PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The 28th annual Pike County Bowl press conference was held Wednesday at Community Trust Bank in Pikeville.
Head coaches for the participating teams, bowl committee members and the media attended the noon luncheon.
The first night of the Pike County Bowl will be held at Belfry’s CAM Stadium on Friday, August 24. The initial game, scheduled to kickoff at 6:05 p.m., will feature Pike County Central against Phelps. In the nightcap the host school, Belfry, will take on visiting Harrison County. That game is scheduled to start at 8:35 p.m.
On Saturday, August 25, at W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville, there will be two more games. The first matchup features Shelby Valley against East Ridge at 6:05 p.m. In the second game of the doubleheader the host school, Pikeville, will take on Powell County at approximately 8:35 p.m.
Each school gets funding for their programs from the sponsor Community Trust Bank. The co-sponsor this year is WYMT-TV in Hazard.
Over the life of the bowl, high schools have received $685,000 in donations.
Each year eight queen candidates are selected from the schools and one is chosen to be Pike County Bowl Queen. She is chosen by independent outside judges based on certain criteria. The queen is presented with a $1,500 scholarship.
The Pike County Bowl Committee is made up of several members and Virgil Osborne serves as the chairman. Committee advisors from the bank are Carl Tritschler and Brandi DeBlauw.
Most of the games are rematches from last season. The Belfry Pirates played Harrison County in 2011 winning that game 34-7, while Pike Central defeated Phelps 57-6. Shelby Valley ran past East Ridge 55-6 last year, while Pikeville beat Tellico Plains 35-8. This year the Panthers will be the only school with a different opponent.
Since 1996, there have been Legends Award Recipients and this year’s honor will go to Don Batten, an alumnus of Pikeville High School. Some of the past winners of this award include the late Dick Roddy of Belfry in 2008, Gene Davis of Pikeville in 2009, Paul Dotson (Belfry) and Ken Trivette (Pikeville) in 2007, Al Vipperman (Belfry) in 1999 and former Pikeville coach Hillard Howard in 2004.
Advance tickets can be purchased at any Community Trust Bank location and at Pike County high schools for $6. The tickets at the gate on game night are $7.