Cullman County Volleyball Tournament - Monday
At Vinemont Gymnasium:
# 4 Good Hope over # 5 Vinemont 25-17, 25-19
# 3 Cold Springs over # 6 Holly Pond 26-24, 25-17
# 2 Fairview over # 7 Hanceville 25-3, 25-1
# 1 West Point over # 4 Good Hope 25-13, 25-12
# 2 Fairview over # 3 Cold Springs 26-16, 25-15
# 6 Holly Pond over # 7 Hanceville 25-3, 25-10 (HV eliminated)
# 4 Good Hope over # 6 Holly Pond 26-24, 26-24 (HP eliminated)
# 5 Vinemont over # 3 Cold Springs 25-22, 25-16 (CS eliminated)
FLASH NOTES: Those who follow Cullman County High School volleyball thought No. 1 West Point and No. 2 Fairview (defending county champion) would conquer the opposition and head to the winner's final on Tuesday in the double elimination event.
Not a lot of folks felt that Vinemont would remain in the mix for being the 5th seed, unable to defeat any one seeded higher than the Lady Eagles in the regular season.
But Vinemont has worked hard in getting 19 victories in 2018, the most in quite some time for the program.
Hard work and taking advantage of the situation propelled Vinemont in a sweep of No. 3 Cold Springs in the elimination bracket.
MAGNIFICENT ON MONDAY:
The following stepped up their level of play to help their team reach the Final Four in the Cullman County Volleyball Tournament.
# 1 West Point: MH Lexi Shadix, OH Mackenzie Carter, S Selena Clark.
# 2 Fairview: OH Daisy Manasco, OH Katie Ball, MH Isabella McGukin.
# 4 Good Hope: OH Alee Jackson, S Chrissi Smith, MH Jesse Kent.
# 5 Vinemont: Def Gracie Kennedy, Def Sadie Stanley, MH Rachel Hall.
TUESDAY AT VINEMONT HS:
# 4 Good Hope vs. # 5 Vinemont 3:00 GH 22-21, VM 19-19
# 1 West Point vs. # 2 Fairview (Winner's final) 4:00 WP 36-3, FV 41-12
GH/VM winner vs. WP/FV loser (Loser's final) 5:00
If needed 7:00
Photo 1: L-R, Gracie Kennedy, Rachel Hall, Taylor McClure, Sadie Stanley, Maddie Oliver of Vinemont.
Photo 2: Mackenzie Carter (23), Lexi Shadix of West Point blocking ball at the net.
Photo 3: Fairview setting the ball in match vs. Cold Springs (white).
Photo 4: Ball is in the air on Good Hope's side in match with Vinemont.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Cullman County JV Volleyball Tournament Day 2
At Vinemont Gymnasium:
# 5 Holly Pond over # 4 Good Hope 25-17, 25-17
# 1 West Point over # 3 Fairview 25-14, 25-23 (Winner's final)
# 3 Fairview over # 5 Holly Pond 25-19, 25-19 (Loser's final)
# 1 West Point over # 3 Fairview 25-11, 25-16 (Championship)
COACHES ALL-COUNTY TEAM:
Cold Springs - Heidi Nichols
Fairview - Maddie Yeager, Deavan Fulmer, Jacy Gorham
Good Hope - Morgan Hammock, Mallory Hammock
Holly Pond - Sarah Finley, Kaylee Stallings
Vinemont - Hailee Moore
West Point - Braelee Quinn, Ryleigh Jones, Sydney Sellers, Sasha Hunter
SPORTSPAGE ALL-PERFORMACE TEAM (Based on tournament play):
Ryleigh Jones (MVP), Braelee Quinn, Sasha Hunter - West Point
Jacy Gorham, Maddie Yeager, Brianna Romos - Fairview
Rebecca Bell - Holly Pond
Morgan Hammock, Ruby Lucas - Good Hope
Abby Young - Vinemont
FLASH NOTES: All results Tuesday were sweeps as West Point was much sharper on this day than the day before when 5 seed Holly Pond took them to a tiebreaker.
The Lady Warriors fought off 3 seed Fairview , coming from behind in game two of the winner's final as Sellers got a service ace to give them the lead at 23-22. A block from Hunter pushed the score to 24-22 and a volley by Kayla Kilpatrick closed out the match with a 25-22 decision.
Fairview was superior over Holly Pond in the loser's final, keyed by the serving of Gorham and the play at the net by Yeager and Romos to set up a rematch with West Point for the county crown.
