Eden helps Cards to AAC title

-A A +A
By Josh Cook

University of Louisville senior and Shelby County High School graduate Stacey Eden finished seventh overall in helping the Cardinals to the American Athletic Conference men’s cross country championships Saturday in Madison, Conn.

Eden covered the 8,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 52.07 seconds, and UofL placed five runners (led by race winner Tyler Byrne in 22:57.09) in the top 10 on its way to 28 points – 47 points ahead of runner-up Cincinnati.

Eden and the Cards will next compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional, which will take place Nov. 15 in Charlottesville, Va.


Cresap throws 5 TDs

Lindsey Wilson College junior and Collins graduate Branden Cresap threw for 270 yards and five touchdowns in the then-18th-ranked Blue Raiders’ 72-9 shellacking of Union College on Saturday in a Mid-South Conference game in Barbourville.

Cresap matched his program and personal record with the five TDs, including one to former Titans teammate Tavis Elzy, who finished with three catches for 13 yards. Cresap, who three times this season has thrown for five scores, has 31 touchdown passes.

Meanwhile Shelby County graduates Edwin Thomas (two rushes for 6 yards and three tackles) and Matt Page (two catches for 3 yards) contributed to the victory, as did Collins grad Michael Brooks (four tackles) for the Blue Raiders (7-2, 2-2), who matched the program-record for victories.

Lindsey Wilson next hosts Bluefield (Va.) College at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday in Columbia.


UT-Martin, Axlines win again

The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, which features Shelby County graduate Matthew Axline and Collins grad Ben Axline, mauled Murray State, 45-17, Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference game in Martin, Tenn.

It was the second victory in a row and the third in four games for the Skyhawks (6-3, 4-2).

Matthew Axline got the start at right guard, and his younger brother, Ben, a backup wide receiver, had one tackle on special teams.

UT-Martin plays at FBS opponent Memphis (1-6) this coming Saturday.


Johnson has 2 points in loss to UofL

Kentucky Wesleyan College senior forward Donovan Johnson, a former standout at Shelby County, scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting, but fouled out in six minutes, in the Panthers’ 115-67 loss in an exhibition game at Louisville last Tuesday night in an exhibition game.

KWC is ranked 12th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25.


Abshire finishes with game-winning goal

St. Catharine College senior forward Sawyer Abshire, a Shelby County graduate, completed his collegiate soccer career by scoring the Patriots’ lone goal in their 1-0 victory at Shawnee State last Monday.

Abshire started all 18 matches for St. Catharine, which finished the season 4-14 (including 1-8 in the Mid-South Conference). He tied for the team-lead in goals (eight), assists (three) and points (19).

Abshire, who is finishing up his degree in criminal justice, finished his career with 20 goals, eight assists and 48 points for the Patriots.  


Shaver ends career with 25 goals

The career of Georgetown College senior striker Taylor Shaver, a Shelby County graduate, officially came to an end Saturday with a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Pikeville

Shaver, who started 16 matches, scored a team-best eight goals and had a team-high 16 points for Georgetown (5-11-1, 3-6).

Shaver finished his career with 25 goals, three assists and 53 points.


Thompson helps VMI to 4th-place

Virginia Military Institute senior Will Thompson, a Shelby County graduate, finished 31st overall in helping the Keydet men’s cross-country team to a fourth-place finish in the Big South Championships on Saturday at Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va.

Thompson covered the 8K course in 27:45.96 for VMI, which finished with 99 points. High Point senior Patrick Crawford won the race in 25:32.28. Liberty captured the team title with 40 points.

Thompson and the Keydets next will be in action Nov. 15 in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlottesville, Va.


Adams named Diver of the Week

Centre College senior Travis Adams, a Shelby County graduate, was recently named the Southern Athletic Association’s Men’s Diver of the Week for meets held through Oct. 27.

Adams and the Colonels will be back in action Saturday, when they compete against Bellarmine and Franklin (Ind.) College at the University of Louisville.


Karas, Xavier take 5th at Big East Championships

Xavier University redshirt freshman Caterina Karas, a Collins graduate, finished 47th overall for the Musketeers, who placed fifth in the Big East women’s cross country championships Saturday in Kenosha, Wisc.

Karas covered the 6K course in 23:40 for Xavier, which finished with 130 points. Providence, led by race winner Emily Sisson (19:49), captured the team title with 28 points.

Karas and the Musketeers will next compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 15 in Madison, Wisc.