By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
Barbourville Tigers' senior Devon Mills signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Alice Lloyd College Tuesday, adding another accomplishment to his impressive high school resume.
In addition to being tagged as the Times-Tribune's Player of the Year, Mills was the catalyst in guiding the Tigers to a 19-12 record this season along with a trip to the 13th Region Tournament. He paced the team with 22.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Mills was more than just an important player on the floor though. Barbourville head coach Dinky Phipps said the senior led by example on and off the court all season long.
“Devon was as good a kid off the court for us as he was when he was in the game,” Phipps said. “He came in every day and worked hard for us and that really helped push our entire team to work harder.
“During the offseason, Devon came into the gym on his own and worked on his own for a couple hours a day when he could have been out doing other stuff,” he added. “His hard work really paid off for him and I couldn't be any more proud of what he has done than I already am.”
The success Mills had this year didn't come easy, but after Tuesday's signing he said the motivation to improve as a player and as a team was something the Tigers gained right away.
“Coming into the season our team wasn't really picked to do anything this season and I wasn't even in the top 10 as far as players in the 13th Region,” Mills said. “Because of that, we really wanted to come in and work hard and prove that we were a team that when you faced us, you were going to have a battle if you wanted the win.
“I worked really hard on my game because I knew I could do more as an individual to help the team get better,” he added. “I worked in the gym every day in the off season and lifted weights three times a week, so I really put a lot of effort into having a good senior season.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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South Laurel entered Friday’s cross-town showdown with defending 13th Region champion and rival North Laurel as the hottest team in the region.
The Corbin Redhounds continue to improve every time they take the field and Friday was no different as they knocked off Jackson County, 9-1, for their fourth straight victory.
Lady Redhounds off the mark, fall 11-3
The Corbin Lady Redhounds lost for the second time in three games, falling to Oak Hills, Ohio 11-3 at home, but head coach Chris Hart didn’t seem too concerned afterward.
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.
Jaguars split home contest with Middlesboro
The North Laurel boys and girls tennis teams had mixed results when Middlesboro paid a visit.
For the third time in a row the Corbin Redhounds were winners on Thursday night, this time defeating the Barbourville Tigers 8-0 in 13th Region basbeball action.
South Laurel picks up 9-4 win over Panthers
South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.
Season taking shape
After seeing some impressive baseball, and softball games this past week, this I know — they’re only a handful of teams that will make a run for both the 13th Region baseball and softball titles.
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