Here are some scores from Monday's Holiday Tournaments
Christian County lost to Holy Trinity of Melbourne, Fla. 56-53. Anthony Hickey had 27 points and six steals for the Colonels, and Donovan Kates added 16 points. Christian County (4-5) will play defending Florida 4A state champion Fort Myers today. Fort Myers was a 68-62 loser to Wekiva, Fla.
University Heights lost to Covington Catholic 65-53 in the second round of the Republic Bank Classic in Lexington. Kquan McNease led the Blazers (7-3) with 18 points. UHA will play Sheldon Clark today in the consolation bracket.
In the First Southern Bank/Roy's BBQ Classic in Russellville, Logan County beat Caverna 59-52 and Owensboro beat Hopkins County Central 92-54.
In the Murray Bank Laker Classic, Madisonville beat Apollo 39-36 and Kenwood beat Calloway County 62-52.
In the Reidland Christmas Classic, Reidland beat Christian Fellowship 58-26; Fulton County downed Crittenden County 64-44; and Livingston Central beat Community Christian 57-56. In games today at the tournament, Crittenden County will play both Reidland and Christian Fellowship; Caldwell County will play Livingston Central and Community Christian; Murray will play Livingston Central; and Reidland will play Fulton County.
In the National Guard Holiday Classic in Owensboro, Heath beat University Heights Academy 52-42. UHA (2-4) plays Owensboro today. Also in the tournament, Apollo beat Hopkins Central 73-29; Henderson County beat Owensboro 74-43; and Union County beat PRP 45-25;
Corbin beat Madisonville 54-32 in the South Central Bank Halton Classic in Scottsville.
In games today, the Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic begins in Murray with eight teams and eight games.
Dawson Springs plays Lewis County in the Pulaski County Bankers Classic.
Trigg County couldn't overcome a slow start and lost to Caverna 61-47 in the first round of the McLean County Lady Cougar After Christmas Tourmament Monday in Calhoun.
Trigg didn't score for the first 4:30 of the game and trailed 13-4 after one quarter and 31-15 at halftime. Caverna (3-5) built their lead to 47-22 after three quarters before Trigg outscored the Lady Colonels 25-14 in the fourth quarter.
Ashley Matlock led the Lady Wildcats with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Brooke Kearney hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Le'Onzerrae Grubbs added six points and seven rebounds.
Caverna was led by Reagon Kingery's 19 points, and Madison Faulkner added 13 points.
The game against Caverna was Trigg's second all time against the Fifth Region school. The only other meeting was a 71-53 Trigg loss in 2001.
The Lady Wildcats fall to 2-8 with the loss. Trigg will play Lone Oak in the consolation bracket at 2pm today. The Lady Wildcats lost to Lone Oak 63-51 last week in the KME Classic at Wildcat Gym.
Lone Oak was outscored 21-11 in the fourth quarter and lost to McLean County 59-50. In other first round games, Todd County Central beat Carlisle County 53-30 and Estill County beat Reidland 44-35.
Trigg County beat Butler County 66-60 in overtime Wednesday to claim their first-ever KME Classic title at Wildcat Gym.
Deonquez Nance hit a couple of late free throws to send the game to overtime and the Wildcats took control in the extra frame. Luke McKenzie had 16 points for the Wildcats. Butler County (6-5) finished 3-1 in the tourney.
In the final game of the tournament, Deonquez Nance had 33 points and eight steals to power the Wildcats past Dawson Springs 61-51. The Wildcats led by as many as 15 points, and Dawson could never get closer than six in the second half.
The Wildcats (7-3) finish 4-0 in the tournament and claim their first holiday tournament title since winning the Crittenden County Christmas Tourmament in 1989. The last time Trigg County won a pre-Christmas Tournament was the 1970 Caldwell County Invitational.
LaRue County beat Lone Oak 64-52 Wednesday to claim the championship of the KME Classic. The title comes two years after LaRue's boys won the first KME Classic.
The Lady Hawks finished 4-0 in the tournament and have a 10-2 record on the season.
Lone Oak (8-3) turned around and beat Allen County-Scottsville 54-53 to claim second place.
In the final girls game of the night, Caldwell County got 22 points from Casey Stone and 14 more from Jessy Stone to beat Trigg County 77-48. Caldwell jumped out to a 22-13 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 37-21 at halftime.
Ashley Matlock led Trigg County with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Le'Onzerrae Grubbs added 14 points and four assists. Brooke Kearney hit two 3-pointers and finished with six points.
The Lady Wildcats played without point guard Alyssa Maxey who was at a Garth Brooks concert, according to her Facebook page.
Caldwell County improves to 2-8 with the win, losing three games in the KME Classic by a total of just 17 points.
Trigg County falls to 2-7 on the season with their sixth straight loss. The Lady Wildcats will play in the McLean County Lady Cougar After Christmas Tournament next week. Trigg will play Caverna (2-5) Dec. 27 at 4pm. Other teams in the tournament are the host team McLean County (4-4) along with Carlisle County (2-4), Todd County Central (4-2), Reidland (2-6), Estill County (4-4), and Lone Oak (8-3).
LaRue County jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 63-40 win over Trigg County in the first round of the KME Classic at Wildcat Gym.
Alexis Brewer and freshman Ivy Brown each had 16 points for LaRue County, who improved to 7-2 with the win. Twins Lyndsey and Valerie Whitlock combined for 24 points.
Trigg County (2-4) got 11 points from Ashley Matlock and 10 points from Alyssa Maxey. Le'Onzerrae Grubbs tossed in seven for the Lady Wildcats.
In other girls' games, Allen County-Scottsville (6-1) held off Caldwell County 75-67 in the opening game of the day. Caldwell County (1-7) later fell to Lone Oak in overtime 60-59. Lone Oak improved to 6-2.
In boys games, Josh Rose scored 26 points to lead Stewart County (5-3) to a 68-50 win over Dawson Springs (0-7). Butler County (4-4) beat Reidland (3-4) 60-58 in the other game.
Here is the schedule of today's games at Wildcat Gym:
9:00 (G) - LaRue County vs. Allen County-Scottsville
10:50 (B) - Butler County vs. Dawson Springs
12:40 (G) - Trigg County vs. Allen County-Scottsville
The Third Annual Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic begins today at Wildcat Gym with six games on tap. There will be seven more games tomorrow and seven on Wednesday.
Both the boys and girls will play a four-game round-robin format, with the tournament champion to be determined by the team with the best record.
The four girls' teams will be making their first appearance at the KME Classic, while Butler County and Dawson Springs return for a second time. Reidland and Stewart County, Tennessee are making their first appearance.
The field appears to be wide open with no teams owning a winning record.
Christian County took third place at the Caldwell County Armstrong Classic Saturday, finishing behind Ravenwood, Tenn. and Ohio County.
Kory Polley won the 135-pound division, while J.J. Killebrew was second at the 112-pound class. Zeb White was second in the 215-pound class. Jeremy Burnham, pictured above (119), Marlon Pate (189), and Steven Stapp (285) took third place. Seventh grader Froilan Agulto finished fourth in the 103-pound class.
"It wasn't a bad showing, but we were hoping for more," said CCHS head coach Robert Burnham. "I was really pleased with (7th grader) Froilan Agulto, who stepped into the 103 position and placed 4th. Not bad for his first ever Varsity tournament."
Trigg County competed at the tournament, with Jeremiah Kline finishing second in the 103-pound class.
Daniel Ingram (125) and Jayson Faison took seventh, and Ryan Gallogly (130) and Devin Hammond (135) both finished in eighth place.
"Jeremiah got our Wrestler of the Week award voted on by the coaches. This was his first loss at the high school level," said head coach Ralph Stevens. "I'm proud of our guys, and we got to see some teams we haven't seen this year. We're just looking to improve as the season goes on."
Meanwhile, University Heights competed in the Cape Girardeau Tiger Classic and had four wrestlers medal.
Wade Willen advanced to the finals where he lost his first match of the season to a Missouri wrestler. Willen is now 17-1 on the season.
Daniel Urban took second place in the 152-pound class and stands at 14-3 on the season.
Taylor Saturday (15-3) finished in fifth place, and Cameron Montgomery (14-5) also finished in fifth place.
"This tournament was tougher than any tournament in Kentucky, and I hope the guys will learn from the tough competition," said UHA head coach Doug Willen." I am very proud that our small squad was able to place four wrestlers in this event, which was packed with ranked wrestlers and numerous high school all-americans. Even though we took some losses I am hoping this will make us better by the time the state tournament comes around."
Trigg County returns to the hardwood tonight at Lyon County in the Fifth District Doubleheader.
In the girls' game at 6pm, both teams enter the contest with identical 2-2 overall records and 0-2 marks in the Fifth District.
In the boys' game at 7:30pm, the Wildcats (3-2, 0-2) try for the first district win against the Lyons (3-2, 1-1). A Trigg loss likely knocks them out of the chase for the top seed in an even Fifth District race.
Airtime tonight on WKDZ 100.9 FM and online at www.wkdzradio.com is 5:45pm with the pregame show.
Here is an update on how some of the local college basketball players are doing on the court:
C.J. Trotter (Christian County) leads the University of Southern Indiana in scoring at 16.8 ppg., free throw percentage (90%), and 3-point percentage (44%). USI is 7-1 and ranked in the top 25.
Corey Wilford (Christian County) leads Conners State in scoring at 17 points a game and has hit 43 3-pointers in 14 games. Conners State College (Okla.) is off to a 14-0 start.
DaQuan Brown (University Heights) is scoring just under five points a game for Drury University. Brown is averaging 14 minutes a game and hitting 56-percent from the field for the Panthers, who are 7-1.
Leon Swope (Hopkinsville) and DaQuan Murden (Christian County) are part of the Shawnee Community College squad that is off to an 8-3 start.
Tyshwan Edmonson (University Heights Academy) leads Austin Peay in scoring at 19.7 points and steals at 1.9 per game. Edmonson had 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-68 loss to Memphis Thursday night. Jon Fraley (Heritage Christian Academy) is averaging 8.4 points and 7.4 points a game for the Governors, who are 6-6 on the season.
Scotty Hopson (University Heights) leads Tennessee in scoring at 16.5 points a game and is second in 3-point shooting. Hopson scored a career-high 27 points in the Vols' recent win over Pitt.
Shaquille Wilson (Christian County) is averaging 3.7 points a game for Wabash Valley College, who is off to a 12-2 start.
Arnika Brown (Christian County) leads Western Kentucky in scoring at 11.2 ppg. and rebounding at 8.1 per game. She is shooting 57% from the field. The Lady Toppers are 3-6 on the season.
Tayla Foster (Madisonville) is second in scoring for Tennessee State at 8.1 ppg. Denisha Mumford (Christian County) has played in five games for the Lady Tigers, who are 3-7.
Janada Acree (Trigg County) had four points and six rebounds for Wabash Valley College in their 97-40 win over Danville College. Acree, a sophomore starter, has helped WVC to a 9-2 start to the season.
Laquisha Boyd (Trigg County) is averaging 1.3 points and one rebounds a game in seven minutes of action for Spaulding University, who is off to a 2-4 start.
Melly Heaton (Caldwell County) and Millie Deason (Todd County Central) are key components for Campbellsville's 7-2 team that is ranked in the NAIA Top 25. Heaton is scoring 9.2 points and leads the team in assists at 3.0 per game. Heaton is second in steals and is tied for the team lead in 3-pointers made. Deason is averaging 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in nine minutes of action per game.
Olivia Akridge (Lyon County) leads Transylvania University in scoring at 17.5 points a game and steals (2.0) and is second in assists. Transy is 5-3 on the season.
Former Todd County Central teammates Evelyn Turner and Holly Simons are playing contributing roles for Brescia University. Simons is averaging 4.7 points with a season-high of 15 points. Turner is scoring 2.7 points with a season-high of eight points. Brescia is 9-1 on the season.
Kayla Shull (Livingston Central) is second in scoring for Midway College at 12.7 points a game. Shull is shooting 48-percent from the field and has a season-high of 22 points. Jessica Cozart (Crittenden County) is scoring 2.8 points a game for Midway College, who is 4-10 on the season.
Audrey Futrell (Trigg County) has played in two games for Mid-Continent University as she battles for playing time in the backcourt.
Steve Pardue has been named to Kentucky's football coaching staff and will be the new running backs coach. The move was made official today.
Pardue is a Christian County native who played at CCHS for Fred Clayton and later played at Austin Peay. He coached four seasons at Crittenden County before moving to Georgia. He coached LaGrange High School to three state championships and helped send several quality players to Kentucky during his time at LaGrange.
Former Christian County Colonel Keith Tandy has been named to the All Big East First Team defense in the annual voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Tandy, a junior cornerback from Hopkinsville, led West Virginia and the Big East Conference in interceptions with six and was second in the conference with nine pass break-ups. Tandy is fifth on the team in tackles with 54.
Tandy was also named to SI.com's All-American list.
Here are some video highlights of Tandy in action this year.
Trigg County used a 19-10 second quarter run to beat Community Christian 58-46 Tuesday night in Paducah. It was Trigg's first-ever game at Community Christian of the First Region.
Jaylen Mount had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Trigg County (3-2), while Cole Garnder knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Freshman Luke McKenzie had six points and eight rebounds, and David Wease added eight points.
Brandon Wrye led Community Christian (0-6) with 14 points. The Warriors were done in by 4-of-17 shooting from the free throw line.
Trigg County returns to action Friday at Lyon County as part of a district doubleheader.
Hopkinsville High School is looking for a new head football coach following the resignation of Dixie Jones.
The announcement was made official this morning in a short three sentence press release from the Christian County School Board. It said Jones had resigned as head football coach, that he had been the head coach at Hopkinsville for the past six seasons, and that Hopkinsville High principal Demetria Choice will post the coaching job and will form a search committee to hire a new coach.
Jones was 33-37 in six years as head coach. His first two teams at Hoptown in 2005 and 2006 both reached the region finals. His postseason record at Hopkinsville was 5-5. However, the Tigers were just 3-7 this year and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
Jones was 10-3 in one season at Madisonville in 2004 before taking the Hoptown job. He coached at Trigg County for 20 years, winning 97 and losing 121. His overall coaching record is 140-161 in 27 years as a head coach.
With the resignation by Jones, Hopkinsville has now had coaching turnover in their football, baseball, and basketball programs in the past year.
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