MONTGOMERY - Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has announced reclassification for 2018-20.
These are where the schools covered by Sportspage will be placed per sport from Fall 2018 to Spring 2020.
Cold Springs Eagles:
Football: 2A, R 5 with Aliceville, Southeastern, Sumiton Christian, Sulligent, Tarrant, Winston Co.
Basketball: 2A, A 12 with Cleveland, West End, Southeastern.
Volleyball: 2A, A 12 with Cleveland, West End, Southeastern.
Baseball: 2A, A 11 with Cleveland, West End, Southeastern.
Softball: 2A, A 11 with Sulligent, Sumiton Christian.
Track: 2A, S 3
Cross Country: 2A, S 3
Golf: 2A, S 3.
Football: 6A, R 7 with Hartselle, Decatur, Athens, Muscle Shoals, Columbia.
Basketball: 6A, A 14 with Hartselle, Decatur.
Volleyball: 6A, A 14 with Hartselle, Decatur.
Baseball: 6A, A 14 with Hartselle, Decatur.
Softball: 6A, A 14 with Hartselle, Decatur.
Soccer: 6A, A 14 with Hartselle, Decatur.
Track: 6A, S 4
Cross Country: 6A, S 5
Bowling: 1A/7A, A 14 with St. Bernard, West Point, East Limestone, Hartselle, Lindsay Lane, Priceville.
Swimming/Diving: 6A, S 3.
Indoor Track: 6A, S 1.
Golf: 6A, S 4.
Football: 4A, R 7 with DAR, North Jackson, Randolph, Priceville, St. John Paul, West Morgan.
Basketball: 4A, A 12 with Good Hope, Ashville, Oneonta.
Volleyball: 4A, A 12 with Good Hope, Ashville, Oneonta.
Baseball: 4A, A 12 with Good Hope, Ashville, Oneonta.
Softball: 4A, A 12 with Good Hope, Ashville, Oneonta
Soccer: 4A/5A, A 13 with Arab, Brewer, Guntersville.
Track: 4A, S 3
Cross Country: 4A, S 3.
Indoor Track: 4A, S 1.
Golf: 4A, S 3.
Good Hope Raiders:
Football: 4A, R 5 with Fayette Co, Cordova, Curry, Haleyville, Northside, Oak Grove.
Basketball: 4A, A 12 with Fairview, Oneonta, Ashville.
Volleyball: 4A, A 12 with Fairview, Oneonta, Ashville.
Baseball: 4A, A 12 with Fairview, Oneonta, Ashville.
Softball: 4A, A 12 with Fairview, Oneonta, Ashville.
Track: 4A, S 3
Cross Country: 4A, S 2
Indoor Track: 4A, S 1.
Golf: 4A, S 3.
Football: 3A, R 5 with Holly Pond, Vinemont, Midfield, Fultondale, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington.
Basketball: 3A, A 12 with Glencoe, J.B. Pennington, Susan Moore.
Volleyball: 3A, A 12 with Susan Moore, J.B. Pennington.
Baseball: 3A, A 11 with Locust Fork, Vinemont.
Softball: 3A, A 12 with Glencoe, Susan Moore, J.B. Pennington.
Track: 3A, S 4.
Cross Country: 3A, S 3.
Golf: 3A, S 4.
Holly Pond Broncos:
Football: 3A, R 5 with Hanceville, Vinemont, Midfield, Fultondale, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington.
Basketball: 3A, A 13 with Vinemont, Brindlee Mountain, New Hope.
Volleyball: 3A, A 13 with Vinemont, East Lawrence.
Baseball: 3A, A 12 with Susan Moore, J.B. Pennington, Glencoe.
Softball: 3A, A 13 with Vinemont, New Hope, Brindlee Mountain.
Track: 3A, S 4
Cross Country: 3A, S 3.
Indoor Track: 1A/3A, S 1.
Golf: 3A, S 4.
St. Bernard Saints:
Basketball: 1A, A 13 with Decatur Heritage, Falkville, Lynn, Meek.
Volleyball 1A, A 13 with R.A. Hubbard, Athens Bible, Falkville.
Baseball: 1A, A 14 with Lindsay Lane, Falkville, Athens Bible.
Soccer: 1A, R 8 with Athens Bible, Clements, Mars Hill, Tanner.
Track: 1A/2A, S 4.
