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.


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

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

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

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

Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

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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Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Cullman Staff ATC March 2019

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers from Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

A BIG THANK YOU to all our Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman for your dedication and commitment to excellence!
We appreciate all you do for our athletes throughout Cullman City, Cullman County, Addison, St. Bernard, and Wallace State!

Happy National Athletic Training Month!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055

Shay Johnson -Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Shay Johnson is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Shay Johnson, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise!

Shay is a Freshman at Enterprise State Community College where she plays Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball for the Boll Weevils. She is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends.

Shay is the daughter of Lacrista Ford and Willie Curry Johnson, Jr.

We wish you all the best, Shay!


Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Enterprise State Boll Weevils
and numerous high schools and college across Alabama and Mississippi!

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise
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Enterprise, Alabama 36330
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Coleman Gatlin – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Christmas at Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise Clinical Director Randy Riley is Spartan Strong!

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament Final Pairings & Semi-Finals Results

AHSAA 2019 Duals Wrestling Tournament



Saint James 66, Elmore County 18
Tallassee 72, Pike Road 9
Cleburne County has bye
Ranburne has bye
Alexandria 39, Moody 36
Hayden 36, Southside-Gadsden 34
Scottsboro 75, Corner 0
Arab 63, Jasper 12

Saint James 46, Tallassee 27
Ranburne 51, Cleburne County 25
Hayden 39, Alexandria 36
Scottsboro 38, Arab 34

Saint James 57, Ranburne 24
Scottsboro 54, Hayden 24

Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena
Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
Saint James vs. Scottsboro (weigh in, 5 p.m.)


Spanish Fort 71, Stanhope Elmore 7
Wetumpka 36, Gulf Shores 33
Oxford 64, Northridge 9
McAdory 51, Benjamin Russell 27
Chelsea 53, Clay-Chalkville 30
Gardendale 51, Homewood 21
Fort Payne 39, Hartselle 35
Mae Jemison 54, Decatur 27
Wetumpka 42, Spanish Fort 21
Oxford 38, McAdory 32
Gardendale 42, Chelsea 34
Mae Jemison 41, Fort Payne 36
Oxford 33, Wetumpka 28
Gardendale 45, Mae Jemison 25

Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena
Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
Oxford vs. Gardendale (weigh in, 5 p.m.)


Hoover 36, Smiths Station 27
Thompson 61, Thompson 12
Vestavia Hills 50, Huntsville 21
Bob Jones 56, Hewitt-Trussville 12
Thompson 57, Hoover 7
Bob Jones 38, Vestavia Hills 25

Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena
Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
Thompson vs. Bob Jones (weigh in, 5 p.m.)

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Provider of Sports Medicine for numerous High Schools and Colleges throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Our team of Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, and other Medical Professionals work to make your team better with injury prevention, conditioning, and post-injury rehab. 

For more information about our Sports Medicine Program, visit our website at or contact Gary Barfield at 404-933-4336.

Bridget Gallegos – Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Bridget Gallegos is Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

Bridget Gallegos has been selected Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Bridget is a Junior and competes in Volleyball, Soccer, Bowling, and Basketball. She has been name Most Improved-Soccer and Most Goals Scored-Soccer. In her free time, Bridget enjoys a variety of interest including singing, dancing, cooking, hiking, and playing sports.

Bridget is the daughter of Griselda Perez and Horencio Gallegos.

Congratulations, Bridget! 

Encore Rehabiltation-Cullman
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Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Gavin Whaley-Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

AHSAA Cross Country Update – September 20, 2018

Kolton Sapp – 1,000 points!

AHSAA Cross Country Update – Sept. 13, 2018

Photo Finish at Etowah County Trail Invitational Grabs AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 3

MONTGOMERY – The 5,000-meter championship race at the Etowah County Trail Invitational high school boys’ cross country competition held at Noccalula Falls Course near Gadsden may have been a long-distance race. However, it came down to a photo finish last week when Briarwood Christian sophomore Trent Malloy nipped senior Chance Cofield of Albertville by just 27/100ths of a second to win the individual title.
Malloy clocked 18:31.25 to beat Cofield, who crossed the finish line at 18:31.52 to share the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week three of the AHSAA prep cross country season.
The pair beat a field that totaled just over 200 runners.  Albertville, coached by Logan Cornett, took first place with 39 points and Pleasant Valley was second with 75 points. Briarwood is coached by Aaron Margene.
   The girls’ race was won by Abby Nunnelly, a 5-foot senior for Alexandria. She crossed the finish line at 22:26.11 in another close finish to nip runner-up Maddie Jackson of Fort Payne by 25 seconds. Jackson, a freshman, clocked 22:52.71 to help the Wildcats claim the team title with 24 points. Teammates Anahi Barboza, Aylin Vega, Mollie Sanderson and Abigail Vega were close behind at third, fourth, sixth and ninth, respectively. Barboza is an eighth grader, Anahi Vega, a sophomore, and Abigail Vega and Sanderson freshmen for Coach Ashley Jackson’s team. Pleasant Valley finished second with 78 points.

