, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

March 19, 2013


Wildcats improve win total from three to 16 in one season

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons

Staff Writer

When you talk about turning things around, this year’s Lynn Camp Wildcats know a thing or two about the subject.

Head coach Clyde Dixon’s squad had the biggest turnaround in the 13th Region this season and quite possibly in the state.

After winning just three games last season, the Wildcats finished with a 16-15 mark and saw their season come to an end thanks to a 84-64 loss to Barbourville in the opening round of the 51st District Tournament.

Despite the short stay in the postseason, Dixon said he was pleased with what his team achieved and looks forward to next year as well.

“We set a goal of reaching 15 wins and considering we had only won three games the previous year, that was a lofty goal,” Dixon said. “At the end of the season as things wound down, we were actually pretty disappointed that we couldn’t do better than that.

“I feel like if we hadn’t had some injuries at the beginning of the season, we might have been able to win 20 or more games,” he added.

As the program continues to strive toward competing against district and region opponents on a continuous basis, Dixon said the fact his squad was able to reach the goal it had set for wins was a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

“Whether these kids came from another school or out of our middle school program, they really hadn’t experienced a whole lot of success on the basketball court,” Dixon said. “Being able to reach a goal that you set and getting that feeling of achievement really gives them the confidence that is necessary to be able to improve on a yearly basis.

“Considering the effort that these kids put in from the preseason workouts to the final game, it’s really important to see them succeed,” he added. “What the kids coming back can see is what it's like to have your efforts pay off in the win column, so hopefully they’ll feel the pressure to carry that progress over.”

The Wildcats will have a surplus of young talent returning next season in players like Justin Hammonds, Austin Maeir, Skylar McFarland and Aaron Mills. Considering the way the Wildcats played this season and what he expects next year, Dixon said he likes what he sees and admitted that the team was a fun one to be around. Given that, he also said he expects the same atmosphere next season.

“This group was just fun to be around and I think the young kids coming back will be the same way,” Dixon said. “These guys were there every time the gym doors opened whether it was to practice or if it was for open gym, so I know they’re willing to put the work in.

“Any time you have kids that are willing to put the effort in to get better, it’s really fun to be a part of it as a coach,” he added. “I think if we put the kind of work in next season that I expect, we’ll be able to improve on that win total for the second straight year.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0418 SLHS Brittany Vandeventer.jpg Driver's Seat

    The South Laurel Lady Cardinals escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Corbin Lady Redhounds after an exciting play at the plate that secured them the win.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaguars split home contest with Middlesboro

    The North Laurel boys and girls tennis teams had mixed results when Middlesboro paid a visit.

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 CHS Baseball.jpg Still Rolling

    For the third time in a row the Corbin Redhounds were winners on Thursday night, this time defeating the Barbourville Tigers 8-0 in 13th Region basbeball action.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 SLHS Braden Miller.jpg South Laurel picks up 9-4 win over Panthers

    South Laurel’s Braden Miller came through in a big way during the Cardinals’ 9-4 win over Knox Central Thursday.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0319 chs Hannah Hart.jpg Season taking shape

    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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Action

    Seventy-five years is a long time, but in baseball years it seems like days.

    April 17, 2014

  • 0331 Fear Les Diamond Ratings.jpg Fear 'Les' Diamond Rankings

    The Lady Cardinals have recovered nicely after a loss to North Laurel by defeating Johnson Central, South Oldham and Whitley County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Net Gains

    The North Laurel Lady Jaguars managed to pick up two wins the past couple of days with victories over both Harlan and Rockcastle County while the Jaguar tennis team also picked up a victory over the Green Dragons.

    April 16, 2014

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune