It’s crazy how much things can change in the span of a year.
Last season, the Somerset Briar Jumpers boys basketball program found themselves watching the 12th Region Boys Basketball Tournament from the sidelines, having not qualified for the eight-team tourney after an opening round loss to Casey County in the 47th District Boys Basketball Tournament.
Last night, just over a year after the season-ending loss to Casey County in the district tourney, the Jumpers found themselves playing for a coveted regional title and a trip to Rupp Arena for the PNC/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys State Tournament.
After victories over Boyle County and Mercer County in the first two rounds of regional tournament action, the Jumpers earned a trip to the regional finals, where they met up with long-time rival Wayne County.
Unfortunately for the ‘Purple and Gold,’ the championship meeting with the Cardinals wouldn’t be as kind as the first two rounds would be, as Rodney Woods’ ball club came away with a 61-48 victory last night at Lincoln County High School.
Despite the 13-point setback to Wayne County, Somerset head coach Jeff Cothron was more than proud of his squad’s postseason run following the contest.
“I’m very proud of my team,” told the Jumper hoops coach. “This program is night and day from where it was to where it is now, so I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished. I thanked the seniors for getting the program back up and riding the ship, and I also told the ones who will be back, to remember how this loss felt so they will get back to the grindstone and want to get back here.”
Somerset held their own for the first two quarters of action, but a 20-9 third quarter allowed the Cardinals to separate themselves from the Jumpers to take a 12-point, 47-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
At the intermission, the Jumpers went into the locker room trailing by a lone point at 27-26. The third stanza would be a big one for Wayne County, as they used a 10-1 run to grab a double-digit lead. That run would be a huge blow to the boys in purple and gold, as they never seemed to fully recover from it.
Much of the reason for Wayne County’s success was their ability to put the ball in the nets from behind the three-point arc. In fact, the Cardinals hit ten treys in the contest. Somerset, meanwhile, managed to only hit one trifecta, which came from junior Ryan Dishman.
Wayne County’s hot hand from behind the three-point line was difficult to stop.
“Hats off to Wayne County, because I didn’t expect them - in the third game of the regional tournament - to shoot the ball as well as they did,” explained Cothron. “We did a good job when we got the ball in the post, but we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the outside. We were at a disadvantage because we could pound the ball inside, but we couldn’t force the turnovers.”
Somerset led on one occasion during the contest, which was when Ryan Weddle gave the Jumpers a 2-0 lead to start the game. Following Weddle’s lay-up, Wayne County tallied eight straight points to run out to an 8-2 advantage.
After one quarter in the books, Somerset found themselves down by four points at 17-13. The Jumpers outlasted Wayne County, 13-10, in the second period to lessen the Cardinal lead to a lone point at halftime.
Weddle, in his final game as a Jumper, finished with a team-high 17 points, while chipping in with five rebounds. The Somerset big man scored 15 of 17 points in the third and fourth quarters.
Fellow senior big man Tyson Williams joined Weddle in double figures, as he tallied 12 points and pulled down a contest-high eight boards. Williams had a big second frame for the Jumpers, scoring eight of the team’s 13 points in the eight-minute time period.
Dishman chimed in with nine points for Somerset, while senior Matt Gordon tallied eight points and had seven rebounds. Cam Cheuvront tallied two points in the regional final contest.
Both Peyton Woods and Corey Stearns both had huge nights for the Cardinals, as both had 20-plus point performances. Woods led all scorers, pouring in a game-high 23 points, which included four three-pointers. Stearns, who knocked down a pair of treys, finished with 21 points.
With the loss, Somerset’s final overall record for the 2012-13 season stands at 20-10. Under the guidance of Cothron, the Jumpers earned a spot in the regional championship game for the first time since 1989.
After doing the math, the Jumpers had exactly the same amount of wins they had this year, as they did in the past two seasons under then head coach Don Daniel. In the 2010-11 season, Somerset finished 9-19, while last season, the Jumpers went 11-14.
Wayne County, who tallied their ninth regional championship in school history and eighth under Woods, will play 11th Region champion Madison Central in the opening round of the State Tournament, which is set to get underway Wednesday morning at Rupp Arena.
Local athletes being named to the 12th Region Boys Tournament All-Tournament were: Southwestern’s Justin Edwards, Pulaski County’s Kody Johnson, and the Somerset trio of Williams, Weddle, and Dishman.
SHS - 13 13 9 13 - 48
WC - 17 10 20 14 - 61
SOMERSET (20-10): Weddle 17, Williams 12, Dishman 9, Gordon 8, Cheuvront 2.
WAYNE COUNTY (27-7): Woods 23, Stearns 21, Blevins 9, Shelton 3, Gehring 3, Perkins 2.
Briar Jumpers lose to Wayne County, 61-48
It’s crazy how much things can change in the span of a year.
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Eight is Great!
During last night’s 48th District Softball Championship game, Southwestern had a sign on their dugout wall that read “The third time’s the charm.”
That statement held true for Jim Woodall and the Lady Warriors, as the they defeated McCreary Central when it mattered most, which was in last night’s title game at Wayne County High School.
After falling to the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central twice in their pair of regular season match-ups, Southwestern, with a 12-7 victory last night, tallied their eighth district championship in a row.
Somerset downs Pulaski to claim title
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Warriors blast past Wayne Co., 14-9
When Southwestern is hitting the ball solid, they are a very dangerous baseball team.
Wayne County received a first-hand look at just how much damage the Southwestern bats can do on Tuesday evening at Warrior Stadium, as the homestanding Warriors tallied 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-9 victory over the Cardinals in the 48th District Baseball Championship game.
Lorman, Henderlight keep Pulaski alive
Facing a four-run deficit and down to their last three outs, elimination looked inevitable for the Pulaski County High School baseball team on Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
But a Pulaski last-inning rally capped off by a Henry Lorman bases-loaded clearing double off the left field wall and a Chris Henderlight walk-off RBI base hit propelled the Maroons to a 7-6 comeback win over Rockcastle County High School.
Warriors down Monticello, 11-1
It takes five wins to make it to the Forcht Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament.
The Southwestern Warriors are one-fifth of the way there now, as they took down Monticello in the first round of the 48th District Baseball Tournament on Monday night at Warrior Stadium. With the five-inning, 11-1 victory over the Trojans, the Warriors advanced to the championship game and next week’s regional tournament.
Alex Eaton’s ball club did exactly what they needed to do to make it back to the regional tournament once again. The third-year Southwestern coach is hoping that his squad can come away with the program’s first regional title since 2004.
Lady Warriors advance to finals; looking for 8th straight district title
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Somerset cruises to 15-1 win over Rebels
After a slow start in the first two innings, the Briar Jumpers put it all together with a 10-run third inning en route to a 15-1 (5 inning) win over Casey County High School in the first round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Rebels scored in their very first at-bats, and the Jumpers countered with a three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first after Jumpers’ junior Charlie Dishman blasted a three-run homer to left field to plate Jacob Pelston and Addison Thompson.
Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
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