Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 2, 2013

AARON SNYDER: It's true, more is better

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — Finished fingering through all 56 pages of our annual high school basketball preview issue yet?

We hope you are overjoyed by the outcome and overflowing with knowledge on all area girls and boys teams.

Now that your eyes are fixated here, it’s time for the Monday Morning Point Guard to dish out some more basketball insight your way.

As the AT&T slogan says, “More is better.” Even the cute kids on the commercial agree.

So sit back, relax and dive into “The Dime” debut for 2013-14. The following list contains 10 questions that I’ll let the next few months answer.

Opening Dime

‰How will Darion Burns’ ACL injury affect Fleming County? Burns’ recovery path seems to be leading to a February return.

‰Fairview’s boys didn't get many coaches’ votes in the preseason polls. Did they deserve more? Many unproven players could combine to make a pretty good team.

‰Are Alexis Robinson and Haley-Sue Foutch a strong enough nucleus for Ashland?

‰Has new Greenup County coach Anthony Gordon gotten his girls’attention? The former Ashland Kittens assistant is preaching defense, defense and more defense.

‰Will Johnson Central's Shane Hall contend for the coveted Mr. Basketball title? The Marshall signee could be an even more dangerous player now that he has the weight of a college search off his shoulders.

‰Have East Carter's girls picked up from a hot summer? Based on strong scrimmage performances, the Lady Raiders could have its best season in years.

‰How will Jonah Black's return impact Boyd County? After sitting out for soccer, Black is back.

‰How will Dikembe Dixson's absence affect Ashland?

‰When will Tyler Thacker be at 100-percent health for Rowan County? One of the region's top players tore his ACL last March.

‰Can Elliott County's boys shoot their way into contention? If they're on from downtown, the Lions can down anybody.

Snyder's NEKY

Super Seven


1. Johnson Central

2. Fleming County

3. Lawrence County

4. Rowan County

5. Boyd County

6. Ashland

7. Greenup County

Look who's knocking (next two in): Lewis County, Fairview.


1. Ashland

2. East Carter

3. Boyd County

4. Lewis County

5. Bath County

6. Greenup County

7. Rowan County

Look who's knocking (next two in): Fleming County, Russell.

‰Rankings are solely based on the Point Guard's opinion. Included are all 16 16th Region teams, Paintsville, Johnson Central and Lawrence County.

30-Point Club

Look here every week to check out who eclipsed the 30-point mark in single games throughout the season.

Remember, as ubiquitous as we may seem at times, The Independent can't be at every game. So, if someone scores 30, let us know!

Rams Recap

Raceland just wrapped up arguably its best football season in its 88-year program history.

What can't be argued is that the Rams won their first region title, surpassed 500 wins and closed out with a valiant effort against a very talented Williamsburg team.

The Rams, especially the seniors, overcame a tremendous amount of adversity. Whether it was losing loved ones or suffering career-ending injuries, this group withstood the curveballs thrown their way.

Most importantly, they did it together and represented their school and community proudly.

Thanks to Miss 1,000!

The Monday Morning Quarterback would like to extend a sincere "Thank you!" to Stephanie Huddle, the QB's 1,000th Twitter follower. She predicted winners with the panel all season long, all while sticking by her East Carter Raiders.

Sports writer Rocky Stanley showed why he is a veteran, sealing up the best record this past weekend.

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