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Willis Loves Energy on First Day of Practice

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Although Wednesday morning marked the 21st time that Chris Willis was part of an opening day pre-season football practice at the University of North Alabama, it had a different feel for the veteran Lion coach.

 

With a renovated locker room unveiled to the players the day before, a complete coaching staff in place, and with a four-year transition to Division I and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) status behind them, the Lions showed an opening day enthusiasm unlike anything Willis had seen before.

 

"I thought the energy level today was the highest that I have ever seen in a day one practice," said Willis, who is in his 21st season on the Lion staff and sixth as head coach. "You could feel a different excitement and it was really a player-drive practice. They were all competing and talking. I don't know if it's the new locker room, the fact that we have more coaches and staff than we have had before, or that we will finally be playing for something again, but I love what's going on."

 

UNA spent two hours on the practice field on Wednesday morning and will return to the field at the Bill Jones Athletic Complex at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. After two days in helmets, the Lions can add shoulder pads for the next three practices, starting on Friday.

 

North Alabama opens its 2022 season in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday, September 1 against Indiana State University. 

 

Chris Stewart to Fill in for Eli Gold on the Crimson Tide Sports Network

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Eli Gold, who has served as the voice of Alabama football since 1988, will be sidelined with health issues to begin the 2022 Crimson Tide football season, Jim Carabin, vice president and general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, announced Wednesday.

 

Chris Stewart, who anchors the Tide’s football broadcast and handles play-by-play duties for the Alabama basketball and baseball teams, will fill in for Gold in his absence.

 

Stewart will also take over the hosting duties for “The Nick Saban Show” and “Hey, Coach” radio broadcasts when it returns on Thursday, August 18.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

North Alabama Approved for Full NCAA Status

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of North Alabama has been notified by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors that it has successfully completed all reclassification requirements and has been elected to active Division I status effective with the 2022-23 academic year. The Board’s action concludes North Alabama’s four-year reclassification period from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I and officially grants the University access to Division I membership benefits, including full NCAA post-season eligibility beginning this fall. 

 

“It is with great pride that we acknowledge the final action by the NCAA to grant full and active Division I status to the University of North Alabama,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “Our Athletics staff, along with many members of the campus community, from faculty to staff to students, have participated in helping realize this very important goal. Being Division I is the natural next step in the University’s growth and evolution as the first-choice institution for students across the region and the globe, and I am confident that our student-athletes will compete strongly on this national stage.”  

 

UNA's Board of Trustees voted on December 6, 2016 to accept an invitation from the ASUN Conference and begin the transition to an NCAA Division I institution in the Fall of 2018.  

 

With the move, no Lion teams have been eligible to compete in any NCAA post-season events for the last four years. North Alabama student-athletes, however, have continued to be successful during the transition, claiming numerous conference, regional and national awards. That success includes five Division I Academic All-America selections, as well as two team appearances in ASUN Conference Championship games.   

 

The University has also continued its upward trajectory, with enrollment climbing more than 24 percent since 2018. Currently the fastest growing four-year institution in the state of Alabama, UNA also recently became a doctoral-granting institution. 

 

In addition, beginning this fall, all 14 of North Alabama's athletic teams will be competing together in the ASUN Conference for the first time. 

 

“This is an energizing and transformative time to be part of the University of North Alabama,” said UNA director of athletics Dr. Josh Looney. “Exceeding NCAA reclassification standards is among the most demanding multi-year processes an institution can undertake with its athletic department. This accomplishment reflects a true team effort with numerous campus and community leaders contributing to this historic moment. We are especially grateful to the student-athletes who competed during the transition and want to thank our fans and alumni for their support during this process. Growth is present throughout the University of North Alabama and Lion Athletics is ready to Raise The Roar!”  

 

ASUN Conference Commissioner Ted Gumbart shared his excitement about the announcement from the NCAA.  

 

"Today we celebrate with the entire UNA community! From the first internal consideration of moving to Division I, through the challenges to gain a conference invitation, to the public announcement of joining the ASUN, there were many contributors to the move. Then came four years of meeting goals, NCAA Division I standards and ASUN competition,” Gumbart said. “As with the graduation of our student-athletes, having the Lions move into active NCAA I membership is both a great conclusion and a wonderful new beginning. Congratulations to President Kitts, the UNA Board and all the faculty, staff, coaches, administrators and students who took part in this journey. Congratulations!” 

 

The four-year transition process involved numerous individuals across the North Alabama campus, with Dr. Eric Kirkman, Director of Kilby Laboratory School, serving as the chair of the Transition Committee. 

 

"The transition process to Division I status has truly been a labor of love, and a journey that was well-worth the trip,” Kirkman said.  “It was also an honor to work with such an amazing group of faculty and staff serving on the transition team over the last four years. We as a transition team and University community all learned so much about the inner workings of the NCAA, and how this transition will not only enhance our sports programs, but the academic programs of our institution as well. It is only fitting that we are now offering Doctoral programs with more programs soon to be added. This transition helps to solidify our presence in the region as a viable option for a high-quality post-secondary and graduate-level education. With our expanded competition base, our athletic teams can also leave footprints across this country as they compete in regions where we did not before. Thanks to the great leadership in our athletics programs and our University, UNA is on the move, and this transition is just one example of that!"

 

Members of UNA's Division I Transition team:

Dr. Eric Kirkman (Chair)   -  Director of Kilby Laboratory School

Dr. Kimberly Greenway - Vice President Student-Affairs (now retired)

Ms. Margaritta Jones - Graduate Business Admissions Specialist/Senior Recruiter

Ms Shery Kennemer - Senior Associate Athletic Director – Student Success

Dr. Mark Lawrence -  Professor Accounting

Dr. Ansley Quiros - Associate Professor of History

Ms. Christa Raney - Senior Lecturer - English

Dr. Jillian Stupiansky - Mathematics (former)

Mr. Evan Thornton -  Vice President - CFO

Mr. Todd Vardaman - Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration

Dr. Molly Mathis - Director Institutional Research 

 

Nick's Kids Foundation Luncheon Held on Wednesday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Luncheon was held on Wednesday afternoon in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium with checks totaling just over $572,000 were presented to local and state non-profit organizations.

 

The event returned to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first time since 2019. Last year, the City of Tuscaloosa and Nick's Kids Foundation hosted a parade and ceremony for the Nick’s Kids Avenue Jubilee, celebrating the renaming of 28th Avenue to “Nick’s Kids Avenue.”

 

Since Nick and Terry Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, nearly $11 million has been given to deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.

 

“This is always one of my favorite days of the year,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “To have the opportunity to see that Nick’s Kids is actually creating some opportunities for some kids maybe to have a little better quality of life, to thank all the people who actually help the kids have a better quality of life, and to actually thank Miss Terry and her volunteers for doing all they do to help create opportunities.”

 

In 2022, some of the Nick's Kids Foundation projects include Home Building Project #18.5 with Habitat for Humanity to honor the 2021 SEC Championship team, a $1 million gift to the Saban Center from Nick’s Kids, the PARA of Tuscaloosa County all-inclusive playground, as well as the Teacher's Excellence Awards Luncheon.

 

In addition to their work with the Nick's Kids Foundation, the Sabans have also been generous with their personal donations to The University of Alabama's scholarship fund. In June of 2008, Nick and Terry made a $1 million pledge to the University for first-generation scholarships.

 

Joining the Sabans at Wednesday’s luncheon were student-athletes Will Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Jermaine Burton, Justin Eboigbe, Emil Ekiyor Jr., DeMarcco Hellams, Will Reichard, Henry To’oTo’o, Dallas Turner and Byron Young.

 

The Nick’s Kids Foundation is the official charity of Nick and Terry Saban. The Nick’s Kids Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources for deserving organizations throughout the state of Alabama and Southeast. As the official charity of Nick Saban and his family, Nick and Terry invest their time and energy hosting luncheons, golf tournaments, scrimmages and other events to benefit the cause. The proceeds are given in support of children, family, teacher and student causes. 

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

Madison To Host Major League Eating Event

TOP-RANKED EATERS FACE-OFF AT 

FIGHT NIGHT: THE 2022 MAJOR LEAGUE EATING

 WORLD BANANA PUDDING CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Top-Ranked Eaters will converge in Alabama for Inaugural Event, $3,000 in Prize Money

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Major League Eaters will make the pilgrimage to Madison, Alabama, to compete in Fight Night: The 2022 Major League Eating World Banana Pudding Championship. The event will take place at 6:45 P.M. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at CrossPointe Church78 Hughes Rd, Madison, Ala.

 

Competitors will have eight minutes to consume as much banana pudding as they can. The champion will establish a new world record in the banana pudding-eating discipline.

 

“Banana pudding is widely regarded as one of the American South’s most prominent comfort foods,” said Major League Eating Emcee Sam Barclay. “But, if they are to succeed, eaters must stay focused on quantity, and refrain from enjoying the quality of Apple Lane Farm’s award-winning banana pudding.”

 

Top eating talent will include #2-ranked Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, MA; #4-ranked Nick Wehry of Tampa, FL; #11-ranked Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago, IL; #17-ranked George Chiger of Pocono Pines, PA; #30-ranked Greg Wilson of Austin, TX; #31-ranked Crazy Legs Conti of New York, NY; Matthew Cohen of Maryville, TN; Andy Krawczyk of Raleigh, NC; and Steven Farlow of Browns Summit, NC.

 

About Major League Eating:

Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visitwww.MajorLeagueEating.comwww.facebook.com/eatfast or Instagram / Twitter: @eatingcontest.

 

About CrossPointe Church

CrossPointe Church in Madison, AL, is a community of people who desire to live out our faith in Jesus Christ.

2022 SEC Media Days Attendees List

2022 Football Media Days Student-Athlete Attendees

 

Alabama

Will Anderson Jr., LB, Junior

Jordan Battle, DB, Senior

Bryce Young, QB, Junior

 

Arkansas

Jalen Catalon, S, Junior

KJ Jefferson, QB, Junior

Bumper Pool, LB, Senior

 

Auburn

Tank Bigsby, RB, Junior

Derick Hall, Edge, Senior

John Samuel Shenker, TE, Senior

 

Florida

Anthony Richardson, QB, Sophomore

Richard Gouraige, OL, Junior

Ventrell Miller, LB, Senior

 

Georgia

Stetson Bennett, QB, Senior

Nolan Smith, LB, Senior

Sedrick Van Pran, OL, Sophomore

 

Kentucky

Will Levis, QB, Senior

Kenneth Horsey, OG, Senior

DeAndre Square, ILB, Senior

 

LSU

Jack Bech, WR, Sophomore 

Mike Jones, Jr., LB, Junior

BJ Ojulari, DE, Junior 

 

Ole Miss

Nick Broeker, OL, Senior

Cedric Johnson, DE, Junior

Jonathan Mingo, WR, Senior

 

Mississippi State

Jaden Crumedy, DT, Graduate Senior

Nathaniel Watson, LB, Graduate Senior

Austin Williams, WR, Graduate Senior

 

Missouri

Barrett Banister, WR, Graduate Senior

Martez Manuel, DB, Senior

Isaiah McGuire, DL, Senior

 

South Carolina

Jovaughn Gwyn, OL, Senior

Dakereon Joyner, WR, Senior

Zacch Pickens, DL, Senior

 

Tennessee

Trevon Flowers, S, Senior

Hendon Hooker, QB, Graduate Senior

Cedric Tillman, WR, Graduate Senior

 

Texas A&M

Demani Richardson, DB, Senior

Layden Robinson, OL, Junior

Ainias Smith, WR/AP, Senior

 

Vanderbilt

Ben Bresnahan, TE, Graduate Senior

Anfernee Orji, LB, Senior

Mike Wright, QB, Junior

 

Alabama's Davis Comes From Behind To Win B.AS.S. Nation Southeast Regional On Smith Lake

JASPER, Ala. — Only 15 minutes remained Friday in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lewis Smith Lake and Will Davis Jr. figured the limit in his livewell gave him a chance to win.

He also knew his chances greatly improved if he left his favored spot in Rock Creek and hooked a big bedding bass on the main channel.

He made the move — and it was a good choice. 

Davis caught a 4-pounder at the mouth of Rock Creek just before zooming back to the Smith Lake Dam Access where the regional’s final weigh-in was about to begin. The catch allowed him to upgrade more than a pound and it helped him to a 13-pound, 5-ounce limit of five bass on the final day. 

That capped a three-day total of 38-3, which earned him a come-from-behind win on Smith Lake, some 90 miles from his hometown of Sylacauga, Ala.

“I told my nonboater ‘I’m 5 pounds out from winning this thing,’” Davis said, noting the distance between him and North Carolina’s David Winters, who led the field after Days 1 and 2.

“I knew I had to find a big one on a bed,” Davis said. “I saw a big female there earlier in the week and she was there again when we pulled up. I picked up a Davis Bait Company 1/2-ounce wood jig with a green pumpkin Big Bite Fighting Frog on it. I flipped it over there and she sucked it right in.”

Davis, 29, collected a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Skeeter with the win. He also secured a spot in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 9-11 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Davis is taking home an additional $500 as winner of the Garmin Tournament Rewards. 

“It’ll be my first time fishing in the Nation Championship,” he said. “It’s hard to get there because there are a lot of great sticks in Alabama. Making it to the regional and now nationals, it’s a special feeling.”

