MONTGOMERY – AHSAA member schools tuned up for this week’s 49th AHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships with strong showings in last weekend’s Last Chance Invitational meet held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Grabbing this week’s AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight at the Last Chance meet were Tanner King of Class 4A Northside and Jasmine Griffin of Class 6A Homewood.
Hoover High School’s boys, going for their third consecutive AHSAA Indoor Class 7A State Championship this weekend, won the Last Chance Classic title with 81 points Chapel Hill (NC) was second with 64. Hewitt-Trussville was fourth with 44 points and Central-Phenix City was sixth with 37.
Defending Class 6A state girls’ indoor champion Homewood was second to Miller Grove (GA) at the CrossPlex’s final regular-season meet of the prep season. Miller Grove totaled 72 points, the Patriots had 58 and Hoover’s girls were third with 52. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs will be attempting to extend their current indoor state championship meet winning streak to six state titles in a row. Hoover has won the first four 7A indoor girls’ crowns and won the 6A championship in 2014 – one year before the AHSAA moved from six classes to seven.
The AHSAA state meet gets underway Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex the Coaches’ meeting at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday’s events get underway at 8 a.m. The NFHS Network is expanding its coverage this year from one day to both days and will have veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the broadcast duties each day.
Approximately 3,000 student-athletes will be in the competition in four divisions. Defending state champions are: (7A) Hoover’s boys and girls; (6A) Homewood’s boys and Homewood girls; (4A/5A) St. Paul’s Episcopal girls and Guntersville’s boys. (1A/3A) American Christian’s boys and girls. Coach Jim Tate’s Saints has moved up to Class 6A and Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots will be competing in the 4A/5A division.
The field this weekend will be impressive, led by Montgomery Catholic senior distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa and Oak Mountain senior high junior high jumper Trey Allen.
Tyynismaa, one of the state’s most accomplished runners, holds the fastest time of the season in the 1,600 meters. She clocked 5:01.84 in the Holiday Invitational in December. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James turned in the best 3,200 time of the regular season with a 10:52.52 time at the VA Showcase two weeks ago. Katie Strozier of Pelham has the AHSAA’s top 800 meters time (2:14.33), winning the Last Chance Classic 6A/7A race just three seconds off the CrossPlex record. Oak Mountain senior Nicole Payne won the Last Chance 400-meter dash with a meet-record 55.03 time. Her 54.88 performance in the Ice Breaker Meet on Jan. 5 is the AHSAA’s fastest time of the year.
Allen’s 7-0 leap in the MLK Classic is the best high-jump effort of the season across the nation. Hoover’s Kyle Smith cleared 6-06 to win the Last Chance meet competition. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior David Dolan cleared 15-03 for the state’s best pole vault performance of the season to win the Last Chance meet. Senior Will Stone of Homewood, who posted a 4:19.04 time in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker meet, won last weekend with a 4:19.24. He also set Last Chance meet and CrossPlex record with a 9:15.14 in the 3,200 meters race.
Mae Jemison senior Tyler Davis won the 60-meter dash last weekend with a 6.87 time. He was just 9/100ths of a second behind Trey Cunningham’s state and national record time set in the Last Chance meet in 2017.
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Xpress Timing, directed by Dan Passen, will provide live stats results throughout the state meet with the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based live stream available through its subscriber program. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com
BIRMINGHAM – Thompson, Oxford and Scottsboro each posted victories Friday night in the AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament finals at Bill Harris Arena at the CrossPlex.
Thompson posted 45-12 triumph over Bob Jones to claim the Class 7A Duals title. Oxford picked two pins in the final two matches to top Gardendale 42-27 in the 6A finals and Scottsboro defeated Saint James 50-24.
Manny Oliver of the Warriors had the quickest pin of the night (22 seconds) with his win over Manuel Marrero of Bob Jones in the 7A 132-pound match. Thompson had four pins overall.
In the 6A finals, Oxford broke open a 31-27 match with Octavius Adair winning over over Gardendale’s Nate Crim at 195 pounds with a 20-2 technical falal and Kobe Shumaker pinning Jeremy Simpon at 220 pounds at 1:20.
