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02/27/2015
Cats bounce Panthers: South Floyd, Pike Central both advance

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley is headed back to the 15th Region Tournament following a thrilling 88-83 win over rival Pikeville in a 59th District game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 25. The Wildcats, now 17-12, advanced to last night’s title game against East Ridge while the Panthers finished up the year at 17-13. Hunter Swindall led five Wildcats in double figures with 21 points. Corey Hamilton followed with 20, Lamont Wright tossed in 16, Dalton Richardson netted 13 and Michael Fields added 10. Pikeville’s Zach more on this story...  

02/27/2015
Bears fall in battle of Top 10 teams: Women close out storybook regular season

GEORGETOWN — The University of Pikeville saw a late second-half lead against Georgetown swindle away in a 109-101 loss in a key Mid-South Conference matchup of nationally-ranked teams on Feb. 23. No. 3 UPIKE, now 25-3, saw its conference lead over the No. 8 Tigers trimmed to ½ game. Georgetown improved to 24-4. The Bear were led by K. K. Simmons’ 32 points while Kenny Manigault followed with 27. Macari Brooks tossed in 13 while Jackson Hussey added 13 points and grabbed 14 boards. The Tigers were led by Noah more on this story...  

02/19/2015
Valley runs past LCC; ER tops P’burg

ROBINSON CREEK – Shelby Valley’s Lakyn Mullins poured in a game-high 23 points as the Lady Cats rolled to a 54-39 win over Letcher County Central in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb . 13. Taylor Rowe followed with 13 points and Lindsay Proffitt tossed in 10 as Valley improved to 20-6. Cheyanne Stidham led the Lady Cougars (13-10) with 10 points. At Robinson Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: LCC (13-10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. 9  12    6    8 – more on this story...  

02/19/2015
UPIKE wins 40th straight home game

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville ran its home court winning streak to 40 straight games with a 95-71 win over St. Catharine on Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 14. Christian Leach came off the bench to lead the Bears (24-2) in scoring with a game-high 18 points. Kenny Manigault followed with 16 while Jackson Hussey added 15 and Macari Brooks chipped in 11. Khalil Murphy paced St. Cath, now 10-15, with 16 points. Ben Vozzola and Lorenzo Dewberry tossed in 13 apiece. more on this story...  

02/13/2015
Little’s late trey lifts Warriors past Panthers

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge’s Trey Little nailed a three-point basket with just over 21 seconds remaining to put the Warriors ahead in a thrilling 45-43 victory in the 59th District battle for the top seed over Pikeville at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 10. Little finished with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers in the final quarter as the Warriors improved to 13-10. Austin Hylton led the way with a game-high 15 points and Johnny Miller added 14 in the win. Wyatt Battaile paced the Panthers (15-12) more on this story...  

02/13/2015
South Floyd runs past Prestonsburg: East Ridge rallies past Valley Cats

HI HAT — South Floyd pulled away from Prestonsburg in the second half to score a 71-50 win in a 58th District matchup at Raider Arena on Feb. 7. J. R. Tackett poured in a game-high 20 points and Andrew Tackett added 14 as the Raiders improved to 9-16. Hunter Johnson chipped in nine. Dalton Frasure led the Blackcats (5-13) with 19 points while Jarrin Hall followed with 16. At Hi Hat SCORE BY QUARTERS: PB (5-13)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  14    6  16 – more on this story...  

02/06/2015
Lady Hawks cruise past Rebels

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike County Central took the lead early against Allen Central and cruised to a 56-30 win in a game played at the Hawks Nest on Feb. 3. Jana Branham scored a game-high 14 points to lead a quartet of Lady Hawks, now 11-12, in double figures. Madison Mullins and Kaitlyn Keathley followed with 11 while Cassidy Mullins added 10. Alyssa Moore paced the Lady Rebels (4-17) with 11 points. At Buckleys Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

02/06/2015
LWC ends UPIKE winning streak at 15

COLUMBIA — The University of Pikeville struggled in the early going against Lindsey Wilson College and the second-ranked Bears fell, 98-93, in a Mid-South Conference game played at Biggers Sports Center on Jan. 31. The loss snapped the Bears (21-2) winning streak at 15 games. The Blue Raiders improved to 13-10 and beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three days. Macari Brooks paced the Bears with a game-high 30 points while K. K. Simmons, who was held to just three points in the first 20 minutes, finished with 28. more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Girls’ High School Basketball roundup: Meadows leads Blackcats past Rebels

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg grabbed the lead early against Allen Central and went on to score a 66-40 58th District win in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Jan. 27. Tiffany Meadows fired in a game-high 26 points for the Lady Blackcats, now 13-9. Reesce Endicott added 11. Aleiah Newsome and Allison Hall hit for seven apiece. Kelsey Parsons led the Lady Rebels, now 3-15, with 18 points and Lauren Wright tallied 14. At Prestonsburg SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Letcher County archery hosting ‘womanless pageant’ fundraiser: Local coach to wear dress, high heels at Feb. 13 event

WHITESBURG — The Letcher County Archery team is pulling out all the stops to raise funds for local, regional and national competitions this year. The team is hosting its second-ever “Womanless Beauty Pageant” at 7 p. m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the high school auditorium. Attendees are promised “an evening filled with entertainment, ‘beauty’ and lots of laughs. ” “It will be one of the best Valentine’s dates that you’ll ever have,” coordinator April Back-Stevens said. “If you have never been to a womanless beauty pageant, this is really something to more on this story...  

01/30/2015
UPIKE sweeps MSC weekly basketball honors

PIKEVILLE — For the first time in five years and fourth time in school history, the University of Pikeville has swept the Mid-South Conference basketball player of the week awards as K. K. Simmons earns the men’s honor and Khalilah Quigley is the winner on the women’s side, league officials announced on Monday. It is also the second time each player has been honored this season. Simmons grabbed the weekly honor on Nov. 17 and Quigley earned hers on Dec. 1. At the time, Quigley’s first award snapped a four-season drought without a more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Valley tops Magoffin; PCC beats Lawrence Co.

