School is out for the summer, meaning high school sports are on hiatus until the fall.

Before we look ahead, lets look back.

The 2016-17 high school sports year in Jackson County was full of memorable moments, outstanding performances and historic achievements. 

Here’s a look back at the sports year that was the 2016-17 school year.

FALL

Football — Four Jackson County teams made the playoffs, with one, Scottsboro reaching the state quarterfinals. 

It was a record-setting year for the Wildcats, who went 12-1 (most wins in school history), where ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular-season and won the Class 5A Region 7 championship after dismantling No. 2 Etowah 56-26. Scottsboro defeated Lawrence County and Fairfield in the opening two rounds of the Class 5A playoffs before falling to eventual state runner-up Wenonah in the state quarterfinals. 

North Jackson and North Sand Mountain both hosted first-round playoff games while Woodville traveled. The Chiefs rolled past West Limestone before suffering a second-round loss to 4A state-semifinalist Hokes Bluff. NSM lost to Lexington for a second straight week — the teams played in the regular-season finale — while Woodville fell to Hubbertville.

Cross Country — Scottsboro won the Class 5A boys state championship. It’s championship-winning effort was led by Alabama signee Colton Smith, who was the 5A individual state champion, and all-state runners Will Coleman (8th), Devin Berry (12th), Cooper Gossett (14th) and Hayden Judge (15th). The Wildcats edged St. John Paul II-Catholic of Huntsville by 10 points for the team title.

Scottsboro’s girls finished second in the 5A girls division behind St. Paul’s Episcopal. UAB signee Karsyn Whitehead paced Scottsboro with a second-place finish while Hallie Bone (seventh) also earned all-state honors.

Meanwhile, Pisgah finished eighth in the Class 3A girls and boys divisions. Section, Skyline and Woodville also had runners compete at state.

Swimming — Scottsboro’s Kyle Vosen won the 200-yard Individual Medley and the 100-yard Breaststroke state championships during the AHSAA Swim Championships. Vosen, Ben Gossett, Tony Pereira and John Dalton Sanders teamed up to finish as the state runner-up in the 400-yard Freestyle.

Scottsboro finished third in the 1A-5A boys standings and eighth in the 1A-5A girls standings.

Volleyball — Pisgah won the second annual Jackson County Tournament. No Jackson County teams advanced to the North Super Regional. 

WINTER

Indoor Track and Field — Scottsboro won the Class 4A-5A boys state indoor track and field championship in impressive fashion, besting runner-up Winfield by 30 points. UAH signee John Dalton won state championships in the high jump and the triple jump while Queens College-Charlotte signee Evans Wright won the state title in the shot put. Will Coleman, Wally Herbst, Bobby Parsons and Colton Smith teamed up to win the 4x800-meter relay state title. Dalton also had a state runner-up finish in the long jump and Jordan McCormack was the state runner-up in the high jump.

Meanwhile, Scottsboro finished seventh in the 5A girls standings. Izzy Wynn medaled in the triple jump (third) for Scottsboro’s best finish.

Wrestling — Scottsboro’s John McAlpin capped off his strong junior season by winning his first wrestling state title. McAlpin, who posted a 36-3 record, defeated Moody’s Will Patterson by a 6-0 decision to win the Class 5A 120-pound weight class state championship.

Scottsboro sophomore Kolton Clark just missed his second career state crown, falling to undefeated Carial Tarter of Mortimer Jordan in the 145-pound state-title match. Clark finished 37-4.

Sophomore Caleb Anderson (27-13) posted a fifth-place finish in the 220-pound weight class during his first state tournament appearance. Clinton Stewart at 106 and Conner Calfee at 152 and Maji Billingsley at 170 also reached the state tournament.

Basketball — It was another strong season on the basketball court in Jackson County.

Pisgah’s girls won its third consecutive Jackson County Tournament championship while Skyline’s boys won their second county title in five seasons.

The Scottsboro and Skyline boys basketball teams both won area championships and advanced to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State. Skyline lost to eventual Class 1A state champion Sacred Heart in the regional semifinals while Scottsboro fell to eventual regional champion Talladega.

On the girls side, the Skyline, Section and Pisgah girls all advanced to the regional finals. Skyline fell in 1A to Spring Garden and Section lost to Area 15 rival Fyffe in overtime in 2A, but Pisgah defeated Class 3A Area 14 rival Plainview for the first time in five tries on the season to advance to the 3A Final Four. The Eagles defeated Hillcrest-Evergreen in the state semifinals before falling 72-62 to Locust Fork in the 3A state championship game.

SPRING

Tennis — Scottsboro senior Hannah Chapman finished as the runner-up in the No. 2 singles division championship match     at the Class 4A-5A Section 7 Tournament.

Outdoor Track and Field — Having already won the boys’ cross country and indoor track and field state championships, Scottsboro clinched the Triple Crown by winning the Class 5A boys outdoor track and field state title. The Wildcats finished with 88 points, 34 better than runner-up St. Paul’s.

John Dalton — who 10 days later finished fourth in the AHSAA’s Decathlon — won state championships in the long jump and high jump while Will Coleman, Wally Herbst, Colton Smith and Cooper Atkins teamed up to win the state crown in the 4x800-meter relay. Meanwhile, Smith had state runner-up finishes in the 800-, the 1600- and the 3200-meter run while Wesley Conner was the state runner-up in the pole vault.

Meanwhile, Karsyn Whitehead swept the state titles in the Class 5A girls distance races, winning state championships in the 800, 1600 and 3200 while leading Scottsboro to a third-place team finish.

North Jackson’s Makayla Williams was the Class 4A girls state runner-up in the discus throw while Section’s Tirsah Morris was the 2A girls state runner-up in the javelin throw.

Baseball — Two Jackson County teams won area championships, as Section won the Class 2A Area 15 title (its sixth straight area title) and Pisgah won the Class 3A Area 14 crown (its second straight title).

Pisgah fell two games to one to Walter Wellborn in the opening round of the 3A playoffs, but Section swept Sand Rock and No. 9-ranked Vincent in the first two rounds of the 2A playoffs before being swept in the quarterfinals by No. 3 Mars Hill. Section, which defeated Pisgah to win the Jackson County Tournament title, made the quarterfinals for just the second time in school history.

Golf — Scottsboro’s girls and boys golf teams, as did NSM’s and Section boys teams and Pisgah’s Aaron Shavers, all advanced to the sub-state round of prep golf’s postseason. Scottsboro senior Jon Brady Sandlin advanced to the Class 5A boys state tournament. He shot even-par 72 and led the state tournament after Round 1 before finishing fifth with a two-round score of eight-over par 154.

Softball — In what can be called the best overall season of fastpitch softball in Jackson County history, three local teams made the state tournament resulting in one state championship and one runner-up finish. Pisgah won the Class 3A state title — it’s AHSAA record ninth state fast pitch softball championship — as it defeated Slocomb 5-3 in nine innings in the 3A finals. 

Meanwhile, Scottsboro advanced to the Class 5A state championship round before falling to three-time state champion Springville 2-0 in the 5A “if necessary” game, which was interrupted by inclement weather on May 20 and delayed until May 22. The game was moved from Montgomery to Oxford, resuming in the bottom of the third inning.

Skyline advanced to the Class 1A state tournament, it’s first state appearance. Meanwhile, North Jackson reached the North Regional for just the second time in school history and enjoyed its best ever regional finish, placing fourth.

 

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