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John Henson

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Featuring a balanced mixture of youth and experience, the Harlan Lady Dragons like their chances of making 2015 a breakthrough season.
“We have a big freshmen crew (eight of 18 players on the roster) coming in, and I hope they bring a little fire to energize our team,” Harlan coach Scott Lewis said. “We also have good experience.

Lady Dragons seek consistency

Featuring a balanced mixture of youth and experience, the Harlan Lady Dragons like their chances of making 2015 a breakthrough season. “We have a big freshmen crew (eight of 18 players on the roster) coming in, and I hope they bring a little fire to energize our team,” Harlan coach Scott Lewis said. “We also have good experience.

On a night when offenses dominated, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets scored in six of seven innings and pounded out 19 hits to advance in the 13th Region All “A” Classic with a 19-9 win Monday at Harlan.
Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led the Middlesboro offense with two doubles and two singles. Bailey Hensley added a double and two

Lady Jackets advance with win over Harlan

On a night when offenses dominated, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets scored in six of seven innings and pounded out 19 hits to advance in the 13th Region All “A” Classic with a 19-9 win Monday at Harlan. Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led the Middlesboro offense with two doubles and two singles. Bailey Hensley added a double and two

HARLAN — On a night when offenses dominated, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets scored in six of seven innings and pounded out 19 hits to advance in the 13th Region All “A” Classic with a 19-9 win Monday at Harlan.
Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led the Middlesboro offense with two doubles and two singles. Bailey Hensley added a

Lady Jackets advance

HARLAN — On a night when offenses dominated, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets scored in six of seven innings and pounded out 19 hits to advance in the 13th Region All “A” Classic with a 19-9 win Monday at Harlan. Junior first baseman Lauren Spurlock led the Middlesboro offense with two doubles and two singles. Bailey Hensley added a

Limited to one hit through four innings by Corbin's Conner Hicks, the Harlan County offense looked like it was taking the night off Tuesday as the visiting Hounds were up 3-0 and in control.
Chance Brown, a senior outfielder, provided the wake up call with a leadoff double to start the fifth inning. Five hits and a few Corbin mistakes later, the B

Bears defeat Corbin

Limited to one hit through four innings by Corbin's Conner Hicks, the Harlan County offense looked like it was taking the night off Tuesday as the visiting Hounds were up 3-0 and in control. Chance Brown, a senior outfielder, provided the wake up call with a leadoff double to start the fifth inning. Five hits and a few Corbin mistakes later, the B

Harlan County split a weekend set of games at home against two of the 14th Region's best teams, defeating Letcher Central 5-2 on Friday before falling 5-3 on Saturday to Estill County.
Chance Brown and Sawyer Fields each had two-RBI hits to lead Harlan County's 11-hit attack against Letcher Central.
Brown and Zach Doss each had a double and singl

HC split

Harlan County split a weekend set of games at home against two of the 14th Region's best teams, defeating Letcher Central 5-2 on Friday before falling 5-3 on Saturday to Estill County. Chance Brown and Sawyer Fields each had two-RBI hits to lead Harlan County's 11-hit attack against Letcher Central. Brown and Zach Doss each had a double and singl

Harlan watched a win slip away in game one of a doubleheader when visiting Barbourville scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally for an 8-6 victory Saturday at Harlan. The Green Dragons avoided a repeat in the nightcap, even though Barbourville scored seven runs in the seventh inning before Austin Wilson recorded the final out to preserve a 1

Harlan, Barbourville split doubleheader

Harlan watched a win slip away in game one of a doubleheader when visiting Barbourville scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally for an 8-6 victory Saturday at Harlan. The Green Dragons avoided a repeat in the nightcap, even though Barbourville scored seven runs in the seventh inning before Austin Wilson recorded the final out to preserve a 1

With back-to-back 20-win seasons, the Harlan Green Dragons know what success feels like after several years of struggles.
The next step for the Dragons is to win more of the games that matter most.
Harlan was 13-3 in games outside the 13th Region last year but 7-10 against regional opponents, a one-game improvement from a season ago. The Dragons

HHS ready for next step

With back-to-back 20-win seasons, the Harlan Green Dragons know what success feels like after several years of struggles. The next step for the Dragons is to win more of the games that matter most. Harlan was 13-3 in games outside the 13th Region last year but 7-10 against regional opponents, a one-game improvement from a season ago. The Dragons

LEXINGTON — With Knott Central's Camron Justice and Bell County's Maci Morris giving this year's Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards Ceremony a definite eastern Kentucky flavor, it was fitting that the color guard featured in the opening ceremony Tuesday at the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center, next to Rupp Arena, was also one of eastern

HCHS Color Guard presents

LEXINGTON — With Knott Central's Camron Justice and Bell County's Maci Morris giving this year's Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards Ceremony a definite eastern Kentucky flavor, it was fitting that the color guard featured in the opening ceremony Tuesday at the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center, next to Rupp Arena, was also one of eastern

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New Harlan opens season with victory Gabe Price pitched four strong inning and Benjamin Lewis led a six-hit attack with a pair of singles as New Harlan opened the middle school baseball season with a 7-2 win over visiting Cumberland. Price struck out three and walked three in four innings. Josh Burkhart gave up two hits in two shutout innings.

LEXINGTON — After a 69-year break between state tournament appearances, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets were ready to show they belonged in their opening-round matchup Wednesday against Doss.
Williamsburg reeled off 13 unanswered points to open the game and never trailed until the fourth quarter when the Dragons, champions of the 6th Region,

Jackets' run ends

LEXINGTON — After a 69-year break between state tournament appearances, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets were ready to show they belonged in their opening-round matchup Wednesday against Doss. Williamsburg reeled off 13 unanswered points to open the game and never trailed until the fourth quarter when the Dragons, champions of the 6th Region,

With four straight 20-plus win seasons to their credit and three 52nd District championships in that four-year span, it's safe to say the Harlan County baseball program has been established as one of the 13th Region's elite.
Whether they can stay there is the next question for the Bears, who have lost some of the best pitchers in county history ov

HCHS seeks to stay in race

With four straight 20-plus win seasons to their credit and three 52nd District championships in that four-year span, it's safe to say the Harlan County baseball program has been established as one of the 13th Region's elite. Whether they can stay there is the next question for the Bears, who have lost some of the best pitchers in county history ov

To illustrate how strong the 52nd District was during the 2014-2015 season, one need look no farther than the 13th Region Coaches Association All-Region Teams announced last week.
Of the 10-girl first team, six players are from 52nd District teams, led by player of the year Maci Morris, who recently helped Bell County win its first 13th Region Tou

Morris heads all-region team

To illustrate how strong the 52nd District was during the 2014-2015 season, one need look no farther than the 13th Region Coaches Association All-Region Teams announced last week. Of the 10-girl first team, six players are from 52nd District teams, led by player of the year Maci Morris, who recently helped Bell County win its first 13th Region Tou

Russell powers HCHS in rout to open season

Coming off a district championship and regional semifinal finish, the Harlan County Lady Bears started the 2015 season in impressive fashion Thursday with a 13-0 win at Knox Central. “We came out hitting the ball, putting it in play, and I was really pleased with how some of our younger players performed,” Harlan County coach Tim McEly

Four members of the 52nd District champion Harlan County basketball team were selected to the 13th Region Boys Basketball Coaches Association All Region Teams.
All four were selected to the second team, including sophomore guards Treyce Spurlock and Cameron Carmical, senior center Tyler Miller and senior guard Cody Bumgardner. The Bears posted an

Smith leads all-region team

Four members of the 52nd District champion Harlan County basketball team were selected to the 13th Region Boys Basketball Coaches Association All Region Teams. All four were selected to the second team, including sophomore guards Treyce Spurlock and Cameron Carmical, senior center Tyler Miller and senior guard Cody Bumgardner. The Bears posted an

At the cost of signing only one player, Harlan senior Tanner Morris provides a bargain for the Union College football program with his ability to play numerous positions.
“We were impressed with his athletic ability,” said Union College assistant coach Andre Linn. “He can run and throw and has an impressive knowledge of the game.

Bound for the Bulldogs

At the cost of signing only one player, Harlan senior Tanner Morris provides a bargain for the Union College football program with his ability to play numerous positions. “We were impressed with his athletic ability,” said Union College assistant coach Andre Linn. “He can run and throw and has an impressive knowledge of the game.

CORBIN — Maci Morris added the fairy tale ending to a high school basketball story that had featured everything except what she wanted most.
Morris and her Bell County Lady Cats shook off the disappointment of crushing losses to eventual champ Corbin the past two years (in the finals in 2013 and semifinals in 2014) to capture the first 13th

History made in Bell

CORBIN — Maci Morris added the fairy tale ending to a high school basketball story that had featured everything except what she wanted most. Morris and her Bell County Lady Cats shook off the disappointment of crushing losses to eventual champ Corbin the past two years (in the finals in 2013 and semifinals in 2014) to capture the first 13th

CORBIN — Until injuries kept him from playing most of his senior season, Knox Central guard Jeffery Adams was recognized as perhaps the best 3-pointer shooter in the 13th Region.
Harlan County coach Michael Jones tried to take no chances on letting Adams heat up in their 13th Region Tournament game Friday at The Arena as the Black Bears made

Knox beats Harlan County in OT

CORBIN — Until injuries kept him from playing most of his senior season, Knox Central guard Jeffery Adams was recognized as perhaps the best 3-pointer shooter in the 13th Region. Harlan County coach Michael Jones tried to take no chances on letting Adams heat up in their 13th Region Tournament game Friday at The Arena as the Black Bears made

CORBIN — If Bell County was going to win Wednesday's opening game in the 13th Region Tournament, Barbourville coach Dinky Phipps was determined they were going to have to do it by hitting perimeter shots.
With his trademark 2-3 zone packed tightly around standout Bell junior center Zach Partin, Phipps invited the Bobcats to shoot open jumper

Tigers triumph over Bell

CORBIN — If Bell County was going to win Wednesday's opening game in the 13th Region Tournament, Barbourville coach Dinky Phipps was determined they were going to have to do it by hitting perimeter shots. With his trademark 2-3 zone packed tightly around standout Bell junior center Zach Partin, Phipps invited the Bobcats to shoot open jumper

CORBIN — A former standout point guard himself at Cumberland High School in the 1980s, Harlan coach Derrick Akal knows the value of an experienced backcourt, especially in the postseason.
Corbin rode a savvy group of guards to back-to-back regional championships in 2013 and 2014, capped by a win over Akal's young Lady Dragons in last year's

Harlan holds off Lady Hounds

CORBIN — A former standout point guard himself at Cumberland High School in the 1980s, Harlan coach Derrick Akal knows the value of an experienced backcourt, especially in the postseason. Corbin rode a savvy group of guards to back-to-back regional championships in 2013 and 2014, capped by a win over Akal's young Lady Dragons in last year's

Knott Central upsets Leslie

HINDMAN — Leslie County picked an awful time for an off night. The senior-dominated Lady Eagles, unbeaten against 14th Region competition this season and the favorite going into the regional tournament, suffered a heartbreaking loss in the first round Tuesday to tournament host Knott Central. The Lady Patriots rallied in the second half and





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