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Seven Eagles win weight classes at Chesapeake

THE JOHNSON CENTRAL WRESTLING TEAM won the 16-team Chesapeake Invitational Tournament this past weekend with seven different grapplers taking home first-place medals. Joe Slone (126), Cameron Rice (138), Blake Gamble (145), Geordon Blanton (152), Joe Jackson (160), Brady Taylor (220) and Byron Pierce (heavyweight) took home first-place medals from the event. Sam Griffith (170) and Alex Horn (180) earned second-place finishes in their respective weight classes and Matt Boyd (106) and Matt Horn (195) secured third-place spots, while Noah Blankenship (heavyweight) finished in fourth-place. Coach Jim Matney’s squad will compete in the Region-8 Championships this weekend at the Bourbon County High School Gymnasium.

Spurlock double-double leads Central to victory
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Lady Eagles defeated the Pikeville Lady Panthers
Saturday night at the D.W. Oliver Gymnasium.
Jayla Spurlock, who has turned her play up a notch over the past couple of weeks, scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to their fifth-straight victory.

Hurt resigns softball post
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

Coach Jason Hurt resigned as the head softball Coach of Johnson Central last week due to personal reasons. Hurt, who won four district titles and four regional championships, had amassed a 206-88 record over eight years at the helm of the program.
Assistant Coach Chris Pierce has been named the interim head coach for the 2016 season by Principal Russell Halsey.

Eagles down Tigers 72-47
COLE CRACE defended Paintsville’s Roger Maynard Thursday night during the Eagles’ victory over the Tigers. Crace and the Eagles improved to

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Eagles defeated the Paintsville Tigers 72-47 Thursday night at the Paintsville High School Gymnasium on the Bill M. Runyon Court in both teams’ final district contest of the regular season.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 19-13 lead and expanded that advantage to 31-20 at the break with a 14-7 run through the second quarter.

Lady Tigers come up short in overtime loss to Jenkins
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

A dormant start and a record-setting performance was too much for the Paintsville Lady Tigers to overcome in a 90-87 overtime loss to the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers Tuesday night at the Paintsville High School Gymnasium on the Bill M. Runyon Court.
Jenkins’ Whitney Creech, who has committed to Western Kentucky, broke a career-scoring record with a 71-point effort to lead the Lady Cavaliers to victory.

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