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Thru All His Travels, Trail-Blazing Willie Carl Martin Still Calls Alexander City Home


       The sport of football has taken Willie Carl Martin to places all around the world. However, the former college and pro standout still calls Alexander City home.
       Born and raised in Alexander City, Martin graduated from Laurel High School in 1969, just as integration was bringing about the merger of Alabama’s white and black high school athletic associations. He was one of three black players chosen for the 1969 North-South All-Star game, the first minorities to receive that honor. He would later return Alexander City to lead Benjamin Russell High School to its only state football title as the Wildcats’ head coach.
      Martin is being enshrined as a member of the Class of 2019 into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The annual banquet is March 18 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The AHSAA and AHSADCA founded the Hall of Fame in 1991.
      Martin’s first move came after high school moving from Alexander City to Tahlequah (OK) where he was a four-year letterman as an offensive lineman at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. He had been offered a scholarship by Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama but instead, selected NESU, where he earned All-American and All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference first team honors his senior year. Drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL after his senior year was completed, Martin chose instead to play in the Canadian Football League. His 10-year career included stops in Edmonton and Winnipeg. He was an All-Pro selection eight times and participated in six CFL championship Grey Cup games (CFL Super Bowl), playing on two championship teams.

     In 1983, after his professional career ended, he returned to his home town accepting a position as football, wrestling and track coach at Alexander City Middle School. Two years later, he moved over to Benjamin Russell High School as an assistant football coach, serving 15 years as defensive coordinator. Over those years, his defenses gave up an average of only 12.32 points per game. In 2001, he took over as head coach, compiling a 51-24 record, a 68% winning percentage. His team won the state crown in his first season as head coach (2001).
     University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban hired Martin for the position of Director of Player Development (Academics, Strength and Conditioning) in 2007. 
     “Coach Martin has been a successful high school coach in Alabama for well over 20 years and has a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience to relate to our student-athletes,” said Saban. “[He] will help our program continue to develop relationships in the state of Alabama.”

Martin remained in the UA position until he retired in 2015. That spring the Lake Martin Bama Club and Central Alabama Community College’s Betty Carol Graham Technology Center hosted Willie Carl Martin Day.

“I’m honored to write a recommendation for Coach Willie Carl Martin,” said retired Coach Dwight Buzbee. “I have known Carl for 50 years and had the opportunity to work with him for over 20 years. Throughout his impressive career, Coach Martin has always had the children’s best interest at heart. He developed relationships with young people who so often needed a positive role model in their lives.
            “He always taught his athletes and students to strive for excellence, to be respectful of others, not to embarrass themselves, team, or community, and to be humble winners. He didn’t just teach these traits, but he also displayed them in his actions.”

During his tenure at Benjamin Russell, Martin worked with current AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese, who was the Wildcats head football coach from 1985-96. Savarese has nothing but praise for his friend and former assistant coach.
     “Throughout my career in high school athletics, I have been privileged to work with some of the finest men and women in the field. This group includes coaches, officials, administrators, and AHSAA contributors who all have had one common trait – the desire to excel and to make a difference in the lives of those they serve. The epitome of those individuals is Willie Carl Martin, a standout high school, collegiate and CFL football player, a state champion high school coach, and national champion collegiate assistant coach.”
    Savarese said Martin’s contributions at every stop were immeasurable.
    “For over 20 years, Willie Carl served the AHSAA as a successful coach at Benjamin Russell High School before accepting a position with the University of Alabama in 2007,” he said. “Not only has Willie Carl always been an outstanding coach, but he has also been a dedicated professional, serving on the Legislative Council and Central Board of Control. Without question, he is a true credit to this Association. I can personally testify to his integrity because I was blessed to have him as part of my coaching staff at Benjamin Russell High School.  A native of Alexander City, Willie Carl has had numerous opportunities to travel and work in many different cities and organizations. Although he currently resides in Tuscaloosa, he still considers Alex city ‘home’. He hasn’t forgotten where his career started, nor the people who influenced him along the way.”

     “He is a great ambassador for the AHSAA and the entire Alabama high school sports community. Willie Carl is a true professional, and I am honored to have worked with him, but even more blessed to have him as a very close friend.”

Martin is a member of Great Bethel Baptist Church, Red Elephant Club, and the American Red Cross. He helped organize works for the Soup Bowl, which feeds the hungry. He has been a speaker at numerous high schools. He returned to Alexander City in 2017 to speak at the Bridge Builders Youth Football Camp.

