By Lee Davis
Journal Sports Writer
The Hoover Bucs offered strong evidence once again that they plan to make serious bids for the Class 6A boys’ and girls’ track and field championships.
Both teams swept to impressive wins in the Class 6A sectionals Saturday.
Hoover’s boys totaled 185.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Vestavia Hills’ 118 total. Marlon Humphrey sparked the win with victories in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Daniel Fort won the discus throw.
The Buccaneer girls scored 235.5 points to take a comfortable win over second-place Mountain Brook, which chalked up 106.33 points. Brittley Humphrey, Marlon’s sister, won the 100- and 300-meter hurdle events.
Sarah Sanford won the 400-yard run, and Presley Weems took first in the 800-yard run. Eva Thomas claimed the high jump title. Valencia Johnson and Chloe White took first place in the triple jump and javelin, respectively.
Rachel Ready of Mountain Brook won the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association soccer playoffs also began over the weekend.
In Class 6A boys’ play, third-ranked Hoover defeated Mountain Brook 3-0. Ian McIntosh, Justin Parra and Henry Bernard scored goals for the Bucs.
Hoover goalie Jackson Hoesley earned the shutout. Mountain Brook goalie Sam Morris made three saves.
In other Class 6A boys’ games, Vestavia Hills defeated Thompson 6-0 and Oak Mountain routed Tuscaloosa County 7-0.
In Class 6A girls’ play, Oak Mountain handled Tuscaloosa County 10-0, Mountain Brook whitewashed Thompson 3-0 and Vestavia Hills defeated Hoover 5-0.
In Class 1A-4A boys’ play, Indian Springs defeated Altamont 2-1 and Westminster-Oak Mountain overwhelmed Fultondale 4-1.
In Class 1A-4A girls’ competition, Altamont routed Susan Moore 10-0 and Indian Springs defeated Oneonta 6-2.
No Class 5A results were available by press time.