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2017 International Literary Award Winners   

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2017 International Literary Award Winners

Salem College Center for Women Writers announces the results of the 2017 International Literary Awards.

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Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Winner
Lisa Locascio for “Protest”
Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio is co-publisher of Joyland Magazine and editor of its California editions, as well as editor of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California (Outpost19) and of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7x7.LA. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Bookforum, Santa Monica Review, n+1,Tin House online, and many other magazines. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University. In 2018, Grove Atlantic will publish her debut novel, Jutland Gothic.

Honorable Mention
Michele Gutierrez for “Stirred”
Michele Gutierrez

Michele Gutierrez is a Filipina American writer born and raised in Long Beach, CA. A graduate of UCLA, she is a VONA/Voices of Our Nations alum and a former Armed With a Camera fellow with Visual Communications. She has received scholarships from PEN USA, Philippine American Writers and Artists, the Sun Magazine and other organizations for her work. Her writing can be found in Field of Mirrors: An Anthology of Philippine American Writers, Maganda Magazine, Our Own Voices, and other venues. She will be attending the University of Iowa’s MFA program in creative nonfiction in the fall of 2017.

From the Judge
Wendy C. Ortiz
First Prize

“Protest”

“From the first paragraphs, “Protest” shapeshifts and bends language lyrically into a kaleidoscope of stories that hinge on the nature of protest, political and personal. The narrator weaves threads purposefully but in a manner that suggests effortlessness. “I am used to buffeting and spectacle, skilled in staging and weighty depth,” she writes. Love, happiness, the recent national election, human behavior, sexual violence: each page presents the liquid beauty of a mind interrogating all of this and more.”

Honorable Mention

“Stirred”

“The child's perspective of a mother's deepening gesture toward religion after divorce, “Stirred” engages with its straightforward narrative that unveils the intrigue, sadness, and struggle of an intelligent and perceptive child in confusing circumstances. “...[T]o fall or to be consumed or to be touched by grace,” she considers. The author contemplates family, faith, and belief in imagistic scenes gilded with distinct detail and uncomplicated, elegant storytelling.”

Finalists

"Mānoa Arcadia," Katharine Beutner

"I Won't Go into Details," Emma Bolden

“Shattering Silence,” Yvonne Conza

"Crossing,” Natalie D-Napoleon

“World Peace 101,” Laura Distelheim

“Mother/Other,” Liberty Ferda

“Stirred,” Michele Gutierrez

“Cheers” Emma Faesi Hudelson

“Protest,” Lisa Locascio

“Elegy for Western Time,” Lisa Locascio

“Vigilance,” Stacy Murison

“Papyrophobia,” Mickey Revenaugh

“Keep Moving,” Anne Riesenberg

“Break ,” Katherine Schaefer

"Evidence of Burning,” Erin Slaughter

“Mississippi,” Deirdre Sugiuchi

“Blighted,” Elsa Valmidiano

“My Courtesy Aunt,” Terry Watada

“Black Friday,” Mary Wysong-Haeri

“Stressing the Roots,” Emily Withnall

Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction
Winner
Jaquira Díaz for “Carraízo”
Jaquira Díaz

Jaquira Díaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, an NEA fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Kenyon Review, The Sun, Brevity, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the 2016-18 Kenyon Review Fellow in prose.

Honorable Mention
Rachel Furey for “The Whole World”
Rachel Furey

Rachel Furey is an Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her PhD from Texas Tech University and her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, Crab Orchard Review, Sycamore Review, Cicada, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Chautauqua, and elsewhere.

From the Judge
Meera Nair
First Prize

“Carraízo”

"Accomplished in its control and pacing, this rich story evokes a world and events rarely seen in American fiction. The quiet, self-assured style and restrained narration belies the great emotion that pulses just under the surface. Toya is a compelling protagonist. Fascinating and maddening at the same time, her painful choices make sense in a world that leaves people like her with little. The fantastical occurrences in the story could have felt egregious in another writer's hands, but here they seem organic and natural, and speak effectively to Toya's guilt and intimation of loss. I admired how the language was alive with detail: the swarm of butterflies hovering above the coca plants, the leaves that turn into flying projectiles, the light filtering through the canopy of the flamboyanes, and the “mouth like a fist,” on Toya's boy. This story gripped me from its startling opening to the devastating ending, and will stay with me a long while."

