Letcher County’s four girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will open their 2019-2020 schedules next week.
Letcher County Central’s boys’ team, the Cougars, will open their season at home on Friday, December 6, then travel to Pikeville the next day to take on Prestonsburg in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout.
The Cougars, who finished as runners-up in the 53rd District last year with a won-loss record of 18-13, will have a roster this season that features nine seniors — guards Kenton Combs, Matthew Dicks, Ryan Lebrun, Nick Mason, and Parker Williams; forwards Manny Gibson, Zach Hensley, and Dylan Webb, and center Dakota Shepherd. Junior forwards Joby Johnson and Isaac Lucas are the other two members of the team.
Winston Lee is again coaching the Cougars this season.
The Jenkins Cavaliers’ boys’ team, which hopes to improve on last year’s won-loss record of 3-27, will open the season at Shelby Valley on December 2, and will then host Pike County Central on December 6.
Coach Corey Hairston’s Cavs, which now compete in the 15th Region, will open the season with 16 players on their roster, seven of them seniors — forwards Jacob Bentley, Anthony Newman, and Jeremy Potter; and guards John Fleming, Sean McCall, Peyton Rose, and Luis Thacker. Junior Keegan Bentley is a center/forward. Sophomores include guards Trevor Davis, Justin Helton, and London Rose, and center/forward Christopher Fields. Guards Shannon Bentley and Kolby Stewart are freshmen, as is forward Carter Howard.
The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, who finished last season with a won-loss record of 20-10, will open travel to Belfry High School on December 2 to open their season, and will play Prestonsburg at home on December 5.
This season’s Lady Cougars team features a roster of 25 players, 10 of them seventh and eighth graders. The current team includes only two seniors, forward/ guard Brooklyn Collins and guard Mackenzie Craft. Two juniors — guard Brooke Bates and center Camryn Collins — are on the team, along with five sophomores — guards Kaylee Banks, Loren Boggs, Tori Holcomb, and Abbey Howard, and forward Bailey Kincer. Freshmen members include guards Kaylee Banks, Keira Couch, Sydney Craft, and Kyleigh Wright.
Coach Wesley Bryant’s Jenkins Lady Cavaliers will also open the 2019-20 season on the road at Shelby Valley on December 2 before hosting Paintsville at home on December 3. The Lady Cavs will travel to Lexington on December 7 to face Covington Holy Cross in the Top Prospect Classic at Henry Clay High School.
The Lady Cavs, who finished last season with a won-loss record of 8-22 after falling in the opening round of the 59th District, will start this season with a young roster led by four juniors — guards Abigail Bentley, Jerrica Thacker, and Makala Stambaugh, and forward Sameria Meade. Forward Lindsey Rose is the team’s lone sophomore, and Rileigh Damron is the only freshman. The roster also includes six eighth-graders and two seventh-graders.