Monday, April 30, 2007

Case Hits a Two Run Homer for Thomas More

Sommer Case hit a two-run home in the third inning of Thomas More's 6-1 win over Case Western Reserve Sunday. Case went three for four in the game which closed out the regular season. Thomas More (25-11) will play Washington & Jefferson Friday in the first round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament at Westminster in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Mason County 14 and Under Boys Lose In State Semis

The Mason County 14 and under boys basketball team went 2-1 in pool play and lost in the semi-finals of the AAU State Tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington over the weekend. The team is coached by Darren Gilbert. Here are the links to pool play and the tournament bracket then click on schedule.

St. Patrick Hosts Mason County in Baseball

The St. Patrick Saints host the Mason County Royals today at 5 p.m. in high school baseball at the Tom Browning Boys and Girls. The game is the first to be broadcast this spring on WFTM-AM 1240. It's also the Saints' final home game of the season. St. Patrick has to play the rest of its games on the road once the boys and girls club's baseball and softball seasons start.
St. Patrick is 6-2. The Saints haven't played since last Monday. Mason County is 5-12. The Royals have lost eight of their last nine games.
Here is the rest of the baseball and fast-pitch softball broadcast schedule on WFTM-AM 1240:
Tuesday 5 p.m. Harrison County at Mason County fast-pitch softball
Wednesday 5 p.m. Ripley at St. Patrick fast-pitch softball
May 7 5 p.m. St. Patrick at Mason County fast-pitch softball
May 14 5 p.m. Rowan County at Mason County fast-pitch softball
May 15 5:15 p.m. Bishop Brossart at Mason County baseball
May 17 TBA St. Patrick at Mason County baseball
May 23 district tournaments
May 30 regional tournaments

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mason County Girls 2nd, Boys Tie for 6th at Ashland

The Mason County girls track and field team finished second and the Mason County boys tied for sixth place in the fourth annual Ernie Chattin Memorial Track and Field Meet at Ashland Saturday.
Mason County junior De'Sarae Chambers won the outstanding performance award with a long jump of 16 feet. Brent Sparks, Daniel Reed, Chase Crawford and Tyreese Scott of Mason County won the boys 4x100 meter relay. Mason County is scheduled to compete in two meets next week- the Harrison County Invitational Thursday and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Invitational at Cumberland College Saturday. Here is a link to the complete results of yesterday's meet.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Duke Showing an Interest in Richie Cox

Duke is showing an interest in Mason County quarterback Richie Cox. Royals' coach David Buchanan says the Duke coaching staff has requested Cox's transcript. Buchanan says Cox plans to attend Duke's football camp this summer.

Huggins in Maysville Wednesday to See Darius Miller

Add West Virginia to the list of schools recruiting Mason County junior Darius Miller.
New West Virginia coach Bob Huggins came to Maysville Wednesday to see Miller.
Huggins had been recruiting Miller this past season while he was the coach at Kansas State.

Friday, April 27, 2007

McDonald's Classic Schedule Change

Thursday's baseball games in the McDonald's Classic were rained out, and the schedule has been changed. The Mason County Royals will play Boyle County Saturday at 9:30 a.m and Newport Central Catholic Saturday at 2 p.m. The Championship game is scheduled Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
There will not be a third place game.

Mason County Girls Win Third Straight Track Meet

The Mason County girls track and field team won its third straight meet Tuesday at Fleming County. The Lady Royals finished with 157.5 points. Montgomery County was a distance second with 112.5 points.
In the boys' meet, Mason County was second with 114 points, four behind Montgomery County.
Here is a list of the Mason County winners:

4x100 meter relay
4x800 meter relay
Valerie Rice, 800 meter run and 16oo meter run
Iretta Carpenter, 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles
De'Sarae Chambers, triple jump

Brent Sparks, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash
Shawn Soister, discus throw

Here is a link to the complete results.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tennessean Q and A with C-LO

Check out this question and answer session with Chris Lofton in The Tennessean.

Royals Baseball Team in McDonald's Classic

The Mason County Royals baseball team will play in the McDonald's Classic at Harrison County beginning tonight. Here is the tournament schedule:

Harrison County vs. Connor 5:15 p.m.
Mason County vs. Newport Central Catholic 7:30 p.m.

