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ALL-STAR WEEK: North continues dominance in basketball

St. James' guard Micala Fisanick drives past Homewood's Hannah Barber in Wednesday's North-South All-Star game. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 20, 2017)

Micala Fisanick came into Wednesday’s Alabama All-Star Sports Week basketball competition hoping to showcase her shooting ability in the Auburn University Montgomery Physical Education Complex.

The Saint James senior-to-be came off the bench to open the second quarter and nailed the first 3-pointer she took, but didn’t make another basket the remainder of the game. Her next shot, a 15-footer from the left side of the court, was followed by a pair of 3-point misses as shots, in addition to playing time, was in short supply.


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Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball set for ASU on Friday

Contributed
(March 17, 2017)

Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars square off Friday night in the 27th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus.

The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.


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Huntingdon to play host to new showcase for prep basketball

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 10, 2017)

Keegan Bell has only been in town four months but he’s already gauged the potential of basketball in the central Alabama area.

Bell joined the teaching ranks at the Alabama Basketball Academy in Huntsville four years ago and has started a branch in Montgomery to help train the area’s future basketball stars.


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AHSAA STATE FINALS: Carver's season comes to an end

Combined Report
(March 2, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM - Homewood placed four players in double figures as the Lady Patriots beat G.W. Carver, 78-48, to advance to the AHSAA Class 6A state tournament girls’ basketball championship game for the third year in a row.


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Cavalry comes too late in MA's loss to Locust Fork

Locust Fork's Ashlyn Adkins shoots over Caroline Kirkham in the Class 3A semifinal game in Birmingham on Tuesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 1, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM – It may turn out to be one of the most inspiring moments of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament, but it came too late to save Montgomery Academy.

Junior center Caroline Kirkham, diagnosed with a meniscus tear and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, limped onto the Legacy Arena court at the start of the fourth quarter, determined to prolong the Eagles’ season.

It didn’t work, but for a moment it looked as if it might.


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AHSAA STATE FINALS: BTW-Magnet falls to Madison Academy

Combined Report
(March 1, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM - A slow start and poor shooting was too much to overcome in Booker T. Washington Magnet's first-ever trip to the AHSAA State semifinals in the Legacy Arena on Tuesday.

Madison Academy (34-1) jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back in a 68-24 win over the Yellow Jackets in the AHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championships. The Mustangs will face defending state champion Deshler (34-0) on Friday.


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AHSAA STATE FINALS: Hatch back in finals

Combined Report
(February 28, 2017)

BIRMINGHAM - R.C. Hatch had an easy time defeating Sheffield, 52-27, Monday in the Class 2A boys’ state tournament semifinals. The win allowed the Bobcats to advance to Friday’s championship game for the first time since 2009.


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Catholic boys, girls one step away from Birmingham

Catholic's B.J. Barker leads the Knights into the Class 4A South Regional final on Wednesday against Monroe County. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 22, 2017)

The Montgomery Catholic boys struggled to find any rhythm in their 44-43 win over Escambia County High in the 3A South Regional in Dothan on Saturday, but there was one consistent force behind the Knights.

Point guard B.J. Barker scored 18 points, including a pair of crucial free throws with 11.9 seconds left that allowed the Knights to advance to their first regional final since 2001.


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AHSAA Regionals: BTW, MA, Catholic boys,girls advance

Montgomery Academy center Caroline Kirkham shoots over Green County's La'Tarius Montgomery in Saturday's win in the Class 3A Central Regional semis. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 19, 2017)

The Greene County girls were struggling to find any rhythm from their perimeter shooters in warmups. The Montgomery Academy girls, meanwhile, were trying to figure out how to run their offense without point guard Tara Katz.

As a result, both teams struggled to find any offensive spark in the first half of Saturday’s 3A Central Regional. The Eagles found the answer first, using a 12-0 run late in the third quarter to put away the Tigers 54-37 at Alabama State’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.


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MPS schools shut out on first day of Central Regional

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 17, 2017)

Thursday wasn’t a very good day for MPS programs as all four teams in action ended their seasons abruptly.

No other school system in the state took a beating the way the Montgomery County school system did, although there is a chance of redemption with the boys and girls teams from Carver and Sidney Lanier in action on Friday.


