TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 2, 2014

What a year!

2013 was a year to remember when it comes to sports


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — 1. Knox County makes run to LL World Series

By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

After an impressive run through the Area, District and State Tournaments, the Knox County Little League All Stars found themselves in a rare position — with a chance to move on to Williamsport, Pa. to play in the Little League World Series.

Things didn't go as well as the team hoped for, but that didn't put a damper on the run the team made nor the excitement that was generated not only locally, but throughout the Commonwealth.

Donations poured in from around the state to make sure the dream season wouldn't come to an end until it absolutely had to.

Knox County dropped its first two games of the Great Lakes Regional Tournament (Hagerstown, Ind. and Jackie Robinson West, Ill.) before the team picked up a win over Gross Pointe Woods-Shores, Mich.

A 7-3 loss to Burlington, Wisc. ended the hopes of advancing to Williamsport, but Knox County's run puts the team at the top of the list when it comes to sports stories in 2013.

2. Yellow Jackets play for state championship

By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

Though they were tabbed as one of the teams to beat to start the 2013 football season, the excitement that was generated as the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets made the school's first-ever trip to the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Championship game was unprecedented in the small town in southeast Kentucky.

As the season progressed it looked more and more like the Yellow Jackets were headed for a showdown fans had been hoping for — a region championship rematch against Hazard. That showdown came to pass with Williamsburg picking up the win to advance to the state semifinals, where they knocked off Raceland at home.

In the end, a speedy and experienced Mayfield team proved too much for the Yellow Jackets in the state finals. The good news is Williamsburg should be in the hunt once more in 2014.

3. UC Patriots advance to NAIA National Finals

By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

Never in the school's history had a University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College) team played for a national title - until this season that is.

The Patriots were ranked No. 1 for much of the season and proved why after cruising through the NAIA playoffs before running into Grand View.

The Vikings and Patriots were near mirror images of each other heading into the game, but something had to give.

It didn't turn out as most Patriot fans had hoped, but if a poll was taken, the trip to Rome, Ga. was almost sure to be worth it when all was said and done.

Shortly after the season UC head coach John Bland announced his departure, but the Patriots have a boatload of talent to lean on over the next few seasons as they try to build on the national championship appearance.

4. Lady Redhounds win 13th Region Championship game

By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

A whole lot of hoopla surrounded the 2013 13th Region Tournament, but much of that hoopla had to do with the location.

The tournament was being played at Harlan County High School instead of The Arena in Corbin, but that didn't stop the Corbin Lady Redhounds from making themselves right at home.

Jennifer Parsons' squad made the trip on three separate occasions and came away winners each time as they advanced to the KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen after a 63-60 win over Bell County in the championship game.

The trip to the state tournament didn't go as well as planned as the Lady Redhounds lost in the first round, but the region title win allowed Parsons to go out on a high note, retiring midway through the summer to accept the role of principal at Corbin Middle School.