Former Clay, Crimson Tide standout heads to EMCC Hall of Fame

By Gary Lloyd SCOOBA, Miss. – Former Clay-Chalkville High School and University of Alabama standout defensive lineman Quinton Dial is being inducted into the East Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. The induction will happen Thursday, Sept. 23 when the Lions host Holmes Community College at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba, Miss. Dial is one … Continue reading Former Clay, Crimson Tide standout heads to EMCC Hall of Fame

A Q&A on the Current College Football Recruiting Process

The effects of COVID-19 are far reaching. One area that has been particularly impacted is the athletics recruiting process. Briarwood Christian School’s athletics director and quarterback coach Jay Mathews recently reflected on the June football evaluation camp experience and how the process has changed as Briarwood’s Christopher Vizzina accepted invitations to come to camp and … Continue reading A Q&A on the Current College Football Recruiting Process

Home on the range

By Gary Lloyd   I have stood inside the ropes at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, among the pink azaleas and tall dogwoods, and played for free at the Country Club of Birmingham, yet, inexplicably, I can’t get a long-shuttered driving range out of my mind.     It always seemed to be on … Continue reading Home on the range

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