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a balanced scoring attack to pull away and beat Magoffin County, 78-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Jan. 24. Lindsay Proffitt poured in19 points and Lakyn Mullins added 15 as the Lady Cats improved to 16-3. Leslie Howard paced the Lady Hornets (8-10) with 17 points and Alexis Montgomery tossed in 12.   At Robinson Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: MC (8-10)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  11    8  10 – 44 SV more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Lady Warriors fall in OT to Bracken County, 66-63

FRANKFORT – East Ridge saw an 11-point, halftime lead dwindle away in the second half as Bracken County rallied for a 66-63 overtime win  in the opening round of the Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic played at the Frankfort Civic Center on Jan. 28. It was East Ridge’s first appearance in school history. East Ridge, which fell to 15-7, led 30-19 at the break before Bracken County (15-7) rallied to tie the game at the end of regulation. Lesli Fleenor led the Lady Warriors with 17 points and Chelsea Justice more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Girls’ High School Basketball Roundup: Nunemaker, Panthers top Bobcats

BETSY LAYNE — Pikeville held Betsy Layne scoreless in the opening quarter and went on to post a 42-25 win in a game played at D. W. Howard Fieldhouse on Jan. 19. Savanna Nunemaker fired in a game-high 19 points and Emma Looney chipped in nine as Pikeville improved to 10-10. Emily Kidd paced the Lady Bobcats (5-11) with eight points. At Betsy Layne SCORE BY QUARTERS: PHS (10-10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. 12  9  9  12 – 42 BL (5-11)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . 0  11  5  9 more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Mingo Central belts Belfry; PCC, ER Phelps win

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo Central took the lead away from Belfry early in the second half and rolled to an 80-61 win in the 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout played at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Jan. 17. The Miners, now 9-4, outscored the Pirates (4-10) by a 25-12 margin in the third period to snap a 30-all tie. Dikembe Dixson led Mingo Central with a game-high 29 points while Montrell Dixson added 21. Dalton Hatfield chipped in 12. Belfry’s Nathan Copley led the Pirates with 17 points and Garrett Fannin and more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Panthers bounce Wildcats

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville scored a big district win over rival Shelby Valley as the Panthers held on for a 67-61 win in a game played at the T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 13. Zack Huffman poured in a game-high 29 points for the Panthers, now 11-8. Ryder Johnson followed with 14 and Dalton Meade chipped in 11. Hunter Swindall led the Wildcats (11-5) with 21 points while Michael Fields tallied 20 and Dalton Richardson added 10. At Pikeville SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

01/16/2015
15th Region Boys’ All ‘A’ Classic Roundup: Wildcats reign supreme: Shelby Valley dominates BL in title matchup

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley took the lead early on against Betsy Layne. The Wildcats went on to knock off the defending champs, 66-51, in the All “A” Classic boys’ championship game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 9. “I would like to give the glory to God because all things are possible through him,” Shelby Valley head coach James Hicks said. Michael Fields poured in 18 points and Hunter Swindall added 15 as the Wildcats improved to 11-4. Andrew Newsome chipped in 10. “Our guys played more on this story...  

01/16/2015
High School boys’ Basketball roundup: Mingo Central off to best start in school history

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central pulled away from Sissonville in the final eight minutes to score a 65-44 win  in a game played on Jan. 10. The Miners, now 8-2, are off to their best start in school history. The Indians dropped to 5-3. Dalton Hatfield poured in a game-high 22 points and Dikembe Dixson followed with 18. Chance Brown paced the Indians with 14 points. At Newtown, W. Va. SCORE BY QUARTERS: SV (5-3)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10  more on this story...  

01/16/2015
College Basketball Roundup: McCoy leads UPIKE past Carlow; Women roll in big home wins

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville senior Hobo McCoy came off the bench to pour in 17 points to help the fourth-ranked Bears to a 98-49 win over Carlow (Pa. ) University in a game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 10. The Bears dominated all phase of the game and improved to 15-1 while dropping the Celtics to 1-11. Kenny Manigault and K. K. Simmons followed with 14 apiece while Jackson Hussey added 10. Miles Sunder led Carlow with 12 points. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
High School Basketball: JC tops ER; Phelps runs past Hurley

LICK CREEK — Johnson Central started quickly against East Ridge and cruised to a 75-57 win against the short-handed Warriors at The Reservation on Jan. 6. East Ridge’s Johnny Miller paced the Warriors (7-7) with 26 points and Trey Little added eight. Mason Blair fired in a game-high 27 points for the Golden Eagles, now 10-7. Dalton Adkins and Josh Hitchcock chipped in 12 apiece. At Lick Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: JC (10-7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. 20  20  18  17 – 75 more on this story...  

01/09/2015
15th Region All ‘A’ Classic Boys’ Roundup: South Floyd stuns ER; Valley Cats top Phelps

PIKEVILLE — South Floyd scored the latest upset in the 15th Region Boys’ All “A” Classic played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center with a 54-50 win over East Ridge on Jan. 3. Hunter Johnson led three Raiders (3-11) in double digits with 14 points while J. R. Tackett tallied 13 and Andrew Tackett tossed in 12. East Ridge’s Johnny Miller, who scored the Warriors’ game-winning basket in an upset win over Sheldon Clark, finished with a game-high 20 points. Trey Little added 12. East Ridge dropped to 7-6. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Mingo Central tops Wayne; Tug beats Cross Lanes

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central rallied in the final eight minutes to knock off Wayne, 77-72,  in a game played on Jan. 3. Dikembe Dixson fired in 21 points and Dalton Hatfield added 19 as the Miners improved to 5-2. Montrell Dixson followed with 17. Wayne’s Colby Wickline poured in a game-high 44 points as the Pioneers fell to 2-5. At Newtown, W. Va. SCORE BY QUARTERS: WHS (2-5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …24  21  10  17 – 72 MC (5-2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . 19  more on this story...  

01/02/2015
Hatfield leads elite grid squad: Ratliff named Coach of the Year after guiding Wildcats to first-ever regional crown

PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky was loaded with outstanding running backs this past high school football season. Among those star athletes was Belfry senior Austin Hatfield, who rushed for 230 yards and a touchdown in the Pirates’ 14-7, Class 3A championship win over Louisville Central. Hatfield was honored this week by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year. The senior fullback finished his senior season with 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns on 213 carries. He finished up his career with 3,184 yards on 429 rushing attempts. more on this story...  

01/02/2015
High School Basketball: Shelby Valley falls in title game to KCC

HAZARD — Knott County Central erupted for 24 points in the final quarter to stun Shelby Valley, 49-43,  in the First Trust Bank Holiday Classic championship game played at Hazard High School on Dec. 29. Lindsay Proffit led the Lady Wildcats (10-2) with 12 points and Savannah Honaker chipped in nine. Kristen Waugh paced the Lady Patriots (9-3) with a game-high 15 points. Mayshala Higgins added 12. At Hazard SCORE BY QUARTERS: SV (10-2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8  11  11  13 – 43 more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Pikeville Invitational Tournament tips off this weekend

PIKEVILLE — The 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau-Pikeville Invitational Tournament will tip off on Saturday at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium. Opening round games will have Lawrence County against Lee County (3 p. m. ), Shelby Valley battles Paintsville (4:45 p. m. ), Pike Central goes up against South Floyd (6:30 p. m. ) and Pikeville faced Phelps (8:15 p. m. ). Action will continue on Dec. 29 and 30. The tournament began in 1954 in the old school gymnasium. more on this story...  

