Lady Pirates pick up 4 wins

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The Powell County Lady Pirates took to the volleyball courts again last week and had a better week. The Lady Pirates went 4-2 on the week to improve their record to 7-5.

Last Tuesday the Powell squad hosted Jackson City. The Lady Pirates had very little trouble with the Lady Tigers, winning the match in three sets.

Powell got first serve and went up 6-0 with sophomore Erika Howard serving in the first set, before the visitors got on the board.  The Lady Tigers managed to score only once, with Powell’s senior Summer Hatton putting in seven straight scoring serves to give the Lady Pirates a 13-1 advantage.  The two teams then traded points until Howard again came up to serve, and Powell pulled away from an 18-9 lead to win the first set on a seven point run with Howard again serving. Lady Pirates took the set, 25-12.

In the second frame the Lady Pirates again jumped out to the early lead at 10-0 and stayed even on scores until senior Alicia Pelfrey put in five straight to make it 20-7. Hatton finished it up with five scoring serves to take the set, 25-9.

The third set was a much closer contest, with the Lady Pirates leading by only two at the midway mark. But they put together runs of seven, four and four scoring serves again to take the win in straight sets, 25-15.

The Lady Pirates hosted district foe Lee County last Thursday night. This match was closer than some may have liked.

In the first set Powell rode the serving of Summer Hatton again to take a 15-5 lead, and the defense held the Lady Kats. Powell went on to win by 25-12.

The Lady Pirates scored eight straight points in the fourth rotation of the second set with senior Hannah Rice serving to take a 23-14 advantage.  Lee managed a comeback with a four point run of their own and then made the score even closer at 24-21 before PC managed to take the winning point, 25-21.

Lee County managed an 8-8 tie early in the third set and then took the lead at 21-19 before a side out pulled the Lady Pirates to within one point. Alicia Pelfrey put in the much needed scoring serves under pressure to give the Lady Pirates the win, 25-21.

Last Saturday the Lady Pirates traveled to Leslie County to take part in their Smash Bash. Powell won over Hazard by scores of 24-26, 25-18, 15-12, and Harlan County by scores of 25-14, 25-20. But South Floyd upended the Lady Pirates,  26-24, 25-20. Powell also fell to Clay County by the scores of  25-18 and 25-19.

Powell was scheduled to travel to Breathitt County this past Tuesday in a regional double match-up. They were to play June Buchanan and the host, Lady Bobcats. Powell will host Rowan County tonight (Sept. 3) at the high school.

Pirates fall in season opener, 36-13

Times Sportswriter

The Powell County Pirate Football team began their new season last Friday at Casey County.  Powell, under new Head Coach Brandon Brewer, were looking to start the season out with a victory.  The Pirates are young and inexperienced this season.

Powell won the toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.  The Pirates started with the ball on their 33 yard line, after three plays they were forced to punt.  Casey County got the ball at mid-field.   The Pirate defense held strong thanks to plays from Nate Brooks, Zach Skidmore, and Ryan Carmichael.  Casey punted and the Pirates got the ball at the 21.

Powell’s offense again was unable to move the ball and they had to punt.  Casey received the punt at the 42 yard line and returned the ball across mid-field to the end zone for a touchdown.  Casey added a two point conversion and led, 8-0.

Powell began to move the ball on runs from Issac Harrison and Nathan Skidmore, but the Pirates failed to score.  Casey added a touchdown on the final play of the first half and led, 14-0 at half time.

Casey County got the ball to start the second half and quickly moved to the end zone to bring the score to 22-0.

Powell once again had to punt, Casey scored again raising the lead to 29-0.  The Pirates began to throw the ball but were intercepted.

Casey began with the ball to start the fourth quarter.  The home team came out throwing, but to the wrong team.  Drew Ginter stepped in front of the pass and ran 42 yards for the Pirates first touchdown of the season.  Cameron Conrad kicked the extra point to bring the score to 29-7.

Neither team could score until the Pirates got a touchdown on a 32 yard pass from Keaton Bailey to Ginter with 1:40 to play in the game.  The kick off by the Pirates was ran back for a 78 yard touchdown by Casey County to put the final score at 36-13.

The Pirates go on the road this Friday as they travel to West Carter.  Game time is set at 7:30 p.m.

Moon Qualifies for state championships

Sophia Moon

Sophia Moon, Stanton, recently qualified to compete at the Kentucky 12 and Under Long Course State Championship Meet in Louisville, KY. Sophia competed in the 100 Breaststroke and the Medley Relay representing the Swimchester Sailfish swim team in Winchester. Sophia is a seventh grader at Powell County Middle School.

(And you may ask why this picture is so big. Well, Powell has never had a resident that we know of to qualify for a state swimming champions
hip. Congrats Sophia!)

