A look back: St. Clair County can boast of state champions ... again
by Gary Hanner
May 31, 2012 | 2984 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the third straight year, Ragland won the Class 1A softball state championship.
For the third straight year, Ragland won the Class 1A softball state championship.
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The Ashville Middle School archery team won a fifth straight state title.
The Ashville Middle School archery team won a fifth straight state title.
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As the school year comes to a close, it is time to look back to see all the accomplishments made by student-athletes from St. Clair County.

There were county champs, area champs, region champs, and yes state champions.

Many of these senior athletes signed scholarships to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

FOOTBALL

The Ragland Purple Devils had a season to remember as they were one win away from playing for the Class 1A state title.

They finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, won three more games in the state playoffs before losing to Marion County on the road, 35-14.

They finished the season 13-1.

Following the season, head coach Brian Mintz retired. Coach Jonathan Nix was named his successor.

Leeds advanced to the third round of the playoffs, losing to Clay County 17-10. They finished the season 10-3, but following the season, the Leeds football team had to forfeit wins from this past season for playing an ineligible player.

Leeds Superintendent John Moore said the record would now be 1-12 because the ineligible player did not play in one of the Green Wave wins.

Springville finished the season 5-5 while the St. Clair County Saints had a record of 4-6, as did the Ashville Bulldogs.

Under first-year head coach Jay Brown, the Moody Blue Devils were 1-9.

After the season, Mintz was named Coach of the Year while Ragland’s Cole Bearden was named Defensive Player of the Year and Brandon Gilliland was named Offensive Player of the Year.

VOLLEYBALL

The Springville Lady Tigers won its 19th St. Clair County tournament in the past 21 years, defeating Ashville in the finals.

Springville’s Audrey House as named the county’s Most Outstanding Player while Ashville’s Denise Mattison was named Coach of the Year.

Mattison led the Lady Bulldogs to an overall record of 31-14. Ashville won the area title for the sixth year in a row, and was the county runner-up. They finished third in the regional tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.

Springville’s jr. varsity team also won the county crown, defeating Moody in the championship match.

The Springville Lady Tigers junior high team made it a clean sweep as they won the county tournament.

CHEERLEADING

The Springville varsity cheerleaders finished state runner-up in Class 4A. The only squad better was from North Jackson High School.

The Ashville Middle School cheerleaders finished third in their division at the AHSAA state cheerleading competition.

HALL OF FAME

Seven new members of the St. Clair County Sports Hall of Fame were inducted in 2012, at the eighth annual Hall of Fame banquet. This brings the total number of inductees to 72.

The seven new members inducted were Tommy Youngblood, Mike Sheffield, Wayne Smith, Randy Taylor, Wallace Bice, Peggy Jones, and Wayne Parnell.

Something new this year was a SCCSHOF scholarship in eth amount of $500 awarded to a local high school student-athlete. This is an award the Hall of Fame plans on doing every year.

This year’s recipient was Moody High School senior Victoria Hartley.

BASKETBALL

The Moody boys and the Springville girls won the St. Clair County Jr. High Basketball Tournament that was played at Moody.

At the varsity level, it was a clean sweep for the Springville Tigers. They won the varsity boys, varsity girls, jr. varsity boys, and jr. varsity girls divisions of the county tournament.

The Springville Lady Tigers advanced to the Regional Tournament at JSU for the first time since 2004, but was beaten by Jacksonville. They finished the season 21-9.

The Ragland Purple Devils advanced to the Regional Tournament finals after beating Collinsville 64-44, only to get beat by a former coach (Joe Carpenter) and Cedar Bluff 52-41. The Purple Devils finished the season 20-9, and 16-1 against Class 1A competition.

Springville’s Jacob Gibson was named MVP while Springville head coach Jeff Smith was named Coach of the Year.

Springville’s Molly Lindsey was named MVP while Springville head coach Warren House was named Coach of the Year.

ARCHERY For the fifth consecutive year, the Ashville Middle School archery team won a state title, earning the right to compete at the national event in Louisville, Kentucky. AMS finished fifth in the nation.

Also competing at the national competition were the Pell City archery team and the Ashville High School archery team.

TRACK & FIELD

At the county track meet, the Pell City boys took top honors while the Springville girls were the best team in the county.

WRESTLING

St. Clair County High School wrestler Joseph Weaver won a state championship in the 126-pound division.

The SCCHS wrestling team finished third at the state wrestling meet.

Ashville’s Richie Boley won a state title in the heavyweight division.

BASEBALL

Springville won the St. Clair County baseball tournament, beating Moody in the title game 11-6.

Springville, Moody and Ragland advanced to the state playoffs. Springville and Moody lost in the opening round while Ragland did advance to the second round before losing to Gaston.

SOCCER

The Moody girls advanced to the state tournament before falling to Chelsea in the second round.

SOFTBALL

While it was the Moody Lady Blue Devils winning their fourth consecutive county crown, it was the Ragland Lady Purple Devils winning their third consecutive state championship.

Moody defeated Ashville and Springville twice to win the county title. Moody pitcher Meagan Young was named tournament MVP.

Ragland advanced to Lagoon Park and lost its first game to Pleasant Home. The Lady Purple Devils then won six straight games over the next two days, beating Pleasant Home twice in the championship round to make it back-to-back-to back state titles.

Pitcher Sommar Wright was named the tournament MVP for Class 1A.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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