News Briefs on The LoJo in February 2017
By Jim Turner

Posted on March 11, 2017 12:25 PM

Feb 28, 2017

RMS cheerleader tryouts next week

Tryouts for Russellville Middle School cheerleaders will be held Friday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at Stevenson Elementary School for those who will be in fifth through eighth graders. Practices will be held there on that Thursday and Friday. A parent meeting will be held following practice on Wednesday, March 8. For more information, contact Erica Bedel at 270-772-1475 or Juli Link at 270-893-4238.

Feb 28, 2017

Nash, Offutt to play in

all-star football game

Logan County High School football players Nate Offutt and Dalton Nash have been selected to the Sky Conference All Star Team, Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced. The SKY All Stars will play the Western Kentucky All Stars on Saturday, June 10, at Warren East High School.

Feb 28, 2017

RMS will have new basketball

coaches next season

Russellville Middle School is looking for four new basketball coaches for next season. Athletic Director Calvin Head says he is taking applications for a head coach and an assistant coach in both girls and boys junior high basketball. He gave no further details. Additionally, Head says tickets are still available for the Panther Party scheduled for March 11.

Feb 27, 2017

Logan schools still to be out two

full weeks for spring break

From Logan County Superintendent Paul Mullins: "At our February school board meeting, the board approved amending this year’s school calendar. The result is we will be out both weeks of spring break and the end date is still May 19. We were able to do this because we exceeded minimum number of days and hours." The dates of spring break are March 27-April 7.

Feb 27, 2017

Coleman leads Metcalfe

past Lady Panthers

Giving everything they had, the Russellville Lady Panthers came up short in the Fourth Region Tournament Sunday afternoon. Metcalfe County rode the multi-leveled talents of center Mackenzie Coleman to a 54-33 win at Diddle Arena. Coleman—the region’s most dominant player—totaled 32 points, 23 rebounds, 7 blocks and 3 steals while hitting 13 of 14 free throws. RHS star Loreal Cheaney led her team with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. The team’s only other senior, Addie Hendley, was injured in the game and played only 10 minutes, but she had 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Coach Calvin Head’s team had to play without point guard DeShale Leblanc, who sat out the game with injuries suffered in the district tournament. Metcalfe County moves on to the semifinals to play neighboring Monroe County, which held off Bowling Green in the other opening session game.

Feb 24, 2017

Lovan scores 49 to lead F-S to title

Tavin Lovan ended his home career by scoring 49 points as his Franklin-Simpson Wildcats beat Russellville 84-61 in the 13th District Tournament championship game. Russellville led most of the first quarter, but Lovan put F-S ahead 20-19 at the first stop. Shon Kees hit two free throws and Jaylyn McMurry scored four more quick points to pull Coach Phil Todd’s team to within in two points, but Franklin outscored the Panthers 13-2 the rest of the half. After Lovan hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the second half, the game was for all purposes over. Pedro Bradshaw scored 17, Kees 13 and McMurry 12 for the Panthers. Trey Radcliffe added 13 in support of Lovan, who passed Pam Gooch as the leading scorer in FSHS basketball history with 2,610 points.

Feb 24, 2017

Lady Panthers to play Metcalfe

at region Sunday

In this year’s girls regional basketball tournament at Diddle Arena, the 13th and 16th district finalists drew their counterparts Friday morning. The Russellville Lady Panthers (11-19) will play 16th District champion Metcalfe County (17-15) at 5 p.m. Sunday. Coach David Clark’s Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats (15-15), which won the 13th District title Thursday night 39-16 over RHS, will meet 16th District runner-up Russell County (23-8) Monday night. If the Lady Panthers win Sunday, they will play the Monroe County (29-2)-Bowling Green (21-8) survivor in Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinals. In between, boys regional games and Topper games will be played.

Feb 22, 2017

Isaiah Mason seals district win

for Greenwood over Central

Eighth grader Isaiah Mason hit two free throws in the last few seconds and got a key offensive rebound to seal a 56-53 double overtime Greenwood win over Warren Central in the 14th District Tournament at Central Wednesday. Mason is the son of Montez Mason, a standout on Coach Dick Webb’s 1993 Logan County regional finalist team. The younger Mason starred for Drakes Creek this season, but when that season was over, he was called up to play for the varsity Gators after Coach Bob Pels dismissed two of his most talented players for disciplinary reasons. Mason responded by scoring 16 points against Monroe County, and then as a starter got seven key points in this district win. Speculation is that this could be the final game for Coach William Unseld at Central, who followed the legendary Tim Riley as the Dragon coach a few years ago.

Feb 22, 2017

Girls regional tickets to go on sale

Russellville Athletic Director/Girls Basketball Coach Calvin Head has announced that tickets for the girls regional tournament will go on sale at the high school Friday afternoon. The draw for regional berths will be held Friday morning after the Lady Panthers play Franklin-Simpson in the 13th District finals at F-S Thursday at 7 p.m. RHS will play either Sunday afternoon or Monday night. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door.  If RHS doesn't play until Monday, tickets will also be for sale at the school Monday. Head is asking Lady Panther fans to wear black to the game Thursday night. Tuesday's win over Logan County came five years to the day since the last time an RHS girls team won a postseason game. That came in 2012 when Coach Dedra Adler’s Lady Panthers beat Logan in the district.

Feb 22, 2017

After Todd Central’s Clayte Weathers hit a 3-pointer to give the Rebels a 20-18 lead over Russellville midway through the second quarter Tuesday, Jacob Naylor hit three 3-pointers and Elijah Kemp another to give RHS a 32-20 lead at the half in their 13th District Tournament opener at Franklin. The second half was all Panthers on the way to an 82-59 win. Shon Kees scored 12 points and Jaylin McMurry 9 in the third quarter; both finished with 14 points, as did Naylor. Pedro Bradshaw scored 22 in the game. Travez Henry led Todd with 13 points while Trey Dickerson added 11 and Weathers 9 for the Rebels. Coach Phil Todd’s Panthers will face Franklin-Simpson in Friday’s finals at 7 p.m.

Feb 21, 2017

RHS Hall of Fame Coach Matt Tipton dies

On the same evening that the Russellville Lady Panthers were upsetting Logan County in the 2017 13th District Tournament, the first coach of girls basketball at RHS, Matt Tipton, died. The Hall of Fame coach became seriously and unexpectedly ill just a few weeks ago. In addition to basketball, he coached football for the Panthers and was highly successful as coach of Lady Panther track for over four decades. He is survived by his wife, retired Stevenson Elementary teacher Connie Tipton, and their daughters, Medina and Bethany. Funeral arrangements are not yet available.

Feb 21, 2017

RHS ends Lady Cougars'

district championship streak

The Russellville Lady Panthers took the lead at 23-20 on a 3-pointer by Addie Hendley in the second quarter and never relinquished it on the way to a 55-47 win over three-time defending district champ Logan County Tuesday in the opening round of the 13th District Tournament Tuesday. Coach Calvin Head's team led 40-30 going into the fourth quarter, but Lady Panther star Loreal Cheaney picked up her fourth foul with 6:30 remaining in the game. Logan Williamson led a comeback by Logan County, and the lead was down to 43-40 before Cheaney came back in with 4:50. RHS played much better with her back and held on for the win. Cheaney finished with 20 points while Gabbi Poirier added 17. Jessica Hines led the Lady Cougars with 11 and Abi Lindsey and Kennedy Nichols added 9 each. RHS plays host Franklin-Simpson for the championship Thursday at 7 p.m. in the finals.

Feb 20, 2017

Lovan scores 35, leads F-S past Cougars

Mr. Kentucky finalist Tavin Lovan scored 35 points to lead the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats past Logan County 72-55 in the opening game of the 13th District Tournament Monday at Franklin. He had 20 points at the half, helping Coach Dee Spencer's team to a 38-22 lead. He also held Logan’s Austin Rayno, who had scored 31 points in a win a week earlier, to five points. Kelby Epley scored 17 to lead Coach Lonnie Mason's Cougars while Third Bell had 14. Both are sophomores. Ethan Smock added 8 points. The Cougars finished with a 7-20 record.

Feb 13, 2017

Dawspn to speak at Macedonia

The Russellville-Logan County NAACP's Black History program will be Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Auburn. The speaker will be Dr. Nancy J. Dawson, professor and director of

African American Studies at Austin Peay State University and Southern Illinois University and a consultant for the Center

for Community Engagement at Albany State University. She is also an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Kentucky. She is sponsor of the Community Garden

Project in Russellville. President William Woodard says, "The community is welcomed to participate and enjoy Dr. Dawson's presentation."

Feb 11, 2017

Cougars lose flip, to face Franklin

A loss at Todd Central earlier this season ultimately cost the Logan County Cougars another shot at the Russellville Panthers in the district tournament. Coach Lonnie Mason's team played the Panthers close in both Clashes of the Cats this year, including an overtime loss a couple of weeks ago, but Logan lost a tiebreaking session Saturday with no balls bouncing. As a result, the Cougars will play top-seeded and homestanding Franklin-Simpson Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. Todd, which rode the hot shooting of Clayte Weathers to a win over LCHS in January, will play Russellville at 8 p.m. the following evening. It had already been determined that a third Clash of the Lady Cats will be played in the tournament, that one scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The girls championship game will be on Thursday at 7 p.m. and the boys final on Friday at 7.

Feb 11, 2017

Pastfinders to discuss First

Families of Logan County

The Southern Kentucky Pastfinders will meet Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Logan County Library. The program will be given by genealogist Cheryl Goley, who will be providing a first-hand look at the First Families of Logan County project that is sponsored by the Logan County Archives and the Logan County Genealogy Society. Anyone who would like to know if their ancestors may have been among the first to settle in Logan County is welcome to attend and find out.

Feb 10, 2017

Lewisburg School offering Pro Wrestling e

Lewisburg School is sponsoring Spring Brawl 2017, a live pro wrestling event, on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Some big names in the professional wrestling will be on hand. This will be a fundraiser for the school.

Feb 10, 2017

RMS to send 5 to All Star game

Russellville Middle School boys and girls basketball teams will be represented in the 2017 Playmaker Basketball Academy All Star Game on March 4. Those selected to participate are Chloe Whitescarver, Macaria Hines, Jaquis Todd, Chaun Cheaney, and Anthony 'Rooster' Woodard.

Feb 9, 2017

Logan softball tryouts next week

From Coach Brandy Trimble: LCHS softball tryouts will be Feb. 15-17 at the field, weather permitting, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. If it rains then we will tryout at Gary Gettings' building

Feb 9, 2017

Logan Middle football workouts to begin

From Adairville Principal Kristina Rice: Logan County Middle School football workouts will begin Tuesday Feb. 14 at the high school. They will be every Tuesday and Thursday until approximately 5:15. Students need to ride the bus to the high school. All students will need an up-to-date sports physical to participate. If you have any questions, email Craig Bristow at

Feb 7, 2017

Middle school musical tryouts

scheduled next week

From Melanie Manley: Auditions for the 7th Annual Logan County Middle School Musical for grades 5-8 will be Feb. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or Feb. 14 from 3:30-5:30. Auditions for 2nd-4th grade ensemble roles will be Feb. 16 3:30-5:30. See the Family Resource Center at your school for sign-up and audition information. Auditions will be held at New Vision Community Church,111 McDougal Way, Russellville.

Feb 6, 2017

Panthers beat Warren Central by 9

Senior Micah Naylor hit all six of his fourth quarter free throws and totaled 19 points, as he and Pedro Bradshaw led the Russellville Panthers to a nine-point win against visiting Warren Central Monday. Bradshaw finished with 27 points. Naylor and Paul Jones each hit three 3-pointers and Bradshaw one. Skyelar Potter led Central with 22 points, primarily by hitting 13 of 14 free throws. Josh Moss added 13 points for the Dragons.

Feb 5, 2017

Michael Morrow to present

history of The Bottoms

Local African American historian Michael Morrow will present a photographic look of "The Bottoms" in Russellville from 1830-1950 in a special Black History Month event at Logan County Public Library Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Feb 4, 2017


The Russellville High Cheer Clinic will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. until noon. It’s for ages 4 and up; the fee is $20 per child and will include a tee shirt and lunch. RHS cheerleaders will teach stunting, flipping, cheers and the fight song. Preregistration forms can be turned in to a cheerleader Erica Bedel at Stevenson or at the high school front office. Checks should be made to RHS Cheer. Forms should be turned in with payment by this Monday to guarantee a tee shirt.

Feb 3, 2017

F-S beat Lady Panthers

o finish 6-0 in district

After a dismal first half, the Russellville Lady Panthers got their game going in the second half but still fell 41-33 at Franklin-Simpson Friday. Coach David Clark's Lady Cats led 17-7 at the half. A lot of passing around the perimeter had produced just two free throws (both missed) and three fouls between the two teams. The action picked up considerably in the third quarter with Lexie Day picking up some needed points. Franklin led 30-23 going into the fourth quarter. Loreal Cheaney's 3-pointer cut the lead to 30-27, and Coach Calvin Head's Lady Panthers pulled to within one. They had a chance to take the lead on Day's steal, but she missed her drive, and Tatyana Peterson fouled on the rebound. Osheonna Baker responded with her 18th and 19th points for Franklin. RHS pulled to within two on a goal by Day and a free throw by Deshale LeBlanc, but Baker put together a 3-point play for breathing room. Franklin hit all eight of its free throws, including four straight by Tristany Lunsford in the final 20 seconds. Russellville fell to 6-16 overall and 1-5 in the district. Cheaney scored 10 points for RHS, Hendley and Peterson added 7 each and Day 6.

Feb 2, 2017

Friday a big night in local sports

Friday is a big night in local sports. The Russellville Panthers and Lady Panthers will travel to Franklin-Simpson Friday to face the Lady Cats and Cats, both of whom lead 13th District standings. Coach Phil Todd’s Panthers can force a tiebreaker for the top seed with a win. Coach Calvin Head's Lady Panthers can take a big step toward becoming the number three seed in the district tournament with the win. Meanwhile Logan County's teams will host two different schools on Senior Night. Coach Finley Baird's Lady Cougars will entertain Fort Campbell, and Coach Lonnie Mason's Cougars will take on powerful Hopkinsville. In between, Senior Night will be held. In the nearby Commons Area, the first Baseball Boosters Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Mark Thompson, Coach David Billingsley, Coach Ethan Meguiar & Jon Barrow. A story about the baseball event can be read in January Sports Articles on The LoJo.


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