Wildcats to face familar face in 2005 Integra Bowl
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Trigg County’s tentative 2005 football schedule has been released, and it could be the toughest in many years.

The Wildcats will open the season Aug. 19 in the Integra Bowl against Madisonville, who is coached by former TCHS coach Dixie Jones.

The Maroons are 9-2 in Jones’ first year at Madisonville. He won 97 games from 1979-97 as TCHS head coach.

Trigg County last played Madisonville in 2000, winning a wild 52-49 game in overtime.

Hopkinsville will be returning to the Integra Bowl, but their opponent has not been announced, TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks said.

Several schools have been contacted about the game, with Hopkinsville officials also helping in the process, Sparks said.

After hosting their own bowl game in week one, the Wildcats will play in Franklin-Simpson’s bowl game in week two against 3A power Bowling Green.

The Purples enter their playoff game with Madisonville this week unbeaten. They are slated to lose seven starters on offense next year, but should return nine starters to a defensive unit that has allowed just 73 points in 11 games.

It will be the first time Trigg County and Bowling Green will have met on the gridiron.

Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said Trigg would return to the bowl game in 2006 and play host Franklin-Simpson on a rotation-type schedule.

The third week of the season has been an open date for the past two seasons, but not in 2005 as the Wildcats host 3A Hopkins County Central Sept. 2 at Perdue Field.

It will be Trigg’s first-ever game against the Storm, who were 3-7 this year.

Trigg County’s final seven games of the 2005 season will be district games, with the order unchanged from this year.

The Wildcats will play at Reidland Sept. 9 and at Fort Campbell Sept. 16 before returning home to host Caldwell County Sept. 23.

Trigg County will then travel to Heath (Oct. 1) and Webster County (Oct. 8) before taking the week of Oct. 15 off.

The final two games of the regular season will be at Perdue Field against Muhlenberg South (Oct. 22) and Lone Oak (Oct. 29).

Gone from the schedule are Mayfield, Graves County, and Daviess County.

Higgins proclaimed a couple of years ago that Mayfield would be on the Wildcat schedule as long as he was at Trigg County.

However, that was before the bowl game mess in 2003 that saw Mayfield not return to finish a game called due to lightning in the second quarter with the Cardinals leading 20-7.

The KHSAA ruled the game was official at that point, making the score stand as a final.

When Trigg County athletic officials and the school board voted to give Mayfield only a portion of their appearance fee as a result, the KHSAA again intervened and ruled in favor of Mayfield again over the summer, saying they should have been paid the full amount.

Apparently, the whole incident has resulted in some cool attitudes toward Mayfield, and the Wildcats will keep their one-game winning streak against the Cardinals intact for at least the near future.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

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It’s hard to believe, but the start of the 2004-05 high school basketball season is less than three weeks away.

The Wildcats open their season Monday, Nov. 29 at Dawson Springs. The Lady Wildcats, under new head coach Amy Breckel, debut the following night at Wildcat Gym against Christian Fellowship.

The Wildcat schedule has been beefed up in accordance to the high expectations that will be placed on Bill Chumbler’s young squad.

The Wildcats have December games against Russellville (Dec. 7), Todd County (Dec. 13), and Heath (Dec. 18). Each of the three are expected to return four starters and challenge for their respective region titles.

The Wildcats will also play in the same two December events they did last year.

The Dec. 2 Marshall County Hoopfest has the Wildcats playing Charleston, Missouri. The Bluejays were 27-4 last year and advanced to the Missouri state semifinals for the second straight year. They lost two starters from last year’s team.

The Wildcats will also return to Marion, Ill. and play in the Marion Round Robin Dec. 27-30.

After the Christmas break, Trigg County will host Hopkins Central Jan. 7 at Wildcat Gym. The Storm are led by 6-9 forward Albert Jackson.

The Wildcats will also play at Hopkinsville in February and have home-and-home games scheduled with Providence, who returns all five starters from last year’s 18-7 team.

Trigg County will play Livingston Central Jan. 25 in the first round of the All-A Classic at Lyon County.

A rematch of last year’s All-A Region title game with University Heights could happen in the second round barring an upset.

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For Lady Wildcat head coach Amy Breckel, she will have to adjust to the rigorsof being a head coach for the first time and inherits a slightly unusual schedule.

Her young team should be competitive in home-and-home matchups with Providence, Christian Fellowship, and University Heights.

The Lady Wildcats also play defending All-A Region winner Webster County twice.

Trigg County will host the People’s Security Finance 12 Games of Christmas for the fourth consecutive year, with Hancock County, Heath, McLean County, Dawson Springs, Christian Fellowship, Ballard Memorial, and Livingston Central also slated to appear in the three-day event Dec. 20-23.

Trigg will also have a pair of long Saturday road trips to Lexington after Christmas.

The Lady Wildcats will play Lafayette in the Martin Luther King Classic Jan. 15 and will play at Sayre Feb. 5.

Trigg County will play University Heights in the first round of the All-A Classic Region Tournament Jan. 24 at Lyon County.

Trigg County will also host the 2005 Fifth District Basketball Tournament Feb. 28-March 5.

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The basketball schedule features several irregularities on both sides of the gym.

Traditional schedules see high school teams play mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays, with other dates left open for rescheduling games missed due to bad weather or for a late game added to the schedule.

The Wildcats will play on Tuesday nine times, while the Lady Wildcats are scheduled to play on Tuesday eight times.

However, both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will play on only five of the 12 Fridays during basketball season.

The boys play four times on Monday and four times on Thursday.

The girls have five games on Saturday scheduled and three on Thursday.

The girls only have one Monday game slated, and the boys will play on Saturday just once in the regular season.

There is six boy/girl doubleheaders on the schedule, but only one of those will be at Wildcat Gym.

Road doubleheaders are scheduled at Caldwell County (Dec. 10), Lyon County (Dec. 14), Providence (Feb. 1), Crittenden County (Feb. 11), and Hopkinsville (Feb. 25).

The only home doubleheader is with Livingston Central Jan. 4.

There are also three nights that are just plain nightmares for sports reporters and fans.

The boys and girls will play at different locations on the same night three times this year – Dec. 7, Jan. 20, and Feb. 8.

The Lady Wildcats have 12 home games, but nine of their last ten are on the road not counting the All-A Tournament.

The Wildcats, who play at Wildcat Gym just once in December, have ten home games scheduled.

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The job of any middle school basketball coach is to build interest, get the best players out of the hallways and onto the court, and teach the basic fundamentals of the game so that they are ready to move to the high school level.

That job has already been made difficult for TCMS girls’ coach Janay Futrell.

With the loss of four players from last year’s team and new coach Amy Breckel wanting everyone to be on the same page when she implements her system, the eighth graders have been "promoted" to the varsity squad at the start of the season instead of January as is usually the case.

The result is TCMS not having eighth graders to play an eighth grade schedule.

That’s where the seventh graders come in.

Futrell is having the seventh graders play both the seventh grade and eighth grade schedules this season.

While the seventh graders are 0-3 against their eighth grade opponents, two of the three losses have come by less than nine points.

Meanwhile, the seventh grade team is off to a 2-2 start and have been competitive in every game this year.

Futrell, in her third year as TCMS coach, said she can see where the Trigg County ABA Program is beginning to make a difference in the level of play for the girls.

While the system may seem awkward now, the combination of the current eighth graders learning the varsity system this year, the seventh graders playing twice as many games as they normally would have, and the continued success of the ABA Youth League should have the Lady Wildcat basketball program on track in the very near future.

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Congratulations to Trigg County’s fall junior varsity teams, who all wrapped up winning seasons.

The boys J.V. soccer team finished with a record of 4-2, while the girls’ team was 4-3-2.

The J.V. football team was unbeaten with a 7-0 record, which included wins over Hopkinsville, Christian County, and Caldwell County.

The freshman football team was 4-3, with their losses coming to Marshall County, Christian County, and Lone Oak.

Because middle school players aren’t eligible to play at the varsity level in soccer, most of the J .V. teams were comprised of middle school players, which gives the programs hope for the future.

Scott Brown is the sports editor for The Cadiz Record. He can be reached at sbrown@cadizrecord.com.
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