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South Boys Down the North 61-57 to Win 76th North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – Carver-Montgomery’s Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points and cleared nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the South All-Stars to a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over the North in the 76th game of the AHSAA’s long-running all-star classic. The North now holds a 48-28 edge in the series which began in 1953.
       The North girls also downed the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in the early game to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     The South trailed for most of the first quarters but began  comeback early in the second half. Auburn guard Justin Brooks drove in for s lay-up with 1:10 left in the third period to give the South the lead 42-41. It was short-lived, however, when Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson canned a jumped 30 seconds later and the North took that 43-42 lead into the final period.
     The 6-foot-6 Walton, selected the South MVP, added a rebound and put back early in the fourth quarter, was fouled and nailed the free throw to extend the South lead to four, 49-45. He had 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the South outscored the North 36-24. Walton was also 7-of-8 at the foul line in the second half. He also finished with three steals.
     DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore added 12 points and three rebounds and Demond Robinson of Lee had eight points and eight rebounds.
     Pacing the North was Malik Tyson of Sparkman, who had 10 points and seven rebounds to earn North MVP. Josh Birdsong of Auburn chipped in 12 points, Florence’s Charlie Champagne and Calera’s Cornelius Brown added seven points each.
     The South was coached by Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. The North coaches were Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville coached the South.
North Girls 66, South 57: Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


North Girls Win 66-57 at Dunn-Oliver Acadome In 22nd North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – The North down the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University Wednesday night to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

     


All-Star Sports Week Results
WEDNESDAY
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Basketball
Girls:  North 66, South 57

TUESDAY
Baseball
Game 1: South 3, North 2
Soccer
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Softball
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1

 

 

CONTACT RON INGRAM AT RINGRAM@AHSAA.COM


Exception to Backcourt Violation Approved in High School Basketball Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact: Theresia Wynns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 14, 2018) — An exception to the backcourt violation and a clarification regarding specifications of the ball comprise the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 9-9-1 states that “a player shall not be the first to touch the ball after it has been in team control in the frontcourt, if he/she or a teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went to the backcourt.”

An exception was approved to note that any player who was located in the backcourt may recover a ball that is deflected from the frontcourt by the defense.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials, said the committee approved the exception to ensure that a team is not unfairly disadvantaged on a deflected pass.

The other change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee involved more clearly defining the cover of the ball in Rule 1-12-1c, which now states that the ball “shall have a deeply-pebbled granulated surface . . .”

Wynns said the term “granulated surface” should provide manufacturers a better idea of what a deeply-pebbled cover should look like.

In addition to the two rules changes approved by the committee, several points of emphasis were identified for the coming season, including concussion recognition, proper procedures for blood issues and coaches monitoring injury and research trends.  

“The committee wanted to stress continued education in recognizing signs and symptoms of concussions for coaches, athletes, parents and officials,” Wynns said. “In addition, concern of overuse injuries due to sport specialization should be monitored, and recognition of blood on players and uniforms and the proper procedure for removal of blood and return to play are other areas for education.”

 Wynns noted that coaches have primary responsibility for making sure players are wearing legal uniforms and are legally equipped. She said emphasis will be given to rule enforcement in the areas of traveling, legal guarding position and establishing possession during loose-ball situations.  Lastly, the committee believes officials professionalism and use of proper terminology should be emphasized.

 “Overall, the committee believes the rules of the sport are in great shape.  These changes provide more clarification in areas where there has been inconsistency in interpretation and will help manufacturers in producing basketballs that meet NFHS specifications,” said Francine Martin, NFHS Basketball Rules Committee chair and assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. “The committee evaluated input from the NFHS basketball rules questionnaire, which is available for all coaches and officials to complete and provide input for future rules changes during the meeting. The points of emphasis are geared toward sports medicine issues and consistent interpretation of playing rules.” 

A complete listing of all rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”

Basketball ranks third in popularity for both boys and girls with 550,305 male participants and 430,368 female participants, according to the 2017-18 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.


