Since fall is officially here, I think I’ll take the time to break down the various fall sports and who I think are the front-runners for district and region titles as the seasons begin to wind down.
Remember these are just my opinions, so you shouldn’t take any stock in them other than the fact they are based on seeing the teams in action.
With that said...
Let me start by saying that the current three-team districts are just plain silly. With that out of the way, here we go.
If I were to name a player of the year at this point of the season in the 13th Region, I would have to go with Corbin’s Vanessa Wiseman. There are several players that are right on her heels, but she is as consistent as any I’ve seen since I’ve been covering high school volleyball.
As for teams in the region, Corbin leads the way with a 14-0 mark against 13th Region opponents, so they get the nod.
Harlan County sits at 10-1 and Whitley County is 11-3 in that category as well.
All three are unbeaten in their respective districts, so they’ve taken care of business all year long, but don’t count out teams like North and South Laurel, both of whom have stepped up their level of play lately.
The 13th Region Tournament should be a competitive one at the least.
On the girls side of things, Corbin and South Laurel are at the top of the list. Despite the fact South Laurel handed Corbin its lone 13th Region loss, I’m rating them as 1A and 1B. I think either team can come away with a win any time the two take the pitch against each other,
The player of the year at this point would go to Amerah Dixon, hands down. She is leading the state (that’s right, the state) with 31 goals on the season and she’s the kind of player that can punch it in from almost anywhere.
For the boys, Corbin is at the top of the list due in part to their 8-4 overall mark and 2-0 record against 13th Region foes.
I’ll reserve the player of the year vote until I see who can carry their team the farthest as the season winds down and postseason winds down.
Here’s where things can get dicey and that’s just because I feel like we have a lot of good teams in our area this year. Of course, those teams aren’t all in the same class, districts or regions, but it’s fun to think about what would happen if they played each other.
I know many if you will argue that I can’t rank these teams in relation to each other because of their classification, but the fact of the matter is they are ranked based on my opinion. So, I guess I can.
The best team in the area in my opinion is Knox Central. I said several times last week that if they could get past Harlan County still unbeaten, some other people may start to take notice. The Panthers did just that, so we’ll see what follows. As for the rest of the area, Corbin, Williamsburg and Whitley County all make strong arguments for the second spot.
I’d put Corbin second, Whitley County third and Williamsburg fourth. North Laurel would be fifth and Lynn Camp comes in at sixth. Now, as with any rankings, these could change next week. You just never know.
Player of the year would have to go to Jeffrey Canady, who continues to impress on both sides of the field.
If I was naming a rookie of the year, Whitley County’s Zack Mills would be one of the easiest shoe-ins I’ve ever had to decide on. After seeing him carry the ball for the first time earlier this season, I had a hard time believing he was just a freshman. If Mills is able to stay healthy all four years for the Colonels, I’ll go out on a limb and say he is going to be record-breaking good.
The golf rankings are easy.
On the girls side, Williamsburg has been dominant this season and you have to give Bo Robinson and company credit for doing what they’ve done.
On the boys side, Corbin coach Brad Harris continues to crank out team after team that is consistently competing for region titles and even state titles of late.
A lot of people feel like this year’s Redhound golf team can go as far as it wants to go. Time will tell as the Region Tournaments get started today.
Well, there they are. Like these rankings or not, debate them if you’d like to. After all, that’s what opinions are all about.