Boyle County vs. Newport Central Catholic 5:15 p.m.
Harrison County vs. Pulaski County 7:30 p.m.

Boyle County vs. Mason County 11:00 a.m.
Pulaski County vs. Connor 1:15 p.m.
Third Place Game 3:30 p.m.
Championship Game 6:00 p.m.

Schumacher Sets MCC Course Record

Eric Schumacher set the course record at the Maysville Country Club with a 10-under-par 62 April 17. That is one shot better than the previous record set by Mark Blakefield. Schumacher's previous low round at the country club was an eight-under 64 in the Mason County Open several years ago.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Royals to Play in Farm Bureau Classic at Pikeville

The Mason County boys basketball team will play Christ Presbyterian Academy of Nashville, TN in the Farm Bureau Classic Dec. 15 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville. Here is the line-up of games:

  • Cumberland vs. Johnson Central
  • Paintsville vs. South Charleston, WV
  • Shelby Valley vs. Louisville Male
  • Pikeville vs. Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, TN
  • Mason County vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN
  • Scott County vs. St. Louis Vashon, MO

The times for the games have not been set. Hopefully Mason County will play early because that's the day before the Royals leave for Hawaii. Here is a link to the East Kentucky Exposition Center.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It's Official Lofton Staying at UT for Senior Year

Chris Lofton made it official today-he's staying at the University of Tennessee for his senior season. The university released the following statements from Lofton and UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl.


After reviewing my draft status, I have decided to remain at the University of Tennessee for my senior year. According to the information that we received from the NBA draft advisory committee I was not guaranteed to be selected in the first round of this year's draft. Because of this, I have decided not to submit my name for the draft. I appreciate all of Coach (Bruce) Pearl's guidance throughout this process. Coming back for my senior year will give me the opportunity to work on my game so I can become a better player. There are also a lot of things that we can accomplish here as a team.


After doing good diligence and research, it was determined that Chris would most likely be picked in the second round of the draft. We've been told that this is one of the deeper and better drafts in the last 10 years. That, along with Chris's desire to graduate and be a first team All-America, were enough for him to return for his senior year. Chris has made tremendous progress with his game in each of the last two years. There is no doubt in my mind that he will continue to work hard to accomplish his goals.

Airfare for Royals' Hawaii Trip Reduced

Airfare for the Mason County Royals' trip to Honolulu, Hawaii is a bit lower than previously announced. The Royals will play four games in the Iolani Prep Classic, and fans are invited to join the team on the trip Dec. 16-23. Royals coach Chris O'Hearn says if you make your reservations through the school by May 14, round trip airfare is $735 per person. You can still make reservation after May 14, but the price is not guaranteed.
For more information, call O'Hearn at 564-3393.

Mason County Boys and Girls Tennis Teams Win

The Mason County boys and girls tennis teams both posted wins over Harrison County Monday in Cynthiana. The boys won five matches to four and the girls won eight matches to one.
Here is a list of the Mason County winners:

Boys' Singles- Steven Scaggs, HaoRong Wang and Eric White

Boys' Doubles-Braun Applegate and Chris Morris, Travis Scaggs and Steven Scaggs

Boys' Exhibition Matches
Singles-Adam Rhonemus
Doubles- Zach Ruble andKeegan McGee, doubles; Nathan Ruble and Jeff Hehr, doubles

Girls' Singles-Katie Blakefield, Carolyn Morris, Becca Wallingford, Taylor Sargent and
Haruna Hamamoto

Girls' Doubles- Katie Blakefield and Sarah Wallingford, Becca Wallingford and Carolyn Morris,
Taylor Sargent and Haruna Hamamoto

Girls' Exhibition Matches
Doubles-Erica Combs and Lyndsey Meek, Holly Moulis and Kayla Barnoski, Caroline Applegate and Christy Lanter

Monday, April 23, 2007

Ormes Out as Lady Saints' Coach

Jerry Ormes is no longer the girls basketball coach at St. Patrick High School. Ormes says he was told by principal Mike Kirry this morning that the school needed to make some changes and wanted to go in a different direction.
In 10 seasons, Ormes had a record of 146-129. The Lady Saints won district titles in 2000 and 2002. Ormes says he thought he had a pretty good track record, and he was surprised by his dismissal.
Kirry was not available for comment.

Royals Basketball Team Headed to Hawaii

The Mason County Royals will play in the Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii the week before Christmas. The Royals are guaranteed to play four games in the tournament, and fans are invited to make the trip with the team. Plans call for the team to leave Dec. 16 and return on Dec. 23. The school has a large number of airline seats available priced at $761 per person for the round trip. You may also book a room through the school. You must make your payment for the airfare by May 15th. For more information about the trip, call Mason County coach Chris O'Hearn at 564-3393.

Mason County 13 and Under Boys Runner-up at State

The Mason County 13 and under boys basketball team was the runner-up in the AAU State Tournament and will play in the AAU National Tournament. Mason County won its first five games before losing to the Lexington Blaze in double overtime in the championship game Sunday at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington. Mason County, coached by Mike Hamm and Brett Walton, averaged 68 points per game in the state tournament. Tyler Black was the team's leading scorer with a total of 109 points in six games. The national tournament will be played in June in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mason County Girls Win Middle School Track and Field Meet

The Mason County girls won the Mason County Middle School Invitational track and field meet Saturday. Mason County finished fourth in the boys' meet. Here is a list of the winners from Mason County:
Katie Redmond, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash
Iretta Carpenter, 400 meter dash and high jump
Valerie Rice, 800 meter run and 1600 meter run
4x400 meter relay
4x800 meter relay (Samantha Grayson, Sarah Bellingham, Valerie Rice, Julia Woods)
Mary Stewart, long jump
Alexis Anderson, shot put

Connor Appelman, 800 meter run and 16oo meter run

Lewis Has 75 Receiving Yards in Horsemen's Loss

Harry Lewis caught eight passes for 75 yards in the Lexington Horsemen's 33-32 loss to Bloomington Xtreme Saturday night. Lewis' longest reception was for 33 yards. He had one solo tackle on defense. The Horsemen play at Rock River this Saturday.

Grutza Sharp in UC's Bearcat Bowl

I went to the University of Cincinnati's spring football game-the "Bearcat Bowl"-with the Mason County football team last night. Dustin Grutza, who will be a junior next season, completed 17 of 23 passes for 114 yards to lead the Red team to a 20-0 win over the Black team. Grutza passed for 101 yards in the first quarter. Grutza looked sharp running the offense of new coach Brian Kelly. Here is a link to the postgame quotes.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Middle School Spring Football

The Mason County Middle School football teams had spring practice this week. The middle school staff and some of the varsity players conducted the practices for the 6th and 7th graders.
The freshman and varsity coaching staffs worked with the incoming freshmen.
"Our [high school] staff has been real pleased with the new [freshmen]," coach David Buchanan said in an e-mail message. "They work hard, listen, and the talent level is pretty good also."
The middle school spring scrimmage will be held Monday. Buchanan says the incoming freshmen will start around 3:45 p.m. so they can get to baseball. The other players should start around 4 p.m.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mason County 13 and Under Boys in AAU State Tournament

The Mason County 13 and under boys basketball team is playing in the AAU State Tournament this weekend at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington. The team is coached by Mike Hamm and Brett Walton. Here is a link to the schedule of games for Mason County.

Case Returns From Injury and Homers in First AB

After missing four games due to an injury, Thomas More senior first baseman Sommer Case of Maysville returned to action yesterday and homored in her first at bat. Case led off the second inning with a homer. She went 3 for 4 as the Saints beat Bethany College 12-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. Case was 1 for 3 with an RBI in Thomas More's 11-0 win in the nightcap.
Saints pitcher Michelle Farler threw a no hitter and hit a three-run home run.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Billy Donovan in Maysville

Florida Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan is the latest coach to come to town to see Mason County junior Darius Miller. Donovan and assistant Lewis Preston watched Miller play in a pick up game in The Fieldhouse early this evening.
Donovan is no stranger to Maysville.
"I've been here several times," Donovan said. "It's obviously a great, great basketball community. You knew about [the Mason County basketball program] when coach [Allen]Feldhaus was here, and certainly getting the opportunity to coach Deron [Feldhaus] at Kentucky, you hear a lot about [the Royals' program]."
Kentucky played a blue-white scrimmage in The Fieldhouse in 1989 when Donovan was an assistant coach on Rick Pitino's staff.
Donovan said you have to appreciate the enthusiasm and passion for basketball in this community.
I asked Donovan about Chris Lofton.
"I love him as a player," Donovan said. "I mean, certainly he gets a lot of attention and publicity for his ability to shoot the ball, but to me, watching film and getting a chance to play against him twice, I have so much more appreciation and respect for his ability to make people on the floor better; his competitiveness, but in the same way his calmness out there."
Donovan said Lofton has really developed his game.
"I think when he first came in, he was strictly just a catch and shoot guy," Donovan. "I think he's been able to put the ball on the floor a lot better, he's driving the ball, he's improved the mid-range game. He's gotten better defensively."
Donovan said he was happy that Lofton was able to come back from his ankle injury and perform the way he did.
"I think that without question this year and even his sophomore year, I thought he was one of the better players in our league," Donovan said.

Spectrum Grafx Classic Friday and Saturday

The Mason County Royals baseball team will host the Spectrum Graphx Classic Friday and Saturday. Here is the schedule:
Bourbon County vs. Ashland 6 p.m.
Mason County vs. Russell 8:30 p.m.

Mason County vs. Bourbon County 10 a.m.
Bourbon County vs. Russell 12:30 p.m.
Russell vs. Ashland 3 p.m.
Mason County vs. Ashland 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mason Girls Win Track Meet, Mason Boys 2nd

The Mason County girls track team won its second straight meet Tuesday night at Fleming County with 132 points. Mason County finished second in the boys' meet with 104 points.
Here is a list of the first place finishes by Mason County athletes:
4x400 meter relay
4x800 meter relay
Iretta Carpenter, 300 meter hurdles
De'Sarae Chambers, high jump and triple jump
Kasey Litzinger, discus throw

4x100 meter relay
4x200 meter relay
Brent Sparks, 200 meter dash
Shawn Soister, shot put

Tennis: Mason Boys Win, Girls Lose vs. Campbell Co.

The Mason County boys tennis team defeated Campbell County four matches to three while the Mason County girls lost to the Lady Camels five matches to four Tuesday. Here is a list of the Mason County winners:
Boys Singles-Braun Applegate, Travis Scaggs, Jackson Gossard and HaoRong Wang;
Girls Singles-Katie Blakefield and Alyssa McCall;
Girls Doubles-Katie Blakefield and Haruna Hamamoto, Erica Combs & Alyssa McCall.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pitino Comes to Mason County To See Miller

Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Steve Masiello were in Maysville this evening to watch Mason County junior Darius Miller play in a pickup game in The Fieldhouse. Mason County coach Chris O'Hearn says Pitino and Masiello flew into the Fleming-Mason Airport. O'Hearn says Louisville has been recruiting Miller for sometime, and Pitino has offered Miller a scholarship.

Lofton Receives UT MVP Male Award

Chris Lofton was named the Most Valuable Player Male Athlete at the University of Tennessee earlier this month. Lofton received the award at the first-ever VOLSCARS, a sports award show modeled after the ESPY's.
According to a UT press release, the Tennessee student-athletes began the evening on the "orange" carpet with media interviews in true Hollywood style, followed by a dinner and awards show.
Lofton led the Tennessee basketball team to the second-most wins in school history (24) and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCCA Tournament. Lofton led the Southeastern Conference l in scoring (20.8 ppg) and in 3-pointers per game (3.42). Lofton's 106 3-pointers this season were the second-most in school history and his 313 career 3-pointers rank third in SEC history.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Another Two TD Game for Harry Lewis

Harry Lewis had five receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Lexington Horsemen doubled up on Ohio Valley 66-33 Sunday in Rupp Arena. Lewis had a 17 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and a 15 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Through four games, Lewis is the league leader in receptions (29), receiving yards (395) and average receiving yards per game (98.75). He's tied for second in touchdown receptions (8) and fourth in scoring with 52 points. The Horsemen (3-1) play the Bloomington Xtreme Saturday night in Bloomington, Illionois.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

