en Vaught's Views: Coaches seem to favor change in redshirt rule <p> If the American Football Coaches Association has its way, college football players would be allowed to play in four games and still be able to count that as a redshirt season.<br /> Most coaches already seem to be in favor of the potential change, including influential Alabama coach Nick Saban.<br /> Lady Diamond Rebs take 2-of-5 to end regular season <p> Casey County softball was moving right along after notching a 10-7 mark coming out of a two-game sweep of Somerset April 24, but a slump reared its ugly head as the Lady Diamond Rebs lost the next five games before grabbing a pair of wins in the final five games of the regular season.<br /> Outside of falling flat against Southwestern (17-0), the Casey coach believes her team was just a few plays away from finishing on a really high note.<br /> Rebels get a ‘W’ in final regular season game <p> A year full of oh-so-close-games and flashes of a culture change is nearing a close with the post season beginning this week for Casey Baseball.<br /> The Rebels were able to close the regular season with a big win over McCreary Central after coming painfully close to taking down one of the best teams in the region on their turf.<br /> On Thursday, Casey had Boyle County on the ropes as Cade Reed threw just 88 pitches in six innings of work walking just one and striking out four while throwing first-pitch strikes to over 50 percent of the batters he faced.<br /> Boys 4x800 highlights state meet for Casey <p> In a season of record-breaking performances, it is only fitting that Casey County track and field saw another school record fall en route to bringing four State medals home to Liberty from the KHSAA 2A State Track and Field Championships in Lexington over the weekend.</p> <p> &ldquo;This team made me proud once again,&rdquo;coach Jon Vaughn said. &ldquo;Their dedication and effort was very prevalent at State.&rdquo;</p> <p> The girl&rsquo;s team was highlighted in the field events as Brenna Hayes medalled in both of her events.</p> Historic season ends in state’s first round for girls tennis <p> Coach Marvetta Overstreet had a little trouble getting started putting the first 20-win season in Casey County girl&rsquo;s tennis into perspective, but was able to sum it up very nicely ahead of talking about how her top single&rsquo;s and double&rsquo;s players finished up at the KHSAA State Championships last weekend.</p> <p> &ldquo;Normally, my words flow freely,&rdquo;Overstreet said. &ldquo;This week, however, I&#39;m struggling. I don&#39;t know if I&#39;m somehow trying to hold onto these senior players, or if I&#39;m just so tired because it has been a long season.&rdquo;</p> Vaught's Views: Monk's consistency the biggest question <p> Malik Monk is considered a lock to be a top 10 pick in the June NBA draft, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean everyone feels he is destined to be a NBA star.<br /> Monk led the Southeastern Conference in scoring at Kentucky as a freshman and was among the nation&rsquo;s elite scorers from 3-point range. Yet ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman both have some questions about his NBA future.<br /> Casey takes runner-up at 12th Region tourney <p> As the 12th Region Girls Tennis Tournament entered semi-final play, three Casey County Lady Racket Rebels were still in the field.<br /> With State Tournament bids secured, it was all about Region hardware. Casey would take runner up as a team and play some very competitive tennis in the final two days of the event.<br /> Amber Pierce dominated her way through the first three rounds at Regionals setting up a date with the number-two seed in the tourney from Boyle County, Anna Duncan.<br /> Pierce gave Duncan all she wanted in a heavily-contested, semi-final match.<br /> Five individuals and four relay teams qualify for State <p> With the throwers each qualifying for two events (Brenna Hayes and Noah Laman in discus and shot), Chase Williams making it in the 1600 along with Jacob Coleman and Brandon Banks taking first and second in the 400, Casey track and field will send five student athletes to individual events in the 2017 State Meet along with the relay teams in four events.<br />