Archive for February, 2011

Regional review, Monday 2/28

The regional review returns, with nightly nuggets from the girls and boys 12th Region Tournaments. Tonight, news and notes from day 1 of the girls regional at Pulaski County:

  • Casey County defeated Lincoln County 59-53; Southwestern defeated Burgin 59-28. Casey (24-6) plays Southwestern (24-7) in Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
  • Casey won a rematch of was probably the best game in our area this season, avenging its 72-69 double-overtime loss at Lincoln 10 day ago. This time, Lincoln led for most of the first half and by as many as six points before Casey’s Nicole Coffman scored three seconds before halftime to give the Lady Rebels a 22-21 lead. Casey gained, then lost an eight-point lead in the third quarter, then eased ahead again in the fourth, with Lincoln unable to keep pace. Megan Pittman effectively put the game out of reach when she converted a three-point play with just under three minutes left to make it 50-41.
  • The most-talked-about moment of the game came after the outcome had become apparent, when Coffman fell and twisted her knee while defending a Lincoln player with about 40 seconds left. It looked bad at the time, but Casey coach Randy Salyers said after the game that he was told it was probably no more than a medial collateral ligament strain. Casey has three days off before its semifinal, giving Coffman valuable recovery time and making it likely that she’ll play against Southwestern.
  • Burgin, making its first regional appearance since 2006, played without injured leading scorer Shavon Majors and was overmatched against Southwestern. The Lady Bulldogs did their best to keep pace into the second quarter, when Southwestern cranked up its pressure defense and pulled away to a 26-13 lead. The Lady Warriors forced 18 turnovers and held a commanding edge on the boards, outrebounding Burgin 32-18.
  • Danay Fothergill led Southwestern with 18 points, and she was the only girl from either team to score in double figures. Southwestern’s Brittany Combs had nine points, while Brooke Ransdell and Liz Marcinek led Burgin with eight points each. It was the second-lowest point total of the season for Burgin, which scored 27 in a January loss to Monticello and 29 on Thursday when it lost to Mercer County in the 46th District final.
  • The first round concludes Tuesday night when Mercer County (20-8) meets Garrard County (15-8) at 6 p.m. and Rockcastle County (29-1) faces Wayne County (16-13) at 7:30 p.m. Mercer defeated Garrard 53-46 on Feb. 15 in Harrodsburg; Rockcastle defeated Wayne 70-59 on Nov. 30 at Monticello and 65-41 on Jan. 18 at Mount Vernon. There is a chance that the games will be delayed, as Mercer teams have trouble getting buses until late afternoon, but tournament officials have said they’ll wait.
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Regional boys hoops hall adds 2011 class

Two current coaches and two former coaches are among 17 men chosen for this year’s class of the 12th Region Boys Basketball Hall of Fame.

Retired coaches Mike Pittman of Boyle County and Jack Stanford of Casey County and active coaches Jeff Jackson of Lincoln County and Don Irvine of Burgin were among those selected in voting by representatives of schools from around the region.

Pittman led Boyle to consecutive regional titles in 1998 and ’99, Stanford coached Casey to its only regional title in 1993 and Jackson won consecutive regional titles at Lincoln in 2007 and ’08. Irvine hasn’t made it past press row at the Sweet Sixteen yet, but he was voted in as a contributor.

Irvine and South Laurel assistant Roscoe Denney, two men whose roots run deep in the 12th Region, have done virtually all of the legwork involving the annual balloting for the hall, which is open to those affiliated with 12th Region schools past and present, and the ensuing recognition ceremony.

The only other honoree from an Advocate-area school in this year’s class is former Boyle County player Jeff Orberson.

The TRBBHOF is given short shrift by many of the region’s coaches, and apparently that’s especially true in this area. That’s too bad, because it requires very little effort to give just a little recognition to some of the region’s great players and coaches and others who have played important roles at their schools.

This year’s inductees will be honored March 8 at halftime of the boys 12th Region Tournament championship in Stanford. The full class:

Players: Paul Andrews, Laurel County; Brad Gover, Pulaski County; Julius Green, Wayne County; Larry Kinnett, Russell County; Bubby Napier, Pulaski County; Jeff Orberson, Boyle County; Steve Ormsby, London; Mac Washam, McCreary County.

Coaches: Jeff Jackson, Lincoln County; Chuck Marasovich, Russell County; Mike Pittman, Boyle County; Jack Stanford, Casey County.

Contributors: Jimmy Adams, Boyle County; Luid Gover, Somerset; Don Irvine, Burgin; Gerald Pratt, Wayne County; Bob Foster, Somerset.

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12th Region Tournament pairings

One of the two girls teams that figure to have the best chance to take down defending champion Rockcastle County will be eliminated in the very first game of the girls 12th Region Tournament.

Meanwhile, the Danville boys got no reward at all for winning their first district title in five years last night, as they drew favorite Wayne County for the final first-round game of the boys 12th Region Tournament.

Pairings for both tournaments were drawn today — (full schedules are below) — and the most interesting of several good first-round matchups is the opening game Monday between the Lincoln County and Casey County girls. The two teams are ranked just below Rockcastle in the major power ratings, and one or the other of them has played the Lady Rockets in the regional finals in each of the last three years and four of the last five years.

Forty-fifth District champion Lincoln and 47th District runner up Casey played one of the best games of the season just eight days ago, when the Lady Patriots won 72-69 in double overtime after two Casey buzzer-beaters at the end of the fourth and fifth periods extended the game.

Two other Advocate-area teams, Mercer County and Garrard County, will also face off in the first round rematch of a game the Titans won 53-46 at home 11 days ago, and Burgin will face Southwestern in its first regional appearance since 2006.

In the boys tourney, Danville and Wayne are one-half of a stacked lower bracket that also includes Pulaski County and East Jessamine, who will meet in Thursday’s first game.

There’s also a matchup of two area teams on Wednesday night, as Mercer will play Lincoln in the second game after Southwestern and Rockcastle, the only two teams in the field with sub-.500 records, face off in the opener. Mercer and Lincoln have already met twice this season, with the Patriots winning 62-46 on Dec. 23 in Mercer’s Christmas tournament and the Titans winning a rematch 77-71 on Feb. 4 at Lincoln.

The boys regional will be played at Lincoln, and the girls will play at Pulaski. Admission is $6 per session at both tournaments. Starting times for the second game in the first round and semifinals are approximate; those games will actually begin 25 minutes after the first game in each session ends.

Here are the schedules for both tournaments, in bracket order:

BOYS

At Lincoln County

First Round

Wednesday, March 2

Southwestern (14-16) vs. Rockcastle County (7-22), 6 p.m.

Mercer County (21-8) vs. Lincoln County (15-15), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 3

Pulaski County (25-6) vs. East Jessamine (22-7), 6 p.m.

Danville (19-9) vs. Wayne County (27-4), 7:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 7

Semifinals

Southwestern-Rockcastle County winner vs. Mercer County-Lincoln County winner, 6 p.m.

Pulaski County-East Jessamine winner vs. Danville-Wayne County winner, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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GIRLS

First Round

Monday, Feb. 28

Lincoln County (22-6) vs. Casey County (23-6), 6 p.m.

Southwestern (23-7) vs. Burgin (11-15), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1

Mercer County (20-8) vs. Garrard County (15-8), 6 p.m.

Rockcastle County (29-1) vs. Wayne County (16-13), 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 4

Semifinals

Lincoln County-Casey County winner vs. Southwestern-Burgin winner, 6 p.m.

Mercer County-Garrard County winner vs. Rockcastle County-Wayne County winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Times are approximate for the second game in the first round and semifinals. Those games will begin 25 minutes after the first game ends.

Admission is $6 per session at both tournaments.

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Local swimmers at state meet

Fifteen swimmers from Boyle County and Danville qualified in 12 events for the State Swimming & Diving Meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Louisvile. Ten boys and girls from Boyle qualified in nine events at their regional meet two weeks ago, and five Danville boys qualified in four events.

For more information on the meet, including real-time results during the competition, visit the KHSAA web page for the meet.

