Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

July 16, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Hitting the ground running

QB gets glimpse of teams on first official day

ASHLAND — FIVE-STEP DROP

Arrival    Place    Exit

7:58    Boyd Co.    8:18

8:54    Greenup Co.    9:42

10:06    Russell    10:40

10:56    Fairview    11:38

11:45    Ashland    12:42

-Total miles traveled = 52.6

From the first drill of Boyd County’s practice to the final huddle of Ashland’s, the Monday Morning Quarterback took a five-step drop and fired on all cylinders of his Pontiac to hit five practices in five hours on Monday morning.

Dead period is officially over, and summer sessions have begun. Players can’t strap on full pads for a couple more weeks, but the season opens in just 39 days (Aug. 23).

The QB’s hot route included stops at Boyd County, Greenup County, Russell, Fairview and Ashland.

Sorry to those who held practices in the evening, such as Raceland and East Carter, but remember ... I am the Monday Morning Quarterback!

It was a beautiful day to cruise a 50-mile looping trek lassoing the area. I filled up my Keurig coffee mug at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t savor the last sip until 10:41 while stopped at a traffic light on Diederich Blvd. in Russell.

Before taking you through an interesting morning via a stop-by-stop sequence, here are a few quick hits from local practices:

-Ivan McGlone will enter his 38th season as Russell’s head coach despite bouts with some serious health issues in the offseason.

-Ashland not only has a new coach, but will have a new face in a prominent position on the field.

-Greenup County coach Chris Mullins is determined to help the Musketeers avoid becoming the first team to experience back-to-back-to-back winless seasons in the area.

-John Gilliam, Boyd County’s first-year coach, appears to have his players’ attention.

-Fairview, last year’s Class A state runner-up, has its sights set even higher in 2013.

STOP 1 (7:58 a.m.)

Boyd County


Topping off his fresh Boyd County attire with a straw hat and sunglasses, first-year coach John Gilliam delivered a quick pep talk before the Lions broke into separate work stations.

Gilliam seems to have already gained a grip on the youthful Lions, as they listened intently to their second head coach in as many seasons during the early stages of practice.

Gilliam served as a Morehead State University assistant from 1996 to 2012 before moving to Boyd County. He talked about the transition.

“Probably the biggest thing is making sure the kids understand the commitment level,” Gilliam said. “I could have very easily come in here and had those expectations set that you would have set for a 22-year-old, and it’s just not realistic.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0420chattin0397.jpg Pole vaulters conquer wind in Chattin

    For obvious reasons, pole vaulting records and windy conditions don’t go together.
    Raceland’s Connor Messer and Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre raised the bar anyway at Saturday’s Ernie Chattin Memorial Invitational.
    Despite a windy challenge — especially for Messer — on the hilltop at Ashland Athletic Complex, both athletes set new pole vault marks for the 11-year-old meet and received Outstanding Performance awards.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0415eastSB0170 copy.jpg Stock soaring for East eighth-grader Fouts

    With a name like Montana, you just have to go big.
    Six-foot eighth-grader Montana Fouts isn't a big talker, but when it comes to the business of softball, her skills convey a loud and clear message.
    The East Carter pitcher is making herself a can't-pass-up commodity with her flawless throwing form and sizzling speed.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis snaps 4-game skid, beats Ashland, 2-1

    Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?

    Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.

    April 20, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley fires 2nd no-no in 2 days, Kittens split

    Ashland junior Megan Hensley no-hit Portsmouth West on Saturday, one day after dealing a perfect game, as the Kittens beat the Lady Senators 16-0 in five innings at the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley.

    April 19, 2014

  • west.JPG Streak snapped: Comets end 40-game losing streak to Raiders

    Nineteen years and 40 games between East Carter and West Carter have passed since the Comets have beaten the Raiders.
    Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was the No. 1 song the last time West got a win over East.
    The visiting Comets ended almost 20 years of futility against the Raiders in dominating fashion on Friday night, defeating East Carter, 8-0.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams steps down as Lady Vikings coach

    Jen Williams did not make this decision lightly.

    April 19, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley spins perfect game

    Ashland’s Megan Hensley fired a perfect game and drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run homer as the Kittens topped Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 in the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley on Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0418ashlandBB0268.jpg One-run fun: Ashland on smiling side of close game vs. East

    After opening the season with a 2-1 victory, Ashland has had a hard time cracking the close game code.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418_Ash_vs_JC_0003.JPG Hensley rises, fires as Kittens win big

    Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt’s already high opinion of Ashland junior Megan Hensley rose to another level Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714_29a.jpg Diller, Mackie spark Raceland

    It is time for the 16th Region to take notice of the Raceland softball team.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos