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2016 Summer Conference in Full Swing Players Added to North-South All-Star Rosters Monday

    MONTGOMERY – Several roster changes were made Monday as players from across the state reported to the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star Week and Summer Conference hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
    Seven players were added to the South All-Star football squad and two were added for the North. South head coach Eric Collier of Theodore saw Park Crossing wide receiver Steve Hodges, Wetumpka defensive back Rod Thrasher, Lee-Montgomery linebacker Quantravis Kelly, Carver-Montgomery defensive lineman Demontrae Haigler and a trio of of offensive linemen, McGill-Toolen’s Brock Gould, Dothan’s Javion Leake and Opelika’s Bryant Norrell, join the squad.
     North head coach Frank Tucker of Alexandria added two players, Oakman defensive back Austin Caldwin and Brooks defensive lineman Jake Whitehead, to his team’s roster. All players in the Thursday night’s 57th annual North-South Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl are 2016 graduated seniors. Student-athletes in the other all-star venues are rising seniors.
     Dropping off the North roster were Russellville defensive lineman Austin Bohannon and Florence defensive lineman Kyler Madden. No longer on the South squad are running back Bennie Smith of Stanhope Elmore, linebacker Justin Hosea-Williams of Theodore, defensive lineman Colby Smith of Charles Henderson, offensive lineman Shonye Reams and defensive lineman Manuel Johnson, both of Dothan.
     The South also made one change to its basketball roster adding LaFayette’s 6-foot-7 guard Mykale Trammell. Dropping off the roster are 6-5 guard DeAndre Robinson of Monroe County and 6-7 guard Herbert Jones of Hale County. The changes leave the South, coached by Janasky Fleming of Northview and Obadiah Threadgill of LaFayette, with just nine players. The North, coached by White Plains’ Chris Randall and Geraldine’s Cale Black, will have 10 for Wednesday night’s North-South Boys Game at Alabama State University.  Two players dropped off the North squad Monday: Spain Park guard Jamal Johnson and Winfield guard Payton Stovall.  The North is anchored by U.S. National Team member Austin Wiley of Spain Park. The 6-foot-10 center is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation.
     Decatur Heritage pitcher/infielder Chandler Sparkman did not report Monday for the North softball team and will not be replaced. The South had two players, Alex Wilcox of Brantley and Reagan Watkins of LAMP, report but are injured and are not expected to play in Tuesday’s North-South Softball All-Star Games at Lagoon Park.  Not reporting for the North soccer team was Randolph midfielder Abby Harper. She is not expected to be replaced for Tuesday night’s North-South Soccer All-Star Game.
    North and South baseball squads reported at full strength. The North, led by 6-4, 225-pound Cullman outfielder Owen Lovell, who was named Mr. Baseball in 2016 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, also has a strong pitching staff led by 6-5 Caden Lemons of Vestavia Hills and Randolph closer Carson Hall, who had 10 saves as a junior.
    The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be the first of eight all-star venues this week with the first pitch set for Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
     The complete all-star schedule is listed below.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE AND COACHING SCHOOL
   
 The Summer Conference and Coaching School got underway Monday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center with bowling and golf. Tuesday’s schedule includes C2C Training, Coaches Education Courses and Coaching Schools for the sports of baseball, soccer and softball. Football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track and cheerleading schools get underway Wednesday and Thursday. The Officials Conference will also get underway Thursday.
    The week will conclude Friday with the AHSAA’s mandatory Medical Advisory Session and the Principals and Athletic Directors’ mandatory session.
    Friday night’s Championship Coaches Banquet will honor coaches winning state titles in 2015-16 as well as the Section III Coaches of the Year from Alabama: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills High School (football); David DiPiazza, Oak Mountain High School (girls’ soccer); Jack Doss, J.O. Johnson High School (boys’ basketball); Donnie Roberts, Red Bay High School (girls’ basketball) and Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School (softball). 
      NFHS State Coaches of the year are also set to be honored and include:
         Boys’ Tennis: Rick Cleveland, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Track & Field: Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Preparatory School

         Boys’ Soccer: Jessie Gamez, Fort Payne High School

         Boys’ Golf: Chad Gladden, Hartselle High School

         Wrestling: Matt Hicks, Leeds High School

         Girls’ Track & Field: Devon Hind, Hoover High School

         Girls’ Cross Country: Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County High School

         Girls’ Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kerns, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

         Girls’ Tennis:  Reece Morton, Huntsville High School

         Boys’ Cross Country:  Dan Norton, Auburn High School

         Volleyball:  Han O’Quinn, Mountain Brook High School

         Girls’ Golf: Jason Pierce, Glencoe High School

   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference

 

ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE at MONTGOMERY
North-South Baseball (doubleheader)        Tuesday, 4 p.m.            Riverwalk Stadium
North-South Soccer (Girls)                          Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Soccer (Boys)                          Tuesday, 7 p.m.            Folmar Soccer Complex
North-South Softball (doubleheader)         Tuesday, 5 p.m.            Lagoon Park
North-South Basketball (Girls)                   Wednesday, 6 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Basketball (Boys)                    Wednesday, 8 p.m.    ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome
North-South Volleyball                                Thursday, 4 p.m.            Auburn-Montgomery Gym
North-South Football                                   Thursday, 7 p.m.            Cramton Bowl


AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Monday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week (July 18-22) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 20th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    The conference is expected to have 4,000 in attendance and will include eight all-star competitions, more than 300 all-star student-athletes and coaches, 86 professional development sessions, eight rules clinics, three luncheons, one night banquet, 92 speakers, 51 moderators and a golf tournament and cookout hosted by the AHSADCA.
     Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  Other college coaches scheduled are UAB’s Ron Ehsan, Mississippi State’s Ben Howland and Iowa’s Steve Prohm.
      The Football School, which also gets underway Wednesday, will include a special Legends Panel including former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, University of Alabama head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, former Troy University Coach Larry Blakeney.  Atlanta Falcons representatives present “Practice Like A Pro,” and New Orleans Saints representatives will present “Heads Up Football,” as AHSAA member coaches have the opportunity to become certified through the Heads Up program.
       Bowling and golf kick off the Coaching School sessions Monday, followed with baseball, soccer and softball on Tuesday.  Sports Schools beginning Wednesday include track, wrestling and cheerleading – in addition to basketball and football. Rollcall will join baseball and football on Thursday’s schedule.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address principals and athletic directors Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon will be Thursday, and the AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
   ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: Football teams reported Sunday to begin preparations for the 57th annual North –South All-Star Game set for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.    And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m. 
      The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tine Davis Gym on the Faulkner University campus.
     All-Stars in coaches in those sports report Monday except volleyball, which reports Tuesday.
   NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.
      The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference


AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week Kicks Off Tuesday

   MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 19th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.
    Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.
     “We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
    Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday.  While NCAA rules currently prevent Division I coaches from speaking at the Coaches’ School, some of the top small-college coaches in the Southeast are scheduled including Tuskegee University’s Willie Slater, Max Thurmond of West Alabama, Joel Williams of Delta State, Charlie Boren of Faulkner University,  and Eddie Garfinkle of Birmingham-Southern, among others.
     Sports to be addressed also include baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track and field, and cheerleading.  AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will address principals and athletic directors on Friday. Dr. James Robinson and Dr. Lawrence Lemak will also address health and safety issues with the same group Friday.
     The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.
       ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY: The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.   The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m.  The boys will play at 7.
   And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m.
   The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Cramton Bowl Metroplex. Teams reported Monday and the AHSADCA hosted its annual golf tournament Monday at Lagoon Golf Course.
   AHSAA MOBILE APP: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at  Apple and Google stores online.