MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved and the Legislative Council ratified a change in the AHSAA Amateur Rule as well as two other proposals Wednesday at its Spring Meeting held at the AHSAA Office. The Central Board also approved payment of the 2017-18 Revenue Share stipend, between $1.4 and $1.8 million, to member schools in June.
“This is good news for our member schools,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “That will bring the total payout to our member schools to approximately $14 million through the Revenue Share distribution plan since its inception.”
The Central Board also approved an increase in pay for contest officials in all sports. A complete breakdown of the new pay scale can be found at the officials’ link at www.ahsaa.com.
Among the proposals approved by the Central Board and ratified by the AHSAA Legislative Council was proposal 28 submitted by a number of member schools including Opelika, Piedmont, Spanish Fort, Decatur, Helena, Saint James, Hamilton and Hartselle high schools outlining a change in the current Amateur Rule. The vote was 27-5. While the Amateur Rule’s restrictions remain the same, the change gives more flexibility to the Central Board in considering the consequences resulting from a violation.
Out-going Central Board president John Hardin, the retiring principal at Hackleburg High School, said he has always welcomed the member schools’ input when rules or by-laws are ratified or changed.
“For 98 years our schools have been successful in governing the AHSAA through a well- thought-out democratic process,” said Hardin. “That process has been the foundation of why the AHSAA is such an outstanding organization. I have been humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve our member schools on the Central Board. I am very proud to have been able to be a part of that process.” Hardin has served the last two years as president of the Central Board. Current vice president Keith Bender, the athletic director for the Oneonta City Schools, was elected at Wednesday’s meeting to become the new president with the term beginning in July. Mike Welsh, principal of Spring Garden High School, was also elected as vice president.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese echoed Hardin’s sentiments. “The AHSAA’s member schools and Central Board are constantly reviewing and improving the AHSAA by-laws, rules and regulations through this tried-and-true democratic process,” Savarese said. “We have full confidence in our member schools’ ability to govern themselves as they have shown so aptly since the AHSAA’s formation in 1921.”
Savarese presented Hardin with a plaque of appreciation during the Board meeting. “John Hardin is one of the kindest men and finest gentlemen I have ever known,” said Savarese. “His leadership and service has been outstanding. While we wish him well in his retirement, we want him to know we will certainly miss him.”
The 32-member Legislative Council voted on 29 legislative proposals with three receiving the required minimum two-thirds (22) votes to be ratified. Two other proposals were tabled for more study. Proposal 1 submitted by Mountain Brook High School was passed allowing high school junior-varsity and freshman football teams to begin regular season play on the Monday (August 26) following Zero Week. Member school varsity teams have the option of playing a pre-season jamboree contest or regular-season contest during Zero Week (Aug. 22-23-24). In the past, all other teams could not play a regular-season game until after Week 1.
Proposal 8, submitted by Vestavia Hills High School, changed the AHSAA Divorce Rule by adding a section dealing with parents who never married. The by-law change will now allow parents who were never married the opportunity to be granted a one-time custody exemption as long as both parents are listed on a state-issued birth certificate and all other eligibility requirements are met.
Savarese also announced the upcoming retirement of AHSAA office manager Sandy Logan, who will be completing her 42nd year with the AHSAA on June 13. She plans to retire on June 30. Savarese also announced that AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones, who submitted his plans to retire in June, will be remaining in that position after all. Jones, citing some unfinished business concerning officiating, convinced him to remain in the position.
Savarese praised the long tenure of Mrs. Logan and also told the Board he was elated at Jones’ decision. “He has done an outstanding job in that position, and we are glad he has elected to stay.” The Central Board also approved a request by Savarese to establish a new position that will serve as an assistant to the Director of Officials.
The Central Board approved the financial reports for regional and state bowling, super sectional, dual and state wrestling, indoor track, regional and state basketball and the 2018 state football playoff audit.
Special guest at Wednesday’s Central Board meeting was Alabama State Representative Kyle South of District 16.
Other Central Board action included:
-- Approved the 2019-2020 required forms and release dates.
-- Approved the 2019-2020 Calendar of Events, the 2019-2020 Sports Calendar and the AHSAA Five-Year Calendar.
-- Heard a report from Assistant Director Kim Vickers on behalf of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Meeting last February.
-- Heard a report on Fall/Winter Sports Committees from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth.
-- Approved the 2019 NFHS 100th Anniversary Summer Meeting Expenses at Indianapolis (IN) this summer.
-- Approved the budget for the Elite 100 Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Showcase being planned by AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee for this coming June.
-- Approved the adoption (for the 2020-2021 school year) of new Wilson balls for basketball, soccer and volleyball.
-- Approved the use of a stenographer for all appeals and approved the audio/video recording of all board meetings and posting of board meeting minutes on the AHSAA member site.
BIRMINGHAM – Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron, Cleveland High School’s Tara Randolph and Huffman High School’s Cameron Humes were selected the overall state winners at the 34rd annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel. A total of 104 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships.
Pyron, a five-sport standout at Marion County, located at Guin, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. And for the just the second time in Bryant-Jordan Program history, Randolph and Humes were named co-winners of the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award. The first were Darren Edwards of Pell City and Johnny Thompson of Sulligent in 1992.
The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.
This year, the scholarship stipends were increased by for the 104 regional winners from $2,500 to $3,000; for the 14 Class Winners, from $3,000 to $3,500; and for the two overall winners, from $3,000 to $4,000 each. In total, the 104 Bryant-Jordan Regional Winners will each received a $3,000 scholarship; 14 Class Winners received $6,500; and the three overall Winners will each be awarded a total of $10,500 -- $325,000 overall and an increase of $65,000 over the previous scholarship payout. The initial payout in the first year of the program in 1986 was $32,000 in total.
In addition, several other individuals and organizations have also joined the Bryant-Jordan Program and present additional scholarships as well. Since the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program’s inception, approximately 3,000 senior student-athletes have received more than $10 million in scholarships.
Pyron became the first Class 1A scholar-athlete to receive the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year award since Spring Garden’s Paige Anderson in 2008 and just the fourth in the Bryant-Jordan Program’s 34-year history. Emily Jo Haught of Donoho was the first in 1989 and Daniel Sullivan of Millry followed in 2004.
A multi-talented athlete who earned All-State honors in baseball, football, track and scored more than 2,300 points for his career with the Red Raiders basketball team, will graduate first in his class with a 4.25 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and scored a 29 on the ACT college entrance exam. He helped Marion County win a state outdoor track title in 2015, sparked the Red Raiders to the Northwest Regional basketball title and State Tourney in 2016. He has won the pole vault at the state meet and has finished second in the javelin throw. Pyron, also named the Class 1A Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, has served as team captain in football and basketball. The senior class president and 2019 Wendy’s Heisman Award state winner, has also been a leader outside sports, serving as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, attended the National Beta Club Leadership Conference and served as a Veteran’s Day speaker in his hometown of Guin among his many service-minded endeavors.
Humes, who was diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Failure as an eighth grader, underwent numerous medical tests and procedures and was on dialysis for two years before receiving a kidney transplant in 2017. He came back to lead the Vikings basketball team in scoring this pat season and will graduate with a 4.42 grade-point average and on track to be the senior class valedictorian.
While he thanked his family, teachers and coaches and doctors, he had a special message to his kidney transplant donor. “I want thank Daniel,” he told the large crowd attending Monday night’s banquet. “He lost his life and saved mine.”
Randolph, an outstanding track and volleyball player at Cleveland, suffered through impoverished family conditions that left she and her brother homeless much of her life. “I want to thank my coaches, my principal, my counselor and my friends for not giving up on me,” she said. “And I want to especially thank my brother, who made me believe that I could accomplish anything if I just set my goals and continued to persevere.”
The 2019 Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award Class winners were: (1A) Dorothy Patterson, Cherokee High School; (2A) Tara Randolph, Cleveland High School; (3A) Larkin Rogers, Geraldine High School; (4A) Jayson Spencer, St. John Paul II Catholic High School; (5A) Bailey Sherman, Hamilton High School; (6A) Cameron Humes, Huffman High School; and (7A) Zavian Toney, Bob Jones High School.
The 2018 Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Award Class winners: (1A) Braden Pyron, Marion County High School; (2A) Ethan Moore, Winston County High School; (3A) Darby Moore, Clements High School; (4A) Madison Traylor, Elmore County High School; (5A) Parker Hallmark, Demopolis High School; (6A) Will Stone, Homewood High School; (7A) Sara Pacer, Auburn High School.
Several special scholarships were also presented to some of the regional winners, including: Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Coaching Scholarship: Tommy Vickers, Central-Phenix City High School; Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship: Julianne Hill, Madison Academy; Alabama “A” Club Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarships: Will McKinney, Cherokee County High School and Ethan Turner, Alexandria High School; Auburn Football Lettermen Club Scholarships: Clay McAlpine, Cullman High School, and Emerson Barrett, Buckhorn High School; United Methodist Children’s Home Scholarships: Casey Williams, Millry High School and Destinee Scott, Cherokee County High School.
The complete list of regional winners honored Monday night were:
2019 Bryant-Jordan Regional Award Recipients
Region 1: Bella Worley, Pleasant Home
Region 2: Jakaria Miller, Linden
Region 3: Andrew Glasscock, Billingsley
Region 4: Lilly Laubenthal, Holy Spirit Catholic
Region 5: Braden Pyron, Marion County
Region 6: Zana Christjohn, Faith Christian
Region 7: Kari Watts, Falkville
Region 8: Lillian Bradford, Athens Bible
Region 1: Payton Moseley, Leroy
Region 2: Jamie Peters, Daleville
Region 3: Jackson Parker, Abbeville
Region 4: Anna Cochran, Reeltown
Region 5: Colby Cheaney, Horseshoe Bend
Region 6: Camryn Crider, Cold Springs
Region 7: Ethan Moore, Winston County
Region 8: Hayden Hatch, Fyffe
Region 1: Sam Koby, Bayside Academy
Region 2: Chris Tamburin, Houston Academy
Region 3: Mary Grace Story, Prattville Christian
Region 4: Reese Culpepper, Hale County
Region 5: Davis Holdbooks, Winfield
Region 6: Lauren Cole, Glencoe
Region 7: Kirsten Campbell, Holly Pond
Region 8: Darby Moore, Clements
Region 1: Graf Sullivan, UMS-Wright
Region 2: Quinn Lee, LAMP
Region 3: Madison Traylor, Elmore County
Region 4: Luke Stripling, Northside
Region 5: Will McKinney, Cherokee County
Region 6: Ethan Adams, Oneonta
Region 7: Sam Hartley, Randolph
Region 8: Braden Tuten, West Limestone
Region 1: Joseph Wells, Vigor
Region 2: Samantha Adams, Carroll
Region 3: Parker Hallmark, Demopolis
Region 4: Chip Ogles, Central-Clay County
Region 5: Graham Bianchi, Springville
Region 6: Grayson Barber, Jasper
Region 7: Jayden Bobo, Boaz
Region 8: Lauren Barnett, Arab
Region 1: Hudson Arnold, Daphne
Region 2: Megan Maddox, Northview
Region 3: Jacob Walker, Opelika
Region 4: Lexie Duca, Chelsea
Region 5: Will Stone, Homewood
Region 6: A.J. Talton, Clay-Chalkville
Region 7: Trentin Dupper, Decatur
Region 8: Emerson Barrett, Buckhorn
Region 1: Hunter Tillman, Theodore
Region 2: Sara Parker, Auburn
Region 3: Hannah Straughn, Mountain Brook
Region 4: Sachi Patel, Austin
Student Achievement Award
Region 1: Casey Williams, Millry
Region 2: Olivia Jones, Brantley
Region 3: Tyler Abbott, Verbena
Region 4: Samantha Davis, Appalachian
Region 5: MacKenzie Pearce, Marion County
Region 6: Kaitlyn Tidwell, Brilliant
Region 7: McKenzie Clark, Woodville
Region 8: Dorothy Patterson, Cherokee
Region 1: Antawn Lashawn Phillips, Chickasaw
Region 2: Hedaya Awad, Cottonwood
Region 3: Dionte Brantley, Luverne
Region 4: Tyler Jackson, Thorsby
Region 5: Corey Mitchell, Woodland
Region 6: Tara Randolph, Cleveland
Region 7: Kolby Bragwell, Red Bay
Region 8: Erica Gay, Tharptown
Region 1: Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian
Region 2: Seth White, Wicksburg
Region 3: Allyn Browning, Saint James
Region 4: Miracle McKissic, Randolph County
Region 5: Abby Stephens, Lamar County
Region 6: Caleb Allison, Weaver
Region 7: Bryceton Flack, Brindlee Mountain
Region 8: Larkin Rogers, Geraldine
Region 1: Dametrius Richardson, Monroe County
Region 2: Amaris Tyynismaa, Montgomery Catholic
Region 3: Jamie Singleton, Elmore County
Region 4: Maggie Sullivan, American Christian
Region 5: Destinee Scott, Cherokee County
Region 6: Charles Scott McAlpine, Haleyville
Region 7: Jayson “Jay” Spencer, St. John Paul II Catholic
Region 8: Faith Casey, Central-Florence
Region 1: Sophia Rapier, Faith Academy
Region 2: Chasilyn Sawyers, Rehobeth
Region 3: Abigail Powell, Chilton County
Region 4: Zack Elliff, Sylacauga
Region 5: Hunter Isbell, Moody
Region 6: Ethan Turner, Alexandria
Region 7: Bailey Sherman, Hamilton
Region 8: Julianne Hill, Madison Academy
Region 1: Christopher Turberville, Spanish Fort
Region 2: Harrison Holman, Northview
Region 3: Londy Baldwin, Opelika
Region 4: Hannah Irby, Northridge
Region 5: Cameron Humes, Huffman
Region 6: Xavier Skinner, Gardendale
Region 7: Clay McAlpin, Cullman
Region 8: Jaylon Dixon, Buckhorn
Two Games set for 14th annual Season-opening Event
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic will have a new name, “The AHSAA Kickoff Classic,” when it kicks off the 2019 prep football season at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl August 22-23, and it also has two exciting games set for 2019.
