Season Comes To End After Apollo Prevails 3-1
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Edmonson County fell to Apollo last night 3-1 in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament, held at Apollo High School in Owensboro.
The Lady Cats were very aggressive in set one as they set the tone early and forced Apollo into their first timeout by jumping out to an 11-4 lead. The Lady Cats were able to use the momentum in their favor to maintain a 4 to 6 point lead throughout the set. Edmonson County fought off a 4-0 Apollo run as they cut the lead to 19-18 and they were able to hold on to take the first set 25-20.
Apollo began to turn things around in set two as they were much more aggressive and took the lead early. The Lady Cats cut Apollo's lead to 10-8 but things would drastically change from there.
Apollo went on a 10-1 run that not only changed the tone of the set, but the remainder of the game. The Lady Cats never recovered from that run and struggled to find any consistency throughout the next two sets. Apollo took set two 25-15, set three 25-10, and set four 25-13 to advance to the semifinals.
The Lady Cats end their season with a record of 23-9 overall, a 12-5 Region 3 record, and they finished 9-2 in District 12 play, also claiming the school's first district title since 2011.
The Lady Cats will lose eight seniors from this year's team, Mikayla Lindsey, Caitlin Simon, Sierra Kenney, Kaelynn Woodcock, Cierra Collins, Shasta Smith, Kaytlin Hyde, and Peyton Martin.
The Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball team is scheduled to take on Owensboro Apollo in the first round of the Region 3 Tournament on Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm.
While the Lady Cats have a better record, (EC 23-8, Apollo 20-15), the two teams are similarly matched and have played the same caliber of teams throughout the year.
Edmonson enters the tournament ranked number three in the region in wins/losses, while Apollo ranks 6th.
The game will be broadcast live on Edmonson Voice.com with the pregame show beginning around 7:15pm
One Regular Season Game Left Before Playoffs Begin
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The Wildcats had a tough time stopping the 8-1 LaRue County Hawks last night in Hodgenville as they fell 32-7 to their district foe.
The Hawks were led by senior quarterback Dane Milby, who provided fuel for much of LaRue's offense last night, along with a very experienced team. The Hawks had 22 seniors on the field last night.
The Wildcats were in a bit of a hole early on, taking a 19-0 deficit into the locker room at the half.
Edmonson County answered in the third quarter as Logan Lindsey broke through for a three-yard touchdown. Brett Brannon's kick cut LaRue's lead to 19-7, but the Wildcats would get no closer as the Hawks went on to score a touchdown as time wound down in the quarter, and again at the start of the fourth for a final of 32-7.
The Wildcats saw very little offense from their passing game, connecting on 5/9 attempts for a total of only 45 team yards.
Logan Lindsey led the team in rushing yards with 56 on 11 carries, Tucker Cole added 24yds, Brayden Carey, who was nursing a sore ankle, added 18yds, and Kenny Logsdon went for 17yds.
Edmonson County is now 5-4 on the season and will take on Barren County for the final regular season game next THURSDAY at Warren Central High School. Game time is set for 7pm with your Edmonson Voice WildcatsLive pregame show beginning at 6:45pm.
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Edmonson County High School has hired Bridgett Poteet as the new head coach for Lady Cat Softball. Coach Poteet currently teaches Conceptual Science at ECHS and is a former Lady Cat player.
Originally from Hart County, she was a varsity player for the Lady Raiders from her 8th grade to junior years and transferred to Edmonson County as a senior (then Bridgett Gardner) for the 2005-06 season under then head coach Kevin Jackson.
She was introduced today at ECHS by Principal Tommy Hodges.
"She played at Edmonson County and she knows Edmonson County," said Hodges. "She's going to help let folks know what Edmonson County is all about."
Poteet says even though the Lady Cats are still considered to be in a rebuilding stage, she looks forward to being part of that process, having plenty of talent on the roster.
"There are lots of girls here that are tremendous athletes," she said. "We have a great foundation where we can build."
Coach Poteet was on the coaching staff of the first ever Green County Middle School softball team in 2013. From there, she served as an assistant at Logan County for the next two years.
"No one has a guaranteed spot," she told the current Lady Cat team today. "You'll each try out for your spots. I'm tough, but I'll love all of you. I'll expect the best out of each one of you on and off the field and we'll have a good time. When people hear Edmonson County Softball, they're going to think the very best."
Hodges said decisions for assistant coaches have not yet been made.
Coach Poteet will take over immediately. Former head coach Jeremy Garmon resigned from the spot in September of this year. Garmon spent two seasons as head coach of the Lady Cats where he compiled a 32-30 record, including a 2016 District 12 Championship title in his first season.
The final regular season football game for the Edmonson County Wildcats against Barren County next Friday, October 27 has been moved to Warren Central High School and rescheduled for Thursday, October 26, at 7pm, according to ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce.
