Girls Top 5
1. South Laurel Lady Cardinals (18-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals are winners of 13 straight games and still aren’t getting a lot of love across the state. South Laurel has beaten some very good teams along the way — North Laurel, Harrison County and Madison Central, but still can’t crack the top 15 in the state.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Cardinals have a good chance to show everyone just how good they are today against 12th Region power Boyle County. This should be an interesting test for James Burns’ squad. A win over the Lady Rebels might be the win South Laurel needs.
2. North Laurel Lady Jaguars (14-9)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Jaguars have a good shot at becoming the first team in state history to win its 600th overall game. That is what is at stake against Middlesboro today.
Surprise, surprise: North Laurel still has struggled at times and needs to finish the regular season off with some impressive wins.
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3. Clay County Lady Tigers (12-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers are winners of eight straight now and look to be peaking at the right time. They have an outside shot at winning out the rest of the regular season.
4. Corbin Lady Redhounds (13-10)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds drop a spot after going 2-1 this past week. Corbin has a chance to surprise, but not until the Lady Redhounds improve defensively.
5. Harlan County Lady Black Bears (10-9)
What’s the scoop: Harlan County moves back into the top five after defeating Middlesboro this past week, 6-3.
Boys Top 5
1. South Laurel Cardinals (15-3)
What’s the scoop: The defending 13th Region champions saw their nine-game win streak come to an end after losing to Pulaski County, 9-2, but South Laurel responded with an impressive 8-2 win over Madison Southern.
Surprise, surprise: The Cardinals have some big games in front of them that should prepare them for the road ahead once post-season play begins.
2. Whitley County Colonels (17-6)
What’s the scoop: Why not? The Colonels are the hottest team in the 13th Region right now with a seven-game win streak and they are doing it with some mighty fine pitching.
Surprise, surprise: Whitley County’s Alex Rose has asserted himself as one of the top players in the region. Not only can he pitch, but he’s a pretty darn good hitter, too.
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3. Harlan County (19-7)
What’s the scoop: The Black Bears struggle at the plate, but they are a sound team on defense and on the pitcher’s mound.
4. North Laurel Jaguars (13-9)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars have been playing pretty darn good lately. Darrin McWhorter has received solid pitching and now the key is to continue to get solid hitting as well. This is a team that can surprise.
5. (tie) Clay County Tigers (14-11)
What’s the scoop: The Tigers barely make the cut after winning only one game during their last five. Clay County is another team that can surprise. The Tigers still remain as the only team in the region that has beaten South Laurel.
5. (tie) Corbin Redhounds (15-11)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds are looking to catch fire with post-season play coming up.
South ranked at the top in both baseball & softball
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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