Demopolis basketball plucks Falcons for tournament title

Demopolis brought home its first trophy of the Norvie Womack era Wednesday night with a 61-31 thrashing of Class 5 St. John Paull II Catholic. The Tigers are champions of the Hamptonality Bracket in the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Bash played at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Demopolis allowed 12 points in the first quarter and never let the Falcons reach double digits in any period for the remainder of the contest. The Tigers were up 22-12 after one quarter and ballooned the lead to 33-17 by half time. Demopolis continued to pour it on, allowing only 14 points the entire second half.

Melvin Childers took home tournament MVP honors after his second consecutive night as the team’s leading scorer. Childers finished with 22 points, four rebounds and four steals. Joining him on the all-tournament team was Shakari Williams, who had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Taylor Herelle added eight points, four rebounds and four steals. Nelson Haskin finished with eight points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Demopolis (2-0) is set to take the court again Tuesday night in its home opener against Keith.

Below is a closer look at the Demopolis High boys basketball team courtesy DCS Tiger TV.

Tigers open Womack era with win over Randolph School

The Demopolis varsity basketball team started off the new season with a win Tuesday evening. In the first game under coach Norvie Womack, the Tigers downed The Randolph School 58-37.

Demopolis led throughout Tuesday, allowing the Raiders only single digit point outputs in each of the game’s first two quarters. The Tigers opened up a 26-12 lead by halftime and continued to stretch the advantage in the second half.

The balanced effort saw Melvin Childers lead the way with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Shakari Williams added 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Nelson Haskin finished with nine points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Keyjun Gracie contributed 11 points and vie assists. Rounding out the scoring were Maurice Jones with four points and four rebounds and Taylor Herelle with two points, four rebounds and three steals.

The win came in the first round of the Hamptonality Bracket at the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Bash at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The Tigers are set to play again in the bracket championship at 6 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of St. John Paul II Catholic and Douglas.

Forever a Tiger: Demopolis, MMI alum Tripp signs with UWA

Former Demopolis High standout Charles Tripp has signed to play with the University of West Alabama following a strong two-year run at Marion Military Institute.

Tripp averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebound per game for MMI this while helping the Tigers to a 19-8 overall record. For his efforts, he earned NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American as well as the Alabama Community College Conference North Division Player of the Year.

“We first knew of Charles when he was a Sr. at Demopolis HS. We really became interested in recruiting him during his freshman year at MMI,” UWA coach Allen Sharpe said of Tripp. “What has stood out the most is how much he has improved in two years at MMI; ACCC north division player of the year and NJCAA honorable mention all American.”

“Charles Tripp has been a model of consistency and determination here at MMI,” MMI head coach Phillip Stitt said. “Charles has come from not even being All-State in high school to the Player of the Year in our league and an Honorable Mention NJCAA All American. He will not only continue to improve as a player but as a person. UWA is getting one of the finest young men I have ever coached, who will represent the university with class and character.”

Tripp chose UWA over a handful of offers that also included Freed-Hardeman University, Emmanuel College, University of Mobile and Auburn-Montgomery.

“The thing that stood out the most about UWA is how big the campus is. I never knew it was that big. I also know a lot of people that go there,” Tripp said of the welcoming environment he found in Livingston.

Tripp, a 6-foot-7 forward who started every game for MMI the last two seasons while aiding the Tigers to a 43-15 record over that span, looks to plug right into the rotation at UWA after having shot 60.5 percent from the floor in 2016-2017, good for third best in the ACCC.

“They really haven’t been specific on how they’ll use me yet. They have made it clear that I will have the chance to be a big part of making this team a lot better,” Tripp said. “It really doesn’t matter what they need me to do, I’ll be ready to do whatever they feel is best for the team.”

“We do not sign junior college kids to sit on the bench. We are counting on him to contribute right away whether that’s 10 minutes a game or 30 minutes a game,” Sharpe said. “He will determine that.”

Tripp also shot an impressive 35.3 percent from three-point territory in his sophomore season, a number indicative of a shooting touch that could well help his newest set of Tigers after the UWA men’s team shot only 29.5 percent from deep a season ago.

“His versatility and his ability to score gives him the best chance of playing early in the schedule. All our players will defend and all our players will play hard. However, the ability to score is something that is difficult to coach,” Sharpe said. “Most of the time, either a kid can score or he can’t. Charles can score the ball and he can do it in a variety of ways.”

“I feel like my game has gotten better everywhere. I am shooting the ball better, my handles are getting better, I feel like I’m playing defense better,” Tripp, who will study physical education, said of how MMI has prepared him for his latest opportunity. “MMI has definitely helped me step up my game a lot.”

Tripp joins Hale County star Kaddell Perry as the only UWA signees to date, though Sharpe said the program will sign several other players in the coming weeks.

