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06/24/2016
Medical Leader’s All-Area Baseball Team: JC’s Hitchcock leads elite squad; Valley’s Compton garners coaching honor

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central senior pitcher Josh Hitchcock was dominating this past season in leading the Golden Eagles to the 15th Region championship and berth in the state baseball tournament. Hitchcock played a big role in his team’s 33-10 overall record. He allowed just 11 earned runs and finished with a 1. 54 earned run average. The senior struck out 64 batters and walked 23 while allowing only 31 hits in 53 innings. The senior was named today as the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year. Hitchcock was joined on the more on this story...  

06/17/2016
UPIKE’s Bias announces women’s coaching staff

PIKEVILLE — After taking over the reins of the University of Pikeville women’s basketball program in early May, head coach Brandon Bias has been hard at work completing his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. The three hires to help lead the Bears were announced by Bias on Tuesday. Taking over the lead assistant role will be Summer Quesenberry who most recently spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Brescia University in Owensboro. The two graduate assistant positions went to Kylee Gorby, a recent graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, more on this story...  

06/03/2016
15th Region Tournament Roundup: Bulldogs eliminate Panthers

ROBINSON CREEK — Pikeville’s bid to reach the championship game of the 15th Region baseball tournament came up short as Lawrence County eliminated the Panthers, 3-1, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on May 31. The Panthers’ season ends at 24-12 while the Bulldogs improved to 26-9 while reaching the finals against Johnson Central. Pikeville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Lawrence County hurler Brock Turner when Michael McDonald singled and came home on Andrew McNamee’s triple into deep right-centerfield. Turner, more on this story...  

05/27/2016
District Tournaments Roundup: Pikeville claims 8th straight crown

ROBINSON CREEK — Pikeville used a quick start against Shelby Valley to run away with the 59th District Tournament championship, beating the Wildcats, 16-1, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on May 24. Michael McDonald belted a home run, doubled, scored twice and drove in five runs as the Panthers improved to 23-11 and won the school’s eighth consecutive championship and 39th overall. Peyton Hamilton added a pair of doubles in three hits, scored three times and batted in three runs while Cade Byers had four hits, including a double. He more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Eagles blank Belfry; Pikeville, Valley roll

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central’s Josh Hitchcock tossed a complete game one-hitter as the Golden Eagles defeated Belfry, 8-0, in a game played on May 10. Kaleb Taylor had the lone base hit for the Pirates, who fell to 17-11. Matt Fought took the loss. Geordon Blanton belted a home run, scored twice and drove in three runs as Johnson Central improved to 22-8. Trevor May added two hits, including a double, scored once and batted in one run while Blake Gamble singled in one run. more on this story...  

05/06/2016
High School Softball Roundup

ERMINE – Letcher Central fell behind early to Clay County and the Cougars fell, 17-4, in the third annual Wizard of Ozz Tournament played at Cougar Field on April 23. Emily Johnson drove in four runs for the Cougars, now 10-6. Alyssa Franklin was the losing pitcher. At Ermine (Wizard of Ozz Tournament) SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E CC (17-1)…. 360  44 – 17-12-0 LCC (10-6). . 103  00 –   4-  8-3 Pitching: more on this story...  

04/29/2016
Justice, Orem new faces at Pikeville

NEW BOYS COACH: Former June Buchanan boys’ head basketball coach Elisha Justice was named new head coach at Pikeville during a press conference held at the school on April 26. He was named Mr. Basketball in 2010 while playing at Shelby Valley. The Wildcats won the Sweet 16 that season. He played college basketball at Louisville and the University of Pikeville. NEW GIRLS COACH: Former Fleming County High School girls’ basketball coach Kristy Orem was introduced this evening as the new coach at Pikeville High School. She had seven 20+ win seasons at Fleming County and more on this story...  

04/29/2016
High School Baseball Roundup: Panthers, Pirates fall to GW; JC rolls

GOODY — George Washington (W. Va. ) kept Pikeville bats silent for much of the game as the Patriots defeated the Panthers, 9-4, in the Jim Vaughn Smith Invitational played at Massey Energy Field on April 23. Tanner Thompson singled, scored and drove in one run as the Panthers fell to 12-9. Christian Tackett and Evan Hamilton both singled and batted in one run apiece while Michael McDonald and Cade Byers each singled and scored. Kevin Justice took the loss. At Goody (Jim more on this story...  

04/29/2016
UPIKE’s Athletic Hall of Fame to Grow by Five Members Sunday

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville Athletic Hall of Fame is set to grow by five members on Sunday as the 2016 class will be inducted at 4 p. m. ET on Sunday as part of this year’s Athletics Awards Banquet at the UPIKE Gym. This year’s class includes five individuals who were selected by the school’s hall of fame committee. Included in the 2016 class are two football players, offensive lineman Brad Allen and kicker Kyle Chilton, baseball pitcher Jordan Compton, bowler Jennifer Wright King and volleyball player Hilary McKenzie. more on this story...  

04/19/2016
Spring’s Sentinel

In the winter months I can see a solitary pine tree at the end of the ridge behind my house. This tree really stands out in the first rays of sunrise and the last rays of sunset. This evergreen tree is a reminder that winter will soon pass. This lonely tree reminds me that the beautiful green leaves that surrounded it last spring will return in all their glory. The snows have fallen and the floodwaters have risen, but now the beautiful green leaves and blooms of spring are returning. Thomas O. more on this story...  

