PIKEVILLE — Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) is gearing up for its second annual 5K race to be held in Pikeville on June 4 at 2 p.m.

 

The SOAR 5K Fit + Grit will kick off SOAR’s Mountain Grit Campaign.

 

“During the Mountain Grit Campaign we will celebrate the grit found in our communities and the many ways that people work together to uplift the region,” SOAR Public Health Advisor Jenna Meyer said.

 

Free T-shirts will be awarded to the first 100 registered runners. All participants will receive a finisher medal, loaded race bags and prizes will be awarded to the top ten finishers.

 

“As we work with communities in eastern Kentucky to improve opportunities and overall wellness, we want to encourage everyone to come out and walk,” Meyer said. “This race is a great opportunity to improve your health, as well as the health of the region.”

 

The event will feature live entertainment, yoga demonstrations, health screenings and booths that highlight the region’s many attractions and healthy living organizations.

 

“We began hosting a SOAR 5K to encourage and promote physical activity, community engagement and collaboration across multiple sectors,” she added.

 

Over 250 runners are expected to run in the race and enjoy the festivities.

 

SOAR is a network which has united Appalachia’s 54 counties, enabling community members to shape their own future.

 

Their mission is to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation and identity, improve the quality of life, and support all those working to achieve their goals.

 

All funds raised will be used to fund grants to organizations working to improve the health and wellness of eastern Kentucky. The grants will be awarded on August 4 at the SOAR Summit.

 

Meyer said the race would not be possible without community support and sponsors.

 

Sponsors include: Community Trust Bank, GU Energy, Passport Health Plan, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. Sponsorships are still available, to be a sponsor call 606-766-1160 or email info@soar-ky.org.

 

For more information or to register, visit soar-ky.org/5k or call 606-766-1160.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, May 5, 2017

GOODY — Pike Central pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to nip Belfry, 13-12, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on May 2.

 

Seth Conn had two hits, including a double, scored one run and drove in three as the Hawks moved to 14-11. Austin Smith singled and knocked in three runs and Evan Coleman had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

 

Cameron Catron was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as the Pirates dropped to 6-16. Catron scored twice and knocked in one run. Matt Fought had two hits, scored and drove in two runs while Colton Cross doubled, singled, scored and batted in one run.

 

Ryan Eads was the winning pitcher while Jordan Scott took the loss.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (14-11)….......................120 160 3 – 13- 8-5

 

BF (6-16)…….....................013 250 1 – 12-11-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Ryan Eads

 

LP – Jordan Scott

 

Hitting: Seth Conn 2b, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Evan Coleman 2-1b, 2 RBI; Austin Smith 1b, 3 RBI; Brice Elkins 1b, sac, 1r, 1 RBI, Pike Central; Cameron Catron 3b, 2b, 1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Matt Fought 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Colton Cross 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Paintsville…….......................…5

 

Pikeville………..........................0

 

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville pitcher Mason Moore allowed just three hits in going the distance as the Tigers blanked Pikeville, 5-0, in a game played on May 2.

 

Pikeville, now 20-4, lost for the fourth time in the last five games. Paintsville is now 11-13.

 

Jake Hyden had three hits, including a pair of doubles, scored twice and drove in one run while Ben Daniels had three hits, one a double, and scored twice. Matt Baldwin had two hits and drove in one run while Jonathan McKenzie singled and knocked in two runs.

 

Clay Slone had a pair of singles for the Panthers. Christian Tackett suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (20-4)…..........................000 000 0 – 0- 3-4

 

PV (11-13)........................…111 020 x – 5-11-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Mason Moore

 

LP – Christian Tackett

 

Hitting: Jake Hyden 2-2b, 1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Ben Daniels 2b, 2-1b, 2r; Matt Baldwin 2-1b, 1 RBI; Jonathan McKenzie 1b, 2 RBI, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Betsy Layne……......................14

 

East Ridge……….......................4

 

LICK CREEK — Betsy Layne pounded out 11 hits and cruised to a 14-4 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on May 1.

 

Colby Bentley had two hits, including a double, scored two runs and drove in two runs as the Bobcats moved to 4-16. Jordan Frazier singled and knocked in two runs while Steven Boyd singled, scored two runs and batted in two runs. Jordan Frazier singled and added two RBI.

 

Sam Boyd was the winning pitcher while Michael Baldridge suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Lick Creek

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

BL (4-16)…...............................437 00 – 14-11-2

 

ER (1-13)…...............................000 31 – 4- 5-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Sam Boyd

 

LP – Michael Baldridge

 

Hitting: Colby Bentley 2b, 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jordan Frazier 1b, 2 RBI; Steven Boyd 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jordan Frazier 1b, 2 RBI, Betsy Layne.

 

 

 

Wayne, W.Va…….......................8

 

Paintsville………....................…3

 

WAYNE, W.Va. — Paintsville fell behind early on to Wayne (W.Va.) and came up on the short end of an 8-3 decision in a game played on May 1.

 

Jake Hyden singled and knocked in one run as the Tigers fell to 10-13. Lucas Adkins added two hits.

 

Gunner Preston was tagged with the loss.

 

 

 

At Wayne, W.Va.

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (10-13)…..........................000 030 0 – 3-6-4

 

WY (20-3)…...........................053 000 x – 8-5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Cody Noe

 

LP – Gunner Preston

 

Hitting: Jake Hyden 1h, 1 RBI; Lucas Adkins 2h, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Russell………….....................….6

 

Pikeville………….....................…2

 

RUSSELL — Russell scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away and beat Pikeville, 6-2, in the Frank Bloom Invitational played on April 29.

 

Michael McDonald doubled and scored while Nathan Brown doubled and knocked in one run as the Panthers fell to 20-3. Tyler Elkins singled and added an RBI.

 

Kevin Justice suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Russell

 

(Frank Bloom Invitational)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (20-3)….............................020 000 0 – 2-5-4

 

RS (19-8)…...............................300 003 x – 6-3-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Landon Brewer

 

LP – Kevin Justice

 

Hitting: Michael McDonald 2b, 1r; Nathan Brown 2b, 1 RBI; Tyler Elkins 1b, 1 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Whitley County….......................2

 

Paintsville……….......................0

 

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville was limited to just five hits as Whitley County blanked the Tigers, 2-0, in a game played on April 29.

 

Ben Daniels had two hits while Matt Baldwin, Mason Moore and Tanner Smith had one apiece.

 

Jonathan McKenzie suffered the loss as the Tigers fell to 10-12.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

WC (10-12)…..........................000 110 0 – 2-6-1

 

PV (10-12)…...........................000 000 0 – 0-5-4

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kyle Edmisten

 

LP – Jonathan McKenzie

 

Hitting: Ben Daniels 2-1b; Matt Baldwin 1b; Mason Moore 1b; Tanner Smith 1b, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Magoffin County…....................7

 

Pikeville…………....................…5

 

RUSSELL — Pikeville fell behind early to Magoffin County and the Panthers dropped a 7-5 decision in the Frank Bloom Invitational played at Russell High School on April 29.

 

Andrew McNamee had two hits, including a double and scored as Pikeville fell to 20-3. Peyton Hamilton had two hits and scored while losing pitcher Tanner Thompson doubled, singled a knocked in one run while Cade Byers singled home one run.

 

 

 

At Russell

 

(Frank Bloom Invitational)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PK (20-3)………...............….110 100 2 – 5-8-0

 

MC (11-4)………..............…140 200 x – 7-10-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Max McFarland

 

LP – Tanner Thompson

 

Hitting: Andrew McNamee 2b, 1b, 1r; Peyton Hamilton 2-1b, 1r; Tanner Thompson 2b, 1b, 1 RBI; Cade Byers 1b, 1 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Somerset…………......................5

 

Paintsville………....................…1

 

PAINTSVILLE – Paintsville bats were silent as Somerset knocked off the Tigers, 5-1, in a game played on April 28.

 

Tanner Smith had the only hit for Paintsville, now 10-11. Ryan Moore suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SM (14-7)…............................021 000 2 – 5-3-2

 

PV (10-11)…...........................001 000 0 – 1-1-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Seth Bennett

 

LP – Ryan Moore

 

Hitting: Tanner Smith 1h, Paintsville.

 

 

 

Pikeville………….......................4

 

West Carter……….....................1

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville punched its ticket to Whitaker Bank Park in the All “A” Classic opening round game played at Davis Park with a 4-1 win over West Carter on April 28.

 

Tanner Thompson belted a solo home run and singled as the Panthers improved to 20-1. Michael McDonald singled and scored two runs while Jackson Hensley singled and scored. Peyton Hamilton singled and knocked in one run.

 

Christian Tackett was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(All ‘A’ Classic)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

WC (12-7)...........................….010 000 0 – 1-6-1

 

PK (20-1)….............................010 012 x – 4-7-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Christian Tackett

 

LP – Richard McGlone

 

Hitting: Tanner Thompson solo-HR, 1b; Michael McDonald 1b, 2r; Jackson Hensley 1b, 1r; Peyton Hamilton 1b, 1 RBI, Pikeville.

 

 

 

Letcher Central…….................15

 

Belfry……………….....................1

 

GOODY — Letcher Central made the most of six hits as the Cougars rolled to a 15-1 win over Belfry in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 28.

 

Isiah Terry doubled, scored and drove in two runs while Logan Gibbs singled, scored and batted in a pair of runs as Central moved to 9-13.

 

Matt Fought doubled and knocked in one run while Colton Cross singled and scored as the Pirates fell to 6-14.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

LC (9-13)….................................154 60 – 15-6-0

 

BF (6-14)….................................010 00 – 1-4-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Keaston Maggard

 

LP – Jordan Scott

 

Hitting: Isiah Terry 2b, 1r, 2 RBI; Logan Gibbs 1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Letcher Central; Matt Fought 2b, 1 RBI; Colton Cross 1b, 1r, Belfry.

 

 

 

Johnson Central……..................3

 

Spring Valley, W.Va……..............0

 

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central’s Cody Rice had two hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 win over Spring Valley (W.Va.) in a game played on April 28.

 

Riley Preece doubled and knocked in one run and Geordan Blanton doubled and scored as JC improved to 18-6.

 

Braxton Kelly was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

SV (9-12)….............................000 000 0 – 0-4-3

 

JC (18-6)…...............................000 021 x – 3-6-0

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Braxton Kelly

 

LP – Austin Stambaugh

 

Hitting: Cody Rice 2-1b, 2 RBI; Riley Preece 2b, 1 RBI; Geordan Blanton 2b, 1r, Johnson Central.

 

 

 

Prestonsburg….......................17

 

Sheldon Clark…........................4

 

INEZ — Prestonsburg pounded out 15 hits and rolled to a 17-4 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played on April 28.

 

Winning pitcher Scott Stapleton had three hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in three runs while Bailey Slone doubled, singled and knocked in four as the Blackcats improved to 17-5. Jordan Tucker tripled, scored a pair of runs and batted in two.

 

 

 

At Inez

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PB (17-5)….............................311 444 – 17-15-1

 

SC (8-14)….............................121 000 – 4- 5-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Scott Stapleton

 

LP – Braxton McGinnis

 

Hitting: Scott Stapleton 2b, 2-1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Bailey Slone 2b, 1b, 4 RBI; Jordan, Tucker 3b, 2r, 2 RBI, Prestonsburg.

 

Betsy Layne……......................18

 

East Ridge……….......................0

 

ALLEN — Betsy Layne erupted for 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull away and blank East Ridge, 18-0, in a game played on April 28.

 

Jordan Frazier had two hits, scored and drove in three runs as the Bobcats moved to 3-16. Sam Boyd collected three hits, scored a pair of runs and knocked in two while winning pitcher Zach Bentley had two hits, scored three times and knocked in one run.

 

Michael Baldridge suffered the loss as the Warriors fell to 1-12.

