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CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

    AUBURN  – Pinson Valley High School held off Saraland in the second half to beat the Spartans 27-16 and claim its second consecutive Super 7 Class 6A state football championship Friday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The 6A finals closed out the 2018 Super 7. Attendance for all the finals 51,651 with 22,435 on hand for the 7A finals on Wednesday night, 16,012 in attendance on Thursday and 13,204 on hand for Friday’s three games. The total was up more than 15,000 from 2017.
     Senior quarterback Bo Nix completed 25-of-35 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 66 yards and another TD to earned MVP honors for his dad Coach Patrick Nix’s Indians (13-10 for the second straight year. 
     It was his keeper for two yards on fourth down at the Saraland 31-yard line with just under a minute remaining that sealed the hard-fought victory over Coach Jeff Kelly’s Spartans (13-2).
      Nix teamed up with receiver Geordian Pollard for the longest touchdown pass in Super 7 Class 5A championship-game history on an 83-yard connection early in the second quarter to give Pinson a 12-3 lead at halftime. The pass was also the second longest in Super 7 history over all. The record, an 85-yard TD connection, was set earlier in the week by Mars Hill Bible in its 1A win over Linden. That pass eclipsed the Super 7 record set, ironically, by future NFL receiver Chad Jackson on a Hoover flanker pass in a 48-21 loss to Daphne in the 2001 Super 7 Class 6A finals.
     Saraland took the early lead with a 32-yard field goal by Cole Robitzch late in the first quarter. The Indians drove 64 yards on six plays on the ensuing drive to take a 6-3 lead on Nix’s 2-yard run with 40 seconds left in the opening period.  Spartans defensive  back Shawn Byrd blocked both extra-point kicks following Pinson’s two first-half touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense, forced a fumble and recorded a game-high 13 tackles to keep Saraland in striking distance.
    His second pick was the catalyst that led to the Spartans’ first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Rayshawn McAlpine which came at 2:40 in the third quarter and cut the Indians’ lead to 12-10.
Pinson answered quickly, however, driving 62 yards on 10 plays in the next three minutes to take a 19-10 lead on Nix’s 2-yard TD pass to Demarion Holloman with 11:21 to play. Saraland stormed right back scoring on quarterback Brett Nezat’s 11-yard TD pass to Jay Williams to pull within two 19-17 with just under nine minutes to play.
    Is was Pinson’s defense that came up with the biggest play of the final period, however, when Kendall Thornton intercepted a Saraland pass and sped 32 yards into the end zone for the final score of the game with 5:03 to play.
    Pinson Valley had 21 first downs, 94 yards rushing and 306 passing for 400 total yards. Saraland had 18 first downs, 221 yards rushing, 106 passing and 327 total yards.  Nix, who became the state’s all-time career total offense leader in the Indians’ semifinal win over Clay-Chalkville, finished the season 267-of-445 passing on the year for 3,795 yards and 49 touchdowns with just eight interception. He finished his career with 161 touchdowns accounted for with 126 passing touchdowns and 35 rushing touchdowns to set a new AHSAA career state record.
    McAlpine led Saraland with 158 yards rushing on 28 carries and Karie White had 65 on five runs.  Nezat was 8-of-21 passing for 106 yards with Jay Williams hauling in four receptions.
    Dorian Henderson and Antone Williams each had 11 tackles to pace the Indians defense.

2018 Super 7 State Championship Results
Class 1A
Mars Hill Bible 53, Linden 26
Class 2A
Fyffe 21, Luverne 19
Class 3A
Flomaton 23, Piedmont 12
Class 4A
UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0
Class 5A
Central-Clay County 43, Vigor 42
Class 6A
Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City 52, Thompson 7



CLASS 6A BOYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Carver-Montgomery 74, Paul Bryant 59

BIRMINGHAM – Junior Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points to spark Carver-Montgomery to a 74-59 victory over defending state champion Paul Bryant in the Class 6A boys’ finals of the 96th AHSAA State Basketball Finals Championships Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Walton, the Class 6A state tourney MVP, scored 12 in the first half to stake Coach James ‘‘J.J.’’ Jackson’s Wolverines (30-7) to a four-point 28-23 lead. Senior backcourt mate Jalen Gaston provided a knock-out punch of sorts late in the third period sinking two 3-point shots in a row to stretch a three-point Carver lead to nine, 44-35. The Stampede (30-5) never found a way to close the gap.
    Gaston finished with four 3-point goals and 17 total points, and Derrell Bailey had 18 – with eight points coming at the foul line.  Antonio Young added nine points and nine rebounds. Bailey also had four assists and Young had three steals.
     Paul Bryant, coached by Shon Peck-Love, got 16 points from Daviyon Dennis and 15 from 2017 state tourney MVP Jared Sherfield. Kailex Stephens also had 14. Sherfield and Dennis each handed out three assists and M.J. Bates cleared seven rebounds.

      The championship was the fifth overall for Carver. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles for Coach Dan Lewis in 1983 and 1984 and Jackson coached titles in 2012 and 2015.
     Raycom Sports is broadcasting all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. Raycom station WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery aired the Class 6A boys’ finals over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A BOYS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Jaykwon Walton, Carver-Montgomery (MVP); Jalen Gaston, Carver-Montgomery; Derrell Bailey, Carver-Montgomery; Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant; Kailex Stephens, Paul Bryant; Kira Lewis, Hazel Green; Xavier Williams, Parker.

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54 (OT)
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (30-7) 74, Paul Bryant (30-5) 59

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP Hazel Green 56, Ramsay 54 (OT)

BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green senior guard Imari Martin received a vote of confidence from her head coach Tim Miller during a Class 6A girls’ state championship game timeout just prior to going to the foul line with three seconds left and the game tied at 54-54 in overtime Saturday.
    “Coach told me I was going to make them,” she said. And she did.
    Martin’s sank both with ease and then turned on her defense by making a steal on the inbounds play to seal Hazel Green’s 56-54 victory at the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the second state title for the Madison County school’s history. The first was won in 1995.
    The OT championship was the second of the day Saturday at the AHSAA’s 96th State Basketball Finals state tournament. Class 6A boys’ and Class 7A girls’ and boys’ finals were to follow the 6A girls’ championship game. The tourney is in its 25th year with the current girls’ and boys’ format and the 25th at the BJCC.
      Martin finished with eight points, two assists and two steals for Miller’s Trojans (35-2). Tourney MVP Brooke Hampel had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals, Caitlin Hose added 16 points and six rebounds and Farrah Pearson had 11 points.
      Ramsay (24-5), coached by Ronnie Jackson, battled fiercely to the final buzzer. Ramsay trailed 24-20 at the half but led by one after three quarters, 40-39.  The score was tied six times and the lead changed seen times.
     Junior Jaylyn Sherrod scored 18 points, made four 3-point goals and had two assists for the Rams. Senior Ajah Wayne, who earned MVP honors after leading Homewood to the Class 6A state title last season, added 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls i much of the second half. She transferred to Ramsay last summer. Dakiyah Sanders had three assists, two steals and five points in a strong defensive effort. Ramsay was making its first state championship game appearance since winning its fourth state crown in 2007.
    Raycom Sports is broadcast all finals over its TV network consisting of Raycom affiliates’ Bounce and D-2 channels. WTVM TV 9 in Columbus (GA) is aired the Class 5A boys’ finals between Eufaula and Sylacauga today, and WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery plans to air the Class 6A boys’ finals featuring Carver-Montgomery versus Paul Bryant over their main channels.
      The NFHS Network is also live-streaming all finals over its subscriber-based platform, and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the championship games over its state-wide radio network and website.
CLASS 6A GIRLS’ ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green (MVP); Imari Martin, Hazel Green; Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green; Jaylyn Sherrod, Ramsay; Ajah Wayne, Ramsay;

 

AHSAA State Basketball Championships
Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
THURSDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 1A Girls Finals
Spring Garden (32-3) 52, Philllips (29-4) 38
CLASS 1A Boys Finals

Sacred Heart Catholic (23-10) 65, Georgiana (30-4) 56 (OT)

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
CLASS 2A Girls Finals
Samson (31-3) 69, Sand Rock (24-11)
CLASS 2A Boys Finals
Lanett (26-5) 41, St. Luke's Episcopal (22-9) 38

CLASS 3A Girls Finals
Pisgah (31-1) 62, Lauderdale County (35-3) 59
CLASS 3A Boys Finals
Plainview (34-2) 78, Hillcrest-Evergreen (24-4) 75 (OT)

CLASS 4A Girls' Finals
Madison Academy (29-7) 56, Deshler (33-3) 43
CLASS 4A BOYS' FINALS

Cordova (26-9) 56, Madison Academy (25-9) 54

Saturday’s Championship Games
CLASS 5A Girls Finals
Charles Henderson  (32-4) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (27-8) 37
CLASS 5A Boys Finals
Sylacauga (31-5) 79, Eufaula (29-10) 78 (OT)

CLASS GIRLS 6A Finals
Hazel Green (35-2) 56, Ramsay (24-5) 54
CLASS BOYS 6A Finals
Carver-Montgomery (29-7) vs. Paul Bryant (30-4), 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A Girls Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (24-8) vs. Spain Park (30-6), 4 p.m.
CLASS 7A Boys Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (25-6) vs. Mountain Brook (33-4), 5:45 p.m.


CLASS 6A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Paul Bryant 40, Parker 38

     BIRMINGHAM – Jared Sherfield’s lay-up with 56 seconds remaining and Kailex Stephens’ steal in front of the Parker bench with nine seconds left sealed defending state champion Paul Bryant’s 40-38 victory over Parker Wednesday in the Class 6A boys’ semifinals of the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The tournament is also the 25th since the tournament found its home at the BJCC in 1994.
     Sherfield finished with 12 points to pace the Stampede (30-4), coached by Shon Peck-Love, Stephens, who made one of two free throws following his steal, totaled nine points with all coming on a 9-of-10 free-throw shooting performance.
     Parker (24-9), coached by Reginald McGary, got 11 points and 13 rebounds from Xavier Williams and 10 points from Jason King.  The Thundering Herd played Paul Bryant in the 6A finals in 2017 with the Stampede prevailing 49-41. The 6A championship game will tip off Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
       The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 6A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Ramsay 60, Opelika 39

     BIRMINGHAM – Ramsay High School outscored Opelika 24-9 in the third quarter to break open a close game Wednesday.
      The win by Coach Ronnie Jackson’s Rams (24-4) closed out the semifinals for Wednesday’s 6A girls’ session at the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships 6A finals being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The tournament is also the 25th since the moving to the BJCC in 1994.
     Ramsay senior Ajah Wayne scored 16 points, had three assists and six rebounds. Teri Crawford had 13 points and eight rebounds and Jaylyn Sherrod had 13 points, four assists and three steals.
     Opelika (22-10), coached by Devin Booth, was led by Alexis Browning’s 13 points. Abrea Green had 10 points and six rebounds and Claire Worth had seven points and six rebounds.
      Ramsay will face Hazel Green in the finals Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
      The Class 7A semifinals will tip off Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals over its TV network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all finals over it state-wide radio network and website.

CLASS 6A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS Carver-Montgomery 98, Hazel Green 68

     BIRMINGHAM – Carver-Montgomery shot 62.5 percent from the field Wednesday morning and defeated Hazel Green 98-68 in the Class 6A boys’ state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Wolverines (29-7) of Coach James Jackson into the 96th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships 6A finals Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
     Jaykwon Walton scored 26 points and Jalen Gaston had 21 to pace Carver’s high-scoring offense. Walton was 10-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 at the foul line. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Gaston was 5-of-6 from the 3-point arc and also had eight rebounds.  Derrell Bailey added 16 points and four assists and Antonio Young scored 13.
     Carver shot 50 percent (7 of 14) on three’s and out-rebounded Hazel Green 37-20. The Wolverines also had eight different players record an assist and totaled 19, most in the 2018 state tourney for any classification thus far this week.
     Hazel Green (22-10), coached by Danny Anderson, got a 35-point performance from senior Kira Lewis. He was 14-of-28 from the field and made four treys. Jordan Beck chipped in 15 points and had four assists. All his points came on 5 3-pointers.
     The Class 6A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Wednesday with Class 7A  semifinals sety for Thursday morning. Class 1A girls’ and boys’ finals will be Thursday afternoon. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday and Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conclude the tourney Saturday.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com
. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.


CLASS 6A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS Hazel Green 65, LeFlore 35

     BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green (34-2)  used a smothering defense Wednesday morning to post a 65-35 victory over LeFlore (33-3) in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 6A Girls’ State Basketball tournament at the BJCC Legacy Arena. The win sends the Trojans into Saturday’s 6A girls’ championship game.
     Hazel Green, coached by Tim Miller, outscored the Rattlers 28-7 in the second quarter to build a 37-15 lead by halftime. The Rattlers, coached by Darrell Walton, could never recover.
    Brooke Hampel led the Trojans with 21 points, five rebounds and two steals. She was 9-of-10 at the foul line.  Imari Martin chipped in 14 points and Caitlin Hose had 11.
     Daisha Bradford led LeFlore with 13 points and Sidney Stephens scored 10. Bradford and Deja Woodward also had eight rebounds each. Woodward also had four blocked shots.     The Class 6A boys’ and girls’ semifinals continued Wednesday with Classes 3A and 4A scheduled to play semifinals Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A, Wednesday, and Class 7A semifinals will be Thursday morning.
   All semifinal games in the tourney are being live video-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. Both may be accessed at www.ahsaa.com. Raycom Sports will broadcast all finals.

SUPER 7 CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Pinson Valley 31, Wetumpka 10

Pinson Valley 31, Wetumpka 10
 
    
TUSCALOOSA – Junior quarterback Bo Nix passed for one touchdown and rushed for two others as Pinson Valley (15-0) battled from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Wetumpka 31-10 in the 2017 Super 7 Class 6A State football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The 6A game closed out the three-day championship extravaganza attended by 35,921 for the week.  Final day attendance was 11,659.
    The championship was the first football title in Pinson Valley history and the perfect 15-0 season was also a first – all coming in Coach Pat Nix’s first season as head coach.
     Wetumpka (13-2), coached by Tim Perry, marched 58 yards on nine plays on the game’s opening drive to take a 3-0 lead on Robert Stewart’s 24-yard field goal.  Pinson Valley responded with a 10-play, 67-yard march that culminated with Khymel Chaverst’s 1-yard touchdown run. Aiden Campbell’s extra-point kick gave Pinson a 7-3 lead.
     Wetumpka got the first big break of the game when linebacker Colton Adams intercepted a pass at the Pinson 9-yard line early in the second quarter. Two plays later senior running back Kovosiey Smoke scored from the 4-yard line and Wetumpka took the lead back 10-7. That’s how it stood at the half – thanks in part to the punting of Wetumpka quarterback J.D. Martin, who had two kicks downed inside the Pinson Valley 5-yard line.
    The second half belonged to Pinson Valley, however. Bo Nix, son of the head coach, earned 6A Game MVP honors completing 13-of-25 passes for 223 yards and rushed nine times for 22 yards – with touchdown runs covering 1 and 13 yards in the Indians’ 24-point second half.  Aiden Campbell’s 33-yard field goal midway through the third period tied the game at 10-10. Campbell followed with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff – recovering it himself at the Wetumpka 49-yard line – a momentum changer that Wetumpka never recovered from.
    Pinson marched quickly to the go-ahead touchdown with Nix sneaking in from the 1 with 2:35 left in the quarter to give Coach Nix’s team a 17-10 lead. Bo Nix connected with LiAllen Dailey for a 23-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 24-10 and Nix added his final TD run with 4:53 to play to close out the scoring.
    Pinson Valley finished with 151 yards rushing and 223 passing for 374 total yards. Wetumpka had 114 yards rushing, 52 passing and 166 total yards. The Pinson defense limited Wetumpka to only six total yards in the second half.
    Dilan Henderson led Pinson with 72 rushing yards on 10 carries and Chaverst added 57 on 18 attempts. Dailey had five catches for 93 yards, Demarion Holloman caught had four receptions for 86 yards and Henderson had two for 37.  In addition to his quarterbacking duties, Nix averaged 41.5 yards on two punts.
    Wetumpka, playing in the state finals for the first time in the school’s 117-year football history, was led by Smoke’s 66 rushing yards on 16 carries. Junior quarterback J.D. Martin had 30 yards on 14 carries and was 8-of-13 passing for 52 yards. Smoke also had two receptions for 31 yards and Keedrick Adams had four for 13 yards. Martin also punted five times for a 38.4-yard average with three kicks downed inside the Pinson 10-yard line. The 13 wins set a school record for Perry’s Indians  as well as the 613 points scored.
    Colton Adams had nine tackles and an interception to anchor Wetumpka’s defensive effort. Nicholas Turner and David Adams also had eight tackles each. Turner also had an interception.
    Jaylun Gulley and Eric Rogers had nine tackles each for Pinson Valley. Demarco Harris had seven tackles and Desmond Scott had six tackles and 1 ½ sacks – accounting for 14 yards in losses.  Ga’Quincey McKinstry made an interception.

