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Alabama High School Hall of Fame Selects 11 for Class of 2018 Induction

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from a field 51 nominations for induction into the 28th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.

     The 2018 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a banquet at the Renaissance Hotel and  Convention Center in Montgomery, March 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
   Selected for induction are football coaches John Mothershed, Randy Ragsdale and Jerome Tate; basketball coaches Ricky Allen and Obadiah Threadgill III; baseball coach William Booth; softball coach Alvin Rauls; volleyball coach Ann Schilling; soccer official and rules interpreter Joe Manjone; former AHSAA assistant director Greg Brewer, selected in the contributor category; and basketball coach Edward Wood, now deceased, who was chosen in the ‘old-timer’ category.
    Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
     Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the event.
      Since the inaugural class induction in 1991, these 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 343.
       A profile of each selectee:
RICKY ALLEN: Allen, 62, graduated from Brewer High School in Somerville in 1973, earned his college degree at Auburn University and then returned to Morgan County in 1977 where he remained a teacher and coach for 34 years. He served in various assistant coaching roles at Brewer and head-coaching roles at nearby Cotaco and Union Hill junior high schools before taking over the girls’ program at Brewer in 1985.
    He became Brewer High School’s girls’ head basketball coach in 1985 where he remained through 2015. Allen compiled a 30-year record of 604-272 with one state title (Class 5A in 2012) and one state runner-up (2009) finish. His teams reached the State Championships five times, made 15 Northwest Regional tournament appearances winning five times. His teams won 17 Morgan County championships.
    Brewer also served in other head-coaching roles including volleyball and softball. In high school he was a member of the school’s first graduating class helping Brewer reach the state boys’ basketball tournament in 1973 for the only time in school history while averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds.
    A local church leader, he has taught Sunday School for 25 years and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
   
WILLIAM BOOTH:
Booth, 73, a veteran of 52 years in education, got a late start in coaching at Hartselle High School. However, he made up for lost time quickly. Over the last 30 years he has become the state’s all-time career wins leader for baseball, compiling a 1,025-431 record with eight state championships and three runner-up trophies. 
    He coached his first time on a field he described as a “cow pasture” and but now plays and practices at Sparkman Park, one of the finest high school facilities in the nation. He has seen 101 of his former players sign college scholarships and eight played professionally. Two, Steven Woodard and Chad Girodo, reached the major league. He was recognized by the Alabama State Senate and his hometown last May for his career achievements at a special ceremony at Sparkman Park.
     He served 10 years as a little league coach, leading teams to two state titles and one state runner-up. He graduated in 1962 from Morgan County High School and got his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from Athens State and Alabama A&M. Teaching advanced math for almost 50 years, Booth served as interim Superintendent of Education in the summer of 2017 and is now serving as assistant superintendent while continuing to coach baseball.
    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hale County High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation

MONTGOMERY – Hale County High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit seven varsity football wins.

Hale County played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Eight Semester Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 4A, Region 4 victories over Oak Grove, Holt, Bibb County, West Blocton,  Sipsey Valley and Greensboro high schools and one non-region win over Winfield. As a result of the forfeitures, Hale County will not qualify for the playoffs.  Bibb County is the Region 4 No. 1 seed. Northside is the No. 2 seed. The third and fourth playoff qualifier spots were decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. West Blocton is the third seed and Sipsey Valley is the fourth seed.


Central-Tuscaloosa High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation

MONTGOMERY – Central-Tuscaloosa High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit four varsity football wins.

Central played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Overlapping School Zones Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 5A, Region 3 victories over Jemison, Sumter Central, Marbury and Dallas County high schools. As a result of the forfeitures, Central will not qualify for the playoffs.  Demopolis is the first qualifier, Calera is second and Marbury is third. The fourth qualifier will be decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. Tied for the fourth spot are Jemison, Dallas County and Sumter Central. All three finished 2-4 in region play. 

