Archive for April, 2012

All ‘A’ Classic baseball, softball updates

The Danville baseball team will miss the statewide All “A” Classic for the fifth consecutive year as a result of a 7-1 loss to Covington Holy Cross in a sectional game tonight between the 9th Region and 12th Region winners.

The ninth-ranked Admirals committed five errors, had only four hits and had three runners thrown out on the basepaths.

Meanwhile, the Danville softball team is gearing up for its appearance in the All “A” state tourney this weekend in Owensboro. The Lady Admirals, who went 1-2 in their state All “A” debut last season, will play Jenkins, Gallatin County and Nicholas County in their four-team pool Saturday at Jack Fisher Park.

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Two basketball coaches with local ties leave jobs

Two boys basketball coaches who left their footprints in this area have left their coaching positions, one willingly and one unwillingly:

  • Justin Yeary, a former Boyle County player who presided over a turnaround at Paul Dunbar, resigned unexpectedly after two seasons, Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The Bulldogs were 3-22 in the 2009-10 season before Yeary came on board, and they went 10-19 and 17-15 in his two seasons.
  • Mark Starns, a former coach at Burgin, was fired at Henderson County, Kevin Patton of The (Henderson) Gleaner reported. Starns was 99-45 in five seasons at Henderson, including 18-15 this season.
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State baseball, softball pairings set

It will be much more difficult for a 12th Region baseball team to put together the kind of state tournament run enjoyed last year by Mercer County, which made it all the way to the state finals before falling to Central Hardin.

Parings for the state baseball tournament and state softball tournament were drawn today, and the baseball draw did the 12th Region no favors. The 12th Region champion will play the winner of the 7th Region in the first round of the state tournament June 4 in Lexington.

The 7th Region is home to six of the 26 teams currently ranked in the latest Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, including No. 1 Male. There’s also No. 3 St. Xavier, No. 8 Eastern, No. 15 Louisville Christian, No. 20 Trinity and No. 22 Ballard. The 12th Region’s only ranked teams are No. 9 Danville and No. 12 West Jessamine.

The 12th Region fared better in the softball draw, landing a first-round game against the winner of the 8th Region on June 7 in Owensboro. Neither the 8th nor the 12th Region has any teams ranked in the current Kentucky Softball Coaches Association poll. Oldham County (8th), Boyle County (12th) and Pulaski County (12th) are the only teams receiving votes from those regions.

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State baseball, softball draws today

The KHSAA will draw the pairings for the state baseball and softball tournaments during a live webcast at 2 p.m. today.

The draws can be seen on www.khsaa.tv, and parings will be posted to the KHSAA scoreboard soon after their completion.

The state baseball tournament is June 4-9 in Lexington; the state softball tournament is June 7-9 in Owensboro.

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KHSAA board approves running clock for basketball

Did you ever wish that blowout basketball game would just end already? Now it will, thanks to a rule change adopted today by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control.

It was one of three significant moves made today by the board, which also set the dates for this fall’s state football finals and completed its alteration of the postseason soccer format. (Details on both moves are below.)

But the headliner is the new mercy rule in basketball. Beginning next season, high school games at all levels (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) will feature a running clock once the margin reaches 35 points in the second half.

Once the margin reaches 35 points and the rule kicks in, the clock will stop only for charged timeouts, stoppages due to injury or blood and free-throw attempts. Once the official signals for the timer to stop the clock, it will start on the last missed free throw or once the ball is touched inbounds.

“This change helps ensure that the proper level of sportsmanship is emphasized, without having an impact on winning and losing,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. “There are countless stories detailed about ‘out-of-hand’ contests and the negative impact on school and working relationships.”

Kentucky already uses mercy rules in football, soccer, baseball and softball, and adding one for basketball is a good idea, too. I’m a little surprised that the score at which the rule takes effect is as low as it is, but on the other hand it’s virtually impossible for a team that’s down by 35 to come back in 16 minutes or less with no shot clock.

Football finals set

The KHSAA board approved the dates for this season’s six championship games, which will once again be played in Bowling Green at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium:

  • Friday, Nov. 30: Classes 1A, 3A and 4A.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1: Classes 2A, 5A and 6A.

Game times were not announced.

The regular season opens Aug. 17, with the playoffs starting Nov. 2.

Soccer postseason changes

The state soccer tournaments will expand to eight teams this season, with a one-game semi-state round replacing the sub-sectional and sectional rounds.

Winners of the 16 regions will advance to the semi-state round. The 12th Region winners of the 12th Region, which includes all Advocate-area teams under the new alignment taking effect this year) will play teams from the 9th, 10th or 11th Regions under a six-year rotation.

The semi-state winners will advance to the state tournament, where pairings will be determined by blind draw.

“This is something our soccer coaches and advisory committee had explored for several years – finding a way to make this happen,” KHSAA assistant commissioner Michael Barren said in the release. “We are pleased with the solution the Board has approved and we will give it a chance to allow soccer to grow.”

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All about All-State basketball

Two Advocate-area girls were named on the various All-State basketball teams released within the past few days.

The Associated Press, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader all announced their All-State teams within the past five days, and all three of them include either Megan Pittman of Casey County or Emily Fox of Lincoln County — or both — among the honorees:

  • Both Pittman and Fox were voted to the Associated Press second team by sports writers and sportscasters. The AP has first and second teams consisting of five players each plus ties.
  • Fox made the second team and Pittman made the third team in the Courier-Journal, which has three teams of 10 players each voted by coaches.
  • Pittman made the second team in the Herald-Leader, which has two teams of 10 players each plus ties voted by coaches.

A handful of players also received honorable mention:

  • Savannah Taylor of Mercer County by the AP.
  • Taylor, Devin Conley of Garrard County and Essence Grey and Kasey Young of Danville in the Courier-Journal.
  • Fox in the Herald-Leader.

No local boys made an All-State team or received honorable mention.

 

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