Jones stepped up her play, especially at the service line, with West Point leading 8-6 after she converted a kill. Jones then tallied seven straight points to create breathing room in the opener, with West Point up 15-6. A net foul on the Lady Warriors broke her run.
Sellers got a couple of key serves in late in the first set, then Kilpatrick delivered to put them into the lead at 1-0 in the match.
A tight second set was on display early with Fairview hanging close as they were down 7-6, following a multiple hits violation on West Point.
Then the momentum landed on the side of the Lady Warriors, behind five straight service points by Jones. Quinn got a pair of kills that upped the lead to 16-9.
But Fairview battled back to draw with 21-15 on a kill from Romos. However, they could not stay in a flow as West Point had an ace from Jones to make it 23-15. After Jones served it out for the score at 23-16, Quinn delivered a kill and a volley from Kilpatrick, off a serve by Sellers, ended the match at 6:45 p.m. The match took 36 minutes to be played.
Vinemont will be the host for the county tournament next Monday and Tuesday. A preview of the event will be posted Saturday on Sportspage.
Photo 1: Cullman County JV champion West Point Lady Warriors.
Photo 2: Cullman County JV runner-up Fairview Lady Aggies
Photo 3: Coaches All-County: Ryleigh Jones, Hailee Moore, Maddie Yeager.
Back row, Sydney Sellers, Deavan Fulmer, Braelee Quinn, Jacy Gorham, Sasha Hunter.
Photo 4: Sportspage all-performance team from WP: Quinn (21), Jones (20, MVP), Hunter (23).
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Cullman County JV Volleyball Tournament
At Vinemont Gymnasium
# 5 Holly Pond over # 4 Good Hope 23-25, 25-21, 18-16
# 3 Fairview over # 6 Cold Springs 25-11, 25-10
# 2 Vinemont over # 7 Hanceville 25-6, 25-10
# 1 West Point over # 5 Holly Pond 19-25, 25-22, 15-6 (Quarterfinal)
# 3 Fairview over # 2 Vinemont 25-11, 25-21 (Quarterfinal)
# 6 Cold Springs over # 7 Hanceville 25-7, 25-15 (Elimination bracket)
# 4 Good Hope over # 2 Vinemont 25-12, 25-20 (Elimination bracket)
# 5 Holly Pond vs. # 6 Cold Springs (Elimination bracket)
FLASH NOTES: Holly Pond gained an upset of No. 4 seed Good Hope, taking down the Lady Raiders in the tiebreaker 18-16. The Lady Broncos gave top seed West Point all they wanted. Holly Pond scored a 25-19 stunner in the first set with West Point getting things even by winning the second game 25-22.
That forced a tiebreaker as West Point showed poise and sent Holly Pond to the loser's bracket.
A surprise was No. 2 Vinemont being eliminated by No. 4 Good Hope. Good Hope started strong with the Lady Eagles and controlled the first game 25-12. The Lady Raiders then held off the hard charging Lady Eagles 25-20 to earn a return trip to tournament play Tuesday.
Tuesday's schedule at Vinemont Gymnasium:
# 4 Good Hope vs. Holly Pond/Cold Springs winner 3:00 p.m. (Court 1)
# 1 West Point vs. # 3 Fairview 4:00 p.m. (Court 1)
Elimination bracket 5:00 p.m.
Championship game 6:00 p.m.
If needed game 7:00 p.m.
Photo 1: Fairview vs. Vinemont
Photo 2: Holly Pond vs. Good Hope
Photo 3: Holly Pond vs. West Point
Photo 4: Cold Springs vs. Fairview
Photo 5: Vinemont vs. Hanceville
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week
At Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont:
Fultondale 10 3 13 7 - 33 (5-1, 4-0)
Vinemont 0 0 0 12 - 12 (2-4, 1-2)
Fult- Will Smith 2 run (Jonathan Aguilar kick) 7:04 in 1st
Fult - Aguilar 32 FG 2:40 in 1st
Fult - Aguilar 28 FG 4:10 in 2nd
Fult - Eyren Boyd 1 run (Aguilar kick) 8:52 in 3rd
Fult - Javon Davis 45 pass to Smith (kick failed) 5:50 in 3rd
VM - Jack Hill 1 run (pass failed) 8:14 in 4th
Fult - Boyd 25 run (Aguilar kick) 7:06 in 4th
VM - Hill 10 pass to Lucas Miller (No conversion) 0:00 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: In trying to cool off the No. 7 team in Class 3A, Vinemont did some things well enough, keeping Fultondale from getting into a first half scoring fest.
