John Henson

Position: Sports Editor
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Lady Dragons end skid, down Middlesboro

Eight days after losing in three sets at Middlesboro, the Harlan Lady Dragons bounced back Tuesday at home with a 25-22, 16-25, 25-17 25-22 victory over the Lady Jackets to likely force a tie for the third seed in the 52nd District Tournament later this month. “It was good to see the girls still know how to win,” Harlan coach Tara Pose

With back-to-back blowout losses behind them and three district games ahead over the next three weeks, the Harlan Green Dragons know they need to be at their best soon and hope to start heading in that direction Friday with a homecoming tilt against Rye Cove, Va.
“I never dreamed that I'd be disappointed in their effort after I've been with

Dragons hoping to bounce back

With back-to-back blowout losses behind them and three district games ahead over the next three weeks, the Harlan Green Dragons know they need to be at their best soon and hope to start heading in that direction Friday with a homecoming tilt against Rye Cove, Va. “I never dreamed that I'd be disappointed in their effort after I've been with

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Harlan County overpowered visiting Letcher Central 36-8 in junior varsity football action Monday.
The Black Bears scored on their opening drive as freshman quarterback Jaccb Branson ran 11 yards to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Rhett Alred.
Branson and Alred each picked up first downs as HCHS drove for its second score, a 3

Black Bears coast past Letcher

Harlan County overpowered visiting Letcher Central 36-8 in junior varsity football action Monday. The Black Bears scored on their opening drive as freshman quarterback Jaccb Branson ran 11 yards to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Rhett Alred. Branson and Alred each picked up first downs as HCHS drove for its second score, a 3

As the third option in a Shelby Valley offense built around junior tailback Kasey Tackett and junior fullback Chandler Rowe, sophomore halfback Jordan Hampton rarely touched the football in Shelby Valley's first four games.
Hampton had a coming out party Friday at Harlan, scoring on runs of 35, 25 and 74 yards as the Wildcats raced to a 39-0 halft

Hampton sparks Cats to rout

As the third option in a Shelby Valley offense built around junior tailback Kasey Tackett and junior fullback Chandler Rowe, sophomore halfback Jordan Hampton rarely touched the football in Shelby Valley's first four games. Hampton had a coming out party Friday at Harlan, scoring on runs of 35, 25 and 74 yards as the Wildcats raced to a 39-0 halft

There's not much like suffering the first loss in program history to a rival to get your attention, which is exactly what happened to the New Harlan Patriots on Aug. 12 at Evarts as the Wildcats and Ethan Cornett won a 40-36 shootout.
The Patriots appeared ready and hungry for revenge in the rematch on Thursday at the James A. Cawood field, scorin

Pats gain revenge with rout of Cats

There's not much like suffering the first loss in program history to a rival to get your attention, which is exactly what happened to the New Harlan Patriots on Aug. 12 at Evarts as the Wildcats and Ethan Cornett won a 40-36 shootout. The Patriots appeared ready and hungry for revenge in the rematch on Thursday at the James A. Cawood field, scorin

Harlan has shot at redemption against Wildcats

After opening the season by playing a little worse than expected, in a loss at Leslie County, followed by a blowout win over Lynn Camp, when the Dragons played a little better than most probably anticipated, the Harlan Green Dragons ran into a buzzsaw last week in a 48-10 loss to Middlesboro, one of the state's best 2A squads. Harlan will have per

Six seasons of success, which included four straight district titles and two regional championships, led to some unintended consequences for the Harlan County football team.
Unrealistic expectations for a team hard hit by graduation that lost its star running back to Williamsburg is one. Another is a murderous schedule that seems to get tougher ea

Another game, another powerhouse for Bears

Six seasons of success, which included four straight district titles and two regional championships, led to some unintended consequences for the Harlan County football team. Unrealistic expectations for a team hard hit by graduation that lost its star running back to Williamsburg is one. Another is a murderous schedule that seems to get tougher ea

The Harlan County Lady Bears continued to save their best for district competition, sweeping Harlan in three sets Tuesday to improve to 4-1 in district play and 5-11 overall.
Harlan (4-11 overall, 0-4 district) stayed within striking distance in all three sets and led midway through the third but mistakes proved costly as HCHS pulled away for the

Lady Bears sweep past Harlan

The Harlan County Lady Bears continued to save their best for district competition, sweeping Harlan in three sets Tuesday to improve to 4-1 in district play and 5-11 overall. Harlan (4-11 overall, 0-4 district) stayed within striking distance in all three sets and led midway through the third but mistakes proved costly as HCHS pulled away for the

The Harlan County girls were winners and the Harlan County boys placed second in the Knox Central Invitational on Thursday in Barbourville.
The Lady Bears claimed seven of the top 16 spots to finish with 30 points, 12 ahead of Corbin. Knox Central placed third and Pineville was fourth.
Corbin took the first two spots in the race as freshman Reese

Lady Bears take 1st in Knox Central race

The Harlan County girls were winners and the Harlan County boys placed second in the Knox Central Invitational on Thursday in Barbourville. The Lady Bears claimed seven of the top 16 spots to finish with 30 points, 12 ahead of Corbin. Knox Central placed third and Pineville was fourth. Corbin took the first two spots in the race as freshman Reese

Hobert Cornett ran for three touchdowns as Evarts evened its record at 3-3 with a 38-0 rout of visiting Pineville in seventh- and eighth-grade football action Thursday. “I was real pleased with the way our kids played, the way they came off the ball and executed,” Evarts coach Needham Saylor said. “We kept the intensity up for fo

There was no shortage of stars for Harlan on Saturday as the Green Dragons broke out of a two-game losing streak with a 39-0 win over visiting Cumberland.
“It was a good performance and a much bigger margin of victory than I expected,” Harlan coach Chris Thompson said. “I thought our line did a good job and set the tone for the g

Dragons' defense dominates in win over Skins

There was no shortage of stars for Harlan on Saturday as the Green Dragons broke out of a two-game losing streak with a 39-0 win over visiting Cumberland. “It was a good performance and a much bigger margin of victory than I expected,” Harlan coach Chris Thompson said. “I thought our line did a good job and set the tone for the g

With the Harlan County defense designed to stop fullback Gunner Slone, the Johnson Central Eagles found other ways to move the football Friday in a 43-14 win, going around and over and giving the ball to the second man through the line in the Eagles' wishbone offense.
The visiting Eagles scored on five of six possessions in the first half to build

Second man through

With the Harlan County defense designed to stop fullback Gunner Slone, the Johnson Central Eagles found other ways to move the football Friday in a 43-14 win, going around and over and giving the ball to the second man through the line in the Eagles' wishbone offense. The visiting Eagles scored on five of six possessions in the first half to build

Barely a teenager when his radio career began, Jim Morgan has spent a half century on the airwaves at WHLN Radio.
The son of a radio legend, Morgan soon carved out his own niche in county radio history. From janitor to disc jockey, then program director to general manager, Morgan learned the radio industry from the ground up and used that knowledg

Raised on radio

Barely a teenager when his radio career began, Jim Morgan has spent a half century on the airwaves at WHLN Radio. The son of a radio legend, Morgan soon carved out his own niche in county radio history. From janitor to disc jockey, then program director to general manager, Morgan learned the radio industry from the ground up and used that knowledg

Grand jury returns nearly 3 dozen indictments

Editor's Note: In last week's edition of the Herald, the original version of this story, published in print on Sept. 24, and online on Sept. 23, contained an error regarding 21-year-old Kelsey Jones. In the story, Jones was listed as having been indicted with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was actually

Garry Henson and Dalton Johnson each topped the 100-yard mark as New Harlan pulled away for a 46-22 win over Union, Va., on Tuesday in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Henson ran for 177 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Johnson added 111 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Jacob Thompson contributed 83 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Be

Henson, Johnson power Patriots to win over Union

Garry Henson and Dalton Johnson each topped the 100-yard mark as New Harlan pulled away for a 46-22 win over Union, Va., on Tuesday in Big Stone Gap, Va. Henson ran for 177 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Johnson added 111 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Jacob Thompson contributed 83 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Be

Unbeaten Eagles provide latest challenge for HCHS

Four fumbles in the first half a year ago in Paintsville ended any hopes the Harlan County Black Bears had of knocking off 4A power Johnson Central. The Eagles took advantage of the mistakes and built a 36-0 halftime lead on the way to a 36-14 win. Johnson Central (3-0) enters the rematch on Friday at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium as a big favorite

The Harlan County cross country team continued its strong start as both the boys and girls placed third in the E.G. Plummer Invitational on Saturday in Danville.
“I'm very proud of my kids today in a big meet,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “Any time you can come north and compete, it's a good day. With both teams finish

HCHS runners take third in Danville meet

The Harlan County cross country team continued its strong start as both the boys and girls placed third in the E.G. Plummer Invitational on Saturday in Danville. “I'm very proud of my kids today in a big meet,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “Any time you can come north and compete, it's a good day. With both teams finish

It was a good day for Harlan County teams Saturday in the Lady Bears Play Day at HCHS.
Harlan County teams won three of four games in seventh- and eighth-grade competition and three of five in fifth- and sixth-grade games.
Three Lady Comets reached double figures as Cawood downed Whitesburg 37-10. Breann Turner led the Lady Comets with 12 points.

County teams fare well in Play Day

It was a good day for Harlan County teams Saturday in the Lady Bears Play Day at HCHS. Harlan County teams won three of four games in seventh- and eighth-grade competition and three of five in fifth- and sixth-grade games. Three Lady Comets reached double figures as Cawood downed Whitesburg 37-10. Breann Turner led the Lady Comets with 12 points.

J.B. Donahue promised a return to ball-control football in 2014 after the Green Dragons stumbled to a 2-9 mark last fall.
Harlan was unable to deliver on that promise in a 28-0 season-opening loss at Leslie County, but after two straight open dates it appears the Green Dragons have found the offense that their coach wanted. Harlan played keep away

Ball-control offense sends Harlan to win

J.B. Donahue promised a return to ball-control football in 2014 after the Green Dragons stumbled to a 2-9 mark last fall. Harlan was unable to deliver on that promise in a 28-0 season-opening loss at Leslie County, but after two straight open dates it appears the Green Dragons have found the offense that their coach wanted. Harlan played keep away




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