Hale County star signs with UWA hoops

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Kaddell Perry, a point guard from Hale County High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at the University of West Alabama.
Perry comes to Livingston decorated in athletic and academic achievement, grabbing a second-team All-State nod at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A level just before being named Hale County’s 2017 Salutatorian and an AHSAA leadership program inductee.
“(We) got a steal when we signed Kaddell Perry,” UWA head coach Allen Sharpe said. “He is a state champion and state tournament MVP. He is a first class young man that comes from a great family.
“Kaddell is a perfect example of the term student athlete. We expect him to have a great career at UWA and he should compete for playing time immediately.”
An Area All-Tournament and Regional All-Tournament selection, Perry was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class 4A State Tournament, leading the Wildcats to the first AHSAA State Title in school history after defeating Monroe County 67-56 on March 3.
In the title game, Perry posted 31 points, going nine-of-18 from the floor and 12-of-17 from the line, along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. On the season, Perry averaged 13 points, six assists and two steals per game.

Richardson earns WAW Player of the Year; Bolden takes coach honor

It’s hard to argue with success. And it’s hard to argue that anybody in Marengo County had more success this season than Linden High junior Amber Richardson. She led her team a 22-5 record and narrowly missed a second consecutive trip to the state semifinals.

Richardson averaged an eye-popping 18.4 points and 13.7 rebounds per contest this season while also stealing the ball 143 times. A 5-7 center with wing skills, Richardson routinely drew post defense responsibilities, but still found ways to be effective against larger players.

As the season wore on, Richardson seemed to get better. In the sub-regional against McIntosh, Richardson tallied 35 points, 23 rebounds and eight assists while sitting most of the fourth quarter. In the first round of the South Regional at the Dothan Civic Center, Richardson sustained an ankle injury just before half. With their leading scorer out of the lineup, the Patriots fell into a double-digit hole. Richardson re-emerged with 2:48 left in the third quarter and did all but help the Mud Dogs win the Bourbon Bowl as she led her team on a 20-5 run to beat Pleasant Home.

Richardson, who was a varsity starter at John Essex in the seventh and eighth grades, is the West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Richardson earned Second Team All-County honors from The Watchman back in 2014 when she averaged 14.94 points per game for John Essex. After sitting her freshman season following the closure of Essex and her transfer to Linden, Richardson has tallied 970 points and 685 rebounds. That scoring output helped her shatter the 1,000-point mark this season and puts her in position to possibly end her career with more than 1,500 points and 1,200 rebounds in her career.

Joining her on the list of Watchman honors is Linden coach Teressa Bolden. While the success Bolden’s team had in 2015-2016 shocked the state, the encore performance proved even more challenging. After going 18-7 and ending in the Class 1A state championship a season ago, Linden lacked the luxury of being able to sneak up on teams in 2016-2017. Still, the Lady Patriots were ranked in the Top 5 the entire season and compiled a 22-5 record. Those losses came to Class 5A Demopolis, Class 4A state runner-up Greensboro and Class 1A state runner-up J.F. Shields.

For her efforts, Bolden is the 2017 West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

 West Alabama Watchman Girls Basketball All-County Team

First Team

Amber Richardson, Jr. – Linden

J’Mya Hall, Fr. – Marengo

Sylvia Clayton, Sr. – Demopolis

Tomysha Boykin, Sr. – Linden

Aniya Johnson, Fr. – Demopolis

Second Team

Darnesha Harris, Sr. – Demopolis

Imiya Agee, Sr. – Linden

Shakesaney Bell, Jr.. – Demopolis

Akayla McGhee, Fr.. – A.L. Johnson

Dajia Miller, Jr. – Linden

Six Marengo County players get all-state hoops recognition

Six Marengo County players populate the the boys and girls lists on the 2016-2017 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Basketball Teams released this weekend.

The Class 1A girls team is highlighted by a pair of Linden Patriots. Amber Richardson takes First Team honors after a season in which she averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game while helping her team to more than 20 wins and a spot in the Class 1A South Regional Final.

Accompanying Richardson is Linden teammate Tomysha Boykin, who takes third team honors after a senior season that saw her average 16.1 points and 5.3 assists per game. Marengo High freshman J’Mya Hall is Honorable Mention in Class 1A after she averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Panthers.

In Class 5A boys, Demopolis standout forward Shakari Williams takes Third Team honors. The 6-6 forward averaged 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Linden’s Dequan Charleston – a Jacksonville State football signee – takes Third Team honors in Class 1A after averaging 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while helping lead Linden to the Class 1A South Regional.

Sweet Water’s Anthony Jones takes an honorable mention nod in Class 1A. The 6-6 center averaged 13.5 points and 14 blocks per game while helping the Bulldogs to a much-improved 10-7 record.

CLASS 7A GIRLS

First team

Shauntai Battle, McGill-Toolen, Sr., G, 5-9

Zipporah Broughton, Lee-Montgomery, Jr., G, 5-9

Claire Holt, Spain Park, Jr., G, 5-7

Haley Troup, Gadsden City, Sr., G-F, 5-10

Eboni Williams, Hoover, Jr., F, 6-0

Second team

Brooke Burns, Gadsden City, Sr., G, 5-10

Tiyah Johnson, Central-Phenix City, Sr., G, 5-9

Tamia Knight, Tuscaloosa Co., Jr., G, 5-8

Nautika Philpot, Auburn, Sr., G, 5-1

Terri Smith, Sparkman, Sr., G, 5-7

Third team

London Coleman, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., G, 5-8

Ashana Crawford, Baker, Sr., G, 5-6

Minnie Kemp, Murphy, Jr., F, 5-7

Joiya Maddox, Hoover, So., G, 5-11

Alexis Tate, Auburn, Sr., G, 5-10

Honorable mention

None.

