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12-Under State Champions
Johnson County 12-Under Softball Team won the 2014 Kentucky Babe Ruth Softball Championship last week at Johnson Central. The team was scheduled to begin play in the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament Tuesday.

Johnson Co. 12s down Big Sandy 10-0 in title
The Johnson County 12-Under Cal Ripken All-Star Team won the District-3 Championship last week at Pikeville. The team will be back on the field next week when they compete in the 2014 State Cal Ripken Tournament.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson County 12-year old All-Star Team defeated Big Sandy 10-0 last Tuesday night at the Bob Amos Park in Pikeville.
Johnson County took an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Weston May started things with a solo home run to give the squad a 1-0 lead. Cody Rice followed with a single and Brett Loney reached on an error, before Wade Pelfrey singled in both runners. Pelfrey crossed the plate a better later when Brock Bowling singled to make it 4-0.
Big Sandy had a couple of base runners in the top of the second, but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
Johnson County put together another rally in the home-half of the frame when Dylan Preston led off with an error and Davis VanHoose singled him to third base, before Ryley Preece drew a walk to load the bases. Rice delivered a one-out single that plated Preston and VanHoose, before Mason Kestner doubled to give Johnson County a 8-0 advantage. Pelfrey followed with a hit that allowed Kestner to cross and extend the lead to 9-0.

Paintsville 11-12s take District-7 title
The Paintsville Little League 11-12 year old All-Star Team defeated Prestonsburg to win the District-7 Championship Sunday at StoneCrest. The team will compete in the state tournament on July 19, in Bowling Green against Morehead at 5 p.m.

Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville 11-12 year old All-Star Team won the District-7 Championship Sunday with a 11-1 victory over Prestonsburg during the 2014 District-7 Little League Tournament at StoneCrest.
Paintsville needed just five innings to put the mercy rule into play as starting pitcher Mason Moore gave up one run and the offense put 10 runs on the scoreboard in the final two frames.
Moore reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a single off the bat of Baron Ratliff, before scoring on an Ashton Adams hit, in the first frame, to take a 1-0 lead.

JC 11s completes sweep of Big Sandy
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson County Cal Ripken 11-Under All-Stars defeated Big Sandy 11-0 during the 2014 District-3 Cal Ripken Tournament at the Johnson County Cal Ripken Field.
Conner Lemaster hurled three innings of shutout baseball, before Josh Slone shut the door in the fourth to seal the District-3 title.
Johnson County was unable to cross anything in the bottom of the first but took advantage of five straight walks to start the home-half of the second inning. Dalton Browning, Matt Davis, Matt Crum, Seth Murray and Dalton Castle led off with walks to take a 2-0 lead and Bryson Hackney followed with a double that cleared the bases, before Bryce Blevins doubled to make it 6-0.

Simpson wins gold at USA Special Olympics Games
Jeremy Simpson won the gold medal in the USA Special Olympics bowling singles division with a total score of 520. Simpson also earned a silver medal in the team competition and a bronze medal in the doubles division with teammate Jason Finkey of London. Simpson is scheduled to compete in the 2014 Winter Games in Dec.

by Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

Jeremy Simpson brought home the gold from the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games on June 14-21 in New Jersey. Simpson, who resides in Wittensville, was one of four bowlers on the team of 38 athletes.
Simpson won the gold medal in the singles event with a total score of 520 that included a best game of 198 in the three-game championship.
Simpson also earned a third-place finish in the doubles event, along with teammate Jason Finkey of London. The two combined for a total score of 752.
The Kentucky team, who was coached by Robyn Ballinger, earned a silver medal with 1,437 total score. Simpson was accompanied by Finkey and Amanda Browning, of Taylorsville, and Julia Steinman, of Lexington.
Simpson and Finkey were also the first two competitors from Laurel County and Johnson County to compete for Team Kentucky in the USA Games.
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games were the third USA Games that Special Olympics has held.
The previous games were held in 2006 in Ames, Iowa and the 2010 games were held in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Team Kentucky competed in aquatic games, artistic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling and flag football.

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