The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its preseason poll this week, less than three weeks before the first games of the season. Five reigning state champions were ranked first in their respective classifications while several local schools saw their names on more than a few ballots.

Things were looking a lot different at this time last year for the Stanhope Elmore volleyball program and it’s about more than a global pandemic going on. The Mustangs entered last season without a lot of experience and they often found themselves relying on raw athleticism to get their poin…

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen came out and stated the same frustrations so many baseball fans across the country have shared over the past week but from a different perspective. 

The offseason has been different for a lot of high school football teams around the state this year and when it came time to transition from summer workouts to fall practice, many of them realized they were behind where they would usually like to be in the first week of August. Edgewood saw …

If you drove past a football field Monday morning, it probably did not look too different than a normal summer workout. Players were still in T-shirts and shorts and there wasn’t much contact happening.

We’ve seen it at every single level over the past few months. Whether it has anything to do with sports or not, every decision continues to get passed on from one governing body to the next because no one wants to step in and make a bold decision one way or the other.

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Fall sports teams were officially allowed to return to practice Monday but many volleyball programs are using the extra week to get an official evaluation period in after tryouts were canceled in the spring. Elmore County and Wetumpka are both holding tryouts this week as they are hoping to …

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Alabama High School Athletics Association executive director Steve Savarese was once again behind the podium Thursday afternoon to give an update on the governing body's latest decision to keep high school sports season on schedule with less than a month to go before the first contests.

Edgewood has promoted from within to fill head coaching slots vacated by the departure of athletic director and all-purpose coach Darryl Free.

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In one of the most memorable games of the 2019 AISA football season, Chad Michael was standing on the opposite sideline of Edgewood, going toe to toe with the Wildcats’ offense in a double overtime game. Michael was serving as the offensive coordinator for Macon-East at the time but now he’s…

There have been plenty of new hurdles and challenges for high school football teams to deal with this summer but as the offseason period nears its end, local coaching staffs have been pleasantly surprised with the progress their teams have been making since June 1.

The annual Alabama Baseball Coaches Association showcase at Troy was delayed a bit this summer but players still got to hit the field last week to show off their skills. Several players from Elmore County accepted their invitations and competed with some of the top talent from around the state.

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The Wetumpka football team has shut down its in-person workouts this week after learning two players tested positive for COVID-19, Wetumpka coach Tim Perry told The Herald on Thursday. The AHSAA does not have a set list of guidelines for teams to follow in cases of a positive test but the co…

The 38th Alabama State Games were pushed back due to the coronavirus but they are still on schedule to happen in Dothan at the end of the month. Local soccer coach Ken Sanders is getting a group of girls ready to compete for the second straight year. With several new faces on the team this y…

I am very rarely an over-pessimistic kind of person, but I have unfortunately started to see that side of me come through a little more over the past few weeks as sports leagues across the country developed plans to return to the field or court despite all signs suggesting otherwise.

After starring for three years with the Holtville baseball team, Hunter Martin did not see the offers from college programs start rolling in like he was hoping for. However, he never got discouraged and is continuing to pursue his dream of playing at the next level.

For the first time since the new gym was built on campus at Stanhope Elmore, the gym floor got a new design and some much-needed revitalization as the Mustangs get ready to hit the court again for a new year next month. Volleyball and basketball players were introduced to the new floor last …

Getting one player’s name on the invite list to the annual Alabama Baseball Coaches Association showcase in Troy is a big deal in itself but teams across Elmore County saw that accomplishment come in waves over the last week as the invitations started racking up. Wetumpka, Stanhope Elmore an…

After spending the last three years as the Edgewood athletic director, Darryl Free will be moving on to W.S. Neal to lead the boys basketball program and take on offensive coordinator duties for the football team, according to a press release. Free coached football, boys and girls basketball…

The response from NASCAR in support of Bubba Wallace was remarkable, and that’s something I never thought I would be writing about this summer.

I am very rarely an over-pessimistic kind of person, but I have unfortunately started to see that side of me come through a little more over the past few weeks as sports leagues across the country developed plans to return to the field or court despite all signs suggesting otherwise.

After starring for three years with the Holtville baseball team, Hunter Martin did not see the offers from college programs start rolling in like he was hoping for. However, he never got discouraged and is continuing to pursue his dream of playing at the next level.

For the first time since the new gym was built on campus at Stanhope Elmore, the gym floor got a new design and some much-needed revitalization as the Mustangs get ready to hit the court again for a new year next month. Volleyball and basketball players were introduced to the new floor last …

Getting one player’s name on the invite list to the annual Alabama Baseball Coaches Association showcase in Troy is a big deal in itself but teams across Elmore County saw that accomplishment come in waves over the last week as the invitations started racking up. Wetumpka, Stanhope Elmore an…

After spending the last three years as the Edgewood athletic director, Darryl Free will be moving on to W.S. Neal to lead the boys basketball program and take on offensive coordinator duties for the football team, according to a press release. Free coached football, boys and girls basketball…

The response from NASCAR in support of Bubba Wallace was remarkable, and that’s something I never thought I would be writing about this summer.

Since the beginning of June, AHSAA teams have been allowed to return to summer workouts. Some held off an extra week while others hit the ground running, but a few, like Wetumpka’s volleyball squad, waited as long as possible before resuming work.

Not only have kids have been cooped up for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic, but parents have also been looking for endless ways to entertain their children at home. Now things are opening back up, and Wetumpka Youth Baseball and Softball League is looking to provide a way to get thos…

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series highlighting the accomplishments of every area team’s senior class as their senior seasons were cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. It culminated in Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.’s Virtual Senior Night, which is now available online at www.thewetum…

Everyone was ready to get back on the field last Monday when the AHSAA cleared schools to begin athletic activities again and while some programs hit the field as soon as possible, others wanted to take the extra time to prepare. 

After having two evening practices to start the summer, Edgewood hit the field Thursday morning to wrap up the week. The Wildcats were still getting used to the new guidelines set out by the Alabama Department of Public Health but the coaching staff is continuing to put an emphasis on what n…

When the first football workout of the summer ended for Stanhope Elmore last Tuesday, things looked a little bit different outside of the football stadium. There were less cars in the parking lot and there was not a group of high school kids in site.

After nearly three months away from campus, the Holtville football team returned to the school Monday morning only to be welcomed by some rainy weather. After dealing with a few extra hurdles during the newly-instated screening process for student-athletes, the rain subsided and the Bulldogs…

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After the 2020 baseball and softball seasons were cut short, the Alabama Sports Writers Association decided not to vote on any all-state teams this year. In an effort to fill that void, AL.com presented its first ever “Terrific 20” list for both sports to recognize the top 20 players in each…

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a series highlighting the accomplishments of every area team’s senior class as their senior seasons were cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. It culminated in Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.’s Virtual Senior Night, which is now available online at www.tallasse…

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

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Prime fishing is available year-round in the Alabama Black Belt and those who are wetting lines this summer are encouraged to enter their catch into the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association (ALBBAA) 2020 Best Fish Photo Contest for a chance to reel in the main prize.

When the AHSAA announced athletic activities could resume statewide June 1, many teams quickly started to piece together a plan to return for their summer workouts as soon as possible. However, some programs, including Wetumpka volleyball, have decided to stick with the wait-and-see game as …