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Bob Jones hosted the 28th annual Bob Jones tournament this past weekend and for the first time in history won the tournament. There were teams from Tennessee and Alabama that competed for three days in the windy cold and hot sun. There was lots of great competition but Bob Jones put on a performance playing 8 games in three days and outscoring their opponents 71 to 3. Everyone contributed to the team victories and on Thursday night in the first game against Fort Payne there were six homeruns hit, 2 by Aubrie Lisenby, 1 by Megan Shurtz, 1 by Emmah Rolfe, 1 by Alexa Douthitt and 1 by Natalia Kenyatta. Multiple pitchers pitched this week helping BJ clinch the championship, Emmah Rolfe walked away with a 5-0 record with 22 innings pitched, allowing 0 runs with only 12 hits and 39 strikeouts! Not only did she lead in the circle she also had a strong performance at the plate hitting .520 with 13 RBIs, 2 doubles, 5 homeruns with 11 runs scored. As a team the bats were hot for all three days with Aubrie Lisenby hitting 4 homeruns and Charlotte Herron having a .650 average including 4 RBIs, 2 doubles, 3 triples with a total of 9 runs scored. The team has had a strong first half of the season as they have already clinched their area and looks to have some strong wins in the second half. ...

4/7/2021

On individual results, the lone survivor to make it through to the finals was Drew Lawson of Bob Jones. Stepping onto the mats in the 285-pound weight class, the Southern Miss football signee went into double overtime before falling 2-1 to Dawson Ray (17-2) of Vestavia Hills. The two heavyweights battled to a 1-1 tie after regulation before they headed into the first extra period of 1-minute where the first competitor to score a point wins the match. The two brawny athletes failed to score forcing a second overtime period of 30 seconds. Lawson drew the top position in the period only to see Ray escape to earn the match and championship point. One of the bitter pills to swallow for Lawson (36-2) is the fact he defeated Ray 3-2 during the regular season. “Our match was certainly one of the most competitive of the entire State Tournament, but did not go the way I was hoping,” said Lawson (6-2, 290), who completed his career at Bob Jones with a 92-22 overall record. “I feel good about my years as a varsity wrestler and I’m proud of how everything went.” ...

2/25/2021

MADISON- There’s a new name among the record books of the Bob Jones softball program. Aubrie Lisenby, an Auburn signee and starting catcher for Bob Jones, now holds the record for most career homeruns after belting her first homer of the season in the fourth game of the 2021 schedule giving her 29 in her career with the Patriots moving her atop the list of career homers in team history. The previous mark of 28 was held by Sydney Booker, who graduated from Bob Jones in 2014 and played four years for the University of Alabama. “It feels great,” said Lisenby about her setting the record. “This is not just for me, but the entire team.” Whitney Deaver, in her fifth season as head coach of the Patriots, said Lisenby’s accomplishment doesn’t surprise her. She added, “She works hard and outworks others on the team. She is a perfectionist and has spent hours and hours hitting. She is very vocal and leads by example.” The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Lisenby began playing softball at age six at Palmer Park in Madison. She has perfected her skills through years of efforts including receiving expert coaching from as far away as Atlanta. She has made the trek to the Georgia city every Sunday for the past two years to work with standout hitting coach Lincoln Martin. “He has taught me the correct techniques on generating power at the plate and to improve my bat speed,” added Lisenby. The power also comes from extensive weight lifting workouts five to six days a week under the eyes of trainer Derrick Baudy of Huntsville. In reality, Lisenby came within inches of setting the homerun record a year ago. She hit a long curving liner down the foul line at the foul pole for what looked like a dinger and the record. Umpires deemed the ball curved foul just prior to making the pole, thus keeping Lisenby from gathering in the record as a junior. It was right after that near record blast the season was shut down due to the pandemic. She has had to wait almost an entire year before being able to finally hit one out of the park for the record books. For Lisenby success has not come without struggles. At the completion of her freshman season she had reconstruction shoulder surgery in Birmingham and was away from softball for 10 months. At the beginning of last season she suffered a fractured right wrist, but was able to play much of the 2020 campaign while having her wrist heal. With the schedule cut short, she was able to continue to heal in time for the summer league play to begin. Lisenby has a 4.34 grade point average, which ranks her No. 34 among the senior class at Bob Jones and will study science upon arriving at Auburn with concentration on pre-med studies. She signed an athletic scholarship with the Tigers with her dream of playing college softball....

2/24/2021

Baylin Navarro Bob Jones High School, 4.38 GPA Hockey / Lacrosse Team Captain – Charger Travel Hockey, NAHA Rec Hockey / Led Team to Past 5 Championships / Varsity Lacrosse Starter & MVP “A” Honor Roll / National Honors Society / Dual Enrollment @ UA-Huntsville / AP & Honors Class Workload Hockey Youth Coach Volunteer / Volunteer Lacrosse Coach / New Leash on Life Volunteer / AROTC Member...

1/23/2021

HUNTSVILLE- The Bob Jones swim and dive team took third place honors in both boys and girls at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State and Diving Championships held at the Huntsville Aquatic Center. Overall, local teams won eight medals by finishing in the top three of the individual races including John Choung of James Clemens winning the lone state championship among the local schools. Choung, a sophomore for the Jets, took the state title in the 100-yard breaststroke with a finish time of 57.35 seconds. For Bob Jones, the 2020 squads featured a continued rebuilding mode after losing a large amount of seniors in 2018. Last year, the Lady Patriots finished 13th in the state meet and were looking for a top 10 finish in 2020. The Pats had swimmers in 15 events and took advantage of super efforts for a unexpected third place finish behind state champion Huntsville (230 points) and runner-up Westminster Christian Academy (180) by totaling 174.50 points just missing one of the state meet trophies handed out to the top two teams. The boys had its best finish since 2015 by taking third place with 204 points finishing behind first place Huntsville (332) and Auburn (258). The Patriots entered the 2020 campaign with thoughts of finishing among the top three teams and qualified participants in 22 individual events and three relay races, which was the most in head coach Wade Thaxton’s tenure since taking over the program in 2017. For Madison Academy its lone qualifying athlete for the state meet did not disappoint as seventh grader Bella Daniel finished third in the 1A-5A 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:24.88 and seventh in the 100-yard Freestyle at 59.43. Runner-up finishers at the state meet included Samantha Chan of James Clemens in the girls 100-yard Butterfly, Riley Groves of Bob Jones in the boys 100-yard Butterfly, Beau Broussard of James Clemens in the boys 100-yard Backstroke and the James Clemens boys in the 200-yard Medley Relay. Here are the complete results of the local teams at the state meet: Boys: 200 medley relay- 2. James Clemens, 1:35.07, 4. Bob Jones, 1:38.45; 200 freestyle- 8. Joe Palenapa, 12, Bob Jones, 1:47.33; 200 IM- 4. John Choung, 10, James Clemens, 1:57.91, 5. Jake Palenapa, 12, Bob Jones, 1:59.50, 15. Justin Roh, 8, Bob Jones, 1:05.81; 50 freestyle- 8. Michael Tretyakov, 9, Bob Jones, 22.19, 11. Cade McComb, 8, James Clemens, 22:34, 15. Boone Ramsey, 11, Bob Jones, 22.78, 24. Ben Woods, 10, Bob Jones, 23.40, 25. Josh Chubb, 9, James Clemens, 23.42, 26. Josh Lin, 12, Bob Jones, 23.45; 100 butterfly- 2. Riley Groves, 10, Bob Jones, 50.22, 5. Beau Broussard, James Clemens, 51.20, 10. Joe Palenapa, 12, Bob Jones, 53.53, 15. Mason Holtcamp, 11, James Clemens, 54.59, 18. Bryson Tesseneer, 11, Bob Jones, 56.88; 100 freestyle- 10. Michael Tretyakov, 9, Bob Jones, 49.26, 15. Cade McComb, 8, James Clemens, 50.00, 24. Boone Ramsey, 11, Bob Jones, 51.50, 29. Ben Woods, 10, Bob Jones, 52.31, 30. Josh Lin, 12, Bob Jones, 52.35; 500 freestyle- 18. Nathan Johnson, James Clemens, 5:21.96; 200 freestyle relay- 4. Bob Jones, 1:30.57; 100 backstroke- 2. Beau Broussard, James Clemens, 50.27, 4. Riley Groves, 10, Bob Jones, 52.52, 13. Bryson Tesseneer, 11, Bob Jones, 56.71, 18. Mason Holtcamp, 11, James Clemens, 57.81, 20. Alex Kulkarni, James Clemens, 59.91; 100 breaststroke- 1. John Choung, 10, James Clemens, 57.35, 6. Justin Roh, 8, 1:00.02, 12. Jake Palenapa, 12, Bob Jones, 1:01.83, 22. Zach Mendenhall, 9, James Clemens, 1:05.06; 400 freestyle relay- 3. Bob Jones, 3:15.38. Boys team scores- 6A-7A, 3. Bob Jones, 204, 8. James Clemens, 123. Girls: 200 medley relay- 4. Bob Jones, 1:50.85, 8. James Clemens, 1:54.02; 200 freestyle- 8. Jayme Simmer, 11, Sparkman, 1:59.87, 10. Anna Mead, 11, James Clemens, 2:00.97, 11. Hallie Mitchell, James Clemens, 2:01.78; 200 IM- 5. Samantha Chan, 9, Bob Jones, 2:10.26, 11. Jessica Nguyen, 10, Bob Jones, 2:19.33; 1A-5A 200 IM- 3. Bella Daniel, 7, Madison Academy, 2:24.88; 50 freestyle- 10. Constance Wang, 10, Bob Jones, 25.03, 12. Meli Mbuko, 7, Bob Jones, 25.14, 15. Regan Baker, 10, Bob Jones, 25.23, 16. Anna Chubb, 9, James Clemens, 25.58, 17. Sarah Shirley, 11, James Clemens, 25.61, 25. Lucy Ramsey, 11, Bob Jones, 26.22; 100 butterfly- 2. Samantha Chan, 9, Bob Jones, 56.19; 100 freestyle- 9. Regan Baker, 10, Bob Jones, 55.24, 12. Sarah Shirley, 11, James Clemens, 55.61, 14. Meli Mbuko, 7, Bob Jones, 55.66, 16. Constance Wang, 10, Bob Jones, 56.01, 17. Anna Chubb, 9, James Clemens, 56.13; 1A-5A 100 freestyle- 7. Bella Daniel, 7, Madison Academy, 59.43; 500 freestyle- 6. Jayme Simmer, 11, Sparkman, 5:17.39, 8. Anna Mead, 11, James Clemens, 5:35.83, 9. Emma Williams, 11, 5:37.24; 200 freestyle relay- 6. Bob Jones, 1:43.06, 8. James Clemens, 1:46.19; 100 backstroke- 9. Emilie Tesseneer, 7, Bob Jones, 1:00.86, 19. Hallie Mitchell, James Clemens, 1:04.31; 100 breaststroke- 8. Jessica Nguyen, 10, Bob Jones, 1:10.49, 15. Clara Choung, James Clemens, 1:14.60; 400 freestyle relay- 4. Bob Jones, 3:41.45, 9. James Clemens, 3:48.87. Girls team scores- 1A-5A, 13. Madison Academy, 28; 6A-7A, 3. Bob Jones, 174.50, 8. James Clemens, 118.50, 22. Sparkman, 24. In the diving competition, Ashley Ahrens of James Clemens took third in the 1-meter event. The sophomore tallied 342.40 points. Jessica Swartz, a junior at Bob Jones finished No. 12 with 265.65 points, Maggie Lawley, an eighth grader was No. 19 with 164.85 points and her grade and squad teammate Ana Lara-Lemus was No. 20 with 152.80 points. In boys, the final results included 6. Alec Benzek, 11, James Clemens, 336.95, 13. Griffin Gilmartin, 11, Bob Jones, 262.10, 17. Nolan Blakely, James Clemens, 164.40, 19. Mason Puhalovic, 8, Bob Jones, 151.25, 20. Nikolas Barnhart, 9, Bob Jones, 149.15....

12/8/2020

MADISON- The prestigious High School Heisman Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, is regarded as one of the most coveted and enduring honors a high school student-athlete can win. The award is open to both boys and girls in every one of the 48 school sponsored sports recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The national award takes into consideration more than just athletics. Nominees must have an impressive grade point average and be proven leaders at their schools and communities. The system is set up for school winners to possibly be chosen state winners and those advancing to regionals winners and finally to the National Finalists. Both Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools chose school winners of the national award for 2020. Bob Jones At Bob Jones, volleyball great Joy Robinson and soccer star James Sieja were chosen as school Heisman winners. Robinson, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter for the Patriots, is speaking with several colleges about playing volleyball and possibly completing a degree in accounting as she will carry a 3.93 grade point average through her senior year at Bob Jones. On the volleyball court, she was the team’s and area’s MVP and was named to the Class 7-A First Team All-State Team. The daughter of Corey and LaTonya Robinson began volleyball in the seventh grade and actually had little experience in sports prior to her taking up the sport that will lead her into college. Born in San Diego, Cal., her family moved to Madison when she was seven years old. “I appreciate the award as I was hoping I would win the coveted honor as there are so many others at our school who could have easily taken my place,” said Robinson. “I found out I had won when I visited the award’s website and saw my name. It was shocking and my family celebrated with a big dinner at home.” Robinson has put in about 20 hours of a week of volunteer work at the Madison Public Library and has volunteered to assist in numerous events at her church including recent voter registration. Her efforts in volleyball came close to never occurring as at age six she fell off a set of monkey bars in a park, broke her left wrist and wore a cast for months. She somehow overcame the injury to become a star performer. This recent senior season, Robinson also played through a left shoulder injury, which required physical therapy on a regular basis. The 5-10, 155-pound Sieja has received an academic scholarship to study business economics at Mississippi State. He has a grade point average of 4.8, which ranks him No. 21 among the 450 seniors at Bob Jones. He does not plan on playing college soccer, but will continue to play on intermural leagues once at Mississippi State. “I wasn’t expecting the Heisman award as this means a lot to me and I’m very happy to be so honored,” said Sieja, son of Thomas and Linda Sieja and has four siblings. “I’ve played soccer since I began to walk and winning the Heisman for my school is like a nice payoff for my years of playing soccer.” Sieja and his family moved to Madison when he was in the second grade arriving here from California. He played recreation and club leagues before playing on the Discovery Middle School team and made his way to the high school varsity team and quickly became a starter for the Patriots. He was an All-State honorable mention last season and earned an All-Metro honor along with being chosen for the AHSAA North-South All-Star contest. “I’m part of some clubs at school and I have worked volunteer events at my church along with numerous community projects,” said Sieja, who looks to become a business analyst after college. James Clemens At James Clemens, both Heisman Award winners possess a grade point average of at least 4.0 and look to academic scholarships to get them into college. Jackson Quarles has a 4.0 in his studies and wants to earn a degree in education to where one day he would love to become a school superintendent. Nicknamed “Action Jackson,” the 6-5, 182-pound three-sport athlete partakes in the school’s cross country, track and basketball programs. He underwent shoulder surgery in May for an injury and at one time didn’t think he could play basketball this fall, but he fought his way back to make the team roster. Once the indoor and outdoor track seasons get underway he will concentrate on his talents in track, where he runs the 200, 400 and 4X400 events and is ranked No. 1 in the region in the 400-meter. The son of Darrell and Yonka Quarles is as busy away from his sports as he is in his athletic prowess. He’s President of the SGA, a member of the FCA, Student-2-Student and several honor societies, a distinguished school leader and was chosen as the 2020 Homecoming King and as Best Personality among his senior class. “I applied for the Heisman Award as a way to earn scholarship money and bring recognition to James Clemens,” said Quarles. “I heard I had won, but wasn’t expecting to do so. I’m very grateful for the honor and for my school.” Quarles was among almost 100 student-athletes who were nominated and school principal Dr. Brian Clayton personally called him to tell him of his winning. He added, “My winning is a blessing. I never thought I’d represent my school in this way when I first came to James Clemens.” His community work has included helping families with COVID-19 and was part of an effort to raise over $1,000 in school supplies for the Downtown Rescue Mission. As for college, he does want to run on a college track team and has spoken to several schools for that purpose. Claire Congo nearly missed her junior season of soccer at James Clemens when she became severely dehydrated and doctors weren’t sure of what was causing her condition. After at least two months of battling fatigue, she finally got her health condition under control and played her season that was cut short last spring due to COVID-19 and is looking to her senior season next spring as a way to make up for her shortage of play over the last year. “I found out I won the award when I received an e-mail from the Heisman Award committee and I was really surprised and excited as the award shows my hard work has paid off,” said Congo, daughter of Brent and Christina Congo. “I immediately sent my family group message the news.” Congo carries a 4.72 grade point average, which puts her No. 25 among the 514 seniors at James Clemens. She will attend Auburn University with academic scholarships where she will study nutrition science. She indicated her dream job is to become an orthodontist and has already prepped for her college studies as part of the James Clemens’ Bio-Medical Academy with an internship. She’s a member of several clubs and honor societies and won the Ms. James Clemens Award. She’s also a part of the Distinguished Young Woman of Madison County and will soon compete in state competition and has gone through extensive interview training for that award. “I volunteer at my church and its youth camp and have assisted with the North Alabama Food Bank and at Madison Hospital,” said Congo. “For a hobby, I do hand lettering and make greeting cards for friends.” Print Article COPYRIGHT © 2020, The Madison Record ...

11/22/2020

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