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Middle schoolers advance to state playoffs









The Letcher County Middle School Cougars football team has advanced to the semifinals of the Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s 8th Grade Division 3 State Playoffs this Saturday (November 1) in Lexington. The Cougars entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed, then defeated No. 4 seed Shelby Valley in the first round and No. 1 seed Hazard in the second round. The Cougars then dispatched Paintsville in the quarterfinals October 25. Team members are (not pictured in order) Tyler Boggs, Gregory Kincer, Malcolm Bailey, Eli Matthews, Willie Wyatt, Kyle Slone, Nicholas Sergent, Leyton Polly, Matthew Baker, Owen Gibson, Tyler Fields, Ethen Cummings, Jonathan Sergent, Blaine Ison, Cody Austin, Sam Collier, Hunter Parsons, Kealan Lucas, Dylan Bentley, Zack Hensley, Wil Parks, Donavon Milton, Jayson Buttrey, Steven Burke, Sam Mullins, Sam Little, and Kane Gibson. The head coach is Junior Matthews. He is assisted by J.J. Buttrey, Joe Adams, Richard Wright, Mark Bailey, Marty Baker, and Jimbo Ison. The Region 4 Champion Cougars, who now sport a 6-3 won-loss record, will play Region 1 Champion Caldwell County Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Cougars’ victory over Hazard is the first regional title for a Letcher County grid team since Whitesburg High School won in the 1990’s. (Photo by Brandon Meyer/B. Meyer Images)

The Letcher County Middle School Cougars football team has advanced to the semifinals of the Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s 8th Grade Division 3 State Playoffs this Saturday (November 1) in Lexington. The Cougars entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed, then defeated No. 4 seed Shelby Valley in the first round and No. 1 seed Hazard in the second round. The Cougars then dispatched Paintsville in the quarterfinals October 25. Team members are (not pictured in order) Tyler Boggs, Gregory Kincer, Malcolm Bailey, Eli Matthews, Willie Wyatt, Kyle Slone, Nicholas Sergent, Leyton Polly, Matthew Baker, Owen Gibson, Tyler Fields, Ethen Cummings, Jonathan Sergent, Blaine Ison, Cody Austin, Sam Collier, Hunter Parsons, Kealan Lucas, Dylan Bentley, Zack Hensley, Wil Parks, Donavon Milton, Jayson Buttrey, Steven Burke, Sam Mullins, Sam Little, and Kane Gibson. The head coach is Junior Matthews. He is assisted by J.J. Buttrey, Joe Adams, Richard Wright, Mark Bailey, Marty Baker, and Jimbo Ison. The Region 4 Champion Cougars, who now sport a 6-3 won-loss record, will play Region 1 Champion Caldwell County Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Cougars’ victory over Hazard is the first regional title for a Letcher County grid team since Whitesburg High School won in the 1990’s. (Photo by Brandon Meyer/B. Meyer Images)

Gregory Kincer stretched to haul in a pass during the Letcher County Central Middle School Football Team’s 38-12 win over Paintsville in the quarterfi- nals of the 8th Grade Division 3 Playoffs. The Cougars will face Caldwell County in the semifinals in Lexington on Sunday.

Gregory Kincer stretched to haul in a pass during the Letcher County Central Middle School Football Team’s 38-12 win over Paintsville in the quarterfi- nals of the 8th Grade Division 3 Playoffs. The Cougars will face Caldwell County in the semifinals in Lexington on Sunday.

Wide receiver Matthew Baker makes a nice catch during the Middle School Cougars’ win over Paintsville.

Wide receiver Matthew Baker makes a nice catch during the Middle School Cougars’ win over Paintsville.

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