State tournament notebook: Boys keep Tanner title streak intact

State tournament notebook: Boys keep Tanner title streak intact

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State tournament notebook: Boys keep Tanner title streak intact

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Tanner put itself in position to make state history with Friday’s 61-45 win over LaFayette for the Class 2A boys basketball championship.

Tanner could become just the fourth school in AHSAA history to win a “Triple Crown” — championships in three major sports in one gender in one school year.

The Rattlers won the 2A football title in December and are the defending state track and field champions, too.

“I know I’m going to be first in the triple jump and long jump,” said senior Greg Maclin, a football and basketball star who is the defending triple and long jump state champion.

“It depends on what everybody else does.”

A boys Triple Crown can be in football, basketball and either baseball or track and field. A girls Triple Crown is in volleyball, basketball and either softball or track.

Only two schools have done it in boys: 1985-86 Hazlewood and 1999-2000 Courtland. Only one has done it in girls: 1994-95 Hazel Green.

“We have a lot of good athletes who can go out and run, so I like our chances,” basketball coach Chris Whitt said.

Disney World: Last month, St. Jude senior guard Keith Washington said teams view games against the Pirates as their “Super Bowl” because Jude was the state’s top-ranked 1A team.

After the Pirates beat Brantley 57-56 for the 1A title Friday, Washington has his bags packed.

“All I can say is I’m going to Disney World,” a smiling Washington said.

Formerly AISA: Faith-Mobile and Prattville Christian, after recently fleeing the AISA, have made successful transitions to the AHSAA.

The Faith girls, who won seven AISA titles from 1998-2006, won their first AHSAA championship Friday, and both the boys and girls have two regional championships. The Rams switched leagues in 2008.

Prattville Christian’s inaugural AHSAA season, greatly aided by Kristen Emerson’s transfer from Marbury, ended in Friday’s 2A championship game. Friday was PCA’s first loss.

“A lot of people wondered why we were making the switch and said we couldn’t compete,” Faith coach Woodie Head said. “I knew we could.”

Eat time: Freshman Josh Langford, who will lead Madison Academy in today’s Class 3A championship game, has words written on the back of both of his shoes.

They read “eat” and “time.”

“It’s a motivational thing about staying hungry out there,” Langford said. “Don’t be complacent.”

Rematch: Hoover and Blount will play for the Class 6A girls championship today, but the Bucs and Leopards are already familiar with each other.

And they got familiar in Montgomery.

Hoover beat Blount 53-38 at an MLK Classic on Jan. 21 at Faulkner’s Tine Davis Gymnasium.

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