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04/15/2015
Gannon hits, pitches Belfry past Bat Kats

GOODY — Belfry’s Kendra Gannon hit and pitched the Lady Pirates to an 11-1 win over Shelby Valley in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 11. Gannon doubled, singled and scored twice while Alex Smith knocked home two runs as Belfry improved to 7-5. Shelby Valley’s Courtney Coleman was tagged with the loss. At Goody SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E SV (5-11)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 010  00 –  1-1-3 BHS (7-5)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204  23 – 11-6-1 Pitching: more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Blackcats nip Panthers; Rebels, Cats roll

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg courtesy runner Ryne Slone raced home with the game’s only run when Travis Powers reached on a fielder’s choice with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Blackcats to a 1-0 win over Pikeville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic played at StoneCrest Field on April 8. The Blackcats, now winners of four straight after seven losses to open the season, managed only a single off the bat of Grant Martin against losing pitcher Isaac Lucas to start the game-winning rally. Pikeville, which fell more on this story...  

04/10/2015
High School Softball roundup: East Ridge rallies past Bat Kats; Jenkins, Belfry, BL, Pikeville post wins

ROBINSON CREEK — East Ridge rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to score a thrilling 3-2 win over Shelby Valley in a game played on April 2. Paige Potter and Lesli Fleenor each singled and drove home one run apiece while Kailee Slone added two hits and scored as the Lady Warriors improved to 3-1. Potter also scored. Hannah Coleman was the winning pitcher while McKenzie Johnson took the loss for the Bat Kats, who fell to 3-7. Sydney Jones singled while Ashley Causey and more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Medical Leader All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team: Miller caps career as Player of the Year: Mingo Central’s Napier tabbed top coach

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge senior Johnny Miller was a true “Warrior” his entire career on the basketball court. Miller helped his team reach the 15th Region Tournament this past season, and was instrumental in East Ridge’s upset win over Sheldon Clark in the All A Tournament. The ER standout was honored today by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year. Miller averaged better than 19 points per game. “He was a tremendously hard worker who loved to play the game,” East Ridge head coach Randy more on this story...  

04/03/2015
High School Baseball Roundup: Wright hurls no-hitter in Central rout: Rebels rough up Cats in double dip

ROBINSON CREEK — Pike County Central pitcher Dylan Wright tossed a no-hitter as the Hawks beat Shelby Valley, 14-1, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on March 25. Wright struck out four and walked four as Central improved to 3-2. Valley dropped to 0-4. Caleb Godsey had two hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in four runs to lead a 10-hit attack by the Hawks. Charlie Coakley added a pair of singles, scored and batted in three while Brad Elkins and Andrew Fields added two singles, scored twice and more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Quigley named second team All-American

PIKEVILLE — For the first time in 12 years, the University of Pikeville has an NAIA Women’s Basketball All-American as senior Khalilah Quigley earned second-team honors, officials from the national office announced. Quigley joins Amanda Collins and Teccoa Gallion as the only All-Americans in Pikeville history as Collins earned third-team honors three times from 2001-03 and Gallion was a second-team choice following the 2003 season. It’s been a decorated final campaign for Quigley as she was also named First Team All Mid-South Conference and took home MSC Player of the Week honors a program-record three times. more on this story...  

04/03/2015
A cause for celebration: UPIKE women bring home national title

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The University of Pikeville welcomed a new national title this week, and it was cause for celebration on the UPIKE campus Monday. The UPIKE women’s bowling team won the 2015 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Invitational with a 3-0 win over Robert Morris University in Illinois on March 29. It marks the second time the women’s team won the NAIA Invitational since bowling was added to the tournament lineup in 2011. UPIKE won this title in 2012 and, with this latest win, now has four national championship more on this story...  

03/27/2015
East Ridge rallies past Pike Central: Pikeville knocks off Johnson Central, 4-1

LICK CREEK — East Ridge rallied to score four times in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on 4to beat Pike County Central, 7-5, in a game played at the Reservation on March 24. Allie Slone singled, scored and drove in a pair of runs while Cianna Stewart had one hit and knocked home two other runs in the season opener. Kelsey Dawson singled, scored and batted in one and Paige Potter singled and scored twice. Mollie Huffman had two hits for Central, including a double, and scored once. Taylor Sowards more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Bears sweep Shawnee State

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The University of Pikeville completed a doubleheader sweep of Shawnee State University with a 2-1 win in game two played at SSU Field on March 24. The Bears, now 9-7, took the opener 1-0. UPIKE hurlers Sydney Morris and Hawley Ill were superb as the Bears recorded their third twinbill sweep this season. Morris allowed just two hits in game two while Ill allowed just four in the game one win. In the nightcap, Breana Pineda and Sydney Beckelhymer each singled and scored while Kayla Brown had more on this story...  

03/20/2015
UPIKE rally falls short, 80-71

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, sixth-seeded University of Pikeville was within four of No. 3-seed Langston (Okla. ) with under two minutes to play, but the comeback came up short in the end for an 80-71 loss in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on March 18. Against a team that was beating its opponents by nearly 30 points per game, the Bears showed no fear, even after trailing by 15 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half. more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Rebels rough up Pirates

GOODY — Allen Central erupted for six innings in the top of the first inning and went on to hammer Belfry, 13-5, in the season opener for both teams played at Massey Energy Field on March 16. Steven Howard had three hits, scored twice and batted in four runs while Kane Taylor added two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Tanner Hamilton doubled, scored and knocked in two runs while Cameron Blevins singled and scored twice. Jacob Francisco had two hits, scored and drove in one run for the Pirates. Jordan Scott had more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Panthers fall in season opener

PIKEVILLE — Paintsville’s Luke Daniels drove home two runs with a base hit in the top of the eighth inning and the Tigers held off Pikeville for an 8-7 win in the season opener for both teams played at Davis Park on March 12. With the game tied at 4-all in the top of the seventh, the Tigers grabbed a 6-4 lead on a two-run single off the bat of Gabe Burchell. Daniels had singled and scored while Kash Daniel walked and scored. Pikeville came right back to tie the game at 6-all more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Women run win streak to six games

PIKEVILLE — Six straight wins and counting. The University of Pikeville Bears took a doubleheader from Union College at Paul Butcher Field, winning 10-2 and 7-4 in games played on March 17. Third baseman Breana Pineda blasted her third home run of the season while going 3-for-3 in the opener. She also doubled and singled in game two. Designated player Hawley Ill tripled and added two hits and a run scored in the nightcap while outfielder Haley Jo Patton added a double, scored and drove in one run. more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Golden Eagles ground Hawks

PIKEVILLE — The mountain was simply too high to climb for Pike County Central Three-time defending champion Johnson Central used a 14-0 run midway through the opening quarter to take the lead away from the Hawks and cruise to an 80-63 win in the 15th Region Boys’ Tournament semifinal-round game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 9. The loss ended PCC season at 17-14 under first-year coach Keith May while the Golden Eagles, now 22-9, advanced to the championship game against Lawrence County. Inside post-player Ethan Blackburn, more on this story...  

03/13/2015
15th Region Boys’ Basketball Tournament: PCC, JC, LC, SC advance to semis

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Central punched it ticket into the semifinals with a convincing 82-51 win over South Floyd in the 15th Region Boys’ Tournament opening round played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 7. The Hawks, who improved to 17-13 and advanced to face three-time defending champion Johnson Central, built a 39-23 halftime lead. South Floyd, which finished its season at 12-18, lost its leading scorer Andrew Tackett to an injury early on and never recovered. Ryan Eads came off the PCC bench to score 12 points more on this story...  

03/13/2015
15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament: Belfry, Prestonsburg fall in semis; JC takes title

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central’s Lady Golden Eagles are headed back to the state tournament. JC pulled away from 57th District rival Sheldon Clark in the final eight minutes to score a 62-46 win in the 15th Region Girls Tournament championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 8. The Lady Cardinals, who finished the season at 17-11, lost three of four meetings for JC, including both post-season games. Emily Waller poured in a game-high 20 points and Hope Lafferty chipped in 10 for the Lady Cardinals. more on this story...  

03/13/2015
UPIKE completes home sweep of Goshen

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville completed a four-game sweep of Goshen (Ind. ) College, taking a doubleheader played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 9. The Bears took the nightcap 12-3, after winning game one by a 9-5 margin. Josh Bailey was the winning pitcher in game two while Dalton Dahley earned the win in game one. Bailey was a force at the plate as well for the Bears. He drove in six runs, including four in the opener, doubled and scored two runs while pounding out six hits. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Baker fuels Belfry win; Betsy Layne falls to JC

PIKEVILLE — Belfry’s Emily Baker wasn’t about to let the season end for her basketball team. Baker poured in a game-high 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had five steals in leading the Lady Pirates to a 72-63 win over East Ridge in the 15th Region Girls’ Tournament opener played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 2. The Lady Pirates, now 16-11, took the lead for good at 62-60 on Baker’s basket with 1 minute, 21 seconds left to play. East Ridge, which finished more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Mingo Central tops Scott; LCC, Belfry, P’burg advance

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo Central’s Lady Miners are sectional champions for the first time in school history. The Lady Miners defeated Scott, 61-45, to claim the title in a game played at historic Williamson Field House on Feb. 27. Hannah Church poured in a game-high 20 points to lead a trio of Lady Miners, now 14-8, in double figures. Tyshira Joplin followed with 17 and Makazia Rhodes hit for 11. Blair Byrnside paced the Lady Skyhawks (8-13) with 17 points. Mingo Central now advances to more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Best weather conditions for planning spring fishing trips

By LEE McCLELLAN Kentucky Afield Magazine There is a saying in fishing that goes “the best time to go fishing is when you can. ” With the frenetic pace and busy schedules of modern life, the saying is true more than ever. However, if you only have a few weekends each spring to fish, the experience yields more stress reduction, enjoyment and memories if the fish bite like crazy. Studying the long range forecast before planning a fishing trip and looking for the right trends helps bring you a more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Why buying your fishing license is important

FRANKFORT — It is the time of year anglers must make an investment in their future fishing. Current 2014-2015 fishing licenses expire this weekend. If you plan to fish on or after March 1, you’ll need a new fishing license. A Kentucky resident annual fishing license sets you back $20. This isn’t as cheap as it was 20 years ago, but it is still a great bargain for all you receive in return. “We do not receive General Fund state tax dollars for our funding,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of 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...  

  

04/15/2015
Pikeville tops Paintsville; PCC wins two

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Peyton Hamilton singled and drove home a pair of runs as the Panthers beat Paintsville, 4-1, in a game played at Davis Park on April 11. Connor Riser added two hits and one RBI while Tyler Elkins and Tanner Roop each singled and scored once as the Panthers improved to 12-5. Michael McDonald doubled. Hamilton was the winning pitcher. Luke Daniels had two hits and Gabe Burchell added an RBI as the Tigers fell to 8-4. more on this story...  

04/10/2015
Tigers pound Pirates; AC, SF, PCC post wins: Pikeville splits games at Myrtle Beach

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning and went on to beat Belfry, 14-4, in a game played on April 4. Marty Miller belted a grand slam home run and drove in five runs while Gabe Burchell added two hits, including a double, and finished with three RBIs. Luke Daniels added three hits and batted in one. Garrett Fannin and Austin Dotson had one RBI each for the Pirates who fell to 5-3. Taylor Miller was the winning pitcher as Paintsville more on this story...  

04/10/2015
UPIKE Baseball/Softball roundup

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears completed a doubleheader sweep of Berea College with a come-from-behind 4-1 win in the nightcap played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on April 6. Dalton Dahley went the distance to earn the nightcap win. He struck out nine and walked two as the Bears improved to 14-18. In the opener, Bryce Carden worked a complete game, striking out six and walking one in the 11-4 win. Mike Peluffo had two hits, including a double, scored and knocked home two runs in the four-run, game-winning fifth inning of more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Medical Leader All-Area Girls’ Basketball Team: Jenkins’ Creech leads squad; P’burg’s Gearheart top coach

PIKEVILLE — Nobody topped Jenkins junior Whitney Creech when it came to scoring this past high school basketball season. The junior sharpshooter led Kentucky girls with an average of 42. 1 points per game, 15 points better than any other player. Creech was honored for her accomplishment today by being named the Medical Leader’s Player of the Year. “There is no one more deserving than Whitney,” Jenkins head coach Ashley Addington said. “She is the epitome of what a coach would want in an athlete. ” She averaged 11. 6 more on this story...  

04/03/2015
UPIKE trio garners All-American honors

PIKEVILLE — Kenny Manigault, K. K. Simmons and Macari Brooks from the University of Pikeville earned NAIA Men’s Basketball All-America honors, officials from the national office announced. The selections were made by the NAIA’s All-America Committee. It is the second most all-Americans in UPIKE history, trailing the group of four from last season. Manigault, who was also named the NAIA National Player of the Year on Tuesday, earned first-team honors, Simmons made the third team and Brooks was an honorable-mention choice. The All-American teams are comprised of a first, more on this story...  

04/03/2015
Manigault NAIA Player of the Year

PIKEVILLE — Kenny Manigault is the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, becoming the first player in University of Pikeville history to earn the honor, officials from the national office announced. Manigault is just the second player from the Mid-South Conference to be named the nation’s top player, joining Georgetown’s Vic Moses who took home the honor in 2013. The NAIA has been naming a national player of the year since 1994. UPIKE advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship where it lost to Talladega (Ala. ). Manigault keyed more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Panthers rally past Cards; AC, LCC fall

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Cade Byers delivered an RBI single with two outs to cap a two-run, seventh inning to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played at Davis Park on March 24. The Panthers, now 8-2, had taken a 2-0 lead into the seventh before the Cardinals (2-1) rallied for a 3-2 lead, thanks in part to losing pitcher Tanner Lafferty two-run single. Tanner Thompson started the game-winning rally with a double. He scored on Andrew McNamee’s base hit. Isaac Lucas was the more on this story...  

03/27/2015
Bears bounced in Elite Eight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Pikeville Bears had their eyes on the big prize at Municipal Auditorium, searching for the school’s second national championship. Talladega (Ala. ) ended the Bears’ expectations with a heartbreaking 64-62 win over the Bears in the Elite Eight matchup played March 21. The Bears, who finished 28-6, had a four-point lead late in the game before the Tornadoes finished out the game on a 5-0 run to reach the semifinals. Seventh-seeded UPIKE had one last chance to tie or win the game, but Kenny more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Williamstown rallies past Tug Valley

CHARLESTON, W. Va. —This loss is going to sting for a long, long time. Tug Valley was bounced from the Class A boys’ state basketball tournament as Williamstown rallied from 15 points down in the final eight minutes to stun the Panthers, 46-42, in the opening-round game played at the Charleston Civic Center on March 18. The Panthers, who finished up 17-7, took a 37-22 lead into the fourth quarter before being outscored by the Yellowjackets 24-5. Tug Valley was led in scoring by Calvin Blankenship’s 15 points while more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Letcher belts Breathitt Co.

ERMINE — Letcher Central’s Zane Blair drove in four runs to lead the Cougars to a 13-3 win over Breathitt County in a mercy-rule game played on March 18. Blair doubled and scored twice as the Cougars moved to 2-0. Breathitt County dropped to 0-2. Jordan Maggard walked three times, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs while Ben Mason doubled. Israel Terry was the winning pitcher. At Ermine SCORE BY INNINGS:                                                                        R-H-E BC (0-2)…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 002  more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Pikeville falls in opener; Pike Central tops Betsy Layne

LOUISA — Lawrence County pushed across six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held off Pikeville for a 7-5 win in the season opener for both teams played on March 16. Alexis Stanley and Emily Hughes had a pair of hits each to lead the Lady Panthers, who trailed 7-0 before rallying late to close to within two runs. Meagan Cochran suffered the loss. Lawrence County’s Ciana Bowen earned the win. At Louisa SCORE BY more on this story...  

03/20/2015
Bears rally past Asbury University

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead away from Asbury University en route to a come-from-behind 7-3 win in a game played at Johnny LeMaster Field on March 17. Logan Sales was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Dalton Dahley. Brenden Wells took the loss. Designated hitter Josh Bailey had two hits, scored twice and batted in one run while Jacob DiThomas singled and scored twice. Connor Osborne singled, scored and knocked home one run. more on this story...  

