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John Henson

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Warming up for district games against Harlan County on Friday and Saturday, the Harlan Green Dragons pounded out 15 hits in an 8-4 win Thursday over visiting Barbourville.
Jordan Turbyfill sparked the Harlan offense from the leadoff spot with two doubles and two singles. Tye Patrick added two doubles. Ben Abraham and Andrew Saylor contributed a do

Dragons rout Tigers

Warming up for district games against Harlan County on Friday and Saturday, the Harlan Green Dragons pounded out 15 hits in an 8-4 win Thursday over visiting Barbourville. Jordan Turbyfill sparked the Harlan offense from the leadoff spot with two doubles and two singles. Tye Patrick added two doubles. Ben Abraham and Andrew Saylor contributed a do

While the rain kept them from playing for a week, the Harlan County Lady Bears had to spend way too much time reflecting on their worst performance of the season, a 5-2 loss to Knox Central last Thursday.
Harlan County (8-2) was finally able to put that game behind them with a 2-1 win Thursday over visiting Corbin.
The Lady Bears scored two runs

Defense, Jenkins carry Lady Bears to win over Corbin

While the rain kept them from playing for a week, the Harlan County Lady Bears had to spend way too much time reflecting on their worst performance of the season, a 5-2 loss to Knox Central last Thursday. Harlan County (8-2) was finally able to put that game behind them with a 2-1 win Thursday over visiting Corbin. The Lady Bears scored two runs

Limited to only five hits and three runs in their last two games, the Harlan Lady Dragons were a team in need of an offensive explosion.
The explosion finally came in the sixth inning Monday as Harlan scored six runs to finish off a 12-2 win over visiting Pineville.
Senior shortstop Madison Noe, the Lady Dragons' leadoff hitter, ignited the Harla

Harlan routs Lady Lions

Limited to only five hits and three runs in their last two games, the Harlan Lady Dragons were a team in need of an offensive explosion. The explosion finally came in the sixth inning Monday as Harlan scored six runs to finish off a 12-2 win over visiting Pineville. Senior shortstop Madison Noe, the Lady Dragons' leadoff hitter, ignited the Harla

Lady Lions lose at Harlan

HARLAN — Limited to only five hits and three runs in their last two games, the Harlan Lady Dragons were a team in need of an offensive explosion. The explosion finally came in the sixth inning Monday as Harlan scored six runs to finish off a 12-2 win over visiting Pineville. Senior shortstop Madison Noe, the Lady Dragons' leadoff hitter, ig

With an experienced line returning and a stable of running backs expected to share the carries, the Harlan Green Dragons like their chances of a big season in 2015.
Harlan brings back six starters on both offense and defense from a 5-6 team that was a district runner-up last season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to

HHS spring outlook

With an experienced line returning and a stable of running backs expected to share the carries, the Harlan Green Dragons like their chances of a big season in 2015. Harlan brings back six starters on both offense and defense from a 5-6 team that was a district runner-up last season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to

Harlan County High School honored one of its own Friday as ceremonies were held on U.S. 119 at Rosspoint to unveil a sign in memory of Don Tarbell.
Tarbell, the school's head custodian, was killed in an accident on his way to work on the morning of Aug. 1, only about 100 yards from the school entrance.
“Don is greatly missed by all here at

HCHS honors Tarbell

Harlan County High School honored one of its own Friday as ceremonies were held on U.S. 119 at Rosspoint to unveil a sign in memory of Don Tarbell. Tarbell, the school's head custodian, was killed in an accident on his way to work on the morning of Aug. 1, only about 100 yards from the school entrance. “Don is greatly missed by all here at

The Leslie County girls and Whitley County boys were winners Friday in the Black Bears Invitational at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Eagles finished with 100 points, 10 ahead of Knox Central. Letcher Central was third with 74 points, followed by Bell County with 65.5, Harlan County with 58.5, Whitley County with 53, Harlan with 34, Pinevi

Leslie, Whitley win

The Leslie County girls and Whitley County boys were winners Friday in the Black Bears Invitational at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium. The Lady Eagles finished with 100 points, 10 ahead of Knox Central. Letcher Central was third with 74 points, followed by Bell County with 65.5, Harlan County with 58.5, Whitley County with 53, Harlan with 34, Pinevi

For its six-year run on FX, Justified called Harlan home and used the rich history, colorful stories and people of the southeastern Kentucky town to create a story that made it one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television.
Justified's story ended Saturday in Harlan as several hundred at the Harlan County High School auditorium were the

Justified comes home ……to say goodbye

For its six-year run on FX, Justified called Harlan home and used the rich history, colorful stories and people of the southeastern Kentucky town to create a story that made it one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television. Justified's story ended Saturday in Harlan as several hundred at the Harlan County High School auditorium were the

Football, it has been said, is a numbers game.
First-year Harlan County coach Eddie Creech and his Black Bears plan to test that theory this fall.
Harlan County has topped the 100-player mark during off-season workouts in the winter and early spring and had approximately 75 players on the field this week in spring practice. Eighth-graders are ine

HCHS spring outlook

Football, it has been said, is a numbers game. First-year Harlan County coach Eddie Creech and his Black Bears plan to test that theory this fall. Harlan County has topped the 100-player mark during off-season workouts in the winter and early spring and had approximately 75 players on the field this week in spring practice. Eighth-graders are ine

In desperate need of something good to happen in the midst of a five-game skid, the Harlan Green Dragons found some clutch hitting and consistent pitching Thursday in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over visiting Whitley County.
“We needed this one bad,” said Harlan coach Robbie Burns. “Our win-loss record doesn't mean anything. W

Dragons down Whitley

In desperate need of something good to happen in the midst of a five-game skid, the Harlan Green Dragons found some clutch hitting and consistent pitching Thursday in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over visiting Whitley County. “We needed this one bad,” said Harlan coach Robbie Burns. “Our win-loss record doesn't mean anything. W

Harlan County pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and three more in the bottom of the eighth to eke out a 6-5 win over the Bell County Bobcats in Monday's 52nd District opener for both teams.
Brendan Rutherford forced in the winning run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth.
“We hit it ri

Bobcats fall in 8

Harlan County pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and three more in the bottom of the eighth to eke out a 6-5 win over the Bell County Bobcats in Monday's 52nd District opener for both teams. Brendan Rutherford forced in the winning run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth. “We hit it ri

Under normal circumstances, another big day at the plate from Chance Brown or a strong effort on the mound from Nick Cornett and Gage Burkhart would likely have been considered the key to a surprisingly easy 10-0 six-inning win Tuesday over visiting Knox Central.
The statistic that most pleased Harlan County coach John Lewis, however, was neither

HCHS blanks Panthers

Under normal circumstances, another big day at the plate from Chance Brown or a strong effort on the mound from Nick Cornett and Gage Burkhart would likely have been considered the key to a surprisingly easy 10-0 six-inning win Tuesday over visiting Knox Central. The statistic that most pleased Harlan County coach John Lewis, however, was neither

Down to what could have been their last at bat twice, the Harlan County Black Bears showed plenty of resiliency on Monday in rallying for a 6-5 eight-inning victory over Bell County in a game they led only once and that was when Brendan Rutherford drew a bases-loaded walk to send everyone home.
“We hit it right at them early in the game,R

Bears rally past Bell

Down to what could have been their last at bat twice, the Harlan County Black Bears showed plenty of resiliency on Monday in rallying for a 6-5 eight-inning victory over Bell County in a game they led only once and that was when Brendan Rutherford drew a bases-loaded walk to send everyone home. “We hit it right at them early in the game,R

HINDMAN — A four-run first inning gave the Harlan Green Dragons an early lead and plenty of optimism for a good day Saturday at Knott Central.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, it was all downhill from there. Harlan had 11 errors in a doubleheader as Knott capitalized on the mistakes to win 15-4 and 13-3 in a pair of five-inning games.
Harlan

Knott sweep Dragons

HINDMAN — A four-run first inning gave the Harlan Green Dragons an early lead and plenty of optimism for a good day Saturday at Knott Central. Unfortunately for the Dragons, it was all downhill from there. Harlan had 11 errors in a doubleheader as Knott capitalized on the mistakes to win 15-4 and 13-3 in a pair of five-inning games. Harlan

Today in History

By the Associated Press Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2015. There are 269 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 6, 1965, the United States launched Intelsat I, also known as the “Early Bird” communications satellite, into geosynchronous orbit. On this date: In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of

If they were going to beat defending 13th Region champion South Laurel on Thursday, the Harlan County Black Bears needed an almost flawless performance.
With five errors leading to five unearned runs in the first four innings, the Bears were far from perfect in a 7-0 loss.
“It was bound to happen. We had been playing pretty well, but we mad

Cards soar past HCHS

If they were going to beat defending 13th Region champion South Laurel on Thursday, the Harlan County Black Bears needed an almost flawless performance. With five errors leading to five unearned runs in the first four innings, the Bears were far from perfect in a 7-0 loss. “It was bound to happen. We had been playing pretty well, but we mad

Add Oklahoma to the list of major college basketball programs interested in Harlan County freshman Blair Green.
Oklahoma assistant coach Pam DeCosta was at the Harlan County open gym on Tuesday to watch the Lady Bears, specifically Green, a 6-foot-1 guard who was rated last spring as the state's top freshman.
DeCosta saw the Lady Bears scrimmage

OU visits

Add Oklahoma to the list of major college basketball programs interested in Harlan County freshman Blair Green. Oklahoma assistant coach Pam DeCosta was at the Harlan County open gym on Tuesday to watch the Lady Bears, specifically Green, a 6-foot-1 guard who was rated last spring as the state's top freshman. DeCosta saw the Lady Bears scrimmage

JOHN GREER

COXTON — John W. Greer, 65 of Coxton, died at home on Tuesday. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Henson & Rich Funeral Home has the Honor of serving the Greer Family.

Harlan watched a doubleheader sweep slip away in an all too familiar fashion Monday against visiting Hancock County, Tenn.
For the third time in their four losses, the Green Dragons lost a lead in the final innings as Hancock County scored three runs in the fifth and final inning to rally for an 8-7 win.
Harlan was up 7-5 going into the last inni

Harlan, Hancock split

Harlan watched a doubleheader sweep slip away in an all too familiar fashion Monday against visiting Hancock County, Tenn. For the third time in their four losses, the Green Dragons lost a lead in the final innings as Hancock County scored three runs in the fifth and final inning to rally for an 8-7 win. Harlan was up 7-5 going into the last inni

The best of the 13th and 14th regions squared off in a series of all-star games Sunday at Knox Central High School with each region winning twice.
The 13th Region underclassmen went on a 12-0 run late in the first half to break a tie on the way to a 112-80 win.
North Laurel sophomore guard Peyton Broughton scored 18 points to lead the 13th, follo

13th, 14th split games

The best of the 13th and 14th regions squared off in a series of all-star games Sunday at Knox Central High School with each region winning twice. The 13th Region underclassmen went on a 12-0 run late in the first half to break a tie on the way to a 112-80 win. North Laurel sophomore guard Peyton Broughton scored 18 points to lead the 13th, follo





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