Montgomery rivals Jeff Davis and Carver-Montgomery will play on Thursday night, August 22, in the first game of the 14th annual football extravaganza. Defending Class 7A state football champion Central-Phenix City and perennial powerhouse Hoover will tangle in Friday’s game on August 23. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
”We are excited about new name of this important event and equally excited about the two games we have set,” said Alabama High School Athletic Directs & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. “The Champions Challenge has been the “official” start of the AHSAA football season for more the last 13 years. The new name for the event, the AHSAA Kickoff Classic, aptly describes the importance of these games.”
Lee said while the name has been changed from the Champions Challenge, the event will continue to be an ideal way to start prep football season.
“The Kickoff Classic will showcase one of the state’s top rivalries, Jeff Davis versus Carver-Montgomery, on Thursday,” he said. “And on Friday night, two of our premiere 7A programs will battle when Hoover and Central Phenix City play. The field will be full of future college talent both nights and will be a great way to kick off our season. We are thankful to all of these programs for committing to this year’s AHSAA Kickoff Classic, and we look forward to watching all of our teams in the AHSAA compete during the season.”
Central (14-0) and Hoover (9-4) will be meeting for the second time in the season-opening classic. The Bucs won 23-7 in the 2016 Classic on the way to a 12-2 season and its 11th state title later that season. The Bucs also won the state crown in 2017.
The Red Devils of Coach Jamey DuBose are coming off a 14-0 season, including a 52-7 win over 2018 Champions Challenge winner Thompson in the Class 7A Super 7 state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thompson beat Hoover in the 7A semifinals in 2018.
Central is making its second appearance in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic. Hoover is 3-0 in three previous Classic appearances. DuBose (125-38) and Hoover Coach Josh Niblett (203-52) have squared off in the state finals three times when DuBose was head coach at Prattville. His Lions won in 2008 and 2011 and Niblett’s Bucs in 2009. The two faced each other again in the 2013 Class 6A quarterfinals with Hoover edging DuBose’s Florence squad 22-21. Central and Hoover have played twice (1978 and 1996) with the Bucs winning both times.
Carver (8-3) and Jeff Davis (3-7) are meeting for the 51st time in the Montgomery rivalry. Coach James Thompson (39-14), now in his second year as head coach, made great strides with Carver (8-3) in 2018. He came to the Wolverines from Pickens County where he compiled a 31-11 record and reached the 1A stat finals two year in a row. The Wolverines reached the Class 6A state playoffs last season with a rugged battle for the Region 2 title evolving between arch-rivals Carver, Sidney Lanier and Park Crossing.
Jeff Davis, coached by Lee Carter, started last season with four straight setbacks but went 3-3 the rest of the year. That momentum has the Vols excited about 2019. Carter is 26-37 at Jeff Davis in six seasons with three state playoff appearances. Jeff Davis holds a 36-14 edge in its series with Carver, including winning three of the last four years. Thompson’s tenure with the Wolverines began last year with a season-opening 19-3 win over the Vols to snap a three-game DJ winning streak.
A total of 52 different schools have participated in the AHSAA’s season-opening classic since its inception in 2006 with teams from each of the eight districts and seven classifications taking part over the years. Carver is making its fourth appearance while Jeff Davis is making its AHSAA Kickoff Classic debut.
The games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.