Cross Country: 3A, S 3.
Bowling: 1A/7A, A 14 with Cullman, West Point, East Limestone, Hartselle, Lindsay Lane, Priceville.
Indoor Track: 1A/3A, S. 1.
Football: 3A, R 5 with Hanceville, Holly Pond, Fultondale, Midfield, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington.
Basketball: 3A, A 13 with Holly Pond, Brindlee Mountain, New Hope.
Volleyball: 3A, A 13 with Holly Pond, East Lawrence.
Baseball: 3A, A 11 with Hanceville, Locust Fork.
Softball: 3A, A 13 with Holly Pond, Brindlee Mountain, New Hope.
Track: 3A, S 4.
Cross Country: 3A, S 3.
Indoor Track: 1A/3A, S 1.
West Point Warriors:
Football: 5A, R 7 with Corner, Hayden, Dora, Jasper, Lawrence Co, Hamilton, Russellville.
Basketball: 5A, A 14 with Hamilton, Lawrence Co, Russellville.
Volleyball: 5A, A 14 with Hamilton, Lawrence Co, Russellville.
Baseball: 5A, A 14 with Hamilton, Lawrence Co, Russellville.
Softball: 5A, A 14 with Hamilton, Lawrence Co, Russellville.
Soccer: 4A/5A, A 14 with Danville, Haleyville, West Morgan.
Track: 5A, S 4.
Cross Country: 5A, S 4.
Bowling: 1A/7A, A 14 with Cullman, St. Bernard, Hartselle, East Limestone, Lindsay Lane, Priceville.
Golf: 5A, S 4.
Football: 2A, R 7 with Colbert Co, Hatton, Red Bay, Sheffield, Tanner, Tharptown.
Basketball: 2A, A 13 with Red Bay, Sulligent, Winston Co.
Volleyball: 2A, A 13 with Winston Co, Sulligent, Tharptown.
Baseball: 2A, A 12 with Sulligent, Winston Co.
Softball: 2A, A 14 with Tanner, Hatton, Winston Co.
Track: 2A, S 3.
Cross Country: 2A, S 3.
No one can say SEC football is boring. Because, it's not.
It does have a path live the daily TV soaps of One Live to Live, Days of Our Lives, As the World Turns and Search for Tomorrow.
You can add the Young and the Restless to this as well.
It began on Thanksgiving night with Ole Miss upsetting Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. On Friday, Missouri capped off a strong finish in the late season to edge Arkansas with Bret Bielema being fired after the game as Arkansas bottomed out in 2017 at 4-8.
Saturday, the headline was Auburn's 26-14 beatdown of former No. 1 Alabama, Tennessee going 0-8 in the SEC by getting embarrassed in Knoxville to Vanderbilt 42-24.
Then to think Sunday would be a day of relaxation, Florida gets Dan Mullen from Mississippi State, Tennessee reconsiders of hiring Ohio State OC Greg Schiano, Kevin Sumlin is dismissed at Texas A&M and Alabama is pleading to those who will listen, they should be considered for a spot in the college football playoff.
Boredom is never something about the passion and love for SEC football. Auburn University probably doesn't mind of sending a $250,000 check to the conference for violating the access of competition area policy. What that means is many Auburn fans stormed Pat Dye Field right after Alabama was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated.
There is a conference championship game this coming Saturday. How much will be focused on that game, aside from the firings and hires in Gainesville, Fayetteville, Knoxville, College Station?
That doesn't include the situation at Ole Miss with potential NCAA sanctions that could knock them for a loop. After 8:30 p.m. Sunday, information on twitter had Ole Miss to officially name Matt Luke its permanent head coach with a news conference scheduled Monday morning in Oxford.
Dan Mullen was a name that was mentioned in possibly getting the Florida job, but it floated under the radar when reports had it that the school was going to hire former Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly decided to stay out West, taking the offer for becoming the new coach at UCLA. That seems to fit him better than being in the SEC.
Schiano has denied knowing anything in regards to the Sandusky case for child abuse. He was an assistant coach at the time the incident became public that led to legendary coach Joe Paterno stepping down.
Social media convinced Tennessee to take away the offer and possibly start from scratch. The Vols went three steps back for how the fan base felt of this potential hire.
