By D Mark Mitchell
The boys basketball team finished their summer workouts by participating in the Auburn University basketball team camp.
Opelika sent three teams: a ninth grade team, the junior varsity and the varsity team. The three teams played teams from all over the south in the one-day camp.
The Opelika baseball team finished their summer game schedule last week. Although rain wreaked havoc with the schedule, Coach Richardson’s team was able to play a few games.
The football team has begun playing in 7-on-7 competitions around the state.
Coach Ross took his team to Eufaula Monday to have a team camp with the Eufaula High School Tigers. The Dawgs will travel to Montgomery Thursday for a 7-on-7 passing camp in the Capitol City.
Finally, OHS will participate in the USA National Select 7-on-7 competition at Hoover High School in Birmingham July 14-15.
On a side note, Jordan Stevenson, a two-year starter at tackle, moved away after his parents relocated due to work. This is the first bad news to hit the team since Coach Ross came. To put a positive spin on it, this will create an opportunity for another player to step up and take over at tackle.
The Opelika All-Sport Booster Club is currently accepting corporate sponsorships and selling ads for the athletic program which is sold at home football games.
The sponsorship packages start at $500 and include reserved football tickets, parking pass, passes for other sporting events and other items depending on the level of sponsorship.
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DIXIE BASEBALL ALL-STARS
The Opelika Dixie Junior Boys All-Star team advanced to the state championship tournament after finishing 4-0 in the District 5 tournament.
The 13U all-star team will play in the state tournament Saturday in Dothan at the West Gate Miracle League Complex.
Opening ceremonies will be held on Friday July 14, at 6 p.m. at West Gate Park.
Opelika will play Fairhope at 3 p.m. July 15.
D.Mark Mitchell is sports director for iHeart Media, Alabama Dixie Boys State director and vice president of the A-O Sports Council.