In other cross country highlights reported from last week’s action:

WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: The Patriots senior won the large-school division title at the 18th annual Chickasaw Trails Invitational meet held at Oakville Indian Mounds Park with a winning time of 15:37.19 in the 5,000-meter race. Mountain Brook senior Hunter Harwell was second crossing the finish line at 15:50.25. Both times were the fastest of the week for Alabama prep runners.  Huntsville totaled 101 points to win the meet, one of the largest in the state annually in the regular season, that had 274 boys’ participants in the large-division race.  Vestavia Hills had 127 points to finish second out of 39 schools participating, and Homewood was third with 140.
NICK SIEDERS, UNIVERSITY SCHOOL (TN): Ran 16:52.11 to win the small-school division of the 18th annual Chickasaw Trails Invitational meet at Oakville Indian Mounds Park. He helped his school from Nashville finished second behind winner Tupelo Christian (MS), which won with 76 points. University School had 79 and St. John Paul II Catholic of Huntsville was third with 80 points. Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II was third with a time of 17:07.03. The field included 33 schools and 297 runners.
GRAHAM BIANCHI, SPRINGVILLE: Helped the Tigers win the team title at the St. Clair County Invitational at Odenville with a winning time of 17:54.94 in the race that included 99 runners. John Niiler of Northridge was second at 18:07.59. Springville had 36 points and runner-up Stanhope Elmore had 90 among the nine teams participating.
DUSTYN LEWIS, GRISSOM: Clocked 10:10.99 to win the featured 2-mile race at the Bearcat 2-Mile Meet. Carson Levario-Slaten of Hartselle finished five seconds back to take second place in the field of 95 runners. Grissom won the team title with 50 points, and Cullman was second with 62.


McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: The Warriors senior won the large-school division race of the 18th annual Chickasaw Trails Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park with a winning time of 18:31.28 in the 5,000-meter race. Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James was second with a 19:15.04 time. The race included 233 participants representing 32 schools. Mountain Brook won the team title with 78 points, and Brentwood (TN) was second with 92.
ISABELLA ROWLAND, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The Eagles senior ran 20:47.37 to beat the field of 202 runners in the small-school division of the 18th Chickasaw Trails Invitational at Oakville. Junior Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second with a 20:59.10 finish. St. John Paul II Catholic won the team crown with 106 points, and Montgomery Academy was second with 120. A total of 21 teams competed in the race.
MEGHIAN McCARTHY, ASHVILLE: She was the first runner to cross the finish line, clocking 22:29.51, and the Bulldogs scored 34 points to claim the title of the St. Clair County Invitational held at Odenville. Kathleen McCARTHY was second at 23:24.41, followed by St. Clair County teammates Taylor Knight and Emma Thompson, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the race of 45 participants. Northridge took second place with 52 points.



Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Provider of Sports Medicine for the Alabama High School Athletic Association and numerous High Schools and Colleges throughout Alabama and Mississippi.

For more information about our Sports Medicine Program, visit our website at or contact Gary Barfield at 404-933-4336.

Dr. James Andrews and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

New law in Alabama – Coach Safely Program

AHSAA Football Results-Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Now Open! Encore Rehabilitation-Prattville, Alabama!

Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health System Facilities and Encore Rehabilitation-Mississippi-Part 4

Lachan Terrell – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey

Female athlete Lachan Terrell is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey

Join us in congratulating Lachan Terrell as Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey!

Lachan is a Sophomore at William Carey University (Hattiesburg, MS) where she competes in Basketball and Track for the Crusaders. She has placed third and first in Shot Put as well as winning the GPA award in Basketball. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, playing board games, and traveling.

Lachan is the daughter of Dr. Rosalind and Clemon Terrell.

Congratulations, again, Lachan! We wish you a fantastic upcoming year!

Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey
710 William Carey Parkway
Hattiesburg, Mississippi  39401
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Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Provider of Athletic Training Coverage for the William Carey Crusaders!


Jacob Smith – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-William Carey

Chinese Medical Professionals Visit Singing River Health System and Encore Rehabilitation- Mississippi Gulf Coast

Our display continues to expand at Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa

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Our display of jersey boxes and ceiling tiles continues to expand at Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa! We love supporting our local schools and athletes!

Our ceiling tiles represent our area elementary, middle and high schools with their names and mascots. Our jersey boxes proudly display the uniforms of former athlete-patients. We look forward to growing our collection even more in upcoming months! We’ll keep you posted!

Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa
6561Highway 69, Suite A
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405
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Hale County Middle School Athlete Kristian Constant is selected Athlete of the Month

Emma Tafazoli – Athlete of the Month – St. Bernard Preparatory and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

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Congratulations to Emma Tafazoli, Athlete of the Month for Saint Bernard Preparatory and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Emma is a Sophomore and multiple-sport athlete for the Saints. She participates in Basketball (#33), Volleyball (#2) and Soccer (#16). She has earned All-Area and All-Tournament Awards in Basketball.

In her free time, Emma likes to create art, play the piano, read, and play sports. Her post-graduation plans include pursuing a degree in Nursing. Emma is the daughter of Lori and Mark Tafazoli.

Great job, Emma! Congratulations!


Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman
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Madison Taylor – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation Clanton

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Congratulations to Madison Taylor, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Clanton! Madison is a 6th Grader at Chilton County Middle School. She has played softball for 5 years. Great job, Madison!