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AHSAA CLASS 7A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Hoover Sweeps Games 2 & 3 to Capture Class 7A State Baseball Championship

     MONTGOMERY – Hoover High School senior left-handed pitcher Brock Guffey hurled a 2-hit shutout to beat Auburn 4-0 in game two of the AHSAA Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Saturday, then hurled the final 1 1/3 innings in game three to earn the save as the Bucs captured the state crown.
   Guffey (11-0), the 7A Series MVP,  struck out 11, walked none and faced just one batter over the limit in the first-game win Saturday for Coach Adam Moseley’s Bucs (41-11). He set the pace early striking out the first three batters he faced.  Auburn center fielder Trey Woodham got a double but was thrown out at third and first baseman Carter Phillips managed a single to also reach base safely.
    Third baseman Peyton Wilson had two hits and an RBI and left fielder Brandon Agsalud had a single and two RBIs to pace Hoover.
    Hoover picked up where it left off in game three with senior Devin Cole (5-2) hurling five strong innings as the Bucs built a 6-0 lead. The Bucs shut out Auburn for 11 consecutive innings on Saturday and ran the streak with 13 counting the final two innings Friday night in game one.
     Junior first baseman Sonny DiChiara doubled in a run in the first inning to give Hoover a quick 1-0 lead. The Bucs scored five runs in the third with DiChiara doubling in another run, Drew Guffey, Brook’s brother, singling to plate another run and Ty Robinson driving in two with a double.
     Auburn, coached by Matt Cimo, finally got on the board with two unearned runs off Cole in the fifth. Cole, who got the win, allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three before yielding to Hoover reliever Griffin Lape in the sixth.
     Woodham singled and scored to highlight the fifth for the Tigers. Auburn closed to 6-3 in the sixth and Moseley turned to his first-game winning Guffey to come in to close out the win. Guffey allowed three hits and two runs in his relief stretch but pitched out of a seventh-inning jam to get the save. Auburn’s Rowdey Jordan drove in two runs with a single to give the Tigers one last chance at the win.
    DiChiara’s two doubles paced Hoover’s eight-hit attack. Tyler Williams also had two hits while Robinson and DiChiara each had two RBIs. Shortstop Garrett Farquhar scored two runs.
    Ryan Lambert (6-2) started for Auburn and got the loss.
    Hoover’s baseball title was the school’s second. The 7A Series closed out the 2017 State Baseball Championships.

AHSAA CLASS 7A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Game 1: Auburn 9, Hoover 6

     MONTGOMERY – Auburn High School plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning and then held on to beat Hoover 9-6 in the first game of the AHSAA Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series at Paterson Field Friday night.
     The Tigers (28-10) and Bucs (39-11) move to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday morning for game two at 10 a.m. If a third game is needed in the best 2-of-3 series, it will start 30 minutes after game two concludes. All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Both teams combined for 24 hits with Coach Adam Moseley’s Bucs out-hitting Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers 14-10. Hoover stranded 11 runners, however, and Auburn just five. The Tigers bunched four hits in the first inning to take a quick 5-0 lead. Teddy Benda got the first of his two hits to plate one run and catcher Rawlins Cleveland added a two-run homer that hit the screen on the left-field foul pole..
     Hoover got three back in the top of the second with five hits. Drew Guffey’s double down the left-field line plated two of the runs. Auburn added another run in the bottom of the inning on Brooks Fuller’s double to center field to lead 6-3. Max Garvey homered over the left-field wall in the top of the fourth as Hoover closed the cap to 6-5. 
     Auburn answered quickly again with Benda driving in more runs with a single to left. The Tigers got another run in the fifth and Hoover managed a single run in the sixth to close out the scoring.
      Starting pitcher Drew Jennings (6-2) allowed 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings to get the win for Auburn. Ryan Lambert pitched the final inning to get the save.  Hoover starter Scott Elgin (8-4) gave up nine hits and nine runs to get the loss. He struck out four.
    Benda finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Cimo’s Tigers. Cleveland also had two hits and two RBIs, and Fuller finished with two hits and two RBIs. Lead-off hitter Rowdey Jordan had one hit and scored three runs.
    Garrett Farquhar, Brandon Agsalud, C.J. Gilliland, Ty Robinson, Guffey and Garvey each had two hits. Guffey finished with two RBIs.

