As the summer approaches, high school sports around the state will be taking a break from their major events. While Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.’s coverage will continue to focus on high school athletes around Elmore County, the summer gives us time to improve and expand our coverage to stories we may not have time for from August to May. 

The summer will kick off with naming our all-county teams across four sports with one team being released each Wednesday. Beginning next week, we will release a Player of the Year, a Coach of the Year, a first team and an honorable mention list for baseball, softball, boys soccer and girls soccer. 

While the teams are still being released, we will push our coverage into the summer camps for football while preparing for the upcoming fall. Each team will get two weeks dedicated to their team as we focus on what everyone is doing to prepare for the 2019 season.

Over the two-week period for each team, we will be bringing a series of players to watch and games to watch for this fall. Whether you are a fan of just one team in the area or enjoy the Friday night lights no matter who is playing, you will want to stay tuned to find out who you should keep your eyes on this season.

As we look to build our digital platform, we will be doing sit down interviews with coaches this summer to get their thoughts on their team’s expectations. These interviews will be made available on the company’s YouTube channel during each team’s two-week preview period.

When the calendar turns to June, we will be releasing the first episode of a new audio podcast called “Inside the Lines Podcast.” Our sports editor, Lizi Arbogast, will join me to discuss the biggest high school sports news from around the state while diving into some of the controversial topics across AHSAA including officiating, tournament formats, rule changes and much more.

We will have guests each week from current coaches and players to state officials and former athletes. We will also look for input from the community and audience with a weekly mailbag segment which can be submitted through Twitter or email. The podcast will be available on iTunes and will continue into the fall.

While the focus stays on high school sports, there will be more time to find community stories which will include athlete features, outdoor sports, youth baseball and softball events and more. 

I want to welcome all input from across the county on stories we may not hear about without your help.

My goal is to find ways to improve our sports coverage across the county and that begins this summer. Any input, questions, critique, concerns or even compliments if you’re feeling up to it will be welcomed so that when a new academic year rolls around, we will have less holes in coverage to be the best community sports section we can be. 

Caleb Turrentine is a sports writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.