 

 

 

At Allen

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

ER (1-12)…...........................000 00 – 0- 3-2

 

BL (3-16)…...........................013 (14)x – 18-13-2

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Zach Bentley

 

LP – Michael Baldridge

 

Hitting: Tristan Bingham 1b; Noah Rose 1b, East Ridge; Brady Robinson 2b, 1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Jordan Frazier 2-1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Sam Boyd 3-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Zach Bentley 2-1b, 3r, 1 RBI, Betsy Layne.

 

 

 

Knott Central….....................….2

 

Pike Central…….....................…0

 

HINDMAN — Pike Central was held to just three hits as Knott County Central blanked the Hawks, 2-0, in a game played on April 27.

 

Seth Conn, Austin Smith and Colton Lindsey had one hit apiece as the Hawks dropped to 12-10.

 

D’Sean Prinkleton suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Hindman

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (12-10)…...........................000 000 0 – 0-3-1

 

KC (10-8)….........................…001 100 x – 2-2-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Eric Sexton

 

LP – D’Sean Prinkleton

 

Hitting: Seth Conn 1b; Austin Smith 1b; Colton Lindsey 1b, Pike Central.

 

 

 

Prestonsburg…...................…3-1

 

Hazard……….....................….2-4

 

STONECREST — Prestonsburg earned a 3-2 win in game one of a doubleheader to earn a split with Hazard at StoneCrest Sports Complex on April 27.

 

The Blackcats, now 16-5, dropped the nightcap 4-1.

 

Nicholas Rowe doubled and drove in one run and Ryne Slone singled and scored in game two Scott Stapleton added two hits.

 

Bailey Slone singled, scored and batted in two runs in the opener. Jordan Tucker and Wes Hager both scored.

 

Nick Caudill lost the nightcap while Reece Ison was the winner in game one.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

(Game 2)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

HZ (18-6)…............................103 000 0 – 4-6-5

 

PB (16-5)….............................000 100 0 – 1-5-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Chase Ford

 

LP – Nick Caudill

 

Hitting: Nicholas Rowe 2b, 1 RBI; Ryne Slone 1b, 1r; Scott Stapleton 2-1b, Prestonsburg.

 

 

 

At StoneCrest

 

(Game 1)

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

HZ (17-6)...........................….001 010 0 – 2-3-3

 

PB (16-4)….............................000 300 x – 3-5-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Reece Ison

 

LP – Devin Morris

 

Hitting: Bailey Slone 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Jordan Tucker 1r; Wesley Hager 1r, Prestonsburg.

 

 

 

Belfry………….........................11

 

Jenkins………….......................10

 

GOODY — Belfry rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Jenkins, 11-10, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 26.

 

Brett Coleman had a pair of doubles, walked, scored twice and knocked in one run while Kris Chapman singled, walked, scored two runs and batted in one as the Pirates improved to 6-13.

 

Austin Fields singled, scored three runs and batted in two runs as the Cavaliers fell to 10-6. Josh Delph had two hits, scored and added an RBI.

 

Kaleb Taylor was the winning pitcher while Cody Snell suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

JK (10-6)….........................207 010 0 – 10- 5-4

 

BF (6-13)….........................032 105 x – 11-11-9

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kaleb Taylor

 

LP – Cody Snell

 

Hitting: Austin Fields 1b, 3r, 2 RBI; Josh Delph 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Jenkins; Brett Coleman 2-2b, bb, 2r, 1 RBI; Kris Chapman 1b, bb, 2r, 1 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Johnson Central…...............….12

 

Paintsville…………….................0

 

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central pitcher Gabe Ferral tossed a no-hitter as the Golden Eagles clubbed Paintsville, 12-0, in a game played on April 26.

 

Geordan Blanton had two hits, including a double, scored one run and knocked in two as the Golden Eagles improved to 17-6. Riley Preece had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three while Braxton Kelly collected two hits and batted in two runs.

 

Blake Delong had two singles and scored three times while Trevor May singled, scored and knocked in two runs.

 

Jake Hyden suffered the loss as the Tigers dropped to 10-10.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

JC (17-6)….............................000 525 - 12-12-0

 

PV (10-10)..............................000 000 – 0- 0-5

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Gabe Ferral

 

LP – Jake Hyden

 

Hitting: Geordan Blanton 2b, 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Riley Preece 2-1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Braxton Kelly 2-1b, 2 RBI; Blake Delong 2-1b, 3r; Trevor May 1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Johnson Central.

 

 

 

Jenkins……….......................…13

 

Cordia………….......................…1

 

JENKINS — Jenkins used a 10-run, second inning to roll to a 13-1 win over Cordia in a game played on April 25.

 

Josh Delph had four hits, including a double, scored one run and knocked in another as the Cavaliers moved to 10-5. Mason Jessey added two hits, scored once and drove in three while Austin Fields singled, scored and knocked in two runs. Hayden Fleming collected three hits, scored and batted in one.

 

Matthew Jessey was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Jenkins

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

CR (2-5)…............................0 00 10 – 1- 3-4

 

JK (10-5)…...........................0(10)3 0x – 13-16-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Matthew Jessey

 

LP – Donovan Stidham

 

Hitting: Josh Delph 2b, 3-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Mason Jessey 2-1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Austin Fields 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Hayden Fleming 3-1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Jenkins.

 

 

 

Johnson Central…...................11

 

Paintsville………....................…0

 

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central used a six-run, first inning to take charge and cruised to an 11-0 win over Paintsville in a game played on April 25.

 

Jake Hyden had the only hit for the Tigers, now 10-9, off JC hurler and winner Trevor May.

 

Austin Davis had two hits, scored three runs and knocked in three runs while Braxton Kelly singled, scored and batted in two. Blake Gamble doubled, singled, and knocked in two runs while Blake Delong singled and drove in two runs.

 

Tanner Smith suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Paintsville

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PV (10-9)….................................000 00 – 0-1-3

 

JC (16-6)…..................................614 0x – 11-9-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Trevor May

 

LP – Tanner Smith

 

Hitting: Jake Hyden 1b, Paintsville; Austin Davis 2-1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Braxton Kelly 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Blake Gamble 2b, 1b, 2 RBI; Blake Delong 1b, 2 RBI, Johnson Central.

