Photo 1: Cullman County Track Champion Cold Springs Lady Eagles.
Photo 2: County Co-MVPs Sadie Junkins of West Point (L) and Abby Schnittker of Fairview with Cullman County Superintendent Shane Barnette.
Photo 3: Cullman County Track MVP Hunter Appling of West Point with Cullman County Superintendent Shane Barnette
Photo 4: Cullman County Track runner-up Cold Springs Eagles.
Photo 5: Cullman County Track runner-up Fairview Lady Aggies.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Cullman soccer clinches playoff berths:
Cullman's soccer is the regular season champion in 6A, Area 14 after both teams defeated Albertville on Thursday night. The Bearcats won 4-2 at the Cullman Soccer Field, while the Lady Bearcats went on the road and shut out Albertville 2-0.
Both are undefeated in area play, now looking to finish strong prior to the start of the soccer playoffs that will be held the last week of April.
The Lady Bearcats and Bearcats host Russellville Monday at 5:30 and 7:30.
St. Bernard soccer maintains lead in 1A/3A Area 7:
St. Bernard is a hot soccer team after shutting out Whitesburg Christian 4-0 Thursday in 1A/3A Area 7 play. The Saints have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games, with all victories coming by shutouts.
The Saints are on top of the area standings at 5-0 as they host Sylvania Tuesday at 7:00. The Saints have clinched a playoff berth, but are looking to finish out on top in order to host a first round contest in the final weekend of April.
Three locals headed to the AHSAA baseball playoffs:
Cold Springs, Cullman and West Point are the locals who will compete in the AHSAA baseball playoffs.
Cold Springs finished 2nd in 2A, Area 13. The Eagles will travel to Mars Hill Bible next Friday for the best of a 3-game series. A doubleheader will be at 4:30 and 6:30 with Game 3 (if needed) to be held Saturday at 2:00.
No. 3 ranked Cullman tangles with arch rival Hartselle to open the 6A postseason. The series will be at Bill Shelton Field with Game 1 and Game 2 to be at 5:00 & 7:00 Friday. Game 3, if needed, is a 2:00 starting time Saturday.
Cullman is the champion of Area 14 with Hartselle the runner-up from Area 15.
West Point accomplished the task of a first time playoff berth in 5A, coming in 2nd to Hayden in Area 12.
The Warriors will head to Area 9 champion Pleasant Grove to open the playoffs. Game times were not yet set as of Saturday.
More county spring sports championships next week:
Champions will be crowned next week in the sports of track and field and golf.
Dafford Smith Stadium is the site for the 2018 Cullman County Track and Field meet. The event will be Tuesday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the Fairview campus.
Cullman County's golf tournament will be a two-day event, with the first round Wednesday at Chesley Oaks Course in Fairview. Tee time is 1:00 p.m.
Round two will move to Cross-Creek course in Cullman with tee time to begin at 1:00 p.m. Fairview Aggies and the Lady Aggies are defending county champions.
From the AHSAA:
MONTGOMERY - In a spring meeting of the legislative council last Thursday, the Alabama High School Athletic Association announced the following for the 2018-19 sports season.
Aside from the announcement of implementing instant replay into football as an experimental process for a three-year term, the legislative council approved expanding the number of basketball games in a regular season from 20 to 30. Teams can play as many tournaments in the regular season as they choose to.
The South basketball regional in Dothan, has been relocated to Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery and has been renamed the Southeast Regional. It is the second regional to be held in the Captiol City, joining the Southwest that takes place at Alabama State University.
The Northwest Regional will continue to be played at Wallace State Community College while the Northeast Regional is set for Jacksonville State University next February.
Approved regional competition for cheerleading to be at the Mobile Civic Center November 7 for the South, the Crossplex in Birmingham for the North on November 15.
The state championships will remain at Tom Drake Coliseum at Wallace State, taking place on December 15.
Photo of Sportspage reporter Johnny Thornton interviewing Cullman girls soccer coach Jacob Brown April 5, courtesy of Cullman County Athletics.
MONTGOMERY - A news conference by the Alabama High School Athletic Association Thursday (AHSAA) announced video instant replay will be available for football.
The Central Board of Control approved the proposal with the AHSAA the first state association to use it for regular season play.
A three-year experiment was agreed upon by the AHSAA and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).
DVSports, a company that specializes in video replay, will provide equipment to teams sanctioned in the AHSAA. This company handles the Southeastern Conference and other well recognized conferences in NCAA football.
A couple of spring games from 2016 used video replay, including Brindlee Mountain's game at home in Marshall County vs. Westbrook Christian. That was the first time the AHSAA had tinkered with a video setup.
The AHSAA reports the system is probable for use in May for spring jamborees. The system will be a part of this year's All-Star Game in Montgomery July 19.
All Super 7 championship games will have video replay available. The 2018 state title games will be at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium.
No problem about experimenting with a system the AHSAA reported to aiding the officials in getting it right.
But to me, the biggest question is how many will participate with this being optional in its debut for 2018.
Who will be handling the cost of installing the system for the schools to use? Will a replay official be added to the staff of game officials? Most use a five-man system with the larger schools statewide having seven on the field for a regular season assignment.
Where will the equipment be set up? Most press boxes around here are not large in size, with the home team and the visitors having their games filled.
Could this affect space for radio stations, such as WKUL-FM, who normally get a booth in the press box to provide live coverage of games on Friday nights during the fall.
I commend the AHSAA for being specific on how replay will be used. Very similar to what we see when watching college football games on Saturdays and the NFL on Sundays and Monday nights.
A question myself and many others have, how long will be given to look at a play under review? Each team will be given 2 challenges per game. Winning a challenge will grant a team an additional replay. Losing the challenge will cost the team a timeout and down to one challenge.
Instant replay in football was first brought into the television world by a director from CBS Sports named Tony Verna. He set up a system that was used in the 1963 Army-Navy game that featured Heisman Trophy QB Roger Staubach, playing for the Navy. The announcer that was the first to describe it to the viewers nationwide was legendary Lyndsey Nelson.
Technology has improved from the first time Verna had it for his network.
But the system is no guarantee of it being correct. Video evidence on a play can have the call reversed.
All of this comes out to one point, judgement.
Nothing is perfect, no matter how hard people try to perform to it. Instant replay in sporting events can cause officials to underestimate their ability to stick to a call.
Constant replays on television creates tension for fans, who feel they were robbed because of the judgement of an official.
The majority of rules in sporting events is based on judgement, not interpretation.
In covering the Cullman County softball tournament Thursday, there were three calls in the Good Hope-Fairview game that did not provide pleasure to the Fairview fans.
A Good Hope runner was called safe at first in the 5th inning on a close play off a bunt attempt. Then Good Hope runner Bailey Swann went from second base, all the way to home, when Fairview reportedly did not return the ball to the circle, that would have created a time out and not a live situation for Swann to score and tie the game.
Swann was involved in a play at home plate in the 7th when the umpire called obstruction on catcher Rebekah DeBlanc. DeBlanc was reported to be illegally blocking the plate on Swann, who crashed into her, trying to knock the ball free from her hand.
That's judgement. Most of you know how one side of fans felt in believing that they were robbed and it cost them the game.
And in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, a no call on the final play in regulation between Mississippi State and Louisville in which State's Tearia McGown made contact on Louisville's Asia Dura. Then in the final seconds of regulation in the championship, the no call when State PG Morgan William lost possession in which many felt she was fouled.
That caused an uproar from the media, who forgot who they are in going on Twitter to question the play. All that did was upset State fans more than they were already as a national championship slipped through the grasp in the final 90 seconds of the game when State was ahead by five points.
No, I have never been a supporter to instant replay. But I do applaud the AHSAA for wanting to see things move forward in upgrading, due to the fact of technology that tries to create less stress for officials on judgement calls that many times, impact the decision of the contest.
