54th Laurel Bowl award winners


54th Laurel Bowl Pineville 28 Jackson County 8   Offensive Player of the Game: Pineville – Cody Scott / Jackson County – Dylan Martin Defensive Player of the Game: Pineville – Matt Golden / Jackson County – Jeff Isaacs     Photos by Ray Welch

Football: Bulldogs unable to extinguish the Fire

QB Alex Bell releases a pass during Saturday’s game against Southeastern, FL

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – A strong second half pushed No. 16 Southeastern (Fla.) past host Union College in a game that was more of a battle than the 62-21 final outcome might indicate.


The Fire (1-0 overall) jumped pout to an early 14-0 lead, but the Bulldogs (0-1) fought back, scoring right as the half ended to make it 31-21. However, Union was unable to keep pace in the second half as two drives ended without any points in the red zone as Southeastern logged the win.


It wasn’t quite the start head coach Andre Linn had envisioned, but he was pleased in his team’s performance.


“The final score gives no indication of how hard our guys played,” the Bulldog coach said. “We had some opportunities and chances, but the breaks didn’t go our way. Despite all that, our guys did not quit. I can not fault them on lack of effort; they gave it their all.”

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Football: Bulldogs unable to extinguish the Fire

Football: Week 2 area game scores

August 25
54th Laurel Bowl
Pineville 28  Jackson County 8
Offensive Player of the Game: Pineville – Cody Scott / Jackson County – Dylan Martin
Defensive Player of the Game: Pineville – Matt Golden / Jackson County – Jeff Isaacs

Bell County 28 Letcher Central 7
Claiborne, TN 32 Middlesboro 15
West Jessamine 14 Clay County 13
Paintsville 37 Harlan 0
Hazard 17  Harlan County 6
Whitley County 41 Leslie County 13
South Laurel 42 McCreary Central 6
North Laurel 28 Prestonsburg 6
Wayne County 29 Pulaski County 27
Somerset 25 Williamsburg 8
Twin Valley, VA 54  Jenkins 0
Casey County 50 Campbellsville 18

August 26
Cumberland Falls Classic at Corbin
Danville 52  Knox Central 28
Corbin 22  Alcoa, TN 21

Lexington Christian 49  Pikeville 21

Golf: 13th Region All A Classic at Wasioto Winds

Barbourville High School captured both the boys and girls All A 13th Regional titles and advance to the All A State Golf Tournament on September 9th.  The boys’ tournament will take place at Eagles Nest in Somerset and the girls’ tournament will be at nearby Woodson Bend in Burnside.

Seth Bohl of Barbourville had the low round in the boys’ tournament with a nine hole total of 35.  Also advancing to the state tournament are Pineville’s Braxton Caldwell, who finished as part of a three way tie for second place at 36, and Tyler Miller of Oneida Baptist who shot 40.

Barbourville’s Whitney Messer was the medalist in the girls’ tournament with a score of 36.  Morgan Owens-Lewis of Williamsburg shot 37 which was good enough to send her to the state tournament and Middlesboro’s Edie Jo Wakin had a 48 and also punched her ticket to Woodson Bend.

The rules of competition have the overall regional team champions advancing to the state tournament and then the next two best scores outside of that team also qualify.  Congratulations to all.

Thanks to Donnie Caldwell at Wasioto Winds for the photos.

U of Cumberlands gets an early start on football season

Cumberlands 23 Warner 7
Williamsburg, KY – On a perfect night for football in southeastern Kentucky, the Patriots led by a strong showing from their defensive unit would take down the Royals of Warner University 23-7 in their 2017 season opener. The game, sponsored by Ellison Funeral Home and Teresa R. Ellison, LMT, had an electric atmosphere with well over 2,500 in attendance to see the Patriot victory firsthand.

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UK men’s basketball schedule released

Bell County 42 Middlesboro 21

In the 75th meeting on the gridiron between Bell County and Middlesboro, the Bobcats picked up their 28th win in the series 42-21 before a packed house on Log Mountain.

Unofficial game stats had Bell County with 299 yards rushing and 91 passing.  They picked up 15 first downs.  Middlesboro rushed for 212 yards and passed for 29.  The Yellow Jackets had 7 first downs.  They also turned the ball over twice, once on an interception and once on a fumble.

Bell County led 22-13 at halftime.  The Bobcats remain at home next week to face Letcher Central.  Middlesboro hits the road again, this time to Claiborne High.

1Q  9:36  BELL- Cole Frazier 13 yard run/kick failed  6-0

2Q 9:16 BELL- Isaac Collett 4 yard pass to Jason Jones/run good  14-0

2Q 7:40 MHS- Anthony Jackson 32 yard run/PAT  14-7

2Q 0:48 BELL- Tanner Asher 2 yard run/run good  22-7

2Q 0:00 MHS- Anthony Jackson 29 yard pass to Corey Hairston/kick failed  22-13

3Q 5:18 BELL-Tanner Asher 10 yard run/run failed  28-13

3Q 4:18 BELL – Keagen Lefevers 4 yard run/run good 36-13

3Q 3:43 MHS – Isiah Williams 45 yard run/ run good 36-21

4Q 11:40 BELL – Cole Frazier 2 yard run/ run failed 42-21

Regional HS football scores

Bell County 42 Middlesboro 21

Jackson County 38 Berea 0

Casey County 50 Barren County 7

Floyd Central 28 Harlan 12

Shelby Valley 66 Jenkins 0

Paintsville 41 Estill County 14

Pikeville 51 Covington Holy Cross 14

Knott County Central 24 Lynn Camp 20

Lincoln County 42 Clay County 6

Pulaski County 49 Jeffersonville, IN 28

Leslie County 47 Pineville 22

Knox Central 27 Letcher Central 20

Williamsburg60 Jellico,TN 8

North Laurel 36 South Laurel 12

Perry Central 64 McCreary Central 58   3ot

It’s football season, time to break out the cheering handbook

The colorful spectacle of the college football game, marked by peppy students and high stepping bands, is usually completed by a sometimes irreverent cheer section.
The cheers and jeers usually reflect the school’s reputation and fall into two main categories: Intellectual and hostile.
At the top of the list are the Quaker schools. Founded by pacifists who reject violence and are motivated by politics, Quaker school cheers are both hostile and intellectual plus political.

The classic, used by every Quaker college:
Fight, fight, inner light!
Kill, Quakers, Kill!
Knock ’em down, Beat ’em senseless!
Do it ’til we reach consensus!
On the more hostile side:
Blood makes grass grow!
Kill, Quakers, kill!
On the intellectual side:
Fight exuberantly!
Fight exuberantly!
Compel them to relinquish the ball!
On the nerd side of things we have the appropriately named Great Nerd Chant.
Used by the University of Chicago and Swarthmore, among others:
Pericles, Sophocles, Peloponnesian War
X-squared, Y-squared, H2S04
Cosine, tangent, secant, line
Three point one four one five nine.
Or, this one heard at a Kentucky-Tennessee game many years ago:
Chewtabacca, Chewtabacca, spit, spit, spit;
ExLax, ExLax, go, go, go!
Maybe we should just stick to two bits-four bits.  Enjoy the season.

Turn on the lights and let the games begin

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths, and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.

The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.

Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve. They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.

This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.

Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!