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Junior League of Birmingham President Amy Jackson, second from left, with past presidents, from left, Valerie Ramsbacher, Toni Leeth and June Clark.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Suzan Doidge set to retire from Mountain Brook Chamber PAGE 8

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

SPECIAL LEADER Scoutmaster Steve Lloyd steps down from leadership role PAGE 10

A Century of Service Junior League Marks Anniversary with 100 Acts of Service Project

By Ally Morrison


stablished in 1922, the Junior League of Birmingham is celebrating 100 years of service, leadership, partnerships and development of women’s potential.

In 1916, a service group from St. Mary’s Church focused on supporting servicemen who were called to fight at the Mexican-American border. Calling themselves “Volunteer Relief,” they collected much-needed items of comfort, such as toothpaste and soap, and

after the war was over, hosted events raising money for Children’s Hospital. Also formed to help the less fortunate was a group of 30-something young women known as “Mrs. Shook’s Group.” This group engaged

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fter a long hiatus, I once again establishment for a mile in either drove down to Florida to see direction was a pet crematorium that my grandchildren. The trip I’m hoping had no connection at all. requires nine hours of solid driving, The best part was that the lounge but it beats a similar number of hours parking lot also held a small, do-itspent dealing with airport crowds. yourself lighted sign that said, I enjoy the drive, really. I could “Karaoke Tuesday night.” The sign take the multi-lane highway route had been there for a while, indicating through Atlanta, which would get me that karaoke night was a weekly event. there a bit quicker, but I always The road continued on past choose the more scenic route that Cowboy Bill’s for a long, uneventful involves a little less white-knuckling stretch, so it gave me a lot of time to and gives me more time to breathe. think about those Tuesday nights. I Sue Murphy The route takes me through a lot of pictured a crowd of karaoke regulars, rural Alabama and Georgia scenery people who drove from their homes and several small towns where there and farms and far-flung (very far) is always something interesting to businesses for a My favorite (roadway family-owned see. I don’t stop much along the chance to be on the stage. I pictured way, or the nine hours would the parking lot filling up and wouldsign) this time said, become 10, but I take in the local singers filing in through that “To Avoid Amputation, be flavor via roadway signs and billrusty screen door. Once their eyes Call …” which seemed became accustomed to the dim boards. My favorite this time said, “To they leafed through the availlike a veiled threat ... light, Avoid Amputation, Call …” which able play list, although my guess is seemed like a veiled threat, but the that most of them already knew guy on the sign was wearing a white what they were going to sing. coat so I’m assuming it was a medical sort of thing. In They’d been stealing practice time all week in between Columbus, there were several military supply stores oil changes and selling bags of shelled pecans, and they that made me giggle just a little thinking about the poswere as ready as they’d ever be. sibility that the U.S. Army issued new recruits a supply Were there crowd favorites? A guy with lambchop list like they do in first grade – “Two pair of stain-resis- sideburns who did justice to “Viva Las Vegas?” A tant khakis, one pair of sturdy boots, one No. 2 bazooheart-of-gold woman who could bring the crowd to ka, four regulation hand grenades.” tears with a little Patsy Cline? A couple who sang There are parts of the trip where the attractions are exclusively showtunes? A guy who made the crowd few and far between, which made the discovery of groan because he insisted on signing “Bohemian Cowboy Bill’s Lounge especially intriguing. The build- Rhapsody” every single week? ing was low and dusty and sat just past County Line I didn’t stop, so I’ll never know, but I enjoyed thinkRoad (which county, I couldn’t tell you). There were no ing about those brave souls. I applaud them for their lights on, but it was only 9 a.m., when any late-night dogged genius in creating a place where they can sing carousing cowboy would still be sensibly home in bed. the song that is in their hearts every Tuesday so close to The parking lot also held a liquor store. That would be a crematorium. Well played, my friends. Well played. handy in case Cowboy Bill ran low. But the only other

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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension on May 12 held the 3rd Annual Food Truck Festival. Guests of the event enjoyed a variety of delicious food, music and kids activities. All proceeds of the event benefit outreach ministries at Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Danielle Lewis with her sons Landon and Leo, left, join in on the fun. Journal photo by Jordan Wald

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Fri., May 20-21 Ode to Joy


Celebrate the beginning of summer with Beethoven’s triumphant Ninth Symphony. The beloved masterpiece symbolizes and honors the fight for equality, freedom, and the empowerment of others. When: 7 p.m. Where: Jemison Concert Hall

June 3-4 QuiltFest 2022

Presented by the Birmingham Quilters Guild, guests will enjoy a judged quilt show, vendors, quilt sale, and more. All proceeds from the event’s silent auction will benefit The Lakeshore Foundation. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Bessemer Civic Center

AAZK Zoo Run: Sprint For Sloths Organized each year by the Birmingham Chapter of the Association of Zoo Keepers, the 16th Annual ZooRun is a family-friendly event featuring races for both adults and kids. When: 7-10 a.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo


Sat., May 21


Commemorating 100 years of making music in the state of Alabama, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will explore the musical accomplishments of beloved Alabamians including Bobby Horton (above) and others. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Samford University Brock Recital Hall

Sun., June 5 Vulcan’s 118th Birthday Bash

Presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company with additional support from Piggly Wiggly and CBS42, Vulcan Park and Museum will offer games, food, fun and more to celebrate its 118th birthday. When: 1-5 p.m. Where: Vulcan Park and Museum

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Village 2 Village 10K

This “iconic” race through the neighborhoods of Mountain Brook has been held for more than a decade. After the race, runners can enjoy a post-race party featuring free t-shirts, medals, a kids zone and live music. When: 7:30 a.m. Where: Mountain Brook City Hall

Sun., May 22 Summer Reading Carnival Kick-Off and Thomas Hughes Brinkley Fun Run

The event begins with a 1-mile Fun Run at 3:00 and the Summer Reading Carnival Kick-off begins at 3:30 hosted by the Junior Women’s Committee of 100. Games, crafts, music, train rides, popcorn and more. When: 3-5 p.m. Where: O’Neal Library

Fri., May 27 Symphonic Spectacular

Join the Alabama Symphony under the stars to kick off a weekend celebrating 100 years of music making. Guests will enjoy stirring works by American composers, including Birmingham-native Brian Raphael Nabors. When: 8 p.m. Where: Railroad Park

Sat., May 28 Kitty Kat Haven & Rescue 5K Meow-A-Thon and 1 Mile Whisker Walk

This 5K and 1-mile fun run will benefit Kitty Kat Haven & Rescue, a no-kill, cage-free shelter for cats and kittens. When: 8 a.m. Where: Veterans Park

Sun., May 29 Family Fun Day

Don’t miss the jubilant conclusion of Alabama Symphony’s 21/22 season. The Family Fun Day program includes something for everyone, including a special solo appearance by our Concertmaster Daniel Szasz as well as a Memorial Day tribute. When: 6 p.m. Where: Railroad Park

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Bare Hands, Inc. presents Birmingham Taco Fest, featuring Birmingham’s Top Taco Vendors and Food Trucks, music, children’s activities and local art vendors. Attendees will vote for the Best Taco. When: 1-6 p.m. Where: Sloss Furnaces

Celebrating 10 years, you’ll find some of Alabama’s favorite food trucks parked at the market along with the best local farms and all kinds of arts and crafts vendors. When: Every Tuesday in June, July and the first Tuesday in August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: 160 Oxmoor Road, West Homewood

The Birmingham Barons are joining forces with the Autism Society of Alabama and other autism advocacy groups to provide the ultimate experience for friends and families of the autism community. When: 4:00 p.m. Where: Regions Field

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Experience breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast while you travel through the Zoo. Attendees will delight in tasty selections from food truck vendors. Rain or shine event, ages 21+. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo

Glenwood Kicks Off Seasonal Market Day Glenwood has established its newest tradition for the spring and summer, holding Glenwood Market Day every Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Guests can spend an afternoon on the Glenwood campus with open-air shopping and Glenwood’s version of a farmer’s market. Shop fresh fruits, vegetables, specialty food items and crafts from nearby farmers and local artists. More than 20 vendors will show their products each week. A few Market Day vendors include Hamm Farms, MannaMarket, Ivory LeShore’s Gourmet Bread Pudding and Cheesecakes, Blind Dog Biscuit, Sweet Claire’s Caboose and Blue Rooster Farms. The new event allows Glenwood to bring farm-fresh products to members of the community while they interact with individuals Glenwood serves. Glenwood supports person-centered treatment of children and adults affected by autism and other behavioral health needs. Glenwood’s main campus is at 150 Glenwood Lane. Market Days will be held rain or shine, with vendors moved indoors in inclement weather.

