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NBA legend shares advice with local student-athletes

By Erik Harris In the midst of his former team – Golden State Warriors – chasing its first NBA championship in 40 years, Jamaal Wilkes offers up advice to student-athletes across the Tribune coverage area. Wilkes, a four-time NBA champion and former NBA Rookie of the Year, touched on topics such as recruiting, transitioning from one playing level to the next, and much more. As a highly recruited high school ...

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Wilder’s big right lands for Alabama

By Erik Harris BIRMINGHAM – A vicious right glove did it. It landed on the left ear of the challenger, Eric Molina, and told a perfect ending to a historic night in Birmingham. In front of 9,347 fans in a packed-out Bartow Arena, Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC world heavyweight championship for the first time. The Tuscaloosa native provided entertainment never before seen in the Yellowhammer s ...

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Wilder knocks Molina out in 9th round

From Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM --Tuscaloosa's Deontay Wilder defended his WBC crown Saturday when he KO'd Eric Molina in the ninth round at UAB's Bartow Arena. Wilder floored Molina four times in the bout, but the determined challenger kept getting back up. With just over a minute remaining in the ninth round, the champion landed a straight right that sent Molina to his back, ending the heavyweight c ...

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Metro: Birmingham set to host state’s first title fight

By Erik Harris BIRMINGHAM – For the first time in state history, a world boxing championship will be on the line this Saturday night in Birmingham. Hometown favorite Deontay Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, will make his first defense of the WBC Heavyweight Championship belt against Texan Eric Molina, who is considered a sizeable underdog. Molina, 33, will enter the ring with a record of 23-2; 17 of those victories c ...

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Braves draft former Hewitt pitcher

By Erik Harris   TRUSSVILLE – After spending his childhood doing the tomahawk chop for the Atlanta Braves, one former Hewitt-Trussville pitcher is expected to follow in the footsteps of his idols as a player for the Tribe. According to Grayson Jones, who led the Huskies to the 2013 Class 6A state finals, he will accept Atlanta’s invite and forgo his junior year of college. The Braves selected the right ...

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Trussville to host professional disc golf tournament

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE – Disc Golf Birmingham has announced its next tournament, and Trussville’s Greg Carter Memorial Park will host one of the tournament’s three venues. The Magic City Mega Bowl, scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, is considered to be the state’s biggest disc golf tournament. Nearly 200 competitors have signed up to play in Trussville, Birmingham’s George Ward Park and Hoover’s ...

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Prep Softball: Hewitt-Trussville places 3 on All-State roster

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – The Alabama Sport Writers Association has named its All-State Softball Teams, and one Hewitt-Trussville senior found herself on Class 7A’s first team, followed by a pair of teammates on the succeeding rosters. Following a great campaign playing under first-year head coach Karen Johns, Taylor Beshears landed on the first team as a utility player. The departing senior feels “pretty ...

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Chappell awarded ASWA Coach of the Year, 2 Indians named All-State

By Erik Harris PINSON – Following a red-hot ending to the 2015 season, the Pinson Valley baseball program is being rewarded for its 32-15 campaign that ended one step shy of a state championship series birth. Over the weekend, the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its annual All-State Baseball Teams, and two Indians were voted on to the Class 6A second team roster. Third-year head coach Shane Chap ...

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Former Hewitt star named UCF offensive coordinator

By Erik Harris ORLANDO, Fla. – Brent Key, a former football standout at Hewitt-Trussville in the mid 90’s, has been named the University of Central Florida’s next offensive coordinator. [caption id="attachment_14953" align="alignleft" width="105"] Brent Keyphoto courtesy of www.ucfknights.com[/caption] Following a high school career on the Huskies’ offensive line, Key went on to star at the next level. He p ...

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Trussville 6U Nationals go 5-0, win Trussville All-Star Classic

From staff reports TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville 6U Nationals took the top prize last weekend. Trussville, coached by Clay Wingard, got the best of a 16-team field, claiming the championship contest with a 15-4 win over Moody on Sunday. [caption id="attachment_22425" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pictured Left to RightBack Row: Pat Pontarelli, Kyler O'Neill, ClayWingard, Shea Mitchell, David MillerMiddle Row ...

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