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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Perry signs letter of intent with Ashland

Perry signs letter of intent with Ashland

By Thomas Wampler Jobe Publishing Regional Sports

Devon Perry (2nd from left seated) is all smiles as he prepares to sign his letter of intent to play collegiate football at Ashland University a division II college located in Ashland, Ohio. Also pictured are his family members Lisa Perry, Cecile Perry, Madison Perry and Coach Justin Hatchett.


Devon Perry was all smiles last Wednesday morning at Caverna High School as he prepares to sign his letter of intent to play collegiate football at Ashland University, a division II college located in Ashland, Ohio.

Perry has lived in Hart County his entire life and began playing football in the 3rd grade. “I thought that I would pursue track in college-that was my first love-but after I had as pretty good junior year in football, I started thinking that might be the route I’d take,” Perry said.

He says the decision to attend Ashland was an easy one after he visited the school. “I fell in love with Ashland once I got there,” Perry continued. “It is a larger D-II school but has that small school feel. I thought it was the perfect fit for me.”

He recently attended their spring football game and that only served to strengthen his earlier decision. Perry said the Eagles won their conference championship last season. In the final Top 25 poll for the 2015 season, the Eagles were ranked No. 10.

Going to a winning program appealed to Perry, something he did not experience in high school. “Having the turnover at the head coaching position while you are in high school is not what you want but we

didn’t focus on that as players,” Perry said, “We just concentrated on working hard and doing the best that we could for our school, our team and our teammates.”

Perry said, “Even if you do have 4 coaches in 4 years, you can’t let that stop you from being who you are supposed to be.” He cited as his enduring strength the faith to keep working through “God’s will.”

“You have to have strong faith,” said Perry.

That faith was founded at home. Perry credits his family, friends, teachers, coaches and teammates with the support he received that help keep him faithful even when he wasn’t sure what “God had in store for him.”

Perry played defensive back and wide receiver for the Colonels and is being recruited as a wide-out. “I am excited about going and I know it will be a challenge to compete at that level,” Perry concluded. “I am going to work hard, train hard and get an education. As much as I love football, I am going to take advantage of this opportunity God has given me.”

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Coed Varsity Tennis · Caverna’s Bowman advances/Boles and Tyler Reed lose in Heartbreaker

Caverna’s Bowman advances/Boles and Tyler Reed lose in Heartbreaker

Sam Bowman was put to the test in the first round of the 5th Region Tennis
tournament by Davis Downs of Bardstown Bethelem but recovered in the late
stages of both sets to prevail 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile Isahia Boles and Tyler
Reed did everything but win against seeded John Hardin’s duo of Herrera
and Hoernke, falling 7-6,4-6 and 9-11.Justin Sturgeon and Carter Fields
were no match against Hahn and Nance of Thomas Nelson 0-6,0-6. Zack Reed
was also stopped 0 and 0 by John Hardin’s McCann’

The Girl’s Doubles Unit of Joy Beth Heberly and Destiny Atwell went down,
but not before displaying much moxie, to the terrific Adair County Team of
Janes and Wright 3-6, 1-6.

Bowman next faces a solid Smith of Elizabethtown in the round of 16 Monday

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Colonels News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 9 – May 15

Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Caverna High School, May 9 – May 15


May 09, 2016

5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Metcalfe County High School


May 10, 2016

4:30 PM Coed Varsity Track
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Bardstown High School


May 11, 2016

No events happening


May 12, 2016

6:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Nelson County High School


May 13, 2016

No events happening


May 14, 2016

12:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Thomas Nelson (at Larue Co)


May 15, 2016

No events happening


Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Caverna finds “good fit” for football

Caverna finds “good fit” for football

Thacker takes over Colonel’s football program

By Thomas Wampler

Jobe Publishing Regional Sports

Shawn Thacker has experience working at a small school and getting players to come out for his football team. He hopes that experience will bode well for him at his newest head coaching position at Caverna High School. “I know what it’s like to need bodies,” Thacker said smiling happy to be at “home” for a day last week when CHS held a press conference naming him their 4th coach in 5 years. “I feel like that’s one of my strengths and working with young kids of all ages is what it takes and where it begins when you take over a program that has struggled for the last several years. I think this is a good fit for me and a good fit for the school and the players.”

Thacker not only answered questions from the local media but also from several players gathered at the media day to meet their new coach.

Caverna High School Principal Brad Phipps agreed with his new coach’s assessment. One of the main qualities he and the hiring committee were looking for in a new football coach was the “right fit.” “We feel like Coach Thacker is an excellent fit for the program, the school and the community,” said Phipps after the media day and introduction of Coach Thacker. “I believe that having the proper fit is one of the key bricks in building a foundation for a successful program. We felt like Coach Thacker answered our questions and clearly showed us that he was up to the challenge in front of him.”

Thacker last coached at Pike County Central High School in Pikeville. He is coming off a two-year stint as the head coach there. He has also coached at Clarendon Hall in Summerton, S.C. and compared some of the obstacles he faced there to his task here. “They played 8-man football the year before I was hired and together with the help of the school, players, parents and the community we were able to go to 11-man football and win some ball games and make a deep run into the playoffs,” said Thacker. “I hope with that same type of help and support we can duplicate that success.”

“We had 20 applicants from all over the country. We had people from Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and several from right here in Kentucky,” Phipps said. “Coach Thacker did a great job of explaining how he intended to build a successful football program and that included taking an active role in our community. Coach Thacker wants to not only involve kids from our school but kids at all levels, all ages. We all agree that is a critical part of getting kids to come out for football and then develop a winning attitude.”

Thacker said in a pre-press conference interview that talking with Caverna Athletic Director Shelby Gribbins and Principal Phipps was instrumental in him accepting the position. “Both men talked about community support and I knew this is where I needed to be and that this was a good fit,” said Thacker. “If you start with the young kids in the community, you get to know them and they get know you, then they will get excited about playing football.”

Thacker is not worried about being the 4th coach in a short time span. “I like a challenge and I like to work hard,” he said. “I love football and will be where I need to be when I need to be to show these kids they can trust me and depend on me all year long, not just during football season.”

Thacker says his basic football schemes are “player friendly.” “Everything builds on some basic plays and the players will be able to pick up quickly the offense and what we are trying to do,” he said. “When we start to win, they (the players) will get behind the football program and so will the community.”

Thacker said the style of offense he runs is based on “space and motion.”

I know we’ve got athletes here and we’ve got kids that can run and that is one thing you can’t coach-speed,” Thacker said. “If we can get our athletes in space, we’re going to win some football games.”

“You will see a lot of misdirection and motion. It is like the offense they run at Auburn. We will line up in the shotgun most of the time and go no-huddle. We can go as fast or as slow as we want to.”

He explained that to players and parents in the audience when they expressed concern on last year’s low numbers that led to the players being exhausted by the end of the game. “We will be in shape and we won’t get beat in the fourth quarter because we’re tired,” Thacker told them during the question and answer session that followed his introduction. “I know and understand your concerns but we will work hard to increase our numbers this year and keep building in the years to come.”

Thacker said he went 9-14 in his two seasons at Pike Central. The Hawks went 6-6 in 2014 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Pike Central put some points on the board under Thacker. He said they averaged over 25 points a game. “Defense will be a focal point here too and I am going to work just as hard on that as I do on implementing my offense,’ he stated. “Pressure is the name of the game and we’re going to bring a lot of pressure on defense.”

Four coaches in five years and a 9-35 record over that 4-year period doesn’t concern Thacker. “That’s the past and we are starting a new football program, building the Caverna High School Colonels tradition moving forward starting today,” he said.

Thacker is under contract at Pike till the school year ends but is already looking for a house in this area. “I believe the potential for success is here and I am moving here, committed to stay and to help that new football tradition begin, develop and grow,” Thacker said.

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Shawn Thacker (Center) was introduced as the new football coach at Caverna High School last Wednesday at a press conference in the school’s library. Coach Thacker is shown above talking to two members of his football team Noah Morgan and Trenton Scott following his introduction.


Shawn Thacker was introduced by Caverna High School Principal Brad Phipps last Thursday at a special call press conference.

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Colonels News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 2 – May 8

Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Caverna High School, May 2 – May 8


May 02, 2016

5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Nelson County High School


May 03, 2016

TBA Coed Varsity Track
Terry Reid Classic
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Edmonson County High School


May 04, 2016

No events happening


May 05, 2016

5:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Fort Knox High School


May 06, 2016

No events happening


May 07, 2016

No events happening


May 08, 2016

No events happening


Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!

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Multiple Teams · Hard work pays off as Faulkner signs with CU

Hard work pays off as Faulkner signs with CU

Will Perkins-Glasgow Daily Times

HORSE CAVE – Caverna High School senior guard Madison Faulkner said she needs to work on her “whole game” in preparation for playing basketball at the next level.

“I have to work on a lot,” she said. “Quickness, getting in shape, staying in shape, really everything because there is always room for improvement.”

Faulkner will get her chance to play collegiate ball as she signed a letter of intent with Campbellsville University on Wednesday in the high school library.

“Thank you all for coming,” Faulkner told everyone in attendance. “To the Lady Colonel basketball team, keep working hard and then you can do something like this your senior year.”

Working hard is something Faulkner and her twin brother, Mason, have in common, and he signed to play basketball with Northern Kentucky University earlier in the year.

Their father, Cornelius, said they both shoot about 300-400 shots a day during the offseason.

“One of the things she did this past year was she really worked on her ball handling, her shot, her mid-range shot,” Cornelius said. “The hours of working on her strength and conditioning has been the biggest asset for her this past year.”

Madison Faulkner was not always a basketball player. She said before she began playing basketball, she was a cheerleader, a soccer player and then a basketball player.

Faulkner said her father did not force basketball on her and her brother, but once they became passionate about it, “he developed us into the players that we are today.”

Mason said he and his sister have been very supportive of each other.

“It’s always been competitive,” he said. “We’ve always been trying to make each other better. But we also want to see each other do good. So as long as each other is doing good, we’re fine.”

Madison said while her father has made a huge impact on her success, her brother has been a great influence as well.

“That’s somebody that you can see every day that you wanna’ try to be better than because he’s good,” she said. “You push yourself in certain areas to get to where he’s at.”

Madison began playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball in the fifth grade, and she said that experience has definitely prepared her for the next level.

As a Lady Colonel, Faulkner scored over 3,000 points.

Her senior year, she scored a total of 667 points, averaging 23.8 a game.

She grabbed a total of 238 rebounds, averaging 8.5 a game. She shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and made an average of seven free throws per contest. She also shot 32 percent from beyond the three-point line.

Campbellsville University women’s head basketball coach Ginger Colvin said she is really excited to add Faulkner to the team.

“First of all, I think she’s a great kid, and we obviously look for that and I think she’s going to be a great teammate,” Colvin said. “She really shoots the ball well. She has a good mid-range jump shot, which a lot of girls don’t have anymore.

“Most girls want to start out cranking threes or playing the post and mid-range is kind of a lost art and she has that, so I think that’s something that’s going to set her apart from the rest.”

Cornelius said he is very happy with the schools his daughter and son have chosen.

“A lot of times when you see athletes, everybody wants kids to go a big school,” he said. “And for Madison and Mason, I always told them to go where the best fit for ‘you’ is.

“It’s not about the name always, let’s go for the best fit. Campbellsville is going to be a great fit for her because they’ve got a great program, great coach and she’ll continue to be pushed hard.”

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Coed Varsity Tennis · Sam Bowman-Colonel Standout Netter

Sam Bowman-Colonel Standout Netter

The Colonel Tennis Team stands to end up with a winning record at season’s
end on the Boy’s side of the ledger and the Colonel’s #1 Singles
player,Sam Bowman, stands to end his season’s record at a near perfect
count. Bowman’s tally sheet after last nights match against LaRue is a
sterling 9-1-1. With only one seasonal match left {Monday evening @
Franklin Simpson} before the Regional Individuals Tournament begins May 6,
Bowman has a decent shot at advancement to the third round,or better.
Bowman had little trouble disposing of LaRue’s #1 Man, Cole Constant, 6-0,
6-2. However the Colonels dropped the match 4-1 to a strong Hawk outfit:
#2 Singles slot saw Zack Reed felled 1-6,3-6 by sam Lewis; #1 Doubles team
of Tyler Reed and Isahia Boles lost 1-6,3-6 to Howell and Best; at #2
Doubles Justin Sturgeon and Carter Fields went down 1-6, 3-6 also; and #3
Singles Zack Groce lost 0-6, 2-6. The Boys record dropped to 6-3-1 with
the loss.

The Lady Colonels were shut out 3-0 by the Lady Hawks with Kimberly Wilson
losing 1-6,1-6 in Singles and Joy Beth Heberly and Destiny Atwell being
downed 0-6, 1-6 in Doubles. Caverna wraps up its season Monday, May 2 with
an away tilt against Franklin-Simpson and will start Regionals May 6 in

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Coed Varsity Tennis · Lady Netters show spunk in loss to Glasgow

Lady Netters show spunk in loss to Glasgow

The Lady Colonels Tennis Team id winless this year, in fact they have only
won a lone court all of this season-and now they are down to 3 players.
Yet they fight for every point and are relentless in their optimism each
time they don their Colonel uniforms Tonight was no different as Joy Beth
Heberly and Destiny Atwell fell 4-6, 2-6 to their Glasgow opponents while
newcomer Kimberly Wilson, improving each time out, was felled 1-6,1-6 in
singles. These three young ladies epitomize the spirit of competition when
knowing they are most always outgunned from the get go. Give these three a
pat on the back when you pass them in the halls.

The Boys, only a few weeks from fighting the Scotties to a tie, were smash
mouthed by a 5-0 count tonight and it wasn’t even that close. Sam Bowman
suffered his first loss 6-0, 2-6 to Nick Morosa and Zack Reed was bested
6-0,6-0 by Drew Johnson. Tyler Reed and Isahia Boles were beaten by a team
they had beaten in the earlier match-Glasgow came out tonight 6-1,6-0. The
Lessenberry twins swarmed over Justin Sturgeon and Carter Fields to the
tune of 6-0,6-1. The Boys have a chance to right their ship this Friday
when they face LaRue away and then on Monday they travel to
Franklin-Simpson before Regional play on May 6.

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Girls Varsity Softball · Softball Game vs John Hardin Canceled

The softball game scheduled for today vs John Hardin has been canceled due to potential weather.

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Girls Varsity Softball · Lady Colonel Softball Defeats Larue Co 5-3


Larue County 3

Caverna 5

Makayla Wilson:  Pitched 7 innings. 3 K’s, 1 Walk

Cailey Ballard:  2-3 with a triple and 1 RBI

Courtney Sentle: 2-2 and a walk

Cailee Carter: RBI

Keke Kirk: RBI