By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
JOHNSON CENTRAL — Whitley County coach Jim Black was pleasantly surprised and pleased with his Colonels’ three-way scrimmage against Johnson Central and Powell County.
The Colonels, who struggled at times last season on offense, held their own and then some against their opponents, which allowed their coach to raise his expectations of his team heading into Thursday’s scrimmage against Pulaski County.
“When you play like we did, it’s easy for a coach to raise his expectations some,” Black said. “I thought we gave a total team effort out there on both sides of the ball. Johnson Central is a very good team and we did a good job against them and Powell County.”
Whitley County started off slow against the Eagles, but once the Colonels got going they were hard to stop.
“It was a good scrimmage for us,” Black admitted. “We started slow and made some early mistakes, but once we cleared those up, we did well. I thought everyone just did a great job. We just needed to get through those silly mistakes early on and we did that.
“I was really pleased with the way Boston Bryant and Austin Ysidro played and (Austin) Hooper did a good job, too. All four of our halfbacks played really good and our receivers caught the ball and did a good job out there — really, we looked good out there. I was surprised.”
Black said he was just as pleased with the way his defense played.
“It was a total team effort on defense, too,” he said. “We got after it on defense. I’m really happy with everything. We came out and did what we needed to do, but we know we still have some things to work on.”
Whitley County will host Pulaski County Thursday at 6 p.m. and will open the 2012 season on Aug. 24 against Russell County.
By Les Dixon / 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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