A little about Lone Oak
The question I’ve heard most often since Boyle County qualified for the Class 4A championship and learned its opponent is, “Where is Lone Oak, anyway?”
Well, I’m here to help. Lone Oak is located on the outskirts of Paducah, just a couple miles off Interstate 24. It might be the most distant 4A school from Boyle County. (It’s either them or Calloway County.) Now for some more nuggets you might not have known:
- Lone Oak is the largest of three McCracken County schools, a list that also includes Heath and Reidland. (Paducah Tilghman is in a city school district.) The three county schools will be disappearing into history in the near future as they are being consolidated into McCracken County, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
- The school’s teams are known as the Purple Flash, making it one of the few Kentucky schools that has both a singular nickname (not ending in “S”) and a nickname not shared with any other state school. And If you know how much I love good nicknames, you know I love that.
- Lone Oak’s high point in football — so far — came two years ago, when the Flash reached the 4A finals, only to be pasted 49-7 by Lexington Catholic. Its star quarterback, Corey Robinson, was named Mr. Football a few weeks later and now plays for former Boyle star Neal Brown at Troy, where Brown is the offensive coordinator.
- Lone Oak coach Jack Haskins, now in his seventh season there, is the winningest coach in school history — and with the school set to close soon, he probably always will be. Haskins is the father of former Kentucky quarterback Billy Jack Haskins (1993-96).