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Guided Canoe Trip: Moonlight Tour Cahaba River Society offers guided float trips on the Cahaba River. A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flat water portion of the Cahaba. You’ll likely hear a variety of wildlife, and see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Highway 280 Cahaba Bridge

Birmingham-Area Easterseals’ Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Services Easterseals of the Birmingham Area will host its second annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 21 at Highland Park Golf Course. Event attendees and golfers can take part in a raffle and compete for a chance to win a hole-in-one cash or gift card prize. All funds raised from selling teams, sponsorships and raffle tickets support the mission of Easterseals of the Birmingham Area. The group serves children, teens and adults with disabilities. It offers physical, speech and occupational therapy and covers the cost of services for those who cannot afford them. The group also works with teens and adults with disabilities, providing them with job training classes to help them find work.





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in the same type of volunteer work. Six years later, in 1922, Mrs. Shook’s Group and the Saint Mary’s Volunteer Relief Group came together at historical South Highland Presbyterian Church to form the Junior League of Birmingham. As the original torchbearers of the city, these women embarked on the mission to build partnerships for a better Birmingham. According to its website, the JLB has grown from 100 members to more than 2,300 today, making a difference annually by engaging in 55,000 hours of service, leading community fundraising to raise $1.7 million and inspiring the next generation of female leaders.

Celebrating 100 Years

JLB President Amy Jackson first joined the organization in 2005 and began her presidency in June 2021. Jackson’s presidency will come to an end in June, as she passes the torch to President-elect Martina Winston. In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Junior League established the community service project 100 Acts of Service. Inglenook Elementary was among one of the many areas of the Birmingham community to see the Junior League’s love. The JLB spent several weeks renovating an old baseball field and basketball court at the school and hosted a family-fun day, providing snacks for attendees. “On January 1st of 2022, which began our centennial year celebration, the league went big with 100 Acts of Service all over Birmingham,” Jackson said. “The T-ball field project at Inglenook Elementary was our biggest project as it took several weekends before we finally revealed the project in a community play day accompanied by an incredible sports equipment giveaway.” Jackson detailed the variety of

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State Representative David Faulkner presented members of The Junior League of Birmingham with a proclamation from the state of Alabama at a recent meeting. Above, from left, Allison Dearing, Faulkner, Amy Jackson, JLB president and Martina Winston, JLB president-elect. Below, from left, JLB members at the meeting included Leigh Haver, Jessica Hopper, Meg Lovett and Kaitlin Schaefer.

‘As a little girl, all I ever wanted to do was change the world. Now, as president of one of the largest volunteer service organizations in Alabama, I have the opportunity to do just that.’ MARTINA WINSTON, PRESIDENT-ELECT

projects the organization took on for its acts of service. “We cleared litter with Freshwater Land Trust, built a wheelchair ramp with Hearts & Hands, played Bingo and served lunch to senior citizens at

Avondale Samaritan Place, delivered gift baskets to front line health workers and more,” Jackson said. Kicking off the organization’s centennial festivities in May was the release of a short film in honor of the

occasion, which documented the Junior League’s beginnings, growth and hope for the future. On May 9, this short film premiered at Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema. According to the JLB, the organization has been committed to Building Partnerships for a Better Birmingham for 100 years, and the short film celebrates that story. The film was produced by JLB past presidents Toni Leeth and Becky Holt, along with Birmingham-based documentarian Jenna Bedsole of FreeWorks Productions. “With thousands of photos, newsletters, video footage and other memorabilia, it made perfect sense to tell our 100-year history through a centennial film,” Jackson said. “Anyone watching this film would have a solid overview of the history of the league and the multitude of projects and initiatives in which it has been involved. Jenna Bedsole and Toni Leeth did an incredible job.” In addition to 100 Acts of Service, the JLB awarded scholarships in April to further the investment in the future of the community.

Passing the Torch

As Jackson passes the president title to Winston, she looks back on the


past year. “The JLB has provided me the outlet to serve my community in a multitude of facets that would have otherwise been unavailable without joining several organizations,” Jackson said. “Being involved with the league’s impact on our community, along with the relationships and friendships made along the way, has been profoundly satisfying and I will always be grateful to the Junior League of Birmingham for investing in me.”

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Winston has been involved with the Junior League for 12 years and is excited to be stepping into her new role next month. Making a difference has always been a top priority to her, and having a passion for helping others stems from her childhood. “As a little girl, all I ever wanted to do was change the world,” Winston said. “Now, as president of one of the largest volunteer service organizations in Alabama, I have the opportunity to do just that. I was raised by my grandparents, and they were greatly involved in our community. That showed me the importance of giving back and making change and ultimately shaped me “On January 1st of 2022, which began our centennial year celebration, the league went big with 100 Acts of Service all over Birmingham,” Amy Jackson said. Above, Members volunteering at the Firehouse Shelter.

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Mission Accomplished: Bringing a City Together Suzan Doidge Retires After 14 Years With Mountain Brook Chamber


‘The people I have worked alongside for the past 14 years are so special. Board members, city employees, the people in the community and business owners, I’ve gained so many friends.’

By Ally Morrison


Journal photo by Ally Morrison

ountain Brook is a better place because of one important person: Suzan Doidge, according to Mountain Brook City Manager Sam Gaston. Doidge, who has spent the past 14 years as executive director of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, recently announced her retirement. In response to her retirement announcement and as a part of their city improvement project, students of Mountain Brook High School wanted to do something special for her. Margaret Denton, who teaches Leadership Mountain Brook, recommended the students get in touch with Gaston to brainstorm ideas. “They tossed around several different ideas and landed on dedicating a bench in her honor,” Denton said. “One student also suggested having flowers to ‘Suzan-ify’ the space.” The surprise was then revealed to Doidge on May 9 during a City Council meeting, and the following day a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place outside of the Mountain Brook Chamber offices at city hall. “It was very much a welcome surprise and so appreciated,” Doidge said. “I look forward to sitting on that bench and watching the world go by when I retire.” Originally from Sylacauga, Doidge has lived in Mountain Brook for nearly 42 years and resides with her husband, Neil. The two have two children, Anne Raines and Campbell Doidge. After graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in family and child development, Doidge spent nearly three years working as a psychiatric social worker in an adolescent unit at Hillcrest Hospital. During this time, she was active in civic organizations and volunteered with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. “My friend and mentor, Tom Cosby, saw something in me that I didn’t see myself,” Doidge said. “He hired me to work in membership and marketing for the Birmingham Chamber of

Suzan Doidge executive director of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, right, and above with Mountain Brook High School students from left, Lucy Evans, Robert Morrow and Ann Woodke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring her contributions to the community.

Commerce. Everything I know from a marketing and PR respect came from his mentorship.” After spending time with the Birmingham Chamber, Doidge went on to do marketing work for Southwest Airlines for 17 years. When Southwest announced the closure of the satellite marketing offices, Doidge started her own business. “I started my own business dealing with event management and business development,” Doidge said. “I had clients like Vulcan, Books-A-Million, AmSouth and more.” Doidge dedicated time to various organizations, including being on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House and McWane Science Center. While she was busy in her new venture, the Mountain Brook chamber had an opening for an executive director.

Finding Her Calling

“I actually sent my friend to inter-

view for the job and even helped her with her resume,” Doidge said. “I started thinking about the job more and more, and I called her to tell her I was going for it and told the chamber I wanted to put my name in the hat. They interviewed me and 14 years ago gave me the opportunity to represent and support the community in which I live, love and have raised my family. It has been a great place to work, and I think I’m a better person for it.” Doidge details how things changed over her tenure, stating the community is more engaged now than ever. “The more events we started having, the more people wanted to be

involved,” Doidge said. “It’s been interesting to see how people both on and off our board want to participate.” Her ties to the community extend far beyond the chamber walls, as she has become a friend to many Mountain Brook students. “On Fridays during the school year, before COVID, the junior high kids all walked from the junior high to Crestline to hang out, and they would all come by and drop off their backpacks in my office,” Doidge said. “On any given Friday afternoon, you might see 100 backpacks piled up in my office” Doidge has many comical stories to

share during her time with the chamber, but one story in particular stood out to her the most. “About 10 years ago, I got a call from someone in New York with NBC about Village Gold, our local currency. I thought someone was playing a joke on me. Everyone in the office was always joking that I’m gullible,” Doidge said laughing. “It ended up really being NBC. I almost lost this for us, because I almost hung up on him.” “He came to Mountain Brook, spent 3 days here and couldn’t get over the city and the people.” When asked what she will miss most, Doidge said it all comes down to the people. “The people I have worked alongside for the past 14 years are so special,” Doidge said. “Board members, city employees, the people in the community and business owners, I’ve gained so many friends.” Gaston had many compliments for Suzan and the accomplishments she’s made during her time with the chamber. “Suzan has certainly done an outstanding job during her tenure here with the Chamber of Commerce,” Gaston said. “We will miss her, her outgoing personality and her can-do attitude. Whoever fills her position will have big shoes to fill. I have no doubt Mountain Brook is a better place because of her.” After her retirement at the end of September, Doidge has plans to travel. She plans to visit Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, as well as the El

Samford Scores $100 Million Gift, Largest Ever Single Donation in Alabama Journal photo by Ally Morrison

By Ally Morrison

Samford University’s Beck A. Taylor

Samford University announced May 12 that it had received a $100 million gift, the largest single gift ever made to a higher education institution in Alabama. The contribution came from the estate of Marvin Mann, a Samford alumni who passed away March 19.

Per Mann’s wishes, $95 million will be allocated to endowed student scholarships, and $5 million will go to support the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, which Mann created in 2008 in memory of his wife, Frances. During a press conference, Samford University President Beck A. Taylor announced the donation.

“While we mourn the passing of such an incredible man, today we celebrate the amazing legacy that he leaves behind,” Taylor said. “We are humbled and overjoyed to be the beneficiaries of this transformational act of generosity. What an amazing day in the life of Samford University.” According to a press release from Samford, Mann was a first-generation

college graduate, graduating from what was then known as Howard College and now is Samford University. After graduation, he worked for IBM for 32 years and went on to found Lexmark International Inc. in 1991, where he served as chief executive officer and chairman until 1999. Mann was named Alumnus of the Year in 2004.



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‘Special Leader of Young Men’

Scoutmaster Steve Lloyd Dedicated Himself to His Own Boys and Then Hundreds of Others By Susan Swagler



cout leader Steve Lloyd, who guided and influenced a generation of young men, has stepped down from his leadership role of Boy Scouts of America Boy Scout Troop 97 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood after 22 years of service. Long after his own boys, Adam, Russell and Michael, earned their Eagle Scout badges in 2006, 2009 and 2016, respectively, Lloyd remained devoted to Troop 97. He has served as an adult Boy Scout leader since 2000, and he was scoutmaster for 14 years at Troop 97 – making him the longest-tenured scoutmaster of all 15 scoutmasters at the troop since it was established in 1950. Under Lloyd’s leadership, more than 110 Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Dave Goode, who worked with Lloyd for seven years as an assistant scoutmaster, said: “Steve’s dedication to Scouting is evident by how long he continued as scoutmaster after his sons became Eagle Scouts. That is a testament to his unselfishness, dedication and leadership.” Dean Burgess – who served as troop committee chair from 2012 to 2018 and is a current board member of the BSA’s Greater Alabama Council, which serves youth and adult volunteers in 20 counties in north and central Alabama – has known Lloyd since their boys played T-ball together in the 1990s. “You can’t help but follow Steve Lloyd, learn from him and have fun all at the same time,” Burgess said. “His enthusiasm for Scouting, friendship and the outdoors is infectious. His passion for improving the lives of others is exemplary. … He has been a role model for a generation of boys – some of whom are now doctors, accountants, truck drivers, businessmen, Army tank battalion commanders and Navy submarine officers – and he has developed leadership skills in adults who might not have known they had it in them.” Dean Snow, who was scoutmaster of Troop 97 from 2000 to 2008, said Lloyd was instrumental in growing and sustaining the troop. “I remember the call like it was yesterday,” Snow said. “It was early 2000, and I had just taken over as scoutmaster for Troop 97. The troop’s member numbers were way down, and we needed new Scouts fast. I made an urgent call to Steve Lloyd, who was serving as den leader for his son Adam’s Webelos den at Pack 397. “After talking with Steve, telling him of my goals and vision for the troop, he told me he would bring his boys over for a visit and let them make their own decisions. They all joined, and Troop 97 started the comeback that is still in place today.” Lloyd, he said, knew the importance of trust – especially trusting his own Scouts in their abilities to make sound decisions and be effective leaders. “As we began a new chapter in the troop’s history,” Snow said, “we strictly followed the Boy Scout model for troop leadership. This model emphasizes allowing the youth to actually run the troop. Steve took this model, strengthened it and put major emphasis on the development of each and every Scout to become his

Under Steve Lloyd’s leadership, more than 110 Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

best. He believed in his heart that every Scout can become a winner with proper leadership.” It was for that and other reasons that Lloyd was the person Snow wanted to lead the troop after he was done. “When my youngest son attained Eagle in 2008, it was time for me to pass the torch to Steve. I have never looked back on that decision because I knew the troop would be in very capable hands. Our membership was over 90 boys, and Steve had developed a cadre of adult leaders that made running the troop effortless. “Of the 14 Cubs that Steve brought to the

‘You can’t help but follow Steve Lloyd, learn from him and have fun all at the same time.’ DEAN SNOW troop, one dropped out, one moved away and the remaining 12 attained the rank of Eagle. Many, many other boys have passed through this wonderful troop during Steve’s tenure, led by a bevy of adult helpers all following Steve’s talented leadership.” Now Lloyd has stepped aside, and Grant Mullins is the new scoutmaster at Troop 97. He’s there because of Lloyd. “When he first approached me to gauge my interest in being his successor, I turned him down immediately,” Mullins said. “I went on to explain my fear of the daunting task of stepping into such a large pair of boots and not being able to continue at his level of excellence. In classic ‘Mr. Lloyd’ fashion, he listened to my concerns, talked me through the job as he saw it and offered a great deal of kind words and guidance. In that moment, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the kind of guidance that our boys were privy to as members of Troop 97.”

Holding Up Traditions

Troop 97 has a storied history spanning more than 50 years and 15 Scoutmasters, Mullins said. “My hope for our troop is that we continue to carry on the tradition that has been set before

us by such a long line of great leaders and that we continue to mold and shape our young men into the best version of themselves they can be. I’m ... forever indebted to my mentor and friend Steve Lloyd for his persistence in extracting the best out of boys – even 46-year-old ones.” Under Lloyd’s leadership, hundreds of boys in his own troop as well as others he interacted with had a rich and rewarding Scouting experience. So did the other adult leaders who worked alongside Lloyd. Dan Strunk, scoutmaster at Troop 21 in Bluff Park, said Lloyd’s steadfastness and wisdom set him apart. “You can count on him under any circumstance for personal and professional assistance, advice or problem-solving.” Walter Rush, retired Scoutmaster at Troop 320 at Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church, said: “Over the years, Troop 97 has camped in many challenging regions in the North American continent and served well in times of stress and even natural disasters. Under Steve’s leadership, every experience – good, hard, tough, disappointing, or unkind – turned into a learning experience. An entire generation of Homewood men will live the benefits of Mr. Lloyd’s effect on their lives. “His program challenged all his Scouts to develop the virtues of respect, responsibility and resourcefulness in every member of the program,” Rush added. “He accomplished this by developing attitudes of excellence, energy and enthusiasm not only in the boys but in the other adult leaders.”

Lloyd’s Lessons

“Steve Lloyd is everything that is good about Boy Scouting,” Mullins said. “If you’ve had the opportunity to interact with or work alongside ‘Mr. Lloyd,’ as so many young men know him, chances are, you came away better for it.” Lloyd’s unwavering enthusiasm for Scouting was always inspiring and still resonates today. Dan Strunk said Lloyd is known throughout the Scouting world for his “leadership, teamsmanship and people skills” and for his ability to work with a variety of ages – from the young men who are Scouts to the adult leaders around them – in his own troop and “among all the

other Scout relations he has had with individuals and their troops.” “He is well known among all adult members of the Greater Alabama Council in terms of assuring his troop’s attendance/participation in Council activities,” Strunk said. “He has never been anything but enthusiastic about the program, assuring the troop’s constant activities as well as activities involving the council where his troop played strong, active roles. His appearing anywhere Scout leaders congregated, in representing his troop, always seemed to serve as ‘icing on the cake’ regarding group enthusiasm and camaraderie. “His regular wearing of the uniform, maintaining the troop bus and being present at all (Troop) 97 activities and all district and council activities has always assured the strength of the program for not only Troop 97 but the entire Greater Alabama Council,” Strunk added. Lloyd’s dedication over the years to the boys in his troop was evident. His wife, Marilyn, said: “Steve worked hard on every Scout’s Court of Honor advancement and Eagle Courts of Honor, giving his full attention to details for each Scout. Many nights he would be up late working on a presentation for a Court of Honor, and he wouldn’t wrap it up until he felt it was worthy of presentation. “Scouting is a way of life that I know he aspires to instill in each young man that has gone down the path of Boy Scouts. The admirable characteristics of a Scout are something Steve strongly believes in teaching.” These are summed up in the Scout Oath, she said, something that “is so touching for a parent to hear their son say. At least, it has always been that way for me.” Marc Corsini served as assistant scoutmaster in the troop under Lloyd’s leadership, and his sons, Nicholas and Matthew, both earned Eagle rank. Corsini said it’s rare, if not unheard of, for an adult mentor to stay in a child’s life from fifth grade to their 18th birthday. “During those years, you normally would have multiple teachers, coaches, advisers, friends, etc. who make an impact on a child’s life, and these people usually would spend only one to maybe three years with the child. Rarely does an adult get to mold and develop young people over a seven-year period. Not everyone is that committed, but that’s what Steve Lloyd has done. And, altogether, he’s done that for 14 years as Scoutmaster. So, he’s had a significant long-term and positive influence on many more boys than just my own.” Homewood City Councilman John Hardin is a former assistant scoutmaster at Troop 97 whose sons, Michael and Will, both earned Eagle Scout rank. “I knew from the first day I met him (that) Steve Lloyd was going to be that special leader of young men my two boys would have the opportunity to benefit from in Troop 97,” Hardin said. “I am not sure they would have both made it to the rank of Eagle Scout without Steve’s leadership and guidance.” Burgess sums up Lloyd’s years of dedicated service to his Scouts and so many others this way: “He has spent countless hours teaching boys how to grow up to be men of solid character, and he has left a positive imprint that will be passed down to untold future generations.”

Thank You for Your Service Ceremony at Alabama Veterans Memorial Park Honors the Sacrifice of Service Members


Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation will honor veterans with activities at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park on May 22. The newest StepStones installed at the park will be dedicated during a ceremony honoring those whose names are on the engraved bricks. These StepStones are permanently installed at the park to honor any veteran, living or deceased, and are dedicated twice a year. Before the event, guests can view the Regiment of Columns, examining stories, letters, artwork and inscriptions about Alabama veterans and the state’s 24 Medal of Honor recipients. Adjacent to the columns, guests can visit the Hall of Honor to read the names of 11,000 Alabamians who have lost their lives in service. The patriotic tribute will be 2-3 p.m. at the park, which is near the

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Retiring Old Glory

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Our Lady of Sorrows Collects Tattered US Flags In preparation for Flag Day, members of the Monsignor Frank J. Wade, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly at Our Lady of Sorrows Church will hold a flag retirement ceremony. Older U.S. flags can be dropped off June 11 between noon and 6 p.m. at the parking deck behind Our Lady of Sorrows Church and School in

Homewood. A limited number of replacement flags will be available for sale. The tattered U.S. flags collected will be properly retired at 6:30 p.m. in a patriotic ceremony with local scouts. The ceremony will be open to the public and will take place on the top of the OLS parking deck.

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Homewood Librarian Slated to Get Oustanding Youth Services Award


Judith Wright, (right) interim director of the Homewood Public Library, is being presented with the Outstanding Youth Services Award at the 2022 Alabama Library Association Annual Convention. This award is presented to a children’s, teen or school librarian or paralibrarian who has gone above and beyond to provide their patrons with an innovative, creative and diverse library program that supports patron learning and growth, according to a statement from the library. Wright was hired as the teen librarian in 2014. During her time in this position, she expanded the program from one or two events a month to a regular offering of more than a dozen events ranging from ACT prep and self-defense classes to anime clubs and sushi-making. She selected materials for the teen collection that covered a variety of viewpoints and identities. She secured

Anna Comer, Kristin McPherson and Sumner Starling, above from left, will be the co-chairs for the American Cancer Society’s 42nd annual Hope Gala on Aug. 20. This year’s event will feature four honorees: Lee Edwards, Lesly Simon, Cary Wahlheim and Dana Wolter.

Invest in Hope

American Cancer Society Sets 42nd Annual Hope Gala for August By Ally Morrison The American Cancer Society will host the 42nd annual Hope Gala on Aug. 20 at a private country club in Birmingham to raise money for cancer research and education. Anna Comer, Kristin McPherson and Sumner Starling will be this year’s co-chairs, and the gala will feature four honorees: Lee Edwards, Lesly Simon, Cary Wahlheim and Dana Wolter. This year’s co-chairs all are from Mountain Brook and all have personal connections to cancer. McPherson, who lost her mother to cancer in 2018, is excited for attendees to hear the personal testimonies of each honoree. “All four of our honorees are so incredible,” McPherson said. “Each

one of them are beautiful inside and out. I was so fortunate to be able to sit in on all of their interviews when they made their videos for the gala and to hear their stories was incredible. They were so moving and really changed me. They all have one thing in common, and that’s hope.” Starling has been involved with the American Cancer Society for almost 10 years and has dedicated much of her time to the women’s committee, helping with the Hope Gala. “When they asked me to be a cochair, I was humbled and flattered,” Starling said. “I lost my father and father-in-law to cancer, so the cause is near and dear to my heart. Cancer is so indiscriminate, and nobody is immune. All the proceeds go to research, and I’m excited for people to invest in hope.”

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a NASA@ My Library Grant to expand STEM programming and a Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association to offer a book club at Homewood High School for minority females. She made personal connections with the teens she served, allowing them to be themselves and encouraging them in their endeavors, according to the statement.

Miss Sims’ Garden Gallop

Comer also spent time working with the women’s committee and is keen on raising awareness for the cause. “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and my aunt was diagnosed with it 30 years ago,” Comer said. “I want to raise awareness and money for research and do anything we can to someday find a cure.” The event will feature a seated dinner and cocktails, a program, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and prevention efforts, and providing information and critical services for people with cancer.

Sims Garden is set to host Miss Sims’ Garden Gallop on May 22. The event will feature a “1-mile freestyle, fun run, gallop, stroll, walk, skip, hop or jump” to support the Homewood pocket garden, according to the event description. Participants are encouraged to dress up with a garden or woodland theme, such as fairies, gnomes, butterflies or ladybugs. Moms with children in strollers are encouraged to attend. While the race is non-competitive and times will not be tracked, medals will be awarded to all who compete in this amusing event. The race will begin and end at Miss Sims’ Garden, starting at 913 Irving Road and ending at 908 Highland Road.

Water, sports drinks and light snacks will be provided for race participants. After the race, Sims Garden invites all runners, walkers and gallopers to

Participants are encouraged to dress up with a garden or woodland theme, such as fairies, gnomes, butterflies or ladybugs. the Garden Party for music, refreshments, games and more entertainments.

The Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mountain Brook recently presented two Walter Zeller Fellowship Awards for outstanding service to the Homewood community. Members of the Graphos family received the medal and certificate awarded posthumously to Sammy Graphos, a fixture in the Homewood main business district before his passing in October. Graphos was owner and operator of Sam’s Super Sandwiches, but his influence and wisdom spread well beyond its walls. His son, Ted, shared several stories of Sam’s kind-heartedness to children and adults in Rosedale and in Homewood City Schools. Ted Graphos has reopened the sandwich shop in its new location in SOHO. The second award honors the 37-year career of Deborah Fout,


Community Service Recognized by Local Kiwanis Club With Zeller Awards

Scott Sims, Kiwanis Alabama District governor, far left, with members of the Graphos Family

From left, Andrew Christian, Leslie West, Oanh Nguyen, Virginia Bugg, Debbie Fout, Judith Wright, Dr. Paul Doran , and Laura Tucker.

recently retired director of the Homewood Public Library. Under her leadership, the library developed superlative children’s and teen pro-

award to Fout, surrounded by her close friends and library colleagues. The Walter Zeller Fellowship of Kiwanis International was estab-

grams, adult services and a state-ofthe-art computer center. Scott Sims, Kiwanis Alabama District governor, presented the

lished as a means of funding Project Eliminate, which addresses maternal neonatal tetanus in developing countries.


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AVANT GARDEN Arts and Fashion Focus of This Year’s Museum Ball

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he 65th Annual Museum Ball was held at the Birmingham Museum of Art on May 7. Inspired by abstract expressionism and designed by Christopher Confero, this year’s Museum Ball dove into the intersection of art and fashion with the theme “Avant Garden: Let Fashion Bloom.” Guests were served a dinner prepared by Tyler Lyne of Tasting TBL and produced by Kathy G. & Company. After dessert, guests were invited to the outdoor plaza for dancing under the stars to the sounds of Big Blast and Party Masters. Co-chairs of the event were Marion and Edgar Marx and Cate and Brian Boehm. The Museum Ball offers crucial support for the Birmingham Museum of Art. In addition to providing funds for arts education, this year’s ball will support the museum’s most vital operating expenses – providing worldclass exhibitions and remaining free of charge. ❖

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Ball of Roses

From left: Jenna Stanke Bissell, Men’s Committee dinner cochairman; Dorsey Cox Higginbotham, ball chairman; Eleanor Hodges Tolbert, ball co-chairman; Louise McClure Pritchard, Men’s Committee dinner chairman.

The Ballet Guild of Birmingham will present the 62nd annual Ball of Roses at the Country Club of Birmingham June 4. Sixty Birmingham young women will be presented at the ball benefiting the Alabama Ballet. Ballet Guild President Ann Evans Nix, Executive Vice President Cameron Perry Estes, ball chairman Dorsey Cox Higginbotham and co-chairman Eleanor Hodges Tolbert will preside over the event. The evening will begin with a seated dinner for Men’s Committee members and their guests, which was planned by dinner chairman Louise

McClure Pritchard and co-chairman Jenna Stanke Bissell. The presentation of honorees will begin at 9 p.m. against a floral backdrop designed by Carole Sullivan. Following the presentation, guests will be treated to an evening of dancing with music by Great Grand Finale. As an added attraction, Alabama Ballet Company members will mix and mingle with guests throughout the evening. Since its inception, the Ball of Roses has raised more than $1 million for the Alabama Ballet and has provided a festive beginning to the summer social season. ❖

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Ballet Guild to Present 60 Young Women in Unofficial Kick Off to Summer Social Season

Helen Caroline Abele, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher Abele, Jr.

Anna Rose Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Paul Alexander

Anna Brooks Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Allen

Margaret Elise Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Elliott Allen

Emma Elizabeth Blakely, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin Blakely, Jr.

Melanie McCaa Bradford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wade Bradford

Perry Ann Brody, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Henry Brody

Anna Catherine Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Christopher Brown

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Virginia Orcutt French, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul French

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Rae Evelyn McLean Gibbs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Alva Gibbs, III

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Elizabeth Halsey Hamilton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buckner Woodford Hamilton, III

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Grace Shepard Hull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hewes Turner Hull

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Eleanor Lillian Kerr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davidson Kerr

Valerie Bennett Lightfoot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bricken Lightfoot, Jr.

Anna Elizabeth Littleton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Byrne Littleton

Ella Elizabeth Lukens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Lukens

Mary Cameron McLean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cameron McLean

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Mary Tristen Osborn, daughter of Ms. Mary Frances Osborn and Mr. Marcus Buster Osborn

Daly Elizabeth Ostrander, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Vincent Ostrander, III

Lillian Evelyn Perkins, daughter of Ms. Laura Beers Perkins and Mr. Charles Belgrave Perkins

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Black-Tie Jazz Cat Ball Raises Funds for Humane Society The Greater Birmingham Humane Society auxiliary board held the 11th annual Jazz Cat Ball on April 30 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. One of the largest animal rescue fundraisers in the South, the black-tie gala featured a seated dinner, live music by New Soul Brigade, a casino and live and silent auctions. This year’s ball honored radio personality and former GBHS board member Scott Register, also known as “Reg.” Proceeds from the event benefit operations of the humane society and help fund school-based education classes, as well as surgical education and training for fourth-year veterinarian students from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. ❖

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Hoover Service Club welcomed Julia Segars as the keynote speaker at its spring fundraiser held at Hoover Country Club. The event, Table Inspirations, featured creative tablescapes, an online silent auction and lunch. Segars gave guests lighthearted entertainment and laughs with sassy and humorous observations from her book, “Aunt Sister.” Proceeds of the event support the club’s mission of providing scholarships for Hoover graduates and community outreach projects that assist Hoover families. ❖

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the room. Chair Donna Bagwell welcomed guests and introduced the Hoover Belle Committee: Jennie Alley, Jennifer Cotney, Vickie Griffith, Jaime Guess, Barbara Henry, Melinda King, Terry Shea and Lisa Whitson. Belle scheduling coordinator Jennie Alley presented awards this year to two senior Belles who showed exemplary qualities and character traits throughout their years of Belle service. Two Spirit of Hoover Belles awards were presented, one to Lydia


A Season of Service Thirty-six graduating Hoover Belles were honored April 30 for their two years of service as hostesses and representatives for the city of Hoover. The Hoover Belle Committee recognized these seniors along with their mothers, grandmothers and special guests at the annual Mother-Daughter Senior Belle Luncheon, held in the Ivory’s Room at the Hyatt Regency– The Wynfrey Hotel. Tables were adorned with centerpieces of pastel hydrangeas and pink roses. A large assortment of Boston ferns atop white columns decorated

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Plaia and the other to Ella King. Both young women received a framed certificate and an engraved keepsake box from luncheon chair Lisa Whitson. Receiving a scholarship from the Hoover Belle Committee for earning the most community service hours was Aanya Noorani, accompanied by her mom, Nazma Noorani. On behalf of the committee, Barbara Henry presented another special award during the program. Carys Gonzalez was honored with the Kim Milling Memorial Scholarship of Excellence, which is given to the most exemplary all-around graduating Hoover Belle. This award was based on the number of Belle hours served, community service hours out-

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Mountain Brook Sweeps State Lacrosse Championships

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The Mountain Brook girls also won the state title, defeating Vestavia Hills 15-11 in the finals. The Spartans lost 10-9 to the Rebels on April 19 during the regular season when both teams were undefeated, so winning the championship game was extra sweet. “When we played the first time, I don’t think we played our best lacrosse, so we went into the championship game with a little chip on our shoulders,” Mountain Brook coach Hunter Faulconer said. “Our girls were hungry and focused and felt like they had something to prove. “We revamped some of our offensive schemes and created some mismatches and our defensive coach Sharon Acoff put in a couple of wrinkles that we used for all our playoff games, and that made a difference.” Mountain Brook took a 10-4 halftime lead and then held off Vestavia Hills’ comeback attempt in the second half. Freshman midfielder Olivia Heaps led the Spartans with five goals. Freshman attacker Ruthie Armstrong had three goals and freshman attacker Libby Geisler had three goals and three assists. Freshman Ashby Russell was solid defensively with a block, an interception and several break-ups. Senior defender Serena Ashkenazi also played well. Heaps, Armstrong and Ashkenazi were named first-team all-state along

Aaron Named New Principal at Cherokee Bend Elementary


The Mountain Brook Board of Education recently approved the hiring of Brannon Aaron (pictured) to be the new principal at Cherokee Bend Elementary School. According to a press release from Mountain Brook City Schools, Dr. Sandy Ritchey has led Cherokee Bend for the past five years, four as principal and one as assistant principal, and now has an opportunity for a new professional endeavor. “I look forward to becoming part of this strong group of leaders and learners,” Aaron said in the release. “It is my hope to develop meaningful

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Kee’vin Staples had been pushing the Mountain Brook boys lacrosse team all season to be ready when the playoffs arrived. So, when Mountain Brook met archrival Vestavia Hills in the finals of the Alabama Lacrosse Championships on May 7 at Hoover’s Buccaneer Stadium, the Spartans were ready. And when it came down to the final minute with the score tied 12-12, the Spartans were ready. And when senior attacker Luke Calloway scored with 12 seconds remaining to give Mountain Brook a 13-12 victory, the Spartans were ready to celebrate their fourth consecutive state championship and sixth overall. The Spartans also defeated the Rebels 18-5 during the regular season. “We prepared all season for this,” Staples said. “We prepared to win, game after game and practice after practice.” Senior midfielder Tommy Butrus led the Spartans with four goals in the championship game. Calloway, Butrus and junior Vaughn Frost were named first-team all-state afterward. Vestavia Hills (123) also had three players named firstteam all-state – attacker Max Hull and defenders Will Bond and Gabe Czeschin. Staples, in his first season as the Spartans’ head coach, became the first black coach to win a state lacrosse title. “It’s great to become the first one,” said Staples, a Birmingham native who played collegiately at

Tennessee Wesleyan College. “I was an assistant last year and they turned it over to me this year.” Mountain Brook finished the season 15-0, outscoring its opponents 198-63.

relationships with the school community and amplify the school’s brand of excellence.” Aaron served in the Alabama Air National Guard before working as a first-grade teacher in Vestavia Hills for four years. He went on to spend three years in Arkansas playing a pivotal role in the development and creation of the Episcopal Collegiate School, where he worked as a thirdgrade teacher and literacy coach. In 2012, Aaron joined Mountain Brook Elementary as a literacy coach for four years before spending the past six years as the school’s assistant principal. “Brannon’s leadership skills paired with his ability to encourage those around him will undoubtedly continue to enhance the positive learning environment at Cherokee Bend,” school Superintendent Dicky Barlow said. Aaron will begin his new position at the conclusion of the current school year.

with freshman midfielder Meghan Donahue. Russell was named secondteam all-state. Vestavia Hills (15-1) had three

players named first-team all-state, attacker Mary Nelson Litty, midfielder Alex Rountree and goalie Veronica Turner. Rebels defender Catherine

Whitcomb was second team. Mountain Brook finished with a 14-1 record while winning its second consecutive state title.

Vestavia Hills Rotary Club Announces Scholarship Recipients The Vestavia Hills Rotary Club has a long tradition of supporting education in Vestavia. The Rotary Scholarship Award is presented to three graduating Vestavia Hills high school seniors and is selected by school officials led by the high school’s college and career counselor, Oliver Aaron. The scholarships are named in

honor of three former Rotary members, recognizing their contributions to the club and support of excellence in education; Raymond Hurlbert, Michael Gross and Lindy Martin. Vasileah Tsantes received the Raymond Hurlbert Strive for Excellence Scholarship. Tsantes will be attending the College of Charleston in the fall.

The Michael Gross Service above Self Scholarship was awarded to Mims Jones who plans to enroll at Auburn Universtiy. Bella Sanders received the Lindy Martin Builder of Goodwill Scholarship. She will be attending Auburn University. Each awardee received a scholarship of $2,000.

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The Bucs swept the Class 7A competition with a strong finish on the final day of competition.

First-year Hoover track coach Chris Schmidt laughed at the notion he was already trying to break former coach Devon Hind’s record. Hind won 42 state championships in 19 seasons coaching track and field at Hoover and Berry high schools before retiring at the end of the 2021 outdoor season. Even if he doesn’t have Hind’s record in his sights, Schmidt has had a remarkable first season at the helm. He led the Bucs to the boys and girls Class 7A indoor state championships in February, then did an encore performance in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 98th State Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 5-7 at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex. The Bucs swept the Class 7A competition with a strong finish on the final day. Hoover won its fourth boys’ state title in the last five tries and 11th overall, posting 126 points to best defending champion Vestavia Hills, which scored 114. Auburn was third with 104. The Lady Bucs amassed 120 points to win the school’s ninth state crown in the past 10 years. Vestavia Hills was second with 85 points, HewittTrussville had 74 and Auburn finished with 73. “Coach Hind set everything up,” Schmidt said, giving a nod to his successor. “We’ve got a great coaching staff and great kids. “The girls were great. They did an incredible job in the indoors and followed suit in the outdoors. We scored in every event but one.” The Lady Bucs didn’t have any indi-

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the second day and finished with a 590 total, five strokes ahead of Auburn at 595. Enterprise (612) was third and Hoover (624) fourth. “It’s awesome to go back-to-back,” Vestavia Hills coach Stephanie Meadows said. “It was tight coming down to the end and Ward Harris sank a 25-foot or great putt to put us up by two with one group to play. It could have gone either way, but having a two-shot lead after the first day was huge.” Last year, Vestavia Hills finished the first day with a two-shot lead over Enterprise and that stood up when the

Hoover Sweeps Class 7A Outdoor State Titles; Mountain Brook Claims Girls Class 6A Crown

vidual winners but won gold in the 4x100 relay race with a time of 47.17 and in the 4x400 relay, clocking 3:53.24. Hoover had several girls who claimed silver. Daisy Luna finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.15; Nyel Settles was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-02.00; Laurin Mack was second in the long jump (17-04.75); and Alex Inglis was second in the pole vault (11-00.00). McKenzie Blackledge finished third in the 400-meter dash (57.39) and the 800-meter run (2:13.72). The Lady Bucs’ 4x800 relay team also came in third (9:42.38). The Hoover boys had to overcome injuries and sickness to four of its athletes to win. “We had several guys who stepped up and we had guys scoring in every event but one,” Schmidt said. Among those stepping up were Bradley Shaw, who won the discus with a throw of 152-06 and was second in the shot put with a heave of 54-02. Jay Avery won the triple jump (49-01.50), finished second in long jump (23-01) and fourth in the high jump (6-02). Sophomore Collin Pate won gold in the pole vault, clearing 16-00. Spain Park senior John Landers and Hoover senior Carter Ellis both cleared 16 feet as well, but Pate emerged as the winner with fewer misses. Hoover’s Dallas Beck finished second in the 400-meter dash, clocking 48.70. The Bucs also had strong showings second round was canceled because of inclement weather. “It’s nice to do it over 136 holes,” Meadows said. “We have a great group of kids who are really good golfers and they work hard. To see them have that pressure with somebody on their heels and maintain their focus over two days was great to see.” Harris, a junior, shot a 3-under 69 on the second day to finish with a 142, good for third place among the individual leaders. James Clemens’ Jack Mitchell shot a pair of 68s to earn lowmedalist with an 8-under 136, which was the lowest 36-hole total of all participants. Spain Park’s Chase Keys turned in the lowest round of the second day with

in the relays, finishing first in the 4x400 (3:16.31), second in the 4x800 (7:58.64) and third in the 4x100 (42.29). Their victory in the 4x400 was by 1/100th of a second ahead of the Rebels, who clocked 3:16.32.

Mountain Brook Claims 6A Girls Crown

Distance runners Lucy Benton, Reagan Riley and Hunter Anderson set the pace as Mountain Brook, with 116 points, edged Northridge, which had 111.5 points, to win the Class 6A girls state title. Benton ran a state record time of 2:10.90 to win the 800-meter run. Pelham’s Katie Strozier set the previous record (2:11.77) in 2018. Riley finished second in 2:12.82 and Anderson third in 2:14.06. The trio also had a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,600 meters with Riley earning gold with a time of 4:51.82. Benton (4:56.62) was second and Anderson (4:57.94) third. They were the only runners in the 6A race to cross the finish line in under five minutes. Riley, a junior, also won the 3,200, clocking 10:55.04. “Outdoors is hard to win,” Mountain Brook coach Michael McGovern said. “This is the first time we’ve won it since 2011. We had some outstanding performances from a lot of athletes. Going 1-2-3 in two events was huge.” The Spartans also took gold in the 4x400 relay (3:39.15) and the 4x800

(9:35.95) as they won their 12th state title overall. Ellie Fooshee finished in the javelin (119-10) and Lucy Redden was third in the 100 hurdles (15.04). Benton was in the 400-meter dash (57.93) and Camille Gillum was fourth in the high jump (5-02.00). “We scored a lot of points in different places,” McGovern said. The Spartans’ lone boys winner was Davis Plowden in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.20.

Rebels Perform Well

The Vestavia Hills boys had three gold medal winners while finishing second in Class 7A: Bo Webb in the 300 hurdles (38.22), John Stephens in the 400-meter dash (48.55), Alex Leath in the 800-meter run (1:53.96), just ahead of teammate Max Armstrong (1:54.88). Stephens also finished second in the 200-meter dash (21.21) and Leath was second in the 1,600 (4:15.66). Henry Stand was third in the 800 (1:55.96), giving the Rebels a sweep of the top three spots. Jonathan Wilson was third in the 300 hurdles (40.45). The Rebels boys relay teams also had a strong meet, taking first in the 4x800 (7:48.36) and second in both the 4x100 (41.70) and 4x400 (3:16.32). On the girls side, senior Crawford West closed her brilliant career with first-place finishes in the 1,600 (4:56.56) and 3,200 (10:43.66). Versatile Angelica Vines had an outstanding meet, taking gold in the long

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By Rubin E. Grant

Mountain Brook beat Northridge to win the Class 6A girls state title.

Vestavia Hills won the fourth boys golf title in school history.

jump (17-11.00), silver in the 300 hurdles (45.43) and javelin (129-08), and bronze in the 100 hurdles (14.99). Abbie Richenderfer won the pole vault, clearing 11-06.00, and Kennedy Moreland was third (10-06.00). Another notable girls performance in Class 7A came from Spain Park talented senior Mackenzie Culpepper. She won gold in the 400-meter dash (56.68) and 800-meter run (2:12.21) and finished second in the 1,600 (5:04.00).

Westminster Claims Girls 2A Crown

Reave Metcalf set a new Class 2A girls state pole vault record as Westminster-Oak Mountain claimed the 2A state title at Cullman High School. Metcalf cleared 10-03 to claim gold in the event. Altamont’s Merritt Fulmer also surpassed the old mark (9-06) established by Emee Baker of Addison in 2016. Westminster earned 114 points as a team with Altamont second with 71 points. Metcalf’s record was the highlight for Westminster, but it had several other winners. Hannah Adams won the 1600 (5:35.40) and 3200 (11:57.60) and finished second in the 800 (2:28.44). Elizabeth Bandura won the 300 hurdles (49.38) and Emily White won the triple jump (33-10.50). Westminster also took gold in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:27.68. Altamont’s Carson Hicks was a multiple winner, claiming gold in the 200-meter dash (25.91) and long jump (16-08.50). She also finished second in the 400 meters, clocking 1:00.36. a 67 to finish second with a two-day total of 139. Vestavia Hills had three other golfers among the top 10 individuals, Jay Clemmer (72-78-150), Andrew Szymela (76-75-151) and Parker Moellinger (79-72-151). Hoover’s Jacob Lee (78-73) also shot 151. The state title was the fourth in Vestavia Hills’ school history. Harris, Clemmer, Szymela and Moellinger are all juniors and return next season along with sophomore Pierce Becker, so the Rebels will have a chance to continue their success. “We have a very strong group coming back, so I hope we’ll have an opportunity to three-peat,” Meadows said.

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Homewood beat Northridge 4-0 to capture the Class 6A girls title.

Spain Park won its first girls’ soccer state title since 2011.

Indian Springs claimed a 5-0 victory over East Limestone to win its first girls title since 2005.

Indian Springs now has won five boys’ state titles.


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Spain Park Girls End Title Drought

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lead on a corner kick by Mary Siena McBride, the daughter of the coach, that bounced off the goal into the net at 2:37. Massie’s first goal came three minutes later to make it 2-0. For the next 45 minutes, the teams played evenly until Massie delivered again. She scored her second goal at 50:27 on an assist from Mary Siena McBride. Massie completed the hat trick with a goal in the final minute. Sean McBride said he wasn’t surprise by the way Massie played in the championship game. “Maddie Massie is the type of player you don’t have to coach, you just let her play,” he said. Homewood’s defense limited the Jaguars (19-4-1) to just three shots the entire match and no shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Patriots had 18 shots, 11 on goal.

Spain Park’s Addy Soehn and Tatum Ahlemeyer certainly know how to work together. Soehn assisted Ahlemeyer on two goals in the first half and the Jaguars went on to win the Class 7A girls championship with a 4-0 victory over Fairhope (21-4-2). Spain Park (14-4-4) won its first girls’ soccer state title since 2011. The Jaguars played its best when it mattered most. They knocked off defending champion Oak Mountain 1-0 in the first round and Bob Jones 3-0 in the second round. In the semifinals on Friday, Marybeth O’Bryant scored with four seconds remaining to give Spain Park a 2-1 victory against perennial power Vestavia Hills. “It’s the culmination of the past two to three weeks,” Spain Park coach Robert Starr said. “They put it

all together. Once you get this far, you might as well finish it.” Ahlemeyer’s two goals gave the Jags a 2-0 lead at intermission. Maddie Davis headed in a second-half goal on a pass from O’Bryant. O’Bryant scored the Jags’ final goal on a pass from Ahlemeyer. Goalkeeper Lillian Gourley recorded the shutout while making one save.

Indian Springs Boys Go Back-to-Back

Russellville uncorked 26 shots in the Class 4A-5A boys championship match, but Indian Springs goalkeeper Sims Tosh didn’t allow any of them to get past him as his team posted a 1-0 victory over the Golden Tigers. Tosh recorded 13 saves to earn the tournament MVP award, leading Indian Springs (21-2-5) to its second straight 4A-5A title. “Sims is quite simply the best high school-level goalkeeper you’re ever going to see,” Indian Springs coach

Indian Springs Girls Make It a 4A-5A Sweep

Indian Springs junior Norah Roller arrived at the Class 4A-5A championship game with a clear

‘The last four years it had been how many strokes would we win by, but this year it was a little closer. I guess I’ve gotten spoiled.’

Mountain Brook Adds Another Title


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Senior Tom Fischer, an Ole Miss signee, tied for low medalist to lead the Mountain Brook boys to the Class 6A title, increasing their total of state championships to 11. After shooting a 75 in windy conditions on the first day, Fischer shot the low round in Class 6A on the second day with a 4-under par 68 to finish deadlocked with St. Paul’s Buddy Fleming at 1-under 143 for the tourney. Fleming shot a 72 on the first day and a 71 in the second round. As a team, Mountain Brook shot 1-over 289 to finish with a 590 total – just 14 strokes over par – to win its fifth consecutive state crown since

Rik Tozzi said. “I was a professional goalkeeper in England. The ball at his feet, his composure, his ability to save, his hands – he’s got it all. And he saved us quite a lot this year. It’s not the only game.” Indian Springs‘ Nathan Tozzi scored early in the first half and Tosh and the defense did the rest to fend off Russellville (20-3-1). Indian Springs defeated Montgomery Academy in a penaltykick shootout in the semifinals. Indian Springs now has won five boys’ state titles, but this is the first time the school has done it in consecutive seasons. “It’s a real testament to the character and intelligence of my guys,” coach Tozzi said.

Mountain Brook boys increased their total of state championships to 11.

2017. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with a two-day total of 603. “The last four years it had been how many strokes would we win by, but this year it was a little closer,”

goal: “I came into the game thinking and hoping I’d get a hat trick,” she said. Mission accomplished. Roller scored three goals for the second straight day, leading Indian Springs (18-3-2) to a 5-0 victory over East Limestone (20-4-0) as Indian Springs won its first girls title since 2005. “I just set my mind to it. I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to do it,’” Roller said. “I love my team. They support me much and everyone was so excited when I got a hat trick. Yeah, and we’re state champions – the first time in 17 years.” Chloe Williams and Beth Scarborough also scored goals. Scarborough and Shadie Shrestha had assists. Roller also had a hat trick, including the winning goal in the second half, in Indian Springs’ 4-3 semifinal victory against Saint James. Mountain Brook coach Alex Lockett said. “I guess I’ve gotten spoiled.” Sophomore Thomas Norris (7374-147), junior Carter Brooks (76-74150) and senior Coe Murdock (77-75152) also were among the 10-top individuals. Homewood’s Harrison Sims (79-70-149) also was in the top 10. Fischer was one of three seniors on Mountain Brook’s team. Elad Sebbag, whose total (82-73-155) wasn’t counted on Mountain Brook’s scorecard, is headed to Central Alabama Community College to play golf. Murdock is going to Auburn as a student. “I’m going to miss my seniors,” Lockett said. “They’ve been with me for a while.”


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Golfers’ High

Spain Park Girls, Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook Boys Claim State Golf Crowns

Mountain Brook won its first boys’ state soccer championship last Saturday.


‘Scrappy Goals’ Bring Mountain Brook Boys Their First State Soccer Title By Rubin E. Grant Junior forward Vance Phillips downplayed his two goals that brought Mountain Brook its first boys’ state soccer championship. Phillips’ first goal tied the score 1-1 and the second one, in the second overtime, gave the Spartans a 2-1 victory against the Pelham Panthers in the Class 6A championship game last Saturday. “They were just scrappy goals,” Phillips said after being named Class 6A MVP. “I had teammates around me, so even if I couldn’t have done it, they would have backed me up. I kind of blinked out (on the winner), put it in the goal, and it was history.” Mountain Brook finished the season with a 25-2-2 record to claim the title during the 32nd Alabama High School Athletic Association State Soccer Championships, played at John Hunt Soccer Complex in Huntsville. “It means a lot for those guys,” Mountain Brook coach Joe Webb said. For most of the match, Pelham’s staunch defense and solid goalkeeper play by senior A.J. Godwin kept the

Spartans scoreless. Pelham (23-4-1), which was riding a 21-match non-losing streak, took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when senior midfielder Cleber Esquivel delivered a perfect penalty kick into the back of the net. The Spartans tied it when Phillips headed a loose kick into the back of the net at 69:36. Neither team scored in the first overtime, then Phillips struck again at 88:56 – almost four minutes into the second overtime – netting the winning goal on a pass from teammate Joe Armstrong. “We’ve fought like that all year,” said Webb, who completed his 26th season. We’re relentless. I was just worried that one goal was going to stand all game.” Mountain Brook shutout Fort Payne 2-0 in the semifinals.

Homewood’s McBride Earns a Girls Title

Although Sean McBride had won five state championships as Homewood’s boys soccer coach, his wife, Mindy McBride, jokingly told

him he wasn’t a real coach until he won one with the girls. Well, Sean McBride can consider himself a real coach now. Junior Maddie Massie scored three goals to lead Homewood to a 4-0 victory against Northridge as the Patriots captured the Class 6A girls title. Mindy McBride guided Homewood to its first girls title in 2019, then Sean McBride took over the girls program during the 2020 season, which was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Homewood lost to St. Paul’s Episcopal in a penalty shootout in the championship game. That loss fueled the Patriots this spring. “It’s just the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Sean McBride said. “We talked about the pain of last year and losing in the finals and it motivated these girls every day.” “Last year did not end the way we wanted it to,” said Massie, who was named Class 6A MVP. “This whole year, we’ve been working up for this and we’re extremely happy.” The Patriots (20-2-2) took a 1-0 See SOCCER, page 27

If the Spain Park girls golf team keeps this up, they might earn the label of drama queens. The Jaguars captured their second consecutive Class 7A state title in dramatic fashion in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 73rd State Golf Championships May 9-10 at Huntsville’s Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove Golf Course. Spain Park and Huntsville finished even with 452 team totals. Both teams finished 20-over par – with team scoring including the top three scores for each team. The state title was decided by a tie breaker, as set out by state tournament procedures, which compares each team’s No. 4 participant’s results. The Jaguars won the tie breaker and the state title thanks to sophomore Courtney Johnson’s 79-76 – 155 total – which tied her for ninth overall in the 7A competition. “It’s amazing,” Spain Park coach Kelly Holland said. “This team has so much depth and it paid off. I told the girls it would take all four of them for us to win it, and they were so clutch and had laser-light focus.” The Jaguars claimed the 2021 Class

7A title by one stroke over Huntsville when the second day of the tournament in Mobile was canceled because of inclement weather. In last week’s tournament, senior Taylor Trible carded two rounds of 75 to finish as Spain Park’s low scorer at 150. Trible is headed to the University of Southern Miss to play in college. Freshman Polly Kate McCrackin (79-73) had a two-day total of 152 to also finish in the top 10 along with Johnson. Hewitt-Trussville’s Molly Davidson shot two rounds of 70 to finish as low medalist with a 4-under par 140. Spain Park’s girls now have won four state titles, with the others coming in 2009 (6A) and 2017 (7A). The Jaguars figure to be in contention again next year. Trible and Haley Lockhart are the only two seniors on the team, with Johnson and McCrackin returning along with sophomore Emma Fortier and freshman Carmen Britt.

Rebels Go Back-to-Back

The Vestavia Hills boys also earned their second consecutive Class 7A golf title. The Rebels shot a 2-over 290 on

See GOLF, page 26

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

Journal photo by Bryan Bunch

By Rubin E. Grant

The Jaguars captured their second consecutive state title in dramatic fashion.


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