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After a breakout freshman season, Tallassee outfielder Chloe Baynes started racking up the accolades. When all-county honors were followed up by an appearance on the first-team all-state, Baynes thought the awards were over for the season but there was a bigger surprise waiting.

Ever since the final whistle of Sunday’s World Cup final, I don’t think I have stopped being in a good mood. Despite the U.S. men’s soccer team losing to Mexico in the Gold Cup final that same night, the feeling of seeing the women’s national team win back-to-back world titles is something t…

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On the latest episode of Inside the Lines Podcast, Reeltown football coach Matt Johnson talked with the hosts about his thoughts on the best way for high school teams to spend their summers. With the debate around 7-on-7 camps against organized team activities (OTAs) continuing among high sc…

Tallassee’s 8U all-star softball team reigned supreme at the 2019 Dixie Darlings Alabama District 5 sub-district tournament recently. Team members include, front row, from left, McCall Clayton, Z’Riyah Alleyne, Zion Alleyne, Zadie Stephens, Kennedy Bickley, Chas Stokes; back row, Baileigh Am…

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For the first time since 2016, Tallassee was recognized by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) as a Sportsmanship School for the 2018-19 school year. Tallassee, one of 99 schools announced last week, went the entire year without receiving a sportsmanship school fine or havin…

After being forced to wait three weeks since the original scheduled date due to storms, the 2019 Outdoor Women Unlimited Southern Classic was held at Bennett’s Archery Center in Wetumpka on Saturday. The OWU had eight different classes set up across the campus for women to attend, providing …

Combat veteran Dr. Greg Dubay and fellow members of Operation Combat Bikesaver will hand out free American flags Thursday at the intersection of Highway 14, Barnett Boulevard and Friendship Road in Tallassee.

As an added precaution during the heavily traveled Fourth of July holiday, the Alabama Department of Transportation is doing its part for road safety by having no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon on Wednesday through …

On the fourth episode of Inside the Lines Podcast, Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA) director Jamie Lee came on to the show to discuss the first annual AHSAA Elite 100 showcase held in Hoover last week. Lee, who spent 16 years as a basketball head coach…

I want to preface this week’s column with making sure everyone knows I am no expert on this. I cannot imagine going through a situation like this and I am not one who can give advice on how to handle anything like this.

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After a breakout season during his junior year at Tallassee, Tyrek Turner was invited to the first AHSAA Elite 100 boys basketball showcase in Hoover. Turner, a forward for the Tigers, was one of just 100 players throughout the state invited to participate in a camp in front of more than 45 …

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After spending his first season as a coach in the NFL, former Tallassee football star Derrick Ansley is returning to the Southeastern Conference for his first gig as a defensive coordinator. Ansley, who was a first-team all-state defensive back for the Tigers in 1999, is leaving the Oakland …

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It is no secret the Tallassee football team is hungry to get back to the postseason but there are some obvious hurdles the team will need to clear to get there. The Tigers lost a chunk of talent from last year’s team but with summer workouts beginning last week, they are getting a quick star…

It is very rare for me to get excited about the end of a sports season. You have to start mentally preparing for how you will survive the entire offseason, whether that’s three months or eight months, without one of your daily activities.

Both the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals wrapped up this week, and with them brought a pair of new champions.

The Elmore County football team has focused on its physical play since coach Jordan Cantrell took over the program last season. During his first full offseason at the helm, the Panthers are unsurprisingly putting a major emphasis on the team’s work inside the weight room.

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The Alabama Sports Writers Association officially released its all-state teams for baseball and softball last week. There were 15 players from around Elmore County who made the cut with Holtville, Tallassee and Edgewood all having multiple players on the lists.

There has never been a time where I have regretted being a part of the sports world, whether it was as a journalist or just as a fan. There are too many beautiful things about sports between the walk-off homers, the Game 7s, the comebacks and all the personal stories for any athlete willing …

Despite some newfound success during the 2018 football season, Holtville could not put an end to one of the worst road losing streaks in the state. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 7-4 record but all four losses were on the road, extending their road losing streak in region play to 17 c…

The Elmore County Auburn Club (ECAC) held its 2019 Kickoff Banquet at the Wetumpka Civic Center last Tuesday night. Auburn linebacker coach Travis Williams was the guest speaker for the event, addressing a crowd of 120 people to talk about Auburn athletics and the upcoming football season fo…

Shortly after coach Kim Moncrief stepped down from the helm of the Elmore County softball program, the Panthers announced athletic director Terry Nicholas will take the job. Nicholas has been the school’s athletic director since 2015 and has coached football, baseball and golf at Elmore Coun…

During his fifth season at the helm of the Holtville softball program, coach Daryl Otwell took the Bulldogs back to the sport’s biggest stage in the state of Alabama. Holtville won three games in Oxford at the Class 4A East Central Regional to clinch a spot in the state tournament for the fi…

Just like the current high school teams do twice a year, Central Coosa and Alexander City’s alumni teams fought tooth and nail Saturday in Montgomery during the third annual alumni game. They both left it all out on the court. One team lost and one team won.

During every school year, there are a ton of great highlights from the sports teams. Because it’s hard to narrow each school’s best moments and storylines down to just five, there’s also a list of honorable mentions. For Reeltown, those include the following. 

Somehow it has been almost four years since the last Women’s World Cup match was played but I can still vividly remember every moment of that day. I was getting ready to watch the USA women’s national soccer team play in the final against Japan as we looked for revenge from the loss in the 2…

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Despite finishing with the season best overall record in Class 5A Region 2 last season, the Tallassee football team missed out on the postseason for the first time under coach Mike Battles. After starting the season 5-2, the Tigers could not pull off another region victory to clinch a playof…

After five seasons at the helm of the Elmore County softball team, coach Kim Moncrief is stepping down to focus on her duties as the volleyball head coach. ECHS athletic director Terry Nicholas will take over effective immediately.

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When a high school athlete transfers to a new school, the transition is not always easy when trying to find a role on the new team. However, Seth Johnson made things easy for the Wetumpka baseball team, providing a big boost at the plate while being a major contributor on the mound and in th…