33 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Oct. 26-Nov. 2 Unbeatens Wilson and Rogers to Meet In AHSAA/NFHS Game of the Week Friday

   MONTGOMERY – Twenty-one football contests are scheduled to be live-streamed tonight and Friday over the NFHS Network as the season heads into its ninth week. All games will be key region contests as all AHSAA region play comes to an end except for 6A, Region 1 and 7A, Region 1. Those regions have nine teams and will conclude region play next week.
     Perhaps the biggest will take place Friday near the Tennessee border when Rogers High School (8-0) meets Wilson (8-0) in a battle that will decide the Class 4A, Region 8 title. Both are squaring off unbeaten this late in the season for the first time in the rivalry’s history. The contest will be featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program Game of the Week. Wilson’s SBP will be live-streaming the contest at 7 p.m. Friday. 
      For the two schools, it could better described as the Game of the Century. Few rivalries in the state have been more even with Wilson holding a slim 21-20 edge in the series that has been played annually since the Warriors and Pirates met for the first time in 1976. Wilson has averaged 17.7 points per game in the series and Rogers, 16.5 – only 1.2 points per game separating the two teams.
    Another key game scheduled for the NFHS Network Friday night is unbeaten Thompson (8-0) at defending state champion Hoover (7-1) in a battle that will determine the Class 7A, Region 5 champion. The Hoover High School Broadcast Program will be live-streaming with veteran announcer Jeff Lloyd bringing the play-by-play.
      The NFHS Network slate of AHSAA events also includes one swimming event today as well as a bowling event next Thursday being live-streamed by the Cullman High School SBP. The  seven state championship matches at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships on Nov. 2 at the Birmingham CrossPlex will also be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
    To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click:
http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

    The Rogers-Wilson game may be accessed by subscribers for live-stream or for Network non-subscriber members at:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/wilson-high-school-florence-al/37778f0036

   The Wilson-Rogers game will be available free for viewing on a delayed basis Tuesday, Oct. 17, after 11 a.m., to NFHS Network members. Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version once they sign up for the free membership.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, Oct. 26
SWIMMING                                                 Producer                                Air Time
Cullman Meet (Boys & Girls)                                    Cullman HS SBP                    5 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Auburn at Jeff Davis                                       Jeff Davis HS SBP                 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, Oct. 27
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 2A
Pike County at Goshen                                   Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Geneva at Wicksburg                                      Geneva HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Class 4A
Elmore County at Tallassee                            Montgomery Sports SBP        6:30 p.m.
Rogers at Wilson (AHSAA Game of Week)  Wilson HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Class 5A
Ardmore at Russellville                                   Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
Mae Jemison at Lawrence County                 Lawrence Co. HS SBP           6:45 p.m.
Rehobeth at Eufaula                                       Eufaula HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Class 6A
Columbia at Hartselle                                     Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
B.C. Rain at Spanish Fort                               Spanish Fort HS SBP             6:40 p.m.
Brewer at Cullman                                          Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Decatur at Muscle Shoals                               Muscle Shoals HS SBP          6:30 p.m.
Pelham at Opelika                                           Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Selma at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                                     Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Class 7A
Baker at Foley                                                 Foley   HS SBP                      6:45 p.m.
Enterprise at Lee-Montgomery                       Montgomery Sports SBP        6:30 p.m.
Enterprise at Lee-Montgomery                       Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Huffman at Mountain Brook (Delayed)         Mtn Brook HS SBP                11 a.m. (Sat.)
Thompson at Hoover                                      Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Tuscaloosa Co.                    Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 28
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Huffman at Mountain Brook (Delayed)         Mtn Brook HS SBP                11 a.m. (Sat.)
Russell County at Carver-Montgomery          Montgomery Sports SBP        6:30  p.m.

THURSDAY, Nov. 2
BOWLING                                                    Producer                                Air Time
Cullman, West Point, St. Bernard                  Cullman HS SBP                    4 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Class 1A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       8 a.m.
Class 6A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       9:45 a.m.
Class 7A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       11:30 a.m.
Class 5A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       1:15 p.m.
Class 4A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       3 p.m.
Class 2A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       4:45 p.m.
Class 3A State Finals                                      NFHS Network                       6:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
LeFlore at Saraland                                         Saraland HS SBP                    6:40 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Deshler                                Muscle Shoals HS SBP          7 p.m.
Thompson at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                  Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.

