Elijah Kennith Dwayne Tackett, son of Isabella Hall and Cory Tackett, born Jan. 28, weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz.

Braylon O’Neil Smith, son of Kayla Howell and Ryan Smith, born Feb. 12, weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz.

Madison Grace Carter, daughter of Ashely and Dusty Carter, born Feb. 13, weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.

Karson Dean Burchett, son of Barbara and Eddie Burchett, born Feb. 13, weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz.

Sienna Drew Elswick, twin daughter of Jennifer and Joshua Elswick, born Feb. 13, weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz.

Salem Eve Elswick, twin daughter of Jennifer and Joshua Elswick, born Feb. 13, weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.

Savannah Faith Blankenship, daughter of Charity and Robert Blankenship, born Feb. 13, weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz.

Kaylibel Danielle Griffey, daughter of Monica Skeens and Brian Griffey, born Feb. 13, weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz.

Eli Gauge Baker, son of Alyssa Estep Baker and Ricky Baker, born Feb. 14, weight: 8 lbs.

Brayden Mark Lee Craft, son of Ella Kay Tackett, born Feb. 14, weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Logan Wayne Cable, son of Lisa Tackett and Terry Cable, born Feb. 15, weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz.

Maci Marie Ann Cole, daughter of Heather and Lowell Cole, born Feb. 17, weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.

Colton Jaxon Taylor, son of Kayla Hall and Charles Taylor, born Feb. 17, weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.

Addison Raelyn Mullins, daughter of Natasha Skeens and Daniel Lonnie Mullins, born Feb. 17, weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.

Eli Karson Stewart, son of Katlin Kelly and Kyle Stewart, born Feb. 17, weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz.

Mason Randall Glenn Roberts, son of Jodie and Gerald Roberts, born Feb. 18, weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.

Easton Jase Crowder, son of Lamikka and Logan Crowder, born Feb. 18, weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz.

Ethan Tyler Burnett, son of Jennifer and Dallas Burnett, born Feb. 18, weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.

Karter Wayne Edmiston, son of Britiany Leedy and Kristopher Edmiston, born Feb. 18, weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.

Sawyer Harrison Davis, son of Brandi and Mike Davis, born Feb. 18, weight: 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Jeremiah Jaxon Cochran, son of Mandy and Jordan Cochran, born Feb. 19, weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.

Jonah Scott Runyon, son of Marina and Jason Runyon, born Feb. 19, weight: 8 lbs. 9 oz.

Jaeda Jeannette Henriquez, daughter of Megan Johnson, born Feb. 19, weight: 7 lbs. 1 oz.

Sofie Rose Williams, daughter of Charlotte and Jason Williams, born Feb. 19, weight: 10 lbs. 4 oz.

Christopher Ryder Hall, son of Christy and Jeremy Hall, born Feb. 20, weight: 9 lbs. 11 oz.

Corbin Joseph Vinton Bentley, son of Ashley Thacker of Billy Bentley, born Feb. 20, weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.

Colton Ryder Cure, son of Amy Cure, born Feb. 21, weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.

Raegan Elizabeth Conn, daughter of Wendy and Russell Conn, born Feb. 21, weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz.

Toby Nelson Akers, son of Christina Iles and Andrew Akers, born Feb. 22, weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz.

Elijah Brent Coleman, son of Ashley and Charles Coleman, born Feb. 22, weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz.

Kerrah Gabriella Vazquez, son of Chasity Thacker and Julio Vazquez, born Feb. 22, weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz.

Zachary Rylan Moore, son of Alissa and James Moore, born Feb. 22, weight: 5 lbs. 2 oz.

Scarlett Cheyenne Baisden, daughter of Stephanie Elkins and Zachary Baisden, born Feb. 22, weight: 8 lbs. 13 oz.

Aiden Connor Steffey, son of Selena and Steven Steffey, born Feb. 23, weight: 4 lbs. 15 oz.

Connor Steven Adkins, son of Lorie and Christopher Adkins, born Feb. 24, weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

Kinlee Elizabeth Little, daughter of Maya Little, born Feb. 24, weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz.

Lilah Rayne Dotson, daughter of Cortland Fields, born Feb. 24, weight: 7 lbs. 4 oz.

Alexis Cheyenne Deboard, daughter of Shawna Drumheller and Corey Deboard, born Feb. 24, weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz.

Silas James Josiah Collins, son of Jamey Wiley, born Feb. 23, weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz.

Lincoln Daniel Anderson, son of Lacy and Daniel Anderson, born Feb. 25, weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.

Shelby Grace Adkins, daughter of Julie and DD Akins, born Feb. 26, weight: 7 lbs. 3.4 oz.

Alexander Fares Khater, son of Nisrine Boa Malhab and Fares Jaques Khater, born Feb. 27, weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.

Gabriella Nisrine Khater, daughter of Nisrine Bou Malhab and Fares Jaques Khater, born Feb. 27, weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz.

Arianna Lynn Brown, daughter of Kimberly and Allen Brown, born Feb. 27, weight: 6 lbs.

Alyssa Madison Rae Waddles, daughter of Nicole Layne and Danny Waddles, born Feb. 27, weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

Sophie Madel Deskins, daughter of Misty and David Deskins, born Feb. 28, weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.

Garrison McKale Meade, son of Haley Combs and Mason Meade, born Feb. 28, weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz.

Tristan Bentley Porter, son of Jennifer Mullis and Timothy Porter Jr., born Feb. 28, weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.




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FOR THE LOVE OF HER SONS: Prestonsburg resident Billie Chain, pictured here with her two autistic sons, organized the walk four years ago to raise awareness about autism.

PRESTONSBURG — Organizers are seeking donations and sponsors for the 4th Annual East Kentucky Autism Awareness Walk, which will be held in Prestonsburg at 11 a.m. on April 12.

Hosted by the Eastern Kentucky Autism Awareness support group, the walk features numerous activities and games for children and prizes donated by local businesses.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, generally appears in the first three years of a child’s life. It affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills, making it difficult for children to communicate and interact with others. 

Billie Chain, the mother of Matthew and William, twin boys who are autistic and face other health issues, organized the walk four years ago to increase awareness about autism. When she first moved to Floyd County, people did not understand why her children acted differently in public than other kids.

Things have slowing been changing, Chain said, thanks to awareness walks in Floyd, Pike and Mingo counties. Her boys, receiving several types of therapy at Pikeville Medical Center and an autism center in Louisville, have progressed tremendously.

They still can’t speak, but they are communicating better, she explained.

“They are becoming more aware of their surroundings,” she said, “and they are definitely communicating through pictures.”

They use cards with pictures to show her things they want and need.

“I got the best Christmas present out of William,” she said. “I was peeling him a tangerine and he tapped me on the back and handed me a paper towel. I turned around and saw that his brother had a nose bleed. That was the best Christmas present I could have gotten. He fully understood that his brother needed help.”

She asks the public to participate in an autism awareness walk this year. She is also seeking donations for the walk in Prestonsburg.

“The biggest thing we need right now is we’re trying to get t-shirts for the kids,” said Chain. “Any other kind of donation anyone could give would also be great. We always try to get donations of things that we can give away to reward parents and kids who come to this walk.”

Dozens of items were given away at the walk last year. More than 250 people from Floyd, Pike, Martin, Johnson, Knott, Perry and Pike counties attended.

“We want anybody who wants to come to come, regardless of what county they are from,” Chain said. 

For more information, contact Chain at 606-226-3003 or by emailing eastkyautismawareness.com. Donations may be mailed to at East Ky. Autism Awareness Support Group, C/O Billie Chain, P.O. Box 182, Banner, Ky. 41603.


PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Idol started eight years ago as a way to showcase talented vocalists.

It’s turned into the premiere talent showcase in eastern Kentucky.

The Big Sandy Idol regional competition will take place March 7-8 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Thirty-four up-and-coming entertainers will take the stage in the two-night event, which culminates in the crowning of the Big Sandy Idol.

