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Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE

 HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

NEWS RELEASE

Several Equipment Changes Highlight

High School Basketball Rules Changes 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Theresia Wynns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms. 

Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.     

In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.

“It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”

The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle.  

“This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

              According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.

 

 

 

 

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

 

 

 

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                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

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                                                      Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

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Players Selected for First AHSADCA Basketball Showcase Set for June 22

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

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

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

      The complete list of players can be found at:


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Pisgah’s Annie Hughes, Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Named ASWA Miss Basketball & Mr. Basketball

      MONTGOMERY – Pisgah High School senior guard Annie Hughes and Mountain Brook senior forward Trendon Watford were named Miss and Mr. Basketball, respectively, at the Alabama Sportswriters Association (ASWA) luncheon Tuesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. AHSAA corporate partner ALFA Insurance sponsored the luncheon which is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      Hughes, an Auburn signee, was also named the Class 3A Girls’ Player of the Year by the ASWA and was recently named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and Al.com Girls’ Player of the Year. She led Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, to the 2018 and 2019 Class 3A state titles, earning state Tourney MVP each year. She averaged 21.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior.
      Pisgah went 65-2 over the past two seasons. Hughes is the first player from a school in a classification smaller than 5A to win Miss Basketball since Hayden Hamby of 3A West Morgan in 2011. Hughes is also the first Jackson County player to win in the 32-year history of the award.
    The 6-foot-9 Watford, also named the Class 7A Boys’ Player of the Year by the ASWA, was selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America Game March 27 and was unable to attend Tuesday’s luncheon. He led the Spartans to three straight Class 7A state basketball championships – earning MVP honors all three years.
   He averaged 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a senior. He finished his career as the AHSAA career rebounding leader with 1,909 and had 3,783 career points. He also had 285 career blocked shots and had 155 career 3-pointers.
     Emily Westlake accepted for Watford. The annual awards banquet was presented by ALFA Insurance.
     Watford, who is still uncommitted, became just the fourth repeat winner of the ASWA Mr. Basketball Award. The others are John Petty of Butler (2016) and Mae Jemison (2017) high schools; Trevor Lacey of Butler (2010 and 2011); and Ronald Steele of John Carroll Catholic (2003 and 2004).    
    Hughes gathered 52 points in the Miss Basketball balloting of the ASWA All-State Committee. Finishing second was Spain Park’s Barker (46), followed by Pleasant Home’s Baldwin (45), Joiya Maddox of Hoover (10) and Hazel Green’s Snodgrass (9). These five comprise the ASWA Super 5 All-State Team for 2019.
    Watford led the ASWA Boys’ Super 5 All-State Team with 11 first-place votes and 66 total points. Rounding out Top 5 were Kobe Brown of Lee-Huntsville (27), Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery (27), Kam Woods, Pinson Valley (20) and Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery (19).
   The ASWA named a player of the year for boys and girls in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA. Those recipients included:

 ASWA Class Boys’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook
Class 6A: Kameron Woods, Pinson Valley
Class 5A: Cameron Tucker, Wenonah
Class 4A: Kobe Simmons, Talladega
Class 3A: Auston Leslie, Westminster Christian
Class 2A: Jayden Stone, Sacred Heart Catholic
Class 1A: Noah Boler, Decatur Heritage
AISA: Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy

 ASWA Girls Class ’ Players of the Year
Class 7A: Sarah Ashlee Barker, Spain Park
Class 6A: Marisa Snodgrass, Hazel Green
Class 5A: Quintasia Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa
Class 4A: Kathleen Wheeler, Priceville
Class 3A: Annie Hughes, Pisgah
Class 2A: Elizabeth Hill, Cold Springs
Class 1A: River Baldwin, Pleasant Home
AISA: Kelsey Curry, Tuscaloosa Academy

Alabama Sportswriters Association
Miss Basketball Recipients (1988-2019)
2019 – Annie Hughes, Pisgah
2018 - Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery
2017 – Bianca Jackson, Brew Tech
2016 – Jasmine Walker, Jeff Davis
2015 - Shaquera Wade, Huntsville
2014 - Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga
2013 - Marqu’es Webb, Hoover

2012 - Jasmine Jones, Bob Jones

2011 - Hayden Hamby, West Morgan

2010 - Kaneisha Horn, Ramsay

2009 - Jala Harris, Bob Jones

2008 - Courtney Jones, Midfield

2007 - Katherine Graham, Ramsay

2006 - Shanavia Dowdell, Calera

2005 - Whitney Boddie, Florence

2004 - Starr Orr, Speake

2003 - Sidney Spencer, Hoover

2002 - Kate Mastin, Boaz

2001 - Donyel Wheeler, Huffman

2000 - Natasha Thomas, Lawrence County

1999 - Tasheika Morris, Butler

1998 - Gwen Jackson, Eufaula

1997 - April Nance, Butler

1996 - Nicole Carruth, Sulligent

1995 - Heather Mayes, Fyffe

1994 - Pam Duncan, Carrollton

1993 - Leah Monteith, Cherokee County

1992 - Yolanda Watkins, Decatur

1991 - Tonya Tice, Hamilton

1990 - Karen Killen, Mars Hill Bible

1989 - Leslie Claybrook, St. James

1988 - Jeaniece Slater, Hartselle

Mr. Basketball Recipients (1985-2019)

2019 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2018 - Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook

2017 - John Petty, Mae Jemison

2016 - John Petty, J.O. Johnson

2015 – Dazon Ingram, Theodore

2014 - William Lee, Dallas County

2013 - De’Runnya Wilson, Wenonah

2012 - Craig Sword, Carver-Montgomery

2011 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2010 - Trevor Lacey, Butler

2009 - Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy

2008 - JaMychal Green, St. Jude

2007 - Courtney Fortson, Jeff Davis

2006 - Stanley Robinson, Huffman

2005 - Richard Hendrix, Athens

2004 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2003 - Ronald Steele, John Carroll

2002 - Kennedy Winston, Blount

2001 - Chris White, Grissom

2000 - Gerald Wallace, Childersburg

1999 - Marvin Stone, Grissom

1998 - Sam Haginas, UMS-Wright

1997 - Anthony Williams, Loachapoka

1996 - Isaac Spencer, Jeff Davis

1995 - Brian Williams, Jeff Davis

1994 - Rod Willie, Lee-Huntsville

1993 - Howard Pride, Butler

1992 - Darryl Wilson, South Lamar

1991 - Victor Newman, Houston Academy

1990 - Cedric Moore, Woodlawn

1989 - Queintonia Higgins, Fairhope

1988 - Terrance Lewis, Ramsay

1987 - Bryant Lancaster, Valley

1986 - Larry Rembert, Keith

1985 - Vincent Robinson, Bridgeport


Alabama Boys 107, Mississippi Boys 90

    MONTGOMERY  – Strong inside play in the second half by Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford and Lee-Montgomery’s Demond Robinson and a superb performance by Wenonah High School guard  Cameron Tucker helped Alabama’s Boys All-Stars  storm from behind in the second half to beat Mississippi 107-90  in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball series Friday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
      Both teams came in with 14 wins in the series which began in 1991. Mississippi won last year’s game at Mississippi College in Clinton (MS) and was riding a three-game winning streak coming into this year’s game.
      That streak looked like it might extend to four games with Mississippi’s strong first-half finish to take a 47-39 lead in at halftime – chiefly on Jaylen Forbes’ three long-distance 3-pointers. The Florence guard had 11 points at the half.  He finished the game with 20 points, including four treys and a 6-of-6 free-throw shooting effort for Mississippi.
     Alabama outscored Mississippi 68-43 after intermission. Tucker scored 16 his 18 points in the first half to keep Alabama, coached by Carver-Montgomery’s James “J.J.” Jackson and Mountain Brook’s Bucky McMillan, close.  He earned Alabama MVP honors sinking 6-of-8 field goals, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had two assists and three steals.
     Robinson scored 12 points, had nine rebounds and four blocked shots, and Watford had 13 points and 12 rebounds. He had all 12 rebounds in the second half.  LeFlore’s DeAntoni Gordon chipped in 14 points, JaLon Johnson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa had 10 points while Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery, Desmond Williams of Brewbaker Tech and Brandon Nicholas of Mae Jemison each had eight points. Lee-Huntsville’s Kobe Brown added seven. Williams also had seven rebounds and three steals.  Alabama out-rebounded Mississippi 60-54.
    Mississippi, coached by Darren Chancellor od Florence and Bruce Robinson of Warren Central, got 20 points from Canton’s Brandon Weatherspoon, who also sank four 3-pointers. D. J. Washington of Greenville added 11 points and John Rawls of East Marion had eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. Guard Earl Smith of Lanier also had eight points and four assists.

