At Fazi-Richard Athletic Center:
Vinemont 5 9 4 5 - 23 (0-7)
St. Bernard 11 12 12 0 - 35 (4-3)
ST. BERNARD: Christian Peterson 13, Elijah Price 9, Carson Holmes 6, Gavin Whaley 5, David Kim 2.
VINEMONT: Connor Handley 15, Ketch Johnson 4, Nate England 2, Mitch Ford 2.
FLASH NOTES: St. Bernard currently has a 3-game winning streak that started last Friday at home by defeating Winston County.
Two wins this week on the floor at the Athletic Center came without head coach Greg Boatright. Boatright is at home recovering from the flu, in a report provided to Sportspage by St. Bernard athletic director William Calvert.
Calvert told Sportspage the prep school has dealt with an epidemic of students and some teachers to develop flu-like conditions. The condition on Boatright was bad with the coach being contagious and requested to stay off campus for the entire week.
The varsity game was a contest with neither team developing a shooter's touch. The Saints outscored the Eagles 11-5 through the first period and went up 23-14 at halftime thanks to Christian Peterson scoring 11 by the break, eight coming in the second period.
Elijah Price and Gavin Whaley both had a field goal and a three-pointer in the third that boosted the advantage for the home side to 35-18 after the third.
Something rare happened in which the Saints did not score in the final quarter, but held a comfortable margin that was good enough to extend the current winning streak and get the overall record above the .500 mark going into next week.
Vinemont had good shot selection all night, but failed on shot execution. The Eagles managed a three by Connor Handley in the fourth period for the only FG made against the Saints' aggressive defense.
Assistant coach Wendell Calloway, a long time associate with Boatright between Fairview and now St. Bernard, handled duties of coaching the team in Boatright's absence.
The Saints were coming off a 48-44 win at the Athletic Center three nights earlier against the Addison Bulldogs.
St. Bernard is 4-1 on the home floor for the young season, 0-2 as a road team.
Up next for St. Bernard: At Falkville Tuesday.
Up next for Vinemont: At Oakman Friday.
Vinemont 1 13 6 14 - 34 (0-7)
St. Bernard 6 11 12 14 - 43 (2-5)
ST. BERNARD: Emma Tafazoli 22, Claire Sanders 17, Ashley Duke 4.
VINEMONT: Sadie Stanley 22, Valerie Stacks 6, Madysn Hacker 4, Madison Harbison 2.
FLASH NOTES: This game took a different turn in the pace and scoring production following a sluggish first quarter.
Claire Sanders was the only shooter to hit field goals in the first, scoring right after the opening tip and getting a shot to drop as time ran out in the period.
Vinemont's offense was featured by the play of point guard Sadie Stanley, who knocked down four shots in the second to get her team back into contention.
St. Bernard's offense changed as far as scoring with Emma Tafazoli putting eight on the board in the second with the Lady Saints taking a 17-14 lead at halftime.
Sanders restored her shooting touch with four field goals in the third stanza as St. Bernard led 29-20 going to the fourth.
A three by Sanders pushed the margin to 32-20 early in the final frame as Vinemont answered behind two treys from Valerie Stacks and Stanley hitting four of seven from the line and a field goal that drew her team within two at 32-30 around the 4:00 mark.
St. Bernard coach Tiffany Hinkle-Pope changed her defense, sending Sanders out on a box and one to try and prevent Stanley from getting the ball. It did its work with Stanley not able to break open and Vinemont suffering an offensive loss when freshman center Madysn Hacker fouled out late in the game.
Taffazoli missed her first free throw in the fourth, then regrouped to hit six in a row in crunch time and was eight of nine from the stripe in the final half.
Both teams displayed good offense from the second quarter on, with St. Bernard having 37 points in the final three quarters to 33 for Lance Lay's Lady Eagles.
Taffazoli and Stanley matched one another with 22-point outings, while Sanders had eight field goals, one trey, netting 17 points for the Lady Saints from the point guard spot.
St. Bernard broke a 5-game losing streak and won for the first time at the Athletic Center in five opportunities.
Up next for St. Bernard: At Falkville Tuesday.
Up next for Vinemont: At Oakman Friday.
Photo of St. Bernard Saints being handled by assistant coach Wendell Calloway Thursday night in 35-23 win over Vinemont. Head coach Greg Boatright is recovering from the flu and had missed the entire week, coaching the prep school squad.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton.
AHSAA 1A/2A Cross Country Championships
At Oakville Indian Mounds Park
1. Andrew Sweeney 16:02 (course record)
15. Caleb Guthrey 17:42
23. Joseph Arriaga 18:10
33. Joe McCarthy 18:35
48. Francis Mami 19:07
1. Leahrose Mami 19:24
24. Eva Barck 22:14
43. Sara Barck 23:19
48. Lizabeth Medina 23:33
51. Gracie Loyd 23:37
FLASH NOTES: History was made Saturday morning in Lawrence County with St. Bernard Prep capturing two individual championships in the same season.
