Ready, Set, Meet the Trojans!

By: Brennan Crain

Barren County High School athletes and Trojan fans filled the BCHS gym Monday evening at the fall “Meet the Trojans” presented by the BCHS athletic booster club.

President Amie Hurt welcomed guests and proceeded to invite Spencer Steenbergen to lead the congregation in fellowship prayer prior to eating the BBQ meal provided.

As seniors made their way to eat first, juniors, sophomores, and finally freshmen, along with other guests,  followed.

Members of the BCHS Girls Soccer Team Monday night.
Photo by: Dulce Sanchez/ Junior.

“Meet the Trojans” kicked off the year with more than meeting the athletes involved this fall season. Guests were able to meet BCHS Boys Basketball Head coach Warren Cunningham as the new Athletic Director of BCHS, along with several other school officials and Booster Club officers.

Before the Trojans were met, BCHS alumnus Kaleb England encouraged the athletes to “fight-on!” as he admitted that “You never know Trojan pride until you’ve walked outside those halls as an alumnus.”

As the evening progressed, athletes from the football, boys, and girls soccer, golf, cheerleading, volleyball, and cross country teams along with their respective coaches, were introduced.

Senior Jon Brewington was recognized for his accomplishment at the Warren East Invitational where he placed first in golf.

Several athletes were introduced, including the widely recognized “Road Warriors” also know as the BCHS football team. Coach Jackson Arnett introduced his team by class, beginning with seniors.
Although the team is vast, Arnett revealed that the small number of juniors has recently changed. “Literally since last week, we’ve doubled,” revealed Arnett.

While most of the “Road Warriors” were ecstatic and ready for the season ahead, one player is suffering from an ankle injury sustained during a practice earlier in the year. Junior Travis Ballard walked up with crutches and a “boot” alongside his fellow players when being introduced. Ballard admitted he “hated” he’s suffering from an injury this close to the start of the season, but he had positive feelings for the rest of his team.

Principal Brad Johnson informed guests that a “pep bus” will be made available to facilitate Trojan fans’ transportation to follow the “Road Warriors” as every game they play will be away due to the incomplete BCHS football stadium.

Cheerleaders (from left): Annabelle Botts, Madison Beckham, Maddie Mur-
ray, and McKenna Birrell. Photo by: Dulce Sanchez/ Junior.

Another group seems to have positive feelings all year, especially for any event involving the Trojans. BCHS cheerleaders performed two routines for guests, including their popular routine which incorporated the entire gymnasium. Cheerleaders led the guests in a chant spelling out the word “Trojans” while cheerleading coach Teresa Bewley and senior Matt Goldsmith encouraged the audience to chant louder.

To finalize the evening, Johnson expressed his vision for this sports season saying, “We’re going to paint this town burgundy and gold.”

This season, Amie Hurt will serve as President of the Booster Club, along with Kelly Birrell as Vice President, Kelley Ross as secretary, and Christy Jones as the reporter.

Anyone interested in purchasing a family membership, season passes, or even a Trojan magnet, can contact the Booster Club Facebook page at BCHS Athletic Booster Club or can contact BCHS.

Hurt and Birrell wish to increase overall involvement and regain sports participation similar to the 2007-2009 era. Both admit the club is “open to ideas” for this year’s success which can be submitted through the Facebook page.