TCHS Athletics loses key ingredient to success
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Trigg County High School lost another key ingredient of the successful athletic program when Faye Stevens passed away March 31 at her home.

Stevens served as bookkeeper for both the high school and later the athletic department and was a "right-hand man" for Athletic Director Taylor Sparks until her retirement three years ago.

"It’s a huge loss for the school and the community," Sparks said.

Although never officially given the title ‘assistant athletic director’, Stevens helped Sparks with the every day operation of the athletic department once she moved from the high school office to the athletic department.

In addition to keeping track of athletic expenditures, she served as a ‘fill-in’ for Sparks while he was away from the office or traveling.

He said Stevens was especially busy during the four-year period when Sparks traveled to watch his son Chris play basketball, first at Samford University in Alabama, and later at Transylvania University in Lexington.

"There would be days where I’d be on the road to watch Chris, and she ran the office over the cell phone," Sparks said.

Stevens also teamed with former guidance counselor Richard Bedwell to organize many special events for the athletic department, putting in countless hours with no monetary reimbursement.

She used her Trigg County roots to help seek out former football and basketball homecoming queens for special recognitions and receptions that were held in their honor. It was an undertaking that was a perfect chore for the Cerulean native and was carried out without the slightest hiccup.

Stevens did the same when it came time for past basketball teams to be honored as well, helping track down the past players from across the nation.

Perhaps no other feat showed her passion for Trigg County sports than one completed in the past couple of months.

Although retired, Stevens and current athletic department bookkeeper Rita Carr helped sell advertisements for the Fifth District Basketball Tournament program.

The entire profit from the sales, which totaled over $10,000, went right back into the athletic department to help supplement the budgets of some of the non-revenue sports.

"She was a friendly face when I arrived here, and was a tremendous help to me even through this year," Sparks said.

Unfortunately, none of Stevens’ day-to-day deeds ever showed up on the scoreboard, and many were never recognized by the average Wildcat sports fan.

But you know through the years that God was keeping score, which makes her an All-Star now that her time on Earth has passed.

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A couple of Trigg County basketball players received kudos from a pair of area newspapers.

Jeremy Jones was named player of the year by the Princeton Times Leader newspaper, which also selected Jamaal Boyd to their first team.

Jones and Boyd were joined by Caldwell County’s Matt Fraliex, Crittenden County’s Tim Hill, and Lyon County’s Logan Akridge on the first team. Hill and Akridge are seniors.

Wildcat sophomore Rodney Davis was named to the second team, which included Levi Glover and Allen Wadlington of Caldwell County, Peyton Croft of Crittenden County, and Jamie Whorton of Livingston Central.

On the girls’ side, Felicia Crenshaw was named to the all-district first team, joined by Caldwell County’s Amanda Cortner and Bristyn Prowell, and Lyon County’s Allison Mussato and Olivia Akridge.

Cortner was named player of the year.

The second team consisted of Trigg County’s Laquisha Boyd, Caldwell County’s Melly Heaton, Livingston Central’s Lagan Johnson and Keely Ramage, and Jessie Mathieu of Crittenden County.

Meanwhile, Jones was named to the five-player All Kentucky New Era team based on voting by the coaches in the newspaper’s circulation area that includes Christian, Todd, Trigg, and Caldwell counties.

Joining Jones on the team were Curtis Pulley of Hopkinsville, Nathan Owen and Joshua Mack of University Heights, and Caldwell County’s Matt Fraliex.

Boyd was the only other Wildcat player to receive a vote.

Fort Campbell’s Amy Sholar, who led the Falcons to a school-record 18 wins, edged UHA coach Marty Cline to win coach of the year honors.

Christian County’s Kerry Stovall was the only other coach to receive a vote. Neither Trigg’s Bill Chumbler nor Caldwell County’s Michael Fraliex received a vote despite advancing to the Second Region Tournament.

On the girls’ side, Trigg County was conspicuously absent from the voting, with no Lady Wildcat players receiving a single vote by the area coaches.

The All New Era team consisted of Christian County teammates Lydia Watkins and Arnika Brown, Caldwell County’s Bristyn Prowell, Todd County’s Fontay Martin, and Fort Campbell’s Jessica Dorsey.

Seven other players – none from Trigg County – received a vote.

Caldwell County’s Andrea Forrester was voted coach of the year.

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Caldwell County’s move into the Seventh District in basketball next year will occur with a new girls head coach.

Andrea Forrester told Caldwell County officials last week that she was stepping down as head coach of the Lady Tigers.

"This is something that Dave and I have talked about for a while," Forrester told the Princeton Times Leader. "We would like to start a family."

Forrester and her husband Dave, an assistant coach for the Lady Tigers, told the newspaper that they have no plans to leave the Princeton community and have not ruled out a return to the sidelines in the future.

Forrester, a Graves County native, compiled a 132-65 record in seven years as Lady Tiger head coach, including a 71-1 record against other teams in the Fifth District.

Caldwell County has advanced to the championship game of the Second Region Tournament the past two years.

Caldwell County Athletic Director Pat Gates said finding a replacement for Forrester may take some time.

"We don’t have any teaching positions right now," Gates told the Times Leader. "We don’t know who’s retiring or who’s leaving at the end of the school year. You’d like to have somebody in place by the end of the school year, but I can’t say that we’ll be able to do that."

After winning 15 consecutive Fifth District titles, Caldwell County moves to the Seventh District next year as part of realignment approved by the KHSAA this year.

Scott Brown is the sports editor of The Cadiz Record. He can be reached via e-mail at sbrown@cadizrecord.com.
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