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December 21, 2017

Chandler Shepherd 2017: The 25-year-old right hander will look to bolster a Red Sox staff that is missing a powerful righty arm. The Red Sox better hope Shepherd is ready come March.Chandler Shepherd 2017: The 25-year-old right hander will look to bolster a Red Sox staff that is missing a powerful righty arm. The Red Sox better hope Shepherd is ready come March.

Who saw this coming?!

The Boston Red Sox have some question marks in their starting rotation. After Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz, things are a bit uncertain.

Rick Porcello will be back, but he pitched very poorly in 2017. Eduardo Rodriguez will be out for the start of the season with an injury. Knuckleballer ​Steven Wright should be back from injury, but it's possible he will be sidelined due to a legal situation.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, they have a talented young pitcher who just transitioned into a starting role during winter ball in place to steal a spot.

The young pitcher is Chandler Shepherd, and he could provide some rotation depth for the Red Sox in 2018. Shoutout if you'd heard of this brand new starter before this week!

Chandler, who hails from Louisa, Ky. where he led his team to the state tournament three times in high school, then starred for U.K. is primed and ready for a starting spot on the Boston Red Sox this season. 


Shepherd moved to a starting role during Winter Ball this offseason. He was stationed in Mexico with fellow Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz, who gave Shepherd much praise.

Brentz lauding of Shepherd included, but was not limited to, this quote: "He kept a good pace. He gets the ball, fires it in there and trusts his stuff. He grew a lot down there."

If not for a single poor start, Shepherd would have posted a 2.76 ERA over six starts. If he can perfect his four-pitch repertoire, he will definitely start some games in the bigs this season.

The 25-year-old right hander from Louisa, Ky. via the University of Ky. will look to bolster a Red Sox staff that is missing a powerful righty arm. The Red Sox better hope Shepherd is ready come March.

 ...from Jimmy Dotson's FB page via 12UP.com

 

December 21, 2017

Louisa, Ky. -- Louisa Middle School basketball swept Wurtland in their last home games of 2017 last Thursday night and then lost two out of three at McKell.

Louisa 53 Wurtland 19 ( 8th )

In the last game of the night it was the Dawgs racing past the Wildcats. Trenton Adkins poured in 21 points to lead the way, Adam Scaggs and Bryce Blevins had 11 points apiece, Mason Preston, Brody Diamond, Zach Holt, Mo Chicko, and Tyler Bowens had 2 points each.

#24 Kaden Gillispie, #35 Trenton Adkins, #1 Lawson Baisden and #5 Abner Collinsworth playing great defense in a recent home game. #24 Kaden Gillispie, #35 Trenton Adkins, #1 Lawson Baisden and #5 Abner Collinsworth playing great defense in a recent home game.

 

Louisa 46 Wurtland 15 ( 7th )

In the second game of the night the Bulldogs took care of the Wildcats. Kaden Gillispie finished with 12 points, Lawson Baisden tallied 10 points, Jake Derifield and Dylan Ferguson 7 points each, Ford Scaggs 4 points, Abner Collinsworth and Dylan Whitt 2 points each.


Louisa 51 Wurtland 26 ( 6th )

In the first game of the night it was LMS sprinting past the Wildcats. Wyatt Branham tallied 14 points, Sam Lefever scored 13 points, Blake Maynard chipped in with 10 points, Dalton Runyons 8 points, Blake Prater 4 points, Talon Pollock 2 points.


On Monday evening the Bulldogs traveled to Greenup Co. to take on the McKell Bulldogs.


Louisa 44 McKell 34 ( 8th )


The Dawgs improved to 4-5 on the year with the road victory. Trenton Adkins finished with 17 points, Bryce Blevins tallied 11 points, Brody Diamond chipped in with 6 points, Mason Preston and Parker Preece 4 points each, Kaden Gillispie had 2 points.


McKell 39 Louisa 29 ( 7th )


The Dawgs dropped to 7-2 on the year with the road loss. Kaden Gillispie tallied 13 points, Dylan Whitt, Abner Collinsworth, and Dylan Ferguson all chipped in 4 points, Lawson Baisden and Jake Derifield had 2 points each.


McKell 32 Louisa 20 ( 6th )

The Dawgs fell to 2-6 on the season with the road defeat. Wyatt Branham poured in 15 points, Blake Prater tallied 4 points, and Sam Lefever hit a free throw.


The Bulldogs 7th and 8th grade teams will travel to Vinson in Wayne Co. on Friday evening and then be off until after Christmas.


After Christmas Louisa Middle will play in the Boyd Co. invitational tournament.

On Tuesday afternoon December 26th the 6th Grade will play Raceland at Boyd Co. Middle school, game time 4:00. The 7th Grade will play Boyd Co. at Boyd Co. High school, game time 5:00.

On Wednesday afternoon the 8th grade team will play East Carter at Boyd Co. Middle school, game time 4:00.

Bulldog Coach Keary Ratcliffe

COACH'S COMMENTS

... 6th grade: Very young and inexperienced. They haven’t developed chemistry yet which is very common with 6th grade teams. Very good group though that is willing to put the work in to get better. Over time I have very high expectations for that group.”

... 7th grade: 9-3 start. 6-2 in the conference playing the powerhouse teams very close. This group has surprised a lot of people including me. When their skill catches up to their heart and hard work you better watch out for these kids.”

... 8th grade: Had a rocky start losing a few games that I believe we should have never lost. Of the three teams this one has the most talent and and skill. They are just now figuring out how to win. They’ve taken 3 of the last 4 and played the best team in the conference really tough. I think it’s starting to click and these kids are buying in to the program and we will see a whole different second half to the season.”

 

December 19, 2017

Institute, W. Va. --  Tolsia (2-2) overcame 13 three pointers from Sherman (1-2) to win their second straight game 71-63 on Saturday afternoon in the FCA Hoops Classic held at West Virginia State University.

Tolsia trailed 16-15 after one period before outscoring the Tide 21-7 to lead 36-23 at the break.

Sherman cut the Rebel lead to 7 points heading to the final period but Tolsia hit 11 free throws in the 4th quarter to preserve the win.

Tolsia Junior Jacob Mollette knocks down a free throw in the win over Sherman. Mollette was the FCA Hoops Classic player of the game.Tolsia Junior Jacob Mollette knocks down a free throw in the win over Sherman. Mollette was the FCA Hoops Classic player of the game.

The Rebels placed four players in double figures led by Jonathon Johnson with 17 points, Jacob Mollette who hit 4 three pointers and Jared Switzer who hit 2 three pointers tallied 16 points apiece, Rob Cantrell scored 14 points, Austin Salmons chipped in with 6 points and Tyler Johnson hit 2 free throws for his only points. THS hit 7 three pointers and went 21-37 from the line.

Tolsia 15 21 10 25 - 71

Sherman 16 7 16 24 - 63

Man 83, Tolsia 68

On Monday night the Rebels (2-3) made the long trip to Man and fell 83-68 against the Hillbillies (1-2).

Tolsia trailed 24-8 after one quarter and 50-21 at one point in the second half before cutting the lead to 8 points on a couple different occasions in the 4th Tolsia Freshman Rob Cantrell bringing the ball of the floor at Man.Tolsia Freshman Rob Cantrell bringing the ball of the floor at Man.quarter, before Man put the game away in the final minutes.

The Rebels placed four in double figures led by Rob Cantrell with 17 points, Jonathon Johnson tallied 15 points, Jared Switzer finished with 14 points, Jacob Mollette had 12 points, Austin Salmons 7 points, Tyler Johnson 2 points and Wayne Williamson 1 point. THS hit 3 three pointers and went 17-38 from the free throw line.

Tolsia 8 10 29 21 - 68

Man 24 20 13 26 - 83

Tolsia will be off until next Wednesday night December 27th when they host Pike Co. Central at Rebel Arena. Then hit the road to Rose Hill on Friday night December 29th to close out 2017.

Tolsia Head Coach Todd Maynard

COACH'S COMMENTS

“... Happy with our kids' effort against Sherman it was a good win for us. We are continuing with our motto which is quarter by quarter and I thought we put four quarters together for the time. Thought we shared the ball well and hit the open man.”

“... Another motto for us this season is, it’s not my shot it’s our shot.”

“... Thought our two three zone was effective even though they made 13 threes, a lot of those were late.”

Tolsia Junior Guard Jacob Mollette

“...Wanted to get out in transition and make their big guys run the floor. That was coaches game plan coming in and it worked out for us.”

 

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