The Eagles forced the Wildcats to settle for two field goals when they were inside the Vinemont red zone.
A huge play came late in the second quarter when Dustin Moore took a Davis pass and went for an apparent 102-yard interception return.
But the officials said Vinemont committed a crack back block, that is illegal at its 34-yard line, nullifying the score.
That dampened the spirit of the Eagles, who were down 13-0 at the half, instead of a possible 13-7 score.
But in the third quarter, mistakes hit Vinemont much harder than Fultondale's defense. It was self-inflicted with the Eagles losing the ball on a fumble at their six to start the third quarter after forcing Fultondale to a three and out.
Then a 25-yard punt gave the Wildcats the ball at the Vinemont 49 and in two plays, the Wildcats went up 26-0 on the longest TD of the night, a 45-yard sideline pass from Davis to Smith.
Vinemont had not thrown a pass in the game until the fourth quarter. A 61-yard drive featured two completions of 33 yards to Adam Ray and 28 yards to Dustin Moore, putting the ball at the Fultondale one. Hill plunged over from a yard out to get the zeros off the Eagles side of the scoreboard.
But field position again benefited the visitors on the next series. The Wildcats drove 60 yards in a minute and had their final score when Boyd got loose for a 25-yard jaunt up the middle.
Vinemont would lose the ball again on a fumble the next series, but the Eagles gained possession when Cameron Carter pounced on the loose ball at the Eagles' 23 with 1:51 remaining.
The Eagles used good running with Moore having a 27-yard gain and a nine-yard run and three carries from Dallan Dinkle accounting for 31 yards.
On the last play of the game with a second left, the Eagles scored as Hill threw a 10-yard slant pass to Miller. The game ended with no conversion attempted.
Vinemont had 144 yards in the fourth quarter, 65 rushing and 79 passing and outgained the Wildcats 173 to 135 in the second half.
The Eagles struggled with 59 yards of offense by the half, two first downs and surrendered 191 yards to the Wildcats with Fultondale producing 104 by the air and 87 on the ground.
Up next for Vinemont: At Locust Fork Friday 7:00 p.m.
Cullman County Middle School Volleyball Tournament
At Vinemont Gymnasium:
#1 West Point over # Hanceville 25-11, 25-9
#5 Vinemont over #4 Good Hope 25-10, 14-25, 15-13
#2 Parkside over #7 Cold Springs 25-19, 25-8
#3 Fairview over #6 Holly Pond 25-22, 25-15
#1 West Point over #5 Vinemont 25-15, 25-21
#2 Parkside over #3 Fairview 25-16, 23-25, 15-12
# 2 Parkside over #1 West Point 25-16, 25-20
Coaches' All-County team:
Mary Warden - Cold Springs, Abby McDonald, Laci Segrest - Fairview, Ivey Maddox - Good Hope, Peyton Embrey - Hanceville, Ellie Burks - Holly Pond, Chloe Cox, Emma Garcia, Reagan Dunkin - Parkside, MaKayla Noblett, Emile Hoffman - Vinemont, Kristine Shadix, Tayler White - West Point.
Sportspage All-Performance team (From the tournament):
Chloe Cox (MVP), Jayla Gorham, Reagan Dunkin, Sadie Smith - Parkside
Kristine Shadix, Tayler White, Alexis Kampis - West Point
Berkley Gable, Abi Cody - Vinemont
Laci Segrest, Jaycee Aleman - Fairview
FLASH NOTES: In two to three years, this group of athletes will be playing varsity volleyball. But on the final Saturday of September, 2018, they entertained the fans who came and saw seven games from two courts inside Vinemont's newly painted gymnasium.
Wins were earned, especially in the semifinals when 2nd seed Parkside shook off 3rd seed Fairview in a tiebreaking set, while top seed West Point fought off a determined 5th seed Vinemont group.
In the finals, Parkside was ahead 7-3 when West Point rallied and tied the game at 7-7 on an ace from Shadix. Parkside then went to work and moved on top behind six consecutive points by Garcia, two of them being aces. That had the Lady Panthers up 19-13.
Gorham finished off victory in the opener for Parkside with three consecutive points on serve as the first set took 18 minutes to be played.
Determined to force a tiebreaker, West Point grabbed the advantage on six straight service points by White and led 15-11.
However, the Lady Panthers would stay in rhythm as Smith got to the service line with her team tied at 20-20, following a volley from Bella Coffman.
Smith showed a good touch in serving it deep, forcing West Point to play the serves across and run into problems.
She recorded the final five points to give her team the championship in upset fashion as the match ended at 12:46 p.m., taking 38 minutes to be played.
Vinemont was very hospitable in hosting the middle school. They will welcome the junior varsity to campus for the county tournament October 8-9 and the varsity to step into the spotlight October 15-16.
A preview of the varsity edition of the county tournament will be posted on Sportspage the weekend of October 13.
Photo 1: Middle School VB champions Parkside Lady Panthers
Photo 2: Middle School VB runner-up West Point Lady Warriors
Photo 3: Middle School coaches All-County team.
Sportspage Game of the Week
At Mark Smothers Stadium - Vinemont, 3A, Region 5:
Hanceville 0 14 0 0 - 14 (1-4, 0-3)
Vinemont 6 8 0 8 - 22 (2-2, 1-1)
VM: Dalton Whitehead recovers blocked punt in end zone (kick failed) 6:03 in 1st
VM: Jack Hill 21 pass to Dustin Moore (Hill pass to Hudson Wood) 9:33 in 2nd
HV: Bo Joles 57 pass to Antonio Bautista (run failed) 6:58 in 2nd
HV: Joles 64 pass to Fred Ellis (Romeal Simmons run) 1:45 in 2nd
VM: Hill 31 pass to Wood (Moore run) 0:42 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Vinemont has developed a pattern in winning football games under Stephen Robinson in the past two seasons. All four victories have come in the game's final minute with the Eagles celebrating homecoming on an evening former Alabama RB Trent Richardson paid a visit to the festivities.
The Eagles drove 66 yards in five plays, taking 1:36 off the clock, scoring the game winner with 42 seconds to play.
Then the Eagles stopped the Bulldogs on a fourth down play when Whitehead, who started the Vinemont scoring, ended the contest by tackling Joles for a 14-yard loss down to the Hanceville 33-yard line.
Aside from the blocked punt that got the Eagles on the scoreboard first and a second quarter TD that put them ahead 14-0, Hanceville showed poise in erasing the deficit by putting 130 yards of offense to work in the second stanza and two touchdowns on huge pass plays by Joles.
Joles and Bautista hooked up on a 57-yard strike on fourth and six from the Hanceville 43 to take the zero off the Bulldogs' side of the scoreboard.
Then after a holding penalti dropped the ball back to the Hanceville 36, Joles went down the left sidelines and found Ellis open for 64 yards. The conversion run by Simmons created a new game at halftime, 14-14.
Defense stood strong by both sides in the third quarter. Hanceville was stopped twice on fourth down plays and Vinemont failed on one fourth down conversion.
Total offense in the thrid period was Hanceville 49 (27 run, 22 pass), Vinemont 18 (14 run, 4 pass). Only two first downs were netted by the Bulldogs.
Vinemont lost the ball on downs at the Hanceville 44 with 3:53 remaining. The Bulldogs were unable to sustain a drive and punted back to Vinemont. But the punt was only 27 points and the Eagles had it from their 34 with 2:18 to go.
Hill ran a read option for 20 yards and a first down, then a four-yard reverse by Teague Whatley, a pair of runs netting 10 yards from Dallin Dinkle, set the Eagles up from the Hanceville 31.
Hill ran toward the Vinemont sideline, when he heaved a pass deep downfield toward Wood, who had gotten behind Bautista. Wood made a sensational catch in the end zone, never breaking his stride on the corner route.
The Vinemont stands erupted into celebration. The conversion run by Moore gave them a 22-14 lead and time a factor.
But Hanceville got a 22-yard KO return by CJ Johnson that gave them the ball at their 43. Unfortunately, Vinemont's defense finished off the opportunity for Hanceville to drive downfield and try to send the game into overtime.
Total yardage was Hanceville 280 to Vinemont's 276. Hanceville passed for 170, 144 in the opening half. The Eagles ran for 94 yards in the 2nd half, finishing with 151 and had 125 through the air.
Joles completed 11 passes for coach Cody McCain, Ellis had four catches for 84 yards and a TD. RJ Evans rushed for 133 yards on 13 carries.
Leading Vinemont was Dinkle with 89 yards on the ground on 22 carries. He gained 38 yards in the fourth quarter on nine attempts.
Hill connected on seven throws, with the longest of 44 yards to Whatley and the game winning 31-yarder to Wood.
Up next for Vinemont: At Addison (Friday) (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Hanceville: Vs. Curry (Friday)