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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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    Huntsville Swim Association’s Clark & Swing help mentor young athletes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Rachel Clark inspects a group of small children flying through the air and zooming like rockets into the weightless feeling of the cool blue. As several swimmers overcome the fear of diving off the blocks for the first time, smiles appear underwater. Bubbles tickle faces like tiny sea creatures. When they rise to the surface and joyfully whale away to the other side, Clark is waiting for their splashdown. She’s cheering and reminding them to streamline better […]

  • Margaret Hoelzer, a Huntsville native, won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijng, China.

    Huntsville-area swim alumni share secrets to success

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – How do you become one of the fastest swimmers in the world? As area alumni spark recollections, two key factors initially come to mind. Without them, they feel their amazing feats would not have taken place. The reoccurring theme is a combination of friendship and fun. The pair bond and form an intricate building block to sticking around the grueling sport long enough to achieve success. The Huntsville Swim Association hosts the Red vs. Blue Intrasquad Meet at […]

  • The Piedmont Piranhas won the championship at the 2016 Rocket City Swim Meet. (Photo: Rocket City Swim & Dive/Facebook)

    Piedmont Piranhas Swim To RCSL City Meet Title

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Piedmont Piranhas nipped the Greenwyche Gators for the overall team title at the 51st Rocket City Swim League City Meet at the Natatorium. The Saturday and Sunday meet featured 1,351 athletes from 18 pools all around Madison County. The meet was in doubt until the final heat of the final race finished. Greenwyche was the defending champions of the swim portion. The Gators did win the team crown in the diving competition on Friday. Piedmont scored […]

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    Cheers strongest for true meaning of the Rocket City Swim League

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The loudest cheers in the Rocket City Swim League are not for the fastest athletes, they are for the bravest. A 12-year-old boy courageously decides to leave his wheelchair and enter a freestyle event in New Market during the last dual meet of the season. In Huntsville, a little girl with only one arm beautifully performs the butterfly. Alongside the heated competition, a true meaning of the league plays out across Madison County at member pools during […]

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    Construction at Huntsville Natatorium forces organizers to get creative with parking for City Meet, July 8-10

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With a $20 million aquatics project in progress at the Huntsville Brahan Spring Park Natatorium, the Rocket City Swim League is making several adjustments to hold the City Meet July 8-10 in the existing structure. The diving portion of the meet begins on Friday, July 8. The swimming gets underway on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m., with 10-and-unders competing in the morning sessions and the older swimmers in the afternoon. The parking lot in front of […]

  • 15-year-old Kobie Melton has an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke. (Photo: Elizabeth Hinely)

    Three Huntsville-area swimmers qualify for Olympic Trials

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Three Huntsville Swim Association athletes are qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in June. Several more area swimmers seek Olympic Trials qualifying standards this weekend at the HSA Spring Long Course Invitational at Huntsville Brahan Spring Park Natatorium.

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    Athletes seek championship times at 2016 Groundhog Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville Swim Association gears up for the 2016 short course championship season by hosting the Groundhog Invitational this weekend at the Natatorium. The meet typically features top swimmers from all across the South region. Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Age 10-and-under swimmers start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with the older athletes participating in the afternoon sessions.

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    Competitive swimming pays off: Munster commits to TCU, DeVaney to Evansville

    Bob Jones High School senior Claire Munster verbally committed to a full academic and swim scholarship at Texas Christian University. Westminster Christian Academy’s Isaac DeVaney is signing with the University of Evansville, Ind.

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    Matt Webber directs Huntsville Swim Association on course to excellence

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Matt Webber holds one of the most industrious positions in all of sports as head coach and program director of a USA Swimming club team. The year-round mentor of the Huntsville Swim Association is currently in charge of more than 375 swimmers, ranging from ages 5 to 18. HSA hosts the Fran Norris Invitational, Oct. 23-25, at the Natatorium on Drake Ave. The meet historically attracts many of the top swimmers in the South. Competition begins at […]

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    New HSA swim coach feels comfortable on deck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Most people are a little nervous when they start a new job. Susan Lowe is an exception. Lowe felt right at home when she first stepped on deck as an assistant coach for the Huntsville Swim Association.

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    Rocket City Swim League keeps Coach Glenn Carr young at heart

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – A tiny 7-year-old smiles big as Sharon Johnston Head Coach Glenn Carr praises her butterfly. When Carr offers a little advice, the girl pulls at her swim cap. She has something more pressing on her mind. “I like to do magic tricks,” she proudly proclaims, right out of the blue, like children do. “Wow,” Carr exclaims! He takes a step back and puts his hands to his face. His eyes glisten. “I can do a magic […]

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    Chance directs Rocket City Swim League into 50th City Meet

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Chris Chance is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Rocket City Swim Meet Director. This is his first year, but he does have some experience as a team leader. Chance is a decorated United States of America military veteran. “I started out as an airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, came up through the ranks and became a sergeant (E-5) there and was in charge of a team,” said Chance. “I went to Korea and was […]