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Pinson Valley softball growing under young coach

  By Erik Harris PINSON – First-year head softball coach Laurin Watts seems to have Pinson Valley going in the right direction. In just her first year running the program, Watts led the Indians on a charge that ended with a Class 6A, Area 12 championship, which qualified the young roster for a berth in the North-Central Regionals in Tuscaloosa. In two days of play at Sokol Park, Pinson Valley went 1-2 ...

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Prep Softball: Pinson Valley goes 1-2 in Tuscaloosa

By Erik Harris TUSCALOOSA—After winning the Class 6A, Area 12 championship, Pinson Valley got the program’s first regional tournament victory in Tuscaloosa with a 14-0 decision over Homewood in the losers bracket on Friday night. However, that win was sandwiched between two losses. The Indians fell to Chelsea 2-0 on Friday afternoon and lost Saturday morning to Oxford by a count of 6-0, ending coach Laurin ...

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Prep Softball: Hewitt-Trussville reaches state finals

By Erik Harris TUSCALOOSA—In the Class 7A bracket of the North-Central Regional softball tournament, No. 3 Hewitt-Trussville took care of its business early. The Huskies (35-9) were in and out with a 3-1 win over seventh-ranked Thompson followed by a 16-1 blowout of No. 2 Spain Park to advance on to the state finals in Montgomery. [caption id="attachment_21755" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hewitt-Trus ...

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Prep Softball: Clay-Chalkville’s season ends in Tuscaloosa

By Erik Harris TUSCALOOSA – Clay-Chalkville played two games in the regional tournament on Friday at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa, and dropped both of them. The Cougars started the day with a 10-2 loss to Oxford. Allowing two consecutive three-run innings in the second and third did much of the damage. [caption id="attachment_21769" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay-Chalkville's Madison Sanders in the North-C ...

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Pinson Valley falls short in semifinal loss to Cullman

By Kyle Parmley CULLMAN – Most programs would be more than satisfied with reaching the state semifinals in two of the past three seasons. Do not mark Shane Chappell and the Pinson Valley baseball program among them. “We are not happy about just being here,” Chappell said following his team’s dismissal from the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs on Friday night. “We are where we belong now. We have been (in the semifin ...

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Jay Barker to be inducted into ASHOF

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – Jay Barker has achieved much since graduating from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1990. Before the arrival of current Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, Barker was the faint memory of how things should be for many crimson-covered fans. [caption id="attachment_18536" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jay Barkerphoto courtesy of WJOX[/caption] The former Alabama signal caller w ...

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Metro: Pledges reach $6 million to bring back UAB football

By Kyle Parmley BIRMINGHAM -- UAB supporters are making it clear that they want football back at the university, which dropped the sport along with bowling and rifle in December. WBRC's Brianne Britzius and John Huddleston reported that the UAB Athletics Task Force met in the Green and Gold Room of Bartow Arena on Thursday night to update supporters on the progress of the fundraising in progress. [caption i ...

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Prep Baseball: Pinson Valley on a mission

By Erik Harris There is a Class 6A state championship game to get to in Montgomery next week. To get on I-65 South for Riverwalk Stadium, Pinson Valley will have to head north for a best-of-three series at No. 1 Cullman first. With two wins over their hosts, the Indians would advance to the state finals. “It is going to be the toughest two, three games that we’ve played in our entire life,” said Pinson Vall ...

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Clay-Chalkville girls qualify for sub-state golf tourney

By Erik Harris CLAY – For the first time in program history, the Clay-Chalkville girls’ golf team has qualified for sub-state play at Cypress Lakes Country Club in Muscle Shoals. The Cougars did so by finishing fourth out of nineteen at the Section 3 Tournament on Tuesday. Only the top four tournament teams reached sub-state play. [caption id="attachment_21526" align="alignleft" width="300"] The CCHS girls' ...

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Metro: UAB hires Mark Ingram as new athletic director

By Kyle Parmley BIRMINGHAM -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham has found its new athletic director. UAB issued a press release on Saturday announcing Mark Ingram as the next person to lead the athletics department, following the resignation of former AD Brian Mackin in December. "I am both humbled and honored with the opportunity that Dr. Watts and the search committee have entrusted me with," Ingram ...

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