Dominating Performance Keeps Wildcats At Perfect 6-0 On Season
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The Wildcat Baseball squad continued their hot start with a 16-0 dominating shutout over the Trinity Raiders on the road last night, thanks to the help of a no-hitter thrown by junior Jacob Vincent.
Vincent was sharp for the 5-inning match where he only allowed two walks all night. Trinity only managed two base runners and each of those reached on errors. Vincent also notched 6 strikeouts.
"Jacob did a great job of staying composed, staying within himself, and not overthrowing," said head coach Bo West. "He pitched to contact, let the defense do their work, and he did a great job of getting ahead of hitters all night long."
While Edmonson County focused on Vincent's exceptional night, the Wildcat offense also impressed, which was led by senior Preston Dunn's 4-4 night. He racked up three singles, a triple, two RBIs, and plated 4 runs. Both of his RBIs came in the first inning, where the Wildcats put 5 on the board and never looked back.
"Preston also had a great night, and he's a very good hitter," said West. "When he's patient at the plate, sees some pitches, and lays off that first pitch, he becomes a great hitter, and that's what he did last night."
Dunn also had some help in the Wildcats' offense. Chaz Wilson went 3-4 with 2 RBI, Eli Pedigo went 2-4 with 3 RBI, Luke Meredith drove in 3, and Nick Clemmons drove in 2. The Wildcats notched 13 total hits last night.
Edmonson County (6-0) is currently only one of 28 teams in the state that remains undefeated in KHSAA high school baseball. Coach West says leadership and accountability has contributed to his team's success thus far.
"We have great leadership from our upperclassmen. They hold each other accountable, get each other ready to play, and they keep that mentality throughout the whole game. I'm very proud of all our guys."
The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Cumberland County at home this Saturday at noon.
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Wildcat senior baseball standout Tanner Woodcock signed to play baseball at Union College at a ceremony today at Edmonson County High School.
Woodcock said he was beyond grateful to have this opportunity.
"I couldn't have had any of this without support from my family, teammates, and all the coaches that have made me into the player I am today," said Tanner. "So many people have invested so much time, effort, and money into me."
Wildcat Baseball Head Coach Bo West spoke to the Edmonson Voice about Tanner's contributions to the ECHS program over the years.
"This is a great opportunity for Tanner," he said. "He's earned this through all the hard work he's put into baseball and into his academics through the years. I couldn't be more proud of him--to watch him grow and mature as a person that cares about his teammates and community. He's not just about himself."
Woodcock joins a former ECHS teammate at Union, Dylan Waldrop, who also signed with the Bulldogs in May of 2017 as a senior.
"I know he'll work hard and I wish him nothing but the best at Union," West added.
Woodcock was joined by his parents, Jason and Carey Woodcock of Bee Spring, as well as members of the Wildcat Baseball team at today's ceremony.
"I can never thank everyone enough for getting me to where I am today," Tanner said.
The Wildcat Baseball team is off to a perfect start with a 5-0 record. They defeated Trinity at home last night 8-7 in a district win.
Edmonson County now 3-3 On Season
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Edmonson County's Lady Cat softball team's offense was very quiet in the first game of a varsity doubleheader against Bowling Green last night at James Woodcock Field in Brownsville as they fell 10-0.
The Lady Cats only managed 3 hits during the first match with sophomore Abbie Slaughter, senior Karissa Waldrop, and sophomore Shea VanMeter each going 1-3.
Freshman pitcher Josi Morrison gave up 4 earned runs over 7 innings while allowing 11 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.
Both teams had little trouble finding offense in the second game, but three home runs by the Lady Purples, including two by catcher Gia Martin who put the first pitch of the game over the left field fence, helped get Bowling Green going.
Edmonson County bounced back in the first with 4 runs but a 9-run second inning from BG made the difference in the game, despite a big 7-run 5th inning from the Lady Cats. Bowling Green defeated Edmonson County 26-14.
Freshman pitcher Becca Meredith struck out 3 while walking 11 over 7 innings. She also went 1-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Karissa Waldrop and Josi Morrison each went 3-5 with 2 RBI apiece, Callie Webb was 3-5 with 3 RBI, Shea VanMeter was 3-5 with 1 RBI, and Abbie Slaughter was 2-5 with an RBI.
The Lady Cats are now 3-3 on the season and will travel to Metcalfe County Tuesday night for a V/JV match beginning at 5:30pm.
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Edmonson County Lady Cat senior Chanley Logsdon was named to the Region 3 All-Tournament team on Tuesday, March 5th at the Owensboro Sports Center.
Logsdon was the only senior on this year's Lady Cat basketball team, which finished 24-8 this season and repeated as district champions for the first time since the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
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Edmonson County senior Wildcat basketball member Griffin Spainhoward was honored at the Region 3 Tournament over the weekend by not only being named to the Region 3 All-Tournament Team, but also receiving a $500 scholarship.
The all-tournament team is voted upon by coaches and the award recipients are named based on Region 3 Tournament play.
The Ronnie Hardin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a senior from the 3rd Region Basketball Official Association. Griffin had to submit an essay for the award. He spoke about the process for the submission.
"I took some time to sit down and really think about what basketball has meant to me and how it would prepare me for college. I thought that the teamwork skills and hard work aspects of basketball will carry on to my school work over the next few years, as well as prepare me for life."
Griffin is the son of the Eric and Lesley Spainhoward of Chalybeate.
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Edmonson County senior lineman Logan Hagan signed with College of the Canyons today at a ceremony at ECHS to play college football, beginning next season.
The college is located in Santa Clarita, California, which is a suburb of Los Angeles.
"We're excited for him, he's been a fixture here in our football program for many years," said ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce. "I can still remember when he was...well...he was always tall," he joked as the crowd laughed. "I can still remember him in little league and middle school and knew this day would come."
Logan was joined by his parents, David and Crystal Frederick as he signed the documents for the school. Logan spoke to the crowd about his decision.
"It's been a long, hard four years and I've dealt with some adversity," he said. "This here is going to open up a lot of opportunities for me. I've done a lot of praying and thinking about it and this is where my heart called to, so I'm going to sign with College of the Canyons."
Wildcat Head Football Coach Nathan Smith also spoke of Logan's impact on the Wildcats over the years.
"I'm super proud of Logan, he's absolutely worked his tail off for us over the last 7 years," said Smith. "To see him turn into the man and the leader he is today is pretty awesome. He's been a staple around our football program for a long time. I wish him the best and I think he's done a great job of being a great example for all of our other kids to look up to... He's a great young man, I'm proud of him today."
The two-year community college has a current enrollment of around 17K students.
Edmonson Falls 58-36 To Apollo In Round 1 of Region 3 Tournament
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The 2018-19 Lady Cat basketball season came to and end Thursday night at the Owensboro Sportscenter as Edmonson County fell to Apollo High School 58-36 in round one of the Region 3 Tournament.
The strong rebounding Apollo E-gals gave Edmonson County plenty of trouble on the boards as the Lady Cats struggled early. Rebounding has been a go-to for the Lady Cats all year and they knew they'd have their hands full tonight with the E-gals, one of the few teams to average more rebounds per game than Edmonson.
Edmonson County fell behind 27-18 at halftime and continued to struggle offensively in the second half. They trailed 44-26 going into the fourth.
It was the final game for senior Chanley Logsdon, who finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds. While the season didn't end as first-year head coach Bart Weaver had hoped, he still had plenty of positive sentiments to say about his team.
"It's been a great ride, we just weren't ready for it to end," said Weaver. "Especially Chanley. We talked about it at halftime and I wanted everyone to play hard for her. I don't think they ever quit. They kept playing hard and that was important, and it's been a heck of a year, we just didn't rebound tonight."
Weaver talked about the departing senior.
"We love her to death and she means the world to this program and this team. We've been on a heck of a ride."
The team finishes the season with a record of 24-8, All A Region 3 finalists, and a twelve-game winning streak that took them all the way to the step ladders that led to the cutting down of the 2019 District 12 Championship nets. They won the first back-to-back district championships for Lady Cat basketball since 1995.
Katie Lindsey led the girls with 9 points, Madison Harrison added 7, Lauren Ballance had 6 points and 9 rebounds, Logsdon had 5, Emma Vincent had 4, and Mia Goad, Jaedlyn Simon, and Lily Jayne Vincent each had 1 point each.
"It hurts right now, but we're going to look back and I think we'll remember that district championship, the streak we had going, and banners stay up for a long time," said Weaver. "I guess when that '2019' gets put up there it will make us feel a little better, but I'm proud of them. They've done everything I've asked them to do. In 32 years of coaching, this might've been the most fun I've had, and I've been in state championships in football, and I've been basketball-sweet sixteen, it's just been a fun year. These girls just went past everybody's expectations, except our own. We thought we could be good, and I'm just so proud of them."