Beacon Hoops: February 14, 2023

Beacon Hoops: February 14, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon




   Ashland closed the regular season with a pair of wins this week with defeats of Rowan County and Spring Valley.

   Ashland drained 16 triples in a 75-44 rout of Rowan County. Zander Carter paced the Tomcats with 24 points while going 6 of 7 from downtown. Rheyce Deboard had 17.

   Ashland closed regular season play with a 78-48 thumping of Spring Valley while draining another 16 threes. Carter and Deboard paced the Tomcats with 24 and 17, respectively.

   Ashland will meet Rose Hill in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The tournament will be played at Boyd County Middle School.

BOYD 21-5

   Boyd County turned in a 3-1 mark this week with wins over Raceland, Elliott County and Perry County Central before closing the week with a loss to Harlan County.

   Five players finished in double figures while hitting 16 threes in a 93-50 rout of Raceland. Cole Hicks and Jacob Spurlock led the way with 19 points each. Hicks went 5 of 7 from downtown. Rhett Holbrook kicked in 11. Alex Martin and Jason Ellis each had 10.

   Boyd County routed Elliott County, 96-43 led by Spurlock’s 20. The freshman went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Lions hit 18 threes in the win. Hicks netted 18. Drew Smith had 14. Martin scored 12 and Ellis had 10.

   Boyd County outlasted Perry County Central for a 71-70, overtime win. Spurlock had 25 in the win while hitting seven 3s. Hicks poured in 19. Trey Holbrook netted four points but grabbed 12 rebounds.

   Boyd County closed the week with a 71-63 loss to Harlan County. Hicks paced the Lions with 15. Rhett Holbrook had 14. Ellis finished with 11. Spurlock had 10.

   Boyd County ends the regular season with a busy slate of three games. They welcome Russell Monday night then travel to Morgan County on Tuesday and East Carter on Thursday. The Lions will play Fairview in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 21st at 7 p.m.


   The Eagles roll into the final week of the regular season on a three-game winning streak after a 3-0 finish this week.

   Steven Day led the Eagles with 25 points in a 94-74 hammering of Rose Hill. Tamel Smith had 20. Izaac Johnson kicked in 16. Tanner Johnson had 14.

   Fairview survived a near disaster after coughing up a 24-point lead to Lawrence County with a Smith 3 at the horn to win 80-77. It was his 7th three in the contest. No stats were reported in the win.

   Fairview closed the week with a 71-62 win over Raceland. Smith led the way with 21 points, five 3s including his final triple that put the Eagles in front for good in the fourth quarter. Day kicked in 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Tanner Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

   Fairview visits Russell Tuesday and Maysville St. Patrick on Friday. The Eagles will play Boyd County in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 21st at 7 p.m.


   Rose Hill fell in all four contests this week, losing to Truth Guardian Christian, Fairview, Lewis County and Jenkins.

   Rose Hill came up short to Truth Guardian Christian, 49-45. Christian Blevins had 18. John VanHoose added 11.

   The Royals lost to Fairview, 94-74. Collin Wilburn had 23 points and hit seven 3s. Benton Ruck-er had 20. VanHoose and Blevins each had 14. VanHoose grabbed 10 rebounds.

   Rose Hill fell to Lewis County, 72-52 and Jenkins, 70-38. No stats were reported in the losses.

   Rose Hill travels to Truth Guardian Christian Tuesday, Tolsia Thursday and welcomes Hannan on Saturday.



   Russell saw its 16-game winning streak snapped Friday night but bounced back with a win over Bath County Saturday to close the week at 2-1.

   Russell won its 16th in a row with a 72-39 hammering of Elliott County. Damon Charles led the Devils with 14 points. Zaylen Carter had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carson Blum added 10.

   Russell fell to Greenup County, 58-42 for its first loss since losing to Fleming County on Dec. 16. Charles led the Devils with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Gavin Carter added 11.

   Russell ended the week with an 80-67 win over Bath County. No stats were reported.

   Russell visits Boyd County Monday, welcomes Fairview Tuesday and travels to Rowan County Thursday.

   Russell will play Raceland in the opening round of the 63rd District tournament in Vanceburg. Dates and times have not been set.


   Raceland fell in all three contests while dropping into the fourth seed for the upcoming district tournament.

   Raceland lost 93-50 to Boyd County. Parker Ison had 15 to lead the Rams.

   Raceland took a 54-52 loss to Lewis County eliminating a possible tiebreaker situation that would keep the Rams out of the fourth seed. Raceland led early and trailed late but had a look at the basket before the final horn for the tie but only drew rim on the attempt. Christian Large led the Rams with 17. Connor Thacker added 11. Jonah Arnett kicked in 10.

   Raceland closed the week with a loss to Fairview, 71-62. After a strong start by the Rams, Fairview took a 13-12 lead in the first that started a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way until the Eagles regained the lead for good midway through the fourth. Thacker had 21 for the Rams. Landyn Newman and Arnett each had 12. Large finished with 10.

   Raceland welcomes Greenup County Monday and Lawrence County Friday.


   The Musketeers turned in a 2-0 week with wins over Russell and West Carter.

   Greenup County defeated West Carter, 66-54. Bradley Adkins paced the Musketeers with 18 points. Cohen Underwood and Eli Adkins had 14. Bryson Chandley netted 10.

   Greenup County sent a shockwave through the 63rd District with a 58-42 throttling of Russell at ‘The Marv’ to snap the Devils 16-game winning streak. Bradley Adkins led the Musketeers with 16 points. Carson Wireman dropped 15. Eli Adkins added 13.

   Greenup County visits Raceland Monday night, Elliott County Thursday and welcomes Montgomery County Friday.

Beacon Hoops: January 3, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland went 1-2 this week in the AIT with a win over The Carmel School out of Virginia and losses to Simon Kenton and Blue Ridge, VA. 

   Ashland fell 55-54 to Simon Kenton on a buzzer-beater stick back to open the AIT. Zander Carter netted 19 to lead the Tomcats. Rheyce Deboard had 11.  

   Ashland bounced back with a 79-53 win over The Carmel School on Day 2. Carter paced the Tomcats with 26 points. Tucker Conway had 21 points and stroked five 3s. Deboard added 17. 

   Ashland fell to Blue Ridge, 81-66 in the fifth-place game. Carter had a game-high 29 points. Deboard tossed in 21. 

   Ashland travels to Johnson Central Thursday and welcomes Pikeville Saturday.


BOYD 11-2

   Boyd County went 2-1 in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational with wins over Palmetto, FL (89-77) and King, FL (77-71) and a loss to Leto, FL (65-63). No stats have been reported from the trip. 

   Boyd County meets Pike County Central Monday in the Class 2A Sectionals.



   Fairview went 2-1 this week with wins over Coal Grove and Pendleton County and a loss to Anderson County. 

   Fairview knocked off Coal Grove, 80-67 behind 26 points and 13 rebounds from Steven Day. Tanner Johnson had 13 points. Izaac Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tamel Smith tossed in 10. 

   Fairview defeated host Pendleton County, 70-59 in the Phillip Wood Classic. Tanner Johnson led the way with 27 points. Smith netted 15. Day added 14 points and 10 boards. Izaac Johnson had eight points and 10 rebounds. 

   Fairview fell to Anderson County in the championship of the Classic, 90-74. Tanner Johnson led the Eagles with 31 points. Day had 18. 

   Fairview visits Adams County, OH Tuesday and welcomes Grace Christian Saturday.



   Rose Hill was idle this week. The Royals travel to Fleming County Tuesday, welcome Hannan, WV Friday and meets West Carter Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 





   Russell claimed the King of the Smokies Championship with a clean slate in the three-game event. 

   Russell opened the event with a 50-40 win over North Greene, TN led by Damon Charles 23 points. Caleb Rimmer had nine points and 10 rebounds. 

   Russell outlasted Phil Campbell, AL, 56-55 in overtime in the semifinals. Carson Blum paced the Devils with 16 points. Rimmer had 11. 

   Russell defeated Cullman, 61-59 in the championship. Rimmer led the Devils with 20 points. Charles added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Blum tossed in 13 while going 3 of 3 from long range. 

   Russell welcomes East Carter Tuesday and Lewis County on Friday. 



   Raceland was idle this week. Raceland visits Menifee County Tuesday and faces Elliott County Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 



   Greenup County fell in all three contests in the Carolina Invitational with losses to Darlington, SC (42-35), Johnson Central (47-42) and Lawrence County (57-51). No stats were reported from the tournament. 

   Greenup County waits for its first opponent of the Class 2A Sectionals on Thursday. 

Beacon Ladies' Hoops: January 3, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland was idle this week. Ashland travels to Cabell Midland Thursday and welcomes Bath County Saturday.



   Boyd County went 2-1 in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational with wins over Bloomingdale, FL (56-50) and Western, FL (52-39). The Lions fell to Westminster, FL, 49-41 in the championship. Jasmine Jordan led the Lady Lions with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Bloomingdale. Taylor Bartrum added 13 points and Emilee Neese 12.

