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Pacific bags big fish, wins Freedom Outdoors Paintsville Lake event
staff report

The Tug Valley Bass Anglers held its first tournament of the 2015 season at Paintsville Lake on March 22 with 37 different anglers competing 
The week prior to the tournament the region experienced some flooding and Paintsville lake was 9 feet above pool at its highest before being drawn down. The lake was down to normal pool level the day before the tournament. The water was stained to muddy on the entire lake with a temperature of 51 to 55 degrees. 

Tigers improve to 4-1 with 12-2 win over Prestonsburg
Tanner Smith slid safely into second base during the Tigers’ win over Prestonsburg at Charlie Adkins Field. The Tigers improved to 4-1 with the win. Paintsville was slated to be in action again yesterday at home against Shelby Valley, before hitting the road to West Carter.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville Tigers got a home run from lead-of man Kent Phelps to start the bottom of the first and never looked back as they opened their home schedule with a 10-2 win over the Prestonsburg Blackcats Tuesday night at Charlie Adkins Field.
Luke Daniels followed the Phelps homer with a single and Matt Miller drew a walk, before Kash Daniel reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Senior catcher Gabe Burchell followed with a walk to plate Daniels, before Ben Daniels delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Matt Miller and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

Lady Tigers start with win over Pike Central
Anna Keeton delivered a pitch to the plate Monday night during the Lady Tigers’ loss to Magoffin County. Keeton opened the season with a victory over Pike County Central. The lady Tigers were slated to host Betsy Layne last night, Tuesday.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville Lady Tigers started the 2015 softball season with a 16-1 victory, on the road, over the Pike County Central Lady Hawks Saturday afternoon in Buckley’s Creek and gave long-time baseball coach Randy Keeton his first victory as the new coach of the Lady Tiger program.
Coach Keeton, who has a baseball field named after him in Lawrence County, has started a softball coaching venture on a positive note, after taking over for Coach Dave VanHoose, who took on extra duty at the school, stepped away from the program after a solid six year at the helm where he led the team to one 57th District Title and one 15th Regional Championship appearance to go with a 7-5 district tournament record, a 2-2 regional tournament mark and a 70-96 overall record.

Owensboro takes state championship
by Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Owensboro Red Devils and Coach Rob Drake defeated the Bowling Green Purples 74-58 to capture the schools’ fourth State Basketball Title Sunday afternoon in the Sweet Sixteen State Tournament at Rupp Arena.
The game was close through the first 16 minutes of play as the Red Devils outscored Bowling Green 16-12 in the first period, before the two teams matched each other with 11 points apiece thru the second eight minutes of play to give Coach Drake’s squad a, slim, 27-23 advantage at the break.
But, Owensboro started the second half with a 22-10 run through the third, before holding off a late Purple surge by matching buckets for 25 points apiece through the final frame to earn the title.

Samons earns top district honors
Kerrigan Samons has been named the 57th District Player of the Year by the 57th District Press Association earlier this week. The senior forward averaged over 15 ppg. and 8.5 rpg. during the season.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

Paintsville senior forward Kerrigan Samons and Sheldon Clark senior point guard Chase Parsley has been named the 2014-15 57th District Players of the Year by the 57th District Press Association.
Samons averaged 15.5 ppg and pulled down 8.7 rebounds a contest for Coach Mark Baldwin’s Lady Tigers this season, while Parsley led Coach Frank Smith’s Cardinals with 24.0 ppg. hitting of 51% from the floor.

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