Torius Shepard is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Citronelle

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A big shout out to Torious Shepard for being selected Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Citronelle!

Torious is a Senior at Citronelle High. He is a multi-sport athlete competing in Basketball and Football for the Wildcats. After graduation, Torious plans to attend Alabama A & M University and obtain a bachelor’s degree. In his free time, he likes to play sports and hunt.

Torious is the son of Latara Jones and Quindon Thomas.

Congratulations, Torious! Enjoy the rest of your Senior year!

Encore Rehabilitation-Citronelle
19195 North Third Street
Citronelle, Alabama 36522
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AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Squads Announced

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Left – Head Coach for the South is Montgomery Catholic High School Coach Aubrey Blackwell. Right -The North Head Coach is Locust Fork’s Chris Musso.

North-South All-Star squads for the upcoming 59th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two teams, composed of 2018 graduating seniors, were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Tuesday.
The North-South Game will be played Thursday, July 19 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.

The South holds a 30-26-2 edge in the North-South. The North won 14-13 last July, its third straight victory in the series which was first played in 1948. The North won that first game played in Tuscaloosa 33-0.



Coach Chris Musso, beginning his sixth season as head coach at Locust Fork, has compiled a 53-52 career record in 10 seasons – the first five at John Carroll (23-29) and the last five at Locust Fork (30-23). The Hornets have made the state playoffs three of the last four years.

The North Coaching Staff includes Tom Causey, Pelham; Drew Gilmer, Clay-Chalkville; Ryan Lolley, Gordo; Mark Sanderson, Donoho; Matt Griffith, Sylacauga; and James Thompson, Pickens County.

Headlining the North squad is defensive lineman Khamari Brown of Class 7A state champion Hoover, defensive lineman Desmond Scott and wide receiver Liallen Dailey of Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley. Leeds and Thompson have three players each selected. Green Wave seniors include kicker Greg Dawkins; offensive lineman Gage Towery; and defensive back Jaylen Washington. Chosen from the Class 7A Warriors (12-1) are defensive back Myles Brown, wide receiver Tim Harris-Edwards; and defensive lineman Mackie McNeal.


Coach Aubrey Blackwell of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has led the Knights to a 22-11 record over his three seasons as head coach. Last year’s team finished 10-2, won the school’s first region title and first playoff game since 1989.
The South Coaching Staff consists of Jon Cooper, Kinston; Josh McClendon, Greenville; Kenny King, Daphne; Erik Speakman, Opelika; Kevin Smith, Benjamin Russell; and Andro Williams, W.S. Neal.

South Squad: Eight players who helped their teams play in state championship games last December have been selected to play in the 2018 game. Named to the South squad are quarterback Swift Lyle of Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal and linebacker Shamar Lewis of Class 1A state champion Sweet Water. Defensive back Eric Cameron-Garror and running back Bryan Hill of Class 7A runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic and offensive lineman Tavien White of Class 6A runner-up Wetumpka are also on the South squad. Goshen, which reached the Class 2A semifinals and finished with 12 wins for the first time in school history, is the only team to place three seniors on the South squad. Selected are quarterback Brock Snyder; wide receiver Zack Alford; and defensive lineman Devin Bell.

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Provider of Athletic Training Services for the Alabama High School Athletic Association

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Coach Randy Ragsdale Inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

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The following is an excerpt from :  There is Much More to ‘Coach Rags’ Than Wins and Losses can Measure by Bill Plott, AHSAA Historian. To view the entire article, click here. 

To fully measure the impact of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Randy Ragsdale, one needs to look past his 242 football coaching victories.

That’s the opinion of those who know him, including Trinity Presbyterian High School’s head of school Kerry Palmer. “There is so much more to ‘Coach Rags’ than metrics can measure,” Palmer said. “Randy Ragsdale is one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He truly loves and cares for all of the students at our school – not just ‘his boys’. He learns every name, knows every relationship and demonstrates real interest in each individual student. Randy’s positivity, enthusiasm and optimism are always present and are contagious.”

Ragsdale was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018 at the Hall of Fame banquet March 19 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

A native of Conyers, a suburban city near Atlanta, Ragsdale attended Rockdale County High School, graduating in 1975. After an outstanding high school career, he received a football scholarship to Jacksonville State University. At JSU he earned All-American honors starting at tackle for three years and played in the NCAA Division II National Championship game in 1978 as a senior.

Upon graduation the following spring, he accepted a position at north Clayton High School in Georgia where he was an assistant coach for three years. He then moved to Fayette County (GA) where he coached from 1982-85.

In 1985 he moved to Alabama and joined the Northview High School coaching staff as defensive coordinator at the Dothan school. His impact was felt immediately as Northview won the 1985 Class 6A state championship.

After four years at Northview, Ragsdale moved to Trinity Presbyterian as head football coach, a position he held through the 2016 season. Although he announced his retirement from coaching, he continues to serve in the Middle School Dean position he has held since 2006.
With his retirement from football, Ragsdale legacy includes:

·         He compiled an overall head-coaching record of 242-86.

·         His teams qualified for the state playoffs 25 times in 28 seasons.

·         Trinity was 15-0 in 2003 and won the Class 4A state championship.

·         The Wildcats compiled a 45-game regular-season win streak from 2000-05.

·         His teams won 13 Region titles with an overall 116-23 region record.

·         He served as a coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, was head coach in the North-South All-Star Game in 2010 and assistant coach in 1997 and 2004; and also coached a team in the Down under Bowl in Australia.

·         He was named 2003 State Coach of the Year and was selected three times Metro Coach of the Year.

·         Received the prestigious Herman L. “Bubba” Scott Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2017 for his positive impact as a coach and commitment to his faith.

Todd Parsons, president of the Trinity Presbyterian Board of Trustees, added, “Coach Ragsdale put the Trinity football program on the map and compiled a record on the field of play that may never again be matched by a coach at a single school in Montgomery. Several members of our Trustee Board played for Coach Ragsdale and admire and respect him greatly.”

Coach Randy Ragsdale is one of 11 inductees to the Alabama High School Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. For a complete list of other 2018 inductees, please click here.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to provide Sports Medicine Coverage for the Trinity Presbyterian School Wildcats and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. 
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Jaren Handy – Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont Athlete of the Month

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Congratulations to Jaren Handy, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont! Jaren is a Junior at Perry Central where he plays Defensive End for the Bulldogs. His future plans include attending college to play football and obtain an Engineering degree.

We wish you a great Senior year, Jaren!

Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont
1411 Bradley Avenue
Beaumont, Mississippi 39423

Fredrick Ellis is Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman


Fredrick Ellis has been selected as Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Fredrick is a Junior at Hanceville High where he is a multi-sport athlete in Football and Basketball for the Bulldogs. After graduation, he plans are to obtain an Electrical Engineering degree from either Vanderbilt, UCLA,  or the University of Alabama. In addition to sports, he likes to play video games.

Fredrick is the son of Fred Ellis and Kim Watson.

Congratulations, Fredrick! We wish you every success!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Ave SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055

Jacob Ortmann – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Diamondhead, MS



A big shout-out to Jacob Ortmann for being selected Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation – Diamondhead, MS!

Jacob is a Junior at Hancock High where he plays Football (#43) for the Hawks. After high school, he intends to pursue a degree in Dentistry or Law at the University of Southern Mississippi. Jacob is the son of Brandi McNease and David Ortmann.

Congratulations, Jacob!

Encore Rehabilitation – Diamondhead
5427 Gex Road, Suite C, Diamondhead, MS

Noah McCracken- Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton

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Congratulations to Noah McCracken for being selected Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton, AL!

Noah is a Junior at Hamilton High School. He plays Varsity Football (#73) for the Aggies. His future plans include attending Wallace State Community College and pursing a Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Noah is the son of Matt and Joy McCracken.

We wish you all the best, Noah!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton
1261 Military Street S, Hamilton, AL

Sergio Mederos-Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville

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A big shout out to Sergio Mederos, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville!

Sergio is a Senior and multiple-sport athlete at Haleyville High School where he participates in Soccer, Cross Country, and Football for the Lions! He intends to pursue a college degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant after high school. (We LOVE PTAs!)

Sergio is the son of Sergio Mederos and Ariana Gonzalez.

Congratulations, Sergio! We wish you all the best!

Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville
42465 Highway 195, Haleyville, Alabama

Christian Emberg – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette

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Congratulations to Christian Emberg, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Fayette!

Christian is a Senior at Berry High School where he has played Varsity for two years. He is a multi-sport athlete in Baseball (7) and Football (10) and has been selected All-State, All-Conference, West Alabama All-Stars, and Offensive Player of the Year.

In his spare time, Christian enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing sports.  After high school, he plans to attend Bevill State Community College and purse a degree in Criminal Justice.

Christian is the son of David and Christy Emberg.

We wish you great success, Christian!

Awards and Honors at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter

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The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter held their annual awards banquet on Jan 17, 2018.

We would like to recognize the coaches and athletes from schools affiliated with our Encore Sports Medicine Program.  Congratulations to the athletes, coaches, and our own athletic trainer, Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC!


Coach Neil Lollar, Hancock High School – Frank “Twig” Branch Coach of the Year Award

Coach Bo Russum, Hancock High School-Luther Kuykendall Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Karlos Dillard, Gulfport High School- Terrell Buckley Defensive Player of the Year Award

Clay Gollott, St. Martin High School – NFFHOT Scholarship Award

Eric Oehms, Athletic Trainer, Encore Rehabilitation – Contribution to Amateur Football


Athlete-Scholars included:

  • D’Iberville High School – Brady Grace
  • East Central High School – Maxwell Greenough
  • Gautier High School – Mario Love
  • Gulfport High School – Karlos Dillard
  • Hancock High School – Elliott Nolan
  • Harrison Central – Javion Khan
  • Long Beach High School – JT Tripp
  • Moss Point – Matthew Sellers
  • Ocean Springs – Peyton Sams
  • Pascagoula High School – Jack Colmer
  • Pass Christian High School – Nathan Weatherly
  • St. Martin High School – Clay Gollott
  • St. Patrick Catholic High School – Robert Starks
  • Vancleave High School – Havens “Lane” Wise