The more things change, sometimes the more they simply stay the same.
The Southwestern Lady Warrior volleyball team just kept on rolling along in 2012, winning the 12th Regional title for an impressive fifth year in a row.
And, for the second year in a row, the coaches within the region voted Southwestern senior Erin Cottrell as the Player of the Year in the 12th Region.
However, for the third year in a row, Cottrell holds down the spot as the Commonwealth Journal’s Player of the Year for the All-County Volleyball team for the 2012 season.
Cottrell enjoyed a sensational senior season this past year, tallying 464 kills in helping lead the Lady Warriors to that fifth consecutive regional crown, as well as a 29-11 record.
The Southwestern senior also tallied 476 digs, had 83 blocks, and notched 118 aces on her way to scoring 665 points for the year.
“Erin is a perfect example of how hard work pays off,” stated Southwestern head coach Skip Cottrell.
“She was usually the first in the gym with a ball in her hands and she pushed herself to improve on a daily basis. Erin has been a coach on the floor throughout her career and her intensity always seemed to elevate the play of her teammates.”
Joining Cottrell on our squad are four of her teammates — McKayla Wilson, Samantha Fitzgerald, Kelsie Adams, and Kari Popplewell.
Wilson — also a senior — notched 213 digs for the year while adding 31 aces.
Fitzgerald meanwhile was a force at the net for the Lady Warriors all season long.
Fitzgerald led Southwestern in both blocks and assists for the year, coming up with 141 blocks and 370 assists.
Kelsie Adams finished second on the Lady Warrior team with 346 kills for the season, to go along with 88 aces, 57 assists, and 49 blocks.
Adams led her club for the year with a team-high 540 digs.
Popplewell meanwhile led Southwestern with 558 assists for the season, and notched 44 kills along with 39 aces.
Joining these five Lady Warrior players to round out our team are four players from Pulaski County High School.
Samantha Randolph had a monster junior year for the Lady Maroons, leading her club with 413 kills for the season.
Randolph also notched 204 assists for the year, to go along with 20 blocks, 72 aces, and 186 digs.
Bryanna Black meanwhile had a solid senior year for PC, leading the way for the Lady Maroons with 489 assists.
Black also registered 69 aces, 186 digs, and had 34 kills in helping lead PC to a 23-14 record, a 47th District championship, and a regional runner-up finish.
Sarah Correll led PC with 52 blocks on the year, to go with 246 kills, 194 digs, and 8 assists.
Rounding out our All-County Volleyball Team is Pulaski County’s Jessica Ping.
Ping led the way for her club with 119 aces, tallied 168 kills, 24 blocks and 7 assists.
Congratulations to these nine gifted players for a very solid season of volleyball in 2012.
The more things change, sometimes the more they simply stay the same.
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Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
Somerset seniors help down Warriors, 3-1
Prior to their cross-town match-up with Southwestern, Somerset seniors Parth Patel and Heath Ehrsam were honored for their years of hard work with Senior Night festivities.
Patel and Ehrsam continued to shine on their special night at the ballpark, as the pair of Briar Jumper seniors played a pivotal role in Somerset’s 3-1 victory over the Warriors last night at Charlie Taylor Field.
Lady Jumpers turn Silver into Gold
When everything was calculated and the results came in at the Class A Region 6 Track & Field Championships at the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, the girls team from Richmond Model had apparently won the region team title with 144 points — Somerset High School Lady Jumpers finishing a close second place with 143 points. The one-point loss would have put an end to the Lady Jumpers’ hopes of a fourth consecutive regional team title.
“It was really tough to swallow that we lost by a single point,” Somerset track coach Steve Wallace commented. “So many scenarios run through my mind on points lost in different events.”
Fourman does it all
When the final out was made in last night’s cross-town meeting at the War Path, the scoreboard read “Southwestern 2, Somerset 0.”
However, the scoreboard could have read “Sydney Fourman 2, Somerset 0,” simply because the junior did it all for the Southwestern Lady Warriors.
In the two-run victory over the cross-town rival Lady Jumpers of Somerset, Fourman blasted a pair of home runs, which turned out to be Southwestern’s only two hits in the game. On the mound, the junior struck out nine batters in a seven-inning shutout performance.
Briar Jumpers hold off Corbin, 3-2
To get past visiting Corbin, Somerset used “Team Logan” to get the job done.
Logan Ramsey and Logan Combs, both freshmen for the Briar Jumpers, played like veterans in Somerset’s meeting with Corbin on Friday evening at Charlie Taylor Field. With the stellar play from the pair of youngsters, the Briar Jumpers were able to sneak past the Corbin Redhounds by a score of 3-2.
Pulaski boys win regional crown
At the conclusion of last year’s Class AAA Region 7 Championship, it was the Madison Central boys doing the celebrating after winning a regional title over Pulaski County.
In the 2013 edition of the Class AAA Region 7 Championship on Thursday evening at Southwestern High School, it was the other away around, as the Pulaski County boys team captured the regional title over Madison Central by a score of 191 to 171. Southwestern finished third with 51 points.
On the girls side once again, it was Madison Central coming away with a regional title, as they scored a meet-high 174.50 points. The Southwestern Lady Warriors came in second with 88 points, while the Pulaski County Lady Maroons finished in the third spot with 67 points.
Somerset downs Lady Lakers, 8-5
Wednesday night's match-up against Russell County couldn’t have begun any worse for the Somerset Lady Jumpers. After making an error and hitting a batter to lead off the game, the Lady Jumpers looked as if they were in for a rough outing with the visiting Lady Lakers.
Despite giving up a pair of runs in the top half of the opening frame, David Dorsey’s club bounced back from the early two-run deficit to down Russell County by a final tally of 8-5. With the victory, Somerset avenged an earlier season loss to the Lady Lakers - Russell County won the first meeting, 8-7, that occurred on March 28th in Russell Springs.
Lady Warriors blank Model, 10-0
Southwestern softball head coach Jim Woodall feels like his team his hitting their side at the right time of the year.
With the performance his Lady Warriors had in a six-inning, 10-0 win over Model on Tuesday evening at the War Path, most would probably agree with the veteran coach.
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