“It’s just very exciting for all of us,” said Clayton Case, director of Fine Arts at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. “Every year, the event gets bigger and better, and it seems like weeks following the show, we are already making plans for the next year.”

Big Sandy Idol started in 2006 to showcase high school vocalists within the BSCTC service area. 

“It’s widely known that our region is home to some of the most dynamic artists in the genres of country music,” Case added. “We wanted to provide a stage for young artists to compete and be heard.”

It was an instant success.  Big Sandy Idol not only provided a regional platform to compete on the stage at the Mountain Arts Center, it provided the college’s Big Sandy Singers a recruiting tool.  The Big Sandy Singers is an elite, auditioned group of BSCTC students that perform throughout the region.  The singers are also ambassadors of the college and work closely in recruitment efforts at local high schools.

“The Big Sandy Singers is why I am here,” said Case, who was a part of the group from 2004 to 2006.  Case also performed with the Kentucky Opry from 2000 to 2008.  “I think it is important to provide our youth with different avenues to build on their talents.”

Big Sandy Idol has morphed into much more than a regional talent competition.  More than 500 students compete in school-based auditions and two performers (a winner and runner-up) are selected from each school to compete in the regional competition.

Throughout the year, the Big Sandy Singers hosts vocal camps and workshops for students to grow their talent.

“The talent in our high schools absolutely amaze me every year,” said Case. “Just when you think it cannot get better, it does.”

The best part about the Big Sandy Idol program is it allows students the opportunity to build on their skills as part of the Big Sandy Singers. Since its inception, the Big Sandy Idol and Big Sandy Singers program have awarded more than 60 full scholarships to BSCTC.

“It’s about providing students the opportunity to showcase their talent, but it’s also about showing them how important education is as well,” Case added.  Former Big Sandy Singers have gone on to finish college and are successful in many fields, including music.

Case has big plans for Big Sandy Idol and the Big Sandy Singers program. This year, he expanded the Big Sandy Singers to include three musicians in hopes of having a full band accompany the vocal group in the future. 

This year, Big Sandy Idol allowed contestants to play an instrument as well.

“The future is bright,” said Case.

For more information on Big Sandy Idol or the Big Sandy Singers program, contact Case at 606- 886-7388 or email ccase0005@kctcs.edu.

To purchase tickets, call 888-MAC-ARTS or visit http://macarts.com.




PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center will host “Monster Nation” next week.

The Monster Nation “Scene of the Smash” monster truck show will be held March 14-16 at the Expo Center.

The legendary Monster Bigfoot will lead the field of 10,000-pound Monster Machines, including monster trucks called Over Bored, Toxic, Red Solo Truck, Walking Tall and Fatal Attraction.

“We are pleased to welcome Monster Nation to the East Kentucky Expo Center,” said John Mazzola, General Manager of the  East Kentucky Expo Center. “Monster Nation brings the top trucks and the Monster Nation crew knows what it takes to put on an exciting show. I have challenged them to bring us something exciting that is guaranteed to please our crowd and they have presented a plan that will do just that.”

The Monsters will battle in three separate competitions during each performance.  The tailgate-ripping Wheelie Contest is first, where each driver attempts to stand his 10’ tall truck straight in the air.  The next event is elimination-style head-to-head racing around an oval course.  But what will certainly complete the scene is the no-rules, no holds barred Demolition Freestyle competition.  The entire floor of the East Kentucky Expo Center will be open season for the SCENE OF THE SMASH freestyle competition.

The show will also feature the most powerful Smart Car on the planet — a 2,000 horsepower, jet powered Smart Car.

Freestyle Motocross stars of FMX East will also perform.

A meet and greet will be held in the Monster Nation Pit Party before the show from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Pit passes are available at the Expo Center.

Free Monster Nation autograph sessions will be held after each show.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 14-15, at 3 p.m. on March 16.

For more information, call 800-745-2000 or visit http://ticketmaster.com.

HICO, W.Va. — Don’t look now but the Tug Valley Lady Panthers are headed to the state tournament.

The Lady Panthers started quickly against host Midland Trail and rolled to a 59-26 win in the Class A, Region 3 co-final at Midland Trail High School on March 5.

Tug Valley, now 10-12, advances to face top-seeded Huntington St. Joe at the Charleston Civic Center next week. Midland Trail’s season ends at 11-12.

Hannah Armstrong paced the Lady Panthers with a game-high 18 points. Areanna Vance followed with 13 and Taylor Parsley chipped in with eight.

Tug Valley’s defense was solid, not allowing a single Midland Trail player to finish in double figures.  Madison Syner led the way with eight.



At Hico, W.Va.

(Class 1, Region 3 co-final)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

TV (10-12).........15  16  18  10 – 59

MT (11-12)...........6    9    5    6 – 26

Scoring:

Tug Valley (59) – Adreanna Vance 5 3-4 13; Paeton Marcum 1 0-0 2; Taylor Parsley 4 0-0 8; Emily Baisden 3 0-0 6; Savannah Wilson 1 0-2 2; Hannah Armstrong 9 0-4 18; Katie Robinson 3 0-0 6; Madison May 1 0-0 2; and Elizabeth Dotson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 3-12 59.

Midland Trail (26) – Abby Sevy 0(1) 0-0 3; Makenna Nickell 1 0-0 2; Jesika Cooper 2 1-6 5; Emily Carte 1 0-0 2; Marissa Workman 2 0-0 4; Madison Syner 2 4-8 8; and Emily Keeney 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9(1) 5-14 26.


PIKEVILLE — For the first time in Mid-South Conference history, a student-athlete has earned player of the week honors in three consecutive award periods as the University of Pikeville’s Bruce Reed tallied the trio of honors on Monday.

The conference has had multiple players named player of the week three times in a season, but Reed is the first to do it back-to-back-to-back.

Reed closed out the regular season leading the No. 2 Bears to a pair of home wins. He averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in wins over Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 23 St. Catharine (Ky.).

The Olathe, Kan., native recorded a double-double on Thursday to help UPIKE to a 67-64 win over Campbellsville.

Reed tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds to fight off the upset bid. He also chipped in three assists in the win.

On Saturday, Reed made 13-of-18 shots from the field and all nine of his free throws to score 36 points in a 95-77 decision over St. Catharine.

He added five rebounds, four assists and two blocks to help the Bears cap a perfect 19-0 home record in 2013-14.

For the week, Reed shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the field, including making 50 percent (1-for-2) from behind the arc.

He was great from the stripe, shooting 92.3 percent (12-of-13).

Reed leads the MSC in total blocks (56) and blocks per game (1.9). He is second in the conference in scoring (18.5) and fourth in field-goal percentage (55.1 percent).

Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and 15th in field-goal percentage.

Pikeville closed out the regular season at 27-2 overall and 17-1 in the MSC. The top-seeded Bears open MSC Tournament play on Thursday against No. 8-seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 3 p.m. ET in Lebanon, Tenn.


Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
DOWN THE LANE: Belfry’s Dawson Isom leaps to the basket and attempts to score as Pike County Central’s Alex Holbrook (32) defends. The Hawks knocked off the Pirates to win the 60th District Tournament championship on Feb. 27.

BUCKLEY’S CREEK — Pike Central took the lead early in the opening half and the Hawks rode the wave to a 60-53 win over Belfry in the 60th District Tournament championship game at The Hawks Nest on Feb. 27.

The Hawks, now 15-10, had beaten the Pirates (8-18) in both regular season matchups by a combined three points.

Andrew Fields had a career game for the Hawks, netting a game-high 27 points.

Alex Holbrook tossed in 11.

Belfry’s Garrett Fannin paced the Pirates with 24 points. Cole Bentley added 10.

Both teams advanced to this week’s regional tournament.



At Buckley’s Creek

(60th District Championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

Belfry (8-18)....12    6  14  21 – 53

PCC (15-10)...13  12  14  21 – 60

Scoring:

Belfry (53) – Garrett Fannin 24, Austin Woolum 3, Cole Bentley 10, Dawson Isom 6, Nathan Copley 2, Trey Price 2 and Cameron Catron 6.

