What do you think when you hear the word "streak?"
Will Ferrell in the movie "Old School?" We're going streaking! Bring your green hat!
Ray Stevens's hit song "The Streak?" Don't look Ethel!
Thoughts of a 1960s and '70s social fad involving frolicking in your birthday suit aside, what do you associate "streak" with?
Sports, of course.
Like Orel Hershiser's 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Or Joe Dimaggio's 56 straight games with at least one hit. Perhaps even UCLA's run of seven NCAA titles in a row.
One of my favorites is "Iron Man" Cal Ripken's consecutive baseball games played (2,632).
September 6 must be a special day when it comes to streaks. You see, Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig's previous record of 2,131 on Sept. 6, 1995.
On Sept. 6, 2013, a pair of undesirable area high school football streaks came to a screeching halt.
Greenup County's 22-20 win over Fleming County severed a 24-game string without a victory — it also gave third-year coach Chris Mullins his first career win.
West Carter's 55-0 drubbing of Nicholas County marked the end of the Comets' 14-game skid.
Congratulations to those programs shedding the monkey of their backs.
Now we can stow away the comparisons to the bad streaks — i.e. 21 straight losses by the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 26 consecutive defeats to start their franchise history and/or Cal Tech basketball's 207 L's in succession — and possibly witness the beginning of the good kind. All it takes is two.
Got any since?
‰Russell has lost five in a row to Ashland. The Red Devils haven't suffered that long of a drought against their rival since … 1960-69, when Ashland beat them 10 consecutive times.
‰Johnson Central hadn't scored 70 points in a game since … 2000. Then-coach Bill Musick, now Fairview's superintendent, guided the Golden Eagles to a 72-0 shellacking of Perry County Central. On Saturday, coach Jim Matney's bunch slammed Noblesville (Ind.) 72-28.
‰West Carter hadn't enjoyed such a lopsided victory since … 1998. The Comets manhandled Morgan County, 56-0, that year before ultimately going 3-7. On Friday, they crushed Nicholas County, 55-0.
‰Raceland hasn't lost to Boyd County since … 1993. The Rams have beaten the Lions in six straight meetings, the latest a 47-7 rout on Saturday.
Four stickers: Quinton Baker (Ashland), Ryan Byrd (Greenup County), Kent Phelps (Paintsville).
Baker fell short of living up to his nickname "The Touchdown Maker" on Friday night, and he even encountered some ball control issues. And, well, he's still here on this list. That's how good the sophomore is.
Baker orchestrated his second 200-yard rushing game already this season, and he did so against a George Washington team that was stingy against the run in Week 1 versus South Charleston.
Byrd's the word in Greenup County. With 127 yards on 22 carries, the sophomore halfback is 3 for 3 now in reaching 100 yards on the ground in each contest. His efforts have helped give his team a chance to win all three games, and he finally helped propel the Musketeers to that ever-elusive victory.
Phelps, a freshman, carried 33 times for 231 yards for greatly improved Paintsville in a near-upset of Pikeville.
Three: Connor Messer (Raceland), Tristan Cox (Ironton), Braden Brown (West Carter), Isaiah King (Fairview), Jordan McCann (Lewis County), Kash Daniel (Paintsville).
Two: Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Josh Young (Raceland), Tanner Dolen (Fairview), Timmy Dalton (Lawrence County), Michael Lambert (Rowan County), Isaac Weddington (Lewis County).
One: Nick Conley (Russell), Robbie Moore (Ashland), Drew Johnston (Greenup County), Kane Snyder (Raceland), Tristen Mitchell (West Carter), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Dalton Stamm (Lewis County), Lane Daniels (Paintsville).
NOTE: No stats were available from Johnson Central's game.
1. Johnson Central (2-0)
2. Fairview (2-0)
3. Ashland (1-2)
4. Raceland (2-1)
5. Lawrence County (2-1)
6. Paintsville (2-1)
7. Lewis County (2-0)
Did you miss it? Here is rundown of area scores from this past weekend: George Washington 35, Ashland 14; Ironton 35, Russell 14; Fairview 35, Lawrence County 21; Greenup County 22, Fleming County 20; Lewis County 39, Bath County 27; Pikeville 28, Paintsville 21; West Carter 55, Nicholas County 0; Mason County 44, Rowan County 15; Johnson Central 72, Noblesville (Ind.) 28; Raceland 47, Boyd County 7.
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Some preseason predictions on possible headlines when these cast members are cast out:
"Here's your '5' sign" — Bill Engvall.
"Waste of space" — Bill Nye "The Science Guy."
"Just give me the d*** ballroom dance!" — Keyshawn Johnson.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2664.
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Fleming County defeated Lewis County, 66-58, and Ashland beat Greenup County, 81-61, on Monday night at Morehead State University to set up tonight's championship matchup. Tipoff is set for 7.
Ashland cruises past Greenup to 16th Region championship game
Tyler Stewart is known for his unrelenting hustle as one of Ashland’s glue guys.
When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
Fleming battles back to 16th Region final
A healthy Wilder Williams this season has given Fleming County a whole new dimension.
Prior to his sophomore year, Williams sustained a football injury that resulted in three ankle surgeries and limited him to bench duty last season while the Panthers made their run to the 16th Region championship.
A physical 6-foot-3 player, Williams is making his presence felt around the basket as Fleming County looks to return to the Sweet Sixteen.
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Who will the bat signal shine for tonight?
Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
If the first two collectively served as a gradual progressions to tonight’s scene, the climax could be off the charts.
Corey Gregg was Ashland’s superhero in 2012, when the senior confidently fired a perfect 3-point shot from the right corner. The triple thrust the Tomcats and Panthers into overtime, from which Ashland emerged 79-73 in a first-round game.
Central wins, Lawrence falls in 15th
The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
- Fleming hangs tough to beat Lewis Fleming County locked into another fight against Lewis County, which beat the Panthers earlier this season, before winning 66-58 on Monday in Morehead. Wilder Williams posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who face Ashland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- GALLERY: Ashland gets by Greenup County, will meet Fleming in region final Ashland's Steven Friley scored 21 points Monday to lead the Tomcats to an 81-61 win over Greenup County in the 16th Region semifinal in Morehead.
Kittens clamoring for more at state
Ashland girls basketball coaches went the extra mile, and a whole bunch more, to get a first-hand scouting report on the Kittens’ opponent for the State Tournament.
Head coach Bill Bradley and assistant Phil Wittich drove all the way to Henderson — 5 hours, 20 minutes one way Bradley said on the way home — to take in Sunday’s Second Region championship game.
Henderson County, playing on its home floor, defeated University Heights 67-54. The Lady Colonels went unbeaten in their region this season and are 24-5 overall.
EKC hands out hardware
The Eastern Kentucky Conference handed out its 2014 awards on Monday afternoon at a luncheon at Carter Caves.
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