Alabama Girls 101, Mississippi Girls 82

    MONTGOMERY  – Alabama All-Star 6-foot-5 center River Baldwin of Pleasant Home had a double-double by the half as Alabama’s girls rolled past Mississippi 101-82 to take a 15-14 lead in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball series Friday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
      Both teams came in with 14 wins in the series which began in 1991. Alabama has now won two in a row going over 100 points in both games. Alabama won 109-96 last year at Mississippi College in Clinton (MS).
      Baldwin, a McDonald’s All-America selection and Florida State signee, finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, two blocked shots and altered several others as Alabama kept the lead from start to finish. Wenonah forward Thaniya Marks, a Grambling State commitment added 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. She was 7-of-10 at the foul line.
     Jaylyn Sherrod of Ramsay, a Colorado signee, was 10-of-15 at the foul line and had 15 total points. Hoover’s Skyla Knight and Pisgah’s Annie Hughes added 10 points each, and Ramsay’s Aniyah Smith had nine.  Knight will play collegiately at Arkansas-Little Rock, Hughes is heading to Auburn and Smith to Alabama State. Hughes had an all-around strong game with eight re bounds and two blocked shots. Knight handed out three assists and had two steals and Smith grabbed eight rebounds.
    Alabama, coached by Tim Miller of Hazel Green High School and Tammy West of Cold Springs, out-rebounded Mississippi 73-59 and made 32-of-54 free throws.
    Mississippi, coached by Shayne Linzy of Lafayette and Vicki Rutland of Lawrence County, got 16 points each from Hannah White of Columbus and Jayla Alexander of Pearl. White earned Mississippi MVP honors with a 7-of-8 free-throw performance, four rebounds and just one turnover while handling the ball at the point much of the game.  Alexander had two steals and was 4-of-5 at the foul line. Starkville’s Jalisa Outlaw also had 10 points and seven rebounds. Mississippi was 25-of-92 from the floor (27.2%) against Alabama’s swarming defense and was 27-of-36 shooting free throws.
    Alabama is now 3-2 in all-star games played at Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Contest Official Johnny Robertson’s Work On-and-Off the Court has been Priceless

10th of an 11-Part Series introducing the HOF Class of 2019

By BILL PLOTT

            For nearly an amazing half century, John Irvin Robertson has served as an Alabama high school sports contest official.
           His important contributions have not gone unnoticed. Robertson was selected to be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019. The induction banquet will be held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on March 18 at 6:30 p.m.  A press conference to meet all the inductees will be at 5:30 p.m., at the Renaissance. Both events will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the Goshen High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program with Stephanie Snyder as executive producer.
           A native of Montgomery, Robertson graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1965. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Auburn University in 1969.

           He began his career as an official in 1971, starting with basketball, which he continued until 1999.  Robertson officiated 17 of 18 state tournaments from 1982-99. A year later, he added football and baseball. He also worked both indoor and outdoor state track meets for many years. He was awarded a Lifetime Honorary Membership in the Mid-State Officials Association in 1987 and received an AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

            Robertson has spent the last 30 years serving the AHSAA in various off-the-court training and mentoring roles. In 1981, he became a state rules clinician and has been a regional tournament officials’ coordinator since the inception of the regional tournament format in 1994. Robertson has also served as South-Central District Director for basketball since 1999.  In 2008, he added duties as the State Basketball Rules Interpreter and State Basketball Camp Director.

