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Children’s of Alabama’s Dr. Richard J. Whitley Earns American Pediatric Society’s Highest Recognition


oover resident Doris Phillips and her husband, Glenn, spend the holidays giving to those without with the wish that it spreads hope during what can often be a difficult time of year. Many holidays have been spent driving through rural areas near her husband’s hometown delivering food to people in need. Over the years, the couple’s desire to give to those who do not have during the holidays has grown to offer the same opportunity for many others in the community. The Circle of Love Foundation was established by the Phillipses in 2004 with just one donation box as the couple collected gifts for a handful of children in need at a local shelter. Since then, the foundation has collected presents for thousands of children not only in Birmingham but surrounding communities and beyond. “It’s rewarding, it’s amazing. I cry every year, without fail. “I am a giver,” Phillips said. “I think that’s what feeds my soul. It’s my love language, if you will. I have almost 70 employees in this company (Lake House Realty) and I will still cook huge vats of food to bring to my team to feed them. It’s just See HOPE, page 13

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If Dr. Richard J. Whitley was given a do-over, he’d do it all the same. He’s dedicated his career to changing the way children are treated at Children’s of Alabama and globally through his work in infectious diseases and expertise in antiviral therapies. His contributions have not gone unnoticed, as he recently was named recipient of the American Pediatric Society’s highest honor, the 2022 APS John Howland Award. The award is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to advancing child health and the pediatric profession. Whitley’s roles at UAB include vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics and co-director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the UAB Heersink See WHITLEY, page 8

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TOY STORY 26 GIFT GUIDE 28 SCHOOLS 33 SPORTS 36 With everything that’s happening “Over the Mountain,” it can be difficult to keep up. That’s why we have launched the OTMJ newsletter. Published every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - we’ll give you a quick recap of the latest news, sports and social events as well as a heads up on upcoming events so you won’t miss any of the interesting and fun happenings in the Greater Birmingham metro area. To sign up for our newsletter, visit Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @overthemountainjournal, for daily updates on what’s going on around town, too.


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bought myself new dish towels this In some homes, there are rooms that morning. In fact, I just went crazy are, for all practical purposes, reserved and bought new dishcloths, too. for other people alone. If other people Four new towels and six new dishcome, family members get to sit there, cloths. It felt like Christmas. but not before. That’s one of the great I wouldn’t have bought them at all, perks of hosting Thanksgiving: For one but I have family coming for golden afternoon (or overnight, or Thanksgiving, an extravaganza that weekend), you get to live like other involves dishes and more dishes that people. must all be washed and dried, and I Years ago, I went to visit my sister, would have been embarrassed to have and my 5-year-old niece met me at the my guests use my ratty dish towels. door with a defeated expression. (Spoiler alert: I’m planning on them “We tried to clean up, Auntie Sue.” Sue Murphy helping with all that washing.) It bothered me that anyone thought For just me, the dingy old towels that I would be making an inspection at were fine, just like the slightly any level, but I understood completescratchy bath towels and the faded ly. I did the same thing when they In some homes, there came to visit. When other people are coffee mug and the yogurt that is really not my favorite but is on sale. are rooms that are, for coming, the carpets must be cleaned I can’t imagine I’m alone in this. and the windows washed and flowers all practical purposes, must be placed where there were Right now, people are having chairs recovered that the cat has used for a never flowers before. reserved for other scratching post the other 11 months When my daughter and her famipeople alone. of the year, buying a new set of dishly moved back to Birmingham, I was es so one person doesn’t have to use thrilled, but it took me a few months the Fred Flintstone Yabbadabba Doo before I stopped treating every time dinner plate, and getting the car detailed in case someone they came over like it was a “visit.” At one point, I had slips with the carving knife and must be driven to the to relax and remind myself that they were family, and emergency room for stitches. family can be OK with the old dishtowels. All family members to their battle stations! Other Buying new towels today felt like a gift … for other people are coming, people who you’d just as soon not people. Why do I do that to myself? Why do I feel that know that, the day before their arrival. your lunch conother people deserve the best while I, by myself, do not? sisted of peanut butter crackers eaten leaning over the The towels cost me $14 total. I’m good for it. sink. Why? Because you’ve been in deep, deep cleaning From here on in, I’m going to designate some ranmode for weeks. Crumbs under the couch are fine for the dom Tuesday in February as New Towel Day, maybe do immediate family, but when other people are coming, it again in July. I might go crazy and institute New everything must look its best. Coffee Mug Monday and New Cookie Sheet Thursday My mother-in-law’s living room drapes were always and Buy Whatever Yogurt You Want to Day on some drawn so the sunlight didn’t fade the furniture. The sofa dreary Wednesday in January. Why not? was covered in plastic. Why? So the room would look To other people, I am other people. I need to rememgood for other people. ber that.

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United States airman Brandon Payne gave his younger brother the surprise of a lifetime on Nov. 12 at Gwin Elementary School. After completing an Air Force training course, Payne returned home last week and decided to drop by Gwin Elementary School to see his younger brother, Gwin fifth grader Gabe Ogren, who had no idea Payne was back in town. Payne has been deployed since February and had only seen Ogren once during the summer.

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Holidays Gatherings Can Be Revealing As we move into the Holiday Season we should be mindful that many times secrets such as addiction to drugs and/or alcohol could be revealed. When families get together the addict may be in “lala land” while the drugs and/or alcohol is in control for his or her emotions and thoughts. Often a family member calls because he or she is exhausted from dealing with the financial woes or the fear that the last drink or drug will literally be the last one. Interestingly, after years of being manipulated by this addictive behavior the family sees it as normal while not realizing that it is “addictive normal” until someone questions it. Sometimes parents and others expect a “quick fix”… it doesn’t happen. The addiction didn’t happen overnight and neither will the solution. When clients come to Bayshore Retreat they begin to see how the world is different and can be different for them without drugs or alcohol controlling their every thought. There’s great food, a beautiful home, access to a phone (either their cell or the house phone) and life is good. That’s a life we want them to desire going forward. Next comes the hard work to get there by identifying the toxic personalities in his or her life and helping them see the truth. Reality checks such as relationships, irrational thinking, money management, anger, and a list of life challenges follow this with coaches and counselors to guide them through what we call Life Skills. As you gather this season, perhaps it’s time to question behavior. It not too late for change, Bayshore Retreat may be the answer before it’s too late.

Legacy League Christmas Home Tour Committee, front, from left: Julie Taylor, Tricia Naro, Amy Hacker and Anca Hanson. Middle: Paula Gossett, Kristen Comer, Brenda Stone and Sheila Smith. Back: Sharon Smith, Lisbeth Cease, Christy McKiernan, Mary Margaret Yeilding, Julie Davis and Lauren Taylor. Not pictured: Julie Cundiff and Karen Shallenberg.

Five Homes on Display for Samford Legacy League’s 11th Christmas Home Tour

The Samford Legacy League’s 11th annual Christmas Home Tour will feature five homes in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills that will be open for visitors Dec. 9. Presented by ARC Realty, the 2021 tour includes three homes in Mountain

Brook and two in Vestavia Hills. The homes range widely in age from a year to decades old. Guests will see a wide variety of interior styles and holiday décor on display as they travel from house to house. This year’s houses are the homes of


Jenny and Sonny Culp, 5 Glenview Circle, Mountain Brook; Julia and Tim Davis, 3212 Brookwood Road, Mountain Brook; Laura and Andy Sink, 3058 Lewis Circle, Mountain Brook; Alison and Martin Smith, 2012 Southwood Road, Vestavia Hills; and Julie and Beck Taylor, Samford President’s Home,1994 Shades Crest Road, Vestavia Hills. This annual community event showcases homes dressed for the holidays to raise funds to provide scholarships for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. The Legacy League is a service organization with nearly 800 members ranging in age from 22 to 100. The 2021 Christmas Home Tour

This annual community event showcases homes dressed for the holidays to raise funds to provide scholarships for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. sponsored by Elouise Williams

December 2-4, 7:30 p.m. December 5, 2:30 p.m. Wright Center


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Committee, chaired by Tricia Naro, has been working to plan this year’s event, which is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers. To date, the tour has raised more than $250,000, helping change the lives of students who have endured obstacles including homelessness, inner-city violence, the disability or death of a parent or sibling, foster care, parental job loss, abandonment, parental incarceration and the sacrifices of full-time ministry. Advance tickets are required; there will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are available for purchase online at through Nov. 30 for $30 and then $35 from Dec. 1-7. Guests will select their start time and first house to tour during ticket purchase. Homes will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Junior League of Birmingham’s annual holiday shopping event will continue through Nov. 20, featuring more than 80 stores from across the nation offering high quality items like home decor, clothing and accessories, gift and holiday items, food and much more. Proceeds from Market Noel go directly back into the community through the JLB’s 30 community projects benefiting women and children in need in Birmingham. Where: The Finley Center, Hoover Metropolitan Complex Website:

Sat., Nov. 20 BCRI Birthday Bash

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, founded in 1963, will celebrate its 29th anniversary with festivities including gallery tours, birthday cake, live music, food and more. When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Website:

Thurs., Nov. 25 Sam Lapidus Montclair Run

The Levite Jewish Community Center will host the 45th annual Sam Lapidus Montclair Run, benefitting the center as well as the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. Courses will include a 5K, 10K and a one-mile fun run. When: 8:30 a.m. Where: LJCC Website: TheSamLapidusMontclairRun

Nov. 26-Dec. 24 E.L.V.E.S. 2.0

The Birmingham Children’s Theatre will host performances of this interactive show written by Sina Skates and directed by Alex Ungerman throughout the holiday season. The show is about 50 minutes in length and is perfect for children ages 4-10. When: dates and times vary Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre Website:

Sun., Nov. 28 Grand Menorah Lighting

The Summit will collaborate with the Levite Jewish Community Center, Chabad of Alabama, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Birmingham Jewish Federation to host the seventh annual menorah lighting. Festivities will include music, latkes, donuts and more. When: 4:30 p.m. Where: The Summit, Saks Plaza Website: “The Summit-Birmingham, Al” Facebook page

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The Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce will host the Crestline Village Holiday Open House, with Crestline merchants offering discounts and special activities. Festivities will include carolers from The Exceptional Foundation strolling through the village beginning at 2 p.m. Website:

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The City of Hoover will host its annual Christmas tree lighting to kick off the holiday season, including performances form local school choirs, visits with Santa, refreshments and more beginning at 5 p.m. at Hoover City Hall. Website:

Mountain Brook Village Holiday Open House - Dec. 2

Shoppers who want to check things off of their lists in Mountain Brook Village can do so with a little added holiday spirit as the merchants host the Mountain Brook Holiday Open House on Dec. 2. Website:

Mistletoe and Mimosas - Dec. 4

Lane Parke will host a sip and stroll event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring festive mimosas, a hot chocolate bar and holiday shopping deals. In addition, the Alabama Hair Fairy will be available for anyone who wants to add a little sparkle to their hairstyle. Website:

A time-honored tradition for the entire city, the annual Mountain Brook Holiday Parade will travel through Mountain Brook Village form 3-4 p.m. The event will feature floats decked out in holiday decor as well as live performances. Website:

The City of Homewood will celebrate its annual Lighting of the Star in conjunction with the Homewood Christmas Parade. The event will begin with the lighting of the historic Homewood Star over 18th St., followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m. and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall. Website:

Poker Run; Shop, Sip and Stroll - Dec. 9

The merchants of English Village in Mountain Brook will host the annual Shop, Sip and Stroll event, along with the rescheduled Poker Run from 4-7 p.m. Website: For holiday events happening in Vestavia Hills, see page 24.

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Aldridge Gardens will host its annual holiday gift market, featuring unique gifts created by local artists. When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Aldridge Gardens Website: Aldridgegardens. com

Dec. 2-5 “A Christmas Carol”

Samford University’s School of the Arts Michael J. And Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series will celebrate the holiday season with performances of the Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, “A Christmas Carol,” sponsored by Elouise Williams. When: Dec. 2-4, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. Where: Wright Center Website:

The Hoover Randle Home and Gardens will host a holiday event benefitting Hoover Helps, featuring performances, tours and refreshments. Additional parking and shuttle service will be available at Shades Mountain Community Church. When: 2-5 p.m. Where: Hoover Randle Home & Gardens Website:

CAR MENORAH PARADE | DEC. 5 Chabad of Alabama is bringing back its car parade celebrating the light of Chanukah in the streets of Birmingham. Accompanied by police escort, each car in the parade will have a magnetic car menorah or Chanukah flag. When: 4:30 p.m., lineup Website: chabadofalabama. com

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The students at Unless U will host performances of this timeless classic holiday tale. When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Where: Unless U campus Website:

Dec. 3-19 Holiday Spectacular

Members of the Red Mountain Theatre youth ensemble will perform alongside some of the area’s best professional talent in this showcase featuring song and dance that celebrates the holiday season. When: showtimes vary Where: RMT MainStage Website:

Dec. 3-22 Alabama Theatre Christmas Movie Series

This year’s lineup of holiday movies will include White Christmas, The Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Christmas Story, Die Hard and Christmas in Connecticut. A Cartoon Triple Feature will include Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. All showings will be $10, except for The Polar Express, which will be $12 with funds raised benefitting Kid One Transport. Doors open one hour before showtime, and each showing begins with a singalong to the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Where: The Alabama Theatre Website:

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School of Medicine and Children’s. He also holds the titles of Loeb Eminent Scholar chair in pediatrics; professor of microbiology, medicine and neurosurgery; senior scientist, Division of Human and Gene Therapy and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center; and co-founder and co-director, Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance. Amid the pandemic, he also became project director on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant that funded studies into the efficacy of remdesivir in COVID patients and played a major role in evaluating the safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.

Science Rather Than Patients

Leaving the world of pediatrics better than he found it just so happens to be Whitley’s end goal in choosing an investigative path for his medical pursuits. “I think I realized that if I became a pediatrician in Birmingham, or even a pediatrician in New Jersey, where I grew up … I’d only be helping a few children,” he said. “I wouldn’t be helping a lot of children. “In academic medicine and when you’re doing clinical trials, you can impact global health if you can change the standard of care.” Over four decades, Whitley has built an expertise in clinical virology, the hallmarks of which lie in his pioneering research into herpes antivirals and development of guidelines for the emergency use of influenza antiviral therapies in infants. “The Howland Award is the culmination of me saying, ‘No,’” to becoming a practicing pediatrician, Whitley said. When Whitley first entered the medical field, he envisioned the “be all, end all” being a departmental chair title. Yet, when asked to chair departments at powerhouse universities such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago, he declined. He preferred his role as a clinician scientist. “I said no to all of those institutions so I could continue to do my work and continue to learn more about these viruses but also continue to be baffled by this family of viruses,” Whitley said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” When he pictures his first memories of the medical profession, they aren’t entirely fond ones. He recalls the yesteryear practices of children stripping off their clothes and lining up in gym class as a doctor of unidentified distinction pressed a stethoscope to their chests and checked for hernias. These are situations that would never occur today, Whitley notes.

One year, the physician called Whitley’s parents and told them he suspected their son had a heart murmur most probably caused by a rheumatic fever. “My parents, being your typical good parents, took me to my local pediatrician, who had never done anything to hurt me before, but it was about to happen,” he said. There were three trips to visit the pediatrician. The first felt harmless as the doctor took a marker to Whitley’s chest and mapped out his heart, listening carefully for problem areas. The second visit was a little worse and involved X-rays of his heart. “This was in the old days when you swallowed this crazy dye,” Whitley said. He got through it without too much trouble, though the thought that the dye might cause some kind of cancer did knock at his brain later in life. The third time included drawing blood and involved a notable amount of emotional despair on Whitley’s part. “They came after me with a syringe that was as long as my arm, and they didn’t tell me what they were doing,” he said. After consider-

‘Dr. Whitley’s lifetime of work as a clinician, an educator and an investigator has touched countless lives, both of patients near and far and of medical students, residents, fellows and colleagues around the world.’ DR. MITCH COHEN, CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS AT UAB AND CHILDREN’S

able amounts of protest in the form of kicking and screaming and being held down, the blood sample was collected and tested negative for rheumatic fever. “As I was sitting in the car going back to my home … I can remember thinking to myself, ‘If I ever become a doctor, I would never treat a child that way,’” he said. An accomplished equestrian, a young Whitley figured he would become a veterinarian for large animals. But a combination of his experiences in the field solidified a life in pediatrics. When his favorite horse became ill with no hope of recovery, Whitley made a call to a nearby veterinarian who didn’t mince words. Those words

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Whitley Earns American Pediatric Society’s Highest Recognition

From the beginning of his medical pursuits, Whitley was set on pediatrics. He found his passion for clinical research organically while working in the newborn intensive care unit as a medical student, above.

being, “The gun’s in my truck. Go put your horse down,” as Whitley recalls. “It was a week later that I was teaching another kid how to ride a horse,” he said. “She fell off on a jump when the horse got spooked by a rabbit, and broke her arm.” Field setting broken bones was something that Whitley had been taught as a coach, but when he took the student to an orthopedic surgeon in a nearby town, he found his skills were above average. The doctor spent some time glancing quizzically between the patient, the X-ray and Whitley before commending the field setting and suggesting that Whitley pursue medicine. “That kind of changed the way I looked at life,” Whitley said. Children and Investigations Whitley realized his passion for clinical research organically while working in the newborn intensive care unit as a medical student. One night, he found himself working in the NICU alone after his resident experienced a preeclamptic seizure, and he was asked to treat a newborn. It was a peculiar case resulting in a petechial rash, a large liver and spleen and microcephaly, which is a small head, all leading to a question mark rather than a diagnosis. He jumped on the investigation, ordering tests and hitting the books to see what the cause could be. “After I did all of that, it’s the middle of the night but it’s as if I’d had my tenth cup of coffee because I was so excited about this,” he said. The result was a diagnosis of a congenital cytomegalovirus, but he felt a strong desire to go deeper. “So, I posed a question to myself, which was, ‘Why would a woman transmit a viral infection to her fetus in utero. It happens with rubella and it

