Edmonson Voice Sports:
The Edmonson County High School Bass Fishing Team continues its growing success as two team members recently finished second overall out of 25 boats at a Rough River Lake Tournament.
Cooper Richardson and Jake Coy took the second place honors with their total haul of 6.14lbs on June 18th.
Coach Jeremy Hodges discussed the team’s success on Saturday.
“Every weigh-in this season has been really exciting to watch,” he said. “Our team has placed in the top 5 in 3 different tournaments, and the camaraderie of the student anglers on our team is on full display when Edmonson County goes to the scales. There’s absolutely no jealousy about who catches bigger fish. Just fist bumps all around when one of our boats place high enough to win a trophy. It really is a whole TEAM effort. We’d also like to thank Grayson County High School’s fishing team and Coach Curtis Decker for inviting us to fish their open tournaments. Our kids have a ball competing against the Cougars, and they’ve made us feel really welcome at their tournaments.”
Coy and Richardson also placed third in the tournament on June 11th, which were the first trophies for ECHS this year.
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Edmonson County High School 8th grader Brayden Johnson has advanced to the Region 3 Tennis Semi finals after defeating Owensboro Catholic’s Matthew Hyland: 6-1, 6-0.
He has qualified to be one of the top four competitors in the region, which qualifies him for state competition.
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Nine members of the Edmonson County Wildcat and Lady Cat tennis team competed in the region tournament last night, two of which have advanced to the quarter finals, 8th grader Brayden Johnson and junior Kaylee Lindsey.
Johnson defeated Apollo's Maddox Tucker with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Lindsey defeated Ohio County's Skyla Ross with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Both students earned a bye in the first round of their matches, and they will both play in the quarter finals of the 3rd region tournament tonight in Owensboro.
"I am very proud of Cooper, Ethan, Madison Atkins, Madison Bullock, Sierra, Chaney, and Sydney. They played their last match of the season at region tonight," said Head Coach Jodi Johnson. "Congratulations to Brayden and Kaylee for their big wins tonight and for making it to the quarter finals."
Tennis: EC 8th Grader Earns Overall 3rd Seed At Upcoming Region Tournament, Others Prepare For Competition
Edmonson Voice Sports:
The Edmonson County Wildcat and Lady Cat Tennis Team is preparing for Monday's regional tournament at Moreland Park in Owensboro.
Edmonson County 8th grader Brayden Johnson, earned the overall boys' 3 seed in the upcoming tournament.
In addition, several others players qualified to compete at the regional level, which include the following:
Edmonson County Claims 2022 District Baseball Title in 9-0 Win Over Whitesville-Trinity
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Wildcats are the District 12 Champions for the second year in a row after shutting out the Whitesville-Trinity Raiders tonight 9-0 at Wildcat Field.
The Cats were led by senior Gavyn Minyard, who not only dominated on the mound, but was also 3-3 at the plate with 3 RBIs, along with a homerun and two doubles. Minyard pitched the complete game shutout, giving up no runs, no walks, while he struck out 7. Head Coach Michael Meredith discussed Minyard's performance.
"Gavyn was absolutely dominant on the mound tonight," he said. "When he's pitching like that and allowing only a few base runners the whole night, we know we're going to be in a good position to win."
It was early offense again tonight as Minyard doubled in the first inning. After a flyout, junior Andrew Talley blasted his second homerun in as many games and the Cats were on the board, 2-0.
Other than one hit batsman, Minyard cruised throughout the night. The Raiders committed 7 errors and the Cats made them pay. Edmonson County put up 11 hits for the second night in a row.
"This was a total team effort from all our players," Coach Meredith said. "We had kids diving for balls, bunting, taking pitches, whatever was needed to get this win. All the credit goes to these kids for the work they've put in. We lost 9 seniors from last year and we knew we'd have to rebuild. But our kids have played their hearts out. They've bought in to what we as coaches wanted to do. Our assistant coaches are guys with excellent baseball knowledge and they've done a phenomenal job. They're not just 'yes-men,' they challenge me at times when they see something I don't. I know people probably were down on us when we lost the first couple games of the season, but I knew we could compete. When we beat Hancock County in the middle of the season, I knew we could compete with good teams."
Talley was 2-4 on the night along with Hunter Wilson. Michael Mills went 2-3, Cole Saling was 1-3, and Daren Alexander went 1-4.
"Our kids played a lot of small-ball this year, too," said Coach Meredith. "Sometimes it's not very exciting to bunt or steal, but our kids have done what we've asked them to do all year. They've worked their behinds off, that's for sure."
Meredith also credited the boosters for their hard work.
"They've worked and worked to raise money to get us new uniforms, we've been able to make some field improvements, and I can't say enough about them. They've been great."
Minyard has been amongst the top hitters in the state throughout the season, being number one for a short amount of time. He is currently number 4 on the state list for batting average, at .597.
"I knew he was always in the top 4 or 5 it seemed like, but I know I wouldn't trade him for any other batter in the state," said Meredith. "He's put the work in all year long. He's the one you see putting an extra 30 minutes in the cage or working at it on his own time."
Edmonson County is now 17-12 on the season and will play in the upcoming region tournament with a schedule to be announced.
Edmonson County's Lady Cat softball team fell 3-1 at Butler County tonight in the first round of the district tournament. They end their season with a record of 11-16.
Cats Defeat Cougars 12-2 In 5 Innings, Now Have Shot At Back-to-Back District Championships
Darren Doyle, story:
The Wildcat offense showed up early in the first game of the District 12 Tournament, against the Grayson County Cougars in a 12-2, run-ruled win, hosted at Wildcat Field. Edmonson County set the tone early, as they put up 5 runs in the first inning, fueled by a three-run bomb by junior Andrew Talley.
In addition to Talley, senior Cole Saling started with a lead off single, followed by an off-the-wall double by senior Gavyn Minyard. The offense continued with a single by junior Daren Alexander, a double by sophomore John Michael Meredith, a single by senior Clay Clemmons, and another single in the same inning by Saling. The Wildcats brought 11 batters to the plate in the first.
"We came out really focused," said Head Coach Michael Meredith. "When you come out like we did last night, it makes a difference. We were as focused as we've been all year."
On the mound for the Cats, eighth-grader Hunter Wilson gave up only two runs on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking none.
"Hunter controlled the game from the mound," said Coach Meredith. "Yes, he gave up 7 hits, but he didn't walk anybody and he stayed in control. We had some errors, but I guess you could say they came at good times because they didn't seem to hurt us."
Meredith said last night was the real pressure game, not necessarily the championship game tonight, where the Cats have a chance to win back-to-back district titles. They will face Whitesville-Trinity, who upset Butler County last night, 8-5.
"Winning last night lets a little pressure off. Not because tonight will be easy, but winning last night allows us to go to the region. We know we still have more baseball to play. We're going to try to go out there tonight with nothing to lose. We've got some guys that have experience in these big-game situations, and if we can be as focused as we were last night, we can compete. Trinity always plays well in the district tournament. Them beating Butler County last night was no fluke. They're a tough out and they'll be ready to play. We have to show up focused and ready to beat them."
Edmonson County has defeated Trinity 15-1 and 8-4 in their two previous match ups this season.
Talley led the Cats on the offense, going 4-4 with 7 RBIs. Meredith was 2-3, Sailing was 2-4, while Minyard was 1-2, Alexander went 1-3, and Clemmons was 1-4.
Edmonson County will face Trinity tonight at home for the 2022 District 12 Championship at 6PM.
The Lady Cat softball team will play in the first round tonight against Butler County in the girls' district tournament, which will be hosted at Butler County.
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Madison Doyle, story and photo:
Former Wildcat Baseball Head Coach Bo West was honored before tonight's game against Caverna at Wildcat Field. He was gifted a special bat by the Wildcat Boosters as he was recognized for his years of hard work as a coach for the baseball program.