I am a believer of a philosophy from my good friend and broadcast colleague Ken Burcham. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Will be waiting for reaction on this from coaches, administrators in the area as time moves on. Thank you.
Sportspage photo of Vinemont Eagles in game vs. Hanceville September 15, 2017.
Photo by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA Baseball Report:
Class 5A, Area 12:
Fairview 13, West Point 8
Hayden 9, Curry 4
STANDINGS: West Point 5-2, Hayden 5-2, Fairview 3-4, Curry 1-6
FLASH NOTES: Fairview prevented West Point from clinching a berth to the playoffs Tuesday night, creating a pivotal doubleheader Thursday between the two at West Point starting at 4:30. Hayden has two at home with Curry with the Wildcats in good position to possibly win the area title, pending on what happens with West Point and Fairview.
Class 6A, Area 14:
Cullman 14, Brewer 1
Fort Payne vs. Albertville (No score reported to AHSAA)
FLASH NOTES: Cullman continues to roll with the Bearcats 7-0 and on the verge of going undefeated in the area. The Bearcats are 23-8, with a twinbill at Bill Shelton Field Thursday against Brewer, beginning at 4:30. Fort Payne and Albertville are fighting for second place, with the winner to meet Area 15 champion Austin in the first round of the playoffs on April 20. Cullman will have Hartselle coming to town to start the postseason.
Class 4A, Area 10:
Dora 3, Good Hope 2 (8 innings)
STANDINGS: Cordova 4-2, Dora 3-1, Good Hope 1-3
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope is backed up against the wall after an extra inning loss at Dora on Tuesday. The Raiders will have to sweep the Bulldogs in a doubleheader Thursday, starting at 4:30, or they will be eliminated from the postseason.
Class 2A, Area 13:
Cold Springs 8, St. Bernard 3
Cold Springs vs. St. Bernard (No score from Game 2 reported)
Falkville 11, Winston County 3
Falkville 14, Winston County 2
STANDINGS: Falkville 9-0, Winston County 4-5, Cold Springs 4-4, St. Bernard 0-8.
FLASH NOTES: A Cold Springs victory in the finale with St. Bernard would propel the Eagles to second place in the area, having defeated Winston County in two of three games. Falkville romped through the area without a loss.
Cullman County Tournament at Hanceville (Tuesday)
West Point 8, Cold Springs 4
Good Hope 6, Fairview 2
Cold Springs 10, Holly Pond 5
Hanceville vs. Fairview 3:00 (Elimination bracket)
West Point vs. Good Hope 4:30 (Winner's final)
Cold Springs vs. Hanceville/Fairview winner (Elimination bracket)
AHSAA Baseball Report from Thursday 04/05:
One week of area play remains in the 2018 Alabama High School baseball regular season.
This is how teams from the Sportspage coverage stand going into next week in the quest of trying to earn a berth to the playoffs in their respective classification.
6A, Area 14:
Cullman 6-0, Albertville 3-3, Fort Payne 1-3, Brewer 0-4
FLASH NOTES: Cullman is the regular season area champ after sweeping Albertville 7-4, 8-1 Thursday on the road. The Bearcats will finish the area schedule at Brewer Tuesday (4:30) and host the Patriots for a twinbill April 12 at 4:30.
5A, Area 12:
West Point 5-1, Hayden 4-2, Fairview 2-4, Curry 2-4.
FLASH NOTES: West Point took a pair at Curry Thursday 6-3, 15-0 with a series left against Fairview next week. Fairview lost two on the home diamond Thursday to Hayden 4-0 and 12-6, dropping the Aggies to third place.
Game 1 of the series will be at Fairview Tuesday at 6:30. The series shifts to West Point on April 12 for a doubleheader at 4:30. Hayden and Curry play a single game Tuesday then a twinbill on April 12.
4A, Area 10:
Cordova 4-2, Good Hope 1-2, Dora 1-2.
