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Hale helps Jackets break out of slump with two-hitter

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Brandon Hale was a one-man slump buster for the visiting Middlesboro Yellow Jackets on Wednesday in a 14-0 rout of Harlan.The junior pitcher/first baseman tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning, supplying more than enough offense by himself with two doubles and two singles in a six-RBI performance.“He had a heck of a day at the plate,” Middlesboro coach John Smith said. “We have been struggling all year, and nobody is worried about Middlesboro now. We’re kicking it all over the field and letting teams stay in it that shouldn’t. We stayed back a little better today on the off-speed stuff and hit it hard. I hope we’re moving in the right direction.

 

Jenkins shuts out Lady Jackets in district showdown

Middlesboro’s Madison Shields was the more overpowering pitcher on the night with 13 strikeouts, compared to three for Harlan County’s Destinee Jenkins, but it was the Lady Bears’ eighth grader who was the most effective, pitching a one-hitter for her fourth shutout of the season as Harlan County won 5-0 on Friday at Middlesboro.Harlan County (10-4) took control in the race for the 52nd District’s top seed with its third district win in three games....

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Bears salvage one win in Tomahawk Classic

Harlan County salvaged one win out of three games over the weekend at the National Guard Tomahawk Classic at Madison Central HIgh School, defeating Madison Southern 11-7 after falling to Madison Central 9-2 earlier in the day and losing to Lafayette 5-0 on Friday night.Errors and unearned runs continued to be a problem for the Bears, who had four errors against the Eagles, leading to six unearned runs. Freshman lefthander Jared Sizemore overcame the mistakes to earn his sixth win i...

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Ledford’s game-winning hit helps Lady Dragons end skid

It had been so long since his Harlan Lady Dragons had won, coach Scott Lewis was beginning to wonder if they had forgotten how.Harlan showed the resiliency and grit that had been lacking during a recent five-game losing streak stretching back to late March, coming from behind three times Thursday to edge visiting Letcher Central 10-9.“We needed this one bad,” Lewis said. “We had let games slip away. It seemed like we came back with some energy tonight. ...

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By John Henson jhenson@civitasmedia.com

A year away from football convinced Aaron Caldwell he wasn’t ready to give up the game, and the competition that comes with it, for the rest of his life.Caldwell, a 2013 Harlan County High School graduate, signed with the University of the Cumberlands and will join a program that advanced all the way to the NAIA national finals a year ago. The Patriots were 13-1 last season, falling to Grand View University 35-23 in the NAIA championship game for their only loss.&#...

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Black Bears pound out 10-2 win at Bell

Harlan County put up five runs in the top of the first inning an coasted to a 10-2 win at Bell County on Wednesday.The Black Bears got and RBI double from Sawyer Fields and RBI singles from Connor Leisge, Zach Doss and Brendan Rutherford in the top of the first inning and also got bit of help from three Bobcat errors, including two in the outfield during the inning.“No disrespect to Bell County, but we had a point to make tonight with the bats. We hit it the other ...

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Fast start not enough to stop Harlan’s skid

A four-run first inning got Harlan off to a great start Tuesday, but Cumberland Gap took over from there and pulled away for a 10-4 victory.Madison Noe and Anna Karst opened the game with singles and both scored on Madison Brewer’s double. Jourdan Ledford followed with an RBI single. Shanae Thomas also had an RBI.The Harlan offense was led by Noe with two hits. Karst, Brewer and Ledford each added one hit.Noe suffered the loss on the mound as she gave up...

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LOCAL SPORTS

Lady Skins knock off Clay, MiddlesboroThe Cumberland Lady Skins extended their winning streak to six with wins at Clay County on Friday and over Middlesboro on Saturday at home.Clay County had been undefeated and had only allowed five runs this season prior to Cumberlands 8-3 victory over the Lady Tigers. Kacie Russell had another strong performance on the mound, going six innings and allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks.The Lady S...

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Little League schedules, rosters

Harlan Little LeagueDon’s A’sCoach Keith BrewerJonathan Blevins, Caleb Brewer, Tristan Cooper, Michael Creech, Breydy Daniels, Eddie Harmon, Jay Harris, Samuel Henson, Andrew Hoskins, Jeremiah Mills, Riley Murphy, Gavin Powers and Dillon Cornett.Fuelco YankeesCoach Rod SergentMatt Brown, Jacob Brown, Shane Hagle, Bryce Helton, Layne Jones, Gabriel Powers, Isiah Hall, Kanyan Hall, Matt Jones, Carson Murray, Takota Ha...

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KHSAA football realignment proposal released

Harlan will return to District 7 of Class A after four years away while Harlan County will remain in District 8 of 5A in the new Kentucky High School Athletic Associational football realignment draft released Tuesday.The KHSAA reshuffles the state’s football playing schools every four years and the new alignment will run from 2015 to 2018, after it is finalized by the KHSAA board.Harlan County has won the last four DIstrict 8 titles in 5A, the longest run for a loc...

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Middlesboro graduate selected to lead Jackets’ football program

Middlesboro has turned to one of the players from its glory days to lead the football program. Zach Massengill was formally introduced as the new Yellow Jacket head coach on Friday.Massengill played four years at MHS as a running back and linebacker and started on the 1998 state championship team as well as the 1997 and 1999 teams that finished as state semifinalists. He went on to play at Campbellsville University and after graduating began his coaching career at Boyle County High...

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Leisge battles through mistakes as Bears edge Bell

Good pitchers know how to capitalize on solid defense behind them to find a way to win.Great pitchers can sometimes find a way to win even when their defense isn’t very good.Harlan County senior righthander Connor Leisge bailed out his defense on a couple of occasions late in a 2-1 win Monday over visiting Bell County. The Black Bears had four errors, including three in the final two innings, but the HCHS ace left the runners stranded as he finished off a complete ...

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