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Coach Dawn Kinner and her Lady Tigers had Pikeville on the ropes in the 15th Region All “A” Classic, but failed to deliver the knockout punch. Pikeville pulled out a 2-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-14) win to claim the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship.

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The 15th Region All “A” Classic is underway this week, and multiple teams from the area have been seen action on the volleyball court. Paintsville hosts the tournament this year, and look to improve on last years finals loss against Pikeville.

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SALYERSVILLE — Coach Joe Chirico and his Paintsville Tigers made the trip to Salyersville Saturday evening to take on the Magoffin County Hornets in scrimmage action. This was the first time this season teams have been able to put on the pads and play in a competitive nature against other teams.

The community is rallying together in support of a Mingo Central High School football player who collapsed during the opening day of practice on Monday, July 30th. 

Football officially got under way for area schools as most teams held their first practice signifying the start of the upcoming season. The Miners of Mingo Central hadn’t been on the field very long when during routine sprints, sophomore Dustin Ferguson, 15, started complaining of numbness in his legs. 

PAINTSVILLE — The Johnson Central High School football program is preparing to host media day and its annual Black/Gold scrimmage.

Under the direction of head coach Jim Matney, Johnson Central has advanced to three straight Class 4A state title games. The Golden Eagles finished runner-up to Franklin-Simpson in 2017. One of the state's top high school football programs, Johnson Central captured the 2016 Class 4A championship. 

LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association (KVCA) has announced the 2018 KVCA Team Academic Award winners. Paintsville, under the tutelage of head coach Dawn Kinner, is among the honorees. 

Through a Signature Affiliate Partnership with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the teams being recognized were able maintain academic excellence for the entire 2017/18 academic school year. To qualify, teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Nominations for the award took place throughout the month of June and were accepted by the AVCA.

More than 100 professional and amateur golfers took to the links in Paintsville over the weekend for the annual Paintsville Invitational Tournament.

Adam Crum, with the Paintsville Golf Course said this marks the 78th year of the tournament, with 114 participants gathering to play in a two-day tournament following a Friday Pro-Am.

Crum said participants this year came not just from Johnson and surrounding counties, but other six states including Ohio, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, West Virginia and South Carolina.

ASHLAND — Johnson Central had two golfers compete at the Ashland Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday. Both Zoee Crum, and Zoe Castle competed at Bellefonte Country Club. 

Crum managed to shoot a score of 82, coming in third place overall Castle, showing improvement from last year, came in at 125. She took 40 strokes off of last year’s score. 

EASTERN — Floyd Central High School boys’ basketball head coach Kevin Spurlock is anxious to follow one of his former players as he begins his professional career overseas. 

Former Western Kentucky University star Justin Johnson became the latest Hilltopper to join the professional ranks in July when he signed with Italian program Cagliari Dinamo Academy.

BOWLING GREEN — Former WKU Basketball star Justin Johnson became the latest Hilltopper to join the professional ranks Monday when he signed with Italian program Cagliari Dinamo Academy.

Cagliari Dinamo Academy competes in Italy’s Serie A2 league.

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central is preparing to host a seven-on-seven passing tournament on Saturday. Five other Eastern Kentucky teams are scheduled to join perennial Class 4A state title contender Johnson Central for the early-preseason high school football event. In addition to host Johnson Central, fellow Eastern Kentucky squads Floyd Central, Lawrence County, Pike Central, Phelps and Powell County are slated to compete in the seven-on-seven passing tournament. 

Johnson Central, less than two years removed from capturing a Class 4A state title in December 2016, opened preseason practice on Monday. The Golden Eagles, under the direction of veteran head coach Jim Matney, have advanced to three straight Class 4A state title games. Tradition-rich Johnson Central concluded the 2017 season 13-2, finishing runner-up behind Franklin-Simpson in Class 4A.

NORFOLK, Va. – Three Centre swimming and diving individuals have earned Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), it was announced this week.

Senior Brad Nordin (Paintsville, Ky.) and sophomores Chloe Grove (Bucyrus, Ohio) and Annie Holmes (Louisville, Ky.) each garnered the award, given to students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

The All-Mountain Teams consist of players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas. 

