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“3 Defending Champions Advance To AHSAA Super 7 State Finals”

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At Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2

MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and four schools making their first AHSAA Super 7 Championship game appearance are among the 14 schools that have advanced to the 51st AHSAA State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 1-2.
The Super 7 format, which began in 1996 while the AHSAA had six classifications, is in its 21st year of having all football championships in one location.
Maplesville (13-0) beat previously unbeaten Linden (13-1) in the Class 1A semifinals 36-14 to move into the Class 1A state finals for the fourth straight year. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils will be going for third state title in a row Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Pickens County (11-3), a 23-6 winner over Addison (13-1) in the other semifinal game. The Tornadoes were the last 1A school to beat Maplesville in the playoffs – posting a 38-18 win over the Red Devils in 2013 state finals.
Hubbert’s squad has compile a 99-8 record since 2009, currently owns a 22-game winning streak and has won 41 of its last 42 games.
Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) will be facing perennial powerhouse Hoover (11-2) in the 7A championship game Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and defending Class 3A state champion Piedmont (14-0) , coached by Steve Smith, are riding a 24-game winning streak into Thursday’s 11 a.m. game versus Mobile Christian (13-1).  Coach Ronnie Cottrell’s Leopards are one of four teams making their first Super 7 appearance.
Birmingham city schools Wenonah (11-2) and Ramsay (12-2) and Class 5A Beauregard (12-1) are in Super 7 Championships for the first time.  The Dragons of Coach Ronald Cheatham avenged their only region loss of the year beating Briarwood Christian 14-8 to set up Thursday night’s Class 5A finals versus Beauregard. Coach Rob Carter’s Hornets jumped on Jackson early 24-0, then fell behind 25-24 before rallying to win their semifinal battle 45-25.
Ramsay, which played football from 1939-1976, disbanded its program for 38 years before hiring Coach Reuben Nelson away from Midfield to start the program back from scratch in 2014. Now, three years later the Rams are 12-2 and in the 6A state finals Friday night, Dec. 2, to face powerful Opelika (13-1) at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs of Coach Brian Blackmon downed Park Crossing (13-1) in the semifinals 41-23.
The remaining championship matchups include: Fyffe (14-0) and Aliceville (13-1) in Class 2A; Handley (12-2) and Madison Academy (11-3) in Class 4A.
The third annual Unified Sports flag football game, in a partnership with Special Olympics Alabama,  will feature Lee County and Vestavia Hills Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. For more information, go to:www.pathtotheplayhoffs.com. Opelika High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports game.  The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
In 2014, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn. Ticket information can be found at: www.preptix.com/ahsaa.

21ST ANNUAL SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
UNIFIED GAME
Vestavia Hills vs. Lee County, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1
CLASS 3A FINALS
Piedmont (14-0) vs. Mobile Christian (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A FINALS
Pickens County (11-3) vs. Maplesville (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A FINALS
Wenonah (11-2) vs. Beauregard (12-1), 7 p.m..

FRIDAY, DEC. 2
CLASS 4A FINALS
Madison Academy (11-3) vs. Handley (12-2), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A FINALS
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Aliceville (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A FINALS
Ramsay (12-2) vs. Opelika (13-1), 7 p.m.

All AHSAA baseball scores from this past weekend –

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AHSAA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Third-round pairings/Results
(Best 2-of-3 series for 1A-6A; Second round for 7A.) 

CLASS 1A
J.U. Blacksher 5-10, Maplesville (23-7) 1-6 (J.U. Blacksher (23-10) wins series 2-0)
Brantley 2-17-16, Ragland (22-11) 11-2-6 (Brantley (25-10) wins series 2-1) 
Decatur Heritage (23-11) 7-10, Cedar Bluff (16-19) 0-0 (Decatur Heritage (25-11) wins series 2-0) 
South Lamar 6-1-6, Athens Bible (31-13) 3-2-5 (South Lamar (25-11) wins series 2-1)
CLASS 2A
Houston Academy 8-2, New Brockton (26-7) 1-1 (Houston Academy (30-7) wins series 2-0)
Mobile Christian 6-5, Reeltown (23-13) 0-0 (Mobile Christian (22-12) wins series 2-0)
fyffe 1-19-23, Gaston (17-13) 2-0-6 (Fyffe (19-10) wins series 2-1) 
Mars Hill Bible 1-6-9, Randolph County (28-8) 12-4-5 (Mars Hill Bible (31-12) wins series 2-1) 

