News Briefs on The LoJo for February 2020
By Jim Turner

Posted on March 10, 2020 8:08 PM


Feb 29, 2020

Landon Stratton joining

RHS football coaching staff

Landon Stratton, one of the most well-known athletes in local history, will be a member of the Russellville High School football coaching staff in 2020, head coach Mikie Benton has announced. Stratton, who is the son of Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton and his wife Connie, attended Russellville schools through the eighth grade, but in high school he attended Logan County High School where he starred in soccer and was a solid performer in football and basketball. He punted for Murray State University for three years and had one of the best averages in the nation. Then as a graduate senior, he was a member of the University of Georgia team which played in the SEC Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl. In 2019 he was on the coaching staff of North Carolina Charlotte, which won the Sun Belt Conference championship and played in the Bahamas Bowl.

Feb 28, 2020

Cougars come from behind

to win district championship

After never leading in the first half and trailing by seven points twice, the Logan County Cougars surged to a nine-point fourth quarter lead and beat Franklin-Simpson 55-48 Friday at Russellville High School. Their prize was a second straight 13th District championship. It was the 23rd straight win for Coach John Tinsley's team (27-23), which is 17-0 against 4th Region opponents. Rooster Woodard scored 23, Jose Nazario 13 and Dalton Thompson, who gave his team the lead for keeps on a 3-pointer at 42-40, added 11. Kyjuan Stutzman scored 18 for the Wildcats (15-16), but only four of them came in the second half. Andreyous Miller added 11. Dawson Knight hit a 3-pointer to pull the Wildcats to within six with 1:30, but F-S never scored again. The draw for the regional tournament, which will begin Tuesday, will be held Saturday morning.

Feb 28, 2020

Logan draws Metcalfe, RHS

to play BGH in girls region

The 13th District champion Logan County Lady Cougars (15-16) have drawn 16th District runner-up Metcalfe County (11-15) in the first round of the 4th Region Tournament at Diddle Arena Monday at 6 p.m. Russellville (19-11) for the second straight years drew tournament favorite Bowling Green (25-6). That game will be Sunday at 3:45 p.m. Defending champion Barren County and fourth-ranked Warren East are in the bracket with Logan while Russell County and Glasgow are in Russellville's bracket. Semifinals will be next Friday night and the finals on Saturday.

Feb 27, 2020

Lady Cougars hold off

strong RHS challenge

The Russellville Lady Panthers played the Logan County Lady Cougars infinitely better in the district finals Thursday than they had in two regular season losses, coming ever-so-close to winning the 13th District championship on their home floor. Logan, however, refused to fold on the way to their sixth district championship in the seven years Coach Finley Baird has been at the helm. Junior Abby Hinton, who had played super defense most of the game, hit a 3-pointer to put the Lady Cougars up 41-40 and then got the rebound on Kennedy Nichols' second straight block of an Amiyah Collier shot. Then Hinton got the ball to Paige Vanzant, who hit two free throws to make the lead three. Brinley Mason, who had hit two Lady Panther 3-pointers, got an open look but missed the 3-pointer. Vanzant got the rebound and hit two more clinching free throws with 10.8 seconds. The Lady Cougars won 45-40. Nichols scored 15 points, Paige Vanzant 13, Peyton Vanzant 8, and Hinton, Addie White & Kadyn Costello 3 each. Collier scored 13 for RHS and Macaria Hines 10, Mason and Anastasia Dowlen 6 each, Chloe Whitescarver 3 and Jayla Kees 2. The regional draw is Friday morning.

Feb 25, 2020

Adairville wants more activities at park

From Adairville Mayor Donna Blake: Adairville wants to again have baseball, soccer, softball, etc. at our park this year. If anyone is interested in participating as a player or coach, call city hall 270-539-6731 and leave your name and number. If we can get enough to play, we will get started on this. Let's have something where we can enjoy the comradery of having our park open and utilized.

Feb 24, 2020

Cougars roar to 50-point

win over RHS in district

Total domination! The Logan County Cougars trailed homestanding Russellville 8-7 in the first quarter before running off 22 straight points to lead 30-8. Logan outscored the Panthers 41-13 the remainder of the game on the way to a 71-21 win in the first round of the 13th District Monday. Seniors Jose Nazario & Brady Griggs scored 23 and 13, respectively. The Cougars won by 50 while getting just seven total points from two of their leading scorers on the season, Rooster Woodard & Jay Hardison. Chaun Cheaney (8) and Josh Allen (7) scored all of the Panthers’ first half points They finished with 8 and 9, respectively, for all but four of the RHS points. It was the 22nd straight win for Coach John Tinsley’s team, which is 16-0 in the region. The Cougars will play Tuesday’s winner between Franklin-Simpson and Todd Central Friday at RHS.

Feb 24, 2020

Seniors lead Lady Cougars to region

The five senior starters scored all but five of the points as the Logan County Lady Cougars punched another ticket to the Fourth Region Tournament Monday by beating Todd Central 65-39 in the first round of the 13th District Tournament at Russellville. Paige Vanzant scored 18, Kennedy Nichols 13, Addie White 12, Peyton Vanzant 11 and Gracie Christian 6. Four points off the bench came from sophomore Kadyn Costello. White, who hit six 3-pointers again BGH last week, hit four in this one. Peyton Vanzant piled up assist after assist. Lucy Chester led the Lady Rebels with 15 points. Coach Finley Baird’s Lady Cougars will play in Thursday’s finals against Tuesday’s Russellville vs. Franklin-Simpson winner.

Feb 19, 2020

Logan's Vanzant, Woodard & Nazario, RHS' Collier & Dowlen honored, named all-region

Five basketball players from the Land of Logan have been named to All-Region teams. Logan has two first teamers--Paige Vanzant and Anthony 'Rooster' Woodard, and a second teamer, Jose Navario. Russellville has a pair of third teamers, Amiyah Collier and Anastasia Dowlen. Also named to the boys first team was Bowling Green's Isaiah Mason, the son of former Cougar standout Montez Mason.

Feb 18, 2020

Logan Aluminum sponsoring

Chamber's Morning Mingle

Logan Aluminum will sponsor a Morning Mingle for Logan Chamber members Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30. It will be held at the Logan County Career & Technical Center. 

Feb 18, 2020

Logan residents named

HCC honor students

Hopkinsville Community College has announced its Dean’s and President’s List for the fall semester. Full-time honorees with an Adairville address are Breanna Gainous & Alex Hughes; from Lewisburg is Haley McGhee; and from Russellville are Miranda Haley & Alexis Moneypenny. On the part-time Dean’s List are Angela Barbee & Christopher Barbee of Lewisburg.

Feb 17, 2020

Churches sponsoring free meal

A Chili and Hot Dog Family Event is planned Saturday, Feb. 29, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Logan County High School Cafeteria. Dripping Spring Baptist Church, The Point, Liberty Baptist Church, Southern Heights and The Big Fish are among the religious organizations sponsoring this along with Gerald Printing. The meal is free and everyone is invited.

Feb 16, 2020

Dalton Shoemake pitches

Tops Baseball to win

The son of Russellville High School graduate Paul Shoemake was the winning pitcher in the WKU Hilltoppers’ 6-2 victory over Valparaiso Sunday. Dalton Shoemake took the mound in the fourth inning with Valpo leading 1-0 and shut out the Crusaders for four innings, giving up 3 hits and no walks while striking out 3. Dalton is the grandson of Lizzie Collins of Russellville. WKU is 2-0 on season.

Feb 13, 2020

Water closes Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road in North Logan is covered with water. Fourth District Magistrate Jason Harper urged motorists to avoid it for a few days Wednesday. There are also reports of water being over Duncan Ridge Road and Deerlick Road in North Logan.

Feb 13, 2020

Lady Cougar softball

tryouts set Monday

Tryouts for the Logan County Lady Cougar softball team will be Monday, Feb. 17, from 3-4:30 p.m. Those trying out should have a current physical on file or bring one on that day. Those with questions can contact Coach Mark Wood or Coach Michael Crawford at the high school, 270-726-8454.

Feb 12, 2020

Lewisburg Baseball signups begin

Signups will be held at the Lewisburg Fire Department the next couple of weeks for boys and girls ages 4-12 who want to play Lewisburg City League Baseball. It will be little league style baseball, according to Director James Craig. The fee is $45 per player. Registration will be from 5:30-7:30 on Feb. 13, Feb. 18, Feb. 21 and Feb. 24, and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Feb 12, 2020

Cougar Baseball Alumni/Booster

Dinner to honor 2000 team

Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. Logan County Cougar Baseball will host its annual alumni/booster dinner at the Logan County CTC. All friends, family, alumni and boosters are invited to attend. There will be Roy's BBQ, guest speakers, and a silent auction. This year organizers are recognizing the 2000 regional finalist team as the special guest. Sponsors for the evening include Modern Woodmen of America, and First Southern National Bank.

Feb 11, 2020

Marshall Kemp to speak

on Pauline's to Pastfinders


The next meeting of the Southern Ky Pastfinders will be held this Saturday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., at the Logan County Library. The program this month will be presented by retired Logan County School Superintendent and Pastfinder member Marshall Kemp, whose program will be on Pauline Tabor. Most people know Ms Tabor as the infamous Madam of Clay Street for 38 years in downtown Bowling Green, but she was more than that. Based in large part on her book, Marshall takes a look at a part of Pauline's life that few people know. This will be a unique opportunity to look at her life from a different perspective. The public is invited and admission is free.

Feb 11, 2020

Practice for Logan Middle

musical canceled today

Director Hope Strode has announced that practice for the Logan Middle School musical Annie Jr. has been canceled today (Tuesday) because of illness.

Feb 10, 2020

Logan Middle basketball players

named Kentucky All-Stars

From LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard: Logan County High School is honored to have five of our middle school basketball players on the Kentucky All-Stars. These players will be playing against the Tennessee All-Stars at a date to be announced. Congratulations to Kentucky All-Stars Hayden Strader, Davin Yates, Kade Wall, Nora Epley, and Emerson McKinnis. Olmstead School has also announced that Strader has been named to the Playmaker All Star Academy 8th grade Kentucky team. He is shown in the accompanying picture with Playmaker founder Terry Boykin.

Feb 8, 2020

Authors of new book on

Harper murders to be at library

Authors of new book about the December 1965 Lewisburg kidnapping and murders of Lewisburg banker Edgar Harper and his 49-year-old daughter Ella Givens will be at the Logan County Public Library today from noon to 4:30 for a “book launch.” Diane Theiler, Becky Kelley & Jean Kinsey will have for sale More than Blood Reveals, which Theiler describes as “a fiction story based on the Harper-Givens Peach Orchard Murders.”

Feb 7, 2020

Franklin runs past Panthers

Franklin's Dawson Knight hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, setting the stage for a running clock as the Wildcats got Homecoming started Friday night by beating Russellville 78-49. The Cats led 29-9 and 59-23 at the first two stops. Their running clock began at 59-23 with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter. Josh Allen led the Panthers with 12 points while Jackson Hampton added 10. Franklin clinched the number two seed in the district tournament. Now the Panthers, who are 0-5 in the district, must beat Todd Central next Friday to force a tied for the number three seed.

Feb 7, 2020

Logan-at-Todd games

postponed to Saturday

Tonight's games matching Logan County at Todd Central have been moved to Saturday, according to LCHS Athletic Director Greg Howard. The boys are playing first and will tip off at 4 p.m. The girls game will follow. Chris McGinnis of WRUS says his station will carry the games Saturday. Howard says Cougar Freshman, JV, and Varsity games with Russell County scheduled Saturday have been canceled.

Feb 7, 2020

Boys freshman district

tournament canceled

From Logan County High School Athletic Director Greg Howard: Just received word that the Boys Freshman District Basketball Tournament at Franklin-Simpson tomorrow has been canceled.

Feb 7, 2020

Auburn spring sports signups begin

Spring sports signups for Auburn T-Ball, Sling Pitch Baseball and Softball will be held Saturday (10 a.m.-noon), Thursday (5-7 p.m.) and next Saturday (10-noon), all at Logan County Public Library. The final day to register is Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Auburn Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Players do not have to be from Auburn. The fee is $60.

Feb 6, 2020

District doubleheaders to

feature boys games first

A pair of 13th District double-headers Friday night will both feature flipped formats with the boys teams playing first. Russellville is at Franklin-Simpson and Logan County at Todd Central. WRUS (104.9 FM and 610 AM) will have crews in both gyms and simulcast all the games, switching back and forth between gyms.

Feb 6, 2020

Logan Middle Baseball

tryouts to be staged

All middle school boys in grades 6-8 interested in trying out for Logan County Middle School Baseball are asked to attend a Players & Parents meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the 21st Century Room at LCHS. The meeting will explain team format, requirements, schedule and tryout process. Questions will be answered. An up-to-date physical is required. Tryouts will begin Friday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Coach Kelley Jordan at 270-725-3322, Coach Chris Cartas at 270-725-4274 or Coach Ethan Meguiar at 270-221-5480.


Feb 5, 2020

Chamber Ag Appreciation

Breakfast set Thursday

The annual Ag Appreciation Day organized by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by agri-businesses and supporters throughout the area will be held Thursday, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Logan County Extension Office. Those involved in Logan County agriculture are invited to attend. The featured speaker will be Kentucky Discussion Meet champion Trisha Campbell of Logan County. A ham auction will be held as a fundraiser.

Feb 5, 2020

Grain Day set Friday

at Extension Office.

The annual Kentucky-Tennessee Grain Day will be held Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at the Logan County Extension Office. Session topics will include Grain Market and Farm Bill Update, Corn Profitability, Managing Weeds, Corn Fungicides and Plant Disease, and Soil Fertility. Speakers will include Dr. Aaron Smith & Dr. Larry Steckle of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Bob Nielson of Purdue University, and Dr. Kiersten Wise and Dr. Josh McGrath of the University of Kentucky. A meal will be sponsored by B.R. Knuckles Insurance Agency and refreshments will come from the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. A trade show will be open until 1:30 p.m.

Feb 5, 2020

RHS sports, events, ACT

to proceed as scheduled

Following the announcement that all three Russellville City Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday for illness, RHS Principal Ben Bruni has issued the following clarifications: "All scheduled RHS athletics and extracurriculars will proceed as planned. Games, tournaments, and events will continue as originally planned. RHS will host the ACT as originally scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 8."


Feb 5, 2020

Russellville schools closing for

illness Thursday and Friday

Russellville Independent Schools will be closed this Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7, "due to the number of confirmed student illnesses across the district," according to Superintendent Bart Flener. The current plan is for schools to reopen Monday, Feb. 10.



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