Here are the local qualifiers, listed by seed out of 32 entries in each event and with their regional times (relay lineups subject to change):

Boys

  • 200 medley relay — 21. Danville (Dylan Crow, Chappie Couzens, Nate Deaton, Karl Hempel) 1:48.65.
  • 200 freestyle — 28. Couzens (Danville) 1:53.22.
  • 200 individual medley — 3. Owen Stone (Boyle County) 1:58.36.
  • 50 freestyle — 5. Jeffrey Snider (Boyle County) 21.99.
  • 100 butterfly — 9. Stone (Boyle County) 53.99.
  • 100 freestyle — 5. Snider (Boyle County) 48.64.
  • 200 freestyle relay — 28. Danville (Rollins Grubbs, Deaton, Hempel, Matt Oster) 1:38.80; 32. Boyle County (Alex Bremer, Stone, Connor Frey, Jack Crawford) 1:39.78.
  • 100 breaststroke — 12. Couzens (Danville) 1:01.98.

Girls

  • 100 butterfly — 9. Adrian Rudd (Boyle County) 58.39.
  • 200 freestyle relay — 32. Boyle County (Lindsay Logue, Rachel Haltom, Amanda Montgomery, Rudd) 1:53.63.
  • 100 backstroke — 15. Rudd (Boyle County) 1:00.85.
  • 400 freestyle relay — 30. Boyle County (Logue, Hannah Robertson, Montgomery, Rudd) 4:09.99.
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Mid-district week

There are precious few surprises to be found in the fields for the boys and girls 12th Region Tournaments, which are now full after the completion of semifinal play tonight. The top two seeds advanced to district finals (and therefore to the regionals) in five of the eight district tournaments, and No. 3 seeds replaced No. 2s in the other three.

It may have been a shock to the system to see the two-time defending regional champion West Jessamine boys go down in the 46th District semifinals, but it wasn’t a true shocker. The Colts were a shadow of their former selves, finishing seven games under .500 at 11-18. I’m willing to bet they’ll be winning again soon, but graduation — and specifically the graduation of Jarrod Polson — simply hit them too hard this year.

Of the three No. 3 seeds, the only one that looks surprising on paper is the Garrard County girls, who lost twice to Danville in the regular season but won their meeting Tuesday in the 45th District semis. It was no major upset, though, just a case of a team getting it right at the right time, which just happened to be the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game.

The other No. 3 seeds, the Burgin girls and Rockcastle County boys, won rubber-match games after regular-season splits with East Jessamine and Casey County, respectively.

Here’s the full list of qualifiers for next week’s 12th Region Tournaments, listed in order of their district seeds:

Boys

  • 45th District: Lincoln County (15-14), Danville (18-9)
  • 46th District: East Jessamine (22-6), Mercer County (20-8)
  • 47th District: Pulaski County (24-6), Rockcastle County (7-21)
  • 48th District: Wayne County (27-3), Southwestern (13-16)

Girls

  • 45th District: Lincoln County (21-6), Garrard County (15-7)
  • 46th District: Mercer County (19-8), Burgin (11-14)
  • 47th District: Rockcastle County (28-1), Casey County (23-5)
  • 48th District: Southwestern (22-7), Wayne County (16-12)

These are the repeat teams from last year’s regionals: the Danville, Mercer, Pulaski and Wayne boys; and the Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer, Rockcastle and Southwestern girls.

All four girls district finals within the region will be played Thursday; all four boys district finals are Friday.

The girls regional begins Monday at Pulaski County; the boys regional begins Wednesday at Lincoln County. The pairings for both will be drawn Saturday. Check back here Saturday afternoon for the results of those draws.

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Got to be right sometime, right?

In each of the past two years, I have offered predictions at the start of the postseason as to which teams would win the boys and girls 12th Region titles. And in each of the past two years, I got both of them wrong.

But I’m willing to try again as another basketball postseason begins tonight, just to show that I don’t give up easily. Columns that appeared in Sunday’s Advocate by colleague Hal Morris and myself detailed our predictions for the regional champions, so I won’t rehash all of the details here. Just click the links to read Morris’ column on the girls and my column on the boys.

Suffice to say that I picked the Wayne County boys, who were also my choice in the preseason, to emerge from what could looks to be a wide-open tournament. Morris said Rockcastle County is the clear favorite on the girls side, and I agree whole-heartedly.

First come the district tournaments, however, so here are my picks for the teams that will fill out the regional fields next week:

Boys

  • 45th District: 1. Lincoln County; 2. Danville.
  • 46th District: 1. Mercer County; 2. East Jessamine.
  • 47th District: 1. Pulaski County; 2. Casey County.
  • 48th District: 1. Wayne County; 2. McCreary Central.

