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CLASS 3A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Plainview 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen 75 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Plainview High School’s boys’ basketball team shattered the AHSAA record for 3-point shots attempted and made this season. It seemed only fitting that the Bears would sink a trey to win its first-ever state basketball championship Friday.
    Junior Caden Millican, who earned MVP honors for the Bears (34-2), took a feed from point guard Jeffery Armstrong in overtime and fired a 3-pointer as the final buzzer sounded to give Plainview a 78-85 overtime win over Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-4) in the Class 3A boys’ state championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday. The game will go down as one of the greatest games in the 96-year tournament history of the AHSAA State Basketball Championships.
     Hillcrest-Evergreen senior guard Kobe Bradley’s 3-point goal with 37 seconds remaining in the extra period tied the game at 75-75. Bradley, who finished with 44 points, helped the Jaguars of Coach Chenson Griffin tie the game at the end of regulation when he was fouled taking a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and his team was trailing 66-62. Bradley sank his first two free throws, then missed his third and teammate Ryan Nettles rebounded and banked the game-tying bucket to send the game into overtime tied 66-66.
    Millican finished with 37 points, sinking 6-of-10 3-pointers and going 9-of-10 at the foul line. He made two free throws in overtime to give Coach Robi Coker’s Bears a 75-72 lead just prior to Bradley’s trey. Armstrong added 18 points, five assists, five steals and eight rebounds for Plainview. 
    Bradley was 12-of-21 shooting for Hillcrest, sank 5-of-9 3-point shots and was 15-of-19 at the foul line. He also had seven steals.  Nettles had nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jarrett Taylor chipped in 10 points.
     Plainview was 12-of-33 on 3-pointers. The Bears finished the season with 467 made treys on 1,279 attempts. Both are single-season state records.  Hillcrest won the Class 3A football title in December with a perfect 15-0 record.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A BOYS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Cade Millican, Plainview (MVP); Jeffery Armstrong, Plainview; Koby Tinker, Plainview; Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Ryan Nettles, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Luke Skinner, American Christian.

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Pisgah 62, Lauderdale County 59

BIRMINGHAM – Pisgah High School Junior Annie Hughes sank two free throws with  18 seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 62-59 victory over the Tigers in the Class 3A girls’ state basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Friday.  The win in the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena gave Pisgah the school’s first state title since 2005. The state tourney is in its 25th year at the BJCC.
    Hughes scored 28 points, but none were more important than the last two. She was just 7-of-18 at the foul line prior to her final two. Hughes also had 15 rebounds, eight on the offensive boards, and four blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the 3A state tourney. It was her blocked shot underneath the Lauderdale County basket moments earlier that led to her final free throws.
    Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles (31-1) also got a big game inside from Kaylee Vaught. She had 15 points, nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
     Lauderdale County (35-3) was paced by senior Allie Craig-Cruce’s 26 points and 11 rebounds. She was also 9-of-11 before fouling Hughes for her fifth foul.  Hannah Tate also had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jaide Ellick added 10 points. Tamia Watkins contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
    The championship was the sixth overall for Pisgah, which won titles in 1981, 1982, 1997, 2003 and 2005. The Eagles lost in the finals last season to Locust Fork. Lauderdale County has 13 state championships, a girls’ AHSAA state record, and won five in a row from 2012-2016.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville and WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham aired the 2A girls’ finals over their main channels, WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) will air the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant Saturday over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 3A GIRLS ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Annie Hughes, Pisgah (MVP); Kaylee Vaught, Pisgah; Tamia Watkins, Lauderdale County; Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County; Jemeriah Moore, Midfield; Valerie Samuel, T.R. Miller.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Plainview 73, American Christian 55

     BIRMINGHAM –   Plainview shot 54 percent from the field Tuesday to beat American Christian 73-55  in the Class 3A semifinals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Championship tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena to seal a berth in Friday’s state finals.
     Plainview will meet Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-2) in the 3A championship game Friday at 2:15 p.m.
     Jeffery Armstrong scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half as the Bears (33-2) outscored the Patriots 36-24. He also had seven rebounds and three assists. Teammates Caden Millican and Koby Tinker added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Coach Robi Coker’s team and Cade Willingham had 10. Coker’s team was 27-of-50 from the floor and made 2-of-5 3-point goals. Plainview, which has averaged taking 36.2 attempts from the 3-point arc per game this season, averaged making 13.2 per game. Both are AHSAA single-season state records.
      Luke Skinner’s 30 points paced American Christian (26-9), coached by Greg Crowe. Skinner was 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-7 at the foul line. He also had six rebounds and blocked three shots.  Carson Crowe added seven points.
    Today’s second session features the Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday.  The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS PISGAH 76, Midfield 74

     BIRMINGHAM –   Junior Kaylee Vaught sank a short jumper with 23 seconds left to lift Pisgah to a 76-74 victory over Midfield in the Class 3A girls’ semifinals Tuesday at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championship tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      The Eagles (30-1) move into the finals Friday to face Lauderdale County (35-2) at 12:30 p.m.
     Vaught finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Pisgah. Annie Hughes scored 31 points and also cleared 11 rebounds for Coach Carey Ellison’s Eagles, and Molly Heard had 16 points and nine rebounds.
      Midfield (27-10), coached by Charles Thomas, were paced by Jemeriah Moore’s 35 points and 11 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and three steals. Amaya Fluker had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and Zakieya Brown had 14 points for the Patriots. Cynaisha Johnson contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
   Midfield finished with 57 rebounds and was 20-of-30  at the foul line. Moore was 13-of-19 from the foul line. Pisgah had 46 rebounds and sank 16-of-30 free throws.
    The Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals continue this afternoon with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

CLASS 3A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Hillcrest-Evergreen 74, Lauderdale County 48

     BIRMINGHAM – Hillcrest-Evergreen High School’s boys’ basketball team downed Lauderdale County 74-48 in the Class 3A state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday morning to advance to the state finals Friday.
      The Jaguars (24-2) of Coach Chenson Griffin used a balanced attack with Ryan Nettles and Kobe Bradley scoring 17 points each and Jarrett Taylor notching 15. Nettles, a 6-foot-3 junior who quarterbacked Hillcrest to the Class 3A state football championship last December, also had 16 rebounds. Seven came on the offensive board. He blocked five shots, had two steals and three assists. Bradley also had eight steals and Taylor sank five 3-point goals.
      Lauderdale County (23-10), coached by Mark Newton, got 11 points from senior Buddy Burchell, seven points and 11 rebounds from Reece Thacker and nine points from Connor Smith. Slade Brown also had 10 rebounds.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals continue this afternoon with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
    All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

    

CLASS 3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Lauderdale County 59, T.R. Miller 45

     BIRMINGHAM – Senior Allie Craig-Cruce scored 28 points and cleared eight rebounds Tuesday morning to lead Lauderdale County (35-2) to a 59-45 win over previously undefeated T.R. Miller (30-1). The Class 3A girls’ semifinal victory opened the second day of action at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals championship tournament at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena.
    Class 3A and 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are Tuesday with Classes 6A and 5A playing Wednesday. The Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday afternoon with Class 1A. The remaining 12 state championship games will be Friday and Saturday.
Cruce was 10-of-19 from the field, sank three 3-pointers and was 5-of-6 at the foul line for Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Tigers. Tamia Watkins and Sadie McIntyre added 10 points each. McIntyre also had seven rebounds. Point guard Jaide Ellick also had four assists.
     Valerie Samuel had 12 points, Steely Ruzic chipped in 10 and Janazsia Nettles scored nine for T.R. Miller, coached by Ron Jackson. Kyola Bell-Barton had eight rebounds.
     The win extended Lauderdale County’s current winning streak to 20 games and ended T.R. Miller’s streak at 30, which was the longest in the state this season.
     The victory improved Llewellyn’s career coaching record to 589-90. Lauderdale County now advances to Friday’s 3A girls’ state championship game and will vying for the school’s 14th state girls’ title. Llewellyn has coached eight of the championships including five in as row from 2012-2016 that produced a state-record 86 wins in a row. Larry Sinyard coached the first five LCHS state championships.
     Jackson has coached T.R. Miller to four state titles (1995, 1996, 2002, 2009) and Monroe County to one (1987), His career coaching record is now 711-153.
     All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com
. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.
    

SUPER 7 CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Hillcrest-Evergreen 26, Randolph County 14

    TUSCALOOSA -- Hillcrest-Evergreen  blanked Randolph County in the second half to capture a 26-16 come-from-behind victory in the AHSAA 2017 Super 7 Class 3A state championship game Thursday at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.
   The state title was the first in Hillcrest football history.
   Randolph County (13-2), coached by Pat Prestridge,  marched 67 yards on 11 plays to take the lead in the first quarter when Aaron Knight scored on a 5-yard run.  Jordan Heard booted the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0. Hillcrest (14-1) scored six plays later on a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Ryan Nettles to Kobe Bradley. A try for two points failed and the Jaguars trailed 7-6. The Tigers tacked on a 49-yard TD pass from Brody Wortham to Tre’ Terrell in the second quarter and Hillcrest responded with a 66-yard TD connection from Nettles to Brandon Rudolph, but the Jags still trailed at the half 14-13.
    Nettles, who completed 15-of-24 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, directed two more scoring drives in the second half with running back Andray  Pope scoring on a 2-yard run and a dazzling 71-yard run, and the Hillcrest defense did the rest.
    Smith’s Jaguars finished with 16 first downs, 154 yards rushing and 226 passing for 380 yards. Randolph County had 100 yards rushing and 187 passing for 287 yards. Pope finished with a game-high 108 yards rushing on 12 carries and Tyson Nicholson added 43 on 11 carries for Hillcrest. Nettles connected with Joshua Jackson five times for 49 yards and Bradley had four catches for 59 yards. Rudolph also finished with three receptions for 91 yards.
    Wortham was 6-of-16 passing for 187 yards for the Tigers. Knight had 100 yards rushing on 22 carries and caught three passes for 86 yards. Trenton Lane added 27 rushing yards on seven carries.
    Cortez Betts led the Hillcrest defense with nine tackles. Desmond Mitchell added eight stops and Cameron Riley had seven, including two sacks for 28 yards in losses. Riley also had an interception.
    Pacing the Tigers’ defense was E.J. Clark with 10 tackles Andrew Prestridge and Jai Wright, eight each, and Richard Bledsoe with six. Bledsoe also had a sack resulting in a 10-yard loss.
    The Super 7 State Championships continue today with Sweet Water (12-1) facing Pickens County (12-2) in the Class 1A finals at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 3 p.m., and the Class 5A championship game between St. Paul’s Episcopal (13-1) and Briarwood Christian (14-0) at 7 p.m. All games are being televised live by Raycom Media over its Raycom/AHSAA Network of affiliates and D-2 stations. The games are also being live video-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network and on You Tube. For more TV information, go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com and click on “Where to Watch.”
   The Super 7 closes out Friday with three games: UMS-Wright (12-2) meeting Fayette County (12-2) at 11 a.m., in the 4A championship, Lanett (14-0) versus Leroy (12-2) in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and Wetumpka (13-1) facing Pinson Valley (14-0) in the 6A finals at 7 p.m.

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 3A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Pisgah 5, Slocomb 3 (9 innings)

     MONTGOMERY – Pisgah beat Slocomb 5-3 scoring two runs in the top of the 9th inning of the AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament finals at Lagoon Park Thursday to claim the school’s ninth state title overall and its first since 2013.
    Winning pitcher Kennedy Barron, the Class 3A tourney Most Outstanding Player, went the distance to get the win. She allowed six hits and struck out five.  Losing pitcher Amy Woodham also hurled a complete game allowing seven hits and striking out seven.
      The Red Tops took a 3-2 lead after one inning, but Pisgah tied it up in the top of the second. The teams  were scoreless over the next six innings before the Eagles settled it in the ninth.
     Macy Anderson had a triple and two RBIs to lead Pisgah.  Kaylee Vaught had one hit and scored three runs, Annie Hughes and Lila Kate Wheeler each had a single and RBI.
     Woodham had a single and double for Slocomb. Harleigh Sims and Jaylee Fondren also had a single and RBI for the Red Tops.
      Pisgah was 4-0 in the state tourney beating Wicksburg 12-1, Gordo 13-2 and Slocomb 6-1 to reach the finals.
Class 3A All-State Tourney Team
Kennedy Barron, Pisgah (MOP); Kaylee Vaught, Pisgah; Annie Hughes, Pisgah; Macy Anderson, Pisgah; Amy Woodham, Slocomb; Emma Flournoy,  Slocomb; Amara Myles, Slocomb. 

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Gordo Sweeps Piedmont with 9-2 Win

    MONTGOMERY – Gordo High School pitchers shut out Piedmont for 11 2/3 innings in the AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship series, but needed a big rally to seal the Greenwave’s 9-2 win in Game 2 and sweep the series and state title at Riverwalk Stadium.
    Series MVP Thomas Langdon hurled a 1-hit shutout in Game 1 Monday night, and junior Nick Ponders shut out the Bulldogs (27-14) for 4 2/3 innings in game two before Coach Matt Deerman’s squad finally rallied for two runs to tie the contest at 2-2. Coach Jonathan Pate’s Greenwave (34-7) wasted little time responding. Gordo posted five runs in the bottom of the fifth – the big hit a bases-loaded triple by junior left fielder Davis Vails that played three of his team’s five runs in that frame. Two more runs in the sixth sealed the victory and the state title – the first baseball crown in school history.
    Pounders (6-0) finished with a six-hitter, allowed just one earned run, walked none and struck out three. Right fielder Collin Herring, another junior, was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Pounders was also 3-for-3 with two RBIs, senior shortstop and lead-off hitter Koy Chapman had three hits and scored twice. He had the game’s only double. Langdon also had a single and RBI. Center fielder Cabel Mullenix hauled in eight putouts in the contest including two sliding catches that robbed Piedmont of possible hits.
     Bailey Graves had two hits for Piedmont, coached by Mark Deerman. Michael Rogers added the big hit in the fifth for the Bulldogs, an RBI triple. Logan Pruitt, Taylor Morrow and senior hurler Taylor Hayes had the other hits. Hayes (10-5), the two-time Class 3A state football championship game MVP, pitched 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 13 hits had five strikeouts – finishing his senior year with 132 whiffs in 87 innings pitched.
    The 2017 Class 2A and Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series, which opened at Paterson Field Tuesday night, will play at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday. The second game of the 2A series will be at 10 a.m., with the third game to follow 30 minutes later if needed. The Class 4A series resumes with game two at 4 p.m. The third game, if needed, will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 4 o’clock contest.
     All games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Check it out at www.nfhsnetwork.com.