Saint James’ Gabe Robbins had second quickest pin of the night winning the 138-pound Class 1A-5A match over Scottsboro’s Aaron Clark in just 31 seconds. The Wildcats dominated the match otherwise with Kolton Clark pinning Bennett Blankenship in 43 seconds at 182 pounds and defending heavyweight state champion Bradford Womack winning the first match of the night with a pin at 44 seconds over Taylor Penney in the 285-pound finals.
AHSAA 2019 Duals Wrestling Tournament Finals
Scottsboro 50, Saint James 24
Oxford 42, Gardendale 27
Thompson 51, Bob Jones 12
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS
CLASS 7A: THOMPSON 52, BOB JONES 12
106 - Zaderian Toney (Bob Jones) over Yanni Vines (Thompson HS) Dec 3-1
113 - Dylan Lesueur (Thompson HS) over Zaevian Toney (Bob Jones) Maj 11-2
120 - James Latona (Thompson HS) over Jim Wilson (Bob Jones) Dec 6-5
126 - Chandler Akins (Thompson HS) over Ryan West (Bob Jones) TF 16-0
132 - Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson HS) over Manuel Marrero (Bob Jones) Fall 0:22
138 - Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson HS) over Abe Alrefai (Bob Jones) Fall 6:0
145 - Jordan Whalen (Bob Jones) over Braydon Gray (Thompson HS) Fall 0:55
152 - Josiah Campbell (Thompson HS) over Raequan Mccray (Bob Jones) Dec 3-1
160 - Derek Hussey (Thompson HS) over Gabriel Pittman (Bob Jones) TF 18-2
170 - Ashunti Perry (Thompson HS) over Cal Francovitch (Bob Jones) Maj 17-9
182 - George Francovitch (Bob Jones) over Tyler Gilson (Thompson HS) Dec 9-6
195 - Michael Jackson (Thompson HS) over Nick Mothersele (Bob Jones) Fall 2:40
220 - Isaac Mcadams (Thompson HS) over Jordan Aycock (Bob Jones) Fall 2:55
285 - Jeremiah Coney (Thompson HS) over Josh Guyton (Bob Jones) Dec 4-3
CLASS 6A: OXFORD 42, GARDENDALE 27
106 - Melton Powe (Gardendale Hs) over Garrett Howell (Oxford) Dec 9-7
113 - Alex Webb (Gardendale Hs) over Kash Hornsby (Oxford) Fall 1:21
120 - Kaleb Shelton (Oxford) over Vincet Zeigler (Gardendale Hs) Fall 4:38
126 - Landon Burrage (Oxford) over Luis Pribyl (Gardendale Hs) Dec 4-3
132 - Wesley Slick (Oxford) over Devyn Scoggins (Gardendale Hs) Dec 14-7
138 - Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) over Keenan Wyatt (Gardendale Hs) Maj 11-1
145 - Chase Hicks (Oxford) over Dalton Brazeel (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:11
152 - Reed Hill (Oxford) over Russ Boackle (Gardendale Hs) Dec 6-0
160 - Carson Kim (Gardendale Hs) over Kendrick Young (Oxford) Fall 4:35
170 - Tristen Latham (Oxford) over Isaac Gillis (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:55
182 - Derrick Orvik (Gardendale Hs) over Keeshon Siaosi (Oxford) Fall 4:45
195 - Octavius Adair (Oxford) over Nate Crim (Gardendale Hs) TF 20-2
220 - Kobe Shumaker (Oxford) over Jeremy Simpson (Gardendale Hs) Fall 1:02
285 - Trevon Tanniehill (Gardendale Hs) over Jalen Bradford (Oxford) Fall 1:07
CLASS 1A/5A: SCOTTSBORO 50, SAINT JAMES 24
106 - Mason Mckenzie (Scottsboro) over Tennison Norton (St James) Fall 0:41
113 - Clinton Stewert (Scottsboro) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
120 - Granger Hicks (St James) over Aiden Goggans (Scottsboro) Fall 1:23
126 - Jordan Porter (Scottsboro) over Wes Christie (St James) Fall 4:00
132 - Jackson Howard (St James) over Russell Proctor (Scottsboro) Dec 9-4
138 - Gabe Robbins (St James) over Aaron Clark (Scottsboro) Fall 0:31
145 - Trey Gaines (St James) over Trent Earnest (Scottsboro) Fall 1:02
152 - Leland Talbert (St James) over Tanner Shelton (Scottsboro) SV-1 5-3
160 - Connor Calfee (Scottsboro) over Travis Hamilton (St James) Maj 9-1
170 - Damian Ramirez (Scottsboro) over Mac Johnson (St James) Maj 11-3
182 - Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) over Bennett Blankenship (St James) Fall 0:43
195 - Trevian Billingsley (Scottsboro) over Jake Rice (St James) Fall 1:58
220 - Caleb Anderson (Scottsboro) over Matt Prater (St James) Fall 0:52
285 - Bradford Womack (Scottsboro) over Taylor Penney (St James) Fall 0:44
PELHAM – Southside-Gadsden High School edged Thompson by just three pins in the finals Friday afternoon to claim the Lady Panthers’ third consecutive AHSAA State Girls’ Bowling Championship at Oak Mountain Lanes.
Southside, coached by Zachary Blume, totaled 1,329 pins with Cheyanne Bohannon and Grace Ann Clontz posting games of 171 each in the traditional round of the Baker Format finals. Thompson, which totaled 1,326 pins, was led Jillian Hulsey’s 188 in the traditional round. Her four-game traditional total (849) topped all bowlers. Southside’s Grace Ann Clontz totaled 736 in her four traditional games.
Vestavia Hills won its first boys’ state title in a close championship battle with East Limestone – winning by 35 pins. The Rebels totaled a 1,538 and the Indians had a 1,503 final score. The finals closed out the most competitive State Bowling Championship in its four-year history.
The Rebels used a balanced team effort led by Beau Reed, Boris Lu and Cameron Monistere. Reed rolled 219 in the traditional round of the final match and finished the day with an 827 total in four traditional games. Monistere had a 233 in the final match. Lu finished totaled 763 in his four traditional games and Monistere had a 769. East Limestone’s Austin Turner shot a 241 in the final round and had a four-game total to 827 to lead all boys’ participants. Teammate Justin Lewis had a 213 to finish the day with a 746 total.
Thompson’s girls got a big boost in the semifinals when Hulsey, a junior, rolled an AHSAA state record 289 in the traditional round as the Lady Warriors (1,434) moved to the finals with a 54-pin win over Sparkman (1,380). Hulsey had a spare on the first frame, then nailed nine strikes in a row and finished with a spare on her final roll to break the old mark by 11 pins.
The two teams also set a state record for Baker Format match – combining for 2,814 pins. The previous high match score (2,584) in the state tourney was set by Sparkman and Stanhope Elmore in 2018.
Southside-Gadsden and Sparkman combined for 2,597 pins in a North Regional match last week to set the overall mark heading into the state tourney and Sparkman’s 1,308 – 1,305 win over Stanhope Elmore in the first round Friday eclipsed that mark by 16 pins (2,613).
East Limestone (1,483), the North Region boys’ champion last week, knocked off Hewitt-Trussville (1,460) in the quarterfinals by 23 pins in what was perhaps the top boys’ single match of the day. The Huskies captured top seed on Thursday and finished second to the Pirates in the North Regional finals.
The girls’ top match also came in the quarterfinals with Sparkman edging Stanhope Elmore by three pins – 1,308 to 1.305.
Hoover’s P.J. Rudolph had a 267 in the quarterfinals for the top single game in the boys’ Friday competition.
MONTGOMERY -- Three boys’ basketball coaches share the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight this week for clinching milestone wins.
AHSAA Hall of Famer Raymond White, who retired following the 2017 season after notching 794 coaching victories at Barbour County, came out retirement after one season to take over Carroll High School’s basketball program. After a 1-7 start for the Class 5A Eagles, White has turned the Carroll program around going 7-6 since with three wins in the team’s last four appearances. Carroll presented him with victory No. 800 with a 61-59 win over Dale County. White has since won two more games and has an 802-314 career record heading into this weekend’s games.
Talladega High School Coach Chucky Miller recorded the 750th win of his outstanding career last week with an 82-55 win over Lincoln. The Tigers (18-5) opened the Talladega County Tourney earlier this week with beating Lincoln again 69-48. Miller led Talladega to the Class 5A State Tournament semifinals finishing the year with a 733-332 career slate. He now is 751-337. He and his father Chuck Miller, a Hall of Fame coach who passed away in 2018, are the only father-son duo in AHSAA history to register 700 coaching wins. Chuck retired from coaching with 704 wins.
And Mark Blevins, currently in his third season as head coach at Buckhorn High School after an outstanding coaching career with stops at Bearden (TN), Johnson County (TN) and Bluefield College (VA), saw the Bucks beat Spain Park 57-47 at Wallace-Hanceville for his 900th win.
Blevins’ record at Buckhorn (21-5) in three seasons is 60-25. He had 589 wins in 23 seasons at Bearden, 50 wins at Johnson County in two seasons and had 201 college wins at Bluefield College.
He inherited a once-proud program at Buckhorn that had suffered three straight losing seasons before his arrival. The Bucks went from 6-20 the year before he arrived to 16-13 his first season in 2016-17, improved to 23-7 last season and opened this season with 11 straight wins.
Also nominated for the AHSAA Spotlight this week are:
MIRIAM OLDACRE, WEST POINT: Scored 17 points as the Lady Warriors beat Russellville 72-34 to claim the Class 5A, Area 14 title and the right to host the area tourney. West Point had 10 3-pointers in the contest. Coach John Welborn’s team has outscored its area opponents this year 461-204 in its six area games this season.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Totaled 29 points, five assists, six steals and five rebounds in the Rams’ 62-42 win over Shades Valley and followed with 21 points, four assists and three steals in a 51-40 triumph versus Carver-Montgomery.
KAITLYIN REYES, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Scored 26 points, all in the first half, in A 64-22 win over B.T. Washington Magnet went over 2,000 points in her career. She had 2,011 career points, a PCA school record, after last week’s games.
DEVANA DODD, SPARKMAN: Recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 72-61 win at Grissom.
ARIANA HART, MINOR: Scored 26 points in a 55-54 win over Jackson-Olin.
BRE’ANNA RDHOES, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Posted 26 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's 59-53 loss at Park Crossing. The Wolverines (10-9), after a 51-40 loss to Carver-Birmingham on Saturday, host Sidney Lanier on Tuesday.
GABBY PERKINS, BRANTLEY: Had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 52-51 Bulldogs’ home loss to Florala. Teammate River Baldwin had 25 points on a 12-of-14 shooting performance. And registered six steals, six assists, six blocked shots and six rebounds.
HOPE GUNTER, PLEASANT HOME: Tied a season high with 18 points and added five steals in a 52-15 win at Red Level.
MARGARET HEAD, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-45 win over Saint James. Gabby Ramirez added 17 points for the Eagles.
KAMERON WOODS, PINSON VALLEY: Was 12-of-15 at the foul line en route to a 35-point performance as the Indians fell 66-57 to Wenonah (20-3) at the MLK Classic hosted at Fairfield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Had 57 points in three wins – over Highland Home, Greenville and arch-rival Central-Hayneville. He had 21 in the 68-60 win over Central to help the Tigers (20-6) clinch their first 20-win season since 2006-07.
KOBE BROWN, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Scored 30 points as the Generals downed Buckhorn 70-50.
QUINN CLOANE, LAMP: Had 20 points and six steals in a 54-42 win over Trinity on Tuesday and followed with 23 points and seven steals in a 47-45 victory over Alabama Christian to help LAMP improve their winning streak to 12 in a row.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Had 33 points, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, in a 66-54 win over Pelham and added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Eagles past Helena 84-55.
C.J. MELTON, HOOVER: Had 20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 66-55 win over Tuscaloosa County and had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-47 victory over Oak Mountain.
JALON MOORE, GARDENDALE: Had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets past Jasper 59-45 and scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 58-53 win over Carver-Birmingham.
MALIK TYRSON, SPARKMAN: Had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-40 win over Gadsden City.
AHSAA Regional Bowling Championships
PELHAM – Vestavia Hills and East Limestone high schools headline the boys’ teams while Thompson and two-time defending champion Southside-Gadsden highlight the girls’ competition as the fourth annual AHSAA State Bowling Championships begin today at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes.
All four teams captured regional titles last week with Vestavia and Thompson taking the South Regional crowns. East Limestone and Southside captured North Regional titles. Defending boys’ state champion Buckhorn is also back as one of the 16 boys’ qualifiers.
A total of 16 teams qualified for boys’ and girls’ divisions as the state meet kicks of the first-day traditional round of bowling at 12:30 p.m. All 32 teams will be bowling at the same time – with bowlers rolling three traditional rounds. Team totals will then seed each team in a 16-team championship bracket for Friday’s Baker format team competition.
Championship match play for boys and girls begins at 8 a.m., Friday, with the finals set for 5 p.m.
Teams advancing to the state meet include:
North Qualifiers: East Limestone (Regional Champ); Hewitt-Trussville (Regional Runner-up); Buckhorn; Gadsden City; Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; James Clemens; Southside-Gadsden; Sparkman.
South Qualifiers: Vestavia Hills (Regional Champ); Hoover (Regional Runner-up); Auburn; Baker; Mary Montgomery; Spain Park; Stanhope Elmore; Thompson.
MONTGOMERY -- Trey Allen of Oak Mountain High School captured the AHSAA Indoor Track Spotlight last week with his record-setting 6-foot, 11-inch high jump earlier this month.
He was at it again last Monday the Martin Luther King (MLK) Classic at the Birmingham CrossPlex – making history one more time when he became the first high school athlete to clear 7 feet. Allen’s performance came in the Class 6A/7A division of the meet that annually highlights the MLK Holiday.
The AHSAA Indoor State Meet record is 6-10¼ -- held by three high jumpers: JuVaughn Blake of Columbia (2017); Tyler Boswell, Hoover (2006); and Mitch Dozier, Homewood (1981).
Allen’s 7-foot leap is currently the best jump in the nation this outdoor season, according to Alabama Runners/Milesplit website. Alabama Runners captured Allen’s milestone achievement on Monday and it can be seen at www.alabamarunners.com. Jonah Hyde of Helena also tied the MLK Classic previous high jump mark clearing 6-06 to finish second to Allen. The previous MLK Classic record was (6-06) was set by Kyle Smith of Hoover in 2018.
The MLK Classic competition was fierce with 83 elite performances among the competitors. Hoover posted 69.50 points to win the boys’ competition over Northridge (67). Ramsay was finished second with 58 points in the girls’ competition to Campbell High School of Smyrna (GA). Campbell’s Ashton Lindley, a junior, won the Class 6A/7A 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds, and McKenzie Kelley won the 400-meter dash in 56.52 to lead Campbell’s effort.
Other top performances at the MLK Classic included:
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Finished second to Madison Central (GA) sprinter Kennedi Sanders in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.70. Sanders won at 7.56.
CHANICE SPICER, BREWBAKER TECH: Won the 1A/5A 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash with excellent times of 7.77 and 57.43, respectively.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Won the 1A/5A 800 meters with the girls’ fastest time of the meet (2:16.59). She also won the 3,200 meters with clocking 11:29.14. She holds the CrossPlex record with a time of 10:32.94 in the 2015 AHSAA State Indoor Championships.
ASHLEE OSAJI, JAMES CLEMENS: Set an MLK Classic record with a leap of 18-09.25 in the Class 6A/7A long jump, just one inch shy of the CrossPlex overall high school girls’ record.
JAYLAN STINSON, OPELIKA: Sprinted to the 60-meter dash title in the 6A/7A division with a winning time of 6.98 seconds, just 20/100ths of a second off the record set by current Florida State runner Trey Cunningham of Winfield in 2017. Stinson also clocked 49.894 to edge Hoover’s Jonathan Martin in the 400-meter dash (40.897) for the win and grabbed his third gold in the long jump with a winning leap of 22-00.75.
ISAIAH McKISSIC, BEAUREGARD: Cleared 6-04 in the Class 1A/5A high jump to win the event.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: Won the Class 6A/7A division 800 meters with a 1:58.69 time at the MLK Classic.
VINCENT TAYLOR, NORTHRIDGE: Set a new 6A/7A MLK Classic record in the triple jump with a winning leap of 48-11. Current Auburn University football standout Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville set the record in 2017 with a 48-07.50 leap. He still holds the overall CrossPlex record (50-03) set in the 2017 State Indoor Championships.
· Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).
· Approved expenses for the State Basketball Tournament
· Approved increasing Coaches Championship Banquet tickets from $35 to $40.
· Heard an NFHS E-Sports Update.
· Was updated about Content Management software
· Heard a report from AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones concerning an NFHS survey comparing Contest Officials’ compensation.
· Heard a report from Daniel Smith and Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2019 State Basketball Tournament.
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