Tracking The Huskies
Your Weekly Update on Hewitt-Trussville Athletics 12/15/2020
Perfect Dozen! Girls Basketball Starts Season 12-0
Hewitt-Trussville Girls Basketball improved to 12-0 overall with a 79-68 win on Senior Night over Park Crossing. After the game Coach Tonya Hunter honored her three Seniors: Amir Brown, Londyn Johnson-Yates, and Amiya Payne.
Park Crossing took the early lead in the game, but Hewitt-Trussville battled back to tie the game 34-34 entering halftime. The Huskies took control of the game with a big 25-point third quarter. Amiya Payne scored a game-high 29 points. April Hooks and Jordan Hunter also scored in double figures as they added 15 and 14 points respectively.
The Huskies will travel to Hoover this weekend for the Big Orange Classic. HT will face Eufaula Friday night and Auburn on Saturday.
Select the link below for the updated Girls Basketball schedule:
Amiya Payne Named Female Athlete of the Week
Hewitt-Trussville Girls Basketball Senior Amiya Payne was named the AHSAA Radio Network Female Athlete of the Week. Payne and her HT teammates are 12-0 this season. See the full story below from the Trussville Tribune.
Boys Basketball Wins on Senior Night
Hewitt-Trussville Boys Basketball honored its five Seniors Friday night, then played well in a 64-36 win over Chelsea. Ryan Harper, Carter Hollis, Tyler Pickett, Cole Trest, and Brelyn Turner were recognized with their families at center court. The Huskies responded to an early deficit with a run to end the first quarter with a 15-9 lead. The Huskies only allowed five second-quarter points and led 23-14 at halftime.
The Huskies took control of the game after halftime by scoring 41 points in the final two periods. Carter Hollis scored 12 points in the second half and finished the game with 17 points. Ray Rolley hit three shots from behind the arc and ended up with 11 points. Senior Cole Trest made three baskets in the final quarter and finished with nine points.
The Huskies have now won three of their last four games. HT will take on Eufaula and Dothan this week.
Matthew Michalke Named Varsity Cross Country Head Coach
At the Trussville City Schools December Board meeting, Matthew Michalke was approved as the new Varsity Cross Country Head Coach. Coach Michalke will begin this new role in Fall 2021. "I'm honored to be able to build on the foundation and tradition that David and Anita Dobbs have established in the Cross Country and Track and Field Programs at Hewitt-Trussville. I look forward to working with our outstanding student athletes and Coach Esslinger to establish Hewitt-Trussville as a premiere program for distance running."
Coach Michalke has been teaching and coaching at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School since the Fall of 2010, where he has been serving as Head Coach for Cross Country and Track and Field. Over the past 11 years Michalke has coached over 800 student-athletes.
During his tenure at HTMS, the Boys Cross Country team won the Metro South Championship in 2016 and had top three finishes in 2015, 2017, and 2018. The Girls Cross Country team had a top three finish in 2018. The Boys Indoor Track and Field team earned top three finishes at the Middle School State Championships in 2017 and 2020. Michalke was also named the Metro South Cross Country coach of the year in 2016.
Trussville City School Athletics Director Lance Walker said, "I am excited for Coach Michalke to begin this new role with us. He has done an outstanding job for over a decade leading our Middle School program. He has certainly earned this opportunity. He deserves a lot of credit for getting students involved in Cross Country and Track and Field. His work in that area has helped our Varsity program tremendously over the years. I am excited to work with him as we build on the rich tradition of Hewitt-Trussville Cross Country."
Hewitt-Trussville Head Varsity Track and Field Coach Tom Esslinger said, "Matthew Michalke is everything I could ever hope for in a coach to lead the distance runners in our program, and I can't wait to work with him. Matthew's strength of character, dedication, enthusiasm, and attention to detail are just a few of the outstanding qualities that make him an extraordinary coach. Our coaching styles and training philosophies are the same, and I am confident we can help student-athletes reach their full potential in athletics and other areas of life. Coach Dobbs built this program to what it is today, and Matthew and I both are committed to doing everything we possibly can to keep that momentum going in the Track and Field and Cross Country program."
Coach David Dobbs recently retired as Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. Dobbs added, "I am very excited that Matthew Michalke has been chosen to take the helm of the Hewitt-Trussville High School Cross-Country teams. He has done a phenomenal job as head coach at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and has developed that program into a metro powerhouse. He will bring the energy and enthusiasm he has now to the high school teams."
Michalke graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and from Southwestern Baptist with a Master's degree in Christian Education. He and his wife, Emily, have four children and reside in Trussville.
Indoor Track-Holiday Invitational Recap
Hewitt-Trussville Indoor Track traveled to the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday for the Holiday Invitational. The HT Girls are now ranked #2 in 7A and the HT Boys are now ranked #3 in 7A.
Many Huskies registered top three performances on Saturday. See the list below:
Top 3 Finishes:
1st 400m (59.73)
2nd 800m (2:21.78)
1st 3200m (9:54.81)
2nd 800m (2:03.50)
1st Shot Put (40-4)
1st Shot Put (50-3.25)
1st 3200m (11:56.41)
2nd 60m Hurdles (8.81)
3rd 400m (52.54)
2nd 1600m (5:32.16)
2nd 1600m (4:32.86)
3rd 60m (8.03)
3rd 60m Hurdles (9.62)
3rd 1600m (5:38.97)
3rd 3200m (12:13.52)
3rd High Jump (5-8)
Select the link below for full meet results:
The Huskies will return to the Crossplex on January 13 for the third meet of the season.
Wrestling Finishes 2nd at Auburn Event
Hewitt-Trussville Wrestling had an outstanding performance over the weekend at the 2020 Swede Umbach Duals hosted by Auburn High School. The Huskies finished 5-1 overall for the weekend and placed 2nd as a team. On Friday, the Huskies picked up three wins as they downed Central Phenix City, Auburn, and Smiths Station.
On Saturday, the Huskies picked up wins over Pelham and Enterprise but fell to Wetumpka. Full event results can be viewed at the site below:
The Huskies will be at home Tuesday night at 6pm when they host Tuscaloosa County in an Area dual. Tickets for Tuesday's event can be purchased here:
Bowling Splits with Hartselle
Hewitt-Trussville Bowling traveled to Hartselle for a Region match Monday. The HT Boys picked up the win by just four pins, 1323-1319. Kyle Wright led the way for HT as he bowled a 189. The HT Boys are now 10-1 overall on the season and 9-1 in Region play.
The HT Girls fell to Hartselle by the score of 988-947. Anna Abney led the way for the Huskies as she bowled a 180. The Husky Girls are now 6-3 overall and 5-3 in Region competition.
Select the links below for updated Bowling schedules and results:
Armoni Goodwin Plays in All-Star Game
Hewitt-Trussville Senior Armoni Goodwin competed in Montgomery Saturday at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. Goodwin and his Alabama teammates were victorius by the score of 19-7. Goodwin led all rushers with 68 yards on 11 carries.
Select the link below for a full game recap:
7th Grade Boys Basketball Beats Thompson
The HT 7th Grade Boys Basketball went on the road and defeated Thompson 44-41 on December 10. Colt Wells led the team with 11 points and Caden Ali added 10 points.
HTMS Indoor Track-Meet #1 Recap
HTMS Indoor Track traveled to the Birmingham Crossplex on December 10 for the first Indoor meet of the season. Many Huskies qualified for the Championship meet. See the full list below:
Select the link below for full race results:
MS Wrestling Splits at Mountain Brook Event
HTMS Wrestling traveled to Mountain Brook on December 10 for a pair of matches. The Huskies defeated Tuscaloosa County 52-36 and fell to Mountain Brook 47-33.
Select the link below for full match recaps: