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Four Bobcats sign to play college football

BETSY LAYNE - Four Betsy Layne High School football players signed to play at the next level on Thursday. Blake Spencer signed as a preferred walk-on with the University of Kentucky. Three of his teammates - Zach Bowens, Jordan Stewart and Avery Boyd - signed with the University of Pikeville.“We are excited for our program and look forward to seeing them live out their dreams of playing college football,” Betsy Layne Coach Jonathan Parsons said. “It was a great ho...

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Nothwehr, Bears come up short at Cumberland

LEBANON, Tenn. – Powered by Zach Nothwehr going 3-for-4 at the plate, the University of Pikeville baseball team led Cumberland (Tenn.) 2-1 in the seventh inning, but errors and some key hits allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead late and hold on for a 5-2 win on Friday.UPIKE dropped to an even 21-21 overall with a 6-12 mark in Mid-South Conference play.With the win, Cumberland jumped up to 27-16 and 10-8 in league play.Nothwehr used his three hits to tal...

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UPIKE finishes fourth at NDA National Championships

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In its first trip to the National Dance Association (NDA) National Championships, the University of Pikeville finished fourth in the NAIA Small-Team Performance Finals on Friday.The Bears were one of six teams to qualify for the finals and tallied a score of 8.442 to finish fourth in the nation. Ottawa (Kan.) took the crown with 8.792 points, while Davenport (Mich.) was second at 8.734 and William Penn (Iowa) took third with 8.520 points.UPIKE...

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Frasure visits Kentucky for spring practice

LEXINGTON - Prestonsburg High School sophomore Dalton Frasure made an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky on Saturday. During his visit, Frasure had an opportunity to talk with UK tight ends coach Vince Marrow, who was named the team’s recruiting coordinator in late-January. Marrow invited Frasure back to UK for the squad’s spring game later in the month.Earlier in the month, Frasure made an unofficial visit to the University of Cincinnati for the Bearcats...

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Rebels top Pike Central

BUCKLEYS CREEK - After suffering a shutout loss to Paintsville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic, Allen Central returned to the win column on Monday, defeating host Pike County Central 13-7.Austin Lawson worked four innings for the Rebels. He and Dalton Lawson, who pitched three innings, racked up three strikeouts apiece as Allen Central won the high school baseball game convincingly.Former 15th Region champion Allen Central, getting going offensively again,...

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Ashland turns back Blackcats

ASHLAND - Ashland earned a win in its home opener on Friday, defeating defending 15th Region champion Prestonsburg 6-4 at Alumni Field.Through its first 10 games in the 2014 season, Ashland was 6-4.After falling short in the road game, reigning 15th Region champion Prestonsburg dropped to 7-5.Ashland pitcher Robert Griffith earned the win. Griffith worked six innings, registering seven strikeouts.Prestonsburg pitcher Reece Isom absorbed the loss. Is...

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KHSAA announces Official of the Year nominees for 2014

LEXINGTON - On May 4, the KHSAA will honor the top officials for 2014 at the Association’s 21st Annual Officials Recognition Banquet. The ceremony, conducted at the KHSAA Offices, honors the finalists for each sport in which the KHSAA licenses officials.Finalists in each sport were selected through a combination of their service to their association and excellence in officiating. One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/h...

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Softball: Pikeville sweeps Cumberlands

PIKEVILLE – As it continues to battle for a spot in the postseason, the University of Pikeville softball team got a big lift on Friday in dramatic fashion, winning a pair of one-run games against Cumberlands at Paul Butcher Field.UPIKE led 4-1 in the seventh inning of the opener, but the Patriots answered with three runs, forcing the Bears to put together a 5-4 win in eight innings. Up 4-0 in the sixth inning of game two, the Bears saw Cumberlands score three runs over the ne...

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UPIKE releases 2014 football schedule

PIKEVILLE – Fresh off a 7-4 campaign in 2013 with an even 3-3 mark in Mid-South Conference East Division play, the University of Pikeville football team is hungry for more as it released its 2014 slate earlier in the monthThe Bears jump right into an important matchup to open the season on Aug. 28 as they travel to conference-foe Bluefield (Va.) for the season opener. The Rams are trying to recover from a winless season in 2013.Following the MSC intro, UPIKE stays ...

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Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic headed back to Freedom Hall

LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, the longest running high school all-star game in the country, will return to Freedom Hall Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m., bringing some of the top high school basketball players to Louisville.This year’s game will include three University of Louisville commits, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku and Quentin Snider and two Indiana University commits, Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson. Other schools set to be represented a...

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Lady Blackcats slip past Belfry, end two-game skid

PRESTONSBURG - Host Prestonsburg halted a two-game losing skid on Tuesday, edging Belfry 8-7 in a non-district high school softball game between two longtime 15th Region softball rivals.With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 3-6.As a result of the loss, Belfry slipped to 5-4.Prestonsburg senior pitcher Haley Howell earned the win, Helping her cause at the plate from the cleanup spot in the Prestonsburg batting order, Howell scored two runs. Second-place hitter...

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