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Following the normal calendar of football, the pigskin-crazed communities of Ashland and Bell County would have had at least a week, if not a whole offseason, to salivate over a tantalizing matchup of two of the most accomplished and respected programs in eastern Kentucky.

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CANNONSBURG Corbin coach Armando Cima admitted he wanted his team to slow down in the opening minutes of the boys soccer state Elite Eight matchup with Ashland on Monday night.

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MAYSVILLE Boyd County cross country coach Becca Chaney knew the challenge facing the Lions and Lady Lions entering Saturday’s Class 2A, Region 6 championship at Mason County.

PINEVILLE Tony Love called JT Garrett "one of the most dynamic players in this part of the state."

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CANNONSBURG Noble Eleazu was in the right place at the right time. Consequently, Ashland is one of the state's final eight.

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FLATWOODS Russell has engineered its best soccer of the season at the right time. Estill County experienced the full force of a re-energized group of Lady Devils on a chilly and brisk Saturday afternoon.

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WESTWOOD “We’d sing the song,” a half-joking Scotty McCoy hollered to the Betsy Layne sideline and bleachers, “but we don’t know it!”

OLIVE HILL Region tournament volleyball gets under way at West Carter and at Johnson Central on Monday.

OAK HILL, Ohio I was seated in the middle of Cliff Rawlins’ fishing boat, the seat opposite the steering wheel. My son-in-law, Dwight Cole, was in the rear swivel seat, with two rods trolling straight back from the rear of the boat. Rawlins was in the front pedestal seat, two light-action ro…

LLOYD The Ashland at Greenup County football game scheduled for Friday is off after a Musketeer tested positive for COVID-19, Greenup County Schools superintendent Traysea Moresea said on Thursday night.

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ASHLAND Boyd County proved the finish is much more important than the start Thursday night in the 64th District Tournament final at Anderson Gymnasium.

Team schedules have resembled a revolving door this season, but area schools are still playing football. Athletic directors, school officials and coaches have handled the uncertainty well and have found ways to keep their athletes on the field.

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One of the many jobs high school coaches must do that they aren’t explicitly paid for is moonlight psychologist.

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CANNONSBURG Ashland’s Calyx Holmes could not help but to dance to the 1977 Bee Gees hit single “Stayin’ Alive” Tuesday night in the 16th Region Tournament boys soccer semifinals as the song played during halftime.

CANNONSBURG Menifee County put on a defensive clinic for nearly 90 minutes Saturday night in the opening round of the 16th Region boys soccer tournament at Boyd County.  

CANNONSBURG Ashland coach Preston Freeman could not have been happier with the start his Tomcats had against Greenup County in the opening round of the 16th Region boys soccer tournament.

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ASHLAND Class 3A’s ninth-leading rusher had 30 yards on the ground at halftime on Friday night.

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Dr. Marshall Banks was a high school basketball player of local note in the 1950s and the first African American scholarship athlete in the Ohio Valley Conference at Morehead State in 1958, but his impact went beyond that.

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WESTWOOD Fairview had trouble flipping the field on Friday night. The Eagles couldn’t flip the script against Raceland.

TAYLOR MILL For a moment Friday, Boyd County's joy couldn't be contained.

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MOREHEAD The only things missing from West Carter’s latest volleyball revival were the tent, choir robes and hymnals.

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RUSSELL Down a point in overtime against Class 6A Simon Kenton, T.J. Maynard didn’t hesitate to roll the dice and go for the win.

If you haven’t noticed, offenses have piled up the points this season. The end zone has been a popular place for area teams and players, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

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