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’

Scenes from three weeks of high school football

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

Briarwood Christian angler named All-American

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- A Briarwood Christian School junior is on the hook for quite an honor. Tucker Smith today was selected as one of 12 high school anglers for the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. READ MY STORY ON THE BRIARWOOD BASS CLUB IN 280 LIVING “We are proud to welcome an … Continue reading Briarwood Christian angler named All-American

Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I only knew Jim Brown through Twitter posts about politics and sports, specifically conservative Christian beliefs and his ‘Bama fandom. “I do not apologize for either,” his Twitter bio stated. Amen. Brown, a teacher and coach at Briarwood Christian School for thirty-five years, was a must-follow for me on the … Continue reading Briarwood honors life of ‘faithful’ teacher, coach

Briarwood Christian hires new football coach

Forester ‘key component’ to Lions’ success for over a decade By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I should not be able to write this story. I have covered Briarwood Christian School athletics on a freelance basis the last three years, and I have only spoken to new head football coach Matthew Forester in passing. It has … Continue reading Briarwood Christian hires new football coach

Briarwood Christian coach Fred Yancey retires

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – It is rather fitting that the coach was born in the Home of the Blues, because today Birmingham has them. A legend has retired. Briarwood Christian School head football coach Fred Yancey today announced his retirement in a team meeting. Yancey retires with the 11th-most wins in Alabama high school … Continue reading Briarwood Christian coach Fred Yancey retires