Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 20, 2014

AARON SNYDER: Kings are off and running

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — Just two games into their first season, the Kentucky Kings are already in the win column.

The high-scoring semiprofessional basketball team cruised past the Indiana Generals, 128-82, on Saturday night at the Ashland National Guard Armory.

A whopping seven Kings reached double figures, with Mason County High School product Wesley Jones leading the way. He tallied 29 points and six rebounds.

Anthony Williams, of Portsmouth, had a well-rounded effort that included 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Former West Carter star Casey Jones contributed 14 points as the Kings improved to 1-1.

According to team owner Ricky Witt, some players are already garnering interest from overseas clubs. He said the crowd was larger than it was for the preseason event in January.

The Kings travel to Louisville to take on the Flash on Sunday at 5 p.m. Their next home game is on Saturday, March 1, vs. the Gem City Slam (4-0).

The team will hold a slam dunk contest for the Greenup Upward organization this Sunday at Greenup Christian Church at 11:30 a.m. before traveling to Louisville.

Knights Host

Kentucky Christian University basketball will host the NCCAA Div. II Mideast Region Tournament next week. It will be held from Thursday, Feb. 27, to Saturday, March 1, with both the men’s and women’s winners moving onto the NCCAA D-II National Championship Tournament.

Schedules haven’t been finalized, but the championship games will be played, beginning with the women, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on that Saturday.

KCU’s women (16-9), currently ranked No. 1 in NCCAA D-II, wrap up their regular season with a home game vs. West Virginia-Parkersburg on Friday and a contest at Cincinnati-Clermont on Tuesday.

The men (12-14) also host WVU-Parkersburg on Friday night.

Justice Signs

South Point senior basketball player Brett Justice, a 6-foot center from Ashland, recently signed with the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

A four-year varsity player, Justice is also an honor roll student at South Point. She has achieved All-Ohio Valley Conference first team and honorable mention honors and was also a All-Ohio DII first team selection.

Justice plans to study forensic science at WVU Tech. She is the daughter of Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice.

Bush Runs

Boyd County sophomore Bradley Bush was one of 300 runners selected to be part of the 2014 USA Cross Country Team in the 17th annual Down Under Cross Country Meets in Australia this summer.

The 15-year-old will compete in the meets this July as a representative of Kentucky.

Sturgill Selected

Tyler Sturgill, a senior lineman at Tates Creek High School who has area ties, will represent the United States as part of the American Football Worldwide ELITE team when it goes up against the national U19 team of France on March 29 in Paris, France.

Last spring’s game served as the first of its kind — one in which a scholastic U.S. team traveled overseas to play another country’s national team that had previously qualified for the World Championships of American Football.

USA-AFW ELITE beat France, 19-0, last season.

Sturgill’s grandparents, Paul Jack and Margie Sturgill, live in Westwood.

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