Lady Pirates back on track, top Lee and Knott


Photos by Keegan Rogers The Powell County Lady Pirates tasted defeat for the first time this season when they fell in a close 11-9 game at Richmond Model last Thursday. They bounced back to beat Knott Central 9-4 and 2-0 on Friday, before running into a good Fleming County team on prom morning, 10-0. But this past Monday, in the rain and still trying to catch up after a busy weekend, Powell’s Erika Howard (right) and Lexie Brewer combined on the mound to stop Lee County 12-6. The big news of the night was that eighth grader McKayla Rucker, who had been in a slump, went 4-for-5, driving in key runs in the Powell win. The ladies travel this weekend to Middlesboro for a tournament.

Pirates win 8 straight



The Powell County Pirate Baseball team has started this season with a 8-1 record.  The Pirates pitching and hitting have both been excellent. Powell pitchers allowed just six runs in three games during the week.  The Pirate hitters put runs on the board in bunches this week as well.

Last Monday, Powell traveled to Breathitt County.  Powell scored seven runs in the first inning on only two hits. Dylan Morton singled and Jacob Hall tripled in the inning. Powell added a run in the second on hits from Morton and Cameron Conrad. Keeton Bailey pitched the first four innings and Bo Billings threw the last inning for the Pirates. Powell cruised to a 10 – 0 victory.

Then last Thursday, Powell played Jackson City. The Pirates quickly scored four runs in the first inning. Jake Whitt and Dylan Morton both had hits in the inning. Powell scored three more runs in the second inning. Jordan Woosley and Whitt pounded back to back doubles for the Pirates.

In the third, Powell added three more runs. Derrick Robinson, Jacob Hall and Whitt all had hits in the inning.  Robinson, Tyler Carter, Brady Salisbury and Woosley all had singles as the Pirates scored two runs in the fourth inning.

Jacob Hall pitched the first four innings. Bo Billings and Jordan Woosley finished the game on the mound. Powell defeated Jackson City, 12 – 1.

On Saturday, Powell faced rival Letcher Central at home. The Pirates scored two runs in the first on hits from Jake Whitt and Chance Snowden. Powell got a double from Jordan Woosley and three errors from Letcher in the second as the Pirates scored four runs.

Powell scored a run in the fourth inning on hits from Whitt and Dylan Morton. Woosley and Cameron Conrad both singled in the fifth, along with two walks and hit a batter helped Powell add four more runs. Powell’s defense faltered allowing Letcher to score five runs in the middle innings. Cameron Conrad got the win on the mound for the Pirates. Powell eased to victory, 11 – 5

Powell is now 11 – 1 on the season. The Pirates play Sayre, Menifee County and Berea early this week. Powell plays Perry Central on Friday at home. The Pirates host Shelby Valley and Jackson City on Saturday.

PCMS soccer picks up two big wins over Menifee

By JOYCE WALKER Special to the Times


On Monday, April 6, the Powell County Middle School boys and girls Soccer team traveled to Menifee County. The girls and boys teams consist of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. With a great deal of energy, the girls were quite impressive at controlling the ball throughout the game. The PCMS scoring was handled by Hannah Barnett who scored two goals in the first half. The second half had Kinley Miller scoring a goal then topping off the game by scoring on a penalty kick. Goalie, Sierra McKinney, did her part by keeping Menifee County scoreless. The final score was PCMS 4 and Menifee County 0. After the girls won their game, the boys team was anxious to get underway. Ninety seconds in, Austin Martin kicked the first PCMS goal. Three and half minutes into the game Martin kicked his second goal. Martin scored his trifecta with 13:39 remaining in the first half. After Martin’s third goal both teams seemed to settle down into the game, keeping both goalies busy. With only one minute remaining in the first half Martin took it to the goal for the fourth time. Half time score PMCS 4 and Menifee 0. The second half was normal soccer with Menifee County picking up some steam keeping our goalie, Noah Perry on thier toes. Throughout the second half Noah made numerous saves. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Martin scored goal number 5. The boys team played well together with all teammates going all out. There were three real stand outs for the PCMS Grant Fraley, Caleb Williams and Caron Conn.

Pirates perfect for the week

Photo by Vickie Miller The Extreme Team had quite a Final Four Weekend. They performed at an Indiana Pacers game on Friday, then performed at NCAA Fan Fest before mkiing their national debut on ESPN’s College Game Day on Saturday. Memories.

Photo by Vickie Miller
The Extreme Team had quite a Final Four Weekend. They performed at an Indiana Pacers game on Friday, then performed at NCAA Fan Fest before mkiing their national debut on ESPN’s College Game Day on Saturday. Memories.

Photo by Stacy Crase The 2nd/3rd grade Wizards finished the season undefeated (10-0) and also won 1st place in the Little League Tournament! The team and coach are: (l to r) Coach Jimmy Crase, Kaleb Rose, Ben Fulks, Tristan West, Quentin Roberts, Braden Brandenburg, Austin Pierce and Colin Crase. 

Photo by Stacy Crase
The 2nd/3rd grade Wizards finished the season undefeated (10-0) and also won 1st place in the Little League Tournament! The team and coach are: (l to r) Coach Jimmy Crase, Kaleb Rose, Ben Fulks, Tristan West, Quentin Roberts, Braden Brandenburg, Austin Pierce and Colin Crase.

Times Sportswriter

The Powell County Pirate baseball team has gotten off to a good start this season with a 5-1 record.  The Pirates pitching has been stellar this season and this past week was no exception.  Powell pitchers allowed just five runs in three games during the week.

Last Monday Powell traveled to Nicholas County.  Powell started the scoring in the first inning with a lead off double by Jordan Woosley, who later scored.  The Pirates got another run in the third after Chance Snowden walked and scored on an error.

Powell added a run in the fourth, Brady Salisbury walked and Woosley was hit by a pitch.  Jake Whitt then singled to score a run.  Nicholas scored a run in the fourth to bring the score 3-1.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh when Nicholas scored a run to make it 3-2.  With a man on third Nicholas grounded out to Brad Smith to end the game, Powell won 3-2.  Jacob Hall and Jordan Woosley pitched in the game for the Pirates.

Then last Tuesday Powell traveled to Lee County for their first district game of the year.  Powell got off to a quick start with two runners on, Chance Snowden doubled to score two runs.  The Pirates scored eight runs in the first inning as the route was on.  Powell defeated Lee 24-0.  Cameron Conrad and Keaton Bailey pitched for the Pirates.

Last Thursday Powell traveled to Sheldon Clark.  Both teams failed to score in the first inning.  Powell got on the board in the second on a walk to Cameron Conrad.  Derrick Robinson sacrificed and Jacob Hall was hit by a pitch.  Brady Salisbury singled to score a run.  The Pirates led 2-0.  Sheldon Clark scored a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.

In the fourth inning, Salisbury was hit by a pitch and then scored on a double by Jordan Woosley.  Jake Whitt walked and Dylan Morton was hit by a pitch.  Chance Snowden singled to clear the bases.  Powell led 5-1.

Salisbury, pitching for the Pirates, allowed two runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score 5-3.  In the sixth inning, Powell exploded for six runs on doubles by Jake Whitt, Chance Snowden, and Derrick Robinson.  Jacob Hall came in to pitch for the Pirates and held Sheldon Clark scoreless for the remainder of the game.  Powell won the game 11-3.

The Pirates are now 8-1 in the season and 1-0 in district play.  Powell was scheduled to travel to Breathitt County on Monday, Owsley County on Tuesday, and Jackson City on Thursday.  The Pirates are at home Friday against Leslie County and Saturday against Letcher Central.

Burchett to retire

Coach-BurchettHe has been leading the Pirates football program for six seasons. Through good times, rough times and even battling his own health issues, Tony Burchett has always placed the kids first and football a real close second. Last week Burchett, the winningest coach in Powell County football history, decided to turn in his papers to retire.

Under Burchett’s tenure the Pirates have become a team known in parts of the state where they were never mentioned before. His “belly offense” that he brought to the program may have confused his players and fans at first. But it paid off quickly.

