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It's Becoming Commonplace: Winning championships is not easy, unless you play youth softball in Tallassee. This is the third straight year that the purple and gold have won a World Series title at some level.

Last weekend, the Tallassee 12u Hit Squad finished the deal in Panama City. There were 49 teams in this tourney providing quality competition as travel ball teams do.

Go back to last year. Tallassee's Dixie Youth 10u all-stars traveled to North Carolina and came back with the World Series trophy.

Rewind the clock another year and Tallassee took the 8u championship in Mississippi.

What do these teams have in common? There is a nucleus of players with championships in their makeup. This same nucleus will have the opportunity to win another next year and the year after that.

This same nucleus of players will have the opportunity to win at the prep level. Continuity with players and coaches should breed a winning program in the future.

One can say the future is bright. Look at the Tallassee 6u all-stars. The state champions are playing in the Dixie Youth World Series in Perry, Ga. this weekend.

Good luck ladies. Congratulations on your success. You've made your hometown proud.

Dijon: One of Tallassee's hometown boys is making us proud too. Dijon Paschal is a pre-season Sun Belt All-Conference selection at Arkansas State.

The wide receiver will be coming back to his old stomping grounds in week two of the college football season. The Red Wolves play Auburn on Sept. 10 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

TAC Meeting/Tiger Night: THS football fans... get ready. The Tallassee Athletic Club will have its annual membership banquet on Aug. 11 at 6:30 in the Tallassee Elementary School. Ronnie Baynes will be the speaker.

Coach Baynes coached several sports including baseball and football at Tallassee. He has been extremely succesful as a football official rising up to the top of the ranks in the NFL. He'll be worth the $35 alone. Plus, a good meal will be provided.

On Aug. 12, "Tiger Night" will be at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium. All football teams will be featured from the little bitties of the Tallassee Youth Football League to the high school stars. The varsity Tigers open their season on Aug. 19 at Russell County.

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