December 2014 News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on December 31, 2014 11:40 PM



Pardue, Kenwood win FSNB title

Coach Dennis Pardue added another FSNB Christmas Classic championship to his resume Tuesday as his Clarksville Kenwood team edged Greenwood 63-60 in double overtime Tuesday at Logan County High School. Pardue's previous crowns came while he was coaching the Russellville Panthers. Pardue will go against another of his former schools Saturday when Kenwood visits Todd Central. Meanwhile Pardue's predecessor and successor at RHS, Coach Phil Todd, almost led his Panthers to a great comeback in the losers' bracket finals of the FSNB.  Coach Tim Riley's  Springfield team led 61-35 in the third quarter, but the Panthers came back to tie it at 80-80 on Jason Mitchell's free throws with 11 seconds, but a Springfield player hit a shot at the horn for the win and fifth place.



Lady Cougars Classic champs

Total domination of the third quarter propelled the Logan County Lady Cougars to the championship of the First Southern National Bank 2014 Christmas Classic Tuesday evening. Coach Finley Woodard’s team needed aJessica Hines basket on a Torrie Pollard assist and three free throws by Maegann Hardison with no time showing on the clock to lead only 30-26 over highly regarded North Laurel at halftime. But the home team scored the first 12 points of the third quarter in slightly over three minutes to build a 16-point lead. The margin grew to 22 before the Lady Jags started coming back on Kayla Bruner’s three quick 3-pointers. Taleia Mason scored 8 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Hardison finished with 24 points as Logan won 65-57 for its second championship of this tournament in the last three years.



Panthers win in OT

After losing a big lead and a game in overtime earlier in the day, Coach Phil Todd’s Russellville Panthers came from behind to win 75-73 over North Bullitt Monday night in the FSNB Christmas Classic at home. Jaylin McMurry hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to put the game into OT after the Eagles had led by 17 in the third quarter and by 12 with 4:30 remaining in regulation. The Panthers went up 72-64 with 1:45 in the extra period but had to hold on for the win. Pedro Bradshaw scored 18, Lee McMurry 13, CoCo Darden & Tremon Morris 11 each, Jaylin McMurry 10 and Jason Mitchell 9. Jared Free scored 25 for Coach Korey Craddock’s Eagles with Ricky Dunnavon adding 18 and Ryan Henson 11. RHS will play Coach Tim Riley’s Springfield team for fifth place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at LCHS.



Lady Cougars reach FSNB finals

For the second time in three years, the Logan County Lady Cougars have earned a berth in the finals of the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic. Coach Finley Woodard’s team built a big lead, saw it dwindle to four points, and then resurged to a 51-43 win over John Hardin in the semifinals at LCHS Monday night. Taleia Mason & Brooke Barnes each scored 13 points while Kapreshia Powell added 8 and Maegann Hardison 7. Barnes added 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, and scored two straight buckets with a defensive rebound in between to turn a 41-37 lead to 45-37. After Mason hit three free throws, Barnes scored on Torrie Pollard’s 3rd assist. The Lady Cougars will play a good North Laurel team in the 6 p.m. finals Tuesday at RHS. The Lady Jaguars beat Russellville 68-41 in the other semifinal despite 15 points by Loreal Cheaney and 9 by Denise Stovall. North Laurel was led by Kayla Bruner with 23 points while freshman Madison Sheppard, the daughter of former UK star Jeff Sheppard, added 14. Games are being aired on WRUS.



Cougars, Pardue-coach Kenwood

advance in FSNB boys division

A hoped for meeting between the Russellville Panthers and their former coach, Dennis Pardue, won't happen in the FSNB Christmas Classic this week. Neither will a matchup between the Logan County Cougars and former Warren Central coach Tim Riley. Coach Lonnie Mason's Cougars and Pardue's Clarksville Kenwood team are in the winners' bracket while Coach Phil Todd's Panthers and Riley's Springfield Yellow Jackets fell into the losers' bracket in Monday's openers. The Cougars beat Dyersburg 74-53 and will face Greenwood, a 62-57 winner over Springfield, at 8 tonight at LCHS. The Panthers, who led by 7 points in the fourth quarter, fell 64-61 to Franklin Centennial and will go against North Bullitt, which lost to Kenwood 66-61. The RHS game will begin at 7:45 at Russellville.



