PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center is hosting a free program to help people kick the habit.

The center’s smoking cessation class begins on April 9. Participants will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center through July 2.

 The program, developed by two University of Kentucky faculty members, teaches behavior modifications, skills training, social support, tips on how to quit and educational information about weight loss, diet and other issues that are helpful to people who are trying to quit smoking.

The hospital provides free nicotine patches to people who sign up for this class.

Pikeville Medical Cancer Center Outreach Coordinator Nell Bedwell, who oversees the smoking cessation program, encourages people who are interested in quitting smoking to attend.

Bedwell, a certified psychiatric and mental health nurse, has worked with behavioral health and addiction services for many years. She smoked for nearly 40 years before finally finding the courage and strength to quit smoking more than 10 years ago.

Bedwell believes it “takes mind, body and soul” to quit smoking. She used nicotine patches and faith to quit smoking.

“I asked the Lord to take it off me and he did,” she said. “I haven’t wanted to smoke since.”

She brings that experience to help those enrolled in the smoking cessation classes. Other former smokers who used the Cooper Clayton Method to quit smoking also participate to help smokers in the class.

“If people really stick with it, this program works,” Bedwell said.

Bedwell said that people who want to take the class but are not able to attend the April 9 meeting may still sign up as long as they attend 30 minutes early on April 16 to learn the things they missed in the first meeting.

For more information or to register, call Bedwell at 606-218-4682.

LEXINGTON – Governor Steve Beshear joined federal and state officials in Lexington on March 27 to announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative.

The new program will award up to $38 million in grants to coal communities to support economic and workforce development. The POWER initiative is designed to effectively utilize a range of federal economic and workforce development resources to assist communities negatively impacted by the downturn of coal and energy production.

“It is no secret that our Kentucky coal communities have been struggling due to a steady decline in production, and we must continue working on ways to expand economic opportunities there,” said Gov. Beshear.  “The POWER initiative emphasizes public, private and philanthropic partnerships tailored to the specific needs of each community. I believe the POWER initiative will be a strong component in helping our coal communities overcome their challenges and thrive in the future. We will aggressively pursue these grant funds with our local partners.”

POWER will award grants to using $28 million to $38 million in FY 2015 funds from the Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Grants will be competitively awarded to applicants including state agencies, local governments and stakeholders anchored in coal communities to develop and implement strategic plans that will:

•diversify economies;

•create jobs in new or existing industries;

•attract new sources of job-creating investments; and

•provide a range of workforce services and skills training that offer  industry-recognized credentials for high-quality, in-demand jobs.

Grant applications are tentatively set to be announced in April and May. 

Joining Gov. Beshear were U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams; White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and former Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson; Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese; and Lillian Salerno, administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service.  Each spoke to the importance of the POWER initiative and the positive impact it can have on struggling communities. 

“The Obama Administration is committed to supporting our workers and communities as they face challenges related to a changing energy landscape in this country,” said Assistant Secretary Williams. “EDA is proud to be leading the POWER initiative and we look forward to working with our federal partners to help communities diversify their economies and help workers get the skills they need to adapt to and thrive in this changing economy.”

“The POWER initiative is an opportunity to bring together the best efforts of federal, state, and local governments and the private and non-profits sectors to help Kentuckians build a better future for themselves, their businesses, and their families,” said Abramson.

The Department for Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be the administrative home for POWER and coordinate the effort among the many federal agencies involved in the initiative.  Grant selection, awards and execution will be managed by each authorized agency, with EDA playing a coordination role.  For more information about the EDA, visit http://eda.gov.

In coordination with the POWER announcement, USDA Administrator Lillian Salerno announced approval of a $1.8 million loan for a new innovative business in eastern Kentucky. 

Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations is a health-and-wellness beverage business headquartered in London, that will become the first U.S. producer of low-calorie, lactose-free skim milk.

Zura recently celebrated her 14th birthday.

She has fair complexion, brown eyes and sandy blonde hair.

When Zura smiles, her face lights up! She likes to color, swim and listen to music.

