Thursday, July 19, 2018

2018 Ironman Competition

Overall Points
1. Devon Nesbitt
2. Ethan Dossett
3. Sean O’Leary
4. Caden McCalister
5. Xander Tabor
6. Hunter Boone
7. Travis Guess
8. Jake Gibson
9. Ian Ellington
10. Payton Riley

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2019 Football Alignment Set

Crittenden County will not leave Class A during the four-year period from 2019 to 2022, based upon the newly released KHSAA realignment. However, Fulton City is out, apparently not playing a district schedule or championship football in the KHSAA's designated format. That means Caverna has been shifted into the First District alongside Crittenden, Fulton County and Russellville. Below is the new alignment starting in 2019.

Class A
District One — Caverna, Crittenden County, Fulton County, Russellville
District Two — Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Fort Knox, Louisville Holy Cross
District Three — Berea, Eminence, Frankfort, Kentucky Country Day
District Four — Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow, Newport Central Catholic
District Five — Bishop Brossart, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Paris
District Six — Betsy Layne, Fairview, Paintsville, Raceland
District Seven — Hazard, Jenkin, Phelps, Pikeville
District Eight — Harlan, Lynn Camp, Pineville, Williamsburg
Not placed in alignment — Fulton City

Class 6A
District One — Apollo, Daviess County, Henderson County, Marshall County, McCracken County
District Two — Barren County, Central Hardin, Meade County, North Hardin
District Three — Butler, Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
District Four — Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Male, Southern
District Five — Ballard, Eastern, Trinity
District Six — Campbell County, Dixie Heights, Ryle, Simon Kenton
District Seven — Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Tates Creek
District Eight — Bryan Station, Clark County, Madison Central, Oldham County

Class 5A
District One — Breckinridge County, Graves County, Grayson County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County, Owensboro
District Two — Bowling Green, Christian County, Greenwood, South Warren
District Three — Bullitt Central, Doss, Fairdale, Iroquois, Western
District Four — Atherton, Jeffersontown, North Bullitt, Seneca, South Oldham
District Five — Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Covington Catholic, Highlands
District Six — Frederick Douglass, Grant County, Great Crossing (opens in 2019), Montgomery County, Scott County
District Seven — Collins, East Jessamine, Madison Southern, West Jessamine, Woodford County
District Eight — North Laurel, Pulaski County, South Laurel, Southwestern, Whitley County

Class 4A
District One — Calloway County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Logan County, Madisonville
District Two — Allen County-Scottsville, Franklin-Simpson, Russell County, Warren Central, Warren East
District Three — John Hardin, Marion County, Moore, Spencer County, Valley
District Four — Central, Franklin County, North Oldham, Shelby County, Waggener
District Five — Anderson County, Bourbon County, Boyle County, Lexington Catholic
District Six — Boyd County, Harrison County, Holmes, Rowan County, Scott
District Seven — Corbin, Knox Central, Lincoln County, Wayne County
District Eight — Clay County, Harlan County, Johnson Central, Letcher County Central, Perry County Central

Class 3A
District One — Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County, Union County, Webster County
District Two — Adair County, Casey County, Glasgow, Hart County, Taylor County
District Three — Bardstown, Elizabethtown, LaRue County, Nelson County, Thomas Nelson
District Four — Christian Academy of Louisville, DeSales, Henry County, Mercer County, Western Hills
District Five — Bell County, Estill County, Garrard County, Jackson County, McCreary Central, Rockcastle County
District Six — Fleming County, Lewis County, Mason County, Pendleton County, Powell County
District Seven — Ashland Blazer, East Carter, Greenup County, Morgan County, Russell
District Eight — Belfry, Floyd Central, Lawrence County, Magoffin County, Pike County Central, West Carter

Class 2A
District One — Ballard Memorial, Caldwell County, Fort Campbell, Mayfield, Murray
District Two — Butler County, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County Central
District Three — Clinton County, Edmonson County, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County
District Four — Danville, Lexington Christian, Somerset, Washington County
District Five — Carroll County, Gallatin County, Owen County, Shawnee, Trimble County, Walton-Verona
District Six — Beechwood, Covington Holy Cross, Lloyd Memorial, Newport
District Seven — Breathitt County, Knott County Central, Leslie County, Middlesboro
District Eight — Bath County, East Ridge, Prestonsburg, Shelby Valley, Sheldon Clark

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jacob Courtney new CCMS football skipper

Rocket football coach Sean Thompson continues to put his own mark on the high school football program.

Thompson, hired earlier this school year to replace longtime head coach Al Starnes, has named a new middle school skipper and this week unveiled a new look for the team’s helmets in 2018.

A former teammate of Thompson’s is being called up from the Junior Pro Football program to take over the reigns at Crittenden County Middle School. Jacob Courtney, a 2007 Crittenden County High School graduate, will become the head coach at CCMS, taking over for Bryan Qualls, who had coached the previous two seasons at the middle school level. Qualls, who guided CCMS to a 4-4 mark last year, will move up to the high school staff as receivers and strong safety coach.

Courtney has spent the last four years coaching at the youth league level. He had served the last two falls as youth league commissioner. Tanner Tabor will be taking over as little league commissioner.

As a player at CCHS, Courtney was a defensive end and he is 34th on the all-time tackles list with 185 for his career and was a two-time All West Kentucky Conference selection.

Thompson said Courtney’s success and clear understanding of the game has made him a natural choice to become the next middle school skipper.

“The parents and kids all love him and he has a passion for Crittenden County football,” Thompson said.

Courtney, 29, recently became engaged and plans on getting married right before football season, then holding off on the honeymoon until after the season ends.

“Lot of things are going on right now,” he said. “I’m excited to be coaching the middle school.

The seventh graders are guys I started in little league with and I am looking forward to another two years with them.”

The football team will be sporting a new helmet design this year. The matte-finished blue and black Riddell Speed Flex helmet will be punctuated with a glossy C – in 3D chrome.
Offseason weightlifting is already underway for football players not currently engaged in other sports. The summer conditioning program for grades 9-12 will begin on May 30 with daily workouts starting at 9 a.m.

Thompson said the middle schoolers will start practice with the high school team just like last season on Monday, July 16.

“We brought them in with the high school guys and installed the offense all at one time. That worked very well so we’re doing it again,” Thompson said.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thompson first Rocket to be head coach

For the first time ever, Crittenden County will have one of its own guiding the football program.

Crittenden County High School officially hired Sean Thompson as head football coach last week, making him the first Crittenden County graduate to lead the team.

It was no surprise to local football fans that Thompson was selected from two applicants for the job.
A 2004 graduate of Crittenden County High School, Thompson has been offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and the heir apparent to Al Starnes over the last few years.

Starnes retired from coaching this fall after 27 years as the head coach at CCHS. He made Thompson his head assistant last summer and made it no secret that he supported Thompson to become the next head coach.

Thompson played quarterback at Crittenden County then at Campbellsville University. He joined the Rocket football coaching staff in 2009 then spent a few years at Union County before returning to Crittenden as offensive coordinator in 2014.

Thompson says he is thankful for this new leadership role.

“My ultimate goal is to be the best leader and role model that I can for the youth of Crittenden County,” he said. “There’s so much more to football than the game itself. I will strive to set the best example I can for the players.”

Superintendent Vince Clark said the selection of Thompson as head skipper was an easy one.

“Coach Thompson is a Rocket, through and through,” he said. “Not only has he distinguished himself as one of the offensive gurus in western Kentucky, but also he has a strong commitment to carry on the principles and beliefs that Coach Al Starnes has spent 27 years establishing. Building relationships and teamwork are his hallmarks.”

A reception for the new head coach was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but weather postponed it to a yet-to-be-determiend date.

Beavers, Starnes selected All Purchase

Crittenden County defensive end Adam Beavers was named to the All Purchase Area Football Team last week during a ceremony at Paducah.

Beavers becomes just the sixth Rocket to ever receive the distinction.
Beavers played four years at Crittenden County and finished his career as the all-time tackles and sacks leader. He also set a number of other single-season and career records and ranks among the top five in many other statistical categories.

At last month’s Crittenden County post-season football banquet, Beavers was selected as MVP and also recognized for defense and leadership with other awards. He recorded a school-record 151 tackles in his final season while leading the Rockets to an 8-5 season and berth in the regional championship game.

Beavers joins former Rockets Stephon Cozart, Aaron Berry, J.D. Gray and Rodney Robertsonand Gaige Courtney  as players who earned recognition as an All Purchase Team selection.

Rocket football coach Al Starnes was selected as the Purchase Coach of the Year. Starnes guided his team to a regional championship berth before it bowed out to Campbellsville.

Starnes is the first coach to be recognized by the Purchase Area selection committee.

Starnes is also a finalist for the Associated Press Coach of the Year in Kentucky.

After 27 years as the head coach at CCHS, Starnes retired after the 2017 season.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Post-Season Awards Banquet

Crittenden County High School held its annual football awards banquet Sunday. Among those honored were (front from left) Brock Langston, Hitman Award; Gavin Dickerson, Greg “Dozer” Belt Award; Devon Nesbitt, Co-Offensive MVP, Record Setter and Most Improved Offensive Player; Cody Belt, Special Teams MVP, Record Setter and Most Improved Special Teams Player; Adam Beavers, Team MVP, Rocket Captain Award, Most Valuable Lineman, Defensive MVP, Record Setter and the Paul E. Mick/Crittenden Press Leadership Award; Ethan Dossett, Co-Offensive MVP and Record Setter; Hunter Boone, Co-Offensive MVP and Record Setter; Branen Lamey, Hitman Award; (back) Xander Tabor, JV Offensive MVP; Lathen Easley, JV Defensive MVP; Ian Ellington, Roach Award; Kyle Castiller, Loopy Award; Mason Hunt, 110 Percent Award; Tyler Boone, Most Improved Defensive Player and Record Setter; Hunter Jones, Solid Rocket Award; and Braxton Winders, JV Captain Award. Not pictured: Joseph Estes, Coach’s Award. The Rocket football team won the district crown this season and finished 8-5, losing in the regional championship game. It was Coach Al Starnes’ final season after 27 years as head coach at CCHS.

Friday, December 1, 2017


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