Although he’s lived away from the area for quite some time now, Ted Hall remembers his Ashland roots.
The 1988 Ashland Blazer graduate still carries knowledge he absorbed from his basketball coaches growing up, applying it to his sideline approach.
Lexington Christian Academy named Hall its varsity boys basketball coach earlier this month. He takes over a team that won three 43rd District titles in the last three seasons under former leader Nate Valentine, who left LCA for North Laurel — Valentine is from London. Hall was his assistant for the last five seasons. He helped Brad Carter the year prior to Valentine’s stint.
Hall spent five years as Sayre’s head coach before his arrival at LCA. He served on Lafayette’s staff prior to landing at Sayre.
Hall played for Craynor Slone and Jerry Umberger in high school. Gary Greene, the father of Ashland Middle School principal and former Tomcats baseball coach David Greene, was Hall’s coach at Charles Russell Elementary.
“He’s as good a coach as I’ve ever been around,” Hall said of Gary Greene.
“I enjoyed playing for (Umberger),” added Hall, mentioning other coaching influences such as Steve Hall and Bob Blankenship.
Charles Hall, Ted’s grandfather, was part of Ashland’s football state champions in 1932 and basketball state crown-collectors in 1933.
Roger and Trish Hall, Ted’s parents, reside in Ashland.
“We don’t get there a whole lot, but we do get there some,” Ted Hall said. “I like to keep up with some friends and see what’s going on.”
Hall’s oldest son, Austin, is entering his second year as a University of the Cumberlands basketball player. His middle son, Nathan, is a golfer. His youngest, Tyler, is a hoops freshman.
“I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Hall said. “We’ve had a great group of guys going through here. It’s a unique experience to coach here.”
Bucs go 6-2
The River City Buccaneers semi-professional football team wrapped up their regular season in Columbus this past weekend.
Job Swords tossed for 195 yards and a touchdown as the Bucs outlasted the War Eagles, 13-12, on Saturday. Swords also accounted for a rushing score and threw an interception. He completed a pair of passes to Elijah Adams for 100 yards.
Chance Freeman and Dale Swords each had an interception.
The Bucs will travel to Centerville, Ohio, to take on the Ohio Crush in the playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 10. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Centerville High School.
Thunder makes noise
The West Virginia Thunder 2027 girls basketball team won the AAU national championship in Orlando, Florida, on July 5. Comprised of players from the tri-state area, The Thunder competed against teams from Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Michigan, among others.
The Thunder, coached by Bruce Morrison, went undefeated throughout the entire tournament, including pool play. It went 8-0 overall — its closest contest resulted in a 38-35 overtime win over Atlanta.
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