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ROAD TO RIO: All roads lead home for BSCTC alum

LEXINGTON — Driving along Route 80 in Floyd County is the small community of Eastern, — no, not eastern Kentucky.   As you enter the unincorporated town there’s a sign “Home of Kenny Rice, National Sportscaster. ” Kenny Rice is without a doubt the town’s most beloved native son. “You never forget about your roots,” said Rice, 59, who know calls Lexington home. Rice will work his third Olympics for NBC Sports next month. “Some of my coworkers talk about being from a small town of a couple hundred thousand people.   I always tell more on this story...  

Kentucky Afield: Top-water bass lure addictive

FRANKFORT — An old saying among bass anglers declares they would rather catch one bass on a top-water lure than 10 on anything else. The shake-inducing strike of a huge black bass savaging a top-water lure at dawn is as addictive as free donuts in the break room at work. Once bitten by the top-water bug, it becomes part of your fishing arsenal for life. Daytime bass fishing grows increasingly tough in the heat of July and August. Fishing a top-water lure during the edges of the day draws vicious strikes. more on this story...  

Two-time Coach of the Year Bobby Brown to lead women’s bowling program

PIKEVILLE — Bobby Brown, a two-time NCBCA National Coach of the Year, is set to become the second head coach in the history of the University of Pikeville women’s bowling program, athletic director Robert Staggs announced on Thursday. Brown spent the past 17 seasons as the head coach of the men’s bowling team at Morehead State, while also serving as an assistant on the women’s side in that same span. Brown replaces Ron Damron, who retired after 15 seasons as head coach of the Bears. Damron started more on this story...  

PHS Hall of Fame inductees to be honored

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School will welcome five individuals and one team to the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame. Induction ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 2, prior to the start of the Pikeville and Paintsville football game at W. C. Hambley Athletic Complex. Ceremonies will begin at 6 p. m. Meet and Greet starts at 5:30 p. m. , with the  in the high school commons.   The class of 2016 will also be recognized at halftime of the game.   Tickets to the catered dinner and ceremony will cost more on this story...  

UPIKE women’s basketball adds young talent

PIKEVILLE — Six incoming freshman make up the first recruiting class for University of Pikeville head women’s basketball coach Brandon Bias, which includes four in-state signees, along with recruits from Tennessee and Virginia. UPIKE, which is coming off its best season in program history with a trip to the NAIA Fab Four and a 26-9 record, lost just one player to graduation, making way for a deep and talented roster heading into the 2016-17 season. “I think we did a good job improving our size inside,” said Bias. “That’s one thing more on this story...  

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...  

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...  

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...  

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...  

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...  


Eight UPIKE teams earn national academic honors

PIKEVILLE — Eight University of Pikeville athletic teams performed well enough in the classroom to earn NAIA Scholar-Team honors in 2015-16, officials from the national office announced on Friday. Women’s track & field led the way for the Bears, sporting a 3. 62 team GPA, followed by women’s cross country (3. 55), men’s tennis (3. 52), women’s tennis (3. 50), men’s soccer (3. 13), softball (3. 04), women’s soccer (3. 02) and volleyball (3. 00). In order to qualify for an NAIA Scholar-Team award, a program must have a minimum 3. 0 grade-point average (on a 4. 0 scale) as defined more on this story...  

Q&A with ruffed grouse, wild turkey coordinator

FRANKFORT — Zak Danks was homesick and uncertain about what career path he wanted to pursue after his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. The picture soon came into focus through his involvement with his local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) chapter and after meeting a wildlife biologist employed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The Logan County native changed his major and vigorously pursued a career as a wildlife biologist. His educational background and real-world experience laid the groundwork for him to take a new role with more on this story...  

Proper handling helps fish thrive after summertime catch, release

By LEE MCCLELLAN KY Department of Fish and Wildlife FRANKFORT — Summer is arguably the most popular time to fish as muggy, hot days push people to the water for relief and relaxation. Many anglers, especially those who seek game fish such as black bass, trout or striped bass, release their catch. “Catch and release works and is a good thing,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “But, if you don’t handle the fish properly, your good more on this story...  

Medical Leader’s All-Area Softball Team: Pikeville’s Stanley leads elite squad; Thomas tabbed Coach of the Year

PIKEVILLE — A young and talented Pikeville High School softball team ran and hit its way to an impressive 26-10 record this past season. One of those young talents, sophomore outfielder Alexis Stanley, was a duel threat for Pikeville with her bat and glove. Stanley was a threat to score anytime she reached base, and for the most part, she did. The PHS standout was honored this week by being named the Medical Leader’s softball Player of the Year. Other outstanding outfielders named to the first team more on this story...  

@UPIKEAthletics Twitter among NAIA’s most followed

PIKEVILLE — Follow us on Twitter, I know you hear it a lot, but for the University of Pikeville athletic department the rise in followers to its @UPIKEAthletics account has gained notice nationally, receiving a 10th-place finish in growth by the NAIA Publications and Media Contest. Fifty-seven institutions were judged in the contest and UPIKE was among three from the Mid-South Conference in the top 10, along with Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson. Over the last few years, Twitter has gained momentum as the go-to service for updates on news, scores, scheduling, awards and in-game more on this story...  

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...  

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...  

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...  

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...  

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...  


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