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Statewide Saturday

Donoho’s Angell posts 4th, 8th in individual state swimming events; Oxford’s Britt second-leading tackler as state wins Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game

From multiple reports

AUBURN — Donoho’s Pitts Angell finished fourth in the boys 1A-5A 100 butterfly, eighth in the 100 freestyle and the Falcons’ 400 freestyle relay finished eighth in Saturday’s final day of the State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Angell swam 58.64 in the butterfly and 51.24 in the freestyle in Auburn’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center. The relay team swam 4:29.07.

“It was tough, great competitors tonight, some of the best I’ve ever seen,” Angell said. “I missed the podium in the butterfly by about two seconds, but I wasn’t disappointed. I was outraced and I am happy at how my butterfly is coming along. I dropped a second in my 100 free (Friday) night and then another second tonight, which I didn’t expect; there was definitely some good competition in that race as well.

“The relay wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but they still did great. We dropped 10 seconds off our prelims time, and it was all to their credit. Eighth in the state finals doesn’t sound too bad.”

Auburn High School’s girls set records in three relays and scored 385 points to win their fourth straight team championship. Westminster Christian of Huntsville, captured the girls’ 1A-5A state championship – their first state swim title.

In the boys’ division, Huntsville captured its first 6A-7A state title and 13th overall dating back to 1968. St. Paul’s Episcopal won the 1A-5A state championship for the third straight year.

Class 1A-5A Girls: Lauren McAdams, Jewel Krings, Olivia Conners and Eboni McCarty won the 200-yard medley relay with a winning time of 1:51.43 to help jump-start Westminster Christian’s state championship effort. Krings, Conners, McCarty and Rebekah Hamilton also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:40.18.

Paige Madden of UMS-Wright, who came into the 2016 meet holding state records in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, added the 500-yard freestyle state record to her accomplishments winning in 4:46.98. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.91 seconds to set a sixth girls’ AHSAA state record.

Randolph senior Sarah Cimino won the 100-yard backstroke (56.43) and 100-yard butterfly (56.14) to post two wins Saturday.

Class 6A-7A Girls: Auburn’s 200-yard medley relay team comprised of Harley Lopez Miro, Annie Frances Dallas, Hadley Dowdle and Anna Kate McGinty clocked 1:44.80 to set a state record. Hadley Dowdell, Peyton Dowdell, Audrey Phillpott and McAuley Parker also swam the 400 freestyle relay in a state-record time of 3:20.02. McGinty, Phillpott, Dallas and Peyton Dowdle clocked 1:35.50 in the 200-yard freestyle relay to set a third state mark.

Jewels Harris of Northridge set a state record in the 100-yard butterfly with a winning time of 53.69 seconds. Margaret Carey of McGill-Toolen also eclipsed the old record of 55.01 to finish second. Mallory Underwood, a senior at Auburn, broke Paige Madden’s record (2:04.13) in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.60.

Class 1A-5A Boys: St. Paul’s won the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay to spark the Saints’ third state title.

Sadler McKee of Briarwood Christian established a new AHSAA boys’ state record in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:24.91, seven seconds better than his prelim time in the event.

Class 6A-7A Boys: Huntsville’s team of Robert Overbeek, Caleb Chance, Jadie Burney and Austin Smith won the 400-yard freestyle in 3:11.04. Overbeek, Burney, Smith and William Crawford also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:27.57. Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan, Brady Stabler and Jackson Mathis also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:37.54 to give the Panthers a sweep in the relays.

Smith also won the 500-yard freestyle for the Panthers in 4:43.50 and won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.54. Overbeek, a senior, won the 100-yard butterfly (50.19) and also finished in a dead heat with Northview junior Wen Zhang in the 50-yard freestyle. Both clocked 20.56 to split the first and second-place points. The time was just .22 off the state record.

FOOTBALL: Oxford linebacker K.J. Britt forced a fumble, had half a sack and was the team’s second-leading tackler as Alabama’s All-Stars posted a 25-14 come-from-behind victory in the 30th playing of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl.

Piedmont lineman Mason Langley started on the Alabama’s offensive line. The team had only 179 yards of total offense, but scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Alabama struck first when Lee-Montgomery’s Henry Ruggs III returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown – the longest kickoff return in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game’s 30-year history.

Jake Lane of Park Crossing booted the extra point and Alabama led 7-0 just 15 seconds into the game. Lane added field goals of 38 and 32 yards in the seconds quarter as Alabama went into halftime leading 13-7.

Mississippi’s only score of the first half came on a 9-yard run at 4:11 of the second quarter by Kylin Hill of Columbus to cap a 70-yard, 12 play drive. Mississippi kept the ball for 14:29 of the 24 minutes, out-gaining Alabama 137 yards to 86.

Mississippi took possession on its own 10 trailing 16-13. It was pushed back to the 5 after Murphy defensive end Neil Farrell and Britt stopped Clinton running back Cam Akers for a five-yard loss on a short pass play on third down. On fourth down, the punt snap sailed over the punter’s head out of the end zone for a safety.

Spanish Fort linebacker Thomas Johnston, who finished his prep career as the AHSAA career tackles leader, was named Alabama’s game MVP. He had 16 tackles, including two clutch stops of Akers that stopped Mississippi drives. Britt added 10 tackles.

Mississippi Kylin Hill of Columbus leading all rushers with 91 yards and a TD on 18 carries. Akers had 65 yards on 19 carries.

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