News Briefs on The LoJo in September 2017
By Jim Turner

Posted on October 28, 2017 10:03 PM

Sep 26, 2017
No game Friday, since Fulton
County forfeits to Russellville
From Chris McGinnis of WRUS Sports: "Russellville Panther Head Coach John Myers has announced Fulton County has forfeited Friday night’s football game. There will be no game this week." Fulton County has won two games, including a romp past Fulton City. The Pilots only have 28 players on their roster, but Greg Owens reports on his The R Club blog that a number of players have health problems. Coach Peter Gallagher's team has been outscored 157-34 in the last three games. The Panthers already had a bye scheduled next week, as is Myers' tradition during Tobacco Festival week. The Logan County Cougars are also scheduled to be off this week and won't play again until Thursday, Oct. 5, against district opponent Hopkinsville.

Sep 26, 2017
Logan archery signups underway
From Coach Tina Lynch: "Logan County High School Archery is having signups for the 2017-2018 season. Any LC student that is interested in shooting archery should go and get the paperwork from Jason Hayes in the freshman wing. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. All archers must have an up-to-date sports physical before they can begin practice/tryouts."

Sep 22, 2017
Both local teams win football games
Both the Logan County Cougars and Russellville Panthers won football games Friday. Earning a running clock on the first play of the fourth quarter, Coach Todd Adler's Logan County Cougars got a district win at Hopkins County Central to run their record to 6-0 entering their bye week. The Russellville Panthers came from behind on Jacob Naylor's long pass and run tp Devin Quarles in the fourth quarter to beat Murray 28-21 at Rhea Stadium. RHS is now 4-2 entering district play. The Russellville-Murray game can be heard at 2 p.m. Saturday on all of WRUS' platforms.

Sep 22, 2017
Land of Logan teams leading at halftime
Both teams from the Land of Logan built substantial leads in the first half of games on Friday night. The Russellville Panthers led visiting Murray at homecoming 20-7. Details are not yet available. 
The defense dominated as the visiting Logan County Cougars were ahead of Hopkins County Central 19-0 at the intermission. Defensive Coordinator Derek Jackson saw his unit hold the Storm to 27 yards total offense in the first two quarters. Caden McKinnis & Curtis Shelton blocked punts with Nate Woodall scoring on the second recovery. The Cougar offense was sluggish but still gained 157 yards. Landon Thomas & Dylan Penick ran for touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler Ezell completed 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards and ran 6 times for 52 yards, including consecutive carries for 29 and 17 yards on the second TD drive. The Cougars added another TD early in the third quarter on a 27-yard pass from Ezell to Kelby Epley.

Sep 21, 2017
John Logan Dockins coaching
winning football in Alabama
Not only is his high school alma mater undefeated at the midpoint of this football season, but so is the team John Logan Dockins is helping coach in Montgomery, Ala. Dockins is the offensive coordinator for the Alabama Christian Academy Eagles, who are ranked fifth in the state in Class 4. The Eagles, who are averaging over 40 points per game, ran their record to 5-0 with a win over the previously ranked number six team last week. Dockins was the starting quarterback for the Logan County Cougars for four years, including the last LCHS team to make the playoffs. Dockins graduated from Faulkner University in Spring 2015, after playing four years for the college's baseball team. His degree is in Sports Management with a minor in Biblical Studies. In addition to football, he is the head JV basketball coach and he teaches middle school Bible. He and the former Savannah Burns were married this summer.

Sep 20, 2017
Former RHS shop teacher
Bob Armstrong dies at 83
Former Russellville High School industrial arts teacher Robert 'Bob' Armstrong died this week in Bowling Green. He taught 'shop' at RHS from the late 1960s into the '80s. He had a dry sense of humor and was beloved by both students and fellow faculty members. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. at J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel in Bowling Green. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and 11 a,m. Friday until time of services. Burial will be in Bowling Green Gardens.

Sep 16, 2017
Darden gets start for
WKU against La Tech
Former Russellville star CoCo Darden earned his first start in the defensive backfield for the WKU Hilltoppers this evening. According to The LoJo's Trey Turner, Darden made a big play early in the game against Louisiana Tech, one of the teams given the best chance of ending Western's two-year run as Conference USA champion. Darden has already had an eventful early season. It made the news when Coach Mike Sanford announced at a late summer practice that Darden has been awarded a scholarship. His phone call home to share the news is touching. Then last week, Darden was one of the players featured on ESPN's Game Day in a segment on former walk-ons who are now on scholarship.

