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Grace Carr’s Performance Leads Mountain Brook To AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight and Tourney Title

MONGOMERY – Junior hitter Grace Carr turned in an all-around MVP performance to earn most-valuable-player honors as Mountain Brook (16-3) went undefeated to win the Back to the ‘Boro high school volleyball tournament championship at Siegel (TN) last weekend.
     Carr registered 108 kills, 12 service aces and 77 digs to earn MVP honors as the Class 7A Spartans (16-3) were 7-0 with wins over Tennessee teams Page, McGavock, Nashville Christian, Cookeville, Nolensville and AHSAA schools Hazel Green and Jasper to win the title and capture the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for last week.
      Coach Vickie Nichols also got outstanding play from junior setter Amy Vandevelde, who dished out 217 assists and had 76 digs. Ellie Dayhuff had 20 blocks and 43 kills, Greer Golden contributed 15 blocks, and Liz Vandevelde added 116 digs and 12 aces.
    The Spartans’ performance led by Carr beat out several tournament championship efforts by Pelham (Hartselle Invitational), McGill-Toolen Catholic (Catholic Cup), Baker (Battle of the Bay), East Limestone and Lexington (Metro First Tourney), Ariton (Charles Henderson Invitational and Pleasant Valley (Etowah County Tourney).
    McGill-Toolen, the defending Class 7A state champ, finished 7-0 to win the Catholic Cup tourney title at Mobile with wins over St. Joseph’s Academy and Mt. Carmel from Louisiana, Cardinal Mooney (FL), St. Pius X (GA) and AHSAA schools John Carroll Catholic and St. John Paul II Catholic. Coach Kate Wood got superb performances from setter Lilly Fromdahl (143 assists); Kenya McQuirter (66 kills); and Haley Palmer (33 kills).
Other top performances reported include:

KILLS/BLOCKS
ERIN LONG, PELHAM:
Powered the Class 6A Panthers (15-2) to seven wins, including the Hartselle Invitational tourney title, with 71 kills, 73 digs and nine aces. Teammate Sarah Guthrie added 62 kills, 61 digs and 22 aces.
RACHEL MORRISETTE, BAKER: Had 39 kills, 16 blocks and 14 service aces to lead the Hornets to the Battle of the Bay tournament championship. Baker (9-5) finished 6-1 – avenging an earlier loss to Thompson with a victory over the Warriors in the finals.
KOLBI REED, THOMPSON: Had 62 kills and 12 service aces as the Warriors rolled to a 7-1 record and a runner-up finish at the Battle of the Bay tournament.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Led West Morgan (20-6) to eight wins in 11 matches with 126 kills. Teammate Aaliyah Wallace had 165 assists and 10 aces.
ALYSSA DUTTON, CARBON HILL: Paced Carbon Hill (24-3) to a 7-1 record last week with 86 kills, 59 digs, nine blocks and 20 aces.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Had 89 kills, 45 digs and eight aces as the Trojans (13-4) rolled to a 7-1 record on the week. Saint James lost to East Limestone in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Totaled 67 kills as the Senators (16-8) finished 5-2 on the week.
SKYLAR HAMMOND, LEXINGTON: Had 103 kills and 16 blocks as Lexington (16-3) won seven matches. The Bears captured the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tournament lower-division title beating Winston County in the finals. Teammate Anna Sims had 171 assists.
SAIGE BLANTON, WINSTON COUNTY: Had 69 kills, 18 digs and 11 aces as Winston County (14-7) went 5-2 – including reaching the finals of the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tourney lower division.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Had 93 kills and 11 blocks in 10 matches as the Bulldogs won the Silver Bracket title of Muscle Shoals' First Metro tournament.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Helped the Class 2A Rebels go 5-2 on the week with 84 kills as Long had four wins over 5A schools and one win over a Class 4A school. Makenna Long added 173 assists.

