Saturday, August 17, 2019






AHSAA Moves Central Basketball Regional Girls and Boys 1A Finals to Thursday Afternoon

   The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Regional Basketball Tournament Class 1A girls’ and boys’ championship games scheduled for tonight at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. have been postponed until Thursday, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Tuesday.
     He said the decision was made to make the adjustment due to the weather conditions expected through Central Alabama later tonight. All other Tuesday games, including the final two Class 4A semifinal games, the 7A girls’ finals and 7A boys’ finals, are set to be completed as scheduled.
      The Class 1A championship games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome have been rescheduled for 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively and will conclude the 2016 tournament’s final session. The Central Regional’s Wednesday games and Thursday games will remain as scheduled.
      All other regional sites are continuing as scheduled.   
   “We made this decision based on the EMA’s current weather conditions,” Savarese said. “We had hoped this would not be necessary, but at this time, this is in the best interest of our teams, schools and communities.”
    The AHSAA will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Any changes in the schedules will be posted at and should updates become necessary, that information will also be posted.

Vestavia Hills, Arab, Leeds Win State Wrestling Championships Pelham’s Hawthorne Closes Perfect Season With 6A Win

    HUNTSVILLE --  Vestavia Hills, Arab and Leeds swept the team titles at the 61st annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Saturday at Von Braun that were filled with a multitude of drama and special moments.
    The Rebels ended Thompson’s five-year stranglehold on the big-school classification scoring 134.5 points to claim the Class 7A state title over runner-up Oak Mountain (131) by a mere three points. It was the 13 state title overall and the first 7A crown in retiring Hall-of-Fame Coach Steve Gaydosh’s storied career. It was Vestavia’s 14th championship in school history – tying the state record held by Benjamin Russell for most wins by a single school.
Thompson finished third with 97.5 points.
   Arab won the 6A championship, its fourth in a row and five in six years, posting 197 points. Runner-up Southside-Gadsden had 148.5 points and Athens was a close third at 144.5. Leeds won the 1A-5A crown with 170 points, and Tallassee was second at 130.
    The Rebels needed a win 220-pound finals to clinch the title. Junior James Edwards (39-3) scored a come-from-behind 6-5 decision over senior Josh Smith (46-1) to seal the championship. Thompson senior T.J. Rayam (31-2) followed up at 285 pounds to take his third straight heavyweight title beating Oak Mountain junior Gavin Jackson (34-16) 7-5 in another tight bout to close out the meet.  Auburn senior Khaleel Johnson (44-0) won at 132 pounds and Hoover senior Bret Winters (48-0) won at 195 pounds to close out unbeaten seasons.

Hawthorne Grabs MVP Honors
    Pelham High School senior double amputee Hasaan Hawthorne (37-0)  drew a rousing ovation from spectators throughout the arena with his hard-fought 7-3 decision over Landon Thompson of Southside-Gadsden in the Class 6A 145-pound finals.  Hawthorne finished third last season. His winning match, along with all the other championship bouts, can be seen through the archives of the NFHS Network, which live-streamed the state championships for the AHSAA. The link can be found at
   Arab, coached by Michael Pruitt, had three individual champions including senior Nick Cater    (71-3) at 152 pounds, senior Andrew Schmitt (60-7z0 at 132 pounds and  junior Will Spencer (69-3) at 170 pounds.
   In Class 1A-5A, Coach Matt Hicks’ Green Wave won their second straight title with two individual champions, senior Toren Pollard (44-1) at 152 pounds and senior Alex Nickell (42-3) at 182.  Montgomery Catholic junior Zachary Van Alst captured his fifth state title since winning as a seventh grader in 2012. Van Alst (53-1) won at 132 pounds.
   Fultondale sophomore Macon Edwards also closed out a 90-0 season with a win in the 106-pound finals. He now ranks second nationally for wins in a single according to the NFHS Record Book and is the first AHSAA wrestler win 90 matches in a single season.
    The Class 1A-5A 170-pound title match was also one for the ages as Christian Knop (56-0) scored a 16-10 decision over Dora senior Caleb Lauderdale (60-1).


61st Annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships
Saturday’s Championship Results

Leeds 170; Tallassee 130; Weaver 105; Madison County 104; Deshler 98; Mortimer Jordan 82; Alexandria 76; JO Johnson 70.5; Moody 69; Oak Grove 63; Saint James 57.5; Hayden 54.5; Fultondale 54; Westminster Christian 50; Dora 46; St. Clair County 45; Cleburne County 41; Holtville 38.5; Piedmont 32; Saks 31; Montgomery Catholic 30; Susan Moore 29; Ohatchee 27.5; Beauregard 23; Montevallo 23; New Hope 22; Walter Wellborn 22; Alabama School/Blind 18; Lincoln 16; JB Pennington 15; Carver-Birmingham 14; American Christian 12; Corner 9; Helena 9; Columbia 8; Ranburne 6; East Limestone 4; Elmore County 4; Sumiton Christian 4; Ashville 3; Shelby County 3; Prattville Christian 1.

106 pounds:
Macon Edwards (Fultondale) 90-0, So. over Zach Clayton (Dora) 56-5, So. (Dec 6-3).
113 pounds: Nick Souder (Weaver) 65-1, Jr. over Lane Trapp (Alexandria) 33-6, Sr. (Fall 4:34).
120 pounds: Timothy Murphree (Fultondale) 67-2, Sr. over Bryer Stewart (Saint Clair County) 54-5, Sr. (Dec 6-0).
126 pounds:  Michael Land (Moody Hs) 69-9, Jr. over Chase Phillips (Hayden) 64-3, Jr. (Fall 1:46).
132 pounds: Zachary Van Alst (Montgomery Catholic) 53-1, Jr. over Robert Childress (Beauregard) 53-9, Sr. (TF-1.5 5:00 (17-2)).
138 pounds:  Braxton Worthington (Mortimer Jordan) 48-1, Sr. over Chandler Teems (Leeds) 29-7, Jr. (Dec 9-4).
145 pounds: Tyler Williams (Deshler) 48-2, Sr. over Carial Tarter (Mortimer Jordan) 26-3, So. (Dec 3-0).
152 pounds: Toren Pollard (Leeds) 44-1, Sr. over Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 13-2, Jr. (Dec 15-8).
160 pounds: Bragan Swindle (Mortimer Jordan) 50-15, Sr. over Seth Shelton (Madison County) 36-9, Jr. (Dec 8-3).
170 pounds: Christian Knop (Alexandria) 56-0, Fr. over Caleb Lauderdale (Dora) 60-1, Sr. (Dec 16-10).
182 pounds: Alex Nickell (Leeds) 42-3, Sr. over Kane Pitts (Walter Wellborn) 28-4, Jr. (Fall 3:31).
195 pounds:  Chase Rodgers (Weaver) 64-5, Sr. over Andy Baker (Tallassee) 44-6, Fr. (Dec 1-0).
220 pounds:  Colton Parton (Madison County) 43-1, Sr. over Caleb Montgomery (Ohatchee) 52-6, Jr. (Dec 5-1).
285 pounds:  Jake Baker (Tallassee) 40-3, Jr. over Josephus Smith (Leeds) 33-1, Sr. (SV-1 3-1).
1A/5A MVP: Zachary Van Alst, Montgmery Catholic.
1A/5A Most Pins: Nick Souder, Weaver (3 pins, 7:59).
1A/5A Best Match: (170-pound final) Christian Knop, Alexandria, vs. Caleb Lauderdale, Dora.

Arab 197; Southside-Gadsden 148.5; Athens 144.5; Scottsboro 131; Pinson Valley 109; Homewood 107;5; Clay-Chalkville 106.5; Benjamin Russell 90; Gardendale 75.5; Oxford 71.5; Pelham 68; Stanhope Elmore 65.5; Wetumpka 57; McAdory 41; Spanish Fort 38; Chelsea 37.5; Hueytown  34; Fort Payne 29; Minor 28; Muscle Shoals 27.5; Austin 27; Park Crossing 22.0; Opelika 21; Pell City 20; Decatur 18; Shades Valley 18; Walker 18; Huffman 12; Daphne 8; Hartselle 7; Lee-Huntsville 5; Gulf shores 4; Brookwood 3; Paul Bryant 1.

106 pounds:
Ty Naquin (Stanhope Elmore) 11-0, Sr. over Cristian Lagunas (Athens) 33-8, Sr. (Dec 5-0).
113 pounds: Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 59-2, Jr. over John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 47-6, So. (Dec 5-3).
120 pounds:  Cameron Hamby (Pinson Valley) 39-7, Jr. over Seth Hyatt (Arab) 64-6, Jr. (MD 14-5).
126 pounds:  Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) 47-4, Fr. over Aaron Ledbetter (Chelsea) 43-5, Sr. (Dec 13-6).
132 pounds:  Andrew Schmitt (Arab) 60-7, Sr. over Bailey Roan (Homewood) 32-8, Jr. (Fall 4:14).
138 pounds:  Joseph Green (Muscle Shoals) 38-3, Jr. over Vershone Graham (Wetumpka) 26-3, Sr. (SV-1 7-2).
145 pounds:  Hasaan Hawthorne (Pelham) 37-0, Sr. over Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 53-3, Jr. (Dec 7-3).
152 pounds:  Nick Cater (Arab) 71-3, Sr. over Dillon Turner (Pelham) 30-1, Sr. (Dec 10-4).
160 pounds:  Brett Clark (Scottsboro) 43-4, Sr. over Thomas Coley (Benjamin Russell) 45-10, Sr. (Dec 5-1).
170 pounds:  Will Spencer (Arab) 69-3, Jr. over Thomas Carter (Athens) 54-8, So. (Dec 7-6).
182 pounds:  Austin Weldon (Clay-Chalkville) 56-3, Sr. over Carlos miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 38-2, Fr. (Dec 3-0).
195 pounds:  Andrew Freeman (Gardendale) 53-2, Jr. over Dawson Mcdaniel (Arab) 60-4, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
220 pounds:  Justavious Robinson (Benjamin Russell) 22-2, Sr. over Trent Holley (Wetumpka) 17-4, Jr. (Dec 5-3).
285 pounds:  Daniel Bland (Benjamin Russell) 50-1, Sr. over Jacob Andrews (Stanhope Elmore) 26-5, So. (Dec 7-2).
6A MVP:  Hasaan Hawthorne, Pelham.
6A Most Pins: John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (3 pins, 2:53).
6A Best Match: (138-pound final) Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals vs. Vershone Graham, Wetumpka.

Vestavia Hills 134.5; Oak Mountain 131; Thompson 97.5; Hoover 97; Central-Phenix City 56; Tuscaloosa County 47; Hewitt-Trussville 43; Prattville 39.5; Bob Jones 35.5; Auburn 35; Mountain Brook 34; Huntsville 33; Buckhorn 24; Grissom 22; Sparkman 22; James Clemens 15; Jeff Davis 7; Smiths Station 4; Gadsden City 2.

106 pounds: 
Alex Thomas (Oak Mountain) 28-3, So. over Tyler Ivey (Grissom) 51-7, Fr. (Dec 3-2).
113 pounds:  Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 20-4, Fr. over Maxwell Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 33-4, Fr. (Dec 3-0).
120 pounds:  Carlos Andres (Tuscaloosa County) 37-1, Sr. over Heath Williamson (Hewitt-Trussville) 45-2, Jr. (Dec 7-5).
126 pounds:  Dominic Latona (Thompson) 33-4, Sr. over Quin Estes (Vestavia Hills) 31-16, Sr. (Fall 2:00).
132 pounds:  Khaleel Johnson (Auburn) 44-0, Sr. over Drew Reed (Mountain Brook) 51-2, Sr. (Dec 10-5).
138 pounds:  Michael John Harris (Oak Mountain) 37-4, Sr. over Jarrett Anthony (Hoover) 34-9, Sr. (MD 17-9).
145 pounds:  Robbey Killough (Prattville) 53-1, Sr. over Matthew Paugh (Vestavia Hills) 23-4, So. (Fall 5:22).
152 pounds:  Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 40-2, So. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 48-10, So. (Dec 9-7).
160 pounds:  Hayden Hill (Vestavia Hills) 48-2, Sr. over Chris Leatherman (Sparkman) 37-7, Sr. (MD 16-8).
170 pounds:  Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 47-4, Jr. over Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 46-5, So. (Dec 7-3).
182 pounds:  Davis Perry (Hewitt-Trussville) 25-0, Sr. over Seth Bruder (James Clemens) 45-14, So. (MD 16-6).
195 pounds:  Bret Winters (Hoover) 48-0, Sr. over Jaried Buxton (Oak Mountain) 49-6, Sr. (MD 17-4).
220 pounds:  James Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 39-3, Jr. over Josh Smith (Tuscaloosa County) 46-1, Sr. (Dec 6-5).
285 pounds:  Tj Rayam (Thompson) 31-2, Sr. over Armond Lloyd (Oak Mountain) 33-11, Sr. (Dec 7-5).
7A MVP: Robbey Killough, Prattville.
7A Most Pins: Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (2 pins, 2:56).
7A Best Match: 152-pound final: Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City vs. Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills.

Defending Champs Leeds and Arab Lead 1A-5A & 6A Divisions Heading Into Final Round Saturday; Vestavia Tops 7A Teams

    HUNTSVILLE – Two defending state champions held point leads after Friday’s competition and 16 wrestlers with 2015 individual championships under their belts advanced through the semifinal matches at the 61st annual AHSAA State Wrestling Championships Friday and advanced to state finals matches Saturday at the Von Braun Center.
     Class 1A-5A defending champion Leeds led Tallassee by 22 points, 148-126, and defending 6A champ Arab, going for its fourth state title in a row and five in six years,  amassed 176 points to hold a solid lead over Athens (132.5) and Southside-Gadsden (130.5) heading into Saturday’s final competition.
     In Class 7A, defending champion Thompson (77.5 points), the first 7A champ last season after winning four straight 6A titles, was in fourth place behind leader Vestavia Hills (112.5),  Oak Mountain (106) and Hoover (84.0) after Friday’s wrestling. Coach Steve Gaydosh’s Rebels are hoping to send their retiring Hall-of-Fame coach out with his 13th career championship.
     The consolation finals get underway first at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed at 11:30 a.m. with the championship bouts in all three divisions. A total of 84 wrestlers will be battling for state crowns. In that group is amazing Pelham senior Hasaan Hawthorne, 36-0 after winning his semifinal match Friday. Hawthorne, a double amputee above the knee, has gained national acclaim for his incredible senior season and his staunch dedication.
    Hawthorne’s match against Southside-Gadsden junior Landon Thompson (53-2) is expected to be one of the most exciting of the final day competition. It is one of 42 finals which will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network Saturday.  The link for the subscriber-based network is:
    In Class 7A, defending state champion Thompson has three defending champs in the finals including senior heavyweight T.J. Rayam (30-2). The University of Massachusetts football signee is going for his third straight 285-pound title – closing out the final round with a match championship bout versus Oak Mountain senior Armond Lloyd (33-10).
     Among the unbeaten wrestlers in 7A finals are Auburn’s Khaleel Johnson (43-0) at 132 pounds, Hewitt-Trussville’s Davis Perry (24-0) at 182, Hoover 195-pounder Bret Winters (47-0) and Tuscaloosa County’s Josh Smith (46-0), competing in the 220 division after winning the 195-pound title last season.
     In Class 1A-5A, Macon Edwards of Fultondale will be going for his 90th match win of the season in the 106-pound finals. The Wildcats’ sophomore is 89-0 this season, second best season (91-0) in NFHS history. In the 170-pound finals, Dora senior Caleb Lauderdale (60-0) and Alexandria junior Christian Knop (55-0) are both riding unbeaten seasons. Leeds’ senior Josephus Smith (33-0) is vying for his second straight 285-pound crown against Tallassee freshman Jake Baker (39-3).
   And in Class 6A, defending champion Arab has five grapplers in the finals, including senior Nick Cater at 152 pounds. Cater (70-3), who owns a 313-21 career record for the Knights, faces unbeaten Pelham senior Dillon Turner (30-0) in the championship bout.  Daniel Bland of Benjamin Russell (49-1) is going after his second straight 285-pound title. He was 47-1 last season as a junior.
   The championship matches are listed below. Complete results can be found at:

AHSAA 61st State Wrestling Championships
At Von Braun Center, Huntsville

Saturday’s Championship Matches

106 pounds:  Macon Edwards, Fultondale (89-0), So.,
vs. Zach Clayton, Dora (55-4), So.
113 pounds:  Nick Souder, Weaver (64-1). Jr.,  vs.  Lane Trapp, Alexandria (33-5), Sr.
120 pounds:  Timothy Murphree,  Fultondale (46-2), Sr.,  vs.  Bryer Stewart, Saint Clair County (54-4), Sr.
126 pounds:  Chase Phillips, Hayden (64-2),  Jr., vs. Michael Land, Moody (68-9), Jr.
132 pounds:  Zachary Van alst, Montgomery Catholic (52-1), Jr.,  vs. Robert Childress, Beauregard (53-8), Sr.
138 pounds:  Braxton Worthington, Mortimer Jordan (47-1), Sr., vs. Chandler Teems, Leeds (29-6), Jr.
145 pounds:  Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan (26-2), So., vs. Tyler Williams, Deshler (47-2), Sr.
152 pounds:  Toren Pollard, Leeds (43-1), Sr., vs. Tyler Mayfield, Cleburne County (13-1), Jr.
160 pounds:  Bragan Swindle, Mortimer Jordan (49-15), Sr., vs.  Seth Shelton,  Madison County (36-8), Jr.
170 pounds:  Caleb Lauderdale, Dora (60-0), Sr., vs. Christian Knop, Alexandria (55-0), Jr.
182 pounds:  Alex Nickell, Leeds (41-3, Sr., vs. Kane Pitts, Walter Wellborn (28-3), Jr.
195 pounds:  Chase Rodgers, Weaver  (63-5), Sr. vs. Andy Baker, Tallassee (44-5), Fr.
220 pounds:  Colton Parton, Madison County (42-1), Sr., vs. Caleb Montgomery , Ohatchee (52-5), Jr.
285 pounds:  Jake Baker, Tallassee (39-3), Jr.,  vs. Josephus Smith, Leeds (33-0), Sr.

106 pounds:  Ty Naquin, Stanhope Elmore (10-0),
Sr. vs. Cristian Lagunas, Athens (33-7), Sr.
113 pounds:  John Mcalpin, Scottsboro (47-5), So. vs. Jacob Smith, Southside-Gadsden (58-2), Jr.
120 pounds:  Seth Hyatt, Arab (64-5), Jr., vs. Cameron Hamby, Pinson Valley (38-7), Jr.
126 pounds:  Kolton Clark, Scottsboro (46-4), Fr., vs. Aaron Ledbetter, Chelsea (43-4), Sr.
132 pounds:  Bailey Roan, Homewood (32-7), Jr., vs. Andrew Schmitt, Arab (59-7), Sr.
138 pounds:  Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (37-3), Jr., vs.  Vershone Graham, Wetumpka (26-2), Sr.
145 pounds:  Hasaan Hawthorne, Pelham (36-0), Sr. vs.  Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden (53-2), Jr.
152 pounds:  Nick Cater, Arab (70-3), Sr., vs. Dillon Turner, Pelham (30-0), Sr.
160 pounds:  Brett Clark, Scottsboro (42-4), Sr., vs. Thomas Coley, Benjamin Russell (45-9), Sr.
170 pounds:  Will Spencer, Arab (68-3), Jr.,  vs. Thomas Carter, Athens (54-7), So.
182 pounds:  Carlos Miguel Figueroa, Homewood (38-1), Fr., vs.  Austin Weldon, Clay-Chalkville (55-3), Sr.
195 pounds:  Dawson McDaniel, Arab (60-3), Sr., vs. Andrew Freeman, Gardendale (52-2), Jr.
220 pounds:  Trent Holley, Wetumpka (17-3), Jr., vs. Justavious Robinson, Benjamin Russell (21-2), Sr.
285 pounds:  Daniel Bland, Benjamin Russell (49-1), Sr., vs. Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore (26-4), So.

106 pounds: 
Alex Thomas, Oak Mountain (27-3), So., vs. Tyler Ivey, Grissom (51-6), Fr.
113 pounds:  Gabe Hixenbaugh, Thompson (19-4), Fr., vs. Maxwell Kauffman, Central-Phenix City (33-3), Fr.
120 pounds:  Carlos Andres, Tuscaloosa County (36-1), Sr., vs. Heath Williamson, Hewitt-Trussville (45-1), Jr.
126 pounds:  Quin Estes, Vestavia Hills (31-15), Sr., vs. Dominic Latona, Thompson (32-4), Sr.
132 pounds:  Drew Reed, Mountain Brook (51-1), Sr., vs. Khaleel  Johnson, Auburn (43-0), Sr.
138 pounds:  Michael John Harris, Oak Mountain (36-4), Sr., vs.  Jarrett Anthony, Hoover (34-8), Sr.
145 pounds:  Matthew Paugh, Vestavia Hills (23-3), So., vs. Robbey Killough, Prattville (52-1), Sr.
152 pounds:  Bowman Hill, Vestavia Hills (48-9), So., vs. Robert Morales, Central-Phenix City (39-2), So.
160 pounds:  Hayden Hill, Vestavia Hills (47-2) vs. Chris Leatherman, Sparkman (36-7), Sr.
170 pounds:  Brooks Schrimsher, Huntsville (46-4), Jr., vs. Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain (46-4), So.
182 pounds:  Davis Perry, Hewitt-Trussville (24-0), Sr., vs. Seth Bruder, James Clemens (45-13), So.
195 pounds:  Bret Winters, Hoover (47-0), Sr., vs. Jaried Buxton, Oak Mountain (49-5), Sr.
220 pounds:  Josh Smith, Tuscaloosa County (46-0), Sr., vs. James Edwards, Vestavia Hills (38-3), Jr.
285 pounds:  T.J. Rayam, Thompson (30-2), Sr., vs. Armond Lloyd, Oak Mountain (33-10), Sr.

John Carroll Catholic High School Football Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     John Carroll Catholic High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported.
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Coaches Donald Cunningham and Arthur Stokes have been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school and the student-athletes involved are permanently ineligible at JCCHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, John Carroll Catholic High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
      “We appreciate the John Carroll administration for self-reporting the violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We also commend JCCHS for their commitment to upholding the bylaws and mission of the AHSAA and for the corrective measures they have already taken to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws in the future.”

      The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on page 57, Rule VI-Administration, Section 12. RECRUITING.

Muscle Shoals High School Football Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     Muscle Shoals High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Assistant football coach Chris Balentine has been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school for one year and the student-athlete involved is permanently ineligible at MSHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, Muscle Shoals High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
      “We thank the Muscle Shoals administration for their cooperation throughout this process,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Although we regret any time violations occur, we are encouraged to see how our schools strive with diligence to put into place protocol that will prevent these kinds of errors in the future.” 

      The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on page 57, Rule VI-Administration, Section 12. RECRUITING.

Defending Champs Leeds (1A-5A) and Arab (6A) Take First-Day Leads As 61st AHSAA Wrestling Championships Get Underway

    HUNTSVILLE – Defending Class 1A-5A state champion Leeds High School totaled 74 points Thursday to hold a 17-point lead over second-place Tallassee as the 61st AHSAA State Wrestling Championships got underway at the Von Braun Center.
    The Tigers had 57 points, Madison County scored 52 and Deshler had 48.5 to round out the top four teams after the first session.  In Class 6A, defending champion Arab posted 89.5 points to take the top position heading into the second round Friday. Class 7A begins its matches Friday with all three divisions completing the meet on Saturday with all championship matches being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Links can be found at and
    Sophomore Macon Edwards of Fultondale used just  improved to 88-0 on the season, best in AHSAA state history, using just 39 seconds to pin his first opponent, then advancing to the semifinals with a 7-1 decision over Javon Cortez of Moody in his first match. His 88 wins ranks third nationally according to the NFHS Record Book. The leader, Colton Palmer of Durham-Riverside, N.C., finished 91-0 in 2006-07 to set the prep national record for a single season. Edwards moved into third place behind Palmer and Chad Pyke of Woodward Academy (GA), who finished the 2012-13 season 89-2. 
     Two wrestlers advanced to the 170-pound semifinals in 1A-5A, senior Caleb Lauderdale of Dora (59-0) and freshman Christian Knopp of Alexandria (54-0). Both won two matches with pins.
    Josephus Smith of Leeds (32-0) advanced to the 285-pound semifinals with two pins.
    In the Class 6A competition, Pelham 145-pound senior Hassan Hawthorne, a double amputee who inspires all who watch him, improved to 35-0 with an 8-0 major decision in his first match and a 9-3 decision over strong Arab grappler Javon Cortez (38-4) in the quarterfinals. Hawthorne’s teammate Dillon Turner (29-0) also had two pins to advance to the semis at 152 pounds.
   Benjamin Russell heavyweight Daniel Bland had two pins to improve to 48-1 on the season.
    Wrestling gets underway Friday at 9:30 a.m., with consolation divisions in 1A-5A and 6A. Class 7A also begins its competition. Championship semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. for all divisions. Action closes out Friday with consolation semifinals for all classes beginning at 5:45 p.m.
    Saturday’s consolation finals are set for 9 to 10:30 a.m., and championship matches get underway in all three divisions at 11:30.

