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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…

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Basketball is always the first thing on Bruce Pearl’s mind. As the head coach of Auburn’s men’s basketball team, which advanced to its first Final Four in history this past season, Pearl has a lot of expectations to live up to.

The picks are in. On Friday, following the conclusion of SEC Media Days, the SEC released the media’s predictions for the upcoming season, and both Auburn and Alabama were represented well on the three preseason All-SEC teams.

Part of the charm of going to a professional sporting event is watching the insane antics of the team mascot. With so many crazy and unique mascots out there, I decided to put together a list of what I felt are among the best North American sports mascots. For this list, I stuck with profess…

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Kobi Crabb got to don the Benjamin Russell helmet one final team during Thursday night’s North-South All-Star game in Montgomery. Crabb knew he would be representing the Wildcats and came up with a couple of key plays to help lead the South to a 22-19 victory during his final high school game.

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So many people have talked about specialization in the past couple years. A lot of research has been done about the positive and negatives effects of specialization, and while there is evidence saying injuries are more likely for kids who decide to specialize, there’s also the other side of …

Although some say the AHSAA North-South All-Star football game isn’t the best format and it certainly isn’t the premier all-star game in the state, it still a sight to be seen as some of the top talent get their last shot at a high school football game. Some of the best players from around A…

Ever since Jesse Foster took over the boys basketball program at Dadeville two years ago, the Tigers have been on the rise. They’ve hosted back-to-back area tournaments, winning it this past season, and one of their own, PJ Eason, is one of the most highly touted players in his class.

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The 23rd annual AHSAA summer conference is upon us this week as administrators, coaches and players converge in Montgomery for practices, games and other events across nine different sports. Eight of those sports focus on upcoming seniors, giving them an extra opportunity for exposure to col…

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) invites recreational shooters to take aim at select public shooting ranges during Alabama’s Free Range Days on Aug. 3, 10, and 17. During these events, license and shooting range permit requirements will be waived at the Ba…

Kids at Adullam House in Wetumpka were treated to a special visit Wednesday when former Alabama football star O.J. Howard came to campus to hang out for the morning. Howard, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, grew up in Prattville and returned home for some time during th…

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Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt couldn’t help but put himself in the much smaller shoes of the first- through eighth-graders who were learning the basics of football at Saturday’s annual Bridge Builders camp at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex.

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…

Despite missing its final scheduled 7-on-7 tournament of the summer due to a scheduling error Thursday, Benjamin Russell coach Kevin Smith said the Wildcats have substantially improved their communication offensively and are getting lined up more quickly.

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Exactly six weeks before its first game, the Dadeville football team traveled to Tallassee for its second set of organized team activities (OTAs) of the summer. Despite making the trip without some key players, the Tigers showed plenty of effort and coach Richard White was pleased with what …

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…

I can still remember that moment as a little kid in El Paso, Texas. We took the field against our opponents, the Red Raiders, a team from a different league. As I chased down a Red Raider who was looking to score, I noticed something unusual — it was a girl. She eventually passed the ball to…

The Dadeville Dixie Youth Majors All-Star team put its motto “Fearless” to use in the state tournament to secure the championship and advance the team of 12 to the Dixie Youth World Series in North Carolina later this month.

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It’s no secret Reeltown football coach Matt Johnson wants his team to be involved with organized team activities (OTAs) during the summer and Thursday gave him his first chance to see his players in one this year. The Rebels traveled to Montgomery to participate in OTAs against Montgomery Ac…

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…

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Last month, the Alabama High School Athletic Association announced the 99 schools that qualified as a Sportsmanship School for the 2018-19 school year. Central Coosa and Dadeville were both recognized after going the entire year without receiving a sportsmanship fine or having a player or co…

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Benjamin Russell’s football team will be playing under new lights at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex this season for the first time since it was built 30 years ago.

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 …

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Facing an extremely tough bracket at the state tournament last weekend in Millbrook, Alexander City’s 8U All-Star softball team put up a good fight but had to settle for fourth in the state.

As the 2004 Major League Baseball season was winding down, the league officially announced the Montreal Expos would be relocating in the offseason, becoming the Washington Nationals. That brought baseball back to the nation’s capital for the first since the second incarnation of the Senators…