School, sports stories most popular on The LoJo in 2015
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 23, 2016 2:43 PM

Stories on The Logan Journal related to education were the most popular in 2015. Five of the 10 most ‘Liked’ stories were about schools, which expanded to 12 out of the top 30. Since most of the sports articles involved students, that number grew to 18 of 30

Readers of The LoJo are invited to click Like if they find a story interesting. Of the 529 articles which appeared on the online newspaper last calendar year, 175 drew 50 or more likes

The most popular article by far was about Logan County High School baseball star Caleb Bruner being named a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American. With 775 Likes, the story drew almost 50 percent more clicks than did the second place article. That one was the success story of Mike Jackson, who has built his Ski Daddy’s restaurant into a local favorite.

The education story popularity began with third place Adairville’s being named a School to Watch for the fifth time, most in state history. Other school stories in the top 10 were Russellville High School’s honoring cancer-battling student athlete Dillon Porter, the Auburn Honor Roll, Kayla Hazel’s WKU scholarship, and Wesley Estes’ being named state FFA president.

In addition to Bruner, sports articles in the top 10 were about plans for an Alumni Clash of the Cats and the naming of the second class Cougar Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

The only other story in the top 10 besides Ski Daddy’s that was neither school nor sports was about former Beaver morning personality Myla Porter joining the on-air staff of WRUS.

Other individuals spotlighted in top 30 stories were the late Coach Gerald Sinclair, Tara Gilbert, Jackson Caudill, Ryan and Matt Harper, John Logan Dockins, Ian Woodall, Coach Steve Duncan, Brian White, Dr. Gary Hughes and Michael Zerotignt,

Guest writers who had stories in the top 10 were Jenna Simmons, Lindsay Turner, Ben Kemplin, Dr. Kevin Hub and Amy Hallman.

In fact, 29 writers had a total of 40 articles liked. Leaders were Simmons with four, Ryan Craig and Kemplin with three each, and Penni Nugent, Mark Brooks, Sarah Hatton and Kim McDaniel with two each.

Other guest writers who attracted readers’ applause were Hub, Hallman, Lindsay Turner, David Brooks, Mallory Ervin, Carrie Shanklin, Jon Jukes, Carol Kimmel, Amy Marsh Clark, Kaye Hendricks, Melinda Grinsley-Smith, Linda Hatler, Deborah Davenport, Kristina Rice, Michael Romans, Todd and Dedra Adler, Al Smith, Leon Smith, John Wright, Melanie Manley and Elaine Ezell.

Surprisingly, stories about football and basketball not involving alumni were not among the most popular. The top football story was about player CoCo Darden and Coach John Myers being named to the Kentucky squad in the Border Bowl. The most Liked basketball story finished 57th. It was about Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars getting their biggest margin of victory ever over the Panthers.

The following is a complete list of articles that drew 50 or more Likes. To read a story, click on the link.

775: Caleb Bruner named first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, June

520: Ski Daddy’s surpasses goal five times and keeps adding years, February

464: Adairville first school in KY named School to Watch five times, December

459: Logan alumni to play football against RHS alumni, January

427: RHS to hold Green Out at homecoming in support of Dillon Porter, January

426: Myla Porter to become WRUS air personality, December

400: Auburn announces first quarter honor roll, October

353: Kayla Hazel earns top WKU scholarship, February

348: Wesley Estes of Logan FFA named state FFA president, July

(Jenna Simmons)

325: State tournament stars, super coaches, talented women named to Cougar Hall of Fame, December

317: Bonnie Spears named Chandlers assistant principal, October

304: Ben Kemplin promoted to Logan central office, February

301: Logan Schools welcome 31 new teachers, 12 others change jobs, August

(Ben Kemplin)

299: Auburn & Olmstead schools named Honorable Mention, September

(Ben Kemplin)

296: Coach Gerald Sinclair was successful, respected ,and beloved, August

283: Tara Gilbert leads RHS softball past LCHS for first time in nine seasons, March

283: Jackson Campbell earns invite to national showcase, July

279: Logan superintendent explains decision to dismiss school today, March

(Dr. Kevin Hub)

272: LCHS students receive money for AP tests results from state grant, August

(Amy Hallman)

263: Former Auburn Baptist pastor Gary Hughes is now Dr. Hughes, May

262: Alumni Clash a night of great fun, football and fundraising, April

250: WKU announces Fall 14 honor students, January

249: 8th of August celebration draws big crowds to Russellville, August

244: Harper helps L-W reach World Series, could play Dockins’ team Saturday, May

230: Former RHS exchange student Micheal Zeratiqnt now in medical school in Ethiopia, February

226: Harper to reunite with Woodall in Spaulding baseball, January

223: 4-H helped for love of community and local history for Jim Turner, June

(Lindsay Turner)

217: LCHS officially announces retirement of Coach Steve Duncan, November

217: Logan FFA elects new set of officers, March

(Jenna Simmons)

216: Brian White hasn’t needed to collect on his accounting investment, July

214: Laster named Howard’s successor as Cougar cross country coach, July

209: Logan Schools honor bus drivers, Supervisor Chris Rippy, October

208: Ferguson, Harper named LCHS athletes of the month, April

207: Auburn students Sarah Cassady, Crandal Barrow achieve success, September

201: Stevenson third grader becomes “little angel” by giving to others, December

(Penni Nugent)

194: Ryan Craig to lead Logan Chamber, January

189: LCHS girls named Governor’s Scholars, April

(David Brooks)

179: Darden & Myers to be in Border Bowl on ESPN3 this weekend, January

178: Adairville 2nd graders give to humane society animals instead of themselves, December

(Mallory Ervin & Carrie Shanklin)

177: First RHS state champs in football to be honored, September

170: Stevenson students honored for test results, December

174: State band semifinals set for Rhea Stadium, October

174: RHS state champs of 1990 to be honored during state finals, October

171: LCHS launches Microsoft IT program, August

(Jon Jukes)

168: Chandlers named School to Watch again, December

167: Todd County Standard best in state again, February

165: Olmstead raising awareness one step at a time, Decmber

165: Logan Chamber Newsletter for Aug. 21

(Ryan Craig)

161: Sarah Fox named WKU valedictorian, May

160: Tori Dillard named to USA D3 Soccer Team, March

158: Jenn Dana to bring her joys together at farmers’ market craft sale this weekend, December

155: Lewisburg Beta, Sylas Morris headed to nationals, March

153: Bloodline legacies help Lady Cougars win Clash, January

148: Tommy Sandlin passes the torch to Tyler Davenport, November

(Ben Kemplin)

148: Marching Cougars place in pair of shows, to host own show Saturday, September

147: Ryan Harper swinging hot bat in college, April

144: Cougars record biggest win over Panthers, January

140: Will McKenzie wins KIAC golf title, headed to nationals, April

139: Van Zee, Hopkins lead WKU to regional engineering title, April

139: Caleb Bruner named Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, May

139: Marching Cougars place third at Franklin, September

(Carol Kimmel)

139: Finding great career came by happenstance for RATC, SKYCTC alum Anthony Cartmell, July

(Mark Brooks)

134: Lady Panthers beat LCHS for first district win in 10 years, May

134: Lady Panthers come from behind for 4th straight win, December

133: Jessica Penrod to graduate from law school, November

133: Rachel Fisher, Wesley Stratton, Kelsey Patterson lead RHS

129: Cougars beat RHS by 16 to clinch top seed in district, February

126: Middle schoolers named to all=star teams, February

125: Librarian Jennifer Wilcutt makes going to the library fun for Olmstead students, November

122: 1970 Panthers came ever-so-close to state

121: Alissa Todd selected for leadership institute, October

120: Vietnam vets honored by Russellville DAR, March

117: Logan County Farmers’ Market to open Saturday, May

114: Nate Woodall, Bailey Cornelius lead Chandlers graduates, June

113: Ami Brooks & Joe Hendricks form new legal first across from justice center, February

112: Louis Scott named to Creative Kids Advisory Board, September

107: Lewisburg classes decorate, fill Thanksgiving baskets, December

106: Logan students earn SKYCTC academic honors, July
106: Bonnie Watson named Olmstead principal, March

105: Hopkins and Van Zee help WKU steel bridge team place at nationals, May

105: RHS students named Heartbeats of the teams, May

105: Bruner leads Cougars in 17 statistical categories, May

104: Jillian McLellan, Louis Scott top Auburn scholars, June

102: Bruner pitches 1-hit, no-walk, 16-strikeout shutout over Central, April

101: Young Lady Panther ABA team formed, April

101: Industries, businesses give Logan math & science teachers practical training, July

(Amy Marsh Clark)

101: Finalists named for LCHS principal, August

100: Brenda Chapman Strickler, Lillie Mason, Fred Tisdale, Mark Thompson inducted into Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame, February

100: Auburn’s inclusion in Distinguished Schools among many achievements, December

(Sarah Hatton)

100: City Superintendent Leon Smith explains wind chill policy, January

97: Huge crowd enjoys opening day of Auburn baseball and softball, April

96: Tobacco Festival Calendar of Events released by Chamber, September

(Ryan Craig)

95: Open is the key word for Radio Shack in Russellville, March

94: Cougars win 1-0 pitching jewels on consecutive days, April

94: Thoughts on public service of some special people, July

94: Lady Panthers beat Butler County in season opener, December

93: Adairville News keeps community informed, April

(Kaye Hendricks)

93: RHS students excel, earn honors, April

(Kim McDaniel)

92: Little League All-Stars win district opener on walk-off homer, June

92: Johnson-Duncan reunion tomorrow to include square dancing, October

91: Logan FFA attends national convention, November

(Jenna Simmons)

90: RHS Cheerleaders also deserve credit in team’s success, November

(Kim McDaniel)

90: Lady Cougars win 3 of 4 games over weekend, April

87: Morris Strong theme evident at RHS Hall Induction, January

86: Logan FFA shines in regional contests, March

(Jenna Simmons)

84: Speaking of Sports filled with accomplishments, changes and noteworthy moments, July

83: Westerfield to hold public forum on teacher retirement in Russellville, July

83: Good News for Logan school in February 15

81: Chandlers principal Spears chosen for Leadership Institute, April

81: Sarah Fox named Fulbright Scholar, May

(Melinda Grimsley-Smith)

80: Veteran coach Greg Howard named LCHS athletic director, May

80: Sixth grade Cougars off to dominating start, September

79: Logan AD Hugh McReynolds announces his retirement, March

78: Ben Wright & Pedro Bradshaw named all region, February

77: Services set for former Russellville pharmacist Jack Carver, January

76: One marked off my Bucket List, February

(Linda Hatler)

75: Landon Stratton named OVC Special Teams Player of the Week, September

74: Adairville chooses homecoming queen and king, February

(Deborah Davenport)

73: Cougars win soccer season opener, August

73: RATC students to compete in SkillsUSA events, February

(Mark Brooks)

71: Russellville Rural Fire fundraiser Saturday, May

71: RJSHS Ambassadors present program at national meeting, March

(Penni Nugent)

71: Olmstead goes 7-2 at Belmont camp, June

70: James Milam Ambassadors Award created, October

69: Lady Cougars get favorable regional draw, February

68: CHS grad Daniel Collins hears Vice President Biden speak, January

68: Lady Cougars making new history after offensive explosion in Clash, February

67: Adairville students encouraged to fly their paper planes, December

(Kristina Rice)

65: Auburn students place first, second in state STLP competition, April

65: Stevenson’s Chapel UMC youth learn to serve others, June

(Michael Romans)

64: Once-in-a-lifetime events helped for special Year That Was in local sports, June

64: Logan Middle Softball finished third in state, October

(Todd & Dedra Adler)

63: Taleia Mason gets it going, Maegann Hardison piles it on in regional win, March

62: Crucial Cat Clash, Hall of Fame induction of tap at LCHS, February

61: Teams to plague frogs by gigging as part of Crittenden Drive Outdoor Ministry, June

59: RHS, LCHS Alumni to Clash at Rhea Stadium Friday, April

59: Fruit of the Loom rewards LCHS for purchases, September

59: Auburn School library filled with readers and prize winners, November

(Sarah Hatton)

59: Audiences find RHS production of Mary Poppins supercalifragilicexpialidocious, May

58: Russellville girls active, successful in summer travel ball, August

58: Lady Cougars win Warren East track meet at WKU, May

58: Athletes of the Month at RJSJS are named, September

58: Logan hopes football alumni help Cougars get win, August

57: Wendell Ford: An enduring winner at hands-on politics, January

(Al Smith)

57: Olmstead’s Lille Mason named to High School Hall of Fame, March

57: Russellville board adopts new school schedule, March

(Leon Smith)

57: Logan finishes a strong third in Cougar Run, October

56: Wesley Wright gives new life to old wood, December

(John Wright)

56: Logan 8th graders beat F-S in playoffs, heading to E’town, October

56: Lewisburg students stay in shape rock climbing, August

(Melanie Manley)

55: Cameron Mills to speak at LCHS Kickoff Bash, July

54: Riley Insurance moving, leaving prime office space available, May

54: Lady Cougars capture third FSNB title in four years, December 

54: Bevin appoints Steve Pitt as general counsel, November

54: State road crews working around the clock, February

54: Sarah Hatton named Auburn assistant principal, July

53: Logan Chamber Newsletter for April 17

(Ryan Craig)

52: Panther Park, 1990 state champs, 4th ranked Panthers await Cougars, September

52: Lady Panthers beat East, win second straight game, January

52: Sarah Fox receives Lifetime Experience grant, July

52: Crutchfield, Howell and Barnes lead Adairville graduates, June

52: Wright, Hazel and Crutchfield lead LCHS graduates academically, July

51: Bluegrass Festival in Auburn this weekend to feature vendor event, May

51: Blue-White Night set for Friday at LCHS, November

51: Adairville starts flooding with grades 1-3, September

51: Olmstead educators selected to attend institute at home of George Washington, September

50: Joe Jefferson, Katherine Neely Murrie, Terry Clayton, Lee Dockins, Bob Birdwhistell inducted into Cougar Hall of Fame, February

50: Cougars start baseball season with 4-1 record, March

50: Holly Goddard to be guest of Friends at Logan Library, June

(Elaine Ezell)

50: Panthers to play most vital game of regular season Friday, October






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