Girls Top 5
1. North Laurel Lady Jaguars (17-9)
What’s the scoop: After a couple of weeks out of the top spot, North Laurel is back at No. 1. I’m not sure at the present time if there is a clear-cut favorite in the 13th Region, but I’m giving the Lady Jaguars a slight edge over cross-town rival South Laurel ... for now.
Surprise, surprise: The key to North Laurel’s success has always been its pitching, but people tend to forget about just how good of a hitting team the Lady Jaguars are. Freshman Kailin Yantz continues to dominate at the plate.
2. South Laurel Lady Cardinals (19-6)
What’s the scoop: I was surprised with the way Madison Southern jumped on the Lady Cardinals with six runs in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, which South Laurel lost, 9-5. James Burns’ squad just didn’t seem ready to play.
Surprise, surprise: There isn’t a reason to hit the panic button with the loss to the Lady Eagles because they are a good team, but South Laurel doesn’t need to have any repeat efforts coming up. The Lady Cardinals will get a chance to get some revenge against Madison Southern on May 13.
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3. Clay County Lady Tigers (16-4)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers haven’t played the toughest schedule in the region, but they are the hottest team in the region with a 12-game win streak.
4. Corbin Lady Redhounds (14-11)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds posted a 1-1 record this past week and seem to be ready for the post-season. They had a scare against Whitley County on Tuesday before pulling out a 6-2 win.
5. Harlan County Lady Black Bears (12-11)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Black Bears are staying above the .500 mark, but barely. After putting a four-game win streak together a couple of weeks ago, they are 2-3 since.
Boys Top 5
1. South Laurel Cardinals (18-5)
What’s the scoop: The Cardinals hit a couple of bumps in the road last week with losses to both Pulaski County and Southwestern.
Surprise, surprise: South Laurel managed to recover from the two losses with a 15-1 road win over Bell County.
2. Harlan County Black Bears (21-8)
What’s the scoop: The Black Bears jump three spots after wins over Perry Central, Pikeville and Clay County.
Surprise, surprise: Harlan County has enough talent to win the region, but the key will be its hitting. The Black Bears have struggled at times at the plate.
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3. North Laurel Jaguars (15-10-1)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars might very well be the most dangerous team in the region. Darrin McWhorter’s squad isn’t a team you will want to face once post-season play begins.
4. Clay County Tigers (16-13)
What’s the scoop: The Tigers are another dangerous team, but you just don’t know what you’re going to get. They remain the only team in the region to beat defending region champion South Laurel this season.
5. Corbin Redhounds (16-12)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds have played one of, if not the toughest, schedules in the region and it could very well pay off once post-season play begins. This is another team that’s going to be a tough out.
Girls Top 5
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Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
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To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.
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