CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Hoover 17, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7.


    AUBURN – Hoover High School’s last defensive series of the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game Wednesday night  was perhaps the best series of the 2016 season.
Three straight sacks on second, third and fourth down left defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-1) some 36 yards shy of a first down and closed the final chapter on the Bucs’ 17-7 victory and the 12th state title in school history.
The Super 7 Championships continue Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium with defending state champion Piedmont (14-0) facing Mobile Christian (13-1) in the 3A title game at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Maplesville (13-0) vs. Pickens County (11-3) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Beauregard (12-1) and Wenonah (11-2) close out Thursday’s schedule with the 5A finals at 7 p.m. All games are being televised live over the Raycom Media Network. Go towww.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more details. Tickets are also available at www.preptix.com.
Led by 2016 7A Championship Game MVP Kholbe Coleman, Hoover (12-2) finished the night with nine sacks and 82 lost yards for the Yellow Jackets’ talented offense.  Coleman finished with eight tackles, one sack for a 15-yard loss and 3.5 tackles resulting in 23 negative McGill-Toolen yards. Coach Caleb Ross’s Jackets finished with minus-43 yards rushing on the night.  Quarterback Bubba Thompson was 26-of-39 passing for 280 yards but finished with a negative 58 yards rushing on 16 carries.
The Hoover offense was solid – building a first-half 10-0 lead on junior place-kicker Barret Pickering’s 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter and C.J. Sturdivant’s 2-yard TD run midway through the second period.  The kick was the 19th field goal of the season for Pickering, a Hoover school record.
Sturdivant, who finished with a game-high 96 yards rushing on 16 carries, dashed 37 yards with 8:50 left in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the night to give Hoover a 17-0 lead.
McGill-Toolen clawed back, however. Thompson connected with Jalen Tolbert with 4:13 remaining for a 30-yard TD pass to cap a 10-play, 80-yard march. Tolbert finished with four catches for 60 yards.  Hoover got the onside kick, and then turned to its defense to seal the win.
Hoover defensive end Christon Taylor added three sacks and six tackles and Ben Abercrombie had nine stops. Jayden Jordan also had a key interception.
McGill-Toolen, which saw its 22-game winning streak come to an end, got a strong defensive effort Carlton Martial. The linebacker had 11 solo tackles and six assists for 17 total stops. Receiver Trey Roberson also had six catches for 78 yards, and Larry Rembert, five catches for 51 yards.
Hoover has won 10 state titles in the last 16 seasons.

Columbia Encore Athlete of the Month, Garry Martin, Jr.


Congratulations to the Columbia Encore Athlete of the Month, Garry Martin, Jr! Garry is a senior athlete at West Marion High School in Mississippi. He has been on the Varsity Trojan’s football team for 5 years now and wears jersey #19. Garry has also been awarded the 3A Region 8 All-District award in football. After graduation next spring, Garry plans to attend Jackson State and major in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Garry and Rolanda Martin.

Fairfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Skylar Roy.

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Congratulations to the Fairfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Skyler Roy! Skylar is a freshman athlete at Fairfield Prep High School. She has been on the Lady Tigers Cheerleading team for 1 year now and loves it. Skylar has a 3.6 GPA and plans to attend college after high school to major in Physical Therapy. She is the daughter of Sherree Williams.

Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers.

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Congratulations to the Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers! Brent is a senior athlete at Brindlee Mountain High School. He has been a member of the varsity Lions Football team for 4 years now and wears jersey #6. During his high school career, Brent has won the All-County, All-Region, and All-State awards in football. After graduation he plans to go to UNA and major in sports medicine to become an Athletic Trainer. Brent is the son of Corey and Derrick Duke.

Fayette Encore Athlete of the Month, Tre Tranum.

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Congratulations to the Fayette Encore Athlete of the Month, Tre Tranum! Tre is a senior, multi-sport athlete at Hubbertville High School. He is a member of the football and baseball teams and has played varsity sports for 6 years now.  Tre has received the Iron Bunch Award 6 times (!!!), and has also received the 2015 Lineman of the Year award! After high school, Tre plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in engineering. He is the son of Amanda and Kenny Tranum.

Tillman’s Corner Athlete of the Month, Ava Balliviero.


Congratulations to Tillman’s Corner Encore Athlete of the Month, Ava Balliviero! Ava is a senior athlete at Alma Bryant High School. She has been a member of the Lady Hurricanes Soccer team for 5 years and wears jersey #17. Ava has also won 2nd place in the Southern Shootout Soccer Competition. After graduation next spring, Ava plans to attend college to major in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Tessie Balliviero.

7 Myths About Physical Therapy


People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

It’s time to debunk 7 common myths about physical therapy:

1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.

Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow patients to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician’s prior referral. In addition, 49 states and DC allow for some form of treatment or intervention without a physician referral or prescription (Michigan being the exception). On January 1, 2015, patients in Michigan will be able to do so, as well. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral. Check out APTA’s direct access summary chart (.pdf) to see the restrictions in your state.

2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.

Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort—including chronic or long-term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The survey found that although 71% of people who have never visited a physical therapist think physical therapy is painful, that number significantly decreases among patients who have seen a physical therapist in the past year.

3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents.

Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.

4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy.

Fact: Although 42% of consumers know that physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37% still believe other health care professionals can also administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, or women’s health, for example.

5. Myth: Physical therapy isn’t covered by insurance.

Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. Physical therapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic.

6. Myth: Surgery is my only option.

Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself.

Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.


**For more on this article, visit: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/7-myths-about-physical-therapy

Winfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Garrett Cooper!


Congratulations to the Winfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Garrett Cooper! Garrett is a senior athlete at Marion County High School. He is a member of the Track and Cross Country team and has ran on varsity for 6 years. Garrett has won the Track All-County, award, All-Section award, All-State Pole Vault, and 2nd and 3rd place in pole vault at the State Indoor track meet! After college, Garrett plans to attend the University of Alabama to study Architectural Engineering. He is the son of David and Joy Cooper.

Gordo Encore Athlete of the Month, Cliff Morton.

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Congratulations to the Gordo Encore Athlete of the Month, Cliff Morton! Cliff is a junior athlete from Pickens County High School. He has played on the Basketball and Baseball teams for 4 years now and wears jersey #5. Cliff has won the Hustle Award for Baseball and MVP for JV Basketball. After graduation, Cliff plans to attend college to become an RN. Cliff is the son of Greg and Anissa Morton.

Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Ally Gaspard

Congratulations to the Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Ally Gaspard! Ally is a dancer and cheerleader for Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She is a senior and has cheered on the varsity squad for a year.  Ally has numerous dance awards and plans to dance at Belhaven and major in Business. She is the daughter of Kevin and Wendy Gaspard.