Archive for December, 2011

Wayne girls basketball coach resigns

Tim Pyles, who has been Wayne County’s girls basketball coach for almost 10 years, has resigned six games into the season.

Pyles’ sudden resignation was announced in a news release from the Wayne County school district, which gave no reason for his decision and which also said that Allen Burchett, an assistant with the Wayne boys team since 1998, has been named the Lady Cardinals’ interim coach.

Pyles is 202-95 in parts of 11 seasons at Wayne — he took over in January 2002. His teams won 12th Region championships in 2002, ’04 and ’07. The Lady Cardinals are 1-5 this season, with their first game under Burchett scheduled for tonight against McCreary Central.

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Locked out of Rupp Arena

Five Advocate-area teams that were scheduled to play in a multi-game showcase Sunday at Rupp Arena will instead have the day off.

The teams were scheduled to play in the day-long Kentucky Shootout, one of the events that fell victim to an NCAA ruling that prohibits certain high school games from being played at NCAA member schools’ facilities.

Here are the area games that were part of the event, which has been canceled:

  • Danville vs. Wolfe County
  • Harlan County vs. Mercer County boys
  • Boyle County vs. Harrison County boys
  • Clinton County vs. Mercer County girls

I’m not going to get all preachy about how ridiculous the NCAA ruling is — even though I’d be right. At the same time, I’m not going to get preachy about how I’m not a big fan of playing regular-season games on Sundays, a practice that seems unnecessary and in some places is prohibited by some school districts.

I’ll just say that it is a shame that these local players and the others involved were denied what might be the only chance they would have gotten to play on the biggest basketball stage in Kentucky.


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Irvine vs. Irvine — in Richmond

Loyalties in the Irvine household will be divided for tonight’s Burgin-Model boys game in Richmond. Longtime Burgin coach Don Irvine will lead a team that includes his youngest son, Sam, into a game in which his oldest son, Zack, will be on the opposite bench.

Zack Irvine, a former Burgin player and a student at Eastern Kentucky University, is getting his start in coaching as a volunteer assistant at Model, a regular opponent for the Bulldogs.

Meanwhile, Don Irvine’s wife, Nancy, has come up with one of those split T-shirts that allow her to show her support for both sides. The coach said in an email that he’s waiting to see which section of the gym his wife sits in.

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Following the football finals

For the first time in three years and the third time in five years, there are no local teams in the state football finals. Yet somehow they’ll managed to hold the games just the same today and Saturday in Bowling Green.

The best matchup in what could be a parade of blowouts might well be the Class 2A game today between Glasgow and Covington Holy Cross. Every other game has the potential to be one-sided, and several of them probably will be.

There will be great teams on display, including nationally ranked Trinity and powerful squads from Bowling Green and Highlands, but the teams they’ll face probably aren’t on par with them. In some cases, the teams that win this weekend will probably have had better opposition in the semifinals and regional finals than in the finals. Such is life in a watered-down football world.

If you want to keep tabs on the action, this KHSAA web page offers links to live audio and video streams and live statistics from the games, as well as rosters and pregame stats for all 12 participating teams.

In addition, all six games can be heard locally on Lexington-based WVLK-FM (101.5), and two of them will be televised locally on a delayed basis. CWKYT (Ch. 27.2) in Lexington will air the 6A final (Trinity vs. Scott County) at 3 p.m. Saturday and the 5A final (Bowling Green vs. Anderson County) at 4 p.m. Sunday. Stations in Louisville, Bowling Green and Hazard, among others, will air some or all games on a delayed basis as well.

My picks for the weekend:

  • 1A: Mayfield over Hazard.
  • 2A: Glasgow over Covington Holy Cross.
  • 6A: Trinity over Scott County.
  • 3A: Central over Belfry.
  • 4A: Highlands over Franklin-Simpson.
  • 5A: Bowling Green over Anderson County.

Last week: 1-0; season: 59-10 (.855).

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