03/20/2015
UPIKE men win NAIA tourney opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPIKE was outrebounded 57-40 and had its top scorer Kenny Manigault limited to six first-half minutes with early foul trouble, but still found a way to win 94-86 against Bethel (Tenn. ) in the first round of the NAIA National Championship on Thursday. Macari Brooks pushed the UPIKE (26-5) offense with a team-high 21 points, while Michael Eneh made the most of a starting role with three points and eight big rebounds. The Bears shot 46. 9 percent from the field while limiting the Wildcats to a 37. 9-percent showing. more on this story...  

03/13/2015
15th Region Boys’ Championship: Johnson Central turns back LC to win 4th straight

PIKEVILLE — The Johnson Central Golden Eagles took their place in 15th Region basketball history with a 67-60 win over Lawrence County in the boys’ championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 10. Johnson Central’s win in the title game sends them back to the Sweet Sixteen in Lexington for the fourth straight year. The Golden Eagles join Paintsville (1995-98) and Inez (1934-38) as the only teams to accomplish the feat. “I’m just so proud of our basketball team,” JCHS head coach Tommy McKenzie said. “We knew they [Lawrence more on this story...  

03/13/2015
West Virginia Boys’ Sectional Roundup - Tug Valley, Mingo Central advance

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Tug Valley moved one step closer to returning to the state tournament in Charleston with a 68-53 win over Greater Beckley Christian in the Class A, Region 3, Section 1 championship game played on March 6. The two southern West Virginia basketball powers had split during the regular season, including a close road loss for Tug Valley in Beckley. The Panthers left no doubt this time around, pulling away in the second half while improving to 16-6 overall. The Crusaders dropped to 19-3. Tug Valley more on this story...  

03/13/2015
Bears bounced in semifinals

Frankfort — Top-seeded University of Pikeville was held to its lowest point output of the season as Cumberlands upset the Bears, 66-60, in the Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals played at the Frankfort Convention Center on March 7. UPIKE, now 26-5, awaits it opponent in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. The tournament will tipoff on March 18. K. K. Simmons led the Bears with 18 points and Macari Brooks tossed in 12. UPIKE shot just 25 percent from the floor and trailed by as many as 13. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Sheldon Clark bounces Valley: Prestonsburg advances to semifinals with win over LC

PIKEVILLE — It wasn’t the ending that Shelby Valley was hoping for in its 15th Region Tournament matchup with Sheldon Clark. SC’s Emily Waller scored on a back-door layup with 1 minute, 2 seconds left to put the Lady Cardinals in front for good as the Lady Cats fell 46-42 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 3. The Lady Cardinals, now 16-10, beat Valley (22-7) for the second time this season and reached the semifinals against Prestonsburg tonight. After the Lady Cats had taken a 14-8 lead on more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Lawrence, South Floyd, SC, Valley claim titles

PHELPS — Lawrence County took charge against Pike County Central in the opening half and went on to post a 73-59 win in the 60th District Tournament championship game played at the McCoy Athletic Center on Feb. 27. It was the Dawgs, now 17-12, first title in its first year in the district while Pike Central dropped to 16-13. Both advanced to this week’s regional tournament. Teddy Smith netted 20 points to lead the Hawks while Ethan Blackburn added 10. Timmy Dalton led all scorers for Lawrence County with 26 more on this story...  

03/06/2015
UPIKE Baseball Roundup: Bears split series in Georgia with WVT, RG

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The University of Pikeville bounced back from being shut out the day before to beat West Virginia Tech, 10-5, and Rio Grande (OH), 6-2, in a doubleheader played at Georgia Park on March 1. Cody Chagnon had three doubles and drove in four runs as UPIKE improved to 5-4. Erik Manning tripled and batted in one run while Nicolas Gonzales singled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Jacob DiThomas had a pair of singles and knocked home one run. more on this story...  

03/06/2015
Tug Valley, Mingo Central advance to finals

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Top-seeded Tug Valley overcame a slow start against Sherman and rolled to a 75-48 victory in the Class A, Region 3, Section 1 tournament opener played on March 3. The Panthers, now 15-6, advanced to the championship game tonight at home against Greater Beckley Christian. Freshman Tyler May poured in a game-high 22 points and freshman teammate Jeremy Dillon added 15. Hayden Sturgill tossed in 11 and Calvin Blankenship tallied 10. Corey Smith scored 14 to lead the Tide (8-13) while Braden Harrah hit for 10. more on this story...  

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...  

 






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