MONTGOMERY, AL – Four teams have been selected for the 12th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic Aug. 24-25 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
The 2016 Champions Challenge, which will kick off the 2017 prep football season, will feature one game at 7 p.m., each night. Defending 1A state champion Maplesville and defending 2A state champion Fyffe will meet in the small-school game on Thursday. Hewitt-Trussville and Pell City will play in the large-school game Friday.
The pairings were announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaching organization, which hosts the event each year.
“We are very excited about the two games we have lined up,” Briggs said. “The Fyffe versus Mapleville game pits two schools that were undefeated last season while the big-school game is a clash between two of the state’s up-and-coming programs. Each have storied histories and strong communities that love high school football. We thank the City of Montgomery for all they do to make these games possible each year.”
Both games will be televised live over the Raycom Network in Alabama with WSFA TV 12 as the anchor station. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the games live over its statewide radio network.
Fyffe (15-0), coached by Paul Benefield, beat Aliceville 28-0 in the 2016 Class 2A finals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was the Red Devils’ second state championship in the last three years. Fyffe outscored opponents 700-113 with the championship game win the Red Devils’ sixth shutout of the season.
Coach Brent Hubbert’s Maplesville Red Devils (14-0) beat Pickens County 40-12 last December to claim Maplesville’s third straight Class 1A state title and extended Maplesville’s current winning streak to 23 in a row. His team outscored opponents 683-101 in 14 games last season.
Pell City (6-5) reached the Class 6A state playoffs in Coach Keith Etheredge’s first season at the helm in 2016. He moved to Pell City from Leeds where he served as head coach for 10 seasons compiling a 113-39 record and four state championships. Etheredge’s teams have been known for their explosive offenses and smothering defenses.
Floyd finished his third season at Hewitt-Trussville leading the Huskies (11-1) to a perfect 10-0 regular season record for the first time in the school’s 92-year football history. Hewitt-Trussville also won the Class 7A, Region 8 title and outscored opponents 552-289 on the year.
Floyd came to Trussville from Shiloh Christian (Ark.) where he led the school to a 99-21 record over 10 seasons with four state titles in five trips to the Arkansas state high school finals.
The former prep quarterback’s high school coach was current Auburn University Coach Gus Malzahn.
Benefield has s 255-52 career record including 210-41 at Fyffe. Hubbert is 143-23 at Maplesville and 160-38 overall. Ethredge is 113-39 in his 11-year career (107-34 at Leeds) and Floyd is 121-33 overall and 22-12 at Hewitt over the last three seasons.
Andalusia beat Brooks 34-13, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa downed Demopolis 42-7 and Hoover topped Central-Phenix City 23-7 in last year’s Champions’ Challenge.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 19, 2017) — Among the changes to high school swimming and diving rules for 2017-18 are ones that address risk minimization and requirements for use of the championship meet format.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recommended seven rules changes at its March 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Rule 1-3-12 now requires state associations to identify culminating meets, which require use of the championship format. Due to the variations in conference, league and postseason championships within states, the committee believes it is appropriate for the respective state association to determine which meets shall be considered culminating meets.
“The championship meet format features preliminaries and finals rounds, which are thought to provide athletes the best opportunity to excel in their events,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “However, the format also prescribes specific rules associated with team and individual entries, dual confirmation, declared false starts and applicable penalties for violation of these rules.
“The committee agreed that state associations are in the best position to determine which competitions must adhere to the championship meet format. The language also allows non-championship meets to be conducted using the championship meet format.”
An addition to Rule 8-3-5c specifies where a second, third and fourth swimmer’s feet must be when a relay exchange occurs. One foot must be in contact with the surface of the starting platform in front of the starting block wedge during takeoff to minimize risk during relay exchanges.
Rule 3-6 was reorganized to provide clarity regarding the potential conduct issues within a meet. As a result, the committee believes these issues are now easier to compare and categorize for appropriate action and/or penalty. Rule 4-1-8 was also affected by this rule change and now includes language regarding appropriate conduct for meet officials.
Other rules changes include:
· Rule 9-5-2, which addresses the approach and hurdle requirements in diving. This clarifies the intent for hops, leaps and/or jumps to count toward the three-step forward approach requirement.
· Rule 3-3-2a, which provides consistency for all NFHS sports regarding what school and competitor information is permitted on the uniform which, in swimming and diving, consists of the suit and swim cap.
