Archive for May, 2010

Regional baseball pairings set

At long last, the pairings for the 12th Region baseball tournament were drawn today. And the first round is full of intrigue, especially for the three Advocate-area teams in the field.

There are no less than four teams in the field that were ranked in the final statewide coaches poll of the season — almost certainly a first for this region — and those four teams drew into two of Monday’s four first-round games at East Jessamine. No. 25 Danville will play No. 18 Mercer County in the second of Monday’s four games, and No. 4 West Jessamine plays No. 22 Boyle County right after that. There’s also a matchup of intra-county rivals in the final game as Southwestern plays Pulaski County.

The tournament will be played Monday, Wednesday and Thursday if the weather cooperates.

12th Region Tournament

At East Jessamine

First Round

Monday, May 31

Somerset (28-8) vs. McCreary Central (20-12), 11 a.m.

Danville (28-9) vs. Mercer County (25-10), 1:30 p.m.

West Jessamine (30-7) vs. Boyle County (25-11), 4 p.m.

Southwestern (22-15) vs. Pulaski County (17-17), 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 2

Somerset-McCreary Central winner vs. Danville-Mercer County winner, 6 p.m.

West Jessamine-Boyle County winner vs. Southwestern-Pulaski County winner, 8:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 3

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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Regional softball pairings set

The 12th Region softball tournament schedule has been set — at least for the time being — with four first-round games to be played on two fields Monday at Millennium Park in Danville. (The schedule is below; read Larry Vaught’s story on today’s draw here.)

The tournament is scheduled to be played Monday through Wednesday, but graduation ceremonies at Danville, East Jessamine and West Jessamine could force some alterations along the way if those teams advance.

12th Region Tournament

At Millennium Park

First Round

Monday, May 31

Pulaski County (28-8) vs. Wayne County (18-17), 5 p.m.

Garrard County (30-8) vs. West Jessamine (17-20), 6 p.m.

East Jessamine (22-8) vs. Danville (21-17), 7 p.m.

Southwestern (19-18) vs. Somerset (24-13), 8 p.m.


Tuesday, June 1

Pulaski County-Wayne County winner vs. East Jessamine-Danville winner, 6:30 p.m.

Garrard County-West Jessamine winner vs. Southwestern-Somerset winner, 8:15 p.m.


Wednesday, June 2

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

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Regional baseball, softball fields set

The fields for the 12th Region baseball and softball tournaments are complete, with coaches awaiting the drawings to find out who plays who.

Pairings for the softball tournament will be drawn at a meeting 11 a.m. today, and pairings for the baseball tournament will be drawn at 2 p.m. Sunday. Check back here for the pairings.

The baseball tournament will be played at East Jessamine; the softball tournament is at Millennium Park in Danville.

Both tournaments are expected to begin Monday, but neither are expected to play any games Tuesday due to a conflict with graduation at Danville, which is in both tourneys. The baseball tournament is also expected to avoid playing on Friday (June 4) due to another graduation conflict.

Here are the teams that will play in both tournaments, with the winner of each district listed before the runner-up:


  • 45th District: Danville, Boyle County
  • 46th District: West Jessamine, Mercer County
  • 47th District: Somerset, Pulaski County
  • 48th District: Southwestern, McCreary Central


  • 45th District: Garrard County, Danville
  • 46th District: East Jessamine, West Jessamine
  • 47th District: Pulaski County, Somerset
  • 48th District: Southwestern, Wayne County
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All-star football format changes again

The Kentucky Football Coaches Association has announced a format change for the retooled Best of the Bluegrass all-star game, which will be played Dec. 12 at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.

The game, co-hosted by the KFCA and the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association, will feature a greater Louisville team against a team of players from the rest of the state. The Louisville-area made up of players from schools in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham and Shelby counties, as well as schools that play in football districts with Jefferson County schools and are GLFCA members.

Forty players will be picked for each side, with nominations and selections taking place later this fall. The game date falls on a Sunday on the weekend following the state finals. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at the 6,200-seat St. Xavier Stadium.

The game replaces the East vs. West game that was played in June in each of the last two years but was canceled this year. That game in turn replaced the Kentucky-Tennessee series that was discontinued after the 2007 game.

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Boyle’s Witten gets No. 2 seed at state tourney

CeCe Witten of Boyle County has been seeded No. 2 in the girls singles draw at the State Tennis Championships, which begin Thursday in Lexington.

Witten, a junior who is coming off her sixth consecutive 12th Region singles championship, is behind only Samantha Maddox of Lexington Catholic, last year’s runner-up and the girl who eliminated Witten when she reached the semifinals for the first time in 2009.

Witten lost in last year’s semis to two-time champion Lauren Kline of North Oldham, who has graduated.

Boys 12th Region singles champion Kyle Jeffries of Casey County, who has won four straight regional championships — two in doubles, then two in singles — had hoped to receive a seed but did not.

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District baseball, softball pairings

Postseason play begins for Advocate-area baseball and softball teams today with the start of district tournaments. All of the local tournaments in both sports will conclude by Wednesday.

The winners and runners-up advancing to the 12th Region Tournaments. The baseball regional will be at East Jessamine for the first time, and the softball regional returns to Millennium Park in Danville for the second straight year.

Here are the district schedules:


45th District at Garrard County

Monday: Boyle County (24-10) vs. Garrard County (7-23), 5 p.m.; Danville (26-9) vs. Lincoln County (14-18), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Championship, 6 p.m.

46th District at East Jessamine

Monday: Mercer County (24-9) vs. Burgin (11-15), 6 p.m.

Tuesday: West Jessamine (28-7) vs. East Jessamine (27-9), 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Championship, 6 p.m.

47th District at Rockcastle County

Monday: Somerset (26-8) vs. Rockcastle County (8-27), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Pulaski County (17-16) vs. Casey County (14-20), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Championship, 7:30 p.m.


45th District at Danville

Monday: Garrard County (26-8) vs. Lincoln County (5-22), 5:30 p.m.; Boyle County (26-9) vs. Danville (20-16), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Championship, 6:30 p.m.

46th District at East Jessamine

Monday: East Jessamine (20-8) vs. Burgin (4-19), 6 p.m.; West Jessamine (16-17) vs. Mercer County (18-17), 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Championship, 6 p.m.

47th District at Rockcastle County

Monday: Pulaski County (26-8) vs. Rockcastle County (8-26), 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Somerset (23-12) vs. Casey County (15-18), 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Championship, 6 p.m.

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Remembering Rick Anderkin

Permit me a personal note to mark the passing of Rick Anderkin, the editor of the Mount Vernon Signal, who died Wednesday at age 48.

Anderkin gave me my first “professional” sportswriting position in 1983 when he accepted my offer to cover Jackson County’s boys and girls basketball teams as a stringer for the Jackson County Sun, which his family owned at the time. I was a high school senior who had been bitten by the newspaper bug a year earlier in my school’s journalism class, and Anderkin gave me the chance to write and a little walking-around money to boot. Some 2 1/2 years later, he gave me a summer job at the Sun, where I didn’t write much sports but did do everything from driving Anderkin’s truck with the press run to the Sun office in McKee and addressing copies for mail subscribers to typesetting obits and answering the phone.

I owe whatever I have done in my career to a small handful of people who gave me opportunities along the way, and Anderkin is high on that list. Our paths usually crossed once or twice a year at a football or basketball game, and I probably should have told him that.

Sports fans in this area would have seen Anderkin shooting photos at many Rockcastle County sporting events, including the 47th District and 12th Region championships won by the Rockcastle girls basketball team. His son, Aaron, was a football, baseball and basketball star at Rockcastle who went on to pitch for the Eastern Kentucky baseball team, and daughter Megan played volleyball for Rockcastle.

My condolences to the Anderkin family and to all his friends in Rockcastle County and beyond.


Advocate’s Vaught named to KHSAA hall of fame

Congratulations to Advocate sports editor Larry Vaught, who has been chosen for induction into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame.

Vaught is part of the KHSAA hall’s class of 2011, which was announced today and will be inducted in April 2011. He is one of only a handful of members of the media who have been recognized as contributors in the hall, which also honors athletes, coaches and officials.

Vaught has been with the Advocate since 1975 and has been the sports editor since 1996, and although he has gained notoriety for his coverage of University of Kentucky sports in recent years, much of his career has involved covering high school sports in the newspaper’s five-county circulation area.

All of us who work with Larry know how strong his commitment to high school sports has been through the years and how much he deserves this honor, and today we applaud him for being recognized as one of the most significant figures in the history of Kentucky high school sports.

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CKC track meet postponed

The Central Kentucky Conference track and field championships that were scheduled for tonight at West Jessamine have been postponed until Monday due to wet conditions and the threat of thunderstorms.

The meet will begin at 6 p.m. It is the last regular-season meet of the year for area teams.

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Boyle softball tourney returns

Another strong field that includes four local teams will gather for the Boyle County Invitational softball tournament today and Saturday.

Eleven teams are in the field for this year’s tournament, divided into three pools. No. 18 Garrard County headlines one pool, Boyle County and Casey County square off in the first game of another, both at Millennium Park, while Danville hosts its own pool at Troy Trumbo Field.

Teams will be seeded based on their pool results in the single-elimination championship round, which begins late Saturday morning and concludes with the title game, which is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

The BCI is one of two reasonably reliable rain magnets on the annual spring sports schedule (the Central Kentucky Conference track meet is the other), with rain seemingly following the tournament no matter where it falls on the schedule.

And of course, rain is forecast for today and tonight. If this evening’s games are rained out, pool play will be canceled and the teams will play a double-elimination tournament Saturday. If the rain stays away, here’s the full schedule:

Boyle County Invitational


Pool Play

At Millennium Park

Pool 1

Field 1

(Boyle County Field)


Boyle County vs. Casey County, 5:30 p.m..

Casey County vs. Anderson County, 7;15 p.m.

Paul Dunbar vs. Boyle County, 9 p.m.


Paul Dunbar vs. Anderson County, 9 a.m.

Pool 2

Field 2

(Centre College Field)


Garrard County vs. Madison Central, 5;30 p.m.

Nelson County vs. Corbin, 7:15 p.m.

Garrard County vs. Nelson County, 9 p.m.


Corbin vs. Madison Central 9 a.m.

Pool 3

At Troy Trumbo Field


Danville vs. Marion County, 5:30 p.m.

Marion County vs. North Oldham, 7;15 p.m.

North Oldham vs. Danville, 9 p.m.


Championship Round


At Millennium Park


First Round

4th place Pool 1 vs. 3rd place Pool 2, 10:45 a.m. (Field 2)

2nd place Pool 3 vs. 4th place Pool 2, 12:30 p.m. (Field 2)

2nd place Pool 2 vs. 3rd place Pool 1, 10:45 a.m. (Field 1)


4th place Pool 1-3rd place Pool 2 winner vs. Winner Pool 2, 2:15 p.m. (Field 2)

2nd place Pool 3-4th place Pool 2 winner vs. Winner Pool 1, 4 p.m. (Field 2)

2nd place Pool 2-3rd place Pool 1 vs. Winner Pool 3, 2:15 p.m. (Field 1)

2nd place Pool 2 vs. 3rd place Pool 3, 4 p.m. (Field 1)


Quarterfinal winners, 5:45 p.m. (Fields 1 and 2)


Semifinal winners, 7:15 p.m. (Field 1)

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