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CLASS 4A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Cordova 56, Madison Academy 54

BIRMINGHAM –  Cordova High School senior Isaac Chatman sank two  free throws with four seconds left, then stole Madison Academy’s final shot at a victory from mid-air to seal the Blue Devils’ 56-54  win in the Class 4A boys’ championship game Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The championship was the first in school and Walker County history and closed out Friday’s day of championships at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships.  The state tournament concludes Saturday with girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. The first game tips off at 9 a.m. with Charles Henderson of Troy facing Central-Tuscaloosa in the 5A girls’ championship game.
     Chatman’s finish was the final touch on a superb game, season and career at Cordova for Coach Heath Burns’ team. The 6-foot-6 forward sat much of the first half after picking up to fouls. He played just five minutes in the first two quarters and Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (24-12) were able to build a 33-25 lead at intermission.
     He returned in the second half and picked up just one foul in the final 16 minutes. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the final two quarters. None were bigger than his free throws at the, however. Madison Academy had the ball with score tied at 54-54, and Chatman stepped in front of a Mustangs pass, made the steal and streaked to his goal where he was fouled attempting to make a lay-up. He finished 7-of-8 at the foul line on the night and also had seven rebounds to earn Class 4A state tournament MVP. He had three steals.
    Senior teammates Demetrius Kirk and Jayce Willingham added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Willingham’s free throws following an offensive rebound with 14 seconds left pulled Cordova with two at 54-52.  Willingham finished with eight rebounds, five on the offensive boards, and Kirk had five rebounds. More importantly, Kirk ran the team at guard, limiting Cordova’s turnovers to just three.
    Luke Tomlinson had 15 points, Calvin Bacon 14 and Calvin Walker 11 for Madison Academy. Tomlinson also had seven rebounds and Bacon had four assists.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 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 4A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Isaac Chatman, Cordova (MVP); Jayce Willingham, Cordova; Demetrius Kirk, Cordova; Luke Tomlinson, Madison Academy; Calvin Walker, Madison Academy; Calvin Bacon, Madison Academy.

 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (31-4) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-7), 9 a.m.
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Eufaula (29-9) vs. Sylacauga (30-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (34-2) vs. Ramsay (24-4), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Madison Academy 56, Deshler 43

BIRMINGHAM – Madison Academy sophomore point guard Jaden Langford scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out three assists to lead the Mustangs to a 56-43 triumph over Deshler in the Class 4A girls’ state finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     The state title was the second in a row and third overall for Madison Academy (29-7). Coach Alissa Hargett is in her first year as head coach at her alma mater.
    Langford scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Teammates Damayia Calvert and Jasmine Gracie added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Calvert also had three assists and three steals and Gracie blocked two shots and recorded two steals.
    Deshler (33-3), coached by Jana Killen, got 12 points from Taylor Aikerson and 10 points from Karleigh Sledge. Sledge also had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. The Tigers had a difficult night shooting the 3-pointer. Deshler made only 1 of 25 from beyond the arc.
    The Tigers have seven state championships to their credit winning back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 en route to a 68-game winning streak that ended last season.
     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 4A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaden Langford, Madison Academy (MVP); Damayia Calvert, Madison Academy; Jasmine Gracie, Madison Academy; Taylor Aikerson, Deshler; Kayleigh Sledge, Deshler; Katyreah Willliams, Greensboro.

CLASS 4A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 49, Greensboro 46

     BIRMINGHAM:  Madison Academy made six free throws in the final 38 seconds Tuesday night to edge Greensboro 49-46 in the Class 4A boys’ semifinals of the 96th AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
      The victory puts the Mustangs sends to the championship game Friday at 5:45 p.m., to face Cordova (25-9). Coach Andy Blackston’s team won the state title in 2015 and 2016 but lost in the semifinals last season.
     Calvin Bacon broke a 43-43 tie with two free throws at the 38-second mark of the final period. Calvin Walker sank a pair of free throws 18 seconds later and returned to the foul line with nine seconds left and sealed the win with two more. Greensboro (23-12), coached by Barry Williams, made a shot at the buzzer when Samuel Nevels fired a 3-pointer from mid-court line to close out the scoring.
      Madison Academy’s free-throw shooting proved to be the difference. The Mustangs were 12-of-16 on the night and the Raiders were just 2-of-10.
     Bacon had 18 points and Walker finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead MA.  Walker also had five assists and seven blocked shots.
    Greensboro’s Nevels finished with eight points. Damigual Edwards had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, John Moore had nine points and Rodney Davis had eight points and six boards before fouling out late.
     Madison Academy’s girls also clinched a spot in the 4A finals and will meet Deshler at 4 p.m., Friday.
     The AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. 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.

 

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham (Feb. 26-Mar. 3)

Monday's Results
CLASS 1A Girls
Phillips (29-3) 75, Linden (20-4) 46
Spring Garden (31-3) 40, Loachapoka (22-5) 28

CLASS 1A Boys
Georgiana (30-3) 80, R.A. Hubbard (27-7) 58
Sacred Heart Catholic (22-10) 76. Cornerstone (24-9) 60
CLASS 2A Girls
Samson (30-3) 64, Phil Campbell (27-6) 43
Sand Rock (24-10) 62, Keith (19-9) 45
CLASS 2A Boys
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) 72, Tanner (20-12) 65
Lanett (25-5) 75, Aliceville (20-3) 64

Tuesday's Results
Lauderdale County (35-2) 59, T.R. Miller (30-1) 45
Pisgah (30-1) 76, Midfield (27-10) 74

CLASS 3A Boys
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) 74, Lauderdale County (23-10) 48
Plainview (33-2) 73, American Christian (26-9) 55

CLASS 4A Girls
Deshler (33-2) 70, Saint James (25-7) 34
Madison Academy (28-7) 72, Greensboro (22-7) 51
CLASS 4A Boys
Cordova (26-8) 46, Andalusia (25-6) 39
Madison Academy (25-8) 49, Greensboro (22-12) 46


Wednesday, Feb. 28
CLASS 6A Girls
Hazel Green (33-2) vs. LeFlore (33-2), 9 a.m.
Ramsay (22-4) vs. Opelika (22-9), noon
CLASS 6A Boys
Hazel Green (22-9) vs. Carver-Montgomery (28-7), 10:30 a.m.
Parker (24-8) vs. Paul Bryant (29-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A Girls
Wenonah (25-7) vs. Charles Henderson (30-4), 3 p.m.
Scottsboro (29-3) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (26-7), 6 p.m.
CLASS 5A Boys
Wenonah (27-6) vs. Eufaula (28-9), 4:30 p.m.
Talladega (21-10) vs. Sylacauga (29-5), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 1
CLASS 7A Girls
Sparkman (29-5) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (23-8), 9 a.m.
Spain Park (29-6) vs. Lee-Montgomery (23-9), noon
CLASS 7A Boys
Sparkman (30-4) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-6), 10:30 a.m.
Mountain Brook (32-4) vs. Central-Phenix City (21-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Philllips (29-3) vs. Spring Garden (31-3), 4 p.m.
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Georgiana (30-3) vs. Sacred Heart Catholic (22-10), 5:45 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 2
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (30-3) vs. Sand Rock (24-10), 9 a.m.
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
St. Luke's Episcopal (22-8) vs. Lanett (25-5), 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Lauderdale County (35-2) vs. Pisgah (30-1), 12:30 p.m.
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-3) vs. Plainview (33-2), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Deshler (33-2) vs. Madison Academy (28-7), 4 p.m.
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (25-9) vs.Madison Academy
(25-8)5:45 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3
CLASS 5A Finals
Girls Finals, 9 a.m.
Boys Finals, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A Finals
Girls Finals, 12:30 p.m.
Boys Finals, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Finals
Girls Finals, 4 p.m.
Boys Finals, 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Madison Academy 72, Greensboro 51

     BIRMINGHAM –   Defending Class 4A state champion Madison Academy overcame a sluggish start with a strong second-half start to down Greensboro 72-51 in semifinals of the  96th AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday night.
      The victory sets up a rematch against Deshler in Class 4A finals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs (28-7) won last year’s championship 50-47.
      Jaden Langford sparked a 20-3 run to open the third quarter as Madison Academy stretched a 29-27 lead to 49-31. The Raiders (24-7) of Coach Frances Dunn outscored Coach Alissa Hargett’s Mustangs 5-2 to end the quarter but the damage was already done.
     Langford finished with 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in a complete performance for the Mustangs. She was 7-of-11 at the foul line and nailed two 3-pointers. Damahyia Calvert had 15 points, five assists and six rebounds and Jasmine Gracie added 13 points and six boards.
    Greensboro’s KaTyreah Williams led the Raiders with 19 points. Kamekia Edwards had nine points and six rebounds, and Trinity Hambright had seven points and eight rebounds.
         The 96th annual AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. 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 4A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Cordova 46, Andalusia 39

