From ALEC ETHEREDGE | Editor-in-chief
The 2021 football season brought several great storylines for girls’ teams across Shelby County, including several historic seasons and a state champion after the Oak Mountain Eagles brought home the Class 7A state championship.
With the release of the 2021 All-State Football Teams, the talent that each team represents in the county has become apparent.
The county had 12 on the Super All-State Team, 10 on the Class 7A All-State Team, seven on the Class 6A All-State Team, and one on the Class 4A-5A All-State Team.
The Super All-State Team honors players from across the state regardless of their classification and brings together the best athletes of the season.
On the first team, Oak Mountain had three players who had a spot thanks to the stellar seasons of Kaitlin Maynard, Kierson McDonald and Haley Wells, while Chelsea’s Haley Duca (County Player of the Year) and Nora Roller of Indian Springs both came first Crew also formed.
The second team consisted of seven players, including two from Spain Park and one each from Briarwood, Chelsea, Oak Mountain, Pelham and Thompson.
The Jaguars’ two players were Maddie McNulty and goalkeeper Vivan Gray. In addition to these two, Briarwoods Anna Martin, Chelsea goalkeeper Mackenzie Titus, Oak Mountain’s Lane Hope, Pelhams Kori Ingram and Thompson’s Morgan Snyder have earned a spot.
Some also made the Class 7A all-state team, honoring the best of that classification in the state. Oak Mountain, Spain Park, and Thompson all had a player named for a total of 10 players.
The first team consisted of five players, including four from Oak Mountain.
Wells, Hope, Maynard, and McDonald all formed the first team for the Eagles, while Snyder represented the Warriors.
Oak Mountain and Thompson also had one each on the second team, with Aubrey Gaut representing the Eagles and Georgia Cousins representing the Warriors.
Spain Park had three team up to form the second team, with Gray, McNulty and Tatum Ahlemeyer all receiving credit.
Local players were also heavily represented in Class 6A, five in the all-state first team and two in the all-state second team.
Chelsea and Briarwood both had two on the first team while Pelham added one.
Martin and Berkley Barnett represented the Lions, while Duca and Titus earned a seat for the Hornets. Ingram joined them to represent the panthers.
Pelham and Briarwood both earned a spot on the second team, with Alyssa Wynn making the list for the Panthers and Emily Scott for the Lions.
Roller was the only other to form an all-state team and receive an initial team nod in the 4A-5A rating after leading the county in goals that season.