Dylan Gray

Dylan Gray took home a state wrestling championship in February — one of several titles earned by Caldwell County sports teams and individual competitors in 2018.


• Lady Tigers basketball coach Malissa Thomas picked up her 100th win with the team's 50-36 victory over Dawson Springs Jan. 4.

• The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced that Caldwell County would return to Class 2A in football starting in the 2019 season. The program had been in Class 3A since 2015, and in 2A every year prior since 1954.

• Winter weather postponed the start of regional All 'A' Classic basketball tournaments.

• Tiger footballers Cole Baker, Jameer Riley, Trel Riley and Hunter VanHooser were named to The Paducah Sun All-Purchase Football Team.

• Lyon County's Lady Lyons defeated University Heights Academy to win the 2nd Region All 'A' Classic championship and advance to state competition.

• Caldwell's boys and girls basketball squads made it to the semifinals of the 2nd Region All 'A' Classic before bowing out of the tournament. The Tigers lost 70-55 to the Livingston Central Cardinals, while the Lady Tigers were defeated by University Heights in overtime, 63-60.

• Emma Talley participated in her first official event as a member of the LPGA tour, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island.


• Derrin Boyd reached a basketball career milestone for the Tigers, scoring his 1,000th point against Madisonville-North Hopkins Feb. 2.

• Head volleyball coach Daniel Cortner was named acting president of the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association.

• Tiger senior Dylan Gray became the first in school history to win four straight regional wrestling championships, and Dylan Walls became the first Tiger eighth-grader to win a regional title. Six Tiger wrestlers qualified for state competition at the 1st Region tournament at Ohio County.

Gray went on to take home the state championship in the 182-pound division.

• The Caldwell County Lady Tigers took home the 7th District basketball title after a win over Dawson Springs Feb. 22. The team fell to Henderson County in the opening round of the 2nd Region tournament.

• The Coaches Association All-2nd Region Basketball Team for the 2017-18 season included the Tigers' Derrin Boyd and Lyon County's Gabe Board and Allison Murphy.


• Princeton's Eli Pepper helped send the Lipscomb Bisons to the NCAA Tournament after the team won its first-ever ASUN Conference championship. The Bisons, a 15 seed in the NCAA bracket, fell to 2-seed North Carolina in the first round of play. Pepper had five points and seven rebounds in the contest.

• Caldwell County's baseball team, which took home the 2nd Region championship in 2017, began the year ranked No. 17 in the state. The Tigers were the only 2nd region team to appear in the Kentucky Prep Baseball Report preseason rankings.


• The Tiger baseball team recorded three wins at the Chop House Classic in Kingsport, Tenn.

• The Lady Tiger softball team earned its first win of the season at the Jackson County Softball Tournament in Cookeville, Tenn. The team defeated Riverside (Tenn.) 5-1.

• The softball squad claimed the 2nd Region All 'A' Championship in Eddyville April 12 with a 23-0 rout of Dawson Springs.

• The Tigers also repeated as 2nd Region champs in the All 'A' event, defeating UHA 11-1.

• Former CCHS standout Elijah Sindelar won two awards at Purdue's sixth-annual Golden Pete Awards.

The quarterback won awards for Male Individual Performance of the Year and, with receiver Anthony Mahongou, for Play of the Year. The Boilermakers defeated Arizona 38-35 in the Foster Farms Bowl.

• The Tigers won All 'A' sectional play with a 7-4 win over Carlisle County to advance to the state baseball tournament.

• Lyon County pitcher Sophie Bingham recorded her 1,000th career strikeout in play against Livingston Central. Bingham recorded 13 strikeouts in the 11-1 victory.


• The Lady Tiger tennis team advanced to 15-0 in team matches for the season after play in Lyon County.

• A 6-3 loss to Holy Cross denied the Lady Tiger softball squad a chance at the state All 'A' title. Holy Cross would go on to win its fourth straight All 'A' championship by defeating Caldwell County, Green County and Raceland.

• Emma Talley earned a slot in the U.S. Women's Open by winning a playoff in Dunwoody, Ga., May 7.

• The Tiger baseball team's run for the All 'A' state title fell short with a 2-1 loss to Somerset in the state tournament.

• The girls' tennis squad swept the 2nd Region tournament to take home the region title. On the boys' side, senior Ben Knight took home the region singles championship for the second year in a row.

• Caldwell's boys won their seventh straight 7th district baseball championship May 24, beating Madisonville 10-3. The Lady Tigers fell to Madisonville 5-0 in the district championship. Both teams advanced to regional competition, where the Tigers lost 10-6 to Union County in the opening round of play. The Lady Tigers made it to the regional championship game, a 9-inning marathon that ended with a 5-3 loss to Christian County.


• Four Caldwell County rodeo youth — Sydney Newton, Skylar Newton, Jacy Travis and Jake Scheidler, earned the chance to take part in national competition after their performances in the Kentucky State Final Rodeo. The Newtons would go on to compete in the Junior High Finals in Huron, S.D., while Scheidler and Travis headed to Rock Springs, Wyo.

Travis was also named Miss Kentucky High School Rodeo Queen and competed for national queen.

• Motorcycle racer Jake Lewis of Princeton continued to fare well in competition for the year. After eight races, Lewis was fifth in the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series Championship Point Standings.

• Emma Talley finished 41st in the U.S. Women's Open, played at Shoal Creek near Birmingham, Ala.

• Lady Tigers Mashea Glover and Katie Franklin and Lady Lyons Sophie Bingham and Calista Collins earned all-state softball honors, as did Tigers Shane Burns and Jase Felker.

• Shane Burns, who graduated in May, took to the mound in summer action for the Hoptown Hoppers and was named to the Ohio Valley League's Western Division All-Star Squad.

• Princeton native Drew Harrington, a former University of Louisville baseball standout, was assigned to the Kannapolis Intimidators, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.


• Former Tigers Ty Ramey, Jase Felker and Noah Brown, as well as Lyon County's Brody Bridges, competed for the Lyon Post 68 American Legion baseball squad over the summer.

• Emma Talley finished in a tie for 55th place at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

• David Choate, a longtime assistant coach for the Lady Tiger softball program, was named head coach of the squad, succeeding Lori Young in the position.

• Local teen MaKayla Davis competed in the national bowling Junior Gold Championships in Texas after winning her division at the Junior Gold State Tournament in Louisville in April.

• The Southern Illinois Select 17U basketball team, featuring Caldwell County's Derrin Boyd, won the AAU International Championship title July 17 at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The SI Select 15U team, featuring Caldwell's Tripp Branch, finished third in their division.

• Rhett Miller was named head coach of the Caldwell County girls' soccer program.

• Eli Pepper was named to the 2017-18 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court. The former Tiger is a member of the Lipscomb Bisons basketball squad.

• Emma Talley moved into the top 100 in the LPGA world rankings in her rookie season on the tour.

• Jake Lewis made it to the podium for the first time in 2018 by finishing third in Round 6 of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

• Allen Morse of Caldwell County took part in the National Rodeo competition in Guthrie, Okla., and came home with two world championships, including being named 2018 World Champion All Around Cowboy.

• Lyon County American Legion Post 68 defeated Owensboro Post 9 9-8 July 27 to take home the American Legion state championship.

• The 2018 class of the Caldwell County Football Hall of Fame was announced. New members included William Fralick, Dann Hughes, Chris Cochran, Mark Hooks, Garrick Sigler, Jason Faughn and Carl Copeland.


• Former Tiger wrestler Kegan Agnew won his first professional mixed martial arts fight in Nashville Aug. 10.

• The Lyon Legion Post 68 team fell 7-0 to Troy (Ala.) Post 70 to bow out of the Southeast Regional tournament, held in Asheboro, N.C.

• The Tiger football team earned its first win of the season with a 28-17 victory over Graves County Aug. 24.


• Lyon County seventh-grade golfer Cathryn Brown finished in a three-way tie for 12th place at the All 'A' Classic state golf tournament in Richmond, shooting a personal best 79.

• The Tigers' 1998 state football championship team was honored at halftime of a home game against Henderson Sept. 14, on the 20th anniversary of the winning season.

• Princeton Dotson High's Dwight Smith and Shady Grove's Carlisle Towery were named to Western Kentucky University's All-Century basketball team, in preparation for the Hilltopper basketball program's 100th season.

• Caldwell senior golfer Campbell Knoth qualified for the state golf tournament in Bowling Green.


• Caldwell's volleyball squad won its 12th straight district crown with a win over Hopkins County Central Oct. 9.

• In soccer action, Caldwell's boys fell 2-1 in overtime to Hopkins County Central in the district semifinals, while the girls' squad lost the district title match to Madisonville North Hopkins 6-1.

• Henderson dealt the Lady Tiger volleyball team a 3-1 setback in the semifinals of the 2nd Region Tournament Oct.17.

• UHA eliminated the Lady Tiger soccer squad 8-1 in regional semifinal play.

• Barrett Schultz was named to the All-2nd Region Soccer Team, announced in Madisonville.

• Two CCHS football seniors, Jameer Riley and Trel Riley, made the Kentucky roster for the Best of Bluegrass All-Star Football Game in December.

• Emma Talley topped $400,000 in LPGA Tour earnings with a 36th place finish in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.


• The Caldwell County Tiger football team was upset by the LaRue County Hawks 44-41 in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. The Tigers ended the season with an 8-4 record in their final game in the 3A ranks.

• Tiger football head coach David Barnes and senior wide receiver Oliver Parker were named District Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively, by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. Eleven Tigers also earned All-WKC recognition, and senior Trel Riley set a Caldwell County record for career interceptions with 15.

• Eddyville's Brian Jones and Caldwell County Middle School student Cale Goodwin wrapped up successful sprint car racing seasons. They recorded a combined 14 wins and several top-five finishes in three different divisions.

• Emma Talley finished her rookie season on the LPGA Tour with a tie for 48th place in the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. She finished the season 52nd on the official 2018 money list, earning $421,287 in 27 starts and securing a spot on the 2019 tour.

• Two Tiger wrestlers were ranked in the Top 10 in the state in their classes prior to the start of the season. Dylan Walls was ranked eighth in the state at 113 pounds, while Seth Slayton was ranked eighth in the 170-pound class.


• Three Tiger footballers — Oliver Parker, Jameer Riley and Trel Riley, earned All-WKC First Team honors.

• Caldwell County wrestlers went 4-1 in their own Armstrong Tiger Classic. Four Tigers posted 5-0 records in the competition.

• The eighth-grade Tiger basketball team captured the 5th District tournament championship.