St. Patrick Tennis Schedule

Spring break is over for St. Patrick. Here is the remainder of the tennis schedule:

Apr. 17 Pendleton County Away
Apr. 18 Harrison County Home
Apr. 19 Deming Away
Apr. 20 Nicholas County Home
Apr. 24 Mason County Away
Apr. 25 Deming Home
Apr. 26 Montgomery County Away
Apr. 30 Pendleton County Home
May 1 Paris Away
May 7 Paris-Bourbon County Away
May 8 Campbell County Away
May 9 Mason County Home
May 14-17 Regional Tournament

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Mason County 11 and Under Girls Go 1-1 Today

The Mason County Lady Royals lost to the Lexington Blaze 54-18 and beat the Louisville Jaguars 31-11 today in the 11 and under AAU State Basketball Tournament in Lexington.

Friday, April 13, 2007

11 under Lady Royals Lose First Game at AAU State Tournament

The Mason County Lady Royals lost to the Dorton Wildcats 47-37 tonight in their first game of the 11 and under AAU State Tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. Mason County has two more pool-play games tomorrow.

Coach Gillispie Visits Maysville Friday

Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie made his first visit to Maysville today. Kentucky is one of several major colleges that are recruiting Mason County junior Darius Miller. Coaches are not allowed to talk about recruits, but Gillispie and I discussed a number of other topics during a brief interview. What are his thoughts about the first week on the job?
"Obviously excited. It's one of the best positions in college basketball. Obviously you're in a place that has unbelievable and probably unmatched passion for the sport that I love the most; I've finally found some people that have the same kind of passion that I do."
A lot of the national media has played up the high ( and sometimes unrealistic) expectations the UK fans have. Gillispie doesn't seem worried about them.
"You never know about anything until you live through it," Gillispie said. "I look forward to it. It's a great challenge. I want to cut down the nets. I've got a great opportunity here, that's the reason I'm here- is to cut down nets. That's what the people expect, but no one expects it more than me, and so I do look it as a positive more so than any kind of negative it could ever be."
Gillispie coached Texas A & M to two victories in Rupp Arena in the NCAA Tournament. He has also experienced Rupp Arena as an opposing assistant coach. Gillispie was on Bill Self's staff when Kentucky rallied to beat Tulsa in the 1997-98 season.
"It got really, really, really loud when the 'Cats got going, and what a great homecourt advantage it was," Gillispie said. "And I look forward to being a part [of it] on the right side this time."
It's been a hectic first week on the job for the new coach, but he's not looking for it to slow down
"You want to try to get some things taken care of," he said. "You want to develop relationships with your players. You want to establish recruiting things, and that's what we're trying to do right now. We're trying to put a staff together, but there's not any off-season anymore."
Gillispie showed his sense of humor when I told him I read that fans were posting messages on the Internet about where he was dining out.
"That's fine, I've gotta eat and nobody's cooking for me," Gillispie said.
Jeremy Cox, an assistant on Gillispie's staff at Texas A & M, also made the trip to Maysville.
I found Gillispie to be very down to earth. He didn't have to take the time to talk to me, but he did.
He says he can't wait until the Wildcats start playing next season. I'm sure the fans feel the same way.

Five Royals Going to Columbus Nike Combine

Five Mason County football players are scheduled to participate in the Columbus Nike Combine at Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio Sunday. They are: Wylie Brace, Richie Cox, Ray Huron, Chris Temple and Jackson Tolle.
The players will be tested in height and weight, vertical jump, bench press, 40 yard dash and 20 yard shuttle (the 5-10-5 drill).
Tolle, who recently made visits to Purdue and Eastern Kentucky, will participate in the adidas Combine at the University of Louisville May 15.