12/24/2014
High School Basketball Roundup: Betsy Layne falls to NewCath; P’burg girls win

LEXINGTON — Betsy Layne fell behind early and fell to Newport Central Catholic, 63-38, in a game played at the Republic Bank Classic played at Lexington Christian on Dec. 21. Summer Johnson and Megan Frazier scored six apiece to lead the Lady Bobcats, now 2-7. Central’s Ansley Davenport scored 11. At Lexington SCORE BY QUARTERS: BL (2-7)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6   13  10  9 – 38 NCC (6-3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  20  18  9 – 63 Scoring: more on this story...  

12/24/2014
Bears improve to 11-1 with route of IUS

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville pulled away in the second half to knock off Indiana University-Southeast, 98-72, in a game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Dec. 20. K. K. Simmons poured in a game-high 36 points. He hit 12 field goals, including eight three-pointers as the Bears improved to 11-1. Kenny Manigault followed with 17 and Macari Brooks added 16. Jake Simpson paced IUS with 31 points while Jacob Mills and Joe Jackson followed with 12 each. more on this story...  

12/19/2014
High School Basketball Roundup: Meadows leads Lady Blackcats past rival SF

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg used a balanced scoring attack to beat South Floyd, 78-48, in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Dec. 16. Tiffany Meadows fired in a game-high 22 points as the Lady Blackcats improved to 3-3. Allison Hall followed with 11. South Floyd’s Brooke Potter led the Lady Raiders (2-3) with 20 points. At Prestonsburg SCORE BY QUARTERS: SF (2-3)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17  12  11  8 – 48 PB (3-3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. 22  29  20  7 – 78 Scoring: more on this story...  

12/12/2014
BACK TO BACK: Belfry’s defense fuels second straight 3A crown

BOWLING GREEN — Belfry was finally able to exorcise the Louisville Central demons. Central quarterback Myron Norfleet’s pass into the right corner of the end zone as time expired fell incomplete, allowing the Pirates to win back-to-back state titles with a thrilling 14-7 win before a crowd of 6,139 fans at Feix Field on Dec. 5. Belfry, which finished its season at 13-2, had lost the four previous times they had faced the Yellowjackets (10-5) in the finals, including a 12-6 overtime loss in 2012 and 15-14 loss the previous year. more on this story...  

12/12/2014
LCC tops Union; Pikeville rallies past Betsy Layne

ERMINE —  Letcher Central rallied in the game’s final eight minutes to knock off Union (Va. ), 55-41, in a game played on Dec. 9. Cougar Torell Carter poured in a game-high 39 points as LCC improved to 3-1. Austin Banks chipped in eight. James Mitchell led Union with 15 points and Jake Barnett added 13. At Ermine SCORE BY QUARTERS: UHS (0-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  10  6  10 – 41 LCC (3-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10  14  8  23 – 55 more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Bears split two in Classic

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — The University of Pikeville Bears struggled offensively and the end result was a disappointing 86-82 to NCAA Division II Central State University in the Ben Waterman Classic played on Dec. 7. Kelah Eldridge led a quartet of Bears (9-4) in double-figure scoring with 17 points. Kandice Porter fired in 15 while Khalilah Quigley followed with 13 and Shekinah Gibson tallied 12. Iniquia Snell led CSU (1-4) with a game-high 24 points while Amanda Pierce tossed in 19. more on this story...  

12/12/2014
High School Basketball Roundup: Valley tops Campbell County; P’burg nips ER

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a big second quarter to take charge and beat Campbell County, 61-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 6. Lakyn Mullins poured in a game-high 25 points and Taylor Rowe added 15 as the Lady Wildcats improved to 3-0. Taylor Clos paced CC with 14 points. At Robinson Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: CC (2-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17    9  17    1 – 44 SV (3-0). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16   23  12  more on this story...  

12/05/2014
East Ridge, BL score opening wins at home

LICK CREEK — East Ridge landed three players in double-figure scoring as the Warriors knocked off Grundy (Va. ), 66-31, in the season opener for both schools at The Reservation on Dec. 2. Johnny Miller poured in a game-high 21 points and teammate Austin Hylton followed with 12. Jacob Chaney chipped in 10. Baylen Dillow paced the Golden Wave (0-1) with 10 points. At Lick Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: GHS (0-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9   6     9    7 – 31 ER (1-0). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  more on this story...  

12/05/2014
Panthers playoff run ends with loss to Yellow Jackets

NEWTOWN, W. Va. – Tug Valley’s greatest football season in school history came to an end just one win short of the state finals as the Panthers fell to perennial power Williamstown, 42-28, at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Nov. 28. Williamstown quarterback Dakota Watson carried 39 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets (11-2) advanced to face St. Mary (13-0) at Wheeling Island Stadium on Dec. 6. Tug Valley finished 11-2. Tug Valley’s Justin Baisden led the Panthers with 61 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Tyler more on this story...  

12/01/2014
Panthers storm back, reach state semifinals

NEWTOWN, W. Va. —Don’t look now but Tug Valley is just one win away from playing in the school’s first-ever Class A football championship game. The Panthers, now 11-1, stormed back from an early 13-point deficit to roll past Buffalo and advance at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Nov. 21. Tug Valley will host Williamstown (10-2) on Nov. 28 at Mingo Central. The winner will advance to Wheeling Island Stadium on Dec. 6 to face either St. Marys or Clay-Battelle. Jeremy Dillon led the Panthers with 77 yards on just six carries more on this story...  

12/01/2014
Rowe’s TD run in OT lifts Wildcats: Valley to host Newport Central Catholic in state semifinals

ROBINSON CREEK – It’s no secret that Shelby Valley head coach Eric Ratliff is a defensive-minded guy. It was his defense that turned the momentum against Prestonsburg and propelled the Wildcats into the Class 2A state semifinals with a stunning 20-14 victory over the Blackcats at Teco Field on Nov. 21. Shelby Valley, now 11-2, will host Newport Central Catholic (7-5) on Nov. 28. The winner will punch their ticket to the championship game in Bowling Green next weekend. The biggest play of the game came with the Blackcats (10-3) more on this story...  

12/01/2014
Miners fall to Pioneers

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central was looking to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Nov. 22. Long-time nemesis Wayne was standing in the way. The Pioneers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away and end the Miners season with a 35-17 win. Mingo Central, which finished its season at 10-2, trailed only 21-17 with 12 minutes to play before Wayne extended its lead to 28-17 on Mason Hodge’s eight-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 25 seconds to play. more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Tug Valley nips Man, Buffalo next

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Tug Valley’s defense bent but never broke as the Panthers held on in the second half to beat Man, 16-12, in the opening round of the Class A playoffs on the brisk turf at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Nov. 15. The Panthers, now 10-1, beat the Hillbillies (6-5) for the second time this season. Tug Valley won the regular-season showdown, 26-20. Running back Phillip Lucas carried 12 times for 80 yards and quarterback Tyler Conley passed for 79 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass in the second period. more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Miners scalp Indians, Wayne rematch next

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central made sure this game wasn’t going to end as close as the regular-season meeting. The Miners advanced to the second round of the Class AA playoffs with a convincing 35-13 win over Sissonville in a game played at “Buck” Harless Stadium on Nov. 14. Mingo Central, now 10-1, had beaten the Indians (7-4) 28-27 on the road. Running back Joe Hunt rushed 20 times for 119 yards and a touchdown to lead a balanced ground attack. Chase Justice added 96 yards on 21 carries while more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Bears knock off Union, finish season 5-6 overall

BARBOURVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears closed out the season with a 33-20 road win over Union College on Nov. 15. The Bears finished up the season 5-6 overall, and head into the off-season riding a three-game winning streak for first-year head coach Al Holland Jr. UPIKE senior running Seth Millar carried 17 times for 95 yards and Quan Weaver rushed for 72 yards and two scores on 16 rushing attempts. Freshman quarterback Sani Warren completed 19-of-29 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown. He also caught more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Pirates breeze past Generals in opener

GOODY — Defending Class 3A state champion Belfry built a big half-time lead against Jackson County and the Pirates went on to score a 49-6 win in the opening round of the high school football playoffs at CAM Stadium/Haywood Field on Nov. 7. The Pirates, now 9-2, rushed for 353 yards as a team and finished with 361 total yards. Running back Austin Hatfield had seven carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns while Cameron Catron, playing for the first time since being injured in the season opener against Henry Clay, added 62 more on this story...  

11/07/2014
PERFECTION: Panthers finish regular season unbeaten for first time since ‘91

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville splashed its way to a perfect regular season. The Panthers, who breezed through their district schedule without allowing a single point, rolled to a 35-7 win over Class 3A Russell at rainy and cold Hillard Howard Field on Halloween night. Pikeville last finished undefeated in 1991. Wide receiver Cody Estep set the school’s all-time career receiving yards record, previously held by Jeremiah Akers, with three catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Running back Daric Pugh carried 11 times for 100 yards and a more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Allen Central beats Pikeville in title match: Letcher Central claims 14th region crown

HI HAT — Allen Central captured the 15th Region girls’ high school volleyball championship with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Pikeville at South Floyd High School on Oct. 30. Tournament Most Valuable Player Katie Kendrick had 30 kills, three serving aces, nine blocks and 13 digs in the 23-25; 25-22; 25-13; 25-27; and 15-7 win. Sarah Grindrod finished with 15 kills, eight blocks and five digs while Jannah Halbert added 36 assists and six digs. Pikevile’s Alexxa Gearheart totaled 21 kills and Faith Runyon added 16 in the more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Jarrell’s late TD run lifts Blackcats

LOUISA — Prestonsburg quarterback Jarredd Jarrell scored on a four-yard touchdown run with just 38 seconds remaining to lift the Blackcats to a thrilling 27-20 come-from-behind win over Lawrence County on Halloween night. Lawrence County, now 7-3, had taken a 20-19 lead on Dylan Simpkins’ seven-yard run with 6:30 left to play. Austin Chaffin’s point-after kick was good. Jarrell, who managed just 40 yards on nine carries, helped the Blackcats to an 8-2 record and second seed in the upcoming Class 2A playoffs. Running back Dalton Frasure added 197 yards more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Bears fall at No. 1 Kentucky, Tennessee in exhibition games

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Pikeville took an early first-half lead against Tennessee before the Volunteers used a late run in the opening half to pull away and beat the Bears, 80-62, in an exhibition loss at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 3. It marked the second matchup with a Sweet 16 team from the Southeastern Conference in as many nights. Tennessee’s 12-0 run to end the half pushed the Volunteers up 42-31 at the break. K. K. Simmons netted a game-high 30 points for the Bears. He was the more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Pirates ground Hawks

GOODY — Belfry continued its dominance of district opponents as the Pirates cruised to a 43-14 win over Pike County Central at CAM Stadium/Haywood Field on Oct. 24. The Pirates, now 8-1, amassed nearly 550 yards, including 534 on the ground, in dropping the Hawks to 4-5. Belfry’s offensive line was a key factor in the final outcome as four running backs rushed for more than 100 yards each in the win. Running back Keaton Taylor rushed eight times for 144 yards and two scores while quarterback Noah Corbett added more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Panthers hammer Cardinals

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Tug Valley pulled away from Sheldon Clark in the second half as the Panthers rolled to a 36-8 homecoming night win at Bob Brewer Field on Oct. 24. The Panthers, now 8-1, are headed to the post-season playoffs in Class A. Tug Valley faces a huge road test on Oct. 31 against Man (6-2). Tug Valley’s balanced ground attack finished with 255 yards. Justin Baisden led the way with 64 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Phillip Lucas added 44 yards and a score on nine rushes while quarterback more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Allen Central, Belfry advance as top seeds to regional

HI HAT — Regional volleyball power Allen Central captured the 58th District girls’ high school championship with a 3-0 win over Betsy Layne in a match played at South Floyd High School on Oct. 23. The Lady Rebels, now 28-7, and Betsy Layne, now 20-14, advance to the regional tournament. AC’s Katie Kendrick finished with 16 kills, seven blocks and three digs in the 25-15; 25-10; and 25-23 match win. Sarah Grindrod added eight kills and seven digs while Jannah Halbert had 32 of her team’s 35 assists. more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Panthers keep rolling

EASTERN — Pikeville running back Daric Pugh rushed for 132 yards and three, first-quarter touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 41-0 district win over Allen Central at Don Daniels Athletic Complex on Oct. 24. Pugh carried just seven times as the Panthers improved to 9-0. It marked the first time since the 2002 season the Panthers have recorded back-to-back-to-back shutout of district opponents. Running back Ben Maynard added 73 yards on three carries while quarterback Austin Charles completed his only four pass attempts for 103 yards and a touchdown. more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Cougars win first district title since 2009

ERMINE — Letcher Central wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip away. Cougar running back Jaylyn Williams rushed 13 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns as LCC beat Whitley County, 42-28, at Cougar Field on Oct. 24. LCC, now 7-2, won the district championship for the first time since 2009. Quarterback Zane Blair completed 10-of-19 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown while receiver Tanner Lucas hauled in four passes for 113 yards and a score. Letcher Central raced out to a 13-0 lead in more on this story...  

