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Inaugural 1016sports 2013 Preseason "To Watch" Lists
June 22, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Welcome to 1016sports' inaugural 2013-14 preseason "To Watch" lists for baseball and softball players in the 10th and 16th Regions. Below are individuals who were named to one of two lists: "The Terrific 26 to Watch" or "10 Future Stars", which were determined by input from coaches (every head coach from every team in both regions was polled for players on his/her team that he/she felt were worthy of being nominated), various publications, last year's stats (when available) and team results, as well as opinions based on my own observations and interviews.
The lists include players from the 34 schools (including Wolfe County, but exluding Rose Hill in softball because the Lady Royals will not field a team this spring) in the two regions. They are not ranked, merely listed in alphabetical order, and there is no Preseason Player of the Year. The list is merely an opportunity to showcase some of the top talent and up-and-coming talent throughout Northeastern Kentucky.
All players were eligible to make the "Terrific 26" regardless of age. The number 26 was chosen because 10+16=26. It is both a unique number and includes a wide cross-section of individuals throughout the two regions. In theory the "Terrific 26" is intended to reflect the 26 best basketball players in Northeastern Kentucky.
The "10 Future Stars" were limited to sophomores or younger who either are expected to play a big role for their teams this year or could have a breakout season. These individuals are strong candidates to be on a future "Terrific 26" list. Only 10 players were chosen for the "Future Stars" list, because they were harder to forecast.
At the end of the season, I will compile another set of lists -- the postseason "Terrific 26" and "10 Unsung Heroes", the latter of which is set up to acknowledge individuals who may not have been noticed for their play because they did not accumulate huge statistics, but whose contributions were key to their team's success, or were on teams which did not fare well, but the individuals may have made the "Terrific 26", if they had more support from their team.
These lists are not mutually exclusive. Deciding upon 26 individuals was a difficult task. Multiple other athletes were considered, many of whom were deserving to have made one of the lists. The project was done purely for fun and to encourage positive discussion about area athletes. Simply because someone was not included does not mean that individual is not one of the top players in the area. Conversely, the lists were not meant to demean or discredit players who were not selected. It also was not done to put undo pressure on those who were chosen. Additionally, every effort was made to include accurate information on each individual. If a correction needs to be made (spelling of name, class or position), please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These lists were compiled to showcase talent throughout the Northeastern part of the state. No other organization includes individuals from these regions.
With that said, here are the inaugural lists:
Baseball's “1016’s Terrific 26 To Watch”
Jacob Barnwell (Boyd County, JR, C)
Baseball's “1016’s 10 Future Stars”
Peyton Brown (West Carter, 8th, UT)
Softball's “1016’s Terrific 26 To Watch”
Destinee Arnold (Bourbon County, SR, OF)
Softball's “1016’s 10 Future Stars”
Bailey Cummins (Bracken County, SO, C/IF)