Pirates lose battle for playoff spot, fall to Western Hills

The Powell County Football Pirates have made the state playoffs for the past six seasons. This year the Pirates were just one win away from qualifying one again. This past Friday, Powell faced off against the Western Hills Wolverines for that playoff position. The winner would be in and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Pirates had a nice crowd at home to cheer them to victory and they did not have to wait very long to get excited. The Pirates got the ball first and used their belly offense to drive down the field for a touchdown. Chance Snowden ran the ball in for a 4 yard score and Jake Whitt kicked the extra point to give the Pirates a 7 – 0 lead. Western Hills had to punt on their first possession but the Pirates fumbled the ball away. The Wolverines capitalized with a touchdown to tie the score at 7 – 7 as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter saw the defenses dominate as both teams struggled to move the ball. Western Hills did get the ball near the Pirates goal late in the first half. The Wolverines fumbled and Zach Skidmore pounced on the ball for the Pirates at the 2 yard line. The first half ended with the score still tied at 7 – 7.
Western Hills started with the ball in the third quarter. The Wolverines marched the ball into Pirate territory to the 20 yard line. The Powell defense held as Western Hills made a field goal to take the lead 10 – 7. Powell got the ball and like in the first half the Pirates ran the belly for a touchdown. Whitt ran in on a quarterback sneak from one yard out to put Powell ahead 14 – 10. Western Hills added another field goal to bring the score to 14 – 13. Powell then fumbled the ball back to the Wolverines at the end of the third quarter.
Western Hills scored a quick touchdown as the see-saw fourth quarter began. Western Hills now lead 19 – 14 with 11:54 to go in the game. Powell had to punt and pinned the Wolverines deep in their end. After a shot punt by Western Hills, the Pirates were ready to strike. Whitt hit a wide open Cameron Conrad for a 32 yard touchdown pass and Hunter Wolf caught a 2 point pass from Whitt. Powell led 22 – 19 with just 4:19 remaining in the game. Western Hills ran the ball into the Powell end and were ready to retake the lead. On first and goal from the 4 yard line, Powell held on two plays but the Wolverines score on the third.  With 55 seconds to play the Wolverines led 26 – 22.
The Pirates got the ball and Snowden passed Powell into Wolverine territory with a hurry up offense. After a Powell penalty, the Pirates had third and long. Snowden went back into shotgun formation. The snap was over his head but Snowden retrieved the ball and launched it down field. Powell had a receiver open at the 5 yard line, the Wolverine defender appeared to push the Pirate player and tip the ball. Western Hills picked the ball out of the air for an interception. Much to the dismay to the Pirate bench pass interference was not called and Western Hills ran the clock out for the win, 26 – 22.
Powell now stands at 2 – 7 overall and 1 – 4 in district play. The Pirates have one game remaining in their season. Powell hosts Morgan County on Friday night. Powell will have their senior night festivities as they entertain the Cougars. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Powell County High School.

