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Eric Ness (7th Grade Head Coach) Email
  Lanisha Cartwell (8th Grade Head Coach)

  Simmons Lady Bucs  

 Basketball Callout Meeting

This meeting is for any 7th or 8th Grade girl who is interested in trying out for the Girls Basketball Team this year.

When: Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:50am

Where: Coach Ness' Room (222)


Eligibility Requirements:


1) The player must be in good academic standing per AHSAA guidelines.


2) The following forms must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian:



3) The following form must be completed and signed by a physician:
4) The player must complete the STAR Sportsmanship course using the following instructions:







      The History of SMS Lady Bucs Basketball

by: Coach Wayne Wood


   When Coach Carol Chesnutt took over the Simmons girls basketball team in 1979-1980, sports for girls in the state of Alabama were still in a pioneering stage. Coach Chesnutt began the program from scratch yet established a strong foundation for years which helped the Berry High School (later Hoover High School) become one of the strongest girls programs in the state. The first Simmons championship was the season of 1981-1982 followed by other successful seasons.  She eventually left and turned the program over to Coach Kevin Erwin who kept it at a high level of expected success. Following is a highlight summation of the most recent success.


1996-1997..Team finished 23-0 in the 8th grade following a 17-0 seventh grade season which gave them a 2-year record of 40-0. Some members of that team were seniors on the 2000-2001 state championship Hoover Lady Bucs team including center Krystle Johnson (who signed with UCLA & later played at Alabama and also later coached at Hoover), guards Jenny Boyd & Maleah Dunham.


1998-1999..Team won more than 20 games losing only 1 early in the year during a championship campaign. Three players off that team were sophomores on the 2000-2001 Hoover state title team including starting PG Ardia Kelker (who played college ball in California) guard Janell Gottschalk (who played soccer at Montevallo) and forward Sidney Spencer. Sidney was the MVP of the 2001 state title game as a sophomore and was later named "Miss Basketball" in the state as senior when the Lady Bucs were state runner-up in 2003. She signed with the Lady Vols of Tennesse under legendary coach Pat Summitt and was a starter on the 2007 Lady Vols national championship team before going on to a pro career. Her jersey was retired at Hoover High School. Guard Abby Campbell was a sophomore starter on the 2003 team before signing with the University of Mobile and returning to Simmons & Hoover as a teacher/coach.


2003-2004..Team won more than 20 games in their championship year. One noted star of that team was guard Yvonne Anderson who played briefly at Hoover HS before transferring to a Missouri school before going to play for the University of Texas.


2005-2006..Team also won more than 20 games in the championship season. Three girls from that group were seniors on the 2009-2010 Hoover HS state championship team including forward Tyrese Tanner (who signed with Auburn) guard Jordan Smith (signed with University of Alabama/Hunstville) and guard Portia Key.


2007-2008..Team went 24-0 breaking the 8th grade record of the 1996-97 team. Two players from that team (Kayla Anderson & Nicole Tanner) contributed to the success of the 2010 Hoover state title team as sophomores and the 2012 state title team as seniors. Nicole was the MVP in the state title game her senior year. She joined her sister Tyrese at Auburn while Kayla signed with UAB.


2009-2010..Team won less than 20 games but over achieved in getting it together to win the season ending metro tournament. It was noted for being all around athletic with speed and aggresiveness as several played on the Hoover HS softball and soccer teams as 9th graders.


The Simmons Lady Bucs basketball program has a long and proud historical tradition with young ladies who have given great account not just in athletics but academics and more important life careers and contributions.   GO LADY BUCS!