Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

November 20, 2012

Former Boyd County basketball coach dies

ASHLAND — Brice Thornbury, the architect of Boyd County’s first boys’ 16th Region basketball championship 40 years ago this coming spring, died Monday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 66.

Thornbury led the Lions to their first regional championship in 1973 behind the play of Phil Pratt and Davey Wooten who each went on to become coaches at Boyd County.

Boyd County defeated rival Ashland twice in the postseason, knocking off the Tomcats on their home floor in the 64th District championship and then repeating the feat the following week at Morehead State’s Wetherby Gymnasium with a 73-64 victory. Those wins over Ashland are significant because they were the first for Boyd County in the series.

The Lions were eliminated in the opening round of the State Tournament but the seed had been sown for the program.  He coached Boyd County from 1970 to 1974 but his 26-7 season in 1973 stands out as the best. After going 11-13 in his first season in 1970, Thornbury had four consecutive winning seasons – 15-10, 20-12, 26-7 and 14-11. He had an overall record of 86-53.

Thornbury was a tremendous basketball player as a young man while attending Fairview High School. He graduated from Fairview in 1964 and was a charter member of the Fairview Hall of Fame in 2006.

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Tee Party: High school golf season opens

    A flurry of area tournaments will usher in the high school golf season, which begins today.
    Rowan County’s traditional boys opener, the Eagle Trace Invitational, tees off this morning at 9 with a field of 13 teams.

    August 1, 2014

  • Paintsville senior Miller Baseball Factory selection

    Paintsville baseball player Taylor Miller is currently participating in an elite event at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility in Bradenton, Florida.

    July 31, 2014

  • Barboursville 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer host

    U.S. Youth Soccer announced Thursday that Barboursville and the West Virginia Soccer Association will host the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
     

    July 31, 2014

  • 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