Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

November 1, 2012

AARON SNYDER: Party with early birds

ASHLAND — The decorations are displayed, the food prepared to serve and RSVPs received.

It’s the Playoff Party, and I’m the first guest inside the doors.

Normally, showing up early to a celebration of this magnitude would be considered a party faux pas, but hey, Fairview’s doing it so why can’t I?

Being fashionably late is so 2005 anyway.

Speaking of ’05, that’s the last time our area produced a state champion (Russell).

That’s looking way too far ahead, though, and I know how much coaches hate that ... so we’ll stay on task.

All of the home teams figure to be at least slight favorites, which makes sense, but we may have some party crashers on our hands.

Any Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson sightings this weekend?

Tonight at 7:

Fairview 60, Phelps 6: Hornets have a chance here ... until the ball is kicked off.

Friday night, 7:30:

Ashland 27, Holmes 21: Tomcats don’t want to leave “old” Putnam Stadium on a losing note, and they won’t, but this will likely be a fight to the finish. The difference? Ashland’s defensive line.

Bourbon County 34, Lewis County 18: The unbeaten Colonels beat Bath County by just one point two weeks ago. Lewis County lost to Bath County by two earlier this season. It seems the Lions stand a chance, albeit a slim one.

Highlands 67, Boyd County 10: Bluebirds need a better nickname. Blue Jays are much tougher and more intimidating.

Ironton 31, Bloom-Carroll 16: Fighting Tigers start playoff road right at Tanks Memorial.

Johnson Central 54, Harrison County 14: Central runs at will on Thorobreds.

Morgan County 26, Lawrence County 24: I won’t be mad if this is a first-round matchup every season. It was a dandy a year ago (21-14 Lawrence), and it’ll be a dandy again. Still on a mission, the Cougars get back on track after being blown out by East Carter and edge the Bulldogs at home and notch their second-ever playoff victory.

Pikeville 48, Paintsville 21: Panthers make it five straight wins after rolling through easy district. Kudos to Paintsville for a nice win over Berea last week.

Raceland 55, Allen Central 16: Rams have Rebels yelling uncle before the first hot dog is served.

Russell 28, Garrard County 27: Red Devils coach Ivan McGlone is awarded best lead actor in a drama picture once again — Russell’s last three playoff wins are by a combined 15 points.

Saturday, 1 p.m.:

Covington Catholic 42, Rowan County 14: It’s worth the trip for the Vikings for the atmosphere.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos