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sports on the Web: , - Cou.ty m Coming Next Week: OC Times-News Basketball Preview TIMES-NEWS, HARTFORD AND BEAVER DAM, KENTUCKY, NOVEMBER 21, 2002 High's 2002 foot- with the sec- record in the in regular-season members of individual as well. 2002 record was to undefeated the Aces an unblem- to honor the '02 junior varsity, this Tues- 19, with a awards ceremony Eagle Rock Cafe. uet will be week's Times- receiver Brent season with Points scored(13 to finish tied for in the area. Carter paced 140 points, on running added 70 PATs) to place with junior We do this every watching the NCAAteur- nament. We finish watching the champi- onship game on that Mon- day night. We watch "One Shin- ing Mo- menf' to see our favorite that are 'ofusactu- baseball Summer and on L the arm when its some- until Midnight start to col- our favorite a couple hours, drills and we smiles on our gotten that O fullback Shane V mcent tied at llth place with 54 points(9 TDs). Other Eagles ranked in the scoring statistics include se- nior wide receiver Tristan Pope(40 points=6 TDs, 3 PATs), senior quarterback Tyler Farris(22 points=3 TDs, 4 PATs), and senior wide receiver Bill Smith(12 points=2 TDs). XC-mcent came on during the season to emerge as OCHS' lead- ing ground gainer, rushing for 859 yards on 104 carries, aver- aging 85.9 yards per games to rate sixth in the area. Apollo's Carter also led that category, racking up 1,584 yards on 171 tries for a 158.4 yard/game av- erage. Robbins had 725 yards on 121 attempts, placing tenth with 72.5 yards/game. Beddow showed up in 16th place, pick- ing up 241 yards on 36 carries, accounting for 24.1 yards/game on the ground. Farris finished second in the area in passing, completing 62 of 138 attempts for 1,198 yards- and 17 touchdowns-for an aver- age of 119.8 yards per game. Owensboro Catholic's Kyle McGraw led the area in passing, hitting on 123 of 193 passes for fix we've needed since March_ In recent years I've come to re- alize why Kentucky is referred to as a basketball state. It's not that the state is devoid of any other sports. It's not even that we don care about the other sports or that we don have teams that excel at them. We certainly do. Yet noth- ing pacifies quite like basket . Nothing else has us on the edge of our seats for 40 minutes watching men well never know playing for glory we hope to share. My loyalties may lie elsewhere these days, but I'll never forget the feeling I felt as a UK fan in 1996 watching the 'Cats run roughshod through the regular and post sea- sons. Last year it was the rush of watching Patrick Sparks last sec- ond shot against New Mexico State in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, giving the Toppers the chance to play in the title game and ensure their spot in the NCAA tournament. Each basketball fan has count- less memories like these. That's what makes this sport great. It's the memory of games we've seen and the knowing that we're going to see more great moments with each new season. Basketball sea- son is here, and I couldn't be hap- pier. 2,123 yards, 25 touchdowns, and an average of 193 yards per game. Beddow led Ohio County re- ceivers with 17 catches, and eight touchdowns, and 451 7ards. Pope also caught 17 passes for 434 yards and six TDs, while Robbins had 15 receptions for 189 yards and three scores, and V'mcent had 10 catches for 104 yards. Beddow's reception total tied him for tenth in the area but his gaudy 26.5 yards per catch ranked first in that category, and only Catholic's Kevin McGraw had more touch- down catches on the year with 14. Pope tied with Beddow in number of catches but finished second in yards/catch with 25.3 Scrimmages... Almost like the real thing Dustin Bratcher/photo Lady Eagle Kara Desper drives in and lays the ball up for a score during a scrimmage with Edmonson County last Friday nighL The Lady Eagles start their season at Warren Central on Dec. 2. To see more about the Lady Eagles as well as all other basketball around the state and county check out the Times-News Basketball Preview next week. O and his touchdown total ranked fourth in the area behind McGraw, Beddow, and Catholic's Aaron Flaherty(7). Robbins ranked 14th in number of catches with Vincent tied for 24th. Senior linebacker Jodie Snodgrass finished seventh in individual tackles with a team- high 110, trailing leader Jacob Hughes of McLean County who was reported to have 131 stops during the season. Senior line- backer Shane Allen tied for 16th place with 82 tackles. Other Eagles mentioned in the "tack- les" category included: senior end Steve Payton(25th, 77), sophomore linebacker Zach Asberry(29th, 68), senior line- backer Shane rmcent(29th, 68), junior safety Mark Martin(32nd, 64), senior cornerback Bill Smith(36th, 58), and junior cornerback Andrew Robbins(63rd, 53). Beddow, a senior cornerback, and junior safety Josh Lilly each had two interceptions during the season to tie for eighth in that category. Farris and Robbins each had one "pick" during the season, tying for 17th in the area with a host of other area play- ers. The OhioCounty High Lady Eagles volleyball team will be honored with an awards ban- quet this Thursday night, Nov. 21, at OCHS' Eagle Rock Cafe. The affair is scheduled to be- gin at 6 p.m. that evening. Guests of honor will be the Lady Eagles' varsity and jun- ior varsity squads along with their coaches, Misty Decker and Kim Kennedy. The Lady Eagles just completed their second season and posted a winning record in advancing in the district tournament. The public is cordially in- vited to attend Thursday's banquet. Persons wishing fur- ther information may contact the school at 274-3366. es in lot of news WWE this week. , World Wres- (WWE) on the show. Will - Lance Storm de- me and then attacked Once the Ray Dudley I a tables Bubba and with "half- , who is the new- Show" trade. match saw hands. Jamie five-month Title reign was end by Billy in by Victoria. Won the WWE by winning the match. In my have the a big long-term to be That also includes Benoit and Jr. but lacks teams at this time, as Billy remains in- jured and D-Von just switched to RAW. Brock Lesnar lost the WWE World Title to The Big Show af- ter Paul Heyman turned on Lesnar. In reality, Lesnar had cracked a rib and needed the time off, and the officials decided to give the title to Big Show. And, to think, he was nowhere near the main event a month ago. Hopefully, Heyman can push the big man as champion. He already has a ready-made feud with Lesnar and a feud with Undertaker that can work immediately. Shawn Michaels won the Elimination Chamber match, and HBK is now the World champion. Although Michaels is not known by some of today's fans and is not carrying as strong of a reaction or television ratings as he once would, he has been putting on good perfor- mances in the ring. Next week, he will be defending his cham- pionship against Rob Van Dam, who won the three-way main event. Also in the match, HHH was injured by Rob Van Dam and had to be checked into the hospital after the match was over. That is why he did not appear on RAW. So far, even though many fans do not know all about Scott Steiner's character, Big Poppa Pump seems to be receiving quite a big push. From the last I have heard, he will be signing with RAW, but that could always change, as he is a potential title contender for the Big Show as well. If he does sign with RAW, Steiner already has a feud devel- oped with Chris Jericho. A few notes from RAW: The Dudleyz being back together and the continued push of William Regal/Lance Storm could bode well for the tag team division. The champions, Chris Jericho and Christian, have a lot of big potential tag teams gunning for them if Brian Gerwitz would just push the tag division more: 3 Minute Warning, Regal]Storm, The Dudley Boyz, Booker T/ Goldust, Kanefrhe Hurricane, and Al Snow//vlaven are a few of the potential teams on the show. Sean Morley (Val Venis) is yet another man to jump from Smackdown to RAW in recent weeks, joining The Hurricane, Al Snow, Batista, Randy Orton, Ma- ven, Ivory, and D-Von Dudley. While RAW is certainly the show that needs more star power, Smackdown's roster is starting to look really thin aside from a few top guys. Currently, the Smackdown roster looks to be: World Champion Big Show, Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman, Tag Team Champions Los Guerreros, Chris Benoit/ Kurt Angle, Edge/Rey Misterio Chuck Palumbo, Crash, Sho Funaki, Jamie Noble, John Cena, Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Rikishi, Shannon Moore, Ron Simmons, Albert, and Tajiri. The Undertaker is set to return soon, Brock Lesnar will return likely before the Royal Rumble, and The Rock, Billy Gun_n, and Hardcore Holly remain on the roster. However, that looks to be it. Former Smackdown wres- tlers Diamond Dallas Page and Perry Saturn were recently re- leased from the company, and Hogan continues to be on the outs. Batista's attack on Fmne looks to be one step closer to the Four Horsemen, as Randy Orton con- tinues to get a push with "RNN" updates and is still rumored to be a part of the group with HHH, Flair, and someone else. Victoria and Steven Richards seemed to have formed a part- nership and may be feuding soon with Test and Stacy Kiebler, al- though Trish Stratus is destined to have a rematch with Victoria down the road. A big wrestling tidbit from the weekend was the engagement of Joanie Laurer (Chyna) and Sean Waltman (X-Pac). Also, former WWA wrestling champion Nathan Jones recently signed with the WWE, along with Gall Kim. Bill Goldberg made his ring return in Japan over the weekend. Several notable books are be- ing released on pro wrestling. Hulk Hogan's autobiography is out this week. Roddy Piper's book is coming out as well. They join the Wrestling Observer's Top 100 Wrestlers of All-Time book, Martha Hart's book, Bobby Heenan's book, and others as a plethora of recent pro wrestling books. Jerry Lawler and Ric Flair both have books in the making. To check out the Top 100 Wrestlers of the TV Era fist, pick up a copy of the Ohio County Messenger this week. Last week's article a detailed bi- ography of wrestling legend Dick the Bruiser. That's it for this week. I'll see ya at the matches! The Ohio'County Eagles, 4A district playoffparticipants for the past three seasons, will be a part of a new district align- ment for the 2003-2006 foot- ball seasons. And the new alignment-and one new team- won't make it any easier for current district teams to qualify in coming years. The new kid on the block in 4A's Region 1, District 2 is none other than currently-un- defeated Henderson County. The tradition-rich Colonels join one of the toughest dis- tricts in this part of the state, including Ohio County, Apollo, Daviess County, Grayson County, and Owensboro. Gone from District 2 are Barren County and Bowling 'Green Greenwood who has moved to District i, replacing Henderson r in that dis- trict, Region 1. The realignment came as no great surprise as it had been suggested previously. There had been some speculation that Owensboro might drop to Class 3A due to a drop in enrollment, but that didn't materialize.