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)


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

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


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)


Belfry (8-18)....12    6  14  21 – 53

PCC (15-10)...13  12  14  21 – 60


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.


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)


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

Belfry (13-16)...14   16   7   4 – 41


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)


KCC (18-12)......1    6  18   33 – 58

LCC (21-7)........7  17   13  24 – 61


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)


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

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


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.

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)


P’burg (14-17).12  11  12  18 – 53

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


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).


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)


AC (13-13).......13  23    9  16 – 61

P’burg (14-16).12  23  16  12 – 63


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.


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)


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

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


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 —  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)


P’burg (8-22).....3  13  12  16 – 44

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


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.

Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
INSIDE FORCE: Shelby Valley’s Cody Belter and the Wildcats are back in the 15th Region Tournament as a No. 1 seed after knocking off East Ridge in the 59th District Tournament finals at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 26.

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley boys and girls captured 59th District championships with victories over East Ridge and Pikeville at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 26.

The Wildcats knock-ed off East Ridge, 61-53, while the Lady Kats held off Pikeville, 48-42.

Here is a recap of those wins:

Shelby Valley......61

East Ridge.........53

Shelby Valley jumped out to an eight-point lead after the opening quarter and made it stand up in the title game win over East Ridge.

Tyler Carr paced the Wildcats (18-10) with a game-high 20 points. Dalton Richardson followed with 14 and Cody Belter added 13.

East Ridge was led by Michael Field’s 18 points. Johnny Miller added 10 and Tony Wolter chipped in nine as the Warriors fell to 16-10.

Both teams advanced to this week’s regional tournament.

At Pikeville

(59th District Championship)


ER (16-10)........10  12  13  18 – 53

SV (18-10)........18  12  14  17 – 61


East Ridge (53) – Johnny Miller 10, Michael Fields 18, Tony Wolter 9, Patrick Coleman 3, Austin Hylton 4, Jacob Skeens 6 and Jacob Chaney 3.

Shelby Valley (61) – Tyler Carr 20, Dalton Richardson 14, Corey Hamilton 2, Andrew Newsome 6, Cody Belter 13 and Hunter Swindall 6.

Shelby Valley.....48


Shelby Valley pulled away from Pikeville in the final eight minutes to score the hard-fought win in the title game.

Taylor Rowe hit for 11 points to lead the Lady Kats, now 21-6. Courtney Wright added 10, including eight in the final quarter. Lakyn Mullins chipped in nine and Savannah Honaker tallied eight.

Emma Looney scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Panthers, now 19-12. Savanna Nunemaker followed with 10 while Alexa Gearheart tossed in nine.

Both teams advanced to this week’s regional tournament.

At Pikeville

(59th District Championship)


SV (21-6)..........12  12  13  11 – 48

PHS (19-12).....13    8  14    7 – 42


Shelby Valley (48) – Rachel Smith 4, Courtney Wright 10, Taylor Rowe 11, Savannah Honaker 8, Sydney Jones 2, Destiny Anderson 2, Lindsay Proffitt 2 and Laykn Mullins 9.

Pikeville (42) – Rachel Potter 6, Rachel Blackburn 2, Alexa Gearheart 9, Emma Looney 15 and Savanna Nunemaker 10.

SHERMAN, W.Va. — Sherman’s Jordan Lewis made a late 3-pointer and a foul shot to lift the Tide over the visiting Tug Valley Lady Panthers, 54-51, in the Class A Region 3 Section 1 championship on Feb. 28.

Lewis finished with 15 points and Bayless Harless tossed in 18 to lead Sherman.

Adreana Vance paced the Panthers with 18 points.

Both teams advanced to regional play this week.


Mingo Cent........26

LOGAN, W.Va. —Class AA power Scott dominated from start to finish as the Lady Skyhawks cruised past Mingo Central, 64-26, in the Region 4, Section 2 matchup at Willie Akers Arena on Feb. 26.

Ashley Curry was the only player to net in double figures for the Lady Miners, who fell to 11-12. Curry scored 11.

Scott, now 16-5, was led by Ali Whitman’s 18 points.

Madlyin Weeks tossed in 16 and Landyn McKinney scored 15 for the Lady Skyhawks.

At Logan, W.Va.

(Class AA, Region 4, Section 2)


MC (11-12)........6   10    6    4 – 26

Scott (16-5)......18  12  15  19 – 64


Mingo Central (26) – Ashley Curry 11, Tyshira Joplin 6, Jaida Taylor 4, Hannah Church 3 and Catlyn Cantrell 2.

Scott (64) – Madlyin Weeks 16, Ali Whitman 18, Landyn McKinney 15, Jaimee Dotson 6, Andrea Rankin 6 and Blair Byrnside 2.

Tug Valley..........50


MAN, W.Va. — Tug Valley advanced to the Region 3, Section 1 championship game following a 50-40 win over Man’s Lady Billies at Man Middle School Gymnasium on Feb. 25.

The Lady Panthers, now 8-11, saw a double-digit lead erased by Man (9-12) before outstanding the home team 14-4 over the final eight minutes.

Adreanna Vance paced Tug Valley with 17 points.

Hannah Armstrong tossed in 14 and Taylor Parsley added 10.

Man’s Mika McCoy scored 17 to share game-high honors with Vance.

Morgan Conn tallied 11.

At Man, W.Va.

(Class 1A, Region 3, Section 1)


TV (8-11).........12  12  12  14 – 50

Man (9-12).........4  13  19    4 – 40


Tug Valley (50) – Adreanna Vance 17, Hannah Armstrong 14, Taylor Parsley 10, Madison May 3, Katie Robinson 2, Summer Wilson 2 and Elizabeth Dotson 2.

Man (40) – Mika McCoy 17, Morgan Conn 11, Tessa Mullins 7, Hunter Harvey 3 and Hannah Harvey 2.

Medical Leader | TEDDY PAYNTER
HOME FINALE: University of Pikeville’s Kenny Manigualt (3) goes in for a layup against St. Catharine on March 1. Below, UPIKE’s Cheyenne Madden attempts to score against St. Cath’s Sasha Ruiz-Lopez. Both the men and women scored wins.

PIKEVILLE — It was the perfect ending to a record-setting regular season for the University of Pikeville Bears.

Bruce Reed poured in 36 points and UPIKE led from start to finish in dismantling St. Catharine, 95-77, at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

The Bears finished up the regular season with the most wins in school history (27) and the most Mid-South Conference wins with 17. UPIKE finished unbeaten at home.

Josh Whitaker led three other Bears in double figures with 19 points. Chris Cantino followed with 15 and John Nunnally tossed in 10.

St. Catharine (17-11) was paced by Raymon Austin’s 27 points. William Tolefree added 15.

The Bears opened MSC Tournament play last night against Lindsey Wilson College in Lebanon, Tenn.

At Pikeville


SC (17-11)....................25  52 – 77

UP (27-2)......................51  44 – 95


St. Catharine (77) – William Tolefree 5(1) 2-4 15; Raymon Austin 9 9-12 27; Nick Porter 0 1-2 1; Taron Franklin 6 1-1 13; Chris Johnson 1(1) 6-8 11; William Bailey 2(1) 0-0 7; Tyler Smothers 0 1-2 1; and Julito Hutchinson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24(3) 20-29 77.

UPIKE (95) – Bruce Reed 12(1) 9-9 36; Chris Cantino 7 1-8 15; Josh Whitaker 5(3) 0-0 19; Elisha Justice 0(2) 0-0 6; Kenny Manigault 1 1-2 3; Michael Eneh 1 0-0 2; John Nunnally 2(2) 0-0 10; Devante McClung 1 1-2 3; and Dalton Cornett 0 1-2 1. Totals: 29(8) 13-23 95.



PIKEVILLE —UPIKE kept its unbeaten record at home in tact with a hard-fought 67-64 win over Campbellsville at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.

The Bears, now 26-2, had a chance to put the game out of reach but missed a pair of one-and-one situations that gave the Tigers an opportunity to tie and force overtime. However, CU missed on two three-point attempts as time ran out.

Pikeville was led by a balanced scoring attack that featured four players in double figures. Josh Whitaker led the group for the second straight game with 19, followed by Keala King with 16 points, Bruce Reed with 11 and Kenny Manigault adding 10. Reed also collected 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

A’Darius Pegues led the Tigers with 15 points and eight boards.

At Pikeville


CU (14-13)...................32  32 – 64

UP (26-2)......................40  27 – 67


Campbellsville (64) – Eric Gaines 1 5-9 7; A’Darius Pegues 6 3-5 15; Elliott Young 1 0-0 2; Darius Clement 1(2) 0-0 8; Miles Rice 2(1) 6-6 13; DeShawn Dockery 1 0-0 2; Jordan Myers 1(3) 0-0 11; and DeMarcus Page 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals: 13(8) 14-20 64.

UPIKE (67) – Bruce Reed 4 3-4 11; Kenny Manigault 3 4-6 10; Josh Whitaker 2(4) 3-4 19; Elisha Justice 0(2) 0-3 6; Keala King 4(2) 2-4 16; and John Nunnally 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 14(9) 12-21 67.



St. Catharine....62

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears finally wore down short-handed St. Catharine.

The Bears overcame a halftime deficit to pull away in the second half and beat the Lady Patriots, 84-62, at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

Callisha Johnson and Kelah Eldridge paced the Bears with 15 points each, while Brogan Conley added 12 and Brittany Swindall chipped in with 10. Conley also pulled down 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

Machera Calhoun led all scorers for St. Catharine (4-21) with 29 points.

UPIKE (13-17) advances to the Mid-South Conference Tournament today in Lebanon, Tenn.

At Pikeville


SC (4-21)......................40  22 – 62

UP (13-17)...................38  46 – 84


St. Catharine (62) – Rianne Hofstraat 2 1-2 5; Sasha Ruiz-Lopez 3 0-0 4; Carol Ruiz-Lopez 1(4) 1-3 15; Machera Calhoun 10 9-14 29; and Stacie Shrout 0(3) 0-0 9. Totals: 15(76) 11-19 62.

UPIKE (84) – Brittany Swindall 5 0-0 10; Brogan Conley 3(2) 0-0 12; Courtney Haney 1 0-0 2; Callisha Johnson 1(4) 1-2 15; Lakeria Crowder 1 0-0 2; Kayla Day 1 0-2 2; Christin Haney 3 0-0 6; Patrice Tonge 2 0-0 4; Kandice Porter 2 0-0 4; Kelah Eldridge 0(5) 0-0 15; Cheyenne Madden 3 0-0 6; and Khalilah Quigley 2 2-2 6. Totals: 24(11) 3-8 84.



PIKEVILLE —  Campbellsville hit clutch free throws to keep its distance in a 75-59 win over the University of Pikeville at the East Kentucky Exposition on Feb. 27.

UPIKE’s Brogan Conley led the Bears (12-17) with 19 points. Cheyenne Madden joined Conley in double figures with 10 points while no other Bear scored more than nine.

Ellen Sholtes matched Conley with 19 to lead Campbellsville and Mary Jehlik added 17 and Katie Allen finished with 15 points.

At Pikeville


CU (26-3).....................41  34 – 75

UP (12-17)...................27  32 – 59


Campbellsville (75) – Daizah Kimberland 3 2-5 8; Lindsey Burd 2 1-2 5; Caroline Owen 0 4-4 4; Katie Allen 5(1) 2-2 15; Ellen Sholtes 6 7-9 19; LeeAnn Grider 0 3-4 3; Mary Jehlik 3(3) 2-2 17; and Hayley Hellyer 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21(4) 21-28 75.

UPIKE (59) – Cheyenne Madden 5 0-0 10; Kelah Eldridge 1 0-0 2; Courtney Haney 2 0-0 4; Callisha Johnson 2 5-6 9; Khalilah Quigley 2 0-0 4; Christin Haney 0(2) 0-0 6; Brogan Conley 2(5) 0-1 19; and Kandice Porter 2 1-4 5. Totals: 16(7) 6-11 59.