By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL — Former Miss Kentucky Softball Becky Abner Osborne has resigned from her position as head coach of the North Laurel Lady Jaguars’ softball team.
According to North Laurel Athletics Director Jimmy Durham, Osborne tendered her resignation Thursday morning.
Osborne said her departure was due to a possible employment transfer of her husband and left the door open for a potential return should the opportunity present itself.
“Having to deal with my husband’s job is the main reason I’m letting the position go,” Osborne said. “My husband is in Miamisburg, Ohio right now and when he’s finished there he will probably be transferred to Bowling Green.”
In addition to Miss Softball, Osborne is a former High School All American, Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, KHSAA State Tournament MVP & Champion. She was also elected to the KY Softball Hall of Fame in 2007
Osborne said she’ll miss coaching for the time being, but stressed the importance of making things work due to financial reasons.
“I really didn’t want to step down, but my husband’s job has put my kids through college, that’s what’s important,” she said. “He works Sunday through Friday and we only see him six or eight times out of the month, so that’s tough.
“Hopefully, especially with my daughter playing, we’ll be able to come back if the chance is presented,” she added. “The big thing is that I didn’t want to be obligated in case something happens and we have to move away or something like that.”
Osborne said aside from the game itself, the biggest thing she’ll miss is her players and the camaraderie of being part of a team.
“I’ll miss the girls more than anything,” Osborne said. “Being part of a team is something special and we have a good group of girls at North Laurel.”
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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