FLASH NOTES: Cordova won the opener with a rally in the 7th to edge Good Hope 9-8. Good Hope got a split by taking the nightcap in Cordova 8-6.
Cordova has clinched the top spot in the area with the runner-up position to be determined next week between Good Hope and Dora. The opener is Tuesday at Dora at 4:30 then a doubleheader April 12 at Good Hope at 4:30.
2A, Area 13:
Falkville 6-0, Winston County 4-2, Cold Springs 2-4, St. Bernard 0-6.
FLASH NOTES: Cold Springs will need Falkville to help them out next week, with the Eagles looking to sweep St. Bernard on the diamond.
Falkville plays at Winston County Monday with the series moving to Falkville for two on Tuesday. Cold Springs is at St. Bernard Monday at 4:00 and finish the series with two games Tuesday at Donald Freeman Field beginning at 4:30.
Holly Pond, Hanceville and Vinemont have been eliminated from postseason play.
Holly Pond finishes up 3A, Area 11 vs. Susan Moore on the road Monday at home for two on Tuesday at 4:30.
Hanceville pays a visit to Vinemont for 3A, Area 12 play on Monday at 4:30, with the series moving to Hanceville for two on Tuesday at 4:30.
The regular season ends the weekend of April 14 with the first round of the AHSAA playoffs in all classes to begin on the weekend of April 20.
Sportspage photo of West Point catcher Hunter Persall, by Johnny Thornton.
It's the stretch run of Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) baseball.
Area play has six games remaining for each, with the area assignments to come to a conclusion on April 12.
Heading into Thursday (April 5), this is how the standings are for teams Sportspage covers on a regular basis.
6A, Area 14:
Cullman 4-0, Albertville 3-1, Fort Payne 1-3, Brewer 0-4.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman took over sole possession of the area lead by shutting out Albertville 10-0 Tuesday at Bill Shelton Field. Fort Payne got into the win column in the are area by defeating Brewer 9-1.
Thursday, Cullman plays two games at Albertville with Fort Payne on its way for a twinbill vs. Brewer.
Next week, Cullman finishes area play with a series against Brewer and Albertville tangles with Fort Payne.
5A, Area 12:
West Point 3-1, Fairview 2-2, Hayden 2-2, Curry 1-3.
FLASH NOTES: West Point stayed on top of Area 12 in getting past Curry 3-1 Tuesday. Hayden topped Fairview 4-3 to create a tie for 2nd place.
West Point is at Curry Thursday while Fairview hosts Hayden. Both assignments are doubleheaders, starting at 4:30. Fairview needs to take two in order to stay near the top while West Point is looking for continued success while in Walker County.
West Point and Fairview match up next week to end area action with the other series to be between Hayden and Curry.
4A, Area 10:
Cordova 3-1, Dora 1-2, Good Hope 0-1.
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope could not hold the lead in its area opener on the home diamond Tuesday, falling to Cordova 5-1. Cordova scored 3 times in the 4th and 2 in the 5th after trailing 1-0 when the Raiders scored in their half of the 1st.
Good Hope gets on the bus to visit Cordova for two on Thursday. Raiders are facing must win situation. Cordova can clinch the area title by sweeping the Raiders as they finish out their area schedule.
Good Hope and Dora play next week with playoff implications hanging in the series.
2A, Area 13:
Falkville 6-0, Winston County 4-2, Cold Springs 2-4, St. Bernard 0-6.
FLASH NOTES: Falkville swept Cold Springs earlier this week to maintain an undefeated record in the area. Winston County took the series from St. Bernard with Cold Springs in third place heading to the final week of the area schedule.
Cold Springs has St. Bernard for three next week, Monday at St. Bernard and a twinbill Tuesday at Donald Freeman Field.
The Eagles are hoping Falkville sweeps Winston County and the Eagles can move into second by defeating St. Bernard in three. Falkville goes to Winston County Monday with the series to conclude next Tuesday in Falkville.
