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…

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 premiered Saturday. To view that video,…

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 will culminate in Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.’s Virtual Senior Night. For more information on that, visit www.t…

While most tryouts and evaluation periods have already been postponed, winter sports programs like basketball and wrestling are getting ready to face their next challenge. Elmore County boys basketball coach Rodney Taylor already had plans in place to take his team to Tuscaloosa and Auburn f…

Holtville’s baseball team is no stranger to success on the field and over the last decade, a lot of that success was due to having strong senior classes leading the way. The Class of 2020 learned a lot from the classes above them and while there are plenty of accomplishments from the field t…

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The entire AHSAA staff has been hard at work coming up with contingency plans for what high school sports will look like in Alabama moving forward in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. While there is still a bit of waiting game, officials are getting closer to making some set plans.

These are the Class of 2020 graduating seniors who have been selected as Joe Sewell Award finalists. This year’s banquet, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until Tuesday, July 21.

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 will culminate in Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.’s Virtual Senior Night. For more information on that, visit www.t…

The short yet successful Torey Baird era is now over for the Holtville baseball program. After three seasons, Baird confirmed he has handed in a letter of resignation which is expected to be announced at the Elmore County Board of Education meeting Tuesday along with the county’s other perso…

The Montgomery Quarterback Club announced it has canceled its 2020 season. The board of directors took this action after reviewing a number of factors, many of which deal with the potential loss of money to provide the weekly award dinners for local high school football players.

Winter sports may be the last high school season directly affect by the COVID-19 pandemic but that does not mean the offseason has been any easier for coaches. Many basketball programs have seen their tryouts and spring evaluation dates come and go without having the chance to see their play…

The shock and disappointment from team activities being canceled is not be completely gone yet but high school athletes are not letting any of it show. Players have quickly gotten back to work with the limited resources they have as they try to stay in shape to be ready for their return to t…

The AHSAA Central Board of Control approved a record 11 legislative proposals Thursday during its 2020 Spring Legislative Council meeting which was held via teleconferencing for the first time in AHSAA history. All legislative proposals that passed will go into effect June 1.

For the second straight year, a student athlete from Elmore County will represent Alabama at the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National Student Leadership Summit. After being one of 30 juniors selected to the 2020 AHSAA Student Leadership Group, Holtville’s Ric…

Krystle Lawson lives and breathes for the softball world and over the past few years, she has been putting that passion into practice at the Elite Pitching Academy. The 2020 season was set to be a big one for Lawson and her students as she had 12 seniors ready for their final year. But when …

Editor’s Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the spring sports season was cut short along with the cancellation of in-person schooling. In lieu of a traditional All-Elmore County All-Star team, Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. has decided to put together a list of superlatives for the baseb…

Coaches around the state gathered around their phones and laptops Thursday afternoon with the hopes of some good news regarding the spring sports season. Unfortunately, those hopes did not last long as State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey confirmed the end of the year for all at…

As high school athletes wait to find out if they will return to the field this spring, it is easy to forget about some of the behind-the-scenes problems schools and athletic programs will face in the coming months. Whether the AHSAA’s suspension last another two weeks or another two months, …

Holtville senior Hunter Martin has worked tirelessly from one sport to the next during his high school career. His final season started off nicely as he helped lead the Bulldogs into the top 10 of Class 4A and they had goals to go even higher by the time the postseason arrived.

By the time the AHSAA made its decision to stop sporting events in the state, most schools had already accepted the news would be coming soon. However, that did not make it any easier for coaches and players to face the reality of the situation when the announcement was made Friday. 

Once the new coronavirus hit the sports world, the dominos quickly started falling as games and events across the country were canceled and postponed due to the pandemic. The professional level took drastic efforts first with the NCAA and other colleges following suit so it was just a matter…

After the AHSAA announced its suspension of the spring sports season effective Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak, teams were faced with the reality of their time together suddenly being limited. Several schools began canceling events immediately while others attempted to reschedule s…

Wetumpka scored in just four of 14 innings across two games last week but it was more than enough to grab two victories before the postponement of spring sports due to the coronavirus. Wetumpka (10-4) put up some crooked numbers in the line score on its way to defeating Marbury and Valley.

The annual Wetumpka Softball Tournament brought plenty of talent, including five teams from last year’s state tournament and two defending state champions, to the city fields over the weekend. All five AHSAA schools from Elmore County were represented with Tallassee finishing on top but the …

The top of the order provided plenty of action for both sides during Monday night’s county showdown between Stanhope Elmore and Holtville. The leadoff spots for the two teams combined for six hits, seven RBIs and three home runs.

Noah Jones had not seen a ball off his bat reach the outfield grass all day but he stepped up when Wetumpka needed him the most. Jones knocked a single to left field, allowing Zach Morgan to score the winning run in the seventh inning of Friday’s 2-1 victory over Marbury.