COMING SATURDAY: Installment 4 - Football Coach Phil Lazenby, Bayside Academy


All-Stars Selected for 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games

Teams Report Wednesday, March 13

    MONTGOMERY – Twenty-four seniors have been selected to represent Alabama in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games to be played at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Montgomery school’s campus, Friday, March 15.
       The Alabama teams, comprised of 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls, were selected by the Basketball Coaches All-Star Selection Committee and announced by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7.  
        Alabama and Mississippi come into the 29th annual game deadlocked with 14 wins apiece in the girls ‘and boys’ games.  Alabama’s girls won last year’s game played Mississippi College in Clinton (MS), 109-96. The Mississippi boys’ all-stars won 127-90 – the most points allowed by Alabama in the series since its inception in 1991.
         Lee also announced the all-stars and coaches for the 2019 North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ games to be played July 17 during All-Star Sports Week. Both games will also be held at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
         Headlining the Alabama Boys’ All-Star Squad is Mountain Brook 6-foot-9 senior Trendon Watford, who will have one more game with Spartans’ head coach Bucky McMillan. McMillan and Carver-Montgomery Coach James “J.J.” Jackson are the Alabama boys’ coaches. David Good of Mountain Brook will be the Alabama administrative coach.
      Coaching the Alabama Girls’ All-Star Team are Tim Miller of Class 6A state champion Hazel Green and Tammy West, who guided Cold Springs to the Class 2A title in 2019. Coach Carey Ellison, who coached Pisgah to the 2018 and 2019 Class 3A state titles, is the administrative coach.
      Watford finished his career at Mountain Brook as AHSAA State Basketball Tourney MVP three straight years. The Spartans (31-3) won the 7A state crown for the third time with Watford in the lineup this season. Watford concluded his prep career as the AHSAA’s all-time career leading rebounder (1,909) and also scored more than 3,500 points in his fabled career. One of the nation’s top senior recruits, He is still uncommitted.
    Lee-Montgomery center Demond Robinson, 6-8, and LeFlore 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon give Alabama a strong inside presence with Watford. Gordon is heading to Wichita State and Robinson to Murray State.  Texas A&M signee Kobe Brown of Lee-Huntsville, a 6-6 forward, and Carver-Montgomery 6-6 forward Jaykwon Walton, a Georgia signee, provide scoring and rebounding at the power forward slot. Brewbaker guard Desmond Williams, a Troy University signee, and Class 5A state champion Wenonah guards Cameron Tucker and Justin Minter headline a strong group of guards. Both are uncommitted.
      Florida State signee River Baldwin, a powerful 6-5 center, tops the Alabama girls’ roster. She was named MVP last summer in the AHSAA North/South All-Star Game played during All-Star Sports Week.  Eleven of the 12 Alabama girls’ all-stars are already committed or signed, including Ramsay forward Aniyah Smith (Alabama State) and guard Jaylyn Sherrod (Colorado). Guard Annie Hughes of Pisgah, a two-time Class 3A state tourney MVP, is headed to Auburn; guards Skyla Knight and Joiya Maddox of Class 7A state champion Hoover are set to play collegiately at Arkansas-Little Rock and Rutgers, respectively.
      Miller (583-95), became the first girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to state titles with Hazel Green’s 2018 championship, has coached six in all (Jeff Davis, 2006; Bob Jones, 2008, 2009, 2011); and Hazel Green (2018, 2019). West’s Cold Spring girls set the AHSAA state record for 3-point goals in a season in 2019. Her teams have now won four state titles (1999, 2008, 2009, and 2019). West has a 617-203 career coaching record.
     McMillan, 35, is one of the youngest coaches in the NFHS to win 300 games in a career. He has coached Mountain Brook to a 301-71 record and five state titles (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Jackson (445-102) has guided the Wolverines to three Class 6A state crowns (2012-, 2015, 2018). His team was 6A state runner-up in 2019.
    Coaches selected for the North-South All-Star Games include: (South Boys) Jeffrey Pope, LeFlore; Jessie Foster, Dadeville; Nigel Card, Saint James (administrative); (North Boys) James Poindexter, McAdory; Anthony Reid, Florence; Brant Llewellyn, Lauderdale County (administrative); (South Girls) Dyneshia Jones, Charles Henderson; John Smith, Southside-Selma; Nigel Card, Saint James (administrative); and (North Girls) Kim Nails, Southside-Gadsden; JeTaime Silas, Lee-Huntsville; Brant Llewellyn, Lauderdale County (administrative).
    Highlighting the Boys’ players is North guard Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane Academy, who scored an AHSAA state record 1,442 points this past season and averaged a nation-leading 45.1 ppg. He has 4,210 career points with one year remaining and has scored 50 or more points 15 times in his prep career. 
     Class 5A girls’ state tourney MVP Quintasia Leatherwood of Central-Tuscaloosa, one of the top guard prospects in the Southeast, highlights the girls’ all-stars selected.
     All players selected for the North-South competition are currently juniors. 
     The Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars report next Wednesday.
    Complete rosters for the Alabama squads as well as the North-South teams are listed:

