February News Briefs
By Jim Turner

Posted on March 1, 2014 7:53 PM


RHS wins 3rd straight district title

Russsellville hit seven straight free throws in the final 83 seconds of the 13th District finals Friday at Logan County High School on the way to a 55-48 win over Franklin-Simpson for their third straight championship. Senior Barrett Croslin,who had struggled through much of the game, got fouled on a key offensive rebound, missed his first free throw, and then hit five straight. Freshman Pedro Rivera followed with a pair of three throws with 10.8 to seal the win. Early in the game it appeared that Franklin’s super freshman, Tavin Lovan, would duplicate his role in the Wildcats’ one-point of LCHS four days early. He scored 40 in that one, and began the championship game with Franklin’s first eight points. But Coach Phil Todd’s defense began frustrating him with double team quickness, led by newcomer Tremon Morris and versatile athlete Coco Darden, who fouled out early. Lovan finished with 24 points, but no other Wildcat was in double figures. Croslin scored 14 while Rivera and Lee McMurry finished with 13 each. Christian Naylor, Croslin and McMurry were named all-district for the season, as were Franklin’s Demaris Payne and Lovan, Todd Central’s Jon Michael Brown & Tyler Harris, and four players from top-seeded Logan County—Taylor Blakemore, Clint Knight, Landon Stratton & Ben Wright. The draw for the regional tournament, which will be played at Barren County, will be held Saturday night.



Champion Lady Cougars beat F-S

Winless in their first eight games this season, the Logan County Lady Cougars made their 13th win in their last 19 starts one to remember Thursday by beating heavily favored Franklin-Simpson 47-38 for the 13thDistrict Tournament championship. Coach Finley Woodard got her team to believe they could win despite having lost to the Lady Cats by an average of 14.5 points in the regular season. Maegann Hardison led the Lady Cougars with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals & 2 assists. Brooke Barnes came off the bench to record 8 each of rebounds and points, and she helped hold Lady Cat star Sydney Gooch to 12 points. Cierra Johnson, Madison Alvis & Taleia Mason made big contributions in the absence of the injured Kapreshia Powell and foul troubled seniors Laura Hunt & Katelynn Jones suffered. Megan Lindsey played strong throughout. Eighth grader Keely Morrow led Coach Josh Matthews’ Lady Cats with 16 points, but they got only nine points that weren’t by Morrow or Gooch. Canaysh Ervin, Megan Krantz & Tiara Gamble all fouled out early in the 4th quarter and Gooch joined them in the final 30 seconds, but Franklin missed enough free throws to have won the game. Both teams go to next week’s regional in Scottsville.



Kelly Whittaker able to come home

A young Russellville woman who suffered life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident at Auburn on Jan. 22 returned home from over a month of intense hospital treatments Wednesday, Feb. 26. Kelly Hargis Whittaker and her husband Sethhave been on the minds of thousands of people who have been concerned about her immediate and long-term health. Her recovery has been remarkable. Facebook users kept up with it through daily reports by Seth, which were often forwarded by family friend Len Embry. Prayer groups and fund-raising teams emerged on their behalf. Sonic Drive-In in Russellville has announced it will donate a percentage of sales to the couple Saturday, and a fundraiser will be held at Logan County High School next Saturday, March 8.




The Russellville Panthers took a step toward their third straight 13th District championship Tuesday by holding off Todd Central 83-67. Coach Phil Todd’s team led by 12 after a quarter and 15 at halftime. They were up 21 with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter, but Coach Calvin Head’s Rebels roared back to trail by just 11 entering the final period. Twice the Rebels cut the margin to single digits, including 75-67 at 2:14 on Joseph Johnson’s goal. The Panthers, however, scored the final eight points of the game. Six Panthers finished in double figures. Barrett Croslin scored 17, Christian Naylor, Coco Darden & Pedro Rivera 13 each, Lee McMurry 12 and  Jason Mitchell 11. For Todd, Jon-Michael Brown scored 25, Treva Drayton14 and  Austin Dukes 10, with 8 of those points coming in that third quarter resurgence. The Panthers move on to Friday’s finals against Franklin-Simpson, a team they’ve beaten twice this season. The girls final will be Thursday night. Both games start at 7 p.m.



