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AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of
Control approved Wednesday to move the start date for the 50% Rule at its
Spring Meeting Wednesday at the AHSAA Office.
50% Rule currently goes into effect on the first day allowed for Fall Sports
practice. The Central Board voted to change the date to the first Fall Sports
contest date allowed (excluding football’s zero week). For the 2017-18 school
year, that date will be Thursday, Aug. 24.
change brings the 50% Rule more in line with the AHSAA Outside Participation
Rule,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “It will provide the
opportunity for student-athletes, especially in smaller towns, to participate
in more recreation events during August.”
action was taken at the Spring Meeting of the Central Board of Control. The
Legislative Council also met Wednesday. The 32-member council voted on 15
legislative proposals, but none received the required minimum two-thirds (22)
votes to be ratified.
also announced the 2016 Football Playoffs took in more than $2 million for the
second year in a row and for just the third time in AHSAA history.
“We also had great
financial reports from the winter sports, and if we can have a strong finish
with our spring championships, we hope we can reach our goal of distributing
for the first time $2 million back to our member schools through revenue
sharing this school year,” Savarese said. “Member schools have already received
approximately $1.4 million in stipends from the football revenue for the 2016
season,” he said. The AHSAA has paid out approximately $10 million in revenue
sharing to its member schools over the last seven years.
The Central Board also
elected current vice president John Hardin, principal at Hackleburg High
School, as president for the 2017-18 school year and Keith Bender, Oneonta
Schools, as the new vice president. Both will take office at the July
meeting. Spring Garden principal Mike Welsh has served as president the
last two years.
Other Central Board action included:
-- Approved the 2016 Football Playoff Audit, the 2017 Bowling, Wrestling,
Indoor Track, Regional and State Basketball Financial Reports.
-- Approved expenses for the AHSAA’s new Video Wall.
-- Heard a
report on the Medical Advisory Committee winter meeting and approved permitting
the new 2017-18 required Concussion and Permission forms to be made available
on-line May 22.
expenses for the National Federation Summer Meeting scheduled for June at
Providence, Rhode Island.
-- Approved the AHSAA 2017-18 Calendar of Events and Sports Calendar, the AHSAA
5-year Calendar, and dates for Central Board regular meetings for the 2017-18
-- Heard a
presentation by Baker High School concerning transfers enrolled in the AP
Capstone Program and denied the request.
-- Heard a report from
AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the Summer Conference and All-Star
BIRMINGHAM - The Board of Directors for the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Ron Ingram will be recognized as the Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 49th Annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday May 13th, 2017.
The Mel Allen Award was created to honor media members in the state who have made a lifetime contribution to sports through their work as a media member. The award is named after 1974 Hall of Fame Inductee Mel Allen from Birmingham who was known as the “Voice of the New York Yankees” for two decades; as well as narrated a weekly thirty minute television show in the 1960’s and 1970’s called “This Week in Major League Baseball.”
Ron Ingram graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He served as a sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981, then as sports editor of the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. He went on to become the prep sports editor of the Birmingham News in 1984 and remained there for 24 years. He then joined the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) as an assistant director in 2007. He has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and has captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award in both 1987 and 1994.
In 2009, Ingram was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Auburn University recognized him as the Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012.
Former recipients of the Mel Allen award include John Pruitt (2014), George Smith (2014), and Tom Roberts (2015).
For ticket information to the Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13th, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, call the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at 205-323-6665.
BIRMINGHAM – Opelika High School’s RaKavius Chambers and Elkmont High School’s Leah Seibert were named the overall winners at the 32st annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel as 104 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
Chambers, a senior football standout, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Seibert, who participated in softball and was a cheerleader, at Southeastern, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school athletic careers.
“I am truly humbled,” Chambers said. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman helped his Opelika football team reach the Super 7 Class 6A state finals last season as a standout lineman. The Duke University football signee has a 4.33 grade-point average, a 32 on his ACT test and ranks second in his graduating class of 248.
“I want to thank the Bryant-Jordan Foundation, my family, my coaches and my teachers for what they have all done for me at this important junction of my life,” Chambers said. “I am also thankful to have the opportunity to attend a school and play for a football staff that allowed me to pursue my interest in band, choir and acting.
“My work ethic comes from my grandfather. Although he only has a seventh-grade education, he is the hardest-working many that I have ever known.”
Already named the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) “Heart of the Arts” Award Section 3 recipient for the Southeastern states for his balance between his love for sports and the arts, Chambers was also the recipient of the Watkins Award, which is awarded annually to the top Afro-American high school student-athlete in the U.S. as selected by the national committee.
A leader in all aspects of his life, he plans to study medicine at Duke University with his goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon. He helped Opelika High School capture first place in the state high school theatrical competition at Florence – playing the role of “God” in the play “Children of Eden.”.