Davis caught an 11-9 limit on Day 1 which put him in 13th place in the boater division. He improved to 13-5 on Day 2 and replicated the weight on Day 3. He said changing patterns allowed him to increase his weight when some of the early leaders were going backwards.

“My dad (William, owner of Davis Bait Company) makes a bait called a Shaky Fish,” Davis said. “It’s a jighead with a bill on it. And he has a minnow bait that has a great quiver, an X Swim Slim Minnow (albino). 

“I started getting into these ditches in Rock Creek and I could see them on my LiveScope suspended in 8 to 10 feet of water. I reeled it fast past the fish. Six out of 10 times, they hit it.”

While Davis was getting bit, Winters was having troubles. He caught only three bass Friday for 6-11, but was able to hang onto second place overall, earning $4,000. Winters won an additional $500 for having the heaviest bass of the tournament — a 6-8 largemouth that anchored his 18-9 haul on Day 1.

“A lot of things went wrong today,” Winters said. “My morning spot dried up. I had a lot of pressure in my area. I tried it for an hour and a half, but I went looking for something big. It just didn’t happen.”

JJ Dickens of Beaver, W.V., claimed $2,500 cash from Yamaha for winning the nonboater division. Dickens caught nine bass over three days totaling 22-3. He edged West Virginia teammate J.C. Christopher II, who finished second with 22-1.

“I used a drop shot with a Yamamoto Shad Shape with a finesse presentation,” Dickens said. “I also used a Keitech 3/32-ounce micro jig with a three-inch swimmer. Both were in green pumpkin.”

A total of 200 competitors from 10 states started the derby on Wednesday and the field was cut to 56 anglers for Day 3. The Top 20 in both the boater and nonboater divisions collected cash prizes and qualified for November’s B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. 

A total cash purse of $43,000 was awarded in the regional.

West Virginia won the team portion of the tournament, which was decided on Day 2. The Mountain State’s 20 anglers totaled 133 bass weighing 270-2 over two days, good enough for $6,250. North Carolina finished second (129 bass, 268 pounds, $3,750) and Alabama was third (120, 251-5, $2,500). 

Rounding out the team standings are Virginia (123, 251-4); fifth, Georgia (120, 246-7); sixth, South Carolina (118, 238-0); seventh, Kentucky, (121, 237-9); eighth, Mississippi (113, 218-6); ninth, Tennessee (105, 200-4); and 10th, Florida (98, 183-15).

The tournament was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County

2022 B.A.S.S. Nation Title Sponsor: TNT Fireworks

2022 B.A.S.S. Nation Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2022 B.A.S.S. Nation Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Progressive Insurance, Ranger Boats, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
2022 B.A.S.S. Nation Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Daiwa, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Strike King, Triton Boats, VMC

 

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

 

Athens Golden Eagles Win First State Softball Title since 2010

OXFORD – Athens High School’s softball team managed just four hits against Helena pitcher Cam Bailey in Wednesday’s Class 6A State Softball Tournament championship game.
     But four was enough.
    The Golden Eagles (42-10), coached by Travis Barnes, took advantage of two costly Helena errors and earned a 4-2 victory over the Huskies in Wednesday’s Class 6A softball championship game at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park. The victory capped a perfect 4-0 run through the state tournament for Athens, which won its first state softball title since 2010.
     “Everybody wants to end their career with a win, and that’s what I’m proud about these seniors for,” said Barnes, noting he has eight seniors on the roster. “I’m just happy for this school and this whole community.”
     Tournament MVP Emily Simon earned the victory, allowing five hits and striking out nine in a complete game effort. Bailey took the loss as Athens scored four unearned runs.
     Athens defeated Helena 3-1 in Tuesday’s winners’ bracket final and beat the Huskies again to claim the Blue Map.
    Helena, coached by Scott Lowery, was trying to win its first state softball title. Sara Ezekiel drove in both Helena runs in the final.
     For Athens, Morgan Stiles drove in a run in the championship game, while Katie SimonAbby TuckerJordyn Johnson and Abbie Dempsey scored runs.
     All Softball Championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and AHSAA TV Network with WOTM TV producing the series. In addition, all Baseball Championship Series Games are also being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and AHSAA TV Network with WOTM TV producing the series.
     Class 6A All-State Tourney Team
     Emily Simon, Athens (MVP); Haley Waggoner, Athens’ Abby Tucker, Athens; Elex Erwin, Helena; Haley Morris, Helena; Cam Bailey, Helena.

Athens Softball to play for 6A State Championship

AHSAA 2022 State Softball Championships
Class 6A: Athens Advances to Wednesday’s Finals 
with Winner’s Bracket Win over Helena High School

 

By Josh Bean | For the AHSAA

 

     OXFORD – Athens High School’s eight senior softball players definitely remember who eliminated them from last year’s state softball tournament.
     The Golden Eagles (41-10) earned a 3-1 victory over Helena High School in the winner’s bracket final Tuesday at Choccolocco Park as the 2022 AHSAA State Softball Championships began play in Class 6A. The Huskies were the team that knocked Athens out of last year’s state tournament.
     “Just to be able to get to the state championship game, they’re excited about that,” Athens coach Travis Barnes said. “Helena, that’s the team that knocked them out last year.”
     Athens hasn’t won a state softball title since 2010, but the Golden Eagles need just one more victory Wednesday to take home the Blue Map. Helena now moves to the consolation bracket Wednesday and needs a win to get back to the finals. 
     The first five batters against Helena got a hit as the Golden Eagles scored three runs in the first inning. Right-handed pitcher Emily Simon did the rest, allowing just one run and earning a complete-game victory.
     Helena, Pell City and Calera are the other three remaining teams in the double-elimination 6A tournament. Pell City and Calera play Wednesday at 10:45 a.m., with the winner advancing to play Helena. Whichever team emerges must defeat Athens twice in the championship round, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m., at Choccolocco Park’s signature field and will be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network and shown live over the AHSAA TV Network.
 

Other Class 6A scores:

First round

Mortimer Jordan 16, Springville 11

Helena 3, Robertsdale 0

Calera 8, Baldwin County 3

Athens 4, Pell City 1

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals
Helena 10, Mortimer Jordan 8

Athens 6, Calera 1

Consolation Bracket
Pell City 8, Baldwin County 2

Springville 10, Robertsdale 0

Calera 2, Springville 1

Pell City 5, Mortimer Jordan 4

 

 

AHSAA State Baseball Semifinal Scores


 
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From: Ron Ingram <ringram@ahsaa.com>
Date: May 13, 2022 at 11:41:27 PM CDT
Subject: AHSAA Baseball Semifinal Playoff Results
 
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Baseball Playoff results as of Friday night, 11:30 p.m.

