By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
LYNN CAMP — The Lynn Camp Wildcats are coming off their first winning season in four years, and they'll look to improve on their 16-win total from 2013 with new coach Eric Swords taking over at the helm.
Swords is looking to reintroduce an up-tempo style of play that made the Wildcats one of the more entertaining teams to watch under former coach Anthony Pennington.
“Our tempo is a much faster pace, which I think will benefit us greatly,” Swords said “The kids have adapted great. I think at first things were a little difficult for them to process, but they are going all out at trying to do things the way we want them.
“The biggest key will be our effort and pressure on defense,” he added. “I feel if we come with the right intensity on that end every day in practice or in games that we will be tough to beat. I think our older guys will carry us on offense early in the year, and I’m hoping that will give the younger guys a chance to get more comfortable in varsity action.”
Swords will be fielding a young team, but will return starters Justin Hammonds and Skylar McFarland.
“Hammonds is a really fast guard who can get to the rim and also a good shooter from three,” Swords said. “I think he will have a big year in our up-tempo system. He’s a guy that keeps coming at you full speed for 32 minutes on both ends — I call him our Russ Smith. McFarland will start on the wing, in my opinion he’s the most underrated player in the region. He’s a great shooter but can also score in a variety of ways. I’m not sure the rest of the region knows how good this kid is.
“Having a young team there’s going to be more ups and downs throughout the year than there would be if we were more experienced,” he added. “I think sometimes as a coach you expect them to already know things, or pick up on things quicker than they do.”
If his Wildcats continue to improve, Swords believes his team can surprise.
“I feel like if we play with effort and together then we can beat anybody in the region, if we don’t, then I think anybody in the region can beat us,” he said. “That’s something we have really tried to make the guys understand.”
Swords looks to lead Wildcats back to 13th region tourney
By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach
With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.
So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking
By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.
The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title
By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.
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