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pelham 3, Jasper 2

    BIRMINGHAM – Pelham captured the school’s third state volleyball championship and the first since 1997 winning an incredible 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15 victory over Jasper in the Class 6A finals of the 2017 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
    Both teams clawed back time and time again with Coach Perry Robinson’s Panthers (41-9) rallying from a 24-19 deficit in game two 26-24.  The Vikings (57-5) of Coach Bobby Daniel rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win games 3 and 4 and force the fifth game.
     Emorie Long had 17 kills to lead Pelham and earn MVP honors.  Four teammates also had 10 or more kills in a contest that had 63 for the Panthers and 62 for Jasper. Sarah Guthrie also had 13 kills and 16 digs, Kaytlyn Maddox and Jamila Wilson had 11 kills each and Erin Long had 10 for Pelham. Setter Georgia Stonicher also had 56 assists and Grace Nolen, 19 digs. Guthrie also had three service aces.
    Walker had four girls with 12 or more kills with McKinley Fergerson totaling 18, Tameyah Griffin and Morgan McClendon, 13 each, and Alex Oliver 12. Ferguson and Khloe Kimbrell had 29 and 25 assists, respectively. Temperance Chatman also had a match-high 30 digs and four ace serves.
    The five remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Emorie Long, Pelham (MVP); Sarah Guthrie, Pelham; Georgia Stonicher, Pelham; McKinley Ferguson, Jasper; Tameyah Griffin, Jasper; Shyan Flack, Brewer.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
CLASS 1A
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
CLASS 6A
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
CLASS 2A

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  
CLASS 4A
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9),1:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Bob Jones (42-10) vs.  McGill-Toolen Catholic (46-7), 11:30 a.m.

CLASS 6A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Helena Claims Class 6A State Crown With Two Clutch Wins at Riverwalk Stadium over Cullman

     MONTGOMERY – Helena High School built a four-run lead thanks to the clutch pitching of junior Landon Green in final game three of the AHSAA Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Friday, and then managed to hold at the end to win 5-4.
    Helena forced game three with a dramatic 3-2 win in game two Friday morning at Riverwalk Stadium thanks to another strong pitching performance by Troy Cordrey in game two. The Huskies (38-6), coached by P.J. Guy, fell behind 1-0 after one inning in the finale, but tied the game in the top of the fourth when Nick Ragsdale scored on a Cullman error.
      In the bottom of the inning, Green (11-0) turned the momentum in a big way by striking out the Bearcats’ No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters on nine pitched strikes. Helena then rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth to build a 5-1 lead. Riley Davis, Sam Praytor and Brooks Brophy each got hits and then the wheels fell off Cullman’s defense as two wild pitches and an infield error led to the four runs.
   Green, who pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing just two hits and striking out five, ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh hitting three batters as Coach Brent Patterson’s Bearcats (38-9) scored a run and  loaded the bases. Reliever Brooks Brophy walked the first two batters he faced to make it a one-run game, but he got Carter Bowen to fly out to deep left for third out to end the game.
        Cordrey, who earned MVP honors, had one RBI in the third game. Davis and Green each had two hits.  Lovell had an RBI single and Grayson Taylor stroked a double to pace Cullman.
     In first game Friday at Riverwalk, Cullman took the lead 2-0 in the top of the fourth on Carter Bowen’s two-run single. Helena got a run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game in the sixth. Left fielder Nick Ragsdale doubled to left to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Huskies. Pinch runner Lawson Peoples got to third on a sacrifice by Brandon Moss and scored the winning run on pinch hitter Colton Hood’s fielder’s choice to end the game.
     Cordrey (11-2) hurled a three-hitter and struck out six to get the win for the Huskies. Will Morris (10-1) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed four hits and also struck out six for the Bearcats.
      Hoover and Auburn started the Class 7A Championship Series Friday night with a single game at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The two teams will close out AHSAA State Baseball Championship Series Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. All games are live-streamed by the NFHS Network.