Trigg County football players run through drills on "The Hill" during a practice last week. Players can practice in full pads beginning this week. (Thanks for the pictures Monty Stagner)
The Trigg County GridIron Club will have a meeting Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6:15pm at the football fieldhouse. The GridIron Club will help supply the football team with anything extra that will help throughout the season. Players and boosters will be selling items and holding fundraisers in the coming weeks.
Anyone wishing to help should call Donald Bush at 522-7617 or Molly Oliver at 522-8487, or attend Thursday's meeting.
Trigg County is ranked seventh in the preseason Bluegrasspreps.com Class 2A football poll released Thursday night.
Fort Campbell is ranked #3, just behind Danville at #1 and Fort Campbell's district opponent Owensboro Catholic at #2.
In the new Class 5A, Hopkinsville is raked #7, and Christian County is ranked #9. Both of those teams appear on Trigg's 2007 schedule. It's the first time since 1974 both Hoptown and County have been on a Trigg schedule in the same season.
Class 2A 1. Danville (13-2) 2. Owensboro Catholic (9-5) 3. Fort Campbell (8-3) 4. Newport Central Catholic (10-5) 5. Bardstown (11-1) 6. Corbin (7-6) 7. Trigg County (10-3) 8. Prestonsburg (7-5) 9. Middlesboro (11-2) 10. DeSales (5-5)
Defending 4A champion Trinity is the preseason #1 in the new Class 6A, while Covington Catholic, last year's 3A champion, is #10 in the new Class 5A. Newport Central Catholic won the 1A title last year and moves to 2A in 2007. They are ranked #4 in their new class.
Mercer County (2A) is the only defending state champion not to be ranked in the preseason. The Titans move from 2A to 5A this year.
In addition to Trinity, Highlands gets the preseason nod in Class 5A, followed by Lexington Catholic in 4A, Central in 3A, Danville in 2A, and Beechwood in 1A.
Here are the rest of the polls. This is the first year for six classes in Kentucky high school football.
Class 6A 1. Trinity (14-1) 2. Saint Xavier (9-3) 3. Male (11-1) 4. Henry Clay (12-2) 5. DuPont Manual (6-5) 6. Pleasure Ridge Park (7-4) 7. Scott County (7-4) 8. Boone County (6-5) 9. Ballard (7-5) 10. Lafayette (10-1)
Class 5A 1. Highlands (7-5) 2. Bowling Green (13-2) 3. John Hardin (7-4) 4. Johnson Central (13-1) 5. Dixie Heights (5-6) 6. Owensboro (9-2) 7. Hopkinsville (7-6) 8. Warren Central (10-3) 9. Christian County (7-4) 10. Covington Catholic (12-3)
Class 4A 1. Lexington Catholic (10-2) 2. Bell County (9-3) 3. Boyle County (6-6) 4. Franklin County (9-3) 5. North Bullitt (7-4) 6. Rockcastle County (11-2) 7. Bullitt East (6-4) 8. Valley (9-3) 9. Warren East (10-2) 10. Fairdale (4-6)
Class 3A 1. Central (11-3) 2. Paducah Tilghman (6-6) 3. Belfry (11-3) 4. Russell (13-2) 5. Mason County (7-4) 6. Breathitt County (8-3) 7. Somerset (9-5) 8. Sheldon Clark (9-2) 9. Elizabethtown (7-4) 10. Russellville (8-4)
A rough stretch near the end of the front-nine resulted in Trigg County High School golfer Tyler Mitchell dropping his match to Wesley Bryan of South Carolina 4 and 3. That means the two played head-to-head, with Bryan winning four more holes than Mitchell with just three holes to play.
The U.S. Amateur Open web site has been down most of the day, which means I can't post a scorecard of Tyler's round.
A round of 1-over par was just what Tyler Mitchell needed to survive the first round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament Tuesday at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo.
Mitchell had six birdies, including three-in-a-row at one point, to go with three bogeys and two double-bogeys. He finished tied for 30th place, needing only to make the top 64 to advance to match play competition.
Trigg County High School senior Tyler Mitchell is tied for 58th place after the first round of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Missouri.
Mitchell shot a 4-over-par 75 Monday in the first of a two-round qualifier that trims the field to the top 64 golfers. From there, the golfers take part in match play rounds to eventually determine the winner.
His round Monday consisted of pars on the first three holes. Mitchell had back-to-back bogeys on the par-4 fourth and fifth holes. He finished out his front-nine with four straight pars to go out with a 38. Mitchell had seven pars and two bogeys on the back-nine, including one on hole #18, to come in at 37.
Mitchell is one of 18 golfers tied in 58th place, with 16 more golfers tied at 3-under par. If he can survive Tuesday's final round of stroke play, he will advance to match play that begins Wednesday and culminates with the championship Saturday.
Atlanta's James White birdied six holes and bogeyed two to sit atop the leaderboard after the first day at 5-under. China's Mu Hu is one of three golfers at 2-under and one of six golfers who broke par on the day.
That leaves Mercer County with nine games instead of the normal 10.
It's been an interesting and bizarre summer for Cobb, who resigned at Somerset to take the Henderson County coaching job. He changed his mind a couple of days later and returned to Somerset. Now this.
The same can be said for Jaggers, the former TCHS quarterback, who was a little upset when his alma mater didn't offer him an interview for the head coaching job earlier in the spring. Then, a jump from Class 2A to 5A football, and now this.
Shannon Knight dropped me an e-mail this week to talk about Barry Bonds and the pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record.
Scott, as Barry Bonds approaches Hank Aaron’s home run record I thought I would offer the blog a few observations about this feat. Just short of my 10th birthday in 1974 I watched Hank Aaron hit 715 on TV. I honestly didn’t think the record would last until 2007 but history is about to happen. Regardless of one's feelings towards Barry Bonds and his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs he not the sole reason this record will be broken. In fact certain circumstances through the course of baseball history is 756 even the magic number.
Aaron might not have even been the record holder had the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1959. The cozy short left field of the Polo Grounds in New York provided Mays the opportunity to rack up homers. In 1961 Candlestick Park was opened and the fences were set way back and Aaron slowly caught and past Mays for the lead among active players.
In 1966 the Braves moved to Atlanta. The new Fulton County stadium (known as the launching pad) provided Aaron an easy avenue to hit more homers. Of course Babe Ruth had a 289 foot right field chip shot that allowed him to set the record in Yankee Stadium. Ted Williams could have easily hit 800 home runs had he not given 4 years to fight in WW2 during the prime of his career. He had 500 plus and missed 4 seasons. Going back to Bonds, even if he used steroids Bonds had help not afforded those previously mentioned.
1. Bats- since 1997 players have switched to hickory and maple bats. These bats are dipped in a hardening solution making them as good as an aluminum bat.
2. More teams equals less quality pitching. With vast expansion of baseball there are more teams than ever meaning more pitchers that probably don’t belong in the majors. I failed to mention that pitchers are the main users of steroids. What you get is a hard throwing pitcher who isn’t seasoned enough in locate his pitches.
3. Baseballs – Sparky Anderson once said he could rub a baseball and move the seams around. Try that on today’s baseball. The new baseballs are much harder . Put this together and what do you have? A stronger player swinging a harder bat facing a young hard throwing pitcher with a rock for a ball. The result Home Run. The year Aaron broke Ruth’s record 1290 home runs were hit that season. Last year 2500 were hit. The only thing Bonds has done for the cherished record is lessened it’s importance. He had help and it cheapened the record. Some will say he is the greatest slugger of all-time. Consider this fact about Aaron , throw out his 755 homers and he still has 3000 hits. Add 180 home runs to any player that’s ever played and Aaron still has the lead in total bases. Yes I will watch Barry Bonds nightly until he breaks the Aarons record only to know that the home run record is not one of the great records in sports because throughout the history of baseball some intangible has played to much of a role in it’s setting.
It's nice to see the improvements made to the Trigg County Recreation Complex in recent months. New fields, a July 4 celebration, and other facility upgrades have been long overdue at the facility, which was constructed in 1973.
The complex hit a low in 2003 when outfield fences began to come apart and county officials said there were no funds to fix them. At the time, I worked at the Cadiz Record newspaper and did a series of stories detailing how funds bugeted the Complex and other recreation needs never made it to their intended destination, as well as the sorry shape of the facilities and lack of attendance at rec board meetings by members of the board.