CLASS 3A
American Christian 14-12, Geneva (18-11) 3-2 (American Christian (29-5) wins series 2-0)
Gordo 8-3-8, T.R. Miller (29-10) 6-6-7 (Gordo (31-5) wins series 2-1) 
Westbrook Christian 7-4, Pisgah (24-7) 2-2 Westbrook Christian (26-10) wins series 2-0) 
Madison Academy 4-11, Winfield (31-14) 2-0 (Madison Academy (31-16) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 4A
Bibb County 1-12-1, Saint James (23-12) 10-5-0 (Bibb County (19-23) wins series 2-1) 
UMS-Wright 7-12, Montevallo (24-14) 3-0 (UMS-Wright (29-9) wins series 2-0)
North Jackson 9-14, Cleburne County (19-17) 2-5 (North Jackson (28-8) wins series 2-0)
Oneonta 3-10-2, Brooks (27-22) 10-3-1 (Oneonta (28-9) wins series 2-1) 

CLASS 5A
Rehobeth 7-13, Demopolis (18-10) 4-10 (Rehobeth (30-9) wins series 2-0) 
Faith Academy 3-2-6, Helena (36-14) 6-1-0, game 2, 11 innings Faith Academy wins series 2-1) 
Russellville 3-12, Alexandria (19-20) 2-1 (Russellville (44-6) wins series 2-0) 
Corner 6-6-5, Randolph (37-8) 10-3-1 (Corner (30-21-1) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6-8, Opelika (26-14) 1-3 (Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (36-10) wins series 2-0)
Hueytown (37-6)6-0-5, Baldwin County (23-17) 5-4-1 (Hueytown (38-6) wins series 2-1)
Southside-Gadsden 3-5, Walker (27-16) 2-3 (Southside-Gadsden (31-15) wins series 2-0)
Cullman 0-10-8, Oxford (37-11) 4-1-5 (Cullman (39-12) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 7A
Auburn 14-5, Central-Phenix City (27-14) 1-4 (Auburn (30-11) wins series 2-0)
McGill-Toolen7-3, Davidson (21-15) 3-2 (McGill-Toolen (28-9) wins series 2-0)
Hewitt-Trussville 6-0-7, Oak Mountain (30-14) 5-6-5, Game 3, 9 innings (Hewitt-Trussville (32-11) wins series 2-1) 
Sparkman 3-8, Huntsville (30-21) 2-5 (Sparkman (35-7) wins series 2-0)

Gordo Clinic Athlete of the Month, Nicholas Pounders.

Congratulations to the Gordo Clinic Athlete of the Month, Nicholas Pounders! Nicholas is a freshman at Gordo High School and has played multiple sports for the Junior high and high school teams. He has pitched and played first base for the Baseball team for 2 years, football for 3 years (in Jr. High), and Basketball for 3 years on the Jr. High team and 1 year on varsity team. A few of NIcholas’s awards consist of pitching 17 and 2 his last two years, playing with Baseball Country in Tuscaloosa who won the Post 34 State Championship two years ago, and he is currently playing in the semi-finals with Gordo High- hoping for a state championship! Apart from his thriving sports career, he also has a 3.9 GPA in high school. Nicholas is the son of David and Diane Pounders. Keep up the good work, Nicholas!

Cullman Clinic Athlete of the Month, Austin Smith.

Austin Smith 

Congratulations to the Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month, Austin Smith! Austin is a senior at Holly Pond high school and a member of the Bronco’s basketball team, who is currently ranked #1 in the state for class 3A. He is averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks per game. (He can also make dunking look really easy.) After graduation, Austin plans on attending Wallace State Community College and majoring in Accounting. His parents are Brian Smith and Leslie Osborn. Good luck Austin, keep up the good work!