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January 27, 2014

AARON SNYDER: Last 10 years, it's nearly all Ashland


Throughout any rivalry, stretches of success for one particular side are common.
Usually, though, a power shift is imminent after so long.
All told, Ashland's current run against Boyd County might be a more thoroughly dominant decade than the Tomcats have experienced in some time inside the rivalry.
Boyd County boys basketball gave possible indication of a near-future turnaround on Friday night with a narrow 81-77 loss.
For now, talk about an upper hand … 
… Divided up into different sports, check these records and numbers out (since Jan. 1, 2004):
‰Football, Ashland 10-0. The Tomcats have beaten the Lions by an average of 26.3 points per game on the gridiron.
‰Boys basketball, Ashland 20-4. The 'Cats have won by an average margin of nearly 30 points per contest, including a couple of extremely lopsided results (one being 82-21) to skew the average. Ashland's taken 14 of the last 15 meetings during the period. Neither school has achieved a 16th Region championship, though.
‰Girls basketball, Ashland 22-11. While the record may indicate otherwise, this rivalry is still piping hot. The teams have met each other for the region title in each of the past three seasons. The Lady Lions and Kittens have both enjoyed state tournaments, with Ashland going twice and Boyd County once, during the span. Boyd County did win the region in 2003, just before the cut-off point of 
this illustration.
‰Baseball, Boyd County 17-15. The diamond Lions help Boyd County save face tremendously. However, Ashland's won six of the last seven meetings. Each school has claimed three region titles in the last 10 years.
‰Softball, Ashland 22-11. The Kittens, owners of five consecutive region crowns, emerged victorious in 12 of the previous 14 meetings.
That's an overall mark of 89-43 (67.4 percent), in Ashland's favor, in the "major" sports since Jan. 1, 2004.
This breakdown didn't include the so-called "minor" sports, in which both schools have fared well in various sports in the recent past.

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