Natalie Rose Grace Gilliam, daughter of Angela Dotson and Richard Gilliam, born Feb. 23; weight: 6lbs., 13oz.

 

Johnathon Xavier Williams-Galloway, son of Erica Urias and Johnathon Galloway, born Feb. 23; weight: 7lbs., 10oz.

 

Etienne Macsen Osborne, son of Amanda and Chancy Osborne, born Feb. 24; weight: 8lbs., 15oz.

 

Eleanor Jean McCann, daughter of Kathleen and Donnie McCann, born Feb. 26; weight: 4lbs., 15oz.

Friday, March 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville first-year coach Elisha Justice never felt his team was out of the game despite facing an 18-point deficit with just over five minutes remaining before halftime.

 

The Panthers cut the deficit to eight at the break and took control in the third period to rally for an improbable 95-84 win over 15th Region perennial power Johnson Central at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 6. It’s their first title since 1999.

 

“We never concerned ourselves with anyone else,” Justice, who led Shelby Valley High School as a player to two All “A” Classic championships and a Sweet Sixteen title in 2010, said. “We just wanted to continue to work hard and get better and make a run.”

 

Make a run they did.

 

Cade Byers, who was playing his first year of varsity basketball, hit all 11 of his shots from the floor and finished with a team-high 28 points.

 

“It’s just an amazing feeling that is hard to put into words,” he said. “We came together as a team and that more than anything made this possible.”

 

Johnson Central head coach Tommy McKenzie said Pikeville was able to do something that other teams couldn’t.

 

“We hadn’t had a team break our press like that all season,” he said. They [Pikeville] played with confidence, and we got in an unfamiliar spot and had to play with desperation.”

 

Junior Wyatt Battaile was outstanding all night long, finishing with 25 points while grabbing 15 rebounds, including 10 defensive.

 

“Wow....we just worked so hard all night long,” he said. “Even when they [Johnson Central] had that big lead on us we just continued to battle. I can’t say enough about the guys on our team.”

 

Evan Rhodes added 22 points, including a pair of clutch three-pointers late in the game to seal the win.

 

“This is a dream come true for us,” Rhodes said. “As a young boy you dream of playing at Rupp and here we come.”

 

Pikeville, now 23-8, will play Perry County Central (27-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.

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15TH REGION CHAMPIONS: The Pikeville Panthers pose with the boys’ 15th Region tournament championship trophy following the team’s come-from-behind 95-84 win over Johnson Central at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 6. See today’s sports page for game coverage.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville rallied from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to stun 15th Region perennial power Johnson Central, 95-84, in the championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 6.

 

It was the Panthers, now 23-8, first regional title since 1999 and 10th in school history.

 

Cade Byers finished with a team-high 28 points. He hit all 11 of his field attempts. Wyatt Battaile added 25 points and 15 rebounds while Evan Rhodes tossed in 22 points.

 

Johnson Central’s Mason Blair led all scorers with 36 points as the Golden Eagles’ season ended at 27-7. Cole Crace followed with 33.

 

Pikeville will face Perry County Central (27-7) at 1:30 p.m. on March 15 at Rupp Arena.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region championship)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PK (23-8)….............................17 18 27 33 – 95

 

JC (27-7)…..............................24 19 12 29 – 84

 

Scoring:

 

Pikeville (95) – Kyle Watkins 0 4-4 4; Wyatt Battaile 8(1) 6-7 25; Evan Rhodes 6(3) 1-4 22; Connor Risner 3(1) 0-2 9; Cade Byers 11 6-7 28; Michael McDonald 1 0-0 2; and Christian Billiter 2 1-1 5. Totals: 31(5) 18-26 95.

 

Johnson Central (84) – Dalton Collins 1 2-4 4; Austin Davis 0(3) 0-0 9; Cole Crace 10(2) 7-7 33; Mason Blair 3(9) 3-4 36; and Jacob Rice 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15(14) 12-15 84.

 

 

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Pikeville………….....................82

 

South Floyd………....................75

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville rallied in the final eight minutes of play to slip past South Floyd, 82-75, in the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 4.

 

The Panthers, now 22-8, reached the championship game for the 19th time in school history. Pikeville is 9-9 overall.

 

Wyatt Battaile poured in a game-high 30 points and Connor Roberts added 16 while Kyle Watkins added 15.

 

J.R. Tackett, Brady Conn and Jacob Collins finished with 18 points apiece for the Raiders, who finished 21-13.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PK (22-8)…..........................…19 13 17 33 – 82

 

SF (21-13)….............................16 14 23 22 – 75

 

Scoring:

 

Pikeville (82) – Kyle Watkins 3(3) 0-3 15; Wyatt Battaile 6(4) 6-7 30; Evan Rhodes 4 0-0 8; Connor Roberts 2(3) 3-5 16; Cade Byers 1 2-2 4; Connor Risner 0 1-2 1; Christian Billiter 0(1) 1-2 4; and Zach Hamilton 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18(11) 13-21 82.

 

South Floyd (75) – J.R. Tackett 6(2) 0-0 18; Blade Slone 0 2-3 2; Shane Kidd 1 1-2 3; Brady Conn 8 2-2 18; Jacob Collins 4(2) 4-5 18; Blake Johnson 2 2-2 6; Kyle Isaac 3 2-2 8; and James Isaac 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(5) 13-16 75.

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Johnson Central……….............88

 

Lawrence County……...............87

 

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to edge defending 15th Region champion Lawrence County before a huge crowd at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 4.

 

The Golden Eagles, now 27-6, advanced to the championship game for the sixth consecutive season.

 

Lawrence County, which led much of the second half, hit just one of six free throws down the stretch. The Dawgs season ended at 22-12.

