Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hunter Hill signs to play baseball at Union College

Mason County senior Hunter Hill signed today to play baseball at Union College in Barbourville.

Hill, a left handed pitcher and outfielder, visited Berea College and talked with Ohio University Chillicothe and Asbury University, but said when he visited Union it felt like home "and I like the small campus, I like the new facilities, it just went really well for me."

Mason County coach Tom Posey said Hill's fastball has been clocked at 77 miles per hour.

"My go to pitch is a two-seam fastball, but I like to work in a four-seam a lot too," Hill said. "Two-seam, I get a lot of movement out of coming as a left-hander. I throw a circle changeup and a 12-6 curveball."

Hill said he is looking at accounting as a major and business as a minor, but is still undecided.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Polar Bears crash the boards in the second half in a 68-53 win over Saints in district SF

The Bracken County Polar Bears outrebounded the St. Patrick Saints 27-12 in the second half in a 68-53 semifinal win in the 39th District Tournament tonight at the Mason County Fieldhouse.

There were five ties and 11 lead changes in the first half.

St. Patrick led 29-27 at the half, but the Polar Bears had 13 second chance points in the third quarter by outrebounding the Saints 15-3. 

Bracken County outscored St. Patrick 22-9 in the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run for a 57-38 lead. 

Three Bracken County players scored in double figures- Brady Jones with 19 points, Cooper Engines with 18 points and Austin Crawford with 14 points.

Ben Swolsky had a double-double for St. Patrick with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Bracken County plays Mason County in the championship game Thursday at 8 p.m.

BC (16-13) Crawford 14, Engnes 18, Jones 19, Tan. Fisher 3, Tad Fisher 4, Appleman 5, Rigg 2, Deaton 3
SP (8-23) McKay 9, Bauer 4, B. Swolsky 23, Walton 4, J. Swolsky 2, Burton 9, Black 2

BC 14 13 22 19- 68
SP  13 16 09 15- 53

Bracken Co. tops St. Patrick 57-26 in girls SF

The Bracken County Lady Bears pulled away from the St.Patrick Lady Saints in the third quarter for a 57-26 victory in the lower bracket semifinal game of the 39th District Tournament tonight at the Mason County Fieldhouse.

The Lady Bears outscored the Lady Saints 24-5 in the third quarter and ended the quarter on a 21-0 run for 55-20 lead.

St. Patrick only had seven field goals in the game.

There were 46 fouls and 59 free throws between the two teams.

Madison Kalb scored a game-high 15 points for Bracken County.

Kennedy Carl added 11 points.

Justina Klee led St. Patrick in scoring with nine points.

Bracken County plays Mason County in the district championship game Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

BC (11-13) Rose 3, Myrick 8, Ruf 7, Bell 3, Florer 2, Jefferson 5, Carl 11, Kalb 15, Wolfe 3
SP (5-23) Scales 4, McKay 1, Gallenstein 5, Hughes 2, Stewart 3, Tesmer 2, Klee 9

BC 14 17 24 02- 57
SP  05 10 05 06- 26

Mason Co. senior Zach Hunt signs to play baseball at Union College

Mason County senior pitcher and outfielder Zach Hunt signed today with Union College in Barbourville.

Hunt, a left-hander, decided to go to Union College after working out there.

"I just had a real good time working with the coaches," Hunt said. "They showed me a few things on how to improve what I'm doing."

Hunt also liked what he saw at the college.

"The campus is gorgeous," Hunt said. "As soon as we pulled up there, it was neat. It had its own unique character."

Hunt said he throws a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball and a changeup and is working on a curveball.

He said he plans on majoring in accounting.

Mason County coach Tom Posey said he is excited for Hunt and the Royals' baseball program.



(Updated to add that Hunt is a left-hander)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Royals use big 2nd half to beat Augusta 54-36 in district opener

Augusta controlled the tempo in the first half and it was a four-point game at intermission, but Mason County sped up the game in the second half and the Royals beat the Panthers 54-36 tonight in the upper bracket semifinal game of the 39th District Tournament at the Fieldhouse.

There were three ties and four lead changes in the first half and Mason County had a 20-16 lead at the half.

The Royals outscored the Panthers 18-7 in the third quarter and led by as many 23 points in the fourth quarter.

Mason County shot 56 percent from the field in the second half.

Jaylen Lofton scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half.

Ty Fox had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Mason County advances to the championship game Thursday night and will play the winner of Tuesday's game between St. Patrick and Bracken County.

MC (16-15) Dunaway 6, Lofton 18, Perkins 6, Fox 15, Boyd 9
A (11-16) Johnson 6, Laycock 12, Cordle 3, Shoemaker 8, Philpot 4, Mains 1

MC 09 11 18 16- 54
A    08 08 07 13- 36

Lady Royals rout Augusta 89-17 in district semifinal

The Mason County Lady Royals jumped out to a 15-0 lead before the Augusta Lady Panthers got off their first shot and cruised to an 89-17 victory in the upper bracket semifinal game of the 39th District Tournament.

Mason County led 29-6 at the end of the first quarter and then scored 51 straight points. The Lady Royals outscored Augusta 31-0 in the second quarter and scored the first 20 points of the third quarter.

Briana McNutt scored her 1,000th career in the first quarter.

Jordan Frodge scored nine straight points including her 1,000th career point in the second quarter. 

Frodge was 9-of-11 from the field and scored a game-high 20 points.

Erika Simms was 6-of-6 from the field and scored 14 points.

Kara Moran added 10 points.

The Lady Royals shot 67.3 percent from the field including 84.6 percent (11-of-13) in the second half.

Mason County advances to the championship game Thursday night to play the winner of Tuesday night's game between St. Patrick and Bracken County,

MC (20-8) Brooks 3, Highfield 2, O'Mara 5, Reed 8, Moran 10, McNutt 8, Butler 3, May 6, Frodge 20, Simms 14, White 3, Schumacher 3, Boone 4
A (9-18) Browning 3, Garrett 5, Kelsch 3, Shields 6

MC 29 31 20 09- 89
A     06 00 03 08-17


Sunday, February 19, 2017

39th District Tournament begins Monday night

The girls and boys 39th District Tournaments begin Monday night at the Mason County Fieldhouse. Here is the bracket: