika HS SBP                     6 p.m.
Park Crossing vs. Lee-Montgomery               BTW Magnet HS SBP               7 p.m.
Red Bay at Colbert Heights                            Colbert Heights HS SBP        6:30 p.m.
Russell County vs. Smiths Station                 Smiths Station HS SBP          7 p.m.
Spain Park at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                 Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:45 p.m.
Spanish Fort at McGill-Toolen Catholic        Spanish Fort HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Tuscaloosa County at Demopolis                   Demopolis HS SBP                7 p.m. 
Wilcox Central at Auburn                              Auburn HS SBP                    7 p.m.


SATURDAY, August 25


VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Geneva at Kinston                                          Geneva HS SBP                 4 p.m.

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Briarwood at Vestavia Hills FR.                    Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6 p.m.
Briarwood at Vestavia Hills VAR                  Vestavia Hills HS SBP            7 p.m.
Central-Phenix City vs. B. Mays (GA)          Atlanta PS SBP                     7 p.m.             
Clay-Chalkville vs. Griffin (GA)                   Atlanta PS SBP                      4 p.m.
Pinson Valley at Hoover                                 Hoover HS SBP                 11 a.m.
Sidney Lanier at Westlake (GA)                    Atlanta PS SBP                    2 p.m.

MONDAY, August 27

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Central-Phenix City at Auburn JV                 Auburn HS SBP                      5 p.m.


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


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

     MONTGOMERY – The All-star squads for the 2018 North-South Volleyball competition have been expanded from 12 on each team to 15.
    The 30 outstanding current junior volleyball standouts were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The volleyball all-star match will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 17. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl. The boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be at Alabama State on Wednesday, July 18, and the North-South cross country competition will be held earlier that morning on the Auburn-Montgomery campus.  The volleyball site has tentatively been set for AUM as well.     
     Kayla Woodard, who guided Addison (51-8) to the 1A state championship the last two seasons, and Chris Camper of Hoover, who led the Bucs (31-10) to the state tourney are the coaches for the North Volleyball All-Stars. Randolph’s Sue Marshall is the administrative coach.
   South coaches are Kate Wood of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Bentley Stephenson of Auburn. Wood led the Dirty Dozen (46-8) to the Class 7A state title last season. Stephenson led Auburn (23-21) to the South Super Regional. Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin is administrative coach.
     The North All-Stars posted a 3-0 win over the South at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex last summer and holds a 15-6 lead in series that was first played in 1997.
     The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     The complete rosters are below.

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

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


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


CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Bayside Academy 3, Montgomery Academy 2

    BIRMINGHAM – It took five grueling sets before Bayside Academy emerged victorious over Montgomery Academy Thursday night as the Class 3A finals closed out the AHSAA’s 46th State Volleyball Tournament at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Ann Schilling’s squad extended their current state championship winning streak to 16 in a row in the process with the 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 victory. Bayside Academy came into the finals riding the string of 15 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002. Montgomery Academy had four state titles to its credit with the most recent coming in 2013.
     Pacing  Bayside was 3A State Tourney MVP Brandley Rhodes. The senior had 24 kills and six service aces. Setter Ansleigh Daily had 51 assists and 11 digs, Jacque Martn had 15 digs, 13 kills and four aces, Ella Dawson had 10 digs and seven kills, Ella Broadhead had nine kills and Kaitlyn Morris posted 14 digs.
    Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles were paced by senior hitter Caroline Kirkham’s 52 kills and five blocks. Margaret Head had 29 kills and four blocks. Setter Morgan Karst had 70 assists and Ann Lucas Merrick had 36 digs.
CLASS 3A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brandley Rhodes, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Jacque Martin, Bayside Academy; Caroline Kirkham, Montgomery Academy; Ann Lucas Herrick, Montgomery Academy; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy.

 


THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE/RESULTS
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
CLASS 1A
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
CLASS 2A

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (42-10) 3, Montgomery Academy (44-13) 2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13)  
CLASS 4A
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
CLASS 5A
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
CLASS 6A
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Goshen 0

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal rolled to its second straight Class 2A state volleyball championship Thursday afternoon beating Goshen 25-11, 25-12, 25-15in the finals at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships being held at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Meredith Donald Harvison’s Wildcats (34-15) took control quickly thanks to the strong play inside by senior outside hitter Jada Carney. Carney finished with 14 kills and three service aces to earn MVP for the 2A state tourney. Junior setter Lauren Bailey had 20 assists, senior libero Kellan Hensley had 16 digs and eighth grade outside hitter Gracie Sims had 13.
      Goshen (28-14), making its first appearance in the state finals, was led by senior Kelsey Gibson’s 11 kills, five digs and two aces. Setter Kate Warrick, a junior, had 17 assists for Coach Amy Warrick’s Eagles. Junior Hannah Calhoun also had a game-high 19 digs.
    The Class 3A state finals between Montgomery Academy and Bayside Academy is the last championship match of the day at Harris Arena and is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jada Carney, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Gracie Sims, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Hannah Calhoun, Goshen; Kelsey Gibson, Goshen.

 


THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE/RESULTS
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
CLASS 1A
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
CLASS 2A

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
CLASS 4A
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
CLASS 5A
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
CLASS 6A
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.