NOTES: AHSAA announces Bryant-Jordan winners; Tide hoops to open season in Vet Classic
Opelika High School’s RaKavius Chambers and Elkmont High School’s Leah Seibert were named the overall winners at the 32st annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel.
More than 100 high school regional senior honorees were recognized and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships during the banquet.
Chambers, a senior football standout, was the recipient of the Larry D. Striplin, Jr., Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Seibert, who participated in softball and was a cheerleader, at Southeastern, received the Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Student Achievement Athlete of the Year Award.
The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school athletic careers.
Tide men’s basketball team to open in Veterans Classic
The Alabama men’s basketball team will participate in the 2017 Veterans Classic, the U.S. Naval Academy announced on Monday.
The fourth annual event is a doubleheader that features the Crimson Tide, Memphis, Pittsburgh and host Navy in Annapolis, Md. on Friday, Nov. 10 – the opening day of the 2017-18 college basketball season.
Alabama will face the Memphis Tigers at 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be followed by Pittsburgh vs. Navy. Both games will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
“The Alabama basketball program is honored to be a part of the 2017 Veterans Classic,” said Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson. “As a program, we have great respect for all members of our armed forces and how they dedicate their lives to protecting our country. We look forward to being involved in every aspect of this great event. Not only will we have the opportunity to see the Naval Academy in person, but it also gives us the chance to personally thank the men and women of Annapolis for their daily efforts to keep our country safe. Most importantly, this will serve as a tremendous educational experience for our student-athletes and one they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
The Crimson Tide will become the fourth consecutive SEC team to compete in the Veterans Classic, following Vanderbilt (2016), Florida (2015) and Tennessee (2014.
The participating schools will, also, have the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of life as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the ‘Yard,’ watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other special experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.
Tickets are $75 for lower level reserved, $50 for upper level general admission and $40 for group tickets in the upper level. For more information, fans can visit navysports.com/veteransclassic.