By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
KNOX CENTRAL — The Knox Central Lady Panthers may be coming off an 11-14 season, but late in the season last year Barb Gregory’s team played much better than a team with 11 wins.
The Lady Panthers won five of the last seven regular season matches in 2012, with wins over Middlesboro, Harlan, Oneida Baptist and Lynn Camp to close things out.
As she looks ahead to the 2013 season, Gregory said she feels like this is the season her Lady Panthers could put things together and have the kind of season they’ve been working toward.
On the downside, Gregory said one of her starters (Ashley Jones) moved away and the Lady Panthers’ main threat on the front line, Tyra McNeil, is recovering from a injury she suffered during basketball season. Even with the loss of Jones, and McNeil slowly working back into form, Gregory said she’s excited to get back in the gym and see her squad at work.
“The girls are ready for the season and I think this season has been a long time coming,” Gregory said. “We’re expecting a good season, but it’s heartbreaking that we’ve lost one girl that moved away and Tyra McNeil is coming back from a knee injury.
“Tyra has been released to practice and play the front line, but we’re not sure how she’s going to do on her back-line rotation,” she added. “I feel like if she can’t go on the back line, we can cover her because we have some depth to work with.”
The Lady Panthers open the season at home against Harlan, but hit the road for five matches against Whitley County, Harlan, South Laurel, Lynn Camp and Harlan County. A string of home contests against Clay County, Harlan County, Leslie County and Bell County will round out the first half of the season. From that point Gregory’s squad will split games at home and on the road as the second half of the season winds down.
Gregory said she feels like this year’s schedule is a little tougher than years past, but she also said her team’s improvement has warranted better opponents.
“We want to get better as the season progresses, so you want to play better competition,” Gregory said. “I feel like we improved every time we stepped on the floor last season, so you always want to try and build off any momentum from the past season.
“Hopefully the girls will come in here and show that they’re hungry and really get after it,” she added. “We have some young kids that are hungry and I feel like they can challenge some of our upperclassmen and I expect them to do just that.”
Knox Central will open the season at Harlan County on Aug. 22.
Knox Central looks to combine youth, experience in 2013
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
- Local Sports
Second Time Around
When all is said and done after the 2014 high school soccer season, a lot of teams will measure their success by wins and losses.
THE WAY IT IS: The times, they are a changing
The times, they are a changing — especially in the Tri-County high school sports scene.
The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.
THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County
These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.
It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach
With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.
So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking
By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.
The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title
By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.
- Smashing Win
- Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Second Time Around