  

06/17/2016
Chamber golf scramble raises thousands

STONECREST — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce held its 9th Annual Links for Learning Golf Scramble at StoneCrest Golf Course on May 27. The event raised over $5000 for the Chamber’s Foundation for Education. The Chamber utilizes the proceeds from the golf scramble each year to provide up to $5000 in annual grants to local schools throughout the region. Any school in the Chamber’s eight-county footprint is eligible to apply. In mid-August, the Chamber will open grant applications to eastern Kentucky schools. “The Foundation of Excellence more on this story...  

06/10/2016
Johnson Central sweeps 15th Region tourneys

ROBINSON CREEK — Johnson Central punched its ticket back to the state tournament – not once, but twice at Shelby Valley High School. The Golden Eagles knocked off Lawrence County, 12-2, on the baseball diamond while the Lady Eagles slipped past Magoffin County, 3-2, in nine innings. Blake Delong drove in three runs and Trevor May added a pair of RBIs as the Golden Eagles improved to 32-9 heading into yesterday’s state tournament opener against Highlands at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Josh Hitchcock came on in relief of starter more on this story...  

06/03/2016
15th Region Tournament Roundup

ROBINSON CREEK — Belfry was on the brink of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 15th Region softball tournament history. The Lady Pirates took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning against Magoffin County only to see the Lady Hornets rally to tie the game before pushing across the winning run in the bottom of seventh for a 3-2 comeback win in a game played on May 31. Winning pitcher Laylee Burchell had three doubles and scored while Leslie Howard had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and more on this story...  

05/20/2016
High School Baseball Roundup

GOODY — Allen Central’s Wyatt Crisp had a pair of doubles and drove home three runs to help the Reels rally past Belfry, 8-5, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on May 17. Cameron Blevins collected two hits, walked and scored four times as Allen Central improved to 17-11. Austin Lawson went the distance for the win. Avery Browning had two hits, including a double, scored and drove in one run as the Pirates fell to 18-13. Cameron Catron added two hits and scored. Devin Varney and Garrett Fannin each singled more on this story...  

05/06/2016
High School Baseball/Softball Roundup: Panthers score late, slip past Wildcats

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Tanner Thompson doubled home Christian Billiter with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over Shelby Valley in a game played at Davis Park on May 3. The Wildcats, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end, had rallied to tie the game in the top half of the inning. Courtesy runner Atticus Sanders and Hunter Swindall scored on a throwing error to knot the score at three. Pikeville had taken an early 2-0 lead in the more on this story...  

05/06/2016
WWE tickets on sale today at EXPO

PIKEVILLE – WWE Live Summer Slam Heatwave Tour invades the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday, July 2. Tickets are now on sale at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office or at Ticketmaster. Tickets start as low as $15. Superstars scheduled to appear include Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, Sheamus, Big Show, Demon Kane, Paige and many more. Call 800-745-300 to reserve your seats, visit ticketmaster. com or call the Expo at 444-5500. more on this story...  

04/29/2016
High School Baseball/Softball Roundup: Pikeville, Shelby Valley roll to big wins on diamond

ALLEN  — Pikeville High winning pitcher Tanner Thompson was big at the plate in leading the Panthers to a 17-3 win over Betsy Layne in a game played at Stumbo Park on April 26. Thompson had two hits, including a triple, scored three times and drove home four runs as the Panthers improved to 13-9. Cade Byers had a big day as well, collecting three hits, scoring three runs and knocking in three runs while Andrew McNamee had two hits, scored and batted in a pair of runs. Alex more on this story...  

04/29/2016
UPIKE baseball roundup

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville took game one against Cumberlands, 11-1, to earn a doubleheader split played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on April 24. UPIKE dropped the nightcap, 7-2, and finished up 24-21 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Mid-South Conference post-season tournament. In the opener, Mike Peluffo had two home runs and drove in five runs while Jay Vincent had three hits, including a double, scored twice and batted in two runs. Josh Bailey doubled, singled, scored and had an RBI while Erik Manning doubled, singled and scored more on this story...  

04/29/2016
High School Softball Roundup

ERMINE – Letcher Central fell behind early to Clay County and the Cougars fell, 17-4, in the third annual Wizard of Ozz Tournament played at Cougar Field on April 23. Emily Johnson drove in four runs for the Cougars, now 10-6. Alyssa Franklin was the losing pitcher. At Ermine (Wizard of Ozz Tournament) SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E CC (17-1)…. 360  44 – 17-12-0 LCC (10-6). . 103  00 –   4-  8-3 Pitching: WP – more on this story...  

04/19/2016
Medical leader’s all-area basketball teams

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley’s Hunter Swindall and Jenkins’ Whitney Creech have been named the Medical Leader’s Players of the Year in boys and girls basketball for 2015-16. Swindall averaged 26. 8 points per game for the Wildcats who finished 17-12 while Creech averaged 50. 3 ppg. , in leading the Lady Cavaliers to an 18-15 record and berth in the 14th Region championship game. Swindall is joined on the first team by a trio of other seniors, including South Floyd’s Andrew Tackett (19 ppg. ), Pike Central’s Teddy Smith (15. 6 ppg. ) and Allen Central’s Seth Hall (15. 8 more on this story...  

 





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