by D. Mark Mitchell

The girls and boys basketball teams are in the middle of playing games according to the AHSAA summer rules.
The football team is in the middle of working out and will soon begin participating in seven on seven drills.
The remaining sports will use their permitted two weeks of workouts in the near future.
Opelika High has not yet announced a new head baseball coach. Principal Dr.Farrell Seymore and Athletic Director Brian Blackmon are determined to get the best person/coach for the job.
I know parents of baseball players and the student athletes that play baseball are eagerly awaiting the announcement. The process is taking more time than some would like.
However, I assure everyone, the Opelika High School administration is going all out to hire a new baseball coach.  Interviews and discussions are taking place daily.   The next baseball coach at Opelika High School will be announced in the coming days. I have learned the word “timing” is more than just a word, and  “timing” means everything when hiring a head coach/teacher. In addition to coaching and teaching qualifications, you must consider the coach’s family and where they are in their lives.
I know Opelika fans want to know who will guide the baseball program in the future. Take a deep breath, the announcement will come sooner than later.
The Opelika All-Sports Booster Club is now offering corporate sponsorships. The club offers sponsorship packages from $500-$5000, with each package including football season tickets and passes to Opelika athletic events.
If you are interested, email, me (D.Mark) at
Opelika High athletic department congratulates and expresses appreciation to Rick Wade, who retired last week. Wade has been in the Alabama Retirement System for 25 plus years and decided to retire.
Coach Wade was assistant football and baseball coach and also served as the director of OHS chapter of FCA.
Coach Wade led the baseball team as Interim head coach this past season.
The annual Back to the Dawg House football camp will be held Saturday, June 25, at Bulldog Stadium. Registration is 8 a.m. with the camp starting at 9 a. m.
The camp is free for upcoming fourth – seventh graders. You can register ahead of time at the Sportsplex, Covington Recreation Center and Denson Drive Recreation Center.
Former Opelika Graduates Will Herring and Sajason Finley founded the camp which is sponsored by the Opelika Rotary Club.
D. Mark Mitchell can be reached at