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May inks with Alice Lloyd College

ALI MAY signed to play basketball at Alice Lloyd College Wednesday morning at the Johnson Central Library. May was accompanied by brother Brandon May; sister-in-law Brianna May; mother Jennifer May, father James May, brother Jared May and sister-in-law Kandyce May and niece Layla and nephew Malachi, along with Johnson Central Coach Darrin Rice and Alice Lloyd Coach John Mills.

Eagles cruise past Tigers in districtís first round
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Eagles and Coach Tommy McKenzie used a big first half to earn a 77-61 victory over the Paintsville Tigers in the first round of the 57th District Tournament Tuesday night at the Magoffin County high School Gymnasium.
The Eagles opened the contest with a 28-13 run and continued to control the game winning the second quarter 21-13 to claim a 49-26 lead at the intermission.

Aqua Eagles capture second consecutive Region-9 Swimming Championship
THE AQUA EAGLES won the Region-9 Swimming and Diving Championship for the second-straight year Saturday at the Corbin High School Swimming Pool. The team will compete in the state tournament on February 23-25 in Louisville.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Aqua Eagles Menís Swimming Team captured the Region-9 Swimming and Diving Championships for the second consecutive season, and junior Bryce Rice was named the eventís Most Outstanding Performer Saturday afternoon at the Corbin High School Swimming Pool.
Coach Dwight Chafinsí squad scored 342.5 points to win the title over Corbin (277), Boyd Co. (178), North Laurel (178) and South Laurel (153.5).
The Womenís team finished in fifth-place finish with 141 points, behind Corbin (352), South Laurel (312), Ashland (172) and Rockcastle County (159), which earned the combine team a second-place spot after all 24 events were over.
The boyís 200-yard medley relay team of junior Garrett Pelphrey, senior Mason Blanton, junior Michael Castle, who was named to the All-Region team, and junior Wyatt Rose got things started by winning and setting a regional record with a time of 1:54.37 in the first race of the day.
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Lady Tigers edge Belfry 46-42
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville Lady Tigers defeated the Belfry Lady Pirates 46-42 to earn their 24th win of the year Wednesday night at the Paintsville High School Gymnasium on the Bill M. Runyon Court.
The Lady Tigers opened the contest with a 15-10 run, before Belfry used a high-low attack against Paintsville zone to win the second period 14-13 to cut the lead to 28-24 at the break.
Paintsville outscored Belfry 8-7 through the third period to widen the gap to five points, 36-31, before the Lady Pirates cut the deficit to four points with an 11-10 spurt in the fourth quarter.
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Middle School Wrestlers claim state title
THE JOHNSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL Wresting Team won the 2017 Kentucky State Middle School Wrestling Tournament Sunday in Louisville. Zach Russell won first place in the 190-192 pound weight class and Cameron Willis earned first place in the 240-242 pound division. Both grapplers finished with 4-0 records. Levid Rodriguez and Nick Giampolo earned third-place finishes in the event with 5-2 records. Jake Cain captured a fifth-place finish, while Blayden Sexton and Jesse McCoy earned sixth-place finishes. The team is coached by Herman Preston.

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