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St. Paul’s Lawsuit with AHSAA Dismissed by U.S. Federal Judge Wednesday

  MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal High School requested that its lawsuit filed against the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) objecting to the AHSAA Competitive Balance implemented in the 2018-19 school year be dismissed Wednesday, May 22. United States District Judge Terry Moorer granted the dismissal without prejudice, ending more than a year of litigation.
 
AHSAA Central Board President John Hardin said, “While I am pleased that the case has finally been dismissed, I am extremely disappointed that St. Paul’s Episcopal High School did not resolve their issues within the mechanisms already in place for member schools.”
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he is also pleased the case has been dismissed and that the member schools’ process to govern themselves has been upheld.
    “We have always had faith in our member schools’ ability to make the rules, abide by these rules and govern themselves,” said Savarese. “Our member schools will continue to govern themselves through its fair and democratic legislative process.”

 

 

 

Statement from AHSAA Legal Counsel Jim Williams

We are very pleased that St. Paul’s has finally decided to voluntarily dismiss their case today.  This was a frivolous case resulting in a tremendous waste of time and money for the Court, the Association, and all of its member schools.  On June 27, 2018, the Honorable Judge William Steele entered an Order denying St. Paul’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and specifically ruled: “St. Paul’s has not shown a substantial likelihood that the competitive balance rule is unconstitutional, or that it violates the terms of the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and Handbook.”  Yet, St. Paul’s waited another eleven months after Judge Steele’s ruling to dismiss their case.  St. Paul’s knew they had lost this case last June and have only been trying to avoid an inevitable ruling that would not be in their favor since then.  The Association and its member schools look forward to St. Paul’s reimbursing all of the legal fees incurred in defending this case. 

James E. Williams

Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.

Post Office Drawer 5130

Montgomery, AL  36103-5130

(334) 263-6621

jwilliams@mewlegal.com

 

All questions should be referred to AHSAA Legal Counsel James E. Williams

 

 

 


Class 3A and 6A State Softball Finals Set for 1:15 p.m. Today at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for the third day with Friday. Morning session results are below.  Championships for Classes 3A and 6A are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. today.
    All Championship games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Today’s early game results are listed below and will updated at various intervals at www.ahsaa.com.
CLASS 6A

Game 13: Buckhorn 5, Brookwood 3
   Buckhorn slowly chipped away at a 3-0 deficit, taking its first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brookwood loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame but could not score. Morgan Nowakowski was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Bucks, who advanced to face Gardendale in the Class 6A state finals at Lagoon Park Friday. That game was scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    Kinley Adams and Hannah Carey added two hits each. Kaylee Hawkins recorded the pitching victory.

CLASS 3A

Game 13: Wicksburg 3, Prattville Christian 0
   Wicksburg’s Emily Robinson pitched a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts to get the win for the Panthers. Wicksburg advanced to today’s finals to face Pisgah at 1:15 p.m.
    A single run in the top first inning and two in the fifth was all the offense the Panthers would need. Robinson and Ashton White each went 2-for-3 at the plate and Morgan Roden had a two-run single in the fifth inning.

CLASS 7A

Game 6: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Central-Phenix City 2
    Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Abigail Dorsett was 2-for-4 with a single and a double to lead the way. Hayden Neugent recorded the pitching victory with seven strikeouts.
     Madison Hurt stroked a single and double to lead Central-Phenix City.


Game 7: Auburn 5, Spain Park 4
    
Auburn took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning and held the Jaguars to a single run in the bottom of the frame to get the winner’s bracket win. Hannah Pitts came on in relief to get the pitching win. Spain Park had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. Jada Askew also had two hits for Auburn. Maddie Majors drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Spain Park.

Game 5: Baker 9, Bob Jones 6
     Bob Jones took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Baker outscored the Patriots 9-3 the rest of the way to get the elimination bracket win. Emily Mizelle was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Jillian Robinson and Lauren Lindsay added two hits each. Caitlin McRee scattered 12 hits to get the pitching win.
      For Bob Jones, Alexa Douthitt was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Erin Chambliss drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.

CLASS 5A

Game 7: John Carroll Catholic 3, Rehobeth 2
    John Carroll scored all three runs in the first two innings, then held off Rehobeth for the winner’s bracket win. Alyssa Barnes singled and scored on an RBI-single by Claire Boone in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Rehobeth miscues to add two more runs i­­­n the second inning. Winning pitcher Macey Ogle finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Stephanie Schoonover doubled and scored in the first inning for Rehobeth. She was 2-for-4 at the plate.


Game 10: Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
    Madison Maze pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Mortimer Jordan. A two-run fourth inning with single runs in the top of the second, sixth and seventh frames would be enough offense for the Blue Devils. Maia Townsend was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Danilyn Moore and Anna Purvis added two hits each.

CLASS 1A

Game 4: Brantley 1, Belgreen 0
    Brantley scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning and Lauren Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout to get the first-round victory. Hudson struck out eight and allowed only two hits. She out-dueled Belgreen ace Emma Dempsey, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.
      Brantley scored the lone run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Emory Bush singled and later stole second a third base before scoring on an error.


Game 3: Mars Hill Bible 13, Verbena 0 (5 innings)
     Mars Hill scored 13 runs off 11 hits in the mercy-rule win. Five different players had multiple hits in the game, including Hannah Henry, who doubled in the first inning and homered in the fourth. The Panthers also hit four doubles and took advantage of three Verbena errors in the game. Emma Pettus took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Verbena recorded two hits.

 


Woodlawn’s Breanna Brown Topples AHSAA State Girls High Jump Record in First Day’s State Meet at Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES – Woodlawn High School high jumper Breanna Brown set the state high jump record with a winning height of 5 feet, 10½ inches Thursday night to turn in the top performance as the 95th AHSAA State Track and Field Championships got underway at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
     Brown missed on all three tries to clear 6 feet. The old mark (5-10) was set by Kelly Gregory of Murphy in 1985 and equaled by 20 years later by Raevan Harris of Northridge High School in 2005. It took 13 years before that record finally fell.
    Brown beat the field Thursday by 8½ inches.
     With all but one event completed Thursday night, Vestavia Hills High School held a slim 19.50 to 18 edge over Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A boys’ scoring. Homewood led the 6A competition with 34 points and Helena was second with 21. In Class 5A, Scottsboro led Valley 33-26 With Etowah and Center Point tied for third with 18 points each. And in Class 4A boys’ action, LAMP posted 19 points after two events with the boys’ javelin throw not scored as of press time.
    In the girls’ team standings, Montgomery Catholic had 32 points and Montgomery Academy had 26 in Class 4A. McGill-Toolen Catholic and Thompson were tied in Class 7A with 22 points each with Auburn third with 20 after day one.  Class 5A’s first-day leader was Arab with 24.50 points, followed by UMS-Wright with 22 and Scottsboro with 20.70. Defending state champion Homewood led Pelham by one point, 25-24, in Class 6A.
    The Class 4A/5A/6A/7A state meet kicks off day two Friday morning. The Class 1A/2A/3A State Championships set for Cullman High School begins Friday morning. Both meets are scheduled to conclude Saturday.
     The NFHS Network is live-streaming both championship events over its subscriber-based platform. To subscribe or to get more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Highlights of Thursday’s action at Gulf Shores:

 

CLASS 4A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Senior Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic closed out her domination in this event over the last six years with a 5:01.25 time to win the event. She narrowly missed her state record (4:57.42) set last year.
100-METER DASH: Madison Academy sophomore Liyah Nelson came close to equaling the Class 4A state record (11.98) in the prelims Thursday clocking 12.08 seconds go qualify for the finals.
LONG JUMP: Montgomery Catholic’s Isabelle Cochran won the 4A long jump with a winning leap of 16-11.  The senior also finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.
HIGH JUMP: Senior Julia Rice of DAR cleared 5-02 to win the 4A high jump. Cochran finished second with more misses.
POLE VAULT: White Plains sophomore Savannah Yates cleared 10 feet, 9 inches to take first place over runner-up Isabella Baker of Montgomery Academy, who cleared 10-06.

CLASS 5A GIRLS
100-METER DASH: Brewbaker Tech sophomore Chanice Spicer set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 11.79 in the prelims Thursday. The old 5A record (11.84) was set in 2008 by Ramsay’s Lakeshia Williams.
1,600-METER RUN: Corner freshman Myka Rogers won the event clocking 5:21.10.
POLE VAULT: Senior Lauren Hamm won with a clearance of 11 feet for Scottsboro’s Wildcats.

 

CLASS 6A GIRLS
JAVELIN: Blount senior Karmen Williams set a new Class 6A state meet record with a winning throw of 145 feet, 8 inches. Her winning toss was 5 feet, 7 inches farther than the previous state mark (140-01) set by Hoover’s Chloe White in 2014.
1,600-METER RUN: Homewood’s Lainey Phelps edged Pelham’s Katie Strozier by 72/100th of a second to win the event. The Patriots junior was clocked at 5:02.94, and Strozier, a senior, at 5:03.66.
TRIPLE JUMP: Homewood senior Aiya Finch had a winning leap of 39-03.50 to capture the triple jump title.
100-METER DASH: Senior Jasmine Riley of Park Crossing qualified with the fastest time of the prelims clocking 11.52 seconds. The time was just 5/100ths of a second off the 6A record (11.47) set by Woodlawn sprinter Jasmine Kirkland in 2014.

 

CLASS 7A GIRLS
1,600-METER RUN: Auburn junior Samantha Rogers crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day winning the Class 7A event in 4:57.90.  Thompson senior McKenzie Hogue also came in under five minutes finishing second at 4:58.58.
100-METER DASH: Senior Nicole Payne was just 2/100ths of a second shy of the Class 7 state record (11.73) set by Hope Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville in 2018 with a 11.75 time in the 100-meter prelims Thursday.
TRIPLE JUMP: James Clemens' 
Ashlee Osaji  won the state title with a winning jump of 35-10.50.
DISCUS: McGill-Toolen’s duo of seniors Hannah Daffin and Emily Doyle finished 1-2 with Daffin’s throw of 123-08 winning the event. Doyle’s best was 116-05.

CLASS 4A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: LAMP senior Brett Bonikowski beat DAR junior Kyle Saylor in a photo finish to win the 4A event. Bonikowski crossed the finish line at 4:27.55 and Saylor at 4:27.72.
DISCUS: Mobile Christian junior Josiah Harry won the event with a winning throw of 176-05 – 24 feet better than his closest competitor.
100-METER DASH: Seniors Evan Brooks of Madison Academy and Lee Witherspoon of North Jackson turned in outstanding times of 19,67 and 10.84 seconds, respectively, to qualify 1-2 in the prelims.

 

 

CLASS 5A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro nipped Faith Academy senior Myles Stoots at the finish line by just 16/100th of a second. Atkins was timed at 4:24.40 and Stoots, 4:24.56.
SHOT PUT: Center Point junior Quinterrius Tanksley won the 5A event with a winning toss of 58-04.
JAVELIN: Sophomore Grayson Eady of Russellville had a winning throw of 178 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He had five throws all over 170 feet.
LONG JUMP: Etowah senior Justin Harris cleared 22-02.50 on his second leap to win the 5A long jump title.
TRIPLE JUMP: Valley sophomore Jacquez Trammel captured the title with a winning jump of 46-08. Etowah’s Harris was second (44-06.25).

CLASS 6A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Defending start champion Will Stone came very close to breaking the 6A record set by McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Stephen Dahmer (4:13.67) in 1987 by winning the 1,600 Thursday in 4:15.76. The senior beat runner-up and sophomore teammate Crawford Hope, who finished second with a 4:19.64 time.
100-METER DASH: Mae Jemison’s Tyler Davis turned in the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with 10.49 seconds. Brantan Barnett of Opelika and Javis Atchison of Baldwin County qualified 2-3 with times of 10.67 seconds. All three sprinters are seniors. Aaron Ernest of Homewood set the 6A record (10.33) in 2011.
HIGH JUMP: For competitors cleared 6-06, but all missed at 6-08. Emerging as the winner was Helena senior Jonah Hyde, who cleared the winning height on his first jump. Tony Toney of Mae Jemison, Josh Thomas of Homewood and Stephon May, also of Homewood, all cleared 6-06 but finished 2-3-4 in order based on misses.
 