Royals Baseball Team in Barry Philpot Memorial Tournament

The Mason County Royals baseball team is scheduled to play in the Barry Philpot Memorial Tournament in eastern Kentucky tonight and tomorrow. The Royals are slated to play Anderson County tonight at 7:30, Harlan Saturday at noon, and Knox Central Saturday at 2 p.m. Those three games will be played at Knox Central High School in Barbourville. The championship game is scheduled Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bell County High School in Pineville.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mason County 11 and Under Girls In AAU State Tournament

The Mason County Lady Royals 11 and under basketball team will play in the AAU State Tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington this weekend. The team is coached by Jerry Butler and Jason Butler. Here's a link to the schedule:
AAU State Tournament

Saints Baseball Team in All "A" Region Semis

The St. Patrick Saints are scheduled to play in the semi-finals of the All "A" 10th Region Baseball Tournament Saturday at 4 p.m. at Paris. The Saints will play the winner of Friday's game between Paris and Deming. With the seniors gone on the senior trip, St. Patrick coach Mallory Denham will only have nine players Saturday. The championship game is slated for Sunday afternoon at Paris.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mason County Football Parent and Player Meeting

The Mason County football parent and player meeting is scheduled Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m at the Mason County Football Field. The meeting is for players in grades 9-12 in the 2007 season and their parents.

DeMoss Resigns at UK

Mickie DeMoss resigned this morning as women's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. The announcement didn't send shockwaves through the state like Tubby Smith's resignation did last month but, in my opinion, its still a big deal. DeMoss revived the women's program in her four years at the helm. The Wildcats have advanced to postseason play for three consecutive seasons for the first time in school history and had back to back 20 wins seasons for the first time in 16 years. Several local girls, including my youngest daughter, attended DeMoss' camp last summer. I went to the Kentucky-Ole Miss game Jan. 14. The Wildcats lost 67-65 in overtime but the atmosphere in Memorial Coliseum was electric. DeMoss poured her heart and soul into the program. After 30 years as a college coach, DeMoss deserves some time to relax. She says she not sure what she's going to do. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart says the search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Goins to be Inducted into Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame

Former Maysville assistant football coach and Paris head coach Homer Goins will be inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Saturday night. The induction dinner will be held at the Lexington Conmvention Center. Here's a column I wrote about Goins for the Mason County Beat in October 2005:
Homer Goins has two connections to high school football in this community. He was an assistant coach at Maysville High School in 1967 and 1968, and as the principal of Paris High School, he hired David Buchanan first as an assistant coach and later as the head coach of the Greyhounds.
Goins, a native of Evarts, Ky., was a running back for the Kentucky Wildcats. When his former teammate, Tom Becherer, was named the first head coach of the Maysville Bulldogs, Goins came here as the assistant coach.
"We were about 22 years old, and we had never coached a day," Goins said laughing.
The two young coaches had to teach the Maysville players about the game of football.
"We would tell kids to play tackle, and they’d say ‘what’s a tackle,’" Goins said. "But we did have three really good offensive lineman ... David Wise and Ronald Rigg and Donnie Wilson. Now they had played for that boys club up there in Maysville, and they were three good lineman. And then we had a couple of kids that transferred from Mason County that played for us."
During the 1968 season, Maysville tied the Paris Greyhounds 6-6. Goins thought the Bulldogs scored what would have been a game winning conversion, but the officials saw if differently.
"[Paris] had more talent than us," he said. "And they jumped out on us six to nothing.
And we completely controlled that game after the first quarter, and we end up tying the game up, and we go for two down there, and it looked like to me the guy got in."
But the officials ruled the conversion run failed, and the Bulldogs had to settle for the tie.
"We had a lot of nice players," Goins said. "Henry Boone was a basketball player, and it was hard back then to get basketball players out at Maysville because their basketball program was so good. But we got Henry Boone out, he played quarterback for us, and he was a big help getting that program started."
He says some other kids came out for the team who had not played "but they improved quickly."
Goins had a good time during his two seasons at Maysville.
"I enjoyed it up there," Goins said. "We had a lot of nice people that supported the program. It was a great experience, and I still have a lot of friends around Mason County."
Goins left Maysville in 1969 to take the head coaching job at Paris. How did he get the Paris program rolling?
"First of all, they had some good talent," he said. "We had some young kids, they had not been very well disciplined, and kids had been missing practice and stuff like that. So I had all of them quit except 18 kids."
Goins says there were some good athletes in those 18 kids, but there was only one senior.
The Greyhounds went 8-2 that first season.
Paris was undefeated in 1973 and won the Class A state championship, beating Elkhorn City 21-12 in the finals.
Goins coached Paris from 1969 to 1978. He was the principal at Paris from 1975 to 1996.
He hired Buchanan as an assistant coach in 1988 and as the head coach in 1992.
Buchanan interviewed for assistant coaching jobs at Fort Thomas Highlands and Paris on the same day. Both schools offered Buchanan a job, and he chose Paris.
Buchanan says when he was coaching at Paris, he looked to Goins for a lot of advice.
"There were a lot of days when I would walk in and shut the door, and I’d say ‘this is what I’ m dealing with,’" Buchanan said. "And he was really good, ... he always would tell me how he would handle it, but he never made me handle it the way he would."
Goins was still the principal at Paris, when Buchanan decided to come to Mason County.
"We really had some great teams when David was [at Paris]," Goins said "We were up there around 10 wins every year."
Enrollment dropped at Paris and Goins says he told Buchanan the school was not going to have enough kids to support the kind of program Paris was accustomed to.
Goins came to the Mason County-Frankfort game three weeks ago and he says he told Buchanan that he had one of the better coaching jobs in the state here at Mason County.
"Because Mason County is the only school in the whole county," Goins said. "On Friday night, people gotta come and watch you because there’s no other show in town."
Goins and Buchanan have remained good friends.
"I have the upmost respect for him," Goins said. "I tell you, he’s just a classy guy."
Think about how fate works. A former assistant coach at Maysville, hires a young coach at Paris, who becomes the coach that turns around a losing football program at Mason County.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Deron Feldhaus' Thoughts on New UK Coach

