TCHS athletes busy camping
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While high school athletes are taking a break during the KHSAA-mandated dead period, the weeks and days leading up to the hiatus were a busy time for Trigg County High School athletes and teams.

The Wildcat basketball team won seven of eight games played at Mike Sutton’s Tennessee Tech Basketball Camp last week in Cookeville, Tenn.

Head coach Bill Chumbler took 11 players to the team camp, where the Wildcats played eight games June 22-24.

Their only loss was the Cookeville High, a Class 3A school that won 20 games last year.

Trigg, the smallest school at the camp enrollment-wise, knocked off defending Third Region champion Ohio County and Cumberland County, Tenn. on the camp’s final day. Cumberland has four players back from an 18-win season last year.

“We played well all week but saved our best for last on Friday,” Chumbler said. “We played good defense and got better as we went along.”

Trigg County took their returning players from last year’s 20-10 team.

Chumbler said junior Russell Mackins, who missed most of the season with an ACL injury has not been cleared to play by doctors but could be by next month.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play in the Mid-America Summer Hoops Classic next month in Murray, winding up the summer basketball season, Chumbler said.

Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats took 11 players to the Belmont University Girls Basketball Camp in Nashville June 9-11.

Trigg County is trying to find a replacement for leading scorer Felicia Crenshaw, who was the lone senior on last year’s 8-18 squad.

“We’ve got to get our confidence level up and work on our transition at the point guard position,” said Lady Wildcat head coach Amy Breckel.

Trigg played both a varsity and junior varsity schedule at the camp, which spread out 14 games over the three-day camp.

“There was some tough competition at the camp – a lot tougher than what we see around here every day, but it was good for us,” Breckel said.

Six players also attended an individual camp at David Lipscomb College in Nashville.

“We’ve got six freshmen coming into the varsity program, and it’s going to take some time to figure some things out,” she said.

Except for conditioning and open gym nights, the Lady Wildcats will take the rest of the summer off.

Football

On the gridiron, the Wildcat football team had a successful run at the Western Kentucky University 7-on-7 Camp June 18, finishing second to Ravenwood High of Brentwood, Tenn.

The Raptors were 8-4 in Tennessee Class 5A last year.

“We actually lost to Ravenwood twice – once in pool play and then again in the finals,” Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said.

The Wildcats were 6-2 on the camp’s final day, with wins coming against Paducah Tilghman, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Franklin—Simpson, and Southern High of Louisville.

Trigg County also participated in the Louisville Male 7-on-7 Camp June 10 and finished with a 2-1 record but failed to make it out of pool play.

Trigg County beat Edison, Indiana and Seneca before losing to tournament runner-up Bullitt East.

The next day, the junior varsity played in the male JV Tournament and beat Fern Creek, before losing to Seneca and two teams from Manual.

The varsity team beat Fern Creek, Oldham County, and Moore before losing to Hopkinsville.

On June 4, the Wildcats played in a 54-team 7-on-7 passing tournament at the University of Louisville.

The Wildcats lost to Bedford North Lawrence, Ind., but rebounded to beat Eminence and Lincoln County.

The linemen, who don’t get to play in the 7-on-7 games, also got some work in at several camps in the region.

“We took five offensive linemen to Louisville with us and took eight to Western for a big man competition,” Higgins said. We’ve also had some players attend individual camps.”

A one-day camp in Evansville hosted by Ball State saw several Wildcats attend.

“The ball state coaches were very impressed by all of the players at their camp, especially (linebacker) Rick Woods,” Higgins said.

The Wildcats have had to endure the summer camp season without the services of senior quarterback Tommy Woodall, who suffered a broken wrist on the first night of 7-on-7 drills.

Higgins said Woodall is expected to return to the field in early August.

Senior Dylan Sonnek has stepped in and played “extremely well,” Higgins said.

“Our varsity team was 13-5 this summer, and I was impressed with our improvement throughout June.”

The Wildcats, who were 10-2 last year, open the season Aug. 19 against Madisonville in the Integra Bank Bowl at Perdue Field.

Soccer

The boys’ soccer team will have a team camp July 11-15 at the John Rufli Soccer Complex.

Head coach Josh Nichols said a pair of instructors from the English Soccer Coaches Academy will conduct the camp each day.

“Everyone I’ve talked to has very high on this camp and the coaches they send over,” he said.

The camp will also allow Nichols to get a look at a large underclass, which is expected to boost the Wildcat roster to 20 varsity players in addition to 15 junior varsity players – a luxury the coach hasn’t enjoyed in the past.

“I’m not complaining about that one bit. It will be nice to have a full varsity scrimmage at practice for a change,” he said.

The local camp is the only time of instruction the team will have until practice officially begins July 18.

“We wanted to keep the players together instead of having them scattered all over the place. This gives them a chance to bond and get more individual instruction,” Nichols said.

In addition, the camp instructors will provide a written assessment of each player at the camp.

The Wildcats are set to return six starters from last year’s 5-7-2 season and could have some incoming freshman battle for starting positions.

During the same week, the Lady Wildcat soccer team will participate in the Murray State University team camp July 11-15 in Murray.

Lady Wildcat head coach Dana Brooks said 23 of the 25 girls expected to play this year have committed to attending the camp.

Like Nichols, an influx of freshman will boost the roster numbers for the Lady Wildcats, who suffered through a 0-13 season last year.

Brooks said the Murray State camp is the only one her team is attending this summer.

Volleyball

Trigg County hosted an individual skills camp June 7-9 that was attended by players from TCHS, Caldwell County, Heritage Christian, Hopkinsville, and Christian County.

“We had 27 girls here that received instruction from two players from Austin Peay State University.

The team has also benefited from an open gym to work on their skills

“We’re not sure what kid of offense we’re running yet, and we’re still looking at some things, but it should fall into place soon,” said Lady Wildcat head coach Rick Erickson.

The coach was also pleased with the turnout of 30 middle schoolers during a skills session.

The Lady Wildcats will attend a team camp at Western Kentucky University July 13-14. It’s the first time they have offered a team camp.

“It gives the girls a chance to play in the team atmosphere and work together as a team,” Erickson said. “We’re excited to finally be able to take a team there.”

Cheerleading

Even the TCHS cheerleaders have been working hard during the summer camp season, hosting their own three-day camp last week at Wildcat Gym.

Carra Duley and Ashley Jolley from the Universal Cheerleading Association served as instructors during the camp.

Captains for the 2005-06 season will be Nicole Dothsuk and Chassen Lancaster.
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