Players and Coaches Selected for 2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Teams

     MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ basketball games have been selected.
     Sixty outstanding junior basketball players, 15 on each team, were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition scheduled for Montgomery July 16-20. Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), announced the teams Friday.
     The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Wednesday night, July 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
     The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball and cross country. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl to close out the all-star competition.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Coaches Ronnie Jackson of Ramsay High School and Candace Byrd of R.A. Hubbard will direct the North girls’ team. Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville will coach the North boys’ squad. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County will serve as administrative assistant for the North boys’ and girls’ teams.
      Coaching the South girls’ team are Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka. South boys’ coaches are Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. Nigel Card of Saint James is the administrative assistant for the South boys and girls.
       Among the players selected for the South girls’ team are 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home, the ASWA Class 1A player of the year for 2018; 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, the 2018 Class 5A state tournament MVP for the state champion Lady Trojans and the ASWA Class 5A player of the year. 
       Named to the North All-Star squad are 6-1 forward Jasmine Gracie of 2018 Class 4A state champion Madison Academy, 2018 Class 3A state tourney MVP Annie Hughes of 3A state champion Pisgah, guard Marissa Snodgrass of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Ahrielle Parks of 2018 Class 7A state champion Spain Park.
       Among the North boys selected are 6-3 forward Caden Millican, named the MVP of the Class 3A state tournament for Plainview; 6-3 guard Khalil Watkins of 2018 Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart Catholic; 6-6 forward Logan Padgett of Homewood and 6-5 guard Cornelius Brown IV of Calera.  Headlining the South squad are 6-6 guard Jaykwon Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP for 2018 state champion Carver-Montgomery; 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore, 6-8 center Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and 6-6 forward Alex Wright of Elba.
     The North boys won last year’s game played at Auburn-Montgomery Gymnasium 75-64 to improve to 48-27 in the North-South all-star series which was first played in 1953. The North girls also won 76-67 and are now 18-3 in the series which began in 1997.
   The rosters:

2018 North-South Basketball All-Star Rosters

NORTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Josh Birdsong

Austin

F

6'4

175

Cornelius Brown, IV

Calera

G

6'5

180

Charlie Champagne

Florence

F

6'3

165

JaLon Johnson

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

G

6'0

170

Eugene Leonard

Oxford

G

6'0

185

Kira Lewis

Hazel Green

PG

6'3

160

Antonio McGinnis, Jr.

James Clemens

G / F

6'4

160

Caden Millican

Plainview

F

6'3

170

Justin Minter

Wenonah

G

6'4

175

Logan Padgett

Homewood

F

6'6

190

JP Robinson

Deshler

G

5'10

175

Malik Tyson

Sparkman

F

6'2

190

Khalil Watkins

Sacred Heart Catholic

G

6'3

180

Justin Webb

Hamilton

G

5'11

160

Connell Yarbrough, Jr.

Tanner

F

6'3

203

NORTH COACHES

Will Copeland

Sylacauga

Russell Carr

Guntersville

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 


 

 

SOUTH BOYS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Justin Brooks

Auburn

G

6'0

175

Zydairen Brown

Houston County

G

6'1

180

Jaylin Cumins

Opelika

W

6'4

175

DeAntoni Gordon

Leflore

SF

6'8

195

Derrick Griffin

Southside-Selma

G

6'2

180

Jaquon Kincey

Abbeville

W

6'3

180

Matthew McNeece

McGill-Toolen Catholic

W / F

6'4

190

Cooper Meadows

Prattville Christian

W

6'5

185

Demond Robinson, Jr.

Lee, R. E.

C

6'8

243

Kshun Stokes

Headland

G

6'0

175

Jarrett Taylor

Hillcrest - Evergreen

G

6'1

169

Jalen Taylor

Saraland

G

6'2

175

Jaykwon Walton

Carver-Montgomery

G

6'6

195

Desmond Williams

Brewbaker

G

6'1

170

Alex Wright

Elba

PF

6'6

220

SOUTH COACHES

Bryant Johnson

R. E. Lee

Mike Smith

Eufaula

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.

 


 

 

NORTH GIRLS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

A'Nautica Bibbs

R. A. Hubbard

PG

5'6

Abby Davis

Phil Campbell

F

5'11

Kirby DeBoard

Sand Rock

G

5'7

Deyana Dodd

Sparkman

G

5'5

Jasmine Gracie

Madison Academy

F

6'1

Abbi Holley

Deshler

PG

5'5

Annie Hughes

Pisgah

G

5'9

Victoria Hunter

Hoover

P

6'3

Joiya Maddox

Hoover

G

6'0

Thaniya Marks

Wenonah

F

6'1

Sierra McCullough

Sparkman

C

6'2

Ahrielle Parks

Spain Park

G

5'5

Ariana Powe

Grissom

F

6'1

Marisa Snodgrass

Hazel Green

G

5'5

Moriah Taylor

Hartselle

G

5'5

NORTH COACHES

Ronnie Jackson

Ramsay

Candace Byrd

R. A. Hubbard

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County, Adm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOUTH GIRLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Adison Argent