  

02/27/2015
ER, BELFRY girls punch their ticket

ROBINSON CREEK — East Ridge stormed back in the final quarter to defeat Pikeville, 46-42, in a 59th District game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 25. The Warriors, now 18-9, beat the Panthers (14-16) for the fourth time this season and advanced to the 15th Region Tournament along with Shelby Valley. Those two teams squared off in the title game last night. Lesli Fleenor led the way with a game-high 14 points while Chelsea Justice tossed in nine. Pikeville was paced by Alexxa Gearheart and Savanna more on this story...  

02/19/2015
Pirates rally past Robertson Co.

CARLISLE — Belfry rallied in the final eight minutes to take the lead away from Robertson County to score a 58-54 win in the Nicholas County Shoot for the Cure played on Feb. 14. Garrett Fannin led a trio of Pirates (6-19) in double figures with 17 points. Jaret James and Trey Price tossed in 10 apiece. Mason Burden paced RC (6-20) with a game-high 18 points and Dawson Cooper followed with 16. At Carlisle SCORE BY QUARTERS: RC (6-20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……10  more on this story...  

02/19/2015
YMCA hosts weight lifting competition this month

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Area Family YMCA invites the public to participate in a weight lifting competition next month. Competitors will test their strength against the strength of some of the region’s strongest men and women. The competition will be supervised by YMCA fitness coaches with assistance from special judges. Multiple weight classes will be available. Awards will be presented to people who place among the top three in their weight class. The weigh-in will be held from 5 p. m. to 9 p. m. more on this story...  

02/19/2015
UPIKE men up one spot; Women ranked for first time since 2005

PIKEVILLE — After avenging a loss to Campbellsville earlier in the season and taking care of business against St. Catharine, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is up one spot to No. 3 in this week’s NAIA Top-25 Poll, national office officials announced on Tuesday. UPIKE has been ranked as high as No. 2 this season, but after losses at Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson, it dropped a bit before today’s northern movement. The Bears lead a group of four Mid-South Conference teams ranked in the poll, including three in the more on this story...  

02/18/2015
Balanced scoring fuels East Ridge win

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge took the lead away from Pikeville early in the final quarter and held on for a 65-60 win in a 59th District matchup played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 10. Lesli Fleenor, Timera Thacker and Katie May scored 12 points apiece to lead the Lady Warriors, now 16-9. Britney Tackett chipped in 10. Savanna Nunemaker and Emma Looney paced the Lady Panthers (12-15) with a game-high 15 points each. At Pikeville SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

02/18/2015
Pikeville, South Floyd, Paintsville post victories

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville used a strong second-quarter performance to take the lead against Lawrence County and roll to a 69-54 win in a game played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 7. Alexxa Gearheart led four Lady Panthers (12-14) in double figures with 15 points. Faith Runyon and Emma Looney added 14 apiece and Savanna Nunemaker tossed in 13. Lawrence County’s Laiken Fitch poured in a game-high 28 points for the Lady Dawgs, who fell to 10-15. Shelby Hay tossed in 14. At more on this story...  

02/06/2015
Panthers rally past Musketeers: Tug Valley, Mingo Central fall in HIT

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville overcame an early deficit against Greenup County to score a come-from-behind 70-62 win in a game played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 31. Zack Huffman netted 19 points and Wyatt Battaile added 18 to lead four Panthers (14-11) in double-figure scoring. Connor Riser followed with 12 and Dalton Meade chipped in 10. The Musketeers, now 7-15, were led by Gage Hughes’ game-high 23 points. Jair Jackson tallied 12 and Nick Lester tossed in 10. At Pikeville SCORE more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Boys’ High School Basketball roundup: Pirates ground Hornets

GOODY — Belfry opened the second half on a 16-4 run and never looked back in cruising to a 60-40 win over Phelps in a 60th District matchup in a game played on Jan. 27. Garrett Fannin poured in a game-high 21 points, including 19 in the opening half as the Pirates improved to 5-12.   Trey Price followed with 16. Christian Mounts led the Hornets (8-12) with 17 points. At Goody SCORE BY QUARTERS: PHS (8-12). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …12    9  11    8 more on this story...  

01/30/2015
HITTING THE MARK: Pikeville students welcome new sport

PIKEVILLE — When Pikeville Independent Schools took its annual interest inventory with students there was an overwhelming desire to begin an archery program. First-year head coach Shane Hurt was surprised to say the least when 40 high school and 40 elementary school students signed up for the first program in Pike County history. “We initially purchased 12 bows, five targets and one net,” Hurt said. “The interest was so great that we had to purchase another entire set. ” Pikeville hosted the Eastern Kentucky Archery Shootout at the Blue Goose last more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Allen Central,Valley Cats, Tug Valley post big wins

ASHLAND — Allen Central took control against Rose Hill Christian in the second quarter and cruised to an 86-59 win in a game played on Jan. 24. Devan Horn poured in a game-high 28 points as the Rebels improved to 11-10. Seth Hall followed with 25 and Mason Nelson chipped in 12. Rose Hill, now 0-15, was led by Nathan Hamilton’s 20 points. Marcus Boyd added 16 and Joseph Hale tossed in 11. At Ashland SCORE BY QUARTERS: AC more on this story...  

01/30/2015
Reds Caravan Stops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE STOP: East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) hosted the Cincinnati Reds annual visit to the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 23. Pictured from left to right are Mr. Redlegs, Minor League Outfielder Kyle Waldrop, Catcher Tucker Barnhard, Pitcher Sam LeCure, Broadcaster Thom Brennaman, Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis and President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty. EKB invited station clients and family members. more on this story...  

01/30/2015
COUNTING AT HOME: Simmons scores 43 as Bears trounce Life to improve to 20-1

UPIKE ran its home-court winning streak to 38 straight games. Five of those three-pointers came in the opening half as UPIKE, now 20-1 and 7-1 in the Mid-South Conference, built a 43-28 halftime advantage. Kenny Manigault added 20 points and pulled down 11 boards while Macari Brooks followed with 17 and Jackson Hussey tallied 12. Life, now 9-9 and 3-5, was led by Juwan Burden’s 16 points. Allen Dantzler added 15 and nine rebounds in the loss. UPIKE played at Cumberland (TN) last night. more on this story...  

01/30/2015
UPIKE softball voted eighth in MSC preseason coaches’ poll

PIKEVILLE — With the start of the 2015 season just a few weeks away, the Mid-South Conference coaches cast their votes for the preseason poll and the University of Pikeville was picked to finish eighth. The Bears, led by first-year head coach Christine Sheridan, finished 13-32 overall last season with a 9-27 mark in MSC play. Nine players return from that bunch who will be joined by nine new faces, including junior pitcher Hawley Ill who transferred in from Central Florida C. C. Five of the new members are incoming freshmen. more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Case, Rogers power Bobcats past Valley

ROBINSON CREEK — Betsy Layne used a balanced scoring attack to knock off Shelby Valley, 54-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Jan. 21. Peyton Case fired in a game-high 20 points for the Bobcats, now 13-7. Dustin Rogers added 12 and Lako Daniels chipped in 11. Michael Fields led the Wildcats, who dropped to 12-7, with 15 points. Dalton Richardson hit for eight. At Robinson Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: BL (13-7)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8  8  17  more on this story...  

