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Players Selected for First AHSADCA Basketball Showcase Set for June 22

    MONTGOMERY – Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (ASADCA), announced Friday that invitations have been issued to 100 boys’ and  100 girls’ basketball players who will participate in the AHSADCA’s Basketball Showcase planned for June 22.
    The Showcase will allow outstanding student-athletes still in high school the opportunity to participate in this special camp that will be open to college coaches to attend. It is a joint project of the AHSAA, NFHS and NCAA.
    AHSAA coaches nominated players for this event and the AHSADCA Showcase Selection Committee chose 100 boys and 100 girls to attend.  The invitations were sent out April 16-17 to the student-athlete’s high school coach.

    “The coach is responsible for getting the information to the selected players,” Lee said. “I think our  selection committees did a great job of selecting these talented players and we are looking forward

to a great event.”
      The Boys’ Showcase will be held at Hoover High School and the Girls’ Showcase will be hosted at Spain Park High School. The June 22 event will begin at 10 a.m., and end at 6 p.m.
      “This showcase will bring our best basketball players together in one setting. “This is a great opportunity for our schools to get exposure for our high school basketball players,” Lee said. 

      The complete list of players can be found at:


http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Basketball/Elite-100?fbclid=IwAR2ot7sbpIGvWhwv_bs6pk1sMCoH9mjx_WrlyYXvTgeJE8kIJOmIv4toozA


Center Point Boys Capture Jefferson County Track Championships for 3rd Straight Year

AHSAA Spring Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior hurdler Jalen Aibogun led Center Point High School to its third straight Jefferson County Track and Field Meet Championship to earn this week’s AHSAA Spring Spotlight for the sports of track and field, golf and tennis.
    Aibogun won three events as the Eagles of Coach Preston Wilson won the title over a 12-team Jeffco field that included Clay-Chalkville, Shades Valley, Pinson Valley, Gardendale and Mortimer Jordan. Aibogun totaled 30 points winning the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 400-meter dash. 
    Sophomore Ambria James captured first place in the shot put and took third place in discus throw to score 16 points as Center Point took the girls’ Jeffco title for the second year in a row. The roster for Coach Terress Long features only one senior and a strong sophomore class of 19 girls.
     Quienterrius Tanksley also captured the discus event for Center Point’s boys and finished second in the shot. Kobe Collier won the high jump and the 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Lyric Lawson, Jabril Muhammad, Michael Jones and Kenyon Anthony finished third.
    The Lady Eagles got a boost from Brandy Jamfi, who finished second in the 3,200 meters and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team.
    The Jefferson County Championships was an excellent tune-up for all the Jeffco schools with AHSAA Section track meets set for the weekend of Apr. 25-26-27.
     Other top performances reported in track, golf and tennis include:

OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

JARIAN WILSON, MARY MONTGOMERY: Won the long jump with a winning leap of 21 feet, 3 inches to spark Coach John Kubick’s Vikings to the Mobile County Meet boys’ championship. Mary Montgomery finished with 101 points with McGill-Toolen one point back with 100 and Baker third with 98.50.  Javoris McIntosh also won the triple jump (45-8), Lester Davison finished second in the 110 and 300 hurdles for Mary Montgomery, and distance runner Caleb Troy Smith was second in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
McGill’s major points came from David Dolan, who won the pole vault with a new personal best of 16-6 ¼, while Kendal White got double wins in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles (14.42/38.09).
 JAZMEN PERRYMAN, BAKER: The sprinter helped Baker High School win the girls’ title at the Mobile County Meet with 155.42 points. McGill-Toolen was second with 147. Perryman won the 200-meter dash (25.64) and finishing second in the 100 (12.34). Baker’s Kelsey White won the 100-meter hurdles (14.96) and 300-meter hurdles (45.00), finished second in the triple jump (35-9 ¼) and third in the long jump (16-11 ½). White won the award for the Outstanding Female Performer, scoring 34 total points.
    McGill-Toolen’s Claire Frazier Bolton won the 400 (58.21)), 800 (2:19.25) and 1,600 (5:14.08), and teammate Hannah Daffin captured the shot (43-4 ¼) and discus (110-6).

GOLF
WILLIAM WANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Blistered the Limestone Springs course to shoot a 7-under 135 to claim medalist honors at the Tom Bell Memorial Classic. The defending Class 7A state champion Spartans won the team title with an 11-under-par 565 team total. Auburn was second at 13-over and 589. Wann shot 67 and 68 to edge Houston Academy’s Hal Dove, who had back-to-back rounds of 68 to finish 6-under 136. UMS-Wright’s J.P. Cave was third at 68-69—137 and Price Brown followed a first-day 71 with the best round of the second day (67) to finish at 138.
JACOB LECROY, DONOHO: Shot a final round 2-under 70 and finished the two-day Oxford Invitational played at Cider Ridge Golf Course at 1-over 145 to claim medalist honors. He finished one shot ahead of St. Paul’s Episcopal’s John Gaal, who had a final round 69 to close at 146. Gaal and his St. Paul’s teammates won the team title with 321-324—625. James Clemens was a distant second at 650 and Donoho was fifth at 696. Lecroy was 3-over at 75 after the first day but held a 2-stroke lead. 
THOMAS REGAN, MUSCLE SHOALS: S
hot five-under-par 67 to win the Turtle Point title and carded 69 to win the James Clemens Metro Invitational.
MICHAELA MORARD, RANDOLPH: Recorded five birdies to finish with a 68 to win low medalist honors, and Randolph shot a tournament team record 221 to win the Hazel Green Invitational girls’ title. Randolph broke the previous record by 16 strokes and finished 23 strokes ahead of second-place Huntsville.
LAUREN COLE, GLENCOE: Won low medalist honors with s 9-hole total 44 and the Yellow Jackets won the five-team match by eight strokes over Etowah, 161-169.

TENNIS
COOPER MONTGOMERY, DONOHO:
Won the Section 4 Class 1A/3A No. 1 singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sylvania’s Jared Higgins. The Falcons won the section crown for the fourth year in a row with 50 points. Sylvania was second with 37. Harrison Han and Gray Hanley won the No. 1 doubles title over Sylvania’s Higgins and Mason Sanders.
JAMES TORBERT, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Won the No. 1 singles title and teamed with William Robertson to claim the No. 1 doubles title at the Class 4A/5A, Section 2 tennis championships. The Eagles, last year’s Class 1A/3A state runner-up, finished with 54 points and LAMP had 51 to advance to next week’s Class 4A/5A state meet at Mobile. Torbert won the No. 1 singles title at the Class 1A/3A State Championships last season. He and Robertson finished second in the No. 1 doubles competition. 

Senior Tara Katz Nets her 200th Goal For the Montgomery Academy Eagles

AHSAA Soccer Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Senior Tara Katz recorded a hat trick scoring three goals and dishing out two assists to lead the Montgomery Academy Eagles past Montgomery-Catholic 10-0. In the process, the University of Tennessee commit became just the fifth girls’ soccer player in AHSAA history to score 200 or more goals in her career.
   The milestone pushed the Eagles’ forward into the AHSAA Soccer Spotlight for this week.
    Katz has led Coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles to a 13-1-1 record this season and has played a key role Montgomery Academy’s back-to-back Class 1A/3A state titles in 2917 and 2018. She earned MVP honors last year scoring four goals in a 5-0 win over West Morgan in the state finals and three goals in an 11-1 semifinal victory over Indian Springs. Katz also had four goals in the 2017 State Tourney with three in the semifinals and one in the finals to earn MVP honors as the Eagles finished 15-3-5 to win the 1A/3A title.
    She finished last season with 75 goals, which ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA. Amy Bayles of Mars Hill Bible set the single-season mark with 85 in 2005. Katz’s main objective this season is to help MA win the Class 4A/5A state title to make it three championships in a row. Only six girls’ programs in AHSAA history have won as many as three state championships in succession. The last was John Carroll Catholic (2014-16). Fort Payne holds the AHSAA record with six championships from 1991-1996. Briarwood Christian and Grissom won four in a row. Spain Park and W.A. Berry (now Hoover) accomplished three straight titles in 2009-11 and 1991-93, respectively.
     Montgomery Academy, 48-7-6 over the last three seasons, moved up to the 4A/5A division this year and is 8-0 in Class 4A/5A, Area 3 with two matches remaining. The Eagles play Alabama Christian April 18 and close with Trinity Presbyterian next Monday. Trinity is 7-1 in area play with a 4-2 loss to Montgomery Academy in the two teams’ first meeting on April 11.   
    Holy Spirit Catholic’s Jordan Richmond set the AHSAA career scoring record with 232 goals from 2012-17. Amy Bayles of Mars Hill Bible, who holds the single-season record with 85 goals, had 213 in her career that spanned 2002-05. Briarwood Christian’s Catherine Reddick, who went on to star in college and the pros and is being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 27, had 211 career goals. Maya Vankineni of Randolph (2002-05) ranks fourth with 207.
   In other top soccer performances reported this week:

GIRLS

MAKAYLA MOORE, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The junior scored the match’s only goal in the 32nd minute as the Lady Panthers (14-2-0) beat Gadsden City 1-0 – keeping Southside’s defensive scoreless streak that started Feb. 25 intact. Since that time Southside has outscored opponents 88-0 (in 11 matches). Hallie-Kate Smith also had four goals in a Southside 9-0 win over Jacksonville.
DAKOTA FREEMAN, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: The seventh grader scored three goals as the Warriors beat Mobile Christian 5-1 and three more in a 4-3 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal. She now has 24 goals for the season, leaving her just two shy of the school’s single-season record heading into the remainder of the season.
SYDNEY JEFFCOAT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Scored six goals and teammate Lucy Alford had four in a 10-0 win over Pike Road.
KEILANA HYKE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Scored four goals in a 10-0 victory over Murphy.

ALEX LONG, CARROLL: had two goals and an assist in the Eagles' 3-0 victory over Brewbaker Tech. Goalkeeper Margaret Gregory had seven saves for Carroll (16-2).
JENNA BROOKE WARLICK, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had a hat trick with three goals in a 6-0 win over Jasper.
MACKENZIE SMITH, MARBURY: Had 12 saves in two shutout efforts, a 1-0 shootout victory over Holtville and a 0-0 tie versus Wetumpka for the Bulldogs (11-1-4).
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Had four goals and three assists in three wins.
NICOLE ANTHONY, GRISSOM: Recorded her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Gadsden City.

 

BOYS
SEBASTIAN GUERRERO, ENTERPRISE: Scored the game-winning shot to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over Prattville and the Class 7A, Area 3 title. Tied 1-1 through regulation and two overtimes, the teams went to the shootout kicks. Enterprise goalie Logan Smith made saves on the first two Prattville attempts, while Tyler Howard and Rasheed Bolaji scored for Wildcats. Both teams made their kicks in the third rotation, but Gurrero sealed the win with his kick on the fourth try to give Enterprise a 4-1 edge in the shootout.
ISAAC FRANKLLIN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had four goals as the Panthers (12-1-1) blanked Anniston 9-0. He also had three goals and three assists in a win over White Plains.
SASHA SCULLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Made three stops on goal when the match with Thomasville, tied at 2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods, went into the shootout to seal a 3-2 win for PCA (11-2).
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, VESTAVIA HILLS:
The Rebels’ goalkeeper registered two shutouts with 18 saves in 18 shots attempted – including saving two overtime spot kicks. Vestavia had three wins beating Spain Park and Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 and Mountain Brook 2-1 in overtime.
KOEN DE HULLU, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Recorded a hat trick with his three goals providing the winning margin in a 5-2 win over Lincoln. The Panthers (12-1-1) WON THE Class 4A/5A Area 10 title with the victory.
ETHAN MORALES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Scored two goals and assisted on the other goal as the Raiders beat Pike Road 3-0.
JACOB MOORE, BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN: The goalkeeper had 15 saves as Bayshore beat Cottage Hill Christian 4-3 for its first victory as an AHSAA team.

Northview’s K.J. Braswell Accounts for 10 RBIs in Cougars’ 22-12 Win over Eufaula

AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Northview High School’s K.J. Braswell delivered in a big way in the Cougars’ 22-12 softball victory over Eufaula.  She was 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in 10 runs – one shy of the AHSAA single-game state record – and vaulted the junior into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week.
    She had a sacrifice fly for a RBI in the first inning, singled home two runs in the second inning, doubled to plate two more in the third, singled home two in the fourth and doubled with the bases full for three in the fifth. The 10 runs batted in tied Enterprise’s Sara Hilton (2008), who had 10 RBIs in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson, for second in the AHSAA Record Book. Central-Florence’s Candace Arreloa had 11 RBIs in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the North Regional Tourney in 2011.  Three players are listed with nine RBIs in a game and 12 have had 8, according to the record book which can be found online at www.ahsaa.com.

   The NFHS National Record Book lists the national record as 16, set by Theresa Shaw of East Machias Washington Academy (MA) in 1983.
    Coach Jessica Noble’s Cougars (32-8) had 21 hits overall in the Eufaula win and scored in every inning. Sophomore third baseman Rayleigh Thagard also had a big day, going 3-for-5 with six runs batted in. She slugged a three-run homer. Avery Groover was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, including a solo homer and a two-run double, and Jaala Torrence had three hits and an RBI. Carly Puckett led Eufaula’s 13-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with two doubles.
    Braswell’s performance edged out a milestone effort by Pleasant Valley’s softball team and a second-chance opportunity by Wickburg senior Ashton White.
    
Pleasant Valley, coached by David Bryant, beat Walter Wellborn 2-1 to capture the Class 3A, Area 11 title and the right to host the area tourney for fourth straight year.  Pleasant Valley has a 15-game winning streak versus area teams in regular season and area tournament play since 2017.
     The Lady Raiders scored their only runs in the first inning on Bailey Harris’ two-out, two-run double to right-centerfield on a 3-2 pitch. It brought home Savannah Williams and Cortney Williams. Both reached base on walks after two outs had been recorded.
    White
was called back to the plate in the final inning of the Panthers’ game versus Geneva after what she thought had been a hit-by-pitch was ruled a foul ball by the umpire.  The freshman made the most of the second opportunity and drilled a double to right center field two pitches later to drive in teammate Rosie Robinson with the game’s only run as Wicksburg beat Geneva 1-0 in a pool-play game of the Dothan Diamond Classic. Another freshman, teammate Kara Cox, also provided some defensive heroics – making two outstanding catches in center field to preserve the shutout. She made one catch against the fence and made a diving grab on another difficult play to keep a run from scoring.
    In other softball highlights reported:

PITCHING
EMMA FLOURNOY, SLOCOMB: Combined with Rayleigh Cotton to pitch a five-inning no hitter, and Dothan’s Nicole Turner also hurled a no-hitter as well as the Red Tops escaped with a 2-1 win. Harleigh Sims scored Slocomb runs. She walked in the second inning, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error. She walked again in the fourth inning, moved to third on a sacrifice and ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Tossed a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 11 as the Jets blanked Florence 10-0. Sarah Simon slugged a grand slam to provide all the runs Emily would need.
GRACEANNE SPEARS, OPP: Got the 6-0 shutout win over Charles Henderson allowing only two hits and striking a season high 14 Trojans.
MEGAN WARHURST, RUSSELLVILLE: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out seven to notch a 3-1 win over Lawrence County.
ALEA JOHNSON, FAIRHOPE: Pitched the Pirates to a 13-0 win allowing one hit in five innings and striking out 12.
EMMAH ROLFE, BOB JONES: Struck out 14 in a 4-3 win over Austin.