AHSAA KICKOFF CLASSIC /
CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE HISTORY
Clarke County 20, Sweet Water 14
Thompson 38, James Clemens 7
Hewitt-Trussville 49, Pell City 10
Maplesville 20, Fyffe 7
Andalusia 34, Brooks 13
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42, Demopolis 7
Hoover 23, Central-Phenix City 7
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21
Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8
Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27
Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather
Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3
Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6
ALL TIME RECORDS (2006 – 2018)
SCHOOL DIS. CL. W-L PTS OPP
Hoover D-5 7A 3-0 93 34
Bob Jones D-8 7A 2-0 60 50
Opelika D-4 6A 2-0 54 22
Spanish Fort D-1 6A 2-0 75 36
Andalusia D-2 4A 1-0 34 13
Auburn D-4 7A 1-0 30 3
Benjamin Russell D-4 6A 1-0 28 14
Central, Clay County** D-6 5A 1-0 25 13
Clarke County D-1 4A 1-0 20 14
Clay County** D-6 3A 1-0 41 6
Dadeville D-4 4A 1-0 14 8
Daphne D-1 6A 1-0 24 21
Gordo D-7 3A 1-0 28 21
Hamilton D-7 4A 1-0 38 35
Hewitt-Trussville D-5 7A 1-0 49 10
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa D-5 6A 1-0 42 7
Hueytown D-5 5A 1-0 36 27
Jackson D-1 5A 1-0 30 8
Madison Academy D-8 3A 1-0 19 14
Maplesville D-3 1A 1-0 20 7
McGill-Toolen Catholic D-1 7A 1-0 27 0
Prattville* D-3 7A 1-0 36 3
Straughn D-2 3A 1-0 35 26
Thompson D-5 7A 1-0 38 7
T.R. Miller D-1 3A 1-0 27 7
Addison D-7 1A 0-1 6 41
Beauregard D-4 5A 0-1 13 25
Brooks D-7 4A 0-1 13 34
Central, Phenix City D-4 7A 0-1 7 23
Clay-Chalkville D-5 6A 0-1 21 24
Demopolis D-3 5A 0-1 7 42
Enterprise D-2 7A 0-1 20 23
Fyffe D-8 1A 0-1 7 20
Bears’ Senior Captures AHSAA Softball Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Lincoln High School senior Christavia Curry reached perfection as a lead-off hitter for the Bears at the Gulf Coast Classic softball tournament last week. She tied an AHSAA state record by reaching base safely on 18 straight plate appearances as Lincoln, coached by Chad Mullinax, rolled to a 4-2 record in the tourney.
The incredible batting performance propelled the senior who has signed already to play collegiately at the University of Montevallo into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight for this week. She tied the record (18) set by Chandler Dare of American Christian in 2013. She had 15 hits and three walks during the streak, scored 11 runs, had seven RBIs and was 6-of-6 on stolen bases.
“This was an amazing three days for this kid,” said Mullinax. “Setting these kinds of records don’t happen every day.” He said her lead-off role is essential to Lincoln’s success. “When your lead-off batter gets on in softball, they usually find a way to come around and score,” he said. “Getting an early lead is always big.” The Class 4A Bears emerged from the Gulf Coast Classic (25-12).
Curry has a .535 batting average with 53 hits in 98 at bats on the season. She also has 18 RBIs and owns a 20-of-23 success rate in stolen bases. Her 15 hits in a row in “official at bats” is also An AHSAA record (not counting walks). The record for hits in a row in plate appearances (14) was established by Krista Mayes of Three Springs in 2002. Moody’s Sid Wagon had 13 in a row in 2013.
Curry’s incredible streak was as follows: She was 3-for-3 in a 7-2 win over Slocomb; 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Lawrence County; walked in her first at bat and then had two straight hit in a 7-4 loss to Normal West (IL); was 3-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Sullivan East (TN); walked in her first at bat and then had two hits in a 12-7 win over Glenbrook (IL); and closed the week with two hits before drawing a walk in her final at bat in a 5-2 loss to John Carroll. The streak ended with a ground out in her first at bat against Springville last Monday.
Other top performances and milestones submitted include:
ACA’s GOODMAN, PITTMAN REACH MILESTONES: Alabama Christian Academy ace pitcher and University of Florida commitment Haley Pittman hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Geneva in the Sidney Cooper Invitational Tourney earlier this season to present Eagles head coach Chris Goodman with his 500th career softball win – all at ACA. Goodman has a 513-180 record since taking over the Eagles’ softball program in 2007. His teams have won two Class 4A state championships and have finished runner-up three times. The 2017 team was 58-7.
Pittman, a junior, registered the 1,000th strikeout of her outstanding pitching career last week. She is 15-5 this season for the Eagles (17-7) with a 0.87 ERA with 197 strikeouts in just 97 innings. In last week’s action she hurled a four-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 to beat Jeff Davis 9-0; list a 2-1 decision to G.W. Long with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed; beat Andalusia 9-0 with nine strikeouts over four innings; hurled a five-inning one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to beat Trinity 14-0; and hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 13 of 21 batters she faced in a 5-0 area win over Montgomery-Catholic. Pittman finished 4-1 for the week with 25 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and 50 strikeouts.
Goodman has also served as head baseball coach, girls’ and boys’ basketball at times during his tenure. His baseball teams compiled a 389-192 record, his boys’ basketball team were 216-168, and girls’ basketball teams, 225-93. His overall record in all sports is 1,343-633.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LIBBY BAKER, G.W, LONG: The senior tossed a perfect game in a five-inning 10-0 win over Providence Christian. She struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced for the Rebels (19-0).
McKENZIE NEWCOMB, HAZEL GREEN: Was 5-0 for the week with 48 strikeouts, one walk and only 16 hits allowed and compiled a 0.88 ERA competing in the Upper Cumberland (TN) Classic tourney. The Trojans finished 5-1. Newcomb also hit two of Hazel Green’s six homers collected during the tourney.
MONTANNA MASHBURN, WEST END: Slugged three doubles in a 14-4 win over Southeastern as the Patriots clinched a share of the Class 2A, Area 10 regular season title. She also drove in three runs.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out five to beat Satsuma in the finals of the Pat Hicks Classic softball tourney and also struck out 10 to beat McGill-Toolen 4-1 in the semifinals. She socked two two-run homers to account for all four Toros runs and had three hits versus Satsuma in the championship game.
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-of-15 batting for the week with 13 runs batted in as the Panthers went 4-1 earned co-champion honors with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the tourney cut short by inclement weather. Teammate Landyn McAnnally fired a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a regular-season win over Montgomery Catholic.
KIRSTEN STROUD, PIKE ROAD: Was 7-of-8 in two wins for Pike Road. The Patriots beat Lee-Montgomery 11-0 and Brewbaker Tech 11-6.
MAKAYLA MILLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Clements 12-0. She struck out six and did not walk a batter and had a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Morgan White added a home run to highlight an eight-run first inning.
EMMA HOUSTON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had two hits, including a grand-slam home run, and finished with five RBIS as PCA downed Houston Academy 13-0.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a home run and three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Plainview. She hurled a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the game. She also struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Athens.
ELISE WALKER, MAE JEMISON: Slugged three doubles and drove in five runs in a 19-8 win over Lee-Huntsville and also had a homer and double for three RBIs in a 14-6 loss to Randolph.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Had a triple and collected three RBIs in a 15-1 win over Vinemont and added a two-run homer in s 5-4 loss to Brewer.
HYLAN HIGDON, GLENCOE: Pitched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils allowing two hits and striking out 12.
JOANNA VEGA, RANDOLPH: The pitcher had a triple and single and four RBIs in the Raiders’ 11-4 win over Lee-Huntsville and drove in two runs in a 14-6 win over Mae Jemison.
AHSAA Baseball Spotlight
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: James Weaver
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 3, 2019) — Rules related to minimizing risk of injury to dance and cheer team members are among 29 rules revisions for the 2019-20 high school spirit season.
The rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“We’re trying to create a safer environment for activities to occur in cheer and dance and make the rules book as clear as possible,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee.
Rule 3-3-3 was changed to make it consistent with other braced inversion rules. It now allows for the inverted person to be caught by new catchers as long as the new catchers remain close to the original bases, are in place before initiation of the inversion, and do not pose increased safety risk to the top person.
Rule 3-3-5 was changed to allow a braced front flip to be performed just as it is on the ground while using one bracer behind the top person holding both hands. Both of the top person’s hands/arms must be in continuous contact with a bracer and the bracer must be in a multi-base prep with a spotter. The top person must be to the side or in front of the bracer, and only one bracer is necessary. This allows similar visuals for smaller teams and removes the need for an additional bracer to hold the wrist of the top person.
Another change related to inversions was made to Rule 3-3-6, which now restricts releasing from an inversion with a stunt that has twists at any level, even in the presence of a spotter. Previously, inversions could release with a stunt at prep level or below.
“This change affects how someone moves from upside down. This change is significant because of risks [associated with twists],” Weaver said.
Rule 2-1-5 now states that props made of hard material or sharp edges cannot be released by a top person and must be placed by someone on the ground. This reduces risk of injury from falling props.
In other changes, Rule 3-5-5 was revised to clarify the intent of the rule and better describe the connection between the bracer and the top person. Rule 4-3-3 was also changed to clarify that as long as someone is gripping, it is not important whether it is the top person or the bracer.
A complete list of spirit rules changes is located on the spirit page of the NFHS website, www.nfhs.org, under “Activities and Sports.”
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, competitive spirit is the ninth-most popular sport for girls with 162,669 participants in 6,877 schools around the country.
This press release was written by Kirsten Adair, an intern at the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.
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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900
Director of Publications and Communications
National Federation of State High School Associations
Chris Boone, 317-972-6900
Assistant Director of Publications and Communications
MONTGOMERY – Senior slugger Shea Putman of J.B. Pennington High School slugged her way into the national spotlight earlier this month when she slugged seven home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances to set a new NFHS National High School softball record.
