By Chris Parsons
CORBIN — The Corbin Lady Redhounds soccer team lost a huge chunk of offense with the departure of last year’s seniors.
Corbin head coach Eric Steely admitted that he’s spent a considerable amount of time in the offseason thinking about how he’s going to make up for that lost offense.
With his team’s preseason practices now underway and after seeing his players at work, Steely said he’s happy to get back to work and he isn’t as concerned as he thought he would be at this point.
“It’s always exciting in the beginning, especially after losing a large senior class, which we did after last season, “Steely said. “Obviously you have to make a lot of changes and there are so many opportunities for girls to step up and try to win a starting position.
“It’s really going to be a completely different team because we graduated six starters last year,” he added. “It’s exciting to see the kids come in and get to work. We’ve already been to camp so I have an idea of what I have to work with, so we’re looking forward to this season.”
The Lady Redhounds finished the season tied for the most wins in the 13th Region, but the competition for that title was scarce. Corbin (15-5-2) and South Laurel (15-7-1) were the only two teams in the region to finish the season with winning records. North Laurel was next on the list with seven wins.
Corbin picked up a win over North Laurel in the 49th District Tournament before falling to South Laurel (3-0) in the district finals. A win over Middlesboro in the region tournament meant another matchup between Steely’s squad and the Lady Cardinals. The results weren’t any different other than the 6-0 score as Corbin’s season came to an end.
Fast forward to this season and one thing Steely said he thinks will make his team better is the strength of schedule. Corbin has added games against Grainger County, Tenn., Bourbon County, John Hardin, Mercer County, Thomas Nelson and Montgomery County.
Steely said he is trying to stick with what seems to be the trend of playing better quality teams to help make his team better in the long run.
“We have a lot of different teams on our schedule and some more competitive teams,” Steely said. “We’re traveling a little bit more, but sometimes you have to if you want to face better opponents.
“If you play teams that aren’t very good it doesn’t bring very much out of you,” he added.
Lady Hounds have big shoes to fill, but Steely says it's possible
By Chris Parsons
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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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