By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
LYNN CAMP — Behind the arm of freshman pitcher Drew Mills, the Knox Central Panthers shutout the Pineville Mountain Lions 4-0 to capture the 51st District Championship. It is the second district title in three years for Brandon Hillard’s ballclub, and he did it this year with just three seniors and eight freshmen.
Despite their youth, Hillard said his team dreams big.
“Being district champions is fantastic. However, if that’s how high we have set the bar for ourselves, we need to stop dreaming,” said Hillard. “We dream big. We teach our kids to dream big. If we’re not going to dream to be state champions, then we need to stop.”
The Panthers put together impressive games in the 51st District Tournament, blanking Lynn Camp 24-0 and Pineville 4-0. Mills picked up the win against Pineville, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Hillard said he was happy with his pitching and defensive play during the tournament and has been most of the season.
“Collectively, our pitching staff has a 3.63 ERA on the season. Against the competition they’ve faced and as young as we are with one senior, one junior, four freshmen and an eighth grader, you’ve got to like our chances,” said Hillard. “Our pitching and defense has been spectacular at times this season. We just need our offense to catch up.”
With the win, the Panthers will begin play in the 13th Regional Tournament next week at Harlan County High School. They will face a runner-up from one of the opposing districts.
By John Stepp for The Times Tribune
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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