By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Chad Estep’s Corbin 11 & 12-year-old All-Stars face an uphill mountain going into next week’s District 4 Tournament, but you can’t count them out.
Corbin is loaded with talent at the plate and on the mound and if there is a team that can come out of the loser’s bracket and head to the State Tournament, Estep believes his team could be it.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I believe all of the 2012 Corbin All-Star team are well-equipped to get out of district. That’s a really big thing to say that about the Little League as a whole, but there has been a lot of hard work that has made us have some really good teams.”
Corbin opens play Tuesday at 8 p.m. against Hazard, who fell in the Area 4 title game to Tri-Cities, 11-1.
Corbin won its first game of the Area 2 Tournament, 20-5, against Clay County, but was upended by North Laurel, 11-1, the following day.
Estep admitted the loss to North Laurel could be a blessing in disguise.
“I would agree with that,” he said. “We have some very athletic and talented kids and they know that we are one loss from seeing our season come to an end. They realize the dream could end if they lose, so they are absolutely focused.
“I don’t know anything about them,” Estep said. “I know we’re going to have to come ready to play. We have the athletic ability and attitude to be successful and they have such a competitive nature, too. I know they are focused and will be ready to play.”
Corbin’s Rotary Park will host the District 4 Tournament beginning Monday, as Knox County and Pulaski County begins things at 6 p.m. while North Laurel and Tri-City follows at 8 p.m.
Middlesboro and Wayne County will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Hazard and Corbin following at 8 p.m.
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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