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Kim Creech | Daily EnterpriseTeam members include, from left, bottom row: Sophia Sergent, Alyson Edwards, Chelsey Caldwell, Kimber Collins, Gracie Dean, Chelsea Noe and Miranda Cook; middle row: Ellee Middleton, Yee Rim Choi, Natalie Middleton, Lindsey Hatmaker, Maryan Caldwell, Elyse Turner, Haley Blakley, Valaree Day, Katelyn Reynolds and Keristan Hall; back row: coach Donna Vicini, coach Bonita Duncan, Candice Huff, Charleigh Mefford, Brittany Clem, Celina Hatmaker, Shelby Cowan and coach Jennifer Hilton.
Kim Creech | Daily EnterpriseTeam members include, from left, bottom row: Sophia Sergent, Alyson Edwards, Chelsey Caldwell, Kimber Collins, Gracie Dean, Chelsea Noe and Miranda Cook; middle row: Ellee Middleton, Yee Rim Choi, Natalie Middleton, Lindsey Hatmaker, Maryan Caldwell, Elyse Turner, Haley Blakley, Valaree Day, Katelyn Reynolds and Keristan Hall; back row: coach Donna Vicini, coach Bonita Duncan, Candice Huff, Charleigh Mefford, Brittany Clem, Celina Hatmaker, Shelby Cowan and coach Jennifer Hilton.
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HCHS roster

12 Brittany Clem 23

12 Shelby Cowan 26

12 Celina Hatmaker 9

12 Candice Huff 12

12 Charleigh Mefford 30

11 Maryan Caldwell 7

11 Kierstan Hall 25

11 Katelyn Reynolds 11

10 Haley Blakley 4

10 Valaree Day 29

10 Lindsey Hatmaker 5

10 Ellee Middleton 14

10 Natalie Middleton 45

10 Elyse Turner 33

9 Chelsey Caldwell 32

9 Kimber Collins 42

9 Miranda Cook 6

9 Gracie Dean 24

9 Alyson Edwards 2

9 Chelsey Noe 28

9 Sophia Sergent 17

HCHS schedule

Aug. 18 at Jenkins

Aug. 19 Whitley County

Aug. 21 at Corbin

Aug. 25 at Perry Central

Aug. 26 Leslie County

Aug. 28 Bell County

Sept. 2 at Middlesboro

Sept. 4 at Whitley County

Sept. 6 Leslie County Inv.

Sept. 8 at Bell County

Sept. 9 Harlan

Sept. 15 Perry Central

Sept. 18 Clay County

Sept. 23 at Harlan

Sept. 25 Knox Central

Sept. 29 Jenkins

Sept. 30 Knott Central

Oct. 2 Middlesboro

Oct. 7 at Knox Central

Oct. 9 Knott Central

Oct. 16 at Leslie County



After two straight district titles and back-to-back trips to the regional semifinals, the Harlan County Lady Bears have set the bar high for the 2014 squad.


“I expect our girls to be there at the end,” said Harlan County coach Donna Vicini, who has led HCHS to three district titles in the past four seasons. “We still have some work ahead of us to get back to where we were at the end of last season, but I think we will get there. I am really hopeful this will be a good year.


Three starters are back for the Lady Bears, including seniors Brittany Clem and Charleigh Mefford and 6-foot-1 junior Katelyn Reynolds.


“It’s a balanced team,” Vicini said. “These girls really improve a lot from their freshmen year to their junior and senior years.”


Candice Huff, Celina Hatmaker and Shelby Cowan, the Lady Bears’ other three seniors, are expected to round out the lineup.


“These girls play together, and I think we’ll have a good year. All our girls are making progress” Vicini said. “Our spikers have really improved and our setters are doing a good job. Celina has improved tremendously, and Candice and Shelby are also going to be very important to our success this year.”


Harlan County remains the favorite in the 52nd District as the only team last year to post a winning record. Middlesboro finished 5-21 overall and 0-8 in district competition. Harlan was 6-22 overall and 2-6 in the district. Bell County finished 13-16 overall and 7-3 in the district, including a loss to Harlan County in the district finals.


“I think we have a good chance at doing very well again,” Vicini said. “We picked up a lot of freshmen to keep the program building.”


Harlan County opened its schedule Aug. 18 against Jenkins and played host to defending regional champ Whitley County on Aug. 19.

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