Men, we are in the driver’s seat now, aren’t we?
All of us guys are fresh off romantic dinner-and-movie dates with our ravishing hunnies, which means next time it’s our turn to pick the flick. That is, if you have the luxury of being in a give-and-take relationship.
Valentine’s Day means it’s the female’s pick of the litter of movies — for the PG and his chick, it was “The Vow.”
Channing Tatum’s just dreamy, isn’t he? Well, my wife likes him, but he can’t impress her with his basketball knowledge like the handsome guy attached to this column.
If there was one celebrity who you could walk arm-in-arm with on the red carpet at The Academy Awards, who would it be?
Evan Rachel Wood, anyone?
This week, with the Oscars to be handed out next Sunday, the PG is arm-in-arm with some virtual hardware, ready to be handed to 10 16th Region recipients.
The awards are all modeled, in some cases loosely, after actual Academy Awards, with their real meanings in parentheses.
All were determined by the Point Guard based solely on the regular season.
‰Sound Mixing (Best Boys Duo or Trio): Rowan County’s Adam Wing, D.J. Townsend and Jason Egan. As a trio, these three amigos have not disappointed after each being instrumental in the Vikings’ run to a state runner-up finish last season.
‰Sound Mixing (Best Girls Duo or Trio): Lewis County’s Taylor Frye and Savannah Anderson. Frye is the region’s leader in assists (6.5 per game), and Anderson heads the field goal percentage list (at 55 percent).
‰Actress in a Supporting Role (Girls Sixth Man): Allie Slone (Ashland). The Kittens may have the top seventh, eighth and ninth people off the bench too, but Slone is athletic, smart and a solid defender as the first Kitten off the pine.
‰Actor in a Supporting Role (Boys Sixth Man): Jacob Porter (Russell). Porter has slid into a starting role recently with point guard Googie Hayes out because of injury. The junior has three-point shooting skills to go along with an improved passing eye and a good concept of his role.
‰Best Director (Girls Coach of the Year): Bill Bradley (Ashland). Bradley guided the Kittens to a perfect regular season within the region, and it’s not as if he just puts a starting five out there and says ‘Go play!’ No, Bradley calls on his deep, talented bench, and substitutes often. Bradley has yet to win a regional title, but one could be coming soon.
‰Best Director (Boys Coach of the Year): Merle Kidwell (Russell). West Carter’s Jeremy Webb is a close second, but Kidwell took a group with hardly any expectations, after losing two key starters, to region contention.
‰Actress in a Leading Role (Girls Player of the Year): Too close to call. Sorry to disappoint here, but it simply wouldn’t be fair for the PG to select a winner in this category. I have not seen every girls team play in person this season. However, I do have four nominees. They are: Kayla Day (Fairview), Taylor Lewis (Rowan County), Brooke Gee (Raceland) and Taylor Wheeler (Boyd County).
‰Actor in a Leading Role (Boys Player of the Year): Corey Gregg (Ashland). It comes down to this with Gregg ... he gets the most out of his size and ability on a night-in, night-out basis. He sees the floor exceptionally well, has become an elite passer and knows how to score and rebound fairly consistently. Others nominated would be Mike Terry (Fairview), D.J. Townsend (Rowan County), Adam Wing (Rowan County), Kyle Skaggs (Russell) and Darion Burns (Fleming County).
‰Best Picture (Best Girls Team): Ashland. It’s difficult to dispute the numbers. The Kittens went 17-0 inside the region, 24-6 overall, and scored right at 70 points per game.
‰Best Picture (Best Boys Team): West Carter. Five seniors, including the surprising Travis Duvall, comprise the Comets. All five, including Caleb Whitt off the bench, have played prominent roles on defining West Carter as the best all-around team. Kyle Cundiff has come quite a ways as the Comets’ point guard, and the nucleus of Kyle Brown, Derek Lawson and Cody Stamper has helped the team jel around it. Growing up playing basketball together is a common occurrence in Olive Hill, and for this group, it’s paid off.
Snyder’s Super Seven
1. Rowan County (20-7)
2. Ashland (19-11)
3. West Carter (23-6)
4. Fleming County (15-15)
5. Russell (17-12)
6. Greenup County (16-13)
7. Fairview (16-12)
1. Ashland (24-6)
2. Fleming County (24-5)
3. Rowan County (23-5)
4. Boyd County (19-9)
5. East Carter (16-14)
6. Lewis County (17-11)
7. Raceland (19-9)
Before sitting out with flu-like symptoms on Friday night against Rowan County, Fairview’s Kayla Day was having another sensational week, making opponents sick.
Day climbed to 30 points twice — she scored 33 against Elliott County in a game in which she also had 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists. The Lady Eagles senior amassed 31 points against Russell.
Hope Parsley racked up a career-high 34 points and joins the club for the first-time membership fee of ... it’s free, of course.
Raceland’s J.R. Blair collected 36 points and 16 rebounds in a loss to Elliott County on Feb. 9.
Rowan County senior Taylor Lewis recorded 30 points, 11 steals, seven assists and seven rebounds in 20 minutes against Fairview on Friday.
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Games of the Week
First round district games aren’t always instant classics, but the following three have a chance to be intriguing: Morgan County-East Carter boys (Morgan is 2-1 in regular season); Boyd County-Fairview boys (Season series tied at 1-1); Raceland-Russell girls (Season series tied at 1-1); and Morgan County-West Carter girls (Season series split at 1).
The complete district tournament schedule was in Sunday’s edition.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.
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- GALLERY: Kittens beat Fleming in region semifnal Ashland used another nice performance by Haley-Sue Foutch, who led the Kittens with 18 points and 11 rebounds, as it pulled away from Fleming County in the second half. The Kittens won, 57-39, in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals in Morehead. They will face East Carter on Friday at 7 p.m. Mykasa Robinson added a career-high 16 points for the Kittens (23-8).
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