The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

The All-Mountain Teams consist of players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas. 

The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.

Paintsville captured the 2018 District 7 9-10 Year Old Division Championship at Prestonsburg Sports Park on Saturday and is now preparing to compete in the state tournament.

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

The All-Mountain Teams consist of players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas. 

The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.

201 Speedway had a capacity crowd Friday night in the 2018 Paul H. Salyer Memorial Late Model feature. 

Drivers from all over the area came out to try and claim the $10,000 prize for the winner, but when the dust settled, it was Cross Lanes’ own Zack Dohm receiving the big check after dominating the field.

Johnson County captured the Cal Ripken Baseball District 3 12U Division championship on Friday, defeating Pike County 9-3 in the title game at Prestonsburg Sports Park. Two Johnson County pitchers combined to limit Pike County. Dawson Montgomery started on the mound for Johnson County before reliever Ethan McCarty closed out of the contest. Toby Kelly and Brady Adkins each hit a home run for Johnson County in the district championship-clinching victory. 

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

The All-Mountain Teams consist of Players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas. 

The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.

Appalachian Newspapers recently named its All-Mountain Teams.

The All-Mountain team will consist of Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First-Team, Second-Team, Third-Team and Honorable Mentions.

The All-Mountain Teams consist of players from Mingo County, Pike County, Floyd County, Johnson County and Perry County and entire 15th Region coverage areas. 

The All-Mountain Team was voted on by Appalachian Newspapers sports writers: Randy White, Cory Vance, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker, Mike Muncy and Cody Davis.

LEXINGTON — Scott County capturing the 2018 Owensboro Health/KHSAA State Softball Championship earlier in the month marked the last state title in the event’s double-elimination format as the softball tournament will transition to single elimination in 2019. The 2018 championship also marked the final year of the Association’s contract with the city of Owensboro, leaving the future site of the tournament up for consideration. The KHSAA will begin the RFP process this summer for a future site with the matter to be reviewed by the Board of Control during its September meeting in conjunction with championship discussions in other spring sports.

“Since I became Commissioner, I have been working with the Board of Control on various changes and improvements to tournament formats and new offerings," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. "Softball has presented continual challenges during that time, largely due to its format. he overwhelming majority of our softball schools had long favored our sixteen team, double elimination format. While this format allowed for a great level of participation, it certainly placed restrictions on many aspects of the tournament including schedule, format and location.

University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart speaks at the Billy Johnson Stage in downtown Pikeville outside of the East Kentucky Expo Center during the Big Blue Caravan Friday afternoon. Players, coaches, cheerleaders and dance team members showed up to sign autographs and meet …

Paintsville head coach Landon Slone talks things over with the Tigers during a timeout Monday during the UPike summer basketball team camp where the Tigers faced off against Richlands.

LEXINGTON — The challenge doesn’t get any bigger than what Hazard faced Friday evening in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament semifinals.

St. Xavier came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 8 nationally.

Hazard fought hard, but fell to the Tigers 3-0.

One mistake in the top of the sixth led to St. X grabbing the lead.

Allie Wells just recently made school history at Johnson Central.

Wells finished as the 15th Region single runner-up in tennis and qualified of KHSAA Tennis State Tournament. 

Wells won her opening game match over South Oldham’s Molly Dean 6-7, 6-4, 11-9. The win at the state tournament was the first for Johnson Central for the girls’ program.

Johnson Central’s Reece Collins, Boat captain Kevin Collins and Kenneth Powers placed 16th out of 80 boats that competed in the State Bass Fishing Tournament. Two more Johnson Central Anglers were able to place as well with Dawson Burton and Jacob Spriggs coming in at 57th place.

Paintsville’s great season came to an end Saturday evening in Lexington.

The Tigers have had a successful season. Paintsville won the 57th District title and the 15th Region championship. 

The Tigers followed that with a 3-1 win over Christian County in the opening round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. 

Paintsville looked to repeat its showing in the 57th District championship Saturday afternoon against Johnson Central in the 15th Region championship game.

The Tigers did just that picking up a 5-2 win over the Golden Eagles.

Paintsville got things going early in the game with four straight singles. Tanner Smith got things started for the Tigers and was first to hit a single. John Walker Phelps followed with a single. Seth Williams drove home the game’s first run with an RBI single to score Smith. Ben Daniels followed the Williams single with an RBI single of his own to score Phelps and to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead after the first half inning of play.

Pikeville didn’t waste anytime getting out to a quick start against Johnson Central Friday night in the 15th Region semifinals. 

Pikeville scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 9-0 win over the Lady Golden Eagles.

With the loss, Johnson Central finished the season with a 19-11 record and the 57th District title.

Paintsville and Shelby Valley remained gridlocked in the opening round of the 15th Region Tournament, until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Tigers scored four runs to pull out a 6-2 win.

With the win, Paintsville (23-12) advanced to the 15th Region semifinals. The Tigers and Bulldogs were scheduled to play Thursday evening, but the game was pushed back to Friday because of rain. Last night’s contest, if played, finished too late to be included in this edition of the Paintsville Herald. For full 15th Region coverage of weekend action, see Wednesday’s Paintsville Herald.

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central pitcher Macy Daniel pitched a perfect game as the host Lady Golden Eagles shut out upstart Floyd Central 10-0 in five innings in the opening round of the 15th Region Softball Tournament on Wednesday. 

With the win, Johnson Central improved its record to 19-10 on the season and advanced to the 15th Region Softball Tournament semifinals.

Floyd Central ended its season with a 12-21 record with the loss. 

PAINTSVILLE — After plating a half-dozen runs in the 57th District title game against crosstown rival Johnson Central, Paintsville was limited offensively throughout the opening round the 15th Region Softball Tournament. Paintsville was held hitless on Monday as Lawrence County pulled away to win 6-0 in the opening round of the 15th Region Softball Tournament at Johnson Central.

With the loss, Paintsville ended its season with a 21-13 record.

Johnson Central soared to a win over Pike Central Monday afternoon to advance to the 15th Region Tournament semifinals after picking up a 5-1 win over the Hawks thanks to solid pitching by Trevor May and Tate Meade.

Johnson Central jumped out early in the top of the first when Ryan Sartin-Slone was able to score off a double by Blake Delong putting the Golden Eagles up 1-0.

Johnson Central and Paintsville bested 57th District rivals Sheldon Clark and Magoffin County to place themselves in the 57th District championship game Thursday night at Charlie Adkins Field. Paintsville proved that they were the top team in the 57th District by dismantling the Golden Eagles in an 8-1 game that never saw Johnson Central make a threat after the first inning.

The Tigers made their way to the championship after knocking off Magoffin County 12-2 Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 57th District Tournament.

Johnson Central was able to score early and often pulling away to a 15-6 win over Paintsville for the 57th District championship Wednesday night.

Abby Fannin got the ball rolling early for the Lady Golden Eagles hitting a home run in the first inning helping elevate Johnson Central to an early 2-0 lead.

If you can’t make your way to one of the UPike summer basketball camps, they’ll come to you.

Kelly Wells and the Bears have announced their summer basketball camps.

Wells and the Bears will kickoff the summer with their satellite camps. Those camps are coming to Mingo County.

The first of the three events will be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse June 5. The camp will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until noon and there will be a $30 tuition fee. The camp is for boys and girls ages six through 14.

The 57th district baseball and softball tournaments kicked off Monday evening and concluded with Johnson County having much to smile about as both Paintsville and Johnson Central’s softball teams won their respective games, as well as Johnson Central’s baseball team coming home with a big win after an exciting game.

Paintsville Lady Tigers 11, 

Sheldon Clark 1

MOREHEAD — The Morehead State University men’s basketball program will host three camps during the upcoming summer. The Morehead State basketball camp schedule will include a father/child camp, a day camp and a team camp.

The MSU men’s basketball program is under the direction of head coach Preston Spradlin, a Betsy Layne High School graduate. 

Johnson Central was able to score first and hang with Boyd County, tying things up at 2-2 in the third inning, but the Lady Lions were too strong, pulling away to a 6-2 win against the Lady Golden Eagles

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