Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
INSIDE FORCE: Belfry center Cole Bentley (44) attempts to drive past Phelps’ Kyle Sneed during 60th District Tournament action at Pike County Central on Feb. 25. The Pirates eliminated the Hornets, 76-59.

BUCKLEY’S CREEK — Belfry is headed back to the 15th Region Tournament for the 11th straight year.

Garrett Fannin poured in a game high 28 points to ignite the Pirates to a 76-59 win over Phelps in the 60th District Tournament opener at The Hawks Nest on Feb. 25.

Belfry, now 8-17, advanced to the championship game against Pike County Central. Both advance to regional play.

Dawson Isom added 17 points and Cole Bentley chipped in nine for the Pirates who dominated play from start to finish.

Phelps’ Elijah Branham led the Hornets (5-24) with 24 points while Da’Von Smith followed with 13. Steven Prater added nine.

At Buckley’s Creek

(60th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Phelps (5-24)....10  12    8 29 – 59

BHS (8-17).......18  25  19  14 – 76

Scoring:

Phelps (59) – Elijah Branham 24, Da’Von Smith 13, Leon Blankenship 2, Steven Prater 9, Matt Hatfield 6, Trey Blankenship 2 and Kyle Sneed 3.

Belfry (76) – Garrett Fannin 28, Cole Bentley 9, Dawson Isom 17, Nathan Copley 8, Trey Price 4, Cameron Catron 4, Kaleb Edwards 5 and Keilan Carr 1.



Betsy Layne.......71

South Floyd........43

PRESTONSBURG — Betsy Layne jumped out to a big lead early on against South Floyd and rolled to a 71-43 win in the 58th District Tournament semifinals at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 25.

The victory earned the Bobcats, 25-5, a berth in the championship game and automatic bid to the 15th Region Tournament. South Floyd’s season ended at 9-21. Betsy Layne has beaten South Floyd 15 straight games.

Meanwhile, the Raiders miss reaching the regional tournament for the eighth time in nine years.

Peyton Case paced the Bobcats with a game-high 23 points. Dylan Meade added 15 and Lako Daniels tossed in 13.

Austin Bailey led the Raiders with 12 points. Michael Martin tossed in 11.





At Prestonsburg

(58th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SF (9-21)...........12    5  16  10 – 43

BL (25-5)..........23  20  15  13 – 71

Scoring:

South Floyd (43) – Austin Bailey 12, Michael Martin 11, J.R. Tackett 6, Tyler Daniels 6, Hunter Johnson 5, Tyler Preston 2 and Chase Caudill 1. Totals: 13(4) 5-11 43.

Betsy Layne (71) – Peyton Case 23, Dylan Meade 15, Lako Daniels 13, Andrew Tackett 5, Dalton Meade 5, Dalton Maldonado 4, Zach Hamilton 2, Jordon Kendrick 2 and Dylan Hamilton 2. Totals: 26(4) 6-6 71.



Cordia...............66

Letcher Cent......45

HINDMAN — Cordia pulled away from Letcher Central in the second half and rolled to a 66-45 win in the 53rd District Tournament opener at Knott County Central on Feb. 25.

Josh Owens poured in a game-high 24 points for the Cougars, who finished 16-13. Chippy Frazier added 10.

Christen Cunningham fired in 23 points for the Lions, now 23-7. Felix Frimpong added 14 while Anthony Tagaloa netted 12.



At Hindman

(53rd District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LCC (16-13)......10  7  16  12 – 45

Cordia (23-7)....13  7  21  25 – 66

Scoring:

Letcher Central (45) – Chippy Frazier 10, Josh Owens 24, Torell Carter 5, Hunter Hall 2 and Jordan Gregory 4.

Cordia (66) – Christen Cunningham 23, Anthony Tagaloa 12, Fritz Lucian 4, Josh Ortiz 2, J.J. Catchings 10, Felix Frimpong 14 and Oumar Keita 1.



GIRLS

Pike Central......55

Phelps..............38

BUCKLEY’S CREEK — Pike County Central’s Madison Mullins fired in 22 points to help the Lady Hawks race past Phelps, 55-38, in the 60th District Tournament opener at The Hawks Nest on Feb. 25.

Central, now 8-19, advanced to the championship game against Belfry.

Cassidy Mullins and Abby Little added nine apiece for the Lady Hawks.

Phelps’ Caitlyn Norman, playing in her final game, tallied a game-high 27 points as the Hornets finished 3-19.



At Buckley’s Creek

(60th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Phelps (3-19)...11    4    7  16 – 38

PCC (8-19)......16  10  12  17 – 55

Scoring:

Phelps (38) – Caitlyn Norman 27, Donessa Maynard 3, Brittany McCoy 6 and Michaela Norman 2.

Pike Central (55) – Cassidy Mullins 9, Abby Little 9, Taylor Hamilton 8 Amy Tibbs 3, Madison Mullins 22, Jana Branham 2 and Alyssa Hamilton 2.



Allen Central.....62

Piarist School....36

PRESTONSBURG — Allen Central took charge in the second quarter and cruised to a 62-36 win over Piarist School  in the 58th District Tournament semifinals at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 25.

The Lady Rebels, 12-9, advanced to the championship game last night. AC was looking to win its second straight district title.

Sarah Rife fired in 17 points to lead four Lady Rebels in double figures. Elizabeth Prater followed with 15, Brooklyn Martin tallied 13 and Krista Parsons added 10.

Cathryn Calhoun scored 18 for the Lady Knights who finished 7-17.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PS (7-17)............7    8  10  11 – 36

AC (12-9)...........9  16  24  13 – 62

Scoring:

Piarist School (36) – Cathyrn Calhoun 18, Jessi Hale 8, Lauren Wright 5, Ashley Bentley 3 and Shelby Lemaster 2. Totals: 6(8) 0-5 36.

Allen Central (62) – Sarah Rife 17, Elizabeth Prater 15, Brooklyn Martin 13, Krista Parsons 10, DeShea Elliott 5 and Kasey Poston 2.Totals: 24(1) 10-18 62.



Knott Central.....72

Jenkins..............52

HINDMAN — Knott County Central used a big second quarter to pull away and eliminate Jenkins, 72-52, in the 53rd District Tournament opener at Knott County Central on Feb. 25.

Jenkins’ Whitney Creech scored a game-high 33 points as the Lady Cavaliers finished 17-12. Mercedes Boggs added 10.



At Hindman

(53rd District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JHS (17-12)......19    6    9  18 – 52

KCC (18-11)....14  21  21  16 – 72

Scoring:

Jenkins (52) – Whitney Creech 33, Mercedes Boggs 10, Brittany Sexton 4 and Lexi Stambaugh 5.

Knott Central (72) – Hayley Short 11, Kristen Waugh 12, Fallon Slone 7, Savannah Hatmaker 16, Hannah Hollifield 3, Emily Rose 6, Stacey Stamper 4, Faith Slone 9, Alexis  Slone 2 and Heather Slone 2.



HINDMAN — Knott County Central pulled away from Shelby Valley in the third period and went on to score a 73-61 win on Feb. 20.

Dalton Richardson led the Wildcats (16-10) with 16 points. Hunter Swindall followed with 15 and Andrew Newsome added 11.

Knott County’s Cameron Justice poured in a game-high 28 points. Evan Hall tossed in 22 and Simon Christon added 13 as the Patriots improved to 20-6.



At Hindman

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SV (16-10)........25  13    9  14 – 61

KCC (20-6)......25  17  17  14 – 73

Scoring:

Shelby Valley (61) – Dalton Richardson 16, Andrew Newsome 11, Cody Belter 8, Hunter Swindall 15, Steve Silvers 2, Lamont Wright 2 and Tyler Carr 7.

