By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Coming into the season, most people around the 13th Region were mentioning Harlan County, Clay County, Knox Central and North Laurel as the teams to beat, but not much was said about the Corbin Redhounds.
Pietrowski’s squad flew under the radar for most of the summer and preseason, but boy, are they making some noise now — the Redhounds are winners of eight of their last 10 games, including their current four-game win streak.
They are currently coming off a 69-52 win over defending 13th Region champion North Laurel while becoming one of the hottest teams in the region during the process.
They possess the second-best record in the region at 14-5, which is three games better than last year’s 11-8 start.
“Our kids have really stepped up and I’m happy with them,” Pietrowski said. “There is a fine line for our team and we can’t get high on the hog. We’ve got to continue to work hard and right now, we’re just wanting to continue to improve.”
So what’s been the formula for success?
“I thought coming into the season it would take a lot of hard work from everyone to get to where we are right now,” Pietrowski said. “Our guys know they need to continue to work hard. We always pride ourselves at Corbin on working hard to improve and right now everyone is doing that. I have nine kids that have accepted their roles and they have put the team first.”
“Our kids are really working hard,” he added. “We’ve also got a lot of kids that can shoot the ball really well and they are very unselfish and the big thing is we’re buying in on defense.”
Another important factor is the Redhounds’ versatility. Corbin has a handful of players that can lead the way.
In one game it might be Zach Farley and in another it might be Kaleb Maguet, Hunter Grubb or Trevor Hill. Big man Robbie Igo has been coming on of late along with Kevin Goins.
“We’ve had a lot of kids step in and play well,” Pietrowski admitted. “Both (the Redhound coaching staff and players) have done a good job.
“I still think Harlan County is the clear-cut favorite, but there are a handful of other teams that are right there and I’m just happy to be mentioned with those teams.”
The Redhounds will try to continue their winning ways Friday on the road against 13th Region rival Knox Central.
Corbin continues to surprise in the 13th Region
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
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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.
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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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