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Huskies blow out Hurricanes

By David Knox Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE -- Hewitt-Trussville blew out a highly regarded team from Florida and nearly blew out the scoreboard lights in the process. The Huskies (2-0), behind six touchdowns from Grayson Cash, withstood a storm of offense from Manatee's Hurricanes and posted a 78-56 win Friday night at Hewitt-Trussville Stadium. "I didn't expect (six touchdowns) Cash said. "It was crazy. The wh ...

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Omar bolsters Cougars’ expectations on volleyball court

By Kyle Parmley, Cahaba Sun CLAY -- Volleyball season gets underway this week, and Clay-Chalkville High School is looking to build upon the success of head coach Natasha Brown’s first two seasons. The Cougars reached the round of 16 in last fall’s playoff run, and the objective for 2016 is to get one step further. “The goal this season is to compete at the (Birmingham) CrossPlex,” Brown said in the summer. ...

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Igbinoghene on track for breakout year

By David Knox, Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE – It was just a spring game, but Noah Igbinoghene wasn’t having any of it. His Hewitt-Trussville Huskies were primed to score a touchdown in their game against Minor when a running back had the ball knocked away from him by a Tenacious Tiger defender. The Minor defender scooped up the ball and saw nothing but Husky Stadium green turf for the 100 yards ahead of him. By ...

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Cougars move to top spot in 6A poll, Huskies up to 6th in 7A

By David Knox, Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE – The Clay-Chalkville Cougars took advantage of a big win over Florence and Spanish Fort’s loss to McGill-Toolen to move to the head of Class 6A in the first regular-season Alabama Sports Writers Association football poll. By virtue of their 53-48 win over Florence, the preseason No. 2 Cougars picked up 21 of 27 first-place votes to move past Spanish Fort. The Toros o ...

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Nico Collins is one big, tough Cougar

By David Knox, Sports Editor CLAY -- Clay-Chalkville offensive coordinator Stuart Floyd once said Nico Collins’ hands were so soft that you couldn’t even hear the football smack against them when he caught it. Nothing else about the Cougars’ star wide receiver falls into the “soft” category. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Collins is “a tough, thick kid,” said head coach Jerry Hood. “He’s a lot bigger once you stan ...

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Lady Cougars’ Omar commits to Samford

From Tribune Staff Reports CLAY – Clay-Chalkville girls point guard Raven Omar announced last week that she intends to play her college basketball at Samford University. She picked Samford over an offer from North Alabama. Omar, who also plays volleyball and has played soccer, is a 5-foot-4 senior who can create and get her own shot as well. A good free-throw shooter with some range on her jumper, she was t ...

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Huskies deliver a big hit in Nashville

By David Knox Sports Editor NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Hewitt-Trussville Huskies traveled to the Music City Friday night planning on giving the Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red the blues. MBA was looking for an encore to last season's win in Trussville, Big Red superstar running back Ty Chandler, the No. 6 running back in the country lived up to his headline billing, rushing for 180 yards on 12 carries and thre ...

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Pinson Valley hosts revenge-minded McAdory

By David Knox, Sports Editor PINSON – It’s not a region game. It’s not even a neighborhood rivalry. But both Pinson Valley and McAdory have had this football game circled on their calendars for a while. The Yellow Jackets from McCalla were unbeaten and ranked fourth in Class 6A a year ago when they hosted the Indians. Pinson Valley had been through the wringer, losing back-to-back games to Gardendale and Cl ...

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Cougars host Florence in tough season-opener

By David Knox, Sports Editor CLAY – The post-Piggy-T era begins and it starts with a visit from the Florence Falcons. Willie Miller gets his shot at quarterback, and the sophomore brings a lot of promise. But 18 starters are gone, including wide receiver T.J . Simmons and others now playing on Saturdays. Miller has had some good moments during the spring and summer, and hopes are high he will become another ...

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Huskies hunting for season-opening road win in Nashville

By David Knox, Sports Editor TRUSSVILLE – Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville’s star jumper and sprinter, won’t be the only track athlete on the field Friday night at Tommy Owen Stadium in Nashville. Montgomery Bell Academy’s Ty Chandler runs for the Big Red track team. Chandler mostly runs relays, and he’s not the AAU champ that Igbinoghene is. But Chandler, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back, is also a f ...

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