Chilton

PG

5'8

 

River Baldwin

Pleasant Home

C

6'5

 

NyKeria Boykin

Jackson

SG

5'9

 

Maori Davenport

Charles Henderson

C

6'4

 

Ty'Quajah Griffin

Goshen

SG

5'4

 

Ta'Sharri Grimes

Selma

PG

5'7

 

Kaitlin Hill

Loachapoka

SG

5'7

 

Avery Howell

Murphy

SG

5'2

 

Jajuana Lambert

Mattie T. Blount

F

6'0

 

Alaysia Norfleet

R. C. Hatch

PG

5'1

 

Alexandria Pierre

McGill-Toolen Catholic

P

5'10

 

Kaitlyn Reyes

Prattville Christian

SG

5'8

 

Madison Traylor

Elmore County

G

5'7

 

Iveonna Turner

Dothan

SG

5'4

 

Shaquala Walton

Opelika

G

5'8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH COACHES

Rhonda Wright

Clarke County

Anthony Edwards

Loachapoka

Nigel Card

Saint James, Adm.


Piedmont Coach Tommy Lewis Steps Down After 602 Victories – and Many More Memories

                     By JOE MEDLEY
                                       The Anniston Star
                                      (Published Thursday, March 15)

    ANNISTON – Tommy Lewis has a real simple philosophy about philosophy about winning in high school basketball. Area championships matter.
     “I always told people, you’ve got to learn how to win close to your house first,” Lewis said.
     Lewis — who has won 602 games and 22 area titles over 31 seasons at Gaylesville, Spring Garden, Cherokee County and Piedmont — has resigned at Piedmont. The Piedmont Board of Education approved his resignation Wednesday.
     The 57-year-old Lewis stopped short of calling it retirement, saying his possible return to coaching is “50-50.” He said he’s starting to repeat his stories at Piedmont, and he hopes that his stepping aside creates opportunities for long-time assistants Jonathan Odam (17 years) and Matt Glover (12 years).
    “It’s been a great experience, and plus, Coach Odam’s son (Alex) is coming on,” Lewis said. “Coach Odam has been helping me for so long, and it’s time he got a chance.
    “JoJo works there, and his wife works there, and he’s got two sons in the system. Matt works there, and he’s got a wife. For them to find a job, it’s going to take a whole lot of picking up and moving. For me, it’s not.”
    Lewis’ resume speaks volumes.
   His career record stands at 602-342. Records from the mid-1900s can be sketchy, but he’s believed to be one of only 25 coaches in the history of Alabama high school boys basketball to reach the 600-win mark. He recorded his 600th on Feb. 9, against Glencoe.
    Lewis’ teams have won at least one area title at each of the four schools where he coached. He’s taken 15 teams to regionals tournament with five advancing to the state tournament — Spring Garden in 1989, Cherokee County in 2006 and Piedmont in 2010, 2011, and 2015.
    Lewis coached 12 seasons at Piedmont, winning nine area titles and reaching the Northeast Regional nine times. The 2015 team finished as Class 3A runner-up.
    His 226 wins at Piedmont mark the most in the school’s near-100-year history.
    “When you come into our gym, we try to have banners that reflect the success of all of our athletic teams, male and female,” said Steve Smith, Piedmont’s football coach and athletics director, who lured Lewis to the school. “You look at our boys basketball banner, and it’s just littered with a ton of success over the last 12 years.”
     Piedmont hired Smith in 2006, and Lewis was among his first hiring targets. At the time, Lewis was coaching Cherokee County’s Final Four team.
     “There weren’t a lot of people that even wanted to talk to me about the job,” said Smith, who came to Piedmont from Cedar Bluff, also in Cherokee County. “He was somebody that I kind of zeroed in. I was just thinking maybe a shot in the dark, because he’d done so well there.”
     Smith lauded Lewis as “a team player,” always understanding of the school’s frequent deep playoff runs in football and the late starts several multisport players get in basketball.
     Lewis saved one of his best coaching jobs at Piedmont for last. His final Piedmont team had five new starters and six new players among the top seven yet finished 21-12, reaching the Northeast Regional final before losing to eventual state champion Plainview.
    “Having some sort of either loss or altered version of your top seven players in your rotation from last year and getting to the ‘Elite Eight’ again, it speaks wonders to his ability to be able to adapt, to play with the hand that he’s dealt and get the most out of the guys,” Smith said.
     Part of the reason Lewis came back for this past season was because he didn’t want to leave his potential replacement with a young team.
     “When we were looking at the schedule, Coach Glover and I, and we were having a tough time finding eight or 10 wins,” Lewis said. “That was if we caught some breaks.
      “As far as expectations, this may be the team that exceeded what we thought they’d do, farther than any team we’ve had.”
    

