Archive for February, 2012

Irvine shares regional coach of the year award

Outgoing Burgin coach Don Irvine has been voted the 12th Region boys co-coach of the year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

Irvine announced his plans to retire before this season, ending a 32-year coaching career that included 21 years as a head coach at Burgin, Augusta and McLean County. He led Burgin to a 24-9 record, the school’s winningest season on record since 1941.

He shares the award with East Jessamine coach Chris O’Bryan, whose Jaguars are the region’s winningest team this season. They improved to 28-4 with a win tonight over Wayne County in the first round of the 12th Region Tournament.

East Jessamine forward Cody Collins has been voted the 12th Region boys player of the year.

Irvine, O’Bryan and Collins will receive their awards March 16 at the Boys Sweet Sixteen. Click here for the full list of boys regional winners.

The list of girls regional players and coaches of the year has not yet been released.

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Regional review, Wednesday 2/29

News and notes from day 1 of the boys 12th Region Tournament at Pulaski County:

  • Boyle County defeated Casey County 57-48; East Jessamine defeated Wayne County 78-61. Boyle (12-15) plays East Jessamine (28-4) in Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
  • Boyle didn’t play the prettiest game against Casey, but it was good enough to win the battle of Rebels. Boyle pulled away from an 8-all tie in the first quarter to take a 26-16 halftime lead, but Casey won the third quarter to stay in the game. Boyle pulled away early in the fourth, taking its largest lead at 49-34.
  • Casey outshot (42.2 percent to 35.8 percent) and outrebounded (33-32) Boyle, but Boyle had 10 more made free throws and 15 more attempts at the foul line and committed only six turnovers.
  • Kyle Rice led Boyle with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Michael Arnett had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Micah Satterly had 11 points and Brett Jones had 10 for Boyle. Taylor Leigh had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Casey, and Clay Cannon also had 11 points.
  • East Jessamine and Wayne were neck and neck through the first half, but the Jaguars ran off and hid in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 24-5 and scoring the last 12 points of the period to take a 51-32 lead.
  • C.J. Boyd led East Jessamine with 19 points, and Cody Collins added 16. Andy Dodd, one of only two Wayne seniors, scored 18 points and Jason Perkins scored 10 for the Cardinals.
  • The first round concludes Thursday as Southwestern (24-8) plays Lincoln County (19-12) at 6 p.m. and Pulaski County plays West Jessamine (18-13) at about 7:30. Lincoln defeated Southwestern 63-59 on Feb. 7 in Stanford, although the Warriors played without forward Justin Edwards; Pulaski defeated West Jessamine 90-85 in overtime Feb. 14 in Somerset.
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Regional review, Tuesday 2/28

News and notes from day 2 of the girls 12th Region Tournament at Lincoln County:

  • Wayne County defeated Danville 55-51; Casey County defeated Burgin 50-43. Wayne (19-14) plays Casey (18-14) in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
  • Danville had one of the hottest teams in the region and a dream draw, but the Lady Admirals failed to capitalize because they couldn’t find the basket. They shot 35.8 percent from the field, but only after making eight of their 15 shots in the fourth quarter, and they hit only nine of 24 free throws. Still, they managed to cut what had been a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to two points before Wayne held on.
  • Wayne had lost 62-60 at Danville on Dec. 10, but the Lady Cardinals played much better in the rematch. They shot 43.5 percent from the field, hit seven of their 10 fourth-quarter free throws and outrebounded the Lady Admirals 40-28.
  • Jessica Hardin led Wayne with 26 points, and Samantha Sexton had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Essence Grey had 14 points and Laken Grey had 13 points for Danville.
  • Casey had its hands full with Burgin, which fell behind 17-5 in the second quarter but refused to go quietly. The Lady Bulldogs battled back to within striking but couldn’t quite catch up to the Lady Rebels, who helped Burgin’s cause with some silly fouls late in the game but hit enough free throws of their own to secure their spot in the semis.
  • Tiara Cochran, one of five freshmen playing critical minutes for Casey, scored a career-high 23 points, and Jasmine Johnson added 12. Shavon Majors scored 23 points and Liz Marcinek added 12 for Burgin.
  • The boys 12th Region Tournament begins Wednesday at Pulaski County with two first-round games: Boyle County (11-15) vs. Casey County (4-27) at 6 p.m. and East Jessamine (27-4) vs. Wayne County (17-15) at about 7:30. Boyle and Casey did not meet this season, while East Jessamine and Wayne played one of the wildest games of the season: a 110-81 East Jessamine win Jan. 10 in Nicholasville.
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Regional review, Monday 2/27

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

  • Mercer County defeated Southwestern 49-48; Lincoln County defeated Pulaski County 71-52. Mercer (27-5) plays Lincoln (22-9) in Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
  • Mercer had its hands full with a team it had beaten 62-33 just 10 days earlier in its regular-season finale. The game was close from end to end and was decided when Tabby Shewmaker hit one of two free throws to break a tie with 4 seconds to play. Southwestern had a shot to win it, but Samantha Fitzgerald’s elbow jumper missed the mark.
  • Mercer’s starting lineup includes three seniors and a junior, while Southwestern started three freshmen and an eighth-grader.
  • Catheryne Claunch scored 15 points and Savannah Taylor added 10 for Mercer. Brittany Combs scored 15 points and Addison Corder had 14 for Southwestern.
  • Lincoln defeated Pulaski for the second time this season — the Lady Patriots won 77-69 in their season opener Nov. 28 — but this win was not as easy as the score might make it seem, at least not until after halftime. The game was tied at 33-all after two quarters, but Lincoln outscored the Lady Maroons 21-7 in the third.
  • Emily Fox scored 20 points to lead four Lincoln girls in double figures. Sydney Harris had 17, and reserves Tiandra Hocker and Heidi Huffman scored 11 each. Mariah Meeks had 20 points and Brittany Warren had 18 for Pulaski.
  • The wins by Mercer and Lincoln set up a semifinal showdown between the region’s two highest-rated teams. Mercer won their regular-season meeting Feb. 3, forcing 29 Lincoln turnovers in a 49-45 victory at Harrodsburg.
  • The first round concludes Tuesday when Wayne County (18-14) faces Danville (21-7) at 6 p.m. and Casey County (17-14) plays Burgin (13-18) at 7:30. Danville defeated Wayne 62-60 on Dec. 10 in the next-to-last game for former Wayne coach Tim Pyles, who resigned the following week. Allen Burchett, a former assistant with the Wayne boys, has gone 17-9 since taking over the Lady Cardinals in mid-December. Casey and Burgin did not meet during the regular season.
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12th Region Tournament pairings

If you wait until the championship game to show up at either the boys or girls 12th Region Tournament, you’re probably going to miss some pretty interesting basketball. Two of the top teams in each tournament drew into the same bracket when pairings were drawn today.

That means that the Lincoln County and Mercer County girls, the top two teams in the region in the final regular-season Litkenhous Ratings, and the Southwestern and Pulaski County boys, who are rated 1-3 and were considered 1-2 at the start of the season, could meet in the semifinals. And there could be some pretty compelling first-round matchups along the way as well.

The winners in Saturday’s draws include the Danville girls, who are among the hottest teams in the girls regional. Their first-round game in a manageable lower bracket is against a Wayne County team they have already beaten.

Another winner is the East Jessamine boys, the region’s winningest boys team, which finds itself in an upper bracket with two teams with losing records and one that’s just one game over .500.

Here’s the full schedule for both regionals, with district winners listed first in the first-round matchups:

12th Region Tournaments

BOYS

At Pulaski County

First Round

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Boyle County (11-15) vs. Casey County (4-27), 6 p.m.

East Jessamine (27-4) vs. Wayne County (17-15), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1

Southwestern (24-8) vs. Lincoln County (19-12), 6 p.m.