He is also a member of the OHS Show Choir and Symphonic Band.
His athletic exploits earned him Team Captain, All-State and All-America honors as a senior.
Seibert has been a cheerleader and softball player at Elkmont High School in Limestone County. She has a 4.14 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Leah was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, which has required her to face many obstacles during her high school years. Even when she couldn’t participate, she was there cheering her teammates on and giving them her full support. Her positive attitude has brought her community together in support for her as she has battled through her illness.
“I thank my teachers and coaches at Elkmont for helping make me the best person that I can be,” Seibert said. Described as a natural leader, Seibert added, “It is an honor for me to receive this award. I thank the Elkmont community for always being there for me.”
Chambers and Seibert were each awarded scholarships totaling $8,500. Each regional winner received $2,500 and each class winner an additional $3,000. The state winners also received an additional $3,000. More than $10 million has been distributed to student-athletes through the Bryant-Jordan Program since its inception in 1986.
2017 Class winners in the Student Athlete division were: Alex Wilcox, Brantley (1A); Hallee Lightsey, Fayetteville (2A); Leah Seibert, Elkmont (3A); Carson Hall, Randolph (4A); Joseph Holbrook, Boaz (5A); Weldrin Ford, Opelika (6A); and Josh Stevens, Vestavia Hills, (7A).
Class winners in the Scholar Athlete division included: C.J. Lecroy, Isabella (1A); Shelby Wales, Fayetteville (2A); Taylor Hayes, Piedmont (3A); Samuel Plash, UMS-Wright (4A); Samantha Slaughter, Shelby County (5A); RaKavius Chambers, Opelika (6A); and Taelor Allen Huffman (7A).
Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including:
Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: Jordan Pendley, Brookwood; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: A.J. Robbins, Marion County and Monica McNeil, Central-Phenix City; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Andrew Moore, Covenant Christian School and Samantha Slaughter, Shelby County; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Braden Garrison, Sparkman; United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarship: D.J. Pope, Gaston High School and Hallee Lightsey, Fayetteville High School.
The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:
2017 BRYANT-JORDAN REGION WINNERS
Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Achievement Award
Region 1: Phillip “P.J.” Collins, Kinston HS
Region 2: Alexis “Alex” Wilcox, Brantley HS
Region 3: Chance Boggs, Wadley HS
Region 4: Marcus McMeans, Winterboro HS
Region 5: Joe Rogers, Spring Garden HS
Region 6: Anthony “A.J.” Robbins, Marion County HS
Region 7: Cherilyn Todd, Phillips HS
Region 8: Andrew Lawrence Moore, Covenant Christian HS
Region 1: Curtis Michael Anderson, Washington County HS
Region 2: Mary Lacy Lusk, Elba HS
Region 3: Terrence L. Hollins, Jr., Abbeville HS
Region 4: Brandon Lee Heard, Horseshoe Bend HS
Region 5: Hallee Lightsey, Fayetteville HS
Region 6: Davarius “D.J.” Pope, Gaston HS
Region 7: Hayden Tate Ozbirn, Red Vay HS
Region 8: Kyle Kirkland Parker, Hatton HS
Region 1: Steven Boatwright, Excel HS
Region 2: Blaise A. Van Hoose, Slocomb HS
Region 3: Shania Sharneise Tuck, Central Coosa HS
Region 4: Mikayla McElroy, Fultondale HS
Region 5: Connor Blake Usery, Weaver HS
Region 6: Garrett Scott Martin, Oakman HS
Region 7: Austin Cyle Smith, Pisgah HS
Region 8: Leah Joy Seibert, Elkmont HS
Region 1: Clara Locke, Monroe County HS
Region 2: Dylan Deloney, Dale County HS
Region 3: Easterling Carpenter, Elmore County HS
Region 4: Andrew Kilgore, Saks HS
Region 5: Haleigh Jayne-Taylor Warren, Ashville HS
Region 6: Will Evans, Haleyville HS
Region 7: Carson Hall, Randolph HS
Region 8: Demareous Smith, Rogers HS
Region 1: Tucker Batley, Jackson HS
Region 2: Dalton Green, Brewbaker Tech HS
Region 3: Lindsey McIlwain, Dallas County HS
Region 4: Ronnie “R.J. Cox, Jr., Demopolis HS
