The Buckhorn Wildcats went 18-10 last season, and made it to the first round of the region tournament. This year, the Wildcats are looking to make it back to the region, and win a few more games.
Buckhorn lost several key players off last year’s team, but will return a wealth of experience. A large portion of their scoring will return as Connor Hoskins, Josh Crank and Ryan Boggs return for their senior season.
The Wildcats will play an opening schedule that includes everyone in the district in the first couple of weeks. Their first six games will only have one team from outside the region. And of the six teams, only one, Perry Central, had a winning record last season.
Buckhorn opens on the road with Owsley County (8-17) and Walton-Verona (14-14). Then it is home for a pair of district games as Leslie County (11-17) and Perry Central (23-11) cross the hill. They will then travel to Lee County (1-26) and Hazard (13-14).
The opening schedule should allow Coach John Noble to get his team ready for the holiday tournament season. Come the new year, the Wildcats should be ready to go.
Dec 1 Owsley County Away
Dec 5 Walton-Verona Away
Dec 8 Leslie County Home
Dec 12 Perry Central Home
Dec 17 Lee County Away
Dec 18 Hazard Away
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.