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New softball coach hired at Clay-Chalkville

By Gary Lloyd The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved Clay-Chalkville High School’s newest varsity softball coach. Kari Pate was approved Thursday morning. Pate was a pitcher at Oak Mountain High School from 1999-2003. Pate played for the 2001 Oak Mountain High School softball team that won the Class 5A state championship. During the 2001 season, Pate pitched 12 shutouts. Pate then played at Wa ...

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Cougars ranked second in preseason football poll

By Gary Lloyd The Cougars are starting high. Clay-Chalkville is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association, behind just defending state champion Hoover. Hoover received all 34 first-place votes in the Class 6A poll. [caption id="attachment_7588" align="alignleft" width="300"] Clay-Chalkville senior running back Sidney Battlefile photo by Ron Burkett[/caption] Clay-Chalkville fell 44- ...

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Pinson coach learns from recruiting whirlwind of past year

By Gary Lloyd The recruitment of a couple former Pinson Valley football players since February 2012 is an interesting story, their roles almost reversed. Wide receiver Earnest Robinson has been a can’t-miss talent since he first stepped on a football field, who would play big-time college football. Linebacker Zach Cunningham wasn’t as well known. A year ago, Robinson was already committed to play at Auburn, ...

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Loss to Hoover ‘definitely motivates’ Clay-Chalkville

By Gary Lloyd Clay-Chalkville senior quarterback Hayden Moore wants to get back to the Class 6A state semifinals, whether Hoover is the opponent or not. The Cougars, ranked No. 5 in Class 6A last November, fell 44-20 to No. 1 Hoover in the semifinals, 25 points shy of the state championship game. “It definitely motivates us,” Moore said at last week’s Jefferson and Shelby County High School Football Media D ...

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Hewitt-Trussville to play faster in 2013

By Gary Lloyd Hewitt-Trussville head football coach Hal Riddle said at last week’s Jefferson and Shelby County High School Football Media Day in Gardendale that the Huskies will be faster this season on offense. The offensive line won’t be as big, especially at the right guard position, vacated by three-year starter Carson Cooper, a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder now playing at Mississippi College. “We’re going to b ...

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Former WR returns to coach Hewitt-Trussville wideouts

By Gary Lloyd A former standout Hewitt-Trussville wide receiver has returned to coach the position. Huskies head football coach Hal Riddle said at last week’s Jefferson and Shelby County High School Football Media Day in Gardendale that Lee Guess, a 2002 Hewitt-Trussville graduate and former Auburn University wide receiver, has been added as the team’s wide receivers coach. During the 2004 season at Auburn, ...

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Hewitt searching for lacrosse players

By Gary Lloyd Though lacrosse isn’t yet a state-sponsored sport, Hewitt-Trussville is searching for players. Several high school boys played for the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association last year, playing for Mountain Brook, Hoover and Vestavia Hills teams. There were not enough boys -- 18 -- to have a Trussville team a year ago. Jamey Curlee, who will coach lacrosse in Trussville, wants to add 10 ...

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Clay-Chalkville QB commits to Cincinnati

By Gary Lloyd Clay-Chalkville senior quarterback Hayden Moore has made his college commitment. Moore committed to Cincinnati on Monday night. Moore also had offers from UAB, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Illinois, Murray State and Jacksonville State. “I just officially committed to the University of Cincinnati! #cincibound #gobearcats” Moore Tweeted on Monday night. [caption id="attachment ...

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Auburn AD speaks in Trussville next week

By Gary Lloyd Auburn University Athletics Director Jay Jacobs will be the featured speaker at next Thursday’s Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The luncheon will be at the Trussville Civic Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are $17 each and are due by Tuesday, Aug. 13 at noon. Jacobs has been Auburn’s athletics director since December 2004. [caption id="attachment_7355" align="alignleft ...

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Clay-Chalkville ranked 59th in country by Rivals

By Gary Lloyd Rivals.com had ranked Clay-Chalkville as the No. 59 high school football team in the country as part of its preseason rankings. Clay-Chalkville posted a 12-2 record last season and reached the Class 6A semifinals. The Rivals.com ranking lists senior quarterback Hayden Moore as Clay-Chalkville’s key player. Rivals.com says “The Good” with Clay-Chalkville is that Moore will not be alone on offen ...

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