Tracking The Huskies
Your Weekly Update on Hewitt-Trussville Athletics 2/20/2018
Wrestling Finishes 4th at State
Coach Dave Barden’s Wrestling team finished the 2017-2018 season on a high note as they tied for 4th out of 21 teams at the AHSAA State Championships. The event was held over the weekend at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. In addition to the team recognition, Hewitt had three student-athletes win the State title in their respective weight class.
Notes from AHSAA State:
*Finished 4rd in his weight class
*Quarterfinals: Lost 9-2 to Jim Wilson of Bob Jones
*Consolation Round 1: Defeated Patrick Neal of Oak Mountain 12-1
*Consolation Semi: Defeated Ryan Summerlin of Vestavia Hills 3-2
*3rd Place Match: Lost 5-1 to Jim Wilson of Bob Jones
*One of six Huskies to compete at State
*Quarterfinal: Lost to Zaderian Toney of Bob Jones
*Consolation Round 1: Lost to Tony Batiz of Smiths Station
*Finished 3rd in his weight class
*Quarterfinal: Won 12-2 over Judah Campbell
*Semifinal: Lost to Riley Huff of Hoover
*Consolation Semifinal: Won 9-4 over Crett Jones of Vestavia Hills
*3rd Place Match: Won in a tie-breaker over Cordell Ellison of Sparkman
*Won the State Title in his weight class
*Quarterfinal: Defeated Nathan Roberts of Thompson 11-6
*Semifinal: Defeated Brett Cruce of Oak Mountain 7-4
*1st Place Match: Defeated Hector Candelaria of Central-Phenix City 9-1
*Won the State Title in his weight class
*Quarterfinal: Defeated Camon Clark of Oak Mountain by Fall
*Semifinal: Defeated Jacob Brady of Hoover 8-3
*1st Place Match: Defeated Jonathan Handy of Grissom 10-4
*Won the State Title in his weight class
*Quarterfinal: Defeated Princeton Perrymon of Lee-Montgomery by Fall
*Semifinal: Defeated Derek Hussey of Thompson 5-1
*1st Place Match: Defeated Peter Dazzio of Vestavia Hills 6-3
Girls Basketball: Comeback Falls Short at AHSAA Regional
The Hewitt-Trussville Girls Basketball season ended on Tuesday as they fell to Huffman in the AHSAA Regional Semi-Finals by the score of 61-56. The game was played at Pete Matthews Coliseum on the Jacksonville State campus. Huffman advanced and will play in the Elite 8 on Tuesday. The Huskies were down by as many as 23 points, but continued fighting to cut the margin to three in the final seconds.
Six HTHS buses were packed with students as they traveled to cheer on the team. Hewitt was down early, but a few late buckets in the first quarter tied the game 12-12. Huffman went on a run early in the second quarter. The Huskies were cold from the field and the free throw line, and Huffman extended the lead to 29-19 as the teams entered the locker rooms.
Huffman started the third quarter on a roll as well. The Huskies couldn't get anything going, and the Vikings were up 23 points late in the third quarter. Morgan Kirk keyed a 6-0 Husky run to cut the lead a bit as the teams prepared for the final quarter. With 4:44 left in the game, Hewitt was still down 13 points. Coach Tonya Hunter's team continued to press and trim the lead. The Huskies got a bucket with 5.1 seconds left to get within three points. Huffman then made a pair of key free throws to ice the game.
The Huskies finished the year with a 25-4 record. They won the 7A Area 7 Regular Season Championship and the 7A Area 7 Tournament Championship. Amiya Payne led the team on Tuesday with 13 points. Three other players also scored in double figures: Morgan Kirk had 12 points. London Coleman and Leah Harrison added 10 points each.
Baseball Opens Season with Double Header Sweep
The 2018 HT Baseball season is off to a great start. The Huskies opened the season with 7-2 and 2-0 wins over Bob Jones at Phil English Field on Monday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures welcomed the crowd on opening day.
Game 1 HT 7 Bob Jones 2
The Huskies showed off their speed on the bases early in game 1. Hewitt took a 2-0 after one inning mostly due to patient plate appearances and heads up base running. Two Husky players scored on passed balls to open the scoring. Bob Jones battled back in the 2nd inning as they turned one hit into two runs to tie the game. The game wouldn’t stay tied for long. Jacob Bishop laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Zach Defnall drove a runner in with a fielder’s choice to give Hewitt a 3-2 lead. Carson Skipper would extend the lead to 5-2 with a two run double later in the inning.
Defnall continued to produce for the Huskies, this time with his legs. In the bottom of the 4th, with two outs, Defnall stole home to give Hewitt a 6-2 lead. Bob Jones misplayed a Tyler Mauldin fly ball later in the inning and the Huskies took a 7-2 lead. Skipper pitched five innings allowing just one hit. He struck out five Patriot batters. Ed Johnson closed the game with two strong innings. He had four strikeouts and did not allow a base runner.
Game 2 HT 2 Bob Jones 0
Hewitt continued to pitch well in game two. This time it was Walker Sahagun that went the distance. Sahagun pitched a complete game and allowed just three hits. He struck out seven Bob Jones hitters.
Julian Sauger walked to lead off the bottom of the 2nd. Austin Bittle would come in to run, and would later score on an infield RBI single by Tyler Mauldin. In the 5th inning, Michael Fowler doubled to lead off the inning. He would score on an error later in the inning.
Hewitt will be back at home Thursday as Mountain Brook pays a visit. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.
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Boys Soccer Wins a Thriller
The Huskies Boys Soccer team opened up the 2018 season with an exciting 5-4 win over #6 Spain Park on Thursday night. The high-scoring game featured several lead changes and constant action. Brandon Kirkland's goal late in the second half proved to be the game winner for Hewitt.
Coach Nick Holt's team got on the board first Thursday night when Eric Besse scored in the 6th minute of the game. Spain Park took control after that scoring in the 17th minute and the 35th minute to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Hewitt would battle back in the second half behind Myles Cornett. He scored in the 42nd minute to tie the game 2-2. Moments later, he found the net again to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead. After Spain Park tied the game at three, Hewitt went ahead again with a goal in the 61st minute. Spain Park would tie the game once again before Kirkland's winner.
The Huskies traveled to Smiths Station on Saturday and battled to a 1-1 tie. Hewitt is now 1-0-1 on the season and will host Indian Springs on Tuesday and Hoover on Wednesday.
Girls Soccer Picks Up Road Win
The Hewitt-Trussville Girls Soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 3-0 victory on Monday night at Thompson. Jordan Lynn was the offensive star for the Huskies as she netted two goals. Sarah Mezrano also scored her first goal of the season on Monday night.
Hewitt has not allowed a goal to an opponent this season. Coach Nick Holt’s team opened the season with a 0-0 draw against Smiths Station. The Huskies will be back at home Wednesday night as they host Calera.
Tennis Wins Home Matches
On Tuesday February 13, the Boys and Girls tennis teams defeated Mortimer Jordan at home. On Wednesday, both teams lost to Mountain Brook. Both Hewitt teams are now 2-1 on the year. This week, the teams will play their first Region matches. The Huskies will host James Clemens on Tuesday before traveling to Gadsden City on Wednesday.
Boys Hewitt-Trussville 8 Mortimer Jordan 1
#1 Will Tortorice lost 8-1 to MJ #1
#2 Connor Compton won 8-1 over MJ #2
#3 Seth Shelnutt won 8-1 over MJ #3
#4 Connor Simon won 8-5 over MJ #4
#5 Jake French won 8-2 over MJ #5
#6 Connor Newton won 8-1 over MJ #6
#1 Self/Blake won 8-2 over MJ #1
#2 Tortorice/Compton won 8-1 over MJ #2
#3 Le/Coffee won 8-2 over MJ #3
Girls Hewitt-Trussville 8 Mortimer Jordan 1
#1Emma Grace McElwain won 8-3 over MJ #1
#2 Maddie Zeitvogel won 8-0 over MJ #2
#3 Livy Tippen won 8-6 over MJ #3
#4 Anna Copham won 8-2 over MJ #4
#5 Jenna falkner won 8-2 over MJ #5
#6 Maggie Tortorice won 8-0 over MJ #6
#1 McElwain/Tippen lost 8-6 to MJ #1
#2 Copham/Zeitvogel won 8-0 over MJ #2
#3 Freeman/Falkner won 8-0 over MJ #3
Softball to Open Season Thursday
Hewitt-Trussville Softball will open the 2018 season on Thursday as they host Hueytown. Last season, the Huskies finished 20-22 overall and placed 3rd at the AHSAA North Regional. In addition to home and away games, Hewitt will play tournaments in Tuscaloosa, Spain Park, Foley, Oxford, Madison, and Cullman this season.
First pitch for Thursday's game is 6pm. Softball fans can keep track of all HT Softball news and notes by visiting www.hthuskies.com.
Important Cheer Tryout Information
HTHS Cheer Tryout Meeting
Tuesday, February 27th
6:00 - 7:00pm
HTHS Lecture Hall
This meeting is mandatory for parents of anyone wishing to tryout for cheerleader at HTHS. Cheer candidates may attend but it is not mandatory.
HTHS Cheerleader Tryout Clinic
HTHS Cheerleader Tryouts
Friday, March 16