 

Mason Blair poured in a game-high 40 points while Cole Crace followed with 16 and Austin Davis netted 12.

 

Timmy Dalton paced the Bulldogs with 28 points while Jared Wellman added 25. Trey Dotson finished with 21 and Tyler Maynard tossed in 12.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LC (22-12)............................…23 15 30 19 – 87

 

JC (27-6)…...............................22 21 20 25 – 88

 

Scoring:

 

Lawrence County (87) – Tyler Maynard 1(3) 1-4 12; Trey Dotson 2(50 2-2 21; Timmy Dalton 9 10-16 28; Jared Wellman 4(4) 5-6 25; and Chase Sartin 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16(12) 19-30 87.

 

Johnson Central (88) – Dalton Collins 3 1-2 7; Austin Davis 0(4) 0-0 12; Cole Crace 4(2) 2-6 16; Mason Blair 11(3) 9-14 40; Jacob Rice 1(2) 0-0 8; and Gabe Ferral 0(1) 2-2 5. Totals: 19(12) 14-24 88.

 

 

 

Class AA, Region 4, Section 2

 

Chapmanville……....................62

 

Mingo Central…..................….37

 

LOGAN, W.Va. — The third meeting between Mingo Central and Chapmanville before a packed house at Logan Memorial Fieldhouse had no drama.

 

After both teams won regular season games on the others floor in overtime, the Tigers took control early against the Miners and cruised to a 62-37 win in the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 championship game played on March 3.

 

Drew Williamson led a balanced attack for the Tigers, now 20-4, with a game-high 18 points. Dylan Smith followed with 13 while Hunter Neil and Kyle Browning added 12 apiece.

 

Jeremy Dillon paced the Miners (18-7) with 12 points. Keshean Rhodes chipped in 10.

 

Both teams advanced to the regional finals this week.

 

At Logan, W.Va.

 

(Class AA, Region 4, Section 2)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

CHS (20-4)….............................18 15 22 7 – 62

 

MC (18-7)…….............................8 14 11 4 – 37

 

Scoring:

 

Chapmanville (62) – Drew Williamson 18; Dylan Smith 13; Hunter Neil 12; Kyle Browning 12; and Obinna Killen 7.

 

Mingo Central (37) – Jeremy Dillon 12; Keshean Rhodes 10; Canaan Fletcher 8; and Drew Hatfield 7.

 

 

 

Class A, Region 4, Section 2

 

St. Joseph Central…................66

 

Tug Valley………....................…61

 

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Saint Joseph Central took the lead early against Tug Valley and held on for a 66-61 win in the Class A, Region 4, Section 2 championship game played on March 3.

 

Colby Savage tossed in 18 points and Garret Brown added 17 as the Panthers fell to 14-10. Levin Davis chipped in 10.

 

Deandre Murphy poured in a game-high 30 points for the Irish, now 16-9.

 

Both teams advanced to this week’s regional finals.

 

 

 

At Naugatuck, W.Va.

 

(Class A, Region 4, Section 2)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

SJ (16-9)……...........................19 15 15 17 – 66

 

TV (14-10)…...........................10 20 16 15 – 61

 

Scoring:

 

St. Joseph Central (66) – Deandre Murphy 4(5) 7-8 30; Owen Huffman 1 0-0 2; John Morrison 2(3) 2-4 15; Garrick Hopkins 1 3-4 5; and Issac Bias 3(1) 5-6 14. Totals: 11(9) 17-22 66.

 

Tug Valley (61) – Jonathan Blankenship 2 0-0 4; Bryson Preece 1 0-0 2; Tyler May 1 0-0 2; Garret Brown 1(5) 0-0 17; Levi Davis 5 0-1 10; Colby Savage 7(1) 1-2 18; and Mason Layne 4 0-0 8. Totals: 21(6) 1-3 61.

 

 

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Pikeville………….....................72

 

Belfry……………......................62

 

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville took a double-digit lead early on against Belfry and held on for a 72-62 win in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 2.

 

The Panthers, now 21-8, landed four players in double figures while advancing to the semifinals against South Floyd. Belfry’s season ended at 14-18.

 

Wyatt Battaile fired in 20 points and Connor Roberts followed with 16. Connor Risner added 14 and Kyle Watkins chipped in 10.

 

Austin Woolum led all scorers for the Pirates with 21 points. Isiah Roblee and Cameron Catron added 11 each.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

BF (14-18)…...............................7 15 15 25 – 62

 

PK (21-8)…...............................18 15 6 33 – 72

 

Scoring:

 

Belfry (62) – Koleston Blankenship 2 4-4 8; Isiah Roblee 1(1) 6-6 11; Cameron Catron 3(1) 2-2 11; Ryan Jessie 1 0-0 2; Austin Woolum 6(2) 3-5 21; Devin Varney 2 3-5 7; and Jovie Stack 0 2-2 2. Totals: 15(4) 20-24 62.

 

Pikeville (72) – Kyle Watkins 1(2) 2-3 10; Wyatt Battaile 6 8-8 20; Evan Rhodes 3 3-4 9; Connor Roberts 2(1) 9-10 16; Cade Byers 1 1-1 3; and Connor Risner 6 2-5 14. Totals: 19(3) 25-31 72.

 

 

 

15th Region Tournament

 

South Floyd………....................74

 

Magoffin County…..................70

 

PIKEVILLE — South Floyd’s Shane Kidd nailed a three-point basket with 20 seconds remaining in overtime and teammate J.R. Tackett converted two free throws with less than eight seconds left to lift the Raiders to a heart-stopping 84-80 win over Magoffin County in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 2.

 

The Raiders, now 21-12, advanced to face Pikeville in the semifinals. Magoffin County’s season ends at 18-12.