Pike County Central (60) – Ethan Blackburn 5, Braxton Tibbs 6, Andrew Fields 27, Alex Holbrook 11, Tyler Burnett 7 and Teddy Smith 4.



Belfry................41

Pike Central......23

BUCKLEY’S CREEK — Belfry pulled away from Pike County Central in the second period and the Lady Pirates cruised to a 41-23 win in the 60th District Tournament championship game at The Hawks Nest on Feb. 27.

Pike Central, now 8-20, managed to hit just one of 15 field goal attempts in the second half and scored just 12 points total over the final three quarters.

Emily Baker led Belfry with a game-high 18 points. Candace Gilman and Paige Goff chipped in six each.

Pike Central’s Madison Mullins paced the Lady Hawks with 12 points. Abby Little added five.

Both teams advanced to this week’s regional tournament.



At Buckley’s Creek

(60th District Championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PCC (8-20).........11    6   0   6 – 23

Belfry (13-16)...14   16   7   4 – 41

Scoring:

Pike County Central (23) – Cassidy Mullins 3, Abby Little 5, Taylor Hamilton 3 and  Madison Mullins 12.

Belfry (41) – Emily Baker 18, Jaden Cisco 2, Candace Gilman 6, Paige Goff 6, Ariel Mounts 5, Taylor Maynard 2 and Robbie Brewer 2.


Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
ON THE MOVE: Letcher Central’s Kim Meade (right) helped lead the Lady Cougars to the 53rd District Tournament championship with a win over Knott County Central on Feb. 28.


INSIDE GAME: Pike County Central’s Madison Mullins fires up this shot during the 60th District Tournament championship game on Feb. 27. Looking on are Belfry’s Emily Baker (23) and Shae Smothers (20).



HINDMAN — Letcher Central built a double-digit lead against Knott Central, but had to hang on down the stretch to escape with a 61-58 win in the 53rd District Tournament championship game at Knott County Central on Feb. 28.

The Lady Cougars, now 21-7, advanced to the regional tournament along with the Lady Patriots (18-12).

LCC led 24-7 at halftime and 37-25 after three quarters before KCC rallied down the stretch.

Cheyenne Stidham paced the Lady Cougars with 21 points. Kim Meade tossed in 13 and Courtney Brock added 11.

KCC’s Hayley Short led all scorers with 22 points. Savannah Hatmaker also net in double figures with 13.



At Hindman

(53rd District Championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

KCC (18-12)......1    6  18   33 – 58

LCC (21-7)........7  17   13  24 – 61

Scoring:

Knott County Central (58) – Hayley Short 22, Kristen Waugh 8, Savannah Hatmaker 13, Hannah Hollified 6, Stacey Stamper 2 and Faith Slone 7.

Letcher County Central (61) – Cheyenne Stidham 21, Kelli Quillen 5, Kristina Bentley 6, Courtney Brock 11, Kim Meade 13, Sara Baker 1 and Kelly Adams 4. 



Letcher Cent......46

June Buchanan..44

HINDMAN — Letcher Central was pushed by June Buchanan but the Lady Cougars survived with a 46-44 win in the 53rd District Tournament semifinals at Knott County Central on Feb. 26.

Sara Baker paced the Lady Cougars (20-7) with 15 points. She was the only LCC player in double figures.

June Buchanan’s Jackie Henderson tallied 15 to share game-high honors with Baker. Brianna Cox added 12 for the Lady Crusaders, who finished up 14-11.



At Hindman

(53rd District Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JB (14-11)..........7   11   17   9 – 44

LCC (20-7)........8   19   13   6 – 46

Scoring:

June Buchanan (44) – Jackie Henderson 15, Kirstin Handshoe 2, Brianna Cox 12, Megan Hall 9 and McKayla  Likens 6.

