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  1. WTUK-FM 105.1 in Harlan. You can listen to the game live on their webpage.
  2. The school system would have still funded the project but construction would have been started at a later date when they got more funding to fund the project.
  3. The Addres for the Football Field is 251 Ball Park Road Harlan, Kentucky 40831
  4. Harlan County Black Bear Videohttp://www.harlan.k12.ky.us/pr/video/HCHS_Coal_Miners_Memorial_Field.wmv
  5. Foundation donates $1M for field Harlan County School District Superintendent Tim Saylor announced Friday that the Gilliam Foundation has made a $1 million donation that will allow work to begin on Phase I of the football and track complex at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium. “We feel very fortunate to make this sort of gift to Harlan County. We looked for an opportunity to help as many students as possible, and we felt like this project would allow us to do that,” said Richard Gilliam. “There is a great business environment here and great workers, and we are grateful for our partnership with the people of Harlan County.” The stadium will include an eight-lane track, high jump facility, long jump and pole vault area and a synthetic-turf football field among other items. The football field will be named in honor of Needham Saylor, a long-time coach, teacher, principal and superintendent in the Harlan County school system. “Athletics are so important to a school. Of course, academics are first, and that’s where I and the board put our emphasis to get this high school constructed, so we could give a great education to our kids. But, we need our athletic fields too, and now we are going to get it finished up,” Saylor said. Phase I will include the construction of a 2,000-seat home section, a 1,000-seat visitor seating section and a press box. The additional phases will include bleacher expansion on both sides of the field, expansion of the locker room and training facility as well as other features. “When I took this job as football coach there were two things I knew. I knew there would be great support for football and we didn’t have a football field,” said Harlan County coach Tom Larkey. “I think it’s good for any team in any sport to have a place that they can call home. I really believe it’s a big part of the psychology of football to have your own house to play in.” The first phase of the complex will cost approximately $3 million with bonding funds being used to pay for the remaining amount. Officials are hopeful that play will begin at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium next season. “For the past three years, we have become accustomed to practicing and playing on facilities that require a bus ride every day. I can’t think of one day that the football team has had the opportunity to stay at school and do any kind of training,” Larkey said. “I have always had faith, and have never questioned that we would have a football field. I trusted him and the county board that this would become a reality. We go to class here. We get our education here, and in the near future we are going to have winning football teams here.” Construction has already started on the school’s spring sports fields and those projects are expected to be completed during the spring.
  6. by JOHN HENSON The Harlan Daily Enterprise Harlan County’s Dylon Smith fought for yardage during the Bears’ 35-21 victory over Pulaski County in the 5A regional championship game on Friday. DEBBIE CALDWELL/ Daily Enterprise Even before they could make it home from a 40-7 thrashing at the hands of Pulaski County in late August, senior defensive end Jordan Calton and the Harlan County Black Bears were plotting their revenge. Payback was especially sweet Friday as the Bears rolled to a 35-21 win at James A. Cawood field, capturing the school’s first regional title and the first for a Harlan County team since Scott Russell and the Evarts Wildcats upset Pikeville in 1990. “We said after they beat us we would meet them again and it will be a different outcome,” said Calton, who was selected District 8 player of the year earlier this week. Calton and the HCHS defense controlled the high-powered Pulaski offense, limiting the Maroons to only 51 yards rushing while sacking Pulaski quarterback Zach Eastham seven times. “They are a pressure defense, and we just didn’t do a very good job picking up the blitz,” Pulaski County coach Johnny Hines said. “I made some bad calls and got ourselves in a hole early in the first quarter trying to score too quickly instead of getting a drive going. We made a lot of mistakes all the way around. But I don’t want to take anything away from Harlan County. It was their night. They played terrific all night long, from start to finish. I congratulate them.” The regional title was the fifth for Harlan County coach Tom Larkey, who won four at Rockcastle County before taking over the HCHS program when the school opened in 2008. “Our kids have worked hard and improved,” Larkey said. “Coach (Ovie) Canady put four men on the line this time to put pressure on the quarterback, and that really helped us a lot.” Harlan County (11-2) also controlled the line of scrimmage on the offensive side. The Bears rolled up 384 yards on the ground, led by Dylon Smith with 178 yards and Marcus McMillian with 124. “Offensively, we’ve just matured on the line of scrimmage,” Larkey said. “The first time we played we could barely get a first down.” “They did a great job on the offensive line,” Hines said. “We felt like if they were able to control the ball, control the clock, that’s the style they want to play, and we’d be in for a long night. That’s exactly what happened.” The Bears set the tone for the night on their opening possession, marching 90 yards in nine plays as Smith and McMillian took turns ripping off big gains. Smith went the final 2 yards over the left side of the line for a 6-0 lead with 7:57 to play in the first quarter. Logan Joseph blocked Josh Jenkins’ extra point attempt. Pulaski County (11-2) broke through with a big play early in the second quarter as Eastham found running back Alex Abner with a pass that turned into a 68-yard scoring play when McMillian slipped after the catch. Andrew Patton’s extra point gave the Maroons a 7-6 lead with 6:43 to play in the second quarter. Harlan County answered with a five-play, 66-yard drive highlighted by Smith’s 50-yard run. McMillian scored on a 3-yard run on the next play, then added the two-point conversion for a 14-7 HCHS lead with 4:44 left in the second quarter. The Bears slowly won the battle of field position in the third quarter and got the ball on the Pulaski 35 after holding the Maroons following a 41-yard Skylar Saylor punt to the Pulaski 5. McMillian scored seven plays later on a 9-yard run over the left side of the line. Jenkins’ extra point stretched the Bears’ lead to 21-7 with 24.3 seconds left in the period. Harlan County got the ball back four plays later and needed only three plays to reach the end zone as Smith rumbled 24 yards with 10:11 left in the game. Another touchdown pass from Eastham to Abner, this one covering 11 yards with 9:32 left, helped Pulaski cut the deficit to 14. A McMillian interception with 5:30 to play set up the final HCHS touchdown as Middleton muscled his way into the end zone from the 10. Jenkins’ extra point gave the Bears a 35-14 lead with 2:14 to play. Eastham ran 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:09 left. Harlan County senior tackle Brian Owens was tackled on the play as he rushed Eastham, but the Bears didn’t get a call and the touchdown stood. Pulaski got the ball back on a fumbled handoff but ran out of time at the Harlan County 10. Harlan County will play host to Fort Thomas Highlands on Friday in the state semifinals. The winner advances to the 5A state championship game in Bowling Green against the winner of the Christian County-John Hardin game. ——— Pulaski County 0 7 0 14 — 21 Harlan County 6 8 7 14 — 35 HC — Smith 2 run (kick blocked) PC — Abner 68 pass from Eastham (Patton kick) HC — McMillian 3 run (McMillian run) HC — McMillian 9 run (Jenkins kick) HC — Smith 24 run (Jenkins kick) PC — Abner 11 pass from Eastham (Patton kick) HC — Middleton 10 run (Jenkins kick) PC — Eastham 24 run (Patton kick) PCHS HCHS First downs 15 20 Rushes-yards 22-51 54-384 Passing 194 2 Comp-Att-Int 13-27-1 1-3-0 Punts-Avg 4-31 3-35 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 11-80 11-115 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Pulaski County, Abner 7-21, Eastham 14-21, Haste 1-9. Harlan County, Smith 20-178, McMillian 21-124, Middleton 6-53, Brewer 7-29. PASSING—Pulaski County, Eastham 13-27-1-194. Harlan County, Brewer 1-3-1-2. RECEIVING—Pulaski County, Abner 7-161, Hall 2-24, Wesley 2-6, McQueen 2-3. Harlan County, Maggard 1-2. Read more: The Harlan Daily Enterprise - Bears whip Maroons for regional title
  7. The Pulaski County Maroons play at Harlan County Friday 11-19-2010. Pulaski County won in the season opener at Pulaski County 40-7.
  8. By JOHN MIDDLETON Sports Editor The Harlan County Black Bears had heard all week about how much Whitley County has improved since the regular season matchup in September. After a 57-18 victory over the visiting Colonels in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday, it appears Harlan County has improved quite a bit as well. “That’s all I’ve heard about was Whitley County getting better and they were 100 percent. I felt like we were getting better, but we weren’t 100 percent,” said Harlan County coach Tom Larkey. “I think our team just has the right kind of attitude right now, that they just want to go out and win football games.” The Bears elected to receive to open the game and quickly established that they were going to be the more physical team. Junior tailback Marcus McMillian and quarterback Jordy Brewer teamed for seven straight carries that drove the ball to the Whitley 10, before Brewer went in on a quarterback keeper with 8:12 remaining in the first quarter. McMillian ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0. McMillian had 129 yards on 17 carries to lead the Bears. Sophomore Jake Middleton added 67 yards on five carries and Brewer had 58 yards on 11 carries. The Colonels responded on their opening possession. After a big return by senior Cody Bowlin moved the ball to Harlan County’s 38, senior fullback Cody Bramlett took over by carrying the ball four times for 21 yards before scoring on a 6-yard run with 4:24 left in the opening period. Bramlett had 87 yards on 23 carries to power Whitley County in the loss. Bowlin failed to run in the two-point conversion and Harlan County stayed on top 8-6. Any momentum generated by the Colonels’ drive was quickly erased as McMillian broke free up the middle and raced to the Whitley 2. Whitley County (6-6) stuffed the Bears on the first three downs, but McMillian went up the middle on fourth and one for his first touchdown of the night. Jenkins added the extra point to make the score 15-6. “Marcus knew he had to play a good game. He has really matured and come along a lot here in the last few games,” Larkey said. “He made some NFL moves out there tonight. I was real proud of him. I don’t teach that kind of stuff, that’s just him.” Harlan County (10-2) quickly extended the lead by capitalizing on Whitley County’s inability to take care of the football. The Bears regained possession after a fumble recovery by sophomore Jake Middleton at the Harlan County 39. McMillian broke free two plays later and outraced everyone for a 53-yard touchdown. Jenkins’ extra point pushed the lead 22-6. Brewer returned an interception by Whitley’s Travis Inman to the Harlan County 29-yard line on the ensuing possession. Brewer then found sophomore Austin Maggard all alone down the middle for a 24-yard touchdown strike with 10:07 left in the second quarter. Jenkins nailed the extra point to stretch the lead to 29-6. However, Whitley answered on its next possession. Inman found receiver Justin Goins streaking down the sidelines for a 37-yard reception down to the Bears’ 10-yard line. Chute raced around the left side for a touchdown on the following play to close the gap to 29-12. As they did throughout the night, Harlan County quickly answered. Brewer found Maggard on another long pass play, this time for 40 yards, and McMillian capped a 53-yard drive with a 3-yard plunge with 7:25 remaining. Jenkins’ extra point made the score 36-12. “I’m real pleased tonight that we were a little successful throwing it,” Larkey said. Sophomore Aaron Caldwell recovered the kick at the Whitley 27 to give the ball back to Harlan County to open the second half. McMillian ran it in from 27 ards on the following play for his fourth score of the night. Jenkins added the extra point to put the Bears on top 43-12. Whitley closed the gap to 43-18 after Goins scooped up a McMillian fumble at the Harlan County 15-yard line and went in untouched with 5:45 left in the third quarter. Middleton and freshman Cory Chorak each added touchdown runs for Harlan County in the fourth quarter. The Bears will play host to Pulaski County in the regional championship game on Friday. The Maroons downed Harlan County 40-7 in the season opener. “There are too many things going for us for us to stop. Not too many times do you get all of these playoff games at home and not too many times do you have a football team like this and have an opportunity to play for a regional championship,” Larkey said. “ I hope they come up here to our house and think they can handle us the same way again. They’re healthy and playing good football. We just have to work hard this week going into that game. They have some great athletes and a lot of seniors that play and we’re still pretty young.” ——— Whitley Co. 6 6 6 0 — 18 Harlan Co. 22 14 7 14 — 57 HC — Brewer 10 run (McMillian run) WC — Bramlett 6 run (run failed) HC — McMillian 1 run (Jenkins kick) HC — McMillian 53 run (Jenkins kick) HC — Maggard 24 pass from Brewer (Jenkins kick) WC — Chute 10 run (run failed) HC — McMillian 3 run (Jenkins kick) HC — McMillian 27 run (Jenkins kick) WC — Goins 15 fumble return (run failed) HC — Middleton 3 run (Jenkins kick) HC — Chorak 5 run (Jenkins kick) WCHS HCHS First downs 8 13 Rushes-yards 39-110 43-284 Passing 33 65 Comp-Att-Int 2-6-1 3-4-65-0 Punts-Avg 2-34 0-0 Fumbles-Lost 6-2 2-2 Penalties-Yards 4-35 5-32 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Whitley County, Cody Bramlett 23-87, Cody Bowlin 4-20, Jordan Chute 2-9, Jordan Singleton 2-6, Josh Nichols 1-4, Travis Inman 6-(-1), Justin Goins 1-(-15). Harlan County, McMillian 17-129, Middleton 5-67, Brewer 11-58, Chitwood 2-23, Chorak 5-20, Smith 2-4, Saylor 1-(-17). PASSING—Whitley County, Inman 2-6-1-33. Harlan County, Brewer 3-4-0-65. RECEIVING—Whitley County, Goins 2-33. Harlan County, Maggard 2-64, Middleton 1-1
  9. Harlan County Black Bears 57 Whitley County 18 Final Score.
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