LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
1. North Laurel wins school’s first basketball region title
Since the school was formed in 1992, no North Laurel basketball team, boys or girls, won a region title. That is until 2012, when the Jaguars put together a late season run that culminated with three wins in the 13th Region tournament, beating Middlesboro, Knox Central and then Clay County in the finals, 54-52.
The Jaguars, under new head coach Brad Sizemore, were not picked by many to win the region. Most were expecting Clay County or Harlan County to capture that honor. North had fallen to Harlan County in the region season, and Clay County twice. They also lost to Barbourville, Bell County, South Laurel, Knox Central and Corbin, all 13th Region teams. Coming into the post season, the Jags were just 4-6 against region teams.
But come tournament time, the Jaguars went 4-1, their only loss coming in the 49th District finals to Clay County. But they were able to avenge that defeat with the win in the region finals.
The Jaguars lost in the first round of the state tournament to Rowan County, 64-46, but 2012 will always be remembered as a magical year for the Jaguars.
2. Ashley Woolum wins state track and field title
Coming into her senior season at North Laurel, Ashley Woolum had come close to winning a state title in track and field before, but this time, she was finally able to bring home a gold medal with her win in the long jump of 17 feet, 3.25 inches. She would almost make it a double as she finished second in the triple jump. She also took fourth in the high jump.
After her success at North Laurel, Woolum signed to compete in track and field at Eastern Kentucky University.
3. Caroline Moore wins region golf title
The North Laurel golfer capped off her senior season with a region title, then finished 7th in the girls’ state golf tournament.
Moore became the second Lady Jaguar to win a region title. She won the title by one stroke over Pulaski County’s Elsa Moberly, 74 to 75. North Laurel took second in the team competition.
She then placed 7th in the girls’ state tournament, while her team took ninth. Her fantastic golf career at North Laurel led to her signing with Lee University.