John Henson

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The competition and the pressure will pick up quite a bit when the Harlan County Lady Bears begin their season, officially, on Monday against 13th Region heavyweight Clay County.
The Lady Bears' final, unofficial, tuneup was impressive Monday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama as HCHS won each quarter in rolling to a 72-24 victory.

Freshmen power Lady Bears to win

The competition and the pressure will pick up quite a bit when the Harlan County Lady Bears begin their season, officially, on Monday against 13th Region heavyweight Clay County. The Lady Bears' final, unofficial, tuneup was impressive Monday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama as HCHS won each quarter in rolling to a 72-24 victory.

Showing the balance and versatility that could make them one of the 13th Region's most improved teams, the Harlan County Black Bears rolled past visiting Pineville 77-53 on Monday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama.
Senior point guard Cody Bumgardner scored 14 points to lead the Black Bears and was followed by Cameron Carmical with 1

Balanced attack sends Bears past Pineville

Showing the balance and versatility that could make them one of the 13th Region's most improved teams, the Harlan County Black Bears rolled past visiting Pineville 77-53 on Monday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama. Senior point guard Cody Bumgardner scored 14 points to lead the Black Bears and was followed by Cameron Carmical with 1

The first session of the Black Bears Shootout on Nov. 15 gave every indication that this year's county seventh- and eighth-grade race is up for grabs as Cawood survived three competitive games to win the tournament.
The second session on Saturday made it clear that the Rosspoint Wildcats are a heavy favorite in the fifth- and sixth-grade division

Cats win Black Bears Shootout

The first session of the Black Bears Shootout on Nov. 15 gave every indication that this year's county seventh- and eighth-grade race is up for grabs as Cawood survived three competitive games to win the tournament. The second session on Saturday made it clear that the Rosspoint Wildcats are a heavy favorite in the fifth- and sixth-grade division

A six-minute stretch without points early proved to be the difference Friday for the Harlan Green Dragons in a Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama matchup against visiting Knox Central.
Harlan scored first on a basket by junior guard Caleb Hogue, but the visiting Panthers reeled off the next 13 points before Hogue scored again with 7:51 left

Slow start dooms Dragons in loss to KC

A six-minute stretch without points early proved to be the difference Friday for the Harlan Green Dragons in a Southeastern Kentucky Conference Panorama matchup against visiting Knox Central. Harlan scored first on a basket by junior guard Caleb Hogue, but the visiting Panthers reeled off the next 13 points before Hogue scored again with 7:51 left

From hearing the Kentucky basketball fans celebrate the Wildcats' blowout win Tuesday over Kansas it makes me wonder what's the point of going through the formality of playing the rest of the season.
The NCAA people can just mail the national championship trophy to Lexington, and everyone can just save a lot of time and trouble.
The only problem

Forget the season, just send the trophy to UK

From hearing the Kentucky basketball fans celebrate the Wildcats' blowout win Tuesday over Kansas it makes me wonder what's the point of going through the formality of playing the rest of the season. The NCAA people can just mail the national championship trophy to Lexington, and everyone can just save a lot of time and trouble. The only problem

Local basketball season begins with panoramas

The local basketball season will open over the next few days with the Southeastern Kentucky Conference panoramas at various locations around the region. Harlan will play host to Knox Central on Friday with the girls scrimmage set for 6 and the boys at 7:30. The Harlan Lady Dragons posted a 20-13 record last season and bring back point guard Jorda

If the first week of the regular season is any indication, picking a favorite for this year's county seventh- and eighth-grade championship isn't going to be easy.
Cawood looked like the best team Saturday with three hard-fought victories to capture the Black Bears Shootout title at Harlan County High School.
Colby Cochran topped double digits in

Cawood wins Black Bears Shootout

If the first week of the regular season is any indication, picking a favorite for this year's county seventh- and eighth-grade championship isn't going to be easy. Cawood looked like the best team Saturday with three hard-fought victories to capture the Black Bears Shootout title at Harlan County High School. Colby Cochran topped double digits in