Pulaski County (21-10) vs. West Jessamine (18-13), 7:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 5

Semifinals

Boyle County-Casey County winner vs. East Jessamine-Wayne County winner, 6 p.m.

Southwestern-Lincoln County winner vs. Pulaski County-West Jessamine winner, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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GIRLS

At Lincoln County

First Round

Monday, Feb. 27

Mercer County (26-5) vs. Southwestern (21-9), 6 p.m.

Lincoln County (21-9) vs. Pulaski County (21-11), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Wayne County (18-14) vs. Danville (21-7), 6 p.m.

Casey County (17-14) vs. Burgin (13-18), 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, March 2

Semifinals

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

Wayne County-Danville winner vs. Casey County-Burgin winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3

Championship

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

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Mid-district week

The last of the district tournament semifinals were played tonight around the 12th Region, meaning the fields have been filled for the boys and girls 12th Region Tournaments. The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds advanced to district championship games and earned regional berths in five of the eight district tournaments, with No. 3 seeds beating 2s in three cases.

There was one shocker and one surprise among the No. 3 seeds. The shocker came from the girls 47th District, where defending state champion Rockcastle County was bounced by Pulaski County on Tuesday. Rockcastle was up and down all season and finished at .500 (14-14), but the Lady Rockets came into the postseason on a roll with wins in their last five regular-season games.

The surprise comes from the boys 47th District, where Casey County once again won the one that counts, pulling an upset to reach the regional for the third time in four years. The Rebels had won only three games all season, but they defeated Somerset on Tuesday to punch their ticket. Casey didn’t make the regional at all from 1999-2008, and the three teams that have qualified over the last four years have done so with nine wins in 2008-09, eight in 2009-10 and three in 2011-12. Former coach Todd Carman took the Rebels to the regional in two of his four seasons, and now first-year coach Darry Burkett has done it as well.

The other No. 3 seed to advance, the Boyle County boys, lost two two-point decisions to Garrard County in the regular season before winning their third meeting in overtime Monday in the 45th District.

Here’s the full list of regional qualifiers, listed in order of their district seeds:

Boys

  • 45th District: Lincoln County (19-12), Boyle County (10-15)
  • 46th District: East Jessamine (26-4), West Jessamine (18-12)
  • 47th District: Pulaski County (20-10), Casey County (4-26)
  • 48th District: Southwestern (23-8), Wayne County (17-14)

Girls

  • 45th District: Lincoln County (20-9), Danville (21-6)
  • 46th District: Mercer County (25-5), Burgin (13-17)
  • 47th District: Casey County (16-14), Pulaski County (21-10)
  • 48th District: Wayne County (17-14), Southwestern (21-8)

The Boyle, West Jessamine and Casey boys and the Danville and Pulaski girls were not in last year’s regionals.

Three of the four girls district finals will be played Thursday. The exception is the 45th, which will be played Friday. All four boys finals are also Friday.

The girls regional begins Monday at Lincoln County; the boys regional begins Wednesday at Pulaski County. Pairings for both tournaments will be drawn Saturday, and the results of those draws will be posted here by mid-afternoon Saturday.

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KHSAA adds bass fishing as varsity sport

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has added bass fishing to its roster of varsity sports.

KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett announced Wednesday that bass fishing would be sanctioned beginning in the 2012-13 school year, with the first state competition scheduled for April 2013.

“Not only does it seem like a natural fit, given the number of Kentuckians of all ages who enjoy fishing and the outdoors, but it also allows us to reach one more group of students who may not already participate in an extracurricular activity and give them a chance to be part of a team,” Tackett said in a KHSAA news release.

Bass fishing is the third “sport-activity” the KHSAA has added in recent years, joining archery and bowling. Kentucky becomes only the second state to offer bass fishing as a varsity sport, joining Illinois.

The regular season will be contested from late February through mid-April, with postseason competition in late April. The first state championship will be held at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky.

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Burgin coach’s career ends with district defeat

The career of longtime Burgin boys basketball coach Don Irvine ended tonight when his Bulldogs lost to West Jessamine 62-46 in a 46th District Tournament semifinal at Harrodsburg.

