By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
Coming into the 2013 season there weren’t a lot of people with high expectations for the South Laurel Cardinals football team.
While the season wasn’t a runaway success by any means (the team finished with a 3-7 mark), first-year head coach Matt Rhymer said he was pleased with the effort his team made and the progression of the program as a whole.
“We could have very easily lost 10 games this season and some people may have expected us to do that,” Rhymer said. “Had we not suffered some of the injuries that we did, we probably could have won a few more games, too.
“I think we did some good things as a program and I’m pleased with the progress we made overall,” he added. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm in our program right now and we’re hoping it’s contagious in our school and that it generates some positives for us in the offseason.”
The Cardinals opened the season with a 36-7 loss to Whitley County, but looked to be on the right track after rattling off a pair of wins over Rockcastle County and Clay County to improve to 2-1, but that’s when things went south.
Rhymer and company dropped the next six games before closing the season with a 30-26 win over Leslie County.
Although the offseason just got underway for the Cardinals, Rhymer said his team is already at work trying to improve for next season.
“We’ve been out doing some timed runs and stuff like that, so we’re working already,” Rhymer said. “We had a lot of kids come out, so that says something for what we’re trying to do here. Hopefully we can continue to progress.”
First-year coach Rhymer hopes team will continue to progress
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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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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