Letcher County Central (46) – Cheyenne Stidham 7, Kelli Quillen 3, Kristina Bentley 8, Courtney Brock 2, Kim Meade 5, Sara Baker 15 and Kelly Adams 6.


By LEE McCLELLAN
Ky. Afield

FRANKFORT — With much of Kentucky covered in a sundae made of snow topped with a crust of ice, fishing season seems millennia away.

The sun gets higher in the southern sky with each passing day; it is only a matter of time before this horrible weather pattern breaks. Use this dark and cold time to prepare for the inevitable coming of the spring fishing season.

Get your gear organized. While we change lures or rigs in haste while fishing, most of us just shove things such as bags of soft plastic lures, jigs or leaders into the first pocket in our tackle bag we find.

For most anglers, the tackle bag goes onto a shelf in the garage in fall until fishing season begins the next spring. Take the time now to get out all of your tackle and go through it. Throw away torn up soft plastic lures, replace worn spinnerbait or jig skirts and put everything back where it belongs. Then, you can actually find the lures or tackle when you need them this spring.

Organizing your tackle is especially important if you fish for different species from different platforms such as fishing from a motor boat for largemouth bass, wading for trout in the Cumberland River or floating for stream smallmouth bass in a canoe or kayak. Your tackle and lures easily grow into mishmash by the end of the fishing year.

Use closeout season to upgrade your fishing rods or reels. The large catalog outfitters routinely clearance many of their fishing items at this time of year to make room for new models. Earlier models of reels or rods usually perform just as well as the new models. Remember, those same rods and reels were cutting edge when they debuted on the market, usually just a couple of years ago. You can often find them at a steep discount, sometimes 50 percent or more off the original price right now.

This is a great time to buy closeout lures as well as steeply discounted fishing waders, wade boots and fishing vests. It is also a good time to buy deer or waterfowl hunting gear at great prices.

The clearance season is a good time for journeyman anglers to specialize their rods and reels. When most of us start fishing, we use one or two rods for all of our fishing, regardless of species sought or water body fished.  They are all we have. As fishing experience develops your skill level to a higher plane, the one or two rod approach doesn’t work anymore. You don’t want to fish jigs in heavy cover for largemouth bass with a light power rod or use a medium-heavy power rod for crappie.

Remember the difference between a rod’s power and action. The power of a rod determines what fishing situation the rod’s design allows. For example, a light power spinning rod usually handles from 4- to 8-pound test line and lures from 1/16-ounce to 5/16-ounce. This rod is a poor choice for throwing ½-ounce jigs into heavy cover for largemouth bass, but great for fishing 1/8-ounce tube jigs for stream smallmouth bass.

The bend point of the rod determines its action. Extra fast action rods bend mostly in the tip section, making them extremely sensitive and good for bottom presentations in deep water. Fast action rods bend mostly in the upper one-third of the rod and provide backbone for hook sets and fighting fish, but still allowing some forgiveness.

Moderate action rods make excellent live bait rods as their softness doesn’t rip bait off the hook, but they still have enough strength in the lower half of the rod to battle a fish. A slow action rod bends for most of its length and is used mainly for casting live bait a long distance.

Match the power and action of a rod to the fishing situation when upgrading rods.

Respool all of your reels. Line is the only connection between the fish and you. It is also relatively cheap. You can respool a reel with monofilament line for less than the cost of a large candy bar. Fluorocarbon lines cost much more, but a respool with even the highest end fluorocarbon line costs less than one fast food lunch. Fishing line weakens with exposure to sunlight, water and use. Old line will let you down when you can afford it least. Avoid the gut punch that comes with breaking off huge largemouth bass, catfish, striped bass or trout because you didn’t replace old, worn line.

Finally, study maps of the lakes or rivers you plan to fish this coming year. Most anglers feel more comfortable fishing structures they can see. Fishing visual structure puts you at the end of a long line of anglers.

Map study illuminates underwater humps, points that extend well out into the lake and river rock bars known only to ship captains. The farther from shore you can find fishable structures, the more likely you are to find trophies.

