By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
After seeing some impressive baseball, and softball games this past week, this I know — they’re only a handful of teams that will make a run for both the 13th Region baseball and softball titles.
North Laurel is the favorite to capture the 13th Region softball crown after upending defending 13th Region champion South Laurel, while South Laurel looks to be the favorite on the baseball side of things after defeating defending 13th Region champion North Laurel, 4-3.
With that said, there is still a lot of softball and baseball to be played, so who will come out on top in the end?
Player of the Week
Hannah Hart, Corbin — Hart posted a 1-3 record this past week on the mound, but turned in solid efforts in all four games she pitched in. Once again, errors played a big role in Corbin’s losses, but Hart did her part, pitching 22 1/3 innings while allowing only six earned runs. She also 16 batters during the four games.
Clay is beginning to peak
After suffering an 11-1 loss to Corbin, and a 17-0 defeat to North Laurel, it looks as if the Lady Tigers might have turned things around. They are now 7-2 on the season after seeing Leslie Roberts toss a no-hitter during Clay County’s 12-0 win over Bell County.
Eighth-grader is rolling
We all know about both North and South Laurel’s youth movement, but Harlan County also has a talented eighth-grader as well. Lady Black Bear pitcher Destinee Jenkins is now 3-0 on the season after recording her third shutout, while tossing a three-hitter during Harlan County’s 10-0 win over rival Harlan.
What did we learn?
North Laurel has established itself as the favorite in the 13th Region after defeating rival South Laurel this past week, but to be honest, it still remains to be seen just who is the best team in the region.
The Lady Cardinals committed six errors, and allowed no earned runs in the loss while outhitting the Lady Jaguars, 8-4. South Laurel also left 10 runners on base. If these two teams meet again in post-season play, it’s going to be very interesting to see who comes out on top.
Player of the Week
Connor Leisge, Harlan County — Leisge continues to show why he’s one of the best pitchers in the region, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing only four hits and finishing with eight strikeouts during the Black Bears’ win over Bell County this past week.
Lady Jags tops in girls rankings, while South Laurel holds strong as well
By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
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The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.
THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County
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.
Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach
With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.
So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking
By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.
The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title
By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.
Ready to Reload
Even though Knox Central head football coach Scottie Russell has seen the departure of two of the program’s best tailbacks due to graduation in the past two years, he isn’t concerned.
Shelton was a hero by any definition
The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
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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