By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Lynn Camp Wildcat basketball program is searching for a new coach after Clyde Dixon decided to retire after three years as head coach in his second stint coaching the Wildcats.
Dixon finished his career with a 112-148 record while going 87-93 during 1983-89 and 25-55 during 2011-13. His best year with Lynn Camp came during 1989 when he guided the Wildcats to a then school-record 20-win season.
“I figured it was time to get out and enjoy life a bit,” he said. “I lost my dad last June and my wife in March and it’s been a hard time. I’m just going to sit back and find something to get into.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he added. “I believe the program is in good shape and hopefully they can continue to improve.”
Dixon admitted he made some changes during his second time as coach of the Wildcats.
“Well, the first time around I felt like I was more intense,” he said. “But this time around, being older and wiser, I enjoyed myself more.”
Dixon had the Wildcat program going into the right direction this past season after going 6-20 and 3-24 during the 2010 and 11 campaigns. Dixon guided a Lynn Camp team that only had two seniors this past season, but still managed to triple 2012’s win total by garnering 16 victories.
The Wildcats’ 11-game improvement turned out to be one of the best in the 13th Region this past season. Dixon also coached The Times-Tribune Prep Basketball Player of the Year, Tyler Wagner, in 2010.
“I believe we got better,” Dixon said. “That’s the biggest thing, we got better. Anything I do I try to be first class at and I really believe the kids enjoyed what we did the past three years.”
Clyde Dixon retires after guiding Lynn Camp to 16 wins this past season
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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