     BIRMINGHAM –   Cordova 6-foot-5 senior Jayce Willingham scored 21 points, had nine rebounds and sank 8-of-9 crucial free throws Tuesday as the Blue Devils (25-9) nipped Andalusia (25-6) in the AHSAA Class 4A Boys’ State Basketball Championships semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was his blocked shot inside in the waning seconds, however, that sealed the hard-fought victory and punched Cordova’s ticket into the state finals Friday night.
      Andalusia, coached by Anthony Clark, had clawed back from a 16-point deficit and trailed 42-39 when Willingham blocked a put-back shot by Bridges Anderson with only 17 seconds remaining. Willingham got the rebound on the play and was fouled and sank two free throws at the other end to give Coach Heath Burns’ Blue Devils an insurmountable five-point lead. Cordova’s Dylan Hendrix sank two more free throws with three seconds left to close out the scoring.
    Hendrix finished with six points, including 4-for-4 at the foul line, and Cordova 6-6 senior center Isaac Chatman had 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out late.
    Bridges finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Trey Wilkerson added 10 points and R.J. Drish had six.
         The  96th annual AHSAA state tourney, now in its 25th year at the BJCC, resumes Wednesday with Class 6A and Class 5A girls’ and boys’ semifinals. 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 4A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Deshler 70, Saint James 34

     BIRMINGHAM –   Deshler’s Tigers downed Saint James 70-34 in the Class 4A girls’ semifinals Tuesday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to advance to the state finals for the second year in a row. Deshler has seven state championships overall and are making their fourth straight appearance in the AHSAA Class 4A state basketball championship game. Overall, the Tigers have reached the finals 11 times in school history since 1985.
       Senior center Karleigh Sledge led Tuesday’s victory with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Annie Sparks added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (33-2). Taylor Aikerson had 12 points and Shamari Thrilkill had 10.
      Saint James (25-7), coached by Katie Barton, got 14 points from  Micala Fisanick. The senior  went over 1,000 points for her career in the semifinals, finishing her stay at Saint James with 1,008 points. She also played two years at Ponce de Leon (FL).  Annie Skoneki also had five rebounds and three assists for the Trojans.
     Killen, who owns a 735-160 career record, has directed all but one of Deshler’s past state championships, winning four in a row from 2003-06 and titles in 2015 and 2016. The Class 4A girls’  finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Championships will tip off Friday at 4 p.m.
    Wednesday’s state tournament schedule features Classes 6A girls’ and boys’ semifinals in the first session and 5A semifinals in the afternoon. 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.

SUPER 7 CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS UMS-Wright 21, Fayette County 7

UMS-Wright 21, Fayette County 7
 
    
TUSCALOOSA – UMS-Wright posted three touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs beat Fayette County 21-7 to claim the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A state football championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium Friday.
     Sophomore running back Symon Smith had 144 of his 200 yards in the first half, scoring on touchdown runs of 14 and 55 yards to spark the Bulldogs to a 21-0 lead by intermission. Will Chapman scored the other first-half TD on a 2-yard run. UMS-Wright’s defense also had its big moments too – stopping the Tigers on four downs inside the 10-yard line in the final minute of the second quarter.
    The championship was the sixth for UMS-Wright (13-2) during Coach Terry Curtis’ tenure and the seventh in school history.
         Fayette County (12-3) had the ball for just seven plays in the first quarter. The Tigers of Coach Lance Tucker opened the third period with a 10-play, 55-yard drive culminated with Chance Stevenson’s 4-yard run for the touchdown to cut the lead to 21-7. Stevenson, the Tigers’ quarterback, finished with 78 yards rushing on 21 carries and was 17-of-38 passing for 165 yards. Senior wide receiver Darius Nalls caught 11 passes for 108 yards. He finished his season with 78 receptions for 1,659 yards and 19 touchdowns.
    Will Chapman was 2-of-7 passing for seven yards for the Bulldogs.
     Fayette out-gained UMS-Wright 250 total yards to 229. The Bulldogs made four interceptions, however, with Trez Dixon swiping two for 50 yards in return yardage. Russ Myers and Conrad Inge had the other picks.  Dixon finished with eight tackles and Richard Brinson had six.  Leading the Tigers’ defense was Jamarious Jackson with eight tackles, Joe Koster, Colton Cooper and Tristan Nichols with seven each.
    The 2017 Super 7 State Championships continue today with two remaining finals: Lanett (14-0) versus Leroy (12-2) in the 2A championship at 3 p.m., and Wetumpka (13-1) facing Pinson Valley (14-0) in the 6A finals 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 AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games across the state. The link is available at www.ahsaa.com.

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Saint James 3, Deshler 1

    BIRMINGHAM – Saint James beat Deshler 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to claim the 2017 AHSAA Class 4A state volleyball championship. The state title was the third in school history and the first for Coach Karen Lee.
    Junior outside hitter Carson Ann Crow recorded 21 kills and 16 digs to the Class 4A state tourney’s MVP honor. Her play up front helped the Trojans (37-9) from Montgomery roar back after dropping the first set 25-21 to Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (43-15). LizAnne Livings added 16 kills and Bailey Williams had eight. Setter Emily Olsey had 29 assists and 12 digs and Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs.
    Leading Deshler was 6-foot senior middle hitter Karleigh Sledge, who had 21 kills and two blocks. Madison Jackson had 10 kills and Ashley Wellington added 24 digs. Setter Kandice Ricks had 37 assists and 15 digs.
    The two remaining state finals are remain to be played today. Both are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 4A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James (MVP); LizAnne Livings, Saint James; Emily Osley, Saint James; Kandice Ricks, Deshler; Madison Jackson, Deshler; Karleigh Sledge, Deshler.