Fultondale’s Edwards Improves to AHSAA Best 86-0 To Win 106 Title at North Super Sectional Wrestling

    Fultondale High School sophomore Macon Edwards beat fellow sophomore Zach Clayton of Dora in a tough 5-4 decision Saturday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to win the AHSAA North Super Sectional Class 1A-5A 106-pound wrestling title.
    Edwards improved to 86-0 win the win to set a new state record for wrestling wins in a single season.
    He advances with his team to the AHSAA 2016 State wrestling Championships as  No. 1 seed from the North Super Sectional. Clayton (53-4) advances as the second seed from the North. The state meet gets underway Thursday at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center with wrestling continuing Friday and concluding Saturday afternoon.  The NFHS Network will live-stream all championship matches Saturday live over the NFHS Network. More link information is available at
    Edwards’ 86 wins eclipsed the old record (85) set by Brandon Womack of Scottsboro in 2012.  Womack was 85-2 as a sophomore that season and closed out his career an NFHS best 422-8 record including 77-0 as a senior in 2014. Edwards can beat that mark with four match wins in the state meet.
    Madison County won the North 1A-5A Super Sectional title with 267 points. Runner-up Deshler had 190.5 and J.O. Johnson was third with 183. Fultondale had 90.  Vestavia Hills posted 222 points to win the North 7A crown over runner-up Bob Jones (135), and defending 6A state champion Arab won the North 6A Super Sectional with 251.5 points. Pinson Valley was second with 199 and Athens third at 193.5
    In the South Super Sectional competition, defending 1A-5A state champ Leeds won the 1A-5A championship with 243.5 points. Tallassee was second at 191.5 and Weaver was third at 190.5.  Oak Mountain edged out defending 7A state champs Thompson 234-207.5 to claim the Super Sectional title, and Oxford edged Homewood by one point, 176.5 to 175.5 for the Class 6A South title.
     Two-time defending 285-pound state champion T.J. Rayam of Thompson earned top seed in the state meet with an 8-5 decision over Armand Lloyd of Oak Mountain. Rayam, an UMass football signee, is 28-2 on the season.
     Leeds senior Josephus Smith (30-0) closed out the South competition with a 3-2 win over freshman Sean Caleb Allison of Weaver.

Auburn, Winfield, Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s and American Christian Repeat as State Champs at 47th AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Auburn, Opelika, Northside and Winfield claimed boys’ championships and Hoover, Pelham, St. Paul’s Episcopal and American Christian captured girls’ championships as the 47th AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Eighteen state records were broken Saturday  – including three by junior track sensation Trey Cunningham of Winfield, who won four events for 40 points as Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates won their second consecutive Class 1A-3A state boys’ indoor title.
   Winfield posted 122 points to beat runner-up American Christian by 26.50 points. Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots tallied 93.50 point and his girls captured their second straight 1A-3A crown with 86.33 points. Bayside Academy finished second in the girls’ competition with 58.50 points, and Winfield was a close third with 54.50.
    Auburn and Hoover repeated as Class 7A boys’ and girls’ state champs, respectively. Coach Johnny Johnson’s Tigers totaled 110.50 points to runner-up Hoover’s 64. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs won their third state crown in a row and fourth in five years with 126 points – 43 better than runner-up James Clemens’ 83.
    Pelham’s girls captured their second Class 6A title in a row posting 98 points to beat runner-up Homewood (88). Opelika won its first boys’ 6A indoor championship with a meet-high 138.50 points. Northridge was second with 62.
   Northside won its first boys’ state indoor title winning the Class 4A-5A championship with 70.50 points. Ramsay was as close second with 65.  St. Paul’s Episcopal won the Class 4A-5A girls’ crown with 108 points. It was the 23rd overall for Coach Jim Tate’s Saints, an AHSAA state record.
    Cunningham continued his assault of the AHSAA indoor state track record book with wins in the 400, long jump, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles for a meet high 40 points. He ran a 1A-3A state record 50.30 seconds to edge American Christian’s Noah Karr (50.58) at the finish line to win the 400-meter dash to start his day Saturday. Maurice Holt of St. Paul’s held the old record (50.55), setting the standard 33 years ago in 1984.
      Cunningham won the 1A-3A 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.84 seconds. He set the class record on Friday in the prelims with a 7.83 time and established the CrossPlex overall record during the regular season with a 7.76 time to rank him first nationally this season. And he closed out his incredible meet performance with 6.98 time in the 60-meter dash for his fourth record of 2016.
     The Pirates standout also recorded a winning leap of 23 feet, 4 inches to set the Class 1A-3A state indoor record – erasing the 37-year-old mark (22-3 3/4) set by Derrell Washington of Calhoun in 1980.
      In the Class 7A girls’ 400-meter dash, three runners bettered the classification record in what turned out to be one of the top races of the 2016 meet.  Oak Mountain’s Nicole Payne clocked  55.25 seconds to win the event – setting a new Class 7A Indoor State record (58.63) established by Hoover’s Sydney Steely at last year’s state meet.  Hoover’s Brittley Humphrey was second with a season-best time of 56.35, and Steely bettered her own record finishing third with a 58.39 time. Ten records fell in Class 7A Saturday and 13 were broken on Friday.
    Woodlawn’s Jayla Kirkland won two events in the Class 6A competition including the 400-meter dash (56.31) and 60-meter dash (7.54). Even though she holds the 6A state and CrossPlex records in each, her times came up just a little short of her career bests.

   Karri Green of Piedmont set a 1A-3A 400-meter dash record (57.19) Saturday and followed with a near-record in winning the 60-meter dash 7.98) and 60-meter hurdles (9.22) to earn 30 points for the Bulldogs Saturday. She ran a 7.98 time and just missed the 7.70 record ran by Katie Brooks-Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain in 2014.
    Nathanaiel Huggins of Opelika won the 400-meter dash in 48.16, just 5/100ths of a second off the state record set by Marlon Humphrey of Hoover in 2013. Huggins’ Bulldogs teammate Kacey Spinks was second at 49.66. He also won the 60-meter dash with the overall and 6A state record 6.85 time – breaking his own mark (6.87) set last year.
   Emmanuel Tait of Thompson set two records in Class 7A, winning the 60-meter dash in 6.91 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles in 7.81.
     Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the Class 7A indoor state record with a leap of 48 feet, one inch to win the triple jump competition. His distance beat the previous mark (45-01 ¾) set by Miles Strickland of Bob Jones last year by three feet.  Strickland also broke his previous record with a 46-10 ½ effort to finish second.
    A quick look at the records that fell Saturday are below.

Saturday’s Indoor Records
Boys Records
Triple Jump:
Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (48-01); old record (45-01 ¾), Miles Strickland, Bob Jones, 2015.
Shot Put: Robert Moore, Auburn (54-02); old record (53-02), Christian Bell, Hoover, 2015.
60-meter Dash: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (6.91); old record (6.93), Joshua Burks, James Clemens, 2015.
60-meter Hurdles: Emmanuel Tait, Thompson (7.81); old record (8.02), Tait in 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Drew Williams, Mountain Brook (4:17.06); old record (4:29.84), Paul Barlow, Auburn, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Mountain Brook (7:57.93); old record (8:07.28), Auburn, 2015.

60-meter Dash:
Nathanaiel Huggins, Opelika (6.85); old record (6.87) Huggins, 2015.

60-meter Dash:
Shaquawn Vandergrift, Moody (6.95); old record (6.99), Harrison Dudley, Paul Bryant, 2014.
4x800-meter Relay: Northside (8:16.55); old record (8:19.17), Homewood, 2014.

Long Jump:
Trey Cunningham, Winfield (23-04); old record (22-3 ¾), Derrell Washington, Calhoun, 1980.
60-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (6.98); old record (7.03), Ismail Saleem, St. Jude. 2014, and Cunningham, 2016 prelims.
400-meter Dash: Trey Cunningham, Winfield (50.30); old record (50.55), Maurice Holt, St. Paul’s, 1984.
1,600-meter Run: Dylan Pausic, Shades Mountain (4:30.59); old record (4:31.74), Wade Martin, Good Hope, 2003.

Girls Records
400-meter Dash:
Nicole Payne, Oak Mountain (55.25); old record (58.63), Sydney Steely, Hoover , 2015.
1,600-meter Run: Frances Patrick, Mountain Brook (5:07.88); old record (5:10.61), Abbey Zane, Huntsville, 2015.
4xs400-meter Relay: Central-Phenix City (3:59.53); old record (4:01.91), Hoover, 2015.
4x800-meter Relay: Hoover (9:26.76); old record (9:31.97), Hoover, 2015.

400-meter Dash:
Karri Green, Piedmont (57.19); old record (57.89), Shelbi White, Lincoln, 2014.

Class 6A and Class 4A-5A
No records set.

Final Team Scoring
Class  7A
Hoover                                 126
James Clemens                   83
Mountain Brook                 64
McGill-Toolen                      60
Auburn                                   36
Huntsville                              36
Oak Mountain                     25
Central-Phenix City           24
Thompson                            24
Smiths Station                     18
Hewitt-Trussville                  9
Spain Park                               9
Bob Jones                               8         
Murphy                                                    7
Vestavia Hills                          7
Sparkman                                6
Hazel Green                           4

Class 6A
Pelham                                 98
Homewood                        88
Walker                                  60
Northridge                          49.50
Opelika                                 48.50
Cullman                                28.50
Fort Payne                          28
Scottsboro                          27
Paul Bryant                         22
Hartselle                              21
Woodlawn                          20
John Carroll                        18
Arab                                        9.50
Center Point                        9
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          5
Oxford                                    5
Albertville                             1           

Class 4A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal          108
UMS-Wright                         61
Montgomery-Catholic     45
Columbia                               45
Ramsay                                                  39
Randolph                               36
Helena                                    33
Demopolis                            28
West Limestone                 23
Beauregard                          22
Carver-Birmingham           20
Brooks                                    19        
Central-Tuscaloosa            18
Fairview                                 13        
DAR                                           8
Mortimer Jordan                  8
Trinity Presbyterian            4
Wilson                                      4
St. James                                 3
White Plains                           3
Corner                                      2
JB Pennington                       1
Oneonta                                  1
Wenonah                                1
Class 1A-3A
American Christian          86.33
Bayside Academy            58.50
Winfield                               54.50
Cottage Hill Christian      52
Piedmon t                           46
Westminster-Oak Mtn  42
Whitesburg Christian      38
Montgomery Academy 31
Madison Academy          28
Lynn                                      20
St. Bernard                         20
Mobile Christian               15.33
Addison                               13
Altamont                             11
Providence Christian        9
Ohatchee                              7
Coosa Christian                   5
Pleasant Valley                   4
Section                                   2
Cold Springs                         0.33
Class 7A
Auburn                                 110.50
Hoover                                   64
Hewitt-Trussville                59.50
Mountain Brook                 52
Spain Park                             44
Central-Phenix City           43
Vestavia Hills                        35
Thompson                            30
Oak Mountain                     20
Smiths Station                     19
Bob Jones                             18
Gadsden City                       17
Murphy                                                    9
James Clemens                     8
McGill-Toolen                        8
Sparkman                                5
Huntsville                                4

Class 6A
Opelika                                 138.50
Northridge                            62
Homewood                          58
Paul Bryant                           38.50
Scottsboro                            34
Walker                                    33
Cullman                                  25
Stanhope Elmore               24
Arab                                        23
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa          23
Southside-Gadsden          20
Oxford                                    14
Pelham                                   11
Austin                                     10
Albertville                               8
Shades Valley                        8
Hartselle                                  5
Center Point                          4
Fort Payne                              2
Minor                                        1         

Class 4A-5A
Northside                            70.50
Ramsay                                                65
St. Paul’s Episcopal          53
Dadeville                             37          
Randolph                             35
Alabama Christian            34
Beauregard                        28
Central-Tuscaloosa          27.50
St. Clair County                 20
Moody                                 19
UMS-Wright                       18
Montgomery-Catholic   17
Carver-Birmingham         15
Helena                                  15
Columbia                             13
Tallassee                              11
LAMP                                    10
Oneonta                              10
Elmore County                    9
Brooks                                    8.50
Demopolis                            6
Fairview                                 5.50
DAR                                         4
Wilson                                    4
Parker                                     3                                           
Sipsey Valley                        3
Wenonah                              2
Mortimer Jordan                2
Guntersville                         1

Class 1A-3A
Winfield                               122
American Christian            93.50
Cold Springs                         51
Madison Academy            47
Montgomery Academy   36.50
Holly Pond                            33
Westminster-Oak Mtn    26
Shades Mountain              20        
Bayside Academy              18
Section                                   16
Piedmont                              13
Cottage Hill Christian        12
Marion County                      9
St. Bernard                             9         
Pleasant Valley                     8
Addison                                   7                         
Falkville                                    6
Athens Bible                          4
Mobile Christian                   3
Providence Christian          3         
Altamont                                 2         
Victory Christian                   2
Whitesburg Christian          2                        

B.B. Comer Fined Forfeits Games

   MONTGOMERY –B.B. Comer High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violating the AHSAA Eligibility Rule. The school self-reported the violation.
   The school played an ineligible student in violation of the “Eligibility Rule” specifically “Academic Rule.” The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated.
    As a result of the forfeits, B.B. Comer to fourth seed in Class 3A, Area 8 and will play top seed Midfield in the first round of the area tournament Monday night at Midfield.
     The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

Jacksonville Christian Fined, Forfeits Games

   MONTGOMERY –Jacksonville Christian Academy has been fined, placed on probation for one year for violating the AHSAA Transfer rule. The school self-reported the violation.
   The school played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Overlapping School Zones Rule” and “Academic Rule”.  The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated.
    JCA dropped from fourth seed to fifth seed in the Class 1A, Area 13 boys’ basketball tournament and will play Gaylesville Monday night in the first round of the tourney.
     The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.