Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted September 23, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Football, volleyball become first

Clinton sports COVID-19 victims

Just when things looked like they might take on a semblance of normal, COVID-19 reared its ugly head again.

The sports victims last week were the football, volleyball and soccer programs and games that were scheduled for last week.

Word came mid-week that Clinton County had moved into the “red zone” as far as COVID-19 cases were concerned, and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department issued a recommendation that high school athletic events be halted until the county’s case infection rate improved.

School officials heeded those suggestions and, of course, the cancellations/postponements immediately became likely and sure enough, as game days approached, events were canceled, postponed and rescheduled.

Friday night’s first home football game against Monroe County, which was to be Senior Night, was postponed.

According to Clinton County Schools District Athletic Director Brandon Pharis, rescheduling the Monroe County game has been determined and the game will be played Thursday, October 8, with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.

That October 8 meeting with the Falcons, on Bulldog Field, will also be senior night for the Dawgs.

In making that schedule change, the game slated for Friday, October 9, against Lynn Camp, has been taken completely off of the schedule.

Also getting the axe last week due to Clinton County’s COVID-19 surge were the girls’ soccer game slated for Thursday against Hart County, and Saturday’s All ‘A’ Classic volleyball tournament here. The volleyball tournament has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday, September 26, at The Castle.

“We’ll get through this.”

Winter sports gets some dates

The KHSAA Board of Control met last week and despite some early, but apparently incorrect, speculation, some winter sports dates were released and it looks a lot like normal, and even a little earlier than normal.

Basketball practice is slated to get underway October 26, with games set to tentativlely start on November 23. If everything goes as planned, the boys’ Sweet 16 will be held March 3-7, followed by the girls’ Sweet 16 March 10-14, both in Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

Congrats to the Golf Dawgs, and to Braxton

Clinton County’s Golf Dawgs competed in the District Tournament Monday at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Golf Course, picking up an runner-up finish with a score of 170 , behind Russell County (151) , in front of Metcalfe County (194) and Cumberland County (194).

Clinton County’s Braxton Massengale picked up medalist honors Monday, finishing the round with a one-under par 35.

Congrats to both, and also to the lone senior on the Golf Dawgs squad, Ryan Irwin, who finished his final district tournament play with a round of 41.