    Boyd County meets Pike County Central Monday in the Class 2A Sectionals.



   Fairview picked up a pair of wins this week after defeating Ironton St. Joe and Hannan, WV.

   Fairview knocked off St. Joe, 38-32. Kiera Loving had 14 points and 21 rebounds. Mia Newton added 12. 

   Fairview defeated Hannan 58-18 behind 21 points and 20 rebounds from Kiera Loving. Newton added 12 points. Madison Loving had 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

   Fairview travels to Calvary Baptist, WV Monday, Adams County, OH Tuesday, June Buchanan Friday and welcomes Grace Christian on Saturday. 


GIRLS 63rd




   Russell went 1-1 this week with a win over Rowan County and a loss to Cooper. 

   Russell fell to Cooper, 62-29. Shaelyn Steele had 12 for the Devils. 

   Russell bounced back with a 50-29 hammering of Rowan County. Steele led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Sanders added 10. 

   Russell visits Montgomery County Monday, Lewis County Friday and Franklin County on Satur-day. 



   Raceland went 1-2 in the Ohio River Classic. 

   Raceland fell to Betsy Layne, 50-43 in the opening round. Nim Maynard led the Rams with 23 points. Kennedy Taylor added six points and 16 rebounds. 

   Raceland bounced back with a 66-49 win over Magoffin County. Maynard led the Rams with 23 points. Reagan Mackie kicked in 14 points. 

    Raceland fell to Huntington St. Joe, 48-41 in the final game of the event. No stats were reported in the loss. 

   Raceland visits Lewis County Tuesday and meets Elliott County on Saturday in the All “A” Clas-sic.



   Greenup County went 1-2 in the Carolina Invitational. 

   Greenup County fell to Phillip Simmons, SC, 50-38 in the opening game of the event. Rachel Bush led the Lady Musketeers with 18 points. Emily Maynard had 11. Katie Shaffer grabbed 12 rebounds. 

   Greenup County lost 66-60 to Riverside, VA. Bush poured in 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Maynard netted 17. 

   The Musketeers closed the event with a 57-37 win over Bishop England, SC. Bush paced the Musketeers with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Maynard had 19. 

   Greenup County awaits its opponent Wednesday in the Class 2A Sectionals. 

The Tri-State Taster: Enjoy a Meal at Tres Hermanos Nunez Mexican Restaurant

Michelle Jordan

The Ashland Beacon


   Ashland is home to many wonderful restaurants. My husband and I take one weekend each month to try one of them out. It was two days before Christmas, and we were hungry from spending all day shopping. So, since it was my husband’s turn to pick where to eat, he suggested Tres Hermanos Nunez Mexican Restaurant, located at 807 Carter Avenue in Ashland.

   We walked into this colorful space with an outdoor seating area and lots of tables and chairs filled with customers and their holiday cheers. It was such a great atmosphere, and everyone seated seemed to be having a great time. We could not wait to be seated to enjoy a Mexican meal and drinks to relax from the holiday rush.

   Our server, Pedro, was a delight. He brought us some house-made chips and salsa to munch on while we perused the menus for the entrees. The chips were light and airy, and although the salsa was a bit too thin to stay on the chip, still made for a great appetizer.

   My husband decided to go with an order of Fajitas Tres Hermanos. ($16.99). The sizzling plate of steak, chicken, and sausage mixed with grilled onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes and served with rice, beans, lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream.  He thoroughly loved it.

   Since, I was watching my waistline, I went with their famous Grilled Chicken Protein Bowl. ($10.99).  The menu also offered steak, shrimp, or for the veggie lovers out there, the Veggie Bowl. But whatever protein bowl you choose, they are all served together in the bowl with Mexican rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, Guacamole (optional), shredded cheese and topped off with sour cream. So much goodness in one healthy bowl makes for a reorder the next time we visit.

   Never one to shy away from dessert, we ordered the fried ice cream. ($4.99). A big dip of French vanilla ice cream with a sweet, crispy coating was drizzled with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and presented in a fried tortilla bowl.

   It was a refreshing end to a great meal. We both took home leftovers as the portions were large.

   While dining we saw a big group enjoying their company holiday gift exchange party. Everyone was having a good time and the manager was very present to ensure they had all their needs met. 

   If you are a fan of Mexican food, then this is the place to go. I would definitely have to say that this was a great meal to end the day. 

The Tres Hermanos Nunez

Cuisine: Mexican

Address: 807 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

Phone: 606.324.0302

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Alcohol: Full bar

Beacon Hoops: December 20, 2022

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland went 2-1 this week with wins over Boyd County and Fleming County while falling to Bracken County. 

