A look at Alabama’s top 10 high school sports stories in 2021 It was an eventful year to say the least in Alabama high school athletics. Here is a look at AL.com’s Top 10 prep stories of a busy 2021. Calhoun’s J.D. Davison goes over Red Bay’s Lane Shewbart during a Class 2A AHSAA Basketball Championship semifinal at the BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. St. Michael head coach Philip Rivers adjusts his headset during the St. Michael vs Jackson football game, Thursday, September 2, 2021, in Fairhope, Ala. Scott Donaldson/al.com He won the first game of his high school coaching career – 49-0 over McIntosh – and his statement after the game about how much he loved high school football trended across the nation on social media. First-year program Orange Beach got a walk-off two-run home run from seventh-grader Ava Hodo in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Makos stunned 10-time state champion Pisgah 3-2 to claim the Class 2A state softball championship at Signature Field at Choccolocco Park in Oxford in May. Orange Beach breezed through the field with a 7-1 win over 2A defending champion G.W. Long in the winner’s bracket final, then knocked off the Class 3A defending champion Eagles for the title.