WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Sunseri, Williams help Tide win 23rd SEC title

TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:




Alabama sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) recorded one tackle in the 32-28 win over Georgia as the Crimson Tide captured its 23th Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama has won at least a share of one SEC championship in all nine decades since the league was formed in 1933.

Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) had two receptions for 5 yards in the Crimson Tide’s win over Georgia. Williams and the UA offensive line paved the way for running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon as the Tide set an SEC Championship Game record with 350 rushing yards.

North Alabama junior safety Caleb Massey (Sulligent High School) made the Daktronics All-Super Region II squad. A 10-game starter, Massey was also a first-team All-Gulf South Conference selection after leading the Lions with five interceptions for 142 return yards and one two touchdowns. He was second on the team with 87 tackles and also added four pass breakups and two tackles for loss (minus-5 yards).

South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) saw action in the receiver rotation in the Jaguars’ 23-7 season-ending loss at Hawaii on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Palmer played in all 13 games and had two receptions for 2 yards.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) did not see action in the regular-season finale at Hawaii. Waldon played in nine games and caught nine passes for 88 yards.


Men’s basketball


Alabama A&M junior forward Demarquelle Tabb (Greensboro High School) collected his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 83-72 loss to Tennessee State on Saturday. Tabb made November’s All-Southwestern Athletic Conference team by CollegeHoopsDaily.com after he averaged 10.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. He leads the team with 54 points and 44 rebounds and has also recorded 10 blocked shots, nine steals and five assists.

Alabama A&M senior guard Justin Wagner (Greensboro High School) scored two points in three minutes in the Bulldogs’ loss to Tennessee State.

Columbus State sophomore guard/forward Dimitri Davis (Tuscaloosa County High School) scored two points and added rebounds and two steals in the Cougars’ 63-41 win over Voorhees on Saturday.

Marion Military Institute sophomore guard Kenneth Tabb (Francis Marion High School) tallied 14 points, three steals and two assists in an 81-72 win over Jefferson Davis on Saturday. He hit 7 of 10 field goal attempts.

Northeastern sophomore forward Reggie Spencer (Hillcrest High School) posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points (7 of 8 FG) and 10 rebounds in a hard-fought 76-73 loss to Maine last week. He also added two assists and two steals for the Huskies.

Shelton State Community College sophomore guard Nick Browder (Hale County High School) has collected five points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in six games this season.

Shelton State Community College sophomore guard Derek Hamner (Hillcrest High School) has started all six games and averaged 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. He is third on the team with 15 assists. He has recorded three double-figure games.

Shelton State Community College sophomore forward Ladarius Tabb (Francis Marion High School) has started five games and leads the Bucs with 18.2 points per game. He is the second-leading scorer in the Alabama Community College Conference North Division. He is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game and collected seven steals, five assists and one blocked shot.

Shelton State Community College sophomore forward Sean Tingle (Brookwood High School) has played in all six games and recorded nine points and eight rebounds.

Shelton State Community College freshman guard Dylan Wint (Tuscaloosa County High School) has played in four of the Bucs’ first six games.

Sioux Falls senior guard A.J. Holland (Paul W. Bryant High School) scored a game-high 13 point to lead the Cougars to a 56-42 win over Dakota State on Saturday. Holland made all three free throw attempts and hit 4 of 9 field goal attempts as Sioux Falls improved to 4-0 on the season.

Stillman College junior guard Markeith Madison (Hillcrest High School) collected three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes of play in the Tigers’ 61-59 win over Montevallo on Saturday.

Stillman College junior center Torrean Walker (Hillcrest High School) scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds in the win over Montevallo.

West Alabama junior guard Sandy Underwood (Bibb County High School) averaged 18.5 points and seven rebounds per game in a pair of road losses to Shorter and Alabama-Hunstville over the weekend. In the 100-83 loss to Shorter on Nov. 29, Underwood tallied 28 points (11 of 17 FG), nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. He was held to a season-low nine points and five rebounds in the 69-60 loss at UAH on Saturday.

West Alabama sophomore guard Jacob Acker (Pickens Academy) played a total of two minutes in road losses to Shorter and UAH. He had one rebound against UAH.

Wright State sophomore center Tavares Sledge (Brookwood High School) moved into the starting lineup in two games last week against Morehead State and Bowling Green. In the 66-57 win over Morehead State on Saturday, Sledge had two points, three rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes. In the loss to Bowling Green on Monday, he had six rebounds and a pair of steals in 19 minutes.


Women’s basketball


Alabama junior guard Shafontaye Myers (Sunshine High School) tallied five points and one steal in 22 minutes in the Crimson Tide’s 69-50 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday. The Crimson Tide will host Chattanooga this Saturday at Foster Auditorium.

Judson College sophomore guard Abby Isom (Hillcrest High School) scored 17 points against Huntingdon College last week.

Millsaps freshman forward Tori Morgan (Northridge High School) averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games last week for the Majors. In a 59-33 win over Pensacola College on Saturday, Morgan scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes. The following day, she tallied 12 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of action during a 63-57 loss to Rust College.

Mississippi State junior guard Katia May (Sumter County High School) averaged four points, six assists and two rebounds per game last week against Savannah State and Southern Miss. In the 70-55 win over Savannah State, May scored four points and dished out six assists. She also pulled down three rebounds. In the 61-59 loss to Southern Miss, she scored four points and dished out six assists.

Shelton State sophomore guard Juliser Harper (Livingston High School) is averaging 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in six games off the bench. She is second on the team with 25 assists.

Shelton State freshman guard Kaitlyn Taylor (Holy Spirit High School) has started all eight games and is averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Shelton State freshman center Shadijah Moore (Demopolis High School) has recorded one point, three steals and 15 rebounds in six games.

Stillman sophomore guard Andrea Moore (Hillcrest High School) scored 11 points (4 for 8 FG) and handed out three assists in the Lady Tigers’ 86-48 loss at Montevallo on Saturday.

Stillman sophomore forward Morgan Henry (Paul W. Bryant High School) recorded six points and four rebounds in the loss at Montevallo.


Swimming and diving


Mars Hill sophomore Hudson Tucker (Brookwood High School) had four first-place finishes at the Union College Winter Invitational last weekend. Tucker was a part of the school-record setting 200-yard medley relay teams that posted a time of 1 minute, 33.6 seconds to win the event. Tucker also won the 100 backstroke (50.06), 100 butterfly (50.05) and 100 freestyle (46.10).

Rice freshman Cora McKenzie (Tuscaloosa Academy) scored in two different events as the Owls lost to top-ranked Texas A&M 168-94 in the final dual meet before the holiday break. McKenzie finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (58.51) and swam a leg on the 400 freestyle team (3:27.91) that placed fourth in the event.


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