01/23/2015
Bears off to best start in history - UPIKE women knock off CU after tough loss

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville pulled away in the second half to score a 110-77 win over OSU-Mansfield in a non-conference matchup played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 18. The Bears, now 18-1, outscored the Mavericks (3-12) 56-34 over the final 20 minutes to help UPIKE to its best start in school history. Macari Brooks paced UPIKE with a game-high 33 points while Jackson Hussey tossed in 20. K. K. Simmons and Christian Leach followed with 15 apiece while Trey Rakes added 10. Marquise Jones led OSU-Mansfield more on this story...  

01/16/2015
Girls’ High School Basketball Roundup: Valley Cats cruise past PHS

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley took control against Pikeville early in the second quarter and went on to score a 52-32 win in a game played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 13. Freshman Lindsay Proffitt poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed four rebounds while Lakyn Mullins added 17 points and pulled down 10 boards as the Lady Cats improved to 12-3. Alexxa Gearheart hit for 15 points for the Lady Panthers, who fell to 9-8. At Pikeville SCORE more on this story...  

01/16/2015
15th/14th Region Girls’ All ‘A’ Classic Roundup: Warriors reign supreme: Late foul shots seal East Ridge win over PHS

PIKEVILLE —East Ridge hit clutch free throws in the closing minutes to turn back rival Pikeville to score a thrilling 52-45 win in the All “A” Classic girls’ championship game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 9. The Lady Warriors improved to 12-4 and claimed the school’s first-ever tournament championship. The Lady Panthers fell to 9-7. “We struggled offensively in the first half,” East Ridge head coach Denise Campbell said. “I thought the second half we came out and played more aggressively on both ends of the more on this story...  

01/16/2015
High School Girls’ Basketball roundup: Prestonsburg edges Pike Central; Valley tops Jenkins

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg rallied in the final quarter to slip past Pike County Central, 66-64, in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Jan. 9. Jana Jarvis fired in 18 points and Tiffany Meadows added 17 as the Lady Blackcats improved to 9-7. Elizabeth Prater chipped in 13. Pike Central’s Madison Mullins led all scorers for the Lady Hawks (5-10) with 27 points. Cassidy Mullins followed with 19. At Prestonsburg    SCORE BY QUARTERS: PCC (5-10)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  17  19  more on this story...  

01/09/2015
15th Region Boys’ All ‘A’ Classic Roundup: Panthers, Bobcats advance

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville scored the game’s final nine points to pull away and beat Paintsville, 53-44, in the 15th Region All “A” Boys’ Classic played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 6. The Panthers, now 9-7, advanced to last night’s semifinal against Betsy Layne while the Tigers dropped to 9-6. Pikeville’s Zack Huffman finished with a game-high 26 points while Ryder Johnson added 16, including six clutch free throws in the closing two minutes. Zac Collins paced Paintsville with 12 points and Luke Daniels added 10. more on this story...  

01/09/2015
15th Region All ‘A’ Classic Girls’ Roundup: East Ridge, Paintsville reach semis

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge built a double-digit, halftime lead against Prestonsburg and went on to score a 54-37 win in the 15th Region Girls’ All “A” Classic quarterfinals played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 5. Chelsea Justice finished with 17 points and Lesli Fleenor added 16 as the Lady Warriors improved to 9-4 and advanced to the semifinals against Paintsville. Shantel Collins paced the Lady Blackcats (8-7) with 11 points and Allison Hall chipped in nine. At Pikeville (All “A” more on this story...  

01/09/2015
Girls’ High School Basketball roundup: Magoffin tops ER; Creech nets 64 in Jenkins loss

LICK CREEK — Magoffin County grabbed an early lead against East Ridge and went on to beat the Lady Warriors, 60-41, in a game played at The Reservation on Jan. 3. Chelsea Justice led the Lady Warriors (8-4) with 16 points and Hannah Bevins followed with 14. Jazzy Howard fired in a game-high 25 points to lead the Lady Hornets, now 5-6. Leslie Howard tossed in 14 and Allie Hair netted 13. At Lick Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

01/02/2015
2014 — The Year in Review: Belfry’s state title run top story

No. 1 – Dec. 5 BOWLING GREEN — Belfry was finally able to exorcise the Louisville Central demons. Central quarterback Myron Norfleet’s pass into the right corner of the end zone as time expired fell incomplete, allowing the Pirates to win back-to-back state titles with a thrilling 14-7 win before a crowd of 6,139 fans at Feix Field on Dec. 5. Belfry, which finished its season at 13-2, had lost the four previous times they had faced the Yellowjackets (10-5) in the finals, including a 12-6 overtime loss in 2012 more on this story...  

01/02/2015
High School Basketball Roundup: Pike Central knocks off Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Pike Central rallied in the final quarter to knock off Pikeville, 74-69,  in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 29. The Hawks, now 6-4, beat the Panthers (6-6) for the first time in nearly eight years. Ethan Blackburn and Braxton Tibbs fired in 17 points each to lead the Hawks while Brad Elkins added 15 and Teddy Smith tallied 13. Ryder Johnson led all scorers for the Panthers with 22 and Blaine May tossed in 14. Zack Huffman finished with 10. more on this story...  

01/02/2015
High School Basketball Roundup: Paintsville tops Pikeville; JBS defeats Belfry

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville’s Luke Daniels scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Tigers to a 75-51 win over Pikeville in the third-place game of the Pikeville Invitational Tournament played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 30. Blaine May led the Panthers (6-7) with 14 points and Connor Risner tossed in 10. Quinton Hensley added 13 and Zach Collins 11 for the Tigers, now 8-5. At Pikeville SCORE BY QUARTERS: PHS (6-7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. . 11  11  12  17 – 51 more on this story...  

12/24/2014
High School Basketball Roundup: Pikeville tops EC; Betsy Layne falls

RACELAND — Pikeville rallied in the final quarter to overtake East Carter and score a 57-51 come-from-behind win in the Derby Classic played at Raceland High School on Dec. 21. Zach Huffman led the way for the Panthers (5-4) with a game-high 19 points while Wyatt Battaile added 12. Ryder Johnson chipped in nine. Cameron Sparks and Connor Greene paced East Carter (3-5) with 13 points each. At Raceland SCORE BY QUARTERS: PHS (5-4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14    8  15  20 – 57 more on this story...  

12/24/2014
High school Basketball: Tug Valley knocks off Notre Dame

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Tug Valley started quickly and the Panthers went on to knock off second-ranked Clarksburg Notre Dame, 63-52, in a game played on Dec. 22. Calvin Blankenship finished with 15 points and Jeremy Dillon added 14 as the Panthers improved to 2-2. Notre Dame (3-1) was led by Jarrod West’s game-high 19 points. At Naugatuck, W. Va. SCORE BY QUARTERS: ND (3-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. 8  12  16  16 – 52 TV (2-2)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  13  10  24 more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Cardinals hold off Panthers

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville kept things close throughout the game against 15th Region power Sheldon Clark before the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought 60-52 win over the Panthers at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 16. Zach Huffman led the Panthers (4-3) with a team-high 26 points. Blaine May followed with 14. Chase Parsley led the Cardinals (5-0) with a game-high 27 points while Dylan James and Kaleb Sturgell tossed in 13 each. At Pikeville SCORE BY QUARTERS: SC (5-0)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19  19  11  16 – 60 more on this story...  

12/19/2014
Valley cruises past BC; Pikeville, Letcher post wins

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley’s Hunter Swindall poured in a game-high 37 points in an 88-54 win over Breathitt County in a game played at Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 13. Lamont Wright added 15 and Cory Hamilton added a baker’s dozen as the Wildcats improved to 4-0. Justin Baker and Luke Chaney scored 16 apiece to lead the Bobcats, now 0-6. At Robinson Creek SCORE BY QUARTERS: BC (0-6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  15  20    7 – 54 SV (4-0). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29  24  25  12 more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Bears roll past Rams

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears used a late second-half run to pull away and beat Ohio Mid-Western College, 82-61, in a game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Dec. 9. UPIKE, now 9-1, had a 22-point, halftime lead cut down to 10 midway through the second half before a 17-7 run put the game out of reach. Kevin Kornegay came off the bench to lead the Bears with 17 points. He hit four 3-pointers, including three during the second-half run. Kenny Manigualt followed with 12 while more on this story...  

12/12/2014
High School Basketball Roundup: Panthers drop two of three at Berea

BEREA — Pikeville fell in the final game of the Berea Tip-Off Classic to Whitefield Academy, 54-51, on Dec. 6. Zach Huffman led the Panthers (1-2) with 15 points while Ryder Johnson tossed in 11. Frankie Flours led WA with 14 points and Kyle Jackson chipped in 12. At Berea SCORE BY QUARTERS: PHS (1-2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12   7  21    9 – 51 WA (3-1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  17  14  11 – 54 Scoring: Pikeville more on this story...  

12/12/2014
Mingo Central tops TV; Pike Central bounces PS

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central’s defensive pressure forced Tug Valley into a number of turnovers, leading to a 62-32 win in a game played on Dec. 9. Mingo Central’s Tyshira Joplin led all scorers with a game-high 23 points while Caitlyn Cantrell followed with 14 and Ashley Curry tossed in 12. Adreanna Vance led the Lady Panthers (0-3) with seven points. Mingo Central is now 3-0. At Newtown, W. Va. SCORE BY QUARTERS: more on this story...  

12/05/2014
Pirates dominate Devils: Belfry becomes first 3A school to reach finals 5 straight years

GOODY — Belfry is returning to Bowling Green today to face old nemesis Louisville Central in hopes of defending its 3A state championship. The Pirates, now 12-2, advanced with a convincing 33-0 win over Russell at CAM Stadium/Haywood Field in the state semifinal matchup played on Nov. 28. Belfry becomes the first 3A school in Kentucky to reach the championship game for five consecutive years. The Pirates knocked off Wayne County (3-0) one year ago, and had previously lost three straight to this week’s opponent. Louisville Central (10-4) punched its more on this story...  

12/05/2014
Wildcats no match for highly-touted Breds

ROBINSON CREEK — Perennial power Newport Central Catholic sprinted out to a 14-0 lead the first two times the Thoroughbreds touched the football en route to a 43-14 victory over Shelby Valley in the Class 2A state semifinals played at Teco Field on Nov. 28. Valley, which won the school’s first ever district championship and regional title, was no match for the highly-touted Northern Kentucky gridders who punched their ticket to a third straight title game this week in Bowling Green. The Wildcats, who finished 11-3, had never played in a state semifinal more on this story...  

12/05/2014
UPIKE crushes Montreat in record-breaking game

MONTREAT, N. C. — The University of Pikeville scored 72 points in the opening half and went on for a record-shattering 138-39 win over Montreat College on Dec. 1. Shekinah Gibson led the way with 21 points and Kelah Eldridge added 20 as the Bears improved to 8-2. Khalilah Quigley followed with 17 while Aundrea Matchen hit for 11. Kayla Day and Dee Foster added 10 apiece. Pearl Henriquez led Montreat with 18 points as the Cavaliers fell to 1-7. The 100-plus points scored mark the second time this season that UPIKE has scored more than 100 points in a game. more on this story...  

12/01/2014
UPIKE falls at Campbellsville; tops SC

CAMPBELLSVILLE — Campbellsville landed six players in double-figure scoring and the University of Pikeville struggled offensively as the Bears fell 99-78 in Mid-South Conference men’s basketball action on Nov. 22. The Bears, now 6-1, only trailed by a bucket at intermission, but was outscored by the Patriots (8-1) 52-33 over the final 20 minutes. Kenny Manigualt led UPIKE with a team-high 20 points while K. K. Simmons added 14 and Jackson Hussey tossed in 11. Eric Gaines led CU with a game-high 22 points. D’Von Campbell followed with 20 while Miles more on this story...  

12/01/2014
Pirates capture 5th straight regional crown

GOODY — Belfry, the defending Class 3A champion, moved one step closer to a return trip to Bowling Green as the Pirates steamrolled Lawrence County, 48-14, in the regional championship game played at CAM Stadium on Nov. 21. It marked the Pirates’ fifth straight regional championship. Belfry, now 11-2, will host Russell (11-2) in the state semifinals on Nov. 28. Belfry’s balanced ground attack was simply too much for the Bulldogs (8-4), who fell behind 27-6 by halftime. Pirate running back Austin Hatfield led the charge with 146 yards and more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Paintsville derails Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s dreams of reaching the Class 1A championship game in early December were derailed by Paintsville as the Tigers scored a stunning 30-6 win over the Panthers at Hillard Howard Field on Nov. 14. Pikeville, which finished its season at 11-1, had beaten Paintsville (62-8) back on Sept. 5. Tiger quarterback Kash Daniel rushed 14 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns and running back Daymion Belcher added 75 yards and a score on 10 carries. Don’te Hendricks finished with 80 yards on 17 carries. Pikeville’s Daric Pugh more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Rowe, Tackett help Cats reach regional title game

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley’s Wildcats have reached an all-time high. Running back Chandler Rowe rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns to carry the Wildcats to a 37-26 win over Lexington Christian in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs at Teco Field on Nov. 14. Teammate Kasey Tackett added 105 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats improved to 10-2 and will now face district rival Prestonsburg (10-2) for the regional championship at home on Nov. 21. The Wildcats took an early 8-0 lead on Rowe’s two-yard more on this story...  