Honorable Mention

“The Whole World”

“I loved the humorous voice of the middle-schooler in this story; it is the raft that helps her (and us) navigate the dark waters of death, loss, and social embarrassment that threaten to overwhelm her. I was also instantly attached to all the characters, portrayed here with skill and affection, right down to Glory, the pet guinea pig stowed in the freezer with “the plastic pressed up against each of her features, including one opened eye.” This is a story about looking at the world without a filter, about wholly embracing its pain and beauty. As such, it's not afraid to grapple with the emotional messiness that can exist between two people, whether mother and daughter, or an awkward tween and her girl-crush. What makes it a great read is that it succeeds in its aims with a beguiling intimacy, warmth, and serious storytelling chops.”

Finalists

“Mother's Day,” Terry Cobb

“The Rickies,” Sarah Curry

“Carraízo,” Jaquira Díaz

“Take Me Home,” Monic Ductan

“The Whole World,” Rachel Furey

“Worthless,” Racquel Goodison

“Mutts,” Jen Knox

“A Cat Called Grievous,” R. L. Maizes

“No Shortage of Birds,” R. L. Maizes

“His Garden,” Toni Martin

The Universe can be an Asshole,” Elle Napolitano

“Watching the Gators with Mr. Matthew Perry,” Loreen Niewenhuis

“Shopping Cart Lessons,” Loreen Niewenhuis

“Supermán,” Achy Obejas

“Angel Falls,” Shelby Riley

“All the Little Things,” Coral Rogers

“Halfway House,” Emma Sloley

“The Taste of Names and Other Things,” Masha Sukovic

“Bash Chelik,” Masha Sukovic

“Bumper Crop,” Cady Vishniac

Rita Dove Prize in Poetry
Winner
Danielle Zaccagnino for “Lullaby for the Nervous”
Danielle Zaccagnino

Danielle Zaccagnino has an MFA from Texas State University. She was the winner of the Sonora Review's 2016 Essay Prize, and her writing also appears in journals such as Day One, Word Riot, The Pinch, and Puerto del Sol. Danielle is from Queens, New York.

Twitter: @yell_yesful.

daniellezaccagnino.com

Honorable Mention
Afua Ansong for “Autobiography”
Afua Ansong

Afua Ansong is a Ghanaian American artist who writes poetry and teaches contemporary and traditional West African dance. Afua is currently working on several projects about the migration of humans and birds. Her work can be seen or is forthcoming in The Seventh Wave, Maine Review, Oxford Poetry & other magazines.

From the Judge
Mahogany L. Browne
First Prize

“Lullaby for the Nervous”

“While reading this lullaby, I was compelled to return to the rhythm: each section spilled like a spell of anxiety and a promise. The sonic grounding & moments of nature tethered to my tongue as I repeat “I've never lived in a country/ where I didn't speak the language”. A sharp and perfect reflection. This poem is both myth and realism, loneliness and longing, protest & persistence; as it's closing line echoes from the skin of the page: “I'll still be here...I'll still be fine”. A sharp and most necessary declaration.”

Honorable Mention

“Autobiography”

“This poem announces a late arrival with a steady steady heartbeat. To remember your introduction to the universe and the sustenance of your mother, to (re)learn the “scent of milk” and its relation to desire and necessity. To register the growth of a world outside the womb, and etch onto the page what was left behind, is a treasured gift, this poetic remembrance of a woman's continuing.”

Finalists

"Autobiography," Afua Ansong

"Complicity/Land of Cotton," Rebecca Black

"The Block, 1937, The Bronx," Rosa Castellano

"Step Four," Sage Curtis

"On Realizing Biblical Names are Juxtaposition," Angel C. Dye

"Not Even Light Can Escape," teri elam

"Will Scarlet Mine," Whittney Jones

"Viability Study" Paige Quiñones

"Things to Do in the Belly of a Whale," Paige Quiñones

"Look," Simone Savannah

"Because a woman," Katherine Seluja

"The Trouble With Dying," Rachel Sucher

"Advice from the Boa," Lynn Sweeting

"Painting the Rhinoceros," Kelly Terwilliger

"Autopsy," Autumn Toennis

"Estuary," Autumn Toennis

"I took a shower and the water was," Qiana Towns

"Proverbs," Hope Wabuke

"When Nouns Leave Us," Morgan Grayce Willow

"Lullaby for the Nervous," Danielle Zaccagnino

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An unusual prey record for Astata lugens Taschenberg (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Astatidae)   

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Journal of Hymenoptera Research 71: 163-169

DOI: 10.3897/jhr.71.33152

Authors: Bhrenno M. Trad, Vander Carbonari, Rogerio Silvestre

Abstract: Astatid wasps are referred to in literature as specialized predators of hemipterans. We present an unusual prey record for the genus Astata in a Cerrado area (Savannah), at Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás State, Brazil. We collected one specimen of Astata lugens Taschenberg carrying an immature cricket (Gryllidae) as prey.

