By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL — South Laurel’s Macy Clontz admitted it was bittersweet when she signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Union College next season.
“It feels great because I always wanted to play at the next level,” she said. “But it’s bittersweet because now it’s sinking in that I will never wear a South Laurel jersey again. But then again, I get to continue playing the sport I love.”
Not only was the signing special so Clontz could further her playing career, but the presence of her mom made things even more special.
Although Macy’s mom was hospitalized after complications from breaking her leg, she was able to leave to attend the signing.
“It meant the world to me,” she said. “She’s been in the hospital for 26 days, so I was glad that she was able to be here. She supports me in everything that I do.”
Macy is excited to start her college career, but wanted to thank a few people first.
“I just want to thank my parents for supporting me through everything,” she said. “I want to thank my coaches for supporting me and making me keep going and I want to thank the Union College coaches for giving me the opportunity to play basketball at the next level. It’s a dream come true.”
By Tim Branstetter / 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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