HITTING
KARSON PIERCE, DAPHNE:
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning and at the plate with two outs and two strikes, Pierce delivered a dramatic two-run homer to lift the Trojans past Spanish Fort 3-2. Pierce had struck out in her three previous at bats in the game. She also pitched a complete game to get the win.
GRACE ROBERTSON, THOMPSON: Pounded a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Warriors (29-3) to a 9-8 win over Oak Mountain to clinch the Class 7A, Area 5 title. Teammates Kindal DeRamus and Madison Plunkett also had back-to-back homers in the first inning. Plunkett, who finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs, delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth inning as Thompson tied the game at 8-8 to set the stage for Robertson’s clutch blast two innings later to finish with three hits and two RBIs.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Pounded a game-winning single to plate the winning run in a 4-3 win over Austin.
ASPEN GERALD, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had three hits, and two RBIs, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning to plate the winning run, as the Tigers nipped Daphne 5-4.
ABBIE WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 7-for-7 in two wins for the Rockets (30-5), collecting three triples and a double and scoring three runs. Gardendale out-scored Carver 15-0 and Moody 12-2 in the process.
SHELBY HAAS, MADISON COUNTY: Slugged a grand slam home run and finished with three hits and six RBIs in a 14-2 win over New Hope.
MADISON KOGER, FAIRHOPE: Had three hits, scored three runs and had four RBIs as the Pirates beat Murphy 19-1.
CAROLINE CLARK, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Homered in four straight games and finished with five during the stretch last weekend for the Wildcats.
CAROLYN CARTER, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had five hits, including s three-run homer, and finished with four RBIs in a 20-2 win over Southside-Selma.
ALYSSA BARNES, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had six hits in three wins with two homers and six RBIs. She also scored three runs.
MACIE HERREN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Collected three hits in the finals of the Gadsden Umpires Invitational Tournament Silver Bracket to lift the Panthers to a 10-1 win over Skyline. She had a double among her hits and drove in three runs.
KATE WARRICK, GOSHEN: Had a home run, single and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Zion Chapel.
BRI POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had four hits and four RBIs in a 6-2 win over Lauderdale County.
JORDAN MOORE, HOOVER: Gad three doubles and two home runs in six games for the Lady Bucs for the week.
SAVANA FURLOUGH, NEW HOPE: Had a home run, two doubles and three RBIs to lead New Hope past Athens Bible 8-0.
EMMA NORDEMAN, RANDOLPH: Went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and winning pitcher Joanna Vega also collected four hits at the plate as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 14-3.
MADDISON BLEVINS, COLUMBIA: Had three hits, including a homer and two doubles, to drive in four runs in a 9-8 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
LEXIE BULLOCK, HELENA: Hit two home runs among her three hits, had three RBIs and three runs scored as the Huskies beat Calera 5-3.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Drilled two home runs and had four RBIs in a 14-0 win over Brindlee Mountain.
KAYLA BESTER, PIKE ROAD: Managed six RBIs and scored three times in a 17-1 win over Bullock County.
HARLEIGH COLLUM, HIGHLAND HOME: Slugged two triples and collected four RBIs in the Flying Squadron’s 22-2 win over Central-Hayneville. Teammate Rachel Whiddon also had four RBIs.


Vestavia Hills’ Colton Lewis Ignites Rebels’ Fire at the Right Time

AHSAA Baseball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Vestavia Hills senior Colton Lewis collected four hits in seven at bats for the Rebels and clubbed two home runs to pace red-hot Vestavia Hills into the limelight of the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight this week.
    Lewis had
four RBIs and two runs in two wins over Mountain Brook for the Rebels.  Teammate Grant Cacace added a two-run inside-the-park home run in an 8-4 win over Mountain Brook. He finished 5-for-8 for the week with four RBIs. Lewis, a Jacksonville State commitment, also got the mound win over Mountain Brook tossing a four-hitter and striking out 10. Vestavia got the sweep with a 9-2 win in the first game of the series.
   
“Our guys are really selling out to our approach,” Vestavia Hills coach Jamie Harris told Al.com reporter Evan Dudley. “We’re getting hot at the right time, and we’ve pitched and played defense all year. If we hit like this we’ll be tough to beat.”
  Garrison Cherry hurled a four-hitter and struck out five in the 9-2 win. He also retired 14 straight batters during one stretch between the third and seventh innings. The Rebels pounded 13 hits overall.
   Vestavia Hills, under the direction of legendary Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Coach Sammy Dunn, gleaned national attention winning nine Class 6A state titles in the AHSAA over a 10-year period from 1991-2000. In that stretch were seven championships in a row and one undefeated team (1998) and a national championship. Dunn, who became an inspiration to coaches, players and fans across the nation with his valiant battle versus cancer, passed away in 2003.
    The Rebels’ last state title came in 2000. Since the 12 different schools have won the AHSAA’s biggest-class state baseball crown in the 18-year span. Auburn, the 2018 state 7A champ, has won three, Hoover, Pelham, Baker and Daphne have won two each. Clay-Chalkville, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Oxford, Spain Park, Smiths Station and Hewitt-Trussville have won one each.
    The Rebels (25-7) are tied with Hewitt-Trussville (28-6) at 4-1 in Class 7A, Area 6 with one game remaining with Spain Park April 18. The Huskies have one game remaining with Mountain Brook (Apr. 17). Both teams have clinched a berth in the state playoffs but must await the conclusion of both games to resolve the area champion. Hewitt and Vestavia split their two area games this season.
    In other highlights reported this week.

PITCHING
SAM MALONE, BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN:
Threw the Eagles’ first AHSAA no-hitter as Bayshore defeated Elberta 3-0. He struck out eight in seven innings.
JACKSON KIMBRELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: Pitched a one-hit shutout to beat Hoover 1-0. He struck out 10.
LANDON MURA, J.U. BLACKSHER: Hurled a complete-game two-hit shutout and struck out seven in a 5-0 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
HUNTER REDDING, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Tossed a five-inning perfect game to Beat W.S. Neal 17-0. He faced the minimum 15 batters, struck out four and threw only 10 pitches (balls) out of the strike zone. He also collected two hits and four RBIs. Redding slugged  three-run homer in the second game, an 11-0 win by MC.
NOAH WATKINS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Allowed two hits and one run while striking out 15 in a 10-1 win over Mae Jemison.
TYLER CRUSE, LEXINGTON: Pitched a no-hitter and struck out 11 as the Bears beat Clements 11-0 to clinch the Class 3A, Area 16 championship.
BRYCEN PARRISH, WILSON: Whiffed 12 in a two-hit pitching performance as the Warriors downed Rogers 7-1.

BATTING
JORDAN BECK, HAZEL GREEN: Had three-run homer in the Trojans’ 14-1 win over Buckhorn, added a solo homer in a 3-1 loss to the Bucks and was 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs in a 13-5 victory over Decatur – giving him four round trippers for the week.
JOHN RICE, UMS-WRIGHT: Drilled an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game against Enterprise and then delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth inning when he singled to plate the winning run. He finished with three hits.
NATHAN LARUE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Slugged a pair of two-run homers to help the Jackets bounce back from a game one loss to win games two and three in the series with Foley. He had three hits and three RBIs in game two’s 12-1 win.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Had a home run and finished with five RBIs as the Toros beat Baldwin County 13-2.
EVAN KOOB, GRISSOM: Had a homer, double and four RBIs in the Tigers’ 7-5 win over Lincoln County (TN).
PRESLEY HOLLAND, ROBERTSDALE: Doubled in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 win over Daphne.
COLTON CARVER, BOB JONES: Had a two-out single in the last inning to drive in the winning run as the Patriots beat Florence 8-7. He was 2-for-4 with a double in three RBIs overall. In the second game versus the Falcons, he had two doubles and three RVIs in the 11-1 win.
MATT DAILEY, HUNTSVILLE: Had four hits, including two doubles, in a 13-6 game-two win over Sparkman, and also pitched five innings, allowed one run and struck out seven in a 3-2 win over the Senators in the first game.
RYAN PAGE, ENTERPRISE:
Homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to deliver the game-ending walk-off blast as the Wildcats nipped Prattville 4-3.
JACKSON KELLEY, CARROLL: Had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs as the Eagles beat Ashford 8-4. He also got the win striking out 10 and scattering six hits over six innings.
TY McLEAN, DONOHO: Was 4-for-4 and teammate Hall Billings drove in five runs in the Falcons’ 16-7 win over Saks.
LAWSON MOLDEN, MUNFORD: Helped the Lions snap a nine-game losing streak by collecting five hits in a double-header sweep of Moody (8-3) and Pell City (11-1). Munford collected 27 hits on the day with Molden driving in four runs in the two wins.


McGill-Toolen Baseball Team is at their Best When Senior Chandler Best is on the Mound

AHSAA Baseball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School hurler Chandler Best registered the 30th win of his prep career with a five-inning one-hitter to beat Fairhope 10-0 and moved into the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight for this week in the process.
     Best, a Southern Miss signee, is now 30-1 for his career and 5-0 on the season. He  struck out nine and homered in Game 1 of the doubleheader sweep and teammate Nathan LaRue, an Auburn signee, homered to highlight the game two 3-1 win. Luke Williams and Spencer Hadley also homered in the first game for the Yellow Jackets. |
      Best has 78 strikeouts in 44 innings this season with just 11 walks. He career totals after the win included 272 strikeouts in 202 inning pitched. His only loss was to Fairhope 2-1 last year.
       “Chandler just exudes confidence on the mound,” McGill-Toolen head coach Tim Becker told Al.com reporter Ben Thomas. “The whole team plays with a different demeanor when he is out there, a different confidence. I think it kind of encourages him when those guys come out,” Becker said. “I think he likes it. But Chandler comes to pitch every day. He is focused and on every time he takes the mound. It is one of the things I really admire about him.”
    In other highlights reported this week:

PITCHING
BRADY JAMES, OPP: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out five as the Bobcats downed Straughn 6-0. He faced just 23 batters in the seven-inning game as Opp (14-7) recorded its 10th straight win.
COLE CHEATHIAM, DANVILLE: Pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the Hawks blanked Priceville 50. He threw just 81 pitches, 50 for strikes, struck out nine and walked three.
WILLIAM THOMAS, NEW HOPE: Hurled a five-inning perfect game no-hitter as New Hope beat Brindlee Mountain 21-0.  He faced just 15 batters and recorded 12 strikeouts. Teammate Dominic Banas allowed only one hit and whiffed 14 in a one-hit 13-0 shutout win in game two. He also had a triple and double and drove in four runs.
MICHAEL FOWLER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 to shut out Vestavia Hills.

A.J. CAUSEY, SPARKMAN: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter to beat Grissom 11-1. He struck out eight. Offensively, he slugged two home runs and finished with three hits overall.
DEVIN GOOCH, ROGERS: Tossed a complete-game 5-1 win to beat Central-Florence. He struck out 13. Ben Hartzog clubbed a triple to plate two runs and Remington Bradley doubled and had two RBIs for the Pirates.
HUNTER McGRIFF, HAZEL GREEN: Tossed a five-I inning no-hitter and whiffed13 as the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans beat Lee-Huntsville 15-0.
LUKE DANIEL, WILSON: Allowed no hits and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings as the Warriors downed Deshler 9-3. He walked eight. He also had two singles and two RBIs at the plate.
CADE ABERNATHY, ATHENS BBILE: Hurled a one-hit shutout to beat St. Bernard 13-0. He struck out 13 in the win.
RHETT LEMAY, PRICEVILLE: Pitched a two-hitter in Priceville’s 9-1 win over Danville, striking out 10.


HITTING
GREYSON LAYTON, BRANTLEY: Had a home run, three RBIs and scored three runs in a 12-11 win over Class 5A Charles Henderson. The victory was the Bulldogs’ ninth in a row.
JORDAN WHITLOE, REELTOWN: Had six RBIs in a 23-1 win over Coosa Central – smashing two two-run doubles, an RBI single and sacrifice fly. The Rebels won game one of the doubleheader 5-3.
B.J. BRADAM, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators overcome a seven-run outburst in the top of the seventh inning by Grissom to take an 9-8 lead by slugging a game-ending grand slam homer in the bottom of the seventh to seal a 12-9 win.
GAVIN HOLDEN, ROGERS: Homered twice, including a grand slam, and totaled six RBIs in a 9-1 win over Lexington.
BRYANT RUSHING, LUVERNE: Had four hits, three runs scored and four RBIs as the Tigers downed Zion Chapel 17-1.
CAM HILL, BOB JONES: Was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and pitched six shutout innings to get the mound win in a 6-0 win over Austin in game one of a twinbill sweep. He added a home run, double and two walks and drove in four runs in game two’s 19-9 win.
DERRICK JACKSON, BUCKHORN: Poked a grand slam to lead the Bucks to a 14-0 win over Maw Jemison.
BRANTLEY HOLDEN, FLORENCE: Singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Falcons an 8-7 win over James Clemens in the second game of a double-header sweep over the Jets. He also had two hits and scored twice in a 5-3 win in game one. Teammate Zeke Bishop had a single and three RBIs for the big hit in a three-run fifth-inning rally.
PEYTON WILSON, HOOVER: Had nine hits, including two doubles and two triples, and also stole three bases in five games. He also had the game-winning hit to drive in the winning run in the eighth inning to lift the Bucs past Austin.
JAKE HOLIFIELD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two hits and two RBIs as the Saints rallied in the top of the seventh inning to score twice to nip UMS-Wright 5-4. He also pitched the final inning to get the save.
BREYDON EMONDSON, THOMPSON: Collected nine hits in 15 at bats with two doubles, two home runs, three RBIs and five runs in five games.
CARTER SAMPLE, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a home run and drove in four runs in the Eagles’ 11-3 win over East Lawrence. He also picked up the mound win with six strikeouts over six innings.
JOHN ROBERT AUSTIN, HOLY SPIRIT CATHIOLIC: The junior slugged his first grand-slam home run and finished with five RBIS as the Titans beat South Lamar 13-3. The homer came in a nine-run first inning for Holy Spirit.
GARY WILLIAMS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had three hits and five RBIs in a 12-0 win over Northside.
JADEN PAGE, BUCKHORN: Collected three doubles to spark a 13-6 win over Deshler.

Jack Knight, Bayside Academy: Pitched a complete game, allowing one run over seven innings, as Bayside Academy defeated St. Michael 7-1 in Class 3A, Area 1 action. Knight allowed four hits and struck out five. He didn’t walk a batter. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI at the plate. In a 6-5, series-clinching win over St. Michael on Saturday, he had a two-out, two-run single to put his team ahead to stay. He also drew a pair of bases-loaded walks to finish with four RBIs.

Landon Mura, J.U. Blacksher: Pitched a shutout and struck out 17 in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep of Elberta and homered in the second game. He was 3-for-5 at the plate for the day.

Trenton Brannan, Saraland: Hit a grand slam as the Spartans defeated Faith Academy 10-1 in the third game of their Class 6A, Area 1 championship series to claim the title. Brannan also had two hits and an RBI in a 7-3 Saraland win in Game 2 on Saturday.

Bryce Eddington, St. Luke’s: Earned three wins for the week with 11 innings pitched, 20 strikeouts, two walks and no runs allowed. Also went 11-of-20 at the plate with five doubles, seven RBIs and three stolen bases.


Brantley High School Names Softball Field in Honor of Former Player Alex Wilcox

AHSAA Softball Spotlight

      MONTGOMERY -- Sheonte Barginere of Brantley High School slammed a home run, the first official round-tripper in the newly-named Alex Wilcox Field, and the Bulldogs (17-6) blanked Elba 11-0.
      Prior to the game, Coach Cindy Hawthorne and the Brantley softball team gathered for a ceremony in the infield as Brantley’s softball field was named in honor of the former Bulldogs’ softball star.
       Wilcox passed away last summer after a 2 ½-year battle with cancer. Coach Hawthorne also announced the retirement of Wilcox’s jersey No. 8 during the pre-game ceremony. She became just the third Brantley player to have their jersey number retired. The other two belonged to NBA basketball standouts Wesley Person Sr. (11) and Chuck Person (45).
     Wilcox, who signed with Mississippi State out of high school, helped build Brantley softball into one of the top softball programs in the AHSAA, led the Bulldogs to three state softball titles (2014, 2015 and 2016) and was present last spring to help present the school with the fourth title won at the AHSAA 2018 Class 1A State Tourney.
      She was select MVP of the state tourney twice and her sister Kassidy once. Mississippi State University and the rest of the softball teams in the Southeastern Conference paid tribute to Wilcox and others who were battling ovarian cancer by wearing special jerseys in her honor last season.
    Crenshaw County Superintendent of Education and former Brantley principal Dodd Hawthorne was also on hand at the ceremony and presented a proclamation and plaque to Shaun and LeAnn Wilcox, Alex’s parents, proclaiming the field’s new name. Wilcox finished her prep career with 50 home runs, 237 RBIs and 417 runs scored.
     Coach Hawthorne pointed out to the crowd that the softball diamond was one of Alex’s favorite places.
     “This is where she wanted to be,” she said. “No doctors, no needles, no surgeries. (Just) like where she is now.”
    
“When she signed with Mississippi State, I said then she was the face of Brantley softball,” Brantley coach Cindy Hawthorne told Montgomery Advertiser reporter Stacy Long last summer.  “I don’t see that changing. Now hundreds of thousands across this nation know her and her story. Her legacy will live on.”
       Wilcox, who received the Alabama Sportswriters Association Jimmy Smothers Courage Award for 2016, played in 16 games as a freshman at Mississippi State, which honored her and others fighting ovarian cancer with special jerseys. Opposing schools also supported the cause.
        "The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day," Mississippi State coach Vann Stuedeman said following Wilcox’s death. "The grace and beauty that she put forward while suffering this horrific disease was truly remarkable and nothing short of heroic. Our hearts are broken for her family and all of those that loved her so dearly."
       

        In other top softball highlights and other spring sports performances from the past week:

MILESTONE
SISTER BATTLE ENDS IN DRAW: Sisters Haley and Taylor Cassidy squared off in last week’s 6-4 Alabama Christian win over LAMP – and while ACA got the win, each sister walked away with plenty to write home about. Hayley, a sophomore inserted in the Eagles’ lineup as the designated hitter, and Taylor, a senior who pitched for LAMP, faced her younger sister four times in the game. Haley had a double and single in two at bats and Taylor struck her sister out in the other two plate appearances.

PITCHING

ALEA JOHNSON, FAIRHOPE: Hurled a complete game four-hitter and struck out 18 to beat McCracken County (KY) 9-1. She also provided the offense slugging s three-run homer for the Pirates.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a two-hit shutout and struck out 14 to lead the Toros to a 6-0 win over Gulf Shores. She now has 261 strikeouts on the season.
HALEY PITTMAN, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Pitched a perfect game with 13 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Catholic.
RAYLEIGH COTTON, SLOCOMB: Pitched four of the five wins as Slocomb won the Ariton Purple Cat Tourney with a 5-0 record. She hurled 19 innings and allowed just one earned run and 10 hits while striking out 17.

HITTING
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-for-15 with 13 RBIs in five games for Prattville Christian last week. PCE went 4-1 in the Sparkman Invitational tourney to finish as co-champs. Teammate Carolyn Greer had two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Panthers beat Chilton County 11-0.
CAMRYN McLEMORE, SARALAND: Had two home runs and collected seven RBIs in the title game of the Saraland Invitational tournament as the host Spartans won 14-0 over Baker. She finished 3-for-3 and scored three runs.
BAILEY COX, BALDWIN COUNTY: Led the Tigers to four straight wins and the title of her school’s own tourney. She had three hits, including a homer, drove in three runs and scored three times in an 11-5 win over Lee-Montgomery. She added three hits and two RBIS in a 10-2 win over J.U. Blacksher and collected two hits, stole a base and scored a run in a 3-2 victory over Mobile Christian in the finals. Baldwin County also beat Flomaton 7-0.
EMMA BROADFOOT, DANVILLE: Slugged two home runs, finished with four hits and drove in seven runs as Danville beat West Morgan 21-9.
TAYLOR HARRIS, BENJAMIN RUSSELL:
Was 5-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Wildcats beat Smiths Station 14-9. Teammate Haylee Hunter added two hits, including a bases-loaded double, and finished with four RBIs.
ANSLEY WELLS, GORDO: Led her team to a 16-1 win over Holt with two hits and four RBIs.
PEYTON PERKINS, AUSTIN: Had three hits and five RBIs in Austin’s 20-6 win over Florence.
DELANEY JOHNSON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Doubled to score Ashlee Gann in the final inning to the Eagles a 4-3 win victory over Athens Bible and the Class 1A, Area 15 area championship.
ALEX DAVIS, HUNTSVILLE: Had a triple and accounted for five RBIs as the Panthers blanked Lee-Huntsville 15-0.
MALLORY LOTT, JAMES CLEMENS: Collected four hits and drove in two runs as the Jets downed Hartselle 12-8.
MORGAN WHITE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Homered twice and also drew two walks and collected four RBIs in a 7-1 win over Westminster Christian.
SAVANAH GINN, NEW HOPE: Had two doubles and a two-run homer in a 14-11 win over Skyline. She also had two doubles in a 19-4 victory over Holly Pond.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Blasted a grand-slam homer and finished with five RBIs in a 19-4 win over Holly Pond and slugged a two-run home run in New Hope’s 14-11 win over Skyline.
MADISON MURRAY, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits, including a homer and double, and collected four RBIs in the Tigers’ 16-4 win over Hamilton.
MACKENZIE WILSON, BREWBAKER TECH: Had a home run and triple and scored three runs as Brew Tech downed Park Crossing 12-4.
K.J. BRASWELL, NORTHVIEW: Belted two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs to power the Cougars past Headland 19-0 at the Enterprise Lady Wildcat Invitational. Teammate Sara Harper also had three hits and scored four runs in a 7-6 win over Wicksburg at the tourney.

TRACK AND FIELD
ANNDRELA WOODS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Was named Queen of the West Invitational at Tuscaloosa after leading the Falcons to a third-place finish. She won the 100-meter dash with a 12.54-second time, the 300-meter hurdles (44.10) and the long jump (18-01).
GROVER WINSTON, NORTHRIDGE: Crowned king of the West Invitational meet winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.40 seconds and the 400 in 49.06. He also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay and on the 4x100 relay runner-up team.
KARMEN WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Won the javelin throw with a toss of 133 feet, 8 inches to win the Mobile Meet of Champions event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the 800-meter race in 2:12.61 to nip Claire Frazier Bolton of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who was a close second at 2:14.19.
DAVID DOLAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Set a personal best clearing 16 feet, 3 ¼ inches in the pole vault competition at the Mobile Meet of Champions – ranking his performance among the Top 10 in the nation this season.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Won the 3,200-meter race at the Mobile meet with a winning time of 9:28.19. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was third with a 9:37.72 time.
NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put with a toss of 56-10 ½ at the Mobile meet.

