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Husky infielder commits to UAB

By Kyle Parmley TRUSSVILLE – Hewitt-Trussville infielder and rising senior Tyler Tolbert has committed to UAB. Tolbert visited with Blazers head coach Brian Shoop Monday morning and informed him of his intent to sign with the school following his final year on the prep level. [caption id="attachment_19767" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hewitt-Trussville junior second baseman Tyler Tolbert swings at a pitch ...

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NPF softball championship comes to Birmingham, represents hope for young athletes

By Erik Harris Hoover – For too many years great softball players had no stage to take, no spotlight to own, no crowd to dazzle. At least not after their college careers were over. But thanks to the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch), those college stars now have an opportunity to take their game to the professional level, and locals will have an opportunity to see them in action this summer. The National Pro Fas ...

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Local golfer receives All-American honors

From staff reports PINSON – The Golf Coaches Association of America has given out some honors, and one local product is a recipient. Former Pinson Valley and University of Cincinnati men’s golfer John Michael O’Toole, 22, has been named the association’s Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. [caption id="attachment_14381" align="alignleft" width="200"] John Michael O’Toole with his brother, Caleb, at ...

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Jarvis Calhoun leaves Blazers

By Erik Harris BIRMINGHAM – Former Hewitt-Trussville basketball standout Jarvis Calhoun has stepped away from the UAB men's basketball program, according to the school. [caption id="attachment_10486" align="alignleft" width="200"] Hewitt-Trussville senior guard Jarvis Calhoun attempts a shot against Pinson Valley in 2013.file photo by Ron Burkett[/caption] Blazers’ head coach Jerod Haase confirmed the depar ...

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College Football: UAB to resume playing football in 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program. Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years. UAB dropped all three sports in December to cut costs, then announced six months later that they would be reinstated. The NCAA cleared UAB to resume playing ...

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Softball: 2 Huskies represent area in high school all-star game

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is presenting its North-South all-star high school softball game tonight in Montgomery. [caption id="attachment_23523" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hewitt-Trussville seniors Bailey Murphy and Maddie Dorsett prior to the AHSAA all-star softball game in Montgomery. Photo via Hewitt-Trussville athletics' Twitter page.[/caption] The cont ...

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College Football: Auburn picked to win SEC, but Bama favored to win West

  HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Reporters predicting the Southeastern Conference were torn in the Western Division. [caption id="attachment_23440" align="alignleft" width="269"] Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)[/caption] Auburn was declared the favorite to win the overall ...

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Clay 10U qualifies for World Series

From staff reports CLAY – Following a comeback performance at the state tournament in Madison, the 10U Clay baseball team has been invited to the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southaven, Miss. [caption id="attachment_23430" align="alignleft" width="300"] Front row: Caleb Medici, Braxton Cain, Cody Tucker, Deginal Spears, Ethan Hill, J.T. Crocker and Dylan Higgins.Middle row: Eli Kick, Shawn Welch, Kevin Hurley ...

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Local NFL RB tells kids to persevere

By Kyle Parmley CLAY – Every person deals with adversity in life. That was the message from Darrin Reaves, current running back for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and former local standout at Clay-Chalkville and UAB. Reaves hosted the first annual Darrin Reaves Elite Skills Academy on Friday and Saturday for kids between the ages of seven and 18. The idea was to use football and competition as a means of teach ...

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UPDATE: 2 former Huskies embrace new beginning

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Shades Valley head football coach David Partridge announced via social media that his son, Matt Partridge, will be taking the reins as defensive coordinator for the Mounties and Jeremiah Millington will serve as offensive coordinator. “Proud to announce Matt Partridge as defensive coordinator and Jeremiah Millington as offensive coordinator for the Shades Valley Mounties,” David ...

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