Important week in Bomberland
Tim Taylor, KPI Staff
This week brings a lot of exciting times at Ballard Memorial. Both the volleyball and football teams will be celebrating Senior Night while the marching band competes in the regional marching band tournament.
The volleyball team has a busy six days ahead following the week off for fall break. This is their last full week of competition before heading into district tournament play next week. The Lady Bombers conclude the regular season with two road games to start the week. Ballard Memorial travels to Hickman County on Monday night, October 14th and then University Heights on Tuesday. They return home on Thursday night as they celebrate Senior night against Christian Fellowship. Seniors Maggie Denton and Taylor Foster will be recognized in their last regular season game at the Green Palace that night. The Lady Bombers then end the season at the Toyota of Hopkinsville Western Kentucky Smackdown. They begin pool play on Friday as they play Hopkinsville, Henderson County, and Madisonville North Hopkins in their three matchups. The district tournament will get underway the following week at Graves County. The winner of the third district will host the First Region Tournament.
The football team came off a much needed win over Houston County, Tennessee. The Bombers had been blown out of their previous two matchups against district powers Caldwell County and Murray in back to back weeks. The win gives the team some much needed confidence as they wrap up their district competition on Friday night against Crittenden County. It will be Senior night for the Bombers as Devoun Bledsoe, Shawn Johnson, Trevor Langston, Zack McAfee, and Austin Summers suit up for the final time in front of their home crowd. The 6-2 Bombers play Crittenden County, who comes into the contest with a 3-4 mark. The winner will wrap up the number three seed in the district while the loser will finish fourth and be relegated to playing the second district’s number one seed in the first round of the playoffs that begin on November 8th.
The Ballard Memorial Marching Band will compete on Saturday, October 19th at Hopkinsville as they try to qualify for state for the fifth year in a row. Fives appear to be a popular number as Ballard Memorial heads into the competition with the fifth best score of the teams competing. The top eight bands from the west will join the top eight bands from the east on Saturday, October 26th in Louisville. Ballard Memorial is trying to improve on last year’s seventh place regional finish and 13th place state finish in this year’s show titled ‘Shining Through’.