ASSISTS
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM:
Posted 193 assists, 44 digs and eight service aces as Pelham (15-2) won seven matches on the week – including winning the championship of the Hartselle Invitational.
KIARA ROBINSON, EAST LIMESTONE: Had 185 assists and 92 digs to lead the Indians (12-7) to an 8-2 record for the week and the Upper Division championship of the First Metro Tourney at Muscle Shoals. Teammate Jenny Renfroe also had 90 kills and 92 digs.
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 171 assists, 66 digs and 20 aces in six matches for Central-Florence (12-7).
ERIN CHEEK, FAITH CHRISTIAN: Led her team to the Donoho Classic championship recording 152 assists and 14 aces as Faith (15-4) won six matches including a win over Meek in the finals.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Recorded 135 assists for Wilson (16-6) to lead her team to a 5-2 record for the week.
STEPHNIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Had 153 assists as the Lady Bucks (25-11) won 7 of 10 matches.
EMILEY STEVENS, ARITON: Had 128 assists to lead the Purple Cats (9-0) to six wins en route to the championship of the Charles Henderson Invitational at Troy. The finals match was the second win of the tourney for Ariton over arch-rival G.W. Long.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Had 118 assists as Lindsay Lane (15-6) went 7-1 for the week.
AMIYAH KING, HOOVER: Had 52 assists in the Bucs’ wins over James Clemens and Mountain Brook.
BEATRICE LINDQUIST, MARY MONTGOMERY: Had 48 assists, 23 digs and seven service aces as the Vikings (9-7) went 2-1 for the week.
KAYLAY KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (19-2) to two wins with 40 assists and two blocks.

DIGS
VICTORIA SCHMER, CHELSEA:
Led the Hornets (19-4) to a 7-1 record and the championship of the September Slamfest Tournament recording 104 digs and 21 service aces in eight matches.
P.G. GARRISON, HELENA: Recorded 51 digs and 10 kills in two matches for the Huskies (9-6).
MAGGIE HEDGEPATH, PLEASANT VALLEY: Turned up the defense with 66 digs as Pleasant Valley (14-6) won four matches to win the Etowah County tournament.
COLEY KRIEG, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Managed 65 digs and 12 aces as the Saints (12-4) went 4-2 on the week.

SERVICE ACES
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN:
Had 29 services in nine matches last week. She also had 61 assists, 17 kills and six blocked shots.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Managed 25 service aces and 104 digs for Buckhorn in 10 matches over the week.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Had 14 service aces and 34 assists as Albertville (18-4) finished 3-1 for the week.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Had seven service aces and 25 kills as the Patriots won three matches over Florence, Hazel Green and Danville.
KENDAL CROWELL, HATTON: Served 20 aces over 10 matches for the Hornets last week.

South Wins North-South All-Star Volleyball Match 3-1 at AUM Basketball Complex Thursday

MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars dropped game one of the 22nd annual North-South Volleyball All-Star competition Thursday, then battled back to win three straight games to capture the win 3-1 in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex Thursday.
    The volleyball match and the 59th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2018 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 22st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South All-Star competition in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball and football are managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    McGill-Toolen Catholic outside hitter Kenya McQuirter registered 18 kills, eight digs and three blocks to spark the South to a 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over the North. The North now holds a 14-7 edge over the South in the series. McQuirter’s effort earned her South team MVP honors. The South was coached by McQuirter’s own McGill-Toolen coach Kate Wood and Auburn’s Bentley Stephenson. The North coaches were Kayla Woodard of Addison and Lindsey Crumpton of Danville.
      Mikaela Grubb of Enterprise added 13 kills and 14 digs for the South and Lillie Fromdahl of McGill-Toolen had 34 assists. Spanish Fort libero Taylor Fontenelle recorded 26 digs, four assists and three service aces for the winners.
     North MVP Breylee Linder of Florence had 23 assists, four aces and six digs. The South setter earned MVP honors for her team. Kiara Hill of Bob Jones led the South with nine kills, Morgan McClendon of Jasper and Juliana Hamer of Chelsea  had eight each. Catherine Klop of James  Clemens recorded 17 digs and Kinsley Gregoria of Alexandria had 12.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory administrative and medical sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 75 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2017-18 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
      A highlight of the Awards banquet will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities. 
      Two other individuals, Huntsville football official Mark Russell and Carver-Montgomery band director LaFrancis Davis, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards for 2018. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
     The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for  11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
FCA HERMAN L. “BUBBA” SCOTT AWARD: Longtime football coach and administrator Hal Riddle of Hewitt-Trussville High School was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with its most prestigious award Thursday at the annual FCA Luncheon.  Riddle  received the Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment to serving his faith and serving young people. The award is named in honor of Scott, former AHSAA Executive Director. Scott helped bring FCA to Alabama schools more than 40 years ago. Scott is now deceased.
    Riddle, who currently serves as an administrator with the Trussville School System and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, compiled a 150-90 career record in 21 seasons as head coach at Erwin, Mortimer Jordan, Clay-Chalkville and Hewitt-Trussville high schools. His Clay-Chalkville team won the Class 6A state championship in 1999.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2018: Brilliant High School principal Jack Hayes (1A); Geneva County athletic director and head football coach JimBob Striplin (2A); Montgomery Academy athletic director Anthony McCall (3A); Greensboro girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Frances Dunn (4A); Lawrence County track and cross country coach Stanley Johnson (5A); Benjamin Russell athletic director and volleyball coach Pam Robinson (6A); and Baker High School principal Clem Richardson (7A).
   The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Former Major League reliever Todd Jones is the guest speaker at the 11th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 75 high schools will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2017-18. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000  al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Choctaw County (District 1); Dothan (District 2); Trinity Presbyterian (District 3); Central Coosa (District 4); Jackson-Olin (District 5); Ragland (District 6); Covenant Christian (District 7); and Fyffe (District 8).
   The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $88,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
NFHS NETWORK:  The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 18 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days. Check it out at www.ahsaa.com or www.nfhsnetwork.com


AHSADCA Announces 2018 North-South Volleyball All-Stars for All-Star Sports Week

     MONTGOMERY – The All-star squads for the 2018 North-South Volleyball competition have been expanded from 12 on each team to 15.
    The 30 outstanding current junior volleyball standouts 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 in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
    The volleyball all-star match will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and cross country. Soccer, softball and baseball all-star contests will be Tuesday, July 17. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will be played Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl. The boys’ and girls’ basketball games will be at Alabama State on Wednesday, July 18, and the North-South cross country competition will be held earlier that morning on the Auburn-Montgomery campus.  The volleyball site has tentatively been set for AUM as well.     
     Kayla Woodard, who guided Addison (51-8) to the 1A state championship the last two seasons, and Chris Camper of Hoover, who led the Bucs (31-10) to the state tourney are the coaches for the North Volleyball All-Stars. Randolph’s Sue Marshall is the administrative coach.
   South coaches are Kate Wood of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Bentley Stephenson of Auburn. Wood led the Dirty Dozen (46-8) to the Class 7A state title last season. Stephenson led Auburn (23-21) to the South Super Regional. Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin is administrative coach.
     The North All-Stars posted a 3-0 win over the South at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex last summer and holds a 15-6 lead in series that was first played in 1997.
     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.
     The complete rosters are below.

2018 North-South Volleyball All-Star Team
NORTH ALL-STARS                                 POS.                           HT.
Molly Kate Atkins, Carbon Hill                     Setter                           5-5
Ellen Dunn, Mountain Brook                         Middle Hitter              5-9
Isabelle Fuell, Huntsville                                Setter                           5-8
August Gilliland, Sand Rock                          Outside Hitter             5-5
Kinsley Gregoria, Alexandria                         Libero                          5-0
Juliana Hamer, Chelsea                                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Kiara Hill, Bob Jones                                      Middle Hitter              5-9
Alexis Hyatt, Arab                                          Middle Hitter              5-8
Emma Jarrett, Bob Jones                                Outside Hitter             5-11
Catherine Klop, James Clemens                     Outside Hitter             5-6
Breylee Linder, Florence                                Setter                           5-9
Lauren Mayes, Lawrence County                  Middle Hitter              6-0
Morgan McClendon, Jasper                            Outside Hitter             5-11
Claire Sisson, Huntsville                                Outside Hitter             5-7
Victoria Walker, Wilson                                 Middle Hitter              5-10
           
NORTH COACHES
Chris Camper, Hoover
Kayla Woodard, Addison
Sue Marshall, Randol[h (Administrative)

SOUTH ALL-STARS                                  POS.                           HT.
Abigail Andrews. Baker                                 Outside Hitter             5-8
Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal              Setter                           5-6
Kayla Champion, Providence Christian         Setter                           5-3
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James                      Outside Hitter             5-9
Taylor Fontenelle, Spainish Fort                    Libero                          5-3
Lillie Fromdahl, McGill-Toolen Catholic      Setter                           5-8
Sarah Guthrie, Pelham                                    Outside Hitter             5-10    
Mikaela Grubb, Enterprise                              Outside Hitter             5-9
Aubrey Holladay. Auburn                              Middle Hitter              6-1
Aleah Kennedy, St. Paul’s Episcopal             Middle Hitter              5-11
Kenya McQuirter, McGill-Toolen Catholic   Outside Hitter             5-10
Madeline Moss, Oak Mountain                      Setter                           5-8
Leah Nielson, Oak Mountain                         Middle Hitter              6-1      
Briauna Thompson, Brewbaker Tech             Middle Hitter              6-3
Bradlie Walters, Daphne                                Setter                           5-7


NORTH COACHES
Kate Wood, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Bentley Stephenson, Auburn
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (Administrative)


CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Bayside Academy 3, Montgomery Academy 2

    BIRMINGHAM – It took five grueling sets before Bayside Academy emerged victorious over Montgomery Academy Thursday night as the Class 3A finals closed out the AHSAA’s 46th State Volleyball Tournament at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Ann Schilling’s squad extended their current state championship winning streak to 16 in a row in the process with the 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 victory. Bayside Academy came into the finals riding the string of 15 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002. Montgomery Academy had four state titles to its credit with the most recent coming in 2013.
     Pacing  Bayside was 3A State Tourney MVP Brandley Rhodes. The senior had 24 kills and six service aces. Setter Ansleigh Daily had 51 assists and 11 digs, Jacque Martn had 15 digs, 13 kills and four aces, Ella Dawson had 10 digs and seven kills, Ella Broadhead had nine kills and Kaitlyn Morris posted 14 digs.
    Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles were paced by senior hitter Caroline Kirkham’s 52 kills and five blocks. Margaret Head had 29 kills and four blocks. Setter Morgan Karst had 70 assists and Ann Lucas Merrick had 36 digs.
CLASS 3A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brandley Rhodes, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Jacque Martin, Bayside Academy; Caroline Kirkham, Montgomery Academy; Ann Lucas Herrick, Montgomery Academy; Margaret Head, Montgomery Academy.

 


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 2A

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (42-10) 3, Montgomery Academy (44-13) 2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13)  
CLASS 4A
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
CLASS 5A
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
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)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Goshen 0

    BIRMINGHAM – St. Luke’s Episcopal rolled to its second straight Class 2A state volleyball championship Thursday afternoon beating Goshen 25-11, 25-12, 25-15in the finals at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships being held at Bill Harris Arena.
    Coach Meredith Donald Harvison’s Wildcats (34-15) took control quickly thanks to the strong play inside by senior outside hitter Jada Carney. Carney finished with 14 kills and three service aces to earn MVP for the 2A state tourney. Junior setter Lauren Bailey had 20 assists, senior libero Kellan Hensley had 16 digs and eighth grade outside hitter Gracie Sims had 13.
      Goshen (28-14), making its first appearance in the state finals, was led by senior Kelsey Gibson’s 11 kills, five digs and two aces. Setter Kate Warrick, a junior, had 17 assists for Coach Amy Warrick’s Eagles. Junior Hannah Calhoun also had a game-high 19 digs.
    The Class 3A state finals between Montgomery Academy and Bayside Academy is the last championship match of the day at Harris Arena and is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jada Carney, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Gracie Sims, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Lauren Bailey, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Hannah Calhoun, Goshen; Kelsey Gibson, Goshen.

 


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 2A

St. Luke’s Episcopal (34-15) 3, Goshen (28-14) 0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15)
CLASS 4A
Saint James (37-9) 3, Deshler (43-15) 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
CLASS 5A
Alexandria (44-9)  3, Lawrence County (59-5) 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13)
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 3A
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  


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 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Alexandria 3, Lawrence County 0

    BIRMINGHAM – Alexandria High School volleyball coach Whitney Welch had the opportunity to play on a state championship volleyball team for the Valley Cubs while a student at the Calhoun County school. After Thursday’s 25-23, 25-16, 25-13 win over Lawrence County in the Class 5A finals of the  46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena, she has now been able to share that experience with her team as the coach.
     The Valley Cubs (44-9), who lost in the5A finals in 2016 to St. Paul’s Episcopal, rolled through the Class 5A state tournament winning three matches without losing a single set. They clicked on all cylinders in the finals with senior outside hitter Taylor Spradley recording 20 kills to earn MVP honors. Fellow senior Aubrey Pope added 14 kills and senior setter Gracie Muncher dished out 40 assists. Junior Mattie Wade had 18 digs.
     Coach Robyn Hutto’s Lady Red Devils (59-5) were led by juniors Lauren Mayes and Savannah Graham, who collected 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Setter Laekyn Bennett had 23 assists and Sami Parker had a team-high 13 digs.
   The championship was Alexandria’s fourth state volleyball title overall, but the first in Class 5A. The first three (1993, 1994 and 1995) were in Class 4A.
    The three remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 5A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Taylor Spradley, Alexandria (MVP); Gracie Muncher, Alexandria; Aubrey Pope, Alexandria; Mattie Wade, Alexandria; Savannah Graham, Lawrence County; Lauren Mayes, Lawrence County.