CLASS 7A BOYS
1,600-METER RUN: Sophomore Ethan Strand of Vestavia Hills won the 7A event in 4:18.63, only 81/100th of  second off the 7A state record time (4:17.82) set by Benjamin Knox of Hewitt-Trussville in 2016.  Nick Cici of Huntsville, a senior, finished second to Strand with a very  fast 4:19.96 time.
100-METER DASH: Senior Charles Lewis of Sparkman nearly equaled the Class 7A record he set at last year’s state championships sprinting 10.55 Thursday. His record time last year was 10.53 seconds. Kamaron McDaniel, a Spain Park senior, qualified second with a 10.68 time – setting up what could be an exciting finish in the finals.
POLE VAULT: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan made it a sweep winning the Class 7A pole vault by clearing 15-06 Thursday. He won the indoor state title clearing the same height at the CrossPlex last February.
SHOT PUT: Spain Park senior Matthew Gray won the event with a winning toss of 58-08, just 4 ½ inches shy of the 7A state record (59-0.50) set by Vestavia Hills’ Walter  Thomas in 2016.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Josh Whyte had a time of 12.49 seconds and completed the 200-meter dash in 25.32. Whyte, competing in his third event Thursday, threw the shot 29 feet, 1 inch and earned three points for the Tigers for his efforts in all three events.
100-METER DASH (AMBULATORY): Auburn’s Ayan Merchant completed the race in 14.92 seconds and finished the 200 in 31.47. He also had a shot put toss of 26-02.50 and also earned three points in the three events for Auburn.

 


LONG JUMP: Hewitt-Trussville sophomore Julian Collins had a winning jump of 23-05. Hoover’s J’Marri McCall was second at 23-00.25.
 


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

CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Talladega 60, West Limestone 48

CLASS 4A BOYS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Talladega 60, West Limestone 48
    BIRMINGHAM – Talladega High School outscored West Limestone 35-20 in the second half Thursday night on the way to a 60-48 victory in the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 4A boys’ finals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
     And in the process, the Tigers handed veteran Coach Chucky Miller the school’s first state boys title.  Miller, who has a compiled a 759-340 record in his very successful career, is part of the winningest father-son coaching tandem in the AHSAA. His dad Chuck Miller, a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, won 704 games in his outstanding career – mostly at Talladega. Chuck Miller passed away last Year. The two combined to coached 1,463 victories.
    Class 4A state tourney MVP D’Corian Wilson had 19 points in the finals with four assists, six rebounds and two 3-pointers. Arron Greene added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Simmons had eight points and nine rebounds and Rontavious Barclay had eight points and two steals.
    West Limestone (21-14), coached by Justin Taylor, led 28-25 at the half, but the intense Talladega defensive pressure limited the Wildcats to just four made baskets in the second half. Braden Tuten had 11 points, including three treys, and handed out three assists for West Limestone. Marshall Carter had 10 points, two assists and two steals, and Camryn Williams totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. River Helms also had six points and a game-high five assists.

    The Class 4A All-Tourney Team included: D’Corian Wilson, Talladega (MVP); Kobe Simmons, Talladega; Arron Greene, Talladega; River Helms, West Limestone; Braden Tuten, West Limestone; and Martez Jones, B.T. Washington.
    The final day of championship action at the 97th AHSAA State Basketball Championships gets underway Saturday at the Legacy Arena girls’ and boys’ finals in Class 5A, 6A and 7A. Madison Academy (28-7) and Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3) open the at 9 a.m. in the Class 5A girls’ finals.  Two-time defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook (31-3) faces Baker (21-13) in the 7A boys’ finals at 5:45 p.m., in the final game of the 2019 state tourney.
    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



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

SATURDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCHEDULE
Class 5A Girls Finals
Madison Academy (28-7) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (27-3), 9 a.m.
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