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, …

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.

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…

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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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.

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 …

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.

As a part of the 2020-22 reclassification, the AHSAA released its new alignments for winter sports including new areas for basketball and sections for bowling in addition to its major wrestling change.

Between nearly every inning and after every key game situation, it seems Stanhope Elmore coach Kaleb Shuman can be heard saying something along the lines of, “OK, what can we learn from this?” or “Let’s use this to get better.”

Wetumpka’s baseball team hit the road Saturday for a doubleheader at Millry and it made quick work of the competition. Wetumpka opened with a 15-4 win against Thomasville before taking it up another notch to defeat host Millry, 16-3.

Lily Gray reached on a fielder’s choice to third base, allowing Jules Thames to score the go-ahead run in Wetumpka’s 6-5 win over Central Phenix City on Saturday. The play capped a three-run inning for Wetumpka and Mya Holt recorded the final three outs as Wetumpka claimed the title at the A…

Stanhope Elmore baseball coach Kaleb Shuman had to wait for his first win with his new team but once the rain subsided, the Mustangs got the job done. Colin Woodham and Christian Mozingo combined to pitch seven scoreless innings as Stanhope Elmore defeated Alabama Christian 4-0 on Saturday.

A new era officially began for Stanhope Elmore, which started its baseball season Monday under first-year coach Kaleb Shuman. The Mustangs faced Holtville, which already had one game under its belt and the Bulldogs looked more comfortable all night.

There was plenty of disappointment surrounding Stanhope Elmore on the diamond last year but the Mustangs have wiped the slate clean and are focused on the new season. Both baseball and softball teams are returning more experience and the coaches hope to see that translate into more wins plus…

Stanhope Elmore extended its basketball season with first-round victories in the Class 6A Area 5 tournaments but neither team could claim the title as Selma swept the area championship games against the Mustangs last week.

Every wrestler started with the same goal of reaching the AHSAA Championships in Huntsville next weekend. The final step before reaching that platform begins this Friday as the AHSAA Super Section tournaments are held in Montgomery and Birmingham.

After its fifth consecutive season of winning at least one playoff match, the Stanhope Elmore boys soccer team will be faced with one of its biggest challenges under coach Johanna Angelo. The Mustangs graduated15 players off last year’s team including team captains Rigan Stewart and Cristo R…

As analytics have swept the baseball world, many coaches have expressed their displeasure the new ways to measure success based solely on numbers. However, new Stanhope Elmore baseball coach Kaleb Shuman is embracing the change and is looking to make a difference with how the Mustangs train …

Having five games in seven days isn’t easy to recover from physically but it may be even more difficult to bounce back mentally when none of the results falls your way. Both Stanhope Elmore basketball teams are now challenged with doing just that as the Mustangs were swept by Carver on Monda…

No one needed to even step on the softball field for excitement to begin growing at Stanhope Elmore. Before practices and games began, the Mustangs were seeing plenty of positive changes to build some momentum before the new season.

DJ Jamerson balances his high school life like he has been doing it for years. He knows the best time to get his homework done is during study hall and his afternoons are spent focusing on the basketball court.

Monday marked the first official day of practice for baseball and softball teams. Players have been together for three weeks already during the AHSAA throwing period but there was a new sense of excitement when the players took the field for a full practice less than three weeks before the f…