She loves to feed and take care of animals. She also enjoys reading about animals. The library is an exciting trip for her because of all the animal books available. She likes interactive reading programs on the computer.

Zura is a very active and nurturing young lady who loves attention.

She needs a family who will allow time for a slow transition into their home. This family will also need to accept her for who she is while helping reach her potential. She is looking for her forever family, could this be you?

For more information, call SNAP Specialist Jennifer Cochran at 800-928-4303 or visit chfs.ky.gov/snap.

Make a difference

The Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) recruits adoptive families for Kentucky’s children who are legally free for adoption but have no identified adoptive family. For more information, call SNAP Specialist Jennifer Cochran at 800-928-4303 or visit chfs.ky.gov/snap.

PIKEVILLE — Hundreds of eastern Kentucky students will travel to Pikeville next week to display their work at the 22nd Annual CEDAR Coal Fair.

Students in elementary, middle and high schools from Floyd County, Johnson County, Paintsville Independent, Knott County, Letcher County, Pike County and Pikeville Independent participate in the event, hosted by the nonprofit organization Coal Education Development and Resource (CEDAR).

Students are invited to enter coal projects in seven categories, including math, English/literature, art, music, technology, multi-media and social studies.

These projects are judged on the school level and the best projects at every school are selected to move to this regional competition. Cash prizes are awarded to 63 category winners and nine grade-level overall winners. CEDAR will also present a Project of the Year honor to the best overall project.

The regional competition will be held next week at the University of Pikeville gym. Coal fair registration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

The public is invited to tour all projects from Tuesday through Friday. The tour is open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and the event is also open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 8-10.

CEDAR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 as a partnership between the coal industry, businesses and educational institutions. It works to secure “coal’s future today by educating our leaders of tomorrow.” The coal fair is one of many educational programs it offers throughout eastern Kentucky.

For complete details, visit http://cedarinc.org.

CEDAR golf scramble set for Jenkins

JENKINS — The 18th Annual CEDAR Golf Scramble will be held next week in Jenkins.

The fundraiser will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Raven Rock Golf Course in Jenkins.

The four-person scramble features lunch, prizes and golf carts for participants.

Prizes will be awarded to top teams, as well as to those who have the longest drive, longest putt and reach “closest to the pin.”

Registration is $100 per person or $400 per team.

To register, email JFJustice@setel.com or call 606-477-3459.

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PROCLAMATION: Pike County Judge-Executive Bill Deskins reads a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to social worker Tawanna Huffman of the Pike County Department for Protection and Permanency during an event held April 1 in the Pikeville City Park to raise awareness about child abuse.

BE PROACTIVE: Rep. Chris Harris encouraged people to take a proactive approach to preventing child abuse by helping and encouraging parents, getting to know children and families in local neighborhoods and keeping elected officials informed on ways to help.

PIKEVILLE — Dozens of local officials and concerned residents gathered in the Pikeville City Park on April 1 to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Pike County Family Judge Larry Thompson reported that 31 deaths are caused by child abuse in Kentucky annually, and another 30 to 60 “near-fatalities” are also caused by abuse.

Judge-Executive Bill Deskins and Deputy Judge-Executive Brian Morris honored social workers from the Department of Protection and Permanency who help children who have been abused. Deskins reported that there were 202 substantiated cases of child abuse between 2013 and 2014 in Pike County that resulted in injuries and/or the suffering to 314 children.

“Without the effort of these professionals from the DPP, these numbers might have been considerably larger,” Deskins said. “We appreciate the job these people do on a daily basis.”

Noting that a child’s early developmental years impact the future success of children, Rep. Chris Harris thanked law enforcement officers, social workers and others who dedicate their lives to helping children. He also encouraged local residents to help.

“As citizens, it’s our moral obligation, and it’s also a practical one, one that affects the ability of our communities to continue to grow and prosper,” he said. “All families experience times of stress, and research shows that children do best in families that have the support and the skills to deal with those challenges in life.”

He said people can help prevent child abuse by offering “small gestures” of kindness to parents who are struggling, such as offering to babysit free of charging, sharing encouragement or a sympathetic ear, engaging with children and families in local communities and letting elected officials know about things that should be done.