Knott Central (73) – Cameron Justice 28, Keegan Sammons 5, Simon Christon 13, Braxton Hayes 2, Evan Hall 22 and Chance Cornett 3.



East Ridge.........55

Belfry................54

LICK CREEK — East Ridge’s Johnny Miller hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 55-54 win over Belfry at The Reservation on Feb. 20.

The Pirates (11-12) had a chance to win the game but missed two free throws following a double foul.

Miller paced all scorers with a game-high 19 points. Jacob Skeens added 14 as East Ridge improved to 14-9.

Dawson Isom led the Pirates (11-12) with 16 points. Garrett Fannin and Austin Woolum added 10 each.



At Lick Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Belfry (11-12)..14  13  12  15 – 54

ER (14-9).........14  13  11  17 – 55

Scoring:

Belfry (54) – Garrett Fannin 10, Austin Woolum 10, Dawson Isom 16, Cole Bentley 8, Nathan Copley 2, Trey Price 5 and T.J. Dotson 3.

East Ridge (55) – Johnny Miller 19, Michael Fields 7, Tony Wolter 7, Patrick Coleman 4, Austin Hylton 2, Jacob Skeens 14 and Trey Little 2.



Paintsville.........68

Pikeville............53

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville built a double-digit lead in the opening quarter and went on to beat Pikeville, 68-53, on Feb. 20.

Luke Daniels poured in a game-high 36 points as the Tigers improved to 10-13.

Ryder Johnson and Zach Huffman tossed in 13 each for Pikeville, now 11-17. Gaige Ray added 10.



At Paintsville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PHS (11-17)....12  14  17  10 – 53

P’ville (10-13).24  17  16  11 – 68

Scoring:

Pikeville (53) – Ryder Johnson 13, Zach Huffman 13, Gaige Ray 10, Blaine May 8, Tanner Roop 5, Jacob Hamilton 2 and Tanner Thompson 2.

Paintsville (68) – Luke Daniels 36, Thomas Litteral 8, Lane Daniels 6, Quinton Hensley 6, Zach Collins 5, Peyton Smith 4 and Luke Trimble 3.



Letcher Cent......55

Pike Central......44

ERMINE — Pike Central struggled trying to slow down Letcher Central’s one-two scoring punch as the Hawks fell to the Cougars, 55-44, on Feb. 20.

Josh Owens fired in 20 points and Chippy Frazier added 13 as LCC improved to 15-12.

Alex Holbrook scor-ed a game-high 23 points for the Hawks, now 13-10.



At Ermine

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PCC (13-10).....12    8    7  17 – 44

LCC (15-12)....12  16  14  13 – 55

Scoring:

Pike Central (44) – Tyler Burnett 2, Braxton Tibbs 2, Ethan Blackburn 7, Alex Holbrook 23, Andrew Fields 2 and Michael Conn 6.

Letcher Central (55) – Chippy Frazier 13, Josh Owens 25, Torell Carter 8, Hunter Hall 2, Jordan Gregory 5 and Tyler Collins 2.



Lawrence Co......77

South Floyd........39

HI HAT — Lawrence County dominated play from start to finish in a 77-39 win over South Floyd on Feb. 20.

Toby Tackett was the lone Raider (7-19) in double figures with 11 points. Tyler Daniels chipped in nine.

Timmy Dalton led a quartet of Bulldogs (19-8) with a game-high 18 points. Brandon Richardson netted 17 while Austin Chaffin scored 13 and Grant Kiser added 10.



At Hi Hat

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LC (19-8).........22  20  20  15 – 77

SF (7-19)..........13    6  10  10 – 39

Scoring:

Lawrence County (77) – Timmy Dalton 18, Austin Chaffin 13, Grant Kiser 12, Robert Dalton 7, Brandon Richardson 17, Josh Ratliff 5, Shawn Moore 3 and Cedric Jude 2.

South Floyd (39) – Tyler Daniels 9, Michael Martin 8, Hunter Johnson 3, Toby Tackett 11 and Austin Bailey 8.



Johnson Cent.....84

Prestonsburg.....43

PRESTONSBURG — Johnson Central ran out to a big lead early and the Golden Eagles cruised to an 84-43 win over Prestonsburg at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 20.

Dalton Frasure scored 15 points and Jarin Hall added 11 for the Blackcats, now 13-15.

JC’s Kyle Gullett paced all scorers with 17 points. Shane Hall chipped in 10.



At Prestonsburg

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JC (20-6)..........26  16  22  20 – 84

P’bg (13-15)....12    9  10  12 – 43

Scoring:

Johnson Central (84) – Kyle Gullett 17, Shane Hall 10, Truman Salyer 9, Slade McPeek 9, Braxton Hensley 8, Dalton Adkins 6, Nick McKenzie 6, Josh Hitchcock 6, Bradley Hall 2 and Hunter Ratliff 3.

Prestonsburg (43) – Dalton Frasure 15, Jarin Hall 11, Aaron Foley 4, Cody Mitchell 3, Scott Stapleton 3, Jarredd Jarrell 2, Blake Dean 2, Blake Lemaster 2 and Tanner Hicks 1.



Buckhorn..........88

Jenkins..............51

BUCKHORN —Buckhorn ran away early from Jenkins and rolled to an 88-51 win on Feb. 20.

Austin Boggs scored 12 and Jeff Newsome chipped in 11 for the Cavaliers, now 4-22. Randy Potter added nine.

Buckhorn’s Josh Crank scored a game-high 15 points. Ryan Boggs tossed in 11 and Connor Hoskins hit for 10.



At Buckhorn

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JHS (4-22)........11    7  18  13 – 51

BHS (19-7).......29  15  23  21 – 88

Scoring:

Jenkins (51) – Austin Boggs 12, Jeff Newsome 11, Randy Potter 9, Jordan Bentley 7, Jonathan Potter 4, Justin Phipps 6 and Mark Baker 2.

Buckhorn (88) – Josh Crank 15, Ryan Boggs 11, Connor Hoskins 10, Joey Grove 9, Caleb Estep 9, Peyton Cooper 8, Dylan Cole 7, James Blair 7, Thomas Stidham 3, Richard Stidham 3, Josh Noble 2, Nathan Stidham 2 and Shannon Blank 2.



Mingo Central....53

Sissonville.........44

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Mingo Central erupted in the second quarter to take charge against Sissonville and the Miners went on for a 55-44 win on Feb. 20.

Alex Lee paced the Miners (9-10) with 14 points.

Chace Hatfield and Dalton Hatfield followed with 12 and 11, respectively.

Seth Bowlin led the Indians (10-9) with 13 points. Blake Newsome tossed in 12.





At Sissonville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (9-10)..........6  23    7  17 – 53

SHS (10-9).........4  11  17  12 – 44

Scoring:

Mingo Central (53) – Alex Lee 14, Chace Hatfield 12, Dalton Hatfield 11, Stevie Hammond 5, Mallie May 4, Dikembe Dixson 4, Adam Dillon 2 and Julius Hatcher 1.

Sissonville (44) – Seth Bowlin 13, Blake Newhouse 12, Chance Brown 7, Nathan Miller 5, Duncan McClung 4 and Adam Robinson 3.



GIRLS

Jenkins..............89

Pike Central......51

JENKINS — Jenkins standout Whitney Creech poured in a career-high 53 points as the Lady Cavaliers topped Pike County Central, 89-51, on Feb. 20.

Creech topped her old mark of 51 as Jenkins improved to 16-11. Brittany Sexton followed with 15 points.

