By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
At the conclusion of the 2012 soccer season, Armando Cima and the Corbin Redhounds experienced a mass exodus as 17 seniors moved on from the program.
A 13th Region crown and a trip to the state tournament where the Redhounds fell to St. Xavier in a 7-0 loss ended the season, but the loss isn’t going to stall what Cima and company hope to do this season.
With the first official practice scheduled to take place today, Cima said he is excited and if early indications are anything to go by, the season won’t be a bust because of last year’s departures.
“We’re ready to get things going and this time of the year is really exciting for us as a group,” Cima said. “One of the things I always look forward to is coming in and seeing how much the kids have grown over the course of the offseason.
“As the players grow physically, it plays a huge role in what we’re able to with them as we get things underway,” he added. “I think the kids are just as excited to get things started as well, so that makes it even better for us as coaches.”
Corbin finished the season with a 14-8 record last year, but made improvements as the season progressed. Though the Redhounds weren’t able to capture a district title after a 2-0 loss to North Laurel in the finals, Cima’s squad regrouped and picked up a 1-0 win after penalty kicks over the same Jaguars team in the region championship game exactly a week later.
“We had a good year last year, but I think this year’s team is going to be a better soccer team overall,” Cima said. “We had a lot of athleticism and a lot of strength last season because we had so many seniors on the team.
“I think this younger group is going to have to rely more on their soccer ability and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” he added. “We have a group that has come through the program and they know how to play the game well, so I expect us to have another good season.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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.
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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
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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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