Trophy fish flee human activity. They don’t grow large by being caught. Find subtle offshore areas to fish and separate from the crowd.

Get organized, upgrade your rods, respool your reels and spend a few icy February evenings with a cup of hot chocolate and a map in your lap. You’ll have a leg up on spring fishing when this long, horrid winter finally ends.


Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
LOOSE BALL: Prestonsburg guard Jarredd Jarrell (floor) battles with Betsy Layne’s Lako Daniels (20) for the basketball during the 58th District Tournament championship game on Feb. 28. The Bobcats topped the Blackcats.

PRESTONSBURG — Betsy Layne used balanced scoring to pull away from Prestonsburg in the second half and roll to a 67-52 win in the 58th District Tournament championship game at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 28.

Betsy Layne, now 26-5, won its 16th district tournament championship, the most of any school in the 58th District.

The Bobcats played without starting guard Dylan Meade who was sidelined with a high ankle sprain that was suffered in Betsy Layne’s win over South Floyd on Feb. 25.

Betsy Layne took the early lead against the Blackcats (14-17) and never trailed the entire game.

Peyton Case, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored 13 points along with Dustin Rogers and Andrew Tackett to lead the Bobcats. Dalton Meade tossed in 12 and Dylan Hamilton added 10.

The Blackcats were paced by Dalton Frasure’s game-high 15 points. Jarredd Jarrell followed with 14 and Grant Martin chipped in eight.

Both teams advanced to the regional tournament.

At Prestonsburg

(58th District Championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

P’burg (14-17).12  11  12  18 – 53

BL (26-5)..........18  13  16  20 – 67

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (53) – Dalton Frasure 15, Jarredd Jarrell 14, Grant Martin 8, Jarrin Hall 8, Aaron Foley 4, Bailey Slone 3 and Scott Stapleton 1.Totals: 17(2) 13-20 53.

Betsy Layne (67) – Peyton Case 13, Dustin Rogers 13, Andrew Tackett 13, Dalton Meade 12, Dylan Hamilton 10 and Lako Daniels 6. Totals: 25(4) 5-9 67.

All Conference Team: Galvin Greene (Piarist); Michael Martin and Tyler Daniels (South Floyd); Junior Handshoe, Cameron Hamilton and Austin Salisbury (Allen Central); Jarredd Jarrell, Dalton Frasure, Jarrin Hall and Aaron Foley (Prestonsburg); Dylan Meade, Dylan Hamilton, Lako Daniels and Dustin Rogers (Betsy Layne).

Player of the Year: Peyton Case (Betsy Layne)

All-Tournament Team: Tyler Stumbo (Piarist); Austin Bailey and J.R. Tackett (South Floyd); Devon Horn and Cameron Hamilton (Allen Central); Jarredd Jarrell, Jarrin Hall and Dalton Frasure (Prestonsburg); Dylan Hamilton, Dalton Meade, Dustin Rogers and Andrew Tackett (Betsy Layne).

Tournament MVP: Peyton Case (Betsy Layne).



Prestonsburg.....63

Allen Central.....61

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg’s Grant Martin hit the game-winning shot along the left baseline with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift the Blackcats to a thrilling 63-61 win over Allen Central in the 58th District Tournament semifinals at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 26.

The Rebels, who finished 13-13, had one last chance to tie or win, but had a shot broken up. Allen Central has now not reached the regional tournament since 2008, the longest streak of any 58th District school.

Meanwhile, the Blackcats punched its ticket to the regional tournament for the third straight year.

Jarredd Jarrell led Prestonsburg (14-16) with a game-high 22 points. Dalton Frasure added 15 and Jarrin Hall chipped in nine.

Cameron Hamilton paced the Rebels with 18 points while Devon Horn added 13. Junior Handshoe and Austin Salisbury tossed in eight each.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

AC (13-13).......13  23    9  16 – 61

P’burg (14-16).12  23  16  12 – 63

Scoring:

Allen Central (61) – Cameron Hamilton 18, Devon Horn 13, Junior Handshoe 8, Austin Salisbury 8, Mason Nelson 7, Jared Hamilton 3, Braxton Tackett 2 and Jordan Akers 2. Totals: 23(2) 9-19 61.

