Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 8, 2013

MARK MAYNARD: Tomcats reach 1,900 victories

ASHLAND — Ashland’s boys basketball program reached a milestone recently with its 1,900th victory.

The Tomcats achieved that mark, which ranks third nationally, with a 70-65 triumph over Elliott County at James A. Anderson Gymnasium.

Ashland has since won two more games to bring the total to 1,902. The Tomcats’ victories date to 1909, according to local sports historian Curtis Crye, who found those games only in recent years.

The Tomcats rank No. 1 in the state for victories, with Paducah Tilghman in the No. 2 spot, according to Kentucky High School Athletic Association records.

Ashland has made 32 state tournament appearances, the last coming in 2002. The Tomcats are tied for third in the state with four state titles, the last in 1961.

Ashland also owns the longest winning streak at 44 games with a 37-0 record in the 1928 season and a 7-0 start in the 1929 season.

Tussey back on air

Longtime radio announcer Mike Tussey will be part of the Elite Learfield Sports Broadcast team for the State Tournament in March.

Tussey, who lives in northern Kentucky, announced Northern Kentucky University men’s and women’s basketball games for several years before being unceremoniously replaced prior to the start of this season.

He has been aching to get back behind the microphone ever since. Tussey called a couple of Ashland basketball games in northern Kentucky in December with Dicky Martin.

The Kentucky Utilities Radio Network spans 50 stations across Kentucky and parts of West Virginia.

Other members of the Learfield team include play-by-play broadcasters Doug Ormay, Gregg Stottlemeyer and Gary Ball and color analysts Cameron Mills, Steve Hardeman and Lee Prewitt.

Tussey will be doing the sideline reporting, coaches interviews and the games’ Most Valuable Player interviews.

The state tournament will be March 6 through 9 in Rupp Arena.

Tussey was inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2010.

He called high school sports in our area for years, both on radio and cable television, while also serving as an Ashland policeman.

Tussey was also the voice of the Huntington Cubs minor league baseball team.

He has written a book, “You’re on the Air!” chronicling his career in broadcasting.

60 years ago ...

Bill Lanham of Russell dropped a copy of the 1953 64th District basketball program by the office this week.

Lanham, who is 76, has kept the souvenir program in pristine condition.

The district had 10 schools, most of which are no longer in existence.

The district foes were: Ashland, Boyd County, Catlettsburg, Greenup, Holy Family, McKell, Raceland, Russell, South Portsmouth and Wurtland.

The ’53 Ashland team was one of its best ever with players like Brother Earl Adkins, Bob Emrick, Lee Marshall, Billy Ray Jennings, Jerry Henderson, Bill Gray, Darryle Kouns and Jim Bailey.

The Tomcats won the district and regional championship that season, but were upset in the opening round of the state tournament by Paducah.

Fred Simpson and Tom Fitzsimmons were part of Holy Family’s team, which defeated Russell 66-62, but was eliminated by Catlettsburg in the quarterfinals.

Ashland defeated Catlettsburg 79-68 in the district finals. Norm Collinsworth, who is NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth’s uncle, and Warren Pack were stars for the Wildcats.

The games were played at the Ashland Armory.

Boyles out

Former multisport Raceland star Tyler Boyles suffered a broken left arm in a recent basketball game for Shawnee State University.

Boyles, who was one of our Sportsman of the Year selections, is a senior with the Bears.

The break was clean and Boyles should heal fine, according to doctors, but his career is over.

When he learned of the injury, he turned to his mother, Annette Boyles, and said, “God has a plan.”

That kind of attitude is why he was named our Sportsman of the Year and why Tyler Boyles is the kind of role model you look for in a young man.

Tyler Boyles is what’s right with today’s youth.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.


Text Only
Local Sports
  • 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

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 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