West started his coaching career at Edmonson County in 2009 as an assistant, but took on the role of head coach in 2010 where he remained until 2021. Coach West had a record of 162 wins and 159 losses during his career, securing two district runner-up titles, and also the first district title (2021) for the Wildcat since 1988.
Wildcat Baseball Booster President Stewart Lich said "Coach Bo poured hundreds of hours of work into the Wildcat Baseball program over the years. It was an easy decision to honor his legacy at the last regular game this season. We all want to thank him and his wife Meredith for everything they have done on and off the field over the years."
Coach West expressed his gratitude for the players, their parents, and the community. "I truly miss all those past and present kids, and I appreciate their hard work," he said. "I have so many relationships I have made here over the years that will last a lifetime, and I am eternally grateful for that. Thank you to all my former players, current players, and their parents for treating me so well over the years. I love you all."
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
Four seniors were honored tonight after the Lady Cat softball team defeated Caverna at home 10-0, which were Hallie Cassady, Taylor Minyard, Alexa Henderson, and Skylar Hawks.
The Lady Cats are scheduled to take on Glasgow tomorrow at home at 5:30 pm.
Madison Doyle story and photos:
Last night three Wildcat baseball seniors were honored before last their match-up against Hart County, which were Clay Clemmons, Cole Saling, and Gavyn Minyard.
The Wildcats fell to the Raiders, 18-14.
Edmonson County is now 13-10 on the season and is scheduled to take on Caverna on Monday night for the final home game of the year at Wildcat Field.
Wildcat Senior Minyard Tops List For Batting Average, Lady Cat Senior Henderson Makes Home Run List
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Two Edmonson County athletes are among the best in the state, one of which sits atop the list for batting average.
Senior Gavyn Minyard, a pitcher and infielder for the Edmonson County Wildcats is currently the state leader for batting average in the 2022 season with an astounding .619.
In addition, he is also on the list for number of hits this season, ranked #18 with a total of 39 base hits with 69 at-bats.
Minyard also leads the Wildcats in several team categories in addition to average, with 9 total extra-base hits, (3 HR, 2 triples, 4 doubles), RBIs (28) and stolen bases (14).
Lady Cat senior Alexa Henderson is currently #11 in the state for season homeruns with 9. She surpassed Paige Carnes' record of 12 career homeruns (2014) earlier this season and is currently the school leader with a total number of 18 for her high school career. It's also important to note that she has accomplished this in only a season-and-a-half.
With one more HR, she will also hold the record for most homeruns in a single season, exclusively. She is currently tied with Carnes who hit 9 in 2013, according to available school records.
She is only the third Lady Cat in school history to hit two homeruns in the same game, and has achieved this multiple times. In addition, she is also one of five players in team history to achieve a grand slam.
Wildcats Demolish Cavera 26-0
Yes, you read that correctly--the Wildcats defeated Caverna last night 26-0 in three innings.
The Colonels were simply out-matched by the Cats last night as Caverna struggled on both offense and defense. The Wildcats put up 14 hits and only one error while Caverna managed only 2 hits while committing 3 errors.
Caverna's pitcher earned 6 hit batsmen, 7 multiple wild pitches, and 10 walks. When he was throwing strikes, the Wildcats made him pay.
Edmonson County put up 7 extra base hits, including triples from Hunter Wilson and Gavyn Minyard, and doubles from also Wilson, Minyard, and Andrew Talley, Cole Baxter, and John Michael Meredith.
Edmonson County is 13-9 on the season and is scheduled to take on Hart County on Thursday, which will be senior night for the Wildcats.
Lady Cats 1, Metcalfe 4
The Lady Cats fell to Metcalfe County last night as Edmonson County failed to get the bats going, accomplishing only 3 base hits for the game.
Julie Norris pitched the complete game, giving up 3 earned runs on 9 hits. She struck out 6 and walked 3.
The Lady Cats are now 8-13 on the season and are scheduled to take on Hart County at home on Friday. The WildcatsLive crew has planned to stream the game live on the Edmonson Voice.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County won their third district game of the season last night at James "Woody" Woodcock Field at ECHS against the Grayson County Lady Cougars, 6-3.
Freshman pitcher Julie Norris pitched a complete game for the Lady Cats, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, and no walks.
Senior Alexa Henderson, who went 3-4 with a double and two singles, knocked in a couple of runs to get numbers on the board first for the Lady Cats as they led 2-0 after one.
Three singles by the Lady Cats in the second inning helped their cause, along with a Grayson County error, and they were able to take a 5-0 lead going into the third.
After a Lady Cougar was hit by a pitch, she scored on a double two batters later. Grayson County was able to put a couple more up on the board in the 5th but it wasn't enough as the Lady Cats held on for the win.
In addition to Henderson's offense, senior Hallie Cassady went 2-3, and Annie Kiper, Taylor Minyard, Makayla Hogg, Skylar Hawks, and Rayleigh Moon each notched singles against the Lady Cougars.
Edmonson County is now 8-12 on the season and 3-3 in district play. They are scheduled to take on Metcalfe County tonight at 5:30 at home.
Minyard, Wilson Hit Back-to-Back Homers In 8-1 Win
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The Wildcats had little trouble with the Grayson County Cougars last night on the road as they picked up their third district win of the season and moved to one game over the .500 mark.
Led by 8th grader Hunter Wilson, both on the mound and at the plate, the Wildcats took advantage of Grayson's pitching struggles early. Three hit batsmen, two walks, and two base hits in the first inning allowed the Cats to take a 3-0 lead and they never looked back.
Senior Gavyn Minyard blasted a two-run shot to center in the second inning, which was followed by a solo shot from Wilson as the Cats took a 6-0 lead.
Wilson pitched the complete game, going 7 innings, giving up one earned run on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He also led the Cat offense, going 3-4 with a homerun, a double, and a single. Minyard was 2-4 with a homerun and single and John Michael Meredith was 1-4 with a single.
Edmonson County is now 9-8 on the season, 3-2 in the district, and face Grayson County again tonight, this time at home with first pitch scheduled for 5:30PM.
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Edmonson County Parks and Rec Youth League baseball and softball programs celebrated their annual Jamboree event at the HWY 70 Sports Complex on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Parks and Rec Program Director John Kiernan said a total of 26 total teams were able to take advantage of a beautiful day on Saturday while they competed and played games.
Kiernan said the event got started that morning with Jeremy Hight singing the National Anthem. Honored this year was ECHS Head Baseball Coach Michael Meredith, who served several years in youth league programs for Edmonson County Parks and Rec.
"This year we discussed who we wanted to honor and everyone agreed that that without a doubt, it would be Michael Meredith," he said. "Michael has been apart of the league since his oldest son was in little league. He was on the baseball softball board for six years, serving four of those years as our president. He was always the one that would sacrifice his time to step in and cover anything that needed to be done. Michael is a great coach, was a great president, and is a really great person--and that’s why we wanted to honor him. We wanted to show our appreciation for all the devotion he put into this program through the years."
Kiernan said there's a long list of folks that helped to make the day a success, including 3B Inflatables. owned by Jon Vincent and Cody Vincent, who partnered with Parks and Rec and the Edmonson County Family Resource Center.
"We also want to thank Woody Woodcock and his son Ronnie, who set up their grill and cooked hotdogs and hamburgers," said Kiernan. "We also thank our umpires, Scott Lindsey, Dez Simcoe, Greg Hudson, Nick Williams, and Evan Stice. And last, but not least, our board members--Caleb Hogg, Amber Webb, Megan Coates, Ethan Stice, Samantha Peebles, and Leann Tunks. We couldn’t do this without all the board members umpires and volunteers."
Lady Tigers Defeat Edmonson In Time Limit Game 3-2
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County Lady Cats had an up-and-down couple of days as they traveled to Murray, KY to participate in the 2022 Spring Break Bash Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th.
Friday's games were called due to wet field conditions on Friday after several members had already arrived at the team hotel in Murray. Temperatures failed to get out of the 40s on Friday as the Lady Cats were greeted by snow flurries and high wind that afternoon.
After scrambling Friday night with multiple schedule changes with tournament officials, Edmonson County was eventually set to take on Murray High School during Saturday's first game. The games were held with what is known as a "75 minute drop-dead" time limit."
While both pitchers kept each of the other teams at bay, Murray struck first on the offensive side with a solo homerun in the 5th inning. Up until that point, ECHS freshman pitcher Julie Norris had not given up a single hit.
Norris went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and no walks while striking out 8. She gave up 3 earned runs.
Lady Cat catcher Annie Kiper doubled in the top of the 6th, then stole third and scored on an errant throw to tie the game, 1-1.
Edmonson County then took the 2-1 lead when senior Alexa Henderson hit her 7th homerun of the season, a solo shot to left field.
With the time limit running out, Murray was able to reach base in the bottom of the 6th on a double, and then score on another double to tie the game. The third consecutive double by the Lady Tigers in the inning was all that was needed to win the game 3-2 as time expired.
Henderson paced the Lady Cats on offense with a homer and a single. Kiper went 1-4 on a double and Kaylee Ann Sanders went 1-4 with a single.
Murray's Kylie Chapman gave up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, and walked none, while striking out 8.
Edmonson County is now 2-7 on the season and will take on Crittenden County later tonight.
Edmonson County Wins 7-3
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County Wildcats enjoyed a memorable win tonight over the Russellville Panthers as they won 7-3 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Russellville had booked the game at the home of the Hot Rods during the off season as a special occasion for April 1st. It just so happened that the Wildcats were booked as the opponent for this game, and as a result, they were able to play on a field on which not many teams get to play.
A couple of errors for the Wildcats helped the Panthers get on the board in the top of the first as Russellville lead 2-0. Eighth-grader Hunter Wilson led off in the bottom of the the first with a single. He stole second and then scored when senior Gavyn Minyard doubled. A hit-by-pitch and an error on Russellville allowed a couple more base runners, which led to another run after Cole Bullock hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2 each.
Pitcher Andrew Talley settled in for the rest of the game and paced the Wildcats on the mound, going the distance while allowing no earned runs, 6 hits, and three walks, while striking out 10.
Leading the offense was Michael Mills (3-3), Gavyn Minyard (3-4, 1 RBI), and Cole Bullock (2-2, 3 RBIs). Bullock, Talley, Minyard, and Daren Alexander all notched doubles against the Panthers and Mills earned a triple on a hard slide into third.
ECHS Head Coach Michael Meredith said the atmosphere took some getting used to for a team full of young players, and it showed early.
"We were nervous, we played nervous and we were very anxious at the plate," he said. "But we were able to do some good things and earn the win. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of kids, so I'm grateful and thankful for the opportunity to play at a facility like this, it's just I was hoping we would shake off the nervousness a little better, but that's part of it."
Meredith discussed Talley's strong performance on the mound.
"Andrew threw a great ballgame. He struggled during his last outing so this was big for him. I didn't feel like the two runs Russellville got in the first were on Andrew. He threw strikes all night long and I'm proud he showed he can be another go-to guy on the mound. He was really looking forward to tonight when I told him he was going to start and he went out there and done the job."
Meredith said after losing 9 seniors and being somewhat inexperienced, the goal is still to defend the district championship.
"The first game of the season, we put 5 guys out there with very little varsity experience, and we struggled early," he said. "But we're cleaning things up a bit and we've won 5 in a row. We just want to keep getting better, and that's working on the little things to make us better. We played really good defense over the last few games. We had a couple errors tonight, but I credit that to nerves. I mean, heck, I was nervous, too, so I get that. But moving forward, we just want to continue to get better."
Edmonson County is now 5-2 on the season and is scheduled to play in the Warren County Invitational next week during spring break.
Join the Wildcats as they take on the Russellville Panthers at Bowling Green Ballpark, the home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Friday, April 1, 2022.
No April Fools! This is for real.
Gates open at 5pm, first pitch at 6pm. Tickets are $7 at the gate for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Caroline Parsley, a cross-country and track standout at Edmonson County High School, signed with Kentucky Wesleyan College today to further her running career.
Joined by a host of family members, friends, coaches, and teammates, Caroline thanked everyone in attendance today in the ECHS auditorium.
"Since I started running, I can remember each of you, at least once, watching me doubled-over at the end of the finish line, you know, after I gave it my all in the race," she said. "I honestly never thought I'd be running or even competing at a Division II level, or even being a college athlete, but I joined cross-country in the 8th grade and it just took off. It's something I love and I can't wait to see what the next four years hold for me. I'm excited to have all you all with me at Owensboro to cheer me on. I'm just really excited and I'm extremely thankful for each of you and I really appreciate it."
Brad Meredith, head coach for ECHS cross country and track, said the time had flown by since Caroline first expressed interest in running back in middle school.
"I remember when Caroline told me she first wanted to run," he said. "She was in middle school and she was sitting in the bleachers at a morning meeting and she said to me, 'coach, I think I want to run cross-country,' so I gave her a hug and said 'that's the best decision you ever made.'"
Coach Meredith discussed some of her accolades, which include both All-Region, Regional Champion.
"She's done everything you could ask for, for us," he said. "I'm excited for her. This is going to continue her running career to college and I'm excited for whatever career path she chooses, she's going to be successful in whatever she does. She's that type of person."
Caroline will run both cross-country and track for the Panthers.
She is the daughter of Brian and Heather Parsley of Chalybeate.
Cats' Offense Leads The Way In 15-1 Win
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The bats were hot last night at Wildcat Field as Edmonson County took care of their first district game of the season against the Trinity Raiders in a lopsided 15-1 win.
Edmonson County racked up 12 hits against the Raiders after a bit of a slow start from the Wildcats. Trinity put the first run on the board after senior pitcher Gavyn Minyard gave up a couple of hits and walked two. Passed balls allowed base runners to advance and score to take an early lead; however, Minyard eased into a smooth pace and gave up only one more hit and two walks for the remainder of the game. The Wildcat offense, with help from Trinity's six total errors, took care of the rest.
After 8th grader Hunter Wilson walked on the first four pitches from Trinity, junior Daren Alexander singled and moved Wilson to third. The Cats then got on the board when Gavyn Minyard lined a two-run single to center. They would never trail again as Minyard and the Wildcat defense failed to allow any more run production from the Raiders.
Both Alexander and Minyard were 3-4 on the night with Alexander knocking in one and Minyard producing 3 RBIs.
Wilson was 2-3 with 3 RBIs, which included a third-inning bomb to center that put the Cats up 4-1. They went on to score two more in the inning for a 6-1 lead.
Andrew Talley, Cole Bullock, Ian White, and Cam Lich also notched hits for the Wildcats.
Minyard pitched the complete game, (5 inning 10-run rule) giving up only one run on 3 hits and 4 walks while he struck out 8.
The Wildcats have won three games in a row and improve to 3-2 on the season.
Edmonson County takes on Trinity again tonight in Whitesville.
Friday night will be a special game for the Wildcats as they will take on Russellville at the home of the Hot Rods, in Bowling Green Ballpark at 6PM.
Lady Cats Notch First Win Of Season Over Lady Colonels 21-1
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
It was an offensive onslaught against the Lady Colonels of Caverna as Edmonson County blasted their way to a 21-1 win in their first victory of the season. The offense was highlighted by three Lady Cat homeruns; two of which were by senior Alexa Henderson, and one from junior Alyssa Doyle, the first of her high school career.
After struggling to create offense during their first three games, which were two losses against Russellville (9-0, 18-1) and one against Bowling Green (6-1), the Lady Cats finally got their bats going last night as they put up a total of 22 hits for the game; 6 of which were for extra bases.
The game also had its share of oddities as the two umpires made multiple confusing calls throughout the contest that included a hit batter for Edmonson County that somehow resulted in a called-third strike, a Caverna baserunner called out on her way to third before the throw actually made it there, and the most confusing of all, when the umpires called the game in the middle of the seventh inning on a 10-run rule as the Lady Cats were batting. Run rules apply in high school softball if there is a 15-run lead after three innings or a 10-run lead after 5 innings; however, if the home team is behind, they have to be allowed to bat again, to finish the inning.
When Edmonson County scored their 12th run to make the score 12-1, the officials called the game and left the field. Both teams were confused and stayed on the field for several minutes. After about a 15-minute break, the officials returned to the field and were overheard telling one player "we were told the wrong rule," and they resumed play for the remainder of the inning. It turned out to be an offensive explosion for the Lady Cats as Doyle started things off with a 2-run homerun to left and Edmonson County went on to score 9 more runs in the inning (13 total). Doyle narrowly missed her second homerun of the inning when the team batted around and she pelted a line drive to center that hit the fence for a double.
Freshman pitcher Julie Norris pitched the complete game, giving up only one run on three hits. She struck out 5 and walked only two.
Henderson paced the Lady Cat offense, going 4-5 with 7 RBIs on two homers, a double, and a single, while Doyle was 3-5 with a homer, a double, and a single.
Eight other players notched at least one hit for the Lady Cats. Junior Rylee Laster barely missed another EC homerun as her 7th inning blast to right also bounced off the fence, and seventh grader Addie Childress earned her first career varsity hit with a single, also in the 7th inning.
Edmonson County is now 1-3 on the season and is scheduled to take on Metcalfe County away on Thursday at 5:30PM.
Meade County Wins 74-30
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The Meade County Lady Waves were too much to handle for the Lady Cats in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament held at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Edmonson County fell 74-30 at the hands of Meade, a team that many favor to win the region title.
Meade County connected on 6 three-point shots in the first quarter alone (12 for the game) to establish their offensive presence, and their full court press caused all sorts of trouble for the Lady Cats as Edmonson County committed 21 turnovers for the game.
Meade County held the Lady Cats to only 6 points in the second quarter and took a 45-21 lead into the locker room at the half. The third quarter was nearly a carbon copy of the second, with the Lady Waves outscoring Edmonson 20-6 and amassing a 65-27 lead going into the final quarter. The fourth quarter ran by faster than desired for three Edmonson County seniors, Paige Wolfe, Hallie Cassady, and Jaedlyn Simon, as they played their final game in a Lady Cat uniform.
Coach Bart Weaver said he knew the Lady Cats were in for a tough contest against the Lady Waves and he felt like Meade County would be the region winner this year.
"We knew how good they could shoot--several of them, but their coach told me, 'coach, we've never shot that good,' so it makes me feel better, but no, it doesn't. They had kids that were 22% and 26% on the year that are hitting threes, and that's just how it is. But I don't think the girls quit--they got a little frustrated and I got a little mad because they started barking at each other a little bit."
Coach Weaver also discussed his three seniors.
"When I took this program over, they were freshmen. I'll always remember them forever. We started with seven and ended up with three. Hats off to Paige, Hallie, and Jade. You know, they've stood with me for 4 years. Sometimes it wasn't easy, but I appreciate them doing what all they've done for us."
The Lady Cats were led by Wolfe's 12 points, followed by Cariann Williams' 8 points and 6 rebounds. Hallie Cassady added 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Lily Jayne Vincent had 3 points and 2 rebounds.
Edmonson County finishes their season with a record of 11-21.
Butler County Wins 49-26
Darren Doyle, story: Madison Doyle photos:
Edmonson County didn't get off on the right foot in the first quarter of the 12th District Championship game against Butler County, hosted at Butler County last night, as the Lady Bears claimed the title, 49-26.
Butler County started the game with three unanswered three-pointers and a free throw for a 10-0 start. The Lady Cats didn't get on the board until Hallie Cassady's put-back from a missed Lady Cat free throw with 1:40 to go in the first quarter. Butler County led 15-4 going into the second.
Points from offensive rebounds by Butler County and turnovers from the Lady Cats contributed to a 27-13 lead at the half.
Coach Bart Weaver said he thought his team had trouble handling the emotion of a big game early on and it hindered them from any offensive rhythm in the first quarter.
"We were just shell-shocked, I think to begin with," he said. "They shot us out of our zone quick, and they're pretty good at man-to-man, when you play them man-to-man, and that's why we normally don't. But when you get down like that you have to. But I thought we kept playing hard. Our kids always played hard and I take pride in that, just, the better team won tonight."
The Lady Cats were held to only 5 more points during the third quarter as Butler County (25-3) cruised to win their first district championship since 1993.
Edmonson County was led by junior guard Annie Kiper, who had 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Hallie Cassady had 5 points and 4 rebounds, Paige Wolfe had 4 points and 3 rebounds, Cariann Williams had 4 points, 1 rebound, and 5 blocked shots. Lily Jayne Vincent added 2 points and 6 rebounds and Jenna Cook added 2 points and a rebound.
Weaver also noted that while they were continually trying to dig out of a hole, the girls didn't give up and fought until the end.
"It makes me proud of them," he said. "I kept telling them in the timeouts, 'we're not gonna quit, we're not gonna quit.' So, I'm proud of them. Like I told them in there a minute ago, nobody thought we'd be in the finals. With our season, you know? And I understand that, and man, they gutted that win against Whitesville the other night, and that's something to always hold onto, and you've got to get to the district final, because a lot of teams don't."
The girls are now set to travel to Owensboro next week to play in the Region 3 tournament at the Sports Center either Monday or Tuesday. Their first game will be determined in the draw on Saturday.
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Multiple members of the Lady Cat basketball team and cheer team were honored with all-district awards Thursday night at Butler County High School after the girls' championship game.
Cats Fall In District Tournament 61-55
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A very tough first quarter was too much of a setback for the Wildcats last night in the first round of the District 12 Tournament against Whitesville-Trinity as the Cats fell 61-55.
The start to the game was brutal for Edmonson County as everything went right for Trinity and wrong for the Wildcats.
The Raiders jumped out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.
Coach Brad Johnson discussed the rough start to the ballgame.
"That's on me," he said. "They've showed nothing but zone traps and zone stuff against us. All year long against man-to-man, we've said teams can't guard us man-to-man because of our cuts and everything, and we just kind of came out with a little stage fright and forgot to cut. We were very impatient with the ball and missed easy shots. But it's a good team. Sometimes you get beat by a good team. I'm disappointed in myself that I didn't have us more ready against man-to-man, and we fought so hard to get those white uniforms tonight and get that two-seed. I just hate it for the kids."
After the first, the comeback attempt was in full force as Edmonson County outscored Trinity 16-12 in the second and had cut the lead to 33-21 at the half. The Wildcats outscored Trinity 50-40 in the final three quarters, but unfortunately for the Cats, the first was too much to overcome.
Leading the Cats in scoring was Braden Wall with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Cole Saling followed with 15. Trace Taylor added 7 points and Braxton Highbaugh had 5 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Zander Bass added 5 points, Tyler Anderson had 4 points, and Evan Stice had 3.
It was the final game for six Wildcat seniors: Trace Taylor, Evan Stice, Cole Saling, Jarrett Prunty, Clay Clemmons, and Noah Parsley.
"I think we created a little bit of a buzz and positivity from going 0-2 in the district with two losses at home, to being a two-seed," Johnson said. "I can't go into Cee Bee or Dollar General without someone saying, 'man I like watching those kids play,' and even at halftime when I was raking them over the coals, I said that we were playing hard. I mean, the effort was always there. They're killed right now. We've got a good team coming back, but I hate it for those six seniors. Some of them didn't get to see the floor very much and I really wanted to take those guys to the Sports Center and to Moonlight and go out that way. But we appreciate the support, from you (the Edmonson Voice) and we had a good crowd out tonight here, and hope that everybody hangs with the girls and supports them, too."
Edmonson County finishes the season with a record of 15-13.