The Spencer County Middle School Grizzlies won their 2010 season opener March 18 against Whitfield Academy in Louisville 9-3. The Grizzlies were led by 8th Grader Derek Clemens who went 2-4 and had 3 RBIs. Nathan Conard is credited with the win and helped the Grizzlies effort by pitching 4 innings and giving up 0 earned runs and 4 K’s. Westin Pittman and Kyle Alexander pitched in relief to seal the victory.
AT LEFT: Grizzlies 7th grader Nathan Conard #7 delivering a fast ball.
Eric Bledsoe stopped being a rookie about 3 o-clock last February. Last Saturday in New Orleans Kentucky’s other guard spotted a crack of daylight between Wake Forest defenders and went for it. He had to know thug boy Chas McFarland was lurking somewhere, but Bledsoe took a hop, skip and flew anyway. Dunk!
Al-Farouq Aminu and others dressed in black had to wonder, “... whatwuzat? Of all the nerve, that little guy bringin’ that stuff in here!”
Audacity is what grows at Kentucky during time and space, Big Blue Madness and march in March.
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.