The reset: Jags win HeffStrong tournament


During the year, the Hoover Sun will keep you updated on the various sports teams at Hoover High School and Spain Park High School. For previous weekly updates, click here.


The Hoover football team traveled to Prattville last Friday and went undefeated with a 35-16 victory. Click here for the game recap. This Friday, this Bucs welcomes Hewitt-Trussville to a crucial regional clash.

Spain Park opened its doors last week. This Thursday, the Jags host Oak Mountain in a regional competition.


The Spain Park volleyball team were exceptional last week, streaking nine wins and winning their HeffStrong tournament. During the week, the Jags picked up victories over Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Corner, Enterprise, Pelham (twice), Hoover, Auburn and Collierville (Tenn.) To move up to 28-4 this season.

Audrey Rothman has eclipsed 1,500 kills in her college career and Lilly Johnson has more than 1,000 assists.

Some statistics of the week:

  • Rothman: 145 kills (career high 32 against Vestavia), 49 digs, 22 blocks, 12 aces
  • Emily Breazeale: 98 eliminations, 55 digs, 8 aces, 7 blocks
  • Johnson: 147 assists, 38 digs, 7 aces
  • Brooklyn Allison: 82 digs, 11 aces, 9 assists, 2.3 assists average
  • Haley Thompson: 93 assists, 20 digs, 14 aces
  • Paige Ingersoll: 19 kills, 17 digs, 7 blocks, 5 aces
  • Liv Myers: 27 blocks

This week, the Jags will be in Hewitt-Trussville on Tuesday for a zone game and travel to Hoover on Thursday.

The Hoover volleyball team had a solid week last week. The Bucs beat Tuscaloosa County in the regular season before stringing together victories over Jemison, Guntersville, Auburn and Hartselle in the HeffStrong tournament. Spain Park put the Bucs out of the tournament. Hoover is now 19-11 on the year.

Some statistics of the week:

  • Rya McKinnon: 72 kills, made a 2.45, 40 digs
  • Kendyl Mitchell: 22 eliminations, 8 blocks
  • Baxley Downs: 97 assists, 16 digs, 8 aces

This week, Hoover heads to Vestavia Hills on Tuesday and hosts Spain Park on Thursday.

The Heritage Christian Academy volleyball team continued their winning streak in the region last week with wins over Meadowview Christian School and Pickens Academy. The Lady Eagles beat Meadowview 3-0 on Monday and Pickens Academy 3-1 on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Lady Eagles faced Evangel Christian Academy and failed with a 3-0 loss. Next week, the Lady Eagles will travel on Monday to play Tuscaloosa Home School Group and Thursday to play East Central Home School Group and return home on Tuesday as they welcome area opponent North River Christian Academy.

Some statistics of the week:

  • Senior Katie Hart: 39 kills, 8 aces, 37 digs, 4 blocks
  • Senior Emily Calhoun: 33 kills, 20 digs, 4 aces
  • Junior Lani Carré: 19 recoveries, 50 assists
  • Kaitlyn Slane, eighth grader: 5 eliminations, 7 aces, 22 digs
  • The Leah Pace Seventh Grader: 18 Digs
  • Emily Findley, seventh grader: 7 aces, 16 digs


The Hoover and Spain Park cross-country teams competed in the Under the Lights meet at Veterans Park on Saturday. The Hoover girls won the event and Spain Park finished second. Delaney Vickers and Savannah Hodgens of Spain Park took the top two places in the race, while Lila Hunter and Ashley Girouard of Hoover finished in the next two places. Spain Park’s Peyton LeCroy (sixth) and Chloe Finnocchiaro (ninth) and Hoover’s Lana Kate Hammonds (seventh) and Sarah Hertz (10th) also finished in the top 10.

The Heritage Christian Academy men’s cross-country team is back in action to defend their AISA Class 1A state title. Reigning Eagles State Champion Michael Hart led the college boys to a season opener victory at the Heritage Eagle Invitational Cross Country Meet. Hart finished the race with an individual victory. Junior Luke Dickerson, junior Nick Kuhn, senior Jonah Hicks and junior Greyson Sanford also raced for the Eagles.

Then the Eagles moved on to Glenwood Academy, where Hart won again. The Eagles won first place tag team with solid finishes by Dickerson, Hicks, Kuhn, junior Josh Pearman, Sanford, junior Cayden Davis and runner-up Nathan Rigdon. The Eagles finished the week by traveling to Montgomery on Thursday for the Warrior Invitational and placed second.


The Hoover swim and dive team competed in the Vestavia Sprint Invitational on September 21. For the Bucs, Lucy Benoit was second, Nairika Hamzavy third, Tinzley Phifer fourth and Sydney Lee fifth.

– What else would you like to see mentioned? For any suggestions, please feel free to email sports editor Kyle Parmley at [email protected]

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