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 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 5A
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
CLASS 4A
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
CLASS 2A

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  

CLASS 4A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Northside 4, Westminster Christian 0

     MONTGOMERY – Northside High School beat Westminster Christian in the winner’s bracket finals 2-1 and then beat the Wildcats again the championship game Saturday to claim the AHSAA 2017 Class 4A state softball tournament.
      Winning pitcher and 4A state tourney Most Outstanding Player Savannah Stamps hurled a four-hitter in the finals, walking none and striking out two for the Rams (43-17-1) of Coach Tommy Honeycutt. Carson Beatty was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI and Savannah Tidwell also had three hits with a solo homer. Catcher Destiny Noble also had a double for Northside.
   Westminster senior  Annie Willis scatter eight hits and struck out nine and got the loss. Amy Tillman had two hits including a double for Coach Mandy Lowman’s Wildcats (51-5-1).
    Northside also had wins over Cordova (12-4) and Alabama Christian (4-2).
    The Class 5A tournament was still underway Saturday with Springville and Scottsboro battling in the finals. All championship games have been live-streamed over the NFHS Network. All state-tournament boxscores are available on line at www.ahsaa.com.
Class 4A All-State Tournament Team
Savannah Stamps, Northside (MOP); Riley Grace Honeycutt, Northside; Carson Beatty, Northside; Gabby Hilliker, Northside; Destiny Noble, Northside;  Annie Willis, Westminster; Olivia Aycock, Westminster; Lauren McCoy, Westminster; Macy Kate Toon, Westminster.

CLASS 4A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES UMS-Wright Posts 5-1 Win in Game 3 To Clinch the 2017 Class 4A State Baseball Title

     MONTGOMERY – UMS-Wright High School’s Sam Plash was 4-for-4 with a double, three singles and two RBIs Wednesday night to lead the Bulldogs to a game three 5-1 victory over Madison Academy to clinch the AHSAA Class 4A state championship for the Bulldogs at Riverwalk Stadium. The state title was the second in a row for the Mobile school and their 10th overall.
      Plash, the Class 4A Series MVP,  and team collected 10 hits in the final game – quite a contrast to the six hits in game two when Madison Academy posted a 9-1 win to force game three. Winning pitcher Brant Dixon (6-3) scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two in a strong performance to get  the win.
      Jake Christa’s second-inning home run that hit the screen on the foul pole down the left-field line closed gave Coach David Pressley’s Mustangs some momentum as they closed a 4-run UMS lead to 4-1. Dixon, however, kept the MA batters off-stride with his breaking pitches and the Bulldogs defense did the rest to seal the championship.
       Senior Tanner Allen added a triple and single, Dalton Goff had two hits and an RBI and Skipper Snypes doubled in a run for Coach Kevin Raley’s Bulldogs (28-13).
       Madison Academy starter Sam King (7-3) gave up five hits and four runs in the first two innings to get the loss. Nate Buchanan hurled five strong innings of relief for the Mustangs (30-17) striking out three and just allowing four hits and one run. Madison Academy moved to Class 4A this season after winning the last three state titles in Class 3A.
       UMS-Wright took a 1-0 lead in the series Tuesday night with a 5-1 at Paterson Field. Madison Academy forced game three winning the first game at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday 9-1.
      Winning pitcher Dylan Murphy (7-2) pitched five innings, allowed six hits and struck out five for the Mustangs. Cade Morson pitched the last two innings allowing no hits, no runs, walking four and striking out two.   UMS-Wright starter Dalton Goff (5-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and all nine runs. He struck out one, walked two and hit three batters.
     Senior center fielder James Nix was 3-for-3 with a double, two-run homer and four RBIs. His blast in the fifth inning turned a 4-1 game into a 7-1 contest and the Bulldogs never recovered.
     Catcher Christian Cooper had a single and RBI to lead UMS-Wright.
    Russellville and Faith Academy will complete the Class 5A Championship Series Thursday morning starting at with game two at 10 a.m. Game three will follow if needed 30 minutes after completion of game two.
    The Class 6A Championship Series gets underway Thursday night at Paterson Field with game one between Cullman and Helena set for 6 p.m. The 6A series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. Class 7A begins its championship series at Paterson Field Friday night at  6 p.m. Hoover and Auburn will then close out the 7A series Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with game two of the best 2-of-3 series.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.