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Former Cougar stars against Alabama A&M for UAB

By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM -- Former Clay-Chalkville standout running back D.J. Vinson rushed for 106 yards and five touchdowns in UAB’s 41-14 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound senior is in his fifth season at UAB, but this is only the second season he's been on the field. Vinson, who was a wide receiver until this season, injured his knee in 2010 and missed the season, caught 12 ...

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2 former area offensive linemen play against Michigan State Friday

By Gary Lloyd JACKSONVILLE -- Two former standout high school offensive linemen will be playing together against one of the premier Big Ten teams Friday when Jacksonville State travels to take on Michigan State. Adam Wright, a Clay-Chalkville product, is a redshirt junior right guard for Jacksonville State. Casey Dunn, a Hewitt-Trussville product, is a sophomore left guard for the Gamecocks. [caption id="at ...

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Clay golfer commits to Wallace State

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Clay-Chalkville senior golfer Dalton O’Rear recently committed to Wallace State Community College. A first-team all-county selection as a junior, O’Rear has played golf all three years of high school and will again in the spring as a senior. Last season, O’Rear carded a 74 in the Class 6A, Section 4 tournament and placed third individually in the Jefferson County Tournament. O’Rear car ...

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5 former Pinson athletes now at Faulkner

For The Tribune PINSON -- Five former Pinson Valley High School athletes are now at Faulkner University in Montgomery. Elijah Bibbs will be playing football for Faulkner. [caption id="attachment_15422" align="alignleft" width="300"] The five former Pinson Valley High School athletes at Faulkner Universitysubmitted photo[/caption] Zac Ray, Robert St. John, Levi Miller and Cody Doughtery will be playing baseb ...

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Volleyball, cross country seasons begin next week

By Gary Lloyd TRUSSVILLE -- The volleyball and cross country seasons begin next week for Hewitt-Trussville. The Hewitt-Trussville varsity volleyball team opens its 2014 season on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Springville at 6 p.m. The Lady Huskies play their first home match Wednesday, Sept. 3 against Walker at 6 p.m. The girls host Clay-Chalkville on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. [caption id="attachment_4667" align= ...

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Former Clay-Chalkville standout Quinton Dial starts foundation

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Former Clay-Chalkville and University of Alabama football player Quinton Dial has started a foundation for kids. QD’s Kids’ mission is “to show love and support to underprivileged kids today so they will have the best opportunity to be our leaders of tomorrow,” according to www.qdkids.org. [caption id="attachment_6915" align="alignleft" width="300"] Quinton Dialphoto courtesy of www.49 ...

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Former Clay-Chalkville baseball players sign

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Two former Clay-Chalkville baseball players recently signed to play at the major college level. J.D. Perry, a 2011 Clay-Chalkville High School graduate, is leaving Chattahoochee Valley Community College for Louisiana Tech. Perry and CVCC played in the National Junior College Association World Series in Colorado earlier this year. “It's a great accomplishment for me,” Perry said. “When ...

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2 area baseball players heading to Auburn-Montgomery

By Gary Lloyd JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Two former area high school baseball standouts are signing to play at Auburn University in Montgomery. Second baseman Cody Rush, who played at Clay-Chalkville, and Kaleb Harris, a former Pinson Valley catcher, are heading to Auburn University in Montgomery.  Rush played at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa for two seasons. He started at second base in 48 of 53 g ...

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Clay-Chalkville baseball player commits to SEC school

By Gary Lloyd CLAY -- Clay-Chalkville junior baseball player Thomas Johns has made his college commitment. Johns on Monday night verbally committed to Auburn. [caption id="attachment_13964" align="alignleft" width="199"] Clay-Chalkville junior Thomas Johns hits a home run at Hewitt-Trussville last season.file photo by Ron Burkett[/caption] As a sophomore last season, Johns played in 34 games. He had 120 pla ...

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Abdullah offered by Navy, to visit school

By Gary Lloyd CLAY --Clay-Chalkville senior point guard Hasan Abdullah was offered a scholarship this week by Navy. Abdullah is set to take an official visit to Navy next week. Abdullah also holds scholarship offers from Alabama A&M and Samford. [caption id="attachment_4311" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay-Chalkville senior point guard Hasan Abdullahfile photo by Anna Malone[/caption] Abdullah last ...

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