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AHSAA Champions Challenge changed to AHSAA Kickoff Classic

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Two Games set for 14th annual Season-opening Event
AHSAA Champions Challenge is now the AHSAA Kickoff Classic
      MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic will have a new name, “The AHSAA Kickoff Classic,” when it kicks off the 2019 prep football season at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl August 22-23, and it also has two exciting games set for 2019.

Montgomery rivals Jeff Davis and Carver-Montgomery will play on Thursday night, August 22, in the first game of the 14th annual football extravaganza. Defending Class 7A state football champion Central-Phenix City and perennial powerhouse Hoover will tangle in Friday’s game on August 23. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

”We are excited about new name of this important event and equally excited about the two games we have set,” said Alabama High School Athletic Directs & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. “The Champions Challenge has been the “official” start of the AHSAA football season for more the last 13 years. The new name for the event, the AHSAA Kickoff Classic, aptly describes the importance of these games.”

Lee said while the name has been changed from the Champions Challenge, the event will continue to be an ideal way to start prep football season.

“The Kickoff Classic will showcase one of the state’s top rivalries, Jeff Davis versus Carver-Montgomery, on Thursday,” he said. “And on Friday night, two of our premiere 7A programs will battle when Hoover and Central-Phenix City play.  The field will be full of future college talent both nights and will be a great way to kick off our season. We are thankful to all of these programs for committing to this year’s AHSAA Kickoff Classic, and we look forward to watching all of our teams in the AHSAA compete during the season.”

Central (14-0) and Hoover (9-4) will be meeting for the second time in the season-opening classic. The Bucs won 23-7 in the 2016 Classic on the way to a 12-2 season and its 11th state title later that season. The Bucs also won the state crown in 2017.

The Red Devils of Coach Jamey DuBose are coming off a 14-0 season, including a 52-7 win over 2018 Champions Challenge winner Thompson in the Class 7A Super 7 state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thompson beat Hoover in the 7A semifinals in 2018.

Central is making its second appearance in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic. Hoover is 3-0 in three previous Classic appearances. DuBose (125-38) and Hoover Coach Josh Niblett (203-52) have squared off in the state finals three times when DuBose was head coach at Prattville. His Lions won in 2008 and 2011 and Niblett’s Bucs in 2009. The two faced each other again in the 2013 Class 6A quarterfinals with Hoover edging DuBose’s Florence squad 22-21. Central and Hoover have played twice (1978 and 1996) with the Bucs winning both times.

Carver (8-3) and Jeff Davis (3-7) are meeting for the 51st time in the Montgomery rivalry. Coach James Thompson (39-14), now in his second year as head coach, made great strides with Carver (8-3) in 2018. He came to the Wolverines from Pickens County where he compiled a 31-11 record and reached the 1A stat finals two year in a row. The Wolverines reached the Class 6A state playoffs last season with a rugged battle for the Region 2 title evolving between arch-rivals Carver, Sidney Lanier and Park Crossing.

Jeff Davis, coached by Lee Carter, started last season with four straight setbacks but went 3-3 the rest of the year. That momentum has the Vols excited about 2019. Carter is 26-37 at Jeff Davis in six seasons with three state playoff appearances.  Jeff Davis holds a 36-14 edge in its series with Carver, including winning three of the last four years. Thompson’s tenure with the Wolverines began last year with a season-opening 19-3 win over the Vols to snap a three-game DJ winning streak.

A total of 52 different schools have participated in the AHSAA’s season-opening classic since its inception in 2006 with teams from each of the eight districts and seven classifications taking part over the years. Carver is making its fourth appearance while Jeff Davis is making its AHSAA Kickoff Classic debut.

The games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.

AHSAA KICKOFF CLASSIC /
CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE HISTORY

2018
Clarke County 20, Sweet Water 14
Thompson 38, James Clemens 7
2017
Hewitt-Trussville 49, Pell City 10
Maplesville 20, Fyffe 7
2016
Andalusia 34, Brooks 13
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42, Demopolis 7
Hoover 23, Central-Phenix City 7
2015
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
2014
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
2013

Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
2012
Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
2011
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21

2010
Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8

2009
Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27

2008
Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

2007
Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

2006
Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6

ALL TIME RECORDS (2006 – 2018)

SCHOOL                               DIS.    CL.     W-L    PTS   OPP
Hoover                      D-5      7A       3-0       93        34
Bob Jones                            D-8      7A       2-0       60        50
Opelika                              D-4      6A       2-0       54        22
Spanish Fort                         D-1      6A       2-0       75        36
Andalusia                              D-2      4A       1-0       34        13
Auburn                                  D-4      7A       1-0       30          3
Benjamin Russell                 D-4      6A       1-0       28        14
Central, Clay County**       D-6      5A       1-0       25        13
Clarke County                      D-1      4A       1-0       20        14
Clay County**                      D-6      3A       1-0       41          6
Dadeville                              D-4      4A       1-0       14          8
Daphne                                 D-1      6A       1-0       24        21
Gordo                                    D-7      3A       1-0       28        21
Hamilton                              D-7      4A       1-0       38        35
Hewitt-Trussville                D-5      7A       1-0       49        10