Madison Mullins paced the Lady Hawks (7-18) with 17 points.



At Jenkins

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PCC (7-18)......12  16  16    7 – 51

JHS (16-11).... 22  25  25  17 – 89

Scoring:

Pike Central (51) – Madison Mullins 17, Amy Tibbs 7, Abby Little 6, Savannah Miracle 5, Cassidy Mullins 5, Taylor Hamilton 5, Maranda Wright 2, Cheyenne Boyer 2 and Alyssa Hamilton 2.

Jenkins (89) – Whitney Creech 53, Brittany Sexton 15, Mercedes Boggs 7, Lexi Stambaugh 5, Sydney Yonts 5 and Reanna Elswick 4.



East Ridge.........56

Johnson Cent.....51

LICK CREEK — East Ridge held on down the stretch to escape Johnson Central with a thrilling 56-51 win at The Reservation on Feb. 20.

Kelsie Fuller fired in a game-high 19 points to pace the Lady Warriors, now 13-12. Lesli Fleenor added nine.

Jayla Spurlock paced the Lady Golden Eagles (16-11) with 14 points. Rachell Hall tossed in 13 and Lauren Delong netted 11.



At Lick Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JC (16-11)..........15  13  9  14 – 51

ER (13-12).........11  27  7  11 – 56

Scoring:

Johnson Central (51) – Rachel Hall 13, Cheyenne Ross 1, Jayla Spurlock 14, Lauren Preston 2, Lauren Delong 11, Micailyn Pierce 2, Bailey Daniel 6 and Lauryn Salyer 2.

East Ridge (56) – Hannah Bevins 3, Heaven Gannon 4, Timera Thacker 6, Christian Yates 6, Chelsea Justice 7, Kelsie Fuller 19, Paige Potter 2 and Lesli Fleenor 9.



Sheldon Clark....47

Belfry................31

WARFIELD — Sheldon Clark built a double-digit, first-half lead and went on to beat Belfry, 47-31, at Warfield Middle School on Feb. 20.

Emily Baker led all scorers with 15 points for Belfry, now 12-15.

Emily Waller scored 13 to lead the Lady Cardinals (10-14). Kelsey Dean netted 10.



At Warfield

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Belfry (12-15)......8    6  11   6 – 31

SC (10-14).........12  16   9  10 – 47

Scoring:

Belfry (31) – Emily Baker 15, Jaden Cisco 4, Paige Goff 3, Candice Gilman 6 and Taylor Maynard 3.

Sheldon Clark (47) – Kelsey Dean 10, Kelsey Garcia 6, Ashley Hatfield 5, Emily Waller 13, Hope Lafferty 8, Ali Scott 3 and Hannah Scott 2.



Magoffin Co.......61

Betsy Layne.......50

BETSY LAYNE —Regional power Magoffin County took the lead away from Betsy Layne in the final quarter and went on to score a 61-50 win at D.W. Howard Fieldhouse on Feb. 19.

Jamie Castle led the Lady Hornets (20-4) with a game-high 20 points. Madison Reed followed with 15 points while Jazzy Howard tossed in 12 and Leslee Howard chipped in 10.

Katie Tackett scored 11 points for the Lady Cats, now 9-17. Kelsi Tackett tossed in 10.



At Betsy Layne

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (20-4).......17  17  10  17 – 61

BL (9-17)........15     7   21   7 – 50

Scoring:

Magoffin County (61) – Jamie Castle 20, Jazzy Howard 12, Leslee Howard 10, Madison Reed 15 and Courtney Gullett 4.

Betsy Layne (50) –Brandy Morrow 9, Chloe Johnson 9, Emily Kidd 7, Kelsi Tackett 10, Katie Tackett 11, Eddie Akers 2 and Alex Sisco 2.



Piarist School....39

Phelps...............24

MARTIN — Piarist School built an early lead against Phelps and went on to post a 39-24 win on Feb. 19.

Lauren Wright scored 14 points and Katlyn Hall chipped in 10 as the Lady Knights improved to 6-15.

Phelps’ Caitlyn Norman led all scorers with 18 points.



At Martin

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Phelps (3-17).........2  9  5    8 – 24

PS (6-15)..............11  6  8  14 – 39

Scoring:

Phelps (24) – Caitlyn Norman 18 and Donessa Maynard 6.

Piarist School (39) – Lauren Wright 14, Shelby Lemaster 7, Katlyn Hall 10, Jessi Hale 4, Taylor Eckle 2 and Ashley Bentley 2.



East Ridge.........54

Belfry................51

LICK CREEK — East Ridge rallied from a second-half deficit to stun Belfry, 54-51, at The Reservation on Feb. 18.

Timera Thacker poured in 14 points and Kelsie Fuller netted 12 as the Lady Warriors outscored Belfry 15-6 in the final eight minutes to improve to 12-12.

Belfry’s Emily Baker was outstanding, scoring a game-high 32 points. Candace Gilman added 11.





At Lick Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Belfry (12-15)....18  11  16  6 – 51

ER (12-12)........11  20   8  15 – 54

Scoring:

Belfry (51) – Emily Baker 32, Candace Gilman 11 and Paige Goff 8.

East Ridge (54) – Heaven Gannon 8, Timera Thacker 14, Leslie Fleenor 8, Christian Yates 6, Chelsea Justice 6 and Kelsie Fuller 12.



East Ridge.........73

Betsy Layne.......60

LICK CREEK — East Ridge landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Lady Warriors defeated Betsy Layne, 73-60, at The Reservation on Feb. 17.

Lesli Fleenor paced East Ridge (11-12) with a game-high 19 points. Timera Thacker followed with 16 while Chelsea Justice netted 13 and Kelsie Fuller tossed in 12.

Brandy Morrow led the Lady Cats (9-17) with 15 points. Emily Kidd chipped in 12 and Kelsi Tackett added 10.



At Lick Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BL (9-17)..........13  15  12  20 – 60

ER (11-12).......15  17  16  25 – 73

Scoring:

Betsy Layne (60) – Eddie Akers 7, Emily Kidd 12, Megan Frazier 6, Katie Tackett 6, Kelsi Tackett 10, Brandy Morrow 15 and Chloe Johnson 4.

East Ridge (73) – Hannah Bevins 1, Timera Thacker 16, Lesli Fleenor 19, Christian Yates 6, Chelsea Justice 13, Kelsie Fuller 12, Paige Potter 2 and Emily Thacker 4.



Pikeville............80

Pike Central......44

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Rachel Potter fired in a game-high 31 points to lead the Lady Panthers to an 80-44 win over Pike County Central at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 15.

Emma Looney added 18 points as Pikeville improved to 18-11.

Madison Mullins paced the Lady Hawks (7-17) with 12 points.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PCC (7-17)........8  23    7    6 – 44

PHS (18-11)....19  17  22  22 – 80

Scoring:

Pike Central (44) – Cassidy Mullins 7, Taylor Hamilton 2, Jana Branham 3, Madison Mullins 12, Maranda Wright 2, Savanna Miracle 1 and Autumn Smith 2.

Pikeville (80) – Rachel Potter 31, Emma Looney 18, Savanna Nunemaker 4, Alexa Gearheart 5, Rachel Blackburn 6, Savannah Webb 3, Hannah Keene 2, Sara Morton 4, Grace Bartley 6 and Abbey Napier 1.



Sissonville.........71

Mingo Cent........35

SISSONVILLE —Class AA power Sissonville ran out to a big lead and never looked back in rolling to a 71-35 win over Mingo Central on Feb. 20.

Ashley Curry was the lone Lady Miner (10-10) to net in double figures with 13 points. Kierea Hammond added nine.

Sissonville’s Brittany Gould led all scorers with 25 points while Madison Jones followed with 19.



At Sissonville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (10-10)........7    9    8  11 – 35

SHS (17-3).......27  10  21  13 – 71

Scoring:

Mingo Central (35) –Ashley  Curry 13, Kierea Hammond 9, Hannah Church 8, Jada Taylor 2 and Paige Muncy 1.

Sissonville (71) – Brittany Gould 25, Madison Jones 19, Karli Pinkerton 11, Brooke Reed 9, Mariah Youngblood 3, Brooke McCoy 2 and Ellie McClung 2.



Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
BREAKING THE PRESS: Tug Valley’s Kyle Newsome (00) dribbles the ball past Logan’s Zachery Acord during action on Feb. 22. The Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter to knock off the Wildcats, 49-46.

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Tug Valley rallied in the final quarter to knock off Logan, 49-46, on Feb. 22.

The Panthers, now 14-5, trailed 39-34 before outscoring the Wildcats (8-11) 15-7 down the stretch.

Calvin Blankenship scored a game-high 15 points and Thomas Baisden added 14.

Logan’s Braxton Goff paced the Wildcats with 13 points. Zakery Miller followed with 11.

The Panthers aven-ged an earlier one-point loss to Logan.



At Naugatuck, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LHS (8-11).......14    7  18    7 – 46

TV (14-5).........13  12    9  15 – 49

Scoring:

Logan (46) – Zachery Acord 1(2) 0-0 7; Zakery Miller 1(3) 0-0 11; Joshua Rein 1(1) 1-2 6; Braxton Goff 3(1) 4-6 13; Timothy Toler 0 2-4 2; Brynden Street 1 2-4 4; and Trevor Abbott 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 8(7) 9-16 46.

Tug Valley (49) – Kyle Newsome 1(2) 0-0 8; Hayden Sturgell 1 2-2 4; Austin Baisden 2 2-2 6; Calvin Blankenship 4(1) 4-4 15; and Thomas Baisden 6 2-5 14. Totals: 15(3) 10-13 49.



Mingo Cent......107

Tolsia................57

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central’s Chase Hatfield nailed 10 three-point baskets, including seven in the second period, to spark the Miners to a 107-57 rout of Tolsia on Feb. 22.

Hatfield finished with a game-high 34 points as the Miners improved to 10-10. Alex Lee followed with 12 while Dikembe Dixson, Adam Dillon and Dalton Hatfield tossed in 11 each.

Kaleb Sturgell poured in 16 points to lead the Rebels (1-19). Tyler Stroud fired in 13 and Joey Adkins added 10.



At Newtown, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Tolsia (1-19)....9  19  18  12 –   58

MC (10-10)...24  34  23  26 – 107

Scoring:

Tolsia (58) – Joey Adkins 10, Jordan Johnson 2, Kaleb Sturgell 16, Cody Salmons 9, Tyler Stroud 13, Brandon Ward 2, Coty Jude 2, Zach Cantrell 3 and Richard Brewer 1.

Mingo Central (107) – Stevie Hammond 2, Mallie May 5, Dalton Hatfield 11, Alex Lee 12, Julius Hatcher 7, Adam Dillon 11, Chase Hatfield 34, Dikembe Dixson 11, Spencer Wilson 6, Denote Joplin 2, Isiah  May 1, Caleb Endicott 3, Keyshawn Rhodes 2 and Derrick Sheppard 2.



Pike Central......52

Lawrence Co......51

LOUISA — Pike Central used balanced scoring to stun Lawrence County, 52-51, on Feb. 21.

Alex Holbrook fired in 13 points while Tyler Burnett and Teddy Smith added 11 each for the Hawks, now 14-10.

Lawrence County’s Timmy Dalton scored 13 to share game-high honors with Holbrook. Austin Chaffin tossed in 12 as the Bulldogs fell to 19-9.



At Louisa

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PCC (14-10)....14  14  10  14 – 52

LC (19-9).........14  15  10  12 – 51

Scoring:

Pike Central (52) – Ethan Blackburn 6, Braxton Tibbs 9, Andrew Fields 2, Alex Holbrook 13, Tyler Burnett 11 and Teddy Smith 11.

Lawrence County (51) – Timmy Dalton 13, Austin Chaffin 12, Grant Kiser 4, Robert Dalton 8 and Shawn Moore 2.



Belfry................79

Allen Cent.........66

GOODY — Belfry used a big second quarter to take the lead away from Allen Central and go on to score a 79-66 win on Feb. 21.

Nathan Copley had a career game with 29 points. Austin Woolum chipped in 11.

Junior Handshoe and Austin Salisbury paced the Rebels (13-12) with 13 points each. Devan Horn added 11.

The Pirates improved to 7-17.



At Goody

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

AC (13-12)....16  10  17  23 – 66

BHS (7-17)....14  24  19  22 – 79

Scoring:

Allen Central (66) – Cameron Hamilton 9, Junior Handshoe 13, Austin Salisbury 13, Braxton Tackett 6, Devan Horn 11, Jarredd Hamilton 9 and Mason Nelson 3.



Belfry (79) – Garrett Fannin 8, Cole Bentley 6, Dawson Isom 6, Nathan Copley 29, Austin Woolum 11, Jacob Staggs 5, Cameron Catron 2, T.J. Dotson 7 and Trey Price 5.



Letcher Cent......81

Oneida Bapt......62

ERMINE — Letcher Central steadily pulled away from Oneida Baptist Institute and the Cougars rolled to an 81-62 win on Feb. 21

Josh Owens poured in 28 points and Torell Carter followed with 14 as the Cougars improved to 16-12. Chippy Frazier added 13 points.

OBI’s Dekia Kiawu netted a game-high 31 points for the Mountaineers (6-21). Samuel Robinson netted 17.



At Ermine

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

OBI (6-21).......12  16  12  22 – 62

LCC (16-12)....17  21  18  25 – 81

Scoring:

Oneida Baptist Institute (62) – Samuel Robinson 17, Dekia Kiawu 31, Zachary Fleming 8, Daniel Decker 3, Simon Robinson 4 and McKevin King 3.

Letcher Central (81) – Chippy Frazier 13, Josh Owens 28, Torell Carter 14, Hunter Hall 8, Jordan Gregory 5, Tyler Collins 4, Kyler Lucas 1, Austin Caudill (Jr.) 4 and Austin Caudill (Fr.) 3.



Shelby Valley.....67

Prestonsburg.....49

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a strong third quarter to take charge and roll to a 67-49 win over Prestonsburg at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 21.

Andrew Newsome scored 12 points and Tyler Carr followed with 11 as the Wildcats improved to 17-10.

Prestonsburg’s Dalton Frasure scored a game-high 17 points for the Blackcats, now 13-16. Jarredd Jarrell and Jarin Hall tallied 12 apiece.



At Robinson Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

P’burg (13-16).10  12    8  19 – 49

SV (17-10).......10  16  20  21 – 67

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (49) – Jarredd Jarrell 12, Jarin Hall 12, Dalton Frasure 17, Aaron Foley 4, Blake Lemaster 2 and Jordon Ray 2.

Shelby Valley (67) – Tyler Carr 11, Dalton Richardson 4, Corey Hamilton 3, Andrew Newsome 12, Cody Belter 7, Hunter Swindall 4, Jesse Lucas 2, Zach Cantrall 4, Lamont Wright 7 and Corey Rogers 3.



Tug Valley..........42

Valley-Fay..........39

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Tug Valley held on as Valley-Fayette missed a game-tying, three-point basket as time expired to escape with a 42-39 win on Feb. 21.

Thomas Baisden led the Panthers (13-5) with 18 points. He was the only Tug Valley player in double figures.

Valley’s Zac Warden fired in a game-high 19 points for the Greyhounds, now 16-2.



At Naugatuck, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

VF (16-2)............8  10    8  13 – 39

TV (13-5).........10  10  11  11 – 42

Scoring:

Valley-Fayette (39) – Donte Wilkerson 5, Henry Houchins 9, Keyshawn Payne 2, Raeshawn Breckenridge 4 and Zac Warden 19.

Tug Valley (42) – Kyle Newsome 2, Aaron Copley 4, Hayden Sturgell 3, Shane Marcum 3, Austin Baisden 5, Calvin Blankenship 7 and Thomas Baisden 18.

Scott.................46

Mingo Cent........42

MADISON, W.Va. – Mingo Central forced overtime against Scott but the Miners came up on the short end of a 46-42 decision on Feb. 21.

Dikembe Dixson paced the Miners (9-10) with a game-high 15 points. Alex Lee chipped in eight.

Cody Brown led the Skyhawks (14-6) with 14 points. Alex Ables added 11 and Brandon Lafacui chipped in nine.



At Madison

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (9-10)..4  15  10  10  (3) – 42

Scott (14-6).12  13   6     8  (7) – 46

Scoring:

Mingo Central (42) – Dikembe Dixson 15, Stevie Hammond 4, Mallie May 2, Dalton Hatfield 5, Alex Lee 8, Julius Hatcher 2, Dillon 2 and Chase Hatfield 4.

Scott (46) – Cody Brown 14, Alex Ables 11, Eric May 2, Logan Webb 5, Brandon Lafauci 9, Kirk Price 4 and Nick Kuhn 1.



GIRLS

Perry Central.....73

Allen Central.....47

HAZARD — Perry Central standout Kayla Rankin poured in a game-high 45 points and nearly single-handily outscored Allen Central in a 73-47 win on Feb. 21.

Perri Coots added 12 as the Lady Commodores improved to 18-6.

Sarah Rife and Elizabeth Prater paced the Lady Rebels (11-10) with 12 points each. Krista Parsons followed with 10.



At Hazard

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

AC (11-10).........7    8  12  21 – 47

PCC (18-6)......17  23  19  14 – 73

Scoring:

Allen Central (47) – Sarah Rife 12, Krista Parsons 10, Kelsey Parsons 4, Elizabeth Prater 12, DeShea Elliott 4, Kasey Poston 2 and Elizabeth Jones 1.

Perry Central (73) – Whitney Evans 4, Lyndci Combs 7, Perri Coots 12, Kayla Rankin 45, Allie Sizemore 3 and Morgan Eddington 2.



Shelby Valley.....44

Paintsville.........34

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley started off quickly and went on to beat Paintsville, 44-34, at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 21.

Taylor Rowe poured in 17 points and Savannah Honaker added 10 as the Lady Kats improved to 20-6.

Paintsville’s Kerrigan Samons led all scorers with 22 points.



At Robinson Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

P’ville (14-13)....6  10  13   5 – 34

SV (20-6)..........15  12    6  11 – 44

Scoring:

Paintsville (34) – Elizabeth Williams 2, Presley Chirico 2, Madison Trimble 2, Kerrigan Samons 22 and Anna Claire Rice 6.

Shelby Valley (44) – Rachel Smith 5, Courtney Wright 2, Taylor Rowe 17, Sydney Jones 2, Savannah Honaker 10 and Lakyn Mullins 8.



Sheldon Clark....48

Belfry................35

GOODY — Sheldon Clark rallied from an early 11-2 deficit to charge back and beat Belfry, 48-35, on Feb. 21.

Belfry’s Emily Baker led the Lady Pirates (12-16) with 17 points.

Hope Lafferty fired in a game-high 22 points for the Lady Cardinals, now 11-14. Emily Waller followed with 12.



At Goody

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SC (11-14)...........8  12  12  16 – 48

BHS (12-16)......13    8    8    6 – 35

Scoring:

Sheldon Clark (48) – Kelsey Dean 7, Kelsey Garcia 4, Emily Waller 12, Hope Lafferty 22 and Hannah Scott 3.

Belfry (35) – Emily Baker 17, Jaden Cisco 6, Candace Gilman 2, Paige Goff 3, Ariel Mounts 5 and Kylea Stanley 2.



Betsy Layne........64

Jenkins...............45

JENKINS — Betsy Layne closed out the regular season with a convincing 64-45 win over Jenkins on Feb. 21.

Peyton Case poured in a game-high 26 points as the Bobcats improved to 24-5. Lako Daniels added 14.

Austin Boggs paced the Cavaliers (4-23) with 14 points while Austin Bentley netted 10.



At Jenkins

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BL (24-5)...........13  15  18  18 – 64

JHS (4-23).........11  11    6  17 – 45

Scoring:

Betsy Layne (64) – Dylan Hamilton 4, Peyton Case 26, Dustin Rogers 4, Lako Daniels 14, Dalton Maldonado 6, Andrew Tackett 3 and Dalton Meade 7.

Jenkins (45) – Randy Potter 6, Austin Bentley 10, Jeff Newsome 8, Austin Boggs 14, Joseph Ratliff 5 and Justin Phipps 3.



Jenkins..............79

Betsy Layne........50

JENKINS — Jenkins took charge in the opening half and the Lady Cavaliers cruised to a 79-50 win over Betsy Layne on Feb. 21.

Whitney Creech, the state’s leading scorer, paced the Cavaliers (17-11) with a game-high 45 points. Mercedes Boggs followed with 20.

Megan Frazier scored 10 while Brandy Morrow and Eddie Akers added nine each for the Lady Cats, now 9-18.



At Jenkins

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BL (9-18)...........16  10  10  14 – 50

JHS (17-11).......22  23  23  11 – 79

Scoring:

Betsy Layne (50) – Megan Frazier 10, Brandy Morrow 9, Eddie Adkins 9, Kelsi Tackett 8, Chloe Johnson 4, Emily Kidd 4, Katie Tackett 3, Summer Johnson 2 and Alex Sisco 1.

Jenkins (79) – Whitney Creech 45, Mercedes Boggs 20, Sydney Yonts 7, Emilee Rose 3, Brittany Sexton 2 and Lexi Stambaugh 2.

PRESTONSBURG — South Floyd rallied in the second half to pull away and beat Piarist School, 71-49, in the 58th District Tournament opener at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 24.

The Raiders, now 9-20, trailed 29-28 at the break before taking a seven-point lead into the final quarter. South Floyd outscored Piarist School 22-6 to cruise to the win.

Piarist School’s Tyler Stumbo poured in a game-high 28 points for the Knights, who finished 3-19. He nailed six three-pointers. Michael Williams added 10.

J.R. Tackett led a balanced attack for the Raiders with 18 points. Tyler Daniels tossed in 15, Michael Martin added 11 and Austin Bailey scored 10. Hunter Johnson chipped in nine.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PS (3-19)........16  13  14    6 – 49

SF (9-20)........16  12  21  22 – 71

Scoring:

Piarist School (49) – Tyler Stumbo 28, Michael Williams 10, Subhash Gutti 4, Bryce Marshall 3 and Galvin Greene 2. Totals: 7(8) 11-18 49.

South Floyd (71) – J.R. Tackett 18, Tyler Daniels 15, Michael Martin 11, Austin Bailey 10, Hunter Johnson 9, Brady Ousley 2, Mack Little 2, Chase Caudill 2 and Jacob Collins 2. Totals: 26(2) 11-23 71.



Piarist School...53

South Floyd.......17

PRESTONSBURG — The Piarist School Lady Knights notched a historic win over South Floyd in the 58th District Tournament opener at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 24.

Cathryn Calhoun poured in a game-high 21 points as Piarist defeated South Floyd, 53-17. It marked the first-ever district tournament win for the Lady Knights and third this season over the Lady Raiders.

Lauren Wright added 16 points and nine boards as the Lady Knights improved to 7-16. The eighth-grader hit four three-point shots. Shelby Lemaster chipped in 10.

Taylor Berger netted six points to lead South Floyd, which finished its season at 5-21.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SF (5-21)............4     7    4  2 – 17

PS (7-16)..........11  17  23  2 – 53

Scoring:

South Floyd (17) – Taylor Berger 6, Jesse Tackett 4, Cheyenne Light 3, Brook Potter 2, Katie Moore 1 and Samantha Helton 1. Totals: 5 7-18 17.

Piarist School (57) – Cathryn Calhoun 21, Lauren Wright 16, Shelby Lemaster 10, Jessi Hale 4 and Katlyn Hall 2. Totals: 13(7) 6-14 53.


PIKEVILLE — For the fourth straight week, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is ranked second in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, officials from the national office announced on Tuesday.

The Bears — which have already wrapped up their first Mid-South Conference Regular-Season Championship since 2001 — have two games left before the postseason, hosting Campbellsville (Ky.) on Thursday and St. Catharine (Ky.) on Saturday.

At 15-1 in league play, UPIKE has a chance to complete one of the best seasons in conference history. Last season Lindsey Wilson set the high mark for MSC wins with 16. The Bears have already posted wins against both of their opponents this week on the road early in the season.

Cal St. San Marcos kept the No. 1 spot in the poll for the fifth straight week as it is riding a nation’s best 18-game winning streak. William Carey (Miss.) is third, Columbia (Mo.) is fourth and SAGU (Texas) rounds out the top five.

While Cal St. San Marcos earned nine first-place votes, it was Pikeville picking up the remaining top nod.

Other MSC teams in the rankings include Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 14, St. Catharine at No. 23 and Campbellsville is listed among teams receiving votes.

UPIKE has won 11 games in a row itself and has not lost at home in 20 straight games dating back to last season.


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LEADING THE WAY: University of Pikeville guard Josh Whitaker (13) scored a career-high 26 points in the Bears road win at Rio Grande on Feb. 22. UPIKE, the second-ranked team in the nation, returned home last night to host Campbellsville.

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Pikeville led from wire-to-wire as the Bears cruised to a 111-91 win over Rio Grande on Feb. 22.

Josh Whitaker had a break-out game for the Bears (25-2) with a game-high and career-high 26 points.

Four other Bears landed in double figures. Keala King followed with 21 points, Bruce Reed added 19, Kenny Manigualt hit for 11 and Elisha Justice tossed in 10.

The Red Storm was a close at 33-28 in the opening half but the Bears used a 26-7 run to go up 59-35 at the break.

D.D. Joiner and Ricky Tisale paced Rio Grande with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Bilal Young chipped in 14.

 

At Rio Grande, Ohio

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (25-2)...................59  52 – 111

RG (16-11).................35  56 –   91

Scoring:

UPIKE (111) – Bruce Reed 6(1) 4-4 19; Chris Cantino 2 0-2 4; Josh Whitaker 6(3) 5-10 26; Elisha Justice 3(1) 1-2 10; Keala King 8(1) 2-2 21; Kenny Manigualt 5 1-2 11; Michael Eneh 2 5-9 8; John Nunnally 0 1-2 1; and Dalton Cornett 1 0-0 2. Totals: 37(6) 19-33 111.

Rio Grande, Ohio (91) – Philip Hertz 2 0-0 4; Jalen Harris 1 0-0 2; Ricky Tisdale 2(3) 7-9 20; Jermaine Warmack 0(1) 4-4 7; D.D. Joiner 4(4) 1-4 21; Bilal Young 4 6-8 14; Evan Legg 0(2) 0-0 6; Gabe Davila 0 2-2 2; Travis Elliott 1 0-0 2; Josh Reagan 2(1) 2-5 9; Kyle Rollins 1 0-0 2; and Sterling Smoak 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18(11) 22-32 91. 

UPIKE...............69

Shawnee St.......56

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Second-ranked University of Pikeville clinched the Mid-South Conference regular season championship with a 69-56 win over Shawnee State University on Feb. 20.

Keala King led the way for UPIKE, now 24-2, with 19 points. Bruce Reed followed with 18 and Elisha Justice chipped in 10 as the Bears won the conference title for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

Shawnee State’s Andrew Bendolph and Mark Bryant paced the Bears with 13 and 12, respectively.



At Portsmouth, Ohio

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (24-2)......................37  32 – 69

SSU (8-18)....................21  35 – 56

Scoring:

UPIKE (69) – Bruce Reed 4(1) 7-8 18; Chris Cantino 2 2-2 6; Josh Whitaker 1 0-0 2; Elisha Justice 3(10 1-2 10; Keala King 5 9-12 19; Kenny Manigualt 3 1-2 7; Michael Eneh 0 2-2 2; and John Nunnally 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 19(3) 22-30 69.

Shawnee State University (56) – Mark Bryant 2(2) 2-2 12; Nick Gouch 2 0-0 4; Andrew Devlin 3 2-5 8; Dante Dunston 4 0-0 8; Andrew Bendolph 2(1) 6-8 13; Devon Carter 0(1) 0-0 3; Sean Elliott 0(2) 1-2 7; and Ethan Moffatt 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13(6) 12-19 56.



WOMEN

Rio Grande........81

UPIKE...............78

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — University of Pikeville’s Callisha Johnson missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired and the Bears fell short to Rio Grande, 81-78, on Feb. 22.

The loss dropped the Bears into a tie for seventh place heading into last night’s home game against Campbellsville. UPIKE will close out the regular season Saturday against St. Catharine’s.

Johnson finished with 19 to lead UPIKE, now 12-16. Khalilah Quigley followed with 18.

Sara Bonar paced the Red Storm with a game-high 21 points. Brianna Thomas netted 20 and Harley Adler added 11.



At Rio Grande, Ohio

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (12-16)...................39  39 – 78

RG (18-10)..................39   42 – 81

Scoring:

UPIKE (78) – Cheyenne Madden 3 2-2 8; Courtney Haney 2 4-6 8; Callisha Johnson 4(3) 2-2 19; Lakeria Crowder 1(1) 1-2 6; Khalilah Quigley 3(2) 6-9 18; Brogan Conley 1(2) 0-0 8; Patrice Tonge 1 0-0 2; Kandice Porter 2 3-6 7; Kelah Eldridge 0 1-2 1; and Brittany Swindall 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17(8) 20-31 78.

Rio Grande, Ohio (81) – Brook Marcum 4 2-3 10; Alexis Payne 2 1-2 5; Sarah Bonar 8 5-6 21; Harley Adler 4 3-4 11; Brianna Thomas 6 8-10 20; Sharday Baies 2(2) 0-1 10; Ciara Herring 1 0-0 2; and Audra Clark 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28(2) 19-28 81.



Shawnee St.......78

UPIKE...............71

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University snapped a 66-all tie late in the second half and then hit clutch free throws down the stretch to hold off the University of Pikeville, 78-71, on Feb. 20.

It was an uphill climb all evening long for the Bears, now 12-15. SSU led by 12 in the second half before UPIKE pulled even. The Bears hit 10-of-13 free throws to seal the win.