2019 ALABAMA GIRLS' ALL-STARS

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht

Coach

College

River Baldwin

Pleasant Home

F/C

6'5

Tony Wilson

Florida State

Taylor Henderson

Center Point

PG

5'11

Ulysses Haynes

Georgia State

Jaylyn Sherrod

Ramsay

PG/SG

5'6

Ronnie Jackson

Colorado

Aniyah Smith

Ramsay

PF

5'10

Ronnie Jackson

Alabama State

Thaniya Marks

Wenonah

PF/C

6'1

Kenneth Lang

Undecided

Skyla Knight

Hoover

PG/G

5'7

Krystle Johnson

Arkansas-L Rock

Joiya Maddox

Hoover

G

6'0

Krystle Johnson

Rutgers

Annie Hughes

Pisgah

G

5'6

Carey Ellison

Auburn

Kathleen Wheeler

Priceville

SG

5'10

Terrie Nelson

Samford

Moriah Taylor

Hartselle

PG

5'5

Gary Orr

Georgia State

Marisa Snodgrass

Hazel Green

PG/SG

5'3

Tim Miller

Montevallo

Jajuana Lambert

Blount

F

6'0

Kimyatta Perry

Shelton State

COACHES

Tim Miller

Hazel Green

Tammy West

Cold Springs

Carey Ellison

Pisgah, Adm.

2019 ALABAMA BOYS' ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht

Coach

College

Kobe Brown

Lee - Huntsville

F

6'6

Greg Brown

Texas A & M

Kurantiya Garner

Buckhorn

G

6'1

Mark Blevins

Undecided

DeAntoni Gordon

LeFlore

F

6'8

Jeffrey Pope

Wichita State

Brandon Nicholas

Mae Jemison

G

6'3

Howard Pride

Undecided

JaLon Johnson

Hillcrest-Tusc.

G

6'0

Scott Suttles

Undecided

Auston Leslie

Westminster Chr.

G

6'4

Ronnie Stapler

Undecided

Justin Minter

Wenonah

G

6'4

Audwin Howard

Undecided

Demond Robinson

Lee - Montgomery

F

6'8

Bryant Johnson

Murray State

Cameron Tucker

Wenonah

G

6'2

Audwin Howard

Undecided

Jaykwon Walton

Carver-Montgomery

F

6'6

James Jackson

Georgia

Trendon Watford

Mountain Brook

F

6'9

Bucky McMillan

Undecided

Desmond Williams

Brewbaker Tech

G

6'1

Chauncey Shines

Troy U.

COACHES

Bucky McMillan

Mountain Brook

James JJ Jackson

Carver - Montgomery

David Good

Mountain Brook, Adm.



2019 NORTH BOYS' BASKETBALL ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Dane Harding

Albertville

F

6'6

180

GianCarlo Valdez

Decatur Heritage

G

6'2

165

Austin Harvell

East Limestone

F

6'5

180

Reginald Perry, Jr.

Fairfield

F

6'7

250

Damarcus Beckwith

Florence

F

6'4

210

Tommy Murr

Lindsay Lane

G

6'1

160

Colby Jones

Mountain Brook

G

6'5

185

Paul Stramaglia

Mountain Brook

G

6'0

165

Mark Sears

Muscle Shoals

G

6'0

175

Zondrick Garrett

Oxford

F

6'7

205

Kameron Woods

Pinson Valley

G

6'0

165

Jayden Stone

Sacred Heart

G

6'3

180

Shannon Grant

Sylacauga

C

6'10

260

Grant Atchley

Sylvania

G

6'2

155

D'Corian Wilson

Talladega

G

6'1

185

NORTH BOYS' ALL-STAR COACHES

James Poindexter

McAdory

Anthony Reid

Florence

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County - Admin.

2019 SOUTH BOYS' BASKETBALL ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Willie Screws

Barbour County

G/F

6'4

200

Michael Murry

Carver-Montgomery

G

6'2

185

Jhymias Patrick

Dadeville

F

5'10

165

Tereance Edwards-Fleming

Daphne

C

6'7

180

Justin Bufford

Ellwood Christian

F

6'6

180

Dallas Howell

Enterprise

SF

6'6

200

Martavius Payton

Georgiana

F

6'6

195

Arayvion Jones

Keith

G

6'3

165

Tyler Lang

LeFlore

F

6'6

205

De'Marquiese Miles

Lee-Montgomery

PG

6'2

160

Antwan Burnett

Sidney Lanier

SF

6'5

210

Rongie Gordon

Sidney Lanier

C

6'8

230

Braydon Whitaker

Slocomb

G

5'10

150

Kedrick Turnipseed

Sumter Central

G/F

6'2

185

Robert Bonham

UMS-Wright

G

5'11

150

SOUTH BOYS' ALL-STAR COACHES

Jeffrey Pope

LeFlore

Jessie Foster

Dadeville

Nigel Card

Saint James - Admin.

2019 NORTH GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Jemeriah Moore

Midfield

G

5'10

Quintasia Leatherwood

Central-Tuscaloosa

G

5'3

Sakyia White

Central-Tuscaloosa

C

6'2

Keiara Griffin

Ramsay

F

5'10

Hannah Edwards

Oak Mountain

C

6'6

Sarah Barker

Spain Park

G

5'11

Macie Williams

Southside-Gadsden

C

6'0

Alicyn McCollum

Phillips

C

6'0

Laura Keener

Central - Florence

G

5'4

Elizabeth Hill

Cold Springs

G/F

5'11

Destinee McGhee

Madison Academy

C

6'2

Farrah Pearson

Hazel Green

F

5'9

Emily Bowman

Huntsville

C

6'6

Briana Moore

Grissom

C

6'0

Jaden Langford

Madison Academy

G

5'7

NORTH GIRLS' ALL-STAR COACHES

Kim Nails

Southside - Gadsden

JeTaime Silas

Lee - Huntsville

Brant Llewellyn

Lauderdale County - Admin.

2019 SOUTH GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Aaliyah Austin

Faith Academy

C

6'2

Elsie Harris

B C. Rain

G

5'6

Elissa Murry

Alma Bryant

G

5'5

Kaitlyn Knight

Foley

G

5'5

Ariel Thompson

Theodore

P

6'0

Adrianna Galloway

Headland

PG

5'8

Niaira Jones

Charles Henderson

PG

5'7

Samira Moore

Charles Henderson

C

6'2

Precious Rogers

Linden

G

5'6

Kylan Brown

Southside - Selma

C

5'11

Ananda Hughley

Opelika

G

5'8

Madisen Grimsley

Abbeville

F

6'0

Kristin Brown

G. W. Carver

G

5'8

Claire Worth

Opelika

G

5'9

Rodreckia Parker

Selma

G

5'4

SOUTH GIRLS' ALL-STAR COACHES

Dyneshia Jones

Charles Henderson

John Smith

Southside - Selma

Nigel Card

Saint James - Admin.

 


Brantley High School Coaching Legend David Lowery Could Do the Math

Second of an 11-Part Series on the HOF Class of 2019

BY BILL PLOTT

       When Brantley High School hired David Lowery as a football coach and mathematics teacher, it quickly added up to be a successful formula. 
       Ten of his 14 teams at Brantley won 11 or more games. The 2012 state championship squad set a school record for wins, finishing the season 15-0 and scoring a near-state record 730 points. There were 14-win seasons in 1999 and 2009, 13-win seasons in 2005 and 2006. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do the math. Lowery is being enshrined as a member of the Class of 2019 of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The annual banquet is March 18 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The AHSAA and AHSADCA founded the Hall of Fame in 1991.
        Lowery graduated from near-by Georgiana High School in 1983. He played football at Troy University, earning a bachelor’s degree in math and social studies in 1988. He also earned a master’s degree in education administration from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1998.

        He began his teaching and coaching career at Evergreen High School in 1988, serving as assistant football, head baseball and junior varsity basketball coach. The following year, he went to Elba High School where he spent 10 years as assistant football coach, defensive coordinator and head baseball coach. He was also head football coach for two years, compiling a 12-10 record.

        He moved to Brantley High School in 1999 as athletic director and head football coach. Over 14 years he compiled a record of 156-27 overall, 88-3 in the region. His 2009 and 2012 teams were Class 1A State Champions. He had runner-up teams in 1999 and 2005. Every one of his teams made the state playoffs.  His overall career record was 168-37. Every team he coached reached the state playoffs and only two failed to win the region championship.

        Lowery was named Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1999 by the Alabama Sportswriters Association. In 2012 he was the Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year. He was named an assistant coach for the 2000 North-South All-Star Football Game and for the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

        In 2013 he retired from coaching, accepting a central office position as Director of Operations. On Sept. 6 of that year, the Brantley stadium was renamed David Lowery Stadium. Coach Lowery was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
        Kathi H. Wallace, now executive coordinator of the School Superintendents of Alabama Association, recalled the day she recommended that Coach Lowery be hired at Brantley.
       “I was the principal at Brantley School in 1999 when I made the recommendation to our superintendent at that time, Dr. Craig Pouncey, to hire Coach Lowery. I thank God the day he walked in for the interview because I needed a math teacher/football coach combination. He fit that bill perfectly. But he made an impression on me that day that proved to be accurate. He was more than a math teacher and a coach. He was the kind of man every parent wanted his/her children to be around; not only in the classroom and on the playing field, but also for life.
       ”Speaking about him being the football coach, I said many times that he was a good man to have in charge of our young men. His demeanor on the field and in the classroom was the same. He was always in pursuit of excellence.”

Wallace said the longer she knew Lowery, the more she learned about this special man.
       “After leaving Brantley School, which by the way, is my alma mater, I became school superintendent of Crenshaw County,” she. “As superintendent, I gained a greater appreciation for Coach Lowery. He was an exemplar for other employees for always doing what was right. His integrity in this area was impeccable. It still is. David Lowery is a wonderful family man and community leader. He continues to make this world a better place because of the positive impact he has on those with whom he comes into contact.”

She said she still cherishes hiring Lowery at Brantley.
       “I retired as superintendent in December of 2010, and I now work with SSA. I consider his hiring to be one of the best decisions I ever made in my life as an administrator. I have not personally memorized Coach Lowery’s win-loss record. I believe whatever it is will speak volumes for his skill of coaching football and leading young men to do their very best. But the impact David Lowery made at Brantley School and in our community is just as important as his wins on the field. I worked with Coach Glenn Daniel while I was a teacher at Luverne High School. Coach David Lowery affected Brantley School in the same positive manner as Coach Daniel did at Luverne School. There are no finer two men in Alabama football history for us in Crenshaw County.”
      Coach Daniel, 93, was inducted into the first AHSAA Hall of Fame class in 1991.

      Tony Stallworth, former Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA and administrative assistant for Crenshaw County Public Schools, worked with Coach Lowery as a principal and assistant principal. He observed: “Coach Lowery served as head coach and athletic director for many years. He also served as a classroom instructor and system administrator. He has provided leadership and character throughout his tenure at Brantley High School and the Crenshaw County Board of Education.  Coach David Lowery exemplifies all qualities and leaderships deserving for this outstanding and prestigious award.”
           Coach Lowery is an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and is a Woodman Life Insurance representative.
COMING FRIDAY: Installment 2 - Football Coach Willie Carl Martin, Benjamin Russell High School.


Track Provided Claborn Campbell the Path to Make a Difference in Students’ Lives

First of an 11-Part Series on the Class of 2019

          Little did Claborn M. Campbell realize that something as simple as track and field could have such a resounding impact on others’ lives.
          The veteran Cold Springs High School track coach did just that over the course of 31 years – leaving a lasting and positive impression on all who crossed his path along the way.  His impact did not go unnoticed. Campbell is being enshrined as a member of the Class of 2019 in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame at the annual banquet March 18 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. The AHSAA and AHSADCA founded  the Hall of Fame in 1991.
          A native of Cullman, graduated from Cold Springs High School in 1971 and Southern Benedictine College (formerly St. Bernard College) in 1977. Born to be a teacher and coach, he began his teaching and coaching career at Winston County High School in 1978, compiling a 30-22 record in varsity basketball.

          In 1979 he returned to his alma mater, Cold Springs as varsity basketball coach. Over the next four years, he won several county championships. Next, he went to West Point High School for seven years, coaching boys’ and girls’ junior varsity basketball. He won county championships with each team. Although quite successful as a basketball coach, Campbell’s real calling was in track and field, where his girls won 12 county championships.

In 1990 he returned home to Cold Springs, accepting the job of varsity track and cross-country coach, a position he continued until recently. His success has been extraordinary. In track, his boys have won two state championships, five sectional titles and 10 county championships. His girls have won three sectional and 12 county championships. In cross country, the girls won one state championship, five sectional and 12 county championships. The boys won two state, nine sectional and 14 county championships. He also served as athletic director. He retired in 2016.

His Coach of the Year awards include the National Federation of High School Association (NFHS) in girls’ cross-country in 2007 and boys’ cross country in 2016. He was U.S. Track and Field Coach of the Year in boys’ cross country in 2014.

          Keith Wilemon, retired track and field coach at Falkville High School, had this to say about Campbell: “I can honestly say that Coach Campbell is the most outstanding coach and rival that I have faced in my 31-year coaching career. His coaching talents go beyond track and field and cross country. He has always stressed doing what is right and exhibiting great sportsmanship, regardless of the outcome of a race or game. His core values of faith, family, academics and athletics are what makes him so successful.
     “I know that he had a tremendous influence on myself as well as many other coaches and athletes in North Alabama. I have had the privilege to work with Coach Campbell for many years as section track directors, and he has always done an outstanding job. His teams have always shown class and great sportsmanship.”

          Like most outstanding coaches, Campbell’s career produced not only successful seasons but also successful and productive citizens.  Dr. Palee Myrex wrote a letter supporting the Hall of Fame nomination. She said: “I’ve known Clay Campbell my entire life, but it was not until I entered the 7th grade that he became my coach. Showing up for my first cross-country practice as a timid, unconfident, overweight adolescent, I had no idea how much the man in the

Wide brimmed hat would alter the course of my life and become one of my most influential mentors, even to this day.”

          “Throughout the course of the next six years, Coach Campbell coached me to 14 Alabama high school state championships in track and cross country and campaigned for me to college coaches, allowing me to get a scholarship [at] the University of Alabama. I am a first-generation college student and that athletic scholarship opened doors for me that would have never been possible. My college career catapulted me into medical school, and now, as a physician. I cannot help but to think he indirectly helps every single one of my patients…for that I am eternally grateful.”

         She credits her high school coach for teaching her how to set goals and work to accomplish them.
          “You see, I learned how to be a champion, not by the workouts Coach Campbell told me to do, but by watching him live the principles that he taught of dedication, integrity, hard work and refusing to give up,” she said. “Prior to Coach Campbell, there was no cross country program at Cold Springs, and the track program was struggling just to field an entire team. Through his determination and commitment to high school athletics, he turned Cold Springs into a household name for track and cross country, especially the realm of long-distance running. During my short six years, I saw our team go from running loops around the parking lot to being able to train on one of the state’s top cross country courses, which he designed and built himself because he wanted what was best for his athletes. The course is such a phenomenal race venue that while I was an athlete there, we hosted the largest cross country meet held on a high school campus in the entire state.

          “Not only did he invest himself in coaching state championship teams and athletes, but he also went above and beyond, putting in the extra hours and humbling himself to do unnoticed things such as mow the cross country course, stock the concession stand, time all of the home cross country and track meets as well as fundraise money to resurface our track.”

          Coach Campbell, who also served as athletic director at Cold Springs, was inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  He has been a music director for 30 years at his church and has served as a deacon and youth director.
COMING THURSDAY: David Lowery, Brantley High School.


CLASS 7A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42¬¬

CLASS 7A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mountain Brook 61, Baker 42­­
BIRMINGHAM – Mountain Brook  High School made history Saturday night winning its third consecutive AHSAA Class 7A state boys’ basketball championship with a 61-42 victory over Baker to close out the 2019 AHSAA State Basketball Championships at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    The announced attendance for the week was 64,927 with Saturday’s attendance the biggest of the week with 13,914.   Friday’s attendance was 11,896; Thursday (10,163); Wednesday (11,408); Tuesday (9.832); and Monday (7,714).
     Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans (31-3) jumped out to a 30-16 lead by halftime and stretched the margin to 21 before Baker (21-14) clawed back to a 14-point deficit with a strong surge late in the third period.  Mountain Brook never let it get any closer.
     Senior Trendan Watford, one of the top-rated senior players in the nation, closed out his career with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also had four blocked shots, two stills, two assists and made 12-of-13 at the foul line to earn Class 7A state tourney MVP honors. Lior Berman had 19 points for the Spartans and eight rebounds and Colby Jones scored 10 points.  Watford closed his career as the AHSAA’s all-time rebound leader had scored over 3,000 points.
    Baker, coached by David Armstrong, was paced by Kriston Davis’ 11 points. Jalen Lilly added nine points and Patrick Robinson had eight.
    Mountain Brook, which ended the season with 17 wins in a row and ranked in the top five nationally, became just the 10th team in AHSAA boys’ basketball history to win three state championships in a row. Francis Marion and Sacred Heart Catholic won four in row while Wenonah, Pickens County, R.C. Hatch, Madison Academy, Brantley, Austinville, Geraldine and Simpson won three. Geraldine (1931-33) and Simpson (1923-25) won three in a row when the tournament had only one division.  The Spartans are the first to win three at the state’s largest division since multiple classes were added. Mountain Brook now has five state titles with back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. McMillan, who recorded his 301st career win in the finals, has coached all five titles.
    The Class 7A All-Tourney Team included: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook (MVP);  Alex Washington, Mountain Brook; Lior Berman, Mountain Brook; Kriston Davis, Baker; Ahman Ellington, Hoover; and Demond Robinson, Lee-Montgomery.

    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2


SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Pinson Valley (24-9) 58, Carver-Montgomery (23-11) 44

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (34-1) 47, Hewitt-Trussville (21-11) 33
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (31-3) 61, Baker (21-14) 42

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Hoover 47, Hewitt-Trussville 33

CLASS 7A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Hoover 47, Hewitt-Trussville 33
  
BIRMINGHAM – Hoover High School limited Hewitt-Trussville to only one made basket in the second quarter and only three total in the first half to build a commanding lead en route to the Bucs’ 47-33 victory in the in the 2019 AHSAA Class 7A state girls’  championship game at the BJCC Legacy Arena Saturday night.
    Hoover (34-1) led 23-11 at the half, stretched the lead to 20 by the end of the third quarter to sew up the Lady Bucs’ sixth state championship.  Coach Krystle Johnson played on Hoover’s first state championship team in  2001, served as an assistant coach on another and has now coached the Bucs to two state titles (2017 and 2019). She is the fourth coach in school history to coach a state title. Lori Elgin coached the 2001 champs. Donnie Quinn coached the 2010 and 2012 champs and Tiffany Frederick, the 2013  champs. Quinn serves on Johnson’s current staff.
    Class 7A state tournament MVP Skyla Knight had nine points in the finals Saturday. She also had two assists and one steal despite playing just 15 minutes. Miya Kimber had 13 points, Joiya Maddox 11 and Aniya Hubbard 10. Maddox also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Hubbard had three steals. The Bucs closed the season winning 32 games in a row. The only loss came to Hazel Green on Nov. 15. The Trojans won the Class 6A girls’ title earlier Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Hewitt-Trussville (21-11), coached by Tonya Hunter, was led by Morgan Kirk’s 14 points. She was 9-of-12 at the foul line.  Amiya Payne added eight points and five rebounds. She also had two assists and two steals. D’yona Jones added five rebounds, three blocked shots, three steals and four points.
    The Class 7A All-Tourney Team included: Skyla Knight, Hoover (MVP);  Joiya Maddox, Hoover; Morgan Kirk, Hewitt-Trussville; Amiya Payne, Hewitt-Trussville; Alexandria Pierre, McGill-Toolen Catholic; and Olivia Porter, Auburn.
     The Class 7A boys’ championship game will conclude the 2019 State Basketball Championships today at the BJCC Legacy Center. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Pinson Valley (24-9) 58, Carver-Montgomery (23-11) 44

