Girls Top 5
1. North Laurel Lady Jaguars (9-5)
What’s the scoop: The rest of the teams in the 13th Region need to watch out — the Lady Jaguars are beginning to hit stride. North Laurel has now won five games in a row while playing one of the toughest schedules in the Tri-County.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Jaguars have outscored their opponents 43-3 during the five-game win streak and Farris Strong along with Kailin Yantz have played a big part in their team’s offensive success.
2. South Laurel Lady Cardinals (10-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals became the seventh team in state fastpitch history to win the program’s 500th games. South Laurel joins an elite group of teams — North Laurel (594 all-time wins), Christian County (573), Owensboro Catholic (566), Reidland (561), Greenwood (548), Allen County-Scottsville (505) and George Rogers Clark (500).
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Cardinals also own a five-game win streak, which has seen them outscore their opponents 45-3 during the process. South Laurel also captured the Lady Redhound Classic this past weekend.
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3. Corbin Lady Redhounds (11-6)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds hold firm at the No. 3 spot and could make some serious noise if they can pull off a win over South Laurel today on the road.
4. Clay County Lady Tigers (7-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers picked up an impressive 10-7 win over Middlesboro to move up a spot. I’m telling you folks, the Clay County softball program is one to keep an eye on in the near future.
5. Middlesboro Lady Yellow Jackets (7-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Yellow Jackets saw their seven-game win streak come to an end after falling to Clay County at home 10-7. I’m impressed with the way Middlesboro has rebounded since opening the season with an 18-0 loss to South Laurel to begin the season.
Boys Top 5
1. South Laurel Cardinals (13-3)
What’s the scoop: The defending 13th Region champions are beginning to peak at the right time and look to be a pretty hard team to beat. South Laurel has now won six games in a row after going 1-2 during its spring break trip. The Cardinals have been red-hot hitting and pitching during the streak, scoring in doubles figures five times while shutting their opponents three times.
Surprise, surprise: South Laurel is a perfect 4-0 in 50th District play and can wrap-up the district’s top seed by winning splitting a pair of games with Corbin next week.
2. Clay County Tigers (11-7)
What’s the scoop: The Tigers’ record isn’t pretty, but they do have wins over both Corbin and South Laurel.
Surprise, surprise: I’ve got Clay County at the No. 2 spot despite seeing them go 4-5 during their last nine games.
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3. North Laurel Jaguars (9-8)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars are 4-2 during their past six games, but still seem to be hit and miss at times this season.
4. Corbin Redhounds (11-6)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds need to sweep South Laurel to keep their hopes of getting the 50th District’s top seed.
5. Harlan County Black Bears (16-7)
What’s the scoop: The Black Bears are a tough team to figure out.
Girls Top 5
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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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