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?

The youth director

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   I’m not a big believer in the accuracy of first impressions, but I have one perfect example of it being true. I was in junior high, and beginning to get involved with the wrong crowd. My friend and … Continue reading The youth director

‘An absolute beauty to watch’

Birmingham Rugby players relish competition, relationships By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham has a lot going its way right now. The Birmingham Bulls hockey team is back and is one of the better teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Birmingham Iron, part of the Alliance of American Football, kicks off its inaugural season … Continue reading ‘An absolute beauty to watch’

‘No one matched’ interest of Birmingham for pro basketball team

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – In several years, Pelicans will descend on Birmingham. The New Orleans Pelicans and the NBA G League have announced that the Pelicans have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA G League team that will play in the renovated Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The team is expected … Continue reading ‘No one matched’ interest of Birmingham for pro basketball team

Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

DAPHNE, Ala. – Bayside Academy rising senior Sam Koby doesn’t consider himself a “superior volunteer,” but a look at his extracurricular activities calendar shows otherwise. The president of the Daphne school’s student government association plays point guard for the Admirals’ basketball team and he’s a strong safety on the football squad. Koby is a member … Continue reading Alabama student-athlete uses lessons learned to help community

A rundown on my 5 books

My full house is complete. Two fiction novels and three works of nonfiction. And due to work and graduate school, I may not be publishing another book for quite a while, despite having several ideas in mind. Who knows, though? Maybe I'll have another published in the near future. It's something I love doing.So, in the meantime, … Continue reading A rundown on my 5 books

Establishing a solid foundation

He is a young newspaper sports editor, but he gets it. The guy who was once my intern, who covers much of the Birmingham, Alabama, area now, says that establishing relationships is what the job is all about. I wish I could take credit for his genius, but he is a natural all on his … Continue reading Establishing a solid foundation

A higher calling

The young coach keeps the text message as a reminder. It was sent to him by a basketball player from his former high school, where the coach was departing from to take a job at another Alabama high school. The text message, in part, reads, “I just wanted to let you know having you coach me this … Continue reading A higher calling

Eyesight vs. Mind-sight

At one of Alabama’s best high schools, a new coach took over for the 1998-1999 basketball season. He talked to players and parents, stating that the program would develop into one of the best in the state, and would eventually win a state championship. A freshman on that team remembers people in the room laughing. … Continue reading Eyesight vs. Mind-sight

In the bleachers

We have lived in this town for more than two years, and we had never set foot in the high school.That isn’t unusual, considering we are a handful of months past our ten-year reunion from a school in a different county. None of us has a kid that age, yet. But earlier this month, we decided … Continue reading In the bleachers