Archery, basketball and Pass It On
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
May 15, 2013 | 782 782 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I assume national championships never become old hat. I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been a national champion.

I supposed if we wanted to know, we could ask the Trigg County Arrowcats.

The high school team picked up another national title this weekend in Louisville, and the middle and elementary teams each finished second.

In its decade-plus of existence, Trigg County’s elementary, middle and high school archery teams have set the standard at the local, state and national level, winning tournaments every year.

If Trigg’s new high school boys basketball head coach (more on him in a moment) is looking for ideas on building a consistent winning program, the archery team wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

Trigg’s teams will compete in the world championships later this summer in St. Louis. But that’s not the farthest an Arrowcat will pack his bow to this year.

Clay Stevens and Jake MacNab have been named to the All-American Team and will travel to South Africa in July for an all-star tournament.

Imagine that – a program that started mostly in small, rural school gymnasiums has evolved to something so big that kids from Cadiz are going to South Africa.

Congrats to all those kids, and best of luck this summer.

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Payton Croft was named the new TCHS boys basketball coach on Thursday.

Anybody with any doubts about Croft should have been at the school for his introduction. Those who were there should feel as confident as I do that the search committee made a good decision.

Croft is only 26 and has no head coaching experience. But, as he pointed out, it’s impossible to gain experience without opportunity.

He’ll receive that opportunity in a community he knows well after growing up through the Crittenden County basketball program under its leader, his father Jimmy Croft.

You’ll find more details on Payton in this week’s Sports section.

As with any new coach, time will tell. However, if we’re going on first impressions, I think the Wildcats will be in good hands.

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Saturday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, volunteers from across the community, region and state will converge for Pass It On.

We’ve covered the project in the past couple weeks, and there’s more info in the Tourist Commission story on page A11.

In short, folks are donating their time to provide clean-up and beautification work at the park to help make it more presentable for the heavy tourist season.

While tourists are more likely than locals to see the fruits of this labor, that doesn’t mean it’s not a benefit to those who live here – much like the park itself, which I think most citizens here take for granted.

If you’ve got the time Saturday, I’m sure it would be appreciated if you could lend a hand.

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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