Holly Pond, Hanceville and Vinemont have been eliminated from playoff contention in 3A, Area 11 (HP) and 3A, Area 12 (HV, VM) games.
AHSAA baseball postseason begins the weekend of April 20. Area champions will host a runner-up from a neighboring area.
The playoff format is the best of three each round.
The AHSAA state championship series for each class will be the week of May 14-19 in Montgomery at Lagoon Park and Riverwalk Stadium.
Sportspage will provide results of the AHSAA playoffs with local teams involved.
Good Hope's Matt Hancock pitching Tuesday in 4A, Area 10 game vs. Cordova.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
After the University of Connecticut romped over St. Francis 140-52 in the first round of this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament, many thought that the Lady Huskies were too good for the sport.
They are very good. Eleven national championships since 2000, five undefeated seasons in that span, the first team to go 40-0 and certainly in a class by themselves.
But the last two years have not been fulfilled. Seventy two victories and only two defeats. Both losses have been in the national semifinals on game winning shots by Mississippi State in 2017 and this time around, from rival Notre Dame.
UConn is human after all.
Geno Auriemma has elevated UConn women's basketball in the same aspects as Alabama football, New England Patriots football, New York Yankees baseball with victory after victory, after victory.
The winning is hard earned, but at times, extremely hard to maintain when teams get into the grueling stretch of postseason play. UConn has seen that the last two years.
It proves one thing. Not the elite can be the elite from one year to the next. The Patriots didn't this past NFL season, Alabama was grateful of getting invited to the college football playoff and the Yankees failed to keep upstart Houston from its quest for postseason success.
As Friday's semifinal game, seen by over 19,000 inside Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, plus the many that viewed it on national television, UConn finally got going in the second quarter, turning a 24-11 first period deficit into a 41-34 halftime lead.
Plenty of us, including myself, thought UConn was now going to put away Notre Dame, a team shorthanded due to four players suffering ACL injuries in the season.
Down but not out, Notre Dame was able to make the plays to keep it close, regain the lead and force UConn to come from behind in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.
UConn could not stay ahead and Notre Dame executed on its final possession of OT, an 18 and a half jumper that clinched an exciting 91-89 triumph.
Consecutive 36-1 records for UConn, ousted on jump shots by point guards who were in rhythm when it was needed.
What creates a lot of conversation from this, is that UConn is not superior in the Final Four after Breanna Stewart left in 2016, with four consecutive national championships and back to back MVP seasons. I had a chance to see her perform in 2014, when she was a sophomore and UConn whipped Notre Dame 79-58 in the title game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse were on the last championship team as sophomores. Once Stewart headed to the WNBA, the two were good enough to go 72-2 in their last two seasons. But they were not great enough.
It is a similar story seen closely by yours truly. Lauderdale County won four straight AHSAA Class 3A state championships, thanks to the Wallen triplets, Emma, Ivy and Ella. Allie Craig Cruce was a sophomore the last time LCHS took home the hardware.
Lauderdale was undefeated at 34-0 in 2014 and 39-0 in 2015. They won in 2016, despite six losses in 36 games.
In the past two seasons, Lauderdale has produced 68 wins and only seven losses. But no state title for Cruce, without the triplets. Lauderdale lost in overtime March 2 to Pisgah 62-59 in the state championship.
Cruce is like Stewart, an outstanding performer and bound for the University of Alabama after graduation in May. Unfortunately, she has to endure the pain of not winning the big one when all eyes were upon her during 2017 and 2018.
Yes, it's not fair. But also, it proves that parity is coming into play for women's basketball.
Mississippi State has come from no where to be an elite, leaving the pride-pattern Tennessee Lady Vols well behind.
Notre Dame defied the odds, having to lean on regulars to play the entire game and go into the bench with one substitution.
Geno is like Nick Saban and Bill Belichick in being very outstanding coaches. But Geno now has to face the fact that two losses in two years leaves plenty of scars from the efforts of trying to stay on top after dominating the NCAA for four consecutive seasons (2013-16).
