The All Mountain team is voted on by the Appalachian Newspapers Sports department. Voting members included Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship.

With the Covid-19 virus ravaging the nation, the unexpected pandemic has hit all facets of the country from the closing of businesses and nonessential stores, to schools, workout facilities, sporting fields and gymnasiums across the land.

The All Mountain team is voted on by the Appalachian Newspapers Sports department. Voting members included Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship.

GRAYSON – The NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) All-Mideast Region women’s basketball teams have been announced and Paintsville High School graduate Anna Keaton is among the honorees.

Johnson Central’s Ryley Preece poses for a picture with his family after signing his national letter of intent to play college baseball at Morehead State University last week.  Preece is a standout on the baseball field and football field. He is one of the top players in the state in both sp…


Everybody in the Appalachian Wireless Arena was expecting Johnson Central to foul, but they just didn’t as time ran off the clock and Belfry escaped with a 53-52 win to advance to the 15th Region semifinals.


Johnson Central was the home team on the scoreboard against Paintsville in the nightcap of the 57th District Tournament held at Martin County.

Pikeville trailed by double digits late, but the Panthers came all the way back just to fall at the end to Paintsville, 68-67.

The first matchup between Johnson Central and Shelby Valley back on December 13th was a thriller as the Golden Eagles left the Robinson Creek with a 56-53 road win, so everyone pretty much knew the second meeting would prove equally as entertaining.

This past weekend the Johnson Central girls’ and boys’ bowling teams headed to Richmond Kentucky’s Galaxy Lanes Bowling Center for the 2020 Region All-Stars State Championship. Ninety of the best boys and girls bowlers in the state descended on the Central Kentucky town to compete for not on…

Kayla Moore Vanhoose wears many different hats at Johnson Central High School. From her duties as Library and Media Assistant to head volleyball coach to keeping stats for the boys basketball team, she has a love for students and athletes that is matched by few. This week, Moore Vanhoose ann…


It’s comparable to Rocky II, when the Italian Stallion takes on Apollo Creed in their famous rematch. Or Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla in Manilla.” Hands down, the Paintsville versus Johnson Central game is one of the biggest events in the area and it never disappoints.


To most coaches in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, it is a big honor to be recognized any time for their hard work and dedication to their kids, team or the school in general. There are different awards that can be bestowed upon a coach, such as, with our publication at the end of each se…

The Johnson Central Golden Eagles travelled to Inez Monday night for the second meeting in 57th district play against the Martin County Cardinals. Martin County escaped Johnson County with a close 51-48 overtime win back on January 2nd and were trying to complete the regular season sweep aga…

For generations baseball has been America’s pastime. Growing up in rural eastern Kentucky with no professional sports teams in the state, locals have for the most part adopted the Cincinnati Reds as their home team.

Phelps and Paintsville both picked up wins in the 15th Region All “A” Classic Wednesday evening at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. The two teams now advance to take on each other in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Shelby Valley and Prestonsburg were scheduled…


In any sport, it’s always the biggest game in all of Johnson County. Johnson Central at Paintsville. Friday night was no different as Tommy McKenzie’s Golden Eagles made the trip across town to visit Landon Slone’s Tigers. With the passion these kids bring, this game never disappoints and Fr…

Pikeville jumped out to an early lead over Paintsville in the opening round of the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Wireless Arena Thursday night and never looked back.

After falling to Russell 83-81 in overtime Saturday, the Golden Eagles rebounded with a 75-58 win over Pikeville Monday night.

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