11/21/2014
Belfry reaches regional finals

GOODY — Belfry moved one step closer to returning to the Class 3A state championship game as the Pirates defeated district rival Pike County Central, 43-14, in a game played at frigid CAM Stadium/Haywood Field on Nov. 14. Running back Austin Hatfield carried 14 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Xondre Willis added 105 yards and a score on only five carries as the Pirates improved to 10-2. Quarterback Keaton Taylor added 91 yards rushing and a touchdown on five rushing attempts. Pike Central’s talented quarterback Mac more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Cougars steal limelight: LCC bottles up Harris, Eagles

ERMINE — All the hype surrounding Letcher Central’s post-season matchup with Madison Southern was focused on Eagle All-American running back Damien Harris’ return. The Cougars took away the limelight and marched to a 49-18 win over Madison Southern in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs at Cougar Field on Nov. 7. Harris, one of the nation’s top high school recruits, was only used sparingly against LCC, and never touched the football until his team fell behind 14-0 in the opening quarter. He rushed for 54 yards on nine carries. more on this story...  

11/14/2014
Friday Night Lights

Here is the high school playoff matchup involving area teams in Kentucky and West Virginia: Class 1A Pikeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (11-0) vs. Paintsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (9-2) Date: Nov. 14 Site: Hillard Howard Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. Radio: 98. 1 FM; 94. 7 FM Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Joe Chirico (Paintsville) Players to Watch: WR Cody Estep, LB Caleb Skeens (Pikeville); QB Kash Daniel, RB Don’te Hendricks (Paintsville) Last Week’s Results: Pikeville 51, Nicholas more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Panthers hold off Billies, secure home field: GROUND GAME: Tug Valley running back Phillip Lucas had a rushing TD.

MAN, W. Va. — Tug Valley secured home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the high school football playoffs with a 26-20 win over Man at George Queen Memorial Stadium on Oct. 31. Panther quarterback Tyler Conley completed 9-of-23 passes for 226 yards and he rushed 18 times for 66 yards as Tug Valley closed out the regular season 9-1. Receiver Jeremy Dillon had two catches for 112 yards and a touchdown and Phillip Lucas had three receptions for 92 yards. Conley tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Dillon with more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Bobcats cruise past Cavaliers; Hornets fall at home to Rebs

STANVILLE — Betsy Layne quarterback Peyton Case passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bobcats dominated Jenkins, 55-0, in the regular-season finale played at cold and rainy Bobcat Stadium on Oct. 31. Case completed 8-of-10 passes for 118 yards and rushed five times for 120 yards as the Bobcats improved to 6-4. Jenkins fell to 1-7-1. Betsy Layne rushed for 330 yards and had 448 yards in total offense. Running back Nathan Collum had two carries for 92 yards and a touchdown to follow Case. Jonathan Brock carried eight times more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Friday Night Lights

Here is a look at this weekend’s Kentucky high school playoff matchups and regular season games in West Virginia: Class 1A Pikeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (10-0) vs. Nicholas Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-8) Date: Nov. 7 Site: Hillard Howard Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. Radio: 98. 1 FM Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Robert Hopkins (Nicholas County) Players to Watch: WR Cody Estep, RB Ben Maynard (Pikeville); QB Ben Duncan, RB Zach Richardson (Nicholas County) more on this story...  

11/07/2014
Bears open with victories over WVU-Tech, Midway College

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears successfully opened the home schedule with a 77-61 win over Midway at the UPIKE Gym on Nov. 2. Former Magoffin County standout Jamie Case led the Bears (2-0) with a game-high 15 points while Shakinah Gibson followed with 14. The Bears ran out to a 36-18 halftime lead against the Eagles (1-1) and never looked back. Khalilah Quigley finished with 10 points, 15 boards and nine assists to just miss out on a triple-double. Jasmine Johnson led a more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Wildcats secure home playoff game, crush Bobcats

STANVILLE — Shelby Valley can still end up being the No. 1 seed in the district following an impressive 46-8 win over Betsy Layne at Bobcat Stadium on Oct. 24. The Wildcats, now 7-2, will become the top seed if Prestonsburg falls on the road to Lawrence County tonight. A Blackcat win gives Prestonsburg the top seed. Shelby Valley running back Chandler Rowe carried 19 times for 114 yards and scored four touchdowns while teammate Kasey Tackett added 118 yards and two scores on 10 carries. The more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Warriors roll past Generals in home finale

LICK CREEK — East Ridge quarterback Christian Hagy tossed five touchdown passes to lead the Warriors to a 34-12 win over Jackson County at The Reservation on Oct. 24. Hagy completed 11-of-17 passes for 202 yards as the Warriors improved to 4-5 overall in their home finale. East Ridge will visit South Floyd (5-4) on Oct. 31 with a chance to finish its season at . 500. Because of re-classification, the Warriors are not post-season eligible until next year. Hagy helped the Warriors build a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Friday Night Lights

Here is a look at this weekend’s high school football matchups: Pikeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (9-0) vs. Russell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (8-1) Date: Oct. 31 Site: Hillard Howard Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. Radio: 98. 1 FM Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Thomas Maynard (Russell) Players to Watch: RB Daric Pugh, WR Cody Estep (Pikeville); QB Jacob McKee, RB Bronson Korzep (Russell) Last Weeks’ Results: Pikeville 41, Allen Central 0; Russell 47, East Carter 12 more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Blackcats fall to Eagles in overtime

HYDEN — This loss is a bitter pill to swallow. Leslie County quarterback Kevin Whitaker threw a touchdown pass with only three seconds left in regulation and then tossed the game-winning pass in overtime as the Eagles stunned Prestonsburg, 41-34 in a key district matchup on Oct. 24. The Blackcats, now 7-2, can still win the district championship with a win over Lawrence County on the road and some help. Prestonsburg would win the three-team bottle neck at the top on strength of non-district play. Prestonsburg quarterback Jarredd Jarrell completed more on this story...  

10/31/2014
Pikeville, AC reach 15th finals

HI HAT — Pikeville advanced to last night’s 15th Region girls’ high school volleyball championship match against Allen Central with a 3-0 victory over Paintsville at South Floyd High School on Oct. 29. Alexxa Gearheart, Faith Runyon and Taunee Justice led the Lady Panthers in the 25-21; 25-21; and 25-21 win. Paintsville’s Kerrigan Samons had 20 kills and Megan Taylor added 10 in the loss. Paige Taylor finished with 11 digs and Abby Meade had all 33 of her team’s assists. Paintsville finished its season 25-6. more on this story...  

 






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