“Each of us have a duty to ensure the pressures of the world don’t fall upon the shoulders of our children and the children within our community through violence, abuse and neglect,” Harris. “So, let’s all rise to the challenge of protecting our children today by renewing our efforts together.”

Kentucky State Police Lt. Jennifer Sandlin and Pikeville Police Detective Bruce Collins also encouraged local residents to get involved.

Lt. Sandlin explained that law enforcement officers are often not called until after the abuse has become substantial, and, most of the time, officers learn that people knew about the abuse but were afraid to report it. She encouraged people to get involved and report suspected child abuse as soon as possible so that law enforcement officials and/or social workers can help families before the abuse escalates.

Collins said he’s learned through the years that people should listen to children.

“Little voices make loud statements,” he said.

Laura Kretzer, the director of Judi’s Place for Kids, described those “little voices” when she talked about pinwheels placed throughout the park for the event.

“They represent the childhood that we want the children of our community to have: fun, carefree, blowing in the wind,” she said.

Kentucky law requires any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is neglected or abused to report that abuse to a law enforcement agency or the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. People who do not report child abuse face being charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $250.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect in Kentucky, call 877-597-2331. The line is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

PIKEVILLE — The Mid-Eastern Pageant System is currently taking registrations for the upcoming Hillbilly Days Pageant.

The event will be held April 11 at Shelby Valley High School in Pike County.

Elsie Burke and Hannah Sparks, who have coordinated the Mid-Eastern Pageant System since the 1980s, encourage all youth to participate in the Hillbilly Days Pageant. They are currently working with two local colleges to secure scholarship for the pageant winners.

The Hillbilly Days Pageant is open to children between the ages of birth and 18 years old. Contestants will be judged in the “Sunday Best” and “Hillbilly Wear” categories, with trophies being awarded on pageant day. Winners will also be invited to ride in the Hillbilly Days Festival parade.

All contestants will be featured in a Hillbilly Days Pageant program book.

To register, call Sparks at 606-437-6891 or Burke at 606-639-9414.

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FREE SEEDS: Appalachian Seed Swap organizer Neil Hunt filters through a pile of heirloom seeds that will be given away this Saturday, April 3. The seeds were donated by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.

PROMOTING THE GREEN: Hundreds of people attended the Appalachian Seed Swap last year.

Want to sell your produce?

Local farmer’s markets are seeking farmers and food artisans to sell produce and products at venues this spring and summer.

For details on the Pikeville Farmer’s Market, which is open June through November, visit the market’s Facebook page or call 606-432-2534.

For details on the Letcher County Farmer’s Market, which is open from June through October, call 606-633-2362.

For details on the Floyd County Farmer’s Market, which opens June 6, visit the group’s Facebook page.

For details about the Williamson Farmer’s Market, visit the group’s Facebook page or call 304-235-3400.

PIKEVILLE — In its third year, the Appalachian Seed Swap has outgrown itself.

The event is being moved from the extension office in Pikeville to a larger facility at Pike Central High School this year.

“I am amazed with the growth of the seed swap,” organizer Neil Hunt said, “and I believe the sky is the limit.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the seed swap, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 4, at the school.

Hunt, who works in the Pikeville Medical Center radiology department and operates the Opossum Fork Mini Farm in Pike County, is organizing the event alongside Four Petal Farm of Pikeville, the Pike County Cooperative Extension Office and Friends Drift Inn Farm Produce of Pike County. 

Hunt encourages everyone who loves gardening to attend.

“Sharing seeds, especially older application seeds, can preserve both the taste and history at the same time,” he said. “Each seed carries a story, a memory.”

Last year more than 300 seed savers bought, sold and swapped thousands of different heirloom seeds at this event.

In addition to seeds and gardening products that are available, attendees may also attend workshops about seed saving, pressure canning and other topics. Organizers will provide gardening demonstrations and a mobile canning system will be set up on site for people to tour.

For details, call 606-432-2534 or visit Neil Hunt on Facebook.

This event isn’t the only opportunity local residents have to swap things that grow this month.

The Pikeville Master Gardeners is partnering with the Extension Office to host the annual Plant Swap on April 25 at the Extension Office.

Participants bring plants and garden items to swap with others. For details, call 606-432-2534 or 606-432-2094.

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Required health documents for Pikeville

•State-issued birth certificate

•Social Security card

•School physical certificate (original — not dated prior to July 1, 2014)

•Original immunization certificate/current Kentucky immunization certificate

•Original visual exam certificate

•Dental screening certificate

•Medicaid card, if eligible

•Proof of income (preschool applicants only)

Local schools are welcoming a new class of students with registration for pre-school, kindergarten and Head Start programs continuing throughout eastern Kentucky.

Here’s what happening in local school districts:

Floyd County School District

All Floyd County Schools will offer kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6-7 at respective elementary schools.

The Floyd County School District will host transition meetings for early childhood students who are entering kindergarten. All parents and guardians of four-year-olds who will be five years old by Oct. 1 are encouraged to attend to assure students have a smooth transition from child care, home, Head Start and preschool into kindergarten.

The first meeting was held April 2 at McDowell. Upcoming meetings include:

•April 7; 12:30 p.m. at Osborne

•April 7; 12:30 p.m. at Allen Elementary

•April 14; 12:30 p.m. at May Valley

•April 16; 12:30 p.m. at Betsy Layne

•April 28; 12:30 p.m. at Duff

•April 21; 8:30 a.m. at Prestonsburg

•April 23; 12:30 p.m. at Stumbo

Jenkins Independent School District

Jenkins Elementary School held its annual Pre-K and kindergarten registration on March 31.

For more information, call 606-832-2711.

Letcher County School District

The Letcher County School District started pre-registering preschool and kindergarten students, ages three to five, on March 23. Upcoming registration days are April 3, April 10 and April 17.

Kindergarten students must be five years old by Oct. 1. Preschool and Head Start students must be four years old by Aug. 1 or three years old with an identifiable disability.

Pre-registration for West Whitesburg Elementary will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 3, April 10 and April 17 at the Letcher County Extension Office. For details, call 606-633-4455.

The district also hosted parent meetings to explain the registration process at Letcher Central High School on March 30-31. For more information, call 606-633-2339.

Pike County School District

The Pike County Head Start Program is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

The program is open to children who will be three or four years old on or before Aug. 1 and meet other guidelines. Families may apply by completing an application with a Head Start or Preschool staff member at any Pike County Elementary School or at the Pike County Head Start Office.

Parents and/or caregivers should bring proof of birth and proof of income for one month along with the application.

For more details, call 606-433-9315.

The Millard school is hosting Head Start registration for children who are age three or four by Aug. 1 from April 20 to May 1 and kindergarten registration for children who are age five by Oct. 1 from April 20 to May 1.

Mullins School will host preregistration from April 20 to May 1. For details, call 606-432-2733.

Pikeville Independent

Pikeville Elementary will host new student and kindergarten registration from April 6 through April 14.

Registration will be held during school days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. Evening enrollment will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

Enrollment forms will be available at the school beginning 9 a.m. on April 6. They are also available under the “Enrollment” link at http://pikeville.kyschools.us. This website also offers information about required health documents. Applications will only be accepted if they contain completed enrollment forms and required health documents.

Only students who registered for kindergarten and paid tuition fees (required only for nonresident students) will be eligible to apply for the school’s KinderCamp, which will be held in August.

Pikeville Elementary preschool enrollment will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9. These registration forms are also available at the school.

For more information about kindergarten enrollment, call Lara Keene at 606-432-4196 or email lara.keene@pikeville.kyschools.us.

For more information about preschool enrollment, call Denny May at 606-432-3110 or email denny.may@pikeville.kyschools.us.