Her performance shared the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week with Colbert Heights High School’s slugging lineup that set two AHSAA fast-pitch records with seven home runs in one inning and 11 in a 24019 win over Cherokee. The game total tied the NFHS national record.
Putman set a national and AHSAA record with seven straight home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances during a three-game stretch to eclipse the national record of five set previously by Aubrey Martin of Muscatine (IA) in 2002 and equaled by Amanda Emelander of Wyoming Lee (MI) in 2014. Both hit five consecutive home runs in one game. Putman accomplished her feat over three games.
The senior Snead State commitment belted three home runs in three plate appearances in a 13-3 win over Hanceville, followed with three more in a 6-0 win over Good Hope. She boomed her seventh in a row in her first plate appearance Pennington’s 13-1 win over Locust Fork. She drove in 11 runs in the streak and then opened the next game, a 5-0 win over Glencoe, with a solo homer for eight home runs in nine plate appearances.
“The streak was something to see,” said Pennington Coach Jeff Gibbs, who served as Oneonta head coach for 10 years before retiring in 2016. He came out of retirement this year to take over the J.B. Pennington program. “What makes it even more special is that Shea has not mentioned this one time. The team hasn’t talked about it either. We have seven seniors leading this team who are committed to being the best they can be. Their goal is to get to Tuscaloosa (Regionals) and to Montgomery (State Tourney). They are a joy to coach.”
Putman, who plays catcher and shortstop for the Tigers, has 13 home runs on the season for Class 3A J.B. Pennington (9-1). She is hitting .398 with 25 RBIs in 10 games. She has struck out once this season and has nine walks – four of them intentional. She had two home runs in the team’s last game, s 10-9 loss to Blount County rival Hayden. Alanna Goble, an Auburn-Montgomery signee, also has four home runs, is hitting .440 on the season and has struck out 130 as the team’s pitcher. Currently on spring break, Gibbs’ team will play Hayden net Monday and then compete in the Blount County tourney at Appalachian April 4-5.
Colbert Heights High School’s strong lineup as seven different players blasted home runs in the win over Cherokee – seven of the homers coming in the same inning to set the state record. The 11 in a game ties the national high school single-game record set by Chicago St. Benedict versus Chicago Providence on April 13, 2000. The seven in one inning may be a national record as well, but the NFHS Record Book does list that category among its records.
Caroline Clark hit three in the contest to lead Wildcats of Coach Brad James, who has over 700 career wins as head softball coach. Kinsley Milender and Katelyn Hand each had two home runs. One of Milender’s home runs was a grand slam, and she finished with seven RBIs. Clark finished with four RBIs and Hand had three. Also homering for Colbert Heights were Kylie Robinson, Alana Roberts, Haleigh Rhodes and Kaylee Fuller. Guntersville and Ider each hit eight homers in a game to share the AHSAA record. Guntersville had six in one inning in its 12-1 win over Brewer in 2018. Ider socked eight in a game in 2008.
Cherokee’s Brianna Gooch had two homers for the Indians – giving both teams 13 home runs in the game – another AHSAA state record.
Clark followed with two homers and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Phil Campbell.
Colbert Heights’ home run barrage came in a 24 broke two state records for home runs in a 24-10 victory over Cherokee in high school softball last week.
COACH ANTHONY COX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The Tigers from Bay Minette captured the 400th win of Cox’s coaching career with a 5-4 win over Auburn at the Auburn High School Softball Invitational.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LAUREN YATES, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Slugged a grand slam and two-run homer for six RBIs and hurled six innings to get the 13-7 win over Muscle Shoals. The game was highlighted by seven home runs. Brianna Posey and Hannah Russell had one solo homer each for Central while Elizabeth Marshall, Madelyn Stonecipher and Natalie Nesbit homered for the Trojans.
DALLAS POTTER, G.W. LONG: Slugged two home runs and a single to drive in three runs to lead the Rebels (18-0) past Gardendale 6-2 in the finals of the Alex Wilcox Memorial/FCA Tourney at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. She finished the tourney with five homers and 10 RBIs. Pitchers Libby Baker and Savanna Wood combined to allow just two runs over 32 innings with 61 strikeouts in six wins in the tourney. Baker pitched the win over Gardendale.
ABBY WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 17-of-24 with four doubles and six RBIs for the week as the Rockets (21-3) finished runner-up at the Alex Wilcox Memorial Tourney at Lagoon Park last week. G.W. Long won the championship. Teammate Kylee Franklin added four doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs among her 10 hits for the week.
