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The ECHS boys basketball team is accepting items and donations to send to eastern Kentucky to help the families that are dealing with flood devastation.
"We will send a truck up to the donation center this Wednesday, August 3rd," said Head Coach Brad Johnson.
Drop off will be Sunday night, July 31st at the EC 5/6 Center gym (side door) from 6:30-9PM, and Tuesday night, August 2nd, 6:30-9PM for anyone that wishes to donate.
Primary needs are bottled water and non-perishable food items.
"Anyone that wishes to make a monetary donation, we will make sure it gets to the appropriate place," Coach Johnson said. "Anyone wishing to donate that can’t deliver, just contact an ECHS boys player, parent, or coach and we will pick up."
The Edmonson County Girls Soccer Team is holding a second round of tryouts. It is open to all girls in grades 9-12. Even if you have never played soccer before, you can learn and be a part of the newly formed soccer program at the varsity level.
Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29
Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Place: Chalybeate Springs Sports Complex
For more information, call Coach Greg Hudson at 1-270-991-3578.
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One local man is preparing his trip to Monroe, Louisiana on Monday to compete in the NHPA World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament, where he will go against some of the best in the nation.
The preliminaries will begin on Monday and the championship will be held on July 23rd. The top 16 in each division will advance into tournament play where the top prize is over $4000. There, Ben Webb will compete against some of the biggest names in the sport that include Alan Francis from Ohio, a 26-time champion, as well as Dan Watson, Gary Bearpaw, and Gale Green.
Webb has a current world ranking of #3 and is hoping to increase interest in the Edmonson County Horseshoe Pitching Association league play that begins on Tuesday, July 12th at 6PM.
"It's only $5 to play for the whole 10-week season," he said. "Everyone has their own divisions and it's a handicapped league to make it fair for everyone. 18 and under are free and if you don't have any horseshoes we can provide you some."
Webb is a two-time state champion in the Jr. Boys division from 2013 and 2014 and currently serves as the Junior Director for the NHPA. In addition to Webb, another local also saw success in state competition. Ronnie Meredith won three state junior titles in '90, '91, and '92. Meredith also holds records for the highest junior boys' state game.
The league director is Robert Taylor, who has been involved in the ECHPA since 2007.
The horseshoe complex at Chalybeate Park is the location of the league, and the facility has hosted multiple sanctioned events over the years.
For more information on the local league, you can contact Ben at 270-597-7459 or visit the group's Facebook Page for more.
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It's been 25 years since "Bub's Babes" won the A.S.A. Kentucky State 16 & Under in Glasgow, a team made up of nine players from Edmonson County.
Local business woman Joanna Johnson Forbes, who was a member of the team, said the team was started around 1994 by Coach Bub Brent, from Cave City. In addition to Forbes, the '97 slow-pitch team players from Edmonson County were: Coach Jeff Barbee, Coach Rick Keith, Briton LeSieur Elmore, Jennifer Slaughter Gravil, Sasha Lynn Jaggers, Crystal Leann Wolfe, Barbara Jo Barbee Tuck, Brittany Keith Mabrey, Lacy Booth, and Jenny Rae Barbee Rector.
After winning the state title, the Babes went on to Orlando, Florida to compete in the World National ASA Tournament, where they would eventually place 10th in the entire nation.
"Coach Bub has passed away since, but we loved him so much!" said Forbes. "What an honor it was to be a Babe."
Forbes said the team was made up of players from both Edmonson County and Cave City and their home field was at Caverna.