Looking back at the 2013 seasons

Crystin Urban Sports Reporter

November 8, 2013

As November arrives, so does the basketball games and the swim meets, but it also means the end of the fall sports seasons. This season has had ups and downs for the teams across the county, and even though not all the teams are done with their season, here is a recap of what happened this year.

Not all of the teams seasons have come to an end. Those include the Logan County Lady Cougar volleyball team and the Russellville Panther football team. Both of these teams have had very successful seasons and are eager to see how far they can go. Also, two runners from the Logan County Cross County team have advanced on and will compete in the State Cross Country meet this weekend.

The Lady Cougar volleyball team have a season record of 33-7 so far this year. The Lady Cougars won the 13th district championship for the eleventh time this year with big wins over Todd County and Franklin-Simpson. The Lady Cougars would go on to battle and win the Region 4 championship. The Lady Cougars won 3-0 against Allen County-Scottsville in the first round but had two five game battles in a row against Bowling Green and South Warren but would come through with a victory.

The Lady Cougars will play Raceland today at 5:00 p.m. EST at Valley High School in Louisville. If the Lady Cougars win, they will play at 1:00 p.m. EST tomorrow.

The Russellville Panthers will also be playing tonight. The Panthers have finished the regular season with a record of 8-2. The Panthers spent most of the regular season getting big wins over teams, but would fall in the last two games of the season. The first loss was to their district rival, the Mayfield Cardinals, and the second was to the South Warren Spartans last weekend. The team is now focusing on getting healthy and working on offensive plays as they head into the playoffs.

Last year, the Panthers fell 12-27 to the Kentucky County Day Bearcats in the second round of the playoffs. Tonight, the Panthers will get a chance to redeem themselves against the Bearcats and move on in the playoffs. The Panthers will have to win tonight’s game and a game next week to come face-to-face with the defending 1A state champions, the Mayfield Cardinals, and face them and win if they want to advance into the tournament.

The Panthers play on their home field tonight at 7:00 p.m. against Kentucky County Day.

The Logan County cross country team was short on runners this year, but still shared great success. Last weekend, varsity runners Levi Crossley and Kelly Eicher qualified individually to compete at state this upcoming weekend. Crossley finished in 17th place at regionals with a time of 17:43. Eicher finished 21st place with a time of 17:57.

The Logan County Cougar football team had a tough season this year. The team finished their season 0-10. The team was young but had some big moments during the season.

Local soccer teams had some success this season. The Cougar soccer team would end their season early in the district tournament, but the Lady Cougars would win their second 13th district championship title. This season was a first for the Russellville Panthers as they brought back soccer to their school.

The Logan County Cougar soccer team ended their season with a record of 8-7-1. The Cougars had big wins oer Butler County and Hopkins County Central this year. Their season ended with a 0-3 loss to the Todd County-Central Rebels in the first round of the 13th district tournament.

The Logan County Lady Cougar soccer team finished their season with a record of 10-6-1. The Lady Cougars had several big wins during their season and managed to stay perfect in district. The Lady Cougars won their second district title after a close game against the Todd County Lady Rebels. The game would go into penalty kicks and the Lady Cougars would win 3-2. The Lady Cougars went on into the Region 4 tournament but would fall in the semifinals 0-5 to the Bowling Green Lady Purples.

The Russellville Panther soccer team made their first appearance in a while. They were coached by Alex Watkins and had a good first year competing at the JV level.

“The 2013 season went well. Our student-athletes made great improvements from the beginning of our summer workouts to the end of the season. We consistently improved from week-to-week, and that is really all that you can ask for. From our first match to our last, I would say you saw a completely different team than what we put on the field at the beginning of the year,” said Watkins. “Being a first year head coach and have a basically new team to work with, the challenges were difficult but also rewarding. Our team and our coaches saw that improvement, and we never lost sight of what we were doing this season- building for the future of Russellville High Soccer.”

Watkins is excited about building on for the next season. He believes that the team is ready for the challenge of putting multiple wins on the board for the Panthers. Watkins said the team had great fan support this season and they were grateful to play at an extremely nice venue for home matches. He says the future is bright for Russellville Soccer and he is excited to see what is going to take place over the coming years.

The Russellville Lady Panther volleyball team had several changes this year. Deborah Elliott was the head coach for the Lady Panthers but she had help from assistant coach Latia Gray. The Lady Panthers went 8-13 this season. The Lady Panthers had big wins over Todd County and Butler County this season. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Wildcats 2-3 in the semifinal game of the 13th district tournament.