Middle school matchup takes on new identities

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By Josh Cook

The annual East-West middle school football game will have a new name and feature a new traveling trophy when the two teams meet Tuesday night.

The George Cottrell Classic, named for the longtime Shelby County High School track and football coach who passed away in 2012 after battling ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease), will take place at 6 p.m. at Collins High School. It will also be the Battle for the Saddle – since Shelbyville is known as the “American Saddlebred Capital of the World.”The winner of the game will receive a saddle, the rivalry’s new traveling trophy.

There will be t-shirts sold at the game with the proceeds from their sales going to the George Cottrell Memorial Scholarship


Looking ahead

  • In its final tune-up for the Region 5 Tournament, the Shelby County girls’ golf team will play in the West Jessamine Invitational on Saturday morning at Connemara Golf Course in Nicholasville. The Rockets will tee off around 9 a.m.
  • Also Saturday morning the third-ranked Collins boys’ soccer team will play 18th-ranked Christian Academy of Louisville in the Bulldog Cup at Male at 9 a.m. If the Titans win that match, as well as Thursday night’s match against DeSales, they’ll play in the Bulldog Cup final at 8 p.m. Saturday night. The host Bulldogs, who are sixth in the state, are in the opposite bracket.
  • The Collins girls’ soccer team has a big 30th District match at 6 p.m. Monday, when it hosts Spencer County.
  • The Shelby County volleyball team will play a tri-match at West Jessamine on Saturday. The Rockets play the host Colts at 11 a.m. before playing Wayne County around noon. Later in the week Shelby County hosts Anderson County on Thursday night – its Senior Night – at 6:30 p.m. at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
  • The Shelby County boys’ soccer team, which hosts Bourbon County on Saturday and North Bullitt on Monday, plays at 25th-ranked South Oldham at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


Collins receives grant for boys’ lacrosse

Collins has received a $5,000 grant to purchase equipment for a new boys’ lacrosse team. The school has fielded a girls’ lacrosse team each of the last two springs.


Pace seeking SCHS volleyball alums for match

Shelby County volleyball coach Felicia Pace is organizing an alumni match for players who suited up fir the Rockets from 2002 to 2012. Any alumni interested in playing should contact Pace at Felicia.pace@shelby.kyschools.us by Oct. 11.