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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 and instant replay to youth sports and specialization.

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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…


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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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.

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.

All the bells and whistles were out for Reeltown’s Blue-White intersquad scrimmage Friday night. The stands were packed full; the marching band was playing; and the cheerleaders were hollering. But more than anything, it was clear the Rebels are already hungry for another football season.


The Renew Outreach Development (ROD) Center hosted its second annual Spring Fling Classic on Saturday with 30 travel basketball teams around the state traveling to Wetumpka for the youth basketball tournament. Since founding the organization in 2017, event director and Wetumpka native Ira Wa…

Despite battling back and being within spitting distance of a chance to play for a state playoff berth, Reeltown’s softball team fell just short in the Class 2A East Central Regional Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a tough ending to Day 1 of the Class 2A East Central Regional Tournament on Friday, Reeltown’s softball team will be back for more today. The Rebels were defeated by Leroy, 17-7, in six innings in the regional semifinals, but they had already gutted out a tough 6-3 victory over Highl…

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.


Benjamin Russell’s track and field team will have its largest contingent at the Class 6A state championships this week after an incredibly strong showing at the 6A Section 3 meet this weekend.

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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.

With their backs against the wall after a series loss to Fayetteville in Class 2A Area 7 action, the Reeltown Rebels knew it was time to put the pedal to the metal Friday night in a baseball doubleheader with Central Coosa.

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.

When the conversation turns to tenacious small-school baseball teams, rivals Reeltown and Dadeville are the examples. On Saturday, their showdown didn’t disappoint as the Rebels upended the Tigers, 7-6, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

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.

After allowing Opelika to tie it up with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, Benjamin Russell’s baseball team stormed back to score to take a lead in the fifth and never surrender it from there. The Wildcats walked away a 7-4 victor to put themselves in a good position to kick off a week …

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.

The Dadeville boys track team got a trio of top-2 finishes from Christian Nelson in the Albertville JV meet Tuesday and girls got a pair of top 10s from Skye Foster in the Gulf Shores St. Patrick’s Day meet Saturday.

The Reeltown softball team outscored Elmore County across the final five innings of its opening game at the Reeltown Invitational on Friday. However, the Rebels (5-12) allowed six runs in the first inning and could not erase the deficit before falling to the Panthers, 6-2.

After a disappointing loss to Tallassee on Wednesday afternoon, Benjamin Russell’s softball team immediately bounced back Thursday night with a big victory over Alabama Christian. The Wildcats had previously lost to ACA twice, once during exhibition play and once during the regular season, b…

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…

Skye Foster was the star of the show for Dadeville’s track and field team, as she won a pair of events at the Foothill Invitational at Jacksonville State on Saturday.

What started a pitchers’ duel turned into a pitchers’ flop as both Reeltown and Park Crossing’s baseball team had a walk-filled inning. But despite the Rebels allowing seven walks and three other free passes via hit batters, they still managed to come out on top, 10-8, on Friday night.

Today, Benjamin Russell’s will take to the track for the first time in the Lincoln Invitational, and the Wildcats are hunting down strong finishes from several of their returners.