29 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Oct. 19-24 Park Crossing versus Sidney Lanier Is Featured AHSAA Game of the Week on NFHS Network

   MONTGOMERY – A total of 29 AHSAA sports contests or events are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network tonight through next Wednesday by AHSAA member schools. That brings the total to more than 180 AHSAA contests live-streamed over the NFHS Network since the 2017-18 school year kicked off in late August.
      Among the events will be a bowling tri-match to be live-streamed by the Cullman High School Broadcast Program on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Six volleyball contests and 22 football games are slated for tonight through Wednesday, Oct. 25.
     Two football games will by live-streamed tonight, 19 on Friday and one on Saturday as the AHSAA region races heat up with many key battles that will go a long way in deciding the state playoff participants.
     Two volleyball events include area tournaments in Class 6A, Area 2 (Monday) and Class 4A, Area 16 on Tuesday. Spanish Fort and Wilson high schools will be live-streaming selected matches from the two tourneys, respectively.
        The AHSAA’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Game of the Week Friday will be at Cramton Bowl where Park Crossing (7-1) takes on undefeated Sidney Lanier (7-0) in a game that will decide the Class 6A, Region 2 champion. Montgomery’s Public School SBP (Montgomery Sports Net) will be live-streaming the game over the NFHS Network.
      The Thunderbirds of Coach Smitty Grider are averaging 44.0 points a game and allowing 15.0. Sidney Lanier, coached by Marvin Cunningham, is 7-0. The Poets, led by talented senior quarterback James Foster, are scoring 36.4 point and yielding only 8.1, second only to Homewood in Class 6A this season.
     Lanier is off to the school’s best start since 2000. Montgomery’s oldest high school is 588-400-9 in over 107 seasons since playing football for the first time in 1910. Park Crossing is Montgomery newest public high school in just its fourth year of existence. Grider’s team has compiled a 35-8 record during that stretch including a 13-1 season in 2016 that ended in the Class 6A semifinals. The Thunderbirds are 20-2 over the last two years.
      Also on the line is the Montgomery Public Schools championship. Lanier is 3-0 in games versus the other county schools, Park Crossing is 2-1 and Robert E. Lee is 3-1 with a loss to Lanier and a win over Park Crossing. Grider’s team has won six straight since that 28-17 loss.
       The Lanier-Park Crossing game can be seen live by NFHS Network subscribers. The game will also be available free for viewing on a delayed basis Tuesday, Oct. 24, after 11 a.m., to NFHS Network members. Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version once they sign up for the free membership at: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
    To check out all games scheduled, click: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football

   

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, Oct. 19
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Handley at Smiths Station                              Smiths Station HS SBP          6:30 p.m.
Northview at Smiths Station                          Smiths Station HS SBP          4:30 p.m.
James Clemens at Hoover                               Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.
Spain Park at Vestavia Hills                           Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Florence at Columbia                                      Florence HS SBP                    6:45 p.m.
Prattville vs. Jeff Davis                                   Jeff Davis HS SBP                 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, Oct. 20
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 1A
Millry at Sweet Water                         Sweet Water HS SBP             7 p.m. 
Class 2A
New Brockton at Goshen                               Goshen HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Class 3A
Opp at Geneva                                                Geneva HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Class 4A
W.S. Neal at Andalusia                                 Andalusia HS SBP                 6:30 p.m.
Class 5A
Russellville at East Limestone                        Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
Class 6A
Austin at Muscle Shoals                                 Muscle Shoals HS SBP           7 p.m.
Cullman at Southside-Gadsden                      Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Hartselle at Decatur                                        Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Brookwood                Hillcrest SBP                          6:30 p.m.
Sidney Lanier vs. Park Crossing                     Montgomery Sports Net         6:30 p.m.
Spanish Fort at Saraland                                 Saraland HS SBP                    6 p.m.
Wetumpka at Opelika                         Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Class 7A
Auburn at Smiths Station                               Smiths Station HS SBP          7 p.m.
Enterprise at Demopolis                                  Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Foley at Mary Montgomery                            Foley HS SBP                         6 p.m.
Hoover at Vestavia Hills                                 Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.
Hoover at Vestavia Hills                                 Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Mtn. Brook (delayed)         Mtn. Brook HS SBP               11 a.m. (Sat.)

SATURDAY, Oct. 21

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Central-Phenix City at R.E. Lee                     Montgomery Schools SBP      6 p.m.

MONDAY, Oct. 23

VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Class 6A, Area 2 finals                                   Spanish Fort HS SBP             5:58 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Opelika at Auburn (Freshmen)                       Auburn HS SBP                     6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 24

BOWLING                                                    Producer                                Air Time
Cullman, St. Bernard, Lindsay Lane meet     Cullman HS SBP                    5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Class 4A, Area 16 Tourney                             Wilson HS SBP                      5 p.m.


