No decision on Central-Clay coach yet
by Nick Birdsong
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I spoke with Clay County Superintendent of Education Garey Reynolds briefly Wednesday.

I got right to the point and asked him when would a head football coach for the newly formed Central of Clay County be named.

Here’s his answer: “I don’t know, but hopefully soon. They’ve had meetings and decided when they’re going to conduct spring training. We’ll make that assignment (naming a head coach) before next year. Hopefully, we can do it sooner as opposed to later.”

There’s a runoff election between Reynolds and Ben Griffin for superintendent today, but he said the outcome likely won’t impact the naming of a coach one way or the other.

The Volunteers, the new mascot given to the school which is the result of a merger between rivals Clay County and Lineville, begin spring practice May 7, Reynolds said.

• New Locations: Site changes to a couple big tournaments were among the decisions made at the AHSAA’s most recent Central Board meeting in Montgomery.

The Elite Eight state volleyball tournament will be moved from Shelby County to Jefferson County.

Moving away from the Pelham Civic Complex it will now be held at the CrossPlex Arena in Birmingham, a new facility, beginning this fall.

The South regional basketball tournament will move from Mobile to Dothan next season.

Also among noteworthy moves was the decision to require four hours between two-a-day football practices and ban two-a-days on back-to-back days.

• Anniston’s Huguley signs: Tiakeefah Huguley became the third player from the 2011-2012 Lady Bulldogs’ team to receive a basketball scholarship from Gadsden State Community College this past Wednesday.

The 5-foot-9 shooting guard was a first-team selection to The Star’s Class 4A-6A Calhoun County team as a junior and senior.

This past season she was a first-team pick to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s all-state team after averaging a team-high 22 points and four rebounds. Anniston was 28-2, winning Calhoun County and Class 4A, Area 10 tournament titles along the way.

“We needed a player like her at her position with the style we play,” Gadsden State coach John Butts said. “She had a great year and she’s a great player. She was the No. 1 player on our list at her position.”

Huguley was named Most Valuable Player at both the Calhoun County and the Area 10 tournaments.

“One of our sayings is, ‘We like 3s, but we love layups,” Butts said.

“In high school, she could get to the rim at will and she’s good from the 3-point line. We also expect her to be one of our best defenders.”

• My bad: I got Anna Marie Woodfin’s second-day score wrong in the agate for the Calhoun County golf tournament a few weeks ago.

She shot a 105, making her Donoho’s low-medalist scorer.

Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575. Follow him on Twitter @birds_word.
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