happens with CMV. I want to go figure that out,” he said. He spoke to his adviser, who told him there was one person in the country who could help him in his quest and that person was Dr. Charles Alford, who had established one of the most influential infectious disease divisions in the world at UAB. Whitley transferred to UAB for his senior year of medical school, working under Alford and studying the pathogenesis of herpes and CMV “I knew I was going to have to take a pause in the research because I had to become a real doctor and get a license to practice medicine, so I did my internship here and it was one of those magical internships where nothing could go wrong,” he said. “Even to the point where the seniors in the graduating class asked me to give the commencement address after being here for one year.” For all of the trepidation he felt in leaving his research to finish his studies, Whitley was supported by superiors who fast-tracked his studies and allowed him to start his fellowship early with a guaranteed faculty position at the end. “There was always a carrot at the end of the stick and it was always leading me to pediatric infectious diseases and it was always leading me to the diseases that related to viral pathogenesis,” he said. Whitley was able to take on the work that Alford left to assume a departmental chair role, studying viruses such as CMV and neonatal herpes in hope of generating better methods of treatment. “The more I did it the more I liked it, but the more I did it the more I realized that there were so many things I didn’t know and that I had to learn,” he said. When he ran out of knowledge, he sought more. He took a sabbatical and

traveled to the University of Chicago. “I went up to the lab of Bernard Roizman and I learned how to do enough molecular biology to get myself into trouble,” Whitley said, with a laugh. After years spent studying the herpes simplex virus and realizing a vaccine wasn’t in the cards, Whitley found a way to change it, shifting genes to create a new virus with a new purpose. “Here, after I’ve been studying this bad virus for all of these years that was killing babies and adults, I now took the bad virus and made it into a good virus and we were able to treat brain tumors,” he said. “It just taught me that you need to reinvent yourself periodically and you never lose enthusiasm and respect for the viruses that you are working with, because they are always going to send you a curveball and you’re not going to be able to hit it,” he said. “You’ve gotta go back and figure out why. That’s the fun of infectious diseases.” Though Whitley shifted away from herpes simplex virus studies, the work is ongoing at UAB and has resulted in a second and third generation of viruses used to treat diseases.

Accolades for His Award

“Dr. Whitley’s lifetime of work as a clinician, an educator and an investigator has touched countless lives, both of patients near and far and of medical students, residents, fellows and colleagues around the world,” said Dr. Mitch Cohen, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UAB and Children’s. “Beyond the importance of his work on antiviral therapy, he established the framework within which multi-institutional studies could be conducted in rare pediatric diseases other than cancer. “Virtually all pediatricians and pediatric infectious diseases clinicians and many physicians who practice any form of primary care regularly use recommendations that resulted from his work. His sustained contributions to pediatrics have had a major impact for over 40 years, and his ongoing endeavors in drug discovery and exploration promise future benefits as well.” Whitely noted that there were many people who were deserving of the award. “It could have gone to any one of about four or five dozen people who I know,” Whitley said. He credits UAB for always meeting his needs and giving him the support he needed to be successful, whether through his early mentors or his current colleagues and superiors. He sees medicine as a team sport. “We work together and we share toys in the sandbox,” he said. “That’s the only way to look at it.”


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Troop 63 Recognizes Nine New Eagle Scouts

2020 brought change across the world as COVID-19 quickly became a pandemic, but it did not keep nine Troop 63 Scouts from achieving Scouting’s highest honor.

Charles Carter Brooks

Charles Carter Brooks earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle board in November 2020. Carter is a junior at Mountain Brook High School and is on the Mountain Brook JV golf team. In his scouting career, Brooks earned 21 merit badges, was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and held Charles Carter the leadership Brooks roles of troop guide, patrol quartermaster and patrol leader. Brooks chose to help Outdoor Friends Forever for his Eagle project. He made three ADA-compliant picnic tables and five fish habitats for the property. Children with disabilities will be able to use the property improvements when hunting and fishing. Brooks enjoys the outdoors and was encouraged to give back so others could hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors as well.



Brooks is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he is active in his youth group, as well as Bigtime Ministries and Young Life. Carter is the son of Michael and Leslie Brooks.

Daniel Carmichael

Daniel “Carmichael” Carmichael, a graduate of Mountain Brook High School, earned scouting’s highest award and was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm during a Court of Honor held May 2 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. During his six years in Troop 63, Carmichael earned 26 merit badges, camped 80+ nights, was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and earned Brotherhood Daniel Carmichael status. He earned the National Outdoor Award for Camping, earned the National Outdoor Award for Hiking, completed National Youth Leadership Training, and earned a Bronze Palm as an Eagle Scout. While a scout, Carmichael held the leadership positions of patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. Since turning 18, he has

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been an assistant scoutmaster at two local troops. “One of my favorite memories as a scout was the week I spent with my friends and my dad at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico,” he said in a statement. “We rode horseback while camping throughout parts of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. “For my Eagle Project, I built a Gaga pit for the students at Avondale Elementary. After building it, I was able to teach the kids how to use it and play the game. It was a rewarding experience and I learned much about leadership and putting together a project from the beginning to the end.” Carmichael’s grandfather, Donald Carmichael, attended Avondale Elementary when he was young. “Overall, Scouting is an A++ experience and provided some of my most fun adventures of my childhood and early teens. It has been irreplaceable and unforgettable and taught me much about leading, overcoming obstacles, being selfmotivated and reaching goals.” Carmichael is attending Auburn University. He is the son of Troy and Ashley Carmichael.

Andrew Marshall Dennis

Andrew Marshall Dennis was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in November 2020. An official ceremony took place May 2 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. As a member of Troop 63 since 2016, Dennis earned 21 merit badges, held leadership positions as patrol leader, patrol quartermaster and chaplain’s aide. For his Eagle project, Dennis crafted a large, mobilityaccessible, Andrew Marshall raised garden Dennis bed with the help of friends, family and other scouts near the playground at Grantswood Community School. He often volunteers at Grantswood and knew of its need to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for use in the classroom and cafeteria. Dennis enjoys helping others and he wanted to create an outdoor activity that would give students and teachers hands-on opportunities. Dennis is a member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, where he is involved in the youth program and is a member of Bigtime Ministries. He is the son of Julie and Jeremy Dennis of Mountain Brook.

Charles Lawson Evans

Charles Lawson Evans, a high school junior, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in September 2020. The official ceremony took place at Canterbury United Methodist Church May 2. As a member of Troop 63, Evans earned 25 merit badges, held leadership roles including assistant senior patrol leader. Evans earned

the 50 Miler Award, National Outdoor Camping Award and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. In 2019, Evans experienced High Adventure by traveling with a crew to the Northern Tier in Bissett Manitoba, Canada. The trip included seven days camping, fishing and canoeing with portages in the boundary waters of Canada. For his Eagle project, Evans refurbished the outdoor athletic courts at Avondale Elementary School. He Charles Lawson installed a new Evans tennis net and adjustable basketball goal, and he painted both courts. He also added badminton and a tetherball set. During the pandemic, these areas were used for outdoor learning. This project was rewarding to Evans in that he was able to provide a renewed recreational opportunity for the students at Avondale, according to a statement. Evans is a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, participates in its youth program, is a member of Bigtime Ministries and attended JH Ranch in summer 2021. Lawson is the son of Donald and Pam Evans of Mountain Brook.

William Daniel Evans

William Daniel Evans earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle board Feb. 8 and was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 2. Evans is the son of Adam and Mary Evans. In his scouting career, Evans earned 21 merit badges and camped 35 nights. He was elected and inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national honor society. Evans served in his William Daniel troop as den Evans chief, patrol leader, chaplain’s aide and assistant quartermaster. Evan’s Eagle Scout project was at Cahaba Park Church. Evans led a group of scouts, friends and family to clear a rough trail to the Cahaba River for church members, in addition to building a stone fire pit. Finally, Evans and his great grandfather, Jim Daniel, built iron and wood benches to accompany the fire pit. Evans hopes to go back to his contribution for the rest of his life to be reminded of God’s faithfulness to him. Evans is a junior at Mountain Brook High School, where he is a member of the football team. He also is involved in the Cahaba Park Church youth group, Bigtime Ministries, Young Life, First Priority and Alpine Camp for Boys.

Stuart Eubanks Jinnette

Stuart Eubanks Jinnette has achieved Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. He was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 2. In his scouting career, Jinnette earned 23 merit badges, was awarded the Order of the Arrow and served in several leadership roles including patrol quartermaster, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader. For his Eagle project, Jinnette Stuart Eubanks purchased Jinnette robotics fields and built robotics tables for Jefferson County elementary schools that have VEX Robotics teams. Those teams are now able to practice for robotics competitions while at school. Jinnette is the son of Steve and Jennifer Jinnette of Mountain Brook.

Wilhelm Reeves Monroe

Wilhelm Reeves Monroe earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle board on March 11. He was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 2. In his scouting career, Monroe earned the Arrow of Light, 22 merit badges, and served in several leadership positions including den chief, assistant patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. Monroe’s Wilhelm Reeves Eagle Scout Monroe project was to remove, build and extend a split-rail fence to help enhance and preserve property along Jemison Park. Monroe led a group of scouts, friends and family to complete his project, which took more than 100 hours to achieve. At completion, he was able to make a donation to the Mountain Brook Parks and Recreation Board, due to his successful fundraising efforts. Monroe is a senior at Mountain Brook High School, where he is a member of the Spartan football team, Beta Club and National Honor Society. He is also a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and is active as an acolyte and in the youth community, and he serves on the Youth Vestry. Monroe is the son of Ashley and Britt Monroe.