WILLIAMSBURG — Perhaps someone, somewhere will be able to stop the explosive Williamsburg offense before the Yellow Jackets can win their first state championship in three weeks.
The Jackets' first 11 opponents had no luck, and neither did the Harlan Green Dragons on Friday in the second round of the Class A playoffs. Williamsburg scored on

Jackets coast past Harlan

WILLIAMSBURG — Perhaps someone, somewhere will be able to stop the explosive Williamsburg offense before the Yellow Jackets can win their first state championship in three weeks. The Jackets' first 11 opponents had no luck, and neither did the Harlan Green Dragons on Friday in the second round of the Class A playoffs. Williamsburg scored on

Even though he has prepared for some very good teams in his 22-year run as the Harlan football coach, J.B. Donahue hasn't seen many as dominating as the the 2014 Williamsburg Yellow Jackets, who his Green Dragons face Friday in the second round of the Class A playoffs.
“I definitely think they are a contender to go to the state finals from t

HHS to face unbeaten Jackets

Even though he has prepared for some very good teams in his 22-year run as the Harlan football coach, J.B. Donahue hasn't seen many as dominating as the the 2014 Williamsburg Yellow Jackets, who his Green Dragons face Friday in the second round of the Class A playoffs. “I definitely think they are a contender to go to the state finals from t

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Ledford, Huff lead Dragons to sweep Kilian Ledford scored 16 points as Harlan (2-0) overpowered visiting Pineville 47-17 on Thursday in seventh- and eighth-grade basketball action. A 21-point effort by Jackson Huff propelled the 2-0 Dragons to a 47-17 rout in the fifth- and sixth-grade game. Harlan won 44-21 in a fourth-grade game as Trent Noah

Normally a basketball strategy, a little game of keep away proved to be a successful approach for the Harlan Green Dragons on Friday in the first half of their Class A playoff game against visiting Berea.
Harlan ran 25 straight plays over three possessions, with the help of two onside kick recoveries, to build a 21-8 halftime lead on the way to a

Dragons roll up 470 yards in playoff rout

Normally a basketball strategy, a little game of keep away proved to be a successful approach for the Harlan Green Dragons on Friday in the first half of their Class A playoff game against visiting Berea. Harlan ran 25 straight plays over three possessions, with the help of two onside kick recoveries, to build a 21-8 halftime lead on the way to a

Tanner Morris vowed he wouldn't play through another 2-9 season with the Harlan Green Dragons as he looked ahead to the 2014 campaign.
“I expect to win at least five or six games,” Morris said in an early August discussion. “I think we'll go out of here on a good note. I think these young guys will help us succeed and will contin

Sparking a change

Tanner Morris vowed he wouldn't play through another 2-9 season with the Harlan Green Dragons as he looked ahead to the 2014 campaign. “I expect to win at least five or six games,” Morris said in an early August discussion. “I think we'll go out of here on a good note. I think these young guys will help us succeed and will contin

J.B. Donahue will take a walk down Central Street any day over a drive to central Kentucky for a first-round playoff game.
Harlan will open the playoffs at home Friday against Berea, a much more comfortable trip than a year ago when the Green Dragons traveled all the way to Campbellsville for a 46-13 loss. The Dragons haven't lost a first-round pl

Home, sweet home for HHS

J.B. Donahue will take a walk down Central Street any day over a drive to central Kentucky for a first-round playoff game. Harlan will open the playoffs at home Friday against Berea, a much more comfortable trip than a year ago when the Green Dragons traveled all the way to Campbellsville for a 46-13 loss. The Dragons haven't lost a first-round pl

The last time the Harlan County Black Bears saw Pulaski County on the football field there were lots of smiles and hugs and high fives when it was over. Harlan County won the 2012 Region 4 title by downing Pulaski 46-12, the third straight win over the Maroons in the postseason. Harlan County won its first regional title by beating Pulaski 35-21 in

Bears to face familiar opponent

The last time the Harlan County Black Bears saw Pulaski County on the football field there were lots of smiles and hugs and high fives when it was over. Harlan County won the 2012 Region 4 title by downing Pulaski 46-12, the third straight win over the Maroons in the postseason. Harlan County won its first regional title by beating Pulaski 35-21 in

School lists

ELLEN MYERS The following students have been named to the Ellen Myers Primary honor roll for the first nine weeks of 2014-2015 school year (*denotes principal's list): First grade *Jayla Bailey, *Riley Bain, *Alyssa Bruce, *Faith Daniels, *Raylen Ellison, *Braedon England, *Ryan Francois, *Maddie Hunley, *Nate Inman, *Jake Johnson, *Jaelynn Jone

Harlan's Mason Miller will be making his third trip and Harlan County's Steven Engle will be making his first when the state cross country meet opens Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Miller, a sophomore, finished fifth in the Region 6, Class A race with a time of 18.33. Williamsburg's Garrett Faulkner was the regional champion at

State bound

Harlan's Mason Miller will be making his third trip and Harlan County's Steven Engle will be making his first when the state cross country meet opens Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Miller, a sophomore, finished fifth in the Region 6, Class A race with a time of 18.33. Williamsburg's Garrett Faulkner was the regional champion at

With Kentucky's top freshman girls basketball player now wearing a Harlan County uniform, the chances are pretty good coaches from several big-time college basketball programs will be looking up directions for Rosspoint, Kentucky, over the next few years.
The first to make that trip was Louisville associate head coach Stephanie Norman, who was in

UofL coach visits HCHS

With Kentucky's top freshman girls basketball player now wearing a Harlan County uniform, the chances are pretty good coaches from several big-time college basketball programs will be looking up directions for Rosspoint, Kentucky, over the next few years. The first to make that trip was Louisville associate head coach Stephanie Norman, who was in

Playing their final home game before merging next year with Clintwood to form the new Ridgeview High School, the Haysi (Va.) Tigers weren't about to allow Harlan to spoil the special night.
Jalen Sykes passed for four touchdowns and the Haysi defense held the visiting Dragons scoreless on the way to a 35-0 victory Thursday.
Sykes started the scor

Bye, Bye Haysi

Playing their final home game before merging next year with Clintwood to form the new Ridgeview High School, the Haysi (Va.) Tigers weren't about to allow Harlan to spoil the special night. Jalen Sykes passed for four touchdowns and the Haysi defense held the visiting Dragons scoreless on the way to a 35-0 victory Thursday. Sykes started the scor

After an entire season as the county favorite, the Cawood Lady Comets and coach Emily Noe can finally relax following a 28-20 win over Rosspoint on Tuesday in the seventh- and eighth-grade county championship game at James A. Cawood Elementary School.
“You have all the pressure,” Noe said of being the preseason favorite. “I had g

Lady Comets complete perfect season

After an entire season as the county favorite, the Cawood Lady Comets and coach Emily Noe can finally relax following a 28-20 win over Rosspoint on Tuesday in the seventh- and eighth-grade county championship game at James A. Cawood Elementary School. “You have all the pressure,” Noe said of being the preseason favorite. “I had g

With second place in District 6 of Class A and a home playoff game secured, the Harlan Green Dragons step out of state Thursday for their regular season finale, a game that could go a long way in preparing them for the postseason
Harlan (4-4) will travel to Haysi, Va, for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against the 7-1 Tigers. Haysi was 13-1 last season

HHS closes against Haysi

With second place in District 6 of Class A and a home playoff game secured, the Harlan Green Dragons step out of state Thursday for their regular season finale, a game that could go a long way in preparing them for the postseason Harlan (4-4) will travel to Haysi, Va, for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against the 7-1 Tigers. Haysi was 13-1 last season





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