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.