Bob Jones, Auburn, St. Paul’s Repeat 2015 AHSAA State Swimming Champions

    AUBURN - Bob Jones High School’s boys and Auburn  High School’s girls repeated as state champions Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 6A/7A division as the 56th annual State Swimming & Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal also won its second straight Class 1A/5A state boys’ and girls’ crowns.
    The two-division state meet is in its second year. From 1960 to 2013, the AHSAA swimming championships had just one boys’ division for all schools. The girls, which competed for the first time in 1963, had one division from 1963 to 2013.
    Bob Jones totaled 250 points and runner-up Auburn had 173 in the 6A/7A boys’ final team standings. St. Paul’s tallied 113 points and Randolph 89 to top the 1A/5A team rankings. In the girls’ competition Auburn had 234 points to beat runner-up Huntsville (180). St. Paul’s scored 78 points to nip Pope John Paul II (71.5) in the 1A/5A girls’ division. All swimmers in each division competed in just one individual competition.
   Senior Helen Legg of Fairhope became just the second girl in AHSAA swimming history to win four straight diving titles. She scored 352.80 to win the girls’ 1-meter diving event for the fourth straight year. Colleen Edmonds of Auburn is the only other diving to win four diving championships. She won four in a row from 1988-91.
   Opelika sophomore Conner Pruitt won his second  1-meter diving title in a row with a 498.40 score -- up 90 points from his 2014 winning total.
    Several state-meet records fell Saturday in the swimming competition.  Bob Jones junior Andrey Tretyakov turned in a stellar performance with a new state mark in the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.88) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.07 seconds). He also swam a leg in the Patriots’ winning 200-yard medley relay effort which broke the previous state record held by McGill-Toolen since 2012. Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Derek Sander and Tretyakov turned in a winning time of 1:34.52 to win the event and beat McGill’s 1:35.28 mark.
   Bob Jones beat its own state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning Saturday with a 1:25.57 time to nip the old mark by 37/100ths of a second. Tretyakov swam the third leg, teaming with  Sander, Sterns and Logan Black to earn the win and the new record.
    In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright junior Paige Madden, who came into the meet holding state-meet records in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, added the 200-yard freestyle time to her collection with a winning time of 1:48.39. The previous record holder, Kobie Melton of Athens, set the mark in 2014 with a time of 1:49.97.
    Madden also won the 500-yard freestyle Saturday.  Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont tied the state mark in the 50-yard freestyle winning the event in 23.09 seconds. Megan Molnar of Auburn has held the record since 2010.
    Auburn’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle and Anny Kate McGinty won with a state-record time of 1:38.27. The time erased the previous mark (1:38.50) set by Athens in 2013.
 
Boys
Team Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Bob Jones 250; Auburn 173; James Clemens 157; McGill-Toolen 138; Huntsville 113; Fairhope 75; Prattville 66; Spain Park 63; Northview 60; Daphne 55.
Class 1A-5A|
St. Paul’s Episcopal 113; Randolph 89; Faith Academy 59; Pope John Paul II Catholic 50; Holy Spirit Catholic 32; Oneonta 27; Westminster Christian 26; Alabama Christian 18; Jackson 5; Satsuma 4.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley: Bob Jones, 1:34.52; (Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander). AHSAA state record.
200-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 1:38.31.
200-yard IM:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones, 1:49.88; AHSAA state record.
50-yard freestyle: Andrew Shea, James Clemens, 21.02.
100-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 44.60; AHSAA state record.
100-yard butterfly:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones,48.07; AHSAA state record.
500-yard freestyle: Sadler McKeen, Briarwood, 4:31.22.
200-yard freestyle relay: Bob Jones, 1:25.57 (Andrew Sterns, Logan Black, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke: James Courtney, St. Paul's, 49.89.
100-yard breaststroke: Andrew Sterns, Bob Jones, 58.03.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:12.49 (Daniel Padgett, Brady Stabler, Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan).
1-meter diving: Conner Pruitt, Opelika, 498.40.

Girls
Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Auburn 234; Huntsville 180; McGill-Toolen 164; Bob Jones 142; Grissom 133; Athens 131; James Clemens 122, Daphne 121; Hoover 107.5; Vestavia Hills 89.
Class 1A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 78; Pope John Paul II Catholic 71.5; UMS-Wright 68; Westminster Christian 38; Altamont 36; Randolph 35; Madison Academy 23; Springville 23; Trinity Presbyterian 18.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley:
Grissom, 1:47.79 (Mary Northcutt, Alison Hu, Jia Jia Shen, Chloe Hui).
200-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 1:48.39, AHSAA state record.
200-yard IM: Rac Cunningham, Spain Park, 2:04.88.
50-yard freestyle: Anna-Julia Kutsch, Altamont, 23.09; ties AHSAA state record.
100-yard freestyle:
Hadley Dowdell, Auburn, 50.77.
100-yard butterfly:
Dalton Chambliss, Prattville, 55.52.
500-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright,4:53.77.
200-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 1:38.27 (Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle, Anna Kate McGinty); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke:
Ann Moers, Vestavia Hill, 55.60.
100-yard breaststroke: Rachel Cunningham, Spain Park, 1:02.63.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:31.39 (Hadley Dowdle Anna McGinty, Peyton Dowdle, McAuley Parker), AHSAA state record.
1-meter Diving:
Helen Legg, Fairhope, 352.80.

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl To Tip Off AHSAA Mini-Clinic Series In September

   New Auburn University men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl will tip off the 2014-15 AHSAA Sports Mini-Clinic series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
   Pearl, who will be addressing the AHSAA basketball coaches for the first time as Auburn’s head coach, will be speaking at the Basketball Mini-Clinic Wednesday, Sept. 3. The basketball mini-clinic will be the first of 12 sports-specific mini-clinics hosted by the AHSADCA, said Director Alvin Briggs.
|   “We are very excited to have Coach Pearl open this school year’s mini-clinic series,” Briggs said. “We know he will be a very popular clinician, so we encourage our coaches to go online and register as soon as possible because the space will be limited. This is a tremendous opportunity for our coaches to learn from one of the top college coaches in the U.S.”
    The Basketball Mini-Clinic will be limited to the first 150 registrants due to space.
    Pearl, one of the most popular coaches in Division I, was hired at Auburn University after last season. The former University of Tennessee and Milwaukee head coach owns a 231-99 career coaching record over 10 seasons heading into his first season with the Tigers. His teams have reached the NCAA Tournament eight times in that 10-year stretch.
   Briggs said that bowling will be offered for the first time as an emerging sport this coming winter and is expected to become a championship sport in 2015-16.
   “There has been a lot of interest by the schools in starting a bowling program,” he said. “We know the Bowling Mini-Clinic set Wednesday, Sept. 17, will provide an excellent opportunity for schools to learn more about the sport.”
    The mini-clinic series will also include the sports of golf, tennis, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, track & field, volleyball and football. The football mini-clinic will conclude the 2014-15 series March 11.

AHSADCA 2014-15 Mini Clinic Series Schedule

BASKETBALL              SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
BOWLING                   SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
GOLF                           OCTOBER 2, 2014
TENNIS                       OCTOBER 9, 2014
WRESTLING               OCTOBER 15, 2014
BASEBALL                  NOVEMBER 19, 2014
SOFTBALL                  JANUARY 14, 2015
SOCCER                      JANUARY 28, 2015
TRACK & FIELD        FEBRUARY 4, 2015
VOLLEYBALL            FEBRUARY 11, 2015
FOOTBALL                MARCH 11, 2015