Coach of the year

Mike Chase, Spain Park

CLASS 6A GIRLS

First team

Hannah Barber, Homewood, Jr., G, 5-6

Brooke Hampel, Hazel Green, Jr., F, 5-10

Moriah Taylor, Hartselle, So., G, 5-6

Ajah Wayne, Homewood, Jr., G, 5-9

Alexis Woods, Athens, Jr., F, 5-9

Second team

Daisha Bradford, LeFlore, Jr., G, 5-7

Cierria Cunningham, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr., G, 5-9

Michaella Edwards, Chelsea, So., G-F, 5-8

Caitlin Hose, Hazel Green, Jr., G, 5-10

Kelsey Patterson, Southside-Gadsden, Sr., F, 5-9

Third team

Mia Creech, Northview, Jr., F, 5-9

Courtney Lee, Ramsay, Sr., G, 5-8

Mary Denman Luker, Pell City, So., G, 5-7

Nykeia McElrath, Fort Payne, Sr., F, 5-8

Adasia Rudolph, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., G, 5-6

Honorable mention

Breanna Harris, Blount, Jr., F-C, 6-1

Shyan Flack, Brewer, Jr., F, 5-11

Coach of the year

Steven Sims, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

CLASS 5A GIRLS

First team

Jirah Ards, Eufaula, Sr., G, 5-7

Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson, So., C, 6-4

Alexus Dye, Wenonah, Sr., F, 6-0

Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech, Sr., G, 5-11

Unique Thompson, Faith Academy, Sr., C-F, 6-2

Second team

Camille Buckhanon, Talladega, Jr., C, 6-2

Tierra Dark, Sylacauga, Sr., G, 5-8

Khyli Rankins, Faith Academy, Jr., G, 5-4

Faith Reynolds, Wenonah, Jr., G, 5-8

Lauren Watson, Arab, Jr., G, 5-9

Third team

Amaz Carmichael, Lincoln, Jr., C, 6-2

Rachel Johnson, Eufaula, Jr., F, 5-8

Tiara McLeod, Carroll, Jr., F, 6-0

Jayla Morrow, Wenonah, Sr., G, 5-7

Shunterius Stephens, Central-Tuscaloosa, Sr., C, 5-8

Honorable mention

Gabby Johnson, Talladega, Sr., G, 5-3

Niaira Jones, Charles Henderson, Fr., G, 5-7

Taylor Ann Yeager, Fairview, Jr., G, 5-4

Coach of the year

Emanuel Bell, Wenonah

CLASS 4A GIRLS

First team

Miajah Bullock, Anniston, Sr., G, 5-9

Elexis Evans, Greensboro, Sr., C, 6-3

Queen Ford, Sipsey Valley, Sr., F-C, 6-3

Destinee McGhee, Madison Academy, Fr., C, 6-2

Karleigh Sledge, Deshler, Jr., C, 6-1

Second team

Tangie Crews, Hale Co., Sr., G, 5-2

Kendall Johnson, Hokes Bluff, Sr., C, 6-0

Jaden Langford, Madison Academy, Fr., G, 5-8

Nicole Shirley, Deshler, Sr., G, 5-8

Iyana Tate, Catholic-Montgomery, Sr., C, 6-0

Third team

Taylor Aikerson, Deshler, Jr., G, 5-8

Micala Fisanick, St. James, Jr., G, 5-8

Taylor Jennings, Madison Co., Sr., G, 5-6

Kathleen Wheeler, Priceville, So., G, 5-10

Kyra Williams, Jacksonville, Jr., G, 5-8

Honorable mention

Caroline Bachus, West Limestone, 7th, F, 6-1

Coach of the year

Jason Shields, Hokes Bluff

CLASS 3A GIRLS

First team

Ashlyn Adkins, Locust Fork, Sr., G, 5-7

Allie Craig Cruce, Lauderdale Co., Jr., F, 6-1

Darby Hamm, J.B. Pennington, Sr., F, 6-0

Annie Hughes, Pisgah, So., G-F, 5-10

Lauryn Lilly, Montevallo, Jr., F, 5-7

Second team

Vanessa Carter, Walter Wellborn, So., G, 5-5

Kimberly Horton, Locust Fork, Sr., G, 5-5

Chelsea Leach, Colbert Co., Jr., C, 5-11

Jemeriah Moore, Midfield, Fr., G, 5/9

Anna Kate Segars, East Lawrence, Jr., F, 5-9

Third team

Jade Brooks, Montgomery Academy, Sr., G, 5-8

Channing Gafford, Lauderdale Co., Sr., G, 5-9

Kinsley Hanback, Lexington, Jr., F, 5-10

Aleecea Harris, Daleville, Sr., C, 6-0

Daniya Jordan, Midfield, So., G, 5/3

Honorable mention

Avery Nance, Geneva, Jr., F, 5-11