Cheyenne Madden led UPIKE with 20 points while Khalilah Quigley followed with 13. Kandice Porter added 12 and Callisha Johnson chipped in 10.

SSU’s Alannah Sheets led all scorers with 22 points.



At Portsmouth, Ohio

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (12-15)...................29  42 – 71

SSU (15-11).................35  43 – 78

Scoring:

UPIKE (71) – Cheyenne Madden 8 4-6 20; Brogan Conley 0(1) 1-2 4; Courtney Haney 1 0-0 2; Callisha Johnson 5 0-0 10; Lakeria Crowder 2 0-2 4; Patrice Tonge 1 0-0 2; Kandice Porter 6 0-0 12; Kelah Eldridge 1 0-0 2; Brittany Swindall 1 0-0 2; and Khalilah Quigley 3(2) 1-2 13. Totals: 28(3) 6-12 71.

Shawnee State University (78) – Ali Zieverink 4 0-1 8; Diane Abbady 6 1-1 13; Abby Feuchter 1 8-10 10; Tabby McKinney 4 2-5 10; Alannah Sheets 5(2) 6-6 22; Priscila Santos 3 0-0 6; and Catrice Mitchell 4 1-2 9. Totals: 27(2) 18-25 78.



Reed honored

for second week

PIKEVILLE — For a second straight week, University of Pikeville senior Bruce Reed is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Reed is the fifth player this season to earn the weekly honor multiple times.

The senior averaged 19 point, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while leading the second-ranked Bears to three wins last week.

The Olathe, Kan., native began the week with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in UPIKE’s 92-76 win over Cumberlands last Monday.

On Thursday, Reed scored 18 points while pulling down three boards in a 69-56 win at Shawnee State (Ohio).

Reed closed the week on the road Saturday with 19 points and five rebounds as the Bears sprinted past No. 19 Rio Grande (Ohio).

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Tug Valley rallied from nine points down in the final quarter to stun Mingo Central, 55-53, on Feb. 25.

Thomas Baisden led a trio of Panthers (15-5) with 16 points while Aaron Copley and Hayden Sturgell added 11 each.

Alex Lee scored 15 to lead Mingo Central, now 10-11. Dikembe Dixson tossed in 12.



At Newtown, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

TV (15-5)...........9  13  13  20 – 55

MC (10-11)........13  16  15  9 – 53

Scoring:

Tug Valley (55) – Kyle Newsome 0(2) 0-0 6; Aaron Copley 3(1) 2-4 11; Hayden Sturgell 4 3-4 11; Shane Marcum 0(1) 0-0 3; Austin Baisden 1 0-0 2; Calvin Blankenship 3 1-2 7; and Thomas Baisden 5 5-6 16. Totals: 12(4) 11-16 55.



Mingo Central (53) – Stevie Hammond 1 1-2 3; Mallie May 2 1-1 5; Dalton Hatfield 1(1) 0-0 5; Dikembe Dixson 3 6-8 12; Alex Lee 2(1) 8-12 15; Chase Hatfield 0(2) 2-2 8; Adam Dillon 1 0-0 2; and Julius Hatcher 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 10(5) 18-25 53.

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville baseball team split a doubleheader with Cincinnati-Clermont, winning 2-1 before falling 6-5 in the nightcap at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 23.

In the opener, Pikeville managed just two hits. Zach Nothwehr doubled in one run and Chaz Contreras added an RBI and scored once. Connor Osborne had the only other hit for the Bears. He also scored one run.

In the nightcap, the Bears rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but fell short.

Erik Manning belted a home run, doubled, scored twice and batted in two runs for the Bears. Nicholas Gonzales added three hits, all singles, and scored one run.



At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

CC (0-1)..........000  000  1 – 1-6-2

UP (9-3)...........002  000  x – 2-2-4

Pitching:

WP – Zak Sutherland (2-1)

LP – Ryan Beard

Hitting: Zach Nothwehr (2b, RBI); Connor Osborne (1b, 1R); Chaz Contreras (RBI, 1R), UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

CC (1-1)..........002  103  0 – 6-8-1

UP (9-4)..........000  210  2 – 5-6-3

Pitching:

WP – Lawson Wishard (1-0)

LP – Logan Sales (0-1)

Hitting: Erik Manning (HR, 2B, 2R, 2RBIs); Nicolas Gonzales (3-1b, 1R), UPIKE

UPIKE .............6-9

Goshen, Ind.....0-2

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Cody Chagnon collected five hits, three RBIs, a triple and two doubles as the Bears swept a doubleheader against Goshen (Ind.) 6-0 and 9-2, at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 22.

The Bears improve to 8-3 on the season, their best start since going 7-3 in 2006. It was the first games of the season for the Maple Leafs.

UPIKE starting pitcher Bryce Carden (2-0) was the highlight of game one, scattering three hits for no runs with a pair of strikeouts in five innings of work.

In the opener, Rashawn Farrell had two hits, scored twice and drove in one run. Corey Adams added two hits and scored one run while Chaz Contreras singled and knocked home two run.



At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

GC (0-1)..........000  000  0 – 0-4-0

UP (7-3)...........000  303  x – 6-9-1

Pitching:

WP – Bryce Carden (2-0)

LP – Arick Armington (0-1)

Hitting: Rashawn Farrell (2-1b, 2R, RBI); Corey Adams (2h, 1R); Chaz Contreras (1h, 2RBIs), UPIKE

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

GC (0-2)..........000  020  0 – 2-4-4

UP (8-3)...........021  033  x – 9-9-0

Pitching:

WP – Jake Sokol (1-0)

LP – Matt Austin (0-1)

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (2-1b, 3b, 2b, 2R, 2 RBIs); Sean Ryan (2b, 1b, 1RBI), UPIKE.



UPIKE..............4-2

Asbury.............0-6

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Nicolas Gonzales had two hits and drove in one run to lead the Bears to a 4-0 win over Asbury College in game one of a doubleheader at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 20.

Asbury bounced back to take the nightcap, 6-2.

Brad Andrews tripled, scored one run and drove in one in the opening game win. Zach Nothwehr added one hit, scored once and drove in one.



At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

AC (0-2)..........000  000  0 – 0-4-3

UP (6-2)......... 002  110  x – 4-7-3

Pitching:

WP – Corey Gilligan

LP – Andrew Marquez

Hitting: Nicholas Gonzales (2-1b, RBI); Zach Nothwehr (1b, 1R, RBI); Brad Andrews (3b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

AC (1-2)........041  001  0 – 6-10-1

UP (6-3)........000  010  1 – 2-  6-2

Pitching:

WP – Brandon Ray

LP – Joe Valentino

Hitting: Cody Chaqnon (2b, 1b); Nicolas Gonzales (1b, RBI); Brad Andrews (1h, 1R), UPIKE.



UPIKE..............9-5

Tougaloo..........1-4

TOUGALOO, Miss. — Erik Manning and Cody Chagnon belted home runs to power the University of Pikeville Bears to a 5-4 win over Tougaloo (Miss.) and complete a doubleheader sweep at the Coleman Athletic Complex on Feb. 9.

Rashawn Farrell added two hits, scored one run and drove in another.

In the opener, Chaz Contreras had a pair of triples and scored three times in a 9-1 win. Sean Ryan doubled and drove in two runs. Chagnon belted a solo home run and Brad Andrews had a double and drove in one run.



At Tougaloo, Miss.

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (4-3)........014  200  2 – 9-11-0

TC (0-3)........000  001  0 – 1-  4-2

Pitching:

WP – Joe Valentino

LP – Michael Glasper

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (HR, 1R, RBI); Chaz Contreras (2-3b, 3R, RBI); Sean Ryan (2b, 2RBIs); Brad Andrews (2b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (5-3)....000  021  011 – 5-13-1

TC (0-4)....101  010  010 – 4-  8-1

Pitching:

WP – Bryce Carden

LP – John Alford

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (HR, 1R, RBI); Erik Manning (HR, 2-1b, 2R, RBI); Rashawn Farrell (2-1b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE



UPIKE..............5-5

Tougaloo..........2-4

TOUGALOO, Miss. — Behind a pair of solid starting pitching performances, the University of Pikeville baseball team swept doubleheader at Tougaloo (Miss.), capturing game one 5-2 and edging the Bulldogs in the finale 5-4 on Feb. 8.

Corey Gilligan (1-0) went to the mound to earn the win in the opener, scattering five hits for just two runs with five strikeouts in just over six innings.

Zak Sutherland (1-0) picked up the second win, going 4 and 1/3 innings with four runs allowed on three hits with three strikeouts.

Catcher Cody Chagnon went 3-for-4 with a double and stolen base and both first baseman Nicolas Gonzales and designated hitter Sean Ryan went 2-for-3 at the plate. Gonzales tallied an RBI and double, while Ryan drove in a run and stole a base.



At Tougaloo, Miss.

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (2-3)........001  002  2 – 5-11-0

TC (0-1)........002  000  0 – 2-  5-1

Pitching:

WP – Corey Gilligan

LP – Rodney McKay

Hitting: Cody Chagnon (2-1b, 2B); Nicolas Gonzales (2b, 1b, RBI); Connor Osborne (2b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE

At Tougaloo, Miss.

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (3-3)...............300 020 – 5-8-2

TC (0-2)............. 000  040 – 4-5-0

Pitching:

WP – Zak Sutherland

LP – Bennie Warner

Hitting:  Chaz Contreras (1b, 2RBIs); Connor Osborne (2-1b, 1R); Erik Manning (1b, 1R, RBI), UPIKE.



UPIKE..............2-8

St. Andrews......3-4

LAURINBURG, N.C. — Sean Ryan tallied four hits and Cody Chagnon drove in three runs to help the University of Pikeville split at St. Andrews (N.C.) on Sunday in the Bears’ season-opening series.

The Knights (2-1) won two out of three games over the weekend, but it could have easily swung the other way with UPIKE falling 3-2 in eight innings in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader. Outhitting St. Andrews 12-5 in the finale, UPIKE closed its trip with an 8-4 win.

Corey Gilligan went the distance on the mound in the loss, throwing 7 and 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Joe Valentino picked up the win for the Bears, allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts in just over three innings.



At Laurinburg, N.C.

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (0-2)........100  000  10 – 2-6-1

SA (2-0).........110  000  01 – 3-5-3

Pitching:

WP – D’Aundray VanSlyke

LP – Corey Gilligan

Hitting: Nicholas Gonzales (1h, 1R); Zach Nothwehr (1h, 1R); Sean Ryan (2h), UPIKE.

At Laurinburg, N.C.

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:      R-H-E

UP (1-2)........102  110  3 – 8-12-1

SA (2-1).........200  200  0 – 4-  5-3

Pitching:

WP – Joe Valentino

LP – Austin Weber

Hitting: Brad Andrews (2b, 1b, 1R); Zach Nothwehr (2-1b, 3R); Erick Manning (3-1b, 1R, 2RBIs); Sean Ryan (2-1b, 1R, 2RBIs), UPIKE



St. Andrews.........2

UPIKE..................0

LAURINBURG, N.C. — St. Andrews (N.C.) scored a run in the first inning and that’s all it would take as the University of Pikeville baseball team was shutout in its season opener on Feb. 1.

The Knights added another run in the fifth inning to earn the 2-0 win as UPIKE’s Zak Sutherland was handed the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks in five innings.

Sutherland struck out six Knight batters.

Joe McCarty impressed for St. Andrews (1-0), going the distance for the win while scattering three hits with five strikeouts.

Left fielder Zack Nothwehr, third baseman Erik Manning and right fielder Corey Adams picked up the Bears’ three hits, while catcher Cody Chagnon drew a walk.



At Laurinburg, N.C.

SCORE BY INNINGS:       R-H-E

UP (0-1)...........000  000  0 – 0-3-2

SA (1-0)...........100   010  x – 2-7-0

Pitching:

WP – Joe McCarty

LP – Zak Sutherland

Hitting: Zach Nothwehr, Erik Manning and Corey Adams, 1b




Recently we spent a Sunday afternoon hiking.  One of the members of this party is my 4 year old grandson, Eli.

The hike was for the joy of a sunny weekend afternoon, exploring somewhere we’d never been and of course, some exercise.

Watching Eli and his older brother was worth the whole trip. Early on, Eli announced “I need injury” and his father was there to help him understand the difference between injury and energy.

All along the way it was discovery and excitement. A rock was overturned and a salamander appeared, marks on trees told us bears had been there and a number of trees toppled over gave an opportunity to talk about the power of wind.

You could almost see the gears turning in their heads. I love the inquisitive spirit that is especially strong in children.

I’m afraid us adults too often become dull and don’t get excited about new things and learning —growing up. It is not supposed to end, it is supposed to grow too.

A shout out to Eli and a thank you too for reminding me, and I hope all of you, to never stop digging around and exploring God and what he has created.

PMC Chaplain Randy Johnson may be reached at 606-218-3915 or via e-mail at randy.johnson@pikevillehospital.org.


Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
PRESS CONFERENCE: University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley (left) announced the creation of the Kentucky College of Optometry at Booth Auditorium on Feb. 26. Below, Gov. Steve Beshear told those on hand the state had kicked off the new school with $1.5 million in ARC grants.


PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville’s growth took a monumental step forward with the announcement of the Kentucky College of Optometry.

President Dr. James Hurley told a crowd at Booth Auditorium on Feb. 26 that UPIKE will become the 22nd college in the country and first in the southeast region of the country, which covers Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Twenty-five percent of the counties in Kentucky do not have a practicing optometrist,” Hurley said.

Hurley said the new school, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would create 11,300 new jobs within five years.

“We will have 240 new students on campus and there will be 60 students per class,” Hurley added.

UPIKE will offer a four-year Post Baccalaureate Professional Degree once a new 90,000-square foot facility is completed.

The new facility will also allow the university to expand the nursing program, resulting in an increase of degrees.

“We will also be able to expand health sciences and develop programs in occupational and physical therapy,” he said.

Gov. Steve Beshear welcomed the announcement and said it helps kick off the SOAR program.

“This announcement today helps the Commonwealth at large to reach our goals when it comes to healthcare and creating more jobs,” Beshear said.

State Senator Ray S. Jones II said UPIKE is dedicated in its effort to halt the “brain drain” in eastern Kentucky.

“This is a milestone for not only eastern Kentucky but Central Appalachia,” Jones said. “Hopefully this will keep our best and brightest students at home.”

Hurley said Kentucky becomes one of only two states that allows laser as a scope of practice.

“Today’s announcement is a product of this bold vision,” said Hurley. “It was developed by faculty and staff, our trustees, alumni, community stakeholders, and most importantly, our students. Our board of trustees is fully committed to creating this opportunity for a new community of learners. UPIKE will provide the financial and human resources necessary to have one of the finest colleges of optometry in the nation.”

Gov. Beshear said the state was able to provide $1.5 million through ARC grants. The new school will generate $8.5 million in tuition revenue and have a $6 million economic impact.

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