Donovan would join the long list of young college coaches who jump to the NBA and have coaching success. That list includes....um...uhh....um....no one really. I guess we'll see two things. One, can Donovan become the first coach to make that list and two, whether the highly-touted recruiting class stays or asks out of their LOIs.
Look for Florida to go after former Gator assistant and current Virginia Commonwealth head coach Anthony Grant to replace Donovan.
Mike Phillips demonstrates shot technique to the campers at Mike Wright's Basketball Day Camp Wednesday at Wildcat Gym. Phillips, the starting center on Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team, played 14 seasons in the NBA and overseas after his UK career. He now lives in Madisonville.
John David Fourqurean tags out a Hopkinsville runner at third during their Second Region Tournament game Monday. (Photo by Monty Stagner).
Hopkinsville used a six-run sixth inning to beat Trigg County 11-3 in the first round of the Second Region Baseball Tournament and end the Wildcats' season at 17-14-1.
Kyle Graham had a two-run double, and Jason Denton smacked a two-run home run as part of Hopkinsville's big inning.
Hopkinsville used a combination of hits and errors to build a 5-0 lead. Trigg answered with two runs in the fifth inning before Hoptown's clincher in the sixth.
Donald Bush had a double, and Tony Finley and John David Fourqurean each had a single as the Wildcats managed just three hits in the game.
Finley got the spot start for the Wildcats when Lucas Riddle missed the team bus before the game and was held out by Wildcat head coach Jackie Sholar.
"You can't have things like that happen, especially at this time of the season. It's a shame it had to happen, but you have to think about what's best for the team and have everyone on the same page," Sholar said.
Despite the loss, the Wildcats ended a season where they won the school's first district title in 28 years and made consecutive region tournament appearances for the first time in over 40 years. The 17 wins was also the most since the 1986 team won 19 games.
Trigg County and Hopkinsville will meet for a third time this year when the two teams square off Monday in the first round of the Second Region Baseball Tournament, which gets underway Monday at Christian County High School.
The teams will play the second game of the day at 2pm.
The Wildcats are 17-13-1, while Hopkinsville comes in with a record of 19-10. Hoptown won the May 10 game in Hopkinsville 8-3 and the May 17 game in Cadiz 7-0.
It will be the first-ever meeting in the regional tournament between the schools. Trigg County is looking for their first win in the regional tournament since 1989.
The semifinals will be played Tuesday, and the championship game will be played Wednesday.
Trigg County's Dakota Littlejohn was named to the All-District softball team in voting done by Fifth District coaches.
Also named to the team were Lindsey Bridges, Brittany Brown, Jaylyn Guess, and Hayley Parrent of Lyon County; Dannielle Joiner, Jordan Kirkham, Mariah Owen, and Allyson Rowland of Livingston Central; and Jessica Gatten and Sammie Jo Quisenberry of Crittenden County.
Trigg County captured their first district title in 28 years Tuesday with an 11-1 win over Crittenden County in the championship game of the Fifth District Tournament at Smithland.
John David Fourqurean and Kyle Allen each had three hits, and Allen and Will Stagner each drove in three runs as the Wildcats ended the game via the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.
Lucas Riddle improved to 10-4 on the season by striking out five in five innings and allowing just five hits.
Stagner, Allen, and Riddle hit consecutive doubles as part of a three-run first inning. An error and two more hits helped the Wildcats scored five runs in the second to take an 8-1 lead.
Trigg ended the game in the fifth when Ryan Eubanks tripled, and Fourqurean drove him in with a single. Three batters later, Allen hit an RBI single with the bases loaded.
"We played our best game of the year," said Wildcat head coach Jackie Sholar, who was a player on the 1979 Trigg team that last won a district title. "It feels better to win the district as a coach than a player."
Kyle Allen, John David Fourqurean, Lucas Riddle, and Will Stagner were named to the All-tournament team.
Trigg County last won a district title in 1979. Before Tuesday, their only other district baseball title came in 1960.
Trigg County will now advance to next week's Second Region Tournament at Christian County.
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Donald Bush (seen here in a recent game) pitched six-plus strong innings to help Trigg County beat Lyon County 11-6 Monday in the Fifth District Tournament. Trigg will play in today's 4:30pm championship game. (Photo by Monty Stagner).
