The newspaper reported that Weaver met with the Mercer County players and principal this morning to inform them he had a change of heart and was returning to Madisonville.
Weaver is 12-9 in two seasons at Madisonville and was hired to replace Shannon Burcham after he returned home to take the Trigg County job in 2007. Weaver, a former Fort Campbell assistant coach, was 5-5 in 2007 and 7-4 last year, marking the first time in 24 years the Maroons had consecutive non-losing seasons.
Now Mercer County must continue their search for a new coach to replace former Trigg County standout Marty Jaggers, who resigned after going 36-14 in four seasons, including the 2006 state title. Jaggers resigned earlier this month when the school would not let him continue to coach after retiring as a teacher.
Weaver was hired to replace Shannon Burcham at Madisonville after he returned home to take the Trigg County job in 2007. Weaver, a former Fort Campbell assistant coach, was 5-5 in 2007 and 7-4 last year, marking the first time in 24 years the Maroons had consecutive non-losing seasons.
Weaver replaces former Trigg County standout Marty Jaggers, who resigned after going 36-14 in four seasons, including the 2006 state title. Jaggers resigned earlier this month when the school would not let him continue to coach after retiring as a teacher.
It will be interesting to see if Jaggers returns to western Kentucky to pursue the Madisonville job.
Weaver's sudden move leaves Madisonville now searching for both a football and baseball head coach to assume successful programs. Scott Vance was not retained as head baseball coach earlier this month despite seven straight district titles and a trip to the region semifinals.
Trigg County's Will Stagner and Christian County's Jordan Williams each reached base and helped the West All-Stars beat the East 6-5 in eight innings today at Cliff Hagan Stadium at the University of Kentucky.
Stagner walked in two plate appearances, and Williams reached on an error for the West All-Stars. Calloway County's Casey Brockman and Union County's Nathan Hedgepath each had hits.
The West won the game on Chris Berry's (Trinity) single in the eighth inning.
Mr. Baseball Luke Maile of Covington Catholic hit a home run for the East squad.
The all-star game was part of a showcase weekend for baseball players around the state. Christian County's Cole Isom took part in the junior all-star game, and Trigg County's R.J. Sholar and University Heights Academy's Matt McGowan took part in the Sophomore Showcase in front of college coaches and scouts.
Southern Illinois jumped out to a 21-3 lead and held off the WKC All-Stars 21-18 Friday night in Carbondale. The win was the fourth in five career all-star meetings for the neighbors to the north.
Christian County's James Bauer accounted for both of the WKC touchdowns, and Hopkinsville's Jim Adkins kicked a field goal. Bauer connected with Caldwell County's Eric Faughn on a 2-point conversion.
"Southern Illinois came out and ran the option at us, and they had some big plays from it," said WKC head coach Steve Lovelace of Christian County. "I thought we adjusted well after that and had a chance to win at the end."
Lovelace said David Wallace of Christian County looked good at receiver, and Trigg County's Dustin White made a big catch late in the game. The WKC was driving in So. Ill. territory late in the game but turned the ball over on downs and didn't threaten again.
Stephen Bleyer (Cartersville) ran for two touchdowns, and Massac County quarterback Zach Kester threw for another TD for the So. Illinois all-stars.
"We had a great week practicing at Murray State, and every player conducted themselves in a classy manner both on and off the field. They were a great bunch of kids to coach."
Trigg County running back Brandon Bridges and kicker John Reinick played in the game, and Wildcat head coach Shannon Burcham was an assistant coach.
Linebacker Blake Boyd will not return to the WKU football team for the 2009 season due to academic issues and defensive back Ryan Beard has been suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules, Head Coach David Elson announced today.
"Blake made significant contributions to our defense in many ways, and this is certainly disappointing news for our football team," Elson said. "It will also be a challenge not having Ryan for our first two games against very strong opponents. However, adversity reveals character and this presents a tremendous opportunity for other players on our team to step up and fill the void. I feel very good about this football program in so many ways, and I am confident we will overcome these setbacks."
As a junior in 2008, Boyd started 11 games and ranked second among all Hilltoppers with 67 total tackles while leading the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (3.5).
Boyd played high school football at Madisonville. He enrolled at Louisville before transferring to WKU.
Beard, a freshman in 2008, saw action in 11 games with 10 starts and posted 41 total tackles and a team-high three interceptions.
Beard will miss WKU's opener at Tennessee on September 5 and home opener against South Florida on September 12 before returning to action against Central Arkansas on September 19.
WKU is the newest of the 120 member Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) in 2009 and will be eligible for a bowl berth and the Sun Belt Conference championship.
Trigg County had four wrestlers compete at the Seventh Annual All Results Wrestling Camp at Austin Peay State University.
Darren Boren, Aaron Stevens, Ryan Gallogly, and Collin Stevens took part in the camp, which featured instruction by former U.S. Olympic silver medalist and U.S. Olympic head coach Zeke Jones and NCAA champions Greg Strobel and Duane Goldman.
Collin Stevens won the hustle award while at the camp.
"It was a great camp for the kids," said TCMS wrestling coach Ralph Stevens. "I look forward to next year's camp and hope we can take more kids to the camp."
Players recognized at the TCHS baseball banquet were (front row) Hunter Allen, Andre Wright, Zack Bridges, Ryan Russell, Austin Hart (Back row) Tyler Thomas, Josh Green, Shane Banks, Donald Bush, Will Stagner, Jordan P'Pool, Alex Sadler, and R.J. Sholar.
Award winners at the Trigg County High School baseball banquet held Monday:
JV .400 Club - Zack Bridges (.400); Andre Wright (.465); and Ryan Russell (.470)
JV .500 Club - Hogan Bailey (.500) and Hunter Allen (.509), who hit safely in all 18 JV games
JV Most Improved - Jaron Gilbert
JV Hustle Award - Ryan Russell
JV Coaches Award - Hogan Bailey
JV MVP - Hunter Allen
Senior Awards - Jordan P'Pool, Will Stagner, Donald Bush, Shane Banks, Josh Green, and Tyler Thomas
.300 Club - R.J. Sholar (.369)
.400 Club - Donald Bush (.419), Shane Banks (.448)
Trigg County's Will Stagner and Christian County's Jordan Williams will be on the West squad that will play the East Sunday at the University of Kentucky.
The senior all-stars will play two games Sunday, at 1pm and 4pm.
Other players on the West squad include Casey Brockman of Calloway County, Tyler Johnson of Marshall County, Nate Hedgespath of Union County, and Brent Barnett of Marshall County. The coach of the West team is Bill Miller of Pleasure Ridge Park.
On Saturday, the East/West junior all-star games will be played at 2pm and 5pm.
Members of the West team include Ryan Hayden of Graves County, Cole Isom of Christian County, Kyle Gibson of Henderson County, Brock Downey of Murray, and Jordan Cessna of Henderson County. The coach of the West squad is John Morris of Eastern.
Also on Saturday, the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association will have a sophomore showcase to showcase some of the state's top 10th graders before college coaches and scouts.
Players in the sophomore showcase include Trigg County's R.J. Sholar, Matt McGowan of University Heights, and Aaron Hedgespath of Union County.
A pair of local catchers have been named to the All-State squad by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Trigg County's Will Stagner and Christian County's Jordan Williams were named to the second team all-state team based on voting conducted by statewide coaches.
Stagner batted .505 for the Wildcats this year, with 5 home runs and 44 runs batted in. He had a video game-esque .842 slugging percentage and .586 on base percentage. Stagner struck out just eight times in 128 plate appearances.
Stagner also went 4-4 on the mound with a team-leading 3.29 ERA.
Williams led the Colonels with a .422 on base percentage with a team-high 11 doubles.
Players named to the first team included Mr. Baseball Luke Maile of Covington Catholic, and Casey Brockman of Calloway County.
Named Second team all-state were Tyler Johnson of Marshall County, Cole Sturgeon of Owensboro Catholic, Cody Forsythe of Marshall County, and Gage Thompson of Henderson County.
Honorable mention all-state include Allen Haase of Lone Oak, Ben Campbell of Madisonville, Yantae Williams of Owensboro.
The Trigg County Middle School baseball team wrapped up their season with an 8-5 record. The team is coached by Shannon Knight.
Players on the TCMS baseball team are (front row) Corbin Estes, Nick Allen, Cullen Garner, Justin Calhoun, Romaine Cunningham, Trace Kuberski, Ben Wiggand, Head Coach-Shannon Knight. Back row - coach Gant Gardner, Dylan Dawson, Kyle Rivera, Caleb McIntosh, coach Layton Dawson, David Wease, Cole Gardner, Colten Bridges, Benton Miller, and coach David Bridges.
Cadiz angler Ramie Colson finished 17th over the weekend at the FLW Tour event presented by Pringles on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.
Colson had a two-day catch of 36-pounds, nine ounces, which was five pounds, nine ounces out of the top ten.
It's Colson's second top 20 finish in five stops this year. He is currently in seventh place in the standings and has topped $70,000 in winnings this year.
(the following is a press release from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour)
Team Land O’Lakes pro Keith Williams of Conway, Ark., caught a final-round total of 10 bass weighing 42 pounds even to win $125,000 in the FLW Tour event presented by Pringles on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes. Williams topped his closest rival, David Young of Mayfield, Ky., by 2 pounds, 6 ounces to earn the win and 200 points toward qualifying for the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by Castrol and BP, which will be held July 30-Aug. 2 on the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pa., where they could win as much as $1 million – the sport’s biggest award.
“I’ve had so many ups and downs – mostly downs,” said Williams, who has won more than $439,000 in FLW Outdoors events. “I’ve had some bad years. My first three years were really good, but after that I had a bad dry spell without any good finishes. I had considered not doing it any more. I had considered quitting and Land O’Lakes kept me in it.”
Williams said his first fish of the day, a 9-pound, 1-ounce largemouth, was the fish that sealed the victory.
“I knew right then I had a chance to win if I could just settle down and catch a decent limit,” Williams said. “I’m not really sure what time I caught it. After I caught it, everything was just a blur. I made myself get off the trolling motor and slow way down, because I was shaking. I knew I was going to mess up if I started fishing too fast.”
Williams said he focused on a grassy area with shell spots and rocky spots in a road bed that he said runs through Kentucky Lake for five or six miles. Williams said he alternated between a 10 1/2-inch plum-colored Zoom Ole Monster worm, a 3/4-ounce Strike King football-head jig and a Zoom Brush Hog fished on 20-pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. His Texas-rigged worm rig consisted of a 5/16-ounce Tru-Tungsten weight and a 5/0 hook.
“Seventy percent of my fish came on the initial fall after I’d make a long cast,” Williams said. “They were really boat shy.”
Williams said his hot spot was in the New Johnsonville area and was about 45 miles from Kenlake Marina and about 75 miles from the Kentucky Dam Marina.
“In the morning, especially on cloudy days, they were way on top of the road bed and I was keeping my boat deep and making really long casts to keep from spooking them, and I was throwing shallow - maybe even eight feet,” Williams said. “Sometimes my boat was sitting 25 or even 30 feet deep.
“I knew there was acres and acres and acres of grass there,” Williams added. “That’s the only reason I fished this area. I knew that the grass was the deal and I knew a lot of the guys wouldn’t know about it, because the lake’s been up this year and it hasn’t grown up to the top.”
Williams opened the tournament Thursday in fifth place with five bass weighing 21-12. He slipped to seventh place Friday with a five-bass catch weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces to advance into the final round of 10 pros with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 40 pounds, 10 ounces. On Saturday, weights were cleared, and Williams caught five bass weighing 17-3 to advance to the final day of competition in fourth place. Williams added another five bass weighing 24-3 to his final-round total Sunday.
Young caught a final-round total of 10 bass weighing 39-10 to claim second place and $50,000.
“I had a seven (pounder) at the boat that the hook broke off,” said Young, who has posted 27 FLW Outdoors top-10s on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes. “I had another seven (pounder) at the boat that came off. I had a six get off. I had two fives get off. I had six more fish on that were huge that we never saw. I should have weighed in 30 pounds today.”
Young said he caught the majority of his fish Sunday on a spoon and a chartreuse and white Norman DD-22 deep-diving crankbait.
“My first and second fish of the day came on my first two casts,” Young said. “And they were big ones. It was unbelievable.”
Rounding out the top 10 pros were Team Chevy pro Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark. (10 bass, 33-11, $40,000); Mark Rose of Marion, Ark. (10 bass, 32-11, $30,000); Travis Fox of Springdale, Ark. (10 bass, 31-1, $20,000); Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla. (10 bass, 30-9, $19,000); Team PTSI pro Ron Shuffield of Bismarck, Ark. (eight bass, 30-4, $18,000); Team Land O’Lakes pro Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn. (10 bass, 28-9, $17,000); Bobby McMullin of Pevely, Mo. (10 bass, 25-13, $16,000) and Kenneth Woods of Hazard, Ky. (eight bass, 21-2, $15,000).
Overall there were 48 bass weighing 162 pounds, 12 ounces caught in the Pro Division Sunday. The catch included nine five-bass limits.
Brandon Hunter of Benton, Ky., won the Co-angler Division and $25,000 Saturday in front of his hometown crowd with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces followed by Frank Divis, Sr. of Fayetteville, Ark., in second place with five bass weighing 18-0 worth $10,000.
Hunter opened the tournament in eleventh place Thursday with five bass weighing 16-4 while fishing with Team Pop-Tarts pro Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark. On Friday he advanced to seventh place with a five-bass catch weighing 14-8 while fishing with Tom Mann Jr. of Buford, Ga. He wrapped up his win while fishing with Land O’Lakes pro Keith Williams of Conway, Ark.
“We got to do what I love to do, and that’s fish a big worm on this lake,” said Hunter, who is fishing in his second season of FLW Tour competition. “I live on the north end of the lake and I got to see water I’ve never seen before. It’s a lot different. The quality of fish is so much better down there.”
Hunter said he had a limit by 10:30 and caught a total of six keepers throughout the course of the day. Hunter’s rig consisted of a 5/16-ounce bullet weight and a plum-colored Berkley PowerWorm Texas rigged on 12-pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.
“It’s tough to make a living as a co-angler, but this is just a learning experience for me,” said Hunter. “If you catch them, that’s just a bonus. It’s awesome to be able to win one of these.
“I really thought I’d have to cull another fish and catch another 3- or 4-pounder to get it done, but it turns out I didn’t,” Hunter added.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers are Dirk Davenport of Delaware, Ohio (five bass, 12-12, $7,500); Scott Gibson of Wiggins, Miss. (five bass, 12-10, $5,000); Mark Horton of Nicholasville, Ky. (five bass, 11-10, $4,000); Chuck Lee of South Bend, Ind. (five bass, 10-5, $3,500); Shawn Murphy of Nicholasville, Ky. (three bass, 10-3, $3,000); Larry Carter of Little Rock, Ark. (four bass, 10-0, $2,500); Rodney Brown of Eddyville, Ky. (one bass, 3-10, $2,000) and Matt Hoffman of Cold Spring, Ky. (zero bass, 0-0, $1,500).
Speed conquered size yet again as the West Football All-Stars beat the East 20-3 Friday night in the Best of the Bluegrass East/West All-Star Football Game in Bowling Green.
The West defense held the East to just 54 yards rushing and took advantage of three East turnovers to get the win.
The West ran for 118 yards, 36 by Elias Camper (John Hardin) on seven carries, while Mr. Football Deuce Finch (St. Xavier) ran for 20 yards on eight carries and a 1-yard score in the second quarter.
Yorel Shemwell (Owensboro) ran for 24 yards on four carries and scored on a 19-yard run as part of a 17-point second quarter for the West squad.
Joe Joe Simms (Washington County) was 6-of-10 passing for 72 yards, while James Bauer (Christian County) was 2-of-6 for 20 yards. Chris Gohman (Elizabethtown) caught two passes for 60 yards.
Max Oldham added a pair of 25-yard field goals for the West.
Cameron Smyth (Trinity) completed 7-of-11 passes for 72 yards, while Philip Mason (Boyle County) was 6-of-14 for 40 yards. Both East quarterbacks were picked off by Courtland Dillard (Apollo), which earned him West MVP honors.
Smythe also added 21 yards rushing to lead the East.
Muhammed Salifullah (Bryan Station) had seven catches for 42 yards.
Tyler Harbin (Bell County) was the East MVP with nine tackles.
Mister Cobble (Central) led the West squad defensively with eight tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss. Fort Campbell's Raquan Durrante had a fumble recovery for 31 yards for the West.
The West outgained the East 210-166 and have outscored the East 61-13 in the two-year history of the game.
"His success rate has been very successful,” Stevens told the newspaper. “His baseball knowledge has been very good. It’s just a failure of communications following directions of the KHSAA and school board procedures."
Vance was 164-83 (.664) in seven seasons as head coach of the Maroons, which included seven district titles. However, Madisonville has not enjoyed the same success in the region tournament. The Maroons have not won a region title since 1979.
Madisonville was 25-10 this year, losing to Henderson County in the region semifinals.
Vance did not comment to the newspaper, but hinted he may seek legal counsel about Stevens' decision.
Christian County quarterback James Bauer has been named as a replacement quarterback to the West squad for the annual East-West All-Star Game next Friday in Bowling Green.
Bauer will join Washington County's Joe Joe Simms as the quarterbacks on the West squad. They replace Franklin-Simpson's Courtney Dalcourt and Lone Oak's Jamirelle Brown, who opted not to play.
Bauer will join Hopkinsville receiver Vic Moulden and Fort Campbell players Raquan Durrante and Stacye Whipple on the West squad. Falcon linebacker Josh Carter was named to the squad but opted to enroll early at Western Kentucky University and will not play.
Crittenden County linebacker Gaige Courtney is the only other player from far western Kentucky to make the squad, which will be coached by Russellville's Jon Myers. Fort Campbell's Shawn Berner will serve as the assistant head coach and will coach the team next year.
Christian County begins play Friday in the Kentucky Softball State Tourmament at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro. The Lady Colonels (38-3) will play Shelby County (19-13) at 9am Friday. Their second game will be at 12:15pm, win or lose.
The Lady Colonels are maing their third straight trip to the state tournament. They advanced to the loser's bracket semifinals last year and the loser's bracket quarterfinals in 2007. Their last state title came in 1996.
The Lady Colonels are hitting .364 as a team, with five starters hitting over .400. Catcher Griffin Joiner is hitting .488 with a team-high 37 RBIs. Eighth grader Maggie Glass is batting .457 with 18 RBIs. Junior Stacey Harbold is batting .423 with a team-high six homers and 33 runs knocked in. Hannah Driver (.402) and Hannah Hodge (.400) are also above .400, with Hodge (above) adding five homers and 35 RBIs.
On the mound, Hannah Driver is 22-2 with a 0.90 ERA. Driver, who missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, has struck out 178 batters in 116 innings. Harbold is 15-0 with a 0.52 ERA. She has struck out 126 batters in 107 innings.
With 38 wins, Christian County is three wins away from setting a new state record for wins in a season. The old mark of 40 was set by Greenwood in 2007 and Owensboro Catholic in 2003.
Shelby County is making their first state tourney appearance since 2004. That year, the Lady Rockets advanced to the semifinals of the loser's bracket after an opening game loss.
Shelby County only has four seniors on their roster, led by third baseman Shauna Gramig, who is hitting .396 on the season. Junior Dee Dee Davis is hitting .311, and sophomore Hannah Abbott is hitting .313. As a team, Shelby County is hitting .277.
On the mound, senior Haliegh LeCompte has a record of 14-11 with an ERA of 2.15. She has struck out 64 in 130 innings pitched.
A first round win by Christian County means a likely second round matchup with Mercy (29-10), who the Lady Colonels have already beaten 7-0 and 1-0 this year.
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“He just told me flat-out he did not want to let me do that. I just wish I could have kept coaching. That is what I like to be doing. I thought I would able to save the district money like Sam (Harp) and Larry (French) are doing by retiring and just coaching. I thought be a win-win for both sides for me to do that, but apparently not,” Jaggers told the newspaper.
Jaggers was 36-14 in four years at Mercer County, including a state title in 2006. He also won 49 games in six seasons at Lincoln County in the early 1990s and served as an assistant coach at Danville.
Marty, the son of former Trigg County head coach Joe Jaggers, set nearly every passing record at Trigg County from 1973-76. Those records stood until Curtis Higgins and the spread offense arrived in 1999.
Marty's brother Crad is the head coach at North Hardin, while his son Josh is an assistant coach at LaRue County. Marty told the Advocate Messenger that he may help one of them this fall.
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