Prestonsburg (63) – Jarredd Jarrell 22, Dalton Frasure 15, Jarrin Hall 9, Aaron Foley 5, Jordan Ray 4, Grant Martin 4, Scott Stapleton 2 and Blake LeMaster 2. Totals: 18(5) 12-25 63.



GIRLS

Allen Central.....45

Betsy Layne.......42

PRESTONSBURG — Allen Central held on in the second half to turn back Betsy Layne, 45-42, in the 58th District Tournament championship at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 27.

The Lady Rebels, now 13-9, captured their second straight tournament title. They last repeated as champs in 1996-97. It was Allen Central’s 16th championship.

Allen Central landed three starters in double-figure scoring as Sarah Rife, the tournament’s most valuable player, led the way with a game-high 16 points. Krista Parsons added 11 and Elizabeth Prater scored 10.

Chloe Johnson paced the Lady Bobcats (10-19) with 15 points. Katie Tackett tossed in 11.

Both teams advanced to the regional tournament.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District Championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BL (10-19)..........7  12  14    9 – 42

AC (13-9).........14  11    9  11 – 45

Scoring:

Betsy Layne (42) – Chloe Johnson 15, Katie Tackett 11, Brandy Morrow 7, Kelsi Tackett 4, Emily Kidd 3 and Megan Frazier 2. Totals: 12(3) 9-15 42.

Allen Central (45) – Sarah Rife 16, Krista Parsons 11, Elizabeth Prater 10, Brooklyn Martin 5, DeShea Elliott 2 and Kasey Poston 1. Totals: 19 7-12 45.

All Conference Team: Brook Potter (South Floyd); Cathryn Calhoun and Lauren Wright (Piarist); Jana Jarvis, Tiffany Meadows and Allyson DeRossett (Prestonsburg); Emily Kidd, Brandy Morrow, Chloe Johnson and Kelsi Tackett (Betsy Layne); DeShea Elliott, Brooklyn Martin, Krista Parsons and Elizabeth Prater (Allen Central).

Player of the Year: Sarah Rife (Allen Central).

All Tournament Team: Taylor Berger (South Floyd); Cathryn Calhoun and Shelby Lemaster (Piarist); Jana Jarvis and Tiffany Meadows (Prestonsburg); Brandy Morrow, Chloe Johnson and Kelsi Tackett (Betsy Layne); Brooklyn Martin, DeShea Elliott, Elizabeth Prater and Krista Parsons (Allen Central).

Tournament MVP: Sarah Rife (Allen Central).



Betsy Layne.......53

Prestonsburg.....44

PRESTONSBURG —  Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg combined for 68 fouls in a game that saw the Lady Cats score a 53-44 win in the 58th District Tournament semifinals at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 26.

The Lady Cats, now 10-18, shot 51  total free throws as the two teams combined for 79 total.

Five Prestonsburg (8-22) players fouled out of the game, including two starters.

Brandy Morrow poured in a game-high 16 points to lead Betsy Layne. Emily Kidd followed with 10 and Katie Tackett added nine.

Tiffany Meadows and Jana Jarvis led the Lady Blackcats with 10 points each. Allyson DeRossett and Maddy Ousley added six apiece.



At Prestonsburg

(58th District Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

P’burg (8-22).....3  13  12  16 – 44

BL (10-18)..........9  17  13  14 – 53

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (44) – Jana Jarvis 10, Tiffany Meadows 10, Allyson DeRossett 6, Maddy Ousley 6, Shantele Collins 4, Reesce Endiott 4, Lauren Click 2, Jackie Kidd 1 and Madison Rainey 1. Totals: 12(2) 15-28 44.

Betsy Layne (53) – Brandy Morrow 16, Emily Kidd 10, Katie Tackett 9, Kelsi Tackett 7, Eddi Akers 7 and Chloe Johnson 4. Totals: 15(2) 15-51 53.


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