Kudos to the Fiscal Court, county government, Complex directors and board members, and parents for making the Complex a proud place to watch baseball and other events once again. Of course, the work is far from complete.
As always, you can learn more about the Complex and keep up with the events being staged there by visiting the Complex website at www.triggcountycomplex.com.
One other note. Don't try and send me an e-mail through the link at the top of the newspaper story. I'm pretty sure I won't get it.
Judy Terrell (left) and Kerry Ford were the winners of the annual Pee Wee League Coaches' home run hitting contest held Tuesday.
It may have been one of the few steroid-free home run hitting contests these days, but Kerry Ford had just enough in the tank to win the Pee Wee League Coaches Home Run Contest Tuesday.
Ford blasted four home runs in eight swings to edge Greg Choate (3) and John Ellison (1).
The upset of the night occurred in the female division where Judy Terrell won the contest, determined by the farthest ball hit. She also equaled the number of home runs hit by her coaching sons Charles and Kevin combined. 0.
I can brag about having warning track power and hitting one out.
Jerry Radford showed off his Albert Pujols upper cut swing with the same outcome Albert had at the real Home Run contest last week. And Jerry didn't complain about not getting to play.
Always a good time and a good way to end the Pee Wee League regular season. The Pee Wee players were also impressed with the nifty trophies that featured a spinning baseball.
Registration for the 6-8-year-old Pee Wee Fall Baseball League is underway. Teams will be re-drafted for the fall league and won't affect the summer league teams next year. You can get your registration form by clicking here. The league will have one major change -- live pitching.
The season will begin around Sept. 1 and run through a tournament on Oct. 6. Games will be played on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons to avoid conflicts with other youth sports.
Members of the first through third grade morning session of the first Trigg Upward Basketball Camp on July 13.
Members who attended the Trigg Upward Basketball Camp July 9-13 were:
First through third grade group - Carlee Adams, Andrew Amsden, Justin Batley, Michael Black, Kip Boshell, Darrin Brown, Micah Brown, Trevor Carneyhan, Mac Carr, Jose Chaldez, Tony Chaldez, Logan Darnall, Caleb Davis, Alex Ethridge, Grayson Ford, Derek Frazier, Nathan Fuller, Taylor Hampton, Lydia Humphries, Ryan Luctkenhaus, Hannah McNichols, Peyton Noel, Kimberlee Shelton, Carter Sholar, Madison Simpson, Tyler Simpson, Noah Strickland, Nathaniel Summers, Macy Terrell, Shaun Terrell, Jackson Vinson, Zachary Welle, and Cody Wilson.
Members of the fourth through sixth grade group were Sara Boling, Natalie Crane, Marcanah Frye, Chris Hendricks, Blake Edmonson, Austin Greene, Stephen Humphries, Nathan Harsey, J.B. Hendricks, Joey Hillyard, Seth McNichols, and Nicholas Sumner. I hope to have a picture of this group later this week.
Camp instructors were Mike Wright, Jason Strickland, Stephanie Humphries, Charles Terrell, Keith Simonson, Chris McKenzie, Zeke Wright, Kevin Latham, Zack Wright, and Chuck Bryan.
Trigg County senior Tyler Mitchell missed qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament by a single shot last month in Alabama. The third place finish made him an alternate for the annual tournament, won in past years by Tiger Woods and David Duval among others.
Mitchell found out last week that he is indeed in the field for the tournament, which runs July 23-28 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Missouri.
I'll have more about Tyler next week as he gets ready to play in what is likely the biggest golf tournament of his life.
If you look in the right column of the blog, you will see some links for the Trigg County fall sports seasons. These links take you to the KHSAA/WKDZ scoreboards for football, soccer, and volleyball. There is still a link to last year's schedules and results.
If you visit the WKDZ.com sports page or the Oldies 1480.com sports page, you will find volleyball and football schedules for Trigg County, Fort Campbell, Christian County, and Hopkinsville, as well as soccer schedules for those schools and University Heights.
You can also get e-mail alerts whenever the blog is updated by entering your e-mail address in the box in the right column. You shouldn't receive any spam if you enter your address.
The magazine doesn't rank teams by class. It also doesn't offer district and region rankings but after reading the previews for each class, it's apparent to me that the order of the teams listed in each district is how they are picked to finish.
Good news for Trigg County fans -- they are listed first in their district. The preview, written by the Paducah Sun's Joey Fosko, picks Heath running back Chad Wright as the preseason district player of the year. Trigg County's Scotty Mayes, Donald Bush, and Brandon Bridges made the "Others to Watch" list. Other players to watch in the district included Ben Dillingham and Michael Lipson of Caldwell County, and Mikkol Alston and Jamie King of Murray.
In District 2, Fort Campbell is picked ahead of Owensboro Catholic, and Falcon quarterback C.J. Croft is picked as the preseason district top player. Falcon center Zach Rhinestine is one of the players to watch.
In Class 5A, Joe Wilson of the Kentucky New Era picks Owensboro to win the district, followed by Christian County Hopkinsville and Ohio County.
Christian County offensive tackle P.J. Hernandez is tabbed as preseason top player in the district while Colonel running back Ramone White and Hopkinsville defensive tackle Antonio Jones also make the Others to Watch list.
Trigg County High School made it official Monday, naming Doug Gloyd the athletic director of the high school.
Gloyd has served as interim athletic director since last December when Taylor Sparks resigned after 15 years as Trigg County's AD. Sparks has since taken an assistant basketball coaching job at University Heights.
Gloyd, a former Hopkinsville softball coach and assistant football coach, will be assisted by Shannon Burcham, who assumes the assistant AD role.
Gloyd will keep his position as high school assistant principal in addition to his AD duties. Gloyd will now be paid a stipend for his role as AD. Before, the job was considered a full-time position and had a higher salary than the stipend. In recent years, Sparks served as the AD under a 100-day contract.
The annual Governor's Cup football game between Kentucky and Louisville on Sept. 15 will be carried on ESPN Classic, which means you won't see the game if you are a subscriber to Mediacom Cable.
You can thank UK coach Rich Brooks and UK AD Mitch Barnhart for this move. Brooks says the UK football program has nothing to gain by opening the season with UL on live TV. Nothing Rich except an exclusive TV audience on a Sunday night before the NFL season starts and no other college games to switch to.
Of course, I can see his point with the recent 30-point losses his team has endured to Louisville recently.
Other games played on Sept. 15 include Alabama vs. Arkansas; Florida vs. Tennessee; Notre Dame vs. Michigan; Ohio State vs. Washington; Nebraska vs. USC; Colorado vs. Florida State; and Pitt vs. Michigan State. So much for the exclusive TV audience also.
This is one of the biggest head scratchers UK has pulled since naming their football field after a basketball coach.
With the Dead Period over, teams are now settling into the start of preseason practice.
Wildcat football coach Shannon Burcham said juniors and seniors will get their equipment today at 5pm at the fieldhouse before a short workout. Freshmen and sophomores will be given their equipment Thursday at 5pm.
He said full practice will begin next Monday at 6pm.
The Trigg County boys' soccer team will begin practice today at 6pm at the John Rufli Soccer Complex on Blue Springs Road. Practice will be each night at 6pm.
The Trigg County girls will begin their free camp for 6-12 graders today at 4:30pm and begin normal workouts next week.
The Trigg County volleyball team will take part in a team camp later this week before starting their normal practice schedule next week.
The Kentucky Blazers finished second over the weekend at the Evansville Razorback Classic. The area baseball team lost to Team Ontario 3-2 in nine innings to finish second.
Trigg County's Will Stagner help to plate the first Blazer run on a long sacrifice fly RBI. The other Blazer run was another sacrifice fly by Josh Hilling. Matt McGowan led the hitting attack with three singles, while Trigg County's Donald Bush added two singles along with Cole Isom. Justin Hageman was the losing pitcher after pitching 9 complete innings.
In other games on Friday, the Blazers beat the Indiana Yankees 13-5. Justin Hageman was 4-for-4 with a home run. Will Stagner and Donald Bush added three hits each for the team as well as two hits from Matt McGowan, Kyle Barbee, and Josh Hilling.
Cole Isom was the winning pitcher to complete 7 innings.
Friday Evening's play saw the Blazers beat the Kentucky Mustangs 6-5. Donald Bush hit a two-run homer to put the Blazers ahead for good. Also adding hits for the team were Matt McGowan, Justin Hageman, Will Stagner, Kyle Barbee, Jason Denton, and Austin Connor. Kyle Barbee was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete game.
The Blazers beat Northside Legion 4-3 in an early morning Saturday game. Dylan Carroll, the winning pitcher, had 7 strikeouts and allowed only one walk in the game.
Players contributing hits in this game were Matt McGowan, Justin Hageman, Kyle Barbee, Jason Denton, Tony Beatty, and Josh Hilling.
Saturday afternoon saw the Blazers beat the Evansville Funkhousers 9-6. Donald Bush was the winning pitcher for this game, pitching a complete game.
Matt McGowan and Justin Hageman both had doubles, with singles coming from Donald Bush, Will Stagner, Kyle Barbee, Jason Denton, and Cole Isom.
Winning the four games on Friday and Saturday put the Blazers in the Championship game being the only team undefeated in pool play.
Sunday morning, the Blazers were defeated by the Eugene Pate Legion team 6-4. Cole Isom was the losing pitcher, pitching the last two innings of the game as he came in to close for Josh Hilling.
Players adding hits to this game were Matt McGowan and Donald Bush with a double and single; Austin Connor with two singles; and Justin Hageman, Jason Denton, and Kyle Barbee each with a single.
The Blazers' season record now stands at 23-4, with the team being outscored by a total of seven runs in those four losses.
The Kentucky Blazers U-18 summer baseball team has advanced to the USA All-Star Baseball World Series that will be held later this month. The team swept a three-game series last weekend, beating the Indiana Baseball Academy 5-0 and 7-2 and beat Corbin 6-4.
In the 5-0 shutout, Cole Isom (pictured right) of Christian County pitched a complete game three-hitter.
Trigg County's Will Stagner and Donald Bush are among the players who are on the team. Other team members are Matt McGowan, P.C. Holmes, Kyle Barbee, Cole Isom, Austin Connor, Jason Denton, Josh Hilling, Dylan Carroll, Justin Hageman, Tony Beatty, and Chris Parker. The coach is Billy Killebrew.
The Blazers are 19-2 and will carry a 12-game winning streak into this weekend's appearence at the Razorback Showcase in Evansville.
The USA All-Star Baseball World Series will be held July 25-29.
The Kentucky Blazers U-18 Baseball Team (Photo by Monty Stagner)
The Cadiz Titans baseball team pose with their championship trophy, which stands 6-foot-7 tall.
The Cadiz Titans 11-and-under baseball team took first place at the Amp Slaton Memorial Tournament in Madisonville over the weekend.
The Titans went 3-1 at the tournament, beating Graves County 9-1 in the championship game. The Titans also beat Princeton twice, 7-2 and 11-3. Their only loss came to Owensboro 8-3.
Team members are Nick Allen, Brien Dossett, Corbin Estes, Cole Gardner, Kullen Garner, Bryant Hamby, Reid and Trace Kuberski, Luke McKenzie, and Ben Wigand.
The Titans are coached by Gant Gardner, Kevin Garner and Jeff Wigand.
The team will play in the Baseball Players Association State Tournament July 13-15 in Owensboro.
Coach Jeff Wigand said the win also qualified the Titans to participate in the BPA World Series, which will be July 25-29 in East Lansing, Michigan. Because of funds, it's not known if the team will make the trip to Michigan yet.
You can e-mail pictures, information, news, and other sports information here
Located across from Governor's Square Mall in Clarksville (931-553-0555) and next to the Sango Wal-Mart (931-553-8790)
Located at 4395 Fort Campbell Boulevard, Toyota of Hopkinsville is a major sponsor of sports on WKDZ and Trigg County athletics.
Cadiz Auto Parts is your local NAPA and Stihl dealer. They are located at 1969 Main Street.
Scott Brown handles most of the sports duties for Ham Broadcasting. In addition to providing daily sports news on this blog, he broadcasts high school football, basketball, and baseball games on WKDZ and WHVO. He also hosts the Saturday Morning Sports Report on WKDZ -- one of the few local sports programs in the area. His local sports has been the most read in Trigg County for several years.