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Howard guides Pikeville to 15th Region All 'A' title

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PAINTSVILLE - Magoffin County native Brandi Jo Howard is guiding the 15th Region All "A" Classic softball champion. Howard, a Magoffin County High School graduate, guided Pikeville past host Paintsville 7-3 in the 15th Region All "A" Classic title game on Friday. 

Howard replaced Dave Thomas as the head coach of the Lady Panthers during the offseason. The Magoffin County product started her coaching career following a successful run as a player for the University of Pikeville softball program. Howard was a starter for UPIKE and emerged as one of the college softball team's top players.

Pikeville High has posted 10 wins thus far in the 2019 high school softball season. Currently, Pikeville High is on a five-game winning streak. 

Following a win over 15th Region nemesis Johnson Central on the road in Paintsville on Tuesday, Pikeville moved to 10-4. Pikeville is the reigning 15th Region champion. 

The Magoffin County and Pikeville softball teams aren't scheduled to meet during the 2019 high school softball season. 

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Steve LeMaster