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The History of High School Basketball in Alabama
Welcome to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society.
We have expanded our research to include high school basketball.
goal is to preserve history of the AHSAA high school basketball
tournament and state championships. We also provide other important information including
coaching records, tournament results, state championship summaries and much more. If you can provide accurate scores or
any other information related to our efforts we encourage you to contact
Basketball on AHSFHS.org
Following years of research, in June of 2007 the AHSFHS.org website became a reality.
Many people have gotten involved to assist us with research of the schools
and teams to make this a reality. |
In November of 2011 basketball has joined football as a part of our research.
Initially AHSFHS.org will include information about the state tournament, all
state teams, all tournament teams, player awards and team records.
It is virtually impossible to provide scores for every basketball game for every
team. Who knows, later even that may be a possibility. There is still a lot of
work to do with the all state teams of years past but our intentions are to find
We encourage everyone to get involved in helping us provide the most accurate
information possible. If you have information that would be useful to us please
let us know.
The First Tournament
The first state championship tournament was sponsored by the
Birmingham Athletic Club and was open to every team in the state
that wished to participate. The only qualification was to show up
and draw for your first round opponent. There were no district or region qualifying rounds.
Twenty-seven schools made the trip to Birmingham to seek their chance
at a state title in 1921. Central High School of Birmingham took home the first championship when
they defeated Baton Academy of Mobile 25-20. Alliance took the consolation game from
The tournament was moved to Tuscaloosa in 1927 with all schools
participating in a single classification until 1948.
More on the 1921 tournament.
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The Latest in Basketball
|The 1965 All-Star Games|
March, 2nd, 2013
The 1965 All-Star games played in Tuscaloosa complete with rosters and team photos.
|The First Tournament|
November, 4th, 2011
A look into the first tournament in Birmingham in 1921.
November, 4th, 2011
A list of new teams that played basketball but are not included in our football list.
A list of the games we are missing scores from the Tournament.
|Mr. Basketball 2011|
Butler's Trevor Lacey became the second player in history to win the award twice.
10 - R.C. Hatch
7 - St. Jude
6 - Butler
6 - Francis Marion
6 - Holy Family
6 - J.F. Shields
6 - Sidney Lanier
6 - Sumter County
6 - Woodlawn
Most Consecutive Championships
4 - Francis Marion (1988-91)
3 - Austinville (1957-59)
3 - Brantley (1993-95)
3 - Geraldine (1931-33)
3 - Madison Academy (2006-08)
3 - R.C. Hatch (2006-08)
3 - Simpson (1923-25)
36 - Selma
32 - Sidney Lanier
31 - Murphy
22 - Tallassee
21 - Kinston
21 - Phillips
21 - Pleasant Home
21 - Woodlawn
Most Semi-Final Appearances
18 - Sidney Lanier
17 - LeFlore
14 - Parker
Most Semi-Final Wins
12 - Sidney Lanier
12 - R.C Hatch
10 - Woodlawn
10 - St. Jude
9 - Holy Family
Most Final Appearances
12 - R.C. Hatch
11 - Sidney Lanier
10 - Selma
10 - Woodlawn
Most Games Played
81 - Sidney Lanier
78 - Selma
56 - Woodlawn
55 - Scottsboro
55 - Murphy
Most Games Won
49 - Sidney Lanier
44 - Selma
40 - Woodlawn
37 - Scottsboro
ASHFHS.org Basketball Progress
We have almost every game from the state championship tournament
dating back to the 1921 season. We have most of the all-state teams from 1982-2011
and we will continue research for the all state teams from 1921-1981.
Much work is needed on the District and Area games with
research continuing for these games.
James A. Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939)
was a Canadian and American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891
and is often credited with introducing the first football helmet. He wrote the original basketball
rulebook, founded the University of Kansas basketball program,
and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official
event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
Great Moments in Alabama High School Basketball History
The first tournament held in Tuscaloosa was in 1927.