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All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team
Coach of the Year Brad Napier, Mingo Central
Player of the Year Johnny Miller, Sr., East Ridge

First Team
Torell Carter, So., Letcher Central, 25.4 ppg.
Hunter Swindall, Sr., Shelby Valley, 18.5 ppg.
Zach Huffman, Sr., Pikeville, 16.1 ppg.
Dalton Frasure, Jr., Prestonsburg, 19.9 ppg.
Peyton Case, Sr., Betsy Layne, 21.5 ppg.
Devan Horn, Sr., Allen Central, 17.8 ppg.
Johnny Miller, Sr., East Ridge, 19.1 ppg. (Capt.)
Dikembe Dixson, Sr., Mingo Central, 21.0 ppg.

Second Team
Garrett Fannin, Jr., Belfry, 17.0 ppg.
Ethan Blackburn, Sr., Pike Central, 10.8 ppg.
Andrew Tackett, Jr., South Floyd, 15.9 ppg.
Tyler May, Fr., Tug Valley, 14.0 ppg.
Austin Hylton, Sr., East Ridge, 11.5 ppg.
Brad Elkins, Sr., Pike Central, 11.0 ppg. (Capt.)
Blaine May, Jr., Pikeville, 10.7 ppg.
Jeremy Dillon, Fr., Tug Valley, 12.1 ppg.

Special honorable mention: Seth Hall, Allen Central; Nathan Copley, Belfry; Lako Daniels, Dustin Rogers, Betsy Layne; Montrell Dixson, Mingo Central; Luke Daniels, Kash Daniel, Paintsville; Matt Hatfield, Elijah Branham, Phelps; Tyler Stumbo, Piarist School; Teddy Smith , Braxton Tibbs, Pike Central; Wyatt Battaile, Pikeville; Jarrin Hall, Prestonsburg; Dalton Richardson, Shelby Valley; J.R. Tackett, South Floyd.

Honorable mention: Mason Nelson, Allen Central; Adam Dillon, Belfry; Jacob Chaney, East Ridge; Jeff Newsome, Jenkins; Jordan Gregory, Letcher Central; Dalton Hatfield, Mingo Central; Michael Williams, Piarist School; Ryder Johnson, Pikeville; Michael Fields, Andrew Newsome, Shelby Valley; Calvin Blankenship, Tug Valley.

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge senior Johnny Miller was a true “Warrior” his entire career on the basketball court.

Miller helped his team reach the 15th Region Tournament this past season, and was instrumental in East Ridge’s upset win over Sheldon Clark in the All A Tournament.

The ER standout was honored today by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.

Miller averaged better than 19 points per game.

“He was a tremendously hard worker who loved to play the game,” East Ridge head coach Randy McCoy said. “Johnny is very deserving of the honor. His hard work and dedication to the sport is unmatched.”

Miller is one of six seniors named to the elite first team.

Others include Shelby Valley’s Hunter Swindall (18.5 ppg.), Pikeville’s Zach Huffman (16.1 ppg.), Betsy Layne’s Peyton Case (21.5 ppg.), Allen Central’s Devan Horn (17.8 ppg.) and Mingo Central’s Dikembe Dixson (21 ppg.).

Round out the first team are Letcher Central sophomore Torrell Carter (25.4 ppg.) and Prestonsburg junior Dalton Frasure (19.9 ppg.)

The second team is captained by Pike County Central’s Brad Elkins. The senior averaged 11 points per game and helped his team reach the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament.

Others named to the second team are Belfry junior Garrett Fannin (17 ppg.), Pike Central’s Teddy Smith (12.8 ppg.), South Floyd’s Andrew Tackett (15.9 ppg.), Tug Valley freshman Tyler May (14 ppg.), East Ridge senior Austin Hylton (11.5 ppg.), Pikeville’s Blaine May (10.7 ppg.) and Tug Valley freshman Jeremy Dillon (12.1 ppg.).

Coach of the Year honors went to Mingo Central’s Brad Elkins. He led the Miners to the school’s first-ever regional championship and first berth in the boys’ state tournament.

