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The Paintsville Lady Tigers were looking to stay in the win column Tuesday night against Sheldon Clark after they  bounced back to defeat Lawrence County Monday night at home, following what was a rough past week for the team.  

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The buildup to last Friday night’s Paintsville at Johnson Central matchup did not disappoint as the heat on the floor for the pregame matched the heat inside the Golden Eagles gymansium. It’s no secret these two are bitter rivals. No matter the sport. It’s always the most attended game in Jo…

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The undefeated Paintsville Lady Tigers rolled into Shelby Valley Thursday night hoping to extend their winning streak to 12 games, but the Lady Wildcats had entirely different intentions as Shelby Valley pounced the Lady Tigers 65-39 in a big home win.

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Paintsville stayed perfect with a 62-40 win over Mingo Central Wednesday night in the KY-WV Border Clash at Pike Central.

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PRESTONSBURG — Johnson Central notched its second straight win in the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix Holiday Classic at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Friday night, defeating Cordia 69-62. The Golden Eagles followed that with a 61-24 win over Pike Central Saturday afternoon.

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PRESTONSBURG — Johnson Central picked up a big 78-68 win over 14th Region Perry Central Thursday night in the opening night of the Hi-Tech Signs/Graphics Holiday Classic at Prestonsburg.

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PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville prevailed in its home opener on Tuesday night, rolling past visiting Powell County 86-55.

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LEXINGTON — Trailing 14-6 in the final minutes, Johnson Central’s Joe Jackson got the toss and he fought his way into the end zone from five yards out to cut the lead to 14-12.

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Who: Knox Central (10-3) at Johnson Central (12-1)

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Kash Daniel was forced to sit out through the last drive of the game due to an injury he suffered to his hand last Saturday night during Kentucky’s 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.

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In a game that came down to the final minute, the Paintsville Tigers were able to pull off a miraculous win, clawing past the Hazard Bulldogs 38-37.

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Johnson Central’s dominance in soccer in the 57th district continued to shine this week, as the Golden Eagles and the Lady Eagles both made an appearance in their 57th district championships.

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Paintsville didn’t have any trouble against Fairview Thursday night. The Tigers picked up a big 42-0 home win over the Eagles.

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BELFRY — The Paintsville Tigers and Lady Tigers made the trip out to Belfry Tuesday night, but both teams fell in the double-header. 

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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.

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