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Coach Hatfield excited for Tolsia's basketball season; 

)Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jason Meddings, Jacob Porter, Morgan Williamson, Jacob Copley, Austin Brewer, Matthew Smiley, Brandon Clark, Morgan Stacy, Terry Davis, Head Coach Jason Hatfield  Front Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Greg Ramey, Logan Barnett, Kenny Ferguson, J.C. Bailey, Nathan Adkins, Brandon Ward, C.J. Shepard, Cody Salmons, Jared Stroud, (Not Pictured Assistant Coach Junior Porter) )Back Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Jason Meddings, Jacob Porter, Morgan Williamson, Jacob Copley, Austin Brewer, Matthew Smiley, Brandon Clark, Morgan Stacy, Terry Davis, Head Coach Jason Hatfield Front Row(L-R) - Assistant coach Greg Ramey, Logan Barnett, Kenny Ferguson, J.C. Bailey, Nathan Adkins, Brandon Ward, C.J. Shepard, Cody Salmons, Jared Stroud, (Not Pictured Assistant Coach Junior Porter)

Glenhayes, WV - The Tolsia basketball team has high expectations for the upcoming season. The Rebels return several players from last year and have a healthy senior back in Jacob Copley. Copley's season last year was cut short with just a few games in when a player from the Wayne Pioneers cut the feet out from under Copley as he was up in the air for a dunk attempt and broke his forearm. Copley returned with just a few games left. The Rebels are projected to be ranked in the pre-season poll which comes out this Sunday, some say possibly in the top 5.

Head coach Jason HatfieldHead coach Jason HatfieldSenior Jacob Copley with a two-handed slam in practice. Photo by John Nolan Photography 483-2657Senior Jacob Copley with a two-handed slam in practice. Photo by John Nolan Photography 483-2657"We are looking forward for the season to get started," said head coach Jason Hatfield. "Jacob Copley is back healthy and in the Cardinal Conference, which is always competitive, we need everybody healthy. We play a few schools this year that will making a long trip in to play in a few tournaments, a team from Virginia and one from Pennsylvania. Our team will be tested throughout the year with alot of talent that we face."

Tolsia consists of 16 players this season with 4 seniors & 7 juniors, with just 5 under classmen. A lot of these boys have been playing the last 3-4 years on the floor together and see this year is a good oppurtunity for things to happen. This year's squad is built with alot of talent, height, speed, & ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. The Rebs also have two players that can two hand slam it and another one handed.

"We'll have good experienced players out there this season that will be determined to push themselves each and every game, Hatfield said.

The Rebels will begin play on Friday, Dec. 9th as they travel to Scott High School for a tournament to play Stonewall Jackson, Va. @ 8:45 pm and also play Saturday night against Scott in the same tournament, game time is 8:00 pm.

Tolsia 2011-12 Schedule

Dec.
9 - Stonewall Jackson, Va.  -  Away    8:45 pm
10 - Scott  - Away     8:00 pm
13 - Poca -  Home
27 - Mingo Central Tournament  -  Away
28 - Mingo Central Tournament  -  Away

Jan.
3 - Herbert Hoover - Home
7 - East Ridge, KY  -  @ Expo Center in Pikeville, KY   6:00 pm
10 - Scott  -  Home
16 - Wayne  -  Home
20 - Pt. Pleasant  -  Away
21 - Hatfield/McCoy Shootout  - Time & Place  TBA
24 - Sissonville   -  Away
27 - Chapmanville   -   Away
31 - Poca  -  Away

Feb.
3 - Wayne  -  Away
4 - Imani, Pa  @ Big Sandy Arena    6:00 pm
10 - Chapmanville   -  Home
14 - Sissonville  -   Home
15 - Tug Valley  - @ Charleston Civic Center    6:00 pm
17 - Pt. Pleasant  -   Home
21 - Mingo Central  -  Home
24 - Herbert Hoover   -   Away

Lady Dawgs start season with win over Fairview;

Ashland, KY - Senior Lena Ison with 21pts, 6 rebounds, 1 assist &  3 steals to lead LCHS in the win over Ashland Fairview  this past Tuesday. Two other players had a double-double. Junior Taylor Porter had 13pts and 10 rebounds while freshman Savannah Cyrus had 11pts and 10 rebounds. The Dawgs pulled away from the Eagles to take a 61-36 win.

LC (1-0) jumped out to an early 14-2 lead in the 1st quarter and extended the score by going in at halftime with a 38-19 lead.

"Our girls used their speed in the first half on the press and after jumping out to a big lead I took the press off," said head coach Roger Harless. "We were excited, and a little anxious on the court which led to some easy missed baskets from lay ups in the opening half."

Junior Taylor Porter had gotten into foul trouble early in the game and had to sit out. Freshman Shelby Hay and Savannah Cyrus stepped up and scored 20pts and grabbed 15 boards between them. Shelby needed one more point as she would have collected a double-double on the night. Hay sat out late in the second half as she pulled a muscle.

Senior Lena Ison led all scorers with 21pts as she and Porter were taken out late in the 2nd half with the big lead. "We could have scored 80-90 points in this game with our starters but I subbed in the JV with the big lead," said Harless. "This was a good win to start the season and we seen some things tonight that still has to be worked on when having a lead."

The Bulldogs shot 50% from the foul line going 10-20, crashed the boards for 46 rebounds, 14 assists, & picked the ball for 19 steals.

"The girls played hard throughout the game," said assistant coach Erica Webb. "We felt like we didn't get some calls that should've gone our way that led to some aggravation from the team." 

The Lady Dawgs will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 3rd as they host the Prestonsburg Blackcats. Game time 6:00 & 7:30 pm.

Scoring  1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Final

LC          14   24    16   7        61
Fairview   2   17     6    11      36

Taylor Porter - 13pts - 10 rebounds - 4 assists - 3 steals
Lena Ison - 21pts - 6 rebounds - 1 assist - 3 steals
Sarah Hay - 4pts - 9 rebounds - 3 assist - 4 steals
Kara Kirk - 6 rebounds - 3 steals
Shelby Hay - 9pts - 5 rebounds - 4 assist - 3 steals
Savannah Cyrus - 11pts - 10 rebounds - 1 assist - 3 steals
Jordan McGuire - 4pts - 1 assist -

Dawgs basketball impressed fans on 'Meet the Bulldogs' night

Louisa, KY - Friday night let the fans see first hand the improvement of the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs in their impressive night at "Meet the Bulldogs."

Junior Taylor Porter driving the Black team up the floorJunior Taylor Porter driving the Black team up the floorThe Lady Dawgs took the court first as they played two 15 minute halfs. The Black team took an early lead with help from junior Taylor Porter and freshman Shelby Hay but the Red team, led by seniors Sarah Hay & Lena Ison, came from behind to win 35-31. Savannah Cyrus, a freshman, Layken Chapman, an 8th grader, & junior Kara Kirk  will be very competitive in helping the Lady Dawgs when the season begins. The girls have a lot of speed to run the ball up & down the court, defensive quickness, but lack size under the basket for second chance shots.

"We've had two scrimmage games and won both," said girls head coach Roger Harless. "We really looked good in our game against Prestonsburg but started out slow in the game with Mingo Co. Central as they rallied back for the win. Taylor Porter looked very impressive with the ball as she scored 29 points. These girls are working hard and I think they will surprise a lot of people this year."

As the boys took the floor for two 20 min halfs, you knew it was going to be a turnaround season after going 0-28 last year. The Bulldogs have size, speed, & players that are very athletic.

Junior Blake Prince playing tight defense on Senior Anthony Tucker. Lazer photos by John Nolan Photography 606-483-2657Junior Blake Prince playing tight defense on Senior Anthony Tucker. Lazer photos by John Nolan Photography 606-483-2657The Dawgs are led by seniors Hayden Kiser, Anthony Tucker, Logan Finley & Lance Clay. Returning point guard from last year is junior Blake Prince. A.J. Cyrus, a sophomore, looked very impressive as he drove the ball into the paint to score points. LC has a lot of younger talent in the 8th graders as Austin Chaffins, Brandon Richardson, & Grant Kiser took control at certain points as they pushed the ball up the court. Matt Ratliff, also looked tough against the size under the basket. The boys game ended in a tie, 45-45.

The Lady Dawgs open the season Tuesday, Nov. 29th as they travel to Fairview to take on the Eagles and play home on Saturday, Dec. 3rd as the Prestonsburg Blackcats come to town.

The Bulldogs open their season at home against Elliot County on Dec. 2 then they travel to Shelby Valley Tuesday Dec. 6th.

All game times are 6:00 & 7:30 pm.

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