Kayla White, Montgomery Academy, Sr., G-F, 5-8

Coach of the year

Barbara Roy, Locust Fork

CLASS 2A GIRLS

First team

Alexa Boutwell, Geneva Co., Sr., G, 5-6

Ataiya Bridges, Lanett, Sr., G, 5-5

Kirstin Brown, Tanner, Sr., F, 5-10

Darby Madden, Red Bay, Sr., F, 5-10

Jesse Ralston, Ranburne, Jr., G-F, 5-7

Second team

LaTora Duff, Samson, Jr., G, 5-7

Brooklyn Dutton, Fyffe, Sr., C, 6-1

Ty”Quajah Griffin, Goshen, So., G, 5-6

Nakia Kincey, Abbeville, Sr., G, 5-5

Emme Willoughby, Cold Springs, Sr., G, 5-10

Third team

Patiniqia Collins, R.C. Hatch, Jr., G-F, 5-8

LaTascya Duff, Samson, Jr., G, 5-7

TaMyya Hilliard, Geneva Co., Jr., F-C, 6-1

Allie Kennedy, Red Bay, Sr., G, 5-9

Shatavia Moore, Keith, Jr., G, 5-8

Honorable mention

Camryn Crider, Cold Springs, So., G, 5-4

Jasmine Pitts, LaFayette, Jr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Karie Striplin, Geneva Co.

CLASS 1A GIRLS

First team

River Baldwin, Pleasant Home, So., F, 6-5

KeeUndria Bolden, R.A. Hubbard, So., C, 6-0

Kaitlin Hill, Loachapoka, So., G, 5-7

     Amber Richardson, Linden, Jr., F-C, 5-8

Tiyonna Rogers, Spring Garden, Jr., C, 5-11

Second team

A’Nautica Bibbs, R.A. Hubbard, So., G, 5-6

Aniya Burroughs, Winterboro, Sr., F, 5-10

Savannah Dempsey, Spring Garden, Sr., G, 5-6

Abby Hester, Vina, Sr., G, 5-1

Ayana Tyree, Holy Spirit, Sr., G, 5-2

Third team

     Tomysha Boykin, Linden, Sr., G, 5-3

Paula Camp, Hackleburg, Sr., F, 5-10

Claire Davidson, Coosa Christian, So., G, 5-8

Mya Riley, Georgiana, Sr., G, 5-8

Desiree Tyner, Loachapoka, Sr., F, 5-11

Honorable mention

Maison Evans, Addison, Sr., G, 5-5

     J’Mya Hall, Marengo, Fr., G, 5-7

Olivia Jones, Brantley, So., G, 5-7

Morgan White, Westminster-Oak Mountain, Fr., G, 5-8

Coach of the year

Candace Byrd, R.A. Hubbard

AISA GIRLS

First team

Tyler Armistead, Patrician, Sr., F, 5-9

Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, Springwood, Sr., G, 5-11

Quan Holton, Glenwood, Jr., G, 5-8

LaDajia Jones, Glenwood, Sr., G, 5-9

Claudia Tucker, Lee-Scott, Sr., G, 5-10

Second team

Lucy Bates, Fort Dale Academy, Jr., F, 6-3

Audrey Crowe, Glenwood, Sr., F, 6-0

Madisyn Kennedy, Macon-East, So., G-F, 5-10

Lauren Johnson, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., G-F, 5-9

Margaret Rhodes, Eastwood, Sr., F-C, 5-11

Third team

Shelby Wood, Abbeville Christian, Sr., C, 5-9

Abby Ray, Lowndes Academy, Sr., G, 5-8

Kelsey Curry, Tuscaloosa Academy, So., G-F, 5-10

Faith Copeland, South Choctaw Academy, So., C, 6-1

Sydney Sessions, Wilcox Academy, Sr., C, 6-0

Honorable mention

Joiner Hughes, Lakeside, So., G, 5-5

Chloe Johnson, Tuscaloosa Academy, 7th, G, 5-8

Anna Blake Langford, Fort Dale Academy, So., G, 5-6

Kacy Noland, Pickens Academy, Sr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Corye Ivatt, Lee-Scott

CLASS 7A BOYS

First team

Garrison Brooks, Auburn, Sr., C, 6-10

Tevin Brown, Fairhope, Sr., G, 6-5

Jamal Johnson, Spain Park, Sr., G, 6-4

Myreon Jones, Huffman, Jr., G, 6-3

Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook, So., F, 6-8

Second team

Jamari Blackmon, Hoover, Jr., G, 5-11

Travarus Carroll, Huffman, Jr., G, 6-2

Denver Jones, Buckhorn, So., G, 6-3

Hunter Preston, Theodore, Sr., C, 6-6

Justyn Ross, Central-Phenix City, Jr., F, 6-4

Third team

JohnDatric Butler, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., G, 5-10

