Elmore County basketball coach Rodney Taylor will be pulling double duty for the Panthers this season, taking the reins for both the boys and girls varsity teams. Taylor will have plenty of returning weapons on both teams including eight combined starters who he hopes will make the job a lit…

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It could be easy to get swept up in the negativity surrounding the Elmore County football program this season. The Panthers won just two games for the third time in the last four years and saw their losing streak in region games climb to 13 games, continuing the school’s longest playoff drou…

After starting the football season off with a victory in Week 0, things began to go downhill for Elmore County and it quickly started an avalanche the Panthers are still trying to stop. With the postseason already out of reach, Elmore County is still hoping to find one more silver lining on …

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Elmore County entered Thursday's super regional action needing just one victory at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery to earn a berth to the Class 5A State Tournament. The Panthers seemed to be on their way after dominating the back half of the opening set to take the lead but it was not enough …

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For the ninth consecutive season, the postseason is out of reach for Elmore County but that is not stopping the Panthers from trying to cap off their season on a positive note. The final game of region play is this week as Elmore County travels to play Talladega in search of its first region…

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After two weeks away from competition, Elmore County returned to Burt-Haynie Field for a region matchup with Beauregard last Friday night. The Panthers knew it would be challenging to return to game speed after so much time away from the football field but after a short week of practice, the…

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After having to shut down all football activities two weeks ago due to COVID-19, Elmore County is finally set to get back to competition as it continues its search to end the team’s six-game losing streak. The Panthers will dive right back into region play this week as they are set to host B…

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Elmore County entered this year’s ECHS Block Party tournament on the back of Thursday’s defeat to Wetumpka in a five-set thriller. The Panthers knew they wanted a rematch and they did what they needed to do to make that happen, winning their first four matches to set up a meeting with Wetump…

While the last two meetings between Elmore County and Tallassee still had bragging rights on the line, there was not much else putting pressure on the teams. They met in the regular season finales with neither team preparing for a playoff game but now, with the two teams moving into Class 5A…

Elmore County knew it was going to be a difficult trip to Lineville on Friday night but they took the field just the same, ready to compete against the No. 1 team in Class 5A. The Panthers found out quickly why Clay Central sits on top of those rankings as the Volunteers struck early and oft…

The Alabama Sports Writers Association does not give away any trophies to teams who reach the pinnacle of their classification’s rankings but the No. 1 spot is usually not just given away. Teams fight to earn that ranking and that is definitely the case for Class 5A No. 1 Clay Central. The V…

Elmore County had to wait until Week 5 to record its first win last season and that delay is something the Panthers are hoping to avoid in their first season in Class 5A. The Panthers will hit the road Friday night for the nearly two-hour drive to Moody to face the Blue Devils for the first …

Elmore County had to wait until Week 5 to record its first win last season and that delay is something the Panthers are hoping to avoid in their first season in Class 5A. The Panthers will hit the road Friday night for the nearly two-hour drive to Moody to face the Blue Devils for the first …

With tryouts finally in the books, Elmore County has set its roster for its first-ever volleyball season in Class 5A and the Panthers were ready to get things started when they hit the court Monday for the first official practice of the season.

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.

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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.

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.

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…

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…

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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.