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 (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
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 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Bob Jones 0

BIRMINGHAM – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School junior outside hitter Kenya McQuirter  accumulated 23 kills to lead the Dirty Dozen (46-8) to 25-16, 25-23, 267-25 win over Bob Jones to claim the Class 7A state volleyball championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena.
    McQuirter also had 12 digs and five service aces to earn MVP honors as McGill-Toolen won its first state championship since 2005. It was state crown number 20 for the Mobile school in the 46-year history of the tournament and the first for head coach Kate Wood.
     The Dirty Dozen, which knocked off three-time defending champion Mountain Brook in the semifinals Wednesday night at the CrossPlex, had to claw from behind in game three to keep from forcing as fourth set. McQuirter’s presence at the net was just too much for the Patriots (41-11) to overcome. Alex Pierre also had 11 kills, Erica Schilling had 15 digs, Lillie Fromdahl and Millie Andrews had 25 and 20 assists, respectively.
    Emma Jarrett’s 10 kills led Coach April Marsh’s team. Alana Cox also had nine kills, Aija Abele had 25 assists and Karmahn Hall had 17 digs. Abele also had three service aces.
   The four remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.

CLASS 7A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kenya McWhirter, McGill-Toolen Catholic (MVP); Erica Schilling, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Lillie Fromdahl, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Alana Cox, Bob Jones; Emma Jarrett, Bob Jones.



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 (47-7) Bob Jones (42-10) vs.  McGill-Toolen Catholic (46-7), 11:30 a.m.
Bottom of Form

 

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
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9),1:15 p.m.

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pelham 3, Jasper 2

    BIRMINGHAM – Pelham captured the school’s third state volleyball championship and the first since 1997 winning an incredible 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15 victory over Jasper in the Class 6A finals of the 2017 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
    Both teams clawed back time and time again with Coach Perry Robinson’s Panthers (41-9) rallying from a 24-19 deficit in game two 26-24.  The Vikings (57-5) of Coach Bobby Daniel rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win games 3 and 4 and force the fifth game.
     Emorie Long had 17 kills to lead Pelham and earn MVP honors.  Four teammates also had 10 or more kills in a contest that had 63 for the Panthers and 62 for Jasper. Sarah Guthrie also had 13 kills and 16 digs, Kaytlyn Maddox and Jamila Wilson had 11 kills each and Erin Long had 10 for Pelham. Setter Georgia Stonicher also had 56 assists and Grace Nolen, 19 digs. Guthrie also had three service aces.
    Walker had four girls with 12 or more kills with McKinley Fergerson totaling 18, Tameyah Griffin and Morgan McClendon, 13 each, and Alex Oliver 12. Ferguson and Khloe Kimbrell had 29 and 25 assists, respectively. Temperance Chatman also had a match-high 30 digs and four ace serves.
    The five remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Emorie Long, Pelham (MVP); Sarah Guthrie, Pelham; Georgia Stonicher, Pelham; McKinley Ferguson, Jasper; Tameyah Griffin, Jasper; Shyan Flack, Brewer.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
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 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
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9),1:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Bob Jones (42-10) vs.  McGill-Toolen Catholic (46-7), 11:30 a.m.

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Addison 3, Meek 1

    BIRMINGHAM – Addison High School rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat arch-rival Meek 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 Thursday Morning at Bill Harris Arena to capture the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A state volleyball championship.
   The finals pitted two schools from Winston County in the championship match for the first time in AHSAA history – a proud moment for both schools.  For Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs (51-8), the championship was fifth in a row dating back to 2013. Meek won the 1A state title in 2015 – the same year their county rivals won the 2A state crown.
   Senior Abbie Chambless led the Bulldogs with 20 kills and 12 digs to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. Savannah Manley added nine kills and two blocks, Kendra Tyree had 21 digs and setter Cecilee Gaither had 21 assists.
   Pacing Coach Dana Waldrep’s Tigers (46-18) was Savanna Banks with 22 kills and 24 digs. Amanda Cunningham also had 15 kills and setter Jayden Waldrep had 34 assists.
   The two teams met seven times this season including playing in the Winston County tournament finals. Addison won all seven, but all were very competitive, said both coaches.
    The six remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 1A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Abbie Chambless, Addison (MVP); Cecilee Gaither, Addison; Kendra Tyree, Addison; Sevanna Banks, Meek; Amanda Cunningham, Meek; Jayden Waldrep, Meek.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
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 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
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (44-9), 1:15 p.m.
CLASS 6A
Jasper (57-4) vs. Spanish Fort Pelham (40-9), 9:45 a.m.
CLASS 7A
Bob Jones (42-10) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (46-7), 11:30 a.m.