UConn got criticized for its lopsided 1st round win over St. Francis, scoring a record 94 points by halftime. They even tore apart last year's national champion, South Carolina in a 94-65 final in the regional championship in Albany, New York.
To me, UConn was on a mission to get back to the top. But the team did not rise when it was necessary and Notre Dame played on emotion and showed poise when the game went into crunch time.
Losing when not expected to is extremely painful. That is something Geno and the entire club will have to fight through for an undisclosed period of time.
Perhaps Geno will take this into consideration. Don't be so superior in the early rounds of next year's NCAA Tournament. Let someone else come under the microscope.
That will probably not be a part of equasion.
Photo courtesy of ESPN.com
Prior to spring break, two track meets were held at Fairview's Dafford Smith Stadium and Cold Springs' Cranford Stricklin Stadium.
Here are the results:
Fairview Spring Meet # 2 March 22:
Vinemont Lady Eagles claimed the title with 151.50 points, while Addison took second at 107, Good Hope 105.50, Fairview 88, Boaz 83 and Lindsay Lane Christian 13.
Brilee Wasilewski set the success tone for Vinemont, winning the 100-meter at 13.92 and the 200-meter at 29.64.
Kendall Harbison had victory in the 1,600-meter with a time of 6:37.69 and was second in the 800-meter at 3:07.80. The 4X100 relay team of Wasilewski, Bailey Preiss, Emily Cheatwood and Abby Young claimed top honors with a time of 54.11.
Kanasta Daniel was the winner in the javelin at 98-02, second in the discus at 65-01.
Fairview Lady Aggies dominated field events with Abby Schnittker winning the long jump (14-08), triple jump (31-00) and high jump (4-06). Schnittker was second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.43.
Lorin Zehr came out on top in the shot put (32-01.50), discus (90-02).
Good Hope got a good outing in its 4X100 relay as Emma Brock, Kara Tingle, Bella Davis and Savanna Derrick had the second fastest time behind Vinemont at 56.59. Kristen Hart gained 3rd place in the javelin at 72-01.
Fairview breezed to championship honors, scoring 218.50 points, finishing 87 points ahead of runner-up Addison at 131.50. Vinemont grabbed third at 114.50, Boaz was next with 97, Good Hope 61.50 and Lindsay Lane Christian 14.50.
First place honors were achieved by Issac Gandy in the 200-meter (26.23), Daniel Cook in the 800-meter (2:28.32), Tyvn Ellis in the 110 hurdles (19.00), Quinton Chambers in the 300 hurdles (45.95), Jonathan Semadeni, Cook, Chambers and Peyton Bailey in the 4X800 relay (9:44.94), Luke Yarbrough in the high jump (5-04), Jordan Earwood in the long jump
(17-06), Dow Nichols in the triple jump (37-09), Dylan Garner in the discus (126-04), Garner in the javelin (136-04).
Ethan Burser of Vinemont captured the 400-meter at 56.83, with Good Hope's John Standridge winning the 3,200-meter with a time of 12:09.75. Good Hope got a win in the pole vault as Tommy Fetters had a leap of 11-06, with teammate Tucker Putman winning the shot put at 37-01.
Cold Springs Invite March 23:
Huntsville area teams prevailed in the annual event held on the Cold Springs campus. Whitesburg Christian was the girls winner with 140 points, Grissom finished second at 124, Cold Springs claimed third place with 116, Hazel Green 86.50, St. John Paul Catholic 77, Vinemont 42, Holly Pond 20, Hanceville 7, Decatur Heritage 6.
Hazel Green scored 206 points in the varsity competition, winning it by 46 points over Grissom (160). Cold Springs finished 3rd with 79, followed by Hanceville 55, Whitesburg Christian 44, St. John Paul Catholic 38, Vinemont 30, Holly Pond 19.
