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Youth over experience seems to be the team motto for Tallassee this season. After two consecutive years with all-state players at quarterback, the Tigers are looking to a newcomer to lead its offense into the 2019 season.

For the third consecutive year, Tallassee took things up a notch to officially open its football season. Monday marked the first day of practice for teams across the state but the Tigers wanted to get a jump start on the competition and hit the field at 12:01 a.m. for a full practice as they…

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As summer practice winds down, coaching staffs across the state are beginning to finalize their starting lineups for the first week of the football season in August. Meanwhile, Tallassee coach Mike Battles continues to weigh his options as an abundance of riches has appeared right when the T…

Ending the summer at Reeltown’s organized team activities (OTAs) was just what Tallassee’s football team needed as it continues to measure the growth of its young offense.

OK, so if you have stepped outside at all recently, I could see why this headline could be a little misleading. But for me, the beginning of August has always marked the end of summer.

This is where the fun really begins. In just over a week, local teams will hit the fields for their first fall practices, and in just under a month, it’s officially game time.

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The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) hosted its 23rd annual North-South All-Star week across several locations in Montgomery last week. Nine student-athletes from Elmore County competed in five of the nine sports, making some key plays along the way to lead to several victori…

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For the second consecutive week, the Star Seeds organization teamed up with a local high school to put on a youth camp. Tallassee welcomed the Star Seeds to the high school gym to host kids from across Elmore County for a basketball camp Saturday.

Football is season is right around the corner, and that means we’re gearing up for a full slate of both digital and print content. Our latest project, Inside the Lines Podcast, has been taking off as sportswriter Caleb Turrentine and I have been diving into topics from softball pitch count a…

The chance of rain did not keep the Tallassee football team off the field last Thursday when the Tigers hosted Dadeville and Talladega for a session of organized team activities (OTAs). The three teams started with separate position drills before coming together for 11-on-11 plays to end the day.

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For the second consecutive summer, the Reeltown football team partnered with the Star Seeds organization to put on a youth camp for kids from across central Alabama. Reeltown coach Matt Johnson and Star Seeds director LD Bell got together to host 92 kids at Nix-Webster-O’Neal Stadium on Satu…

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Less than two weeks before the annual AHSAA North-South All-Star football game in Montgomery, the South team was looking to fill some roster spots. Dadeville coach Richard White is the head coach for the South and when he asked, Tallassee coach Mike Battles was happy to nominate Trent Cochra…

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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.

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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…

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…

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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…

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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.

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…

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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…

Despite falling one win short of the state tournament, the Tallassee softball team had the winningest season in program history with the help of a record-breaking offense. The Tigers set four program records as a team while Chloe Baynes, Lexi Love and Jordan Walters all set new marks for ind…

After one academic year of coverage in Elmore County, I was treated to watching the best athletes this county has to offer. You could not go more than a few days without seeing me at a different sporting event and I promise it was more fun than it was work.

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Despite falling behind in the second quarter, the Tallassee football team battled back to earn a 16-16 tie at LaFayette during Friday night’s spring game. The Tigers had some struggles with their inexperience on offense early before putting together two scoring drives in the second half.

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After losing in the opening round to Faith Academy on Friday, the Tallassee softball team needed four wins in four games to secure a spot in the state tournament. The Tigers gave it a good shot and rode some momentum to three consecutive wins but fell short in the qualifier game, losing to N…

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For the first time in the Mike Battles era, the Tallassee football team did not make the postseason in 2018. With the arrival of spring practice last week, the Tigers have started the process of building back to that level of competition and the players are ready to fight to get back in the …

The Tallassee High Tigers knocked down Beauregard, 9-1, Thursday in the Class 5A Area 4 championship earning a berth into the South Regional tournament beginning Friday. In the championship win, The Tigers were led defensively by Jordan Walters and third baseman Madelyn Martin.

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It has been more than two decades since the last time the Tallassee softball team appeared in the state tournament. This year, the Tigers will enter the Class 5A South Regional in Gulf Shores on Friday as one of the favorites to clinch a spot in Lagoon Park as they enter with a 41-7 record a…

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The Tallassee High Tigers knocked off Beauregard 9-1 Thursday claiming the area championship and earning a berth into the Gulf Shores-hosted 5A Regional Tournament beginning Friday. The Tigers - in the win - were led defensively by junior Jordan Walters and senior third baseman Madelyn Martin.

Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (ASADCA), announced invitations have been issued to 100 boys and 100 girls basketball players who will participate in the AHSADCA’s Basketball Showcase planned for June 22. The Showcase will allow out…

Tallassee walked away with a combined six first-place finishes between its boys and girls track and field teams at the sectional meet last week. The Tigers placed in the top five of both team standings and qualified 14 athletes for this week’s state meet in Gulf Shores.