Little League to Dixie Youth: Over the weekend, I stumbled across a book of "Dirty Digs" columns from the 1980s written by the late Pete Cottle. A certain column caught my attention.
It was from May of 1983. Pete noted that another season of Little League Baseball was underway in Tallassee. It was the 30th anniversary of Little League in our little town.
I was a youngster that played during that time myself. It was about that time when Tallassee was transitioning from the Little League organization to Dixie Youth, which it remains a part of today.
Little League Baseball began in 1939 nationally. Dixie Youth started in 1955. Tallassee has been a part of both collectively now for more than 65 years.
Last Saturday, kids from age 7-12 dusted off their gloves and bats to take to the diamond again for tryouts. The final tryout date is this Saturday at 2 in East Tallassee on the same fileds that these boys, their dads, granddads and great-granddads have played and coached.
There's a renewed excitement in the air this time of year. Soon we'll be taking in America's Favorite Pasttime and some of those tasty burgers and dogs from the brand new concession stand, just another improvement at the old stomping grounds.
Move Over Joey Chesntut: Speaking of taking in some hotdogs, the high school team will get underway on Monday, Feb. 18 with the season opener at Southside Field. Tallassee plays Dadeville on Presidents Day at high noon.
1300 WTLS/106.5 FM and Tallassee Times TV on YouTube will have the action live for those who might be stuck inside the office cubicle.
In honor of our former colleague CW Mullins, Stephen Webster at Tiger Paw has printed several "Deuces Wild" tee shirts. Be sure to get yours.
On Monday at the game, Trey Taylor will eat as many hotdogs (or at least will try) as the number of shirts sold. Joey Chestnut holds the record for downing 74 in 10 minutes. Thanks to the Tallassee Athletic Club for providing the hotdogs.
This in an in-school game, so we expect a raucous crowd of students. Join us if you can.
Hoops in Troy/On the Mat in Huntsville: The Tallassee basketball begins its second season vs. Charles Henderson in Troy on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The 2018-19 Tigers have the record for wins in a season with 22.
There is an obstacle that Tallassee has not reached in the modern era of basketball. They have failed to ever reach a regional. They will need a win on Tuesday to check that off of the list in a season of firsts.
The THS wrestling team will take eight qualifiers to the state championships in the "Rocket City" this weekend. The Tigers were fourth overall at the South State Sectional in Montgomery.
Andy Baker is one of the Tiger hopefuls. He has finished second twice at the state level. Zak Haynes, who is battling an ailing knee, was third in Huntsville last year.
Ansley to Knoxville: Former Tallassee Tiger Derrick Ansley looks to be returning to college coaching. After one season in the NFL at Oakland, where the Raiders recognized him as Position Coach of the Year, Ansley is reported to be joining the Tennessee Volunteers staff.
Ansley is expected to be over the defensive backs and could possibly be named co-defensive coordinator. He was at Tennessee for a brief stint before taking a position with Kentucky, then Alabama.