High school programs are forced to deal with replacing graduated athletes every year but some years are tougher than others. The Holtville volleyball team had one of its most successful seasons the program has ever seen last year but after losing five players from that roster, the Bulldogs h…

Inside the Lines Podcast co-hosts Caleb Turrentine and Lizi Arbogast dive into the recent success for Holtivlle and what they expect the Bulldogs to do in 2019. Coach Jason Franklin joins the show to talk about his team's strengths on offense and how they can improve on the road this season.

The heat of summer has not left Elmore County yet but the first sign of fall arrived when high school football teams hit the field for the first official practice of the 2019 season. The players didn’t get into even shells until Wednesday’s practices due to AHSAA’s heat acclimation rules but…

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With the 2019 high school football season rapidly approaching, sports editor Lizi Arbogast and sports writer Caleb Turrentine join in for a series of 13 episodes to preview local teams. Each weekday leading up to the first game, a new episode will be released featuring interviews from coache…

The summer football period provides plenty of opportunities for improvement but Holtville coach Jason Franklin knows the preparation for the 2019 season started long before the summer began. After losing in the first round of the playoffs last November, the Bulldogs immediately got back to w…

OK, so if you have stepped outside at all recently, I could see why this headline could be a little misleading. But for me, the beginning of August has always marked the end of summer.

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After losing three starters from last year’s offensive line, Holtville knew it needed to find some improvements during the summer and coach Jason Franklin said he is starting to see that with his new group of linemen. The Bulldogs traveled to Montgomery Academy on Thursday for their first OT…

For the second consecutive season, Holtville will have an upcoming senior represent its softball program at the North-South All-Star Game in Montgomery. After having a career year during her junior season, Brooke Cooper was invited to participate in the AHSAA event and she is embracing the m…

On the fourth episode of Inside the Lines Podcast, Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA) director Jamie Lee came on to the show to discuss the first annual AHSAA Elite 100 showcase held in Hoover last week. Lee, who spent 16 years as a basketball head coach…

With veteran coach Daryl Otwell moving to Wetumpka, the Holtville softball program needed to quickly find a coach who could step in so the Bulldogs would not miss a beat after returning to the state tournament in 2019. Holtville believes it found that coach in Kaelin Dawson, who has had a ca…

After the original rosters were announced for the 60th annual AHSAA North-South All-Star football game, it appeared Holtville was going to go another year without a representative at the game. However, after spots became available, Sam Jackson was one of the first calls to fill in and he did…

With two weeks of summer workouts in the books, Holtville coach Jason Franklin has been pleased with the progress he has seen from his team so far. After staying in the weight room to start the summer, the Bulldogs are moving to the practice field this week to begin working on improving thei…

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…

During his fifth season at the helm of the Holtville softball program, coach Daryl Otwell took the Bulldogs back to the sport’s biggest stage in the state of Alabama. Holtville won three games in Oxford at the Class 4A East Central Regional to clinch a spot in the state tournament for the fi…

The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) recently announced Thursday the boys’ and girls’ North-South All-Star squads set to compete in the annual North-South soccer, tennis, golf, softball and baseball competitions set for July 15-19 at Montgomery. 

Former Holtville softball coach Daryl Otwell has accepted the head coaching job at Wetumpka. Wetumpka principal Robbie Slater introduced Otwell after the hiring was confirmed at Tuesday’s special-called meeting for the Elmore County Board of Education.

Former Holtville softball coach Daryl Otwell has accepted the head coaching job at Wetumpka. The hiring was confirmed at Tuesday's special called meeting for the Elmore County Board of Education. 

After one academic year of coverage in Elmore County, I was treated to watching the best athletes this county has to offer. You could not go more than a few days without seeing me at a different sporting event and I promise it was more fun than it was work.

The accolades just keep on coming for Holtville senior KK Dismukes, who was named the Gatorade Alabama Softball Player of the Year on Thursday. Dismukes, an ace pitcher who is committed to Auburn University, is the first to win the award from Holtville.

The Holtville softball team was no stranger to injuries to its pitching staff throughout the regular season but it all stacked up at the worst time during the playoffs. The Bulldogs saw their top three pitchers struggle with injuries entering last week’s Class 4A state tournament, including …

Entering Friday’s state softball tournament, Holtville had not been on the losing end of a run-rule game since 2017. The Bulldogs also had not lost two consecutive games all season but both of those streaks came to an end at the worst possible time.

Holtville's first trip to the softball state tournament since 2012 did not start the way the Bulldogs hoped it would. After scoring a quick run to take the lead in the top of the first inning, North Jackson responded with 11 unanswered to end the game after five innings and sent the Bulldogs…

After almost three months of softball games, each AHSAA class has been narrowed to eight teams as the state tournaments get set to begin at Lagoon Park this week. With high expectations entering the year, Holtville was ranked near the top of Class 4A all season in the Alabama Sports Writers …

For the first time since 2012, the Holtville softball team will be playing in the AHSAA State Tournament. The Bulldogs won three games at the Class 4A East Central Regional including a 6-2 victory over Leeds to clinch a spot in next week’s tournament at Lagoon Park.

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.