Archive for April, 2010

Three area players chosen for Lowe all-star game

Three Advocate-area basketball players are scheduled to play in the Gene Lowe Junior All-Star Game on Thursday in Berea.

This game showcases the top current juniors from the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Regions. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Berea College’s Seabury Center.

Jacob Bodner of Boyle County, Clay Cinnamon of Mercer County and Jacody Taylor of Danville are among six 12th Region players chosen for the game, which will pit the all-stars from the 10th and 12th regions against those from the 11th and 13th regions.

Here are the full rosters:

  • 12th Region: Jacob Bodner, Boyle County; Clay Cinnamon, Mercer County, Jacob Dixon, McCreary Central; Gavin Dunagan, Wayne County; Austin Shearer, Wayne County; Jacody Taylor, Danville.
  • 10th Region: Kyle King, Deming; Luke King, Deming; Treg Setty, Mason County; Kellen Smith, Scott; Robbie Stenzel, George Rogers Clark; Vinny Zollo, George Rogers Clark.
  • 11th Region: Marcellus Barksdale, Tates Creek; James Evans, Bryan Station; Ryan Fucci, Tates Creek; Daniel Kiesling, Henry Clay; Taylor Martin, Lexington Catholic; Dee Yarborough, Lafayette.
  • 13th Region: Jordan Akins, Whitley County; Travis Canady, Knox Central; Cody Likins, North Laurel; Ben Madon, Bell County; Matt Mitchell, Clay County; Codi Roberts, Clay County.

The game, now in its eighth year, honors the late Gene Lowe, a London sporting goods dealer who was a longtime basketball official and a supporter of 12th Region basketball and who was known to coaches far beyond the boundaries of this region.

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Boyle grad Yeary to coach Dunbar boys

Justin Yeary, who played on Boyle County’s regional championship basketball teams in 1998 and ’99, has been named the boys basketball coach at Paul Dunbar. Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the hiring on his blog today.

This is the first head coaching position for Yeary, who has been a boys and girls assistant at Lexington Christian. And it’s a tough job, as Dunbar went 3-22 this season in its final year under Carl “Redd” Hutchison.

Yeary becomes the second player from those Boyle teams to become a head coach. Derek Springate just completed his first season at Henry County with a 15-13 record.

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Casey baseball team comes home

The Casey County baseball team has been around the block a time or two.

The Rebels have played in Somerset, Mount Vernon and Monticello. They have played in Richmond and Berea, in Greensburg and Harrodsburg, in Nicholasville and Danville. But until tonight, they hadn’t played in Liberty.

After 13 games on the road and five at neutral sites, Casey started the second half of the season with its first home game tonight. Some poorly timed field work didn’t leave enough time for new grass to grow, and the Rebels were unable to practice or play on their home turf until this week.

The team had been practicing at Gate Way Park, and all of its early-season home games either became road games or were canceled. Just before spring break, first-year coach Todd Carman was making plans to make a few repairs and improvements at Gate Way that would make that field acceptable for high school play, including fixing some holes in the fences and building a pitcher’s mound. But when he found out the team could soon return to its own field, those moves became unnecessary.

The Rebels held their own while playing out of town with an 8-10 record that included a 4-0 run in a wood-bat tournament at Model and an extra-inning win over 47th District rival Rockcastle County earlier this week. Pulaski County spoiled their home opener by beating them 9-4, but Casey will have another chance to win at home tonight against Adair County, and 14 of the 19 games remaining on its schedule will be at home. I’m sure the bus driver can use a break.

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Lincoln girls not picked for Ky. All-Stars

Neither of the two Lincoln County girls who tried out for the Kentucky All-Stars last weekend made the team.

Kendra Brown and Jessica Upchurch were among 43 players invited to try out for 11 spots on the team, which was announced Wednesday.

There is one 12th Region player on both the girls and boys squads that will play Indiana in the annual two-game series June 11-12. Jackie Alexander of Rockcastle County made the girls team, and Aaron Watts of McCreary Central made the boys team.

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Danville’s All ‘A’ sectional game scheduled

The Danville baseball team won the 12th Region All “A” Classic for the seventh time in eight years earlier this week, but because only eight teams advance to the statewide All “A” tournament, the Admirals must still win one more game to make it to Applebee’s Park for the May 1-2 state tourney.

The Admirals will play 11th Region winner Lexington Christian in a sectional game, which will be played at 6 p.m. April 23 at Admiral Field.

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Tackett named KHSAA commissioner

Julian Tackett, who has spent 26 years with the KHSAA and the last 15 years as an assistant commissioner, was named the organization’s seventh commissioner Tuesday.

Tackett replaces Brigid DeVries, who is stepping down after eight years as commissioner.

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