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Hoover High School’s Josh Niblett Named Alabama All-Star Head Coach for 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Football Game

Coach Niblett Press Release AHSAA Aug 2018

Hoover High School’s Josh Niblett Named Alabama All-Star Head Coach for 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Football Game*

MONTGOMERY – Hoover High School head football coach Josh Niblett will be the head coach for the Alabama All-Star football squad for the 32st annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game next December.  The game will be played at Montgomery’s legendary Cramton Bowl on Monday night, Dec. 17 with a 6:30 p.m., kickoff. This will be the first game in the 31-year history to be played on Monday night.

Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) made the announcement at the 2018 Champion Challenge press conference Thursday at the AHSAA office.

Niblett, who served as head coach of the Alabama All-Stars in 2009, is one of the nation’s top high school coaches. He has coached six Hoover teams to AHSAA state championships and Oneonta to one title. The Bucs have been to the state finals every year except 2015 and 2008 since Niblett took over the program.

“It was a great experience when I coached in the game in 2009,” Niblett said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity again. It is very important to high school football in this state.”

Alabama lost 42-7 last year in Hattiesburg but still holds a 22-9 edge in the annual game that has pitted the top high school senior players from Alabama and Mississippi since 1988. Mississippi has won both games played in Mississippi (2015 and 2017). Alabama has a 22-7 edge in all games played in Alabama.
Piedmont’s Steve Smith was head coach in 2017.

Niblett, the son of a high school football coach, owns a 129-16 record at Hoover, the state’s largest high school. His Bucs have won 89% of their games with state titles in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and finished second in 2008, 2010 and 2011.  Oneonta won the 3A title in 2004 and was runner-up in 2003. His overall record is 194-48 (80%).

“Coach Niblett is one of our most outstanding high school head coaches in the nation,” said Lee.

The rest of the Alabama All-Star staff for next December’s game will be announced in the near future, Lee said. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) administers the all-star game each year.


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2017 Mississippi 42 Alabama 7 Hattiesburg
2016 Alabama 25 Mississippi 14
2015 Mississippi 28 Alabama 21 Hattiesburg
2014 Alabama 36 Mississippi 30
2013 Alabama 21 Mississippi 17
2012 Alabama 21 Mississippi 16
2011 Alabama 31 Mississippi 12
2010 Alabama 24 Mississippi 17 (2 OT)
2009 Alabama 21 Mississippi 13
2008 Alabama 28 Mississippi 3
2007 Mississippi 26 Alabama 7 December
2007 Alabama 51 Mississippi 14 June
2006 Alabama 24 Mississippi 3
2005 Mississippi 21 Alabama 18
2004 Alabama 24 Mississippi 22
2003 Alabama 24 Mississippi 16
2002 Alabama 29 Mississippi 17
2001 Alabama 33 Mississippi 14
2000 Alabama 16 Mississippi 9
1999 Alabama 28 Mississippi 24
1998 Mississippi 9 Alabama 0
1997 Alabama 10 Mississippi 6
1996 Alabama 17 Mississippi 14
1995 Mississippi 37 Alabama 9
1994 Mississippi 24 Alabama 10
1993 Mississippi 17 Alabama 6
1992 Mississippi 17 Alabama 14
1991 Alabama 15 Mississippi 13
1990 Alabama 21 Mississippi 14 (OT)
1989 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (4 OT)
1988 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (3 OT)

SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 22-9 edge

** Information provided by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

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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.

AHSAA 1A- 7A State Track and Field Champions Named

Congratulations to the following teams who won Outdoor Track and Field State Championship Titles this past weekend!

BOYS – 7A Auburn, 6A Opelika, 5A St. Paul, 4A UMS-Wright, 3A Winfield, 2A Cold Springs, and 1A St. Bernard

GIRLS – 7A Hoover, 6A Homewood, 5A St. Paul, 4A UMS-Wright, 3A T.R. Miller, 2A LaFayette, 1A Whitesburg Christian 