Sean Elmore, Mountain Brook, Sr., G, 6-2

Deonte Jones, Gadsden City, Sr., G, 6-2

Demarkus Lampley, Central-Phenix City, Sr., G, 6-1

Mac Smith, Vestavia Hills, Sr., G, 6-0

Honorable mention

Airen Brooks, Smiths Station, Sr., F, 6-5

J.P. Fletcher, Sparkman, Sr., G, 5-11

Marlon Williams, McGill-Toolen, Sr., F, 6-1

Coach of the year

Patrick Davis, Vestavia Hills

CLASS 6A BOYS

First team

Javan Johnson, Austin, Sr., G, 6-6

Wanya King, Fort Payne, Sr., G, 6-1

Kira Lewis, Hazel Green, So., G, 6-3

Alex Reese, Pelham, Sr., F-C, 6-9

Jared Sherfield, Paul Bryant, Jr., G, 6-4

Second team

Terrin Atkinson, Spanish Fort, Sr., G, 6-1

Jon Brown, Helena, Sr., G-F, 6-4

Deontaye Buskey, Daphne, Sr., G, 6-1

Seth Williams, Paul Bryant, Jr., F, 6-3

Xavier Williams, Parker, Jr., C, 6-9

Third team

Terrell Harris, Northview, Sr., G, 5-10

Jalen Jordan, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., G, 6-3

Orion Morris, Pinson Valley, Jr., G, 5-10

Tyrique Purvis, Decatur, Sr., G, 6-3

Jason Scott, Austin, Sr., G, 5-7

Honorable mention

Trey Jemison, Homewood, Sr., C, 6-9

Jason King, Parker, Jr., G, 6-1

Eugene Leonard, Oxford, So., G, 6-0

Coach of the year

Shon Peck-Love, Paul Bryant

CLASS 5A BOYS

First team

Kobe Brown, Lee-Huntsville, So., G, 6-6

Tony Johnson, Eufaula, Jr., G, 6-3

John Petty, Mae Jemison, Sr., G, 6-5

DeJonte Thomas, Faith Academy, Jr., G, 5-10

Jacorey Turnipseed, Sumter Central, Jr., G, 5-9

Second team

Ashton Duncan, Talladega, Jr., G, 5-10

Sam Knowlton, Corner, Jr., C, 6-7

BJ Lancaster, Central-Tuscaloosa, Jr., G, 6-2

Bailey Motes, Russellville, Sr., G, 6-0

CJ Williamson, Guntersville, Jr., F, 6-3

Third team

Malik Burnett, Lee-Huntsville, Sr., G, 6-2

Logan Foutz, Faith Academy, Jr., G, 6-3

Josh Roberts, Charles Henderson, Sr., C, 6-8

Charles Warren, Greenville, Sr., G, 6-3

    Shakari Williams, Demopolis, Sr., G-F, 6-6

Honorable mention

La Darius Carter, Sumter Central, Sr., G, 5-9

Fred Dickerson, Talladega, Jr., G, 5-10

Brandon Nicholas, Mae Jemison, So., G, 6-2

Cameron Tucker, Wenonah, So., G, 6-2

Coach of the year

Chucky Miller, Talladega

CLASS 4A BOYS

First team

Isaac Chatman, Cordova, Jr., F-C, 6-6

Herb Jones, Hale Co., Sr., G, 6-7

Ladarius Knight, Ashford, Jr., G-F, 6-5

Michael McGuirk, White Plains, Sr., G, 6-4

Myles Parker, Madison Academy, Sr., F, 6-7

Second team

Kaddell Perry, Hale Co., Sr., G, 5-10

DeAndre Robinson, Monroe Co., Sr., C, 6-5

Devon Robinson, Escambia Co., Sr., G, 5-10

Payton Stovall, Winfield, Sr., G, 6-0

Syheem Young, Childersburg, Sr., G, 6-2

Third team

Devaughn Beason, Saks, Jr., G, 5-11

Corey Bowen, Fayette Co., Sr., F, 6-3

Brant Evans, Holtville, Sr., G, 5-10

Kolbi Fuqua, Cordova, Jr., F, 6-3

Josh Strozier, Holt, Jr., G-F, 6-5

Honorable mention

BJ Barker, Catholic-Montgomery, Jr., G, 5-11

Collin Blanchard, Madison Academy, Sr., G, 6-1

Trey Bonham, UMS-Wright, Fr., G, 5-9

Macey Carr, White Plains, Sr., G, 6-2

Coach of the year

Anthony Hayes, Monroe Co.

