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Harlan County coach Jacob Saylor talked with Shemar Carr and Gage Bailey after a meeting at the schools auditorium.

Saylor ready ‘to go to work’ as new HCHS football coach

By John Henson, Managing Editor December 18, 2023

Jacob Saylor watched the Harlan County High School football program from day one, including the four straight district titles and 5A regional championships in 2010, 2012 and 2017. He also saw the program...

The Harlan County High School girls cross country team received the 2A state runner up trophy on Saturday. The Lady Bears finished with 102 points, placing second behind Lexington Catholic. Corbin placed third, followed by Rowan County and Bourbon County.  Team members, from left, include coach Ryan Vitatoe, Abby Vitatoe, Olivia Kelly, Taylor Clem, Lauren Lewis, Jaycee Simpson,  Charli Shepherd, Peyton Lunsford,  Gracie Roberts, Preslee Hansley, Addi Gray, Aliyah Deleon, Kiera Roberts and coaches Miranda Epperson and Baili Bailey

Lady Bears finish as 2A state runner up

October 29, 2023

Before Saturday’s Class 2A state championship meet, Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said his girls were ready to “make Harlan County proud.” That might have been an understatement. The Lady Bears...

Harlan County cross country coach Ryan Vitatoe is pictured with the girls and boys Region 7 championship trophies. HCHS swept the races on Saturday at Morgan County High School.

HCHS teams sweep Region 7 titles

By Abby Sherman, Contributing Writer October 22, 2023

The names and faces change, but the championship legacy continues for the Harlan County girls cross country team. The Lady Bears recorded their fourth perfect score of the season at the Class 2A...

Harlan County High School senior Matt Lewis signed with the University of the Cumberlands on Thursday to continue his golf and academic career at the University of the Cumberlands. Pictured at the signing ceremony are, from left: HCHS golf coach Greg Lewis, Matt Lewis, Jessica Lewis and University of the Cumberlands golf coach Aaron Watkins.

Lewis becomes first HC golfer to continue in college with decision to sign with Cumberlands

By John Henson, Bear Tracks advisor November 21, 2022

As a senior at James A. Cawood High School in 2008, Aaron Watkins became the final golfer at his school to sign a scholarship to play golf in college with the University of the Cumberlands. Watkins returned...

The Harlan County girls won the Southeastern Kentucky Conference meet on Tuesday at Bell County High School. Team members include, from left, front row: Aliyah Deleon, Kendall Brock and Lainey Garrett; back row: assistant coach Miranda Epperson, Taylor Clem, Summer Farley, Peyton Lunsford, Olivia Kelly, Sophie Day, Leah Taulbee and Riley Key.

HCHS girls, Lunsford take top spots in SEKC meet

By John Henson, Bear Tracks October 13, 2021

The Harlan County girls team and freshman Peyton Lunsford swept the top two spots Tuesday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference cross country meet at Bell County High School. Lunsford won...

The Harlan County soccer team captured the 50th District Tournament title with a 2-1 win over Barbourville on Wednesday. The 8-6 Black Bears advance to regional competition.

Black Bears capture first district soccer title in school history

October 10, 2021

Harlan County captured the 50th District Tournament championship with a 2-1 win over Barbourville on Wednesday. The Black Bears avenged two previous losses to Barbourville in the regular season. Cayden...

Harlan Countys Leah Taulbee battled for the ball in recent soccer action.

HC’s Taulbee is a three-sport standout who also stars in classroom

By Chad Middleton, Contributing Writer October 3, 2021

While many athletes of today choose to specialize in one sport, Harlan County senior Leah Taulbee prefers a more varied approach to athletics as she balances three sports while maintaining a 4.0...

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