MONTGOMERY – Four-time AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic headlines a strong group of distance runners named to the North-South All Star teams set to compete in the 2018 North-South boys’ and girls’ cross country competition have been selected.
A total of 40 current juniors – 10 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 in Montgomery July 16-20, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The 2018 races will be held at Auburn University-Montgomery on Wednesday morning, July 18.
Tyynismaa, who was chosen for the South squad, holds the AHSAA state cross country meet girls’ overall record clocking 17:03.04 as an eighth grader to win the 4A state title in 2014 at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course near Moulton. She has won the 4A title each year since but has not beaten that 2014 time. She came close last fall winning in 17:14.37 – fastest overall in all classes.
She is one of just six girls’ runners in state history to win four AHSAA state cross country championships. Two, Holly Holman of St. Paul’s and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller, have won five and Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright, six. Savell and Holman won titles when the state meet distance was two miles.
Selected as girls’ team coaches are Christina Rodgers of Enterprise (South) and Brad Hood of Pleasant Valley (North). North boys’ coach is Joshua Gurley of Winfield and South coach is Monica Lott of Trinity Presbyterian. Ron Peters of Smiths Station is the South administrative coach for both teams and Michael McGovern of Mountain Brook will serve as the North squads’ administrative coach.
Isabella Rowland of Montgomery Academy, who finished fourth at the 3A state championships last November, and Tyynismaa’s Catholic teammate Isabelle Cochran, who was sixth in the 4A championships, were also selected for the South girls’ all-star squad. Daphne runner Nicole Luther was 10th in in the Class 6A championships.
Among the North girls’ selections are Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria, Hannah Bloom of Huntsville and Katie Strozier of Pelham. Nunnelly was fourth in the 5A state meet last season, Bloom was ninth in the 7A race, and Strozier finished 11th in Class 6A.
Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook, chosen to the North boys’ squad, finished eighth in the Class 7A state meet in 2017 with a 16:02.61 time – fastest of all the North runners selected. The South’s top runner is Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin, who finished one spot ahead of Harwell in the 7A state meet race at 16:01.29.
In all, seven runners on the North squad had state-meet times of 16:47 or faster while the South squad has eight runners under 16:45.
The North-South Cross Country race made its debut last year at the 21st annual All-Star Week with the North girls winning the team competition over the South 20-35 and the North boys winning 16-47. Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen captured last year’s individual title with a 20:02.89 time. Hoover’s John McCrackin turned in the best boys’ time (17:27.81).
The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, at Cramton Bowl.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event 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.
2018 North-South All-Star Cross Country Rosters
Julianna Ballew. Pleasant Valley
Hannah Bloom, Huntsville
Maggie Graham, Lawrence County
Sydney Hall, Hewitt-Trussville
Haley Hughes, DAR
Anna Littleton, Mountain Brook
Mary Allen Murray, Altamont
Abby Nunnelly, Alexandria
Katie Strozier, Pelham
Abbey Weitenbeck, Huntsville
Brad Hood, Pleasant Valley
Michael McGovern, Mountain Brook (administrative)
Isabelle Cochran, Montgomery Catholic
Taylor Engram, Auburn
Jill Fassl, Enterprise
Sarah Francis, Enterprise
Frieda Kickliter, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Nicole Luther, Daphne
Amindy Mullen, Demopolis
Sara Pacer, Auburn
Isabella Rowland, Montgomery Catholic
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Christina Rodgers, Enterprise
Ron Peters, Smiths Station
Allan Anderson, Grissom
James Brake, Florence
Nick Ceci, Huntsville
Asher Desai, Altamont
Hunter Harwell, Mountain Brook
Blake Noah, Ohatchee
Davis Holdbrooks, Winfield
Taylor Nails, Southside-Gadsden
Joseph Pitard, Mountain Brook
Blake Terry, Lawrence County
MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 North-South Volleyball competition have been selected.
Twenty-four outstanding current junior volleyball standouts, 12 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 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 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 South team features two players who earned MVP honors at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships last season. Carson Ann Crow of Saint James earned Class 4A MVP as the Trojans won the state title, and Kenya McQuirter of McGill-Toolen Catholic was named 7A MVP. McQuirter’s teammate Lillie Fromdahl is also on the South team. She was selected to the 7A All State Tourney team in 2017. St. Luke’s Episcopal setter Lauren Bailey, an All State Tourney selection leading the Wildcats to the 2A state title.
The North team has two players on its roster that earned All State Tourney honors last season. Outside hitter Emma Jarrett helped the Patriots to the 7A championship match and middle hitter Lauren Mayes helped Lawrence County reach the Class 5A state finals.
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.
Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2017-18 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20. Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 21.
The 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
Chris Camper, Hoover
Kayla Woodard, Addison
Sue Marshall, Randolph (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
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
Briauna Thompson, Brewbaker Tech Middle Hitter 6-3
Bradlie Walters, Daphne Setter 5-7
Kate Wood, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Bentley Stephenson, Auburn
Virginia Franklin, Carver-Montgomery (Administrative)
2017 NORTH-SOUTH SOCCER TEAMS
NORTH BOYS ROSTER
Westminster - Oak Mtn.
S.R. Butler (Retired) -Admin.
SOUTH BOYS ROSTER
Montgomery Public Schools - Admin.
NORTH GIRLS ROSTER
Mary Grace Farr
John Carroll Catholic
Mars Hill Bible
SOUTH GIRLS ROSTER
2016 SOFTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTERS
Central - Florence
Mary Katherine Tedder
Bob Jones (Administrative)
2016 BASEBALL ALL-STAR ROSTERS
P / OF
Saint James (Administrative)
Miller, T. R.
Long, G. W.
Central - Phenix City