Southwestern’s Cundiff signs with Lindsey Wilson

Southwestern senior Regi Cundiff, front row second from left, signed Monday morning to play her collegiate basketball at Lindsey Wilson College next year. Pictured front row left to right are Cundiff’s mother Tish, Cundiff, father Mark Cundiff, and brother Payton Cundiff. Back row left to right are current Southwestern head coach Junior Molden, Lindsey Wilson head women’s coach John Wethington, and former Lady Warrior head coach and current Southwestern assistant principal Stephen Butcher.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The 2019-’20 girl’s high school basketball season is still almost two months away, but current Southwestern senior Regi Cundiff has already taken care of some business, albeit off the court.

On Monday morning in front of friends, family, and teammates, Cundiff signed her name to an official letter of intent and will be playing her collegiate basketball for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky next season.

Lady Raiders head coach John Wethington — a good friend of mine and a former classmate from Casey County High School — couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm when talking about Cundiff, and what her signing means to his outstanding program.



“Regi’s just a great talent, and anyone with the athleticism that she has — that’s the thing that really enticed us to want to sign her,” pointed out the long-time Lindsey Wilson head coach.

“You can play her at two or three different spots, and she can shoot the ball from the outside,” Wethington added. “She can go down and post up, but we like her to fit in with our style of play which is run and gun.”

Cundiff is coming off a great junior season — a season that saw her help Southwestern to a 12th Regional championship and a runner-up finish in the Girl’s Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament last March at Rupp Arena, helping the Lady Warriors to a 27-6 season.

Cundiff led Southwestern in both scoring and rebounding last year, averaging 14.4 points per contest, while averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.

She shot 51.2 percent from the field, connecting on 154 of 301 field goal attempts, making her one of the top players in the 12th Region last season as a junior.

For Cundiff, going to Lindsey Wilson was a no-brainer, considering the fact that her older brother Payton Cundiff will be playing for the Blue Raiders later this season as a red-shirt freshman.

“I knew I wanted to be close to home, and I wanted to be at a tight-knit college,” pointed out Cundiff.

“They really have a family type energy, and it seems that all their athletes are just really close,” added the Southwestern senior. “My brother Payton is my best friend, and I love being around him. We get along all the time now — it used to wasn’t that way. It would have definitely been weird not going to school with him.”



As for the new Southwestern head basketball coach, Junior Molden is getting ready to take over the helm of the Lady Warrior basketball program for Stephen Butcher, who left after taking the Lady Warriors to the state tourney finals last season to move into administration at Southwestern as an assistant principal.

Despite being a new head coach at Southwestern, Molden is very familiar with Cundiff and what she can do on the basketball court.

Molden has worked with the Southwestern senior for several years, dating all the way back to her early days in middle school, and the first-year Lady Warrior head coach says he believes Lindsey Wilson got an absolute steal with Cundiff’s signing on Monday.

“She had a great summer, and we really hit it off together really well, and I expect her to have a big senior season — I really do,” stated Molden.

“She’s focused every day in conditioning, and I think a lot of Regi, and I’ve been around the family for many years,” added the Lady Warrior head coach. “She’s going to be an outstanding player in the years to come for Lindsey Wilson.”

Cundiff and the Lady Warriors will tip off the 2019-’20 high school season playing on the road at North Laurel on December 5th.



Pulaski County wins number five in a row at Whitley

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons survived inclement weather, lightning delays, and a late Friday night of football last week.

More importantly however, Johnny Hines’ club survived a district opener on the road at Whitley County, running  the Maroons winning streak to five games in a row.

Thanks to heroics from several players, PC survived against the Colonels, winning on the road by a final count of 21-18, improving to 5-1 on the season and winning for the fifth consecutive week.



Quarterback Drew Polston was a catalyst for PC, throwing for 207 yards and a TD, by completing 25-34 pass attempts.

Tristan Cox scored a pair of touchdowns — one rushing and one receiving — while gaining 43 yards on nine carries.

Kaleb Adams scored on a rushing TD, while Jake Sloan continued his remarkable run in 2019 in receiving.

The senior wide receiver and EKU commit — who just last week became the number two all-time leading receiver in Kentucky high school football history — had another huge game with 12 receptions for 113 yards against the Colonels.

Defensively, Konner Hargis tallied 14 tackles while Cox had 13, helping PC sneak out of Williamsburg for a very hard-fought win over a Whitley County program that PC defeated in round one of the 2018 Class 5 A playoffs by a final score of 61-0.

With the win, Pulaski County went to 1-0 in district play, and will return home this Friday night for another huge district tilt against South Laurel.

That game will get underway from PC Field against the Cardinals beginning at 7:30 p.m.



Somerset obliterates Russellville 64-12

Kade Grundy tip toes down the sidelines during Friday’s game against Russellville. Grundy and Somerset had a huge night, downing the Panthers on Homecoming week by a final count of 64-12. With the win, the Briar Jumpers remained perfect on the season at 5-0 on the year.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Russellville Panthers proved to be the perfect homecoming opponent on Friday night for a Somerset team that was undefeated coming in, and the number-one ranked team in the state of Kentucky in Class 2 A.

Simply, Robbie Lucas and company ran roughshod over the visitors from Logan County who limped into the contest winless on the season with an 0-5 record.

Alex Miller rushed for a game-high 170 yards, scoring three touchdowns along the way, while quarterback Kaiya Sheron was a perfect, 6-6 through the air for 82 yards and a TD pass.



Jerrod Smith got in on the fun with 77 yards on seven carries and a score, and Mikey Garland had a 40-yard fumble return for another touchdown for Somerset.

In short, the Panthers were no match for a Somerset team that has been on a roll since the opening kick of the 2019 high school football season.

Somerset will put its number-one state ranking and undefeated record on the line on Friday night, as the 5-0 Briar Jumpers will travel to Hazard to face a Bulldog team that is 5-1 on the season, and has won five games in a row after a season-opening, 22-20 loss to Harlan County.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.



Maroons roll over Eagles; Sloan moves to second all-time in receptions

Pulaski County head football coach Johnny Hines and the Maroons won their fourth straight game last Friday night, with an impressive 56-34 win over the Madison Southern Eagles.
Photo by Melanie Hines

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons are simply in a word — ROLLING.

Last Friday night, the Maroons improved to 4-1 on the season by winning their fourth straight game with an impressive, 56-34 beatdown over visiting Madison Southern.

And, it was a total team effort for PC, with several players having big nights for the Maroons.



No one had a bigger night than senior wide receiver Jake Sloan, who continued climbing up the ladder in receiving in Kentucky history.

With his seventh catch of the game against the Eagles, Sloan surpassed former Louisville Trinity star James Quick as the second all-time leading receiver in the history of Kentucky high school football with his 281st catch of his outstanding prep career.

Sloan only trails former Pulaski County receiver Jake Johnson, who is Kentucky’s all-time leader in career receptions.

For the game, Sloan hauled in nine catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns, as the PC offense simply ran roughshod over an out-manned Madison Southern team.

Freshman Donovan Abbott led the Maroons with 51 yards on the ground on seven attempts, scoring a TD, while Tristan Cox ran for two more scores for Pulaski County.

Quarterback Drew Polston had a career night, enjoying the biggest night of his career up to date through the air.

The sophomore quarterback connected on 31-39 pass attempts for 407 yards and five TD’s, helping Pulaski County roll up 545 yards of total offense for the game.

Defensively, senior linebacker Konner Hargis continues his ascension up the all-time tackles list in PC history.



Hargis led the Maroons in the win with 14 tackles, recording one sack and one tackle for loss.

The Maroons are rolling with a four-game winning streak currently, and that streak will get a stern test this Friday, as Hines and crew will begin district play on the road at Whitley County.

The Colonels are itching for another shot at PC, as these two teams met last season at PC Field in the opening round of the playoffs, with the Maroons taking Whitley County out behind the woodshed in a 61-0 Pulaski County victory.

Kickoff for this Friday night’s game is slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.



Big second half propels Somerset to 41-14 win

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers moved to 4-0 on the season last Friday night, and Robbie Lucas’ club did it in impressive fashion.

Going on the road to play a 4-0 Williamsburg team, Somerset put together an impressive second half, scoring 27 unanswered points after the intermission, helping the Briar Jumpers roll to a 41-14 win over the Yellowjackets.

Quarterback Kaiya Sheron had another big game for Somerset, completing 17-22 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.



Alex Miller had a huge game as well on the ground for Somerset, as the senior tailback carried the football 26 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

Kade Grundy led the Jumpers in receiving in the win over the Yellowjackets, hauling in six catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Somerset — 4-0 on the season with the win — will return home this Friday night at Clark Field, as the Briar Jumpers will host the winless Russelville Panthers.

Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 p.m.



CC’s Furniture makes donation to PC football

Brad Carroll — second row middle — presented head coach Johnny Hines and athletic director Brian Miller as well as the Pulaski County football team a check on Friday morning for $750. The proceeds for the check came from a sale the Somerset furniture store had back in August. CC’s Furniture donated $750 to all three high school football programs from this huge event.
Photo by David Rogers


Warriors will try to bounce back at Clark County

Southwestern first-year head coach Jason Foley gives instructions to quarterback Xavier Streeter during the Warriors 44-6 loss last Friday night to Wayne County. The Warriors — now 1-3 on the season — will try to bounce back this week at George Rogers Clark.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

Southwestern head football coach Jason Foley stated earlier last week that his club was going through its first real bout of adversity this season, with several key players out last week in the Warriors game against Wayne County.

Now, that adversity has even grown even stronger.

The visiting Cardinals rolled into The Reservation last Friday night and dump-trucked the Warriors, taking down Southwestern by a 44-6 margin.



Quarterback Brody Weaver completed 9-15 pass attempts for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Braedon Sloan made a huge impact for Wayne County, rushing for 127 yards and three TD’s in the rout of the Warriors.

And, it doesn’t get any easier for Southwestern this week.

The Warriors travel to Winchester on Friday evening to take on another set of Cardinals — in George Rogers Clark.

George Rogers Clark is 2-1 on the year, and is coming off of last week’s impressive, 42-22 win at Montgomery County, giving the Cards a modest, two-game winning streak.

Southwestern meanwhile — with running backs Austin Barnes, Connor Crisp, and Korbyn Goff on the shelf last week — struggled mightily against Wayne County to get anything going offensively.

Chase Doan ran for 25 yards on 10 carries, and his 23-yard TD pass from quarterback Xavier Streeter inside the game’s final minute was the only thing that kept the Warriors from being shutout by Wayne County.

The Warriors need a win desperately, and their next chance comes this Friday evening in Winchester against another set of Cardinals.

Kickoff for the game is slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.