TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

January 3, 2013

Tough games coming up for Brian Evans' Knox Central Panthers

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

The Knox Central Panthers entered the season young and inexperienced at some key positions with only two seniors on this year’s roster, which in turn left many 13th Region prognosticators scratching their heads where exactly to rank them coming into the season.

But Brian Evans’ squad has shed the inexperience and given many people reason to believe his squad can make a run at the 13th Region crown. The Panthers already secured a 68-62 win over Clay County while putting together an impressive 10-4 record.

But it’s not been easy.

Evans has had to deal with some early season injuries and some tough early tests before the Christmas break, but things look to even be a bit tougher during the next couple of weeks.

The Panthers open a crucial stretch of games that’s going to determine the 51st District seeding while allowing them to see how they match up with some of the region’s other top teams.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up,” Evans said. “We’re going to be tested and we are working hard to get better.”

The tough stretch begins Friday at home against Pineville in a 51st District showdown with games against Barbourville (away), Lynn Camp (home), South Laurel (home), Corbin (home) and Harlan County (away) on the horizon.

“That’s why we try to play some good teams early in the season,” Evans said. “It’s a tough stretch of games, but that’s just how our schedule has fallen the past few years.

“Playing these games will make us better,” he added. “We’ve got the district games that are very important. I believe our kids will be ready to play.”

What makes things even tougher on the Panthers will be the absence of starting guard Matthew Barger, who is out with a hip injury.

“Not having Matt in the lineup is going to make things tougher — it changes things,” Evans admitted. “He’s got a hip injury and I’m not sure when he will be back. Our health has played a big role in our season this year. We have made progress, though.

“We were without him for four games earlier and we switched some things around and improved on some things. It was a good experience for our guys — they learned a lot.”

Barger missed four games earlier this season due to an injury, but came back in time to help guide Knox Central to a Williamsburg Holiday Tournament championship, as the Panthers posted a 3-0 record.

“He went down in the Upperman, Tenn., game and I thought our guys responded well,” Evans said. “I believe we’re going to be OK. I know everyone is working hard and the guys are getting better. We just need to go out there and do the best we can.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • LIKE IT OR NOT: A few tips for fantasy draft day

    As high school, college and pro football season approaches, so too does Fantasy Football draft day.

    August 1, 2014

  • Solid Finish

    The Tri-County Sports Authority’s Dirty Dawgs, a 16-under travel baseball team, placed second in the high school division of the Stars and Stripes July Bash, which was held in Knoxville, Tennessee last weekend.

    August 1, 2014

  • Encore Effort

    When it comes to having success, no team in the Tri-County has had more during the past 10 years than the South Laurel Lady Cardinals soccer program.

    August 1, 2014

  • 0731 WHIT BOYS 2 for web.jpg Second Time Around

    When all is said and done after the 2014 high school soccer season, a lot of teams will measure their success by wins and losses.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: The times, they are a changing

    The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0730 TCSA FBALL for web.jpg Numbers Game

    The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County

    These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 KNOX FBALL FOR WEB.tif Must-See Football

    It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
    Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune