Season Ends: For Tallassee baseball fans, Friday was a big day and a sad one. The build up of a playoff series brings a lot of fanfare.
Unfortunately for purple and gold faithful, the season ended the day the second season (a.k.a. post-season) started.
Coach Adam Clayton and a lot of volunteers spent most of the day Friday getting the field ready after a good portion of rain saturated the playing surface.
The call was made to proceed as scheduled with games beginning at 5:00. It was a great atmosphere with a lot of fans in attendance, who sat through a lightning delay to watch two nailbiters.
Charles Henderson won by a run in both affairs with Tallassee leaving runners on the pads in their final at bat in each defeat. The finality of the season is hard to take, especially for the seniors.
This group went 53-17 the last two seasons. They had their sights on big things; a playoff run, possibly a state championship.
These guys have put in a lot of hours, from the time they could barely walk with tee ball to the prep years.
Tommy Wisener said he and his family reminisced until the wee hours of Saturday morning about the many years of baseball with his son, THS senior Jacob "Choo Choo" Wisener.
It's not only hard on the players when the high school playing days conclude, it's really hard on the parents.
We now look ahead to 2017. Tallassee will be very good again. They return to Class 4A ball. Regardless of class size, winning titles doesn't come easy. No doubt though, this team will be one of the favorites.
Spring Football Practice: We shift from baseball to football. Spring practice begins this week (Tuesday). Noted above, THS is returning to 4A sports in the 2016-'18 cycle.
We've looked at the football schedule and one could argue that the 4A region we will be more difficult than what we had the last two seasons in 5A.
There has been a coaching shuffle this off-season though. Four THS' opponents will have new head coaches; Russell County, T. R. Miller, Childersburg and Leeds.