Sportspage file photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA Spring sports results - Thursday:
BB: Cullman 11, Northridge 4
BB: Winfield 6, West Point 5 (10)
BB: Fairview 20, Brewer 2
BB: Hanceville 14, Carbon Hill 1
BB: Carbon Hill 10, Hanceville 5
BB: Oakman 6, Vinemont 4
BB: Holly Pond 12, Appalachian 2
SB: Hartselle 10, Cullman 0
SB: Oakman 20, Vinemont 4
SB: Cold Springs 4, Addison 1
SB: Priceville 13, Good Hope 3
SB: Hayden 12, Fairview 2
SB: Carbon Hill 11, Hanceville 1
SC: Cullman 3, Albertville 2
SC: West Point 9, Holly Pond 0 (G)
SC: West Point 11, Holly Pond 1
Sportspage 2018 All-Performance varsity team
Based on performance in front of Sportspage during 2017-18 season:
1. Griffin Morris - Holly Pond
2. Brendan Flanigan - Hanceville
3. Rylan Jones - West Point
4. Nic Williams - Cullman
4. Luke Yarbrough - Fairview
1. Christian Peterson - St. Bernard
2. Colby Sullins - West Point
3. Issac McDonald - Good Hope
4. Katch Johnson - Vinemont
1. Bryson Fletcher - Fairview
2. Kyler Chaney - Holly Pond
3. Damion Johnson - Hanceville
4. Austin Dubberly - West Point
1. RJ Evans - Hanceville
2. Elijah Price - St. Bernard
3. Zane Mandley - Cullman
4. McKinley Garrrett - Holly Pond
1. Hunter McClendon - Cold Springs
2. Dylan Finch - Cullman
3. Josh Stanley - Hanceville
1. Raiden Morgan - Hanceville
2. Devyn Tankersley - Holly Pond
3. Drew Morton - Cullman
4. Drew Maddox - Good Hope
5. Matt Dixon - Good Hope
1. Zeke McDonald - Hanceville (Jr)
2. John Christian Rose - St. Bernard (So)
3. Micah Calvert - Cold Springs (8th)
4. Caleb Guthrey - St. Bernard (So)
Cole Maddox - Good Hope
Kolton Sapp - West Point
Truman Boyd - Fairview
Landon Freeman - Good Hope
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Griffin Morris of Holly Pond - Morris was one of the top offensive performers all season in finding numerous ways of scoring. His ability to drive through defenses, plus a steady stroke from three-point range and outstanding accuracy at the foul line. Morris shot better than 90 percent from the stripe and was tough to defend for being left handed. Morris earned the Joe Shults Award during the Cullman County Tournament.
Holly Pond posted 60 wins in 66 games while Morris was on the varsity for the past two seasons.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Daniel Wakefield of Hanceville - A total of 19 wins out of 28 games for a victory percentage of .678 was accomplished by the Bulldogs this season.
Hanceville won its Thanksgiving Tournament, celebrating its 35th anniversary. The Bulldogs went into Christmas at 8-4, experienced a slump of four losses between January 5 through the 29th.
The slump was corrected with six consecutive wins in February, including the 3A, Area 12 championship, a sub-regional victory, plus the defeat of No. 5 Holly Pond in the semifinals of the Northwest Regional. The Bulldogs won their last five games they played at Lane Horton Gym with their only road games in February going a mile up the road to Tom Drake Coliseum at Wallace State Community College.
Photo 1: Holly Pond's Griffin Morris (Player of the year) (Photo by Cullman Co Athletics)
Photo 2: Daniel Wakefield of Hanceville (Coach of the year)
Photo 3: Rylan Jones of West Point in county tournament semifinal game Jan. 26.
Photo 4: Elijah Price of St. Bernard vs. Cold Springs Jan. 29
Photo 5: RJ Evans of Hanceville vs. Vinemont Feb. 6.
Photo 6: Brendan Flanigan of Hanceville vs. Holly Pond in NW Regional Feb. 17.
Photo 7: County all-tournament team Jan. 27.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton