Tennessee state champ to play in 2005 Integra Bank Bowl
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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The matchups have been finalized for the Fifth Annual Integra Bank Bowl that will kickoff the 2005 football season and another state champion will be coming to Perdue Field.

Trigg County will play Madisonville at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, while Hopkinsville will square off against Tennessee Class 2A champion Alcoa.

The Wildcats (10-2) will face Madisonville, who was 10-3 last year and is coached by former Wildcat head coach Dixie Jones.

Jones won 97 games in 20 years with the Wildcats from 1979-98 before taking the head coaching job at Madisonville last year.

Trigg County last played Madisonville in 2000, beating the Maroons 52-49 in overtime.

Hopkinsville, 13-1 last year, graduates Mr. Football Curtis Pulley and several other key members of their team.

They will face Alcoa, the Tennessee 2A champion who was 14-1 last year. Their lone loss was to Class 4A champion Maryville.

The Tornadoes appear loaded in 2005, returning all but one starter on both sides of the football from their 2004 title team.

Alcoa, located south of Knoxville, has a pair of Mr. Football candidates among those returning next year.

They include 6-3 tight end/defensive back Brandon Warren, who has reportedly been offered a scholarship by national champ USC, and running back Dustin Lindsey, who rushed for 2,178 yards and 42 touchdowns.

It will be the third time in five years that Hopkinsville will face a defending state champion in the Integra Bowl.

The Tigers lost to 4A champ Male in 2001 and Tennessee 4A champ Memphis Ridgeway in 2003.

Last year, Hopkinsville beat Ridgeway for their first Integra Bowl win in four tries.

TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks said the schools have been signed to a two-year contract through 2006.

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Trigg County’s basketball team has finalized plans to play in two of the state’s premier events next season.

The Wildcats will play in the Fifth/Third Holiday Classic in Louisville after Christmas, Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said.

The event guarantees teams at least three games and features some of the best teams in the state.

This year, Louisville Trinity, ranked #1 in most state polls, beat Pendleton County for the tournament title.

Trigg County has completed in the tournament, hosted by Lexington Catholic High School, one other time, posting a 1-2 record in the 1997 event.

Chumbler said the Wildcats were also scheduled to make a third consecutive appearance in the Marshall County HoopFest in early December.

The Wildcats lost to First Region champion Carlisle County last year, but knocked off Charleston, Missouri 80-70 this year.

Chumbler said the Wildcats will likely play on the second night of the event, which features some of the better matchups between Kentucky schools and out-of-state teams.

Trigg County’s opponent in the HoopFest will be announced at a later time.

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You won’t see Oak Hill Academy appear on any future Trigg County basketball schedules thanks to a proposal passed by the KHSAA earlier this month at their annual meeting.

Proposal #2 forbids KHSAA members from participating in competitions against schools that are not members of another state association. The new rule would ban a prep school such as Oak Hill from playing a Kentucky opponent.

The proposal passed 186-35.

KHSAA members can also only play in-state schools that are KHSAA members, meaning no games with Heritage Christian in Hopkinsville until they become a KHSAA member.

That proposal passed 187-35.

The proposal amending the bylaw about preseason football practice passed 184-29. The new rule allows football teams to have contact drills seven days before the first day of school, instead the current start date of Aug. 1 for all schools.

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Wildcat junior T.J. O’Hara continues to be one of the most improved players in the Second Region.

O’Hara, who is averaging 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in just over 22 minutes per game, is among the state leaders in field goal percentage.

Hitting 63.4-percent of his shots has O’Hara ranked seventh in the state in field goal percentage. He has hit 45-of-71 shots from the floor.

Whitley County’s Travis Raper is shooting 71-percent from the field to lead the state.

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Dawson Springs' girls’ team is trying to adapt to the loss of their leading scorer.

Ashli Lanham, who was averaging around 13 points a game, suffered a head injury during an ATV accident over the Christmas Break and has not played since.

A timetable on her return is not known.

Dawson Springs was 3-4 before Lanham’s accident and are just 2-4 since.

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For the first time this year, there is no Second Region team ranked in the BluegrassPreps.com Boys’ Top 20 Poll this week.

Henderson County (13-6) dropped out after losing to Muhlenberg North last week. The five Kentucky schools Henderson has lost to – Trinity, DeSales, Muhlenberg North, Bullitt East, and Montgomery County – entered the week with an aggregate record of 71-18.

University Heights (15-3) was also ranked earlier in the year, but a stumble at the River City Classic at Mason County in December knocked the Blazers out of the poll.

UHA’s three losses have come to Pendleton County (13-3), Mason County (11-4), and DuPont Manual (15-4).

With no dominant teams in the Second Region this year, March should be a fun time to watch.

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