Things were looking a lot different at this time last year for the Stanhope Elmore volleyball program and it’s about more than a global pandemic going on. The Mustangs entered last season without a lot of experience and they often found themselves relying on raw athleticism to get their poin…

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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.

For the first time since the new gym was built on campus at Stanhope Elmore, the gym floor got a new design and some much-needed revitalization as the Mustangs get ready to hit the court again for a new year next month. Volleyball and basketball players were introduced to the new floor last …

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…

When the first football workout of the summer ended for Stanhope Elmore last Tuesday, things looked a little bit different outside of the football stadium. There were less cars in the parking lot and there was not a group of high school kids in site.

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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.

It may not have been the first thought to come to mind when spring sports seasons were shut down but many players are now faced with the reality of how missing half a season can affect their athletic careers moving forward. Juniors and sophomores across Elmore County were hoping to garner so…

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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 …

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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…

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…

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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.

It may not have been the first thought to come to mind when spring sports seasons were shut down but many players are now faced with the reality of how missing half a season can affect their athletic careers moving forward. Juniors and sophomores across Elmore County were hoping to garner so…

  • Updated

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 …

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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…

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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, …

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Most high school athletes cannot duplicate the setting of a team weight room in their own home. Resources are slim and the motivation from competing with teammates is not around you at all times.

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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.

With the score tied after five innings of play, Stanhope Elmore turned to its leader in the biggest moment of Thursday’s Class 6A Area 5 rivalry game at No. 6 Wetumpka. The Mustangs loaded the bases with one out and in stepped Neci King, who had been waiting for her opportunity to blow the g…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

Baseball fields around the country were empty Saturday but Stanhope Elmore wanted to take the field at least one more time as the Mustangs honored a former coach before the season was in jeopardy. Hank Furlow was the head coach of the baseball program for 18 years and while his name will cer…

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.

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After five straight seasons of making it to at least the second round of the state tournament, Stanhope Elmore’s boys soccer team has run into some issues it has not seen in recent years. The Mustangs entered play in Class 6A Section 6 with just one victory in their first 10 matches and they…

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 …