For the students, parents and teachers of SVHS/JCIB/SVTA
Don’t miss Winter Wonderland - A Fine Arts Holiday Showcase, next Friday, December 13, 2013, at 6:30 PM in the SVHS auditorium. The event is presented by SVHS/JCIB/SVTA Fine Arts Department, and features the SVHS Symphonic Band, Valley Singers, SV Theatre Academy, Dance Students, Visual Art Academy, and SV/IB art students.
Tickets are just $5.00!
Unique handmade crafts – ideal for Christmas gift giving – by NAHS/SVHS art students will also be available for purchase! Proceeds benefit local charities.
The SV/IB PTSO will host the very first “Little Miss Mountie” Pageant on Sunday, January 12, 2014!
The pageant is open to girls from the Irondale community and schools, K5 through 8th grade.
Categories of competition will include: prettiest smile, prettiest hair, prettiest walk, crowd favorite, and Little Miss Photogenic.
These pageant flyers will be distributed to all Irondale schools the first of December. Here are the entry forms, which must be completed and mailed in with entry fees by January 7, 2014.
Mark your calendar now and spread the word! Everyone knows a young lady with a beautiful smile who could be the very first ”Little Miss Mountie”!
It’s been a couple of decades since the Mounties could brag about playing in round two of the play-offs in Alabama high school football! Not to disappoint, the report below from SVHS alumnus, Shane Paschal, provides a rich history between the Mounties and their upcoming opponent. (And, of course, read even more detail here, including your first look at the Lady Mounties Basketball schedule.)
In the first round of the playoffs, Shades Valley hosted the Buckhorn Bucks by virtue of getting the second seed in Region 6. The Mounties took a quick lead and never trailed throughout the game. The Mounties would go on to defeat the Bucks 49-19 to remain unbeaten in 2013 at Frank Nix Memorial Complex.
Shades Valley finished at #6 in the final regular season Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A Top 10 poll. Prior to eight weeks ago, the Mounties had not been ranked in 13 years, with the last ranking being when they were ranked #4 coming in the preseason poll before the 2000 season.
This week’s game is a second round playoff game in Class 6A, against the Hoover Buccaneers, who finished in first place in Region 5, and #1 in Class 6A. The winner of this matchup faces the winner of the game between Florence and Clay-Chalkville. Should Shades Valley win, they would either travel to Florence or host Clay-Chalkville in the quarterfinals.
Shades Valley and Hoover used to meet every season, and the schools used to be fierce rivals, dating back to the days when Hoover was known as Berry High. Hoover opened in 1963 on Columbiana Road as W.A. Berry High School. The school moved to the present location near the Hoover Met in 1994, and changed the name to Hoover High School. From the year that Berry opened in 1963 until 2000, the Mounties and Bucs met all but 5 years. In twelve of those meetings the two schools were region rivals. Four of the previous matchups were also as a result of the state playoffs. Hoover currently leads the all-time series 20-15-1.
Current Mountie fans may not be familiar with the Bucs besides the fact that Hoover has won a number of state titles in the past decade and we played them last year in the opening round, but previously the Mounties and Bucs had as fierce of a rivalry as we now share with Mountain Brook, Vestavia and Hewitt-Trussville. Old time Mountie fans recall the Bucs with almost as much disdain as Alabama and Auburn hold for each other. Although it was a fierce rivalry, it was a rivalry of respect, as anybody who played the Bucs in the past respected their longtime head coach Bob Finley. Finley never coached a game at the new Hoover campus, as he died on the very field named after him at old Berry High the summer before they moved to the new school.
Our series with the Bucs has been a series with many a great game, and many memories left on the field, no matter where or when the games were played. Also of note, Hoover has only been shutout a total of 26 times in its long history, and 5 of those shutouts are at the hands of the Shades Valley Mounties, more than any other team to have played the Bucs. Vestavia only has two total shutouts over the Bucs. Also, Shades Valley scored 48 against Hoover in 1998, which is tied for the most points ever scored against the Bucs. Shades Valley also has two 40 point wins over Hoover, which is tied for second most lopsided losses in Hoover’s history. It may be part of the past, but it is part of a rich history of Mounties football – a history to be proud of.
Week one of 2013 high school post-season football, and here is your weekly update with vital and fascinating information (read more here too). If you can’t make the game in person, get the score in real time by liking Shades Valley Mounties Athletic Scores on Facebook.
In week ten, Shades Valley concluded the regular season with a home game against the Pelham Panthers. Pelham took a quick 7-0 lead in the game, but the Mounties methodically took control and dominated from there on out. The Mounties defeated the Panthers 55-20, which was the second largest point total ever posted at Frank Nix Memorial Athletic Complex. Shades Valley dropped one spot in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A Top 10 poll this week, coming in at # 6. Prior to seven weeks ago, the Mounties had not been ranked in 13 years.
This week’s game is a first round playoff game in Class 6A, against the Buckhorn Bucks, who finished in third place in Region 8. Shades Valley and Buckhorn have never met in football. Buckhorn’s sports teams are called the Bucks, which is the term for an adult male deer. Buckhorn High School is located in New Market, north of Huntsville. It’s located at the site of the American Civil War Skirmish of Buckhorn Tavern, fought on October 12, 1863, between General Phillip D. Roddey’s Alabama Cavalry Brigade and a Union cavalry brigade commanded by General Robert Mitchell. By tradition, the tavern took its name “Buckhorn” in 1858 when William L. Fanning killed a buck near the site and presented its antlers to the innkeeper. The antlers are now displayed at Buckhorn High School. On August 29, 1958, as a result of consolidation of New Market and Riverton High School, Buckhorn High School opened. William Lloyd Fanning presented the original horns to Buckhorn High School on December 12, 1958. Buckhorn has one state runner-up finish in 2005 in football, and one region championship in 1995. Their overall playoff record is 6-10.
The winner of this matchup this Friday faces the winner of the game between Huntsville and Hoover. Should Shades Valley win, they would either travel to Huntsville or Hoover in the second round.
A mandatory parent’s meeting for boys and girls soccer parents will take place next THURSDAY, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the SVHS cafeteria.
Flyers have already been sent home regarding spirit packs and fundraising efforts. Please make plans to attend. Your participation will be crucial to our program’s success this year!
The bad news is this Friday is the last regular season football game…. The good news is we have play off game(s) ahead! Check out this latest report from SVHS alumnus, Shane Paschal, below. (And you’ll find more detail here, as usual.) The playoff bracket below also offers dates and region numbers. Be sure to follow Shane on Facebook for even more interetesting news and updates (about other Mountie sports, too)!
In week nine, Shades Valley concluded region play with a homecoming matchup with the Woodlawn Colonels. Woodlawn came into the game with an 0-8 record, and never really threatened the Mounties. Shades Valley would cruise to a 35-0 halftime lead, and would go on to defeat the Colonels, 42-14. Also in region play, Mountain Brook defeated Vestavia Hills. Since Vestavia Hills lost to Mountain Brook and Shades Valley defeated Woodlawn, the Rebels and Mounties are region co-champions, but Vestavia Hills is still the first place seed by virtue of the head-to-head matchup. Several ranked teams lost last week, in fact, which allowed Shades Valley to move up five spots in the Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football poll. This week the Mounties come in at #5. The only unbeaten 6A team left is Hoover.
This week’s game concludes the regular season, with this week being a non-region matchup against the Pelham Panthers. Pelham is currently 4-3 in Region 4 and 6-3 overall. This game figures to be a shootout. Shades Valley comes in averaging 40.1 points per game, while giving up 23, and Pelham comes in averaging 30 points per game, while giving up 29.2. Pelham is coached by Brett Burnett, who is in his ninth year at Pelham.
Shades Valley and Pelham have played each other a total of 11 times, ten of those between 1988 and 1998. Four of those meetings, from 1988 to 1991, were the result of area alignments. Two other meetings were the result of playoff pairings. The Mounties and Panthers became quite familiar with each other during this 11-year span, even though the series was dominated by the Mounties. The most memorable of these matchups came in the 1998 game at Pelham in the playoffs, when the Mounties won 18-16 on a field goal on the last play of the game.
However, the most exciting game between the teams would have to be the game played almost a year ago at Pelham’s Ned Bearden Stadium. The Panthers pulled away to an early 35-14 lead, but the Mounties stayed within shouting distance and slowly caught up, eventually taking the lead 39-38 with around 5 minutes left in the game. When the Panthers retook the lead 45-39 with less than a minute left, the finish was one that will live on in Mountie lore for years to come. Shades Valley marched right down the field and tied the score at 45 with 11 seconds left. A bobbled snap on the extra point meant a quick try for two points, and with the way the night had gone for the Mounties, of course they would connect, and with it regain a 47-45 lead. The Mounties would stop the last Panther drive and leave Ned Bearden Stadium with a hard fought, rightly earned victory. The Mounties and Panthers scored a total of 92 points in the game, which was the second highest total ever amassed by both teams in a Mounties game. Pelham’s 45 points was the highest total scored by a team in a losing cause against the Mounties.
Only two games left in the Mounties’ regular season football schedule, and this is Homecoming! Don’t miss the Community Homecoming Pep Rally at Grants Mill Station at 6:30 PM tonight!! And we welcome ALL ALUMNI to the pep rally tonight, as well as special seating (and a prize!) tomorrow night at Homecoming!
Now, check out the latest from our football contributor and SVHS alumnus, Shane Paschal, including the playoff picture ahead (and as always, there’s a lot more here):
In week eight, fifth-ranked Shades Valley continued region play by visiting fourth-ranked Vestavia Hills for what was the Region 6 championship. Shades Valley never could get on track, getting behind early, and playing catch-up all night. The final score looked worse than the actual game, as the Mounties had several missed scoring opportunities. Vestavia Hills defeated the Mounties 41-14, and in doing so, won at least a tie for the Region 6 championship, and clinched the first place seed from the region. Should Vestavia Hills lose to Mountain Brook and Shades Valley defeat Woodlawn, the Rebels and Mounties would be region co-champions, but Vestavia Hills would still be the first place seed by virtue of the head-to-head matchup.
This week’s game, which is homecoming against the Woodlawn Colonels, concludes region competition. Woodlawn is currently 0-6 in Region 6 and 0-8 overall. The series with Woodlawn is an occasional series for the Mounties in their long history. Woodlawn is a Birmingham city school, and first started playing football in 1922. The Colonels are an original member of what was known as the ‘Big Five’ from the city, which was comprised of Ensley, Phillips, Ramsay, West End and Woodlawn. The Mounties have averaged playing Woodlawn at least three times a decade since Shades Valley started playing football as Shades Cahaba in 1921, with a maximum 7 times in the 1990s. Woodlawn leads the series 13-12 by virtue of winning 12 of the first 17 games played between the teams, but Shades Valley has closed the gap by winning 7 of the last 8. In the past, Woodlawn has been a region member with the Mounties, and yet again the teams meet as region opponents. The Mounties and Colonels have also met twice in the playoffs. The Colonels defeated the Mounties in 1983 in a close fought 7-3 opening round playoff game at Legion Field, and the Mounties pulled off a measure of revenge by defeating the Colonels 52-14 in the 1994 semifinals to advance to the state title game.
With the loss to Vestavia Hills, Shades Valley dropped five spots in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A Top 10 poll this week, coming in at # 10. Prior to five weeks ago, the Mounties had not been ranked in 13 years, with the last ranking being when they were ranked #4 coming in the preseason poll before the 2000 season.
Region 6 is paired with Region 8 for the first round of the playoffs. Region 8 consists of Austin, Bob Jones, Buckhorn, Decatur, Florence, Hazel Green, James Clemens & Sparkman. Home teams for the first round are the 1st and 2nd place teams from Region 6 (Vestavia Hills & Shades Valley) and 8 (Bob Jones & Florence). Third & fourth from each region must travel to the second & first place, respectively, from the opposing regions. Second round games pit the survivors against teams from Regions 5 & 7. The quarterfinal & semifinal rounds of the playoffs go against the survivors from Regions 5, 6, 7 & 8 to compete against the survivors of our two opening rounds. The last team standing then faces the south champion in the state title game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa the first week in December.
The SVHS Mounties Touchdown Booster Club is in the middle of a “fundraiser frenzy”! The football team and parents are conducting three fund raisers right now:
Candy bar sale for just $1 each. Get your chocolate fix and help our young men at the same time. Yummm!
Everyone loves the Irondale Cafe, right? Well, purchase your coupon books for $5 from the football team and get $30 of savings at this delicious and unique Irondale eatery.
The Booster Club is participating in Belk’s Annual Charity Sale November 9, from 6:00 to 10:00 AM. Get your ticket for $5 from any football player or parent prior to the sale, and save $$ when you shop on November 9.
See any football player or parent now, or look for the Booster Club tent at the pep rally at Grants Mill Station TONIGHT!
If you have any questions, email the Touchdown Booster Club.
This is Homecoming Week at Shades Valley! As usual, the students have their spirit day dress code for each day this week. The Junior-Senior Powder Puff game is at the SV stadium Thursday night at 5:00 PM. (Here is a list of events.)
Thursday night will be very special this year. The City of Irondale, along with Grant’s Mill Station, will sponsor a Community Homecoming Pep Rally!!
The Pep Rally will kick off at 6:30 PM with the Mountie Walk at Grants Mill Station. The band and cheerleaders will be there along with the football team. All activities at Grants Mill Station on Thursday - including the bungee, ropes course, miniature golf, and race cars - will be offered at discounted prices. Restaurants will be open and offer discounted prices as well. The park will be open from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, so come out early and check out Grants Mill Station and what it offers.
Of course, Friday night is the main event. The Mounties host the Woodlawn Colonels. Attention Alumni: There will be a reserved section for all of you graduates of SVHS/JCIB at the game! Kickoff Friday is at 7:00 PM, but you’ll definitely want to get there early this year!
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On October 15th the Shades Valley Volleyball team held Senior Night in honor of it’s seven seniors. The Super Seven are Ashley Brown, Aaliyah Hill, Jai Moutrie, Sydney Portis, Charity Powell, Fran Tyson and Asia Whitson. (Check out these photos.)
Each of the ladies was presented with senior t-shirts and a photo tribute, and was treated to a reception and gifts after the game. We are all proud of these Lady Mounties and wish them success for the rest of their senior year and on into their college years!
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the team wore pink, had give aways and distributed breast cancer awareness information at the game.
Good luck next season, up-and-coming Lady Mounties!