 

 

 

SOFTBALL

 

Phelps………...........................22

 

Hurley, Va…..............................0

 

PHELPS — Phelps pounded out 17 hits and rolled to a 22-0 win over Hurley (Va.) in a game played on May 1.

 

Michaela Norman had two hits and drove in three runs as the Lady Hornets improved to 7-5. Lauren Briggs added two hits and knocked in two runs while Sierra Sincell drove in a pair of runs. Samantha Hurley collected three hits.

 

Hannah Layne was the winning pitcher.

 

 

 

At Phelps

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

HR (3-9)…...................................…000 – 0- 0-2

 

PH (7-5)……..............................(13)9x – 22-17-1

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Hannah Layne

 

Hitting: Michaela Norman 2h, 3 RBI; Lauren Briggs 2h, 2 RBI; Sierra Sincell 2 RBI; Samantha Hurley 3h, Phelps.

 

 

 

Belfry……............................…..8

 

Pike Central.........................….4

 

GOODY — Belfry snapped a one-all tie with a five-run, fourth inning to beat Pike Central, 8-4, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 28.

 

Paula Dotson singled and drove in three runs and Kaelyn Stafford singled and knocked in another as the Lady Pirates improved to 15-10. Kailee Rash was the winning pitcher.

 

Autumn Cox singled, walked, scored and knocked in one run and Brinley Elkins singled, walked and scored as the Lady Hawks fell to 12-8.

 

Hailey Howell suffered the loss.

 

 

 

At Goody

 

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

 

PC (12-8)….............................000 121 0 – 4-5-3

 

BF (15-10).........................…100 520 x – 8-16-3

 

Pitching:

 

WP – Kailee Rash

 

LP – Hailey Howell

 

Hitting: Autumn Cox 1b, bb, 1r, 1 RBI; Brinley Elkins1b, bb, 1r, Pike Central; Paula Dotson 1b, 3 RBI; Kaelyn Stafford 1b, 1 RBI, Belfry.

 

 

 

Belfry………............................15

 

Phelps………..........................…5

 

PHELPS — Belfry pounded out 13 hits and cruised to a 15-5 win over Phelps in a game played on April 25.

 

Taylor Maynard and Emily Deaton drove in two runs each as the Lady Pirates improved to 13-10.

 

Samantha Hurley batted in three runs as the Lady Hornets fell to 6-5.

 

Kailee Rash was the winning pitcher.

ON THE DIAMOND: Belfry starting pitcher Matt Fought delivers a pitch as Pike Central base runner Brice Elkins (10) looks on from second base. Also pictured is umpire Dale Conn. The Hawks nipped the Pirates, 13-12.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, May 5, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognized volunteers for their generous gift of time and talent during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29 and honored them with a banquet at the Landmark.

 

“This is a night that we honor our volunteers,” Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins said. “They set us apart through their hard work and dedication to PMC.”

 

“Our volunteers make a difference at PMC. They bring smiles to our patients’ faces,” said Director of Guest Services Dana Bishop. “Volunteers are part of the hospital family.”

 

“Volunteers work in many areas of the hospital, including the information desks, outpatient surgery, and the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center,” added Vice President of Professional and Support Services Kansas Justice “all while visiting patients, delivering the Medical Leader, and working with the teen summer program.”

 

Outstanding service awards were given to the following volunteers:

 

Rosanna Hamilton Leading Contributor:

 

•Gold award – Mike Blackburn, 986 hours

 

•Silver award – Ronnie Bedwell, 711 hours

 

•Bronze award – Roger Ratliff, 684 hours

 

Adult Volunteer Awards:

 

•Gold award – Bobby Sullivan, 10, 585 hours

 

•Silver award – Phoebe Burchett, 9016 hours

 

•Bronze award – Alice Miller, 8251 hours

 

Junior Volunteer Awards:

 

•Gold award – Lola Meyers, 858 hours

 

•Silver award – Nicholas Hatfield, 775 hours

 

•Bronze award – Alison Meadows, 329 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Jeannette Elder, who is retiring from volunteering, was honored for her many years of dedicated service to the hospital with a commemorative crystal vase.

 

A perpetual plaque was presented in memory of volunteers who have passed away. Names included Ed Elder, Betty Stuck, Greg Southers, Rosanna Hamilton, Glenn Brown, Peggy Brown, Eilleen Martin, Delores “Dodie” Poole and Dorothy Plymale.

 

In addition to the awards and plaques, volunteers received a certificate of thanks at the banquet.

 

Bishop would like to encourage more members of the Pike County community to volunteer. “Even if you have just one day per week to give, we would love to have you volunteer. We would especially like to encourage retired teachers to volunteer with us. There are so many areas of the hospital that could use additional help.”

 

She would like to remind high school students that it is time to apply for the summer teen program.

 

This program gives teens the opportunity to earn community service hours and view careers available in the medical field first-hand.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at PMC, go to www.pikevillehospital.org for an online application or call the volunteer office at 606-218-3521.

HONORED: Roger Ratliff, top, received the Ed Elder Volunteer of the Year Award from Pikeville Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins. Jeanette Elder, who is retiring from volunteer service, was presented with a crystal vase in appreciation of her many years of service.
Medical Leader | Photos by KATHY ATKINS
Thursday, May 4, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Relay For Life is a way to bring communities together across the region to celebrate people who are battling cancer and cancer survivors. Relay For life also honors caregivers and remembers loved ones who have lost their battle and take action to finish the fight.

 

Activities will begin with the Letcher County event set for Saturday, May 20, at Riverside Park.

 

Floyd County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 2. The event will be held on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

 

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. and run through midnight.

 

Pike County’s annual event will be held the following week on Friday, June 9. Teams will gather at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville beginning at 6 p.m., with activities running until midnight.

 

Mingo County will finish up with its event on Friday, June 16, at the historic Williamson Memorial Fieldhouse grounds.

 

It will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at midnight.

 

Each event will include a survivors lap, luminaria ceremony, food, fellowship and games for all ages.

 

Relay For Life events are community-based events where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times and participates in fundraising in the months leading up to the event. Funds raised through Relay For Life events support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.

 

Survivors, caregivers, teams and anyone wanting additional information on Relay For Life is invited to come and celebrate life.

 

To learn more about how you can help, visit www.relayforlife.org. For further information please contact Community Manager, Josh Johnson at 606-220-1017 or josh.johnson@cancer.org.

 

 

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Thursday, May 4, 2017

HAZARD — There was a buzz surrounding the grounds of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) and it drew a swarm of visionaries during a major economic development announcement for eastern Kentucky on April 24.

 

Perry County Fiscal Court, Knott County Fiscal Court, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), Wendell Ford Airport Board and HCTC have partnered to use drones, unmanned vehicles and robotics as part of the USA Drone Port, the first of its kind in the country.

 

“This [USA Drone Port] positions our county to be the first in Kentucky and the nation in the development, improvement and testing of unmanned robotic vehicle technology,” Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander said.

 

Alexander said the project opens a window of opportunity for the region.

 

“We are excited to get a jump on the nation in this high-tech industry,” he said. “It will make a significant economic impact to Perry and Knott counties, as well as south central Appalachia.”

 

Partners have an “ambitious plan” to strengthen the economy by engaging national and international robotic manufacturers while growing talent density in high-tech careers related to drones and robotics in the region.

 

KVEC Executive Director Dr. Jeff Hawkins said the launching of the port will enable students, educators and schools to connect the powerful innovations taking place in the classrooms to one of the most significant and expanding worldwide industries.

 

“We strongly believe that this launch is a remarkable moment in time that will concretely and positively impact the future of our youth and the future of our entire region,” Dr. Hawkins stressed.

 

Knott County Judge-Executive Zach Weinberg said the project simply builds on the state and region’s assets.

 

“The port holds tremendous potential for the creation of meaningful jobs,” Weinberg said. “The development of drones, unmanned vehicles and robotics is the future, and we are going to be on the cutting edge with our research and development center.

 

Kentucky is the second largest exporter of aerospace products. The site is ideally located to satisfy Federal Aviation Agency guidelines.

 

Alexander added that Wendell Ford Airport is a critical partner by providing opportunities for clients to fly in for testing and allowing its facilities to be utilized.

 

The proposed port will have a 3,500-feet plus runway, capable of landing fixed wing aircraft (drones) and circular pads for smaller drones. The port will house facilities for inventors, technicians, students and manufacturers to work, fly, drive, test and rebuild unmanned and other products.

 

“This is an opportunity to bring national leading edge technology developers to our area,” Hazard Perry County Airport Board Chairman Steve Barker said. “We look forward to working with the group to expand aviation and aviation-related enterprises to Perry and surrounding counties.”

ECONOMIC GROWTH: County and state leaders were on hand to announce a USA Drone Port to be located in Perry County.
Medical Leader | Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is promoting the importance of vaccinating infants during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 23-29.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIIW is an observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

 

“Vaccinating your child at an appropriate age is one of the best things you can do for a healthy and productive future,” said PMC Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD.

 

There are 14 harmful diseases that children are vaccinated against before two years of age. This includes:

 

•Chickenpox

 

•Diphtheria

 

•Hib

 

•Hepatitis A

 

•Hepatitis B

 

•Influenza

 

•Measles

 

•Mumps

 

•Pertussis

 

•Polio

 

•Pneumococcal

 

•Rotavirus

 

•Rubella

 

•Tetanus

 

“Immunization is one the greatest public health initiatives, which helps us in combating many dreadful diseases,” added Dr. Gadikota. “Many diseases were eradicated, while every year many other diseases are prevented due to childhood immunization programs.”

 

Vaccines give parents the power to protect their children from the many complications that can arise if their children are not vaccinated. According to the CDC, of the diseases mentioned above, Diphtheria, Hib, Measles, Pertussis, Polio, Pneumococcal and Tetanus can potentially lead to death, while Chickenpox, Hib, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis and Pneumococcal can all cause serious infections.

 

“More and more parents are adopting alternate immunization schedules for their children,” said PMC Pediatrician Shobha Haridas, MD. “Their primary concerns are vaccine safety, and the increasing number of vaccinations their child receives with each visit. Parents need to understand that the recommended schedules are established after extensive research, whereas alternate schedules are not. Alternate schedules prolong the risk of getting vaccine preventable diseases.”

 

Some concerns with vaccinations are the stress that comes along with getting a child vaccinated. The CDC suggests some tips that can make the vaccination visits to the doctor less stressful:

 

Bring your child’s favorite things – whether it’s a toy or blanket, use your child’s favorite things to keep their mind off of what is going on.

 

Be happy and calm - a smile goes a long way, especially between you and your child. Be sure to hug and cuddle your child while having a calm, reassuring attitude.

 

Distract your child – distract your child as a way to pull your child’s attention away from the shot giver, and be sure to keep this distraction going after the vaccine is given.

 

Swaddle your baby – this is a great technique to calm young infants. Wrap your child’s arms, body and legs all together in a blanket; the wrap should be comfortable, but firm. This mimics conditions in the womb, putting your child more at ease.

 

Care after shots – At times, children can experience mild reactions from vaccines, such as pain where the shot was given, a rash or a fever; these reactions are normal and will usually go away soon. Ask your doctor for advice on how to treat any reactions your child may experience.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a PMC pediatrician, call 606-218-2207.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Robert McPeek, 65, of Kokomo, Ind., formerly of Shelbiana, Ky., died April 15. Funeral, April 24. Burial, Kendrick Family Cemetery, Shelbiana.

 

Carrie Elkins, 59, of Jenkins, died April 19. Funeral, April 21.

 

Mary Dean Wells Belcher, 81, of Jenkins, died April 19. Funeral, April 22. Burial, Belcher Cemetery.

