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January 4, 2013

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

7. South Laurel Lady Cardinals win region soccer title

Two year’s ago, the South Laurel Lady Cardinals saw their string of five consecutive region titles come to an end at the hands of Letcher County Central. That loss didn’t sit well with the Lady Cardinals, and they were determined to once again claim their rightful spot atop the region rankings.

With the KHSAA realigning the soccer districts, that meant the Lady Cardinals and Letcher County Central would not be in the same region. The Lady Cardinals rolled through the district and region tournaments to once again be crowned champions. That set up a first round state playoff game with Letcher County Central, giving South a chance to avenge its defeat last year at the hands of the Lady Cougars.

And avenge they did, rolling, 11-1, to advance to the second round of the state, where they lost to Notre Dame Academy, 4-0.

Over at North Laurel, the boy’s soccer team turned in one of its best seasons ever by capturing the 49th District title and winning a game in the region tournament.

8. Lauren Wombles finishes career at Cumberlands with several records

The former South Laurel standout basketball player wrapped up a successful career at the University of the Cumberlands by garnering several individuals honors.

Wombles was named to Mid-South Conference Player of the Year and was a member of the State Farm WBCA All American Team. On the individual side, she became Cumberlands’ all-time leading scorer with 2,063 points. She finished with 919 rebounds, also a school record, 204 assists and 260 steals during her four years at the Williamsburg university. While a Lady Patriot, she played in the national tournament three of her four years.

9. Marcus Carson signs to play baseball with UK

North Laurel’s two-sport star became a Wildcat in November when he signed to play baseball at the University of Kentucky.

The Wildcats first noticed the North Laurel outfielder when he was a freshman attending their camp. The coaches timed him as he ran to first base in 3.2 seconds, and at that point, the courtship was under way.

He verbally committed to UK at the end of his sophomore year, but didn’t make it official until he signed his letter of intent in November.

He will join former teammate Zack Storm at UK. Storm signed in 2011 and is playing his first year with the Wildcats.

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