 

AHSAA 2022 State Baseball Playoffs
SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS
(All series are scheduled May 12-13-14, unless otherwise denoted)

CLASS 1A
Bayshore Christian (27-5) 8-5, Sweet Water (16-20) 7-3 (Bayshore Christian (27-5) wins series 2-0)
Lindsay Lane (28-6) 11-4, Donoho (21-7) 1-3 (Lindsay Lane (28-6) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long (32-7) 7-7-0, Ariton (21-16) 3-8-5, (G.W. Long (32-7) wins series 2-1)
Decatur Heritage (30-9) 11-12-3, Mars Hill Bible (29-7) 16-2-1 (Decatur Heritage (30-9) wins series 2-1)
CLASS 3A
Trinity Presbyterian (31-6) 2-13-12, Thomasville (22-13) 7-3-4 (Trinity Presbyterian (31-6) wins series 2-1)
Piedmont (36-5) 0-16-8, Phil Campbell (30-9) 10-9-4 (Piedmont (36-5) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 4A
Mobile Christian (31-4) 7-14, Gordo (26-6) 5-1 (Mobile Christian (31-4) wins series 2-0)
Etowah (28-12) 5-3, Hamilton (27-14) 4-0 (Etowah (28-12) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 5A
Holtville (34-5) 2, 4-7, Headland (24-5) 2-2 (Holtville (34-5) wins series 2-0)
Russellville (33-12) 4-13-5, Madison Academy (30-15) 9-10-0 (Russellville (33-12) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 6A
Pelham (17-18-1) 3-6, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (24-13) 6-2  (Game 3, Sat., 1 p.m.)
Hartselle (37-4) 11-5, Hazel Green (25-16) 5-1 (Hartselle (37-4) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 7A
Auburn (29-7) 2-3 Central-Phenix City (32-9) 3-2 (Game 3, Sat., noon)
Hewitt-Trussville (30-4-1) 4-8, Vestavia Hills (24-17) 0-2 (Hewitt-Trussville (30-4-1) wins series 2-0)

 

 

East Limestone Girls punch ticket to the State Title Game

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
East Limestone 2, Westbrook Christian 0

     East Limestone High School bult an early 2-0 lead and  relied on its defense to do the rest as the Indians (20-3-0) clinched a berth in Friday night’s AHSAA Class 4A/5Ae  Girls’ he State Soccer Championships at 7 p.m. with the 2-0 win over Westbrook Christian.
     East Limestone, coached by Blake Tucker, took the lead on a goal by junior midfielder Reagan Kelley in the first minute of the contest when she nailed a penalty kick past Westbrook Christian  goalkeeper Madelyn Machen. Sophomore forward Brianna Proudfoot landed the second goal at 19:53 in the first half. Teammate Lily Hosmer had the assist.
    Indians goalkeeper Emma Hines picked up the shutout with four saves. East Limestone patiently controlled the ball with its defense making just six shots on goal for the night.
     Westbrook Christian (19-4-0) was sparked by the play of midfielders Sarah Guffey and Ella Keene.
      
East Limestone will be aiming for its first state soccer title against powerful Indian Springs (17-3-2), which defeated Saint James 4-3 in overtime in the other semifinal match. . All AHSAA State Soccer championship matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network.

Russellville Boys advances to the 4A/5A State Championship Game

CLASS 4A/5A BOYS’ SEMIFINALS
Russellville 3, Crossville 2 (2 0T) 

     HUNTSVILLE – Russellville High School junior midfielder Yamilson Velasquez drilled a kick into the corner of the net in the second overtime to life the Golden Tigers to a 3-2 win over Crossville in the AHSAA Class 4A/5A boys’ soccer semifinals here at John Hunt Soccor Complex Thursday night.
    Velaquez’s powerful kick signaled the end to one of the best played matches in recent AHSAA state soccer tourney history. Crossville (16-3-0), coaches by Isaac Dismuke, took a 1-0 lead early when Rodolfo Balcazar scored on an assist from Alan Balcazar at 24:25 of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.  Russellville (19-2-1) tied the match 11 minutes into the second half on the first of two goals by senior forward Juan Cano. Both goals came two minutes apart to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
    Rogelio Ramirez tied the match on a penalty kick at the 60:31 mark and the match moved into overtime.
    The Tigers, coached by Trey Stanford, will play in the championship match versus Indian Springs (20-2-5) Friday at 5 p.m.
   The title match will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform with the Huntsville City Schools ETV team, led byJonathan Crowe, producing all finals.
All AHSAA soccer finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network.
    Play resumes Friday morning with the Class 6A and 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway at 9 a.m.

Whitesburg Christian advances to 1A/3A Girls State Championship Game

AHSAA 2022 State Soccer Champinships

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS’ SEMIFINALS
Whitesburg Christian 2, Mars Hill Bible 1

    HUNTSVILLE –  Senior forward Mattie Weeks sailed a perfect feed from teammate Matilda Troyer at 72:37 in the second half to give Whitesburg Christian the lead for good as the Warriors (14-5-1 moved into Friday’s AHSAA Class 1A/3A girls’ state finals being held at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex with the win.
   Mars Hill Bible (13-5-0) led at intermission thanks to a goal  Annie Hibbett 22 minutes into the match.  That goal stood alone until Finley Amos drilled a shot into the corner of the net at 45:45 to tie the score.
    Whitesburg Christian, coached by Julia Houser, had a strong defensive effort in the second half to seal the win.
    Goalkeeper Anna Looser had one save for the Warriors, and Ann Elyse Cox had a big effort as well recording 10 saves.
    Whitesburg Christian will face defending state champion Trinity Presbyterian in the 1A/3A finals Friday at 5 p.m. All AHSAA State Soccer championship matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network.

AHSAA State Baseball Playoff Scores

AHSAA 2022 State Baseball Playoffs
QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS/RESULTS
 

CLASS 1A
Sweet Water (15-18) 3-3, Millry (23-13) 2-4 (Game 3, Fri., 4 p.m.)
Bayshore Christian (25-5) 10-17, Berry (14-10) 0-0 (Bayshore Christian (25-5) wins series 2-0)
Lindsay Lane (26-6) 10-10, Appalachian (24-6) 2-3 (Lindsay Lane (26-6) wins series 2-0)
Donoho (21-5) 6-16, Covenant Christian (16-9) 1-8  (Donoho (21-5) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 2A
Fayetteville (18-11) at Ariton (18-14), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
G.W. Long (30-6) 7-6, Vincent (28-9) 0-4 (G.W. Long (30-6) wins series 2-0)
Decatur Heritage (28-8) 11-6, Westbrook Christian (18-18) 1-0) (Decatur Heritage (28-8) wins series 2-0)
Mars Hill Bible (27-5) 13-7, Ider (26-11) 3-2 (Mars Hill Bible (27-5) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 3A
Trinity Presbyterian (29-7) 7-8, Opp (24-10) 3-5 (Trinity Presbyterian (29-5) wins series 2-0)
Thomasville (18-10) at Bayside Academy (21-10), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Phil Campbell (29-7) 5-1-10, Elkmont (19-13)  3-6-0 (Phil Campbell (29-6) wins series 2-1)
Piedmont (33-4) 7-8, Lauderdale County (24-6) 0-5 (Piedmont (33-4) wns series 2-0)