   Ashland earned a key 64th District win over Boyd County Tuesday night, 77-68. Five Tomcats finished in double figures led by Rheyce Deboard’s 19. Tucker Conway added 15 including three treys. Tristin Davis kicked in 14. Zander Carter and Nate Freize each had 12. 

   In a back-and-forth affair, Ashland could not slow down Bracken County in the final stanza as the Tomcats fell 90-69. The Tomcats bounced back with a win Saturday over Fleming County, 92-70. Ashland had three players finish with 20 points or more in the win led by Carter’s game-high 26. Deboard added 25. Conway torched the nets from deep with seven 3s and 23 points. Davis rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11. 

   Ashland travels to Pikeville Tuesday for the Pikeville Invitation in a three-day event. The Tomcats meet Harlan in the opening round. 


BOYD 7-1

   Boyd County went 3-1 this week with wins over Fairview, Eastern and Central Hardin and a dis-trict loss to Ashland. 

   Boyd County opened the week with a 77-68 loss to Ashland for the Lions first setback of the season. Jason Ellis led the Lions with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Spurlock added 14. Alex Martin kicked in 12. Rhett Holbrook had 10. 

   Boyd County bounced back with a 107-65 hammering of Fairview. Six players finished in dou-ble-figures led by Martin’s 20 off the bench. Griffin Taylor netted 16, nine in the first quarter. Spurlock tossed in 14. Holbrook had 13. Cole Hicks and Ellis each added 12. 

   Boyd County needed overtime to outlast Eastern in the Stock Yards Bank & Trust Challenge. Spurlock paced the Lions with 27. Ellis had 14. Taylor added 11 and Hicks chipped in 10. 

   Boyd County defeated Central Hardin, 94-85. No stats were reported for the win. 

   Boyd County visits Johnson Central Monday and meets PRP Thursday at Leslie County in the Hy-den Citizens Bank Classic. 



   Fairview went 0-3 this week with losses to Raceland, Boyd County and Floyd Central. 

Tanner Johnson had 22 points in the Eagles loss to Raceland. Steven Day tossed in 16. 

   Fairview dropped a district tilt to Boyd County, 107-65. Day led the Eagles with 27. Tamel Smith connected on four trifectas and had 18. Johnson added 17. 

   Day led the Eagles with 20 points and 10 rebounds in their 79-61 loss to Floyd Central. Smith kicked in 18. Johnson finished with 15. 

   Fairview meets Coal Grove Friday. 



   Rose Hill fell in both contests this week with losses to Huntington St. Joe and Lewis County. 

   Rose Hill lost 89-87 in a shootout with St. Joe. Christian Blevins had 34 in the loss and hit five threes. Collin Wilburn kicked in 23. Jacob Tyler added 11. 

   The Royals fell to Lewis County, 79-35. Blevins had 13. John VanHoose grabbed 12 rebounds. 

   Rose Hill travels to Berea for their Holiday Classic in a three-day event with Jackson City on the opening day. 





   Russell went 1-1 this week with a win over West Carter and loss to Fleming County. 

   Damon Charles led Russell with 11 points in a 46-31 defeat of West Carter. 

   Russell fell 66-45 to Fleming County. Carson Blum and Caleb Rimmer each had 12 in the loss.  

   Russell meets West Carter in the opening round of the Raceland Derby Classic Monday and meets Ironton on Thursday. 



   Raceland went 3-1 this week with wins over Fairview, Elliott County and Grace Christian and an overtime loss to Ironton. 

   Christian Large led the Rams with 18 points and 10 rebounds in their 68-53 win over Elliott County. Jonah Arnett had 13. Connor Thacker kicked in 12 and Jacob Gauze had 11. 

   Raceland held on for a 56-53 win over Fairview. Large paced the Rams with 16 points. Gauze had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Arnett kicked in 11. 

   Raceland fell to Ironton, 65-60 in overtime. 

   Raceland defeated Grace Christian, 80-59. Arnett led the Rams with 14 points. Parker Ison added 13. Large and Thacker had 12. Jules Farrow netted 10. 

   Raceland meets Paris in the opening round of the Derby Classic Monday night. 



   Greenup County went 0-2 this week with losses to East Carter and Wheelersburg. 

   Greenup County fell 62-61 in overtime to East Carter.  Bryson Chandley and Carson Wireman each had 14 to pace the Musketeers. Eli Adkins kicked in 10.

   Greenup County fell to Wheelersburg, 61-51. 

   The Musketeers welcomes Green Tuesday and Chesapeake on Friday.