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Lizi Arbogast / The Outlook Reeltown's Morgan McGuire takes off from first base against South Choctaw on Saturday.

During every school year, there are a ton of great highlights 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 Reeltown, those include the following.

Reeltown softball wins regular-season area title

After losing such an important senior class in 2018, it was hard to predict how the softball season was going to go for the Rebels. But coach Kelli Hilyer remained high in her expectations, and her team delivered.

Reeltown knocked off Horseshoe Bend each time they met during the regular season to earn the area regular-season title. Although the Rebels lost to the Generals during the area tournament, they nearly had an all-Tallapoosa County rematch as Reeltown battled back in the regional tournament.

After falling to eventual winner Leroy, the Rebels bounced back and nearly had a spot in the losers bracket championship but lost a walk off in extra innings to Thorsby.

 

Football team defeats rival for first time in 4 years

For the first time since 2014, Reeltown’s football team defeated Dadeville on the gridiron. The Rebels did so in dominating fashion, earning a 34-6 victory in the Thursday night rivalry game.

Reeltown’s defense showed off some of its best stuff of the year against the Tigers, who were held to just 73 total yards of offense. 

It would’ve been much less than that if not for a strong drive for Dadeville to end the game; that possession totaled 45 yards. 

Jumping on Dadeville’s mistakes early was the key to Reeltown’s success, as it scored 14 points before the Tigers ever had an offensive play from scrimmage.

 

Big improvements for volleyball team

In just its second year of existence, Reeltown’s volleyball team showed quite a bit of improvement under coach Kelli Hilyer. 

The Rebels won just one game in their first year in 2017, but they managed six victories   this year and only two of those were tournament victories.

Reeltown had straight set victories over Wadley, Thorsby and Woodland and also showed some grit by eking out a tough 3-2 win over Randolph County.

Led by a junior class in 2018, Reeltown will certainly go into this season with even more experience and hopefully more confidence moving forward.

Lizi Arbogast is the sports editor at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.