By the time the school year ended, the Ashville Middle School archery team had won a national championship while the Ragland softball team ran away with the AHSAA Class 1A state title.
For the second consecutive year, the Ashville Middle School archery team won a national championship.
The team traveled to Louisville, Ky., and defeated hundreds of archery teams across the United States.
Before winning the national title, the AMS archery team won the regional tournament that was played at Pell City and won the state title for the third year in a row, played at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
In its first year of existence, the Ashville High School archery team placed fourth in the nation after winning regional and state.
Individually, Ashville’s Stephanie Whisenant finished tied for first in the nation with a score of 296.
Ashville’s Tabitha Tucker finished second in the nation with a score of 287 while her teammate Jessica Sybert finished third in the nation with a score of 285.
Pell City’s archery team competed at nationals and finished 80th.
It was a season to remember for the Lady Purple Devils from Ragland. Not only did they win a 10th consecutive area title, Ragland dominated in post-season to win the Class 1A state championship. The Lady Purple Devils went 11-0 outscoring opponents 106-13. They won 28 of their last 29 games and defeated Lynn 3-0 in the state title game.
The SCCHS Lady Saints won their first-ever area crown defeating Oneonta 5-1 in the championship game.
Moody won back-to-back area crowns beating Sylacauga 15-0 and 12-0. Leeds has won four straight area titles and five of the past six.
All total, four teams from the coverage area advanced to Lagoon Park in Montgomery to play for a state title — Ragland, Springville, Moody and Leeds.
For the first time in many years, the Ragland Purple Devils won the St. Clair County Tournament beating Springville 4-1 in the title game. Ragland found itself ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 1A but lost to Spring Garden 7-6 and 2-1 in the opening round of the AHSAA state playoffs.
Also losing in the opening round of the playoffs were Moody, St. Clair County High and Springville.
Leeds did make it to the second round of the state playoffs, but lost to White Plains.
TRACK & FIELD
The St. Clair County High School boys and Pell City girls won the St. Clair County Track & Field Meet that was held at Springville.
The SCCHS boys beat Pell City by a final score of 213 to 165.
The Pell City girls held on to defeat Ashville 187 to 179.5.