HANNAH WISHAAR, SPANISH FORT: Had three hits, including her second game-winning home run of the season, in a 6-5 win over Gulf Breeze (FL). Teammate Ainsley Lambert had two hits, scored twice and struck out 14 in a 4-0 shutout win over Jay (FL). Wishaar also had the game-winning two-run homer as the Toros beat Daphne 2-0 and Lambert pitched a no-hitter striking out 17. She also whiffed 18 in a 3-0 win over Saraland and finished the week with 48 strikeouts in three wins.
BREANNA BARLOW, EXCEL: Pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a perfect game, and struck out 13 for the week. Her perfect game came in an 8-0 win over Zion Chapel. She struck out seven in that game. At the plate, she went 11-of-16 with seven homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
MONTGOMERY – Westbrook Christian senior pitcher Samuel Dutton took his bid for a perfect game to another level last week. The senior and Warriors’ ace hurler faced the minimum 15 batters in Westbrook’s five-inning 12-0 high school baseball win. He struck out the first 14 batters he faced and finished his perfect game by getting Gaston’s William Humphrey to ground out on a 0-2 pitch to third.
For his efforts, Dutton, an LSU commit, grabbed the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight this week.
The pitcher explained his simple but effective pitching philosophy to sportswriter Chris McCarthy of the Gadsden Messenger as concentrating on just one batter at a time as he worked his way through the Gaston lineup.
“I just try to stay focused while I am on the mound,” he said. “I try to do daily what I need to do. It’s been a good season so far.”
Westbrook, coached by Matt Kennedy, took control of the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Greyson Robinson ripped a bases-loaded double to give Dutton all the run support he would need.
“Samuel Dutton is going compete,” said Kennedy. “He works hard and gets the job done. It’s a joy to watch him pitch and I’m proud of the way our team responds when he’s out there.” The pitcher helped his own cause with a double and two runs scored.
In other baseball highlights reported from the last two weeks:
JACOB DAVIS, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out 16 as Spanish Fort downed Daphne 2-0.
HANSEN McKeown, OAK MOUNTAIN: Tossed a no-hitter striking out 12 to beat Boonville (MO) 10-0, and teammate Jackson Kimbrel struck out 13 in a 6-1 win over Austin.
JACKSON REECE, JAMES CLEMENS: Pitched a six-inning 11-1 win over Auburn striking out 12.
ISAAC EVANS, ATHENS: Hurled a six-inning no-hitter over DAR striking out eight to get the win.
KONNER COPELAND, SARALAND: Pitched a five-inning two-hit shutout and struck out 13 as the Spartans downed Alma Bryant 10-0.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled a one-hit, six-inning shutout with nine strikeouts to beat Shoals Christian 10-0. Panthers’ slugger Collin Huntley collected a single, double and triple to drive in two runs for Mars Hill.
DANIEL JAMES, GRISSOM: Struck out 14 and allowed just one earned run in the Tigers’ 7-2 win over Ooltewah (TN). He yielded three hits.
BLAISE DYKES, SLOCOMB: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Red Tops blanked Kinston 14-0 in the Geneva County tourney. He struck out seven and walked two.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
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
Future1s will become the Official Cloth Partner of the AHSAA to provide yearly, customized uniforms for all AHSAA All-Star events including AL/MS All-Star Football Game.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has announced a three-year partnership with Alabama-based apparel and equipment company Future1s, beginning in July 2019. Future1s is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.
As the Official Cloth Partner of the AHSAA, Future1s will provide yearly, customized uniforms for all AHSAA All-Star events including Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football and Basketball Games.
"The Alabama High School Athletic Association is proud to partner with Future1s to provide customized uniforms for some of our most-anticipated events," said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity Future1s will provide our member schools.”
AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth, who oversees the AHSAA Corporate Partner program, said, “Moving forward, we are truly excited about this partnership and welcome Future1s into the AHSAA family.”
As the new partner of the AHSAA, Future1s has aspirations of becoming an industry leader by focusing on quality and accessibility to high school programs across the state and region.
Future1s founders Gus Smith and Trent Massey partnered in February 2016 with a revolutionary idea to change the way football teams practice. Their original product was the Scout Team Jersey, which they still offer today and features a one-of-a-kind scout team practice jersey with interchangeable numbers. In as little as 15 seconds, the Scout Team Jersey can turn each member of your scout team into your upcoming opponent. Now, Future1s operates as a full-team dealer. With a growing product line, Future1s’ popularity is growing quickly, with Michigan, Arizona, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston, South Alabama and multiple high school programs on board.
“We are very excited about this partnership," said Future1s Co-Founder Gus Smith. "Since our founding, our goal has been to provide the highest-quality products for the best prices. We want to treat every school and team like they are our top priority, and this partnership is no different. In today’s world of apparel and marketing, the large, recognizable schools receive all the special treatment. Future1s wants to make every program feel like they are just as important to the next.”
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