By Gary Lloyd Like a walk-off home run in the final inning, the game is over. Except the game never made it to the decisive seventh inning. On Thursday, Alabama K-12 public schools were dismissed for the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning students will finish the 2019-2020 school year at home beginning April … Continue reading Spring sports canceled: What could have been
These photos were taken at Minor High School in Adamsville, Alabama, on Friday, Oct. 18. Minor defeated Chelsea, 37-35. It's like a water-color-painted sky.
By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM — A few hundred former players joined Fred Yancey at the 50-yard line at halftime. When it was time to leave the field to make way for the homecoming court, someone motioned toward an end zone. “Let’s go this way so they’ll follow you,” she said to Yancey. Even today, they’re … Continue reading Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’
By Gary Lloyd If you follow me on Twitter for high school football updates, you may notice a weekly trend. I often capture a fuzzy iPhone photo before, during, or after the game I’m covering, and Tweet it out with the lone word, “Sports.” I do this purposely. High school sports, in many ways, have … Continue reading Sports
By Gary Lloyd HOOVER — Some coaches, albeit not many of them, are just talkers. You can prepare to ask a dozen postgame questions, and they just sing without you opening your mouth. The tape recorder just rolls. You feel comfortable with these coaches, whether their teams win or lose. I have encountered several of … Continue reading Niblett: ‘I want to try to put something positive out there’
By Gary Lloyd This Friday, I’m taking a night off from the high school sidelines. I’m going to the Trussville Public Library to hear Sean Dietrich, an author and storyteller from Florida. Sean and I have communicated a little over the past couple years, and he even provided a blurb for my book, Valley Road: … Continue reading Scenes from three weeks of high school football
By NJCAA.org Clinching its seventh national title in program history did not come easy for Central Alabama Community College last month. Midway through the 2019 NJCAA DI Men's Golf Championship, the Trojans sat in fourth place and trailed the leader Indian Hills by 12 strokes. Led by a trio of top-five finishers, the Trojans pulled … Continue reading Metro area well-represented on national title golf team