Pirates capture 56th District championship


The regular season ended with the Powell County Pirates baseball team having one of the best records in the 14th Region. Powell faced Lee County in the opening game of the 56th District Tournament last Tuesday. Powell had Jacob Hall on the mound and he was outstanding. Hall shutout Lee as the Pirates cruised to an easy 14-0 win. Jordan Woosley and Chance Snowden both had three hits each in the five inning victory. Estill County defeated Owsley County in the second game, 21-1 to set up the district final.  Powell and Estill faced off in the 56th District Tournament final last Wednesday. Jordan Woosley led off the game with a double for the Pirates. Woosley later scored on a groundout by Cameron Conrad. Powell led 1-0. Estill was able to score a single run off of Conrad in the bottom of the first to tie the score. Powell got an unearned run from Derrick Robinson in the second to retake the lead, 2-1. Estill failed to score in the second inning. Dylan Morton led off the third with a double and Chance Snowden tripled.  After a walk to Brad Smith, Snowden scored on a passed ball. Powell led 4-1 with Estill coming to bat in the third inning. Estill was again able to score a lone run to make the score 4-2 after three innings.  The Pirates had a huge inning in the fourth as they scored four runs. Mason Hatton walked, Morton doubled and Conrad singled. Snowden doubled and Smith singled in the inning. Estill failed to score and Powell led 8-1 after four innings. Powell failed to score in the fifth and Estill added two runs to get the score to 8-4. Both teams failed to score in the sixth inning. The Pirates scored twice in the seventh. Smith was hit by a pitch. Zack Skidmore, Jake Whitt and Hatton all singled in the inning. Brady Salisbury, who came in to relieve Conrad, held Estill scoreless in the seventh. Powell won the championship over Estill, 10-4. Powell took home the title for the first time since 2011. Powell’s Jacob Hall, Jordan Woosley , Dylan Morton, Cameron Conrad and Chance Snowden were named to the All-tournament team.  Powell hosted the 14th Regional Tournament beginning on Memorial Day at the Stanton City Park. The Pirates faced Leslie County in the opening round on Monday and won. The Semifinals were scheduled for Tuesday. The Championship game was scheduled to be played on Wednesday.

Hard work pays off, Crowe signs to cheer at EKU


For a little girl who begins gymnastics

at the age of three, signing to be a college

cheerleader may seem like a big dream. For

Chazney Crowe it is a dream that has come


Crowe tried out for and made the cheerleading

team at Eastern Kentucky University

two weekends ago. She signed with

them last Wednesday. Her family, friends,

Powell Coach Kayla Mays and EKU Coach

Beth Bruner were on hand to take part in

the signing.

Crowe began her dream by taking gymnastics

under Terena Wallingford when she

was three, At age four Wallingford advised

she should go into cheerleading with an

all-star team. For 15 years she has worked,

sometimes as much as nine hours a day to

get ready for her chance to cheer in college.

“I wanted to go to EKU because they

have the best criminal justice program, it’s

close to home and I love their cheerleading

program,” Crowe said,

When she heard about the tryouts, the

nine hour days were just a small price to


“At the tryouts I was just a huge nervous

ball of energy, mixed with some confi dence

and hope,” Crowe said about her college

tryout experience. “We tumbled on the

hardwood, done the fi ght song and cheer,

then some elite stunts, standing, tumbling

and some running tumbling. I love it.”

Of the 56 who attempted to make the

team that day, 53 made it. Of those 41 will

be on the all-girl squad, while 12 will be on

the co-ed squad.

Crowe will not be alone at EKU. Her former

high school cheerleading teammate,

Taylor Everman, also made the squad. Everman

was on the EKU team last year as


Crowe plans to try a double major, criminal

justice and sociology. Her future plans,

besides cheering the Colonels to victory

and competing hopefully at the nationals

championships, involve more school.

“I’d like to either go to UK to become a

lawyer or a sociologist in the criminal behavior

analysis area,” Crowe says.

Seem like big dreams for some, but for

Crowe, it’s just another dream she’s willing

to make come true.

Vance, Brooks qualify for State Track Meet


Congrats to Nate Brooks(l) 1st place Shot Put and Jaden Vance 2nd place both Shot Put and Discus. So extremely proud of these two athletes that will be representing Powell County this Friday in State Track Meet Competition in Lexington. Good luck and bring home the win.

Pirates lose rematch to Estill: Grab the two seed as tournament approaches


Times Sportswriter

The Powell County baseball team had a light week this past week.  The Pirates played only three games.  Powell faced Estill County last Tuesday with the regular season district crown on the line.  Powell had defeated Estill the week before in Irvine.

Estill scored a run in the first inning and Powell could not answer in the bottom of the inning.  Estill put two runs on the board in the second inning and led 3-0.  Powell was able to get runners on base but failed to produce any runs.

Estill built an 8-1 lead going to the last inning.  The Pirates lone run came on a Cameron Conrad homerun.  The Pirates mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh.  Powell was able to score three runs but fell short losing to Estill, 8-4.

Powell and Estill finished tied for the district crown at 5-1.  Estill won the tie breaker and will be the number one seed in the 56th district tournament.

The Pirates played last weekend at home in the Bill Orme Classic.  Powell played Prestonsburg in their first game Saturday.  The Black Cats scored six runs in the first inning to put the Pirates in the hole.  The Pirates battled the whole game and took the lead 8-6 going into the final inning.

Prestonsburg tied the game as the Pirates came to bat.  Chance Snowden and Cameron Conrad got base hits for the Pirates to put runners on first and second.  Derrick Robinson singled to score the winning run.  Powell won, 9-8.

In Powell’s second game they faced off against Madison Southern.  Southern led 3-0 going to the bottom of the third.  Powell scored three runs to tie the game, helped by a solid base hit from Brad Smith and walks from Southern pitching.

Cameron Conrad held Southern scoreless in the fourth inning.  The Pirates exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth.  The big hits for the Pirates were a double by Chance Snowden and a bases clearing triple from Jordan Woosley.

Conrad retired Southern 1-2-3 to end the game.  Powell defeated Madison Southern 14-3.

Powell now stands at 25-5 overall for the season and 5-1 in district play.  The Pirates were scheduled to travel to Jackson City on Monday.  Powell hosts Knott Central on Tuesday and Bath County on Wednesday.

The Pirates finish their regular season on the road Thursday at Montgomery County and Friday at Leslie County.

Lady Pirates hit some real rough spots last week


Photos by Keegan Rogers & Marla Marrs

The Lady Pirates had a tough week as they went 3-4 . They fell to Jackson City 6-4, despite a 3-run dinger by Whitney Cook (right). They then fell to Estill, 7-1. But on Friday they topped Jackson City 16-6 and Scott High 19-3. But on Saturday they hit another rough spot, falling to Nicholas County 11-3. Chloe Billings (left) came in to pitch to slow the Jackets down. Powell then beat Perry Central 8-4, as Cook picked up another home run, this time a two run shot. But on Monday, seemingly in a trance, Powell fell to Owsley for the first time ever, 8-3.

Pirates survive a pretty tough week, stands at 13-4


The Powell County Pirate baseball team had been one of the hottest teams of the 14th Region going into this past week.  But last week proved to be a struggle for the Pirates.

Last Monday Powell traveled to Sayre.  Sayre quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Pirates in the first inning.  Powell came back with four runs in the third inning.  Jordan Woosley, Dylan Morton, and Chance Snowden had singles for the Pirates in the inning.

Sayre regained the lead in the fourth.  Powell added a run in the fifth with the help of Sayre errors.

Sayre led 6-5 going to the top of the seventh inning.  The Pirates got a lead off walk by Morton, another hit by Snowden, and a single by Cameron Conrad to start the inning.  Derrick Robinson collected a hit, as well, to drive in a run.

The Pirates had an 8-6 lead with two outs and a man on third when the game was suspended due to darkness.  As of now the Pirates are shown with the loss until the game can be restarted when Sayre visits the Pirates.

Then last Wednesday the Pirates faced the Hazard Bulldogs in a matchup at the top teams in the 14th Region.  Powell scored a run in the bottom of the first to take a quick lead.  Jordan Woosley was hit by a pitch and stole second base.  He later scored on a single by Chance Snowden.  Hazard tied the game in the fourth inning with an unearned run off of Powell starting pitcher Cameron Conrad.

The Pirates went back into the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth.  Woosley walked, Jake Whitt laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Dylan Morton singled to drive in a run.  The Pirates increased their lead in the sixth inning when Brady Salisbury singled and went to second on a throwing error.   Woosley singled to drive in the run to make the score 3-1.

Hazard scored two runs in the top of the seventh off of Powell pitcher, Jacob Hall, to tie the game.  Powell failed to score in the bottom of the seventh.  Hazard took the lead with an unearned run in the top of the eighth.  In the bottom of the eighth, Powell went down 1-2-3.  Hazard defeated the Pirates 4-3.

On Friday the Pirates faced Perry Central at home.  Perry got the lead with a run in the third and two more runs in the fifth inning.  The Pirates came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.  Perry Central rallied again for two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead.  The Pirates got runners on base in the last two innings but could only manage one run.  Perry defeated the Pirates 5-3.

Last Saturday Powell traveled to Perry Central for a round robin.  The Pirates faced Shelby Valley in their first game of the day.  Shelby Valley led 3-1 before the Pirates rallied with five runs in the fourth.  The Pirates held off Shelby Valley for the remainder of the game to win 9-6.

In the Pirates second game of the day, they faced Jackson City.  Powell easily defeated Jackson City again.  This time by the score of 10-0.

Powell now stands at 13-4 for the season.  The Pirates were scheduled to play Lee County this past Tuesday at home and Menifee County on Wednesday at home as well.

The Pirates travel to Hazard on Thursday.  Then on Saturday the Pirates have a double header at home against Buckhorn and West Carter.