Pirates bounce Bath in the rain

The Powell County Pirates had lost five straight games going into last Friday’s contest against Bath County. The Pirates defense played well in a loss to Garrard County to give Powell a little confidence. But the Pirates needed a breakout game to get out of their skid.
8th-Lady-PIratesRain had set in on the Bath County field and the stands were almost empty at game time. Powell got the ball first with a kickoff from the Wildcats. Chance Snowden ran the opening kick back 41 yards to put the Pirates on the Bath 22 yard line. Snowden ran for a first down on the game’s first play from scrimmage to give the Pirates first and goal to go from the nine yard line.
Three plays later quarterback Jake Whitt ran the ball into the end zone for the touchdown.The extra point kick was no good but Powell led 6 – 0 with 9:51 to go in the first quarter.
Bath County got the ball after a short Powell kickoff and the Wildcat offense came onto the field. Bath fumbled the snap from center three of the first four plays and Powell’s defense stopped the Wildcats as Powell got the ball on the Bath 43 yard line.
Powell once again ran the ball at the Bath defense. Snowden ran for a 26 yard touchdown to give Powell a 13 point lead after the extra point.
Powell’s defense once again was solid and forced the Wildcats to punt on the soggy field. The Pirates got the ball in the middle of the muddiest part of the field at their 34 yard line. They used the clock and ran the ball down the field. Snowden again scored, this time on a 16 yard touchdown run to give the Pirates a 19 – 0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Pirate defense continue to dominate the Wildcats forcing another punt and causing a fumble. The Pirate offense began to sputter as Powell was forced to punt for the first time in the game. Powell got another touchdown run midway through the second quarter by Snowden and the Pirates took a 26 – 0 lead into halftime.
The rain finally stopped during halftime as the Pirates were cruising. The Pirates stopped Bath on downs to begin the third quarter but Powell’s offense fumbled the ball away as they were in striking distance of the goal.
Bath got the ball on the two yard line. Bath ran the ball to the six yard line on the first play. On the second play Bath fumbled in the end zone and Powell’s Jordan Rice recovered the ball for a touchdown. Powell led 33 – 0 halfway through the third quarter.
Bath was forced to punt and the Pirates lost the ball on a fumble deep in the Wildcats end again. Bath moved the ball to the 25 yard line. On the next play, Bath fumbled and the ball was scooped up by Jordan Neace of the Pirates for a 27 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Powell led 40 – 0 after three quarters.
Powell pulled their starters as the fourth quarter began. Bath moved the ball on Powell’s defense and finally scored a touchdown to put the Wildcats on the board. Powell’s offense ran the ball deep into Bath territory only to fumble. Bath was moving the ball as the game ended. But Powell won the game 40 – 6 over Bath County.
Powell now stands at 2 – 5 on the season and 1 – 2 in district play. The Pirates travel to Bourbon County, this Friday for another district contest. Game time is set at 7:30 p.m. at the Bourbon County High School in Paris.

Lady Pirates gearing up for distrcit foes

The Powell County Lady Pirates volleyball team took tow out of three games last week. They toppled Berea, beat Estill but fell to Jackson City. And now they are setting their eyes on a couple of district foes in hope of keeping their dominance intact.
Last Monday they traveled to Berea to play another group of Lady Pirates. In the first set Powell fell behind 5-4, but caught up and took the lead for good at 9-6.  An eight point run in the second rotation with Timara Crabtree serving put Powell up 20-9 and they coasted home from there to win 25-11. The second set saw Powell’s Emily Watson as the first server and she put in 16 straight scoring serves for a 16-2 lead.  After only a point, Berea gave the serve back to Powell and Tori Monnett served for nine straight and the win. Powell took the match and game, 25-3
On Tuesday night Powell went to Irvine for another district game. In the first set the Lady Pirates trailed 17-14 before finally getting their game together on a five point run to take the lead at 19-17.  Powell did not allow another point and took the win on six straight scores with Haleigh Ritchie serving, 25-18. .L CO.
The second set saw Powell take the early lead at 12-5, but let the Lady Engineers come back later to trail by only 15-13.  The Lady Pirates put together two different three-point runs to go up 21-14.  The two district rivals then traded points, with Powell coming out on top 25-19. The Lady Pirates wasted no time in the third set taking a 10-0 lead on serves by Watson.  Another run with Crabtree serving gave Powell a 14-2 advantage.  Estill came back with six straight, but after a couple of turns, Brooklyn Thacker served four straight scoring serves for the Lady Pirates to go up 21-10. Watson closed out the match with three straight scoring serves as Powell won, 25-12.
Then last Thursday Powell traveled to Jackson City for a regional matchup. In the first set the Lady Tigers took the lead at 6-2 and Powell could never catch up.  The Lady Pirates closed to within two several times in the late going, but could get no closer in taking the loss, 25-19.
The second stanza was another close set, but again Jackson City managed to lead all the way as Powell’s defense faltered, Jackson took the match 25-16. Jackson City took a 5-0 lead in the third set and never gave up the advantage in taking the win, 25-17.
The Lady Pirates are 13-9 as they enter this week’s action. They were scheduled to hit the road again and play Lee County on Tuesday. Thursday night the team is set to go to Booneville for a match with Owsley County. Both games are district opponents. Currently Powell is 4-0 in district play and in control of the top seed for the district tournament.

