Friday football finals, week 11

Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:

  • Boyle County 46, Whitley County 14
  • Casey County 28, Adair County 8
  • Frankfort 51, Danville 24
  • Garrard County 22, West Jessamine 0
  • Mercer County 27, Paul Dunbar 20

And next Friday’s first-round playoff games (all times TBA):

  • Class 2A, Region 4: Shelby Valley at Danville OR Danville at Betsy Layne
  • Class 3A, Region 2: Casey County at Central
  • Class 3A, Region 3: Lewis County at Garrard County
  • Class 4A, Region 3: Clay County at Boyle County
  • Class 4A, Region 3: Mercer County at Knox Central
  • Class 5A, Region 4: Lincoln County at Harlan County
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Friday football finals, week 10

Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:

  • Boyle County 14, Mercer County 0
  • Corbin 49, Casey County 13
  • Danville 31, Lexington Christian 20
  • Garrard County 34, Estill County 7
  • Madison Southern 49, Lincoln County 14

And next Friday’s area games:

  • Whitley County at Boyle County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Frankfort at Danville, 7:30 p.m.
  • Paul Dunbar at Mercer County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Garrard County at West Jessamine, 7:30 p.m.
  • Casey County at Adair County, 8 p.m.

Lincoln County is off next week.

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Friday football finals, week 9

Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:

  • Boyle County 50, Marion County 7
  • Garrard County 8, Western Hills 7
  • Lincoln County 21, Southwestern 20
  • Mercer County 44, Taylor County 7
  • Metcalfe County 29, Casey County 6
  • Middlesboro 42, Danville 17

And next Friday’s area games:

  • Casey County at Corbin, 7:30 p.m.
  • Garrard County at Estill County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Danville at Lexington Christian, 7:30 p.m.
  • Madison Southern at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Boyle County at Mercer County, 7:30 p.m.
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Friday football digest, week 9

The biggest game of the year seems to be coming around a lot lately for Danville.

The Admirals get another one tonight when they Middlesboro in a battle for sole possession of first place in District 2A-7 that became the latest game of the year as soon as time expired in their win over Somerset last week.

That’s a good thing, of course, because a loss last week would have left this game with much less meaning, at least for Danville. And this isn’t the end-all of the Admirals’ season, win or lose. There’s still one more district game to play next week against Lexington Christian, an important playoff prep game against Frankfort, and of course, the postseason.

But by my count, this is game of the year No. 5 for Danville. Here’s how it fared in the first four:

  • Franklin-Simpson: It was the first game of the season and thus the first game of the Clay Clevenger era, and the Admirals took an important step with a decisive win.
  • Boyle County: The results weren’t so good here, as the Rebels dump-trucked the listless Admirals to avenge a lost last season, starting a sudden spiral that threatened to wreck their season.
  • Green County: Two blowout losses, a handful of injuries and the departure of a handful of players had undone a good start, and the Admirals were at a crossroads before making a critical turn for the better in this road game.
  • Somerset: Against the team that had dominated their district for two years and dominated them for four years, the Admirals pulled off an upset that once again changed our perception of them — this time in a good way.

Playing Middlesboro won’t stir the interest of Danville fans like playing Somerset, but this is a good team, one that has been building for two years to get into position to contend for a district title. Remember that the Yellow Jackets almost defeated both Danville and Somerset last year, and they have only gotten better.

There are strength-of-schedule issues, however. Middlesboro’s best opponents were a Bell County team that isn’t what it usually is and a Pikeville team that dropped 77 points on the Jackets.

Danville will have to recapture both the execution and the emotion it used to beat Somerset in order to win the biggest game of the year of the week, but the Admirals have shown us that’s well within their reach.

There is also a critical district game tonight at Lincoln County, where the Patriots and Southwestern will both be fighting for the playoff lives. Two of the six teams in District 5A-7 won’t make the postseason, and the loser tonight in Death Valley stands a pretty good chance of being one of them.

Elsewhere, it should be an easier night for Boyle County, Mercer County and Garrard County in district games against Marion County, Taylor County and Western Hills, and Casey County will try to pick up a non-district road win at Metcalfe County.

The picks:

  • Boyle County over Marion County
  • Casey County over Metcalfe County
  • Danville over Middlesboro
  • Garrard County over Western Hills
  • Mercer County over Taylor County
  • Southwestern over Lincoln County

Last week: 4-1; season 27-5 (.844).

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Soccer postseason kicking off

Soccer teams begin postseason play today locally and around the state today, with district tournaments playing out this week followed by regional tournaments next week. Here is the schedule for district tournaments that will include Advocate-area teams:


45th District

At Lincoln County

Monday, Oct. 14

Boyle County (13-4) vs. Garrard County (8-8-1), 6 p.m.

Lincoln County (10-7-2) vs. Danville (3-12-2), 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Boyle County-Garrard County winner vs. Lincoln County-Danville winner, 7 p.m.


46th District

At East Jessamine

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Mercer County (9-6-3) vs. East Jessamine (6-10-4), 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17

West Jessamine (11-7-2) vs. Mercer County-East Jessamine winner, 6:30 p.m.


12th Region Tournament

Week of Oct. 21

At 45th District champion

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45th District

At Boyle County

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Lincoln County (13-3-3) vs. Danville (5-10-2), 6 p.m.

Boyle County (11-5-3) vs. Garrard County (10-5-2), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Lincoln County-Danville winner vs. Boyle County-Garrard County winner, 7 p.m.


46th District

At Mercer County

Monday, Oct. 14

Mercer County (8-6-3) vs. East Jessamine (9-9-2), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

West Jessamine (14-1-3) vs. Mercer County-East Jessamine winner, 6:30 p.m.


47th District

At Somerset

Monday, Oct. 14

Somerset (9-9-1) vs. McCreary Central (1-13-1), 6 p.m.

Pulaski County (6-11-1) vs. Casey County (2-7), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Somerset-McCreary Central winner vs. Pulaski County-Casey County winner, 6 p.m.


12th Region Tournament

Week of Oct. 21

At 48th District champion

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Friday football finals, week 8

Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:

  • Bourbon County 42, Garrard County 0
  • Danville 35, Somerset 23
  • Mercer County 41, Marion County 14
  • North Laurel 48, Lincoln County 21
  • Wayne County 41, Casey County 14

Boyle County was off this week.

And next Friday’s area games:

  • Marion County at Boyle County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Middlesboro at Danville, 7:30 p.m.
  • Western Hills at Garrard County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Southwestern at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mercer County at Taylor County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Casey County at Metcalfe County, 8 p.m.


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Friday football digest, week 8

Danville has gotten knocked down and gotten back on its feet this season, and now the Admirals are getting back in the ring against a team that has had their number of late.

Their game at Somerset tonight gives them an opportunity to end a string of six losses over the last four years to the Briar Jumpers, who have ended their last two seasons by beating them in the postseason. It also gives them an opportunity to further the momentum they have built over the last two weeks, and to get into position to win a district title.

Of course, it won’t be easy. Somerset might not look quite as impressive on paper as it has during the last four years, during which the Jumpers reached the state finals once and the semifinals on three other occasions, but it still looks pretty darn good.

The Jumpers losses have all been to quality teams (Pulaski County, Belfry, Hazard), and they have built their own momentum recently with consecutive wins over Glasgow and Letcher County Central. They still have many of the same athletes and the same characteristics that Danville has struggled mightily with over the past four years, and they figure to have the edge once more against the Admirals.

Almost every area team has skipped town (or, in the case of Boyle County, has the night off), but one of the few that remains is Mercer County, which hosts an improved Marion County team in hopes of getting its first District 4A-5 win.