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Savannah’s Home Improvement Guide – Spring 2012 – Finding The Right Piece To The Home Improvement Puzzle   

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Very excited about our first article in Savannah’s Home Improvement Guide – Spring/Summer 2012.

          

Episode 402: The Case For Comics   

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Guest: Stephanie Noell of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

First broadcast November 9 2018.

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Elstan Wager posted a blog post   

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Savannah K. Groups News Story   

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Comment on Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan – COVER REVEAL #survivingsavannah #parricallahan #historicalfiction @berkleypub @pattichenry by NottsReader    

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This book, looks interesting and will definitely keep my eye out for it

          

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Barrage de Yalgo   

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The Barrage de Yalgo is the province of Namentenga’s most important reservoir in terms of its water capacity and contribution to the local economy. It is a unique inland wetland characterized by dense savannah vegetation dominated by trees including Balanites aegyptiaca, Acacia nilotica, Diospyros mespiliformis, Guiera senegalensis, Acacia pennata, Anogeissus leiocarpus and Mitragyna inermis. The wetland is home to different turtle species, the Nile crocodile, royal python, savannah monitor, goliath heron, hammerhead stork, African grey hornbill and the pied crow, which are threatened by hunting and loss of breeding areas. Fish commonly recorded in Yalgo include the Nile tilapia, catfish of the genus Clarias, and the West African lungfish Protopterus annectens. These are of a high nutritional and commercial value to the local communities. The main hydrological functions of the Yalgo include surface and groundwater supplies for wildlife, human consumption and irrigation.

          

A Brief Guide to Your New Patient Dental Appointment   

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Are you looking for a new dentist in Savannah? Whether you’re in need of a teeth cleaning or other dental procedure, Savannah Dental Solutions is currently accepting new patients. In case it’s been a while since your last dentist appointment, you may not know what to expect. Every dental office may be a little different, […]

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A Guide to Dental Work During Pregnancy   

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When you’re pregnant it seems like everything changes, and you probably have a lot of questions. You question everything you do from what you eat to how to exercise and even how you sleep. If your regularly scheduled dental cleaning happens to fall during your pregnancy or you have a dental emergency arise, you may […]

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A Guide to Flossing Teeth Correctly   

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Flossing is an important part of good dental hygiene. Flossing removes food particles that get stuck between your teeth, preventing them from building up and turning into plaque. One of the most common places to get cavities is between the teeth due to food getting trapped and leading to an increase in bacteria.  In order […]

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All About Dental Crowns   

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Are you in need of a dental crown? Whether your dentist recommends it for a severely decayed tooth or you have a tooth that has been damaged in some way, a crown is a very common solution. A crown is an artificial tooth, sometimes known as a cap, that fits over the existing tooth to […]

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Brushing, Flossing, and Seeing the Dentist: A Schedule   

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Proper oral hygiene combined with professional dental care is the best way to achieve optimal dental health. When you take care of your teeth and see your dentist for teeth cleaning on a recommended schedule, you can keep your teeth healthy and in place for your lifetime.  What is the recommended schedule for brushing, flossing, […]

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Dental Implants Step by Step   

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The process of placing a dental implant takes time. You won’t be able to go through all of the steps during a single appointment. After an initial consultation with your dental implant dentist, here is an overview of the steps that you can expect to see during the process of getting a new dental implant.  […]

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Easy Tips for a More Photogenic Smile   

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Are you dissatisfied with the way your smile looks in pictures? Whether you’re interested in modeling, trying to perfect your selfies for social media, or just trying to capture more beautiful memories, there are some steps you can take to make your smile look more natural. Try these easy tips for a more photogenic smile. […]

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Fluoride: What You Need to Know   

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Fluoride has been associated with healthy teeth for decades. A mineral with natural cavity prevention properties, fluoride is added to toothpaste, mouthwash, and even the water we drink. Fluoride is important for teeth from childhood into adulthood and throughout your lifetime.  How Does Fluoride Help Prevent Cavities? Fluoride is known to fortify tooth enamel. Along […]

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Starting Your Child on the Road to Dental Health   

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Dental health is a lifelong journey. From the time your child’s first tooth comes in, proper dental care is necessary to keep the teeth healthy. Dentistry for children is one of the most important dental fields as preventive care can eliminate the need for other types of dental services in the future. Here’s what you […]

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What to Look for in a Dentist   

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After moving to a new city or suffering from a dental emergency, you may find yourself looking for a dentist that you can trust. The dental provider that you choose can have a significant impact on how comfortable you feel going to the dentist and your results. Here are some things to look for in […]

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Sanaa   

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Sanaa is a restaurant that makes African/Indian fusion meals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort. The inside of the restaurant has a neat ambiance. It is bright and rustic and if you are seated near the windows you can look out onto the resort’s savannah and see zebras, gazelles, and giraffes just walking around! I came […]

          

iTF 230: G. Michael Hopf and Tales From Point Lookout State Park   

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An introduction to my partner for Beyond the Fray Publishing, and co-author for our BTF series of books...best-selling author, G. Michael Hopf. Geoff writes mostly in the space of post-apocalyptic and Western genres, but he also has true interest in the paranormal. He shares some experiences he and his brother had while working at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland. Plus...HUGE announcements for our Beyond the Fray Publishing!

Find Geoff on his website and Facebook.

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Haunted Point Lookout

 

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49TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS   

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     BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 2A state champion Addison beat Ariton in the quarterfinals Wednesday and moved to the semifinals at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon at the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Joining the Bulldogs (48-14) of Coach Kayla Woodard in the semifinals are G.W. Long, Sand Rock and Cedar Bluff.
Addison 3, Ariton 0: The Bulldogs were very consistent winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 over the Purple Cats. Savannah Manley and Addisyn Smothers each had nine kills, and Callie Crider had eight. Manley also recorded eight blocks. Setter Gracie Manley accounted for 34 assists.
   Ariton (21-10), coached by Terry Goodson, was led by Caroline Hughes’ 3 assists. Blair Hughes and Sarah Snyder also had five kills each.
G.W. Long 3, Winston County 1: The Rebels, who won the Class 2A softball title last spring, won the quarterfinal match over Winston County 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16 to advance to semis to meet Sand Rock. Mary Beth Long had 30 kills and 22 digs and freshman Emma Claire Long totaled 15 kills and 14 blocks. Setter Makenna Long totaled 62 assists, three aces and six digs. Emmaline Hughes also had 36 digs and three aces, and Breanna Henning served four aces and had 11 digs.
    Winston County (23-19), coached by Tiffany Cole, got a strong performance from Mackenzie Blackwood. The senior had 22 kills and teammate Elle Donaldson had 29 digs. Jenna Downey totaled 27 assists.
Sand Rock 3, Cottage Hill Christian 0: The Wildcats of Coach Lisa Bates won 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 with junior Hannah Davis posting 10 kills and 18 assists. Sand Rock (37-13) also a strong defensive effort from Caley Garrett, who had 17 digs. Victoria Collum also had 15 assisted and 11 digs.
Cedar Bluff 3, Geneva County 0: The Tigers (42-19), coached by Lyndsey Mullins, downed the Bulldogs 25-12, 25-13, 25-18. Cedar Bluff did not report any statistics.
    Geneva County (25-13) was led by Karoline Striplin’s eight kills and nine blocks. Hanna Hubbard had nine assists. Coach Karie Striplin in the Bulldogs’ coach.


 


          

49TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Six of Seven 2018 State Champs Set to Compete for Championship   

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     BIRMINGHAM – Jasper (62-9) is one of six defending state champions looking to repeat Thursday as the AHSAA’s 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships conclude with seven championship matches at the Bill Harris Arena.
      The Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels will be facing Faith Academy (45-9) in the Class 5A state championship match at 9:45 a.m., Thursday. Other defending champions advancing through Wednesday’s first two rounds at the Birmingham CrossPlex include Class 2A Addison, Class 3A Montgomery Academy, Class 4A Bayside Academy, Class 6A Spanish Fort and Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic.
      Bayside will be facing Providence Christian in the 4A finals with the Admirals hoping to extend their current consecutive state championship winning streak to 18 in a match that is set for the final match of Championship Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All seven championships will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. For more information on the NFHS Network, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Addison meets G.W. Long in Class 2A at 3 p.m., with the Bulldogs seeking their seventh straight state title. Play gets underway with the Class 3A finals pitting Montgomery Academy and Geraldine at 8 a.m. McGill-Toolen Catholic takes on Mountain Brook in the Class 7A finals at 11:30 a.m., followed by Spanish Fort and Hazel Green at 1:15 p.m. Donoho and Westminster of Oak Mountain play in the 1A finals at 4:45 p.m.
    Semifinal results Wednesday include:

CLASS 7A SEMIFINALS
McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Bob Jones 0:
The defending champion Dirty Dozen (39-8) won 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 with Skyler Bumpers posting 12 kills and Haley Palmer 11 kills and four blocks. Imani Nicholson also had nine kills and 16 digs, and Katie Hemphill had 20 digs. Setter Amelia Boykin also had 12 digs and 31 assists. Juanita Monteiro-Pai totaled eight kills and 13 digs for the Patriots (33-15). Adeline Barnes added 16 assists.
Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1: The Spartans (58-7) pulled out a 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11 win over Hoover to advance to Thursday’s finals. Ann Vandevelde had 32 assists and nine digs for Mountain Brook. Teammates Mary Franklin Fowlkes added 14 kills and Celie Field had 10 kills. Setter Aly Durban led Hoover (34-15) with 37 assists and 10 digs. Rya McKinnon totaled 12 kill and four aces and Laurel Burkhardt had eight kills.

CLASS 6A SEMIFINALS
Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 0:
The defending 6A state champion Toros (71-6) won 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 behind the strong play inside by Avery Rogers and Kamble Franette. The duo had 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Libero Meg Brackhan totaled 21 digs and Kayla Keshock had 32 assists. Hartselle (68-11) got nine kills and 19 digs from Hailey Holshauser and 26 assists from Grace Leighton.
 Hazel Green 3, Albertville 0: Gracie Lynn Butler had 24 kills, seven digs, three blocks and three aces as the Trojans (58-8) posted  25-18, 25-12, 25-12 win over Albertville. Catherine Smith also had 31 assists and Hannah Hampel added 11 kills. Albertville (43-12) was paced by Jayden Watkins’ eight kills. Kyla Mayes added five kills and four blocks.

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
Jasper 3, Alexandria 0: 
Jasper won the semifinal match 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 as McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver posted 14 kills each. Setter Temperance Chatman had 30 assists and 10 digs for Coach Bobby Daniels’ defending Class 5A state champions.
Faith Academy 3, Lawrence County 1: The Rams of Coach Claire Elliott had a more difficult time beating Lawrence County (49-19) – squeezing out a 26-24, 24-26, 29-27, 25-23 victory in the other 5A semifinal. Aaliyah Austin recorded 28 kills in the win while Brinkley Hearn had 28 assists, 15 digs and four aces, and libero Kristin Mitternight had 20 assists and 16 kills.
    Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils were led by setter Anna Clair Hutto’s 34 assists, 16 digs and six kills. Sami Parker also had 19 digs. Bailee Pulliam had 12 kills and Lexi Heidt had 10.

CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
Bayside Academy 3, LAMP 0:
The Lady Admirals (55-12) got by LAMP in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-16.  Jacque Martin had 14 kills and seven service aces for Bayside, which has a state-record 27 state titles to its credit. Cotton Thompson and Ells Broadhead each had eight kills and setter Brelynn Dailey had 35 assists. Broadhead also have five aces and the Bayside starters totaled 19 aces collectively. Grace Hoffman’s 15 assists and Olivia Hughes’ five blocks paced LAMP (22-19).
Providence Christian 3, Montgomery Catholic 0: Adleigh Mayes had 34 assists, nine digs and three aces for the winning Eagles (42-12), Autumn Mayes added 20 kills, 13 digs and six aces, and Emma Houston had 25 digs.  Middle hitter Ansley Dean’s 10 kills led Montgomery Catholic (29-12). 

CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Geraldine 3, Houston Academy 0:
The Bulldogs (42-8) won 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 with Haven Hall accounting for15 kills and eight blocks. Jerika Gary also had eight kills, Jayden Dismukes chipped in 16 digs and Lilly Rowell had six kills and nine digs.
Montgomery Academy 3, St. Luke’s Episcopal 0: The defending state champion Eagles (46-6) posted a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Wildcats with Milly Stevenson totaling 36 assists and 14 digs.  The trio of Brooke Horne, Mary Gray Turner and Ann Covern Chapman had 12, 12 and 11 kills respectively. Outside hitter Gracie Sims had 11 kills and 23 assists for the Wildcats (39-11).
CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS
Addison 3, Cedar Bluff 0:
The Bulldogs won in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-21. Addisyn Smothers had 11 kills and 11 blocks, Savannah Manley had 10 blocks and eight kills, Callie Crider contributed seven kills, four blocks and nine digs, Macey Butler had 14 digs and Gracie Manley had 28 assists and four service aces. Setter Kyla Oneal had 24 assists to pace Cedar Bluff (42-20). Hannah Cosby and Julianne Wilson had seven and five kills, respectively.
G.W. Long 3, Sand Rock 1: The Rebels (46-6) won 25-14, 30-28, 23-25, 25-18 over stubborn Sand Rock (37-14), Mary Beth Long had 31 kills, most in any match in all classes Wednesday, and Emma Claire Long had 23 kills for G.W. Long. Emmaline Hughes had 18 digs. Morgan Ferguson added six service aces and the Rebels totaled 19 for the match. Caley Garrett had 23 digs, Victoria Collum added 10 kills, 16 digs and 25 assists for Sand Rock. Hannah Davis also had 14 kills and 14 digs and Lanie Henderson, 13 kills.

CLASS 1A SEMIFINALS
Donoho 3, Spring Garden 2:
The Falcons (44-18) used its triple-threat front row to post a hard-fought 13-25, 25-18, 26-24, 28-30, 15-6 victory over Spring Garden. Mercy Mangum had 15 kills, Maggie Wakefield and Lily Grace Draper had 14 each in the marathon match. Setter Maggie Miller had 40 assists. Spring Garden (43-19) was led by Haleigh Molock and Alle Jennings with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Neely Welsh had 19 assists and Abbe Steward had 16.
Westminster-Oak Mountain 3, Phillips 1: The Knights (37-17) won 20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 27-25 with Peyton Metcalf notching 18 assists. Molly Reynolds had seven kills and three blocks and Bizzie Simpson served six aces. Alli Temple had 20 kills, 17 digs and 20 assists for Phillips (31-`19), Ally McCollum added 14 kills.


 


          

AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 2A FINALS G.W. Long 3, Addison 1   

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CLASS 2A FINALS
G.W. Long 3, Addison 1

BIRMINGHAM – G. W. Long senior hitter Mary Beth Long delivered 29 kills and 20 digs as  the Rebels (49-6) ended Addison’s six-year consecutive state championship streak Thursday winning 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 to win the Class 2A state volleyball crown.
        The 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships here continue today with state champions in Class 1A and Class 4A closing out the finals tonight. All matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based program. 
  The Rebels fell behind early, but Mary Beth Long’s play at the net late in the first set helped G.W. Long settle down as Coach Greg Long’s team closed out the school’s first state volleyball title winning the final three sets.
    Addison (49-15) came in with six state titles in a row dating back to 2013 and 11 state crowns in the school’s trophy case. Coach Kayla Woodard has been a part of nine of them either as a player, assistant coach or head coach. Her team eliminated G.W. Long at the 2018 state tourney in the quarterfinals.
    Her team used a more balanced attack at the net and finished the match with 51 kills as a team, one less than the Rebels. Savannah Manley had 19 kills, Callie Crider had 14 and Addisyn Smothers had 11. It wasn’t enough, however, to offset the Rebels’ comeback effort.
     Emma Claire Long added 10 kills and 14 for G.W. Long, and Makenna Long had 44 assists and 13 digs. Breana Henning had five kills and 15 digs. Morgan Ferguson also served four aces. It was the balanced defense, said Coach Greg Long, that turned out to be the difference.
      The Rebels were crowned the Class 2A state softball champions last spring and the basketball team won the South Regional and reached the State Championship semifinals at the BJCC. Most of the girls in the state volleyball finals were members of those teams as well.


 

CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Mary Beth Long, G.W. Long (MVP); Makenna Long, G.W. Long; Emma Claire Long, G.W. Long; Savannah Manley, Addison; Callie Crider, Addison; Gracie Manley, Addison.


 

2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (63-9) 3, Faith Academy (45-10) 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18)
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (59-7) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-9) 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-23)
CLASS 6A Championship

Spanish Fort (72-6) 3, Hazel Green (58-9) 1 (27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21)
CLASS 2A Championship

G.W. Long (49-6) 3, Addison (49-15) 1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15)
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


          

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