34 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Oct. 12-17 Hartselle at Austin is Featured AHSAA Game of the Week on NFHS Network Friday

   MONTGOMERY – Twenty-six football contests and eight volleyball matches are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network tonight through next Wednesday by AHSAA member schools. That brings the total to more than 150 AHSAA contests live-streamed over the NFHS Network since the 2017-18 school year kicked off in late August.
      The volleyball totals include four matches tonight headlined by Spain Park at Hoover at 5 p.m. 
     The 51st meeting between Hartselle (5-2) and Austin (6-0) is the AHSAA’s featured NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Game of the Week Friday. Kickoff is set for are tied with Muscle Shoals at 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 8. Coach Jeremy Perkins’ Black Bears have won 11 of their last 12 regular-season games and 12 of their last 13 region games. Senior running back Asa Martin, an Auburn commitment, comes into the contest with 1,151 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns this season. He also has 3,209 career rushing yardage and 34 TDs at Austin.
     Perkins, in his seventh season as head coach, is 51-35 overall with two straight Class 6A semifinal appearances the last two seasons. He is 10 wins away from becoming the school’s all-time wins leader. Hartselle Coach Bob Godsey, in his 15th season as the Tigers’ leader, is 129-48 during that span and 171-63 overall. Hartselle, which is live-streaming the contest, is 2-2 in region play.
    Among the other top games is Lee-Montgomery (5-1) at Auburn  (5-1) Friday night in a key Class 7A, Region 2 clash. The Generals are 3-0 in region play and the Tigers are 2-1. The direct link for the live-stream is:
 
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hartselle-high-school-hartselle-al/d237f894bd

To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click:
http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

    The Hartselle-Austin game will also be available free for viewing on a delayed basis Tuesday, Oct. 17, after 11 a.m., to NFHS Network members. Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version once they sign up for the free membership.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, Oct. 12
VOLLEYBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Auburn at Smiths Station                               Smiths Station HS SBP          5:30 p.m.
Bessemer City at John Carroll Catholic         John Carroll HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Fort Payne at Cullman                                    Cullman HS SBP                       4:30 p.m.
Hayden at Cullman                                         Cullman HS SBP                       6:30 p.m.        
Spain Park at Hoover                                      Hoover HS SBP                       5 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                    Air Time
Bumpus at Liberty Park (7th )                         Vestavia Hills HS SBP  4:55 p.m.
Bumpus at Liberty Park (8th)                          Vestavia Hills HS SBP  6:35 p.m.
Smiths Station at Auburn (Middle)                Auburn HS SBP                       4:30 p.m.
Baldwin County at Saraland (Middle)            Saraland HS SBP                       5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, Oct. 13
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                    Air Time
Class 2A
Central-Hayneville at Goshen                        Goshen HS SBP                       7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Geneva at Daleville                                        Geneva HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Class 4A
Andalusia at Satsuma                                    Andalusia HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Class 5A
Ardmore at Lawrence County                        Lawrence Co. HS SBP    6:45 p.m.
Brooks at Russellville                                     Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
Class 6A
Decatur at Florence                                        Florence HS SBP                       6:45 p.m.
Hartselle at Austin                                          Hartselle HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Hazel Green                        Muscle Shoals HS SBP           7 p.m.
Opelika at Chelsea                                          Chelsea HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Stanhope Elmore vs. Carver-Montgomery            Montgomery Sports Net         7 p.m.
Stanhope Elmore vs. Carver-Montgomery     Carver HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City at Jeff Davis                   Jeff Davis HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Enterprise at Smiths Station                           Enterprise HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Enterprise at Smiths Station                           Smiths Station HS SBP          7 p.m.
Hoover at Huffman                                         Hoover HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Lee-Montgomery at Auburn                           Auburn HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Spanish Fort (6A) at Foley                             Spanish Fort HS SBP               6:40 p.m.
Spanish Fort (6A) at Foley                             Foley HS SBP                             6:45 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Mountain Brook                  Vestavia Hills HS SBP  7 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Mountain Brook                  Vestavia Hills HS SBP  Delayed, Sat.)

MONDAY, Oct. 16

VOLLEYBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Central-Phenix City at Smiths Station           Smiths Station HS SBP          5 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                    Air Time
Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills (Fresh.)    Vestavia Hills HS SBP  5:30 p.m.
Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills (JV)          Vestavia Hills HS SBP  7  p.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 17
VOLLEYBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Vestavia Hills at Mtn. Brook                          Mtn. Brook HS SBP                        5 p.m.
Tuscaloosa County at Hoover                        Hoover HS SBP                       6:30 p.m.


