Baseball in October

I’m writing this in October, because the feelings, the frustrations over base-running miscues and late-inning disappointments, are fresh. Bluntly? The Atlanta Braves broke my heart again. It’s a theme. All Braves fans know it. When good things are happening, some sort of disappointment is bound to follow. The Braves reached the National League Championship Series … Continue reading Baseball in October

Prank to Praise

‘Memory he’ll have for rest of his life’ for young Bama fan By Gary Lloyd Our paths did not cross in Tuscaloosa, but I met Cody Kirk in the last year. We converse regularly about sports on Twitter and Facebook. Nothing too serious. Until this week. A video was posted to social media after the … Continue reading Prank to Praise

New podcast launched

TRUSSVILLE — Gary Lloyd has launched a new podcast, called the Books, Babble & Ball Podcast. The podcast will feature topics such as writing, journalism, history, news, interviews, sports and more. The first episode of the podcast was made available Sept. 8, and includes discussion with David Lloyd about the PGA Tour Championship, the upcoming … Continue reading New podcast launched

To Play Or Not To Play?

By Gary Lloyd  I don’t have the answers. I’m not a doctor. I’m not an epidemiologist. I’m also not a pontificator.  Does anyone right now know, unequivocally, that we should start the high school fall sports season on time? Should we delay it a week? A month? Cancel it altogether?  I don’t know that. And … Continue reading To Play Or Not To Play?

Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Former student-athletes weigh in on Hewitt, Clay rivalry I saw a post on Twitter last week that said, “Give me a horror story from your specialty in five words or less.”  I replied, “No more Hewitt vs. Clay.”  For the longest time, covering Trussville and Clay and their athletics teams was my specialty. I went … Continue reading Paws and Claws or Pause and Clause?

Dobbs retires as Hewitt-Trussville track and field coach

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville coach David Dobbs is retiring as head varsity track and field coach after 30 years with the program. Dobbs will remain with the program as an assistant coach and will continue to lead the cross country program. Dobbs began his career in 1990, teaching physical education at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. … Continue reading Dobbs retires as Hewitt-Trussville track and field coach

Tough runs

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. So much about that high school football season was tough. A player dying during a gym workout prior to the season kicking off. The small town's grocery store, which produced a quarter of a million dollars in annual tax revenue, … Continue reading Tough runs

Spring sports canceled: What could have been

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

Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’

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’