By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Jaguar regional tournament drought is over after the Jaguars upended Middlesboro 4-1 during semifinal action of the 13th Region Tournament.
The Jaguars (14-4), who extended their win-streak to eight games, jumped on the Yellow Jackets early before wrapping up the three-goal win.
“We didn’t play as well as we liked, but we also tried to do some things for some of the players, so we had a few people out of position and quickly went back to the way it should have been,” North Laurel coach Mark Acampa said. “It’s our first region win in a long time, so we feel good about that.”
Keaton Kennedy scored two goals in the win for the Jaguars while Levi Seidel and Josh Carter also scored in the win
North Laurel came into the game with 10-0 and 4-1 wins over the Yellow Jackets and Acampa said he saw improvement from them from the two teams’ first meeting
“They are a great team and definitely improved,” he said. “They are a very well-coached team and they have a lot of speed. Hats off to them. I’m proud of our team, but Middlesboro played well, too.”
North Laurel will now play Corbin in the 13th Region title game Thursday at 8 p.m.
By Les Dixon
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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