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There was a wide variety of reactions from Wetumpka football players when they learned there would be a virtual workout session with the rest of the team. The coaching staff sent workouts to do from home for two weeks after the schools shut down but this was going to be a little different.

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There may not be sports currently happening every day but that should not stop us from remembering some of the best moments from the past. 

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We have all been riding a roller coaster of emotions over the past couple of weeks but when the news of the spring sports season shutdown, I had to turn off some of those emotions and get to work. After going through calls with frustrated and sympathetic coaches, I reached out to a handful o…

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When Nick Cosentino signed up to attend Next Level Academy in Wetumpka, he knew there would be some challenges that come with being further away from home. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native chose Next Level to help him develop his skills as a baseball player but nothing could have prepared…

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As soon as postponements and cancellations started falling on high school sporting events, the focus of players, coaches and parents turned to the senior class. The seniors had been looking forward to their final high school season for their entire careers but the abrupt end to the year sent…

As the official end of the spring season came Thursday afternoon when schools were closed for the remainder of the school year, there were also a lot of questions that still needed answered.

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Coaches around the state gathered around their phones and laptops Thursday afternoon with the hopes of some good news regarding the spring sports season. Unfortunately, those hopes did not last long as State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey confirmed the end of the year for all at…

Many Americans have found themselves with more time on their hands, especially on weekdays. With some golf courses in the region closing down, the Emerald Mountain Golf Club in Wetumpka has seen a rise in numbers, giving people a rare taste of sports while much of the world has shut down.

As we get further and further away from the last sporting event, I have had to turn to several different ways to get my sports fill. I spent time over the weekend watching game replays, playing video games and reading some of my favorite books on sports.

As high school athletes wait to find out if they will return to the field this spring, it is easy to forget about some of the behind-the-scenes problems schools and athletic programs will face in the coming months. Whether the AHSAA’s suspension last another two weeks or another two months, …

Most high school athletes cannot duplicate the setting of a team weight room in their own home. Resources are slim and the motivation from competing with teammates is not around you at all times.

There may be a pause on sporting events across the country but the Wetumpka football team still has something to look forward to as it continues to receive good news on the construction of a new stadium. Frasier-Ousley Construction and Engineering Inc. is the general contractor for the stadi…

Holtville senior Hunter Martin has worked tirelessly from one sport to the next during his high school career. His final season started off nicely as he helped lead the Bulldogs into the top 10 of Class 4A and they had goals to go even higher by the time the postseason arrived.

Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook Benjamin Russell's Haylee Hunter is one of four area student-athletes who has already been named a Bryant-Jordan regional winner.

Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook Benjamin Russell's Haylee Hunter is one of four area student-athletes who has already been named a Bryant-Jordan regional winner.

Because the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending all events of 50 or more be cancelled for the next eight weeks, the AHSAA announced Friday morning it has cancelled the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Awards Banquet, which was scheduled for April 13 at the Birmingham She…

With the score tied after five innings of play, Stanhope Elmore turned to its leader in the biggest moment of Thursday’s Class 6A Area 5 rivalry game at No. 6 Wetumpka. The Mustangs loaded the bases with one out and in stepped Neci King, who had been waiting for her opportunity to blow the g…

By the time the AHSAA made its decision to stop sporting events in the state, most schools had already accepted the news would be coming soon. However, that did not make it any easier for coaches and players to face the reality of the situation when the announcement was made Friday. 

Once the new coronavirus hit the sports world, the dominos quickly started falling as games and events across the country were canceled and postponed due to the pandemic. The professional level took drastic efforts first with the NCAA and other colleges following suit so it was just a matter…

After the AHSAA announced its suspension of the spring sports season effective Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak, teams were faced with the reality of their time together suddenly being limited. Several schools began canceling events immediately while others attempted to reschedule s…

When pitcher Aubrey Allen transferred from New Life Christian, the Elmore County softball team knew it was getting some extra talent for its pitching rotation. Allen said she was not sure how well she would do in her first few games but after a month of the season, she has proven herself in …

The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its first softball rankings of the year last week and several local teams made an appearance near the top of their classifications. But it was Elmore County and Tallassee’s softball teams who took the cake, earning the No. 1 spot in Class 4A an…

Baseball fields around the country were empty Saturday but Stanhope Elmore wanted to take the field at least one more time as the Mustangs honored a former coach before the season was in jeopardy. Hank Furlow was the head coach of the baseball program for 18 years and while his name will cer…

Wetumpka scored in just four of 14 innings across two games last week but it was more than enough to grab two victories before the postponement of spring sports due to the coronavirus. Wetumpka (10-4) put up some crooked numbers in the line score on its way to defeating Marbury and Valley.

After five straight seasons of making it to at least the second round of the state tournament, Stanhope Elmore’s boys soccer team has run into some issues it has not seen in recent years. The Mustangs entered play in Class 6A Section 6 with just one victory in their first 10 matches and they…

Despite the spring sports season being in jeopardy, it was a busy weekend for the Edgewood softball team. The Wildcats earned four wins in six games before falling in the championship of the Macon-East Tournament.

In the olden days before panic-buying became part of the national lexicon and when news of various cancellations and social distancing were mere rumors, two rival soccer teams gathered on the Hot O’Brien pitch to battle for bragging rights.

With the possibility of a shutdown looming large, the Elmore County baseball team took the opportunity to get as many games in as possible last week. The Panthers split a home-and-home with Reeltown before taking one of two games at Montgomery Catholic on Saturday.

After Governor Kay Ivey announced shutdown of schools beginning March 19, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) quickly responded by announcing a suspension of all athletic events at the end of the day Tuesday, March 17.

Baseball teams are starting to put their final touches on a starting pitching rotation as area play approaches. Wetumpka has had several pitchers take the mound this season and while Indians coach Michael Dismukes has not committed to a set rotation, it’s clear Dawson Fuller will have a role in it.

The annual Wetumpka Softball Tournament brought plenty of talent, including five teams from last year’s state tournament and two defending state champions, to the city fields over the weekend. All five AHSAA schools from Elmore County were represented with Tallassee finishing on top but the …

The top of the order provided plenty of action for both sides during Monday night’s county showdown between Stanhope Elmore and Holtville. The leadoff spots for the two teams combined for six hits, seven RBIs and three home runs.