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Opelika, ALopelikaobserver.com

‘Little Things Matter’

Experienced Opelika Looks to Make Improvements Prior to Region Play. The Bulldogs were last but not least. That is, in terms of teams speaking to the media at High School Media Days last Wednesday at the Bottling Plant Event Center in Opelika. Fourth year Opelika head coach Eric Speakman took...
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‘A Special Group’

For seven straight seasons, the Smiths Station football team has failed to reach the playoffs. Entering his fourth season at Smiths Station, head coach Mike Glisson believes this could be the year the Panthers return to post-season play. “Two of my three years, we have been real close [to the...
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Beck Gives AISA Update at Media Days

High School Football Media Days took place in Opelika last week and the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Director Roddie Beck reflected on last year and provided an update on plans for 2021 fall sports. “We are looking forward to another great year, another great fall,” Beck said. “The way...
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American Christian Academy football coach Chris Smelley resigns from post

American Christian Academy football coach Chris Smelley resigned Tuesday evening after six seasons leading the Patriots, citing personal reasons. "I’ve been at ACA for most of my life as either a student and now teaching and coaching for the last 10 years, and I love the school and especially the football players who I have been blessed to coach," Smelley said in a statement. "But I did resign today for personal reasons.
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Winfield’s Tittle plays in North-South game

Winfield – Upcoming Winfield Lady Pirate senior Emma Kate Tittle competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) 25th Annual All-Star Week North-South Girls’ Basketball all-star game at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery on Tuesday, July 20. As a guard for Winfield City High School, Tittle finished the...
Columbus, GAWTVM

High school football practice begins

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The high school football season has officially begun. With less than three weeks before the games begin, the AHSAA and GHSA both started official practice on Monday. We spent the morning at Smiths Station High School and Brookstone School as the programs hit the field with...
Auburn, ALMontgomery Advertiser

Auburn football lands two top-300 recruits in 2022 class

Auburn football has added two top-300 recruits to its 2022 class in four-star Lanett defensive lineman Caden Story and Atlanta running back Damari Alston. Story, 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds, is the nation's No. 221 prospect and No. 10 recruit in Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He announced his commitment to Auburn over UCF on Sunday.
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As high school sports heat up, rule #1 is to cool off

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) — As high school football heats up in August, players, coaches and athletic trainers are working to keep cool throughout practice. NBC 15 heads out to high school football practice to show you how schools around our area deal with the summer heat. Protocols start well...
Elmore County, ALWetumpka Herald

Elmore County, area schools begin practice for upcoming school year

The 2021-22 high school sports year is officially underway. Monday marks the official start date for select AHSAA high school team practices, which include football, volleyball, cross country and swimming teams. And while most area teams are taking traditional approaches to starting practice, the Elmore County football team is doing things differently.
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UAB 2021 position preview: Special teams

Arguably the deepest and most talented football team of the Bill Clark era couldn’t possibly have another advantage on standby but the special teams unit is an armament that could keep UAB in control of any game. The Blazers return both kicking specialists to a stacked roster that readies to...
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Huntsville’s JuVaughn Harrison jumping for Olympic history

By qualifying for the men’s long-jump medal round at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, former Columbia High School standout JuVaughn Harrison accomplished something that hadn’t been done since 1948 and earned the opportunity to do something that hasn’t happened since 1900. On Friday, Harrison had qualified for the medal round...
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Olympics 2021: How working at McDonald's nearly got Quanesha Burks to the long jump final

"In my mind it just sounds normal. Work hard, then you'll be an Olympian." Quanesha Burks is an Olympian. Within a minute into our conversation it's abundantly clear why. Aside from the whole "she can jump absurdly far thing," -- Burks holds three school records at the University of Alabama and won the 2015 NCAA outdoor and 2016 NCAA indoor long jump titles -- the 26-year-old is also uniquely motivated and boasts an infallible sense of self.
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'I'm expecting her to be invited to the next Olympics:' Meet Alabama runner Chanice Spicer

While other Junior Olympians stretched and warmed up, Chanice Spicer sat and did nothing. She had started running earlier that year, then a rising eighth-grader before the 2016 Rio Olympics. She didn't really follow track and field results. She had a limited understanding of the sport then. Chandra Spicer, her mother, wondered if Chanice should be doing anything beforehand. Not knowing any better, Chanice answered no. She figured she should save her energy.
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