Freshman Tyler Mitchell tied for 12th at the Atlantic 10 Golf Championship, helping lead Charlotte to their fourth straight A-10 title.
MItchell shot an 11-over par 224 at Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida, which was 12 shots behind the winner.
Charlotte captured its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Golf Championship and earned its fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid with the victory.
Charlotte (+20/872) became the first A-10 program to win four straight titles since Penn State won five consecutive crowns from 1986-91. Xavier shot 10-over for the day and 31-over par (883) for the tourney for its third runner-up finish in the past four years.
You knew Trigg County's softball program was going to improve with the addition of Jim Perrin as head coach, even if for just a season.
While it doesn't show up in the win-loss record, take these numbers into consideration:
Trigg County is 2-7. Only one loss has been decided in five innings. Last year, five of their first eight losses were called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Trigg has allowed 56 runs in nine games. Last year, they allowed 104 runs through nine gmes.
In district play last year, Trigg lost two games to Lyon County by a total of 47-1 and two to Livingston Central by a total of 28-1. This year, Lyon County has outscored Trigg 22-2, but Livingston Central has outscored Trigg 4-2 in theior only game. They play again next week.
Trigg has some winnable games on their schedule the final month of the season and could make a serious run at .500, somewhere Trigg hasn't finished at since 2004.
Trigg County played well, but couldn't come up with the timely hit as Todd County claimed a 3-1 win over the Lady Wildcats Tuesday in Elkton.
Todd County scored a run in the third inning and two more in the fourth inning. Trigg scored a single run in the fifth. After leaving nine runners on base in a loss to Livingston Central Monday, the Lady Wildcats left eight more on base in the loss to the Lady Rebels.
Ashlee McGee had two singles, stole two bases, and scored Trigg's lone run. Dakota Littlejohn, Morgan Parker, and Jennifer Hyde all had singles for Trigg County.
Nicole Aikens struck out eight hitters in getting the win for Todd County Central, who improved to 6-6 with the win.
Trigg County fell to 2-7 with the loss and will play again Saturday in the UHA Invitational.
The Little River Baptist Association held their annual Royal Ambassador Track Meet Sunday at Perdue Field. Over 130 boys took part in the event.
Team winners in the K-3rd grade division was Cadiz Baptist Church. Oak Grove Baptist won the 4-6 grade division; Crossroads Fellowship won the 7-9 grade division; and New Jeruselem Baptist won the 9-12 grade division.
Trigg County snapped an 11-game losing streak to Hopkinsville that dated back eight years with a 5-4 win over the Tigers tonight in Hopkinsville.
Trigg scored five runs in the first two innings, and Donald Bush made it stand up on the mound by scattering seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Bush also had a pair of two-run doubles that staked Trigg to their early lead. Mitch Rogers and Shane Banks each had two singles, and Will Stagner had a single and a double.
Justin Hageman smacked a solo home run for Hopkinsville, who had the tying run on base in the seventh inning but could not push him across. Kyle Smithson took the loss on the mound for the Tigers (13-9).
Trigg's last win over Hopkinsville came in the 2001 district tournament. The Wildcats have since switched districts. Of the 11 straight losses to the Tigers, six came by three runs or less.
Trigg County (12-10) will host Crittenden County on Monday.
We carried our first radio broadcast of a Heritage Christian Academy sporting event tonight as we brought you their softball sweep of Pioneer Christian Academy of Nashville.
Lauren Sloan (right) held PCA without a hit in the first game as HCA won 5-1. Sloan struck out five and walked three. Katy Ward had a pair of RBI singles for the Lady Warriors.
In the nightcap, PCA jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but HCA countered with two runs in the second inning and two more in the third to win 4-2. Katelyn Daniel had a pair of hits for HCA, while Sloan struck out six and allowed just two hits for the Lady Warriors, who improved to 3-1 with the win.
Crittenden County scored five runs in the ninth inning to beat Trigg County 8-3 tonight at the Complex. The nine-inning affair is thought to be the longest game played by Trigg County since switching to fast pitch softball in 1995.
Trigg led 3-1 before Crittenden tied the game with two runs in the sixth inning. Crittenden took advantage of seven Trigg errors, with seven of the eight Lady Rocket runs unearned.
Whitney Cain and Jennifer Hyde each had two hits for Trigg County, while Cain was the tough luck loser, striking out seven and walking just two.
Trigg County (2-5) will play Livingston Central Monday.
Trigg County banged out 13 hits and took advantage of five errors to hammer Lyon County 17-3 tonight in Eddyville.
Trigg scored in every inning but the second in rolling to their fourth straight district win.
Donald Bush hit a 3-run homer in the fifth inning and added a double, and Hunter Smilie had a double and solo home run. Will Stagner added two hits, and Alex Sadler had a double and three runs knocked in.
Shane Banks picked up the win on the mound by striking out six in five innings of work.
