By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN —When the 2013 10th Region Golf Tournament gets underway at Eagles Nest Country Club today, the odds on favorite to bring home the championship trophy for the second consecutive season is the Corbin Redhounds.
Despite graduating several key golfers last season, Brad Harris’ squad is firing on all cylinders after a 14-stroke tournament win at the very same site last week thanks to a team score of 299.
The Redhounds are anchored by a Connor Maguet, who grabbed first place in the team’s final tune-up of the season after a playoff hole to knock off Wayne County’s Corbin Kirksey after the pair finished in a tie with a round of 71.
Maguet wasn’t the only golfer to turn in a solid round for Corbin though, as each of Corbin’s five golfers scored in the 70s for the tournament. Alex Davis finished with a 73, Henry Moore shot a 77, Russ Tolliver finished with a 78 and John Childress finished with a 79. The top four scores were used in the final scoring, giving the Redhounds a score of 299 when all was said and done.
Corbin head coach Brad Harris said he likes the way his team is playing at this point of the season.
“This is the kind of effort we hope for every time we tee it up,” Harris said. “We want to get a couple of really good low scores and for the other guys to finish with a good round as well.
“We’ve been working hard on our game and we’ve had good scores every tournament we have been in from a few of the players,” he added. “To finally get everybody to put it together in one tournament like we did is what we’ve been waiting for this season.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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