OVER THE MOUNTAIN JOURNAL
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018
Spartan Boys Win Class 7A State Golf Title PAGE 31
Goodwill Ambassador Chandler Stevenson Touts Lakeshore’s Amazing Race By Rubin E. Grant The smile on her face and the pleasantness of her voice suggested that Jennifer Chandler Stevenson is at a good place in her life. During the week, that place is the Lakeshore Foundation.
Photo courtesy Brian Doud
See STEVENSON, page 30
The Spartans secured that championship – awarded by the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association – by edging rival Spain Park 10-9 on May 12 at Birmingham-Southern College. It was the completion of a perfect 15-0 season.
Stevenson, seen here with her portrait at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, knows all about challenges and competition, having won a gold medal in springboard diving at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal when she was 17-years-old.
Father-Son Team Wrap up Their Lacrosse High School Careers with State Championship Mountain Brook boys lacrosse coach Brian Doud decided before the 2018 season that it would be his last, taking the opportunity to leave the program at the same time as his son, senior defenseman Sean Doud. Doud finishes his time with the Spartans as a two-time All-American, three-time All-State, including First Team in 2017 and 2018, and
two-time team captain. They both finish their careers as state champions. Sean said his father “had not won a championship at the varsity level, and he decided that this would be his last season. And he went out on top, which was pretty special. I’ve never played for anyone else but him.” The coach said it was, “absolutely incredible to finish this way – undefeated and state cham-
pions with my son and this group of guys and coaches,” Brian said. “No place I’d rather be.” The Spartans secured that championship – awarded by the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association – by edging rival Spain Park 10-9 on May 12 at Birmingham-Southern College. It was the completion of a perfect 15-0 season. “[Spain Park] had a really good faceoff guy,
Photo special to the Journal
By Blake Ells
See SPARTANS, page 30
BUCS’ COURSON TAKES POLE VAULTING TO A NEW PERSONAL HEIGHT Senior Wins in Both Indoor and Outdoor Alabama High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships
James Courson has come a long way in a brief amount of time as a pole vaulter. Courson didn’t start vaulting until his freshman year at Hoover High School. His friend Jacob Doak, who was also a pole vaulter for the Bucs, suggested he try it. “I didn’t know much about it at first,” Courson said. “I slowly learned how to do it and how to grip the pole. Then when I first bent the pole, my mom told me that I came home and said, ‘I’m going to do this every single day for the rest of my life.’ I don’t remember that.” Courson steadily improved, and this year as a senior he won the pole vault in both the indoor and outdoor Alabama High School Athletic Association track and field championships, helping the Bucs claim team titles, as
well. In the indoor meet, Courson had a winning vault of 16 feet, 1 inch. He attempted to clear 16-05 and set the AHSAA all-time indoor record, but he came up just short. He cleared 15-00, 15-06 and his winning height without a miss. Courson went even higher in the outdoor meet earlier this month. He cleared 16 feet, 9 inches, three inches shy of the state record set by Sean Collins of McGillToolen Catholic in 2015. Courson defeated the second-place finisher by more than two feet, leaving Hoover track coach Devon Hind in disbelief. “He’s a very hard worker,” Hind said. “He works year-round, but I never expected him to do what he did. I thought he would get to 15-05, but 16-09 is really up there.” Courson attributed his personal record to a breakthrough with his
In the indoor meet, Courson had a winning vault of 16 feet, 1 inch.
Photos courtesy James Courson
By Rubin E. Grant
technique that came last summer while he was competing for Peak Athletics, a pole vaulting development group in Pelham. “I think multiple things happened for me to do that, a lot of hard work and a lot of luck,” Courson said. “I knew I had a lot of things to improve on last summer. You do technical practice every day and I was able to develop a breakthrough technique. I also had a new mindset that it was something I wanted to do. “All last summer, my goal was 15 feet. And then in the indoor meet I did 15-06. I definitely surprised myself, and I kept getting better and better.” His mother, Frances M. Courson also credited coach Bill Lamb. “He came out of retirement to coach the Hoover pole vaulters when James was a freshman,” she said.
An All-Around Athlete
Following the state outdoor meet, Courson competed in the 55th See COURSON, page 30