Region 5: Macie Abigail Freeman, Central-Clay County HS
Region 6: Lucas Jeffrey McCaleb, Corner HS
Region 7: Joseph Hobrook, Boaz HS
Region 8: Erin Wales, Ardmore HS
Region 1: Andrew Mitchell, Gulf Shores HS
Region 2: Alexis Nicole Danzey, Northview HS
Region 3: Weldrin Ford, Opelika HS
Region 4: Jordan Pendley, Brookwood HS
Region 5: Melissa Pontius, McAdory HS
Region 6: Steven David-Henry Soles, Jr., Center Point HS
Region 7: Noah Fondren, Cullman HS
Region 8: Myron Dwight McDaniel, Jr., Florence HS
Region 1: Claire Kengeye, Davidson HS
Region 2: Monica McNeil, Central-Phenix City HS
Region 3: Josh Stevens, Vestavia Hills HS
Region 4: Charissa Roth, Bob Jones HS
Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Award
Region 1: Michael Hunter Ward, Pleasant Home HS
Region 2: Tomysha Danielle Boykin, Linden HS
Region 3: Clifford “C.J.” Lecroy, Isabella HS
Region 4: Benjamin Weir, Victory Christian HS
Region 5: Shea James Buckner, Donoho HS
Region 6: Garrett Alan Cooper, Marion County HS
Region 7: Katie Nicole Holcomb, Hackleburg HS
Region 8: Anna Melinda Persell, Athens Bible HS
Region 1: Kristen Noel Gulsby, J.U. Blacksher HS
Region 2: Molly McDaniel, New Brockton HS
Region 3: Nikki T. Hughes, Goshen HS
Region 4: Kaitlin Baker, Reeltown HS
Region 5: Shelby Wales, Fayetteville HS
Region 6: Race Clausen, Sand Rock HS
Region 7: Morgan Faith Pearce, Red Bay HS
Region 8: Colby Cochran, Fyffe HS
Region 1: Allison Nelson, T.R. Miller HS
Region 2: Ben Beachamp, Houston Academy
Region 3: Peri LeeAnn Greene, Prattville Christian HS
Region 4: Kelvin Valladares, Fultondale HS
Region 5: Taylor Hayes, Piedmont HS
Region 6: Lauren Anne McHan, J.B. Pennington HS
Region 7: Tanner Chase Atchley, North Sand Mountain HS
Region 8: Wesley James Smith, Lauderdale County HS
Region 1: Samuel Plash, UMS-Wright HS
Region 2: Mary Conley Teel, Trinity Presbyterian HS
Region 3: Hannah Traylor Elmore County HS
Region 4: Destinee Faithe Sellers, Handley HS
Region 5: Dawson Anderson, Leeds HS
Region 6: Thomas Jacob Graves, Oakman HS
Region 7: Christopher Johnson, Westminster Christian HS
Region 8: Maria Mask, Wilson HS
Region 1: Williams David Raybon, Jackson HS
Region 2: Taylor Frances Adams, Carroll HS
Region 3: Taylor Moore, Dallas County HS
Region 4: Samantha Kay Slaughter, Shelby County HS
Region 5: Lauren Brown, Cleburne County HS
Region 6: Brooke Henson, Mortimer Jordan HS
Region 7: Peyton Nance, Etowah HS
Region 8: Nathaniel Ford, Lawrence County HS
Region 1: Madelyn Wells, Robertsdale HS
Region 2: Serin Baek, Dothan HS
Region 3: Rakavius Chambers, Opelika HS
Region 4: Marjorie Ann Blanton, Helena HS
Region 5: Antonio Stanton, Jr., Bessemer City HS
Region 6: Holley Beth Spivey, Walker HS
Region 7: Ann Carol Braswell, Cullman HS
Region 8: George Brown, Decatur HS
Region 1: Emma Bearden, Murphy HS
Region 2: Kayleigh Green, Smiths Station HS
Region 3: Taelor Allen, Huffman HS
Region 4: Braden Garrison, Sparkman HS
MONTGOMERY – Seniors John Petty of Huntsville’s Mae Jemison High School and Bianca Jackson of Montgomery’s Brewbaker Tech were named Mr. and Miss Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association 2017 Player of the Year luncheon Tuesday.
The awards were presented by Carol Golsan, senior vice president of marketing services for AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA Insurance, and selected by the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State Committee comprised of member sportswriters from across the state. The luncheon banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
The ASWA has chosen Mr. Basketball every year since 1983 and Miss Basketball annually since 1988. The awards are presented to the boy and girl selected as the state’s top high school basketball players as determined by the ASWA.
Petty, who was also named Mr. Basketball in 2016, became just the third player to be named Mr. Basketball twice in the award’s 35-year history. Trevor Lacey of Huntsville-Butler won the award in 2010 and 2011 and Ronald Steele of Birmingham’s John Carroll Catholic captured the award in 2003 and 2004.
The Alabama signee led Jemison -- a first-year school -- to the Class 5A state championship in 2017, averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Jaguars, coached by Jack Doss, finished 33-4. He was named the state-tournament MVP for the third straight year. The Alabama signee led J.O. Johnson, a school closed last summer and also coached by Doss, to state titles in 2015 and 2016. He also captured was named Class 5A Player of the Year for the third time, becoming just the 12th player in AHSAA history to win at least three player-of-the-year awards.
Jackson, the daughter of Alabama State University men’s basketball coach Lewis Jackson and ASU women’s basketball coach Frieda Freeman-Jackson, averaged 24.8 points per game as a senior and finished her Brewbaker Tech career with 2,177 points. She signed last November with reigning NCAA national champion South Carolina. Jackson also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists to help the Rams reach at least 18 wins for an eighth straight season. She helped Brewbaker Tech, coached by Cynthia Thompson, to a 19-9 record in 2017.
Jackson recorded three triple-doubles, including a single-game record 58-point outburst versus Greenville in January that tied for fifth highest scoring effort in AHSAA history. She also had 12 rebounds and 10 assists that win.
Both Petty and Jackson were four-time first-team All-State players in their prep careers. Petty was just the sixth boy and Jackson the 18th girl in ASWA history to be at least a four-time first-teamer.
ASWA Boys’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (7A); Alex Reese, Pelham (6A); John Petty, Mae Jemison (5A); Herb Jones, Hale County (4A); Shy Cunningham, Midfield (3A); Anquaevious Pollard, LaFayette (2A); Diante Wood, Sacred Heart Catholic (1A); Artavious Billups, Macon-East (AISA).
ASWA Girls’ Players of the Year announced Tuesday were: Haley Troup, Gadsden City (7A); Ajah Wayne, Homewood (6A); Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech (5A); Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley (4A); Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale County (3A); Kirstin Brown, Tanner (2A); River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (1A); Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, Springwood (AISA).
The top five vote-getters in the Mr. and Miss Basketball balloting were named to the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team. Petty received all 13 first-place votes to headline the boys’ squad. Jackson received nine of the 14 first-place votes cast to headline the girls’ squad. Ajah Wayne of Homewood and Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson received two votes each and Unique Thompson of Faith Academy received the other first-place vote.
ASWA SUPER 5 TEAM
John Petty, Mae Jemison; Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook; Alex Reese, Pelham; Herb Jones, Hale County; Diante Wood, Sacred Heart.
Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech; Unique Thompson, Faith Academy; Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson; Ajah Wayne, Homewood; Haley Troup, Gadsden City.
MISS BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1988-2017)
2017: Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech
2016: Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015: Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014: Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013: Marqu’es Webb, Hoover
2012: Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones
2011: Hayden Hamby, West Morgan
2010: Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay
2009: Jala Harris, Bob Jones
2008: Courtney Jones, Midfield
2007: Katherine Graham, Ramsay
2006: Shanavia Dowdell, Calera
2005: Whitney Boddie, Florence
2004: Starr Orr, Speake
2003: Sidney Spencer, Hoover
2002: Kate Mastin, Boaz
2001: Donyel Wheeler, Huffman
2000: Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County
1999: Tasheika Morris, Butler
1998: Gwen Jackson, Eufaula
1997: April Nance, Butler
1996: Nicole Carruth, Sulligent
1995: Heather Mayes, Fyffe
1994: Pam Duncan, Carrollton
1993: Leah Monteith, Cherokee County
1992: Yolanda Watkins, Decatur
1991: Tonya Tice, Hamilton
1990: Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible
1989: Leslie Claybrook, St. James
1988: Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle
MR. BASKETBALL RECIPIENTS (1983-2017)
2017: John Petty, Mae Jemison
2016: John Petty, J.O. Johnson
2015: Dazon Ingram, Theodore
2014: William Lee, Dallas County
2013: De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah
2012: Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery
2011: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2010: Trevor Lacey, Butler
2009: Kerron Johnson, Madison Academy
2008: JaMychal Green, St. Jude
2007: Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis
2006: Stanley Robinson, Huffman
2005: Richard Hendrix, Athens
2004: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2003: Ronald Steele, John Carroll
2002: Kennedy Winston, Blount
2001: Chris White, Grissom
2000: Gerald Wallace, Childersburg
1999: Marvin Stone, Grissom
1998: Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright
1997: Anthony Williams, Loachapoka
1996: Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis
1995: Brian Williams, Jeff Davis
1994: Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville
1993: Howard Pride, Butler
1992: Darryl Wilson, South Lamar
1991: Victor Newman, Houston Academy
1990: Cedric Moore, Woodlawn
1989: Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope
1988: Terrence Lewis, Ramsay
1987: Bryant Lancaster, Valley
1986: Larry Rembert, Keith
1985: Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport
1984: Jeff Moore, Midfield
1983: Terry Coner, Phillips-Birmingham
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