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hoover (34-1) 47, Hewitt-Trussville (21-11) 33
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 6A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pinson Valley 58, Carver-Montgomery 44

CLASS 6A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Pinson Valley 58, Carver-Montgomery 44
BIRMINGHAM – Pinson Valley’s Indians saved their best for the last eight minutes Saturday afternoon, outscoring defending Class 6A state champion 21-5 in the final quarter to capture a stunning 58-44 come-from-behind victory in the 2019 AHSAA Class 6A state boys’ basketball finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Coach Darrell Barber’s Indians (24-9) limited the Wolverines (23-11) to just seven shot attempts and two field goals in the quarter and nailed three 3-pointers to take control down the stretch.
     Class 6A state tourney MVP Kam Woods, 6-foot junior guard, sank two of the treys, finishing with four on the game and had 25 points to pace Pinson. He also had five steals and was 3-of-4 at the foul line. Ga’Quincy “Koolaid” McKinstry added 15 points and five rebounds and Geordon Pollard scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds. He also blocked two shots.
     Carver, coached by J.J. Jackson, was led by Jaykwon Walton’s 14 points and six rebounds. Centarrio Hinson added 10 points on a 5-for-5 shooting performance.  Jereme Robinson had nine points and nine rebounds and Juwon Gaston cleared eight boards.
     The basketball title just three months after Pinson Valley won its second Class 6A football championship in a row. Pinson became the first school to win both championships in the same school year Lanett did it in 2017-18 in Class 2A. Elba, Madison Academy and Hoover each swept both crowns in the 2014-15 school year in Classes 2A, 3A and Class 6A, respectively.  Sidney Lanier was the first to sweep both titles, winning the 1966 Class 4A  football championship and the state basketball title in 1967.
    Barber’s championship was his first at Pinson and his third overall. He coached Midfield to two state boys’ titles.
     The Class 6A All-Tourney Team included: Kam Woods, Pinson Valley (MVP); Ga’Quincy McKinstry, Pinson Valley; Jereme Robinson, Carver-Montgomery; Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery; Jalon Johnson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; Mark Sears, Muscle Shoals.
     The Class 7A girls’ and boys’ championship games at 4 and 5:45 p.m., respectively, will conclude the 2019 State Basketball Championships today at the BJCC Legacy Center. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Pinson Valley (24-9) 58, Carver-Montgomery (23-11) 44

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48





CLASS 6A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 55, Opelika 31

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Hazel Green 55, Opelika 31
BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green High School’s girls’ basketball program was expected to be in a rebuilding mode after winning the AHSAA Class 6A state championship in 2018. Instead of rebuilding, Coach Tim Miller’s Lady Trojans just reloaded and set their sights on a repeat. That completed that goal Saturday afternoon with a 55-31 win over Opelika in the finals at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Trojans (34-3) jumped on the Bulldogs quickly with senior guard Marisa Snodgrass sinking three 3-pointers in the first period to take a 14-2 lead. Hazel Green had another fast start in the third quarter as the defense-minded Trojans held Coach Devin Booth’s team to just four points.
     Snodgrass finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn Class 6A state tournament MVP. She also sank 5-of-7 free throws.  Jaelyn Johnson added 13 points, canning both 3-point attempts she tried. Farrah Pearson and McKenzie Hill each had nine points.
    Opelika (26-7) was led in the scoring column by Shaquala Walton and Ananda Huguley, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Walton also had six rebounds and four steals.
     The state championship was the third overall for Hazel Green (1995, 2018), 2019). It was the sixth coached by Miller, who has a 583-95 overall record in 19 seasons as a high school head coach. He won a state title at Jeff Davis (2006), three at Bob Jones (2008, 2009, 2011) and now has  two at Hazel Green. His winning percentage (86%) is among the tops in the nation for high school girls‘ basketball.
    The Class 6A All-Tourney Team included: Marisa Snodgrass, Hazel Green MVP); Jaelyn Johnson, Hazel Green; Shaquala Walton, Hazel Green; Ananda Huguley, Opelika; Farrah Pearson, Opelika; and Kobi Warner, Carver-Birmingham.
     The Class 6A boys’ finals and the Class 7A girls’ and boys’ championship games will conclude the 2019 State Basketball Championships today at the BJCC Legacy Center. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Hazel Green (34-3) 55, Opelika (26-7) 31
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 5A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Wenonah 51, Center Point 34