CLASS 3A BOYS

First team

Kendal Cotner, East Lawrence, Jr., C, 6-7

Shy Cunningham, Midfield, Sr., G, 6-4

Drew Jones, Holly Pond, Sr., G, 6-4

Da’Shaunte Smith, Montevallo, Sr., G-F, 6-5

Kam Woods, Midfield, Fr., G, 5-9

Second team

Jeffery Armstrong, Plainview, Jr., G, 5-11

Blake Hanson, Walter Wellborn, Sr., G, 5-11

Omar Jolly, New Hope, Sr., G, 5-11

Caden Millican, Plainview, So., F, 6-2

Collin Woods, Oakman, Sr., G, 5-11

Third team

Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Jr., G, 5-7

Jeffrey Griffin, Mobile Christian, Jr., F, 6-4

Juhmir Lampley, Pike Co., Sr., G, 5-9

Cooper Meadows, Prattville Christian, So., G-F, 6-4

Kainan Pouncy, Daleville, Sr., G-F, 6-2

Honorable mention

Carson Crowe, American Christian, Jr., G, 6-3

Luke Graham, Plainview, Sr., C, 6-5

Kade Grant, Geneva, Sr., F, 6-3

Bailey Smith, Holly Pond, Sr., G, 5-10

Coach of the year

Robi Coker, Plainview

CLASS 2A BOYS

First team

Khalil Johnson, Cleveland, Sr., G-F, 6-9

Emanuel Littles, Lanett, Jr., C, 6-7

Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett, Jr., G, 6-6

Jatarvious Whitlow, LaFayette, Sr., G, 6-0

CJ Yarbrough, Tanner, So., G, 6-3

Second team

Zack Alford, Goshen, Jr., G, 5-10

Stephen Campbell, Vincent, Sr., G, 6-0

Christian Fortner, Thorsby, So., G, 6-4

Zach Garcia, Samson, Sr., G, 6-1

Mark Wilcox Jr., St. Luke’s, Jr., F, 6-4

Third team

Rushad Delgado, Asbury, Sr., F, 6-2

Jesse Lee, Cold Springs, Sr., G, 5-9

Andre Little, West End-Walnut Grove, Sr., F, 6-0

Antwan Powell, R.C. Hatch, So., G, 5-11

Malik Smith, Sheffield, Sr., G, 6-2

Honorable mention

Will Jones, Westbrook Christian, Sr., G, 5-11

Christian Peterson, St. Bernard, Jr., G, 6-0

Markeith Williams, Barbour Co., Sr., F, 6-2

Coach of the year

Ski Anderson, Sheffield

CLASS 1A BOYS

First team

Malik Cox, South Lamar, Jr., C, 6-5

Taquavian Drake, Wadley, Jr., F-G, 6-0

DJ Heath, Sacred Heart, Sr., G, 6-1

Kevion Nolan, Sacred Heart, Sr., G, 6-2

Diante Wood, Sacred Heart, So., G-F, 6-4

Second team

Caden Davidson, Coosa Christian, Sr., G, 6-3

Zach Isbell, Woodville, Sr., C, 6-5

Tommy Murr, Lindsay Lane, Fr., G, 5-10

Jordan Sims, Skyline, Sr., G, 6-0

Ja’Michael Stallworth, Georgiana, Jr., G, 6-0

Third team

Riley Austin, Spring Garden, Jr., G, 5-11

Noah Boler, Decatur Heritage, So., C, 6-7

    Dequan Charleston, Linden, Sr., G, 6-0

Chase Gore, South Lamar, Jr., G, 6-1

Robert Scott, Pleasant Home, Jr., G, 5-11

Honorable mention

Mason Bragwell, Belgreen, So., F, 6-6

    Anthony Jones, Sweet Water, Sr., C, 6-6

Coach of the year

Chris Tucker, South Lamar

 

 

AISA BOYS

First team

Artavious Billups, Macon-East, Sr., G, 6-1

Lee Crawford, East Memorial, Jr., G, 5-5

Ja’Marques Darien, Tuscaloosa Academy, Jr., G, 5-11

Trip Day, Glenwood, Sr., F, 6-8

Xavier Heidelberg, Russell Christian (Miss.), Sr., G, 5-11

Second team

Xaviar Coleman, Bessemer Academy, Jr., G, 6-0

Slate Garmany, Macon-East, Sr., G, 6-0

Morgan King, Crenshaw Christian, Sr., G, 6-1

Jordon Parks, Autauga Academy, Sr., F, 6-4

Chester Pruitt, Evangel Christian, Jr., G, 6-0

Third team

James Beck, Glenwood, Sr., G, 5-11

Scott Carlisle, East Memorial, Sr., F, 6-5

Keagan Guthrie, Jackson Academy, Sr., F-C, 6-5

Devon McCree, Abbeville Christian, Sr., F, 6-3

Davis Thompson, Lee-Scott, Sr., F, 6-3

Honorable mention

Thomas Dismukes, Eastwood, Sr., C, 6-4

Fred Flavors, Escambia Academy, Jr., G, 5-11

Jerimiah Hall, Russell Christian (Miss.), Sr., F, 6-4

Stone Riley, Sparta Academy, Sr., F, 6-1

Coach of the year

Kerwin Washington, Evangel Christian

Demopolis alum Tripp making most of MMI opportunity

It is almost decision time for Demopolis alum Charles Tripp. The 6-7 sophomore forward has only the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament remaining in his Marion Military Institute career.

“I have offers from UWA and Emmanuel college so far,” Tripp said of his second time through the recruiting process after having committed to MMI in 2015. “The process has been great. I’m being recruited by a lot of schools at the moment and I’m just trying to find a school that I feel like I can come in and make an impact to the team to be the best that we can be. I’m also looking for a school that’s invested, and likes winning as much as I do.”

Tripp’s fondness for winning has manifested itself in a big way at MMI this season as he has helped the Tigers to a 19-7 record to date while having started 25 games. He is averaging 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season while shooting 71 percent from the free throw line, 60.6 percent from the floor and an eye-popping 40 percent from three.

