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ASHLAND Ashland used a strong pitching performance from ace Ryan Atkins and timely hits from Sawyer Alley and NeShawn Peppers to pick up a big home win over Russell on Monday night, 5-1.

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DANVILLE Ashland took home two wins from the Tylar Missbach Memorial Showcase at Centre College on Saturday, beating Franklin County, 12-3, before knocking off No. 22 Pendleton County, 6-1.

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I’ve always loved horses, but I’ve never owned one. And the few times I’ve had the opportunity to straddle one for a ride turned out to be not very enjoyable at all.

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WESTWOOD Fairview coach Cody Sammons and the Fairview Eagles are confident every time junior ace Jaxon Manning takes the mound.

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LLOYD It was hard to figure out which Greenup County softball player was the most valuable Thursday because there were multitudinous choices.

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This statement from Tomcat legend Herb Conley should tell you enough about Don Clere’s impact on Ashland Tomcat football: “Don was my hero.”

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RUSSELL A double rainbow that appeared midway through the game Monday night when Raceland and Russell met in a key 63rd District matchup represented the number of golden opportunities the Red Devils had.

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RACELAND Chloe Collins hit her 11th home run of the season -- tied for second in the state -- and Raegan West spun a complete-game four-hitter as host Raceland knocked off No. 17 Johnson Central, 4-2, on Monday night.

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LLOYD Greenup County tallied three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday night to top Wheelersburg, 4-2, and earn a split of its two games in the Peoples Bank Classic it was hosting.

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Todd Garvin’s trip to northeastern Kentucky last month wasn’t exactly a vacation, he wrote on Facebook, but he found time to watch his nephew play baseball for his alma mater.

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CANNONSBURG Ashland coach Evan Yongue knew hits would be scarce when facing Pikeville junior pitching ace Tate Lakin Friday night at the Boyd County Derby Classic.

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CARTER CAVES STATE RESORT PARK Basketball teams were happy to be back on the court this season, but for the Eastern Kentucky Conference and commissioner Gary Kidwell, now in his 25th year, Tuesday’s return to Lewis Caveland Lodge for the annual postseason banquet was its equivalent.

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RUSSELL Eric Williams could not get to the plate enough Tuesday night for Russell. Ethan Sharp never officially made it there.

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RACELAND Area baseball coaches are well aware of Jake Heighton’s ability at the plate and try not to let him beat their teams with his bat. The senior had one hit and drew three walks in the Rams' 10-2 win over Greenup County Tuesday night.

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WESTWOOD It looked like one run might win Monday's baseball game in Mossy Bottom, and Fairview had Jaxon Manning 90 feet away from scoring it with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

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LLOYD Jake Heighton drove in three runs and Chase Thornsberry knocked in two, and Kirk Pence and Andrew Floyd combined on a solid pitching performance as visiting Raceland topped Greenup County, 8-1, on Monday in the first of a two-day 63rd District seeding series.

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Russell’s Aubrey Hill, Boyd County’s Harley Paynter and Rowan County’s Mason Moore have been named to participate in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series, the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and Kentucky All-Star Selection Committees announced Friday evening.

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I worked 30 years as a full-time reporter for The Daily Independent and The Daily Times, twenty-five of them with The Daily Independent. During those years, I have freelanced the weekly outdoors column — for 50 years now — drawing a separate paycheck for the columns apart from my salary as a…

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