As we are all feeling the impact of COVID-19 in one way or the other, sometimes it’s good to hear a sports story on perseverance. One of those stories come from former Dawson Springs Panther basketball star Ron Adams.

Editor’s Note: This column was written before the announcement of the cancellation of spring sports and basketball events. Information from other schools in Hopkins County were omitted due to space issues.

While fishing with her dad, Jerry Bruce, and her uncle Kevin Bruce on Friday, Dawson Springs resident Shelby Johnson (left) caught a 4-pound bass in Lake Beshear. Right after her catch, uncle Kevin (pictured) caught a 3-pounder.

When I wrote my last column, I was just finishing up going to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) basketball tournament and was making preparations to attend my first ever Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament.

Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league blue team, coached by Maddie Huddleston and Logan McKnight, is made up of Kara McKnight, Alyssa Allison, Hannah Smith, Braxton Robinson, Sarah Jones, Jackson Young, Levi Purdy and Audrey McCoy.

Carlton McCuiston and James Embry represent Dawson Springs High School Bass Fishing Team with two bass in a tournament March 7 on Lake Beshear.

Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league’s red team is coached by Earl “Bug” Day. Team members are Raylen Tate, Kobe Lindsey, Carter Bourland, Matthew Kovach, Leland Sizemore, Mikel Day and Harrison Dalton. See More Jr. Pro on Page A12.

Austin Clark coached the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league orange team. Team members were Jaiden Tuttle, Kadance Fritz, Ronnie Banks, Baylee Swatzell, Ashtyn Swatzell, Caleb Midkiff, Gunner Cullen and Adam Embry.


Kaylee Simpson, a Dawson Springs resident and a freshman at Brescia University, competes Jan. 18 in the Eastern Illinois University John Craft Invitational as part of the Bearcat women’s track and field team, which finished its season on the last weekend in February.

In just their first year as a program, the Midway University men’s indoor track & field team made a splash and turned heads on Feb. 7 in Tiffin, Ohio, at the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at Tiffin University.

The yellow team in the senior division of Dawson Springs Jr. Pro were second place. Pictured are Coach Scott Summers, Kaydon Coats, Brody Hall, Avery Shelton, Jaxen Thomas, Trevor McKnight, Nathan Walls and Tember Oliver.

Josh Chappel’s gray team in the junior division placed second. Team members are Tember Oliver, Cade Barnett, Alieah Cook, Tobiyah McCune, Logan Chappel, Gracie Plunkett and Tripp Larimore.


Junior Pro champions

The Dawson Springs High School softball team will start its season Monday with a home game against Christian Fellowship. Play starts at 5:30 p.m. at Dawson Springs City Park.

Left: Kelbie Massey (right) is able to avoid defenders (from left) Clark Larimore, Audri Scott and Blake Loney on Feb. 22 during Dawson Springs Jr. Pro fundamentals game in Panther Gym. Center: Caleb Midkiff, on the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league’s orange team, catches a rebound during…

Right: The gray team’s Tember Oliver and the light blue’s Jenna Fairchild fight for the ball during the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league championship game in Panther Gym. Center right: Felix McElfresh works on passing during Dawson Springs Jr. Pro fundamentals practice this winter in Pan…

Denisha Randolph, daughter of Janie and Casey Randolph, is on the girls basketball team at Dawson Springs. She has played basketball since the seventh grade. She is a member of the Beta club, FEA and Student Lighthouse. Previously, she had been in FCA, STLP, photography club and in the band.…

Skyler Clark, son of Scott and Angel Clark, is a senior at Dawson Springs and is on the basketball team. He has played basketball all of his life and has also participated in track for a year and cross country for three years. He would like to attend lineman school to become a lineman.

Left: Rachel Morse, daughter of Crystal and Earl Day and Brent and Kaylyn Morse, is a cheerleader at Dawson Springs. She has cheered all four years of high school. She has been a member of HOSA, colorguard in the band and homecoming court. She plans to attend Madisonville Community College a…

Cynthia Solomon, daughter of Joy Fugate and Tim Solomon, is a senior member of the Dawson Springs cheer team. She has been a cheerleader and has played softball for two years. She works at the local Dairy Queen and participates in yearbook and Read Across America. She plans to attend Western…

Autumn Ortt, the daughter of Amanda Lawley and Jason Ortt, is the basketball manager. On senior night, Autumn was escorted by April Shrum. Autumn has played basketball for three years and softball for one year. She likes to hunt and fish. She plans to go to Madisonville Community College and…

Braxton Cotton, son of Kandi Cotton and escorted by his mom and his uncle B.J. Cotton, is a senior on the Dawson Springs basketball team. He has played basketball for three years and baseball for one. He likes fishing and playing basketball. He plans to get a job in the trade industry.

Abigail Miller, daughter of Tina and Robert Miller, is a senior cheerleader at Dawson Springs Jr./Sr. High School. She played volleyball for 5 years and has been a cheerleader for 5 years. She is a member of the Beta Club and she is a student ambassador.

Sloane Danielle Parker, daughter of Steven and Shannon Parker, is a senior on the Dawson Springs cheerleading squad. She has cheered for four years and played softball for a year. She is a member of Jr. Beta, Sr. Beta and the FRYSC advisory council. She is a student ambassador and an honor r…


The Dawson Springs Panther fans came out in full force for Tuesday night’s home game against Trigg County and they got quite a show.

Dawson Springs Jr. Pro thanks Dr Pepper for their support of the organization. Children in the fundamentals group pose for a picture Saturday in Panther Gym to show their appreciation for Dr Pepper and Les Hoover out of the Madisonville office.


The Dawson Springs boys basketball team has had an exciting week of basketball. They beat Community Christian Academy on Jan. 30, lost a close one to Central on Friday and took on a last-minute game to St. Mary’s and won.