Sep 15, 2017
Panthers come from behind for third win
Russellville's Hunter McDowell, who had kicked so effectively against Logan County a week ago, struggled early at Trigg County, missing a field goal and a conversion. But Coach John Myers showed faith in him late in the game. McDowell kicked a 26-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining to clinch Russellville's 23-14 win over the Wildcats. After the RHS defense stopped the Cats on downs at the Panther 8, Javeren Robey broke loose up the middle for a 92-yard touchdown run that gave the Panthers a rare lead in the second half. Other Panther scores had come on a 55-yard interception return by Xavier Evans and a 21-yard run by quarterback Jacob Naylor. The Panther defense held the Wildcats to 74 yards total offense in the second half. The Panthers were without injured players Edward Barber, Teon Morris and Jaquis Todd. Both teams are now 3-2.

Sep 15, 2017
Cougars win big, run record to 5-0
Whether your number of choice is five or six, the Logan County Cougars remain on a roll. Coach Todd Adler's team led 20-0 at the half before winning 32-6 over visiting McLean County on Homecoming. The win was the sixth in a row for the Cougars, including 5-0 to start the 2017 season. A recorded replay of the game will be aired on WRUS at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sep 15, 2017
Work planned on Deer Lick Road
Road work is planned next week in North Logan. From the Kentucky Transportation Department's Wes Watt: KY 107 Deer Lick Road (mile point 1.160 to 3.83) – Crews will be performing various work activities. Motorists should anticipate a one lane roadway controlled by flaggers.

Sep 14, 2017
Westerfield and Petrie holding
town hall meeting on pensions
State Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-Hopkinsville) announced on Wednesday a public town hall meeting in Logan County for all state workers regarding Kentucky’s growing pension crisis. Sen. Westerfield will be joined by State Representative Jason Petrie (R-Elkton). On Monday, Aug. 28, the PFM Group gave its final presentation to the General Assembly’s Public Pension Oversight Board, offering its recommendations on how to best address the problem. The Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Matt Bevin will consider PFM Group’s recommendations and craft a plan that will be implemented in a special session.

Sep 12, 2017
Cougars and Panthers are 
both ranked 10th in state
For what is believed to be the first time ever, the Logan County Cougars and the Russellville Panthers are both ranked in the top 10 in their football class in the state by the Associated Press. In fact, both are ranked 10thCoach John Myers’ Panthers were ranked seventh in Class 1A last week but dropped three spots following a 28-21 loss to the Cougars FridayNo other Class A team west of Louisville received a vote. Coach Todd Adler’s Cougars, who are off to a 4-0 start, are tied for 10th in Class 4A with Bourbon County, the school they beat in the state basketball finals 33 years ago. A big dropoff followed to number 12 Scott. Also ranked in the top 10 in 4A are number six Franklin-Simpson and number eight Allen County-Scottsville. Hopkinsville, which is in Logan’s district, is ranked 21st.

Sep 11, 2017
Trail of Tears theme
of Pastfinders' meeting
From David Guion: The Southern Ky Pastfinders' regular monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Logan County Public Library. This month's speaker will be William Turner, who is the official historian for Hopkinsville and Christian County. Mr Turner's program will be on The Trail of Tears, an historical event which still impacts the cultural heritage of our nation today. You won't want to miss this very informative program. Our programs are free to the public, so don't let history be a mystery, and come learn with us.

Sep 10, 2017
Cougar soccer to honor vets Monday
From Logan County Athletic Director Greg Howard: The Logan County Boys Soccer team will be honoring all veterans, active military, and  first responders this coming Monday, Sept. 11. All active military personnel, veterans, and first responders will be admitted free at the Russellville Recreational Complex into the 7 p.m. match against Barren County, in honor of their commitment to serve their community and their country. A ceremony honoring these fine men and women will take place just before the game. Come join in and help us celebrate their courage and efforts to protect us all.

Sep 8, 2017
Both Clash of the Cats teams
feature winning records
Tonight's Clash of the Cats at Rhea Stadium marks the first time in 12 years that both teams come into the game with winning records. Coach Todd Adler's Logan County Cougars are 3-0 and Coach John Myers' Panthers are 2-1. The last time that happened was in 2005. Both were 1-0 after Coach Lee Proctor's Cougars beat Butler County 13-6 and RHS won 40-7 over Muhlenberg South. Myers' Panthers (his second team at RHS) won 40-14, ending a four-year win streak by Proctor's teams over the Panthers. LCHS has won only one Clash since then, when Coach Dain Gregory's Cougars beat Myer's Panthers 35-7 on Oct. 26, 2012.

Sep 8, 2017
Logan Middle softball beats F-S again
An early lead helped the Logan County Middle School Lady Cougars defeat Franklin Simpson Middle School 7-1 on Thursday. LCMS scored on a triple by Shelby Gettings and a single by Kayleigh Sweeney in the first inning. Gettings earned the win on the mound for LCMS. She went five innings, surrendering one run and four hits, striking out nine, and walking one. The Lady Cougars collected nine hits. Gettings and Hailey Burgess each collected multiple hits for LCMS. Gettings and Emerson McKinnis each drove in two runs to lead Coach Taylor Proctor's team.

Sep 7, 2017
Brea Croslin to visit University of Illinois
Officially in softball this weekend
When Coach Todd Adler's undefeated Logan County Cougars (3-0) play Russellville (2-1) at Rhea Stadium Friday, his wife and daughter won't be there. Instead they will be in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., on Brea Croslin's official softball visit to the University of Illinois. Brea is a sophomore at LCHS and will play her sixth season this spring as a varsity starter, two at RHS and four at Logan. Croslin has already been recruited by the University of Kentucky. She will be accompanied this weekend by her mom, Dedra Adler, a teacher at LCHS who was head girls basketball coach at Russellville for several years. They plan to listen to the Clash of the Cats on the WRUS radio app. WRUS will carry the game live, beginning with a 6:30 pregame show. A replay will also be aired at 2 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile Brea and her mom will be busy Saturday. Part of the official visit will be attending Illinois' home football game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Illini opponent? The WKU Hilltoppers, who are favored to beat the Big Ten school.

Sep 4, 2017
Time changed for Tuesdays'’
Farmers Markets next 2 months
The time is changing for the Logan County Farmers' Market on Tuesdays during the final two months of the season. Beginning this week, the market will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. The past three months it lasted until 4 p.m. The Saturday time of 7:30 a.m. to noon remains unchanged. The market is located in the UK Ag Pavilion behind the Extension Office.

Sep 4, 2017
Third Bell to have thumb surgery Tuesday
One key to Logan County's early success in football has been the play of some newcomers who have known success in other sports, such as Third Bell, Kelby Epley, Koby Wall and Dylan Penick. However, Bell, who has known success in both basketball and baseball, has suffered an early season injury that has put his football career on hold. According to Coach Todd Adler, Bell will undergo extensive surgery on his thumb at Vanderbilt University Hospital Tuesday. His return to action this season is questionable.

Sep 2, 2017
Cougars earn running clock at Breck
When Dontavius Blann caught his second touchdown pass of the game from Tyler Ezell with 9:40 remaining in the third quarter at Breckinridge County, the Logan County Cougars had earned a running clock against the Tigers. Logan led 38-0 at that point. Coach Todd Adler then pulled Ezell, who had totaled over 200 yards in the first half, from the game. Logan plays at Russelllville next week.

Sep 2, 2017
Cougars lead 32-0 in second quarter
The Logan County Cougars took a 32-0 lead at Breckinridge County with 8:10 remaining in the second quarter tonight. Quarterback Tyler Ezell has thrown touchdown passes to Dontavius Blann and Kelby Epley, run for another touchdown, and run for one conversion and passed for another. Watch The LoJo for more details as the game progresses.

Sep 2, 2017
Panthers beat Butler on running clock
On their way to their second win of the season, the Russellville Panthers returned to their old form Saturday afternoon, coasting to a victory via running clock. Coach John Myers' team beat Butler County 43-0 on the road. Watch The LoJo for more details.

Sep 1, 2017
Cougar football game moved to Saturday
Logan County's football game at Breckinridge County has been postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m. (Central time), Athletic Director Greg Howard has announced.

Sep 1, 2017
RHS football game moved to Saturday
The Russellville Panthers' football game at Butler County has been moved from tonight to Saturday afternoon at noon, WRUS has announced. Plans have been for the station to carry the Logan County at Breckinridge County game live Friday night and the Panthers' game on delay Saturday.

Sep 1, 2017
All 225th birthday activities canceled
All activities planned for the 225th birthday party for Logan County have been canceled, WRUS is now reporting The First Families gathering from 3-5 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 5:30 were still to be held until a decision was made to cancel everything as rainfall neared eight inches. For more information about the celebration see a story on The LoJo under August News Articles.

Sep 1, 2017
Heavy rain: schools, library closed,
county birthday activities curtailed
Logan County and Russellville schools are closed today along with Head Start and the Logan County Public Library as flash floods dominate the area. WRUS reported at 7:15 a.m. that over 7.5 inches of rain had fallen since the early evening Thursday with more in the forecast. Additionally many activities planned for the 225th birthday party for Russellville have been canceled. The First Families gathering from 3-5 p.m. and the formal program beginning at 5:30 will still be held, WRUS says.


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