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Any time there’s a new coach in town, there’s always a buzz around what has been a struggling football program. Fans are excited to see if the new man in charge will bring about the change they’ve been looking for, and they’re anxiously awaiting another potential disappointment.


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.

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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 Horseshoe Bend, those include the following.

The future is clearly bright for the local softball teams as three of the four girls selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state softball list were underclassmen this year.

A first spring football under a new head coach can be challenging for any team. But especially for a team like Horseshoe Bend, which has struggled lately, it could be that much more difficult. 

There’s something especially tough about the losers’ bracket championship of the regional softball tournament for the team just dropping to the consolation bracket.

The good thing about the Class 2A East Central Regional Tournament starting Friday in Oxford is there’s no clear winner heading in. There’s not one team that seems unbeatable or even a team that’s almost definitely going to get one of the top two spots to advance to state.

After putting up six runs in the top of the first inning, Benjamin Russell’s softball team kept the pedal to the metal and dominated Dadeville, 13-3, on Friday to end both teams’ regular seasons. The Wildcats racked up 16 hits in the victory.

Benjamin Russell’s boys golf team wrapped up its regular season of match play Tuesday with a match against Phenix City. The Wildcats pulled out a 149-154 victory to end their season 11-0.

Going into Thursday’s Class 2A first-round playoff baseball series, Horseshoe Bend knew its biggest focus needed to be on getting its offense going. The Generals had struggled with notching hits in their previous two games leading up to the series, so that was an important factor in preparation.

It’s going to be no easy task for Horseshoe Bend in the first round of the AHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Not only are the Generals hitting the road for a long trip, they’re also facing off against the No. 2 team in the state.

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The Class 2A Area 7 regular season softball title was on the line for Horseshoe Bend, where the Generals were trying to avenge a 10-run loss to rival Reeltown in March.

New Horseshoe Bend School football coach Jeremy Phillips is confident he can break the program’s cycle of losing and he’s already convinced last year’s starting quarterback Holt Tidwell he can do it.

Jake Outlaw has proven he likes pitching against Horseshoe Bend. The usual Dadeville closer was perfect in his final-inning outing against the Generals the first time around, helping his team to stay in the game in an eventual walk-off victory.


Horseshoe Bend’s football team is ushering in a new era, and it’s coming with a familiar face. Jeremy Phillips, the offensive coordinator at Benjamin Russell, has been approved as the Generals’ new football coach and athletic director. The approval came Monday night at the Tallapoosa County …

Despite trailing by a run after the first inning, Reeltown’s baseball team easily came back, scoring at least three runs in four of the five innings to take down Central Coosa, 13-2, on Tuesday night. The Rebels racked up eight hits in the victory but were also helped along by seven Cougar errors.

There is no hiding how much the softball rivalry between Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown means to the teams involved. The two squads met for the first time this season Thursday night and with emotions running high, Reeltown walked away with a 15-5 victory thanks to a big day at the plate and sev…

Reeltown was just five days removed from an 11-1 loss at Horseshoe Bend when it entered Thursday’s baseball game. However, it was the Rebels walking away with their heads held high after dominating their rivals in the rematch.

Early on, it looked like Dadeville’s softball team was going to roll to an easy victory over Horseshoe Bend during Benjamin Russell’s annual Think Pink Round Robin tournament on Friday evening. But the Generals weren’t going down that easily.

Leading 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Elmore County suddenly turned into a leaking bucket and Horseshoe Bend’s baseball team sifted through the mess to score eight runs and rally for a 9-6 victory Friday afternoon.

After being off for more than a week, It took a while for Benjamin Russell’s softball teams to settle into Friday night’s all-county action during its annual Think Pink Round Robin tournament. But once the Wildcats did settle in, they were firing on all cylinders and grabbed a pair of run-ru…

All season long, it’s been the heavy hitter Slade McCullers and the ace Tripp McKinley who have been carrying Dadeville’s baseball team to success. But Tuesday night, the duo didn’t have its best game.

Horseshoe Bend coach Jason Johnson wanted to see improvement from his team after a mistake-ridden performance Friday against Central Coosa. Saturday, the Generals impressed the leader with a 11-1 run-rule shortened game against Reeltown.

Benjamin Russell’s Taylor McVey drove in seven runs in the Wildcat softball team’s 15-0 drubbing of Carter on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast Classic.

Benjamin Russell’s fishing team keeps inching closer and closer to the top, as it took second place at the Alabama Student Anglers Bass Fishing Association tournament at Lake Eufaula last weekend. While the Wildcats won a few district competitions during the fall season, it was their best fi…

Fifteen strikeouts were more than enough for Benjamin Russell’s Taylor Harris, who helped the Wildcats’ softball team to a 7-2 victory over Opelika on Tuesday night.

Scoring at least two runs in all four of its offensive innings was more than enough for Horseshoe Bend to overcome LaFayette in its first area baseball game Wednesday afternoon.