Lincoln County and Garrard County face critical district games on the road. Garrard travels to District 3A-5 favorite Bourbon County, which is mowing down opponents by scoring points at an impressive rate. Lincoln plays at improved North Laurel in a matchup of teams trying to stay in the upper tier of District 5A-7.

Meanwhile, Casey County hosts Wayne County, which has emerged as the team to beat in District 3A-4.

Here are the picks, back after technical difficulties knocked us off the information superhighway last week:

  • Bourbon County over Garrard County
  • Mercer County over Marion County
  • North Laurel over Lincoln County
  • Somerset over Danville
  • Wayne County over Casey County

Week 6: 5-1; season: 23-4 (.852).

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KHSAA commissioner clarifies position on postgame handshakes

After a fair amount of confusion and castigation concerning KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett’s edict on postgame handshakes issued Tuesday, Tackett followed with a clarification of that statement today that better interpreted the original statement.

The primary point of Tackett’s statement today is this: There is not and has never been a ban on postgame handshakes following games and contest.

Both traditional and social media interpreted Tackett’s initial remarks as just such a ban, in large part because of the use of the word “directive,” which can be defined as “a pronouncement urging or banning some action or conduct,” according to the closest dictionary available to me in our newsroom. That led to all sorts of stories and online discussions about handshakes being outlawed and whether that would contribute to the decline or sportsmanship or even of Western civilization as we know it.

Without further splitting hairs about wording, it’s safe to say that the statement as originally released recommended that schools no longer participate in organized handshake lines and went on to say that if they do, they would be responsible if any fights or other similar incidents occur. Simply put, it wasn’t an outright ban, but rather Tackett and the KHSAA saying in effect, “We’d rather you didn’t, but if you do, you’re on your own.”

Tackett was quick to say today that his original statement was poorly constructed and also to say that the media and others misinterpreted his remarks. And he’s right on both counts.

Tackett could have said it better, and neither the word “directive” nor any synonym thereof should have been anywhere near his statement Tuesday. And those of us in the media and social media could have read the text a little more carefully as well instead of quickly typing the word “ban,” posting it online and rushing out the door to get reaction. The Associated Press said, for example, in a story that ran in today’s Advocate, that the “KHSAA has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes,” then said two paragraphs down that schools may still conduct handshakes and followed that with a supporting quote by Tackett.

Language referring to any sort of directive or recommendation or request that schools cease shaking hands is no longer present in the original statement to member schools, which has been revised and now simply lays out who is responsible (game management, school administrators and coaches) and who is not responsible (officials) for any unsportsmanlike conduct that might occur in a postgame handshake setting.

The second-day story is never as sexy as the first, nor as widely read. But those who take the time to read Tackett’s follow-up remarks and/or read the initial statement more closely should have a better understanding of what was intended but not well said nor well interpreted.

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KHSAA asking teams to forego postgame handshakes

Technical issues shut down the blog and my ability to update it for a few days, but I’m back just in time to find on my desk a statement from the KHSAA regarding postgame handshakes and the possible elimination thereof.

Called the “commissioner’s directive on postgame activity,” the statement released today to member schools essentially asks them not to participate in organized postgame handshakes beyond those required by rule (such as in wrestling) and “the individual unorchestrated actions by individual competitors.”

The statement says that if schools choose to ignore the directive, game management officials, coaches and school officials are solely responsible for any incidents that may occur, schools may be fined and other penalties to schools or individuals may be levied.

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Friday football finals, week 6

Here are tonight’s final scores from around the Advoplex:

  • Boyle County 42, Taylor County 6
  • Casey County 61, McCreary Central 6
  • Danville 48, Green County 34
  • Garrard County 29, Bath County 7
  • Lexington Catholic 34, Mercer County 6
  • Pulaski County 61, Lincoln County 35

And next Friday’s area games:

  • Casey County at Bell County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Danville at Campbellsville, 7:30 p.m.
  • Lexington Catholic at Boyle County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Powell County at Garrard County, 7:30 p.m.
  • South Laurel at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.

Mercer County is off next week.

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