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Lady Bears beat Grayson County, advance to district title game

Photo by Journey Hixenbaugh

MORGANTOWN — Passing its first postseason test, Butler County beat Grayson County 49-37 in the semifinals of the 12th District Girls' Basketball Tournament on Monday, Feb. 21. 

With the win, Butler County advances to the 12th District Girls' Basketball Tournament title game. 

The loss eliminated Grayson County from the girls' high school basketball postseason.

Starting strong, tournament host Butler County outscored Grayson County 9-3 in the first quarter.

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Dockery named Region 3 Coach of the Year

LEXINGTON — Butler County head coach Calvin Dockery has been named the Region 3 Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year.

Dockery earned the honor from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC), which honored coaches and players of the year in each of the state's 16 regions. 

Muhlenberg County senior guard Trey Lovell was named the Region 3 Player of the Year by the KABC. 

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Bears pull away to beat Thomas Nelson, 83-59

MORGANTOWN — Butler County pulled away to beat visiting Thomas Nelson 83-59 in a boys' high school basketball regular season finale on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Following the win, Butler County improved to 16-10. 

The Bears moved ahead early and forced Thomas Nelson to play from behind throughout the boys' high school basketball matchup.

Butler County shot 56.7 percent (38-of-67) from the field. The Bears connected on five of 16 three-point field goal attempts. 

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Lady Bears compile 23-3 record in regular season

Photo from Greer Productions Lady Bears Start of Season video

MORGANTOWN — Among the top teams in the Third Region, Butler County compiled a 23-3 record during the 2021-22 girls' high school basketball regular season.

Butler County will carry momentum into the 12th District Girls' Basketball Tournament.

Under the direction of head coach Lexie Belcher, Butler County swept its three 12th District opponents during the regular season. Butler County exited the regular season 6-0 in the 12th District. 

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Butler County archery teams wins region championships

MORGANTOWN — The Butler County High School and Butler County Middle School archery teams each won Region 3 championships on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The Butler County archery program's award winners from the region tournament were as follows: 

Alex Elmore (2nd - High School Male), Maelynn Bilicki (4th - High School Female), William Jared (1st - Middle School Male), Graysen Henderson (4th - Middle school Male), Jacob Vinson (5th - Middle School Male).

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BCHS Swim Team

Mattie Smith Outstanding Female Swimmer Region 2  photo by Jerry Hinton

Butler County High School Swim had a great day at KHSAA Region 2 Championships.

The Girls' team finished 6th overall in the region (out of 17 teams). The Girls' team consists of Mattie Smith, Lydia Wells, Briley Webster, and Emma Winchel.

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Bears and Lady Bears defeat Edmonson County Wildcats

Clark lifts Lady Bears over Edmonson County, 44-42 

BROWNSVILLE — Taylin Clark hit the game-winning shot to lift Butler County over Edmonson County 44-42 in a 12th District girls' basketball game on Friday, Feb. 11.

After notching the win, Butler County improved to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the 12th District. 

Clark scored the 1,000th point of her career during the district matchup. 

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Lady Bears beat University Heights, 56-34

MORGANTOWN — Butler County pulled away to beat visiting University Heights 56-34 in a girls' high school basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 12. 

Following the win, Butler County improved to 22-2.

Butler County forced University Heights (Region 2) to play from behind during the prep hoops matchup, gradually pulling away to win convincingly. 

Three Butler County players reached double figures in scoring.

Taylin Clark led Butler County to the win, scoring 15 points. 

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Volleyball: Gidcumb signs with Brescia

MORGANTOWN- Butler County senior volleyball player Autumn Gidcumb is headed to the next level.

A leader for Butler County during her prep career, Gidcumb has signed with the Brescia University volleyball program.

Gidcumb was a standout for Butler County throughout the 2021 high school volleyball season. As a senior, Gidcumb recorded 177 kills, 14 assists, 232 digs and 62 service aces for the Bears. Gidcumb led the Bears in kills and service aces in the 2021 high school volleyball season. She holds seven school records.

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Bears fall to Ohio County

HARTFORD — Butler County suffered its second straight loss as Ohio County prevailed 80-63 in a boys' high school basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Following the loss, Butler County dropped to 14-9.

Ohio County improved to 16-6 after notching the win. 

Homestanding Ohio County shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field. The Eagles shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from three-point range.

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