Clayton Byars Stewart

Clayton Byars Stewart earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 2. In his scouting career, Stewart earned 22 merit badges and served in several leadership roles, including patrol quartermaster, troop quartermaster and patrol leader. Stewart’s Eagle Project involved the construction of a gladiator pit for the


Red Barn. The Red Barn provides a wide range of equestrian therapy and activities to the community. Stewart joined Troop 63 while in the fifth grade and made many lifelong friends. He attended Camp High Rocks for six years and was able to put his scouting skills to use on many of the outdoor campouts. Byars loves fishing, diving Clayton Byars and kayaking. Stewart He was certified to dive and join the Boy Scouts on the Sea Base High Adventure trip to the Florida Keys. A graduate of Mountain Brook High School, Stewart is attending Marion Military Institute’s Service Academy program. He hopes to be admitted to the Air Force Academy in 2022. He is interested in pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. Stewart is the son of Robin and Tonya Byars.

Jason Alwyn Thompson

Jason Alwyn Thompson earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle board March 11. Thompson has served in a number of leadership roles, including outdoor ethics guide, chaplain’s aide, troop guide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He was elected by his peers into the Order

Partners and he built and installed a potting table for their garden. “Achieving Eagle Scout is a true honor and the skills I learned and developed are ones that I will use for the rest of my life,” he said in a statement. Thompson is a sophomore at Mountain Brook High School and a member of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he is active in the youth group. He is the son of Anna and Steven Thompson.

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The Canary Gallery, owned by Libby Pantazis, was the downtown venue for the Cha Cha Dance Club’s first gathering post-COVID 19 shutdown. Members were welcomed by Vaughn and Company catering, which provided a light supper and select beverages as members arrived for the Oct. 28 meeting. President Pam Cezayirli started the evening agenda with a discussion of the coming year’s activities and plans. Those attending included Olivia Allison, Katherine Ard, Jennifer Bartlett, Pam Cezayirli, Kay Clark, Connie Crutchfield, Sandy Deaton, Barbara Duffee, Lois Dye, Gin Echols, Elizabeth Ezell, Pat Grant, Pam Grayson, Becky Kissel, Carla Kent, Amanda McGough, Susan Miller, Kate Millhouse, Darby Mitchell, Margaret Murdock, Ann Neighbors, Kathy O’Rear, Helen Claire Quarles, Liz Saunders, Maggie Somerall, Celia Stradtman, Libba Williams and Jane Yarbrough. The Cha Cha Dance Club Officers for 2021-22 are: President Pam Cezayirli; President-elect Vickie Rader; first Vice President Marty Torch; second Vice President Barbara Duffee; Treasurer Pam Grayson; parliamentarian/immediate past President Susan Miller; membership, Kay Clark; yearbook, Ann Vaughan; and publicity, Pat Grant. ❖

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Christine’s on Canterbury

Christine’s on Canterbury, nestled just behind Gilchrist on Canterbury Road, is filled with new gift selections, as well as some of the familiar items always in stock. A large selection of paper products is available Fir Christmas entertaining. From Christmas napkins, plates, cards, and wrapping paper you will find Christine’s well stocke. An extensive collection of candles in beeswax and soy is always available. Festive holiday tapers include plain, lightly glittered to hea iliy glittered. Over seven fragrant companies, with multiple fragrances, to select from. Made in USA, France, and Portugal Picture frames are a year round staple, but especially during the holidays with candid photos during family and friend gatherings.

“We have a broad selection of popcorn flavors available for the perfect stocking stuffer,” Jean said. “MacKenzie-Child’s continues to expand with new introductions. Bed, bath and table linens from Yves Delorme and Le Jacquard Francais have been a staple for over 40 years.” Christine’s offers a small, European-style shopping experience. Color is abundant with options for all price ranges and free specialty gift wrapping. “We have always felt that the wrap is as important as the gift. Caspari designs are carefully selected for each season,” Jean said. “As many of our customers say, ‘It isn’t Christmas without a gift from Christine’s.’” Christine’s on Canterbury is located at 2404 Canterbury Rd., 205-871-8297.

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ExVoto Vintage Jewelry

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JB & Co

Elizabeth Adams, right, created ExVoto Vintage Jewelry in 2009 after losing her youngest daughter to a brain tumor. ExVoto is vintage jewelry elements given a new story, and a portion of every sale goes to pediatric brain cancer research.

Private Jeweler, John Bromberg, right, maintains a return to an old-world artisan approach to fine jewelry. In an industry that is increasingly focused on mass production, JB & CO chooses to focus on the unique, with specialties that include bridal, custom and estate jewelry. At a time when individual service is of the utmost importance, Bromberg personally works with his clients to select or create just the right

Personalized, hand engraving or machine engraving is available for many items, making ExVoto a great source for memorable and meaningful gifts.

John Bromberg personally works with his clients to select or create just the right piece for the occasion, always adhering to their style and budget.

Uniting powerful stories from the past and present, Ex Voto Vintage specializes in timeless jewelry produced with high intention and skillful execution to encourage conversation, gratitude and inspire a creative spirit. Personalized, hand engraving or machine engraving is available for many items, making ExVoto a great source for memorable and meaningful gifts. ExVoto Vintage is proud to be a member of the Female Founder Collective. The Female Founder Collective is an organization led by Rebecca Minkoff, that networks businesses led by women, to support women. Their mission is to enable and empower female owned and led businesses to positively impact our communities, both socially and economically.

piece for the occasion, always adhering to their style and budget. Whether it is a diamond engagement ring, a micro-mosaic necklace or a special piece for your day, JB & CO can help you with your jewelry heirloom. The collection of estate jewelry comes from the finest jewelry houses such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany, Buccellati, Bugari, as well as, designers Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany, Ilias Lalounis, Pierre Sterle’, Elizabeth Locke, Katy Briscoe, Chopard and Ippolita. John also has a select collection of coveted watches from Cartier, Patek Philippe and Rolex. Personal Jeweler, John Bromberg provides his customers privacy and anonymity in his work. He is a sixth-generation trained jeweler with memberships in the prestigious Diamond

Their Birmingham shop is located in Mountain Brook Village, and in the past year has expanded their apparel and shoes selection. When it comes to apparel, they select speciality apparel from emerging, female-founded brands with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship and ethical working conditions. You can order online with in-store pick up and free gift wrap, even same-day pickup on select items. ExVoto Vintage Jewelry is located at 2402 Canterbury Rd., 205-538-7301.

Dealers’ Club of New York and The American Society of Jewelry Historians. John Bromberg’s longstanding relationships offer the unique opportunity for his clients to purchase fine jewelry at an exceptional value. JB & CO was named “The Best Jeweler” in the About Town magazine 2021 Readers’ Poll! For the full JB & CO experience, we recommend making an appointment. “Collect with us,” says Bromberg. JB & Co. is located at 1 Office Park Circle, Suite 201, Mountain Brook. 205-478-0455.

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The Lingerie Shoppe

The Lingerie Shoppe , Inc. was established in 1946. The focus of the shop has never strayed from the commitment to provide the highest quality undergarments, bridal lingerie and sleepwear to the generations of women and those who shop for them. Curating this merchandise provides opportunity to provide high quality along with best price. Brenda Meadows, above, and Betty McMahon purchased the shop in 1988. Betty retired in 1998 and Brenda has continued to enjoy the many facets of The Lingerie Shoppe—from purchasing the offerings at the shop to helping so many customers/friends find the right fit in a bra or the perfect gift for someone they love. “The intimate apparel business is dealing with the same supply chain and delivery issues

so prevalent in our retail atmosphere,” said Brenda. “Holiday shopping is strongly motivating shop keepers to be well-stocked early to avoid a deficit of merchandise late in the season. Hopefully this will yield great shopping results. Shopping has been strong in the Fall, so a great holiday season is anticipated. The Open House in Mountain Brook Village on December 2 will kick off celebrating 75 years of Christmas at The Lingerie Shoppe. “We often hear, ‘There has to be Lingerie Shoppe wrapped packages under our tree.’ We look forward to sharing this shopping season with our wonderful customers,” said Brenda The Lingerie Shoppe is located at 2403 Montevallo Rd, 205-871-8994.


The Happy Olive

A visit to Italy that never ended… led to the love affair with the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle Vickie and Richard Bailey, right, share so passionately today. When their daughter Shayna studied as a young teacher in Italy, she fell in love with an Italian olive farmer. Ten years later, the Baileys visit Shayna, husband Paolo and children in southern Italy while selecting the artisan oils from farms in Italy, France and Spain that end up in the bright silver fustis at the Mountain Brook Olive. The Mountain Brook Olive in Lane Parke is an authentic family affair and joyful celebration of a healthy foodie lifestyle. “We love sharing samples and recipe ideas for not just the oils & vins but spices too,” offers Vickie. “We call it a social, sensory shopping experience. When you walk in the store the aroma really takes you away.” Manager/Foodie Kari Hahn serves up the store’s signature ‘vin-tails’ a combination of spirits and vinegars for a ‘boozy balsamic’ taste sensation. Foodie gifts? Si Bella! The Mountain Brook Olive is an avid supporter of local makers, and features Mississippi’s Etta B Pottery as well as jams, cookies and honey crafted in Fairhope and Mountain Brook. You’ll find gourmet smallbatch mustard on tap in addictively good Honey Dijon and White Wine Wasabi. Richard is one of

the country’s rare certified Mustard Sommeliers. This holiday the store features a wide variety of foodie gift baskets, charcuterie boards, holiday décor and more.”We have baskets for the grill-master, the bartender, or true-blue foodie on your list. We also make up custom combos as a great option for corporate gifts too. Just call ahead for delivery throughout Mountain Brook, pick up curbside or let us ship it for you - worldwide!” The Mountain Brook Olive is located in Lane Parke at 261 Rele Street, 205-703-9003.


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The Cook Store

The Village Poodle

The Village Poodle is a boutique offering a range of items from ladies clothing, jewelry, baby gifts and antique chandeliers. “We have been in business for six years and feel that we have filled a niche needed in Mountain Brook Village,”said owner Beverly Ruff, pictured above at right with Hillary Kent. “Throughout the season, shoppers will find a wonderful selection of fashionable clothing including the Hinson Wu shirt line and Barefoot Dreams. “We have been fortunate this year that our stock has not been affected by delivery issues. Our shop is fuller than ever before and we are excited to show you our new merchandise. “We are also offering a large selection of La Paris picture frames and our sea salt toffee which has always been very popular.

“Our open house will be on December 2 featuring Olga King who will be returning again this year with her beautiful and unique pearl jewelry,” said Beverly.

“We have been fortunate this year that our stock has not been affected by delivery issues. Our shop is fuller than ever before ...” “Make plans to shop with us, enter our drawing for a gift, and leave with your holiday purchases beautifully wrapped.” The Village Poodle is located at 2410 Canterbury Rd., 205-423-5443.


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The Cook Store is a kitchen specialty shop featuring functional pottery, pots, pans and gadgets for cooking and entertaining. “The Cook Store has been a fixture in Mountain Brook since 1975,” said owner Wesley Lassen, with shop dog Lucy below. The Cook Store exclusively carries pottery skillets and sauce pans from The Pottery Works that are stovetop safe on both gas or electric cooktops. The store also offers kitchen linens, bakeware, cookware and more. “You can choose from Le Creuset non-stick cookware, USA Pan bakeware, Wusthof knives and pottery from local potters Tena Payne of Earthborn Studios and Gidge Black,” she said. “We are looking forward to a crazy holiday season of selling, selling, selling and wrapping, wrapping and more wrapping. We have lots of great gift ideas for the person who has everything and the person who doesn’t have enough. Come check out our pottery, great gadgets, wood, holiday towels, melamine serving pieces and dishes and lots more gift items. Our Holiday Open House is Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing encouraged. Visit us at and be sure to check out our Instagram at thecookstore.” The Cook Store is located at 2841 Cahaba Rd. in Mountain Brook Village, 205-879-5277.

Marguerite’s Conceits

Marguerite’s Conceits is a specialty boutique featuring fine linens, pajamas, robes and lounge wear, bath and body products, candles, diffusers and aromatherapy products. “We also carry mb greene luggage and travel accessories for gals on-the-go,” said owner Marguerite Ray, pictured above. “Our Holiday Open House is Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m. Come visit your favorite Santa’s helpers for the best gift ideas!” “For the holidays, we have fabulous and fun Christmas ornaments, yummy treats and ‘feel good’ goodies for all the girls on your list. Our customer service can’t be beat and, of course, we offer beautiful complimentary gift wrapping—many small gift items are pre-wrapped and ready to go—perfect for teacher, friend or hostess gifts!” Marguerite’s Conceits is located at 2406 Canterbury Rd., 205-879-2730.


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HO HO! Holiday in the Hills

estavia Hills kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 13 in Cahaba Heights with merchants hosting their annual Deck the Heights event. Holiday festivities will continue this Thursday when the Vestavia City Center will host its second annual All is Bright holiday festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring the lighting of the shopping center’s holiday tree. On Nov. 21, the Chamber of Commerce and the merchants of Rocky Ridge will collaborate to host The Market at Rocky Ridge. The event will take place at the Shops at Oak Park from 1-5 p.m., including shopping with local vendors, food trucks, life music and pictures with Santa. City officials will ring in the season at City Hall with a Tree Lighting Festival on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Festivities will include live entertainment, merchant giveaways and visits with Santa. New this year, the city has added a Menorah Lighting, celebrating Hanukkah with refreshments, activities and a lighting ceremony. The event is to take place on the fourth night of Hannukah, Dec. 1, at City Hall at 5 p.m.

The annual Breakfast with Santa will be Dec. 11 at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Last year’s breakfast, left, was a drive through event.

Kids will have a chance to meet with “jolly ole’ Saint Nick” Dec. 11 at the annual Breakfast with Santa, taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. No reser-

New this year, the city has added a Menorah Lighting, celebrating Hanukkah Journal file photo by Jordan Wald


Breakfast with “Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick; Tree Lightings and Parade Hightlight the Season

vations are needed for the free pancake breakfast. The seasonal event series will culminate with the annual Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. Floats and performers will begin at 2 p.m., traveling along Liberty Parkway from Liberty Park Sports Complex to Alston Meadows. For more information and updates, visit

Tree Lighting Festival

Breakfast with Santa

Menorah Lighting

Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade


Cahaba Concierge

“We are a membership only practice where patients pay an annual fee,” said Dr. Katie Moore, right. with Cahaba Concierge. “This allows for a smaller patient panel with greater attention to the individual patient. We are able to offer our patients same day appointments, and patients are brought back to their own room upon arrival to the clinic--no crowded, sick waiting room time. At each of these appointments, I am able to give each patient the time they deserve to be heard and to properly address their issues without being rushed.” Cahaba Concierge is also one of the few clinics in the area that offers concierge medical services to adults and children of all ages. “Our patients love the convenience of one clinic for the entire family--no more driving to the pediatric clinic and then to the adult one,” said Dr. Moore “We have also strayed from the sterile and often cold-feel of traditional clinics with a beautifully decorated office that feels like a home-complete with my goldendoodle, Delta, who is ready to greet all visitors.” “Convenience and personal attention are the two most frequent reasons that patients seek our clinic--convenience of same day appointments for the entire family and personal attention from a caring staff precisely when needed.” “Covid-19 has certainly been challenging, but it has greatly increased how much patients are valuing their health. I think it has been one of the biggest reasons we are on pace to reach our capacity within the first several months of opening,” said Dr. Moore. “So many patients are essentially fed up with the status quo and inconvenient hassles that are considered normal in many offices today. They are realizing that join-

Dr. Katie Moore

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Salon Summit Meet our team! Owners DeAnna Lucas, manicrist and Linda Willard, stylist

ing a concierge medical practice allows them to avoid these frustrations and to provide their family with the medical care they deserve.” An adult membership is $158 per month which covers any needed appointments, communications, etc. Any children of an adult member do not have membership fee, but rather can be seen for $50 per visit--about the cost of a copay at a traditional clinic. There is also a one time registration fee for members--$50 for a single member, $100 for a family.

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Shop Early

Over the Mountain Toy Store Owners with The Season’s Best Bets STORY BY EMILY WILLIAMS-ROBERTSHAW e PHOTOS BY MAURY WALD


upply chain issues don’t seem to be a problem for Over the Mountain toy stores. Our friends at Homewood Toy & Hobby, Smith’s Variety and Snoozy’s/george have been hard at work making sure Santa’s helpers have plenty to choose from (shop early!). In this section our toy gurus offer some can’t miss ideas, as well as share some tips for navigating the 2021 holiday shopping season. Please bear in mind that toy selections and prices may vary from store to store. e

Homewood Toy & Hobby owner Tricia McCain with the new for 2021, the Calico Critters Baby Amusement Park.


Do you have any tips for shoppers who are navigating the 2021 holiday shopping season? My tip for shoppers this season is that if you want a particular item and you see it on the shelf, don’t hesitate on buying it. It may not be there even a couple of days later. We are well stocked for the holidays but reorders are HOMEWOOD TOY & HOBBY pretty much impossible is at 2830 18th St. S. in to guarantee at this point. downtown Homewood. For Some of our companies more information, call 205cut off ordering as early as 879-3986 or visit the store’s September this year due to Facebook page. staffing and shipping issues. We are lucky we ordered early for the holidays in anticipation of delays! What is your favorite rising trend in toys? We are seeing more and more toys being released that focus on creativity and imaginative play and toys that get kids outdoors. This past year has seen a huge increase in sales in our hobby department with more kids getting involved in remote control cars and plastic model building. If you could be any toy, which would you be and why? I couldn’t come up with a toy, so I asked our store manager, Julie Marix and she says she would be a baby doll because they are loved and cherished for many generations.

Tricia’s Picks

For the infants on up, McCain said Bella Tunno teethers, $12.99 and available in various colors, have been a huge hit. They come in multiple colors and feature trendy phrases. Le Toy Van Noah’s Balancing Ark, $29.99, is a wooden Noah’s ark with colorful animals that teaches basic stacking skills. Ages one and up. Toddlers will love the Hape Rocket Ball Air Stacker, $32.99, which includes stack tubes to build a rocket. Once the rocket is built, drop the ball inside and turn on the fan to see the balls fly in the tubes. The Kidoozie Cruisin’ Cuisine Playset, $34.99, is the funnest food truck in town, with accessories, working

See HOMEWOOD TOY, page 27

Smith’s Variety owner Brad Simpson llikes Perfect Petzzz, handmade pets that not only look lifelike, they “breathe.”

Brad Simpson - SMITH’S VARIETY

Do you have any tips for shoppers who are navigating the 2021 holiday shopping season? With the supply chain issues that all stores are facing, we recommend shopping early this year. If you see something in stock that you like, buy it now as it likely won’t be available later in the season. We’re fully stocked and have a SMITH’S VARIETY is at great selection right now! 45 Church St. in Mountain What is your favorite Brook’s Crestline Village. For more information, call 205rising trend in toys? 871-0841 or visit the store’s My favorite trend right Facebook page. now is hands-on STEM and building sets. More than just science experiments, many new STEM sets build working toys like roller coasters, candy claw machines and gumball machines. If you could be any toy, which would you be and why? I played with LEGOs almost every day as a kid, and they’re as popular now as they were 30 years ago. Rarely are there toys that stand the test of time, especially in today’s digital age. I would want to be LEGOs if I were a toy simply because I know I wouldn’t get thrown away after a couple days of use!

Brad’s Picks

Remote-controlled cars never go out of style. At Smith’s, Simpson has been loving the RC Mini Tank, $29.99, a “small but very fast and agile remote-controlled tank.” Car-loving kids also will get a kick out of Tracer Racers, $99.99, a high-speed remote-controlled super-loop speedway. For a kid who likes a little extra, the Water Bomber Drift remote control car, $69.99, has a built-in water bullet shooter and its wheels accommodate steep inclines, horizontal driving and multi-directional drifting. Building blocks come in many shapes and styles, but none have stood the test of time quite like LEGOs. While sets come in many styles and sizes, Simpson’s top picks are LEGO Friends, $14.99-99.99, which are designed for girls, and the ever-popular Star Wars sets, $19.99-99.99, which feature characters from the movies as well as the Mandalorian series.

See SMITH’S, page 32

Snoozy’s/george owner George Jones with a returning favorite from last year, the Toniebox.

George Jones - SNOOZY’S/george

Do you have any tips for shoppers who are navigating the 2021 holiday shopping season? Number one tip, if you are remotely interested in buying an item (preferably from a local merchant) and you have it in your hand, buy it! The delay in the supply chain is real. What is your favorite rising trend in toys? SNOOZY’S/george is at 228 Country Club Park in Trends this year include Mountain Brook’s Crestline fidget toys, blind packages Village. For more information, (The customer knows call 205-871-2662 or visit the what type of item they are store’s Facebook page. buying; they will not know the color or personality of the piece.) and cool tech items. My favorite is the U-Bot. The U-Bot is a personal camera bot with 360 degrees rotation with smart face tracking. This device is brand new. Love it! If you could be any toy, which would you be and why? I think I would be a Gel-Blaster. The Gel-Blaster, $69.99, is a projectile that shoots biodegradable water “gellets” over 100 feet. Why? All ages from 9 and up have enjoyed this product that debuted earlier this year. It’s fun and with no adverse effects on the environment.

George’s Picks

One of the coolest tech toys this year is the U-Bot, $69.99, which connects to your phone and accommodates hands-free filming, following you through the use of facial recognition. Educational play is all the rage, and one of the most popular geographic toys is the Intelliglobe II Smart Globe, $169.99. With the stylus, simply travel the globe and click on a country or area to learn more about its population, capitals and other cool facts. For kids who want to master a true instrument, Jones said they can’t get enough of their ukuleles, $59.99. A returning favorite from last year’s top toy roundup is the Toniebox, $99.99, a storytelling device with a variety of characters available. Now through December, the purchase of a Toniebox comes with a free set of headphones and one

See SNOOZY’S, page 32


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HOMEWOOD TOY From page 26 components and sounds of a real moving kitchen. Kids who love to work with their hands can’t get enough of Educational Insights Design & Drill ABCs & 123s, $32.99, a battery drill with bolts and activity cards that not only entertain your kids but teach them. Brand new for 2021, the Calico Critters Baby Amusement Park, $64.99, is a complete playset to use with Calico Critter babies. In addition to this new play set, the store carries the full line of critters. One of the Homewood Toy and Hobby crew’s favorite tech features this year is the Boomerang Stunt Drone, $19.99. The motion-activated drone has become a Tik Tok sensation. The love of unicorns does not seem to be waning. One of the latest popular items is the Hot Focus Unicorn Beauty Backpack, $29.99, which includes a glittery make up kit. Crafty children can create their own indoor fairy garden with the Creativity for Kids Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden, $26.99. The kit includes a planter as well as fairy-inspired accessories. Endorsed by Russell Wilson, the Aerobie Sonic Fin Football, $22.99, will get kids playing outside and testing its ability to be thrown up to 100 yards. When it comes to stuffing stockings,

The Kidoozie Cruisin’ Cuisine Playset, $34.99, is the funnest food truck in town.

Kids who love to work with their hands can’t get enough of Educational Insights Design & Drill ABCs & 123s, $32.99. Marix and McCain’s go-to are Plus Plus tubes, $7.99. The construction toys are one of the store’s bestselling items that match building with creativity. A blast from the past that has remained popular has been Duncan YoYos, $5.99 and up. Choose Your Own adventure books, $6.99, are a great stocking stuffer, according to Marix, especially if you have a car trip coming up. Rory’s Story Cubes are an imaginative line of games that come with themed cubes that kids can use to build their own stories. While the store stocks a variety of themes, one of

Rory’s Story Cubes are an imaginative line of games that come with themed cubes. Star Wars pack, $15.99.

Hot Focus Unicorn Beauty Backpack, $29.99, which includes a glittery make up kit. Marix’s favorites is the Star Wars pack, $15.99. For a fun surprise in a blind

Creativity for Kids Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden, $26.99. The kit includes a planter as well as fairyinspired accessories. package, Marix is loving CuteTitos Babitos, $12.99. Each package includes a baby plush animal wrapped in a mini burrito blanket and stuffed into a taco.

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Christmas GIFT GUIDE 2021

“Away in a Manger” Christmas ornament, $11. Attic Antiques, 205-991-6887.

Custom engraved 18” Ramsay necklace, $159; and 18” Margaret necklace with pearls and Ramsay locket, $219. ExVoto Vintage Jewelry, 205-538-7301.

Donate $75 to Homewood Community Grief Support and receive a handmade memorial luminary to light in remembrance of a lost loved one.

Plush stuffed animals from Ganz and Dasha make the perfect stocking stuffer for little dancers, $12-21. Applause Dancewear, 205-871-7837.


e’ve made the rounds to some of our favorite area merchants, who just happen to be our valued advertisers, to check on Santa’s supply chain situation, and we are happy to report there’s plenty of stuff on the shelves! Shopping local (and early!) is great for our economy, Santa’s stress level and most importantly everyone on your shopping list. To help you get started we’ve put together a list of great gift ideas that, at press time Monday, were still available! e

“The Village Tree” candle, $52, commemorates Bromberg’s 185th year in business. The hand-poured candles by Homewood Candle Co. feature an illustration of Bromberg’s Village Tree by Birmingham artist Holly Hollon. Bromberg’s, 205-871-3276.

Complete your holiday decor with this Peking Handicraft 18”x18” hooked wool pillow, $64. A large selection of pillows offer various sizes and patterns. The Christmas Shoppe At Crestline Pharmacy, 205-871-0317

The Beloved Book is an heirloom shower and wedding guest book, the perfect holiday gift for engaged and soon-to-be engaged couples. Gift certificates and local pickup available.

Personalize your Marla Aaron lock necklace, $240, with Zoe Chicco charms, starting at $95 per charm. Exclusively available at Etc..., 205-335-7912.

Fresh gift cards from your neighborhood Piggly Wiggle are the perfect stocking stuffer.

Make perfect bacon in the microwave every time with the Bacon Mug by Anthony Stoneware Pottery. The Cook Store, 205- 879-5277.

Montblanc’s classic Meisterstück gold-coated ballpoint pen, $425. Barton-Clay Jewelers, 205-871-7060.

Shop the clean and woody scent of Byredo’s best selling fragrance, Gypsy Water, $190-270. Gus Mayer, 205-870-3300.

Diamond and gold bracelets, from $1,900-2,850. JB & Co., 205-478-0455.

Perfect for all ages, Runamok pure maple syrup, $21.99, comes in a variety of flavors, including Sparkle Syrup, infused with edible sparkles. Wild Birds Unlimited, 205-823-6500.

Afghan Kilim hand woven rugs are available in sizes 2x3 to 9x12, starting at $40. The Rug Bug Designs Shops of Grand River Outlets, 205-392.2151.