Trigg County scored five times in the fourth inning to beat University Heights 6-3 in softball action Thursday at the Complex. The win snapped a four-game losing streak overall and an eight-game losing streak to University Heights dating back to 2005.
Whitney Cain (right) allowed just three hits over seven innings and struck out nine, including five of the last six UHA hitters she faced.
Sierra Bush, Ashlee McGee, and Hanna Oliver each had two hits for Trigg County, who had 10 total. Bush drove in two as part of the five-run fourth inning.
Shayna Hudson had two of UHA's three hits, while Sara Allen had a two-run single in the first inning.
UHA fell to 6-5 with the loss, while Trigg County improved to 2-4 and have matched their win total from all of last year.
The Lady Wildcats will host Crittenden County Friday at the Complex at 5:30.
Former Lyon County basketball coach Jeff Rogers has been named the new head coach at Thomas More College in northern Kentucky after spending two seasons as an assistant coach there.
Rogers was 63-49 in four seasons as head coach at Lyon County from 1999-2002 and won the Fifth District title all four years. He left Lyon County for a head coaching job in Florida before returning to coach at Logan County for a couple of seasons.
Christian County senior Jordan Williams has signed a letter to play baseball at Pensacola Junior College in Florida. The signing was held at the high school on Thursday.
Williams is a five-year letter winner for the Colonels, and leads the team with a .436 batting average. Behind the plate, he has thrown out 75% of potential stealers this year.
Williams said he considered playing football and was offered by Austin Peay and Western Kentucky, but decided on baseball.
CCHS head coach Blake Leach coached at PJC before heading north to Christian County.
PJC competes in one of the toughest junior college conferences in America and have produced Major League baseball players such as Billy Sadler, who pitches for the San Francisco Giants, and former St. Louis outfielder Mark Whitten, who once hit four home runs in a game for the Cardinals.
The interesting part about the signing is the fact that Bush and Stagner shared the same babysitter when they were small. Vivian Futrell would sit in a lawn chair and toss them baseballs to hit as three year-olds. Now, Bush and Stagner head off to college together.
The indictment alleges that Pulley was $6,275 in arrears and failed to make payments between February 2006 and February 2009.
Pulley was the 2004 Mr. Football at Hopkinsville High and played two seasons at Kentucky before transferring to Florida A & M prior to the 2008 season. There, he was named First Team All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Trigg County senior guard Bradley Davis became the second player to announce his college playing intentions, signing a scholarship agreement today to play basketball at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield.
Davis was an All-District selection this year after averaging nearly 10 points a game for the Wildcats this year.
Trigg County won their second straight game since returning from Florida by downing Lyon County 52- Tuesday at the Complex. The win puts Trigg at 1-0 in the district, which is used for seeding purposes for the tournament.
Donald Bush pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing eight hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked one.
Down 1-0 in the second inning, Trigg County scored twice on a two-RBI double by Alex Sadler.
Trigg scored the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning when Jared Stallons singled, Josh Green walked with the bases loaded, and Shane Banks added a sacrifice fly.
Ramsey Walker took the loss for Lyon County (0-8), striking out nine but walking five.
Trigg County (6-8) has won two straight games since a 1-5 trip to Florida. The Wildcats will host former district rival Caldwell County (5-7) Thursday at the Complex.
The Tennessee Titans have released their 2009 football schedule, which is highlighted by four primetime appearances.
Tennessee opens the season Thursday night Sept. 10 at Pittsburgh. They also have primetime games Sunday, Oct. 11 at home with Indianapolis, Monday Nov. 23 at Houston, and Christmas Night at home with San Diego.
Here is an update on spring football at Western Kentucky University, courtesy of the WKU sports information office.
The Western Kentucky University football team completed its second week of spring practice, signifying the midway point of the four-week, 15-practice schedule.
The Hilltoppers will now take the weekend off for Easter before returning to the field for another 8:45 a.m. practice on Monday.
“We’re about where I thought we would be at this point,” said Hilltopper head coach David Elson. “We’re going to take some time as a coaching staff to recap and evaluate things, and I think we’ll see we are where we wanted and needed to be at this point. We’re obviously going to take advantage of every practice we’re allowed this spring to keep getting these guys a lot of reps.”
Along with that development and additional repetition in drills, Elson has seen improvement in live game situations and scrimmages. “Offensively, we’re cleaning up a lot of things and limiting our penalties and movement,” added Elson. “Today we slowed things down and did a lot more teaching. When we got to the scrimmage at the end of practice, I though we were a lot sharper overall and had a better chemistry out there on both sides of the ball.”
The Hilltoppers, one of only 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) teams, are eligible for a bowl berth and the Sun Belt Conference championship for the first time in 2009.
Former University Heights Academy guard Tyshawn Edmonson has decided to transfer from St. Johns University after just one season,according to the New York Daily News. The freshman averaged 1.7 points and one rebound in 26 games for the Red Storm this year.
Edmonson scored a season-high eight points against Miami Dec. 27.
The Red Storm finished 16-18 this past year, and reports say Edmonson isn't the only unhappy camper on the St. Johns roster.
Here is a recap from the Austin Peay Red/White football scrimmage Thursday, courtesy of the APSU SID offense:
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—The final score may have read White team (offense) 43, Red team (defense) 31, in the annual Red-White Spring game Thursday night in Governors Stadium, but zero was the most important number to head coach Rick Christophel.
“The one good thing about the spring and this game is we had zero major injuries,” said Christophel. “That is one thing you always worry about, the thing you really dread the most. We had some kids get banged up this spring but one of the things I was most pleased with is we had some kids fight through it. They should mental and physical toughness.”
Another important number during the spring was No. 3. That’s the jersey number of Terrence Holt. For a third straight scrimmage, the decorated kick/punt returner showed his wares as running back. The rising junior rushed nine times for 90 yards in Thursday’s scrimmage, including an early five-yard burst. In three scrimmages, Holt rushed 25 times for 298 yards.
“Terrence has had a great spring,” Christophel said. “What I like about him is he has stepped up and started doing the other things well—blocking and catching the football. That makes him that much better of a weapon.
“And Ryan White proved what he could do last fall so we are going to have a pretty good 1-2 punch.”
Christophel was especially pleased with the offensive line. The Governors are somewhat rebuilding after losing four-year starting tackle Cage Major and three-year starting center Travis Dumke, perhaps APSU’s best offensive player last fall.
“I cannot say enough about job Steve Haywood does with those guys,” Christophel said. “But good running backs make good offensive linemen and vice versa. Steve does a great job chemistry-wise with those guys.”
In fact, in the complicated scoring system, the offense looked like it was going to run away from the defense, jumping out to a 24-5 lead at one point. But the defense began to assert itself about 20 minutes into the scrimmage and cut it all the way down to 26-24, using a 35-yard TD interception by walk-on Josh Day to apparently grab the momentum.
But redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Ryan helped stem the tide, marching the offense right back down the field, connecting with Scott Thomas on a 21-yard TD strike that all but sealed the contest.
For the night, Ryan, who had struggled during the earlier scrimmages, finished four-of-six passing for 90 yards, including a 49-yarder to top threat Darryl Miller.
Rising junior Trent Caffee started the scrimmage at quarterback and finished 5-of-12 passing for 51 yards. Fellow junior T.C. Jennings followed, completing five-of-seven attempts for 48 yards and a TD, a 15 yarder to fullback Jeff Lyle.
Senior Gary Orr, who opened 2008 as the starter, finished the scrimmage 5-of-10 passing for 26 yards.
Miller finished the night with three catches for 73 yards while Thomas also had two catches totaling 38 yards.
But APSU’s head coach certainly saw many positive aspects from the defense.
“The one thing (defensive coordinator) Granville (Eastman) and his staff wanted to accomplish this spring is play base defense and do the base things right…and we did,” Christophel said. “We had them started moving a little bit—we are going to have to do that because we are not big and strong right now.
”I think we have a chance to be good defensively because we can run.”
Christophel used a large majority of spring practice taking a long look at several redshirt freshmen defensive players.
“Our veterans are going to be decent players,” he said, “but it is our young guys who are really going to give us some depth. I am going to say it again, but I am really excited about how some of these young are really coming on. Guys like (defensive lineman) Skyler Springfield, (defensive lineman) Anthony Marion, (cornerback) Chris Taylor and (linebacker) Zac Burkhart to name a few, are guys who not only are going to help us next but years to come.”
Now the Govs will hit the weight room and the books as the semester’s closes in.
“We want to close the semester strong and then we will give them about a month off,” Christophel said. “But then we will be right back at it.”
Warren Central's Shane Waltrip silenced the Trigg County bats and handed the Wildcats an 11-0 loss in the Florida Beach Bash at Fort Walton Beach. The loss dropped Trigg County to 4-5 on the season and 1-2 on the Florida trip.
Warren Central improved to 6-2 on the season.
Waltrip allowed just three hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Trigg got singles from Mitch Rogers, Will Stagner, and Hunter Smilie. Stagner took the loss on the mound.
Trigg County will play Campbellsville (1-6) at 9am today and Monroe County (2-4) at noon. They are scheduled to be off on Thursday and play Niceville, Florida on Friday.
Shelton Burress signed scholarship papers to play basketball at Transylvania University today. Pictured are Wildcat head coach Mike Wright, Burress, his mother Debra Adams, and little sister Asiam Adams.
Trigg County senior Shelton Burress signed papers today to attend Transylvania University and play basketball for the Pioneers.
A group of friends, family, and teachers packed the small conference room at Trigg County High School to watch Burress sign the scholarship papers.
Burress averaged 11.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals for the Wildcats this year, earning All-District honors. He shot 44-percent from the field and 68-percent from the free throw line.
Burress said he had narrowed his choice between Transy and Centre College.
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