, Corbin, KY

March 4, 2013

Like it or Not

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — I took advantage of my boss’ offer to stay in Corbin and man the fort as opposed to another trip to Harlan County Friday night. But don’t think I’m just sitting around with the day off. There’s always something to do here in the world of Tri-County sports and Friday was no exception.

I had the chance to attend the latest of several college signings Friday morning as Lynn Camp senior lineman Austin Hall signed to attend University of the Cumberlands, where he hopes to receive the proper education to eventually come back to Lynn Camp High School where he hopes to coach football as well as teach.

I guess I should clarify who Austin is. His classmates and teammates call him Bubba. That should explain it because as I understand, all you have to say is Bubba at Lynn Camp and there’s no doubt who will come to mind.

First, congratulations to Bubba for not only being good enough at football to play at the collegiate level, but for making the grades that it takes to attract college recruits. Second, what a show of respect for Lynn Camp High School for this young man to set his goals on coming back to a place that has meant so much to him and give a little bit back. Sure, I know he won’t technically be giving anything back because teaching is a paid profession. But for Bubba to believe enough in the program to aspire to return to a place that he isn’t even finished attending yet is pretty cool to me.

OK, since it’s tournament time and hoops fans are in a frenzy with region tournaments winding down this weekend and Monday, I’ll focus a little on high school basketball.

If you haven’t had a chance to get out and see any postseason basketball, today is the perfect opportunity to make it happen, no matter what you’re after.

This afternoon, the Whitley County Lady Colonels will face Bell County, while the Corbin Lady Redhounds will battle the host team, Harlan County in the 13th Region semifinals starting at 12:30 p.m. If that’s too early for you, Clay County and Harlan County will face off this evening in the 13th Region Championship game at 7 p.m. with a trip to Rupp Arena and the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen on the line.Whether you’re a fan of either of the two local teams, it would be a good chance to get over and see the facility that was chosen to replace The Arena as this year’s site for the region tourney, while also supporting a couple of teams that will need all the help they can get facing two teams that are fairly close to Harlan.