Archive for August, 2011

Yates resigns as Danville boys basketball coach

Danville boys basketball coach Matthew Yates has resigned to take the same job at Frankfort.

Yates was 51-61 in four seasons at Danville, including 19-10 last season, when the Admirals reached the All “A” Classic semifinals and won the 45th District championship.

The Frankfort job came open after Tony Wise left to become the coach at Montgomery County.

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State football finals schedule set

Now that we know where the state football finals will be — the KHSAA announced last week that they will stay in Bowling Green through at least 2014 — we also know when the games will be played. The KHSAA announced the following schedule today for the six championship games, which will be played Dec. 2-3 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (all times Eastern):

Friday, Dec. 2

  • Class 1A, Noon
  • Class 2A, 4 p.m.
  • Class 6A, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • Class 3A, Noon
  • Class 4A, 4 p.m.
  • Class 5A, 8 p.m.
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Football finals in Bowling Green through ’14

The KHSAA announced today that Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University will continue to host the state football finals thorough 2014.

A four-year agreement with WKU will keep the title games at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium, where they have been played for the past two years. Last year’s games attracted 47,759 fans, the highest attendance since the finals were expanded to six games in 2007.

The event will also have a new title sponsor, Russell Athletic.

Click here to read the KHSAA’s press release from today’s announcement.

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Burgin assistant basketball coach dies

Tim Abbott, an assistant coach with the Burgin boys basketball team, died Tuesday. He was 45.

Abbott collapsed while walking his dogs at Millennium Park in Danville. He was a graduate of Paintsville and had been a teacher at Burgin for eight years and an assistant to boys basketball coach Don Irvine for the past seven years.

Condolences to his family, the Burgin basketball family and all of his colleagues, students and friends at Burgin.

(Update: Here is Abbott’s obituary from the website of W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland.)

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KHSAA soccer, wrestling finals moved to Lexington

The KHSAA has announced new venues for the state soccer and wrestling championships, both of which will be held in Lexington beginning this school year.

The boys and girls soccer semifinals and finals will be held at Paul Dunbar’s Akers Stadium, which has an artificial turf field that should be well suited for playing six games in four days. Dunbar will host the final four in 2011 and 2012, with this year’s games set for Nov. 2-5. The soccer championships have been played in Georgetown since 1999.

The state wrestling tournament will move to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena and will be shortened from three days to two (Feb. 17-18) because of the additional mat space available there. The tournament has been held in Frankfort since 1996.

Here is the KHSAA press release announcing the moves.

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… and we’re back

If it seems that the summer has flown by, well, it has. There were only 43 days between Mercer County’s loss to Central Hardin in the state baseball tournament, which ended the 2010-11 high school sports year, and the start of the golf season Monday, which began the 2011-12 year.

So it’s time to get back to work, beginning with the golf season this week and followed by the opening days and nights for volleyball (Aug. 8), soccer (Aug. 15), football (Aug. 19) and cross country (Aug. 22). Hard to call it the fall sports season when we’re still seven weeks from fall and teams are sweating out practices in this miserable heat, but there’ll be a chill in the air and an urgency in the action soon enough.

Here in Advocate-land, previews for the six football teams in our coverage area began appearing Monday and continue in each edition through Sunday. We kicked off the golf season with a look at Mercer’s new driving range on Monday, the girls soccer preview appears Wednesday, the volleyball preview is Sunday and the boys soccer preview is Aug. 8.

And here’s a look at the new fall sports coaches at five of the eight Advocate-area schools and the new athletic director at another (there were no fall sports or AD changes at Burgin or Kentucky School for the Deaf:

  • Boyle County — Cate Guthrie, volleyball.
  • Casey County — Amanda Hatter, cross country; Sam Marple, football.
  • Danville — Melissa Shannon, volleyball; J.D. Smith, girls soccer; Chris Verhoven, cross country.
  • Garrard County — Scott Bolin, boys golf; Brandon Cooper, cross country; Wynn Harris, girls golf.
  • Lincoln County — Jeff Jackson, athletic director.
  • Mercer County — Paul Rains, football; David Sullivan, volleyball; Phil Williams, girls golf.

Interestingly, two of the new volleyball coaches — Guthrie at Boyle and Sullivan at Mercer — are returning to teams they once coaches. Guthrie took a one-season hiatus to take some classes, while Sullivan returns after a longer absence.


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