Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 27, 2014

AARON SNYDER: Why do this, and why the SS?

ASHLAND — Sometimes it's best to keep a comfortable distance, disguised safely behind the computer monitor.

On other occasions, it's nice to allow readers to put pieces of a personality puzzle with the face staring back at them, though I'm not that complex a character, I assure you.

The fingers typing on the keyboard actually do so, at least sometimes, with a purpose.

For instance, there's a reason why I enjoy writing about high school sports.

I attended a large high school near Cincinnati, and graduated alongside 457 other students in what is now known as Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Because of the plethora of high quality athletic programs sprinkled about the area, Lakota East was often slid to the back burner, left in the figurative hands of a small weekly newspaper that rarely delved deep within storylines.

So, I consider delivering details of area athletes' accomplishments on a daily basis a privilege, for myself, the athletes and those who care about the people inside the uniforms.

There's also a reason that I call myself the Shortstop during baseball/softball season.

My favorite professional athlete of all-time played that position for 19 seasons.

Barry Larkin, the Hall-of-Famer and career Cincinnati Red, turns 50 today.

Now, to commemorate this special event, here are 50 more things to know about me …

Bazinga! Just kidding.

The following 10 items make up this week's "Cycle."


—Speaking of Larkin, who had the first-ever 30-30 (30 home runs, 30 stolen bases) season for a shortstop in 1996, it's worth mentioning a couple of local shortstops with some power.

Boyd County's Taylor Wheeler and Raceland's Kymbria Williams are each nearly on pace to reach double-digit dingers this season. Williams is at five, and Wheeler just smacked her sixth on Saturday.

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