All-Area Girls’ Basketball Team
Coach of the Year
Brandon Gearheart, Prestonsburg

Player of the Year
Whitney Creech, Jr., Jenkins

First Team
Lakyn Mullins, Jr., Shelby Valley, 16.0 ppg.
Lesli Fleenor, Jr., East Ridge, 14.1 ppg.
Whitney Creech, Jr., Jenkins, 42.0 ppg. (Capt.)
Emily Baker, Sr., Belfry, 14.1 ppg.
Taylor Rowe, Sr., Shelby Valley, 11.0 ppg.
Tiffany Meadows, Jr., Prestonsburg, 18.7 ppg.
Cheyanne Stidham, Sr., Letcher Central, 16.3 ppg.
Emma Looney, Sr., Pikeville, 12.6 ppg.

Second Team
Chelsea Justice, Sr., East Ridge, 13.8 ppg.
Madison Mullins, Jr., Pike Central, 15.9 ppg.
Adreana Vance, Sr., Tug Valley, 18.2 ppg.
Lindsay Proffitt, Fr., Shelby Valley 15.0 ppg. (Capt.)
Kristina Bentley, Sr., Letcher Central, 12.6 ppg.
Savanna Nunemaker, So., Pikeville, 10.1 ppg.
Lena Hairston, Fr., Belfry, 9.4 ppg.
Ashley Curry, Sr., Mingo Central, 12.0 ppg.

Honorable Mention: Alyssa Moore, Kaylee Moore, Allen Central; Kailee Rash, Paige Goff, Belfry; Emily Kidd, Brandy Morrow, Megan Frazier, Betsy Layne; Timera Thacker, East Ridge; Brittany Sexton, Jenkins; Kim Meade, Courtney Brock, Letcher Central; Hannah Blankenship, Hannah Church, Tyshira Joplin, Mingo Central; Hannah Blankeship, Phelps; Kelsi Blanton, Shelby Lemaster, Piarist School; Cassidy Mullins, Jana Branham, Pike County Central; Alexxa Gearheart, Pikeville; Jana Jarvis, Alli Hall, Elizabeth Prater, Prestonsburg; Savannah Honaker, Abby Smallwood, Shelby Valley; Leighann Hall, Brooke Potter, South Floyd; Emily Colegrove, Tug Valley.

PIKEVILLE — Nobody topped Jenkins junior Whitney Creech when it came to scoring this past high school basketball season.

The junior sharpshooter led Kentucky girls with an average of 42.1 points per game, 15 points better than any other player.

Creech was honored for her accomplishment today by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.

“There is no one more deserving than Whitney,” Jenkins head coach Ashley Addington said. “She is the epitome of what a coach would want in an athlete.”

She averaged 11.6 rebounds per game and had a high of 64 points in a single game. She now has 3,841 career points with one season to go. She scored 23 points in a single quarter and 37 in one half.

Add to those impressive numbers 15 double doubles in a season, the most in school history. She averaged 32.4 points per game as a sophomore, and has led the state in scoring now two straight years.

“She works on her game year round and she never gets satisfied,” Addington added. “That is what sets her apart from others. There is no quit in her, and these are the factors that will get her to the next level.”

Creech leads an outstanding list of individual area standouts. She is joined on the first team by Shelby Valley junior Lakyn Mullins (16 ppg.) and senior Taylor Rowe (11 ppg.).

Others include East Ridge junior Lesli Fleenor (14.1 ppg.), Belfry senior Emily Baker (14.1 ppg.), Prestonsburg junior Tiffany Meadows (18.7 ppg.), Letcher Central’s Cheyanne Stidham (16.3 ppg.) and Pikeville senior Emma Looney (12.6 ppg.).

The second team is captained by Shelby Valley freshman Lindsay Proffitt (15 ppg.). The only other freshman on both first and second teams is Belfry’s Lena Hairston (9.4 ppg.)

Others include East Ridge senior Chelsea Justice (13.8 ppg.), Pike Central junior Madison Mullins (15.9 ppg.), Tug Valley senior Adreana Vance (18.2 ppg.), Letcher Central senior Kristina Bentley (12.6 ppg.), Pikeville sophomore Savanna Nunemaker (10.1 ppg.) and Mingo Central senior Ashley Curry (12 ppg.)

Prestonsburg head coach Brandon Gearheart was tabbed as Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Blackcats into the 15th Region Tournament’s second round.

His team finished 16-14 overall, just one year after posting a 6-24 mark.