Coming off a 2-9 inaugural year for Buchett in 2009, his 2010 team went 6-4 in the regular season before falling to Taylor County in the first round of the Class 3A Playoffs. Burchett said then that he believed they were close to making a run. His words were prophetic.

The Pirates opened the 2011 season winning their first five games. They went on to win more games that season to set a school record with eight victories. Two of those wins came in the playoffs. That meant the football was the first sport to win at the state tournament level. Powell made some noise, but fell to Garrard County in the Regional Championship game. His teams would go on to make it to the playoffs the next two season, but fell short last year in the season finale.

Burchett is a 1970 graduate of Prestonsburg High School where he played full back. He then went to EKU where he played on the offensive line and graduated from there in 1975.

He came to Powell County after being the offensive line coach at Johnson Central from 2004-2008. Before that he was an assistant at Bourbon and Lawrence counties. He started his coaching career at Allen Central in 1977 before moving to John’s Creek in 1982.

While at Powell County Burchett’s record was 29-38. Those 29 victories are the most by any coach in the program’s history.

His almost grandfatherly style of handling his players made him endearing to them and the fans. Burchett’s quick wit and jovial demeanor has made memories that players, staff members and the community will keep for years.

Powell County Athletic Director Monroe Jones released a statement last Thursday. “Mr. Burchett is retiring from his coaching and teaching position after this year. The Powell County High School and School District would like to thank Coach Burchett for his tenure at Powell County. He leaves as the winningest football coach is school history and has lead the team to multiple state playoff appearances with one being a regional runners up finish. We wish him and his family the very best.”

The search for his successor will begin shortly. In football circles two possible candidates are currently assistant coaches. Josh Kincaid, who coached at Clark County before coming to Powell County in 2009 and former Pirate standout Brandon Brewer, who came back home two seasons ago after coaching at Montgomery and Clark counties. However, the school system will begin taking applications to fill the coaching spot, though no timetable has been announced as to when a coach will be hired.

Lady Pirates capture two more victories


Photos by Keegan Rogers Above Kaylee Tipton is all smiles as she scores on an inside-the-park home run. Below Lexie Brewer delievers another strike as firstbasman Whitney Cook gets into defensive position.


The weather has played havoc with most of the high school softball teams so far this spring. Powell is no exception. Coming off an opening game 16-2 win at Owsley last week, the Lady Pirates got a chance to play again. But it was in the cold and snow as they traveled to Frenchburg to play Menifee County last Friday night.

A slow start and a wild finish later, Powell held on to take a 10-6 win.

Both teams started a little cold, pardon the pun, as the snow flakes began to fall slowly. Powell scored in the first after Alyssa Pennington slapped a single to centerfield. Pennington moved to third on a ground out by Makayla Rucker and scored when Whitney Cook reached first on a Lady Wildcat error. But Menifee returned the favor when they scored on a questionable play.

With one out and runners on first and third, a fly ball was hit to Pennington in right field. The runner on first took off on the contact. Menifee’s runner on third tagged up and scored after Pennington made the catch, but Pennington’s throw to first got the third out before the runner could return to the base. The umpires allowed the run to score saying there was no force play because the runner ran on her own and was not really forced to run. After a long discussion, the score stood at 1-1.

Powell hit hard in the second inning scoring six runs and sending 11 batters to the plate. Key hits by Pennington, Felicia Ledford and Chloe Billings paid off as Powell jumped ahead 7-1.


Powell added to the lead and had a chance to expand on it. The Lady Pirates scored three more runs and held a 10-1 lead going into the fifth, but could not end the game on the mercy rule. Instead Menifee scored a run in the sixth and rallied in the bottom of the seventh to score four runs as errors and four straight singles took its toll. But Powell stopped the charge and held on for the 10-6 win.

Pennington was 4-for-5 at the plate in the game.

This past Monday Powell hosted district rival Lee County. The Lady Bobcats usually force Powell to struggle as their slower style of pitching gives the hitters fits. But not this time.

After being held scoreless in the first inning, Powell scored six runs in the second and six more in the third. The big hit in the third inning came when, with two runners on, senior Kaylee Tipton slapped a shot past the outfield in left field, Tipton’s speed helped her to score on an inside the park home run.

The Lady Pirates added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to close out the win, 15-0.

Powell pitcher Lexie Brewer held Lee scoreless and gave up only one hit in the win.

Powell’s record, going into a twin bill at Hazard on Tuesday was 3-0, 2-0 in the district.

The Lady Pirates traveled to Hazard for a matinée match up with the Lady Dawgs and then they were set to play Knott County Central. On Thursday they are scheduled to travel to Breathitt County and then go to Campton on Friday to play Wolfe County.

On Saturday the Lady Pirates will travel back to Hazard to play in the Swing Break Classic. They are set to play East Ridge at 11:15 a.m., Clay County at 12:30 p.m. and then take on Jenkins at 3 p.m.

Powell will take a little time off and then travel to Richmond Model on April 9 before returning home against Knott Central on April 10.

Pirates beat Mad. Southern, go to 5-1 on season


Times Sportswriter

The Powell County Baseball Pirates started the season with a record of 4-1.  This past week the Pirates were only able to get one game in due to the ever changing Kentucky weather.

Last Tuesday the Pirates traveled to Madison Southern to face the Eagles.  Both teams were held scoreless in the first inning.  Powell got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning.  Keaton Bailey walked and Jacob Hall then singled.  Brady Salisbury also singled in the inning.  Southern was held scoreless in the second by Pirates pitcher, Cameron Conrad.

The Pirates added another run in the third by Madison Southern errors and a hit batter to make the score, 3-1.  Southern came back in the third with four runs of their own to take the lead.

Powell was held scoreless in the fourth and Madison Southern went ahead 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the inning.  The Pirates once again did not score in the top of the fifth, Powell brought in Brady Salisbury to pitch.

Southern added another run to lead 6-3 after five innings.

The Pirates scored five runs in the top of the sixth with hits from Jordan Woosley and Chance Snowden.  Southern committed two errors and hit two batters to help the Pirates in the inning.  Southern scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one run.

Powell did not score in the top of the seventh.  Coach Varney brought in Jordan Woosley to pitch in the bottom of the seventh.  The first batter popped up, the next batter was walked by Woosley to put the tying run on base.  Woosley then struck out the next two batters for the save.  Powell won the game 8-7.

The Pirates record now stands at 5-1.  Powell traveled to Nicholas County on Monday and to Lee County on Tuesday.  The Pirates have a home and home double header with Sheldon Clark on Thursday and Friday.

Cook to play for Asbury

Whitney-signsSince seeing her first college softball game at the ripe old age of five, Whitney Cook has had a goal to play collegiate softball. Last week she took one step closer to living that dream.

Cook, a five year starter for the Powell County Lady Pirates, signed to play softball at Asbury University. She is trading in her Pirate flag to become an Eagle.

She is the first female player to sign this year to play in college.

“I’ve always wanted to play softball in college and I believe Asbury is a good place for me to get my education, play softball and still stay close to my (religious) beliefs,” she said.

Cook holds a single season record for runs batted in she set as a sophomore. Coming back from an injury last season, she led the team with 16 doubles. She is considered a big part of the Lady Pirates offense and defensive schemes.

Since coming up as an eighth grader and hitting a home run in her first game, Cook has played at least four positions for the Lady Pirates. She is predominately a catcher, but can handle the hot corner at third base and fits in nicely at first base. It is that versatility that helps her team and got the attention of Asbury Head Coach Samantha DeMartine.

DeMartine, a former catcher for UK, believes that Cook can challenge for at least four starting positions, including as a designated player. The “DP” as they are known is like a designated hitter in softball. But DeMartine also said she liked the fact that Cook played multiple positions, as it made her more valuable to the team.

The Lady Pirates have become a team to be reckoned with in the 14thRegion, placing among the top five teams each year. Since 2007 Powell has been in the regional finals three times and the semifinals twice. Cook has played in three of those games.

“I just want to thank the players before me for teaching me and the players I play with today for helping to push me,” Cook said at her signing as her teammates looked on. “Without them and the coaches I wouldn’t be where I am to day. I want to thank Meghan (Mays, assistant coach and former Lady Pirate) for her help. She was and is a big inspiration for me.”

But before she turns in her red and black for purple and black, Cook has some unfinished business.

“I, I mean the team, all of us, would really like to win a district and a region and take Coach Faulkner to the state tournament,” Cook said. “I want to have a good year and we, as a team want to do great.”

Cook is the daughter of James and Christina Cook of Stanton. Her father is an assistant coach for the Lady Pirates. Her head coach is David Faulkner, who has been coaching girls softball for nearly 20 years, 11 of those as head coach.

Varney and the Pirates looking for another 20 win season

By GREG MCINTOSH Times Sportswriter

The Powell County Pirate baseball team and head coach Chris Varney were anxious to start a new season.  The Pirates have won 20 games in each season but one in the nine years that Varney has been the head coach for the Pirates.  

The Pirates began the season with three straight home games.  Powell used timely hitting and good pitching to defeat Magoffin County, 6-4.  Powell trailed 3-0 after three innings to Magoffin.  The Pirates stormed back with a run in the fourth and three runs in the fifth inning.  Jake Whitt, Chance Snowden, Cameron Conrad, and Brady Salisbury provided the hits for the Pirates.  Powell added two more runs in the sixth to pull out the victory.  Jacob Hall and Jordan Woosley both pitched well for the Pirates.

Powell then faced Breathitt County and easily defeated the Bobcats, 13-1.  Powell scored five runs in the first inning and six runs in the second inning.

The next game proved to be tougher for the Pirates in facing the Montgomery County Indians.  Brady Salisbury held Montgomery scoreless through the first four innings and Jacob Hall did the same in the last three innings.  The Pirates got three runs in the first inning on hits from Jake Whitt, Dylan Morton, and Cameron Conrad.  Powell added two runs in the third inning on hits by Conrad and Keaton Bailey.  Powell defeated Montgomery, 5-0.

This past weekend Powell took their undefeated record to the Big Jack Classic at East Carter on Saturday.  Powell faced off against Lewis County in their first game.  Jacob Hall pitched a complete game for the Pirates and Powell’s defense was stellar.  The Pirates defeated Lewis County, 4-2.

The second game of the day for the Pirates was against the host school, East Carter.  The Pirates struggled on defense and were unable to string together any offense against East Carter.  The Pirates were defeated for the first time in the season, 10-0.

Powell’s record stands at 4-1 for the first week of the season.  The Pirates were scheduled to travel to Madison Southern on Tuesday.  This coming weekend Powell is scheduled to play in the Hometown Pharmacy/Frank Shoop Invitational at Harrison County.  The Pirates face perennial state powerhouse Harrison County on Friday.  Powell faces Beechwood on Saturday at 10:30 am.

Photo by Tonya Lindon Powell’s Mikey Lindon picks up a big hit in early season baseball action.

Photo by Tonya Lindon
Powell’s Mikey Lindon picks up a big hit in early season baseball action.

And this one belongs to the Lady Pirates


Photos by Crystal Newcomb

Finally, with a break in the weather, the Powell County Lady Pirates softball team took to the field Monday night as they traveled to Booneville to play Owsley County. The Lady Pirates got off to a slow start, falling behind 2-0 after the first inning. But it was all Powell after that. Whitney Cook got the rally started in the second with a lead-off double as Powell scored three times. Then the flood gates opened in the fifth inning. Leading 5-2, Powell scored 11 runs. Lexie Brewer (left), the starting pitcher, helped her cause with a big run producing a double in the fifth inning. Brewer and the Lady Pirates won easily in a mercy rule game. The Lady Pirates and Lady Owls congratulated each other (top) after the game. The JV Lady Pirates also won, with Erica Howard and Chloe Billings combining on the mound for a shutout. The JV won, 12-0.