I talked to Kentucky Unforgettable Deron Feldhaus today about new Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie. Feldhaus says he thinks "it's a good hire."
Feldhaus says he wanted fellow Unforgettable John Phelphrey as his first pick. (Phelphrey was named as Arkansas' new coach today.) "But I knew he would be a longshot at Kentucky," Feldhaus said. "And definitely Billy Donovan since I played for him, but everything you hear about coach Gillispie- I think he works really hard and recruits and hopefully everything will turn out."
Feldhaus' two older brothers are high school basketball coaches, and Gillispie says he wants to meet every high school coach.
Feldhaus says he thinks that's a good thing to help get some players from Kentucky.
"I think is does mean a little bit more to them playing at the University of Kentucky," Feldhaus said.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Lewis Scores Two TDs in Horsemen's Win

Harry Lewis caught six passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns as the Lexington Horsemen outscored Evansville 70-25 Saturday night. Lewis had touchdown receptions of 29 yards and 32 yards. His longest reception was 36 yards. The Horsemen (3-1) host Ohio Valley a week from today.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Shotwell Kentucky Enquirer Wrestler of the Year

Campbell County freshman Korey Shotwell of Maysville has been named the 130 pound Wrestler of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Shotwell won the Region Six title, went 2-2 in the state tournament and had an overall record of 54-4. Here is the link to the story in
the Kentucky Enquirer.

Friday, April 06, 2007

New UK Coach Wants to Meet High School Coaches

New University of Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie says he can't wait to meet every high school coach in Kentucky.
Gillispie comes to UK after three seasons at Texas A and M.
"I've been a high school coach, and I think that I really relate well with high school coaches," Gillispie said today at his press conference.
"Our liveblood is recruiting and I'm going to spend as many hours a day as we can recruiting. I think that people really respect a guy that has come from a high school background."
Gillispie said he never thought he would be anything other than a high school basketball coach.
Gillispie says he wants to get as many home-grown players as he can who can compete for a national championship.
I wonder how long it will be before Gillispie comes to Maysville to meet Mason County coach Chris O'Hearn and Mason County junior Darius Miller.

Lewis Begins 4th Season with Horsemen

Former Mason County standout Harry Lewis is in his fourth season as a wide receiver, defensive back and backup quarterback for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football. Lewis caught four passes for 44 yards in Lexington's 44-37 season-opening win over Ohio Valley March 24. Lewis had 10 receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-39 overtime loss at River City last week. The Horsemen play their home opener Saturday in Rupp Arena. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Here's a link to Lewis' bio.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Lady Royals Track Team Ranked 16th in the State

The Mason County Lady Royals track team is ranked 16th in the state in Girls Week 1 Statewide Team Ranking. Only one other Class AA team (Russell) is ranked ahead of Mason County. Here is a link to the rankings.