Mullen, being a former OC when Urban Meyer handled Florida with a talented QB named Tim Tebow. The Gators won two SEC championships while Mullen worked under Meyer. He has been at MSU since 2009, leading the Bulldogs to 69 wins against 46 losses and a 5-3 record in bowl games.
Florida is a school that thrives on offensive play, from Steve Spurrier to Meyer, but never got it completely under Jim McElwain.
One reason for the hire of Mullen, is the current A.D. at Florida, Scott Stricklin, is formerly of Mississippi State.
Stricklin and others made a big time push to acquire a man that knows the SEC like the back of his hand.
Now comes the question, who is going to be hired at Arkansas, Texas A&M and Tennessee? There should be no other surprises in the beginning of championship game week from the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Also, the concern of Kerryon Johnson's health for Auburn in the championship game. Johnson has a bad shoulder. If he is not available, Auburn's chances to beat Georgia once again are slim at the best.
Kirby Smart, a defensive genius for Georgia, will not let Jarrett Stidham and Auburn have their way as they did on November 11 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
To me, Alabama is alive for a playoff berth, but barely breathing. So much will have to unravel for the Tide to be considered of getting one of the selections, with the possibility of a conference champion being left out.
I see it like this. The SEC champion is in, the ACC champion should be in, Ohio State gets in by beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Alabama could jump over TCU, if the Horned Frogs win the Big 12. But they would have to whip up on Oklahoma that would be bonus points for them of a spot in the Final Four, not a team that is a tradition to the CFP and 11-1 for the season.
In trying to relax for Sunday evening, this stuff is keeping me on my toes. I know it is to many others that are deeply media related in the SEC.
Again, it shows there is nothing boring about the fall in the Southeastern Conference.
Photo of Auburn fans celebrating upset of Alabama, courtesy of USA Today.
BIRMINGHAM - No one really thought UAB's return to football after a two-year absence would be successful at all.
But the Blazers defied the odds, deserving a lot of credit for hard work with the results of being bowl eligible and a respectable second place finish in the West Division of Conference USA.
UAB closed out the regular season Saturday afternoon at Legion Field in defeating UTEP 28-7. UAB is 8-4, 6-2 in C-USA and waiting to see where they will be going in the bowl season.
Bill Clark's Blazers set a record for wins in a single year since becoming a part of FBS football back in 1996. The Blazers also compiled a perfect regular season record of 6-0 playing at the ole lady on Graymont Avenue.
Hard work shows how a team can be brought back to life and for it to reward the university and the Birmingham area. They are Birmingham's team, now that Alabama and Auburn no longer play the Iron Bowl inside Legion Field.
UAB has been an attention item to Conference USA all season, getting headlines as often as Lane Kiffin has in his first season at Florida Atlantic, after recently working as offensive coordinator for Nick Saban at Alabama.
Conference USA has bowl tie-ins with the New Orleans Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl, Gasprilla Bowl, Bahamas Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl.
The conference can send teams to the Independence Bowl and Frisco Bowl if the SEC and ACC can not provide a representative.
Going into Saturday, C-USA had eight bowl eligible teams with Florida Atlantic and North Texas to participate in the league championship next week. FAU is the champion of the East with North Texas a game better than UAB in the West.
A local connection will look forward of playing in a bowl game for UAB.
He is former Hanceville and Cullman athlete Brontae Harris.
Harris came to UAB after playing basketball for one year at Alabama A&M University. He is listed on the roster as a red-shirt freshman.
Harris plays the cornerback position. He made an impact in a 52-21 win over Rice on November 4 when he returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown.
Harris is the third Blazer to accomplish the pick six task this season.
Harris was involved in five defensive series on the afternoon. He threw a block on an interception return that set up the Blazers' first touchdown in the game in the second quarter.
He played on the final snap, covering his receiver tight with the pass being picked off in the end zone to preserve a 14-7 UAB halftime cushion.
Harris broke up a pass in the third quarter that forced UTEP to give up the ball with the Blazers turning a touchdown lead into a 28-7 advantage, scoring twice in the stanza.
Quarterback A.J. Erdley tied a school record for rushing TDs when he scored from 10 yards out in the third. That was No. 13 on the season, joining Jordan Howard and Darrin Reeves as record setters.
Erdley is a balanced player. He threw for two touchdowns with Collin Lisa catching one for 30 yards and Logan Scott taking in an 11-yard hookup.
Erdley has more rushing TDs to move past well-known Blazer Joe Webb who accounted for 12 in 2009.
