Monday, June 6, 2011

Oh, Kentucky

The UIFL has taken a bizarre turn. In one of Friday's semifinals, our Eastern Kentucky Drillers surrendered two safeties to trail, 4-0, before rallying to eliminate the Huntington Hammer, 20-4, in a game played in Pikeville (the HP regrets its error last week in reporting the venue of this game and hopes that none of our readers was misrouted to West Virginia). In the other game, the Northern Kentucky River Monsters played in Michigan (not Highland Heights), despite finishing the regular season with a UIFL-best 11-3 record, as the result of a penalty for a rules violation. The home-standing Saginaw Sting prevailed, 48-47, and today the UIFL announced that it and the River Monsters "have mutually agreed to part ways ... The River Monsters are free to join another league, as well the UIFL can place a team in the Northern KY/Cincinnati area for the 2012 season."

A former Jamestown mayor is Kentucky's History Teacher of the Year.

Mookie Blaylock's sons are headed to UK. (Of note to the HeathPo music desk, Pearl Jam originally called itself "Mookie Blaylock.")

With Letcher County's victory in tonight's 14th Region championship, the 2011 Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament pairings are set. The tournament starts next Monday in Lexington; I'm pretty sure that the HP got the start date wrong last week, too.

The fast-pitch-softball tournament starts Thursday in Owensboro. I think we had that right.

I probably should hold out this Letcher County item, just to drive up the "Whitesburg" label's hit count.

Good jobs news for Madtown(!) and Lebanon.

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