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In the midst of the current pandemic, one thing we are missing out on is attending funeral services where we can pay tribute to the lives of loved ones and friends we have lost.

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Although high school sports have now been shut down since mid-March due to COVID-19 pandemic, schools and educators are making plans to reopen in mid to late August.

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It’s rare that I have a column that is on Mother’s Day weekend. However, since live sporting events are rare on the local scene currently due to the Covid-19 cancellations, I wanted to take this opportunity to write a special Mother’s Day column.

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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.

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Although most of the country particularly Kentucky has been on a stay-at-home order now for over a month and most live sporting events have completely come to a halt there have been local sporting news and sporting events occurring during this global pandemic.

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To say that the sports world has been on hold since mid-March would be an understatement. As late as March 12, high school basketball was still being played at this girl state tournament and plans were being made for the boys state tournament and the NCAA tournament.

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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that spring sports activity for baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field — regular season and postseason — has been suspended until further notice.

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The University of Kentucky might have had a chance to be around for the Final Four this weekend.

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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.

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With the KHSAA boys and girls Sweet 16 tournaments in limbo, the association announced on Wednesday their refund options for fans who bought tickets for the entire tournaments or single session tickets.

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With high school sports postponed and local gyms and other sports facilities temporarily shut down, golf remains an option for those seeking to get outside if, and when, the rain subsides.

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Even though March Madness has turned into March Sadness this year, there are a few local residents who have memories from the Big Dance that will last a lifetime.

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YAA Director Mike Duncan announced Tuesday morning that the West Kentucky Archery Complex and the YAA will be shutting down for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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With sports on the amateur and professional levels canceling or suspending their seasons due to the coronavirus, the Ohio Valley League is planning to go on with their season on the original start date of Friday, May 29.

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For a Madisonville North Hopkins basketball team with nine seniors, the news of the KHSAA suspending the Sweet 16 was a huge blow. The seniors are facing the reality that Tuesday night’s 2nd Region Championship win over Webster County was possibly their last in a Maroon basketball uniform.

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The KHSAA announced Friday that all high school athletics in Kentucky will be suspended until at least Sunday, April 12, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dead Period rules will be in effect during this time.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Cartwright’s column was written prior to the cancellation of the NCAA tournament.

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With the boys region basketball tournaments wrapping up Tuesday night across the state, the KHSAA Sweet 16 Bracket is set with games tipping off Wednesday, March 18 at Rupp Arena.

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The Messenger will periodically check in on athletes from Hopkins County who are playing in the next level. This week, former Maroon Jaiveon Eaves finished out his college basketball career and 2017 KHSAA Softball State Champion Mallory Peyton made the rounds on social media with a grand sla…

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A 29-2 record, a No. 3 ranking in the state polls and a return to the 2nd Region girls’ championship game for the first time in a decade were just some of the many highlights for the Madisonville Lady Maroons this basketball season.

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Madisonville North Hopkins (29-1) advanced to the 2nd Region Championship with a 53-45 win Webster County on Friday night at Christian County. With North racking up the wins all season long and Webster’s recent success, the fans in attendance got their money’s worth with a tight contest.

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Known throughout Madisonville as the “Voice of the Maroons,” Tim “TC” Castleberry is in his final stretch of games calling play-by-play on 94.9 WFMW for Madisonville basketball games.

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After a 22-3 season a year ago, it’s hard to visualize much room for improvement. But according to the Maroons boys’ head tennis coach Bryan Fazenbaker, this year should be a very special season.

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Madisonville North Hopkins (28-3) took a solid first step toward repeating as 2nd Region champs Wednesday night with a 67-47 win over Henderson County in first-round play. Up next will be another set of Colonels in Christian County as the two will tipoff at 6 p.m. in the semis at Hopkinsville.

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Before Madisonville can think about a return trip east to Lexington and the Sweet 16, the Maroons first have to go south to Hopkinsville for the 2nd Region Tournament where North Hopkins (28-3) will face Henderson County in first-round action tonight.

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The West Kentucky Archery Complex hosted the Kentucky Archers Association Indoor Championship this past weekend where 20 shooters from Hopkins County qualified for the NFAA National Tournament in Louisville.

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Madisonville North Hopkins’ magical season is alive and well following a convincing 70-46 victory over Crittenden County in opening-round play of the girls’ 2nd Region tournament in Hopkinsville Monday night.

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