For Harris, he had a season best six tackles two weeks ago when the Blazers won at Texas San Antonio 24-19.
Harris and his UAB teammates experienced the opportunity of playing at an SEC school last week when they invaded the Swamp to meet a Florida team that has gone through a season of headaches. Florida posted a 36-7 win to prevent more embarrassment to a once superior club in the highly regarded SEC.
Nothing but positive has surrounded UAB football in 2017. This will serve well into the future in regards of recruiting, improving the fan base.
UAB has led C-USA in attendance all season with an average of over 28,000. Plenty of comments have been made with UAB playing at Legion Field, not having an on campus stadium.
The Blazers have overcome that obstacle among so many others.
They are a football team that is moving forward.
On Saturday, the Blazers rewarded those who stood behind them and will get to be rewarded for a bowl game coming up in December.
Sportspage spent four days following two high school girls basketball tournaments, the Encore Classic at Hartselle and the West Point Thanksgiving Classic.
Plenty of good talent was on display at both events as 16 teams competed in the three-day classic at Hartselle and three good days of girls ' hoops inside West Point's Jim Boyd Gymnasium. Their classic consisted of eight playing in the varsity division.
West Point came out with a 4-0 record, along with Florence in its classic, closing out on Wednesday with back to back games of scoring at least 80 points.
In Hartselle, Brewer was the 2017 champion, ending Athens' run of being the best in this classic. Brewer edged Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 66-64 in the finals after the Lady Patriots stopped Athens 43-37 earlier on Wednesday in the semis.
Fairview, who had reached the championship the previous two seasons, finished sixth, splitting four games. The Lady Aggies got to the 5th place contest by blasting Midfield 69-43, but fell to Danville Wednesday evening 46-43.
Cullman came home 2-2 for the tournament, falling to Colbert County in the consolation bracket final 66-64. The Lady Bearcats lost their opener to Hillcrest, then knocked off Red Bay and Hanceville by huge margins to get a shot at playing a good Colbert County squad that began Wednesday with a victory over Good Hope.
At the West Point Classic, Cold Springs experienced victory and defeat. The Lady Eagles fell to Phil Campbell Monday, then returned to winning ways by whipping Guntersville 65-40 and Lawrence County 62-39.
A chance to go 3-1 was denied in a 47-43 loss Wednesday evening to West Morgan. Tammy West's unit dropped two games by a combined margin of 12 points, with both setbacks going to the wire.
Sportspage is recognizing a dandy dozen from the two tournaments in seeing 15 games in Hartselle and 11 games from West Point that began last weekend.
Sportspage Dandy Dozen from the West Point Girls Thanksgiving Classic:
Miriam Oldacre - West Point
Camryn Crider - Cold Springs
Mackenzie Carter - West Point
Toni West - Cold Springs
Jalexis Russell - Florence
Abby Davis - Phil Campbell
Heather Thompson - Oakman
Lindsay Goodwin - West Morgan
Darby Elliott - Phil Campbell
Sadie Thompson - Lawrence County
Teriauna Young - West Morgan
Timberly Thompson - Florence
Sportspage Dandy Dozen from the Encore Girls Classic at Hartselle:
McCarley Northway - Brewer
Alexis Woods - Athens
Taylor Yeager - Fairview
Anna Grace Murphy - Cullman
Kelly Pickett - Hanceville
Savanna Derrick - Good Hope
Moriah Taylor - Hartselle
Jolee Cole - Danville
Cierra Cunningham - Hillcrest
Chelsea Leach - Colbert County
Taylor Underwood - Midfield
Nahriyah Timmons - Tanner
Sportspage team of the week spotlight:
From West Point Classic - West Point. Lady Warriors now 5-0 on the season.
From Encore Classic - Brewer. Lady Patriots 7-1 on the season.
Photo 1: Miriam Oldacre (10), Mackenzie Carter (23) of West Point.
Photo 2: Hanceville PG Kelly Pickett (23) vs. Danville.
Photo 3: Cold Springs G Camryn Crider inbounds ball next to an official.
Photo 4: Taylor Yeager of Fairview throws the ball in game vs. Brewer.
Photo 5: Anna Grace Murphy of Cullman drives baseline in win over Red Bay.
Photo 6: Good Hope PG Savanna Derrick moves it up the floor against Decatur.