 

Tackett finished with 23 points and Brady Conn added 16. Shane Kidd and Kyle Isaac finished with 12 apiece.

 

Trenton Russell led all scorers for the Hornets with 36 points. Jaren Lovely added 24.

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

MC (18-12)….................13 15 10 22 (10) – 70

 

SF (21-12)….................….4 20 15 21 (14) – 74

 

Scoring:

 

Magoffin County (70) – Jaren Lovely 6(1) 9-10 24; Trenton Russell 9(2) 12-13 36; Ryan Mullins 2 0-0 4; Nolan Arnett 0 1-2 1; and Daniel Minix 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 18(4) 22-25 70.

 

South Floyd (74) – J.R. Tackett 8 7-9 23; Shane Kidd 0(3) 3-4 12; Brady Conn 3 10-13 16; Jacob Collins 2 0-0 4; Blake Johnson 1(1) 2-2 7; and Kyle Isaac 3(2) 0-1 12. Totals: 17(6) 22-29 74.

 

 

 

14th Region Tournament

 

Letcher Central…....................82

 

Powell County…......................68

 

JACKSON — Letcher Central took charge early on against Powell County and rolled to an 82-68 win in the opening round of the 14th Region boys’ tournament being played at Breathitt County High School on March 1.

 

Torrell Carter stripped the nets for a game-high 38 points and Austin Banks added 18 as the Cougars improved to 24-8 while advancing to the semifinals. Gregory Kincer finished with 13.

 

Austin Napier finished with 21 for Powell County, which ended its season at 20-11.

 

 

 

At Jackson

 

(14th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PC (20-11)..........................…..11 17 10 30 – 68

 

LC (24-8)…..........................…22 17 16 27 – 82

 

Scoring:

 

Powell County (68) –Austin Napier 3(3) 6-9 21; Mikey Lindon 1(1) 0-0 5; Dashaun Williams 1(1) 0-0 5; Levi Bloom 6 1-4 13; Hunter Bloom 0(2) 0-0 6; Max Hernandez 5 1-2 11; Bryce Merrion 1 0-2 2; Carlos Hernandez 1 0-0 2; and Colby Cook 0 3-6 3. Totals: 18(7) 11-23 68.

 

Letcher Central (82) – Torrell Carter 7(3) 15-18 38; Austin Caudill 0 1-2 1; Austin Banks 3(4) 0-0 18; Tyler Stacy 0 1-2 1; Elijah Raglin 3 1-3 7; Gregory Kincer 6 1-2 13; Hunter Meade 0 3-4 3; and Caleb Stidham 0 1-2 1. Totals: 19(7) 23-35 82.

 

 

 

Class AA, Region 4, Section 2

 

Mingo Central……...................40

 

Logan………………...................35

 

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Mingo Central rallied in the final eight minutes to take the lead away from Logan and hold on for a 40-35 win in the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 tournament opening round at Danny Godby Gymnasium on Feb .28.

 

The Miners, now 18-5, advanced to the sectional finals against Chapmanville.

 

Jeremy Dillon led Central with 12 points while Canaan Fletcher and Drew Hatfield chipped in nine apiece.

 

David Early poured in a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats, who finished 14-10.

 

 

 

At Chapmanville, W.Va.

 

(Class AA, Region 4, Section 2)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

LG (14-10)….................................9 9 11 6 – 35

 

MC (18-5)…................................6 8 12 14 – 40

 

Scoring:

 

Logan (35) – David Early 20; William Akers 3; Jamal Minter 2; T.J. Mullins 2; Braxton Goff 5; and D Noe 3.

 

Mingo Central (40) – Aaron Banks 5; Canaan Fletcher 9; Keshean Rhodes 5; Drew Hatfield 9; and Jeremy Dillon 12.

 

 

 

Class A, Region 4, Section 2

 

Tug Valley…….........................73

 

Van…………….........................65

 

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Tug Valley ran out to an early lead against Van and cruised to a 73-65 win in a Class A, Region 4, Section 2 opening round game played on Feb. 28.

 

The Panthers, now 14-9, advanced to host St. Joseph Central in the sectional finals at home.

 

Tyler May poured in 29 points while Levin Davis added 16 and Garret Brown tossed in 12.

 

Taylor Jarrell led all scorers for the Bulldogs (9-13) with 34 points.

 

 

 

At Naugatuck, W.Va.

 

(Class A, Region 4, Section 2)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

VN (9-13)…...............................8 10 20 27 – 65

 

TV (14-9)............................….22 16 15 20 – 73

 

Scoring:

 

Van (65) – Alex Gibson 0 3-3 3; Daniel Gibson 0(1) 2-2 4; Taylor Jarrell 5(7) 3-4 34; Cole Price 4 0-4 8; Caleb Price 1 0-1 2; Gavin Smith 2(1) 2-2 9; and Brandon Moore 2 0-1 4. Totals: 14(9) 10-17 65.

 

Tug Valley (73) – Jonathan Blankenship 2 1-2 5; Bryson Preece 1 0-0 2; Tyler May 4(3) 12-12 29; Garret Brown 4(1) 1-2 12; Levi Davis 2(2) 6-9 16; Colby Savage 1 0-0 2; and Mason Layne 3 1-2 7. Totals: 17(6) 21-27 73.

 

 

 

GIRLS

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Paintsville……........................39

 

Johnson Central…...................36

 

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville outlasted Johnson Central in a 15th Region championship game that saw 13 lead changes before the Lady Tigers escaped with a 39-36 win at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 4.

 

The Lady Tigers, now 28-4, reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1932.

 

Anna Keeton nailed two foul shots with 4.5 seconds left to give Paintsville its martin of victory. She finished with just four points.

 

Abby James tossed in a game-high 15 points and Elizabeth Williams added nine.

 

Alaina Castle paced the Lady Eagles (28-7) with 12 points and Ashley Belcher added eight.

 

Paintsville faced Simon Kenton Thursday night at Northern Kentucky University in Covington.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PV (28-4)….................................9 14 7 9 – 39

 

JC (28-7)…................................10 11 4 11 – 36

 

Scoring:

 

Paintsville (39) – Elizabeth Williams 0(2) 3-5 9; Presley Chirico 0 1-2 1; Anna Keeton 1 2-2 4; Katelyn Fitch 0 1-2 1; Abby James 6(1) 0-1 15; and Eleanora Lanzani 4 1-1 9. Totals: 11(3) 8-13 39.

 

Johnson Central (36) – Lauryn Salyer 1 0-0 2; Alaina Castle 4(1) 1-3 12; Ashley Belcher 1 6-7 8; Ali May 2 2-2 6; Cheyenne Ross 2 0-0 4; and Sammi Sites 2 0-0 4. Totals: 12(1) 9-12 36.

 

 

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Johnson Central…...................60

 

Pike Central………...................48

 

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central took control early on in the second half against Pike County Central and went on to score a 60-48 win in the 15th Region girls’ tournament semifinals played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 3.

 

The Lady Eagles, 28-6, were led by Ali May’s 13 points. Lauryn Salyer chipped in 12 and Alaina Castle added 10.

 

Cassidy Mullins paced the Lady Hawks, who finished 22-12, with a game-high 21 points while Bailey Birchfield and Kylea Stanley added 12 each

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

JC (28-6)…...............................10 10 16 24 – 60

 

PC (22-12)................................13 7 5 23 – 48

 

Scoring:

 

Johnson Central (60) – Lauryn Salyer 2 8-8 12; Alaina Castle 3 4-8 10; Sammi Sites 0 4-6 4; Ali May 4 5-5 13; Cheyenne Ross 4 0-0 8; Kelci Blair 0(1) 0-0 3; Ashley Belcher 1 3-3 5; Morgan Hopson 0(1) 0-0 3; and Tierra Montgomery 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15(2) 24-30 60.

 

Pike County Central (48) – Bailey Birchfield 5 2-3 12; Cassidy Mullins 4(2) 5-7 21; Kaitlyn Keathley 0(1) 0-0 3; and Kylea Stanley 3 6-8 12. Totals: 12(3) 15-20 48.

 

 

 

15th Region Tournament

 

Paintsville……….....................68

 

South Floyd…….......................50

 

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville ran out to a double-digit lead early against South Floyd and cruised to a 68-50 win in the 15th Region girls’ tournament semifinals played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 3.

 

The Lady Tigers, now 27-4, landed five players in double-figure scoring. Presley Chirico poured in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Abby James and Eleanora Lanzani followed with 11 each. Elizabeth Williams and Anna Keeton added 10 apiece.

 

Katie Moore led the Lady Raiders (26-8) with 16 points and Cheyenne Light added 15.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PV (27-4)….............................14 18 22 14 – 68

 

SF (26-8)…................................4 15 12 19 – 50

 

Scoring:

 

Paintsville (68) – Elizabeth Williams 1(2) 2-2 10; Presley Chirico 9 2-3 20; Anna Keeton 2(2) 0-0 10; Katelyn Fitch 3 0-0 6; Abby James 4(1) 0-1 11; and Eleanora Lanzani 4 3-7 11. Totals: 23(5) 7-13 68.

 

South Floyd (50) – Jesse Tackett 1 0-0 2; Katie Moore 6(1) 1-2 16; Cheyenne Light 2(2) 5-8 15; Taylor Berger 1 5-8 7; Kennedy Blevins 0(1) 0-0 3; Kaylee Moore 1 1-2 3; and Brooke Stumbo 2 0-2 4. Totals: 13(4) 12-22 50.

PEP TALK: Pikeville High School’s Wyatt Battaile (2) brings together teammates Evan Rhodes (5) Cade Byers (back, left) Connor Roberts (back, right) and Kyle Watkins (1) prior to the beginning of the fourth quarter in the 15th Region boys’ championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 6. Pikeville rallied from 18 points down to defeat Johnson Central, 95-84.
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Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 10, 2017

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville fell behind early on to Life University and the Bears came up on the short end of a 78-63 decision in the Mid-South Conference championship game played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 5.

The Bears, now 26-7, will enter the NAIA national tournament as an at-large entry while the Runnin’ Eagles, now 22-10, made the field as tournament champion.

Clint Nwosuh led the Bears with a game-high 22 points while Darrion Leslie followed with 19.

Dalariah Williams paced Life with 21 points and Zach Landis added 15.

At Frankfort

(MSC Championship)

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (26-7)…..30  33 – 63

LU (22-10)…41  37 – 78

Scoring:

UPIKE (63) – Clint Nwosuh 2(6) 0-0 22; Darrion Leslie 9 1-7 19; Jordan Perry 3 0-0 6; Trey Rakes 0(1) 0-0 3; Daniel Afeaki 1 0-0 2; Rze Culbreath 1(1) 0-0 5; Marshall Bennett 2 0-0 4; Antwine Baker 0 1-2 2; and Michael Lewis 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18(8) 3-11 63.

Life University (78) – Dalarian Williams 8 5-9 21; Zach Landis 5(1) 2-3 15; Jonathan Beausejour 3(2) 2-4 14; Ivan Benkovich 1(3) 1-1 12; Mike Miller 0(2) 3-6 9; and Courtney Warren 0(2) 1-2 7. Totals: 17(10) 14-25 78.

UPIKE…………..74

Georgetown……..67

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville snapped a five-game losing streak against Georgetown as the Bears scored a 74-67 win in the Mid-South Conference semifinals played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 4.

UPIKE improved to 26-6 overall and reached the tournament finals for the sixth time.

Jordan Perry led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points while Darrion Leslie followed with 15. Trey Rakes tossed in 12 and Michael Lewis added 10.

Quan Pointdexter paced the Tigers (23-7) with 23 points.

At Frankfort

(MSC Semifinals)

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (26-6)….36  38 – 74

GC (23-7)….30  37 – 67

Scoring:

UPIKE (74) – Jordan Perry 6 4-4 16; Darrion Leslie 6 3-3 15; Trey Rakes 1(1) 7-7 12; Clint Nwosuh 0(1) 2-2 5; Michael Lewis 5 0-7 10; Rze Culbreath 3 2-2 8; and Marshall Bennett 2(1) 1-2 8. Totals: 23(3) 19-27 74.

Georgetown College (67) – Quan Poindexter 6(1) 8-10 23; Chris Coffey 6 3-4 15; Troy Steward 1(3) 2-4 13; Darion Burns 5 0-2 10; Jacob Conway 1 2-2 4; and Raymond Baldwin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(4) 15-22 67.

UPIKE………….82

Cumberland…….62

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville dominated from the opening tip against Cumberland and the Bears advanced in the Mid-South Conference tournament with an 82-62 win at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 3.

Jordan Perry fired in a game-high 20 points and Rze Culbreath finished with 16 as the Bears moved to 25-6 and into the semifinals. Clint Nwosuh added 12.

Diondrey Holt Jr., led the Phoenix (12-15) with 17 points.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY HALVES:

CU (12-15)….30  32 – 62

UP (25-6)…….37  45 – 82

Scoring:

Cumberland (62) – Diondrey Holt Jr. 5(2) 1-3 17; Jamonte Graham 2 2-2 6; DeQuan Bond 0(2) 0-0 6; Marquel Hickerson 2 1-3 5; Delaryn Dodd 2 0-0 4; Will Shelton 3 3-3 9; Ronell Abaekobe 2(1) 0-1 7; Reid Pierce 1 1-2 3; Trenton Perry 0(1) 0-0 3; and Rhyan Townes 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18(6) 8-14 62.

UPIKE (82) – Jordan Perry 8 4-4 20; Clint Nwosuh 1(3) 1-2 12; Trey Rakes 2 4-4 8; Darrion Leslie 2 2-6 6; Daniel Afeaki 1 0-0 2; Rze Culbreath 1(3) 5-6 16; Marshall Bennett 2(1) 2-4 9; Michael Lewis 2 3-3 7; and Richard Freeman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(7) 21-28 82.

WOMEN

Shawnee State…..79

UPIKE……………74

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville’s upset bid of top-seeded Shawnee State came up short as the Bears fell 79-74 in the Mid-South Conference tournament semifinals played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 4.

SSU, now 30-2, used a 10-4 run over the final three minutes plus to escape the Bears, now 21-10.

Kelah Eldridge scored 11 points and Kandice Porter added 10 in the loss.

Madison Ridout led all scorers for the SSU.

UPIKE now awaits its selection to the NAIA national tournament in Billings, Mont.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

UP (21-10)…17  22  20  15 – 74

SSU (30-2)…20  23  15  21 – 79

Scoring:

UPIKE (74) – Kandice Porter 5 0-0 10; Emily Baker 1 3-4 5; Jamie Castle 0(1) 4-4 7; Aundrea Matchen 2 0-0 4; Kelah Eldridge 4(1) 0-0 11; Taylor McGlade 0(1) 2-2 5; Devin Conley 3(1) 0-0 9; Rachel Lee 4 1-2 9; Mia Greatrex 0 1-2 1; Brianna Burbridge 2 2-2 6; and Elisabeth Latham 2(1) 0-0 7. Totals: 23(5) 13-16 74.

Shawnee State (79) – Jen Arnzen 0(2) 0-0 6; Jonessa Moore 6 4-5 16; Brandie Snow 3 4-6 10; Madison Ridout 4(2) 6-8 20; Bailey Cummins 4(1) 2-2 13; Ashton Lovely 0(3) 0-0 9; Hannah Miller 1 0-0 2; and Lydia Poe 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(8) 17-23 79.

UPIKE………….73

Georgetown…….59

FRANKFORT – University of Pikeville overcame a sluggish first half to pull away and beat Georgetown, 73-59, in the Mid-South Conference tournament opener played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 2.

Kelah Eldridge fired in 18 points and Devin Conley added 15 as the Bears advanced to the semifinals against Shawnee State. Brianna Burbridge followed with 14.

Kennedy Flynn led the Tigers (8-20) with 16 points and Emilie Ziese added 15.

At Frankfort

(MSC Tournament)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

GC (8-20)….22  10  7  20 – 59

UP (21-9)….20  11  19  23 – 73

Scoring:

Georgetown College (59) – Emilie Ziese 7 1-2 15; Shakela Smith 2 0-0 4; Kennedy Flynn 3(2) 4-6 16; Lydia Graves 1 1-2 3; Shelby Beam 1(3) 0-0 11; Abbey Van Zant 0(1) 0-0 3; Justus Martin 1 2-2 6; and Leslie Fries 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16(6) 9-14 59.

UPIKE (73) – Kandice Porter 0(1) 2-2 5; Emily Baker 1 0-0 2; Jamie Castle 2 0-0 4; Aundrea Matchen 1 0-0 2; Kelah Eldridge 3(4) 0-0 18; Taylor McGlade 2 0-0 4; Adison Corder 0(1) 0-0 3; Devin Conley 3(3) 0-0 15; Rachel Lee 1 0-0 2; Mia Greatrex 1 0-0 2; Brianna Burbridge 5 4-6 14; and Elisabeth Latham 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19(9) 8-10 73.