“Being here has made me better because I’m more aggressive on the floor. I understand the game from a different perspective than I did before because of great coaching,” Tripp said of his growth as a basketball player over the last two seasons at MMI. “Another big thing that I learned is that everything you do off of the court impacts what you do on the court. That’s something that Coach (Philip) Stitt really emphasizes.”

Tripp’s added intensity has resulted in a remarkable uptick in his production over a freshman campaign that saw him average 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest through 29 games and 28 starts. That aggressiveness is also coming to bear on the defensive end where he is averaging 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest this season.

Tripp’s accomplishments in Marion include having earned ACCC Player of the Week honors Jan. 17 following a lights-out performance against Southern Union in which he scored 24 points on 66.7 percent shooting to go along with nine rebounds, a steal and a block.

“That meant a lot to me, but I can’t take all the credit for the award I wouldn’t have gotten it if it wasn’t for my teammates all pitching in and helping out,” Tripp said of the recognition. “So even though they awarded me, it was all a team effort.”

The intermingled concepts of team and community have resonated with Tripp as he readies to wrap up his MMI career. For all the positive experiences he has had in and around the basketball program, Tripp points to the a tight-knit campus community as a hallmark of the institution.

“The thing I will remember most about MMI is the people here. There are so many good people at this school, and they are always supportive and trying to challenge you to make you the best person you can be,” Tripp said. “It has definitely made me a better person. In my time here, I’ve matured a lot as far as decision making and knowing how to put my priorities first.”

Tripp intends to major in physical education for the remaining two years of his collegiate career following MMI, a 24-month span that figures to include plenty of basketball along the way. Nearly two years removed from having gone through the recruiting process as a high school senior, Tripp offered personal insight into the value of junior college basketball as an opportunity for any high school hopefuls currently awaiting their scholarship chance.

“(There) is nothing wrong with going JUCO. it is a great start to improving your game,” Tripp said. “Everyone wants to play at the (NCAA Division I) level and if you’re not recruited by (Division I schools), playing JUCO can be that stepping stone for you to work and improve your game to get to that level,” Tripp said.

Patriots bow out in South Regional final

DOTHAN – Linden scuffled from the free throw line and started its comeback effort a little too late in a 57-48 loss to J.F. Shields in the Class 1A Girls South Regional Tuesday.

“Resilient. Hard working. Dedicated. Willing to fight to the end. Even at the end, we were still trying to score there,” Linden coach Teressa Bolden said of her team, which ends its season at 22-5.

In a rematch of the 2016 South Regional final, Linden led 12-6 after one quarter of play before Shields wrested away the momentum. The Panthers tied the game at 19 by halftime and proceeded to steadily open up a lead in the second half.

Linden found itself down 41-32 with 5:58 to go in the game before it began to turn the tide. The Patriots’ first field goal of the fourth quarter came on a Tyroneisha Charleston bucket off a Dajia Miller assist with 5:03 to play to cut it to 43-35.

Linden started its run in earnest with 3:23 to go as Miller hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 47-41. Charleston connected on a layup off an Imiya Agee pass with 2:24 left to make it 48-43. After a steal, Amber Richardson turned a Miller dime into a layup to slice it to 48-45. Linden could get no closer.

Mar’quaja Brown put the Panthers on her shoulders in the second half, scoring 17 of her 21 points after the intermission including 11 in the fourth quarter. That scoring output combined with Shamya Johnson’s 19 points and 21 rebounds proved too much for Linden to overcome.

The Patriots were a paltry 8 of 20 from the free throw line in the contest including 3 of 11 in the first half.

“A major difference. We were 8 for 20. That’s not good. Not good,” Bolden acknowledged.

Boykin paced Linden with 20 points in the final game of her senior season.

“She is quiet, easy going, a quick learner. She is one of those kids that is coachable. She is somebody that everybody wants on their team. She’s a leader, definitely,” Bolden said of Boykin, who has spent some six seasons with the Linden varsity.

Charleston, a sophomore, added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Patriots. Miller had five points, seven assists and six steals.

“We definitely see potential in her because she went from playing very little to starting. We definitely see the potential for her to grow and we’ve got a lot of work to do this summer,” Bolden said of Charleston.

Charleston, Boykin, Miller and Richardson each made the All-Tournament team for Linden.

Demopolis unable to find form in Regional loss to Sylacauga

MONTGOMERY – Demopolis struggled to get anything going offensively Monday morning as Sylacauga ran to a 63-27 victory in the opening round of the Class 5A girls Central Regional.

“We got down. We were shooting the ball and nothing was falling in the first half. And they did a great job of attacking us. Their defensive scheme was pretty doggone good. They knew what we wanted to do and they took that away from us,” Demopolis coach Tony Pittman said.

Demopolis took a timeout down 6-0 with 4:44 remaining in the opening quarter as Pittman looked to slow the Aggie momentum and turn the tide for his team. The effort was to no avail and Kayla and Tierra Dark went on a scoring barrage for the remainder of the period to open the advantage to 14-0 before Demopolis got on the board.

