http://www.sentinelnews.com/sports/rss.xml en Thomas signs with Memphis http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/thomas-signs-memphis <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sptthomassigns.jpg" alt="Shelby County state golf champion Madison Thomas signs to play golf at the University of Memphis. She is shown with her parents Tony and Tammy Thomas." title="Shelby County state golf champion Madison Thomas signs to play golf at the University of Memphis. She is shown with her parents Tony and Tammy Thomas." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Shelby County senior Madison Thomas has never been one to back down from a challenge and she did not change that in her choice of a college.</p> <p> Thomas, the reigning Kentucky State High School golf champion, signed last week to play at the University of Memphis.</p> <p> &ldquo;It will be a lot different going to a big city from Shelby County,&rdquo; Thomas said. &ldquo;It will be good for me. I will be able to get out of my comfort zone.&nbsp; I think it will be good for me.&rdquo;</p> Shelby football will have weapons next year http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-football-will-have-weapons-next-year <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sptperry_runs.jpg" alt="Michael Perry returns as a wingback, linebacker and punter for the Rockets next year." title="Michael Perry returns as a wingback, linebacker and punter for the Rockets next year." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A play here and a play there and the Shelby County Rockets&rsquo; football team could easily have been 8-3 instead of 3-8 in a season that was sometimes maddening for the players and staff.</p> <p> &ldquo;That was the most frustrating thing for the players and the coaches,&rdquo; Shelby County coach Todd Shipley said. &ldquo;We had our chances and fell just short. We would get ourselves in the right spot, and then it just didn&rsquo;t seem to work out.&rdquo;</p> Collins looking to improve next year http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/collins-looking-improve-next-year <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sptrose.jpg" alt="Tailback Nasean Roseberry is one of several returning big play threats for Collins next season as they will play in a revamped district and region." title="Tailback Nasean Roseberry is one of several returning big play threats for Collins next season as they will play in a revamped district and region." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After fighting through the first losing season in school history with a 5-7 record the Collins High School football team could be poised for a big rebound next fall.</p> Rockets beat Beechwood in scrimmage http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/rockets-beat-beechwood-scrimmage-0 <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/spt_scgirlshoop_0.jpg" alt="Shelby County’s Savannah Raizor goes up with a shot against Anderson County last year. The Rockets beat Beechwood in their first scrimmage." title="Shelby County’s Savannah Raizor goes up with a shot against Anderson County last year. The Rockets beat Beechwood in their first scrimmage." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> With three top quality interior players back, the Shelby County girls&rsquo; basketball team&rsquo;s new coach got a good look at what his team is capable of in a preseason scrimmage against Beechwood at the Scott County Hoopfest Saturday.</p> <p> Hoping to keep the Rockets&rsquo; trio of six-footers in Mackenzie and Savannnah Raizor and Justus Martin in check, Beechwood employed a tight zone defense through much of the scrimmage.</p> Former SCHS standout finds home in Chile http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/former-schs-standout-finds-home-chile <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sptdonovan1.jpg" alt="Former Shelby County star Donovan Johnson moves inside against a pair of defenders. Since being signed in October, Johnson is averaging a team-high 27 points a game for Puente Alto in a pro league in Chile." title="Former Shelby County star Donovan Johnson moves inside against a pair of defenders. Since being signed in October, Johnson is averaging a team-high 27 points a game for Puente Alto in a pro league in Chile." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Donovan Johnson has not been an overnight sensation &ndash; but he&rsquo;s been pretty darn close to one.</p> <p> Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Shelby County High School, has been playing professional basketball in Chile since signing with Club Deportesin Puente Alto, Chile on Oct. 24 and he has quickly emerged as one of the Liga National league&rsquo;s top players.</p> <p> The move to Chile came after a lot of work on Johnson&rsquo;s part after finishing his collegiate career at Kentucky Wesleyan last spring.</p> Collins JV squad finished undefeated http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/collins-jv-squad-finished-undefeated <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sptharrod.jpg" alt="Collins’ sophomore Sam Harrod was a big contributor at back and defensive end for the Titans’ undefeated JV team." title="Collins’ sophomore Sam Harrod was a big contributor at back and defensive end for the Titans’ undefeated JV team." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It would be easy to say the Collins High School JV football team followed the script this year because they did.</p> <p> The Titans posted a perfect 8-0 record on the season and were almost a model of the play that has brought success to the varsity program the past five seasons.</p> <p> With a large group of sophomores and even some freshmen contributing at the varsity level for the Titans this season, the staff was able to incorporate those players into the JV program as well.</p> Shelby JV shows lots of promise http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-jv-shows-lots-promise <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sprbdavis.jpg" alt="Shelby County defensive back Brandon Davis closes in on a Frankfort runner earlier in the season. Davis helped the Rockets’ JV team to an 8-1 record this fall and the conference championship game." title="Shelby County defensive back Brandon Davis closes in on a Frankfort runner earlier in the season. Davis helped the Rockets’ JV team to an 8-1 record this fall and the conference championship game." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A championship game loss didn&rsquo;t dampen the season for the Shelby County High School JV football team as the Rockets posted an 8-1 record this year.</p> <p> Shelby went undefeated in their regular season before falling to North Oldham 28-14 in their conference championship game.</p> <p> &ldquo;We had a very good year,&rdquo; Shelby JV coach Nick Edwards said. &ldquo;We beat North Oldham in the regular season, but they came back and got us in the championship game so that was a little bit disappointing.&rdquo;</p> Football switch changes 4A’s power structure http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/football-switch-changes-4a%E2%80%99s-power-structure <p> The road to Bowling Green may just lead through Bowling Green in the near future for the local high school football teams.</p> <p> Under a new alignment of teams ratified in July by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Shelby County and Collins will compete in the same 4A district next season thanks to Shelby dropping down from 5A</p>