By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LONDON — The South Laurel Lady Cardinals’ soccer team has wasted little time getting things started coming off the KHSAA’s mandated dead-period.
South Laurel head coach Todd White said his team spent the latter part of last week at a camp at the University of Kentucky and after watching his squad play several scrimmages, he likes what he’s seen already.
“We just got back from the UK camp and we had a really good camp for it to be so early,” White said. “We played West Jessamine several times and we were able to beat them once, so that was very pleasing to us.
“The closest we’ve been able to play to West Jessamine in the past is usually four or five to nothing, so to be able to score against them every game is a big plus for our squad,” he added. “It’s very early, but to be able to start as well as we did in that camp is very exciting.”
White and company are coming off an elite eight appearance in the state tournament, where they were knocked off 4-0 by the state’s top-ranked team in Notre Dame. Considering the level of play, White said he was pleased despite the loss and expects his team to build from the experience.
“We could have went in there and gotten mercy-ruled, but our kids hung tough with Notre Dame,” White said. “In the past that would have been an ugly game, but because we had played a tough schedule I think we were able to hang in with them.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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