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The Alabama Sports Writers Association officially released its all-state teams for baseball and softball last week. There were 15 players from around Elmore County who made the cut with Holtville, Tallassee and Edgewood all having multiple players on the lists.

Despite some newfound success during the 2018 football season, Holtville could not put an end to one of the worst road losing streaks in the state. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 7-4 record but all four losses were on the road, extending their road losing streak in region play to 17 c…

Shortly after coach Kim Moncrief stepped down from the helm of the Elmore County softball program, the Panthers announced athletic director Terry Nicholas will take the job. Nicholas has been the school’s athletic director since 2015 and has coached football, baseball and golf at Elmore Coun…

After five seasons at the helm of the Elmore County softball team, coach Kim Moncrief is stepping down to focus on her duties as the volleyball head coach. ECHS athletic director Terry Nicholas will take over effective immediately.

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The Elmore County football team has not been to the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons, the longest stretch for the program since the 1960s. The Panthers have won at least two region games in each of the last seven years and came close to advancing to the postseason last year but they wer…

For the first time since 2014, the Elmore County softball team put together a 21-win season after finishing off the year with one more win at the East Central Regional in Oxford on Friday. The Panthers matched the combined total of wins they had the last two seasons with a 15-1 win over Dall…

After an eventful but rain-shortened opening day at the East Central Regional, there were several changes made to Friday's schedule in Oxford. With more rain on the forecast for the weekend, games are in full swing and ahead of schedule on Friday morning. 

The Alabama High School Athletics Association softball regionals started play across the state Thursday. Wetumpka, Stanhope Elmore, Holtville and Elmore County traveled to Choccolocco Park in Oxford for the East Central Regional.

ot have the biggest team at the AHSAA Class 4A Track and Field Championshipsin Gulf Shores last week but that did not stop the Panthers from going in with high expectations. The Panthers had seven podium finishes, including two individual wins by DJ Patrick, on their way to finishing second …

There is no doubt about what Elmore County football coach Jordan Cantrell brings to the practice field. His intensity can be heard from the parking lot and he was hoping to see that same quality in his team as spring practice got started Monday afternoon.

The bullpen started to stir in the fifth inning but there was never a doubt who was going to finish the Class 4A Area 5 tournament in the circle on Thursday night. Holtville’s KK Dismukes struck out her 14th batter of the game as the Bulldogs defeated Elmore County 10-1 for their fifth strai…

Over the course of her career at Holtville, KK Dismukes has shown off plenty of skill on the softball field and it takes something special to surprise the coaching staff. While her 15-strikeout performance in the circle was impressive enough, that special moment came when Dismukes hit a key …

Expectations were raised for the Elmore County baseball team entering this season. And despite missing the postseason for a sixth consecutive season, the Panthers showed huge strides on the field and improved their win total by nine games before finishing the season with a 19-7 record.

DJ Patrick won all three individual events he participated in to lead the Elmore County boys track team to its highest finish of the season at the Auburn Invitational this weekend. Reece Baker, Zefeniah Edwards and Kwan Bickley all added top-five finishes for the Panthers.

It took just four minutes of the second half for Holtville’s Iggy Ruiz to put away any thought of a comeback from Elmore County on Thursday night in boys soccer action. He added an assist and a goal to his night before the 45th minute to put the Bulldogs ahead by four goals en route to a 5-0…

After Elmore County goalkeeper Mackenzie Stephens saw a free kick go just over her fingertips in the first half, you could see the frustration on her face. The goal from Holtville’s Ana Segarra put the Bulldogs ahead by a goal in the 22nd minute but Stephens was called on again and this time…

After a 14-4 win over Holtville last Tuesday, Elmore County’s baseball team appeared to seize control of Class 4A Area 5 but the Bulldogs had something else in mind. Holtville welcomed its cross-county rivals to Smart-Collier Field and saw its pitching depth take over in two high-emotion gam…

After last week’s series win over No. 8 Elmore County, the Holtville baseball team pushed into the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s top 10 in Class 4A this week. The Bulldogs are 17-7 and just clinched a playoff spot with a win over Handley on Tuesday. They can clinch the area title and …

Elmore County’s softball team was no match for Central Coosa on Monday afternoon, as the Panthers lit up the scoreboard with 15 hits and 21 runs in a 21-0 victory in just three innings.

With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Elmore County’s Taylor Henderson had four batters ahead of him but he still knew he would be up to plate before taking to the field. Henderson entered the batter’s box with runners on the corners while trailing 9-8 and he ro…

While Holtville and Tallassee are preparing for Thursday’s big showdown on the softball field, the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its new rankings for baseball and softball. The Bulldogs (26-8) fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in Class 4A while the Tigers (26-4) stayed put at No. 3 in 5A.

Wins were tough to find at the first part of the season, but the Stanhope Elmore Mustangs piled them up heading into Spring Break and the Hoover Invitational. The Mustangs, who are winners of five straight, will compete against Briarwood Christian and Tennessee’s Farragut High School on Friday.

DJ Patrick grabbed wins in the long jump and triple jump to lead the Elmore County track team to a strong performance at the River Region Invitational in Selma last week. Patrick won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5 inches before destroying the competition by more than five feet i…

Elmore County could not have asked for a better start to its tournament in Reeltown on Friday. After seeing Alyssa Beam retire the first three batters she faced, the Panthers’ offense went to work.

The Elmore County boys soccer team got a much needed victory in section play last Wednesday. The Panthers scored the first five goals of the match and held on to grab a 5-2 win at Tallassee for their fifth win of the season.

A quartet of locals were recognized this weekend as they were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state teams. The county had a pair of second-team selections and two third-team selections.

Landon Maynard struck out eight but left a whole bunch more Bears frustrated as the Elmore County Panthers upended Billingsley, 5-2, Friday night in front of the hometown faithful.

The Elmore County softball team was one of 20 teams to participate in the annual Wetumpka tournament over the weekend. The Panthers put themselves in a hole after losing both games in pool play before being eliminated from the tournament by a 12-2 loss to Prattville Christian.

Austin Downey was one strike away from sitting down the ninth consecutive Tallassee batter and being one out from a no-hitter Monday night. However, Tallassee catcher Reece Graham connected with a pitch and sent a line drive just over the glove of the leaping shortstop for the Tigers’ first …

Elmore County erased two deficits on Thursday night but Wetumpka came out on top after a late goal from Arthur Davis gave the Indians a 3-2 win in boys soccer at Hohenberg Field. Kaio Pelogia broke through the midfield before sliding the ball past the defense to Davis who slotted it past the…

Three different players found the back of the net as the Wetumpka girls soccer team grabbed its first victory of the year with a 4-0 win over Elmore County on Thursday night. Wetumpka goalkeeper Jeweliana Holton finished the match with six saves for her second clean sheet in the last three games.

Over the last few years, the Elmore County girls basketball program has seen its largest streak of sustained success since the turn of the century. Coach Amy Rachel was back at the helm for her seventh season this year and the Panthers won 16 games for the first time since 2002 on their way …