Archive for April, 2011

Casey booster honored by ADs’ association

Lee Murphy, a Liberty resident and longtime supporter of Casey County athletics, is one of six recipients of this year’s Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Distinguished Service Awards from the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association.

The award is given to athletic volunteers who are not coaches or athletic directors. It’s a well-deserved honor for Murphy, who has served Casey sports teams in many capacities for many years. He is most visible as a basketball statistician and a member of the football chain crew, but there probably isn’t much of anything — short of coaching — that he hasn’t done or supported at Casey over the years.

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Three earn honorable mention on Lou. all-state team

Three Advocate-area basketball players have received honorable mention on the all-state teams compiled by The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, which were announced Sunday.

Clay Cinnamon of Mercer County and Zack Hill were honored on the boys team, and Nicole Coffman of Casey County was honored on the girls team.

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Three earn honorable mention on Lex. all-state team

Three Advocate-area basketball players have received honorable mention on the all-state teams compiled by the Lexington Herald-Leader, which were announced Saturday.

Clay Cinnamon of Mercer County and Jacody Taylor of Danville were honored on the boys team, and Nicole Coffman of Casey County was honored on the girls team.

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Hats off to a hall of famer

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is about sports, so it’s only fitting that the majority of people chosen for induction in the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame have been selected for their achievements as players or coaches. But it’s also appropriate that the hall has room for a few others who have made significant contributions in other areas, and it’s appropriate that one of those people sits 10 feet to my right in the Advocate office.

Advocate sports editor Larry Vaught was one of 13 people honored tonight at the KHSAA hall’s induction ceremony in Lexington. It’s an honor that only a handful of media members have received since the hall was established in 1988, and one Larry certainly deserves.

Along with his late father and predecessor, Bill, Larry has elevated the Advocate’s coverage of high school sports within our circulation area to a level that I’m not sure any other news outlet in Kentucky can match. I’m proud to have been a part of that for some time now, and proud to salute my colleague and boss on what he said is probably the best of the many honors he has received.

No one I know in the newspaper business does what they do with the expectation of honors such as this. But it’s nice to know that the efforts of people like Larry are deemed worthy of recognition alongside the very biggest names in Kentucky high school sports.

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Mercer player, coach at all-star tryouts

Mercer County’s basketball teams are well represented at this weekend’s tryouts for the Kentucky All-Stars. Clay Cinnamon is among the boys participating in the tryouts, and Chris Souder is part of the coaching staff for the girls team.

Cinnamon is one of 47 players invited to the tryouts for the boys team, which will be coached by longtime Anderson County coach Glen Drury. Cinnamon is the only 12th Region player invited other than Gavin Dunagan of Wayne County, who received an automatic invitation as the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches’ regional player of the year.

Souder is one of two assistants on the staff of Kentucky girls coach Chris Stallings of Bullitt East, which could put the Mercer girls coach in line to coach the team in the future. Three 12th Region girls were invited to the tryouts: Kayla Bowlin of Wayne, Danay Fothergill of Southwestern and Angie Lawrence of Rockcastle County. Kentucky’s Miss Basketball, Sara Hammond of Rockcastle, is already assured a roster spot.

Tryouts began today and conclude Saturday at duPont Manual for the teams that will represent the state in the annual Kentucky-Indiana all-star series. The all-star games will be played June 10 in Louisville and June 11 in Indianapolis.

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Notes for the weekend

I’m finally back in the swing of things after a couple of slow weeks and a little vacation time, so here are a few things you might not know:

The area’s first major track and field meet comes around Saturday, although it will once again be held outside the area. Mercer County will host A.J.’s Heart of the Bluegrass invitational at Henry Clay.

Boyle, Casey and Lincoln counties are also expected to be part of a 26-team field. Field events begin at 10 a.m., with running events starting at 10:30.

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Thursday was a red-letter day for Lincoln County track and field, as the Patriots hosted an all-comers meet that their first home meet in more than 10 years.

Lincoln’s boys and girls both finished second to Boyle County in the meet held on the Death Valley track that was resurfaced last year.

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If the weather allows, Boyle County and Mercer County’s baseball teams will play for the second time this season Saturday as part of a three-team round-robin event at Boyle. It’s a rematch of a doozy of a game on March 31 that Mercer won 18-12.

The Rebels and Titans will play at 11 a.m., followed by Russell County vs. Mercer County at 1:30 p.m. and Russell vs. Boyle at 4 p.m.

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Danville has landed at No. 22 in the latest Kentucky baseball coaches’ poll, marking the first appearance for any area team in the poll this season. The Admirals beat then-No. 22 Somerset earlier this week, and Somerset now stands at No. 20.

West Jessamine is the highest-ranked 12th Region team at No. 12, while Mercer County is also receiving votes.

No 12th Region team is ranked in the latest statewide softball poll. The only one receiving votes is Boyle County, which is inching closer to the first ranking in the program’s history.

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