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Calvert throws no-hitter, Jordan sets down Shades Valley

By Kyle Parmley BIRMINGHAM – Clay-Chalkville and Pinson Valley took huge leaps toward playoff berths with masterful pitching performances Tuesday afternoon. In a must-sweep series for the Cougars, they dispatched Huffman 12-1 in a five-inning contest. The game was played at the oldest ballpark in America, Rickwood Field. Viking hitters had no chance against Matthew Calvert. The UAB signee threw a no-hitter ...

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UAB right school for Clay-Chalkville’s Calvert

By Kyle Parmley CLAY -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham was the convenient school, but it turned out to be the right school for Matthew Calvert. The Clay-Chalkville senior pitcher signed on the dotted line of his National Letter of Intent in February to spend his college career with the Blazers and head coach Brian Shoop. “They made me feel comfortable about everything,” Calvert said. Calvert’s son, ...

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Indians crowned Gulf Coast Classic champs

By Kyle Parmley and Erik Harris GULF SHORES -- Pinson Valley ran off six consecutive wins at the beach to take home the Gulf Coast Classic championship. In the opener Monday, the Indians defeated Lawrence County 8-3. Pinson Valley scored a single run in the second, fourth and fifth inning. Lawrence County tied the score twice, but a five-run sixth from the Indians put the game out of reach. Hunter Davidson ...

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Cougars win 2 in spring break tournament

By Kyle Parmley MOUNTAIN BROOK -- Clay-Chalkville concluded its participation in the Mountain Brook Spring Break Tournament with a pair of games Monday and a final contest Tuesday. After taking down Carver-Birmingham and falling to Mountain Brook last Saturday, the Cougars returned to the Spartans’ home field to face off against Ragland and Cedar Bluff on Monday. Clay-Chalkville (10-15) took care of Ragland ...

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Hewitt-Trussville wins Georgia track meet

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Another meet, another first-place finish for the Hewitt-Trussville boys’ track and field team. Head coach David Dobbs’ team cruised past the competition in Carrollton, Ga., with 100.5 overall points at the end of the 16-event meet. In second place was host Carrollton High School with 79 points. Five gold finishes propelled the Huskies to the win Saturday. Noah Igbinoghene claime ...

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ASWA poll: Hewitt-Trussville softball, baseball rank high

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – The Hewitt-Trussville softball team remains on top while the baseball team comes in at No. 3 in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association poll. On the softball diamond, the Lady Huskies (24-3) hope to keep momentum on their side next week when they clash with Class 7A, Area 6 foe No. 3 Spain Park. [caption id="attachment_20840" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hewitt-Truss ...

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Jody Graves brings production, leadership to Pinson Valley

By Kyle Parmley PINSON -- Great leaders and productive players don’t always come in the same package. But they go hand in hand when describing Pinson Valley first baseman Jody Graves, a junior in his first season on the varsity squad. “He’s one of those guys that is the reason you get into coaching,” Pinson Valley head coach Shane Chappell said. “He does everything you ask and works his tail off.” During hi ...

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Hewitt-Trussville wins tournament opener

By Erik Harris BRADENTON, Fla. – Top-ranked Hewitt-Trussville got the IMG Academy National Classic off to a strong start with a 3-2 win over South Hills (Calif.) on Monday. Center fielder Quin Jackson scored two of the Huskies’ runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh inning. After starting the final frame with a single, Jackson worked his way over to third before freshman Ed Johnson lif ...

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Cougars, Indians gunning for playoff spots

By Kyle Parmley CLAY -- There’s only one series remaining to determine which teams will earn a postseason berth from Class 6A, Area 12. Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley and Shades Valley are all pining to earn their spot among the top two teams from the area, and there will be no shortage of drama for the final games to be played April 7 and April 9. [caption id="attachment_20494" align="alignleft" width="200 ...

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Hewitt-Trussville needs ‘whole team’ to survive Area 6

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Some have said, including the Alabama Sports Writers Association, that there is no tougher path to the state playoffs than the one winding thorough Class 7A, Area 6. The area, like others throughout the state, is comprised of four teams fighting for two postseason slots. A closer look reveals that unlike other areas in the state, Area 6 is occupied entirely by top 10 teams. Acco ...

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