Bears selected to WYMT Mountain Classic field

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Les Nicholson

Harlan County guard Tyler Cole, a senior next season, worked around Clay County’s Jacob Curry in last year’s 13th Region Tournament. The Black Bears are among the eight teams invited to next season’s WYMT Mountain Classic.

John Henson, Managing Editor

The Harlan County Black Bears, coming off a 24-11 season that ended in the 13th Region Tournament finals, will be making their seventh appearance in the WYMT Mountain Classic next year.
The teams participating in the 33rd annual tourney, presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and sponsored by ARH, were announced Friday on the Appalachian Wireless Sports Overtime
The tournament will feature eight boys teams and six girls teams. The 34th annual tournament will be held from Monday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 12 at Perry Central High School.
Each field includes last year’s champion: Hazard on the boys side, and back-to-back Mountain Classic winner South Laurel on the girls side. The tournament field includes:

Boys

Betsy Layne Bobcats 
appearances: 6 (1990, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2020)
Buckhorn Wildcats 
appearances: 8 (1988, 1991, 1994, 2010, 2012, 2015-16, 2020)
Harlan County Black Bears 
appearances: 7 (2012-13, 2015-18, 2020)
All-time record: 9-7
Hazard Bulldogs 
appearances: 26 (1988-89, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998-2015, 2017, 2019-20)
Knott Central Patriots 
appearances: 28 (1988-89, 1991-93, 1995-2000, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-20)
Knox Central Panthers 
appearances: 10 (1988-89, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017-20)
Martin County Cardinals 
appearances: 4 (1993, 2012, 2019-20)
Wolfe County Wolves 
appearances: 3 (1999, 2017, 2020)

 

Girls

Floyd Central Lady Jaguars 
appearances: 2 (2019-20)
All-time record: 0-2
Knott Central Lady Patriots 
appearances: 4 (2016-17 (January and December), 2020)
Martin County Lady Cardinals 
appearances: 1 (2020)
North Laurel Lady Jaguars 
appearances: 2 (January 2017, December 2017)
Owsley County Lady Owls 
appearances: 1 (2020)
South Laurel Lady Cardinals 
appearances: 4 (2017-20)