Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 25, 2013

EAST KENTUCKY BASKETBALL HISTORY: Paintsville and Johnson Central a town rivalry

PAINTSVILLE — Located in the same town, just a mile apart, Paintsville High and Johnson Central High Schools have one of the fiercest basketball rivalries in Eastern Kentucky.

Over the years there have been notable players that have played for both teams, even coaches that have worked at both schools.

Orville Hamilton, superintendent of the Johnson County School system in the 1990s, was a star athlete at Paintsville in 1959 after moving into town from Point Pleasant, W.Va. Hamilton played basketball well enough at Paintsville to earn a scholarship to play Division I basketball at Eastern Kentucky University.

In fact, Johnson Central’s first basketball coach, Paul Williams has close ties to both schools. Williams played basketball at Paintsville in the late 1950s eventually becoming a coach at Oil Springs High School. After his time at Johnson Central he later coached basketball at Paintsville, having a young assistant named Bill Mike Runyon on his staff.

Williams was principal of Paintsville Elementary School while he son, Bart, was a star basketball player at Johnson Central in the late 1980s. Mr. Williams later became the superintendant of the Paintsville City Schools and was there when the Tigers won their state championship in 1996. With such an interesting and complicated history, a look at the overall basketball series between the two schools needs a discussion.

In the early 1960s talk began about consolidating the four county high schools (Oil Springs, Flat Gap, Meade Memorial, and Van Lear) in Johnson County into one, larger school. It was agreed to do this by a vote in 1965 and Johnson Central opened its doors as a school in 1968. Many people believed that once the county schools were consolidated into Johnson Central, competing with its athletic teams would be very tough for the Paintsville Tigers. At first it was, especially in basketball.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Five Teams? Pretty Kool

    If these unseasonably cool July mornings aren’t enough to have your mind on the fast track to football, maybe some Kool Hits news will help.

    July 31, 2014

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.
     

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos