Monday Morning Quarterback March 31st

For the second year in a row, I have had to honor to take part in the 13th Media Basketball awards.  Here are the results for the 2013-2014 Season.


13th Region Media Awards
Player of the Year — Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel, Clay County
Coach of the Year — Tony Pietrowski, Corbin
Newcomer of the Year — Andrew Taylor, Corbin

First team (In order of most media voting points received)
Guard — Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel, Clay County
Guard — Jordan Fox, Jackson County
Forward — Zac Baxter, South Laurel
Guard — Matt Barger, Knox Central
Guard — Trey Farmer, Clay County

Second team (In order of most media voting points received)
Forward — Isaiah Collier, Jackson County
Guard — Peyton Broughton, North Laurel
Center — Chad Marsee, Knox Central
Guard — Kevin Goins, Corbin
Guard — Tyler Potter, Bell County

Third team (In order of most media voting points received)
Forward — Wes Wolfe, Clay County
Guard — Donnie Foister, Middlesboro
Guard — Corey Shelton, Williamsburg
Center — Jake Allen, Clay County
Guard — Jeffrey Adams, Knox Central

Honorable Mention (In order of most media voting points received)
Jared Grubb, South Laurel; Skyler Griffith, Williamsburg; Blake Smith, Clay County; Brent Perry, Barbourville; Trevor Browning, Corbin; Jake Patterson, Bell County; Andrew Griffith, Williamsburg; Dalton Sizemore, Williamsburg; Kenny Hopper, Corbin; Jason Mills, Barbourville; Dustin Hensley, Knox Central; Andrew Taylor, Corbin; Bryson Asher, North Laurel; Alexander Phipps, Barbourville, Zach Caldwell, Harlan County, Samuel Robinson, Oneida Baptist.

Player of the Year — Maci Morris, Bell County
Coach of the Year — Jason McDaniel, Corbin
Newcomer of the Year — Madison Shepherd, North Laurel

First team (In order of most media voting points received)
Forward — Maci Morris, Bell County
Guard — Miranda Wilson, Corbin
Guard — Brandi Smith, Whitley County
Guard — Kayla Wilson, Corbin
Guard — Jordan Brock, Harlan

Second team (In order of most media voting points received)
Center — Kandace Craig, Whitley County
Guard — Brooklyn Massingill, Harlan County
Forward — Sara Robinson, Clay County
Forward — Sarah Ashley, Corbin
Guard — Ajaycia Cotton, Clay County

Third team (In order of most media voting points received)
Guard — Blair Green, Middlesboro
Forward — Mariah Johnson, Whitley County
Center — Jessica May, Lynn Camp
Forward — Heather Wilson, Lynn Camp
(tie) Forward — Kara Erslan, Barbourville
(tie) Forward — Jourdan Ledford, Harlan

Honorable Mention (In order of most media voting points received)
Kayla Bruner, North Laurel; Morgan Garnett, Bell County; Jessica Sanders, Bell County; Kellie Roberts, Clay County; Courtney Woods, Clay County; Brittany Vandaventer, South Laurel; Bella Noe, Harlan County; Kaitlyn Stittums, Harlan County; Madison Shepherd, North Laurel; Emma Bianchi, Harlan; Merita Burke, Lynn Camp.

Congrats to everyone on their awards!! 

Have a Great Week!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for March 17th

Top of the Mornin’ to ya!!!!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!!!

Thoughts on the 13th Region Tourney for 2014……..

First off, it was nice to be back at the Arena in Corbin after a year away.  Harlan county did a great job as the host in 2013, but my money has always been with the Arena.  I am happy to say that for at least the next 2 years, the Arena will be the sight for the Regionals.


As for both the Boys and Girls, this year’s tourneys experienced a little bit of everything.  You saw the emergence of future stars like Freshmen Jordon Brock of Harlan.  She scores 20 points in the upset victory of Clay County in the semi-final round.  She even drained an NBA 3-point basketball during the championship loss to Corbin.  With her, along with fellow Frosh Emma Bianchi and with all but one player returning, Harlan should repeat as 13th region Class “A” Champs and content again for the overall Region Title. 

Another future star in the 13th Region has some bigh shoes to fill.


Trey Farmer, the son of Clay County Legend, University of Kentucky Unforgettable and soom to be incarerated for mis-approprating state funds while Agriculture Commish Richie Farmer had a great tourney for the Boys Champion Clay County.  In his first year for the Tigers, the Soph. garnered the MVP of the Tourney.  With Clay only losing one player on the whole roster, the boys from Manchester will be the favorite for a 3rd Regional title in a row and 30th all-time in 2014-2015. 

There were a share of disappointments in this year’s Regional.  On the Boys side, both Jackson County and Knox Central fell by the waste side in their first round contests.  These two teams where regarded as some of the best in the region.

On the Girls side, the disappointments went to Whitley County and Bell County.  These two schools were on a collision course to meet in the finals as the two best teams in the region.  Whitley County fell in the first round and Bell was not all that impressive in their semi-final round loss to eventual champion Corbin.

When all was siad and done, it was a repeat of the 2013 Regionals as the Lady Redhounds of Corbin and the Tigers of Clay County repeated as Region Champs.  Congrats to both schools.  Corbin’s season ended with a 79-70 loss to GRC in the State first round in Bowling Green last week.  Clay County takes on Covington Catholic in the first round of the Boys Tourney this Thursday night.

As for the Steve Black Show, we had a blast in covering the tourney this year.  We made the most of our media pass.  Much thanks to Jon North for the live chats on this website.  John Gatto came over and assisted during one night of the Tourney.  Much thanks to him as well.  I had a blast with the broadcasts of select games, including both the Boys and Girls Championship Games.  We hope to do it again next year.

My favorite part of the my time at the Arena this year………………………..



 Have a Great Week!!!!

No regular show tonight


After a long stay at the regional basketball tourneys in Corbin, KY, I am going to take a break from our regular show this week.

We will resume our regular schedule next Thursday (3/20/14) at 7pm eastern time with our NCAA Basketball Tourney Special.  Stay tuned for details.

As for tonight, I will be appearing as a guest on the Tri-County Spotlight Sports Hour on WKKQ FM Mix 96.1 out of Barbourville, KY.  You can listen to me with host Mike Green as we recap the 2014 13th Region Basketball Tourney.

If you cannot listen locally on Mix 96 FM, you can catch the live stream of the show on  The show begins tonight at 6pm eastern time.  Check it out!!

Until next week…….

Tuesday Thoughts: Worst NBA logo changes

old rockets jersey detroit-pistons-late-90s-early-00s

Back in the 1990s, my era, several National Basketball Association teams decided it was time to upgrade their logos. By far the two worst logos changes belonged to the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets. A complete abandonment from traditional colors from both teams and completely new designs for uniforms were the fad. However, it went over like green ketchup.

Detroit was known as bad boys wearing blue and red. A patriotic, made in America look, as the city is known for American made automobiles with engine pistons pumping. They became a greenish/blue team with a flaming horse logo. I understand the horse stands for horsepower, but the color changes made no sense. Thankfully the Pistons are back to the traditional red and blue.

The Houston Rockets take the last place trophy when it comes to best logo change. The Rockets went from a traditional yellow and red to a dark blue and a cartoon rocket. Nothing says professional basketball like a Looney Tune figure. It was a joke as these touch players with such as Charles Barkley wearing a cartoon on their uniform.

I hope the marketing companies that created these logos and thought it was a good idea took their large sums of money and closed up shop. I not the Lakers will soon become orange and pink with a surfer.

What is on tap for tonight’s show.

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

Tonight, we have Anthony Watkins of WB Varsity and John Stepp of Inside Tri-County Sports on discussing their thoughts on the current state of the 13th Region (KY) as we near post season play.


And as always, we will go around campus, have a shot discussion and more of the Stud Corner.

Check out the show LIVE tonight at 7pm eastern.

Monday Morning Quarterback for February 10th

Team on a hot streak.


The Union College Men’s Basketball team under 2nd year Coach Kevin Burton are poised to claim a spot in the NAIA Div II National Tourney in Branson, MO, here in a few weeks.

Here are the current AAC Standings (as of 2/9/14).

Union  14-1

Reinhardt  9-4

Tennessee Wesleyan  10-5

Bryan  9-5

Milligan  9-6

Virginia Intermont  7-8

Montreat  6-9

Point  4-11

Truett-McConnell  3-12

St. Andrews  2-12

Union has won 13 games in a row, they are 23-3 on the season.  In fact, the Bulldogs have not lost a game in 2014.  Union has clinch at least a tie for the conference title.  One more Union win or Reinhardt loss and Union clinches the title outright and an automatic berth in then National Tourney.

Local fans have only one more chance to see this team in action this season (Wednesday, February 19th, at 7:30pm).  Come check them out live, or listen to all of the action at with the Voice of the Bulldogs Jon North.



What’s on tap for tonight’s show

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers


Tonight we take a look at what is happening around the 13th Region with Les Dixon, plus we talk with Knox Central Panther’s Girls Basketball Coach Darrin Mills.

And as always, we go around campus, discuss sport’s items with the crew and we will have a new Stud Corner.

Join us LIVE tonight for the show!!!

What is on tap for this morning’s show

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the show from Thursday night to This morning from 10am-11am.


Today, we have two guest interviews.


First we have Mr. John Stepp of Inside Tri-County sports who will share his thoughts on this year’s teams around the 13th Region.


Then we have football contributor Ashley Gulick who will update us on the recent NCAA Senior Bowl from this past weekend.  Plus our regular segments with on regular crew.

Join us at for the show tonight at 7pm est.