TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

December 3, 2013

Happy 2013-14 hoops season to one and all!

Like It or Not

CORBIN — For most local high school sports fans the passing of the Thanksgiving holiday means the official beginning of basketball season.

That's been the case here at the Times-Tribune for quite some time as, like clockwork, we release our prep basketball preview section on the Saturday following and this year was no different.

Not to toot any horns, but I never truly knew what kind of work goes into putting the complete section together as it's always been a joint effort with former sports editor Les Dixon doing the bulk (by bulk, I mean almost all) of the work.

Well, I got to experience firsthand just how much it takes to put that section together this season and let me tell you, it was no cakewalk and I'm glad it's done.

While several teams got the season started last night and a bunch more will tip the season off tonight, things really get underway Wednesday with the first of many holiday tournaments.

Though it's a little earlier than some others, the Corbin Lady Redhounds' version of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament gets started Wednesday evening and should prove to be an exciting few days of basketball action.

Not to take anything away from the early week games, but in my opinion there's just something about that tournament atmosphere that gets everyone's juices flowing and gets the season started on an exciting note.

A few years back there was a preseason basketball showcase that took place at The Arena in Corbin, which seemed to get fans and teams jump-started and did a good job of building the anticipation of the season's opening. I'm not sure what happened as far as that preseason showcase, but it was a good event and gave teams a chance to play in a really nice venue before the season started.

If you missed the basketball preview in last weekend's edition, I'll give you a quick rundown of what you missed as far as predictions and players rankings.

The top boys team in the 13th Region as the season gets underway is the defending region champion Clay County Tigers, with Jackson County not far behind them in second place. Knox Central, Bell County and Harlan round out the top five.

As for the top rated player in the 13th Region, Clay County's Chip McDaniel gets the nod with South Laurel's Zac Baxter, Jackson County's Jordan Fox, Knox Central's Matt Barger and Bell County's Tyler Potter rounding out the top five.

On the girls side of things, Bell County is tabbed as the team to beat in the 13th Region thanks to the return of University of Kentucky commit Maci Morris, but the Whitley County Lady Colonels aren't very far behind. Corbin, Clay County and Harlan County round out the top five girls teams.

As for the top girls player in the region, we gave the nod to Whitley County's Brandi Smith. Thanks to her consistency in the clutch last season, I feel like she's a bit better than Morris, but that could change as the season plays out.

Morris was ranked second, while Corbin's Kayla and Miranda Wilson were third and fourth and Harlan County's Brooklyn Massingill was fifth.

Of course these rankings are based on a fair split of statistics and opinion, but still yet, not everyone is going to agree on all areas.

If you missed the preview section, hopefully you'll find a copy laying around somewhere and give it a good once over. If you were able to pick up a copy, thanks for reading and please feel free to give me your opinion on the rankings (be nice) if you happen to catch me at one of the many Tri-County hoops games we'll be at this season.

Until then, happy hoops season and I know it's still a little bit early, but Merry Christmas.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0721 CORBIN GROUP FOR WEB.jpg What A Run!

    The Corbin Little League All Stars put together an impressive run to the 2014 Little League State Tournament, but all good things must come to an end.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg Fun While It Lasted

    The North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their trip in Central Region play by dropping a 15-0 decision to Missouri’s Webb City Little League.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County put together gutsy run to state

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0707 NORTH 11-12s FOR WEB.jpg End of the Line

    Recil Jones’ North Laurel 11-12 year-old All-Stars finished their stay in the Central Region Tournament with an 0-3 record after dropping a 9-4 decision to Wisconsin state champion Franklin Little League.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knox County's state title run comes to an end

    The Knox County 11-year-old All Stars came in to Monday’s contest with Owensboro Southern knowing that the winner would move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tripped Up: Tough loss follows Saturday's walk-off win

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — The Corbin Little League All Stars began the 2014 State Tournament with as exciting a finish as any baseball fan could hope for, but struggled on day two, falling to 1-1 after the first two days.

    July 21, 2014

  • Comeback Effort: Knox County recovers from 24-0 loss, grabs 4-2 win in pool play

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    BOWLING GREEN — After what could have turned in to a demoralizing 24-0 loss to Eastern to start State Tournament pool play Saturday, the Knox County 11-year-old All Stars recovered nicely Sunday, picking up a 4-2 win over Paintsville.

    July 21, 2014

  • 0702 TEAM JUMP FOR WEB.jpg Ready To Roll

    After a 6-0 run through the loser’s bracket of the District 4 Tournament, the only thing left for the Corbin Little League All Stars to do is pack their bags and get to Bowling Green.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
SEC Times-Tribune