At State Track Championships in Cullman – Winfield High School and Whitesburg Christian won state track championships for the second year in a row as the 92nd annual AHSAA State Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Cullman Saturday.
Coach Steve Reaves’ Pirates totaled 97 points to win the Class 3A boys ‘ title. Montgomery Academy scored 64 to finish second and Greensboro (50) was third. Whitesburg Christian’s girls, coached by David McConnell, won their second consecutive Class 1A outdoor title with 109 points to edge Westminster of Oak Mountain, which totaled 103. St. Bernard was third with 98.50.
St. Bernard, coached by Steven Calvert, also captured the boys’ state title with 138 points. Marion County finished second with 98, and Linden was third with 53.50.  Claiming the Class 2A boys’ championship was Cold Springs, coached by Claborn Campbell. The Eagles had 139 points and runner-up Falkville had 109.50. LaFayette was a close third with 102.
Coach Corey Thornton’s LaFayette took home the Class 2A state crown scoring 110 points. Falkville had 96 to finish second and Mobile Christian was third with 83.  T.R. Miller, coached by Eddie Brundidge, was the Class 3A girls’ champs scoring 89 points. Cottage Hill Christian was second with 70.75. It was the third state title for T.R. Miller since 2011.
Winfield junior Trey Cunningham shattered his own Class 3A 110-meter hurdles record (14.18) set in A015 Friday with a 13.42-second time in the prelims. Saturday, his  winning time of 13.50 seconds in the finals fell just shy of the prelim time but gave the Pirates standout the best three Class 3A times in the event’s history. The 13.42 now ranks as the fastest in the AHSAA state meet in any classification.
He also breezed to the 200-meter dash win with a winning time of 21.82 seconds, and leaped 22-08 to win the long jump – giving him 40 points and four golds for the state meet.
Shades Mountain Christian senior distance runner Dylan Pausic also broke a 31-year old Class 1A record with his 9:39.78 time in the 3,200-meter run Saturday morning. Athens Bible’s Jeff Harwell set the previous mark (9:51.06) in 1985.  Pausic, 5-foot-6, 135 pounds, also won the 1,600 meters on Friday to give him a sweep of the 1A distance events.
Piedmont senior Karri Green, who set the 3A state record in the 400-meter dash Friday, won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.90 – just missing the record (14.23) set in 2005 by Leeds’ Bridget Rose. She followed with another record-setting effort in the 200-meter dash. She ran 24.97 to eclipse the previous record (25.10) by Simone Pugh of Cottage Hill in 2009.
   Some other highlights from Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A competition at Cullman included:

At State Track Championships in Gulf Shores – UMS-Wright captured is eighth straight AHSAA Class 4A state boys’ track title in a row Saturday as the 92nd annual championships concluded at Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Coach Pat Galle’s boys posted 86 points to edge runner-up Dadeville (82) by four points in what turned out to be one of the most competitive outdoor state track and field meets in the AHSAA’s long history.
The Bulldogs now have 22 boys’ championships. UMS-Wright’s girls  also won the 4A girls’ title with 138 points. Brooks was second with 89.   It was the Mobile school’s 15th overall and sixth in the last seven years.
Hoover won the Class 7A girls championship scoring 171 points – doubling runner-up Mountain Brook’s 84 points. Coach Devon Hind’s Lady Bucs have won the big-school state crown sixth of the last seven years and own both 7A titles.  Homewood, coached by Thomas Esslinger, won its third 6A state girls’ championship in a row scoring 102.50 points with runner-up Pelham right behind with 98.50. Walker was third with 82.50. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s girls, coached by Jim Tate, took first place in Class 5A with 123 points. Beauregard finished second with 90.
On the boys’ side, Coach Dan Norton’s Auburn Tigers won the 7A state championship for the second year in a row outscoring runner-up Hoover 130-95. Hewitt-Trussville was third with 94 points.  Opelika, coached by Jimmy Johnson, also won the 6A boys’ title for the second straight year. The Bulldogs had 113 points and runner-up Homewood, 70.
Thompson High School senior Emmanuel Tait captured firsts in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and 100-meter dash – besting his own Class 7A records in each event. He won the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 14.0 seconds – 12/100ths of second better than the 14.12 time he had last year in the 7A competition. He broke that record Friday, however, in the prelims with a 13.90 time.
He broke his own 7A record (38.83) in the 300 hurdles with a 37.90 time in Saturday’s finals. Triaon Poellnitz of Auburn (38.27) and Marion Humphrey of Hoover (38.30) also bettered Tait’s 2015 record to finish 2-3.  Tait clocked 10.93 to win the 100-meter finals Saturday – giving him 30 points personally  in three individual events.
    Brittley Humphrey of Hoover tied her own 7A record with her 42.46-second winning time in the 300-meter hurdles, and broke her own 7A record (13.74) in the 100-meter hurdles with a winning time of 13.49 seconds.  Teammate Caitlyn Little  was a close second at 13.79.

We are proud to provide sports medicine for these 6 State Championship teams!

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Alabama Elite Preview Invitations

Congratulations to all of the athletes that received Alabama Elite Preview Invitations these past couple of weeks. The “AEP” will begin on March 5, 2016. It is a preview of 80 of the best high school basketball (2017, 2018, 2019) players in Alabama.

Here are the athletes who were invited that are affiliated with Encore Rehabilitation (through our Sports Medicine program in their school).

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You can find out more at the website: http://hoopseen.com/index.php/2013-03-19-19-24-39/elite-preview

Hoover Clinic Athlete of the Month, Jamari Blackmon.

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Congratulations to Jamari Blackmon who was chosen as the Hoover Clinic Athlete of the month! Jamari is a Sophomore athlete at Hoover High School.  He is a member of the Bucs Varsity Basketball team and was recognized for “Outstanding Character” at The Finley Awards.  His favorite team is the Golden State Warriors, favorite subject in school is history, and favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13.  Jamari enjoys training, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.  After graduation, he plans to attend UCONN.  Good Luck this season, Jamari, keep up the good work!

Hoover Clinic Athlete of the Month, Jake Teter.

Jake Teter

Congratulations to Jake Teter who was chosen as the Hoover Encore Clinic Athlete of the Month! Jake is a rising freshman athlete at Hoover high school with a bright future. He is a dual position athlete who plays 3rd base and pitches for the baseball team. Apart from his sports career, Jake loves hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends. He has a GPA of 3.75 and is a member of the Junior Honor Society at HHS. Good luck, Jake! Keep up the good work!

Hoover Clinic Athlete of the Month, Olivia Bishop.

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Congratulations to Olivia Bishop who was chosen as the Hoover Encore Athlete of the Month! Olivia is a freshman cheerleader at Hoover High School.   Ten minutes before her first football game she did a back tuck in her warm up that resulted in a torn meniscus and ACL. She has cheered since 1st grade and has been on several competitive cheer teams.  She is a member of the Student Government Association at the high school and the Christian Club Undivided. Hoover Juniorettes and C.A.R.E are both service clubs that Olivia is currently involved with.  Olivia is very involved with her youth group at Riverchase United Methodist Church.  Siblings include an eleven year old sister Chloe’ who is also a competitive cheerleader. Currently, Olivia’s plan is to Auburn University after she graduates.

Keep up the good work, Olivia!

Two Encore Athletes in the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.

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Encore Rehabilitation is the largest, privately owned, rehabilitation company in Alabama and Mississippi; as well as, one of the leading sports medicine providers in Alabama high schools. We would like to recognize two of our school’s athletes who will be competing in the the 2015 All-America High School Football Game today starting at 4:00 PM eastern time.

Darrell Williams, a 6’3″, senior OLB (#12), from Hoover High School, will be playing in the UA All American game today. Williams has had multiple offers to 4-year schools and chose to commit to Auburn University last May. Williams, along with the Hoover Buccaneers football team, recently won the first AHSAA 7A State Championship this past December. You can view his recruiting profile here.

Kerryon Johnson, a 6’0, 4 star, senior athlete (#3) from Madison Academy High School will also be playing in the UA All American game today. He is ranked #3 on the ESPN 300 football recruiting website and has had offers to multiple 4-year schools. Johnson also chose to commit to Auburn University last April. You can view his recruiting profile here.

You can find out more about the UA All America High School game, players, and game time at .

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Hoover Encore Athlete of the Month, Austin Cherry.

Austin Cherry

Congratulations to the Hoover Clinic Encore Athlete of the Month, Austin Cherry! Austin is a senior at Hoover High School and a member of the Bucs basketball team. He is a 6’2, guard on the team and averaged approx. 19 points a game in the 2013-14 season. After high school, he plans to attend college and study Law. Good luck this season, Austin, keep up the good work!