Teams in this post:

Goree, Brister named to Super All-State teams


Jalen Goree of Bibb County (Photo by Robert Sutton)


A pair of Birmingham-area players swept the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball awards during Sunday’s annual awards banquet.

Spain Park’s Mikey White was named Mr. Baseball while Mortimer Jordan’s Haylie McCleney earned Miss Softball.

Bibb County shortstop Jalen Goree was named to the Baseball Super All-State team. Hillcrest’s Callie Brister was named to the Softball Super All-State team.

Goree, named the Class 4A Player of the Year, hit .459 and drove in 36 runs in his senior season and led the Choctaws to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. He had 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and stole 24 bases. Goree drew 39 walks and struck out only seven times in 122 at-bats.

Brister, the Class 6A Hitter of the Year, finished the season with 92 hits, 80 runs, 93 RBIs, 22 doubles and two triples. She walked 36 times and struck out 12 times. A Samford University signee, Brister posted a .532 batting average and an on-base percentage of .616.

White helped the Jaguars advance to the semifinal round of Class 6A playoffs before losing the final game of a best-of-three series to eventual champion Oxford. The shortstop/pitcher batted .388 with nine home runs, 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases this season.

Center fielder McCleney was part of three Class 5A state championships during her five seasons and Mortimer Jordan advanced to the championship all five years.

McCleney’s name dots the state record book several times, including this season’s .692 batting average. She swiped 65 bases in 66 attempts this season, contributed 90 hits, scored 64 runs, belted nine homers and struck out only once — another state record — in 130 at-bats.