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It has not been the easiest few days in Eclectic for fans of Elmore County. The Panthers are coming off their fifth straight defeat to rival Tallassee and fourth consecutive loss this season. Elmore County (1-4) is hoping to respond with a big victory when it hosts White Plains this Friday n…

While the last two meetings between Elmore County and Tallassee still had bragging rights on the line, there was not much else putting pressure on the teams. They met in the regular season finales with neither team preparing for a playoff game but now, with the two teams moving into Class 5A…

Elmore County knew it was going to be a difficult trip to Lineville on Friday night but they took the field just the same, ready to compete against the No. 1 team in Class 5A. The Panthers found out quickly why Clay Central sits on top of those rankings as the Volunteers struck early and oft…

Elmore County does not have a long history of success in its rivalry series against Dadeville but the Panthers are moving in the right direction under coach Jordan Cantrell’s guidance. After defeating the Tigers in Cantrell’s first two seasons, Elmore County has the chance to grab its first …

With high school athletics starting back competitions this week, the Elmore County Board of Education released its set of guidelines for how schools should handle their home events. Superintendent Richard Dennis said all schools will need to review the latest guidelines provided by the Cente…

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With tryouts finally in the books, Elmore County has set its roster for its first-ever volleyball season in Class 5A and the Panthers were ready to get things started when they hit the court Monday for the first official practice of the season.

Fall sports teams were officially allowed to return to practice Monday but many volleyball programs are using the extra week to get an official evaluation period in after tryouts were canceled in the spring. Elmore County and Wetumpka are both holding tryouts this week as they are hoping to …

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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.

The 21st annual Alabama Baseball Coaches Association all-star showcase was given the green light to move forward as planned this year. The event will once again be held at Troy where hundreds of players from around the state will participate in drills and games in front of college coaches an…

After the 2020 baseball and softball seasons were cut short, the Alabama Sports Writers Association decided not to vote on any all-state teams this year. In an effort to fill that void, AL.com presented its first ever “Terrific 20” list for both sports to recognize the top 20 players in each…

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 is now available online at www.tallasse…

While some teams kept the start of their summer workouts on their original schedule, Elmore County decided to take advantage of the reopening of schools across the state Monday. The Panthers started preparations for the 2020 season with a 90-minute practice session early Monday morning but c…

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,…

With tryouts and summer competitions called off for the time being, Elmore County volleyball coach Kim Moncrief has just been looking forward to getting her players back together even if the sport wasn’t returning. Fortunately for Moncrief and the Panthers, the AHSAA allowed summer workouts …

Elmore County graduate Elissa Brown has always been a strong athlete and grown her softball skills exponentially at Alabama. But now, she’s also showing the kind of person she is.

With tryouts and summer competitions called off for the time being, Elmore County volleyball coach Kim Moncrief has just been looking forward to getting her players back together even if the sport wasn’t returning. Fortunately for Moncrief and the Panthers, the AHSAA allowed summer workouts …

Elmore County graduate Elissa Brown has always been a strong athlete and grown her softball skills exponentially at Alabama. But now, she’s also showing the kind of person she is.

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 selection process for the annual North-South All-Star games was a little bit different for the spring sports rosters. Without having a full slate of games in 2020 to see stats from, it was clear some players’ sophomore seasons were used in the process and Elmore County’s Madison Britt ce…

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…

The sports world may look a little different but things seem to be starting to return to as normal as possible. Alabama state superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced Thursday schools could reopen beginning June 1, and the AHSAA followed suit.

As everyone continues to await final decisions from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama State Department of Education on when schools can return to campus, the AHSAA has released an update set of guidelines for athletic programs to use this summer. Football coaches have b…

Although volleyball seasons do not officially begin until August, teams often put in plenty of work during the weeks leading up to the first official practice. Summer camps and playdates are helpful to discover strengths and weaknesses before entering regular season play. Now that challenge …

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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The entire AHSAA staff has been hard at work coming up with contingency plans for what high school sports will look like in Alabama moving forward in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. While there is still a bit of waiting game, officials are getting closer to making some set plans.

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The AHSAA Central Board approved new alignments for spring sports during the 2021 and 2022 seasons and several county teams will be competing with some new opponents to extend their seasons.

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There is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the return of sports but players, coaches and fans are starting to get a little restless especially in the state of Alabama as football season is more and more affected by the pandemic. 

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Many volleyball players can’t typically work with their teams until the summer due to competing in spring sports, so coaches have adjusted to that during the offseason. Teams work in small groups and get as much work done as they can in the weight room without having the full team before try…

There is no secret Elmore County football coach Jordan Cantrell puts an emphasis on the weight room. Whether it is the offseason, the preseason or during the season, Cantrell has the Panthers focused on making gains in the weight room throughout the year.

There may not be sports currently happening every day but that should not stop us from remembering some of the best moments from the past. 

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As soon as postponements and cancellations started falling on high school sporting events, the focus of players, coaches and parents turned to the senior class. The seniors had been looking forward to their final high school season for their entire careers but the abrupt end to the year sent…