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2007 Sports year in review

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By Bobby Brockman

The sports year was happy and sad on the local front as coach Donna Wise retired and Ginger Colvin took the reigns.

Some things also remained about the same as Taylor County High's softball and baseball teams continued to rack up district crowns, Campbellsville's baseball team kept rolling in the All "A" and Campbellsville University men's basketball, baseball and softball stayed in the national championship hunt.

Here's just a sampling of what happened in 2007 on the local sports scene.

January

John "J.B." Holmes finishes in a fourth-place tie at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii as he begins his sophomore year on the PGA Tour.

Taylor County's seventh graders and Campbellsville's eighth graders win in cross-town middle school boys' basketball action.

Campbellsville outscores Marion County 9-1 in the final three minutes to prevail 59-53 at Marion County.

Julia Ilic, Priscila Alves and Julianna Brown combine for 49 points as the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers cruise past Chowan 81-59.

Campbellsville's boys' team and the Taylor County Lady Cardinals repeat in cross-town high school basketball tilts.

No. 4-rated Campbellsville University needs two overtimes to beat Brescia 96-91 in Owensboro.

Taylor County uses the 52-point combined scoring from Josh Gumm, Evan Cox and Chase Cox to drop Green County 59-51 on the road.

Georgetown College edges Campbellsville University teams in the Mid-South Conference basketball openers.

Taylor County junior Josh Gumm enters the 1,000-point club as the Cardinals defeat Marion County.

Knox Central's Wendi Messer becomes the first signee for new Campbellsville University women's basketball coach Ginger Colvin.

Campbellsville misses 16 of 28 free throws and is eliminated by Bethlehem in the Touchtone Energy Fifth Region All "A" Classic semifinals at Green County.

CU's Lady Tigers need two overtimes to beat Pikeville 85-82 while the Tiger men go to 19-2 overall with a 68-55 romp.

Taylor County uses a last second Chase Cox steal and basket to win 58-56 at Adair County.

February

Trever Whiting is hired as Campbellsville University offensive coordinator in football.

Women's swimming will become the 13th sports program at Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville University announces plans to build a 12,000-square foot gymnasium, Gosser Gymnasium, to become the new home for Tiger wrestling.

Campbellsville High School's Lady Eagles use 12 points from NeNe Dunlap and 11 from Christina Sinclair to down Whitefield Academy 53-34.

Taylor County defeats Marion County while Adair County pulls away from Campbellsville to leave the 20th District boys' race in a three-way tie. During a blind draw, Taylor County gets the No. 1 seed to face No. 4 Marion County, putting Campbellsville and Adair County in a first-round match-up.

The Lady Tigers win by 12 at Georgetown while the CU men fall 78-74.

Brittany Hatcher starts a 13-6 run as Taylor County's Lady Cardinals pull away from LaRue County 51-40.

Zach Allender's double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) powers No. 10 Campbellsville University past Lindsey Wilson 75-53.

Megan Overton's three-point attempt is just off at the buzzer and the Lady Tigers fall to Lindsey Wilson 69-66.

Campbellsville wins 78-72 over Green County on the Eagles' Senior Night in Paul J. Coop Gymnasium.

Taylor County loses on a 40-footer at home to McCreary Central and in double overtime at Nelson County.

Donna Wise is honored as the Lady Tigers send her out a winner on Senior Day with an 89-74 win over eventual MSC Tournament champion West Virginia Tech.

Barren County point guard T.J. Thomas signs to play for the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers.

Katie Wilkerson resigns as Campbellsville High School Lady Eagle head basketball coach.

March

CU junior Zach Allender is tabbed Mid-South Conference Co-Player of the Year. Joining Allender on the first team is senior James Steward.

Lady Tiger senior Julia Ilic makes first-team All-MSC.

The Campbellsville University cheerleaders take home the first-place trophy in Mid-South Conference competition.

Taylor County downs Marion County while Adair County eliminates Campbellsville in 20th District Tournament boys' basketball action.

Marion County scores 100 points in defeating Adair County for the 20th District girls' title.

The Donna Wise era ends at CU as the Lady Tigers fall to Georgetown 71-65 in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament in Frankfort.

Centre College freshman Meredith Angel, a Campbellsville High School graduate, competes in the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at the University of Houston.

Taylor County can't make it three seasonal wins over Adair County and falls to the Indians in the district finals.

Campbellsville University defeats West Virginia Tech in the first round but is eliminated by the University of the Cumberlands in the MSC Tourney semifinals.

The CU baseball team reels off nine straight wins before absorbing its first loss at Trevecca Nazarene.

Chase Cox hits 13 of 17 shots and scores 36 points as Taylor County wins 72-65 over Hart County in the first round of the Fifth Region Tournament.

The Cardinals go 1-23 on three-point attempts and are eliminated by John Hardin 58-39 on the region semis.

Adair County downs John Hardin for the boys' Fifth Region title while North Hardin bests Elizabethtown for the girls' regional top spot.

Campbellsville University defeats 13th-seed Houston Baptist 80-55 before losing to Concordia (Calif.) 83-72. Zach Allender tallies 65 points and 31 rebounds.

The Tiger baseball team improves to 15-4 before opening the Mid-South Conference slate.

Taylor County High School product Alexia Williams inks to play hoops at Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville's Dion McClain and Josh Gumm and Chase Cox of Taylor County are named to the boys' Fifth Region all-season team in a vote by the coaches.

Alexia Williams of Taylor County makes the All-Fifth Region girls' squad.

6-2 Millie Deaton of Todd County Central signs to play for Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville seventh-grader Kelsey Feltner wins the 100-meter dash, is third in the 200-meter dash and scores 19 points in an all-comers track meet at Green County.

Taylor County's softball team is off to a 3-0 start with wins over Metcalfe County, LaRue County and Nelson County.

April

Campbellsville University's Allison Horton and Kelly Vooris are named Mid-South Conference and NAIA Region XI Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week.

Second Region Player of the Year, 5-6 guard Melly Heaton of Caldwell County, decides to bring her act to Campbellsville University.

Zach Allender is named NAIA second-team All-American.

Matt Burress' pitching and a 10-run fifth inning send Taylor County past Adair County 11-1 in the district baseball opener.

The Lady Cardinals begin district softball play by shutting out Marion County 22-0 and Adair County 4-0.

Campbellsville Middle School's eighth-grade volleyball team wraps up the CKMSAC regular-season title.

Montgomery County's Courtney Danis, a member of the Kentucky All Stars, signs to play basketball for Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville's girls and Taylor County's boys post 5-0 cross-town wins in tennis action at Miller Park.

Campbellsville High School selects Adair County native Mike Sneed as its head girls' basketball coach.

Megan Romines had three hits, Jennifer England two base knocks and five RBI and Lauren Cox pitches as shutout as Taylor County pummels Campbellsville 14-0 in high school softball.

Taylor County moves its district baseball record to 3-0 with a 10-0 blanking at Campbellsville.

St. Catharine post player Sara Sexton becomes Ginger Colvin's seventh Lady Tiger hoop signee.

Coach Elisha Rhodes' CMS eighth graders complete the sweep with the CKMSAC Volleyball Tournament championship.

Campbellsville University claims the Mid-South Conference regular-season baseball crown.

Campbellsville High's Eagles make it five straight Fifth Region All "A" baseball titles.

Taylor County cracks the state's top 25 in high school baseball, checking in at No. 24.

Campbellsville returns to the All "A" State baseball tourney with a 7-2 win at home over Kentucky Country day in sectional play.

May

CHS hammers out 18 hits, takes advantage of five Taylor County miscues in the Eagles' 15-8 baseball win over the Cardinals.

The Kentucky High School Football Coaches Association names Campbellsville High School senior-to-be Shumari Bridgewater to the Tremendous 26.

The CU Lady Tigers down Lindsey Wilson 4-3 to win the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Campbellsville University's baseball Tigers make it three straight MSC Tourney championships.

Clay Pickett tosses a shutout as Campbellsville defeats Williamsburg 2-0 in the Statewide Baseball Tournament before falling to Beechwood 7-3 in the semifinals.

Kelsey Feltner, a seventh-grader at CMS, wins the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Heartland Athletic Conference Track Meet. Green County's teams capture the girls' and boys' team crowns.

Marion County's boys and girls sweep the Heartland Conference tennis championships.

The CU baseball and softball teams finish second at the NAIA Region XI Tournaments.

Tim Tungate finishes first in the Jerry Rucker Memorial at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown.

NAIA Hall of Fame basketball coach Donna Wise leads a group to exchange cultural experiences in Zambia, Africa.

Campbellsville High's Anna Marie Johnson signs to play tennis for Campbellsville University.

Taylor County uses two five-run innings to down Marion County 12-5 in the 20th District Softball Tournament.

Danielle Morris' walk-off single and the pitching of Jessica Cox propel Campbellsville past Adair County 2-1 and into the district championship game.

Taylor County downs Adair County 5-2 in 2-th District Tournament baseball while a six-run fifth frame enables Marion County to eliminate Campbellsville 10-6.

CHS offensive lineman Justin Cox inks to play football at Campbellsville University.

Taylor County out-homers Marion County, wins 11-5 over the Knights for the 20th District Tourney title in baseball.

Coach Ronnie Gupton's TCHS softball squad rolls past Campbellsville 10-1 for the district tourney championship.

Taylor County's Brittany Hatcher signs to play softball for the CU Lady Tigers.

The Lady Cardinals down Washington County 4-3, but lose to North Hardin 4-3 in eighth innings at the Fifth Region Softball Tournament at Marion County. Nelson County downs Campbellsville 11-1 in the first round.

Taylor County romps past Hart County 9-2 before being eliminated by Elizabethtown 10-0 in the Fifth Region Baseball Tournament at Hart County.

Campbellsville High School names Dale Estes as its new softball coach, replacing Steve Skaggs who retired after the season.

Campbellsville University junior Jeff Sullivan finishes in a tie for 21st at the NAIA National Golf Tournament.

June

Campbellsville University announces six basketball signees, headed by junior college All-American Nestor Colmenares.

Johnny Wheeler visits victory lane again at Bluegrass Speedway.

The Pride, a 15-and-under basketball team coached by Ginger Colvin and Shannon Wathen, finishes fourth at the AAU State Tournament.

Coach Curt Gaskins' Yankees post a 13-2 record to claim the Minor League baseball regular-season championship at Miller Park.

Logan Smith has seven-RBI game vs. Metcalfe County as American Legion Post 82 gets off to a 4-1 start.

The Yankees sweep three games to add the Minor League Tournament title to their resume.

The Twins take the last two in the best-of-three Little League play-offs over the Reds.

Campbellsville High School's Tim Davis is named an assistant for the Kentucky All Stars in basketball, making him the head coach for the 2008 games.

The Phillies go 23-0 and claim season and tournament championships in Pee Wee League baseball.

Post 82 is tops in the Kenton-Fulton Tournament in Western Kentucky.

Taylor County's Mikey Brown and Campbellsville's Blake Milby play in the East-West Baseball Series.

Big Boy Plumbing of Elizabethtown captures the 28th Annual H&W Softball Classic at Veterans Memorial Park.

Clint Graham announces his intentions to transfer to Campbellsville University from Gardner-Webb for his senior season of collegiate basketball.

CU adds junior-college transfer Deveon Jenkins to the Tigers' stellar recruiting class.

CU men's golf coach P.J. Throckmorton is selected as the NAIA Region XI Coach of Character.

Jeff Watson wins the Late Model feature at "The Pond" in Junction City.

July

American Legion Post 82 wins the Lexington Blue Stars Tournament.

Coach Beauford Sanders signs 17 players for Campbellsville University baseball.

Nolan Weddle wins the Campbellsville Freedom 5K.

Tyler Sharpe birdies three of the last four holes to repeat as champion of the J.B. Holmes Invitational at Campbellsville Country Club.

The Babe Ruth All Stars lose in the District 5 Tournament championship finals.

Campbellsville's 11-12-year-old Little League All Stars fall to Russell County in 11 innings.

CHS' Clay Pickett and Neil Sanders sign to play baseball for Campbellsville University.

Campbellsville's 9-10-year-old sanctioned All Stars go undefeated to win the Campbellsville Invitational.

Rick Newton claims his sixth Club Championship at Campbellsville Country Club.

Tim Tungate notches his 28th feature in at Bluegrass Speedway.

The Lady Tigers snatch a late hoop signee in Muhlenberg South's Hillary Prunty.

Tyler Franklin is a member of he BPA Northern Zone World Series baseball champion team, the Mt. Washington Mudcats.

Willard Smith wins the Ninth Annual Charles Stiles Memorial Senior Duffers golf tournament in Lebanon.

August

Campbellsville Christian wins the Men's Church League title while Elk Horn Baptist is the Coed champion in league softball action at Veterans Memorial Park.

Elk Horn Baptist captures the NSA Church State Tournament in Harrodsburg.

Campbellsville High School wins its first volleyball match on the road with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-20.

Campbellsville Middle School opens its football season with a 29-6 triumph over Bluegrass.

Johnny Wheeler triumphs in the Super Late Model feature in Bardstown.

Dale Newton's net score of 132 edges Wayne Wells for first in the 43rd Duffers Golf Tournament in Richmond.

Jordon Davis has three goals and two assists in Taylor County's 8-1 soccer win over Adair County.

Taylor County tops Campbellsville 25-11, 25-16 in high school volleyball.

Bill McCullough's 26-yard field goal propels Taylor County over Monroe County 23-22 in the Cardinals' season football opener.

Taylor County boys' soccer squad captures the Pulaski Cup.

Campbellsville rushes for 312 yards as the Eagles win the 34th Annual Battle of the Birds 37-19 over Taylor County.

September

Johnny Wheeler triumphs on Legends Night at Bluegrass Speedway

Greensburg Country Club reclaims Green River Cup golf titles vs. Campbellsville Country Club.

Campbellsville University falls to 0-2 in football with a 17-13 home setback to Cumberlands.

Green County clobbers Campbellsville 51-0 in the Cow Bowl.

Lance Turpin passes for 203 yards as Taylor County decks Casey County 33-13.

Jason Keltner is first in Super Late Models at Ponderosa Speedway.

CHS' Lady Eagle volleyballers post a three-win week with victories over Adair County, Nelson County and Hart County.

Garrard County edges Taylor County 34-33 as the Cardinals' district mark slides to 1-2.

Shumari Bridgewater runs for 145 yards and Aaron Schwoebel passes for 192 as Campbellsville blasts Clinton County 62-0.

Dalton Kent scores three touchdowns and a two-point conversion as Taylor County Middle School upends Campbellsville 30-16.

Green County rolls past Taylor County 56-12 and Danville romps 39-6 over Campbellsville.

Campbellsville University's Lady Tiger volleyball team makes the top 25 with a 15-1 worksheet.

The CU men's golf team wins the Fall Mid-South Conference Tournament with Tiger Scott Webb earning the individual title.

October

Shumari Bridgewater rushes for 200+ yards, four touchdowns and 28 points as Campbellsville defeats Williamsburg 68-36.

Taylor County and Marion County post opening-round wins in the 18th District Volleyball Tournament.

Taylor County is eliminated by Boyle County 3-2 in the 29th District Soccer Tourney.

Cardinals' soccer coach Ray Hollenbach announces his retirement.

Taylor County makes it three district volleyball championships in a row with a 25-19, 26-24 win over homestanding Marion County.

Marion County scores four unanswered touchdowns to post 35-16 triumph over Campbellsville.

The Cowboys win the Senior League while the Vikings are first in the Junior League division of Campbellsville Community Club Youth Football.

Chris Thomas rushes for six TDs in Taylor County's 75-8 rout over Jackson County.

LaRue County downs Taylor County 26-6 in 20th Annual CKMSAC Bowl game.

Campbellsville scores a pair of second-half touchdowns to triumph 24-13 at McCreary Central.

Chris Thomas rushes for 282 yards and all three Cardinal touchdowns in Taylor County's 21-6 win at Hart County.

Karen Hall qualifies on the 2008 Kentucky team of the Kentucky Bass Federation.

November

The Ginger Colvin era begins for the CU Lady Tigers with a 94-73 home win over Bethel College.

Zach Allender reinjures his knee in Campbellsville University's exhibition loss at Western Kentucky and will redshirt and play his senior season in 2008-2009.

Taylor County ends regular-season football play with a 55-12 win over Caverna while Glasgow shuts out Campbellsville 27-0.

J.B. Holmes ties for ninth and earns $119,600 in the Children's Miracle Network Classic to finish the PGA season with earnings of $874,216.

Somerset ends Taylor County's football season 58-7 in the first round of the play-offs.

Campbellsville wins road post-season games at Lynn Camp (12-7) and Williamsburg (38-36 in double overtime) before being bounced by Hazard (44-6).

Greg Fountain rushes for 320 yards, but Campbellsville University can't avoid a winless season with a 34-21 setback to No. 4-ranked Bethel.

Jim Deaton resigns after three seasons as the CU Tigers' head football coach.

The Lady Tiger volleyballers defeat MSC Tourney champ Georgetown in the NAIA Region XI finals to make the nationals where they fail to advance beyond pool play.

The Campbellsville University men knock off defending national champion Oklahoma City 76-57 in the Lou Cunningham Classic.

Taylor County uses double-figure outings from Chase Cox, Josh Gumm and Taylor Cox to roll over Washington County in the high school basketball opener.

December

Taylor County sweeps Campbellsville in cross-town high school hoops action.

The Cardinals' three-game winning streak is halted 46-42 at Adair County.

Doris Wefwafwa, CU volleyball assistant and former All-American player, dies in Elizabethtown.

Campbellsville University hires former Campbellsville High School head coach and current Paducah Tilghman boss to direct its football program.

The sixth-rated Campbellsville University Tigers end December with a 12-2 record by besting Berry (Ga.) 69-57.

The CU Lady Tigers triumph twice in the Holiday Inn Express Holiday Hoops to improve their record to 8-5.

Former Somerset High quarterback Ross Deaton signs on as Perry Thomas' first football recruit at Campbellsville University.

Taylor County falls to eventual champion Bullitt East before reeling off three straight wins in the Peoples Bank Eagle Classic at Madison Southern.