Girls

  • 45th District: 1. Lincoln County; 2. Danville.
  • 46th District: 1. Mercer County; 2. East Jessamine.
  • 47th District: 1. Rockcastle County; 2. Casey County.
  • 48th District: 1. Southwestern; 2. Wayne County.
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12th Region district tournament schedules

The end of the high school basketball season is only hours away for area teams (none of whom play Saturday), so it’s time to look ahead to the start of postseason play Monday.

Here are the schedules for district tournaments within the 12th Region, as well as the expected dates for the regional tournaments:

BOYS

45th District

At Garrard County

Monday, Feb. 21

Garrard County vs. Kentucky School f/t Deaf, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Danville vs. Boyle County, 6 p.m.

Lincoln County vs. Garrard County-Kentucky School f/t Deaf winner, 7:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25

Championship, 7 p.m.

46th District

At West Jessamine

Monday, Feb. 21

East Jessamine vs. Burgin, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Mercer County vs. West Jessamine, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25

Championship, 7 p.m.

47th District

At Pulaski County

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Pulaski County vs. Somerset, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Casey County vs. Rockcastle County, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25

Championship, 7 p.m.

48th District

At Wayne County

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Southwestern vs. McCreary Central, 6:15 p.m.

Wayne County vs. Monticello, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25

Championship, 7 p.m.

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12th Region Tournament

At Lincoln County

March 2-3, 7-8

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GIRLS
45th District

At Garrard County

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Danville vs. Garrard County, 6 p.m.

Lincoln County vs. Boyle County, 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Championship, 7 p.m.

46th District

At West Jessamine

Monday, Feb. 21

Mercer County vs. West Jessamine, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

East Jessamine vs. Burgin, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

47th District

At Pulaski County

Monday, Feb. 21

Rockcastle County vs. Pulaski County, 6 p.m.

Casey County vs. Somerset, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Championship, 7 p.m.

48th District

At Garrard County

Monday, Feb. 21

Southwestern vs. McCreary Central, 6:15 p.m.

Wayne County vs. Monticello, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25

Championship, 7 p.m.

* * *

12th Region Tournament

At Pulaski County

Feb. 28-March 1, March 4-5

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Local wrestlers at state meet

Ten wrestlers from Boyle County and Danville are scheduled to compete in the State Wrestling Championships, which begin today and continue through Saturday at Frankfort Convention Center.

The wrestlers qualified by finishing fourth or better at last weekend’s 2nd Region Championships at Central Hardin. Thirty-two wrestlers will compete in each of 14 weight classes.

Boyle entries: Zack Cope (135 pounds), Kody Wade (145), Devin Reynolds (152), J.P. Robbins (160), Kody Socco (171). Alternates: Lucas McCain (103), Ean Daly (112), Hunter Sheegog (119), Dallin Tritapoe (140), Bryan Ferrell (215).

Danville entries: Daniel Lannum (112 pounds), Carson Coulter (119), Blake Bowman (125), Rhodes Bell (160), Devin Lynn (171), Cody Kitchen (189). Alternate: Elliot Porter (285).

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A sure sign of spring

This week’s warmer weather is one sign that the gray and snow winter will soon pass, and here’s another: Today was the first practice date for high school baseball, softball and tennis teams.

The spring sports season begins on the Monday after the second state basketball tournament. This year that’s March 21, which is just 34 days away. Get your lawn chairs ready.

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Rockcastle star named McDonald’s All-American

Sara Hammond of Rockcastle County has been named a McDonald’s All-American, becoming the first girl from Kentucky and the first 12th Region player of either gender to win a spot on the nation’s premier high school all-star team.

The 6-2 Hammond, who signed with Louisville last fall, will play in the McDonald’s All American girls game March 30 in Chicago. She is the first McDonald’s All-American from Kentucky since Scotty Hopson of University Heights, who now plays for Tennessee, was selected in 2008.

Hammond, who is also expected to be named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball after the season, s averaging 15.5 points and 12.2 rebounds for Rockcastle, which is 23-1 and ranked No. 2 in the state.

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