RHS girls win FSNB opener

Getting 22 points from Loreal Chaney and 15 from Devonya Bryant, the host Russellville Lady Panthers won 57-48 over Crittenden County Monday morning in the FSNB Christmas Classic. Bryant hit only 3 of 18 shots, but she was impressive at the foul line, hitting 9 of 11. Chaney was 5 of 8 at the line and Jolanda Wells 2 of 2. Chaney was 8 of 21 from the field. Bryant had 10 rebounds and Chaney 7. The Lady Panthers will play North Laurel at 6:30 tonight at home after. North Laurel beat Central Hardin 55-29 this morning.



Hardison, Barnes, Mason & Pollard

lead Lady Cougars in Monday romp

Meagann Hardison scored 20 points, had 4 each of assists and rebounds, and made 3 steals to lead the Logan County Lady Cougars past Owensboro Senior 54-23. This was in the opening round of the Frist Southern National Bank Christmas Classic Monday morning. Brooke Barnes contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and 2 steals. Taleia Mason added 6 points, 4 assists and 3 steals, and Torrie Pollard had 6 assists. Coach Finley Woodard’s team plays again tonight at 6:30 at the main LCHS gym against the winner of the John Hardin-Livingston Central game.



Darden 11th RHS 1st-team All-Stater

According to Greg Owens, CoCo Darden has become the 11th Russellville Panther to be named First Team All-State in football. The others are, according to Owens: "Jim Sanford 1950.. Larry Ludwig  1950...  Granville Taylor1954... Tom Wilkins on both offense and defense in 1981.. Jonathan Cage 1983.. Rodney Gordon 1984.. David Britt1987..  Andy Britt 1990... Brandon Morris 1992… and Teco Dickerson 2000..  Coach Ken Barrett was listed as All State coach in 1983 as well."


CoCo Darden first-team all-state

Russellville senior CoCo Darden, who already had been selected state Class 1A Player of the Year, was named to The Courier-Journal's 2014 All-State Football Team, which was announced Christmas Day. Selected as a defensive back, he had 94 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense while accounting for 19 touchdowns and 1,516 yards total offense as the Panthers' quarterback. Teammate Desmon Quarles was honorable mention all-state as a running back. Heath Wiggins & Cody Crider of Coach Lance Graves' state runner-up Graves County team were also first-team all-staters. At least 8 of the first-teamers will play next year for WKU, which held on Tuesday to win the Bahamas Bowl 49-48 over Central Michigan.



Caitlynn Oberhausen named WKU Scholar of the College

Logan County High School graduate Caitlynn Oberhausen is Scholar of the College of Health and Human Services with a major in Hospitality Management and Dietetics. She is also an Honors College Graduate. She was honored as part of the WKU Fall Commencement. Caitlynn is the daughter of Dickie and Cheryl Oberhausen.  



Old school pictures sought

The Logan County Genealogical Society’s Judy Lyne says: “A local history teacher is looking for pictures of the Negro school that was near Odom's in Adairville and for the Independent South, aka Possum Hollow, schools. For that matter, the Genealogical Society would like to collect pictures of all old schools in Logan County. Call the Archives at 270-726-8179 if you have any we may copy. We can check the file to see if we already have copies or if you have a unique treasure of Logan County history.”



RHS musicians named to All-District

Band, Brown announces

Seven Russellville High School students have been named to the WKU All-District Band. These students were recognized for their accomplishments by RHS Band Director Brian Brown during the Christmas Concert held at deGraffenried Auditorium last week. The honorees are Hannah Miller, Danielle White, Jada Morris, Kaylee Silvey, Jovani Pacheco, Derrick Porter, and C.J. Borden.



Lewisburg Christmas Parade tonight

The annual Lewisburg Christmas Parade is scheduled tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. Vehicles in the parade should be lighted, since this year's theme is "Friday Night Lights."  For more information, call Susan Porter at 270-772-4505.



Huge Clarksville plant that was to benefit Logan closing

The $1.2 billion Hemlock Semiconductor plant that was built on a 1,300-acre site on the Logan-Todd counties side of Clarksville is closing, Jimmy Settle reports in The Leaf Chronicle. The plant was expected to have a positive effect on area economies, including its Kentucky neighbors, through available jobs and needed services. Several hundred people were employed in 2012, four years after the announcement was made, but in early January 2013 most of them were laid off. A company spokesperson indicated Wednesday that the absence of a trade agreement between the United States and China was a major contributing factor.



Brown Hospital having holiday open house on Summer Street

Brown Animal Hospital is having a Holiday Open House at its 153 South Summer Street location in Russellville from noon-2 p.m. Dr. Jenny Brown-Todd returned to Russellville this summer and set up practice in the former office of Dr. Jim Chambers. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. Homemade dog treats will be for sale.



Wrights being honored by FSNB

Two ladies who have been employees of First Southern National Bank and its predecessor, Citizens National Bank, for a half century. Betty Lou Wright & Bobbie Wright were both hired in late 1964 and have been there ever since. A reception in their honor is being held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bethel Branch.



Lady Cougars upset defending regional champ Glasgow

The Logan County Lady Cougars pulled off one of their biggest wins in years Tuesday, beating defending regional champion Glasgow 54-46 on the road. They led most of the way but had to withstand repeated challenges by one of top players in the nation, Bre Glover, who finished with 20 points. Coach Justin Stinson of Glasgow had Lady Cougar guard Torrie Pollard fouled five times in the last minute, and she hit one of mthe two foul shots on each trip to the line. She finished with 18 points. Kapreshia Powell scored 13 points and played tough defense on Glover all night. Taleia Mason shut down Lady Scottie standout sophomore guard Elli Bartley. Meagann Hardison had 8 points in the win for Coach Finley Woodard's Lady Cougars. Glasgow fell to 6-2.



Central holds off Cougars by 10

After playing even or better with one of the region’s top programs most of the game, the Logan County Cougars fell 72-62 to visiting Warren Central Monday.Coach William Unseld’s Dragons led by 9 early, trailed the Cougars by 6, and returned to the lead 36-35 as the half neared an end. Central scored the first seven points of the second half, and the Cougars could never recover. They got within three at 57-54 on a 3-point play by Taylor Blakemore on an assist from Tahmir Graham. The Cougars seemed to be in good position because of Central foul trouble as Chris Amos fouled out, but the Dragons dominated the final couple of minutes. Blakemore, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, scored 18 with Ben Wright adding 15, Noah Whittinghill 12, and Graham 9.Jared Savage led Central with 22 points. The Cougars’ record fell to 4-2.



Kramer & Cundiff-Brown to join RHS Jazz Band tonight

The popular duo of Rosemary Cundiff-Brown & Chris Kramer will perform tonight in conjunction with the Russellville High School Jazz Band. Cundiff-Brown sings professionally and is a photographer and speech coach. A graduate of Logan County High School, she is the daughter of J.R. & Zelma Cundiff of Russellville. Kraemer is a minister of Northside Church of Christ and often makes public appearance singing and doing impersonations of Elvis Presley. RHS Jr./Sr. bands are directed by Brian Brown. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit are RHS music programs.



Panthers dominate Todd Central

With six Panthers scoring 9 or more points, Russellville dominated visiting Todd Central 76-41 Friday in a district game. Coach Phil Todd's team led 23-6 after a quarter and 58-31 entering te final period. Pedro Bradshaw scored 17, Jason Mitchell 16, Tremon Moris12, and Micah Naylor & Lee McMurry 9 each for the Panthers. Javon Byars led the Rebels with 11 points and Travez Henry added 7.



Cougars topple Lovan-less Cats

The Logan County Cougars ran their record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the 13th District by beating visiting Franklin-Simpson 56-48 Friday. Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars led by a point before the region’s leading scorer, Tavin Lovan, injured his wrist colliding with a teammate. He not only didn’t play anymore but left the gym. The Cougars led 24-23 at the half and outscored the Cats 10-2 to start the third quarter. When Taylor Blakemore scored on an assist from Ben Wright, followed by a Pedro Garcia goal on an assist and steal by Wright, the lead was 41-28. Franklin came back, but a Blakemore goal on an assist by Garrison Rosser sealed the win. Blakemore scored 17, Wright 13, Noah Whittinghill 11 and Tucker Baldwin 8 for the winners.  Damonta Harper scored 16 and Josiah Robey 14 for Coach Dee Spencer’s Cats.



Todd girls win 60-51 at RHS

Despite Russellville putting three players in double figures, the Russellville Lady Panthers fell to visiting Todd Central 60-51 Friday. Loreal Cheaneyscored 17, with 13 of them coming on free throws. Davonna Bryant & Denise Stovall each scored 15, all of Stovall’s coming in the second half for Coach Calvin Head’s team in his first game against his alma mater. Alexis O’Daniel scored 17, Jayde Robinson 14 and Alicia Salazaar 9 for Todd.



Logan edges F-S girls 45-42

Coming from behind after a slow start, Coach Finley Woodard’s Logan County Lady Cougars beat visiting Franklin-Simpson 45-42 Friday to run their district record to 2-0. Taleia Mason led Logan with 11 points, and Kapreshia Powell gave the winners defensive energy while scoring 8 points. When Logan took the lead for keeps, Powell hit a shot, got the ball to Mason after making a steal, and fired an assist to Brooke Barnes. Playing her first game of the season while still bothered with an ankle injury, Meagann Hardison was on the floor briefly and scored 8 points. Cierra Johnson scored 6. Torrie Pollard hit 2 of 4 free throws in final 17 seconds. For Coach David Clark’s Lady Cats, freshman Keely Morrow scored 17 but in second place was Megan Krantz with 5.Canaysha Ervin missed a pair of free throws late that would have tied the score. 



District doubleheaders on tap tonight at LCHS & RHS

It's a district double-double tonight in high school basketball. All four teams from the Land of Logan are not only in action at home, but they are playing district opponents. Todd Central will be at Russellville, and Franklin-Simpson at Logan County. WRUS will air parts of all four games with Andy Woodall & Chris McGinnis at Jim Young Gymnasium and Zack Woodall & Ben Brown at LCHS. The girls games begin at 6 p.m.



Russellville bands to perform

A free Christmas concert will be presented today, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at deGraffenried Auditorium, featuring the Russellville High School Band, the Russellville Junior High School Band, and the Stevenson Elementary School Band. Brian Brown directs the high school bands and Susan Allpress the SES band. The RHS Jazz Band will be giving a performance on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the deGraffenreid Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.




Browning leaves Chamber for WRUS sales position

Lisa Browning, who has served as executive director of Logan County Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, submitted her resignation Tuesday as of Dec. 31. WRUS General Manager Chris McGinnis reported her resignation Wednesday and announced that Browning will come to WRUS as an account executive (advertising salesperson). Sharon Milam Ray has retired after an exemplary career of customer service.



Panthers hold off East 73-71

The Russellville Panthers built an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter and held on for a 73-71 win over visiting Warren East Tuesday for the first win of the season by Coach Phil Todd's team. Sophomore Pedro Bradshaw scored 30 points, including hitting 10 of 12 free throws. Jason Mitchell had a career high 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Lee McMurry added 14. Sophomore Dylan Gaines led East with 19 while Kaleb Britt scored 14 and Khalil Britt 11, the latter's all in the fourth quarter. Braxton Whitney added 12 points, including hitting a pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds to cut the lead to two. Mitchell hit a free throw, and the Raiders missed a 3-pointer at the end.



WRUS to air East vs. Panthers

Tonight WRUS will air its first Russellville High School basketball game of the young season as Coach Phil Todd's 0-2 Panthers look for their first win of the year, hosting Warren East. The game is a jv-varsity double header. Andy Woodall & Chris McGinnis will call the varsity action around 7:15 on 610 WRUS and online



RHS plans Pack the Gym

Friday, Russellville High School will host the first girl/boy doubleheader basketball game of the 2014-2015 basketball season. This will be the school’s first district games of the year as the Lady Panthers and Panthers face off against Todd County Central. Athletic Director/Girls Coach Calvin Head says, “We would like to pack the gym on this night with as many Russellville fans as possible! The athletic department will be giving away free yellow glow sticks to the first 125 Panther Fans who show up on Friday night. The glow sticks will be used for our starting lineup activities for both games. Panther spirit cloths will also be given away to those Panther fans who show up first.”



Cougars win 63-54 at South

Trailing only once by a point in the second half, Coach Lonnie Mason’s Logan County Cougars recorded an impressive victory Monday, winning at South Warren 63-54. Noah Whittinghill scored 17, Ben Wright & Taylor Blakemore 12 each, and Tahmir Graham 10 for the Cougars’ third win in four starts. Graham and Blakemore made some huge plays in the fourth quarter after new coach Jeffrey Breeze’s Spartans had taken a 46-45 lead. Brandon Stacker scored 15 for South with Michael Hicks adding 11. Impressive eighth grader Marquis Walker added 9.



Greenwood edges Lady Cougars

A large crowd of supporters from sister school Magoffin County couldn’t pull out a victory for the Logan County Lady Cougars Saturday afternoon. Coach Finley Woodard’s team led 49-48 going into the fourth quarter, but the Greenwood Lady Gators’ Alexis Dean scored 8 of her 18 points in the final stanza as GHS won 69-64.  Riley Harris scored 16, Alexus Jessup 11 and Cassie Meador 10 for the winners. Torrie Pollard had 20 points, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots before fouling out for Logan. Cierra Johnson  added 12 points, and Brooke Barnes had another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds plus 2 each of steals and blocked shots.



CoCo Darden state player of the year

Already named Fourth Region Player of the Year for all football classes, Russellville senior Tacorian 'CoCo' Dodson has been named state Class 1A Player of the Year, Coach John Myers has told Principal Kim McDaniel and WRUS' Chris McGinnis. See his statistics in a story on  The LoJo at 



Panthers drop low-scoring game

Muhlenberg County defeated the visiting Russellville Panthers 52-36 in the opening game forCoach Phil Todd’s team. Pedro Rivera led the Panthers with 10 points and 8 boards while Lee McMurry added 9 points and Noah 10 rebounds. McElwain and Hunter Nofsinger each scored 10 points for Coach Tony Hopper’s  Mustangs. All nine of Clayton Stovall’s points came on 3 of 6 shooting from long range. Nofsinger had 9 rebounds.



Cougars dominant in win over Todd

So dominant that they were on the up side of a running clock, the Logan County Cougars thumped visiting Todd Central 81-46 Friday. The district win ran Coach Lonnie Mason's squad's record 2-0. Taylor Owens scored 4 straight points and Austin Bagby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Logan up 40-20 at the half. Noah Whittinghill made his varsity debut special by scoring 16 points. Taylor Blakemore added 13 off the bench, Dalton Furlow score 11 as a reserve and veteran Ben Wright added 10. Tahmir Graham returned after missing much of the last two seasons with injuries. Nolan Barrow and Blakey each scored 10 points for new coach John Dillard's Rebels.



Pulaski edges Graves County in 5A

Coach Lance Gregory's Graves County Eagles came close but fell 14-7 to Pulaksi County in the state Class 5A championship game Friday in a hard rain at WKU's Feix Field.



LCHS girls romp past Todd

Led by junior Taleia Mason’s 17 points, the Logan County Lady Cougars crushed visiting Todd Central 57-29 to open district play Friday. Kapreshia Powell added 14 points, 8 of them coming in the first quarter, and the senior had 4 steals. Center Brooke Barnes put together a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Coach Finley Baird’s defending district champions, who led 28-9 at halftime. The Lady Cougars got a good all-around performance from Tori Pollard, a transfer from Muhlenberg County who had 7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and 3 blocked shots. She is the daughter of former Lady Cougar standout Pam Collins Pollard. New Todd Central coach Stephen McGhee’s Lady Rebels were led by Jayde Robinson, who scored 16 of her game-high points in the second half.



Pardue and Riley to coach against

each other tonight in Springfield

Two old friends and coaching rivals with Auburn connections will lock honrs again tonight. Clarksville Kenwood, coached by former Russellville Panthers coach Dennis Pardue, will play a district game at Springfield High School, coached by legendary Warren Central bench boss Tim Riley. The girls game begins at 6 with the boys to follow. Central followed RHS as the dominant team in Fourth Region basketball for most of the first decade in this century. Some of the Dragons' toughest competition came from the Panthers. This is Pardue's third year away from RHS. He was at Garrard County the past two seasons. Pardue is an Auburn native. Riley is the son of Auburn native Jean Drake Riley and her husband, Douglas Riley, a retired teacher at Chandlers and Logan County high schools.



Candlelight service planned at Red River Meeting House aft

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, a Christmas Candlelight Service will be held at the Red River Meeting House with Bro. Robert Ambuske speaking with Gloria Ambuske and Steve and Joyce Vann playing Christmas songs on dulcimers with the Guyer children singing. Light refreshments will be served. This will follow the Schochoh Christmas Parade.



25th Schochoh Parade Sunday

The 25th annual Schochoh Community Center Christmas Parade will be held this Sunday, Dec. 7, beginning at 2 p.m.  Free barbecue will be available after the parade. A pedal tractor pull will be held for kids 10 and under. A chili and cornbread cook-off is also planned. The parade was started in the heart of South Logan by the late James Harve & Margaret Smith. For more information, call Jennifer Moore at 772-1245 or Shelly Henderson at 772-2556.



Play to be presented Dec. 13

Sarah Tuck Production will presentChantel Leaves the Nest, written by Sarah Tuck & Mary Spencer, at deGraffenried Auditorium on the campus of Russellville High School on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. RHS graduate Michael Gough is a member of the cast. Tickets are on sale for $12 in advance. They will be $15 at the door. Children five and under will be admitted for $3. A portion of the proceeds will go to theConcerned Citizens of Russellville/Logan County. 



Cougars, RHS girls get wins

Teams from the Land of Logan got off to a fast start of this basketball season Monday. Coach Lonnie Mason's Logan County Cougars beat visiting Warren East 68-58. In his debut as a girls basketball coach, Calvin Head led the Russellville Lady Panthers to a 68-65 victory over visiting Fort Campbell.



Auburn leadership events slated

Auburn School will hold Leadership Ceremonies the next two days from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to recognize students who have shown leadership skills this school year. Wednesday’s ceremony is for grades K-4. Leaders in grades 5-8 will be recognized on Thursday. Superintendent Kevin Hub will speak on what it means to be a leader, what they can do to help others be leaders, and to answer some of their questions about leadership. David Wardis the Auburn principal.



EPB to work on fiber services

The Russellville Electric Plant Board will conduct a performance upgrade maintenance on its fiber services to enhance redundancy. An outage will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from midnight until 4 a.m. This outage will ONLY affect internet and phone service customers. Video customers will not be affected. Customers who still experience an outage or have any problems past 4 a.m. that day, should contact support staff by calling 270-726-2466 and pressing option 2


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