 

James Charles Elkins, 80, of Sidney, died April 21. Funeral, April 24 at Mt. Pleasant Church. Burial, George W. Smith Cemetery, Hatfield.

 

Raymond D. Harris, 85, of Pikeville, died April 25. Funeral, April 27. Burial, Ford Branch Cemetery.

 

Joe Hamilton, 54, of Grethel, died April 15. Funeral, April 18. Burial, Andy Hamilton Cemetery, Teaberry.

 

Gregory Keith Mullins, 63, of Weeksbury, died April 16. Funeral, April 19 at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial, Johnson Family Cemetery, Weeksbury.

 

Charles Andrew Morgan, 50, of Winchester, died April 17. Funeral, April 21. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

 

Cline Woods, 72, of Prestonsburg, died April 23. Funeral, April 26. Burial, Woods Family Cemetery.

 

Edna Mae Johnson, 68, of Bevinsville, died April 20. Funeral, April 23 at Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Mullins-Triplett Cemetery.

 

Ralph Howard Elkins, 92, of Allen, died April 20. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, April 23. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

 

Palmer Hall, 72, of Flat Gap, formerly of Hi Hat, died April 19. Funeral, April 22. Burial, Hall Family Cemetery, Teaberry.

 

Rhonda Jo “Jodi” Blair, 46, of Prestonsburg, died April 17. Funeral, April 22. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens.

 

Sam Hall, 72, of McDowell, died April 22. Funeral, April 26. Burial, William Mullins Cemetery, Bevinsville.

 

Ronald Lee Hall, 59, of Grethel, died April 22. Funeral, April 27. Burial, Hall Cemetery.

 

James Edward (Eddie) Adkins, 71, of Betsy Layne, died April 14. Funeral, April 19. Burial, Bush Cemetery, Harold.

 

Dora Lucille Muncy, 92, of Pikeville, died April 16. Funeral, April 19. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.

 

Virginia Mae Chaney Wills “Momma Wills”, 80, of Jessamine County, died April 16. Funeral, April 20. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.

 

Lorine Justice Damron, 81, of Pikeville, died April 23. Funeral, April 27 at Owsley Freewill Baptist Church, Hurricane.

 

Lorine Justice Damron, 81, of Pikeville, died April 23. Funeral, April 27 at Owsley Freewill Baptist Church, Hurricane. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.

 

Mazie Hamilton Tackett, 79, of Honaker, died April 15. Funeral, April 22. Burial, Emmit and Nan Tackett Cemetery, Grethel.

 

Harold Hammonds, 88, of Prestonsburg, died April 16. Funeral, April 19. Burial, Flanery Family Cemetery, Langley.

 

Alza Jewell Beverly Layne, 90, of Fairborn, Ohio, died April 13. Funeral, April 18. Burial, Green Bradley Cemetery, Dema.

 

Judith Gibson Turner, 77, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died April 18. Funeral, April 23. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

 

Kristin Lee Wallace Thomas, 45, of Prestonsburg, died April 14. Private celebration of life service took place.

 

Aria Paris Blanton, 1, of Martin, died April 20. Funeral, April 24. Burial, Trumbo Risner Cemetery, Salyersville.

 

Edgar Allen White, 77, of Virgie, died April 14. Funeral, April 20. Burial, Booker Wright Cemetery, Long Fork.

 

Ruth Tackett, 49, died April 20. Funeral, April 25 at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Short Family Cemetery, Topmost.

 

Jennet Stewart Little, 67, of Long Fork of Virgie, died April 22. Funeral, April 26. Burial, Harvey Burke Cemetery.

 

Judy Ann Breeding Mullins, 64, of Isom, died April 21. Funeral, April 24 at Isom Presbyterian Church. Burial, Isom Cemetery.

 

Billy “Biggin” Rogers, 56, of Penny, died April 24. Funeral, April 29. Burial, Amos Newsom Memorial Cemetery, Robinson Creek.

 

Paul David Abshire, 61, of Canada, died April 16. Funeral, April 23. Burial, Alley Cemetery, Ransom.

 

Justine Hanners, 75, of Pikeville, died April 20. Funeral, April 24. Burial, Runyon Maynard Cemetery, Varney.

 

Alice Louise Kinney, 62, of Varney, died April 19. Funeral, April 22 at Piso Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Runyon/Maynard Cemetery, Piso.

 

Deborah Kay Hensley, 63, of Hatfield, died April 18. Funeral, April 21. Burial, Mountain View Memoray Gardens, Huddy.

 

Troy H. Steele, 86, of Meador, W.Va., died April 21. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Graveside services, April 24, Steele Family Cemetery, Meador.

 

Emzie Coleman, 59, of Freeburn, died on April 22. Funeral service,April 25, Lord’s House, Phelps. Burial, Freeman Cemetery.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Brently Shayne Harrison, son of Cheyenne Moles and Zackary Harrison, born April 20; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

 

Brentston Joe Bailey, son of Alexandria Joseph and Nigel Bailey, born April 19; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.

 

Lakota Rayne Scott, daughter of Searah and Dakota Scott, born April 19; weight: 7 lbs., 0 oz.

 

Jaxon Isaiah Senters, son of Ashley Senters, born April 19; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.

 

Brantley Del Spence, son of Brittany and Jonathon Spence, born April 18; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.

 

Jerran Wayne Keene, son of Savannah Chapman and Jeremy Keene, born April 18; weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz.

 

Jaxon Wade Newman, son of Heather Harris and Waylon Newman, born April 17; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.

 

Kabella Roth Stumbo, daughter of Kristin Hall and Christopher Stumbo, born April 16; weight: 6 lbs., 5 oz.

 

Lyndi Brett Morgan, daughter of Leah Robinson and Jimmy-Joe Morgan, born April 16; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.

 

Jaron Luke Burke, son of Crystal and Jeremy Burke, born April 14; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.

 

Ava Claire Campbell, daughter of Katlyn and Jimmy Campbell Jr., born April 14; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

 

Stephen Bently Strong, son of Samantha and Stephen Strong, born April 14; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.

 

Kenley Rashae Collins, daughter of Tabitha Hopkins and Roger Collins, born April 14; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.

 

Hunter Blake Scott, son of Shelia Meadows and Wesley Scott, born April 13; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.

 

Everly Victoria Adams, daughter of Andrea and Jordan Adams, born April 13; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.

 

Mackenzie Renee Coleman, daughter of Geri Adkins and Luster Coleman, born April 13; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.

 

Aimee Leigh Neff, daughter of Ashley and Wayne Neff, born April 12; weight: 7 lbs., 5.4 oz.

 

Avery Scott Blackburn, son of April and William Blackburn, born April 12; weight: 6 lbs., 2 oz.

 

Jackson Mack Lewis, son of Tamber Lewis and Christopher Henrich, born April 11; weight: 7 lbs., 0.3 oz.

 

Aiden Cole Dotson, son of Jenny Fields and Eric Dotson, born April 11; weight: 7 lbs., 2.8 oz.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Craig Blevins, 50, of Dorton, wrecked his four wheeler back in September of 2015. That accident actually saved his life.

 

For days after the wreck he had pain in the right lower side of the stomach, for what Craig suspected was just a pulled muscle. He went to see Jamie Newsome, Nurse Practitioner at the PMC Shelby Valley Clinic and was ordered a CT scan. While waiting for his test date, the pain worsened, so he visited the emergency room at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).

 

A CT was performed in the ER, which confirmed his suspicion of a pulled muscle. Even though the CT scan was not of his chest, the image showed enough of his lung to reveal a mass in the lower lobe of his left lung.

 

Craig made an appointment with a pulmonologist. “He looked at the images of Craig’s lungs and ordered a bronchoscopy,” said Tondra Blevins, Craig’s wife of 30 years. “The test results came back as stage four lung cancer.”

 

A PET scan would later reveal the cancer had not spread to any other organs, but the bone scan told a different story. Despite having advanced cancer in his lungs and throughout his skeletal system, Craig was experiencing no symptoms.

 

“I didn’t feel sick,” Craig explained. “I had no cough, weight loss or tiredness.”

 

Craig began chemotherapy and radiation treatment for his cancer. Dr. Brad Collett and Dr. Ruth Lavigne, radiation oncologists at PMC oversaw his care.

 

“His particular cancer has a specific gene mutation, and that is a fortunate finding in that it tends to be more slow growing and will respond to biologic therapy,” explained Dr. Collett.

 

The gene mutation makes Craig’s cancer more treatable. He was put on a medication that specifically targets just the mutated gene.

 

“Because of the gene mutation I have,” said Craig, “I was able to switch to taking a pill after just two chemotherapy treatments.”

 

Craig continued with radiation treatment to treat the cancer in his bones, usually in 10-treatment rounds.

 

On February 7 of this year, while on his way to a routine radiation treatment for his hips, Craig experienced dizziness followed by a headache.

 

“I felt like I had just stood up out of the car too fast,” said Craig. “When I explained how I was feeling to Dr. Lavigne, she sent me for an MRI of my brain as soon as my radiation treatment was finished.”

 

“The radiation oncology department is phenomenal!” said Tondra. “They went over him from head to toe and they would not let him leave until we had answers.”

 

After the MRI, the technologist performing the test sent Craig and Tondra back to Dr. Lavigne to get the results. They took this as a bad sign. The test confirmed Dr. Lavigne’s suspicions and Craig needed brain surgery to remove two rather large lesions from his brain. One was golf ball-sized and one was slightly smaller.

 

“He presented with symptomatic brain metastases,” said Dr. Collett, “Because of the size, we felt he would benefit from having the lesions removed.”

 

Before Craig even made it home that day, he was called back to PMC to be admitted for surgery, to be performed by PMC neurosurgeon, Dr. Duane Densler.

 

“Because the lesions were in two widely separate areas of the brain,” explained Dr. Densler, “I had to perform separate operations to remove them.” 

 

In fact, in a span of five days, February 9-13, Craig underwent two operations to his brain. The material removed was tested and proved to be cancerous. The good news was that it was not a new primary tumor. The lesions were the same cancer from the lung metastasized in the brain.

 

Forty-eight hours after surgery, Craig was released from the hospital.

 

“Craig had an excellent recovery from the surgeries to remove the brain lesions and had significant improvement in his symptoms,” said Dr. Collett.

 

“He had a fast recovery,” said Dr. Densler, “aided by the support of his family.”

 

The part of Craig’s brain affected by the surgeries controls movement. Thankfully, he has no lasting effects from the surgery.

 

“I feel great, other than having low energy and being a little tired,” said Craig. He has no memory loss, confusion or headaches.

 

Nearly a month after the surgeries, Craig developed two more, smaller brain lesions. It was decided by his team of physicians to radiate the entire brain instead of treating just the lesions.

 

“He completed a course of whole brain radiation, which he tolerated very well,” said Dr. Collett. “He will continue on his systemic treatment and we will be re-imaging him in a few weeks to monitor his progress.”

 

“There is no need to go anywhere else to get your cancer treatment,” said Tondra. “He had two major brain surgeries in five days here.”

 

“I could not get better treatment anywhere in the world,” said Craig. “I couldn’t have had nicer or more caring staff. Everybody has been absolutely wonderful!”

 

“He has overcome so much. Craig has already started his garden, planting his peas and onions,” said Tondra. “He’s our Superman.”

 

Craig’s daughter is putting a Relay for life team together called the Superman Squad. They also have plans to run in PMC’s Colors of Courage 5K in August.

 

He still has bone cancer, but it’s getting better. Craig will continue with a PET scan every three months. Medication he takes to fight the cancer has side effects. So Craig goes for lab work every two weeks to monitor his liver.

 

For more information about the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center or to make an appointment, call 606-218-2212.

Tondra and Craig Blevins
Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central sharpshooter Mason Blair capped off his career as a Golden Eagle at the top of his class.