SOCCER
MICHAEL McCARTY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Scored 11 goals and had five assists in a 14-0, 14-0 sweep of Ellwood Christian.
ERNESTO DELGADO, WEST MORGAN: Scored six goals in the Rebels’ 10-1 win over Hamilton.
SPENCER GOSS, MARBURY: Scored five goals in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 win over Shelby County to up his season total to 13 in 16 matches.
MYLES CORNETT, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had eight goals and four assists in four Huskies’ wins.
LOGAN ROMP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had three goals in a win over Mill Creek (GA).
MARI JULIA DELGADO, WEST MORGAN: Planted five goals in a 10-0 soccer win over Hamilton.
MARLEY SMITH, DAPHNE:  The senior scored one goal and had three assists as the Trojans downed Elberta 8-0 to clinch the Class 6A, Area 2 title.
KAITLYN AMBROSE, PINSON VALLEY: Scored seven goals in two wins, including six in a victory over Ramsay.
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Tallied five goals and an assist in three matches for the Lady Knights.

GOLF
ANNA MARGARET HAYS, MUSCLE SHOALS:
Shot a 4-under par 68 to win the Golden Eagle Invitational in Athens.


AHSAA Central Board Approves Revenue Share Distribution; Legislative Council Ratifies Three Proposals at Spring Meeting

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved and the Legislative Council ratified a change in the AHSAA Amateur Rule as well as two other proposals Wednesday at its Spring Meeting held at the AHSAA Office. The Central Board also approved payment of the 2017-18 Revenue Share stipend, between $1.4 and $1.8 million, to member schools in June.
            “This is good news for our member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “That will bring the total payout to our member schools to approximately $14 million through the Revenue Share distribution plan since its inception.”
           The Central Board also approved an increase in pay for contest officials in all sports. A complete breakdown of the new pay scale can be found at the officials’ link at www.ahsaa.com.
          Among the proposals approved by the Central Board and ratified by the AHSAA Legislative Council was proposal 28 submitted by a number of member schools including Opelika, Piedmont, Spanish Fort, Decatur, Helena, Saint James, Hamilton and Hartselle high schools outlining a change in the current Amateur Rule. The vote was 27-5. While the Amateur Rule’s restrictions remain the same, the change gives more flexibility to the Central Board in considering the consequences resulting from a violation.
         Out-going Central Board president John Hardin, the retiring principal at Hackleburg High School, said he has always welcomed the member schools’ input when rules or by-laws are ratified or changed.
         “For 98 years our schools have been successful in governing the AHSAA through a well- thought-out democratic process,” said Hardin. “That process has been the foundation of why the AHSAA is such an outstanding organization. I have been humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve our member schools on the Central Board. I am very proud to have been able to be a part of that process.” Hardin has served the last two years as president of the Central Board. Current vice president Keith Bender, the athletic director for the Oneonta City Schools, was elected at Wednesday’s meeting to become the new president with the term beginning in July. Mike Welsh, principal of Spring Garden High School, was also elected as vice president.
        AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese echoed Hardin’s sentiments. “The AHSAA’s member schools and Central Board are constantly reviewing and improving the AHSAA by-laws, rules and regulations through this tried-and-true democratic process,” Savarese said. “We have full confidence in our member schools’ ability to govern themselves as they have shown so aptly since the AHSAA’s formation in 1921.”
         Savarese presented Hardin with a plaque of appreciation during the Board meeting. “John Hardin is one of the kindest men and finest gentlemen I have ever known,” said Savarese. “His leadership and service has been outstanding. While we wish him well in his retirement, we want him to know we will certainly miss him.”
         The 32-member Legislative Council voted on 29 legislative proposals with three receiving the required minimum two-thirds (22) votes to be ratified.  Two other proposals were tabled for more study.   Proposal 1 submitted by Mountain Brook High School was passed allowing high school junior-varsity and freshman football teams to begin regular season play on the Monday (August 26) following Zero Week. Member school varsity teams have the option of playing a pre-season jamboree contest or regular-season contest during Zero Week (Aug. 22-23-24). In the past, all other teams could not play a regular-season game until after Week 1.
      Proposal 8, submitted by Vestavia Hills High School, changed the AHSAA Divorce Rule by adding a section dealing with parents who never married. The by-law change will now allow parents who were never married the opportunity to be granted a one-time custody exemption as long as both parents are listed on a state-issued birth certificate and all other eligibility requirements are met.
         Savarese also announced the upcoming retirement of AHSAA office manager Sandy Logan, who will be completing her 42nd year with the AHSAA on June 13. She plans to retire on June 30. Savarese also announced that AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones, who submitted his plans to retire in June, will be remaining in that position after all. Jones, citing some unfinished business concerning officiating, convinced him to remain in the position.
      Savarese praised the long tenure of Mrs. Logan and also told the Board he was elated at Jones’ decision. “He has done an outstanding job in that position, and we are glad he has elected to stay.” The Central Board also approved a request by Savarese to establish a new position that will serve as an assistant to the Director of Officials.
        The Central Board approved the financial reports for regional and state bowling, super sectional, dual and state wrestling, indoor track, regional and state basketball and the 2018 state football playoff audit.
      Special guest at Wednesday’s Central Board meeting was Alabama State Representative Kyle South of District 16.
       
Other Central Board action included:      
            -- Approved the 2019-2020 required forms and release dates.

           -- Approved the 2019-2020 Calendar of Events, the 2019-2020 Sports Calendar and the AHSAA Five-Year Calendar.
            -- Heard a report from Assistant Director Kim Vickers on behalf of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Meeting last February.

            -- Heard a report on Fall/Winter Sports Committees from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth.

           -- Approved the 2019 NFHS 100th Anniversary Summer Meeting Expenses at Indianapolis (IN) this summer.

          -- Approved the budget for the Elite 100 Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Showcase being planned by AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee for this coming June.
         -- Approved the adoption (for the 2020-2021 school year) of new Wilson balls for basketball, soccer and volleyball.
         -- Approved the use of a stenographer for all appeals and approved the audio/video recording of all board meetings and posting of board meeting minutes on the AHSAA member site.

          -- Heard a report concerning the AHSADCA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week from Lee.
         --  Set the dates for future meetings as follows: July 24, 2019; Oct. 16, 2019; and Jan. 22, 2019.

Braden Pyron, Cameron Humes and Tara Randolph Named 2019 Bryant-Jordan Winners

       BIRMINGHAM – Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron, Cleveland High School’s Tara Randolph and Huffman High School’s Cameron Humes were selected the overall state winners at the 34rd annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel. A total of 104 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships.
        Pyron, a five-sport standout at Marion County, located at Guin, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. And for the just the second time in Bryant-Jordan Program history, Randolph and Humes were named co-winners of the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award. The first were Darren Edwards of Pell City and Johnny Thompson of Sulligent in 1992.
        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 careers.
       This year, the scholarship stipends were increased by for the 104 regional winners from $2,500 to $3,000; for the 14 Class Winners, from $3,000 to $3,500; and for the two overall winners, from $3,000 to $4,000 each. In total, the 104 Bryant-Jordan Regional Winners will each received a $3,000 scholarship; 14 Class Winners received $6,500; and the three overall Winners will each be awarded a total of $10,500  -- $325,000 overall and an increase of $65,000 over the previous scholarship payout. The initial payout in the first year of the program in 1986 was $32,000 in total.
        In addition, several other individuals and organizations have also joined the Bryant-Jordan Program and present additional scholarships as well. Since the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program’s inception, approximately 3,000 senior student-athletes have received more than $10 million in scholarships.   
      Pyron  became the first Class 1A scholar-athlete to receive the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year award since Spring Garden’s Paige Anderson in 2008 and just the fourth in the Bryant-Jordan Program’s 34-year history. Emily Jo Haught of Donoho was the first in 1989 and Daniel Sullivan of Millry followed in 2004.
       A multi-talented athlete who earned All-State honors in baseball, football, track and scored more than 2,300 points for his career with the Red Raiders basketball team, will graduate first in his class with a 4.25 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and scored a 29 on the ACT college entrance exam.  He helped Marion County win a state outdoor track title in 2015, sparked the Red Raiders to the  Northwest Regional basketball title and State Tourney in 2016. He has won the pole vault at the state meet and has finished second in the javelin throw. Pyron, also named the Class 1A Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, has served as team captain in football and basketball. The senior class president and 2019 Wendy’s Heisman Award state winner, has also been a leader outside sports, serving as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, attended the National Beta Club Leadership Conference and served as a Veteran’s Day speaker in his hometown of Guin among his many service-minded endeavors.
    Humes, who was diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Failure as an eighth grader, underwent numerous medical tests and procedures and was on dialysis for two years before receiving a kidney transplant in 2017. He came back to lead the Vikings basketball team in scoring this pat season and will graduate with a 4.42 grade-point average and on track to be the senior class valedictorian.
    While he thanked his family, teachers and coaches and doctors, he had a special message to his kidney transplant donor. “I want thank Daniel,” he told the large crowd attending Monday night’s banquet. “He lost his life and saved mine.”
     Randolph, an outstanding track and volleyball player at Cleveland, suffered through impoverished family conditions that left she and her brother homeless much of her life. “I want to thank my coaches, my principal, my counselor and my friends for not giving up on me,” she said. “And I want to especially thank my brother, who made me believe that I could accomplish anything if I just set my goals and continued to persevere.”
   The 2019 Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award Class winners were: (1A) Dorothy Patterson, Cherokee High School; (2A) Tara Randolph, Cleveland High School; (3A) Larkin Rogers, Geraldine High School; (4A) Jayson Spencer, St. John Paul II Catholic High School; (5A) Bailey Sherman, Hamilton High School; (6A) Cameron Humes, Huffman High School; and (7A) Zavian Toney, Bob Jones High School.
   The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Award Class winners: (1A) Braden Pyron, Marion County High School; (2A) Ethan Moore, Winston County High School; (3A) Darby Moore, Clements High School; (4A) Madison Traylor, Elmore County High School; (5A) Parker Hallmark, Demopolis High School; (6A) Will Stone, Homewood High School; (7A) Sara Pacer, Auburn High School.
     Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: Tommy Vickers, Central-Phenix City High School; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Julianne Hill, Madison Academy;  Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: Will McKinney, Cherokee County High School and Ethan Turner, Alexandria High School; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Clay McAlpine, Cullman High School, and Emerson Barrett, Buckhorn High School; United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarships: Casey Williams, Millry High School and Destinee Scott, Cherokee County High School.
   The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:

2019 Bryant-Jordan Regional Award Recipients
Scholar-Athlete Award
CLASS 1A
Region 1: Bella Worley, Pleasant Home
Region 2:
Jakaria Miller, Linden
Region 3:
Andrew Glasscock, Billingsley
Region 4:
Lilly Laubenthal, Holy Spirit Catholic
Region 5:
Braden Pyron, Marion County
Region 6:
Zana Christjohn, Faith Christian
Region 7:
Kari Watts, Falkville
Region 8:
Lillian Bradford, Athens Bible

CLASS 2A
Region 1: Payton Moseley, Leroy
Region 2:
Jamie Peters, Daleville
Region 3:
Jackson Parker, Abbeville
Region 4:
Anna Cochran, Reeltown
Region 5:
Colby Cheaney, Horseshoe Bend
Region 6:
Camryn Crider, Cold Springs
Region 7:
Ethan Moore, Winston County
Region 8:
Hayden Hatch, Fyffe

CLASS 3A
Region 1: Sam Koby, Bayside Academy
Region 2:
Chris Tamburin, Houston Academy
Region 3:
Mary Grace Story, Prattville Christian
Region 4:
Reese Culpepper, Hale County
Region 5:
Davis Holdbooks, Winfield
Region 6:
Lauren Cole, Glencoe
Region 7:
Kirsten Campbell, Holly Pond
Region 8:
Darby Moore, Clements

CLASS 4A
Region 1: Graf Sullivan, UMS-Wright
Region 2:
Quinn Lee, LAMP
Region 3:
Madison Traylor, Elmore County
Region 4:
Luke Stripling, Northside
Region 5:
Will McKinney, Cherokee County
Region 6:
Ethan Adams, Oneonta
Region 7:
Sam Hartley, Randolph
Region 8:
Braden Tuten, West Limestone

CLASS 5A
Region 1: Joseph Wells, Vigor
Region 2:
Samantha Adams, Carroll
Region 3:
Parker Hallmark, Demopolis
Region 4:
Chip Ogles, Central-Clay County
Region 5:
Graham Bianchi, Springville
Region 6:
Grayson Barber, Jasper
Region 7:
Jayden Bobo, Boaz
Region 8:
Lauren Barnett, Arab

CLASS 6A
Region 1: Hudson Arnold, Daphne
Region 2:
Megan Maddox, Northview
Region 3:
Jacob Walker, Opelika
Region 4:
Lexie Duca, Chelsea
Region 5:
Will Stone, Homewood
Region 6:
A.J. Talton, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7:
Trentin Dupper, Decatur
Region 8:
Emerson Barrett, Buckhorn

CLASS 7A
Region 1: Hunter Tillman, Theodore
Region 2:
Sara Parker, Auburn
Region 3:
Hannah Straughn, Mountain Brook
Region 4:
Sachi Patel, Austin

Student Achievement Award
CLASS 1A
Region 1: Casey Williams, Millry
Region 2: Olivia Jones, Brantley
Region 3: Tyler Abbott, Verbena
Region 4:
Samantha Davis, Appalachian
Region 5:
MacKenzie Pearce, Marion County
Region 6:
Kaitlyn Tidwell, Brilliant
Region 7:
McKenzie Clark, Woodville
Region 8:
Dorothy Patterson, Cherokee

CLASS 2A
Region 1: Antawn Lashawn Phillips, Chickasaw
Region 2:
Hedaya Awad, Cottonwood
Region 3:
Dionte Brantley, Luverne
Region 4:
Tyler Jackson, Thorsby
Region 5:
Corey Mitchell, Woodland
Region 6:
Tara Randolph, Cleveland
Region 7:
Kolby Bragwell, Red Bay
Region 8:
Erica Gay, Tharptown

CLASS 3A
Region 1: Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian
Region 2:
Seth White, Wicksburg
Region 3:
Allyn Browning, Saint James
Region 4:
Miracle McKissic, Randolph County
Region 5:
Abby Stephens, Lamar County
Region 6:
Caleb Allison, Weaver
Region 7:
Bryceton Flack, Brindlee Mountain
Region 8:
Larkin Rogers, Geraldine

CLASS 4A
Region 1: Dametrius Richardson, Monroe County
Region 2:
Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Region 3:
Jamie Singleton, Elmore County
Region 4:
Maggie Sullivan, American Christian
Region 5:
Destinee Scott, Cherokee County
Region 6:
Charles Scott McAlpine, Haleyville
Region 7:
Jayson “Jay” Spencer, St. John Paul II Catholic
Region 8:
Faith Casey, Central-Florence

CLASS 5A
Region 1: Sophia Rapier, Faith Academy
Region 2:
Chasilyn Sawyers, Rehobeth
Region 3:
Abigail Powell, Chilton County
Region 4:
Zack Elliff, Sylacauga
Region 5:
Hunter Isbell, Moody
Region 6:
Ethan Turner, Alexandria
Region 7:
Bailey Sherman, Hamilton
Region 8:
Julianne Hill, Madison Academy

CLASS 6A
Region 1: Christopher Turberville, Spanish Fort
Region 2:
Harrison Holman, Northview
Region 3:
Londy Baldwin, Opelika
Region 4:
Hannah Irby, Northridge
Region 5:
Cameron Humes, Huffman
Region 6:
Xavier Skinner, Gardendale
Region 7:
Clay McAlpin, Cullman
Region 8:
Jaylon Dixon, Buckhorn

CLASS 7A
Region 1:
Alex Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic
Region 2:
Tommy Vickers, Central-Phenix City
Region 3:
Dalvin Miniard, Tuscaloosa County
Region 4:
Zavian Toney, Bob Jones



AHSAA Champions Challenge is now The AHSAA Kickoff Classic

Two Games set for 14th annual Season-opening Event

      MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic will have a new name, “The AHSAA Kickoff Classic,” when it kicks off the 2019 prep football season at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl August 22-23, and it also has two exciting games set for 2019.
   Montgomery rivals Jeff Davis and Carver-Montgomery will play on Thursday night, August 22, in the first game of the 14th annual football extravaganza. Defending Class 7A state football champion Central-Phenix City and perennial powerhouse Hoover will tangle in Friday’s game on August 23. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
     ”We are excited about new name of this important event and equally excited about the two games we have set,” said Alabama High School Athletic Directs & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. “The Champions Challenge has been the “official” start of the AHSAA football season for more the last 13 years. The new name for the event, the AHSAA Kickoff Classic, aptly describes the importance of these games.”
     Lee said while the name has been changed from the Champions Challenge, the event will continue to be an ideal way to start prep football season.
      “The Kickoff Classic will showcase one of the state’s top rivalries, Jeff Davis versus Carver-Montgomery, on Thursday,” he said. “And on Friday night, two of our premiere 7A programs will battle when Hoover and Central Phenix City play.  The field will be full of future college talent both nights and will be a great way to kick off our season. We are thankful to all of these programs for committing to this year’s AHSAA Kickoff Classic, and we look forward to watching all of our teams in the AHSAA compete during the season.”
     Central (14-0) and Hoover (9-4) will be meeting for the second time in the season-opening classic. The Bucs won 23-7 in the 2016 Classic on the way to a 12-2 season and its 11th state title later that season. The Bucs also won the state crown in 2017.
    The Red Devils of Coach Jamey DuBose are coming off a 14-0 season, including a 52-7 win over 2018 Champions Challenge winner Thompson in the Class 7A Super 7 state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thompson beat Hoover in the 7A semifinals in 2018.
      Central is making its second appearance in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic. Hoover is 3-0 in three previous Classic appearances. DuBose (125-38) and Hoover Coach Josh Niblett (203-52) have squared off in the state finals three times when DuBose was head coach at Prattville. His Lions won in 2008 and 2011 and Niblett’s Bucs in 2009. The two faced each other again in the 2013 Class 6A quarterfinals with Hoover edging DuBose’s Florence squad 22-21. Central and Hoover have played twice (1978 and 1996) with the Bucs winning both times.
      Carver (8-3) and Jeff Davis (3-7) are meeting for the 51st time in the Montgomery rivalry. Coach James Thompson (39-14), now in his second year as head coach, made great strides with Carver (8-3) in 2018. He came to the Wolverines from Pickens County where he compiled a 31-11 record and reached the 1A stat finals two year in a row. The Wolverines reached the Class 6A state playoffs last season with a rugged battle for the Region 2 title evolving between arch-rivals Carver, Sidney Lanier and Park Crossing.
      Jeff Davis, coached by Lee Carter, started last season with four straight setbacks but went 3-3 the rest of the year. That momentum has the Vols excited about 2019. Carter is 26-37 at Jeff Davis in six seasons with three state playoff appearances.  Jeff Davis holds a 36-14 edge in its series with Carver, including winning three of the last four years. Thompson’s tenure with the Wolverines began last year with a season-opening 19-3 win over the Vols to snap a three-game DJ winning streak.
    A total of 52 different schools have participated in the AHSAA’s season-opening classic since its inception in 2006 with teams from each of the eight districts and seven classifications taking part over the years. Carver is making its fourth appearance while Jeff Davis is making its AHSAA Kickoff Classic debut.

    The games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.


AHSAA KICKOFF CLASSIC /
CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE HISTORY

2018
Clarke County 20, Sweet Water 14
Thompson 38, James Clemens 7
2017
Hewitt-Trussville 49, Pell City 10
Maplesville 20, Fyffe 7
2016
Andalusia 34, Brooks 13
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42, Demopolis 7
Hoover 23, Central-Phenix City 7
2015
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
2014
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
2013

Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
2012

Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
2011
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21

2010
Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8                                     

2009
Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27

2008
Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

2007
Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

2006
Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6

 

 

 

ALL TIME RECORDS (2006 – 2018)

SCHOOL                               DIS.    CL.      W-L            PTS   OPP
Hoover                                                D-5      7A       3-0          93        34
Bob Jones                                D-8      7A       2-0       60            50
Opelika                                   D-4      6A       2-0       54            22
Spanish Fort                            D-1      6A       2-0       75            36
Andalusia                                D-2      4A       1-0       34            13
Auburn                                    D-4      7A       1-0       30              3
Benjamin Russell                    D-4      6A       1-0       28            14
Central, Clay County**          D-6      5A       1-0       25            13
Clarke County                         D-1      4A       1-0       20            14
Clay County**                        D-6      3A       1-0       41              6
Dadeville                                 D-4      4A       1-0       14              8
Daphne                                    D-1      6A       1-0       24            21
Gordo                                      D-7      3A       1-0       28            21
Hamilton                                 D-7      4A       1-0       38            35
Hewitt-Trussville                    D-5      7A       1-0       49            10

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa               D-5      6A       1-0       42              7

Hueytown                               D-5      5A       1-0       36            27
Jackson                                   D-1      5A       1-0       30              8
Madison Academy                  D-8      3A       1-0       19            14
Maplesville                             D-3      1A       1-0       20              7
McGill-Toolen Catholic         D-1      7A       1-0       27              0
Prattville*                               D-3      7A       1-0       36              3
Straughn                                  D-2      3A       1-0       35            26
Thompson                               D-5      7A       1-0       38              7
T.R. Miller                              D-1      3A       1-0       27              7
Addison                                   D-7      1A       0-1         6            41
Beauregard                              D-4      5A       0-1       13            25
Brooks                                     D-7      4A       0-1       13            34
Central, Phenix City               D-4      7A       0-1         7            23
Clay-Chalkville                       D-5      6A       0-1       21            24
Demopolis                               D-3      5A       0-1         7            42
Enterprise                                D-2      7A       0-1       20            23
Fyffe                                       D-8      1A       0-1         7            20

Glencoe                                   D-6      3A       0-1       21            28
Greenville                               D-2      5A       0-1         6            34
James Clemens                       D-8      7A       0-1         7            38       
Muscle Shoals                         D-7      6A       0-1       22            33
North Gwinnett, GA             GA      7A       0-1         3            36
Northridge                              D-5      6A       0-1         0            27
Oxford                                    D-6      6A       0-1       27            32
Piedmont                                 D-6      3A       0-1         8            14
Pell City                                  D-6      6A       0-1       10            49
Spain Park                               D-5      7A       0-1         3            30
Stanhope Elmore                    D-4      6A       0-1       14            42
Thomasville                            D-3      4A       0-1       27            36
Trinity Presbyterian                D-3      4A       0-1         8            30
UMS-Wright                           D-1      4A       0-1         0            38
Walker                                    D-5      5A       0-1       14            28
Walter Wellborn                     D-6      3A       0-1       26            35
Carver-Montgomery               D-3      6A       0-2       46            94
Leeds                                       D-5      4A       0-2       21            46
Sweet Water                            D-3      1A       0-2       49            58
TOTAL                                                        31-31             949      949     

*-Scheduled to play in 2008 but cancelled due to inclement weather
**-Clay County merged with Lineville in 2012 to form Central, Clay County