            In a letter of recommendation, former AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer wrote: “Johnny has worked with the AHSAA as a football and basketball official for 30-plus years. He has been assigned to and officiated numerous championship contests. Johnny has also served on the AHSAAA officiating staff for years as a clinician, state rules interpreter, camp instructor and district director. He has helped assign and coordinate the officials at the basketball state tournament for a number of years. Johnny has been an integral part of the AHSAA as a volunteer helping us in the administration of several other events including the all-star events.”
           Brewer said Robertson’s love of sports and its ability to mold young people has been evident in involvement in officiating – from calling games to training officials. He credits Robertson for making a major difference in the quality of officiating in Alabama.

            “Johnny is an outstanding citizen and is cherished for working with the children of this state as well as the adults who work with the children. He has never failed to help the AHSAA when asked, and we hope he will be around for a long time to come.”

Steve Bailey, of the Central Alabama Sports Commission, described Robertson as a man who “truly exhibits a servant’s heart.” He added: “I have known Johnny for over 20 years, having worked with him mainly in my time as Director of the Athletic Directors & Coaches Association of the AHSAA. During those years, He was involved in observing, training and evaluating officials during regional and state tournaments. Johnny has been an official in the sports of football and basketball for over 30 years and appeared in numerous state championship games. Many young and upcoming officials have benefitted from his knowledge and dedication, and he has always acted in a professional, dedicated and caring manner”
           Bailey also praised Robertson’s community involvement.

            “Johnny has also been overly dedicated to the youth of our state and local areas. He is a member of the Montgomery Kiwanis Club and has been instrumental in supporting basketball players during the All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery. During one particular year, he led the way in acquiring a $5,000 grant to provide meals and gifts for the student-athletes to make their all-star experience one to remember.”

            Calhoun County Commissioner Don Hudson, who officiated with Robertson for more than 30 years, treasured his time on and off the court with his friend.
           “I have known Johnny for 35 years as a fellow official, as a rules clinician, district director and personal friend,” he said. “I have the highest respect for him as leader, a listener, an expert and providing a shoulder to lean on in our field of officiating. He is dedicated to the purpose of making every official in the state a better official. He is conscientious and has worked tirelessly in an effort to making officiating in the state the very best. Johnny was also an outstanding official, and he has the ability to bring out the best in us. I am extremely proud to recommend Johnny for the Hall of Fame. It is my opinion there is no one more deserving.”

            Former Selma Mayor George P. Evans, who also officiated with Robertson, said, “I have known and worked with Johnny Robertson in many programs and athletics activities over the past 25 years. He is a very dependable and solid man when it comes to successfully getting the job done. Johnny has been involved in just about every level of athletics. His involvement with officiating and evaluating officials for the personal improvement is impeccable.”

            Robertson has served his community in a number of other worthwhile civic and charitable endeavors. He is past president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the River Region, past president of the Montgomery Estate Planning Council, past president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery with 28 years of perfect attendance, and past president of the Mid-State Football Officials Association.
           He served as Kiwanis lieutenant governor for three years and is active in the First United Methodist Church. He also coached Dixie Youth baseball and YMCA basketball. He has been a Boys and Girls Club board member since 1998 and is currently chairman of the group’s golf tournament.
COMING SATURDAY: Installment 11 – Coach R.G. Cook, Bullock County High School


Alabama Coaches Give All-Stars Rest Heading into Friday’s 29th Classic

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s All-Star coaches are banking on hustle and defense when the boys’ and girls’ 12-member teams square off with Mississippi Friday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Games. The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
     “We made it pretty simple,” said Mountain Brook Coach Bucky McMillan, who coaches the Alabama Boys with Carver-Montgomery Coach James “J.J.” Jackson. “We told them we knew they could score. The reason all of them got chosen for the team was because they could score. But the team that wins is the team that plays defense the best.”
      That is the reason, McMillan said Alabama’s All-Stars took the afternoon off from its scheduled practice time. “We wanted to make sure our kids are well rested,” he said. “We are planning a substitution pattern a little different than most all-star games. We are going to substitute five at a time early and let them all show us just how important playing defense to them. The ones who play defense the hardest are the ones that will get the most time on the court.”
      McMillan praised the talent level of the Alabama boys’ squad. The top player, his own 6-foot-9 two-time Mr. Basketball Trendon Watford has taken a leadership role, he said. “Trendon and I talked about his leadership before we got here,” said McMillan. “He knows what it took for us to win three state championships, and he has been setting a good example for the rest.”
       He said the players had a good first hour Wednesday but the second hour was just so-so.
       “Thursday morning’s practice session was much, much better,” he said. “We as coaches pointed out to them that at the next level, the players who play defense get more playing time. This game will be a good test for them.”
       Both McMillan and Jackson were outstanding guards in high school. And both have noticed the play of Westminster Christian guard Auston Leslie, a 6-4 left-handed guard who helped his team reached the Class 3A state finals earlier this month. “He has been coached really well from Coach (Ronnie) Stapler,” said McMillan. “He does so many of the little things very well.”
     McMillan also praised the athleticism of LeFlore 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon, the guard play of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson, Brewbaker Tech’s Desmond Williams, and the Wenonah duo of Justin Minter and Cameron Tucker. He also lauded Lee-Montgomery’s 6-8 forward Demond Johnson. Tucker earned Class 5A state tourney MVP for the state champion Dragons.
      “Demond is such an outstanding personality on the team … and keeps everyone loose,” said McMillan.
     Alabama’s All-Star Girls are coached by Hazel Green’s Tim Miller and Cold Springs’ Tammy West. The girls also had solid workouts, and like the boys, took Thursday afternoon off to rest. Among the players on the Alabama girls’ squad is McDonald’s All-America selection River Baldwin of Pleasant Home. The 6-5 center earned South MVP honors at last summer’s North-South All-Star Game. Also anchoring the team are Class 6A state tourney MVP Marisa Snodgrass of Hazel Green, Class 7A state tourney MVP Skyla Knight of Hoover and Auburn signee Annie Hughes of Pisgah, the Class 3A MVP in 2018 and 2019.

     The games are hosted by AHSAA with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) managing the contests in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
            Both games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the AHSAA and MAC and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network.  Stacy Mills is producing the NFHS Network live-stream, Caleb Brooks is producing the Alabama Radio Network broadcast and Chris Saxton is producing the event for Mississippi. Handling play-by-play and color for all three productions are Luke Robinson and Brooks of the AHSAA Radio Network, and Don Barnes of the Mississippi network. To view the NFHS Network subscriber-based livestream, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com and follow the prompts. The AHSAA Radio Network link can be found at www.ahsaa.com.  Tickets are $10 each, are good for both games and may be purchased on-site at the Acadome.
     The Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars were scheduled to tour the Hyundai Plant Thursday night, followed by dinner at Dreamland BBQ. All four squads will have shoot-arounds at the Acadome Friday morning with Alabama going first from 9 to 10 a.m., and Mississippi following from 10 to 11 a.m.
     The series is knotted at 14-14 for the girls’ and boys’ all-stars. Alabama’s girls won last year in Mississippi 109-96 and the Mississippi boys won 127-90. The Mississippi boys bring a three-game winning streak into Friday’s contest, and Alabama girls’ snapped a two-game winning streak last year with its win in 2018.
      
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

GIRLS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Alabama 109, Mississippi 96            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 93, Alabama 86             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 78, Alabama 77             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS     

2015               Alabama 93, Mississippi 87             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Mississippi 95, Alabama 89             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 64, Mississippi 54             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Mississippi 94, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 73, Alabama 60             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 78, Alabama 56             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 81, Mississippi 73             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 89, Mississippi 86 (OT)            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Alabama 90, Mississippi 65             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 89, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Mississippi 101, Alabama 83            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 114, Mississippi 78            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 95, Alabama 82             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Alabama 76, Mississippi 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Mississippi 87, Alabama 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 85             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 105, Mississippi 84            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 60, Mississippi 54             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 88, Alabama 72             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 80, Mississippi 77             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 92, Alabama 84             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Alabama 73, Mississippi 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 74, Alabama 61             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Mississippi 82, Alabama 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Mississippi 14, Alabama 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

Alabama State         Alabama 2, Mississippi 2

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 5, Mississippi 1

Miss College            Mississippi 4, Alabama 3

Holmes CC               Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,374                          84.7 ppg

Mississippi     2,258                          80.6 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     1994 (123)                2013 (54)                   2002 (31)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

2018               205 (Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 @ Mississippi College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1997               114 (Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 @ North Alabama)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Mississippi, 3 games (2010, 2011, 2012) 
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (2007, 2008, 2009)
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (1997, 1998, 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

BOYS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Mississippi 127, Alabama 90            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 96, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 85, Alabama 83             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2015               Alabama 101, Mississippi 88            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Alabama 90, Mississippi 83             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Alabama 109, Mississippi 104            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 85, Alabama 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 112, Alabama 88            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 78, Mississippi 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 101, Mississippi 99            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Mississippi 118, Alabama 113            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 94, Alabama 87             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Alabama 84, Mississippi 79             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 87, Mississippi 86             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 82, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Mississippi 98, Alabama 67             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Mississippi 87, Alabama 83             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Alabama 90, Mississippi 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 68             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 111, Mississippi 76            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 110, Mississippi 91            North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 105, Alabama 97            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 85, Mississippi 69             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 123, Alabama 111            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Mississippi 82, Alabama 75             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 73, Alabama 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Alabama 103, Mississippi 62            North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Alabama 14, Mississippi 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

Alabama State         Alabama 3, Mississippi 1

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 4, Mississippi 2

Mississippi College   Mississippi 6, Alabama 1

Holmes CC               Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,545                          90.8 ppg

Mississippi     2,504                          89.4 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     2018 (127)                1991 (62)                   2018 (37)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

1994               234 (Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 @ Miss. College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1992               144 (Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 @ Miss. College)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Alabama, 4 games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

                                                            Alabama, 4 games (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2016, 2017, 2018)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2001, 2002, 2003)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (1992, 193, 1994)


Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for Friday’s Games at ASU

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars reported Wednesday and began workouts in preparation for Friday night’s in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Games to be played at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus. The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
     The games are hosted by AHSAA with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) managing the contests in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
      Both games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the AHSAA and MAC and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network.
     The Alabama and Mississippi teams, comprised of current high school seniors, had one practice Wednesday, have two practices Thursday and a shoot-around Friday morning prior to the doubleheader at the Acadome. Thursday’s practices will be at Montgomery Academy and the Auburn University-Montgomery Wellness Center. Each team will have one practice at each site.
     The series is knotted at 14-14 for the girls’ and boys’ all-stars. Alabama’s girls won last year in Mississippi 109-96 and the Mississippi boys won 127-90. The Mississippi boys bring a three-game winning streak into Friday’s contest, and Alabama girls’ snapped a two-game winning streak last year with its win in 2018.
        Hazel Green Coach Tim Miller is coaching in the girls’ game for Alabama for the second year in a row, and Cold Springs Coach Tammy West is also coaching the Alabama girls. Administrative coach is Pisgah Coach Carey Ellison. All three led their high school teams to state championships in 2019.  Coaching the Mississippi girls are Shayne Linzy of Lafayette and Vicky Rutland of Lawrence County. Administrative coach is Donny Fuller.
       Mountain Brook Coach Bucky McMillan and Carver-Montgomery Coach James “J.J.” Jackson are Alabama’s boys’ coaches.  Administrative coach is Mountain Brook’s David Good.  McMillan has coached the Spartans to the last three Class 7A state titles, and Jackson, who guided Carver to the 2018 Class 6A state crown, coached the Wolverines to a Class 6A ru9nner-up finish in 2019.
      Alabama’s squad reported at full strength. Headlining the Alabama boys’ squad is Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-9 senior standout Trendon Watford, who finished his prep career earn in Class 7A state tourney MVP for the last three seasons. He also scored over 3,500 career points and set the AHSAA career rebounding record with 1,909. Considered one of the Top 10 players nationally still unsigned or uncommitted, Watford is also scheduled to play in the McDonald’s All-America Game. A pair of 6-6 power forward, Georgia signee Jaykwon Walton of Carver-Montgomery and Kobe Brown of Lee-Huntsville, are also among the state’s top prospects as are 6-8 bookends Murray State commit Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery and Wichita State signee DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore.
     Headlining the Alabama girls’ squad is 6-5 senior center River Baldwin, who has also been selected to participate in the McDonald’s All-America Game. She has signed with Florida State. Guard Annie Hughes of Pisgah, the Class 3A state tourney MVP the last years, is an Auburn signee, Wenonah’s 6-1 forward Thaniya Marks is headed to Grambling State, Hoover’s Joiya Maddox is going to Rutgers, Ramsay  point guard Jaylyn Sherrod to Colorado and Ramsay forward Aniyah Smith has signed with Alabama State.
      Mississippi’s team reported minus one player selected – 6-8 D.J. Jeffries of Olive Branch. Jeffries, who is headed to the University of Memphis, is expected to be replaced, said MAC Director Johnny Mims. That leaves John Rawls of East Marion as the only player on the Mississippi roster over 6-6.  Jaylen Forbes of Florence (MS), a 6-5 guard, is a University of Alabama signee.  Point guard Sania Wells of East Central, an Auburn signee, headlines the Mississippi girls’ roster.
     The series history:

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

GIRLS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Alabama 109, Mississippi 96            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 93, Alabama 86             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 78, Alabama 77             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS     

2015               Alabama 93, Mississippi 87             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Mississippi 95, Alabama 89             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 64, Mississippi 54             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Mississippi 94, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 73, Alabama 60             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 78, Alabama 56             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 81, Mississippi 73             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 89, Mississippi 86 (OT)            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Alabama 90, Mississippi 65             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 89, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Mississippi 101, Alabama 83            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 114, Mississippi 78            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 95, Alabama 82             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Alabama 76, Mississippi 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Mississippi 87, Alabama 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 85             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 105, Mississippi 84            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 60, Mississippi 54             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 88, Alabama 72             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 80, Mississippi 77             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 92, Alabama 84             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Alabama 73, Mississippi 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 74, Alabama 61             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Mississippi 82, Alabama 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Mississippi 14, Alabama 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

Alabama State         Alabama 2, Mississippi 2

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 5, Mississippi 1

Miss College            Mississippi 4, Alabama 3

Holmes CC               Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,374                          84.7 ppg

Mississippi     2,258                          80.6 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     1994 (123)                2013 (54)                   2002 (31)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

2018               205 (Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 @ Mississippi College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1997               114 (Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 @ North Alabama)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Mississippi, 3 games (2010, 2011, 2012) 
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (2007, 2008, 2009)
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (1997, 1998, 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

BOYS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Mississippi 127, Alabama 90            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 96, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 85, Alabama 83             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2015               Alabama 101, Mississippi 88            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Alabama 90, Mississippi 83             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Alabama 109, Mississippi 104            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 85, Alabama 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 112, Alabama 88            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 78, Mississippi 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 101, Mississippi 99            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Mississippi 118, Alabama 113            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 94, Alabama 87             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Alabama 84, Mississippi 79             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 87, Mississippi 86             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 82, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Mississippi 98, Alabama 67             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Mississippi 87, Alabama 83             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Alabama 90, Mississippi 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 68             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 111, Mississippi 76            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 110, Mississippi 91            North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 105, Alabama 97            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 85, Mississippi 69             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 123, Alabama 111            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Mississippi 82, Alabama 75             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 73, Alabama 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Alabama 103, Mississippi 62            North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Alabama 14, Mississippi 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

Alabama State         Alabama 3, Mississippi 1

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 4, Mississippi 2

Mississippi College   Mississippi 6, Alabama 1

Holmes CC               Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,545                          90.8 ppg

Mississippi     2,504                          89.4 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     2018 (127)                1991 (62)                   2018 (37)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

1994               234 (Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 @ Miss. College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1992               144 (Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 @ Miss. College)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Alabama, 4 games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

                                                            Alabama, 4 games (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2016, 2017, 2018)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2001, 2002, 2003)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (1992, 193, 1994)


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.

 


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