Men, we are in the driver’s seat now, aren’t we?
All of us guys are fresh off romantic dinner-and-movie dates with our ravishing hunnies, which means next time it’s our turn to pick the flick. That is, if you have the luxury of being in a give-and-take relationship.
Valentine’s Day means it’s the female’s pick of the litter of movies — for the PG and his chick, it was “The Vow.”
Channing Tatum’s just dreamy, isn’t he? Well, my wife likes him, but he can’t impress her with his basketball knowledge like the handsome guy attached to this column.
If there was one celebrity who you could walk arm-in-arm with on the red carpet at The Academy Awards, who would it be?
Evan Rachel Wood, anyone?
This week, with the Oscars to be handed out next Sunday, the PG is arm-in-arm with some virtual hardware, ready to be handed to 10 16th Region recipients.
The awards are all modeled, in some cases loosely, after actual Academy Awards, with their real meanings in parentheses.
All were determined by the Point Guard based solely on the regular season.
‰Sound Mixing (Best Boys Duo or Trio): Rowan County’s Adam Wing, D.J. Townsend and Jason Egan. As a trio, these three amigos have not disappointed after each being instrumental in the Vikings’ run to a state runner-up finish last season.
‰Sound Mixing (Best Girls Duo or Trio): Lewis County’s Taylor Frye and Savannah Anderson. Frye is the region’s leader in assists (6.5 per game), and Anderson heads the field goal percentage list (at 55 percent).
‰Actress in a Supporting Role (Girls Sixth Man): Allie Slone (Ashland). The Kittens may have the top seventh, eighth and ninth people off the bench too, but Slone is athletic, smart and a solid defender as the first Kitten off the pine.
‰Actor in a Supporting Role (Boys Sixth Man): Jacob Porter (Russell). Porter has slid into a starting role recently with point guard Googie Hayes out because of injury. The junior has three-point shooting skills to go along with an improved passing eye and a good concept of his role.
‰Best Director (Girls Coach of the Year): Bill Bradley (Ashland). Bradley guided the Kittens to a perfect regular season within the region, and it’s not as if he just puts a starting five out there and says ‘Go play!’ No, Bradley calls on his deep, talented bench, and substitutes often. Bradley has yet to win a regional title, but one could be coming soon.
‰Best Director (Boys Coach of the Year): Merle Kidwell (Russell). West Carter’s Jeremy Webb is a close second, but Kidwell took a group with hardly any expectations, after losing two key starters, to region contention.
‰Actress in a Leading Role (Girls Player of the Year): Too close to call. Sorry to disappoint here, but it simply wouldn’t be fair for the PG to select a winner in this category. I have not seen every girls team play in person this season. However, I do have four nominees. They are: Kayla Day (Fairview), Taylor Lewis (Rowan County), Brooke Gee (Raceland) and Taylor Wheeler (Boyd County).
‰Actor in a Leading Role (Boys Player of the Year): Corey Gregg (Ashland). It comes down to this with Gregg ... he gets the most out of his size and ability on a night-in, night-out basis. He sees the floor exceptionally well, has become an elite passer and knows how to score and rebound fairly consistently. Others nominated would be Mike Terry (Fairview), D.J. Townsend (Rowan County), Adam Wing (Rowan County), Kyle Skaggs (Russell) and Darion Burns (Fleming County).
‰Best Picture (Best Girls Team): Ashland. It’s difficult to dispute the numbers. The Kittens went 17-0 inside the region, 24-6 overall, and scored right at 70 points per game.
‰Best Picture (Best Boys Team): West Carter. Five seniors, including the surprising Travis Duvall, comprise the Comets. All five, including Caleb Whitt off the bench, have played prominent roles on defining West Carter as the best all-around team. Kyle Cundiff has come quite a ways as the Comets’ point guard, and the nucleus of Kyle Brown, Derek Lawson and Cody Stamper has helped the team jel around it. Growing up playing basketball together is a common occurrence in Olive Hill, and for this group, it’s paid off.
Snyder’s Super Seven
1. Rowan County (20-7)
2. Ashland (19-11)
3. West Carter (23-6)
4. Fleming County (15-15)
5. Russell (17-12)
6. Greenup County (16-13)
7. Fairview (16-12)
1. Ashland (24-6)
2. Fleming County (24-5)
3. Rowan County (23-5)
4. Boyd County (19-9)
5. East Carter (16-14)
6. Lewis County (17-11)
7. Raceland (19-9)
Before sitting out with flu-like symptoms on Friday night against Rowan County, Fairview’s Kayla Day was having another sensational week, making opponents sick.
Day climbed to 30 points twice — she scored 33 against Elliott County in a game in which she also had 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists. The Lady Eagles senior amassed 31 points against Russell.
Hope Parsley racked up a career-high 34 points and joins the club for the first-time membership fee of ... it’s free, of course.
Raceland’s J.R. Blair collected 36 points and 16 rebounds in a loss to Elliott County on Feb. 9.
Rowan County senior Taylor Lewis recorded 30 points, 11 steals, seven assists and seven rebounds in 20 minutes against Fairview on Friday.
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Games of the Week
First round district games aren’t always instant classics, but the following three have a chance to be intriguing: Morgan County-East Carter boys (Morgan is 2-1 in regular season); Boyd County-Fairview boys (Season series tied at 1-1); Raceland-Russell girls (Season series tied at 1-1); and Morgan County-West Carter girls (Season series split at 1).
The complete district tournament schedule was in Sunday’s edition.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.
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Boyd County sophomore basketball player Logan Fraley has announced her commitment to Marshall University.
The 5-foot-11 shooting guard informed Marshall women’s coach Matt Daniel of her decision on Monday morning, which was confirmed by Boyd County coach/father Pete Fraley via text message.
63rd softball: Greenup leans on bunting, baserunning; Russell wins
Immersed in another district contest with little breathing room, Greenup County softball coach Eric Keeton resorted to the strengths of his lineup: bunting and baserunning.
Two bunts and a swinging bunt helped the Lady Musketeers scratch across three runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 victory over Raceland in the 63rd District Tournament opening round on Monday night at Russell High School. Top-seeded Russell defeated Lewis County, also 6-2, earlier in the evening.
Boyd pounds out 11 hits to go along with Grimm’s shutout, 14-0
Robbie Shivel might be a little sore after Monday night, but it was Fairview that left the game battered and bruised.
Boyd County belted out 11 hits to go along with Dylan Grimm's complete-game gem as the Lions roared past Fairview, 14-0, in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament at Ashland's Alumni Field. The game lasted five innings.
Different look, same results for Lady Lions
A longtime fixture in the 64th District softball championship game, Boyd County looked different this return trip.
The Lady Lions defeated Fairview 10-5 in Monday’s district semifinal, which doubled as an Autism Awareness Night. Boyd County players wore light blue shirts and colorful, jigsaw puzzle socks for the event, which had to be rescheduled more than once due to weather problems.
Musketeers explode in final 2 innings to beat Raceland; good times continue for Lewis
Through the first four innings of its 63rd District Tournament opener, Greenup County found itself hitless. The Musketeers made up for it over the next two innings.
Greenup County scored eight runs on eight hits in the final two innings to defeat Raceland, 9-1, at Russell High School on Monday.
The will to win
Opponents get the same look from Emily Stewart whether it’s softball, basketball or soccer season.
Steely eyed and lips pursed, the Boyd County senior is keenly focused and all business between the lines.
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Locals struggle to make impact
Some days you are the windshield and some days you are the bug.
It is a saying that proved to be all too true for Rowan County on Friday night at the KHSAA Class 2A State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Womack eliminated in state semis; Rose Hill, Russell doubles also ousted
Fairview senior Kennedy Womack wasn’t her consistent self in Saturday morning’s state tennis semifinals at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary Boone Tennis Complex.
As a result, the top seed fell to Lexington Sayre sophomore Madeline Rolph 6-1, 6-0.
Womack was obviously disappointed with her finish, especially after losing in last year’s state finals, but she was happy for her good friend Rolph.
If Fairview could have fielded a combined track and field team at Saturday’s Class A State Track and Field Championships, the Eagles and Lady Eagles would have had a record day. Instead, the Fairview girls had to “settle” for fifth, while the boys’ claimed 10th.
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