Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 15, 2013

Mark Maynard: It's time for another 14-name salute

Mark Maynard
The Independent

ASHLAND — Yesterday was one of those roll-down-the-windows-and-let-the-cool-air-blow-through-the car days.

I’ve had enough practice through the years by driving cars that either a) didn’t have air conditioning or b) didn’t have air conditioning that worked.

I even had one car where the heat poured out whether it was hot or cold outside. We named it the Hot Box. I’m proud to say now my cars have air conditioners that work well. Sometimes, though, there’s nothing like a good morning breeze.

But enough about that. Let’s take another run at a 14-name salute this week. Count along with me.

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Mark your calendars for June 14 and 15. That’s when the Ashland Elks will celebrate Sports Day with Vic Marsh (1) as this year’s honoree. Marsh is the winningest high school football coach in Ashland Tomcat history and impacted the lives of many here. The speaker on banquet night will be another impactful coach, our own Herb Conley (2), along with Vic’s son, Scott Marsh (3), who followed in his father’s footsteps and is a high school head coach in Indiana.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Sports Day program is an outstanding event — the equivalent of a Hall of Fame selection — and, yes, it is open to the public.

Tickets are available at The Frame-Up Gallery on Winchester Avenue or at the Elks lodge on Carter Avenue.

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Amy Compston (4), the local woman who competed in the Boston Marathon, will begin training for an Ultra Marathon, a 50-mile race/run in Nashville, next week.

This time, though, Compston is running for missions. She is asking for pledges per miles she completes. For example, a 50-cent pledge would be $25. The donations she receives — every penny of them — will go to the Penne Paris Schools in Moyo, Uganda.

If you are interested in giving to the cause or if you’d like her to speak to your organization, email her at amylwesolowski@yahoo.com. She has a powerful Christian testimony.

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Congratulations to Ashland pitcher Logan Salow (5) on his perfect game last Saturday against Lawrence County. Salow needed only 79 pitches and struck out 18 in the gem.

It was the first perfect game for the Tomcats since Bobby Lynch (6) accomplished the feat in a five-inning victory over Ceredo-Kenova. Ashland won 10-0 against the Wonders.

It was a bit of revenge for Lynch, who lost to Ceredo-Kenova as a Little League All-Star in Norfolk, Va., when two players belted home runs off him. Many of the same C-K players were on that high school team so Lynch got the last laugh.

Lynch, like Salow, also threw two perfect games during his Little League career.

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Speaking of Bobby Lynch, one of my latest book endeavors will be about the Ashland Tomcat baseball dynasty from 1965-69.

Ashland won state titles from 1966-68. The Tomcats were semifinalists in 1965 and state runner-up in 1969. It’s still the best five-year run in Kentucky high school baseball history.

Tim Huff (7), Billy Lynch (8), John Thomas (9), Wayne Workman (10), Mike Smith (11) and so many others were part of that success.

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A segue: Mark your calendars. The CP-1 Reunion will be Aug. 24 in Central Park.

The plan is to honor that Tomcat dynasty, along with the Little League teams coached by the late Jim Stewart (12), who certainly left his stamp on Ashland’s baseball history.

We didn’t have the CP-1 Reunion last year, so this one should be a lot of fun. Come on out to the ballpark! Bring a wooden bat with a nail in it, if you want.

Go to Facebook and search Jim Stewart Ashland American or CP-1 Central Park Baseball Alumni for more information.

Also, the following day, that weekend, the annual Tomcat football reunion will be taking place.

Both events are absolutely free. Just bring a good story — Lafe Walter (13) is in charge of fact-checking on the football side.

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Don’t forget to take a walk with Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles (14) on Saturday when his second segment of “Walk with the Mayor” takes off from behind Crabbe Elementary School at 9 a.m.

It’ll be a big day for Mr. Mayor, who will also be on hand for some downtown cleanup and beautification projects that day.

Repair Affair is also part of Saturday’s lineup for the City of Ashland.

Let’s hope we have some more weather like we had on Wednesday.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.