By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
PRESTONSBURG — Neither Knox County 9 & 10-year-old coach Jimmy Mills or 11-year-old coach Scott Payne complained about their respective state tournaments being pushed back a day because of of Mother Nature.
Matter of fact, it might have turned out to be a blessing in disguise for both teams.
The added day off gives both coaches a chance to rest their pitching an extra day while the teams in the opposite pool will now have to play on consecutive days.
“No, it didn’t hurt us,” Payne said. “The only thing is just having to stay another day. It actually gives us another day of practice. The kids are having the time of their lives staying at the hotel. It has pool tables and swimming pools, so they’re having a blast.”
Mills welcomed the rainout.
“It’s a waiting game, but I think it will help us with our pitchers because now we will have all of them available where the other teams playing will have to play back-to-back and might lose some of their pitching.
“I don’t mind the extra day off at all,” he laughed. “The boys are having a blast on the lake right now. I don’t think it’s going to bother us at all. I know our kids are ready to play and we’re just anxious to see who we play. We will just continue to do what we’ve been doing.”
With the rainout, both teams are scheduled to play in semifinal action of their respective state tournaments today beginning at 6 p.m.
Mother Nature forces state tournament Final Four to be pushed back a day
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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