WCBL presents Marshall Co. football with annual donation
WCBL Sports recently made their annual $500 contribution to the Marshall County football program. The money is part of the ad proceeds from the Marshall County Schedule Posters. This is the fourth consecutive season that WCBL Sports has produced these glossy schedule posters that contain a team picture and the complete schedules for the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams. The schedule posters are available at WCBL in Benton, the Marshall County High School athletic office and at area businesses. Pictured is WCBL Sports Director Jeff Waters presenting Marshall County head coach Evan Merrick the check for $500.
Rematch turns into successful ACC debut as Cardinals storm through Hurricane "D"
Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night. The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school. Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided many of the opportunities by forcing three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15. After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner's second fumble in the third quarter, Brown's TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian's scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win. After their conference debut, the Cards will head back to the Commonwealth for a match-up with instate rival Murray State (1-0) on Saturday. Pregame at 4:30 pm, kickoff at 6:00 pm on K95.7 WCCK Sports.
It's a long way to the top...After months of close calls, Cards regain NL Central lead
Matt Holliday is keeping quiet about his recent hitting surge. However, his St. Louis teammates are more than happy to praise him after Holliday hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning Monday to rally the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. St. Louis (74-63) moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win. The Cardinals are one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh dropped three games back. Kolten Wong started the three-run rally in the seventh with a two-run, pinch-hit homer to tie the game 4-all. Holliday, who is 7 for 11 with three homers and 12 RBI in his last three games, then followed with a single to left to bring in Jon Jay with the winning run. Holliday has driven in three runs or more in each of his last three games, the first St. Louis player to do so since Scott Rolen from Aug. 11-13, 2002. Pittsburgh starter. Jay followed Wong's homer with a triple to set up Holliday's team-leading 81st RBI of the season. Seth Maness (6-3) picked up the win in relief. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save in 46 opportunities. Lynn gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. Gerrit Cole (7-5) allowed all five runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. Andrew McCutchen homered for the Pirates off Kevin Siegrist in the seventh to push the lead to 4-2. Pittsburgh (71-66) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the second. Neil Walker hit two-run double on the 10th pitch of the game to bring in Josh Harrison and McCutchen. Andrew Lambo added an RBI double in the second. With a month left and in command of the lead, the Cards will look to keep the line moving on Tuesday when Adam Wainwright (15-9, 2.59 ERA) takes on Jeff Locke (6-3, 3.51 ERA). Pregame at 6:20 pm, first pitch at 7:15 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
By land and by air, Cats ground...and pound Skyhawks in season opener
Braylon Heard's first-half touchdown runs of 73 and 43 yards spurred Kentucky to a season-opening, 59-14 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. Quarterback Patrick Towles added a TD passing and running in his first career start for Kentucky, which outgained the Skyhawks 656-398. The Wildcats' sophomore threw for 377 yards, but Kentucky's tailbacks set the tone by flying through huge holes and scoring virtually untouched. Especially Heard, the junior transfer whose yardage came on those two carries. The scores propelled Kentucky (1-0) to a 35-0 halftime lead and the Wildcats never looked back. Mikel Horton also scored twice and Jojo Kemp added a TD run for Kentucky. Khalil Henderson returned a third-quarter fumble 89 yards for a score. The game's final 4 minutes were hushed after a Kentucky cheerleader was injured in a fall. She gave a thumbs-up while being carted off the field, but no further details were immediately available. UT Martin's (0-1) consolation was spoiling Kentucky's bid for its first shutout since September 2009 as Najee Ray and Caylo Weathers scored fourth-quarter TDs on 1-yard run and 15-yard reception respectively. By then the Wildcats had already overwhelmed the Skyhawks on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats' 656 yards were their fourth-highest total in a game. Besides the lopsided yardage margin, interceptions by Fred Tiller and A.J. Stamps brought Kentucky within one pickoff of its entire 2013 total. One down and 11 to go in the second year of the Mark Stoops era of UK Football as the Cats will stay at Commonwealth for game two on Saturday as they host the Ohio Bobcats (1-0). Pregame at 1:00 pm, kickoff at 2:30 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.
Racers stampede Bulldogs as Davis opens up season with four TD's
Janawski Davis had three receiving touchdowns and added a 62-yard punt return for a score, helping Murray State coast past Union College of the NAIA 73-26 on Thursday night. CJ Bennett threw for 167 yards and five touchdowns for the Racers (1-0). Murray State jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the first quarter, sparked by Shawn Samuels-Connell's 68-yard punt return touchdown and two touchdown passes from Bennett to Jeremy Harness. Bennett threw his fifth touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Davis, to push the lead to 60-19 in the third quarter. KD Humphries relieved Bennett on the next series and continued the rout, connecting with Paul Rice on a 34-yard score. Nick Taylor had 11 rushes for 82 yards and a score for Murray State. LaVance Anderson had two rushing touchdowns for Union (0-1). His 12-yard score in the first quarter pulled the Bulldogs within 14, but they couldn't pull any closer as the Racers rolled to a 52-13 halftime lead. The Racers schedule will get a lot tougher next Saturday, September 6, as they begin a two-game road swing in Louisville taking on the ACC Cardinals (1-0) in Papa John's Stadium. Kickoff at 6:00 pm.
Titans offense stumbles in preseason finale as Vikings pillage through Tennessee defense
Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason beating the Tennessee Titans 19-3 on Thursday night. Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the Vikings' (4-0) defense had three sacks in a game where both coaches protected their starters by keeping them safely on the sidelines as a storm drenched LP Field most of the first half. Bridgewater showed why he will be ready if the Vikings decide to make a change during the season. Bridgewater escaped two would-be sacks on the opening drive, and drove the Vikings 80 yards over more than 6 minutes. He completed 3 of his 4 passes and capped the drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Adam Thielen. Bridgewater played two series and was 4 of 9 for 17 yards with a touchdown. Walsh kicked three field goals in the first half as the Vikings scored on their first four drives with only Ponder kneeling down on the final play of the first half the only time they didn't finish with points. Banyard did most of the damage, ripping through the Titans' backups over and over again. Banyard had 69 yards on 11 carries in the first quarter alone, and the second-year pro out of Texas-El Paso who has never carried in the regular season made his case with all 111 yards on 18 carries in the first half. Christian Ponder, the 12th overall pick in 2011, took over in the second quarter for Bridgewater. Ponder was 12 of 15 for 121 yards in his most play this preseason. Mettenberger, a sixth-round draft pick out of LSU, came in having thrown for more yards than anyone else this preseason. He was 12 of 17 for 154 yards but lost the ball when sacked by Corey Wootton. Dominique Davis took over for the Titans (2-2) late in the third quarter, and the quarterback signed Tuesday threw deep on his first play and was intercepted by Julian Posey. With the preseason behind them, the Titans will look to their regular season opener on Sunday, September 7, when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. Pregame at 11:00 am, kickoff at noon on K95.7 WCCK Sports.
Beckett to race in USA World Championship
Marshall County High School junior, Carson Beckett, has been selected to represent the United States in the 2014 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Hafjell/Lillehammer, Norway. The 41-member team was selected by USA Cycling and will travel and live in Hafjell from August 31 - September 8. The team consists of 25 Cross Country members and 16 Downhill riders. Carson will arrive in Oslo, Norway, August 31 and begin training on September 1 with Opening Ceremonies taking place in Lillehammer, Norway, site of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, on September 2. In July, Carson spent 10 days in Europe as a selection to the USA Cycling European Camp team, racing and training in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Carson is a member of Team Wood 'N' Wave and the MCHS Mountain Bike Team.
Cards send Kelly, Craig to Boston, get Lackey, prospect in return
The St. Louis Cardinals are sending starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox for starting pitcher, and two-time world champion John Lackey, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network. Lackey, 35, has a 3.60 ERA, 7.6K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 0.98 HR/9, and 46.9 percent groundball rate in 137 1/3 innings this year. Lackey is under contract for only $500,000 next season thanks to a creative vesting option that was triggered by his elbow reconstruction. Additionally, the Cardinals received a minor-league pitching prospect in lefty Corey Littrell, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2012 after being a four-year starter for the University of Kentucky.
Cards trade for Cleveland's Masterson
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians. In return, the Indians received outfield prospect James Ramsey. Masterson, a free agent at the season's conclusion, has been a huge disappointment for Cleveland this season, with a drop in velocity. He was their opening-day starter, but is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA. Masterson has been crushed by left-handers this season, yielding a .330 batting average while right-handers are hitting .214.
Cardinals, Pierzynski agree to deal
For A.J. Pierzynski, the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennial contender was too good to pass up. Pierzynski on Saturday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, choosing them from among several suitors, 10 days after being released by the Boston Red Sox. The veteran catcher didn't divulge what other teams showed interest in him, but said playing for a contender was a priority. Pierzynski, 37, now with his sixth team in 17 seasons, spoke with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny before signing and expressed his desire to continue playing and willingness to accept whatever role was best for the team. The Cardinals have been looking for a steady presence behind the plate since All-Star Yadier Molina went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 9. Molina underwent surgery on July 11 and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.
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HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD
Football: Crittenden Co. 27 Hopkins Co. Cen. 13 Final (8/30)
Football: Hillsboro, Tenn. 42 Christian Co. 20 Final (8/30)
Football: Hopkinsville 42 West Creek, Tenn. 7 Final (8/30)
Boys Soccer: Trigg Co. 8 Muhlenberg Co. 3 Final (8/30)
Girls Soccer: Owensboro Cath. 3 Marshall Co. 0 Final (8/30)
Girls Soccer: Apollo 2 Christian Co. 1 Final (8/30)
Volleyball: Southwestern 2 Christian Co. 1 (21-25, 25-20, 15-7) Final (8/30)
Volleyball: Alcoa, Tenn. 2 Hopkinsville 0 (25-13, 25-21) Final (8/30)
Volleyball: William Blount, Tenn. 2 Hopkinsville 1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-10) Final (8/30)
Football: Trigg Co. 42 Marshall Co. 21 Final (8/29)
Football: Caldwell Co. 62 Union Co. 27 Final (8/29)
Football: Ballard Mem. 45 Fulton City 6 Final (8/29)
Football: McCracken Co. 38 Mayfield 37 OT Final (8/29)
Football: Muhlenberg Co. 44 Webster Co. 6 Final (8/29)
Football: Murray 35 Calloway Co. 0 Final (8/29)
Football: Owensboro Cath. 49 Daviess Co. 7 Final (8/29)
Football: Russellville 29 Ft. Campbell 27 Final (8/29)
Football: Evansville Reitz, Ind. 35 Tilghman 23 Final (8/29)
Football: Franklin-Simpson 28 Graves Co. 26 Final (8/29)
Football: Greenwood 49 Allen Co.-Scottsville 14 Final (8/29)
Football: Hancock Co. 43 Ohio Co. 0 Final (8/29)
Football: Henderson Co. 27 Evansville North, Ind. 21 Final (8/29)
Football: Lake Co., Tenn. 22 Fulton Co. 6 Final (8/29)
Football: Owensboro Sr. 50 Apollo 7 Final (8/29)
Boys Soccer: Christian Co. 6 St. Mary 0 Final (8/28)
Boys Soccer: Graves Co. 6 Mayfield 1 Final (8/28)
Girls Soccer: Caldwell Co. 8 Dawson Springs 0 Final (8/28)
Girls Soccer: Ft. Campbell 2 Madisonville-NH 1 Final (8/28)
Girls Soccer: Graves Co. 11 Mayfield 1 Final (8/28)
Girls Soccer: St. Mary 2 Trigg Co. 1 Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Ballard Mem. 3 Fulton City 0 (25-17, 25-7, 27-25) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Caldwell Co. 3 Madisonville-NH 0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-23) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Evansville Bosse, IN 3 Henderson Co. 1 (16-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Graves Co. 3 Crittenden Co. 0 (25-7, 25-7, 25-12) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Hickman Co. 3 Carlisle Co. 0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-19) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 CFS 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-20) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Massac Co., IL 2 Tilghman 0 (25-11, 25-13) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Muhlenberg Co. 3 Union Co. 0 (25-21, 25-7, 25-23) Final (8/28)
Volleyball: Murray 3 CCA 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23) Final (8/28)
Boys Soccer: Dawson Springs 2 Hopkins Co. Cen. 1 Final (8/26)
Boys Soccer: Henderson Co. 5 Christian Co. 1 Final (8/26)
Boys Soccer: Marshall Co. 5 Graves Co. 4 OT Final (8/26)
Boys Soccer: McCracken Co. 12 Ballard Mem. 0 Final (8/26)
Boys Soccer: Trigg Co. 7 Caldwell Co. 1 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Henderson Co. 5 Caldwell Co. 0 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Hopkins Co. Cen. 6 Dawson Springs 0 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville 2 Graves Co. 1 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: McCracken Co. 10 Ballard Mem. 0 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Murray 6 Calloway Co. 1 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Tilghman 11 Crittenden Co. 1 Final (8/26)
Girls Soccer: Webster Co. 3 Union Co. 2 Final (8/26)
Volleyball: CCA 3 CFS 2 (16-25, 25-21, 13-25, 25-21, 15-9) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Fulton Co. 3 Cairo, IL 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Graves Co. 3 Livingston Cen. 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-11) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Henderson Co. 3 Union Co. 0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-4) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Hopkins Co. Cen. 3 Crittenden Co. 0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-6) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Madisonville-NH 3 Muhlenberg Co. 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 Calloway Co. 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: McCracken Co. 2 Tilghman 0 (25-7, 25-8) Final (8/26)
Volleyball: Trigg Co. 3 Ft. Campbell 0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-22) Final (8/26)
Boys Soccer: Marshall Co. 5 Mayfield 4 Final (8/25)
Girls Soccer: Marshall Co. 13 Mayfield 0 Final (8/25)
Girls Soccer: Ballard Mem. 4 Crittenden Co. 0 Final (8/25)
Girls Soccer: Ft. Campbell 9 Webster Co. 4 Final (8/25)
Girls Soccer: McLean Co. 10 Dawson Springs 1 Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 CCA 1 (25-14, 25-23, 20-25, 26-28) Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Fulton City 3 Peabody, Tenn. 1 (25-12, 25-22, 16-25, 25-21) Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Graves Co. 3 Mayfield 0 (25-4, 25-3, 25-20) Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Hickman Co. 3 Union City, Tenn. 0 (25-4, 25-10, 25-8) Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Hopkins Co. Cen. 3 Webster Co. 0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-19) Final (8/25)
Volleyball: Tilghman 3 Crittenden Co. 0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-14) Final (8/25)