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2017 AHSAA Boys Regional Tournament schedule and results

Staff Report
(February 23, 2017)

Regional schedule and results for AHSAA Boys basketball tournament. Winners advances to the AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC in Birmingham. (River Region teams in bold)


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2017 AHSAA Girls Regional Tournament schedule and results

Staff Report
(February 23, 2017)

Regional schedule and results for AHSAA Girls basketball tournament. Winners advances to the AHSAA State Finals at the BJCC in Birmingham. (River Region teams in bold)


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AHSAA GIRLS SUB-REGIONALS: MA, Catholic coast to wins; Carver advances on buzzer-beater

Montgomery Academy guard Jade Brooks drives in against Indian Springs during Monday's win in the Class 3A Central Sub-Regional. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 14, 2017)

The Montgomery Academy girls knew Monday’s sub-regional matchup with Indian Springs wouldn’t be challenging but it didn’t keep them from challenging themselves.

In the first six minutes, Indian Springs made just 1-of-6 shots and committed 14 turnovers, so the Eagles’ 25-2 lead took care of the outcome. Lost in the sloppy play and the substitutions that limited the final score to 59-25 was the play of junior center Caroline Kirkham, who had eight points in the first quarter and eight more in the third to finish with 16.


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2017 AHSAA Boys Sub-Regional results

Contributed
(February 15, 2017)

Here are the results of the 2017 AHSAA Boys Basketball Sub-Regional games (River Region teams in bold). Winners advance to the Regional tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday. (NOTE - Class 7A area winners and runners up advance to the regional tournament.)

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Lady Knights do just enough to earn home game in Subs

Michaelyn Foster led Catholic to the Central Sub-Regional with a win over BTW-Magnet. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 13, 2017)

Survive and advance.

That might have been the theme for the Catholic girls in the Class 4A Area 4 championship game in the Catholic gym on Friday night.

It wasn’t their best performance, but a 38-37 win over BTW Magnet was enough to help the Lady Knights capture the area title and host a sub-regional game on Monday. Catholic will play Ashford at home tonight at 7 p.m.


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2017 AHSAA Girls Sub-Regional Results

Staff Report
(February 15, 2017)

Here are the results of the 2017 AHSAA Girls Basketball Sub-Regional games (River Region teams in bold). Winners advance to the Regional tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday. (NOTE - Class 7A area winners and runners up advance to the regional tournament.)

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Evangel Christian boys cap championship season with win over East Memorial

Evangel Christian players raise their championship trophy after Monday's win over East Memorial. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 7, 2017)

Chester Pruitt didn’t take the usual path to a state championship.

The Evangel Academy guard went from a backup role with the Lions to transferring to another school, from sitting out in December to earn most valuable player honors on Monday.


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2017 AHSAA Boys Area Tournament schedule and results

Staff Report
(February 12, 2017)

Here are the results of the 2017 AHSAA Boys Basketball Area Playoffs (River Region teams in bold). Winners and runners-up advance to the Sub-Regional round.


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2017 AHSAA Girls Area Tournament results

Contributed
(February 12, 2017)

Here are the results of the 2017 AHSAA Girls Basketball Area Playoffs (River Region teams in bold). Winners and runners-up advance to the Sub-Regional round.


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Macon East captures perfect season, AISA title

Macon East's Slate Garmany drives to the bucket in the Knights' championship win on Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 5, 2017)

The Kyle Edwards’ underhanded flips were special, the Artavious Billups’ pullup jumpers were impressive and the Slate Garmany shots from across the street were crowd pleasing, but none of that was the underlying reason for the 70-42 rout of Autauga Academy that gave Macon East Academy an undefeated season and the AISA Class AA state championship.


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AISA FINAL FOUR RECAP: Evangel one win away from title; Macon East stays perfect


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Pike Liberal, Glenwood advance to Final Four

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 3, 2017)

Davis Thompson scored 26 points and Hunter Harper added 16 as defending state champion Lee-Scott Academy defeated Pike Liberal Arts 58-45 in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state basketball tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Thursday.


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Sanderson brothers battle one more time in TPS-MA rivalry

Brothers Garrett (top) and Grant Sanderson will face each other one more time on Friday when Montgomery Academy and Trinity play their final regular season game. (Photos by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 3, 2017)

There’s a rivalry between Montgomery Academy and Trinity, but it’s even more intense between brothers Garrett and Grant Sanderson. That’s because Garrett plays for Montgomery Academy, while Grant plays for Trinity.


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AISA TOURNEY: Macon East boys stay perfect, advance

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 2, 2017)

Tavis Billups scored 30 points to help the Macon East Academy boys remain unbeaten in an 83-38 win over South Choctaw Academy in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state basketball tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Wednesday.


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AISA ELITE EIGHT RECAP: Evangel boys advance

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 1, 2017)

Darryl Stewart and Ethan Johnson led a balanced effort with 10 points each as Evangel Christian advanced to the semifinals of the Alabama Independent School Association Class A basketball tournament with a 56-17 win over Patrician Academy in the Cramton Bowl Multiplex on Tuesday.

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Macon East sweeps regional tourney

Regional MVP Kyle Edwards of Macon East shoots over Autauga's Kendrick Rogers in Saturday's regional championship. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 30, 2017)

CECIL - It was the championship game of the AISA Class AA Region 1 tournament, but it could just as easily be a preview of the weekend’s Class AA state championship game at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.

Macon East Academy improved to 30-0 with a 66-53 win over Autauga in the Macon East gym, their second hard-fought win over the Generals this season.


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REGIONAL REBOOT: AHSAA moves Central Regional tourney back to ASU

Despite several thousands of dollars spent on renovation in preparation for the AHSAA Regional basketball tournament, the games are moving back to Alabama State. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 27, 2017)

City and county officials who announced in September their plans to move the high school basketball regionals to Garrett Coliseum have now reneged on their promise just weeks before the event.

Coliseum workers who spent thousands of dollars in preparation for the weeklong high school event at the state-owned facility are left to ponder what politics were served by moving the event back to Alabama State University, an organization that has lost – and now regained – the regionals on two separate occasions.


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Macon East boys rolling into post season

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 27, 2017)

CECIL – This weekend's AISA Regional Tournament at Macon East Academy may look like window dressing for the Knights.

But don't tell veteran coach Larry Chapman. This team has work to do if it is to win a state title in two weeks.


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White joins MA's 1,000-point club

Kayla White was honored for becoming a member of Montgomery Academy's 1,000-point club on Saturday. Included in the ceremony were parents Penny and Mark White, brother Keefe and girls basketball coach Barry Fencher. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 23, 2017)

Montgomery Academy senior Kayla White was honored on Saturday as a member of the school’s 1,000-point club, passing the milestone in a 52-25 win over Prattville Christian a week earlier.


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Garrett Coliseum is primed and ready but will events come as planned?

Garrett Coliseum is ready for basketball but a new high school event was moved to Faulkner University and it is still somewhat up in the air if the AHSAA Regional will be held there. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(January 20, 2017)

Work continues on Garrett Coliseum in preparation for the upcoming Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Regionals, even as a regular-season basketball tournament originally slated for the facility has now been rescheduled for Faulkner University.

The facility, last used for a high school event in 1992 with the AHSAA state indoor track meet, was pressed into service after Alabama State University elected to back out of its contract to hold the annual regional boys and girls basketball tournament last fall.


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Former JD 'Miss Basketball' Walker transfers to Alabama

Former Jeff Davis star Jasmine Walker has transferred from Florida State to Alabama. (Staff Photo)

Combined Report
(January 17, 2017)

Former Jeff Davis star Jasmine Walker signed with the University of Alabama, head coach Kristy Curry announced on Tuesday.

The state's "Miss Basketball" in 2016, Walker began her collegiate career at Florida State. She will enroll in classes this semester but will sit out from competition for one calendar year due to NCAA transfer rules.


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Faulkner's Hill earns national weekly award

Contributed
(January 4, 2017)

Faulkner's Di'mar Hill has been named the NAIA Men's Basketball Player of the Week in the third selection of the season the national office announced this week.

Hill was also named the player of the week in the Southern States Athletic Conference.


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