Hartselle Tigers finish No. 11 in the country

A state championship season has earned the Hartselle Tigers a No. 11 spot in the final national rankings by MaxPreps.

Hartselle (39-4) closed out the season on May 20 with a two-game sweep of Pelham for the Class 6A state championship.

Ranked ahead of Hartselle by MaxPreps are national champion St. Mary’s Prep of Michigan (44-0) followed by Stoneman Douglas of Florida (30-2), Providence of North Carolina (34-0), IMG Academy of Florida (23-2), Southlake Carroll of Texas (34-8), North Oconee of Georgia (39-1), Sumrall of Mississippi (35-1), West Monroe of Louisiana (33-4), Northwest Rankin of Mississippi (34-3) and Hamilton of Arizona (29-4).

All those schools won state championships, except for IMG, which is not a member of a high school association.

No. 4 IMG Academy gave Hartselle one of its four losses, 9-3, on March 4 at Hoover.