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Hewitt baseball will miss playoffs; coach wants consistency across state

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- There might be something wrong with this picture. Hewitt-Trussville, who occupied the top spot of the Class 7A state rankings for three consecutive weeks, is 16-7. All but one of the Huskies’ losses came against teams currently ranked in the top three of the state in either the Class 6A or Class 7A Alabama Sports Writers Association polls. To this point, the Huskies have notched ...

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Indians win Area 12, Cougars also make playoffs

By Kyle Parmley PINSON -- There is a new champion in baseball's Class 6A, Area 12. Pinson Valley (25-11, 5-1) completed a dominating sweep of Shades Valley with a pair of wins Thursday, by scores of 8-1 and 11-1. Hunter Davidson clinched the series in the first game, after the Indians took the opening game of the series Tuesday. Davidson was untouchable, going the complete seven innings while only allowing ...

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Sons of UAB football game set for Saturday

By Kyle Parmley BIRMINGHAM – UAB football is coming back. For one more game. The Sons of UAB alumni flag football game is bringing together more than 120 former Blazers to Legion Field. The game will take place Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Former head coach Bill Clark started the alumni game last spring after his hiring, and the tradition will continue this year despite the football program being shut down ...

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Area play continues for local softball, soccer teams

By Kyle Parmley PINSON -- Many local high school soccer and softball teams were in action Thursday. Take a look at how each team performed. SOFTBALL Clay-Chalkville 16, Minor 3: The Lady Cougars notched their second blowout win of the week after knocking off Ramsay 15-0 on Tuesday. They improve their record to 11-13 overall and will participate in the third annual Pell City Invitational Softball Tournament ...

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Lady Huskies drop season series to Spain Park

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Third-ranked Hewitt-Trussville surrendered 17 hits to No. 2 Spain Park (20-4-2) in a 12-4 home loss Thursday night. The Class 7A, Area 6 collision marks the end of the regular season series between the two programs. Head coach Karen Johns and the Lady Huskies fell at Spain Park in eight innings Tuesday night. “They are exceptional,” Johns said. “They have Division I players scat ...

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Hewitt-Trussville’s Pharis finds home at third base

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- It wasn’t a sudden, unexpected move. Hewitt-Trussville head baseball coach Jeff Mauldin and his senior shortstop Carter Pharis had discussions about relocating him on the diamond throughout the summer. Even so, Pharis was taken aback by the site of Mauldin’s lineup card on Opening Day. Dating back to his park ball days, the senior had looked down the order to see his name linked ...

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Hewitt-Trussville slips, Pinson Valley cracks top 10

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Three area teams are listed in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association baseball and softball polls. On the baseball diamond, Hewitt-Trussville comes in at No. 4 in the Class 7A rankings, while Class 6A No. 10 Pinson Valley makes its first appearance of the year in the weekly poll. Here is this week’s Class 7A baseball poll: No. 1 Mountain Brook (24-3), No. 2 Spain Park (1 ...

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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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