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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.

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…

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.


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.

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During every school year, there are a ton of great stories 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 Benjamin Russell, those include the following.


Just being invited to Troy University for the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Top 120 Showcase is a big deal for high school baseball players. But then to be selected from that group to be a member of Team Alabama for the Southeastern Underclassmen Shootout is an even bigger honor.

Food, fellowship and football were the name of the game Tuesday night at Benjamin Russell Quarterback Club’s annual drawdown dinner. The Mill Two Eighty was packed full as fans and supporters of the team put their names in the bucket for a chance to win $5,000.


While even Benjamin Russell coach Kevin Smith can admit 7-on-7s aren’t really football, it was still important for the Wildcats to hit the road to Auburn University to play in their first 7-on-7 tournament of the year. Not only did they get to play in the shadows of Jordan-Hare Stadium and t…

Despite being back on the football field for only a few hours of summer workouts, Benjamin Russell coach Kevin Smith was already feeling the heat. With the idea of a 7-on-7 tournament in just two days bearing down on him, the second-year Wildcat coach was hoping everything would start runnin…

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Brett Pitts and Jake Outlaw were the most obvious standouts on Tallapoosa County’s baseball teams this season, and they both got their rightful recognition this weekend when the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its all-state baseball teams.


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.


After two years of a pair of gyms being stuffed to the brim, having stand-room only and even being forced to turn people away, Central Coosa and Alexander City’s alumni game is moving to a bigger venue. The alumni from both Coosa and Benjamin Russell will meet Saturday at the Acadome at Alab…

There were no more first-team players on the field during the final play of Saturday’s spring football game between Benjamin Russell and Cullman but there was still some tension in the air until the final buzzer. The Bearcats had one final chance but saw a pass attempt fall incomplete in the…


After finishing the first round of the Class 6A state tournament in second place, the Benjamin Russell golf team improved its overall score by one shot in the second round. However, it was not enough to hold on to the runner-up trophy. Homewood and Gulf Shores both jumped the Wildcats as the…


Benjamin Russell golf coach Wes Tate knew if the Wildcats played to their abilities, they could accomplish great things. They proved him correct Tuesday when they won the Class 6A North Sub-State tournament with a score of 309.

Despite going into the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association state championships on Lake Jordan last weekend ranked just 21st in the standings, Benjamin Russell exceeded expectations and placed 15th overall. The Wildcats had a top-10 finish in the Jordan Classic, scoring 803 points…

Usually when teams enter the postseason after taking on their area opponents, they’re facing somewhat of an unknown. They might be taking on a team they’ve vaguely heard about or even playing someone they’ve never met before.


Benjamin Russell’s football team has a tradition of sending players to the AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game, and Kobi Crabb is keeping that tradition going. For the third year in a row, the Wildcats will be represented on one of the biggest stages for Alabama football.

Entering Friday night’s Class 6A quarterfinal at Pelham, the Benjamin Russell boys soccer team knew it had already accomplished one of the best seasons in program’s history. However, that did not make it any easier to swallow the 7-2 defeat after the Panthers scored five second half goals to…


At this point in the season, any team Benjamin Russell’s boys soccer team plays is going to be a handful. That’s not going to change tonight when the Wildcats visit Pelham, which has proven to be a tough team all season.