Sportspage photos from Encore Classic & West Point Classic by Johnny Thornton.
Being healthy in the playoffs can provide a team the opportunity to move on from one round to the next.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) football postseason is brutal. Five grueling weeks, dealing with distant trips, changes in the weather and competition you may not know very much of.
At the present time, the Addison Bulldogs look very healthy. A team that was banged up in late September, resulting in back to back losses to Lynn (21-18) and Vinemont (28-22) can be forgotten.
Sportspage got to see the Bulldogs on the gridiron for the first time Friday night. They performed very well in Marion County, running away from Hackleburg 41-16, thanks to four second half touchdowns on four possessions.
It was an evening in which road teams controlled the status for round two of the playoffs.
In the North Region in 1A, Addison was joined by South Lamar and Cherokee as road victors. Cherokee took care of one of Addison's rivals from Winston County, romping over the previous undefeated Lynn Bears 35-14.
Two road wins were recorded by Sulligent and Lamar County in 2A, Sylvania, Randolph County and Colbert Heights in 3A, Wenonah and Briarwood Christian in 5A, Austin and Clay Chalkville in 6A and Hoover in 7A.
That turns out to be a total of 13 winners in 26 games as road teams in the North from the second week of the playoff schedule. That's getting the job done.
Bus rides were enjoyable for teams such as Sulligent, Lamar County, Cherokee, South Lamar, Colbert Heights in traveling more than two hours to get to their respective stadium.
Three teams from the North region saw undefeated seasons end in the round of 16. They were Lynn, Rogers and Hewitt-Trussville.
Hackleburg, West Morgan, Wilson, Mae Jemison and Homewood were 10-1. Now they conclude the 2017 schedule with a second defeat, especially for Hackleburg, West Morgan and Homewood getting defeated on the home turf.
Addison is on the road for the second straight week, playing at South Lamar Friday in the quarterfinal round.
This will be the Bulldogs' first ever venture into the town of Millport in Lamar County. Addison lost to South Lamar 39-0 in the 2000 playoffs, the only meeting between the two programs.
Addison is 1-5 all time vs. the Lamar County school system. The Bulldogs are 1-2 against Sulligent, 0-2 vs. Lamar County and 0-1 with South Lamar.
Lamar County will be very active for the quarterfinal round with three games going on the day after Thanksgiving inside its territory. Beside Addison traveling to South Lamar, Sulligent host defending 2A state champion Fyffe, while Lamar County gets undefeated Lanett to visit the town of Vernon.
Very little playoff football remains in the Tennessee Valley. Undefeated Austin gets Pinson Valley to visit Ogle Stadium in Decatur next week in 6A, Colbert Heights in the Lauderdale County entertains Piedmont, Cherokee will have Pickens County to come into the Northwest corner of the state.
For Addison, it marks the second straight year they are playing on the day after Thanksgiving and on the road once more.
In 2016, the undefeated Bulldogs were eliminated by Pickens County 23-6.
Now comes the challenge for David Smothers' Bulldogs, with a six-game winning streak and playing well and hard on both ends of the ball, to face a team that has less than 30 players on its roster and is playing like a ball club that is an upstart and dangerous.
You never know what is going to transpire from one playoff weekend to the next in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
We will continue to follow it through the Addison Bulldogs.
Millport awaits Sportspage and WKUL Radio next Friday.
Sportspage photo of Addison-Hackleburg game by Johnny Thornton.
Sportspage salutes greatness from the cross country course. The 2017 season just ended last weekend with two individual champions being crowned, plus two state runners-up and five others placing in the Top 10 in their class.
