Friday, December 02, 2016

Dunaway scores 36 to lead Royals to 81-77 win over Simon Kenton

Leevi Dunaway scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Mason County Royals to an 81-77 come-from-behind victory in their home opener tonight.

Mason County used a 2-2-1 zone press to rally from a nine-point third quarter deficit

The Royals outscored the Pioneers 31-20 in the fourth quarter.  

Dunaway was 11-of-17 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line. He had seven rebounds, five steals and one assist. Dunaway scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Garrison had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Jaylen Lofton scored 11 points.

Dalton Perkins had eight points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

Caleb Boyd added seven points.

Mason County made 25-of-31 free throws.

The Royals host the Manchester Greyhounds Saturday afternoon, The junior varsity game begins at 2 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 3:30.

MC (2-0) Dunaway 36, Garrison 19, Lofton 11, Perkins 8, Boyd 7
SK (0-1) Kitchens 9, Robinson 11, Kelch 11, C. Sergent 12, Hawkins 8, Mastin 3, Perry 9, J. Sergent 5, Niece 9

MC 13 18 19 31-81
SK  18 16 23 20-77

Mason County season football awards

The Mason County football team banquet was held Thursday night at the high school. Here is a list of the award winners:

Brandon Drake/Jason Turner Captain's Award
Cameron O'Hearn
Michael Vacik

Harry Lewis Find a Way to Win Award
Malkolm Devine

Dustin Grutza/Neal Pawsat Extra Effort Award
Chandler Dunaway
Seth Chambers

Chris Lofton/Andre Turner Team First Award
Will Caudill
Dalton Kindt
Luke Morgan

Special Teams Award
Travis Whisman
Isaiah Chambers

Jordan Murray/Mason King Most Improved Award
Landon Prather
Demetric Preston

Jamie Booher Hustle Award
Shane Sizemore
Tyrion Fox

Andy Fryman Tradition Award
Kenny Woodruf
Leevi Dunaway

Felici Felice No Excuses Award
Tom Duncan

Jason Hinson on SportsTalk

Bracken County Polar Bears basketball coach Jason Hinson was my guest on SportsTalk this morning. Here is a link to the podcast.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hoops for Hope at Bracken Co. Dec. 6

On December 6, 2016, Bracken County High School will be hosting “Hoops for Hope.”  The Bracken Polar Bears will be playing against the Robertson County Black Devils.  Games start at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:30 pm.  “Hoops for Hope” is hosted by the Bracken County High School FCCLA club and members Kaleigh Woods, Alicia Teegarden, Makenleigh Cooper and their adviser Lesley Duzan.  “Hoops for Hope” will be supporting the bracken Co. Cancer Support group and The Cure Starts Now organization.  The mission of this organization is to fund groundbreaking research in honor of all children battling pediatric brain cancer or children “that have earned their wings” as a result of pediatric brain cancer.  The Cure Starts Now hopes by raising awareness, it will increase the interest in knowing more about these deadly, yet unknown, cancers. 
The guest speaker for the event will be Lisa Hill, mother of Lauren Hill, who was an inspiring young basketball player from Mount St. Joseph University who has since died from pediatric brain cancer.  Lauren captured the hearts of many people across the nation with her story in November 2014.  Despite her diagnosis with DIPG, a rare inoperable brain tumor, she used her voice to speak up for the kids that are unable to speak for the need of more research funding.  As a result of Lauren’s efforts, $ 2.2 million has been raised for DIPG research since her first collegiate game on November 2, 2014.
Along with a guest speaker and the basketball games, other events will also include a cake auction, silent auction, and a survivor’s reception for all cancer survivors who sign in at the beginning of the game. Cheerleading performances will be provided by the Taylor Elementary Cheer Bears, the Bracken County Middle School, and the Bracken County High School Cheerleading teams.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Bracken County Cancer Support Group and a donation will also be made to The Cure Starts Now organization.   The Bracken County High School FCCLA encourages many people to come out and supports its basketball and cheerleading athletes and to also support an amazing cause.  The program will begin prior to the Varsity Basketball game beginning approximately at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Classic

The St. Patrick Classic is this Friday and Saturday. Here is the revised schedule:

Girls Bracket

Friday 6:30 p.m. Ironton St. Joseph vs. St. Patrick

Saturday 12:30 p.m. Piarist School vs. Trinity Whitesville

Saturday 3 p.m. Consolation game

Saturday 6:30 p.m. Championship game

Boys Bracket

Friday 8 p.m. Ironton St. Joseph vs. Trinity Whitesville

Saturday 11:15 a.m. Piarist School vs. St. Patrick

Saturday 1:45 p.m. Consolation game

Saturday 8 p.m. Championship game

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jacob Tompkins and Baker University in NAIA SFs

Former Mason County football player Jacob Tompkins will be playing in the semifinals of the NAIA-FCS playoffs Saturday. 

Tompkins is a punter for No. 2 Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas.

The Wildcats defeated No.8 Lindsey Wilson College 42-27 in the quarterfinals last Saturday to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1993.

Tompkins, a junior, punted six times in the game with an average of 35.7 yards. His longest punt was 57 yards equaling his season high.

Baker will play No. 9 Eastern Oregon Saturday at 1:06 p.m. (CST). The game will be broadcast on ESPN 3/Watch ESPN App.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Royals top Saints 83-46 at St. Patrick

The Mason County Royals led 57-17 at halftime on the way to an 83-46 season-opening victory over the St. Patrick Saints tonight at St. Patrick.

It was the first time the Saints had hosted the Royals at the St. Patrick Gym since 1961.

Mason County shot 57.5% from the field in the first half and scored 17 points off St. Patrick's 18 first half turnovers.

Isaiah Garrison led the Royals with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Leevi Dunaway scored 16 points and Jaylen Lofton added 14 points,

Ben Swolsky led St. Patrick with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Mason County will play its home opener Friday night against Simon Kenton.

The Saints will host Piarist School Friday night in the St. Patrick Catholic Classic.

MC (1-0) Dunaway 16, Garrison 19, Lofton 14, Perkins 6, Steward 2, Boyd 4, Devine 3, Jackson 6,
Mitchell 5, Frey 4, Kumler 4
SP (0-1) Bauer 7, Jones 3, B. Swolsky 18, Walton 2, Burton 5, Muehlbauer 7, Black 2, J. Swolsky 2

MC 24 33 11 15-83
SP   09 08 13 16-46