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With the obscurity of a fall football season allowing the same number of fans as in the past due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Benjamin Russell Quarterback Club fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at The Stables is more important than ever.

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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.

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When Elizabeth Lyon Burns received a call from Alabama High School Athletic Association director Steve Saverese her late father, Samuel ‘Hamp’ Lyon, was being inducted this year into Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame, she didn’t believe him. 

Especially with the coronavirus pandemic and people being stuck indoors and away from their families and friends for so long, mental health has been something that’s more and more talked about over the course of the last several months.

Much like everything else, the coronavirus pandemic changed the game for the Alabama Student Anglers Bass Fishing Association. But unlike the AHSAA, which canceled its spring seasons and didn’t award any state championships, the ASABFA found a way to make it work.

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Growing the sport is always a goal, especially on the high school level and even more especially for smaller sports. Wrestling is one of those that’s a niche in most people’s eyes and it can be tough to break into the world of wrestling.

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Around Alabama, football seems to be the main focus during the summer. Fans are excited to see what their favorite teams are going to bring to the gridiron, and most coaches will say games are really won during the offseason.

With athletics getting ready to once again begin for the first time in more than two months across the state, the AHSAA has released a set of “Best Practices” guidelines for return. Those include everything from sanitation guidelines, a set of pre-screening questions and suggestions for main…

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Most historical events don’t touch the sports world. In fact, sports seems to be what brings everyone back together after heartbreaking events.

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Although Lindsey Smith, Jake Adams and I have remained close in the three-plus years since I left Pennsylvania, it’s still hard to get a sense of what’s going on for them on a day-to-day basis.

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Over the last several years, Benjamin Russell’s track and field team has grown exponentially. The Wildcats started small but increased every year — both in numbers and in accomplishments — and a lot of that had to do with the Class of 2020 student-athletes.

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In all but one year since coach Lee Wagoner took over the Benjamin Russell girls soccer program, the Wildcats have earned nods to the AHSAA North-South All-Star game. That didn’t change this year as rising senior Abigail Sims was named a member of the South team Friday.

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.

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Since his freshman year, Ryan Slaten has been lighting it up for Benjamin Russell’s baseball team. The now-rising senior has been a regular starter in the pitching rotation and has proven he’s willing to step up in big occasions regardless of his age.