Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 5, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Throw your hands in the air

ASHLAND — Think back to your adolescent dating days for just a moment.

What’s the matter? Can’t remember that far?

If you’re like me, you’re 15 years old, sitting in the backseat of your parents’ Chevrolet Venture van trying to snuggle up next to your girlfriend.

Then somebody calls it.

“Hand check!”

Quickly, you have to raise your arms into visibility to assure the adults that no questionable activity is taking place.

Basketball officials are calling so many hand checks this season they might as well be chaperones at a homecoming dance.

Nope, can’t touch here. Nope, can’t put your hands there.

What’s been one of the hottest topics since tip-off of the college basketball season is now a becoming a burning issue on high school courts.

Need evidence officials are cracking down on touch fouls?

There’s no subtlety in the statistics.

On Tuesday night, three games reported by or to The Independent consisted of at least 50 fouls.

While the girls’ games saw their share, too, most ranging in the high 30s, all three I’m referring to were boys’ contests.

Lawrence County and East Carter shot a whopping 93 free throws as 63 fouls were whistled. Sheldon Clark and West Carter combined for 51 fouls and 56 free-throw attempts. Ashland and Lewis County together committed 50 fouls and took 61 foul shots.

As for my opinion on the subject, give me some time. I’m on the fence right now because, yes, it eliminates excessive contact, but it can also slow the game down tremendously.

One thing's for sure, these officials have an eye on you high-schoolers.

Parsley Repeat

Almost four years after her older sister signed to play basketball at Ohio Valley University, Hope Parsley is paving the same path, only with an addition of a sport.

Parsley has signed to play both basketball and softball at OVU.

Currently a senior at Newton High School in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Parsley was a standout at Russell. She moved before her senior year.

Parsley is set to graduate high school early and begin at OVU in January. She’ll redshirt the remainder of her freshman basketball season, but will participate in softball this spring.

Kayla, Hope’s aforementioned sister and Russell graduate, is a senior and heavy contributor on the basketball team.

OVU is located in Vienna, W.Va., near Parkersburg.

McPeek Going South

Ashland junior Cody McPeek, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive tackle who played for Fairview this past season, has been invited to the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

The combine is held in conjunction with the Army All-American Game starting Saturday, Jan. 4.

KCU’s Dixon Honored

Kentucky Christian University volleyball coach Bruce Dixon was named the NCCAA-II National Coach of the Year.

Dixon recently led the Lady Knights to a Mid-East Region championship and a sixth consecutive 20-win season. Overall, they were 28-13 this season, losing only one regular season match to NCCAA-II opponents. KCU finished fifth in the nation.

Dixon also serves as the school’s director of athletics.

“Coach Dixon has proven remarkably consistent in fielding volleyball teams that proudly represent Kentucky Christian University both on and off the court,” said KCU President Dr. Jeff Metcalf. “Under his leadership, the Lady Knights have enjoyed unparalleled competitive success while simultaneously setting the standard for classroom excellence.”

All-Area Coming Up

Several All-Area teams will be published in The Independent before the end of the year.

Keep an eye out for volleyball, cross country, soccer and football selections, which are determined by area coaches’ votes, as always.

Silver Gloves Change

The 2013 Kentucky State Silver Gloves Tournament is still set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at Kyova Tri-State Mall on U.S. Rt. 60, as reported in The Independent on Wednesday.

The bell time is now 6 p.m., not 7.

Weigh-ins will still be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $5 a boxer. Cost of admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and free for those 6 and younger.

Contact Charlie Hanshaw at 465-4638 for more information.

Greenup’s How Good?

Greenup County’s boys beat Prestonsburg, 85-45, on Tuesday night. Russell lost to Prestonsburg, 59-51, on Monday.

Just how good is Greenup County?

Time will tell, but Friday may give some indication. The Musketeers travel to 63rd District rival Russell to take on the Red Devils.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

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