Trigg County produced a pair of four-run innings and overcame sloppy play late to beat Lyon County 11-6 and advance to the championship game of the Fifth District Tournament today in Smithland.
The Wildcats will play in the 4:30pm championship game, with their opponent to come from the winner of the 2pm matchup between Livingston Central (13-14) and Crittenden County (19-10).
Will Stagner cracked a two-run double as part of a four-run second inning to give Trigg a 6-1 lead. Tyler Greenman, Stagner, and Kyle Allen each had RBI singles, and Donald Bush an RBI double as part of a four-run fifth inning to build their lead to 11-2.
Lyon County took advantage of four Trigg errors in the seventh inning to draw the within 11-6 before the Wildcats slammed the door.
Donald Bush allowed nine hits over six-and-one-third innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out two in improving his record to 2-3.
Aaron Ausenbaugh took the loss for Lyon County (5-19-1).
Trigg County improves to 16-13-1 and earns a spot in next week's Second Region Tournament at Christian County. A win today would give Trigg County only their third district baseball title in the school's history and first since 1979.
The Wildcats are also advancing to the region tournament in consecutive years for the first time in over at least 35 years and maybe more.
Trigg County saw their softball season come to an end with an 11-0 loss to Livingston Central in the first round of the Fifth District Softball Tournament at Smithland.
Trigg hung tough with the top-seeded Lady Cardinals trailing 2-0 after five innings. The Lady Wildcats had a chance to dent the scoreboard in the top of the sixth with two runners on before a strikeout ended the rally.
Livingston Central (22-9) then scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule. Livingston took advantage of two walks and three errors in the inning to get the win.
Kalesha Williams had a double, and Hayla Frye had a single for Trigg's lone two hits of the game.
"We played pretty good but just had the one bad inning when nothing went right," head coach Jamie Howell said of the Lady Wildcats. "I'm proud of the way they hung tough."
It was the first time Trigg and Livingston played in the district tournament since 1999.
Livingston Central will advance to tonight's championship game where they will play Lyon County (12-10), a 16-5 winner over Crittenden County.
Trigg County will try and pull the upset today when the Fifth District Tournament gets underway today in Smithland.
The Lady Wildcats will play the host Lady Cardinals (21-9) tonight at 5pm. Lyon County and Crittenden County will play at 7pm. The championship game will be played Tuesday at 7pm.
Livingston Central swept the season series from the Lady Wildcats, winning 12-2 and 13-0.
Regardless of the outcome, the Lady Wildcats (3-23) have set a new school record for losses in a season, eclipsing the old mark of 22 set in 2002.
Trigg County lost to University Heights 4-2 in eight innings Saturday. Trigg took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth before UHA tied it in the seventh. UHA scored twice on two errors in the top of the eighth for the win.
Todd served as the Cadiz-Trigg County tourism director in the 1990s before retiring full time to the lake. One of the more interesting stories Todd told me was how his father threw Adolph Rupp out of their home on a recruiting visit when the legendary UK basketball coach made some chippy remarks about their home and the awards Todd had won in high school. Todd played his college basketball at Western Kentucky University.
I just found out the TCHS boys basketball banquet was held sometime last week. The only report I can give you about the banquet is that the food was good and the award plaques were shiny. I'm sure everything went well.
Trigg County was one inning away from a win, but Mayfield overcame a nine-run deficit to shock the Lady Wildcats 16-14 in eight innings Thursday night in Mayfield.
After the game, Lady Wildcat head coach Jamie Howell took responsibility for the loss.
"We got a big lead, and I subbed some players when we probably should have just won the game by the 10-run rule," Howell said.
Trigg County scored four runs in the first inning and two more in both the second and third innings.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Trigg led 12-3. However, Mayfield scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 13-12 lead. Trigg scored a single run in the seventh to tie that game at 13.
After Trigg scored one run in the top of the eighth, Mayfield won the game with a two out, three-run double in the bottom of the eighth.
Hayla Frye and Kalesha Williams each had three hits to pace the 14-hit Trigg offensive attack. Kayla Joiner, Samantha Furr, and Asami Ota each had two hits.
Mayfield (7-12) had seven hits in the game.
Trigg County fell to 3-22 with the loss and return to action today at Lone Oak in a 4pm contest.
Bradley Sutherland slipped a little in the score but remains tied for fifth place entering the final day of the NCAA Division III Golf Championship in Indiana.
Sutherland, a sophomore at Transylvania, was four over par entering Thursday's play and tied for fifth after a pair of 74s. He birdied his second hole of the day Thursday, but made the turn in 39 and was four over on his round after a pair of bogeys and one birdie on his back nine for a 76 -- nine shots behind the leader.
Individually, St. John's Clinton Dammann was even at 72 Thursday and at 1-under is the only golfer under par. He led Otterbein's Andy Miller by five shots and Jacob Collinsworth of Huntingdon by seven shots.
Here are some more comments, thoughts, and observations from Thursday's press conference announcing Mike Wright as the new Wildcat head coach.
The search committee that hired Wright consisted of the high school site based council, former head coach George Radford, A.D. Doug Gloyd, and Interim Principal Matt Ladd.
Gloyd said the search committee was looking for someone "with integrity, enthusiasm, and the ability to coach basketball."
Wright brought out an old basketball he called 'Slick", which was the first basketball he played with in his driveway. "Slick" has since undergone a slight transformation, including the inability to hold air and being dotted with the signatures of UK basketball players from the 1996 and 1978 national title teams.
Wright had an empty chair to his left, reserved for his late father Gene Wright who passed away last month. "Someone told me my father needed only a month in heaven to get the coaching situation here straightened out," Wright joked.
Among the priorities Wright said he had for the program were stressing academics and grade checks, supporting the ABA and Upward Basketball programs, visibility in the community, and establishing a Trigg County basketball hall of fame.
Wright said he would have a good working relationship with the media. "In 17 years as a head coach, I never once failed to appear on the post-game radio show," he said.
Wright also said he was going to encourage players to play other sports in the fall. "We're a small school, and we're not going to have 70 open gyms in the fall," he said.
When Wright was not rehired as head coach in 2002, one of the reasons given was "lack of community support." There was nearly 100 people in the Little Theater Thursday to greet the new coach and hear his comments.
The last two coaches hired with Doug Gloyd as athletic director have been Trigg County natives who formerly coached at Trigg County in some capacity (Wright and Wildcat football coach Shannon Burcham).
Mike Wright was named the new Trigg County boys basketball coach at a news conference this morning at the high school.
Wright replaces Jeff Embrey, who resigned after a 10-19 season when he took the Lyon County coaching job.
This will be Wright's second go-around as Wildcat head coach. He guided the Wildcats from 1992-2002, posting a 123-148 record. His 123 are the third most in the school's history. He also coached the Lady Wildcats from 1985-92 and had a record of 88-99, both of which are records for wins and losses as a TCHS girls coach.
Wright's Wildcat teams won two district titles (1995 & 1997), an All-A region title, and one of two Second Region titles in the school's history in 1997.
His tenure as Wildcat head coach came to an abrupt end following the 2001-02 season when he was not rehired. Sharon Knight, then the TCHS principal, cited "lack of direction of the program" and "lack of community support" for not bringing Wright back for an 11th season.
Wright consulted an attorney following his termination but never initiated any legal proceedings.
His termination culminated a bizarre 2001-02 season that saw two players suspended for 18 games for an altercation that happened off campus following the season opener. The School Board later reversed the suspension, handed down by Knight, making them eligible to play beginning in November.
The Wildcats won six of their last eight games but were declared ineligible for the postseason because they played too many games. Caldwell County, Trigg County's first round opponent, reported the infraction to the KHSAA, who then declared Trigg's season over.
Many felt Wright was made the scapegoat for the scheduling situation in which no one ever stepped forward and took full responsibility for the error.
After his ouster, Wright remained involved in the Wildcat basketball program, keeping the scorebook for the varsity team, accompanying players to summer camps, and coaching the middle school boys program. Many of the players on Wright's upcoming roster are ones he coached to consecutive middle school district titles.
Wright is not the first person to have two different tenures as Wildcat head coach. Paul Perdue was Trigg County's first coach in 1937-38, coaching four seasons and bringing home the school's first district title in 1940. Perdue returned in 1944 but took another job midway through the 1945-46 season.
Comments from Mike Wright will be available on the blog later in the day.
Sophomore Bradley Sutherland maintained his spot near the top of the leader board Wednesday, helping Transylvania survive the team cut in the 2007 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship in Fishers, Ind.
Sutherland moved up to fifth place individually with his second straight two-over par 74. A double bogey on his next-to-last hole dropped him from second place to fifth. He trails leader Clinton Dammann of St. John's (Minn.) by five shots.
Trigg County will name their new basketball coach Thursday at a 9am press conference in the high school's Little Theater.
Interim Athletic Director Doug Gloyd would not say who the new coach was going to be. The new coach will replace Jeff Embrey, who resigned after one season and a 10-19 record to take the Lyon County coaching job.
My money is on a familiar name being named the new coach. Be sure to tune in to WKDZ-FM tomorrow morning for news from the press conference, a live interview with the new coach, and the complete story on the news at noon and 5pm.
Bradley Sutherland carded a two-over 74 Tuesday to lead Transylvania into the top 10 after first round action in the NCAA Division III Championships at the Hawthorns Country Club in Fishers, Ind.
Sutherland, a sophomore, was tied for ninth behind leader Rode McElreath of McMurray, who fired a three-under 69, and led all Transy golfers, following a 38 on his first nine with an even par 36 on the back side.
The former Trigg County High golfer had bogeys on the par 4 fifth and eighth holes to make the turn at two over par. He birdied the 12th hole, but gave the shot back with a bogey on the par 3 15th to finish at 74.
Transy was in a tie for 10th at 308, 20 over par. The field will be cut to 24 teams after 36 holes.
Sutherland finished seventh in the Heartland Conference Tournament last week and was named to the All-Heartland Conference team.
Playing without two starters, Trigg County managed to sleepwalk past Dawson Springs 8-6 Monday in Dawson Springs. The win came just three days after thumping the Panthers 17-4 in Cadiz.
Tied 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning, Trigg managed to score three runs to decide the game.
John David Fouqurean and Will Stagner each doubled, while Tony Finley had two singles. Tyler Greenman and Taylor Lowary also had singles for the Wildcats who had six hits and took advantage of seven walks.
Ryan Eubanks responded well in his first start of the season, allowing five runs in five-and-a-third innings. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. Finly got the win by pitching the final inning and two-thirds. Four of Dawson Springs' six runs were unearned thanks to five Trigg County errors.
Trigg County (13-12-1) travels to Russellville today to play the Panthers in a 5pm contest.
Trigg County claimed the top seed in the district tournament for the first time in school history with a 10-7 win over Crittenden County Saturday in Marion.
A day after ripping Dawson Springs for 16 hits, the Wildcats banged out 17 hits in running their district record to 5-1.
Trigg County jumped ahead of the Rockets with a five-run first inning. John David Fourqurean, Donald Bush, and Will Stagner each singled ahead of a Kyle Allen triple. Allen scored on a Devon Morris double, and Tyler Greenman squeezed home Morris with a bunt.
Allen hit for the cycle and drove in four runs. I have no idea when the last time a Trigg player hit for the cycle, but I can't remember one in recent years.
Stagner had three more hits for the Wildcats, as did Greenman. Morris, Caleb Reynolds, and Fourqurean each had doubles, and Ryan Eubanks smacked a triple.
Lucas Riddle picked up the complete game win, striking out eight and walking none. He allowed ten hits.
Trigg County evened their record at 12-12-1 on the season, while Crittenden County fell to 17-9 with the loss.
More importantly, Trigg County will be the top seed in the Fifth District Tournament and will play #4 seed Lyon County in the first round. The details of the tournament, which will be held at Livingston Central, will be hashed out later today at the district meeting.
Trigg County's JV team improved to 13-5 on the season with a 4-2 win over Crittenden County. Tony Bryant had two hits at the plate and picked up the win on the mound. R.J. Sholar added a triple, and Drew Pool a single for the Wildcats.
Trigg County returns to action Monday at Dawson Springs in a 5pm contest.
Last year, the Titans spent the first two weeks of camp at APSU before returning to Nashville to finish up.
"This year Mr. Adams decided to remain at Baptist Sports Park for the entirety of training camp. This decision should not reflect on Austin Peay’s ability to host our team. We feel that staying at our own facility this year is the best direction for our team,” said Titans executive VP Steve Underwood.
Trigg County will make up their twice rained out game with Crittenden County Saturday at 5pm in Marion.
The date of the district meeting was changed from Thursday to Sunday so that the game could be played and counted in the district seeding. Any game played after the district meeting doesn't count toward postseason seeding.
Both Trigg County and Crittenden County have 4-1 district records, meaning the winner of Saturday's game will be the #1 seed in the Fifth District Tournament at Livingston Central.
Hopkinsville scored five runs in the fourth inning to beat Trigg County 8-3 Thursday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.
Freshman Justin Hageman struck out 13 Wildcats and allowed just four hits in picking up the complete game. Only one of the three runs he allowed was earned.
Kyle Robertston cracked a 2-run homer in the third inning, and Hageman tripled home two runs as part of the big fourth inning. Tyler Perry, Trey McKinnis, and David Gardner each had two hits for Hopkinsville, who improved to 16-8 with their seventh straight win.
Kyle Allen had an RBI single for Trigg County, while John David Fourqurean and Will Stagner each had doubles.
Lucas Riddle gave up nine hits and five earned runs in three and a third innings. Tony Finley pitched a scoreless two and two-thirds innings of relief.
Trigg County fell to 10-12 with the loss and will host Dawson Springs today at the Complex. You can here the game on WKDZ-AM 1110 and WHVO-AM 1480, beginning with the pregame show at 4:45pm. First pitch is at 5pm.
Trigg County's district baseball game with Crittenden County Tuesday was rained out.
Head coach Jackie Sholar said it is unlikely that the game will be rescheduled before Saturday, which presents an interesting scenario for seeding for the district tournament.
Both teams entered Tuesday with identical 4-1 records. Crittenden's one loss was to Trigg. Trigg's lone loss was to Livingston Central. Livingston is the #3 seed with a district record of 3-3. Lyon County is the #4 seed with a district record of 0-6.
The district meeting to determine the details for the Fifth District Tournament is scheduled for Thursday. KHSAA rules state that any district game played after the district meeting shall not count toward the seeding process and that both teams would be awarded a win AND a loss. That still gives both teams a 5-2 record.
If the district tie-breaker is head-to-head competition as it is in basketball, Trigg County would be the top seed, and Crittenden would be the #2 seed. However, there is no statewide rule for tie-breakers in a four team district. It is up to each district to determine their own tie-breaker. As I am writing this, I do not have a copy of the district baseball rules in front of me.
I'm sure this will be ironed out Thursday.
Trigg County fell victim to the same seeding rule in girls basketball a few years ago when they were awarded an extra win and loss because a game with Lyon County was not rescheduled before the district meeting. The result meant Trigg missed out on a #3 seed and instead, were a #4 seed and placed in the same bracket as Caldwell County. You know the rest.
Here's hoping the baseball Wildcats have a little better luck with the rule.
Trigg County returns to action Thursday at Hopkinsville.
Hopkins County Central used a pair of four-run innings to beat Trigg County 9-5 Monday in Morton's Gap.
The Storm scored four in the second and four more in the fourth. Trigg County scored all five of their runs in the third to take a brief 5-4 lead.
John David Fourqurean and Donald Bush each had two hits, with Bush driving in a pair of runs. Will Stagner, Lucas Riddle, and Ryan Eubanks also added singles for the Wildcats, who had seven hits in the game.
Bush allowed five earned runs in five innings to take the loss.
The Trigg County JV team scored their third straight shutout win, beating HCCHS 9-0 behind Tony Bryant's pitching.
Trigg County falls to 10-11 with the loss. The Wildcats will travel to Crittenden County (14-8) for a 5pm game today. Both teams are 4-1 in district play, and today's winner will be the top seed in the Fifth District Tournament. Trigg County beat the Rockets 7-2 on April 23.
There have been some changes made to this week's TCHS baseball schedule.
Tuesday, Trigg County will travel to Crittenden County to play the Rockets in a 5pm contest. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play Madisonville, but they were dropped so that Trigg and Crittenden could get their final district game played. The winner of the game will be the #1 seed in the 5th District Tournament.
The game with Madisonville will not be rescheduled.
Wednesday's game with Fort Campbell has also been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Thursday, Trigg County was scheduled to host Hopkinsville. That game will now be played at Hopkinsville at 5:30pm. Hopkinsville will now come to Trigg County on May 17, giving the Wildcats two home games to close the season.
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