· Rule 4-6-4, which requires dual confirmation for relay exchanges during championship meets. The referee and the starter may serve as the relay takeoff judges.
· Rule 3-4, which provides competitors more flexibility when competing in 500-yard events to count either up or down with visual lap counters. This practice permits flexibility for the competitor, and is in keeping with current trends in the sport.
“The Swimming and Diving Rules Committee was intentional in deliberation of this year’s rules proposals,” Searcy said. “Its main focus this year was to minimize risk but also clarify existing rules.”
Swimming and diving ranks ninth in popularity among girls with 166,747 participants and 10th among boys with 133,470 participants, according to the 2015-16 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.
BIRMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Emanuel “Tubb” Bell IV will be the recipient of the Frank “Pig” House Award at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
The Frank "Pig" House Award is given to someone that the Hall of Fame considers has performed outstanding service to sports in Alabama and the Board of Directors feels is worthy of special recognition. The award is named after the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s First Chairman of the Board who was instrumental in the founding of the Hall of Fame.
A native of Birmingham, “Tubb” as he is affectionately known graduated from Wenonah High School in 1973 and earned a football scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, TN. Bell has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Wenonah High School for the past 20 years. His overall record is 485-178. His girls’ basketball team has made it to the Girls State Final Four eight times and has won the state championship five times. They have won the state championship in Class 5A the past four consecutive years. During his 20-year career at Wenonah he has been honored as the Birmingham City School Coach of Year, Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year and the Alabama Sportswriters Coach of Year.
He formed a professional Women’s basketball team called the Birmingham Power. He also formed the Alabama Roadrunners AAU Girls Basketball program in 1995. It was a Nike Grassroots program for 10 years. He has coached three McDonalds All-Americans. Several of his former players either played or are now playing in the WNBA.
Former recipients of the Frank “Pig” House Award include Sammy Dunn (2004), Dr. Avalee Willoughby (2007) and Buddy Anderson (2014).
For ticket information to the May13th Induction Banquet at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.
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AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of
Control approved Wednesday to move the start date for the 50% Rule at its
Spring Meeting Wednesday at the AHSAA Office.
50% Rule currently goes into effect on the first day allowed for Fall Sports
practice. The Central Board voted to change the date to the first Fall Sports
contest date allowed (excluding football’s zero week). For the 2017-18 school
year, that date will be Thursday, Aug. 24.
change brings the 50% Rule more in line with the AHSAA Outside Participation
Rule,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “It will provide the
opportunity for student-athletes, especially in smaller towns, to participate
in more recreation events during August.”
action was taken at the Spring Meeting of the Central Board of Control. The
Legislative Council also met Wednesday. The 32-member council voted on 15
legislative proposals, but none received the required minimum two-thirds (22)
votes to be ratified.
also announced the 2016 Football Playoffs took in more than $2 million for the
second year in a row and for just the third time in AHSAA history.
“We also had great
financial reports from the winter sports, and if we can have a strong finish
with our spring championships, we hope we can reach our goal of distributing
for the first time $2 million back to our member schools through revenue
sharing this school year,” Savarese said. “Member schools have already received
approximately $1.4 million in stipends from the football revenue for the 2016
season,” he said. The AHSAA has paid out approximately $10 million in revenue
sharing to its member schools over the last seven years.
The Central Board also
elected current vice president John Hardin, principal at Hackleburg High
School, as president for the 2017-18 school year and Keith Bender, Oneonta
Schools, as the new vice president. Both will take office at the July
meeting. Spring Garden principal Mike Welsh has served as president the
last two years.
Other Central Board action included:
-- Approved the 2016 Football Playoff Audit, the 2017 Bowling, Wrestling,
Indoor Track, Regional and State Basketball Financial Reports.
-- Approved expenses for the AHSAA’s new Video Wall.
-- Heard a
report on the Medical Advisory Committee winter meeting and approved permitting
the new 2017-18 required Concussion and Permission forms to be made available
on-line May 22.
expenses for the National Federation Summer Meeting scheduled for June at
Providence, Rhode Island.
-- Approved the AHSAA 2017-18 Calendar of Events and Sports Calendar, the AHSAA
5-year Calendar, and dates for Central Board regular meetings for the 2017-18
-- Heard a
presentation by Baker High School concerning transfers enrolled in the AP
Capstone Program and denied the request.
-- Heard a report from
AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the Summer Conference and All-Star