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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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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