Burgin finished at 22-9, making this the winningest season in Irvine’s 21 years and 24 seasons as a head coach at Burgin, Augusta and McLean County. (He coached boys and girls teams simultaneously in three seasons.)

Irvine’s final record is 280-386.

The coach affectionately knows as “The Legend” announced his plans to retire before this season, and while he hasn’t closed the door on returning to basketball down the road, this is good-bye for now to a coach who found his niche at small schools, who has excelled as a teacher of the game and a mentor to countless young men and women and who might be unparalled as a storyteller at any level of coaching.

We’ll miss you, Don.

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Boyle, Danville wrestlers in state tournament

Five wrestlers from Boyle County and three from Danville will compete today in the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Lexington.

The tournament has been shortened from three days to two thanks to its new venue at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, where the large arena floor allows space for six mats.

Here are the local competitors, listed by weight class:

  • 106: Lucas McCain, Boyle County
  • 126: Daniel Lannum, Danville
  • 145: Zack Cope, Boyle County
  • 152: Kody Wade, Boyle County
  • 160: Dallin Tritapoe, Boyle County
  • 170: Rhodes Bell, Danville
  • 220: Austin Muntz, Boyle County
  • 285: Elliott Porter, Danville

Competition begins at 10 a.m. today with rounds 1 and 2. The third round begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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Advocate-area district tournament pairings

The basketball postseason is almost upon us, with the regular season wrapping up this week and district tournament play beginning next week, and the tournament schedules are set for the three districts that include Advocate-area teams.

The only significant deviation from form is in the 45th District, where the Kentucky School for the Deaf girls will participate in the postseason for the first time since 2006 and where the order of games has been changed.

The games between the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds have been moved up to Monday, Feb. 20, and the games between the 4 and 5 seeds are pushed back to Tuesday, Feb. 21. This was done as a concession to KSD, whose campus will be closed on Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day.

It means that a No. 4 or 5 seed will have to win three games in four days to win the tournament, while a 1 seed will have to win twice in three days and a 2 or 3 seed will have to win twice in five days.

It’s an unusual situation, brought about because the postseason is beginning a week earlier than usual. But it’s not unreasonable in this case to accommodate KSD, where bringing the players in a day before they would normally return from their weekend trips home creates much more of a logistical problem than it would at other schools.

Here are the schedules for the 45th, 46th and 47th districts, with seeds in parentheses, as well as the anticipated dates for the regional tournaments:

BOYS

45th District

At Lincoln County

Monday, Feb. 20

Boyle County (3) vs. Garrard County (2), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Kentucky School f/t Deaf (5) vs. Danville (4), 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

KSD-Danville winner vs. Lincoln County (1), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23

Championship, 7:30 p.m

46th District

At Mercer County

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Mercer County (4) vs. East Jessamine (1), 6 p.m.

Burgin (3) vs. West Jessamine (2), 7:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24

Championship, 7 p.m.

47th District

At Rockcastle County

Monday, Feb. 20

Rockcastle County (4) vs. Pulaski County (1), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Casey County (3) vs. Somerset (2), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

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12th Region Tournament

At Pulaski County

Feb. 29, March 1, 5-6

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GIRLS

45th District

At Lincoln County

Monday, Feb. 20

Garrard County (3) vs. Danville (2), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Kentucky School f/t Deaf (5) vs. Boyle County (4), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

KSD-Boyle County winner vs. Lincoln County (1), 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23

Championship, 6 p.m

46th District

At Mercer County

Monday, Feb. 20

East Jessamine (4) vs. Mercer County (1), 6 p.m.

West Jessamine (3) vs. Burgin (2), 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Championship, 7 p.m.

47th District

At Rockcastle County

Monday, Feb. 20

Somerset (4) vs. Casey County (1), 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Pulaski County (3) vs. Rockcastle County (2), 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

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12th Region Tournament

At Lincoln County

Feb. 27-28, March 2-3

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