By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY – The Whitley County Lady Colonels finished the 2012 season by winning 10 of their last 11 matches before ending the season with a loss to South Laurel in the opening round of the 13th Region Tournament. That loss was just the fourth of the season to 13th Region opponents, all of which came at the hands of either Corbin or South Laurel.
Given the fact his team set the school record for wins in a season, finishing with an overall mark of 27-7, head coach David Halcomb said he could sum the 2012 campaign up in one word — gratifying.
“That would be the easiest way to describe this season and the way the kids performed,” Halcomb said. “I don’t think we were really expected to do anything significant this season due to the fact we were pretty young coming into the year, but the team was able to contend all season.
“With such a young team, I think I was the only person who thought we would be good, but I really thought we would be good by the end of the season,” he added. “The kids did a good job of setting their sights on a few goals and I worked really hard to instill a lot of confidence in our kids all year.”
The Lady Colonels started the season by winning four matches in a row before stumbling a bit to go 3-2 in the Boyle County Invitational Tournament. After that, Halcomb’s squad put together an impressive run by wining nine out of its next 10 contests and finishing second in the Lady Colonel First Priority Volleyball Classic after a loss to Corbin in the championship match.
Combine those runs of success with a plethora of youth that Whitley County will have returning next season, as well as a little motivation from Halcomb, and the Lady Colonels should be close to the top of the 13th Region again.
“I think we had a good season, but we still weren’t able to win the region, which is always our goal,” Halcomb said. “I think you have to use the success we had this year to motivate them, and then wave that chance at a trip to Louisville for the state tournament in front of the kids and they should be able to get motivated.
“You know, we've been to the region semifinals and finals, but we've just not been able to get past those road blocks and win the championship,” he added. “I think our kids are going to be hungry to get to that point and I really feel like we are going to have the talent to get there with the talent we have coming back. Hopefully we can live up to our own expectations in that respect.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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.
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