TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

July 30, 2013

Vanhooks says state tourney was learning experience

CORBIN —

By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

NORTH LAUREL — The bad news for the North Laurel 11-year-old All Stars is that they came one win short of earning a state championship after falling to Cambpellsville, 7-5, on Saturday.

The bad news for them is they went as far as they could have possibly went this season and the experience gained will help the squad as they try to make a run next season as 12-year-olds.

With a day gone by to let things sink in, North Laurel coach Jason Vanhook said he’s disappointed with the loss, but was quick to point out how much the team not only improved during the past month, but also how much the group grew and matured together.

“I told some of the kids early on that even though we had been beaten out in district play the past few seasons, our goal was to at least make it to the state tournament,” Vanhook said. “To be able to make it through to the last two teams in the state tournament was a bigger accomplishment than a lot of people thought we could achieve.

“The old saying is that you’ve got to lose one to win one and there’s always next year,” he added. “Next year is a whole lot bigger road, so hopefully these kids can take this experience and come back next year stronger and hungrier than they’ve ever been.”

North Laurel jumped ahead early in the championship game, but eventually fell behind when they gave up five runs in the fourth inning to make the score 7-3. North Laurel trimmed the gap to 7-5 in the fifth inning and had a chance to win the game in the sixth, but a ball that looked like it would leave the ballpark off the bat was caught to end the game. Vanhook said he was proud of the team, but admitted it was tough to lose a game after getting this close to a championship.

“It’s hard to swallow when you get to the state championship game and come up short,” Vanhook said. “My coaches and I talked about the fact that it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth when you’re this close to something so great and it’s taken away, but we'll learn from it.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

  • 0729 PHILPOT FOR WEB.jpg 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.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    By Les Dixon
    Staff Writer
    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.

    July 28, 2014

  • The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    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.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
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