Archive for January, 2011

Sweet 16 pairings set

The 12th Region champions will play the 11th Region girls and the 14th Region boys in their respective state tournaments next month.

Pairings were drawn today in Lexington for the boys and girls state tourneys. Both 12th Region winners will play their first-round games on Thursday (girls March 10 in Bowling Green, boys March 17 in Lexington).

The girls 11th Region is typically brutal, with Bryan Station, Scott County and Madison Central among those at the top of the field. Perry County Central is the powerbroker in the boys 14th Region, with Buckhorn, Hazard and Knott County Central also in the mix.

Here are all of the first-round matchups, in bracket order:

Girls Sweet Sixteen

At E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green

Wednesday, March 9

  • 8th Region vs. 4th Region, 1 p.m.
  • 7th Region vs. 2nd Region, 2:30 p.m.
  • 6th Region vs. 14th Region, 7:30 p.m.
  • 5th Region vs. 10th Region, 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

  • 15th Region vs. 16th Region, 1 p.m.
  • 1st Region vs. 9th Region, 2:30 p.m.
  • 11th Region vs. 12th Region, 7:30 p.m.
  • 13th Region vs. 3rd Region, 9 p.m.

Boys Sweet Sixteen

At Rupp Arena, Lexington

Wednesday, March 16

  • 10th Region vs. 8th Region, Noon
  • 4th Region vs. 7th Region, 1:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Region vs. 15th Region, 6:30 p.m.
  • 11th Region vs. 9th Region, 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

  • 3rd Region vs. 16th Region, Noon
  • 12th Region vs. 14th Region, 1:30 p.m.
  • 6th Region vs. 5th Region, 6:30 p.m.
  • 1st Region vs. 13th Region, 8 p.m.

Sweet 16 pairings to be drawn Friday

Pairings for the boys and girls state tournaments will be drawn Friday during a live broadcast on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington and online at The 30-minute show begins at 1 p.m.

The Girls Sweet Sixteen will be played March 9-12 at E.A. Diddle in Bowling Green. The Boys Sweet Sixteen is March 16-19 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

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Three area stars to play in Border Bowl

Three local football players are in Williamsburg this week to take part in the Border Bowl, an all-star game set for Saturday between teams from Kentucky and Tennessee.

Boyle County linemen Paul Megilligan and Tyler Priest and Danville lineman Tevin Raines are among 50 players selected to the Kentucky all-stars for the fourth edition of the game, which will be played at noon at the University of the Cumberlands’ James H. Taylor II Stadium. Danville coach Sam Harp is also an assistant coach for the Kentucky stars, who are led by former Bell County coach Dudley Hilton.

The game features but is not limited to players from eastern Kentucky and east Tennessee, with most of the rosters consisting of players from along and east of the Interstate 75 corridor. Tennessee’s team has won two of the first three games.

Saturday’s game can be seen on television in the Lexington and Hazard markets. WYMT-TV (Ch. 57) in Hazard will air the game live, and CWKYT (Ch. 27.2) in Lexington will have a delayed broadcast at 8 p.m. For more information on the game, visit

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Dunn becomes eligible at Boyle

Will Dunn has done his time.

The Boyle County senior was expected to join the school’s basketball team Wednesday and could make his debut for the Rebels on Friday against his former school.

Dunn was ruled ineligible and forced to sit out for one year after transferring from Danville to Boyle on Jan. 5, 2010. He missed the entire football season, but now that the one-year period has ended, he is eligible to play basketball or any other sport.

Boyle basketball coach Steve Adams said he expects Dunn to practice with the team for the first time today. The Rebels host Danville in their next game Friday, and Adams said earlier this week that Dunn will probably play.

“I would suspect (he will). (Wednesday) will be his first day that he can actually practice … and it depends on what kind of condition he’s in and how quickly he learns what we’re trying to do,” Adams said. “He’s not going to be any worse off than any of those guys that came from football.”

Adams said he believes Dunn can help Boyle in the second half of the season.

“He gives us another body that’s athletic and can shoot and rebound. I suspect that before the year’s over he’ll be a major contributor, and I hope so,” Adams said.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association ruled that Dunn’s transfer was strictly for athletic purposes and in violation of a by-law that allows for immediate eligibility, and two appeals to the KHSAA, one lawsuit and an attempt to get a temporary restraining order were unsuccessful.

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