Category: Alumni

Patriots News · Bob Jones Places 3 at 7A State Tourney!

Bob Jones qualified 6 wrestlers for the 7A State Tournament in Huntsville this weekend. 3 of the qualifiers placed this weekend! Bob Jones has placed 20 wrestlers over the past 5 years and qualified for all four duals state tournaments in AHSAA history while winning the 2018 duals state championship.

Senior, Ethan Bordelon placed 3rd at 120lbs. He finished his season with 47 wins. Ethan will be continuing his education on full academic scholarship at UAB.

Sophomore, Manny Marrero had a big weekend by placing 4th at 138lbs and finishing the season with 56 wins. (2nd in BJHS history behind Anthony Bruno’s 61 wins)

Senior, Chris Congress placed 4th in the 160lb weight class and finished his season with 51 total wins. Chris has a couple wrestling scholarship offers that he is looking to capitalize on.

Evan Pippin, Mikey Lucente, and Brantley Griffin all helped place the Patriots in the top 10 for the 5th consecutive year. Bob Jones replaced 17 seniors and 13/14 starters from last years team.

“I was very proud of our teams effort throughout the year. We finished 26-3 in duals and placed 3 wrestlers at the state tournament this year. We return a lot of talent and will get back to work with our off season programs.” -Coach Matt Sweatman

Patriots News · Wrestling finishes 3rd at 7A Super Sections and Advances 6 to State!

Bob Jones Wrestling traveled to Birmingham this weekend to compete in the 7A North Super Sections. The top 4 in each weight class qualify for the state tournament this weekend at the VBC in Huntsville.

Team Finish: 3rd Place

Individual Placers:

120 lbs: Ethan Bordelon (2nd Place)

126 lbs: Brantley Griffin (4th Place)

138lbs: Manny Marrero (2nd Place)

160 lbs: Chris Congress (3rd Place)

182 lbs: Evan Pippin (1st Place)

285 lbs: Mikey Lucente (3rd Place)

Patriots News · BJ Wrestling Wins The Dick Clem Invitational!

Bob Jones hosted its annual varsity tourney on MLK day honoring former coach and longtime friend of the program, Dick Clem aka “Pops”. The Dick Clem Invitational title is the Patriots 4th tourney title of the season!

Top 3 Team Scores:

1. Bob Jones: 230

2. Tuscaloosa Co: 219

3. Hewitt Trussville: 185


Individual Champions:

140lbs: Manny Marrero (Voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament)

147: Gabe Hunt: (1st)

162: Chris Congress (1st)

184: Evan Pippin (1st)
Other Placers:

108: Peyton King (3rd)

128: Brantley Griffin (3rd)

134: Yahia Gadalla (2nd)

154: Jamie Clark (3rd)

172: Josh Sutton (4th)

HWT: Mikey Lucente (2nd)

Patriots News · Bob Jones Clinches Dual State Playoff Birth with Win Over JC!

Bob Jones fell to Science Hill (TN) but bounced back to defeat region opponents Florence (76-6) and James Clemens (63-12) and defending 6A State Champion, Oxford (51-26). Bj moves to 21-2 in duals on the season.

Bob Jones has defeated James Clemens for the 5th consecutive year to maintain the Madison City Duals Title.  The Patriots will be back in action for The Dick Clem Invitational hosted at Bob Jones High School on Saturday, Jan. 11th.

Standouts on the day were:

Peyton King, Ethan Bordelon, Mikey Lucente, Chris Congress, and Evan Pippin all went undefeated on the day.


Patriots News · Wrestling Wins Wildcat Invitational!

Bob Jones traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL and won the Wildcat Invitational title!

Place Winners:

126lbs: Ethan Bordelon (1st Place)

132lbs: Yahia Gadalla (2nd Place)

132lbs: Brantley Griffin (4th Place)

138lbs: Manny Marrero (2nd Place)

145lbs: Gabe Hunt (3rd Place)

152lbs: Elijah Jones (4th Place)

160lbs: Jamie Clark (2nd Place)

170lbs: Chris Congress (2nd Place)

182lbs: Evan Pippin (1st Place)

195lbs: Thomas Riley (2nd Place)

HWT: Drew Lawson (4th Place)

Bob Jones will be back in action at BJHS on 1/2/20 Vs Sparkman and Austin in Region Dual action!


Patriots News · Bob Jones to add Ken Clark to the HOF!

Current club coach and former BJ wrestling assistant will be inducted into the Bob Jones Hall of Fame! Congrats to Coach Ken Clark! Ken joins Dick Clem aka “Pops” as the second wrestling coach to earn this honor. We appreciate your service to our kids! Go Patriots!

Boys Varsity Baseball · Trey Wingenter Set For Major League Debut

Former Bob Jones baseball players Trey Wingenter has been called up to the San Diego Padres.  Wingenter graduated in 2012 before moving on to pitch at Auburn for three years.

The San Diego Padres are adding Trey Wingenter to the bullpen mix. This is his first major league call-up.

It has finally started! Before Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs, the San Diego Padres will call-up RHP Trey Wingenter from AAA El Paso. He is expected to make his major league debut at some point in today’s game at Wrigley Field.

First reported by San Diego Union-Tribune’s Keven Acee, Wingenter will be added to the 40-man roster, taking the final open slot available. As of this writing, the Padres have not made the move official, meaning we aren’t sure who will be leaving the 25-man roster, at the moment (will be updated once that information is released by the team).

Wingenter will bring his 6’7″200-pound frame and ability to reach 100 mph to the Padres’ bullpen after a highly successful minor league career. Originally drafted in the 17th round of the 2015 draft out of Auburn University, Wingenter has 44 innings under his belt this season, pitching to a 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a .185 batting average against him. More than 28% of hitters have fallen victim to a strikeout against Wingenter.

With a three-quarter delivery, a 6’7″ frame, and a fastball that routinely sits in the upper-90s, Wingenter has been highly effective against right-handed hitters. His main secondary pitch is his sweeping slider that righties struggle to hit.

Since the beginning of June, Wingenter has made 19 appearances, giving up runs in just two of those outings. He hasn’t given up a run since July 12th and has allowed just two hits over his last seven innings pitched.

There is one word of caution with Wingenter, just to be aware of. His command can be a bit wild at times. His walk rate over the last three seasons has increased year-by-year. In El Paso, Wingenter walked nearly five hitters/nine innings (12.8%).

By Nick Stevens

Boys Varsity Baseball · Matt Sanders selected in 10th round by the Mariners

TROY, Alabama – One of the most decorated players in Troy baseball history, Matt Sanders, was selected in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Tuesday by the Seattle Mariners.

Sanders – the school’s record-holder in career and single-season runs scored, career at-bats and single-season games played – was chosen as the 298th pick in the draft.

The senior, a native of Madison, Ala., was the nation’s top run-scorer with 90 in 2018 and was selected to the All-Sun Belt Second Team and the conference’s all-tournament team due to his efforts. He finished the year with 99 hits, just shy of becoming the third player in school history to reach the 100-hit threshold.

A four-year starter at shortstop for the Trojans, Sanders, in addition to breaking several records, ranks in the top five in career games played, hits, doubles, triples, total bases and sacrifice flies. He capped off his final stretch in a Trojan uniform on a 17-game hitting streak with 11 multi-hit games over that span. He led Troy with a 3-for-5 performance in its Regional-opening win over Duke.

Sanders joins his teammate, Brandon Lockridge, as the two Trojans selected in this year’s draft, so far. Lockridge became the fifth player in school history to be selected in the top five rounds earlier Tuesday. It’s just the third time that the program has had two players selected in the top 10 rounds of the same draft – 2006 and 1985.

Quotable – Troy head coach Mark Smartt
“Matt had a great career and an incredible senior season. He defends well at shortstop, runs exceptionally well and can really hit. He is the same guy every day. Works hard, plays hard and competes. I believe he will be an outstanding pro player. I am so happy for him and his family.”

By Jace Sanders


Girls Varsity Basketball · 10 Year Reunion of 2007-2008 6A State Championship girls basketball team!

Patriots News · Ray Sets Record for Starts!











wku2017 (r-Sr.) Ray made his 53rd career – and consecutive – start at FIU, setting the all-time WKU program record for starts by an offensive or defensive player. The Madison, Ala., native helped lead the Hilltoppers to the best passing offense in C-USA (334 yards per game) and the No. 9 passing offense in the country.

2016 (r-Jr.) | 14/14: WKU’s mauler on the inside, Ray built on his reputation as one of the nation’s top offensive guards with another stellar season at left guard where he started 14 consecutive games, continuing a streak which has seen him start every game of his career, 41-straight by the end of 2016. Ray helped pave the way for Anthony Wales’ FBS-best 13.4 points per game and 29 touchdowns, including a school record 27 on the ground. He also helped anchor the nation’s top scoring offense and keep quarterback Mike White upright as he led C-USA in Passing Efficiency. Adjusting sacks allowed for pass attempts, the Hilltoppers ranked No. 27 nationally in pass blocking efficiency, allowing a sack just four percent of the time (22 sacks on 471 attempts).

2015 (r-So.) | 14/14: Ray continued to perform as a sophomore and became one of WKU’s top offensive linemen during the 2015 campaign. Ray started all 14 games for the Hilltoppers at left guard on a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in Sacks Allowed, with just 16 despite 554 dropbacks, the seventh-best percentage nationally and second among teams with 500 or more passing attempts. The line also paved the way for a sixth-consecutive 1,000-yard rusher and broke the school Total Offense record for the third consecutive season, the second two with Ray at left guard.

2014 (r-Fr.) | 13/13: In his first season on The Hill, Ray started every game at left guard as he became the school’s second Football Writer’s Association of America Freshman All-American since 2011. Ray was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman team and graded out as WKU’s second-best lineman during the regular season. His athleticism and pulling ability generated big run plays down the stretch to help RB Leon Allen rush for 750 yards in a five-game win streak, including two performances of 230 yards or more, to end the season. He was a vital piece of Allen’s Conference USA-record 345 yards versus Army, consistently pulling on sweeps to pile up chunk yardage.

2013 (Fr.): Ray redshirted his first season on The Hill.

HS/Misc.: Ray enjoyed a successful playing career at Bob Jones High School in Alabama. Ray was part of a 2012 team that went 9-4, advancing to the second round of the Alabama state playoffs. Ray anchored a Patriot front line that helped Bob Jones average close to 30 points per game in his senior season and over 35 points per game during his junior campaign of 2011. In his final two years of high school, Ray led Bob Jones to a 19-6 record, including a perfect 11-0 mark at home. The offensive lineman was named a Class 6A All-State Honorable Mention performer in the state of Alabama in 2012 while also being named to the Huntsville Times Elite First Team after putting together 65 pancake blocks in 13 games. Ray was also named to the Huntsville Times Elite Second Team following his junior season in 2011.