Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 1, 2014

Quite the Quotes! Part IV: Nos. 1-10

ASHLAND — Top Quotes of the Year (from The Independent’s high school sports coverage of the 2013-2014 school year)

10. “We just allowed so many opportunities to pass us up, and any time you do that for five, six innings, you think, ‘This is gonna bite us in the fanny.’” — Greenup County baseball coach Greg Logan, on leaving runners in scoring position in a Musketeers win over Boyd County

9. “After finishing second the last two times, I thought I might as well win it this year.” — Lewis County senior track athlete Tanner Barton, on winning the 400-meter Class 2A state title

8. “I’m so happy I can’t even make a sentence right now.” — Ashland soccer junior John Pina, after scoring the game-winner in the Tomcats’ 16th Region final win over Boyd County

7. “I told the guys, ‘Pat yourself on the back, kiss your girlfriend, hug your mommy, get yourself some rest. We have another one tomorrow.’” — Greenup County boys basketball coach Harold Tackett, after a Musketeers win over Russell

6. “I thought (our) uniforms may be hard to see because they were camouflage and we’d be tough to guard, but it kind of was the other way around. Elliott couldn’t see us on defense and just went right by us and made for easy open lanes to the rim tonight.” — Lewis County boys basketball coach Joe Hampton, on the Lions’ defensive effort in a loss to Elliott County

5. “When you get a female that’s ticked off and you tell ‘em they can’t do something, most of ‘em, they’re gonna get determined to show you that they can, and I think that’s what they got in their head.” — East Carter girls basketball coach Hager Easterling, after the Lady Raiders won their 16th Region Tournament opener for the first time since 2010

4. “I guess the guy that called it didn’t play very physical at all when he played, is all I can figure, because if that’s a technical foul, he probably played 2-3 zone his whole career.” — Raceland boys basketball coach Bob Trimble, after a technical foul late in the Rams’ 63rd District Tournament semifinal loss to Greenup County

3. “I’m shocked. I’m sure the 16th Region is shocked — the Ashlands, the Greenups, the Boyds. They’re saying, how did that happen? I would be asking the same question if I was another coach in the region.” — Morgan County baseball coach Jared Hammonds, on the Cougars’ 62nd District Tournament semifinal win over East Carter

2. “The suggestion is that I would stay one year and they could honor me. But if I’m OK, why couldn’t I do it the year after next? So I said, ‘No, but I could stay three.’ When I said that, I was almost immediately fired at that point. I’m glad I didn’t say four years. They’d have probably executed me.” — Russell football coach Ivan McGlone, on a meeting with Russell administrators before his departure as coach

1. “I said, ‘Don’t be a part of the worst softball call in history. You’ll be happier later when you see it.’” — Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt, on a controversial overturned call that cost the Lady Eagles a state tournament win over Ashland

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