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…….

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.

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.

On Tonight’s Show……….1/9/14

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

It is January 2014, so it time for the Steve Black Show to focus on the Roads to Rupp Arena and Diddle Arena for the boys and girls high school basketball teams of the 13th Region in the State of Kentucky.  We will preview the schools of the 49th, 50th, 51st and 52nd Districts that make up the 13th Region.

les dixon times tribune

Special Guests includes Les Dixon of the Corbin Times Tribune, as well as possible interviews from local coaches (TBA).

We will also go around campus as we continue to focus on Union College (Barbourville), University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg) and the University of Kentucky.

We will also discuss the issues of the day with the Steve Black Show “Shot Clock” Segment.

Frequent contributers to the show for basketball season will include George Carter, Bo Kidd, John Gotto, Donney Jackson, Jon North, Kris Mills, Scott Cummings, Ashley Gulick and Dustin Adams among others.


The Steve Black Show is LIVE on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern.  Check us out!!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for December 30th

As the NCAA is wrapping up their bowl season and the NFL is getting ready for the playoffs, It is time for me to look back of two football teams who had their best football seasons in their program’s history.  The neat thing about it, is that both teams played in the same town of Williamsburg, Kentucky.

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First we have the city’s high school team, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets.


Over the last few years, coach Jerry Herron and his Jackets had become a team, with its high powered offense and emerging defense, that was capable of making long runs in the 1A state playoffs in he state of Kentucky.  The only problem was that they had to always meet up with 1A power Hazard in recent years.

In both 2011 and 2012, the Yellow Jackets’ season came to an end at the hands of the Bulldogs in the Regional Championship of the playoffs.  The game last year (a 7-0 loss in the last minutes of the game), was a hard pill to swallow for Williamsburg who had only 1 loss on the season up to that point.  From the night of that tough loss, it was the goal of Williamsburg of getting back to a 3rd Regional Championship game and get over that hump.

With big goals in mind and the core of their team returning, the Jackets set out on their task for 2013.  Deciding to play a tougher schedule, the boys from Williamsburg set out to accomplish that goal.  The Jackets made it through the regular season with just 2 losses, plus beating some good teams along the way.  It came down to meeting Hazard for a third year in a row.  This year, the Jackets were not to be denied, as they were the better team that night and finally got over the hump and beat Hazard for the Regional crowd (first in school history).

wburg yellow jackets

Williamsburg got to play all of their playoff games at home and the community rallied around this team by “painting the town ORANGE”.  After the big win over Hazard, they secured their spot in the state finals by taking care of business against Raceland.  Everyone was riding high, as Williamsburg was headed to Bowling Green and the State Title Game vs. Mayfield.

Of course, not all stories have the happy “Hollywood” ending, as Mayfield took care of business for the state title, but that does not take away from the magical ride this team experienced on 2013.  The city of Williamsburg can have nothing but pride in their school.  With most of their key players returning, this team can shoot for bigger and better things in 2014!!!

Now those games are played on Friday nights.  There was another school in town who played their games on Saturday afternoons who was in the process of making memories themselves.

Since football was brought back to the school in the mid 1980’s, Cumberland College (now the University of the Cumberlands), was making strides in their football program as well.  In the last eight years of the program, Coach Jon Bland has built a program that won several division titles and made several appearances in the NAIA Playoffs.  While Williamsburg has it’s Hazard, The Cumberlands had Georgetown.


The Patriots had many of the key pieces in place for the 2013 season.  Many felt that this was a team that come run the table in the NAIA.  With it’s high powered offense and tough defense, they did just that.  With key wins against Lindsey Wilson and Faulkner, the Patriots finally got over the hump with a key win vs. Georgetown.

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What followed, was the famous #HomeTilRome, as they took care of business in the playoffs (including the semi-final overtime win over NAIA power Carroll College).  #HomeTilRome then turned into #WinInRome.

Just like Williamsburg, the magical ride ended in a loss in the finals to Grand View College of Iowa, but it doesn’t take away from the thrills that the Patriots gave their fans during the 2013 season.  With the talent on this team, the Patriots will look for another magical ride to the championship in 2014.

Of course, we play the games to try to win championships, but not everyone can win.  That does not take away from of trying.  Both Williamsburg high school and the University of the Cumberlands definitely had fun in the trying in the Fall of 2013.  That fun made the city of Williamsburg and its football fans a great place to be in 2013.

Congrats to both schools on a great 2013.  Here is to a bigger and better 2014!!!

Have a great week!!!!

KHSAA 2013 Competitive Cheer State Championships


For the second year, competitive cheer in the state of Kentucky is the under the banner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Assoication (KHSAA).  This past Saturday (December 14th), the 2013 Competitive Cheer State Championships were held at the Alltech Arena. located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

There are five divisions that make up the competitive cheer championships.  Those are the All Girl Small, Medium, Large and Super Large Divisions, as well as a Co-Ed Division.

There were local cheer squads from the Tri-County/25E Area that we follow on the show that won their regional competition and participated in the state competition.  Here are their results and a list of the state champions in each division.

 All Girl Small Division


South Laurel’s squad finished 8th in this division, the highest finish out of any of the local squads in the competition.  The State Champion in this Division was Madison Central.

All Girl Medium Division


Corbin’s squad finished 9th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was Mercy.

All Girl Large Division


Knox Central’s squad finished 13th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was Paul Laurence Dunbar.

All Girl Super Large Division


Bell County’s squad finished 11th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was George Rogers Clark.

Co-Ed Division

There are no area schools who have a Co-Ed squad.  The State Champion in this Division was Bullitt Central.

Besides the team championships, there are two individual honors handed out at the competitive cheer championships.

The National Guard Best and Brightest Award

This year’s award winner was Barbara Wright of Shelby Valley High School

Forcht Bank Uncommon Excellence Award

This year’s award was Carteen Kibbey of Greenup County High School

Congrats to all of our area cheer squads who made it to the state competition this year on their hard work.  Job well done.