Sweeney and Mami have been at their best all season. It continued Saturday morning with windy conditions and temperature in the low 50s.
Sweeney completed a task of winning seven championships during 2017. Coach William Calvert pointed out that Sweeney worked extremely hard for his senior season, following being selected to participate in the inaugural AHSAA All-Star meet in July in Montgomery.
"Being in the all-star run gave him a purpose to train during the summer," Calvert stated. "Andrew is a student of the sport. He looks for everything to help him as a champion."
"It was an amazing race," Sweeney said after he received his medal for being the best in the smallest class this year. "I am proud of everybody for how they ran. I enjoy running. Sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump."
Sweeney will prepare for the track season with indoor meets coming up in December and January, then the outdoor schedule in the spring. Sweeney will perform for cross country and track at University of Alabama-Huntsville next year.
From runner-up to state champion:
In 2016, Leahrose Mami had to settle for runner-up to Whitesburg Christian runner Hannah Tarwater.
Things were reversed on Saturday morning in which the talented Mami matched the same time in the championship as she did a year ago of 19:24. The difference was the pace was a little slow.
At 800 meters, Mami got the lead and never let Tarwater move past her.
Mami had clinched the top spot from the sectional meet in Fairview November 2 with a time of 19:39.
Saturday was the best time of the year for the senior, who was considering of making a commitment in regards to her future as a collegiate runner.
Mami would not disclose the name of the school to Sportspage after the awards ceremony. She will announce it as soon as possible.
Calvert expressed pride in saying these two are well deserving of winning a state individual championship for the prep school the same day.
"They both met all expectations," Calvert said.
Photo 1: Leahrose Mami, Andrew Sweeney, 1A/2A state XC champions.
Photo 2: Andrew Sweeney gets congratulated for winning state championship.
Photo 3: Andrew Sweeney (center) with Nate Collins of Westminster (left) and Kagen Sutton of Hatton (right) at awards podium.
Photo 4: Leahrose Mami gets hugged by her mother and Andrew Sweeney after winning the 1A/2A cross country championship.
Photo 5: Leahrose Mami (center) with Hannah Tarwater (left) of Whitesburg Christian and Hallie Porterfield (right) of Westminster during awards ceremony.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
St. Bernard Prep School opened the 2017-18 basketball season Tuesday night at Athens Bible School.
The Lady Saints rolled to a 31-7 victory, while the Saints fell on opening night in a shootout 73-58.
Both will be in action Thursday with another road assignment. This one takes the two to Remlap in Blount County for a matchup against Southeastern School.
The Lady Saints will play at 6:30, while the Saints and Mustangs tip off at 8:00 p.m.
St. Bernard's Saints and Lady Saints await the 2017 AHSAA Cross Country Championship Meet Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds in Lawrence County.
The 1A/2A varsity championship is scheduled to run at 8:50 a.m. while the 1A/2A girls will take to the course at 9:50 a.m.
William Calvert's squads have been anchored by Andrew Sweeney and Leahrose Mami who come into the state with superb efforts in the sectionals last week in Fairview.
The Saints are the defending 1A/2A state champion, getting past rival Cold Springs last year.
AHSAA Class 1A/2A Section 3 Cross Country Meet
at Fairview Town Park
1 Mami, Leahrose 12 St Bernard 19:39.02 1
2 Amerson, Ally 10 Hatton 21:51.22 2
3. Bryan, Brea 8 Falkville 22:17.82 3
4 Barck, Eva 12 St Bernard 22:17.85 4
5 Medina, Lizbeth 10 St Bernard 22:26.80 5
6 Phillips, Halle Grace 10 Hatton 22:44.59 6
7 Aranda, Alondra 10 Hatton 22:51.84 7
8 Lopez, Neidyn 8 Hatton 23:05.43 8
9 Sapp, Mary Kate 10 Hatton 23:08.55 9
10 Belle Humphres, Anna 11 Vina High School 23:09.42 10
11 Guthery, Anna Beth 9 St Bernard 23:20.64 11
12 Wilson, Hailey 10 Falkville 23:31.82 12
13 Watts, Kari 11 Falkville 23:34.74 13
14 Carroll, Halie 10 Falkville 23:38.59 14
15 Barck, Sara 9 St Bernard 23:39.48 15
16 George, Kathleen 9 St Bernard 23:43.94 16
1 Hatton 32 2 6 7 8 9 27 28 Total Time: 1:53:41.63 Average: 22:44.33
2 St Bernard 36 1 4 5 11 15 16 22 Total Time: 1:51:23.79 Average: 22:16.76
3 Falkville 66 3 12 13 14 24 29 30 Total Time: 1:58:02.29 Average: 23:36.46
1 Sweeney, Andrew 12 St Bernard 16:41.50 1
2 Sutton, Kagen 11 Hatton 17:10.82 2
3 Guthery, Caleb 10 St Bernard 17:53.51 3
4 Klocek, Marcus 11 Falkville 17:54.32 4
5 Lopez, Jairo 9 Hatton 18:27.38 5
6 McCarthy, Joey 11 St Bernard 18:27.95 6
7 Graves, Carson 8 Hatton 18:31.29 7
8 Barringer, Tyler 12 Hatton 18:50.17 8
9 Arriaga, Joseph 9 St Bernard 18:57.85 9
10 Mami, Francis 9 St Bernard 19:26.84 10
11 Gooch, Bo 10 Mars Hill Bible 19:40.79 11
12 Terry, Trey 10 Berry High School 19:45.24 12
13 Harville, Hunter 9 Hatton 19:53.22 13
14 Thornton, Jayce 11 Mars Hill Bible 19:55.11 14
15 Daniels, Dawson 9 Hatton 19:56.51 15
16 Gooch, Sam 7 Mars Hill Bible 20:20.59 16
17 Figueroa, Sebastain 10 Marion County 20:24.55
18 Borths, Nikolas 9 St Bernard 20:26.96 17
19 Aguilar- Arriaga, Jiovan 7 St Bernard 20:35.96 18
20 Baillargeon, Jonathan 8 St Bernard 20:46.45
1 St Bernard 29 1 3 6 9 10 17 18 Total Time: 1:31:27.65 Average: 18:17.53
2 Hatton 35 2 5 7 8 13 15 20 Total Time: 1:32:52.88 Average: 18:34.58
3 Mars Hill Bible 85 11 14 16 21 23 25 27 Total Time: 1:42:24.23 Average: 20:28.85
FAIRVIEW - St. Bernard Prep School had a good outing Saturday morning in the 9th annual Fairview Cross Country Invitational.
Led by senior Leahrose Mami, the Lady Saints controlled the small schools division (1A-4A) with 49 points, finishing respectably ahead of Sardis who had 66, Pisgah in third place with 72, J.B. Pennington fourth with 96 and Holly Pond a fifth place finish with 132 points.
A total of 150 runners took part in the event under sunny skies, high humidity with the temperature in the upper 70s at race time.
Mami had the winning time of 21:15 for St. Bernard with her teammate Lizabeth Medina sixth at 23:15, Eva Barck was 11th at 23:42, Gracie Loyd 22nd at 25:01 and Anna Beth Guthrey 25th at 25:10.
Mami edged out Brea Bryan of Falkville by 1:28. Bryan was second with a time of 22:43, Kelleigh Joiner of Pisgah took third at 22:53, Sarah Burger of Sardis fourth at 23:10, five seconds in front of Medina from St. Bernard.
The talented runner was second earlier in the week in the Randolph Invitational in Huntsville with a time of 1940. Mami was at Scottsboro seven days ago, coming in fourth overall in the Scottsboro Invitational.
Mami and St. Bernard will look for more success next week when they go to Cold Springs for the annual Kudzu Hills Invitational.
Photo 1: Leahrose Mami with St. Bernard coach William Calvert before Fairview race.
Photo 2: St. Bernard Lady Saints get loose before heading to the Fairview course.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Volleyball vs. Tanner Monday 5:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Vinemont Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Cross Country @ Farirview Saturday 8:00 a.m.
Coming into their invitational tournament with momentum from a 2A. Area 13 victory over Falkville on Thursday, St. Bernard was never able to continue the winning pattern.
The Lady Saints fell in Pool A to Vinemont and East Lawrence in straight sets, then got knocked out in the tournament part of the invitational, losing to Cleveland in the quarterfinals.
St. Bernard fell to Vinemont 25-20, 25-13. Then against East Lawrence, the Lady Saints held the early lead in both sets, but could not maintain a level of consistency.
East Lawrence rallied from a 9-1 deficit in the opening set to claim a 25-22 triumph then fought off a 4-0 deficit and swept the match by a 25-20 score.
Cleveland was able to control the match in the quarters, defeating the Lady Saints 25-16 and 25-10.
Despite not winning on Saturday, coach Tiffany Hinkle-Pope's squad did have moments with good serving from Macy Whaley, Emma Tafazoli and Ashley Duke vs. Vinemont. Whaley scored five points as the lead server with Duke getting three points on serve and Tafazoli three points.
Whaley put five points on the board early against East Lawrence and added three points to her scoring tally in game two. Duke delivered eight points in the match with Tafazoli converting three points and three kills.
Avy Whaley came out and played hard for the Lady Saints during the quarterfinal match with Cleveland. Whaley had five points on serve, Macy Whaley produced four kills in the march and Duke delivered four points on serve with an ace.
St. Bernard is back at the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center Monday for a 2A, Area 13 assignment with Tanner at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Saints are 1-1 in the area, looking to avenge a loss to the Lady Rattlers a couple of weeks ago.
Sportspage photo of Ashley Duke from St. Bernard, by Johnny Thornton
2A, Area 13 volleyball
At Fazi-Richard Athletic Center
Falkville 25 19 22 17
St. Bernard 17 25 25 25
St. Bernard (1-2, 1-1) wins match 3-1
TIME OF MATCH: 1:34
Down 1-0 in the match, St. Bernard began to utilize solid serving that propelled them in front in game two and to maintain momentum for the rest of the evening in getting the first victory for coach Tiffany Hinkle-Pope.
The victory was also special in dedicating it to former coach Regina Willoughby who is recovering from cancer treatment after she was diagnosed with the ailment in late July.
Macy Whaley set the tone in the second set with six straight service points and an early advantage for St. Bernard. Whaley then displayed aggressive play with three consecutive kills that accounted for points and a 12-4 lead.
Bridget Gallego followed Whaley with solid serving, scoring four in a row to extend the spread to 15-4.
Falkville fought back and closed to 21-17 on a service point by Peyton Montgomery. Then a volley from Avy Whaley raised the score to 22-18. A net serve was a point for Falkville to move within 24-19 before Macy Whaley got another point on serve and St. Bernard had the match tied at a victory apiece.
The Lady Saints looked at a 10-8 deficit in game three after getting an early 5-1 lead. Macy Whaley was again in the spotlight with a point and a kill that put them ahead to stay. She had eight consecutive service points, including an ace and the lead was now 18-11.
Falkville again made a run and was able to break St. Bernard's serve and trail 24-22. But on their next serve, the failed to return it over, having the ball to go into the net and the Lady Saints were a victory away from taking this area encounter.
Trailing 10-8 in the fourth set, the Lady Saints evened the score at 12-12 when Falkville served the ball into the net. It began a chain reaction for five of the next seven points between the two to be net serves.
Staying cool under pressure, St. Bernard went in front on a serve by Emma Tafazoli to make it 16-15. She scored two more in pushing the lead to 18-15.
A kill by Avy Whaley was a point for the Lady Saints and a 19-16 cushion. Gallego served three in a row with another kill by Avy Whaley that had St. Bernard ahead 22-16.
Following a service break that Falkville scored in narrowing it to 23-17, the Lady Saints finished the 1:34 match as Avy Whaley scored the final two points, getting a kill from Macy Whaley and a volley for match point by Ashley Duke.
Duke did a tremendous job all evening as the setter, getting the ball set properly for Tafazoli, the Whaley girls and Olivia Brown to get 18 kills in the match. Macy Whaley led with five while Tafazoli had four.
"We played like a team, we played smart," Hinkle-Pope said after the match. "Ashley Duke played her very best for us. We have started a conditioning program, they hate it. It served well for us throughout the match. We do have hard workers. Coach Willoughby is their rally cry. I knew they had it in them."
Now the Lady Saints host the St. Bernard Invitational, playing Vinemont at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, followed by East Lawrence at 10:30. Falkville, Lindsay Lane and Cleveland are competing in the event as well.
Photo 1: Avy Whaley of St. Bernard about to serve in 1st set.
Photo 2: L-R, Emma Tafazoli, Avy Whaley, Ashley Duke waiting to receive the serve.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
St. Bernard's talent runner Leahrose Mami began the cross country season Saturday morning with a third place finish in the Cullman 2-mile. The meet began on the East side of Cullman High School, ending inside Oliver Woodard Stadium.
Mami's time was 13:10, finishing behind Janey McManus of Grissom who won it with a time of 12:15. Megan Schwarze took second at 12:39.
Mami was nine seconds ahead of Cullman's Della Kelly. Kelly earned fourth place at 3:39.
Others from St. Bernard were Claire Sanders 18th at 14:48, Liz Medina 20th at 14:55, Eva Barck 24th at 15:06, Gracie Loyd 28th at 15:15, Paris Bolinger 46th at 17:04.
St. Bernard was fourth in point total with 89, the lowest among small schools running in the event. The Lady Saints were ahead of 2A rival Falkville who had a fifth place total of 120.
Sportspage photo of Leahrose Mami (middle), taken by Johnny Thornton
Volleyball @ Hanceville Tuesday 4:00 p.m. (Tri-match)
Volleyball @ Tanner Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Cross Country @ Cullman Saturday 9:00 a.m.