CLASS 4A
Gordo (26-5) 12-10, Montevallo (15-12) 0-3 (Gordo (26-5) wins series 2-0)
Mobile Christian (29-4) 9-6, Bibb County (21-10) 0-4 (Mobile Christian (29-4) wins series 2-0)
Hamilton (26-12) 0-3, Brooks (15-14) 1-2 (Game 3, Fri., 5:30 p.m.)
Etowah (26-12) 12-9, Jacksonville (19-12) 2-1 (Etowah wins series 2-0)
 
CLASS 5A
Holtville (30-5) at UMS-Wright (19-12), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Shelby County (31-5) 2-2, Headland (23-3) 3-1, game 1, 8 innings (Game 3, Fri.., 11 a.m.)
Leeds (28-8) at Russellville (29-11),  Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Madison Academy (29-13) 9-4, Alexandria (24-15) 6-0 (Madison Academy (20-13) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 6A
Stanhope Elmore (26-12) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (21-12), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Fri., 1 p.m., if needed)
Hueytown (29-10) at Pelham (14-15-1), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., noon, if needed)
Hartselle (33-4) at Buckhorn (26-10), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Hazel Green (23-14) at Chelsea (21-13), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., noon, if needed)

CLASS 7A
(All times CDT)
Central-Phenix City (31-8) 13-9, Baker (24-12) 7-0 (Central-Phenix City (31-8) wins series 2-0) 
Alma Bryant (20-16) at Auburn (27-6),  Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Bob Jones (35-8) at Vestavia Hills (22-15), May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 2 p.m., if needed)
Hewitt-Trussville (26-3-1) at James Clemens (23-18), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)

 

AHSAA State Baseball Playoff Scores

AHSAA 2022 State Baseball Playoffs
QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS/RESULTS
 

CLASS 1A
Sweet Water (15-18) 3-3, Millry (23-13) 2-4 (Game 3, Fri., 4 p.m.)
Bayshore Christian (25-5) 10-17, Berry (14-10) 0-0 (Bayshore Christian (25-5) wins series 2-0)
Lindsay Lane (26-6) 10-10, Appalachian (24-6) 2-3 (Lindsay Lane (26-6) wins series 2-0)
Donoho (21-5) 6-16, Covenant Christian (16-9) 1-8  (Donoho (21-5) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 2A
Fayetteville (18-11) at Ariton (18-14), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
G.W. Long (30-6) 7-6, Vincent (28-9) 0-4 (G.W. Long (30-6) wins series 2-0)
Decatur Heritage (28-8) 11-6, Westbrook Christian (18-18) 1-0) (Decatur Heritage (28-8) wins series 2-0)
Mars Hill Bible (27-5) 13-7, Ider (26-11) 3-2 (Mars Hill Bible (27-5) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 3A
Trinity Presbyterian (29-7) 7-8, Opp (24-10) 3-5 (Trinity Presbyterian (29-5) wins series 2-0)
Thomasville (18-10) at Bayside Academy (21-10), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Phil Campbell (29-7) 5-1-10, Elkmont (19-13)  3-6-0 (Phil Campbell (29-6) wins series 2-1)
Piedmont (33-4) 7-8, Lauderdale County (24-6) 0-5 (Piedmont (33-4) wns series 2-0)

CLASS 4A
Gordo (26-5) 12-10, Montevallo (15-12) 0-3 (Gordo (26-5) wins series 2-0)
Mobile Christian (29-4) 9-6, Bibb County (21-10) 0-4 (Mobile Christian (29-4) wins series 2-0)
Hamilton (26-12) 0-3, Brooks (15-14) 1-2 (Game 3, Fri., 5:30 p.m.)
Etowah (26-12) 12-9, Jacksonville (19-12) 2-1 (Etowah wins series 2-0)
 
CLASS 5A
Holtville (30-5) at UMS-Wright (19-12), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Shelby County (31-5) 2-2, Headland (23-3) 3-1, game 1, 8 innings (Game 3, Fri.., 11 a.m.)
Leeds (28-8) at Russellville (29-11),  Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Madison Academy (29-13) 9-4, Alexandria (24-15) 6-0 (Madison Academy (20-13) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 6A
Stanhope Elmore (26-12) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (21-12), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Fri., 1 p.m., if needed)
Hueytown (29-10) at Pelham (14-15-1), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., noon, if needed)
Hartselle (33-4) at Buckhorn (26-10), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Hazel Green (23-14) at Chelsea (21-13), Fri., May 6, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (Sat., noon, if needed)

CLASS 7A
(All times CDT)
Central-Phenix City (31-8) 13-9, Baker (24-12) 7-0 (Central-Phenix City (31-8) wins series 2-0) 
Alma Bryant (20-16) at Auburn (27-6),  Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)
Bob Jones (35-8) at Vestavia Hills (22-15), May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 2 p.m., if needed)
Hewitt-Trussville (26-3-1) at James Clemens (23-18), Fri., May 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m. (Sat., 1 p.m., if needed)

 

Practice Report No. 9: Alabama Football Returns to the Practice Field Following First Scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team returned to the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields Monday afternoon following its first scrimmage of the spring slate. The Crimson Tide spent the two hour workout in full pads.

The session was the ninth of 14 spring practices for the Tide, leading up to the annual A-Day Game. The scrimmage, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. CT at Bryant Denny-Stadium, is open to the public and will be streamed live on SEC Network+.

The Integration of Alabama Football: A Celebration of John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson, will take place on The University of Alabama campus in conjunction with the Golden Flake A-Day Game on Saturday, April 16. Mitchell and Jackson will be recognized at Saturday's TIDE PRIDE luncheon before making their way to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a plaque unveiling ceremony at 12:30 p.m. The duo will also be honored on the field at halftime of the football game. Commemorative posters featuring Mitchell and Jackson will be available throughout the perimeter of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

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Lexi Kilfoyl's Perfect Game Secures Weekend Series Against Georgia

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama junior right-hander Lexi Kilfoyl threw the sixth perfect game in program history Monday night at Rhoads Stadium, securing the weekend series against Georgia for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (31-5, 8-4 SEC) pushed across nine runs on eight hits to end the game in six innings while Georgia (31-6, 5-3 SEC) had no answer for Kilfoyl (7-2) in the circle, fanning a season-high 10 batters with her 18-up, 18-down performance. Ally Shipman went 2-for-3 with five RBIs, including a game-ending three run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Bailey Dowling also posted a two-hit performance batting right behind Shipman and Kat Grill also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored batting ninth.

After just one combined hit between the two teams through the first 3.5 innings, the Tide threatened in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and two outs but a strikeout got the Bulldogs out of the jam to keep it scoreless. Still knotted up at 0-0 in the bottom of the sixth, a hit-by-pitch and bunt single put two on with one out for Alabama with the top of the order due up. After a force out at third, a walk loaded the bases yet again with two outs and Shipman sent the first pitch of her at-bat back up the middle, driving in two to give Alabama the first lead of the game. Dowling followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 and a fielding error extended the inning as Shipman scored from third to make it 4-0. Jenna Johnson tacked on two more with a bases-loaded single through the right side before a strikeout ended the big inning with the Tide ahead 6-0.

Grill started the bottom of the sixth with a single to right and stole second before Dallis Goodnight drew a walk behind her. Two batters later, Shipman called game with a three-run homer to left field, capping the run-rule victory and securing the perfect game for Kilfoyl.

From Head Coach Patrick Murphy

“First, I just want to say thank you to our fans. That’s three games in a row sold out and tonight on a nationally-televised Monday night game. There’s a lot of different things people could be doing, the national championship for men’s basketball is on tonight, yet we still had almost 4,000 people here. We can’t thank the fans enough because they brought the energy we needed tonight.

“Credit to Kilfoyl, Shipman and Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro for the perfect game tonight. To do it against a great hitting team like Georgia is unbelievable. Lexi pitched yesterday and the plan with the pitching staff today was to split the game, but as it went on, I didn’t have a choice but to stick with Kilfoyl because nobody could do anything against her. Obviously, I’m very glad we ended up sticking with her and that she didn’t have to go back out there in the seventh after the run-rule home run by Shipman.”

From LEXI KILFOYL

“Pitching back-to-back games was kind of unexpected, but I knew that I could do it. I just stayed focused, used everything I learned from yesterday to my advantage and focused on attacking each batter. We’ve been working on the off-speed a lot in the bullpen because having that third change of speed is really beneficial for pitchers, so it feels really good to finally use it and see it work against those batters. I realized in about the third inning that they hadn’t had a base runner, but I tried not to let myself think about it because that’s when I can get into my head. It’s definitely super exciting for me and my teammates.”

Highlights

  • The perfect game is the fifth in program history and just the second to occur at Rhoads Stadium, joining Sydney Littlejohn’s against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 6, 2015
  • It is Kilfoyl’s first perfect game and third no-hitter, previously doing so against North Carolina (Feb. 27, 2021) and teaming up with Krystal Goodman for a combined no-hitter against Alabama State to open NCAA Regionals last season (May 21, 2021)
  • Alabama improves to 51-21 all-time vs. the Bulldogs, including a 27-8 mark in Tuscaloosa
  • The Tide has never lost a three-game home series to Georgia, with this weekend marking the 10th meeting between the teams in Tuscaloosa
  • Alabama has scored six or more runs in seven of its last eight games
  • The five RBIs marks a new career high for Shipman
  • Shipman leads the team with 13 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games
  • Shipman extended her hitting streak to six games and Bailey Dowling extended hers to five
  • Aubrey Barnhart drew a walk to extend her reached-base streak to seven games

Scoring Summary

  • B5 | Ally Shipman sent a bases-loaded single up the middle, driving in two (2-0, 2 Out)
  • B5 | Bailey Dowling dropped an RBI single in front of a diving Georgia outfielder (3-0, 2 Out)
  • B5 | A fielding error extended the inning, allowing Shipman to score from third (4-0, 2 Out)
  • B5 | Jenna Johnson singled through the right side, driving in Kaylee Tow and M’Kay Gidley (6-0, 2 Out)
  • B6 | A three-run homer by Shipman ended the game in six innings (9-0, 1 Out)

Up Next: Sand Mountain Showdown vs. Jacksonville State (Albertville, Ala.)

  • Wednesday, April 6 – 6 p.m. CT

For the latest information on the team, follow @AlabamaSB on Twitter, BamaSB on Instagram and Alabama Softball on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

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B.A.S.S. Names Top Student Athletes To 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fifty-three of the most outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

 

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

 

To be considered for the All-State Fishing Team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.

 

B.A.S.S. received nearly 400 nominations from across the nation. From these, judges selected 53 student anglers from 34 states to make the All-State Fishing Team. In addition, 40 students received Honorable Mentions recognizing them for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.

 

“Congratulations to all 53 anglers on being selected to be a part of the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing team or Honorable Mention,” said Glenn Cale, B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Manager — College, High School and Junior. “It’s always impressive to see the accolades of each applicant. Every parent and angler should be very proud of joining the team.”

 

A second panel of judges will review the nominations of the 53 All-State team members and select the 12 members of the 2022 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.

 

The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster High School All-American Bass Tournament presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which will be held during the 2022 Simms Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork, scheduled to take place May 19-22 in Quitman, Texas. 

 

Elite Series anglers will serve as teammates and “coaches” of the student anglers in the tournament. The high school standouts will be honored on the main stage at the weigh-in.

 

Below is the list of the 53 All-State anglers and 40 Honorable Mentions, in order by state:

 

Alabama

Hudson Choquette, Headland

Braxton Hopper, Chelsea

Barclay Butler, Scottsboro (Honorable Mention)

Dixie Morris, Valley (Honorable Mention)

James Quinlivan, Headland (Honorable Mention)

Benjamin Travis, Birmingham (Honorable Mention)

 

Arizona

Zachary VerBrugge, Lake Havasu City 

 

Arkansas

Austin Rose, Mena

Brady Horton, Clinton (Honorable Mention)

Jackson Smith, Fayetteville (Honorable Mention)

  

Florida

Bryce DiMauro, Longwood

Tyson Verkaik, Eustis

Drew Bradstreet, Lutz (Honorable Mention)

Nick Claussen, Dover (Honorable Mention)

Evan Newell, Lakeland (Honorable Mention)

Cole Rountree, Clermont (Honorable Mention)

 

Georgia

Gabriel Clark, Ellerslie

Gage Sellars, Bainbridge

Henry Garrett, Evans (Honorable Mention)

Jacob Hodge, Evans (Honorable Mention)

Cohen Smith, Williamson (Honorable Mention)

 

Illinois

Szymon Piton, Orland Park

Laindree Richardson, Benton

Andrew Kay, Shorewood (Honorable Mention)

Hunter Petrovic, Minooka (Honorable Mention)

 

Indiana

Cole Berry, Terre Haute

Dylan May, Brownsburg

 

Iowa

Kolby Angell, Grand Junction

Tyler Loudon, Creston

Caleb Neu, Johnston (Honorable Mention)

Jackson Toale, Independence (Honorable Mention)

 

