It was a day of firsts for Fort Campbell High School as two athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Lady Falcon wrestler Jasmine Ward signed her letter to continue her career at Lindenwood University-Belleville as the first Fort Campbell girls' wrestler to achieve the feat.

Chandler Burgoyne signed her letter to continue her volleyball career at Methodist University in North Carolina, just 15 minutes from where her dad is at Fort Bragg.

For both girls, it was a special day.

Ward was not only the first girls' wrestler to sign her letter of intent but she was one of the first in state history to win a girls' wrestling state championship.

"It just means I'm probably going to go down in history," she said. "That's a big feeling for me. I just want to keep pushing to do better things."

Ward said it feels good to finally start her life as an adult.

The Lady Falcon had narrowed her college search down to two schools with Lindenwood winning because it was closer to home and she had something else she cared about.

"My future is to go into the Air Force Reserves and they offer an Air Force ROTC program," she said. "The other school doesn't."

During her signing, Ward had the opportunity to speak, and she said she thanked a lot of people for helping her out along the way. But mostly she wanted to thank herself.

She said she didn't mean that statement in a cocky fashion but wanted to show how hard she's worked to get where she is.

Ward even almost quit wrestling after her first year.

"I only came back because I was persuaded," she said. "What actually made me want to come back is at the end of my first year, we went to a girl's tournament and I got third place. It was my first year wrestling. I felt like that's what kept me pushing because I realized I could actually do something with this."

As the wins began to pile up, so did her love for the sport and her desire to get better.

"It made me want to work 10 times harder," she said. "I liked going to practice, but I didn't like being at practice. Seeing myself win and experiencing a loss, it made me want to work 10 times harder so I wouldn't have to experience it again."

One thing Ward is going to miss is her teammates as they've helped her get where she is.

"They've been really important," she said. "For wrestling, it's an individual sport, but It's also a team sport because you can't get better without a teammate. You need to have somebody wrestling with you in order for you to be prepared for an actual match."

Ward's dad was with her onstage, and she said he's played a big role in her growth as well.

"He's been really important on a mental factor," she said. "His support just made me want to do better. His understanding of when I lost and when I was angry made me feel better."

For Burgoyne, Thursday was a dream that she's not sure she's woken up from yet.

"It doesn't honestly feel real," she said. "I never expected to be able to be good enough to play college volleyball, but it just kind of fell into my lap and I just decided to run with it."

Fort Campbell High School Coach Mindy Hargrove has been around volleyball for more than a decade in western Kentucky, and she said Burgoyne is the only Fort Campbell signee she can remember.

The Lady Falcon senior originally planned to go to Western Kentucky University, but after her dad was moved to Fort Bragg, she thought differently.

Fort Bragg was a place she spent many years growing up, and she said it's always been a good place for her.

During her a trip to see her dad, she said she decided to go visit some schools and when she walked onto the campus at Methodist, it was decided.

"It just felt so great," she said.

Burgoyne is a believer that things happen for a reason.

"I believe there is a plan," she said. "I think him getting the job in Fort Polk and me staying here and then going to Fort Bragg, I think that all fell in place for me to do what I'm doing now."

Methodist is only 15 minutes from Fort Bragg so it'll give her father a chance to see his daughter play as those chances were limited during her high school career because of his military service.

She said while he's been gone a lot, her mother has been right by her side.

"He was never really able to come to everything, but my mom has always been there and that's just something that I really, really appreciate," she said. "She's always had my back and she's someone that I know will always be there for me and she loves me. She's always supported me. She's paid for five years of club and that's really expensive. She's supported me through anything that I've done. Anything that I said I wanted to do, she's supported me."

Burgoyne changed positions from defensive specialist to setter during her prep career but it wasn't her choice as Hargrove made the determination.

While she was angry at the time, she said it's all worked out in the end because she's playing in college and she'll be a defensive specialist yet again.

There are a few things she'll miss about Fort Campbell, but one stands out.

"It's a really accepting place," she said. "There's just so many opportunities and I feel like they're open to anyone. I think that's a really good part of life and that's something everybody needs to experience."

Not only is she looking forward to hitting the court, but Burgoyne is also looking forward to starting her new life.

"I like to be independent and I'm pretty responsible," she said. "I like to have that responsibility on myself and be able to say 'Oh I'm a college student, living by myself.' Doing everything myself, that's going to be different for me, but I'm really looking forward to it."

SOFTBALL

Lady Cols fall despite Blane breaking record

After breaking the Christian County home run record Monday against Trigg County, Emmy Blane continued her record-breaking week Wednesday when she broke Griffin Joiner's all-time hits record at CCHS.

Despite the record, the Lady Colonels fell 5-2 to Henderson County in a game the Christian County defense wants to soon forget.

CCHS tallied three errors in the game as only one of Henderson County's five runs were earned by hurler Hannah Sumner.

Todd scores 20, defeats UHA

Todd County Central scored 20 total runs as it went on to defeat University Heights Academy 20-8 on Monday afternoon.

Logan County defeats Hopkinsville

Logan County used a seven-run second inning to defeat the Hopkinsville Tigers 14-2 on Monday afternoon.

The Tigers only recorded four hits and committed three errors on the way to the loss.

Dawson Springs runs past Fort Campbell

Dawson Springs scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to defeating Fort Campbell 16-6 in six innings on Monday night.

The Lady Eagles chipped away at the Dawson Springs lead, but couldn't mount the comeback as the Lady Panthers added five more runs in the final two innings to get the win.

Julie Curney and Kiley McCrary had two hits each in the loss.

Caldwell County stun Lady Colonels in Princeton

For the first time since last year's state tournament, the Christian County Lady Colonels have lost back-to-back games after they fell 6-1 to Caldwell County Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first as four players recorded RBIs in the victory.

Henderson County scores early, often to beat Hoptown

The Henderson County Lady Colonels made short work of the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers Tuesday with a 16-2 victory at HHS.

BASEBALL

Hopkinsville cruises by Ohio County on the road

The Hopkinsville Tigers took a lead in the top of the first and never trailed in their 7-1 win over Ohio County Tuesday in Hartford.

Caleb Bapp scored on an error to put the Tigers on the board and after Ohio County tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Hoptown put on the jets.

Landon Snyder singled to right to score John Duvall then Jacob Dilday singled to score Snyder and give Hoptown a 3-1 lead after four.

Jay Bland scored on a Layne Jorgensen single but the highlight of the night came up next.

Duvall continued his stellar senior season with a three-run home run to left field.

Holub's five RBIs powers Caldwell over County

Christian County got the game started in the first, but Caldwell County put the exclamation points on the night.

Led by five RBIs from Cody Holub, the Tigers took care of business against the Colonels, defeating them 11-3 on Tuesday at Colonel Field.

Christian County cruises by Fort Campbell in 8th District tilt

Four Christian County players finished with multiple hits as the Colonels took down Fort Campbell 12-2 Wednesday at CCHS.

The Cols led 6-0 after two frames built their lead as the game went on. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth ended the game after six and gave Christian County their sixth district win to finish 8th District play at 6-0.

Mustangs sprint past Colonels

The top of the order for the McCracken County Mustangs got things started early on and the rest of the lineup filled it in late to put the game away.

McCracken got a lead in the first few innings and closed it out with nine runs in the fifth to defeat the Christian County Colonels 15-2 in five innings Thursday at Christian County High School.

Madisonville edges by Christian County

Madisonville-North Hopkins scored three runs in the sixth inning, pushing the Maroons over Christian County 7-4 on Monday.

Trailing 1-0 going into the fifth inning, the Colonels' bats came alive as they scored four runs in the top of the inning to take the 4-1 lead heading into the bottom half.

Madisonville responded by scoring three runs in both the fifth and sixth inning to take the win

Trigg County shuts out Fort Campbell in doubleheader

The Trigg County Wildcats allowed one hit over the span of two 10-0 victories over Fort Campbell on Monday.

In game one, all nine batters in the Trigg County lineup recorded a hit and Wyatt Wagoner recorded four RBIs in the victory.

The Wildcats scored six runs in the fourth inning to bust the game open.

Andrew Syester pitched four innings of no-hit baseball in the win, with Trevor Cortner coming in to pitch the fifth inning in the win.

In a three-inning second game, the Wildcats didn't allowing a single hit in the win.

Tigers top UHA on Senior Night

Hopkinsville High School's three seniors have been through a lot of ups and downs during their time as Tigers, but on Thursday they got to celebrate Senior Night with a 9-1 win over 8th District rival Hopkinsville.

Robert Justus, John Duvall and Aaron Crosby were all on the field for the final out as the Tigers finished 4-2 in district play and clinched the No. 2 seed in the 8th District tournament.

Hopkinsville shut out by Henderson

The Hopkinsville Tigers only recorded one hit on Friday night as they fell 4-0 to Henderson County.

The Colonels scored four runs across the fourth and fifth innings and only allowed one hit all game, which came from Blake Balthrop in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Robert Justus pitched six innings, surrendering four runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out nine batters.

Hopkinsville outlasts Logan County

The Hopkinsville Tigers scored seven runs in the fifth inning and staved off a late Logan County rally to defeat the Cougars 14-11 on Monday.

With Hoptown up 7-6 heading the fifth, the Tigers busted the game wide open in the top half with seven runs to go up 14-6.

The Cougars rallied late, scoring four runs in the seventh, but that wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.

UHA splits over weekend

The University Heights Academy Blazers split their two contests on Saturday, falling to Crittenden County 12-7 and defeating Mayfield 3-2.

In game one, it was Tanner Thomas who got the nod on the mound. He allowed 10 runs on seven hits while also walking eight batters in the loss.

In game two, it was Drew McGowan with the seventh-inning heroics as his walk-off single pushed the Blazers over the Cardinals. The hit was McGowan's first of the game.

Blazers win high-scoring affair with Hopkins Central

Drew McGowan finished a double shy of the cycle as the University Heights Academy Blazers took down Hopkins County Central 16-10 Tuesday evening.

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