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Bears set sights on regional title

Bears set sights on regional title

By John Henson, Bear Tracks adviser

December 1, 2016

A team coming off a 24-win season and two straight 52nd District Tournament titles, the Harlan County Black Bears have painted themselves into something of a corner. With all five starters coming back, including two with four years of starting experience, the Bears are left with only major unreached...

HCHS students win at Swappin’ Meetin’ art competition

Winners from Harlan County High School during the 52nd annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ art competition included, from left: Addia Watts, John Hansel, Caleb Carmical, Robbie Blevins, Cydney Perkins and Lori Barton.

November 1, 2016

Several Harlan County High School students won ribbons for their art work during the recent 52nd annual Swappin’ Meetin’ community and children’s art display. The theme of this year’s competition was “My Ole Kentucky Home.” “I was pleased to learn that several of my students who have...

HCHS boys capture regional cross country title

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Members of the Harlan County High School regional championship cross country team include, from left: from left: James Chasteen, Seth Sanders, Alex Lewis, Josh Lee, Dalton Shepherd, James Dean and Zackary Carmical.

October 30, 2016

Josh Lee and the Harlan County cross country boys team created a symmetrical bookend to their season Saturday. After opening the season in August with a second-place finish by Lee and a three-point victory at Boyd County, the boys copied those results in the Class 2A Region 7 championship as they...

HCHS Raider team first in region

The Harlan County High School Raider team is currently ranked first in the region after a strong showing earlier this month at Whitley County. Squad members include, from left, front row: Allan Adams, Devin Mefford, Tessa Allen, Danielle Lee, Gary Burkhart, Marvin Williams, Brooke Lewis, Shayla Hamblin, Megan Barton, Layne Jones, Abigail Williams, Logan Bilbery and John Collett; second row: Ethan Caldwell, Stephen Day, Ryan Anderson, Cody Hall, Chelsey Cornett, Charles Skidmore, Stephen Snyder, Devin Couch and Brittany Thomas; back row: Willie Doan, Shawn Warren, Tyler Risner, Dewayne Kelly, Dalton Barton and Nick Coots.

October 25, 2016

With 124 students enrolled in the JROTC classes he leads, Maj. Tim McElyea oversees the largest program at Harlan County High School and one of the most successful. Harlan County is currently ranked first in the region coming off a strong showing at a meet on Oct. 8 at Whitley County High School....

Black Bears seek another region sweep

The Harlan County runners left the starting line in a race earlier this season. Both HCHS teams will be among the favorites in the regional meet Saturday.

Jarrod Sherman, Contributing Writer

October 23, 2016

With more regional championships than every other athletic program in the school combined, Ryan Vitatoe’s Harlan County cross country squad is no stranger to success. But when the Black Bears toe the starting line Saturday in the Class 2A Region championship at Boyd County High School, they will...

NHS inducts new members

NHS inducts new members

October 19, 2016

In a ceremony marked by the traditional lighting of candles, the Harlan County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 87 new members. "The inductees tonight are a special group, recognized for their academic achievement and attention to community service, leadership, character and...

Rutherford, Bears win county tourney

September 22, 2016

As the only senior on this year’s Harlan County High School golf team, Brendan Rutherford is being counted on for leadership, both on and off the course. Rutherford provided just that earlier this week as he led HCHS to the Harlan County Championship title in the two-day tournament played at the...

HCHS royalty

HCHS royalty

September 22, 2016

Stacey Huff was crowned the Harlan County High School football homecoming queen in ceremonies before Friday’s game against Johnson Central. She was escorted by senior lineman Jake Casolari.

HCHS homecoming candidates

The Harlan County High School homecoming queen will be crowned in ceremonies before Friday's game against Johnson Central. Senior candidates include, from left, front row: Stacey Huff, Courtney Justen, Tabitha Kilgore, Natalie Middleton, Kali Nolan, Linda Partin, Iris Sanchez and Michaela Short; back row: Haley Boggs, Emma Day, Kaitlin Evans, Leah Evans, Breanna Faulkner, Hannah Gaw and Haley Hall; not pictured Megan Thompson.

September 13, 2016

The Harlan County High School homecoming queen will be crowned in ceremonies before Friday's game against Johnson Central. Senior candidates include, from left, front row: Stacey Huff, Courtney Justen, Tabitha Kilgore, Natalie Middleton, Kali Nolan, Linda Partin, Iris Sanchez and Michaela Short; back...

HCHS teams sweep race at home course

Photo by Jessica Turner

Harlan County senior Dalton Shepherd gave everything he had at the finish line to edge (Wise) Central's Sam Houston, giving HCHS the team title in a meet Tuesday at the Harlan County High School course.

September 7, 2016

Winning is becoming contagious for the Harlan County cross country program. The Black Bears claimed team victories in the boys and girls varsity races, the middle school boys race and the elementary boys race in the Harlan County All-Comers meet Tuesday. “I’m very proud of all these kids for...

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