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?

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

Paying it forward

This story appears in Gary Lloyd’s book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.  He remembers that the 6-foot-5, 220-pound lineman always looked sad. He was always so quiet. Once he found out the lanky lineman’s story, he knew why. The lineman’s mother was killed in a murder-suicide by his stepfather when he was … Continue reading Paying it forward

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

Super 7 move to Auburn, Tuscaloosa a ‘happy accident’

AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s wildly popular Super 7 football championship left Birmingham’s venerable Legion Field in 2009 for Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, a new tradition was born – due to a “happy accident.” And, ironically, the impetus for the move of all six title games – at the time – to … Continue reading Super 7 move to Auburn, Tuscaloosa a ‘happy accident’

‘The right guy’

Homewood QB leaves legacy, looks toward future By Gary Lloyd HOMEWOOD – Larkin Williams didn’t always want to play football, but now the Homewood High School senior quarterback is pushing to keep it as part of his life as college nears. Homewood has not had an All-State quarterback since Austin Hubbard in 2005, the last … Continue reading ‘The right guy’

JefCoEd seniors earn more than $62 million in scholarships

By Gary Lloyd Educators in Jefferson County, Alabama, have more than sixty-two million reasons to smile. The graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 from the fourteen Jefferson County Schools high schools earned a total of $62,257,917.50 in scholarships. That’s enough money to buy sixty-two Manhattan apartments. Or pay LeBron James’ salary for two NBA … Continue reading JefCoEd seniors earn more than $62 million in scholarships

Pitches and promises

The sophomore pitcher circled the mound before the first batter stepped into the box, and then he bent over behind the rubber. He extended his left hand and began to use his index finger as a pencil for the cool dirt. It was winter, and the high school baseball season was just underway. He was … Continue reading Pitches and promises

My top 10 moments from 2017 high school football season

Postseason lists seem to be popular, so, on a whim, I decided to make my own. These are the top 10 moments I experienced from the 2017 high school football season. Please know that these are only stories I wrote from games I attended. I can’t legitimately comment on a game I didn’t attend. So here we … Continue reading My top 10 moments from 2017 high school football season

Communities win Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley semifinal game

PINSON -- I’ve waited seven years to write this story, and I hope I get it just right. I have wanted this game for so long, an intra-ZIP-code tilt between the team with the terrorizing defense anchored by the future SEC defensive tackle against the clicking-on-all-cylinders offense led by the future -- most likely -- … Continue reading Communities win Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley semifinal game