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June 25, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Trey turns triple

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ASHLAND — Ford Motors On

East Carter eighth-grader Josh Ford recently performed very well in an invitation-only camp called FBU (Football University) in Nashville, Tenn.

While there, he was tutored by previous and current NFL coaches.

Ford was named a top running back, which earned him a FBU Top Gun invitiation. The event is held in Dublin, Ohio, next month. He will train with elite instructors and compete with some of the top young football players across the nation.

Rowan’s Wright Retires

Rowan County’s Roy Wright called his 28 years of coaching “a wonderful ride.”

He’s finally hopping out of the seat.

Wright retired as the Vikings’ track and field and cross country teams early last week.

“I wanted to wait to do it on my own time and make the decision for myself,” Wright told The Morehead News. “I didn’t want to wait too long because all the time you hear that other coaches waited too long. I thought it was a good time.”

Wright, who also served a stint as athletic director, guided Rowan County to its only cross country state championship in 1987. He also helped lead the Vikings to a total of 11 region championships in track and cross country. He finished his career on a roll of nine straight Eastern Kentucky Conference titles, of which he has 17 total.

‘Tiny’ Big Impact

Leland “Tiny” Roberts, a former longtime assistant football coach at Lewis County, died on Friday in Portsmouth, Ohio.

His impact lives on.

Roberts stepped into Lewis County in 1970 and never left. He taught business and meant business when he coached offensive line.

According to a recent story in the Maysville Ledger-Independent, those close to the program were all touched by Roberts.

A reaction from Gary Kidwell, a KHSAA Hall of Famer who taught and coached alongside Roberts: “You don’t even realize that he didn’t even go to high school here because he just fit in so well.”

Others called Roberts “likable” and “outgoing.”

Corky Prater, Lewis County’s winningest coach, said that Roberts was a key reason why he took the job in the first place.

“He was hard on us, but he was fair,” said Prater of “Tiny.”

Roberts was 67.

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

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