By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
MIDDLESBORO — The North Laurel Jaguars managed to hold off Middlesboro and defeat the Yellow Jackets 3-2 in hardcourt action, but the Lady Jaguars weren’t as fortunate, losing, 5-1.
“We were right in this match, and it could have gone either way,” North Laurel coach Bob Smith said of his Lady Jaguars’ loss. “We lost a few tight matches, and the matches that didn't finish were tight as well. I was very pleased with Pooja (Kanthawar) and Caroline (Moore) with perhaps their best match of the year. They jumped on them early and never let them get in the match. Huge outing for us.
“This should put us in good position for seeding at regionals with two more really big matches for them later in the week vs. Corbin and Clay,” he added. The Jaguars were shorthanded against Middlesboro, but still picked up the win.
“We were able to scrape by without Justin and Ryan available to us, and Dakota getting injured with a wrist injury,” Smith said. “Arjun (Kanthawar) and Spencer (Bolton) got an important win against a quality team.”
Middlesboro 5, North Laurel 1
No. 1 - Taylor Moyers (M) def. Pooja Kanthawar (NL) 9-7
No. 2 - Madison Saylor (M) led Kendra Smallwood (NL) 7-5 (DNF due to darkness)
No. 3 - Caroline Moore (NL) was tied with Baylie Brunsma (M) 7-7 (DNF due to darkness)
No. 4 - Hannah Warren (M) def. Brynna Ryle (NL) 9-7
No. 5 - Jane Millett (M) led Makara Prichard (NL) 4-3 (DNF due to darkness)
No. 6 - Ellie Epperson (M) def. Taylor Hubbard (NL) 8-5
No. 1 - Kanthawar/Moore (NL) def. Saylor/Brunsma (M) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 - Warren/Millett (M) def. Smallwood/Ryle (NL) 8-4
No. 3 - Moyers/Epperson (M) def. Prichard/Hubbard (NL) 8-1
North Laurel 3, Middlesboro 2
No. 1 - Shek Singh (M) def, Dakota Boggs (NL) 6-2, 2-0 (ret. - inj.)
No. 2 - Hasan Salim (NL) def. Jacob Jones (M) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Sammy Maggard (NL) def. Jacob Voges (M) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 - Arjun Kanthawar/Spencer Bolton (NL) def. Micah Robbins/Eric Francis (M) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2 - Owen Collins/Christoff Naylor (M) def. Gavin Gray/Aussie Walter (NL) 7-5, 6-2
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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