Boys Will Compete As a Team, Girls Will Have Representative
Edmonson Voice Sports:
The boys and girls cross country teams ran in the KHSAA Regional meet on Saturday, October 26th at Ephram White Park in Bowling Green where the boys team finished 4th overall, qualifying them for the State Cross Country Championship.
Finishers for Edmonson County were Lane Lindsey (13th), Logan Brooks (17th), Blake Garrett (20th), Zach Holt (33rd), Jarrett Prunty (34th), Jonah Miller (35th), and Wade Luttrell (46th).
Our boys have had a great season and have really stepped up this year," said head coach Brad Meredith. "We won our district meet and qualified for the state meet this season. I really didn’t think we would be this competitive this year as a team after losing our two seniors last year-- Jacob Cena and Eli Ruth, but this team has been great to coach. They have worked hard and deserve the opportunity to compete at the State meet,” he said.
The girls team finished 6th, just missing out on qualifying as a team. Caroline Parsley qualified for the state meet as an individual placing 13th , running a personal best time of 22:51 for the 3.1 mile race. Other finishers were Emma Grace Cena (19th), Morgan Vincent (29th), Harley Meredith (34th), Lilly Miller (36th), Abby Logsdon (43rd), and Addison Browning (44th).
“Our girls team ran the best race they could have run," Meredith said. "Every one of our girls set a personal best time today. You can’t be too disappointed in that. Our goal was to qualify as a team for the state meet and they gave everything they had to try to accomplish that goal. We just came up a little short. I’m proud of these girls, they have worked hard this season and have been enjoyable to coach,” he added. "Caroline ran one of the toughest races she has ever run. She really left it all on the course. After the race she was laying flat on the ground, she didn’t have anything left. She is really deserving of the opportunity to compete at the state meet. She has put in a lot of work over the summer and during the off season and it paid off for her.”
Edmonson County Secures Top District Spot In 13-0 Win Over Bulldogs
Darren Doyle, story:
The Wildcats outlasted the Clinton County Bulldogs on the road last night in the rain and the mud, 13-0 in their final regular season district game of the year. The win secured them the top seed in the district and a home field advantage when the playoffs begin in two weeks.
"We were actually hoping for rain," said assistant coach Ben Grey. "We knew that Clinton County was a very heavy passing team, and we knew that playing in the mud could be advantageous, and it proved out that it was tonight. We knew we'd be able to run the ball, we knew we'd have to limit turnovers--even though we had that costly one early--but we overcame, and played hard. This was one of our better games where the boys stayed up and in the game the entire four quarters. I didn't really see them drop their heads or get down. They really played hard tonight."
The scoreboard remained at zeros during the first quarter but with 43 seconds left in the half, junior wide receiver Isaiah Johnson connected with quarterback Jon Smith on an 84 yard touchdown pass that put the Wildcats up 6-0, which was 7-0 after Clay Walden's extra point. The score remained the same at the half.
It would be Johnson again early in the third as he rushed for a 28 yard touchdown with 9:58 in the quarter. The extra point was no good, but it would be more than enough to secure the Wildcats' district win.
Edmonson County notched over 200 rushing yards (unofficially), led by Matt Shaw who racked up the majority of them, and around 100 team passing yards of offense.
After their third consecutive win last night, Edmonson County is now 4-5 on the season and 3-1 in district play. They are scheduled to take on Barren County on the road next Friday for the final regular season game and will return home for the playoffs on the following Friday for another match up against Green County. Edmonson County defeated Green County (1-8) just over a week ago 39-8.
Multiple Lady Cats Named To All-District Teams
The 2019 Lady Cat volleyball season came to an end last night as Edmonson County fell 3-0 to Grayson County in the first round of the District 12 Tournament held at Trinity High School in Whitesville.
Each team consistently traded punches in set one with 15 ties and 14 different lead changes. Edmonson County started the set 4-1, which would be the largest lead either team would have during the entire set. Grayson tied the score at 21, then went on a 4-1 run that would allow them to claim the set 25-22.
Set two was a completely different story for the Lady Cats. There was confusion over the rotation before the first serve and Edmonson County was out of sorts as the set began. Grayson County jumped out to 10-1 start and never looked back. The Lady Cats never scored more than 2 consecutive points and were unable to make up the difference as Grayson County claimed set two 25-10.
Set three didn't fare much better for Edmonson County, despite a good start. Seven different ties led the teams to a score of 8-8 when Grayson County began to control the momentum. They took a 17-11 lead over EC, which forced a Lady Cat timeout. Grayson extended their lead to as much as 20-12 as they ended their set 25-12, and the game, 3-0.
It was the final game for six seniors: Rachel Cowles, Halle Estes, Breanna Dennison, Mackenzie Jones, Carlie Pierce, and McKenzie Vincent.
Multiple Lady Cats received All-District honors at the game. Senior Rachel Cowles was named to the District 12 All-Academic team. Freshman Kaylee Lindsey, junior Abbie Slaughter, and junior Emma Woodcock were named to the District 12 All-Season team, and freshman Alyssa Doyle was named to the District 12 All-Tournament Team.
Edmonson County finishes the season with a record of 9-19.
Moriah Peterson, photos:
It was a special night for 23 seniors at ECHS tonight as all fall sports recognized their seniors. Senior team members from football, band, cheer, golf, and cross country were recognized along with their family members.
The following seniors and their families were recognized:
Wildcats Slay Dragons On Senior Night
Edmonson County Defeats Green County 39-8
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Emotions were high on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium as seven seniors took the field for the final time at ECHS in regular season football as Edmonson County defeated district opponent Green County 39-8.
Edmonson County struck first when Jon Smith pushed through with a quarterback keeper and Clay Walden's extra point was good for a 7-0 lead with 8:44 to go in the first.
Wildcat defense held the Dragons scoreless and Clay Walden was able to kick a 37-yard field goal with 3:50 to go in the first quarter.
It was the Wildcats again in the second as sophomore Matt Shaw scored on a 8-yard rush. The snap was fumbled on the extra point attempt but Edmonson County led 16-0 with 5:37 left in the half.
The Dragons got on the scoreboard with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut Edmonson's lead to 16-8 with 2:54 left in the quarter.
The Wildcats made another push and it was Walden again with another field goal, a 34-yarder with 8.5 seconds to go.
On Edmonson County's next run, the Wildcats were caught in bad field position as Walden punted, but a 'roughing the kicker' call was made as a Dragon tackled Walden with a late hit. The 15-yard penalty gave the Cats a first down and Jon Smith ran it in for a 41-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and Edmonson led 26-8 with 6:25 to go in the third.
After another defensive stop from the Cats, it was senior Brock Stethen who caught Isaiah Johnson's 34-yard pass for a touchdown and 32-8 lead. Walden's extra point made it 33-8 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats defense looked sharp once more as Isaiah Johnson intercepted a Dragon's pass and took it 30 yards for a pick six. Extra point was no good but Edmonson County extended their lead to 39-8, which would be the final score of the game.
All fall sport seniors were recognized in a pregame ceremony that included the football seniors: Eddie Acosta, Skyler Cline, Andy Lindsey, Chance Lucas, Layke Sanders, Devin Smith, and Brock Stethen.
Edmonson County is now 3-5 on the season and is scheduled to take on Clinton County on the road next Friday night as the season winds down with only two more regular season games before playoffs.
Darren Doyle, story and game photos:
Six senior Lady Cats and their families were honored at the final regular season game of the 2019 season against Ohio County at ECHS tonight.
Seniors Rachel Cowles, Breanna Dennison, Halle Estes, Mackenzie Jones, Carlie Pierce, and McKenzie Vincent were recognized on the court tonight as they presented flowers to mothers and honorary medals to fathers during the event.
Madison Doyle, senior ceremony photos.
Edmonson County lost to the Lady Eagles 2-0 (25-21, 25-12) to fall to 9-18 on the season. Rachel Cowles notched 5 digs, 4 assists, and 2 blocks, and Abbie Slaughter added 9 digs. Emma Woodcock had 8 digs and 4 assists. Edmonson County was led by kills (5) and blocks (4) by freshman Alyssa Doyle, while freshman Kaylee Lindsey added 4 kills.
Edmonson County will face top-seeded Grayson County in the District 12 tournament on Monday at 5:30pm, which will be held at Whitesville Trinity High School.
Darren Doyle, story: Madison Doyle, photos:
Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball held its annual "Dig Pink" cancer benefit game last night at the regular season match against Warren East. The Lady Cats fell 2-0 to the Lady Raiders, (25-17, 25-16) but the real winner was retired Edmonson County coach and educator Tracy Meredith, who was honored at the event.
Each year, the Lady Cats select a local family who has either been recently affected or is currently affected by cancer and raise money for their fight. Coach Tracy was selected as the honorary coach for the night and he was able to attend.
He thanked the team and all who took part in the event as he addressed the crowd.
"One thing I've learned, is that there's no place in the world I'd rather be than Edmonson County," he said with the help of his portable oxygen tank. "If I could encourage you to do something, it would be to tell your loved ones that you love them. Tell your moms, dads, your mammaws, your pappaws--tell them you love them. It's important, and it's not that hard. Here, let me show you."
He walked over to his friend, Brenda James, kissed her on the cheek, and said, "I love you."
"See there? You can do it, too."
Meredith thanked several others and everyone in the crowd for attending as he received an emotional standing ovation as he made his way over to the team's bench, where he remained throughout the game.
Volunteers dressed in pink attire and passed donation buckets throughout the crowd with the hopes of receiving another $300. If the amount was reached, volunteers agreed to carry out the line judge duties in the costumes. More than $500 was raised and they happily obliged. There was a silent auction and the team also donated their concession proceeds to the event.
More than $4,000 was raised at the event, a record for Lady Cat Volleyball Dig Pink.
The Lady Cats fall to 9-17 on the year and have one more regular season game scheduled, which is this Thursday, October 17th vs. Ohio County at home at 5:30pm. It will be senior night for six Lady Cat seniors and their families.
The district tournament is scheduled to begin on Monday at Trinity, not Grayson County as originally announced. Seeding and schedules will be announced later.
Edmonson Voice Sports:
The annual Lady Cat Volleyball "Dig Pink" cancer benefit game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at ECHS against Warren East. Each year, the Lady Cats and their opponent wear pink socks or a similar uniform item to show support in the fight against cancer.
In addition, the game raises funds for one Edmonson County family who is either currently fighting cancer or has recently been through the fight. This year's beneficiary is Tracy Meredith, a retired teacher and coach for Edmonson County Schools. The Lady Cats will host a silent auction at the game where 100% of the proceeds, along with additional donations and concession proceeds will be donated to Tracy's family to help with his current fight against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Known as "Mr. Meredith" to some and "Coach" to many others, he began working as a teacher in 1978 where he taught in the mornings at Chalybeate Elementary School and at Kyrock Elementary in the afternoons. Throughout his teaching career, Tracy taught Health and Physical Education at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
He began coaching at Edmonson County Middle School where he led the boys football teams for 25 years and the boys basketball teams for 22 years.
In addition to teaching, Tracy worked summers as a cave guide at Mammoth Cave National Park from 1979-1989. He retired from ECMS in 2006 where he soon became a regular at the local Dairy Queen for morning coffee with friends, as well as a fierce competitor on the golf course at Shady Hollow.
After experiencing health difficulties for four years, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the lung this past August and began chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is currently receiving treatment from the University of Kentucky Hospital.
The Lady Cats (8-16) will take on the Warren East Raiders (14-14) in a Freshman/Varsity/JV format match with freshmen starting at 5pm.
Each Lady Cat player will have the opportunity to play for either in honor of someone who is currently battling or has beaten cancer, or in memory of someone who has passed while battling cancer. Those names will be called during the ceremony and survivors in attendance will be recognized.
Featured silent auction items will be a host of products and services donated for the event, which include three UK men's basketball tickets to an exhibition game against Georgetown College at Rupp Arena on Sunday, October 27th and two tickets to the Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, also on October 27th.
Donation items for the event are still being accepted. For more info on how you or your business can be part of this impactful event, contact the ECHS Lady Cat Volleyball Boosters at 270-791-0215 (call or text).
Edmonson County Blanks Falcons 33-0
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County defeated the Monroe County Falcons at Wildcat Stadium 33-0 on Thursday night for their first district win of the season. The regular Friday night game was moved to Thursday as a result of the start of fall break.
Monroe County struggled with penalties throughout the game and a fumble from the Falcons gave the Wildcats the ball on Monroe's 31 yard line with 1:56 to go in the first. An additional penalty was assessed against Monroe that put the Wildcats on the Falcon 16 yard line. Matt Shaw was able to push through after a couple plays for a 4 yard touchdown with 1:31 in the first and Clay Walden punched the extra point through for a 7-0 lead.
Quarterback Jon Smith also fired up his passing game as he shot a 41 yard pass to Brock Stethen, who made a leaping catch in the end zone for another Wildcat touchdown with 5:31 left in the second quarter. Walden's extra point was good and the Cats lead 14-0.
The Falcons turned the ball over once again and Edmonson County took over on Monroe's 46 yard line with 4:12 left in the half. The Wildcats were able to push into the red zone and it was Stethen again on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Smith. Walden's extra point landed upright again and the Wildcats extended the lead to 21-0, which would be the score at the half.
Edmonson struck again in the third on another rushing touchdown from Matt Shaw, who had over 100 yard rushing on the night. The extra point missed this time but the Cats extended the lead to 27-0 and took that lead into the fourth.
Chance Lucas helped the cause early in the fourth quarter with a 14 yard run for another Wildcat touchdown with 9:33 to go. Extra point was no good but Edmonson stretched their lead to 33-0.
Edmonson County assistant coach Ben Gray said the win was much needed, and the district win was certainly welcome. He noted the stellar play from Brock Stethen, who not only went for 75 yards, but also led the team in tackles.
"He is our best tackler, he's one of our most aggressive players, usually he's our best defensive player, and we usually try to move him around a lot," he said. "Pretty much whatever we ask him to do, he's going to do it."
Coach Grey said having quarterback Jon Smith up under center more than in shotgun was part of the game plan and it paid off tonight.
"We had been having some issues with some bad snaps so we worked on it and went back under center," he said. Monroe County also had some players out tonight and we were able to take advantage."
Edmonson County is off next Friday for fall break but will take on Green County at home on October 18th. The Wildcats are now 2-5 on the season with three regular season games left on the year.
Edmonson Voice Sports:
Edmonson County junior Nathan Oliver has qualified for the KHSAA state tournament after finishing 5th in this week's Region Championship at Hidden Hills Golf Club in Tompkinsville, where he shot a 75.
The overall team winner was Bowling Green, who will go on to compete at the state level, as well as the top 7 individual scores, where Oliver qualified.
The boys scored a team total of 351, which placed them finishing 7th out of 15 total teams. Other scores were Eli Booker (86), Andrew Talley (92), Ben Elmore (98) and Evan Stice (108).
"We had a good tournament and season, but we will miss our seniors Eli and Ben," said Coach Ed Nunnelee. "They have been playing since the 7th grade, but we have some good players coming up."
Oliver will play next week where the state tournament will be held at Bowling Green County Club, a club where he is a member. Nunnelee said Oliver is comfortable at the course and hopes the familiarity will be an advantage.
The girls’ regional was played Monday at Crosswinds Golf Course in Bowling Green where ECHS was represented by sophomores Hallie Cassady and Paige Wolfe, plus 8th grader Makayla Hogg. While none advanced to the state, each girl shot their lowest tournament score of the year.
"Our girls team is very young with six sophomores and two in middle school, but they can be a pretty good team next year," said Nunnelee. "It will take some work on their part but I think this group is willing to do just that."
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County Lady Cat volleyball team has grabbed two wins already this week with sweeps of both Caverna and Glasgow.
EC defeated Caverna 2-0 on Monday night on the road (25-12, 25-15) and Glasgow at home last night 2-0, (25-12, 25-17).
In the game against the Lady Colonels, freshmen Kaylee Lindsey and Alyssa Doyle led the team with kills with 6 and 4 respectively, and junior Abbie Slaughter led in digs with 8.
On Tuesday night's game against Glasgow, freshman Alyssa Doyle and 8th grader Madison Bullock led the way in kills with 4 each, Emma Woodcock led with 9 assists while adding 5 digs, Abbie Slaughter added 6 digs, senior Rachel Cowles added 5 digs and 4 assists.
Edmonson County is now 8-15 on the season (0-13 Region 3, 0-6 District 12) and is set to take on Allen County on the road Thursday night in a rescheduled match from earlier in the season. After fall break Oct. 7-11th, the team is scheduled for three final home games before the district tournament in Grayson County.