Vintage, handcrafted Mark Robert’s stocking holder Christmas fairies, $95. Roman Brantley, 205-460-1224

Cookie tins, starting at $26, are the perfect sweet gift for friends, neighbors and for corporate gifting. Cookie Fix Homewood, 205-582-2623; Cahaba Heights 205-848-8001.


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Gifts of Art

Thursday, Dec. 2 - 10 a.m.-7 p.m

Cute and comfortable faux fur slippers, $38, are available in pale pink, ivory and black. Marguerite’s Conceits, 205-879-2730.

Henhouse Antiques’ signature scent and Frasier Fir candles, $23 each. Henhouse Antiques, 205-918-0505.

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A Spirit of Service Spain Park Students Celebrate Former Military on Veterans Day

The day before Veterans Day, students and faculty at Spain Park High School gathered for a ceremony to celebrate men and women who have served their country. Last year, the school dedicated its Three-Flag Patriotic Memorial near the school’s entrance with plans to hold a ceremony a year later to dedicate engraved bricks. On Nov. 10, 17 bricks honoring 17 Spain Park alums who have served in the U.S. military were installed during a 30-minute ceremony. Spain Park instructional support teacher Buzz Williams, who is a Navy veteran and sponsor of the school’s Armed Forces Club, said students also

MBJH’s Caroline Russell Earns State’s Outstanding Gifted Student Title

At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Mountain Brook Board of Education, the board recognized Mountain Brook Junior High seventh grader Caroline Russell. Russell recently was recognized as recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Gifted Student Award, presented annually by the Alabama Association of Gifted Children. According to school officials, the award was a reflection of Russell’s service to gifted students at Cherokee Bend Elementary during the 2020-21 school year. When she learned that the Birmingham-area Special Olympics had been canceled because of the COVID19 pandemic, Russell organized and helped plan a similar event for her peers in CBES’ gifted education department. Working with the school’s special education teachers and the principal as well as occupational therapists, Russell helped coordinate an event that included an obstacle course with stations that highlighted the unique abilities of each of the special education department’s students.

spent the national holiday packing several hundred care packages, which will be sent overseas to active duty military. In addition, four venues were set up for social studies students to tour and listen to recordings of veteran speakers representing the U.S. Navy, Marines, Air Force and other military branches. “The Spain Park tradition is to partner with patriotic businesses and organizations who will combine their gifts with student donations,” Williams said. The mailing of the packages will be handled by Support Our Soldiers of Alabama, locally founded by the family of Thomas Rivers of Hoover, a Marine who died in Afghanistan in April 2010 at the age of 22. “Students will subsequently write

‘thank you’ notes to be included with all the incidentals for packing,” Williams said. “This is a learn-bydoing activity (that) will inspire students to learn and to become stakeholders in American patriotism.” The plan is to have the packages mailed late this month so they reach their recipients right around the holidays.




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Second-Round Results CLASS 6A

Mountain Brook (11-1) 45, Jackson-Olin (9-3) 14 Gardendale (10-2) 35, Homewood (6-6) 27 Clay-Chalkville (12-0) 56, Briarwood Christian (10-2) 21

By Rubin E. Grant

Mountain Brook (11-1) at Pinson Valley (9-3)


Thompson (11-1) at Hoover (12-0)

HOOVER From page 36

Harrell is expected to start Friday against the Bucs. Containing him and the Warriors’ other playmakers will be a priority, Niblett said. “We can’t let them beat us over the top and we have to control the box (near the line of scrimmage),” Niblett said. “They have a lot of dynamic players and we have to stay in front of them.” The Bucs survived an overtime thriller against Hewitt-Trussville in the second round, pulling out a 24-23 victory when linebacker Terrell Jones deflected Hewitt’s two-point conversion pass attempt that would have given the Huskies the victory. Hewitt’s James Hammonds had scored on a 5-yard run to bring the Huskies within a point, but they elected to go for the win instead of attempting to kick and send the game into a second overtime. “It was a good win,” Niblett said.

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The “first one” Niblett referred to was their regular season matchup on Oct. 22 at the Hoover Met when the Bucs rallied from a 21-10 halftime deficit to pull out a 24-21 victory on senior quarterback Bennett Meredith’s 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jabari Gaines with 14 seconds remaining. The victory snapped Thompson’s 27-game winning streak and gave Hoover the Region 3 title. Thompson played the second half without senior quarterback Conner Harrell, a North Carolina commit who was injured in the first half. Harrell missed the Warriors’ first-round playoff game but came off the bench and completed 10 of 13 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in the 45-7 secondround victory against Oak Mountain.

Hoover players celebrate their overtime win against Hewitt-Trussville.

SPARTANS From page 36

teams played well. We ran the ball well, so we could pass it.” Yeager was pleased with the performance of the Spartans’ offensive line. “We did better at the line of scrimmage than I expected,” Yeager said. “Other than Clay-Chalkville, not many teams have a had a lot of suc-

“This time of year, it’s all about advancing. We didn’t play our best game, but we made some plays in the end to give us an opportunity to win the game.” Junior receiver R.J. Hamilton caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Meredith to snap a 17-17 tie at the start of overtime, giving Hoover a 24-17 lead. “It was an out-and-up route,” Hamilton said. “Bennett put it where it needed to be and I just had to go make a play.” Meredith completed 23-of-37 passes for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Hamilton had nine receptions for 103 yards. Hamilton also had a big game in the regular season victory against Thompson, catching 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in his second game of the season after missing the Bucs’ first eight games because of a shoulder injury. He and Niblett both said the Bucs will have to play better against Thompson than they did against Hewitt. “We struggled to find our footing against Hewitt,” Hamilton said. “We can’t play as sloppy as we did against them and expect to beat Thompson.” Niblett said it’s a matter of scoring when the Bucs have that opportunity. “We didn’t execute the way we wanted,” Niblett said. “When we get in the red zone, we have got to get some points. We had a couple of opportunities against Hewitt where we didn’t come away with points, including one where we had a fourth-and-one at the one and didn’t convert. To win a championship we have to convert those.”

Spain Park head football coach Shawn Raney has resigned after nine years at the helm. Raney had a 54-43 overall record at Spain Park, but the Jaguars struggled through a 2-8 season this fall, which was the worst mark in program history. “Coach Raney has done an excellent job serving SPHS students and the community, and the administration would like to thank Coach Raney for his dedication to the school and the football program,” Hoover City Schools said in a statement. “The school wishes him success in his future endeavors. A search for Coach Raney’s replacement will take place in the near future.” Raney has extensive experience coaching in high school and college, including assistant coaching stops at Hoover and Oak Mountain and in college at UAB and Iowa State.

offensive touchdown and 44 yards rushing while recording six sacks. Jackson-Olin, which also scored on an interception return, entered the game averaging 37 points a game. “They came out with two tight ends, something you don’t see a lot of, but our defense did a good job of adjusting, especially in the second half,” Yeager said. “They played well.” Yeager said the Spartans will need another solid performance to knock

off Pinson Valley, the defending Class 6A state champions. The Indians shut out Oxford 20-0 in the second round to reach the quarterfinals. “They look the same as they did last year without ‘Kool-Aid,’” Yeager said, with the “Kool-Aid” reference being the nickname of former Pinson star Ga’Quincy McKinstry, the 2020 Alabama Mr. Football. “They have the same quarterback (Zach Pyron). “They have some losses, but

they’re doing what they did last year, peaking late. They’re a championship-caliber team. It will be a great challenge for us.” Colvin believes the Spartans will have a good chance to beat Pinson and reach the semifinals for the second consecutive year. “We just have to keep building momentum, keep having fun and keep playing complementary football,” Colvin said. “Everyone has to be focused on doing their job.”

Homewood’s Woods Ray looks for a reciever in the Patriots’ second round loss to Gardendale.

cess against them. I was pleased with our ability to pass protect and give Colvin time to throw. “I was surprised we had some big plays. I didn’t know if we could manufacture big plays.” Colvin and Beatty hooked up on touchdown passes covering 55 and 51 yards. Their other TD connection was for 19 yards. The Spartans also received another solid effort from their defense, which held the Mustangs to only one

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Hoover volleyball coach Chris Camper has been thinking about retiring for a few years, and he finally decided now was the time. “It’s about spending time with my family,” Camper explained as his primary reason for retiring. “It’s been a great run. I am at peace with it.” Camper said he purchased a farm in Sterrett in Shelby County and wanted to spend more time with his three children. His son, Carson, is a senior basketball and baseball player at Chelsea and his daughters, Jordan and Makenna, are volleyball players. “I’m ready to do something different and I want to watch them play,” Camper said. Camper did not want to discuss a report that one of the reasons he was retiring was parental interference in the Over the Mountain community. “I was just answering a question honestly,” he said. “I don’t want this to be about me complaining.” Camper has coached for 22 years, the last 10 at Hoover, where he compiled a 378-109 record and won the 2020 Class 7A state championship. The Bucs finished 50-1 last year while claiming their first state championship with what Camper called a “once-in-a-lifetime” team. He was named the 2020 High School Coach of the Year. Camper said the title didn’t hasten his decision to retire a year later, but “it filled a gap or a hole.” “It was nice to win one,” he added. “But I have 25 years in the state retirement system, so it was a good time.” This season, the Bucs finished 29-16 and reached the Class 7A North Regional before being eliminated by eventual state champion Spain Park. Camper has an overall career record of 772-304, including stops at Erwin (now Center Point), Spain Park and Mountain Brook. He led teams to the state playoffs 18 times with 11 overall trips to the Elite 8 state tournament and three appearances in the Elite 8 finals. More than 50 of his players earned scholarships to play volleyball. Camper informed his players of his decision Friday.

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Third-Round Pairings

Coaching Roundup Camper Retires as Hoover’s Volleyball Coach, Raney Retires at Spain Park


Thompson (11-1) 45, Oak Mountain (7-5) 7 Hoover (12-0) 24, Hewitt-Trussville (9-3) 23


Chris Camper has coached for 22 years, the last 10 at Hoover, where he compiled a 378-109 record and won the 2020 Class 7A state championship.

“I think they took it OK,” he said. “I try to be honest with my players. They knew I was getting toward the end. They also know I enjoy being a part of the Hoover volleyball program. “I told them how much I truly enjoyed coaching them, that it was a pleasure and a privilege to coach so many great teams.” Camper plans to continue teaching through the end of the school year.

Raney Resigns

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CROSS COUNTRY (19:06.49) and Hoover freshman Lila Hunter was 12th (19:14.64). Mountain Brook won the Class 6A girls title, claiming its first state championship since 2015 and its 24th overall with a very strong score of 26 thanks to five runners finishing in the top 10. “That was incredible,” Riley said. “I could not say too much about my teammates. They are the hardest workers and the coolest people and they are all so encouraging. “Our goal all year was to win it. We went undefeated in Alabama as a team all year and that was special to be a part of. We expected to win, but we still had to put in the work to do it.” It was the first time since 2015 that Mountain Brook won the individual and team titles in the same meet. Frances Patrick won the individual Class 7A title in 2015. The 24 girls state cross-country crowns is a new AHSAA state record – breaking a tie between Mountain Brook and Scottsboro, with each owning 23 all-time titles entering the meet. The Wildcats finished third with 131 points and three-time defending Class 6A state champion Homewood was runner-up with 104 points. Spartans junior Clark Stewart finished second behind Riley, clocking 18:13.50. Northridge junior Mary Mac

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From page 36

Mountain Brook won the Class 6A girls title, claiming its first state championship since 2015 and its 24th overall with a very strong score of 26 thanks to five runners finishing in the top 10.

Collins, the 2020 runner-up, was third at 18:29.64. Other top 10 finishers for the Spartans were senior Hunter Anderson sixth (18:34.78) and sophomores Mary Katherine Malone (18:52.40) and Lucy Benton (18:54.67) eighth and ninth, respectively. “Reagan ran really well and the whole team ran really well,” Mountain Brook coach Michael McGovern said. “We always say we want to run our best at the beginning of November, and we did that. We blew away the record for the lowest average team time. It was very impressive as a group.”

Mountain Brook’s average time for its top seven runners was 18:27.00 compared to Homewood’s time of 19:36.18 and Scottsboro’s time of 19:55.98. Homewood freshman Emma Brooke Levering finished fifth in 18:34.26 and Briarwood Christian freshman Mary Grace Parker was seventh in 18:46.74.

Boys Competition

On the boys side, Hoover finished third in Class 7A with 99 points. Huntsville won its fourth straight title with 54 points. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 82 points.

Hoover’s top two finishers were Elijah Joseph, who finished seventh with a time of 15:50.67, and Charles Morris, who was 15th with a time of 16:02.85. Vestavia Hills’ Will Jordan was 11th, clocking 15:58.93. Huntsville senior Will Pinson led the Panthers winning effort with a time of 15:13.61 to claim the 7A boys individual title. In Class 6A, Mountain Brook finished second with 79 points behind Scottsboro, which won its sixth consecutive boys championship and a state-record 16th boys state title overall. The Wildcats won four Class 5A titles from 2016-19 and the 6A title

last year. Scottsboro’s 16th boys state crosscountry championship broke a tie with Hoover for the AHSAA state record. The Bucs have 15 titles. Chelsea senior Miles Brush won the 6A race with a winning time of 15:23.96. Junior Evan Hill of Scottsboro was second, clocking 15:32.43. The Spartans’ top two finishers were Davis Plowden sixth (15:47.75) and Clayton Collins 11th (15:48.19). Homewood’s Andrew Laird was 15th (16:13.49). More than 2,000 runners competed in the championships.

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AHSAA 2021 Football Playoffs Second-round results Page 34


Hoover, Thompson Clash Again With Super 7 Berth on the Line

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By Rubin E. Grant

Mountain Brook junior Reagan Riley crossed the finish line at 17:39.62 to claim the individual Class 6A girls title.

Setting the Pace Vestavia’s West, Mountain Brook’s Riley Claim State Cross-Country Titles in Runaways

By Rubin E. Grant

Vestavia Hills senior Crawford West and Mountain Brook junior Reagan Riley distanced themselves from the field throughout the cross-country season. So it wasn’t a surprise to see them claim individual titles Nov. 6 at the 66th Alabama High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum 5K course near Moulton. West turned in the fastest girls AHSAA time since 2014, clocking 17:06.33, the second-fastest time in AHSAA girls cross-country history, to win the Class 7A individual title. She also won the race as a sophomore in 2019. “It felt special this time because I wasn’t able to finish last year,” West said. “It was great to win in my last high school cross-country meet, a great way to go out.” West’s finish was three seconds shy of the state record 17:03.04 time run by then Montgomery Catholic eighth grader Amaris Tyynismaa. “I wasn’t expecting to run that fast,” said West, who signed a track scholarship with the University of Alabama last week. “I can’t complain about not setting the state record because I ran my personal best. I’m very happy with a personal record.” Riley crossed the finish line at 17:39.62 to claim the individual Class 6A girls title. Coming off hip surgery, she finished 18th in 2020 with a 20:16.64 time. “It was super exciting to win and a ton of fun,” Riley said. “I just wanted to stretch it out. I knew there was a lot of good competition in 6A, but I knew if I could hold the pace I could out-hold anyone.” None of the other Class 7A runners challenged West. Huntsville junior Ava McIntosh was second at 18:32.24, followed by sophomore teammate Sarah Cobb, who crossed the finish line at 18:35.73. Baker’s Lindsey Baker was fourth (18:52.29), and Auburn’s tandem of sophomore Rylee Plexico and eighth grader Olivia Tole finished fifth

Seasons come and seasons go, but not before a semifinal showdown in the state football playoffs between the Hoover Bucs and the Thompson Warriors. The Bucs (12-0) and Warriors (11-1) will clash in the Class 7A semifinals for the fifth consecutive season Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hoover Met. The winner will advance to the Class 7A championship game Dec. 1 during the Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 7 Championships at Protective Stadium in Birmingham. Thompson, the two-time defending Class 7A champs, has won the past three semifinal matchups against Hoover. The Bucs won in 2017 en route to their last state title. “It’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere,” Hoover coach Josh Niblett said of Friday’s semifinal game. “Our kids will have to lock in on our preparations during the week and be ready to perform well.

Hoover’s Cotton Peters gets by a Hewitt defender in the Bucs 24-23 overtime win last week.

“I am looking forward to it. I don’t think the first one will have anything to do with it.”

See HOOVER, page 34

On the Road Again Spartans Ready for Quarterfinal Playoff Trip to Pinson Valley

By Rubin E. Grant

Vestavia senior Crawford West turned in the fastest girls AHSAA time since 2014, clocking 17:06.33, the secondfastest time in AHSAA girls cross-country history, to win the Class 7A individual title. The Vestavia team finished second behind Auburn.

and sixth with times of 19:52.95 and 18:57.48, respectively. Auburn captured the Class 7A team title with 68 points, followed by Vestavia Hills, 80, and defending state champion Hewitt-Trussville, 95. Rebels freshman Claire Spooner (19:08.29) and sophomore Kaitlyn Wende (19:10.92) finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Spain Park senior Mackenzie Culpepper was seventh See CROSS COUNTRY, page 35

Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager is eager to take the Spartans’ state football playoff show on the road. After posting home wins in the first two rounds, Mountain Brook (11-1) will visit Pinson Valley (9-3) in the Class 6A quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. “I am very excited about going on the road,” Yeager said. “You have to go on the road sometime if you continue to win. I am glad to be going back to Pinson because that’s where it ended for us last year.” The Indians eliminated the Spartans 27-10 in the 2020 semifinals at Pinson. “They’ve got a good environment,” Yeager added. “They’ve got good turf, so I’d rather be going somewhere with turf instead of natural grass. And it’s not a small facility, so that’s exciting too.” Mountain Brook advanced to the quarterfinals with a 45-14 victory against Jackson-Olin (9-3) last

Friday at Spartan Stadium. Junior quarterback John Colvin threw three touchdown passes to junior receiver Jackson Beatty and junior running back Will Waldrop ran 24 times for 182 yards and three

‘You have to go on the road sometime if you continue to win. I am glad to be going back to Pinson because that’s where it ended for us last year.’ MOUNTAIN BROOK COACH CHRIS YEAGER

scores. “We played complementary football,” Colvin said. “Our offense helped our defense, our defense helped our offense and our special See SPARTANS, page 34

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