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Up by three scores with just four minutes left to play, it looked like the Elmore County Panthers had sealed a homecoming victory and a high point to a disappointing football season. But Dallas County wasn’t willing to let the Gatorade bath flow so easily in the non-region game. 

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Talladega’s football team racked up 34 unanswered points in a 41-14 homecoming rout of Class 4A Region 4 foe Holtville on Friday night at Mary Dumas Stadium.

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After losing for the first time this season last week, Edgewood found itself in another battle as the Wildcats hit the road to take on Lakeside in region play. After going into halftime with the score tied, Edgewood scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away before hanging on …

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It has almost been a full year since Stanhope Elmore marched into Opelika with hopes of a Class 6A Region 3 title only to walk out disappointed at the hands of a 59-21 defeat. The loss dropped the Mustangs to third place in the region, dooming them to a first-round playoff loss.

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After Wetumpka and Selma both clinched a playoff spot last week, it was clear the region finale would just be played for seeding. However, while securing the No. 3 spot in Class 6A Region 3 is important, Wetumpka is looking to use Friday night for more than just another region game.

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A playoff spot has already been wrapped up for Holtville but this week’s game at Talladega will go a long way in determining the Bulldogs’ seeding for the postseason. While the top spot is out of reach, Holtville can fall anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 entering its final game in Class 4A Region 4.

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Edgewood’s last two games have been against teams ranked in the top five of the Alabama Sports Writers Association AISA poll but neither of those games had anything on the line. The Wildcats will finally return to Class AA Region 1 play this week as they travel to face Lakeside and a victory…

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There are plenty of high school coaches who know the effect distractions of homecoming week can have on a football team. Fortunately for Elmore County, the team is looking for some added energy as its season fate has already been decided and only three games remain.

The front row of Elmore County’s volleyball team is starting to come alive at the right moment as the Panthers look to take some momentum into the postseason. The Panthers knew what they would be getting out of top hitters Mirriam Foster, Katie Pollard and Kelley Green but they’ve has seen a…

The final volleyball matches of the regular season are being played this week and while some teams are still on the court, many teams have already turned their focus to postseason. Several schools have already punched their tickets to the super regionals by earning a bye to their area champi…

The Wetumpka cross country team took a trip south of the state line to participate in the annual Disney Cross County Classic in Kissimmee, Florida. The Indians had 18 athletes compete in five 5K races at the event which hosts more than 2,000 high school and college athletes every year to run…

To the surprise of college football fans around the world Saturday, the game in Athens, Georgia between UGA and South Carolina was actually worth watching. Well, let me rephrase: it was worth seeing to the result.

A team’s win-loss record does not always directly reflect the amount of work put into a season and Elmore County’s football team is finding that out the hard way this year. The Panthers put plenty of focus on the weight room since they fell just shy of the postseason in 2018 but with limited…

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for Oct. 4. Stanhope Elmore’s Tray Duncan is the Public School Player of the Week and Montgomery Catholic’s Christian Ivey is the Private School Player of the Week. Both players were honored at the club’s meet Tuesday, whe…

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Less than three minutes into Thursday night’s must-win game against Wetumpka, Benjamin Russell found itself trailing by two touchdowns. The Wildcats showed some fight and had the lead trimmed to just one score early in the fourth quarter but a late interception from Wetumpka’s Tyquan Rawls s…

Selma’s offense picked up a first down on its first series against Stanhope Elmore but the Mustangs quickly saw their defense take control. At the end of a long run by the Saints, Stanhope Elmore’s Jaqori Williams hit the back of the ball carrier, jarring the ball loose.

The matchup between Holtville Bulldogs and Leeds began with the teams trading touchdowns on their opening drives. However, the Bulldogs were too much for the Greenwave to handle as Holtville won, 35-7, in a Class 4A Region 3 contest Friday night.

Edgewood held a halftime lead on the road against the top-ranked team in AISA but Wilcox’s rushing attack overpowered the Wildcats in the second half. No. 1 Wilcox scored 21 unanswered points in the final two quarters to win 35-21, handing No. 4 Edgewood its first loss of the season Friday.

After going more than a month without losing a match, Horseshoe Bend found itself on the wrong end of the scoreboard Wednesday night in Eclectic. The Generals had their 23-game winning streak snapped by Elmore County as the Panthers jumped out to a quick start and never looked back, winning …

For the first time since 2015, Wetumpka is looking at a two-game losing streak. By this point of the year in the last three seasons, the Indians had already wrapped up a spot in the postseason and they were still challenging for a region title. Now, Wetumpka is looking at a situation where i…

The last time Stanhope Elmore won five consecutive games was 2004. That year also marks the last time the Mustangs won a region title and they are looking to continue that trend but standing in the way are the only two Class 6A Region 3 opponents who can knock them from a top-two spot in the…

After disappointing performances against the top two teams in Class 4A Region 4, Holtville appears to have missed out on its chance to host a postseason game. However, the Bulldogs are still battling to grab one of the final two playoff spots and they can clinch one of those spots this week …

For the first time in two years, Edgewood’s football team will be facing off against a team in the lowest AISA classification but the Wildcats are not in for an easy task. Friday’s road trip will be to the lone AISA-A team ranked ahead of Edgewood in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Associa…

With last week’s loss to Handley, Elmore County was officially eliminated from the postseason and now the Panthers are forced to try to find some positives in the last four weeks. While there may not be anything more than bragging rights to play for in the remaining games, ECHS coach Jordan …

After having Tallassee’s number all season, Stanhope Elmore looked to finish off a regular season sweep of the Tigers during Monday’s non-area volleyball matchup. The Mustangs appeared to be on their way to another victory when they erased a four-point Tallassee lead in the first set but the…

The high school volleyball teams around Elmore County made up nearly half the field at the annual ECHS Block Party on Saturday but the local teams could get past the semifinals as they ran into stiff competition and beat up on each other along the way. Elmore County got the closest and added…

There were plenty of goals the Elmore County volleyball team wanted to accomplish during last week’s busy stretch but the Panthers fell short in all of them. After falling to Benjamin Russell in a five-set thriller Wednesday, Elmore County turned around and lost to area rival Holtville for t…

After dropping 12 of its first 15 matches, the Wetumpka volleyball team needed to find a way to turn its season around before area play started. The Indians got a boost from winning the Stanhope Elmore Invitational then won six of its next eight matches to set up a home game against the Must…

If you have ever had a small argument with me over sports or anything else, there’s a good chance you know I like to play devil’s advocate — probably too much. It’s to the point where it annoys everyone else.

Elmore County’s streak of nine consecutive area titles on the volleyball court is still alive but Thursday’s match at Holtville made it clear the Bulldogs will not be going away easily this season. For the first time since 2007, the Bulldogs recorded a victory over the Panthers and the hosts…

The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its Players of the Week for games of Sept. 27. Edgewood’s Alex Johnson is the Private School Player of the Week and Pike Road’s Bryce Kelly is the Public School Player of the Week. Both players were honored at the club’s meet Tuesday, where Troy …

Stanhope Elmore had more miscues in the fourth quarter than it wanted, leaving the door open for Wetumpka to send Friday night’s rivalry game into overtime. However, the Mustangs sealed their second straight victory over Wetumpka when the defensive line teamed up for a fourth-down sack on We…

For the first time since 2007, the Holtville volleyball team knocked off Elmore County and the Bulldogs did it in style. After sneaking out with a win in the first set, Holtville dominated and took advantage of several errors from the Panthers to win 25-23, 25-16, 25-22.

Two days before Hohenberg Field is set to host a rivalry game between Wetumpka and Stanhope Elmore, Wetumpka High School principal Dr. Robbie Slater announced on the school’s Facebook page students and fans would no longer be allowed on the field before, during or after games without having …

It's rivalry week in Elmore County as Caleb and Lizi discuss Friday's big showdown between Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka (11:53). The co-hosts also quickly breakdown the action in Week 5 (5:01) before making all of the picks (26:15) for this week to wrap up the episode.

There may not be anyone who has forgotten last year’s miracle play by Stanhope Elmore’s Marlon Hunt to knock off top-ranked Wetumpka. One would expect the Indians to have that play on a loop in their heads this week as they prepare for revenge. But Wetumpka coach Tim Perry said his team is f…

Getting in the win column was important for Elmore County’s football team but now the Panthers want to take the momentum from its first victory back into Class 4A Region 4 play as they host Handley on Friday night. The Panthers will likely need to win their final three region games to secure…