By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
Former Lynn Camp football coach David Mitchell shared a lot of laughs and a few tears when more than 150 friends and family members gathered to remember his 35 years as a football coach on Saturday.
“It made me feel pretty good and very proud that I was able to have such a positive impact on so many different people,” Mitchell said. “Some former players told me I was the only father figure they had growing up.”
Players from Mitchell’s first year as a coach all the way to his last year showed up and he didn’t have any trouble recognizing them.
“I think there were players there from every year that I coached,” he said. “It reminded me of the main reason I was there for so long. There wasn’t one person show up that I didn’t recognize.
“We shared so many stories. I just really appreciate everyone that came out and shared memories from the past 35 years. It was very special to me.”
Some of the stories included the time Mitchell led Lynn Camp to a victory over Hazard when they were the top ranked team in the state in 1997 and the time his Wildcats made the playoffs for the first time.
“We shared a lot of great memories,” Mitchell said.
By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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