Lady Pirates hit rough seas, drop 3 at Leslie

The Powell County Lady Pirates volleyball team continued their streak of great play as they won their first two matches last week. But the ladies hit some rough seas last Saturday, dropping three matches in a four game tournament. They hope to rectify that and battle some district foes this week.
Last Tuesday they traveled to Buckhorn and picked up a quick win. In the first set Lady Pirates started with 5-0 lead and never trailed as the host team never put together consecutive scores. The second set was a little close at first. Powell started with a 4-0 lead before letting the Lady Cats run off eight straight points to take the advantage.
The Lady Pirates finally overcame an 11-7 deficit to go ahead 14-10 with senior Haleigh Ritchie serving on a seven point run.  Buckhorn could never get closer than four points at 22-18, but Powell finished it off with a three point run as senior Timara Crabtree served. Powell won over Buckhorn  25-9 and 25-18
Last Thursday the Lady Pirates traveled to Campton to play Wolfe County.  In the first set, the Lady Pirates slowly pulled out to a lead at 14-11 before scoring three straight with junior. Alicia Pelfrey serving to get a little breathing room at 18-11.  The second set saw Powell manage to take a 15-12 advantage and built that to 21-13 with five straight points as Crabtree was serving.  The Lady Wolves came back with a three point run and closed to within five at 22-17. Powell’s Tiffany Flippo, a junior, then put in three straight scoring serves and the Lady Pirates took the win.
The third set witnessed Wolfe County taking the early advantage at 7-1 before the Lady Pirates got back on track and managed to tie at 16-16.  Wolfe then went back up by two at 19-17 before Powell took the lead for good at 22-21.  The Lady Pirates then scored three straight for the win. Powell beat Wolfe 25-14, 25-17 and 25-21.
Then along came Saturday and the lady Pirates took a voyage to Leslie County. It was not a pleasant cruise. Clay County won over Powell  17-21, 21-10 and 21-17.  South Floyd then beat Powell 21-10 and 21-9.  Leslie County, the host team won over Powell 21-5 and 21-17.  Powell did manage to take a win away from the trip. The lady Pirates beat Jackson County 21-12 and 21.14.
This week Powell was scheduled to play district rival Estill County at home and then travel to Garrard County for a rematch on Thursday.

Pirates soundly defeated by Lincoln, 42-7

The Powell County Pirates started off the season with a big win at home against Magoffin County on opening night. The Pirates had another tough task this past Friday night, the Lincoln County Patriots. Lincoln, a 5A school, had started the season with losses to two very good teams. Powell was looking to take down a very big and hungry team.
Lincoln got the ball first and ran the ball down the field. The Patriots scored on a nice touchdown pass to take the lead 7 – 0. Powell received the kick and Ryan Vanover ran the ball into Lincoln territory to put the Pirates in scoring position.
Jake Whitt ran Powell’s offense inside the red zone. Chance Snowden scored on a three yard touchdown run to put the Pirates on the board. Whitt kicked the extra point and the score was tied 7 – 7 halfway through the first quarter.
From that point forward Lincoln began to dominate the Pirates. Lincoln scored two touchdowns while holding Powell to next to no offense for the rest of the first half. Lincoln led at halftime 21 – 7. Lincoln added a quick touchdown to start the second half and led 28 – 7. Powell began to lose players to injury as the aggressive Lincoln players racked up penalties.
Powell on offense still could not get much going in the third quarter. Lincoln cruised in the rest of the game and posted a 42 – 7 win over the Pirates.
Powell is now 1 – 1 on the season. The Pirates travel to Prestonsburg this Friday night to face the Blackcats. Prestonsburg will be looking for revenge from last season when Powell defeated the football powerhouse. Game time is set at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Pirates win three straight, improve to 4-1

VB-1The Powell County Lady Pirates volleyball team got back on the winning track taking wins over two district foes and regional opponent. Powell beat Owsley, Breathitt and Lee in three sets each.
Against Owsley last Monday Powell broke it open the first set with six straight scoring serves by senior Haleigh Ritchie. Powell jumped up 13-4 then won easily, 25-16. The second set saw the Lady Owls jump out to a 5-3 lead, but Powell roared back. Following a 14 point run Powell took another win, 25-7. The third set saw Owsley take a 9-5 lead. But Powell came back to tie it 11-11. Powell’s Tori Monnett went on a five serve scoring run to take a 22-19 lead. Powell then cruised to the 25-20 win.
On Wednesday Powell went to Breathitt County to play in a shortened match. In the first set Powell jumped up early on, 9-4, but they saw Breathitt came back to make it 16-14. The teams traded scores and it stood at 23-21 with Powell leading. The Lady Pirates held on to pull out a 25-21 win.
The second set was also a battle. The teams fought to an 11-11 tie before Powell jumped out to a 16-11 advantage. But Breathitt fought back to make it 16-15. Breanna Durbin  went on a scoring streak to help give Powell a little breathing room. Powell went on to win, 25-20.
Then last Thursday, the Lady Pirates hosted Lee County. Powell took a 7-5 lead in the first set and never looked back. Brooklyn Thacker led the way with straight scoring serves to give Powell a 17-8 lead. Despite a slight surge by Lee late, Powell won 25-17. The second set was all lady Pirates. Powell blasted out to an 11-3 lead in the third rotation to win easily, 25-9.
The third rotation was once again pivotal in the third set. Powell scored 10 straight points in the rotation. Lee made a valiant comeback, but Powell finished it off with a five point run to win, 25-16.
Powell is now 4-1 and was set to travel to Bourbon this past Tuesday. They will continue the road trip as they travel to Wolfe County tonight (Thursday) and will play in the Smash Bash at Leslie County in Saturday.

Pirates come-from-behind to win season opener

The Powell County Pirates were anxious to get the 2014 football season underway this past Friday night, at home. Magoffin County brought an experienced team to face the Pirates. But it was Powell’s special teams and defense that brought them from behind to win,
Magoffin won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, so Powell got the ball first. The Pirates fielded a short kick and got the ball at their own 45 yard line. The Pirates wasted no time in getting the ball down the field. The Pirates needed just four plays to put the ball into the end zone. Chance Snowden ran the ball on the fourth play for a 17 yard touchdown and Jake Whitt’s extra point put Powell up 7-0, just two minutes into the game.
Powell’s defense stopped Magoffin and forced a punt. The Pirates quickly fumbled the ball away to the Hornets and they returned the favor and fumbled it back to Powell. The Pirates were then forced to punt.
Magoffin then took the ensuing kickoff and began to march the ball down the field, scoring. But their two-point attempt failed and Powell still led 7-6 as the first quarter ended.
Whitt-ScoresThe second quarter saw both team’s defenses step up. Magoffin forced the Pirates to punt late in the quarter. The Hornets used an excellent two minute drill offense to move the ball into Powell territory. With just 4.2 seconds left in the half Magoffin scored on a touchdown pass to take their first lead. Once again the two point conversion was unsuccessful. The visitors led 12-7 at the half.
The second half began with Magoffin having the momentum and the ball. Whitt kicked a perfect onside kick that bounced off of a Magoffin player and into the hands of Powell’s Ryan Carmichael. Powell could not move the ball and lost possession on downs.
The Powell defense forced another Magoffin punt. Powell ran the ball but fumbled it away, this time deep in Hornets territory. As the end of the third quarter came to an end it was one dominated by Powell, but Magoffin still led 12-7.
As he final quarter began Powell once again held the Hornets and forced them to punt. Powell’s Charley Spencer blocked the punt and the Pirates got the ball on Magoffin’s 41 yard line. Powell moved the ball to the Hornet’s 8 yard line and Issac Harrison  looked like he was going to score on a run. But harrison fumbled the ball at the 2 yard line. Nate Brooks recovered the fumble in the end zone for a Pirate score. Powell now led 13-12 with 10:05 to play.
That is when the Pirates got a second wind in their sails.
As the Pirates defense chilled the Magoffin offense, much like Hunter Wolfe’s hit on a third and deep play stopped a Hornet drive late in the quarter, he offense picked it up. Whitt scored a quick run and kicked the extra point. Powell led 20-7 with 4:17 to play.
On the kick off Magoffin fumbled again and Carmichael was once again right there to recover the ball. Snowden capped off the Pirates scoring with an impressive 38 yard run into the end zone. Powell scored using only 15 seconds. Powell held a commanding 27-12 lead.
Magoffin did manage a big drive and scored late in the game, but Powell won easily, 27-18.
The Pirates are 1-0 after the victory. Powell will host a very tough Lincoln County this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Powell County High School Sports Complex.

Lady Pirates open season 1-1

VBThe Powell County volleyball season is underway and they opened their season with an impressive showing at Morgan County. The Lady Pirates wasted very little time in dispatching the Lady Cougars by scores of 25-9, 25-18 and 25-13.
In the first set Powell broke out from a 4-4 tie to go up 18-4, scoring 13 straight points with senior Haleigh Ritchie serving. Powell won easily, 25-9.  In the second set things got a lot closer, with Morgan taking leads at 6-2 and 7-3. But  Powell got on track and went up 12-11.  Morgan came back to lead again at 13-12, but the Lady Pirates went on a run of 6 straight to go up for good at 18-13, enroute to the 25-18 victory.
The third set was tied at 4-4 when Powell took the lead for the rest of the set at 8-6.  The seventh rotation saw the Lady Pirates go on a run of six straight points with senior Breanna Durbin serving. With a commanding 22-12 lead and Ritchie now serving, Powell finished the match with two straight scoring serves.  Ritchie finished the night with 13 aces, while junior. Alicia Pelfrey had 20 assists.
Last Thursday was the home opener for Powell, as they hosted the Lady Golden Lions of Garrard County. It was a four match series, but unfortunately Garrard walked out with the match and the win.
Garrard topped Powell with scores of 25-10, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-23.
In the first set losing their way to Powell County High School did not seem to bother the Lady Lions. The visitors jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start and stretched their advantage to 15-4. They continued their scoring frenzy and went up 19-7 before coasting to the win. The Lady Pirates kept a slim lead in the second set until Garrard scored five straight to tie the score at 20-20.  Powell then went up 23-20 and gave up only one point while scoring two for the win. The only one of the match for the home team.
The third set was another close one, with Powell  taking the early advantage at 5-0 and 9-2. But  Garrard come back to tie at 16-16.  The Lady Lions ran off seven straight to take the lead for good at 23-21. The fourth set saw the Lady Pirates fall behind 23-14 but then rallied to pull to within four at 23-19.  After another Garrard score, Powell again came back to make the score 24-23 before a tip by Garrard fell in to give the visitors the win.
Powell was set to host a district game with Owsley County this past Monday night. On Wednesday they were scheduled to set sail to Breathitt County before coming back home on Thursday for another district game with Lee County.

A sport for all seasons

Bradley Cornett drives past two defenders

Bradley Cornett drives past two defenders

JV Pirates look for a good shot Monday afternoon. The Pirates took on Owsley County in a little summer ball action at Hazard.

JV Pirates look for a good shot Monday afternoon. The Pirates took on Owsley County in a little summer ball action at Hazard.

Pirates fall to Hazard in region first round

The Powell County Pirate Baseball team over the last month of the season had been the hottest team in the 14th Region. Powell defeated virtually every opponent leading to the post season. Powell fell to Estill in the finals of the 56th District Tournament. The Pirates would go to the 14th Regional Tournament as a runner-up and face a district champion. The luck of the draw was not in the Pirates favor as Powell drew the Hazard Bulldog in the first round.
Powell would have Austin Mullins on the mound and Hazard countered with Griffen Wells, both lefties. Caleb McCoy lead off the game for the Pirates with a walk. After one out McCoy was caught stealing and Powell failed to score in the first inning. Wells singled to lead off for Hazard, a bunt single put runners on first and third. The next hitters grounded into a double play as Wells scored the games first run. Hazard led 1 – 0 after one inning. Both pitchers had three strikeouts in the second inning. Powell was also sat down in order in the third inning.
Hazard drew a walk to start the third inning, after two outs Mullins walked another batter. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Powell committed an error to allow both runners to score. Hazard now led 3 – 0 after three innings.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning. Powell loaded the bases after an infield hit by Steven Skidmore and walks to Derrick Robinson and Hunter Martin. Powell got a sacrifice fly from Jordan Woosley to score their first run, but Hazard nailed the trail runner trying to advance to third to end the inning.
Mullins held Hazard without a runner in the fifth inning, Hazard led 3 – 1. Both teams again failed to score in the sixth inning.
Powell lead off the top of the seventh with and error by Hazard on ground ball by Skidmore. Robinson walked again and Hunter Martin hit a shot that hit off the Hazard pitcher to load the bases. Skidmore scored on a wild pitch and the runners advanced to second and third. Wells then got a strikeout for the second out of the inning. McCoy came to the plate with Powell trailing by a run. McCoy had reached base all three times that he had batted in the game. McCoy made solid contact but the grounder was right at the Hazard second baseman who threw to first to end the game. Powell fell to Hazard in a heart breaker 3 – 2.
Powell finishes the season with a 27 – 11 record. Austin Mullins was named to the 14th Regional All-Tournament team for the Pirates. Thanks to the Pirates players and coaches for another great season.