Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 26, 2012


Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — I've sought help from several professionals, and it seems I have an identity crisis on my hands.

Not in the sense that my wife might be married to a woman soon, and not in the sense that my social security number is now someone else's.

No, I'm confronting a different kind of identity dilemma.

Since becoming the Quarterback and Point Guard three years ago, the QB/PG has never seen his seasons collided. And trust me, neither likes sharing the spotlight.

There's a serious tug-of-war beating back-and-forth against my skull.

Cooler heads prevailed, though, so we can safely call it a stalemate.

Hazard and Fairview were tied for a few minutes the other night. Remember that?

I bet the Bulldogs are having a tough time recalling at this point. The distant memory faded into oblivion after Fairview poured 40 points on them on Friday night in the Class A football state semifinal in Westwood.

The determined Eagles soaked up the atmosphere and thrived. They shot out to a 20-0 lead and didn't look back. They played physical, relentless and with explosiveness.

Fairview (14-0) handed Hazard its worst loss since Dec. 3, 2010, when Mayfield manhandled Hazard 47-6 in the state championship game.

Do the Eagles have a date with championship destiny? If the Eagles can shock Mayfield, Fairview would be the first undefeated state champion in northeastern Kentucky since 1959, when the playoff format began.

Fairview and Mayfield meet on Friday at noon EST at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green.

Most of the attention has gone the way of Fairview's three-headed backfield — seniors Chris Brewer, Elijah King and Devon Turner — and deservedly so. However, coach Nathan McPeek threw out plenty more names after Friday night's "program win."

"Guys like (Tanner) Dolen, Armonde Yetts, Caleb McKnight, Anthony Roark …" McPeek rattled them off.

The list goes on, of course. Keep an eye on The Independent this week for more stories about the State-bound Eagles.

PG's Three to See

Our 38th annual high school basketball preview issue was released today. If you didn't get a hard copy, an e-edition version is also available. The Point Guard envisions another fun season, and it starts this week. Here are three games that should be worth the price of admission.

‰Boyd County at Russell boys, Tuesday at 7:30 — Some have jokingly called it "the trade." Senior Austin Hunt plays in his first game as a Boyd County Lion since transferring from Russell after his sophomore year. The talented small forward is one of the many reasons Boyd County is hyped about its season. Boyd County transfer Lance Evans takes the court for Russell. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Evans could be the big body Russell needed down low.

‰Lewis County at Ashland girls, Thursday at 7:30 — Lewis County made a historical run to the 16th Region Tournament semifinals a season ago. With one of the better inside-out combos (Emily Frye, Savannah Anderson) in the area, the Lady Lions could challenge the defending region champion Kittens. Highly touted sophomore point guard Alexis Robinson leads Ashland, which is still dangerous despite the loss of two key seniors from 2011-12.

‰Ashland at Boyd County boys, Friday at 7:30 — This 64th District showdown goes down before the calendar is flipped to December. The Tomcats may be a little better than some expect.

The PG guesses we'll find out early where these teams stand, and he'll also find out how foolish he might have been when putting out his preseason rankings ...

PG's Preseason

Super Seven


1. Fleming County

2. Boyd County

3. Russell

4. Ashland

5. Rowan County

6. East Carter

7. Morgan County


1. Ashland

2. Boyd County

3. Lewis County

4. East Carter

5. Rowan County

6. Greenup County

7. Russell

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Football Rundown

Class 6A (Saturday at 8): Pleasure Ridge Park (14-0) may have a legitimate shot of knocking off Louisville Trinity (12-1). Scott County had Trinity down 14-0 in the fourth quarter before the Shamrocks fought back to win 21-14.

Class 5A (Saturday at 4): Bowling Green (14-0) edged John Hardin, 14-13, to remain unbeaten. Cooper (13-1) awaits in the finals.

Class 4A (Friday at 8): Dear Collins, congratulations on a nice season. It might be hard to repeat that after Highlands (13-1) gets hold of the 11-3 Titans on Friday night. If Collins wins, call up Denzel Washington. There will be a "Remember the Titans" sequel.

Class 3A (Friday at 4): Belfry (12-2) is smoking hot, riding a seven-game winning streak. Louisville Central (12-2) has had a tremendous season, losing to only St. Xavier and Pleasure Ridge Park.

Class 2A: After a 2-4 start, Newport Central Catholic (10-4) has won eight consecutive games. Caldwell County is 11-3.

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