Barren County is currently undergoing a reported multi-million dollar renovation which is expected to result in the Trojans having one of the top facilities in the state of Kentucky.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play at LaRue County this Friday at 7pm central time, 8pm eastern (LaRue time) with your WildcatsLive pregame show beginning at 6:45pm.
Again, next Friday's game against Barren County will be held at Warren Central High on THURSDAY, Oct 26, beginning at 7pm with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
Lady Cats Sweep Trinity 3-0 To Claim First District Title Since 2011
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The Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball team claimed the District 12 title in a three-set sweep last night in Grayson County, their first since 2011 when Edmonson County won back-to-back titles in '10 and '11 in District 13, Region 4.
The Lady Cats spent no time fooling around as they dominated Trinity in set one, going on two separate 8-0 runs as they outscored the Lady Raiders 20-5 to wind things up 25-8.
The start of set two was much of the same as Edmonson County had compiled a 15-6 lead early on but the Raiders started a run of their own and bounced back with a 5-0 stretch, forcing the Lady Cats into a timeout.
Edmonson kept their composure as Trinity tried crawling back in with another run as the Lady Cats held a 24-20 lead, but the Lady Raiders would get no closer in set two as Edmonson County won 25-20.
The third set seemed to be slated for a close contest as both teams went back and forth through four ties and six lead changes when Trinity cut Edmonson's lead to 12-11. The score would be no closer as the Lady Cats went on a 13-4 run to end the set, as Caitlin Simon capped things off with two kills in a row, giving EC the 25-15 set and the sweep over Trinity to claim the title.
Head Coach Haley Garmon credited senior leadership as the main reason for the Lady Cats' success this year.
"They're unreal," she said. "They've carried us through this entire season. I said when I took the job that this would be the team to go all the way. They're coachable, they're ready to listen, they've got the heart to play the game."
Coach Garmon said setting the tone in set one was also key to the win.
"When the girls came out of the locker room, we were pumped. We were ready to go, but we also had those nerves, those butterflies. But we calmed them down a little bit and knew this was our year. We came out with confidence. We'd set this goal at the beginning of the season and we played it one point at a time, then one set at a time. After our first set we were pretty confident in the way the rest of the game was going to go."
The Lady Cats are now 23-8 on the season and will either play Monday or Tuesday in the Region 3 Tournament, according to the tournament draw which is set to take place this weekend. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Owensboro next week.
The WildcatsLive crew will broadcast the game live from Owensboro. Stay connected to EdmonsonVoice.com for the complete details and times as they become available.
Lady Cats Look To Bring Home First Volleyball District Title Since 2011
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The Lady Cats are returning to the District 12 Tournament finals tonight in Leitchfield after defeating Grayson County 3-1 last night in round one.
Set one got off to a rocky start for Edmonson County, as they fell behind 6-1, but the Lady Cats righted the ship by scoring the next 7 points which forced a Grayson County timeout.
The Lady Cougars scored the next point out of the break but EC went on another run, this time a 8-2 stretch that was capped off by Mikayla Lindsey's rocket-shot kill that sprayed Grayson County defenders everywhere. The Lady Cougars couldn't recover and Edmonson went on to win the first set 25-13.
In set two, the Lady Cats established good consistency and began to play a bit looser while they were able to put together four and five point runs throughout the entire match. Edmonson took the second set 25-16 and a 2-0 lead, needing only one more set to punch their ticket to the finals.
The Lady Cats struggled in set three as Grayson County took advantage of the shifting momentum. The set saw the score tied five different times and Grayson County was able to jump out with a 5-point lead twice. The Lady Cougars put a nice run together at the end of the set to win 25-20 and narrow Edmonson's lead to 2-1.
Set four would be the final set as the Lady Cats finished their business quickly and firmly, blasting out to a 19-5 lead. Grayson County called a timeout in an attempt to cool down the red hot Lady Cats but it was too little, too late as Edmonson County took the set 24-7 and the game 3-1.
Edmonson County improves to 22-8 on the season as they will face the Trinity Lady Raiders (23-12) in tonight's District Finals. The Lady Cats are 2-1 against Trinity this season. The Lady Raiders have claimed the District 12 Title for the past 5 years.
The WildcatsLive crew will broadcast tonight's game live, with special guest, ECHS Coach Mike McClintic. The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm with first serve coming at 6pm.
Twelve Wildcat Football players, five ECHS band team members, two cheerleaders, and a Lady Cat golfer along with their respective families were honored last night at Wildcat Stadium in the final home football game of the 2017 season. Check out all the participants in the slideshow below.
Wildcats Dominate Hart County On Senior Night 42-7 To Guarantee Spot In Playoffs
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Senior leadership was the key in last night's 42-7 Wildcat victory over the Hart County Raiders as twelve Edmonson County senior footballers took the field at Wildcat Stadium one last time.
Emotions ran high in a pregame ceremony where the seniors were recognized on field with their families, along with senior members of the ECHS band, cheer team, and golf team. The Wildcats were led onto the field by senior Gary Dale Porter who carried an American flag at the front of the line.
The Wildcats got on the board first in the first quarter when Logan Lindsey notched a touchdown on a 9yd carry. Brett Brannon's extra point made it 7-0. It would be Lindsey again on the Wildcats' next possession with a great catch from Tucker Cole and a 34yd touchdown. Brannon's kick gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead with just over a minute to go in the quarter.
Edmonson County gave up a big play as the second quarter began with Hart County scoring on a 42yd touchdown run. Their extra point cut the lead to 14-7, but that's all the offense that the Raiders would be able to manufacture as the Wildcats took control.
The Wildcat defense shut down the Raiders while Cole, Brayden Carey, and Kenny Logsdon all got to the end zone in the second to extend Edmonson County's lead to 35-7 at the half.
With 2:44 left in the third, Senior Zack Farmer took the ball from Cole on what appeared to be a very short run but he was able to somehow squirm out of the pile of Raider defenders and go for a 28yd touchdown. Brannon's kick extended the lead to 42-7, which would be the final score. Brannon was perfect 6-6 on extra point attempts.
The win secured a playoff spot for the Wildcats who missed postseason play last year.
The WildcatsLive broadcast crew named all 12 seniors as co-players of the game, including: Brett Brannon, Brayden Carey, Tyler Cherry, Tucker Cole, Chase Elkins, Zack Farmer, Chandler Jones, Logan Lindsey, Alex Martinez, Gary Dale Porter, Adam Rich, and Dylan Vincent. Head Coach Nathan Smith discussed what these young men have meant to Wildcat Football over the years.
"I've been with this senior class for a long time, ever since I started coaching them when they were in the seventh grade," said Smith. "They had a lot of success in middle school. The number of them shrunk from 25 now to twelve, but the twelve we've got, they're the best kids. That's the biggest thing. We don't have to worry about them off the field or on the field. They do a good job in our locker room, they keep our practice tempo up, they do everything for us. Honestly, the biggest thing for me is that they've never gotten in trouble outside or inside of school. I don't have to worry about them. They're all-around good kids and good football players and I'm proud of them."
Offensively, Tucker Cole was 13/20 on passes with a total of 164 passing yards. He also tallied 66 rushing yards. Carey led the way for the Wildcats in rushing with 90 total yards. The Wildcats balanced both rushing and passing well with a total of 177 rushing yards while compiling 164 yards in passing.
It was also the final game at Wildcats Stadium before demolition of the home bleachers and press box begins, as part of a huge three million-dollar school district renovation project that includes bathroom upgrades, heating and cooling, school kitchen equipment, and new lighting throughout the district. An all-new bleacher system and press box are scheduled to be ready to go for the 2018 season.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take on LaRue County next Friday at 8pm eastern (local time) and 7pm central. Edmonson County is now 5-3 on the season.
Lady Cats Improve To 20-6 On Season With One Regular Season Game Remaining
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The final home game of the 2017 Lady Cat volleyball season took place last night at ECHS as Edmonson County fans cheered on eight seniors and their teammates in a 2-0 win over Hart County.
The Lady Raiders simply couldn't keep up with the Lady Cats, falling in the first set 25-7 as consistent kills rained down on Hart County, thanks to quality EC passes and sets.
Set two was much of the same as Edmonson County kept the momentum rolling through an emotional senior night. Although the score was much closer at 25-19, the game wasn't really that close as the Lady Cats were able to take advantage of opportunities to put players in different positions on the seniors' special night.
The Lady Cats are now 20-6 on the season and are scheduled to take on Allen County on the road in the final regular season game of the year Thursday night at 5:30 in a F/JV/Varsity game.
The District 12 Tournament is already set for next week at Grayson County. The Lady Cats will take on Grayson County in the first round. Edmonson County is 2-0 against the Lady Cougars this season. Should the Lady Cats advance to the finals, they'll likely face the Trinity Raiders for the sixth consecutive year. The Lady Cats have not won a district championship since 2011 when they were in District 15 in the 4th Region.
The WildcatsLive broadcast team will carry a live broadcast of the district finals should Edmonson County advance.
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Eight seniors took the court last night for the final home game of the 2017 Lady Cat volleyball season. The seniors were recognized during a pregame ceremony with their respective families.
It was an emotional time for seniors Cierra Collins, Kaytlin Hyde, Sierra Kenney, Mikayla Lindsey, Peyton Martin, Caitlin Simon, Shasta Smith, and Kaelynn Woodcock as the Lady Cats defeated Hart County in two sets to finish up the home season last night. The girls will travel to Allen County for the final regular season game on Thursday, October 12.