Tommy Lewis Collected Many Memories thru the Years

                      (Published in The Anniston Star, Friday, March 16)

      ANNISTON – It’s not every day that a 600-win coach steps down, but Tommy Lewis is not every 600-win coach.
      He put Piedmont boys’ basketball on the map in his 12 years there — winning nine area titles and taking the Bulldogs to three Final Fours — but stands out for perspective.
      As Piedmont football coach and athletics director Steve Smith quickly points out, Lewis never complained about the Bulldogs’ regular deep playoff runs in football. It meant late and slow starts for Lewis’ basketball teams, which rostered several football players, but there was a bigger picture.
      Lewis always had athletes and kids who got winning.
     The 57-year-old Lewis, a 31-year head coach, is a loyal guy who talks fondly about people one “collects” over a long coaching career. That includes 17-year assistant Jonathan Odam, whom Lewis collected at Cherokee County, and 12-year assistant Matt Glover.
     That doesn’t begin to cover how Lewis feels about former players he collected, but then he showed that in an all-too-Tommy moment at the 2010 Final Four. The Bulldogs were down eight points to Greene County inside the final minute, likely too far down to come back but not beyond a miracle, yet he gave reserves Chase Childers, Coltin Allison, Jalen Johnson, Derrick Jackson and Jamie Major floor time on the big stage.
     According to box score on AHSAA.com, they played “0+” minutes.
     Final score: Greene County 46, Piedmont 41 and a memory for kids who didn’t play much, even if one trip up and down the floor.
     Lewis believes in that. From the time he coached Spring Garden in the first boys Northeast Regional game in 1994, he believes in it.
     A coach who will do that, yet wins 600 games at four schools, is special.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 73, McGill-Toolen Catholic 49

BIRMINGHAM –  Mountain Brook scored the first two points of the AHSAA Class 7A State Basketball Championships finals Saturday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena and never relinquished the lead as the Spartans downed McGill-Toolen Catholic 73-49 to win the school’s second state championship in a row and the fourth overall since 2013.
    The triumph closed 96th AHSAA state tournament and the 25th since moving the extravaganza to the BJCC in 1994. The attendance for Saturday’s six finals was 12,980 and 61,772 for the week, according to figures released after the 7A finals. Friday’s total was 10,804, Thursday (10,045), Wednesday (11,571), Tuesday (8,349) and Monday (7,923).
    Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (33-4) built a 29-point near the end of the third quarter. Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-9 junior forward, scored 26 points, cleared 12 rebounds, had five blocked shots, three assists and one steal in a complete performance to earn 7A state tourney MVP honors. Senior Sean Elmore made 6-of-10 3-pointers attempted and finished with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds. Lior Berman and Britton Johnson had six points each. Johnson also took three charges on defense.
    Matthew Russ scored 14 points for McGill-Toolen (25-7). Manny Patrick added nine points, three assists and four steals and Matthew McNeece cleared a team-high seven rebounds.  Eric Toth also had six points and five boards. Coach Phillip Murphy’s Jackets were making their third straight state tourney appearance. McGill-Toolen won the title in 2016.
    Mountain Brook won state titles in 2013 and 2014 and again in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2015.

CLASS 7A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Manny Patrick, McGill-Toolen; Eric Toth, McGill-Toolen; Malik Tyson, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


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  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (34-4)  73, McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-7) 49



CLASS 7A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Spain Park 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic 26

BIRMINGHAM –  Spain Park’s stifling defensive effort limited McGill-Toolen Catholic to just nine made field goals as the Jaguars downed the Yellow Jackets 56-26 to claim the 2018 Class 7A state girls’ basketball championship Saturday night. It was the first in the school’s history.
    The victory closed out the girls’ finals at the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Mountain Brook met McGill-Toolen Catholic in the 7A boys’ finals in the final game of the night.
    Coach Mike Chase’s Jaguars (31-6) forced 20 McGill turnovers and limited the Yellow Jackets to 21.4 percent from the field on the night. Spain Park’s offense, anchored by senior guard Claire Holt’s 20 points, caught fire in the second quarter and moved a 7-7 first quarter deadlock to a 30-10 lead by halftime.
      Holt sank three 3-pointers, was 5-of-5 at the foul line, and had five rebounds and four steals to earn Class 7A state tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Sarah Ashlee Barker added 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and on blocked shot. Barrett Herring also had eight rebounds and Ahrielle Parks dished out three assists.
      McGill-Toolen (24-9), coached by Carla Berry, was led by Alex Pierre’s 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Nya Valentine added seven points and two steals.
      The Jaguars reached the state finals last season falling to Hoover in overtime.

