In each of the last two seasons, Holtville has not seen either of its varsity basketball teams reach the postseason beyond the area tournament. However, with the Bulldogs making the move to Class 5A this season, they are joining a new area and both teams are hoping to become more competitive…

With each passing year, the Holtville football program seemingly finds a new streak to break or a new standard to set and that was no different this season. Although the team’s first playoff victory since 1993 continued to evade the Bulldogs, they are not letting that dampen their spirits af…

Cross country teams around the state began the postseason last week as sectional meets took place and several athletes from local schools put together performances to keep their seasons going just a little bit longer.

There is no doubt it is an exciting time to be a fan of Holtville’s football program as streaks are being broken left and right while new standards are being set for the Bulldogs. The latest mark is Holtville securing the right to host the first round of the postseason for the first time sin…

Friday turned out to be a landmark night for the Holtville football program as the Bulldogs secured the right to host the first round of the postseason for the first time since 1986. Holtville will have to wait a week before that game gets played and there is no looking ahead as the team sti…

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Holtville football, over the past few seasons, has not been one to handle adversity well. Friday night it got a heavy dose of it and didn’t shy away. In fact the Bulldogs brought the fight to a prolific Sylacauga squad on the way to picking up a 31-27 victory and securing the first playoff g…

While some teams in the state are seeing the complicated side of playoff seeding in the final week of region play, it could not be simpler as to what is on the line this week for Holtville and Sylacauga. The two teams will meet Friday night at Boykin-Chapman Field and the winner will walk aw…

Cross country runners from around the state braved the rain and the mud during Saturday’s Helena Invitational. Wetumpka, Holtville and Stanhope Elmore all had athletes compete in the 5K races.

The first seven minutes of Friday’s game against Clay Central could not have gone much worse for Holtville. With the rain pouring down, the Class 5A No. 4 Volunteers scored the first two touchdowns of the game, threatening to put the Bulldogs away early on their own home field.

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Holtville was staring down the barrel of its first 4-0 start since in more than two decades but two late Beauregard touchdowns put an end to that and gave a major setback to the Bulldogs’ hopes of securing a home playoff game. 

Wetumpka did not drop a set on its way to winning the championship of Saturday’s Stanhope Elmore Volleyball Tournament. No team got closer than five points in a set against Wetumpka as it won all four of its matches, easing to the title.

Over the last two seasons, Holtville has been knocking down several negative streaks affiliated with the program. From ending a playoff drought to making an appearance in the postseason, the Bulldogs have been heading in the right direction and that appears to be continuing in their first se…

Just one week into the fall sports season, it was starting to feel a little bit like October as local athletic programs turned to honor their seniors for all the hard work they have put into the program over the years. While that usually means players are hitting their home fields or courts …

Triple option teams have an advantage at times, as their offense is hard to replicate in practice and that advantage paid dividends on the first snap of Friday’s affair in Slapout. The West Blocton Tigers (1-1) needed only one play to take the lead, a 64-yard touchdown.

As football continues to change, it becomes rarer for coaches to have to put together a game plan to stop a triple option offense but Holtville coach Jason Franklin and his staff are facing that tall task this week as the Bulldogs welcome West Blocton to Boykin-Chapman Field on Friday night.

When Holtville learned its season-opening trip to Goshen had to be canceled, the Bulldogs were left wondering if they would have to wait another week before getting on the field to compete against another team. However, Holtville was able to get a scrimmage on the schedule and it gets to sta…

Just one week into the fall sports season, it was starting to feel a little bit like October as local athletic programs turned to honor their seniors for all the hard work they have put into the program over the years. While that usually means players are hitting their home fields or courts …

Triple option teams have an advantage at times, as their offense is hard to replicate in practice and that advantage paid dividends on the first snap of Friday’s affair in Slapout. The West Blocton Tigers (1-1) needed only one play to take the lead, a 64-yard touchdown.

As football continues to change, it becomes rarer for coaches to have to put together a game plan to stop a triple option offense but Holtville coach Jason Franklin and his staff are facing that tall task this week as the Bulldogs welcome West Blocton to Boykin-Chapman Field on Friday night.

When Holtville learned its season-opening trip to Goshen had to be canceled, the Bulldogs were left wondering if they would have to wait another week before getting on the field to compete against another team. However, Holtville was able to get a scrimmage on the schedule and it gets to sta…

Holtville has a new face in charge of its cross country teams as coach John Rogers will take over in his first year with the Bulldogs. Rogers has been at the school since January and he didn’t want to waste any time before finding a coaching position.

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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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 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…

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.

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 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,…

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