The best thing about high school basketball in Kentucky was on display at Rupp Arena on Saturday night. Unlike other states, where schools are divided into classes and they compete for state titles based on their enrollment, Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen is open to every school of every size and they’re all going after one lone title.
Spencer County High School senior Cameron Smith signs his intention to play football at Union College during a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Pictured above are: (from, left) Jayme Thomas, a friend; Carol Hubbuch, grandmother; Cameron Smith; Melissa Smith, mother; (back) Wes Napper, head coach; and Clark Teague, athletic director. Not pictured are Joe Smith, father; Justin Smith, brother; and Ray Hubbuch, grandfather.
Try telling a high school student that hard work and perseverance can get them over just about any obstacle in life and your message may or may not get through. Show them a living example of that principle and the chances of your message resonating will improve.
Students at Spencer County High School have such an example in Principal Jocelyn Mills Lyons, who refused to allow a hearing deficiency to keep her from excelling academically or athletically.
From nowhere last year to New Orleans this week; From the outer reaches (NIT) to core group (NCAA No. 1 seed), that’s Kentucky. The Wildcats earned the school’s 50th trip to the Dance this week and Big Blue Nation expects them to be dancing to Syracuse on the way to Indianapolis. Anything short of Indy will be like a visit from Santa Claus with an empty sack.
Meanwhile, Louisville will hope for a waltz against California to earn a fox trot with Duke in Jacksonville. And, in a no respect for fan bases, Murray State dances with Vandy in San Jose, California.
Barmore said Bears must prepare now for next season
It was hard for fans of the Spencer County Bears not to think ahead this season. Sure, there was plenty to celebrate during the just completed 15-9 run, which was a vast improvement over the six-win season from a year ago. But the end of the season loss to Anderson County in the district tournament now seems like it was just the unofficial tip-off to what could potentially be an historic season for Spencer County basketball next year.
Though wintry weather continues to shake Kentucky, it won’t be long before runners and walkers kick off the chill and head for an outside track. Now’s the time to reserve your spot to test your mettle surrounded by the beautiful green landscapes of each location for the annual Kentucky State Parks’ race series held on four Saturdays, April through July.
The 2010 schedule includes 5K competitions at four different parks, each with individual scenic and terrain personalities.
In just his second year as a head coach, Spencer County’s Daniel Cox has already experienced some extreme highs and lows.
Last year, Cox took over a Lady Bears’ program that had bowed out of postseason without a win for nearly a decade, and led them to an emotional win in the 30th District Tournament over Shelby County, advancing to the 8th Region Tournament.