• Wildcats start 2-0; Paintsville tops PHS


    STONECREST — Shelby Valley made the most of four hits and beat Prestonsburg, 7-4, at StoneCrest Sports Complex on March 20.

    Logan Billiter doubled, scored and knocked in one run as the Wildcats moved to 2-0. Hunter Mullins and Jackson Wierwille each scored and drove in one run apiece. Adam Johnson singled and scored while Drew Justice scored a pair of runs.

  • Pikeville falls to Warren Central in quarters


    LEXINGTON — Pikeville’s run through the Sweet 16 tournament came to an abrupt ending as Warren Central pulled away from the Panthers for a 74-57 win in the quarterfinals at Rupp Arena on March 16.

    The Panthers, who finished 25-10, reached the second round for the first time since beating Boyd County in the opening round back in 1999.

  • Kentucky Boys’ Sweet 16 #PikevilleStrong: Panthers win epic triple-overtime thriller to reach Elite 8


    LEXINGTON — No high school basketball game in 15th Region history has ever carried the weight of Pikeville’s opening-round Sweet 16 matchup with heavily-favored John Hardin at Rupp Arena on March 14.

  • UPIKE softball Roundup: Bears sweep doubleheader with Harriers


    PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville infielders Megan Claypoole and Kelsey White belted home runs to fuel an 8-0 win in game one and a doubleheader sweep of Miami-Hamilton at Paul Butcher Field on March 9.

    The Bears, now 8-6, took the nightcap 11-0.

  • Bears split doubleheader at Ohio Christian


    CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — University of Pikeville hurler Charlie Cokley came on in relief of starter Justin Dzubia in the nightcap and pitched three solid shutout innings to earn a doubleheader split with Ohio Christian, winning 6-0 after falling in the opener, 7-2, on March 12.

    The Bears are now 14-9 while the Trailblazers moved to 5-17.

  • Panthers headed back to Rupp: Pikeville’s back-to-back titles first since 1952-53


    PIKEVILLE – Pikeville hit clutch free throws in the final two minutes, including eight-of-eight from MVP Wyatt Battaile, to trip up Johnson Central, 52-45, to claim its 11th regional crown in the championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.

  • UPIKE men, women ousted in post-season play at EKEC


    PIKEVILLE — Top-seeded University of Pikeville missed a three-point shot taken by Rodney Hawkins at the buzzer as Campbellsville upset the Bears, 67-65, in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 3.

    The Bears, now 28-4, will enter the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., as an at-large entry.

  • Lady Eagles turn away Pikeville to take crown


    PIKEVILLE — Nobody in the 15th Region except for Johnson Central saw this coming.

    The Lady Eagles held off Pikeville in the closing minute to escape with a thrilling 56-51 win in the championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday night.

  • UPIKE baseball roundup


    PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville has now won seven of their last eight games following a doubleheader sweep of Johnson (Tenn.) at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 7.

    The Bears, now 13-8, took the nightcap 17-13 after winning the opener 8-6.

  • Belfry, Johnson Central punch tickets to semis


    PIKEVILLE — Belfry has reached unchartered waters for the first time in a long time as the Pirates knocked off Shelby Valley, 65-62, to advance to the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals with the win at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

    The Pirates, now 20-12, will face Johnson Central (18-14) on Monday night with a berth in the finals on the line.