Snook, Fairhope boys’ basketball teams claim regular-season area titles

Tuesday night scorecard: St. Michael, Spanish Fort girls’ squads pick up key area victories

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/25/23

While on opposite ends of the enrollment spectrum, the Fairhope Pirates and Snook Christian Eagles boys’ basketball teams claimed regular-season area titles with victories Tuesday night.

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Snook, Fairhope boys’ basketball teams claim regular-season area titles

Tuesday night scorecard: St. Michael, Spanish Fort girls’ squads pick up key area victories

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While on opposite ends of the enrollment spectrum, the Fairhope Pirates and Snook Christian Eagles boys’ basketball teams claimed regular-season area titles with victories Tuesday night.

For Fairhope in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s largest classification, it marked a third in a row and for Snook in the smallest classification of the Alabama Independent School Association, it was the first in program history.

Both squads were also ranked in the recent ASWA poll where the Class 7A No. 6 Pirates improved to 24-1 overall and the AISA Class 1A No. 10 Eagles moved to 16-3 overall.

On the girls’ circuit, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Gulf Shores and St. Michael Catholic all scored key area wins with the regular season winding down. Foley, the seventh-ranked team in the Jan. 19 poll, was the closest to a regular-season area title and would clinch with a win over Daphne tomorrow night.

Below are scores and some highlights from Tuesday, Jan. 24.

BOYS

AISA Class 1A Region 2

Snook Christian 69, South Choctaw 34
The No. 10 Eagles (16-3) claimed the program’s first regular-season region championship and clinched the top seed entering the postseason. Seniors Robert Dunn, Philip Butts, Kareem Harris, Jayson Kidwell and Hayden Joiner all helped get the job done in their final home game.

Snook’s regular season is set to close Friday on the road against Wilcox Academy.

AHSAA Class 7A Area 2

Fairhope 59, Daphne 45
The No. 6 Pirates move to 24-1 overall and claim their third straight regular-season Class 7A Area 2 title. Fairhope closes its regular season in Gulf Breeze, Florida Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Trojans move to 14-12 overall with their area finale against Foley set for Thursday, Jan. 26.

Standings as of Jan. 25

1. Fairhope 4-0
2. Daphne 1-2
3. Foley 0-3

Class 6A Area 2

McGill-Toolen 62, Baldwin County 36

The No. 3 Yellow Jackets wrap up their eighth straight Class 6A Area 2 regular-season championship after improving to 20-6 overall.

Robertsdale 51, Spanish Fort 49
The Golden Bears (17-8) were led by Katton Hobbs (22 points) and Ja’leal White (11 points). Three Toros (13-9) registered double digits where Josh Powell and Ethan Kick grabbed 11 and Tyler Wigley scored 10 points.

Robertsdale was back in action Wednesday night against B.C. Rain before traveling to Bay Minette to face the Baldwin County Tigers Friday in an area matchup. The Golden Bears finish their area campaign with a trip to Spanish Fort the following Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Toros are set to travel to McGill-Toolen Friday.

Standings as of Jan. 25

1. McGill-Toolen 5-0
2. Robertsdale 2-2
2. Spanish Fort 2-2
4. Baldwin County 0-5

Class 5A Area 1

Gulf Shores 53, Elberta 50
The Dolphins (7-13) locked in the second seed in the area and will host the No. 3 team in the first round of the area tournament. Gulf Shores is scheduled to close its regular season at home against Williamson Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Warriors fell to 9-8 overall and face B.C. Rain Friday with third place on the line.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. Williamson 5-0

2. Gulf Shores 3-2
3. B.C. Rain 1-4
3. Elberta 1-4

Class 4A Area 1

UMS-Wright 52, Orange Beach 39

The Makos (10-16) wrap up area play Friday at home against Bayside Academy before non-area contests against Elberta (Jan. 31) and St. Luke’s Episcopal (Feb. 2) close out the regular season.

Bayside Academy 48, St. Michael 38
The Admirals (9-9) improve to 4-1 in area play and will have a shot at a share of the regular-season title against Orange Beach Friday. Both Bayside Academy and the UMS-Wright Bulldogs (on the road against St. Michael) will enter Friday’s contests with identical area records after the teams split the season series.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. UMS-Wright 4-1

1. Bayside Academy 4-1
3. Orange Beach 2-3
4. St. Michael 0-5

GIRLS

Class 7A Area 2

Daphne 49, Fairhope 39
The Trojans are back in action Thursday in their area finale against current top-seeded Foley who also checked in at No. 7 in the recent ASWA state rankings. Daphne was one of three teams also nominated for the Jan. 19 poll.

Fairhope plays at Orange Beach Saturday at 4:30 p.m. before closing the regular season at home against Robertsdale next Thursday.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. Foley 3-0

2. Daphne 2-1
3. Fairhope 0-4

Class 6A Area 2

Spanish Fort 63, Robertsdale 45
The Toros hold strong onto second place in the group with contests only remaining against McGill-Toolen Friday and Robertsdale next Tuesday.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. McGill-Toolen 4-0
2. Spanish Fort 3-1
3. Baldwin County 1-3
4. Robertsdale 0-4

Class 5A Area 1

Gulf Shores 45, Elberta 4
The Lady Dolphins improve to 14-14 overall and will finish their regular season against first-place Williamson next Tuesday at home.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. Williamson 5-0

2. Gulf Shores 4-1
3. B.C. Rain 1-4
4. Elberta 0-5

Class 4A Area 1

St. Michael 58, Bayside Academy 27

The Lady Cardinals move to 14-3 overall and have one remaining area game against UMS-Wright Friday night.

UMS-Wright 53, Orange Beach 44
The Lady Makos drop to 10-16 overall and move onto their final area matchup against Bayside Academy Friday night at home.

Standings as of Jan. 25
1. UMS-Wright 5-0

2. St. Michael 4-1
3. Orange Beach 1-4
4. Bayside Academy 0-5

AISA Class 1A Region 2

South Choctaw 46, Snook Christian 19
The Lady Eagles (4-13) wrap up the regular season with a Friday road trip to Wilcox Academy to close region play.

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