Lady Cougars beat Todd Central 49-41, advance
to district finals & regional tournament

The Logan County Lady Cougars are headed to region, following a 49-41 win at home over Todd Central in the 13thDistrict Tournament Tuesday. Coach Steve Phillips’ Lady Rebels led most of the first 20 minutes, but six straight points by Laura Hunt and four straight by Megan Lindsey gave Logan a 43-35 lead. Rachel Barnett came off the bench to get some key rebounds and a bucket in the last minute to seal the win. Cierra Johnson gave the Lady Cougars quality relief after key player Kapreshia Powell suffered an ankle injury in the first half. Hunt finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Lindsey added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Meagann Hardison contributed 5 rebounds and 2 steals for Coach Finley Woodard’s team.  Alicia Salazar led Todd with 18 points while Markizjah Mimms scored 10 and Savannah Foister, the team’s only senior, added 9. The Lady Cougars will play Franklin-Simpson in Thursday’s championship game at 7 p.m.




Selina Blick of Logan County Health Department will speak Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. to those gathered at Auburn Senior Center about a new exercise class she will begin offering at the center on March 11. See the Crabtree Community Calendar on The LoJo for a list of activities at the Auburn Senior Center each week.



Top-seeded Cougars lost 71-70

Franklin-Simpson edged Logan County 71-70 Monday to end the season for Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars. F-S led 16-6 after a quarter and increased the lead to 12 before Logan came back. The Cougars took the lead on a goal by Clint Knight gave the Cougars their first lead at 49-48 with 7:30 remaining. With Landon Stratton hitting three straight free throws, the Cougars led 58-54, but they couldn’t hold on. Super freshman Tavin Lovan was tremendous with 39 points, 21 of them in the second half. His free throw proved to be the winning point. The Cougars hit 16 of 18 free throws in the first half but only 10 of 23 in the second half in a one-point loss. Ben Wright, Taylor Blakemore & Stratton each scored 14 and Lorenzo Garcia added 13 off the bench. Coach Dee Spencer’s Wildcats will play the winner of Tuesday’s Russellville-Todd Central game Thursday at 7 p.m.



F-S ends season for Lady Panthers

Franklin-Simpson improved its record to a region-best 23-4 Monday. More importantly, Coach Josh Matthews' Lady Cats beat Russellville 71-31 in the 13th District Tournament at Logan County. That moves F-S to Friday's district championship game and the 4th Region Tournament at Allen County-Scottsville. Coach Justin McClellan's Lady Panthers, who finished 2-21, were led byKhalia Hampton with 21 points. Jenna Curtis & Keely Morrow each scored 18 while Sydney Gooch added 15. The Lady Cats will play the winner of Tuesday's Logan County-Todd Central game, which begins at 6:30 p.m.



Visit to Golden Arches Tuesday evening to raise funds for Logan County Adult Ed

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Logan County Council for Adult Literacy will be at McDonald’s of Russellville from 4-8 p.m. During that time, 20 percent of sales – Drive thru or Dine in - will be donated to Logan County Adult Education. The proceeds will assist adult students pay for the increased GED fees.  Visit McDonald’s on Tuesday evening on the way to the district basketball tournament and help support Adult Education.



Paul, Farlee win state Beta titles

Two Russellville Jr. Beta Club members won state championships at the state convention in Louisville last week and six others finished third at state. The champions were Katie Paulin sculpting and Brendan Farlee in jewelry. Thirds went to Caroline Baker in photography, Katie Lacy in cross stitch, and the t-shirt design team of Fernando Rodriguez, Emma McReynolds, Luci Suiter, Halle York and Paul. They all qualified for the national convention this summer. Vicky Mathis is the sponsor.



Maddie Abbott to play volleyball for Campbellsville University

Logan County volleyball and softball standout Madison Abbott will sign to play college volleyball with Campbellsville University Monday at 2 p.m. in the school’s media center.  During her four years with the Lady Cougar Volleyball program, Abbott helped the team to a 117-38 record with 1-Elite Eight finish in the KHSAA state volleyball tournament (2013), 1-regional championship (2013), 2-regional runner-up finishes (2011 & 2010), and 4-13thdistrict championships (2010-2013). Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds says“The school invites the public to attend as we celebrate with Madison this personal achievement and what she has meant to the Lady Cougar Volleyball program.”



Baseball camp set, middle school tryouts later offered by Cougar Baseball

A meeting of students interested in playing Logan County Middle School baseball and their parents will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the 21st century room at LCHS. The coaches will explain and discuss team format, requirements, schedule and the tryout process. Tryouts will begin Monday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. An up-to-date physical is required to participate. Anyone with questions can call Coach Kyle Wall at 270-847-5432 or Coach Travis Steward at 270-847-5116. Also, ages 6-12 are encouraged to attend Saturday’s Baseball Spring Training at The Plex. Information about that is on the Roy’s Sports Calendar.




Not even the threat of a tornado could stop the Logan County Lady Cougars from winning at Greenwood Thursday. Greenwood’s Lauren Maupin had hit a bucket with 23 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 59-59 to bring her total to 23 points. Logan coach Finley Woodard called time out to set up a play with 16.8 seconds. That’s when officials stopped play for about 10 minutes because of the stormy weather. When the Lady Cougars inbounded the ball, they looked for Maegann Hardison, who had hit six 3-pointers, but she found Megan Lindsey, who hit a 10-footer along the baseline to put Logan up with 10 seconds. Logan forced a turnover, and Lindsey hit a pair of free throws to seal the 63-59 win. Lindsey finished with 9 points with Logan getting 7 points each from Kapreshia Powell & Deja Thompson, who hit a pair of 3-pointers.  Samantha Jackson scored 14 and Rose Mary Jackson 12 for Coach Todd Tolbert’s Lady Cougars.



Death claims long-time Logan leaders

L.J. Northern & Jack Hancock

Two men who have played key roles in Russellville/Logan County have died early this week. Jack Hancock worked at Hancock’s furniture and hardware store for over half a century. The business, which anchored the northwest corner of the downtown shopping area, was started by his parents, the late Pete and Katie Hancock. He and his wife Peggy later purchased the store and were at one time joined by their sons, Kenny and Gary, in its operation. He also was involved in many civic and economic development activities…  L.J. Northern served as conservationist for the Logan County Soil Conservation Districts for decades. He led the construction of 23 watershed lakes in four counties, including Lake Malone and Lake Herndon. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Boy Scouts activities and was one of the people most responsible for the creation of the Wildcat Hollow Boy Scout Camp in Logan County. A World War II veteran, he also led Explorer Post 352 on legendary canoe trips to Canada and New Orleans as well as an extended camping trip in Europe. Among his survivors are his wife Roberta, who is a retired Russellville school teacher, son Keith and daughter Nelda Marren.



LEAD, IDA call Wednesday meeting

The Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD) and The Logan Industrial Development Authority, (IDA) will hold a called meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m., in the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room. LEAD and IDA meetings are open to the public. All who live and/or do business in Logan County are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the LEAD office at 726-9575.



Benefit planned for Whittakers

A benefit for accident victim Kelly Hargis Whittaker and her husband Seth will be held Saturday, March 8, at Logan County High School, beginning at 4 p.m. Events will include an auction, silent auction, cake walk, gospel singing, meal from Roy’s Bar-B-Q, and photo session with Billie-Shaye Photography. Admission is free.



No Clashes in district openers

The pairings are complete for the 13th District basketball tournaments at Logan County High School in a few days.  Coach Phil Todd’s Russellville Panthers completed a three-game sweep of Todd Central Friday 88-77 to secure the number two seed. Those same two teams will meet again in the tournament Tuesday, Feb. 25. The loss dropped Todd into a third place tie with Franklin-Simpson, but the Rebels came out of a tie-breaking session Saturday  with the three seed. That means number one Logan County will play F-S Monday, Feb. 24. They split wins on the season. Todd’s girls beat Russellville 52-32 at RHS Friday. That drops Coach Justin McClellan’s Lady Panthers into fourth place, and they must play powerful Franklin (20-3) in the opening game on Monday. Coach Finley Woodard’s Lady Cougars will meet Todd in the third place game on that Tuesday. The championship game for the girls will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 and for the boys the following evening. Monday and Tuesday sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.



KY-TN Grain Day to be in Logan

The 2014 KY-TN Grain Day will be held at Logan County Extension Office Friday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Producers from a widespread area are expected to attend. Speakers include Dr. Jim Martin of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Larry Steckel of the University of Tennessee on Herbicide Resistance; Dr. Angela McClure of UT on Nitrogen & Seeding Rates in Corn; Dr. Heather Young of UT with a Grain Crop Disease Update, Dr. Lloyd Murdock of UK on Fertility & Micro Nutrients, and Bob Williams, West Tennessee Area Crop Variety Test Coordinator, with a Crop Variety Update.



Auburn diamond sports signups offered

Auburn baseball and softball will conduct signups this Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Logan County High School for teeball (ages 4-6), machine pitch (7-8), softeeball (4-8) and girls softball 10U and 12U). Additional signups will be held Saturdays, Feb. 22 and March 1, at the Logan County Extension Service from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



Jacky Hunt to head drug task force

Retired State Police Detective Jacky Hunt has been named director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, WRUS News reports. Hunt has most recently been chief deputy of the Simpson County Sheriff's Office. He replaces Jere D. Hopson, who resigned from the task force to become Simpson County sheriff. Hunt has extensive drug task force and special investigations experience. The task force serves Logan and Simpson counties.



Logan teams in action tonight

Logan County's basketball teams are in action tonight against Hopkinsville teams. Coach Finley Woodard's Lady Cougars are entertaining University Heights Academy. Coach Lonnie Mason's Cougars are at Hoptown, playing the Tigers, who are ranked sixth in the state. WRUS will have the varsity game on 610 AM with Zach Woodall calling the action. His broadcast partner, Logan County Property Valuation Administrator Ben Brown, has been very ill this week but is improving and no longer hospitalized.



Little League signups next week

Registration for Logan County Little League will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Thursday, Feb. 20, at Russellville Parks & Recreation from 5-7 p.m. Little League is for those born between May 1, 2001 and April 30, 2005. A copy of the child’s birth certificate must be turned in at registration. Registration fee is $50. Parents who wish to volunteer in some capacity must bring a copy of their driver’s license. Tryouts will be Sunday, March 2 from 2-5 p.m. at The Plex on Robins Way near Sol Azteca. Registrants will be assigned a tryout time. For more information, call 270-847-1790 or 270-847-5236.



Spokespersons for Senate candidates

to speak to Logan GOP women

The Logan County Republican Women's Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25 at GOP Headquarters on the Carrico Square in Russellville at 5:30 p.m. Kathryn Breiwa, Field Rep for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, and Katie Moyer, Field Rep for Matt Bevin, will be the guest speakers informing us of these men's candidacies for U.S. Senator for Kentucky. All regular and associate members are urged to come. The general public is also invited to attend. Food and drink will be served.



Jim Ray named interim jailer

Deputy Sheriff Jim Ray will serve as Logan County’s jailer for 10 months, beginning March 1, following his appointment by Judge Executive Logan Chick Monday, according to WRUS News. A graduate of Russellville High School, Ray is a retired state policeman and has also served as Adairville Police Chief and a Russellville Police Officer. Ray is married to WRUS advertising representative Sharon Milam Ray. He will finish the fourth full term of Jailer Bill Jenkins, who had earlier announced his retirement. A new jailer will be elected in November. Candidates are Republicans Phil Gregory & Chris Hightower and Democrats Edward Hardin & Wendell Jackson.



LCHS offers Spring Training Baseball Camp at The Plex on Feb. 22

Logan County Baseball will conduct the Spring Training Baseball Camp on Saturday, Feb. 22 at The Plex in Russellville for ages 6-12. Sessions will be for ages 6-8 from 10 a.m.-noon, ages 9-10 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and ages 11-12 from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $25 per session. Players should bring their own bats and gloves. For information, contact Coach Ethan Meguiar at 270-221-5480. The camp will be conducted by members of the regional champion LCHS Cougars staff along with other local baseball coaches and volunteers. A medical certification and liability statement form can be obtained at LCHS or The Plex, which is located next to Sol Azteca.



Tuesday games feature Senior Night at LCHS, top-ranked Central at RHS

Three local varsity basketball teams are in action tonight. Both Logan County teams are entertaining Rossview on Senior Night. LCHS seniors are Laura Hunt, Megan Lindsey, Katelyn Jones, Deja Thompson, Landon Stratton, Clint Knight & J.R. Morrow. Meanwhile the Russellville Panthers are entertaining the region's top-ranked team, Warren Central, in a JV-Varsity doubleheader. The varsity game will be aired on WRUS with Andy Woodall & Chris McGinnis calling the action. WRUS carried the Cougars' loss at Bowling Green Monday and will air their game at Hopkinsville Thursday.



Petrie withdraws from district judge race

Todd County attorney Jason Petrie has withdrawn from the race for district judge, according to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. That leaves only Ken Williams of Lewisburg and Nan Calloway of Elkton in the judge's race, so a primary election will not be necessary this spring. Meanwhile Ryan Craig of the Todd County Standard tells WRUS that Petrie will enter the race for state representative as an independent. He would oppose incumbent Martha Jane King, a Democrat, for that position in the general election in November.



Logan teams sweep Russellville

Logan County's basketball teams swept Russellville for the second time this season Friday. The Lady Cougars won 67-48 with Kapreshia Powell scoring 17, Kaitlyn Jones 16 and Brooke Barnes10. Khalia Hampton led the Lady Panthers with 27. The Cougars won their battle 76-64. Ben Wright hit 15 of 20 free throws on the way to 31 points. Landon Stratton added 18 and center Taylor Blakemore 12. For RHS Barrett Croslin had 16 points, Christian Naylor 15 and Lee McMurry 10. Watch The LoJo for more complete stories.



Joiner homers twice in UK no-hitter

Griffin Joiner, the granddaughter of North Logan natives Dixie Shelton Dennis & Glenn Smith and the niece of Ann Shelton Bailey of Lewisburg, hit two home runs in the University of Kentucky’s 10-0 win over Santa Clara in the Cats’ season opening day Thursday at Long Beach State. The junior who has been UK’s starting catcher ever since she arrived in Lexington, tied her own school record for homers in a game. Kelsey Nunley pitched a no-hitter in the game.



Squeaky and Bubba see their uniforms retired on their day in Russellville

Three surprise announcements came Friday as Squeaky Hampton was inducted into the Russellville Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. John Brett Reynolds told the crowd at the Clash of the Cats that Hampton's and Bubba Wells' uniform numbers were being retired and their jerseys will hang from the gym wall. Mayor Mark Stratton read a proclamation making Friday Squeaky and Bubba Day in Russellville, and Principal Kim McDaniel presented the two former APSU stars symbolic keys to the school. Watch The LoJo for more details.



Regional archery at LCHS postponed, basketball games canceled today

Logan County's basketball games at Fort Campbell had been moved from night to this afternoon because of weather conditions, but Principal Casey Jaynes has now announced that the games have been canceled because of today's snow. 
Additionally, the regional archery tournament, which is to be held at LCHS, has been postponed. Athletic Director Hugh McReynolds said over 800 archers are expected to compete from elementary to high school levels.



LCHS FCCLA teams win region

The Logan County High School FCCLA chapter had 4 teams win events at Region IV STAR Event Competition Friday, advancing them on to state competition. They are Grace Harris, Carrie Coleman & Anna Holman; Raegan Cole & Sierra Morrow; Morgan Smith & Lexi Croft; Maddie Abbott & Victoria Cates.



School dismissed, introduction program for new Cougar football coach postponed

Since Logan County schools will be closed again Friday, LCHS Principal Casey Jaynes has announced that the scheduled introduction of new head football coach Steve Duncan has been postponed until a later date.



City, county schools dismissed Thursday

Both Russellville and Logan County schools will be dismissed Thursday because of this unexpected snow. Logan County has been out all week, but this is the first time Russellville schools have been dismissed in several days.



Players, students, community invited

to meet new LCHS football coach

Logan County High School will host a press conference at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 in the commons areas to introduce Head Football Coach Steve Duncan to the team and the community. After a formal introduction by LCHS Principal Casey Jaynes to the community and the team, Coach Duncan will be available to speak with local media until 2:15. He will then meet with any young man interested in playing football next year for the Cougars from 2:15 until 2:45. There will be a short pep rally prior to school dismissal to introduce Coach Duncan to the student body from 2:45 until 3.



Panthers win by 4 at F-S

Four players scored in double figures as the Russellville Panthers won 65-61 at Franklin-Simpson Tuesday. Barrett Croslin & Lee McMurry each had 17 points, Pedro Rivera 14 and Christian Naylor 10 to lead the Panthers. McMurry scored four quick points and Croslin hit a pair of free throws with 18 seconds to seal the win. Coco Darden drew three charges. Tevin Lovan scored 26 points and DeMaris Payne 22 for Coach Dee Spencer's Wildcats, but Jordan Holt reinjured his Achilles tendon late in the game.



Olmstead girls, Adairville boys win

county middle school championships

Austin Rayno hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to give the Adairville Cardinals a one-point win in overtime over Lewisburg in the championship game of the boys division of the Logan County Middle School Basketball Tournament Tuesday. Kevin Rayno is the Cardinals' coach. Coach Daniel Alvis' Olmstead Lady Rams maintained a 14-point lead most of the way in winning yet another girls championship, beating Auburn.



Glasgow girls win All A state title

Coach Justin Stinson's Glasgow girls beat Danville 53-43 Sunday to win the All A state championship in Frankfort. The Lady Scotties won seven straight games in less than two weeks to capture their first All A title. Senior center Shalika Smith, a WKU signee, was named MVP. In the title game, she had 22 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks, and averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds at state. Sophomore super talent Bree Glover added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Emily Alexander added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Freshman ball-handler Elli Bartley hit a trio of 3-pointers. Danville was topped by Essence Gray with 14 points. Glasgow scored the final 8 points of the game. Stinson is a former coach at Logan County High School and is the son-in-law of Wayne and Jan White of Auburn.



Basketball games canceled tonight

Russellville and Logan County high schools have canceled basketball games scheduled for tonight. Principal Casey Jaynes says the Cougars' boys varsity and junior varsity games against visiting Trigg County won't be played. Athletic Director Nathan Thompson reports that the Panthers' freshmen and JV will not play Franklin-Simpson.



RHS loses but plays Daviess closer

The Russellville Panthers lost by 12 points to visiting Daviess County, but Coach Phil Todd's team can take solace in having played better than they did the night before in a lackluster loss to South Warren. They also played Daviess closer than the Logan County Cougars did in a 68-30 loss to the same team Thursday. Christian Naylor led RHS with 25 points while Lee McMurry added 15 and Pedro Rivera 10. Barrett Croslin scored all four of his points in the 4th quarter and Naylor had 8 in the period. Daviess led 25-23 after a quarter with Naylor scoring 10 and McMurry 8 in that frame. Marshall Griffith, who had scored 25 against Logan, topped the visitors with 28 Saturday. Currie Stewart had 13, Chase Whitmore 12 and Zach Burton 10.


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