Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 17, 2013

Brought up Brown

West Carter senior writes another brilliant chapter in Comets’ favorite family story

OLIVE HILL — John “Hop” Brown cherished his only son.

Known as Kyle, John Kyle Cleveland Brown is named after Hop himself, former Kentucky basketball great Kyle Macy, and Hop’s favorite professional football team.

Growing up, Kyle was in Hop’s “back pocket,” as Kyle put it, whether it was in the gym, on the golf course or wherever.

Eyes brighten and ears perk at the mention of his dad’s name.

When, in August 2003, innocent Kyle lost his loving (and widely adored) father at the age of 9, the boy wept the saddest kind of tears. Hop, an area legend, had died of brain cancer.

“I remember seeing Kyle sitting on the driveway bawling,” said Comets statistician Chris Perry. “That’s an image I can’t shake.”

On Thursday, Kyle played his final game as a Comet on John “Hop” Brown Court. He put on a grand show for friends and family, and even his dad, who Kyle knows is watching.

“He sees everything that goes on,” Kyle said.

Kyle is licking the envelope and sealing shut a magnificent career. His 32 points on Thursday lifted him to No. 1 on the school’s all-time scoring list, at 1,868. He also owns school records in steals (224) and games played (124), a record which was previously held by head coach Jeremy Webb. Also, he’s just four made 3-pointers short of another school mark.

While West Carter has struggled this season with a ton of youth and inexperience surrounding Brown, he has excelled. His rebounding numbers have skyrocketed to just fewer than 10 per game. The 6-foot-2 guard even grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds in a game this season. His scoring average is 23 points.

“In the past, he's been a spot-up shooter that could play off the dribble a little bit,” Webb said. “This year we post him a little bit, he spots up and shoots, he plays off the dribble, he plays point guard, he's the power forward or the center. He's just stepped in and filled any role that we've asked him to do.”

On Tuesday, Brown and the Comets (8-18) travel to East Carter to take on the Raiders in the first round of the 62nd District tournament. So far, a district title has proved to be elusive for Brown.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0420chattin0397.jpg Pole vaulters conquer wind in Chattin

    For obvious reasons, pole vaulting records and windy conditions don’t go together.
    Raceland’s Connor Messer and Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre raised the bar anyway at Saturday’s Ernie Chattin Memorial Invitational.
    Despite a windy challenge — especially for Messer — on the hilltop at Ashland Athletic Complex, both athletes set new pole vault marks for the 11-year-old meet and received Outstanding Performance awards.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0415eastSB0170 copy.jpg Stock soaring for East eighth-grader Fouts

    With a name like Montana, you just have to go big.
    Six-foot eighth-grader Montana Fouts isn't a big talker, but when it comes to the business of softball, her skills convey a loud and clear message.
    The East Carter pitcher is making herself a can't-pass-up commodity with her flawless throwing form and sizzling speed.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis snaps 4-game skid, beats Ashland, 2-0

    Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?

    Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.

    April 20, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley fires 2nd no-no in 2 days, Kittens split

    Ashland junior Megan Hensley no-hit Portsmouth West on Saturday, one day after dealing a perfect game, as the Kittens beat the Lady Senators 16-0 in five innings at the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley.

    April 19, 2014

  • west.JPG Streak snapped: Comets end 40-game losing streak to Raiders

    Nineteen years and 40 games between East Carter and West Carter have passed since the Comets have beaten the Raiders.
    Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was the No. 1 song the last time West got a win over East.
    The visiting Comets ended almost 20 years of futility against the Raiders in dominating fashion on Friday night, defeating East Carter, 8-0.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams steps down as Lady Vikings coach

    Jen Williams did not make this decision lightly.

    April 19, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley spins perfect game

    Ashland’s Megan Hensley fired a perfect game and drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run homer as the Kittens topped Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 in the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley on Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0418ashlandBB0268.jpg One-run fun: Ashland on smiling side of close game vs. East

    After opening the season with a 2-1 victory, Ashland has had a hard time cracking the close game code.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418_Ash_vs_JC_0003.JPG Hensley rises, fires as Kittens win big

    Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt’s already high opinion of Ashland junior Megan Hensley rose to another level Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714_29a.jpg Diller, Mackie spark Raceland

    It is time for the 16th Region to take notice of the Raceland softball team.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos