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MURRAY — Graves County senior Kobe Allen led a local contingent Friday in the first high school golf tournament of the 2020 school year.

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At 9 years old and a soon-to-be third grader at Graves Central Elementary School, Emlie Miller is focused on what she wants to do when she grows up as she is eying their fairway from the tee box.

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The last time Cassidy Payne was playing on a softball field for Graves County it was in the First Region Championship against Marshall County. The Lady Eagles fell in that game, 7-5, to close out a 21-14 season.

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With the date set for fall prep sports to resume full practices, Mayfield and Graves County coaches and players have a better view of how the 2020 season will take shape.

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The typical West Kentucky summer of heat and rain has been a case of proverbial “par for the course” for Graves County’s golf teams. But the typical West Kentucky summer has also provided a plus for the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

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Former Eagle Vogt elects to return to Cincinnati

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While many prep sports are in a wait-and-see mode until Tuesday’s KHSAA Board of Control meeting, golf teams are moving forward — albeit while practicing social distancing.

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Graves County’s Richard Cope was inducted into the Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame in February during a banquet in Benton.

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With the annual Ohio Valley Conference football media day sidelined for a currently undetermined date, league commissioner Beth DeBauche instead used Monday morning to clear up some misconceptions and misnomers about what the 2020 fall sports calendar might look like for the OVC.

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FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear reported more than 670 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, the second-highest daily total in Kentucky as he stressed the need to follow health and policy guidelines to avoid becoming another state overwhelmed by the pandemic.

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For more than two months, coaches and their players couldn’t see each other because of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down schools and the 2020 spring sports season.

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The Kentucky high school sports calendar came into a little more focus on Friday morning, when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and its Board of Control decided to extend current practicing guidelines until Aug. 2, with another KHSAA meeting expected on July 28.

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Locals tee off today at Kentucky Dam Village

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MURRAY — Murray State Athletics announced last week that Mayfield soccer player Tara Isbell has been named to the class of 2020 of the MSU Hall of Fame.

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Eden Watson, Molly Rogers, Fallan Stone, Elena Cole, and Sophie Clark take a break from the amazing summer day. The Future Stars participants in the Purchase Area Tennis Association Summer Clinics are enjoying the cooler temperatures while learning to play tennis and love to play tennis with…

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Emlie Miller of Mayfield notched an impressive 11-shot victory over the youngest competitors to win the 9 & Under Division of the 2020 Kentucky Girls Junior PGA Championship at the University Club at Arlington in Richmond. Miller led wire to wire with an opening round 39 on Wednesday the…

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Life is beginning to move extremely fast for Sophie Galloway. And that’s OK. The west Kentucky track star is hardly rattled. She’s used to speed.

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With public swimming pools closed due to the pandemic and some families having more free time from work, the number of drownings in Kentucky this year, 33, has already surpassed the number for all of last year, 32, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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Mayfield to host Pilots in football kickoff

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Emily Whitnell (left) accepts an award from Mayfield-Graves Country Club General Manager Mark Greenslit (right) following Tuesday’s Lady Bug Golf Tournament. Whitnell was listed along with Graves County High School junior-to-be Ellie West atop the Championship Flight at 61. Kim Marshall and …

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Life is beginning to move extremely fast for Sophie Galloway. And that’s OK. The west Kentucky track star is hardly rattled. She’s used to speed.

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Gina Standifer tees off Tuesday morning from the No. 9 tee Tuesday, the last day of June, during the Lady Bug Golf Tournament at Mayfield-Graves Country Club. Standifer’s group included Gayle Bean, Nancy Towery and Bonnie Henderson. Play concluded after noon. Winners will be listed in Friday…

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B arack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues.

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LOUISVILLE — As Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra had indicated would probably happen, UofL’s season-opening football game against N.C. State in Cardinal Stadium has been moved up one day to avoid a conflict with races at Churchill Downs during ultra-busy Kentucky Derby week.

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PADUCAH — According to McCracken County head football coach Marc Clark, one of the biggest misses of not having a normal spring came with the new hire of Brad Lawson as his defensive coordinator.

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Players for Mayfield’s football team go through the paces at a recent conditioning workout.

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Mayfield-Graves Country Club GM Mark Greenslit (left) is shown with 2020 West Kentucky Amateur champion Carter Dodson after Dodson won on Sunday afternoon with a 3-over-par 73 for a two-day 142 total.

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Mayfield Youth Football Cam starts Saturday

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MAYFIELD – For part of the day on both Saturday and Sunday, Carter Dodson was working behind the counter of the pro shop at Mayfield-Graves Country Club. The rest of the time, he was front and center on the course.

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Three years ago, Carter Dodson held the opening day lead of the West Kentucky Amateur, thanks to both his putting and short game. During Saturday’s first round of the 76th WKA, it was all putter.

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Graves County golfer Ellie West won the Girls 15-18 division of the Bluegrass Golf Tour’s Junior Series stop Saturday at Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown.

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While golfers have been able to hit the links in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to compete in a tournament like the West Kentucky Amateur has added to the interest of the 2020 two-day event.

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The St. Louis Cardinals selected third baseman Jordan Walker from Decatur (Ga.) High School with their first round selection in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

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The 2020 MLB Draft will start today at 6 p.m. CST, with both MLB Network and ESPN covering the event live. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals will host a Draft Day special online.

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Mayfield head football coach and athletic director Joe Morris, shown going through practice drills last pre-season, was named as the West's Class 2A representative on the inaugural Kentucky Football Coaches Association council. Morris was joined on the board by former Mayfield player and cur…

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Graves County’s Isaac Carrico (left) was named to the 2020 Kentucky High School Tennis Coaches Association Boys’ All-State Team. It was announced this week. Carrico and Eagles doubles partner Brady Ellegood were defending First Region Boys Doubles Champions from 2019. The COVID-19 coronaviru…

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The athletic dead period for Kentucky high school and middle school athletes ended before it officially began, following a vote by the KHSAA Board of Control last week.

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Chris Shumate was still an assistant under Donnie Tyndall at the University of Tennessee when he first heard of Graves County High School’s Chris Vogt.