 

The senior finished up his career with 2,363 points, including more than 2,300 of those over three years.

 

He averaged 31.5 points per game and helped Johnson Central to a region best 27-7 record and berth in the 15th Region championship game.

 

Blair set a state record for three-point goals with 168. He had two games of 50-plus points, including a school record 58 against Lawrence County. He had nine games of 40-plus points.

 

The University of Pikeville signee was honored today as being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year.

 

Blair is joined on the elite first team by nine other outstanding players, including Pikeville junior Wyatt Battaile (20.2 ppg.). Battaile led the Panthers to a berth in the Sweet 16.

 

Other first team members are South Floyd junior J.R. Tackett (18.9 ppg.), Mingo Central junior Jeremy Dillon (20 ppg.), Letcher Central senior Torrell Carter (26.4 ppg.), Johnson Central senior Cole Crace (21.1 ppg.), Tug Valley junior Tyler May (20 ppg.), Phelps junior Christian Mounts (23.6 ppg.), Shelby Valley freshman Cody Potter (17.2 ppg.) and Pike Central senior Ryan Eads (14.5 ppg.).

 

The second team is captained by Mingo Central freshman Drew Hatfield (15 ppg.). Hatfield and Dillon led Mingo Central to the state tournament.

 

Others selected to the second team include Paintsville freshman Seth Williams (16.2 ppg.), Belfry junior Isaiah Roblee (14.3 ppg.), South Floyd sophomore Brady Conn (15.5 ppg.), East Ridge senior Michel Conn (11.2 ppg.), Allen Central freshman Ethan Smith-Mills (13.6 ppg.), Prestonsburg sophomore Austin Endicott (11.5 ppg.), Betsy Layne sophomore Grant Orsborn (13 ppg.), Tug Valley junior Jonathan Blankenship (10 ppg.) and Pike Central junior Seth Conn (13.2 ppg.)

 

South Floyd junior Jacob Collins was named captain of the third team. He averaged 15.2 points per game.

 

Others chosen were Johnson Central sophomore Jacob Rice (11.2 ppg.), Jenkins senior Coty Wright (12.3 ppg.), East Ridge senior Dawson Clark (11 ppg.), Allen Central junior Cameron Nelson (12.6 ppg.), Pikeville sophomore Connor Roberts (10 ppg.), Belfry junior Koleston Blankenship (10.6 ppg.), Paintsville eighth-grader Mason Moore (16.2 ppg.), Shelby Valley junior Blake Burke (10.8 ppg.) and Pike Central senior Blake Wallace (14 ppg.).

 

Pikeville first-year head coach Elisha Justice was honored as Coach of the Year after guiding the Panthers to the Sweet 16. The Panthers finished 23-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Medical Leader’s All-Area Boys’ Basketball Teams:

 

Player of the Year:

 

Mason Blair, Johnson Central, Sr.,

 

Coach of the Year:

 

Elisha Justice, Pikeville

 

First Team

 

Mason Blair, Sr., Johnson Central, 31.5 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Wyatt Battaile, Jr., Pikeville, 20.2 ppg.

 

J.R. Tackett, Jr., South Floyd, 18.9 ppg.

 

Jeremy Dillon, Jr., Mingo Central, 20 ppg.

 

Torrell Carter, Sr., Letcher Central, 26.4 ppg.

 

Cole Crace, Sr., Johnson Central, 21.1 ppg.

 

Tyler May, Jr., Tug Valley, 20 ppg.

 

Christian Mounts, Jr., Phelps, 23.6 ppg.

 

Cody Potter, Fr., Shelby Valley, 17.2 ppg.

 

Ryan Eads, Sr., Pike Central, 14.5 ppg.

 

Second Team

 

Drew Hatfield, Fr., Mingo Central, 15 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Seth Williams, Fr., Paintsville, 16.2 ppg.

 

Isaiah Roblee, Jr., Belfry, 14.3 ppg.

 

Brady Conn, So., South Floyd, 15.5 ppg.

 

Michael Conn, Sr., East Ridge, 11.2 ppg.

 

Ethan Smith-Mills, Fr., Allen Central, 13.6 ppg.

 

Austin Endicott, So., Prestonsburg, 11.5 ppg.

 

Grant Orsborn, So., Betsy Layne, 13 ppg.

 

Jonathan Blankenship, Jr., Tug Valley, 10 ppg.

 

Seth Conn, Jr., Pike Central, 13.2 ppg.

 

Third Team

 

Jacob Collins, Jr., South Floyd, 15.2 ppg. (Capt.)

 

Jacob Rice, So., Johnson Central, 11.2 ppg.

 

Coty Wright, Sr., Jenkins, 12.3 ppg.

 

Dawson Clark, Sr., East Ridge, 11 ppg.

 

Cameron Nelson, Jr., Allen Central, 12.6 ppg.

 

Connor Roberts, So., Pikeville, 10 ppg.

 

Koleston Blankenship, Jr., Belfry, 10.6 ppg.

 

Mason Moore, 8th, Paintsville, 16.2 ppg.

 

Blake Burke, Jr., Shelby Valley, 10.8 ppg.

 

Blake Wallace, Sr., Pike Central, 14 ppg.

 

Honorable Mention:

 

Dylan Caudill, Allen Central; Cameron Catron, Austin Woolum, Belfry; Byron Hammond, Jordan Kendrick Betsy Layne; Matt Miller, Justin Potter, East Ridge; Austin Banks, Elijah Raglin, Letcher Central; Aaron Banks, Keshean Rhodes, Canaan Fletcher, Mingo Central; Brandon Norman, Phelps; Skylar Williams, Piarist School; Evan Rhodes, Kyle Watkins, Pikeville; Wes Hager, Drake Nunnery, Prestonsburg; Tanner Bentley, Shelby Valley; Levi Davis, Garrett Brown, Colby Savage, Tug Valley.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Johnson Central senior Mason Blair finished his career with 2,363 points, most in school history, and averaged 31.5 points per game. He set a state record in three-point goals made with 168.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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