“We expect to start fast. We came out and we executed our game plan the way we wanted to execute,” Sylacauga coach Derrick Crawford said. “Our kids locked down on defense. We wanted to dominate the boards and I think we did that. We wanted to get up and down the floor, which we did. That was the key. We out-rebounded them today 48-27 and that was one of our points of emphasis was rebounding well. We told them you’ve got to rebound well and you’ve got to make the high-percentage shots that you do have. Our kids, they were able to do that today.”

Sylvia Clayton drained a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the frame to announce the Tigers’ presence in the game. Undaunted, Kayla Dark answered 20 seconds later with a triple of her own to put Sylacauga up 17-3 after one quarter of play.

“It’s a big difference,” Pittman said of the sight lines in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome where the Tigers went 1-for-20 from the floor in the opening quarter. “You play 20-plus games throughout the year and you’ve got that wall behind you. You get here to the big Acadome and everything is just wide open. That’s something we talked about the last three or four days in practice: make sure you don’t change your shot. I think the depth perception messed with us. You have to give credit where credit is due. They’re a better basketball team today. They did what they were supposed to do in order to win the ball game.”

Demopolis played its way back into the ball game in the second quarter as free throw struggles by the Aggies opened the door. Samantha Williams turned a Clayton pass into a shot off the glass with 3:35 left before half to cut it to 24-12. With 1:29 until intermission, Shacorie Cockrell translated a Clayton dime into a three-pointer to make it 24-15. Demopolis would get no closer.

“If you watch this team throughout the year, whether we’re up or down, they’re not going to quit. We always had it in mind that we could get it done,” Pittman said.

The Tigers continued to scuffle on offense in the third quarter with Clayton’s jumper at the 3:48 mark standing as the only Demopolis scoring from the floor in what amounted to a three-point quarter.

“Making sure they didn’t get garbage points. We knew they were going to shoot a high volume of three-pointers. We were able to identify the three-point shooters,” Crawford said of his team’s defensive focus entering the contest. “That was my only concern was to make sure they didn’t get garbage points from those high volume shots that they missed.”

The 43-19 deficit through the game’s first three quarters appeared to be at its worst when Williams and Aniya Johnson tallied four points in a matter of nine seconds to get the hole back to 20 points. But Bryanna Browning along with Kayla and Tierra Dark went on a tear over the next two minutes to open the advantage up to 28.

The Tigers shot an abysmal 16.7 percent from the floor in the contest including five percent in the first quarter and 7,7 percent in the third. Additionally, the Aggies out-rebounded Demopolis 48-27.

The victory moves Sylacauga to 24-5 and advances the Aggies to Wednesday’s Central Regional final against the winner of Central-Tuscaloosa and Shelby County.

“The thing is, we’ve been here before where I lost one of the two (of Kayla and Tierra Dark) to knee injuries whereas both of them started for me in the backcourt three years ago when we played for the state championship,” Crawford said. “We’ve had some unfortunate injuries the last two years on our team.”

Clayton led Demopolis with nine points while Aniya Johnson had seven. For Clayton, the return to the Central Regional proved bittersweet after she missed last season’s playoff run with a knee injury.

“It meant a lot to come back and be able to do what I love to do,” an emotional Clayton said following the game.

Kayla Dark finished with 23 for Sylacauga. Tierra Dark had 15 and Bryanna Browning scored 13 to go along with 12 rebounds. Briasia Richardson snagged a game high 13 rebounds.

The loss caps the Demopolis season at 17-7 and marks the final game in the Tiger careers of Clayton, Williams and Darnesha Harris.

“Kudos to those three seniors. I know Sylvia will have an opportunity to play at the next level,” Pittman said. “Samantha and Darnesha will have opportunities for whatever they want to do. They’re great kids.”

That senior trio drew the task of leading a young team this season that included seven freshmen.

“High potential. They love the game,” Clayton said of her young teammates’ prospects for success moving forward.

Late Linden run falls short in season-ending loss to Pleasant Home

DOTHAN – Linden struggled to contain standout junior Robert Scott Friday as its season came to a screeching halt in a 59-49 loss to Pleasant Home in the first round of the Class 1A Boys South Regional.

The Patriots appeared destined to suffer a blowout loss with 5:20 to play and the Eagles leading 49-35. Linden then got a three from Graderius Brown and turned to its press. A Dequan Charleston triple and an Isaiah Scott drive got the momentum rolling. Charleston then hits a put back layup to cut it to 51-45 and allow Linden to jump into its press. Brown stole a pass and dished to Charleston for a layup. The Patriot senior then converted an And-1 free throw opportunity to cut it to 51-48 and force a Pleasant Home timeout with 3:29 left in the game.

The Patriots could pull no closer as four different Eagle players scored in the final three minutes of the game to ice the victory.

Robert Scott finished with 29 points to lead his team. Charleston led Linden with 15 points while Isaiah Scott added 11.

Linden ends its season at 19-10. Pleasant Home (22-7) advances to face the winner of Georgiana and J.F. Shields in the South Regional final Tuesday evening at the Dothan Civic Center.