By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — If you’ve kept up with the Corbin Lady Redhounds soccer program over the course of the past four years, the names Amerah and Whitney are sure to have come up an unmentionable number of times.
Since the pair walked onto the soccer pitch to start their freshmen seasons as Lady Redhounds in 2009, Amerah Dixon and Whitney Baker have made what Corbin head coach Eric Steely called an “immeasurable” impact on the program.
The duo signed letters of intent to play soccer at the University of the Cumberlands Tuesday.
In 2008, the Lady Redhounds finished the season with a record of 4-9-2, with just one win coming against 13th Region competition. When Dixon and Baker came onto the scene in 2009, the impact was not only felt, it was evident on the scoreboard and in the win column as Corbin’s record improved to 10-4-3.
The pair combined for 15 goals (nine for Dixon, seven for Baker) in their first season, but that was just the start of what they would accomplish in the scoring column before all was said and done. For her career, Dixon tallied 108 goals and 40 assists, finishing this past season as the state’s No. 4 scorer with 47 goals. Baker made good on 24 scoring attempts this season, pushing her career total to 58 to go a long with 29 assists.
“It’s more exciting for me because I’m going to have Whitney there by my side,” Dixon said. “We’ve played together since we were really little, so I think I’ll have more confidence in my game with a friend there with me.”
“I’m glad that I get to enjoy this experience with somebody that I’ve played soccer with my whole life,” Baker said. “With us rooming together we’ll get to share our first college experiences, and I’m super excited.”
By Chris Parsons / 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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