AISA crowns champs
Class 2A Cottage Hill downed Faith Academy 25-19, 16-25, 25-13 to earn the title while Clarke Prep beat Sumter Academy 25-14, 25-15 to win Class 1A.
Looking ahead to Elite Eight
No team has won more state titles that McGill-Toolen with 19 championships in AHSAA volleyball competition.
Winning No. 20 will be tougher this season than the past several years for the Dirty Dozen. They'll face either Grissom or Vestavia Hills in the Elite Eight first round with Pelham probably waiting in the semifinal match.
Top-ranked Huntsville should face McGill in the final.
Our picks for the Elite Eight
Class 6A winner: McGill-Toolen
Tall, talented and senior-laden, McGill thrives at the E8. Huntsville has won four straight Class 5A titles and is ranked No. 1 in the Alabama Prep Sports Super 25, but there's just something about the Dirty Dozen during this time of the season.
Regardless of the winner, the Super 4 of Huntsville, McGill, Grissom and Pelham should provide interesting play.
Dark horse: Pelham
Class 5A winner: Briarwood
No. 5 Briarwood and No. 7 St. Paul's should meet in a great final. St. Paul's has one of the best hitters in the state with Morgan Johns, but the Lions can run in a host of front line players and don't really have a bad rotation.
Dark horse: Hartselle
Class 4A winner: Deshler
No. 12 Deshler has outstanding talent and a coach -- Jana Killen with four straight basketball titles -- who knows how to win.
The Tigers should face Jacksonville in the final, but may see old foe Wilson once again.
Dark horse: Wilson
Class 3A winner: Montgomery Acad.
The No. 17-ranked Eagles have a great player in Amelia McCall -- she was recently named Homecoming Queen -- and have played the toughest Class 3A schedule in the state.
Look for a re-match of last year's final against Danville.
Dark horse: Geraldine
Class 2A winner: Bayside Acad.
The Admirals have won 14 state titles -- 11 under current coach Ann Schilling -- and the past four straight class titles. No. 8 Bayside and No. 14 Addison should be one of the best finals Thursday.
Dark horse: Holy Spirit
Class 1A winner: Kinston
Coach Janie Wiggins was very disappointed in Kinston's showing last year, but should be pleased with this year's E8.
Look for a Kinston-Gaston final.
Dark horse: Donoho