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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
High School Baseball/Softball roundup: Valley roughs up East Ridge; JC rolls
LICK CREEK — Shelby Valley erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 13-2 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on April 14. Winning pitcher Jacob Beverly had two hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in four runs as the Wildcats improved to 9-7. Jackson Wirewille added two hits, scored and knocked in one run while Jordan Osborne doubled, scored two runs and batted in one. Jordan Hampton had two hits, scored a pair of runs and had more on this story...
PRESTONSBURG High School All ‘A’ BASEBALL CHAMPS: Superintendent webb congrats all ‘A’ Classic champs
Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb congratulates Prestonsburg High School baseball team and Coach Hager and his staff on becoming the 15th Region Touchstone Energy All “A” Champions. Dr. Webb comments, “The board team and I want to congratulate PHS on their win over Pikeville High School. With nine wins this season already, this team is showing how practice, dedication and hard work gets results. ” PHS will play the 16th regional champs (pending). The 16th region also hosts this year’s sectional game with the winner advancing All ‘A’ more on this story...
High School Baseball/Softball roundup : Pikeville, AC win big; Belfry nips Valley
LICK CREEK — Pikeville pounded out 14 hits and rolled to a 22-1 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on April 12. Michael McDonald hit a home run, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs as the Panthers improved to 8-6. Peyton Hamilton doubled, singled, scored three times and knocked home four runs while Tanner Roop doubled, scored three runs and batted in two. Tyler Collins had two hits, including a double, scored twice and had three RBIs to back the pitcher of winner Christian Tackett. more on this story...
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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
McNamee leaving UPIKE for Albany, NY
PIKEVILLE — Joanna McNamee, who led the University of Pikeville women’s basketball program to new heights in just three seasons, accepted the head coach position at Albany, an NCAA Div. I program located in Albany, N. Y. , on Friday. “While we hate to see Joanna go, we wish her nothing but the best moving forward at Albany,” said UPIKE athletic director Robert Staggs. “She did an incredible job here, recruiting quality student-athletes on and off the court. Leading us to a Fab Four and consistently being ranked in the top 25 in such a short time was more on this story...
High School Baseball/Softball roundup: Blackcats capture All ‘A’ title
STONECREST — Prestonsburg used an eight-run, second inning to charge ahead of Pikeville and roll to a 12-2 win in the All “A” Classic Tournament championship game played on April 8. Reece Ison had two hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs as the Blackcats improved to 9-1. Scott Stapleton added two hits, scored and batted in one run. Wes Hager singled and scored three runs while winning pitcher Grant Martin doubled, scored and had an RBI. Losing pitcher Peyton Hamilton had two hits more on this story...
Pikeville tops East Ridge to win All ‘A’ title
STONECREST — Pikeville jumped out to an early lead against East Ridge and the Lady Panthers went on to score a 14-2 victory in the 15th Region All “A” Classic Tournament championship game played on April 8. Alexis Stanley singled, scored two runs and had two stolen bases as Pikeville improved to 12-4. Lindsey McNamee belted a home run while Camryn Slone and Savanna Nunemaker each doubled. Erica Conn was the winning pitcher. Kelsie Slone tripled for the Lady Warriors, now 5-9. Hannah Coleman suffered the loss. more on this story...