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa            D-5      6A       1-0       42          7

Hueytown                              D-5      5A       1-0       36        27
Jackson                                   D-1      5A       1-0       30          8
Madison Academy                D-8      3A       1-0       19        14
Maplesville                            D-3      1A       1-0       20          7
McGill-Toolen Catholic        D-1      7A       1-0       27          0
Prattville*                              D-3      7A       1-0       36          3
Straughn                                D-2      3A       1-0       35        26
Thompson                             D-5      7A       1-0       38          7
T.R. Miller                              D-1      3A       1-0       27          7
Addison                                 D-7      1A       0-1         6        41
Beauregard                           D-4      5A       0-1       13        25
Brooks                                    D-7      4A       0-1       13        34
Central, Phenix City            D-4      7A       0-1         7        23
Clay-Chalkville                     D-5      6A       0-1       21        24
Demopolis                             D-3      5A       0-1         7        42
Enterprise                             D-2      7A       0-1       20        23
Fyffe                                       D-8      1A       0-1         7        20

Glencoe                                   D-6      3A       0-1       21        28
Greenville                               D-2      5A       0-1         6        34
James Clemens                       D-8      7A       0-1         7        38
Muscle Shoals                        D-7      6A       0-1       22        33
North Gwinnett, GA           GA      7A       0-1         3        36
Northridge                             D-5      6A       0-1         0        27
Oxford                                    D-6      6A       0-1       27        32
Piedmont                               D-6      3A       0-1         8        14
Pell City                                  D-6      6A       0-1       10        49
Spain Park                             D-5      7A       0-1         3        30
Stanhope Elmore                  D-4      6A       0-1       14        42
Thomasville                           D-3      4A       0-1       27        36
Trinity Presbyterian             D-3      4A       0-1         8        30
UMS-Wright                           D-1      4A       0-1         0        38
Walker                                    D-5      5A       0-1       14        28
Walter Wellborn                   D-6      3A       0-1       26        35
Carver-Montgomery            D-3      6A       0-2       46        94
Leeds                                      D-5      4A       0-2       21        46
Sweet Water                          D-3      1A       0-2       49        58
TOTAL                                                        31-31     949      949     

*-Scheduled to play in 2008 but cancelled due to inclement weather
**-Clay County merged with Lineville in 2012 to form Central, Clay County

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Alabama High School Athletic Association as well as
numerous high schools and colleges across Alabama and Mississippi!

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Cindy Thompson is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

Patient of the Month Cindy Thompson with Clinic Director Daniel Winn, DPT

Patient of the Month Cindy Thompson with Clinic Director Daniel Winn, DPT

Say hello to Cindy Thompson – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika!

Cindy recently had surgery on her knee and chose Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika as her rehab provider. While completing her therapy with Daniel and Keena, Cindy demonstrated hard work and a positive attitude. She has now returned to her previous level of independence and activity-without knee pain!

We are very proud of you, Cindy! Thanks for choosing Encore!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika
3051 Frederick Road, Suite 4
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334-521-6644
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Meet Daniel Winn, DPT, Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

James Thrift – “On My Way to Recover”

Welcome to Kim Rodning, OT, Marketing Representative for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika!

Pediatric Rehab Staff at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman Pediatric Therapy Staff
Say hello to the Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman Pediatric Rehab Staff!
 
Pictured left to right: Jenna Sanders, SLP; Kaci McAfee, SLPA; Kymberlee Sherrell, SLP; Kimberly Stansell, Receptionist; Leslie Perry, COTA: Ariel Tucker, OT; and Rachel Terry, SLP.
 
Encore Rehabilitation has been providing full-service Pediatric Therapy services including Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy in the Cullman area for many years. We are happy to answer your questions regarding Pediatric Therapy.
 
Call us if your child requires Pediatric Therapy Services. Our experienced and qualified staff are here to help!
Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
256-775-3737

Say hello to Matthew Rugger, LAT, ATC

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Matthew Rugger #EncoreRehab

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Matthew Rugger celebrates National Athletic Training Month with us by sharing how he became an Athletic Trainer.

“I decided to become an Athletic Trainer after my own experience with an injury. My second year in college, I tore my labrum in my shoulder while playing baseball. I was dedicated to doing my rehabilitation because I understood it would take rehab to get me back on the playing field, doing what I loved. I think it’s important to have that connection with your athletes, understanding how it feels to be injured and having compassion to get them back to playing again. The best part of being an Athletic Trainer is building relationships and mentoring high school athletes. I love seeing the priceless reaction of an injured athlete as they get to return to play after the rehabilitation process.” ~Matthew Rugger, LAT, ATC

We thank you, Matthew, for your compassion and dedication to our athletes! Happy National Athletic Training Month!

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Meet Kayla Woods, MS, LAT, ATC

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Kayla Woods #EncoreRehab

Introducing Kayla Woods, MS, LAT, ATC in honor of National Athletic Training Month!

Kayla is an Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer who provides Sports Medicine coverage for the Houston Academy Raiders as well as other sports events in the Dothan, Alabama area. She has been an Athletic Trainer for three years and is in her first year with Encore Sports Medicine.

Kayla shares, “The best thing about being an Athletic Trainer is I’m given the opportunity to work with athletes and watch them develop their skills. I get to experience the pride and joy of athletes accomplishing their goals and returning to play after an injury. There’s no better feeling! 

“I became an Athletic Trainer because I have the opportunity to bring my passion for sports and helping others together. I believe Athletic Training is my calling!”

Thank you, Kayla, for your commitment to excellence! Happy National Athletic Training Month!

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for
Houston Academy and numerous high schools and colleges
across Alabama and Mississippi! WE LOVE TO SEE YOU MOVE!

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Jess Hoffman, Jr. is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Berkley Smith – Gift Basket Winner at Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

LaDallion Wiles -Painting Again!

Alexis Helton is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Alexis Helton is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Alexis Helton, the Athlete the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Alexis is a Senior with plans to attend Wallace State and the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become an Orthodontist. She competes in Basketball and Cheer for the Eagles. In her free time she enjoys swimming, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

Alexis is the daughter of Crystal and Alfredo Anglada.

We are so proud of you, Alexis! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
256-775-3737
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Hudson Wood is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Meet Kyle Strunk, MS, LAT, ATC

Autism and Physical Therapy

Encore Rehabilitation-Andalusia Open House

 

Encore Rehabilitation-Andalusia holds open house and ribbon cutting in new location #EncoreRehab

Encore Rehabilitation-Andalusia was pleased today to host an Open House and Ribbon Cutting at our new location!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to celebrate with us! We look forward to providing quality care and rehab services at our new location.

Encore Rehabilitation-Andalusia Health Physical Therapy
125 Medical Park Drive, Suite 106
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
334-428-7040
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Meet Clinic Director John Thomas, LPTA, ATC

“Ugly Sweater” Ready at Andalusia Health Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Rebekah Letlow – Getting Stronger!

Destiny Walker is Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Destiny Walker is Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Destiny Walker, Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman for January 2019!

Destiny is a Senior at Addison where she competes in Softball, Basketball, and Volleyball for the Bulldogs. She has been named Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Player in Softball; All-County in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball; and All-Area in Basketball and Softball.  In her spare time she enjoys sports, dancing, painting, drawing, singing, and running. Her post-graduation plans include pursuing an Elementary Education degree from the University of North Alabama.

Destiny is the daughter of Greg and Michelle Walker.

We are very proud of you, Destiny! We wish you every success!

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the
Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Addison Bulldogs!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
256-775-3737
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Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Jeb Robinson is Athlete of the Month for Addison High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

 

Encore Rehabilitation-Touching the World!

J.J. Dismukes is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

JJ Dismukes is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to JJ Dismukes, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula!

JJ is a Junior and competes in Baseball and Football for The Lakeside Chiefs. He has been awarded Football Offensive Leader and Baseball Defensive Leader. In his free time, he enjoys hunting. His future plans include pursuing college and playing JUCO Baseball.

JJ is the son of Justin and Tracy Dismukes.

JJ is seen here with Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula Clinic Director Brandon Addison, PT.

Way to go, JJ! We are proud of you!

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula
825 West Washington Street, Suite 8
Eufaula, Alabama 36027
334-355-6009
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Anna Murph is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula receives Active Shooter Preparedness Training

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula receives Active Shooter Preparedness Training

Teresa Kines -“Back to Daily Living”

Open Positions with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc!

We Want You to Join Us

Encore Rehabilitation is growing! Come grow with us!

We have several positions open right now for opportunities across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida!

Positions include:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
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  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Accountant
  • Clerical
  • Recruiter
  • Fitness Associates
  • And more!

Review our open positions on our website at http://encorerehab.com/career-opportunities.

Share these opportunities with your family and friends.

Applicants MUST apply online.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Meet Athletic Trainer Scarlett Hackett!

Welcome to Trip Garner, PT, ATC!

Li’Otez “Li’O” Lewis is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

Susan Richardson -Walking Better!