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Philip Black graduated in 1977 from Grissom High School and 1981 from Jacksonville State University with a major in political science and a minor in English.

Philip is a former sports editor of the Huntsville News. He worked in radio as a personality at WZYP-FM in Athens, WMSL-AM in Decatur, WAHR-FM Star 99 and WFIX 1450 AM in Huntsville.

Philip is married to Carolyn Black and they have three daughters. He enjoys writing sports stories, especially features on local athletes.

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    Mayes & Carr Named Hazel Green Swim Coaches

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Samantha Mayes and Glenn Carr were both named head coaches for the Hazel Green High School swim team on Wednesday night. “I think we hit a home run with our two new coaches,” said Hazel Green Athletic Director and Assistant Principal David Manning. “We want to take swimming to the next level.”

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    North Alabama swimmer lowers Olympic Trials time to make Elite Team

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After his brilliant performance recently at the National Club Swimming Association Championships in Orlando, Fla., Zach Harting, 17, of the Huntsville Swim Association is flying out of the country. No need to worry, though. Batman returns!

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    Huntsville swim coach turns into children’s action hero

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As practice begins, Huntsville Swim Association Coach Arthur Fortin is leaping over mesh bags filled with flippers, snorkels and kickboards. He’s hopping from lane to lane intensely watching a group of 30 swimmers.

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    Hazel Green baseball star commits to UAH

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Wes Anderson, 18, a senior at Hazel Green High School, will sign a national letter of intent to play baseball with the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Anderson will ink his commitment papers on Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hazel Green lunchroom. “Wes is a real good fit for our program,” said UAH Head Coach Hunter Royer. “Obviously, he has a good bat offensively. Defensively, he can play third base, or even maybe one of the […]

  • From left: New HSA coaches Susan Swing, Hannah Busk, Stephanie Beddingfield and Cole Jolley. (Photo: Huntsville Swim Association)

    HSA Hosts Norris Meet With New Coaches On Deck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Swim Association hosts the Fran Norris Invitational presented by First Place Athletics Oct. 24-26. The USA Swimming sanctioned meet attracts many of the top athletes in the Southeast to Huntsville’s indoor Natatorium, located at 2213 Drake Ave. Warm-ups begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Competition starts at 5:30. Ten-and-under swimmers have warm-ups at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with events beginning at 8:30. The 11-and-over competition is scheduled both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. HSA head […]

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    HSA Hosts Meet; Harting Qualifies for Olympic Trials

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – USA Swimming announced its 2016 Olympic Trials time standards on Sept. 18. Huntsville Swim Association’s Zach Harting, who was just age 16 at the time, has qualified for the 200 butterfly.

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    Maurer Dives Into Busy Weekend: RCSL Meet July 11-13

    HUNTSVILLE, Al. – When Sophie Maurer gets excited about what she really likes, she sounds like your typical 8-year-old at the ice cream parlor diving into her favorite summertime treat. “I’m working on an inward, a front flip, front half twist, a front dive and a back dive,” Maurer said. Oh, that sounds delicious. But wait, Maurer’s not your typical 8-year-old talking about eating ice cream, or a banana split. Not to say she doesn’t enjoy a scoop or two […]

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    Scott & Zach Harting Offer Time To RCSL; City Meet Coming July 11-13

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City Swim League City Meet July 11-13 is so big, the athletes take up residence in team tents all around the Brahan Spring Natatorium. The RCSL City Meet begins with the diving competition on Friday, July 11. The swim meet portion for all these happy campers is Saturday and Sunday. The city swim championships features 18 teams from pools all around Madison County. Ten-and-under swimmers start both days at 8:30 a.m. The older athletes compete […]

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    Two Buckhorn Seniors Sign College Swimming Scholarships

    NEW MARKET, Al. – Buckhorn High School seniors Laban Jamar and Tyler Johnson signed college scholarships to swim at Lindenwood University-Belleville (Il.) on May 5. Jamar and Johnson both swam for Buckhorn Head Coach Whitney Webster the past three seasons. Jamar placed 15th in the breaststroke at this past AHSAA state championships with a time of 1:05.7.  He was seventh in the event at the North Alabama High School Championships. Jamar also competed three years in the Rocket City Swim […]

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    HSA Goes Distance After Stars Shine At Junior Nationals

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Swim Association hosts the long course TYR IMX/IMReady Invitational May 3-4, following a record-setting performance at the NCSA Junior Nationals. Ten HSA stars competed at the prestigious junior nationals held March 18-22 in Orlando: Sarah Margaret Cimino, Mallory Underwood, Regan Weakley, Kobie Melton, Claire Munster, John Smith, Jack Calatrello, Braxton Conners, Zach Harting and Isaac Devaney. The meet featured the most talented age 18-and-under swimmers in the nation. Competitors had to secure strict event qualifying […]

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    HSA Tri-Green Meet Attracts Top USA Swimmers Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

    HUNTSVILLE – The Huntsville Swim Association preps for the upcoming championship meets by hosting the HSA Tri-Green Equipment Invitational Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 at the Brahan Spring Park Indoor Natatorium. “It serves as one of the last chances to qualify for Southeasterns and other championship meets,” said HSA Head Coach Matt Webber. “For the older athletes, it’s the last chance to fix little things and experiment with techniques. For the younger ones, they continue to shoot for best times […]

  • Swimmers get ready to hit the lanes in a meet at Brahan Spring Park Natatrium. David Hudson, HSA's meet referee, is at the end with his arm out.

    HSA hosts Norris Invitational Oct. 25-27

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Swim Association hosts the Fran Norris Invitational Oct. 25-27 at the Brahan Spring Park Natatorium. This weekend’s meet attracts some of the top swimmers in the Southeast to Huntsville’s indoor Natatorium, located at 2213 Drake Ave. Warm-ups begin at 4 p.m., Friday and competition starts at 5:30. Ten-and-under swimmers have warm-ups at 7:15 a.m., Saturday and Sunday with events starting at 8:30. The 11-and-over competition is scheduled both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Since these athletes […]


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