Breaking down the local playoff regions
by Jay Compton Sports Editor
With all the district games completed and almost all of the brackets set, here’s a look at how the playoffs break down for three regions involving local teams Bell County, Pineville and Middlesboro.
Region 4 in Class 3A is made of up District 3 and District 4.
The Bell County Bobcats (6-3, 3-1) finished as the runners up in District 4 and will host their first round playoff game against Elizabethtown (6-3, 1-2), the number three seed from District 3.
Also on that side of the bracket, District 3 champion Louisville Central (6-3, 3-0) will host Casey County (1-8, 1-3), the number four seed from District 3.
The other side of the regional has District 4 champion Wayne County (9-0, 4-0) hosting the District 3’s number four seed LaRue County (0-9, 0-3) in their first round game.
District 3 runner-up Henry County (6-3, 2-1) hosts Corbin (7-2, 2-2), the number three seed from District 4 in what should be the most competitive of the first round games.
If form holds true, Bell County would visit Central in the second round with either Corbin or Henry County visiting Wayne County in the other regional semifinal.
Central would host the regional championship game if they get past the Bobcats. If they can pull off the upset, Bell would most likely either travel to Wayne County or host Corbin for the regional championship.
The bracket is also set in Class 1A’s Region 3, which is made up of District 5 and District 6.
The Pineville Mountain Lions (6-3, 2-1) are the number two seed from District 6 and they’ll host Berea (2-7, 1-2), the third seed from District 5. It’s Pineville’s first home playoff game since 2000.
Also on that side of the bracket, District 5 champion Williamsburg (6-2, 3-0) will host Jenkins (1-8, 0-3) in the first round.
The other side of the region has District 6 champion Hazard (7-2, 3-0) hosting Lynn Camp (3-6, 0-3) in their first round game with District 5 runner-up Campbellsville (2-7, 2-1) hosting District 6’s number three seed Harlan (2-7, 1-2).
Pineville will be favored to advance to the second round for a trip to Williamsburg in the regional semifinals. Harlan at Campbellsville is a toss-up but Hazard shouldn’t have much trouble winning both of their first two playoff games.
If Williamsburg gets past Pineville, the Yellow Jackets would host the regional championship game. A Mountain Lion upset would most likely sent Pineville back to Hazard for the regional title game.
Class 2A’s Region 4 isn’t quite settled second place in District 7 will come down to a tie-breaker between Somerset and Danville.
District 7 champion Middlesboro (7-2, 2-1) will host the District 8 number four seed Leslie County (3-6, 0-3) in the first round. Also on that side of the bracket, District 8 runner-up Betsy Layne (8-1, 2-1) will host either Somerset (5-4, 2-1) or Danville (5-4, 2-1).
District 8 champion Prestonsburg (4-5, 3-0) will host District 8 number four seed Lexington Christian (1-8, 0-3) in the first round on the other side of the bracket with either Somerset or Danville hosting Shelby Valley (5-4, 1-2).
As long as Middlesboro advances they will host the second round and the regional championship game. No matter how the tie-breaker shakes out expect the winner of the Somerset-Middlesboro game, whether it’s in the second round or third, to represent this region in the state semifinals.
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