With the KHSAA dead period over on Tuesday, a lot of sports fans’ focus across the Tri-County will be shifting toward high school football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross-country.
It’s getting ready to be an exciting time in the Tri-County once August rolls around, and with that said, there are a lot of things I have to ramble about.
State-wide attention headed Williamsburg’s way
A lot of statewide attention will be headed toward Williamsburg once football season begins.
The Yellow Jackets return most of its talent from last season’s regional final squad that lost to Hazard, 7-0. Many people I’ve talked to across the state believe Williamsburg has the talent to make a run at the Class A state title. But first things first, Jerry Herron’s squad has to win both the district and region crowns first, and I believe they will.
Look for the Yellow Jackets to be a top five team in Class A this season and they’ll just get better as the season progresses with a beefed-up schedule against teams such as Class 5A’s North Laurel Jaguars and Class 3A’s Wayne County Cardinals.
Lynn Camp makes
two solid hires
Lynn Camp High School made a splash on Monday by naming Eric Swords the new boys basketball coach and Nikki Hendrix the new softball coach. Both hires are good ones and if the Wildcat faithful can be patient, I do believe both Swords and Hendrix will build solid programs at Lynn Camp.
From what I’ve been told, Swords is looking to bring back the ole run and gun offense former coach Anthony Pennington was known for and if you’re a Lady Wildcat softball fan, you’re getting a winner in Hendrix. I’ve known her for years and she’s as dedicated as you can get — two thumbs up for Lynn Camp High School.
Jones takes over at South Laurel
Mitzi Jones takes over as South Laurel’s new volleyball coach, replacing former coach Fawn Greer, who did a fantastic job during her stay. Jones is the daughter of South Laurel’s first volleyball coaches, Larry and Kaye Smith. She’ll do a great job with the Lady Cardinal program, which is one of the best in the Tri-County.
South Laurel might take some lumps early on after graduating six players off last season’s squad.
Former Laurel County great
Darrin Hale passed away this past week at the age of 47. He was one of the all-time basketball greats to play for Laurel County High School and eventually signed to play college ball for Morehead State University after averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free-throw line during his senior season as a Cardinal. Hale also participated on Laurel County’s 1982 state championship team.