 

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, March 9, 2017

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville completed a series sweep of Saint Francis (Ind.) with a pair of wins at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 5.

The Bears took the night cap 8-6 after winning the opener, 3-0.

Max Hall and Aaron Hedgecock earned victories on the mound.

In the second game, Josh Bailey doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in two runs as the Bears improved to 13-5. Travis Haen had two hits and drove in two runs while Anthony Roberts added two hits and added an RBI.

In the opener, Haen singled and batted in two runs and Justin Beatty singled and drove home one run.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

SF (3-16-1)….000 030 3 – 6-12-1

UP (13-5)……004  310  x – 8-10-0

Pitching:

WP – Max Hall

LP – Noah Friemuth

Hitting: Josh Bailey 2b, 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Travis Haen 2-1b, 2 RBI; Anthony Roberts 2-1b, 1 RBI; Kase Mattingly 1b, 2r; Brandon Sewell 2-1b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

SF (3-15-1)…..000  000  0 – 0-5-0

UP (12-5)…….002  010  x – 3-4-0

Pitching:

WP – Aaron Hedgecock

LP – Channdlor Rivera

Hitting: Travis Haen 1b, 2 RBI; Justin Beatty 1b, 1 RBI; Alec Barba 1r, UPIKE.

UPIKE………6-11

St. Francis……4-10

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville used a five-run, third inning to score a 6-5 win over Saint Francis (Ind.) in the second game of a doubleheader sweep played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 4.

The Bears, now 11-5, took the opener, 11-10.

In the nightcap, Jorge Perez singled, scored twice and batted in two runs as the Bears improved to 11-5. Matt Peterson double and knocked home two runs while Travis Haen singled, scored and added an RBI.

Bryce Carden was the winning pitcher.

In the series opener, Josh Bailey doubled, singled, scored and drove in three runs while Haen had two hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Matt Peterson collected three hits, scored and drove in one run.

James Brooks was the winner in relief.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

SF (3-14-1)….001  003  0 – 4-8-4

UP (11-5)……050  010  x – 6-8-0

Pitching:

WP – Bryce Carden

LP – Kyle DeKoninck

Hitting: Jorge Perez 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Matt Peterson 2b, 2 RBI; Travis Haen 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Josh Bailey 1b, 1r; Anthony Roberts 1b, 1r; Daniel Sterenberg 2b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

SF (3-13-1)…400  600  0 – 10-9-3

UP (10-5)…...082  010  x – 11-15-0

Pitching:

WP – James Brooks

LP – Dane Hoffman

Hitting: Josh Bailey 2b, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Travis Haen 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Matt Peterson 3-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jorge Perez 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Luke Hartlage 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Daniel Sterenberg 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, March 9, 2017

PIPPA PASSES – University of Pikeville blasted four home runs in cruising to a doubleheader sweep of Alice Lloyd College in softball action played on March 6.

The Bears, now 6-6, took the nightcap 6-4 after winning the opener 14-0.

Lindsay Floyd and Alexandra Quill earned victories on the mound.

In the nightcap, Kelsey Prater had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs while Lee Griffin added two hits and scored. Kitty Raymond and Ashley Goines each doubled.

Griffin blasted a grand slam home run in the opener as UPIKE belted three in the game. She finished with two hits, including a double, two runs and batted in five runs total.

Jillian Bohnert hit a home run, singled, scored and knocked in three runs while Hannah Absher hit a home run, singled twice, scored three times and batted in two.

Raymond collected three hits, including a double, scored a pair of runs and drove in two.

At Pippa Passes

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

UP (6-6)…..042  26 – 14-13-0

ALC (1-9)…000  00 –   0- 2-0

Pitching:

WP – Lindsay Floyd

LP –  Aly Webb

Hitting; Kelsey Prater HR, 1b, 1r, 4 RBI; Kitty Raymond 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r, 1 RB I; Hannah Absher 2-1b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pippa Passes

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

UP (5-6)…..042  26 – 14-13-0

ALC (1-8)…000  00 –  0-  2-0

Pitching:

WP – Alexandra Quill

LP – Allison Shepherd

Hitting: Lee Griffin GS HR, 2b, 2r, 5 RBI; Kitty Raymond 2b, 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jillian Bohnert HR, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Hannah Absher HR, 2-1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Carrie Griffin 2b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

UPIKE……..6-5

Asbury……..2-1

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville collected 10 hits in the second game of a twinbill with Asbury College and the Bears completed a sweep with a 6-2 win in a game played at Paul Butcher Field on March 3.

The Bears, now 4-4, took the opener 5-1.

Alexandra Quill and Hannah Thacker went the distance in both games to earn victories on the mound.

In the nightcap, Jillian Bohnert belted a three-run homer while Lee Griffin added two hits and batted in one run. Jordan Gentry and Hannah Absher each singled, scored and knocked home one run.

Logan Cline had a pair of doubles, scored and drove in two runs while Bohnert doubled and scored twice.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

AC (1-6)…..000  101  0 – 2-7-1

UP (4-4)…..003  003  x – 6-10-2

Pitching:

WP – Alexandra Quill

LP – Courtney Patton

Hitting: Jillian Bohnert 3r-HR; Leff Griffin 2-1b, 1 RBI; Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Hannah Absher 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

AC (1-5)….001  000  0 – 1-5-0

UP (3-4)….021  020  x – 5-8-0

Pitching:

WP – Hannah Thacker

LP – Deana Phillips

Hitting: Logan Cline 2-2b, 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Jillian Bohnert 2b, 2r; Carrie Griffin 2 RBI, UPIKE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, March 9, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central dominated from the opening tip against Shelby Valley and rolled to a 79-43 win in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

 

Cole Crace led a trio of Golden Eagles (26-6) with a game-high 22 points. Jacob Rice followed with 18 and Mason Blair chipped in 12.

 

Johnson Central built a 47-15 halftime lead.

 

Cody Potter was the lone Valley (16-15) player in double figures with 14 points. He was three points shy of reaching 1,000 for the season.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

SV (16-15)...........................9 6 15 13 - 43

 

JC (26-6)............................21 26 19 13 - 79

 

Scoring:

 

Shelby Valley (43) - Cody Potter 5(1) 1-1 14; Orbie McPeek 3 0-1 6; Blake Burke 3 2-5 8; Tanner Bentley 2 1-2 5; Seth Johnson 2 0-0 4; Dalton Wellman 0(1) 0-0 3; and Peyton Blackburn 1 1-2 3. Totals: 16(2) 5-11 43.

 

Johnson Central (79) - Austin Davis 1(1) 0-0 5; Cole Crace 7(1) 5-9 22; Mason Blair 2(2) 2-2 12; Jacob Rice 3(4) 0-1 18; Dalton Collins 1 2-2 4; Blake Delong 1 0-0 2; Gabe Ferral 2(1) 1-2 8; Isaiah May 1 0-0 2; Jarrett Blair 0(1) 0-0 3; and Cory VanHoose 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(10) 11-19 79.

 

 

 

Lawrence County................85

 

Allen Central......................76

 

PIKEVILLE — Lawrence County landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Bulldogs outlasted Allen Central, 85-76, in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

 

Tim Dalton, the nation’s leading scorer, poured in a game-high 35 points as Lawrence County improved to 22-11.

 

Jared Wellman followed with 21 points while Trey Dotson tallied 17 and Alex Ratliff chipped in 10.

 

Ethan Smith-Mills paced the Rebels, who finished 14-19, with 23 points while Cameron Nelson added 22.

 

Dylan Caudill followed with 14 and Allen May finished with 12.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

AC (14-19)...........................17 19 7 33 - 76

 

LC (22-11).........................21 23 10 31 - 85

 

Scoring:

 

Allen Central (76) - Ethan Smith-Mills 4(5) 0-1 23; Dylan Caudill 3 8-12 14; Cameron Nelson 9 4-6 22; Kolby Slone 0(1) 0-0 3; Allen May 3(1) 3-5 12; and Cody Haddix 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(7) 15-24 76.

 

Lawrence County (85) - Trey Dotson 1(5) 0-0 17; Cameron Maynard 1 0-0 2; Timmy Dalton 10 15-20 35; Jared Wellman 3(4) 21; and Alex Ratliff 0(1) 7-8 10. Totals: 15(10) 25-32 85.

Mason Blair
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

Fifty-seven-year-old Reece Baker of Pikeville had routine surgery on his knee in December of 2016.

 

Two weeks later, he found himself back in the emergency room at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) with unexplained weakness and loss of mobility in his legs.

 

He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

 

According to Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system.

 

No one knows what causes Guillain-Barre syndrome, says Mayo Clinic. However, the risk of getting it increases if the person has had recent surgery or a recent illness.

 

In many cases, the first indication of Guillain-Barre syndrome is weakness and tingling in the feet and legs that later spreads to the upper portion of the body, including the arms. The patient may have either high or low blood pressure, and may experience a complete inability to walk or go up and down stairs.

 

He began physical therapy with the inpatient rehab program on the 10th floor. “At this point he could not walk on his own or lift his arms above his head and had trouble feeding himself,” said Crystal Sullivan, PMC occupational therapist. “He was making but suffered a setback.”

 

The weakness and loss of mobility moved up his body and had a greater affect on his arms and face.

 

Eventually, the muscle weakness associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome can progress into paralysis. This was happening to Reece. He was almost completely paralyzed.

 

“Reece was sent to the seventh floor at PMC to receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy,” explained Dr. Milton Calima, PMC physiatrist.

 

The critical component in IVIG is Immunoglobulin-G. This substance helps the body build long-lasting antibodies to fight disease. In people with immune deficiencies, it can help to bolster the immune system, allowing the body to fight disease more effectively.

 

Dr. Calima continued, “Reece was given IVIG for three days and returned to the 10th floor to continue his physical therapy.”

 

Based on how he was treated the first two days of treatment before his set-back, he was insistent on staying on the 10th floor to continue with his recovery.

 

“My goal was to walk again,” explained Reece. “I had never heard of this disease before, and I knew that the people in PMC’s rehab program could help me reach that goal,” Reece continued. “This group of therapists and this facility on PMC’s 10th floor is outstanding.”

 

Reece began intensive therapy that included occupational, physical and speech therapy. Guillain-Barre syndrome is very painful, making it difficult for Reece to endure treatment and progress was slow at first.

 

His wife, Donna was very scared.

 

“I didn’t share all of my fears with him,” said Donna. “I researched on my own and learned that not everyone regains all their mobility.”

 

After a few weeks of therapy with little progress, Dr. Calima was ready to refer him to a skilled nursing facility. But Reece was determined to walk again.

 

“I told him to take it one day at a time to try and get better,” said Dr. Calima. “Whatever I asked him to do, he did it.”

 

Jerry Smith, PMC physical therapist assistant, worked for weeks with Reece on various types of equipment. “Reece worked on a Lokomat to help regain his mobility,” said Smith. “PMC has one of about three of these pieces of equipment in the state of Kentucky.”

 

The Lokomat is a gait therapy device on a treadmill, designed to help improve one’s ability to walk.

 

In one month’s time Reece went from being completely paralyzed to walking with the help of a walker.

 

“Because of his strong determination and the enthusiasm of the staff,” said Dr. Calima, “Reece can now walk over 150 feet with assistance.”

 

“Reece never quit and never refused to do anything I asked of him,” said Smith. “His motivation is a big reason he can walk today.”

 

The Baker’s are very appreciative of the care that Reece received at PMC’s Inpatient Rehab.

 

“The staff here has gone above and beyond to make us comfortable and take care of what we need,” said Reece. “They have treated us like family.”

 

“We thank God first,” said Donna. “The whole floor cares about every patient here. I can’t say enough good things about this program.”

 

Reece is also very thankful to have Dr. Calima overseeing his care.

 

“Dr. Calima made sure I was completely taken care of,” said Reece. “No matter what time of the day or night, he was always checking on me. I didn’t worry about anything with him taking care of me.”

 

Reece will continue his treatment at PMC’s outpatient rehab facility.

 

“If a person has the drive to get better, the people on this floor will get you better,” said Reece. “The therapists here know what you have to do to get better.”

 

For more information PMC’s rehabilitation therapy services call 606-218-3500.

Reece and Donna Baker
Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 3, 2017

PAINTSVILLE — A large crowd of local businesses and community members from throughout eastern Kentucky gathered to share ideas on how to achieve professional success during the 18th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium held at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville.

 

Women were challenged to define success for themselves and discussed how they could move forward when it came to advancing in the business world.

 

Floyd County native and Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball discussed the importance of leadership followed by two key points.

 

Ball is the 38th state treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and youngest statewide female elected official in the country.

 

Ball opened her remarks by telling the crowd that speaking in her hometown was important to her. She refocused on leadership lessons she has learned and how important they are in what we do in our everyday lives.

 

“You need to take control of your life and work hard, persevere and never give up…and maintain that,” she said.

 

Ball challenged those in attendance to determine ‘what would you put in your box?’

 

To close her address, Treasurer Ball thanked everyone for the work that is done every day through the business community of the region.

 

The first breakout session was presented by Amanda Kelly, founder of LINK Southeast Kentucky. Kelly worked with small business owners and saw a need to establish an after-hour networking group. During the workshop, individuals learned how to create the right network for them and their business.

 

The second breakout session, what’s your style, was presented by Marisa Aull. What’s your style is an interactive workshop that equips individuals with an understanding of effective communication styles. Communication is a vital part of growing small businesses.

 

During lunch, entertainment was provided by members of The Big Sandy Singers. They are an elite group of auditioned singers that receive scholarships to Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The group consists of six vocalists. They travel to every high school in the region and host Big Sandy Idol competitions, while continuing their education.

 

The afternoon concluded with keynote speaker Kay Frances, a certified speaking professional. Frances is known as ‘America’s Funniest Stressbuster’ and has shared her message with businesses in 38 states for over 25 years. She educated the audience by showing how humor can help diffuse difficult situations with organizations, as well as in life.

 

She closed by encouraging the audience to learn to laugh and use laughter as a coping mechanism.

 

The event was presented by AAA Real Estate, Appalachian Wireless, BB&T, EmbroidMe, First Commonwealth Bank, MACED, Mountain Apothecary, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Riverview Healthcare Center, Toyota and Walmart. FBLA Student Sponsor Community Trust Bank and Media Sponsor Q95 FM.

GUEST SPEAKER: State Treasurer Allison Ball addresses the crowd at Ramada Inn.
Medical Leader | Photo by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 3, 2017

GOODY — Lenore (W.Va.) resident Taria Salmons pondered over what to do about her daughter’s prom dress. She first thought about selling it. Moments later she realized giving it away could brighten the spirits of a needy area student.

 

“If I could get others to donate dresses to me I would set up a shop to give them away,” she said.

 

Her project grew from a single gown to more than 150.

 

“I had people bringing them to me and dropping them off at Tug Valley Pharmacy within a matter of days,” she said. “There are so many families who are struggling right now with our economy the way it is.”

 

Beautician Tina Todd Steele, owner of Just Teasin’ and Tannin, opened her doors for Salmons to set up a shop this past Saturday.

 

The event attracted a number of girls and their families in search of finding the perfect prom dress.

 

“I can’t thank Tina enough for all she has done to help us out,” Salmons said. “We have given away 50 dresses today and 80 total so far.”

 

Salmons gave away shoes as well as jewelry, all which had been donated.

 

“I want everyone to know that I’m still accepting dresses, shoes and jewelry,” she said. “No donation is too small.”

 

Salmons said the expense of sending a girl or boy to the prom can run as much as $1,000 or more.

 

“There are so many girls in need and some boys have contacted me needing tuxes and I want to do my best to help,” she added.

 

She is hopeful to have another giveaway soon.

 

“Whether it’s here or in other areas I want to make a difference,” she said. “I have had businesses in Huntington (W.Va.) and Louisa message me and offer their facilities to use.”

 

Her project isn’t stopping with just shoes, jewelry and dresses – she plans to seek volunteers as prom days approach for hair and makeup.

 

“Like I said….I can’t thank everyone enough for what they donated to this great cause,” she said. “It has really touched my heart in a way I could never explain.”

 

If interested in donating items, please visit Taria Salmons’ Facebook page.

HELPING THOSE GIRLS IN NEED: Event Organizer Taria Salmons, second from right, picks out a piece of jewelry to match a prom dress given away to a needy student at Just Teasin’ and Tannin’ in Belfry on Feb. 25. One third of the 150 dresses available were given out.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

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