Mason County Girls and Boys Win Track Meet

The Mason County girls and boys teams won a rain-shortened track meet at Fleming County Tuesday. The girls, using a mixture of middle school and high school athletes, dominated with a 40 point victory. The Lady Royals were led by De' Sarae Chambers who won the 100 meter dash, long jump and triple jump. The Royals, led by Brent Sparks who won the 100 meter dash and anchored both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams, won by three points.
Mason County will be back in action Friday night in the Richmond Model Invitational at Eastern Kentucky University.

Here's a link for the complete results of Tuesday's meet.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Faris 11th in 100 Yard Freestyle

Colin Faris had an 11th place finish in the 100 Yard Freestyle today in the YMCA National Short Course Swimming and Diving Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Faris, a member of the Limestone Family YMCA Stingrays, had a time of 46.79 in the preliminaries and a time of 47.32 in the finals. Faris finished third in the 50 yard Freestyle Monday.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Cincinnati Post Story on UC Football

Check out the Cincinnati Post story by Josh Katzowitz about Dustin Grutza and spring football practice at the University of Cincinnati.

Colin Faris Third in 50 Yard Freestyle at Nationals

St. Patrick senior Colin Faris swam to a third place finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle Monday in the YMCA National Short Course Swimming and Diving Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Faris had a time of 20.93 in the finals. He will compete in the 100 Yard Freestyle Wednesday.

Football Spirit Gear Contest

The 2007 Mason County football teams wants your help in designing its spirit gear. Two designs will be chosen. One will be a design that will include the player’s jersey number. The other one will be without a number, but comparable to a design that would be used by a college or NFL team. You need to include the Ragin’ Royal in your design. You do not have to design the back of the shirt. The Royals' championships will be on the back.
Your design can include up to 3 colors, but it must be as such that it could be a one color design on a t-shirt.
In 2007, the PTSO at each school will receive $1 for each item sold at that school.
If you choose to submit your design by email, please send to
The final decision on the winner will be made by Coach Buchanan, with input from football players and coaches.
When you submit your design at the high school or by mail, attach a piece of paper with the following: Name, address, phone number, school, and email address to:

Coach David Buchanan
Mason County HS
US 68
Maysville, KY 41056

Any questions you may have can be directed to Coach Buchanan at the above email address.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Shotwell Takes 5th Place at Nationals

Korey Shotwell of Maysville took 5th place at 135 pounds and earned the title High School All-American at the National High School Coaches Association Freshman Wrestling Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia last week.
Four freshman wrestlers from Kentucky participated in the Nationals, and together as a team, they earned 13th place out of 44 teams.
Although the NHSCA has held nationals for sophomores, juniors and seniors since 1998, this is the first year for Freshman Nationals. Overall, 49 states were represented and 2,500 wrestlers participated in the entire tournament.

70 Attend Little Royal Football Camp

Seventy youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the Little Royal Football Camp Saturday at the Tom Browning Boys and Girls Club. Former Mason County quarterback Brian McDowell ran the camp. The coaches were Hoss Sweet, Patrick Kabler and Scott Stamm.
Each camper received a complimentary football, courtesy of Southgate Car Wash.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

John Price Now 10th Region Hall of Famer

Fleming County is no longer in the 10th Region but one of the Panthers' all-time greats, John Price, was inducted into the Boys Basketball 10th Region Hall of Fame last week.
Price was a co-captain of Fleming County's 1973 10th Region runner-up team and 1974 10th Region champion team. He scored 1,472 career points, currently third all-time at Fleming County. Price had 672 career rebounds and holds the school record for career assists with 606.
His awards include:
  • 10th Region Player of the Year in 1974
  • One of the top 15 players in Kentucky in 1974
  • All 10th Region in 1973 and 1974
  • Honorable Mention All-State in 1973 and 1974
  • Selected by the Ledger-Independent as one of the top five players at Fleming County since 1970.

During his induction speech, Price said he owed a lot of his Hall of Fame induction to his high school coach, Bob Hall, "because he was a big influence on my life, and the 10th Region has been a big influence on my life. "

Mason County 68th in Rankings

The Mason County Royals are 68th in's High School Consensus Ratings.