CLASS 5A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Wenonah 51, Center Point 34
    BIRMINGHAM –Wenonah High School limited Center Point to just two points in the second quarter en route to a 52-34 triumph as the Dragons claimed the school’s sixth state championship in the Class 5A boys’ state basketball finals Saturday morning at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    The Dragons’ previous state titles came in 1990, 1993, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Saturday’s championship was the first under Coach Audwin Howard’s direction. Wenonah (31-5) finished the season with only one loss to an AHSAA school.
    Senior guard Cameron Tucker scored 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP honors.  Jarvise Minter added 11 points and his twin brother Justin Minter had eight points and nine rebounds.  The Dragons out-rebounded Center Point (18-15), coached by Rodney Chatman, 36-21 and limited the Eagles to only 16 made field goals.  Wenonah was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and shot 44% from the field.
     Jordan Chatman led Center Point with 11 points and five rebounds. He was 5-of-6 from the field.  Roderick Orr added seven points.
    The Class 5A All-Tourney Team included: Cameron Tucker, Wenonah (MVP); Jarvise Minter, Wenonah; Justin Minter, Wenonah; Jordan Chatman, Center Point; Roderick Orr, Center Point; Roderick Harrington, Ramsay.
     All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (31-5) 51, Center Point (18-15) 34

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central-Tuscaloosa 68, Madison Academy 65

CLASS 5A GIRLS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Central-Tuscaloosa 68, Madison Academy 65
    BIRMINGHAM – Central-Tuscaloosa used a quick defense to build 18-point lead by halftime and then had relay on some clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute to claim a 68-65 victory over Madison  Academy in the Class 5A girls state basketball finals Saturday morning at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     Junior point guard Quintasia Leatherwood of Central (28-3) sparked the fast start with her precision passing, outside shooting and floor leadership. However, Central Coach Michael Rivers said he warned his players at the half that great teams claw back.  He was right.
     Madison Academy (28-8), the Class 4A state champs in 2017 and 2018 before moving up to Class 5A this season, finally found its range outside with Libby Privett and Mary Katherine Sanders nailing threes, Destinee McGhee and Jasmine Gracie scoring inside as Coach Allissa Flowers’ Mustangs closed the gap to four with 1:56 to play. 
     Central’s Sakyia White sank two free throws and Conajah Jones sank four to stretch the lead back to six with 22 seconds remaining.  That margin would be needed at the end.  With three seconds left, Madison Academy’s Privett sank a shot from just in front of the Central bench some 55 feet away and nailed her final trey at the buzzer to cut the lead to three.
    Leatherwood had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two treys and was 4-of-5 at the foul line to earn Class 5A state tourney MVP honors.  White finished with 21 points before fouling out in the final period. She had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and made 7-of-8 free throws attempted. Jones had 19 points and was 5-of-6 at the foul line and Mackenzie Mahone scored 10 points with 4-of-5 at the foul line. The Falcons finished 20-of-28  and made 11 in the fourth quarter. Madison Academy outscored Central 31-17 in the final period.
    Privett led the Mustangs with 17 points, including five treys. Jaden Langford and Gracie had 12 points each, and McGhee had nine points. Gracie had 13 rebounds and McGhee had eight. Langford dished out five assists.
    The state championship was the first for Central since 1996 and the fourth overall. It was the first state crown coached by Rivers. Madison Academy has won three state titles.
    The Class 5A All-Tourney Team included: Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa (MVP); Conajah Jones, Central-Tuscaloosa; Sakyia White, Central-Tuscaloosa; Destinee McGhee, Madison Academy; Jasmine Gracie, Madison Academy; and Jaden Langford, Madison Academy.
    The final day of championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues today at the Legacy Arena with the 5A boys’ finals, followed by girls’ and boys’ championship games in Class 6A and 7A.   
     All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals are also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.
    

97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham, Feb. 25-March 2



SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Central-Tuscaloosa (28-3) 68, Madison Academy (28-8) 65
Class 5A Boys Finals
Wenonah (30-5) vs. Center Point (18-14), 10:45 a.m.

Class 6A Girls Finals
Opelika (26-6) vs. Hazel Green (33-3), 12:30 p.m.
Class 6A Boys Finals
Carver-Montgomery (23-10) vs. Pinson Valley (23-9),  2:15 p.m.

Class 7A Girls Finals
Hewitt-Trussville (21-10) vs. Hoover (33-1), 4 p.m.
Class 7A Boys Finals
Mountain Brook (30-3) vs. Baker (21-13), 5:45 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS
Class 1A Girls Finals
Phillips (26-10) 71, Skyline (29-6) 63
Class 1A Boys Finals
Decatur Heritage (32-4) 63, St. Luke’s Episcopal (18-10) 42

FRIDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 2A Girls Finals
Cold Springs (28-6) 57, Fyffe (30-6) 53 (OT)
Class 2A Boys Finals
Central-Coosa (23-4) 54,Sacred Heart Catholic (23-11) 52

Class 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (34-1) 46, Montgomery Academy (31-3) 41
Class 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (33-4) 54, Westminster Christian (27-5) 52

Class 4A Girls Finals
Rogers (32-3) 46, Anniston (29-5) 38
Class 4A Boys Finals
Talladega (26-8) 60, West Limestone (21-14) 48