And you thought my World Series prediction was an April Fool’s joke.
Yep, that’s right, I’ll remind you.
On April 1, the staff’s preseason major league baseball predictions were released. I, for one, was looking for redemption after terrible results in 2011.
How’s this for atonement?
I had six of 10 playoff teams. Not bad.
My AL MVP pick was Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. First Triple Crown winner since 1967! Nice!
If you can locate that April 1 newspaper — unless you’re only using them to line your birdcage — find that oh so familiar face you see right here every football Friday.
Scroll down. Keep scrolling ...
What do you see? World Series: Tigers over Giants.
Now, I could gloat about this: “Ha, I’m in my first year as sports editor, and I’m already correctly predicting World Series matchups. Geez, this gig is easy!”
I could boast, too: “Do you realize there are 30 teams in major league baseball? And I picked the final two! What are the chances? Man, I am gooooood!”
My arrogance could lead me to brag as well, I suppose: “Did you see Mark Maynard’s pick? Angels over Reds. Rocky Stanley’s? Phillies over Rangers. Laughable! How long have these guys been doing this? I’m here for five measly years, and they’re letting a rookie like me show them up?!”
But I won’t.
Thanks to a friend of mine who is abreast to the betting scene, I discovered that I would be $5,400 richer right now if I had put $100 down on that matchup before the season.
Wow, if I would’ve just put $50 down.
But I don’t bet.
You can bet on these picks, though — again, not condoning gambling on high school football, just expressing how confident I am this week.
If anything can bring me back down to earth, though — and trust me, I needed it — it was that 9-5 disaster last week (including college and NFL).
Ah, I’ll always have Tigers-Giants. Come on Detroit!
OK, let’s motor through these Week 11 picks.
Boyd County 35, West Carter 14: Boyd’s Ray Brooks starts off head coaching career with 5-5 regular season.
Morgan County 32, East Carter 20: Cougars earn first nine-win season in school history.
George Rogers Clark 36, Rowan County 34: Clark is 0-9 this season, so why am I going with the Cardinals? The poor souls have to face Louisville Trinity in the first round of the playoffs, so they will want badly to avoid a total waste of a season. I see a down-to-the-wire finish, but I see the 6A school prevailing.
Letcher County Central 28, Greenup County 21: The Musketeers seem to have a chance at their first win in two seasons. I’m still not sure how Letcher County Central beat Lawrence County by 23 points in September. It was the team’s only win.
Johnson Central 34, Belfry 28: Facing a potential letdown after beating Ashland in emotional fashion, the Golden Eagles just do hang on to beat a solid Belfry team.
Lewis County 30, Magoffin County 22: Coming off their highest point total of the season, the Lions keep confidence against an ever-improving Magoffin squad.
Berea 26, Paintsville 14: Tigers have a fighting chance.
Fairview 54, Powell County 21: The Pirates have given up 70 or more points twice this season. The only reason the Eagles don’t get there is because of resting multiple players. Fairview cruises to polish off second straight 10-0 regular season.
Raceland 40, Russell 24: Rams punish Red Devils in final Rail Cities Bowl for the forseeable future.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.
And you thought my World Series prediction was an April Fool’s joke.
- Local Sports
VIDEO: 16th Region semifinals highlights
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.
AARON SNYDER: Will the next hero be unmasked?
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.
Barracudas earn kudos from coach
Ashland Area YMCA swimmers impressed coach Ryan Ferguson from start to finish in the three-day Kentucky Y Competitive Swim League State Meet.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- VIDEO: 16th Region semifinals highlights