The Reset: Bucs show up at sectional meet

Throughout the year, the Hoover Sun will keep you up to date with the various sports teams at Hoover and Spain Park High Schools. For previous weekly updates, go here.


The Hewitt-Trussville baseball team swept Hoover in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs last Friday night. The Huskies rallied to win Game 1 8-6 and won Game 2 6-3 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Hoover took the lead in Game 1 with six runs in the fourth inning, but the Huskies lost the next three innings, taking a 7-6 lead in the fifth on Ethan Duhon’s hit. Duhon led the Huskies with 2 RBIs in the contest. Brooks McRae went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 runs scored, while Kurt Kizer and Matt Miller had 2 hits and an RBI. Jack Ollis and Carson Wideman also each drove a race. For Hoover, Lucas Steele led the offense going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Carter Milliron, Clayton Wallace, Conner Prothro and Hess Fridley also scored points.

Hewitt-Trussville scored four runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach in Game 2. Baker Green and Wideman each had 2 hits and an RBI, while Kizer, Riley Quick and McRae all hit in one run. Jacob Francis started and pitched 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. Steele hit a solo home run for the Bucs and Tyler Wilson pitched all 7 innings.

Hewitt-Trussville advances to face James Clemens in the second round of the playoffs this week. Hoover finished the season with a 28-16 record.


The Spain Park softball team entered the final week of the regular season last Monday at home against Austin, as the Black Bears defeated the Jags 3-1 in eight innings. Kenley Hilleary hit the game-winning 2-run home run in the eighth inning for Austin. Hilleary allowed a run over 3 innings, while Katie Bracken pitched the other 5 innings, allowing only one hit. Ella Reed pitched well for the Jags, going 7 innings and giving up all 3 runs on 6 hits with 10 strikeouts.

Hoover fell to Helena 11-0 on Wednesday.

Spain Park suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to Thompson on Wednesday. Emma Jolley and Emma Hawkins each drove in a race for the Jags at the top of the order. Katherine Brown pitched well in relief, going 3 innings and giving up no runs on 3 hits.

Hoover suffered a 5-1 defeat in Athens on Thursday. Mac Stribling hit a solo home run to provide the Bucs’ lone offense. Olivia Christian threw well in relief, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned).

Hoover is hosting the Class 7A, Zone 5 tournament this week Tuesday and Wednesday, while Spain Park plays in the Zone 6 tournament Monday through Wednesday in Hewitt-Trussville.


Last Monday, the Spain Park women’s soccer team beat Hewitt-Trussville 4-1, while the boys fell to Hewitt 4-1.

Spain Park hosted Auburn on Tuesday, with the girls taking a 1-0 win and the boys falling 4-1.

The Hoover and Spain Park girls will begin the Class 7A playoffs this week, Tuesday. Hoover travels to Vestavia Hills Tuesday at 5 p.m., while Spain Park travels to Oak Mountain Tuesday at 7 p.m.


The Hoover Boys Golf Team finished second in the Class 7A Section 3 Golf Tournament last Monday. The Bucs shot a collective 306 to finish second as a team. Caleb Thompson and Jacob Lee each shot a 76 to lead the way for the team. Jake Monk and Noah Small scored a 78.

Spain Park finished fifth, shooting a 329. Chase Kyes had a round 73, qualifying for the substate as an individual. Ian Norman shot 81, Luke Ballintine shot 73 and Davis Gurley shot 88.

Hoover and Kyes will compete in the substate tournament at Timberline Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Spain Park girls won the Section 3 tournament on Tuesday at Highland Park. The Jags shot a 228, beating Hewitt-Trussville by 2 shots. Taylor Trible finished as the individual runner-up shooting a 74. Emma Fortier shot 75, Courtney Johnson shot a 79, and Polly McCrackin shot 83. Hoover finished third and did not advance as a team, but Neysa Dechachutinan did. shot a 79 to advance as an individual.

The substate tournament will take place Tuesday at the Timberline Golf Club in Calera.


Outdoor track teams Hoover and Spain Park competed in the Class 7A, Section 3 meet in Mountain Brook this past weekend.

For the Hoover girls, Daisy Luna won the 400 meters with a time of 56.36 seconds. Layla Wilson won the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-foot-2. Laurin Mack led the triple jump standings, reaching 34-7. The 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams also won first prize.

Jebreiya Chapman and Wilson were second and third in the 100, Gabrielle Washington and Chapman were second and third in the 200, McKenzie Blackledge and Washington were second and third in the 400, Blackledge was third in the 800, Amyah Ellington was third in the 300 -meter hurdles, 4×800 relay was second, Mack was third in long jump, Nyel Settles was third in triple jump, Kirsten Leonard was third in pole vault, Nicolette Lewis was third in discus, Sydney Durban was third in the javelin and Tyra Watkins was third in the shot put.

For the Hoover boys, Jay Avery won the long jump by a leap of 22-9 and won the triple jump by reaching 47-2. Collin Pate won the pole vault after clearing 15-6 and Nick Ragland was the javelin champion after throwing 163-1.5. The 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams also crossed the line first.

Dallas Beck and DeMarion Gardner were second and third in the 200, Cannon Peters was third in the 800, Charles Morris was second in the 3200 and third in the 1600, the 4×100 relay was third, Avery was second in the high jump , Carter Ellis was second in the pole vault, George Mann was third in the javelin and Bradley Shaw was second in the shot put.

Spain Park’s Mackenzie Culpepper won the 800 meter race with a time of 2:13. Keon Buck took first prize in the 100m finishing in 11.06 seconds. Culpepper also placed third in the 1,600m and the women’s 4x400m relay was second.

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