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Claire Holt, Spain Park (MVP); Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park; Nya Valentine, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Zipporah  Broughton,  Lee-Montgomery; Derienne Black, Sparkman.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


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  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
Spain Park (31-6) 56, McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-9) 26
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Carver-Montgomery 74, Paul Bryant 59

BIRMINGHAM – Junior Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points to spark Carver-Montgomery to a 74-59 victory over defending state champion Paul Bryant in the Class 6A boys’ finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP, scored 12 in the first half to stake Coach James ‘‘J.J.’’ Jackson’s Wolverines (30-7) to a four-point 28-23 lead. Senior backcourt mate Jalen Gaston provided a knock-out punch of sorts late in the third period sinking two 3-point shots in a row to stretch a three-point Carver lead to nine, 44-35. The Stampede (30-5) never found a way to close the gap.
    Gaston finished with four 3-point goals and 17 total points, and Derrell Bailey had 18 – with eight points coming at the foul line.  Antonio Young added nine points and nine rebounds. Bailey also had four assists and Young had three steals.
     Paul Bryant, coached by Shon Peck-Love, got 16 points from Daviyon Dennis and 15 from 2017 state tourney MVP Jared Sherfield. Kailex Stephens also had 14. Sherfield and Dennis each handed out three assists and M.J. Bates cleared seven rebounds.

      The championship was the fifth overall for Carver. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles for Coach Dan Lewis in 1983 and 1984 and Jackson coached titles in 2012 and 2015.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. Raycom station WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery aired the Class 6A boys’ finals 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 6A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Jalen Gaston, Carver-Montgomery; Derrell Bailey, Carver-Montgomery; Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant; Kailex Stephens, Paul Bryant; Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; Xavier Williams, Parker.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


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  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

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 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant 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 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


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  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
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 5A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Sylacauga 79, Eufaula 78 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga’s Aggies battled back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to nip Eufaula 79-78 in overtime to claim the Class 5A boys’ state basketball title at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday morning.
       The final was the second of a six-championship game slate on the final day of the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. It is also the 25th year for the tournament at the BJCC.
    Senior Malik Crawford had 20 points, 10 rebounds and sank 6-of-8 free rows to pace the Aggies (31-5) of Coach Will Copeland. The Class 5A state tourney MVP sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put Sylacauga ahead by four, 66-62.
    Eufaula (29-10), coached by Michael Smith, battled back on a jumper by Terrell Jones with 40 seconds left in the period and a rebound and put-back by Marquise Jones with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
    The intensity displayed in the first four quarters continued in the extra period. Sylacauga scored the first six points led 77-70 with 1:21 remaining when the Tigers battled back once again thanks in part to Anthony Haigler’s offensive rebounding that led to three quick baskets. Aggies senior Darian Garrett sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in OT to make it 79-75.     Laquaveous Nelson, who led Eufaula with 21 points, came up with a steal, made a layup and was fouled. His made free throw cut the lead to 79-78. The Tigers got one last chance with four seconds left but closely guarded shot was off its mark.
    Jones finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for Sylacauga. Garrett had 14 and was 7-of-10 at the foul line. Malik Powell scored 13 points and Keaton Wilson had five points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Aggies.
     Terrell Jones chipped in 20 points and seven steals for Eufaula before fouling out late. Tyler Mayo added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Smith’s Tigers had three starters foul out and at eight players played at least 13 minutes in the contest.
      The championship was the second in school history for Sylacauga. The first one came 30 years ago in 1988. Eufaula  has four state championships to its credit (1953, 1978, 1986, 1999).
     The Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ state championship games close out the competition at Legacy Arena Saturday.
      Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant 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 5A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Malik Crawford, Sylacauga (MVP); Malik Powell, Sylacauga; Desmon Jones, Sylacauga; Tyler Mayo, Eufaula; Laquaveous Nelson, Eufaula; Terrell Jones, Eufaula; Cameron Tucker, Wenonah.

2018 AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


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  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

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.