Kansas

Colton Hutchinson, Bonner Springs

 

Kentucky

Evan Fields, Shelbyville

Jaydon Coggins, Burnside (Honorable Mention)

 

Louisiana

Levi Thibodaux, Thibodaux

Jase White, Haughton

Evan Howe, Keatchie (Honorable Mention)

Wade Roberts, Lake Charles (Honorable Mention)

 

Maine

Colby Carrier, Skowhegan

 

Maryland

Grayden Scibilia, Hagerstown

 

Massachusetts

Nicholas Frumkin, Lincoln 

 

Michigan

Brayden Ruckman, Freeland

Henri Sturm, Fenton

 

Minnesota

Jacob Panichi, Cook

Matt Boerboom, Inver Grove Heights (Honorable Mention)

Lance Nelson, Rosemount (Honorable Mention)

Noah Wells, Esko (Honorable Mention)

 

Mississippi

Wes Bailey, Brandon 

Parker O’Bryan, Brandon

 

Missouri

Brock Rogers, Bradleyville

 

Nebraska

Logan Greeno, Kearney

 

Nevada

Carter Doren, Las Vegas

 

New Hampshire

Cole Moulton, Enfield

Cameron Yates, New Durham

Alex Gross, Jefferson (Honorable Mention)

 

New Jersey

Nicholas DellaPorta, Pequannock 

 

New York

Rein Golubjatnikov, Pittsford

Tyler Mahood, Briarcliff Manor (Honorable Mention)

Christian Misciagna, Syracuse (Honorable Mention)

 

North Carolina

Harrison McCall, Salisbury

Drake Sturgill, Lincolnton

Hunter Alexander, China Grove (Honorable Mention)

Kaden Buchmann, Mooresville (Honorable Mention)

 

Ohio

Kyle Johnson, Helena

Braden McNamara, Delaware

Mike Abbott Jr., Plain City (Honorable Mention)

 

Oklahoma

Zack Cooper, Tahlequah

River Eubanks, Wilson

 

Pennsylvania

Trenton Carey, York Springs

Luke Rokavec, Mifflinburg

Carson Forrester, Chambersburg (Honorable Mention)

Ty Stroup, Mifflinburg (Honorable Mention)

 

South Carolina

Hunter Dill, Travelers Rest

Peyton Sorrow, Abbeville

Zachary McCraw, Gaffney (Honorable Mention)

 

Tennessee

Nathan Reynolds, Nashville

Banks Shaw, Harrison

Wayland Adkisson, Franklin (Honorable Mention)

Riley Faulkner, Jacksboro (Honorable Mention)

Carter Nutt, Nashville (Honorable Mention)

Dylan Nutt, Nashville (Honorable Mention)

 

Texas

Connor Dunn, Lucas

Jared Mizell, Pearland

Justin James, Orange (Honorable Mention)

Breckett Long, Livingston (Honorable Mention)

Kaden Mueck, Livingston (Honorable Mention)

  

Vermont

Brendan Vinton, Braintree

Gordon Willey, White River Junction

 

Virginia

Ryan Lachniet, Gum Spring

Shelby Rigney, Axton

Logan Buttolph, Doswell (Honorable Mention)

 

Washington

Hayden Nerland, Puyallup

 

Wisconsin

Reece Keeney, Hortonville

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores across 16 contiguous states. Academy's mission is to provide "Fun for All" and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers. Academy's product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 20 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings. For more information, visit www.academy.com

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

 

Alabama Fooball watches Nine players Go Through Pro Day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football program hosted its annual Pro Day inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Wednesday, with nine draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.

The draft-eligible players that participated in the events included Jalyn Armour-Davis, Slade Bolden, Christian Harris, Phidarian Mathis, Evan Neal, Chris Owens, LaBryan Ray, Brian Robinson Jr. and Daniel Wright.

Draft-eligible players that did not participate in on-field drills but were in attendance included Christopher Allen, Josh Jobe, John Metchie III and Jameson Williams.

Players will have another chance to take the field inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Wednesday, April 13, for a second Pro Day.

Today’s annual event began at 11 a.m. CT with the athletes testing bench press and vertical jump in The Bill Battle Athletic Performance Center. They then tested in the broad jump, 40-yard dash, agility drills and position-specific drills in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. The SEC Network and NFL Network both broadcasted the Crimson Tide’s events. 

All 32 NFL teams were represented at the Crimson Tide Pro Day. The list of NFL attendees was highlighted by head coaches Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) and Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys), along with Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. Others in attendance included Dan Quinn (Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator) and Matt Patricia (New England Patriots senior football advisor).

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas, Nev. Full coverage will broadcast on NFL Network, ABC and ESPN.

Following the conclusion of Pro Day, head coach Nick Saban met with media and this is his opening statement.

From Head Coach Nick Saban

“Well, first of all, I’d like to welcome everybody here. This is a great opportunity for people in the National Football League, who we open our arms to, to come and have a chance to look at and evaluate our players. Lots of players here want to get an invitation, and we do the best we can to create a platform for them to be successful in that regard. They all also want the opportunity to play in the NFL someday, so we try to help them develop to be the best players they can be, so they can get opportunities like this. I think the better our players do when they get opportunities in the NFL, the more it benefits our program long term. And, obviously, I think a lot of things that are happening now in college football, its going to be more challenging to continue to be able to develop players, and that is a challenge that we’re certainly looking forward to. I really appreciate what these guys have to do. I did it for eight years in the NFL, you know, go around, travel around, work out players, try to get to know them better, gather information for the coaches to try to get to know them better. So, we appreciate them, and we try to do the best we can to make sure we accommodate them in a first-class way.”

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

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Top Ranked Lee Boys looking for back to back State Championships

BIRMINGHAM – Defending state champion Lee-Huntsville downed UMS-Wright 59-36 in the final game of day 3 at the AHSAA’s 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued at BJCC Legacy Arena Wednesday night. 
    The victory for the Generals (25-6) of Coach Greg Brown sets up a  rematch in the Class 5A boys’ finals Saturday with Ramsay. In addition, the Lee girls also advanced to the finals for the first time with the Huntsville’s two programs each playing Saturday for state crowns.
    Lee’s swarming full-court press defense forced 26 UMS turnovers and the Generals took control early and never relinquished the lead. Lee’s two senior leaders Dexter Smith had 20 points and Jacari Lane had 16. Both played key roles in last year’s state championship run for Brown’s team. 
    UMS-Wright (26-10), coached by Michael Napp, was led by Barton Elliott’s 10 points and five rebounds. Bridges Simmons and Arthur Chitty added seven points each. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the taller Generals 24-14 for the game.
    The Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are scheduled for Thursday’s first session beginning at 9 a.m. Following conclusion of the four semifinal games, the AHSAA begins its championship games with the Class 1A girls finals at 4 p.m., followed by the 1A boys’ championship at 5:45 p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    This week’s semifinal and championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being over the AHSAA TV Network. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

Top Ranked Lee High Girls to play for the Class 5A State Championship

BIRMINGHAM – Lee-Huntsville High School’s girls’ basketball team made history Wednesday night. The Generals down St. Paul’s Episcopal 53-34 in the Class 5A semifinals as the AHSAA 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continued at BJCC Legacy Arena. 
    The victory sends the rising program of Coach J. Silas into Saturday morning's state championship game at Legacy Arena for the first time in school history. And it comes one year after Lee-Huntsville’s boys won their second state title. The boys also reached the 2022 state  tourney and was scheduled to play UMS-Wright in the Class 5A boys’ semifinals Wednesday night.
    Je’Niyah Silas, the daughter of Lee’s head coach, scored 20 points to led the Generals Wednesday. She was 5-of-6 at the free-throw line and made four 3-pointers. Defensively, she had a team high three steals. Limaya Batimba had nine points and Jayla Turner had eight points and two assists.
    St. Paul’s (19-12), coached by Amanda Niehoff, reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2007. Ella Vallas had an exceptional game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Bell had three assists and scored three points, all on four free-throw attempts.
    The Class 7A girls’ and boys’ semifinals are scheduled for Thursday’s first session beginning at 9 a.m. Following conclusion of the four semifinal games, the AHSAA begins its championship games with the Class 1A girls finals at 4 p.m., followed by the 1A boys’ championship at 5:45 p.m. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    This week’s semifinal and championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being over the AHSAA TV Network. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.
 

Plainview to play for the Class 3A State Championship after Semifinal Win over Houston Academy

BIRMINGHAM – Plainview High School has become a regular visitor to Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena for the AHSAA state basketball tournament in recent years, and it Tuesday morning it showed.
    The Bears (30-6) of Coach Robi Coker won their fifth straight game at the big arena, defeating Houston Academy 59-44 in AHSAA 100th State Basketball Championships Class 3A boys’ semifinal game. 
    “I thought our energy was great,” Coker said.
     The Bears took advantage of the Raiders’ early anxiety and built a double-digit lead in the first quarter but could never pull away from the Raiders (22-10) of Coach Scott Whitaker. 
     “If we could get the first quarter all over again, I feel like we’d have a chance,” Houston Academy’s Kadyn Mitchell said.
     Plainview played most of the first half without guard Cole Millican, who went to the bench with foul trouble. The Bears went six minutes without scoring. Houston Academy was unable to capitalize, however, scoring just two points during that stretch.
     Luke Smith led Plainview with 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Millican, who has scored more than 2,200 points in his career, added 17 points, seven rebounds and two 44     Kadyn Mitchell led Houston Academy with 16 points and six rebounds, and Kameryn Mitchell added 11 points. Adam Kesserwani contributed nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
     Plainview advances to Friday’s championship game, which is set for 2:15 p.m. The Bears won state titles in 2018 and 2019 after finishing as runner-up in 2017 – all at Legacy Arena.
     Play continues Tuesday with semifinal play in Class 3A and Class 4A. Classes 6A and 5A played Wednesday and the Class 7A semis will be Thursday morning. Championship games begin Thursday after with 1A girls and boys. Class 2A, 3A and 4A finals will be Friday. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A will conduct those title games on Saturday.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network this week. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

Skyline Girls to defend Class 1A State Championship after Monday's Semi-Final Win

Skyline School will have a chance to defend its Class 1A girls’  title won in 2021.
The Vikings (28-8) defeated Loachapoka 57-44 in the opening game of the AHSAA’s 100th State Basketball Championships Monday’s at Birmingham’s Legacy Arena.
    Blakely Stucky scored 21 points making 5-of-6 shots from the field and sinking 8-of-8 at the free throw line, to lead Skyline. Gracie Rowell added 16 points, including five 3-pointers. Skyline never trailed, led by nine at the end of the first quarter, led by double digits at halftime and pushed the lead to 23 early in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
    Kaina King added 10 points for Skyline, coached by Ronnie McCarver.­­­
    For Loachapoka (22-9), coached by Anthony Edwards, Taylah Murph scored 22 points, and Jasmyn Thomas added 15 points.
    Skyline advances to the 1A championship game, set for Thursday at 4 p.m., at Legacy Arena.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.
 

 

Section Advances to the Class 2A State Championship Game

Section 81, Lanett 58

Section High School’s Lions shot a blistering 64% from the field Monday night en route to an 81-58 win over Lanett in the semifinals of the 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships Class 2A boys’ tourney at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   Section (27-9) of Coach Derek Wynn were 18-of-23 from the field on 2-point attempts in the second half for an even hotter 78.3%.
    The Lions, reaching the state finals for the  first time since 2006, were red-hot from the start taking a 22-13 lead after one quarter. Lanett, coached by Trentavious McCants, clawed back in the second quarter and trailed by five at intermission 33-28.
    Seniors Alex Guinn, Logan Patterson and Jacob Cooper led the way for the Lions scoring 24, 20 and 16 points, respectively. The 6-foot-5 Cooper also had 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Patterson added eight assists and senior Dominik Blair had 12 points.
    Lanett was led by senior guard Markavious Atkinson’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Elijah Whitfield chipped in 11 points and Alanteo Cheeks had 10 and eight boards. Whitfield  also had four assists.
    The Lions will meet the winner of Monday’s other 2A semifinal Highland Home or Mars Hill Bible in the state championship Friday at 10:45 a.m.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network this week. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.

Pisgah Advances to Class 2A State Championship Game

 

Pisgah 64, Lanett 47

Pisgah High School’s defense shut out Lanett over the first six minutes of Monday’s Class 2A girls’ state tournament semifinals to take a 14-point lead and then fended off the scrappy Wildcats’ second-half comeback effort to post a 64-47 win in the 100th AHSAA State Basketball Championships being held at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
   The Eagles (32-3), coached by Carey Ellison, needed that cushion in the end as the Panthers (17-8) of Coach Charlie Williams outscored Pisgah 40-39 the rest of the way. Lanett could never get closer than nine, however, and the Eagles moved one win closer to claiming its fifth AHSAA state championship in a row.
    Pisgah moves into the Class 2A finals Friday morning at 9 a.m., facing the winner of the other semifinal between St. Luke’s Episcopal and Sulligent.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network and are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network this week. WOTM TV is producing all the contests. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its radio/internet network as well.
     Senior Molly Heard and junior Kallie Tinker paced Pisgah’s 17th straight win. Heard had 20 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocked shots and Tinker had 24 point, three assists, two steals and 5-of-11 shooting effort from the 3-point line. Campbell Barron also had nine points.
    Pacing Lanett was MaKiah White, who had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Breanna Glaze added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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