32 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through Oct. 10 Andalusia at Thomasville is AHSAA’s Feature Game on the NFHS Network Friday night

   MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network has 25 AHSAA football games and seven volleyball matches scheduled to be live-streamed, beginning tonight and running through Tuesday, Oct. 10. All contests are being produced by AHSAA member schools participating in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program or by third-party NFHS Network producers.
      Headlining the volleyball action tonight is a Class 7A battle of powerhouses, defending state champion Mountain Brook at red-hot Hoover. The Lady Bucs reeled off 10 wins last week to claim their own tourney.
    One varsity football game tonight features Dothan and unbeaten Sidney Lanier.
    Friday’s football lineup is one of the strongest yet with the AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game pitting Andalusia (5-1) at unbeaten Thomasville (5-0) in a game that will go a long way in deciding the champion of Class 4A, Region 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Two of Class 4A’s premier coaches will be on the sidelines, Bulldogs’ head coach Trent Taylor and Tigers’ head coach Jack Hankins. Taylor, 211-126 in 30 seasons, has guided Andalusia to a 28-5 record since taking over in 2015.  Hankins, who has been the head coach at Thomasville since 2002, has compiled a 144-47 record – all at his current school. His 2010 Tigers won the Class 4A state title and finished 15-0.
     Among the other top games is unbeaten Thompson (5-0) at Vestavia Hills (3-2) in Class 7A, Region 3. The Warriors are averaging 44.8 points per game, third best in Class 7A, will take on a Rebels team that is allowing only 10.2 points per outing, second in Class 7A. Linden (3-1) and Sweet Water (3-2) will be live-streamed in a top Class 1A game Friday, and on Saturday, the Jeff Davis High School broadcast team will live-stream the Vols’ 7A, Region 2 battle with arch-rival Lee-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl. Jeff Davis is 4-2 and the Generals are 4-1.
       At least one game in each class is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network Friday night with 12 games being live-streamed in Classes 6A and 7A.
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
   
The complete schedule currently on the NFHS Network is listed.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, October 5
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
Homewood MS at Mountain Brook               Mountain Brook HS SBP       5 p.m.
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 6
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 1A
Linden at Sweet Water                                   Sweet Water HS SBP             7 p.m.
Class 2A
Goshen at Zion Chapel                                   Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Geneva at Straughn                                        Geneva HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Class 4A
Andalusia at Thomasville                                Andalusia HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Childersburg at Handley                                 102.3 FM NFHS Net              6:30 p.m.
Haleyville at Madison Academy                    Madison Academy SBP          7 p.m.
Class 5A
Greenville at Eufaula                                      Eufaula HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Russellville at St. John Paul II                       Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m. 
Class 6A
Austin at Florence                                           Florence HS SBP                    6:45 p.m.
Blount at Spanish Fort                                    Spanish Fort HS SBP             6:40 p.m.
Carver-Montgomery vs. Park Crossing          Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.
Cullman at Pell City                                       Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Hazel Green at Hartselle                                 Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Helena at Opelika                                           Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Paul Bryant               Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Columbia                            Muscle Shoals HS SBP          6:30 p.m.
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City at Enterprise                   Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Murphy at Foley                                             Foley HS SBP                         6:45 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Hoover                                Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills                           Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 7

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Jeff Davis vs. Lee-Montgomery                     Jeff Davis HS SBP                 7 p.m.

MONDAY, October 9
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Clay-Chalkville at Mountain Brook JV          Mountain Brook HS SBP       6 p.m.
Prattville at Auburn JV                                   Auburn HS SBP                      6 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 10
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Daphne at Spanish Fort (varsity)                    Spanish Fort HS SBP             5:10 p.m.
Hayden at Cullman (varsity)                           Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.                    
Mountain Brook at Hoover (varsity)              Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Thompson JV at Vestavia Hills JV                Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5 p.m.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills (varsity)             Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6 p.m.


FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Clay-Chalkville at Mountain Brook Fresh.    Mountain Brook HS SBP       5:30 p.m.
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.

32 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through Oct. 5 Opelika at Central-Phenix City is Featured Game on AHSAA’s NFHS Network Friday Night

   MONTGOMERY – Fifteen volleyball contests and 17 football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network this weekend through next Thursday by AHSAA member schools.
      The volleyball totals include Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort today, two varsity battles at Lawrence County and Cullman next Monday and five volleyball matches across the state on Tuesday.
      The 75th meeting between Class 6A Opelika High School (3-2) and Central-Phenix City (4-0) headlines 13 games on tap Friday night. The AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game will kick off at 7 p.m. The Red Devils own a 42-32 edge in the East Alabama rivalry that dates back to 1928. Central won last year’s meeting at Opelika 35-28, but the Bulldogs won three of the previous four and seven of the last 12 games.
     Among the other top games include Opp (2-2) at Andalusia (4-1) in a South Alabama rivalry that was first played 91 years ago. The Bulldogs hold a 48-36-4 edge as the teams prepare for the 89th meeting thanks in part to an eight-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2009. The two teams played twice that year with the Bobcats winning in the regular season and Andalusia winning in the playoffs.
      Murphy (2-2) is also at Saraland (3-1) Friday night in a game broadcast by the Spartans’ NFHS School Broadcast Program, unbeaten Sidney Lanier (5-0) takes on Jeff Davis (4-1) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in a game produced the Jeff Davis SBP. Russellville (0-4) is at Hartselle (3-2) in a game that is being live-streamed by both schools’ SBP programs.
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
   
The complete schedule currently on the NFHS Network is listed.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, Sept. 28
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort                            Spanish Fort HS SBP             6:40 p.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 29
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 3A
Geneva at Samson (2A)                                  Geneva HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Goshen (2A) at Houston Academy                Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 4A
Opp (3A) at Andalusia                                    Andalusia HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Class 5A
East Lawrence (3A) at Lawrence County      Lawrence County HS SBP     6:45 p.m.
Class 6A
Fayette County (4A) at Cullman                     Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Russellville (5A) at Hartselle                          Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
Russellville (5A) at Hartselle                          Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Class 7A
Enterprise at Theodore                                    Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A) at Tuscaloosa Co. Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Murphy at Saraland (6A)                                Saraland HS SBP                    6 p.m.
Opelika (6A) at Central-Phenix City              Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Sidney Lanier (6A) vs. Jeff Davis                  Jeff Davis HS SBP                 7 p.m.             
Vestavia Hills at Helena (6A)                         Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

MONDAY, Oct. 2
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Carbon Hill at Cullman                                   Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.
Fairview at Lawrence County                        Lawrence County HS SBP     4:15 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville (freshmen) at Mtn. Brook Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Homewood (freshmen) at Vestavia Hills       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5 p.m.
McAdory (freshmen) at Mrn. Brook              Mtn. Brook HS SBP               6 p.m. 



FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Auburn (JV) at Eufaula                                  Eufaula HS SBP                     5:30 p.m.
Helena (JV) vs. Vestavia Hills                       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5:30 p.m.
Helena (freshman) vs. Vestavia Hills             Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 3
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Beauregard at Smiths Station                         Smiths Station HS SBP          4:30 p.m.
Brewer at Cullman                                          Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.
East Limestone at Lawrence County              Lawrence County HS SBP     4:25 p.m.
Oak Mountain (JV) at Mtn. Brook                 Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Mtn. Brook                         Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Thompson (JV) at Hoover                              Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Thompson at Hoover                                      Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.

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

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net         6:30 p.m.
Homewood (MS) at Mtn. Brook                    Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Simmons (7th) at Vestavia Hills                      Vestavia Hills HS SBP           4:55 p.m.        
Simmons (8th) at Vestavia Hills                      Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6:35 p.m.   
     

AHSAA mourns death of Andalusia’s Ethel Robertson

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) is saddened to learn of the death of retired Andalusia teacher Ethel Robertson, the wife of AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Richard Robertson. She passed away Sunday night after a long illness.
   Mrs. Robertson accompanied Coach Robertson, the long-time boys’ basketball coach at Andalusia High School (AHS) and former president of the AHSAA Central Board of Control, to many school and AHSAA functions in this state and across the nation. She was one of AHS’s biggest supporters and will be sorely missed.
      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard and the entire Robertson family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Ethel and Richard Robertson have been a long-time personal friends of ours and an even longer friend to the AHSAA. Her love for her husband and family, for high school sports and for the many student-athletes they mentored together will be a lasting legacy. She was indeed a great lady of strong faith. She and her husband have taught us all how to serve by their example of a servant’s heart.”
     The memorial service will at First Baptist Church of Andalusia on Saturday, September at 2 p.m.