Trigg County's cross country teams kick off the 2006 season today at the Ballard Memorial Wildlife Invitational. The Wildcat schedule has one home meet in addition to the Rotary Invitational on Sept. 28.
The boys' team qualified for the state meet for the first time in 18 years last year, while the Lady Wildcats have some young talent to lead them.
However, some of that young talent won't be eligible to run in the region and state meets this year. A new KHSAA rule prohibits athletes in the sixth grade and under from competing in the postseason. They can run in any meets during the season, but aren't eligible to run at the region and state meet.
That's bad news for Trigg County sixth graders Romaine Cunningham and DiAsia Acree, who would have been among the top runners on their respective teams.
However, runners who ran in the region meet last year are exempt, meaning that fifth grader Macey King, who became the youngest Wildcat runner to qualify for the state meet as a fourth grader, can make a return trip to Lexington if she qualifies at the region level.
I'm not sure what the reasoning behind the rule is, given schools like Trigg County have to share their fall athletes with several other sports. Head coach Mike Wright has had to recruit middle school and even elementary runners in recent years just to keep the program alive and field a full team. Now that effort is hampered and could cause some of the talented runners to jump ship to other sports.
Real Country WKDZ-FM will have the pregame show at 5:30pm, with kickoff slated for 7pm from the Pizza Box in Louisville. ESPN is carrying the game, with some guy named Bob Wischusen doing the play-by-play and Rod Gilmore and Trevor Matlich doing the color.
The Titans made ten cuts Tuesday, including former Murray State defensive tackle Marcus White, who was a second-year player for the Titans.
Others getting their walking papers were quarterback Cody Hodges, receivers Tramain Hall, O.J. Small and Sloan Thomas, linebackers Jared Newberry and Colin Allred, defensive linemen Adam Roberts and Garrett McIntyre, and guard Derrick Warford.
The Titans play Green Bay in a rare Friday afternoon game in the land of cheese.
Great day for a football game Friday on WKDZ -- Titans first, then Wildcats second.
Titans pre-game starts at 2pm Friday. Later, Wildcat pregame is at 7:03pm.
WKDZ has been named the 2006 Titans Radio Partner of the Year, given to the station that best demonstrates a commitment to the Titans and the community.
"This honor shows the kind of quality work they not only do with the Titans, but I see it in what they do with their high school coverage, their coverage of Kentucky, the Live Afternoon Drive, mornings, and everything else they are involved in," said Titans Radio Executive Producer Larry Stone. "It's for that entire body of work that we wanted to say thank you to WKDZ and say how lucky western Kentucky is to have a community radio station that gets involved the way WKDZ does."
The Titans Radio Network is the largest broadcast network in the NFL, boasting 80 affiliates in six states.
I guess Billy Volek wasn't the man after all. The Titans have signed quarterback Kerry Collins, who make his way into the starting lineup. It's the same Kerry Collins that has a 66-79 record as a starter.
It should be painful for Titans coaches in practice to watch the throwing styles of the flappy-armed Collins and the side-arm delivery of Vince Young.
There is no truth to the rumor that Titans owner Bud Adams tried to talk Dan Pastorini and Warren Moon out of retirement.
If you missed it last week, be sure to listen to WKDZ Saturday morning for a new lineup geared to the sports fan.
The Saturday Morning Sports Report with Shannon Knight can be heard at 8 am on both WKDZ AM and FM.Shannon will recap and discuss local sports during the show, which will also be streamed on the internet at WKDZ Radio.com.
during the show From 9-11am on WKDZ-AM, the Saturday Morning Replay will be a broadcast of the previous night's Trigg County football game. Because this week's game is on Saturday, the Wildcat Chevrolet Bowl will be heard this week. (I'll take Trigg to win by 20).
The Kenny and Kenny Show with Kenny Walker and Kenny Rice will air at 11am on WKDZ-AM.
Trigg County saw their chance to grab their first win of the soccer season slip away with a 3-3 tie with Muhlenberg North Thursday at the Complex.
Trigg led 3-0 at halftime before the Stars tied it up in the second half.
Roman Cail scored three minutes into the game off an assist from Cole Davis. Trigg extended their lead to 2-0 when Zach Thompson took a pass from Trevor Harper and found the back of the net.
Trigg added a third goal when MN kicked the ball into their own net.
Wildcat goalie Josh Green saved a goal when he made the rare save on the penalty kick.
The JV lost 5-3 against a team of mainly high schoolers. Trigg's JV team is mostly middle schoolers.
"I was proud of their efforts," said head coach Josh Nichols, who should add M*A*S*H* unit director to his title, with Cail leaving the varsity game with a sprained ankle in the first half. Trigg is already without A.J. Bridges, who could return in 2-3 weeks from a shoulder injury suffered in the season-opener. Sam Reed will also be out of action with a hip injury suffered in the Lyon County loss.
Saturday at 8pm at Shadetree Matthews Field in Franklin
Franklin-Simpson leads the all-time series 4-2. The last time these teams met in Franklin was 1951, a 41-6 win by F-S. The last meeting between the schools was a 38-7 win by F-S in 1952. Trigg's last win in the series came in 1949, a 12-7 win in Franklin.
Trigg County has won nine of their last 11 games in August dating back to 2001.
Last week's win over Madisonville was the 60th by Curtis Higgins as Wildcat head coach, second only to Dixie Jones (97).
Click HEREfor driving directions to Saturday night's game.
Murray State has released their 2006-07 men's basketball schedule, which includes a Dec. 1 game at Tennessee. San Diego State and Southern Illinois are two other teams from last year's NCAA Tournament that appear on the Racer schedule.
Rookie quarterback Vince Young and the Titans got a scare Wednesday when he hit his throwing hand on a helmet during practice Young will test his hand today to see if he can grip a football. The Titans host Atlanta Saturday in their next-to-last preseason scrimmage.
Several NASCAR stars will be in Paducah tonight racing and meeting fans at the Paducah International Raceway.
Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ken Schrader, and Martin Truex Jr. will host autograph sessions from 4:30-6:30pm and will race on the dirt track at 7:30pm. Gates open at 3pm, and there will be fireworks (real fireworks, not Tony vs. Dale fireworks) after the last race.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Parking is available on Mayes Road and Shemwell Road in Paducah.
Directions for those of you going to the Franklin-Simpson Pigskin Classic Saturday in Franklin.
You can go one of two ways but the last stretch remains unchanged.
Take U.S. 68 east to I-24 and go towards Clarksville.
Get off I-24 at Exit 4 and turn left onto U.S. 79 toward Russellville.
When you come into Russellville at the U.S. 68 intersection, veer right onto Highway 100.
Take Highway 100 into Franklin. At a four-way stop in Franklin, turn right onto College Street. Follow College Street to the top of the hill and turn right.
You can also take U.S. 68 east through Hopkinsville and around Elkton. In Russellville at the stop light, turn right at the U.S. 68 bypass and continue until the U.S. 79 intersection. Turn left and continue to Highway 100.
Wildcat head football coach weighed in on the new football alignment that has Trigg County in the same Class 2A district with Murray, Reidland, Caldwell County, and Heath.
"I have no problem with the new district. I'm glad to see some new blood in the district with Murray coming in," he said.
Trigg County and Murray met in the Class A playoffs four times from 1989-95, with Murray winning the final three games. Murray leads the all-time series with Trigg 33-15-1. The schools have not played since the 2000 playoffs.
Higgins said the 2007 schedule will feature district games in weeks 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9, with Trigg having a bye week in one of those weeks. That leaves six non-district games to schedule.
"That may not be easy," Higgins said, adding that coaches have been instructed not to schedule any games prior to Oct. 1 and that any contracts signed before then will be considered void.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association approved the new six class alignment after a few tweaks. Trigg County remains in Class 2A, Region One, District One and will be joined in their new district by Reidland, Heath, Caldwell County, and Murray.
District Two will be made up of Fort Campbell, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County, and Hancock County.
Other teams making the move to Class 2A include Danville, Bardstown, Metcalfe County, Fort Knox, and Newport Central Catholic.
Click HEREfor the alignment for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Trigg County went 1-4 at the 24-team Apollo Summer Slamdown over the weekend in Owensboro.
In the first match Friday, Trigg lost to defending Third Region champ and eventual tournament champion Owensboro Catholic (6-0) 25-19, 25-11. Stacy Schoneman had 3 kills and 1 block. Casey Banister had 6 assists. Keisha Stewart had 2 blocks, 1 kill and 1 ace. Molly Thompson had 1 kill and 1 block. Morgan Parker had 1 block. Kalesha Williams had 1 kill.
In the second match, Trigg beat Harrison County (2-4) 25-20, 16-25, 25-24. Kalesha Williams had 4 kills, and 2 blocks. Molly Thompson had 3 kills, 2 aces and 1 block. Casey Banister had 10 assists and 1 ace. Stacy Schoneman had 3 aces and 1 kill. Keisha Stewart had 2 killsand 3 aces. Cally Felton had 2 aces. Mariah Calhoun had 1 ace.
On Saturday, In the first match, Trigg lost to defending Fifth Region champion Green County (5-3) 25-13, 25-12. Kalesha Williams had 2 kills. Molly Thompson had 1 kill, 1 assist and 1 block. Casey Banister had 1 kill, 1 ace and 3 assists. Stacy Schoneman had 1 kill. Keisha Stewart had 1 kill and 3 blocks.
In the second match, Trigg lost to Marshall County (4-5) 25-18, 25-7. Casey Banister had 3 kills, 1 ace and 6 assists. Molly Thompson had 1 kill and 2 aces. Kalesha Williams had 3 kills, 1 assist and 1 block. Keisha Stewart had 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 assist and 1 block. Stacy Schoneman had 2 kills and 1 ace.
In the thrid match, Trigg lost to Lone Oak (3-7) 25-16, 25-11. Stacy Schoneman had 5 kills and 2 aces. Kalesha Williams had 2 kills and 1 block. Molly Thompson had 2 aces and 3 blocks. Casey Banister had 8 assists. Keisha Stewart had 1 kill and 2 aces.
Totals from Apollo Tourney:
Stacy Schoneman had 12 kills, 6 aces and 1 block.
Cally Felton had 2 aces.
Kalesha Williams had 12 kills, 4 blocks and 1 assist.
Mariah Calhoun had 1 ace.
Casey Banister had 4 kills, 3 aces and 33 assists.
Molly Thompson had 6 kills, 6 aces, 6 blocks and 1 assist.
Keisha Stewart had 8 kills, 7 aces, 1 assist and 6 blocks.
Morgan Parker had 1 block.
Trigg County now stands at 2-6 on the season but will no doubt take positives from the tournament -- one of four the Lady Wildcats will compete in this year.
Trigg's next match is at home Tuesday against Hopkinsville. Freshmen play at 5:00, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:00.
Trigg County golfer Tyler Mitchell tied for 18th place at the prestigious Kentucky Invitational Tournament Saturday at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Louisville.
Mitchell shot a 4-over 76, which was ten shots behind St. Xavier's David Harper, who set a new tournament record with a 6-under 66. The old mark of 67 was set by current PGA pro J.B. Holmes of Taylor County in 1988.
As a team, Trigg County finished 24th and was the only team west of Owensboro to play in the event. Not bad considering Trigg County began practice in earnest this week.
In the famous scene from the movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner and a few teammates created their own "rain delay' by leaving the sprinklers on all night and flooding the field, forcing the next day's game to be cancelled.
The same thing kind of happened Thursday when Trigg County's season opener was postponed after a cracked sprinkler malfunctioned and flooded part of the field. After looking it over, athletic officials called the game off with St. Mary.
The soccer field at the Complex is having some work done to construct new bench areas, and apparently a truck ran over the sprinkler heads and caused the malfunction.
The game with St. Mary will be played at a later date. The KHSAA scoreboard listed Trigg County as a 4-0 winner on their website Thursday and Friday but have since removed the entry.
The Lady Wildcats will try once again to play their season opener Monday against Union County at the Complex, barring another "man-made" disaster.
Trigg County dropped their season opener to Reidland Thursday 6-0, but the loss may be bigger than just an 'L' in the win-loss column.
All-District player A.J. Bridges suffered a serious shoulder injury early in the second half and could miss the rest of the season. Bridges, a junior, was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah for a diagnosis and treatment of the injury.
Goalie Josh Green suffered a wrist injury and was replaced in goal by Ezra McNichols.
The Wildcats return to action Tuesday at the Complex in a district game against Lyon County.
Saturday mornings on WKDZ AM-1110 will be geared toward the local sports fan.
The Saturday Morning Sports Report with Shannon Knight will debut at 8 am on both WKDZ AM and FM.Shannon will recap and discuss local sports during the show, which will also be streamed on the internet at WKDZ Radio.com.
From 9-11 am on WKDZ-AM, the Saturday Morning Replay will be a rebroadcast of the previous night’s football game.
The Kenny and Kenny Show with Kenny Walker and Kenny Rice will air at 11am on WKDZ-AM.
Kentucky finalized its 2006-07 men’s basketball schedule Tuesday with release of its 16-game Southeastern Conference slate and most of the league’s television selections and game times.
The Wildcats have five appearances scheduled on CBS and seven slots on ESPN’s family of networks - ESPN, ESPN2 and potentially ESPNU. Eight UK games will be shown by the SEC’s syndicated TV partner, Lincoln Financial Sports (formerly Jefferson-Pilot).
Trigg County lost in straight sets to defending First Region champion Christian Fellowship 25-14, 25-15 Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym.
Stacy Schoneman had 2 kills and 1 block.
Molly Thompson had 1 kill and 2 aces and 1 assist.
Keisha Stewart had 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist and 5 blocks.
Casey Banister had 1 ace, 1 kill and 2 assists.
In the JV game, Trigg lost 16-21, 21-19, 9-21.
Allysa Weber had 3 aces.
Karlie Stewart had 3 aces.
Mariah Calhoun had 2 aces.
Samantha Harper had 2 aces.
Courtney Oliver had 2 assists.
The JV team played in the Marshall County JV Slamfest over the weekend and went 0-5. They lost to Marshall County 21-4, 21-12. Christian Fellowship 21-7, 21-12. Lone Oak 21-12, 16-21, 15-2. Graves County 21-8, 21-10. Marshall County 21-13, 21-18.
Trigg County fell to 1-1 with the loss and will host Crittenden County Thursday night at Wildcat Gym.
Thursday's home game is "Black and White Night". All fans wearing "black and white" will get in for $1. Everyone come out and support the Wildcat volleyball team in this DISTRICT MATCH.
When John Barr was the lead reporter for ESPN in the Patrick Dennehy murder case last year, I couldn't help but try and think where I had seen him before.
Turns out, it was on TV-43 in Hopkinsville. Barr, a native of Canada, worked at TV-43 in 1992-93. Now, as you can see in his resume, Barr has been busy in other places and has made quite a name for himself.
He spookily resembles former ESPN anchor Tom Mees, who drowned ten years ago.
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