Sportspage started the cross country season on assignment in Moulton at the Pepsi Invitational and ended it the second weekend in November down the road at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
Here is the Sportspage Cross Country All-Performance Team for 2017:
Andrew Sweeney - St. Bernard
Eli Wilhite - Cullman
Quinton Chambers - Fairview
Aaron Brown - Hanceville
Conner Lowery - Holly Pond
CJ Lang - Cold Springs
Jonathan Collett - Cold Springs
Jackson Tucker - Cullman
Tucker Adkison - Cullman
Trentan Williams - Cold Springs
Keagan Hardin - Fairview
Leahrose Mami - St. Bernard
Alex McDonald - Fairview
Camilla Chambers - Holly Pond
Abbigail Kusz - Holly Pond
Della Kelly - Cullman
Eva Barck - St. Bernard
Carrington Chambers - Fairview
Ava Akridge - Cold Springs
Alyssa Jackson - Cold Springs
Bijou Phillips - Good Hope
Alexandria Holt - Cullman
Will Rhodes - Vinemont
Hunter Calvert - Cold Springs
Brodie Belcher - Cold Springs
Boston McDuffy - Vinemont
Logan Self - Good Hope
Colton Lindsey - Good Hope
Kendall Henderson - Vinemont
Addie Stripling - Good Hope
Hannah Shedd - West Point
Grace Lee - West Point
Tekoa Walker - West Point
Emily Bryan - Fairview
VARSITY RUNNER OF THE YEAR:
Andrew Sweeney - St. Bernard (1A/2A state champion)
VARSITY GIRLS RUNNER OF THE YEAR:
Leahrose Mami - St. Bernard (1A/2A state champion)
VARSITY COACH OF THE YEAR:
Blaise Caire - Cold Springs (Cullman County champs, 1A/2A sectional champs, 1A/2A state runner-up)
VARSITY GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR:
William Calvert - St. Bernard (1A/2A sectional runner-up, 5th in 1A/2A state meet, coached the 1A/2A individual state champion)
EVENT OF THE YEAR COVERED BY SPORTSPAGE:
Fairview Invitational September 23 at Fairview Town Park
Cullman 1st, St. Bernard 2nd in varsity girls
Cullman 1st, St. Bernard 6th, Fairview 8th in varsity.
Photo 1: St. Bernard coach William Calvert & senior Leahrose Mami.
Photo 2: Cold Springs Eagles and coach Blaise Carie.
Photo 3: St. Bernard Saints with runner of the year Andrew Sweeney (1925) at Fairview Invitational.
Photo 4: Eli Wilhite of Cullman wins Bearcat 2-mile title.
Photo 5: Cullman County champion Alex McDonald of Fairview.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Thanksgiving and basketball around the area go hand in hand. It's been a tradition for 60 years in Holly Pond and 34 in Hanceville.
A new varsity classic enters its second year of existence in Priceville, while on the girls side, the Encore Classic moves from Danville to Hartselle in its 10th year with the West Point Thanksgiving Classic two years old.
A dozen teams, six varsity and six girls from the county, will gather at various sites from Saturday through the day after Thanksgiving.
Here is the schedule for each holiday tournament with local participants.
Encore Rehab Girls Classic at Hartselle:
Fairview vs. Decatur 10:00 a.m.
Good Hope vs. Brewer 11:20 a.m.
Athens vs. Colbert County 12:40 a.m.
Midfield vs. Hatton 2:00 p.m.
Cullman vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3:20 p.m.
Tanner vs. Red Bay 4:40 p.m.
Hartselle vs. Russellville 6:00 p.m.
Hanceville vs. Danville 7:20 p.m.
Fairview/Decatur vs. Good Hope/Brewer winner 4:00 p.m.
Athens/Colbert Co vs. Midfield/Hatton winner 5:20 p.m.
Cullman/Hillcrest vs. Red Bay/Tanner winner 6:40 p.m.
Hartselle/Russellville vs. Hanceville/Danville winner 8:00 p.m.
At Auxiliary Gym:
Fairview/Decatur vs. Good Hope/Brewer loser 4:00 p.m.
Athens/Colbert Co vs. Midfield/Hatton loser 5:20 p.m.
Cullman/Hillcrest vs. Red Bay/Tanner loser 6:40 p.m.
Hartselle/Russellville vs. Hanceville/Danville loser 8:00 p.m.
Semifinal 1 at 12:40 p.m. (Cullman, Hillcrest, Red Bay, Tanner, Hartselle, Russellville, Hanceville, Danville bracket)
Semifinal 2 at 2:00 p.m. (Fairview, Decatur, Good Hope, Brewer, Athens, Colbert Co, Midfield, Hatton bracket)
3rd place game at 6:00 p.m.
Championship game at 7:30 p.m.
At Auxiliary Gym:
Consolation bracket semifinals 12:40, 2:00 p.m.
Consolation bracket semifinal losers 6:00 p.m.
Consolation bracket semifinal winners 7:30 p.m.
Marx Optical Thanksgiving Classic at Priceville:
West Point vs. TBA
West Point vs. TBA
West Point vs. TBA
West Point Girls Thanksgiving Classic:
Lawrence Co vs. Oakman 5:15 p.m.
West Point vs. Guntersville 6:30 p.m.
Cold Springs vs. Phil Campbell 7:45 p.m.
Cold Springs vs. Guntersville 4:00 p.m.
West Point vs. Lawrence Co 5:15 p.m.
Oakman vs. West Morgan 7:45 p.m.
Cold Springs vs. Lawrence Co 10:15 a.m.
Oakman vs. Phil Campbell 11:30 a.m.
West Point vs. West Morgan 12:45 p.m.
Oakman vs. Guntersville 3:15 p.m.
Cold Springs vs. West Morgan 4:30 p.m.
West Point vs. Phil Campbell 5:45 p.m.
35th Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament:
Cold Springs vs. Dora 4:00 p.m.
Corner vs. Curry 5:15 p.m.
Falkville vs. Tarrant 6:30 p.m.
Hanceville vs. Jefferson Christian 7:45 p.m.
Loser of Game 1 vs. Game 2 loser 4:00 p.m.
Loser of Game 3 vs. Game 4 loser 5:15 p.m.
Winner of Game 1 vs. Game 2 winner 6:30 p.m.
Winner of Game 3 vs. Game 4 winner 7:45 p.m.
7th place game 3:00 p.m.
5th place game 4:15 p.m.
3rd place game 5:30 p.m.
Championship game 6:45 p.m.
61st Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament:
Good Hope vs. Cullman 6:30 p.m.
Holly Pond vs. J.B. Pennington 7:45 p.m.
Good Hope vs. J.B. Pennington 6:00 p.m.
Cullman vs. Holly Pond 7:15 p.m.
Cullman vs. J.B. Pennington 6:30 p.m.
Holly Pond vs. Good Hope 7:45 p.m.
OAKVILLE - Cross Country in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has become very strong in Cullman County.
That was a statement made by St. Bernard Prep School coach William Calvert Saturday at the 2017 championships. His proof is well displayed with two individual champions coming from the prep school in Andrew Sweeney and Leahrose Mami.
They were part of success for a good day with county teams, plus individuals making an impact in a sport that has grown in leaps and bounds locally and statewide.
A total of 1,737 runners gathered in Lawrence County Saturday, 895 running in the varsity competition with 842 girls competing from Class 1A through 7A.
Seventy-two schools were involved in a field of 12 from each class. Cullman County was represented by the varsity teams from Cold Springs, Cullman and St. Bernard, plus the Fairview girls and individuals by the Fairview, Hanceville and Holly Pond varsity, plus Holly Pond and Good Hope girls.
Since 2014, the county has claimed five state championships, two by Cold Springs, two by St. Bernard girls and one from St. Bernard's varsity.
Cold Springs was second in 1A/2A to Westminster Oak Mountain.
Cullman got a runner-up in 6A to a very talented Homewood.
Top 10 team finishes were accomplished by the following. St. Bernard girls earned 5th place, Cold Springs girls finished 6th in the state, St. Bernard fourth, Fairview girls 9th, Cullman girls 9th.
That says how competitive the runners are in this county.
Sweeney and Mami left Oakville Indian Mounds Park with huge accomplishments to cap off their senior year at St. Bernard. Sweeney's success in 2017 began with an invitation in the summer to the AHSAA inaugural All-Star run in Montgomery.
Sweeney established a new course record in his classification at 16:02. It was the seventh time in the season he earned championship hardware.
Mami was a brides maid in 2016. This time she turned the tables on Whitesburg Christian's Hannah Tarwater. Tarwater won the title as a junior, but could not repeat it with Mami ready to run and perform her fastest time of the year at 19:24.
Cullman's Eli Wilhite ended his prep career 4th best in 6A. Wilhite has been the most notable runner for the Bearcats all fall.
Teammate Tucker Adkison, a senior, got a berth on the All-State team with a 13th place finish.
Cullman County girls champion Alex McDonald of Fairview competed hard, placing 25th in Class 5A. McDonald was just two minutes behind the winner Olivia Andrews, an eighth grader from Faith Academy at 18:59. McDonald ran the event at 21:00.
The future is strong thanks to the following underclass athletes that found their way to All-State honors.
Ava Akridge of Cold Springs (8th grader) 10th in 1A/2A girls.
Camilla Chambers of Holly Pond (Freshman) 8th in 3A girls.
