WSIP SPorts 7-19-2017


H.S. Sports

* Former Betsy Layne player and assistant coach Brandon Kidd has been named girls basketball coach at nearby Prestonsburg High School. Kidd graduated from Betsy Layne in 2006, the same season he helped lead the Bobcats to the 15th Region tournament semifinals. He was an assistant coach with the team in 2011 when it won the All 'A' Classic state championship. Kidd takes over as head coach of the Lady Blackcats for Brandon Gearheart, who was named boys basketball coach at Prestonsburg last week.

* Former Prestonsburg baseball player Trey Stapleton is returning to his alma mater to lead the Blackcat program while Rick Hughes has been hired to coach Prestonsburg softball. Stapleton takes over for Shawn Hager who is now at Floyd Central High School. The former Blackcat led the program to the 15th Region championship and an appearance in the state quarterfinals during his senior season in 2013. Prestonsburg will enter the 2018 season as the defending 58th District champion.

* The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year July 14-15 at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The Board’s action, which follows the recommended use of protective headgear in July of 2014, makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.

* The Board also addressed details for several state championship events, finalizing dates and sites for Football. The time schedule for the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl was finalized over the weekend, with the Board approving the following recommendation from the Commissioner:

Friday, Dec. 1 – Class 1A, 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1 – Class 3A, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 – Class 2A, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 – Class 4A, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 – Class 5A, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 – Class 6A, 2 p.m.

The Board also finalized the cross-bracketing playoff pairings in football for Class 2A, 3A and 4A, adopting the recommended pairings available at on the KHSAA website at http://khsaa.org/regional-football-cross-bracketing/

Cincinnati Reds

Chris Herrmann capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks slugged their way past the Cincinnati Reds 11-2 on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks snapped a five-game skid by getting an extra-base hit from nine players, a first for the franchise. Six of those came in the fifth inning, another Arizona first. Among the biggest blows were a pinch-hit, three-run shot by Rey Fuentes in the seventh and a two-run triple from All-Star Jake Lamb. Zack Cozart hit his 10th homer, but Cincinnati is 0-5 since the All-Star break, and opponents have reached double figures in runs in three of the games. Reds starter Sal Romano, recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier Tuesday to make his third career start, failed to retire a batter in the fifth. Romano (1-2) allowed six hits, six runs and five walks with three strikeouts.

The Reds and Diamondbacks will play game 2 of this 3 game series tonight at GABP. Gametime is set for 7:10 PM and available on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.


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