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Blackcats knock off Tigers 74-61 in overtime

December 12, 2011

The Prestonsburg Blackcats, coming off a stinging loss to Letcher County in their season opener, faced off with Paintsville on Tuesday. The two teams swapped the lead several times, but the Blackcats' grit overcame a deficit of 8 at the half to end regulation tied at 60 each.

They cranked up the heat in overtime, running 14-1 and deciding the game 74-61 to give Prestonsburg its first win of the season--and the first win for new coach James DeRossett.

Four Blackcats topped 10 points in the effort, led by Jarredd Jarrell's contribution of 18.

Paintsville will get second chance to topple Prestonsburg in the regular season finale, scheduled for February 17.

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Basketball


Hazard uses rushing game, turnovers to claim first state football championship

December 5, 2011

The Hazard Bulldogs now have something they've never had before: the class 1A state championship, and all the pride and bragging rights to go along with it. The 24-6 victory over the Mayfield Cardinals on Friday was thanks in no small part to quarterback Zack Blanton. A 28-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs a lead they never looked back from. The Hazard line combined for 144 rushing yards (to 26 for the Cardinals) and five interceptions.

The game was a night-and-day rematch of the 47-6 rout that gave Mayfield the title over Hazard in the 1A final just last year.

"I told them back home we was hungry," Blanton said. "Hard work, determination — that's what it gets you."

Filed under: Hazard High School | Football


UPike/Mountain State basketball game turns into fistfight

November 17, 2011

What many thought would be a rematch of last season's NAIA national championship between UPike and Mountain State at the Expo Center turned into a brawl after a foul was called on Jamar Board. We're told that another player threw a basketball at Board after a foul was called and the benches cleared and punches were thrown. Mountain State's Head Coach Bob Bolen reportedly threw a punch at UPike Coach Kelly Wells. Both coaches and the player that threw the basketball were ejected from the game.

Filed under: University of Pikeville | Mountain State | Basketball


Your Friday night lights update for 11/3

November 3, 2011

In Friday night lights the Prestonsburg Black Cats will host Danville this evening for the Q95FM Game of the Week. The Cats are 5 and 5 on the season going into tonight’s match and Danville’s 7 and 3. That game will be heard on Q95FM tonight, coverage starting around 7:00 p.m. Other games tonight include Pike Central hosting Magoffin County, Belfry hosting Jackson County, Sheldon traveling to Breathitt County, and South Floyd’s on the road to Raceland.

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Football


MSU defeats EKU, claims OVC volleyball title

November 2, 2011

Morehead State’s volleyball program accumulated more impressive numbers on their way to another OVC championship against hosts EKU. Led by impressive performances by freshmen Alex Fuelling and Colbey Cameron, junior Ellie Roberson, and redshirt Emma Keough, the Eagles toppled EKU for the 12th consecutive match between the two. The 2011 OVC title is now theirs, after a 20-6 season (15-1 in the OVC).

For the first three sets, EKU came out swinging, eking out substantial leads. They won the first nail-biter set 25-27, and looked poised to repeat in the second, but the Eagles rallied to win it 25-22. In the third, MSU again overcame an EKU advantage to win 25-20, and dominated the fourth 25-16 despite a late charge by EKU.

They hope to parlay the momentum from the 3-1 win into similar efforts this weekend, starting against Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. Friday.

Filed under: Morehead State University | Eastern Kentucky University | Volleyball


Cards roll over Bears 74-55

October 27, 2011

The UPike Bears fought tooth and nail, but ultimately came up short against U of L in the season-opening exhibition at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville hit a disappointing 41.2% overall, but it was enough to trump the Bears, who struggled all night and hit only 29.2%. The Cardinals took a commanding 16-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, though the Bears cut it down to as little as six. In the second, that lead was never less than 11 points, and the final score: 74-55.

The Cardinals’ regular season begins with a Nov. 11 home game against Tennessee-Martin, and UPike’s kicks off at home Saturday against Union College.

Filed under: University of Pikeville | University of Louisville | Basketball


Allen Central reclaims the regional volleyball championship

October 23, 2011

The Allen Central Lady Rebels earned some serious vindication at the 15th Region volleyball tournament, winning their second regional title in three years. After having lost the 58th District title to South Floyd, they rallied through regionals for a rematch with another title on the line. In two consecutive sets, they dispatched the Raiders 25-18 and 25-21 to go 2-0 and clinch.

Katie Kendrick racked up the numbers to lead the Rebels to victory: 14 kills, 6 blocks, an assist and a dig.

They head now to Louisville to face 13th Region champs Corbin in the opening round of the state competition.

Filed under: Allen Central High School | South Floyd High School | Volleyball


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