Trentan Williams of Cold Springs (Jr) 7th in 1A/2A
Jonathan Collett of Cold Springs (Sophomore) 12th in 1A/2A
Conner Lowery of Holly Pond (Sophomore) 10th in 3A.
Aaron Brown of Hanceville (Jr) 14th in 3A
Jackson Tucker of Cullman (Jr) 6th in 6A.
Others that will be a factor for next season that just missed out on Top 15 finishes include;
Will Thompson of Cullman (Sophomore)
Quinton Chambers of Fairview (Sophomore)
Keagen Hardin of Fairview (Freshman)
Aaron Spurger of Cold Springs (Sophomore)
Seth Walker of Cold Springs (Sophomore)
Cole Akridge of Cold Springs (Sophomore)
Joseph Arriaga of St. Bernard (Freshman)
Joey McCarthy of St. Bernard (Jr)
Francis Mami of St. Bernard (Freshman)
Della Kelly of Cullman girls (Sophomore)
Jennifer Aviles of Cullman girls (Sophomore)
Mattie Green of Cullman girls (Sophomore)
Sadie Terry of Cold Springs girls (Sophomore)
Brooke Crider of Cold Springs girls (Freshman)
Alyssa Jackson of Cold Springs girls (Sophomore)
Bijou Phillips of Good Hope girls (8th grader)
Carrington Chambers of Fairview girls (7th grader)
Angelica Antibero of Fairview girls (7th grader)
Emma Gardner of Fairview girls (Sophomore)
Alyssa Harper of Fairview girls (Sophomore)
All of these experienced runners will be a year up in maturity, plus understanding what it takes to raise the level of performance when the season begins in late August under extreme humid conditions to mid November with cooler temps, wind and courses that are not drenched with dust.
In the last four years, Cullman County can make it be known that championship trophies and individual titles have been claimed from the site of the AHSAA championships.
There is no doubt that the future promises plenty of more success.
Photo 1: Leahrose Mami has chipped removed from leg after winning 1A/2A crown.
Photo 2: Cold Springs' Trentan Williams gets chipped removed from 7th place finish.
Photo 3: Cullman runners get refreshed after a solid run in the 6A championship.
Photo 4: Fairview runner Alex McDonald talks with a competitior after 5A girls run.
Photo 5: Andrew Sweeney of St. Bernard talks with Nate Collins of Westminster Oak Mountain after claiming the 1A/2A state title.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
6A: Ramsay 14, Cullman 0
1A: Pickens County 34, Meek 7
3A: Fultondale 39, Colbert County 3
4A: Dora 29, Deshler 20
4A: Rogers 45, Haleyville 7
6A: Homewood 28, Fort Payne 21
6A: Austin 48, Carver-Birmingham 0
6A: Clay-Chalkville 21, Athens 0
Fairview 54, Hanceville 29 (G)
Fairview 71, Hanceville 63
Cullman 58, Decatur 57
Cullman 68, Decatur 45 (G)
Brewer 65, Boaz 45
Brewer 63, Boaz 13 (G)
Danville 63, Clements 50 (G)
Clements 74, Danville 70
FLASH NOTES: Defending Cullman County champion Fairview Lady Aggies broke open a 27-23 game at halftime with Hanceville, by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 27-6 in the second half at Lane Horton Gymnasium.
Newcomer Valentina Klocker delivered 13 points to the win column for Mary Hartline's Lady Aggies while Abby Schnittker scored 12, Abbi Taylor 10 and McKinna Yearwood with nine.
Kelly Pickett, in her first game for Christina Watson, scored 13, with Cassidy Campbell adding eight.
A difference in the game was Fairview shooting five of 11 from three-point range to Hanceville going just three for 21.
The Lady Aggies were up 17-7 after the first, 27-23 at the half then went on a 14-3 run in the third to extend the lead to 41-26.
Fairview began the Branch Whitlock era in fine fashion, prevailing over the Bulldogs in a shootout.
Cullman enjoyed success on opening night with the Lady Bearcats taking care of Decatur to begin the second year of the Josh Hembree era.
The varsity was a thriller as Drew Morton knocked down a three with time running out for Bobby Meyer's Bearcats to outperform Sam Brown's Red Raiders.
Photo of Cullman Lady Bearcats vs. Decatur, courtesy of Cullman High School.