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Young Dawgs cruise to championship in Wendy's YMCA Biddy Buddy tournament; light up scoreboard at Beckley...

BECKLEY, W.VA., -- The Lawrence County Young Dawgs traveled up I-64 to play in the prestigious Wendy's YMCA Biddy Buddy All Star Tournament in Beckley, West Virginia over the weekend.

The Dawgs, who easily won the Mountain Conference Championship for the second straight year, did not participate in the Middle School State Tournament because of their commitment to the high school program.

They put on an offensive show at Beckley over the weekend, never looking back. In all three games they never trailed at any time. The LMS 8th graders outscored their opponents by 62 points in all three games 161 to 99 to win the tournament.

Brandon Richardson scored 49 points had 27 rebounds and 10 assists in the tourney which had teams from across three states participating in the annual event.

Grant Kiser collected 43 points 11 rebounds 4 assists 1 block, Austin Chaffins (at left) 27 points 9 rebounds 8 assists 14 steals 2 blocks, Matt Ratliff 12 points 7 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals, Damon Phelps 14 points 9 rebounds  8 blocks shots, Shawn Moore 9 points 2 rebounds 2 assists 1 steal, Josh Ratliff 7 points 9 rebounds 3 assists 2 steals 5 blocked shots. 

The young Bulldogs placed three players on the all tournament team, Grant Kiser, Brandon Richardson and Austin Chaffins. Kiser was also selected as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

Special Thanks to coaches  Mike Cantrell and  Chet Pelfrey in giving us the scores and results. Watch a video interview with the coach and trophy presentation on today's Lazer front page videos.

More pics: Lazer Photos by Brian Ratliff

From left to right Coach Mike Cantrell, Brandon Richardson, Grant Kiser, Matt Ratliff, Damon Phelps, Austin Chaffins, Shawn Moore, Josh Ratliff, Coach Chet Pelfrey  From left to right Coach Mike Cantrell, Brandon Richardson, Grant Kiser, Matt Ratliff, Damon Phelps, Austin Chaffins, Shawn Moore, Josh Ratliff, Coach Chet Pelfrey

Tournament MVP Grant Kiser plays defense on his man Tournament MVP Grant Kiser plays defense on his man

Big Damon Phelps blocks out for a reboundBig Damon Phelps blocks out for a rebound

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Coach Mike CantrellCoach Mike Cantrell

Former LC standout shines in first start for UK Wildcats;

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Chandler Shepherd got his first oppurtunity to shine for the UK Wildcats Wednesday as he took the mound against the Xavier Musketeers. Along with the 1,317 fans in attendance were family & friends of Shepherd.

The Wildcats were sporting a 7-0 record coming into the game facing the Musketeers at Cliff Hagan Stadium, home of the Wildcats. Shepherd got the 9-2 win over Xavier improving the Wildcats to 8-0 on the season.

UK's Chandler Shepherd takes a line shot off the leg from an Xavier player for an infield hitUK's Chandler Shepherd takes a line shot off the leg from an Xavier player for an infield hitShepherd (1-0) threw 64 pitches on the night, 41 of them were for strikes as he gave up only two hits in his 5 scoreless innings to go with 1 walk & 5 strikeouts. Shepherd gave up his first hit in the 2nd inning when a line shot came off the bat of an Xavier player and bounced off his right leg for an infield hit. The fourth inning gave way to the second hit on the night by Shepherd as a Musketeer batter turned on a pitch down the right field line for a double.

Shepherd's first appearance on the mound came out of the bullpen as he gave up 2 runs in a three game home opener for the Wildcats last week.

"I felt good and ready to go," said Shepherd. " I knew I had a good defense out there behind me so I threw strikes. Both the breaking ball and fast ball were working for me tonight and I feel confident in my catcher with the signs that he gives me."

Shepherd, the top high school baseball prospect in Kentucky came out of LCHS in 2011.  The 6'3" right hander signed with UK his senior year turning down an offer by the Chicago White Sox after being drafted in the 41st round in the Major League draft last year.

UK's freshman Chandler Shepherd is 1-0 on the season to help lead the Wildcats to an 8-0 start UK's freshman Chandler Shepherd is 1-0 on the season to help lead the Wildcats to an 8-0 start Shepherd finished his high school career with a 40-12 record, 512 strikeouts in 353 innings. As a senior Shepherd posted a 12-1 record with 139 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings owning a 0.65 ERA. He ranks fifth all-time in career wins in the state and second all-time in career strikeouts.

Shepherd was also runner-up for Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball and the 2010-2011 Tony Curnutte Memorial Sportsman of the Year to go along with a state record with 46 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

He led LC to the 15th Regional Championship and berth in the State Tournament in 2008, 2009, & 2011 and holds school records for batting average, strikeouts, hits, home runs, ERA, wins, shutouts, & RBI's.

Hole-in-one on #12

Milton Terry scored a hole-in-one Feb. 22 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Par.Milton Terry scored a hole-in-one Feb. 22 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Par.

Eagle Ridge Head Golf Professional Missy Kennedy announced today that Milton Terry of Louisa aced the number 12 hole on Feb. 22, 2012. Hole #12, is a #4 tee box, 95 yards and Terry said he used a sand wedge for the shot.

Witnesses included: Leon Justice, Doug Newsome, James Chaffin and Ron Maynard.

"This group of golfers play every chance they can (rain or shine!) and have a real good time!" said club pro Missy Kennedy Tuesday morning. "Milton is a volunteer here at Eagle Ridge!"




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