By Grant Stevens - Sports Editor
Nov. 21, 2012 — Year-in-year-out, the Jack Fultz Classic has become a staple of the preseason in Carter County, and this year was no different.
Jack Fultz, former legendary Hall-of-Fame coach at the old Olive Hill High School, helped to mold a winning formula during his time as a Comet player and coach.
Serving as the first precursor of sorts to the 2012 season, the West Carter boys and girls programs began their journeys for this season with their first taste of action on the pinewood this Saturday at the annual Jack Fultz Classic.
The Lady Comets faced a competitor which it will not lay eyes on in the regular season, in Ripley (Ohio).
An upcoming season minus the presence of former Lady Comet/current Morehead State forward Paige Tackett could prove difficult for the West girls program to overcome, as maroon and white found it difficult to manufacture points.
Though scores are reset after every quarter, the Lady Comets fell 30-21 when all scores were tallied.
West Carter Head Coach Bart Stevens said it was a tough night for his team, but they are going to keep at it.
“We’ve got to find a way to be able to score more points,” Stevens said. “We’re still trying to figure out our identity as a team and we just have to keep working.”
In the nightcap, Head Coach Jeremy Webb and the Comets took on former 62nd District competitor, the Lewis County Lions.
A fairly young Comets squad, led by senior forward Kyle Brown, saw a tight matchup with the Lions.
Tied at 44 apiece entering the fourth quarter, West witnessed a 15-point period by the visitors on the scoreboard, signal a 59-53 final.
Webb said he was glad to see the annual preseason exhibition showcase go off without a hitch.
“The 2012 Jack Fultz classic was a success once again,” Webb said. “This is the time of year when guys are getting tired of beating on one another in practice, so it was nice to get to compete against someone else for a change. I felt like our team played hard and made some progress in the scrimmage so I certainly feel like it was a good beginning to the preseason.”
Be sure to pick up next week’s Journal-Times for a full preview of this year’s West Carter boys and girls teams.
Sponsors for the 2012 Jack Fultz Classic include: Blueberry Ridge Storage, the Commercial Bank of Grayson/Olive Hill, WGOH/WUGO, Kevin R. Jordan, DMD, Globe Funeral Chapel, First National Bank, Dyer’s Big Sandy Superstore, Carter Co. Attorney Patrick Flannery, CWA Local 3771, Carter County Judge Exec. Charles Wallace, John’s Garage, McDonald’s of Olive Hill, Fisher’s Auto Sales, Grayson REEC, L & M Trophy Shop, All American Graphics.
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