School's Only Baseball Regional Championship Teams To Be Honored: Reception Planned
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Edmonson County's only regional championship baseball teams will be recognized on Friday, February 7, 2020, as ECHS takes on Grayson Co. High School in a boy/girl doubleheader.
The 1982 Regional Champion Wildcats rode an explosive 1982 team to the school’s first ever state tournament appearance after winning the 12th District and Region 4 crowns with first year head coach Mike Houchin and Assistant Coach Ricky Houchin. The team lost to Henderson County in first round action and wrapped up the season with a 17-4 record.
The 1983 team pulled off an encore performance the following year during a 14-5 campaign that eventually ended with a loss to the Owensboro Red Devils in the first round of the sweet sixteen by one run, 7-6. OHS won the state championship three games later.
ECHS fans are encouraged to attend and help welcome back these former Wildcats. Team members are sending a special invitation to the Classes of 1982 and 1983 to come out and join a team reunion while cheering on the Wildcats against the Cougars.
1982 and 1983 ECHS Baseball Team Members
1982 Team Members: Mike Buttram, Glendale Meredith, Lynn Meredith, Sonny Prunty, Kevin Raymer, Barry Vincent, Todd Webb.
1983 Team Members: David Alexander, Brad Houchin, Keith Ohmer, Bryan Thompson, Jimmy Wilson, Mark Woosley.
1982 AND 1983 Team Members: Robbie Alexander, Tim Basil, Craig Browning, Dion Houchins, Scott Key, Greg Meredith, Shane Meredith, Eugene Spradlin, Kevin Ray, Chris Raymer, Roland Simmons, Jason VanMeter, Allen Vincent. Assistant Coach – Ricky Houchin. Head Coach – Mike Houchin.
Plans are in motion to hold a reception for former team members/coaches and a guest prior to the ceremony. In order to adequately prepare for the reception, team members/coaches that will be able to attend are requested to RSVP by contacting Craig Browning (email@example.com) or Dion Houchins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ECHS Senior Receives $1K Scholarship
Luke Meredith, a senior guard for the Edmonson County Wildcats, was awarded the All A Classic Region 3 Academic Scholarship at Saturday night's game against the Owensboro Catholic Aces.
The scholarships are awarded to recipients from small schools all throughout the state each year. Luke was the $1,000 winner from the All A schools in Region 3.
He is the son of Michael and Marsha Meredith.
Owensboro Catholic Advances Over Edmonson County 83-58
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A big second half from the Owensboro Catholic Aces doomed Edmonson County tonight as ECHS hosted the All A Region 3 Classic.
Both teams traded punches early and despite hot shooting from Nick Clemmons and Dalton Decker, the Aces took a 19-13 lead after the first quarter and led 32-27 at the half.
Catholic outscored Edmonson County by 12 more in the third and the game was out of reach midway through the fourth quarter as the Aces went on to win 83-58.
"We played a good first half but then we came out the second and didn’t play with the same intensity of the first half," said Head Coach Mike McClintic. "I don’t know if we were satisfied or what but it’s just little things that seem to trouble us. Things like defensive breakdowns, not getting back in defensive transition, defensive rotations, rushing shots, and forcing shots."
Coach Mac said he was focused on getting his guys to play more as a team unit and not to worry about things outside the team's control.
"I consider these boys family to me," he said. "They're like my sons."
The Wildcats were paced by Mason Pierce's 16 points. Dalton Decker added 12, Chaz Wilson had 10, Gavin Rose had 6, Nick Clemmons had 5, Eli Booker added 4, Trent Taylor had 3, Daniel Woosley had 2, and Isaiah Johnson also had 2.
Edmonson County is now 3-10 on the season and won't play again until Friday, January 10 at Trinity.
Lady Aces Top Lady Cats 55-45
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After holding the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces to only 2 points in the first quarter, the Lady Cats saw OC rally in the second with a 19-5 quarter that would keep Edmonson County from advancing to the finals of the All A Region 3 Classic, hosted at ECHS.
Edmonson County's defense forced several turnovers on the Lady Aces early but the tables were turned when Catholic's defense did the same to the Lady Cats in the second. The difference was that Catholic turned nearly all those turnovers into points and OC led 21-14 at the half.
Edmonson County scrapped back with the help of the sharp shooting Macie McCombs, who put up 14 points on 4-three pointers but the size and length of the Lady Aces were too much for Edmonson to overcome as they fell 55-45.
"I thought our game plan was solid, holding them to 9-2 in the first quarter," said Head Coach Bart Weaver. He later discussed the bounce-back from the Lady Aces. "They played more like the way they play, and we knew it was coming," he said. "But you have to find a way to fight against it."
Emma Rose Vincent scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while going 4-4 from the free throw line.
The remaining box score was Katie Lindsey 3, Lily J. Vincent 3, Lauren Ballance 1, Madison Harrison 1, Paige Wolfe 1.
The Lady Cats are not scheduled to play again until Friday, January 10th when they travel to Trinity for a makeup game from earlier in the season.
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Both the Lady Cats and Wildcats fell to Thomas Nelson tonight on the final night of the 2019 Caveland Classic, sponsored by Rafferty's/Double Dogs.
The Lady Cats got behind early to the hot-shooting Generals and found themselves behind double-digits in the first quarter. TN led 20-13 after the first. Coach Bart Weaver called off the man-to-man defense and dropped back into a zone, which was much more efficient for Edmonson County. The Lady Cats had cut it to 31-27 at the half.
Paced by point guard's Katie Lindsey 20 points, who had been quiet on the offense side of things over the past couple games, the Lady Cats fought back with a few runs, but a 9-2 run by the Generals capped off the third and Edmonson County wasn't able to catch back up as they fell 54-58.
In addition to Lindsey's 20 points, she also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. She also hit all 7 of her free throws. Lauren Ballance added another double-double to this year's stats with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Emma Rose Vincent added 8 points, Madison Harrison had 6, Macie McCombs had 5, and Paige Wolfe had 2.
Wildcats 66, Thomas Nelson 71
The Wildcats lost their fourth in a row tonight as they fell to the Thomas Nelson Generals. While a team effort was shown by Edmonson County with four players in double figures, poor free throw shooting (59%) came back to haunt them along with missed opportunities down the stretch.
Dalton Decker led in scoring with 17 points and impressed throughout the classic, averaging 29ppg through the three Caveland Classic games.
Edmonson County was solid early and led 22-20 after the first quarter, but a better second quarter from the Generals gave them a 43-36 halftime lead. Thomas Nelson committed only 5 turnovers and shot 77% from the free throw line, which included 7 in a row as the final quarter began to close.
Eli Booker had 13 points and 4 rebounds, Mason Pierce scored 12, Chaz Wilson had 11 points and 7 rebounds, Mick Clemmons had 5, and Isaiah Johnson scored 2.
Edmonson County is now 2-6 on the season.
Edmonson County native Scott Lindsey, senior VP of Rafferty's, presented a check to ECHS Athletics to cover tournament costs. Rafferty's provided food for all players and team staff on Friday night. On Saturday, Lindsey presented a signed bench to Coleton Parsley, which had several former professional and college players from the University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati Reds. It's the 13th year in a row Rafferty's/Double Dogs had sponsored the Caveland Classic. The Kentucky Historical Society also brought a mobile exhibit called the History Mobile, from the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, which was available on Saturday at no cost.